Skip To Content

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

    Let's find out if your favorite made the cut.

    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.

    🚨 Spoilers ahead! 🚨

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Sony Pictures Releasing / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Miramax Films / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    RKO / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    CJ Entertainment / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Lionsgate / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Gramercy Picture / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Fox Searchlight Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    MGM / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Orion Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. Pictures / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Lions Gate Films / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Lionsgate / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Marvel / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    MGM / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    A24 / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Universal Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Sony Pictures Classics / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Lionsgate / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Disney / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Amblin Entertainment / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Universal Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    MGM / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Monkeypaw Productions / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    DreamWorks Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    United Artists / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Disney / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Castle Rock Entertainment / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Sony Pictures Releasing / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia Pictures / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    United Artists / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Amblin Entertainment / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    United Artists / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    UGC-Fox Distribution / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    United Artists Releasing / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    RKO / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Lionsgate Films / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Cinedigm / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. Pictures / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Lionsgate Films / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    MGM / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Focus Features / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    20th Century Fox / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    A24 / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. Pictures / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    A24 / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Fox Searchlight Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Universal Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    20th Century Fox / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Burn Later Productions / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Sony Pictures Releasing / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    United Artists / youtube.com

    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"

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Netflix / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    20th Century Fox / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Miramax Films / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    United Artists / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Fox 2000 Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Universal Pictures / youtube.com

    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

    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

    Here's the full scene:

    View this video on YouTube

    Universal Pictures / youtube.com

    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!

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.