Our 25 Favorite Gifts in Movie History

5. 1885 Clock Tower Photo – Back to the Future Part III (1990)

After three movies of travellng through time, Marty McFly isn’t left with much other than some memories. Enter Doc Brown and his time traveling train, who gives his good friend a photo they took together 100 years prior. That, my friends, is what I call an awesome memento.

4. Gizmo – Gremlins (1984)

Billy’s dad wants to get his son something great. Something memorable. He finds that in a small little shop. The Mogwai, Gizmo, might have a few checks in the minus column — the feeding routine is a pain — but when he’s on his own, he’s your best friend while also being as cute as a button. Just be sure to follow the rules.

Christmas Story BB Gun

3. Red Ryder BB Gun – A Christmas Story (1983)

The fact the Red Ryder BB Gun is given in one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time definitely helps give it more weight. But on its own it means so much more. It’s that toy you wanted forever as a child. That one thing you desired more than anything. Then, on Christmas morning, you got the object in your hands. Ralphie’s Red Ryder BB Gun represents one of the best feelings in the world. Side note: The pink Bunny Costume almost won out, but we decided to go sentimental.

2. Anakin’s Lightsaber – Star Wars (1977)

Maybe Luke’s father really didn’t want him to have this when he was old enough. Maybe his uncle really would allow it. With the knowledge of what happens in the prequels, Obi-Wan’s words in this scene feel a little strange. Nevertheless, Anakin’s lightsaber passed to his son is the moment where not only does the new hope, Luke Skywalker, learn about his destiny as a Jedi, it’s the moment the world learned about them too. The moment we learned about the force. Plus, on a purely visual scale, the lightsaber is just gorgeous and as iconic as props come. One of the all time best gifts ever, period. But, you know, it’s kind of small compared to…

1. The Chocolate Factory – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

There have been a lot of great gifts on this list. Gifts of all shapes and sizes. But none of them are as big, none of them are as important, and none of them are literally the subject of an entire movie like the Wonka Chocolate Factory. Think about it. The whole movie is basically the audience going along for the ride as Willy Wonka’s grand scheme to give the gift. Then it’s not until the final moments seen above that we know he’s giving Charlie everything. It’s the ultimate gift, wrapping up so many wonderful things in one: security, safety, chocolate, wealth, fame, you name it, and Charlie Bucket gets it.

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