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Last Updated on January 18, 2018

23 All Time Favorites You Must Have Seen At Least Once In Your Lifetime

23 All Time Favorites You Must Have Seen At Least Once In Your Lifetime

New movies can be hit or miss. Sometimes you find on a stellar piece of cinema, but often you reach the end of the film wishing you could get back the last two hours. When it comes to picking movies, most people like to look for something they have never seen before. You might seek out classics from a genre that you like, or wait for new movies to come out.

But some movies are meant to be replayed.

When a well-written film contains important life lessons and themes, you can re-watch it over and over. Sometimes you’ll see different aspects of the story, or your opinion about the film will change depending on what’s happening in your life. As your perspective alters, what you take away from the movie changes.

A second viewing can reveal plot points that you didn’t catch the first time. The best movies can be watched repeatedly because you get something new every time you see it—a fresh perspective, new opinions, and new emotions arise in subsequent viewings.

You may be wondering where to find movies that have a strong replayability factor. I’ve compiled a list of the best movies to watch over and over.

1. The Prestige

    Two magicians become embroiled in a rivalry to create the best magic trick. Follow them on their harrowing quest to devise the ultimate illusion.

    The Prestige (2006) is an electrifying tale that’s sure to leave you questioning the line between reality and stagecraft.

    Watch The Prestige to see how this feud unfolds.

    2. Black Swan

      Nina is vying to play the lead in Swan Lake. Her entire life revolves around ballet, and though she dances beautifully, she only embodies the attributes of the White Swan. She has a tenuous friendship with a talented new dancer who embodies the darker aspects of the Black Swan.

      Black Swan (2010) shows us the cost of perfectionism. Watch it a second or third time to see if you can spot where things start to unravel.

      Find out more about the dark side in humans in Black Swan.

      3. Lost in Translation

        Bob, an aging actor, and Charlotte, a newlywed, strike up an unlikely friendship while staying at a hotel in Tokyo.

        Watch Lost in Translation (2003) a second or third time to see if hindsight changes how you interpret the interactions between the lead characters.

        Lost in Translation reminds us that often the best bonds come from happenstance meetings and in unexpected ways.

        4. Pulp Fiction

          Jules and Vincent are hit men who undergo a series of bizarre events in the line of duty. Pulp Fiction (1994) follows the hit men through several different vignettes of violence and dark comedy.

          Expect all the grittiness and brilliance of a Tarantino film in Pulp Fiction. This movie is loaded with nods to the classic pulp fiction style of storytelling.

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          See something new every time you watch Pulp Fiction.

          5. Se7en

            A serial killer stages his crimes so that the victims represent the seven deadly sins. After a detective figures out the criminal’s modus operandi, authorities rush to stop the killer before he can carry out more murders.

            Se7en (1995) is not a film for the faint-hearted, but it will make you think. Hit replay on this one to think about human nature.

            Se7en will keep you on the edge of your seat—even after you know how it will end.

            6. In the Mood for Love

              A man and woman bond when they suspect that their spouses are having extramarital affairs. They grapple with temptation and morality as their relationship develops.

              In the Mood for Love is visually stunning and full of an old Hollywood romanticism that is sure to keep you entertained for many viewings.

              Watch In the Mood for Love to consider interpersonal boundaries.

              7. Before Sunrise

                Two strangers form a bond as they take a train from Budapest to Hungary. Though they can only be together for a short time, they make the most of it.

                Before Sunrise (1995) reminds us to treasure every second we have with the people we love.

                Pay attention to the conversations these two strangers have in Before Sunrise and you’ll be inspired every time.

                8. The Pianist

                  Wladyslaw Szpilman is one of the greatest pianists and composers of his time, but World War II forces tragedy upon him. This true story follows a musician through the depths of despair and the heights of triumph.

                  The Pianist (2002) is a moving drama that will inspire you to appreciate the gifts that you’ve been given.

                  Watch The Pianist when you need to see a story about hope.

                  9. Her

                    Our world exists in a constellation of networked devices, but what would happen if you fell in love with an AI? In Her (2013) a writer does just that, and then must grapple with the consequences.

                    Contemplate the nature of love and loneliness when you watch Her. Regardless of where you are in your life and relationships, this film will have an emotional impact.

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                    Think about how you define love when you see Her.

                    10. White Oleander

                      When Astrid’s mother is convicted of murder, she goes into the foster system. She endures a series of trials as she learns to stand on her own.

                      White Oleander (2002) is a coming-of-age story that highlights the different approaches that people have to life. This film will help you appreciate the depth of the human experience through the eyes of a young girl.

                      View White Oleander to remember that everyone has a complicated story.

                      11. Billy Elliot

                        Billy, a boy from a working class family, discovers that he is a dancer. He must buck the traditional paradigm for males in his social class to pursue his dreams.

                        When you have a gift that you need to share with the world, people may try to hold you back. Billy Elliot (2000) is a reminder not to give up on our dreams.

                        Watch Billy Elliot whenever you need to feel inspired.

                        12. Spirited Away

                          A wrong turn leads Chihiro and her family into a world inhabited by beasts and spirits. Chihiro must figure out how to navigate this complicated world, and along the way, she finds out who she is.

                          Spirited Away (2001) is a beautifully animated story with a powerful message. Watch it whenever you face a challenge and put your life into perspective.

                          Get Spirited Away by this fantastic tale.

                          13. Princess Mononoke

                            A young man is caught between humans and the gods of the forest. He meets a fierce warrior, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. After seeing the good that exists on both sides of the dispute, he does his best to negotiate for a peaceful outcome.

                            With so much divisiveness in the news today, it’s important to have movies like this to remind us that every conflict can be viewed through multiple lenses.

                            Watch Princess Mononoke whenever you need to think about the big picture.

                            14. Good Will Hunting

                              Will is a janitor at M.I.T. with a brilliant mind. Despite his intellect, he feels stuck with his lot in life. He befriends someone who pushes him to dream boldly.

                              Sometimes someone else’s belief in you can compel to to do great things, and sometimes, you can inspire others with your belief in them. This film is a reminder of the ways that we can lift each other up to achieve incredible things. Good Will Hunting (1997) is perfect any time that you need encouragement to dare greatly.

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                              Get inspired with Good Will Hunting.

                              15. The Green Mile

                                The guards on death row deal with inmates that have been convicted of horrible crimes. They have to question all their assumptions about their prisoners when they meet John Coffey, a man with supernatural powers.

                                You can find magic in unexpected places in The Green Mile (1999). Watch this film any time you need to remember to find the beauty in dark times and withhold judgement until you have the full story.

                                Take an emotional journey when you see The Green Mile.

                                16. Schindler’s List

                                  Schindler’s List (1993) is set during World War II. This film recounts the true story of a man who used his wit and resources to save over 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.

                                  Sometimes we are faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. Oskar Schindler defied all odds and risked his life for the sake of others. We need to see this story over and over so that we can remember to have hope in times of despair.

                                  Watch Schindler’s List when you need to be reminded of the impact that one person can have on the world.

                                  17. The Shawshank Redemption

                                    When Andy is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, he befriends an older inmate. They navigate the difficulties of the prison system together, and Andy hangs onto hope that he will be free again.

                                    The Shawshank Redemption (1994) encourages viewers to “get busy living, or get busy dying.” It’s worth rewatching because it shows us that freedom is a state of mind, and that there’s power in hope.

                                    See The Shawshank Redemption when you need to assess what it means to be free.

                                    18. Life of Pi

                                      When Pi’s ship full of exotic animals goes down, he must fight for survival. He escapes on a lifeboat with a surprise companion, and the two endure many trials together.

                                      Life of Pi (2012) is a visually stunning survival story. We could always use a reminder to have hope in difficult situations, which makes re-watching this film a natural choice.

                                      Watch Life of Pi a few times and you may have different interpretation of the story every time.

                                      19. Inception

                                        Dominic Cobb uses a technology called “inception” to steal secrets from people’s dreams. He’s an excellent thief, but if wants a shot at redemption, he has to pull off his most complicated mission yet.

                                        Inception (2010) is a cerebral thrill-ride. Watch this more than once to get a clearer understanding of the distinction between dreams and reality.

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                                        Inception will keep you thinking about the subtle differences between perception and real world.

                                        20. Shutter Island

                                          A rookie U.S. Marshall, Teddy Daniels, takes a missing persons case at a mental hospital for the criminally insane. He encounters many challenges on Shutter Island as he and his partner work to locate the murderess.

                                          This psychological thriller has more twists and turns than a country road. Shutter Island (2010) is the kind of film that you watch over and over to see what you missed on the first viewing.

                                          Question if seeing is believing on Shutter Island.

                                          21. Interstellar

                                            When Earth is on the brink of becoming uninhabitable, an astronaut embarks on a mission to find humans a new home. He has to fight to complete his work to ensure the future of humanity.

                                            Interstellar (2014) is a story that reminds us to have faith and continue to push forward, no matter how impossible the odds are. Quitting is not an option in this story, and we could all stand to be reminded of that once in a while.

                                            The relations between humans, time and universe are what make Interstellar worth re-watching.

                                            22. The Matrix

                                              The Matrix (1999) is the science-fiction equivalent of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” As the characters discover the nature of their existence, they must grapple with the age-old question, “Is ignorance really bliss?”

                                              The Matrix is a classic, and not just because the special effects dazzled us when the film came out. We live in a world where most of our perceptions of others are based on an identity that they’ve constructed. This movie reminds you to question what you see.

                                              Watch The Matrix for a mind-bending experience.

                                              23. La La Land

                                                An actress and a musician struggle to eek out their existence in LA. The journey toward success is paved with obstacles, and they have to work to define their dreams and what they mean to one another.

                                                La La Land (2016) takes us into the lives of hungry performers trying to make it in their respective fields. We get insight into how brutal show business can be, and we see the importance of perseverance.

                                                Watch La La Land to see what the path to success looks like.

                                                Keep Replaying

                                                All the films on this list have a great replayability factor. Each time you watch them, you’ll gain some insight or experience some aspect of the work anew.

                                                Keep this list handy for your next movie night. You won’t go astray watching (and re-watching) these tried-and-true titles.

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                                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                                Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                                Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                                                I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                                You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                                When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                                1. The Inner Critic

                                                This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                                                • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                                • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                                • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                                • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                                Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                2. The Worrier

                                                This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                                                Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                                3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                                He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                                He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                                4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                His motivation can be:

                                                • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                                • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                How can you control these squatters?

                                                How to Master Your Mind

                                                You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                                The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                                Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                For the Inner Critic

                                                When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                                You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                                                “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                • He riles up the Worrier.
                                                • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                                                Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                For the Worrier

                                                Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                                You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                • Muscles tense

                                                Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                                Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                                                Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                                For example:

                                                If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                                • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                • Muscles tension

                                                I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                Breathe in through your nose:

                                                • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                Breathe out through your nose:

                                                • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                                Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                                                One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                                Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                For the Sleep Depriver

                                                (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                                From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                                • Shut down your thinking.
                                                • Calm your feelings.
                                                • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                                Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                                                Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                                You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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