10 Old Movies With Special Effects That Have Actually Aged Well And Still Look Good

10 Old Movies with Special Effects That Have Actually Aged Well and Still Look Good

Video: Movies heavy in visual effects don't usually age well because they're often trapped in their own time capsule. Special effects that were supposed to be impressive become cheesy and intimidating effects that were supposed to add to the plot become laughable. Nothing kills the suspension of disbelief faster than bad visuals. But some movies such as Jurassic Park, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Back to the Future II have all aged really well even though they're a bit dated in some aspects. Here are 10 movies that WatchMojo think still look good after all this time:

  1. Jurassic Park (1993)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
  4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  5. Back to the Future II (1989)
  6. Star Wars (1977)
  7. A Trip to the Moon (1902)
  8. Metropolis (1927)
  9. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  10. Starship Troopers (1997)


    I reckon Aliens still holds up really well in that regard, too. The dropship sequence is a bit shonky, but the rest of it still looks good.

    Good list, but — as is common with these sorts of things — I will give my 2 cents worth and say Blade Runner is towards the top.

      Yep. Still looks absolutely stunning on Blu-Ray. I'd be pretty happy to bump Starship Troopers or Close Encounters for Blade Runner.

    Yeah, I have to say, Starship Troopers' effects were pretty bloody good for a schlocky movie! I basically couldn't tell that they WEREN'T surrounded by bugs during the movie. Only now, with HD and such you can see the disconnect between cg and reality.

    Maybe it's still a bit new for this list, but I think The Matrix is aging really well.

    Last edited 03/03/16 11:24 pm

      It's not that much newer than Starship Troopers really! I agree though. Apart from where he flies off at the end.

    Are we not going to talk about "A trip to the Moon" being in the list? Or is it just that none has actually watched it?

      No one has watched it or even heard of it until now.

    I had such fond memories of 'The Last Starfighter' - tried to watch it again and had to grimace at the 'cutting edge' special effects and CGI

    I wouldn't include A Trip to the Moon but I would definitely add Silent Running, Alien and Blade Runner to the list. Silent Running, in particular, looks absolutely incredible for a film made in 1972.

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