Some Context: As a child, Celie is married off to an abusive man who separates her from her sister and belittles her into believing she's worthless. Years later, Celie meets her husband's long-time mistress, Shug Avery — a charismatic and carefree showgirl who is everything Celie is not. The two form an unlikely bond, inspiring Shug to perform a song she wrote just for Celie, exemplifying her true strength and beauty.
Why It's Here: I know this one is tonally different than most of my other, goofier picks, but it's too incredible a scene not to include. You're waiting so long for Celie to feel seen and loved, and, in this scene, she finally does — right in the middle of all the people who made her feel worthless, by the one person they all mutually admire. Anyway, this one is so high up because, frankly, it kind of cheated, since it holds a special place in my shriveled lil' heart: You see, my twin sister and I used to call each other back in college and sing this any time the other one was going through something — which is very lame, but, also, very sweet.