Top 10 Movie Scenes That Will Never Get Old
Top 10 Movie Scenes That Will Never Get Old

Top 10 Movie Scenes That Will Never Get Old

VOICE OVER: Kirsten Ria Squibb WRITTEN BY: Jesse Singer
Some movie scenes never get old. For this list, we'll be looking at our favorite big screen scenes with the highest rewatch value. Our countdown includes "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The Wizard of Oz," "Jaws," and more!

Top 10 Movie Scenes That Will Never Get Old

Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movie Scenes That Will Never Get Old

For this list, we’ll be looking at our favorite big screen scenes with the highest rewatch value. We’ll only be considering live-action flicks, as animated films deserve their own list.

Which of these movie scenes do you know shot-for-shot? Let us know in the comments.

#10: Indy & the Boulder
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)

There have been many great chase scenes in movie history. Some, featuring one character following another on foot, while others have utilized cars, trucks and even planes to amp up the thrill. However, the one that stands out, arguably above all others, involves one man being chased by a really big rock. And no, we aren’t talking about Dwayne Johnson pursuing Vin Diesel in “Fast Five”. We’re, of course, referring to Indiana Jones running for his life as a large boulder rolls after him through a Peruvian temple. It’s a scene that is so ingrained in our pop culture that even decades later, it has inspired songs written by nerdy geniuses.

#9: “I Am Your Father”
“Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)

While it was a huge spoiler for Woody Boyd on a 1988 episode of “Cheers”, we’re going to assume by now, you all know that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. The epic revelation from “The Empire Strikes Back” gave audiences chills when it was first released, and never gets old no matter how much you rewatch it. And while it’s been famously misquoted as starting with Vader addressing his son by his name, Luke, true Star Wars fans know that the line actually is, “No, I am your father”. With the level of tension in this scene, it’s no surprise so many misheard the quote. This classic plot twist remains one of the greatest in cinema history and we’re probably never going to stop coming back to it.

#8: “You’re Tearing Me Apart”
“Rebel Without a Cause” (1955)

To be clear, we’re not talking about the now infamous moment from “The Room”. Although, you could argue that one will never get old either, but for very different reasons. Instead, what we’re referring to is the powerful scene from the beginning of “Rebel Without a Cause” in which an inebriated James Dean chides his parents for their incessant arguments. The gut-wrenching moment packs quite the punch and does a great job in setting up the conflict between the rebellious Jim Stark and his overbearing parents. The scene holds even more weight now given Dean’s untimely death just a month before the film’s release, as we’re all reminded of a gifted actor taken way too soon.

#7: The Detention Dance
“The Breakfast Club” (1985)

This 1985 coming-of-age drama remains a classic for many reasons. Chief among them, arguably, is this scene in which all members of the “Brat Pack” get down to the beat as a way to while away time in detention. The original script reportedly had Molly Ringwald’s Claire dancing all by herself. But as the actress was too embarrassed to do it alone, director John Hughes made the kick-ass decision to let the rest of the cast join in. While they may not have had the athleticism and grace of Kevin Bacon in “Footloose”, all five actors managed to find a groove that perfectly suited their individual characters.

#6: Dorothy Enters Oz
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

One can only imagine just how blown away audiences were in 1939 when Dorothy walked out of the monochrome farmhouse and into the technicolor world of Oz. And while moviegoers these days have borne witness to much more impressive visual effects, there’s no question that it’s still a “WOW” moment. Maybe it’s the fact that many of us watched it as kids, or that for a movie made almost a century ago, it has stood the test of time. Whatever the reason, we know one thing for sure: when that door swings open and the music swells, we’ll always follow Dorothy into Oz with child-like amazement.

#5: Aragorn’s Speech at the Black Gate
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)

“The Return of the King” certainly isn’t short on inspiring moments. Théoden’s rallying cry to the Riders of Rohan still gives us chills. But it’s Aragorn’s rousing speech at the Back Gate that we keep coming back to again and again. As the gate opens and reveals Sauron’s vast horde, the watching soldiers begin to waver. Riding along the front line, Aragorn acknowledges their fear, but also stirs their courage, urging them to hold fast to their bonds of fellowship. It’s a powerful speech that proves just how worthy Aragorn was of the kingship.

#4: The USS Indianapolis
“Jaws” (1975)

For people who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, there were few things more terrifying than the idea of a great white shark. And we have one thing to thank for that…. “Jaws”! In one of the most chilling scenes from the 1975 classic, shark hunter Quint recounts a haunting tale aboard the USS Indianapolis. The harrowing four-minute monologue was inspired by the real-life World War II ship whose crew had to survive shark-infested waters after being hit by a Japanese submarine. Robert Shaw’s superb performance alone is enough to keep you coming back for more. But paired with John Williams’ ominous score, it easily becomes one of the most impactful scenes of the entire movie.

#3: The Clock Tower
“Back to the Future” (1985)

The “Back to the Future” trilogy remains one of Hollywood’s most beloved, and it was all kicked off by this 1985 film with an electrifying climax. In an intense race against time, Doc Brown and Marty McFly gear up for an all-important lightning strike. But with the cord stuck on a fallen tree branch, we’re left at the edge of our seats riddled with questions. Will Doc plug in the cord in time? Will Marty strike the power line at the right moment? Will all of this be enough to send him back to the future? We know the answer to all those questions is “yes” and yet watching the scene play out now remains as utterly satisfying as the first time around.

#2: Andy’s Prison Escape
“The Shawshank Redemption” (1994)

Sometimes to get to the light at the end of the tunnel, you’d have to go through a lot of crap. And in “The Shawshank Redemption”, Andy Dufresne literally crawled through 500 yards of it to attain the freedom he had awaited for almost 20 years. Sentenced to life in prison for a crime he claimed he didn’t commit, there is a collective sense of relief we feel as Andy rips off his shirt and lets the rain pour down on him. There’s no question about it. This ranks as one of the most rewarding finales of any film protagonist’s journey. And we’re more than happy to relive it as many times as possible.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Faking It, “When Harry Met Sally...” (1989)
We’ll Still Have What She’s Having

Jack Sparrow’s Leaky Boat, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)
Now That’s How You Introduce a Character

Bullet Time, “The Matrix” (1999)
We’d Bend Over Backwards to Watch This Scene Again

Singing & Dancing in the Rain, “Singin' in the Rain” (1952)
What a Glorious Feeling!

Training Montage, “Rocky” (1976)
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#1: The T-Rex Breaks Out
“Jurassic Park” (1993)

Since the release of “Jurassic Park” in 1993, many films have followed in the franchise, with advanced visual effects and more (arguably) realistic-looking dinos . And yet, if there’s one scene from the entire Jurassic-verse that still holds up to this day, it’s this one from the OG film. After the T-Rex breaks out of its paddock, it attacks John Hammond’s grandkids, nearly devouring them before it is distracted by Dr. Grant. No matter how many times you watch it, we bet you still yell at Lex to turn off that spotlight, and jump in your seat when the dinosaur breaks through the sunroof. Even with no music in the background, we’re still holding our breaths, all these years later.