Okay, join in on the fun folks! This is just a listing (with clips! *) of memorable movie moments from some of my favorite films. This took me ages to compile so I sure hope you enjoy. Some are brutal, some are emotional and powerful, some are just plain funny and heartwarming.  I consider each of these CLASSIC scenes from cinematic history.

I am sure there are MANY more–What are yours?

* Alas, many of the clips below have been disconnected so you can’t see them all on my blog–HOWEVER you can go to youtube to watch them which I URGE you to do–and then return back to my site! 🙂

1. True Romance: The conversation between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken about sicilians. Probably my favorite scene in movie history.

2. Heat: The confrontation in the cafe between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Two powerhouse actors together for the first time in film history.

3. Jerry Maguire: The “show me the money” scene.

The “you had me at hello” scene:

4. Top Gun: The scene when Goose dies. 😦 It gets me every time. No, seriously–it does.

5. Terminator 2: Judgement Day: The end scene when Arnold  lowers himself into the molten lava to destroy himself. Okay, I admit it–even this scene makes me choke up every time I see that damn thumbs up.

6. The Matrix: The martial arts training fight scene between Neo and Morpheus.

The final fight scene between Neo and Agent smith, when it is confirmed that he is the One:

The last voiceover scene and then Neo flying into the sky. Badass!

7. Tropic Thunder: The whole opening sequence parodying Platoon which is not only funny but a seriously intense battle sequence.

Tom Cruise as Les Grossman = a new iconic figure was born.

8. Platoon: The scene when William Dafoe gets gunned down as the chopper takes off above.

9. The Truman Show: The scene when Jim Carrey stops the traffic in the road, first realizing his reality is all a show.

10. Good Will Hunting: Ben Affleck arriving at Matt Damon’s house only to find he is gone and his note saying he has “gone to find out about a girl” to Robin Williams.

The break up scene with Matt Damon and Minnie Driver is so raw and riveting too.

11. Love Actually: The scene with the young love sick boy as he chases after his girlfriend through the airport before she leaves.

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12. Crocodile Dundee: The final scene in the subway with the girl relaying messages through others and Paul Hogan climbing over everyone to get to her.

Also the “that’s not a knife, this is a knife” scene.

13. Pulp Fiction: The dance between Uma Thurman and John Travolta.

The shot to the heart needle scene after Mia Wallace overdoses.

14. Reservoir Dogs: The stand off toward the end and resultant bloody shoot out.

15. Dead Poet’s Society:  The emotional send off of Robin Williams as Ethan Hawke and the others stand on the tables chanting “oh captain, my captain”.

16. Magnolia: The powerhouse performance from Tom Cruise specifically when he breaks down at his fathers death bed.

Also the montage of all the main characters singing together to Aimee Manns Wise up was truly mesmerizing.

17. The Fellowship of the Ring: The scene when gandalf falls. So emotional and the soundtrack is amazing.

The fight sequence between Aragorn and the orc at the end and the death of boromir.

18. The Two Towers: The battle of Helms deep.

19. The Return of the King: Each of the the multiple endings, but specifically when Gandalf and Frodo leave. Had me weeping like a little baby. I won’t deny it and neither should you!

20. the Empire Strikes Back: Princess Leia to Hans Solo: I love you, Hans Solo to Princess Leia: I know. Epic!

Also Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker: Luke, I am your father! Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader: Noooo!!

21. Return of the Jedi: Darth Vader redeeming himself and saving Luke’s life by throwing the emperor overboard and then finally taking his helmet off.

22. Point Break: The chase sequence and Keanu firing his gun into the air when he realizes the robber is Patrick Swayze. Awesome.

Also the epic end sequence at the beach during the 50 year wave: Cops to Keanu Reeves: We’ll get him when he comes back in! Keanu Reeves to cops: He won’t be coming back.

23. The Usual Suspects: That damn ending! Keyzer Soze: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he didn’t exist and like that, he’s gone.” Then just a blank screen. Chilling!  I still remember my exact words after the first time I saw that: WTF?!?

24. Fight Club: Edward Norton pummeling Jared Leto: “I felt like destroying something beautiful”

and the final scene as the buildings come tumbling down while Pixies “Where is my Mind” plays.

25. Observe and Report: The fight sequence between the mall cops and Police Force

and the chase sequence between Seth Rogen and the Streaker while Pixies “Where is my mind” also plays!

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Beating up the skateboarders scene was epic too.

26. The Last of The Mohicans: That whole final sequence that is shot in one go when the sister’s lover is burned at the stake, she jumps off the mountain, the bad guy kills the good son and then the father kills the bad guy. Utterly gripping and one of the most incredible sequences ever shot like that.

27. 12 Monkeys: Bruce Willis being shot as he runs through the airport and sees himself as a child. Mind bender.

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28. Kick Ass: The whole fight where Hit Girl saves Kick Ass but Big Daddy gets killed  was incredible.

The final shoot out scene when Kick-Ass and Hit Girl take down the mob boss.

29. The Breakfast Club: The scene when they are stoned and dancing.

30. Leon: Gary Oldman’s “I like these calm moments before the storm” scene. One of the best psychotic villains in cinema history.

31. Se7en: That brutal ending as Morgan freeman discovers the content of the box and Brad Pitt performs the final deadly sin.

32. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: The dance sequence at the parade to “Twist & Shout”.

33. 10 Things I Hate About you: Heath Ledgers ballad of “Can’t take my eyes off of you” to Julia Stiles at the football stadium.

34. 500 Days of Summer: Joseph Gordan Levitts serenade of love to “You make my dreams come true”.  Awesome fun!

35. Good Fella’s:  Joe Pesci going nuts and killing Billy Bats in the bar with Robert De Niro joining in. Gruesome!

Also the montage of  all the guys connected to the robbery getting whacked to the tune of Eric Clapton’s “Layla” was freaky good.

36. Road to Perdition: Tom Hanks emerging from the mist to that haunting piano tune and killing Paul Newman, who was his father figure.

37. Watchmen: The whole opening sequence done to Bob Dylan’s “The times they are a changing” as it shows the Watchmen’s rise and fall as superheroes over the years. One of the best intro’s ever.

38. Garden State: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard screaming down the massive pit while Simon Garfunkel plays in the background. Then the lucky bastard (Zach Braff) plants one on her…

39. The Graduate: The final sequence when Dustin Hoffman saves his love from getting married and they leave on the bus. This whole movie mesmerized me as a child–I watched it about 25 times.

40. Shawshank Redemption: That awesome escape sequence with Tim Robbins swapping out the shoes and the tunnel behind the poster.

and the scene when he plays the classical musical behind a locked door as the cops break into it. Very moving.

41. Mystic River: The dramatic scene when Sean Penn is screaming “is that my daughter in there?’  while being held back by multiple cops as Kevin Bacon just stares at him blankly. Gut wrenching.

42. Blade Runner: That incredible ending when the Rutger Haur saves Harrison Ford and then gives the “I’ve seen things” speech before he dies and releases the white dove into the sky.

43. 28 Days later: That chilling end sequence as Cillian Murphy goes nuts and kills the soldiers and saves the girls.

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44. Let The Right One In: That brutal but incredible scene shown from underwater as the vampire girl rips the bullies apart and saves the boy.

45. My Best Friends Wedding: That hilarious sing along around the table lead by Rupert Everett to “Say a Little Prayer for you”.

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