Movies that merit periodic re-watching

Yes, there are a few. Not many, because Hollywood likes to make crap, but there are a few. Movies that are so, something or other, that you must see them again, and have a copy of the video or DVD so that you can have them on hand in case you get the urge to see it again.

My personal candidates are

Night of the Living Dead
The Blair Witch Project

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Life of Brian
Lawrence of Arabia
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Gods Must Be Crazy
The Ring
Eating Raoul
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
*this is my nomination for the subcategory, movies you have to see at least two or three times in order to understand them. I sprained my cerebral cortex on Brazil the first time I saw it. After icing down my brain, I watched it again, and “got it”.
I’m sure there are others I need to see a few more times, but these top my rather long list. I don’t actually own most of them, but if I get a chance to see them, I go for it.

The Princess Bride

Office Space

This Is Spinal Tap
Toy Story
Life Is Beautiful

And having just seen it for the first time, I think Pulp Fiction might eventually belong in this category as well.

Askia’s Five

  1. The Stunt Man
  2. Let’s Do It Again/Uptown Saturday Night (double feature)
  3. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  4. Boyz In The Hood
  5. 12 Angry Men

I’ll second that. It totally surprised me at how popular this movie was/is. I thought I was the only person to have ever watched it until I came here.

And I’ll add, Ron Howards Apollo 13. It still amazes me at how mankind was able to send people to the moon with vacuum tubes and computers the size of rooms, all with less processing power than probably a casio databank watch.

I must have watched the variations on The Godfather a million times. GF I, GFII, The GF Saga, etc., etc.

Movies I’ve seen an indecent number of times:

Withnail & I
Office Space
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (in the 80s. I grew out of iteventually)

We’re watching The Princess Bride right now!

Forrest Gump
Groundhog Day
So, I Married an Axe Murderer

Fight Club

Movies that have multiple layers that require multiple viewings to dig through are the ones that come to mind from the OP. So, almost all movies by:

Paul Verhoeven
Stanley Kubrick
David Lynch
Roberto Rossellini
Anthony Mann
Lars Von Trier
Carl Theodor Dreyer
John Ford
Andrei Tarkovsky
King Vidor
Orson Welles
Alfred Hitchcock

. . . and that’s all I can think of for now.

This is probably not the most high brow list. Anytime any of these flims is on TV I have to watch it. I also have them on DVD.

  1. Grease
  2. Urban Cowboy
  3. Dirty Dancing
  4. Jackie Brown
  5. The Big Lebowski

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Princess Bride
Jackie Brown
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
Bend it Like Beckham
Best in Show
Royal Tenenbaums
Almost Famous
Topsy Turvy
Requiem for a Dream
The Seventh Seal

Citizen Kane (a film you can’t stop watching)
Singin’ in the Rain
A Christmas Story
Miracle on 34th Street
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Duck Soup
A Night at the Opera
Horse Feathers
The Fatal Glass of Beer
(The first time, you wonder why anyone thought it was funny; the second time, you think is has a few funny bits; the fifth time, you realize it’s one of the most hilarious films ever made)
Shakespeare in Love
Pulp Fiction
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
City Lights
Modern Times
The General
Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Bringing Up Baby
Annie Hall

My list is just my favorite movies.

Things that make my list that I haven’t spotted here yet:

Wizard of Oz

The first 3 Star Wars movies



City of Lost Children



Moulin Rouge!

Well, I don’t own this one yet. I should buy it because anytime I see it on TV I have to watch it and don’t get anything else done.

The Shawshank Redemption

Also, To Kill a Mockingbird

Others I do own:

The Princess Bride
The LOTR series
Monty Python and the Holy Grail


*Young Frankenstein * (I lost count of how many times I’ve watched this movie, some time after 15).

I have some other movies that have and have not been mentioned but these are the ones I watch the most.

Boondock Saints.