What is the most remarkable “single” movie scene ever filmed? There are so many cinematic gems that this is a challenging question. However, after someone polled the internet, these were the top-voted responses. What are the movies with the greatest scenes ever that we left out?
10. Schindler’s List (1993)
“The ‘I could have saved more speech’ in Schindler’s List,” said one. Another quoted the film: “Oskar, eleven hundred people are alive because of you. Look at them.” Chills. Another argued, “What about the boy hiding in the pit toilet scene from Schindler’s List?”
“In the final scene of Schindler’s List, the real people from the film’s depiction are shown placing stones on a grave. My friend was shocked to discover that she knew one of them but had no idea what he had been through,” a final commenter shared.
9. The Godfather (1972)
“The baptism scene in The Godfather” shared one. “Michael not only renounced Satan, but he also settled all the family business that day.” “My good friend is a pastor, and he says that scene is stuck in his head every time he baptizes a baby,” another confessed. Others agreed with The Godfather but shared different scenes.
“The entire scene in the restaurant is terrific, but after Michael retrieves the gun and sits back down, I don’t think I’ve ever seen better acting. The sound of the train and the multitude of emotions expressed on Michael’s face genuinely feel like those of a man about to commit a murder he is unsure of,” another volunteered.
8. The Matrix (1999)
“The lobby shootout in The Matrix,” shared one. “It’s so well-edited, and the visual effects are amazing. That entire movie was just a game-changer.” Another clarified, “In 1977, Star Wars brought special effects to another level. That opening scene with the star destroyer flying overhead was the dawn of a new era.”
“And It wasn’t until 1999 that The Matrix upped the ante again with the lobby scene. It created the era of ‘you can film anything your want.’ And none of that too-fast-to-see/shaky camera trash films resort. Instead, slow motion, eye-popping, no-flaws effects while Trinity and Neo laid waste to everything around them. Revolutionary.”
7. Jaws (1975)
One stated, “The USS Indianapolis monologue from Jaws, Robert Shaw’s delivery, is just chilling.” “Robert Shaw was excellent in everything he ever did. He’s like a Hemingway novel with arms and legs,” another replied.
“Amazing that it’s the best scene in a creature feature, but it is. Just an incredible performance and scene all around.” “One of my all-time favorite scenes. His description of what happens when a shark bites you sends chills down my spine. He was an incredible scene stealer and well-cast,” a final person commented.
6. The Silence of The Lambs (1991)
“The night vision sequence in The Silence of the Lambs is excellent suspense,” said one. “I remember seeing it in the theatre. There was so much tension. A woman screamed when he reached his hand towards her face in the film.” “Her hands shaking, holding the gun gets me every time,” another confessed.
5. Goodfellas (1990)
“Goodfellas, ‘You’re a funny guy.’ You could cut that tension—Great scene,” one replied. “Joe Pesci improved that scene too, and Ray Liotta had no idea about it, so his reactions were genuine,” another added.
“Improvised or not, this has to be one of the scariest scenes in a non-horror film. Henry angered someone who has no problem putting a bullet in your head in front of dozens of witnesses and the slow realization he messed up big time,” another replied.
4. The Lord of The Rings (2003)
One user suggested, “The charge of the Rohirrim. It still gives me chills. Ride now! Ride for ruin, and the world’s ending! DEATH!” “I watch that scene regularly because I find it uplifting. The faces of the orcs falling as they realize that they face an army with no fear of death while the righteous charging wall of flesh and metal hits them at full speed are nothing short of glorious.”
3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
“The beach scene in Saving Private Ryan,” someone shared.” My uncle, now gone, asked me to see this with him. He served in WWII and was one of the men landing on Omaha Beach. The first bullet, he took my hand. By the third, he was squeezing it so hard I thought every bone would break.”
“By the fifth bullet, a tear down his cheek. By the tenth, he was openly weeping; this man who loved and laughed hard but never cried. I knew he was flashing back, so I rested my other hand on his arm. When the scene ended, he whispered, ‘It’s like they looked inside my brain and put my memories up there.”
“That scene was that authentic. My uncle was the only one of his entire platoon that made it off the beach. Miraculously no outward injuries save a few scratches. However, the mental and emotional wounds devastated him to his last breath.”
2. Jurassic Park (1993)
“When the T. Rex showed up in Jurassic Park,” one stated. “Amazing scene. The water in the cup was moving before you could even see the T-Rex is such a scary thing. Bloody brilliant scene.” “There is no music whatsoever during that scene. 99.9% of films would force a score to up the tension or pop in a few stingers to ensure the audience is perked up.”
“Nope, not the paddock scene. The rain served as the score, and the scene was 1000x better without background music,” another shared. A third added, “Alan and Ellie when they first saw the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.”
1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
“It’s when Dorothy steps out of the house into Technicolor and a new world. It changed film and cinema forever. The emotional aspect is unreal, and that scene is forever engraved,” one stated. “I can only imagine what that was like for audiences in 1939… in the THEATRES, seeing a color movie for the first time?! WOW,” another exclaimed.
“My Grandfather was eleven when it came out. He told me that the whole theater gasped loudly even though they knew it would happen,” a third shared. “My mom told me how the whole block gathered at the one neighbor’s house with a color TV, and they all watched it together—standing room only around a little 12″ screen,” a final person commented.
Honorable Mentions: The ending of The Truman Show with Jim Carrey and the scene where Tom Cruise grills Jack Nicolson in A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!” We hope you enjoyed this Reddit picks list of the most significant single movie scenes ever.
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