These are the films that made me fall in love with film. With the exception of The Lion King, I saw all of these at some point in high school (2002-2006). My movie love was late blooming.
I’ve ordered them here in the rough order in which I saw them.
I’m doing this only from memory. These stand out especially.
Almost Famous played to my deep love of music, and standardized cool for my 13-year-old self.
City of God was one of the first non-English movies I remember seeing. I fell in love immediately.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind immediately became my favorite movie ever after I saw it in theaters.
Amarcord was my first introduction to the Criterion Collection. I was 16. It’s close to the beginning of me actually paying attention to individual directors.
I rate all of these films a solid 5/5 stars.
Except maybe Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I haven’t revisited that one in a few years.