In the past, it was found all over the place. Every film that was released has 3D versions available. Everything had to do with money, of course. Because of the box office success of James Cameron’s pioneering 3D film “Avatar,” studios have been eager to release every subpar effort with a free pair of Best 3D Movies. It’s worth noting that, unlike James Cameron’s film, most of these films weren’t designed from the start for 3D viewing. Avoid spending money on 3D movies that aren’t necessary and don’t add anything to the story or experience of the film.
As far as recent Best 3D movies go, only “Avatar” comes to mind. Aside from being a massive corporate fraud, 3D hasn’t delivered on its artistic promise, which is why Cameron is reportedly looking for other ways of luring audiences to his “Avatar” sequels. As recently as October, he hinted that the movies could be 3D without the need for glasses.
WatchMojo asked me to compile a list of the Best 3D movies of all time, so I did. There aren’t many movies out there that are currently shooting in 3D, but compiling a list of the finest ones that were released in 3D or at least significantly relied on 3D effects was surprisingly simple. When we got these 10 treasures out of the deal, the rest of the time we received flicks that made us shell out an extra $3 for goofy-looking spectacles and seemed like money-grabs instead. In the five years since its release, I’ve added two more books to my initial list of recommendations.
Top 10 Best 3D Movies
1. The Law of Gravity
Christopher Nolan undoubtedly would have preferred to be strapped to a space shuttle than have 3D gimmicks detract from Interstellar, but if Alfonso Cuarón’s Earth-orbiting disaster film is any indication, he may have missed a trick. He created a painstakingly crafted 3D experience using a pioneering Light Box, which took the audience up amid the swaying oxygen cords and soaring debris as Sandra Bullock’s day quickly descended. While the Mexican director isn’t a fan of many recent 3D blockbusters, he does so with his Oscar-winning film to demonstrate how impressive 3D can be.
2. The Avatar
James Cameron will never be accused of being anything less than 100% committed. Two-time Oscar-winning director Spike Jonze was forced to wait a decade before his visions could be realized due to the advancement of technology and the development of cameras that could capture them. What happened afterward, on the other hand, was absolutely amazing. 3D-exploitation is when items fly out of the screen at the viewer; this was 3D as an immersive universe, providing a convincing and absolutely enchanting alternate planet to explore..
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon combines true emotion and heart-stopping adventure in a film that came out of nowhere and enthralled everyone who saw it, perhaps for the first time a DreamWorks film challenged Pixar on its own soil. An odd relationship forms between a youngster from a different culture and the dragons his people have been fighting, in this heartwarming tale about overcoming prejudice. Its airborne swooping and gliding motions are as good as riding a real dragon in real life. Unless, of course, you happen to be the proud owner of a real-life dragon.
4. Journey to the Earth’s Core (2008)
Before taking on the role of director, Eric Brevig worked as a special effects expert. You won’t even notice that the story is a little predictable, or that some set pieces (such as an epic mine-to-car chase) have been done before.
In addition, the 3D is guaranteed to amuse, from an opening T-rex chase to a character spitting out his mouthwash directly into the 3D camera in the movie. Even though it’s ridiculous and giddy, and takes full advantage of the medium to make children squeal with delight, it’s difficult to resist.
5. The Epic Poem Beowulf (2007)
Performance capture pioneer and champion Robert Zemeckis used cutting-edge technology in this medieval epic, which combines one of the oldest stories in the English language with cutting-edge technology. Now Ray Winstone has changed into a wrestler, and Angelina Jolie has been stripped bare, and the director has crafted an epic 3D-effects-heavy action fantasy with spears poking through screens, as well as more subdued details that simply provide the picture an air of authenticity. It’s as realistic as you can get with a naked Ray Winstone slaying a dragon-like foe in his underwear.
6. Game of Thrones Season (2010)
Pixar does not participate in 3D gimmicks or do anything merely for the sake of being spectacular. Even yet, the addition of 3D screening to their films only adds a sliver of additional depth to an otherwise near-flawless film. There is a sense of sinking into Woody’s world as Buzz Lightyear leads the crew on their final journey; it’s thrilling to imagine yourself in Andy’s apartment, but terrifying to imagine yourself in a garbage incinerator. Another benefit of 3D is that it hides the inevitable tears at the film’s conclusion.
7. The Walk (2015)
A 3D movie about Philippe Petit’s 1973 walk on a tightrope between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers would be a perfect fit. Robert Zemeckis, a director who’s never met a scary scene he didn’t want to film, is the perfect choice to capture the moment. Our eyeliners plunge 1300 feet straight down in a Vertigo-like 3D shock and awe when Petit goes out onto the wire, thanks to Zemeckis’ camera spinning above. While it’s impressive to see, the cinema crew must have been sweeping up eyeballs for days because of how fantastic it is.
8. A Christmas Horror Story: The Return of Jack Skellington (2006)
Henry Selick’s stop-motion classic, based on Tim Burton’s narrative, was given the 3D treatment 13 years after its initial release. Unexpectedly, the stop-motion style works quite well here, with the characters springing off the screen and the use of CG adding rather than detracting from the tale. One of the greatest conversion projects I’ve seen so far, with nary a flicker of uncomfortable blurring and characters that look like real people instead of pop-up book representations. And the music is still as infectious as ever; you won’t be able to stop humming when you leave “What on earth is going on here? What the heck is going on here? “while holding your breath
9. Battlestar Galactica: Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
One of the most unique aspects of this barmy monster mash is the ingenious layering of gags for geeks of all ages. Not many kids movies from the Noughties made so many references to obscure 1950s B-movies and sci-fi references. Even nevertheless, the increased realism provided by 3D, and especially by IMAX, gave you a greater view of the gigantic battles between alien robots and giants…
10. Commandments (2009)
As far as I know, scary movies have always performed effectively in 3D, thanks in part to effects like knives, severed bodies, and grasping limbs that appear on the screen and strike moviegoers directly. It’s a terrific B-movie spookfest, with plenty of jump scares and a few chuckles as a crazy miner armed with a pickaxe seeks vengeance on, well, anybody within stabbing distance, as the remake of a 1981 schlock proves.
It’s not art, but it is a lot of fun.