Awesome / L.A. Confidential

  • Edmund Exley's simultaneous interrogation of the three murder suspects: "Sugar, I'm talking about a gas chamber bounce and you haven't even asked me what this is about. You've got a big guilty sign around your neck."
  • "...Rollo... Tomasi…"
    • More specifically, Jack Vincennes realizes that he's dying so he uses his final words to trick Dudley into incriminating himself to Exley, which ultimately brings about Dudley's downfall.
  • Bud White's epic smackdown of D.A. Ellis Lowe, culminating in dangling him by his ankles from his office balcony while Exley looks on nonchalantly.
    • "Now, I know you think you're the A-number one hotshot. Well, here's the juice: if I take you out, there'll be ten more lawyers to take your place tomorrow. They just won't come on the bus, that's all!"
      • Capped by Ed's "That the way you ran Good Cop/Bad Cop?"
  • The film itself. It manages to take a 500 page, unfilmable novel and turn it into a fantastic 2-hour movie and makes it work. There is a lot of Adaptation Distillation, but this film makes it work, so much so that James Ellroy himself loved it.
  • "Just one hero?"
  • Inez Soto calling Ed out on his bullshit in the book, flat-out telling him she manipulated him into killing the Nite Owl suspects. The "absolute justice" Ed believes in more than anything isn't his, it's hers.