The Statue of Liberty. Few U.S. landmarks hold such a hallowed place in red-blooded American hearts. Beloved movies from Ghostbusters to Superman to The Godfather celebrate and reinforce our rabid devotion to this untarnished symbol of freedom, democracy, and the beautiful dream that our country will one day be transformed into a Lord of the Rings set with towering avatars watching over us with stern and judgmental faces.
Hey! Get some torches in those hands!
These movies also demonstrate a critical flaw in our perception of this beloved statue. As with many things near and dear to us, we've made Lady Liberty much larger than life.
Don't believe us? Google "Statue of Liberty smaller than I expected" to see what we mean. We simply can't handle the idea that the statue isn't that impressive in reality, and rely on the holy media data-mongers to shield us from the truth. It's already on record that, in the movie Cloverfield, they actually increased the size of her head by 50 percent because people were miffed by her unassuming presence.
Another great example is the cover of Escape From New York.
Whoa, that does look like 1997!