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From Harry to Hannibal: the most powerful scenes

Published 27/09/2011 | 05:00

Almost every movie fan will have their favourite tearjerker or laugh-out-loud movie moment.

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But, according to the scientists at least, the movies that provoke the greatest responses include:

Amusement

When Harry Met Sally

The fake orgasm "I'll have what she's having!"moment with Meg Ryan in the diner was judged to be the funniest movie moment and is used to provoke amusement in test subjects.

Fear

The Shining and The Silence of the Lambs

The two horror classics both provoke fear. But while The Shining (with Jack Nicholson) evokes a growing sense of dread, the more visceral The Silence of the Lambs, and particularly the scene where Agent Starling is trapped in the blacked-out basement with the serial killer, wins on sheer terror.

Disgust

Pink Flamingos and Reservoir Dogs

Pink Flamingos is the notorious underground gross-out shocker written and directed by John Waters. There is one scene in particular, involving an unusual choice in snacks, which will pretty much disgust anybody.

The 'ear-cutting' scene in Reservoir Dogs is also used to provoke extreme disgust.

Anger

Cry Freedom

The callous killing of the anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko (played by Denzel Washington) at the hands of South African police proved to be the most effective scene when it came to provoking anger.

Irish Independent

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