View Full Version : Great Movie Scenes

06-08-2008, 02:57 PM
Some movies contain scenes that transcend the movie as a whole- in other words, twenty years later you may not remember the plot but that one scene is still vividly remembered.
In fact, the film may have achieved iconic status just because of that one scene. I frequently find that even when I don't want to watch the entire movie again, I can see that one part over and over...the conception and execution are simply perfect.

Here are two of my favorites...

-The "chestburst" scene from Alien.
Sure, since then I've seen gorier, gooier and more graphic shots but this one is the granddaddy of 'em all.

-Meg Ryan's "orgasm in the deli" from When Harry Met Sally.
"I'll have what she's having"...'nuff said.

What are yours?

06-08-2008, 04:22 PM
The car chase in Bullit.
While the car chases in The French Connection,Ronin To Live and Die in L.A. and The Bourne Identity may be more technically impressive,nothing tops Bullit for perfect direction and sense of drama.
Steve McQueen in this and on his motorcycle jumping fences in The Great Escape was the definition of cool.

Speaking of Alien how about the head exploding scene in Scanners to rival it.Not the whole movie just the scene.

06-08-2008, 04:56 PM
The car chase in Bullit.
Oh yeah, baby.
Even then though I was troubled because I just knew that no car could take that kind of abuse. Still and all, it's McQueen, so...
Speaking of Alien how about the head exploding scene in Scanners to rival it.Not the whole movie just the scene.
I'm gathering some Cronenberg as we speak.
Just got The Fly yesterday (arguably his masterpiece, IMO) and I'll add Scanners to the list for a revisit.

Here's another...
-From Chasing Amy, Jason Lee at his best...(YouTube here) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA57gysJSt4)

Banky Edwards: Alright, now see this? This is a four-way road, OK? And dead in the center is a crisp, new, hundred dollar bill. Now, at the end of each of these streets are four people, OK? Are you following?
Holden: Yeah.
Banky Edwards: Good. Over here, we have a male-affectionate, easy to get along with, non-political agenda lesbian. Down here, we have a man-hating, angry as fuck, agenda of rage, bitter dyke. Over here, we got Santa Claus, and up here the Easter Bunny. Which one is going to get to the hundred dollar bill first?
Holden: What is this supposed to prove?
Banky Edwards: No, I'm serious. This is a serious exercise. It's like an SAT question. Which one is going to get to the hundred dollar bill first? The male-friendly lesbian, the man-hating dyke, Santa Claus, or the Easter bunny?
Holden: The man-hating dyke.
Banky Edwards: Good. Why?
Holden: I don't know.
Banky Edwards: Because the other three are figments of your fucking imagination!

Still cracks me up.

06-08-2008, 05:31 PM
Steve McQueen is like Clint Eastwood anything that they do ,no matter how preposterous,I except as God's own truth.
I am insulted that you suggest otherwise.


06-08-2008, 07:51 PM

To be fair though, it was never McQueen I doubted, it was Ford.
A subtle but exculpatory nuance.

"Except", huh?


06-08-2008, 08:09 PM

To be fair though, it was never McQueen I doubted, it was Ford.
A subtle but exculpatory nuance.

"Except", huh?


See how upset I was. Accept that as an explanation.
Except it's a poor one.(Where the hell is a contextual spellcheck when you need one?)

PS I once new a guy who own a '68 Mustang fastback similar to the one in Bullit.He drove it off a cliff and walked away without a scratch.True story.
The fact that he was three sheets to the wind probably played no small part in either the crash or his survival.
The car stone-cold sober unfortunately did not fair as well.

And what the hell this has to do with anything I have no idea.

06-08-2008, 10:48 PM
And what the hell this has to do with anything I have no idea.
Who cares?
Everyone else here is probably watching Zohan right now anyway.

06-08-2008, 11:54 PM
Most memorable movie scenes:Happy Gilmore-Happy fights Bob Barker.
"The price is wrong,bitch".

Okay maybe not.

06-09-2008, 12:26 AM
@clocker - The Chasing Amy scene is great indeed. How about the "stink palm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfVVjpVZP8I)" in the prequel? One of my favs.

The dialogue and savvy of Samuel L. in Pulp Fiction's breakfast scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE9Qm8mShik). That movie has so many great scenes; it's one of my all-time favs.

06-09-2008, 04:31 PM
-George C. Scott's address to the 3rd Army (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDecLiA_Qbw) at the opening of Patton.
"Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

An iconic visual.

-Clarise's first interview with Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs.
He's caged in a stone cell behind 3" of plexiglass.
He's short (5'8 1/2"), slightly paunchy and has thinning hair.
He looks like an accountant or a dentist.

Within 30 seconds you know he could seriously fuck you up.

Anthony Hopkins creates one of filmdom's greatest monsters in just under 17 minutes ( yup, out of the film's 118 minute running time, Hopkins is on screen for less than 17 minutes) and this is the scene where we meet him.

Welcome to the nightmare.

06-09-2008, 05:42 PM
The "butterfly scene " near the end of All Quite on the Western Front(1930)

After surviving so much violence that claimed most of his friends,Paul's hand reaching for a butterfly on day when the official activity report finally reads"all quiet on the Western Front."

06-09-2008, 11:10 PM
Man, you had to go way back for that one.
That film has to be the spiritual godfather of Saving Private Ryan.

As you may expect, All Quiet... was banned in Germany but did you know it was banned in, of all places, Australia as well?
No idea why.

06-10-2008, 12:48 AM
Yeah I kind of stretched the limit of what is reasonable for that one.:lol:
The film's incredibly dated but still it's a ending that sticks in my memory.
It's funny that you compare it to Saving Private Ryan because I think that's just about right.If you've ever read the book the ending is much closer to Ryan's too(the director decided at the last minute to go with the bleaker one that he thought suited the message of the movie better).

People have the wrong impression that old film's are all sugar and spice, but a lot were made before the Production Code or Hays Code became widely enforced .Some contain pretty hard stuff.Original cut of King Kong has nudity for example.

06-10-2008, 01:22 AM
re: movie ratings...
If you haven't yet, you must see This Movie Is Not Yet Rated.
I was amazed and appalled.

06-11-2008, 12:42 AM
really awesome scene is in the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King when army of green ghost is landing in port and flooding all of the enemies

06-11-2008, 01:37 AM
mulholland drive

the man behind the diner. here's the scene on youtube.


06-11-2008, 06:46 AM
There's a movie titled "Coffee and Cigarettes" which is actually a pretty big flop, but it has some great dialogue and scenes. One being....


06-13-2008, 01:52 AM
First identity let my say David Lynch is one screwed up mf:wacko:
Coffee and Cigarettes-I think the last thing the director Jim Jarmusch cared about was making a commercially successful movie. Iggy Pop and Tom Waits together is just cool Skizo.They didn't really have to even say anything and I was fascinated.

While we're doing diner scenes I'll add an obvious one from Pulp Fiction

06-13-2008, 07:38 AM
I caught a related link for a film I have no idea how I forgot.


08-08-2008, 02:30 AM