We all moan about repeats on TV, but we also all love to sit down and watch our favourite movies again and again. Some are more rewatchable than others.
There are comedies so densely packed with gags and pop-culture references you keep seeing more each time. There are some with great soundtracks you never tire of. Some films have action sequence so brilliantly choreographed theyre fresh every time. Even films with twist endings sometimes deserve repeat viewings so that you can see how all the pieces fitted together.
And some films simply put you in a good mood no matter how many times you watch them.
50. Avengers Assemble (2012)
Why It's Rewatchable: Joss Whedon brings a lifetime's experience in tickling fanboy nerves by ensuring a formula that is one-third character comedy to two-thirds kick-ass.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Hulk vs Loki.
49. Face/Off (1997)
Why It's Rewatchable: The absolute joy of watching two of Hollywood's hammiest, most OTT actors playing each other.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Woo unleashes carnage in a gangster hideout, and then gets all sentimental by playing Somewhere Over The Rainbow over the top.
48. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Why It's Rewatchable: First time, to witness a multitude of 'aha' moments; nowadays, to ponder where it all went wrong subsequently for Shyamalan.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Bruce's wife drops a wedding ring, and everything clicks.
47. Starship Troopers (1997)
Why It's Rewatchable: The guiltiest of guilty pleasures, as Verhoeven has us rooting for the Fascists. Want to know more?
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Yeah, you're saying 'nuke the bugs,' but why have you paused the DVD on the shower scene?
46. Clueless (1995)
Why It's Rewatchable: The dialogue's witty invented slang, which raises the IQ of the chick-flick several notches above the norm.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Cher goes soul searching or, as most people would call it, retail therapy.
45. Point Break (1991)
Why It's Rewatchable: As one character puts it, it's "young, dumb and full of cum," revelling in its have cake / eat cake attitude to the clichs of the action genre.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The heart-pumping Steadicam foot chase, rendered more unusual because the escapee is wearing a Ronald Reagan mask.
44. Donnie Darko (2001)
Why It's Rewatchable: A film that takes several goes to properly understand, even without the pleasure of the genre mash-up between 1980s teen movie and hardcore sci-fi.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The moving, bravura Mad World-accompanied montage of the characters.
43. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)
Why It's Rewatchable: A compendium of great set-pieces, tenuously linked by Clint's cool and the wolfish wit of Eli Wallach's disreputable Tuco.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The climactic triangular showdown in a graveyard, all extreme close-ups of suspicious eyes and Morricone's music going crazy.
42. The Third Man (1949)
Why It's Rewatchable: Thanks to its noir lighting, Orson Welles' iconic presence and that slithery zither soundtrack, this is cinematic style to luxuriate in.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Welles' self-penned 'cuckoo clock' speech, the most poetic justification of evil in the movies.
41. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Why It's Rewatchable: It takes several goes (in the company of an appreciative audience) to memorise all of the bits you're supposed to shout at the screen.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Let's do the Timewarp again.
40. Lethal Weapon (1987)
Why It's Rewatchable: The sequels steadily got too silly, but here Gibbo's goofiness and Shane Black's wisecracks are anchored in brutal 1980s action.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: How mad is Mel? He jumps off buildings with wannabe suicides. That mad.
39. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Why It's Rewatchable: Ferris' truancy manifesto remains pertinent whatever your age.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Ferris gatecrashes a carnival for a spot of Twist And Shout.
38. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Why It's Rewatchable: Like its predecessor, TV sitcom Spaced, Wright spends ages getting the details right. It's a treasure-trove of pop-culture in-jokes.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Shaun and the gang take on the zombie hordes to the strains of Queen's Don't Stop Me Now.
37. North By Northwest (1959)
Why It's Rewatchable: Hitchcock deliberately set out to make a Greatest Hits film using American monuments as set-piece staging posts, making this lighter and more accessible than most of his suspense classics.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The simple but surreal sight of sharp-suited Grant being attacked by a crop duster.
36. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Why It's Rewatchable: Many films show an innocent girl finding independence through true love, but none of those other girls do it by being held aloft by Swayze as The Time Of My Life plays.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Baby is put in a corner. Johnny isn't happy.
35. The Great Escape (1963)
Why It's Rewatchable: That effortless, everybody-gets-to-shine ensemble is perfectly constructed for lazy Bank Holiday afternoons.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The escape itself, if only to marvel at the fact you're involuntarily counting everybody out even though you know what happens.
34. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Why It's Rewatchable: Cameron kept the timey-wimey head-scratching of the original, but this time had the budget to blow on bike/tanker face-offs and the mighty morphin' T-1000.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Arnie's definitive role gets an unexpected emotional kick as the climactic foundry battle ends with the Terminator committing cyborg suicide in the molten river.
33. Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Why It's Rewatchable: Two films for the price of one--the frenetic recap/remake of The Evil Dead, followed by the hysterical splatstick of Bruce Campbell's Ash going insane and getting groovy.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Ash fights his possessed hand, using a chainsaw and a copy of Hemmingway's A Farewell To Arms.
32. Ghostbusters (1984)
Why It's Rewatchable: It caters to all of your 1980s needs at once: Saturday Night Live humour, Industrial Light and Magic FX and Ray Parker Jr's mighty theme tune.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Ancient evil reborn in the form of a giant advertising mascot.
31. Memento (2000)
Why It's Rewatchable: In order to mentally re-assemble all those Polaroids in your mind. Or, if you're lazy, you can watch the correctly ordered re-edit on the DVD.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The final scene as the two halves of the story join up to explain what's been going on.
30. Toy Story (1995)
Why It's Rewatchable: Just about every Pixar film is rewatchable. We're choosing Toy Story simply because we have a hunch it's the most rewatched.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Woody enlists the help of Sid's tortured toys in order to teach the bully a lesson.
29. The Matrix (1999)
Why It's Rewatchable: An action movie with enough existential philosophy to have you pondering whether there is, in fact, a spoon.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The rescue of Morpheus, whose jaw-dropping invention remains undiluted even after all of the rip-offs.
28. Stand By Me (1986)
Why It's Rewatchable: Essentially, it's a chick flick for boys, with all of the lovey-dovey stuff replaced by encounters with trains and leeches.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The snack-sized story-within-a-story about a "barf-o-rama" blueberry eating contest.
27. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Why It's Rewatchable: Fact--if you don't watch this every year on 24th December, you're doing Christmas wrong.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The bit that genuinely is feelgood - George Bailey's joyous realisation that his glass has been half-full all along.
26. The Shining (1980)
Why It's Rewatchable: It's scary as hell, until you hit that third or fourth viewing and realise it's a comedy about the worst-matched marriage in cinema.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Shelley Duvall's curiosity finally gets the better of her as she sneaks a peek at Jack's latest novel.
25. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
Why It's Rewatchable: The perfect balance between long-form plot and the sketch-show anarchy of the Flying Circus, this is practically a Greatest Hits package.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog meets its comeuppance at the hands of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.
24. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Why It's Rewatchable: Largely because the film became a classic slowly and without hype, everybody feels like they have a personal connection to Andy Dufresne's struggle.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Warden Norton discovers not only that Andy has been digging a tunnel all this time, but that the cheeky sod has somehow managed to stick his Raquel Welch poster back over the hole from the inside.
23. Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Why It's Rewatchable: All song & dance movies are tailor-made for dipping into, but because this one also celebrates/satirises the movies, it's also a film buff's Bible.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Gene Kelly's splish-sploshing in the puddles with only an umbrella for company works best without being dicked about with CGI in a car advert.
22. The Big Lebowski (1998)
Why It's Rewatchable: The Coens at their least cruel, this is the kind of laidback joy that really ties your mood together.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: John Goodman's finest hour, smashing a car to bits as he tells a child, "This is how it feels when a stranger fucks you in the ass."
21. Goldfinger (1964)
Why It's Rewatchable: To be honest, all of the Bond films qualify for rewatchability--yes, even the duff ones--but this is the standard bearer for the 007 style of girls, gadgets and hat-throwing henchmen.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Bond is brought in for some unnecessary testicular surgery, simply because Goldfingers expects him to DIE!
20. The Godfather (1972)
Why It's Rewatchable: It's as much of a feast as the huge plates of pasta consumed by the Corleones. Add the sequels and you can make a meal out of it, although many tend to skip dessert.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The making of Michael Corleone, as dinnertime gets deadly thanks to a hidden gun in the toilet.
19. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Why It's Rewatchable: It can be read an infinite number of ways--Freudian dream, Marxist parable or straight-up kids' pic. Salman Rushdie even wrote a book about it.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Meeting the Scarecrow, Tin Man and (especially) the Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road.
18. Die Hard (1988)
Why It's Rewatchable: The gradual transformation of Bruce Willis' John McClane from wise-ass to legend, graphically depicted in the gradual destruction of his white vest.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The disastrous SWAT attack--"the quarterback is toast!"--that highlights just how good McClane really is.
17. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Why It's Rewatchable: To decide which scenes mean something, and which are hangovers from the original 'TV pilot' premise.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The smoking-hot audition scene, when we all realised that Naomi Watts was only pretending to give a bad performance.
16. The Usual Suspects (1995)
Why It's Rewatchable: Trying to figure out what, if any, of the story is actually true.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The priceless look on Chazz Palminteri's face as the penny (and his coffee cup) drops.
15. Fight Club (1999)
Why It's Rewatchable: The rug-pull twist had everyone scurrying back to see how it was done and then we all started noticing those subliminal flashes as Tyler Durden comes to life.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: "Let me tell you about Tyler Durden." The Narrator introduces a manifesto for anarchy, via Tyler's subversive jobs as waiter and cinema projectionist.
14. Anchorman (2004)
Why It's Rewatchable: Director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell were so unrestrained about what went into the final cut that there's a whole character (Brick Tamland) devoted to quotable non-sequiturs. All together now: "I love lamp."
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The cameo-laden news crew fight.
13. Alien (1979)
Why It's Rewatchable: The scares still hold up, but it's the intricacy of Scott's world-building--aided by H. R. Giger's creepy design concepts--that really make this a go-back-to, especially on Blu-ray.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: John Hurt's final supper.
12. Aliens (1986)
Why It's Rewatchable: All of the vicarious pleasure of a combat film without any of the trifling guilt you get if it's based on a real war.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The survivors are back safe aboard the Sulacoand then the Alien Queen rips Bishop in half and Ripley's forced to get handy with a cargo-loader.
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Why It's Rewatchable: That strange feeling that, for all the exaggerated absurdity, a heavy metal might well write lyrics like "My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo / I'd like to sink her with my pink torpedo."
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Stonehenge descends, only there's been a cock-up in the measuring department.
10. Goodfellas (1990)
Why It's Rewatchable: "Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a gangster." And, thanks to Goodfellas, so does everyone else.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: May 11, 1980--the day Henry's world unravels amidst editor Thelma Schoonmaker's astonishing mosaic of fast cuts and music cues.
9. Blade Runner (1982)
Why It's Rewatchable: With five--FIVE!--versions to choose from, you could go mad deciding if Deckard is a replicantor just gawp at the visuals.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Rutger Hauer's Roy Batty waxes lyrical about his memories, "lost like tears in the rain."
8. The Lord Of The Rings (2001-2003)
Why It's Rewatchable: Watch all three back-to-back for an all-day epic. Longer, if you choose the extended cuts.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The excursion into the Mines of Moria, which made even the doubters ignore Gandalf's command that "Thou shalt not pass."
7. Back To The Future (1985)
Why It's Rewatchable: It's the absolute model for throwing everything into a film--romance, comedy, FX--and it actually working.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Fox's nifty moves with an improvised skateboard, all the more bittersweet in the light of the actor's subsequent battle with Parkinson's disease.
6. Airplane! (1980)
Why It's Rewatchable: No matter how many times you've seen it, you've missed a gag.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The near-fatal River Of Jordan singalong.
5. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
Why It's Rewatchable: George Lucas and Spielberg worked like scientists to distil the essence of 1930s matinee serials, but the real alchemy comes from Ford as Indy--quite simply cinema's greatest hero.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The opening sequence, which not only gets the ball rolling but works as a perfect short in its own right.
4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Why It's Rewatchable: The whole film is a collection of iconic moments, helpfully re-arranged into non-chronological order so you don't even have to worry about the plot.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: Travolta and Jackson saunter into cinema's classic double-acts with talk of French burgers, foot massages and Ezekiel 25:17.
3. Star Wars (1977)
Why It's Rewatchable: As kids, to memorise every last plot point to re-enact with the toys. Nowadays, because it's practically a reflex.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: "Use the Force, Luke." Those rapid-fire moments as the Death Star nears its countdown, Vader has Skywalker in his sights and a dead Jedi's ghost is telling Luke to switch off his targeting computer.
2. Casablanca (1942)
Why It's Rewatchable: "You must remember this"if only because of the amount of dialogue you can't help but recite along with.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The rousing eff-you to the Nazis as the French patrons of Rick's Caf stand up for the Marseillaise.
1. Inception (2010)
Why It's Rewatchable: For those who want it, it's a riddle wrapped in an enigma but don't discount the visceral pleasures of watching four action movies at once.
If You Only Rewatch One Scene: The Escher-esque folding in of a city on itself remains the kind of head-spinning coup few films dare to pull off.