100 Most Iconic Movie Images

100 Most Iconic
Movie Images
Moments or Scenes

100 Most Iconic Movie Images, Moments or Scenes:

In the entire history of cinema, these are 100 of the most iconic or defining moments, scenes, or images. They are the most memorable, defining film moments and come from some of the all-time best scenes or images in motion pictures - a tribute to the stars and scenarios that have made an indelible imprint upon our memories and collective visual consciousness - and can't be forgotten. They have all become emblematic, and have taken on a life of their own, and are usually easily recognizable - from just one screenshot.

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100 Most Iconic Film Images, Moments or Scenes

The "Birth of Cinema" - in L'Arrivée D'Un Train À La Ciotat (1895, Fr.)

The Shocking, Very First Film Kiss in
The Kiss (1896)

Rocket Ship Stuck in the Man in Moon's Surface in
La Voyage Dans La Lune (1902, Fr.)

Bandit Shooting at Audience in The Great Train Robbery (1903)

The Birth of the Tramp - Kid Auto Races in Venice (1914)

Predatory Vampirish Count Graf Orlok in
Nosferatu (1922, Germ.)

Harold Lloyd Hanging From Clock in
Safety Last (1923)

Runaway Baby Carriage During Odessa Steps Massacre Montage in
Battleship Potemkin (1925, USSR)

Transformed Maria Robot Brought to Life in
Metropolis (1927, Germ.)

The Trial and Execution of Jeanne D'Arc in
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Fr.)

House Collapse on Buster Keaton in
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

The First View of the Hulking Monster in
Frankenstein (1931)

King Kong Atop the Empire State Building in
King Kong (1933)

Factory Worker (Charlie Chaplin) Consumed in Machine in
Modern Times (1936)

The Evil Queen/Old Hag with Poison Apple in
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" in
Gone With the Wind (1939)

Filibuster Scene in
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Ruby Slippers: "There's no place like home" Magic Spell in
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Hitler Look-Alike Dancing with World Balloon in
The Great Dictator (1940)

Enigmatic Last Word Uttered at Death "Rosebud" in Citizen Kane (1941)

The Self-Sacrificing, Tearful Airport Farewell Between Rick and Ilsa in
Casablanca (1942)

Ending Reunion Scene in
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

"Badges? We ain't got no badges..." in
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Enigmatic Doorway Appearance of Harry Lime (Orson Welles) in The Third Man (1949)

"All right, Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my closeup" in
Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Stanley Kowalski Screaming for "Stella!" in
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

"Singin' in the Rain" in
Singin' in the Rain (1952)

The Hawaiian Ocean-Beach Embrace-Kiss in
From Here to Eternity (1953)

Spying on Greenwich Village Apt. Neighbors in
Rear Window (1954)

Sharing Spaghetti and Unexpected Kiss in
Lady and the Tramp (1955)

LOVE and HATE Tattooed on Preacher's Fingers in
The Night of the Hunter (1955)

James Dean's "You're Tearing Me Apart" in
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Marilyn Monroe's Dress Above Subway Grating in
The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) Framed at Dark Doorway in
The Searchers (1956)

Moses' Parting of the Red Sea During Exodus in
The Ten Commandments (1956)

Climactic Destruction of Railroad and Bridge in
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The Chess Game Between the Knight and Death in
The Seventh Seal (1957, Swe.)

The Thrilling Chariot Race Between Messala and Judah Ben-Hur in
Ben-Hur (1959)

The Attacking Crop-dusting Plane scene in
North by Northwest (1959)

Concluding "Well, nobody's perfect" scene in
Some Like It Hot (1959)

Anita Ekberg in Rome's Trevi Fountain in
La Dolce Vita (1960, It.)

Shower Stabbing Scene in
Psycho (1960)

Window-Shopping in NYC in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Ursula Andress emerging from water in
Dr. No (1962, UK)

Peter O'Toole as Blue-Eyed Lawrence in
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

First View of Nymphet Lolita in Lolita (1962, UK)

Major Kong Riding Descending Nuclear Bomb in Dr. Strangelove Or:... (1964)

"The Hills are Alive..." in
The Sound of Music (1965)

Clint Eastwood as Blondie in spaghetti western -
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966, It./Sp.)

Seduction of Benjamin Framed by Mrs. Robinson's Leg in The Graduate (1967)

The Post-Apocalyptic Ending, Discovery of Statue of Liberty in
Planet of the Apes (1968)

Jump Cut from Tool to Spacecraft in
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Freeze Frame Ending - A Doomed Bolivian Shootout in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Hippie Cross-Country Bikers on Road Trip in
Easy Rider (1969)

Opening 6-minute Speech of Gen. Patton Before US Flag in Patton (1970)

"There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs..." in A Clockwork Orange (1971, UK)

Clint Eastwood's Vigilante SF cop and .45 Magnum, "Do you feel lucky, punk?"
in Dirty Harry (1971)

Racehorse's Bloody Head in a Silk-Sheeted Bed in
The Godfather (1972)

Devil-possessed head-spinning Regan in
The Exorcist (1973)

Dr. Frankenstein: "Give my creation...Life!" in
Young Frankenstein (1974)

First Full View of Great White Shark: "You're gonna need a bigger boat" in
Jaws (1975)

"I'm as mad as hell..." newscaster Howard Beale in Network (1976)

Rocky's Training Montage Ending Atop Steps in
Rocky (1976)

Travis Bickle's "You're talkin' to me?..." delivered to Mirror in Taxi Driver (1976)

Barry Opening Door to Glowing Alien Encounter in
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Russian Roulette Prisoner Torture During Vietnam War in The Deer Hunter (1978)

Chest-Bursting Birth of Baby Alien in
Alien (1979)

Emergence of Willard from jungle water in
Apocalypse Now (1979)

The Opening Credits Sequence to George Gershwin's Music in
Manhattan (1979)

Bo Derek's Slo-Motion Beach Jog in
10 (1979)

"Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!" Through Splintered Door in
The Shining (1980)

Light-saber duel and Darth Vader's confession to Luke: "I am your father" in
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Slo-mo Olympic Runners in Credits Sequence in
Chariots of Fire (1981, UK)

Indy in Booby-Trapped Cave in
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Replicant Roy's Soliloquy ("Time to die...") in
Blade Runner (1982)

ET and Elliott's Bicycle Moon Silhouette in
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Fantasy Scene - Phoebe Cates Opens Red Bikini Top Poolside in
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

The Sacrificial Death Scene of Vulcan Captain Spock in
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Underwear Lip-Synching to "Old Time Rock n Roll" in
Risky Business (1983)

Taunting Challenge: "Say hello to my leetle friend" in
Scarface (1983)

The Time-Traveling DeLorean in
Back to the Future (1985)

The Death of Sgt. Elias in a Crucifixion Pose in
Platoon (1986)

Final Dance ("The Time of My Life") in
Dirty Dancing (1987)

Life-Sized Piano Keyboard in F.A.O. Schwartz toystore in
Big (1988)

Boom Box Serenade (Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes") in
Say Anything... (1989)

Sally's Simulated Orgasm in a NYC Deli in
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Kevin's Scream After Applying After-Shave in
Home Alone (1990)

Dr. Hannibal Lecter's Muzzled Restraint in
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Suicidal Leap in Ford T-Bird Convertible into Grand Canyon in
Thelma & Louise (1991)

Uncrossing Legs Crotch-Flash in
Basic Instinct (1992)

The T-Rex in
Jurassic Park (1993)

Girl in Drab Red Coat Amidst B/W Holocaust in
Schindler's List (1993)

Andy Liberated From Prison in
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Alien Destruction of the White House in
Independence Day (1996)

Lovers Jack and Rose at Bow of Doomed Ocean Liner in
Titanic (1997)

Mary's Hair Gel Coxcomb in There's Something About Mary (1998)

Fantasy Bed of Red Rose Petals in American Beauty (1999)

Close-Up of Heather's Teary Confessional in
The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Dodging Bullets in Bullet-Time in The Matrix (1999)

Decomposed Samara Crawling Out of TV in
The Ring (2002)

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