On the Big Screen: 20 Movies People Are Glad They Saw in Theaters

It’s a great feeling to be able to experience the magic of a movie in the theatre. From watching your friends laugh and gasp with excitement to enjoying the cinematic excellence of watching every detail on the big screen—there’s nothing quite like it. While not all movies that you watch at the cinema are worth their salt and some may even leave you wishing they had stayed at home, we’ve put together a list of movies people are really glad they saw in theaters. 

1. Blair Witch Project

Heather-Donahue-The-Blair-Witch-Project, 1999, Artisan Entertainment
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One user posted, “Saw a late night showing of Blair Witch Project the day it came out. Seeing it in a theatre at night and then walking through an empty parking garage to get to the car was an unforgettable experience.”

2. Star Wars

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One Redditor shared, “The original Star Wars.”

Another user replied, “Me too—the opening scene had everyone with their mouths hanging open, with that ship passing overhead.”

One added, “All the Star Wars movies except Solo. I regret not seeing Solo in the theatre.”

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark

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“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” one user shared. 

4. Rocky Horror Picture Show

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One online user added to the thread, “Rocky Horror Picture Show. We had a VERY lively crowd the night we went.”

6. Saving Private Ryan

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A user shared, “Saving Private Ryan. The first 20 minutes were intense, especially at the time it was made. The sound alone was incredible.”

7. The Room

Olga Kurylenko, The Room 2019, O'Brother Distribution
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One Redditor shared, “The Room. The audience involvement of throwing spoons and yelling out lines made the movie even more of an experience.”

Another user added, “A local theatre just had an interactive showing of The Room for Valentine’s Day. The wife and I threw many spoons that evening.”

8. Jurassic Park

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One user posted, “Jurassic Park and Titanic come to mind.”

Another user replied, “Yes! Jurassic Park in 1993 was epic.”

Another user added, “Watching that T-Rex step out of the enclosure that first time made the 13-year-old version of myself amazed. And still does, but not the same as that first time on the big screen.”

9. Get Out

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One user shared, “Get Out was such a great theatre experience.”

Another user replied, “I just remember the entire theatre reacting to the police car pulling up like oh hell no.”

10. Avengers Infinity War

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“Avengers Infinity War. The silence in the theatre when everyone realized Thanos actually won was just unbelievable,” one user posted.

Another replied, “Endgame matched it with the death of Tony Stark. Both were events.”

11. Godzilla

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One Redditor shared, “Glad I did: Any and every Godzilla movie. There’s nothing quite like watching the King of the Monsters on a truly huge screen.

“I wish I hadn’t: Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. How do you make a movie so bad that Bill Murray can’t manage to be funny? To date, it’s the only movie I’ve ever walked out halfway through and gotten my money back.” 

12. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Paramount Pictures
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One Redditor shared, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was so much fun because the theatre was packed on opening day, and we all laughed and cheered together.”

Another replied, “I got to see it in the theatre as a sneak preview. My best friend and I were anticipating seeing Ferris, and when we saw that we could go a week early, we jumped on it! The a/c on that particular screen wasn’t working, and it was HOT, but we didn’t care. I still have the poster and button that they handed out. We ended up seeing it over 50 times when it went to the $1 theatre. There wasn’t much to do in our small town. We would be bored and say, ‘Ya wanna?’ and off we’d go. That was truly one of the best summers of my life.”

13. Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer 2023, Universal Pictures
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One user shared, “Oppenheimer. Great movie. A little long, but I loved every bit of it. Ad Astra. So boring. It’s a very slow burn. We had to leave before the end. Wasted about $30.”

One user replied, “Ugh, I forgot about Ad Astra. I watched it at home and was very annoyed. I trusted you, Brad!”

14. Top Gun: Maverick

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One Redditor commented, “Top Gun Maverick.”

Another user replied, “I was looking for this answer.”

15. Pan’s Labyrinth

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Pan’s Labyrinth,” posted one user. 

16. M3GAN

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One user posted, “That I’m glad I saw in theatres: M3GAN. I was gonna wait until it was available to buy digitally and watch it on my laptop, but it looked really good from the trailer and the clips I’d seen from the movie, so I decided to go see it at the theatre. I ended up absolutely loving it. I bought it on iTunes the day it was released digitally—one of my favourite movies of all time now.

“That I wish I hadn’t seen in theatres: Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse. It was beyond boring. I wanted to walk out of the theatre, and had I not paid to see it, I would’ve. If I would’ve watched it at home, I would’ve shut it off not even an hour through. That movie was horrible.”

17. The Dark Knight

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A Redditor shared, “The Dark Knight in Imax. Omg. Best experience.”

18. Every Bond Movie

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“Every Bond movie since Living Daylights. Every Bourne movie. Every Mission Impossible movie. Oppenheimer,” one user shared. 

19. Lord of the Rings

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One user posted, “All the Lord of the Rings.”

Another user shared, “Lord of the Rings trilogy is a core memory for me.”

20. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 2019, Sony Pictures Entertainment
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“The one that comes to mind the most is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Overall, the movie is imo both great, & meh at the same time. Great in how well it depicted that period, as well as the acting chops of it’s stars … but maybe meh as in, once you’ve seen it once or twice, it’s rewatchability is just about cashed. However…those cruising scenes with Brad Pitt … I’m so thankful I saw those on the big screen. Just too cool. Him, that car, the music …,” posted one Redditor.

What do you think of the movies listed above? Share your thoughts below!

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