My Memorable Movie Scenes
655 6.7 71. Warm Bodies (2013)
Yes, its a 4-minute narrative of the lead character, like a 4-minute Coca-Cola commercial or something, warm, giggly, sets the story, mood, tone and everything.
5550 6.4 7.22. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Sure its Keanu Reeves, but of all the fight scenes in cinema he makes some of the real-life martial artist pale in comparison. Such choreography!
3297 7.6 8.23. Good Will Hunting (1997)
"The bar scene"
There are so many great scenes in the movie. Most of them, involving the exchanges of Will Hunting and another person. But the bar scene leading to the "How do you like them apples" quip is the one that immediately sticks to mind: a kick ass display of genius and machismo.
1765 6.7 7.44. Contact (1997)
"Journey to Vega"
The first time I saw Vega (or its vision by Ellie (Jodie Foster)), I was out of breath. It is easily the most beautiful place imagined.
7967 8 8.85. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Great scene that cuts to scenes of battles, Samwise Gamgee's lengthy emotional monologue about how "there's some good in the world and its worth fighting for" could've ended the middle earth war right there and then. I mean, that speech would've melted Sauron's heart.
1681 8 8.36. Unforgiven (1992)
"I killed women and children"
Probably, the best payback in a Western movie or any movie for that matter. William Munny's lone annihilation of a crowded saloon is the standing monument to revisionist Western: gritty, unapologetic and just high plains bad ass.
1691 6.7 7.27. Cold Mountain (2003)
At first glance, its not much of a scene--Unless, of course, you have seen the rest of the movie before it, you'd feel for Inman.
269 6.6 78. World's Greatest Dad (2009)
Underrated black comedy. Again, a song figuring out effectively in a scene: Queen's "Under Pressure" blares out while Robin Williams, emotionally released, runs while stripping naked to dive in the school pool. It's a big payoff scene when you watch the movie. And you'll need a week to be able to get the tune out of your head.
7648 7.7 89. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
"The ice dance"
The most touching scene in Tim Burton's fairy tale. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, or just fall in love with Winona.
721 5.8 6.410. Space Cowboys (2000)
"Fly Me to the Moon-End scene"
"Fly Me to the Moon" was a great Sinatra song. I liked it way before. But after "Space Cowboys" and the way it played in that scene where the camera skims the moon to reveal Tommy Lee Jones leaning against a rock with who knows what last thoughts he had, the song just came up with a whole new meaning to me.
3459 6.7 6.911. Constantine (2005)
John Contantine's trip to the wells of hell gave us a terrifying, painting-like vision, of eternal suffering.
4120 6 6.512. War of the Worlds (2005)
"Rise of the Tripods"
For me, one of the best orchestration of suspense, terror and panic. Steven Spielberg builds the tension with a masterstroke.
5013 7.7 8.113. Donnie Darko (2001)
Tears For Fears' "Head Over Heels" was already a sentimental favorite, it just fit in perfectly with the school morning routine in this cult classic. Kinda makes you want to go back to school and relive it.
768 6.6 7.614. Field of Dreams (1989)
"Is this heaven?--End scene"
To which Kevin Costner's Ray Kinsella replies, "It's Iowa." When Ray meets ghost dad, the very meaning of life (including the baseball field) opens up to him. It's a teary moment not easily believable, but still sucks you in. Aww.
1102 7.4 7.415. Easy Rider (1969)
"Born to be wild—Opening credits"
The first time I ever saw Easy Rider I was knocked back by the opening credits with the Steppenwolf anthem that I wanted to just repeat the opening scene over and over. The way the title appears as Dennis Hopper spreads his arms, I mean, waaaay f---- cool!
2598 8.2 8.416. Oldboy (2003)
The hero protagonist finds himself facing a hallway full of ready for battle thugs with knives, pipes and 4x4s..and he's only carrying a hammer. A cinematic ballet of a fight scene.
429 6.8 7.517. Swingers (1996)
"The answering machine"
The funniest scene in "Swingers." It's just a nutty situation, you'd want to go and interrupt Mikey and say, "What the hell's the matter with you?"
8195 7 7.718. Titanic (1997)
"You jump, I jump. Right?"
So, I have "Titanic" on my list. But its not that "I'm the king of the world" or Jack's death or "I'm Flying." It's that scene where Rose gets on the life boat ahead of Jack, and as they slowly become separated from each other, they lock eyes, the flares light up, "My Heart Will Go On" cues in, and I'm paralyzed with inner feeling. Those damn flares, they got me.
2126 7.7 8.219. The Princess Bride (1987)
"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya"
No matter how many times you watch "The Princess Bride," and how many times you doze off, you wake up during the scene where Inigo finally faces the six-fingered man, or Count Rugen as he is known in the castle. All movie junkies know the line and have spoken it the same way not just once in their lifetime.
964 6.4 6.820. The A-Team (2010)
A plummeting tank with a chute being peppered by drone planes. Face (Bradley Cooper) mounts the machine gun to counter them shouting, "What've you got, bitches?" What've you got?!" Feel the adrenaline!
2636 7.3 7.821. Zombieland (2009)
"Opening Credits-"For Whom the Bell Tolls""
When Metallica's "For whom the bell tolls" kicks in the opening credits, there is moment of pause immediately followed by a whisper of "f--- awesome!" It is f--- awesome.
2097 6.2 6.922. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
"Napoleon Dynamite's disco dance""
No dance number is more fun and more prone to imitation than Jon Heder's medley of 70's disco dancing. And what an exit!
1226 6.9 7.323. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
There are two momentous confrontations between Adam Sandler and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie, the phone call and the face off and both are equally tense because so much has happened prior to them, you're really involved. But the face-off, man. That line: "I have a love of my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine." True love makes you grow balls of steel.
719 6.5 6.924. The Last Boy Scout (1991)
It goes like this: a group of friends began talking about bad ass scenes from movies and further in the conversation somebody says, "That one where Bruce Willis punches a guy's nose up his brain killing him instantly!" The room explodes and another one says, "What was that movie again?" Yeah, oft-forgotten title except for this bad ass scene that's imbedded in our, well, brains.
4395 6.5 7.225. Troy (2004)
"Is There No One Else?"
We are introduced to the fighting machine that is Achilles via his first fight and with the hulking Boagarius (played by WWE wrestler Nathan Jones) and with one swift stab downed him rather unceremoniously and bravely leers over the other army asking, "Is There No One Else?". That is awesome.
551 7.4 7.926. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
"Brass balls speech"
2246 7.8 8.227. Stand by Me (1986)
End scenes are not happy in a Stephen King universe. The ending of "Stand by Me" where the graying Gordie punches in the last line of his novel was suppose to lift your spirits up. It did so, but you do realize its a certain kind of sad joy. For the friends you miss and the memories you can never get back. Cue in the Ben E. King song and all the hair in your back rises...slowly as the song progresses.
2435 7.6 7.928. Ed Wood (1994)
"This film is for Bela--End scene"
Tim Burton's epic biopic of cinema's "worst" director is in many ways, Burton's greatest film. A heartfelt ending that makes you want to stand up and applaud. What a great musical score. What a great postscript.
6090 6.7 7.429. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
"In the Coffee Shop"
Personally, I think Spider-Man 2 is the best super-hero movie ever made not just because of Raimi's eye-popping action sequences but because of all the tingling emotions involved. And in this scene of scenes, this has both.
4976 8.6 9.330. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
All two hours of Shawshank Redemption leads to the reunion of Andy and Red, and in less than a minute, we grasp the whole essence of the movie: a story of everlasting friendship. They exchange quiet smiles that are ocean deep in happiness.
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