3. Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
“It truly deserves to be viewed a second time in order to appreciate the painstakingly beautiful cinematography and character portrayals. Chances are the average viewer (like me) will get too absorbed in the drama to realize the detailed efforts put into the film.”
4. The Breakfast Club (1985)
“I first saw it at 13 when I was just trying to figure out who I was, and I was definitely the basket case. But after about a hundred viewings, I realized at age 17 that I didn’t have to be one of them, I could be all of them. Thanks, Breakfast Club!”
5. Raising Arizona (1987)
“It’s not the *greatest* movie ever made, but it IS *perfect*. Not one single aspect of this film–not casting, dialogue, cinematography, music, nothing–could be altered to improve it in any way, and each time I watch it I see something new that reinforces that opinion (and we’re talking well past the 200-mark at this point, f’real).”
6. Shutter Island (2010)
“Nothing beats the mind-blowing feeling of watching it the first time, but the more you watch it, the more you’re amazed by the smooth mechanics of the whole scenario and the attention they put into every little detail. Plus Leo’s performance never gets old!”
7. Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
“The first time you watch, there’s so much weirdness going on that you get distracted. With subsequent viewings, you learn the songs, get jokes you missed and see the characters’ hilarious facial expressions. There are tons of little jokes in the background if you pay close attention!!”
8. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
“Based on the opening, I expected the tone to be ‘brooding dark anime,’ and then suddenly Howl turns out to be a complete dork, and it really threw me. When I re-watched it as more of an action comedy, I appreciated the ~whimsy~ from the start a lot more.”
–Kris Gutknecht, Facebook
9. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004)
“First time I liked it fine, second time I was like, ‘Wow, this is better than I remember’… and by third time I realized her hair color is the clue to what phase of their relationship you’re in and I was completely hooked. ”
–Jordan Murphy, Facebook
11. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
“The way the characters change seems so slight on the first viewing, and then watching it again you realize how cataclysmic the events of the movie are for them. And basically any Wes Anderson movie, for all the little eccentric details in the background that are impossible to catch in one viewing.”
–Adam Zane Cook, Facebook
12. Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
“I have never seen a film with more subtle jokes than Dr. Strangelove. The names, the imagery and the phrasing all have some innuendo pulsating through them. The more I picked up on the jokes, the more I fell in love with Dr. Strangelove.”
–Ann Catherine Hughes, Facebook
15. The Sixth Sense (1999)
“The Sixth Sense is absolutely better the second time! After you have watched it once and had your mind utterly and completely blown by the plot twist, you can watch it the second time to try and catch all the little hints throughout the movie.”
17. Dazed and Confused (1993)
“It came out when I was in high school and I didn’t get why everyone liked it. Now that I’m far removed from those high school days, it really speaks to how carefree those years really were. It’s about the nostalgia for simpler times.”
18. Pleasantville (1998)
“I first watched it as a kid, and both the biblical allusions and the sexual innuendos were way over my head. Rewatching it a few weeks ago was one big spit take as I realized what half the plot of the movie was.”
20. Clue (1985)
“I’ve been watching this movie since I was a kid and I STILL always find new things in it that make me laugh every time I watch it (which is a lot). So many jokes, physical humor, and scenes that just seem to fall apart in the best way. It’s comedy gold!”
23. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2014)
“I did enjoy it the first time I saw it, but wasn’t over the moon about it. But after knowing the ending, there’s so many tiny details and foreshadowing and it’s crazy cool to see how intentional the director is!”
–Heather Martin, Facebook
27. Now You See Me (2013)
“Even after knowing what happens, you pick up on subtle phrases and actions that mean so much the second time around. Or, you completely forget what you already knew and get swept up in the magic of the film.”
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.
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