1. “Battle of Wits”: Princess Bride


2. “No its not, where is the snow?”: Elf

Could not embed this so here is the link.

The best is his face after he says “Where is the snow.” It is that look like, “I got ya!”

3. Its too late to apologize: “Gone with the Wind”

Again, no embedding available for this, but here it is.

4. “Don’t rob me of my hate; its all I have”: Count of Monte Cristo

What a great scene illustrating the letting go of bitterness. “Don’t rob me of my hate. Its all I have.” For some of us, our hate is all we have. What a terrible life to live.

5. “Now let’s grab a bite to eat”: Naked Gun

The whole first 3min here is great, but the mains scene comes at 2:55 when Franks says, “now let’s get a bite to eat.”

6. “I don’t want to get married”: Its a Wonderful Life

7. “A Red Day” Theoden’s speech: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

No embedding here either. Here is the link. It comes at 2:15 into this clip. What a great call for death. Inspirational. “Ride for ruin and the worlds end! Death! Death! Death!”

8. “You Like me because I’m a scoundrel”: Empire Strikes Back

9. “They may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom”: Braveheart

10. “I’m a miracle man”: Signs

NOTE: This comes just after Mel Gibson asks whether his brother (Joaquin Phoenix) believes that the worlds events are representative of miracles of God or random meaningless consequences.

Great philosophical scene with a classic illustration.

What do you think? Did I get it right? What did I leave out?

C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Find him everywhere: Find him everywhere

    20 replies to "Top Ten Movie Scenes Ever"

    • Leslie

      I would go farther and say that Theoden’s “Red Day” speech is the greatest movie moment of all time. I also agree with the scene from “The Princess Bride” and “Braveheart.” The two I would add are The French National Anthem scene from “Casablanca” and the U.S.S. Indianapolis speech from “Jaws.” (Yes, I know it’s not historically accurate, but it’s brilliant.)

    • Ryan

      “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the armies of the North, General of the Felix legions, loyal servant to the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

    • Dr Mike

      “Squeal like a pig!”
      Deliverance, especially from 3:45 on.

    • Doug

      Henry V’s speech at Agincourt…

    • Colin

      “I could have been a contender”

      Marlon Brando ” On the waterfront”

    • Jim Zeirke

      The speech from the beginning of the movie “Patton”

      The charge of the 20th Maine in “Gettysburg”

    • MikeB

      These are all good choices and have to +1 for the Gladiator comment too.

      On the Princess Bride – there really are too many, another fave is
      “I admit it, you are better than I am.”
      “Then why are you smiling? ”
      “Because I know something you don’t know. ”
      “And what is that? ”
      “I am not left-handed”

      “Oh, there’s something I ought to tell you. I am not left-handed either”.

      This scene has always been a fave for me too…

    • MikeB

      On another note, I am doing a series on Friends…
      Anyone want to list there top 10 “friends” movies scenes… and by friends they could be good or bad (ie) a friend that stabs you in the back…

    • Rick

      Worf in Star Trek: First Contact.

      Wanting to continue to contribute in battle with his damaged ship, he proclaims:

      “Perhaps today is a good day to die. Prepare for ramming speed!”

    • Jim Zeirke

      Forgot to add this one from “Billy Madison” Wouldn’t we all love to say this to someone in a debate some time?

    • Ed Kratz

      Yes, it is true about Gladiator. I conceed.

    • Ed Kratz

      I wanted to put Theoden’s Helm’s Deep speech in The Two Towers too. Theoden is simply one of the greatest characters in all of cinematic history. They are all enhanced with such a great musical score.

      “Let this be the day that we draw swords together.”

    • James Kubecki

      Wow, so many…
      Kevin Costner realizing who the catcher is in Field of Dreams…
      The cat in the doorway in The Third Man…
      “Sure, we’re speaking, Jedediah… You’re fired.”
      Bruce Willis realizing, in the Sixth Sense…
      The last half hour of Dead Again…

    • mbaker

      The You Tube version of this has been pulled due to a copyright dispute with Sony Pictures so here’s the line (at least as close as I can remember it) from The Professionals with Lee Marvin.

      At the end Marvin is called a common curse word used for a man, beginning with a B.

      Marvin replies:

      “Mine is an accident of birth, but you, sir, are a self made man.”

    • Rick

      Of course we must ask, “Top” in what way?

      Acting? Writing? Entertainment? Message?

    • ChrisB

      If we’re going to LotR, Gandalf’s description of the afterlife is a wonderful scene. I particularly like how the sound of battle fades away and, for a moment, those two are the only people in the world.

    • Renju Philip

      I would say the following

      1) Charge of Theoden
      2) Song of Theoden
      3) Speech of Maximus in front of Emperor
      4) Gimli the dwarf telling about look to the east
      5) Kingdom of Heaven Saladdin was posed with a question what is Jerusalem worth?
      6) Braveheart on Freedom
      7) “Welcome, child,” he said. “Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.” “That is because you are older, little one,” answered he. “Not because you are?” “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
      8) Dual nature of gollum

    • Hugh

      The waterfall scene in LAST OF THE MOHICANS! Daniel Day Lewis says to Madeleine Stowe: “You stay alive no matter what occurs…I will find you…You stay alive! No matter how long it takes, no matter how far…I will find you!” Now thats the kind of MASCULINE romantic talk that makes women go weak at the knees…ha ha. My wife and I think its the most spine tingling romantic scene in the movies.

    • Wes


      -‘Leave the gun, take the cannoli’ –The Godfather

      -‘I’m just a Chinese’ –Ip Man, after defeating 10 imperial Japanese black belts. That was a really moving movie, especially for me since I’m Chinese. It portrays the struggles of the Chinese during WW2/Japanese occupation, and the strength of the people against foreign oppression.

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