Twenty years ago this week, the film that we all know and love as The Shawshank Redemption was released in theaters. What started as a theatrical bomb that made little to no noise at the box office turned into a massive home video hit, a cable viewing staple for any good lazy weekend, and the top film on IMDB's top 250 list. What makes Frank Darabont's first motion picture in the director's chair different from any under-appreciated gem in the last 20 years of filmmaking is that for all intents and purposes, it's a perfect film.

Every line, every note, and every moment of The Shawshank Redemption hits you the exact same way that it did the first time you saw it. It's eminently quotable, memorably beautiful, and reads like an adult's bedtime story through the smooth voice of Morgan Freeman. Yet Shawshank's perfection lies not in the fact that everyone remembers a piece of it to call their own favorite moment, but it's the fact that there's such a wealth of moments to enjoy that when the film is mentioned in conversation, its genius is honored in so many different ways. In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption, here now are ten of the most iconic moments (besides the obvious choice of Andy in the rain after his escape) that make the story of Andy Dufresne a classic not only in age but also in storytelling.

This feature will contain numerous spoilers for The Shawshank Redemption. You have been warned.

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Andy's Moment Of Weakness
We open The Shawshank Redemption with a good look at a drunk and desperate Andy Dufresne, played with expert style and brilliance by Tim Robbins. Drunk as all get out, and loading a gun to presumably kill his wife and her lover, we're shuttled back and forth between the night in question and the legal proceedings that will ultimately send Andy to Shawshank.

If this were any other film, those in charge would probably want us to know flat out that Andy didn't do it. Instead of taking that shortcut, Frank Darabont lets us mull over the possibility of whether Andy murdered the pair or not, so as to make it all the more rewarding when we take a shine to him, only to later find out that he is innocent.

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