Last December, The Single-Minded Movie Blog did a series called "Outstanding Effects Shots," stating that, "every day will bring you a short post about a classic or not so classic shot from the golden era of visual effects." I don't know if this is a list of the blogkeeper's "best ever of all time," or just some he liked, but I appreciated the breakdown.
I also couldn't help but notice that miniatures were involved in 20 of those 24 outstanding shots, with the remainder going to matte shots and 1 forced perspective. Miniatures get the job done!
The Single-Minded Movie Blog: Outstanding Effects Shots