There’s more to a great visual effects shot than iconic status, and here are fifty that really paid their way…
CRITERIA FOR THIS LIST:
This is not a list of ‘iconic’ SFX shots, such as the opening shot in Star Wars or the final shot in Back To The Future, etc. There are many fantastic SFX shots in cinema history that are artistically ‘awesome’ without qualifying here.
For the purposes of this list, a shot has to be either
a) exceptionally convincing,
b) ground-breaking or
c) an exemplary execution of an oft-used technique. Only one shot is allowed per film.