- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
One of the most iconic scenes of the ’80s occurs towards the end of Steven Spielberg’s classic, E.T. With time running out for E.T. to get home and with the government giving chase, Elliott and crew jump on their trusty kids push bikes to get away.
They initially make a clean break away, confusing the chasing cop cars by splitting up and forcing their pursuers to stop at terrain not drivable. Everything is going smoothly until the group get funnelled to a street with a roadblock at the end.
While the adult cops get ready to bring in E.T. and the kids, they are left with open jaws as their bikes launch off the ground and into the air.
As they cycle to E.T.’s spaceship, the sun begins to go down and we get the famous scene of their shadows passing the moon.
- The Karate Kid
Another ’80s movie and another classic scene from The Karate Kid. The final showdown between Daniel, trained by Mr. Miyagi and Johnny, the bully from Cobra Kai is legendary.
With an injured leg due to taking an illegal hit in the previous round, the doctor tells Daniel that he can no longer continue in the tournament. Not wanting to throw in the towel, Daniel convinces Mr. Miyagi to use a special technique to reduce the pain so he can face Johnny.
As the match begins Daniel takes the lead by tripping Johnny but is soon on the defensive as his injured leg is targeted.
With the damage taking its toll, Daniel struggles to stand but manages to assume the “crane” stance. Johnny, with everyone watching lunges forward, but Daniel hits him savagely with a front kick directly from the stance.
- It Chapter One
You have to give credit to this group of self-named ‘The Losers Club’. It’s not everyday you face an ancient cosmic evil that almost exclusively prays on kids.
When the children of Derry, Maine start having encounters with Pennywise the Dancing Clown, they get together and share their horrified stories.
Soon realising they will never be safe while it lives, six misfits band together in an attempt to destroy what’s hunting them. Descending down into the sewers and finding It, who transforms into a something of a spider, each child is confronted with their greatest fears.
While trying to survive against the murderous It, each kid begins to show courage and overcome the fears that scared them in the past.
With powers of It starting to weaken as the children believe in themselves, they take advantage and attack. Using a metal pole, the only female of the group Beth, delivers the final blow and sends It to death.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Entering the world of Harry Potter for the first time is an amazing experience. Here, we follow the young boy wizard and his friends as they attend school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The first film ends with a shocking confrontation with Harry’s nemesis, the powerful, dark wizard known as Lord Voldemort. This scene builds the suspense as Harry realises that his teacher Quirrell has been the bad guy all along, and has Voldemort living on his skin.
Seeing Voldemort for the first time, weak but still forceful leads to some wonderful dialogue between the characters. He tries to bargain with Harry, offering him everything including the revival of his dead parents, but he refuses every time.
The scene ends with Quirrell perishing at Harry’s hand, but Voldemort’s soul escaping, leading to what is an epic final confrontation later in the story.
- Super 8
Towards the end of the movie, duo Joe and Cary must save their friend Alice from an alien creature. After finding the alien’s lair the pair see a group of people, including an unconscious Alice hanging from the ceiling.
As the alien prepares to eat these captives, the kids create a distraction made from a pile of firecrackers. With time running out, Joe nominates to go rescue Alice while Cary starts to light the fuse.
In a tense couple of seconds, the lighter Cary uses clicks over and we hold our breath hoping he gets it working. At the last moment, he gets a light to use on their stockpile of firecrackers.
With the explosions going off, it provides the prefect cover for Joe to race in and get Alice.