Tell Us Now: 17 Movies Whose Special Effects Stand The Test Of Time

Movies that still look good after all these years
Tell Us Now: 17 Movies Whose Special Effects Stand The Test Of Time

Every year brings new advancements in CGI, aging movies quickly. So we asked Cracked Readers on Facebook, “Which older movie's special effects still hold up?” And y'all delivered movies that are still aesthetically pleasing.

TELL US NOW. THE WIZARD OF OZ Kirsten B. says, That 35 foot long muslin stocking is pretty intense, especially on the big screen. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. TRON Hayden F. says, It really shouldn't hold up because the computer graphics are so primitive, but the art direction more than makes up for it. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THE THING Ashlyn L. says, The props and effects used in that movie are still terrifying to this day and so gruesome and pretty realistic for the time. They will hold up for years to come, too. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. TERMINATOR 2 Robert C. shares, CGI technology was limited back then, but the movie did a great job of utilizing its strengths without trying to go beyond what it was capable of. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. STARSHIP TROOPERS George K. says, Great combination of practical and digital effects. The pros of both. The cons of neither. Service guarantees citizenship. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Brian W. says, I don't know who sold their soul to make it work, but animatronics in 1986 just should not have looked that good. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Rading D.Z.C. tells US, The original live action Ninja Turtles remains one of the BEST comic book adaptations in terms of overall movie as well as the practical effects creature suits looking better than the CGI movies. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KAHN Darrell M. shares, The initial confrontation between Enterprise and Reliant is the gold standard of space battle. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. JURASSIC PARK RASOLR Jack J. says, The special effects still look incredibly life-like. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. INDEPENDENCE DAY the Stephanie P. tells US, The alien ship coming out of the clouds in a ball of fire, the city destruction scenes, the aliens themselves.. the special effects and costume departments were way ahead of their time. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. FORBIDDEN PLANET Douglas B. says, The Id Monster worked in context, Morbius' house and its defenses were plausible, and the Krell city is still breathtaking. And Robby is still an iconic figure. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THE FLY Joshua B. says, Great use of practical effects! Brundlefly still freaks me out. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THE FIFTH ELEMENT POLICE Joe H. tells US, Although the make-up effects got a bit campy at times, they were still better that most modern CGI. And the cab chase scene has been emulated in more movies than I can count. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THE EXORCIST Rob W. says, No CGI. Just amazing artistry from Dick smith. Still scares the heck out of me. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE THIRD KIND Chuck M. tells US, Spaceships still look weird and otherworldly. A great example of an immersive movie where special effects complement the characters and story. Less FX is more. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS Cesar M. says, Jason and the Argonauts have a stop-motion battle between clay skeletons and live actors that stands way better than many modern CGI where the actors can't hide their boredom fighting a green screen. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ALIENS Rhys C. says, The props, the costumes, the miniatures and everything make it stand the test of time not to mention the load lifter suit still looks amazing to this day. CRACKED.COM
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