Best Movie Scenes can come from any kind of movie, but I'm always interested in the scenes from the most iconic movies. You know, classics that most, if not all, people love, and scenes that are instantly recognizable. The best movie scenes can come from comedies, dramas, horror films, or love stories. They can be in black and white or dazzling technicolor. Take a look at my list of the best movie scenes from the most iconic movie scenes, and see if they call up any instant recognition!
1 Aliens: the Baby Scene
Not only is this one of the best movie scenes ever, it's also one of the creepiest. Oh, when that thing movies in her belly! If you mention alien births, however, people instantly know you're talking about Ripley, even if they've never seen any of the alien movies.
2 Psycho: the Bathtub
Alfred Hitchcock's films are full of iconic images (The Birds, anyone?), but nothing is so well known as the shower scene from Psycho. It never fails that, after watching this movie, I can't comfortably take a shower for a week. The music helps, of course – it heightens the scene so much that you don't even really notice how obviously feigned the stabbing is.
3 The Shining: Here's Johnny
It's no surprise that one of Stephen King's films (so to speak) contains one of the best movie scenes, either. King's books are full of memorable images, and when he has a hand in his films, you know you're going to find at least one really incredible scene. The Shining is full of them, but as Jack Nicholson's Jack reaches the climax of his craziness, you get the real gem.
4 Schindler's List: the Red Coat
Schindler's List is an iconic and moving film in many ways, for a variety of reasons. As a result, it is also filled with incredible scenes. Unquestionably, however, the scene containing the little girl in the red coat – one brave spot of color in all that stark black and white – is one of the most recognizable. I can't even watch the three minute segment without getting teary.
5 Pulp Fiction: Quarter Pounders
Quentin Tarantino knows how to create a poignant scene as well. Pulp Fiction is filled with him, but for me one of the best movie scenes from the film involves Jules and Vincent (of course) discussing hamburgers. I have no idea why, except for the juxtaposition of these two ruthless, bad ass guys talking about the Royale with Cheese, on their way to do their dirty business.
6 The Lion King: Mufasa Speaks
The Lion King is one of my favorite Disney cartoons. In truth, it too is filled with a variety of moving scenes. However, the scene where Mufasa's ghost comes back to talk to Simba, to help him, is one of the best ever. Something else that makes me sob like a child, no matter how old I get or how many times I've seen it.
7 Braveheart: the Big Speech
Mel Gibson's speech against the English in Braveheart is widely considered one of the best movie scenes from any movie, ever. And it is an incredible, inspiring scene. From the speech to the reactions of those listening, it's one of those things that sticks with you. Better, it helps me remember when Mel Gibson was known for his amazing acting abilities, rather than his antics.
8 Casablanca: the Goodbye
Casablanca is an absolute classic. Lots of the scenes are memorable; a single phrase can make someone remember the film. The final scene, however, on the tarmac with the fog rolling in, is one of the best scenes I've ever witnessed. I fall in love with Humphrey Bogart every single time.
9 The Crying Game: Dil's Secret
Not only is the climactic scene from The Crying Game one of the best movie scenes ever, it's also one of my favorites. It's not even the big reveal that I find so moving, but the aftermath. I lose my stuff every time I see poor Dil down on the floor. This was such a brave movie, especially for the times.
10 Ghost: the Pottery Scene
Finally, we have Ghost. The pottery scene between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore is sweet, intimate, romantic, and erotic, all at once. It made millions of women want to learn pottery and hijack Patrick. Remember: getting messy can be very, very sexy!
Remember, this is just my list of the best movie scenes! There are tons more stellar scenes from all kinds of movies, the one-offs and the classics alike. The best movie scenes listed here always sum up these films for me. Mention these scenes, and most people instantly know what flicks you're talking about, you know? So, tell me your opinion on the best movie scenes, and share your favorite parts from the movies you love most!
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