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5 Movies with scenes that I found were compelling or enthralling

Updated on August 20, 2011

Introduction

There are some movies that have in them scenes that are truly compelling, scenes that really move you or enthrall you. There was really only one that came to mind when I thought up this idea for the hub, it will be the first one in the list below. The other four I had to research a little, ask some friends and family and I finally rounded out the list.

A Few Good Men

This was a great movie from beginning to end, but there is the court room scenes near the end of the movie where things got really exciting. Danny Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise, is a cocky and somewhat arrogant lawyer who hadn't spent any time in a court room, and yet he could taste a significantly brighter future if he was to win this case. He was facing a most daunting figure, Col. Nathan Jessup played by Jack Nicholson. Of course, the most popular line 'You can't handle the truth' is the memorable one, but the whole scene where Kaffee gets the courage to start attacking the Colonel is such a compelling and riveting scene, it really is what was the impetus for this hub.

The Usual Suspects

Kevin Spacey plays con artist Roger "Verbal" Kint who appears to have cerebral palsy. Verbal is being interviewed throughout the film while what he is telling the interviewer is what we see in the movie. That what he is telling the interviewer is all fiction only becomes clear at the very end of the movie. When US Customs Special Agent Dave Kujan, played by Chazz Palminteri, completes the interview and starts to look around the office he is in, he notices place and people names that match the story he was told. A montage of all of those images and short clips from the scenes in the movie show how all of Verbal's story was fabricated. The whole movie was so complex and the story Verbal was telling was so involved, it was absolutely amazing that he could have put all of that together under the duress of being interrogated. So the scene when all of us viewers realize it is a fabricated story is what is so compelling in this one.

The Untouchables

Eliot Ness, played by Kevin Costner, is a government agent brought in to stamp out liquor in Chicago where the trade is led by mobster Al Capone, played by Robert De Niro. Sean Connery was given an Academy Award for his supporting role in this film as Officer Jimmy Malone, who helps to guide Ness to victory. Sean Connery did an amazing job in this movie, giving an edge to the good guy's side that Ness didn't have, but it isn't a scene with Malone that I am referring to in this hub. The scene where Ness and his sharp shooter George Stone, played by Andy Garcia, are in the train station at the end of the movie, waiting to capture the bookkeeper, there is the woman with her baby in the baby carriage and Ness goes to help with the baby carriage. That whole scene is riveting.

Avatar

The basic story line of this movie has been bantered about but few can argue that the visual aspect of this movie is astounding and beyond compare. In terms of visually appealing scenes this movie is full of them but there is one in particular that had me so enthralled I felt like I was with Jake. Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, has his Avatar out in play and got disconnected from his group as he was being chased by a wild animal. No longer with his group, totally untrained for this world, but with a strong survival instinct with military experience, he goes out and tries to survive the night. As the sun sets he is worried about lighting a fire so that he can see to keep an eye out for predators, but slowly he comes to realize that the vegetation itself can provide sufficient light. When I first saw this movie, in the theatre, in 3D, this scene of the forest coming alive at night was so breathtaking and it involved the viewer so much; this will stick with me as one of the most memorable scenes ever for the visual experience.

Others

Once I started researching for this hub I realized there were a lot more I could add, so rather than add a single one here in detail, I will list a few more in shorter detail.

The Sixth Sense - I was totally dumbfounded when we learned the truth in this movie.

Unforgiven - the reluctant but resolute William Munny (played by Clint Eastwood) does a final charge to end the movie to give retribution for what was done to his good friend Ned Logan (played by Morgan Freeman).

The Thomas Crown Affair - the scene at the end where a bunch of similarly dressed men with the same bowler hat and same briefcase wander through the museum - amazingly well shot and edited.

When Harry Met Sally - Sally's faking orgasm in the deli.

Conclusion

Are there any scenes of a movie that you would add to a list like this? A scene that really enthralled you or you found was very compelling? Let me know in the comments.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Yes, some people are not TC fans, but in this one, put him aside and instead look at Danny Kaffee. The ending courtroom battle is well worth it.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Thanks for the write up.I am still to watch "A few goodmen", I always felt a bit unsure about it because of Tom Cruise.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      MC, thanks - it was 'A Few Good Men' that really inspired me to the idea. I'm sure if you were to think back at a few movies you've seen, look at the wiki of them, you'll recall others.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Phil, this is a bright idea for a hub. In all the movies I've seen are a remarkable and unforgettable scene or two, and why oh why had I not written them down? For now I can only remember ‘Gone with the Wind’ and Scarlett O’Hara shouting at heaven: “I’ll never be hungry again.”

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      i scrib, thanks for the tip, I'll add that to my hub recommended move list.

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      i scribble 6 years ago

      Another good movie with a surprising twist is The Boy In the Red Pajamas, about a WW2 concentration camp.

      I have a fave movie hub, called 10 Movies I Love: Smart & Quirky. Check it out.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      i scribble, if you can think of five movies that each have compelling scenes, there is nothing stopping you from writing the equivalent hub. I'd certainly look forward to reading it.

      DW, it is nice having a memory like that.

      Kevin, I'll be starting my senior moments in short order, undoubtedly. I've added 'No Way Out' to my hub recommended list of movies to watch.

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      KevinC9998 6 years ago

      Hey Phil, yes, I see you had Usual Suspects listed therefore I suspect I had a "senior moment"! In regard to "No Way Out", it was a thriller with a twist- definitely an underated film for Kevin Costner.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Interesting hub, I love watching movies and The Usual Suspects reminded me of my older son, who first introduced me to that movie.

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      i scribble 6 years ago

      I like the concept for this hub. Don't know that I've thought much about singling out a particular scene in movies I really like. I'll start thinking about that, and I may return...I really liked the Sixth Sense, and a similar movie is A Beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe(psychological thrillers with a twist). I think if a movie completely fools and surprises us, it earns our respect. I also liked Avatar and the Untouchables. I liked Avatar for its novelty and its non-earthcentric perspective. Didn't see it it 3D, but was impressed just the same.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Kevin, I don't know if you noticed, but I listed The Usual Suspects in this hub. I haven't seen No Way Out, or if I have, it was long ago, so I can't speak to that one.

      Home, I don't think I've seen that movie, I'll add it to my hub recommended movie list. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      Sommersby (played by Richard Greer) has a couple great scenes where Mrs. Sommersby (played by Jodie Foster) is trying to get him to acknowledge that he is not Sommersby (and he is not) but he explains to her that he can't because without his good name he would be nothing. That particular movie has lots of good moments.

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      KevinC9998 6 years ago

      If we are talking about astounding twists then do not forget to list, "No Way Out" and also, "The Usual Suspects".

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Manthy, thanks for stopping by. Seeing the Sixth Sense the very first time was the most astounding of twists. Unforgiven is a really well made movie that I could watch again and again.

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      The 6th sense and Unforgiven are 2 of my favorite films.

      I love Clint Eastwood and M Night Shamalya is a good director.

      Thanks for the hub

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      DRG, thanks... out of curiousity, which is the 1 out of 5 that you aren't that keen on?

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      Felix J Hernandez 6 years ago from All over the USA

      The Usual Suspects is my all time favourite psychological thriller. Aside of that 4 out of 5 are movies that I would watch more than 3 times. Good list.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm not a romantic either obviously because that part of the movie still irks me. Thanks for the opportunity to vent again :)

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Sunshine, to Rose the stone had no financial value, it only had sentimental value. This doesn't make any sense to me as I'm not a romantic, but perhaps it makes sense to someone out there. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      LadyFae, is there a specific scene in each of the two movies you mentioned that you would put in a hub like this? Why not hub it?

      Fuller, yes Fight Club for sure. I haven't seen AmHiX in quite some time so I don't remember the scene you are describing. What I do remember about that movie is the absolutely brutal way that Derek kills a black man in that movie, one of the most disturbing scenes I've ever seen in any movie.

      Epi, thanks for the link. I already have an idea for the next movie one.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fantastic hub and question! Allow me to vent for the millionth time... WHY OH WHY did the old lady have to toss the Heart Of The Ocean back into the ocean at the end of Titanic!?!?!? Her granddaughter was taking care of her and really could have used that money. Ugh. Thank you I feel better until the millionth and one time.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..well I love your movie hubs and will post this to my Facebook page with a direct link back here - I sure hope Flora Breen Robison and Cogerson see this one - it's so great like your other film related hubs ....

      lake erie time 8:51pm

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      Ryan Fuller 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      i agree with the usual suspect and a few good men. i would have put fight club, when you find out the truth of tyler durden. American history x the scene of his arrest and boondock saints when willim dafoe is renacting the shoot out scene in the house. great and fun hub. voted interesting and up

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      LadyFae 6 years ago from Under the Stars

      A few good men, Avatar, The untouchables and The sixth sense, absolute fantastic movies!!! And thinking hard if I can add a few. Terms of endearment and One flew over the cuckoo's nest.

      Interesting and voted up.