Favorite Scenes/Lines in Film

by blutraine | created - 05 Aug 2013 | updated - 05 Aug 2013 | Public

How many of us remember specific scenes or lines from movies? It is remarkable which of these can impact us individually. This list could be huge so I am going to limit it to just 25 films (only one scene/line per film...difficult I know). I would love to know your opinion. They are in no particular order. My explanations may contain spoilers of some kind so proceed with caution if you have not seen the film I am talking about.

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1. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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67 Metascore

An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

Votes: 198,261 | Gross: $40.14M

There are several lines in this film I love but the one that kind of says it all to me is when Ferrell's character is doing his comedy vs tragedy checklist and at the end of the day he says to Gyllenhaal's character, "This may sound like jibberish to you, but I think I'm in a tragedy." To me this sums up his entire life up till now and is the most poignant moment in the film.

2. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 642,391 | Gross: $78.90M

Admittedly I was a child when I first saw this movie but even today the scene is still intense. I am sure many of you will have already guessed just by the title of the film and it is the scene in which the Alien baby explodes out of the chest of John Hurt's chest.

3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

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90 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 992,580 | Gross: $216.54M

The scene in which Tom Hanks' character dies is memorable enough but his line is what I remember. He tells Matt Damon's character, "James, earn this...earn this."

4. Tropic Thunder (2008)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy

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71 Metascore

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Kahn

Votes: 330,425 | Gross: $110.52M

Love him or hate him for it but Robert Downey Jr's character was hilarious in Tropic Thunder. I tend to stop and rewind this part endlessly: the scene when the director gets blown up and Jr's character says, "Yo *beep* This motha' *beep* dead. Ain't no Criss Angel Mindfreak, David Blane *beep* jumpin' off here!" I can't stop laughing even now writing it.

5. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

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70 Metascore

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 654,670 | Gross: $83.01M

I was 10 when this came out so of course I was among those boys who quoted everything. And once Willis's John McClaine said, "yippeekayay mother *beep* that is all you could hear in school for the next month or two (well when teachers were not around)

6. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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92 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,014,129 | Gross: $322.74M

So I know what the fanboys will say...why not Empire's Strike Back? Well sure now I truly recognize the importance of Darth Vader revealing himself as Luke's father or Han Solo responding to Princess Leia's "I love you" with the oh-so-awesome "I know" (I mean really...what guy has not attempted to get away with that?), but I was just a very young boy when I first saw it and had no clue as to the real significance so I cannot put either on this list. But to this day my favorite scene and pretty much the only one I remember from the first time I saw Star Wars from when I was 4 or 5 was the scene in the garbage disposal area in the Death Star after Luke and Han had busted Leia out of the brig. I just loved it for some reason and it still remains my favorite.

7. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

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82 Metascore

JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,423,619 | Gross: $330.25M

To this day I probably can recite every line word for word using either a Forrest Gump or Bubba accent (strange how the two get mixed up lol). There are way too many memorable lines in this film, but my favorite (and one of the greatest ever) was just after Forrest asks Jenny why she doesn't love him and he says,"I'm not a smart man...but I know what love is." Amazing line...(so I am cheating a bit but the close second would be the line he asks Jenny after finding out he has a son)

8. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

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76 Metascore

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 545,209 | Gross: $46.36M

I saw this when it came out (seriously my childhood was messed up with some jacked up movies lol). The whole prologue at Perris Island is one of the greatest in film, but the scene I remember most (and there are many to choose...soap socks come to mind as one lol) is the closing scene of the act when Private Pile is in the latrine and he his reciting the Marine rifle creed. Of course the ending of that whole act is forever ingrained in my mind but I found this to be very powerful to me (even at 9 years old)

9. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 695,092 | Gross: $402.45M

It is strange what lines stick with us. Much like Schneider's famous line in Jaws, "we're gonna need a bigger boat" I think it is typically the more lighthearted lines that get remembered. Well for me the most memorable line was by Samuel L Jackson. I don't know...maybe I was just amazed to finally see a black man in a Spielberg film that wasn't A Color Purple (and there hasn't been many since either save Amistad...seriously I think that's how Spielberg is able to defend himself from such criticism...just make slave-era films with mostly black casts lol). Anyway, the line I remember most is the one in which Jackson's character says, "hold on to your butts". I still use it to this day.

10. The Sandlot (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur, Patrick Renna

Votes: 64,150 | Gross: $32.42M

One of the greatest boyhood films ever. I think you all know the line I am referring to and perhaps one of the most quoted lines in history. C'mon say it with me..., "You're killin' me Smalls" (of course these days it's so sad when kids ask you who Smalls is)

11. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

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74 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 871,981 | Gross: $0.67M

I am sure people have their favorite lines or scenes from Titanic. For me (not a huge fan I admit) the most intense and impact-full scene was when the ship was sinking and we start to see the montage of how different people were coping. It was depressing enough when we see the old couple hugging each other as the water rises, but I was speechless when the scene shifted to the mother singing her two children to sleep. I swear you could hear a pin drop in the theater. NOT COOL JAMES CAMERON lol.

12. The Warriors (1979)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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63 Metascore

In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler

Votes: 78,499 | Gross: $22.49M

Once again I was a kid when I first saw this film and to this day the scene bothers me a bit. It was the scene in the subway when the other gang member kept repeating, "Warriors..come out to playay..." Totally disturbing to a child lol.

13. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

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91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 309,481 | Gross: $435.11M

I think for the rest of this list I will just have to predicate that childhood memories are the most powerful...warranted or not. I saw E.T. in the theater. I only remember two or three scenes from that day but what stuck out to me the most (and freaked me out for a very long time) was the scene when all the space-suit men are jumping through windows and terrorizing Elliot and his family. Sure I watch it now and I think, oh that's not so bad...but I was freaked out by that as a kid, to the extent I did not watch E.T. again until a couple years ago.

14. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

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57 Metascore

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 366,879 | Gross: $179.87M

It is sad to say but I think I was already beginning to be highly desensitized by movies at this point. One of my favorite scenes of all time is when Mola Ram tears out the heart of the sacrificial guy. And of course if you too love this then you also remember his whole prayer which allowed him to penetrate the chest and what the sacrifice repeats...classic lol.

15. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

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62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 288,198 | Gross: $45.88M

This still remains one of my favorite films of all time. My favorite scene has changed over the years but now I think it is the end when Vernon is reading the essay Brian wrote for everyone (I have still yet to count...how many words is it because I know it isn't 1000?) and it ends with Bender punching his fist in the air (cliched I know but still awesome)

16. An American in Paris (1951)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Votes: 24,681 | Gross: $4.50M

I grew up in the theater and my mom shoving every musical down my throat so of course the most memorable scene for me was when Gene Kelly is dancing with Jerry the Mouse. I think people forget how awesome this was...for animation and live action to be synched. It was 1951 after all and to my knowledge it had not been done yet (please correct me if I am wrong). And to a kid who just wanted to watch cartoons, this scene was awesome...and still is (of course I now prefer the homage version Family Guy did with Stewie superimposed onto Jerry)

17. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 753,827 | Gross: $293.00M

I adore animation and in a long tradition of heart-wrenching introductions, Disney Pixar (at the time still just Pixar) took it to a whole new level. The opening montage after Mr Fredricksen and his wife meet as children takes you through a whirlwind of emotions ending in heart break. I mean damn people the movie could only get happier from there lol. But i will say it is one of the greatest scenes I can remember.

18. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 206,276 | Gross: $153.95M

I know this is over the top cheezy but who does not love Zellweger's line at the end, "you had me at hello"? Seriously what hopeless romantic wouldn't want to hear this? Gooding's "show me the money" is a close second though lol.

19. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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55 Metascore

A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 383,706 | Gross: $186.34M

I am pretty sure you all know the scene I am going to mention here. The love scene. So visceral and passionate. I mean damn...I usually don't blush but even to this day I feel myself a little embarrassed watching this scene. Maybe it was because deep down we all knew that it was just too real to be acting.

20. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 196,966 | Gross: $61.50M

Who doesn't love the Truffle Shuffle? But I would say my favorite scene is where Data falls through the floor of the pirate ship and loses it. Hilarious:)

21. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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72 Metascore

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 301,769 | Gross: $189.42M

I have watched this more times then I can count. I love the scene toward the end when Ralph finally accepts who he is and seemingly sacrifices himself to save Vanellope reciting the Badanon creed on his way down.

22. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 299,215 | Gross: $238.63M

Like Forrest Gump I am sure I could recite this entire movie. My favorite line is on the roof toward the end just after Gozer asks Ray if they are gods and it tries to kill them. Winston yells at Ray,"if someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!" I am still waiting for someone to ask me lol.

23. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 267,504 | Gross: $70.14M

A true classic. There are many scenes I love but one I still try to copy whenever I have the chance is the scene in the Hancock building when the three of them lean over the rail pressing their heads to the windows. I remember the first time I went to Chicago one of the first things I did was that. And every time I am in a tall building I think of that scene.

24. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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36 Metascore

A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary

Votes: 26,676 | Gross: $31.62M

Even as a kid I was a hopeless romantic and realized the improbability of a geek ever getting a girl as gorgeous as Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson). So my favorite scene (and one that probably ruined my adult love life lol) was at the end when she realizes she loves him and chases after him on the lawn mower and the two ride off into the sunset. So cheezy but who cares lol.

25. American Pie (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy

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58 Metascore

Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz | Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan

Votes: 334,579 | Gross: $102.56M

I was a band geek in high school and a subsequent music major in college so when this movie came out there is one line that has always stuck with me (and most everyone that has heard it). "One time at band camp..." should I continue lol?