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Yes, Jacob taking his shirt off in Twilight: New Moon *is* on this list. What of it?

Recently, I rounded up the movie moments I remembered people cheering at in theaters (or in my own living room…it’s me, I was cheering) and y’all had so many great submissions in the comments! Here are some other great ultra-satisfying movie moments:


When Rick killed Sadie with a flamethrower in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood:

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“Everyone was cheering and clapping when Leo got the flamethrower!”



When Jacob took off his shirt for the first time in Twilight: New Moon:

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“Not gonna lie…when Jacob first took his shirt off in New Moon…hahaha.”



In Robocop, when Robocop killed Jones then the OCP chief executive asked his name, to which Robocop replied, “Murphy”:


When Batman flipped Joker’s truck in The Dark Knight:


When Adam attacked the men about to assault Caroline in Untamed Heart:


“I went with my mom to see the film in the theater and every single woman in that theater was standing up, loud claps and shouting with joy for her safety from that incredible scene. I’ve never forgotten the power of that scene and feeling the power from every woman in that room that day!”



When the dog jumped away from the explosion in Independence Day:

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“The whole theater cheered when the dog was able to leap through the door and escape the fire in Independence Day. It’s been over 20 years but that is still the only film I’ve been to where the entire theater cheered.”



When Pippin lit the beacons in The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers:

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“That’s actually one of my favorite scenes: the lighting of the beacons, the buildup to Aragorn seeing the beacons, Théoden’s pause as he considers helping Gondor… Fucking awesome.”



When George McFly knocked out Biff in Back to the Future:


When Inigo killed Count Rugen in The Princess Bride:


When Effie sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in Dreamgirls:

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“Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of that song gave me CHILLS. My parents saw Dreamgirls on Broadway with Jennifer Holliday and they said that Jennifer Hudson is the only one who could have brought that power back to the screen. It was incredible.”



When Rachel closed Samara in the well in The Ring Two:


When Batman showed up out of nowhere while the Joker was threatening Rachel in The Dark Knight:


When Ellen voiced this iconic line in Alien:


When Éowyn killed the Witch-king in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

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“Nothing will ever top the ‘I AM NO MAN’ scene in LOTR for me.”



When the president gave his speech in Independence Day:

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“This ages me but…oh well. I loved the president’s speech in the original Independence Day.”


“That might be one of my favorite monologues of all time.”



When Hermione punched Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:


When Aragorn told the hobbits not to bow in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

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“I cry just THINKING about the ‘You bow to no one’ scene.”



When Andrew gave his speech in The American President:

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The American President speech (yes I’m an old millennial) always always makes me cheer internally. ‘I’m Andrew Shepherd and I AM the President!’ Damn you Aaron Sorkin for making me believe in decent people and politicians!”



When Leia came onscreen in Rogue One:


When Slim killed her husband in Enough:

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“In Enough when she finally gets to stand up to her abusive husband and wins before it cutting to her driving off to a new life with her daughter and partner.”



When Claire faked an asthma attack so Mott would let her guard down then attacked her in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle:

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And finally, literally just the opening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope:


“The only time I have ever heard full-on cheering in a movie theater was at the re-release of Star Wars Ep. IV. The theater gets dark and the music starts and it’s pandemonium. I cried a little. It’s giving me goosebumps thinking about it! So sad that that was probably the last time anyone felt that way about Star Wars.


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