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There's nothing like kicking back, scarfing down some butter popcorn, and watching a great movie. Know what I mean? Me? I've loved watching movies since as I was ye' high. My dad always had access to popular films on VHS, and the local Magic Johnson Theater down the street from my house was where I'd catch all the major releases.
And I especially love watching great movie scenes. You know, those epic parts of a movie that pull you in with rich dialogue, superb acting, dramatic shifts of story, or heart-pumping surprises that'll keep you on the edge of your seat.
And sure, there are plenty of brilliantly made movie scenes out that've been done since the dawn of cinema, but for me, there are only 5 that I consider my all-time favorite. So, check out my top 5 favorite movie scenes of all-time:
#5. BAD BOYS – CHASE SCENE
C’mon, you all remember that one scene in Bad Boys when Will Smith chases down the bad guys throughout the streets of Miami, saves Martin Lawrence just in the knick of time before some gangsters run him over with a taxi, and as Will and Martin stand the camera rotates around them at a low angle.
Yep. That's just one of the most iconic cinematic shots of all time! And even after 20+ years of its release, I’d say that the chase sequence in Bad Boys is still the top movie moment I’d be willing to recreate if I was handed over a large pile of cash and said to shoot any scene I’d like. What scene would you recreate?
Check out the clip of Bad Boys here.
#4. TRAINING DAY – CHESS, NOT CHECKERS
Denzel Washington is the man, He killed it in Glory, proved himself above and beyond the rest in Malcolm X, and nailed his Academy Award winning role as ruthless L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris in Training Day.
And the scene I actually enjoyed most from the film isn't the infamous 'King Kong' moment towards the end that everybody loves; rather, it's the exchange between his character, Alonzo, and Officer Hoyt in the car after shooting Roger and jacking him for his cash. Remember? When he tried to convince Hoyt that Roger's death was actually a good thing?
Denzel’s performance--bravo, just ... bravo. Can you name a better actor of our generation?
Check out the clip of Training Day here.
#3. CRIMSON TIDE – RELIEF OF COMMAND
Ah, Crimson Tide--one of those rare movies that brought together a phenomenal cast whose characters were thrust into a tense situation set in just one location nearly 95% of the film.
Lets put it in laments terms: Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman are commanders aboard a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine. Chaos ensues when the trigger-happy commanding officer Captain Frank Ramsey, played by Hackman, and his new, thoughtful executive officer Lieutenant Ron Hunter, played by Washington, fail to compromise on a decision to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the Russian Federation. Sound’s intense, right? And why does it seem like Denzel is always getting into it with the Russians?
There are a number of scenes meant to setup the clash of personalities between the two, but the most powerful scene occurs when Lieutenant Hunter effectively relieves Captain Ramsey from command.
E-P-I-C. The scene has all the build-up, suspense, cut-away reactions, shouting, intense dialogue, and superb acting that one movie buff could ever ask for, and it's dished out by two top tier, well respected actors in Hollywood. Enough said.
Check out the clip of Crimson Tide here.
#2. THE MATRIX – NEO IS THE ONE
Remember 1999’s blockbuster hit The Matrix? Wait, of course you do! The Matrix was that sh**! It was thee groundbreaking sci-fi, action packed film that sparked 2 sequels, a number of parodies, and had everyone wishing they could dodge bullets with ease.
Everybody wanted to be “The One,” and we knew that we wanted to be “the one” when we watched Neo raise from the dead and stop a barrage of bullets speeding towards him with the stroke of his hand.
This was that moment. We watched Neo journey from a dull and meaningless reality into an unknown world full of odd truths, challenges, wickedness, and serious doubt, only to emerge as a champion. He recognized it, and we felt it, and that’s what made it thoroughly good!
Check out the clip of The Matrix here.
#1. INDEPENDENCE DAY – GRAND CANYON CHASE
Independence Day is my favorite film of all time. As a kid, watching American lead humanity to kick alien ass was just too spectacular of an experience. Plus, Independence Day not only contained some pretty mind-blowing special effects that were way ahead of its time, but it also had a widely diverse cast, some comedic elements, and included my favorite actor at the time, Will Smith, from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” playing a major hero integral to story’s course of events.
Speaking of Will Smith, you want to know the best scene in Independence Day? It's when he flies his F-16 aircraft through the Grand Canyon, deploys his plane’s rear parachute, pops out, and forces the alien aircraft chasing him to crash. Then, after landing safely, he cockily walks over to the alien craft, opens its door, punches the alien square in the “jaw” and shouts, “Welcome to Earth!” and “Now that's what I call a close encounter!” Brilliant!
I remember seeing the scene for the first time, too. It was jam-packed, and every moviegoer in the audience was clapping, cheering, and jumping out of their seats at Will’s antics.
There, on the screen, was not just my favorite actor at the time, but also someone who looked liked me, talked like me, and was saving the world in the coolest way possible. I watched it, I loved it, and I thought it was pure ecstasy.
Check out the clip of Independence Day here.
So, did you enjoy my list? Have some of your own favorite movie scenes that you’d like to recommend? Well, let me know down below!
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