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->''"You'll all turn to dust, but one thing is sure, boys: Branston Bridge will stand unbroken."''
-->-- '''Union Captain''', ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''

Bridges are seen as symbols for [[AtTheCrossroads the crossroads of life]], so therefore, it can also be the setting for an important plot point.

Bridges are often used as meeting places, [[PrisonerExchange places for swaps]], etc., anything relative to the plot. This is sometimes done when they form the [[BorderCrossing border between two territories]]. They can also serve as the only connection for the isolated region to the mainland. Reaching it may put you in LiminalTime.

It can also be a battlefield for two men in a duel, with the loser [[DisneyVillainDeath falling to their doom]]. In this scenario, underneath the bridge is a chasm, some rapids, a pit of spikes, or anything deadly. When the bridge itself is hazardous, that's RopeBridge; when it's guarded, it's a TrollBridge.

Unlike the [[ThisIndexIsNotAnExample misleading title]], this may not always involve Music/JamesBrown...or Music/JustinTimberlake.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* One of the ''Anime/FairyPrincessMinkyMomo'' [=OAVs=] ("The Bridge Over Dreams," maybe?) had a bridge with the legend that anyone who met another person on the bridge would eventually meet them there again. The catch is that it's about to be torn down--will everyone be able to get back in time?
* The Bridge of Heaven and Earth in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the way to Yamir, home of the Cloth Artisan Mu, can only be reached by crossing a bridge across a spike-lined pit. At the bottom lie the corpses of all warriors and Saints who failed to conquer the bridge, and whose restless spirits now pull any newcomers into their own deaths. Dragon Shiryu, in his quest to have Mu repair the Dragon and Pegasus Cloths, must cross this bridge.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', a lone bridge separates the neo-Deshima of the refugees from the capital. This is also starting point of the army/police crackdown.
* Several scenes in the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series involve bridges.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin and Misao are targeted by bandits on a wooden bridge with them in the center of it and enemies on both sides. [[spoiler:Kenshin slices down, breaking the bridge before jumping off with his companion. With all the bandits' weight near the center, the bridge collapses and disables the bandits]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Rainbow Bridge to Asgard (taken from mythology) is often used in Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' comic books.
* Want to add extra wangst to your ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story? Have a callback to Gwen Stacy being thrown off a bridge.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'', the entrance to the town of San Ricardo is a bridge. It's on the bridge where Puss experiences his greatest moment of shame, for which he has been [[TheAtoner trying to atone for]], and it's there that he [[spoiler:and Humpty Dumpty]] find redemption in the climax.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'', that were covered so passerbys wouldn't interrupt all the sex.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'' when Bourne arranges a meeting on Pont Neuf but doesn't actually go. (He's merely using the rendezvous as a ploy to [[spoiler:draw out the agents chasing him]].)
* In TheMovie of ''Film/PrinceCaspian,'' the Beruna Bridge becomes this.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. In TheFilmOfTheBook, Arwen gives the Evenstar to Aragorn on an obviously symbolic bridge.
* Connor Macleod and Sunda Kastagir meet in the first ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' film on a bridge in Central Park.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Neo was picked up by Trinity and the others under the Adams Street bridge.
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
** In ''Film/SpiderMan1'', Goblin dumps Mary Jane (and a gondola full of boyscouts) ''off'' a bridge. Ditto for the comic book story it was based on.
** Mary Jane dumps Peter on a footbridge in ''Film/SpiderMan3''.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', that structure Luke fled onto before having his hand cut off and getting hit with a [[LukeIAmYourFather paternal revelation]] might or might not have been a bridge, it's hard to tell, but it certainly looks like one. Notably, the part he was trapped on was a dead end.
* ''Film/TheForceAwakens:'' Toward the end of the film, Han Solo encounters [[spoiler:Kylo Ren on an incredibly thin bridge over a large chasm inside Starkiller Base, with no handrails preventing anyone from falling over the side.]]
* ''Film/BridgeToTerabithia'', linking our world with the world of Jesse and Leslie.
** It's actually a rope. The titular bridge doesn't appear until the end.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' features Indy, Short Round and Willie trapped in the middle of a rope bridge with the bad guys surrounding them. Indy: "[[OhCrap Oh,]] [[PrecisionFStrike shit]]."
** In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', the invisible bridge (a trick of perspective) that connects the inner chambers of Alexandretta with the Grail's Tomb is devised as the ultimate test of the seeker's faith.
* ''Film/{{Frantic}}''. The second attempt at a HostageForMacGuffin exchange takes place beneath the pont de Grenelle. Justified as the protagonist can threaten to throw the MacGuffin into the river if [[IHaveYourWife his wife]] isn't returned to him.
* The French film ''Les Amants du Pont-Neuf'' (''The Lovers on the Bridge'').
* In ''Film/ShowMeLove'' (or ''Fucking Åmål'' if you prefer), Agnes and Elin share their first real kiss on a bridge.
* The final battle in ''Film/BallsOfFury'' takes place, in part, on a bridge.
* The final test of the student's skill at the beginning of ''Film/BulletproofMonk''.
* Many WarMovies will have as their focus the taking or destroying of a strategic bridge. Some examples are ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai'' and ''Film/ForceTenFromNavarone''.
* ''Film/{{Volunteers}}'' deals with a Peace Corps unit's building of a bridge near a small Thai village and attempts by several factions to use it to take control of the region.
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' parodies the scene mentioned in Robin Hood's entry under Literature. In this movie, the "river" is a tiny creek that one can straddle with no effort and the bridge is just a six-foot work over a 3-inch drop. In this one, Robin won and John feared drowning in the "river" when he lands in it.
* Sort-of done in ''Film/TheOne'', where the climactic MirrorMatch between Gabe and Yulaw starts on a narrow catwalk above a factory floor. The fight then moves down to the floor itself, though.
* ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'' is named after the bridge where the climactic prisoner trade takes place ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glienicke_Bridge Glienicke Bridge]], which also carries that nickname in RealLife).

* ''Literature/OliverTwist''. Nancy goes to meet Rose Maylie and Mr. Brownlow there every Saturday night [[spoiler:though she kinda fails at times]]
* The original book of ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'', basis for the movie.
* OlderThanPrint: Myth/RobinHood first met Little John when they fought with quarterstaves over a bandit toll John had posted on a bridge. Robin lost, but John was impressed enough with his sportsmanship and abilities that [[DefeatMeansFriendship he became Robin's right-hand man]].
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jade_Emperor#The_princess_and_the_cowherd The Princess and the Cowherd]]'' is about two lovers who are forever separated by the Milky Way, except for on the seventh day of the seventh month, when a bridge of magpies forms for them to be together.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', it is at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm where Gandalf the Grey fights the Balrog, and falls.
* ''Literature/TheLostWorld1912'' features a huge tree which the heroes use as a bridge onto the plateau. Predictably, it gets destroyed, leaving them with no choice but to go forward.
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'': Crossing the covered bridge is the only way to escape the HeadlessHorseman. [[spoiler:Local reports differ, but it appears that Ichabod never made it.]]
* The third ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' book has a scene on Dublin's Liffey Bridge, where the heroes have to trade Fletcher, the only person in the world who can open the gate for the Faceless Ones, to the Diablerie in exchange for Grand Mage Thurid Guild. Naturally, they all double-cross each other multiple times. [[spoiler:The Diablerie wins.]]
* ''Literature/TheIcePalace'' has a notable chapter midways through the book, called "bridges under snow" - implying the problems of communication between people, especially the main characters. One of them freezes to death because of this (symbolical) impassable bridge.
* ''Smiley's People'', third of John le Carre's ''Literature/TheQuestForKarla'' trilogy, has its climactic scene set on an unnamed bridge across divided Berlin, the culmination of [[spoiler:George Smiley's final victory against Karla, by blackmailing him into defecting to the West.]] It's the second time in the series, and the only time outside of Smiley's flashback in ''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'', that he meets his nemesis face-to-face; the bridge is heavily implied to be the famous "Bridge of Spies", the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glienicke_Bridge Glienicke Bridge]].
* In ''Literature/TheBridgeOfSanLuisRey'', the HowWeGotHere moment is a bridge collapse that kills five. Notably, four of the five people who plunged off the bridge, all but little Don Jaime, had reached major turning points in their lives. And the last lines of the novel characterize love as a bridge between the living and the dead.
* In the climax of ''Literature/TheSight'', [[TheHero Larka]] and [[BigBad Morgra]] confront each other on a bridge on a citadel [[spoiler:which collapses and kills them both.]]
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', the third act of the story is kicked off by Robin and Nikita crossing a cursed bridge that leads from Wars to Sawa. It's also where the readers get to learn a bit more about Robin and get their first glimpse of [[BiggerBad Ernest]].


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. "Company Man." Noah shoots his former partner off one.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''. In "The Last of the Time Lords", the Doctor and Martha say goodbye to Jack on a bridge in Cardiff. It's there that they learn that Jack is [[spoiler:The Face of Boe.]]
* Hey, guess what, ''[[Series/TheBridgeUS The Bridge]]'' [[CaptainObvious prominently features a bridge!]] This one is the bridge over the Rio Grande between the US and Mexico at El Paso/Ciudad Juarez. The bridge is also a metaphor for the cultural divide between the two countries. The premise is that a body was dumped exactly on the border to create JurisdictionFriction.
** It is an American remake of ''Series/BronBroen'', a Sweedish/Danish series with exactly the same concept.
** ''Series/TheTunnel'' is exactly the same premise but with The Chunnel between France and Britain.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. After several episodes of SnarkToSnarkCombat, Jaime and Brienne finally go at each other for real while crossing a bridge. [[spoiler:They're also captured on that same bridge, being unable to quietly fade into the undergrowth when the men searching for them come riding up.]]
* In '' Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E02RocksAndShoals Rocks and Shoals]]" has a prisoner swap on an isthmus on a barren world.
* ''Film/PersonOfInterest''. In "Beta", the Jefferson Bridge is used for a prisoner exchange because it's too exposed for any treachery, especially with all the cameras accessed by both the [[BenevolentAI Machine]] and [[EvilCounterpart Samaritan.]]

* The infamous footbridge in ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''. It's indecent, too.

* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''[='=]'s Zenan Bridge looks out over the ocean. When the game starts, the enemy forces have already demolished it. It's hastily rebuilt and must be protected from another siege. This area plays host to a number of important cutscenes from the past and future.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', Naked Snake is betrayed and left for dead by his beloved mentor, The Boss, just as he has retrieved his target from imprisonment and they're crossing the rope bridge towards their recovery point.
** Before that, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' opened with Solid Snake [[FastRoping bungee-jumping]] off the George Washington bridge NW of Manhattan Island.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Link and Saria in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' have a poignant goodbye as he leaves the forest for the first time to go on a quest.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', the rope bridge on Outset Island leading to the Fairy Woods is the one that Link's sister Aryll gets snatched off of by the Helmaroc King.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the Bridge of Eldin (shown above) is where Link engages in a mounted duel with King Bulblin. The same bridge is also a stage in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'':
*** Inogo Bridge, the first stop on the path to Zora's Domain, is where Link first meets Prince Sidon, who is looking for a shock-resistant Hylian who can help save the Zora.
*** As Link goes along the path, Sidon checks up on him at another bridge, Luto's Crossing, where a Moblin sneaks up on Link.
*** At Proxim bridge in central Hyrule east of the Great Plateau there is an [=NPC=] named Brigo. He is guarding the bridge and, after first talking with him, should Link move to jump off the side of the bridge, Brigo will think he is about to commit suicide. Brigo then talks Link out of it.
* Garcian meets with Christopher Mills, his contact for the jobs taken by ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', on an overpass. Close enough.
* ''MortalKombat'' has "The Pit", where the Kombatants fight on a bridge over a pit of spikes or just the cold hard floor.
** Although in ''Deception'', it is made to be a huge square tile on a giant pillar.
* The famous Conerian Bridge in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', built to connect the peninsula of Coneria to the rest of the Southern Continent as reward for the Light Warriors' triumph over Garland and their rescue of Princess Sarah.
** The battlefield variation of this trope is subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', where a bridge is a possible background for random encounters, but not boss fights.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Tower of Bab-Il]] is surrounded by a moat of magma, and thus the only access is via a suspension bridge from solid ground. After the Light Warriors disable the Super Cannon, Golbez retaliates by destroying the bridge right from under them, forcing Cid to [[CatchAFallingStar catch them]] on the deck of the Enterprise.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' features the Big Bridge, a grand structure across the ocean which connects the continents of the West (allied) and the East (Exdeath's domain.) When Galuf crosses this bridge, alone, to rescue his captive friends, he's met by [[TheDragon Gilgamesh]] and the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome famous]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CMTXyExkeI Battle On The Big Bridge]] theme plays, which became so iconic of the battle it has become Gilgamesh's personal theme song.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Locke the treasure hunter was on another treasure quest, this time with his lover Rachel tagging along. As they crossed a bridge deep within a cave, Rachel fell to her death, and a grief-stricken Locke preserved her body in suspended animation until he could find a way to revive her.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', similar to the above incident, Tifa and her friends were sneaking out of their village and into Mt. Nibel, with Cloud following close behind, when the rope bridge going across a gorge collapsed. Tifa was severely injured and all blame was placed on Cloud, inspiring him to try to become stronger so he could protect her. Thus his desire to join SOLDIER was born.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', one of Squall's first major NotSoStoic moments takes place on the Horizon Bridge when he [[ConverseWithTheUnconscious pours his heart out to the unconscious Rinoa]] during the hike along the bridge to Esthar.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', there is one final bridge between the holy cloisters of the Temple of Bevelle and an escape route out of the city. While the party flees, Kimahri [[HeroicSacrifice insists on staying behind]] [[YouShallNotPass to hold off their pursuers]]. [[WhatTheHellHero After a brief pause to realize what they're doing]], the party goes ''back'' [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind to help him and then they all escape together]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', the ancient, mystical city of the Gods, Giruvegan, is joined to the far more ordinary (for fantasy standards) realm of Ivalice by an enormous bridge across the sea, protected by a seal at the entrance and a headless guardsman at the end.
*** [[DimensionalTraveller Gilgamesh]] also appears as an optional boss with the first of his two battles on a bridge. He tries to introduce himself as dramatically as possible, but he winds up jumping a little too far and bouncing over the edge before flying back up to initiate the battle.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'', Big Bridge serves as the border between the (initial) territory of the Dominion of Rubrum and the Milites Empire. As the name implies, [DimensionTraveller Gilgamesh]] is fought here at the end of the Battle for Big Bridge.
* Dusky Bridge in case 4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'' had it for a quest to pick up alcohol to a tavern in the really bad part of Tarrant's bar on the bridge. Unsurprisingly, there is an ambush waiting for you.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' has a massive bridge connecting the mainland to the Shrine of Worship in the Forbidden Lands. Due to the surrounding cliffs (Read: edges of the map), the bridge is the only way to enter or exit the Lands. [[spoiler:In the end, the bridge collapses, trapping all left within the land.]]
** The 16th and final Colossus rests atop a mountain temple, and the only way to enter is via a smaller stone bridge that crosses a very deep ravine. However, it's so ancient and decayed that even the weight of Wander will collapse it. [[spoiler:...unless he approaches fast enough, as in, riding a horse at full gallop.]] [[spoiler:Unfortunately not even Agro is fast enough to escape the collapse herself, and she tosses Wander off her back and onto safe ground at the last second, plummeting into the chasm while her master screams for her. This makes it the game's PointOfNoReturn.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'', bridges serve as the boundaries between areas with monsters of differing power- cross a bridge, and you'll be facing difficult fights soon. Also, the hero spends most of the quest trying to create a rainbow bridge to reach the BigBad's castle.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has a memorable sequence where Gordon Freeman has to get across the ''underside'' of a bridge to shut off a force field. When you finally get to cross the bridge on the surface it's not half as dramatic, apart from almost getting run over by a train.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'', the Queen's Castle rests atop a mountain jutting out from the ocean. Therefore, its only connection to the mainland is either by boat, or via an enormous stone bridge. When Ico and Yorda first try to escape, the Queen appears to bar their way and close the way to the bridge. [[spoiler:When they return and succeed in opening the gate, the Queen retracts the bridge, stranding Yorda in the castle and causing Ico to fall into the misty depths of the chasm]].
* ''[[CapcomSequelStagnation Super]] VideoGame/StreetFighterII'': Cammy's stage is a bridge across the battlements of a castle in England.
* [[MagicalNativeAmerican Chief Thunder's]] stage in ''Videogame/KillerInstinct'' is another FightingGame example. Notable in that it's made of wood and rope, and actually bends under the characters' weight, making it one of the most unique stages.
* Bridges are vital defensive choke points in ''VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar'', since a battle taking place over one forces the aggressor to take their entire army over the narrow path, turning their ordered ranks into a shapeless mass. An enterprising player can take advantage of this if they are playing as factions like England -- by placing a few units of infantry directly in front of the bridge to block off their path forward, and using copious numbers of archers, the defending army can inflict more than 1500 casualties while suffering ''less than 50''. Entire factions can be militarily humbled or broken entirely from a couple of these battles. Demonstrated by the Scots in ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'' where the Mongols hordes are eradicated over the course of two battles on bridges thanks to well-prepared formations, siege weapons, and Scotsmen being Scotsmen.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII:'' Three-quarters of a way through the game, Kratos comes across a massive bridge leading over a large valley leading to the Temple of The Sisters of Fate, which falls to pieces as he makes his way across it. Fortunately, he "borrows" some wings from Icarus just before he got there.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', you cannot swim across the Niben River due to [[BorderPatrol slaughterfish]] killing you; you are forced to cross it at one of three bridges. These create natural chokepoints where many battles occur, particularly at Alessia Bridge.
* In ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard'', the objective of Operation Neptune is to destroy bridges and crossroads in order to disrupt German logistics during the Battle of Normandy.
** A {{Hold the Line}} section also happens on a bridge in 'Requiem', where the path is blocked by a barricade on the bridge, which is defended by two overlooking [=MG42s=] and snipers on both sides of the bridge. The player is required to hold off German infantry trying to reinforce the barricade until a supply drop containing a Bazooka arrives, allowing the player to breach the barricade and proceed with the mission.
** 'Haunted' has a section where the player has to fight their way across the Waalbrug Bridge in order to destroy the second Anti-Air Gun, which is on a bunker on the other side of the bridge.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The bridge to Gillitie Wood from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Chapter 7: "Something is wrong. I shouldn't be here."
* The epic duel on the bridge version of this trope is subverted in [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2011-05-16 this]] strip of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. The stage is set for a Justin vs the dragon battle on the bridge, but the dragon simply flies away.
* ''Webcomic/TheLettersOfTheDevil'' opens on a bridge, and Cedric meets with Ira on the same bridge.
* In ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' the [[http://sssscomic.com/comic.php?page=185 Øresund bridge]] marks the end of the Known World. Made almost symbolic by it being shrouded in mist with other end invisible, as the Silent World is a mystery.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Dueling Eds". Rolf digs up his own pit and creates his own bridge by lifting a tree from the root so he could duel Eddy on it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' episode "Harry Canyon", the exchange for the Loc-Nar occurred at the Brooklyn Bridge.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' features an iconic duel sequence between Optimus Prime and Megatron in part two of the "More Than Meets The Eye" pilot mini-series. The two leaders fight atop Sherman Dam as the dam's waters churn below, substituting their normal firearms with wrist-mounted Energon melee weapons - Optimus wields an Energon axe, Megatron an Energon mace/flail. The duel ends when Optimus Prime is distracted by Spike's jeopardy, enabling Megatron to strike a blow that sends Optimus off the dam and into the rapids below.
** The second episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' also features a bridge battle, this time a land bridge, with the battle being between Optimus Primal and Dinobot for leadership of the Maximals.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinotrux}}'' features a suspension bridge built over a bottomless chasm in the 4th season finale, which not only represents a great feat in teamwork and friendship, but also manages to be host to several major battles.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The real-life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glienicke_Bridge Glienicke Bridge]] in UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} used for three spy-swaps.
** Has also appeared in fiction, such as ''Film/FuneralInBerlin''.
* Similarly, there is the former [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_of_No_Return "Bridge of No Return"]] in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjeom, where POW and other prisoner exchanges (such as the freeing of the crew of USS Pueblo, captured in 1968, the last men to cross the bridge) have been held since the armstice that has paused the Korean War. It was called "The Bridge of No Return" because once one crossed the bridge, they could never change their mind later on. It was officially decomissioned in 1976, and has been in disrepair ever since.
** Said bridge is depicted, inaccurately, in the prisoner exchange in ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.
* These kinds of real life incidents are marvellously parodied in ''The Beiderbecke Connection'', which has "a dissident being smuggled over the Yorkshire-Lincolnshire border" via the Humber Bridge.
* Venice has many bridges; one of particular fame is that which connects two judicial buildings: prisoners were led across the bridge to receive their sentence, and led back to be either released or punished.
* Bridges are the site of many historical battles, due to their value as "choke points" that an enemy must file through slowly. The Battle of Stirling, depicted in the movie ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' as a battle on an open field, was really the Battle of Stirling ''Bridge''.
* Ancient Rome had its hero, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatius_Cocles Horatius Cocles]] with Spurius Lartius and Titus Herminius Aquilinus defending Rome against its Celtic enemies in 509BCE. In 1842, the battle was commemorated in the poem [[http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/bl/bl_horatiuspoem.htm Horatio At The Bridge]] by Thomas Macauly.
* Likewise, 12th Century Japan has the tale of the warrior monk [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benkei Benkei]] who stood at Gojō Bridge in Kyoto, disarming passing swordsmen, and reputedly fought 999 samurai, taking their swords, only to be defeated by the 1000th he faced, Minamoto no Yoshitsune. He followed Yoshitsune for two years, eventually dying at another bridge while defending against an army, giving Yoshitsune time to commit seppuku.