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Updated on Aug 20, 2020. Posted on Aug 16, 2020

People Shared The Best-Acted Movie Scenes Of All Time And Yes, Yes To All

You know, those "Oooh, someone's gettin' an Oscar!" scenes.

We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "What is the best-acted movie scene of all time and why?" and WHEW, they did not disappoint. Here are just a few of the most perfect performances ever committed to film:

WARNING: Due to the nature of this post, it does contain several SPOILERS for these films. Please proceed with caution.

1. The opening scene, Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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The Weinstein Company

"Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) goes to a Frenchman's (Denis Ménochet) house looking for a Jewish family. The tension in that scene is incredible and anxiety-inducing. Landa was asking the man all of these questions, but he already knew the family was hiding underneath the floorboards. It's a heartbreaking scene, and Waltz is phenomenal."

mrsnegan

2. The "And I Am Telling You" scene, Dreamgirls (2006)

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DreamWorks Pictures

"This is the only scene that comes to mind for me. Jennifer Hudson is just incredible."

frankaiden55

3. The ending scene, The Thing (1982)

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Universal Pictures

"You can't figure out which of the two remaining survivors is human and which is the monster. The tension built between the two actors is incredible and chilling."

fillionfan4002

4. The fight scene, Juno (2007)

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

"Mark (Jason Bateman) tells Juno (Ellen Page) that he’s leaving his wife and implies that it's because of her. I cry every time because I just feel what Juno is feeling and it's heartbreaking. She's so young and has so much on her shoulders, and those two actors nail it."

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5. The restroom monologue scene, Hidden Figures (2016)

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20th Century Fox

"In one word? Phenomenal."

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6. The dressing room scene, I, Tonya (2017)

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Neon

"Tonya (Margot Robbie) is in her dressing room at her second Olympics and has a breakdown. It’s just the camera on Robbie, and she nails it. The nuance in the slow breakdown that leads to tears and all of the forced smiles."

addisonarvish

7. The choice scene, Sophie's Choice (1982)

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Universal Pictures

"So raw, so painful. You can feel Sophie’s (Meryl Streep) pain pouring out of the screen, and it shakes you to your core. It’s just so unimaginable, and yet it happened to many, many people less than 100 years ago. Not to mention Streep learned to speak Polish and German for the role, and she was so convincing and natural that people from those countries mistook her for a native speaker!"

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8. The USS Indianapolis scene, Jaws (1975)

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Universal Pictures

"Every time I watch it, I get sucked in and forget that Robert Shaw isn’t actually Quint. The dialogue, the emotions, and the cinematography are all fantastic."

rachelc43

9. The colorblind scene, Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

"Dwayne (Paul Dano) realizes he’s colorblind and can't become a pilot. It’s so chaotic with the broken horn blaring in the background, and then absolutely gut-wrenching when he jumps from the van and has that devastating breakdown on the side of the road."

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10. The confrontation scene, Fences (2016)

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Paramount Pictures

"The scene when Rose (Viola Davis) confronts her husband, Troy (Denzel Washington), about his affair gives me chills every single time."

elexisgrace

11. The interrogation scene, The Dark Knight (2008)

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Warner Bros.

"Heath Ledger as the Joker will never be matched. I remember sitting in the theater with my jaw on the ground during that scene."

nickg15

12. The execution scene, The Green Mile (1999)

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Warner Bros.

"When John (Michael Clarke Duncan) doesn’t want to be put in the dark, even in his final moments. It's heartbreaking. Duncan always played the gentle giant so well and, in that film/specifically that scene, he really seals it."

takerbobpooh

13. The dinner scene, Hereditary (2018)

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A24

"Toni Fucking Collette. She was ROBBED of every award for that performance."

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14. The child scene, Forrest Gump (1994)

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Paramount Pictures

"When Jenny (Robin Wright) tells Forrest (Tom Hanks) that he’s a father, and he is immediately worried about whether little Forrest is smart. In a matter of seconds, Hanks emotes worry, shock, relief, and apprehension with just his face, not saying a word! It gives me chills every time."

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15. The final monologue, Atonement (2007)

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Focus Features

"Vanessa Redgrave is incredible in this movie. If I ever need to cry but can't, I watch this scene. Basically, you find out that Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and Robbie (James McAvoy) didn't actually get together and both died tragically, but the narrator wrote the book to give them a happy ending. It KILLS me every time. She was robbed for not getting a Oscar nomination for that scene alone, in my opinion."

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16. The CD scene, Love Actually (2003)

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Universal Pictures

"When Karen (Emma Thompson) is crying in the bedroom to Joni Mitchell after she realizes her husband is having an affair. Especially when she cleans herself back up and goes to her kids like nothing happened. It’s so beautiful and so real."

bellam272

17. The break-up scene, The Social Network (2010)

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Sony Pictures Releasing

"Erica (Rooney Mara) and Mark (Jesse Eisenberg) set up the pace and overall tone of the film so quickly. You instantly know who these characters are and what flaws they have. The dialogue is so fast-paced, you could have easily forgiven them for not acting it out perfectly — but instead they both were able to perform one of the best scenes between two actors I have ever seen in my life. It is a scene that will always stick out in my mind as top tier."

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18. The "milkshake" scene, There Will Be Blood (2007)

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Paramount Vantage

"Right before Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) kills Eli Sunday (Paul Dano). Day-Lewis rightfully deserved his Oscar, but it’s a shame that Dano was snubbed."

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19. The business card scene, American Psycho (2000)

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Lions Gate Films

"The editing and direction have a lot to do with the effectiveness of the scene, but Christian Bale’s measured yet apparent rage over the fact that his colleague’s card is more refined is damn masterful."

elisechantelleh

20. The finale scene, Black Swan (2010)

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

"When Nina (Natalie Portman) realizes she's stabbed herself — not her perceived enemy — but dances anyway. You can see her go from being scared to accepting her own death wordlessly, and it’s absolutely brilliant."

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21. The funeral scene, Steel Magnolias (1989)

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TriStar Pictures

"Sally Field is a powerhouse in that scene. It's just pure heartbreak, anger, and love. It's my go-to scene every time I need a good sob."

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22. The dinner scene, The Notebook (2004)

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New Line Cinema

"When the older version of Allie (Gena Rowlands) starts to forget who Noah (James Garner) is while they are having dinner together. he starts panicking because she can't remember anything, and Noah just stands helplessly in the corner, sobbing. People talk a lot about the younger actors, but these two were amazing and they were both so good during that scene. My heart breaks every time."

jessicashog

23. The interview scene, Gone Girl (2014)

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20th Century Fox

"Nick (Ben Affleck) is being interviewed and he talks about how he believes his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), is alive. Then he looks at the camera and asks Amy to come back home, and Amy is watching it. Affleck just killed this scene."

lerielzollner

24. And finally — the argument scene, Marriage Story (2019)

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Netflix

"When Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) are fighting in Charlie’s new apartment. That scene is so emotional to watch and both actors did such an amazing job. That scene alone should have given both Adam and Scarlett an Oscar."

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Now it's your turn! What scenes were left out of this list? What do YOU believe is the single best-acted movie scene of all time? Share yours in the comments below!

Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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