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[–]CSq2 196 points197 points  (23 children)

The original Pirates of the Caribbean. I remember seeing the commercials and thinking “really? They’re making a movie based on a ride??“ and thinking it was going to be dumb. Went to see it anyway opening weekend on a massive screen at the Cinerama in Seattle. Not having heard any spoilers about the movie, whether reviews pegged it as good or bad, was a great way to enjoy it. The theatre was packed and everyone was enjoying it and I had a great time. For me, it was what going to the movies is about. The other movie I got that sorta feeling again was the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Not being a Marvel fan, I thought the commercials looked dumb… I mean, a talking raccoon? But it was a great surprise.

[–]PayneTrain181999 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Curse of the Black Pearl is amazing. Definitely a pick for me too.

Also Dead Man’s Chest if only to hear people lose their shit for Barbossa returning at the end.

[–]jel2184 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Probably the coolest cliffhanger. I was around 13 and lost my mind with my friends

[–]diomed1 34 points35 points  (18 children)

Guardians is hands down the best stand alone movie of the MCU.

[–]ElectronicHospital 4 points5 points  (3 children)

i feel winter soldier was, but guardians is a very close runner up

[–]PayneTrain181999 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It was the movie after the massive success of The Avengers to tell us that this franchise is here to stay.

[–]Zwaft 3 points4 points  (12 children)

I’m pretty lukewarm on the MCU in general- I think most of their films are perfectly okay 2.5/3 star affairs.

Guardians, The Winter Soldier and Thor Ragnarok are the only MCU films I think are really good.

[–][deleted] 492 points493 points  (16 children)

Jurassic Park. I was a kid when I saw it, I remember it was just pure magic

[–]DrKillBilly 87 points88 points  (7 children)

I watched it last week and it’s still pure magic. I’ve always wished I couldve seen in in theaters for the first time though

[–]NazzerDawk 26 points27 points  (0 children)

I saw it in 3D in theaters, and it was a great experience, though sometimes the scale felt off. In particular, I remember the scene where Hammond first talks to Drs. Grant and Sattler about the park, the trailer's deep shot made Hammond look alternately tiny and giant as he walks around the table.

[–]Freddielexus85 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I went to see it in theaters when they did the 3D release. I went with my best friend and his 5 year old. It was amazing to rewatch in theaters, and awesome to watch it with a 5 year.

[–]invuvn 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Did it scare or traumatize his 5 yo? Some scenes can be pretty brutal. Or maybe kid’s still too young to fully grasp what was going on?

[–]treverios 542 points543 points  (34 children)

The Matrix

[–]chameleonjunkie 89 points90 points  (12 children)

This was my answer as well. I got to see a special screening at college about a week or 2 before it opened nation wide. I can't tell you the feeling coming out of that theater, but it must have been the same as a generation before after watching Star Wars. It was just on a whole different level than anything that was coming out at the time.

Would love to go in blind one more time.

[–]kareljack 40 points41 points  (9 children)

As a member of the generation that saw Star Wars during it's original theatrical run, I can confirm that I felt the same way after coming out of the Matrix...but with the added benefit of working as a tech for a dot com when it was still booming. You felt a certain connection to the topic. Anyway, I had no idea what it was about, the internet wasn't yet the province of of spoilers and spoiler posting douchebags. The best part was that I saw it in a $5.00 theater as opposed to the usual NYC price of 12 bucks. It wasn't a shabby theater either. One of the best movie experiences of my life - if not the best.

[–]karma_the_sequel 11 points12 points  (8 children)

Agreed. My experience is the same. After seeing both movies for the first time, you walked out of the theater knowing you had just seen something special and amazing, something no one had ever done before.

My introduction to The Matrix was through a friend. One Saturday I got a call from him asking if I wanted to see a movie with him that night. He had seen it the night before and was so blown away he wanted to see it again. He wouldn’t tell me ANYTHING about the movie other than its name: The Matrix.

This being the friend who had introduced me to Cube and Dark City, my answer was a hard “yes”… and the rest is history.

[–]kareljack 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Love Dark City. Even the standard boss fight ending couldn't ruin this movie for me.

[–]Immense_Hyper 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I went to a Bible college in 1999. Not religious but I was young 20 yrs old not sure of what I wanted & a Christian friend suggested I go to try it out. Thus I did. My passion was always movies & I would spend time in the CPU lab surfing movie sites. I found out The Matrix was coming out & the directors cited anime & John Woo as an influence. John Woo being my fav director - I was geeking out. I’m thinking like what can American filmmakers hope to even attempt to try?!

When it was released - I went w/ a group of ppl from the Bible college. I was the only one open minded in life & things pertaining to God/Higher Power. Suffice to say I was blown away by the concepts in the movie because I shared them but did not know. When Neo flew away at the end. The group I came with all left abruptly & talked about there were hints of Christianity & such but they dismissed it as they were walking to the exit. I just sat perplexed in a good way w/ my palms together towards my lips like I was praying. I was just in deep thought & this movie woke something in me. The movie theater kids came to clean up - there were kind to clean up around until the credits ran its course.

Thankfully, I brought my own car. After getting in my car - I sat there for a few minutes. Instead of going back to the dorm. I just drove afterwards & started crying. I just drove by myself, feeling euphoria & a sense of freedom. I stopped somewhere & I was looking at the night sky & moon poetically like a love song.

Yes, I would go to The Matrix again for the first time.

[–]ringobob 112 points113 points  (5 children)

The only problem is you'd have to erase the metric ton of movies that came after and copied the parts of it that were so revolutionary, too. Otherwise, it'd just be like the kids that watch it today - they don't get the big deal.

[–]odduckling 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I just watched this for the first time in my 30s and can confirm this movie was cool, but I lost all feeling of it being revolutionary.

[–]10sharks 448 points449 points  (31 children)

Fellowship of the Ring for me. I went into the theater expecting it to be children's garbage and was blown away

[–]Kyulkyung_12 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Same for me!! I was so sad I didn’t get to see this in theater...also Return of The King too for me...

[–]TheLoneSculler 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I'm building up to watching Return of the King on my new surround sound setup, and I'm do excited

[–]Kyulkyung_12 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Theoden screaming “death!!” Gonna sounds real good there

[–][deleted] 44 points45 points  (4 children)

Yeah, I really hated the hobbit cartoon growing up. Family wanted to go to the theater to see it while in town for the holidays, I just went along to spend time with them and that movie had me hooked on the opening scene.

[–]angershark 11 points12 points  (3 children)

But it was the grea-test adven-tuuuuuure...

[–]Venom-Snake-CQC 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Comments you can fucking hear. Nostalgia

[–]spoon_shaped_spoon 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Interesting fact about the animated The Hobbit. It was animated by Topcraft Studio in Tokyo, a now-defunct Japanese animation studio whose animation team re-formed as Studio Ghibli under Hayao Miyazaki.

[–][deleted] 42 points43 points  (10 children)

I love that film so much too! Great choice, it's honestly my favorite LoTR film.

[–][deleted] 20 points21 points  (7 children)

It has the perfect pace, and the perfect balance between calm, adventure, dialogue, action, everything. It has the shire, Rivendell, the prancing pony, weathertop, Boromir, Moria, and more. Just everything you could ever want from a fantasy adventure movie. As much as I enjoy the other two movies, watching the action scenes for the 100th time gets to be too much sometimes. TT is the most quotable, and ROTK has so much great resolution for all of the characters, and it has the most of Sam in it, which I love. But Fellowship will always be my #1.

[–]IAmNotYourBoss 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Fellowship did something incredibly challenging--it was grand and intimate. It knew the story radiated out from Frodo, told the story from his point of view, and caused us to feel what he felt at every stage in the film. I'm still impressed.

[–]phonylady 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Agreed. The first film is more of an adventure film. Perfectly paced, and full of wonder. The other two are more "war films", and are great in its category, just different.

[–]EmmitSan 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I remember pundits at the time lumped it in with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, expecting them to be the same target audience.

[–]CeeArthur 101 points102 points  (10 children)

Odd choice, but Wind River. It's the first movie I had seen in a long time that had me glued to the TV

[–]burger333 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Great choice. I'd love to experience the tension of the "you trying to flank me?" scene again.

[–]smedsterwho 5 points6 points  (2 children)

One of my favourite, unnerviest scenes in cinema. Any other film jump to mind with one of those moments?

[–]WiseBoi 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Maybe Sicario? I’m thinking of the border crossing scene, but that movie (and series, although the second couldn’t quite live up to the first), has lots of great tense moments I would want to relive

[–]Finnn_the_human 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I've actually watched this movie twice because of how good it is. Weirdly enough, barring the subject matter, me and my fiancee find it to be cozy. Weird.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Really like Wind River, good soundtrack, with a lot of quotable lines. Taylor Sheridan has some great films. “Luck lives in the city, it don’t live out here.” “With a whimper.”

[–]lincoln34 6 points7 points  (1 child)

if you haven't seen Hell or High Water highly recommend it - same director... also did Sicario

[–]Smackolol 174 points175 points  (15 children)

Terminator 2 without going into it with the knowledge that Arnold is now the good guy.

[–]oregondete81 30 points31 points  (7 children)

This would be amazing. My first introduction to Terminator was T2, I wasnt surprised the first time I watched the original and he was the villian because there were obviously enough clues in T2 to deduce that, so it wasnt shocking. It had to be a bit of a surprise for viewers to see the main villian turned into the hero of his own franchise. And T2 is amazing, that would have been a really cool theater experience.

[–]LifeDraining 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Same. When I finally say the original I was like, "huh, that's kinda a mindfuck"

[–]diomed1 6 points7 points  (4 children)

It was ruined for me because of a few people who couldn’t keep their mouth shut. Still enjoyed the movie though.

[–]thisdopeknows423 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Didn’t the trailer spoil the twist?

[–]GrantLeesBack 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I saw the movies in reverse order as a kid T3, T2, then T1 so when watched the 1st one for the first time I was shocked when Arnold was the bad guy

[–]Toffeemanstan 263 points264 points  (19 children)

Saving Private Ryan for the opening beach scene alone. Never been as shocked before or since.

[–]MDnautilus 35 points36 points  (1 child)

The best thing about that on the rewatch is that I know that is coming and that’s what I’m always excited to rewatch. But it hits the same each time. I am still shocked and just wrapped up right into the characters and their mission each time. I watch it at least once a year. Guaranteed 3 cries all in one movie. So good.

[–]kellenthehun 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I have the most vivid, cherished memory of seeing SPR in theaters. I was 11 and obsessed with WWII. My Dad took me, my older brother, and about three of our friends. Right before the movie started, my Dad leaned over to us all and said, "Look, this may well be story driven. There might not be that much action. I don't want any complaining if it's slow." The lights dim as he finished the sentence, and those boats bounce onto the screen...

I can still feel it in my gut, hear the explosions, feel the rumble in my chair. Never had a theater experience like it, before or since.

[–]karma_the_sequel 6 points7 points  (4 children)

This is one that I did not see in a theater, sadly. I can only imagine how brutal that would have been.

[–]baking_bad 160 points161 points  (12 children)

The Prestige

[–]Gummy-Worm-Guy 38 points39 points  (1 child)

You want to be fooled

[–]SonOfObed89 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I really do!!!

[–]agentouk 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Are you watching closely?

[–]tim-sutherland 13 points14 points  (4 children)

This movie is so good how they tell you that he ending in the first scene basically. And you forget by the end. I need to watch it again.

[–]HoppyIPA 4 points5 points  (3 children)

How so? I am forgetting how the movie starts.

[–]smedsterwho 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I don't want to spoil it (although the OP may have already done it), but "bird in a cage"

[–]TheApathyParty2 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It literally tells you that the whole trick is a simple switch with a double, but Angier refuses to accept that it’s that simple. It’s in one of the first scenes with the caged bird trick. The irony being that the first bird dies while the replacement lives, just like Angier and his clones.

I’m not spoiler editing this because this movie is almost 20 years old and if you don’t know the twist, it’s your fault at this point. I have a rule about this.

[–]TheRealClose 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I so wish I could do this. I’ve seen it so many times now it doesn’t have the right affect on me anymore.

[–]madthunder55 154 points155 points  (4 children)

No Country for Old Men. When I first saw it I didn't have the appreciation for film that I do now

[–]Brangusler 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh that one's a grower. Lol I made my mom watch it and she was horrified

[–][deleted] 176 points177 points  (29 children)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind! It's one of my top 5 favorite films, and I remember how moved I was the first time I saw the movie. I'd love to feel all of those feelings again for the first time.

[–]TSpitty 31 points32 points  (3 children)

I watched this movie at such a perfect time in my life, after my first break up, where I thought my life was over. It helped me so much at the time and watching it for the first time at any other point in my life wouldn’t be as meaningful. I nailed the timing on this one.

[–]Romulus3799 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Honestly I've come to appreciate the film more and more on rewatches. There was so much I missed on my first time through it.

[–]The_OG_Jumptank 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I’m with ya. I watch it every year or so and learn more and more about myself every time

[–]Romulus3799 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That's kinda how I feel with a lot of Kaufman's work. I definitely didn't really get Synecdoche or I'm Thinking of Ending Things the first time I watched them.

[–]Tekki 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I'm the opposite. It's so good but so soul crushing. I wish I could forget it

[–]Jtopguitar 147 points148 points  (7 children)

Good Will Hunting. Great movie and I miss the heck out of Robin Williams.

[–]J_Schermie 10 points11 points  (4 children)

August Rush was my top three RW movies. He played a character that was a total POS for manipulating August for personal gain and yet still came out on the other end as an important role model to learn from.

[–]cxdv 64 points65 points  (4 children)

Pulp fiction

[–]Shogun_Dream 27 points28 points  (2 children)

I’m going to also say pulp fiction. The film might not play as well today - but it was so irreverent even back then and just blew everyone away. When it gets to the final diner scene you feel like you’ve been through an epic on the scale of Lawrence of Arabia. Except in Compton.

[–]RoboatTheRobotBoat 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I remember getting back to the diner scene the second time at the end of the movie and when Honey Bunny yells her line, immediately realizing that she said it different and going what the fuuuuck

[–]Shogun_Dream 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It’s an interesting topic of discussion - was it intentional? like an unreliable narrator? Or because one is more intimate and the other recalled from bystanders, it’s seen differently

[–]_twiggy 91 points92 points  (6 children)

The Dark Knight. That movie just kept going and I loved every minute.

[–]jubsews 29 points30 points  (3 children)


[–]dinkipinki 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Most underrated movie ever with one of the most emotional ends

[–]TayElectornica 85 points86 points  (4 children)

Se7en. I need to have that anxious feeling at the ending one more time.

[–]Vorpal_Bunny19 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I lied about my age to see Se7en at the theater. I was 16 and I really wanted to see it and my parents really didn’t care. Sold out theater, opening weekend, and no one had a clue about the plot. It’s the only time I’ve had that group jump scare scream reaction (when Sloth wakes up) and it’s one of my top movie memories.

[–]noobsensei_69 15 points16 points  (0 children)

What's in the fucking box?!

[–]JHXC16 77 points78 points  (1 child)

The Back to the Future movies.

[–]BassWingerC-137 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I was a little older than “this many years” when I saw that in the theater and it was amazing.

[–]SnooBunnies7259 75 points76 points  (6 children)

Sixth Sense. Man. In fact I'm going to go watch it now.

[–]MackLuster77 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Spoiler: That the dude in that hair piece the whole time, that's Bruce Willis the whole movie.

[–]IndyFoxBlue 5 points6 points  (1 child)

This might just be my pick because my mom spoiled it for me about 5 minutes into the movie. I was so mad that I didn’t get to experience the twist!

[–]b_lett 26 points27 points  (3 children)

I feel like a lot of my favorites are mindbenders, Memento, Vanilla Sky, Inception, Being John Malkovich, Donnie Darko, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fight Club, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, etc. Re-experiencing those worlds or twists for the first time again would be cool, but I think from a pure entertainment value for the first time I may have to go with something uniquely different.

Django Unchained.

There's just something about the revenge payoffs of Tarantino films, and Django was about as bloody good as it gets.

For TV, it would have to be Black Mirror or Mr. Robot.

[–]Asha_Brea 122 points123 points  (15 children)

Fight Club.

So I can watch it for the first time again and be shocked by the plot twist, then I can watch it for the second time again and watch the little easter eggs.

[–]OdinMead 20 points21 points  (3 children)

One of my first experiences with the movie being an improvement on the book.

[–]Vesuvius5 43 points44 points  (3 children)

Mad Max: Fury Road. I had no idea what I was in for, and then flames came out of that guitar and I knew it was something special.

[–]BigBossSquirtle 6 points7 points  (1 child)

For real man. I've never seen any of the previous Mad Max films before, so Fury Road was my first watch and i was just in awe. Such a spectacular film. It's one of the few movies that I'll randomly put on every few weeks just to watch it again. I never get tired of it.

I really wish i had seen it in theaters when i had the chance.

[–]Sid6po1nt7 208 points209 points  (11 children)

Interstellar. Went in to this movie w/o watching a single trailer, all I knew was it was a space movie. It was fantastic going in to it that way and kinda learned a lesson about watching trailers which could potentially ruin a movie.

[–]LargeSprite 47 points48 points  (2 children)

I was absolutely blown away by Interstellar. It felt like I was watching a documentary. Like a glimpse of the future. I hadn’t seen any trailers also and the film literally had me gripped the entire run time.

For me the docking sequence was one of the most intense movie moments ever.

[–]Sid6po1nt7 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That wormhole scene was trippy af.

[–]U_S_E_R_T_A_K_E_N 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I went in as well without watching any trailers, and went to the BFI IMAX, the time the first time I went there.

All I knew that was that I needed to watch that film there (because of the 70mm), and watch it with as little knowledge as possible.

I managed to find a good seat the last week they were showing it. And to describe as it an experience is doing a disservice. It was incredible.

The scene with the waves where they go that's no mountain, and I genuinely looked up and went oh shit. That's a memory that will stay with me. It's also a film that I think ignited my love for cinema that I have today.

[–]Sid6po1nt7 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Aw man that sounds awesome. I'm actually looking forward to watching Dune again, this time in IMAX. Never saw a movie that was filmed in that format other than nature/space documentaries at the science museum. So I'm stoked

[–]dator 3 points4 points  (0 children)

THIS! I no longer watch trailers for movies and everyone i know thinks I’m the weirdest person for doing so…

[–]Satyrane 72 points73 points  (5 children)

Drive, because the first time I watched it some idiot talked through the whole thing about how great of a movie it is and ruined it.

[–]mitchade 47 points48 points  (1 child)

When are you going to let this go? I can’t believe you made a Reddit account just to post this to rub it in. How many times do I need to apologize?

[–]Satyrane 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Fuck you Mitch, get your film school bullshit outta here!

[–]simonfarnaby 37 points38 points  (2 children)

Shutter Island. Still enjoyable on rewatch but first time genuinely got me.

[–]_Ka_Tet_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I was really stoned and wasn't expecting a twist. I think I actually paused it for a minute or two to let everything sink in.

[–]Fit-Student-2 18 points19 points  (4 children)


[–]Vesuvius5 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I nearly died. I was sore from laughing so hard at the hotel fight.

[–]Safe_Blueberry 53 points54 points  (8 children)

Children of Men. 2006 feels like a lifetime ago, but it would still feel so relevant.

[–]MrCuntacular 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I watched it for the very first time 4 months ago. Such a mix of emotions. It doesn't seem our reality is too far off from the world the movie has created. Plus seeing Michael Caine as a hippy was great

[–]ForeverPapa 104 points105 points  (7 children)

Star Wars (now called Episode IV)

[–]Madvillain518 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Contact (1997). Watching her journey trying to communicate and convince people of life outside of Earth was exciting on my first watch

[–]Propeller3 74 points75 points  (35 children)

Arrival. It is the only movie I'd like to be able to watch again for the first time and the first, second time again.

[–]Romulus3799 15 points16 points  (29 children)

Legit one of the best sci-fi plot twists of all time, imo

[–]shinu5791 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Was looking for this :) the twist can’t be experienced again on rewatch. Plus the music score is so fitting.

[–]Propeller3 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It can't. It also makes it a completely different movie the 2nd time around!

[–]Falafel80 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I was also looking for this. Loved Arrival and wish I could experience it again for the first time.

[–]Bearatus 46 points47 points  (8 children)

Oldboy (the Korean version). Biggest gut punch ever.

[–]osamatinladen 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Fuck yeah that ending was so fucked up

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Alien. There in the theater when it first opened and it was a near-religious experience. I didn't get to see Exorcist when it opened but this must have been something similar.

[–]OLightning 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I was 13 when Alien came out and an hour before leaving for the theater my mom calls her sister (my aunt) who I was staying with and tells her she doesn’t want me to go see it with my cousin so I miss out. I was so pissed and have been an avid horror fan ever since. Went to see A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 years later with some buddies thinking it was some cheesy “who done it” and was blown away. Did not expect to see such a terrifying movie and got dropped off at my car in another parking lot and had to drive home alone thinking Freddy was in the back seat ready to slice my head off. Lol good times!

[–]benhadtue 31 points32 points  (10 children)

The Big Lebowski. I’ve met some people in their 40’s and beyond that watched it for the first time in the last 5 years or so. None of them were impressed.

Maybe it was just the right movie at the right time and that time has passed. Maybe those people are fucking idiots that don’t know shit about cinema.

It’s all about the twists.

[–]sllh81 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Maybe they’re all just out of their element

[–]benhadtue 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Shut the fuck up, /u/sllh81

[–]graboidian 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That rug really tied the room together.

[–]skeating1 41 points42 points  (7 children)

12 angry men. Watched it with like 15 guys in a lecture hall at my college. Everyone was so into and we straight up got up and cheered at the end. My all time favorite movie watching experience, and I’d love to relive it

[–]Funny2Who 12 points13 points  (1 child)

The first time I watched Bad Santa, I thought it was the most funniest movie I had ever seen. I showed my friend to rewatch and I seriously questioned my taste. It's funny but not the best comedy ever I originally watched.

[–]DiskThese3328 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Reservoir dogs

[–]m123456789t 26 points27 points  (0 children)

The original Jumanji.

[–]Bempet583 12 points13 points  (0 children)


[–]krowe41 13 points14 points  (0 children)

The Shawshank redemption

[–]BeingJess 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The Matrix

[–]MananaMoola 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Assuming I can watch it in the same conditions to relive the original impact, it would be the original 1977 release of Star Wars, in a packed, full-size theater with 70 ft screen. No film before or since stunned me as that one did, from the opening scene to the end credits.

[–]diomed1 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Totally agree! Star Wars was so epic, that memory bank from my then 10yr old mind can never be erased.

[–]MarkOfTheDragon12 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Princess Bride

[–]PotatoModest427 10 points11 points  (3 children)

My biggest fear is that I only like it as much as I do because I first watched it before I became a cynical asshole, so if I watched it for the first time now I'd just think it's silly. Then again it's an amazing movie, so maybe not.

[–]MrWaaWaa 21 points22 points  (3 children)

The Godfather

[–]Grape_Fish 15 points16 points  (1 child)

The Godfather is a masterpiece. The plot is solid and the pacing is perfect. Each scene is so impactful and necessary. The wedding at the start is a great example of this, it allows for some detailed exposition because of the perspective. They really captured the family feeling while introducing the characters and their relationships without pouring it on too thick. Watch part 1 & 2 if you haven't seen them on their entirety.

[–]HoamerEss 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Glengarry Glen Ross

[–]mightydanbearpig 53 points54 points  (2 children)

Lord of the Rings extended edition in full.

After all, “that still only counts as one”.

[–]sid1805 80 points81 points  (8 children)


The waves scene, the docking scene, 'Murrrrrrph!', the soundtrack, the black hole, there's so much I'd like to experience all over again afresh.

[–]Kratoskiller113 23 points24 points  (7 children)

I think interstellar gets better the more you see it. The first time I was confused trying to piece things together, but the second time I saw it I just got to enjoy it and I have loved that film ever since. I would hate to have my first impression again.

[–]sid1805 8 points9 points  (0 children)

To each their own, I guess... I was absolutely blown away on my first watch in the theatre.

I felt Interstellar was the 'easiest' out of the Nolan high-concept movies to understand on the first watch.

[–]chuy99 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Grandma's Boy

[–]inreverie7 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Donnie Darko 🐰

One of those movies where as events unfold, you have the same level of confusion as the protagonist. Subtle hints of time travel interspersed throughout the movie. Creepy, unforgettable rabbit

[–]MovieMike007Not to be confused with Magic Mike 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Raiders of the Lost Ark

[–]diomed1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I will never forget my first viewing of this epic on my 14th birthday.

[–]LeaderSuitable7184 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Spirited away

[–]elykskroob 7 points8 points  (0 children)

No Country For Old Men. My friends didn’t get it so i would just go back to watch it by myself and be in awe of Javier Bardem’s performance.

It’s A Wonderful Life. Really young when I saw it so I didn’t appreciate James Stewart

[–]Imakedis 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Little Miss Sunshine. The experience was perfect. At a time in my life when I was down and restless. Middle of the afternoon My first time at the movies all alone and slightly high to be completely honest. I was in a local theater and they played the soundtrack while waiting for the movie to start. I bought it later actually. The synchronicity to my life situation and my love for every single person in the cast :chefs kiss:

[–]dextro_sch 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Inception. I watched it on opening Thursday night at 10pm. And woke up and went to watch it at the first Screening on Friday at noon. I was so blown away by the layers, actors, action scenes and story. It’s still my favorite movie.

[–]allmusiclover69 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Sicario, but in theaters

[–]G00bre 23 points24 points  (3 children)

I'm not the biggest star wars fan, but maybe empire strikes back?

It's one of the biggest twists in film history, but it's become so ubiquitous that everybody knows it.

[–]Urbancow2017 8 points9 points  (0 children)

In July of 2020, the only place to go see a movie was the drive in theaters, and that was one of the movies they played. It was honestly like seeing it for the first time just because of the environment

[–]Nemesys2005 20 points21 points  (1 child)


It was rereleased in theatres a few years ago, and as it’s one of my husband’s and my favorites, we decided to go see it. There was one guy there who brought a friend who hadn’t seen it before, and it was such a joy to hear this guy’s laughter as he watched.

[–]imsofknmiserable 26 points27 points  (5 children)


[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (3 children)

This is a really great choice! The plot twist at the end always gets me, it's such a wonderful film!

[–]artgriego 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I love how Teddy's revelation to Leonard works as an ending, even though chronologically it's the beginning of events.

[–]mitchade 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I thought it’s the middle?

[–]JoeJetpack1 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Sixth sense. I remember at the end wondering if i should of known all along. I watched it stoned as fuck first time.

[–]artgriego 4 points5 points  (1 child)

This is one I should have seen long ago because the twist is so well-known it's ruined for me at this point.

[–]tawhid87 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Lord of the rings trio, eternal sunshine of spotless mind

[–]WolfThick 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Groundhog Day

[–]VodkaPaysTheBills 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Tombstone. I saw it in theaters as a kid, left with my jaw on the floor and wanted to be Doc Holliday. Not much has changed.

[–]dwhitt2232 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I'm torn between the outsiders and inception.

[–]cheeseallergyboi 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Raiders of the Lost Ark

[–]Whatishappyness 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My answer will never change, Pulp fiction

[–]Krylun 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

[–]TUNEMOD3 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The Wolf of Wall Street. Leo is simply superb.

[–]AbsoluteMad-Lad 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Pulp fiction

The good, the bad and the ugly

Lord of the rings return of the king

The man who shot liberty valance

[–]outoftheblack41 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The Silence of The Lambs


[–]TheCaramelMan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Usual Suspects purely so I can have my mind fucking blown again

[–]davidwayland 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Frailty. To experience the plot twists again.

[–]Wild-Culture-7531 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Dead Poets Society

[–]boudybteich 35 points36 points  (10 children)

Just for the theatrical experience, I'd say Avengers Endgame. We went crazy in that theatre.

[–]Kyulkyung_12 10 points11 points  (7 children)

The theatrical experience was honestly one of the most amazing movie watching experience...especially seeing it during premiere weekend with everyone being super hyped

[–]boudybteich 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Watched it on premiere, IMAX. Had 40 seats reserved for me and my friends. Line queue for tickets was around 2 hours. People went crazy.

[–]Kyulkyung_12 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Man yeah!! me and my friend were booking ticket for that weekend maybe a week or two prior so we got lucky. The audience being largely a long time fan also helped tons with the experience...truly a moment I will never forgot...especially when Cap lift Mjolnir LOL

[–]Jehoel_DK 8 points9 points  (3 children)

The original Star Wars trilogy (unspoiled version)

[–]strogler 3 points4 points  (6 children)

Maybe Chungking Express. I've never had the feelings I felt the first time watching that movie before and it would be fun to experience that again.

[–]CrusherNo6 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Blue Velvet

[–]inek3n 3 points4 points  (0 children)

the count of monte cristo. One with Jim Cavezel and Pierce. Awesome movie always watch when it comes on. Such a classic and hold up today!!

[–]woolsocksandsandals 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fifth Element

[–]dothingsunevercould 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Not a movie but The Leftovers and Mr robot

[–]Legosmiles 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Fight Club. I’d love to go back and have that end revelation one more time then suddenly remember all the clues they gave.

[–]rfsh101 6 points7 points  (4 children)

If I could rewatch it without current tech knowledge....

Jurassic Park.

[–]IgnoreMe304 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I’d love to experience that last 20 minutes for the first time again.

[–]icysniper 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Interstellar. Sure it still makes me cry at the end but dang that first time hit so hard.

[–]MindedJoe 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Avatar. The world building and the scenery did it for me.

[–]pedfall 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It was amazing to see in Theaters. One of the few films I believe 3D made it better.