Top 20 lockdown movies unveiled – from The Wizard of Oz to Star Wars

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We’re off to see the Wizard… for the 12th time.

Brits are comfort-watching up to a dozen repeats of their favourite films to escape everyday life, a survey says.

The Wizard of Oz, Dirty Dancing and Die Hard topped the list of most rewatched movies, with two thirds
of adults admitting that they like returning to golden oldies.

Fifteen of the top 20 most rewatched movies are seen more than 10 times between the ages of 18 and 60.

They include the original three Star Wars films, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future and Rocky.

Eight out of 10 Brits said old films offer a sense of comfort and more than a third said it made their worries vanish temporarily.

The survey by NOW TV found a fifth of movie buffs tune in from the bathroom to watch undisturbed on a tablet or phone.

One in 10 have worn headphones and pretended to be on a work-related Zoom video call while secretly indulging in classics such as Lethal Weapon, Ghostbusters and Top Gun.

Two thirds watch from the sofa, one in five snuggle down in bed and one in 20 viewers soak in the bath.

The survey found that, on average, Brits watch 18 hours of telly a week – seven more than before the lockdown.

Trying to find a film the whole family will watch causes two-and-a-half hours of arguments a month.

Marina Storti, NOW TV managing director, said: “Watching our favourite films and TV shows is the ultimate comfort blanket in times of worry.”

Meanwhile, if you are looking for some other great lockdown watches, here are a few other lesser-known classic suggestions.

She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

John Wayne delivers his best performance in this John Ford western, as an army captain on one last mission.

Ace in the Hole (1951)

Kirk Douglas should have been at least Oscar-nominated for his terrific turn in director Billy Wilder’s caustic tale of a cynical and disgraced newspaper reporter who will stop at nothing to regain his job.

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)

Gig Young won Best Actor but Oscar-nominated Jane Fonda turns this Sydney Pollack film of a Depression-era dance contest into a brilliant critique on the cut-throat practices of capitalism.

American Graffiti (1973)

Coming-of-age George Lucas comedy that is a love letter to his rock ’n’ roll teen years.

The Color of Money (1986)

This hard-nosed Martin Scorsese drama about pool hall hustlers landed Paul Newman his first Oscar, for Best Actor.

What movies have you been watching in lockdown? Let us know in the comments below.

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