The Pianist: Szpilman Plays for German SoldiervI personally think this scene is the most powerful few minutes that I've ever witnessed watching a film. This scene is nearly impossible for me to put into words because of the shear magnitude of what all is taking place. Szpilman playing what he thinks is the last song he'll ever play. The German officer overcome with emotion as he witnesses this beautiful human being that sits before him and the guilt and pain that he feels down into his very soul over all the horror the German's have inflicted upon the Jewish people. This is film making at it's absolute best!!
Saving Private Ryan: Storming Omaha BeachvThe most realistic 10 or 15 minutes in cinema. Retired military men testified that the way the Omaha Beach landing was portrayed in Saving Private Ryan was exactly the way things went down that fateful June morning in 1944. Saving Private Ryan should be mandatory viewing material in all school curriculum from grades 5 thru 12.
The Shawshank Redemption: Red's journey to meet Andy on the PacificvThere has never, in the history of cinema, been a film that has positively afftected the masses quite like The Shawshank Redemption. Here we see what is the culmination of Red's journey from institutionalized, hopeless prisoner to a Free-man full of hope and possibility.
Moments such as these is the reason Shawshank is the greatest movie ever made.
The Shawshank Redemption: Tarring the License Plate FactoryvThis scene set the tone for the entire movie. It gives the audience a clear picture of who Andy is and who Red is. But at the same time leading us to believe that Captain Hadley might have some small, speck of human decency. Needless to say, we find out later on that he has none.
Field of Dreams: Father and Son Play CatchvMaybe it's because I'm a father, a son, and a complete romantic when it comes to baseball. This scene hits home for me on a personal level more than any others on this list. No words of mine could ever truly do this scene justice. But, in my opinion, it pretty much speaks for itself.
Reservoir Dogs: Like a Virgin at BreakfastvThis is the scene that introduced the world to the genius of Quentin Tarantino. Here we see the silky, smooth dialogue and the very "matter of factly" brand of comedy that has become a staple of every Tarantino film. This scene is without a doubt one of the best beginnings to any movie you'll see.
The Majestic: Peter Appleton's Courtroom SpeechvIt's hard to believe that this powerfully, gripping scene was brought to life by the same actor that gave us Fire Marshall Bill, Vera Di Milo, and Ace Ventura. It just goes to show the versatility Carrey has in his repertoire as an actor. With that being said, he put forth not only an Oscar performance as Peter Appleton but also a career defining one.
Full Metal Jacket: Meet Sgt. HartmanvGiving the part of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman to R. Lee Ermey was probably one of the wisest decisions Stanley Kubrick ever made as a director. Nearly all of Ermey's dialogue was improvised as Kubrick gave Ermey free reign in his scenes.
There Will Be Blood: Daniel Plainview's BaptismvUsually baptism represents rebirth; a man goes under spiritually unclean and arises born again. This is not the case concerning Daniel Plainview.Here we have a baptism driven by greed and vengeance. In order to get his hands on the oil rich property of William Bandy Plainview must first get baptized (at Bandy's request). The local pastor is an opportunistic little charlatan named Eli Sunday (played by Paul Dano) that has been bullied and pushed around by Plainview the entire first half of the movie. Playing the role of baptizer, Eli sees a golden opportunity to exact revenge on his tormentor. Sunday forces Plainview, by slapping him across the face numerous times, to admit openly to the entire congregation that he abandoned his deaf son to chase his own selfish desires. And amazingly enough Plainview actually shows genuine remorse as he confesses his sins to God and man! Brilliant scene, brilliant acting, brilliant movie!
American Beauty: Filming the White, Plastic BagvThis particular scene is the seed from which everything else in American Beauty blossomed. Here we have Ricky Fitts and Jane Burnham, two social pariahs sitting together watching what looks to be a simple, meaningless video of a white, plastic bag floating around in the wind. But the video is a clear picture into the sublime psyche of Fitts. Here's a young man that has been completely surrounded by blind, moronic hate and bigotry from his own father and narrow minded, judgmental peers for most of his life. Yet he chooses to look past those people and sees the beauty in all things. This reasoning echos the statement made by Marcus Aurelius that said "Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil."
Ricky Fitts could be one of the most complex and psychologically elevated characters in the history of film.
Pulp Fiction: Ezekiel 25:17v
Unforgiven: Will Avenges Nedv
The Deer Hunter: Russian Roulettev
Rushmore: Max's Magnum Opus - Final Dance Sequencev
Gladiator: Spaniard Revealed to Commodusv
Don Juan Demarco: Don Juan and Donna Anna Rendezvous On the Beachv
TLOTR: You Shall Not Pass!v
Eyes Wide Shut: Sex Selection/ Dr. Hartford Arrives at Partyv
The Green Mile: Jon and Paul Talk Before Executionv
The Big Lebowski: Hotel California in Espanolv