20 iconic movie scenes


So here’s a list of some of the great scenes from some of the great movies.  A number of these are so iconic they would be in almost any list, though some are personal to me, for which I make no apology, though to say they are my favourite might change with my mood.  That The Third Man finishes top of the list may not be any surprise, but the fact that I couldn’t choose between three utterly brilliant moments

What would your list include though?

20. Apocalypse Now: “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”

19. American Beauty: opening monologue

18. Saving Private Ryan – Ohama beach

17. Life of Brian – “What have the Romans ever done for us?”

16. The Usual Suspects: Keyser Soze (spoiler!)


15. Pulp Fiction: Ezekiel 25:17


14. The Conversation – opening scene

13.  All About Eve: “Fasten your seatbelt”

12.  Lost in Translation: whisper

11. Italian Job:  “You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”

10. Psycho: shower scene

9. 2001: HAL’s death

8. Brief Encounter: final scene

7. Casablanca: Marseillaise scene

6. Amadeus:  Writing the Confutatis

5. Frost/Nixon:  Nixon’s confession

4. The Godfather – Respect

3. Citizen Kane: Rosebud

2. Some Like it Hot: “Well…nobody’s perfect!”

1. The Third Man:

a) Harry Lime’s appearance

b) Cuckoo clock speech

c) Last scene





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