There’s no doubt that movies bring people together. For many, watching a movie is a social activity (even if we’re supposed to be quiet). There’s just something about being transported by a story to some place else along with your significant others. We watch movies with our friends and family. We make dates to go to the cinemas on the weekend, or have a movie night at home. Yes, you can watch movies by yourself, particularly if you’re a real cinephile. But even then, watching it with another movie lover makes the experience twice as fun.
There are even some movies out there that people like to watch over and over–just to relive the emotions. These films that make you feel good. Along the way, it may take you through a gamut of other emotions, but in the end you wind up with a warm feeling inside. Now isn’t that something you want to share with those closest to you?
The titular character’s romp through many historic moments of the 20th century was something to behold when it first came out—mainly because of the groundbreaking special effects. It’s still a movie that brings a smile to anyone who sits down to watch this Oscar Best Picture winner.
It’s got action in the war scenes. There’s comedy too: think back to when Forrest displays his savant-like abilities in his table tennis match with China. Underlying everything, there’s a great romance with Forrest’s decade-spanning feelings for Jenny. Then there’s tragic drama at the end of that love story as well. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get,” may be the message of this film, but there’s just something good for everyone with this movie.
Described as being one of the greatest high-school films of all time, The Breakfast Club’s story is one that’s definitely influential. A brain, an athlete, a basket-case, a princess and a criminal discovering what they have in common. There’s been a slew of high school movies since this one, but we think the depiction of the different cliques of high school was brought to life by this film.
With an iconic movie, there’s also an iconic song. Who among you hasn’t been moved by Judd Nelson’s raised fist at the end, with Simple Minds’ Don’t You Forget About Me starting in the background? You don’t have to be an 80s child to be inspired by that.
The Princess Bride is an unadulterated fairy tale. At heart it’s a romance about Wesley and Buttercup, with healthy doses of comedy and swashbuckling action thrown in. It’s a classic of the genre. Plain and simple. Even though it was only a modest box-office success when first released, the fact that people like to watch it again and again is proven by the huge VHS and DVD sales it has had afterwards.
One of the most touching tales about love is brought to you by this cartoon—and it’s all in the introduction to the main story. Carl and Ellie’s montage as they grow old together in the first few minutes of the film has everybody tearing up.
As an animated movie, you can be as fantastical as needed. So having a house uprooted by a mass of balloons in order to travel to Paradise Falls is par for the course. However, there’s an underlying story about the significant connections you make with others. That’s something to take to heart while watching with people who are important to you.
Now this is something that a group of adult cineastes like to watch repeatedly. This isn’t a family film, nor is it a feel-good movie. But the clever dialogue, stylish characters, as well as the inventive structure of the film keep people coming back. It’s something you study if you aspire to be a filmmaker, similar to what Quentin Tarantino did when he worked as a video store clerk. Now we haven’t even talked about its really cool and eclectic soundtrack.
Back To The Future films must be taken as a trilogy. Sure, the second part was the most fun, and received the most publicity recently because that date of the “future” in that film had already arrived. Just remember: the stories are all connected. Part of the fun is seeing how the events are repeated during the different epochs in the films. You and your friends will have a fantastic ride with Doc and Marty, whatever the era.
Wouldn’t you give anything in order to re-do your day? Don’t you wish life had save points, like in a video game. You could go back to one when something wrong’s happened? Groundhog Day, in absolutely hilarious and heartwarming ways, shows us what a life like that would be like. People love this movie because of that concept, and probably because they’d love to smack someone in the face without any consequences! Or learn how to play the piano in what seems to be one day. Or find out everything about the one they love to plan the perfect date. A fantasy? Yes, but one worth watching again and again.
Not all films on this list are classics (yet). One of the biggest modern box-office blockbusters is also here for a number of reasons. One of those is that this is the result of years of filmic build-up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With solo Iron Man, Captain America and Thor films leading up to this movie, it’s the ultimate superhero epic. It’s got amazing effects, instantly recognizable characters, and great action. What comic book geek won’t want to watch this repeatedly with family and friends, just to see modern technology bring their heroes to life?
When you say romantic comedy, Meg Ryan is definitely a name that comes to mind. She’s the rom-com queen of the 90s, and has three of them with Tom Hanks as the co-star. But this is the one most people like to watch a lot, maybe because it has a touch more drama and romance. This is probably a movie you want to see again and again with your significant other rather than a group of friends, so make your plans now!
Now this is the first thing that comes to anyone’s mind when it comes to movies that everyone love. Who doesn’t know what went on a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? Star Wars has inspired fandom across all generations, and the original trilogy of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi is required viewing for geeks everywhere.
When you have these movies on with your friends around, you’ll be hearing double the dialogue, because a lot of fans know the lines by heart. Your friends will be talking like Yoda while passing around the popcorn, and just wait till the mass chorus of “I am your father, Luke,” comes around at the climax of The Empire Strikes Back.
Loving this film would be incomplete without loving the iconic John Williams score. Listening to the Imperial March on one of Bose’s LifeStyle Home Theatre systems will bring tears to anyone’s eyes. Feeling the rumble of a Star Destroyer as it enters the screen in the opening scene of Star Wars is movie-watching heaven.
Your friends may not be like our friends, so we’d love to hear what you guys like to watch over and over. Some people might like foreign art films or cult movies, for instance. Whatever your interests, we’d like to hear about them in the comments below.
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