- In Monty Python's Life of Brian, Brian doesn't want to be the Messiah. Unfortunately:Brian: I'm not the Messiah! Will you please listen? I am not the Messiah, do you understand? Honestly!
Girl: Only the true Messiah denies His divinity.
Brian: What? Well, what sort of chance does that give me? All right! I am the Messiah!
Followers: He is! He is the Messiah!
- In Mystic River, Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn) confronts Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins) about the murder of Markum's daughter. Markum is wrongfully convinced that Boyle killed her, so he tells him, "Admit it and I'll let you live." Boyle confesses to save his life, so Markum kills him.
- The Saw series: While Jigsaw's twisted philosophy ensures that every trap of his has a chance, however gruesome or slim, of escaping it, the traps prepared by his Bastard Understudy Amanda were all designed to be truly inescapable, leaving victims with the choice of dying horribly from the trap or killing themselves horribly while trying to escape the trap with no option to survive.
- The Dark Knight Rises:
- The "sentencing hearing" that Jonathan Crane (the Scarecrow) gives to prisoners allows prisoners to take one of two options: death or exile. Exile means being forced to walk at gunpoint onto the thinly frozen river away from Gotham island, which meant almost certainly falling through the ice and drowning long before reaching the opposite shore. When Commissioner Gordon refuses the theatrics of such an obvious death sentence, Crane obligingly sentences him to death... by exile.
- Bane's hostage ploy: any outside attempt to interfere with his plan means the bomb in Gotham kills everyone. While presented as a legitimate choice (don't try to interfere so that the hostages may live), the fact that his plan ends with the bomb exploding after five months of no interference, killing everyone anyway, makes it a hidden Morton's choice.
- According to the adult film version of Caligula, the tyrant leader of Rome would often use this tactic to brand someone he didn't like a traitor, no matter what they said to defend themselves from the accusation, or even if there was evidence to prove their innocence. Pretty much, if Emperor Crazypants didn't like you, or if he just felt like it, you were as good as dead.
- In The Film of the Book Timeline, a group of 1999 History students travel to The Hundred Years War France and are captured by English soldiers. A Blood Knight singles out the only French student and accuses him of being a spy; his pals claim that they are English pilgrims and he is their interpreter. The knight, who speaks French and English, gives the student the choice to prove this right by translating sentences of the knight's choosing aloud. If the student refuses, or translates wrongly, the knight warns, he will be proven to be a French spy and executed immediately. The last sentence the knight says is I am a spy. When the student painfully complies, the other English soldiers take it as a valid confession and kill him. It is later discovered that the knight is a time traveler himself and he knew from the beginning who the "pilgrims" were.
- Godzilla (2014):
- Elle Brody ends up trapped on a road with a group of other people with Godzilla on one side and the winged MUTO on the other.
- When Ford Brody asks the MONARCH folks why they didn't just kill the MUTO while it was dormant in the ruins of Janjira, Drs. Serizawa and Graham explain that the MUTO was absorbing the radiation that would have flooded the city otherwise. They ultimately concluded that having a Kaiju getting nutrition and possibly becoming a physical threat to people years later was a lesser threat than having millions die from radiation poisoning.
- In Would You Rather, a horror movie based on being forced to make bad choices, it should come as no surprise that there are a few of these in the movie. For example, when one character is given the option of sticking her head in a barrel for two minutes or following the instructions on a printed card in a sealed envelope, she chooses the envelope. When she refuses the barrel, she reads the card, which says she is to stick her head in the barrel for four minutes.
- The "interactive" movie Fast Lane to Malibu was full of this out of necessity. When it originally ran on the Playboy Channel, the gimmick was that certain scenes could go one of two ways, viewers had a certain time to call one of two numbers to vote for which one they preferred, and the one with more votes got shown. However, since the plot had to keep going in the same direction lest it sprawl out of control and seriously overwork everyone involved, and the viewers obviously didn't want to miss out on the sex no matter what, these choices had virtually no real effect. In order:
- Monica hires a call girl, and Brian can either have sex with her or watch Monica have sex with her. Whichever he chooses, Monica takes it badly for some stupid reason, and the two bicker before Monica leaves in disgust. This is the only choice with two separate sex scenes, of which the viewers could see only one. The VHS adaptation went with the former scene, then put the other in as a Fantasy Sequence much later in the story.
- Brian and Zack can take either Brian's crummy Jeep or a snazzy Porsche belonging to Brian's (never named or seen) brother. Both choices lead to them taking the Jeep. The only difference is that the latter precedes this with them heading down the freeway a short distance before a security measure causes the Porsche to shut down (which sets up a Brick Joke at the end of the movie).
- The travelling buddies have a coin flip to decide whether to pick up a hitchhiker. Both outcomes lead to the same sex scene (one "real", one a Fantasy Sequence), followed by the buddies discovering that the hitchhiker robbed them.
- Zack decides whether to finish pleasuring the mechanic's girlfriend or leave her unsatisfied. Either way, the mechanic finds out and gets furious (for slightly different reasons), and the buddies steal his car and make a break for it.
- The buddies get arrested for the theft and have to decide whether to break out of jail and become fugitives or stay, miss out on the party, and go to prison. The first option leads to Brian, seconds after the breakout, changing his mind completely out of the blue and both of them locking themselves back up. And either way they manage to get off scot-free (and get some action to boot).
- Monica decides whether she wants to compete in the wet t-shirt competition. She ends up doing it either way; the only difference is that if she initially turns it down, Ashley also takes part.
- Weird subversion near the end: Brian and Zack finally get to the party, but see Monica and Ashley in the distance. A couple phone calls later, Monica pleads for Brian to forget about the party and come home. There actually was a vote here, but it didn't matter since Playboy only had one scene for this part: Brian initially decides to go home with Monica, then changes his mind, says that he's "vetoing the decision", and goes to the party. The DVD release doesn't present any choice here; the scene just proceeds normally.
- And the sequel, Fast Lane to Vegas, continued in the same vein:
- Brian and Zack can pick up either the homecoming queen or the stripper. Whichever they choose, a little later the other shows up literally out of nowhere (in identical fashion), and they both have a three-way with Brian.
- Zack decides whether to watch his old college flame get it on with her current boyfriend. Both choices lead to 1. the same sex scene (one real, one fantasy), 2. the boyfriend finding out, and 3. Brian and Zack fleeing for their lives as the boyfriend shoots at them.
- The buddies decide whether to assist the two mysterious women in suits. Both choices end up with them narrowly avoiding being mind-controlled and fleeing.
- Zack decides whether to hit up the daughter of a tavernkeeper. Completely inconsequential decision; either way Zack simply learns that hitting her up is a bad idea.
- The buddies decide whether to use up one of their wishes (long story...) to become invisible so they can peep on the tavernkeeper's daughter while she's bathing. If they do, they get to see her but get found out when the invisibility wears off at the worst possible time. If they don't, the wish gets wasted on nothing, they get to peep on her anyway after finding a back door to the bathroom, and they get found out after accidentally knocking over a screen.
- Monica decides whether to have sex with a stripper or watch Ashley have sex with him. Both choices, of course, quickly lead to both of them getting in the act.
- Two occasions, one in each half, of Full Metal Jacket:
- Lampshaded and subverted in the first half. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman asks Private Joker whether he believes in the Virgin Mary. When Joker says no, the drill sergeant angrily gets in his face. When Joker stands by his answer Hartman slaps him and threatens to do worse to Joker. When Hartman asks again time whether Joker believes in the Virgin Mary, Joker still answers no, explaining that he knows that any answer he gives will be wrong and that the drill sergeant will only punish him harder for giving in under pressure. The sergeant responds by promoting Joker to squad leader, stating that "Private Joker is silly and ignorant, but he's got guts, and guts is enough."
- In the second half, during a helicopter ride, the door gunner is shooting his machine gun at anyone who passes by, despite them being civilians. After a minute of this he turns to the other passengers and explains that "anyone who runs, is a VC. Anyone who stands still, is a well-disciplined VC."
- Discussed in Serenity. The Operative attempts to appeal to Mal's morality to get him to hand over River, to which Mal demands money. The Operative says Mal's just being difficult.Operative: That is a trap. If I offer you money, you'll play the man of honor and take umbrage. I ask you to do the right thing, you'll play the brigand.
- In Muppets from Space, Rizzo ends up becoming a lab rat. One of the tests he's subjected to is that he's given a choice of a wedge of cheese and a container of rat poison with a straw; when he goes for the cheese, he gets hit by an Extendo Boxing Glove, and when he goes for the poison later he gets hit by it again.
- In National Treasure, when the main character (Nicholas Cage) is being interrogated by a federal agent (Harvey Keitel), the agent responds with "Door number one, you go to prison for a very long time. Door number two, we're going to get back the Declaration of Independence. You help us find it...and you still go to prison for a very long time. But you'll feel better inside." The main character asks if there's a door that doesn't land him in jail and gets the response "Someone's got to go to prison."
- In the backstory of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the titular emperor presents Zi Yuan with General Ming prepared to be quartered by horses. He tells her "Become my queen, and I'll let [General Ming] live." Zi Yuan responds with that it's this trope, as he'll kill Ming anyway. The Dragon Emperor tells her she's right and has Ming quartered.
- Tell Me How I Die: One of the characters gives himself a dose of the drug tested at the remote facility so he will have the same future visions as his friends and can anticipate the next move of the (equally prescient, though far more advanced) killer stalking the premises. At one point he has two alternatives on what to do next: he can either try to hide in a parked car but then sees the killer attacking him from behind, or try to hide in a nearby garage where he sees the killer also attacking him. There's no third option: he can't re-enter the rest of the building because the doors are all mechanically locked, and if he tries to flee on foot then the snow storm will undoubtedly kill him. It turns out both visions were true: the first attack at the garage causes him to flee to the car instead, but he forgot about the rear door he left open to grab a blanket previously so the killer can sneak up behind him and stab him to death.
- Deewaar: When Sumitra falls ill, Vijay is faced with a decision: If he doesn't go to the hospital, he won't get to see his mother. If he does go to the hospital, he'll be arrested by the police waiting for him there, and won't get to see his mother (he decides to go to the temple to have a chat with Shiva). Ravi notes that since he surrounded the hospital with police officers, he has left Vijay with no good options.
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