Sunday, September 24, 2023

List: Top 3 Visual Effects Scenes

This week on Episode 33 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by The Lion King 2019 remake, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about our favorite utilizations of visual effects in film. This is one of the broadest topics we’ve perhaps ever done for this segment. Visual effects are a foundational staple for film and have been implemented since the inception of film. From The Trip to the Moon to Avengers: Endgame, there are literally thousands of scenes that could be eligble for our lists, which made our criteria all the more vital. It was quite challenging but we had a lot of fun with it. That said, what would be your Top 3?

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


1) Ending Reveal – Midnight Special
2) T-Rex Attack on Car – Jurassic Park
3) Debris Sequence – Gravity


1) Cityscape Sequence – Metropolis
2) T-Rex Attack on Car – Jurassic Park
3) Defibrillator Scene – The Thing

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Many other scenes from these films – The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Return of the King, Close Encounters of the Third King, The Invisible Man, The Trip to the Moon, King Kong (1933), King Kong (2005), Back to the Future, Godzilla (1954), Godzilla (2014), Godzilla (2019), 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Alien, Brazil, The Dark Knight, Avengers, T2: Terminator, Titanic, The Wizard of Oz, Twister, The Ten Commandments, Jason and the Argonauts,American Werewolf, Interstellar, Benjamin Button, Children of Men, Life of Pi, Ex Machina, Tron Legacy, Pacific Rim, Avatar, Inception, Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049, The Matrix, The Tree of Life, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Walk, Mission: Impossible

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. As mentioned above, this topic is endless and your list could look very, very different than what ours came to be. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at
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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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