1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Paroled Con Red
(Morgan Freeman) follows the directions left by Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) to an idyllic beach:
“I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.”
You have no idea what’s ahead of you, no absolute idea where you will end up but here you are, alive and hoping. And you can hear the sound of the waves hitting the shore.
2. The Usual Suspects (1995)
(Kevin Spacey) walks away from a police station with a surprisingly footloose long decisive step, his earlier words are repeated:
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that.. he is gone”
You just can’t decide which part of the sentence leaves you with your eyes wide open. It could have stopped midway and it would have still taken you by surprise, but then it just happens to be more fascinating.
3. Fight Club (1999)
(Edward Norton) watches a city’s skyline collapse into dust with Marla (Helena Bonham Carter).:
“You met me at a very strange time in my life.”
4. Memento (2000)
(Guy Pearce) does not remember what he’d just done.
“Now, where was I?”
5. Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)
(Ben Whishaw) survived for his art and after shaping an existence for his art, he sacrificed himself. He created a piece of art that took the artist’s life.
“For the first time in their lives, they believed they had done something purely out of love.”
6. Shutter Island (2010)
(Leonardo Dicaprio) asks Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) to let him know he has returned to sanity:
“This place makes me wonder.. Which would be worse: to live as a monster, or to die as a good man?”
7. The Black Swan (2010)
(Natalie Portman), the mad ballerina, seems to be dying but at least she has the satisfaction of a job well done.
“I was perfect.”
Self-satisfaction. Self-suffiency, and all the things you thought you’d never know. But you see it, and maybe even feel it coming.