The 30 Most Rewatchable Movies of the Modern Era

By Dustin Rowles | Guides | August 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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There are great films — classics and Oscar winners — and then there are the movies you watch the most, and the two don’t necessarily mix. Great award-winning films have complex themes, dense plots, fully-realized characters, and stellar performances. The best rewatchable movies tend to be simple comedies or action films, light on message and heavy on satisfaction. Subversion and originality is generally eschewed in favor of formula and comfort.

These movies are our friends during hangovers, after bad days, or break ups. Often, they act as simple mood picker-uppers. They are the films we own on DVD, and yet, the same films we will watch edited for TV, even though our unspoiled copies sit on the shelf next to that television. Some of them fared well at the box office, many of them did not. Many contain actors we once loved, but no longer care for. They are our comfort movies. Our pals on a Saturday afternoon or our companions on a snowy Friday night with a bottle of wine. Great movies come and go, but these are the movies we always return to, like a lover we can never quite get out of our system.

Here are the 30 Most Rewatchable Movies of the Modern Era as suggested by our own readership.

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30. Can’t Hardly Wait

29. Mean Girls

28. Grosse Point Blank

27. Ocean’s 11

26. Clueless

25. The Wedding Singer

24. Caddyshack

23. Empire Records

22. Galaxy Quest

21. Dodgeball

20. Star Wars

19. There’s Something About Mary

18. Big Trouble in Little China

17. Anchorman

16. The Incredibles


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  • dr_zayaz

    BAH! Caddyshack is number 1. You can enter at any time (except a few Danny/Maggie scenes) watch for 2 minutes or 30 and a good time will be had. The plot doesn't even matter. Just pure improvisational joy and subtle subversiveness and wisdom.

  • Crunkomatic

    Replace one of the too many Adam Sandler movies with The 5th Element and you're golden.

  • Jessica

    Hahah this list is so accurate, at least for me.

  • MeriMakr8298

    It is nice to see the movie I have watched the most in my life (and I am not saying how many times but it is well north of 200) is number one on this list.

    I disagree that The Incredibles is so far down the list. I think it should be number 2 or 3 at the most.

    I also don't understand The Big Lebowski. If any of The Coen Brothers movies should be on here, The Hudsucker Proxy should be there (though admittedly down the list).

    I will also say The Wedding Singer is proof positive that Adam Sandler is a terrible movie maker, because this exception makes the rule. He is a hack, and quite frankly indicative of what's wrong with Hollywood (that he gets money for debacle after debacle).

  • TimmyP

    Galaxy Quest, Ghostbusters? Did someone write this list for me? My favorite rewatchable movies!

  • Kenneth Sapyta

    The list started out strong but toward the end, well did my little sister suddenly come in the room and make the selections.

  • Charley Cvercko

    I don't get the whole internet fanboy Princess Bride thing. A decent movie, but surely has no place at the number one spot of ANY list.

    A few of mine are already on the list, but lately I've going back and watching most of John Ford's movies over and over again.

  • NotNeo

    Hello? Seriously? The Anchorman makes the list over The Matrix! I'd watch Neo save Morpheous and Trinity in that helicoptor stunt over that any day!

  • John

    I want to watch a movie and don't know which one. I go see this site and imidietly when the site loads, I go "Of course! Shaun Of The Dead!" without even looking at the list :D

  • Andy

    Stand by Me for the win! I could watch that movie every day, it's aged so well.

  • Name

    While I mostly agree with the top 9 (as being re-watchable, but not necessarily the MOST re-watchable) there's a lot of utter crap on this list. Side note: Big Lebowski is great the first time you watch it. I don't know why people would say you need multiple viewings to "get it". Those people probably don't "get" a lot of shit.

  • mark a

    Snatch is the only movie I have watched at least 2 dozen times.I can't believe its not on here

  • Crunkomatic

    Excellent choice. Replace a Sandler movie with this.

  • Rebecca

    Other than leaving out the goonies and the sandlot, spot on. awesome picks.

  • Goose4eva

    No Top Gun? Killer soundtrack, heartbreak, testosterone, the homoerotic undertones on a beach volleyball court full of what appear to be oiled men 'playing with the boys', dramatic tension, daddy issues AND a redemptive feel-good ending. What more could you want??

  • grr arrgh

    Wait...no one's said Forrest Gump? I know it's a cheesy movie but dear lord, I will watch that movie anytime and every time it's on tv. I can also quote just about every scene.

    "I'm sorray I started a fight in the middle of your black pantha partaay"

  • omelettedufromage

    In agreement with everyone who added Lord of the Rings, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Zoolander, and others. But what about Bridget Jones's Diary!? Such excellently-paced and enjoyable fluff, I find myself watching it at least a few times a year.

  • Turdle

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    Where is it?

  • Crunkomatic

    Wherever middle age women go to get their nails done.

  • lilym

    Thumbs up for the whole list! I would add "Time Bandits", "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", "The Lost Boys". They make me happy.

  • Emm82

    Ferris Fucking Bueller? No chance. None.At.All. Couldn't make it once. I realise I'm unreasonably upset, but when Ferris & Cameron come above Shaun & Ed Well ...

  • Berry

    Say, overlords, would you consider doing something like this with books? "The 10 most re-readable books of all time", or some-such. I remember one Pajiba book guide from way back, but it's been too long (my lurking ways on these here hallowed web-pages began many moons ago. Many.)

    Just a thought.

  • trixie

    Blazing Saddles should be on that list. It's my go to when I've had a shit day. Also, is it wrong that I love Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang that I let my friend's 13-year-old watch it and she loved it? She's a really cool kid. I just sometimes forget she's so young.

  • lilym

    Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang is not wrong. It is all that is right.

  • DominaNefret

    My two most rewatchable movies are Ever After and Crocodile Dundee, which are also the two movies I have seen the most times and can recite word for word while I am watching.

    On my list would also be:
    The Emperor's New Groove (which I can also recite, I suppose)
    Love Actually
    Bring It On
    The Fall
    The Rage in Placid Lake
    Best in Show
    Mulan
    Aladdin
    The Little Mermaid
    Beauty and the Beast

    Why aren't there more animated movies on this list? I think that as a general rule I am more likely to rewatch a Disney movie that I can sing along to than almost any movie on this list, even though I quite enjoy most of the movies on it.

  • Brooke Michelle

    Crocodile Dundee? Uggh no that movie...well...wait. You're totally right on that one. Now that I think about it I could watch it a billion times.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Sixteen Candles
    Weird Science
    Less Than Zero
    Almost Famous
    Swingers
    The Big Lebowski

  • clancys_daddy

    About one quarter are actually rewatchable, another quarter were OK the first time, another quarter weren't even watchable the first time, and the final quarter are just plain dreck. I will leave it up to you to figure out which ones are which.

  • Suz

    ...10 Things I Hate About You???

  • cgthegeek

    I prefer Hot Fuzz over Shaun of the Dead. I'm not sure why. Both are highly rewatchable and expertly filmed. I just like cop movies more than zombie anything. I mean it's got old people cussing and shooting up stuff! Plus, Timothy Dalton!

  • Ringo183

    Great list, I agree with most of these. I would add Pan's Labyrinth and any Dirty Harry movie to my list. Oh, and Goodfellas!

  • Ringo183

    goddammit! I forgot about Snatch, The Royal Tennenbaums , and Zoolander.

  • googergieger

    You have a really specific type of taste Dustin.

  • junierizzle

    Confession: I've never seen the Princess Bride.

  • Stop being on the Internet then and go watch it. Do it now.

  • Kristopher R

    I would have included Spaceballs and Airplane on this list.

  • JBolivar92

    Love Airplane, the Naked Gun series - almost anything Mel Brooks; sometimes I just want to laugh

  • Kristopher R

    Being my favorite movie of all time, I'm happy to see "Die Hard" on the list. Even after over 60 times watching it, reciting every line in sync with the film. After all these years, it holds up as a tense, exciting flick.

  • TK the Other (de-lurking)

    I'll play:
    High Fidelity. It's in my top five.

  • Alan

    Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast? What about Heathers?

  • dagny_t

    Heathers??? Where's Heathers???? & why has no one else (out of 92 comments so far) raved about it?

    And yes, Love Actually is still totally rewatchable, as are That Thing You Do, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, & Velvet Goldmine.

    But no Heathers? For shame!

  • The Fugitive
    A Few Good Men
    Sense and Sensibility (One night, after newer PBS versions of Austen, Mr. Sandwich started channel-flipping and settled on this. We stayed up much too late on a work night.)
    The Sure Thing
    Sixteen Candles
    When Harry Met Sally
    Working Girl
    Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
    Die Hard
    The Lion in Winter
    Star Wars
    Raiders
    Captain Ron
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Dark Knight
    Clueless

  • Batesian

    No Requiem for a Dream? This list is lame.

  • melissa82

    I can't imagine re watching that movie. This is in jest, right???

  • Batesian

    I never* joke about R to the D.

    *This is not true. I mean, c'mon, Pajibans! Who in their right mind would grab a sixer of Stroh's and a bag of Bugles and curl up in front of the TV for this movie?

  • Captain D

    I'm not sure - I think a large condition for inclusion should be your willingness and desire to re-watch the movie from start to finish. I'm fond of certain scenes from a number of those movies, but having to watch all of Ferris Bueller's Day Off is not something I'm willing to do. On that criteria I'm probably on board for about 1/3 of these movies qualifying.

  • Crunkomatic

    I say the true test is that if you see it when you're flipping channels, and you stop to watch the rest of it EVERY time, it counts.

  • Seanen

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned A Knight's Tale. It's in my top 5.

  • Dave Dorris

    I'm going to add one, knowing full well I'll be alone here.
    Serenity. I'm not even sure I can explain why, but I've seen it start to finish probably more times than Star Wars. And I love Star Wars.

  • grr arrgh

    Oh my fellow Browncoat. You are not alone. I too aim to misbehave and will watch that movie any time all the time.

    "Target the reavers! Target the reavers! SOMEBODY FIRE!"

  • stella

    Awww I love all of these. Id put Heathers and Benny and Joon on here too. And Matilda apparently because I realized this morning that Ive watched it three times this month...

  • e jerry powell

    Transfer to Washington. Transfer to Jefferson. No one at Westerburg is gonna let you play their reindeer games.

  • socallmeshirley

    Matilda: definitely. That movie is perfect.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I can't hear over all the sirens!

  • Jifaner

    Adam Sandler movies aside, I heartily approve.

  • andrew

    I know they're only doing 30 on this list, but some notable omissions:
    Ed Wood
    Aliens
    Pulp Fiction
    Army of Darkness
    Tropic Thunder
    The Thing
    Wall-E
    Idiocracy

  • grr arrgh

    Yes, Ed Wood! I love that movie. For me, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and Ed Wood are the Tim Burton holy trinity. Quad..rinity if I add Sleepy Hollow. It manages to somehow work juuust right to be a good movie.

  • JBolivar92

    I have more of a Johnny Depp trilogy: From Hell, Sleepy Hollow, and Ed Wood are movies I could watch anytime.

  • grr arrgh

    I still haven't gotten around to seeing From Hell. Mostly because I haven't heard good things about it. I also haven't read the graphic novel it's based on. Have you read the comic?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Pulp Fiction, and hells yes Army of Darkness!

  • JJPP

    A lot of these are on my list, too! But I'd add Get Shorty and Best in Show. Someone else mentioned Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and I agree with that too! And did I miss Reality Bites?

    My standard is, if it showed up on TV, would I stop and watch it, even with commercials, and even though I own it on DVD? Yes, yes I would.

  • Jiffylush

    Better Off Dead!

    and like at least one genius already suggested, The Goonies.

  • Tinkerville

    STARSHIP TROOPERS. Seriously, it was on the TV at the gym the other morning and I might've been late to work because I can't not watch that movie if it's on.

  • How about we just include all of Christopher Guest's movies in there? Waiting for Guffman is absolute genius, Best In Show is brilliant, Spinal Tap is one of the best comedies ever...even For Your Consideration is rewatchable. Every time I watch one of those movies I catch something new. They're the gifts that keep on giving.

  • DominaNefret

    Dude. A Mighty Wind.

  • Durr. Can't believe I forgot that one.

  • Sean

    Not sure when your "modern era" begins. But what about Jaws,Rocky,Godfather 1 and 2? Goodfellas? Heat? Hard Boiled? Star Trek II:The Wraith of Khan? Beetlejuice? Leon: The Professional?

  • WeeeeeDC

    No Point Break? I would also add Fight Club, S&S, and totally agree to remove Empire Records and put in Dazed & Confused - far superior film. Also, Overboard is one of the best ever movies that I have seen too many times to even count.

  • MichaelEhrgott

    I would add the LOTR films. I have the extended editions which I watch every now and then but if any of them are on TBS or whatever I will stop what I'm doing and watch them.

    P.S. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is insanely re-watchable.

  • DominaNefret

    I saw those once, in theaters, and have no interest in ever seeing them again.

  • Tinkerville

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Good lord, yes. Every single line from that movie is so damn quotable that my friends and I often run through the whole thing once we get going.

  • 8/30. Care to guess which eight I've seen?

  • socallmeshirley

    I have to add A League of Their Own. I've probably watched it more than any other movie. If it's on, I'll drop everything to finish it.

  • YES.

    has anyone told you you look like a penis with a little hat on it?

  • DeltaJuliet

    I love it when that quote is thrown out there. Cracks me up every single time.

  • idiosynchronic

    One quibble: . There’s Something About Mary.

    That shit ain't rewatchable.
    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

  • Repo

    SUPER TROOPERS.

  • Justin Hess

    One quibble - take out Empire Records, put in Dazed and Confused, a far more satisfying film

  • elenaran

    Uh, missing two big ones:

    Fifth Element
    &
    Serenity

    I could watch those every day

  • webelos8

    I've never been able to "get" The Fifth Element. :(

  • Slim

    What is it about The Fifth Element? It's definitely on our list. Like bad crack.

  • Maguita NYC

    Yes for Fifth Element! I loved Luc Besson's earlier work.

  • Gavin Smith

    LA Confidential.

  • JBolivar92

    It seems to be the most perfectly balanced movie to me - ie no slow parts, no bathroom break parts - I can watch the whole of it and be engrossed no matter how many times I see it.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Good list, and tough to argue with. This is Spinal Tap and Zoolander are definitely on my list as well.

  • Idle Primate

    I'd add Gremlins, the Muppet Movie, The Thing, Alien and the Dark Crystal

  • hindulovegod

    The Muppet Movie! That is a sick-day favorite. I used to have it on VHS and have transferred it to new formats again and again.

  • Lee

    in a Henson films head to head, The Great Muppet Caper always comes out on top for me. John Clease! The happiness hotel! Cat burglars!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I don't have a lot of issues with this list. I wouldn't have included a disjointed collection of a fat guy's dumb jokes or a soppy movie about dancing that bores at least one half of the population to tears.

    Also, where's Scrooged?

  • And Bring it On! Which I absolutely hated the first time I saw it, then found myself rewatching it...then one more time...and again and again until I realized that it was a genuinely hilarious movie and it had me in its clutches.

  • Samantha Klein

    Yessss. My husband and I recently canceled whatever boring plans we had for our Friday (making dinner, watching some OTHER movie) to order pizza and watch Bring It On. It was a totally worthwhile decision.

  • BWeaves

    1. The Princess Bride

    2. A Christmas Story

    3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    4. Lord of the Rings (all 12 hours of the extended version). This is also why I'm so terribly disappointed in The Hobbit part 1a 1/3. I thought I would watch it in 2D and then watch it again in some of the 3D incarnations as a comparison, but after the first viewing I have no desire to ever see it again.

    These are also my most quotable movies.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    By Monty Python and the Holy Grail you mean Life of Brian, right?

  • BWeaves

    Nope. I can't stand Life of Brian. It starts out fine, but then loses its way halfway through. But I can watch Holy Grail over and over. I guess it's hard to lose its way when it doesn't have an ending.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Why doesn't it have an ending? I remember a certain scene with a crucifixion and a song.

    Holy Grail doesn't even have a story. It's not a movie, it's a series of of mostly sub par comedy bits in a common setting.

  • BWeaves

    Holy Grail doesn't have an ending. It just goes black. It's based on Le Morte D'Arthur, so don't tell me it doesn't have a story.

    Life of Brian starts out fine, but then, half-way through, it sort of loses the theme right about the time the aliens show up. The second half of the movie just doesn't hold up to the first half, so it's not a rewatch for me.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I think Life of Brian is the only one where they manage a sustained narrative.

  • This is a freakishly good list. I'd add a few of mine:
    Oh, Brother, Where Are Thou?
    The Last of the Mohicans
    Best in Show
    Independence Day
    Jurassic Park
    Sense and Sensibility
    and (shut up)
    Titanic

    I'll watch those over and over and over again and never get bored.

  • elenaran

    definitely O Brother, Independence Day and Jurassic Park

  • damnitjanet

    I have never seen all of Happy Gilmore or any of Tommy Boy...I would add The Goonies, and Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?

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