Michael Sauter
August 27, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray lives the same day over and over to the point where he knows all the questions on Jeopardy! But what if he were stuck watching the same movies countless times? In some cases, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea, since certain films that endure are ones that reward repeated viewings — revealing new wrinkles, new resonances, sometimes even new meanings.

· Citizen Kane (1941, Turner)
The first time: Newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s life story comes together like a dazzling jigsaw puzzle. The second: You know what Rosebud is, so now you can focus on the bigger picture.

· Laura (1944, FoxVideo)
The first time: Laura is missing and presumed dead. The second: She’s alive! Det. Mark McPherson no longer seems so morbid, and would-be killer Waldo Lydecker now seems completely obsessed.

· The Searchers (1956, Warner)
The first time: You fear that Ethan Edwards will kill his kidnapped niece if he finds her alive. The second: You know Edwards can’t go through with it. A conflicted hero’s torture becomes even more exquisite.

· Psycho (1960, MCA/Universal)
The first time: You think Norman Bates and Mother are two different people. The second: You wonder how you could have missed the clues. All those mirrors! All those stuffed birds!

· Nashville (1975, Paramount)
The first time: You’re deluged by two dozen characters and their overlapping dialogue. The second: You catch deeper cross-currents, and hear conversations you didn’t notice before.

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