Now we’re not talking scenes here necessarily – more just moments within a scene perhaps. Some are the first time we see the character (often the most impressive) and some once they’ve been established. All are rather brilliant. And these are a selection of my favourites.
‘Do you want some red rope licorice?’ Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
Garth is doing his laundry and in walks Kim Basinger, sucking ‘innocently’ on his licorice and sharing a steamy moment as she hands him back his tighty whiteys.
‘A blonde walks into a bank’ The Mask (1994)
Aged 21 Cameron Diaz auditioned for this film with no experience. She was cast and introduced to cinema in bravura fashion. Jim Carrey’s jaw hit the floor (as he probably wasn’t even acting).
‘A girl gets out a pool’ Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
I tend to mention this film, the original American Pie, quite often. And its inclusion here is fully justified, with Phoebe Cates emerging slow-mo from a pool in Judge Reinhold’s fantasy.
‘Why don’t you do right?’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
How do you act opposite a sex symbol that isn’t actually there? Bob Hoskins managed admirably in this scene; one where Jessica Rabbit first appears; sung seductively – in true femme fatale fashion – by Amy Irving.
‘Cat got the milk’ Batman Returns (1992)
Possibly the best transformation in cinema. Bookish and shy Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets left for dead, only to be revived by kitties. She then rips up her apartment to make a new suit, emerging in a vengeful mood as Catwoman.
‘Thigh or breast Mr Bond?’ Goldeneye (1995)
There’s good Bond girls and bad Bond girls, the latter being far more interesting. Famke Janssen plays Xenia Onatopp (great name), whose special skill is crushing men to death with her thighs. What a way to go.
‘A Manhattan for the lady’ The Last Seduction (1994)
Cruelly snubbed for an Oscar due to a technical reason, Linda Fiorentino elevated this slightly hokey film – and script – with a sultry performance, completely flooring Peter Berg in the process.
‘Bend over and read the letter’ Secretary (2002)
James Spader is a bit of a past master at kinky characters (watch Crash at your peril) and here, as the original Mr Grey, he puts Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character in her place with a bit of spanking. Which she adores.
‘Nothin’ but short skirts around the house’ The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
‘Does daddy get a kiss from both his little girls?’ ‘Oh no. Daddy doesn’t even get to touch mommy…’ Margot Robbie holds her own in her first major role, summed up well in this scene where she teases DiCaprio mercilessly.
‘I’m the money’ Casino Royale (2006)
The more Bond films that come out the better Casino Royale seems to get. It also cements Eva Green as probably the best Bond girl there has been. She makes her entrance in a simple yet wonderful scene on a train.