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Which film left you thinking about it for days?

Asked by lookingglassx3 (2134points) February 12th, 2013

Which film had a huge impact on you, so much so that days later you were still thinking about how good it was, what message it held, etc?

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mangeons's avatar

Weirdly enough, Water For Elephants actually had that effect on me. I kept thinking about how good it was and just thinking about it in general for days, and just recently I re-watched it and had the same feelings about it. I liked it far more than I was expecting to. There’s just something about it that stays with me for a while after I’ve watched it, though I couldn’t tell you what exactly it is about the movie that makes me love it so much.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The Deer Hunter. I went with two friends. None of us spoke for a long time after we got out of the theater.

chyna's avatar

Apocalypse Now. It was about the Viet Nam war. It left me with a bad feeling, and I still remember it to this day.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@chyna Apocalypse Now was amazing, but I had read the book for college just before it. It was still unsettling but I could process it better.

Earthgirl's avatar

Born into Brothels and Desert Flower

@mangeons I loved Water for Elephants! When I hear this song I think of the scene where they jump from the train. It’s a now or never moment! I read the book and I felt that the movie really did justice to it. Great casting!

Kropotkin's avatar

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

SamandMax's avatar

Lost in Translation. That film was ace when I saw it, now I just put it on so I can go to sleep, but when I first watched it it did make me think. There was a lot of truth to be found in that film, even though it was a completely fictional story.

Also….and this may sound incredibly silly, but Hachi: A Dog’s Tale .
To this day it amazes me how pets can be more loyal to people than people can be loyal to one another. I had my girlfriend watch that for the first time last year, she cried lots, and then made her mom watch it, I’m not going to say what amazed me about that because it could be construed as a sexist remark.

mangeons's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I guess it’s all a matter of opinion, but I watched Apocalypse Now in my film study class last year and absolutely hated it. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a single person in my class who liked it. We then had to watch the documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now, and in all honesty I thought it was more interesting than the movie it was based on. Like I said though, I guess it’s all about personal preference!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@mangeons That’s okay. If we all liked the same thing life would be boring. It is a strange flick.

Pachy's avatar

“Another Earth” and “Melancholia.” Lots of think about in both movies.
I’ve now seen them both three times and found dialog and plot points I had previously missed.

mangeons's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe It’s not really that I thought it was strange, more that I found it mind-numbingly boring. But I agree, what a boring world it’d be if we all liked and disliked the same things!

DominicX's avatar

Mulholland Drive. I had to watch it again not long after I first saw it. I read analyses of it online for days afterwards.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@mangeons War movies are tough. I don’t want to see people ripped apart. But it gives you an idea of how strong people can be. I have times when I can watch We were Soldiers Once and times when I can’t. It’s amazing what those guys did.

zenvelo's avatar

Revolutionary Road. Had me thinking for weeks.

Aethelwine's avatar

The Road and Get Low are recent movies that left me thinking for days. The Road is a post-apocalyptic tale. Get Low is about a 1930s Tennessee hermit who throws his own funeral while he is still alive.

zenvelo's avatar

Oooh, @jonsblond Thanks for reminding me of Get Low. A fantastic and certainly different kind of movie.

And Chinatown had me wondering for days. I had to see it again about a week later to really understand it.

Aethelwine's avatar

I was pleasantly surprised when I watched it, @zenvelo. It’s a keeper on our DVR. :)

Aethelwine's avatar

sorry for the second post

I forgot a movie and I’m kicking myself because it’s one of my favorites. Into the Wild. I would say this movie is unforgettable, but apparently it isn’t.~

rojo's avatar

Well, the latest one is the one I saw this weekend “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. I am still going over it in my head trying partly to figure out why my wife thought it disturbing, as did my daughter and daughter-in-law. I thought is was an excellent film.
Guess it is a girl thing.

ucme's avatar

Schindler’s List.

JLeslie's avatar


Buttonstc's avatar

Sophie’s Choice.

tom_g's avatar

All of the good ones do this, like Synecdoche, New York or Mulholland Dr..

tups's avatar

A lot of movies.
A few that comes to mind: My Own Private Idaho, Life Of Pi, Sin Nombre, Hotel Rwanda.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Mystic River

That film was so tragic, it took me a while to stop being upset. Plus, I foolishly went to see it the day after the Red Sox had lost their bid for the 2003 World Series. The story’s set in Boston, of course, and it even begins with a radio broadcast of a Sox game from the 70’s. I went to the movies hoping that I could shake off my malaise from the night before, but I made the worst possible choice.

mazingerz88's avatar

Dumb and Dumber. The movie just kept getting better and better as it went along, buoyed by the sheer wackiness of the two idiots who surprisingly still managed to inject some sort of humanity in their otherwise totally pointless forms of caricature.

Woman : I can’t fall in love with you. The chances are one in a million.
Dumbass : Sooooo…you’re saying there’s still a chance.

lookingglassx3's avatar

Wow, a lot of interesting answers. I was happy to see Hotel Rwanda and The Road mentioned here, as they had the same effect on me when I saw them! @jonsblond Have you read the book The Road? It’s simply astounding, and even better than the film, which is amazing in its own right.

For me, The Skin I Live In is a film which left me simply mindblown. It’s too complex for me to explain here, but it’s well worth watching.

Another film which left me thinking for days is Mary and Max. The story and characters are so simple, and yet so effective. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. If anyone reads this post I urge you to watch Mary and Max!

Aethelwine's avatar

@lookingglassx3 I haven’t read the book. Looks like I’ll need to get it. :)

Earthgirl's avatar

Another intense movie that I will never forget is Sometimes in April also about the Rwanda massacre.

I read the book The Road and I always thought I’d see the movie….but somehow I just never was up to it. It is such dark subject matter. I’m not averse to that… fact I am drawn to it. I think one needs to think on serious things and not avoid them. I liked the book but I guess I wasn’t sure if I was prepared to see the actual images conjured up by McCarthy in the book.
To those who saw the movie and read the book: Do you think the film was true to the book?

I’d like to add Y Tu Mama Tambien That movie had a quintesential poignance…a little slice of life…a true, unvarnished feel about it that made you think and remember.

lookingglassx3's avatar

@Earthgirl I saw the film about a year ago, so my memory might be a bit shaky, but as far as I remember the film was very accurate. I felt it was perhaps a little rushed compared with the book, at the beginning at least, anyway. It was definitely a moving film.

JLeslie's avatar

@lookingglassx3 Hotel Rwanda was excellent. That stuck with me also.

Earthgirl's avatar

@lookingglassx3 I will have to see it (The Road). Mary and Max sounds interesting too,

fundevogel's avatar

@jonsblond Read it! Second best book I read last year. Absolutely riveting. I haven’t seen the movie yet but it’s definitely happening.

Aethelwine's avatar

@fundevogel Both Viggo Mortensen and the actor who played the son did a great job in that film. I get the chills just thinking about the movie. You are the second or third person to recommend the book. I can’t wait to read it.

downtide's avatar

Two in particular; The Matrix (just the first one), and Gattaca.

@Earthgirl I read “The Road” and I found it so harrowing that I couldn;t bring myself to watch the movie.

Earthgirl's avatar

@downtide that was how I felt also. I kept meaning to watch it but it never seemed to be the right time. But now that I’m hearing such good things about it I think I’ll watch it

rojo's avatar

Another movie that made me think was “Pulp Fiction”. It was fascinating that the action was filmed in reverse and the the entire movie was spent playing catch-up to get back to the beginning in the end.
Extremely well thought out and presentedin my opinion.

9doomedtodie's avatar

The Lord Of The Rings.

VS's avatar

Crash—definitely Crash. The character that Sandra Bullock portrayed was particularly poignant and Matt Dillon’s part was just tragic. I think it really opened my eyes to all the various forms of bigotry and racism that I had not especially paid attention to before.

rojo's avatar


hearkat's avatar

@rojo – that is my favorite movie of all time.

rojo's avatar

@hearkat I was simply blown away. I went over what I had seen for days afterward unable to fully process what I had seen.

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