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The 30 Most Jaw-Dropping Movie Moments Of All Time

15 July 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

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One of the things I have always loved about film is its ability to transport you to somewhere you never dreamed you could have gone. When audiences first saw the cut from bone to spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey. When Darth Vader reveals his paternity to shell-shocked son Luke in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

These are moments of awe that we remember as fondly as events that actually happened to us. So I thought I would revisit 30 of the most jaw-dropping moments in movie history, see if you remember having the same reaction.

 

30. Ghostbusters

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The Moment: Ray Stantz seals Manhattan’s fate by deciding Gozer the Destroyer’s form – a giant marshmallow man. The most leftfield special effect ever.

The Only Way It Could Be More Shocking: The film ends with everybody eating toasted marshmallows.

 

29. Braindead

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The Moment: Remember your dad warning you not to mess about with lawnmowers? Zombie killer Lionel Cosgrove shows us why by wiping out an army of the undead with a Flymo.

The Only Way It Could Be More Shocking: If somebody mowed across the Flymo’s electricity cable.

 

28. Inception

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The Moment: Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) fights the militarised subconscious in a surreal, revolving hotel corridor.

The Only Way It Could Be More Shocking: He fights giant hamsters in a wheel. He is in a dream.

 

27. Fargo

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The Moment: The Coens’ commitment to faking their “based on a true story” tale extends to an ending you never, ever saw coming, as Peter Stormare’s psycho does half of Marge Gunderson for her by feeding Steve Buscemi into a wood-chipper.

The Only Way It Could Be More Shocking: It’s an elaborate ruse, and now a one-legged Buscemi is on the hop.

 

26. Saw

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The Moment: Jigsaw plays possum. What better way to assess how your victims are doing than by hanging out in their cell for the entire film?

The Only Way It Could Be More Shocking: If, a hundred sequels later, it turns out that Jigsaw is still alive.

 

25. Drive

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The Moment: Ryan Gosling’s Driver experiences the quickest mood swing in modern movies. One second, he’s locked in a passionate snog with Carey Mulligan; the next he’s stomping an assassin’s head into mush.

The Only Way It Could Be More Shocking: He switches back to romantic mode and takes Carey out on a date.

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  • Graham Carter

    Ha! (regarding the Exorcist spiderwalk). I have always failed to be fascinated by Avatar… is it just me?