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My last post, "Top 10 Best Harry Potter Moments!", was written on July 30th. I released it on July 31st to celebrate Harry's and Rowling's birthdays. And due to the release of the eight Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I knew I would be reading that all day.

And believe me, it was freakin' amazing. It's not in a novel format, though. It's a script format, but the story was awesome. Anyways, I'm 83 words in and I still haven't gotten to what I'm going to be giving today. Great. 100 words now.

After my best moments in Harry Potter, I figured that it wouldn't be right for me to not do one for Back to the Future. This time, it will not be a numbered list, because it would be too difficult to pick a rank. So here we go. AND SPOILERS!!!

George Punches Biff

In one scene in Back to the Future, Biff tries to break George's arm. When Lorraine tries to help him, Biff throws her to the ground. George then punches Biff in the face, a punch that received a well-deserved applause from the audience. I liked it, because it is the first time George stands up to Biff.

Johnny B. Goode

One of the most obvious best scenes in Back to the Future is when Marty just prevents a paradox from happening, everything is okay, and he celebrates by going center stage and performing Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode". However, the unique thing is that he performed it before the song was released.

A little fun fact about this scene: director Robert Zemeckis was originally going to cut this out because it did not advance the plot, but test audiences favored it. Therefore, it was kept in.

The DeLorean

Another great moment in Back to the Future is when the DeLorean time machine is introduced for the first time.

And there is also the DeLorean test, which was also a very cool scene, as it shows the very first time traveling scene in the films.

Marty Travels Back to the Future

This was a very iconic scene where Marty is in the DeLorean and he is accelerating to 88 mph as Doc is on the clock tower and trying to help Marty get back by harnessing the lightning. I love this scene because no matter how many times I watch it, it's always so exciting to me.

Lead Poisoning or Suicide?

Tru--I mean, Biff holds Marty at gunpoint on the roof of his hotel. He tells Marty to either jump or get shot. Marty jumps off, but we then see that he is saved by the DeLorean hovering in midair. After that, the music swells as Doc and Marty travel back to 1955 and this is just such a fun scene to watch.

Using the Train to Push the DeLorean

Like the first film, Back to the Future 3 had an iconic scene in which they need to get the DeLorean up to 88 mph by a certain amount of time. Both scenes are great and exciting.

Buford Shoots Marty

The scariest and one of the most suspenseful scenes in Back to the Future III is when Buford shoots Marty in the chest. When I first watched it, I had no idea how Marty could have survived, but the result is genius.

And it is common knowledge for the Back to the Future fanatic that this was foreshadowed in the second film, where Buford and two women are in the hot tub and watching a very similar scene in A Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood.

Skateboard/Hoverboard Chase

Two similar scenes were filmed and both involve Marty escaping a Tannen and his gang. One is the skateboard chase.

And the other is the hoverboard chase, a remake of the skateboard one.

And if you want to watch the two scenes synced together, watch this:

Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads

This is the final scene in Back to the Future where Doc brings Marty and Jennifer to the future to prevent a problem with their future children. The scene finishes with Doc saying the memorable line, "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads." I love this because it leads to the second film, and for a film franchise without planned sequels, they were pretty good.

Your Future Is Whatever You Make It

The final scene in the trilogy shows Doc arriving in 1985 with a time traveling train. He tells Marty and Jennifer:

"Your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has! Your future is whatever you make it! Both of you."

He then travels away to an unknown time and this is a great, memorable scene that wraps up an amazing trilogy.

And that's it!


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