Movies People Watched With Zero Expectations, But Ended Up Loving

We recently took a look at a viral Reddit thread where people shared movies they went into knowing nothing about, but came out of really enjoying. These awesome answers sparked even MORE great responses from our very own BuzzFeed Community! Here are just a few of the best:

1. Isn’t It Romantic (2019)

Warner Bros. Pictures

“My friends and I were looking for something mindless to put on in the background while we played on our phones and talked. Instead, we ended up actively watching this movie, and laughing a lot more than we expected. It’s not very deep, but it IS cute, clever, and nothing in it (especially the actors) takes itself too seriously.”

2. Oldboy (2003)

Show East

“This remains one of the best movies I have ever watched. I randomly found it one night on TV and fell in love with the music and the complexity of the story. The ending left me breathless. 100% recommended.”


3. Drive (2011)


“I thought it was going to be an action-packed, car chase type of movie, and instead I walked away with a great love story PLUS one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard.”


4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

New Line Cinema

“My dad and my brothers — who had all read the books — went to see it together as like a ‘guys’ day’ type of thing. I went to see it with my mom because she was feeling left out, since she had ALSO read the book. I had never read the series, but I became a huge fan by the end of the movieand still am.”


5. Overlord (2018)

Paramount Pictures

“I love horror movies and a bunch of Facebook groups were talking about how this one wasn’t doing well at the box office. I went to see it, fully expecting a low-budget horror that relied heavily on jump scares. Instead, I was shocked by how good it was. The opening sequence on the plane was nearly as gripping as Saving Private Ryan‘s was, and the creature effects were great. It wasn’t perfect, but it’s still a favorite of mine.”


6. Spy (2015)

20th Century Fox

“This might sound dumb, but I had taken a sick day from work and really wasn’t feeling well, so I decided to just watch whatever was on Netflix. I picked this movie and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Plus, the comedy distracted me from how terrible I felt, and I definitely appreciated it.”


7. Apocalypto (2006)

Walt Disney Studios

“When my husband said he was dragging me to watch a two-hour-long war epic where everyone speaks an ancient language, I thought he was nuts. Turns out, I was wrong. It’s an edge-of-your-seat, non-stop action movie with a genuinely harrowing ending. Check it out if you haven’t seen it!”


8. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Miramax Films

“My therapist actually recommended it to me, and I was expecting some cheesy life lesson movie. What I got instead was so much more than that, and it’s now one of my favorite movies.


9. The Sixth Sense (1999)

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

“I am possibly the one person on Earth who saw this movie in theaters before I heard anything about it with zero expectations. Needless to say, my mind was blown.


10. Ratatouille (2007)


“I watched this when it was on TV on a whim. I wasn’t engaged with it at first because it has a stupid name (why name a movie after a vegetable stew???) and the protagonist is a literal rat. Then I realized it’s a movie about friendship and making your dreams come true no matter what. I love it.”


11. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Mirror Releasing

“In the trailers, it looked like a fun and irreverent comedy — which it is — but it’s also an incredible satire commenting on capitalism and corporate greed. It’s awesome.”


12. Swing Kids (2018)

Next Entertainment World

“This is a Korean movie that my husband and I started watching, thinking it was an uplifting story about a boy who gets a better life after the Korean war because of his tap dancing…and boy, were we wrong. It’s so much darker and more gruesome than you’d expect a movie full of tap dancing to be, but it’s amazing.”


13. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Warner Bros. Pictures

“I only saw it because my boyfriend wanted to, and he paid for my ticket. I knew nothing about this movie (or any of the previous ones), and thought it would be dumb. It turned out to be the best movie that I saw that whole year. The story and world just captured me, and Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy are fantastic in it.”


14. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Warner Bros.

“I went to see it thinking it would just be another rom-com, but it had such incredible dramatic moments, and the ending left me in tears.”


15. The Lion King (1993)

Walt Disney Studios

“I was 12 when this came out, and I ‘didn’t want to see a kid movie.’ My mom made me go with her, my younger siblings, her friends, and all of their kids. I was the oldest out of the nine kids that went and was BEYOND pissed about being there, but — as the movie progressed — I absolutely loved it! I believe this was the first movie that ever made me cry.”


16. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)


“I had no idea what it was about and thought it would just be another stereotypical teen horror film. I quite literally couldn’t have been more wrong.


17. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Universal Pictures

“I saw it with a friend when we were bored one afternoon, just looking to pass the time on a rainy day. I hadn’t even seen the original Fast and Furious at this point. OMG, I ended up loving it and have probably seen it 10 times since then.


18. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Magnet Releasing

“I knew NOTHING about this movie when I put it on, and I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. My face actually hurt from laughing so hard.”


19. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

The Weinstein Company

“I was at the theater out of boredom and wasn’t sure what to see. A woman came out and randomly asked me what I was going to see, so I told her I didn’t know. She insisted I go see this and praised how amazing Jennifer Lawrence was in it. I knew absolutely nothing about, but I figured what the heck? I absolutely loved it.”


20. Midsommer (2019)


“I just saw this last week! I didn’t know anything about it, but I really liked it. It was very different than anything I could’ve anticipated. I’ve thought about it a lot since I saw it. The casting was great and so was the location.”


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