12 Timeless Classics We Can Watch Over and Over Again

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Some movies are worthy of a second viewing. Others may warrant a third or fourth. Then there are the timeless classics that audiences return to time and time again, whether they’ve seen them 50 times or 100. When queried on what movies they never get tired of, a movie-loving audience agreed on these 10 timeless classics.

1. The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)
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You’re flipping through the channels and see The Breakfast Club playing. What’s the likelihood that you keep looking for something to watch? Wait. Don’t answer that. You know you’ll stop to rewatch the John Hughes 1985 classic no matter how many times you’ve seen it. The Breakfast Club may not have been the Brat Pack’s first movie, but it’s arguably one of the best and easiest to sit down and watch.

2. The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride (1987)
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Westley’s heroic journey to save his beloved Buttercup is fraught with hilarious exchanges and thrilling perils. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, and the rest of The Princess Bride’s brilliant cast are a delight to watch, no matter how many times you’ve heard them deliver some of the most quotable lines in cinematic history. Rob Reiner’s direction and William Godlman’s screenplay save The Princess Bride from being just another fairy tale adventure.

3. Grease (1978)

Grease (1978)
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It certainly is the word. John Travolta and the late Olivia Newton-John play off one another so perfectly in this twist on your average silver-screen love story. After a passionate summer fling, greaser Danny Zuko starts to look less appealing to goody-two-shoes Sandy Olsson when he returns to his bad-boy ways. Grease’s over-the-top performances are part of its charm, but it’s that rock ‘n roll soundtrack that has viewers returning to this musical for multiple viewings.

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4. The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies (1985)
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When Mikey’s (Sean Astin) house faces foreclosure, it kicks off a series of events that leads to a day full of perils and near-death experiences for the youngest adventurous in Astoria, Ore. The Goonies is a stroke of brilliance from three of Hollywood’s brightest minds: Richard Donner (The Fugitive), Chris Columbus (Home Alone), and Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park). Ridiculously memorable and a wonderful launching point for Astin and Josh Brolin’s careers, The Goonies is a feel-good adventure that earned its place in the United States National Film Registry.

5. Almost Famous (2000)

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There are so many good lines and scenes in Almost Famous, that it is hard to identify any single one that makes it a great movie to watch over and over again. This coming of age film is just as good watching it the fifth time as it is the first time.

6. Goodfellas (1990)

Goodfellas (1990)
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Martin Scorsese’s films often have a very distinct style to them. They’re either uncomfortable and realistically brutal or fast-paced, entertaining character pieces. Goodfellas falls under the latter, making it much easier to enjoy multiple viewings than other Scorsese films like Taxi Driver, Casino, or Raging Bull. Ray Liotta steals the show as real-life mobster Henry Hill, bringing an energy that boosts the pacing and makes some of the movie’s darker moments more digestible.

7. Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)
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If it’s summertime, then it’s time for another viewing of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Bruce the shark is the star of this 1975 thriller, despite its absence from over 1 hour and 20 minutes of the two-hour-long movie. That Jaws can be so tense and scary without showing the monstrous shark is a testament to Spielberg’s genius. Everyone on screen, from the key players to Bruce’s snacks, delivers stellar performances that enhance the mounting tension. Viewers are on the edge of their seats by the time the shark makes its first horrifying appearance.

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8. Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump (1994)
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Tom Hanks shines as the titular Gump, a slow-but-kind Alabama native who leads quite the life. The movie follows Gump throughout the years, from his earliest days as a football star to a Vietnam War veteran and shrimper. Forrest Gump cleverly intersperses historical events throughout Gump’s life, giving the movie the feel of a biopic. Through every tragedy and uplifting moment, the audience watches Gump navigate the real world and find unlikely friendships in Jenny (Robin Wright), Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise), and Bubba (Mykelti Williamson).

9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Based on Stephen King’s novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont’s 1994 prison drama expands upon the two consecutive life sentences of Andy Dufresne, a banker accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Andy is the focus of the film, and watching him navigate the prison system doesn’t get old. However, the ensemble of perfectly cast prisoners and prison personnel helps round out an entertaining adaptation.

10. Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters (1984)
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Ivan Reitman knocked it out of the park when he took on directorial duties of Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis’ script. Starring Aykroyd and Ramis alongside Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson, Ghostbusters is the perfect concoction of comedy and supernatural science fiction. Beyond the movie’s entertainment value, Ghostbusters’ aesthetic is timeless. From the Ecto-1 to the proton packs and PKE meters, everything has a distinct and recognizable style that’s become a merchandising goldmine even 35 years later.

11. Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990)
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The concept of an eight-year-old boy being left behind by his family shouldn’t be funny. Yet Gremlins and The Goonies scribe Chris Columbus finds a way to extract the laughs from such a situation. Macaulay Culkin stars as the fresh-mouthed Kevin McCallister, who finds that his family forgot him before departing on their trip to Paris. Culkin had several acting credits before Home Alone, but this holiday-themed movie proved he could command the screen, even when playing opposite strong performers like Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

12. Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future (1985)
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Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd portray an unlikely duo in Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future. When Doc Brown (Lloyd) develops a time machine and ticks off nefarious parties, Marty McFly (Fox) is sent back to the 1950s, where he reconnects with some familiar faces. Back to the Future was influential on the concept of time travel, often being referenced in other time travel movies. Back to the Future spawned two sequels, but it’s the original that moviegoers can’t help but watch over and over again.

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