Movies have been an important part of our lives since the beginning of the 20th century.
We live a different life through the experiences of the characters we fall in love with. The characters are so beloved because we find them close to us and they are based on archetypes that most people will experience (or want to experience) at some point in their lives. This is why movies, whether they are Hollywood blockbusters or simple b-movies, are so special to us.
In our favorite movies there are scenes that have an impact on the lives of the viewers forever and we would classify these scenes as “iconic”. It could be the shock factor, the fact that the stage is the first of its kind, or the aesthetic of the stage that makes them so important to us. However, some of these scenes will remain in the memory of the audience forever.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most iconic movie scenes of all time.
The shower scene – Psycho (1960)
This famous scene, directed by Alfred Hitchcock in the early days of film, has become a revolutionary scene in the horror and thriller genre.
“I am your father” – Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (1980)
It is the sheer ‘shock factor’ of this scene that has stirred the hearts of viewers to remember it as one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time.
“I’m Flying” – Titanic (1997)
This scene is undoubtedly one of the most iconic of all time. Not only does it strengthen the relationship of our favorite main characters (causing a terrible shock later), but it shows young love, freedom and pure trust. These are feelings that the majority of viewers can relate to.
“D-Day” – Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Directed by Stephen Spielberg, this sequence brings us back to an accurate depiction of the atrocities that occurred on D-Day in World War II. Scenes like this are so important to educate the new generations about what really happened in those difficult times.
“Bullεt Time” – The Matrix (1999)
Films like this make us think critically and dig into the details of the circumstances we find ourselves in. Technically, Wachowski uses a green set and a series of cameras to create the “Bullet Time” special effect that has become so iconic.
«Gollum/Smeagol Monologue» – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Gollum’s dual identity is clear in this scene which depicts the struggle between good and evil within him. Not only was it an amazing performance by Andy Serkis, but it was also a technical achievement in cinema. Peter Jackson used “performance capture” technology and CGI to create this iconic scene, and his cinematic artistry evoked the moments in the minds of his viewers. Many of us have felt, to some extent, this inner struggle, which makes it familiar and therefore all the more popular.
“Batman Interrogates the Joker” – The Dark Knight (2008)
Here we see that Batman and Joker know each other. One of the main reasons why this scene is so important to film history is that it was one of Heath Ledger’s most remarkable performances in a leading role. In fact, the beloved actor died before the release of the film, boosting box office sales tremendously.
“…..And I Am Iron Man” – Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The scene is the culmination of 11 consecutive years and 21 movies, bringing all the superheroes together to defeat the evil Thanos. It’s always a shocking scene when the crowd’s favorite superhero dies as a sacrifice to defeat the worst villain of all time.
“The Heart-Breaking Opening Montage” – Up (2009)
We think this scene could easily be one of the most tear-jerking in movie history. It depicts the life journey of a boy who meets a girl when he was a child, falls in love with her and lives a whole life with her until he sadly dies and has to live alone as an old man. In just a few minutes, viewers are taken through Carl’s incredibly emotional and remarkable life story. The scene shows the incredible joy and deep sadness we experience in life and how complex our experiences and emotions really are.
«The training montage» – Rocky 1976
This … sports drama, written by and starring SIlvester Stalone, has become one of the most famous films on the planet, and the training montage scene has inspired thousands of people to stand up and fight for the future they desire. It shows its viewers that they should “take the bull by the horns” and put in the hard work to make their dreams come true. These iconic cinematic moments leave us full of hope and inspiration to shape our own destiny.