42 Films to See on the Big Screen Before You Die


Despite everyone having their own home theaters with Blu-ray players and massive sound systems, there are still some movies which need to be seen at least once in a theater on the big screen, surrounded by an audience.  Here are 42 of them.  Mouse over each image to see the movie title.

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Kevin in SC
Kevin in SC

The Liftoff scene from "Apollo 13" was visually stunning on the big screen.  I was running the projectors at an 8 screen when that movie came out and I knew right to the minute when that scene began  both times every night I worked and I made sure I was in the theater to see it as often as I could.  A truly amazing scene to watch on a 60 foot wide screen.  So I guess Im adding Apollo 13 to the list

FanBoy1
FanBoy1

is the movie theater empty except for me? then sure. otherwise no thank you.

Bob08857
Bob08857

And I'd reather see RAN then Seven Samurai.

DAcks14
DAcks14

since Jaws is on the list we know what all the o&a uber fans are going to vote for

archg2
archg2

Gladiator and Braveheart on the big screen, I missed those.

archg2
archg2

some of those would be good to see...I can't get the Wes Anderson angle, I tried a few, but can't get it.

1donut0ants
1donut0ants

The Wild Bunch

seconded on Apocalypse Now

 

bmack76
bmack76

"42 Films to See on the Big Screen Before You Die"

 

But what are the best films to see AFTER you're dead?

KevinFromConn
KevinFromConn

I saw Jaws in the theater. my older sister was babysitting me. I was 10 and it scared me so much, I had a nightmare that night.

SarahMcPants
SarahMcPants

Most of these were before my time so I couldnt see them in the theater but we do have a theater here that sometimes shows older movies. I saw Pulp Fiction, some people brought their small children and then left horrified during the man rape scene as if they had no idea that was coming.

IndyKip
IndyKip

First 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan....

TheDenRadio
TheDenRadio

I might exchange Sleeping Beauty with snow white as far as an old disney animation goes.

KevinFromConn
KevinFromConn

One of the best movies I saw on the big screen was 28 Days later.

HollzinSeattle
HollzinSeattle

I love all of these movies and I have to thank my father for making me watch most of these when I was a kid (even though I hated them at the time)

someone
someone

Now we need the best revival houses in America-A great theater makes a huge difference to experience. 

For example, Music Box Theater in Chicago is amazing, Gene Siskel needs a make-over. 

New Jersey Lowes Revival house is a fantastic movie palace, Film Forum in NYC is pretty small (Museum of the Moviing Image has made huge improvements)..

RonsCigar
RonsCigar

I've seen a lot of these on my laptop, but I'm too young to have seen them in the theater. I did see Eraserhead in theaters and that was nutty as fuck.

Guilty Bystander
Guilty Bystander

Any movie where Robbie Muller is the cinematographer is going to look great on a big screen (Dead Man, most of Wim Wenders' films, Dancer in the Dark, others). 

someone
someone

The inclusion of comedies (especially silent movies) is good.  I won't even watch a silent movie without a crowd anymore.

 

I saw Lawrence of Arabia and Wizard Of Oz for the first time on the big screen and took friends to see Singing in the Rain for the first time (they LOVED it).

madtowntom
madtowntom

no papillon,.. lawrence of arabia, last year on big screen, amazing.