Off Topic: Those Movies You Watch Over And Over Again...

I used to think it was just something I did when I was a kid and, to an extent, it was. When I was younger I would watch the same movies over and over again: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Goonies, Back to the Future. Now as an adult I tend to do this less, but there are still a handful of movies I am happy to watch over and over again. I wonder, why is that?

Recently a movie I've watched three or four times is Prometheus. This is despite the fact I think it is a heavily flawed movie. I'm happy to watch this over and over again.

Another one is Up. I love that movie but I love a lot of movies -- why watch that one over and over again?

So, here is my question: what movies do you folks tend to watch over and over again, and why do you think that is?


    Flawed my arse. IT"S THA PURFIK MOOFY:p

    I watch 5th Element a lot. And Dune (Lynch) Whenever I can.


      I forgot Fight Club, which is ridiculous since I watched it so many times. Thanks to @spaghett for reminding me :D

      YES! 5th Element is my go-to movie when i'm bored, love it. Multipass!

    When I was a teenager I wore out a VHS of The Rock. Would have likely done the same with The Empire Strikes Back but that was on *LaserDisc*.

    ESB is obvious as to the "why", but The Rock is just a damned fun action film.

    The Avengers *Why not?*
    The Matrix *Do I need to explain*
    The Boondock Saints *A movie about two Irish brothers killing mafia members in the name of God*
    The Crow *No explanation*
    Spawn *Because AWESOME!*
    Mighty Ducks (1, 2 and 3) *right in the childhood*
    Coraline * amazing film, really touching*
    American Psycho *Christian Bale killing people and Huey Lewis and the News*
    Cowboys vs Aliens *because....Pirates vs Zombies doesn't exist*
    Zombieland *Gotta enjoy the little things*
    Yes Man *Jim Carrey is amazing*

    Clerks 1 *No explanation*
    Clerks 2*Still no explanation*
    Fight Club *We do not talk about it*
    Shoot Em Up *British!*

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      +1 for The Matrix.

      I will definitely watch Zombieland over and over. Great movie about family.

      I couldn't get through The Boondock Saints. I mean I tried - I think I got about half way through before I switched it off. Just didn't do anything for me.

        yeah I had a similar experience (although I did watch the whole movie though) but found it a bit meh


        Yeah, I guess for some

        Now it's old, and dated

        I saw it when it first came out, left an impression, a film me and my brothers would watch over and over

          Now the sequel isn't worth your time but man, when my brother introduced me to the first one I freaking loved it. Plus, you know, Daryl from The Walking Dead!

            I have seen the sequel

            I didn't hate it

            But you are right, when me, my brothers, and my dad first saw the first one we loved it!

            Right up our ally

          Yeh I should point out that I only watched it a few months ago. From memory I got up to the bit where that horrible actor with the beard shoots the cat. I actually looked up what that guy had been in other than Boondock Saints... let's just say his career didn't pan out quite as I imagine he thought it would. And he got really fat.

            You really needed to see it at a much younger age

            I was like "Woah! He jumped off the building and brained the guy with the toilet!"

              See, When I tell people that my favourite movie is BaseKetball, they turn and walk quickly away from me, but I just never get tired of that movie, and I feel like you had to watch that movie in a certain period of life as well.

                I get what you are saying :)

                There is also a time later in the movie where the guy who shoots the cat kills a guy with a billiards ball


                I wouldnt be walking away i would counter that with Orgazmo!

      When Yes Man first game out it was panned somewhat as along the same lines of "Liar, Liar", but I honestly think it's the more fun movie. Granted it's got Zooey Deschanel, who I think is adorable, but I'm getting a little tired of her manic pixie girl schtick.

        It is the more fun movie :)

          plus I think it has a bit more depth. I like the concept that some movies present where you become trapped by your behaviour...hmm...I guess both of those movies have that too an extent but it feels like it has more gravitas in Yes Man.

        +1 on Zooey. I used to have the biggest crush on her. Then my flat mate dated a girl exactly like character she always portrays. Big mistake. Now I can never shake the feeling that she's actually kind of manipulative - which I believe was played to good effect in 500 days of Summer.

          In my mind, Zooey is always the girl from The Offspring's "She's Got Issues" music video.

      Yes, explain The Matrix. I rewatched the Trilogy recently and had found the first movie aged poorly.
      I liked the second best (minus the orgy) and the third least.

        I recently re-watched. The first is the best over all move, but everything in it has been copied and done so many times, often bigger and better, That it has no impact and some things actually look kind of lame now.

        Rewatching them, I think the Third is much better than the second. Although I know i'm in the minority with that, the second just doesn't do it for me.

          My problem with the first Matrix the first time around was that it had borrowed so many comncepts, but yes special effects wise it pioneered a plenty! :)

      I yeah, FIGHT CLUB, there is no movie I have watched more times.

    Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Especially now that I finally found another copy of the original English dub.

    I love Watchmen. Always watch Watchmen when I'm down. But a relative of mine has had my Watchmen Blu-Ray for months. Ugh.

    Recently, I am happy to watch Despicable Me over and over. I think it's because I like the theme of fatherhood, combined with the theme of a flawed hero. Perhaps there are specific themes that resonate with us that makes us obsessed with particular movies?

    Office Space. One of those movies I laugh at no matter how many times I watch it.

      Naga.. Naga.. Not gonna work here anymore, anyway.

    The movie I watched the most is evolution. Probably because of the evolution theory in the movie? And also the song you are so beautiful... to me. Lol

    Escape From New York/L.A
    Terminator 2
    The Matrix
    Die Hard
    MacGruber, hahaha... Sorry, this one cracks me up so bad.

      +1 Hackers. I had a big long story about how I used to watch Hackers over and over but I got logged out randomly and the internet ate it. :(

        It's because the man is on to you and cut your juice. Fight the power!!!!

      +1 for Hackers. I coincidentally just watched it yesterday for about the 100th time. Hack the Planet!!!

    Nightmare on Elm St series, Watch out we're mad, and BMX Bandits!

    Clerks II
    Children of Men
    The Castle
    A Goofy Movie
    Toy Story
    TMNT (1990 original)
    Super Mario Brothers

      Oh the castle. Totally forgot about that one but it's infinitely watchable. I mean how can you get bored of someone telling the bad guy to "suffer in your jocks".

    Fight Club
    Fifth Element
    Iron Man
    Blade Runner
    Shoot 'Em Up
    Reservoir Dogs

    The matrix
    Die hard 1
    Office space

    Jurassic Park and 28 Weeks later.

    Throwing it out there though, do females re-watch movies more? Or is it a personality thing? My girlfriend can watch a movie multiple times in a week... and not be bored. Just hearing Pitch Perfect makes me wince atm....

      I think it's more a personality thing than a gender thing. I love to watch and re-watch stuff that I like, picking up new details each time. My wife gets bored with that approach.

        yep. It's also more of a "movie buff" thing. (I'd say I am definitely one...hmm, can you tell I'm commenting too much on this thread like an excited child?)

          yeah, 'movie buff' is the title i was thinking of after Shane's comment. It amazes me sometimes.

    Groundhog Day
    Being John Malkovich
    Kindergarten Cop

    Those are the 4 I probably re-watch the most, but there's many others. I love each of them for different reasons, but I don't think I'll ever get tired of them.

      I suppose if you rewatch groundhog day immediately you wouldn't even notice it restarted ;P

        The sad part is that I once did that. Watched it, then watched the director's commentary (actually really good!) and then watched it again. Only excuse is insomnia at the time.

          Thanks for the tip I'll have to try watching the commentary.

    Many years ago...
    Pink Floyd The wall
    The Lost boys
    The Cure - staring at the sea
    Blade runner
    Dalek invasion 2150AD
    How could I forget +
    Flying high
    The naked gun movies + tv series

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      Yep. When I was an unhappy fifteen year old The Wall spoke directly to me. I love that movie - Bob is AMAZING as Pink.

    Meet the Robinsons
    Porco Rosso
    Zach Snyder's Dawn of the Dead
    Little Miss Sunshine
    Frequently asked questions about time travel
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    August Rush
    Dr Horrible's Singalong Blog

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    The Perfect Storm
    The Italian Job
    Oceans 11

    Liar Liar - Jim carey (i can probably quote the movie word for word)
    The emporers new groove (i KNOW i can quote this word for word, i actually watched my first copy so many times it killed the DVD)
    5th Element
    Ninja turtles 1 and 2
    FF: advent children

      Ooo Similar to me but...

      Ace Ventura 1 & 2 (Can quote all of that)
      El Dorado
      5th Element (Just watched my 1080p copy the other day)
      Predator (Because... GET TO DA CHOPPER!!)
      Starship Troopers
      Die Hard 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Soon to be 5 of course)
      Star Wars 4, 5 & 6
      Star Trek: First Contact
      Back To The Future 1, 2 & 3
      Indiana Jones 1, 2, 3, & 4

    Champions or The Mighty Ducks.... Dunno why.

    The mighty Ducks 1 and 2
    The Little Rascals
    kiki's delivery service (its not even my favourite ghibli movie its just a really nice coming of age story)

      My son is obsessed with Kiki and Ponyo.

    "Black Dynamite", that's like my main motivational movie.

      "my momma says my daddy's name is Black dynomite"
      "um... theres lots of guys named black dynomite.... beat it kid"

    I think of them as 'comfort movies' - things I bust out whenever I'm sick or down.

    Dumb and Dumber
    Indiana Jones films
    Original Star Wars trilogy
    Die Hard
    Point Break

    Ace Ventura Pet Detective When Nature Calls, Over and Over.


    Dumb and Dumber
    Baby's Day Out
    White Chicks
    The Hot Chick
    The Simpsons Movie
    Good Burger
    Amazing Spiderman
    Hunger Games
    Sucker Punch
    Pitch Perfect

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