100 Things I Love About My Favorite Movies

The Sewer Scene from The Fugitive

“I didn’t kill my wife!” “I don’t care!” Such a great scene. Had difficulties picking just one scene from this film, but this one is up there. Shame I couldn’t embed the whole scene on here right up to the part where Harrison Ford takes his leap from the dam.

The Intro to Amelie

Every frame from the intro to Amelie tickles my eyeballs. Well, the whole film tickles my eyeballs. Not literally, folks.

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Kirsten Dunst in Interview with A Vampire

Without this scene stealer, we’d just have some silly vampire flick.

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The Jet Li/Donnie Yen Fight Sequence in Hero

A great action scene that takes place in the minds of the two opponents. I’ve never seen a scene like it before and I’m QUITE certain I’ll never see a scene this amazing again…

The Field of Swords Scene in 13 Assassins

…oh, wait.

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The Most Annoying Sound Ever in Dumb & Dumber

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRrrrr!

Ellen Burstyn’s Downfall in Requiem For A Dream

Absolutely haunting and perhaps the toughest thing for me to see on re-watch, which is why I don’t do it often. But it’s certainly my favorite part of the film.

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Opening Long Take in Serenity

I REALLY like long takes, and this one manages to introduce you to the ship and give you the relationship of every character on board within a matter of minutes.

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Scar’s Song in The Lion King

It’s stuff like this that makes me miss the old Disney. It makes me miss 2D animation in general.

Silent Bob Speaks in Chasing Amy

Even if you’re not a big Kevin Smith fan, there’s a lot to like from this film. I’m quite fond of his one speaking moment where he lays it out for Ben Affleck.

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Bohemian Rhapsody in Wayne’s World

This is perhaps my favorite SNL Film of all time, and the rest pale in comparison. What a great scene!

Bill Murray gets slimed in Ghostbusters

“I feel so funky.”

The Bar Shootout in Unforgiven

Damn. I love Clint Eastwood westerns.

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The Eating Scene from Modern Times

I dare you not to laugh at Chaplin’s antics here. I can’t NOT laugh when this plays.

Chief Bromden in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

What a great character. He gets a bit overshadowed by Jack Nicholson’s charismatic performance, but he really gets his moment to shine in the end.

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Rescue Aid Society song in The Rescuers

This is my favorite animated film, and I quite like this little musical moment from it.

The Training Scene in Batman Begins

You almost forget that this is just a comic book film. Seriously, such a great dramatic moment. Still lightyears ahead of everything else in the genre.

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Stanley Mellish’s Death in Saving Private Ryan

Such a disturbing moment. Much like Private Pyle’s death in Full Metal Jacket, it sticks with you.

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The Opening to Grease

Watch this on the big screen and you’ll see why this is such a great opening scene.

Han’s Moves in Empire Strikes Back

He has ‘dem.

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Robin vs. Sir Guy in The Adventures of Robin Hood

I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this until this year. Shame on me. Well…I saw it and this rivalry is pretty much the greatest thing ever.

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The Ending of Blair Witch

I saw this for the first time in a small, ground-level studio apartment with iron bars protecting the painted shut windows. Kind of a perfect setting for this flick. Definitely wasn’t ready for this ending. Click through to see.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m blaming you now for the hours I’m going to spend doing the same exercise! Curse you, Hardesty! But, also, well done, sir. The cabin scene in A Night at the Opera was one of the very first to leap mind for me and will be on my list as well. 

    • Thank you! I had fun putting this list together. And that Night at the Opera scene  pretty much takes the cake. If I had to organize this into any sort of order, that scene would have probably made it to the top. :)

  • Nicely done — Saw this @cdogzilla and I may borrow the meme also.  

    • Go ahead! It’s quite the fun meme to participate in. I linked to a few others in the beginning of the post who also did this meme and they also had some good stuff listed.

  • I just now discovered that I didn’t comment a month ago when I read this!  Terrific choices, all, and more than a few I wish I’d thought to include in my own list.  Seriously, I’m ashamed “Bohemian Rhapsody” in Wayne’s World isn’t on my list, because whenever I think about music in movies, that’s one of the first things that comes to my mind.  How I overlooked it, I have no idea.

    Full credit for the meme goes to Beau Kaelin, though, and I would be remiss not to acknowledge this.  He originated the prompt.  Also, the original prompt was simply, “100 Things I Love About Films.”  They could be things you love about movies you don’t love, or even more general ideas and concepts.  For instance, one of the things on my list is the thrill I get of walking into a movie theater.  It was exciting as a child, and it’s exciting now.  I don’t say this to nitpick your tremendous list; you’re, of course, free to tinker as you see fit, but for those who might take this idea and run with it, I thought it prudent that they know the original concept did allow for selections outside their 100 favorite movies.I’m thinking about revising mine at the end of the year to reflect some of the things I’ve seen and fallen in love with since creating my initial list.  Not sure I’ll go all out with video clips like you and others have done.  I’m impressed by the work you guys have put into these lists since taking up the challenge, though!

    • I’m quite proud of how the list turned out, actually. It seems to be a good mix of everything that encapsulates my film influences and experiences, and some of the clips even get a nice little look into my psyche. But more than anything: this list was just plain fun to make.

      I had thought about going beyond the films themselves and discussing elements from the “theater experience” that really grabbed me, but most of that was just working at the theater and not so much attending. I’ll definitely go back into my post after this comment and add the credit to Beau Kaelin for the prompt. I had really only looked to the few I read before this that finally made me take the plunge. :)

      As to the whole revising idea: I’m intrigued. There are certainly a few films this year that could be added to this list in terms of moments and experiences. I’ll be interested in seeing what you come up with!