* Al Pacino utterly discombobulating Hank Azaria's character (and Hank Azaria himself, as this was an ad-lib) with:
--> '''Vincent''': 'Cause she's got a...GREAT ASS!! And you've got your head ''all the way up it!''
* The famous coffee scene. Not only is it a Crowning Moment for the movie and cinema in a meta sense (as it's the first time Al Pacino and Robert De Niro ever shared the screen in the same scene in a movie), but also for the characters in the movie; in a film which isn't without its bombastic and grand moments of awesome, it's strangely fitting that its most compelling moment should be a simple, quiet scene where two protagonists share a coffee, have a pleasant conversation and discovering that, despite the fact that they work on polar opposite sides of the law, they're [[NotSoDifferent two similar guys]] [[WorthyOpponent who actually kind of like each other.]]
** People hunt down the eatery just to sit in that booth.
* The bank robbery sequence. The most believable, most intense cops-and-robbers shootout committed to film. When a ''real'' bank robbery in L.A. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout happened a few years later]], nearby citizenry thought someone was filming a ''Heat'' sequel.
* The armored car robbery is also just as much as CrowningMomentOfAwesome as it is an EstablishingCharacterMoment for each member of the crew.