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7 Awesome Movies that are Re-Watchable Over and Over Again

7 Re-Watchable Movies that can be watched over and over again

Do you have a movie that you can re-watch over and over again? It might be a terrible movie. It might be a good movie, everyone else finds to be terrible. It might be a guilty pleasure movie. It might just be a movie that makes you smile.

Every film Geek has them and now I’m sharing the movies I can re-watch over and over again with you – check it out!

The Backstory

For as long as I remember, I’ve loved watching movies.

They’ve helped me pass away many lonely hours as a teenager, when I was socially inept (more so than I am already) and didn’t know how to fix myself. Escapism became my vice of choice and movies were my drug.

Despite returning to a relatively normal state in my later years (not too later, might I add) I still use movies as vehicle for escapism. I use them to fight boredom, to overcome a bad day at work and, even better, to stave off the Sunday night blues, when the threat of Monday morning looms yet again.

In doing so, I discovered a truth that had been staring me right in the face all along: there can be difference between the quality and the watchability of a movie.

What I mean by that is I often find myself re-watching my guilty pleasure movies more regularly than the ones I count as the best movies of all time. Take Schindler’s List for example. It’s a very good movie, one of the very best I would argue, but I won’t necessarily re-watch it on a regular basis. I think I’ve watched it like 2 times in the last five years. Why? Because the movie makes me sad and most of the time the thought of re-watching a sad movie doesn’t appeal to me – does it anybody?

Of course, in the quality vs. re-watchability argument, I don’t believe the two classifications have to be mutually exclusive. Not all the movies I re-watch on a regular basis are my guilty pleasures, some are quality movies which have been critically well-received by even the staunchest of critic.

The Criterion

The criterion for my list is real simple: what 7 movies can I regularly re-watch (at the very least once a month). You might not agree with my list, in fact some of the titles might be downright controversial in your eyes, but these are my choices regardless. This list contains some of my guilty movie pleasures and it also contains some critically acclaimed movies – I’ll let you decide which is which.

If you dislike or agree with my list or even if you just want to share your own, then I strongly encourage you to let your opinions be known in the comments at the end of the post.

The List

With all of the babble out of the way, let’s get down to the list.

7. Constantine

7 aweosme re-watchable movies: Constantine

This is arguably the most controversial movie on the list and one of my guilty pleasures. Yes, as a comic book geek I’m supposed to despise the movie because it pretty much destroys the much loved John Constantine character. At the same time, as a movie fan I’m supposed to hate the movie due to Keanu Reeves’ questionable performance or even to some questionable acting abilities.

And don’t think I don’t understand and accept these points. I usually hate it when comic book movies completely butcher a character and I certainly don’t consider Keanu Reeves the greatest actor of all time – but I can’t escape the simple truth that the movie just clicked with me.

Movie Quote
Angela Dodson: I guess God has a plan for all of us.
John Constantine: God’s a kid with an ant farm, lady. He’s not planning anything.

I thought the storyline was intriguing, the position the movie version of the Constantine character found himself in was entirely engrossing and Keanu’s performance as the guy who says ‘fuck you’ to everybody, including the devil, was captivating – I truly can’t fault the guy.

I know I’m just about the only person who likes this movie and I fully accept that. What can I say? It’s a guilty pleasure so mock me if you must.

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6. The Blues Brothers

Blues Brothers

It’s difficult to pigeon-hole The Blues Brothers, which is probably one of the reasons why I love it so much. It’s a comedy, it’s a crime movie, it’s a musical, hell, in some twisted sense it’s a love story.

But I think it’s much more than that.

Movie Quote
Elwood: Illinois Nazis.
Jake: I hate Illinois Nazis.

The Blue’s Brothers is the very definition of cool. That’s how I’d best describe my feelings for the blues brothers. It’s that simple. That’s why I love it and that’s why I love re-watching it at least once a month.

The acting, the music, the story, cameo appearances by veritable music legends, John fucking Belushi – it’s got it all. It’s also a fun movie to watch that’ll have you laughing, singing, dancing and loving every minute of it.

This movie always cheers me up.

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5. Serenity

Serenity

What kind of re-watchable movie list would this be without something from the great man himself: Joss Whedon. His touch on movies – and TV shows for that matter – could make even the most unpalatable of movies vastly intriguing.

Serenity is not one of those unpalatable movies. It’s sci-fi. It revisits Whedon’s entirely awesome Firefly TV series and brings back those characters everyone loves. How can this movie NOT be on my list?

Movie Quote
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Ah, hell, Shepherd, I ain’t looking for help from on high. That’s a long wait for a train don’t come.
Shepherd Book: Why when I talk about belief, why do you always assume I’m talking about God?

In typical Joss Whedon style, the movie has the ability to convey comedy, action, mystery and tear-jerking sadness within the blink of an eye. It makes you feel a whole spectrum of emotions from one scene to the next and I love movies and TV shows that have this complexity.

I can re-watch Serenity over and over again not only because it appeals to all of my geek sensibilities, but also because it’s an unrelenting rollercoaster of action and adventure right from the get-go, which leaves you hopelessly and entirely captivated.

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4. The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element

As I’ve stated in the previous movie choice – and pretty much in every single post I’ve ever done on this blog – I’m a sci-fi geek. A big one. I love all the sci-fi classic books. I subscribe to the ‘big 3’ sci-fi short story magazines. In the dictionary, next to the word ‘geek’, there will be a picture of me. Or possibly the comic book guy from The Simpsons, but I doubt you’d be able to tell the difference anyway.

I love the Fifth Element because it’s a colourful mixture if science fiction goodness, with a massive lump of pure action. In short, it’s one hell of a ride.

Movie Quote
Police: Are you classified as human?
Korben Dallas: Negative, I am a meat popsicle.

The world Luc Besson crafts for this movie is simply breath-taking and he manages to paint a really thorough world view as a stunning backdrop against the entirely compelling storyline.

I loved the interaction between the main characters of the movie, particularly Chris Tucker, Gary Oldman, Bruce Willis and Ian Holm. Everything flowed so smoothly throughout the movie from the acting to the plot progression and contained pretty much everything you could ever want from a movie: action, adventure, comedy, a love story, good vs. evil (on multiple levels), you name it, this movie has it.

Did you know?
The language spoken by Leeloo was invented by director Luc Besson and further refined by Milla Jovovich. By the end of filming they were able to have full conversations in this language.

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3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

I love John Hughes movies. I have a soft spot in my heart for a good number of the movies he’s written, with classics such The Breakfast Club, The Great Outdoors and Ferris Bueller’s Day off how could I not?

But the movie that I can watch month upon month without a doubt is Planes, Trains & Automobiles. I can quote a good portion of the dialogue, I still laugh at the right places and I still think it’s the saddest thing ever to see Del sitting in the train station all alone at the end of the movie.

Movie Quote
Del: You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I’m an easy target. Yeah, you’re right, I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you… but I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings. Well, you think what you want about me; I’m not changing. I like… I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. ‘Cause I’m the real article. What you see is what you get.

Much like other movies in this list, I think I like the movie so much because it can’t make me laugh and it can make me cry within the blink of an eye.

But it’s more than that with this movie.

I feel the movie allows me to empathise with the characters to a ridiculous degree. Whether that’s all down to the writing or whether it’s down to the truly outstanding talents of Steve Martin and John Candy, I can’t quite determine. It’s probably more like a seamless cohesion of the two that makes everything work so damn well.

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2. My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny

I think my love of My Cousin Vinny ultimately boils down to the fact that I love a good underdog movie and what better underdog movie is there than My Cousin Vinny? Okay, there are a few decent rivals which some may consider better, but I think a street smart New York former mechanic, with a ridiculously hot girlfriend, who takes on a case which is trying to pin a bogus murder rap on his Nephew and his friend is much more entertaining. And much funnier.

I love seeing an angry and argumentative Joe Pesci. I think it’s hilarious when he gets worked up and on a rant and it’s even funnier when he has a smart ass girlfriend and a hard ass to bounce off.

Movie Quotes
Lisa: [angry tone] What the fuck is going on here, Vinny? You fucking up this case or what?
Vinny Gambini: I explained it to you already, didn’t I? It’s a procedure. I’m learning all this as I go along. I’m bound to fuck up a little.
Lisa: A little? You’ve been thrown in jail twice!

There are so many iconic and hilarious scenes in the movie it’s ridiculous and every time I watch the movie, despite already knowing precisely how the movie is going to turn out, I find myself still emotionally invested in the plight of the characters; I still feel for them and the situation they find themselves in. Whether it’s the helpless plight of the wrongly accused boys, or whether it’s Vinny’s rebellious nature in front of the judge or even the moments leading up to winning the case in the conclusion of the movie.

How many films can you watch over and over again and still be as emotional invested in the movie as you were the first time you watched it? Very few I’d wager.

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1. The Man from Earth

The Man from Earth

I caught The Man from Earth long after it’d been released. I remember the very first time I watched it very well. It was summer 2010. I was on holiday from work, but didn’t have any place to go. Naturally, I was bored out of my mind.

I remember having a desire to watch science fiction and consequently blew through a good number of my sci-fi standards: Serenity, The Alien Trilogy, Fifth Element, The Cube, you name it. I wanted something new; I wanted a movie that would blow me away. It was asking a lot, I realised, but I took to the internet regardless in search of such a film.

Then I came across The Man from Earth. A good number of my online buddies recommended the independent movie to me and at first I was sceptical. I checked the movie out on imdb and only recognised two of the actors whom starred in the film; the legend that is Tony Todd of Candy Man / The Rock / Platoon fame and John Billingsley who I knew (and liked) solely from the ill-fated Enterprise Star Trek TV show and that one episode of Stargate SG1 he guest starred in.

Movie Quotes
Edith: [talking about God] He’s everywhere. We just can’t see him.
Harry: Pfft. If this was the best I could do, I’d be hiding, too.

The first thing that stopped me from just clicking to a different movie was the imdb rating. Usually I don’t pay much credence to such things, as I usually like to form my own opinion of a movie rather than simply pan it just because everyone else dislikes it. Plus my tastes are much different from other peoples – Constantine’s on this list is a prime example of that. Anyway, on this occasion I glanced at the rating and stopped in my tracks. 7.9 stars out of 10. For what, at face value, seemed like a small independent movie with no real substance or even star appeal? Such a rating seemed ridiculous, but it intrigued me enough to at least check out the plot summary on imdb.

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years

I was hooked immediately and I knew right then and there I had to watch this movie. I ordered it via Amazon and it shuffled through my letter box the next day.

I was blown away.

I loved the simplicity of the movie more than anything; the idea of a movie simply about a group people sitting around a living room talking and still managing to make the story entirely captivating. It was breath-taking, awe-inspiring even. A really strong story which the obviously talent actors took and ran with.

I’ve watched the movie so many times now it has become nothing less than an inspiration to me; an inspiration on how to tell a story, develop credible characters in incredible circumstances and also how to progress a plot. It also proves beyond a shadow of a doubt what we all already knew; explosions, action and adventure don’t necessarily make a great movie. Actors are the key, story the lock.

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What do you think?

First of all, if you haven’t seen any of the above movies, I strongly recommend that you do so. They are awesome. In my opinion, which brings me to another important point – all of these selections are my opinion. I don’t expect you to agree with them, but please do tell me what you think of the selection in the comments below.

Also, I fully encourage you to comment on this article with the movies you love to watch over and over again – it’d be awesome to see your lists.

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