The Most Rewatchable Movies

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by JCM, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. JCM

    JCM Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Columbus, Ohio
    So I was tooling around Twitter this evening without anything better to do and noticed this post: The 86 Most Rewatchable Movies Of All Time. I clicked it before I noticed who put together the list (BuzzFeed). I decided to scroll through the list and was kind of shocked at how the list didn't really match anything resembling what I would consider to be 'rewatchable'. Of course, everyone has their own perspective on such a subjective topic as this.

    But I still could help but think to myself how "off " that list seems. I consider to myself to be something of a cinephile; I've seen roughly 90% of the movies on that list at least once. And of that 90% there's maybe less than a dozen I would ever want to sit through again. And that's not passing judgement on the merit of the film as piece of art. That's a tacit admission of "I got it – I'm good". I don't need a 2nd visit with Cher from "Clueless" or the boys from "Hot Tub Time Machine".

    So, that got me to thinking, without really thinking, what movies would I consider the most 'rewatchable'? My definition of that being if you're clicking around on cable tv and it comes up you have a hard time stopping it and you find yourself watching it even if you are coming in at the middle or even three-quarters of the way through. Or, a movie that simply never fails to tickle your funny bone or stoke your imagination. And, is so ingrained in your psyche that you enjoy watching it out of anticipatory delight.

    These movies are the absolute first to come to mind for me:
    • The Godfather
    • The Godfather Part II
    • Caddyshack
    • Groundhog Day
    • Star Wars '77
    • The Empire Strikes Back
    • 12 Angry Men
    • Dr. Strangelove
    • GoodFellas
    • Casino
    Some I would classify as being among my personal favorites, some I would classify as examples of high art and some are enjoyable for unclassifiable reasons. They are not, necessarily, what I would consider to be the "Best Films Ever" or "My Favorite Movies Ever". Although, some might be.

    Simply put, these are the most 'rewatchable' movies, in my estimation.

    What's your list?
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2017
  2. neo123

    neo123 Forum Resident

    Northern Kentucky
    Off the top of my head:

    The Ten Commandments
    Star Wars
    The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
    Last Of The Mohicans
    Wizard Of Oz

    (There are many more and when I think of them, I will post more.)
  3. Standoffish

    Standoffish Don't you dare call me an ostrich!

    Die Hard
    The Usual Suspects
    Pulp Fiction
    Any 1980s John Hughes film
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  4. Gavinyl

    Gavinyl In And Around The Lake Resident

    Apocalypse Now...
  5. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

    Bellevue, WA
    Road House
    The Wizard of Oz
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Star Wars
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    The Big Lebowski
    The Sound of Music
    Blazing Saddles
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  6. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    If basic cable is to be believed, then apparently The Shawshank Redemption, and A Christmas Story.

    Reading the list naturally betrays the target demographic of of this little bon-bon of clickbait; checking the names of the fake participants brings it on home. What Ebert-lovin' cinephile lists a Katherine Heigel film for any reason - heck, I wouldn't even suggest one to fill a list of Katherine Heigel movies. The editor was clearly looking for estrogen here.
  7. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I have too many to list!
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  8. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

    Midland, Michigan
    Don Johnson and Rebecca De Mornay starred in this unbelievably bad court-room drama called Guilty As Sin. I can't stop watching it.
  9. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    Pulp Fiction
    The Godfather
    Taxi Driver
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly
    Star Wars
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
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  10. Bubba Zanetti

    Bubba Zanetti Forum Resident

    That was my first thought - endlessly absorbing and thought-provoking...
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  11. Bender Rodriguez

    Bender Rodriguez RIP Exene, best dog ever. 2005-2016

    New Jersey
    Princess Mononoke
    It Happened One Night
    Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    The Searchers
    Godfather II
    Edge of Tomorrow
    Blade Runner
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  12. TheVU

    TheVU Forum Resident

    Back To The Future.
  13. Kevin j

    Kevin j Forum Resident

    Seattle Area
    already mentioned, but "the big Lebowski" for me.
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  14. MonkeyLizard

    MonkeyLizard I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

    +1 Caddyshack
  15. JorgeGvb

    JorgeGvb Corvette Lover

    Virginia Beach
    Independence Day
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    LEONPROFF Forum Resident

    Many great movies by the posters. I will add:

    Empire Records
    That Thing You Do
    Michael Clayton
    Planes, Trains & Automobiles
    American Beauty

    Edit: I just looked at the official list. I would like to make a list of the worst lists and put this at the top but I would have no idea what would come in second.
  17. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    First one that came to mind is Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter. I haven't seen many movies that reward repeated viewings like that one.
  18. Jeff Kent

    Jeff Kent Forum Resident

    Mt. Kisco, NY
    Blues Brothers
    Shawshank Redemption
    Dark Crystal
    Baron Munchausen
    All the Pixar movies
    Most of the Disney movies
    A lot of the Marvel movies
  19. Rodney Toady

    Rodney Toady Waste of cyberspace

    Most of Hitchcock's
  20. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

    San Diego, CA, USA
    From that article is sure shows what generation responded.

    What about the 'old' epics like Ben Hur, Spartacus, El Cid, Giant, Gone With the Wind....
  21. joelee

    joelee Senior Member

    Is it just me or do others here have an issue now with Goodfellas? Loved it when it came out but don't like it that much now. I think it could be Liotta but I can't put a finger on it. I still really like Sasino though.
  22. For me a key element of a rewatchable movie is that it's more character-based than plot-based, because you can spend time with characters many times but once you know the mechanics of the plot, a heavily plot-centric movie can get kinda drab when watched again. Comic elements and a lack of romantic subplots to slow things down also help. Having said that, some of my faves are:

    Repo Man
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    Fight Club
    Dazed and Confused
    Before Sunrise
    Dr Strangelove
    Boogie Nights
    Slap Shot

    Among non-music documentaries, I've found Bukowski: Born Into This to be particularly rewatchable, along with the unrated version of Wadd: The Life and Times of John C Holmes.
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  23. sloaches

    sloaches Forum Resident

    The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre. I watched it last night, and man it's a great movie that holds up incredibly well.
  24. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    of all the gin joints in all the world......

    Casablanca! Never gets old
  25. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    This Is Spinal Tap.

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