- Awesome Music: The soundtrack itself was a massive step up from the early style that the lads had been using to that point, with improved harmony, better instrumental range, and deeper lyrics. Songs like the title track, "Can't Buy Me Love," and "If I Fell" were immediate hits. Where the first two albums were good, this album is regularly viewed by critics as the first great album the Beatles released.note
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
- The Beatles taunt an old man on then train, walk away, then suddenly, they're outside, messing with him again, before they get back on, carrying Ringo for some reason.
- An In-Universe instance: During their show in the end, Paul's Grandfather enters the stage through a stage elevator, and George immediately shoves him off, much to the horror of the TV director.
- Fair for Its Day: The portrayal of the ambiguously gay T.V. director was surprisingly positive given that this film was made back in 1964.
- First Installment Wins: This is generally thought to be the best of the Beatles' movies.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: There are repeated jokes about murdering John Lennon....awkward.
- "A train and a room and a car and a room and a room and a room"...basically the kind of fishbowl atmosphere that the Beatles would really come to loathe by 1966, before they quit touring. They were prisoners of their own success, stayed in enclosed quarters under tight security, and never really got to enjoy being a touring band because it was hard for them to get out and enjoy the places they toured in without being, erm, surged after. Every country or city felt the same as the last one.
- Ringo Starr having the most fan mail is pretty sad in light of how in 2008, he announced he would no longer accept any more fan mail.
- Ringo (briefly) deserting the group became winceworthy when Ringo actually had quit out of frustration during the recording of The White Album in 1968, before being welcomed back by the other with flowers and card saying "Welcome home".
- Harsher in Hindsight: John's casual torment of Norm, the band's fictional manager note .
- Hilarious in Hindsight: John playing with a submarine in the bathtub and the presence of performers dressed as a military band in the TV studio.
- Also, the fake beard and mustache Paul wears to escape the ravenous fans in the film's opening looks pretty similar to the beard Paul would grow in his post-Beatles career.
- Ho Yay: John providing most of it by doing such things as singing love songs to Ringo, blinking frivolously at men on trains, and just briefly passing an effeminate, well-dressed man in a hallway and admiring his attire. That said, John spends a good deal of the movie hitting on women too.John: Gear costume.
- More when Ringo jumps around with that guy at the nightclub.
- Narm Charm: The Beatles never did any acting before, and there are times that they seem to hit their cues extremely prematurely, like George Harrison getting out a pen before being asked to sign an autograph, and Ringo Starr getting "hit" by the tire, even though it misses him by several inches.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The movie went a long way towards codifying a lot of the visual techniques and tropes of music videos that dominated The '80s music scene.
- Stock Footage Failure: When the Beatles get into the cab to their hotel, they're all wearing suits and ties, but when we cut to them driving off, John is inexplicably wearing a turtleneck and jacket, in footage taken from one of their tours.
- The Woobie: Ringo. It gets even worse when you find out that his "acting" in some of the shots wasn't actually actingthe poor kid was hung over and legitimately depressed.Ringo: It's [Paul's] grandfather. I can tell he doesn't like me. It's because I'm little.
YMMV / A Hard Day's Night