Sean Christie lists the 10 films he loves to re-watch including Steven Spielberg’s classic adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark, Francis Ford Coppola’s gangster epic The Godfather, and prison drama The Shawshank Redemption.
We all have those films that despite there being a plethora of new movies in cinemas and streaming at the click of a button, that we always decide to watch again. Perhaps it’s for the nostalgia of watching a film from childhood; the comfort of watching a film we know we enjoy, or just the simple fact it’s a great film. I’ve listed ten of my personal most rewatchable films below, that time after time I will return to and still get a kick out of watching. I hope you enjoy the list. What are some of your most rewatchable films?
10. Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981)
There are countless Spielberg films that could be included in this list: Jurassic Park, E.T, Hook, but it’s Raiders of the Lost Ark that truly captured audience’s sense of adventure like no other. An epic rollercoaster of a film featuring the iconic whip slinging, hat wearing archaeologist Indiana Jones hunting treasure and fighting Nazis? No wonder it’s rewatchable.
9. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (Hill, 1969)
To me this is the original, and best buddy film. The story of the two famous outlaws and their escapades together. I remember watching this constantly as a child with my father. The chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford is truly captivating. The performances within this film are flawless, and when the credits roll, you come away from the film wishing you were an outlaw as well.
8. The Avengers (Whedon, 2012)
Growing up I never thought I’d get the chance to see Iron Man, Captain America and co together on screen. But thanks to Marvel’s sprawling cinematic universe, that’s exactly what we got to see in 2012. The film features jaw-dropping action sequences as well as Marvel’s trademark humour, with genuine laugh out loud moments. Seeing these iconic comic book characters interact with each other on the big screen was an experience like no other that ensured countless repeat viewings to relive it all over again.
7. The Truman Show (Weir, 1998)
The Truman Show is one of those rare movies in which you come away from it questioning your very existence. Well, I did anyway. The first time I seen the film I couldn’t help but think I to was constantly getting filmed and my whole life was some staged drama. Thankfully, this passed, but the thought-provoking nature of the film made sure I revisited this remarkable film again and again.
6. Forrest Gump (Zemeckis, 1994)
Robert Zemeckis’s 1994 classic can be watched over and over again due to Tom Hanks’ Oscar winning performance as the titular main character. Hanks brings his trademark charm to the role, making audiences fall in love with Forrest and his beautifully simple outlook on life. We follow Forrest through his astonishingly eventful life which features hilarious historical encounters as well as his heart-breaking romance with Jenny. This is a true feel good classic that improves after each viewing.
5. Stand By Me (Reiner, 1986)
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve” the narrator of Stand by Me reflects at the start of Rob Reiner’s classic coming of age film. It’s a statement we can all relate to when we think back on our youths. Based on Stephen King’s short story “The Body”, Stand by Me is so much more than a simple book to film adaption. It perfectly captures what it’s like to grow up with a close group of friends and that’s why so many of us watch Stand by Me again and again.
4. The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont, 1994)
Another classic from 1994 which surprisingly bombed with audiences and critics alike upon its release. Shawshank gradually gained rightful praise as time went on. Following the stories of Red and Andy Dufresne on his triumphant journey to freedom will always be an uplifting experience. It’s not the easiest viewing at times, with some truly harrowing scenes, but these only serve to emphasise the film’s themes of human spirit and perseverance. It is so rewatchable because at its core, this is a film about hope.
3. The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
Every aspect of this film is utterly captivating. From the first notes of Nino Rota’s iconic theme, we are instantly hooked in this epic crime saga. From start to finish, the story of the Corleone crime family is absolutely riveting. Every cast member puts in career defining performances, with Pacino and Brando shining brightest among the star-studded ensemble. It could be argued that The Godfather is the greatest movie ever made, and this alone is reason enough to view it time and time again.
2. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Kirshner, 1980)
A New Hope introduced us to George Lucas’s sci-fi epic. It captured the imagination of the world in a way that had never been done before. But it wasn’t until Empire that Star Wars truly cemented its legacy as one of the greatest fantasy franchises in the world.
Empire has a darker feel than its predecessor. It’s a tighter, more structured film with one of the greatest third acts in cinematic history. Everything about this film is epic, and it will continue to be watched for generations to come.
1. Shaun Of The Dead (Wright, 2004)
The first film in Wright’s Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead helped launch the careers of its director as well as stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost whose chemistry as best mates is one of the best aspects of the film.
A unique take which helped revitalise the genre that featured sharp dialogue, relatable characters and hilarious performances make this easily my most rewatchable film. Ask anyone in the U.K how often ITV play this hilarious film, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll watch it every time they do.
Written & Compiled by Sean Christie
Your turn? What are your most rewatchable films?