Additionally, what really got my rocks off was watching great movie scenes; you know, the epic parts of a movie that pull you in with rich dialogue, superb acting, dramatic shifts of story, or heart-pumping surprises, and keep you on the edge of your seat. And though there are plenty of brilliant moments that I’ve seen again and again over the course of my 28 years on this planet, there are only 5 significant movies that I consider my all-time favorite.
Here's a list of my top 5 favorite movie scenes of all-time:
#5. Bad Boys – Chase Scene
I was only about 9yrs. old at the time when Bad Boys hit the big screen, but I can clearly recall my cousin and I being so hyped after watching the chase sequence that we spent an entire afternoon reenacting the scene by saving each other in my grandfather’s backyard. We’d run in slow motion, jump to save each other, roll on the ground, and rise up steadily, just like in the movie. Yep, those were the good days!
Even after 20+ years of its release, I’d say that the chase sequence in Bad Boys is still the top movie moment that I’d be willing to recreate if someone handed over a large pile of cash in my hands and said to shoot any scene I’d like. What would be your top scene to recreate?
Check out the clip of Bad Boys here.
#4. Training Day – Chess, Not Checkers
What I thoroughly enjoyed about the film were the exchanges between Alonzo and Officer Hoyt, and more specifically, the scenes where Alonzo sweet talks his way into Officer Hoyt’s conscience, buttering him up for the kill. After murdering Roger, for instance, a drug dealer and former police officer, in cold blood and stealing his cash, Alonzo has a little pow-wow with Officer Hoyt in his car to convince him that Roger’s murder was, in a way, for the good of mankind.
Denzel’s performance was nothing short of exceptional in this scene. Just check out the video below. Can you tell me a better actor of our generation?
Check out the clip of Training Day here.
#3. Crimson Tide – Relief of Command
Throughout the movie there are a number of instances that are meant to setup that clash of personalities between the two, but the best scene occurs when Lieutenant Hunter effectively relieves Captain Ramsey from command after he gives the go ahead to launch their nuclear weapons without first confirming the 2nd half of an Emergency Action Message that was partly cut-off during an attack by a Russian submarine.
This scene has all the build-up, cut-away reactions, shouting, wonderful dialogue, and superb acting that one could ever ask for, all within the confines of a tight space. Washington and Hackman both go at each other’s throats and it’s evidently clear as to why they are considered top of the class in Hollywood. If you’re ever looking for a great movie to watch, make sure to check out Crimson Tide.
Check out the clip of Crimson Tide here.
#2. The Matrix – Neo is the One
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 in mid-air with the stroke of his hand. Additionally, when Agent Smith approached Neo and tried to finish him off with a series of blows, Neo, now “awakened,” brushed them off effortlessly with a swagger that would make Obama jealous.
This was THAT moment, and everybody has one; you know, like the time when you’ve conquered your fears, accomplished your dreams, or realized that you really are a badass because you possess a particular skill set that can take down any physical, mental, or spiritual opponent thrown your way. And these incidents didn’t simply just happen overnight; instead, it took a long and arduous undertaking of obstacles, pitfalls, and self-discovery. Like our own life’s story, throughout The Matrix we watched Neo’s journey from living in a dull and meaningless reality to crossing forth 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 humanity unite to kick alien ass with America at the forefront of the battle was a spectacular experience. To add icing on the cake, Independence Day also contained some mind-blowing special effects that were way ahead of its time, a widely diverse cast, a few comedic elements, and 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.
The best scene in Independence Day takes place when Will Smith is flies his F-16 aircraft through the Grand Canyon, deploy his plane’s rear parachute to block the view of an alien aircraft chasing him, and ejects from the cockpit just as the alien ship crashes. After landing safely, Will walks over to the damaged alien craft cockily, opens its door, punches the menacing alien square in the “jaw” and shouts, “Welcome to Earth!” and “Now THAT’S what I call a close encounter!” Brilliant!
I vividly remember a packed house of moviegoers clapping, cheering, and jumping out of their seats at Will’s antics. Again, there on the screen was not only 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!