27 Iconic Movie Scenes Where A Character Had A Surprising Realisation
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.
#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.