The best movie scenes of the 80s (2)

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The best movie scenes of the 80s (2)

(05) Say hello to my little friend! / Scarface (1983)
Brian De Palma has the occasional royal scene on his conscience but no moment is more porky than when the Cuban drug lord Tony Montana, brilliantly overplayed by Al Pacino, totally loses it and goes loose on everything that moves, and by all means, doesn’t move himself in Scarface. When the empire falls and everything lies in ruins. Then, armed with an M16 equipped with a grenade launcher and more cocaine in his body than blood, he makes his way down to the foyer for one last stand and utters the classic words “Say hello to my little friend.” A timeless action scene that is pure and unbridled carnage, complete with explosions and a massive body count, long before Bayhem was a thing. But not only is it completely unconscious, but the scene is also a fantastically stylized aesthetic that only Brian De Palma could pull off, making it one of the coolest scenes from the 80s, and let’s be honest, ever.

The best movie scenes of the 80s (2)

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(04) Get away from her you bitch! / Aliens (1986)
Ellen Ripley, together with Sarah Connor, have become self-evident symbols for the strong female archetype and who even today sweeps the floor with today’s unimaginative imitations. In particular, the survivor Ripley has been used as an example of a well-written, believable and human character who didn’t take crap from anyone – especially not from cosmic horror parasites that like to hatch in people’s chests. Her most shining moment was when she out-bitched the big bitch herself in James Cameron’s meaty action classic Aliens, where in a selfless moment she challenges the mechsuit-wearing alien queen to save little Newt and spits out a line so immortal and so relentless that it forever sealed our love for Sigourney Weaver’s heroine. After two films of traumatic terror, Sigourney Weaver’s character was given the chance to fight back in a triumphant cinematic moment that dethroned the slime queen and earned herself the title of “Sci-Fi Queen.” Ripley was more than just an action hero: it was her humanity that made us as an audience feel safe in the cold, empty space. No one must hear you scream in space, but the legendary line “Get away from her you bitch!” will always echo in our memory archives as long as we live.

The best movie scenes of the 80s (2)

(03) Happy Trails, Hans! / Die Hard (1988)
The surprise hit Die Hard was dragged along with tons of problematic concerns during the production phase and at times it actually didn’t even look like it was going to be a movie, but it was – and luckily it was. Because Die Hard is by far one of the finest films of the 80s and the scene where John steps in, sockless, shirtless and disarmed with his hands on his head in the room where the terrorist boss Hans stands with his poor wife as a hostage, to then expose himself to the viewer his ingenious little solution with how he silver-taped a Beretta 9mm to the back of his chest, is a scene we all see in front of us if we close our eyes. Movie magic and the third best moment of the 80s.

The best movie scenes of the 80s (2)

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(02) Like Tears… In Rain / Blade Runner (1982)
Few film scenes throughout history have managed to be as suspenseful and nerve-wrackingly delicious, action-packed, gorgeous and poetic, all at the same time. That rooftop sequence in Ridley Scott’s cyberpunk masterpiece Blade Runner is just that, just that good. Just so perfect. After the Replicant “Batty” (played by a brilliant Rutger Hauer) beats Deckard to pieces, and when he is about to fall to certain death, he is saved by his opponent who is in the rain, on the roof, with a white dove in his left hand takes the time to tell him what fear really is, that even synthetics have human emotions, and that he’s seen things that Deckard couldn’t even imagine. “All those moments… Will be lost, in time. Like tears… In Rain.” There you have it, the second best film sequence of the 80s.

The best movie scenes of the 80s (2)

THE BEST MOVIE SCENES OF THE 1980s:
(01) I am your father / Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1982)
Here we finally have the moment that has come to define an entire generation of moviegoers and something that absolutely no one could have guessed in advance would happen. The scene sent a seismic shockwave around the world, shattering all preconceived assumptions. Everything we had learned was a lie and the galaxy’s ultimate speck, the arch-villain himself, was our hero’s father and nothing was ever the same. How they even managed to keep the truth a secret until the premiere is a bit of a mystery and such a colossal twist could never have been kept under lock and key in today’s world. Already during the filming of Rymdimperiet strikes back, the team knew the challenge they had in front of them and used both alternative scripts, retakes and several different recordings. The only people who ultimately knew the truth were George Lucas himself, James Earl Jones and Mark Hamill. According to rumors, even Jones himself, right after he did the recording, stormed over to George’s office to find out if the script was really right and it’s a small piece of film history that has etched itself into popular culture, a memory forever cemented to the sound of Mark Hamill’s anguished roar of despair.

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