- Crowning Moment of Awesome: It turns out to be the wrong thing to do but Book beating up the bully who's tormenting the Amish is very satisfying to watch.
- Eli's speech to Samuel about why the Amish don't believe in violence.
- A subtle one: Book and Rachel dancing to Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World". The whole scene is so oddly innocent that Rachel earns her subsequent indignation when Eli tells her bluntly that a relationship between her and Book can't work out. Even though he happens to be right.
- The barn-raising. It shows in the quietest possible way just how close-knit this community is.
- The entire district hurrying to Lapp's farm at the climax, enabling John to demonstrate to Schaeffer that he'll basically have to kill the entire town if he wants to get away with it.
- Daniel covering for Book after Book beats up the tourist harassing him. It's more awesome since, Daniel doesn't really like Book, mainly because of Rachel's interest in him, but he's grateful of Book defending him.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: This exchange during the cow milking scene:
Eli: What's the matter, man? Haven't you ever had your hands on a teat before?
Book: Not one this big.
- What really makes that scene work is Eli chuckling at the remark (Not So Stoic after all) and Book doing a double-take at it.
- McFee accidentally stepping on cow manure and screaming, "Shit!"
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Maurice Jarre's score. Conceptually speaking it shouldn't work as it's played entirely on synthesisers, and the Amish wouldn't go near a synth, and yet it's uplifting without being sentimental.
- Nightmare Fuel: The death of Fergie in the grain silo. Also Disproportionate Retribution, since the other two were much worse than him.
- The opening murder and the ensuing Searching the Stalls scene. It puts you right in Samuel's perspective, and it's brilliantly edited.
- The scene with Samuel's in the police station moments before he identifies Mc Fee he looks around the police station out of innocent curiosity. A man gets Samuel's attention to come closer and he tries to attack/scare the poor kid. We then see that he's shackled to the chair he is sitting on, meaning he's been detained as a dangerous offender. Any kid Amish or not would have been in the same situation as Sam and be just as scared. There's a bit of heartwarming when one of the cop's tells that jerk to knock it off.
- Retroactive Recognition: This was Viggo Mortensen's first movie, as one of the Amish.