Greatest Film Scenes
and Moments



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Sirens (1994)

In director John Duigan's artsy erotic film:

  • the liberated, anything-goes attitude of notorious Australian artist Norman Lindsay (Sam Neill)
  • the abundant display of female nudity by the artist's naked models/sirens (including supermodel Elle Macpherson and Portia de Rossi)
  • the carefree and playful cavortings of the women and the transformation of the minister's (Hugh Grant) repressed but intrigued wife Estella (Tara Fitzgerald)
  • the final long-shot of the naked sirens on an outcropping of rock

Sisters (1973)

In Brian De Palma's Hitchcock-like suspense horror thriller with a Bernard Herrmann score:

  • the opening shots of a fetus during the title credits
  • the dual, Siamese twin characters -- French-Canadian fashion model Danielle/Dominique Breton (both portrayed by Margot Kidder) - one being a murderous psychopath - and a birthday cake inscribed with both of their names, bought by "colored" TV game-show player and advertising salesman Philip Woode (Lisle Wilson) who had just had a one-night stand with Danielle in her fold-out living-room sofabed in her Staten Island apartment
  • the split-screen scene of a nosy and crusading reporter Grace Collier (Jennifer Salt) in an Rear-Window-ish apartment across the way witnessing the brutal stabbing murder of Philip by the deranged twin during a birthday celebration

The Sixth Sense (1999)

In M. Night Shyamalan's haunting, twist-ending signature film:

  • the startling opening sequence in which Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) was shot (and killed) by angry ex-patient Vincent Grey (Donnie Wahlberg)
  • the anniversary date dinner scene of Crowe with his troubled and depressed wife Anna (Olivia Williams) in a fancy restaurant
  • the scary scene of frightened, paranormal and tormented 8 year-old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) hiding in his tent, shining a flashlight under his chin and seeing pale ghostly young girl Kyra (Mischa Barton) with bloodshot eyes vomiting up her morning oatmeal next to him
  • the scene of Cole telling his divorced mother Lynn (Toni Collette) a comforting message from her dead mother - as a bloody car accident victim appeared in the car window behind
  • the final scene of Dr. Crowe's wedding ring (not on his finger) rolling noisily in a circle across a parquet-wood floor - with the startling revelation that Crowe was one of the "dead people" seen by Cole
  • the famous line of dialogue: "I see people" followed by its real meaning: "...They don't know they're dead. They only see what they want to see"

Sleeper (1973)

In director Woody Allen's classic sci-fi comedy farce:

  • the many slapstick sequences and sight gags
  • the scene of Greenwich Village health store owner and ex-clarinet player Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) - now transported into the future year of 2173 - disguised as a domestic servant/robot at a party in the home of vain and talentless poetess Luna (Diane Keaton)
  • his creation of a giant-sized pudding that must be beaten down with a broom
  • the scene of the passing of the silver metal orgasm-inducing "Orb" from guest to guest
  • the riotous scene at the robot factory where Miles is threatened with having his head screwed off
  • the reprogramming-brainwashing scene in which Miles is given new clothes, an apartment, and an electronic pet dog named Rags
  • the contented look on Miles' face as he exited the cylindrical Orgasmatron
  • the shot of a 22nd-century McDonalds sign (with 795 trillions of hamburgers sold)
  • the scene of the Great Leader's giant nose being flattened by a steamroller
  • the classic closing line by Miles when Luna asked what he believed in: "Sex and death. Two things that come once in a lifetime -- but at least after death you're not nauseous" - followed by a passionate kiss

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

In director Danny Boyle's rags-to-riches, Bollywood meets Hollywood fable and love story about a street orphan who won because: A: He cheated B: He's lucky C: He's a genius D: It is written. (all semi-truthful):

  • the intricate flashbacking and cross-cutting between the brutal torture and intense questioning by skeptical police inspector (Bollywood star Irrfan Khan) of arrested, 18 year-old orphaned, impoverished slumdog thief Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) - suspiciously accused of cheating (presumably due to his unsavory, lower-class background and occupation as an uneducated "chai wallah," or tea server)
  • his rising popularity in 2006 on the Indian version of the TV game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," as he answered each increasingly-more difficult and obscure question due to his life's experiences (answered coincidentally, chronologically) - until he was only one question away from winning the top prize of 20 million rupees
  • the vivid views of devastating poverty in the overcrowded, primitive slums, traffic-clogged streets and train stations of Mumbai
  • the scene of feces-covered Jamal acquiring the autograph of famous star Amitabh Bachchan
  • the malicious, treacherous and arrogant character of the on-air TV show host Prem Kumar (Indian star Anil Kapoor), who attempted to sabotage Jamal's success by feeding him the wrong answer
  • the ghoulish and disturbing scene in a sinister Dickensian orphanage where one talented singing child was deliberately blinded to serve as a beggar
  • the scenes in an Indian-located call center where customer service operatives were convincingly educated to fool callers
  • also, Jamal's life-long devotion to the female 'third musketeer' in his group (declared during a torrential rainstorm) - and his rescue of the beautiful yet unattainable (until the end) fellow slum orphan Latika (Freida Pinto as teen) - a semi-willing underworld concubine of an underworld gangster
  • their fairy-tale ending of a kiss ("This is our destiny") followed by the escapist song/dance performance of the Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Jai Ho" on a train station platform during the end credits

The Snake Pit (1948)

In director Anatole Litvak's psychological drama about the horrors of mental institutions:

  • the scenes of the "snake-pit" nature of the mental institution (Juniper Hill State Hospital) and the shadowy images of inmate torture
  • the famous top-shot and pull-back image of inmate Virginia Stuart Cunningham (Oscar-nominated Olivia de Havilland) surrounded by insane and babbling patients as her voice-over explained: ("It was strange - here I was among all those people, and at the same time, I felt as if I were looking at them from someplace far away. The whole place seemed to me like a deep hole, and the people down in it like strange animals, like, like snakes, and I'd been thrown into it, yes, as though, as though I were in a snake pit")

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

In Disney's first animated feature film with dazzling animation:

  • the image of the vain Wicked Queen asking her Magic Mirror 'who is the fairest of them all'
  • Snow White's frightening flight through the forest imagining fearful eyes peering at her out of the darkness
  • the delightful, distinct personalities and antics of each of the seven dwarfs
  • Snow White's beautiful voice and purity
  • the beautiful songs "I'm Wishing" and "Whistle While You Work"
  • Snow White kissing Bashful and Dopey on the head as the dwarfs leave for work
  • the Queen's transformation into an old hag and her offer of a poisonous apple to Snow White
  • the seven dwarfs as they march to and from work singing "Heigh Ho" and their frantic return to rescue Snow White
  • the Queen's terrifying demise as she falls off a rocky ledge and vultures circle after her
  • the young Prince's awakening kiss to bring Snow White out of her slumber, followed by the scene of Snow White venturing off with the Prince on his horse - "and they lived happily ever after," but not before she kissed each of the dwarfs goodbye. Her Prince had indeed come, and the song "Some Day My Prince Will Come" celebrated his arrival

S.O.B. (1981)

In director Blake Edwards' comic skewering of Hollywood, featuring Julie Andrews in an about-face scene from her squeaky-clean public image:

  • wholesome Sally Miles' (Julie Andrews, the director's real-life wife) breast-baring topless scene as she pulls down the top of her red dress (Sally, to Dr. Irving Finegarten (Robert Preston): "I am going to show my boobies. Are you here to see my boobies?")
  • his receptive reply: "In my humble opinion, you've got a terrific pair of knockers"

Solomon and Sheba (1959)

In legendary director King Vidor's final film, a Technirama Biblical epic:

  • the character of hot-blooded seductive temptress and pagan spy the Queen of Sheba (sultry post-war Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida), who is offered the port of Melish on the Red Sea by the Pharaoh in return for bringing about Israeli King Solomon's (Yul Brynner) downfall
  • her many risque and lascivious appearances, often in exotic and revealing costumes, especially for the late 1950s
  • her tempting romantic encounters with Solomon, ultimately leading to his lustful desire for her when he visits her after midnight and she admits her plan of entrapment ("to bind you to me in soft chains so that I may do with you as I will") - and Solomon, "blind to the truth" becomes her lover
  • the scene of Solomon sitting in judgment with two mothers claiming that a surviving baby was each theirs
  • the Queen of Sheba's bathing scene in which she rises naked from her tub and is wrapped in a long towel by her maid servant, who is given the command to "Dry me!"
  • the scene in which she holds a pagan ceremony within Israel to her god of love and fertility Rha-gon - and her performance of an erotic belly-dance in a flesh-colored bra-top to the heavy beat of drums, tempting Solomon to be drawn to her writhing bacchanalian ceremony
  • the response of God's wrath in the form of thunderbolts in the sky, striking down the temple
  • the film's concluding battle with a 'cast of thousands' in which the outnumbered, seemingly-vanquished Israelites clash with charging Egyptian armies (joined by Solomon's treacherous brother Adonijah (George Sanders)) - and a reflecting-shield miracle drives their blinded chariots and foot-soldiers into a chasm
  • the film's ending in which Sheba (pregnant with Solomon's child) takes refuge in the temple where she has a complete change of heart (she confesses her true love, converts to Judaism and renounces her own gods)
  • her rescue from being stoned to death (and then her miraculous healing) when Solomon returns victorious
  • in the film's final moments, the Queen of Sheba bids farewell to Solomon and stoically strides off to return to her own land to bear his child with God's blessing ("And he shall walk in the way of the Lord God Jehovah. That we must part is our atonement")

Some Came Running (1958)

In Vincente Minnelli's widescreen, Peyton Place-like melodrama of sexual repression, a sweeping, slow-burning character study of ugly Americana - and an adaptation of the James Jones novel of the same name:

  • after many years, the 'prodigal' return of misfit, hard-drinking, cynical ex-WWII soldier and 'blocked' writer Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) to his hometown of Parkman (Indiana), his failed life mirrored in his attempt at a relationship with cool and intellectual blonde Miss Gwen French (Martha Hyer), a teacher of writing/journalism at the local school
  • the shocking lover's lane scene in which Dave's sexually-active young niece Dawn Hirsh (Betty Lou Keim), parked in a car with her boyfriend, spotted her respectable, jewelry business-owning father Frank (Arthur Kennedy) (estranged from Dave) in an open convertible closeby kissing his pretty secretary Edith Barclay (Nancy Gates) after-hours
  • the camaraderie between Dave and his Southern gambling, card-shark best friend Bama Dillert (Dean Martin) from the wrong side of the tracks who never removed his hat and labeled loose women as "pigs" - their pairing exemplified one of the earliest examples of a "Rat Pack" film (it was the first seven films in which Sinatra and Martin would appear together)
  • the scene of unrefined, dumb floozy Ginny Moorehead (Shirley MacLaine in her first major screen role, and with her first Best Actress nomination), Dave's on again-off again "hostess" girlfriend, confessing openly to Miss French in her classroom that she loved Dave
  • the tense, classic set-piece in the finale, masterfully photographed horizontally, of Dave Hirsh and Ginny Moorehead (just married) in a crowded hometown carnival (garishly colorful) when they were pursued and shot by a disgruntled gangster and ex-boyfriend named Raymond (Steven Peck) from Chicago; Dave was wounded in the shoulder, while she was shot in the back and killed (and fell onto him)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

In Billy Wilder's classic comedy about the Roaring Twenties:

  • the first shocking glimpse of drag-dressed musicians Jerry/Daphne (Oscar-nominated Jack Lemmon) and Joe/Josephine (Tony Curtis)
  • the first view of a voluptuous band singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) ("a whole different sex") walking to the Florida-bound train and moving "just like Jell-O on springs" when she is squirted by a jet of steam
  • Sugar's sneaking of a drink and her depression ("I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop")
  • the wild upper berth train party scene
  • all of Sugar's songs (particularly 'Runnin' Wild')
  • Joe's mimicking of Cary Grant
  • the yacht seduction scene cross-cut with Daphne's tango with millionaire Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown)
  • Jerry's joyful squeal: "I'm engaged" and his reason for getting hitched ("Why would a guy want to marry a guy?" -- "Security")
  • and the funniest closing line in film history delivered by millionaire Osgood ("Well, nobody's perfect") to a cross-dressed Jerry who tactfully attempts to break their engagement

Something Wild (1986)

In director Jonathan Demme's off-beat black comedy:

  • the character of free-spirited, kooky, black-wigged Audrey Hankel (Melanie Griffith), nicknamed Lulu after actress Louise Brooks' femme fatale (from Pandora's Box (1929)), who takes off with staid and married, yuppie, NYC tax consultant Charles Driggs (Jeff Daniels) from a Manhattan diner (where he has skipped out on the check) to New Jersey
  • the scene in a motel where she engages in kinky sex with him - handcuffing him to a motel bed and making love to him while forcing him to call in sick to his boss
  • their attendance at her 10 year high school reunion in Pennsylvania and introducing him as her husband to her square mother Peaches (Dana Preu) - and Peaches' warning to Charlie: "That girl's got some strange ideas about life"
  • the surprising appearance of Lulu's dangerous and menacing ex-con husband Ray Sinclair (Ray Liotta in his screen debut)
  • the shocking semi-accidental stabbing of Ray Sinclair in the horrific fight scene in the bathroom with Driggs (with Ray's disbelieving last words: "S--t, Charlie...")
  • the crowd-pleasing conclusion when Audrey reappears in Charlie's life after he's quit his job

Something's Gotta Give (2003)

In writer/director Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy, a tables-turned around film:

  • 57 year-old Diane Keaton notable for her Oscar-nominated role as sexy, mid-50s, divorced, successful playwright Erica Barry
  • the scene in which 63 year-old Viagra-taking record-company mogul Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) - who dates younger women as girlfriends (including Erica's daughter Marin (Amanda Peet)): "I'm dating your daughter" - comes upon a naked and embarrassed Erica in her Hamptons beach house
  • his ensuing interest in the more age-appropriate woman after suffering a mild heart attack

Somewhere in Time (1980)

In director Jeannot Szwarc's popular, tear-jerking romance fantasy adapted from Richard Matheson's 1975 novel Bid Time Return:

  • the evocative and soaring score of John Barry
  • the scene in which aspiring college playwright Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) was met by an elderly woman - early 20th century actress Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), who offered him a gift of a watch and made a request: "Come back to me"
  • eight years later at the Grand Hotel (on Michigan's Mackinac Island), the scene of Richard viewing a portrait of the young actress and learning that she died the night he received the watch - and then willing himself back in time through self-hypnosis to romance her as a young beauty
  • the couple's first meeting by the lake and her question: "Is"
  • his jolting return 'to the future' (after a night of love-making) by finding a modern-era penny dated 1979 in his pocket
  • the ending in which a morbidly depressed Richard had an out-of-body experience toward a bright light where his long-lost love awaited him with outstretched arm

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