15 Most Outrageous Movie Betrayals of All Time

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7. Matter of Respect (The Godfather: Part II)

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Being an elder sibling and not getting as much as attention and importance in family affairs as the younger siblings can be quite hurtful and this emotion was brilliantly portrayed in the second installment of the Godfather film series.

After getting frustrated to an alarming extent due to being sidelined from the family business in favor of his younger brother Michael Corleone, Fredo Corleone plans an ultimate betrayal to eventually get Michael assassinated. The failed attempt ends up costing Fredo his life.


6. A Charming Betrayal (Frozen)

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Another animated entry into the list. However, it can’t be argued that animated features, over the past number of years, have upped their games. Frozen set a benchmark for animated movies through its captivating plot and underlying messages.

One of the most shocking moments of the movie involves Hans betraying Anna. The betrayal was shocking in the sense that Hans seemed like a stereotypical prince charming like the protagonist at first. However, the fact that he turned out to be a villain should have been really hard on the kids watching the movie. How can I be so sure about it? Because it was hard on us as well!


5. A Friendly Betrayal (The Empire Strikes Back)

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If there is anything to learn from the Star Wars movies, it’s that you can never count out the Sith. When Han Solo, along with his group, reaches Cloud City to flee from Darth Vader, he is offered a safe spot by his old friend Lando Calrissian, who also falls in love with Princess Leia.

However, Lando leads the group straight to Darth Vader and though Lando later realizes his mistake and tries to make things right, it’s simply not enough to justify his cold betrayal that results in Han Solo getting subjected to the carbon-freezing facility.


4. Evil Captain (L.A. Confidential)

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The classic film had one of the most shocking on-screen betrayals of all time. When three police officers of completely different natures join forces to investigate a string of crimes and murders, it is bound to be a good story.

However, if it is revealed that the person behind the entire mess is the police captain himself, it takes the interest level up by several notches. In this flick, it is revealed out of the blue that Captain Dudley Smith was the mastermind behind everything going wrong in the city. This betrayal can hardly be predicted beforehand and is executed in such a way that it leaves the audience completely shocked.


3. Betraying Who Trusted The Most (Donnie Brasco)

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If there’s ever an award ceremony for the most underrated movies, Donnie Brasco is going to score big. Johnny Depp and Al Pacino made the audience connect with their characters through their brilliant portrayals. This is why the eventual betrayal is quite heart-shattering.

For those of you unaware, Depp’s character Joe Pistone (an FBI agent) joins Lefty (a mob veteran) in order to gain access to his criminal operations and bring him to justice. However, Lefty starts treating Pistone as one of his own and also expresses that he would give away his life for Brasco (Pistone’s Alias for the mission), if the situation arises. These strong portrayals make the betrayal extremely unbearable to witness.


2.  Ephialtes (300)

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Zack Snyder is known for putting extra effort in the storytelling to make the audience feel how the characters do. Due to this, 300’s betrayal story turned out to be one of the most talked about things at that time.

When Ephialtes expresses his wish to join the 300 army in honor of his father, his request is declined and is, in turn, offered the duties of serving water to the warriors and getting rid of the corpses. The displeasure due to rejection and an incomparable proposal by Persia’s King leads to Ephialtes turning on his own army. Ephialtes proves to be a valuable asset for the antagonists’ army during the battle.


1. Delusional Behavior At Its Finest (The Matrix)

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To this day, The Matrix is regarded as one of the most genius films ever made. The flick was light years ahead of its time. From a unique story to an amazing plot execution, everything was perfect in The Matrix…well except for the fact that the sarcastic Tech Guy was a delusional traitor.

He was ready to get rid of his crew and give up on reality to live a happy life in simulation. To achieve his goal, he went as far as unplugging his crew after they had been trapped in the Matrix. That was both cold and calculated…but still delusional!


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