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Poll: The Most Powerful Moments in Cinema (1974-2014)

A list of films of the past 40 years with moments that overwhelm the audience with emotional performances, climatic sequences and majestic visuals.

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    Network (1976)

    Howard Beale's "I'm Mad as Hell" Speech.
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    Rocky (1976)

    Rocky Balboa yelling "Adrian!"
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    Darth Vader's revelation to Luke Skywalker.
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    Raging Bull (1980)

    Jake LaMotta's prison scene.
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    Sophie's Choice (1982)

    Sophie makes her choice.
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    The Color Purple (1985)

    Nettie and Celie reunite.
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    Platoon (1986)

    The death of Sgt. Elias.
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    The Last Emperor (1987)

    Puyi released.
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    The Godfather: Part III (1990)

    Michael's reaction to the death of his daughter.
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    Malcolm X (1992)

    The assassination of Malcolm X.
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    Scent of a Woman (1992)

    Frank Slade defends Charlie at the hearing.
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    Philadelphia (1993)

    Andrew Beckett's "I Am Love" Opera Speech.
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    Schindler's List (1993)

    Oskar Schindler's Farewell to the Survivors.
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    Jurassic Park (1993)

    "When The Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth" sign falls as the Tyranosaurus Rex roars.
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    Pulp Fiction (1994)

    Jules' "Ezekiel 25:17" Speech.
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    The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Andy escapes.
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    Se7en (1995)

    What's in the Box?
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    Titanic (1997)

    Jack's Death.
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    Magnolia (1999)

    Frank "T.J." Mackey confronts his dying father.
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    The Hurricane (1999)

    Rubin Carter's prison hole scene.
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    Dancer in the Dark (2000)

    Selma's execution.
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    Gandalf yells "You Shall Not Pass!"
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    Mystic River (2003)

    Jimmy Markum cries for his daughter.
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    Oldboy (2003)

    Lee Woo-jin reveals the truth to Oh Dae-su.
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    Crash (2004)

    Officer John Ryan saves Christine.
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    There Will Be Blood (2007)

    Daniel Plainview yells "I've abanoned my child!"
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    Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

    Jamal Malik wins Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
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    Precious (2009)

    Mary Lee Johnston's confession about her jealousy of Precious.
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    Black Swan (2010)

    Nina dances the Black Swan.
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    Melancholia (2011)

    Justine, Claire & Leo await the destruction of Earth.
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    The King's Speech (2010)

    King George VI's War Speech.
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    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

    Oskar Schell watches his father die on 9/11 while on the phone with him.
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    The Artist (2011)

    George Valentin & Peppy Miller's Final Dance.
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    Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

    Rayon utters "I don't want to die."
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    12 Years a Slave (2013)

    Solomon North reunites with his family

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