Best shocking , dramatic gutwrenching scenes.

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  1. rob kilbride

    rob kilbride Supporting Actor

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    I'd like to see what you guys consider the best gutwrenching scenes are in movie history. You know the ones where your jaw just drops to the floor or you feel like you've been punched in the stomach and your emotional involvement in the movie has quadrupled!

    Some examples :

    Braveheart :When the English lord slits Murran's throat.


    The Patriot : When Mel Gibson's son is shot and killed.


    Star Wars:When Luke sees that Owen and Beru have been murdered by the Stormtrooper with that great John Williams music! You know Lukes world has been turned upside down.


    The Empire Strikes Back:When Vader says "No, I am your Father"


    Return of the Jedi:When Vader kills the Emperor. This is probably my favorite movie scene of all time. I remember when Vader said perhaps Leia would turn to the Dark SIde, I just wanted Luke to kill him and I was convinced there was no good at all in him and was totally stunned when he saved Luke.

    Gladiator : Your wondering why Commodus has the courage to fight Maximus and then he stabs him in the heart. Then the great choral scoring by Zimmer. Tears gush from my eyes every time.


    I could add some more but I'd like to see some other peoples nominations are.
     
  2. rob kilbride

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    Oh yeah and one of my favorites I'm guessing no one else would add

    Bakshi's Lord of the Rings :When Borimir is just slaughtered by the Orcs. What a heartbreaker scene.
     
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    Dancer in the Dark

    Selma singing, waiting for the phonecall, getting the call and waiting to hang her
     
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    Saving Private Ryan:

    When the german soldier stabs Mellish in the heart.

    Schlinder's List:

    The massacre in the Jewish ghetto in Poland, among many others.

    Grave of the Fireflies:

    The split second shots of the children's mother being thrown into the mass grave, heavily bandaged with maggots already eating at her corpse. These shots are interspersed with shots of the boy's face as a realized what really happened to her in that moment.
     
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    I know its recent but I have to mention it. In Lord of the Rings:

    When Gandalf falls from the Bridge of Khazad-Dum and Frodo screams no while being help back by Boromir. I swear I almost got up in the the theater and screamed no with him. The scene afterwards where the fellowship is mourning his loss is just as gut-wrenching. I had tears coming during that scene. Powerful stuff!

    In Braveheart:

    At the end when Wallaces sword is thrown into the air and they start to charge the English. Right after the "bleed with me line". I wanted a sword so bad at that point. I was ready to fight with them.

    In Return of the Jedi:

    I totally agree with the Vader turning on the Emporer scene. The minute he picked him up and the Williams score started to swell I just couldn't sit still
     
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    Hands down, the recreation of the sinking of the RMS TITANIC in James Camerons film remains the most monumental achievment in movie history!
    This was no movie, this was nothing short of a window into the past, and I was thier, witnessing this huge machine slowly sink out from under the feet of thousands of people. And then when the ship cracks and breaks, it was almost graphic in it's depiction of how physics affect a sinking ship, just aweful to watch!
    Second vote goes easily to the Normandy beach invasion in 'Saving Private Ryan'! As with 'Titanic', it is nothing short of real, undeniably, unflinchingly real.
    Third, it would have to be the plane crash vision scene in 'Final Destination'. I am deathly afraid of flying anyway, and after that scene, I felt dizzy!
     
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    There are two scenes in the new release Monster's Ball that knocked me back in my seat. But I'm not going to describe them, even with spoiler tags, because the film is still in very limited distribution, and it would be unfair to give away any secrets. See it and you'll know what I mean.

    I also agree with John's selection of Titanic, although the scene that got to me came earlier in the film. It's the one that's been endlessly parodied, with Jack and Rose at the bow of the ship ("I'm flying!"). The scene ends with a dissolve, at first almost imperceptible, to the corroded bow of the sunken ship years later. Thanks to the CGI wizards, the dissolve happens unexpectedly during a camera move, and it caught me completely off-guard. It summed up in one shot the devastation that lay ahead.

    M.
     
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    Off hand, four come to mind

    1. The scene in Saving Private Ryan when the German soldier stabs the American to death.

    2. Deer Hunter

    the Russian roulette scenes

    3. The choice scene in Sophie's Choice.

    4. Everyone knows what scene in the original Psycho.

    I'm editing this. I try to do these things without looking at others answers first, but when I saw the Patriot up there, I also chose this film, but for a different scene

    the church burning scene
     
  9. Chuck C

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    I think the nazi stabbing mellish tops every gutwrenching scene in history
     
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    The Colour Purple

    When Celie comes out of her shell at the dinner table and puts the knife to Mr's throat.
     
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    The final shot in The Third Man always gets to me as does the finale to Au Revoir Les Enfants.
     
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    The Sixth Sense When Bruce Willis realizes that he is dead.
     
  13. rob kilbride

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    I agree that the scene in Saving Private Ryan, where the guy is stabbed by the Nazi is horrifying especially the way he out of desparation tells him to stop and the Nazi sneers something in German
    How the hell did this movie not win over Shakespeare in Love! ( I somehow envision several Shakespeare in Love fans posting really soon.)
     
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    Yay! 13 posts from some real movie freaks, and nobody mentioned mine yet. Sweet!

    How about...

    the entire ending of...

    Se7en!


    Thanks guys!
     
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    For shocking, just watch a David Fincher flick. The Game, Fight Club, and Se7en have three of my favorite endings of all time.
    Last of the Mohicans:
    The last 15 minutes or so...powerful beyond belief.
    Final Destination:
    I was so shocked by the airplane exploding. I saw a sneak preview of the film, and was not expecting anything.
    Braveheart:
    All the aforementioned scenes.
    Joy Luck Club:
    I swear, I have no testicles whatsoever. I probably cried during this entire movie [​IMG]
     
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    LOTR:FOTR- When Boromir is killed.

    Lawrence of Arabia- Near the end when Lawrence goes mad and just starts shooting everything.

    Gia- Final scene. Dying alone.

    ANH- Sunset scene

    ESB- I am your father

    ROTJ- Death of Vader

    TPM- Anakin leaving Shmi
     
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    Meet Joe Black (For the 4 people that saw this film, they know which scene). [​IMG]
     
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    I second the ending to Last of the Mohicans.

    I'll also throw in the scene from the Godfather:

    When Michael guns down Sollazo and the police chief. Powerful stuff.
     
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    The first one that comes to mind,
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    The intentional bombing of the first machine by the wacked out religious zealot.
    Oh Yeah, and the scene from The Thing with the dogs in the dog pen.
     
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    The end of The Vanishing -- no, not the English language re-make, they changed the ending for that, of course.

    The scene from "Sometimes a Great Notion" where Richard Jaekel's character is pinned by a tree in rising water.

    The final scenes of "Night of the Living Dead".

    Regards,
     

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