Top 10 Movie MacGuffins


One of the most oft-used and well known plot devices in Hollywood movies is the "MacGuffin," the object that drives the story forward and is of vital important to both the heroes and villains even if the specifics of the object itself remain obscure or are unimportant. The treasure map is one of the earliest MacGuffins found in both literature and film; the crystal skulls in this week's new release Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are just the latest examples of movie MacGuffins.Dozens of great thrillers and adventure films -- including many of our favorites -- have revolved around MacGuffins, particularly the works of Alfred Hitchcock (who popularized the gimmick and its moniker). While MacGuffins are generally thought of as being meaningless and replaceable, for the purposes of this feature we're going to define them as the objects that motivate a film's characters and propels the narrative along.

Here then are our Top 10 favorite movie MacGuffins.


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