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.

32 Comments

  1. Gunner

    November 19, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Apocalypse now.

    • Bob08857

      November 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Saw AM at the Ziegfeld.  Sat 5 rows from the screen. Unreal!

  2. madtowntom

    November 19, 2012 at 6:40 am

    no papillon?

  3. madtowntom

    November 19, 2012 at 6:43 am

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

  4. someone

    November 19, 2012 at 6:55 am

    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).

  5. Guilty Bystander

    November 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

    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).

  6. RonsCigar

    November 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I’m too young to have seen any of these. The only classic I think I have seen in theaters is Eraserhead. And that was nutty as fuck.

  7. RonsCigar

    November 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

    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.

  8. someone

    November 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

    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)..

  9. HollzinSeattle

    November 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    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)

  10. KevinFromConn

    November 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

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

  11. TheDenRadio

    November 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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

  12. IndyKip

    November 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    First 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan….

  13. SarahMcSmokeyPants

    November 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    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.

  14. KevinFromConn

    November 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    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.

  15. harlequincy

    November 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Rear Window….solid

  16. bmack76

    November 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    “42 Films to See on the Big Screen Before You Die”
     
    But what are the best films to see AFTER you’re dead?

    • SarahMcSmokeyPants

      November 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      @bmack76 Tss Tss double guns bitch.

    • K Dubya

      November 20, 2012 at 12:09 am

      @bmack76 Beetlejuice, duh!

  17. Bad Hat Harry

    November 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Brazil or almost any Terry Gilliam movie

  18. 1donut0ants

    November 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    The Wild Bunch
    seconded on Apocalypse Now

  19. archg2

    November 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    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.

  20. archg2

    November 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

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

  21. DAcks14

    November 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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

  22. Bob08857

    November 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The Searchers.

  23. jerkstoresean

    November 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I sent a link in a couple weeks ago. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction coming to theaters for one day only in December
    http://www.miramax.com/tarantinoxx?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=PulpFiction&utm_campaign=TarantinoXX

    • jerkstoresean

      November 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Fucking cunt, I just heard the caller now

  24. Bob08857

    November 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    And I’d reather see RAN then Seven Samurai.

  25. FanBoy1

    November 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

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

  26. JeanStimelBailey

    November 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    “Blade Runner”.  Nuff sed.

  27. TheBooglarizer

    November 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  28. Kevin in SC

    November 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    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