Greatest Film Scenes
and Moments


Greatest Film Scenes and Moments

Filmsite has compiled its own extensive collections of 'greatest scenes' material of the most famous, distinguished, unforgettable or memorable images, scenes, sequences or performances, many from the greatest films of all time.

(alphabetical by film title, illustrated)
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Hundreds and hundreds of great scenes described with images

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Other similar sections include:

Tribute to the 100 Greatest Film Scenes (illustrated)

100 Greatest Film Scenes

With detailed descriptions of the 100 selected scenes

Other Greatest Film Scenes Compilations

Over the years, popular magazines and newspapers have also compiled their own selections of greatest movie moments, many of which were already included in Filmsite's selections and listings above.

100 Great Movie Moments (illustrated)
A textual list compiled by film critic Roger Ebert in 1995
100 Years at the Movies
A short film composed of dozens of clips of scenes, compiled by Chuck Workman in 1994
Entertainment Weekly's
100 Greatest Moments in Movies

EW's 100 Greatest Moments in Movies100 Greatest MomentsEntertainment Weekly compiled its own list of the 100 Greatest Moments in Movies (1950-2000) in its September 24, 1999 issue (link).

To limit the sprawling subject, the editors decided to save pre-'50s movies for another tribute, and foreign films and documentaries received only brief recognition. Their list started halfway through the history of film.

The Observer's
100 Most Memorable Moments in Film History

Guardian Unlimited's 100 Film MomentsThe Observer, the Sunday version of the British newspaper the Guardian Unlimited, published (in its February 6, 2000 edition) votes taken in late 1999 and early 2000 for "the 100 most memorable moments in film history." The full list with scene analysis may be accessed online.

In more than 15,000 votes taken during the polling, 2,500 different moments received at least one vote. The #1 moment in this listing was from The Usual Suspects (1995) when detective Kujan realized who Keyser Soze was. The films in the #2 to #5 positions included: the shower scene from Psycho (1960), Harry Lime's appearance from the dark shadows in The Third Man (1949), the jump cut from the flying bone to the spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and the dawn helicopter raid in Apocalypse Now (1979).

Premiere Magazine's
100 Greatest Movie Moments of All Time

Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie MomentsPremiere Magazine compiled a list of 100 Greatest Movie Moments of All Time from 100 years of movies, in its March, 2003 issue. Their list of memorable movie moments was compiled from "multiple reader suggestions, multiple staff meetings, multiple debates among movie-loving friends, multiple long nights replaying multiple moments mentally and on DVD."

Included in their list was Charlton Heston's sight of the Statue of Liberty on the beach in Planet of the Apes (1968), Jack Nicholson's retort to a waitress to "Hold it between your knees" in Five Easy Pieces (1970), and Marilyn Monroe's white skirt blown up by wind from a subway grating in The Seven Year Itch (1955).

TV Guide Magazine's
50 Greatest Movie Moments of All Time
See 50 Greatest Movie Moments of All Time (illustrated)

TV Guide's 50 Greatest Movie MomentsTV Guide Magazine compiled its own list of the 50 Greatest Movie Moments of All Time in its March 24-30, 2001 issue.

The list of 50 'movie moments' compiled some of the great moments of all time in film.


'Best Of...' Film Scenes

Filmsite has created other more detailed compilations of 'the best of' film scenes topics, including the following:

Scariest Movie Moments and Scenes (illustrated)
Best Movie Death Scenes (illustrated)
Greatest Tearjerker Films, Moments and Scenes (illustrated)
Best and Most Memorable Film Kisses of All Time in Cinematic History (illustrated)
The History of Sex in Cinema (illustrated)
Greatest Movie Entrances of All-Time (illustrated)
Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes (illustrated)
Greatest Plot Twists, Spoilers, and Surprise Endings (illustrated)
Greatest Musical Song/Dance Movie Moments and Scenes (illustrated)
Greatest Classic Chase Scenes in Films (illustrated)
Greatest Disaster Film Scenes (illustrated)
Greatest Crowd Film Scenes (illustrated)
  The Most Controversial Films of All-Time (illustrated)
Greatest Box-Office Bombs, Disasters, and Flops
Greatest Film Speeches and Monologues (illustrated)
Visual and Special Effects Milestones in Film History (illustrated)
Memorable and Great 'Chick' Flicks (illustrated)
Greatest James Bond Girls (illustrated)
Ranked James Bond Films
Greatest Femmes Fatales in Classic Film Noir (illustrated)
The Star Wars Saga: Reviewed and Ranked
50 Sexiest Films of All-Time (illustrated)
Robots in Film (a comprehensive illustrated history)
Greatest War Films (illustrated)
Greatest Westerns (illustrated)
Alfred Hitchcock's Memorable Cameo Appearances (illustrated)
Most Famous Film Director Cameos of All-Time (illustrated)

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