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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  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Dark Knight
  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Pépé le Moko
  • Time Bandits
  • High Art
  • Trainspotting
  • Clerks
  • The Celluloid Closet
  • Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Chasing Amy
  • Casablanca
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Bronson
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Sugar Cane Alley
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Army of Darkness
  • Psycho
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Superman
  • Superman II
  • Scream
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Vertigo
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Leon: The Professional
  • RoboCop
  • The Prestige
  • Dune
  • Snatch
  • The Shining
  • The Thing
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • American Beauty
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Over the Top
  • Fargo
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Spider-Man
  • Melancholia
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Lifeforce
  • Zodiac
  • Ghostbusters II
  • King Kong
  • The Young Master
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Drive
  • Oldboy
  • Take Shelter
  • Frankenstein
  • Paths of Glory
  • Taxi Driver
  • A Clockwork Orange

96 Comments

  • 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.

  • I think I've always enjoyed movies, but my obsession and full appreciation didn't surface until around five years ago when I was living alone in the countryside. I borrowed Taxi Driver from the closest library that had about five other dvd's. I watched that movie maybe five times that week, not including the times i watched it with commentary. It was the first time i experienced how a piece of cinema could completely speak to me and at the same time retain a certain mystery. It changed my life completely, so thank you Martin Scorsese!

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