The most rewatchable movies

At 538, a fun post: the most rewatchable movies of all time.

What do you suppose is #1? Got a guess?

The winner — this was done with a general poll — is Star Wars.

Well? What do you think? I must admit I do not feel any desire to rewatch any part of the Star Wars franchise, not even the original trilogy, which I enjoyed at the time.

Walt Hickey provides the top 25 movies overall, then breaks the list by gender and provides the top 25 for men and women separately. Click through to see all that — it’s interesting — but here are just the top 5 movies by the respondent’s gender:

For men: Star Wars, The Godfather, TLotR, The Wizard of oz, Pulp Fiction.

For women: The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Gone With the Wind, Star Wars, TLotR.

Hmm. Hmmmmmmm.

For me, if I had to pick just from that set of movies, I would order them this way:

TLotR, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, no real interest in any of the rest of them, especially not Gone With the Wind.

I go back and forth between the men’s list and the women’s. Let’s see. Sticking with the two lists of twenty-five each, I think I’d pick:

1. TLotR — from both lists
2. The Shawshank Redemption — from both lists
3. The Sound of Music — from both lists (surprisingly) (or at least I find that surprising).

Aaaand … now I’m going to be girly and go for the women’s list:

4. Dirty Dancing
5. Pretty Woman

Interestingly, a couple of my own personal most-watched movies are not on either list. I’d kinda expect them on the men’s list:

6. The Hunt for Red October. Or maybe I’d expect that on the women’s list, because, you know, Sean Connery.
7. The Fugitive. I loved that movie.

Also, I really love some of the Jane Austen movies, but Pride and Prejudice wasn’t my favorite. The one I’ve gone back to is:

8. Sense and Sensibility. Great film.

Of the animated films, The Lion King and Finding Nemo make appearances on the lists. I was actually so underwhelmed by both of those. Of all animated films, the ones I’ve rewatched more than twice each are:

9. The Incredibles
10. Up.

Okay, how about you? Do any of the films from the lists belong on your most-rewatched lists? What is missing from those lists that totally should be on there?

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13 thoughts on “The most rewatchable movies”

  1. There has yet to be a day when I was not in the mood to watch ‘Big Trouble in Little China.’ Or an MST3K with Mike.

  2. Our family has rewatched Ratatouille numerous times. But then we raise rodents and the rats are done right in that movie. And cooking!

    Also the Incredibles.

    Kubo (still in theaters here) might get up there for the Teen.

    I could rewatch TLOtR Fellowship, but have troubles with the other two movies. I can’t pull far enough away from the book to enjoy them as what they are. Although some scenes are splendid.

    I used to like GWTW, but last time I gave it a chance lost interest somewhere in the middle. Same with Lawrence of Arabia.

    Star Wars… I guess it’s ok, especially if you can watch the non-doctored versions. Original trilogy only, though. Never saw the rest at all.

    I’m also very fond of Sound of Music. Oz I prefer movie to book.

    Several of the others I’ve never seen. And I watched Princess Bride in the last couple years and just Don’t Get It. Although I used to like the book. I suspect it’s one of those things if you’re in the right place in your life to get hit by it, it hits hard, if you aren’t, and I wasn’t, it never will.

  3. I love the Star wars original trilogy, and Princess Bride is one of my most-watched. A couple of the others are pretty nerdy: Sneakers (a hacker classic, but also just an excellent movie) and Real Genius, which I guess is sort of an MIT requirement. My husband can recite both line for line.

    The romancy, “girly” movies are mostly reserved for sick days. Ever After is a go-to guilty pleasure, for example.

  4. Btw, Adam – are you excited about the MST3k revival that’s in the works? It looks like it has a lot of potential.


    That may be the single movie I’ve watched most as an adult (The Sound of Music is definitely one we watched as a family over and over when I was growing up).

    Anyway, yes, definitely. ALIEN was too much a horror movie for me and the third movie is best forgotten, but ALIENS is fabulous.

    When in college we all watched The Princess Bride pretty often. Can’t decide what else to rent? Let’s just get The Princess Bride. I love the movie, but honestly I think I’ve watched it enough, which is why I didn’t put it on my personal list.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Big Trouble in Little China. And while MST2K is fine, I guess, a little goes a long way for me.

  6. ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ is a brilliant experiment: what if an over-the-top action flick was told from the point of view of the plucky sidekick?

    I am looking forward the MST3K reboot, though I wish Felicia Day was going to be in the theater.

  7. ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ is a brilliant experiment: what if an over-the-top action flick was told from the point of view of the plucky sidekick?

    Who doesn’t know he’s the sidekick.

  8. Turner Classic Movies is my basic comfort-watching station, and plenty of the movies in rotation there are the sort I’ll watch to the end if I see running: “Mister Blandings Builds His Dream House”, “The Lion In Winter”, “His Girl Friday”, “Casablanca”, “Citizen Kane”, “The Philadelphia Story”, “Gone With the Wind” (which last I always find compelling despite lack of sympathy with the film’s POV).

    Beyond that, most of Whit Stillman’s movies are good bets for me, “Metropolitan” and “Barcelona” especially.

    Some Pixar movies: “The Incredibles”, any of the Toy Stories, “Wall-E”, “Inside Out”– but “Ratatouille” has always left me kind of cold. “Up” is the opposite– it’s fantastic, but it took me a couple of years before I dared to rewatch it at all. (The Ellie thing hits me too hard.)

  9. Well, okay, now I want to watch Big Trouble in Little China.

    Citizen Kane, I walked out on, I think. Zero interest.

    Ratatouille I enjoyed, but I only saw it a year or so ago. Can’t put it on a most-rewatched list yet!

  10. The Princess Bride, Snatch (ultimate guy movie), O Brother. I agree about Shawshank redemption.

  11. The Princess Bride hasn’t gotten old for me yet. I think I might be done with Star Wars, but I’ll grant it a spot on the list. LotR I’m sure I’ll watch again. I have yet to make it through any of the Godfather movies, though my husband keeps trying.

    Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one, of course) is a required girls’ night at least once a year. Sound of Music used to be our New Year’s Eve movie, but I can’t get anyone to watch it with me now. Casablanca, yes, The Philadelphia Story for sure. Love The Incredibles. Haven’t see The Wizard of Oz in years; not sure it’d be on my list.

    Other movies I often turn to that haven’t been mentioned yet: The Gods Must Be Crazy (funniest movie ever made, seriously), Strictly Ballroom (early Baz Luhrmann)(I like it better than Dirty Dancing, though I have watched that one more than once), The Usual Suspects (because Kevin Spacey is amazing), Ever After (mostly because of the Da Vinci character, and Anjelica Houston)

    Am I sadly out of the loop because I don’t know what MST3K is?

  12. Kim, I’d be willing to watch The Princess Bride if everyone else wanted to, though I wouldn’t pick it myself. I haven’t seen Strictly Ballroom, but though it may be excellent, does it have Patrick Swayze in it? No? Well, then.

    MST3K is Mystery Science Theater 3000, which never really did much for me but certainly has a lot of fans. Even with snarky voice-overs, really bad movies are not really something I would choose to watch.

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