Top 10 Movie Scenes


Everyone has their all time favorite movie scenes and I am no different. The other day I was in a deep discussion with a not-so-deep person. The subject of favorite movies came up and I sat there while she listed 27 Dresses, Pretty Woman, Titanic, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, ect… Some of those movies were not a surprise to me but when I listed mine she gave me a look that seemed to say, “that’s sad that you are a geek”. When I recognized the look I asked her what are her favorite scenes from the movies. To that, she didn’t know. All she knew was that the films were pleasing as a whole and that is as deep as she got. So I gave her a look that said, “oh, that is sad she is retarded”.

Loved by many as well as hated by many, the movie Clifford really went down as one of my favorites because of one particular scene. Martin Short plays Clifford, a mischievous 10 year old that is on a quest to go to Dino-World and in doing so, upends his uncle’s (Charles Grodin) life as he knows it. The scene that put this movie on the top ten list is when his uncle (Grodin) asks Clifford to look like a normal person for one minute. Martin Short’s attempt is one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life. I do this impression when ever I am asked to look at someone when they are talking. Please watch and enjoy. (Is it just me, or does Charles Grodin’s head look weird in that picture above?)

Twilight Zone The Movie caused me to lose my faith in cartoons. It was all because of the chapter about a boy with telekinetic powers who kept his family hostage and slave to his every want and need. That is until he lured a kind hearted woman to his home. The scene that propelled this movie to the 10 list is when his imagination took form in real, not CG, special effects that scared the shit out of me. Even today I get the willies when I see these things. This trumps any scary thing in my nightmares and the folks can thank a hike in their power bill from the hall light being left on thanks to the Twilight Zone.

The “Brownie Incident” in the movie The ‘Burbs will always be etched in my mind as being way too funny for the intended purpose. I have a hard time watching this in public because I wheeze when I see that scene. It can be embarrassing but more times than not, the laughter is contagious and it is cause to rewind and play over and over again. On another note, anything that I drop will always be followed by a “I dropped the goddamn (insert item here)!”

I love this movie. I always have and believe it or not I first saw it on a Catholic retreat weekend in the 80’s. I believe the first scene when Carolann has a conversation with the “TV people” was not only creepy but it was a subtle chill that I deem next to Godliness. Spielberg has a knack for that. He really is underrated, wouldn’t you agree? Plus, the Metro Goldwyn, Mayer lion will forever be the intro, in my mind, to the National Anthem.

Oh the classic! National Lampoon’s Vacation was the greatest film to me and my dad. I couldn’t find the exact clip but when Clark (Chevy Chase) returns from his trek through the desert, I must say, it went down in history as the quote of quotes. “Hey kids, ya’ thirsty?!?!?” Most people don;t find that scene as the pinnacle of the movie but boy I do. Here’s a compilation of one of my favorites and lately, one of TBS’s.

In case you are wondering this is the glorious soundtrack to the movie Iron Eagle. I can pick a few great scenes out but nothing compares to the testing range when Doug says, “Damn it Chappy, I’m doing it my way!” If you haven’t seen this flick you should. Only in the 80’s could there be a film about a kid who steals an Air Force jet from, I don’t know…California, fly to Iran in a few hours, bomb the bag of dicks back to the stone age, rescue the father, fly home and be rewarded by an appointment to the Air Force Academy.  Pure genius.

Definitely less fun than the other movies but still I had to include it. The Exorcist was one of those movies that I had seen from the safety of the banister rails when the folks thought I was safe in bed. Little did they know I was scarring myself for years. One of those scenes that did the job was Father Carras’s first dialog with the already possessed Reagan. I can’t tell you why, but I believe this is the scariest thing on American film.

I have a real tough time watching the beginning scene of Saving Private Ryan without shedding a tear. I can’t describe it and I don’t think there are words that could. Please watch.

I love this scene from the movie, There’s Something About Mary, because as many of you know, it’s personal. There are things that are far worse than stepping in dog poop and tracking it in the date’s house. It is hard to pick a scene that is the best from this movie. Every thing from warren’s flip out to the 7 minute abs scene I think this one was strictly by default. The only testicle shot to be seen in the theater that didn’t include bums and extra napkins.

Last but no least we come to the greatest cinema scene to me. This one is shared by many and I believe it to be some of the greatest acting in the world. If the shark wasn’t scary enough the audience gets chilled to the bone by Quint’s tales of how terrifying being eaten alive is. I have read the book and I believe Robert Shaw did it justice.

So that is the top 10. I bet next week it will change but for now, there you go.

Bonus! The worst scene!

Tim Cappello!

22 thoughts on “Top 10 Movie Scenes

  1. hmm- interesting choices, Bill.
    That clifford one is pretty funny.
    I do a similar thing whern people tell me to stop messing around-
    like Tom Hanks does in” Bachelor Party”- ” Aww, come on, not even a little?”

  2. I do so love the burbs. I must admit I have on many occassions come close to pissing myself from laughing at that movie.

    Sadly I must admit my retarded-ness as well since since I adore the scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when the inlaws pull up and they are roasting a pig on the law. CLASSIC!

  3. You have some great movies here Bill but I think I’d put just about any scene from Battlefield Earth against Tim Capello for the worst. That movie was two plus hours of my life that I’ll never get back.

  4. Yes. I agree with kirbyann, while the other few you mentioned are cute but trite, MBFGW is a good movie. Also good, any vacation movie. I wonder is Chase will grace us with another.

  5. Great list. I completely forgot about The ‘Burbs…thanks for reminding me. Makes we want to run out and rent some of these oldies but goodies. Wow, and I’d never noticed this before, but I have the exact same wallpaper on my bathroom walls as that on the walls of the bathroom in ‘There’s Something About Mary’. Huh, I wonder if there’s some subliminal buy-this-wallpaper-and-put-it-on-your-bathroom-walls message in the movie. Crazy.

  6. I have never seen The Burbs, and for this I am deeply shamed..
    Great list, Ithought I might have been the only one who didnt hate Clifford.

  7. I second (or third) the enjoyment of MBFGW.

    Jaws gave me very bad nightmares…I kept re-living the whole throwing chum off the back of the boat and seeing a great white pop up. Even the word “chum” scares me now. I haven’t read Jaws, but I read In Harm’s Way about the USS Indianapolis and it gave me nightmares as well…but it was really good and I highly recommend it.

    I loved Saving Private Ryan. That scene was great, and the scene following it was pretty amazing too. Have you tried the Band of Brothers mini-series?

  8. William,

    “The ‘Burbs” is a guilty pleasure of mine. I watch it whenever it’s on.

    “Satan is good….Satan is our pal”

    Classic.

    I’d also recommend catching :The Big Bus” is you ever get the chance. It was a spoof of disaster flicks like “Airplane” a few years before “Airplane” and very, very funny.

    I know I haven’t been around. I should be forced to have anal sex with my boyfriend after a meal of fishsticks as a result. I’m sorry. I’m working fulltime again and I’ve got no time. Most of the stuff I’ve been posting has been stuff I wrote weeks ago and put in holding.

    Aside from writing fullttime again, I’ve been asked to go back on the air. I’m thinking about it. It’ll be on\ ESPN no less. More mannish humor from the Laurie.

    Frankly, I don’;t know any other kind.

    I miss you more than my luggage, Baby. We’ve not talked in months. Let’s correct that some evening…..soon.

    Much love and infection,
    LK

  9. Great Picks!

    I have to say one of my faves is the last execution scene in The Green Mile because even though I have seen it a million times, it still makes me cry!

  10. I was freaked out by the Incredible Shrinking Woman… so much so that I wouldn’t do housework for a month after seeing it. Mom didn’t think that was a very good excuse. I think Honeymoon in Vegas with Nick Cage and SJP is truly one of the most underrated movies ever. Down right hilarious throughout… I think I’ve got the entire thing memorized. And don’t forget Trading Spaces with Ackroyd and Murphy. Classic.

  11. All I want to know is how did you decide on the worst scene in “The Lost Boys”? I’d need to find a youtube link to the whole thing…

    And I have to admit the Clifford link was so funny I had to stop watching it at work.

  12. Hey Dead Charming, I think Tim Capello pushed it to that level. If I had to really think about it, I think the final scene of either Jaws 3 or Jaws 4 would top it. I don’t know though, Tim on the sax is pretty bad.

  13. Wow, you like Poltergeist? I love that movie. Nobody ever seems to give a crap about it anymore, but I think it’s brilliant.

  14. Even as a kid, I used to think that Tim on the sax in The Lost Boys was just hilarious. I think I’m going to download that and play it on the show sometime. I do play “Cry Little Sister” on occasion if I take the notion. I’m planning an all horror movie soundtracks show soon, so who knows what might show up. As far as some of the most frightening things I’ve seen in movies, I’d have to agree with you on Twilight Zone: The Movie and the cartoons. That was just wrong. Also, the old man from Poltergeist 2 singing the song in the rain as he walks up to the porch and yells at the family through the screen door. I still get the willies every time I watch that.

    “You’re all gonna die in there!”

  15. Ah, you have actually hit on a few of my favorites, this post brings back so many memories of watching these things on WPIX.

    Love the scene from “The Burbs,” even better is later on, when they offer pretzels, and either Tom Hanks, or the other guy has to cough up the pretzel.

    And that scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie is probably one of the creepiest movie scenes. I feel sorry for the chick who ends up in “cartoon land,” but I always felt she was just reincarnated as Bart Simpson.n

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