People Explain Which Movies Are Universally Loved
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Cinephiles are more discerning than the average moviegoer. Some might even argue they're cine-snobs, when in fact, they are passionate about good filmmaking, performances, and directing.

But some casual audience members can still recognize a quality film without possessing extensive knowledge about the history of cinema.

Curious to hear about the common ground shared by film aficionados and neophytes alike, Redditor Identify_me_please asked:

"What’s a movie nobody hates?"

The animated films got a lot of love.

The One Where He Pulled The Wrong Lever

"The Emperor's New Groove."

– anon

"I love that movie and I am 58. It's got style."

– scottlawrencelawson

It Made Our Hearts Soar

"How to train your dragon ( the first one )"

– Math-ieu01

Has So Much Heart

"The Iron Giant."

– Display250

"I always tell myself I am not gonna cry when I watch this but I -always - do."

– blue-wanderer-quartz

That Heartbreaking Montage


"Those first ten minutes will always soften the hardest of hearts."

"Edit: Based on the replies, turns out you are either a heartless paperclip or a human being. There is no in between, you guys." – GalileoFigaro1

There definitely are some live-action gems.

The Girls We Loved To Hate

"I never seen someone hate Mean Girls."

– imboredlmaoz

Playing The Game

"Jumanji (the original even though the newer ones are amazing too)"

– GhastK

Mummy Dearest

"The Mummy with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weiss."

– Tulikettuja



– QueafyGreens

"If someone hates Tremors, i don't want to be near them :D"

– IzzyOkie

Welcome To...

"Jurassic Park."

– busyB_83

"Most of them love it."

"But grouchy paleontologists still disqualify it."

– DukeAttreides

You can't go wrong with Oscar-worthy mentions.

Prison Drama

"Shawshank Redemption."

– xstoopkidx

"I didn't like it when I saw it in high school, but as I got older, I realized being young for me meant being an elitist and hating things others liked, and it's objectively an incredible story and film, and that I was just an a**hole."

– StepDadcula

Another Stephen King Classic

"Stand by Me."

– woganpuck

So E.T. is in theaters again to commemorate 40 years since its original theatrical release.

I have to say, no matter how old you are, or how often you've seen it, that Steven Spielberg sci-fi adventure is a masterpiece and still delivers an emotional gut punch.

I saw it recently on the big screen, and the audience members–consisting of teens seeing it for the first time with their friends and parents who are sharing their favorite childhood film with their own kids​–were clearly enjoying the movie and there was actual applause during the credit roll at the end.

There was not a dry eye in the house.

Now that's a movie people would have a hard time NOT loving.

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But some movies can send you into a messy place.

Some topics are just a lot to handle.

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