1. 'Armageddon': Bruce Willis vs. the Evil Asteroid
Technically speaking, the detonation that rocks the literal giant rock at the center of Armageddon isn't Bay's most impressive FX feat; the kaboom looks conspicuously fake and obviously crafted on a computer. Yet it's also dizzyingly over-the-top and the natural culmination of Bay's facility for choreographing big bangs – an explosion that's emotionally charged, saves the entire world and involves hallucinations about Liv Tyler. It's not his most jaw-dropping moment of cinematic destruction, but from a storytelling point of view, it's arguably his best. Plus anything that starts with Ben Affleck cry-screaming, "I love you!" is an automatic winner.