27 Iconic Movie Scenes Where A Character Had A Surprising Realisation

Published 6 months ago

As much as it might pain scriptwriters to admit it, a good actor can often deliver a powerful performance with just a subtle shift in body language and facial expression. And there is no better scene for a skilled master of the stage than a scene depicting a character suddenly understanding something important.

An X page dedicated to movie details asked users to share the best film moments where a character realizes something absolutely vital. So get comfortable, prepare to realize what films you should perhaps rewatch, and be sure to upvote your favorite examples.

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#1 Inglourious Basterds

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They were spies pretending to be Germans. Europeans (or Germans at least) make a three with their thumb instead of their ring finger, thus giving away that they were not German

#2 Fight Club

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Brad Pitt’s character Tyler Durden is imaginary

#3 Game Of Thrones

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Lady Catelyn Stark realizes what’s about to happen in the Red Wedding Scene.

#4 The Princess Bride

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#5 When Jigsaw Gets Up From The Floor At The End Of The First Saw Movie. He Was In The Room With Them The Entire Time Playing Dead

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#6 When Mills Realizes His Wife’s Head Is In The Box! The Whole Expression Change Is Just Phenomenal

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#7 House Realizes He Has Been Hallucinating

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#8 You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat. Jaws (1975)

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#9 The Green Mile! When He Sees The Truth

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#10 How Dare You Show Your Back To Me!

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#11 They’re Digging In The Wrong Place

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#12 Wizard Of Oz: Dorothy Pulls Back The Curtain

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The Wizard created a powerful illusion of himself to demonstrate  control until Dorothy pulls back the curtain to find a small man, with microphone.

#13 6th Sense

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#14 The Usual Suspects

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Agent Kujan realizes that Keaton is the real Keyser Söze and killed the team.

#15 When He Doesn’t See Anyone In The Room, Goodfellas

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Tommy’s death scene.

#16 Hank Realizes Who Heisenberg Is, Breaking Bad

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#17 This Moment. Primal Fear

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#18 One Of My Faves Is When These Dudes Realize Where Andy Went. (The Shawshank Redemption)

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#19 The Professional

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As Léon dies, he presses a grenade pin in Stansfield’s palm, saying that it is from Mathilda. Stansfield opens Léon’s vest to find a cluster of grenades, which detonate, killing Stansfield.

#20 Star Wars

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Luke Skywalker realizes Darth Vader is his father.

#21 Die Hard With A Vengeance Elevator Scene

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John McClane realizes the officers are fake.

#22 Speed, When Harry Realizes The House Is Rigged To Blow And It’s Too Late To Get Out

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#23 When Clarice Sees The Moth In Buffalo Bill’s House

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#24 The Matrix

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Neo finds out he’s been living in a fake reality.

#25 The Silence Of The Lambs. The Moment Agent Starling Realises… It’s Him!!

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#26 The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

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#27 Shutter Movie Ending

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At the end Ben realizes that Megumi is still attached to him.

Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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