A couple of weeks ago I did a Phenomenal 5 list on rainy movie scenes. Well this week I’m doing the exact opposite. Today I’m going to list for you five fantastic fiery movie scenes. Now obviously this list could go in many directions. To narrow it down I wanted to stay away from supernatural or superhero type movies. In other words people who are able to control or generate fire and horror movies that deal with fiery phenomenons are not eligible. But fear not, there are still plenty of great scenes to choose from and considering that I wouldn’t call this the definitive list. Still there’s no doubt that these five fiery movie scenes are absolutely phenomenal.
#5 – “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
You can consider this my goofy pick for the list but it is still a scene that I absolutely love. Indy (Harrison Ford) and his father (Sean Connery) have gotten themselves captured by the Nazis. While tied up Connery manages to set the place on fire with a cigarette lighter. First it’s the floor, then the carpet, and soon the entire place is ablaze. So the two now find themselves trying to escape not only the Nazis but the fire that was started by their own doing. Some good action and some even better comedy follow their attempt to get out of their crazy predicament.
#4 – “The Artist”
This particular scene happens at the end of the film so consider this a SPOILER WARNING! As this incredible film winds down, George Valentin sits alone at home with his once prominent movie career all but gone. In a moment of absolute depression he destroys all of the movie reels containing his life’s work. He then lights a match and sets them on fire. He quickly snaps back to reality and tries to put out the fire but it’s too late. The flames ignite the room and the smoke overtakes him. Luckily he has Uggie the dog who saves the day. It’s a fantastic scene.
#3 – “Bambi”
In the Disney animated classic “Bambi” there is a raging forest fire that plays a huge part in the film. As the fire tears through the forest, the animals are sent scurrying for cover and refuge. Lead by his father, Bambi races for safety as burning trees fall and embers light up the sky. It’s truly an amazing bit of animation loaded with an incredibly thick, edge-of-your-seat tension. In an emotionally satisfying conclusion we see many of animals finding safety on a small island in the river as the fire consumes the shore in the background. It’s a solemn and powerful end to a thrilling sequence.
#2 – “There Will Be Blood”
There is an unbelievable fiery scene in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood”. At one point in the film an accident causes an oil derrick to catch on fire. Flames shoot hundreds of feet in the air and black smoke clouds the sky until the daytime turns as dark as night. It’s one of the most visually impressive scenes you’ll see. The fire completely engulfs the derrick and it also leads to some pretty costly injuries. A quick fun fact – the Coen brothers were filming “No Country for Old Men” at the same time in that area. They had to delay their shoot because of the massive clouds of smoke coming from the fire.
#1 – “Gone With the Wind”
For all of its elegance and pageantry, “Gone with the Wind” has an amazing and somewhat metaphorical fiery scene that is unforgettable. As the Civil War intensifies and the Union army moves further into the South, Atlanta soon finds itself in Sherman’s crosshairs. Rhett, Scarlett, Prissy, and Melanie with her new baby attempt to escape the burning city by horse and wagon. Racing against the fire, scavengers, and the approaching army, the group move down streets, through alleys, and along a burning train depot. The special effects were ahead of its time and the backgrounds which the fire provides are haunting. It’s a brilliant scene.
So there are my 5 phenomenal fiery movie scenes. Obviously a lot more could be mentioned. So which ones came to your mind? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please take some time and share your favorite fiery scenes in the comments section below.