- "I believe I speak for everyone here, sir, when I say: 'To hell with our orders.'"
- This exchange, leading to what is arguably the Enterprise-E's first CMoA.
- During the first fight against the Borg, the Borg adapt to the Starfleet phasers rather quickly. Worf's "Captain, they've adapted!" would sound slightly fearful when said by a member of any other species. Worf? Hell no. He takes his rifle and starts clubbing the Borg drones with it.
- During the battle at the deflector dish the Borg again adapt to the phasers. This time, Worf slashes it apart with a sword. When it manages to cut a hole in his suit, he patches it with the Borg's cables. Complete with trailing arm!
- Another Worf line, just two words: "Assimilate THIS!"
- Picard killing Borg with a Tommy Gun in the holodeck.
- The Borg Queen's temptation of Data is evil, kinky win. [blows on Data's new skin] "Was it good for you?" Yes. Yes it was.
- Picard is going blind with revenge against the Borg and calls Worf a coward for falling back and destroying the Enterprise. Worf stands up to him, face to face, and says with as much restraint a Klingon can have, "If you were any other man I would kill you where you stand!"
- Another for Picard and his effect on Worf — there are precisely two men in the universe that Worf would let insult him like that without violent retribution. One is his son Alexander. The other is Picard.
- Lily calling Picard out on his decision to stay and fight the Borg.
Lily: I am such an idiot. It's so simple. The Borg hurt you and now you're gonna hurt them back.
Picard: In my century we don't succumb to revenge. We have a more evolved sensibility.
Lily: Bullshit! I saw the look on your face when you shot those Borg on the Holodeck. You were almost enjoying it!
Picard: How dare you?
Lily: Oh, come on, Captain. You're not the first man to get a thrill out of murdering someone! I see it all the time!
Picard: Get out!
Lily: Or what? You'll kill me? Like you killed Ensign Lynch?
Picard: ... There was no way to save him.
Lily: You didn't even try. Where was your "evolved sensibility" then?
Picard: I don't have time for this.
Lily: Hey, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to interrupt your little quest. Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale!
Lily: You do have books in the 24th century?
Picard: This is not about revenge.
Picard: This is about saving the future of humanity!
Lily: Jean-Luc, blow up the damn ship!
Picard: No! Nooooooo!
- Tim Lynch found Lily's retort "BULLSHIT!" to be a CMoA against Picard's (temporary) pomposity about having "evolved sensibilities".
- Picard's "line must be drawn heyah" speech afterwards.
Picard: I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We've made too many compromises already; too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they've done!
- Lily tops him with a quiet: "You broke your little ships. See you around, Ahab."
- A quieter, but no less awesome moment of He Who Fights Monsters / What Have I Done realization follows:
Picard: (softly, to himself) "And he piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon he would have shot his heart upon it."
- Picard, when asked by Crusher if they'd make another Enterprise, smiles and says, "Plenty of letters left in the alphabet."
- Picard's No One Gets Left Behind speech to Lily, before going after Data.
- Data: "Resistance. Is. Futile." For full impact, You Need To Watch The Whole Scene.
- While this troper feels the entire film is one long crowning moment of awesome, special notice given to the period from when the the Phoenix launches (complete with its own Crowning Music of Awesome) and flies away from the Earth with the Enterprise in pursuit, while at the same time Picard looks utterly screwed ... until suddenly Data reveals his hand and breaches the coolant tank.
- The Phoenix has another CMoA as it reaches orbit. At first it just looks like this rickety, cobbled-together thing that's barely a step up from a 60's space capsule... Then the side panels come off, and slowly a pair of Star Trek-style warp nacelles unfold and lock into position. And that is when the discerning Trekkie knows epic-ness is about to ensue.
- Another for both Zefram Cochrane and Steppenwolf: Cochrane launches his modified nuclear missile to go to warp flight and get the attention of the Vulcans, leading to Earth's first contact with an alien race ... and he does it while blasting "Magic Carpet Ride" across the whole base.
- First Contact itself, especially as the aliens are revealed to be Vulcans.
- A subtle one for Starfleet comes up just after the Enterprise rescues the Defiant survivors — it might not have been enough, but even before Picard and the Enterprise's intervention, Starfleet was doing much better than they did at Wolf 359 six years earlier (compare 'light damage' to 'heavy damage to outer hull, fluctuations in cube power grid detectable to Starfleet sensors'). The Borg aren't the only ones capable of adapting...
- Of course, this works as an example for the Borg too. Even with far more preparation and advanced ships, Starfleet still doesn't even manage to slow the Borg down. They come within a hair's breadth of reaching Earth. Oh and destruction of the Cube? Well, the Borg are prepared for the eventuality too. There's a reason everyone in the Star Trek universe fears the Borg.
- While not from the film itself, the previews on the First Contact VHS version had an amazing Paramount movie montage.