The only film that I’ve actually kept track of the amount of times that I have watched it is “Inception”, which is ten times. I’ve watched it this many times because I love the film.
As a kid I watched Star Wars and Indiana Jones religiously. As such, I regularly fantasised of growing up to be a mystic archaeologist in outer space with a doctorate of adventure.
Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. Every time I watch that movie the sheer power of the visuals just blows me away.
Lost in Translation
Such a beautiful film. I was so in love with it at the time I put it on every night!
Saw Raiders and Citizen Kane 23 times in theaters.
Bladerunner like 14 times.
Only count theater screenings.
Woman In The Dunes maybe ten times. I don’t know.
Maybe The Passion of Joan of Arc too.
Probably Predator… because of my stupid ex wife. No joke we watched that film atleast 20 or more times together enough that I don’t like it that much any more.
Um, think I’ve seen A Bug’s Life 5 times because I watched it quite a bit when I was a kid. Also seen Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers both something like 5 times because my dad was always watching them.
Clerks. Countless times because it’s so damn funny.
I, too, like a lot of folks here watch films multiple times, but I’m thinking that probably I’ve watched Bruce Lee’s Chinese Connection, Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury maybe upwards to a hundred times each ( I know I wore out multiple VHS tapes).
I’ve seen quite a few films twice but not more than twice with the exception of A Bug’s Life which was included in my iMac purchase eleven years ago when I applied to a graduate school and needed to upgrade to a computer that would allow me to review for the GRE exam using the latest software. I think it’s a sweet inspirational film.
“The Damned” (AKA: “These are the Damned”) Joseph Losey’s extraordinary hybrid of Teddy Boy drama/socio-political polemic/SF thriller. I have watched it well over forty times and continue to do so with increased returns. Why? As long as each viewing reveals new rewards, the question might be better asked: Why not?
Critters (1986) 100+, upwards of 200x, possibly
Favorite childhood film. haha
I think the most obvious answer for me, and probably a more common one in general, is ‘The Big Lebowski’. There simply isn’t a time where that movie is inappropriate in my life. Sometimes it’s comforting to have something that you can just go through the motions with, mindlessly quote to death.
Apart from that, I return to a particular batch more often than others that could probably use more face time. ‘Jaws’, ‘Down By Law’, ‘Blue Velvet’, and ‘The Thing’ especially. There are others, but I’m trying to keep this answer as concise as possible.
Well… I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey 9 times in theaters plus other 21 times in DVD, because I see a different film every time I watch this.
Antonioni’s “The Passenger”, dozens and dozens of times. It’s like the layers of an onion, they just peel back and back.
My son and I have watched The Austin Powers trilogy more than a dozen times. It just never gets boring and we see something different and funny each time. It’s also a really great bonding moment for us and we obviously have the exact same sense of humour.
I was obsessed with Sonic the Hedgehog when I was a kid, and since its release in 1999, I’ve seen the Sonic Movie 41 times.
The Big Sleep, probably close to ten times. Bogie and Bacall’s best film together, and some of the most clever dialogue ever.
“King Kong” (1933). The film that opened my heart to the magic of movies when I was 12.
Can’t count the number of screenings, suffice to say I have had it on Super-8, 16mm, DVD and Blu-Ray in addition to seeing it in theatres.
“Glen Garry Glenross” I know the #$%&^^^& dialogue by heart.
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is creeping up the list; just amazing nuggets in that film each time.
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” something like 220 times, either full or in part, for different reasons, though.
I was a commercial projectionist during my break between semesters in college, just when “Indy” premiered and got rolled out in wide release. I know every contnuity error, every special effects deficiency, every lab timing problem between reels…..I have not seen the film since, nor do I have any desire to do so….sometimes familiarity is hell.
No offense but most of you people are pikers, as far as I’m concerned. :_)
I only noticed 2-3 of you listing triple-digit viewings. Here are the films I’ve seen over 50 times (usually because I screen them for classes 2-3 times each year or write about them). The ones in bold I’ve seen over 100 times:
CITIZEN KANEBICYCLE THIEVESGRAND ILLUSION
…AND JUSTICE FOR ALLLAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD
HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR
PIERROT LE FOUTHE BIRTH OF A NATIONANNIE HALL
GOODFELLASON THE WATERFRONTVERTIGOPSYCHO
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
THE BIRDSREAR WINDOWBLOW-UP
A MOVIE (Bruce Conner)UN CHIEN ANDALOUMESHES OF THE AFTERNOONSCORPIO RISINGMODERN TIMES
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
JULIET OF THE SPIRITSTHE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARIBATTLESHIP POTEMKIN
TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
RASHOMONNANOOK OF THE NORTH
HEARTS AND MINDS
DO THE RIGHT THING
THE MALTESE FALCON
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (and NOT because I like it!)
E.T. (and NOT because I like it!)
THE 400 BLOWS
JULES ET JIM
THE BLUE ANGEL
Godfather 1 and II
Wizard of Oz
the 10 Commandmants
if I know they are showing any of these I will see them.
Lately I’ve been watcing Network and Goodfellas a lot.
in terms of theats viewers, i’ve seen SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD on the big screen five times
all told, as someone else said, probably A CHRISTMAS STORY. i’m sure i’ve seen it at least 30 times. only once in theatres though
Fuck, I dunno. Watch some Von Stroheim.
It must be Home Alone or any other similar movie, when i was a child i remember watching it every Christmas the same movie all over again so…
Blade Runner about six times, I guess. I just don’t seem to get bored with it, even though I know it inside out. It works so well for me.
OVER 50 times:
GUYS & DOLLS (all time favorite musical…and was even lucky enough to see the N. Lane revival a few years ago)
At least 20 times
REDS (all time favorite film…got to see this on this big screen w/Vittorio Storaro presenting it…)
3 movies I’ve watched way too many times!
TAKING OF PELHAM 123 (orig)
THE ROAD WARRIOR