What makes a great movie? Does it start with the script? Does it take A-list actors or actress'? Or does it begin and end with the director? Henry Miller wrote in Sexus that a great work of art, if it accomplishes anything, serves to remind us, or let us say to set us dreaming, of all that is fluid and intangible.
We all know that it takes the combination of a good script, good acting, and good directing to make a film worth watching. But the one thing that makes a good film great is those movie moments that stir our emotions and go on to last for as long as our minds will allow us to remember. Those moments that set us dreaming of all that is fluid and intangible.
There are certain scenes that are iconic. For example Marilyn Monroe's subway breeze scene will forever be remembered and imprinted into the minds of movie buffs for all eternity. But if one were to ask five random people what the name of the movie was that that scene was part of maybe one out of five would say "Seven Year Itch".
A great and iconic scene no doubt but by no means does it bring the viewers emotions to the surface the same way as the taking of Omaha Beach in Saving Private Ryan.
Listed in the following pages are fifty of the absolute best moments in film. I also have tried to stay faithful to the iconic scenes like the one talked about above because after all they are memorable.
The Pianist: Szpilman Plays for German Soldier
Saving Private Ryan: Storming Omaha Beach
The Shawshank Redemption: Red's journey to meet Andy on the Pacific
Moments such as these is the reason Shawshank is the greatest movie ever made.