5. The Ring of Power (Lord of the Rings): Apparently a star shines upon the meeting of myself and the Lord of the Rings, for this is not the first time I've put it in a top five. I was almost tempted to leave this off, to make sure everyone knew that I wasn't a crazed Tolkien fanatic, but it was too difficult to leave th
is off the list, for the ring is the origin of everyone's problems, desires, and companionships in this trilogy.
4. The DeLorean (Back to the Future): While I may not be a Tolkien fanatic, I am a Back to the Future fanatic. Without the MacGuffin, in this case a time traveling MacGuffin, American cinema would never get to experience the joys of paradox, skateboard invention, and awkward one-sided mother son romances. *shudder*
3. The suitcase (Pulp Fiction): Whether you interpret Pulp Fiction's suitcase to contain money, a soul, or just a plot device with no intended meaning, you can't deny the genius of introducing a MacGuffin without ever revealing it's contents. Tarantino, you tickle me pink.
2. Rosebud (Citizen Kane): I know, I know. You're yelling at me right now. "How can Rosebud only reach number two? Whine whine whine, cry cry cry," you say. My response? Shut up. No matter how perfect this movie is, it's true brilliance comes from the fragmented bits of memory we see from each witness, not the MacGuffin that spawns the search. However,
leaving it off the list would still be a travesty, for the greatest film of all time deserves some love every once in a while.
1. The Maltese Falcon (The Maltese Falcon): This titular MacGuffin causes every single plot point to fall into place as it does. People lie, steal, and kill for one statue of a bird. This is MacGuffin to the extreme. An object whose history is lost, fragmented through its multiple changes of possession, the only reason this object is the center of every characters desire is because of the money that comes with it.
Honorable Mention: The ark, from Raiders of the Lost Ark.