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Tell Us An Old Movie Moment That Was Actually Way Ahead Of Its Time

Sidney Poitier's monologue in Pressure Point (1962) was something else.

If you're anything like me, you absolutely love rewatching old movies because — let's face it — they're absolutely timeless. And during your rewatch, you've probably come across profound movie moments that dared to tell groundbreaking stories on the big screen, and for that, they were way ahead of their time.

Audrey Tautou in "Amélie"
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This made me want to ask you, dear reader: Which movie moment was way ahead of its time?

For instance, I really love the movie Cabaret not only for Liza Minnelli's iconic dance numbers, but for the political message underneath it all. The scene where Minnelli's character told Michael York's character she got an abortion was powerful — it was a progressive moment for a movie released in 1972 (let alone a movie set in 1931).

Sally telling Brian why she decided to have an abortion
ABC Pictures

Or maybe you've rewatched Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing from 1989 over and over again, and you were moved by the scene where everyone tells Mookie that Radio Raheem was murdered by white police officers. The dialogue was something you rarely saw on the big screen in the '80s, and it spoke to the injustice of police brutality against Black US citizens.

Everyone in the neighborhood: "It's as plain as day: They didn't have to kill the boy"
Universal Pictures

Or perhaps you thought this Marlene Dietrich moment from 1930's Morocco was a big deal, even though it happened quickly — I mean, we're talking about a WLW kiss in a movie from the '30s, people! That never happened in cinema up until that point!

Marlene Dietrich's character in "Morocco" kissing a woman at a table
Paramount Pictures

Whatever it is, we want to know. Tell us which movie moment was way ahead of its time, and why, in the comments below.

Sidney Poitier in "Pressure Point," telling Bobby Darin's racist, anti-Semitic character: "You're gonna lose mister, because there is something in this country, something so big, so strong, but you don't even know"
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