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My favorite scene is from The Da Vinci Code:

At his hotel, Dr. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) accidentally cuts himself and the line of blood on the sink reminds him of the Rose Line. He follows the Rose Line and finds the location of the Holy Grail, buried under the pyramid in the Louvre. Dr. Langdon then kneels above Mary Magdalene's tomb as the Templar Knights did before him. Throughout the scene, Hans Zimmer's

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The opening scene from The Godfather (which is absolutely the best movie I have ever seen)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjQx0uZTbhI

Also the courtroom scene from A Few Good Men. Classic.

The final scene from There Will Be Blood, another one of my all-time favorites:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B35rYEkYgvs

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I watched Blazing Saddles for the billionth time last night.

Everytime, no matter what, I laugh uncontrollably at two scenes

1. The opening, when the rail managers are demanding a song out of the black rail workers, and

2. When the Sheriff first comes into Rockridge. "THE SHERIFF IS A NI-*BELL*"

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These scenes come to mind immediately:

  • Ending of Casablanca
  • Ending of Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Ending of Life is Beautiful
  • Gordon Gekko's "Greed is Good" speech from Wall Street

Damn, Casablanca. I should have mentioned it.

Gekko is supposed to be the bad guy in that movie.

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I think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has some of the greatest scenes ever crafted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFCXBUC3M70

About 4 minutes in on this next one is especially good, when Billy is able to talk to Nurse Ratched for the first time without stuttering. It almost sends chills down my spine when she asks him if he's ashamed, and he looks her straight in the eye and says "No, I'm not."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-HaxWnNEFE

But nothing beats the ending:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3IYZu0pF64

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Marlene Duchard's metaphor-overloaded speech in Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective - "And it is a thousand candles that will burn for every brave soldier that marches to the steps of the drums of liberty...."

Gattaca and Wait Until Dark have already been mentioned.

Ada watching the tide rise around her beloved piano on the shores of remote New Zealand in The Piano.

The library scene in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. (It's the only scene that doesn't take place on the four-part restaurant set.)

(Just noticed that's three films with scores by Michael Nyman I've mentioned already.)

M. Dufayel's videotaped message to Amélie in Le Fabeleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain.

The Orient Express departing Istanbul station, in Murder on the Orient Express.

"Le Jazz Hot" in Victor Victoria

Laura Brown (Julianne Moore's character) contemplates suicide in a hotel room in The Hours, a film I otherwise found unremarkable.

Alsatia Zeevo singing "In the Still of the Night" in the bathroom in Toys.

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This Blade Runner scene is also one of my favorites.

Also,

1. Final ending sequence of The Mist.

2. Scene in Children of Men when Clive Owen's character escorts the woman and her baby out of the war zone, and they all stop fighting and stare.

I have to third the Blade Runner scene. The whole movie is genius, actually.

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THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW, although these are decades old movies!

There are more great scenes than I can count ... but one that hasn't been mentioned, I don't think, is the scene where Clint Eastwood confronts Ramone, in A Fist Full of Dollars.

"You shoot to kill, you better hit the heart Ramone. Your own words." Ramone keeps firing at Eastwood with the rifle, Eastwood falls down and gets up after each shot from Ramone's rifle and repeats "Hit the heart, Ramone." Then, the follow up is where he drops the iron plate from his chest, and says "Ramone, you always said a rifle will beat a pistol any time in a duel ..." They duel and Ramone loses.

Another one, Jaws, the final scene of the movie (or close to), one man is left, it's between him and the shark. The boat is destroyed, and he's floating in the water holding onto a piece of the boat and the shark is now coming toward him. He's surely going to die. There is no way he gets out of this. He jams a scuba tank into the shark's mouth, and the shark bites down, but can't bite down all the way. He has a mere rifle and Jaws is coming toward him. He aims at a scuba tank in the shark's mouth and says "Take this you son of a bitch!", fires and blows the shark up.

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with Steiger and Brando. Incredible acting.

Another great one, same movie. Interesting use of sound editing here.

When you know the political context involving the director, Elia Kazan and the HUAC, it just becomes all the more moving and interesting. The whole movie is just great with a strong sense of justice and morality. Plus, it's nice to see crooked politicians, mob bosses and thugs get what they deserve!

As a piece of trivia, no, cabs never had blinds in the rear window. :D"...the cab set is so stripped down because producer Sam Spiegel "forgot" to pay for rear-projection equipment. Cinematographer Boris Kaufman had to improvise with lights and venetian blinds in the back window."

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From A Christmas Carol The Movie:

Mr. Poole - “Mr. Scrooge, I presume?”

Scrooge - “Indeed you do, sir.”

Mr. Poole - “You don’t know us.”

Scrooge - “Nor do I wish too.”

Mr. Poole - “My name is Mr. Poole and this is Mr. Hacking.”

Scrooge - “Excellent. Now if you’ll allow me to pass.”

Mr. Poole - “Let me explain, sir. At this festive season of the year, it seems desirable that those of us with means should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute who suffer greatly at this time.”

Scrooge - “ ‘Provision’. Are you seeking money from me then?”

Mr. Hacking - “Many thousands are in want of common necessaries. Hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts.”

Scrooge - “Are there no prisons?”

Mr Poole - “Plenty of prisons.”

Scrooge - “The workhouses. Are they still in operation?”

Mr. Hacking - “They are. I wish I could say they were not.”

Scrooge - “The treadmill, the poorhouses - still in full vigor?”

Mr. Poole - “All very busy, sir.”

Scrooge - “Huff. I was afraid from what you’d said that something had stopped them in full force.”

Mr. Hacking - “A few of us are endeavoring to raise a fund to buy the poor meat and drink and food and warmth.”

Mr. Poole - “What can we put you down for?”

Scrooge - “Nothing.”

Mr. Hacking - “You wish to be anonymous?”

Scrooge - “I wish to be left alone. Since you asked me what I wish gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t ‘make merry’ myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. My taxes help to support the public institutions which I have mentioned and they cost enough. Those who are badly off, must go there.”

Mr. Poole - “Many can’t go there and many would rather die.”

Scrooge - If they would rather die, perhaps they had better do so and decrease the surplus population.

Mr. Hacking - “Surely, you don’t mean that, sir.”

Scrooge - “With all my heart. Now if you will go about your business gentlemen and allow me to go about mine.”

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A few of my favorite movie scenes:

Superman II Although the scene where Superman fights the three Kryptonian villains in Metropolis is awesome, my very favorite scene in the movie is where Clark Kent returns to that diner where he was beaten up by that asshole when he didn't have his super powers and exacts a very satisfying revenge ("This order's to go").

Blade Runner Roy Batty's final "tears in rain" death scene.

Amelie The title character stands at the top of a roof looking out at the world and wonders just how many people are making love at that very moment.

Monty Python The Life of Brian The scene where the leader of the Judean Peoples' Front (John Cleese) sarcastically asks the rhetorical question "What have the Romans ever given us?" There is a moment of pause and then, "the aqueduct." Then "Medicine", "education", "it's safe to walk the streets at night", etc.

The Edge Anthony Hopkins kills the bear.

Dawn of the Dead The original 1978 version. The ending where Peter is about ready to commit suicide as the zombies are swarming into his room, and then at the last second decides to fight his way to the helicopter. One a recent video from Penn Jillete's YouTube channel, he talks about the ending of Dawn and about how it is about the "Audacity of No Hope."

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