Best Scenes | The Best of 2015

Though a great film is the sum of its parts, there are many standout moments and scenes along the way that help cement our love for them. Everyone can recall a specific scene that was deeply impactful the same way everyone can remember a great song in the middle of an album. There were myriad such moments this year in particular, with a slew of scenes that will be forever etched in our minds as we look back on the movies of the year. The best scenes of 2015 showcase how a moment can live on long after the credits roll.

Though a great film is the sum of its parts, there are many standout moments and scenes along the way that help cement our love for them. Everyone can recall a specific scene that was deeply impactful the same way everyone can remember a great song in the middle of an album. There were myriad such moments this year in particular, with a slew of scenes that will be forever etched in our minds as we look back on the movies of the year. The best scenes of 2015 showcase how a moment can live on long after the credits roll.

Chaos in a Church
10. Chaos in a Church
Kingsman: Secret Service
Matthew Vaughn

"And this bird, you cannot change."
Seeing the lispy gentleman Colin Firth go absolutely HAM on an entire church full of people as "Free Bird" plays will never cease being entertaining. Especially when the even more lispy character of Valentine is across the street taking in his masterpiece and cracking jokes. – Jeff Pearson
Bear Attack
9. Bear Attack
The Revenant
Alejandro González Iñárritu

*Grunt Sounds*
You know those sports videos where some horrendous injury has just taken place on the field and you’re crossing your fingers just waiting for the camera to pan over to the injured individual? That moment when you see that completely broken tibia and fibula slump in half and you cringe and look away after just a split second of actually seeing it? That unbearable moment is what this scene is for consecutive minutes. It is so hard to watch but as unwatchable as it is, you can’t look away. It’s shot mostly in one continuous take which contributes to how absolutely real it looks and feels. Apparently the bear was a digital creation but I couldn’t tell during the movie. It looks completely real and I am baffled as to how they achieved this. One of the best scenes of the year, but it should be known that you will feel quite uncomfortable watching it. – Anders Oster
Tunnel
8. Border Crossing
Sicario
Denis Villeneuve

"Get your service weapon out."
This moment was among the most intense of all the year in film. It's the nature of Sicario that not only do you never know which side some its characters are playing for, but you also never know the fate of said characters. I was truly on the edge of my seat and holding my breath during this high-tension scene until they finally made it across the border, leaving a trail of blood in their wake. – JP
Beach Battle
7. Beach Battle
The Revenant
Alejandro González Iñárritu
The opening scene in The Revenant frames the immediacy and intimacy of what we are about to witness. This scene puts you on the edge of your seat, where you'll remain for the duration of the film. Arrows could come from any direction, but you only see victims, none of the assailants. – Jarryd Baxter
Jack Sees the World
6. Jack Sees the World
Room

"Sick, Truck, Hospital, Police, Save Ma."
This is the best movie moment of 2015. The stage is set by aerial and POV shots of an uninterested Jack looking through the skylight. After a daring escape, his expression changes and Jack is reborn. – JB
Dance
5. Dance
Ex Machina
Alex Garland

"I'm going to tear up the fucking dance floor, dude. Check it out."
What an odd incongruous little moment this was. Yet somehow, it actually works so well. When Oscar Isaac and Sonoya Mizuno bust into a synchronized dance number, it not only served to add a little levity to the situation, it also further served to develop Nathan's character in some strange way. He was a man who had created his playground out of lady parts and machinery, and, as sick as that may be, the dance number shows just how representative of the everyman he is, at once genius and goofball. Not to mention the dance to Olvier Cheatham's "Get Down Saturday Night" is just delightful. He truly does tear up the fucking dance floor, dude. – JP
Adonis Johnson vs. Leo Sporino
4. Adonis Johnson vs. Leo Sporino
Creed
Ryan Coogler

"Your old man did that to me. It worked."
Boxing movies are often never really about boxing per se, and the actual fight scenes can leave fans disappointed. Obviously all the classics are well balanced, and this scene from Creed confirms the movie’s status as and instant classic. – Brian Urrutia
Next Product Launch
3. Next Product Launch
Steve Jobs
Danny Boyle

"Before that you sold carbonated sugar water, right?"
Jeff Daniels made this scene. Of course, the movie rests on Fassbender’s ability to be quasi-inspirational while being full-on insufferable, but his chemistry with the cast is key to striking this balance, and Jeff Daniels uses his FaceTime with Fassbender like only a former star of Dumb and Dumber and Gettysburg can do. – BU
Rey Uses the Force
2. Rey Uses the Force
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams
The climactic final scene of The Force Awakens where Rey and Finn run into the woods to escape the soon-to-explode Starkiller base is the best movie scene of the year and in recent memory. Seeing Finn use a light saber makes us wonder if there is any Jedi training in his future. It didn’t feel quite right seeing a non-force user wielding a light saber but maybe there is force in him yet. The real magic happened after Kylo Ren dismantled Finn and tossed him aside. Kylo Ren tries to force-grab Finn’s light saber but out of nowhere, Rey force-rips it out of his grasp! Queue up the inspiring music. Queue up an epic clash of light sabers. Queue up a culmination of all the feels of the movie and the avenging of Finn and Han Solo. This scene is saturated with Star Wars movie magic. The filming, musical accompaniment, and the excellent physical acting and emotional intensity of Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver make this scene so powerful. I just want to watch it over and over again, which is exactly what I’ll do when it comes out on ‘DVD’. – AO
The Solos Meet on the Bridge
1. The Solos Meet on the Bridge
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams

"I'm being torn apart. I want to be free of this pain. I know what I have to do but I don't know if I have the strength to do it. Will you help me?"
The scene in which Han and Ben "Kylo Ren" Solo finally meet again has to be the defining one of the year. The source of much-maligned spoilers and memes, it's easy to forget just how tense that moment up on the suspension bridge was — side note: a lot has been made of the fact that the bad dudes in Star Wars just keep making Death Stars over and over, but I don't have a problem with it. They obviously have architectural go-tos that they just cannot turn away from, like, of course, the random suspension bridge above literal oblivion. The scene is the defining moment in the Kylo Ren character going forward and one that was masterfully acted by both Adam Driver and Harrison Ford. If Driver wasn't a terrifying enough villain until that point, he certainly is now. – JP
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