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The Top 10 Bathroom Scenes
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Down The Rabbit Bowl...
Trainspotting (1996)
Also topping the list of scenes You'd Least Like To Watch While Eating Your Tea, Ewan McGregor's impression of a Toilet Duck arrives two scenes in and slams down Trainspotting's dual tone - filthy reality meets junkie fantasy. So, in pursuit of that elusive opium suppository, McGregor plunges down The Worst Toilet In Scotland... and dives into a totally tropical Lilt advert. Not particularly reassuring fact: the fake poo was made of chocolate.

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Posted on Tuesday December 29, 2009, 12:17 by Jon89
and yeah, Bond's 1st kill should be there too Read More

2 Witness?
Posted on Tuesday December 29, 2009, 12:16 by Jon89
Sorry if anyone's said this already, but what about the scene where young Lukas Haas overhears a murder in Witness? Read More

3 How predictable...
Posted on Monday December 28, 2009, 18:25 by RevolloveR
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4 Fatal Attraction
Posted on Thursday December 17, 2009, 14:40 by damontaylor
I think personally Fatal Attraction would have been in there as a pretty big scene went on in the bathroom. However I guess the list could be endless Read More

5 Could have easily been a top 20
Posted on Friday December 11, 2009, 10:27 by KeeBrit
There's a bunch of others (many of which involve diarrhea or misinterpreted cubicle talk) but I was definitely expecting Pulp Fiction to be on there somewhere. Hell, half of the action revolves around Vince Vega always going to the bathroom at the wrong time. Read More

Posted on Thursday December 10, 2009, 01:19 by malaga
Personal favourite is actually from Leverage, the TV show. These scenes may be more iconic, but watching Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer beating up a hitman in an aeroplane toilet then having Beth Riesgraf as Parker tell another flight attendant that no one can go in because it stinks? Most hilarious moment in an otherwise fairly mediocre episode. Read More

7 Dumber and Dumber Unleashed
Posted on Wednesday December 9, 2009, 15:23 by Aaronmantium
While that actually sounds like a great title for a sequel what about the awesomeness of the Diaorrhea infused scene from Dumb and Dumber or how about Jet Li's boss fight in Unleashed he has a full kung fu fight in a toilet cubicle ...not the easiest of things i can imagine Read More

8 How could you not include Arnold!!!
Posted on Monday December 7, 2009, 13:56 by jonplayer88
Hello, True Lies anyone??? Killing 2 terrorists in the shopping mall bathroom whilst adding the comic relief of the one liner "here, cool off" and the poor guy caught up in the middle of it Read More

9 Revenge, Hostel style!
Posted on Saturday December 5, 2009, 23:25 by toby1127
Ok, it may not be a bathroom but a train station toilet should surely count - the last scene of Hostel is pretty damn cool. Good on ya' Paxton, get some revenge on the creepy dutch businessman! =P Read More

10 You forgot POLTERGEIST!
Posted on Saturday December 5, 2009, 18:19 by doc3osh
Come on, is this not worthy of the list? The special effects are a bit 1982, but... Read More

11 Right on, Empire
Posted on Saturday December 5, 2009, 18:18 by nc_jj
Well, I love The Big Lebowski. But, yeah, Psycho's bath scene is, y'know, like: WHOA. WHAT THE...? So, right on, Empire. Read More

12 When a man's gotta go, a man's gotta go...
Posted on Friday December 4, 2009, 16:55 by tom_1989
Jurrasic Park?? Read More

13 When I saw top 10 bathroom scenes....
Posted on Friday December 4, 2009, 10:04 by rickyracoon
I immediately thought "Michael Corleone, Godfather Part 1, into the Bathroom looking behind the cistern" I love that scene, especially when I first saw it, you never were sure he had the gun till he popped Sollozzo and the Police Chief! Read More

14 Bog Standard
Posted on Friday December 4, 2009, 09:05 by Mark Daws
Thinking Dumb and Dumber, True Lies, Leon? Read More

15 Lolita
Posted on Friday December 4, 2009, 04:50 by The Whisper
Made 18 years before The Shining, nothing can match Kubrick's underrated adaptation of the Nabokov classic for slippery bathtub bathos. Bob Harris' Lolita theme lilts playfully as James Mason's Humbert Humbert in the foreground sips celebratory martinis in the suds. Charlotte, Lolita's mother, has, in the previous scene, been killed crossing the road. Humbert pulls the shower curtain over as the neighbours Jean and John Harlow enter, coyly offering commiserations and then the driver's father joins the bevy of bathroom visitors and offers politely to pay the funeral expenses - an offer Humbert takes up with ungracious alacrity. The neighbours, spotting the pistol Humbert was going to kill Charlotte with, assume he is planning to plug a hole in himself and Humbert can barely contain his mirth as Jean pleads with him: 'Try to think of your poor little Lolita, all alone in the world. You must live for her sake.' Read More

Posted on Thursday December 3, 2009, 15:24 by ArtDepartmentAlbert
Casino Royale's black and white toilet fight! Fantastic fight. a great scene, to kick off the new Bond era. sorely left out. Read More

17 No Pulp Fiction??
Posted on Wednesday December 2, 2009, 15:11 by campkev
How can you possibly miss Pulp Fiction. You could practically make a Top Ten list of scenes from that movie alone. Vince talking to himself in the mirror while Mia overdoses, Vince and Jules arguing about washing hands in the bathroom, the diner robbery happens while Vince is in the bathroom, Vince gets killed by Butch in the bathroom, and the Butch/Fabienne shower and brushing teeth scene. Plus I'm probably missing a couple Read More

18 Um how can you miss this??
Posted on Wednesday December 2, 2009, 14:01 by Bishi
I'm sorry but if i think of a bathroom scene in a movie i automatically remember 'I spit on your grave' and the removal of the guy's 'member' whilst she plays with him in the bath. Kinda hard not to remember that scene tbh, i love how calm she was when leaving the bathroom to sit in a chair read the paper whilst hearing him scream and bleed to death Read More

19 Bum & Bummer
Posted on Wednesday December 2, 2009, 09:41 by simonevs2001
I would have had Dumb and Dumber in there Read More

20 Eastern Promises
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 17:09 by Kained but Able
I thought "Eastern Promises' brutal knife fight in the Turkish Baths would get a place, does it not count as a bathroom or something? Read More

21 shining a good shout
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 16:15 by AstroZombie
cant see how that got left off. I like tim roths drug dealing story in reservoir dogs too Read More

22 Agreed on the Shining
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 15:50 by jlgorski
I was definitely thinking the Shining too. Much better scene than some of those. Read More

23 The Shining
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 15:07 by AnecdotistOwl
You truly forgot that one Read More

24 Saw?
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 15:01 by walker_bouts
right? Read More

Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 14:56 by D.J
The lack of Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber here is shameful. Read More

26 Slumdog millionaire
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 14:54 by Markdesant
The scene Jamal ends up deep in that outdoor toillete :P is both hillarious & touching!! Read More

27 Austin Powers
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 14:10 by DanBarnes501
"Who does number 2 work for?" puerile but classic Read More

28 Fear and Loathing
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 13:18 by whysoseriousneil
"Jefferson Airplane, "White Rabbit"...I need a rising sound" Surley one of the weirdest bathroom scenes ever? Read More

29 Phantom of liberty
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 12:46 by jamie milligan
Totally missed out on Luis Bunuel's classic scene though not set in a bathroom it features them all using the toilet around a dining table, and then one of them heads to a small room to eat. Read More

30 Casino Royale
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 11:23 by JonathanMardukas
Bond's 1st kill?? Am I mistaken or is that not in a bathroom?? Read More

31 psycho
Posted on Tuesday December 1, 2009, 10:53 by DANGEROSS!
it has to be psycho. not just best bathroom scene but arguably one of the greatest movie scenes ever. hitchcock at his very best. top scene, top movie. on a personal note, being a big ghostbusters fan i would have chosen the bathroom scene from 'busters 2 when the bath tries to eat baby Oscar. hilarious scene. Read More

Simon Crook
explains his choices...

It's one of those only-in-the-movies things your mum brings up during a dead exciting bit in, say, GoldenEye. "How come," she'll say, "you never see James Bond going to the loo...?" Which is all very logical, but since when were movies logical? Fact is, unless a ninja's waiting to spring out of the bog brush, there's no dramatic value whatsoever in watching 007 go for a 002. Worse still, whenever anybody in movieland does take a bath or body dribble, odds on your private function will end in an echoey deathscream of lavatorial doom.

The bathroom's actually a fairly modern screen fixture, mostly for reasons of good, old-fashioned taste. The movie bog's big bang (um, try not to visualise that) really hit in 1960, with Psycho's proper shocking sight of... a toilet flushing. As for Psycho's Other Scene, Hitchcock's genius was in knowing how to tap subconscious fears, and in that motel cubicle he found the perfect place to exploit some primal vulnerabilities: you're naked, you're trapped - where would you least like to be attacked? The voyeuristic violence and restroom humiliations have followed its lead ever since: small room, big pain.

Those busting for the list but got caught short: The Shining (melty granny bathtime); Nikita (melty acid bathtime); Dogma (poo demon); Dreamcatcher (poo weasel); and ace Scorsese short, The Big Shave... Be upstanding, then (or, er, sit down) for our favourite discomfort breaks...

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