The Best Movie Scenes Ever Made
You know that feeling when you are watching a great movie and everything just clicks into place? The hero has seen something that will change him forever, the music swells and you know that something magical/incredible/terrible/horrifying is about to happen in the very next breath.
An exceptional movie will have many of these moments.
Let’s looks at some of my particularly favourite scenes from the 00’s-today that still give me mega feels every single time I see them.
10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Scene: Joel’s memories are erased
In the climax of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Joel‘s (Jim Carey) memories are about to be completely erased of his relationship with Clementine (Kate Winslet). Inside the memory-scape Joel becomes self-aware and realises that he doesn’t really want to forget Clementine entirely, he just wanted to forget the hurt. Together, the pair desperately memory hop throughout Joel’s library of memories trying to hang onto them before they are erased forever.
9. It Follows (2014)
Scene: It is inside the house
One of the most intense art horror films I’ve seen in recent years, It Follows captured me with its summer-time colour pallet and synth music, all trapped inside the horror movie genre. When Jay (Maika Monroe) first sees the strange shapeshifting being following her she is frightened but doesn’t yet comprehend the true danger she is in. In this scene, she comes face to face with the “follower” in a slow motion, can’t look away from a car crash sort of way.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 (2010)
Scene: Legend of the Deathly Hallows
Spanning over 8 films, the Harry Potter phenomena is truly a modern fantasy masterpiece (and cash cow) of franchise cinema. While I wasn’t a dedicated Potter-head, I did see all the films as they released over the years and watched with the world as Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliff), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) grew up at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows uses a three minute animated shadow puppet sequence which teaches the trio the true legend of the deathly hallows and its significance to defeating their enemy Lord Voldemort. The animation is like a mini film inside the film as it unfolds with a bold silhouette style.
7. Whiplash (2014)
Scene: Are you rushing or dragging?
Ambitious jazz drummer Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is excited to play his first session in Terence Fletcher’s (J.K. Simmons) studio band. Fletcher tells him to “just do your best” and everything seems laid back and calm. Once they begin the song ‘Whiplash’ Fletcher unleashes a reign of terror upon Neiman, in a horrifying display of power and control over the shrivelling student who just wanted to please his new mentor.
6. Jane Eyre (2011)
Scene: Jane leaves Thornfield Hall
The novel by Charlotte Brontë has long been a favourite classic of mine. I am a huge sucker for the period drama genre. In the 2011 adapted film Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) discovers the dark secret kept by Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender) and torments over a decision to leave Thornfield Hall and Mr. Rochester forever.
5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Scene: Shu Lien’s duel with Jen
This 18th century set Chinese martial arts film truly captured my imagination when I first saw it. It opened a whole door to asian cinema which I had never before experienced.
The duel between Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Jen Yu (Zhang Ziyi) who wields the powerful sword called the Green Destiny has injections of humour inside a dangerous fight sequence. The fight is as much a battle of wits as it is of weapons. Shu Lien continues to reach for various weapons around the room to defend herself as Jen cuts them each down to size.
4. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Scene: War Rig through the Canyon
The revival reboot Mad Max: Fury Road was the knock out dystopian action blockbuster that no one could have seen coming. Basically the first 60minutes of the film is one giant long chase sequence as Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads a daring escape with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) in tow.
Furiosa’s heavy truck blundering high speed through the red dirt wasteland with the war boys snapping at her heels, it’s heart racing from end to end. Guns firing, wheels spinning and bodies flying through the air, the entire film is a spectacle for any action adrenaline junkie.
3. Spirited Away (2001)
Scene: The Stink Spirit
The magic of Hayao Miyazak films are a fantasy genre to their own. In Spirited Away Chihiro works at a bathhouse run by the evil witch Yubaba, she hopes to earn her freedom for both herself and her parents who have been captured. When a disgusting stink spirit is Chihiro’s next customer, she must rise to the occasion and involves the entire bathhouse to help her free this spirit of what’s truly ailing him.
2. Children of Men (2006)
Scene: Bexhill Refugee Camp
Director Alfonso Cuarón is celebrated for the use of long takes in many of his films and Children of Men is likely the most powerful and jaw dropping example of this.
Theo Faron (Clive Owen) is a reluctant participant in a rebel human rights group trying to smuggle a pregnant woman to safety. In this climactic single take sequence, Theo risks his life running through the overrun refugee camp as the military begin their onslaught. The battle rages on around him only to finally be silenced for a brief moment at the cry of a newborn baby.
1. The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Scene: The Mines of Moria
In what is undoubtedly my favourite film OF ALL TIME and the one film which changed the course of my career and made me fall in love with film and the art of filmmaking, it is The Lord of The Rings. To choose one single scene from this masterpiece of a fantasy trilogy as a stand out above the rest is a difficult task but when the fellowship finally realise their mistake of entering the goblin run Moria mines is a peak moment.
Following a close escape from a hulking cave troll, and a dash through the cavernous mines, an ancient evil Balrog is awoken and ends in a final stand off with Gandalf: “You Shall Not Pass!”