Which film first hooked you into this film obsession of ours?

This is a list that's going to be rather empty unless everyone tells me which was the film that first got them into film. View in 'list view' to see whose film and why!
A big thank you goes to dㅌㄴ, whose idea this really was.
Letterboxd doesn't allow me to add the same film twice to a list, so if you choose a film someone else has chosen (which you're welcome to do!) your comment has to be added to the original comment :-)

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  • Thank you all for making this list what it is, a really interesting insight into the different films that can ignite a passion for stories on screen :-)

  • Definitely A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)!

  • I've always loved movies, much like everyone else, but growing up they were mostly just entertainment to me; I was more into obsessing over music and books. It wasn't until I was in my early 20's, when a friend loaned me a copy of Kieslowski's Bleu, that I realized film could be art, and not just entertainment. It was also my first non-English language film, so not only did it open my eyes to film as art, it threw open the doors to world cinema.

  • The first one that I remember as blowing my tiny, little mind was the original Clash of the Titans back in 1981.

    My mate's Mum rented the video for him to show at his 10th Birthday party (back in the days when a party was at your house and there was a spread of food and E-numbers rather than all being transported off to a play area/McDonalds) and I was transfixed for the entire film... as were we all. When Medusa the Gorgon hit the screen there were some terrified kids but we just couldn't look away!

    Fantastic effects which took us all to a place in our imagination filled with wonders and horrors. Still love that film. :)

  • Mine was actually Drive from 2011. It was the movie that made me understand that movies isn't just entertainment, but something much more. Art.

  • I love the very different films that started us off on the 'love of film'!

  • Oldboy or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

    Both are absolutely fantastic and they both showed me different ways of filmmaking. Films aren't just made to entertain.

  • Before Take Shelter (2011) I watched movies just for the hell of it. I watched it, and was totally entranced. Got goosebumps all over my body and needed to tell everyone I knew about it. I couldn't understand why It had that effect on me, so I watched it again. It was then that I started to really analyse and appreciate film.

  • James Whale's Frankenstein.

  • Stanley Kubrick's anti war film Paths of Glory got me into movie making and made me appreciate film as an art form.

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