Movies, Film, Cinema and Motion Pictures

Different words to describe a remarkable sensory experience.

The viewing experience has changed as the movie theater is no longer needed. Cable and the internet have made the movie theater unnecessary, or at least not required. The Saturday matinee or date night no longer are confined to “going out.”

Prior to the Pandemic, the traditional film release paradigm was already evolving. Look back in modern history at the rise and change of the movie theater. They used to be grand, ornate palaces. Even in small towns, the movie theater was one or two screens with a large number of seats for big crowds. Later, these theaters were passé, inefficient, expense to maintain and not where people were at. Shopping center theaters opened up with multiple screens. Then shopping centers started going under and big, stand-alone theater metropolises replaced them. Drive-in theaters started dying long before that, but a few niche drive-in and arthouse brick and mortar theaters have survived.

Since I’m calling the celluloid (or digital) entertainment it different things, I am going list impressive films in different categories, just for the fun of it. Many of these were theater or drive-in delights. A few were even seen at revivals and special screenings.

Horror

The Thing

Psycho

Jaws

The Blob

War of the Worlds

The Exorcist

Don’t Look Now

Carnival of Souls

Rosemary’s Baby

Night of the Living Dead

Creepshow

Thriller/Mystery

North By Northwest

Night Moves

All the President’s Men

Chinatown

Evil Under the Sun

Touch of Evil

A Year of Dangerous Living

Michael Clayton

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Twilight

Rear Window

Crime

Bullitt

The French Connection

Lethal Weapon

Thomas Crown Affair

The Killers

Dirty Harry

Charley Varrick

The Mechanic

The Godfather

The Late Show

The Untouchables

Goodfellas

Drama

To Kill a Mockingbird

Inherit the Wind

The Andromeda Strain

Stand By Me

Citizen Kane

The Apartment

12 Angry Men

Witness for the Prosecution

Apollo 13

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Mississippi Burning

Coming Home

In the Heat of the Night

Bad Day at Black Rock

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Absence of Malice

The Sting

Cool Hand Luke

Hud

Romance

When Harry Met Sally

Casablanca

The African Queen

A Good Year

Moonstruck

The Princess Bride

Falling in Love

The Americanization of Emily

Murphy’s Romance

Comedy

Bananas

What’s Up Doc?

Man’s Favorite Sport

The Graduate

Animal House

That Darn Cat

Office Space

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

City Slickers

Arsenic and Old Lace

American Graffiti

The Pink Panther

Some Like it Hot

Dark Comedy / Parody

The Hospital

Dr. Strangelove

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Catch-22

Blazing Saddles

Network

Airplane

High Anxiety

Young Frankenstein

Fear and Loathing in Vas Vegas

Hot Fuzz

Raising Arizona

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Western

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Magnificent Seven

The Wild Bunch

Support Your Local Sheriff

McClintock!

Rio Bravo

Stagecoach

Once Upon a Time in the West

The Professionals

Bite the Bullet

Jeremiah Johnson

Tombstone

Science Fiction

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The Martian

Ad Astra

Blade Runner

Total Recall

Westworld

Altered States

2001: A Space Odyssey

Planet of the Apes

Gravity

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Forbidden Planet

Fantasy

Field of Dreams

Back to the Future

Jumanji

The Terminator 2: Judgement Day

The Time Machine

Galaxy Quest

Ghostbusters

Big

The Absentminded Professor

Men in Black

Groundhog Day

The Love Bug

Animation

Up

The Lion King

Toy Story

Monsters, Inc.

Ratatouille

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Yellow Submarine

Bambi

Mary Poppins

Rango

Action/Adventure

Dr. No

The Rock

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The Bourne Identity

Die Hard

The Parallax View

Syriana

The Poseidon Adventure

The Package

Ice Station Zebra

Payback

Conair

Ford v. Ferrari

Spy Game

To Have and Have Not

Star Wars

Iron Man

War

Action in the North Atlantic

Operation Petticoat

Sahara

Hell is for Heroes

The Battle of Britain

The Great Escape

Saving Private Ryan

Patton

The Longest Day

A Bridge Too Far

Apocalypse Now

Biography

Walk the Line

Judy

Ed Wood

Darkest Hour

Patton

Green Book

Hidden Figures

Serpico

Coal Miner’s Daughter

Ghosts of Mississippi

October Sky

Erin Brockovich

Hidalgo

Young Mr. Lincoln

Sports

We Are Marshall

North Dallas Forty

Bull Durham

The Sandlot

Slap Shot

Chariots of Fire

Rudy

Dreamer

Invincible

Tim Cup

Rollerball

The Bad News Bears

Documentary

The Wrecking Crew

Twenty Feet from Stardom

Mach of the Penguins

The Last Waltz

The Fog of War

RBG

Muscle Shoals

Runnin’ Down a Dream

Musical

A Hard Day’s Night

Fiddler on the Roof

This is Spinal Tap

The Concert for Bangladesh

Woodstock

Singing in the Rain


2 thoughts on “Movies, Film, Cinema and Motion Pictures

  1. We lived in a conservative, mid-sized Midwestern town/city that had several drive-ins out in the cornfields. Most of the films there (1970s) were either B-grade exploitation or X-rated pics. Sex, violence, and car chases. Titles like “House of a Thousand Pleasures,” “The Big Doll House,” and “Mama’s Dirty Girls.” And a few hard-core porn classics which I won’t name. Trashy delights perfect for adolescent males, but you had to have a set of wheels.

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    1. Interesting times. I do not think that would pass today, although there are many fewer drive-ins now. As a kid, sneaking into the drive-in was part of what kids did. There was one only a block from my house. We didn’t sneak in to watch the movies, it was the sport of it and to visit the snack bar. Great times.

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