10. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), directed by Frank Capra
This fantasy, comedy and drama film directed by Frank Capra is really among the most beautiful movies in history. Based on the short story by Philip Van Doren Stern called 'The Greatest Gift' and written by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Jo Swerling and Frank Capra, 'It’s a Wonderful Life' is a movie that should definitely be watched by everybody. Another amazing performance by Stewart and amazingly directed by Capra, this film tells a fascinating story about how we should never give up on life and love, and how we sometimes forget our importance to the people around us.
9. The Apartment (1960), directed by Billy Wilder
Always cited alongside the best comedies in history, “The Apartment” is one of Billy Wilder’s best works. Starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, this movie, which has traces of comedy, drama and romance, is among the most remarkable ones from the 60s. With great performances by Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, 'The Apartment' is a great film from Billy Wilder that is mandatory for any cinephile, and deserves a place on this list for its great characters and writing. The movie won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration in Black and White.
8. Casablanca (1942), directed by Michael Curtiz
Almost always ranked very near the top, if not at the top, of lists of the greatest films in history, 'Casablanca' is a romantic drama directed by Michael Curtiz that won three Oscars on the 16th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. One of the best scripts ever written, 'Casablanca' is a mandatory movie for any cinephile. The great performances by Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, allied with the amazing dialogue and one of the most iconic endings in history, makes this film definitely one of the best in history. This movie has a story so moving that is definitely worth watching again and again.
7. The Searchers (1956), directed by John Ford
There’s no doubt John Ford is among the best filmmakers of all time. Here, we have a film not only often considered his best work, but a film that is considered by some as the best western in history. There’s no doubt John Ford is among the best filmmakers of all time. Here, we have a film not only often considered his best work, but a film that is considered by some as the best western in history. 'The Searchers' is another amazing film by John Ford and definitely deserves its name among the best films in history.
6. Back to the Future (1985), directed by Robert Zemeckis
Back to the 1980s, this great science-fiction adventure helmed by Robert Zemeckis, and co-written with Bob Gale, is one of the most iconic releases of that decade, and the beginning of one of the most beloved trilogies of all time. The remarkable soundtrack and the iconic scenes from this film are definitely among the best things pop culture could give in the 1980s. Starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the film follows a high school student who meets a scientist, played by Christopher Lloyd, who invented a time machine, and ends up being sent back to 1955.
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), directed by Steven Spielberg
A list of the most rewatchable movies of all time could not be complete without a film directed by Steven Spielberg. This iconic film from the 1980s with Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman got three sequels to date, and set the start to a franchise beloved by audiences with one of the most iconic characters from that decade. It’s a great Spielberg film that is very, very rewatchable and deserves a place on this list.
4. Die Hard (1988), directed by John McTiernan
If 'Die Hard' is not the best action film ever made, it is really, really close to ranking in first place. Written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, based on the book by Roderick Thorp, and directed by John McTiernan, who had previously helmed 'Predator' (1987), this film is a lesson in terms of action movies. This cleverly written script allied with great action scenes and an amazing lead character definitely puts 'Die Hard' among the greatest action movies ever made and also among the most rewatchable films in history.
3. City Lights (1931), directed by Charlie Chaplin
Also, a list of the most rewatchable movies of all time would definitely not be complete if it did not have a Chaplin film in it. 'City Lights' is one of the best films from one of cinema’s greatest masters. Also known as 'City Lights: A Comedy Romance in Pantomime', this movie has all of Chaplin’s classic traces. With another great script by Chaplin and one of the most iconic ending scenes in cinema history, 'City Lights' is a film that is mandatory for any cinephile and a movie you can surely watch again and again and again.
2. The Big Lebowski (1998), directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
Very few filmmakers can write as amazingly well as Joel and Ethan Coen. Being among the greatest filmmakers of their generation, and of contemporary cinema on a whole, the Coen brothers, from the beginning of their career with 'Blood Simple' (1984) and 'Raising Arizona' (1987), to their Palme d’Or winner 'Barton Fink' (1991), to the Oscar winners 'Fargo' (1996) 'No Country for Old Men' (2007), are able to show how they can use comedy in a very unique way, allied with the usual comedy of errors genre, a constant in their career. The stellar cast, with amazing performances by Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro, is just one reason why 'The Big Lebowski' is worth watching, but the writing of this film and the great characters make this film among the best in the Coen brothers’ careers. Very, very rewatchable.
1. The Dark Knight (2008), directed by Christopher Nolan
With this film, Christopher Nolan set the bar very high for all the other superhero movies that came after it. Written by Jonathan & Christopher Nolan with a story by Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer, it is very fair to believe 'The Dark Knight' is the best superhero movie ever made. Although it has some small problems in the action’s mise en scène, the editing and writing of this film, especially the relationship between Batman and Joker, are simply superb. With so many layers in it, this is another very rewatchable movie and a mandatory film for any fan of action movies. The amazing performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker brought him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, being the only actor to have won an award in this category after death.