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  • 12 Years a Slave: Solomon dangling from a noose and struggling to breathe while people nonchalantly carry on with their day in the background.
  • 1917: Schofield running through a Great War battlefield, perpendicularly across a wave of charging soldiers.
  • 127 Hours: Aron cutting off his arm to escape the canyon.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey: The "trip" scene where Dave sees all kinds of hallucinogenic colors while his eye pupil dilates color.
    • The opening scene with the apes and the monolith.
    • HAL's betrayal of Dave, by refusing to open the pod bay doors.
  • 28 Days Later: Jim wandering around the now-abandoned streets of London.
    • 28 Weeks Later: Don abandoning his wife during a zombie attack in order to save his own skin.
  • 300: King Leonidas shouting "THIS! IS! SPARTA!!!!" as he kicks the Persian Messenger into the pit.
  • 31: Doom-Head's monologue in the Deliberately Monochrome opening scene.
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin: The scene where Steve Carrell gets waxed.
  • 48 Hrs.: Reggie Hammond taking over the redneck bar.
  • Five Easy Pieces: Jack Nicholson getting fed up with the precision crazy waitress and sweeping all the plates and cutlery of the table with one quick arm movement.
  • (500) Days of Summer:
    • The Expectation vs. Reality scene.
    • Tom and Summer parting ways in the park.
  • : La Saraghina, the Big Beautiful Woman, dancing for the children on the beach.

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  • Unforgiven: The prologue and epilogue.
  • Universal Horror:
  • The Untouchables: The shootout on the stairs.
  • Us: The Tethered family standing ominously in the main characters' driveway.
  • The Usual Suspects: The suspects lining up. Bryan Singer also turned it into a Vanity Plate.
  • Vampyr: The main character seeing a vision of himself in a coffin.
  • Vampire's Kiss: Nicholas Cage angrily yet enthusiastically reciting the ABC's..
  • The Vanishing: The ending where the man discovers he's buried alive in a coffin
  • Varsity Blues: The scene where Darcy walks out in a whipped cream bikini.
  • Venom (2018): Venom's introduction.
    • Eddie's kiss with She-Venom.
    • Venom's fight with Riot.
  • Vertigo: James Stewart's stage fright, created by him looking down to the floor.
  • V for Vendetta: Just the image of V at that desk giving his original speech. How iconic is it? It inspired an internet subculture.
  • Von Ryan's Express: Von Ryan getting shot at he tries to catch a train.
  • The Wall: "The Happiest Days of Our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" segment.
  • WarGames: The climactic scene where WOPR runs through every possible scenario of thermonuclear war and discovers the only winning move is not to play.
  • Warcraft 2016: The opening of the Dark Portal.
  • War Horse: An American and a German soldier having to work together to free Joey after he gets tangled in barbed wire in No Man's Land.
  • War of the Worlds: An alien tripod emerging from the ground and vaporizing a crowd of people.
  • The Warriors: The chase and fight with the Baseball Furies.
    • Luther clinking beer bottles on his fingers while yowling "Warriors, come out to plaaaaaay!"
    • Cyrus' speech, especially his cries of "Can you dig it?"
  • Watchmen: The opening credits, a montage consisting of alternate universe versions of real historical events mixed in with Mythology Gags to the comic, all set to "The Times They Are a-Changing".
  • Wayne's World: "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the Mirthmobile.
    • The Product Placement scene.
    • "Extreme close-up! WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!"
    • "It will be mine. Oh, yes. It will be mine."
  • Way of the Dragon: Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris''!
  • Westfront 1918: The Lieutenant going insane in the middle of the battlefield.
  • West Side Story: The Jets' dance routine.
  • Whale Rider: Paikea riding underwater on a whale.
  • When a Stranger Calls: The opening scene, in which a babysitter is harassed by threatening calls from a stranger who turns out to be inside the house.
  • Whiplash: Fletcher throwing a chair at Andrew for making a mistake during a rehearsal before getting in his face and screaming all manner of horrible insults at him.
  • White Heat: The final scene where the gangster blows himself up in the factory and shouts: "Made it ma, top of the world", before exploding.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: "When I killed your brother, I talked...JUST...LIKE...THIS!!!!"
    • The now iconic scene of Eddie falling in Toon Town. Why is it so iconic? It features the first, and probably only time that the two most famous Cartoon Characters in history, Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, to share a scene together.
    • The closing sequence, where pretty much every cartoon star from The Golden Age of Animation appears on screen. It even provides the image page for it.
  • The Wicker Man:
    • The original 1973 version is best remembered for the scene with the wicker man itself, standing in a grass field, while the townsfolk sing "Sumer is Icumen In".
    • In the 2006 remake the scene where Nicholas Cage shouts "NOT THE BEES!!!" near the end of the movie.
  • The climactic final shootout of The Wild Bunch.
  • The Wild One: Johnny being asked "what he is rebelling against" to which he answers: "What do you got?"
  • Wild Things: Neve Campbell and Denise Richards kissing in a pool.
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: The "chocolate tunnel" scene has become notorious for being a really creepy Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
    • "Pure Imagination."
  • The Wind in the Willows (1996): Secret of Survival, being an incredibly catchy Villain Song that also stands out for being a dark scene in a otherwise light hearted film.
  • Wings: The Cameo of Gary Cooper.
  • The VVitch: Black Phillip revealing himself to be Satan in disguise, and bringing Thomasin into his coven.
  • The Wizard of Oz: The switch from black and white to color, as Dorothy opens the door to enter Oz.
    • Scarecrow singing "If I Only Had a Brain".
    • Dorothy clicking her heels and saying "There's no place like home."
  • The Wolf of Wall Street: Jordan and Donnie trying to fight while high off of quaaludes.
  • Woodstock: Jimi Hendrix playing "The Star Spangled Banner".
  • World War Z: The horde of zombies climbing on top of one another to get over a wall.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • X-Men:
      • Professor X and Magneto's chess match.
      • The entire Statue of Liberty showdown between the eponymous team and the Brotherhood.
    • X2: X-Men United:
      • Nightcrawler's fight with the Secret Service in the White House hallways.
      • Wolverine whipping out his claws and going to town on some soldiers when the school is attacked.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand:
      • Professor X's death.
      • Magneto moving the Golden Gate Bridge.
      • Juggernaut angrily shouting at Kitty Pryde that he's "the Juggernaut, bitch!"
      • Wolverine killing Phoenix.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Wolverine vs. Deadpool.
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • Erik killing Nazis in the Argentina bar.
      • Wolverine's cameo.
      • Erik and Raven's interaction in the former's bedroom.
    • The Wolverine: The Traintop Battle between Logan and several Yakuza members.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
      • Peter's Bullet Time run through the Pentagon kitchen.
      • Erik lifting a football stadium.
    • Deadpool: Deadpool jumping from a highway overpass and onto an enemy car and messing with the bad guys inside. note 
    • X-Men: Apocalypse:
      • The death of Magneto's family.
      • Quicksilver rescuing the school's students while "Sweet Dreams" plays over the soundtrack.
    • Logan: The death of Wolverine.
    • Deadpool 2:
      • Cable's introduction.
      • X-Force skydiving out of a plane. And then getting massacred.
      • Deadpool killing his Origins incarnation in front of Logan in The Stinger.
    • Dark Phoenix: The train battle.
  • Young Frankenstein: The whinying horses evertime someone says "Frau Blücher".
  • Zardoz: The titular god's stone head floating down from the heavens and ranting about the evil nature of the penis, before a flood of guns comes erupting out of his mouth.
  • Zodiac: Graysmith going down into a basement with a man who may or may not be the Zodiac Killer.
  • Zombi 2: Zombie vs. shark.
    • Paola's eye being slowly pulled onto a sharp chunk of wood.
    • The final scene, in which a horde of zombies invade New York.
    • Zombi 3D: A zombified head jumping out of a freezer.
  • Zombieland: Columbus accidentally murdering Bill Murray.
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