Monday, April 22, 2024

List: Top 5 Scenes of 2019

This week on Episode 359 of the InSession Film Podcast, we discussed the best movie scenes of 2019. Of all the year end lists we do, aside from our Top 10 of the year, this one is always the most difficult to conjure. But it’s also the most rewarding in many ways as well, as these are the moments that moved us the most, they were the most thought-provoking and will come to define 2019 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) Piano Scene – Her Smell
2) Monte’s Play – The Last Black Man in San Francisco
3) Charlie Reads Nicole’s Letter / Coda – Marriage Story
4) Billi’s Catharsis – The Farewell
5) Kitchen Scene – Wild Rose


1) Orchestra Ending – Portrait of a Lady on Fire
2) Spahn Ranch – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
3) The Piano Man Scene – Under the Silver Lake
4) The Reunion of Salvador and Federico – Pain & Glory
5) Howard Sells the Gem – Uncut Gems

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Ending Reveals – Us
Red’s Monologue – Us
Red vs Adelaide – Us
Fun House – Us
Opening Fall – Ad Astra
Calling Dad on Mars – Ad Astra
Moon Pirates – Ad Astra
Space Monkeys – Ad Astra
Final Confrontation – Ad Astra
Jo / Laurie’s Fight – Little Women
Amy’s Business Talk – Little Women
Jo Reveals Loneliness – Little Women
Mr. Lawrence on Stairs – Little Women
Hospital Report – The Farewell
Glasgow Concert – Wild Rose
Meeting Nora – Marriage Story
Dualing Songs – Marriage Story
Opening Scene – Marriage Story
Painter Scene – A Hidden Life
Girls Montage – A Hidden Life
Thomas Wake’s Monologue – The Lighthouse
Dancing / Drunk Montage – The Lighthouse
Getting Into Lighthouse – The Lighthouse
House Escape Sequence – Parasite
The Kick – Parasite
Ending – Parasite
Dinner Celebration – The Irishman
Deciding on the Hit – The Irishman
Peggy – The Irishman
Ending Scene – The Irishman
Tony Pro Meeting in Shorts – em>The Irishman
Pretending to be Jojo’s Father – Jojo Rabbit
Window Sill Discussion – Jojo Rabbit
Robert Reaching His Boiling Point – Dark Waters
Usher Sequence – Hustlers
Bus Scene (Monte Learns of Friend’s Fate) – The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Bus Scene (Girls Talking About San Francisco) – The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Flowers in Hair – The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Bathroom Scene – Joker
Party Argument – Booksmart
Phone Call with Mom and Dad – Honey Boy
Scene With Movie Dad – Honey Boy
Opening Scene – Honey Boy
Bon Fire – Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Debating Book – Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Piano Scene – Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Lunch Silence – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Manson Attack – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Rick Acting with Little Girl – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Rick in His Trailer – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Battlefield Run – 1917
Donut Speech – Knives Out
Ending – Knives Out
Racing Scenes – Ford v Ferrari
Taking Mr. Ford for a Ride – Ford v Ferrari
Final Scene – Uncut Gems
Dog Sequence – John Wick: Parabellum
Knife Fight – John Wick: Parabellum
Ending Sequence – High Life
Father / Daughter Bonding – High Life
Sex Box – High Life
Garden Death – High Life
Ending Scene – Pain & Glory
Moon Landing – Apollo 11
Newborn Baby – For Sama
Flicker Sequence – The Beach Bum
Ending – The Beach Bum
Reaction to Chewbacca on Ship – The Rise of Skywalker
The Handoff – The Rise of Skywalker
Ending – The Rise of Skywalker
Prison Table Scene with Daughter – The Mustang
Bear Sequence – Arctic
Avengers Assemble – Avengers: Endgame
Captain America Picks Up Thor’s Hammer – Avengers: Endgame
I am Iron Man – Avengers: Endgame
Hotel Scene – Ash is Purest White
Inciting Action Sequence – Ash is Purest White
Wrestling Match – The Peanut Butter Falcon
Opening Scene – High Flying Bird
Garbage On Floor Gag – Velvet Buzzsaw

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 2019. That being said, what would be your Top 5? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

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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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