/ Greatest Movie Scene Ever?
Graveyard sequence from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly?
Good call. Blue Straggler will be along soon with something we've never heard of ;-)
The escape scene in Shoreshank Redemption. Love that moment where the penny drops.
The fact it was made during 1942 when the outcome of the war was anything but certain makes it all the more poignant.
Closing scene of Godfather one
The 'fly' scene in Once Upon a Time in the West
Eastwood in the bar taking on Gene Hackman's baddies in Unforgiven
there are so many....
Fred and Cyd Dancing in the Dark from "The Band Wagon".
Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken in True Romance is the one that always pops into my head when I hear this question.
> Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken in True Romance is the one that always pops into my head when I hear this question.
I saw a soundbite "review" in Empire which stated that True Romance is one of the very very few films in which every single scene is "perfect". It is hard to disagree with that.
> Good call. Blue Straggler will be along soon with something we've never heard of ;-)
I thank you sir. Actually if you have paid attention to UKC over the years you will have heard of this. It is in a Dennis Quaid film. A proper good deadly serious film. "Savior".
The lake shore scene. You just DO NOT KNOW what is about to happen, but you know it is going to be grim for at least one of the principal characters. It is superb and horrible at the same time.
Either that, or the "awakening of the robot" in Laputa the Flying Island.
You're a canteloupe
By 3am, we'll have "tears in rain". Trust me on this.
Don't Clarence and the girl run off with some mob money? Seems a bit derivative to me.
> You're a canteloupe
Haha forgot that's the closing line. Just Googled it and apparently an ad-lib on Walken's part. Some actor.
Thinking about the bit you read in Empire, actually yeah, the scene with Clarence and Drexell "Well lookie here - we got a mutha... Charlie Bronson" etc, is probably just as good.
Even a Brad Pitt cameo; it's got everything!
OTTOMH, either the montage bit at the start of Up, or the mirror scene from Duck Soup.
Take it outside, Valentine :-)
(does this line from Charley Varrick remind you of a Tarantino scene btw? "They're gonna strip you naked and go to work on you with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.")
The poignant end of Terminator 2, where Arnie sticks his thumb up as he is lowered into the molten iron.
Michael orders Fredo never to take sides against the family...
The penny drops for Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain. Superb "eye acting" (i.e. no dialogue etc, everything is "written" on her face)
> The penny drops for Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain. Superb "eye acting" (i.e. no dialogue etc, everything is "written" on her face)
There a brilliant piece of eye acting from Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges, during the phone conversation when 'Harry' suddenly starts referring to Colin Farrell's character in the past tense, and the penny drops for Gleeson that he's being ordered to kill his friend.
In Little Miss Sunshine, when the teenage lad realises he's colour blind.
John Cussack and friend standing at the bar recovering from dumping a body in the furnace at the school reunion. And, especially, therein, uttering the line 'thanks for the pen'.
Might be a bit too recent to be calling it a "best ever", but the director does have past form....so I'll throw in "the Eva Mendes sequence in Holy Motors" :-)
> John Cussack and friend standing at the bar recovering from dumping a body in the furnace at the school reunion. And, especially, therein, uttering the line 'thanks for the pen'.
Might have helped if I'd named the movie.
A carrot to the first correct entry!
The 'pissing competition' between Robin Williams and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.
And moments later, when Williams removes his glasses.
Wanna do some blow?
The final scene in Unforgiven, when, in perfectly gloomy darkness and heavy rain, William Munny leaves town.
"All right now, I'm comin' out. Any man I see out there, I'm gonna kill him. Any sonofabitch takes a shot at me, I'm not only gonna kill him, but I'm gonna kill his wife. All his friends. Burn his god damn house down."
The blow torch and blood test scene in John Carpenter's The Thing, and especially the fellow's request to be freed from the chair once matters have calmed down a little.
Waterski-ing the Seine on Bastille Day in "Les Amants du Pont-Neuf"
That's the kind of thing you were looking for from me, right? :-)
Or the bridge scene in Sorcerer.
Or Satan's extremely brief appearance in The Devil Rides Out.
Or the "tying the disparate story elements together" denouement in Scream And Scream Again.
Or Harry Goldfarb delivering the huge television to his mother in Requiem for A Dream, spotting that she is on an amphetamine diet,explaining to her what she is doing, and being told that she understands and doesn't care because it makes her happy. Heartbreaking stuff.
Or THAT bit in Bridge to Terabithia.
But bugger all that. I will go for ANY SCENE FROM THE ABYSS. Like True Romance, there's not much that you'd want to alter in that film. All of its action scenes are great. All of its dramatic scenes are great. All of its "romantic" scenes are great. All of its "comedic" scenes are great. Hell, even all of its "filler" scenes are great :-)
Then again The Abyss is just a remake of 2010: The Year We Make Contact. Dr. Chandra's final conversation with HAL 9000 in that film is beautiful...
Int cinema BRILLIAAAAAAANTTTT!
The campfire scene in Blazing Saddles
The sausage scene in Freddy Got Fingered
The John Hurt "Uninvited dinner guest" scene in Alien.
The whole of 'spirited away', from the opening title to the closing credits. Perfect film making.
The opening 20 mins of "Saving Private Ryan"
Made me feel very glad that I wasn't there.....
You are right. For some reason most people on here would probably rather watch Southern Comfort than Cache.
Gas mask scene from Dead Mans Shoes
Cinema sing song from Man Bites Dog
Egg scene from Funny Games
DMT sequence from Enter The Void
Fire Extinguisher scene from Irreversible
Discovering the house in Blair Witch Project
The 'Alien' and 'The Thing' scenes are awesome, but I reckon the ballroom scene from Eyes Wide Shut gets it for me. The direction, cinematography and score come together just perfectly.
The training scenes from Matrix. It's easy to forget how cool that was in light of the sequels and that we no think of such special effects as normal.
Pretty much all of the fight scenes in hero.
'Every time a bell rings' at the end of wonderful life.
The indian escaping in 'One flew over the Cuckoo's nest'
Thelma and Louse revving their sports car out over the edge of the grand canyon
For a jaw dropping ending, how about Usual Suspects. For a proper head spinning, gut wrenching experience, the head cam/vomit scene from Requiem for a Dream (the musical score seems to be everywhere now). The bar entrance of Johnny Boy in Mean Streets (again, it's the music!).
(*) slight exageration
Also, when Forest Gump meets his son for the first time and is told that he doesn't have any learning difficulties.
From my childhood: either flying bikes in ET; the scene when obi wan dies in Star Wars; or the chariots in Ben Hur
From my adoloscence: Dennis Hopper breathing into hi oxygen mask in Blue Velvet; or Brian throwing the windows open to see the crowd below
From adulthood: the shower scene in Schlinders List; russian roulette in Deer Hunter; 'Full Metal Jacket' scene in, well, Full Metal Jacket
Of course, there is always MI2 or Cliffhanger...
and we haven't even touched on Luke's father issues...
Methinks ripper has borrowed a well-known and well-worn fun interpretation of Star Wars.
anyway, how come we're 12 hours + in and still no attack ships burning off the shoulder of orion? Or, for that matter, no Omar Sharif emerging from a grain of sand?
Possibly mid movie Chalie Chaplain making potatoes on forks dance in The Gold Rush.
> Methinks ripper has borrowed a well-known and well-worn fun interpretation of Star Wars.
It's the lack of concern for the civilian contract labour on the second Death Star that bothers me.
The scene in Jaws on the boat when they gradually get drunk and start comparing scars, then Robert Shaw tops them all with his sober account of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
> The scene in Jaws on the boat when they gradually get drunk and start comparing scars, then Robert Shaw tops them all with his sober account of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
Reading this thread reminds one what utter shite most films are.
The last scene in Some Like It Hot
"Well nobody's perfect!"
As I mentioned, this thread is mostly about macho films. Maybe you would find succour in some Merchant/Ivory productions :-)
Also, another non-macho choice, the final scene(s) of Pan's Labyrinth, where the girl escapes the horror of real life and ascends her throne as goblin princess (or, does she just die?)
> i nominate the long take introduction to Goodfellas - three and a half minutes in one shot... fairly rare in film making.
What do you mean "introduction"? It's not the opening scene. And is it a great SCENE or is it just a nice bit of audacious cinematic choreography that serves no narrative purpose? :-)
And yet another thread goes off on an unrelated tangent....
Greatest tracking shot at least in terms of the logistics of moving the camera, is from "This is Cuba". Look it up.
I wondered how long you'd be able to resist the urge to 'educate' us, Kenny.
Why don't you pop on a dress and some eye liner and tell us which non-macho, non-blokey scenes we should rate highly.
I will look that up when I get a chance though, ta
Hasn't everybody seen it!!!
BTW, I've only heard about it because it inspired Paul Thomas Anderson's pool scene tracking shot in Boogy Nights.
Yes. Thanks and sorry
Oh Captain, My Captain... "Dead Poets Society"
End of "Angel Heart" when Mickey discovers who he is.
Pram scene in "The Untouchables"
and the whole of "LA Confidential"
So many good scenes here. My tuppence worth, in no particular order, and without too much thought...
De Niro and Pacino sitting down together in 'Heat'.
The end of ET.
Meg Ryan's 'performance' in the diner in 'When Harry Met sally'.
Maybe just because I saw it last week, but the finale to 'Argo'.
The cast leaving the café at the start of 'Reservoir Dogs'.
Pacino deciding to take the shot, and control of the family, in 'The Godfather'.
The hotel room intro to 'Apocalypse Now'.
Why don't you show where I have said that it's a bad thing that so many of the suggestions in this thread (including many of mine) are macho and blokey?
I was merely voicing an observation. Don't go looking for negativity where there is none.
> Why don't you show where I have said that it's a bad thing that so many of the suggestions in this thread (including many of mine) are macho and blokey?
And I did *genuinely* omit a :-) of my own.
Ohh that reminds me…
The desert tower climbing scene in Vertical limit.
The semi-automatic bolt gun in Cliffhanger
I'll get my parka…..
I perhaps have misunderstood the true meaning of the ":-/", I thought it was a neutral shrug :-P :-) ;-)
> Pram scene in "The Untouchables"
Pram scene in untouchables is of course a rip-off/homage of the famous scene in Battleship Potemkin, so shouldn't really count. If you want a good Brian De Palma staircase/railway station/shootout scene I give you the almost-closing scenes of Carlito's Way - and the final tragic meeting with Benny from the Bronx moments later
Tommyrot. By that logic you would have to discount a lot of stuff in this thread. Apocalypse Now is after all just a ripoff/homage of Aguirre, Wrath of God :-)
> Tommyrot. By that logic you would have to discount a lot of stuff in this thread. Apocalypse Now is after all just a ripoff/homage of Aguirre, Wrath of God :-)
oh come on Blue - yes AN is clearly very heavily influenced by Aguirre, but I don't think it has any scenes that so deliberately and obviously reference the source material as Untouchables does with Potemkin. I don't remember any slo-mo helicopters or naplam explosions in Aguirre....
maybe the arrows coming out of the jungle, but that hasn't been picked as a 'great scene' by anyone yet, has it?
I made a funny
ok name this movie scene:
:-) :-( :-? :-/ :-| :-( :- :-(
The sermon on the mount and the stoning in Life of Brian.
The drill instructor scenes in Full Metal Jacket.
Elliot meets ET for the first time in the garden shed
The second-to-last one has no mouth so is it that bit in The Matrix where the Agents first prove to Neo that his reality is not real (his mouth seals up)? Or the mouthless woman in Twilight Zone: The Movie?
> The second-to-last one has no mouth
that was a typo - there's a limit to the range of emotions I can express in this way (or in any way, if I'm brutally honest).
My final answer:
Ben Stiller zipping up his flies too quickly in There's Something About Mary.
> ok name this movie scene:
> :-( :-? :-/ :-( :-(
Pinched Ripper's idea and changed it a bit.
They're all saying the same thing, and after 3 a voice off screen says "In English, please"
Too easy. Shouldn't have given you the key.
This thread does seem to contain 99% of the replies from blokes, to be fair.
My top three have to be:
1. The ride to work at the beginning of Guest House Paradiso
2. The attack on the embassy in Carry on Up The Khyber
3. Hot puppet sex in Team America: World Police
Sorry, I only watches fillums that makes I larf...
> This thread does seem to contain 99% of the replies from blokes, to be fair.
Irrelevant. Girls like blokey films and blokes like girly films! :-P
> blokes like girly films! :-P
true - Naomi Watts and Laura Harring getting very friendly in Mulholland Drive is a personal favourite. "Have you done this before...."
Why would anyone want a tattoo of a social worker on their back!
I'm no film fanatic ,but there was something special about many of the scenes in
Once Upon A Time in The West.
And a bit of a girly one ;
Scene at the end of Sea of Love ,when Ellen Barkin finally spits the dummy out ,and her face transforms into a beaming ,happy picture.
The scene that culminates in Duncan's death in The Last of the Mohicans is masterfully done. The viewer is not sure how it's going to play out, and it crams a huge amount of story and character development into about 60 seconds (the scene of course is longer than 60 seconds). It is as memorable as the final "Promontory" sequence. In fact, rather like True Romance, I think maybe every single scene in that film is "perfect".
All the revenge scenes in I Spit On Your Grave.
Just take your pick of almost any scene from Local Hero.
> I saw a soundbite "review" in Empire which stated that True Romance is one of the very very few films in which every single scene is "perfect". It is hard to disagree with that.
I can't disagree - It's my all time greatest movie.
I'm a sucker for the fight scenes in Gladiator, esp the one where the gladiator group defeats a group of charioteers circling them in the arena.
But my vote must be for the helicopter scene from Apocalypse Now:
The gas station scene from "No country for old men" is pretty good
I kind of like the diner scene in "Pulp Fiction".........
The 'revolving head' scene in the Exorcist, only one viewing as a teen, was enough!
The 'Cold Turkey' bit in Trainspotting, where the baby crawls along the ceiling, crude but disturbing.
The Shining... The kid on his pedal bike going along the hotels corridor, then....:-)
Ray - Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here.
Walter Peck - They caused an explosion!
Mayor - Is this true?
Venkman - Yes it's true. This man has no dick.
The scene near the end of The Sound of Music where the whole family, then all the audience join Christopher Plummer as he chokes up singing 'Edelweiss'. ;)
good film, i liked "house of the flying daggers" a lot too, it had a particularly memorable scene with a sword fight in a bamboo forest
a couple of others-
Inglourious basterds was a patchy affair, but it had 3 truely outstanding scenes- the opening one in the cabin; when Shoshanna meets Landa in paris; and the cellar scene. The tension and sense that something very bad is just about to happen in each is astonishing. Shame the rest of the film was nonsense
and the USS indianapolis scene in Jaws. brilliant scripting, brillianltly delivered, in one of the best films of all time. Spielberg's never topped it since.
> Reading this thread reminds one what utter shite most films are.
No, not so, but it does remind us what a miserable old sod you can be - not that we needed reminding!
Oh dear. Mentioning NCFOM in a film thread is a bit like saying you've been shopping at TK wossname.
John Wayne deliberately copied the silhouetted pose in the doorway at the end as a tribute to Harry Carey: one of the first great cowboy movie stars, whose widow Olive Carey played Mrs Jorgenson and whose son Harry Carey Jnr played Brad Jorgenson.
How much of an "anorak" am I about that film!
> Oh dear. Mentioning NCFOM in a film thread is a bit like saying you've been shopping at TK wossname.
I'm above it!
Is that your "greatest movie scene", or just "funny dialogue from a film you like"? :-)
> The gas station scene from "No country for old men" is pretty good
The one in "It's a mad mad mad mad world" is better.
Surprised your post is still around.
Anyway, yes, I do like No Country, but there is a bit of history on here with UKC's leading film critic badmouthing it at every opportunity ;)
I've never badmouthed, I've just......AAAAAGH I AM GETTING SUCKED IN.... :-)
Can't really remember much of True Romance, but I've often thought something similar of Fight Club.
On which note, Edward Norton beating himself up in his bosses office is a pretty good scene
The duel at the end of Sanjuro is really good
> I saw a soundbite "review" in Empire which stated that True Romance is one of the very very few films in which every single scene is "perfect". It is hard to disagree with that.
My mind goes blank for these things when people actually ask for them, but two that spring to mind for some reason are:
-the scene in the airport near the end of Argo. Brilliant tension, probably helped by the fact that I didn't know what the outcome was going to be.
-the Goerings giving their children cyanide in Downfall. That one really got me.
Oh yeah, and Seb Grieve on Meshuga in Hard Grit ;-)
I think some of the greatest movie moments are "immortalized" by a line of dialog:-
Get away from her you Bitch!.
Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
You talkin to me?.
Use the Force Luke.
I am your Father Luke.
There's no place like home.
You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off.
Make my day.
I vant to be alone
I'll be back
and the often misquoted
Play it again Sam.
And the often misquoted
Call it, friendo.
> and the often misquoted
> Play it again Sam.
my vote goes for al pacinos shootout in scarface .
"ok you wanna play rough? say elo to my little fre..brilliant
"You played it for her, you can play for me SHam"?
"There's not a lot of people know that" ;o)
what's he playing? 'If the kids are united'?
> "You played it for her, you can play for me SHam"?
Is that the Sean Connery Casablanca?
> "There's not a lot of people know that" ;o)
"Don't you...chack them spears...at me" :-)
> Is that your "greatest movie scene", or just "funny dialogue from a film you like"? :-)
Oh yeah. The second one.
Okay - The scene in Miller's Crossing where Casper's men try to hit Leo at home. I whooped the first (and second and third) time I watched that.
The sexual tension is electrifying.
The scene at the end where the Fiat Panda plunges off the cliffs and you can hear the occupants screaming after the car has exploded at the bottom is terrifying.
My two favourite movie scenes and conveniently in the same movie.
That was a good film, wasn't it?
Once upon a time in the west, final shoot out.
Star man, arrival of mothership in desert.
The unforgiven, scene in bar at end.
Maximilian Schell in Judgement At Nuremberg, suddenly surprising the entire courtroom by demonstrating that in fact he is not just some young sacrificial stooge, but is in fact an excellent lawyer who knows exactly what he is doing. His verbal assault on Judy Garland is superb and terrifying. It's made all the better by Schell himself being the "unknown" in a huge ensemble cast of some of the biggest stars in Hollywood (and outshining the whole lot of them and blagging a Best Actor Oscar into the bargain :-) )
Actually a few Stanley Kramer films have astonishingly powerful scenes. On The Beach and Inherit The Wind are also fab.
But the best, really, has to be Dr Terwilliker dressing for the big performance in The 5000 Fingers of Dr T! With Kramer as producer.
> The unforgiven, scene in bar at end.
Not meaning to be pedantic...I am genuinely interested...do you mean Clint Eastwood's film "Unforgiven", or John Huston's film "The Unforgiven"? I have not seen the latter but I think I should (Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn in a rather different kind of Western to the Eastwood film...)
K2 - "I spend my life dealing with the scum of the earth, that's why I come here with you, you know? To find a little grace..."
The moment they click their fingers and turn off the Eiffel Tower in La Haine
The butterfly in Tree of Life
Tom Hanks explaining the opera in Philadelphia
The Matrix lobby scene where they go to rescue Morpheus
Master and Commander: "the birds flightless you say? - Yes - Well it's not going anywhere then is it?" - cue La Musica Notturna Delle Strade Di Madrid' No. 6, Op. 30
The 'family meal' scene in Ken Loach's Family Life
and, of course, "I'm not left-handed either..." - The Princess Bride
> and, of course, "I'm not left-handed either..." - The Princess Bride
though I personally prefer "I've spent the last 18 months building up an immunity" :-)
"If only we had a wheelbarrow..."
Always you are saying this word. I do not think it means what you think it means
We'll never survive...
Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has.
My Wi-Fi is flaky, sorry, can't keep up!
Inigo: You seem like a decent fellow, I hate to kill you.
Westley: You seem like a decent fellow. I hate to die.
Shared cultural references are good; I'm enjoying remembering the scenes suggested above.
For what it's worth, I'll offer in addition :
The Dude extinguishes the burning roach in his crotch with his beer, and then crashes his car into the dumpster. The Big Lebowski
"He's not the Messiah; He's a very naughty boy!" Life of Brian
Inside the derelict spaceship from Alien
> The Dude extinguishes the burning roach in his crotch with his beer, and then crashes his car into the dumpster. The Big Lebowski
This has me in fits of laughter every time I watch it.
Sharing the same actor in a very second fiddle role, the scene in Cutters Way where a pissed-up Alex wrecks his neighbour's car and talks his way out of it.
That's not the scene I most remember from the original film :o)
> That's not the scene I most remember from the original film :o)
me neither - although the one I assume you're talking about is spoiled slightly by the knowledge that a stunt-bum was used :(
space marines landing on base in Aliens
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