Saturday, February 9, 2013

My All-time favorite Movie Scene



American Beauty 

I recently had a conversation with a friend in which our favorite all-time movie scenes were brought up. When my friend asked me about my all-time favorite movie scene, the answer came easily - the floating plastic bag scene in American Beauty.

American Beauty is by far my all-time favorite movie; and this scene is a perfect example of why. To set the scene up, Ricky (a troubled but fascinatingly deep individual) wants to show Jane (The girl he is falling in love with) the most beautiful thing he’s ever filmed.

One random autumn day, he saw a plastic bag floating in the wind and began filming.  He describes it as follows:

"It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in."

It’s the most powerful moment I've ever seen on film…

What’s your all-time favorite movie scene or scenes?

139 comments:

  1. As an irredeemable movie fanatic, I have too many favorite movies and far too many favorite scenes. It's impossible to pick one. At the moment I'm thinking of Bette Davis at the very end of "The Letter", walking in the moonlit garden and sensing that she's going to be killed.

    Another great - but decidedly Hollywood - scene is at the end of the mega-western "Duel in the Sun", when Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck have the long, dramatic shootout and kill each other in the desert.

    A truly classic scene is when Catherine (Merle Oberon) dies at the end of "Wuthering Heights".

    After I post this I'll think of dozens more......

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  2. This is a tough question because I love movies. I really like the last scene in 'Gone With The Wind.' When Rhett says' Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

    I also love the scene in 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof' when Brick and Big Daddy are alone in the basement, near the end of the movie and, both realize they do love each other!

    I could go on and on. I have so many. I hope you have a great weekend. My weekend is busy!

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  3. I know it may sound a bit odd but, do you know an animation film called "Up!" ?
    The love story of both...I think it is amazing and he was with her until death did them part. The most touching scene is when she passed away. I always cry in that part. And then, when he fulfilled her dream :)

    God bless**

    Si

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  4. That was a great scene and yeah I could never pick just one. Waaay too many for many as I've seen 1000's of movies with ease.

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  5. His perspective towards the thing sounds wonderful!

    My fav scene was from a Tamil film Mozhi (language) where the hero convey music to his deaf girlfriend, by placing her palms on speaker. The emotion the girl expressed to the beats sensed via palms was awe...

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  6. that is a very cool scene...its been a while since i saw that movie...thanks for bringing it back...hmm...hard to tell on fav scene..maybe something from when harry met sally...my fav line come from boiler room...

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  7. Probably for me is when Clark Gable says "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Great movie.

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  8. Favorite scene? Wow, don't know if I could narrow it down to one this quickly. (Although that would make a cool blogfest.) Offhand I can think of the moment in Inception when all of the levels are about to awake (and everything is moving in slow motion); or in Serenity when River goes crazy killing at the end and the doors open when she's done; or in Aliens during the fight between Ripley and the alien queen; or the final battle in LOTR's Return of the King.
    Yes, obviously I like action scenes!

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  9. I love that movie! I would have to think a bit on what my favorite movie scene is...I'll get back to you, lol.

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  10. That really was an all time awesome scene!

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  11. Field of Dreams.....from the opening moment to the last scene...but...if I had to pick one scene it would be when Doc saves the wee lass and then has to leave. "Hey Rookie...you were good." No matter how many times I watch it I have tears.

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  12. Hmmm - I'm not sure what my favorite scene is. I remember yours, and for some reason it comes to mind occasionally and I'm not really sure why...

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  13. The Joker interrogation in The Dark Knight, the chemical burn in Fight Club and the expectations / reality scene in 500 Days of Summer

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  14. I agree that this was a powerful scene coming from a quite complex character. I loved that movie too. How ironic that the only functional people in the neighborhood was the gay couple who all the others viewed as abnormal.

    My favorite scene of all times is a toss up between Matthew Broderick singing in the parade scene of Ferris Beuller or Meg Ryan faking an orgasm in the restaurant of When Harry Met Sally. Of course, the men crying over a war movie in Sleepless in Seattle is also up there!

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  15. I realize I've never really had a favorite movie scene... Is this weird? I do have a favorite movie and a few that I really like, but can't really tell what particular scene is a favorite somehow :S

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  16. I agree with most things you say my friend - but I do not like that movie at all! Sorry. Friends can have differences of opinions - right?

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  17. I haven't seen that movie. I'll have to check it out. So many movies, so many good scenes. One scene that my kids and I used to get a laugh out of (and it's not supposed to be a funny scene) was in "Another Thin Man" when Sheldon Leonard's character says to Nick Charles, "I can't honestly say that I've ever dreamed about you, or about your wife, or about your baby ... yet." We call that the baby yet scene. I also love the courtroom scene in "How to Murder Your Wife."

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  18. The scene where Danielle rescues Henry in Ever After :)

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  19. I'm thinking about "Marley & Me", I lost it-[my emotions], but I love it! I love it!

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  20. I have many fav scenes but there is a scene from a hindi movie' Kahaani' where a girl shoots the guy who once killed her lover...the scene is just so overwhelming.,.i love to watch it again n again ...n trust me everytime it makes me skip a beat...

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  21. Ferris Bueller museum scene, French Impressionism painting moment.

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  22. I haven't watched that movie but it does sound like a very touching moment. I can't really think of one particular scene, but some of my favourite scenes are the powerfully emotional ones.

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  23. I had completely forgotten about that scene, thanks for the lovely reminder :) There are many great movie moments that I love but the one that came to mind immediately was from Harold and Maude. He gives her an engraved coin that says Harold loves Maude. She thanks him for it and throws it in the river. When he looks at her she says "so I'll always know where it is".

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  24. I think of "Sixth Sense" when Bruce Willis finally realizes he's the ghost and not the guy helping the kid. Those moments in life that bring an epiphany that changes everything...I love that!

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  25. I could wax lyrically about a million art house movies that I have loved
    But I will settle for Shelley winters saving Gene Hack,an and the day in The Poseidon Adventure

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  26. Wow. I love the scene in "When Harry Met Sally" where Harry lists all the reasons that he loves Sally and they are all the "annoying" habits she has and then he says "The thing is, when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible," in only the way that Billy Crystal can deliver. (and I cry every time.)

    I also love the scene in "Peggy Sue Got Married" where she visits her dead grandparents.

    And I love "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," because there are no actual lines that make it great and Johnny Depp perfect for that role - it wasn't what he said, but the way he became Gilbert and you felt his desperation.

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  27. ohmygosh what a great message! And the best is that I can totally relate to this part "Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." :)

    I've never seen American Beauty... but now I'm definitely going to watch it!! Sounds like a movie I would really enjoy.

    Stephanie

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  28. My favorite scene and movie of all time is Cry of the Owl, with Julia Styles, the scene where she is dying on the ground in the snow behind her house and looking up at the tree branches and the endless white sky above them.

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  29. I don't actually watch many films, but would certainly like to see this one. A plastic bag dancing in the wind will never be the same again.

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  30. Never thought of this question........

    But I do remember the floating-about-bag scene.

    "Auntie"

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  31. So many...but the one that readily springs to mind is from the climatic scene in Zen Noir when the Master describes the worst day of his life. I played that scene when my mother was diagnosed terminal and when she died, as well as the day one of my best friends died. It kept me from screaming.

    http://youtu.be/UJ1XM7WGBxo

    "Are you going to freak out? Or eat orange? Pick one!"

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  32. I do love that movie, too. The last line is how I feel when I'm out in nature with my camera: "Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." I'm overcome emotionally at times.

    Hmmmm...my favorite movie scene...The Piano comes to mind right away. Holly Hunter's character playing the piano for her lover. So powerful!

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  33. My favorite scene, the one where Spock died, looks pretty measly by comparison.

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  34. I didn't appreciate American Beauty until I was much older. I think I was too young when it came out to see the beauty.

    This is a tough one. I love when Beetlejuice shucks the dust off the sleeves and says, "It's Showtime"... I love the scene in Ghost when Whoopi Goldberg freaks out at her reading and screams "Sam Wheat" when Patrick Swayze's ghost is taunting her... I love when the tub falls from the ceiling and Tom Hanks laughs hysetrical in The Money Pit...I love every scene Clark Gable is in during Gone With the Wind...

    My favorite scene I think is in Castaway when Tom Hanks character in the end is standing at the crossroad with the options of going back to his "wife" or the woman who was the recipient of the wings fed ex box. I have been at a crossroad in my life too many times to count. It is such a great pivotal scene where not a word is spoken. =)

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    1. This was filmed about 40 miles from where I live in Canadian Texas..a real live place!

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  35. I am glad I stopped by, I reallly appreciate that scene visually and viscerally. It sums it up so much for me and many people can relate in sharing the memory of watching something light dance on/in the wind. Is the wind only wind? Beautiful, thank you Keith.

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  36. I have a few favs. The first one that came to mind today though is the scene in the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice when Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth he loves her...sigh...

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  37. I have not seen that movie and the lines you quoted are exquisitely lovely that I am tempted to borrow and watch it this weekend ~

    I watched a lot of movies and I am moved by each one, so its hard to narrow it down to one scene ~ Wishing you a happy day ~

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  38. that's one of my favourites too, I'll need to have a think about some others!

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  39. I honestly don't know, I have watched and own so many films, but I am struggling to think of one specific scene. I think it would probably have to be one from Girl,Interrupted, maybe the one where Susanna and Lisa sing to Polly, but I'm not certain!

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  40. One of my favorites is in the film, Hook. "Granny" Wendy (Maggie Smith) greets the adult (and amnesiac) Peter Pan with the simple phrase, "Hello, Boy."

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  41. ahhh...yes American Beauty...the sensual roses falling scene. i don't really have favs, i love movies from all over like goonies, the lost boys, amadeus, dodgeball...like i said, i'm all over the map!

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  42. ok...let's just say that your goal was to cause us to think and discuss...me talking to two of my girl children...(son would say Top Gun..."That's right Ice Man..I'm dangerous!)

    Daughter peeps:

    Under the Tuscan Sun...falling down the side of the mountain to catch the lover
    Far and Away...robbers in the home snow falling outside the diamond windows

    Out of Africa...

    All time favorite...when Denys is washing Karen's hair and the cool clean water runs down her neck...omg...I could watch that over and over and over and over and over and over and over again

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  43. oooo...I thought of another...this shows my shallowness or love struck ness...

    Doc Hollywood

    when he's listening to the phone recording of the weather report in Grady..."cool breeze on a warm summer night" something along those lines

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  44. A scene that's stuck in my mind is from "Last of the Mohicans". At the waterfall, Alice steps off into space rather than be captured by Magua.

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  45. Am loving this. :) I was watching my favourite film, ''Amelie'', last night, and I just love that part when she is sitting with the old man who lives in the apartment below her. He is asking her about what he can do to make the girl in his painting fit in more. Amelie describes her own life, bit by bit. It's like art therapy before they knew of it. Eventually the old man realises and encourages her to open up, and be vulnerable to love, therefore finding her true strength. She finally admits to her feelings, and allows herself to fall for Nino! Such a sweet film that just reminds me of finding strength through vulnerability.

    Love the scene you described... :)

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  46. O love the last scene of "Lost in Tokio" I m not sure the name in english in spanish is Perdidos en Tokio, change my mind about Tokio and others things and love the movie:)

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  47. Love scene, I could never remember just one. My favorite love story is The Way We Were.

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  48. I love that movie and couldn't agree with you more.

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  49. I'm not sure I have one; I really don't watch that many movies. I am familiar with the scene you described, though, and I agree that it's absolutely beautiful.

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  50. I can't think of my all-time favorite, but here's a couple: in "Frequency" when the father and son finally really see each other after all the time warps end. And in "The Fugitive," when Harrison Ford is finally believed by the cops at the end.

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  51. My daughter is sick. When she gets better I will think of a movie.

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  52. I forgot what a great movie that was. I need to watch it again!

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  53. That was a great movie, great scene. I don't know if I can pick a favorite. I used to be such a movie buff but not so much now as vampires and zombies don't have the appeal. The bit-part actors seem to appeal to me as Maria Ouspenskaya in the "Mortal Storm" and Cloris Leachman in "The Women."

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  54. I know during our brief interchange about movie scenes, I mentioned the tilt-a-whirl scene at the end of AB, but I have many "favorites". The first that came to mind here was the scene in As Good as it Gets, when gay artist Simon attempts to sketch a surreptitious drawing of (slightly prudish) Carol as she runs her bathwater in the hotel room. When she notices him painting her, she moves her towel and strikes a more flattering pose, which obviously impresses Simon. I loved the power and beauty of femininity (that can even be appreciated by a gay man) presented by this scene in a sensual yet non-sexual manner.

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  55. Hm Hm. Movies. To be honest I don't have a favorite scene. I never thought of one. I actually have a funky taste in movies. I like good movies but then I like what people have categorized as Independent movies. Such as, Running with Scissors and Foxfire. I like those. I still haven't figured out why. They do involve about being gay, but it's not that of what draws me to them. Something else and I can't put my finger on it.

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  56. My Ex Wife hated "American Beauty" with a passion. I on the other hand thought it was wonderful. My favourites: the usual I suppose. "Bigger boat" from Jaws. Ben Stiller trying to ask out Cameron Diaz in "Something about Mary." Any scene in "The Artist" with Berenice Bejo in it. Richard Dreyfuss at the railway crossing in "Close Encounters." The last 60 seconds of "Saw."

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  57. I'm not much of a movie person, but if I had to chose, I'd choose Philadelphia...

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  58. I have to say I loved that scene too but my own choice is a little corny but it always brings tears - it is the scene from The Dead Poets Society when Robin Williams has to leave the school and the boys all stand and say 'Captain, my Captain' - I know, I know - very sentimental but it always chokes me up.

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  59. Hi Keith:)
    I agree with you about The American Beauty film,.. have seen it twice already and enjoyed the acting and dialogue. It's also funny and sensitive, and the scene of the floating bag is mesmorizing.

    I can't think of any particular line in a film, but as a film buff, enjoy any film with De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Russel Crow and Meral ofcourse.

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  60. From the movie Cold Mountain. Ada (Nicole Kidman) says to Inman (Jude Law): I brought you this book... and this photo. I'm not smiling in it. I don't know how to do that...
    Or an all time classic line from the movie Sideways: "We're not drinking any effing Merlot!!!".

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  61. Great choice!!!

    My favourite movie scene? Well I have so many but I'll pick one of the top of my silly head: the death scene between Mr Spock and Captain Kirk. "I have been, and always shall be, your friend."

    Grab the tissues now! Take care
    x

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  62. "Mary and Max" has many powerful scenes but the last one tore my heart apart. I cried like a baby. Here's a review I wrote on my blog about this unique movie:
    http://juliahoneswritinglife.blogspot.com/2011/12/different-kind-of-movie-mary-and-max.html

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  63. Oh, yes, and I agree with Elaine's choice on The Dead Poets Society. That is the other movie scene that came to my mind...

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  64. I was also struck dumb by the power of that scene in American Beauty. An amazing scene in an amazing movie.

    Mercurious

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  65. One of my favorites: the scene near the end of Inception, when the entire plot solidifies and the different time layers fall like dominoes.

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  66. My favorite scene is from the movie: Amélie. She steels a Garden Gnome from her Dad's garden. Amélie gives the Gnome to a flight attendant; to take it around the world. It's photographed everywhere she goes. Her Dad realizes that life is too short to stay in one play. He decides towards the end of the movie to travel himself.

    I also like the scene in the same movie where Amélie finds out there's a whole in the wall. She finds a box filled with memory, childhood things. She decides to find the boy, which was a man and give him the box. Seeing his expression when he got the box was amazing. He decided to pay kindness forward.

    The scene you like reminds me of this song: http://youtu.be/BK30r_SIZ-g

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  67. I have never seen the movie, but you make it sound intriguing. I guess my favorite scene is when Kurt Russell walks through the shooting on Tombstone. Or the scene in The Notebook when you realize he's gone to live in the assisted facility home by choice. On a funnier note, my favorite light-moment scene is when Hulk punches Thor in the new Avengers movie, and I'm not even a violent person (and I don't dislike Thor), lol.

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  68. For me, it has to be the opening scene in "Regeneration" where a naked WW1 traumatised soldier is sitting in the middle of a forest and howling like an animal. All around him, small dead mammals hang from the trees.
    It is absolutely Soul-searing.
    It certainly isn't easy viewing, but I will never ever forget it, nor the impact it had on my understanding of what horrors these unfortunate boys were forced to endure.

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  69. this movie was so odd, but i loved it. Even though Kevin Spacey can sometimes play the most disturbed characters, especially in Se7en, I think he is a very talented and captivating actor. The most powerful movie scene for me? In Cashback, as the girl the main artist fell in love with is looking at all of the painting and drawings he made of her while he froze time.

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  70. Seeing beauty in the little things brings out the dreamer of our imagination. There are times that we must become as little children. Jesus said that in fact, that we must come to God as little children with blind faith and love.

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  71. For me it was the scene in Fried Green Tomatoes (I think it was) where Kathy Bates and another driver feuded over a parking space. The other driver said something like she was younger and faster. Kathy Bates (in her role) drove into that car saying "I'm older and have more money." May not be exact, but I love that scene!!

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  72. Hmm, I'm not sure what my all-time favorite movie scene is. I'd have to think about that for a while. Nice post.

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  73. Wow, that's tough. I'm a huge movie lover, and can't even pick my fave movie. I have watched Briget Jone's Diary so many times, I know it almost by heart.

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  74. I had never even heard of this movie until I had to watch it in my film class in college.

    I fell in love with it, and with Kevin Spacey.

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  75. it's so beautifully written, that little passage.

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  76. It's funny that you mention this plastic bag scene. I remember it well and was fascinated by it at the time - I, of course, forgot about it until now!

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  77. Hi Keith! I loved that scene from American Beauty. I have enjoyed many, many memorable movies, and it is impossible to pick one. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is my all time favorite as a series. I have to say that when I saw the beginning of Star Trek: the Motion Picture Picture that came out in 1979, I cried because I was so happy to see the Enterprise again. The panning of the Enterprise went on for minutes, and I was thrilled. And that reminds me of Jurassic Park when the t-rex attacked the kids in the jeep. I am an amateur paleontologist, so I was thrilled and terrified the first time I saw that, and every time since!

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  78. ahh, i've actually never seen american beauty! yet another movie to add on my to-watch list! x

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  79. No too many films have impressed me but I will say I agree with your choice! Unforgettable!

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  80. Excellent scene! My favorite movie scene is when George Bailey see's what life is like without him. Powerful!!

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  81. Hi Keith,

    I am most familiar with that moment in the movie. A floating plastic bag, floating freely and waywardly. And doth, I am a wandering spirit, travelling discreetly in the background of the blogging community and embracing the simple beauty this world has to offer.

    When the little boy says "goodbye" to the aliens in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." That touches my heart.

    Peace be with you, with all of us.

    Gary

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  82. Excellent, excellent scene! I hadn't thought of that in a long time, and I'm glad you brought me back to it. I'm going to have to watch it again soon.

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  83. I have lots of favourite scenes but the one that jumped straight into my head was in "Men in Tights". It's when Blinkin (who is blind) is having a sword fight with what he thinks is an enemy but it is actually a tree. When he is finished the tree is getting to look like a toothpick. It is hilarious - I laugh so much I usually have to stop the DVD to wipe the rears away!!
    Thank you so much for dropping by my blog.

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  84. This isn't very intellectual, but I like the restaurant scene in When Sally Met Harry.

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  85. Mine is the scene in Love Actually where Emma Thompson's character realizes that her husband is cheating on her. The first time I saw it, it took my breath away. Emma captured the moment perfectly.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Always makes my day to have a new visitor.

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  86. One of my favorite movies is "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter." It's a pretty old black and white. The ending scene with the girl in the graveyard was quite touching.

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  87. I loved Frida...especially the scene where she was drinking and dancing and almost seemed happy. The whole movie was beautifully done, I've seen it a ka-jillion times ♥

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  88. Wow. Tough call, but one scene that comes to mind is from near the end of the movie "An Affair to Remember" when Deborah Kerr tells Cary Grant, "I was looking up... it was the nearest thing to Heaven." Kills me every time.

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  89. now I want to watch the movie again..

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  90. I've not seen American Beauty, maybe I should. I rarely take time to watch a movie but there are some great ones around - too hard to choose....

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  91. It look me a little while to think of a movie moment that is my favourite. It would have to be the ending of the movie Vanilla Sky, when they are standing on top of the skyscraper because at that point the whole movie makes sense.
    American beauty is a great movie, the plastic bag scene is really remarkable.

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  92. I love this scene too. I have way too many to list but the film for me that has the most scenes that I really like is Amelie.

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  93. Film is a wonderful medium. I am a big lover of The Shining-maybe not my favorite movie--but so many good moments

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  94. Just saw 56 Up and posted about it on my blog. I love all the 7 Up documentary movies. A film crew in Britain started filming a group of youngsters lives from the age of 7 and they are now 56! I love the scenes when they are kids talking about what they want to do when they grow up. They are so sure of themselves and many end up doing what they say they will do. Highly recommend!!!!

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  95. One of my favorite scenes is in Scent of a Woman when they dance the tango and also the closing speech.

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  96. A real thought-provoking post, Keith. I must be honest in saying that I really can't think of a favourite moment in any movie, but I have enjoyed reading the comments here.

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  97. I don't think I can choose a favorite scene. The best I can do is pick a favorite movie. Serenity is amazing from start to finish.

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  98. my fav scene is from a movie "Peaceful Warrior"..
    when a teacher explains that it not destination but journey that gives us most happiness

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  99. I love all Alan Ball shows. That scene from American Beauty is typically him.

    My scene has to be the grape stomping and kissing scene from A Walk In The Clouds. It's a powerful scene on attraction and passion. It sort of reminds me of how it feels to be carefree and playful and to be attracted to someone beyond your control.
    :)

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  100. The music that goes with the scene is great as well.

    On a different note - I love the scene in Aliens where Ripley asks all the corporate stuff shirts around the table "Did IQ's drop sharply while I was away" - given the types of decision making we see today it kind of resonates with me!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  101. My favorite is Home alone 1 and all the scenes of this lovely movie
    Aunt Mary
    easyway1234.blogspot.in

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  102. Too many to list- but I love yours..to me it is about noticing the life around you, instead of being self-absorbed all the time.

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  103. That was a cool scene. There are so many excellent scenes. But I guess, if I had to pick one, it would have to be the ending of Usual Suspects, where the detective finally puts all the details together and realizes he had Sose in his office the whole time, and then Verbil Kent is seen walking outside, and the progression of his steps, going from his characters limp to a normal gait. Great ending scene. But again, there are so many. The ending fight scene in Kick-Ass is another excellent scene where Hit-Girl goes ballistic or perhaps a number of quality scenes from Shawshank Redemption or the Green Mile. Excellent post, lots of great responses as well.

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  104. Fascinating post and choice. My choice would be High Noon and from it I would have to pick out the song Do Not Forsake me. This (film and song) made a tremendous impression on me at a vulnerable point in my youth. I doubt anything will ever replace them.

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  105. You're right. That's such a lovely scene...and a wonderful (though dark) movie. I can think of so many movies with scenes I love...Spanglish, Dan in Real Life...oh and The Hours with Meryl Streep...love that one!

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  106. Wow... I haven't seen American Beauty but now it's top on my list. I need to think about this one... (good question!)

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  107. I like your favorite movie scene, simple yet there's deep meaning into it. I can't really think of favorite scene right now. I love all the movies except horror one.

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  108. Favorite movie of all time is Urban Cowboy. 2nd is Closer. I understand why this may confuse people.

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  109. Re;The American Beauty Bag......Me Too! I found it strangly moving...but could never understand /explain just why......And (I'm sure) It only works in the context of the movie...saying that it would have been even better had Jennifer Aniston's head been inside it....

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  110. Wow, lots of great picks here! I'd have to either go with the ending of Napoleon Dynamite, where they start a pickup game of tetherball (I think it just pulled together the overarching theme of friendship and understanding), or the scene in 'Up' where he discovers his wife's notebook of their adventures (oh my goodness, I cried like a baby!)

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  111. I remember that scene from American Beauty as well, what I liked the most about it is that it probably encouraged many people to take a look around, at the most obvious things in every day, and see them in a new light.

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  112. Great movie! I don't think I can pinpoint any one favorite scene. There are just too many. Some of my favorite movies that have powerful scenes- Stand By Me, The Notebook and Armageddon.

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  113. There is a film entitled 180 Degrees South
    and within this adventurous mountain climbing film is a scene where the older man and the yourg man fail to reach a summit. The beauty of the moment and the older man's words never fail to inspire me in my life's adventure. I highly recommend this film.

    Described by Netflix:
    Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard's freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out -- in 2007, by boat -- to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia -- a region that's still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.

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  114. Oh I forgot to mention- the film Auntie Mame is one of my all time favs since I was a teenager.
    My favorite scene is when Auntie Mame (played by Rosalind Russell) says " Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death."
    Again an inspirational "ah hah" moment for me.

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  115. I have to admit, when I saw this movie I totally didn't get that scene! But I was much younger, and I need to watch it again. Some things you can't truly appreciate until you are a bit older.

    The scene that comes to mind for me is much less serious! One of my favorite movies is Zoolander, and I love the scene where they all yell "Orange mocha frappucinos!" and there's a montage where they start a gasoline fight. Hilarious.

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  116. whoa, i have never seen american beauty, but it sounds amazing!!!!

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  117. I don't watch allot of movies, we just don't go to the theater any more, and living very rural not practical to rent a movie and now that I think about it I don't think we even live near where we could rent a movie-lol I use to purchase movies but now I wait to see what I can find on the tv.
    someone mentioned the Notebook and I really loved that movie I watched it several times already. I searched out the author Nicholas Sparks and have started to read his books.
    One of my favorite movies is Last of the Mohicans. I always liked that part when they were standing behind a waterfall and the lead character (Daniel Day Lewis) decided it was best for the saftey of the women if the men left.(the enemy was coming) He says to his lady-stay strong, I will find you, no matter how long it will take I will find you. that scene always got me-and I think that line has been repeated more than once in different movies-but I love it in this movie

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  118. I remember that movie and that scene, I can see why you picked this one. A modern classic.

    I'd have to say Casablanca, the ending...never tired of that golden oldie. Here's looking at you kid...ah Boogie, that don't make stars like that anymore.

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  119. I am not much of a movie watcher....but I could fall in love and make that paper bag blowing in the wind my favorite...I can totally relate to it.

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  120. wow how beautiful. ive never seen american beauty, my most powerful scenes are the kissing scene in the rain in the notebook and titanic... when jack dies lol. cheesy yes but so powerful. i cry every time x

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  121. LOVE THAT scene in American beauty. I totally get it.

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  122. Yes, yes, and a thousand times yes!!! That, too, is my favourite scene in American Beauty. I'm too old now for "favourite movie scenes". I prefer to think of moments of pure beauty when everything in a film comes together and you're left with the feeling that what you've experienced is not going to return in the same form ever again. So, you'd better hold on to that memory forever. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  123. Awesome! I love American Beauty (really need to buy that film), love Kevin Spacey. I'd really like to write my own blog post about this -- do you mind? And I'll link back to this post of course.

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  124. I didn't care for the movie too much, but I really did like this scene. It never got away from me after I first saw it.

    As for my favorite movie scene, I'll have to ponder that. I have so many movies that I love, but I've never narrowed anything down to a favorite scene before.

    I also wanted to thank you for visiting my blog. It's always nice to hear that someone enjoys what I write.

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  125. Oh, wow. Favorite movie scene... I would have to think about that for awhile. When I read the question I immediately thought of two TV show scenes, but not movie scenes.

    I haven't seen American Beauty but it's on my list.

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  126. My all time favorite movie scene is a very sad one for me... lol.

    It comes from the movie... 'The Way We Were'... the ending of this movie gets me every single time I watch it... I even watched it in French once... I have seen it maybe 50 times...

    My thoughts have changed about it over the years... at first I used to think... why can't Katie and Hubble be together...? they loved each other so much. It is now in a place that I don't think Hubble deserved Katie... but the ending when she brushes the hair out of his eyes and they hug after not seeing each other for years... always tears me apart:)

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  127. I don't watch movies as much as I used to but on New Year's Eve my middle daughter and I went to see Les Miserables with my mother. I believe Ann Hathaway singing "I dreamed a dream" is one of the finest moments in movie history EVER. Not perfect but raw, gritty, real, and very beautiful.

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  128. Even though the movie was a little "kitchy" and not exactly a classic, there was a scene in Peggy Sue Got Married where she went back into her family home as an adult who had once again become her teenage self. She comes into her family home and there is her mom, and her sister and her teenaged self's bedroom.Every time I see this homecoming scene in this movie, it makes me cry. She knows what she knows in the present time as an adult with children of her own, but is now back in the past. She wonders if she would change some of the things she did back then that have affected her entire life. Oh how I wish I could go back and talk to my mom again, and make some life decisions knowing what I know now. Many of us make the most important choices and decisions of our entire lives when we are inexperienced, hard headed. overly hormonally-driven teenagers.

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  129. What a fun topic!!! I'm late to the game but I love the last scene in Before Sunset. LOVE IT. But there's also a scene in A Single Man which is so.so beautiful to me. I posted about it actually (http://www.audreygoeslocal.blogspot.com/2010/08/single-man.html). The last scene in The Way We Were is also gripping ~ so much so that my dog is named Hubbell. He's just as gorgeous as Robert Redford!!! Ha.

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  130. This is one of my all time favourite movie scenes too! It's so painfully beautiful

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  131. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POxMp61Ksbk

    This will never ever ever be beaten ever.

    If you dislike this your childhood was not fulfilled.

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