Can a movie be considered great just for one single scene that may last as little as one minute? This possibility is very rare but for the movie Unforgiven which came out in 1992 a scene like this did occur. Of course, a movie could never be great if only one single scene was great in the whole movie. The quality of the film has to be there for the whole 2 hours, but for the movie Unforgiven, this one single scene changed it from a very good movie to a great one.
Unforgiven was directed by Clint Eastwood , who won a best Director Oscar as did the movie which won the best picture. Unforgiven was an old-fashioned Western and all of the best scenes had to do with the huge vistas which were shot most likely because of the reduced costs in Alberta Canada. The story was very basic, easy to follow and the mostly had to do with revenge. Morgan Freeman was excellent in his role as Eastwood's character's "Billy Munny" best friend and Gene Hackman in one of his best roles was also great as the antagonist in this movie.
The big payoff for me with the Unforgiven was, of course, the great ending, but the scene that was one of the greatest in the history of movies came in the middle where Eastwood put the camera at an "up angle" to his characters face towards the sky and in response to the regrets of the young man who killed someone a few moments earlier, there was a pause and he said one simple line: "We all got it coming kid". This one scene is so profound there is a special video on Youtube for this one minute moment in this great film.
If you have not seen this great movie, you owe it to yourself to see it. It could be considered the greatest Western ever made.