Monday, July 15, 2024

List: Top 3 Joaquin Phoenix Scenes

This week on Episode 346 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by Joker, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about our favorite Joaquin Phoenix scenes. JD has been on record for several years now claiming that Phoenix is the best working actor today. Brendan is, of course, also a huge fan of the Phoenix. He has a range that is extensive and he’s able to get to depths among that spectrum that few actors can reach as consistently as he does. Whether it’s his raw and dramatically engrossing performances such as The Master and You Were Never Really Here, or his comedic abilities in Inherent Vice and Irrational Man, Phoenix is able to excel at incredibly high levels. So, narrowing down just three scenes as his best was damn hear impossible. But oh so fun to dive into. That said, what would be your Top 3?

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) Diner Scene – You Were Never Really Here
2) Processing Scene – The Master
3) Samantha Leaves – Her


1) Letter to Catherine – Her
2) Processing Scene – The Master
3) Doc’s Reaction to Bigfoot in Apartment – Inherent Vice


1) Letter to Catherine – Her
2) Grave Scene – You Were Never Really Here
3) Birthday Party News Scene – Signs

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Various scenes from Her, The Master, You Were Never Really Here, Inherent Vice, Signs, Gladiator, Walk the Line, Two Lovers, The Sisters Brothers, Irrational Man, The Village, Clay Pigeons, I’m Still Here, Joker

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. Clearly there are many other great scenes to consider for this list that we skipped over for one reason or another. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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