Top 40 films to watch at the cinema, not at home

Astrid Hall
A study of 2,000 film fans revealed the top 40 films which have to be seen on the big screen: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Avatar are the blockbuster movies which must be viewed on the big screen, according to research.

A study of 2,000 film fans revealed the top 40 films which simply aren't the same when watched at home.

Other classics which made the list were Jaws, Jurassic Park and Titanic.

Also featuring highly were Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Apollo 13 and The Hunger Games.

The 1939 American historical romance Gone with the Wind should also be seen on a big screen as should Guardians of the Galaxy and Saving Private Ryan.

Top 40 films which must be seen on the big screen:

  1. Avatar
  2. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
  3. Jurassic Park
  4. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
  5. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
  6. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  7. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  8. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  9. Jurassic World
  10. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
  11. Titanic
  12. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  13. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  14. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  15. Jaws
  16. Dunkirk
  17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  20. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  21. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  23. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  24. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  25. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  26. The Matrix
  27. Saving Private Ryan
  28. Gravity
  29. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  30. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  31. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  32. The Terminator
  33. Schindler's List
  34. Apollo 13
  35. Gone with the Wind
  36. The Hunger Games
  37. Guardians of the Galaxy
  38. Braveheart
  39. Interstellar
  40. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The study was commissioned by Cineworld ahead of the third IMAX Film Festival, which will give film fans across the country a second chance to see some of the top releases from last year in IMAX.

A Cineworld spokesperson said; "From the research we know that over half of those surveyed regret missing out on seeing a film on the big screen.

"We are delighted to give film fans another opportunity to enjoy some of the biggest releases from 2017 as part of the IMAX Film Fest.

"From Dunkirk to Beauty and the Beast, seeing a movie in IMAX quality at Cineworld is so much more.

"Every element is planned, designed and positioned to create the most intense experience for our customers."

The research also looked at the top films from the last 12 months that film-goers wished they'd seen at the cinema.

Dunkirk, depicting the epic evacuation of the allied troops during World War II, featured as the most popular film released in the last 12 months to be enjoyed on the big screen.

This was closely followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, with Darkest Hour and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also featuring.

Beauty and the Beast and Thor: Ragnarok also made the top 10.

Seventy-five per cent of the nation agreed a bigger screen is the best thing about a trip to the movies, with over half preferring the cinema experience for its enhanced sound and picture quality.

One in five said they enjoy watching the trailers and 13 per cent stated it's the presence of others which adds to the experience.

The research confirmed the best seat in the picture house is, without a doubt, the middle centre followed by the centre back rows.

Two-thirds of adults are more likely to make a trip to the movies with their partner, and three in 10 will see the latest blockbuster with pals.

One in five would much rather a trip to the cinema over a meal out, but just under two in three wish they went to the movies more often.

The study also found three in five brits confessed there are films they wish they'd seen in the cinema.

Sixty-eight per cent agreed people are missing out on the experience by watching movies on smart devices, with three in 10 confirming they would rather watch a film on an IMAX screen.

The study also found a trip to the movies is enjoyed twice a month on average, with just under one in 10 going up to once a week.

A fizzy drink will never go a miss during a trip to the cinema for nearly one quarter of Brits, accompanied by a box of sweet popcorn and classic pick 'n' mix.

The Cineworld IMAX Film Fest is on Saturday 10th March and tickets start from £3 [€4 in Ireland]. For more information about the IMAX Film Fest and to find your nearest Cineworld IMAX screen visit www.cineworld.co.uk.

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