Matt Maytum (Online Content Producer)
"Still my all-time favourite cinema experience, I think Jurassic Park hit when I was at the optimum age - old enough to appreciate it, young enough to be completely and utterly convinced by it. It's one of the earliest memories I have of enjoying being terrified by something. These days, if I catch any part of it on TV, I can't resist settling in for the whole thing.
And I don't know if it's objective truth or just the nostalgia speaking, but the T-Rex attack still holds up as one of the greatest ever set-pieces, and sets my neck-hairs on edge every time."
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
"Watched out of sequence before the first one (which I've probably come to prefer as a leaner thrill-ride), T2 was a staple of my childhood, and must've notched up an obscene number of viewings.
John Connor was the coolest kid imaginable (curtains, motorbike, Public Enemy T-shirt), Arnie was the coolest surrogate step brother imaginable, and Robert Patrick was one of those villains I genuinely believed couldn't be stopped, even on the umpteenth viewing. To be fair, several Schwarzenegger films probably deserve a spot on this list."
"One (or should that be two) of those films, that I feel speak directly to me, like they're inextricably linked to my DNA, as if I've got a connection with them that no one else could possibly have.
I know that's inherently ridiculous, but it doesn't lessen the impact, and every time I watch Sunrise or Sunset (and I'm guessing it'll be the same with Midnight), I feel like I'm hanging with an old friend. Hawke and Delpy have an unmatchable charisma, and each viewing always gets me.
The Dark Knight
"Probably the most rewatched film of my 'adult' life, I can't get bored of any of the film's in Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
That TDK has a killer cast and the tension of a Michael Mann-esque thriller without sacrificing its inherent Batman-ness, is its greatest achievement. Another of those films that resonates as if it was tailor-made for me."
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
"Can probably be credited with getting me through my English GCSE. I was blown away by how vibrant, stylish and energetic it was: a literary love story that had guns and cool clothes and stuff. Rewatched it so many times in a limited space of time that I could quote it word-for-word."
"Throughout my life, Ghostbusters was different things to me: on my earliest viewing it felt like a documentary, later an action-horror.
Only much later did I realise it was a comedy. How it's not used as a template for every big blockbuster ever befuddles me. It's also the source of one of my most vivid VHS memories, as I taped it off the telly and the video ran out *just* before Stay-Puft arrived. Literally just. I had heard his footsteps and everything."
The Naked Gun
"No matter how many times I watched this (or 2 ½, or Police Squad), it had me breaking down in hysterics.
The potent combination of Leslie Nielsen's face, the incredible voiceover and the peerless sight gags is always a winner."
"Vying with Dirty Dancing for the Patrick Swayze spot on my list, Road House just edged it, if only for the tagline 'The dancing's over. Now it gets dirty.'
Not only was Swayze's zen-bouncer Dalton ridiculously badass, he taught me valuable life lessons, such as 'Pain don't hurt', and 'Nobody wins a fight.' Road House was also the film that introduced me to the more mature cool of Ben Gazzara and Sam Elliot. Real-life bars have never lived up to the Double Deuce."
"It wasn't just the technical wizardry that made Toy Story feel like a big step forward: the gags, the heart and the smart use of product placement did that.
The lack of song-and-dance numbers, combined with the abundance of inventive action sequences, meant my VHS copy earned its stripes before being retired for a DVD replacement. And as it harks back to bygone eras and childhoods outgrown, it's taken on additional poignancy as it's aged."
"While Galaxy Quest wouldn't actually sit that high on my favourite films of all time list, it has ridiculous amount of re-watch value (if mainly for the Sam Rockwell bits). Smarter and funnier than a Star Trek spoof had any right to be."
Rosie Fletcher (Associate Editor)
Romy And Michelle’s Highschool Reunion
"I can recite every line, I watch it over and over, I own it on VHS and DVD and I love it. Plus this is actually genuinely a brilliant, subversive feminist movie. I am in no way guilty about this choice."
The Hudsucker Proxy
"As a ‘fast talking career gal who thought she was one of the boys’ I identified with Amy Archer when I was younger. The warmest of the Coen’s movies, written by Sam Raimi, and everything, literally everything, about it, from the dialogue, the performances, the cinematography and the score is perfect."
Texas Chain Saw Massacre
"My house at University got burgled because of this movie. I was forcing my housemates to watch it at full volume while someone broke in upstairs. The best horror movie ever made, still scares me senseless, and the subject of the longest review I ever wrote (2000 words. Far too long)."
"Saw it three times at the cinema when it came out, partly because I wanted to see it, but more because I wanted to show it to other people like I was the director or something, I just felt so attached to it. It’s a genuinely brilliant movie – scary and funny – and it was a massive genre ‘gamechanger’ and I still find it eminently watchable."
About A Boy
"I didn’t see it at the cinema, I’ve never read the book and I don’t own the DVD, but it’s on television ALL THE TIME and every time it’s on I watch it, I never get tired of this film, and I love Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult it in. Sometime I have a little cry during the “killing me softly” scene, too."
"We used to watch this at sleepovers when I was 14. This and Dirty Dancing. Scary but in a lovely tantalising way that’s not actually upsetting, it's a movie that’s aged very well. I also love Poltergeist 2."
"My parents liked this movie so I watched it a lot when I was young and my appreciation has grown. I remember vividly my dad coming down stairs to tell me off at about 1am because the volume was too loud during the hell hound scene."
"We recorded this off the TV and I thought it was really clever and watched it over and over. One of the few recorded-off-telly VHS tapes I took to Uni."
The Breakfast Club
"We used to recite this at school. Such a simple but inspirational film, great soundtrack. I can do the Molly Ringwald dance but I didn’t know what ‘buns’ meant (as in “I taped his buns together” as confessed by Emilio Estevez) until I was in my 20s."
"The thing with this film is that the ending is so utterly joyful (Winona singing ‘Jump In The Line’ with a team of dead American Football players) that when you finish watching it you think the whole film has been as good. And it hasn’t quite. That said Michael Keaton is fab, so is Winona and there are so many gorgeous touches. This is the film I chose to watch on Blu-ray on my last day at recently deceased magazine DVD Review."
Sam Ashurst (Deputy Online Editor)
"The first movie I ever sneaked into underage, and it's a miracle I made it in, considering the fact I was wearing Batman tracksuit bottoms at the time.
I have a vivid memory of being scared during the 'Oh, I got a live-one here' moment, hiding my face in my hands, before looking up at my stepfather, seeing him smiling, and feeling safe again.
As soon as Batman came out on video I rented it weekly, and it rarely left our machine. It's still the only film I know all the words to."
Evil Dead II
"I love the original Evil Dead, but this was my gateway drug into full-blown horror addiction. I first watched it when I was 13, and I actually can't count the times I've seen it since (most recent watch - last week, showing it to my neighbour's wife).
It's the film I always force people to watch as soon as I find out they haven't seen it, whether they love horror or not. I haven't had a single complaint."
"In my adult years, I've come to respect the original Superman as a meditation on mortality. But when I was a little kid, all I cared about was Superman tricking General Zod and the massive crush I had on Ursa (to this day, I tend to go for cruel brunettes)."
"I could include pretty much every single Robert De Niro / Martin Scorsese collaboration (thanks to a teenage obsession), but this is the one I return to again and again.
The film, like the lifestyle it represents, is mesmerising and seductive, thrilling and powerful - so much of an adrenaline shot to the heart that Vincent Vega should've shown it to Mia Wallace and saved himself a lot of trouble."
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
"When Terminator 2 came out, I was Edward Furlong's double (I was stopped several times for autographs during a family holiday in California) - mainly because we had the same haircut.
I was also a fan of Public Enemy and Guns N Roses, so watching T2 was essentially like seeing my life played out on a small screen. Well, my life if I had a massive death robot as a best mate.
Suffice to say, I couldn't get enough of it then, and even now - though I've aged to a point where I look more like a hobo than John Connor, the film feels as fresh as it did the first time I watched it."
"In the pre-Internet days of my Tarantino obsession, I bought every single one of his scripts and studied them like Bibles.
I actually read True Romance before I watched it, and was astonished by Tony Scott's version - his vision transformed Quentin's already great story into something truly magical.
My relationship with True Romance has lasted my whole life - but that's the thing about love at first sight; it stays with you."
Back To The Future
"The cleverest script in movie history rewards repeat viewings - which, combined with some of the most charming performances in movie history, means I can never get bored of watching this film."
Return Of The Living Dead
"I first owned this in a double-VHS box-set, which I actually only bought because it also contained Tom Savini's Night Of The Living Dead remake.
But it's Return that became the obsession. Like Evil Dead II before it, it had that magical combination of genuine laughs and real scares that made me come back to it again and again."
"The first DVD I ever bought, Aliens is the perfect movie. Everything, from the visual FX to the sound design, has been lovingly crafted to create a universe which I adore escaping into.
Even if it is almost entirely populated by gruesome creatures and near-constant whinging."
Return Of The Jedi
"It's probably the first film I remember seeing at the cinema - I have a vivid memory of my sister making fun of me because I'd gone to the toilet and missed a fleeting glimpse of the AT-ATs (my favorite vehicles).
It's my favourite Star Wars film (I know, I know Empire's the best, whatever) mainly because it's the most emotional."
Richard Jordan (News Editor)
"Spielberg’s best film and the original movie blockbuster, Jaws’ enduring brilliance is in no small part thanks to its rewatchability – even though I know it’s coming, I still jump every time ol’ Ben Gardner’s corpse pops up in the underwater wreckage."
"Cracks me up every time. A zinger-stuffed disaster spoof with an incredible amount of hits (“Don’t call me Shirley” etc etc) and very few misses… They don’t make ’em like this anymore."
"Not Hitchcock’s best in my opinion (I’d probably plump for North By Northwest or Vertigo) but, with its taboo-busting twists and genre-defining legacy, it could well be his boldest. As a huge Hitch fan, this is probably the one of his films I’ve seen the most."
"The awesome (and terrifying) T-Rex chase. The sweaty-palmed tension of the raptors-in-the-kitchen scene. John Williams’ rousing score… Spielberg’s dino classic still gives me goosebumps."
The Empire Strikes Back
"The biggest and best of the original trilogy, ESB is undoubtedly my most watched installment of the whole Star Wars saga. The asteroid pursuit, Solo’s carbonite capture, Vader’s revelation… Here’s hoping JJ uses this as his blueprint for the next chapter."
"From Shirley Bassey’s iconic opening theme and Shirley Eaton’s gold-covered corpse to the laser-powered interrogation scene and ambitious Fort Knox showdown, this is classic Bond and a Christmas holiday staple."
"Ridiculously quotable and perfectly cast newsroom comedy that never fails to make me chuckle every time I catch it on the telly… Can’t wait for the sequel."
"OK, so it might not have aged as well as some of Hitch’s other films but The Birds is still a masterclass in suspense – the bit where an army of crows amass on a climbing frame behind a blissfully oblivious Tippi Hedren is one of the creepiest images he’s ever put on screen."
"Jack Nicholson’s descent into door-hacking madness powers a psychological horror that creeps me out in a way that few other movies can… Not enough to stop me watching it, mind."
Marvel's Avengers Assemble
"A fairly recent addition to the list, this, but ever since its TV debut it has quickly become my default lazy Sunday afternoon movie. Full of witty superhero banter and eye-popping set-pieces, it’s a deliriously entertaining and unashamedly geeky gem that holds up away from the hype."
Jamie Graham (Deputy Editor)
Stand By Me
"I was the same age as the boys when the VHS came out and wanted so bad to go on that journey with them, swearing and smoking and finding a leech hanging from my balls. Well, maybe not the last one. Seen it more than 100 times, can quote the entire movie and, in 2005, watched it with Rob Reiner."
"I was 14 when this came out. Cruise, in shades, was the coolest person ever, and I was totally oblivious to the tub-thumping Cold War politics. Which doesn’t explain why I still adore it…"
"It’s not scary and it tore apart the Stephen King book I so cherished, but the characters are great and it’s a searing study of loneliness, first love and obsession. Watched now, Carpenter’s direction is sublime."
"This came out on video when I was at uni. A group of us watched it on repeat, exhilarated by the patter, comradeship and, yes, violence. I learned later that Scorsese had made greater films, but none with such brio."
The Lost Boys
"The two Coreys, Kiefer Sutherland and a muscleman saxophonist playing at the best funfair ever . The tagline said it all: 'Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire'."
"Between 13-17, Stallone was my hero. Heart-pumping action movie First Blood was my favourite (especially the bit where he jumps off the cliff face) but I watched Rocky IV 30-odd times and even bought Cobra."
Dawn Of The Dead
"I’d tell mates down the pub about Romero’s stinging attack on consumerism while really dreaming of lying on a rooftop with a rifle, popping zombies. Don’t worry, it was just a phase."
"“They’re all gonna laugh at you…” What teenager, male or female, didn’t identify with Carrie White’s plight? Plus I really liked the bit where the potato peeler span across the room to pin mad ol’ mom to the wall."
"I am a man. I am straight. I am a shit dancer and don’t particularly wish otherwise. But Dirty Dancing always gets my heart thumping and makes me nostalgic for a time I never lived in, a place I’ve never gone to."
"A dodgy Scots accent, a Queen soundtrack and beheadings galore... But it was Clancy Brown’s gigantic badass, The Kurgan, who had me quoting lines. “Forgive me father, I am but a woooormmmm…”"
Kathryn Twyford (Managing Editor)
When Harry Met Sally
"This is brilliant from beginning to end. There's no better onscreen couple than Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. Every scene is a classic."
"Recorded by my dad on VHS, my sister and I watched this over and over as teenagers. It is a masterpiece, and I'll still watch it in its entirety when it is on, even at three hours a go."
Back To The Future
"I watched this every day in the summer holiday of 1988. My sister, my friend and I used to reenact the first scene with the guitar/skateboard endlessly. Marty was my hero."
"Michael Keaton is genius and I love the characters and colours. Desperately wanted to dance with Winona and the footballers at the end."
"A proper VHS guilty pleasure. This has a fantastic final scene and some great lines: "That's not a knife"."
"Became obsessed with this aged 17. The cheesy dialogue is the best part."
About A Boy
"If this is on TV I will always watch. It has some great lines, comedy moments and is one of Hugh Grant's best characters."
"I'm ashamed to admit this is my most watched film ever, obviously a product of my misspent childhood. I know all the words to the songs and can do the dance routines. After all there's nothing like Cliff Richard in a pair of tight trousers dancing with Una Stubbs... Hmm."
"Still funny, in the most juvenile way possible. "If you're gonna spew... spew into this"."
"Alicia Silverstone is brilliant in this, and the dialogue is inspired. A great take on a classic story, and Paul Rudd is so cute."
Matt Risley (Online Editor)
"Quite simply, there's no other movie that makes me laugh as regularly or as mirthfully as Airplane! It doesn't matter how many times I see it, the gag-per-minute hit rate nails me every time."
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
"Everyone needs a heartbreaking anti-rom-com to turn to in times of lovelorn desolation. Blue Valentine and its ilk are a little too moribund for my tastes, but Eternal throws in a visual hook and sci-fi twist to offset the startlingly real, devastating emotion."
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
"One of my earliest memories is that of watching The Holy Grail with my Dad, and laughing so hard I'm fairly sure I wet myself. Again, the level of ingenuity on show - from the coconut horses to the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-PTANG - reminds me how utterly clever silly comedy can be."
"Everything about Pan's Labyrinth dazzles me on every viewing. The creature design, score, and the incredibly vivid world Guillermo del Toro creates is one I want to return to time and again."
"While I love the romance and character stuff, I consider Drive one of the most perfect marriages of cinematography and score. There are so many scenes I love to watch over and over again, purely for their sumptuousness."
The Cabin In The Woods
"In terms of Easter Eggs, The Cabin in the Woods has so much replayability. Not only is the script so quickwitted that I catch tiny jokes with each new viewing, but the density of the movie's mythology ensures that when there's a host of info/characters/background activity on-screen - and you're guaranteed to spot some new subtle gag or homage the second/third/fourth time around."
"As the first foreign language film that properly reeled me in, Battle Royale holds a special place in my heart. It also manages to nail the dramatic, blackly comedic and socio-political beats in a way that feels worryingly, timelessly relevant."
Marvel's Avengers Assemble
"I'm a massive, massive comic fanboy nerd, so my enjoyment of re-watching Marvel's Avengers Assemble comes purely from the giddy joy of seeing all the Marvel movie characters in one place, working in tandem. I could watch every action scene 365 times a year and still gawp at the stories I've read since I was a child coming to life on-screen."
"Not only is it the first major movie I remember falling in love with as a child, but the blend of supernatural adventure, horror and comedy is almost flawless. Throw in a quartet of loveable heroic baffoons, and it's impossible to deny the warm and fuzzies it delivers with every viewing."
"There are few action movies so tightly, entertainingly constructed as Aliens. Sigourney Weaver's Ripley is one of the most iconic action heroines ever, and James Cameron crafts the major set pieces in such a way that they're thrilling on every viewing. "
Emily Ip (Digital Designer)
"Amazing one-liners and mini-speeches that still make me laugh to this day. Forever timeless."
My Cousin Vinny
"I love to watch the dynamic relationship between Joe Pesci (Vinny) and Marisa Tomei (Lisa). My favourite part is when they are at the cabin and Lisa is complaining about her 'biological clock'."
"Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist, perfectly cast. One of my favourite scenes is the "unfortunate training exercise.""
First Wives Club
"Never get bored of watching this movie! Love the dynamic relationship between the three women. Bette Midler's character, Brenda is my favourite."
"Every little girl's dream was a revolving closet! Quote I still use to this day: "That is way harsh Ty""
The Mighty Ducks
"A classic feel good film with the age old message of "there is no 'I' is team". The reason I like to watch ice hockey."
A Few Good Men
"Love a good courtroom drama, and this is one of the best. Every time I watch this film a part of me wants to quit my job and become a lawyer."
Sound Of Music
"You can't help but sing-a-long, the songs are so catchy. I love watching the puppet show, Julie Andrews (Maria) and Christopher Plummer's (Captain Von Trapp) first dance together and the wedding dress."
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
"I love mysteries. I love animals. So many LOL moments, but one of my favourites is when Jim Carrey (Ace) is on the balcony proving that the window is soundproof."
"Every little girl's dream was a revolving shoe rack!"
Jane Crowther (Editor-In-Chief)
"Fancied Swayze, learnt the dance moves, can quote the entire script… it’s anachronistic, simplistic and totally cheesy but just makes your heart gu-gung, gu-gung, gu-gung."
Back To The Future
"No amount of re-watching can fade Fox’s trademark backwards walk of astonishment through a fifties Hill Valley crammed full of in-jokes, historical nods and Biff Tannen getting covered in manure. And that Sliding Doors end pay-off (“Now, Biff, don’t con me!”) is always sweet."
Romancing The Stone
"The usual bickering duo who fall in love scenario never gets old when it’s played by feisty/funny Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner – despite that dodgy, supposed-seductive fiesta dancing and his quiver-killing end-title boots."
The Wedding Singer
"So much comedy discomfort (Boy George dying onstage, Robbie’s Love Sucks meltdown) off-set by Drew Barrymore’s innate sweetness and a first-kiss scene as romantic as anything in the traditional rom-com. Plus a small kid calling Robbie’s ex a bitch."
Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
"Nothing is right about this film: Costner’s accent or mullet, that stupid song Christian Slater sings, historical accuracy… all eclipsed by Alan Rickman’s pervy, goth Sheriff of Nottingham, Kev’s undeniable charisma and a tone of unapologetic glee."
"Two things: That intense-boy-stops-truck moment. That slow, slow lean-in every-teenage-girl’s-fantasy kiss. Everything else is lip-biting awkwardness – but like Edward Cullen in that canteen slo-mo entrance, impossible not to watch."
The Sound Of Music
"Okay, can we talk about Captain Von Trapp and sexual tension? Yes, the first 20 views are all about the ditties and dancing but as you mature you realize this is a pretty hot scenario – handsome, hard-arse captain and virginal nun struggling to contain their feelings…"
"Bill Murray at his finest and achieving the impossible – entertainingly reinventing a repeated scenario. If he can do it within the film, he can do it over multiple repeat views. Plus it’s got a groundhog driving a truck."
Smokey and the Bandit
"The Bandit is so cool. His trans-am is so cool. His CB chatter is so cool. Endlessly. I sometimes pretend to be Sally Field and put my feet up on the windscreen when my husband is driving."
"It shouldn’t work but it does. Catch it on telly and you’re so going to keep watching – locked in through Busey trying to eat a meatball sandwich at 11am, that chase, Johnny not getting to be president and the ripped-off-Moonraker-but-still-cool plane jump. Suddenly Bodie’s ‘not coming back’ and you missed dinner."
Matthew Leyland (Reviews Editor)
"The original trilogy is my first, my last, my Jedi-rything. Episode IV (back when it was called Star Wars) was my first trip to the cinema, aged two, though to be honest I remember a double bill of Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge and Cactus Jack (starring Arnie!) more clearly. Return Of The Jedi is the film I've seen more than any other; week after week I went with my Harrison Ford-loving mum, who always took Yoda's death scene as her cue to pop out for a wee. I also recall a screening where we were charged 20p to watch a knock-off VHS... at school! Sorry to dob you in, but you owe me for all the freezing-cold rugby lessons."
Rocky II - IV
"My introduction to home video came via Sylvester Stallone repeatedly hurling his head at angry men's fists. Obviously the first Rocky is the best, but it always seemed like too much of a proper drama next to the sequels; there are scenes in it that actually last longer than 20 seconds and a distinct lack of soft-rock workout anthems. Mr T (Rocky III) is one of the greatest thinkers in modern action cinema ("My prediction? Pain") while Rocky IV is the movie you would show to an alien wanting to know what the '80s were about. Except they were never this much fun."
Indiana Jones 1-3
"After seeing Return Of The Jedi 12 times at the flicks, I could only manage a mere eight for Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom; every time two hours felt like five minutes. How it spurred the imagination: the fun we had trying to claw each other's hearts from our chests during morning playtime. And to think I originally didn't want to see Raiders because Han Solo shouldn't be wearing a hat."
"Visionary visuals. Sublime soundtrack. Postmodernism personified. The first film I ever saw with boobs in it. Two of them. Now as then, Rutger Hauer scares the hot poo out of me."
Louise Brock (Designer)
Back To The Future
"No matter how far into the film it is when it's on TV I have to watch it. Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd are just fantastic."
"My brother and I always used to recreate the library scene (with toy proton packs!) when we were kids."
"The first 45 mins are beautiful."
"My brother and I quote this film nearly everyday. How can you not love a film that has quotes like this: "Stick your drink up your ass. I would rather swallow razorblades than drink with you." Totally ace."
"I've loved this film since I was a kid. I always wanted to be Sarah and have a run around that world."
Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
"I was in uni when these films came out. They really caught my imagination. When the extended edition DVDs came out, my friends and I had an all dayer."
"This film always reminds me of my uni days. When the dvd came out we'd watch it in my friend's loft room. I just love the colours, sets and costumes."
Return To Oz
"This isn't on TV very often if at all. I think as children we must have worn this video out. Again my brother and I used to recreate the scene where Dorothy is trying to get the powder of life from Mombi's head cabinet without waking her up."
"Blue steel and schools for ants. Do I need to say more?"
"Lindsay Lohan was ace in this film and this one has tonnes of quotes too. “One time, she punched me in the face. It was awesome.”"