Raiders of the Lost Ark tops repeat viewings poll

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It doesn't matter how many Oscar-winning movies or summer blockbusters you see, sometimes you just can't beat revisiting an old favourite. And according to a new poll, our favourite old favourite is Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The survey, commissioned by Sky Store Buy and Keep, revealed that Indiana Jones' first action adventure outing is the most regularly re-watched film, with Star Wars and Back to the Future following closely behind in second and third spot. Home Alone, ET, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Titanic and Alien all made the top ten.

According to the research, movie lovers will typically rewatch their favourite film a total of 29 times during their lifetime, and 63 per cent said they noticed something new each time they watched.

Almost half of the 1,000 UK adults polled said revisiting an old favourite cheered them up, while a further 29 per cent were keen to watch again in order to share those classic movie moments with a loved one.

On the flip side, partners chatting or asking questions during the film was a problem for 39 per cent of respondents, though checking emails and social media also cause us to lose concentration during a movie.

With all these distractions going on, it's little wonder that 65 per cent of Britons forget the film's plot, 24 per cent within just 24 hours of seeing a movie. And more than 50 per cent confessed to regularly visiting Wikipedia or IMDB in order to get to grips with a complicated storyline.

Psychologist Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos, from University College London, told the Daily Mail: "With so much modern technology to distract us, it seems that when it comes to watching a film, we struggle to switch off and concentrate.

"There is only so much detail and drama the human brain can handle in one sitting, meaning attention levels will dip during the duration of a film. We may need to re-watch it a number of times to fully understand and appreciate it."

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