The Best Movie Scenes of the Year

Below are a few staff picks to kick things off, but feel free to add your favorites! (Quick note: As much as we LOVE Mad Max: Fury Road, simply saying "The whole movie!" won't cut it - we want specific scenes)
  1. Big Dick Richie's gas station striptease in Magic Mike XXL
    Set to the tune of Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way."
  2. The single-take boxing match in Creed
    The seriously engrossing scene puts the audience right in the ring.
  3. Nathan's eerie/hilarious boogie in Ex Machina
    Oscar Isaac is a national treasure.
  4. The final scene of Phoenix
    The German noir wraps things up with a stunning scene: A few knowing glances exchanged while Nina Hoss' Nelly sings "Speak Low."
  5. Mimi Clare's House in Mistress America
    Noah Baumbauch and Greta Gerwig's script flourishes in this sequence into a screwball symphony that is some of the funniest material of the past few years.
    Suggested by   @zappullaj
  6. Agu struggling to carry an injured Strika through the jungle in 'Beasts of No Nation'
    How emotionally poignant and humanizing to watch a child soldier carry his dying friend on his back...
    Suggested by   @lstblkgrl
  7. When the soldiers descend into the sunset in Sicario
    This movie was aesthetically pleasing, but this shot especially. Very thematic as well. Not to mention the entire movie was intense.
    Suggested by   @wanda
  8. Steve Wozniak confronting Steve Jobs about Jobs' continued disrespect
    Wherein Woz dismantles the Jobs mythos. It's uninterrupted, unadulterated Sorkinian glory
    Suggested by   @TheSteve
  9. When Bing Bong leaves himself behind in Inside Out
    😭😭😭
    Suggested by   @goertli
  10. Jack's very first view of the world
    The ambivalent expression of both wonder and fear perfectly mirrors how Jack will feel everyday for many years to come following his heroic escape from captivity. A flawless performance not from a great child actor but from a great actor period.
    Suggested by   @paulus
  11. Turkish grandmother knocks out the electricity to protect Lale and her sisters in Mustang
    Suggested by   @charlottery