20 Most Iconic Movie Scenes Of All Time

Even if you haven’t seen every classic film, there are a few famous movie scenes you just intrinsically know. They might be the movie’s culmination, like the shower scene in Psycho. Or they might be one of the scenes fans are still repeating word-for-word, such as the “Wingardium Leviosa” lesson in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The door scene from Titanic

This scene will live on in eternal debate about whether the two of them could both have fit on the door. (They could have.) For more Titanic, check out the 20 Facts Titanic Gets Wrong.

The “there’s no place like home” scene from The Wizard of Oz

There are plenty of memorable moments that make The Wizard of Oz such a classic movie. But one of the most moving scenes is when Dorothy decides to return to Kansas, reciting the now-famous line, “There’s no place like home.”

The “Wingardium Leviosa” scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

There are plenty of iconic moments from the Harry Potter series. But this scene from the first movie might be the one that fans quote the most. Hermione’s correcting Ron on how to say “Wingardium Leviosa” properly shows both of their personalities early on and hints at how significant it is when the two become friends later in the movie. And for more on the magical wizarding world, here are 35 Ways Harry Potter Is Still Crazy Relevant.

The “shut up” scene from The Princess Diaries

“Wow, gee whiz, golly wolly.” There’s a special place in Anne Hathaway fans’ hearts for this lovable Disney movie, and this scene is just too funny not to quote. But, really—whose reaction wouldn’t be “Shut up!” if they’d just learned they were a member of a foreign country’s royal family?

The “I just wanted to take another look at you” scene from A Star Is Born

The scene isn’t the most important to the movie’s plot. But it’s iconic enough that it’s showed up in various iterations of A Star Is Born over time, including the Bradley Cooper–Lady Gaga version that’s nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars ceremony. In the 2018 version, the scene hints at what’s to come for Jackson and Ally’s romance, and it’s also given way to plenty of memes.

The library dance scene from The Breakfast Club

Often imitated, never duplicated. The students’ dancing while serving their detention is just plain fun—and probably one of the most famous movie scenes out there. No other dance montages can even compare.

The “Tale As Old As Time” scene from Beauty and the Beast

Sure, Belle falling for the Beast was more than a little Stockholm Syndrome-y. But it’s easy to forget that with gorgeous dance scenes and songs like this one.

The “You Are a Toy” scene from Toy Story

Toy Story was the first full-length Pixar movie, and it’s still one of the best. Buzz and Woody’s infamous fight while they’re stranded at the gas station is pretty harsh. But it’s also crucial to Buzz’s acceptance of the fact that he is, truly, just a toy. Also, anyone with a short fuse will no doubt side with Woody’s exasperated declaration that it’s “the perfect time to panic.”

The bend-and-snap scene from Legally Blonde

This isn’t exactly a feminist-approved way to get a man’s attention. But the scene did become iconic, even inspiring an entire song in the Legally Blonde musical.

The Tiffany’s scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Holly’s arrival outside the New York jewelry store doesn’t need dialogue to be memorable. Audrey Hepburn eating the pastry and coffee while looking into Tiffany’s windows says more than words could, and it gives fans a glimpse of who the character is before she’s even spoken a word.

The “I Am Your Father” scene from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Of all of the memorable Star Wars moments, this one is definitely at the top of the list. While it’s a line that even non-fans know by heart, the reveal that Darth Vader was Luke’s dad was shocking to the movie’s first audiences.

The opening scene from The Sound of Music

Even someone who hasn’t seen The Sound of Music will probably be able to quote that first line: “The hills are alive with the sound of music.” Maria’s joyful song, shot in Marktschellengberg, Germany, sets the stage for the rest of the movie, and Julie Andrews is an utter delight.

The “you’re gonna need a bigger boat” scene from Jaws

Jaws is one of the most famous movies of all time, and this line was instantly iconic. Watching the huge shark swim by the boat really is scary, for both the characters and the movie’s audience.

The tear scene from Get Out

Chris’s tear-stricken face quickly became the go-to image for this Best Picture-nominated film. He’s being hypnotized into the Sunken Place, and Daniel Kaluuya perfectly embodies the sheer horror of the situation.

The “death is better than bondage” scene from Black Panther

Black Panther was the first superhero movie ever nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. There are a number of memorable scenes in the movie, but the last scene was one of the most powerful. While Killmonger certainly wasn’t the hero of this Marvel film, he did deliver a poignant final line. “Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ’cause they knew death was better than bondage,” he tells T’Challa. Cue the chills.

The “he slimed me” scene from Ghostbusters

Peter isn’t thrilled to be one of Slimer’s victims. But Ray is happy about the evidence from the encounter—namely, the slime that Peter’s now covered in.

The “if you’re a bird, I’m a bird” scene from The Notebook

The “if you’re a bird, I’m a bird” scene from The Notebook

The “offer he can’t refuse” scene from The Godfather

This might be one of the most famous movie scenes, ever. Don Corleone’s chilling quote shows that he means business, and he’ll do anything to get his way

The dive scene from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Into the Spider-Verse won the 2019 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Picture, and it’s not hard to see why. The animation style is unlike any other movie that’s come before it, cartoon or otherwise. The scene when Miles dives through the glassy facades of New York’s buildings, wearing his newly made Spider-Man suit, shows the moment he fully takes on the superhero’s role. It’s one of the most visually stunning and instantly unforgettable famous movie scenes out there.

The spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp

Plenty of humans have tried to recreate the magic of the two pups enjoying their pasta together. These dogs may be a bit confused about what qualifies as dog food, but that doesn’t make this scene any less cute and endearing