We all love movies in some shape or form. But there are those moments that really define what movies can do with your emotions. They can make you laugh, cry, be angry , sad or shocked. But they all have one thing in common, they’re GREAT moments that we just CANNOT forget. In some cases, these moments defined the films they were a part of and in others, they just elevated the movie to a whole new level. Regardless, these are great moments that we are here to celebrate. So, what are we waiting for? Let us get into this list.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD……..
#5 – “I took a souvenir…..her pretty head” (Se7en)
We all saw this coming. I mean, the success of Se7en is largely due to this scene. The final confrontation between the villainous John Doe and our two detectives William Somerset and David Mills. The scene that revealed “What’s in the box?” During the conversation between Mills and Doe, we are revealed that ‘the box’ contains Mills’ wife’s head, and that Doe actually played husband and wife with her before killing her. The scene haunts me to this day and left a huge impact on me in fact, what is particularly engaging is how Doe just manipulates Mills into killing him. It is masterfully directed, and has great performances from everybody in the scene. It showed what shock value can really do in film, and above all it is probably one of the greatest endings in film history.
#4 – “Ezekiel 25:17” (Pulp Fiction)
Pulp Fiction practically owes its entire success to this monologue that was delivered brilliantly by Samuel L. Jackson. The moment his character begins this monologue, you get the idea who he is and what he does. You feel afraid and badass at the same time, and that’s not something that you can pull off pretty easily. What works about this moment as well is just how funny it can be at times, while not exactly shifting the tone or the nature of the scene (All credit goes to Tarantino of course). It is a moment that has been a part of pop culture for years and I don’t think we are going to forget about it anytime soon.
#3 – “To tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit” (The Shawshank Redemption)
This moment is definitely one of the more personal moments that made it on the list. We all have that moment in life where we just give up on something that we try too hard to get. This is something that this moment captured perfectly. And as good as the writing and the direction is, it really is Morgan Freeman’s performance that just makes it work. We get an idea of who Red was like and what he became following the incident, all of it in just one moment and all Morgan Freeman has to say is “I don’t give a shit”. It is a moment that while small, speaks the loudest and damn it, I think that is a good reason for it to be on this list.
#2 – “Rotten kids, you work your life out” (12 Angry Men)
Another one that not a lot of people talk about. The scene which involves Juror No. 3 finally admitting that his relationship with his son is strained and is the reason he wants the boy who is put on trial to be held responsible. It is a scene that is emotionally powerful and has a damn good performance by Lee J. Cobb. What works so well about this scene is really the atmosphere. Every Juror knows his reason for hating the boy who has been accused and they force him to accept it through silence and stares. Anyways, it is a great moment (particularly the part where he tears the picture), and deserves a spot at number 2
#1 – “I never went back to the shelter” (Grave of the Fireflies)
Okay, Okay….I know I am an anime fan and all but when I put this at number 1, I did so for a reason. I put a lot of thought into it, trust me. The reason I put this up here is because it is the only movie moment that made me cry. Yeah, I don’t cry a lot in movies (not even Mufasa’s death, the first 5 minutes of UP or even Requiem For a Dream). The movie, which is about a brother and sister surviving through the final months of the World War, concludes with their death as they were unable to survive on their own. Right after Seita (the brother) cremates her sister’s lifeless body, he died of starvation. In the final minutes, the movie shows the two of them reuniting in the afterlife (that is what I presume it is). It is such an emotional moment that makes me cry every time I think about it. Hell, I am crying right now as I am typing this. You can call me biased because I have a younger sister of my own, but I still think that this movie would have made me cry nonetheless. When we bring up great movie moments, this one always gets me. It is a sweet, tender and gentle scene that takes place in a horrifying time period, and that’s what makes me cry.
So, there it is guys. What are some of your favorite moments in films? Do you think I screwed it up or do you think there was something worthwhile on this list? Either way the comment section is all yours. But before you go, of the moments I mentioned before…