While writing up my thoughts on a film in a different thread, I came upon this idea - couldn't find a thread for it, but if it exists, please post the link.
In short, what are your favorite scenes in films? It can range from a twenty second discussion that has always stuck with you to a finale of a film that simply blows you away. Are there any scenes you can think of that made a film better solely because of it? If these scenes bring up massive spoilers (plot twists, character deaths, etc.), please have the courtesy to use the spoiler tags. I'll start it off with a few of mine (in no particular order):
'Munich': The phone-bomb scene. When Eric Bana and Ciaran Hinds find out that their target's daughter has picked up the phone they plan on detonating, the scene goes silent as they sprint through the streets to stop their colleagues from detonating the bomb. I'm pretty sure I stop breathing and get chills every single time I watch it, even though I know the outcome of the scene. If you haven't seen this movie, please, do me a favor and watch it. Now. It's fantastic, and I'm still upset to this day that it lost out to 'Crash'.
'Man On Fire': The ending. Part of me wishes it ended differently, part of me absolutely loves the last ten minutes with what happens. If you've seen it before, you know what I'm talking about.
'Heat': This movie gave me the idea for this thread: the bank robbery scene. Incredibly realistic (sans a few moments), intense, grand in scale, everything about it is what I look for in a big payoff scene for a movie like this. I read up on the trivia after re-watching it last night, and apparently there's a group of people (the Marines, perhaps? Don't recall.) that watch this scene to train recruits on how to properly fall back during a firefight. That says something.
'Django Unchained': The shootout at
is so brutal and gory as Django flies through kill after kill. Traditional slow-paced Tarantino build-up to an explosive scene, ala the bar scene in 'Inglourious Basterds' (which I also love).
There are countless others, but these are the ones that popped up as I was typing this. What are yours?