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    The 15 Best Scenes Shot In A Single Take

    Talk about a long shot.

    One of the most wondrous feats in filmmaking is filming a scene in one long take.

    15. It's a Great White! — Jaws

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    After identifying the shark that's terrorizing Amity Island, Brody and Hooper try to persuade Mayor Vaughn to shut down the beach. The camera stays on the three men as they bicker by the town's now-vandalized billboard, and the rapid dialogue delivered by the actors makes this scene even more captivating.

    14. One-Take Fight — Creed

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    While the Rocky films typically jump between rounds with rapid cuts to save time, Creed goes against this formula by capturing every second of this match. As the camera follows Adonis and his opponent as they duke it out, you feel like you're right in the ring with them as you watch every blow getting thrown.

    13. Hospital Shootout — Hard Boiled

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    In this explosive scene from director John Woo, the camera follows Alan and Tequila as they shoot their way through a hospital filled with gunmen. They both blow through the building like a tornado, and even when they catch their breath in the elevator, the camera keeps rolling as they take on another hallway full of armed men. While you can see that this scene was actually two shots spliced together, the fact that it looks so seamless at first glance makes this sequence worth mentioning.

    12. Tower Fight — The Protector

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    In this four-minute sequence, protagonist Kham fights his way up to the top of Tom Yum Goon Otob in a glorious display of martial arts and camerawork. The camera follows Kham as he takes down thugs one after the other as he climbs multiple flights of stairs. It even shows him hurling some thugs over the railings and to the ground floor without cutting away.

    11. Bagghar Chase — The Adventures of Tintin

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    So much goes on in this one take as Tintin, Snowy, and the Captain race through Bagghar and try to grab all three scrolls leading to the Unicorn's treasure. The camera takes the audience all across the city as the characters fight for the scrolls, and so many things are thrown into the mix, such as a raging river, crumbling buildings, and even a tank. Though this scene is all animated, it doesn't detract from how mind-blowing this car chase is. 

    10. A Day at the Beach — Atonement

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    Long before Christopher Nolan tackled the Battle of Dunkirk, director Joe Wright wowed audiences with this romantic war drama, particularly with its five-minute shot across the town's ravaged beaches. As we follow Robbie and his brothers-in-arms across Dunkirk, the camera captures a vast and crowded sandscape littered with so much death and destruction that the audience can't help but watch and feel moved by this haunting but beautiful scene.

    9. Car Chase — Children of Men

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    In Alfonso Cuarón's dystopian thriller, a peaceful car ride with Theo and his allies goes sideways as they are attacked by an armed gang. The camera pans all around this confided space without interruption as the protagonists flee from their aggressors. Even when Julliane Moore's character gets shot dead, the camera continues rolling, capturing every moment of this chaotic and unrelenting sequence.

    8. Opening Scene — Gravity

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    Another Cuarón masterpiece, this film opens with a take that lasts for a whopping 17 minutes. The camera follows astronauts Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski as they float above the Earth, working on the Hubble Telescope. Like Children of Men's car chase, this peaceful scene turns chaotic as debris collides with the telescope, sending everyone spiraling through the cosmic void.

    7. Bomb in the Trunk — Touch of Evil

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    At the beginning of this Orson Welles classic, a mysterious man places a homemade bomb in the trunk of a couple's car. We follow this car as it drives out into the street and into a crowded area, anxiously waiting for the bomb to explode. But the camera also focuses on another couple walking close to the car, and we become fearful for their lives as they linger around the doomed vehicle.

    6. Big Wheel Scene — The Shining

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    Stanley Kubrick's The Shining was revolutionary in its use of long Steadicam shots, and the one of Danny riding his Big Wheel through the Overlook Hotel is arguably the most notable. The camera miraculously follows the young boy as he rides from room to room while staying level with him. The scene is also mesmerizing in its use of sound (or lack thereof) as Danny rides on and off the carpet to amplify the eerieness of his haunted environment 

    5. Hallway Fight — Oldboy

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    After 15 years of training in confinement, Oh Dae-Su breaks himself out of his prison and takes down a hallway full of thugs. Requiring 17 takes and three days to get it right, this claustrophobic shot of a man taking on an entire gang with nothing but his fists and a hammer is a sight to behold. Even when a knife gets lodged in his back, he keeps fighting his way down the hall towards freedom in a wonderfully executed scene.

    4. Tower of Terror — Atomic Blonde

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    In this 10-minute fight scene, MI6 agent, Lorraine Broughton, gets into a brutal battle with some thugs inside a Berlin building. Even though she gets beaten to a bloody pulp across this building, she still overpowers her opponents with her skill, agility, and lots of quick thinking. While this scene's not all action, since the camera lingers on the characters as they fend off exhaustion, focusing on their vulnerabilities helps make this fight scene much more realistic. The camera also keeps going after the scene transitions into a high-speed car chase, effectively blowing all our minds.

    3. Coffee Run — Baby Driver

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    After the stellar opening chase of Edgar Wright's rocking crime classic, we get an unforgettable tracking shot of Baby getting coffee to the tune of "Harlem Shuffle." The music is synced well with Baby's movements and everything captured on camera, including the song's lyrics that are scattered throughout the scene in signs and graffiti. All in all, this dreamlike sequence allows the audience to see the world through Baby's point of view, immersing them in a colorful and musical wonderland.

    2. Entering the Copacabana — Goodfellas

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    One of the most lauded moments from Scorcese's mafia masterpiece is the tracking shot of Henry escorting Karen through the back entrance of the Copacabana. The scene as a whole feels like a ballet as Henry and Karen make their way through multiple cooks and servants into the gorgeous dining room. As the camera keeps rolling on the duo as they walk inside, the audience can't help but feel captivated by the glamour of Henry's criminal lifestyle.

    1. The Opening Shot — The Player

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    This Robert Altman film opens with the camera going around a studio lot, moving from one character to the next to show all the moving parts of Hollywood's hectic film industry, including pitch meetings, studio tours, and errand runs. One of the characters even references the opening tracking shot of Touch of Evil, which humorously emphasizes how self-aware the filmmakers are about the movie's influences and the world of cinema.

    Do you agree with this list? Are there any other one-shot scenes that I missed? Please let me know in the comments section below.