For the 1996 film:
- Anvilicious: Modern transport is bad.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening title theme by Howard Shore, scored for multiple icy electric guitars, perfectly captures the weird, cold and yet highly eroticised atmosphere of the movie.
- So Okay, It's Average: General opinion of the film is that it's not bad, per say, but ultimately the controversy overhyped it significantly.
For the 2004 film:
- Anvilicious: One of the main criticisms against the film is that it dispenses Haggis's opinion on race very overtly, with its Loads and Loads of Characters seemingly doing nothing but talk about race.
- Award Snub: A snub in Crash's favor - a number of critics and moviegoers felt that Crash won Best Picture not so much due to its quality as a film inasmuch as its anti-racism stance was "safer" compared to that of its chief competitor Brokeback Mountain, and it frequently gets brought up among the Academy's biggest mistakes over the years. And let's just leave it at that.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The scene where Officer Ryan molests Christine is even more uncomfortable in light of the accusations of sexual misconduct leveled at director Paul Haggis.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Assuming you buy into the idea that the film won Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain because the voters wanted to go with the less controversial message movie, it became quite ironic when writer/director Paul Haggis left Scientology a few years later over their support of Proposition 8.
- Seeing Terrence Howard and Don Cheadle in a movie together, after the acrimonious circumstances of Cheadle taking Howard's role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Hype Backlash: It got a lot of this after it won Best Picture, especially since the film had come out long before the main awards season and many people had forgotten about it until the Oscars.
- Never Live It Down: More often than not, Crash is remembered as the movie that won Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain and not for its merits as a film.
- Signature Scene: The scene where Ryan rescues Christine from the burning car. Even people who don't like the film as a whole have cited this scene as being excellent.