Favorite movie climactic scenesby MissSimonetta | created - 07 Dec 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
These are my personal favorite movie climaxes: exciting chases, dramatic one-on-one confrontations, or sometimes pure anti-climax. No particular order.
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1. Wait Until Dark (1967)
Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller
A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.
Votes: 25,497 | Gross: $17.55M
Blind Audrey Hepburn versus a psychopathic Alan Arkin. The weapons are a box of matches and a kitchen knife. This final fifteen minute confrontation is suspenseful and terrifying, one where the viewer never knows who's going to have the upper hand at any given moment.
2. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.
Votes: 41,045 | Gross: $38.60M
Atmospheric and tense, the final battle between Basil and Rattigan is magnificent. The best part is when Rattigan sheds his civilized persona and goes feral, beating Basil half to death in one of the most savage moments in a Disney movie!
3. Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A dashing thief, his gang of desperadoes and an intrepid policeman struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches, and learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to.
Though the opening car chase is the most referenced and influential scene in Cagliostro, the clock tower battle between Lupin and the Count also has its reverberations throughout pop culture, particularly in The Great Mouse Detective and Batman the Animated Series. Part Hitchcock and part Chaplin, it's suspenseful and quirky-- that is, until the Count ups the stakes outside the tower. A great sequence in a movie filled to the brim with them!
4. Barry Lyndon (1975)
PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.
The last duel between Barry and his stepson is as close as anyone gets to a moment of grace in a post-Strangelove Kubrick movie. After having acted like a tyrant for years, Barry tries for a moment of compassion. It does not work out the way he planned...
5. Wizards (1977)
PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.
Votes: 9,412 | Gross: $9.00M
This movie's climax goes against our expectations of what a final battle between a hero and villain should be like. Some people find the blatant anti-climax annoying, but I think it's brilliantly hilarious.
6. Pinocchio (1940)
G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.
Votes: 118,758 | Gross: $84.25M
In a movie where none of the several villains are defeated, Monstro is the ultimate symbol of evil. Notice how Pinocchio and company don't even try to fight him-- all they can do is run. Combined with gorgeous animation and effects, this is the best Disney climactic scene IMO.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,068,293 | Gross: $290.48M
8. Our Hospitality (1923)
Not Rated | 65 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller
A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family.
Buster to the rescue! Even ninety plus years onward, this is one tense scene, full of Keaton's athletics and his often underrated dramatic abilities.
10. Way Down East (1920)
Passed | 145 min | Drama, Romance
A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.
Votes: 4,704 | Gross: $4.50M
Richard Barthlelmess rescuing the unconscious Lillian Gish from the ice flow is one of silent film's most iconic sequences. As crude as the melodrama might seem to some, you cannot deny the effectiveness of this scene, both because of the editing and the fact that the actors' lives actually were in danger due to the sequence being filmed on-location. Barthelmess's anxiety isn't acting here!
11. Castle in the Sky (1986)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
14. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,137,207 | Gross: $322.74M
15. Bambi (1942)
G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family
The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.
Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright, Arthur Davis, Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn
Votes: 120,431 | Gross: $102.80M
16. Broken Blossoms (1919)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.
Passed | 197 min | Drama, History
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.
Votes: 13,012 | Gross: $2.18M
18. The Red Shoes (1948)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.
Votes: 25,032 | Gross: $10.90M
19. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy
In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.
21. Carrie (1976)
R | 98 min | Horror
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Votes: 154,457 | Gross: $33.80M
22. The Grey (2011)
R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.
Votes: 230,607 | Gross: $51.58M
24. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)
R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Votes: 186,797 | Gross: $135.37M