43 acclaimed film scenes in cinemas

A while back, I rounded up some of the most heartwarming moments in cinema, and there were so many great submissions from the BuzzFeed Community in the comments! So now I’m back with another 43 scenes so good people literally clapped when they saw them in the cinema.

FRONT SPOILERS, of course.


In Jawswhen Brody blew up the shark:

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“Once in a while this old theater in my town plays old movies. I’ve seen Jaws there several times, and each time the shark exploded, the whole theater erupted in cheers and applause.”


“When Roy Scheider finally hits the nitrogen bottle, he’s stuck in that shark’s teeth with the second or third hit and blows that 24 footer to kingdom come.”



In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, when Luke blew up the Death Star:


star wars digital re-release in the 90s – when the Death Star blew up, the whole theater went crazy.”



In Gladiator, when Maximus revealed his identity:

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In The Shawshank takeover, when Andy escaped from the pipe in the rain:


In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, when Sam carried Frodo up Mount Doom:

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“A good the Lord of the Rings one in my opinion is when Sam said, “I can’t carry it for you…but I can carry you!” Then picked up Frodo. I thought that scene was powerful.”


The speech “Freedom” in Brave heart:

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“So I think we can all agree that Mel Gibson the man did cancel himself, but, that aside, the ‘freedom’ scene of Brave heart is one of the most poignant moments in cinematic history.”



In Air Force One, when President Marshall pushed Egor out of the plane:

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In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, when Ron and Hermione finally kissed:

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It was a long time coming – literally nearly a decade – and I screamed my 17-year-old heart out when it finally happened.


In The Color Purple, when Célie stood up to her husband:


In marine cookie, when Seabiscuit took the lead in his last race:

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“The whole theater clapped and clapped. It was really great.”



In Dead Poets Societywhen the students stood at their desks and recited “Oh Captain, My Captain”:

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In Titanic, when Rose spat in Cal’s face:

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In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, when Aslan came back to life:

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“My class is watching The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe every year, and they never fail to cheer when Aslan comes back to life.”



In Rocky IV, when Rocky beat Ivan Drago:

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In Snakes on a plane, when Samuel L. Jackson uttered his signature phrase:

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“B-movies are the best movies to watch with an audience.”



In The Rise of Skywalker, when they found Lando:


“I cheered so much when Rey, Finn and the others found Lando!”

—Shahbano Malik


And in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, when Lando came with reinforcements:


I know this movie is divisive, but I still love this moment.


In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, when Éowyn slew the Witch-King:

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“Nothing will ever top the ‘I AM NO MAN’ scene in LOTR for me.”



In The revenge of a blonde, when Elle caught Chutney lying and made him admit the truth:


In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when Umbridge asked Harry for help when the centaurs took her away, and Harry said the line she had used against him the whole movie:


In Notebook, when Noah and Allie finally kissed again:


When Truman left the set at the end of The Truman Show:


In Sleep with the enemy, when Laura called 911 and then shot Martin, her ex-husband and attacker:


In My cousin Vinywhen Mona Lisa proved, using her knowledge of the car, that Bill and Stan couldn’t have committed the murder:

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Literally one of the most satisfying and badass movie moments ever.


When everyone is home Avengers: Endgame:


You know I had to include this one.


When Molly killed Bellatrix after trying to kill Ginny in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2:


In Wonderwoman, When Diana entered no man’s land:


In Once upon a time in Hollywood when Rick killed Sadie with a flamethrower:

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“Everyone was cheering and clapping when Leo got the flamethrower back! »



In Robocop, when Robocop killed Jones, then OCP’s General Manager asked for his name, to which Robocop replied, “Murphy”:


In The black Knight, when Batman overturned Joker’s truck:


In Independence Day, when the dog jumped away from the explosion:

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“The whole theater cheered when the dog was able to jump through the door and escape the fire by Independence day. It’s been over 20 years, but it’s still the only movie I’ve seen where the whole theater cheered.”



In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, when Pippin lit the beacons:

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“This is actually one of my favorite scenes: the lighting of the beacons, the buildup of Aragorn seeing the beacons, Théoden pausing as he plans to help Gondor… Damn awesome. “



When George McFly knocks out Biff in Back to the future:


When Inigo killed Count Rugen in The princess to be married:


In dream girls, when Effie sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”:

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“The performance of this song by Jennifer Hudson gave me CHILLS. My parents saw dream girls on Broadway with Jennifer Holliday, and they said that Jennifer Hudson was the only one who could have brought that power back to the screen. It was amazing.”

—walk in space


In The black Knight, when Batman came out of nowhere as the Joker threatened Rachel:


When Ellen voiced that iconic line in Aliens:


In Independence Day, when the president gave his speech:

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“It’s getting old on me, but… well. I loved the president’s speech in the original Independence Day.”


“This might be one of my favorite monologues of all time.”



In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Hermione punched Malfoy:


In The American President, when Andrew gave his speech:

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The American President speaking (yes, I’m a millennial old) always always cheers me up internally. “I am Andrew Shepherd, and I AM the President!” To hell with Aaron Sorkin for making me believe in decent people and politicians!”



When Leia appeared on screen in RogueOne:


In Sufficient, when Slim killed her abusive husband:

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“In Sufficient when she finally gets to stand up to her abusive husband and wins before it cuts her off on her way to a new life with her daughter and partner.”

—slytherin shark


And finally, literally just the opening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope:


“The only time I heard loud applause in a movie theater was during the re-release of Star Wars Ep. IV. The theater goes dark, and the music starts, and it’s pandemonium. I cried a little. It gives me goosebumps to think about it! So sad that was probably the last time anyone felt that way about Star Wars.


What movie moments always lift your spirits? Let us know in the comments!

Andrea G. Henderson