Video: special effects from 26 ground-breaking films

These days, half of the commercials we see on TV have special effects that beat anything George Lucas could do in the late 1980s, but that doesn't make the achievements any less impressive. This video shows clips from 26 films that had groundbreaking special effects for their time. The more recent films even offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the filmmakers produced the effects. These days, the original King Kong looks primitive compared to Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, but it was positively awe-inspiring to audiences of the time. Watch the video below and click through for the full list of movies included.

How many of the films have you seen? Leave a comment below.


  1. Nice, what a trip down memory lane that was! LOL, Nice.


  2. I fail at movie watching, but I have seen some of these. Wizard of Oz (LOVE this movie), Mary Poppins (and this one too!), Jurassic Park (I don't remember this movie except that it was pretty terrifying), Star Wars, Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean (didn't like these two sequels though... just the first one), and the Golden Compass (still sad that this didn't do well - I love the book trilogy).

  3. Cassie, when is the next Golden Compass movie coming out? (they're making another, right?)
    The special effects in that movie were pretty good :).


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