100 Great Movie Moments

The movies are filled with so many moments that stay with you forever. Here are 100 moments that stuck with me.

1)      Buster Keaton standing still as a house falls around him and misses him by a window (Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928).

2)       Pauline tied to the railroad tracks (The Perils of Pauline, 1914).

3)      The mass of men praying and rhythmically chanting in front of a statue of Buddha (Baraka, 1993).

4)      Jake LaMotta punching the walls of his cell and asking why (Raging Bull, 1980).

5)      Mason Evans, Jr. aging before the camera, from ages six to 18 (Boyhood, 2014).

6)      “As God is my witness, I will never go hungry again!” (Gone With The Wind, 1939).

7)      The kissing scenes montage (Cinema Paradiso, 1988).

8)      Antoine Doinel’s eyes as he reaches the sea for the first time before going to a freeze frame (The 400 Blows, 1959).

9)      The battle in the rain (Seven Samurai, 1954).

10)  The use of sign language to evoke emotion and humanity (The Tribe, 2014).

11)  “Back and to the left.” (JFK, 1991).

12)  Luke watching the twin sunset of Tatooine (Star Wars, 1977).

13)  “There’s an old joke…” (Annie Hall, 1977).

14)  Mookie throwing a trash can through the window of Sal’s Pizzeria (Do The Right Thing, 1989).

15)  Ronnie cursing the heavens before taking Loretta to “the bed” (Moonstruck, 1987).

16)  Jimmy Stewart following Kim Novak through the streets of San Francisco (Vertigo, 1958).

17)  Dorothy leaving the sepia toned world and entering the wonderful land of Oz (The Wizard of Oz, 1939).

18)  “Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothing yet!” introducing the first spoken words in film (The Jazz Singer, 1927).

19)  A rocket landing in the eye of the moon (A Trip to the Moon, 1902).

20)  Busby Berkeley’s choreography in the 42nd Street number (42nd Street, 1933).

21)  Andy Dufresne playing Mozart over the prison intercom, halting everything (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994).

22)  Raul Hilberg summing up Christian attitudes towards the Jews: “You may not live among us as Jews, you may not live among us, you may not live.” (Shoah, 1985).

23)  “America don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what’s happening in the hood.” (Boyz n The Hood, 1991).

24)  Chihiro being led through the bathhouse (Spirited Away, 2001).

25)  Colonel Kurtz’s last words, “The horror… the horror…” (Apocalypse Now, 1979).

26)  The air bubble in the bath popping in Setsuko’s face (Grave of the Fireflies, 1988).

27)  Wayne and company rocking out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Wayne’s World, 1992).

28)  The Odessa Steps (Battleship Potemkin, 1925).

29)  Tony seeing Maria for the first time (West Side Story, 1961).

30)  Lawrence arriving in the desert for the first time (Lawrence of Arabia, 1962).

31)  Ducky “dancing” for Andy (Pretty in Pink, 1986).

32)  “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” (Goodfellas, 1991).

33)  Mr. Chu preparing dinner (Eat Drink Man Woman, 1994).

34)  The balance and simplicity of Ozu (Tokyo Story, 1953).

35)  “Forget it, Jake, its Chinatown.” (Chinatown, 1974).

36)  Aguirre declaring himself to be the wrath of God (Aguirre, Wrath of God, 1972).

37)  The young woman trying to ignore the man (The Goddess, 1934).

38)  “Mother, is Pop governor yet?” (Citizen Kane, 1941).

39)  The zeal of the Klansmen as they ride (The Birth of A Nation, 1915).

40)  “Over, we’re coming over, and we’re not gonna stop till it’s over, over there!” (Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942).

41)  Michael renouncing Satan at the baptism of his godson (The Godfather, 1972).

42)  The sadness and loss in the empty eyes of the clay figures that represent those whose lives were effected by the Khmer Rouge (The Missing Picture, 2013).

43)  British POWs whistling “Colonel Bogey’s March” (The Bridge On The River Kwai, 1957).

44)  “Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!” (True Grit, 1969)

45)  Primitive man’s use of tools for the first time (2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968).

46)  Snow White dancing with the seven dwarfs (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, 1937).

47)  The tracking shot of Colonel Dax as he walks through the trenches pass the men that he will lead to their inevitable deaths (Paths of Glory, 1957).

48)  “P-51! Cadillac of the sky!” (Empire of the Sun, 1987).

49)  “The list is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.” (Schindler’s List, 1993).

50)  “Prowler needs a jump.” (Fargo, 1996).

51)  The laughing soldier with glasses (Arsenal, 1929).

52)  The tour bus singing Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” (Almost Famous, 2000).

53)  The end of school that will mark the night that no one’s lives will ever be the same (Dazed & Confused, 1993).

54)  A knight playing chess with death (The Seventh Seal, 1957).

55)  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing.

56)  The witch trial (Monty Python & the Holy Grail, 1975).

57)  “Show me the money!” (Jerry Maguire, 1996).

58)  “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” (It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946).

59)  “Made it, ma! Top of the world!” (White Heat, 1949).

60)  King Kong being shot down by the plane. Beauty killed the beast (King Kong, 1933).

61)  The close-up on Joan of Arc’s face as she cries (The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1928).

62)  John Cusack standing outside the window of his true love holding up a boom box playing Peter Gabriel (Say Anything, 1989).

63)  “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’” (Casablanca, 1942).

64)  The shower scene (Psycho, 1960).

65)  Cary Grant running from a biplane in a field (North by Northwest, 1959).

66)  French prisoners singing La Marseillaise (Grand Illusion, 1937).

67)  Washizu being struck down with a hail of arrows from his own men (Throne of Blood, 1957).

68)  Redmond Barry’s silent seduction of Lady Lyndon (Barry Lyndon, 1975).

69)  The blind flower girl recognizing The Tramp by the touch of a hand (City Lights, 1931).

70)  The obsessive perfection of making the best sushi in the world (Jiro Dreams of Sushi, 2011).

71)  Elliot and E.T. riding a bike past the moon (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982).

72)  Indiana Jones trying to match the weight of a gold idol with that of a bag of sand (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981).

73)  Three brothers traveling through India on a train to find their estranged mother (The Darjeeling Limited, 2007).

74)  Jack Nicholson sticking his head through a hole in the door and yelling, “Here’s Johnny!” (The Shining, 1980).

75)  Charlie Chaplin eating his shoe (The Gold Rush, 1925).

76)  A young girl waking her brother by opening his eye (Pather Panchali, 1955).

77)  The violent battle of Bloody Porch as men seem to stumble upon each other (The Wild Bunch, 1969).

78)  “You got talent.” – “So I got talent. So what beat me?” – “Character.” (The Hustler, 1961).

79)  Hannibal Lecter’s escape from the courthouse (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991).

80)  “You can’t handle the truth!” (A Few Good Men, 1992).

81)  Enrique and Rosa crossing the border into opportunity through a sewer (El Norte, 1983).

82)  Young Vito Corleone looking at the statue of liberty along with hundreds of other immigrants, officially arriving to America (The Godfather Part II, 1974).

83)  Jimi Hendrix playing “The Star Spangled Banner,” forever changing music (Woodstock, 1970).

84)  The chariot race (Ben-Hur, 1959).

85)  “Mein Fuhrer! I can walk!” (Dr. Strangelove, 1964).

86)  “I am as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” (Network, 1976).

87)  Gene Hackman chasing a train through New York (The French Connection, 1971).

88)  Harvey Keitel waking up and seeing his life flash before him in 8mm as “Be My Baby” plays (Mean Streets, 1973).

89)  Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler seeing a live dinosaur for the first time (Jurassic Park, 1993).

90)  The pillow fight in slow motion as feathers fly through the air (Zero for Conduct, 1933).

91)  Gene Kelly singin’ in the rain (Singin’ In The Rain, 1952).

92)  Charlie Chaplin playing with the world (The Great Dictator, 1940).

93)  The Hoover family pushing the yellow bus and jumping into it one by one (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006).

94)  Matt King finding his moment to say goodbye to his wife in comatose. Goodbye to his friend, his pain, his joy (The Descendants, 2011).

95)  Chris Farley and David Spade fighting over what to play on the radio before agreeing to stay on The Carpenter’s “Superstar” (Tommy Boy, 1995).

96)  “Listen to them, children of the night.” (Dracula, 1931).

97)  Jiminy Cricket singing “When You Wish Upon A Star” (Pinocchio, 1940).

98)  Klaus Kinski moving a river boat to the other side of a mountain (Fitzcarraldo, 1982).

99)  The “Tradition” number (Fiddler on the Roof, 1971).

100) “Rhapsody In Blue” playing as Isaac Davis struggles to write the first chapter to his book (Manhattan, 1979).

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