OK, I'm just going to list some as they pop into my head. I tried thinking about what my all time favorites would be and it was really hard to narrow it down like that.
The Manchurian Candidate: The scene that pans around the room alternating between the old ladies of the garden club and the military brainwashing demonstration. Positively brilliant.
Cool Hand Luke: Luke and Dragline’s fist fight. I love the entire movie, scene for scene, but the fist fight is an interesting turning point in Luke’s relationships with his fellow prisoners, and it really demonstrates his tenacity.
Sometimes A Great Notion: Watching Paul Newman try to save his brother’s life after the falling tree traps him in a riverbed. Holy crap that scene is powerful.
Amelie: Apart from the fact that I adore nearly every scene in the entire movie, I love the scene where Amelie takes the blind man on a spoken word tour of the street.
Office Space: The kill-the-fax-machine scene.
Apocalypse Now: Since it would seem a bit silly to list every scene in the movie, I’ll go with the drunken frenzy scene in Capt. Willard’s hotel room at the beginning, or the dinner table scene where he is assigned to “terminate” Kurtz’s command.
Blade Runner: When Deckard gives Rachael the void-comp test. The look of the room, the lighting, the smoke-filled air and the chemistry between the characters are all really interesting.
Reservoir Dogs: The scene where Tim Roth’s character tells the story about walking into a bathroom filled with cops carrying a bag of drugs.
Never Cry Wolf: From the moment Tyler tries to take off in the plane with Rosie for the first time until he’s dropped off and Ootek (sp?) finds him on the ice.
No Man’s Land: The final shot of the movie, after the UN Peacekeepers have pulled out and the media leaves. The motionless soldier is laying on the ground as the camera pulls up and pulls up until he is finally out of sight. I can’t remember if we end up hearing the grenade explode or not, but the scene is a real gutgrabber.
The Right Stuff: When Chuck Yeager performs the test flight the morning after breaking his ribs.
The Way of the Gun: I will always remember the final shoot-out as one of the most entertaining shoot-outs I’ve ever seen.
The Legend of 1900: The piano competition between 1900 and Jelly Roll Morton.
For The Boys: When Bette Midler performs in front of the troops for the first time.
Empire of the Sun: When the American planes bomb the airfield and Jim goes running up to the roof to cheer them on.
The Princess and The Warrior: The scene in the gun shop when Sissi blackmails the owner into giving her Bodo’s address.
Aliens: When Ripley takes over driving the vehicle to rescue the team after Gorman freezes up. I love that whole little section as the team makes their way to the vehicle and then Ripley drives them out of there and keeps driving until the metal grinds.
The Transporter: The opening scene when the bank robbers all jump into the transporter’s car. To go from that utter hilarity into a really fun car chase was perfect.
A Knight’s Tale: All of Chaucer’s speech scenes.
The Abyss: When Lindsay drowns herself so that Bud can drag her to safety and then Bud performs CPR.
Um, gee, I didn't get carried away, did I?