Ever since I was a kid I’ve been obsessed with the magic of movies.
So much so that I studied them in college and have since learned a thing or two about actually creating them. Which, truth be told, takes a lot of the magic away.
So when I see something that, despite my background knowledge, STILL just absolutely transports me? I hold onto it.
Here are just a few of Reddit’s highest recommended flicks, and why.
I was 4 years old when I saw it in theaters for the first time and I still remember the awe I felt at the animation and the music.
Still my favorite to this day!
2. Ever After
Dunno if it’s been mentioned already but Ever After (1999), there’s something super magical and special about it’s storyline and the genuine love between the main characters.
Also, I’m a sucker for Cinderella.
3. Secret of Nimh
This movie was anchored in my childhood.
I re-watched it recently and was instantly reminded how comforting Mrs. Brisby’s voice was. Great movie
4. Big Trouble in Little China
The best scene is when they drink the magic tonic.
When they’re all in the elevator together and start to get the “I feel awesome” effect.
Cheers me up every time I watch it. What a great movie.
It’s one of my favourite movies ever made. It’s really hard to explain how it influenced me but it really is a magical movie.
Thank you now I’m going to watch it once again! If you never saw Beetlejuice you must. It is truly a magnificent movie.
6. Starship Troopers
The sudden change from lighthearted (if concerning) high school love triangle drama to terrifying warzone is done just expertly.
Not just that, but the sheer scale of some scenes with the number of armored up extras is absolutely insane.
7. The Fall
It centers around a Hollywood stuntman and a little girl, both in the same hospital, and the man tells the girl a fantastical story in exchange for something I won’t spoil here.
The story is great, but the cinematography is out of this world.
Main character is Lee Pace, the bad guy from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and the good guy in Pushing Daisies.
Sad part: not free on any streaming service, AFAIK
8. 12 Angry Men
I thought it was going to be boring when I first had to watch it, but man it was just so captivating and still holds up so well over 60 years later.
9. The Land Before Time
Only the first one though!
I was obsessed with this movie as a kid, since I loved dinosaurs.
That scene with Little Foot and his mum gets me every time :,(
10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
I cannot state enough how much it saddens me to see this movie go so unappreciated.
The animation is gorgeous even by today’s standards.
The songs are great.
There’s not much I can say bad about it.
I just kinda wish more people were into it.
11. Big Fish
But I made the mistake of having my wife watch it shortly after her dad died.
I… somehow forgot that was a huge part of the movie.
Just the first one — too many people conflate or confuse it with the rest of the trilogy.
And it stands alone.
Even with faux-Gotham it’s a perfect snapshot of the late 1990s, from the interior sets to the music to the hip-urban-vampire aesthetic going on then.
Snipes’ schtick worked around a solid enough plot.
Few movies have better continuous-sequence choreography that — this is key — gets as outlandishly inventive.
It defines beat-’em-up; even better than Burton’s Batman.
It’s impressive and schlocky in all the right places.
13. Jurassic Park
I know its a popular movie to begin with, but I absolutely adore it.
Im 17, so I’ve never had the chance to see it in theaters on the big screen, and that’s one of the things I wish for the most.
I’m not sure what about makes me like it so much, I just do.
14. Back to the Future
I’m 38, and I first saw that movie when I was 10 years old, and I would still watch it from start to finish right now.
Very few movies have that distinction for me. Good choice.
I went to see Amelie at the theater by myself late on a Wednesday night, 10:30 showing.
I was the only one in the audience (though a staff member came in periodically to check if I was still there, I guess, but they let me watch the whole movie).
This enhanced the connection I felt with Amelie the character and the film, as it seemed like an Amelie-esque experience.
To twenty year old me, it was truly magical.
Word of advice – if you’re a millennial like me, or older, and you had a movie you loved but haven’t seen since you were a kid, go look it up and see if you can watch a nice HD restoration of it on a big new TV. You’re in for a ride.
What movie will always be magical to you?
Tell us in the comments.