THE GENERAL WHO BECAME A SLAVE… THE SLAVE WHO BECAME A GLADIATOR… THE GLADIATOR WHO DEFIED AN EMPEROR.
Gladiator is an amazing movie. It’s a cinematic masterpiece. What more can you really say? How about 5 Oscars?
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound Editing
Best Costume Design
How about nearly 500 million worldwide? (Which was massive 12 years ago)
Gladiator is adored by fans all over the world for more than just awards and box office statistics. It’s a film that’s overflowing with heroic moments and incredible scenes. It’s full of epic and quotable dialogue and images we’ll never forget.
Needless to say, selecting and ranking 10 of these moments was challenging to say the least.
Here are the Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments!
Honorable Mention: Shadows and Dust
10. Frost… Sometimes it makes the blade stick.
So unfortunate for this soldier. He probably didn’t want the assignment of executing his beloved general in the first place.
9. Commodus has been afraid all his life.
The penultimate confrontation between the Emperor and his father’s ACTUAL pride and joy.
8. Maximus doesn’t need a sword.
I love how Maximus tosses the wooden sword aside. “You’re not painting yellow on this Spaniard.”
7. Am I not merciful!
I get the sense that if Joaquin Phoenix had any doubts about doing the film, this scene would have sealed the deal. Amazing performance. Great villain.
6. Maximus vs Tigris of Gaul vs TIGERS!
How bad ass could you possibly be? Facing off against an undefeated champion who’s chariot has FOUR horses? Not enough. Throw some ferocious tigers in there.
5. The Dirt
One of my favorite moments in any film really. The ritual of picking up dirt before battle is such a subtle character moment. Awesome.
4. The Battle of Carthage
Go Barbarians! I love this fight sequence. Impossible odds yet Maximus’ leadership shines. I get chills every time he gets on that horse and they throw him a sword. Neat.
3. “Are you not entertained!”
Maximus enters the arena alone and absolutely destroys the competition. Amidst the cheers he throws a sword into the crows and screams ‘Are you not entertained! Is this not why you are here?” Amazing.
2. “What we do in life… Echoes in eternity!”
In my opinion, this is the single greatest quote in the film. It’s an amazing speech that’s punctuated by a line that really hits home.
1. “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
In a movie that’s full of confrontations and battles, this moment rises above them all. To me, Maximus taking off his helmet and showing himself to Commodus is one of the coolest moments in movie history.
If you’re good at something never do it for free. I remember this scene being one of the clips they released prior to The Dark Knight’s release. I must have watched it 50 times leading up to the midnight screening on opening night.
Put into context, this is the moment when the criminals of Gotham realize they unleashed the wrong clown.
9. THE HERO WE DESERVE
What a great way to end one of the coolest movies I’ve ever seen. Commissioner Gordon sums up what Batman means to Gotham perfectly.
8. HIT ME!
Batman’s code is tested. This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.
7. YOU’RE GONNA LOVE ME
One of the most memorable moments from Batman Begins was Batman’s first appearance when he pulls Falcone out of the limo and states:
This is The Dark Knight’s equivalent as the Joker finally comes face to face with the Caped Crusader.
6. TWO FACE AWAKENS
This is more of an editorial pick you might say. I love that Nolan chose to mute the scream and include a faint score. It’s a powerful moment as Harvey Dent realizes what he’s lost and rips off the bandages screaming. Great stuff.
5. HE MISSED!
They flipped over a transport! That’s what I love about the tone of this series. It’s ‘grounded in reality’ but transports can still lift off the ground.
4. THE GOOD COP BAD COP ROUTINE
If you’ve never read The Dark Knights screenplay give it a shot and then watch this scene. What Heath Ledger did with those masterful words is nothing short of brilliant.
3. YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW I GOT THESE SCARS?
“Nothing in his pockets except knives and lint.”
I love the mystery surrounded this force. This agent of chaos is also a terrific storyteller.
I remember watching this movie with my Dad. I really hyped it up after seeing the film 3 times on opening day. When the Tumbler’s left front wheel started spinning he didn’t know what to expect. Then the Bat-Pod emerged.
“Whoa. That was pretty cool.”
And that is why Christopher Nolan and his creative team are a big bunch of loveable super awesome genius people.
1. THE MAGIC TRICK
Now that’s an entrance! As I mentioned above, I saw The Dark Knight 3 separate times on opening day and people applauded this moment every single time. One of my favorite characters introductions in movie history.
People love that moment but you can’t help but feel for the guy with the pencil rammed through his eye socket.
GANGSTERS, DAGS, GYPSIES, PIGS, BOXERS AND A REALLY BIG DIAMOND…
Snatch is an absolute classic that I lived without for years because I only owned it on VHS. It’s expensive to upgrade all the movies you adore but finally, I got myself a copy of Snatch on Blu Ray and it’s still amazing.
So much so that I decided to countdown my favorite 10 Snatch movie moments.
10. Periwinkle Blue
Have you ever watched scenes featuring Brad Pitt’s Mickey with the subtitles on? It’s a completely different experience when you aren’t trying to decipher his words on your own. For example, I had no idea he said
“Save your breath for cooling your porridge.”
9. The Opening Credits
One of my favorite opening sequences ever. What a fantastic way to introduce so many fantastic characters.
8. You Take Sugar?
Brick Top. You can’t have a top 10 Snatch list without multiple Brick Top appearances. Alan Ford is so good in this role.
“No thank you Turkish… I’m sweet enough.”
7. All Bets Are Off!
“I’d be doing even better if you’d stop using my name.”
6. Mickey vs Gorgeous George
I love everything about this scene.
5. Two types of balls
Bullet Tooth Tony and his Desert Eagle .50 vs 3 horrible criminals carrying fake guns. Nice.
4. No f*cking wheels?
Mickey is back to claim the number 4 spot on this list.
“Why the f*ck would I want a caravan that’s got no f*cking wheels?”
Arguably the funniest line in a movie that’s overflowing with brilliant dialogue.
3. It was 2 minutes 5 minutes ago?
This is why I love this movie. You could completely eliminate Charlie and the movie would be just fine…
But that’s just it. It would be mediocre without moments and details like:
“Five minutes Turkish.”
2. Funny Angle
Ah. Tyrone. You silly fat bastard. But don’t question him because he’s done a rally driving course… Ain’t you Tyrone?
“Course I have.”
1. As Greedy as a Pig
“Do you know what nemesis means?”
Brick Top claims the number 1 spot with a speech that’s as hilarious as it is intimidating. Who knew you had to be weary of a man who keeps a pig farm.