Artimidor's Unforgettable Movie Moments

by Artimidor | created - 23 Jan 2012 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

The following - constantly expanding - list contains links to scenes of films, which represent purest cinematic magic and will stay in your mind for the one or the other reason. This is the crème de la crème, this is what films were made for - at least in my humble point of view. In a few rare instances I've chosen montages, trailers or slightly altered version whenever I felt that they did justice to the material. Whenever I do this, this is specified of course.

Please note that the mentioned scenes are often also key scenes in those movies, so don't watch unless you have seen the films already - the short descriptions I provide to introduce them are kept spoiler free, though. Otherwise just sit back and savour these unforgettable movie moments - and if you have a suggestion or know where to find better versions of the clips posted here feel free to share it with me!

As an appetizer I recommend to take a look at Flavorwire's 135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema: - enjoy and see how many films you can recognize. Or to put it in another way: How much catching up do you still have to do?

Latest additions: 2014/11/01 - #59 - Landscape in the Mist (Angelopoulos, 1988) 2014/11/01 - #40 - The Dead (Huston, 1987) 2014/02/18 - #23 - Happy-Go-Lucky (Leigh, 2008) 2013/12/27 - #30 - Secrets & Lies (Leigh, 1996) 2013/11/17 - #35 - Ben-Hur (Wyler, 1959) 2013/10/26 - #11 - I am Cuba [2 New] (Kalatozov, 1965) 2013/10/25 - #06 - Songs from the Second Floor (Andersson, 2000) 2013/10/25 - #05 - You, the Living (Andersson, 2006) 2013/04/11 - #07 - The Cranes are Flying (Kalatozov, 1957) 2013/03/13 - #02 - The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1928)

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1. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray

Votes: 36,753 | Gross: $0.75M

Ma la Vita Continua (Excerpt only)

With "Nights of Cabiria" Federico Fellini is at the height of his neo-realism phase: The last minutes of the film conclude what has happened before in a surprisingly unusual but tremendously heart-rendering way. At the center of the scene is Giulietta Masina with a breathtaking performance featuring that one famous, electrifying nod straight into the camera - and cinema would never be the same again...

2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 38,006 | Gross: $0.02M

The torture chamber

While intended to be completely silent, Dreyer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc" offers an ample tapestry to go with powerful music. One of the prime examples is Richard Einhorn's orchestral choir supported "Voices of Light" soundtrack (1995). In this sublime scene it accompanies Dreyer's overwhelming flood of imagery consisting mainly of close-ups of characters. The torture chamber portion is one of the best Dreyer directed and the added music fits superbly to the images and themes. (Note: Richard Einhorn's score is available as a feature of the Criterion edition.)

3. Werckmeister harmóniák (2000)

145 min | Drama, Mystery

92 Metascore

An innocent young man witnesses violence break out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions: a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince."

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Stars: Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, János Derzsi

Votes: 10,622 | Gross: $0.03M

Show us, Janos!

Young paper boy Janos explains the universe to some drunks in the films opening scene, a single take which lasts nearly ten minutes. This powerful metaphysical exposition sets the film's theme. The sequence ends with a second shot showing Janos' walk home (starting at 9:36), a masterpiece of black and white composition, perfectly timed camera music and haunting music. First class cinema.

Encounter with the Whale

Janós goes to see the big miracle that has arrived with the carnival - the monster, the beautiful, yet enormous, terrifying a creature of God nevertheless, the creature that now lies dead in front of him to be marvelled at by the spectators...

The Whale, once again

Bela Tarr's deep dive into the metaphysical issue of cosmological harmonies ends with a breathtaking one-shot scene where one of the characters sets out to a final meeting he had pushed away so far. Accompanied by Mihály Vig we become witness of what has become, of the eclipse and its consequences, but the last moment is bathed again in light...

4. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote, Kathleen Byron

Votes: 16,123

I'm bailing out presently, I'm bailing out!

Powell and Pressburger's "A Matter of Life and Death" aka "Stairway to Heaven" starts with the last communication of a British wartime aviator with a young American woman working for the USAAF. Trapped in his burning plane without a parachute he decides to put an end to it by jumping out of the plane. He comforts his dialogue partner, who he has never met before: "Don't be upset about the parachute, I'll have my wings soon anyway, big white ones. I hope it hasn't gone all modern, I'd hate to have a prop instead of wings!"

5. You, the Living (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

81 Metascore

You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Elisabeth Helander, Jörgen Nohall, Jan Wikbladh, Björn Englund

Votes: 12,323 | Gross: $0.02M

Any dream will do

A girl. A boy. A dream of a honeymoon in a drab, merciless world. Roy Andersson delivers a modern filmmaker's masterclass with this one scene alone, and also provides a definitive answer to the question: What's in a static shot?

6. Sånger från andra våningen (2000)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Torbjörn Fahlström

Votes: 15,014 | Gross: $0.00M

Just a song, from the second floor

Going home on the subway feeling all beaten up? Or to be more existentially precise: Going nowhere? In circles? Just standing there, in a cabin, only the cabin knows where? Maybe try for a change to get a glimpse of the sublime hidden somewhere amongst the trivial... Just listen for a bit, and maybe it will open your eyes and heart as well...

7. Delicatessen (1991)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Votes: 73,163 | Gross: $1.79M

Feel the rhythm

There's someone painting a ceiling. And a couple having sex. A girl practising with her instrument. A woman beating carpets. A guy pumping air into his bicycle wheel. A metronome. A worker on a machine. And another one attuning a toy sound. Grandma's knitting. And Jeunet's direction, which adds the rhythm...

Bed problems

And now after all that action we've got some serious troubles in bed. Guess an expert is needed to take a closer look, or more precisely: to listen really, really well... Fortunately with the proper music and company that's all not much of a problem and the culprit is easily found.

8. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 626,724 | Gross: $33.23M

Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain

As it's difficult to pick the best scene from Amélie a well put together introduction has to suffice. Dive into that fabulous world of Amélie, which is audiovisual poetry from start to finish - just unmissable magical cinema.

Et bien, voilà le fabuleux destin

And so it all ends: The marshmallow twisting maschine is twisting marshmallows. At the same time time, on a bench of the Villette Square, Félix Lerbier learns that the number of possible connections in a human brain exceeds the number of atoms in the universe. Meanwhile, at the foot of Sacré Coeur, the Benedectines are carefully practicing their backhand. The temperature is 24 degrees Celsius, the humidity level 70% and the atmospheric pressure 990 hectopascals. And...

9. The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War

Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasiliy Merkurev, Aleksandr Shvorin

Votes: 12,300

Final shot

Not exactly the end of the film, but the key scene in the middle, this scene is proof of director Kalatozov's genius and his cinematographer's wizardry. In this poetic scene they capture a man's very last moments perfectly by condensing memories, hopes and dreams, by summing it up, transcending it and then let reality hit hard again.

10. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 31,874 | Gross: $1.25M


"Baraka" is one and a half hours of pictures, sounds and music inviting to meditate on the world. Interestingly this trailer also tries to describe in words what needs to be seen... But it captures the gist of the film pretty well and thus serves as the perfect introduction. Take a look!

11. Soy Cuba (1964)

108 min | Drama, History, War

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 6,905 | Gross: $0.16M

Loco Amor

A nightclub in Havana, setting the poetic tone of the movie: Style dominating the scenes - long takes, stark black and white contrast, unusual angles, heartfelt emotions, beauty in all its magic.

Up, up and away...

The legendary funeral scene of Mikhail Kalatozov's "Soy Cuba", heart and soul of the film: One long, unbroken shot with a camera that seems to float above the events as if the spirit has left the tragic hero. With it Kalatozov achieves culmination of cinematic art and propaganda rarely seen in this intensity.

12. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 279,477 | Gross: $7.22M

16 Reasons

Before someone told every little star there were 16 reasons why I love you... Well, there's more here than meets the eyes of course. And ears. Superbly condensed in a scene we penetrate to the core of the matter at the very heart of Mullholland Drive, and yet, to speak with Lynch - the owls are not what they seem...

This is the girl!

Undoubtedly this is the girl. Really. Who else could it be? Following Lynchian logic we dive deeper into the mystery of a little star whose on the rise... Once again Lynch proves that he knows which music to pick to make a scene resonate deeply in one's mind.

Remember, it's all recorded...

Another key moment in David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" - Rebecca del Rio sings "Llorando" in the Club "Silencio", which leads to a most disquieting awakening conjured by magical means...

13. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History

In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 46,343 | Gross: $0.05M

The Odessa Steps

While in fact there was no such scene in reality that took place on the Odessa steps, it is a fact that officers of the czarist regime massacred civilians in Odessa. With the steps Legendary Russian director Eisenstein chose a location which he could exploit with the best possible effect to dramatize the horrors that were part of the uprising of the people against their oppressors. The result is one of the most celebrated sequences in movie history, quoted many times since. "Battleship Potemkin" might be just a Soviet propaganda movie, but its power resonates still today, and these scenes show why.

14. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 172,679 | Gross: $163.21M

Do Re Mi Fa So

While learning music with the radiating Julie Andrews we also get a glimpse of beautiful places in Austria, the mountainsides, lakes, and of course Salzburg with the the Feste Hohensalzburg, the old town and the Mirabell gardens. Difficult to beat if you need something to cheer you up.

My Favorite Things

This song might turn into one of your favorite things, and like most of Rodgers and Hammerstein's music in "The Sound of Musics" this is for old and young alike. To be enjoyed when thunder is rolling outside or it's the brightest day you can imagine. Think positive.

15. Satantango (1994)

450 min | Drama

Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Mihály Vig, Putyi Horváth, László feLugossy, Éva Almássy Albert

Votes: 7,380

Walking scene I

Béla Tarr's shows us what a director can do with people walking in his masterpiece "Sátántangó".

Walking scene II

The core scene of the seven hour long film: A young girl and a dead cat walk and walk and walk to a funeral...

Hungarian tango?

Welcome to the middle of the film, where a cheery, hypnotic dance defies the cold dark night outside - or is it?

16. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 263,571 | Gross: $22.46M

Life is full of music

In one powerful scene P.T. Anderson lets his inter-connected characters, who lead very different lives however, come closer together by singing the same song at the same time in the different places they're in. What looks like a video-clip for Aimee Mann's "Wise Up" is actually a central piece of the puzzle and a wonderful example how to lay the tapestry of a film.

It's raining cats and frogs

The most famous, hilarious, weird, disputed and generally back and forth discussed scene of the film shows something quite unlikely happening. Looks like umbrellas aren't particularly helping in this kind of weather.

Save Me

Another exquisite song by Aimee Mann completes the film and delivers the final message. Oh, and someone must have watched Fellini's "Night of Cabiria" methinks...

17. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 56,634 | Gross: $19.52M

Christ be with you

The beginning of the movie has a Christ statue being flown over Rome. It is followed by journalist Marcello, who waves to some jet-set girls, but they cannot understand him. Paired with the final scene, the essence of the film is revealed.

Something fishy, and dead

Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" culminates in a mirror scene: The giant fish as a Christian symbol, found dead on the beach and someone comments: "It must have been dead for days already!" Like those people who just continue their life-long parties, again and again and again. A simple waitress the protagonist has met briefly a while before recognizes him, but Marcello, who leads a dead life beyond redemption fails to understand. Or doesn't want to anymore. Another crucial character recorded nature sounds like the wind and the sea - elements which now prevent communication and bring this character's fate into play.

18. Royal Wedding (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books them in London for the same period as the Royal Wedding. They travel by ship where ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill

Votes: 4,079

Driven Up the Wall?

One could say that Fred Astaire was driven up the wall in this one, of course by a lady - what else? Being driven up the wall however gets an entirely different meaning when you're a dancer and are the actor in front of the camera where a technical breakthrough happens...

19. The Third Man (1949)

Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 137,149 | Gross: $0.45M

The art of holding a shot

A final film-noir scene that deserves it's name, along with Anton Karas' perfect music and a waiting Joseph Cotten.

The third man

Orson Welles makes his surprising appearance in a dark Viennese alley.

20. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, War

94 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 524,529 | Gross: $83.47M

Ride of the Valkyries

Francis Ford Coppola's helicopters have received the command: "We're going in..."

21. Paths of Glory (1957)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

Votes: 147,815

Tracking a war...

Kirk Douglas' walks through the trenches full of soldiers, where the war can be really felt: artillery left and right, explosions, the anxious wait, death and despair hanging in the air. Then the sign to attack, and we witness a relentless tracking shot of those who try the impossible right on their way to their doom.

A little pearl washed ashore by the tide of war...

Stanley Kubrick's later wife sings in the ending scene of his anti-war masterpiece "Paths of Glory" and leaves no eye dry. An extreme counterpoint to the movie, the scene is an incredibly powerful finish.

22. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

A space-opera spanning the dawn of man to humanity reaching the stars, 2001: A Space Odyssey tells the story of the Black Monolith, humanity's evolution and the rise of A.I.'s ultimate supercomputer HAL 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 515,323 | Gross: $56.95M

Also sprach Zarathustra

Richard Strauss opens Kubrick's space opera "2001: A Space Odyssey".

Blue Danube in space

The docking sequence makes perfectly clear how a space opera is supposed to look and sound. In camera special effects of 1968!

Hal sings "Daisy"

HAL 9000 has to die. But he goes with a nice song on his "lips" in one of the greatest death scenes...

Traveling into what lies beyond

The famous nearly ten minutes long stargate sequence which leads the lone space traveller to, well... you be the judge of that!

Space Baby

Kubrick's space odyssey ends how it all began: With Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra" and the alignment of stars.

23. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin, Elliot Cowan

Votes: 35,184 | Gross: $3.49M

Showdown (sorry, wrong aspect ratio)

The both outstanding Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan in this supposedly lightweight movie (sorry, trailer making guys, you got that one all wrong!) deliver the goods in this key scene. A whole film with the cheerful, carefree Poppy and her anger laden driving instructor leads up to the showdown. The inevitable clash between these two entirely different characters finally happens, and its intensity blows the viewer away as it unearths deep, painful truths lingering in seemingly superficial relationships...

24. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô

Votes: 11,946

An act of self-sacrifice

Kenji Mizoguchi's "Sansho the Bailiff", the story about the enslavement of two children who are separated from their mother, has several poetical moments where the director's visual mise en scène by far surpasses Ogai Mori's description in the narration. One of these is an act of self-sacrifice, done with ghostly voices on the soundtrack, painfully beautiful imagery and an otherwise calm and silent walk towards destiny. A master class on how to photograph that which cannot be photographed.

Zushia, how I long for you

The film ends with a highly emotional conclusion, once again a beautifully shot scene, which devastates and touches when the main thread of the film draws to a close.

25. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 22,541

The power of darkness

The credits sequence of Jack Clayton's "The Innocents", especially the introduction before the actual names are displayed is among the most memorable ones you might ever experience. Actually it's because you don't see a thing for a while, and for a change the 20th Century Fox logo becomes part of the eerie creepiness of an unfolding ghost story. Now imagine yourself sitting in a cinema when the movie starts and the screen gets dark...

26. Solaris (1971)

PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy

Votes: 66,172

Dance at the end of the universe

Johann Sebastian Bach's "Ich ruf' zu Dir, Herr Jesus Christus" accompanies that one moment of levitation on the space station, which weaves images into memories, which sink deep into the ocean that is Solaris.

Final encounter

In the film's final scene we are plunged into the heart of the mystery and become part of a transcendent, spiritual experience. On the soundtrack we hear a mix of organ music and sci-fi sounds that lead into the heart of the mystery. While the technical brilliance of this final shot is not perfect, the philosophical impact is staggering and not to be missed.

27. Inland Empire (2006)

R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

72 Metascore

As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Karolina Gruszka

Votes: 47,921 | Gross: $0.75M

Let's do the locomotion!

David Lynch always knew how to effectively use music in his films. And silence. And sometimes both.

28. The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

86 Metascore

Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik

Votes: 34,479 | Gross: $2.00M


Kieslowski puts two scenes against each other in "The Double Life of Veronique", which mirror each other in a strange goosebumps rising kind of way. The earlier one is a death scene. This however, is only a beginning.

... and life

Scene number two shows a puppeteer doing his job, taking a puppet out of his box to literally give her wings. One needs to have seen the movie, though, to get the real impact of this scene.

29. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 658,381

There was me... That is Alex, and my three droogs

One shot, one stare. Malcolm McDowell shocks in the first scene of "A Clockwork Orange".

The Dance of Christ

Stanley Kubrick, the old Ludwig van and Christ himself in a dance of vice. One of the great examples of what a director can do with editing, how a key idea of the film is condensed and expressed with images, music and pace in a single scene.

30. Nostalgia (1983)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano, Patrizia Terreno

Votes: 17,607 | Gross: $0.01M

The one task...

When Nostalghia comes to its denouement the poet from Russia decides to perform that one task a madman has asked him to do and which he held off so far. In typical Tarkovsky manner it's a more than 9 minute long sequence where the same thing is tried again and again, offering enough time for contemplation. In the film's context it's a brilliant climax, only surpassed by the film's very final shot.

One last image

The final image is the breathtaking conclusion, which strongly reminds of another work of Tarkovsky, "Solaris". Once again we see just one simply image and the camera just slowly pulls back and back and back to deliver the full spiritual impact towards which the whole film has steered.

31. Secrets & Lies (1996)

R | 136 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Claire Rushbrook

Votes: 32,535 | Gross: $13.42M

I hope you find your mom, sweetheart...

Just dialogue - of a black woman searching her mother: Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste in a tour de force acting lesson for anyone even remotely interested in great character portrayal. It's all there in one single eight minute shot, uncut, just non-scripted improvisation, natural, but full with emotions that have been suppressed for years. The dialogue also represents the centerpiece of this throughout brilliant film, which is all about people and how they deal with each other - part of it is to keep secrets and to lie...

32. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 164 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 258,825 | Gross: $5.32M

Play it again, Harmonica!

Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone - a deadly combination when it comes to the last duel.

33. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 520,683 | Gross: $57.60M

And now, let's play the concentration camp game]

Roberto Benigni does the unthinkable and combines humour with the Nazis in the face of death.

34. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 170,071 | Gross: $9.93M

Return I will to old... Brazil

The credits roll for Terry Gilliam's dystopic vision located in a retro reality somewhere between Orwell and Kafka.

35. Vampyr (1932)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz

Votes: 13,054

The dream of Allan Grey

Original footage from Carl Theodor Dreyer's long forgotten horror masterpiece "Vampyr" with added music by Massive Attack. This is an altered version of the film's scenes, but superbly effective - judge yourself.

36. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 152,318 | Gross: $33.40M

We finally really did it!

The whole truth is revealed when Charlton Heston rides along the beach of the Planet of the Apes.

37. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 193,775 | Gross: $74.70M

The chariot race (sorry, sound partly missing)

Among the best action sequences in cinema history ranks William Wyler's chariot race in "Ben-Hur". Charlton Heston shines, the power and speed of the horses can practically be felt, danger and suspense breathe in every frame - that's epic cinema for the widescreen using the space to the fullest. Add to that great stunts, lush colors, strong sound and you get a scene that CGI operas of today can be envious of.

38. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 170,272

Ready for my close-up...

Billy Wilder's ends his audacious take on Hollywood film making with Gloria Swanson's unforgettable monologue, heading straight into movie history...

39. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 349,319 | Gross: $1.59M

Rosebud ...

Orson Welles utters the legendary word at the beginning of one of the most critically acclaimed films of all times - which ironically no-one wanted see and brought RKO studios close to ruin.

Rosebud revealed The final scene, which reveals the secret of that citizen named Kane.

40. The Dead (1987)

PG | 83 min | Drama

Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend an early January dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delany

Votes: 6,269 | Gross: $4.37M

Upon all the living and the dead...

John Huston's "The Dead" (adapted from the short story by James Joyce) might not be the most action laden picture on the planet, but it is full with subtle observations that pile up and up to eventually lead to a highly poetically charged conclusion that sums up life for a man and mankind itself perhaps, positions him in the order of things. Both text and images converge to an epiphany of melancholy that makes us reevaluate - the film and the one sitting before the screen, as after all in the end we're all alone: "His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead..."

41. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 189,750 | Gross: $11.99M

Alfredo's final present

Pay-off scene of Giuseppe Tornatore's masterpiece about the magic of cinema.

42. Wild Strawberries (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 79,419

The Dream of Dr. Isak Borg

Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries deals with an aging professor who goes on a journey and in doing so looks back on his life - all this initiated by this powerful dream, one of Bergman's greatest moments.

43. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 179,032 | Gross: $0.16M

The little Tramp sings

The silent era has ended and Charlie Chaplin bows out with one of the most famous characters of the silver screen. In his final film, the little Tramp finally opens his mouth, but he doesn't really need a language to say something...

Buck up - never say die. We'll get along Charlie Chaplin puts the little tramp to rest and heads off into the sunset and to an uncertain future - in the film and in real life. With him both cases Paulette Goddard, the woman on his side. Feel free to share a tear or two.

44. Don't Look Now (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania

Votes: 40,356

A little surprise...

Shock and horror await John Baxter when he tries to piece the puzzle together what lies between the death of his daughter a long time ago and his premonitions...

45. Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Votes: 30,392

Trembling, right at the edge...

David Lean's masterful reality tilt in his little gem of a movie "Brief Encounter".

46. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 155,831 | Gross: $36.40M

Jisas Yu Holem Hand Blom Mi

Terrence Malick's often overlooked war movie, which some say isn't really a war movie, is well represented in this trailer where both sides of his approach are highlighted.

47. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

Votes: 84,839 | Gross: $5.45M

The Roll Dance

Charlie Chaplin's little interlude with forks and rolls was the reason why some projectionists were asked to stop the movie, rewind and give the whole scene an encore...