10 Best Colorful Movies to Watch if It Were Your First Day Seeing Color

One of the great joys of cinema is the many colors that can be brightly displayed on the screen. Whether that means a huge variety all on-screen simultaneously, two colors contrasted with one another, or an abundance of a single color, there’s a whole world of visual wonders to behold.

But what movie should you see if you were beholding all that glory for the first time? That’s what one movie lover asks in an online discussion forum. Their husband is colorblind but just got a pair of colorblind corrective glasses.

They aren’t sure what movie they should watch first, so she takes to the internet and asks for the help of their fellow film fans, who are more than happy to oblige with some beautifully colorful recommendations. 

1. The Wizard of Oz

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Several movie lovers say that the magic of the switch from black and white to color in The Wizard of Oz would be the most appropriate pick for a first movie to watch with the ability to see the whole range of colors. However, one respondent says whether you’re colorblind or not, that moment is “awe inspiring,” so it should only work that much more for a viewer seeing a full-color film for the first time. 

2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Many film fans, particularly animation fans, highlight Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as an excellent choice for a first-color viewing. One user even considers the specifics that the original poster shared about which colors their husband hasn’t been able to see in the past and notes that the movie has a lot of reds, blues, and purples. 

3. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

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Another technicolor dream, like The Wizard of OzWilly Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, receives several recommendations for their fantastical world of colorful candy. One user even goes so far as to call it “an orgasm of color.” 

4. Hero

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Martial arts fans note that Zhang Yimou’s Hero is one of the most breathtakingly colorful films ever made. The movie uses color to tell different versions of the same story, making its stunning visuals a joy to look at and a vital part of the narrative. 

5. The Fall

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Several recommend The Fall as the perfect movie for a first full-color experience. One even goes so far as to call the film, which visually portrays a fantastical story told to a child by a dying man, one of “the most gorgeous uses of color on film.” 

6. Spirited Away

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Anime fans in the conversation agree that Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is one of the most astoundingly colorful films anyone could watch. It’s no wonder the movie is so colorful, given that it transports its characters to a different world full of spirits and witches. 

7. Speed Racer

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Speed Racer, the Wachowski sisters’ adaptation of the anime of the same name, gets several mentions as an incredibly bright and colorful live-action film. One movie lover even jokes that watching this as the first full-color movie would be a “baptism of fire.” 

8. Fantasia 2000

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Both 1940 original and the 1999 update of Fantasia get multiple recommendations. But the consensus is that the turn of the millennium version is the more visually exciting of the two. 

9. What Dreams May Come

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What Dreams May Come gets into the double digits with how many movie lovers recommend it as a first-color viewing experience. Several users note that they’re recommending the film, which follows a man who goes to heaven after death and then travels to hell to save his wife, not only for its gorgeous colors but also for the romance. 

10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

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While several respondents recommend any Wes Anderson movie, some specify that The Grand Budapest Hotel is the best option in its colorful filmography. The film follows a hotel owner and his apprentice as they attempt to clear the hotel owner’s name of murder. But despite that somewhat dark premise, the movie is a visual feast of bright pastels and ever-shifting aspect ratios. 

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