jessica tholmer
Updated Nov 27, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

It’s been 84 years, and we can still smell the fresh paint. Okay, it’s actually been 20 years since Titanic came out, and we can still smell the fresh popcorn from the many times we journeyed to the theater to watch it. After all this time, we can’t believe that we missed such an important historically accurate detail in Titanic. But after you read this, the phrase “meet me at the clock” will be even more significant.

We love hidden gems and theories about our favorite movie. This Titanic theory about Rose imagining Jack totally freaked us out. And this Titanic theory about Jack being a time traveler is absolutely life-changing. Seriously, it’ll change the way you watch the movie forever. But theories and jokes aside, the historical accuracy of Titanic is one of the many (many, many) things to love about the classic film.

Are you ready for this historically accurate detail to blow your mind? Here goes: You know how at the very end of the movie, Jack and Rose reunite at the clock? And it represents the moment they really fell in love? Well, the clock reads 2:20. And the time that the actual Titanic sank? You guessed it: 2:20. What an incredible hidden little detail. We have goosebumps.

Director James Cameron really paid attention to every detail.

His thoroughness is prevalent when he discusses creating the film.

Cameron delved deep into the history of the event and truly did his research. As he told Collider, retelling history is no easy task.

Though we may never fully understand every intricate detail of the ship’s sinking, Cameron did a pretty darn good job detailing the event. From the clock ticking by at 2:20 to the recreation of exact historical moments, Titanic is a historical homage.

And an incredible love story.

ICYMI, Titanic is coming back to the theaters after 20 years for one week, starting on December 1st. If you never got the chance to see the powerhouse on the big screen, get thee to a theater!