The 29 most rewatchable movies ever made

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    “Pain is temporary, film is forever.”

    That quote has been used ad nauseam to drive home the fact that cinema is engrained in permanent ink, and that however difficult or arduous the process of making a particular film, the end result is (hopefully) worth it.

    The truth is not every movie is worth standing the test of time, and some age more gracefully than others. But film is forever, and that’s one of the great things about the artform. Movies are always there, unchanged (unless George Lucas is involved), to revisit at any time you like.

    Granted that’s become more difficult in the post-Blockbuster era, but everyone has their stable of movies they return to time and time again.

    So the Collider staff put their heads together to generate a list of the most rewatchable movies of all time. These are films that, for a variety of reasons, hold up on repeat viewing after repeat viewing. Maybe they perfectly evoke a universal theme, or maybe they’re just immensely enjoyable. Some were even made to purposely reward repeat viewings with in-jokes and nods that are reflected in reveals later in the film. But all of these, we attest, are worth revisiting many times over.

    So without further ado, we present to you the most rewatchable movies ever made:

    "Goodfellas" (1990)

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    When filmmaker Martin Scorsese made Goodfellas, he was coming off the controversial reaction to his 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ and before that, the tepid reception to The Color of Money. So you could say he had something to prove. Scorsese dug back into his Italian roots to craft one of the best gangster films of all time, with a contemporary spin. The result is a rollicking, epic, comic, and ultimately tragic tale of life in the mob from street-kid to rat.

    Scorsese proves his mastery of cinema with a film that is impeccably paced, filling out the ensemble with unforgettable performances from Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, and of course Joe Pesci. The film has not one but multiplepieces of cinema iconography in it, from the legendary Copacabana tracking shot to the frenetic, visceral “coked out cooking day” sequence. It is, obviously, tremendously watchable, and that Scorsese was able to combine such entertainment value with such rich storytelling is a testament to his talent. – Adam Chitwood

    "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" (1986)

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    If we were ranking this list in terms of rewatchability, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off would be towards the top. By 1986, John Hughes had perfected the “teen movie” format in a variety of ways, from the female-centric young love of Sixteen Candles to the outsider POV of The Breakfast Club. But with Ferris Bueller, Hughes tackled quite possibly his most trite subject yet—skipping school—and churned out a classic. As with all of his films, there’s a hefty amount of heart to be found in Ferris Bueller, and while the title character is a fun-loving dude, it’s Cameron and Sloane who carry the hefty thematic weight.

    Cameron’s struggling with depression and a troubled relationship with his father, while Sloane worries about her future. It’s to Hughes’ credit that he was able to tackle weighty subjects and in the same breath stage a massive dance sequence in the middle of Chicago, and it’s that balance of pure joy and crushing reality that make Ferris Bueller so memorable. The film is the anti-party movie party movie, having its cake and eating it too, and it is delicious. – Adam Chitwood

    "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004)


    A film you can quote from end-to-end is a pretty good sign that you’re willing to watch the film endlessly. While Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have shown their strength as a team time and time again, it’s their first feature outing, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which shines the brightest. It’s a film that’s unafraid to be totally weird, and unlike Anchorman 2, which is fine but doesn’t hold up on repeat viewings, it knew that a little Brick went a long way. Anchorman wasn’t a huge hit when it was released in 2004, but it found its audience on home video, which isn’t surprising. It’s a film you want to own so you can watch it again and again. – Matt Goldberg

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