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SpokenTruth said:

The Princess Bride - most rewatchable and quotable movie in history.

Basic
The Usual Suspects
Dazed and Confused
Predator
Alien and Aliens
Ghostbusters
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Matrix
LoTR Trilogy
The Thing From Another World (1951 - stomps all over 1982 remake).
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
Clerks and Clerks II
Back to the Future

These two are disgustingly rewatchable.

The Princess Bride is also great, the whole list is great.

Predator and Aliens are those two action flicks that are always way more awesome than I remember them being each time I rewatch them.



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Phoenix20 said:

Game of Thrones, Terminator 1 & 2, Home Alone 1 & 2, Dark Knight Trilogy, Hangover Part 1, 2 & 3.
Star Wars 4 to 6, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Shrek 1 & 2, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Matrix Trilogy, Ironman 1, 2 &3.

Gladiator, Braveheart, Shawshank Redemption, Titanic, Finding Nemo.

I forgot about those two! Excellent flicks, and very re-watchable. I'd say Titanic remains to this day the quintessential romantic tragedy in film. Maybe even the best romantic film of all time barring Casablanca.



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Aliens
The Thing (1982)
Predator
Starship Troppers
Lord of the Rings
Friday
Die Hard 1, 2, 3
Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust
Police Story Films



Casablanca

This is one of those films that every person should watch at least 10 times. It's endlessly entertaining and filled with iconic scenes and lines that make it truly a unique masterpiece among all Hollywood films. Some others have this on their list, there's not much more to say, it came out in 1942, in the very heart of WW2 the year before the tide had turned with the development of anti-U-boat weaponry and Nazi military disasters in the first half of 1943. The fact that the film is full of iconic scenes is one thing, but when you begin spotting what emotion is acting and what emotion is real, then it takes on a whole new meaning.

Why is it rewatchable? All of the iconic scenes and lines, and the entertaining and emotional scenes.

Rear Window

Rear Window is, perhaps, the greatest concept film ever made. One of Alfred Hitchcock's most popular and critically acclaimed works, it features Jimmy Stewart, who plays Jeff, a photographer with a broken leg, and is slowly going mad of boredom and alcohol consumption. To make things worse, a summer heatwave. Also better, because his neighbours across the yard all have their windows open to cool off, and he spies on them, and eventually brings his nurse and his girlfriend Lisa (played by Princess Grace) into his less than moral behaviour. There are a series of multiple stories going on, throughout the neighbourhood, and stories inside the apartment (where the camera never leaves). Then Jeff believes he sees something happen: a murder. He builds the case up in his head, but is it real? This, in my opinion, is one of the most entertaining and rewatchable films of all time.

Why is it rewatchable? There are so many little things going on in this film, and it is, a concept that inspires the imagination, and the entertainment value.

Breathless

This film unifies the two previous ones. Alfred Hitchcock broke the rules of cinema, and was among the first true auteurs. Films like Breathless became the first step inspired legacy of Hitchcock, which, when examined a whole, shows the profound impact he had on the film industry as a whole. Breathless follows an anti-hero murderer who is heavily inspired by Humphrey Bogart. It takes a very non-traditional view of relationships, but perhaps one that is more realistic except for one element the protagonist hides from everyone he comes across... he's a psychopathic murderer. 

Why is it rewatchable? The film is full of style and substance, and while heavily influenced by Hitchcock, it's also one of the most unique films of its time.

American Psycho

And while on the topic of psychopaths, another film in the same legacy.

American Psycho is a dark comedy that satirizes the shallow and selfish psychopathic nature of Yuppie culture. Some people latch onto the mystery of whether or not Patrick Bateman is a killer... this element in the author Bret Easton Ellis's opinion is one of the reasons why he didn't feel American Psycho was a good fit for a film adaptation; because a film needs a certain structure and level of clarity and answers, while books can be more free and abstract. In the book, it's not whether or not he killed the people that matters, it's the dark comedic element of a guy killing (or imagining he kills) people for shallow reasons. It's difficult to explain why, but in the book, while the answer is even more vague than in the film, it's not something that strikes the reader as important in the way it does in the film. The book didn't have a plot structure either, it was purely scenes satirizing the New York yuppies of the mid-80s. The film is remarkable in that the material is around 95-98% from the book, but somehow has a completely different feeling. They took the order of information in the book and re-organized it into a plot. For my money, the book and the film are both great. The film is full of some of the greatest dark comedy you can find in film (and the book is similarly full of some of the greatest in books).

Why is it rewatchable? Every scene is just so bizarrely humourous in how shallow these guys are, like the below one where the fact that a guy has a slightly better business card sends the main character Patrick Bateman into an anxiety attack. The fact that he managed to get a reservation at an elite restaurant on a Friday is what REALLY sends him over the edge.

There's only one logical solution for Patrick Bateman in order to recover from the fact that a guy had a better business card and was able to get a reservation at place on a Friday where he was not.

Reviewing Huey Lewis and the News before brutally slaughtering him.

Another honourable mention, from Hitchcock's library: Strangers on a Train

The setup for the whole film is in this 2 minute clip, and again, this one is crazy entertaining and has some great acting. I am surprised they didn't remake this one with Edward Norton and Ben Affleck, it would have been PERFECT. It's probably not too late for it.

And I have to at least give a shoutout to Hitchcock's North By Northwest. If you like Bond films, this film almost certainly had a gigantic influence on Dr. No through On Her Majesty's Secret Service. While Cary Grant isn't a government spy, his role in the film becomes very similar to that of Bond. And if you are a fan of From Russia with Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and even Casino Royale, then this one will be a great watch for you. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint both beat any Bond and any Bond woman, IMO. This is like a Bond film with extra charm and extra plot layers. It's a fun film worth many watches.

Anyway, as far as actors go, you can't go wrong with Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, or Jimmy Stewart. Their films are nearly all highly rewatchable, IMO.

Last edited by Jumpin - on 09 April 2020

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Pulp Fiction
Collateral
Airplane
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad



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A few more that have come to mind, may have already been mentioned.

Tremors - I can quote a lot of this. A really fun watch.
An American Werewolf in London - great horror with just the right amount of comedy
The Fugitive - no matter how many times I've seen this, I love watching this story unfold
Speed - easy to just turn your brain off and enjoy the ride
Both National Treasure films - I really like these sorts of adventures
Cliffhanger - one of Stallone's best
Demolition Man - see above



The Devil’s Brothers (1933) https://youtu.be/SZLXhEoBTHc

Bringing Up Baby (1938) https://youtu.be/F25nzu6hh0Q

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) https://youtu.be/BpqR6Ca-LL8

His Girl Friday (1940) https://youtu.be/-IS-KvD2_Zo

The Great Dictator (1940) https://youtu.be/zroWIN-lS8E

The Philadelphia Story (1940) https://youtu.be/oCfuPPR7wnQ

The Three Musketeers (1948) https://youtu.be/9S-GyXIiUj8

The Crimson Pirate (1952) https://youtu.be/Izws4RmQUBo

The Court Jester (1956) https://youtu.be/Pt37TRvU_Mw

Some Like It Hot (1959) https://youtu.be/b3gj5_6DHRY

North By Northwest (1959) https://youtu.be/K0c2HJ4AO6o

One, Two, Three (1960) https://youtu.be/Qo2Xsng4s5g

The Great Race (1965) https://youtu.be/9biklE2wA6M

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) https://youtu.be/W527bf_qpqM

Point Blank (1967) https://youtu.be/b3gj5_6DHRY

Oscar (1967) https://youtu.be/GVMwIawdN9E

Le Samouraï (1967) https://youtu.be/Fs0XYssIlbo

Bulitt (1968) https://youtu.be/BsvD806qNM8

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) https://youtu.be/KyR7XB0VBPM

The Getaway (1972) https://youtu.be/wMXIG8o0ef0

Charley Varrick (1973) https://youtu.be/TxaqjQWQVAk

The Sting (1973) https://youtu.be/_nAIb_J9T5M

La nuit américaine (aka Day for Night in US, 1973) https://youtu.be/qSqfhjt-Gg8

L‘aile ou la cuisse (aka Brust oder Keule in Germany, 1976) https://youtu.be/1cOZjeszYqs

Alien (1979) https://youtu.be/LjLamj-b0I8

Blade Runner (1982) https://youtu.be/eogpIG53Cis

...just to name a few movies I could re-watch any day. I could go on forerver.

Plus of course everybody‘s darlings like Star Wars 1977/1980/1983 and lots of Disney, Pixar, Studio Ghibli movies.

Last edited by okr - on 10 April 2020

@Jumpin, didn't want to quote you, but that was a good list. I actually haven't watched American Psycho since it first came out and then, I was just a dumb kid. Didn't understand it. I need to watch it now that I know a little more about the workings of the world.



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I don't even know how many times I've rewatched The Dark Knight.



Lord of the Rings I suppose by myself. I am always down to rewatch multiple movies with friends though.