10 Old Movies That Should Be Watched At A Cinema, According To Reddit

ET is returning to the theater in IMAX on August 12, 2022, bringing it back for a whole new generation. Nothing can compare to the movie-going experience, even in the current world of home streaming, and watching an “old” movie can bring back feelings of nostalgia or childlike wonder if watching them for the first time.

An old movie needs to arguably be at least 25 years old to be considered a classic and some Redditors hope to persuade others to watch these movies on the big screen, arguing that watching them on a small screen just doesn’t compare. Many of these films are action movies, as they tend to have the best visuals and sound – essential elements for the theatre-going experience.


Jaws (1975)

Certain movies are just better at the cinema rather than at home because, as KevinDean4599 suggests, “it’s fun watching it with a bunch of people who react to stuff.” they use Jaws as a specific example and say, “it’s such a classic summer movie.”

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This makes the viewer feel that they’re actually at the beach among fellow beachgoers. The screams are infectious and Jaws provides multiple jump scares to provoke them. Because the mechanical shark never worked, Steven Spielberg had to shoot from the perspective of the shark, which was a blessing in disguise. This raised the tension and left the audience gripping their seats, glad they aren’t in the water.

Alien (1979)

Ridley Scott’s alien is one of the best extraterrestrial horror films, which is why talltxgal suggested it. The Redditor also suggested its sequel, aliens, which would also be a great watch on the big screen. However, alien offers more for the experience than its action-packed sequel.

alien is most effective due to its unpredictability and tension. One would think that because the film is on a larger screen, that feeling of claustrophobia would vanish. This isn’t the case because of how it’s shot. From the Xenomorph hanging in the chains, to Dallas climbing in the vents, this claustrophobia adds to the tension. “In space no one can hear you scream” but in a theatre, everyone can and will be.

Fantasy (1940)

A massive, evil, demon-like being

Redditor res30stupid strongly feels that fantasy should be viewed in the cinema at least once, as “it’s a spectacle that deserves nothing less.”

fantasy was ahead of its time. Since there was no dialogue and just orchestral music, the movie goer can immerse themselves in the beautiful animation. Seeing this animation enlarged in the theater really makes one appreciate that the animator’s hand drew everything. Many of the film’s segments are stunning, especially Night on Bald Mountain.

Jurassic Park (1993)

T Rex attacking in Jurassic Park

Redditor The1WhoKnocks-WW believes that Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur blockbuster deserves to be watched in the theater. It only makes sense that larger-than-life animals require a larger screen to enjoy them on.

the Jurassic Park franchise is very popular because of the 65 million-year-old spectacle it creates. The original Jurassic Park is the gold standard of the franchise, due to the dinosaurs looking so life-like when compared to its CGI successors. This draws the audience in more because it feels real. Watching in terror as a T-Rex breaks from its enclosure on a screen the size of the dinosaur herself is an unparalleled experience.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

If there’s one old movie that deserves to be seen in the cinema, soda_cookie advocates for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Besides the incredible boulder sequence, there are a number of reasons that support this Redditor’s claim.

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The stunts are even more impressive on a bigger screen (Indiana Jones chasing the truck and eventually being dragged by it) and the practical effects still hold up. The villains’ demise and Ark ghosts at the end are even more horrifying with said screen. Because the sound is better in the cinema, the audience can feel the weight of the punches in the fight scenes.

Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

Redditor Juppsius solidified Singin’ In The Rain as one of their favorites, mainly due to viewing it in the theater: “Seeing a smash hit 1950s film in the 2010s about the birth of talking pictures in the 1920s is just such a ‘now this is cinema’ experience.”

The Redditor continues, saying “the sound and art direction is just incredible and you really get to appreciate it in a theater.” Singin’ In The Rain uses these very effectively. Undoubtedly, the sets and costumes draw the viewer into the 1920s and the long dance numbers make one appreciate the choreography, almost enticing them to get up and dance with Gene Kelly.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

The helicopter attack in Apocalypse Now

Redditors iz-Moff and thewindupbirds are in agreement that Apocalypse Now is a must-watch at the cinema, with the latter stating “it was the most memorable theater experience of my life. Thought I was gonna lose my hearing during Rise of the Valkyries.”

The napalm scene (which symbolizes death from above) is great but isn’t the only reason to watch Francis Ford Coppola’s epic war drama. The best military movies are always a treat to watch in the theater, as one can take in all the sights, sounds, and horrors of war. Apocalypse Now takes this idea a step further by exploring the repercussions of war. Coppola accomplishes this by effectively using the camera, playing with depth of field and lighting to portray Colonel Kurtz’s madness.

Blade Runner (1982)

CronenbergsLeftNip would pay to see Blade Runner in the theater, as long as it’s the director’s cut. Redditor w00ds98 is torn between “watching something new or watching something you know will be better in cinema.”

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Its strength lies in the visuals and that’s evident in the opening shot. The production design of Los Angeles in 2019 is even more breathtaking and appreciated on a larger screen. Redditor TedRedWest says that one scene, in particular, solidifies the experience – the rooftop scene between Deckhard and Batty. They still remember the sound of rain in the scene, which is a crucial element of the scene itself as it adds an extra layer to Batty’s speech.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001 A Space Odyssey Oscars

Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic has influenced many contemporary filmmakers and apparently has influenced a few Redditors into seeing it via the cinema. Hal_E_Lujah urges, “If you ever get a chance to see 2001 Space Odyssey at the cinema, take it”. TexasTokyo wholeheartedly agrees, saying that it was “made for the big screen.”

2001: A Space Odyssey use of special effects and matte paintings was groundbreaking. Kubrick’s attention to detail is impressive (the zero gravity scenes coupled with no sound in space) added to the realism, thus making the viewer feel as if they were in space. The visuals are the focus and an integral part of the movie-going experience.

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Establishing shot in Lawrence of Arabia

Redditor Mr_Monty_Burns is convinced that the only way Lawrence of Arabia can be taken is through the cinema. Redditor wjbc goes further, indicating that the director’s cut should be watched in the cinema, complete with the intermission.

The cinematography sets Lawrence of Arabia apart from many other movies. The vast desert shots emphasize the scope of the story. Denis Villeneuve did this as well in his recent adaptation of dune, but nearly 60 years after David Lean did so. The production design is gorgeous, as shown by the beautiful architecture among the various locales in the film.

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