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The Pianist: Szpilman Plays for German SoldierI 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 BeachThe 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 PacificThere 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 FactoryThis 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 CatchMaybe 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 BreakfastThis 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 SpeechIt'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. HartmanGiving 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.