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I was thinking about this the other day and thought it would be cool to list the movies that have most withstood the test of time for me. With the threshold being at least ten complete viewings, only a relative few stood out. Whether they come up on TV or I notice them in my library, something compels me to watch them over and over and over again.

Oddly, the list doesn't have a lot of my top favorites – The Lord of the Rings trilogy isn’t on there, and neither is The Dark Knight. But what is listed below (in alphabetical order) are films that are equivalent to putting on an old, comfortable pair of slippers that feels good whenever I sit down to enjoy ‘em:

  • Aliens (easily my favorite sci-fi flick)
  • Fargo (I love the performances in this film)
  • Friday (Chris Tucker still cracks me up in this comedy)
  • L.A. Confidential (a noir story based in my home city, plus some fantastic performances)
  • Miller’s Crossing (my second favorite movie of all-time; amazing dialogue)
  • Pee-Wee Herman’s Big Adventure (maybe my most watched movie because it simply makes me smile)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (my favorite movie of all-time)
  • Scarface (the most quotable movie ever made IMHO)
  • Tombstone (Doc Holiday alone makes this one of my favorite rewatchables)
  • The Wizard of Oz (I'd probably seen it ten times before I hit my teens)


Getting close to the 10+ threshold are Ip Man, Memento, and MP’s Quest for the Holy Grail. So, which films have you watched an absurd amount of times?

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I can practically do the entire dialog of that movie.
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Heh, that's always an amazing side effect of rewatching your favorite movies so many times - reciting the lines as they happen.

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There actually are a number of what I would say are obvious ones, so avoiding that I'll go with Blues Brothers.

The Blues Brothers are a classic in and of themselves. But the deadpan humor, car sequences and of course music just make it all work. Don't even get me started on the quotes!
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The first few were at least ten times. The rest were certainly more than five times but I'm not sure if they ever actually hit that tenth viewing. They might have and, if not, they will eventually smile.gif :

Vertigo
Bonnie and Clyde
West Side Story
Rear Window
North by Northwest
Psycho
The Graduate
Jaws
The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
2001: A Space Odyssey
Strangers on a Train
The Apartment
Bridge on the River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia
Gigi
On the Waterfront
Funny Girl
The Birds
Citizen Kane
The Searchers
The Conversation
Spartacus
Paths of Glory
Ben-Hur
Some Came Running
The Godfather
Casablanca
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Awful Truth
No Time For Sergeants
Pal Joey
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Some that come immediately to mind:

The Sweet Hereafter
High Fidelity
Juno
The Godfather
Life as a House
Dazed and Confused
Notting Hill
Shakespeare in Love
Ronin
The Big Chill
Almost Famous
American Beauty
Deep Impact
Groundhog Day
Grand Canyon
Sideways
The Spanish Prisoner
Garden State
Good Will Hunting
Lost in Translation
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Heat
You've Got Mail
The Family Stone
Rushmore
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There actually are a number of what I would say are obvious ones, so avoiding that I'll go with Blues Brothers.
The Blues Brothers are a classic in and of themselves. But the deadpan humor, car sequences and of course music just make it all work. Don't even get me started on the quotes!
That reminds me that I bought the Blu version of The Blues Brothers and haven't watched it yet. It'll definitley be played this weekend.

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So, which films have you watched an absurd amount of times?

including porn?


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okay so here's my (short) list:


Amadeus
Garde à Vue
Le Dernier Métro
La Belle et la Bête (Cocteau)
Star Wars (1977)
Monsters, inc (yeah well, it *is* one of my favorites!) smile.gif

Some of my favorite movies are not there but ask me in 3 years I'm sure I'll have seen a few more at least 10 times (TDK trilogy for starters) wink.gif
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As with television shows, I find that good comedies make for films with the most replay value. As such, some movies that I've watched a countless number of times throughout my life include:

Spaceballs
High Anxiety
Clue
Airplane!
Beverly Hills Cop
Annie Hall
The Naked Gun
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I have watched a good majority of the films mentioned above more than ten times, easily.

A few that weren't mentioned that I have watched over 10 times are:

The Maltese Falcon
The Great Escape
The Stuntman
Singin in the Rain
Network
All the President's Men
Angels with Dirty Faces
Public Enemy
8 1/2
The 400 Blows

...hell, there are just too many to mention.
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Maybe not 10 COMPLETE viewings, but every time I come across one of these (in no particular order) on TV, I HAVE to watch as much of it as I possibly can:

Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein
Hello, Dolly!
The Music Man
Red Dawn (the original)
National Treasure
True Lies
Bringing Up Baby
A Christmas Story
The Godfather
Monty Python Holy Grail
Monty Python Life of Brian


I'm sure there are more, these came right off the top of my head.

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Whoa, I thought ten was a pretty high threshold. Some of you really enjoy rewatching more films than I thought would be listed. I have a ton of 5 - 8 viewings though, so I guess it is really just a matter of time to add to the list.

My wife hates rewatching films however. She feels the time is better spent with a movie she has never seen. To me, one eternal classic is worth watching over 100 so-so flicks even if I have already seen it many times.

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The Road Warrior
Dirty Harry
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including porn?
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Sure - you can count a title . . . as long as you watched the ENTIRE movie and not just some clips from it. tongue.gif
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I do not keep count, but I doubt I have seen any movie completely 10 times or have any desire to do so.

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I do not keep count, but I doubt I have seen any movie completely 10 times or have any desire to do so.

As I was about to rattle off my list, I realized I also probably hadn't actually seen any of them 10+ times in their entirety, although all have certain scenes which I've rewatched well over 10 times and simply cannot turn off if encountered while flipping channels.
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10 times all the way through is a lot. I know I've seen some at least 5 or 6 times all the way through. Certain scenes or watch for a bit on TV is another story. I don't think I've seen a movie all the way through 10 times. If I did, it would be an older movie like Night of the Living Dead, and maybe Dawn of the Dead, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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I have to add:

The Godfather
The Godfather II
Mr. Holland's Opus

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Wow, no mention yet of the Griswolds Christmas Vacation in any list.

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I do not keep count, but I doubt I have seen any movie completely 10 times or have any desire to do so.
I think it depends quite a bit on how old the movie is (and the viewer) and whether it was released and re-released in the pre home video era. For instance, in the 1960s one might see West Side Story several times in a theater because it was the only place you could see it and you might be happy to join someone or a group of people who hadn't seen it two, three even four times over the course of four or five years. Then, when it gets re-released in a revival theater 20 years later you've got kids, grandkids or new friends who hadn't seen it and you're happy to join them to see it again then too.

Cut to the home video era; now there is another reason to see it at home just for the personal pleasure of it. Cut to the bigger format home theater era; now you and 3 other people are settled into a dedicated home theater enjoying a 100" screen/dolby surround viewing of it on Blu-ray (complete with the totally inexplicable fade-out/fade-in moment clumsily added to the opening Saul Bass credit/overture sequence!). And that doesn't even count the times it popped up on TCM or HDNet Movies and somebody else in the room wanted to leave it on to watch. Or you did yourself.

But I think the "in theaters only" element of the pre home video era is the key factor for most of my picks. It was a pleasure to go back into a theater to re-see movies like Psycho, Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Bridge on the River Kwai or The Sound of Music with friends who hadn't seen it yet in those days. That was the best way to re-experience much of the buzz you'd gotten from your initial viewing of it. You could rack up a lot of early viewings of a movie that way in those days. And when the movie delivers more than the simple answer to the simple question, "What happens at the end?", like On The Waterfront, it takes many viewings for the considerable value of what it delivers to get old as far as I'm concerned.
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Wow, no mention yet of the Griswolds Christmas Vacation in any list.
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Good point! I'm sure there are several holiday movies that many people have seen at least or almost 10 times that we forgot to mention. I'm a big fan of Christmas Vacation, too. And I assume I must have seen It's a Wonderful Life about ten times but it was so much the trees in the forest I didn't even think to put it on my list.

Then there are the Disney Classics. I didn't think to include them on my list, but I'll bet I've seen Cinderella and Pinocchio almost ten times each if for no other reason but that there were always younger members of the family who hadn't seen them so we popped them in the players. Which was also fine by me.
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I think it depends quite a bit on how old the movie is (and the viewer) and whether it was released and re-released in the pre home video era.

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Good post. There are a lot of factors that go into watching a movie so many times as you have listed. Another example with me is how I've seen Mullholland Drive at least eight times so far simply because I'm trying to make sense of its bizarre plot. Also, I think I am at 6-7 viewings of Bugsy Malone (awesome Scott Baio/Jodie Foster kid gangster musical) after watching it three times on Blu in the last month alone with my youngest daughter who loves this movie. I'll be at 10+ viewings with these two in the next five years I'm guessing.

So there are many reasons why one would watch a flick so many times; with simple enjoyment being right there at the top.

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Many have I watched under that magic number. The ones I can be fairly sure of more than or equal to:

North by Northwest Stopped counting at 20 and stopped watching soon thereafter
The Time Machine
The Day the Earth Stood Still
King Kong
The War of the Worlds

the versions cited should be self-evident
Forbidden Planet
Rio Bravo
The Thing from Another World
The Shining
Aliens
probably
The Third Man
Reap the Wild Wind
possibly
The Big Sleep possibly

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So there are many reasons why one would watch a flick so many times; with simple enjoyment being right there at the top.
Yes, I'm not sure why seeing a movie multiple times is considered so different, perhaps even "strange" to many, compared to, say, listening to your favorite songs on your favorite radio/Pandora station or on a CD dozens if not hundreds of times. Perhaps it's because there is usually a "plot" involved and once you find out what happens next you're no longer into it. But there are certain episodes of classic television shows some of those same people have no problem admitting they've seen dozens of times (Twilight Zone, Star Trek), and they've got "plots", too.

Then again, if the biggest factor of a movie to someone or to the movie is its "plot" in terms of merely what happens next or what happens at the end, then I can see why it wouldn't be worth sitting for 100-150 minutes all over again just to find out something you already know.

Meanwhile, the posters here keep reminding me of more movies I'm sure I must have seen at least 8 times if not 10:

The Time Machine
The Music Man
Rio Bravo
The Magnificent Seven
House on Haunted Hill
Rock-a-Bye Baby
Geisha Boy
You're Never Too Young
The Court Jester
Singin' in the Rain
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