Roger Ebert's 20 Favorite 'Best Picture' Moments ...by ElMaruecan82 | created - 12 Dec 2013 | updated - 23 Aug 2019 | Public
From the compilation of "100 Great Movie Moments" by Roger Ebert, 20 come from Best Picture winners.
This poll doesn't ask which of these Best Picture winners but which of these 20 scenes (either recognizable from a description or a defining quote) picked by the late critic is your favorite?
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1. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 510,094 | Gross: $117.24M
Rocky Balboa running up the steps and throwing his hands into the air, with all of Philadelphia at his feet
2. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,587,240 | Gross: $134.97M
"My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse"
3. 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: 1,247,151 | Gross: $130.74M
Hannibal Lecter smiling at Clarice
4. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 285,978 | Gross: $198.68M
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"
5. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 306,786 | Gross: $48.98M
The game of Russian Roulette
6. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 514,209 | Gross: $1.02M
The singing of 'La Marseillaise'
7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 902,957 | Gross: $112.00M
The day's outing of the mental patients
8. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,193,503 | Gross: $96.90M
The distant sight of people appearing over the horizon at the end
9. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
After a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 216,382 | Gross: $74.70M
10. On the Waterfront (1954)
Approved | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Votes: 139,861 | Gross: $9.60M
"I coulda been a contender!"
11. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 263,833 | Gross: $44.82M
The vast expanse of desert, and then tiny figures appearing
12. Patton (1970)
GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War
The World War II phase of the career of controversial American general George S. Patton.
Votes: 92,895 | Gross: $61.70M
"We're going to go through him like crap through a goose."
13. All About Eve (1950)
Passed | 138 min | Drama
A seemingly timid but secretly ruthless ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an aging Broadway star and her circle of theater friends.
Votes: 118,788 | Gross: $0.01M
"Fasten your seat belts; it's gonna be a bumpy night!"
14. The French Connection (1971)
R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
Votes: 108,325 | Gross: $15.63M
The chase scene
15. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A black police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Votes: 66,674 | Gross: $24.38M
"They call me Mister Tibbs!"
16. Annie Hall (1977)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.
Votes: 249,517 | Gross: $39.20M
"That spider is as big as a Buick!"
17. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
R | 113 min | Drama
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.
Votes: 99,474 | Gross: $44.79M
"I'm walkin' here!"
18. Terms of Endearment (1983)
PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.
Votes: 54,227 | Gross: $108.42M
Debra Winger saying goodbye to her children
19. From Here to Eternity (1953)
Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War
In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.
Votes: 42,712 | Gross: $30.50M
Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr embrace on the beach
20. The Lost Weekend (1945)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.
Votes: 33,046 | Gross: $9.46M
The shadow of the bottle hidden in the light fixture