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50 Most Awkward Movie Moments

Bridget Jones' Diary (2001)

The Movie: The film of the newspaper column of the fictional diary of Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger), torn between dashing Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and bad boy Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant).

The Awkward Moment: Bridget has finally got Daniel into bed, but as he undresses her he discovers her "absolutely enormous panties."

Look Away When: Trying to convince Bridget that the pants are not a turn-off, Daniel slimily says, "Hello, Mummy." Yuck.

Bananas (1971)

The Movie: This early Woody Allen sees the writer/director play Fielding Mellish, a reluctant revolutionary who just wants to marry Nancy (Louise Lasser).

The Awkward Moment: The Fielding Mellish honeymoon night - as shown live on TV by Wide World of Sports . "They approach each other cautiously - nothing unusual about that," exclaims presenter Howard Cosell.

Look Away When: Nancy tells Cosell, "He's not the worst I've had. He's not the best I've had, but he's not the worst."

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

The Movie: Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) were meant for each other. They just won't admit it.

The Awkward Moment: The friends go on a double date - Sally with Jess (Bruno Kirby), Harry with Marie (Carrie Fisher). Neither has anything in common.

Look Away When: Harry and Marie exhaust a potential line of conversation within seconds, and go back to stony silence.

Rushmore (1998)

The Movie: Wes Anderson's breakthrough charts the life of precocious teenager Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) and his undeclared love for teacher Miss Cross (Olivia Williams).

The Awkward Moment: Insane with misplaced jealousy, Max berates Miss Cross' old friend Dr Peter Flynn (Luke Wilson) when the latter is invited to dinner without Max's knowledge.

Look Away When: Max blurts out the truth when Miss Cross asks how she's hurt Max's feelings, and he tells her, "I'm in love with you."

American Beauty (1999)

The Movie: Sam Mendes' suburban satire revolves around the mid-life crisis and eventual murder of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) - but who killed him, and why?

The Awkward Moment: Lester's neighbour and closeted homosexual, Colonel Frank Fitts (Chris Cooper), gets the wrong idea and tries to kiss Lester.

Look Away When: The Colonel's face crumples into the sad realisation he's made a terrible mistake.

The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

The Movie: Will, Simon, Neil and Jay hit Malia in the biggest Britcom success in years.

The Awkward Moment: Jay (James Buckley) introduces his mates to club etiquette - dance your way over to the girls you fancy.

Look Away When: Will (Simon Bird) joins in, looking like he's pretending to ride a horse.

Shame (2011)

The Movie: Steve McQueen's study of a self-loathing sex addict in New York is pretty much one long awkward moment, but if we had to choose…

The Awkward Moment: Brandon (Michael Fassbender) plays gooseberry as his boss David (James Badge Dale) hits on his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan).

Look Away When: They all head back to Brandon's apartment, where Sissy and David audibly get down to business.

Goodfellas (1990)

The Movie: Scorsese's Mob masterpiece is a reminder that, while it's OK for Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) to bust his friends' balls, he can't take the same joke.

The Awkward Moment: Billy Batts (Frank Vincent) unwisely rattles Tommy by telling him to "go home and get your fuckin' shinebox."

Look Away When: Tommy returns - with murderous intent.

Parenthood (1989)

The Movie: Ron Howard's dramedy about a crazy suburban family is fit to bursting with a great cast - Steve Martin, Jason Robards, Dianne Wiest and Keanu Reeves amongst them.

The Awkward Moment: When there's a power cut during dinner, dad Gil (Martin) searches for the flashlight but finds his wife's dildo instead.

Look Away When: Daughter Taylor (Alisan Porter) remarks innocently, "It was kind of big." Grandma (Helen Shaw) replies, not so innocently, "it sure was."

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

The Movie: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Oscar-winning debut sees the dysfunctional Hoover family travel cross-country to help daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) pursue her beauty queen dream.

The Awkward Moment: Olive does her dance routine to Super Freak , and it's wildly inappropriate.

Look Away When: The family storms the stage and joins in with Olive.