Skip to comments.Top 7 Most Powerful Moments in Movie History (vanity)
Posted on 12/12/2005 7:57:17 AM PST by pissant
Everyone knows by now that Pissant is not an expert, like MaximusofTexas, when it comes to movie reviews. The main problem of course is that Pissant has generally avoided anything that Hollywood has produced in the last 20 years. Fortuantely, most of the cinematic classics were made well before this self-imposed boycott started. So now, I will list the definitive "most powerful moments".
They may be sad, scary, heartwarming, patriotic, etc.
Top 7 Most Powerful Moments in Cinema History
7. The Deerhunter- Russian Roulette POW scene --The actors in the Deerhunter, particularly DeNiro and Cristopher Walken make it seem incredibly real. The intensity of that scene as POWs being forced to play Russian roulette and the subsequent escape is one for the ages.
6. Outlaw Josie Wales - Snoose on the Dead guy's head -- After a gunfight where Josie (Clint Eastwood) and his sidekick end up killing the bad guys, his young companion frets that they should at least bury the dead out of respect. Instead, Clint hocks a mouthful of tobacco juice onto a cadaver's forehead, and flatly states that "the buzzards gotta eat too"
5. Casablanca- Rick says goodbye -- Thinking that she would be staying with Rick (Humphrey Bogart) as her husband Lazlo gets on the plane to America, Bogie gives Ilsa (Ingrid) the bad news. The strength to be able to give up her love in the cause of patriotism is amazing.
4. Exorcist- The head spin -- If you grew up Catholic, you believe in the devil. And that's what makes the Exorcist SO real (plus it was based on a true story). If the head spin scene did not creep you out, nothing will.
3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being- Girls playing -- I know, not everyone's cup of tea. But seeing Thomas' wife (Juliette Binoche) meet his mistress (Lena Olin) and the two have a playful, flirtatious rendevous.....well it's powerful to me. It helps that both are very gorgeous!!
2. Patton- "the speech to the Third Army" -- This movie is near perfect all the way through, but is most powerful just listening to George C. Scott recite the (somewhat sanitized) speech to the troops. Hollywood is incapable anymore of treating our Generals and Soldiers as the heroes that they are.
1. It's a Wonderful Life - George sees the light -- The angel Clarence's hard work finally pays off. George Bailey realizes how important he is to his family, community and to God, and has a tearful reunion with his family. It chokes me up, no matter how many times I see it. Merry Christmas!
I'll add the final gun fight from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly to any list of great cinematic moments. The secene involving Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach is superb!!
And that has to be the best musical score for a western...ever!
"What do you want me to do, draw ya a picture? Spell it out for ya? Don't ever ask me that! As long as you live don't ever ask me that again!"
Excellent contribution, I must say. And it did NOT involve Eva Whoseesnootz either! ;o)
Spies Like Us - Dan Ackroyd's speech about surgical techniques.."We mock, what we don't understand"
I have a better Clint Eastwood moment where he goes into the tavern at the end of "Unforgiven". Intense!
That's not the flick with he and Rosie Odonnell is it?
The gunplay scene in Titanic. There was such a lack of moving stories in the real thing that some gunfire was sorely needed.
Tombstone - the "...and hell's coming with me!" scene. Gives me goose bumps for some reason.
One of my all time favorite John Wayne movies!!
"Sleepless in Seattle" when Meg Ryan meets the little boy and his dad, Tom Hanks, up at the top of the Empire State Building - I always cry at that part!
Yes. that's a good one too.
"You're gonna need a bigger boat!"
Powerful, powerful scene.
Another powerful scene is in The Third Man when Anna walks past Holly at the very end of the film.
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