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The 10 Most Rewatchable Movies of All Time

23 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists | by Vitor Guima

Cinephiles always – or almost always – have a few movies that they can watch many, many times without getting tired of them. Whether they’re greatly written, feature amazing performances, have great characters or are simply fun, we’ve all got our personal favorites when it comes to movies.

With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 great movies that are very rewatchable for one or more of the aforementioned reasons. Also, it’s never too late to remember that many things interfere in the choice of the titles, but as always, memory and personal preferences are the main factors. If you think any other film should be on this list, please leave it as a recommendation in the comments section below.

So, here are the 10 most rewatchable movies of all time.

 

10. The Big Lebowski (1998), directed by Joel & Ethan Coen

Very few filmmakers can write as amazingly well as Joel and Ethan Coen. Being among the greatest filmmakers of their generation – and of contemporary cinema on a whole – the Coen brothers, from the beginning of their career with “Blood Simple” (1984) and “Raising Arizona” (1987), to their Palme d’Or winner “Barton Fink” (1991), to the Oscar winners “Fargo” (1996) “No Country for Old Men” (2007), are able to show how they can use comedy in a very unique way, allied with the usual comedy of errors genre, a constant in their career.

In “The Big Lebowski”, a movie that might appear to have a very simple premise but has many layers in it, they deliver probably the funniest movie of their careers. The film follows “The Dude” Lebowski, a man who is mistaken for a millionaire that has the same name as he does and, because of this mistake, two thugs invade his house, urinate on his rug and tell him about a debt he is not even aware of. From that moment on, he goes after this rich man who’s in pursuit of a new rug, but things get very complicated.

The stellar cast, with amazing performances by Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro, is just one reason why “The Big Lebowski” is worth watching, but the writing of this film and the great characters make this film among the best in the Coen brothers’ careers. Very, very rewatchable.

 

9. Die Hard (1988), directed by John McTiernan

If “Die Hard” is not the best action film ever made, it is really, really close to ranking in first place. Written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, based on the book by Roderick Thorp, and directed by John McTiernan, who had previously helmed “Predator” (1987), this film is a lesson in terms of action movies.

In “Die Hard” we follow John McClane (Bruce Willis), a policeman from New York who travels to Los Angeles to visit his wife who works for a corporation called Nakatomi. At the Christmas party of the company, a group of criminals led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) holds everyone hostage except for John. From that moment on, he is going to have to save everybody by himself.

This cleverly written script allied with great action scenes and an amazing lead character definitely puts “Die Hard” among the greatest action movies ever made and also among the most rewatchable films in history. This makes it number 9 on our list.

 

8. The Dark Knight (2008), directed by Christopher Nolan

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With this film, Christopher Nolan set the bar very high for all the other superhero movies that came after it. Written by Jonathan & Christopher Nolan with a story by Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer, it is very fair to believe “The Dark Knight” is the best superhero movie ever made.

In this story that takes place one year after the events of “Batman Begins” (2005), this film starts with Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) successfully fighting crime in Gotham City. But when a psychopath called the Joker (Heath Ledger) appears in Gotham, a new wave of chaos is spread through the city and Batman (Christian Bale) needs to stop him.

Although it has some small problems in the action’s mise en scène, the editing and writing of this film – especially the relationship between Batman and Joker – are simply superb. With so many layers in it, this is another very rewatchable movie and a mandatory film for any fan of action movies.

 

7. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), directed by Steven Spielberg

Raiders of the Lost Ark

A list of the most rewatchable movies of all time could not be complete without a film directed by Steven Spielberg. Having directed many films loved by audiences, more than one of Spielberg’s films could fit on this list, including “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) and “Jurassic Park” (1993), but for this one, we chose “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981).

In the 1930s, the film follows the story of archeology professor Indiana Jones who, after living an adventure in South America in pursuit of a golden statue and having miraculously gotten out of a trap alive, hears about an artifact called the Ark of the Covenant, something that is supposed to hold the key for humanity’s existence. He then goes on an adventure in search of the artifact, having to fight lots of Nazis along the way.

This iconic film from the 1980s with Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman got three sequels to date, and set the start to a franchise beloved by audiences with one of the most iconic characters from that decade. It’s a great Spielberg film that is very, very rewatchable and deserves a place on this list.

 

6. City Lights (1931), directed by Charlie Chaplin

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Also, a list of the most rewatchable movies of all time would definitely not be complete if it did not have a Chaplin film in it. “City Lights” is one of the best films from one of cinema’s greatest masters.

In this movie, a tramp falls in love with a blind girl who’s going through financial trouble and, with the help of a rich alcoholic that is his friend, he is able to help her. Also known as “City Lights: A Comedy Romance in Pantomime”, this movie has all of Chaplin’s classic traces.

With another great script by Chaplin and one of the most iconic ending scenes in cinema history, “City Lights” is a film that is mandatory for any cinephile and a movie you can surely watch again and again and again.

 

 

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  • Veteran

    Great list! For kindergarten… Nonsense. Useless. Shallow. Garbage.

    • Steve Dodds

      You sound surprised at the state of affairs around here? Welcome back Taste of Cinema; It’s all gone to hell. Here’s a crayon to chew on and a Wes Anderson film to wipe away your drool.

  • Ricardo Correia

    The Dark Knight? That piece of shit?

    • Steve Dodds

      Just enjoy the best Joker bits on YouTube and you’re done.

      Watch that movie again? What? It’s a piece of shit!

      • Ricardo Correia

        I hate it

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      Dark Knight is really boring. And that length is inexcusable!

      • Brandon Thompson

        I don’t think so. It’s a well executed crime thriller in the vein Michael Mann’s films.

        • Jules F. Melo Borges

          I think so.
          I rather watch ‘Heat’ or ‘Thief’, even ‘Miami Vice’ twice in a row than rewatch Dark Knight.

        • Chapman Baxter

          It is well executed, but one of the top ten most watchable films of all time? Really?

          Top fifty, perhaps.

  • DonkeYes

    The Dark Knight is a good movie. However I wouldn’t really call it rewatchable. To me, rewatchable movies are something like Die Hard (listed here), the Rocky movies, Vacation, Home alone etc. Stuff like that.

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      Don’t forget ‘Predator’.

      • DonkeYes

        Yes!

  • nicoal

    Rewatchable is a matter of individual preference, isn’t it? There are horror movies I’ve seen a dozen times, but half of these I’ve only seen once.

    • Rifat Araf

      Doesn’t that goes for all the lists on this site?

      • nicoal

        For quite a few, yes.

    • Chapman Baxter

      Yes, it’s even more subjective than listing the ‘best movies of all time’, but I definitely concur with most of this list, especially The Big Lebowski, Die Hard, Back to the Future and Casablanca. I’m not sure about TDK and It’s a Wonderful Life though. TDK is a great Batman film, but it doesn’t have the same rematch value as the 1989 Batman movie (TDK is too serious and earnest by comparison), and although It’s a Wonderful Life is one of my all time favourite films, does anyone watch it outside the Christmas period?

      • nicoal

        Just very subjective when it comes to “rewatchable”. I really liked TDK, I’ve watched it many times. But I’ve only seen “It’s A Wonderful Life” once, and don’t plan on watching it again. Not my thing personally.

  • Ricardo Correia

    Ja tens feito listas melhores Vitor

  • Zwei

    Rio Bravo (1959)
    His Girl Friday (1940)
    Goodfellas (1990)

  • Gilang Apsara

    In Indonesia, the most rewatchable movies are :

    10. Sky High / Zoom
    9. Baby’s Day Out
    8. Home Alone
    7. Toy Story Trilogy
    6. Kung Fu Hustle
    5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    4. The Karate Kid
    3. Cars
    2. Finding Nemo
    1. Up

  • HDbfly

    Body Heat (1981)
    All About Eve (1950)
    Choose Me (1984)
    Days of Heaven (1978)

    You have a bunch of mainstream claptrap that is *easy* to rewatch, at the bottom of the list. The top is much better.

  • Foo Koon Sang

    1. Grease
    2. The Sound Of Music
    3. Oliver!
    4. My Fair Lady
    5. Enter The Dragon

  • jann1k

    Hot Fuzz, Snatch, Starship Troopers.

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      Starship Troopers is real fun. I could honestly watch that 5 times in a roll.

    • Chapman Baxter

      Hot Fuzz FTW!

  • giorgio palmas

    M*A*S*H (1970)
    Let It Ride (1989)
    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    Se7en (1995)
    Let it Ride is one of the most original American comedies ever. A great cast* playing quirky goofy characters with a fresh free style.
    *Richard Dreyfuss
    Teri Garr
    Jennifer Tilly
    Alan Garfield
    David Johansen
    Mary Woronos
    Cynthia Nixon
    Michelle Phillips
    Richerd Edson

  • grootrm

    Predator (1987) is my personal most re-watched movie

    • giorgio palmas

      Now in 3D.

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      True.

  • David

    Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Goodfellas (1990)
    Fight Club (1999)
    The Social Network (2010)
    Boogie Nights (1997)
    The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

  • Vincent

    Every Monty Python movie, Blazing Saddles, Naked, 2001, Drowning by Numbers, This Is Spinal Tap, Vertigo, The Wicker Man, Aguirre, Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Repulsion and Amarcord are the first that come to my mind. It’s a very personal thing. It all depends on the atmosphere in films as well as the quality of the story and the acting etc. There are great films i wouldn’t want to see a second time like Salo, Come and See to name just two.

  • Adrian

    Rear Window, 12 Angry Men, Great Escape

  • What about Coming to America, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Caddyshack, Trading Places? These are staples that my family watches over and over again.

  • Jules F. Melo Borges

    I could barely finish ‘The Dark Knight’ once. Man, what a bore!
    A lousy Crime movie with a bunch of dressed up loonies.

  • Tim O’Hare

    The Social Network

  • Ted Wolf

    I related to a lot of this list. I would add Napoleon Dynamite and Planet of the Apes

  • Vincenzo Politi

    Breakfast at Tiffany 🙂

  • bluesborn

    This felt like it got a little off track and we wound up with a blend of two lists: “most rewatchable” plus “great classic films.” Anyway there are so many candidates regardless of category. In fact they don’t even have to be that great to still be eminently rewatchable. There are low rent horror flicks out there I’ve seen umpteen times just ’cause I get a kick out of them. “Return of The Living Dead” the “Feast” trilogy wet towel snap to the dangly bits of my juvenile mind…

  • Movie Eater

    The Evil Dead trilogy. Endlessly rewatchable.

  • corvus coraX

    Hahahaha, Home Alone is on the first place

  • Criticus

    I’d put the whole Dark Knight Trilogy in this list. All three movies are worth watching, and rewatching.

  • Criticus

    Oh, and why is there Raiders of the Lost Ark but not The Last Crusade?

    And why is Fight Club not in this list?

  • Jeroen Ledderhof

    The Usual Suspects
    Memento

  • Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, Gone with the Wind, Singin’ in the Rain.

  • Chapman Baxter

    Of the three, yes THREE, Indiana Jones films I think Temple of Doom is the most rewatchable. Last Crusade is my favourite overall because of the interplay between Henry Jones Jr and Sr, and the greater emotional emphasis, but for a pure adrenaline buzz that never flags Temple of Doom wins out from the “Anything Goes” opening number to Short Round’s elephant spraying a trunk full of water over Indy and Willie Scot mid-snog.

  • Justin Jones

    This might be a worst re-watchable list. I think generally most would disagree here. Barely a couple