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Poll: MORE Powerful Movie Scenes With Minimal Dialogue

As Norma Desmond once said, "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces." Though she may have meant this in a different context, we understood the subtext - sometimes, the most powerful moments in a film can be conceived without any dialogue at all.

We often associate powerful movie scenes with some intense action or an intense exchange of words. However, these scenes had little to no dialogue and still resonated with us for being as iconic as they were silent. By the end, you may have felt emotionally drained or inexplicably moved, but the catch is that such was achieved without the primary usage of dialogue.

So which of these powerful movie scenes, that had little to no dialogue, resonated with you the most?

(Please note: TV shows, silent movies or scenes that are montages, like the introduction to Up (2009), though beloved by many, will be excluded from this list.)

After voting, you may convey your thoughts here.

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    The shower scene.

    From Psycho (1960).

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    Jacques Perrin in Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    The breathtaking kiss montage.

    From Cinema Paradiso (1988).

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    James Stewart in Vertigo (1958)

    The opening scene and birth of Scottie‘s vertigo.

    From Vertigo (1958).

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    Al Pacino in The Godfather (1972)

    The killing of Mafia dons while Michael is attending baptism.

    From The Godfather (1972).

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    Ulrich Mühe in The Lives of Others (2006)

    Gerd opening a copy of "Sonata for a Good Man".

    From The Lives of Others (2006).

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    Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    The Normandy invasion beach scene.

    From Saving Private Ryan (1998).

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    Mark Hamill in Star Wars (1977)

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    Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange (1971)

    The opening scene.

    From A Clockwork Orange (1971).

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    Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense (1999)

    Malcolm’s revelation about the truth.

    From The Sixth Sense (1999).

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    Agent Kujan observing the wall and realizing the truth.

    From The Usual Suspects (1995).

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    Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

    The epic batpod-truck chase.

    From The Dark Knight (2008).

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    "Psycho," Anthony Perkins.

    Norman cleaning up following Marion’s death.

    From Psycho (1960).

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    Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

    Hachi waiting for Parker in the cold.

    From Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009).

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    Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, and Hitoshi Takagi in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

    Satsuki and Mei waiting for the bus with Totoro.

    From My Neighbor Totoro (1988).

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    Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Dorothy waking up and entering technicolor/Oz.

    From The Wizard of Oz (1939).

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    The final scene.

    From Inception (2010).

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    Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (1980)

    Jake breaking down in prison cell.

    From Raging Bull (1980).

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    Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Blake Clark, Estelle Harris, and Don Rickles in Toy Story 3 (2010)

    Woody, Buzz and the toys slowly sliding towards the incinerator.

    From Toy Story 3 (2010).

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    Will Sampson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

    Chief finally breaking out of the asylum.

    From One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).

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    A captured Butch tries to escape.

    From Pulp Fiction (1994).

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    Citizen Kane (1941)

    Kane trashing his room.

    From Citizen Kane (1941).

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette in Mary and Max (2009)

    Mary and Max’s first and final encounter.

    From Mary and Max (2009).

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    Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr, Len Hendry, and Mike Mahoney in Rear Window (1954)

    Lisa searching Thorwald’s apartment.

    From Rear Window (1954).

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    Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh in Touch of Evil (1958)

    The opening tracking shot sequence.

    From Touch of Evil (1958).

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    Victor Sjöström in Wild Strawberries (1957)

    The opening dream sequence.

    From Wild Strawberries (1957).

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    8½ (1963)

    The opening dream sequence.

    From 8½ (1963).

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    Peter Lorre in M (1931)

    Hans being dragged into the basement.

    From M (1931).

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    Vince Viverito in The Untouchables (1987)

    The staircase scene.

    From The Untouchables (1987).

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    Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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