Funny how the mind works. These are the scenes that stick with you forever, and when someone mentions the movie it's the first scene that pops into your head. There are probably hundreds of more memorable movie scenes than these, but the list below is what popped into my head during a 20-minute drive:
9. The zombies fighting over intestines of the few people who leave the safer confines of the house to gas up the truck in the original "Night of the Living Dead" (1968). This may have been the first time I was exposed to gore.
6. The dinner scene in David Lynch's "Eraserhead." The camera slowly pans across each person sitting at the table as an uncomfortable silence stretches out way too long. Allen Joseph asks Jack Nance what he does for a living and he answers, "I'm on vacation." Lynch at his finest.
5. Members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox entering the outfield through the cornfield for the first time in "Field of Dreams." Even if you're not a baseball fan, it's a goosebump-inspiring scene.
4. Tom Cruise's freefall in the conclusion of "Vanilla Sky," his life passing before his eyes through a sonic-speed montage of classic album covers, landmark news stories and personal snapshots. Brilliant editing.
3. Mark Wahlberg's growing nervousness while sitting in the living room waiting for a dope deal to go down in "Boogie Nights." The Chinese kid shooting off firecrackers while the dealer sings to Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" is masterful staging and directing.
1. Margaret Hamilton pedaling on the bicycle outside Judy Garland's bedroom window as the house is caught in the center of the tornado in "The Wizard of Oz." This image caused many sleepless nights for me as a kid.