One of the great pleasures of my college career was the wonderfully thorough range of videos available through the Hays Public Library, including a complete run of ‘The Prisoner’, silent classics like ‘Nosferatu’ and, most surprising of all, 1973’s sci-fi classic, ‘Soylent Green.’  Knowing only the final twist of the story, I didn’t expect the film to be quite as emotionally affecting as it turned out to be, with Edward G. Robinson’s death scene making for one of the most moving movie moments I’ve ever encountered.  Charlton Heston’s emotional response to that moment is one of the most human, most touching things I’ve ever seen on film (in part because Heston knew that Robinson was actually near death himself), and is still sniffle-inducing today, leading us to today’s heartfelt query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always enjoys when a scene is suddenly incredibly tragic, like ‘The Black Hole”s sniffle-inducing sight of cute robots voiced by Roddy MacDowell and Slim Pickens in a death scene worthy of ‘MacBeth’, asking: What are the most moving movie moments in your memory?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. The opening 10 or so minutes of “Up” coupled with that reveal at the end that hits you right in the feels.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    On the Waterfront has such a moving scene, the devastating moment between brothers in the back of a car, so much more than I expected it to be. given how it has been poorly quoted to death:

    “You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.”

  3. Malone_hasco on

    – Seven Samurai: When Kanbei says to his friend “In the end we lost this battle too. The victory belongs to the farmers, not to us.”
    – Lost in Translation: Final Whisper we don’t even hear
    – Your Name: When boy and girl finally meet after several years

  4. Recently… “I am inevitable…. I am Ironman”

    Many years back, I was watching Superman 2 in the theaters. When Superman brought back the Flag (attached to the dome) back the the White House, the entire theater cheered.

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