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It has become a bit larger than I expected, as I keep tinkering with each entry, wanting to say more and more (which explains why some entries are sparse while others are much longer and more detailed). Doing this has been somewhat eye-opening, concerning my own ability to be objective about films and the reasons I love films, and moreover, why I love any art that has a certain common quality to it (after writing this, I've noticed that the death of childhood innocence is a common thread, as are films of a sad and disturbing nature; what that says about me in terms of emotional masochism, I'm not sure) . It's been a fun experiment.
As of 12/29/14, I've done 78/100.
Many great films are so consistently great that to choose a single scene would be impossible (just try to pick out a highlight in "Rear Window" that isn't matched in quality by the rest of the film), so this list isn't for those. Rather, this is for both those great films which still have scenes that shine brightly amongst the others ("The Deer Hunter" being a prime example), and those flawed films that have notably standout moments that stay with you ("When A Stranger Calls" being the flagbearer of this distinction). With this list, I'll get to talk in a more in-depth and focused manner about why these scenes work, and why I love them so. *Unlike my other list, this selection is in no particular order. I'll offer youtube links to each particular scene, if they are available (these will need to be copied and pasted into the address bar, or highlight, right click, and select 'open link in new tab').
Warning: Because the goal of this list is to be focused on specifics, and somewhat detailed when it comes to plot points, there will be spoilers. Read at your own risk.