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Great Images, Moments, and Quotes in Film

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Amadeus: Mozart (Tom Hulce) enjoys Salieri's (F. Murray Abraham) tribute composition, but has to add ornamentation to it for it to suffice.

Amadeus: Closing scene

American Beauty: Angela (Mena Suvari) and the rose petals.

American Beauty: "I RULE!"

American Beauty: Caroline (Annette Bening) gets busted by her husband (Kevin Spacey) at the Mr. Smiley's drive-up.

Amistad: John Adams’ (Anthony Hopkins) Courtroom Argument

As Good As It Gets: “You make me want to be a better man.”

As Good As It Gets: Melvin (Jack Nicholson) gives Simon (Greg Kinnear) a hug.

Awakenings: “It has been explained to me that I’ve been away for some time. I’m back.”

Back to the Future: Marty (Michael J. Fox) reaches 88 mph at just the right second sending him from 1955 back to 1985.

Beetlejuice: The dinner party sings and dances Harry Belafonte's "Day-O" under a strange possession.

Blast from the Past: Adam (Brendan Fraser) sees the sky for the first time.

Braveheart: The final charge of Wallace’s (Mel Gibson) men after his death

Bringing Out the Dead: "Our Mission: TO SAVE LIVES! BLASTOFF!"

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: ¡Este es un robo!

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Final shootout scene that fades into sepia

The Cider House Rules: "Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you Kings of New England."

The Cider House Rules: Homer (Tobey Maguire) sees the ocean for the first time.

Dances With Wolves: Dunbar (Kevin Costner) and Kicking Bird (Graham Greene) teach each other the words "buffalo" and "tetanka."

Dead Man Walking: Poncelet (Sean Penn) finally confesses.

Dead Man Walking: Closing scene

Dead Poets Society: The class stands on their desks while proclaiming, “Oh Captain, my Captain.”

The Deer Hunter: The Russian Roulette scene(s)

Dr. Strangelove: Major Kong (Slim Pickens) rides an atomic bomb rodeo style to end the film.

The Empire Strikes Back: Swordplay between Luke (Mark Hamill) and Darth Vader (David Prowse, James Earl Jones), with subsequent revelations.

ET: Elliott (Henry Thomas) and ET take flight against the gigantic image of the moon.

Fargo: Marge (Frances McDormand) interrogates Jerry (William Macy) in his office at the car dealership.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Ferris (Matthew Broderick) runs home trying to beat his sister (Jennifer Grey) and parents (Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward) in the door.

Field of Dreams: A catch with Dad

Forrest Gump: “From that time on, when I was going somewhere... I was RUNNING."

The French Connection: The subway/car chase scene

Fried Green Tomatoes: Evelyn (Kathy Bates) bashes the smaller car that stole her parking place.

The Fugitive: “You find THAT MAN!”

Gattaca: Jerome (Jude Law) self-immolates while Vincent blasts off on his way to Saturn.

Glory: Trip (Denzel Washington) takes lashes for going AWOL to buy shoes for his fellow soldiers.

The Godfather: A father (Marlon Brando) dances with his daughter (Talia Shire) at her wedding.

The Godfather: Michael (Al Pacino) kills Officer McKluskey (Sterling Hayden) and Sollozzo (Al Lettieri) in the restaurant.

The Godfather, Part II: Michael (Al Pacino) settles all of his old scores while his godson (Sofia Coppola, actually) is baptized.

The Godfather, Part III: Michael (Al Pacino) weeps when his daughter is killed after the theater.

God's Army: Two prostitutes, expecting a visit from (male) LDS missionaries, open the door to find two "sister" missionaries instead.

Gold Rush, The: The cabin sways back and forth over the edge of a tall cliff, almost toppling off several times.

Gold Rush, The: The lone prospector (Charlie Chaplin) sticks forks in his two rolls and improvises a miniature song-and-dance.

Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The: The three-man shootout

Good Will Hunting: “How do you like them apples?”

The Graduate: Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) and Elaine (Katharine Ross) laugh in the back of the bus.

The Greatest Story Ever Told: “Lo, I am with you always, yea until the end of the world.”

Great Expectations: Lustig (Robert De Niro) dies on the subway, confessing that HE actually bought the art show, not Ms. Dinsmoor.

The Green Mile: "I just about believe that very thing."

The Green Mile: "I dreamed of you. We found each other in the dark."

The Green Mile: John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) sees the stars and later, a movie, for the first time.

Hamlet (1996): Sword fight between Hamlet and Laertes

Hamlet (1996): The English Ambassador (Richard Attenborough) surveys the death. / Closing scene

Harold and Maude: "Everybody ought to be able to make some music. It's the cosmic dance."

Heart and Souls: Harrison (Charles Grodin) sings the Star-Spangled Banner.

Henry V: Henry’s (Kenneth Branagh) Battle Speech

Hoosiers: Shooter (Dennis Hopper) calls the play and wins the game.

The Hurricane: Ruben Carter (Denzel Washington) says goodbye to his wife at the visitation booth.

The Hurricane: "It's very important to transcend the places that hold us."

The Hurricane: "Hate put me in prison. Love's gonna bust me out."

The Horse Whisperer: The horse bows to Tom (Robert Redford).

Il Postino: Mario (Massimo Troisi) sends a message on Pablo Neruda's (Phillipe Noiret) tape recorder.

Independence Day: President Whitmore's (Bill Pullman) rally speech. (Independence Day)

It's a Wonderful Life: Everyone returns to save George (James Stewart) / George embraces his family.

It's a Wonderful Life: George (James Stewart) offers a discouraged prayer and receives help.

Jerry Maguire: Rod (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) wakes up after his hit and celebrates his touchdown.

Jerry Maguire: Rod (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and his family cry together.

JFK: "Let justice be done though the heavens fall!"

The Karate Kid: Daniel (Ralph Macchio) finally realizes the reason for his unusual training.

L.A. Confidential: Dudley (James Cromwell) Shoots Jack (Kevin Spacey) who utters the fateful words, “Rocco Tomassi,” along with Dudley's subsequent error in asking Exley (Guy Pearce) who Tomassi is.

L.A. Confidential: “Do you really want to bring all that down?” “With a wrecking ball.”

Les Misérables: The forgiveness/redemption scene

Les Misérables: “I am Jean Valjean.”

Life is Beautiful: Buon Giorno, Principesa!

Life is Beautiful: Guido (Roberto Begnini) convinces his son to stay after telling him he can leave.

Life is Beautiful: Guido (Roberto Begnini) salutes and winks as he passes his hiding son.

The Lion King: Simba (Matthew Broderick) realizes his worth and returns home.

Lord of the Rings: Théoden, surrounded by orcs, calls for Gandalf (William Squire) who wins the day.

Manchurian Candidate, The: The deck full of queens of diamonds.

Man on the Moon: The network executives try to fix the television during the initial viewing of Andy's TV special.

Man on the Moon: The whole audience has milk and cookies at a cafe around the corner.

The Matrix: The Kung Fu simulation scene

The Matrix: Neo (Keanu Reeves) realizes that he is The One, bullets stop and fall before him.

Meet Joe Black: William (Anthony Hopkins) invites his family to dinner for the second night in a row, and then has to explain why.

Midnight Cowboy: "I'm walkin' here! I'm walkin' here!"

Mission: Impossible: Downloading scene

Mission: Impossible: Debriefing scene

Mission: Impossible: “Red Light, Green Light” in the Chunnel

Monsieur Hire: Monsieur Hire (Michel Blanc) falls from the building, cinematography slows. (Monsieur Hire)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: The Witch scene

Mr. Holland's Opus: Jackson Browne segment.

The Natural: Roy (Robert Redford) homers into the stadium lights / Fade to scene with son.

Network: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso: The “forbidden” cinema scene

October Sky: Homer's (Jacob Gyllenhaal) bright, somewhat fearful face, looking upward, descends into the darkness of the coal mine.

October Sky: Homer (Jacob Gyllenhaal) sees his father approaching the final rocket launching.

Office Space: Mike Bolton's frustrations boil to the surface as he destroys (and must be held back from) the office fax machine.

Of Mice and Men: George (Gary Sinise) is forced to shoot his best friend Lenny (John Malkovich).

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: Chief (Will Sampson) pulls up the fountain.

On the Waterfront: Malloy (Marlon Brando) steps over the picket line. (On the Waterfront)

Patch Adams: The Expulsion Hearing

Patch Adams: The Balloon Animal Hunt

Patton: The General's (George C. Scott) opening speech.

The Phantom Menace: When the green words "Lucasfilm Ltd" appear on the screen at the beginning of the movie. (A thrilling moment for me, as these two small words elicited wild cheers and applause from the whole audience on opening night after a 16-year famine of new Star Wars releases.)

The Phantom Menace: Swordplay between Darth Maul (Ray Park) and the two Jedi (Liam Neeson, Ewan MacGregor).

Phenomenon: “Buy her chairs.”

Planet of the Apes: "Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"

Planet of the Apes: Taylor rounds a corner on the beach and sees a horrifying sight (final scene).

Platoon: Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger) shoots the Vietnamese woman.

Pleasantville: Mr Johnson (Jeff Daniels) sees art in color for the first time.

Pleasantville: Bud (Tobey Maguire) drives through the park while pink rose petals shower down upon him and his girlfriend.

Pleasantville: Courtroom scene, reminiscent of the courtroom scene in To Kill a Mockingbird

The Prince of Egypt: Moses (Val Kilmer) plunges his rod into the sea, driving water back. / The crossing / A whale swims by.

The Princess Bride: Wesley’s (Cary Elwes) battle of wits with Vezzini (Wallace Shawn).

Psycho: The shower scene

Pulp Fiction: The Big Mac/Quarter Pounder discussion

Raiders of the Lost Ark: Indiana shoots the swordsman.

The Rainmaker: The courtroom scene

Rain Man: Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) gets on the train and finally expresses feelings for his brother Charlie (Tom Cruise).

Ransom: Tom (Mel Gibson) turns the tables by transforming the ransom into a bounty.

Rear Window: Jeff (James Stewart) blinds Thorwald (Raymond Burr) with his camera flash and narrowly escapes.

Regarding Henry: Former brilliant lawyer Henry Turner (Harrison Ford) rejoices with his daughter after merely reading a sentence by himself.

Risky Business: Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) slides into the shot wearing a pink shirt, socks, and jockeys while Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" starts up.

A River Runs Through It: The account of Paul’s (Brad Pitt) Death

A River Runs Through It: Closing scene/narration in the canyon

Rocky: Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) gets up on the count of Ten before Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).

Rocky IV: Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) knocks out Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in Russia as the crowd screams "Rock-y Rock-y...."

Romeo + Juliet: “ALL are PUNISHÉD,” together with closing scene in the rain

Rushmore: Montage of Max (Jason Schwartzman)and his extracurricular activities.

Rusmore: Max's (Jason Schwartzman) productions, reminiscent of Serpico and Apocalypse Now.

Safety Last: The Boy (Harold Lloyd) hangs from a large clock 10 stories above the busy street below

Saving Private Ryan: General Marshall reads his staff a letter from Abraham Lincoln.

Saving Private Ryan: Mother Ryan falls to her knees as she sees the government representatives approach.

Saving Private Ryan: Private Jackson (Barry Pepper) picks off the German sniper after a short prayer.

Seven Year Itch, The: The Girl (Marilyn Monroe) steps over the ventilation grate, which blows her dress upwards.

Shakespeare in Love: Final scene of “Romeo and Juliet.”

The Shawshank Redemption: Red and the gang enjoy beers on the roof while Andy looks on with a smug grin.

The Shawshank Redemption: The Warden (Bob Gunton) rips off the poster and finally understands where Andy (Tim Robbins) is.

The Shawshank Redemption: Red sees Andy as a free man for the first time on the beaches of Zihuatanejo.

Silverado: The Final Shootout

Singin' in the Rain: The title scene

Singin' in the Rain: The "Make 'em laugh" scene

Sneakers: “Don’t look… listen.”

Star Wars: Luke surveys the destruction of his home and family and decides to join Obi-Wan.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan looks at luke, then closes his eyes and is killed by Darth Vader.

A Streetcar Named Desire: "Stella!"

Taxi Driver: Travis (Robert De Niro) arms up ("You talkin' to me?, etc.")

The Ten Commandments: The Parting of the Red Sea

Third Man, The: Harry Lime (Orson Welles) makes his appearance.

Three Days of the Condor: Joe (Robert Redford) crosses telephone lines, disables the FBI’s telephone tracing system.

Titanic: Molly Brown (Kathy Bates) witnesses the horrific sinking of the Titanic from the lifeboat.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Courtroom scene

Tootsie: Tootsie (Dustin Hoffman) comes out of the closet on national TV.

The Truman Show: Truman (Jim Carrey) realizes what’s going on, crosses the street, almost gets hit by a bus, but stops it instead.

12 Angry Men: Juror 3 (Lee J. Cobb) changes his vote from guilty to not guilty.

The Untouchables: Malone (Sean Connery) gets an answer from a "silent" witness.

The Untouchables: “How do you think he feels now… Better, or worse?”

2001: A Space Odyssey: Hal9000 (Douglas Rain) and Bowman (Keir Dullea) have an argument.

The Usual Suspects: Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) looks at his corkboard and finally understands just how bad he's been fooled.

What Dreams May Come: Chris (Robin Williams) realizes that he actually creates his own heaven.

What Dreams May Come: Chris (Robin Williams) realizes that the guide (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is actually his own son.

Witness: John (Harrison Ford) sings to and dances with Rachel (Kelly McGillis) in the barn while fixing the car.

The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy (Judy Garland) steps into color.

Again, please e-mail me with more. This article is dedicated to the moments in film that make us think, "What a truly sublime experience," and I hope I've conveyed a little bit of that here.

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