25 Epic Movie Moments

Gladiator 560x315Epic is defined as an adjective which describes something that is heroic or grand in scale or character, or something that is particularly impressive or remarkable. It has been used most recently to describe something that happens that can not be described as simply cool, or awesome. Epic is used to define a moment is so amazing it needs a word that should only be used at the rarest of occasions. In this case, we are using it to describe movie moments.

Have you ever watched a film that was so amazing, you forget that you were sitting at home, or in a movie theater? You were so caught up in the film that you felt as though you were a part of it. Then, just when you thought you had it all figured out, something epic happens that makes you want to get up and scream out in joy at the scene you just witnessed?

That is how an epic movie moment happens. It is a culmination of a script that has been designed to break down your guard and have you trusting that what you are watching is going to continue down the path of least resistance. That this movie is going to end up being amazing, but predictable because you are so lost in the movie that you think you can figure it all out ahead of time. But just when you figured it out, something occurs that shocks you in a way that makes you walk out saying one word to describe it, “Epic!”

Here are our 25 Most Epic Movie Moments of the Past 50 Years.

Warning: Spoilers and some strong language ahead. Be warned now, you might not have seen these movies and some of the scenes can be considered spoilers. 

25) “Come out to play!”

  • Year: 1979
  • Movie: The Warriors
  • Release Date: February 9th
  • Box Office: $22.5 Million
  • Directed By: Walter Hill
  • Written By: David Shaber, Walter Hill
  • Main Cast: Michael Beck, Roger Hill, Deborah Van Valkenburge, David Patrick Kelly, James Remar

24) “Leave the Room”

  • Year: 2007
  • Movie: Eastern Promises
  • Release Date: September 14th
  • Box Office: $56.1 Million
  • Directed By: David Cronenberg
  • Written By: Steve Knight
  • Main Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl

23) “Hit me!”

  • Year: 1999
  • Movie: Fight Club
  • Release Date: October 15th
  • Box Office: $100.9 Million
  • Directed By: David Fincher
  • Written By: Jim Uhls
  • Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Ed Norton, Helena Bonham-Carter, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto

22) “This rock…”

  • Year: 2010
  • Movie: 127 Hours
  • Release Date: November 5th
  • Box Office: $60.7 Million
  • Directed By: Danny Boyle
  • Written By: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
  • Main Cast: James Franco

21) “Want to see a magic trick?”

  • Year: 2008
  • Movie: The Dark Knight
  • Release Date: July 18th
  • Box Office: $1.005 Billion
  • Directed By: Christopher Nolan
  • Written By: Jonathan and Christopher Nolan
  • Main Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal

20) “I’m all out of bubblegum”

  • Year: 1988
  • Movie: They Live
  • Release Date: November 4th
  • Box Office: $13 Million
  • Directed By: John Carpenter
  • Written By: John Carpenter
  • Main Cast: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster

19) The Battle at Helm’s Deep

  • Year: 2002
  • Movie: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Release Date: December 18th
  • Box Office: $926 Million
  • Directed By: Peter Jackson
  • Written By: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson
  • Main Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Orlando Bloom

18) “Ok, you have some skill”

  • Year: 2003
  • Movie: The Matrix Reloaded
  • Release Date: May 15th
  • Box Office: $742.1 Million
  • Directed By: The Wachowski Brothers
  • Written By: The Wachowski Brothers
  • Main Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith

17) “Did you see that?”

  • Year: 2010
  • Movie: Inception
  • Release Date: July 16th
  • Box Office: $825.5 Million
  • Directed By: Christopher Nolan
  • Written By: Christopher Nolan
  • Main Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy

16) “Leave the gun…”

  • Year: 1972
  • Movie: The Godfather
  • Release Date: March 24th
  • Box Office: $245.1 Million
  • Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Written By: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
  • Main Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Richard Castellano

15) “Call it”

  • Year: 2007
  • Movie: No Country for Old Men
  • Release Date: November 9th
  • Box Office: $171.6 Million
  • Directed By: The Coen Brothers
  • Written By: The Coen Brothers
  • Main Cast: Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin

14) “So O-Ren, any more subordinates…”

  • Year: 2003
  • Movie: Kill Bill: Vol.1
  • Release Date: October 10th
  • Box Office: $180.9 Million
  • Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
  • Written By: Quentin Tarantino
  • Main Cast: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine

13) “I know”

  • Year: 1980
  • Movie: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Release Date: May 21st
  • Box Office: $538 Million
  • Directed By: Irvin Kershner
  • Written By: George Lucas
  • Main Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Frank Oz

12) “This is Sparta!”

  • Year: 2006
  • Movie: 300
  • Release Date: March 9th
  • Box Office: $456.1 Million
  • Directed By: Zack Snyder
  • Written By: Michael B. Gordon, Kurt Johnstad, Zack Snyder
  • Main Cast: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Dominic West

11) “And I want my scalps”

  • Year: 2009
  • Movie: Inglorius Basterds
  • Release Date: September 21st
  • Box Office: $321.5 Million
  • Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
  • Written By: Quentin Tarantino
  • Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl

10) “I flopped a nut straight”

  • Year: 1998
  • Movie: Rounders
  • Release Date: September 11th
  • Box Office: $22.9 Million
  • Directed By: John Dahl
  • Written By: David Levien, Brian Koppelman
  • Main Cast: Matt Damon, Ed Norton, John Turturro, Famke Janssen, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich

9) “How do you like them apples?”

  • Year: 1997
  • Movie: Good Will Hunting
  • Release Date: December 5th
  • Box Office: $225.9 Million
  • Directed By: Gus Van Sant
  • Written By: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
  • Main Cast: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgard

8) “John will come for you”

  • Year: 2014
  • Movie: John Wick
  • Release Date: October 24th
  • Box Office: $88.8 Million
  • Directed By: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
  • Written By: Derek Kolstad
  • Main Cast: Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palick, Michael Nyqvist, Ian McShane, Dean Winters

7) “I’m your huckleberry…”

  • Year: 1993
  • Movie: Tombstone
  • Release Date: December 24th
  • Box Office: $56.5 Million
  • Directed By: George P. Cosmatos
  • Written By: Kevin Jarre
  • Main Cast: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Powers Booth, Billy Zane

6) “Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya…”

  • Year: 1987
  • Movie: The Princess Bride
  • Release Date: September 25th
  • Box Office: $30.9 Million
  • Directed By: Rob Reiner
  • Written By: William Goldman
  • Main Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Andre the Giant, Robin Wright

5) “My name is Maximus…”

  • Year: 2000
  • Movie: Gladiator
  • Release Date: May 5th
  • Box Office: $457.6 Million
  • Directed By: Ridley Scott
  • Written By: David Franzoni
  • Main Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielson, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi

4) “Third place is you’re fired!”

  • Year: 1992
  • Movie: Glengary Glen Ross
  • Release Date: October 2nd
  • Box Office: $10.7 Million
  • Directed By: James Foley
  • Written By: David Mamet
  • Main Cast: Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Jack Lemon, Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin

3) “You forget something?”

  • Year: 2014
  • Movie: The Equalizer
  • Release Date: September 26th
  • Box Office: $192.3 Million
  • Directed By: Antoine Fuqua
  • Written By: Richard Wenk
  • Main Cast: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Czokas, David Harbour, Bill Pullman

2) “Say what again!”

  • Year: 1994
  • Movie: Pulp Fiction
  • Release Date: October 14th
  • Box Office: $213.9 Million
  • Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
  • Written By: Quentin Tarantino
  • Main Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, Bruce Willis, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken

1) “Somebody or nobody”

  • Year: 2007
  • Movie: American Gangster
  • Release Date: November 2nd
  • Box Office: $266.5 Million
  • Directed By: Ridley Scott
  • Written By:  Steven Zailian
  • Main Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Idris Elba, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Thomas Delatte

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