Okay, I know all films should be shown in their original format, but let’s face it, a lot of films wouldn’t suffer that greatly from having their image cropped. There are, however, a lot of films that ‘lose’ quite a lot in pan and scan format. Examples:
American Beauty. Some of the most evocative use of simple household sets I’ve ever seen. I can’t even imagine a cropped version of the dining room, or the painfully symmetric living room in the neighbours’ house. Hands off this one.
Unbreakable. This film has some of the most beautiful framing in history. Shyamalan (whatever his flaws in storytelling and character building may be) evokes the separate frames of comic books in ways that make me wish Ang Lee had been inspired by this film before making cough Hulk. The pan and scan version is a crime against humanity, and if it had been up to me, I would have returned the video.
Road to Perdition, for basically the same reasons, combined with some simply beautiful sets. “Majestic” doesn’t work well in pan and scan.
These are just a few off the top of my head. Any more that come to mind?