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List: Top 5 Scenes of 2020

List: Top 5 Scenes of 2020

This week on Episode 412 of the InSession Film Podcast, we discussed the best movie scenes of 2020. 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 they will come to define 2020 in film. Despite the unconventionality of the last year, there are countless individual scenes that could qualify for this list, 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) Beach Scene – Babyteeth
2) Karl Sees Painting – The Painter and the Thief
3) The Questionnaire – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
4) The Opening Tragedy – Pieces of a Woman
5) Playing House – Kajillionaire


1) Funeral Scene – Dick Johnson Is Dead
2) Karl Sees Painting – The Painter and the Thief
3) Silly Games Sequence – Lovers Rock
4) Swankie Monologue – Nomadland
5) Ending Scene – Driveways

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Closing Scene – Sound of Metal
Table Discussion – Sound of Metal
Reaction to Implants – Sound of Metal
“You saved my life” – Sound of Metal
Heaven Sequence – Dick Johnson Is Dead
Ending – First Cow
Cookie and King-Lu Selling Oily Cakes – First Cow
Levee’s God Monologue – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Levee’s Mother Monologue – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Running of the Wolves – Wolfalkers
Paul’s Monologue – Da 5 Bloods
Land Mine Sequence – Da 5 Bloods
David Pranks Grandmother – Minari
That Camera Shot – The Vast of Night
Mabel’s Story – The Vast of Night
Steven’s Reaction to the Votes – Boys State
Dance Scene – Another Round
Ending Scene – The Invisible Man
Knife/Dinner Scene – The Invisible Man
Darcus Questions the Cop in Court – Mangrove
Taking Hands – Lovers Rock
Argument Between Sam / Malcom X – One Night in Miami
Robert Zemeckis Gag – I’m thinking of Ending Things
Dinner Scene – I’m thinking of Ending Things
Car Ride – I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Third Act Action – Tenet
Final Sequence – The Father
“I feel like I’m losing my leaves” – The Father
Drunk Monologue – Mank
Herman and Marion Walk Around “Xanadu” – Mank
Court Room Reveal – Pieces of a Woman
Red Room Scene – Pieces of a Woman
Augustine Trying to Find Iris – The Midnight Sky
Mitchell / Sanchez’s Decision – The Midnight Sky
Doctor’s Scene – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Borat / Daughter Epiphany – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
The End of the World Music Moment – Tesla
Acceptance Speech – The Forty-Year-Old Version
Opening – Blow the Man Down
Train Sequence – Wendy
Jane in Swimming Pool – She Dies Tomorrow
Club/Dancing Scene – The Nest
Eating the Egg – The Truffle Hunters
Ending Escape – The Truffle Hunters
Max Lord Reunites With Son – Wonder Woman 1984
Dynamic of Mike & Marcus – Bad Boys For Life

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 2020. 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.

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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