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Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time 

Ann Casano
Updated February 25, 2020 3.7k votes 541 voters 9.1k views 63 items

List Rules Upvote the movies you've seen before, but wish you could watch for the first time again, without knowing every punchline and plot twist.

There’s that moment at the end of The Sixth Sense that sends chills up the back of a spectator's spine. The scene actually has the ability to shock a viewer so much that it renders them immobile. It’s as if all the puzzle pieces suddenly come together, and everything makes perfect sense. You immediately think, “I need to watch this movie again to see if I can spot the plot twist.” But you know that if you watch it again, the magic will be lost. There will not be that “a-ha moment." That feeling is strictly a one-time deal. These are the movies you wish you could see for the first time.

Did you ever have a friend say to you, “Oh, Fight Club is on Netflix. I’ve never seen it. I’m gonna watch it tonight.” Chances are if you’re a movie fan, you will instantly feel jealous. You want to be able to watch Fight Club for the first time and experience the completely mind-blowing plot twist.

Plot twist movies are not the only films on this list. There are those nostalgic films like Stand by Me and The Goonies, that instantly take you back to the innocence of your childhood. There are also those hilarious comedies like There’s Something About Mary, The Princess Bride, and really any other movie Christopher Guest has been involved in. Re-experiencing a punch line is great; hearing it for the first time is priceless.

The most nostalgic movies will always have a special place in the heart of any cinephile. Where were you when you saw Rudy finally get into a game at Notre Dame? How old were you when you saw Luke Skywalker use the force for the first time and defeat Darth Vader?

Be sure to vote up the movies that you wish you could still watch for the first time and add any other films you've seen, but wish you could still watch for the very first time.
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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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The Game is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time
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