It’s time for your annual movie watch… What are you putting on? If you need some inspo or just want to know what other folks watch you’ll definitely enjoy these movies that people continually re-watch on an annual basis.
And no, we’re not just talking about holiday movies here! Some are tied to occasions, sure, but there’s also plenty of films on this list that people just love so much they put on at least once a year without occasion.
I’ve also included a recommended day to watch each movie to make it easier to plan you movie watching!
Groundhog Day (On Groundhog Day)
Someone said they’ve been watching this movie every year on Groundhog Day for the past 15 years. If that’ isn’t commitment I don’t know what is! Then again, it is a great movie.
Mean Girls (Every October 3rd)
October 3rd is basically considered “Mean Girls Day” in pop culture so it’s the perfect day to re-watch this iconic movie. The date comes from a line in the movie where Lidnsay Lohan’s character is trying to get noticed by her crush. She narrates, “On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was”.
Of course Mean Girls is a great movie so any excuse to watch it again is a good one!
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (On Thanksgiving)
If you haven’t seen this John Candy classic let this Thanksgiving be the year you check it out. Who knows, it might turn into a new tradition where you continually re-watch it on an annual basis!
It probably goes without saying but Planes, Trains and Automobiles is set on Thanksgiving. I’s about all the things a man goes through trying to get home to celebrate the holiday with his wife.
V for Vendetta (November 5th)
“Remember, remember the 5th of November.” Also known as Guy Fawks day in the UK, November 5th is the day the movie’s events take place and a perfect excuse to watch this fantastic film.
Halloween 3 (October 31st)
This was an interesting one to me but it was mentioned multiple times by people as something they re-watch every Halloween, with even more replying in agreement. No, not Halloween 1 or 2… Halloween 3 specifically.
Now, Halloween 3 isn’t exactly the worst in the series, but I’m surprised that it was more commonly re-watched on an annual basis than the first one!
A Nightmare Before Christmas (November 1st)
This is a great option for November 1st because this movie is all about going from Halloween to Christmas, at least in a way. It’s also perfect for that time in between holidays when you want to start getting into the spirit but aren’t quite ready for full-on Christmas movies. Plus it’s a great family flick!
Die Hard (December 24th)
Arguments about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie aside, it is a great pick to watch on Christmas Eve. I’m glad I’m not alone in having this Bruce Willis classic on my annual holiday movie rotation. (I admit I love it a little too much – I even have Die Hard Christmas pyjamas).
Unlike other “holiday” movies you don’t need to celebrate Christmas to enjoy Die Hard on December 24th.
Independence Day (July 4th)
While it’s a good movie, I don’t know if Independence Day is “watch every year” good – that is, unless you make it a fun part of your 4th of July celebrations. What better way to celebrate Independence Day than watching the White House blow up?
The Thing (First Snowfall)
A great snowy horror movie to get you into the winter spirit! Turn off the lights, open the curtains so you can see the snow falling, and pretend you’re in Antarctica doing research.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Anytime)
Is there ever a bad time to re-watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy? This was one of the more popular answers to “what movie do you continually re-watch on an annual basis” that wasn’t tied to a holiday so it definitely needed to be included here.
Three Flavours Cornetto (Anytime)
Another movie trio, but we’re allowing it because this one is also so freaking good. If you don’t know, the Three Flavours Cornetto is the name given to the trilogy of movies made by Edgar Wright. It includes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End – in that order.
Although they’re not a traditional trilogy, they are definitely considered one by the director, and the 3rd film ties things together (at least somewhat).
Ratatouille (All Day Every Day)
Saving the best for last? You betcha! Somehow Ratatouille has become a legend among movie fans, and it’s not just limited to kids either – there’s plenty of adults who enjoy watching this Disney movie on an annual basis.
In fact, it’s not just annual. Many Ratatouille fans say they can watch it on repeat!
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