Any opinions on other movies that even come close to the impact of this one? : LUSENET : TitanicShack : One Thread

This movie had such a profound effect on me that I have been trying to think of another movie (especially drama) that I have seen that even comes close to Titanic. Any opinions? Obviously answers will vary on this subject. The only movie I can think of is Shawshank Redemption (spelling?)

-- BK (, January 28, 1998


Two words: Schindler's List

-- Dave Phillips (, January 29, 1998.

I'll have to agree with Shawshank Redemption also, but another movie comes to mind: Sophie's Choice. Anybody who has children can agree with me, I still can't watch it because of that one scene.

I've yet to see Schindler's List just because of the fact that I know it also will have an effect on me. Sophie's Choice was bad enough, I have to mentally prepare myself to see Schindlers List.

And I would have to say that

-- Caron (, January 29, 1998.

Looks like I didn't re-read my message!(boob) Um, strike that last sentence.

-- Caron (, January 29, 1998.

If you can handle long movies (and I assume most people in this group can), you might want to try 'Gettysburg' from 1993. Like 'Titanic', it is a remarkably accurate recreation of a very important event from history.

The characters in 'Gettysburg' are all real (ie., non-fictional) but they are as vivid and interesting as any fictional characters I have ever seen in film; the movie shows us their motivations, their ideals, and how their individual choices affected the events at the battle. A couple of the speeches by various characters still bring tears to my eyes when I watch it.

The impact of the final event of the battle, Pickett's Charge, is as overwhelming as the final sinking scenes in 'Titanic'.

-- Thomas Shoebotham (, January 29, 1998.

My mom came down to visit and she thought of another one: Born on the Fourth of July, with Tom Cruise.

-- Caron (, January 29, 1998.

I would just like to say i don't think any movie (that i've seen) even comes close to the impact that titanic had on me. That's just my opinion, but i do have to admitt, that i have only seen "gettysburg" out of the three other movies mentioned. but gettysburg did not have that much on impact on me (i live less than ten miles from gettysburg, and quite frankly am sick of hearing about it *sorry*)

-- jen (, January 29, 1998.

Caron, I also am a major fan of "Sophie's Choice." "Titanic," however, is probably my all time favorite because it is superb in more categories than any other movie I can remember.

-- Bob Gregorio (, January 29, 1998.

The only two movies I have seen that have come close to affecting me like TITANIC are SCHINDLER'S LIST and DANCES WITH WOLVES.However,SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION comes very close to being in that same category for me.

-- danny (, January 29, 1998.

The only other movie that even comes close to "Titanic" is "Schindler's List." Although there are many emotional and dramatic scenes that may have a lasting impact on a person (Debra Winger's death in "Terms of Endearment," Meryl Streep choosing which of her children must die in "Sophie's Choice," etc.), "Titanic" and "Schindler's List" are the only two films that I can think of that have the ability to capture an audience from the opening scene and mesmerize it until the very last frame.

-- WEP (, January 29, 1998.

No movie can compare with Titanic. Not now, not ever. It will always be my favorite.

-- Colleen (, January 30, 1998.

I agree with Colleen. You go, girl.

-- Amy M. (, January 30, 1998.

Jen: I agree with you on Titanic as well. It will always be my number one movie. Sophies Choice is the only other movie that made an impact on me, but it still is a far second from Titanic.

-- Caron (, January 30, 1998.

The first time I saw Apocalypse Now, I had a similar reaction. Dances With Wolves, and Platoon also strongly affected me. However, I've never quite reacted to another movie the way I did to Titanic.

-- Bobby (, January 30, 1998.

Braveheart, The Last of the Mohicans and Legends of the Fall, were so powerful and moving. They have topped my list forever. Titanic has now joined them and may surpass!

-- Kirsten Powell (, January 30, 1998.

Titanic had quite an emotional impact on me, and I thought it was a shoe-in for all the Academy Awards it has been nominated for, and THEN I saw Amistad. Now I see that Titanic will have a hard time winning all the marbles!

-- Laura (, January 30, 1998.

I liked Titanic much more, but I cried just as much when I saw "Dead Man Walking."

-- Nonie Maus (, January 31, 1998.

Platoon had a profound effect on me. Maybe even a little more that Titanic. But I like Titanic better because it is a wonderful love story and Platoon was all horror, no love story.

-- Linda (, January 31, 1998.

No movie has and will ever have the impact of Titanic. One I might mention is Jerry Maguire.Seems I like love stories the most :).

-- Iori Yagami (, February 01, 1998.

I wonder if anyone else has seen The Color Purple, by Steven Spielberg? That one got me crying through almost as much of the movie as Titanic did (but Titanic was longer)... The Color Purple should have gotten about half its 11 Oscar Nominations (it won zilch)... the Awards was a big sham that year, methinks...

-- Amos Tan (, February 02, 1998.

Yes I have seen The Color Purple. And yes, it is a powerful movie.

-- Caron (, February 02, 1998.

Does anyone remember "Silent Running" from about 1970 ?

-- Ron (, February 02, 1998.

What was "Silent Running" about?

-- Julie (, February 02, 1998.

I already mentioned Schindler's List, but I wanted to qualify it if I can. It's almost an insult not to include Steven Spielberg's film in this category because of the importance attached to it. As James Cameron has reminded us, many people died on Titanic when it sank. But many many more died in concentration camps, and this absolutely cannot be forgotten. It isn't just that, either. Titanic had fictious aspects to it, where Schindler's List did not. Out of respect I will leave Schindler's List in a totally different category, but Titanic is still tops outside of that realm. =)

-- Dave Phillips (, February 02, 1998.

How about Das Boot? The suspense in that one about killed me!

-- Laura (, February 03, 1998.

I'd have to agree with Kirsten. As far as love stories go, Titanic belongs on my list of all-time favorites which include, "Dances with Wolves", "Legends of the Fall", "The Last of the Mohicans", and "Braveheart".

-- AV (, February 05, 1998.

There are only two movies that moved me to the extent of Titanic, and they are Braveheart (which wasn't anywhere near as historically accurate) and Dances with Wolves. Those three are the absolute tops as far as I'm concerned.

-- Lianne (, February 06, 1998.

I still believe "Gone With the Wind" is the greatest love story. Scarlett and Rose are very similar - both were strong and willing to fight for what they wanted even in the midst of disaster (the war/the sinking), and they would never give up hope.

-- Julie (, February 06, 1998.

I agree that Gone with the Wind was a great epic and tragic love story. I also agree that Rose and Scarlett were both strong-willed women, but I also think they were so different in many ways. Unlike Scarlett, Rose demonstrated a selfless love. She was willing to make sacrifices, even her own life, for love of another! Scarlett was more motivated by her pursuit of personal happiness. For me what makes really great films about love, is this notion of a person's will to do anything for love, despite the most horrible and tragic cirumstances, without thinking about whatever consequences may come his/her own way.

-- AV (, February 06, 1998.

I have to agree Gone With The Wind would have to be the best. But Titanic has a wonderful love story!

-- Jennifer (, February 07, 1998.

How about "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymore. It was made in about 1980. Christopher Reeves was in love with Jane so much that he found a way to travel back in time to the 1920's to be with her. It's a lot like the "Titanic" in the feeling of the love story. It's an excellent movie with a soundtrack thats still available. If you loved the Titanic you should really enjoy this movie. Until the Titanic, I thought this was the best love story.

-- Pam Koehler (, February 08, 1998.

I agree Pam. I have "Somewhere In Time" and it is great. It also has some outstanding music and the time period: 1912! Titanic, however is tops on my list so far, probably because of my fascination with the actual event.

Regards, Peter

-- Peter Nivling (, February 08, 1998.

The only movie I could think of that even came close to Titanis is DUMB AND DUMBER. It was just so moving... :(

-- Ana (, February 19, 1998.

Honestly? Nothing I have ever seen could hold a candle to Titanic. Schindler's list disturbed me but Titanic really MOVED me...

-- chris (, February 24, 1998.

I think the last movie that affected me like Titanic was Gone With the Wind. It is funny I didn't cry when I saw Titanic (though I have only seen it once so far). I think I will have to see it again (and again) to feel the total impact of it, but no other movie has obsessed me this much.

-- Debbie Migdal (, March 02, 1998.

There are 2 and they are very different. The first is "Field of Dreams" with its moving sound track and emotional reuniting of KEvin Costner with his dead father (Of course I've been told that this is very much a movie that only makes men cry).

The other movie, and I am surprised to not see any one mention it, which leaves me emotionally torn, is the 1958 Titanic movie "A Night to Remember". I last saw it around 1969 on network TV, and its story was so emotional to me, I first refused to even see "Titanic". Now, of course, I can't get either Titanic movies out of my head.

-- Tom L (, April 05, 1998.

Incidentally, James Horner (who composed the Titanic soundtrack, in case you didn't know), also composed the music for Field of Dreams. I think his emotionally charged music is a big factor in the overall impact of the movie.

-- Cindy (, April 05, 1998.

I didn't realize it until I bought the movies, but James Horner also composed the music to Braveheart and Legends of the Fall. How strange that the music he created belonged to three out my four all-time movie favorites. He is great at what he does!

-- Kirsten Powell (, April 06, 1998.

Right now I can only come up with one movie that can come somewhere near to Titanic (for me) and that is 'Out of Africa'. There are probably more, but I cannot think of one. Maybe later.

-- mariaclara (, April 26, 1998.

The only other movie that can compete with TITANIC to me was my favorite movie, until I saw TITANIC that is. Now it's bumped to 2nd place. It's GONE WITH THE WIND (and it's sequel SCARLETT) I like TITANIC and GONE WITH THE WIND b/c they both tell of great love stories woven in with historical events. But I think that Jack and Rose's love for each other was stronger than Scarlett and Rhett's.

-- Amanda (, June 16, 1998.

The only movie I've seen that comes close to Titanic is Braveheart. The movie is so romantic, even though it's one of the most violent I've ever seen. And the soundtrack, also done by James Horner, is even more beautiful than the Titanic one, but that's just my opinion ;-)

-- Emma (, June 17, 1998.

I think that nothing can come close to the emotional impact of Titanic but the films....for whatever reason still get me....Pretty Woman,My girl,Jude always Jude......I cry after that tooo like Titanic....Legends of the Fall,Forrest Gump and Ghost....Titanic cannot even give a percentage to those though.....apart from Jude....

I love....infact absouloutly adore the music from James Horner and listen to it at's so enchanting and beautiful....especially the piano and flute bits!.....

-- Jo Duggan (, March 13, 1999.

Tonight, I saw Schindler's List for the second time, but for the first time really. I say that because the last time it was on, I was doing other things and not really paying attention. Also, this time, the network did it right and NBC should be commended for that. There were two short breaks that were informative and tastefully done. They did not cut anything and I can tell you that this subject is about as intense as any subject can be. All through this film, all I could think about was that there are still people that say that the Holocaust never happened, that it was a media and government contrived bunch of rubbish. I'm 50 years old and, although this happened before my time, I grew up with it and it just is a point in history that should not have been allowed to happen. Titanic was an accident and a tragic one. This was no accident and remains, to this day, the blackest of black marks on modern civilization. If we think we have a tough time getting through life, then watch this film and you will have a sobering experience! I am not of the Jewish faith, but you don't have to be to appreciate what Mr. Spielberg accomplished here. Titanic has it's impact on me and always has but this had a different impact and I really don't think the two events are comparable. Just the opinion of a sentimental but objective person.


(Watching the snow fall and wondering if my daughter made it to Cancun!)

-- Peter Nivling (, March 15, 1999.

I agree on the great impact that Schindler's List made. I taped it when it was broadcast on television to watch at a later time. It made me an emotional wreck! I don't think I can bring myself to watch it again and yet I can't bring myself to tape over it. My copy of SL is still on my shelf and probably always will be.

Another movie that has a great impact for me is "The Power of One"

-- Nonnie Parker (, April 16, 1999.

My opinion is the same as yours, Except I have never seen Shwashank Redmption. It maks me think of Gettysburg

-- Kattie Wouldriss (, April 28, 2004.

A new one to add since my last lot which are a little outdated now as I hate Pretty Woman! Everyone on this shack will prob agree - 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind What an absolute core shaker of a film, depressing and moving just like Titanic, but more real I think, about love that is. I often get the feeling now if Jack and Rose had docked at New York, they prob would've married, had kids then 10 yrs down the line, got fed up!! Or maybe not, depends how pessimistic u are!

-- Jo Duggan (, January 05, 2005.

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