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    76 Movie Scenes That Are So Perfect, They May Be The Best Ever

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which movie scene is so perfect, it may be the best of all time. Here are the must-see results.

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    1. In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, when Miles' first real flight as Spider-Man looked like he was falling to his death, but then the camera flipped angles and you realized he was actually rising.

    An upside-down camera angle that makes it look like Spider-Man is flying through the sky
    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "The 'Leap of Faith' scene when Miles jumps off the building and learns to trust himself is beautiful and breathtaking. It truly inspires me every time I watch it, and it was a brilliant idea to turn the camera upside down so it looks like he's flying."

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    2. In No Country for Old Men, when Anton made the storeowner choose his fate and risk everything with a simple coin toss.

    Javier Bardem talking to the store owner
    Miramax Films

    "The writing in the movie — but especially this scene — is so sharp and specific, and Javier Bardem's quiet, haunting performance will send chills down your spine."

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    3. In The Social Network, when Eduardo confronted Mark and Sean about sneakily diluting his Facebook shares, basically removing him from the company entirely.

    Eduardo addressing Sean Parker at Facebook in "The Social Network"
    Columbia Pictures

    "You've got Aaron Sorkin's words, David Fincher's direction, a haunting score, and a heartbreakingly beautiful performance from Andrew Garfield. His character hits his breaking point after the ultimate betrayal, and just when you think he's hit rock bottom, he throws a fake punch at Sean Parker and subtly gives us a sly smirk, letting the viewer know he'll be OK. Perfection."

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    4. In It's a Wonderful Life, when everyone in town came together to save George Bailey, and Clarence got his wings.

    The entire town handing money to George Bailey at his home, then everyone singing together
    RKO

    "The best scene is from It's a Wonderful Life, when everyone in town gives away their money to George. I just can't help but tear up during that scene."

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    5. In Parasite, when the devious montage played of the Kim family's scheme to get rid of Moon-gwang, the housekeeper.

    The Kim family dropping peach fuzz on the housekeeper
    CJ Entertainment

    "The peach fuzz montage from Parasite is absolutely incredible. It's so simple and clean, but there's also so much rhythm to the scene. Each shot is perfectly orchestrated to make the viewer feel every single type of emotion: One second you're laughing, the next you're confused, then you're on the edge of your seat, and then your jaw drops. It's perfection."

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    6. In Precious, when Precious talked about her trauma and said she didn't deserve anyone's love, but Ms. Rain reassured her that she's worthy of everything.

    Mrs. Rain talking to Precious in her classroom
    Lionsgate

    "When she writes 'Why me?' in her notebook and says she's HIV-positive...Gabourey Sidibe's breakdown was so powerful that I lost it. That scene still gives me chills."

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    7. In The Usual Suspects, when Kujan realized that every single word out of Verbal's mouth was a perfectly orchestrated lie, and Verbal was actually Keyser Söze.

    Kujan looking for Verbal outside of the police station, but he's disappeared
    Gramercy Pictures

    "I remember watching this in the theater, and the audience stood up and applauded because of this scene. It's one of the best movies, and this is certainly one of the best scenes ever written."

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    8. In Jojo Rabbit, when Jojo was chasing a butterfly and suddenly discovered that his mother had been hanged in the town square, and he tried to tie her shoe but couldn't.

    Jojo noticing his mother's shoes and then her lifeless body, as it hangs in the town square
    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "Throughout the movie, Jojo’s mom had to tie his shoes for him because he was still learning, so this scene was a beautifully heartbreaking callback to all of those moments. He couldn't successfully tie her shoe for her, which caused him to break down in tears. It was brilliant but devastating."

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    9. In Singin' in the Rain, when Don was so happy about his new relationship with Kathy that he started singing and dancing in the rain without a care in the world.

    Don singing in the rain
    MGM

    "It's iconic. No other description is necessary."

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    10. In The Silence of the Lambs, when Clarice opened up to Hannibal Lecter about her childhood trauma, and he hauntingly used those emotions to both heal and study her.

    Hannibal talking to Clarice in his jail cell
    Orion Pictures

    "The conversation between Starling and Hannibal about her listening to the lambs screaming...there's so much tension, and it's done so well. My husband and I recite that scene to each other all the time!"

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    11. In Crazy, Stupid, Love., when Jacob and Hannah started revealing childhood secrets in bed together, and Jacob felt comfortable enough to open up for the first time in his life.

    Hannah and Jacob lying in bed together
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I just love this bedroom scene between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's characters. It's a super-intimate moment that feels completely natural and real (partly due to some improvising from the actors, including a Lauren Bacall impression from Emma Stone), but it ends on a really touching and personal level. It's clear that Jacob has extreme hesitations when it comes to love and commitment, but he feels so comfortable with Hannah in this moment that he lets his guard down – possibly for the first time with anyone – and opens up about his personal life. It's a really sweet moment that's often overlooked when people talk about 'great movie scenes,' but I think it captures the early stages of love and relationships super well."

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    12. In Saw, when the ending showed that Jigsaw was actually in the room the whole time, and he cleverly revealed himself to be one of the "dead" victims.

    The killer revealing himself and taking off his fake face at the end of "Saw"
    Lions Gate Films

    "The twists and turns in the whole franchise are great, but especially in that first film when the ‘killer’ is in the room with the victims the WHOLE TIME. James Wan is a mastermind of horror and psychological thriller."

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    13. In Crazy Rich Asians, when Rachel and Eleanor battle for Nick's love in an intense game of mahjong, ending with Rachel purposefully giving up the winning hand.

    Rachel folding the winning hand against Eleanor in mahjong
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "Once you realize the symbolism with the mahjong tiles, this scene gets 100 times better. For starters, Eleanor sat in the dealer's seat, which is also called the East seat (representing Asia), and Rachel sat in the West seat (representing America). As for the game, as I followed Rachel's tiles, I kept wondering why she didn't declare an early win. Then she drove home her point about turning down Nick's proposal, thus LETTING Eleanor win both in the game and in real life. It's such a cool scene with so many layers."

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    14. In Rear Window, when Lisa snuck into Thorwald's apartment to find proof that he murdered his wife, and then she got caught by Thorwald himself.

    Jeff and Stella watching as Lisa looks for the jewels in Thorwald's apartment
    Paramount Pictures

    "The moment in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window when Lisa sneaks into the neighbor's apartment and then signals that she has his wife's wedding ring...perfection. The look of pride on Jeff's face and then the shot of Thorwald realizing she's signaling someone is so good."

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    15. In Now You See Me 2, when they pulled off the hidden-card trick, and every single movement got more elaborate and visually stunning.

    The Four Horsemen successfully hiding the card from the guards
    Lionsgate

    "It's absolutely mesmerizing to watch, and you can't help but question how they pulled off this whole scene."

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    16. In Avengers: Endgame, when Captain America was getting obliterated by Thanos, but then everyone who disappeared during the Blip reappeared and helped fight back.

    All of the Avengers returning back after the blip
    Marvel

    "The portals scene is basically, like, 10 years of movies culminating in that one moment. The visuals, combined with the music as it finally swells into the full-blown Avengers theme, is enough to give you chills."

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    17. In The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy walked out of her house and into Munchkinland, and everything changed from sepia to Technicolor.

    Dorothy walking into the colorful Munchkinland
    MGM

    "You just can't beat this movie or scene. When Dorothy arrives at Oz and walks through the door, and the bright, vibrant colors are shown for the first time, it's magical."

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    18. In Hereditary, when Annie went off on her son at dinner because she could no longer bottle up the trauma of losing her daughter.

    Annie yelling at the dinner table
    A24

    "The acting. The cinematography. The writing. It’s just perfect."

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    19. In Casablanca, when the Nazis started singing their anthem, so everyone else started singing "La Marseillaise" to drown them out.

    Everyone singing in the bar
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "This one moment represented every character and every theme of the film so perfectly: Rick subtly (but definitively) picked a side, Sam showed his loyalty, Laszlo was fearless, Ilsa was conflicted, Renault was secretly pleased at the turn of events, and everyone else risked their lives for a small victory over the Nazis, which expertly foreshadowed what was to come. It was beautifully filmed and acted, and few scenes will ever live up to it."

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    20. In Do the Right Thing, when several characters of different backgrounds and ethnicities spoke directly to the camera and spewed racist remarks, literally confronting racism head on.

    Four characters of different races talking to the camera in the movie
    Universal Pictures

    "It's cinematically perfect and shows how high racial tension in the area is outside of just Black vs. white. It's aged so beautifully, it's still relevant today, and I love Samuel L. Jackson's interjection as he wheels right up to the camera and shouts, 'Hold up! Time out! Y'all, take a chill! You need to cool that sh*t out, and that's the double truth,' before the scene cuts out."

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    21. In Call Me by Your Name, when Professor Perlman consoled Elio by talking to him about love, life, and heartbreak.

    Elio and his dad talking on the couch
    Sony Pictures Classics

    "It was beautiful, so well acted, and inspiring."

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    22. In Psycho, when the truth about Norman Bates' mother was revealed, and things defffffinitely weren't as they seemed.

    Mrs. Bates's skeleton in the basement
    Paramount Pictures

    "The entire scene is so haunting. You finally see Norman in his mother’s dress, with a knife, and you realize that it was him the entire time."

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    23. In La La Land, when the final epilogue showcased two versions of Mia's future — one with the man who she fell in love with throughout the entire movie, and another with a random man who ended up being her real husband.

    Emma Stone dancing and singing at the end of the movie
    Lionsgate

    "It's absolutely brilliant and tugs at every single one of your emotions. It fully encompasses life, love, loss, and what could have been."

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    24. In Ratatouille, when Ego read his glowing review of the restaurant, and he realized that great art can come from anyone.

    Remy at the restaurant
    Disney

    "It's my favorite scene from my favorite animated movie. For some reason, it's stuck with me ever since I saw it years ago. The scene is so powerful and existential, yet it often goes unnoticed."

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    25. In It Happened One Night, when Peter tried showing Ellie how to hitchhike, but each attempt was a failure, so she showed her bare leg and immediately hailed a car.

    Peter and Ellen trying to get cars to stop while hitchhiking
    Columbia Pictures

    "The best and funniest scene is from It Happened One Night when Clark Gable's character teaches Claudette Colbert's character how to hitchhike. He confidently walks out to the street to demonstrate, yet no cars stop. In the end, Claudette Colbert shows part of her leg to oncoming cars (scandalous at the time!) and immediately gets one to stop. This film as a whole is as fun to watch as it is Pre-Code."

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    26. In The Color Purple, when Celie summoned up the courage and strength to leave Mister and start her own life.

    Celie holding her hand out at Mister before driving away
    Amblin Entertainment

    "When Whoopi Goldberg's character, Celie, got the courage to leave Mister and ride away in the car...there just isn't a better scene."

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    27. In The Dark Knight, when the opening scene introduced everyone to how clever, evil, and diabolical the Joker truly was.

    The Joker during the bank robbery
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The opening scene when you're introduced to Heath Ledger's Joker is unmatched. It should make every 'Best Movie Scene' list."

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    28. In To Kill a Mockingbird, when Atticus Finch delivered his closing remarks in an attempt to prove that Tom Robinson was an innocent man.

    Atticus Finch delivering his final remarks in the packed courtroom
    Universal Pictures

    "Atticus Finch's courtroom speech in To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best scenes ever. Gregory Peck solidified his Oscar win by nailing it in one take."

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    29. In Ben-Hur, when the nine-minute chariot race took place, showcasing one of the most intense and incredible action scenes ever.

    The chariot race around the track
    MGM

    "The entire chariot race scene was a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat spectacle that still amazes over 60 years later."

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    30. In Us, when Adelaide fought for survival against Red in the underground, and flashbacks revealed who the real antagonist was.

    Red and Adelaide fighting in the basement
    Monkeypaw Productions

    "It's simply chilling. The score itself will give you goosebumps, but when you add Adelaide’s screams and Red’s movements (plus the flashback scenes of them dancing), it's just absolutely incredible."

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    31. In 1917, when Will runs through the flaming town while looking for an escape and salvation, but everything is pure and utter chaos.

    Will running through the town while flames and gunshots surround him
    DreamWorks Pictures

    "This is the scene that takes place immediately after George MacKay's character gets knocked out. While he's trying to escape the abandoned village, gunshots and bombs shift the light and shadow around him. The tension is high, the cinematography is excellent, and the soundtrack by Thomas Newman is chilling. They all help to make this scene visually gorgeous."

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    32. In The Apartment, when Fran handed Baxter her broken mirror, unknowingly telling him that she was the woman who his boss was having an affair with.

    Fran and Baxter talking in his office
    United Artists

    "The last scene of the movie is absolutely perfect, but this one is especially good, too. Fran hands Baxter her broken mirror, and he suddenly realizes just where he's seen it before. This is the moment when things REALLY start to unravel."

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    33. In Mulan, when the Emperor bowed to Mulan because she saved everyone from the Huns, and in the background all of China started to bow for her too.

    The Emperor bowing for Mulan
    Disney

    "I get chills when the Emperor bows, and then you can see everyone in China bowing too. The whole scene is so powerful and emotional, especially when the Emperor gives her the sword and says, 'And this...so the world will know what you have done for China.'"

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    34. In Breakfast at Tiffany's, when Paul overheard Holly singing "Moon River" on her fire escape.

    Audrey Hepburn singing on the fire escape in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
    Paramount Pictures

    "There are too many great scenes from Old Hollywood to count, but the one that always sticks with me is Holly Golightly singing 'Moon River' on the fire escape in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's just so beautiful."

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    35. In When Harry Met Sally..., when Harry confessed his love for Sally and revealed that he didn't want to spend his life without her.

    Harry and Sally at a New Year's Eve party
    Castle Rock Entertainment

    "This is the scene when Harry tells Sally that he loves her and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. It makes you believe in true love, and it gives you hope. I cry every single time."

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    36. In Little Women, when Jo felt overwhelmed by the pressures of being a women who's expected to marry, despite not actually believing in marriage and also feeling so incredibly lonely.

    Jo and her mother talking in the attic
    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "In this scene, Jo gives a powerful speech about the worth of women. It's so simple, but so good."

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    37. In The Shawshank Redemption, when the warden discovered Andy's escape tunnel, and flashbacks to Andy's prison break flew across the screen.

    Andy escaping from prison
    Columbia Pictures

    "One of the best scenes ever is when Andy Dufresne crawls through shit and comes out clean. The whole movie is amazing, but watching his full escape from prison for a crime he didn't commit is enough to give you chills."

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    38. In West Side Story, when Anita and the Sharks danced while singing about success, dreams, and some harsher realities of living in America as Puerto Ricans.

    Rita Moreno and the cast singing and dancing to "America"
    United Artists

    "Rita Moreno's voice is amazing, and her dancing is just mesmerizing. It's no wonder she won an Oscar for this performance. I always love rewatching West Side Story just for her performance."

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    39. In Jurassic Park, when the T. rex made its appearance, and everyone tried to make it out alive.

    The T-Rex attacking everyone in the car
    Amblin Entertainment

    "The scene when the T. rex escapes, right up until it pushes the car over the edge, is sheer perfection. It seamlessly blends animatronics, CGI, and stopgap animation techniques to create one of the greatest moments in cinematic history."

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    40. In Some Like It Hot, when everyone escaped, and Jerry revealed the real reason why he didn't want to marry an unfazed Osgood.

    Gerald riding off in the boat with Osgood at the end of "Some Like It Hot"
    United Artists

    "The ending of Some Like It Hot is so good. Gerald keeps failing at convincing Osgood that they can't get married, so he reveals he’s a man. Then Osgood delivers the iconic 'Well, nobody’s perfect' line. The whole conversation is brilliant."

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    41. In The Truman Show, when Truman successfully crossed the water and said his final goodbye before taking a bow and walking up the steps to the real world.

    Truman taking a bow at the steps
    Paramount Pictures

    "His final line, smile, and bow are incredible. They let the viewer know he's okay and ready to walk into the unknown world."

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    42. In Rocketman, when the pool montage succinctly illustrated Elton's overdose and how much pressure he felt to perform and sell records.

    Elton overdosing in the pool and then being brought to the concert in "Rocketman"
    Paramount Pictures

    "The scene when he overdoses and falls into the pool is so tragic and heartbreaking, especially when he sees his younger self. It's such a weirdly beautiful scene, and you can almost feel his overwhelming emotions that all culminate into this one song."

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    43. In The Lady Eve, when Jean tried seducing Charles in her cabin because she wanted to trick him into marrying her.

    Barbara Stanwyck caressing Henry Fonda's head and hair on a chair
    Paramount Pictures

    "Barbara Stanwyck seduces an obviously hot and bothered Henry Fonda on a luxury ocean liner in The Lady Eve. Fonda's eyes are closed the entire time in this particular scene, and you just watch this man begin to sweat in real time as Stanwyck devilishly plays with his hair. It's as potent as that damn perfume she's apparently wearing. Their onscreen chemistry is a masterclass."

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    44. In Amélie, when Amélie helped the man who's blind cross the street, and she explained every tiny thing she saw in expressed detail, resulting in a magical sensory overload.

    Amélie describing the statue, florist, and bakery window tot he man who's blind as his face glows in awe
    UGC-Fox Distribution

    "While walking, they passed by several everyday, meaningless things, but she described them with such purpose and vigor that she helped to paint an auditory picture for the man. She left him at the metro, and he looked at the sky, dumbfounded. I thought it was really sweet."

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    45. In Zodiac, when Robert realized that he was alone in the basement with the suspected killer, and he had to escape but couldn't let on that he knew too much.

    Robert trying to escape Vaughn's house in "Zodiac"
    Paramount Pictures

    "This is one of the most chilling movie scenes ever. Every part of you wants to scream at Jake Gyllenhaal's character to run away, instead of going into that dark, lonely basement with the suspected Zodiac Killer. Every time I watch this scene, I'm on the edge of my seat, my body gets all sweaty, and I also get goosebumps. It's so, so, so good and underrated."

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    46. In Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, when Christina stood up to her racist employee and fired her on the spot, telling her to "get permanently lost."

    Christina telling Hilary to choke and get the hell out of her life
    Columbia Pictures

    "Christina's employee at the art gallery drives to her house, expecting to gossip about how horrible it is that her daughter is marrying a Black man, and Katharine Hepburn's character fires her. Epic and regal."

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    47. In Booksmart, when Amy followed Ryan into the pool, and everything that followed was equal parts innocent, beautiful, authentic, nostalgic, exciting, playful, and heartbreaking.

    Amy jumping into the pool and playfully searching for Ryan
    United Artists Releasing

    "The entire movie is so good, but this scene is something else, especially with the soundtrack in the background. You feel exactly how happy Amy is when she's going into the water, and it's almost ethereal. Then it's all taken away from you when, well, *it's* revealed. You need to watch this movie."

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    48. In The Best Years of Our Lives, when Homer returned from war, and the reactions from his happy family quickly changed when they noticed that he lost both of his arms.

    Homer returning from war and hugging his family
    RKO

    "I'll always get emotional during the scene. Homer's family goes from feeling so much joy to absolute heartbreak, but they can't let it show. It's just so real. The whole scene is so simple, yet there are so many layers to it."

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    49. In The Hunger Games, when the timer counted down to zero, the bloodbath officially began, and everything was silent, except for a faint ringing in Katniss's ears.

    All of the tributes running and killing each other at the start of The Games in "The Hunger Games"
    Lionsgate Films

    "Having no sound in this scene makes it that much more emotional. The teens are brutally killing each other, and it's pure chaos and primal confusion. The fact that you can’t hear anything going on just makes it a lot more sad and hard to watch."

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    50. In Short Term 12, when Jayden read Grace her story about the shark and the octopus, and they both started crying because they knew the underlying message.

    Jayden reading her story to Grace in "Short Term 12"
    Cinedigm

    "This scene rips me apart every time I watch it. You can feel the grief and pain, and Grace's character tries so desperately to figure out what's really going on with Jayden."

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    51. In Prisoners, when the final scene ended on a cliffhanger, and you were unsure if Detective Loki found Keller from his faint whistles for help.

    Detective Loki hearing Keller's faint whistles for help
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I still gasp and get chills every time I rewatch it!"

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    52. In Monster's Ball, when Hank fed Leticia ice cream while she quietly thought about whether he was worthy of her love and a future together.

    Hank feeding Leticia ice cream while they sit on their stoop at the end of "Monster's Ball"
    Lionsgate Films

    "That final scene when Hank fed Leticia ice cream on the cement steps was incredible. She just found out that he was part of the detail that killed her man in prison. She didn't say anything for the last 15 minutes of the film, but you could see all of the emotions, thoughts, and confusion she had. They were both broken, and she had to process her own anger and sadness while trying to make sense of everything. Her uncertainty and hesitated acceptance were palpable. Such a quiet, powerful moment."

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    53. In Freaks, when all of the carnival sideshow employees accepted Cleopatra as one of their own, singing and chanting for her, but she got increasingly angry and disturbed.

    The "freaks" sitting at the table and chanting
    MGM

    "Honestly, the song they sing is just so catchy, and I sometimes find myself absentmindedly singing, 'We accept her! One of us!' It's such a great movie that shows that those who look different aren't monstrous, and sometimes true evil hides behind a pretty face. I really wish that the extra footage from that film had never been destroyed, as it is such a brilliant film."

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    54. In Atonement, when everything unfolded and an elderly Briony revealed the truth about what happened to Robbie and Cecilia.

    Old Briony revealing that her sister and Robbie died years ago
    Focus Features

    "When all of it came together — the keyboard clacking, the supercuts of those key scenes, everything being shown from different perspectives — I was blown away. It was done so well, and it was also incredibly subtle. I remember staring at my computer screen, mouth open, for a solid five minutes when it was over."

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    55. In The King and I, when Anna was introduced to all of King Mongkut's many children, one by one.

    The princes and princesses bowing to Anna
    20th Century Fox

    "Everything about this scene is just so well done. The way the music flourishes as the Crown Prince enters is just breathtaking."

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    56. In 20th Century Women, when the final montage revealed exactly what happened to each character, and it simultaneously broke your heart and filled it with endless love.

    Dorothea smiling with friends and riding in a plane at the end of "20th Century Women"
    A24

    "This entire film is so underrated, but this particular scene may be one of my favorite endings of any movie. I remember crying because I felt so much love and hope and heartbreak. It made me feel nostalgic for something I had never even experienced. Learning about each character's fate was delightful and devastating. It was weirdly reassuring. What a rare quality for a movie scene."

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    57. In The Searchers, when the final shot of the movie followed Ethan through the doorway as he walked off into the sunset.

    John Wayne walking away from the house, alone, at the end of "The Searchers"
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I know a lot of people don't like John Wayne movies, but do yourself a favor and watch this one. It's not the macho John Wayne people think of — his acting throughout it is very subtle and will pull at your heartstrings. The shot through the doorway of him walking away, alone, is beautiful. John Ford was a genius filmmaker, and that shot was replicated by so many others, none with his touch though."

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    58. In Ex Machina, when Ava locked Caleb inside the fortress and then escaped in hopes of finally experiencing life as a real human.

    Ava escaping the fortress and trapping Caleb in "Ex Machina"
    A24

    "It's just so brilliant to me. I feel like the movie as a whole is never talked about, but this particular scene really stands out to me. Everything had built up to this one moment, so much so that I considered the possibility that everyone at one point was a machine. The writing and direction were so fantastic, and it sent chills down my spine."

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    59. In Juno, when Juno felt exhausted and overwhelmed after giving birth and setting up the baby for adoption, but her father and Paulie comforted her.

    Juna in the hospital bed after giving birth
    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "The scene after she has the baby is pure perfection. As she lies in the hospital bed, her dad softly gives her a pep talk about how she'll be there again one day, but on her own terms. Then her lover, Paulie, comes in. He has a moment with the father, the dad leaves, and Paulie just silently gets into bed with Juno and holds her as she cries. There’s hardly any dialogue, but the music is so emotional, and the acting from all three is superb. You feel every emotion. It brings me to tears every time I watch it."

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    60. In Queen & Slim, when Queen and Slim slowly danced together at the juke joint and opened up about what they truly wanted in life.

    Queen and Slim talking about their greatest desires in the bar and in the car
    Universal Pictures

    "They're both on the run, and even though all eyes are on them, it's as if they're the only two people in the crowded room. The whole scene is so simple and beautiful and romantic."

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    61. In Carmen Jones, when Carmen sensually walked around the cafeteria while singing to the men about her past flings and what she thought love meant.

    Carmen singing in the cafeteria
    20th Century Fox

    "This is one of the best musicals ever, but this particular scene is especially great. You can't help but smile while watching Dorothy Dandridge in this scene. It had such an impact on me that this was the first song I ever learned on the piano."

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    62. In Hearts Beat Loud, when Sam was determined to learn how to ride a bike, after being discouraged for years because her mom died in a biking accident.

    Rose teaching Sam how to ride a bike in "Hearts Beat Loud"
    Burn Later Productions

    "I really loved how subtle this scene was in showing how important family was. Family and stepping outside of your comfort zone are SUCH strong themes throughout the movie, and this scene is the perfect mashup of the two. Sam learns to ride a bike years after her mom died in a bike accident, and it's even more heartwarming to watch as her dad's guitar playing underscores this huge moment."

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    63. In Almost Famous, when Lester delivered his "uncool" monologue after William became friends with the band.

    Lester talking on the phone with William about being uncool
    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "It’s my favorite movie monologue to date. It's just so natural and vulnerable."

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    64. In In the Heat of the Night, when Tibbs stood up to the racist police chief, demanding that he'd be recognized as a real person.

    Virgil Tibbs standing up to the racist cop
    United Artists

    "Sidney Poitier responding to the racist cop in In the Heat of the Night is easily one of the best scenes from Old Hollywood. You can see and feel the anger radiating on his face, and it's so deserved, but he has to remain as calm as possible. The power dynamics are so apparent. He deserved an Oscar nomination for this scene alone."

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    65. In Someone Great, when Jenny wrote a love letter about her relationship with Nate and talked about how thankful she was for the experience, even though they could no longer be together.

    Jenny crying as she writes her goodbye letter on the subway in "Someone Great"
    Netflix

    "I cry EVERY TIME at this ending monologue. This is truly an amazing movie, and not enough people appreciate or know about it."

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    66. In The Sound of Music, when the opening shot showcased Maria grandly singing atop the mountains in Austria.

    Maria singing on the top of the hill
    20th Century Fox

    "My favorite movie moment is the opening of The Sound of Music, when Maria twirls and sings that the hills are alive. It's such an iconic scene, and I've always wanted to try it."

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    67. In Rebel Without a Cause, when the movie opened at the police station, and everything was extremely chaotic and disorienting, right down to Jim's siren noises.

    Jim Stark sitting in the police station, then standing on the chair
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The best scene is the beginning of Rebel Without a Cause, when James Dean's character is in the police station and makes siren noises. This opening is wild and rough and random and weird, and it sets the tone for the whole movie."

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    68. In Doubt, when Mrs. Miller tearfully told Sister Aloysius that she had to ignore the inappropriate relations between her son and Father Flynn.

    Mrs. Miller crying while talking to the nun
    Miramax Films

    "All it took was this one perfect scene for Viola Davis to get her first Oscar nomination. She's onscreen for less than eight minutes, acting alongside Meryl Streep, giving the performance of a lifetime (which, because she's so good, happens in just about every movie she makes). This particular scene is incredibly heartbreaking because Mrs. Miller reveals to Sister Aloysius that she already knows about the relations between her son and Father Flynn, but she's choosing to ignore them to spare her son's life – if her abusive husband learned the truth, he'd likely kill their son for being gay. The whole thing is so powerful, and with each tear you can see the pain in Mrs. Miller's face as she tries to convince herself that she's doing the right thing, since either side is a losing battle."

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    69. In Once Upon a Time in the West, when the opening duel was soooo tense and nerve-racking, setting the tone for the rest of the movie.

    The gang preparing for a duel at the train station in the opening shot
    Paramount Pictures

    "It's hard to narrow it down from many of the beautiful and groundbreaking scenes in this absolute epic, but I would go for the opening scene in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West. The buildup is incredible, and the cinematography is unmatched."

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    70. In Wonder Woman, when Diana lead the charge across No Man's Land in order to save all the soldiers from defeat.

    Diana crossing No man's Land
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "It was such a pivotal moment in the movie and represented Wonder Woman as the hero she was meant to be. It gives me chills every time I watch it."

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    71. In 12 Angry Men, when Davis revealed that he had the same exact knife as the defendant, marking a turning point in the case.

    The jury looking at the two identical knives
    United Artists

    "When Henry Fonda whips out the knife...pure class. There's nothing else to say."

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    72. In The Devil Wears Prada, when Andy scoffed at the two belts, so Miranda succinctly explained just how impactful her role at Runway is to the rest of the world.

    Miranda working in her office
    Fox 2000 Pictures

    "Read of the century. That's all."

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    73. In The Godfather (1972), when Michael renounced Satan during his godson's baptism, and the entire scene was intercut with crimes that his gang was committing.

    Michael renouncing the devil in the church
    Paramount Pictures

    "It's legendary! It perfectly shows how Michael Corleone transforms into the evil mafia boss he never thought he’d become. It’s also brilliantly filmed and edited, with shots cutting back and forth between the murders of rival mob leaders and the baptism of Michael’s nephew. Every time I watch it, I get chills."

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    74. In Jaws, when the crew started comparing battle scars, and Quint revealed that he survived the torpedo attacks on the USS Indianapolis, which ended in a bloody tiger shark attack.

    Quint telling his story on the boat
    Universal Pictures

    "There's no action on the screen involving the shark, but the tension of the scene is palpable thanks to the lighting and the actor's delivery. Robert Shaw makes you believe he was actually there. It is a spare, crucial scene and is probably one of the greatest monologues in film history."

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    75. In Se7en, when Somerset saw what was in the box, and he tried to calm David down and convince him to not kill Doe.

    David in the field tempted to shoot the antagonist
    New Line Cinema

    "This is easily the most suspenseful and iconic movie scene ever. 'What's in the box?!'"

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    76. And in Inglourious Basterds, when Colonel Hans Landa visited a man to make sure he wasn't hiding any Jewish people from the Nazis, and tensions kept escalating.

    Colonel Hans Landa and his men shooting at the floors
    Universal Pictures

    "The opening scene is 20 minutes of pure dialogue, yet it puts you on the edge of your seat the whole time. That’s what brilliant writing and acting can do. It's perfection."

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    We obviously couldn't fit every great movie scene into this list, so if your favorite didn't make the cut, then please mention it in the comments below!

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