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In today’s politically charged climate, Twitter can certainly be a place where people are charged up and ready to get into 140 character debates about the state of the world. But perhaps what is lost amongst the bickering is that the platform is still a place to engage in discourse regarding much lighter fare.

An example of the latter began when filmmaker, Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Doctor Strange), asked his followers a simple question; “What is the single greatest scene in cinema history?”

For him, it’s the library sequence in Wim Wenders’ 1987 film, Wings of Desire. Of course, this topic is widely debatable — which is why it’s such a fun piece of social media to dive deeper into.

Although it’s a just a cross-section, here is what Twitter came back with.

The Untouchables train station shootout

The final scene in The Searchers

The Omaha Beach invasion in Saving Private Ryan

Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed in Rocky

The elevator scene in The Departed

Rachael meets Deckard in Blade Runner

La Marseillaise in Casablanca

The opening scene in Inglorious Basterds

The “get out of the water” scene from Jaws

The hospital scene in The Godfather

The “it’s not your fault scene” from Good Will Hunting

Randy the Ram’s last match in The Wrestler

The shower scene in Psycho

The hallway scene in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Mark and Eduardo’s confrontation in The Social Network

The staircase scene in The Shining

The bus scene in The Graduate

The final performance in Whiplash

The “love and hate” scene from Do the Right Thing

The elevator scene in Drive

The bike scene in E.T.

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.