Best Scenes in the Movie ‘Titanic’

April 12, 2017

It’s the anniversary of the Titanic sinking, so it’s time to revisit James Cameron’s 1997 epic film “Titanic.” It’s three hours and fifteen minutes of classic acting moments that are sure to hit you right in the feels. Whether you’re laughing at Rose spitting off the balcony, or crying as the mother sings her dying children to sleep, Titanic offers plenty of memorable scenes that you’ll never get out of your head. Although if you haven’t seen this now-classic film, we should warn you: there are spoilers ahead!


“A Real Party”

Because who doesn’t love a third-class romp below deck? The 11th scene in “Titanic” depicts young Jack Dawson taking Rose to a wild party complete with dancing and Irish jigs. Rose amazes the partygoers by performing a party trick of standing directly on her tiptoes, then dances merrily with Jack and shows the crew and passengers that a first-class girl can drink. This scene contrasts nicely with the stiff, unpleasant dinner that Rose has endured earlier as a first-class passenger; down in the hull with Jack, she can finally be gloriously free and have a fantastic time.

“I’m Flying”

The 13th and arguably most famous scene in the movie shows Jack and Rose on the bow of the ship. Jack stands on the ship’s railing and grabs Rose’s arms as she extends them out and exclaims, “I’m flying!” The couple then shares a steamy first kiss. Television station TLC conducted a survey of thousands of adult viewers, who voted it the best screen kiss of all time. The scene was so popular that many couples on cruise ships tried to recreate it; this has led ships to cordon off the bow area for safety reasons.

“The Drawing”

In this scene, Rose asks Jack to draw her wearing the Heart of the Ocean diamond — and only the diamond — the way he formerly drew naked prostitutes in Paris. “Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls,” she declares, lying nude on the couch with her heart pounding. That line became an emoticon, a famous meme on the Internet, and a general staple of pop culture; it’s rare to find someone who won’t get the reference.

“Rose Climbs Back Onto the Ship”

In the middle of the chaotic sinking, Rose is invited onto a boat with her mother and Cal. Rose suddenly realizes that she can’t leave without Jack, and climbs back onto the doomed Titanic. Cal begins shooting at Jack and misses; Rose grabs Jack’s hand and they run away back into the corridors of the ship, plunging into the frigid water. It’s the moment when Rose truly shows her devotion for Jack in risking her life to be with him.

“Jack’s Death”

The most heart-wrenching scene of the movie is when Jack and Rose are unable to fit on the same floating door. Rose climbs on, but the door can’t hold both of their weights. Ever the gentleman, Jack stays patiently in the water until he succumbs to hypothermia and sinks beneath the waves. This scene has sparked a lot of controversy among fans who believe that both Jack and Rose could have fit on the door and survived together.

In honor of the real-life anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, what are your favorite “Titanic” film moments? Let us know in the comments below!

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