5. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
At a 180-minute running length, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a little overlong and thus many might not consider it suitable for this list. However, the film has so many rewatchable scenes – who didn’t rewatch the Lamborghini scene or Matthew McConaughey’s chant? – that even if you won’t revisit the whole thing, you might find yourself wanting to enjoy some of its parts more than once.
Martin Scorsese’s take on the life of corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort is filled with humor, memorable lines, sex, drugs, and the world record for the use of the f-word. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a purely entertaining movie that pleases the audiences and balances its lack of a deeper meaning with great performances and – like you would expect from Scorsese – fantastic direction.
4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a 22 year-old rock bassist who has met the girl of his dreams (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but has to defeat her seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is based on a series of graphic novels, and you can really tell it from its distinctive style and editing. The film was directed by Edgar Wright, who at the time of its release was already known for acclaimed comedies “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” In “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” Wright’s signature visual and humor style gets even better by incorporating elements from comic books and video games.
The film has a really fast paced action, is filled with lots of jokes and references to video games and nerd culture, and is one of the most entertaining movies of the last few years. Despite its initial box office failure, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” has become a modern cult classic and is always fun to watch.
3. Nightcrawler (2014)
With exceptional acting from Jake Gyllenhaal, an original screenplay, and a great overall production, “Nightcrawler” is a truly captivating film that was unfortunately a little underrated back in 2015, when Gyllenhaal didn’t receive a Best Actor nomination at the 87th Academy Awards, despite giving a performance that many might consider better than those of all of the nominated actors.
Gyllenhaal plays a so-called “nightcrawler,” an independent journalist who wanders the streets of Los Angeles night after night, always in search of some shocking footage to sell to the local news channels. The film is gritty, thrilling, and features one of the most charismatic performances of the last decade, which many compared to De Niro’s iconic role from “Taxi Driver.” “Nightcrawler” is definitely a rewatchable film.
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Wes Anderson’s films are always colorful, rich in detail, and filled with quirky characters and over-the-top action, so you could probably put all of them on a most rewatchable movies list. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was one of 2014’s critically acclaimed films, with many calling it Anderson’s best movie yet, and earned no fewer than nine Academy Award nominations, winning four of them.
With an ensemble cast that includes – among many others – Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, and Wes Anderson’s longtime collaborator Bill Murray, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” follows Mr. Gustave H (Fiennes), the concierge of a famous hotel who gets accused of stealing a precious renaissance painting, and forms a friendship with lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), who helps him regain his freedom.
From its beautiful production design to the memorable characters, the comical plot and Alexandre Desplat’s award-winning score, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a film that has “rewatchable” written all over it.
1. Whiplash (2014)
One of the best films of this decade, “Whiplash” is also an extremely entertaining movie that benefits from two amazing performances from J.K. Simmons (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this performance) and Miles Teller, great direction from Damien Chazelle, and last but not least, lots and lots of jazz music.
The film follows the tense relationship between Andrew Neiman (Teller), a talented young jazz drummer from New York, and Terence Fletcher (Simmons), an overly pretentious teacher who manages to get the best out of his students by pushing them to their limits – physically and psychologically.
From beginning to end, “Whiplash” is a film that is anything but boring, and will motivate you like no other movie (even if you’re not a musician). As for music lovers, “Whiplash” is worth watching again and again, if only for its fantastic jazz soundtrack.