Is the final farewell scene from E.T. the most powerful scene in film history?

Thanks to Mrs Jimenez for spotting this article in The Age:

The final farewell from Steven Spielberg’s beloved alien has been declared the most powerful scene in film history.

A survey of 2000 film lovers run by film education charityFilmclub in the United Kingdom has revealed the 10 most powerful scenes in cinema, and children’s films have dominated.

Second with more than 16 per cent of the vote was

 the moment in Toy Story 3 when the toys join hands to face a fiery fate. 1976’s Rocky came in 3rd with its final fight.

Do you agree? What do you think is the most powerful scene in history? Please leave your respectful comments after this post. Maybe you can’t decide between a couple of films – suggest the best 3. If you need to refresh your film memory, read the comments below the post in The Age article.

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One thought on “Is the final farewell scene from E.T. the most powerful scene in film history?

  1. Not so sure it is the best as it has that classic Spielberg manipulation of the heart but in saying that it works! My favourite is a little darker and it comes from the “greatest” director of all Alfred Hitchcock. It is the last scene in Psyhco where Norman Bates is sitting in his asylum in a strait jacket with a fly crawling on his face. In a very sinister moment his mind is heard to say that he wont hurt this fly as he he wants to prove to everybody that he can be good even though he is a killer with a messed up mind! Very scary without needing the gore and the loud music.

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