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33 Most Rewatchable Movies

April 10, 2020
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Some people think rewatching movies is a waste of time. Indeed it is – if you’re talking about mediocre horror movies or unfunny comedies. But there are films that get better with time, and that’s what we want to talk about today!

Disney classics and gangster sagas, Japanese fairy tales and cynical dark comedies… Here is our list of the 33 best movies to watch again and still have a great time!

The Best 33 Movies to Watch Again

1. The Silence of the Lambs 

Year: 1991

Director: Jonathan Demme 

Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney

Usually it’s not that interesting to rewatch a detective story, as we know how the story will end. Not when it comes to The Silence of the Lambs, though – we’re convinced it’s possible to watch this movie again and again without ever getting tired of it. Thanks to the brilliant performances of Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, the great story written by Thomas Harris gets even richer – it’s one of the most intense and intimate thrillers in the history of cinema.

2. The Harry Potter Series

Years: 2001-2011

Directors: Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates, 

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

Sadly, none of us received a Hogwarts acceptance letter. Our consolation is that we still can visit the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry anytime we want, and there’s eight brilliant movies to help us out! Mischief managed!

3. Kill Bill

Years: 2003-2004

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah

Or any other movie by Quentin Tarantino. Without overstating it, every one of his works is a true masterpiece. But we opted for the one that features the beautiful Uma Thurman and is inspired by a unique combination of old samurai movies and cheesy 80s action films. What a wonderful mix!

4. Pretty Woman 

Year: 1990

Director: Garry Marshall 

Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, 

What would Cinderella’s story look like at the end of the 20th century? Rewatch Pretty Woman and find out! While both Richard Gere and Julia Roberts have made better movies, this is the one that comes to mind when we hear each of their names. Dumb jokes, a cute but basic storyline and a catchy old song turned out to be the perfect ingredients for the cult romantic comedy of the 90s.

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5. Die Hard 

Year: 1988

Director: John McTiernan

Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

As Chandler Bing once said about what some have called the greatest holiday action movie of all time, “Die Hard, still great”. Frankly, we have nothing to add, it is a great movie to watch again and again.

6. Goodfellas

Year: 1990

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Nicholas Pileggi, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

We can’t find enough words to praise this gangster drama classic from Martin Scorsese. It’s stylish, thrilling, sometimes terrifying, and has everything a movie of this genre should have. Some people rate it the best of Scorsese’s works. Well, we wouldn’t dare to choose just one of his movies, but we do agree that Goodfellas is a must-watch (and rewatch) for absolutely everyone.

7. The Godfather Series

Years: 1972-1990

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton

Equally (if not more) significant among gangster films is The Godfather trilogy. The legendary series from Francis Ford Coppola is the gold standard for crime dramas good to rewatch once in a while – at least for instructional purposes.

8. Groundhog Day 

Year: 1993

Director: Harold Ramis

Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

Groundhog Day is probably the most famous time loop movie ever. Featuring Bill Murray and exploring the familiar paradox, the movie always makes us laugh at our own “groundhog days”. And that’s something we sometimes really need!

9. Dirty Dancing 

Year: 1987

Director: Emile Ardolino 

Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

The passing of time has shown that this sweet and innocent romantic drama with an intriguing title has been quite an influential film. To start with, it has impacted many modern dance movies. It received the Academy Award for Best Original Song (for a good reason) and was named one of the best movies of all time more than once. So yeah, any time you feel like listening to the greatest hits of the 80s, turn on Dirty Dancing and start moving with Baby! 

10. The Lord of the Rings Series

Years: 2001-2003

Director: Peter Jackson 

Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

The greatest fantasy saga of all time needs no introductions. There’s no wrong time to dive into the magical world of J. R. R. Tolkein as imagined by Peter Jackson and forget about everything else. Even though we know half of the lines by heart, it’s always exciting to see how The Fellowship of the Ring deals with Sauron! Undoubtedly, these are some of the most rewatchable movies of all time.

And yes, we also think the real hero of Middle Earth is Sam. Frodo wouldn’t have got far without him.

11. The Shining 

Year: 1980

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd 

Stephen King’s novels have been the basis of dozens of great movies. The best is surely the sinister and fascinating adaptation of The Shining by Stanley Kubrick. The story of a family locked in an out-of-the-way hotel still gives us chills, even now that 40 years have passed since its release. Seriously, no matter how many times you rewatch it, those creepy twin girls are still creepy!

12. Youth 

Year: 2015

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz

An incredibly deep meditative film about life, love, and death by Paolo Sorrentino. Everything about it is just perfect. Incredibly talented actors deliver their best work, the story is beautiful, and every scene recalls a painting by an old master or refers to another great movie. But the best thing about Youth is that every time you watch it, you’ll find more layers and revelations. It’s just never the same twice, and that’s why it’s one of the best movies to rewatch ever.

13. Interview with the Vampire 

Year: 1994

Director: Neil Jordan

Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas

Of all the vampire movies, Interview with the Vampire is arguably the most atmospheric and classically styled. A long and involved story of a 200-year-old vampire is just the thing to rewatch when you’re in the mood for something gothic, but don’t feel like jumpscares… or just want to witness once more the hottest role Antonio Banderas has ever taken on.

14. Lost in Translation 

Year: 2003

Director: Sofia Coppola

Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi

This sophisticated drama from Sofia Coppola is replete with loneliness, quietude, awkwardness, and melancholy. But somehow it manages to be funny and life-affirming at the same time. There’s no wrong time to rewatch this elegant and intimate movie.

15. The Grand Budapest Hotel 

Year: 2014

Director: Wes Anderson

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric 

If you’ve ever seen any of Wes Anderson’s movies, you’ll immediately recognize the unique style from his other works. The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of his most beautiful movies, and is packed with perfectly symmetrical shots, great costumes, and fine design. But the visuals are not the only aspect that makes this movie great. The twisted plot and hilariously awkward jokes are just as important a part of the whole.

16. The Devil Wears Prada 

Year: 2006

Director: David Frankel

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Adrian Greiner

A smart, funny comedy-drama about the mercilessness of the fashion magazine world and the challenges faces by anyone who dares to touch it. The amazing performance by Meryl Streep would be enough by itself to make The Devil Wears Prada one of the best movies to rewatch. But, luckily, it has many additional plus points!

17. Tangled 

Year: 2010

Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy 

Tangled has everything we love about Disney animated movies: delightful story, catchy songs, breathtaking animation, and funny jokes in a new interpretation of old tales. In addition to all that, you’ll also find strong female characters (yes, more than one!) and a couple of pretty cool fight scenes. Just like any other Disney classics, Tangled never gets old.

18. 10 Things I Hate About About You 

Year: 1999

Director: Gil Junger

Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

High school romcoms aren’t usually something you want to watch over and over. But that doesn’t apply to 10 Things I Hate About You, a surprisingly smart comedy from the 90s. A fun modernized retelling of a classic Shakespearean tale, great monologues, a handsome young Heath Ledger and one of the best teenage love declarations in cinematic history… Do you need any more reasons to watch it one more time?

19. Good Will Hunting 

Year: 1997

Director: Gus Van Sant

Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

This emotional drama about one of the greatest minds MIT ever produced features insanely talented actors and tells quite a tearjerker of a story. This movie can make everyone believe in themselves and be kind to each other.    

Fun fact: It was the first team effort by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

20. Spirited Away

Year: 2001

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino

All of Miyazaki’s animated movies are almost as great. But, for some reason, Spirited Away is the one to play over and over again. Haunted by hundreds of spirits from Japanese folklore, it’s a dazzling fairy tale for kids and their parents.

21. Snatch 

Year: 2000

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Jason Statham, Bradd Pitt, Benicio Del Torro

Want to have a good laugh? The best dark comedy from Guy Ritchie is at your service! Vastly entertaining, Snatch is a great example of the movies of early 00s: intriguing, cocky, and incredibly funny.

22. Gladiator 

Year: 2000

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Russel Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

A strong movie about strong men of the Roman Empire, Gladiator is arguably one of the best works by Ridley Scott. The exciting yet heartbreaking story of one gladiator strikes a chord with everyone with the slightest interest in history. Stunning design, a great cast, an amazing plot – we see no reason why you shouldn’t watch it again. 

23. The Notebook 

Year: 2004

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Stars: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

We all have those days when the only thing we want is some time alone and a good love story to cry through. Well, The Notebook is probably the best choice for that kind of day. Go ahead, no one will judge you for rewatching it.

24. The Shawshank Redemption 

Year: 1994

Director: Frank Darabont

Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

There are not too many prison dramas that can be described as kind, life-asserting, or good-hearted. Happily, we have The Shawshank Redemption, a powerful and emotional movie about human spirit and strength.

25. Inception 

Year: 2010

Director: Christopher Nolan 

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page

You think that Inception is a one-off movie? Well, you’re wrong. Even if you remember the whole thing and know what is what (which we doubt), it remains a fascinating piece of entertainment with the best CGI effects for its time.

26. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale 

Year: 2010

Director: Lasse Hallström

Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

There are movies that make us cry from the very first seconds. That happens because, even if we’re watching them for the first time, we already know what’s going to happen. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale will make you burst in tears no matter whether it is the first time of watching or the tenth. Nonetheless, it’s a well-acted drama that’s worth rewatching many times. If you have enough handkerchiefs, go ahead.

Fun fact: Hachi was played by three Akita dogs named Chico, Layla, and Forrest.

27. 8 ½ 

Year: 1963

Director: Federico Fellini

Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale 

Rewatching good old Italian classics is never a bad idea. If you want to fill your day with style and beauty, your best choice would be the legendary and stunning black and white movie by Federico Fellini!

28. The Lion King

Year: 1994

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones

Yes, we all know Simba’s story by heart. Does that mean that we can’t watch it any more? Of course, not. Hakuna Matata!

29. Troy

Year: 2004

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Stars: Bradd Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom 

Are you in the mood for a good historical action drama? It’s hard to come up with something better than Troy. Yes, yes, we all know who and how will win in the end, but that doesn’t make the exhilarating spectacle inspired by The Illiad any less interesting, does it?  

30. Green Book

Year: 2018

Director: Peter Farrelly

Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

Even though Green Book hasn’t had time to become a classic yet, we’re pretty sure it will. It’s impossible you won’t feel like going again to that fun ride with a brash Italian-American bouncer and a highly cultured black pianist through the Midwest and Deep South again some time soon.

31. 500 Days of Summer

Year: 2009

Director: Marc Webb

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend

This weirdly honest love story bears no relationship to traditional dramedies. Sometimes romances just don’t go as planned, and 500 Days of Summer is a beautiful reminder that that’s all quite normal and one day things will get back to the way they should be again.

32. The Intouchables (1+1) 

Year: 2011

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Stars:  François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny

If you want something a gentle, life-affirming movie for this evening, this French bromance story would be just perfect for you. Be prepared and grab a handkerchief just in case, as they say The Intouchables is pretty touching!

33. Bridget Jone’s Diary 

Year: 2001

Director: Sharon Maguire

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant 

Is there a better movie to lift your spirits when something’s gone badly wrong in your personal life? We don’t think so! The adventures of a funny thirtysomething British woman and her struggles to find the love of her life will always be the best thing to watch in PJ’s and with a big bowl of ice cream.

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