Watch: CineFix Picks the 100 Most Iconic Shots in Cinema of All-Time

September 4, 2014
Source: CineFix

100 Most Iconic Shots

While the #CinephilePhoto trend on Twitter is highlighting a lot of favorite shots from filmmakers and fans alike, CineFix has decided to collect what they they are the 100 Most Iconic Shots of All-Time. They start all the way in the past with some of the earliest motion pictures, moving through iconic silent films very quickly until things move very quickly beginning with Citizen Kane. Now this isn't entirely meant to be definitive, though it strives for some objectivity by including well-regarded films of history like North by Northwest and The Wizard of Oz as well as pop culture icons like Raiders of the Lost Ark and more.

Here's CineFix's picks for the 100 Most Iconic Shots of All-Time (via Movies.com):

While I'm not sure I entirely agree with inclusions like Pretty Woman, The Notebook or Some Like It Hot, despite the timeless nature of the latter comedy in cinema's history, many of the right shots are recognized from Back to the Future, Silence of the Lambs, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and more. Others that feel out of place are the pool scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally. The first is just too typical and the latter is more of a great scene than an iconic shot. Surely there are 100 more that aren't mentioned here you can think of. Do it!

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Xerxexx on Sep 4, 2014


this should be the 100 most iconic shots in film of people. The shot they chose from empire is no where near as impactful as the opening shot of A New Hope. And that's not even the most iconic shot of Empire. I'd say when Luke says no on the scaffolding or when Vader reaches out offering him his hand and then clenching it up.

Kento on Sep 4, 2014


Totally agree. Overall, a decent collection, but there are a few total-misses in there as well.

Aj Meadows on Sep 5, 2014


agreed! But King Kong on the empire state building is the most iconic shot ever! Oeps I forget one:laurel and hardy the one with the burning thumb!

Avi on Sep 6, 2014


That BACK TO THE FUTURE scene is so great.

DAVIDPD on Sep 4, 2014


I was afraid they weren't going to show the T-Rex emerging from the fence scene from Jurassic Park... You know, there are some iconic movie scenes from recent movies that I feel will go down in history. Like the scene where we see all the Avengers rallied together in a circle....I'm surprised that wasn't in there.

JBrotsis on Sep 4, 2014


Surely the most famous shot of Jurassic Park is the T-Rex with the falling banner though, isn't it?

Snev De la Fontaine on Sep 5, 2014


Ehh, I don't know...there are a lot of classic shots in Jurassic Park to choose from but I think the Rex emerging from the fence is the most iconic. It's the first time in the movie you see him and hear him roar (right before he goes terrorizing everything). Plus, the scene with the banner was actually a last minute change to the movie. Instead of the scene we've seen of Rex "saving" the visitors from the raptors, it was suppose to be a clashing of the raptors and visitors, with the raptors ultimately being crushed by the fallen fossil skeletons. But the banner scene is a solid candidate.

JBrotsis on Sep 7, 2014


Just replace those 3-4 clips from Fellini and Bergman and rename it 100 iconic HOLLYWOOD shots of all time.

bumboclot on Sep 4, 2014


there are a couple of 80's films that are not worthy and that The Ring shot was the biggest WTF of the whole thing

Héctor Pérez Tovar on Sep 4, 2014


Ah the movies 🙂 Cheer, Cry, Cringe and Laugh out loud.

JJ King on Sep 5, 2014


one iconic shot we miss in this video. The hanging scène from once upon a time in the West!!!

Avi on Sep 5, 2014

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