When the 2007 film, The Bucket List, was released, it got many people thinking about what they would put on their own to-do list before they die. The film highlighted Jack Nicholson as the super wealthy, Edward Cole, that had the financial backing that comes with being a hospital-corporation head. While some of the bucket list items are accessible to all (find the joy in your life, help a complete stranger, laugh until you cry, etc…), the rest are outlandishly expensive. For those that can’t simply jump on a private jet to go on a safari or drive a motorcycle on the Great Wall of China, there is another Hollywood bucket list that features items that are completely accessible to all.
Hollywood is filled with some moments in film that have become iconic and instantly recognizable. There are some that would be a little difficult to recreate, since you’d be hard pressed to find a yellow brick road and skip along wearing Dorothy’s iconic red slippers and your wife might think you’re crazy if you start hacking away at the bathroom door with an ax while yelling, “Here’s Johnny.” However, there are some iconic film scenes that can be recreated with relative ease and minimal cost.
Check out our list of 10 iconic moments in film that you have to recreate before you die, and grab a camera and hit the road. Take snapshots of your film recreation moments, and keep it as a reminder of your completed Hollywood bucket list.
10. Upside Down Spiderman Kiss
When Tobey Maguire took on the role of Spiderman, fans wondered how he would portray the love story between him and Mary Jane Watson, played by Kirsten Dunst. They got their answer during the iconic upside down kiss in the rain, which is a definite must-do recreation scene before you die. While it may take a bit of ingenuity and skill, it can be mastered as long as your partner makes sure to give little breaks in between kisses so you don’t drown. During filming Maguire talked about how tricky the kiss was to master, stating, “There was rain pouring up or down my nose. I couldn’t breathe and I was gasping for breath out of the corner of Kirsten’s mouth.”
9. Rocky Punching Meat
Spawning seven different films within the Rocky series, the 2015 continuation film, Creed, proved just how popular the Rocky Balboa character continues to be in the eyes of the public. From the love story with Adrian Pennino to the underdog tale that continues to enthrall, the original Rocky is still iconic in the eyes of film fans. While you may not be able to recreate every scene from the film, the part involving the punching meat portion of his training routine is easy enough. For the full effect, make sure to don a black knit hat, grey jogging suit, and wrap a blue towel around your neck. However, make sure the meat’s not frozen solid, otherwise you will be nursing a few broken fingers.
8. Rocky Victory Stance
This iconic film scene requires travel for those not in the Philadelphia area, but it is a definite must-do for film buffs. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the location of the famous scene in the Rocky series that shows him using the steps as part of his training routine. To recreate the scene, you must run up the stairs (preferably blasting the Rocky theme song on your mp3 player), and reach the top to triumphantly portray your victory stance. There is a Rocky Balboa statue that was donated to the City of Philadelphia after the filming for Rocky III was completed. So, after you recreate the steps scene, make sure to take a photo in front of the bronzed statue at the bottom of the stairs.
7. “The Hills Are Alive”
Although you may not have the lederhosen and full ensemble of the Julie Andrews character during the opening scene of the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, the scene can be recreated without it. While it isn’t necessary to recreate the scene at the exact spot used in the film, Mehlweg in Germany, we’d recommend you don’t choose just an average pasture at your local neighborhood park. Choose a pasture or field that is high up, has amazing views, and has plenty of room for twirling, and don’t forget to belt out the lyrics without apology.
6. Titanic “I’m Flying” Scene
While this scene won’t exactly work on a dinghy on the lake, it can be recreated with ease on any cruise ship during your next vacation. The bow of the ship is readily accessible to passengers, except when trade winds are high and the area is roped off. So, pick a tranquil day and bring your loved one to the bow to recreate your best “I’m flying” scene with arms stretched out. For those completing this bucket list solo, there’s no problem. Just make your way to the bow of the ship and belt out your best, “I’m the King of the world!”
5. Say Anything… Boombox Scene
When Say Anything was first released in 2002, it’s ironic that Entertainment Weekly ranked it as one of the greatest modern movie romance films, since we now look at it with the same nostalgia as The Breakfast Club. The iconic scene with John Cusack holding up a boombox is a bit comical, since boomboxes are basically extinct. While music playing devices used to live with the motto, “the bigger the better,” nowadays iPod Nanos are all the rage for their small size. In the meantime, you might be a little hard pressed to find a boombox, but you can still blast the Peter Gabriel song, “In Your Eyes,” over your head, and she’ll definitely know what you’re trying to do.
4. Orgasm Scene In When Harry Met Sally
The restaurant scene in When Harry Met Sally could be recreated at any diner you might so happen to visit, but those looking for a more authentic recreation must take a trip to Katz’s Delicatessen in New York. Katz Deli is the proud location to host this iconic scene, and even has a sign marking the exact spot where the Meg Ryan scene occurred. The sign states, “Where Harry Met Sally… Hope you have what she had! Enjoy!” While you might get a few stares while you simulate an orgasm, rest assured you probably aren’t the first visitor to belt out a few moans at that table.
3. Forrest Gump “Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates”
While we don’t expect you to throw on some running shoes and start your way across the country, that isn’t the only iconic scene from the film, Forrest Gump. While it may be a little difficult to find the same style of wooden bench featured in the film, there are a number of different park benches that will fit the bill. Put on your best plaid shirt and olive colored suit, grab a box of chocolates, and have a seat. Make sure to snap a photo once someone sits next to you, and offer them a chocolate with the iconic line, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
2. Playing Giant Piano From Big
The iconic scene in the Tom Hanks’ film, Big, was featured at the famed FAO Schwarz in New York, but sadly the store closed its doors in 2015. In the meantime, it might be a little tricky to find a giant piano dance mat like the one from the film. However, there are still a number of toy stores that still feature a similar piano dance mat on display. Check out your local toy stores or novelty gift stores, and make sure to bring a friend along to play the other part of the routine. Start off with the classic, “Heart and Soul” and make sure you have enough energy left over for the “Chopsticks” big finish.
1. Dance In Socks Like Risky Business
Instantly recognizable, even the first few bars of the song, “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger conjure up images of Tom Cruise sliding across the wood floor in his white socks. Dancing in his underwear and a pink button-up shirt, the scene starts off with the infamous sock slide into the frame. The scene can be recreated with ease, as long as you have access to a slick wood floor surface and some lip sync skills. Amp it up with some of the iconic props in the film, and make sure to blast the song during your Cruise recreation.