What's Your Favourite Movie From Before You Were Born?

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Here's a fun one for this week's Off Topic - films, but only ones before you were born.

A friend brought up this question at a birthday recently, which was more fun to ponder than first thought. A lot of my favourite films are around the '90s, when I was growing up, so that disqualified a lot of classics.

Like the TMNT movie. I know, I'm terrible.

Eventually after double checking the dates, I landed on the entertaining Labyrinth with Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. Came out the year before I was born, and my first exposure to the film was on a school trip somewhere (with a high school teacher determined to remind everyone that Connelly was actually awesome and we were just too young to appreciate her beauty).

I will add one extra qualifier, mind you: don't pick the original Star Wars films. That'd make things way too easy, otherwise. And you can't have the original Star Trek either, much for the same reason.

So with those off the table, what's your favourite movie from before you were born?


    After seeing the title and photo of this article, I immediately thought "Labyrinth is rad. I need to watch it again and The Dark Crystal"

    But I'm gonna have to give it to The Goonies. Man oh man, do I love that movie.

    For me its an easy call. The Great Escape has been my favourite movie of all time for a long while now, released well before I was born. Of my top 5, there was also The Sting, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid also released before I was born, but Great Escape is a clear number one.

    Shawshank Redemption (sits 2nd) and Blade Runner (5th) are the other two in my top 5 if anyone cares.

    Born in 1980, can't say A New Hope, so lets say Godfather Part 2. :D

      A new hope was released in 1977.

        However Star Wars films are banned by the rules of the game.

    Probably Blazing Saddles (1974), but Dr Strangelove (1964) would rate pretty highly too.

      Then again, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was 1971...

        The original Willy Wonka was so good... and so weird...

        For some reason my favourite and most-quoted line from that movie is "I'm now telling the computer exactly what it can do with a lifetime supply of free chocolate".

    Came here to say Great Escape and am not disappointed to see it already mentioned! @boogoose @grunt

    Also I have many fond memories of watching Hatari with my pop as a youngster.

      My best friend kept on wanting to watch Hatari. I was always pissed, as I always heard it as Atari!!!

    Reading the comments makes me feel old...

      Yeah, only one movie on people's lists is older than me so far...

      This should cheer you up: The Pink Panther (1963)


        I rewatched it recently and the pacing's terrible. A Shot In The Dark is, in my opinion, a much better and funnier film. :)

      Yep. I'm going to have to go with Forbidden Planet (1956).

    Very boring answer from me: Star Wars. Hands down my favorite from before I was born.

    I do agree with a few posters above though, The Great Escape is a great movie and is also one of my favs.

      They added the qualifier of not picking the original Star Wars flicks. I assume that puts you in Team Great Escape. :)

      Rule breaker! Rule breaker! :P

        Whoops, teaches me for not reading the ENTIRE story first. I stopped reading when he started blabbing on about The Labyrinth... I hate that movie!

        I guess that does put me in the Great Escape group then! Special mention of Monty Python's Holy Grail & Life of Brian though, I wouldn't go a week without quoting one of them.

    Some good options with the old war film or the gladiatorial kinda films like Ben Hur
    Tempted by Monty python and the holy grail or blazing saddles. The one I have probably seen the most is Grease.
    But I think the final decision goes to Enter the dragon

    Born in 80, outside a new hope, the first movies that popped into my mind were The Exorcist and Jaws.

    Most of the popular favourites are in my childhood so let's go with Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

      That'd probably be a top pick for me too. Now, go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

      Oh, wow. The Monty Python movies are way older than I thought they were. Holy Grail is easily my favourite of them.

    The General, 1926. Buster Keaton's magnum opus. An action/comedy/romance about a sadsack train conductor in the Civil War.

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Best western ever made.

      I'm with ya. Best western and a top 5 all time move for mine.

    Too many to chooseom! Especially being born in 87... a lot of mine have already been mentioned... so I'll just add Transformers (1986) holds sentimental value to me... also the only movie where a non-dog dies and i get teary

    Magnum Force.

    Hands down could watch it again and again and again.

      That lady being shot through the high-rise window was hardcore. I remember watching this when I was far too young to probably do so.

    I thought I posted this before.

    The original Alien movie.

      This. I'll add John Carpenter's The Thing ('82) - both are tied as my favourite movies of all time.

    I have a soft spot for the original The Day The Earth Stood Still.

    Jaws, The Great Escape and The Claw (an awesomely cheesy Black and White film about a giant vulture from outer space)

      I would have said Jaws but it came out when I was already born. :)

    Blade Runner. Unquestionably.

      I still have never sat down and watched Blade Runner from start to finish. I will need to do that someday!

        It's restrained thematically-driven storytelling and world building at its finest. An unparalleled audiovisual experience. Watch it at high volume. Vangelis's score is mesmerising and utterly complimentary to the film at all stages of its runtime. I'm legitimately excited for you.

          Doing a little researching into Blade Runner, it looks like there are several different versions, with some saying the original Theatrical release is rubbish. I can get the Final Cut version on 4K blu ray, is that the version I should watch?

            Lop, rubbish is a stretch, but yes that's correct. Final Cut is what you're after. Enjoy it!

            Yes. Final Cut is closest to the original workprint limited theatrical release that was pulled, fucked around with by the studio, ending sanitized, voiceover added and rereleased as the "Theatrical Edition" that was still an ok film but... but... no

            And you need to see it before you see 2049...

            Warning, it's a "grower not a shower" as a friend of mine says. The first viewing is good, but it really grows with time.

              Had a rare night in with my wife last night and tried to convince her to watch Blade Runner - The Final Cut with me.... no dice! (although I did convince her to watch the latest Star Trek Discovery episode instead).

              Guess I'm going to have to watch it by myself...

    Hard to choose one!

    Some of my all-time favs: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blazing Saddles, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Taxi Driver, The Dirty Dozen, The Guns of Navarone, A Clockwork Orange...

      It was one year after I was born but close encounters of the 3rd kind is my absolute favorite movie of all time!

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