Whether it is the number of awards won, box office returns, or critical acclaim, there are numerous ways in which a movie's greatness can be measured. When most people are asked what they consider to be the greatest films of all time, you will hear them rattle off classics such as Citizen Kane, Casablanca, or Gone With The Wind. These are all great films in their own respect... but how many times could you stand to watch them?
The re-watchability of a movie is a vitally important characteristic to consider when rating films. The most re-watchable films are not always the ones with a rich plot, deep-rooted character development, or academy award caliber acting. Sometimes, a movies' simplicity, iconic catch phrases, or nostalgia is most important in our decision on what to watch.
On a rainy Sunday, you can flip through the channels, passing through hundreds of viewing options. But would you rather settle on Schindler's List, or the Breakfast Club? The King's Speech or Raiders Of the lost Ark? I am willing to bet that you would pick the latter in both cases.
Many of these films tanked at the box office, many were widely criticized by the experts... but they are our security blankets, our hangover remedies, our friends on a lonely day, even our guilty pleasures.
Here are the 11 most re-watchable films of the modern era:
1. Almost Famous
Based on Director Cameron Crowe's real life experiences as a young journalist of Rolling Stone, Almost Famous is regarded as one of the best films in the last 15 years. This coming of age tale takes us back in time to 1973, where protagonist William Miller goes on tour with the fictionalized rock band "Stillwater." On tour, William is faced with temptation from drugs and women, disloyalty from those he idolizes, and an overbearing mother, but is able to persevere and establish himself as a legitimate rock journalist, despite being 16 years old. This is one of the greatest films of our generation, and holds up over numerous viewings.
Honorable Mention: The Sandlot, The Godfather, GoodFellas, My Cousin Vinny, A Bronx Tale, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Terminator 2, The Princess Bride, Groundhog Day.
- Kevin Aherne
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