Even if you’re a movie buff who goes to the theater every weekend, there are probably still some movies you missed on the big screen. A group of us were gathered at the bar one night and the conversation turned to movies we wish we’d seen at the theater. Sometimes it was because we were too young when the movie was released; others we just missed for one reason or another. Here is the list we made of the top 10 movies we wish we’d seen on the silver screen.
Can you imagine? All that head spinning and green puke gushing out of that spooky kid on that great big screen. The audience was probably doing a little spewing of their own. Even on TV it can make icy fingers run down my spine and goose bumps crawl up my arms. Linda Blair gets my vote for one of the scariest child actors ever.
The plot may not have been the world’s best but the visuals would have made it worth the price of a ticket, especially in 3D.
Gone With The Wind
An oldie but a goodie. Picture the mass of flames eating through Atlanta, or Scarlett O’Hara kneeling in the barren fields, shaking her fist and vowing she’ll never be hungry again. Can you hear Tara’s theme song swelling from the speakers? Besides, look how long that movie is. You really get your money’s worth for a ticket to see that classic.
Not just the first Star Wars, but all of them. George Lucas created a film filled with amazing special effects and out of this world characters. This is a movie when the bigger the screen, the bigger the speakers, the more spectacular the experience.
The Wizard of Oz
Imagine if you had first seen this movie at the theater instead of on the TV in your parents’ family room. It would have been awesome. The sudden transition from black and white to dazzling Technicolor, the rainbow hues of Munchkin Land, those sparkling ruby slippers, and the amazing horse of a different color at the Emerald City; it’s hard to imagine how captivating that would be to a wide-eyed child.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
The action, the adventure, the special effects! Enough said.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
When you think that this movie was made in 1937 and was the first full-length animated movie ever, it’s hard to believe. The animation is vivid, perfectly produced, filled with color and too cute creatures. Definitely my sentimental favorite.
Lord of the Rings
Again, all three of them, not just one. Incredible special effects. Even without a plot, the visuals would keep you entranced.
Clint Eastwood, big guns, and the best car chase ever flying through the hills of San Francisco; this one’s got it all.
2001 A Space Odyssey
Even without sound, the visuals in this movie are hypnotic. Add the soundtrack and you’ve got a cinematic extravaganza that is haunting. It would be stunning to see on the big screen. After the group of us debated, gave thumbs ups and thumbs down, we finally weeded the long list of possibilities down to these final 10 choices and drank a toast to the winners. What movies would you want to add to the list?
About the author: Anthony Silver is a writer and movie fanatic. When not writing he is a big commenter in the film maker community and other popular film forums.