The current era has moved into a new dimension with a series of 3D movies launched every year. Nowadays, almost every action or sci-fi movie produced in Hollywood is created using 3D technology. With the technology getting advanced today and the trend being a hit among the audience worldwide, we are seeing a list of some top quality 3D movies produced in a single year.
Although, it seems like that 3D movies are garnering many accolades since the last decade, it will be surprising to many of you to know the fact that the 3D process has been around for more than 100 years now. Yes, you read it right. In the 1890s, William Friese-Greene patented this technology, which then required two films to be projected on the screen at the same time and a viewer was supposed to enjoy the 3D effect using a stereoscope.
However, the First ever 3D Film released to the audience was The Power of Love, that was premiered at the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel in 1922. But, the 3D technology didn’t get the much-needed attention until the ‘50s with some good number of 3D movies like Man in the Dark, House of Wax, It Came from Outer Space, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
In spite of a good number of releases in the ‘50s, the trend went down due to various different reasons. Eventually, the 3D culture experienced a boost with the entry of IMAX 3-D, which dominated the industry for over two decades. However, its list of success was limited to short films centered around animals, water exploration or space adventures. Although IMAX 3-D tried to revive the dying trend, the real resurgence of 3D movies was seen after the success of James Cameron’s Avatar released in 2009, which set new standards for 3D cinema.
Since then, there has been no turning back for 3D cinema till date. There are a number of 3D films released every year following the success of Avatar and we are experiencing a completely new genre of cinema altogether.
List of Best 3D Films
Ocean Wonderland (2003)
Ocean Wonderland is a 2003 3D documentary film about a middle-aged turtle who experiences an adventurous journey while moving to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Bahamas. Directed by Jean-Jacques Mantello, Ocean Wonderland is a marvelous voyage under the sea experiencing the lives of different sea creatures while exploring the vast beauty of the huge world under the big ocean. Ocean Wonderland has some great Pop out 3D effects.
Avatar is a 2009 epic sci-fi movie that actually set a new standard for 3D cinema worldwide. Directed by James Cameron, the film stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver in the lead roles. The movie is about humans exploration onto an inhabitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system called Pandora and their interactions as well as encounters with the local tribe of Pandora, known as Na’vi. At the time of its release, the movie broke all the major box office records and became the top grosser movie of all time surpassing Titanic. A sequel to this spectacular movie is scheduled for a release in late 2017.
Under the Sea (2009)
Under the Sea is a 2009 3D documentary film directed by Howard Hall. Under the narration of Jim Carrey, this 3D documentary takes you on an adventure ride to explore the depth of large sea around the parts of New Guinea and Southern Australia. With the amazing the technology and great pop out 3D Effects, the film will offer an experience where you will come face-to-face with beautiful and mysterious sea creatures while unveiling new depths of the oceans and discovering the effect of global climate change on Earth’s ecosystems.
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth installment of Resident Evil Film Series based on the Video Game of the same name. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the Resident Evil: Afterlife is the first movie of the series to be shot in 3D. Starring Milla Jovovich in the lead role as Alice, the movie follows Alice’s mission to rescue the remaining survivors in Los Angeles after the T-virus outbreak while taking a fight against the head of the Umbrella Corporation. Owing to the popularity of the franchise and the effect of 3D, the film went on to become the highest grosser in the series.