If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that escapism is our best line of defence. After spending all this time in the confines of our home, we’ve become well versed in the world of all things movies streaming. With so much on offer these days movie wise it can all become a bit overwhelming, do we do a comedy? Do we do a thriller? Or even a documentary?
Of course, the options are always plentiful, but sometimes, all we really want is to throw on one of our old comfortable favourites to get our fix. From suspenseful David Fincher thrillers, or even a loveable John Hughes romcom that always takes you right back to high school nostalgia, there are some movies you will always get pulled into, no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Each time, finding a new little piece of something special to hold onto. Whether it’s Baby and Johnny’s first dance, or Ferris on the float, here we share our list of our favourite most rewatchable movies.
1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Undeniably, one of the greatest teen films to ever exist. Ferris Bueller is one that stands the test of time. John Hughes' genius ideation of a teenage truant that takes his friends for a day out in the busting city streets of downtown Chicago, lives on as a comedy masterpiece, with quite possibly one of the most perfect music scenes of all time. Danke Schoen!
2. Dirty Dancing
There was something about the 80s and producing some truly rewatchable movies. While there are many romantic movies out there, nothing quite stands out like Dirty Dancing. The 60's nostalgia of Catskills New York and the wholesome chemistry alone between the two leads is enough to always keep you coming back for more.
Few have served great comedy in recent years as good as SNL alum Kristen Wig. The greatest test of female solidarity that has ever existed. Bridesmaids is a surprisingly poignant film, that bridges the gap between rom-com and buddy comedy so nicely. Delightfully grotesque.
4. Fight Club
There are twists in movies and there are twists, Fight Club seemingly took this theory and ran with it. David Fincher’s thriller is mandatory repeat viewing, with memorable performances from both Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. But the little easter eggs that are concealed throughout are what make it; each time you watch you’ll always find something else to mentally chew at.
5. Get Out
Jordan Peele became an instant auteur with his 2017 film debut. A film that seems to get more impactful the more times you watch it. The sound and visuals alone are one to keep you coming back over and over.
6. The Princess Bride
Another from the 80s time capsule. Director Rob Reiner truly had some master pieces in this period (hello Stand By Me). But it’s the romantic whimsy of The Princess Bride that still manage to delight even after all these years.
Another from the teen classic list, Clueless is a piece of fashion history in our eyes. Never again will we be able to look at a yellow plaid twinset without thinking of Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz. The fashion isn’t the only thing making this movie one of the most rewatchable; the soundtrack is also one for the books with some well rounded 90s hits from Radiohead to the Cranberries. Now if only they could bring back the slang “buggin”.
8. Romeo & Juliet
The 90s had some poetic moments in love story cinema but Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo & Juliet is one to be remembered. Fresh faced Leo, reciting some of the greatest lines of Shakespeare is a memory we long to hold on for for all time. It can't get better than this.
9. The Godfather
It’s known as the greatest film of all time for a reason, from some of the most memorable quotes in history, to one of the greatest plots of all time. The Godfather still remains a timeless masterpiece.
10. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
It wouldn't be a rewatchable round up without a mentioning the visual mastery of Wes Anderson. One of his most memorable film feats, Opulent and messy and a little haphazard, The Life Aquatic mingles with some of the most existential questions of existence and relishes the journey along the way.
11. Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Be still our early teen hearts, this one sits up high as one our familiar and friendly late night watches. It's funny, it's sweet and its sympathetic. Made by the same director that brought us Bend it Like Beckham, it carries a lot of the same character driven charm. Thankfully, it's on Netflix this month so we can rewatch as many times as our hearts content.
12. 10 Things I Hate About You
If you caught our best Valentine's Day movies post you would have seen this one make the top of the list. There are few 90s romcoms that still hold up comically. The film that made our Heath, Hollywood famous, we will forever love Alison Janney as the zany Ms. Perky.
13. Bridget Jones' Diary
Of the two Jane Austen remakes that have made this list, it's Bridget Jones that comes out on top. Adapted from Helen Fielding's novel of the same name, we could watch the life of hapless, endearing Bridget every day if we had too. While Hugh Grant is positively repugnant as her sleazy boss, he makes the perfect third party fodder between her and Mark Darcy played by the always dapper Colin Firth.
14. A League of Their Own
One of the greatest female-driven sporting films ever made, beautifully directed by Penny Marshall. The poignant story of the All American Women's baseball team in World War Two America is a reminder of the many great feats of female solidarity in times of uncertainty. We also get Madonna swing dancing and the famous line "Girl's can't play ball!".
15. Mean Girls
We round off our list with the greatest teen film of the 2000s. So few can live up to the re-watchable legacy of Mean Girls, from The Mathletes, to the Spring Fling, Lindsay Lohan was in her prime as the fish out of water new girl in town, taken in by a clique of popular girls spearheaded by Rachel McAdam's perfectly evil queen bee Regina George.