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Nightmare Fuel: Independence Day
The destruction of NYC, Washington, and Los Angeles, which ends the first act. Imagine seeing buildings completely obliterated by a fireball that you can't outrun. Critics at the time praised this scene for its haunting realism, which became even more hauntingly real on 9/11 five years later.