The early movie year has its goods and its bads; it is unbelievably bad what the studios are releasing to theaters. You seriously have to wonder who is willing to pay $ 12 to watch his eyes bleed with movies such as Identity Thief, Snitch or G.I. Joe Retaliation? However, there is some good…you search through your personal movie database and enjoy a classic action movie, thriller or comedy which just never gets old. That made me think about writing my personal list of the most rewatchable movies of all times.
While compiling this list, I made a journey through my early adolescence, student life and now-hood and it is actually interesting to observe the intersection of personal taste, stage of life and contemporary’ness. I will start with my adolescent favorites ….
I think the top spot for most watched movie has to be Rocky IV. It is however not so easy to state my favorite. As I enjoyed these at different stages of my life. But if I should make a ranking, it would be probably be:
- Rocky IV
- Rocky III
- Rocky II
Rocky Balboa and Rocky V don’t really count for me as Rocky V was just utter crap and Rocky Balboa was nice but didn’t have the magic of its predecessors. My favorite fight scene (and every Rocky fan can relate to this) will forever be Rocky’s fight against Drago.
Drago: I must break you
The only shortcoming of Rocky III was probably that the final fight between Clubber Lang and Rocky was wee bit too short but nevertheless it was such a great movie and I watch it to this day … and of course I own the Blu Ray set.
Clubber: I’m gonna bust you up
Rocky: Go for it!
Rocky I and II were obviously absolute masterpieces of modern movie history but a little too 70s for my taste when growing up as a child of the 1980s. In any case, this series is one of the best sagas of all times. Thankfully, somebody was awesome enough to put together the Top 10 Rocky moments. Enjoy….
2. Terminator 2 – Judgement Day
At the age of 13 (i.e. in 1994), I was one of the very few privileged kids who convinced his parents that it is imperative for me to have a copy Terminator 2 – luckily they never really watched it and didn’t how “violent” it actually was. Anyways, I believe to have seen this movie more than 15 times over my lifetime and it is still nothing short of awesome. All the classic quotes coming out of this masterpiece, the early stages of CGI, the story telling by James Cameron…I could go on and on.
T-800: Come with me if you want to live
Looking back, I’m actually sad that the talents like Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick weren’t able to use the boost from T2 for a big career in Hollywood. One of the best action pieces of all time.
3. The Rock
Once upon a time Nicolas Cage wasn’t doing only joke movies like Stolen or Ghost Rider. Those were the times when Jerry Bruckheimer still stood for a good movie and Michael Bay hadn’t completely sold out to making franchise-only movies. I’m referring to the times of great 90s action movies such as The Rock - which I have seen so so often over the years.
John Patrick Mason: Your best??? Losers always wine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.
Everything about it is just so damn entertaining with Sean Connery obviously being the rock star of this one with so many fantastic quotes in his bad ass scottish accent. If you haven’t watched it often enough, here is the trailer for your personal reminiscence (and it’s even spoken by the great Don LaFontaine).
4. Die Hard
By now, you might have figured out what my favorite genre is. I thought hard if I should list the Die Hard movies separately but I believe to have seen all of them equally often (except the awful part 4 and the not even noteworthy part 5). Having said that my favorite installment of the Die Hard series remains Die Hard With a Vengeance. This movie is what I believe to be the last really great action movie by Bruce Willis. And what makes this movie better than the original Die Hard as well as Die Harder is simple…Samuel L. Jackson. Adding him to the cast was a brilliant idea and the way him and Bruce Willis make this movie just so much more enjoyable.
McClane: I will tell you what your problem is, you don’t like me because I’m white.
Zeus: I don’t like you because you gonna get me killed.
To be fair, the original Die Hard movie has had a bigger impact on both the action genre as a whole and made Bruce Willis the superstar he is today. It is also highly entertaining and has been watched multiple times just because it is such a classic. And it has one of my most favored quotes of all times:
5. True Romance
A great piece written by Tarantino before he was the legend he is today, starring Brad Pitt before he was one of Hollywood’s highest paid stars, with James Gandolfini in a supporting role before he became famous as Tony Soprano and Gary Oldman as a wanna-be black drug dealer…and this is just part of the supporting cast. As a teenager who had only watched movies in the dubbed German version, I heard that True Romance contained a lot of swearing in English which was motivation enough for me to go on a movie hunt during the family vacation in London. And after the successful purchase, I watched this masterpiece so many times and enjoy it up to this day. I believe it is prudent to say that Tony Scott – may he rest in peace – did his best work with this epic concoction of thrill, action, comedy and drama (or what they call today: a real Tarantino).
Clifford Worley: Your great-great-great grandmother was f**** by a n*****
And because the best part of this movie is clearly the scene with Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken, I chose to post this video instead of the movie trailer
6. Back to the Future
Michael J. Fox is without a doubt one of the most influential personas of the 80s and 90s and still today in his heroic fight against Parkinson, he still is just as inspiring. Well, there was a time about 25 years ago when Michael J.Fox looked just as he does today but he was 25 years younger while starring in what was to become one of the greatest Sci-Fi comedies of all time.
There is such a high cult factor in all these movies but the first one still remains my absolute favorite just because it was so new and special.
7. Beverly Hills Cop
There was a time when there wasn’t Blu Ray and not even DVD…it was the time of Axel Foley. Due to the fact that my parents for some reason enjoyed this movie as well, I watched it numerous times on our home VHS player. It is hard to imagine but in my teenage years, I thought Axel Foley’s dubbed voice was really funny. I later purchased this movie on DVD and up to this day, I enjoy this movie every time I watch it.
Billy: Freeze and put all your weapons on the ground
Eddie Murphy with his funny companions (especially) Judge Reinhold and John Ashton is such an enjoyable 80s classic and it never gets old. Also did you know that Breaking Bad’s Mike Ehrmantraut is one the main bad guys in this movie? Anywho, this movie is 80s fun with all bells and whistles (music, comedy, action and weird clothing)
9. Lethal Weapon
When writing about the great movies of the 80s and 90s, one obviously can’t forget to mention the Lethal Weapon series – which was in danger of jumping the shark with its fourth installment (but only almost). Anyways, in a time where buddy action movies were a recipe for success, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh together with Leo Getz were one of the best in this genre. Everything about these action classics is just so simple and yet epic.
Roger: I’m too old for this shit.
Looking at back at the greatness of this series and how funny Mel Gibson seems, one has to ask what the hell has happened to him.
8. Days of Thunder
For no rational reason, Days of Thunder is one of the most watched movies on my list. I really can’t remember how often I watched this movie but I can tell that a big factor was the awesome score of Hans Zimmer in concert with the great racing scenes. Tom Cruise acting and the completely ridiculous romance between him and Nicole Kidman were most certainly not the reasons.
Cole: This is for you, Harry
The way how Tony Scott shot this movie and build up the suspense to the great finale is just so awesome. And in my young mind, it was worth rewatching it over and over again…actually I would still watch it.
10. Point Break
I want to close this post with one of silent classics in the 1990s and what I believe Kathryn Bigelow’s most entertaining movie yet. Keanu Reeves in his prime dueling Patrick Swayze in one of the coolest and most hip action thrillers in the 1990s. A big credit goes of this movies’ greatness goes to Gary Busey. I have watched this movie a lot of times and it deserves a spot in my Top 10.
To be continued….
As I said, it is particularly hard to put a number behind these movies and as there are so many fantastic, epic classics out there which I have watched numerous times, there will most certainly be a second post with more recommendations for your rewatch list, so stay tuned.