20 Most Heart-Pumping And Tension-Filled Scenes In Movie History

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

“When Hans Landa is alone with Shoshanna and says, ‘There was something else I wanted to ask you…’”

Mission: Impossible (1996)

“The heist scene in the original when he couldn’t make a sound, raise the temperature, touch anything, etc. The single drop of sweat…IYKYK.”

Room (2015)

“When the little boy is trying to escape in the bed of the pickup truck. I don’t think I took a breath for a solid three minutes.”

The Hurt Locker (2008)

“His whole job was to defuse the bomb before it blows up! I had to keep pausing because I just couldn’t take it. Kathryn Bigelow took five years off my life with that movie.”

Jurassic Park (1993)

“The kitchen scene. I was 9 years old and hid behind the sofa for most of the film, but this scene was so tense, I just had to watch it.”

The Impossible (2012)

“The tsunami sequence. Just thinking about it makes me tense!”

Uncut Gems (2019)

“The last 15 minutes. That man fumbled every step of the way throughout the movie, so, when it was his last chance to get the money, you were rooting for him just so that it could finally be over. He did win the money, and, for 2 seconds, you were relieved — only for that final scene to ruin it all.”

The Fallout (2021)

“The scene when they’re hiding in the bathroom. I was struck by the sound of the character’s heavy breath, crying, and throwing up. You pretty much spend the entire scene just waiting for something to happen — to either be told it’s over or for the gunman to come into the bathroom.I had the pause the movie after watching that scene.”

The Thing (1982)

“The blood test scene.”

The Menu (2022)

“The ‘Tyler’s Bullsh#t’ cooking scene. It was great watching Ralph Fiennes’s Chef absolutely destroy Nicholas Hoult’s douchebag Tyler, but that scene was so tense and uncomfortable!”

Jaws (1975)

“The USS Indianapolis scene. It’s literally just three guys talking and drinking on a boat, but Quint’s retelling is so well acted, you feel like you’re there in the water waiting for your turn as everyone else gets picked off one-by-one. That scene builds and builds so well. I’d love to have seen that filmed — I bet you could have heard a pin drop after!”

What Lies Beneath (2000)

“The scene with Michelle Pfeiffer in the bathtub, when she’s paralyzed while it slowly fills up to drown her!”

Argo (2012)

“The scene at the end when they’re trying to fly out of Iran with everyone, and there’s a race between Ben Affleck’s character, the embassy employees, and the Iranians who found out that some of the diplomats were missing. It’s one of the most stressful scenes I had ever seen at the time. I distinctly remember being on the edge of my seat for like 10 minutes just holding my breath.”

Misery (1990)

“For me, it’s the scene when Paul picked the lock and escaped his room while Annie was gone. He’s exploring the house, and eventually, he grabs a knife and some pills. However, he suddenly hears Annie’s car and realizes she’s on her way back, so he has to crawl his way back into his wheelchair and into his room before she finds out that he had snuck out. That scene is just so tense.”

No Country for Old Men (2007)

“The scene at the end between Carla Jean and Anton Chigurh.”

Joker (2019)

“The subway scene. Watching that woman be harassed while she hoped that the only other person who could intervene would, and then us as the audience knowing what was going to happen when they shifted their focus to Arthur. It was excruciating.”

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

“The scene when the bathtub keeps filling up with water, and the baby in it almost drowns. It gives me a panic attack every time I see it.”

Goodfellas (1990)

“The ‘Funny how?’ scene. Joe Pesci is terrifying, and it’s made worse by taking place in such an ordinary setting.”

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

“The mission scene at the end. It’s what the whole movie was building up to, so of course I knew it would be stressful, but I was on the edge of my seat during it all wondering if they would make it back.”

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

“The night vision goggles scene! Terrifying!”

Source: www.buzzfeed.com

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