HAMMY’S TOP 10…FILMS I’VE WATCHED MORE THAN FIVE TIMES

I’m a frequent reader of Den of Geek. Last Friday they posted an article entitled ‘The Top 25 Films (People Have Watched More Than Five Times). Would a Top 10 List of films I’ve watched more than five times be any different than a Top 10 Films of All Time? Well, yes, it probably would be. There are films that would be in my general Top 10 that I’ve only managed to watch once or twice. I’m thinking of the first two Godfather films, Doctor Zhivago, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, Taxi Driver, or Schindler’s List. There are films that are just too overwhelming to watch regularly, due to their duration or subject matter. 12 Years a Slave was a powerful movie, but one I haven’t watched since I saw it at the cinema.

A great film, no doubt about that, but not one I’d want to watch on a regular basis

But there are those films I return to time and time again, acknowledging and perhaps welcoming the flaws that become apparent on repeat viewing. Or, conversely, there may be films on my general Top 10 List of Films that I have watched more than five times, but that very first time watching them has remained indelibly etched on my brain (the original Spider-Man film is not a great film, but that first experience watching it makes it one of my all-time favourites). There are those films that I put on in a drunken state, that I watch on a rainy day, or that I want to show a new acquaintance who hasn’t seen the film before. Of course, the older the film is, the more chance I’ve had of watching it multiple times. But there are a few recent films on this list as well…

  1. The Avengers

This would not make my Top 10 List of Films. It’s not a film for the ages, but it’s one of the most fun superhero films of all time. Yes, the MCU films are generally full of fun, but this first union of Marvel’s B List superheroes ramps up the fun and fantasy to sublime levels. There are periods that drag, and the plot’s flimsiness is more apparent on every viewing, but the characters, the wit and the action more than make up for the flaws. Loki’s the number one MCU villain and he’s at his best here. And that scene of seeing the superheroes united still gives me goosebumps. A joyous, fist-pumping slice of cinema.

(Click here for my full review!)

  1. Hot Fuzz

Out of the Cornetto trilogy, I’d rank Shaun of the Dead as the best, but Hot Fuzz is the one I frequently return to viewing. It’s overly long and the finale draws a fine line between parody/silliness, but there’s always something new to discover on each viewing, be it a pun, a joke, or just a little easter egg in the background. The jokes are rapid, and hit home more than they miss the target, which is surprising considering the number of them. I may prefer Shaun of the Dead, but Hot Fuzz is the one I frequently quote.

  1. The Empire Strikes Back

I’d include all three of the original trilogy here, as I’ve watched them countless times (and always together!). But it’s undoubtedly The Empire Strikes Back which is the cream of the crop. It’s funnier than the others, but at the same time darker and more mature. There’s not much else I can say about one of the greatest films of all time.

(Click here for my full review!)

  1. Robocop

This is a film which I often put on in a drunken stupor after a night out. Not because it’s sci fi trash, but because it’s a comfort. I’ve seen it so many times since I was young that it’s a part of my history (like some of the other films on this list). It’s a science fiction, satire, and flowing with OTT violence. It may be a Jesus Christ allegory, but I’m sure Jesus Christ never murdered people (even if they were criminals). Clarence Boddicker’s villainy becomes sweeter on every viewing. It’s perhaps Paul Verhoeven’s finest moment.

  1. Back to the Future

Who couldn’t watch this film just the once? It’s a film that begs to be rewatched. Is it the best film about time travel? Maybe, but it’s definitely the most entertaining. It’s through and through an 80s film, which increases its likeability. But the characters make the film, as much as the story or the special effects. Seeing two different time periods of Hill Valley is enough to rewatch the film and compare and contrast, but it’s the characters who I always go back to the film to watch.

  1. The Wrestler

One of the more recent films on this list, it was tough to choose between this Aronofsky masterpiece or his other one, Black Swan. The latter is a stunning film on all levels. But The Wrestler feels like a more honest film in some way. I’ve watched them each more than five times, but it’s always The Wrestler that springs to mind when I think of Aronofsky. From the raw performance by Mickey Rourke, to the grounded camera work, to the bittersweet tale of a man stuck in the past, it’s a brutal but powerful film.

(Click here for my full review!)

  1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The original may be the superior film, but I’ve watched T2 so many times that every sound effect, every beat is a part of my consciousness. It’s a big budget repeat of the original, but it turns the original on its head by making (SPOILER ALERT) Arnie’s Terminator the good buy. Robert Patrick as the bad guy, the T-1000, is just as terrifying as Arnie was in the original. It’s loud, it’s perhaps overly long, but it’s one of the all time great big budget, blockbuster films. Yes, it does lots of CGI, but it doesn’t drown out the story or the characters. And if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, then may be we can too…

  1. Aliens

Alien may be the more streamlined and frightening experience, but for sheer enjoyment and rewatchability Aliens is clearly the better film. This time its war, and a small group of marines (plus Ellen Ripley from the first film) take on a horde of aliens. It’s light on scares, but piles on the tension and action scenes. It’s a nailbiting experience, one that doesn’t lose its tension on repeat viewing. It’s quotable (most coming from the late, great Bill Paxton). It’s star Weaver as the ultimate female bad ass. It also has Ripley inside a mechanical suit taking on the Alien Queen. ‘Get away from her you bitch!’

(Click here for my full review!)

  1. Drive

If I’d have watched ‘The Neon Demon’ a few more times, that might take Drive’s place on this list. But Drive never fails to impress me whenever I slot the disc into my PS3. I didn’t expect much of it on my first viewing, but it blew me away. It’s light on dialogue, but heavy on style, gore and character. You don’t need Ryan Gosling’s The Driver to speak; his actions (and facial expressions) speak louder than words. The brilliant soundtrack propels events along. The car chase scenes may not be as loud or CGI filled as those from other films, but they are raw and feel real. It’s another triumph of style over substance for Nicolas Winding Refn, but it’s a triumph that can be rewatched time and time again.

(Click here for my full review!)

  1. Gladiator

The only epic that I’ve watched more than five times, and probably would make the number 1 slot on my general Top 10 Films of All Time. Me and my friend originally went to the cinema to watch the cool sounding Angel’s Ashes. However, the newspaper had misprinted the title. It was actually Angela’s Ashes, and to our teenage minds, it looked boring. Luckily enough, Gladiator was the only other option. And what an option it turned out to be. A truly grand story or a soldier becoming a slave, who became a gladiator who defied a Roman Emperor. Everything in this film is close to perfect, from the script, the action scenes and the story. And each and every main character is memorable. Russell Crowe deserved the Best Actor Oscar, conveying everything with his face more than words. And who can forget his epic speech, ‘My name is…’?

Honourable Mentions:

Jurassic Park

The Terminator

Battle Royale

Black Swan

The Dark Knight

Agree or disagree? Any you’d take away or add? What is your Top 10?

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28 thoughts on “HAMMY’S TOP 10…FILMS I’VE WATCHED MORE THAN FIVE TIMES

  1. lkeke35 April 25, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    I agree with all but about three of them. I’ve seen Aliens so many times I can’t even count, and The Dark Knight is also one of my go to films. The others are Robocop, The Terminator, Hot Fuzz, The Avengers, Captain America The Winter Soldier, and Ravenous, becasue I love a good cannibal movie.

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    • Hammy Reviews April 25, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      I have never heard of or seen Ravenous…I should watch it!
      What are the 3 you don’t agree with?

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      • lkeke35 April 25, 2017 / 2:52 pm

        Back to the Future (I think you have to be a guy to like this one becasue I was unimpressed by it),

        The Empire Strikes Back (I prefer Return of the Jedi),

        Drive (Ive never even watched that one but I do like that director’s other film and watched it multiple times: Valhalla Rising.)

        And I like The Wrestler but it was too depressing for me to watch more than a couple of times.

        Ravenous is definitely an acquired taste. I reviewed it here:

        https://tvgeekingout.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/geeking-out-about-ravenous-1999/

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  2. dbmoviesblog April 25, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Excellent list. You are right about “12 Years a Slave”. I don’t think there are many people out there who like re-watching it. I am also with you on Drive, Back to the Future and Gladiator, even though in Gladiator I don’t like re-watching that scene where they camouflage his wounds before the final combat – somehow it is traumatic for me. I also like re-watching Inception and Shutter Island. For me, these films never grow “old”.

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    • Hammy Reviews April 25, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Inception would make the list, but I’ve only seen it 3 times! Need to rewatch Shutter Island.

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    • lkeke35 April 28, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      I love Inception. That one definitely goes to the top of my re-watch list. I’ve seen it waaay more than five times.
      (And for some reason David Fincher, and Coen Brothers movies work for me, too.)

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  3. mattdoylemedia April 25, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Great list, though I’ve not seen Drive. My own would be fairly different though as there are a few there that I haven’t watched that many times for various reasons. Then there are ones that I’d pick others in the series. For example:
    I’ve actually watched Alien and Alien 3 more than Aliens. I don’t dislike Aliens, but I find it hard to view in the same way because it loses the undrdog/hopeless quality that 1 and 3 have, and sits easily as my least favourite of the original trilogy for that reason.
    T1 I prefer to T2 because,whiel T2 is technically better, it has the same thing as the above going on. Kyle Reese brings an overhwlemed feel to the first one for me, T2 loses that, and I never feel like the good guys may lose as a result.
    ‘Tis all personal opinion though. For me, I’ve probably watched The Warriors, An American Werewolf In London, Dog Soldiers, L.A. Confidential, A Better Tomorrow and Donnie Darko mroe than most other films.

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    • Hammy Reviews April 25, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      Agree about T2, but think that there’s oodles of tension in Aliens. It makes you question the outcome.
      Got to love Donnie Darko, rewards repeat viewings. I watched A Better Tomorrow for the first time last year, enjoyed it, but have watched Hard Boiled and The Killer more than a few times!

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      • mattdoylemedia April 25, 2017 / 7:07 pm

        See, for me, the presence of marines removes the tension. The way I saw it was that they’re well armed and trained for dire situations, so there’s a good chance that at least some of them will survive. With 1 and 3, everyone is so under-prepared that mass death seems inevitable. Like I said though, ’tis all personal opinion. I know many that agree with you, and a few that agree with me. It’s still an excellent film either way.
        Absolutely on Donnie Darko! That surprised me with it because I half expected it to lose some of the charm with repeated viewing, but it maintains the quality so well, and there’s always plenty to pick up on. Hard Boiled and The Killer are also great. When it comes to Chow Yun-Fat, I do have a soft spot for the slapstick football comedy ‘100 Ways To Murder Your Wife’ too.

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        • lkeke35 April 28, 2017 / 2:17 pm

          Wow! I’m a total Chow Yun Fat stan! I used to watch the hell out of Hard Boiled. I haven’t seen it in a while, so its time for a watch of that (and The Raid.)

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          • Hammy Reviews April 28, 2017 / 2:42 pm

            Have you seen The Raid 2? A little bloated, but chockful of even better fight scenes that the orignal!

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            • lkeke35 April 28, 2017 / 3:21 pm

              I haven’t seen it yet. I’ll get right on that, tho’.

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          • mattdoylemedia April 28, 2017 / 5:04 pm

            Gotta love Hard Boiled. The Raid was great in my eyes. It’s strange, but in a way, I kinda thought that the Aliens vs Predator films should have been more like The Raid in terms of set up (so think of the Yautja as Iko Uwais and the Xenomorphs as the criminals).

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            • Hammy Reviews April 28, 2017 / 5:14 pm

              That’s actually a good concept for the films! I’ve never seen them, but don’t want to…

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              • mattdoylemedia April 28, 2017 / 5:18 pm

                I was disappointed with them priamrily because I really liked the SD Perry AvP novels Prey and War and really wanted them to come across like that (complete with world building for the Predators), but they just weren’t quite there. That said, I do think the first one is better than it’s given credit for, if still unspectacular.

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    • lkeke35 April 28, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      I don’t think you’re wrong. I see your point about the underdog quality of Alien. Dog Soldiers, I feel, has that same quality, along with T1. The outcomes seem less certain in those movies. Well-armed Marines, give the movies a different feel. In those first movies you just know everybody gonna die.

      I like my films a little bleak sometimes too, which is why I count The Thing remake among the world’s most perfect horror movies. I’ve re-watched that one a bunch of times, and never get tired of it.

      Some movies I love to watch every time they show up on TV, and when they don’t air for a while, I put in the DVDs.

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      • Hammy Reviews April 28, 2017 / 2:41 pm

        The Thing, along with The Fly, are benchmarks for remakes! They take the concept of the originals, add gore and deeper themes, and actually improve on the original rather than follow it by rote

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      • mattdoylemedia April 28, 2017 / 5:02 pm

        The Thing is great! I remember seeing that years ago and being blown away. There’s actually pretty good radio drama of the original short story that it was absed on too.

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      • mattdoylemedia April 28, 2017 / 5:05 pm

        And thank you. I do love some bleakness in my films, especially of they are in any way horror related. Like I said, Aliens is great, but I defintiely view it as more of an action film than a sci-fi horror.

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  4. John Charet May 1, 2017 / 3:13 am

    Great post 🙂 I have watched a lot of my favorite films more than once, but right now I would love to just limit it to one at the time being. Did you ever see a film called Repo Man? It came out in 1984 and it is directed by Alex Cox, who also did Sid & Nancy. If you do not know who Alex Cox is, he got a second career hosting Moviedrome in the UK from 1988-1994. I think it was on the BBC, but I do not remember. Being American, the only reason I know this is because I watch youtube a lot and their is where I found most of his old introductions to movies. You should check it out, I love the way he introduces them. Back to Repo Man though. The film could best be described as a Sci-fi comedy satire on the consumerist 1980’s. You can watch a trailer on youtube of course. Nevertheless, it still feels fresh to this day. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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    • Hammy Reviews May 1, 2017 / 8:27 am

      I have seen Repo Man! Bought it a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Due to rewatch it as it has slipped from my memory

      Like

  5. lumpofbrain May 21, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    For me it goes something like:

    Alien
    Shaun of the Dead
    Fight Club
    The Matrix
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    The Raid
    Bronson
    The Truman Show
    Reservoir Dogs
    Twelve Monkeys
    Fargo
    In Bruges
    Donnie Darko
    Little Miss Sunshine

    I realise this is a list of about 15 but eh, I’d still be game to rewatch any of these again. I’m also looking to share ideas, opinions, and reviews with other like minded film fanatics on my new and developing film blog The Film Fanatic: Not Another Film Blogger. My next mission is to wade through mockbusters as the bottom of the cinematic barrel, and attempt to review them as unirnically as possible. https://thefilmfanaticweb.wordpress.com/

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