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Top 10 Best Scenes of All Time

Top 10 Best Scenes of All Time


>>Speaker 1: What makes a great scene? Is it in the performance? The writing?
The cinematography? Is it in the boldness of the film making
or the fearlessness of the theme? Is it in how directly it grapples
with the human condition? We watch a metric buttload of
favorites and made a list to find out. These are our picks for
the top ten movie scenes of all time.>>[MUSIC]>>Speaker 1: Kicking
this off at number ten, let’s look at some of the scenes
showcasing the explosive talents of actors plumbing the very extremes of
the human range of emotions. We’re talking about scenes like
Tom Cruise’s final confrontation with his dying father in Magnolia. Al Pacino’s violent outburst about
his lost child in the Godfather 2. And his court scene from Scent of a Woman. The secret about the son from
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe. The beating of Patsy
from 12 Years a Slave. Discovery of dead samurai
armor from Seventh Samurai. And of course our number 10, the russian
roulette scene from Deer Hunter.>>[FOREIGN] [LAUGH] [FOREIGN]
>>Speaker 2: Okay.>>[LAUGH] [SOUND] [FOREIGN] [SOUND]
>>Speaker 1: It’s a simple master, a couple close-ups, and a few different over-the-shoulders for
each important relationship. But what most of those
over-the-shoulders are highlighting, is De Niro’s incredible
dynamic with his captor. I’m not sure if there’s ever been
a better example of genuine hate and rage on screen than his performance
here as he marches up and down the spectrum of expression from
fear and hatred to manic support. The stakes are life and death, but the potential pay off is
three chambers of salvation. And De Niro’s character perfectly
channels his madness into destabilizing the situation just enough to take control
and bring the two of them to freedom. Next up at number nine,
we’re thinking funny. But not just in terms of most laughs
per minute, we’re looking for some artistry, vision, and
standout creativity with our humor. And that’s probably something
like All About Eve’s party scene. Some Like it Hots final boat getaway. When Harry Met Sally’s diner scenej. Dr. Strangelove’s phone call with Dimitri. Or, Monty Python and
the Holy Grail’s Black Knight. But our favourite funny scene is actually
Modern Times’s automatic feeding machine.>>[MUSIC]>>Speaker 1: This is a brilliant
showcase of visual comedy and pacing. It pairs the hysterical reactions of
Chaplin’s tramp with the inanimate comic timing of a feeding robot gone haywire. Brilliantly in view with different
personalities for each of its functions. One of the funniest moment is watching
Chaplin stare down at the demonic corn feeder with a look of
abject terror only to be greeted by the gentle dabbing
of the serene face swiper. Of course,
when that’s all said and done and it seems like the scene is over,
the engineer tells us.>>[MUSIC]>>Speaker 1: Following
up at number eight, we’re going to spend some time marvelling
at some of the one of a kind set pieces that deliver on the promise of
their premise so specifically, and with such immaculate marriage of craft and
storytelling that you can’t help but see the unique potential of cinema
realized in a single scene. Children of Men’s car ride one-r combined
fever pitched tension with unparalleled choreography. 500 Days of Summer’s reality versus
expectations is one of the best examples of the power of juxtaposition ever shot. The Conversation’s introduction builds
a mysterious piecemeal narrative around sound and the lack thereof. Whiplash’s finale was visual jazz, and
Amadeus’s transcription of Computatus brought Mozart’s creative process
out of his head and onto the screen. But for our number eight, we think that Hitchcock’s opening of
Rear Window takes the proverbial cake.>>[MUSIC]>>Speaker 1: Quickly established
the personalities, dynamics and conflicts of all LB Jeffery’s neighbors in
a few brief beautiful shots, and you’ve got one of the best examples of efficiency
in visual storytelling ever shot. But follow up with a quick
tour of his apartment, delivering every bit of relevant
exposition under a minute. All without any clunky
lines like hey Jeffries, remember when you broke your leg? Why yes, Lisa,
I was there when it happened. And you’ve got the makings
of a world class clinic. But, this is more than just a well staged
tour through a beautiful city block set. Hitchcock’s use of camera angles and
movements immediately establishes the voyeuristic,
limited perspective of the film. Less than four minutes later
without a single word spoken, we are intimately familiar with the world
our story is about to take us through. At number seven, we’ve got some superlative scenes that
aim to absolutely wrench your heart out. Scenes like the Bicycle Thieves’
final theft. The passion of Joan of Arc’s ending. Goodwill Hunting’s it’s not your fault. Royal Tenenbaums’ needle in the hay. Short Term 12’s Marcus rap, and our pick for this slot, Persona’s repeated scene.>>[FOREIGN] [MUSIC] [FOREIGN]
>>Speaker 1: Watching Elizabeth listen to her nurse tell her the story
of her failure with her son gradually dissolving closer and
closer to Liv Ullmann’s listening. And I mean really, brutally listening
to a heartbreaking rendition of her own personal failings is immensely difficult. But just as soon as you think it’s over,
we jump back to the start and see the whole thing from
an entirely different perspective. Allowing us to see the two separate
stories in each women’s personal journey. Each one immensely rattling
in it’s own beautiful right. And while this might be dull and
repetitive in a lesser director’s hands, it never feels like we’re
re-treading the same ground. The monologue seems completely changed,
which is why we love it. At number six,
this slot is all about tension. And the scenes we think did suspense most
beautifully are those like GoodFella’s funny how, Heat’s dinner parlay, and
Rififi’s incredible silent heist. There’s Clarice meeting Dr.
Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. Dennis Hopper provoking
Christopher Walken in True Romance. And both the farmhouse scene and
the pub scene from Inglorious Basterds. Taken on their own, these scenes
are enough to keep you anxious for days. But, we think that No Country for Old Men’s coin toss stands
just a bit above them all.>>Speaker 3: What’s the most
you ever lost in a coin toss?>>Speaker 4: Sir?>>Speaker 3: The most you
ever lost in a coin toss?>>Speaker 4: I don’t know,
I couldn’t say.>>Speaker 3: Call it.>>Speaker 1: One thing we like about
a really good scene is how sometimes they can almost stand alone. They’re like a drama in and
of themselves, and you can just feel the essence of
the film oozing from every cut. And that’s what’s happening
here as Anton Chigurh and a gas station proprietor spur over a wager
only one of them really understands.>>Speaker 4: Look,
I need to know what I stand to win.>>Speaker 3: Everything.
>>Speaker 4: How’s that?>>Speaker 3: You stand to win everything. Call it.>>Speaker 1: Again,
the camera work is hardly flashy, you probably won’t even notice the subtle
push in once Chigurh flips the coin. But, that’s because the cat and mouse conflict of their conversation
is completely absorbing, with Bardem cutting off Gene Jones’
escape attempts at every pass. There’s probably no better example of how
effective this scene is than the moment when Chigurh tosses his wrapper on
the counter and we hang on it, staring. Feeling threatened like the clerk
by a simple piece of trash. [SOUND] Of course, not all suspense
needs to simmer like this one does. Sometimes, scenes explode,
and God, is it glorious. The best of the best build a cacophonous
crescendo of deadly frenzy until long after we think we
can’t take anymore of it, they resolve in a moment of
pure terror and exhilaration. These are scenes like
Reservoir Dogs’s ear scene. The Thing’s blood test,
influential showdown. The Third Man’s discovery
of Harry Lime and Lawrence of Arabia’s shimmering
introduction of Omar Shareef. We love The Good, The Bad, and
The Ugly’s Sad Hill Cemetery standoff. But it’s going to be Leone,
and spoiler alert, it is, we think it’s hard to beat our number
five, Once Upon A Time In The West’s train station arrival
>>Speaker 1: [SOUND] No one else besides Sergio Leone has made
boredom more gripping.>From the dripping of a water leak, to the
creak of a rocking chair, to the incessant buzzing of a fly, Leone works his
audience up to a violent impatience. By the time the train comes screeching
to a halt, we’re thirsting for action in the best possible way. Follow that up with on of
cinema’s greatest reveals, one of cinemas greatest verbal exchanges,
and one of cinemas greatest shootouts, and you’ve got yourself one hell of
a scene and two too many horses. [SOUND] At number 4, we’ve got a handful of hauntingly beautiful scenes that give us a serious case of [FOREIGN]. Scenes like Schindler’s List’s girl
in the red coat, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’s crumbling beach
house, the Truman Show’s final bow. And quite a few Tarkovsky
scenes like Andre Rublev’s installation of the finish bell. Nostalgia’s candle in an empty pool. And our pick for number four,
The Mirror’s burning house.>>[FOREIGN]
[NOISE]>>Speaker 1: We have trouble breaking down exactly why it works. In theory, it’s a relatively simple scene
with a couple nice camera moves and a few beautiful moments. But in practice, there’s something
almost transcendent about it. Some [FOREIGN] in the dance of the camera,
the poetry of the Russian, the glancing reflections of the fire light
in the final tableau that makes us want to stop analyzing and just feel. Which is something we can’t
say about very many scenes, which is why this one lands on our list. [SOUND]
Of course our scenes can’t all be slow and emotional. There’s no other artistic medium that
does excitement and adrenaline like film. Back in the day, Battleship Potemkin’s
Odessa steps changed the world and most recently,
Sicario’s bridge sequence blew our minds. While scene’s like Heat’s bank heist,
Apocalypse Now’s ride of the Valkyries, and Psycho’s shower murder have
filled in the space between. But it comes as no surprise that
there’s still nothing better action wise than our number three, Saving
Private Ryan’s landing on Omaha Beach. [SOUND] This scene is
simultaneously massive and incredibly intimate. First, pay attention to its tempo and
rhythm. It’s almost a visual symphony in how
it’s edited, composed, and sound design. And second,
notice the detail of every single shot. There is hardly a beat where we’re
not introduced to a new aspect of the horrors of war. Finally, watch as Spielberg take that
rhythm and those details and molds them into a perfectly shaped art from nervous
anticipation to chaos to gradual order. All serving the greater plot, action and
characters of the entire film. [SOUND] Of course, we wouldn’t be doing
our jobs if we left our sex and romance. We love Annie Hall’s subtitled flirtation,
E Tu Mama Tambien’s steaming jukebox sequence, City Lights’ handheld moment of
recognition, Before Sunrise’s wonderfully subtle music booth, Before Sunset’s
pitch perfect Nina Simone finale, and Before Midnight’s painful 20 minute
long argument in the hotel room. However, our number two romance
pick actually goes to none other than Barry Lyndon’s card game seduction.>>[FOREIGN] [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE]
>>Speaker 1: This scene is so intimate it’s hard to even breathe. Beautiful costuming, a master shot
straight out of a painting, and lit by actual candle light on
repurposed spaceship lenses. Kubrick does so much with just a look,
it’s extraordinary. Notice how brilliantly
the eyes are choreographed. When Kubrick wants you to pay
attention to a character, he lets you see the whites of their eyes. When he wants you to switch,
they look down or away and then the other character looks up. It’s a two shot with all
the focus of the close up. Every single movement of these three
actors tells its part of the story perfectly. All without damaging the naturalism
of the story, and what a story it is. Desire, boldness,
flirtation, suspicion and betrayal, all without a word,
what a mastery. [SOUND] And finally at number one, sometimes there’s nothing better
than a simple conversation. Taking a page out of theater’s book and
focusing on simple human drama. As for great scenes that do that,
where do we start? How about the Godfather’s? Or Psycho’s parlor scene? The Maltese Falcon’s losing a son,
Casa Blanca’s beginning of a beautiful friendship, and
The Social Network’s bar breakup. Hunger’s 24-minute long shot
scene between Bobby Sands and the priest is a stunning
work of performance. And Paris, Texas’s peep show reunion through one
way glass is absolutely breathtaking. But for our number one pick, we haven’t seen a scene in a very long
time as gripping, as incredibly written, directed, and acted,
as the processing scene from The Master.>>Speaker 5: Starting now,
you are not to blink. If you blink, we go back to the start. Infringement. You blinked. [SOUND] Starting now,
you are not to blink. If you blink we go back to the start.>>Speaker 1: The dialogue is so astonishingly complex with each thread
of questioning weaving in and out. Sometimes breaking Freddy further down for
the next one. Sometimes providing the master
more ammo with which to pry. Sometimes lightening the tone
when things get too serious. Sometimes trapping Freddy
with his own gradual honesty. And PTA doesn’t chop it up needlessly
either, holding on each shot for exactly the right amount of time. Neither over covering nor losing pace. But of course the real
treat here is the acting. Phillip Seymour Hoffman comes in under
in a way that only he ever could. Commanding a scene with the utmost subtly
and just well enough hidden insecurity. While Joaquin Phoenix
excises some real demons. These revelations seem to truly challenge
him, hurt him, shock him, and enrage him. It’s an absolute masterpiece,
which is why it’s our pick for the best movie scene of all time. So, what do you think? We watched hundreds of scenes
preparing for this list but we know you are excited to tell us
which ones we forgot and got wrong. So, have at it, and
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Reader Comments

  1. McCauley (DeNiro) and Detective Hannah (Pacino) in the face to face airport scene in Heat is nothing short of epic.

  2. 5:34 – THE best scene in any movie ever. Period. (imho) The mutiny scene from The Bounty ranks up there in the top for me as well.

  3. Scenes you missed:

    Leon: Please open the door
    Pulp Fiction: Mia overdose
    The shining: All work and No play makes Johnny a dull boy
    Das Boot: Sinking at Gibraltar
    2001: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that
    American Psycho: Business card scene
    Jaws: Quints story
    The hurt locker: Multiple bombs
    Titanic: Jack im flying

  4. Saving Private Ryan at number three is an atrocity. It is, by far, the single greatest scene ever filmed

  5. The scene with Anton Chigurh and Carson Wells sitting across from each other as Anton holds a Shotgun with a silencer. The scene when the Joker lays it all out the way it is with the head mobsters in The Dark Knight. The movie Contact when Dr. Eleanor visits S.R. Hadon on his private Boeing 747. Entire opening scene in the movie Drive. Bladerunner 2049's scene when Officer K ends the life of Luv and finnaly the scene where Jack Ryan is witnessing in real time a secret mission's attack on the enemy thru Satellite imagery in a room where only top CIA agents are allowed to see in the movie Clear and Present Danger.

  6. Hollywood is one huge ploy to make people mentally conditioned to care about the lives of white people while inducting them into accepting violence

  7. The scene from The Warriors, from when they come out the train station, the look on each person face as they see clown guys playing with bats is chilling, and then the race across Manhattan, great stuff. The fight was just a great ending.

  8. Joker crashing the party (caines famous reaction) and the last scene in the plane in inception (no dialogue, all eyes)

  9. Disappointed that the Roy Blatty death scene from Blade Runner did not make the list. “All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die….”. Glad to see, reading in the comments so many others agree.

  10. Scenes that could easily be in this list:
    The Pianist (2002) – When Władysław Szpilman (played by Adrien Brody) plays the piano in front of the German officer Wilhelm "Wilm" Hosenfeld (played by Thomas Kretschmann). (There could be many scenes out of that movie, but that one is one of the bests.)
    Django (2012) – The super's table scene where where Calvin J. Candie (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) explains his position about ethnicity and where he break a glass (which was improvised and he really cut his hand).

  11. Please just show the top 10. It is busy and confusing to show other movies cut scenes before move on to the actual ranking..If you want to show other movies, expand to top 20 or 30…I don't like this type of editing.

  12. I think that the scene in Maltese Falcon in which Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) tells his truluv (Myrna Loy, as I recall) why he is going to turn her over to the police. I contains the best soliloquy ever. Behind that stands the Saint Crispin's day speech in Henry V.

  13. The unattended broom scene in The Last Picture Show. Specifically, that moment when Sonny notices the unattended broom then turns to reenter the diner whereupon his consciousness finally processes the meaning of the unattended broom.

  14. Can't believe scenes from lron Sky, or any part of Sharknado are not on here?? (Sarcasm alert) calm down

  15. Of all the 'Top 10s' I've seen on You Tube and though I agree with none as the best in each genre, I'm very impressed by those who wrote this one, along with the narrator … so, kudos to y'all for a good video.

  16. for me some of the best scenes also include
    The opening shot of Werkmeister Harmonies
    The final scene of Paths of Glory
    The hallucinations near the end of Aguirre: the Wrath of God
    The dinner scene in Eraserhead

  17. The Equalizer 2 scene where Denzel talks to the teen becoming a gangster and tells him he has a choice was incredible

  18. bearing in mind your brief is iconic scenes, not having a darth vader/luke skywalker scene in here is almost criminal. like the godfather, yet even more so – this scene is a trope forever embedded in the human psyche

  19. "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius,commander of the armies of the north,General of the felix legions,loyal servant to the true emperor,Marcus Aurelius.Father to a murdered son,husband to a murdered wife.and I will have my vengeance,in this life or the next."

  20. What about Andy Dufresne in the rain?

    Rhett Butler, his walk out is epic. He walks off into the smoke like a gangster.

  21. ‘When the world declared in one voice we will not go quietly into the night, we will not vanish without a fight, we’re going live on’

  22. THE TORTURE SCENE IN THE BOND FLICK CASINO ROYALE. WHERE DANIEL CRAIG,S 007,NAUGHTY BITS ARE TURNED INTO AN OMELET.WAS CHILLING IN HIS STOICISM & HUMOROUS EXPLATIVE.

  23. This list would be SO hard to make. I resisted the temptation to wild out on the comments when I disagree but in the end it’s a well thought out list. Thanks for doing this.

  24. And a new one: Merlin singing coutry road in Kingsman 2.

    Legend of 1900 piano dual
    Tears in the rain
    Westworld, Ford on the terrace
    Amelie, walking with the blind man
    An ATM
    Infinity war, throwing Gamora
    Good, bad, ugly, Tuco making a custom gun

  25. Possibly the all time worst list I've ever seen on the internet. I have no idea what you are talking about with any of those picks. To each his own… but those were some Strange tastes.

  26. Hans Landa with the french farmer and the basement card game scene, both from "Inglorious Bastards" should be in this list; as well as Daniel Day Lewis "I drink your milkshake" scene or the interrogation scene from "In The Name of the Father".

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