5 Movies I Could Watch Every Day

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The beauty of being a movie-lover is that every day, at any moment, you can pop in a favorite film and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Forget 3D advancements and Blu-rays – all that matters is the movie. On a computer screen or a projector, the wonders that we enjoy surpass size and volume; they latch onto our hearts and memories like timeless ticks.

Some films catch us at the perfect time. Whether it is the veritable naiveté of a child exploring new worlds or the mature mind of an adult looking for that next thought-provoking piece to spark some curiosity, films will always matter to the soul.

When I find myself at that unpredictable point in a day with nothing to do, I don’t look around for a book to read or a snack to eat. I stand up, walk over to my movie collection and decide the next two hours of my life. Almost always – especially when the choices overwhelm me – I resort to five golden movies – those that always win, no matter what.

The following are not necessarily my five favorite films of all time, but some of them are near the top of that list. Instead, these are the five films I could watch every single day, no matter the circumstance.

These are in no way an ultimatum. The list is simply my list. It is also in no order. I hope all of you will share your own ‘forever watchables’ in the comments section and explain why.

The Prestige

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An unlikely movie on this list, The Prestige is not a household name like the others. It is truly the secret masterpiece of The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale find themselves in a rivalry that reaches deep into the supernatural. The film gives you something new with every viewing.

Sometimes the revelation of a plot twist can be amazing at first, only to fade away with time. The knowledge of the secret behind The Prestige‘s trick creates an endless ocean of repeatability. The nuances of the film reward the impassioned audience member with an unbelievable sense of doubt every time the “prestige” comes about.

Every character is pitch perfect to a point where even the most seasoned watcher of The Prestige can forget what he already knows. Those little details that emerge throughout the film are even more fascinating when you know the secret.

Nolan’s work is so focused and direct that it is easy to forget you are watching a movie that jumps around more than a Kris Kross concert. The plot would lose its direction if it was simply presented chronologically. Instead, it is constantly moving and always questioning the audience member’s confidence in their analysis.


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My favorite film of all time is not instantly regarded as re-watchable. Gladiator is a serious film with a singular focus. Yet, the characters are so detailed and complex that each viewing somehow rewards you with a new journey. It truly deserved its Oscar for Best Picture.

Every scene is memorable – from the scruffy, opening battle to the epic showdown between Maximus and Commodus. Throughout the film, the scenes are elevated by a timeless score from Hans Zimmer. Arguably his best work, the score to Gladiator is as triumphant as it is mesmerizing.

But what sets Gladiator apart from so many like it is the full-circle story. Open-ended stories are becoming a staple in the film industry. Sequels are losing value  – especially when they are greenlit prior to the original’s release. But the simple fact that Maximus dies gives the film its glory. His death is an honorable and complete one. It is a sacrifice essential to the arc of a nearly perfect story.

Gladiator is a tremendously personal film set on a grand scale. Every chance Ridley Scott had to make a sprawling CGI epic, he brought the camera in and focused on the characters that mattered within the film. Because of this focus and determination on all levels of production, Gladiator has become a frequent visitor to my DVD player.

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  1. Top 5 list of my comfort movies

    Shawshank Redemption

    Tin Cup

    The Dark Knight

    Pirates of the Caribbean

    National Treasure

  2. I always turn to Shawshank Redemption and The Truman Show.

    And there’s always School of Rock, which somehow happens to be on TV whenever nothing else is.

  3. I could also put Star Trek 4 on ANY time. One of my favorites in the whole Star Trek movie series. Leonard Nimoy’s dry humor in that film is so unexpected.

    • Star Trek 2 was my favorite of the movies, it had the almighty ricardo mantalban

  4. Any new special features on the Blu Ray Vic? I have the regular DVD of firefly not the Blu Ray though. You have a loving awesome family lol.

    I’m gonna make a List no specific amount just movies I can watch any day at random. Not all of them are my face movies and they are not in order.

    The Prestiege
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    Gross Point Blank
    The Departed
    Batman Begins
    National Security (for some reason nothing makes me laugh like this.)
    Stranger Than Fiction
    Garden State
    310 to Yuma
    nothing to Lose
    Role Models (hilarious)

    I’ll end the list lol and add most Bale or Cusack films to that list. Sorry it’s so long.

    • glad to see a fellow Bale fan. He’s my second favorite, behind Leonardo DiCaprio. also, Maverick ftw.

  5. We should do a thing on actors you’d watch in any thing I got a nice list of like 15 actors that I’ll watch anything they are in and give it a chance because of them. Bale and Cusack are my top 2 Patrick Stewart would be in there as well. My Dave actors are Bale and Cusack because they are gifted and have a large number of truly great films however I think Patrick Stewart just might be the greatest actor there is. You can just feel the passion ooz off of him even in his not so great films.

  6. Here is a short list in no particular order: Blade runner, Alien, Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2, LOTR Trilogy, The Bourne Trilogy, X-Men 1&2, Spiderman 1&2, TDK. That is maybe a top ten. Guilty pleasures : Jurrasic Park, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Jaws, POTC Trilogy, National Treasure 1&2, Raising Arizona, Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back. Five small but very good movies : What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Sophie’s Choice, The Color of Money, Little Big Man.

  7. I agree with doing an actors one! Leonardo DiCaprio is my all-time favorite. And in the spirit of people now just posting their favorite movies, I’ll do mine (some of these should have been on my earlier 5, don’t know what I was thinking).

    Reservoir Dogs
    Pulp Fiction
    Inglourious Basterds
    Gangs of New York
    The Departed
    Shutter Island
    True Romance
    A Clockwork Orange
    Evil Dead 2
    Dead Alive
    Shaun of the Dead
    The Godfather
    The Dark Knight
    The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    The Silence of the Lambs

    Man, I have a lot, but that’s my top … 16 haha.

  8. The Fifth Element.
    For 3 reasons:
    ..and Milla.
    (and it’s as funny as hell)

    • I watched that with my wife on tv last night, it was the first time she had seen it, she thought it was entertaining, and really liked Chris Rock in it.

      I’d probably say that that’s one that I can watch often, but not everyday.

      • It’s Chris Tucker in The Fifth Element, not Chris Rock, but as Dave Chappelle would say, “Ah close enough!”

  9. Damn, I’m way to late in this post. So, my 5 films in no particular order:

    1. The Prestige
    2. Back to the Future
    3. Star Trek (2009)
    4. The Lion King
    5. The Princess Bride

    Honorable mentions: Alien, Aliens, The Dark Knight, Blade Runner, Casino Royale, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

    • Awesome list Iron Knight. One thing I love is the variety of the lists. Something for all moods. I’m really pretty fascinating with how many lists The Peestige is on.

      • Yeah, The Prestige is one of those movies I don’t agree with the Rotten Tomatoes score. So many critics underappreciated. Personally I think it’s arguably one of the 5 best films of 2006. Maybe it’s because I love Nolan’s work, so much that I can’t order his films from best to not so best. Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight. All of them great films. Inception will save this summer’s quality (along with Toy Story 3).

        On the other side, while I love the films I listed above, they aren’t my 5 favorites of all time, although they are sure between the 15. 😉

  10. Here are the list of movies I watch all the time that Iam addicted to:

    1. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe + Prince Caspain
    2. Spiderman 1, 2, 3
    3. Indiana Jones 1, 2, 3
    4. Pirates of the Carribean 1, 2, 3
    5. Lord of the Rings 1, 2, 3
    6. Forrest Gump
    7. Mrs. Doubtfire
    8. Shrek 1, 2, 3
    9. Alvin & The Chipmunks
    10. Hairspray
    11. Superman 1, 2, 3, 4 + Supergirl

  11. in no particular order:

    the sound of music
    remember the titans
    coming to america
    the lion king

  12. Just some movies that i could watch any day and everyday aswell.

    1. Any of the Rocky Movies
    2. Anyone of the Back to The Future movies
    3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    4. Willow
    5. The Sandlot
    6. Hanging with the Homeboys
    7. Raging Bull
    8. Cinderella Man
    9. Die Hard 1,3 and 4
    10. Dumb & Dumber
    11. Ghostbusters 1 and 2
    12. Anyone from the Vacation series
    13. The Wedding Singer
    14. Goonies
    15. The Wizard
    16. License to Drive
    17. License to Kill (richard Greico one)
    18. Creepshow 1 & 2
    19. Serendipity
    20. Big

    Thats actually a short list compared to the one i made at first lol… Anyways i’d watch those mentioned anyday and everyday.

  13. Any of the Die Hard
    any Indiana Jones
    any Star Wars
    any Lord of the Rings
    any disaster movie except for (Disaster movie lol)

  14. Pretty decent list. This is mine…

    Mean Girls
    The Dark Knight
    Blades of Glory
    Edward Scissorhands
    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

    That’s all that comes to mind at the moment.

  15. I’d rather see Carpenter and Russell revisit Snake Plisken.

    • i wonder if there is that dreaded remake of escape from new york still in the works, if so, russell and carpenter should do another one, and have it go head to head with the offending remake

  16. Some of the films that I don’t mind watching again and again, would be:
    Shawshank Redemtion
    Star Wars :A New Hope
    Training Day
    Boys N The Hood
    Independance Day

  17. The Dark Knight
    The Matrix
    Jurassic Park

    There are many to name (:

  18. these are movies I could see everyday, when I see them on TV I just can NOT turn them off

    Jurassic Park (my favorite movie of all time!)
    Back to the Future
    Reservoir Dogs
    Independence Day

  19. I agree with you on TDK and Jurassic.

    Is that your theater room? gorgeous!

    • Ha, nope. I would never take a photo of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for that, haha. I do have a similar setup, just in my living room :)

  20. BASIC

    One can never have enough Samuel L. Jackson.


    Brilliant driving and fight scenes. Plus Qi Shu is very easy on the eyes.


    My dream school.

    FORMULA 51

    British humor, Meatloaf and again one can never have enough Samuel L. Jackson.


    Gotta love marching bands.

    • Bartelby: ‘Schrader, you were afraid when you’re tooth fell out because you were terrified of the Tooth Fairy.’

      Schrader: ‘That’s actually a legitimate fear. She was rifling through my s***.”

      Favorite line in the whole movie!

  21. Can’t believe I forgot Dumb and Dumber! Add that to my list! :)

  22. Hard for me to pick top 5 movies but ill list ones id most likely watch.

    The Terminator
    Rocky 4
    Batman ’89 film
    Batman Begins
    Superman 1,2 & 4
    Friday the 13th part 7: The New Blood
    A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
    Sleepaway Camp 2
    Pet Sematary
    X-men 2
    Iron Man
    The Incredible Hulk
    3:10 to Yuma
    The Quick & The Dead w/ Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    The Hangover
    Role Models
    And for a kid’s movie, Toy Story and i think listed enough.

  23. Wait!, I forgot to add these,

    Die Hard
    From Dusk Till Dawn
    Dawn Of The Dead Remake
    Return Of The Living Dead 1&2
    Night Of The Living Dead ‘ 90’s remake

  24. Red River, Rio Bravo – John Wayne versions
    Any Kung FU movie
    Any Action movie
    Any Hitchcock movie
    Any SciFi movie
    Any John Wayne movie
    and since I have HD on my DISH practically any movie I have seen is more enjoyable and entertaining with restored film quality, missing scenes, and scenery which is even better than when they were originally at the movie theater or drive inn.

  25. It’s The Matrix or The Lord of the Rings for me.

  26. dark knight
    lion king
    toy story
    men in black
    training day
    and avatar just to name a few

  27. Oh boy….way to rack my brain on a friday……

    1. The Breakfast Club
    2. Toy Story 2
    3. Cowboy Bebop (the movie)
    4. Gladiator
    5. Shaun of the Dead

    Every other day…..Straw Dogs.

    that’d probably be my top 5…though I do have more.

    • Here’s my top 5 for repeat viewing:

      1. The Empire Strikes Back
      2. Fight Club
      3. Touch of Evil
      4. Army of Darkness
      5. Tropic Thunder

      Honourable mention to: Stranger Than fiction, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Iron Man, Star Wars, The Prestige, Full Metal Jacket, Casablanca, Bulitt, The Quiet Man, and any John Wayne movie

  28. I might watch Pulp Fiction today. And I just watched it like a week ago. It definitely belongs on my list haha.
    Glad to see Christopher Nolan get so much love here, but I can’t watch The Prestige without getting a headache. The different timelines just cionfuse the hell outta me.

  29. I like how you put the prestige on this list the book is one of my favorites of all time and nolan did a great job putting it on film