I know we’ve had numerous threads about great scenes in movies before. I was watching The Godfather again and I had forgotton just how great the baptism scene was. There were a lot of great scenes (the diner with the Turk and the Captain, where Michael first meets Appolonia’s father, etc.) but the baptism scene with the music, editing and storytelling (the stories about the business going legit, asking Clemenza and Tessio to wait until after the baptism, Tom being out as consiglieri all makes sense now) is at a higher level. Any film school should show that one scene to their students as How to Make a Climatic Scene 101.
So taking a generally regarded great film (like top AFI or Oscar winner - not that art film you saw last week) full of great scenes, what would you pull out as the one that somehow makes all of the other scenes pale in comparison?