Greatest Film Scenes
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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

This Sporting Life (1963, UK)

In this British sports drama by director Lindsay Anderson:

  • the opening post-credit sequence of a brutal rugby scrum between players
  • the monologue of celebrity Rugby League pro footballer Frank Machin (Richard Harris) delivered to friend/teammate Maurice Braithwaite (Colin Blakely) about the perception that he was "a great ape on a football field"
  • his starved, romantic needs for love from his suppressed, icy landlady Mrs. Hammond (Rachel Roberts)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

In the romantic crime-thriller by director Norman Jewison:

  • the scene behind the Oscar-winning Best Original Song (The Windmills of Your Mind, music by French composer Michel Legrand and lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman) - when the title character (Steve McQueen) was at a glider airport in New Hampshire, flying a sleek yellow glider-plane
  • the super-sexy chess game scene - part of the cat-and-mouse game between robbery suspect Thomas Crown and investigator Vicky Anderson (Faye Dunaway)

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

In producer Ross Hunter's and director George Roy Hill's overlong flapper-era musical comedy spoof starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore:

  • during the opening credits, the title character - naive young Millie (Julie Andrews) who 'modernized' herself after noticing that she was woefully out-dated - she entered the Madcap Beauty Spot - and with a short bob haircut and a new dress style was transformed into a NY 'Roaring 20's' "modern" flapper; in the background on the soundtrack, the Oscar-nominated, title song Thoroughly Modern Millie (pictured twice) was sung by Julie Andrews
  • the scene-stealing character of wealthy, madcap and outlandish widow Muzzy Van Hossmere (Oscar-nominated Carol Channing)
  • her show-stopping performance of "Jazz Baby" - including her playing of many musical instruments (a trumpet, banjo, clarinet - and a large bass saxophone) followed by her dancing atop a xylophone
  • her flying stunts in a biplane with a German World War I ace, and acrobatics while singing "First Date (Do It Again!)" after being fired out of a cannon and spouting her favorite exclamation: "Raspberries!" while in mid-air
  • her dispatching of white slavers using tricks she learned from a heavyweight boxer

Thousands Cheer (1943)

In George Sidney's morale-boosting, propagandistic musical romance:

  • the MGM big all-star revue with performer Lena Horne singing one of her most famous movie numbers: "Honeysuckle Rose" accompanied by Benny Carter and His Band
  • Gene Kelly's dance with a mop-mannequin and various other brooms, to the tune of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

In writer/director Michael Cimino's debut film starring Jeff Bridges and Clint Eastwood in early roles:

  • the astonishing 'rabbit shooting' sequence in which a deranged and lunatic hillbilly (Bill McKinney), crazed by his leaking exhaust pipe and carbon monoxide gas, emptied his trunk full of white rabbits into a field, and then began wildly shooting at them with a shotgun until hitchhiker John "Thunderbolt" Doherty (Clint Eastwood) knocked him out and then stated: "I don't know what the hell we're gonna do with all these rabbits?"

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990, Sp.) (aka Atame!)

In director Pedro Almodovar's black comedic love story:

  • the memorable scene of sexy and resistant, former heroin-addicted porn star Marina Osorio (Victoria Abril), held hostage by unstable and obsessed handyman Ricky (Antonio Banderas)
  • her bathing scene with a wind-up toy diver
  • the many efforts of Ricky to win Marina's heart

Titanic (1997)

In James Cameron's monumental Best Picture-winning blockbuster epic:

  • the romantic image of the star-crossed, ill-fated lovers: upper-class Rose Bukater (Kate Winslet) and steerage passenger Jack Dawson (Leonard DiCaprio) perched at the prow of the White Star liner Titanic with arms outstretched ("I'm flying!") - ending with a sunset kiss
  • Rose's nude posing for one of Jack's sketches with the scene ending on a closeup of Rose's eye (as a young girl and morphing into her elderly eye)
  • the scene of Jack and Rose's love-making scene in the back seat of a car -- with her hand reaching up and touching the fogged-up window
  • the final hour with tremendous visual and special-effects of the ship's flooding, slowly tilting upward, splitting in half and sinking with people plummeting to their deaths in the Atlantic when the stern was tipped vertically upright, while Rose and Jack struggled to stay together
  • the various views of victims calmly awaiting their fate (e.g., an elderly couple embraced in bed)
  • the farewell scene as Jack slowly froze to death next to Rose and his profession of love before slipping underwater
  • the dreamy remembrance of Rose's meeting of Jack on the staircase to the applause of the ship's dead

To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

In Ernst Lubitsch's propagandistic screwball comedy, remade by Mel Brooks as To Be or Not to Be (1983):

  • a WWII screwball comedy set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, among a troupe of Polish thespians led by egocentric ham actor Joseph Tura (Jack Benny)
  • the delivery of the famous "to be or not to be" Hamlet soliloquy, triggering the exit of Polish audience member/fighter pilot Lt. Stanislav Sobinski (Robert Stack) from his seat in the front of the audience to innocently rendezvous backstage with Tura's flirtatious wife and glamorous leading lady actress Maria (Carole Lombard in her last screen performance) in her dressing room
  • the scene of Maria telling her husband Joseph off after he called her a prima donna: ("Whenever there's a chance to take the spotlight away from me, it's becoming ridiculous the way you grab attention. Whenever I start to tell a story, you finish it. If I go on a diet, you lose the weight. If I have a cold, you cough. And if we should ever have a baby, I'm not so sure I'd be the mother"); Joseph responded: "I'm satisfied to be the father"
  • and the scenes of Joseph impersonating both the Polish traitor/Nazi spy Professor Siletsky (Stanley Ridges) and buffoonish Nazi officer Col. Ehrhardt (Sig Ruman)
  • the oft-repeated line of Gestapo chief Col. Ehrhardt: ("So they call me 'Concentration Camp' Ehrhardt, eh?!")
  • and one of the film's funniest lines about Tura's acting talent, spoken by Nazi officer Ehrhardt: "What he did to Shakespeare we are doing now to Poland"
  • the lampooning of Hitler, who would say: "Heil myself"

To Catch A Thief (1955)

In Alfred Hitchcock's lightweight suspense thriller set on the French Riviera:

  • the opening police chase of cat burglar Robie (Cary Grant) photographed from the air
  • the seductive kiss offered by beautiful Frances (Grace Kelly) to Robie at her hotel room door
  • the drive and lunch-basket picnic scene with Frances' teasing question of Robie: "Do you want a leg or a breast?"
  • the exploding, orgasmic fireworks display occurring as white-gowned Frances seductively discussed the jewels around her neck before a kiss in the dark
  • the breakfast scene in which Frances' mother (Jessie Royce Landis) stubbed out her lighted cigarette in a fried egg yolk
  • the final costume ball sequence

To Die For (1995)

In director Gus Van Sant's thriller and media satire based, in part, on a real-life relationship and notorious incident in New Hampshire between a teacher (Pamela Smart) and her young lover/student (who was seduced into murdering the teacher's husband):

  • the character of icy blonde New Hampshire local TV weathercaster Suzanne Stone Maretto (Nicole Kidman) with her memorable words: "You aren't really anybody in America if you're not on TV"
  • her flashback trial - told Rashomon-style - for the murder of her sweet-natured but obstructive Italian-American bartender husband Larry Maretto (Matt Dillon) on their first anniversary
  • the sequence of her dancing in the rain to the tune of "Sweet Home Alabama"
  • and the scene of her taped interview when she defends the use of her maiden name for professional reasons
  • Suzanne's seduction of dim-witted infatuated loser high-school teen Jimmy (Joaquin Phoenix) to kill her husband
  • the film's final scene - punctuated by Donovan's tune "The Season of the Witch" -- Suzanne's off-screen death by a "Hollywood producer" (a cameo by director David Cronenberg) hired by her husband's father Joe (Dan Hedaya) (with Mafia connections)
  • her dead body in a lingering closeup under the ice of a frozen pond as Larry's sister Janice (Illeana Douglas) skated and performed twirls and pirouettes on the frozen lake (above the location of the frozen body) before the credits rolled

To Have And Have Not (1944)

In director Howard Hawks' adaptation (by William Faulkner) of an Ernest Hemingway novel:

  • the sizzling scenes between fishing boat skipper Harry Morgan or "Steve" (Humphrey Bogart) and the slinky, husky-voiced, young "Slim" (young 19 year-old Lauren Bacall in her film debut)
  • Slim's delivery of lines dripping with suggestive innuendo, such as "Anybody got a match?" and then while sitting on his lap and initiating kisses: "It's even better when you help" and the following obvious come-on as she left his room: "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together - and blow"
  • and the final tense showdown scene when Morgan lashed out at the authorities to secure Eddie's (Walter Brennan) release and safe passage for them and his boat: ("You're both gonna take a beating 'til someone uses that phone. That means one of you's gonna take a beating for nothin'. I don't care which one it is")

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

In director Robert Mulligan's great film adaptation (by Horton Foote) of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel:

  • the opening credits sequence of a child's toy box and flashbacked memories to 1930s Alabama
  • the porch scene in which lawyer-father Atticus Finch (Oscar-winning Gregory Peck) listened to his kids talking about their dead mother
  • Atticus' killing of a rabid dog on the street
  • his heroic defense in a hot courtroom trial of a black man (Brock Peters) wrongly accused of the rape of a white woman
  • the scene of the blacks in the balcony of the courtroom standing to respectfully honor the defeated lawyer with Rev. Sykes' (William Walker) words to Finch's six year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham): "Miss Jean Louise, stand up, your father's passin"
  • tomboy Scout's and ten year-old Jem's (Phillip Alford) scary walk home from a school pageant into the woods - and the vicious attack upon them
  • and Scout's discovery of demonized neighbor Mr. Arthur "Boo" Radley (Robert Duvall in his film debut) behind their bedroom door ("Hey, Boo") and the taking of her guardian angel's hand

To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

In director William Friedkin's crime-thriller:

  • the thrilling scene of the wrong-way freeway pursuit

Tom Jones (1963, UK)

In director Tony Richardson's Best Picture-winning, costumed historical adaptation of Henry Fielding's bawdy novel:

  • the numerous inventive cinematographic tricks (old-time movie techniques such as a silent opening with titles, sped-up sequences, freeze-frames, screen wipes, jump cuts, actors making asides to the audience, titles over dialogue scenes, etc.)
  • the film's notable, much-imitated, bawdy, extended-foreplay, primal food-eating dining sequence - a gluttonous multi-course dinner meal with erotically sexual overtones between lusty boyish rogue Tom Jones (Albert Finney) and Jenny Jones/Mrs. Waters (Joyce Redman) who was rumored to be his mother! - with meat, fruit, and oysters providing the aphrodisiac - it was a perfect combination of carnal sexual lust and food consumption
  • their multi-course dinner meal consisted of soup, drafts of ale, turkey, oysters, pears, and wine which they slurped, sucked, and tore into with gleeful and pleasurable abandon

Tombstone (1993)

In director George P. Cosmatos' western:

  • the scene of consumptive gunfighter Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) playing Chopin's Noctune #19 in E Minor on an old saloon piano
  • the competitive and acrobatic twirling pistol vs. coffee-cup scene between Johnny Ringo (Michael Biehn) and Doc Holliday
  • the deadly showdown under an oak tree between Ringo and Doc Holliday - when Ringo was surprised to be facing Holliday instead of Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell): (Ringo: "I didn't think you had it in you" Doc: "I'm your huckleberry..."); Holliday asserted: "Why Johnny Ringo. You look like somebody just walked over your grave...We started a game we never got to finish. Play for blood, remember?..And this time, it's legal" - he revealed his US Deputy Marshal's badge; after circling each other, Holliday drew quickly and blew a hole in Ringo's head before he staggered and fell down dead, then Holliday noted: "Poor soul. You were just too high strung" and placed his badge on the corpse's chest: "I'm afraid the strain was more than he could bear. Oh, I wasn't quite as sick as I made out"
  • the final and legendary shootout at the OK Corral in 1881 against the Cowboys, led by Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan (Bill Paxton) and Virgil (Sam Elliott)
  • Wyatt's reunion with Josephine (Dana Delany) ("May I have this dance?") to begin a new life with her, and concluding with the Narrator's (Robert Mitchum) off-screen words: "The power of the Cowboy Gang was broken forever. Ike Clanton was shot and killed two years later during an attempted robbery. Mattie died of a drug overdose shortly after she left Tombstone. Virgil and Allie Earp moved to California where Virgil, despite the use of only one arm, became a town sheriff. Wyatt and Josephine embarked on a series of adventures. Up or down, thin or flush, in 47 years, they never left each other's side. Wyatt Earp died in Los Angeles in 1929. Among the pallbearers at his funeral...were early western movie stars William S. Hart and Tom Mix. Tom Mix wept"

Tommy (1975, UK)

In the film dramatization of The Who's (and Peter Townshend) rock opera - a musical cult film by extravagant and excessive director Ken Russell:

  • the pulsating production number "The Pinball Wizard" during a pinball tournament in which 'deaf, dumb, and blind kid' pinball wizard Tommy Walker (Roger Daltry), defeated the champion Pinball Wizard (Elton John) who wore skyscraper shoes and glittering eye-glass goggles, and then sang: "See me, feel me. Touch me, heal me"
  • Tina Turner's famous, scintillating performance as The Acid Queen

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