Awesome / Schindler's List

  • The beginning of Oskar's Heel–Face Turn after the one-armed man he just hired is killed.
  • When Schindler convinces the head and guards of Auschwitz, first by bribes, to let the women who accidentally got sent there free as well. Then he convinces the guards to let the children go by saying that their smaller hands are needed to polish the inside of shells. The kids never ended up doing that, and the entire factory ends up being, as the narration states, "the model of nonproduction".
    • This is something that was unique in the history of Auschwitz.
  • When the Brinnlitz factory starts up, Schindler calmly tells the SS guards that if they shoot any of his workers without a good reason, they will go to prison and he will collect compensation from the government. He then forbids the guards from entering the factory without his permission, and brings out cases of liquor to secure their cooperation.
    • This was undoubtedly just fine with the guards. Any other assignment at this juncture of the war would've resulted in almost certain death. Very few German men from barely teens to middle-aged survived the war.
  • Oskar inviting and reminding the rabbi he had working for him to observe the Sabbath once they entered the final factory. Said rabbi recited the prayers loud enough for every guard in the facility to hear, and yet had no negative repercussions whatsoever.
  • The ending, where Schindler is going over how to deal with releasing the Jews he has saved, and he talks to the guards.
    Oskar Schindler: I know you have received orders from our commandant, which he has received from his superiors, to dispose of the population of this camp. Now would be the time to do it. Here they are; they're all here. This is your opportunity. Or, you could leave, and return to your families as men instead of murderers.
  • One for Steven Spielberg, for just making the movie. For him, it was more than a movie, it was his obligation as a Jew.
    • For this movie, the credits are essentially a list of awesome people.
  • Spielberg himself gets a Real Life one for refusing a salary for this movie, as he claimed it would be "blood money". Doubles as a Heartwarming moment.
  • A brief moment in the epilogue: Amon Göth being hanged by the Polish army.
    • Ruined by stoic look upon his face as he accepts his fate.
    • Granted he was pretty stoic when hanged in real life.
    • And for someone as sociopathically broken as Goeth, nothing would have elicited a reaction from him anyway. He was executed for his crimes; there is no more blood to wring from that stone.
  • The whole operation Schindler pulls off in rescuing his workers, both in the movie and in real life.
  • Another meta example: Spielberg presenting this film to his alma matter as the thesis film he never made. And having it be accepted!
  • During the Krakow liquidation, one man attempts to physically restrain a German soldier from shooting a fleeing boy. It's all for naught, but gotta give the guy points for trying to put up a fight.
  • The scene of the list being typed, intercut with Schindler badgering his various colleagues to chip in, either with money or just by doing the same thing he is doing.