- 13 Minutes: Elser's interrogators keep insisting that he reveal his confederates, and Elser denies having any. So finally he says Churchill called him up and asked that he kill Hilter.
- Abducted In Plain Sight: The documentary portrays a sociopathic sexual predator who told a series of over-the-top lies to the family of his victim, which they believed.
- Airplane! - in one scene, Dr. Rumack lies so blatantly that his nose grows Pinocchio-style.
- Analyze This had a scene where Dr. Sobel runs into Paul Vitti's right hand man, Jelly, who was "previously incarcerated".Dr. Sobel: I thought you were in prison?
Jelly: It would appear not.
Dr. Sobel: How'd you get out?
Jelly: I had a new trial. Turns out that the evidence in the first trial was tainted.
Dr. Sobel: Oh, I see.
Jelly: Anyway, two of the witnesses decided not to testify and the third guy, well, he committed suicide.
Dr. Sobel: How?
Jelly: He stabbed himself in the back four times and threw himself off a bridge.
- In Ant-Man, when Hank Pym catches his daughter Hope and Scott Lang kissing, Scott tries to claim that Hope came on to him, and that he'd had nothing to do with said kissing. Unusually for this trope, Hank doesn't buy it for a minute, and Scott cheerfully admits that he was lying quite shamelessly as he scampers down the stairs.Hank: Scott!Scott: Yeah.Hank: You're full of shit.Scott: Oh yeah.
- Back to School:
- Thorton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) is wandering around a sorority house looking for his son, and pulls a shower open with a particularly lovely young woman in there, prompting this quote:Thorton: Take it easy, honey. I didn't see a thing. [pulls the shower open again, leans in] You're perfect. note
- Special mention to this exchange: '"Is the work you turned in your own?" "I can't lie to you, Dean Martin. [beat] Yes, it is."
- Thorton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) is wandering around a sorority house looking for his son, and pulls a shower open with a particularly lovely young woman in there, prompting this quote:
- Batman (1989): The Joker overrides the Mayor's television broadcast, his "clown face" covered by peach-colored paint, and tells the people of Gotham City: "I can be theatrical, and maybe even a little rough - but one thing I am not, is a killer." This after he has assassinated a gangster in front of the reporting staff of the Gotham Globe, as well as taking very public credit for at least half a dozen other murders (which, given the way the victims died, could have been caused only by him anyway). Most of the Gothamites laugh at his claim, but then are all ears when he says he'll give them free money.
- Blonde Crazy: To get the money for a counterfeit bill scheme, Bert uses his own cash, but also needs Annes. Not too keen on this scheme, Anne refuses to give her $5000, until Bert pretends its for something else. He ends up losing it all, and to make sure Anne doesnt find out, he actual steals a diamond bracelet in order to pawn it for money to return it back.
- The Blues Brothers features the Apology of Jake Blues.Mystery Woman: You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed me!
Jake Blues: No I didn't! Honest...I ran out of gas. I...I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!!
- In Bedazzled (1967), George tells Stanley the girl he loves has died. When Stanley, shocked, asks 'Really?' George breezily replies not really, that he lied. Off Stanley's anger, he explains he's compelled to lie, and that everything he's told him is a lie - including that everything he's told him is a lie. Of course, George is the Devil, so...
- Cabin Fever is set in the midst of a deadly flesh-eating disease outbreak. About halfway through the movie a woman wants some hot "we're all gonna die anyway" sex and enlists a stunned male acquaintance to give her one last ride. When the guy gets antsy about the risk of disease exposure, she half-assedly tries to convince him that she's perfectly healthy. Either played straight or subverted - it isn't clear which. She may not have been aware that she had the disease, but observant watchers have noted that you can see some signs of her illness before the sex scene, so she might've been aware of her own condition. At the very least, she can't possibly be certain that she's healthy, as she pretends to be.
- She pulls a similar stunt a few minutes later, too. While they're having sex, painful red rashes appear on her back - the first symptom of the disease. When she spies these marks in a mirror, the girl seems to realize that they are a sign of the infection. However, that doesn't prevent her from blaming her lover for being a little too rough with her in bed.
- In Casablanca:
Captain Renault: By the way, last night you evinced an interest in Señor Ugarte.
- Renault is cheerfully and unashamedly corrupt.
Victor Laszlo: Yes.
Captain Renault: I believe you have a message for him?
Victor Laszlo: Nothing important, but may I speak to him now?
Major Strasser: You would find the conversation a trifle one-sided. Señor Ugarte is dead.
Captain Renault: I am making out the report now. We haven't quite decided yet whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.
Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Captain Renault: I am shocked - shocked - to find that gambling is going on in here.
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: Oh, thank you very much.
- Charlie's Angels: Alex and her actor boyfriend are rehearsing a "bomb defusing" scene, and Alex lets slip some technobabble. To cover it up she says, "Isn't it amazing what you can learn on the Internet?"
- In Clue, Mrs. White uses this to explain away what happened to her first husband.Wadsworth: Your first husband also disappeared.
Mrs. White: But that was his job. He was an illusionist.
Wadsworth: But he never reappeared!
Mrs. White: He wasn't a very good illusionist.
- From Con Air:Vincent: Where are you taking my plane, Cyrus?
Cyrus: We're going to Disneyland.
Vincent: You're lying, Cyrus.
Cyrus: So are you, Vince.
- Coneheads: "We're from France."
- Batman Begins: When Bruce wakes up from being gassed by Scarecrow's fear toxin, Fox shows up and reveals that he created the antidote for him.Bruce: How fast can you make more of that antidote?
Fox: You planning on gassing yourself again, Mister Wayne?
Bruce: You know how it is, Fox. You're out late, looking for kicks, someone's passing around a weaponized hallucinogen...
- The Dark Knight:
- When Harvey Dent wants in on Gordon's alliance with Batman:Harvey Dent: [thumbing a wad of money from the Joker's latest hit] Lightly irradiated bills. Fancy stuff for a city cop. Have help?
Lt. James Gordon: We liaise with various agencies.
Harvey Dent: Save it, Gordon. I wanna meet him.
Lt. James Gordon: Official policy is to arrest the vigilante known as "Batman" on sight.
Harvey Dent: Mm-hm. And what about that floodlight on top of MCU?
Lt. James Gordon: If you've got problems with malfunctioning equipment, I suggest you take them up with maintenance, counselor.
- After Lau flees to China with the Mob's money and is then dumped on the MCU's doorstep, tied up and gagged, the official story is that he just decided to return, and was arrested.Dent: [at a press conference] Well, I don't know anything about Mister Lau's travel plans. I'm just glad he's back.
- Also:The Joker: Do I look like a guy with a plan?
- When Harvey Dent wants in on Gordon's alliance with Batman:
- In The Dark Knight Rises:
- All of those thousands of police officers heading down into the sewers apparently as part of some manhunt? Just a training exercise.
- Blake and Gordon are in their car listening to the President's address on the radio, when he says "people of Gotham, we will not abandon you."Blake: What does that mean?
Gordon: [sighs] It means we're on our own.
- The proclamation is later shown to have contained at least a modicum of truth as the government slips a team in with the supplies in an attempt to get information in order to save the city.
- Deadpool is somewhere between this and not even giving a shit whether people believe him when he's lying or not.Deadpool: No one's getting hurt!
[a corpse falls to the ground from a billboard]
Deadpool: ... That guy was up there when I got here.
- The Devil and Miss Jones has a funny scene where an employee is being berated by a secret shopper for having gum.Secret Shopper: Are you chewing gum?John: No, ma'am.Secret Shopper: I'm a store shopper. Open your mouth. [John visibly swallows his gum and sticks out his tongue] Did you swallow that gum?John: No, ma'am, I wasn't chewing any gum.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules:Frank/Dad: Would you please explain what you're doing in this picture?
Rodrick: That's not me.
Frank/Dad: That's not you?
Rodrick: ... Nope.
- Everybody's Fine is full of these. The kid desperately attempt to cover up the lies they have been feeding their father over the years. It doesn't help.
- In From Russia with Love, while flirting with Miss Moneypenny, James Bond tells her, "Oh my darling Moneypenny, you know I'd never even look at another woman."
- The Fugitive: "I don't care!" Gerard may have meant it the first time, but each subsequent time he says it while, in fact, visibly caring. Lampshaded in the closing dialogue of the film.Richard Kimble: I thought you didn't care.Sam Gerard: I don't. (laughs) Don't tell anybody, okay?
- The Godfather:
- "Is it true?" "No." And she believes it.
- "I do reject Satan." (at a baptism Michael is attending while his hitmen assassinate all the family's rivals)
- Golden Eye: Bond introduces Natalya to Jack Wade as the "Russian Minister of Transportation".
- Guesthouse Paradiso. Eddie is in the reception area welcoming new guest Gina Carbonara. There is a massive explosion from the kitchen. Eddie: "Mice." (pause) "Basque Separatist mice."
- Guide for the Married Man from 1967 has Walter Matthau thinking of infidelity; his friend coaches him on what to do. One vignette has a wife walk in while her husband and mistress are in bed (afterglow time) and he simply repeatedly denies that the mistress is even there. The wife walks away, disbelieving her own eyes.
- The many explanations to which the local police in Hot Fuzz chalk up the horrific murders in the town of Sandford are blatant lies. This is underlined when Nicholas Angel has go along with the stock explanation for a local woman's brutal murder (which took place in front of him): "She tripped and fell on her own shears." The lies are actually perpetrated by the conspiracy that surrounds the village, but most of the cops have had their instincts so dulled by both the conspiracy and the peaceful life it produces that they instinctively buy into these lies, regardless of how nakedly absurd they are. Typical response to said incident: "So... you're saying it wasn't an accident?"
- The plot of The Invention of Lying. In a world where everyone always tells the truth, a man figures out how to lie. Everyone believes everything he says without question, leading to the exchange:Mark: [to a random hot girl on the street] If you don't have sex with me right now, the world will end!
Girl: Oh my goodness! Do we need to do it right here, or do we have time to get a hotel room?!
- I, Robot. A robot tries to murder Detective Spooner by leaping onto the hood of his car, smashing the windscreen, and grabbing the steering wheel to send his car off the road.Robot: You are experiencing a car accident.Spooner: The HELL I am!
- Iron Man:
- "I'm just driving with the top down."
- "Nothing to worry about, just a training exercise."
- "This isn't about me!"
- The Jungle Book (2016)
Mowgli: Lotta bees up here!Baloo: Yeah, but these ones don't sting! ... (later) Oh, those must have been females!
- Baloo has Mowgli climb up to get honey from a hive.
Bagheera: Bears don't hibernate in the jungle! What are you teaching him?Baloo: Not full hibernation, but I nap, a lot.
- He also tricks Mowgli into believing that he hibernates, at least until Bagheera shows up.
- Justice League (2017): When Bruce Wayne first confronts Barry Allen:Bruce Wayne: [sees the Flash suit] Silica-based quartz sand fabric. Abrasion resistant. Heat resistant.
Barry Allen: Uh...yeah, I do...competitive ice dancing.
Bruce Wayne: It's what they use on the Space Shuttle to prevent it from burning up on re-entry.
Barry Allen: I do...very competitive ice dancing.
- Terry Silver's speech about what he's got from karate in The Karate Kid Part III. He's a borderline-psychotic sadist who says that he's got discipline, health, inner-peace and self-confidence from karate, and he's about to open some dojos to teach karate full of honesty, compassion and fair play. The crowd love it, but we see several shots that show us that Daniel and Mr Miyagi are clearly not buying it.
- Kick-Ass: With gunfire clearly audible in the background:Bodyguard: Everything's under control.
Chris: Under control? You're getting a fucking BAZOOKA!
- In A Knight's Tale, Prince Edward justifies knighting William by announcing that he's discovered Will is descended from nobility. Though quite obviously a lie, no one dares call him out on it because he's royalty. "This is my word, and as such is beyond contestation." Earlier, there's the scene where William tells Chaucer that he is "Sir Urich Von Lichtenstein". Chaucer doesn't buy it for an instant, but goes along with it when William threatens him much in the way a noble would react to a smart-mouthed peasant. He even offers to make letters patent of nobility and serve as Will's herald in exchange for food and clothing.
- Listen To Me: Charlie, when asked how to sway a Catholic judge in favor of the pro-choice side on abortion, tells them a story of his own mother nearly dying from an illegal abortion, which affects them deeply. Then he admits it was made up, but says they should do the same.
- Mean GirlsKaren: I can't come out. [fake coughing] I'm sick.
- The whole point of the Neuralizer in Men in Black II.Agent J: Thank you for participating in our drill. Had this been an actual emergency, y'all woulda been eaten. 'Cause you don't listen. How's a man gonna come bustin' through the back of a subway — it's the same with all y'all New Yorkers! You think you've seen it all, "ooh, another six-hundred-foot worm, save us mister black man!" I ask y'all nicely to move forward to the next car, but you just sit there like... [flash] Thank you for participating in our drill. We hope you have enjoyed our shorter, more energy-efficient subway cars. Watch your step; you will have a nice evening.
- The Muppets: "Change of heart. Nothing to do with head injury."
- In Mystery Men, The Bowler's father supposedly died when he "fell down an elevator shaft... onto some bullets".
- In The New Daughter, Talking to his agent over the phone, John says that he's progressing nicely on his latest novel, but the screen shows that he hasn't even written the entire phrase "chapter one."
- Pirates of the Caribbean:
- The third movie:
- Subverted in the fourth movie. Jack asks how Angelica managed to get Blackbeard to trust her, and she sarcastically tells him how she's his long lost daughter, and they've been looking for each other her entire life, and she's so glad she finally found him...turns out, she really is his daughter. She was just trying to make Jack think she was conning him so that he'd tell if he had any cons of his own.Jack: You lied to me by telling me the truth? That's...brilliant.
- Plan B: To convince Pablo to kiss him, Bruno comes up with a transparently false story about having to practice for an acting gig that requires him to kiss another man. He even forgets about his lie mere minutes after saying it, responding to Pablo's remark on how he'll still have to kiss another guy after their kiss with a confused "Another guy?"
- The Princess Bride: Westley says "Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist" to Buttercup a few moments after seeing two of them. Another one immediately attacks him.
- Prospect: When locals insist on playing music before talking about a trade, Ezra and Cee are forced to endure a long, dreary performance on a concertina. They glance awkwardly around the tent while they wait for the song to end. Afterwards, Ezra says very earnestly, "That was beautiful!"
- In The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Frank N. Furter's line to mega-squares Brad and Janet: "You look like you're both.. pretty groovy."
- Shaolin Soccer: Team Rebellion's captain has wrenches and tools falling out of his soccer shorts before the game begins. Each time, he delivers a protracted explanation that, as a mechanic, he has a valid excuse for tools to be in his shorts.
- In Serendipity, When Sara learns from the janitor cleaning the room where Johnathans wedding was supposed to be that's it has been called off, she is so relieved that she wasn't too late and smiles. She then covers it with tears and says that it's unfortunate.
- This is actually the plot of Shattered Glass. It's revealed that nearly all of the articles Steven Glass wrote were almost completely made up. We say "almost" because a fact checker in the film does discover "there is apparently a state in the union named "Nevada"."
- In Smiles of a Summer Night, the Countess denies being a gossipmonger after telling Anne about Fredrik being seen leaving Desirée's place at night wearing a nightshirt and claiming that she's heard that Desirée has full-blown orgies at her home.
- Space Jam: after Michael Jordan is sucked down the magical portal in a golf hole, his assistant tries to dig him out. Naturally, someone finds him standing waist-deep in a huge hole in the middle of the course and asks what he's doing. "Um ... I'm fixing a divot." The guy buys it.
- In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Kirk claims that Spock's odd behavior is due to him doing a lot of "LDS" during the sixties. Of course, all of them are wearing at best a Paper-Thin Disguise.
- Though, before filming, they were wondering what the reaction of people around San Francisco would be to a bunch of people wandering around wearing Starfleet uniforms. Nobody noticed.
- Starship Troopers does this often, but the satire is played with such a straight face that sometimes it's hard to catch. Pay particular note to the casualty numbers for the disastrous Battle of Klendathu on the newsreel, and then the numbers displayed in the hospital where Rico is being treated for his wounds. The state media is blatantly underreporting the number of deaths by a factor of ten. And then there's "This led to massive peace protests where 127 students and peace protesters died."
- Star Wars:
- Han's unsuccessful Bavarian Fire Drill:Han: Everything is under control. Situation normal.
Intercom Officer: What happened?
Han: Uh...had a slight weapons malfunction. But, uh, everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?
Intercom Officer: We're sending a squad up.
Han: Uh, uh, negative. We had a reactor leak here now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Large leak...very dangerous.
Intercom Officer: Who is this? What's your operating number?
Han: Uh... [blasts commlink] Boring conversation anyway.
- "These aren't the droids you're looking for."
- Part of the Great Jedi Purge was Palpatine using these in order to discredit the Jedi further after Order 66 was issued. Due to almost no Jedi being around to refute the story, the fact that they're rather insular and strange to the common person, and that Palpatine is the ruler of the Republic/Empire, a lot of people readily believe that Jedi were doing things like mind-controlling districts filled with people, stealing babies to "indoctrinate" in Jedi ways, and other such "crimes".
- And after Rogue One, everything Princess Leia says to Vader in A New Hope about being on a diplomatic mission counts as this.
- Palpatine's speech to the Senate in Attack of the Clones is such a boldfaced lie it's laughable:Palpatine: It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love democracy. I love the Republic. The power you give me I will lay down when this crisis has abated.
- Han's unsuccessful Bavarian Fire Drill:
- Sweetwater: Josiah says he only has one wife, but it's well known he really has two, with Sarah as the third that he wants to add.
- In Swing High, Swing Low, Skid keeps promising that he'll get Maggie's travel ticket any day now, but he never does.
- The Green Mile has one of the most gruesome offenders of this:
- Percy: I didn't know the sponge had to be wet.
- 3:10 to Yuma (1957): "I don't go around shooting people down," claims Wade the bandit leader, not more than a couple of hours after he shot two people in cold blood, one being his own man.
- Thor: The Dark World: When Frigga asks her adopted son, "Am I not your mother?", Loki hesitates for a full five seconds before he unconvincingly replies, "You're not." The sad expression on his face and his reaching out for her hand afterwards prove that he doesn't mean it.
- Thor: Ragnarok:
- The Grandmaster asks Loki who Thor is.Thor: Tell him.
Loki: ...I've never seen him before in my life.
Thor: He's my brother.
- After Thor fights Hulk in the arena, he has to bring Bruce Banner up to speed.Thor: You and I had a fight recently.
Banner: Did I win?
(clip of Hulk backhanding Thor and breaking the arena wall on impact)
Thor: No. I won. Easily.
Banner: That doesn't sound right...
Thor: Well, it's true.
- The Grandmaster asks Loki who Thor is.
- True Stories goes the completely unsubtle route with Lying Woman.
- The main part of Watch It is about a group of housemates who play practical jokes on each other. After John, a newcomer, has fallen victim to one of Rick's jokes, their housemate Danny sympathizes with John and says the jokes have gotten juvenile, and he, Danny, doesn't play the game any more. Of course, later that night, when John comes home to what he thinks is an empty house and decides to fix himself a late-night snack, Danny is waiting in a cabinet to grab John's leg and scare the shit out of him.
- In Weekend at Bernie's, an unhinged mob hitman bursts into a scene and shoots the titular corpse several times. Unfortunately, the protagonists are standing right there. This leads to:Larry: I didn't see anything! I was looking at my watch!
Richard: I'm blind!
- The Woman in Red: Teddy telling the stable keeper that he'd been riding horses since he was a boy.
- Also, Teddy not telling Charlotte that he's married.
- X-Men Film Series:
- X2: X-Men United: Bobby Drake presents Wolverine to his parents (who think he has been attending a normal prep school) as "Professor Logan." This in itself is borderline, but when the Drakes ask Wolverine what he teaches, he replies tersely, "Art." The trailers for the film played this to maximum effect by intercutting the question and the response with a shot of Logan, claws extended, screaming and leaping towards the camera.
- X-Men: First Class: Raven Darkholme claims that her eye colour change at the pub was an accident, but Charles Xavier knows that she did it on purpose, and the audience understands that Raven's motivation for the "slip-up" was jealousy towards Amy.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past:
- When Past Xavier (who is drunk and looks like he just got out of bed) is initially unwilling to hear Logan's plea for help, his excuse is:Charles: Well, tell whoever it was who sent you that I'm... busy.
- When confronted by guards in the Pentagon kitchen, Charles attempts to reassure them that he and Logan are important personnel, but one part of his speech is especially unconvincing.Charles: We are special operations C-B-F-E-C-I-C.
- There's a glitch in Wolverine's Mental Time Travel, resulting in his past self waking up at the worst possible time, in the middle of a botched assassination, surrounded by strange people (some of whom are blue), days after he last remembers anything. Xavier briefly tries to explain the situation to him truthfully, before giving up.Charles: ...You're on acid. Someone gave you really bad acid.
- When Past Xavier (who is drunk and looks like he just got out of bed) is initially unwilling to hear Logan's plea for help, his excuse is:
- X-Men: Apocalypse:
- The flamboyant East Berlin cage match announcer exclaims, "Sorry, mutants!" after Nightcrawler is electrocuted, but the former's ecstatic giggle afterwards makes it plain that it's just part of his act; he's not the least bit apologetic for any of the abuse inflicted upon the mutants.
- Professor X telling Jean Grey that her "nightmare" was just a dream is a necessary fib to prevent her from running away, as Bryan Singer points out in his commentary.Singer: He lies to her. Because he knows, because he's such a powerful psychic, [...] the power of Phoenix is growing inside her, and it's going to become out of control. And she's terrified of it, but doesn't understand it. And he does understand it. And he can't let on to her that he understands it because it would be too frightening, and she would run away.
- Xavier claims that he has Level 5 clearance when Moira asks him how he got into her office, which is obviously not true—he gave everyone at the CIA building a "break" with his psychic abilities.
- Stryker says "I'll be right back" to his subordinates during Logan's rampage. In his next scene, he escapes by helicopter.
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