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Top 10 Movie Editing Moments of All Time

Caleb Ward

These 10 editing moments represent some of the finest in the history of cinema.

Editing is one of the most under-appreciated roles in the filmmaking process. Maybe it’s the fact that it happens in a dark room instead of a huge sound stage, or maybe it’s because it goes almost entirely unnoticed to the audience. One thing is for sure, good editing is vitally important for a film’s success. Every movie is assembled through editing, but great movies use editing to enhance the storytelling process.

The essence of cinema is editing. It’s the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy. -Francis Ford Coppola

There is an endless list of impressive film editing examples, but the following video created by Cinefix shows us their top 10 of all time. This list is opinion, so if you have any editing moments that you think should have made the cut (pardon the pun), share in the comments below.

10. Opening Sequence – City of God

9. Execution Scene – Bonnie & Clyde

8. Phallic Metaphor – North By Northwest

7. Baptism Scene – The Godfather

6. The Odessa Steps – Battleship Potemkin

5. Shower Scene – Psycho

4. Eye Splitting – Un Chien Andalou

3. Opening Sequence – Apocalypse Now

2. Bone Match Action – 2001: A Space Odessey

1. “Match” Action – Lawrence of Arabia

For more detailed information about each editing moments check out the following video created by Cinefix.

This video was first shared on the Cinefix YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!

Are there any editing moments that should have made the cut? Disagree with any of the films in the top 10? Share in the comments below.