Whether it's thanks to the writing, shooting, framing, or special effects–or some combination of all it–every now and then, we see a scene from a film that completely captivates us and leaves us wondering how the producers pulled it off. Sure, there are fantastic things that could be done with a green screen in the modern day, but working with physical reality is almost always the best way to give viewers a more realistic sense of place and life within a film. Despite the fact that practical effects are expensive and time demanding to set up, understanding just how much tedious labor went into making the film may can give you a greater respect for it.

It can take a LONG time to record and/or edit something that appears simple on the surface. Scroll down for more wild examples. Here are 15 iconic movie moments that were tough to shoot due to a lack of computer graphics. Some of these have taken literal decades…

Seven Samurai

The final battle sequence in Seven Samurai got delayed because of horses. Specifically, they didn't have enough horses to shoot with-they were going to shoot in the summer, but they ended up not being able to shoot before February. CRACKED COM


The Revenant

It took ,nine months to shoot The Revenant because of the lighting they needed. They only used natural lighting, and director Alejandro Inarritu said that they were shooting in such remote far-away locations that, by the time we arrive and have to return, we have already spent 40% of the day. CRACKED COM


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

They filmed the rape scene in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in 16-hour days. It took a week to film it-and they even did it in the week of Valentine's Day, of all possible times. Rooney Mara called it really, really challenging, not just emotionally but physically. CRACKED COM


Singin' in the Rain

The title sequence for Singin' in the Rain took a total of three days to film. Gene Kelly Which might not even sound all that bad, but when you consider that Gene Kelly had a 103-degree fever, it's not great either. CRACKED COM


A Good Day to Die Hard

Director John Moore filmed a car chase in A Good Day to Die Hard for 78 days. It was a chase scene in Moscow, and Moore announced that as part of the marketing push for the movie (he also said It's not Carry On Die Hard, I can assure you...) CRACKED COM


Don't Look Up

Leonardo DiCaprio spent two days making a 16-minute scene in Don't Look Up. DiCaprio and the movie's other stars spent that time on the movie's opening scene, which was basically pure improv, and it was great, but it had to get cut down for the release. CRACKED COM



The iconic Se7en title sequence might look like a relatively simple mashup, but it's not. It took a total of five weeks to cut the footage just right (and they only shot for two days, so they didn't have that much footage). CRACKED COM


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