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Poll: Powerful Movie Scenes With Minimal Dialogue

As Norma Desmond once said, "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces." Though she may have meant this in a different context, we understood the subtext - sometimes, the most powerful moments in a film can be conceived without any dialogue at all.

We often associate powerful movie scenes with some intense action or an intense exchange of words. However, these scenes had little to no dialogue and still resonated with us for being as iconic as they were silent. By the end, you may have felt emotionally drained or inexplicably moved, but the catch is that such was achieved without the primary usage of dialogue.

So which of these powerful movie scenes, that had little to no dialogue, resonated with you the most?

(Please note: TV shows, silent movies or scenes that are montages, like the introduction to Up (2009), though beloved by many, will be excluded from this list.)

After voting, you may convey your thoughts here.

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Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

  2. Vote!

    Al Pacino and Richard Bright in The Godfather (1972)

    Michael Corleone becoming the don.

    From The Godfather (1972).

  3. Vote!

    Clive Owen and Clare-Hope Ashitey in Children of Men (2006)

    The miracle cease-fire baby scene.

    From Children of Men (2006).

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    Thomas Kretschmann in The Pianist (2002)

    The piano scene (“play something”).

    From The Pianist (2002).

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    Bob Bergen, Daveigh Chase, and Rumi Hiiragi in Spirited Away (2001)

    The train traveling scene.

    From Spirited Away (2001).

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    Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Pitch black night vision with Buffalo Bill.

    From The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

  7. Vote!

    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    Going through the vortex.

    From 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

  8. Vote!

    Susan Backlinie in Jaws (1975)

    The opening shark attack.

    From Jaws (1975).

  9. Vote!

    Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed (2006)

    The first phone call between Billy & Colin.

    From The Departed (2006).

  10. Vote!

    Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood (2007)

    The opening scene introducing Daniel Plainview.

    From There Will Be Blood (2007).

  11. Vote!

    Jeff Wolfe, Ryan Gosling, and Carey Mulligan in Drive (2011)

    The elevator scene.

    From Drive (2011).

  12. Vote!

    Iota in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

    Every car chase.

    From Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

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    Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave (2013)

    The scene with Solomon on his tippy toes.

    From 12 Years a Slave (2013).

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    Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic (1997)

    Jack and Rose in the final dream sequence.

    From Titanic (1997).

  15. Vote!

    Audrey Tautou in Amélie (2001)

    The entire movie.

    From Amélie (2001).

  16. Vote!

    Ben Burtt in WALL·E (2008)

    WALL-E strolling through the now destroyed Earth.

    From WALL·E (2008).

  17. Vote!

    Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    Indy & the rolling rock.

    From Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

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    Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976)

    Travis's culminating act of "vigilantism".

    From Taxi Driver (1976).

  19. Vote!

    Cary Grant in North by Northwest (1959)

    The crop duster chase.

    From North by Northwest (1959).

  20. Vote!

    Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross in The Graduate (1967)

    The bus ride between Ben and Elaine.

    From The Graduate (1967).

  21. Vote!

    Orson Welles in The Third Man (1949)

    The suspenseful sewer chase.

    From The Third Man (1949).

  22. Vote!

    Schindler's List (1993)

    The tribute.

    From Schindler’s List (1993).

  23. Vote!

    Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina (2014)

    The final scene (Ava’s redemption).

    From Ex Machina (2015).

  24. Vote!

    Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant (2015)

    Hugh getting attacked by the bear.

    From The Revenant (2015).

  25. Vote!

    Miles Teller in Whiplash (2014)

    Andrew's final drum solo.

    From Whiplash (2014).

  26. Vote!

    Josh Brolin in No Country for Old Men (2007)

    Shootout with Llewellyn in the hotel room.

    From No Country for Old Men (2007).

  27. Vote!

    Jared Leto in Requiem for a Dream (2000)

    Harry's arm and the horrifying conclusion.

    From Requiem for a Dream (2000).

  28. Vote!

    Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

    The movie viewing scene.

    From Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015).

  29. Vote!

    8½ (1963)

    The traffic jam.

    From 8½ (1963).

  30. Vote!

    Jake Gyllenhaal in Prisoners (2013)

    The final scene.

    From Prisoners (2013).

  31. Vote!

    Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin (2013)

    The Female luring men into the black liquid.

    From Under the Skin (2013).

  32. Vote!

    Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

    The opening car crash.

    From Punch-Drunk Love (2002).

  33. Vote!

    Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

    Marquise removing her "mask".

    From Dangerous Liaisons (1988).

  34. Vote!

    Monty Jordan in Capricorn One (1977)

    Hunted by helicopters in the desert.

    From Capricorn One (1977).

  35. Vote!

    James Cagney in The Public Enemy (1931)

    Tom Powers out in the rain.

    From The Public Enemy (1931).

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