#5. BAD BOYS – CHASE SCENE
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
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
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
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
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.
Check out the clip of Independence Day here.