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Poll: Most Iconic Scene from a Chaplin Movie

Accepting his honorary Oscar in 1971, Charlie Chaplin said: "This is an emotional moment for me and words seem so futile, so feeble...".

Indeed, emotions can hardly be translated into words and without words, Chaplin touched the hearts of millions of people in the world, at times where laughs and cheers, trust and optimism were needed, and sometimes, the price for these laughs was one or two little tears. Like Disney for animation, Chaplin handled drama with the same talent as for comedy, providing necessary tears for movies mostly made of joy, because that's what humanity is made of.

And only when the worst was to come for humanity, Chaplin spoke, finally, from the bottom of his heart, because there's a time for laughs, for tears and when it's called for, anger.

Celebrating the 126th birthday of the emotional genius, a man of timeless and universal appeal, here's a simple question, which of these 25 scenes from his movies (short ones included) do you think is the most iconic?

Discuss here

Unfortunately, some pics weren't available, so the films' posters were used as illustrations.

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    Charles Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)

    Man being eaten by machine in Modern Times
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    Charles Chaplin and Hank Mann in City Lights (1931)

    The boxing match from City Lights
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    The Great Dictator's gibberish speech
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    Charles Chaplin, Heinie Conklin, and Tiny Sandford in Modern Times (1936)

    The factory scene from Modern Times
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    "The Immigrant Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance 1917 Image Entertainment

    The 'tipping' situation from The Immigrant
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    Charles Chaplin and Richard Alexander in Modern Times (1936)

    The cocaine scene from Modern Times
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    Charles Chaplin in The Great Dictator (1940)

    The barber scene, with Brahms' music, from The Great Dictator
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    Charles Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights (1931)

    Buying a flower from a blind girl in City Lights
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    Charles Chaplin in City Lights (1931)

    The emotional ending of City Lights
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    Charles Chaplin in The Circus (1928)

    The tramp walking into the sunset at the end of The Circus (reprising The Tramp's ending, one of Chaplin's most recognizable shots, also used at the end of Modern Times)
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    Charles Chaplin in The Circus (1928)

    The tightrope walking from The Circus
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    Charles Chaplin in The Great Dictator (1940)

    The 'globe' ballet scene from The Great Dictator
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    Charles Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925)

    The shoe-eating moment from The Gold Rush
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    Charles Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925)

    The blizzard sequence from The Gold Rush
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    The reunion in the truck, from The Kid
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    The Gold Rush (1925)

    The bread rolls dance from The Gold Rush
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    The mirror maze scene from The Circus
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    Modern Times (1936)

    The singing scene from Modern Times
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    The Great Dictator (1940)

    The Great Dictator final speech
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    Charles Chaplin in City Lights (1931)

    The spaghetti scene from City Lights
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    Chaplin skating at The Rink
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    Charles Chaplin in Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)

    Chaplin 'trolling' in his first public appearance from The Kid Auto Races in Venice Festival
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    Charles Chaplin, Kitty Bradbury, and Edna Purviance in The Immigrant (1917)

    The 'seasick' gag from The Immigrant
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    Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, and Tom Wilson in The Kid (1921)

    The mirror-breaking scene from The Kid
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    Charles Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in Modern Times (1936)

    The concluding 'Smile' scene from Modern Times

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