10 Best Movie Scenes Of All Time

Tuesday, March 8 by Andrew Jett

The 10 best movie scenes of all time are an elite bunch. With the rare mix of adept direction, stellar screenwriting and committed acting, these movie scenes have endeared themselves to generations of moviegoers around the world. 

  1. “The Matrix” – Virtual Reality Training Containing special effects that no one had ever seen before, this 1999 movie scene blew audiences away. In this scene, Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne do some sparring inside the Matrix. The revolving camera angles and choreography make this one of the best movie scenes of all time.
  2. “Dirty Harry” – Do I Feel Lucky? No one is a bigger movie badass than Clint Eastwood. Cementing his reputation in this 1971 movie scene, Eastwood’s police officer character thwarts a bank robbery, then spouts an epic speech while standing over one of the robbers: “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”
  3. “Glory” – Whipping Scene Based on the true story of an African-American infantry unit during the Civil War, 1989’s “Glory” was a dramatic masterpiece. The movie’s best scene involved Denzel Washington’s character being whipped for desertion. Washington’s intense facial expression and subtle emoting made this a powerful movie scene.
  4. "Goodfellas” – Restaurant Entry Practically any scene from this 1990 Scorsese opus could be considered one of the ten best movie scenes of all time. The film is that good. The flat-out best scene in the movie occurs when Ray Liotta arrives at a restaurant with his date. The pair enter through the back, with an uninterrupted camera shot following them the entire way.
  5. “Titanic” – Going Down Even though this 1997 movie boasted stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the doomed ship stole the show in the best scene. After striking an iceberg, the Titanic begins filling with water, starting off a brilliant movie scene that ends with the ship breaking in two and careening to the ocean floor.
  6. “Gone With The Wind” – Rhett Takes Off As one of the best movies of all time, there’s no shortage of great material in this 1939 classic. The movie’s best scene features irrepressible badass Clark Gable leaving co-star Vivien Leigh in a huff. Gable utters the movie’s best line at the end of this scene: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
  7. “Saving Private Ryan” – Omaha Beach The most intense entry on the list of the ten best movie scenes of all time, this 1998 masterpiece should be required viewing for everyone on Earth. One of the movie’s opening scenes depicts the Allied invasion of Normandy, with no amount of grit or realism left out.
  8. “Casablanca” – Runway Scene Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s chemistry was undeniable in this 1942 classic, making it one of the most romantic movies of all time. Bogart and Bergman shared several memorable scenes throughout the movie, but their final goodbye scene is the tear-jerking stuff of legend.
  9. “Psycho” – Shower Scene Thanks to Alfred Hitchcock, millions of Americans feared bathing in 1960. The best scene in “Psycho” occurs toward the beginning, when Janet Leigh’s character is taking a shower. A knife-wielding killer lurks just outside the curtain, and Leigh doesn’t realize it until it’s too late.
  10. “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” – Pool Daydream Containing the scene that turned Phoebe Cates into a sultry screen legend, this 1982 coming-of-age comedy became a favorite with men across the globe. Cates’ epic movie scene featured a slow-motion exit from a swimming pool, followed by the best bikini top removal in movie history.
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