Certainly this thread has done one thing - it's created a list of new movies that I have to check out. Still, I'll add mine to the mix although others have also mentioned them.
1. Contact - Carl Sagan's story of first contact with a non-terrestrial intelligence hit me deeply. Once you get past the hoopla of the special effects (which are decent), the storyline is quite intense, revealing that it's not so much what you want to happen as what you believe can happen.
2. Bicentennial Man - Certainly this one isn't a mainstream favorite. Most that saw it seem to dismiss it as a lackluster movie, but for me it explored man's never ending quest to improve himself. Man was this time an artificial lifeform, but the quest to develop oneself is mirrored by all of us at points in our lives.
3. Planet of the Apes - As I watched this for the first time in my early teens, the thought of what mankind could do to itself frightened me beyond belief. It certainly affected me at the time, and is interesting when you show it to someone who has never seen it. Their gut reactions to the final scene can be very telling.
4. October Sky - This story has been played over and over again in many movies, but since I'm a science-fiction/science addict, it held the most meaning to me. Following one's dreams and aspirations is the only way to achieve what you really want for your life.
As you can see, my choices stem from my love of the science/science fiction genre, but I do enjoy movies of all types. There are many on this list I've heard of but never taken the time to watch. Thanks for the ideas on some future viewing.
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