10 Movie Scenes That Live Rent-Free In Fans’ Minds, According To Reddit

While there are countless movie moments that fans will quickly live and forget, there are those special scenes that will stick with them forever. These moments help show audiences what movies are capable of and how they can deliver a truly memorable experience.

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Some of these moments have shocked and disturbed fans. Some put them on the edge of their seat. And some filled them with a sense of wonder they can fondly recall even decades later. No matter how long, these unforgettable movie moments remain forever in the minds of fans.

ten Woody and Buzz chase the truck – Toy Story (1995)


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For a large part of toy story, Woody and Buzz found themselves at odds, only to form a true friendship in the final act. And their best moment together comes as they desperately chase Andy’s moving truck so they don’t become lost toys.

Driving a remote-controlled car and using a rocket to speed them down the road, the sequence helped usher in the new era of Pixar-led animated films. Actually, Redditor BlaineAllen felt the sequence was one of the best in Pixar “and animated films” in general.

9 Farm Scene – Inglourious Basterds (2009)


Opening of Inglourious Basterds

While most war movies get their thrills from big battle sequences, Inglourious Basterds captivated audiences with an extended dialogue scene more intense than most action epics. The opening scene features Nazi officer Hans Landa as he visits a French farm in search of hidden Jews.

Audiences were captivated by the scene which features some of Quentin Tarantino’s best writing and keeps the suspense going for so long. Editor Tom Waters hailed it as “one of the most intense opening scenes”.


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8 In the Cellar – Zodiac (2007)


Jake Gyllenhaal in Zodiac

Although David Fincher Zodiac is a tragically overlooked true crime thriller, this gripping scene stuck in the minds of many fans. As Robert Graysmith investigates various details of the Zodiac Killer murders, he finds himself meeting a man only to begin to feel increasingly insecure as the meeting progresses.

The scene leads Robert into the man’s basement as he hears footsteps above as the man says there is no one else in the house. It’s a masterful thriller sequence that a redditor admitted “scared me so much”.


7 Luke Vs Vader – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)


Few franchises have delivered as many iconic moments as the star wars saga. With so many beloved scenes, there is still one that immediately comes to mind for most fans, which is the confrontation between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back.

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After failing to come face to face in the first movie, this confrontation comes with huge anticipation. From the endless combat to Vader’s hulking figure to the famous twist reveal, a redditor shared that they “still have a thrill” like many other fans.


6 Knife Fight – Saving Private Ryan (1998)


Mellish about to be stabbed in Saving Private Ryan

While the opening epic battle sequence in Saving Private Ryan is iconic on its own, many fans point out that this moment of smaller-scale violence is even more intense. During the climatic and chaotic combat, Private Mellish finds himself in a brutal close combat with a Nazi soldier.

The pair desperately attempt to kill the other before they themselves are killed, eventually fighting over a knife to end it all. In a movie with such great moments, Redditor galaxy_cactus remembers this scene because it is “so slow and personal”.


5 Opening Getaway – Drive (2011)


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The detective thriller Conduct stars Ryan Gosling as a stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. His skills in the latter job are proven in the film’s opening scene as he leads a team of criminals following a job.

The grounded and gripping scene is very different from most movie car chases because it puts the audience in the car with Gosling’s character. It is sometimes stealthy and sometimes fast, keeping viewers on their toes. Editor yogurt chef claimed that they “instantly fell in love with the movies” after watching this scene.


4 The Death of Roy Batty – Blade Runner (1982)


Roy Batty

Although Harrison Ford is making headlines blade runner, Roy Batty feels like the main character in many ways. The replicant is presented as the antagonist, seeking revenge against its creators who condemned it to death. But Roy cements himself as a tragic figure in his incredible final scene.

As he nears the end of his life, Roy shows his humanity after saving Rick Deckard. He then launches into a beautiful monologue about the life he lived and the memories he lived and which will now fade. Editor SchopenhauersSons found the “moment when he just accepts his own end” to be extremely powerful.




3 A Whole New World – Aladdin (1992)


Aladdin and Jasmine - A Whole New World

Some say the greatest era of Disney animation came in the late 80s and early 90s and Aladdin was one of the films that helped earn that reputation. And in the magical adventure, it was this unforgettable musical moment that helped make it a classic.

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The song “A Whole New World” is performed as Aladdin takes Jasmine on a flying carpet. Along with the beautiful song, the sequence shows the kind of enchantment that animated films can offer. Editor tocilog hailed it as “the pinnacle of Disney’s mushy romantic duo.”


2 The Bowling Scene – There Will Be Blood (2007)


Daniel and Paul in There Will Be Blood

by Paul Thomas Anderson there will be blood was hailed as one of the best films of the 21st century. The brilliant tale of ambition and greed reaches a shocking conclusion as Daniel Plainview takes on his former Rial Eli Sunday in his bowling alley.

Years of hatred between the men turns into an intense, compelling and deadly final conversation. Led by the impressive performance of Daniel Day-Lewis, a redditor felt “this ending is perfect.”


1 Attack of the T-Rex – Jurassic Park (1993)


Alan Grant lures Rexy the T-Rex with a flare into Jurassic Park

Steen Spielberg delivered one of the biggest blockbuster films of all time with jurassic park and it’s a film that, for all fans, remains as entertaining as when it first came out. And while the real magic of the film is shown in the sequence in which the T-Rex breaks loose.

From the progressive and intense buildup to the jaw-dropping revelation to the heart-pounding action, it’s a glorious cinematic success. Editor BaronVonRuthless91 that the sequence alone “would have made this an instant classic” regardless of the rest of the film.

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