My 16 Most Iconic Movie Images

Happy Friday everybody! I feel like ending the week with a less wordy post but nonetheless a very expressive one. Thanks to Nick over at Anomalous Material for the inspiration when he posted his 13 most iconic movie images, followed by Claire’s top ten days later.

What makes a movie still iconic is not only that the piece is beautifully/dramatically shot, but it has the power to takes us back to the the moment that captivated us when we watched that given film. They’re evocative as well as instantly recognizable, you know where it’s from right away without having to read the caption. So without further ado… here they are:


I could easily go on forever, but I picked these sixteen images (just to match today’s date) randomly, they just happen to come to mind at the time I’m posting this. Now your turn, please share your own favorite iconic movie image in the comments.

54 thoughts on “My 16 Most Iconic Movie Images

  1. Hi, Ruth and company:

    Great selection of photos!

    I especially like the snap from ‘Roman Holiday’. A beautifully shot love story!

    The snap from ‘Raiders…’ is so iconic because it’s so simply American.

    Never have been a fan of ‘E.T’, but I can’t deny the beauty and wonder of that shot.

    Still a sucker for the overblown prim and proper elegance of ‘My Fair Lady’. Can’t imagine a better cast for it, either.

    The strength of the snap from ‘Butch Cassidy…’ relies on Newman and Redford. Imagine the same if Hollywood has originally stuck to its guns and cast Marlon Brando as Butch and Jack Lemmon as Sundance… Food for thought.

    Batman crashing through a ceiling?…. Enough said!

    Still miss the rich opulence of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Snow White’ Must be getting old.

    1. Woo hoo! Always nice to know a man who appreciates the elegance of Audrey Hepburn. You’re only as old as you feel, man. I think I will always love the lush beauty of those Disney princess movies… they’re timeless to me.

  2. Love this post! If made a similar one, I wouldn’t remove many moments that you have chosen.

    Some of my choices: Scarlett O’Hara during her “I’ll never be hungry again” speech (man that’s predictable! lol); the Joker at the street after his van overturned and when he’s about confront the Batman in TDK (not sure whether I made the scene clear enough); also an image of Portman when she turned into a Black Swan during the show (those eyes!); and also the same actress in V for Vendetta when she reaches to the skies under the rain; Captain Jack Sparrow on a sinking boat at the beginning of the POST 1. etc etc.

    Thanks for making me reflect on those ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Lesya, hey double/tripple comments are always welcome ๐Ÿ˜€ He..he.. I know we both love GWTW, sooo many iconic images in that one, hard to pick just one. Oh yeah, I know exactly which scenes you’re referring to in TDK, BS and V… but I’m not into the Pirates movie so I don’t think I’ve seen that scene. Thanks for your comments!

  3. Great picks, Ruth! I agree with Eric, the image from 28 Days Later is great. The opening scenes of the movie are fantastic – so, so eerie. Whenever I am on a streert by myself and it’s deathly quiet I think of 28 Days Later.

    That ET image is iconic. I haven’t seen the film for many years but I do remember that scene very well.

    Ps, I’m glad to see a Disney film made an appearance ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Y’know, that London bridge scene is the second one I thought of when I’m doing this post, the first one is the Gone with the Wind one of course ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for inspiring me to do this, Claire.

  4. Ted S.

    Those are cool shots, I still remember back in the summer of 1996 when that clip of the White House blowing up were shown constantly for the TV spots of ID4.

    Lawrence of Arabia has so many iconic shots that I couldn’t name any of them.

  5. Nice list of pictures Ruth. It’s an awesome idea for a post but I’m afraid I couldn’t do it or I would have to get every single DVD and take a snapshot at the exact moment I want lol. For example, in Gladiator I might have chosen that moment right after he removes his mask in front of Joaquin Phoenix and tells him who he is.

    1. Hi Castor, oh yeah I was trying to find a picture of that exact moment but couldn’t find a good one, but this one is within that same iconic scene so that’ll do. I just LOVE Gladiator! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wow, nice selections you have here sis. I love when UFO destroyed the White House in ID4, that’s so iconic, Kissing moment in Sleeping Beauty and of course Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I love your selections Ruth especially your inclusion of Run Lola Run. I love that film so much that I used it as test to see if a guy I’m dating can tolerate foreign films because I feel like that is one of the more accessible ones in my DVD collection.

    The scene that I most associate with Sound of Music is the opening scene or when Captain Von Trapp first blew his whistle.

    If I were to pick a scene from any film from the Batman franchise, it would be when Michelle Pfieffer first appears in her Catwoman costume.

    My iconic scenes from my favorite films: Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood for Love is the scene where Chow Mo-wan talks into the tree. And from Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, I would have picked either the close-up of the key or the scene when TR Delvin is on the phone and Alicia is nibbling away. Also, from Beauty and the Beast, I would pick the ballroom scene.

    1. Hi Sherry, I love your picks too, except I haven’t seen In The Mood for Love and Notorious. I was gonna include the opening scene of Sound of Music but I wanted to use one w/ the kids. I really need to re-watch that movie again soon. Oh, and I was considering the ballroom image from B&B, but Sleeping Beauty is my all time fave Disney princess flicks.

  9. Wonderful choices Ruth. As you know I love that image of the bike flying across the moon in E.T. Just brings so many wonderful memories.

    …but I love your other choices, especially, Indiana Jones, Gladiator and Independence Day. You’ve given me some food for thought with my on-going iconic images feature.

    1. Hey you can always do it in the future, Ty, never too late. I look forward to your choices, man, I’m sure it’ll be quite different from mine ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. AWESOMEness.

    My face lit up when I saw RUN LOLA RUN included here, and you get even bigger blogger points for BATMAN BEGINS on this list. That FELLOWSHIP shot is just brilliant, and I’m very happy to see it on this list, as well. Truly iconic, truly powerful.

    Similar to Castor, if I made a list like this, I’d have to dig through my DVDs and screengrab the EXACT moment, haha. Great list, mate.

  11. Well done! Thanks for joining in! That shot from Raiders is fantastic. Really, that movie is just packed wall to wall with iconic shots. Pick and choose.

    So that’s the Emmy Rossum Phantom of the Opera, right? I haven’t seen it. Apparently I need to get on that. If it’s on this list I’ll take it as a recommendation.

    1. Hey thanks for the inspiration, looks like it’s become an unofficial meme, ha..ha.. Yes, that is Emmy Rossum from Phantom of the Opera, her first major role and she nailed it IMO. That’s the film that made me fall for Gerry Butler, so yeah I highly recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

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