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The only thing that movie lovers fancy more than watching the films themselves is finding the best way to show people that they know a lot about cinema. It’s why Letterboxd, one of the fastest-growing social media apps today, is solely dedicated to film reviews. Movie passions run deep—so much so that there’s an entire type of guy mocked on social media for wanting to take their date to a three-hour art house film. If you give that person a chance or need a little gift to show them that you support their addiction, this is the ultimate list.
It’s also for guys obsessed with Goodfellas, beginners just getting into movies and tech junkies who want to get as close to the action as possible. Whatever helps keep them on the edge of your seat—we’re not here to judge! Even if you’re someone who could count on one hand the number of films you’ve seen, we’ve got enough ideas, from Blu-ray box sets and quirky displays of movie knowledge to giant projector screens. All will make it seem like you’ve at least seen two handfuls of films. Below, we’ve rounded up the top 35 gifts for movie lovers.
Best for Movies On the Go
Movies should be seen on the largest screen possible. Not everyone wants a massive television screen on their wall; that’s where projectors come in. Turn any wall or black canvas into a massive display with the ultimate portable projector. This handheld film machine also uses AI technology to fit whatever size display you have—indoor or out.
Best for Audiophiles
Installed with Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound technology, the Bluetooth Sonos Soundbar has become a no-brainer for homes looking for enhanced audio of any kind. Whether your focus is on music, gaming or films, listen with the best sound quality available.
Best for the Next Great Filmmaker
Learn from the best over at Masterclass with 30 lessons on filmmaking from the director of Goodfellas, The Departed, Taxi Driver and many more five-star classics. Plus, when you’re done listening to Marty, you can experience other classes on the subscription service from Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Howard Werner Herzog, Aaron Sorkin, Helen Mirren and countless other filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors ready to share what they’ve learned throughout their years in the industry.
Best for the Family Business
Not enough Italian film energy from Scorsese? Check out Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Notebook—a collection of meticulous notes, annotations of Mario Puzo’s novel and behind-the-scenes photos that the legendary director reportedly referenced daily while on set for the film.
Best for Fashionable Men
Billy Reid has outfitted the man with a license to kill, specifically Daniel Craig in Skyfall. Sporting the Bond peacoat while on a mission in Shanghai, 007 moves with ease and, of course, looks unquestionably sharp in the process. Fun fact: the topper actually gets its name from Reid’s Bond Street store in NYC, but it’ll forever be linked to Craig’s dashing turn as cinema’s greatest spy.
Best for Snackers
Ah, popcorn: The ultimate movie-watching snack. And if the movie buff in your life is looking for a no-fuss way to make some at home, Hotpop is the name to know. The brand offers a compact, heat-resistant bowl, equipped with a lid and handles, that is completely microwave-friendly. The design also allows you to add other ingredients without causing a mess. Just put in the dishwasher and call it day.
Best for Cultural Commentary
Spike Lee is one of cinema’s greats, an auteur who’s “joints” comment on societal injustices through profound personal narratives. From She’s Gotta Have It and Do the Right Thing to Malcolm X and BlacKkKlansman, all of Lee’s 35 films (thus far) are celebrated in this tome. It includes behind-the-scenes images and stories, giving readers an inside look into some of the best films in history.
Best for Old-Hollywood Glamour
No leading man on the silver exuded more style and charisma than Cary Grant. Indeed, his charm was only matched by his impeccably spiffy appearance. And if the movie lover in your life craves the same qualities, get him these sunglasses from Oliver Peoples, a style inspired by the ones Grant wore in North by North West.
Best for Foodies
Did you salivate over the beef bourguignon from Julie & Julia? Have you always wanted to try Bubba’s shrimp from Forrest Gump? Ever wondered how to make the chocolate lava cake from Chef? Now, thanks to Binging with Babish, the popular internet cooking show, you’re able to create and taste these dishes.
Best for Thrill Seekers
Celebrate the master of suspense with a box set of Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography, including Psycho, Vertigo, The Birds, Rear Window, North by Northwest, and many more. The Ultimate Collection set also contains 10 episodes of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series, and over 15 hours of interviews, documentaries and behind-the-scenes commentary.
Best for a Packed-House on Movie Night
The hardest part about a movie night for friends and family is making sure that everyone is comfortable for the next two hours or so. Movie theaters even adjusted their chairs to have more padding and an adjustable recline just to entice people to come back to the theaters. Satisfy the people who couldn’t fit on the couch with the more comfortable floor cushion.
Best for a Treasure Trove of Films
If you’re a film buff, you’ve definitely heard of the Criterion Channel. It’s a whole subscription streaming service dedicated to award-winning art films from all around the world. It also houses the largest collection of black-and-white movies since the TMC classics program. Looking to watch previous Cannes Film Festival winners? Or something more niche options like the entire filmography of the late French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard? Then The Criterion Channel is your new favorite home for content.
Best for Sophisticated Cinephiles
This set of three prints harks back to the intricate science of film projectors, depicting kinetoscopes, film splicing and the mechanisms of movie reels in fine detail. Framed in anything from bold walnut to rich oak, these classy art prints could add a mature touch to anyone looking to age up from an overgrown Funko Pop collection and Baby Yoda plushy. Not that we don’t want those, too.
Best for Bringing the Movies Outside
This 30-foot inflatable display is perfect for parties, barbecues and children’s birthday events. Blow your screen up to an enormous size for a large group of guests to watch the game or have a big family movie night. Movies are better with the ones you love, so why not invite as many as possible?
Best for Picky Popcorn Poppers
A genius design—if you’re not someone who loves to crunch on the leftover popcorn kernels like I am. The Uncommon Goods Kernel Sifter will discard the un-popped kernels like a colander at the bottom of your bowl so you could even save them for later.
Best for Privacy
Want to experience a surround sound experience without bothering everyone else in the house? The Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphone System not only comes with Bass Boost and a rechargeable wireless battery but also closed-back, surround sound listening modes.
Best for Staying In
Trap your loved ones on the couch for a season-long binge of your favorite TV show or film franchise with a comfortable weighted blanket. Luma’s option uses silk and bamboo fabric to cool and keep you comfy without overheating.
Best for Never Leaving Your House
This Bose sound system in your home is arguably the best a film can sound outside of going to the movie theater. Complete with a sound bar, two surround sound speakers, and a subwoofer for deep bass, this is the sound of a movie theater at home.
Best for Coffee Tables
This massive 544-page coffee table book detailing the life and movies of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick goes through his impressive 40-plus year career. It includes artwork and screenplays of cinema’s greats like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Eyes Wide Shut, Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove and The Shining.
Best for a Movie-Loving Couple
Add your custom movie title, stars, date and color to create your own marquee print to hang in your home. Whether it’s an anniversary or an inside joke, this cute customizable piece pays tribute to the greatest love story of all time: yours.
Best for Nostalgia
Ditch the microwavable box popcorn and dip into the nostalgia of a real popcorn maker and kettle in retro gold and white. It also comes with a candy dispenser and interior lights.
Best for the Visionary
Sit like a movie king and feel like you’re directing the action on your very own director’s chair. Made of standard oak and black canvas, sit high on a piece of movie prop history that has lasted over a hundred years.
Best for Monster Mayhem
Show your support for the king of all monsters with the Criterion Godzilla Blu-ray box set, gathering 15 of the celebrated Japanese kaiju films from 1954 to 1975. With gorgeous art and just eight discs, the sleek collection is perfect for anyone looking to go through Godzilla’s iconic and campy filmography.
Best for Game Night
Test your knowledge of Steve Buscemi cameos and celebrity degrees of separation in this card game. With over 150 cards, there are multiple ways to play, from guessing as many films a specific actor starred in to finding the film with the most stars in your hand.
Best for Completionists
Dive into 1,500 must-see films and check them off as you watch with this handy poster. Featuring films of every genre and decade, this massive 24-inch by 36-inch guide will help you become a movie buff in no time.
Best for Fantasy Lovers
The Lord of the Rings extended director’s cut trilogy is nearly 12 hours long. For fans of the series, that’s enough movie for a lifetime. And the fact that this Blu-ray set play the series in Ultra HD means that the eye of Sauron will stare right into your soul from the screen.
Best for the Authentic Movie Theater Experience
Complete your home theater experience by adding the actual seats that would be manufactured and sold to an AMC or Regal movie theater near you. Available is a set of three, there would be no better way to recreate the feeling of being in a movie theater.
Best for Kids
The personalized family movie night blanket may be a little cheesy, but young kids may think it’s cute to have their name on a blanket when you sit down as a family for some light-hearted, animated flick. Detailed like a clapperboard, the throw blanket is customizable with movie names, take numbers, scene titles, dates, and anything else you would want to be printed.
Best for Collectors
Authenticated and documented, this 1920s film projector is the real (pun intended) deal. Whether you want to try and acquire some 16mm film to use—or whether it would be the coolest display item you’ve ever owned—you can treat your home theater like a little movie museum with this piece of theater history.
Oh, you mean to tell me you’ve never heard of the 1870’s Praxinoscope? It’s an optical illusion machine using real film that can project a man running, riding a horse or just about any collection of images in motion on film tape. Like a spinning flipbook, it’s one of the most fascinating inventions of the 19th century.
Best for Enetering the 21st Century
For the movie buff or film producer with reels still at home, join us in the year 2022 with this 8mm digital film scanner. This nifty machine can scan analog film strips and convert them into digital files on an SD card for instant viewing.
Roku Smart LED television screens now have streaming services just built right into the display, making them incredibly easy to surf around and find the perfect movie. Roku also makes the Alto sound bar for an additional fee that can enhance the sound of your next TV binge.
Best Repurposed Furniture
Ceramicist Breck Armstrong turns old 1930s film reels into beautifully modern aluminum and glass side tables, perfect for a home theater or movie lover’s furniture collection. Because of the nature of the materials, the table is also made from completely recycled resources.
Best for Popcorn Munchers
The only thing better than gourmet popcorn served in retro movie boxes is an assortment of seasonings to go with it. White cheddar, dill pickle and caramel are just three of the six seasonings in this box set for popcorn lovers looking to spice up their favorite movie snack.
Best for Marvel Fans
Miss the good old days of early Marvel films like Iron Man, Captain America, and The Avengers? Just starting out with your MCU fandom now? The limited-edition Blu-ray box set of the first six Marvel films is the perfect fan gift for that MCU-obsessed person in your life, complete with a light-up Infinity Stone case.