An average person watches more or less than 5000 movies throughout their lifetime. For all of these movies, we always have this particular scene that always gets stuck in our minds— the best one among the bunch. Here we have listed 30 of the Best Movie Scenes in movie history.
#30 D-Day Landing From Saving Private Ryan
The movie is based on historical accounts of the Normandy Landings in World War II. The D-Day Landing scene shows the squad headed by Capt. John Miller (played by Tom Hanks) approaches the Normandy beach while being attacked by the enemy. It’s a heart-stopping scene depicting one of the most gruesome events in World War II.
#29 Snape's Death From Harry and the Deathly Hollows - Part 2
Throughout the “Harry Potter” franchise, Professor Severus Snape was hated by “Harry Potter” fans. He was constantly after Harry and making his life miserable in the series. But in the last part of the movie, we understand his plans. The real Severus Snape, a loyal friend to Lilly Potter, Harry’s protector, and a Great Wizard, becomes understood by the audience in the last movie.
Snape dies because of a fatal bite from Nagini, Voldermort’s snake. Before dying, he gives Harry his tears which the latter drops into the Pensieve, where he sees fragments of Snape’s memories. Harry discovers that Snape truly loved his mother and somehow saw her in him in the memories. That’s why he was willing to sacrifice everything for him.
#28 What's in the Box? From Se7en
This happens in the last minutes of the movie. The twisted serial killer John Doe is executing his final plan. Brad Pitt, portraying the character of detective Mills is faced with a horrible truth.
His partner, Detective Sommerset, finds a box. When he asked about the box’s contents, it was like his world crumbled. The decapitated head of his wife was found there, stashed in the box.
#27 Casey Becker Death Scene From Scream
Casey Becker was not the main character in the movie, but this scene was a famous movie scene. She was the first victim of Ghostface. Played by Drew Barrymore, the character of Casey Becker and her death is one of the most memorable movie scenes in the “Scream” series.
#26 When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2
To be abandoned is tough for people of all ages, which is tackled in this scene from Toy Story 2. We’ve known Jessie as a loveable Cowgirl from Toy Story- a toy willing to put her whole heart into loving a child. But despite her often happy facade, a traumatic experience lies behind her.
In her back story, retold through a song called “When She Loved Me,” we get to know her more. The song reminisces the time when Jessie was with her first owner. What makes this scene memorable and, at the same time, heartbreaking is when her owner gets older and abandons her in a donation box.
#25 Flying Bike Scene E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Another one of the masterpieces created by Steven Spielberg, the film “E.T.” was well-received by the audiences. The film caused a massive increase in Reese’s Pieces. However, aside from that, one more thing that truly stuck in the audience’s minds is the flying scene where Elliot and E.T. were running away from government officials aboard a bicycle when E.T. made it fly. The scene was shot beautifully for its time.
#24 Here's Johnny from The Shinning
The Johnny’s scene from “The Shining” happened when an insane Jack grabbed an ax and chopped his way through doors to get to his wife. It is one of the most memorable scenes in movie history and one of the most replicated ones.
#23 Maria Singing Atop the Alps from the Sound of Music
Julie Andrews is iconic for playing the role of Maria in “The Sound of Music.” Tied to her iconic role as Maria is this scene from the movie. Julie Andrews is on top of a mountain in Austria as she sings “The Hills Are Alive.”
#22 The Final Bow from The Truman Show
“The Truman Show” talked deals with a man who grew up inside a show. Everyone in the world he knew to be true was all actors, and everything happening around him was being broadcasted on television. “The Final Bow” marks the end of the show and the beginning of Thurman’s Journey in the real world.
#21 Hidden Card Trick From Now You See Me 2
The hidden card trick from “Now You See Me 2” was very mesmerizing to watch. Sometimes it makes me wonder how they could pull off such an elaborate movement—nonetheless, it’s very satisfying to watch.
#20 I am Iron Man scene from Avenger's Endgame
In the “and, I am Ironman” scene from the “Avenger’s Endgame,” we see Tony Stark taking the Infinity Stones from Thanos. The words “and, I am Ironman” were Stark’s response to Thanos’s “I am inevitable” remark when he thinks he’s got his hands on the Infinity stones.
#19 UP's Opening Montage
The Opening Montage from Pixar’s “Up” is a bittersweet take on the love story of Carl and Ellie. The audience is introduced to the couple’s love story right from the beginning. Many of us weren’t prepared for Ellie’s death and Carl’s way of dealing with the pain. Nonetheless, this movie scene was not only the best but also a vital part of understanding Carl in the course of the movie.
#18 The Girl in Red Coat From Schindler's List
Aside from being known as the director of “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg is also known for another masterpiece, “Schindler’s List.” The Girl in the Red Coat was a turning point for German industrialist Oskar Schindler. It made him realize the horrific reality of the world he is in.
#17 The Final Speech From The Great Dictator
The Final Speech from “The Great Dictator” is one of the best movie scenes ever. Although it was created in 1940, when the world was in the middle of World War II, the words uttered in the movie are still relevant today.
The speech is comprised of a plea for equality and democracy. “The Great Dictator” was a political satire aimed at mocking actions done by Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Today, as the world once more faces a rising in fascist leaders, this movie scene is something a lot of us can resonate with.
#16 My Precious Scene From Lord of The Rings
This line is just composed of two words, and yet it is the subject of many GIFS, parodies, and memes from all over the internet. The line is famously spoken by Gollum.
#15 Town Square Death Scene From Jojo Rabbit
Directed by Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit” unconventionally deals with World War II. It combines two movie genres in one film. One of the best scenes in the movie was when Jojo followed a butterfly that led him to see a horrific sight— his mother hanging in the town square, dead.
As the little boy broke down and hugged his mother’s legs, the audience quickly felt the emotions being conveyed. It was an extremely tragic thing to witness. This sequence was among the best in movie history, as evidenced by the emotions that the viewers experienced during it.
#14 Vesper's Death in Casino Royale
James Bond is often depicted as a ruthless killer incapable of feeling human emotions. He was often the strong cool person who could bounce back and was not easily defeated. However, for this brief scene, the audience saw another side of Agent 007.
They saw the human side of him, someone capable of feeling the hurt of seeing the woman he loves die before his eyes. The helplessness, agony, and pain he felt in those brief moments showed Agent 007 was far from emotionless.
#13 No Man's Land scene from Wonder Woman
“Wonder Woman” is the epitome of women’s empowerment, proving that in this scene. She leads the charge across No Man’s Land, braving all the odds. Although the scene was only 4 minutes or 240 seconds, it is considered one of the film’s peaks.
#12 Confrontation scene at the Diner in Heat (1995)
Al Pacino and Robert de Niro are both legends in action movies. Director Michael Mann places the two phenomenal people together in “Heat” (1995). There are no words other than greatness that can describe the scene.
#11 Tears in Rain Monologue from Blade Runner
The 50-second monologue by Rutger Hauer is one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time. Playing the role of a fugitive replicant, a bioengineered humanoid, the scene depicts him as someone with feelings like a normal human being. The poetic lines in his dying moment’s soliloquy added to the feelings of the audience watching the moving moment.
#10 Final Epilogue scene from La La Land
The Final Epilogue scene in “La La Land” merits the 10th spot on this list. It showed the two versions of Mia’s future, one was with the person she falls in love with, and the other was with a man who ended up as her real husband.
#9 "I just wanted to take another look at you,"- Jackson Maine scene from A Star is Born
Although the scene is not that important in the movie, it is one of the most romantic ones.
#8 Dance Scene from Pulp Fiction
The impromptu dance scene between hitman Vincent Vega and his mob boss’ wife, Mia, is one of the best movie scenes in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” and it has indeed remained in the minds of audiences.
#7 Darth Vader's Confession from Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
The scene happens after a violent lightsaber duel, the main character, Luke Skywalker, is informed by the Sith Lord and serial killer Darth Vader that he is his father. The words “I Am Your Father” has been the subject of many impersonations ever since. A little trivia, the scene appeared in “Toy Story 2.”
#6 "You're talking to me?" from Taxi Driver (1976)
The iconic line was improvised by actor Robert De Niro, who plays the role of Travis Bickle, a mentally disturbed war veteran who works as a night-time taxi driver. The scene was supposed to be the lonely Travis looking at himself in front of the mirror, but during the filming, Robert De Niro improvised and said, “You’re talking to me?”
#5 The Matrix, Bullet Time
Keanu Reeves plays the role of the hacker-hero Neo in “The Matrix.” Every scene involving Neo was iconic. Action movie fans would know how iconic scenes involving Neo dodging bullets is.
#4 "If you're a bird, I'm a bird" scene from The Notebook
Among all romance films, “The Notebook” is regarded as one of the best. It delves into the love story of Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton, played by Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. The iconic scene of the couple by the sea with birds flying everywhere is very romantic, and fans were smitten by the “if you’re a bird, I’m a bird” line. The lines capture the couple’s love and have a compelling meaning in the story.
#3 Joker Interrogation Scene from The Dark Knight
What makes this scene iconic is the fact that it shows the somehow powerless side of a superhero and a villain’s dark perspective of humanity. This fact makes Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” makes it groundbreaking. In this scene, Batman interrogates Joker to know the location of his childhood friend and love interest Rachel and the Gotham City Mayor.
#2 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's Wingardium Leviosa scene
The “Harry Potter” series is not short of iconic scenes. I mean, who am I kidding? The series has eight incredible movies, all of which has their iconic scene. But nothing beats the O.G. The Wingardium Leviosa scene from the first movie holds a special place in the hearts of Potterheads, not just because Emma Watson nailed her lines as Hermione Granger but because the scene showed Ron and Hermione’s personalities.
In the scene, Ron Weasley struggles to make his feather float using the spell “Wingardium Leviosa.” Hermione Granger corrects his pronunciation, making the former feel offended that a girl had corrected him. The scene was like the trigger for the phenomenal trio of “Harry Potter,” Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger to be created.
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#1 Tiffany & Co. scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Actress Audrey Hepburn plays the iconic role of Holly Golightly in this movie. Her role was so iconic that she became a fashion symbol because of her memorable role. One of the most memorable scenes in the film was Holly Golightly’s arrival outside the New York Jewelry store, donning her iconic outfit of a black dress and gloves with jewels hanging around her neck.
Holly’s arrival at Tiffany & Co. gave the audience a brief glimpse of her character long before she utters a single line in her dialogues. Nevertheless, the action has left a lasting impression on the audience.
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