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Last Updated on December 17, 2020

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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                                                Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                                                100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                  84 write random letter

                                                    85 use a rubberband

                                                      86 dorm smell bad

                                                        87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                          89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                            90 take a picture of the name card

                                                              91 iron inside out

                                                                92 old newspaper

                                                                  93 tumble try shoes

                                                                    keep a card like this

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                                                                        94 soap bar

                                                                          95 make a hole

                                                                            96 drop the battery

                                                                              97 use a coozie

                                                                                98 when taking a picture

                                                                                  use a clean dust pan

                                                                                    try a pants hanger

                                                                                      use your cellphone light

                                                                                        use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                          quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                            user binder clips

                                                                                              wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                  clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                    use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                      doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                        use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                          use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                            freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                              use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                  sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                    unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                      cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                        remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                          turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                            for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                              how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                  place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                    ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                      use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                        take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                          how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                            put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                              How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                  good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                    turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                      50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                        the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                          add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                              hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                  the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                    how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                      the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                        use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                          to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                            user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                              a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                  use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                                    50

                                                                                                                                                                                      51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                        52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                          rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                            kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                              use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                                58

                                                                                                                                                                                                  59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                    60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                      hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                          hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                            use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                              if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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