Top Ten Favorite Scenes from a Movie

Every good movie I've seen has a moment that pulls everything together. In some movies, that's the top scene for me, but in others, it could be a feel good moment, a laugh until you cry moment, or a real tear jerker. Since I've seen thousands of movies and have more than one favorite scene in most of them, I could write a different list of top favorite movie scenes for the next year. For today, my top ten favorite scenes from a movie include:

1. The death scene in the movie "Brian's Song". My sister and I have shared a box of kleenex every time we've watched that movie in the past 30 years.

2. A lump grows in my throat and tears flow when I watch the remake of "Stella" starring Bette Midler. The last scene where Stella is looking through the window trying to see her daughter's face to make sure she's happy is so moving.

3. The scene in "Stripes" where Bill Murray leads his fellow army squad in a unique graduation display that earns them a special assignment from a general looking for a team of go-getters. It's hilarious.

4. The last dance scene in "Dirty Dancing" pulls together all the other dance scenes in the movie. From the time Johnny (Patrick Swayze) leads Baby (Jennifer Grey) from her parents table to the stage after uttering that famous line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," until Baby completes the 'lift' that plagued her throughout the movie, you want to cheer and keep cheering.

5. You have to love the scenes in "Rain Man," when Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) frustrates his brother (Tom Cruise) with everything from his insistence on watching Judge Wopner to his need to wear underwear from Kmart. But the defining scene is this movie is the one where Charlie realizes Raymond is his childhood hero, the Rain Man, and that Raymond was put in a home for accidently putting him in harm's way.

6. The moment in the movie "The Sixth Sense" when viewers realize that Malcolm is one of the dead people is one of the most haunting moments I've seen in any movie.

7. I have to include the scene in "Jerry Maguire" that Jerry begins to make his speech to Dorothy in front of her sister and the divorced women group and she tells him to shut up. "You had me at hello," became a catch phrase along with "You complete me."

8.This scene is probably not on anyone's list, but I thought it was hilarious, and it always makes me laugh. In "Something to Talk About" when Julia Robert's cheating husband comes to see her at her sister's house, he is rolling on the floor in pain when she comes out. "What did you do?" she asks. "You told me to keep him busy," her sister replies. "He's busy holdin' his nuts." Okay, so I have a warped sense of humor.

9. I'm wavering here between the Jamie Lee Curtis exotic dance scene in "True Lies" and Meg Ryan's fake orgasm scene in the middle of a crowded restaurant in "When Harry Met Sally." They're both so funny, but I can't put one at number ten because I had to save that spot for

10. Forrest Gump, a movie that it's impossible to choose a top scene from because every single scene is a top movie scene. Tom Hanks is outstanding and this has to be one of the best movies ever made.

I know there are dozens of classic movie scenes from the 1930's to the present that deserve a spot on this list. I'll leave it to all of you to submit your own top 10 scenes so together we can pay tribute to the talented actors, actresses, writers, directors, and producers who helped give us these moments.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

I vote for Meg Ryan's fake orgasm. The topper is the lady (played by directer Rob Reiner's mom) saying to the waiter, "I'll have what she's having." Classic!!!

The scene in Forrest Gump that touches me the most is the scene where Forrest realizes that he has a son. The look on his face when he becomes concerned that the boy might have inherited his low intelligence is absolutely heart-breaking. I cry every time.

astitan3 7 years ago

Lets go back aways to the early 30`s:

Final scene from Dinner At 8 while at a dinner party{ Harlow wearing a backless gown Dressler carrying her poodle. Harlow:" I read a nutty kinda book about civilazation or something." Dressler: the biggest double take ever! Almost trips due to the shock .Harlow:" it said machines are going to replace every profession." Dressler: gazing at Harlow`s slinky figure and somewhat cheap appearance:" my dear, that`s something you never need worry about!" They continue walking into the dining room. Two of the funniest screen comediannes ever, creating a classic finale!If you have never seen it,watch. Other huge stars of the era in movie as well.

astitan3 7 years ago

As you stated, plenty of great scenes from earlier eras of film history. While you have a good list, it`s very contemporary. Do you watch old movies? I am a huge fan of black and whites, esp. film noir and screwball comedy. Another fantastic scene is from the Howard Hawkes hysterically funny "THe More the Merrier" starring Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea. She is telling him about the man she is engaged to while he is seductively kissing her hands, arms, neck and eventually on the mouth. Her reaction is priceless, as she gradually melts and is unable to speak coherently anymore. Eventually grabbing McCrea`s face and planting a world class kiss on him!

An earlier scene between Arthur and Chas. Coburn is a comedic masterpiece . They attempt to follow a rigid AM schedule devised by the punctual Arthur and the aftermath is hilarious. This is one of the best of the screwballs and also boldly lampoons the housing shortage in Washington DC during WW2 and the beareaucrats involved in dealing with it.Great fliclk!

I will try to add to my top ten later. Thanks for posting such an interesting hub, especially for a film afficiando like me.

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catwhitehead 7 years ago Author

Somehow I missed "The More the Merrier". I'll watch for it, as it sounds great. I'll also be watching for your top ten. Thanks for your comment.

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nj2k9_8 7 years ago from Minnesota

Definitely have to agree with the Sixth Sense, the ending was such a would have been a bigger shock if my friends wouldn't have told me that he was dead.

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nj2k9_8 7 years ago from Minnesota

Definitely have to agree with the Sixth Sense, the ending was such a would have been a bigger shock if my friends wouldn't have told me that he was dead.

catwhitehead 7 years ago

Bummer! Don't you hate it when somebody gives a book or movie away? Once I sat in front of a couple during a movie and the woman had already seen it and told the man what was going to be said or done right before every scene.

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Forrest Gump: I particularly like the scene where Forrest is cleaning his weapon and the drill sergeant catches on to how fast Forrest can assemble his rifle. Drill sergeant asks, "GUUUUUUMP! Why did you put that weapon together so quickly, Gump?"

Forrest: "You told me to, drill sergeant?"


Another: Bubba talking incessantly about shrimp!

"Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it."

Don 6 years ago

The Jamie Lee Curtis dance scene is also one of my favorites, and it certainly has humor, but I think it was incorporated into the movie as a vehicle to showcase her breathtaking beauty.

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