Amazing Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Famous Movie Sets

Photos taken from behind-the-scenes of film sets weren’t so readily available before the days of Instagram and Twitter. Now, not only are we inundated with them, but we practically expect them… even while a film is still shooting. 

But while pics taken during the productions of films like “Star Wars,” “Jaws” and “Psycho” may not have gone “viral” (because there was no such thing back then), the internet has, in recent years, unearthed a whole cache of splendid snaps captured behind the scenes. Here are 20 of the very coolest we’ve seen.


Steven Spielberg in the mouth of Jaws.

‘Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi’

Carrie Fisher and stunt double sunbathing.

‘Superman: The Movie’

Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeves on set.

‘Conan The Destroyer’

Wilt Chamberlain and Andre the Giant with Arnold Schwarzenegger proving size is relative.

‘The Shining’

Stanley Kubrick with daughter Vivian fooling Jack Nicholson into posing for a photo while actually taking a selfie.


Capturing the movie’s iconic shot.

‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’

James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger relaxing on set.

‘Star Wars’

Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels undressed as Artoo and Threepio.

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Andrew Garfield taking a “comfort” break.

‘The Planet of the Apes’

Charlton Heston getting papped by an ape.

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Bill Murray literally on the set.

‘The Gold Rush’

Charlie Chaplin gets ready to call the shots.

‘The Matrix’

Note the dozens of cameras they used to shoot the iconic bullet-time scenes.


Roger Vadim puts the finishing touches to one of Jane Fonda’s revealing outfits.

‘Pulp Fiction’

A bloodied Bruce Willis poses on set.


Zoe Saldana performs Neytiri on set pre-CGI.


Anthony Perkins posing for a publicity still.


Martin Scorsese delivers instructions to his cast.


Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson having fun with fake blood.

‘Jurassic Park III’

Visual effects artist John Rosenthal wearing raptor legs.

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’

Ian McKellen posing with his stunt stand ins.