Following once again in the steps of my inventive brother, I have gotten around to compiling a list of my favorite movie scenes. I have no doubt that given time I can come up with a few hundred more, but even this small selection is quite indicative of my overall cinematic affections. These scenes also have one simple thing in common: If I were to accidentally come across them on TV, I would not flip away from the channel…
This exercise was limited to English-language movies. Russian compilation may be attempted in the future.
Let’s start with the closing dialogue of one of the best comedies of all time. The final remark in its translation at some point entered the vernacular of the Russian language (У каждого свои недостатки).
I remember the goosebumps I got when seeing this next shot for the first time. Just a few seconds of this – and I got hooked on the entire franchise for many years to come.
Another favorite franchise of mine – and a scene that I directly borrowed from Konstantin.
Since we are on franchises, the likeliest I’d go to the cinema these days is to watch a new action flick of the likes of James Bond or the Mission Impossible series. There is any number of fantastic action or daredevil sequences in any one of them. How about this one?
And this crazy parkour chase sequence has been an instant hit with me when I first saw it (the movie is actually French).
The next scene, for my money, is one of the greatest declarations of love captured on the silver screen. Yeah, I like a good romantic flick with crisp dialogue…
For the crispness of dialogue, though, few movies can compete with something filmed over 60 years ago.
Finally, as an ardent fan of the fantasy genre, I am very fond of the LOTR trilogy, which contains plenty of evocative film-making. This is one of the most heroic and symbolic scenes.
Which scenes can you not help but sit down and watch every time you come across them while surfing through the channels?
Great scenes all. But I just realized something after watching Indiana Jones, as HOW i could have forgotten my absolute all time favorite scene:
Yep, that’s up there for me as well…
A great assortment of scenes, Ilya… I’m going to have to borrow this idea for my blog when I get a chance.
Like you, I can probably come with a hundred or so right away, but one that immediately comes to mind is this:
Makes me cry every time, and I’m not sure why, if it’s because of what happened to Christopher Reeve or something to do with 9/11 or just because it makes me remember what it was like to believe a man can fly…
Good one, Jason! I am not too fond of Superman movies, but the moments when he saves the day (and the damsel in distress) are certainly pretty cool.
Well, the only one of the Superman movies I really like is the first Christopher Reeve one. The second might have been a good film if they’d played it straight, but the series was already descending into the childish goofiness that everyone used to associate with superhero movies until the renaissance in the 90s. The recent attempt at a reboot, Superman Returns, bugged me in a thousand different ways, so the less said, the better…
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