Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ASMR Movie Scene Directory

This is a collection of scenes from movies, TV series, and the like that act as triggers for experiencers. If you have any suggestions for scenes that provoke a reaction in you, be sure to leave a comment. Make sure to include the name of the film as well as a brief description of the scene in question, including the names of actors involved. If you can, also include extra details such as the time that elapses during the film before the scene occurs (e.g. 13:31).

Also, if you have any information for a scene all ready in the directory that is missing, such as actors that star in it and the like, then also feel free to comment.

3rd Rock From The Sun S5 E? “Title?” (2000) – “Baking with Margaret scene” with Kristen Johnston
American Psycho (2000) – “Morning routine” with Christian Bale
Avatar (2009) – (NMI) Encore
Battlestar Galactica (2003) – mini-series; opening scene
Blackadder S1 E4 - “Spanish Infanta” (1983) – “Blue stone of Galveston scene” with Tim McInnerny; “Earl of Doncaster dress up scene” with Tony Robinson
Black Swan (2010) – “breaking in pointe shoes scene” with Natalie Portman
Bladerunner (1982) – “Deckard first meets Rachel and Tyrell scene” with Harrison Ford
Because of Winn Dixie (2005) – “Butterfly guitar scene” with Dave Matthews
Becoming Jane (2007) – Deleted Scenes Part 1
Before Sunrise (1995) – “palm reading scene”
Being John Malkovich (1999) – “ordering from catalogue scene” with John Malkovich
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – “Absinthe scene” with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder; “Hypnosis scene” with Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder
Children of Men (2006) – “Cease fire scene” with Clive Owen
Cleo 5 to 7 (1962) – (NMI*)
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) – “Air traffic control scene” (NMI)
Colour it Clean (1966) – (NMI)
Contact (1997) – “Wormhole scene” with Jodie Foster
Death Becomes Her (1992) – “Magic potion scenes” with Meryl Streep
Deliverance (1972) – “Banjo duel scene”
Dexter (2006 – ) – “Morning routine scene” with Michael C. Hall
Doctor Who - “Christmas edition” (2011) – “tree energy absorbing scene”
Edward Scissorhands (1990) – NMI with Johnny Depp
Faces in the Crowd (2011) – (NMI)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) – Intro piece
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) – (NMI)
Father Ted S? E? (1995 – 1998) – “Ghost story scene” with Ardal O’Hanlan
Fight Club (1999) – “Tyler chewing snacks on phone scene” with Edward Norton
Full Metal Panic (1998 - ) – “Haircut scene” (NMI)
Ghost Hunters (2002 – ) – various scenes
Ghost Hunters International (2006 – ) - various scenes
Ghost Town (2008) – “Hospital scene” with Ricky Gervais, Kristen Wiig
Gigantic (2011) – (NMI) with Zooey Deschanel
Gummo (1997) - (NMI)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) – “The Ollivander's Wand Shop scene” with Daniel Radcliffe
Hook (1991) – “There you are Peter scene” with Robin Williams
Inglourious Basterds (2009) – “If the shoe fits scene” with Christopher Waltz, Diane Kruger
I, Robot (2004) – “Robot arm scene” with Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan
James May on the Moon (2007) – “U-2 spy plane scene” with James May
Jurassic Park (1993) – “Dr. Malcolm's Chaos Theory” with Geoff Goldblum
Karate Kid (1984) – “Bonsai tree cutting scene” with Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Ralph Macchio
Kill Bill (2003) – “The story of Pai Mei by the fireside scene” with David Carradine
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) – “Meeting Esteban Vihaio scene” with Michael Parks
Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004) – “Stephano scene” with Jim Carrey
Lie To Me (2009 – 2011) – “Intro scene”
Lost in Translation (2003)
Love, Actually (2003) “Gift wrap scene” with Rowan Atkinson
Mad Men S4 E4 "The Rejected" (2010) – “beginning of the focus group scene”
Matilda (1996) – “large math problem scene” with
Meet the Fockers (2006) – “Ear massage scene” with Barbara Streisand
Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) – “Women in castle scene” with Michael Palin
Monty Python: The Life of Brian (1979) – “Crucifixion? Good. scene” with Michael Palin
Mouse Hunt (1997) – (NMI) with Christopher Walken
Mr Bean S1 E2 – “The Return of Mr Bean" (1990) – “Christmas shopping scene”
Mr Bean S1 E7 – “Merry Christmas Mr Bean” (1992) – “Christmas cracker scene”
Mr Bean S1 E10 – “Do it yourself Mr Bean” (1993) – “New Years preparation scene”
My Family S8 E4 - “Wax job” (2007) – “Soldier painting scene” with Robert Lindsey
Mythbusters E76 (2007) – “Hypnosis scene” with Grant Imohara
No Country For Old Men (2007) – “Final speech scene” with Tommy Lee Jones
Parks and Recreation S2 E9 “The Camel” (2009) – “Ron's Shoe Shine scene” with Nick Offerman
Pleasantville (1998) – “Make up scene” with Tobey Maguire
Prey (2007) – “How I met your father scene” with Bridget Moynahan
Pulp Fiction (1994) – “Captain Koons scene” with Christopher Walken
Rev S1 E4 - “The One Show” (2010) – “Talking to God scene” with Tom Hollander
RoboCop II (1990) – “Sunblock 5000 scene” with Fabiana Udenio
Rowan Atkinson Live (1992) – “Indian waiter scene” with Rowan Atkinson
Salad Fingers (2004) – (NMI)
Seinfeld S2 E8 “The Heart Attack” (1991) – “The Holistic Healer scene” with Michael Richards, Jason Alexander
Sherlock (BBC series) S? E? (2011) – “I've made you coffee scene” (NMI)
Sherlock Holmes (2009) – “Fight simulation scene” with Robert Downey .Jnr
Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows (2011) – “Marksman breathing scene”
Sit and be Fit (1987 – ) – (NMI)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – “Rebooting scene” (deleted scene) with Arnold Schwarzenegger 
The Artist (2011) – “Tap Dancing to the Top scene”
The Big Lebowski (1998) – (NMI) “Money exchange scene” with Phillip Seymour Hoffman
The English Patient (1996) – Opening titles
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) – (NMI) paper flipping and research noises (multiple)
The Island (2005) – “Psych evaluation scene” with Ewan McGregor and Sean Bean
The Legend of Bagger Vance (1998) – (NMI) with Will Smith
The Matrix (1999) – “Interrogation scene” with Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving; “slop scene” (NMI); “Agent Smith and Cypher scene” with Hugo Weaving
The Mirror – (NMI)
The New World – (NMI)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) – “Lone Watie scene”
The Parent Trap (1998) – “Desk scene” with Lindsey Lohan
The Princess Bride (1987) – “Count Rugen using ‘The Machine’ on Wesley” with Christopher Guest
The Shining (1980) – “Bathroom scene” with Jack Nicholson
The Thin Red Line (1998) – (NMI)
The Village (2004) – (NMI)
The Wire (2002) S1 E4 – “Murder scene with cursing only” with Wendell Pierce and Dominic West 
ThunderCats (1985 - 1989) – Intro
Tootsie (1982) – “Bedroom scene” with Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange
Top Gear S10 E2 (2007) – “Stig listens to hypnosis track” with Ben Collins
Toy Story 2 (1999) – “Fixing Woody scene”
Vanilla Sky (2001) – (NMI)
Western Spaghetti (2009) – (NMI)
When Harry Met Sally (1989) – “Restaurant Orgasm Scene” with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1996) – “intro scene”
Wings of Desire (1987) – “Library scene”; various scenes

If you liked this list, then also check out a similar topic on the ASMR subreddit, or visit the scene directory playlist over at the UNF YouTube channel. Thanks.

Last updated on Tuesday, the 10th of April, 2012

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  1. Mad Men Season 4 "The Rejected" beginning of the focus group scene. I'll try to get times for you.

  2. "The english patient" Opening Titles. First and last ASMR experience in a movie.

  3. There's a scene in Tootsie where Dustin Hoffman (as Dorothy) is in bed with Jessica Lange and she's talking about her late mother and the wallpaper in her bedroom. Massive tingles for me there! :)

  4. I agree with the bedroom scene in Tootsie when she's talking about the wallpaper. It seems Jessica Lange has a knack with creating triggers for people who experience ASMR; in the movie Hush, there's a scene with Jessica and Gwenyth Paltrow where Jessica is bathing her back. The sounds of her voice, the sponge and the water is very nice.

  5. The Assassination of Jesse James from 36:29-37:10

  6. Hook (1991): "You're not even a shadow of Peter Pan" scene.

  7. edward scissorhands where the lady brings him into the back room and shows him her smocks

  8. The potion making scene from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland!

  9. Yes, the gift wrap scene with Rowan Atkinson from Love,Actually is one that I run over and over when I have insomia

  10. Pleasantville (1998) – scene in kitchen with huge breakfast

  11. Edward Scissorhands - Avon makeup scene in the basement

  12. Another Earth (2011) - Brit Marlin tells a story about Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space. She talks softly and taps a bread knife on the wooden table.

  13. 'Born on the 4th July' the scene where Tom Cruise visits the prostitute. I know it sounds strange but it is an ASMR movie scene for me.

  14. The first few minutes of Bernie, when he is teaching the mortuary class.

  15. Beauty and the Beast: West Wing scene -; Amelie: French kisses ending -; Casper - when Kat discovers crate of old toys in the attic & when she looks for button to the Lazarus; Now & Then - library scene where they turn newspaper pages & Sam's grandma's attic scene

  16. I think the Christopher Walken scene from Mousehunt is the scene where he analyses the mouse droppings... Sounds disgusting, but gets me every time

  17. Willy Wonka, with Gene Wilder, towards the end of the movie when Mr. Wonka is shouting at Charlie and his Grandpa about all the things they did wrong.
    Shouting really loudly and aggressively and then turns his back on them.
    Charlie gives him back the sweet and they are about to leave when Wonka turns around and calls Charlie's name in such a peaceful manner.
    For some reason, the contrast between the shouting and that point always gave me tingles.

  18. Alien 3. The funeral scene when Dillon (Charles S. Dutton) interrupts with his own speech.
    Gives me goosebumps every time.

  19. The scene in A Clockwork Orange when Alexander (Malcolm McDowell) is admitted into the prison and his belongings are cataloged.

  20. A Little Princess, when Sara is tracing her father's face and whispering goodbye

  21. The scene where Sydney Potier examines the dead body (about 22 minutes in) In The Heat of the Night movie.

  22. 2001 Space Odyssey after the Dr gets to the moon. Meeting scene where everyone is talking amongst themselves prior to meeting start but Kubrick is only reacting to the guy taking pictures.

    1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Eddie Valiant taking pictures of Jessica Rabbit playing patty cake.

    2. 101 Dalmatians. When the guy kick stars the newborn puppy's heart by massaging as that clock ticks.

  23. The drug taking scene in Bad Lieutenant,not particularly nice content but relaxing none the less.

  24. Seed of Chucky when Jennifer Tilly is eating the candy bar hidden in Chucky's front pocket.

  25. Empire Strikes Back, Luke talking to R2 and eating before he's surprised by Yoda.

  26. Princess Bride. The dungeon albino cleaning Westley's wounds.

  27. Edward Scissorhands, Peg Boggs' scenes (13:30 & 26:40), Dianne Wiest.

    The Matrix, the Oracle's speech (1:12:36), Gloria Foster.

    Inglorious Basterds, opening scene (4:25), Cristoph Waltz.

    Philippe Starck's TED talk:

  28. Seinfeld season 3 episode 1, "the note", the scenes where George gets a massage. Every time!

  29. The Conversation- scene where Gene Hackman is in the hotel room towards the end and trying to bug the adjacent room. Also at the end where he is trying to find the bug in his apartment.

  30. Babette's Feast: The part where the sisters are showing Babette how to make the fish soup.

    The Secret Life of Words: Any scene where Hanna is talking -- particularly when she's tending Josef.

  31. The "I see dead people" scene from The Sixth Sense.
    These whispers make my brain melt !

  32. I totally agree with the scene from Hook - "There you are, Peter." Something about the quiet intentness of that boy.

  33. Shopgirl: a lot of scenes in that movie, the scene in White Oleander where Renee Zellweger is showing her jewelry, and the scene in Napoleon Dynamite where the girl is prepping for the photo shoot.

  34. KPax the whole movie is an AMSR experience.

  35. Friday the 13th part 3..the barn scene with the biker chick exploring the farm tools....The Witches..the scene where the maid is snooping in the main witch's bedroom...Teen Wolf Too...the scene where Jason Bateman helps his girlfriend find a microscope slide

  36. Stranger Than Fiction, when Dustin Hoffman is questioning Will Ferrell's life with literature questions. Especially with him eating that yogurt.


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