17 Underrated Movie Scenes That Are So Much Better Than Your All-Time Favorites

17 Underrated Movie Scenes That Are So Much Better Than Your All-Time Favorites

THAT scene in Prisoners is so, so, so, so, so good.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which movie scenes are so good but don’t get the credit they deserve. Here are the underrated results.

🚨 Spoilers ahead, people! 🚨


In Rocketman, when the pool montage succinctly illustrated Elton’s overdose and how much pressure he was under to perform and sell records.

Elton overdosing in the pool and then being brought to the concert in

Paramount Pictures

“The scene when he overdoses and falls into the pool is so tragic and heartbreaking, especially when he sees his younger self. It’s such a weirdly beautiful scene, and you can almost feel his overwhelming emotions that all culminate into this one song.”



In Amélie, when Amélie helped the man who’s blind cross the street, and she explained every tiny thing she saw in expressed detail, resulting in a magical sensory overload.

Amélie describing the statue, florist, and bakery window tot he man who's blind as his face glows in awe

UGC-Fox Distribution

“While walking, they passed by several everyday, meaningless things, but she described them with such purpose and vigor that she helped to paint an auditory picture for the man. She left him at the metro, and he looked at the sky, dumbfounded. I thought it was really sweet.”



In Zodiac, when Robert realized that he was alone in the basement with the suspected Zodiac Killer, and he had to escape but couldn’t let on that he knew too much.

Robert trying to escape Vaughn's house in

Paramount Pictures

“This is one of the most chilling movie scenes ever. Every part of you wants to scream at Jake Gyllenhaal’s character to run away, instead of going into that dark, lonely basement with the suspected Zodiac Killer. Every time I watch this scene, I’m on the edge of my seat, my body gets all sweaty, and I also get goosebumps. It’s so, so, so good and underrated.”



In Booksmart, when Amy followed Ryan into the pool, and everything that followed was equal parts innocent, beautiful, authentic, nostalgic, exciting, playful, and heartbreaking.

Amy jumping into the pool and playfully searching for Ryan

United Artists Releasing

“The entire movie is so good, but this scene is something else, especially with the soundtrack in the background. You feel exactly how happy Amy is when she’s going into the water, and it’s almost ethereal. Then it’s all taken away from you when, well, *it’s* revealed. You need to watch this movie.”



In Blindspotting, when Collin confronted the officer and rapped his soliloquy about the relationship between Black people and police in America.

The final scene of

Summit Entertainment

“This film didn’t receive the attention it deserved. Daveed Diggs delivered a stunning performance, and in this underrated scene his rap is so cutthroat and empowering. The whole thing is incredibly relevant to our current social climate, as he targets the injustice of systemic racism and his personal breaking point to tolerate it. A total must-see.”



In The Hunger Games, when the timer counted down to zero and the bloodbath officially began and everything was silent, except for a faint ringing in Katniss’s ears.

All of the tributes running and killing each other at the start of The Games in

Lionsgate Films

“Having no sound in this scene makes it that much more emotional. The teens are brutally killing each other, and it’s pure chaos and primal confusion. The fact that you can’t hear anything going on just makes it a lot more sad and hard to watch.”



In Short Term 12, when Jayden read Grace her story about the shark and the octopus, and they both started crying because they knew the underlying message.

Jayden reading her story to Grace in


“This scene rips me apart every time I watch it. You can feel the grief and pain, and Grace’s character tries so desperately to figure out what’s really going on with Jayden.”



In Prisoners, when the final scene ended on a cliffhanger, and you were unsure if Detective Loki found Keller from his faint whistles for help.

Detective Loki hearing Keller's faint whistles for help

Warner Bros. Pictures


In Monster’s Ball, when Hank fed Leticia ice cream while she quietly thought about whether he was worthy of her love and a future together.

Hank feeding Leticia ice cream while they sit on their stoop at the end of

Lionsgate Films

“That final scene when Hank fed Leticia ice cream on the cement steps was incredible. She just found out that he was part of the detail that killed her man in prison. She didn’t say anything for the last 15 minutes of the film, but you could see all of the emotions, thoughts, and confusion she had. They were both broken, and she had to process her own anger and sadness while trying to make sense of everything. Her uncertainty and hesitated acceptance were palpable. Such a quiet, powerful moment.”



In Atonement, when everything unfolded and an elderly Briony revealed the truth about what happened to Robbie and Cecilia.

Old Briony revealing that her sister and Robbie died years ago

Focus Features

“When all of it came together — the keyboard clacking, the supercuts of those key scenes, everything being shown from different perspectives — I was blown away. It was done so well, and it was also incredibly subtle. I remember staring at my computer screen, mouth open, for a solid five minutes when it was over.”



In 20th Century Women, when the final montage revealed exactly what happened to each character, and it simultaneously broke your heart and filled it with endless love.

Dorothea smiling with friends and riding in a plane at the end of


“This entire film is so underrated, but this particular scene may be one of my favorite endings of any movie. I remember crying because I felt so much love and hope and heartbreak. It made me feel nostalgic for something I had never even experienced. Learning about each character’s fate was delightful and devastating. It was weirdly reassuring. What a rare quality for a movie scene.”



In Ex Machina, when Ava locked Caleb inside the fortress and then escaped in hopes of finally experiencing life as a real human.

Ava escaping the fortress and trapping Caleb in


“It’s just so brilliant to me. I feel like the movie as a whole is never talked about, but this particular scene really stands out to me. Everything had built up to this one moment, so much so that I considered the possibility that everyone at one point was a machine. The writing and direction were so fantastic, and it sent chills down my spine.”



In Juno, when Bleeker comforted Juno after she delivered the baby, and they silently cried while holding each other in the hospital bed.

Bleeker holding Juno on the hospital bed after she gives birth in

Fox Searchlight Pictures

“The scene after Juno has the baby is pure perfection. As she lies in the hospital bed, her dad softly gives her a pep talk about how she’ll be there again one day, but on her own terms. Then her lover, Paulie, comes in. He has a moment with the father, the dad leaves, and Paulie just gets into bed with Juno and holds her. There’s hardly any dialogue, but the music is so emotional, and the acting from all three is superb. You feel every emotion. It brings me to tears every time I watch it.”



In Queen & Slim, when Queen and Slim slowly danced together at the juke joint and opened up about what they truly wanted in life.

Queen and Slim talking about their greatest desires in the bar and in the car

Universal Pictures

“They’re both on the run, and even though all eyes are on them, it’s as if they’re the only two people in the crowded room. The whole scene is so simple and beautiful and romantic.”



In Hearts Beat Loud, when Sam was determined to learn how to ride a bike, after being discouraged for years because her mom died in a biking accident.

Rose teaching Sam how to ride a bike in

Burn Later Productions

“I really loved how subtle this scene was in showing how important family was. Family and stepping outside of your comfort zone are SUCH strong themes throughout the movie, and this scene is the perfect mashup of the two. Sam learns to ride a bike years after her mom died in a bike accident, and it’s even more heartwarming to watch as her dad’s guitar playing underscores this huge moment.”



In Almost Famous, when Lester delivered his “uncool” monologue after William became friends with the band.

Lester talking on the phone with William about being uncool

Sony Pictures Releasing

“It’s my favorite movie monologue to date. It’s just so natural and vulnerable.”



And in Someone Great, when Jenny wrote a love letter about her relationship with Nate and talked about how thankful she was for the experience, even though they could no longer be together.

Jenny crying as she writes her goodbye letter on the subway in


“I cry EVERY TIME at this ending monologue. This is truly an amazing movie, and not enough people appreciate or know about it.”


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