* "Hey mister..." ({{beat}}) "She's my SISTER!"
* The Bag Lady's reaction to Mark filming her in "On The Street".
* "Santa Fe"; all that dancing 'round on the streets of New York?
* Maureen's first appearance in "Christmas Bells".
-->'''Company''': And it's beginning to- and it's beginning to- and it's beginning to-!
-->'''Maureen''': ''[Taking off her helmet]'' Joanne, which way to the stage?
-->'''Company''': SNOWWWW!
* Mimi's not-so-subtle ways of flirting with Roger in "Light My Candle" and his subsequent reactions.
* Angel's story of how she got the money in "Today 4 U".
* Mark's quitting Buzzline near the end of 'What You Own' sends shivers down this troper's spine every time, for as relatively subtle a moment as it is.
-->'''Mark''': Alexi? Mark-- call me a hypocrite-- I need to finish my own film-- I '''quit'''!
* Mimi recounts Angel's epic TakeThat against someone who was harassing her: "I'm more of a man than you'll ever be, and more of a woman than you'll ever get."
* ''"Dearly beloved, we gather here to say our goodbyes..."'' evolving into ''"Is anyone out of the mainstream? Is anyone in the mainstream? Is anyone alive with a sex drive? Tear down the walls! Aren't we all? The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation! Viva La Vie Boheme!"'' A few of my friends and I consider that the crowning moment of {{Rent}}.
* Benny gets one by [[spoiler: footing the bill for Angel's funeral]].
* May be more of a Real Life crowning moment, but Daphne Rubin-Vega's "Out Tonight" at the ''{{Rent}}'' 10th Anniversary deserves mention. [[LoveItOrHateIt Like her or not]], you have to admit that actually ''climbing onto the bars'' and doing all the original choreography - which includes back bends, a split, and high kicks - in skintight pants and high heels, with barely any preparation (the entire cast had expected to be just sitting and singing, like a concert, not actually performing) is pretty darn impressive. Not to mention that this was [[ActionMom after she'd had a kid.]]
* Would this fit here? OH well, I'm putting it here anyway. The Stage version of RENT. Finale B (which is CrowningMusicOfAwesome in itself), at the very end. Singing along, and then suddenly, everyone looks stage-right... and on runs Angel, who joins in singing. When this troper saw RENT, he knew perfectly well that it was coming, and he still burst into hysterically joyful tears.
** At the very end of the final Broadway performance, the original cast coming out and singing "Seasons of Love" with the final cast is worth the price of the DVD alone.
* For anyone singing Roger's part, his heartbroken "Mimiiiiiiiii" at the end of "Your Eyes" lasts ''twelve seconds,'' ending in a howl of pain. That takes serious lung power.