Movie Scenes used by scientists to elicit emotions

by VideoJordan | created - 03 Aug 2011 | updated - 03 Aug 2011 | Public

Here are 12 movies that scientists use to elicit emotion during studies on humans, based on a 1995 paper by Gross and Levinson. What other movie clips would you test?

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1. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

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

8.6
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

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

6.8
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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 »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden

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

7.3
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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

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

7.6
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76 Metascore

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

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

8.4
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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.

Director: Bruce Gowers | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 1,088

Emotion: Amusement Scene: Comedy Routine Hit Rate: 84%

7. My Bodyguard (1980)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Paul Quandt

Votes: 7,553 | Gross: $22.48M

Emotion: Anger Scene: Bully scene Hit Rate: 41%

8. Cry Freedom (1987)

PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon, Wabei Siyolwe

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

6.1
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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".

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 18,634 | Gross: $0.18M

Emotion: Disgust Scene: Person eats dog feces Hit Rate: 85%

10. Amputation Injuries (1992 Video)

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Director: Bob Willems

Emotion: Disgust Scene: Stock footage of an amputation Hit Rate: 80%

11. Capricorn One (1977)

PG | 123 min | Action, Thriller

6.8
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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.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston

Votes: 17,389

Emotion: Surprise Scene: Agents burst through door Hit Rate: 74.6

12. Sea of Love (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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66 Metascore

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker

Votes: 32,705 | Gross: $58.57M

Emotion: Surprise Scene: Person startled by pigeons Hit Rate: 66.7%