Some movies simply need to be watched a second time. Sometimes a movie is so intricately crafted that you miss half of the plot points. Sometimes a movie is so hilarious you need to rewatch to catch all the jokes. Sometimes a movie is just so good you need to see it again to truly appreciate it. Many reasons exist, but only some films actually fit the criteria of 'need to be rewatched.' Rather than sift through silly lists on IMDB or the 'net, we've got a list of ten films you're going to want to rewatch again and again.
Don't pass Scream off as another silly slasher flick. While you can say that about every other installation of the horror series (excluding Scream 4), the original 'kills.' It's always fun to rewatch a horror movie when you know who the killer is, but Scream, one of the most blatantly self-aware films ever, is loaded with meta-Easter Eggs. Play the 'moments of metafiction drinking game' and take a shot every time a character makes a remark about being in a horror film for more rewatching fun.
A whole film done in reverse, Memento's narrative is played out entirely backwards, from 'end' to 'beginning.' Your left guessing every time a new scene starts, as you have no idea what came before it, which makes for a thrilling watch the first time, but you gain a much more comprehensive understanding of what the hell is going on the second time around.
If you're looking for a mind-fuck of a movie that can be rewatched and reinterpreted endlessly, Donnie Darko is it. Exploring notions of time travel and parallel universes, the scope of the movie is metaphysically huge and complex. Don't be turned away though, the semi-insane narrative is grounded by very real characters and some good ol' teen angst, plus the adorable Jake Gyllenhal. Watch again and again, and make a new theory each time. For those not looking for their brains to implode, this site will help a bit
The Sixth Sense
Bruce Willis was WHAT THE WHOLE TIME!! Sorry to semi-ruin the end of the film (if pop culture hasn't already) but I couldn't help myself from mocking what nearly every first-timer says at the conclusion. I shouldn't make fun, because it's pretty hard to see this classic M. Night. Shyamalan twist coming, and this was back when the director actually made good movies. Even if you know Willis' character's fate, it's still fun to watch a second time for all the awkward character interactions he has that will make you go 'Ohhhhhhhhh, he WAS a [SPOILER] the whole time!”
Any Tarantino movie is worth watching twice simply for the snappy dialogue. All of Tarantino's characters are full of so much wit and drop so many truth bombs you're bound to miss a few. Pulp Fiction ranks on this list for it's use of multiple timelines, which occur out of order. Nothing too complicated, it's just fun to figure out the sequence of events in the film. Plus, Pulp Fiction, along with all Tarantino films, have a bunch of trivia bits to learn. Fun Fact: Samuel L. Jackson's infamous bible-speech (Ezekiel 25:17) is a misquote, most of it just a mish-mash of stuff found in totally different places in the Bible.
Brad Pitt's abs are enough for you to watch this movie again, or just on repeat in your living room forever. But for reals, Fight Club is a very dense movie with a lot to excavate. Anarchy, identity, and infatuation are major themes of the film, so it's not a simple action-caper like it sounds. There is a lot to take from the movie, so much that you're gonna need to watch Fight Club twice. Anyone who's read the book knows what I'm talking about, but the book lacks one major thing: Brad Pitt's abs.
2001: A space Odyssey
Try and figure this film out, just try. Since the film's release in 1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey has been baffling everyone from academics to avid movie buffs, and all in between. The beginning and end of the film are legendary for their ambiguity and openness to interpretation, an intentional strategy used by the director Stanley Kubrick to allow audiences to come their own conclusions. Watch once, twice, or three times and you'll still be wondering what the hell the 'Starchild' and monolith are.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Anime fans will back me up on including Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence on this list. A sequel to the 1995 original, the film is visually stunning, and also intensely philosophical. Some say the movie goes too far into philosophy and the nature of being, but that just gives you a reason to rewatch and better understand the themes of the film. Tons of allusions and references to other works are used throughout the film, so go back for a second viewing after reading the Wikipedia page
Any Pedro Almodóvar is worth a second watch, they're all that good. Bad Education makes for a fun second viewing for how the movie plays with the narrative introduction of characters, revealing who really is who as the film goes on, made more complex with flashbacks and a 'movie within a movie.' I was straight up confused at certain points in the movie, in a good way, and the film does resolve (mostly) everything by the end. A second viewing will give you a better sense of what is going on and when in the film, and more time to gawk at Gael García Bernal.
Requiem for a Dream
Requiem for a Dream doesn't have a complex narrative, nor does it really play with complex themes. You can even sum up the movie with the tagline: “drugs are bad,” but that would be doing a major disservice to a compelling story which will literally breaks your heart in two. As painful as some parts in the movie are to watch (emotionally, not because of gore), rewatching the film, knowing where the characters end up, will make the beginning have so much more of an impact on your soul.
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