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The Best Scenes in Movie History, in One Video Countdown

The latest ranking from the folks at CineFix is particularly ambitious: the 10 best movie scenes, period. Obviously, that’s a futile project, and one bound to provoke dissent—but that’s part of the fun, and the sharp, scholarly analysis the list employs makes it a pleasure to watch even if you disagree.

Wisely, the ranking also dedicates each of its ten slots to a particular quality—the best in action, acting, and dialogue, among others, which helps highlight everything from popular favorites like Saving Private Ryan’s opening to underappreciated gems like Barry Lyndon’s card game scene.