movies that got us into movies

tell me about The Movie that got u into movies and the story behind it ♡

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    i started watching more movies when i saw girl, interrupted when i was 14, but the watch-a-movie-a-day, perpetually-angry-at-the-academy obsession didn't really start until i saw la la land. i saw an ad for it and went to go see it, and i knew it would be good, but what i saw was nothing short of absolutely breathtaking. when the first song finished and the title flashed onscreen, i literally - and quite dramatically - whispered 'holy shit'. i've never seen anything like it before, and when it finished, i realized that there is a whole world of film that i'm missing out on, and that i had a lot of catching up to do.

    - andrea🌹


    I have always had an interest in movies, especially animated ones when I was younger. I was weirdly obsessed with Pixar and knew random facts about every movie by them. Exactly one year ago I had an epiphany while watching a movie. Here’s the story:

    It was the night of January 7, 2017. It all went down at an AMC theater. My group of friends had planned to go see the new comedy "Why Him?" I didn't think it looked very interesting but it…

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  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    ★★★★★

    Well i remember in my childhood watching a lot of scary movies bc that was My Shit™ and some years later i discovered films like little miss sunshine and juno that really stuck with me, probably the first one made me take cinema more seriously and since my younger years i never stopped watching films

    - alan

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    in 2013, i was really into my Hannibal phase and began reading the Thomas Harris books. When I finished the silence of the lambs, I immediately watched the movie right after. What I didn't expect was to be so blown away by a movie in its entirety, to feel such a love and yearning for cinema. I wanted to look for that feeling forever. and here we are today 😁

    - alison

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  • Atonement

    Atonement

    ★★★★½

    Omg there are so many movies that influenced me but I’d say the first movie ever that got me sort of in the world of film is Atonement (2007) because I fell in love with James and I loved so much other stuff from the movie though I couldn’t explain what exactly (like cinematography, but 13 year old me didn‘t know what that was).
    But then, same as you, La La Land (2016) absolutely killed and then resurrected me and BAM! I was sucked into the world of movies and I haven’t gotten out since...

    - mary

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  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★★

    i've been very lucky to be exposed to such good movies at an early age but i always thought movies were just for entertainment and nothing more. there was a day a few years back where i just told myself that i wanted to watch movies all day, but it wasn't until i think last year(?) or two years ago when saw that ratio change in mommy (2014) that a lightbulb turned on in my brain and it was then that i was like "yep, i love films". i think ever since then i've learned to love movies with more depth rather than just seeing it as something that's for entertainment.

    - loise

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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★½

    when i was around eleven or twelve, my dad sat me down to watch Inception because it was his all time favorite film. my little brain was completely blown by it and i think that’s where i not only fell in love with leonardo dicaprio but also had my first existential crisis. so it was a big day for me. i had never seen a film anything like it at all, something that left me utterly shocked by the end, so that became the feeling i looked for in other films. though it’s no longer the #1 movie in my heart, it paved the way in a sense to finding all my other greatest film loves. not to sound dorky, but i even have a silver top i spin sometimes to give myself a reality check ;)

    - shea

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  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★★

    omg the social network!! the first time i watched the oscars was in 2011 and i hadn’t seen any of the movies so i just picked one at random based on what was winning a bunch and after that i got like weirdly very into it. i think it was the first serious filmé i ever saw and after that i started following fincher/sorkin and discovered a ton of their other work. tsn is weird because i remember it having like a large young female fanbase at the time of its release so i know im not the only one but im so glad i watched the oscars that year!!!

    - kate/adrianbalboa

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★

    i remember watching Her (2013) on a plane when I was 14/15 and a) it was the most beautiful thing that i had ever seen & made me think about movies as art rather than just entertainment and b) i spent a solid 10 minutes crying surrounded by sleeping strangers. my birthday wishlist the next year had "just watch Her (2013) and don't get me a gift" on it lol

    - sannie

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    For me, it was Gone Girl. I had gotten really into Gillian Flynn's books and read them in the order they were released when I was 15, then decided to watch the film adaptations of Dark Places (my favorite book of all time but the movie was garbage) and Gone Girl. I bought the dvd on Black Friday so I gave it a watch and fell in love. I watched it almost every day my junior year of high school and one time when things were going on at home, I got on my bike with a journal and a pink glitter pen in my basket and rode around my neighborhood till I got to a place far enough away and sat on the grass and wrote in the journal like I was Amy Dunne. I remember even tweeting the "I'm so much happier now that I'm dead" gif while I was sitting there. I thought I was so edgy and cool. Two years later I decided I wanted to lose my virginity to a guy because he had the Gone Girl blu ray deluxe edition WITH an Amazing Amy book........

    - Sarah🍑

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  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★½

    my family raised me on movies, everyone’s a film fanatic. So it’s hard to pick just one since film has been there my whole life. But I distinctly remember watching Singin’ in the Rain for the first time when I was 5. I was squished between my aunt and uncle on their couch and I was just fascinated by the colors and costumes and the constant dancing and singing. Everything about that movie is beautiful and whenever I rewatch it I’m amazed at how fresh it still feels.

    - Lizy

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  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    For me it’s got to be North by Northwest. Turner Classic Movies was showing it on the big screen and I went and saw it and I was just kinda like “oh fuck there are more movies than Marvel movies” (I still love marvel with all my heart but you know). I try to go see all the big screen classics I can to really experience them the way they should

    - Ben Lindner

  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★

    Pulp Fiction. I watched it because my dad recommended it and was totally blown away. I had no idea that cinema could be that good. As soon as it finished I immediately looked up other movies that were similar. I found the IMDb top 250 and realised that there were all these seemingly great movies that I had never seen, so I made a list of movies to watch. It originally only had around 20 movies on it. Two years later it has over 2000 and I’ve seen over 450 of them – something I never would have done if it weren’t for Pulp Fiction.

    Also special mention to Persona, which took my breath away and literally left me speechless for 5 minutes after it ended. It reaffirmed my love for movies and opened me up to more artistic and daring films.

    - Eva


    "Star Wars" was the first film I fell in love with at 5. I binged the Original Trilogy over and over until the tapes finally wore out. I always liked movies, but it wasn't until I was like 20 when my buddy sat me down and watched Pulp Fiction that I started really getting into film.…

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  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★★

    i think the final push was the social network but the first one that i can remember is fight club. i went into it only knowing jared leto was in it (i really liked 30 seconds to mars lmao) and got.... a lot more than i bargained for. before then i'd mostly just watched children's movies and action flicks, and it stuck with me for MONTHS afterwards. i had no idea movies could have that effect on people.

    - attak

    i used to watch anime and movies in my town's cinema only, but i felt dissatisfied so i started searching for movie recs on the internet. and because i love psychological thriller of course the first ones (and what got me hooked) are fight club, donnie darko and black swan. i had no idea that movies could be that mindblowing and left me breathless afterward (especially fight club. wow) so yeah im now still improving my knowledge and taste on film lmao

    - zahra

    I’m not entirely sure but I think Fight Club??? I remember thinking I had never seen a movie like that before and thought the way it was filmed and edited was so strange and different. Also after watching it and seeing the plot twist, I’ve since been able to guess almost every plot twist in new moves I watch lmao

    - anna h

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    I was 11 when I watched the star wars films and I remember standing up on the couch screaming my head off during the final luke versus the emperor scene in return of the jedi. I had completely forgotten my surroundings and the fact that this was a film (set in space?!) and, at that moment, the only thing that matter was for the emperor to let luke live. I'd never felt that kind of emotion before and I've rarely ever felt it since then. that was the moment I decided i wanted to go into filmmaking and to try creating such moments.

    - Sheida

  • Persona

    Persona

    Initially the movie that got me into movies as a young child was Star Wars (per usual) and I became all about big spectacle movies and that's what I spent most of my young life focusing on. It wasn't until I was 16 and I first watched Persona that that really changed. I suddenly realized stories can be told in an infinite amount of ways with an infinite amount of meanings and I suddenly became more in love with movies and began to put "big spectacle" cinema aside and focus on more artistic films, and from there I found more movies to love than I could have ever found before. So I usually attribute Persona as the turning point for me.

    - Steve 🚀

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    I remember getting into movies a lot after watching inglorious basterds. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I was 12 years old and watched it thirteen times in the span of a month. 4 times of that was when my collar bone was broken and was left bored at home. I loved the movie so much I wanted to do Lt. aldo Raines speech for my monologue project at school. I was going to be able to do it until I printed off too many copies and left them in the school library (my teacher got in shit lol). Anyways I thought it was so cool that film could bend history in fictional ways. Bless you, Quentin Tarantino.

    - Solid_Snake


    Inglorious Basterds

    I remember seeing ads for it and it looked like a fun movie, but jesus i wasnt prepared for how good it was.

    The opening scene is my favourite scene in all of cinema and the specific shot near the end where two characters shoot each other in the cinema projection room left my me speechless and that was the moment i can pinpoint as when I first knew what an incredible movie looked like

    - SMcCrae

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    I always remember watching films as a kid but I think the first one that made me start to think more seriously about them was Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. My dad got the DVD and it was the first foreign movie I had ever seen, before then I think I just assumed all films were English! It was so vast and vivid and such a contrast to what I was used to at the time.

    - JamesPayne5

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★★

    i think the movie that got me into movies was donnie darko. i watched it completely at random; i was bored, found it on netflix and decided to give it a go, even though up until that point i was definitely more of a tv person than a film person. i LOVED it!! i didn’t realise movies could be so weird, so complex, and so gripping. i spent HOURS researching theories about the film, and from there moved onto other ‘psychological thrillers’ like shutter island and now here i am - i’ll watch absolutely any kind of movie!
    (i also want to give donnie darko a special shoutout for introducing me to jake gyllenhaal, who now owns my entire ass)

    - gabby

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★

    i’ve liked film since i was a kid but i never LOVED film until i saw guardians of the galaxy at the theatre with my friends. they wanted to see it and i wasn’t even fully aware what it was but something about it just made fall in love. i remember just watching the opening credits where starlord was dancing to the music and i just had so much fun and the colours and the soundtrack and everything just seemed to fit together so perfectly and i went back to see it NINE TIMES. i cried and laughed and just had the best time that i’ve ever had in a theatre, still to this day !!

    - kirst

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★½

    mine was frances ha! i remember it really stuck with me because of how female led it was. it was a film that perfectly captured my sense of humor. it also motivated me (and still motivates me) to strive be a director/writer. it’s still to this day one of my favorite films of all time.

    - kennedy

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  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★★

    I've loved films for as long as i can remember but I think the film that really got me into films was Black Swan. I remember watching it and being in awe of Natalie Portman's performance, ballet, the idea of how perfection can drive one to madness, but it also changed the way I looked at films. It's still one of my favorite films to this day

    - Katie🍸

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★

    i’ve been watching movies since i was very little like watching matilda and hocus pocus everyday 3 times a day til my sister would scream at me for hogging the tv. then i discovered Lost in translation and the royal tenenbaums. something about the themes of loneliness, alienation and the search for human connection really resonated with me and i was so taken aback by the cinematography, music, dialogue. i didn’t know movies could be this beautiful and profound and i’ve been searching for movies that made me feel like that ever since

    - gela

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    before this past summer, I really only saw the movies my friends or family wanted to see, so basically superhero movies, book adaptations, pixar, and the occasional comedy. around May, a twitter account I followed started tweeting non-stop about this new movie Dunkirk that was coming out. I knew absolutely nothing about it, but that person’s excitement got me excited about it, even though I had never even considered seeing a war movie before. when the movie came out, a friend suggested going to see it in 70mm imax, and I was completely thrilled. I remember, as we were walking out of the theatre, another friend who had basically been dragged along to the movie, said something along the lines of, “I was completely stressed for two hours straight. That was horrible.” and I was completely shocked, because that was one of the things I absolutely loved about it. never before had a movie been able to keep me so completely engaged and invested and on the edge of my seat for the entirety of its runtime, and even after. for the whole rest of that day I felt kind of tense and kind of shellshocked. the score, the visuals, the acting, the editing, everything about it was absolutely incredible, and every detail in the film was there for a reason. Dunkirk was truly the film that made me realize just how much could be achieved through the art of cinema :)

    - amanda

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  • Be Kind Rewind

    Be Kind Rewind

    There are so many movies that made me truly love cinema. From when I watched Fight Club after reading the novel to when I watched Moonrise Kingdom and Inglorious Basterds in high school. But before any of those films I saw Be Kind Rewind, a really trivial film compared to most other people's but I like what I like. I saw it when I was younger but I was completely fell in love with it on first watch. The concept of remaking movies your own was such a cool idea to me and the movie does it in such a cute and well done way. And that cinematography was so beautiful and fun and altogether amazing. Later I would watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and completely fall in love with Michel Gondry but this later film of his truly got me into film.

    - Zoe Collette

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★

    The first serious movie I ever remember watching was Titanic, and it still stands as my all-time favourite movie. For years that was practically the only film I watched and if you asked I could most likely recite the entire script right back to you.

    And then there’s The Revenant. That movie changed me tbh. It was such an Experience™ to watch for the first time and I’ll never forget it. To me, it’s a flawless and an absolutely stunning work of art. It was one of the first films that I really paid attention to cinematography and film scores, and I’m thankful it opened my eyes to the beauty that is film.

    long story short my boi leo has and will always be with me through my film-loving journey

    - chelsea 🍋

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  • The Graduate

    The Graduate

    Mine was The Graduate! Before this I liked movies but I usually just watched blockbusters. I don’t exactly remember how I found out about the movie, but I got involved on the criterion site and I think I just came across it. I remember I watched it in a morning before school on my laptop and I was absolutely floored. Everything I knew previously about film, how shots should be formed, how acting should be, how the plot line should finish, everything just changed. From that moment forward I stopped looking for just mainstream film and realized that sometimes the movies you wouldn’t expect to be amazing are the ones that change your life.

    - jamie 💫

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining!! I was in the 6th grade and the movie blew me away, I read and watched anything and everything about it cause I wanted to know everything I could. Since that was about 8 years ago, my film taste has altered, but I always have a soft spot for The Shining

    - amanda

    i’ve gotta go with the shining, i watched it for the first time on tv because it was around halloween and i wanted a Good Scare, but after it ended i literally spent hours researching the various theories and behind the scenes bits related to it. i had never been so utterly entranced by a piece of work before, and i realized there were so many more films to see that would give me a similar reaction!

    - allison

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★★★

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World! I watched a lot of movies before then, but that was the first movie that ever really made me think of filmmaking as an art. I remember thinking that it was like no other movie I’d ever seen before, because of the colors, the weird characterization, and the editing. Edgar Wright has such a unique style and it made me more curious about production, editing, and movies in general. First watched it when I was 14 and I’ve probably seen hundreds of films since, but it’s still one of my favorites 💖

    - tash 🚀

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  • Romeo + Juliet

    Romeo + Juliet

    However lame this may be, I think it was when I was 13 and watched Romeo + Juliet for the first time (because my sister had shown me Titanic, and I thought Leo was hot). I remember sitting through the entire film just thinking “you can do this?” I’d never seen a film experimenting with style and narrative like that before, not to mention how completely shattered it left my poor adolescent heart. When I watch it now I can tell that it’s not perfect (although still powerful), but the impact it had on me back then really opened my eyes to the way you can tell stories on screen.

    - ellen 🐝🌧

  • Mr. Nobody

    Mr. Nobody

    I was always obsessed with individual movies as a kid. I remember having all the dialogue of Pete’s Dragon, Robin Hood, and Toy Story memorized. But I didn’t fall in love with the form until my sister got a Netflix account and I found Mr. Nobody. Looking on it now I can say definitively that Mr. Nobody is a pretty pretentious and shallow movie, but at the time it was the smartest thing I had ever seen. More importantly, it caused me to begin specifically searching out independent films. It opened up a world of movies I’m still exploring. There is no movie that has influenced my taste in films more than Mr. Nobody.

    The other reason I still love it is because it promoted this philosophy of procrastination, that if you never choose, everything remain possible. I was 15 years old and had no idea what direction my life was headed in. At a time when people start asking you what you want to be and what college do you want to go to, this message really hit home. And although this philosophy might have caused me to miss out on a lot of stuff in high school, it also taught me how to be in the moment and enjoy life before it became complicated. I will still watch it today just to get in the mindset of a 15 year old in way over his head who found movies as a lifeline.

    - MC George Castanza

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    I know everyone hates it, but 14 year old me was SHOOK the first time I saw Les Miserables. I found it visually breathtaking and I guess I’d never seen something so cinematic and emotional close-up in the theatre before. I later binged a bunch of the best pictures from that year and fell in love with film.

    - sam

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★

    Django Unchained: I knew nothing about movies other than that Quentin Tarantino was a good filmmaker and his new movie coming out was "badass". I had never seen a movie of his before so I went, I believe, the first or second weekend it was released. The theater was packed and I had no expectations going into it. I had never felt that much energy in a theater before. I never had so fun watching a movie before. I was so enthralled by the scale of the movie. It's obvious now, the amount to influence Tarantino used to make the film but for me at the time, it was 100% original. I had never seen anything like it before. It was a rollercoaster of madness and it was so orchestrated and grandiose. The music, the pacing, the dialogue, the performance... even the credits. Everything hit on a high note and all I could think was "How did this get made?". After that, the idea of being a "filmmaker" and creating something with that much tenacity has stuck with me to this day.

    - Jacob Wencel


    Django Unchained for me. I was 13, and I had never really paid attention to things like cinematography before, but Robert Richardson’s style was so eccentric and noticeable that it made me want to explore the technical aspects of film, and thus, “get into cinema”.

    - Steve Carver

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The movie that got me into movies as a kid was The Nightmare Before Christmas. Up until then, I'd only been exposed to Disney and Pixar and I just remember being completely floored by the different style of animation and how the world, the score, the characters, everything, just fit together and how it had such a unique sense of authorship. I also got super into Halloween after that as I discovered my birthday is the day before and little old me thought it was fate or something! This might not be relevant, but the film that made me want to start making movies myself was Girl, Interrupted. I discovered it in my early teens and it was genuinely one of the first times I'd felt understood by a piece of cinema. The performances have stayed with me all this time and everyone I've shown it to has found something in it. Again, that might not be relevant but I couldn't leave it out of a conversation about significant movies!

    - annamckenzie

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★

    Moonrise Kingdom! Throughout high school I had been broadening my taste in movies, starting to check rotten tomatoes weekly and trying to seek out good movies I hadn't seen. Around this time I discovered some of my favorite directors, such as Edgar Wright and Martin Scorsese. However, it wasn't until I saw Moonrise Kingdom in my small local theater that I realized how creative movies could be and that I wanted to make them someday. It's no longer my favorite Wes Anderson movie, but it'll always have a special place in my heart for showing me a side of cinema that I hadn't seen yet.

    - Thomas Callahan

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  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

    ★★½

    I was a precocious homeschooled child taking film classes at a local studio, and I was all up in the Academy-approved prestige pictures, and pretty much scoffed at everything else for years. High school came, and I switched over to public school, and it was really tough for me, and I lost interest in a lot of things. The weekend before my sophomore year started up, me and my brother went to go see Pacific Rim, and I fell in love all over again, and realized that movies could be big and fun and I was so moved by it. I grew up on kaiju movies and to see it once again with beautifully human characters and big emotional moments was so great. And honestly, punching monsters in their face was exactly what I needed in that time. I've since put more stock in recovering from my pretentiousness and enjoying movies on the level they were made to be enjoyed at, and knowing that sometimes, you just need some giant monsters and robots duking it out.

    - Randi

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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★

    ever since i was little, it's been my dream to live nomadically and drive around the country with all of my friends in a huge van. when i first saw the trailer for american honey, months before the movie even came out, it was like andrea arnold had reached into my brain and found my number one fantasy and decided to make a movie out of it. no theater within an hour of my house was playing it so when the movie finally ended up online, i watched the whole thing at 1:30 in the morning on a school night. everything about it is warm and gorgeous and real. seeing characters that looked, talked, and acted like the people i grew up with was amazing. it's still the only time i've ever hyped up a movie so much and had it be even more perfect than i imagined.

    - alyssa

  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★★

    Growing up, I always figured books were the superior medium because I was yet to watch a Great movie. The older I got, the more I realised this wasn't true but the turning point was Hot Fuzz. Light though it is, it is incredibly detailed with jokes you won't notice until the third time you see it. I watched it another four times that year and devoured the bonus features. I could wax poetic about it for days but ultimately it's the writing: the jokes, the characters, the foreshadowing, the subversion. It's the reason I'm on my way to my uni screenwriting course right now.

    - aislinn 🌌

    Hot Fuzz. I'd always loved comedies but I saw Hot Fuzz and thought damn this is fucking brilliant. I gotta do this.

    - Vinny Scarpo

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  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    Gone With the Wind! I was 11 and had zero interest in watching it until I got really bored and saw that it was on Netflix. Couldn’t think of anything else for weeks after watching it and I honestly don’t have a clue why but I do know that I loved it and that it was one of the first things that I ever became super obsessed with 💓💓💅🏻💅🏻

    - ines

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    taxi driver as a 15 year old, i watched it late at night and it left me speechless. watched it 2 times that weekend because it made such a huge impact, and just made me realize how great and how much cinema can communicate.

    - emi

  • Labyrinth

    Labyrinth

    I want to keep this as short as possible, for the sake of brevity, but the film that got me into cinema was probably Labyrinth, with David Bowie and Jennifer Conelly. It already helped that my favorite genre was the Musical, but I not only 1) loved David Bowie, but 2) loved all of the production design and vibe to it. Ever since that point in time, I searched around to see if there were any other films to expand my tastes, and than one film started piling over the other, and it just continued until I decided that cinema was my favorite art medium.

    - MasterLundegaard

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★½

    The Dark Knight when I was 12. Oh my God, I remember being the biggest fanboy in the world of that movie, I was so deep in love with that movie that for three years it was the best movie ever made for me without any doubt.

    - Sr Leivo

    The Dark Knight. I know it's already on the list. But i wanted to say it anyway.

    - Станислав Абдулхакимов

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Wolf of Wall Street cemented my love for movies as I was just about to go into film school. I hadn't seen a Scorsese film before then and the only other DiCaprio film I saw around that time was Romeo + Juliet. That movie was three hours of pure hilarity about shitty people and I was there for it.

    - Conor Wade

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    I have such a story about how Suspiria changed my life for the better.

    In 2015, I was a lonely depressed 15 year old boy who was spending their entire days sitting at home, just not having much motivation to do my schoolwork that I knew had to be done. I remember one day watching some random video online and I saw this one still from the famous first death scene, and to me it was so beautiful, that I just had to find out what movie that was. I looked for a good hour till I found the film Suspiria. I rented it from my local library and tried to get as much work done as I could so I could watch the film when it came in. I ended up doing it, and the day the film came in I watched it. I was blown away by the style of the film, and I've never seen a film with that much style before. It really opened my eyes to what this medium was capable of. From then on I watched one film a day, giving myself that as a reward for getting my schoolwork done. My grades improved and I finally had something I was passionate about.

    - Seththecinefile

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  • Beginners

    Beginners

    ★★★★★

    Beginners by Mike Mills really captured me. For the longest time, I didn't want to re-watch films because I loved the feeling on the first watch so much. The only reason I kept on re-watching beginners was because every girl I dated had never seen it, so it felt like the perfect film to watch with someone. Every time I watched it, I felt something new. I realized that films can really show you new things at different times of your life. I also couldn't believe that a movie could be like this. Anyways, it was that and Troll Hunter that really changed me for the better.

    - Zap

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

    ★★★½

    Toy Story was the movie I remember that gave me that surge of dopamine and coaxed me into a world separate from mine where I grew to care for a bunch of toys and their small world with big problems. Certainly my most watched animated movie, and a friend on VHS that I could always rely on as a kid, I'll always love Toy Story and appreciate it for its simple beauty and whimsy. When you're a kid that only knows Disney and Pixar and 90 minutes, Toy Story was a fantastic introduction to treating a younger audience intelligently and allowing them to think about bigger themes like loyalty, morality, and Buzz has an identity crisis! What an adventure.

    - Devin Holmgren

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    The Avengers (2012). I saw it and loved it so much!

    - Jed Wagman

    I was a young child when The Avengers came out, and my mom took me to see it with the whole family. At first, I did not want to go because I thought it would be boring. When the movie started, I was bored, but quickly became more and more interested in the plot. When the movie ended, I realized that going to the movie theatres isn’t that bad. Seeing this movie in theatres as a 10 year old made me realize that movies can be exciting.

    A couple years later, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy in theatres. I was still a young child, but I was amazed out how well Chris Pratt played a funny, yet awesome superhero. I was also amazed at how a movie could have great visuals, characters, songs, and entertainment at the same time.

    A year later, I decided to watch Whiplash. I was home alone, so I rented it at home. The characters and dialogue of this film made me instantly fall in love with this movie. Miles Teller and JK Simmons portrayed such powerful and intriguing characters. Because…

  • Stranger Than Fiction

    Stranger Than Fiction

    i've been raised on the movies my dad likes, so i just realized one day that i already was "into" films. but i realized later on that i want to be a screenwriter, and the movie that did that for me was "Stranger Than Fiction" (2006). so i have problems with depression and anxiety, and one time i was admitted into a psychiatric unit for it. best rehab experience i could've asked for. anyways, we were allowed to bring movies to the unit and watch them during the day, so my mom brought some of my favorites, one of them being this film. one day i was watching it with some nurses and other patients and at the end i just started rambling about how i love the type of "wow" lines, where everything you need to know is culminated in this one sentence. I love movie speeches, and i love when you see something happen on screen and the whole experience of watching and hearing and feeling this moment completely changes you. one of the nurses said, "you really like the writing of movies. have you ever considered being a screenwriter?" and it started to open something up in…

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★

    I've always really liked movies, but it wasn't until I sat down and saw The Prestige that made me truly fall in love with this form of art. I immediately played the movie again once it was over because I was amazed of how the film came together to tell its story. Since then I started watching films differently and appreciating what they can do.

    - memo

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  • The Departed

    The Departed

    The Departed. I went with family to see it in the theatre when I was in middle school. My grandma is a big Scorsese fan, and I really liked Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic and Romeo + Juliet at that point. That movie was a total game changer for me. My grandma and I immediately bonded over the whole experience, and she showed me Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, etc. We started going to see movies together on a regular basis over the next few years (No Country For Old Men, Inglorious Basterds, Zodiac, Django Unchained, Burn After Reading, etc). I've not watched movies the same way since. The Departed is still one of my favourite films to this day.

    - Andrea | Collars and Bones

  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man. I watched this one Saturday night because I was bored and I saw that it was about to play on TV. The next few days I brought it up whenever I had the chance just because it was so unlike what I thought movies where. I didn’t always “understand” what was going on but I became intrigued with the way the story unfolded and with scenes such as the opening and John Merrick at the theater captivated me. I realized there are so many films out there that I’ve heard of but haven’t seen and that TV stations can be great resources for finding them. It basically started my at least one film a week habit.

    - Potag

  • The Hitcher

    The Hitcher

    The Hitcher. Watched when I was kid on VHS. Rutger Hauer's performance still gives me nightmares to this day. I hate Roger Ebert because of what he said about that film.

    - Mikey

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    ex machina!! i completely wanted to know everything about how it was made, who was behind it, and now i could do that. i always think of it whenever i think of my love for movies. i love it sooo much.

    - Katie

    When I was at Individual Training for the Army, there would be nothing to do on the weekends so I would just stay in and watch movies. Typically it would be the big blockbusters like an Avengers movie or Inside Out but Ex Machina was only 99 cents on iTunes to rent so I figured why not and rented it. After I watched it I was blown away by everything about it. The story, the characters, the tightly-woven script, the slick cinematography, and the casually great visual effects just pulled me in and absolutely floored me. After I was done I immediately bought the film and watched it again the next day with the exact same result. My roommate was annoyed with me two days in a row as I was screaming at my laptop screen during the ending. It was my first favorite movie of all time. The perks of being a wallflower would take that title a few months later, but I still maintain how insane Ex Machina is.

    - Nosh Milkinson

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  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★

    for me it was drive (2011). the way every character is framed and every colour is used so deliberately to show the state of mind that each person is in throughout the film without having to use words was so fascinating to me. this was the first film that i genuinely thought of as a piece of art, and the first film i thought truly took advantage of the fact that film is primarily a visual medium and what we see is more powerful than what is said. also the soundtrack is my favourite of all time. i love this film so much that i based my entire application to study film at university around it and i got in to the best university for film studies in the country!!

    - ciara ((congrats ciara!!!))

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    I had a friend who was super into movies and was starting to get me into movies but when I saw Interstellar, I was shook to my core. It was an instant favorite, and I couldn't stop thinking about it and how much I loved it. Soon afterward, I got letterboxd and became hooked on film.

    - Conor


    interstellar and saw it on a third wheeling date

    - Jackd617


    I always tried to appreciate movies to relate to my older brother's hobbies, but Interstellar really flipped the switch for me. I don't think it was a necessarily perfect movie, but I found that I understood completely Christopher Nolan's take on blending the unforgiving realities of science and the persistence of human emotion. I remember I first fell in love with the visuals, capturing the sort of silence of the universe. But it was Hans Zimmer's score that affected me so much that I began to realize the importance of every aspect of filmmaking.

    - Lila

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    I was raised in a house with a large VHS collection and watched plenty of movies, but it wasn't until my early 20's that I first saw Seven Samurai and the way I viewed movies changed forever. I was in love.

    - Mocephusrocks

  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    I wandered around critically acclaimed films since I was about 16. After needing a New TV-series to watch, someone on the Internet pointed out "Twin Peaks" to me. That show jumpstarted my cinephilea. started to read about Oscar nominees as they were coming along in 2012, I believe so I felt the Need to make my first watch-list. After typing every film I wanted to see at that time I hit Google and searched for "best movies ever" and greatefully ended up on the Sight&Sound Poll for 2012 where "Vertigo" by Hitchcock reigns supreme. So I added this, watched it that Night and was blown away how fucking tense and subversive films could be even then.
    So basically: Vertigo and Twin Peaks. Impossible for me to nail down which one had a bigger Impact.

    - Nils Gloistein

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    A bit of a boring life story here but movies were never really my thing until a couple of years back. I was more into TV sitcoms which I'd binge watch on boxset. It wasn't until one day I just randomly decided to have a movie night by myself and try something new so I brought E.T. as I'd heard great things about it. I watched it and thought it was....good. Nothing special but good (I have grown to like it more since then). But it wasn't necessarily E.T. which got me obsessed with movies but more the concept of watching movies. Going into a story which I had no idea about then leaving with something to reflect on. It made me want more and movie night became a regular thing. And now, I love films. I guess you could say E.T. started it all.

    - Angus Castle

  • The Village

    The Village

    The Village! I had always seen movies as just a form of entertainment. I liked them, but didn't give them a ton of thought, you know? The Village destroyed me. I had my hands over my mouth in pure awe of what I was seeing for literally about 50% of the movie. Totally changed my life and the way I see movies.

    - BenIsNotReal

  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders

    the outsiders. when i was 14 people in an editing circle i was in kept talking about it and i decided to watch it, which then lead me on a 1980s film spree (when before i’d avoided anything made before 2000) and i became much more open to watching films of different genres and decades (and found some of my favourite films of all time). prior to this i’d pretty much just watched the same 5 romcoms over and over.

    - mercedes

  • American Beauty

    American Beauty

    American Beauty. It was just the cynicism and hope attached to all the sadness in everyone, how no matter where you were in life, there was a deep seated feeling that there has to be more. It's no where near my favorite film of all time, but it really got me started on loving the beautiful self destructive nature of human want and need.

    - Duncan

  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

    I was always interested at a young age in movies, but I always saw movies as pure entertainment and nothing else. I think my 12th or 13th Birthday is when I first saw this film. I was scrolling through Netflix, and I saw this show up. I had, at that point, only heard of the title, but didn't know anything about the movie. I decided to watch it, and it blew my mind. This was probably the first time a movie blew me away beyond pure entertainment, which the film was already highly entertaining. But I had realized I was in a transcendent experience with the film that I still only have with few other films. The film had me going, "How did they do that?!".

    From that day on, my love for film grew from love of entertainment, to love of craft and art. Without that movie, my interests would probably still be in modern American cinema, but b/c of that movie, I had willingly opened myself up to new films.

    I love The Truman Show.

    - Jason Marcaida

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★½

    baby driver took my breath away from start to finish and since then i’ve been watching films just to feel that feeling again

    - sam

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    i've always had a deep passion for movies, but i never thought seriously about making my own until i saw lady bird. it resonated so well with me and made me realize i have stories to tell as well.

    - hanna

    For me it really was lady bird to be honest. I'm seventeen and come from a small-ish town in germany and I want to go to berlin once I finish school to go to university there and maybe go into film. I have a really complicated relationship with my parents due to that & being trans. I love them but they don't accept me. Overall this film just hit so incredibly close that I feel like when I talk with people about it I'm showing them a part of myself as cheesy as that sounds.

    - joshua

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  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye

    At a young age I used to watch James Bond (with pierce brosnan) and The Bourne (with Matt Damon) with my dad. I was a big fan of all the action. I loved action and from that I went to Spiderman and Batman and all the other marcel/dc stuff. From that I looked up directors en actors and I lost mysel in the beautiful world of film. That's my story

    - Miguel Barros Wellens

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Falling in love with movies in an “I obsessively watch every award nominated movie” way was a gradual process that’s evolved to its final form only last year. But I remember the first movie that made me want to make movies, and that was The Phantom Menace. No joke, it came out when I was four, and I watched t in the cinema at least 10 times. I was given a book by my parents that year, that was a real, “adult” book with loads of text, The Making of The Phantom Menace. I realized that movies were made by more people than just the actors, and just how incredible special effects are. 20 years later, and I still want to make that kind of movie magic myself, and it’s all built on those brightly colored Tatooine q-tips.

    - Gina 😴

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    I was 13 when I first watched The Shawshank Redemption, and it completely changed my life. 4 years later, it's still my favourite film and I can still rewatch it without the slightest of hesitation. It was the movie that turned me from a casual watcher to someone who actually loves movies, and I'm grateful to have come across it at a young age.

    - Ayush Das Adhikary

    I enjoyed movies but was a very mainstream viewer with no thoughts of analysis and meaning when I watched a movie.
    However, when I was 16 my mum told me to watch The Shawshank Redemption which she rented from the video store. It was the first time a movie made me so invested in its stiry and characters, I felt so many emotions it was the only movie at that gime that made me laugh and cry.
    Since then I have watched it over 10 times, studied it for school and became obsessed with movies. All thanks to Shawshank, it will always have a special place in my heart.

    - Emma Grace

    The shawshank redemption that i watched last year

    - oca

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    ★★★★★

    ferris bueller started me watchin more, under the skin started me watching less mainstream/blockbuster movies

    - william 👀

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    It's not the movie itself, but who was in it. In Mockingjay: Part 1, I took notice of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. His presence astounded me, and the "In Memory Of" moved me, and so after the movie I went and looked at clips of his acting online. And they blew my mind. I ended up watching tons of other PSH movies, and through the course of them, I fell in love with the art and power of movies.

    - natalie/Cocohorse

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    Boyhood was the first film I saw in theatres that moved me. Prior to then, a 13 year old me had only made trips to the theatre to see action flicks, and cartoons. I went to see Boyhood becauaw of its intriguing concept, and it moved me. It’s the first time I ‘felt’ something while watching a film. It made me a fan of Linklater, made me a fan of indie cinema, and most importantly a fan of film for life.

    - izmebenji

    I feel like there have been a few major points where I fell in love with movies. The first was after seeing Boyhood, while it’s not my favorite movie t was my first experience with a movie with that sort of concept, and they filmed a good bit in my town which made me inclined to watch it! Later down the road I found Eternal Sunshine on Netflix and decided to watch that as a kid going into film school it really drove me it make something that interesting. At one point I felt super burnt out and depressed in college and I just needed the pick me up that La La Land gave me! I say in the theater with my eyes glued to the screen it was unlike anything I had seen before, and an amazing movie!

    - Eric A. Apodaca

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Moonlight was the first film that actual made me appreciate the work that goes into it behind the scenes. I saw it around January/February 2017. Barry Jenkins is such an amazingly nuanced director and every frame had some significance. Its amazing how much some framing can establish a mood with no dialogue! La la land also had a huge role in my growing interest in film with its cinematography. The cinematography and colors were so fun to analyze. But it truly was Moonlight that initiated everything.

    - themalik

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    It's gotta be Curse of the Black Pearl for me. I saw it a little late (not in theatres), it was 2005 I think, I was 14. I absolutely fell in love with it. Captain Jack Sparrow was the coolest character I knew at that point. I watched it again and again, and have never looked back. I do realise that the sequels have taken the shine off of it, but that first one is really special to me.

    - shahbakht

  • Coraline

    Coraline

    As weird as it may seem coraline and the secret door i was blown away by the genre and watched other movies since then.

    - Enricc1

    Coraline was one of the first movies I saw in theatres and the one that made me realize that I wanted a career in film (even if I didn’t fully realize it at 9 years old).

    - Kassia

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  • WALL·E

    WALL·E

    Until middle school all I had watched were the stereotypical cheesy bollywood flicks, but the movie that changed it all was wall-E. My school drama proffesor suggested it and I was so blown away when I realise that real emotions can be portrait on screen and not just over the top self pity. And that too in robots!!! Right then, I knew I had to watch more movies.

    - Crzy_frog

  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★★

    I grew up watching movies. I even worked at my local movie theater in high school. But it wasn't until I was 18 when l saw Forrest Gump, that was the first time l could remember appreciating how well a movie was made.

    - Andrea | Collars and Bones

  • The Fifth Element

    The Fifth Element

    I have a lot of film memories with my family: from watching LOTR in the cinema to sitting speachless during Star Wars-prequels but The Fifth Element really stands out for me. I don’t remember the excact time I watched The Fifth Element for the first time, but I remember watching it over and over again as a kiddo. Everything that film presented was a beautiful chaotic world and I loved everything about that universe. Especially the Chanel-click-makeup-thingies. And Diva Plavalaguna.

    - Kira K

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' was the first film I ever saw in the cinema. 16 years later and I still owe my entire passion for the medium to it.

    - Tom Hodgson

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies

    I used to barely watch films but, owing to my parents, I watched a lot of classic television. Around 14 I started making short films with my mates and started to get more into movies when doing it. I signed up for IMDb and started watching movies shown late on weekend nights on Film4 (a UK TV channel). I watched maybe one or two foreign films as well as a few classics but I still wasn't obsessed. [Perhaps there's an argument to be made that Pan's Labyrinth was the film that got me into cinema as it was my first kinda non-mainstream film]. Neverthless one night Grave of the Fireflies was shown and I'd seen it listed on the IMDb Top 250 and decided to give it a go even though I knew nothing of the plot and had never seen an anime before. It emotionally destroyed me. It made me re-evaluate my relationship with my sibling and changed what I thought cinema could be in terms of its emotional impact and ability to show thoughts and viewpoints I could never understand. It's the first film that stimulated my mind in a way that made me want to analyse every…

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    ★★★★★

    the film that was the first film i properly fell in love with was the perks of being a wallflower. i had read the book at very young age (probably too young but i was an advanced reader at 11/12 ish and very mature) so when i found out about the film i watched it and fell in love all over again. it brought the characters i loved and related to, to life and helped me understand them through facial expressions and stuff and i’ve been hooked ever since.

    - liberty

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    star wars (A New Hope):

    When I was young, my father (also a movie lover) told me to come to the leaving room on a saturday morning so he could introduced me to "THE BEST TRILOGY EVER MADE" accurding to his words.
    We ended up watching "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back" and completed the trilogy the next day.
    It's the movie that made me love movies and made me wanna know more about each film I've watched.
    And I think it's a sin that it's not here already.

    - Adi Cohen

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★★

    To me it was A Clockwork Orange when I was 14 and Eraserhead when I was 18. Both of them were completely different from anything that I had seen from the medium until then. When I was 14 I was discovering a lot of music through my dad and, eventually, he started talking about films as well. He described me A Clockwork Orange and I thought "wow, that sounds crazy" and watched several clips from the film on youtube. One day he found his DVD copy of A Clockwork Orange and we watched it on a saturday afternoon, eating meat sandwiches. Erarserhead doesn't have much of a story, I found it on a "disturbing films" list and it looked much more interisting than the rest of the other films listed.

    - saramangalho

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★

    When I turned 17 I watched There Will Be Blood in the theaters I think three times. At that time in my life I was falling out of love with my christian upbringing and I was at the cusp of understanding money/capitalism. This movie also came out at the end of the Bush years, which I remember being saturated with both ideologies. In this movie those Christian and capitalistic ideologies vehemently opposed each other. Ultimately, it felt like a culmination of life at that time as I saw it, but it existed in a different era in a distant genre. It felt like the criticism of society I needed to see in a narrative that was both unexpecting and appropriate. That to me was the magic of movies: you can see so much of your present, so much of your history, in a story that could be called unfamiliar, yet understandably relatable.

    - Gregory

    The movie that REALLY got me into movies was There Will Be Blood. It’s one of those films that you will never see again. PTA’s direction blew me away and it still does. Everything in this movie is perfect and incredibly well done.

    - Goodfella1990

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    If I had to pick one film that got me into more films, without a doubt it would be The Grand Budapest Hotel. After a long lasting period of ridiculously unsatisfying films, I discovered this, what was at the time Wes Anderson's newest film. I fell in love with it instantly, and upon reading about how there seems to be a visual similarity between Anderson and Stanley Kubrick, I was prompt in checking out Kubrick's films, mainly 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and, above all, The Shining - a film which I think could open up a lot more pathways into horror, a genre I have never explored. I also checked out some of his earlier films, mainly Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums, both with that distinct style of one-point-perspectives and limited colour palettes. Anderson also had a major part in giving me inspiration for making my own short films, and that is why his filmography has changed my life and the way I see films to this day, paying close attention to the cinematography and the screenplay instead of just the acting.

    - Hamish J. Newcombe

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  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Without a doubt, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is the film that got me into films. I remember the first I saw any of it was at an aquarium cafeteria when I was about 10 years old. The blend of animation and reality caught my eye, but it was the noir style that kept me into it. I absolutely loved it, and within a week, I had shown it to my grandparents. After watching it, I checked out imdb for the first time. I was fascinated by all of the connections to other films, and it really piqued my interest when I saw all of the references to movies like Sunset Boulevard and Chinatown. From those I discovered the imdb top 250 list; not long after, I watched the Shawshank Redemption and have never looked back since.

    - Ryan Rosu

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai was the film that transformed me from a casual movie watcher into a lover of film and aspiring film student. I was about 13, and my dad and I were channel surfing and stumbled upon it. I’m a massive Star Wars fan, and basically had no idea Alec Guiness had ever starred in anything but Star Wars, but his presence was enough to keep me from changing the channel, and what a mistake that would have been! I was never a fan of what I thought were “boring old war movies,” and was extremely surprised at how engrossed I was by the story, and how mesmerized I was by the ending. I loved everything about the movie, and I’m so glad I did.

    - Conner Wilson

  • Toy Story 2

    Toy Story 2

    ★★★★

    Toy Story 2

    I wanted to write Eternal Sunshine since that movie is the one that introduced me to cinema as an art-form and not just entertainment, but I knew that I LOVED movies way back before I even watched that movie when I was in high school. So I choose the one that I grew up with, which is an animation movie.

    Toy Story 2 is I think the first movie I could remember that I watched way back when I was in preschool (watched it before Toy Story 1, which in turn made that movie felt like a prequel, which felt more interesting IMO). I remember having it on a two part VCD, where part 1 cuts off right after the "When She Loved Me" sequence. I could watch it over and over again without getting bored in my living room and the portable tv in my car.

    I don't think I fully grasp the idea of the story and emotions at that age, but the thing that captures me are the visuals, mainly the motion and movements that happens in that movie. Watching little scenes like the intro sequence, Buzz zip-lining in the toy barn, Woody playing…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    ★★★½

    I grew up in a big movie family, but I sort of steered away from it for a while. That is, until my sister made me watch Snowpiercer. I never thought that a movie could combine beautiful aesthetic and emotion, with a simple but interesting message, and to tell this story with such a unique perspective; it floored me. That pushed me to go out there and start watching a ton of films (this year so far I’m averaging 4.5 a week). However, Snowpiercer is not the movie that pushed me into making film, that honor goes to the astounding Lawrence of Arabia. I don’t think I understood what the medium of film was capable of until I saw that movie. I’m in a film making class working on a project right now because of these two movies.

    - Connor Newman

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  • Transformers

    Transformers

    Transformers (2007)

    I remember the specific shot that got me into movies. It's when (i think) Megatron and Optimus are fighting, and they go through a building. Then they tumble down onto the street. I remember seeing the debris, the way they destroyed the environment, and I wondered "how the hell did they do that." So I did my research, and discovered VFX. This made me learn how to do it myself. From there, I made my own short films filled with terrible VFX I made myself. Then I went to film school, and studied editing primarily, and learned that I wanted to do that instead of VFX. Then I saw The Raid (2011) and it changed my taste in film forever. Now I work for a company that makes trailers for movies, and think about action movies daily.

    - shooptube

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★½

    2001 did it for me

    - Garret Garret

    "2001: A Space Odyssey" for me.
    As a moderate sci-fi nut at the time, I had the brilliant idea of using the internet to infiltrate viewer polls and critical opinions to seek out the paragon of the genre. There would be people heaping praise on the adventure of "Empire Strikes Back", and critics drooling at the visual delicacy of "Blade Runner", but it was easily visible that the most respected and beloved of all these films was "2001". The reviews further mystified me: How the hell could a film actually be hypnotic, as these guys were claiming? I then finally watched this film, and I was blown away. To bits. Nothing's been the same since.

    - Mr. Tambourine Man

  • Minority Report

    Minority Report

    mine is minority report - i was in my living room and my aunt was visiting from down south, and it was late, and she saw it was about to start on channel four or something, and she said "i think you'll like this", so we watched it. i was maybe 14, and had never really thought of film as an artistic medium before. i'd never really thought of film at all, really. and then i watched this incredibly gripping sci-fi thriller with great writing and directing and cinematography in the wee hours of the morning with my aunt kathleen, and it just opened my eyes to how Good films can be. it'll always be one of my favourites, for that reason.

    - hannah

  • Brick

    Brick

    Brick made me realize media/movies were going to be my life, but I grew up watching film.

    The movies that made me love movies were Clueless, Singin' in the Rain, Grease, Cry-Baby, Bye Bye Birdie, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Anastasia, Swan Princess, Meet Me in St. Louis. I don't remember which ones I watched first, so I can't choose the precise one that did it for me.

    - Lena Barkin

  • Snatch

    Snatch

    ★★★

    For me it was Snatch. I had films I'd loved as a kid and watched all the time (Little Nicky immediately springs to mind), but nothing before had affected me like Snatch.

    I've always had a lot if films. I grew up in a household with a decent collection of DVDs and before that VHS. My parents had always bought me new ones to watch and we used to rent films from the local shop back in the day.

    I remember picking Snatch up from the cheap DVD basket in the local supermarket for £3 because I liked the cover, and asking my Mum to get it for me. She did and the rest is history. I took it home and I watched it that night and as soon as it finished I watched it again.

    It was the first time I'd ever took notice of the individual parts that make up a film. The dialogue, the music, the direction, the tone and it just blew me away. It was also the first time I'd looked at who had made a film and the actors in a film. I researched Guy Ritchie and watched Lock, Stock and RocknRolla and realised films can have a unique style based on the actors and the director.

    It started a serious love affair with film and a childhood largely inhabited by me and my friends constantly quoting Snatch and Lock, Stock. I'll always hold a special place in my heart for those two films, but Snatch especially.

    - ELECTRICxWIZARD

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    As a kid way too young to be doing so, me and my cousin used to steal VHS copies of A nightmare on Elm Street 2 and Hellraiser and take them to the wendy house at the bottom of the garden to watch. I haven't ever been able to recreate the feeling of watching those films in a cold wendy house on a grainy little tv at night. Always chasing that feeling.

    From that I went on to record An American Werewolf in London off of the TV in secret because I saw the advertisements to it, and the dream sequence scene and the transformation scene fucking blew me away. On another note afterwards Y Tu Mamma Tambien was on so I also caught half of that on the same VHS tape and witnessed sex for the first time, so my mind was blown again that night.

    As for my main love - 70s and 80s Italian horror and Giallo; the horror channel do director's nights every so often, and I was watching it one night and, I can't recall which director, but one of them chose Lucio Fulci's the House by the Cemetery and it absolutely destroyed my mind and threw me down the rabbit hole at an alarming rate. I delved into the rest of Fulci's stuff and naturally progressed to other directors in the same ilk. I've been hooked on 70s/80s Italian horror and giallos ever since and I'll always have a great fondness for House by the Cemetery, no matter how much I hate Bob.

    - ELECTRICxWIZARD

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★

    It's such a cliché but The Godfather. I was hungover and sixteen when I decided to watch all three in a row. It didn't only got me into older films but in cinema in general!

    - Charles G

    The Godfather
    So 4 years ago , i viewed movies as only a source of entertainment , would watch 10-15 movies a year and all were blockbusters. Although i used to watch older films sometimes , they were mostly the cool 80s action flicks , you know the Stallone and Arnold flicks . So anyway i decide to watch the IMDB top 250 and as i had already watched Shawshank , i decided to watch The Godfather.
    I was fully prepared for a boring , slow , three hours movie but what i witnessed was a great film , but i still had no clue why it was considered one of the greatest films , so i started googling about it , read some articles and i was hooked , i had no idea that there was so much more to movies than surface level entertainment. This was the first time i started reading about movies , earlier the only reading I had done was some reviews in the newspaper but now there was no turning back.

    I was hooked and i have never gone back. I fucking love watching films and like even more to read and talk about them. Thank you Godfather

    - Mayank94

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  • Titanic

    Titanic

    So I was 13 when my dad sat down with me to watch Titanic and I know it’s a real cliche. That movie is the reason why I want to get into directing and why i am so interesting in the dissection of film because i always wondered how they made it

    - bodevan

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    I always knew that I wanted to make movies, but it was only when I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark - that cinema became the fist thing I thought about when I woke up and the last thing I thought about before I went to bed.

    - Scott Paton Levin

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park and Jaws were mine as a kid

    - Gates

    "Jurassic Park". My father would let me watch it on repeat when I was really young and I never got tired watching it including the sequels. That's what made me love movies. But I think what got me more into movies was during the year 2014, I specifically loved "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel", I also got more curious so I watched all the nominated movies for Best Picture that year and I was thrilled and got really into movies and started discovering more movies.

    - Lawrence Milton

    Jurassic Park and The Land Before Time. even their sequels. i would watch them on repeat. guess you could say i grew up on dinosaurs

    - jhovan

  • Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    ★★★★

    girl, interrupted. the first time i watched it, i loved everything about it. i loved the story and i felt like watching that movie was an "escape" for me because i was so interested in it. i related a lot to susanna and i loved lisa. after that, i became a lot more interested in movies.

    - alyssapaige

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  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    high school musical: senior year. although i only started to watch lots of movies last year, that was the movie that made me like movies. i was 6 at that time i guess? i watched it at least once every day at that time. since it's a musical, it made films like la la land, which is the movie that made me interested in non-blockbuster movies, have a special place in my heart. if it wasn't for this film i won't be addicted to watching stuff today.

    - cal

  • Roman Holiday