Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

“This means something. This is important.” There’s this incredibly compelling sense of mystery and discovery, yearning and wonder throughout the film; it’s got the nuts and bolts scenes of typical sci-fi investigation but there’s a wholly human element here too, as evidenced by Roy’s tragic arc (it was just tragic–a gross negligence, really–that the film ultimately didn’t paint it as such; that certainly would’ve added some fascinating nuance to the triumphant final scene). Wonderful camerawork.