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What's the film that changed your life?

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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 8 3:40 -
You all must have heard of The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors On Their Epiphanies In The Dark compilation by Robert K. Elder!

Here is the list:

Edgar Wright on An American Werewolf in London
Rian Johnson on Annie Hall
Danny Boyle on Apocalypse Now
Bill Condon on Bonnie and Clyde
Richard Kelly on Brazil
Peter Bogdanovich on Citizen Kane
John Dahl on A Clockwork Orange
Henry Jaglom on 8½
Brian Herzlinger on E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Alex Gibney on The Exterminating Angel
Kimberly Peirce on The Godfather
Steve James on Harlan County, USA
Austin Chick on Kings of the Road
Guy Maddin on L’âge d’Or
Michel Gondry on Le voyage en ballon
Michael Polish on Once Upon a Time in America
Arthur Hiller on Rome, Open City
Pete Docter on Paper Moon
Atom Egoyan on Persona
Gurinder Chadha on Purab aur Pachhim and It’s a Wonderful Life
Richard Linklater on Raging Bull
Jay Duplass on Raising Arizona
John Woo on Rebel Without a Cause and Mean Streets
John Landis on The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Kevin Smith on Slacker
Chris Miller on Sleeper
Neil LaBute on The Soft Skin
George A. Romero on The Tales of Hoffmann
Frank Oz on Touch of Evil

I thought It would be cool to see what one film that changed your life and I thought I would make a list to compile all the answers there but please, write a short paragraph on why you chose the film!

Thank you!
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 9 13:40 -
Ok!Life is Beautiful because makes me realize,in the age of 14,that cinema is not only fun but something deeper than that.
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 9 18:50 -
It must have been when I was around 12 or 13 that our school took us to the theatres to watch [Link removed - login to see]">"The Chorus".It was the kind of film I had never seen or remember seeing before.It completely changed my opinion on teachers and school on the general.It taught me how to give my heart and be kind,to help those who are in need,to be passionate and gon't give up on anyone.And of course I realised that there are other films out there besides the American blockbusters at the time who bored me.I actually remember my brother renting films,I watched them for 10 minutes max and then left the room.So,it was an apocalypse watching The Chorus.
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 9 21:35 -
Well, having watched the Godzilla films from a very early age probably contributed in keeping me from thinking of older films as outdated and irrelevant like so many of my non-Listal peers do. I always feel comfortable with a wiser giant monster film, no different from how I'd feel watching a good, more recent film. Watching the original Universal Dracula and Frankenstein took me a little farther back in that regard as well. Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero (as it was known in the US at the time) and the previously mentioned Universal horror films definitely got me interested in the rest of the Godzilla series and other classical horror movies, respectively.

Also, I got caught up in the hype of the Marvel movies when I was in elementary school which led to my comic book obsession, because I quickly felt like I was missing out on the big picture and have been following the Marvel comic book universe - and now other universes from different publishers - for some time now. It's kind of my mission to read most of the original comics and familiarize myself with their major developments since, as well as following some characters fully (the Spider-Man character and Avengers teams come to mind foremost).

So mostly certain movies have gotten me into other forms of the characters/universes presented in them. That's not a huge life change until you consider that wants often seem more important to someone's existence than needs.
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 11 4:50 -
Hello Vader

I think you should also include "The Pianist", "Les Miserable" in the list too.
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 11 5:02 -
I know it's gonna sound weird but probably My Girl. It's not one of my favorites of all time or anything like that, but it made me think in a way most movies don't when you're that young. I was only about 8 when I saw it for the first time, but I remember crying and thinking it was so sad to see someone die so young. It's one of the first times I thought about death and realized that you don't have to be old to die. That can be really life affecting the first time you think about it.

Then I saw it again about 2 years ago at 25 and realized that it's just as thought provoking, and heart-wrenching, if you really just let yourself be a part of it. Now, for me anyway, it's about letting go of the guilt you feel for things you had no control over, and that's a very important lesson to learn. So I guess you could say it changed the way I looked at life at different times in my life.
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 11 5:34 -
@ Khan Amir: If either The Pianist or Les Miserables is your choice, then write a short paragraph on why you like the film!
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 12 17:14 -
Watching Inception, how perfect could a movie get. Great directing, acting, and the music also. It changed my life and now since that film, I have gotten a huge interest in acting and directing. I wish I could find acting jobs but its hard. Its a film that touches me because everything falls into place so well.
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 12 22:54 -
hmmm this is a good question. I'm going to have to go for Grave Of The Fireflies. The reasons are this...

I had NO idea what I was getting myself into when I watched this movie. I knew it was animated, so I didn't think it would be so serious. Normally I do not cry during films, and if I do it's like a tear or two but nothing more. After watching this film I literally bawled for 15 minutes after it was over. The amount of depressing emotion tied to this film film is SO overwhelming. It made me look at just how horrible things were back then for the Japanese. I now hardly waste food, because of this film. It also made me active in giving food I don't use away to charities for places where starvation is high.

I don't think a movie has hit me so hard as this one did.
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 14 19:36 -
For me, it's was Heidi's Song. It was the very first movie, that I saw in a theater, it wasn't all that great of a movie, and I don't remember much about it, other than Sammy Davis, Jr., did the voice of one of the characters in the film, and that was about it.
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 15 19:35 -
After much thought and consideration, I'm going to have to go with Back to the Future. Before that movie came along, my musical tastes were based off of whatever I heard that was catchy and unavoidable. But when I saw Marty McFly play "Johnny B. Goode" I fell in love with that song (and loved his guitar solo at the end) and had to find out more about it. And that led me to my regular habit of digging to find good music, as well as improving my taste in music all around. And that's how it changed my life.
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Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 17 13:28 -
Les quatre-cents coups, because when I saw it I realized one can be different from other people, and it's not a thing to hide.
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 12 18:53 -
My life changing movie has to be Jaws. I saw it the first time when i was about 8 or 9 years old. When u see that kind of shocking horror at young age it really burns in your memory for a lifetime. Whenever im watching something scary i remember Jaws. Just recently i was at the movies and i saw a trailer for Paranormal Activity 3 and i was so scared that i had to put my hands in front of my eyes. It wasnt a nice feeling for 26 year old guy.
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 12 19:39 -
As in life-changing regarding to movies, first was The Godfather. It introduced me to the classics, to the wonderful movies that lied before a certain line and it showed me a cast of characters that would forever change my appreciation for great acting.

Then there was City Lights. The silent comedy, the black and white jewels of old, the iconic little tramp, and the genius of Charles Chaplin. Yes I can say this movie changed my life for opening new horizons like The Godfather did.

But if there was a movie that kinda changed me or at least made me have a different look at humanity and life, it was Into The Wild. So inspiring. Not for the insane journey into the wild, but for the exceptional journey of self-discovery and masterfully directed piece of cinema that made it so real.
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 12 21:24 -
Some of my were; "James and the Giant Peach" that was the first movie I ever saw on the big screen in 1996 when I was four that would pave the way for me watching many animated films in claymation, traditional, computer imaged and anime I will always love animated movies because you are never too old for a great animated movie.

The next one would have to be when I saw "Pulp Fiction" when I was 15 it blew my mind and made me see movie making in a whole new light. Also, I gained a huge amount of respect for the film making by QT. There are other amazing films but I will go into those later. Thank you very much :)
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 12 23:25 -
The Dark Knight

It was the movie that made me get really into watching movies, and seeing as I saw The Dark Knight before I saw Batman Begins, it was also the movie that redemeed Batman again for me after the bad ones from the 90's. I love Batman. I remember leaving the theater thinking nothing but "Wow. Wow. Wow". I was speechless.
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 13 11:41 -
Awesome idea!

My favorite has to be Fight Club. It was the first movie that I really, really, REALLY loved and it made the biggest impression on me. The watching experience was mind blowing, which doesn't happen too ofter for me. Something about the movie just clicked for me and I like to think that it changed the way I look at things. Not to mention that it's well made and it's just genius. It's the biggest reason why I watch movies, and I always want to find movies that make me feel the way Fight Club did. Fight Club was an instant classic in my mind and the first viewing experience is something I will never forget.
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 13 13:44 -
Oldboy. It is the best film of all time in my opinion.
Because it's so shocking, violent, but also beautiful.
Great Directing, Acting, Music, Visual, Dialogues...
I think no one could make a film like this again. BEST FILM EVER.

"Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone."
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 13 17:16 -
That, my friend, is definitely one of the best list I've seen on Listal, idea is just brilliant,
Here's my choise: The Godfather

I have felt just once ’first sight love’ in my life, so far. That moment happened to me when I saw The Godfather very first time. Then I realized that cinema isn’t just entertainment – it’s an art. I remember that I expect very much from movie, which was ranked so high in every single movie website. But one thing was sure, I couldn’t expect nothing like that one piece of cinematic art. After little bit more than three hours (commercial breaks) when I started to watch film, I was just watching the screen without any mind about what I just saw. After the first time I saw it, I didn’t understand the story 100% completely, but I knew that I had found a new love into my life – films.

After The Godfather I’ve seen hundreds of classics and great films but any of them couldn’t beat that one perfect work that isn’t the greatest movie of all time with no reason. Every single part of this movie is perfect or as nearly as possible. The first viewing experience was something that showed me that pictures includes something deeper than things that ‘popcorn films’ shows us.
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 13 18:59 -
I've once stumbled upon a band Nouvelle Vague on several years ago.
(They make covers of popular New Wave (post-punk) songs like "Love Will Tear Us Apart", "The Killing Moon", etc in lounge. A couple examples , I still love some of their songs.)
I googled then and accidentally found out about a french movement under the same title. I think it was Vivre Sa Vie that I've seen first. After that i got more and more interested in art films. Today I'm not that much fascinated by Godard films of 60s. Bergman's Persona was that film which somehow was able to find a deeper connection with me.
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 13 23:56 -

I grew up in th 80s and movies were mostly about hairsprays, early special effects and Beverly Hills Cop. When I saw Errol Flynn gatecrashed into Prince John's party with a royal deer over his shoulders laughing out loud and blinking at Olivia De Havilland, that was the moment I fell in love with classic movies. The greatest thing about this is---there are treasure chests of old movies to discover.
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 14 13:14 -
The Prestige

I think this is a perfect film.I may say that this is the film really interesting and awesome.The mood of the film there are very tense and brutal good scenes in movie.What increase the interest.This film was my first big love.Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale are fascinating.This reason, how I started expressing an interest in the films.So I may say that this film changed my life.
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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 20 3:41 -
The Godfather

it's the film that made me appreciate cinema and to watch more aesthetically rewarding flicks. still my fave film of all time!
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Posted : 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 23 2:57 -

When I was a kid movies never really interested me. I think it was mainly becuase I never really watched a lot of movies that weren't Disney cartoons. But when I was ten my mom bought me E.T. and it changed my life. I loved it! I laughed, I cried, it was amazing. After, I immidiately went out and found all the Steven Spielgberg films I could find, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park and, my now all time favorite movie: "Back to the Future" (I know he didn't direct it, but it said Spielberg on the DVD, and that's the only reason I watched it). E.T. is the movie that turned me into the cinephile I am today, and it will always be "right here".
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Posted : 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 26 5:43 -
"A Clockwork Orange" for me too!!

Has been and always will be my all-time favourite film, and it clearly shows that film IS art.
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Posted : 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 28 17:31 -
There were several movies that influenced me throughout my life. Aladdin was the first film I saw in theaters and the original Star Wars trilogy was a huge part of growing up. However, I'd have to say 12 Angry Men helped me truly develop a love for film. I was in 9th grade Civics class and our teacher took two days to show us the film. I was blown away by the movie. I couldn't understand how a movie could be so simple, yet so captivating. A classmate of mine and I decided to start watching films on the AFI 100 Greatest Film list and then expanded to other films outside of those on that list. I started to appreciate the art of film making and was introduced to some of my all-time favorite films such as La Dolce Vita and Casablanca. Today, when I watch a film, I always think sometimes simple is better. Without that civics class and Sidney Lumet's film, I would never have developed a passion for the art of cinema.
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Posted : 2 years, 6 months ago at Mar 2 1:48 -
I can't really say any movie has ever truly had such a huge impact on me that it has irrevocably changed the course of my life, but these are some of the ones that have come closest to doing that.

Gattaca - For its message that you can achieve your dreams no matter the odds and despite whatever obstacles may lay in your path, as long as you have the will to do so, to persevere, to overcome all barriers... even if they are your own genes.

October Sky - Another film that says to follow your heart, to follow your dreams. If you find something you love, do everything you can to make that part of your life. No matter how hard it seems to reach your goal, persevere, overcome, travel to the ends of the earth, and maybe, maybe you can reach the stars.

The Pianist - To love, not hate. There can be so much pain, if that is how you choose to make the world, but why would you possibly want to? Have empathy, have sympathy. Respect others, be tolerant. Be open to others' views, and if they're different, just live and let live, as long as no one suffers or gets hurt. Life is not about you, it is about us, we are all in this together. Treat others how you would wish to be treated, because you reap what you sow. Pain, begets only more pain.
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Posted : 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 22 0:23 -
It's still going on, if anyone is interested!
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Posted : 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 22 0:35 -
Pierrot le fou

It was at that point that I became a cinema obsessive. I'd never seen somethnig so... unique. I realized what powers cinema held at that point, and I haven't looked back since
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Posted : 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 12 10:20 -
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Posted : 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 21 4:44 -
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Posted : 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 28 20:25 -
Probably Into The Wild for life affirming and getting the courage to do what you want even if it means leaving the rat race...and on the opposite end Salo which makes you hate humanity
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Posted : 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 5 23:59 -
Lawrence Of Arabia, the epic scale of the film made quite an impression on me and left me definately wanting more and the eventual work I obtained in the Cinema Industry was influcenced by this film and possibly a few more that came out in the 1960's
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Posted : 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 6 6:17 -
Evil Dead back in the days. I was 12 and it showed me that there was something even cooler than Star Wars and Sci-Fi... HORROR to which I'm addicted since that. So yeah, changed my life definitely, got millions of Horror films now. lol
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Posted : 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 18 8:39 -
I have a lot of films that changed my life but I am going to select just 2. The films that really changed my life.

I was changing channels looking for something to see when...I saw this liitle white guy talking to the camera. It immediately cought my attention. Needless to say, that film was Annie Hall. It completely changed my life. Not only it showed me real comedy but it introduced me to the future love of my life Woody Allen. it sounds weird but Woody Allen is the love of my life, my everything. Shortly, he's my idol. I will be forever grateful to the TV channel TV 1000. Oo, and Diane Keaton.

The second movie that changed my life is a classic. The great "The Philadelphia Story". True classic. It changed my life for 2 reasons: 1.I finally discovered the classic rom-com
2.It introduced to me to the greatest actors of all time: Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart, now my favorite actors of all time (and Cary Grant of course). The greatest actors indeed. Not to say the director George Cukor. One of my favorite movies of all time and a truly classic.
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Posted : 11 months, 3 weeks ago at Sep 7 9:01 -
Growing up, my dad and I watched every movie we could get our hands on. The new stuff, Hitchcock...anything. One day, he put in The Sting. Now, I knew that movies could grab you, make you sit at the edge of the couch to find out what's going to happen next. I knew they could scare you into making you bite your nails. I knew that they could make you giggle or bawl your eyes out. What I didn't know was that they could surprise you; that they could make you think one thing while completely blowing your mind at the end. These types of movies-the ones that I can't guess the ending to-are now my favorites and the ones I look for when I watch new films. I devour movies, but this one made me love them enough to make me the movie nerd I am today. ;)
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Posted : 11 months, 2 weeks ago at Sep 17 7:41 -

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Posted : 11 months ago at Sep 28 18:30 -
I've not a specific film. Usually happens that a film astonishes me and puts me in a special "mood" for an indefinite period...this happened with "La leggenda del santo bevitore" ("The legend of the holy drinker") by Ermanno Olmi
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Posted : 6 months, 1 week ago at Feb 22 13:37 -
Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau (1922)
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Posted : 6 months ago at Feb 23 8:14 -
Fight Club! watched it when I was 12 or 13 and after that it changed my taste in movies.
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Posted : 6 months ago at Feb 23 23:47 -
That's a hard topic cause books changed my life a lot better than the silver screen did.
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Posted : 5 months ago at Mar 26 7:47 -
"Inside I'm dancing"
"No man's land"
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Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago at Jul 6 12:41 -
Requiem for a Dream

I will never even think of touching drugs after that
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Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago at Jul 9 10:07 -
'The Lord of the Rings' movies.

After seeing stunning visuals, I chose the same professional field.
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Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago at Jul 11 3:17 -
The Wizard of Oz.
It was like a special occasion when they showed it on T.V. once a year. Everyone in the family wanted to watch it together. I don't think even Pixar movies have achieved that status, although maybe they would if people could only see them on T.V. once a year.