One that's more for the special effects crew than the characters: Grant gazes out of the jeep idly, until disbelief creeps over his face. Astounded, he whips off his sunglasses, stands up to get a better look, then grabs Dr. Sattler to get her to look and she does the same. Right there, in broad daylight, is a completely convincing Brachiosaur.
Dr. Grant: Um... it's... it's a dinosaur. Hammond: Dr. Grant, my dear Dr. Sattler... welcome to Jurassic Park.
A deleted scene from the first movie plays this out differently, but no less awesome: The Velociraptors have cornered Grant and the kids, the one in front of them's about to spring...suddenly, a gunshot rings out and the raptor falls to the ground. Grant and Co. turn to see who the mystery shooter is. It's Hammond. Yes, you read that right. Hammond took down a Velociraptor.
Muldoon is walking awesome. "Shoot her! SHOOT HER!"
Note that Muldoon was far more awesome in the book. He takes down multiple raptors by wielding a rocket launcher and drops the adult T. rex with a direct hit to the head with a rocket-launched tranquilizer.
Say what you will about Ian and chaos theory but he managed to survive two T. rexes in two films.
Three, technically. One in the first, two in the second. And the infant, which admittedly was never a big threat to him on its own.
The fight between T. rex and Spinosaurus could also count. It's short...and Spino wins...but it's still awesome.
Dr. Grant tackling and wrestling with a Cearadactylus that grabbed Lex.
Tim and Lex tricking a Velociraptor into walking into a freezer and then locking it inside.
Muldoon shows how the movie Muldoon should have handled the raptors: with a freaking rocket-propelled grenade launcher. He even tranquilizes the T. rex, and it possibly drowns in the river (only one T. rex shows up in the count at the novel's end, but the T. rex may be in a non-monitored area).
Gennaro is nothing like the cowardly prick in the movie, as he accompanies several of the characters on dangerous treks, and at one point, heaves a full-grown Velociraptor off his back.
When the main power goes out and the raptors start running amuck, Gennaro volunteers to restart the generator himself after Arnold apparently fails. He does this on his own, without being asked, aware that the last man who tried was probably eaten alive, and with no plan of escape after he succeeds. Not bad for a legal consultant.
Worth noting that when Muldoon finds the explosive rounds for his rocket launcher and heads off to hunt the raptors, it's Gennaro he chooses as his ammo carrier. He acquits himself pretty well, too.
Having found the raptor pack, Muldoon blows one into hamburger with his first shot. The rest turn around, snarling.
Near the climax of the first book, Dr. Grant is being chased through the incubation room by Velociraptors. In a sudden burst of inspiration, he remembers that the creatures were theorized to feed on eggs from other dinosaurs' nests in addition to live prey. Using this knowledge to his advantage, he injects several eggs with the lethal contents of a nearby syringe and rolls them toward the Velociraptors, which take the bait and die almost instantaneously.
One of them doesn't fall for it and goes for Grant. He wrestles briefly with it while injecting it directly.
Lex restarting the computer in the film was a nice moment, but she knew the system. In the book? The Jurassic Park OS is completely custom designed and has an incredibly unhelpful interface. Nevertheless, with nothing but his computer instincts to guide him, Tim makes his way through it and restarts the power, saving the lives of everyone on the island.
Followed immediately by Gennaro getting the ship to turn around, preventing three Velociraptors from reaching the mainland, by invoking the Uniform Maritime Act on the captain.
"Try this for identification, Captain Farrell," Gennaro said. "If you don't turn that boat around and return to this island immediately, you will be found in violation of Section 509 of the Uniform Maritime Act, you will be subject to revocation of license, penalties in excess of fifty thousand dollars, and five years in jail. Do you hear that?"
In The Lost World, Sarah Harding is a walking badass. She surives being pushed overboard by Dodgson, swimming through extremely dangerous waters, chases after and snipes a Velociraptor on a motorcycle (which is being driven by a kid with no experience in driving a motorcycle), and overpowers Dodgson and offers him up to the Tyrannosaurus.
Doc Thorne and Levine riding a motorcycle to safety while being pursued by a T. rex.
Levine shooting a Velociraptor point-blank in the mouth with a rifle.
Eddie buying his friends time to climb up to safety, by fighting off a pack of raptors with a steel bar. He gets caught and killed.
This Gatorade commercial, released in 2000, featuring the Velociraptors from the film taking on Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors . . . in a basketball game.