The Top 10 Movie Moments You Will Want To Play On a Loop

Now that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, known to the non-Hollywood types (i.e. all of us) as the Oscars, has seen fit to include 87 movies for Best Picture, instead of the old-school five, we decided the sky is the limit for us.

So when our favorite Monday link-up, Monday Listicles put up their topic for this week, we were in baby. Speaking of baby, no one puts her in the corner, you hear? See how we did that, all slick and smooth. I know, it is as if we are dedicated filmophiles or something! Thanks Ally for an awesome suggestion!

In no particular order, we are offering you 10 Movie Moments to get your Monday started right.

**Disclaimer: Some of these clips may contain language not suitable for little ears or office workplaces, so slip on your headphones before you play them.**

1. Sixteen Candles: So, we couldn’t figure out a way to embed the entire film on the site without crashing our server, but we did choose one of the moments that still manages to give our teenage selves goosebumps and heart-melting happiness. How many of you dreamed of this moment in high school?

2. Love Actually: This is another one of those movies where it is almost impossible to pick a single scene or moment to fully capture our love for this film. We would argue it is probably one of the most watchable films of all time. But, this scene inspires everyone in the audience (including Ashley who is on record as being firmly against public dancing) to want to “jump” from their seats and join in!

3. Dirty Dancing: Don’t even stop us, y’all. Never in the history of film has there ever been a scene that more made us wish to be Jennifer Grey. Or Baby Houseman as she is obviously known in our minds for all time. You know what Johnny Castle, we will do the lift with you. In front of the entire crowd. Just even watching it again for this post made our hearts beat faster.

4. A Few Good Men: Remember that disclaimer earlier? Well, it applies now. So, put on your headphones for this one. You know what Jack, actually we *can* handle the truth. We are all about the truth here at The Dose of Reality.

5. Say Anything: Lloyd Dobbler. You were the greatest. With your classic speech about what you wanted to do with your life (not build anything, make anything, sell anything that has been built or made, to paraphrase) and your love for Diane. Nothing beats the moment with the boombox, though.

6. The Sound of Music: Who else learned the musical notes from watching the yearly viewing of this film? Surely, it could not have just been us, right? Back before their were Betamax or Blu-Rays there was the family gathering together to watch the Von Trapp family have their lives changed by Maria.

7. The Princess Bride: Sure, we could have given you the classic “As you wish” scene, but really, everyone knows that one. And every other fantastic scene from this classic film. We decided to do a bit of a mash-up, because it made us laugh.

8. Raising Arizona: Does anyone cry better than Holly Hunter? Or should we say Ed, as she is known in this hilarious movie. Watching clips from this made laugh all over again.

9. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles: From start to finish this movie produced quotable moments and classic scenes, but this one is an all-time favorite.

10. Gone With the Wind: No list would be complete without including what could be argued as the most quotable movie line of all time.


Everyone wishes they had popcorn now, right? And a jumbo box of Junior Mints, too, we are sure. Tell us in the comments which one is your favorite or what movie you are shocked we did not include.




The Top 10 Movie Moments You Will Want To Play On a Loop — 111 Comments

  1. Have I told you I trust you guys completely? No? Well, I do. So I believe you when you tell me these are all awesome movies.
    But I have watched only two from this obviously great list. That’s Love Actually and Dirty Dancing.
    My favorite scene in Love Actually is when the guys pretends to be a carol singer and tells her he loves her with the hand written signs (
    Could it be romantic? *SIGH*
    I’m gonna go watch it again 🙂

    • That is such a fantastic scene, too! 🙂 Honestly, we both said that we could have done an entire list just from Love Actually! 🙂 You need to go watch some of the other movies here, you will not be sorry!

    • All time favorite scene in the movie is at the car rental counter. Steve Martin was just awesome. And so was John Candy!

  2. I have still not watched Gone with the Wind, which is why I am only sorta southern!

    I like to bring watermelon to parties in the summer just so I can show up and say, “I carried a watermelon” when the host/ess opens the door!

    • The Princess Bride is so great! We totally agree! 🙂 Quoting movies at random is kind of special skill…like tying cherry stems with your tongue or something! 😉

  3. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner…” Yes, yes, YES! “Dirty Dancing” is like my favorite move…EVER! I love everything about it…especially the great music!

  4. {Melinda} Oh. my. goodness. This is why I like you guys so much. Anyone who loves Princess Bride (my name is Inigo Montoya, you kill my father, prepare to die!), Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Say Anything and Raising Arizona (!) has an incredibly developed sense of intelligence and humor. These are some of my all-time favorite movies.

  5. Only the best list of movies EVER! I saw Sixteen Candles and Say Anything on a date out on dates, and in college we watched Dirty Dancing over and over and over again! But you omitted Top Gun. I loved Top Gun! (Especially the volleyball scene! ;))

    • The volleyball scene was amazing, wasn’t it? Playing With the Boys by Kenny Loggins and shirtless men, yeah that rocked! 🙂

    • WHAT?? I am having a Girls Just Want to Have Fun flashback here!!
      It is on Netflix.
      Watch it immediately and report back!
      And of course we can still be friends! 😉

  6. Its pretty tough to make a top 10 list, especially when two people are doing it, there had to be some compromise. At least I assume this was a collaborative effort since Ashley still hasn’t seen Gone with the Wind, have you Ashley?

      • Well, not exactly. I think there might be a couple of other good scenes.
        That reminds me, have you ever seen the list of best picture nominees for 1939? Its interesting.

    • Cannot wait to check it out! I just peeked over and saw that you have Adventures in Babysitting on the list…LOVE that movie! 🙂

  7. Wow – great compliation of movie clips – I could have watched them all day. The only one I don’t recall seeing is Say Anything (but I was having a baby that year, so maybe that has something to do with it!)….loved the choices but missed seeing My Cousin Vinny on here…..and on a more serious note but one of my top 5 of all time….Life is Beautiful (unedited and Italian version only!). Great job, ladies!

    • Planes, Trains always reminds me of your mom, Ash – I can hear her laughing at that scene now! Oh – and O’ Brother Where Art Thou!! Again, great job! (agree with the Top Gun suggestion, too!)

      • You have got to see Say Anything. It is a classic. And John Cusack rocks in it.
        My Cousin Vinny is a good one, too!
        I saw another blog with Life Is Beautiful as one of their choices. I immediately thought of you! 🙂

  8. Okay, those ARE awesome BRILLIANT choices…but if you put in Sixteen candles…how can you avoid “Breakfast Club”…. same goes for “Plains…” and not include “Home Alone”? Oh I know there are ENDLESS choices…so no hard feelings my dear friends!!! LOL HOWEVER: NO Meg Ryan movie??? COMON NOW!! You’ve got mail and Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally are my absolute favorites… just sayin’ 🙂

    • Honestly, the entire list could have been John Hughes movies. There are SO many good ones to choose from!
      And yeah, Meg Ryan is another one who could have had her own list. 🙂

  9. I’ve seen most of these movies but I’m honestly more into movies targeted at 13-15 year olds. Because I’m a dweeb. Love Dirty Dancing. Must put on Netflix. Although it’s not necessarily for 15 year olds. Just about one.

    Favorite not listed here. Legally Blonde. If you read my blog I say Luckily quite often. If you watch Legally Blonde you know why. 🙂

    • No worries. We see lots of pre-teen movies around our houses, too! We actually enjoy most of them, too! 🙂
      Legally Blonde is really good!

  10. OH MY Gosh!
    this is such a great list….why it’s Inconceivable!
    Hugh Grant….best.scene.ever!
    and then you brought the Dobler.
    I think I may be girl crushin on y’all for this awesome list!

  11. Awesome list! I don’t know how you narrowed it down to ten, though. That’s a tough task! I didn’t get to see Love, Actually this Christmas season. I’m fixing that tonight!

    • It is SO HARD. Seriously, we both kept emailing each other additional ideas yesterday. We could have truly done 100 movies. Each.

  12. I can actually say I’ve seen almost every movie in your list!!! I don’t feel so much the social outcast at the moment. Yay!!!

  13. My son was in a play last year that had all sorts of cultural references including a mention of Lloyd Dobbler and “say anything.” Most of the audience did not get it, including me, until we learned it was from a movie.

  14. Great choices, I actually haven’t see all of these movies! (I know, I know) but love actually is one of my favorite movies ever. I had the urge to watch it over the holiday and TOTALLY FORGOT that I have the UNRATED version on DVD. LORD! I knew something was wrong when my toddler got really quiet and started watching intently! We immediately switched to a christmas story. LOL

    • HA HA HA!! Love it! That is too funny! It is such a great movie. Our kids are all obsessed with A Christmas Story, too. A total classic! 🙂

  15. Those are great choices! The Love Actually scene is my FAVORITE!!

    I have seen Princess Bride so many times I think I could quote that entire movie from beginning to end.

    • Hugh Grant is hot and can dance…best scene ever! 🙂

      We could probably challenge you in a Princess Bride quote-off! 😉

  16. I wanted to put all of Sixteen Candles and The Princess Bride in my list too. I pretty much tossed a coin to pick the quotes I used. Gone With the Wind – yes! I knew I’d forget a good one.

  17. Love the list – especially Dirty Dancing, Princess Bride, and Sound of Music, which would most definitely make mine. And I love that you did a Princess Bride mashup because it’s impossible to pick one scene in that one. My favorite Dirty Dancing scene may be the Love Is Strange/spaghetti arms/dance lesson though 🙂

    • BWAH HA HA HA! Right? Just researching for the topic it became abundantly clear that the 80’s rocked the movie scene!

  18. Love the list! So many more too:) loved all those brat pack ones like 16 candles:)) Pretty in Pink? Breakfast Club! St Elmo’s fire!! Ok they likely wouldn’t make the top 10 – but they are some goodies!

  19. Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a great collection! I especially appreciated the scene from Sixteen Candles because I just finished reading 32 Candles by Ernessa Carter and it was such perfect timing! Thanks again!

  20. I love this list! #3!!! I could probably recite the entire movie. I loved Patrick Swayze so much, and I was devastated when Jennifer Grey got a nose job. It was her signature. Bad move, Jennifer!

    • Oh my Gosh, Sheri, Love Actually was MADE for you!! Seriously, girl, I am tempted to brave the ice and head straight to your house to drop it off!!! 🙂

  21. So I just thought of a movie not on your list that if you’ve not seen, you simply MUST: RocketMan! Though, being named Julie, the “Julie did it!” quote gets old! 😛 LOL 🙂

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