Greatest Film Scenes
and Moments


Greatest Film Scenes and Moments

Filmsite has compiled its own extensive collections of 'greatest scenes' material of the most famous, distinguished, unforgettable or memorable images, scenes, sequences or performances, many from the greatest films of all time.

This is an enormous collection of descriptions (with dialogue and selected screenshots) of the greatest film scenes and moments of all-time. It is not limited to 25, 50, or 100 selections, but hundreds. Included are memorable lines of dialogue (and famous quotes), fantastic visual effects sequences, scariest moments, best action scenes, ground-breaking moments, unusual entrances, intriguing and classic characters, unexpected cameos, fantastic performances, incredible moments of directorial flair, surprising revelations, unusually inventive images or camera angles, great death sequences, examples of great script-writing, amazing jump-cuts, excerpts from controversial films, magical dance movements or musical songs, striking opening and closing scenes, and so much more.

(alphabetical by film title, illustrated)
Greatest Film Moments and Scenes

Hundreds and hundreds of great scenes described with images

Scenes: Film Titles A - H
Scenes: Film Titles I - R
Scenes: Film Titles S - Z

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What is a 'Great Film Scene' or 'Great Film Moment'?

A thorough introduction to the topic

Greatest Moments and Film Scenes Mini-Quiz (illustrated)

How Many Do You Recognize?
Tribute to the 100 Greatest Film Scenes

With Detailed Extensive Descriptions of the Best 100 Film Scenes of All-Time

100 Most Iconic Film Images, Moments, or Scenes

Filmsite's Own Picks of the 100 Most Iconic Shots (plus 50 Honorable Mentions)

Filmsite's 'Best Of...' Film Scenes
Scariest Movie Moments and Scenes (illustrated)
Best Movie Death Scenes (illustrated)
Greatest Tearjerker Films, Moments and Scenes (illustrated)
Best and Most Memorable Film Kisses of All Time in Cinematic History (illustrated)
The History of Sex in Cinema (illustrated)
Greatest Movie Entrances of All-Time (illustrated)
Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes (illustrated)
Greatest Plot Twists, Spoilers, and Surprise Endings (illustrated)
Greatest Musical Song/Dance Movie Moments and Scenes (illustrated)
Greatest Classic Chase Scenes in Films (illustrated)
Greatest Disaster Film Scenes (illustrated)
Greatest Crowd Film Scenes (illustrated)
The Most Controversial Films of All-Time (illustrated)
Greatest Box-Office Bombs, Disasters, and Flops
Greatest Film Speeches and Monologues (illustrated)
Visual and Special Effects Milestones in Film History (illustrated)
Memorable and Great 'Chick' Flicks (illustrated)
Greatest James Bond Girls (illustrated)
Greatest Femmes Fatales in Classic Film Noir (illustrated)
Sexiest Films of All-Time (illustrated)

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Other Greatest Film Scenes Compilations
Over the years, other popular magazines and newspapers have also compiled their own selections of greatest movie moments, almost all of which were already included in this site's selections and listings.
[Note: All of the selections in these listings are included in Filmsite's selections and listings.]

100 Great Movie Moments (unillustrated originally, but illustrated on this site)

A textual list compiled by film critic
Roger Ebert in 1995

100 Years at the Movies

Dozens of clips of scenes
(identified) by Chuck Workman in 1994

Guardian Unlimited's 100 Film Moments
February 6, 2000 Edition
100 Most Memorable Moments in Film History

The Observer the Sunday version of the British newspaper the Guardian Unlimited, published (in its February 6, 2000 edition) votes taken in late 1999 and early 2000 for "the 100 most memorable moments in film history." In more than 15,000 votes taken during the polling, 2,500 different moments received at least one vote. The full list with scene analysis may be accessed online.

The # 1 moment was from The Usual Suspects (1995) when detective Kujan realized who Keyser Soze was. The films in the # 2 to # 5 positions included: the shower scene from Psycho (1960), Harry Lime's appearance from the dark shadows in The Third Man (1949), the jump cut from the flying bone to the spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and the dawn helicopter raid in Apocalypse Now (1979).

EW's 100 Greatest Moments in Movies
September 24, 1999 Issue
100 Greatest Moments in Movies (1950-2000)

100 Greatest Moments
Entertainment Weekly compiled its own list of the 100 Greatest Moments in Movies (1950-2000) in its September 24, 1999 issue.

To limit the sprawling subject, the editors decided to save pre-'50s movies for another tribute, and foreign films and documentaries received only brief recognition. Their list started halfway through the history of film.

Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Moments
Premiere Magazine
March, 2003 issue

Premiere Magazine compiled a list of 100 Greatest Movie Moments of All Time from 100 years of movies (link unavailable).

Their list of memorable movie moments was compiled from "multiple reader suggestions, multiple staff meetings, multiple debates among movie-loving friends, multiple long nights replaying multiple moments mentally and on DVD."

Included in their list was Charlton Heston's sight of the Statue of Liberty on the beach in Planet of the Apes (1968) at # 59, Jack Nicholson's retort to a waitress to "Hold it between your knees" in Five Easy Pieces (1970) at # 29, and Marilyn Monroe's white skirt blown up by wind from a subway grating in The Seven Year Itch (1955) at # 31.

TV Guide's 50 Greatest Movie Moments
TV Guide Magazine
March 24-30, 2001 Issue
50 Greatest Movie Moments of All Time (illustrated)

IGN Entertainment Online compiled their Top 100 Greatest Movie Moments of All-Time in a list (accessible online) that they promised "encompasses the very best that cinema has to offer." In their 100 web-pages listing, they included "black-and-white classics rubbing shoulders with modern-day blockbusters, with shocking horror moments wedged between action sequences and song-and-dance numbers."

Quite a few of their selected moments were related to famous film quotes, for instance: # 1 ("I am your father" from The Empire Strikes Back (1980)), # 2 ("Make him an offer he can't refuse" from The Godfather (1972)), # 3 ("Rosebud" from Citizen Kane (1941)), # 4 ("You talkin' to me?" from Taxi Driver (1976)), and # 5 ("You're gonna need a bigger boat" from Jaws (1975)).

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