The first time I saw a film critic on TV I was 12 years old, and it scared me. I guess that’s to be expected, as this was the foundation of my lifelong interest in film. The guy spoke as if he was talking about a movie, as if there was an actual movie being screened in front of him. “Clint Eastwood is great as a cowboy, but the rest of the cast is nothing short of disastrous.” What? Was he talking about “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” or “The Good, The Bad, and The Outfit?”
I used to work in a movie theater, and I always thought that there were too many movies that people would forget about and never go back and see. So, I did what any self-respecting nerd would do. I did a thorough research of the best forgotten films, then narrowed it down to the very best, then I picked 30 of them. I also did a thorough research of the best forgotten films, then narrowed it down to the very best, then I picked 30 of them. I also did a thorough research of the best forgotten films, then narrowed it down to the very best, then I picked 30 of them. I also did a thorough research of the best forgotten films, then narrowed it down to the very best, then
Greetings, and welcome to another edition of “30 Movies You Forgot About And Need To Watch Again”. It was a long time ago, but you can’t remember exactly why; maybe the film was too long, or maybe you forgot how good it was, or maybe you forgot how bad it was. It doesn’t matter. As long as you remember the title and you think it’s worth watching again, “30 Movies You Forgot About And Need To Watch Again” is up and running.
Groundhog Day would be missing from any list of rewatchable movies since the whole premise of the time-loop film is that the same events repeat again.
“Pain fades, but film lasts a lifetime.” That statement has been used many times to stress the notion that cinema is indelible ink, and that no matter how difficult or arduous the process of making a particular film is, the end product is (ideally) worthy. The truth is that not every film is worth watching many times, and some age better than others. However, one of the most appealing aspects of cinema is that it lasts indefinitely. Movies are always available for you to watch anytime you want, unaltered (unless George Lucas is involved). Granted, this is more difficult in the post-Blockbuster age, but everyone has a movie collection that they watch numerous times.
As a consequence, I compiled a list of the best rewatchable movies ever made. For a number of reasons, these films hold up to repeated viewings. Maybe they’re simply a lot of fun, or maybe they perfectly represent a worldwide idea. Some were created with in-jokes and allusions that were repeated in future revelations to encourage repeat viewings. However, as we have said, each of them is worth revisiting many times.
Here are the top 30 most rewatchable movies of all time, without further ado.
1.The film Goodfellas (1990)
When Martin Scorsese created Goodfellas, he was coming off the controversial response to his 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ and, before that, the tepid reception to The Color of Money. As a consequence, he felt compelled to prove himself. Scorsese returned to his Italian roots to make one of the best gangster films of all time, but with a contemporary twist. As a consequence, the film is a thrilling, dramatic, funny, and ultimately depressing portrayal of gang life, from street child to rat.
With a wonderfully placed image, Scorsese shows his mastery of filmmaking. Lorraine Bracco, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, and Lorraine Bracco all appear. The film includes numerous aspects of cinema culture, from the famous Copacabana tracking shot to the frenetic, visceral “coked out cooking day” scene. It’s undoubtedly enjoyable, and Scorsese’s ability to combine such entertainment value with such a complex narrative is a testament to his brilliance.
2. It’s Almost Heaven (2005)
David (Ruffalo) is attempting to reconstruct his life after the death of his wife. Unfortunately, he is trapped with a ghost (Witherspoon) who refuses to go. They’ll get into some crazy antics and end up falling in love. But how can you love someone who is on the other side of the metaphysical fence?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the third film in the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off series (1986)
If we rated this list solely on the urge to see it again, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off would be at the top. By 1986, John Hughes had mastered the “teen movie” genre in many ways, from Sixteen Candles’ female-centric adolescent love to The Breakfast Club’s outsider POV. However, in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hughes tackled maybe his most clichéd topic to date—skipping school—and created a masterpiece. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has a lot of heart, and although the title character is a fun-loving guy, Cameron and Sloane are the ones who carry the thematic weight.
Cameron is depressed and has a difficult relationship with his father, while Sloane is worried about her future. It’s to Hughes’ credit that he was able to deal with serious problems while simultaneously putting on a big dance routine in Chicago, and it’s this mix of pure pleasure and awful reality that made Ferris Bueller so memorable. The film is an anti-party picture that has its cake and eats it too, and it is stunning.
4. Sky Captain and the Future World (2004)
When the evil Dr. Totenkopf and his horrific robot army begin abducting people and resources, it is up to Joe “Sky Captain” Sullivan (Law), The Flying Tigers’ most competent pilot, to rescue the world. Of course, if he hopes to win the day, he’ll need the help of ace reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow) and fellow badass Commander Franky Cook (Jolie).
Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow is a fun sci-fi adventure from the 1930s, but it’s not for everyone. At the very least, this film should be commended for being the first to use fully computerized sets with live actors. In addition, the film is a lot of fun.
5. The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Anchorman (2004)
A film that you can quote from beginning to finish is a good indicator that you want to see it again and again. While Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have shown their strength as a partnership on many occasions, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is their first full picture. It’s a film that isn’t afraid to be strange, and unlike Anchorman 2, which is excellent but doesn’t hold up to multiple viewings, it understood that a little Brick might go a long way. Anchorman wasn’t a huge success when it was released in 2004, but it did find a home video following, which isn’t surprising. It’s a movie you’ll want to own so you can watch it over and over again.
Cinderella Man, no. 6 (2005)
Cinderella Man is based on the true story of James Braddock (Crowe), a Depression-era boxer who comes out of retirement only to go on a winning run that gave him the nickname “the Cinderella Man.” Braddock goes from being a fighter with a broken hand to beating Max Baer in his prime, and his triumphs and defeats are detailed in this book.
Ron Howard’s overlooked masterpiece was instantly recognized as an underdog, and it’s now widely regarded as one of the best sports films of the modern age, if not all time. This is the film to watch if you’re searching for inspiration in your life and like sports movies.
7. Memorabilia (2000)
Any Christopher Nolan fan who hasn’t watched Memento at least three times should have their Nolan card revoked. Despite the fact that it was not his first feature-length collaboration with younger brother Jonathan Nolan, it was a watershed moment that set the stage for his now-iconic Batman trilogy. Memento set the tone for what a “Nolan film” would look like: tense, intellectual, deftly plotted, charismatically acted, and meticulously edited. Memento is Nolan’s most brilliant film to date, but it will face tough competition from Inception aficionados and Interstellar’s well researched story. But, much as Leonard’s hunt for his wife’s murderer seems to be part of an endless, repeating cycle, Memento feels like a film worth revisiting.
Shaun of the Dead is the eighth film in the Shaun of the Dead series (2004)
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg first came to prominence with their TV comedy Spaced, but it was their 2004 feature film Shaun of the Dead that cemented their status as household stars. Indeed, their version on the zombie film, called a “zom-romcom,” is a remarkable cinematic achievement—a film that is funny, terrifying, and sad in equal measure. But it’s Shaun of the Dead’s (and all of Wright’s) beautifully crafted nature that makes it so rewatchable. Every camera movement is calculated, and every line of dialogue is precisely timed, resulting in a sensory overload of a viewing experience. There’s a reason why people keep going back to see this movie (especially around Halloween), and Wright and Pegg’s script rewards repeat viewings with more foreshadowing, including a monologue at the opening of the movie that lays out the whole plot for the rest of the movie. When so much work is put into creating such a rich and enjoyable watching experience, it’s little wonder that Shaun of the Dead has survived as a new classic.
9. There’s a Rumor.. (2005)
Sarah (Aniston) has just come home to attend her sister’s wedding, which promises to be a joyous event full with wonderful memories. Unfortunately, her grandmother (McClane) not only discloses information that make her question who her real father is, but she also tells her that she may be “the” Mrs. Robinson who inspired the character in The Graduate.
The Social Network (#10) (2010)
The news that Aaron Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing, was working on a film about Facebook drew guffaws. The laughter turned to cynicism when David Fincher agreed to direct. What? Why? How? The crew was on to something, as The Social Network went on to become one of the most influential films of the early twenty-first century. Sorkin infused Facebook’s innovation with Greek Epic-scale drama, resulting in a tragicomedy about power and relationships. It’s a story about being an outsider, feeling underappreciated, and succumbing to the allure of grandeur and imagined vindication. It’s also one of the most entertaining flicks of the new millennium. The odd pairing of Sorkin and Fincher proves to be a marriage made in heaven, as one emphasizes the other’s most important qualities while repressing the other’s worst tendencies. The creative tug-of-war between Sorkin’s romanticism and Fincher’s pragmatism is almost chemical, and the sheer entertainment factor that the two can pour into this character-rich story makes it an endlessly engaging film.
Spirited Away (#11) (2001)
Spirited Away is a melty, mind-bending twist on a conventional fairy tale, like many of Miyazaki’s films, but his beautiful and delightfully scary version on Alice in Wonderland is his most compellingly rewatchable. You’d be hard pressed to find another Miyazaki picture with more intriguing world-building than this one. Spirited Away is intricate, fascinating, and simply beautiful, but most importantly, it is endlessly re-visitable. It’s ingeniously designed to work as well for children as it does for adults, thanks to its proclivity for piercing the eye with brief flashes of total blackness. Aubrey Page is Aubrey Page’s full name.
Election No. 12 (1999)
This is undoubtedly the best 1990s film ever produced, but depending on your age, you may not have seen it since it was too dirty for your children’s eyes. Matthew Broderick portrays a dissatisfied teacher, and Reese Witherspoon plays a teenage Reese Witherspoon who is engaged in the intense high school political atmosphere. It received an Academy Award nomination. As a result, it is all that counts.
The Shawshank Redemption (#13) (1994)
It’s likely that you’ve watched this film in its entirety, but not all at once. Cable TV networks have shown Frank Darabont’s renowned adaptation of one of Stephen King’s most un-King-like short tales for the last 20 years or more. It’s a gripping criminal thriller with strong character performances, but the real draw is the central theme of perseverance in the face of injustice and downright evil. Tim Robbins carries Andy Dufresne’s belief on his shoulders, letting us experience every hour, day, and year leading up to his hard-won freedom while never allowing us to lose faith. As the title implies, it’s a redemption tale.
Grosse Pointe Blank (#14) (1997)
Everyone has a favorite film that they could watch a thousand times and never tire of. For me, it’s George Armitage’s Grosse Pointe Blank. There is never a time when I will not watch Grosse Pointe Blank, and if it is shown on television, I will do it for the following hour and 47 minutes. It’s a lighthearted comedy designed specifically to highlight John Cusack’s quirky appeal (he co-wrote the screenplay with Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, and long-time collaborator Steve Pink). Cusack stars as a hit man in the midst of a life crisis when a job brings him back to his hometown on the night of his high school reunion in Grosse Pointe Blank, a romantic comedy/action combination with a soundtrack worthy of the team behind High Fidelity.
He is reunited with Debbie (Minnie Driver), his first and only love, who assists him in accepting responsibility for his errors and appreciating the worth of life. Cusack and Driver have incredible on-screen chemistry, a weird combination of butterflies-in-the-stomach anticipation and lived-in camaraderie, and their connection sustains the film, even in the midst of one fantastic action set-piece after another. In the end, Grosse Pointe Blank is a tale about second chances and making amends. It’s all about letting go of your baggage and starting again. From the United States, Haleigh Foutch is a writer.
The Family Stone (15.) (2005)
Everett (Mulroney) plans to take his fiancée Meredith (Parker) on a Christmas vacation to meet his family (Keaton, Nelson, Wilson, and McAdams), as well as propose to her using his grandmother’s ring. Naturally, chaos ensues, Meredith’s sister (Danes) is summoned for help, and a series of surprises – as well as some presents – await under the tree.
16. Outsiders’ Band (1964)
While many of Godard’s French New Wave films are difficult to watch (see: Masculin Feminin, 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her), Band of Outsiders is Godard at his most emotional. With a mood reminiscent of his explosive debut, Breathless, but with a passion seldom seen in his work, Band of Outsiders is unique in its extraordinary love and excitement. The film is full of the filmmaker’s trademark meta-movie love, but the presence of complex characters and a clear plot make it an easy go-to for a happy French New Wave dose. The appearance of Anna Karina, who is stunning, is simply a bonus.
Jurassic Park (17.) (1993)
What are your thoughts about Jurassic Park? Jurassic Park is one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest films, as well as one of the best blockbuster movies ever made. It’s a work of pure cinematic art. It takes you to a world filled with marvels and terrors, complete with dinosaurs. It delivers on that promise in every manner imaginable, with ground-breaking visual effects, brilliantly planned set pieces (Spielberg is a master of adventure, after all), and a cast of lovable people who seem anchored in reality. For some reason, the magic never fades. Those characters are immortal. And, in an era of ever-improving, jaw-dropping visual effects, Jurassic Park stands the test of time, selling the grandeur as well as the dinosaurs.
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A pair of teenage murderers (Gosling and Pitt) commit what they think is a “perfect crime” until an investigator (Bullock) gets intrigued by the case and starts investigating. Bring on the mental gymnastics between the killers and the detective, as well as between the killers themselves.
Pitt and Gosling’s chemistry is on display early in this low-key version of Rope, with both actors playing off one other well. In addition, despite being sandwiched between several of Sandra Bullock’s more notable triumphs, this is one of her better early-2000s flicks.
Elf (19.) (2003)
Elf isn’t a masterpiece—silly!—but it is a film that can be rewatched even if it isn’t perfect. In some ways, what filmmaker Jon Favreau achieved with Elf is just as difficult. He and actor Will Ferrell collaborated on a Christmas classic, a film that gets a lot of airplay every December and that nearly everyone in the family agrees is a great option for a family movie night. As the sugary Broadway musical adaptation shows, the finely calibrated chemistry that Favreau and Ferrell establish in this film is difficult to replicate.
Favreau conveys the absurdity of the story using classic stop-motion animation techniques and affection for each character. Ferrell, on the other hand, creates a character that is outrageously crazy but not over-the-top. It’s a tightrope act, and Elf pulls it off perfectly. No, this isn’t Goodfellas, but it’s entertaining. Without a doubt.
A Few Good Men (number 20) (1992)
If it’s on TNT (which it always is), I usually just watch it to the end. Although Aaron Sorkin’s work is highly rewatchable, not everyone is in the mood to binge-watch West Wing episodes or embrace the horror of The Social Network or Steve Jobs. A Few Good Men is a good choice when you want the comfort of a courtroom drama with Sorkin’s soaring rhetoric. Yes, we’ve all heard Jessup’s speech, but the film is chock-full of great moments wrapped in the cozy cocoon of courtroom drama. It’s hardly Sorkin’s most deep or nuanced work, but it’s one I like watching every time I see it.
21. The Foundation (2003)
The Earth’s magnetic core has failed, putting the whole planet in jeopardy. This means a renegade professor (Eckhart), a NASA astronaut on probation (Swank), and a trio of eccentric geniuses (Tucci, Karyo, and Lindo) must go to unknown parts of the globe, restart the core, and rescue everyone. The science is dubious, and the writing is B-movie at best – yet The Core is one of the few pioneers in a future where we can appreciate B-movies that do their job effectively while being fully honest. They did it long before it was trendy. The trip is particularly worthwhile because of Tucci’s blustering scientist.
Hot Fuzz (number 22) (2007)
It was tough not to include every Edgar Wright film on my list, but when it came down to two, Hot Fuzz made the cut. This take on the buddy action film genre, like Shaun of the Dead, is meticulously conceived and executed, with special attention paid to every cut, musical choice, and wit. Prior to that amazing Wicker Man-like surprise, the picture plays out like a whodunit, with Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg stringing the audience along by leaving bread crumbs to the real murderer that, although ultimately paying off, don’t necessarily go in the direction one would anticipate.
That’s fine—you may “figure it out,” and although you’re not completely wrong, you’re also not fully accurate. Furthermore, the film is a joy to see, with Pegg and Nick Frost proving to be a strong comedic duo with a lot of heart, and Wright filling the ensemble with excellent British actors in unexpected parts. To be sure, it’s for the larger good.
23.From the Past to the Future (1985)
If Back to the Future appears on TV, I simply let it play like A Few Good Men. It’s a fast-paced action flick. It’s an economic storytelling masterclass (consider how much information you get about the world and the characters before the opening credits even end). While it romanticizes aspects of the 1950s while toying with Oedipal subtext, it’s still a fun and engaging picture. Back to the Future is a classic for a reason, and although the sequels are enjoyable (Part II more so than Part III), I find myself returning to the original.
The Matrix (number 24) (1999)
Nothing compares to first witnessing The Matrix. The closest thing to that sensation is viewing a movie after it has already happened to figure out what the heck is going on. The Matrix is one of those rare films that fundamentally changes the way you watch it and the things you look for once you understand the mechanism that drives it, with its nested universes, technopunk aesthetic, and great action scenes. Aside from that, it sends a strong anti-authoritarian message that transcends time, location, and demographic divides. Even if you know what’s going on in The Matrix well before Neo does, it’s fascinating to watch.
After The Sunset (#25) (2004)
Jewel thieves never stop working; they just persuade themselves that there isn’t another target worth pursuing. Max Burdett (Brosnan) is ignorant of this, but FBI agent Stan Lloyd (Harrelson) thinks he is, and the two adversaries fight in paradise. It’s worth watching on TBS on a Sunday afternoon when there’s nothing else on.
Groundhog Day is February 2nd (1993)
It wouldn’t be a bingeable movies list without Groundhog Day, since the time-loop film’s whole premise is that the same events repeat again. Another example of two opposite preferences meeting to create an excellent balance, as director Harold Ramis focuses on comedy, while Bill Murray insists on delving into the philosophical implications of Phil Collins’ stance adds thematic weight. This picture might have easily gotten tedious, but Ramis manages to keep the narrative fresh in each scene, and Murray delivers one of his best performances to date. The film is delightful.
Magic Mike XXL (#27) (2015)
It’s like being invited to the ultimate road trip party when you see Magic Mike XXL. There isn’t a single element of Magic Mike XXL that isn’t pleasant — well, Amber Heard’s mopey, cooler-than-you hangout is a major stumbling point, but everything else about movie is a joyous pleasure. From the moment Channing Tatum begins Pony-ing about his construction workplace in the film’s opening scenes, XXL is all about living big and having a good time. There’s a suggestion of a dramatic storyline in which Mike finds that everything fell apart after he cleaned up his act, got the woman, and established his dream company. XXL, on the other hand, mostly ignores the pondering of its predecessor in favor of a non-sequitur. Big Dick Richie (especially his gas station dance break) and Jada Pinkett Smith’s powerful and surprising performance as Mike’s former love, employer, and woman pimp, Rome, are both joyous and ecstatic. Her gyrating playboys’ home is a wonder. And XXL is one of the few brands that appeals to both men and women. One of the reasons it failed at the box office was that it was marketed exclusively to women, despite the fact that XXL is one of the most bro-centric films about male friendship ever made. Magic Mike XXL is a sensuous and cheeky film (look at the title) that is consistently messed up.
28. Harold & Maude (1971)
Though one of the more divisive 1970s cult favorites, the romantic charmer (and prominent Wes Anderson influencer) twists the weepy on its head with a May/December romance between a youthful, death-obsessed misfit (Bud Cort) and a lively octogenarian (Ruth Gordon). For sure, it’s a controversial idea – but the film’s warm heart, which drips with of-the-moment defiance and contains plenty of life-affirming and tear-jerking moments, couldn’t be more universal. Harold & Maude is a buoyant and fiercely distinctive film that gets better with each watch. (Even though you will still cry every time.) Extra points for the insanely catchy Cat Stevens soundtrack.
The Fifth Element (No. 29) (1997)
The quotability of a film is one indication of its re-watchability (technical term). The Fifth Element, arguably Luc Besson’s best directorial effort to date, gets high re-watchability ratings based on that criteria alone. Even if you can repeat every memorable piece of dialogue in sync with the actors or sing along with Diva Plavalaguna on many viewings, there is still a lot to enjoy.
It’s set far enough in the future (supposedly) that the sci-fi elements don’t seem dated or even familiar. Each time the characters appear on screen, they are wonderfully strange, and the scene-chewing never gets old. It also helps that the film’s effects and costumes are mainly real rather than computer-generated novelty items. Most importantly, there is no incorrect moment (or year) to watch this, even if you’ve watched it hundreds of times before; you don’t even need a multi-pass!
30. The Keeper (2000)
With his inability to capture his opponent, an FBI agent (Spader) on the trail of a serial killer (Reeves) relocates from Los Angeles to Chicago. He seeks therapy and tries to rebuild his life, but the murderer has tracked him down, ready to resume the game they never finished.
Since I’m a movie buff, I often find myself searching for forgotten gems, whether it’s a forgotten epic like “The Lord of the Rings” or a forgotten personal favorite like “Gummo”. It’s easy enough to find cheap DVDs at the supermarket these days, but sometimes you find movies that are too special to re-rent. A good example of this are forgotten movies that are usually only available on DVD. A good example of this are movies that are only available on DVD. Read more about best movies since 2000 and let us know what you think.
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