Monday, December 11, 2023

List: Top 5 Scenes of 2022

This week on Episode 515 of the InSession Film Podcast, we discussed the best movie scenes of 2022. Aside from doing our Top 10 movies of the year, this is always the most challenging exercise we do on the show. But it’s also the most rewarding as well. The amount of great scenes we experience that either strike us emotionally, leave us jaw dropped, provoke us intellectually or come to define us in some way is always vast and thorough. And this year was no different in that regard. 2022 had many great scenes that left us riveted and moved, so narrowing this down to just five was an impossible task, but we had a great time talking about the scenes that ultimately landed on our list. That said, here are our lists:

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


1) Sammy Finding the Truth – The Fabelmans
2) Hotel TV Scene – Aftersun
3) Rock Scene / Waymond Sequence – Everything Everywhere All at Once
4) “Dosti” Sequence – RRR
5) Tea Scene – After Yang


1) Hallway Scene with Logan – The Fabelmans
2) Under Pressure – Aftersun
3) The Star Lasso Experience – Nope
4) Birthday Scene – The Eternal Daughter
5) Kinescope Studios Scene – Babylon


1) Mother’s Forgiveness / Father’s Blessing – The Fabelmans
2) Interview Scene – Tár
3) Yang’s Memories Are Opened Up – After Yang
4) Birthday Scene – The Eternal Daughter
5) Dance Scene – Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths


1) Hallway Scene with Logan – The Fabelmans
2) First Interrogation – Decision to Leave
3) Escaping Into the Forest – EO
4) Heinrich’s Jacket Sequence – All Quiet on the Western Front
5) Jean Jacket Rains Blood – Nope

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Final Scene – Aftersun
Magical Realism – Hit the Road
Opening Sequence – Hit the Road
Final Beach Scene – Decision to Leave
Final Beach Scene – The Banshees of Inisherin
Pádraic Confronts Colm – The Banshees of Inisherin
Dominic Proposes to Siobhán – The Banshees of Inisherin
Final Shot of Nana Connie – Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Glass Shattering – Glass Onion
Juliard Lecture – TÁR
Accordion Scene – TÁR
Iceman Scene – Top Gun: Maverick
Bar Scene – Top Gun: Maverick
Rooster & Maverick Dogfighting – Top Gun: Maverick
Gordy Scene – Nope
Final Act – Avatar: The Way of Water
Underwater Scenes – Avatar: The Way of Water
Nellie’s First Talkie – Babylon
Finale – Babylon
Opening Orgy Sequence – Babylon
Pearl’s Monologue – Pearl
Landslide – X
Opening Credits – After Yang
End Credits – White Noise
Ending – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
“My Son” – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Village Raid – The Northman
Batmobile Reveal – The Batman
Bridge Sequence – RRR
Compound Raid – RRR
Naatu Naatu – RRR
Mirror Scene – Devotion
Tank Scene – All Quiet on the Western Front
Paul Tries To Save French Soldier – All Quiet on the Western Front
Holiday Special – Elvis
Ferris Wheel Scene – Broker
Final Scene – The Menu
Nicolas Holt Cooking – The Menu
Funeral Scene – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Beach Scene – Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Bookend Scenes – No Bears
Group Conversations – Women Talking
Surgery Is The New Sex – Crimes of the Future
Solving the Murder – Glass Onion
Goodbye Scene – Cha Cha Real Smooth
Court Scenes – Saint Omer

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 2022. 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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