Best Dramatic Sequences of the 2000's - The Part-Time Critic

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Best Dramatic Sequences of the 2000's

Day 9: The Best Dramatic Sequences of the 2000's

As best as I could do, this list represents my favorite dramatic scenes of the last decade. Some of the scenes are insightful, others moving, suspenseful or educational, but all of them are true drama. As always, although they are ordered, there is a lot of fluidity on this list. Feel free to comment on any of them, or suggest ones that I may have missed.


50. "An undercover Mission is discovered by an SS Officer in a Basement and Ends in a Firefight" –Inglorious Basterds (2009)
49. "A Choice not to take his father’s revenge” -Edge of the Spear (2006)
48. "James J. Braddock fights two fights and sees what he is fighting for in flashback" –Cinderella Man (2005)
47. “What is real, how can you tell the waking from the dream” –A Beautiful Mind (2001)
46. “The child is shot off-screen” –Funny Games (2008)
45. "Harry coaxes the truth about Tom Riddle from Professor Slughorn" –Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
44. “Jason explains his role in her parents murder” –The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
43. “Gandalf consults Frodo in the Mines of Moria” - Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
42. “Marlon finds nemo at the bottom of the net” –Finding Nemo (2003)
41. “Philippe makes his walk across the towers” –Man on Wire (2008)


40. “Staring a killer in the eyes and knowing you found him” –Zodiac (2007)
39. “Mitch and Mickey sing and kiss at the re-union show” –A Mighty Wind (2003)
38. “I’ve abandoned my boy!” –There Will Be Blood (2007)
37. “Finding his Jaguar Shark” –The Life Aquatic (2004)
36. “Stevie and his mom share a moment before he is sent to prison” –Stevie (2003)
35. "Trying to understand the truth: was it rape?" –Tape (2001)
34. “Who Will Carry Him/Coming Home” –Gladiator (2000)
33. “Frankie calms the boy down to be killed” –Alpha Dog (2006)
32. “Theoden encourages his men before their charge into the Pellenor on their last ride” –Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King (2003)
31. “Yan is surprised when Superintendant Wong falls to his death” –Infernal Affairs(2004)


30. "Billy Defiantly Dances in front of his Father in the Gym" –Billy Elliot (2000)
29. “Please not my son” –House of Sand and Fog (2003)
28. “Soldiers swimming to end the film” -Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
27. “Sam recalls to Frodo why they continue to go on” –The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
26. “Final Confrontation between the Sister and the Father” –Doubt (2008)
25. “A lone penguin walks off to the mountains to certain death” –Encounters at the End of the World (2008)
24. “Remembering the accident after the heist” –The Lookout (2004)
23. “Matt Dillon Pulls Thandie Newton Out of a Burning Car” –Crash (2004)
22. “Peter Pan opens as the children arrive/To die would be an awfully big adventure” Finding Neverland (2004)
21. “Kareoke singing: "More Than This” –Lost in Translation (2003)


20. “Flying kites in Afghanistan/San Francisco” –The Kite Runner (2007)
19. “Sean asks Jimmy the last time he’s seen Dave Boyle” –Mystic River (2003)
18. “Spending the rent on a Carnival Game” –In America (2003)
17. “Jesse gets out of prison and meets his mother” –Capturing the Friedman’s (2003)
16. "Discovering what he's supposed to do in a train station, doing it, and coming home satisfied" Unbreakable (2000)
15. "The Scourging of Jesus” –The Passion of the Christ (2004)
14. “Teresa rescues Oleg and shoots his captors” -Running Scared (2006)
13. “The Final Stretch into the checkered at the Grand Prix” –Speed Racer (2008)
12. “Pulled from the rubble by everyone” -World Trade Center (2006)
11. “Batman interrogates the Joker leading to Rachel Dawes’ lasts moments, Harvey Dent’s downfall, and the Joker’s freedom” The Dark Knight (2008)

Top Ten Dramatic Sequences

10. “Rachel Readies Kym for the Wedding” –Rachel Getting Married (2008)

9. “The cab ride home leading to a waltz”
–Before Sunset (2004)

8. “The Community Spells the Final Word”
-Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

7. “Mom makes her visit for thanksgiving”
–Pieces of April (2003)

6. “Stevie is given some wisdom by Patricia”
–Stevie (2003)

5. “What do you like so much about Pinot?”
–Sideways (2004)

4. “Bob whispers something secret and shares a moment with Charlotte”
–Lost in Translation (2003)

3. “Sam and Frodo at the end of all things”
–Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)

2. “Carrying the Cross - Jesus falls and tells Mary He makes All things New” ­–
The Passion of the Christ (2004)

1. “Passengers Call Home/Passengers storm the cockpit” -United 93 (2006)

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