23 Iconic Movie Moments That Have Stood the Test of Time

Have you ever felt chills during a movie? Those memorable scenes that make your heart race and take your breath away. Whether it’s an emotional peak, a surprising twist, or an iconic line, they stick with you long after the movie ends. A recent online survey asked, “Which movie moments always give you goosebumps?” Here are the top 23 responses.

Gladiator – The Speech

Photo Credit: DreamWorks Pictures.

“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.”

“One of the best scenes, and great execution by Crowe and Phoenix.”

Whiplash – The Last 10 Minutes

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Photo Credit: Sony Pictures.

“Whiplash is insane! So much of that movie gave me goosebumps.”

Interstellar – The Docking Scene

Interstellar Paramount Pictures
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“+1 Definitely this. On paper it’s not exciting at all, but the build up to it combined with Zimmer’s epic score make it.”

“I cannot for the life of me recall the score, but every time I hear it, it gives me goosebumps and/ or makes me tear up. So so so good!”

Braveheart – William Wallace Speech

Braveheart – Paramount Pictures
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

“FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMM!”

Jurassic Park – Welcome To Jurassic Park

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Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

Most of Jurassic Park was filmed on the island of Kauai, when it was released in 1993 it became the highest-grossing film ever at the time.

Avengers: Endgame – Captain America, Thor’s Hammer

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Photo Credit: Marvel Studios.

“I’m not even a geek for comic book movies but that moment was epic.”

Return of the King – My Friends, You Bow To No One

Return of the King New Line Cinema
Photo Credit: New Line Cinema.

“Should have ended it there, would have been so powerful.”

Apocalypse Now – Kurtz / Willard

Apocalypse Now United Artists
Photo Credit: United Artists.

“When Kurtz is talking with Willard. The cinematography is just incredible.”

Shawshank Redemption – Andy In The Rain

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but did not win any. Despite this, it has since been recognized as a modern classic.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: The “No!” Scream

Rise of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is based on a science fiction novel ‘Planet of the Apes’ written Pierre Boulle in 1963.

The Dark Knight – Lt. James Gordon Quote

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Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

“…So we’ll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A Dark Knight.”

Raging Bull: The Dolly Zoom

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Photo Credit: United Artists.

Raging Bull was released to mixed reviews but is now considered one of the greatest films ever made.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Introduction Fire Guitar Guy

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Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Mad Max: Fury Road was released in 2015, and a prequel ‘Furiosa’ is due to be released in May 2024.

Attack of the Clones: Seismic Charge

Attack of the Clones 20th Century Fox
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Attack of the Clones is the fifth film released in the Star Wars series.

Inception – The Hallway Fight

Inception Warner Bros
Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

“Joseph Gordon Levitt fighting a guy on the ceiling is still one of the coolest things I’ve seen on a movie screen. I’m getting goosebumps just typing it.”

Gravity – Shenzou Escape Pod Entry

Gravity Warner Bros
Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

“The Shenzou escape pod atmosphere re-entry scene in Gravity. Amazing.”

Avengers: Infinity War – Thor’s Entrance Into Wakanda

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Photo Credit: Marvel Studios.

Avengers: Infinity War is the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was released in 2018 and has grossed $2.052 billion.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day – T800’s Goodbye

Terminator 2_ Judgement Day Studio Canal
Photo Credit: Studio Canal.

Terminator 2 was the most expensive movie made at its time of release in 1991. With a budget of $102 million, it held this record for almost a decade.

Rocky Balboa – Last Fight

Rocky Balboa MGM Studios
Photo Credit: MGM Studios.

“Very end of the fight when Rocky reaches down and finds the last bit of energy he has to throw a fit of punches in the final seconds of the last round.”

Harry Potter: Prisoner Of Azkaban – Patronus

Harry Potter_ Prisoner of Azkaban Warner Bros
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“When Harry casts his Patronus at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, that moment of silence right before all you hear is him. Goosebumps.”

SpiderMan: Homecoming – Dad Talk

SpiderMan Marvel Pictures
Photo Credit: Marvel Pictures.

“Michael Keaton is awesome.”

Godzilla (2014) – The Tail Starts Glowing Blue

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The filmmakers intentionally kept Godzilla hidden for much of the movie in order to build suspense and create a sense of awe when he finally appears on the screen.

Gattaca – The Swim

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Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

The title of the movie is derived from the four letters that represent the chemical bases of DNA: G, A, T, and C.