Sunday, May 28, 2023

List: Top 5 Scenes of 2018

This week on Episode 307 of the InSession Film Podcast, we discussed our the best movie scenes of 2018. Of all the year end Top lists we do, this one is always the most difficult, but it’s also the most rewarding. These are the moments that moved us the most, were the most thought-provoking and will come to define 2018 in film. There are countless individual scenes that could qualify for this list, especially given how deep and consistent the year was overall, but that’s what makes this list exciting in the end. Given that there are so many to choose from, the scenes that do make our list carry a lot of weight with us. That said, here are our lists:

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


1) Moon Crater – First Man
2) Pool Scene – Eighth Grade
3) Diner Scene – You Were Never Really Here
4) Collin Confronts Cop – Blindspotting
5) Ending Goodbye – Leave No Trace


1) One Last Ride – The Rider
2) Parking Lot Argument – Blindspotting
3) A Modern Dance – The Favourite
4) Car Ride and Aftermath – Hereditary
5) Interrogations – Shoplifters

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Dinner Sequence – If Beale Street Could Talk
Loft Tour – If Beale Street Could Talk
One-Take Car Ride – Widows
Opening Heist – Widows
Bing’s Reveal to Kiere – Minding the Gap
Hospital / Birth – Roma
Street Riots – Roma
Burning Sweater – Shoplifters
Beach Scene – Shoplifters
Fred Rogers Re-Lives Childhood Through Puppet – Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Dance Scene – Burning
Beach – Roma
Lighthouse – Annihilation
Bear Attack – Annihilation
Security Camera Footage – You Were Never Really Here
River Scene – You Were Never Really Here
Ending – Loveless
Child Cries Over Parents – Loveless
Morgue Scene – Loveless
Meal Ticket – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Ending – Wildlife
Bust Stop – Wildlife
Training Horse – The Rider
Dinner Table Scene – Hereditary
Sex Scene in Car – The Other Side of the Wind
Confronts Mom – Madeline’s Madeline
Mav Reminds Children of Their Names – The Hate U Give
Lady Sarah Walks In on Abigail / Queen Anne in Bed – The Favourite
Rooftop Catharsis – Support the Girls
Miles Morales Makes His “leap of faith” – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Thor Arrives in Wakanda – Infinity War
Thor Gets Emotional with Rocket – Infinity War
Seeing Wakanda for First Time – Black Panther
“Shallow” Sequence – A Star is Born
Lee’s Reaction to “save our children” – A Quiet Place
Frank’s Reaction to Daughter’s Decision – Hearts Beat Loud
Gun Scene – Blindspotting
House Invasion – Assassination Nation
Pool Scene – Assassination Nation
Gym Revenge – Assassination Nation
Car Scene – Eighth Grade
Campfire – Eighth Grade
Ending – Beast
Ending – First Reformed
Burning – Mandy
Bar Scene – The Wife
Live Aid – Bohemian Rhapsody
End Act 6 – Suspiria
Olga’s Last Dance – Suspiria
Drunk Bar Scene – Cold War
Wedding Scene – Crazy Rich Asians
Mahjong Scene – Crazy Rich Asians
Happy Birthday Aunt Lucy – Paddington 2
Muddy Grave – We the Animals

See our favorite action scenes of 2018 here.
See our favorite comedic scenes of 2018 here.

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. There are so many other scenes that we wanted to mentioned, but let alone others that were more on your radar. That is to say, your list could look very different than ours given the amount of great scenes we saw in 2018. That being said, what would be your Top 5? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

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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