10 Best Inglourious Basterds Scenes That We Still Think Of Today

Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino's WW2 epic, is full of iconic moments, from Landa's introduction to Brad Pitt's hilarious Gorlami scene.

After making three crime movies, a carsploitation slasher, and a two-part martial arts epic, Quentin Tarantino turned his sights to the war genre for his next movie, . Tarantino worked on the script for years. At one point, the story was so densely packed that he considered turning it into a TV miniseries. He eventually got the script down to a shootable length and turned it into one of his best movies.

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From the intense opening standoff on the LaPadite dairy farm to the climactic deviation from historical accuracy, Inglourious Basterds has plenty of unforgettable scenes that fans are still talking about today.

10 The LaPadite Dairy Farm

Tarantino has said that the opening scene of Inglourious Basterds is the greatest scene he’s ever written – a title that previously belonged to the Sicilian scene from True Romance.

In the movie’s opening minutes, a peaceful dairy farm in Nazi-occupied France is intruded by a sinister S.S. colonel – Hans Landa, played by an Oscar-winning Christoph Waltz – on the hunt for Jewish refugees. The scene is a masterclass in building tension.

9 Lt. Aldo Raine Assembles The Basterds

After the opening credits of Inglourious Basterds, Lt. Aldo Raine lines up the titular goon squad and outlines their mission: to go behind enemy lines disguised as civilians and kill as many German soldiers as possible as the war winds down.

Brad Pitt’s charismatic performance as Aldo gets off to a great start in this scene, introducing his Southern charms as well as his penchant for bending the rules.

8 The Bear Jew’s Introduction

When the Basterds capture a German soldier and he refuses to give them the information they want, Aldo invites Sgt. Donny “the Bear Jew” Donowitz out to play. Ennio Morricone’s “The Surrender (La Resa)” sets the stage for the character’s gruesome debut beautifully.

Donny clatters his baseball bat along the wall of a dark tunnel as he slowly approaches the German soldier with the intention of beating him to death.

7 Shoshanna Has Lunch With Landa

When Shoshanna is invited to a lunch with some of the top German brass, she can’t turn it down. So, she has to sit at a table and enjoy small-talk and eat with a bunch of fascist leaders who want her dead.

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The lunch goes okay until they’re joined by another guest: Col. Hans Landa, the man who had her entire family killed. Like the audience, Shoshanna is on the edge of her seat, fearing that Landa will recognize her.

6 The Name Game

There’s a long dialogue-driven stretch in Inglourious Basterds that works brilliantly because of the ticking bomb under the table. For all intents and purposes, it’s just a few rounds of “The Name Game” in a basement tavern.

But a couple of them are Allied spies and there’s a German movie star undercover with them. Audiences spend this scene on the edge of their seats, worried that their cover will be blown.

5 Shoshanna Shoots Zoller (& Vice Versa)

Fredrick Zoller, the focus of the propaganda film Nation’s Pride, takes a liking to Shoshanna Dreyfus in Inglourious Basterds. As a Jewish refugee whose entire family was slaughtered around her by the S.S., she’s not exactly infatuated with a man described as “the German Sergeant York.”

During the premiere of Nation’s Pride, Zoller loses his patience with Shoshanna and she shoots him in the back. When she checks to see if he’s okay, he suddenly turns around and shoots her. She falls back with a burst of blood in slow-motion.

4 Gorlami

The Basterds go undercover as Italians to the Nation’s Pride premiere, except their Italian isn’t great and their accents are even worse. Aldo doesn’t even do an accent — he just says, “Gorlami,” over and over again in his thick Southern drawl.

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The absurdist hilarity of this sequence is an unexpected turn given that it’s about two concurrent assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler. In this scene, a World War II caper briefly becomes a Marx Brothers screwball comedy.

3 "The Face Of Jewish Vengeance"

Unbeknownst to the Basterds, while they’re plotting to blow up the theater, Shoshanna has her own plan to burn it to the ground. Right before the fire is lit, Shoshanna appears on the screen.

She tells the Nazis she’s about to kill, “This is the face of Jewish vengeance.” As the fire engulfs the screen, Shoshanna laughs hysterically.

2 The Alternate Death Of Adolf Hitler

In the years since Inglourious Basterds hit theaters, alternate history has become one of the defining hallmarks of Tarantino’s filmmaking, just like nonlinear storytelling and graphic violence.

Tarantino’s revisionist version of World War II changes the way Hitler died. Instead of taking his own life in a bunker, he was shot in the face by a couple of Jewish American soldiers.

1 “I Think This Just Might Be My Masterpiece.”

Just when it looks as though Landa is going to get off scot-free and emerge erroneously as the hero of the Second World War, Aldo double-crosses him, killing his associate and carving a swastika into Landa's head so he can never escape from his sadistic past.

Tarantino uses Aldo as a mouthpiece to declare Inglourious Basterds his masterpiece. When Aldo is done carving in Landa’s forehead, he says, “You know something, Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece.”

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Every Fight Scene, Ranked From Worst To Best

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World centered on the hero fighting the exes of his new girlfriend. Of course, some fight scenes were done better than others.

The entire premise of  is built around the idea of the titular character getting into multiple fights. Scott must battle the exes of his new lady love, Ramona Flowers. Thankfully, when the comic book was adapted into a film, director Edgar Wright knew how to do justice to the fights and made them work.

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Not every clash involved Scott as some other characters also got in on the fighting. Of course, as is the case with any movie that features fight scenes, some of them come off better than others in terms of action, drama, special effects, and more.

7 Sex Bob-Omb vs. The Katayanagi Twins

After fighting through four of the seven total evil exes, Scott Pilgrim thought he had some time off as he prepared for the next Battle of the Bands. That proved to not be the case as the band Sex Bob-Omb took on included Kyle and Ken Katayanagi, who happened to be Ramona's fifth and sixth evil exes.

Since this fight took place while two bands were competing, it didn't get physical in the way that the others did. Visually, the movie did a great job in making it look cool and basically turning the whole thing into a kaiju fight. However, that means it doesn't match up to what the rest of the fights are like.

6 Knives Chau vs. Ramona Flowers

One of the two fights on the list to not totally involve Scott Pilgrim, this one comes at a crucial time at the end of the movie. As Scott went up against Gideon Graves, Knives Chau made a surprise appearance. However, instead of going after Gideon, she set her sights on Ramona, blaming her for the breakup with Scott.

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Knives and Ramona had an entertaining exchange that featured some unique choreography compared to the rest of the film. While Knives used swords, Ramona had to pick up a random nearby object in an attempt to block whatever attacks were thrown her way. Ultimately, things were broken up when Scott finally admitted that he wronged both girls with his cheating ways.

5 Scott Pilgrim vs. Todd Ingram

If there's one thing that the story does well, it's making sure that none of the fights feel too similar. When Scott came face to face with Todd Ingram, it had higher stakes than the previous battles because not only was he Ramona's ex but he was also the current boyfriend of Scott's ex Envy Adams.

The fight itself stood out because Todd's vegan lifestyle gave him superpowers. Those abilities made it so Scott couldn't physically harm Todd and due to that, it was a one-sided fight. Just when it seemed like Scott had no chance to win this, he managed to outsmart Todd and prove that he wasn't quite as perfect as he believed he was.

4 Scott Pilgrim vs. Lucas Lee

On his own, Lucas Lee might be the most entertaining of all of Ramona's exes. Chris Evans perfectly portrayed the cocky movie star who delivers each line in hilarious fashion. As for the fight itself, this one also felt rather one-sided at times. Lee was simply too strong for Scott and threw him around with relative ease.

It also helped that Lee had assistance from his numerous stunt doubles to jump Scott. Seeing Scott overcome that and fight back made it a worthy battle. However, the thing that holds this back from ranking higher is the ending. Scott simply making Lucas explode after tricking him into doing a grind with his skateboard seemed a bit anti-climactic.

3 Ramona Flowers vs. Roxy Richter

Roxy Richter made her first appearance by running into Scott in an alley and threatening him. Scott wasn't interested in fighting at the time so she left to return later. When she finally did, it was while Ramona and Scott were together and Scott figured out that the two had a romantic past.

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Scott said he couldn't hit a girl, so Ramona stepped up to fight Roxy for him. Watching her use her signature hammer against Roxy's belt made for some of the film's best choreography. Scott eventually had to get involved but Ramona mostly controlled him so he wasn't technically hitting her. Ramona knowing the sweet spot to beat her also made for one of the more comical moments.

2 Scott Pilgrim vs. Matthew Patel

Sometimes, it's difficult to top the fight that starts it all. While Scott was performing with Sex Bob-Omb early in the film, Matthew Patel randomly showed up to interrupt. He fought Scott and set the tone for the rest of the movie due to how weird the whole thing was.

Viewers got a taste for the video game style of a lot of these scenes as well as just how strange it can be. Matthew danced, sang, used fireballs, and had demon hipster chicks as part of his ensemble. The whole thing feels like something out of a video game and blends the action with the humor well. Everything from the dialogue to the evenly-matched battle to Stacey's disbelief at it all is great.

1 Scott Pilgrim vs. Gideon Graves

This simply had to be the best of the fights in the movie. The entire plot built up to this showdown between Gideon Graves and Scott Pilgrim since Gideon was behind the League of Evil Exes. Even if their fight wasn't interesting in terms of the action, it would rank high due to the emotional stakes.

Gideon actually beat Scott by stabbing him through his back. However, Scott used his extra life to return and battle Gideon with a flaming sword. In a tremendous callback, Knives and Scott worked together with a Dance Dance Revolution style attack to put down Gideon after he hit Ramona.

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