The 25 Most Re-Watchable Movies

January 6, 2014 |  by  |  movies, opinion

Column by Jeff Whitson – contributing film critic.

I love watching my favorite movies over and over again. There are many reasons we watch movies more than once. It can be as simple as catching things we miss when seeing something for the first time. Perhaps, we may want to re-live a time from our past. It might just come down to enjoying the performances of our favorite actors. Whatever the reason, revisiting some of our favorite films can be comforting. We may know all the words, but like listening to great songs, experiencing them again and again never gets old.

Here is a list of my 25 favorite movies to watch and re-watch and re-watch…

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25. 25th Hour

Edward Norton is a brilliant actor and this is a great movie.  The scene where he rants about NYC into the mirror is one of the best ever.

 

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24. Die Hard

A movie for guys who like movies.  I don’t know any self-respecting man who hasn’t seen it at least ten times.  Also… a Christmas classic!

 

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23. Glory

One of Morgan Freeman’s best performances comes in this civil war epic from 1989.  Has it been almost 25 years?

 

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22. American Gangster

I like this movie a little more every time I see it.  Denzel appears on this list 4 times — this time going head to head with Russell Crowe.

 

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21. American Beauty

A superb film with brilliant performances from Kevin Spacey and his supporting cast.  The writing is top notch and there are lots of truly memorable scenes.

 

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20. The Shawshank Redemption

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”  Probably the most universally admired film ever made.  It has been #1 on the IMDb Top 250 for years.

 

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19. Cinderella Man

A true story of inspiration and hope. A must see film that leaves me feeling better every time I watch it — which is one of the essential ingredients to a re-watchable movie.

 

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18. The Family Man

A great date movie with a lot of heart. Nicolas Cage at his best in this “It’s a Wonderful Life” tale.  You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

 

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17. Red Dawn

“Wolverines!”  The classic 1984 movie with Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell & Lea Thompson.

 

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16. Coming to America

A really funny movie that has stood the test of time.  This is Eddie Murphy at the peak of his comedic powers.

 

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15. Training Day

Raw and Gripping. An exciting thrill ride. Denzel is the man!  And Ethan Hawke more than holds his own in this battle of wills and morality.

 

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14. Pulp Fiction

Cool and fun. I just can’t get enough.  Tarantino’s masterpiece changed the landscape of cinema, initiating a decade’s worth of imitations.

 

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13. Braveheart

Gripping and entertaining all the way through.  Mel Gibson stars and directs in one of the best movies ever made.  “Freedom!”

 

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12. Almost Famous

I simply love this film. Go on a magical journey and then get back in line.  Kate Hudson became a star in this film directed by Cameron Crowe.

 

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11. The Outsiders

A classic story from 1983 with a great all-star cast. “Stay gold, ponyboy.”

 

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10. Boogie Nights

Weird and Wonderful. So many great actors. So many great scenes. So many reasons to watch it again.

 

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9. Scarface

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!  “Say hello to my little friend!”

 

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8. Forrest Gump

I love this film. It is the kind of film that keeps me passionate about going to the movies.

 

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7. Geronimo: An American Legend

Great storytelling with performances that you have to see more than once to really appreciate.  Wes Studi stars as the title character.

 

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6. Man on Fire

A gripping and intense story of redemption and revenge. The outstanding performances from Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning and Christopher Walken will keep you coming back for another look.

 

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5. The Last Samurai

One of Tom Cruise’s best performances — but he is not alone. This film is full of wonderful performances. World-class filmmaking on every level. Ten out of ten.

 

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4. Good Will Hunting

Great Script! Matt Damon and Robin Williams are equally brilliant.  Even Ben Affleck manages a decent performance.  “How do you like them apples?”

 

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3. Goodfellas

You bring a knife, he brings a gun. Bring our popcorn and get back in line.  This will forever be Scorsese’s best film.  And yes, Joe Pesci, you amuse me.

 

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2. Rounders

I have seen this movie over twenty times and I’m just getting started.  The movie is revered in the poker community… but is slightly underrated by everyone else.

 

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1. Dances With Wolves

A bold and beautiful movie. Kevin Costner’s Golden achievement.  This Oscar winning epic from 1990 is probably my favorite film of all time.  Sheer perfection.

 

I hope you enjoyed the list. How many of them have you seen or missed?  Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.  What are the movies that you have seen the most?


3 Comments


  1. Tombstone, Die Hard and The Godfather have to be on my list. Scarface is overrated. Also all the James Bond movies, especially Moonraker.

  2. Dances is a good movie but not to watch many times. I like Princess Bride and Star wars. And maybe Fight Club also. I like this list but with some more comedy.

  3. I compiled a list of the films I have probably seen the most. The accompanying number is the approximate number of times I have seen that film… although this may include partial viewings.

    Rounders 50
    Die Hard 50
    The Shawshank Redemption 40
    The Edge 30
    Pulp Fiction 30
    The Hunt for Red October 30
    Swingers 25
    Dumb & Dumber 25
    The Bourne Identity 20
    Office Space 20
    Titanic 20
    Mission: Impossible 20
    Chain Reaction 20
    Braveheart 20
    Crimson Tide 20
    The Professional 20
    The Great Escape 20
    The Village 15
    Eyes Wide Shut 15
    American Beauty 15
    The Cable Guy 15
    Tommy Boy 15
    The Fugitive 15
    Glengarry Glen Ross 15
    Firefox 15
    Airplane! 15
    Papillon 15
    Amélie 10
    Behind Enemy Lines 10
    Gladiator 10
    Magnolia 10
    Run Lola Run 10
    Pleasantville 10
    The Truman Show 10
    Ronin 10
    A Perfect Murder 10
    Boogie Nights 10
    Hard Eight 10
    Fargo 10
    Beautiful Girls 10
    Daylight 10
    Forrest Gump 10
    Threesome 10
    Tombstone 10
    Rising Sun 10
    Jurassic Park 10
    The Point of No Return 10
    Reservoir Dogs 10
    Silence of the Lambs 10
    Goodfellas 10
    Die Hard With a Vengeance 10
    Die Hard 2: Die Harder 10
    When Harry Met Sally… 10
    The Princess Bride 10
    Vacation 10
    First Blood 10
    Raiders of the Lost Ark 10
    Silver Streak 10
    Casino Royale 5
    Falling Down 5
    Dead Calm 5
    White Nights 5
    European Vacation 5
    Christmas Vacation 5
    Spies Like Us 5
    Midnight Express 5
    Rocky 5
    Casablanca 5
    The Flying Deuces 5
    The Graduate 5

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