Top 10 Movie Moments Of All Time

Since our awesome blogging salaries do not afford us the opportunity to travel during national holidays (or any other time), we had to settle for a movie marathon over the long weekend. That’s just as good as a vacation (no, it’s not!). It did give us a chance to reminisce about our favorite movie moments of all time and when we wrote about them last year before the Academy Awards.

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.

**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 Jujubes, too, we are sure. Tell us in the comments which one is your favorite or what movie you are shocked we did not include.



Top 10 Movie Moments Of All Time — 92 Comments

  1. I’m a sports movie fanatic so I am going to say Miracle or Remember the Titans! But I also loved all the John Cusack movies when I was younger…Gross Pointe Blank, Say Anything, The Sure Thing, Better Off Dead…

  2. I agree with SO many of these! I had forgotten about Raising Arizona!! How could I?? Of course I grew-up watching Sound of Music and, then later, 16 Candles and Say Anything…ahhhh. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  3. From the very first of Sixteen Candles to the last of Gone with the Wind, you nailed it. And so love your list. Seriously who didn’t dream of that moment from #1 and “Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner”. Last but not least, “Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give a Damn!”

  4. Hmm Steel Magnolias comes to mind.. I watched Dirty Dancing so many times I had a warp in the VCR tape where Patrick Swayze got out of the bed and you could see well you know .. I still cannot believe he is gone.. sighs..

  5. I’ve never seen 4, 8 or 10. Shame on me. All of the 80’s ones made my heart pound a little faster! I miss that feeling of being younger than the characters in high school movies..
    I’ve had some good movie moments in my life, though. If you ever have spare time, read my 20 part love story! (don’t, really. It’s too darn long)
    Love Actually is a fantastic movie.

  6. So the only two I have seen are gone with the wind and sound of music…I did catch some of dirty dancing but not in its entirety I need to check netflix out and make it a movie weekend soon.

  7. I love that scene in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. And Love Actually! It is SO hard to pick a favourite scene from that movie. One comes up every two minutes. 🙂

  8. I love all the movies you picked. Over the holiday weekend we had a movie marathon as well. We watched all the “Jason Bourne” movies. I don’t care how many times I watch it, something always surprises me. Good movies. As for adding a movie to your list, how about The Thomas Crowne Affair? I love the scene where there are men in long jackets and bowlers all around and the cops can’t figure out who is the right thief. Followed you from SITS. Have a blessed day!

    • Love the Jason Bourne movies…especially the one where he falls down the stairwell while shooting the gun!! Amazing scene! 🙂

  9. I love the list.. and being an “80s” girl, I love all things John Hughes. But I would add the ending scene of “Sense and Sensibility” with Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson when she finds out he isn’t married. That is just one of my favorites ever!

  10. Sixteen Candles – yes! Raising Arizona Yes! Yes! Yes! Dirty Dancing – yes! I love all of these come to think of it! We could totally watch movies together!

    • We could totally watch movies together, right? We can even have nachos…we will give you our olives and you can give us your nachos! 😉

  11. I think I might be the only person who is not totally into Love Actually. Actually we own a copy but it belongs to my husband. I can’t even get the title of Raising Arizona out without my sister breaking down into massive laughs. I love Dirty Dancing and A Few Good Men!

    • Raising Arizona is just the best ever! Can’t believe you didn’t love Love Actually…maybe try watching it again? 😉

  12. These are all great! I would add the final scene in Grease where Olivia Newton-John puts out her cigarette with her heel and says “How’s it hanging…stud.” I so wanted to be her as a kid!

  13. Oh ladies, thank you! Bravo! What an awesome way to start my Tuesday from being completely exhausted from the “holiday” weekend. What is it about an extra day off that makes you fee MORE tired!!? Great clips, all of them! I loved the walk down movie memory lane!

  14. What about Kramer vs Kramer?! That whole movie is quotable. I also picked All About Eve with Bette Davis for our movie club and it was awesome! Everyone was totally laughing and had a blast watching such an old classic flick.

  15. Princess Bride, Say Anything, and Raising Arizona (“Son, you’ve got a panty on your head”) are my favorites. Happiest movie moment I’d probably have to give to Gene Kelly in Singin in the Rain. Can’t beat it for pure joy.

  16. When Dirty Dancing came out, I was in college and a friend and I went to see it 5 nights in a row!!!
    And, Raising Arizona is one of my husband’s favorites (right up there with So I Married an Axe Murderer).

    • So funny Kim! When we saw Dirty Dancing in the theater we stayed and watched the very next showing because we loved it so much! 🙂

  17. Ok, so most of these movies I’ve never even seen. Shame on me. But how could we not have Pretty Woman on here??? That is one of my all time favoritie movies. I love Sixteen Candles though. Good pick!

  18. So many classic moments! Love all of your pics. I would have included more brat pack movies like St. Elmos’s Fire (am I the only one who loved that movie?) or Breakfast Club. And, of course, the parade scene from Feeris Bueller’s Day Off!

  19. The Princess Bride! Oh, how I love that movie! Seeing that clip has made me want to watch the whole movie again. Good thing I have it on DVD. I know what I’m doing tonight!

  20. Little known fact… the house where Steve Martin lived in this movie was RIGHT down the street from us!! Lots of John Hugh’s films were filmed on the North Shore of Chicago- as I think John Hugh went to my high school and wrote about much of what goes on there. (ie: Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles etc)
    Pretty cool eh? This makes me kinda like a star. 😉

    • ONLY 3 of them???!!! Oh Gosh, Rabia, that must be fixed ASAP!
      Please say that you have at least seen Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride!!

  21. All fantastic movies, and such a great list! I would add Pretty Women, Steel Magnolias, Top Gun, Titanic, Schindler’s List… (I could go on). Maybe you should make it a ‘Top 20 List’!? 😉

  22. Well, I am a little late in commenting here…..been busy celebrating my birth-month and traveling to see my favorite Dose girl (and her dose girls!). Anyway, loved the list…..would also have considered The Holiday – just a great all around movie…..and Forrest Gump?!!? “Me and Jenny are like peas and carrots” ……so many lines from that movie!!

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