Movie Scenes used by scientists to elicit emotionsby VideoJordan | created - 03 Aug 2011 | updated - 03 Aug 2011 | Public
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1. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 702,541 | Gross: $44.02M
For soliciting Fear. Scene: Boy playing in the hallway. Hit Rate: 71%
2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,021,757 | Gross: $130.74M
For soliciting Fear. Scene: Basement chase scene Hit Rate: 60%
3. The Champ (1979)
PG | 121 min | Drama, Sport
Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J., over whom he got custody after his wife Annie left him seven... See full summary »
Votes: 6,756 | Gross: $30.44M
For soliciting Sadness Scene: Boy cries at his father's death Hit Rate: 94%
4. Bambi (1942)
G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family
The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.
Votes: 107,487 | Gross: $102.80M
For soliciting Sadness Scene: Mother deer dies\ Hit Rate: 76%
5. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Votes: 165,551 | Gross: $92.82M
Emotion: Amusement Scene: Discussion of Orgasm in cafe Hit Rate: 93%
6. Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met (1986 TV Special)
65 min | Documentary, Comedy
In this hilarious stand up comedy, Robin Williams is energetic, witty and again hilarious. It's the number one stand up comedy of all time.
Emotion: Amusement Scene: Comedy Routine Hit Rate: 84%
7. My Bodyguard (1980)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.
Votes: 7,553 | Gross: $22.48M
Emotion: Anger Scene: Bully scene Hit Rate: 41%
8. Cry Freedom (1987)
PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History
South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.
Votes: 10,882 | Gross: $5.90M
Emotion: Anger Scene: Police abuse protesters Hit Rate: 22%
9. Pink Flamingos (1972)
NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime
Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".
Votes: 18,634 | Gross: $0.18M
Emotion: Disgust Scene: Person eats dog feces Hit Rate: 85%
Emotion: Disgust Scene: Stock footage of an amputation Hit Rate: 80%
11. Capricorn One (1977)
PG | 123 min | Action, Thriller
A N.A.S.A. Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.
Emotion: Surprise Scene: Agents burst through door Hit Rate: 74.6
12. Sea of Love (1989)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.
Votes: 32,705 | Gross: $58.57M
Emotion: Surprise Scene: Person startled by pigeons Hit Rate: 66.7%