先推荐几个比较适合holiday的爱情影片，如Serendipity（2001）, Shop around the Corner （1940）（后来的版本有In the Good Old Summertime （1949）及 You’ve Got Mail （1998）, A Christmas Kiss（2011）等。
向喜欢音乐的朋友们推荐August Rush（2007）, 是视觉与听觉的享受。此外，Fred Astaire的电影也是偏musical，特别是与Ginger Rogers合作的几部。
此外，喜欢经典爱情片的JMs除了Titanic、Gone with the Wind、Waterloo Bridge、Jane Eyre等之外，不妨看一下 The Lake House、Sleepless in Seattle、You’ve Got Mail、When Harry Met Sally、 It Happened One Night、 An Affair to Remember、Just Like Heaven等。下面就简单介绍一下其中的几部啊：
The Lake House （ 触不到的恋人）（2006）
第一次可能在电视上断断续续夹杂着广告看的，后来借dvd看了多遍，最后还是买了dvd，和 Sleepless in Seattle、Serendipity等一样，值得反复看。下面是网上找到的剧情介绍：
Splendor in the Grass（天涯何处无芳草，天涯何处觅知音）（1961）
Things work out awful funny sometimes,
Yes, they do.
Hope you're gonna be awful happy.
Like you, Bud, I don't think too much
about happiness either.
What's the point?
You gotta take what comes.
"Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass...
"...of glory in the flower;
"We will grieve not, rather find
strength in what remains behind"
TV Miniseries —— The Thorn Birds（ 荆棘鸟 ）（1983）
有人说此电视系列是澳大利亚版的Gone with the Wind，但更令人难忘！8个多小事凝聚了主人公 Meggie的一生，眼看心爱的人一个接一个离去，想爱的却永远得不到。以下是网上找到的介绍：
Sleepless in Seattle（ 西雅图夜未眠 ）（1993）
因为看了 When Harry Met Sally，喜欢上女主角 Meg Ryan，于是借了这部电影来看，所谓冥冥之中的“缘”或命运，又因电影中提到Cary Grant的 An Affair to Remember，也借了dvd来看。下面是网上找到的介绍：
后来相继在Netflix上看了几个BBC的电视系列短片，如Pride and Prejudice (1995), North & South（2004）, The Paradise（2012）等，都还不错，值得一看。
●25 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix – Mini-Series and TV Shows Edition (2015)
●25 Heartwarming movies
●The Most Heart Touching Movies Ever
●25+ Deep, Emotional and Thought-Provoking Movies, You Must See
25 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix – Mini-Series and TV Shows Edition (2015)
By Autumn Topping
In the past year, several fantastic period dramas disappeared from Netflix (they, unfortunately, lost the streaming rights). “Daniel Deronda”, “Wives and Daughters”, “Bleak House”, and “The Way We Live Now” are just a few of the sumptuous and vibrantly romantic period pieces taken off the U.S. Netflix. And while they lost several of BBC’s finest dramas, there are several other fantastic mini-series and TV Shows just waiting to be devoured.
25 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix
*(In No Particular Order)*
#1: Reign (2013)
With Anne Shirley (Megan Follows) herself as the scheming Catherine de Medici, you can’t get more addictive then this underrated series. Sure the costumes aren’t authentic (a purposeful choice), but neither is the actual story based on Mary, Queen of Scots. Romance, intrigue, and Catherine’s conniving plots keep me hooked for sure. This is rated TV 14 and includes some racy scenes. Nothing too graphic.
#2: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012)
What’s not to love about this Australian 1920s murder mystery? With a fantastic leading lady in Miss Fisher, a great leading man in Detective Inspector Robinson, witty dialogue to make you laugh, and out of the world costume design, you will be nothing but entertained from start to finish of each episode. One of my personal favorites. Very infrequently, Miss Fisher does have some adult content thrown in. There’s also a lot of strong sensuality.
#3: Grand Hotel (2011)
If you love “Downton Abbey” and don’t mind subtitles, then “Grand Hotel” is a must see TV Series set in Spain. The star-crossed love story between Alicia and Julio is exquisite. The best part is that all three seasons are now available on Netflix. You don’t even have to wait for an ending. There are a few scenes of sexuality sprinkled throughout the show, but they are extremely infrequent.
#4: Velvet (2013)
Another Spanish import, “Velvet” is a classic class divide love story set in the 1950s and 60s that will make you swoon. The production values are also fantastic.
#5: Call the Midwife (2012)
Not many TV shows follow mostly female characters and deals with female problems. The show is about a group of midwives and nuns working to help the people of Poplar and maybe even themselves in the process. The stories can be heartbreaking, uplifting, and sometimes even a little romantic. The standout in this is, of course, the hilarious Miranda Hart.
# 6: North & South (2004)
North and South Mini-Series Starring Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby Ashe
If you haven’t seen “North & South”yet, it should be at the top of your list! The Mini-Series follows Margaret Hale as she moves from the comforts of the South of England to an industrial town in the North. There she meets Mr. Thornton and becomes prejudiced against him in a very Elizabeth Bennet kind of way. “North & South” is like Dickens meets Austen, with a nice side of Richard Armitage to make this a mini-series worth revisiting time and time again.
#7: When Calls the Heart (2014)
This wholesome period drama may get a bit cheesy at times, but I love the clean romance and heartwarming stories the show shares with the audience. Yes, sometimes the dialogue is a bit stilted (especially in season 1), and sometimes it can get a little soapy (see season 2), however, the show is totally worth it for Jack. I adore him as the leading man and I think you will too.
#8: The Paradise (2012)
Another favorite of mine, “The Paradise” tells the story of shop girl Denise as she falls for the shop’s owner, Mr. Moray. Aside from the romance, the strength of this series goes back to the characterization. Every person will feel layered and real by the end of the show. Few writers have this depth to their skill.
#9: Death Comes to Pemberley (2014)
What happens after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are married with children? This mini-series (based on a book) aims to discover just that. An enjoyable few hours of your time.
#10: The Forsyte Saga (2002)
Family secrets, love, and interweaving plots follow the Forsyte family in this well-developed period mini-series. Look out for a young Ioan Gruffudd and Damien Lewis. EDIT: This was recently taken off Netflix.
#11: Scarlet & Black (1993)
While I haven’t yet watched this one, it’s on my list just because of the actors. /Scarlet & Black/ stars a very young Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz and tells the story of a womanizing social climber. This is not rated so I can’t give a content warning, though I do believe there is nudity and some sexuality in this one.
#12: Land Girls (2009)
Set in WWII, the series follows four women working the land during the War. While not one of my favorites of all time, there’s certainly a lot of romance to go around and hold your interest.
#13: The Buccaneers (1995)
A little soapy in the writing, /The Buccaneers/ is worth catching when you want something simply silly and fun to devour. It’s about four American women who decide to go to England to find a good husband. “The Buccaneers” stars a young Carla Gugino, Mira Sorvino, and Greg Wise (“Sense and Sensibility”).
#14: Robin Hood (2006)
If you love “Merlin”, medieval costume dramas, and Richard Armitage (he plays the villainous but slightly redeemable Guy), then you will enjoy this adorable and swashbuckling fun British TV Show. Sure, season 3 takes some missteps (I won’t spoil it for newbies), but overall a great romantic series to binge watch (I love both the love story between Robin and Marian and Guy and Marian). Just don’t take it too seriously.
#15: Dancing on the Edge (2013)
A more recent addition to Netflix, I have not yet seen this 1930s-period drama mini-series about the world of Jazz. While rated TV-MA, I don’t know yet what the exact content entails, but what this series does have going is a fabulous cast with actors from some favorites: “Merlin”, “Doctor Who”, “The Good Wife”, “The Paradise”, etc.
#16: Poirot (1989)
While more episodes stream over on Acorn TV, there are still plenty to catch on Netflix. I love a good British Murder Mystery, and Agatha Christie is the best. Each episode is a new mystery and new cast of characters (outside the iconic detective) that will keep you guessing who did it right up to the very end…
#17: Island at War (2004)
A WWII Period Piece that may be worth checking out about an island invaded by Nazis. This is one period drama I have on my own to watch list. Anyone who’s seen it should definitely chime in! “Island at War” stars “Downton Abbey’s” Joanne Froggatt. (Edit: According to the comments, there is some nudity in “Island At War”).
#18: The Bletchley Circle (2012)
Seven years after WWII, a group of women use their old codebreaking skills to solve murders they think are connected. A fascinating period drama with interesting female characters to identify with.
#19: The Grand (1997)
Before “Downton Abbey”, there was “The Grand” about the upper and lower classes of a hotel. While imperfect, it’s an enjoyable watch and has some good characterization in it thanks to the writer Russell T. Davies (the same man who would later bring back /Doctor Who/).
#20: Foyle’s War (2002)
“Foyle’s War” follows Superintendent Christopher Foyle as he solves crimes in the midst of the chaos WWII brings. With a female driver Samantha (Foyle doesn’t drive) and partner Paul Milner (he’s gets injured so can no longer fight), the criminals have no chance…It’s Samantha that really steals the show with her heart.
21: Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (2014)
A look at the man who created James Bond. This one is just plain, old-fashioned fun. /Fleming/ is rated TV MA.
#22: Murdoch Mysteries (2008)
An amusing Canadian mystery series set during the early 1900s. While some of the dialogue can be stilted at times, I really love the main character! It’s definitely fun seeing the various mysteries unfold.
#23: Bomb Girls (2012)
A Canadian look at WWII. While I haven’t seen it, we have a review here to give you an idea of what the show is all about.
#24: Jewel in the Crown (1984)
Another period drama still on my list to see, “The Jewel in the Crown” won a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series and several Emmy Awards as well. This one does contain graphic content including a rape that is central to the story. It’s set in India at the end of British rule.
#25: Mad Men (2007)
When I first started “Mad Men”, I hated all the characters and couldn’t get into it. It’s seriously about a bunch of terrible people working at an advertising company. Somehow, however, I just couldn’t take my eyes away from Don Draper and all of his lies. Finally, I just had to keep watching. The highlight (for me anyway) of the series is the strange friendship between Don and Peggy. On a side note, there is definitely adult content in this, but most of the time :Mad Men: is rated TV-14.
25 Heartwarming movies
1. Serendipity (2001) 6.9/10
A couple reunite years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
Stars: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Bridget Moynahan
2. If Only (2004) 7.2/10
It takes a tragedy to teach the young businessman Ian to put love ahead of work and open up to his musician girlfriend Samantha. (92 mins.)
Director: Gil Junger
Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls, Tom Wilkinson, Diana Hardcastle
3. In America (2002) 7.8/10
A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger
4. My Sister's Keeper (2009) 7.4/10
Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive. (109 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Walter Raney
5. The Lovely Bones (2009) 6.7/10
Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. (135 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon
6. The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) 6.8/10
Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships -- both old and new -- begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels. (106 mins.)
Director: Robin Swicord
Stars: Kathy Baker, Hugh Dancy, Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello
7. Extraordinary Measures (2010) 6.5/10
A drama centered on the efforts of John and Aileen Crowley to find a researcher who might have a cure for their two children's rare genetic disorder. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Vaughan
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Harrison Ford, Meredith Droeger
8. Nicholas' Gift (1998 TV Movie) 7.1/10
Fact based drama about an American couple on vacation in Italy in 1994 with their two children who are attacked and shot by highway bandits... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Markowitz
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Alan Bates, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Gene Wexler
9. Ghost (1990) 7.0/10
After an accident leaves a young man dead, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic. (127 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zucker
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn
10.Love Story (1970) 6.9/10
A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes. (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland
11.The Family Man (2000) 6.7/10
A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife. (125 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven
12.Bogus (1996) 5.3/10
Recently orphaned, a young boy is taken in by his godmother who is shocked to realize that she can see the boy's imaginary friend: a flamboyant, French magician named Bogus. (110 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu, Haley Joel Osment, Andrea Martin
13.Juno (2007) 7.5/10
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman
14.What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) 5.7/10
Follows the lives of five interconnected couples as they experience the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and realize that no matter what you plan for, life does not always deliver what is expected. (110 mins.)
Director: Kirk Jones
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, J. Todd Smith, Dennis Quaid
15.Freedom Writers (2007) 7.5/10
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. (123 mins.)
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn
16.About a Boy (2002) 7.1/10
A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy. (101 mins.)
Director: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Stars: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Sharon Small
17.Flipped (2010) 7.7/10
Two eighth-graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites. Based on the novel "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen. (90 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards
18.The Blue Butterfly (2004) 6.3/10
A dramatic adventure about courage, redemption and love being filmed in the rain forests of Costa Rica, and in Montreal. (97 mins.)
Director: Léa Pool
Stars: Marc Donato, William Hurt, Pascale Bussières, Raoul Max Trujillo
19.A Home of Our Own (1993) 7.0/10
The story begins in Los Angeles when Frances Lacey (Kathy Bates) takes her six children and drives north... (104 mins.)
Director: Tony Bill
Stars: Kathy Bates, Edward Furlong, Clarissa Lassig, Sarah Schaub
20.Pay It Forward (2000) 7.1/10
A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. (123 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, Jay Mohr
21.Pride & Prejudice (2005) 7.8/10
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland
22.I Am Sam (2001) 7.6/10
A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family. (132 mins.)
Director: Jessie Nelson
Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest
23.Dead Poets Society (1989) 8/10
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to discover their love for poetry and seize the day. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles
24.Daddy's Little Girls (2007) 5.3/10
A mechanic (Elba) enlists the help of a successful-but-lonely attorney (Union) while trying to wrest... (100 mins.)
Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Louis Gossett Jr.
25.A Monster in Paris (2011) 6.7/10
A 3D-animated movie set in Paris in the year 1910 and centered on a monster who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful, young singer. (90 mins.)
Director: Bibo Bergeron
Stars: Matthieu Chedid, Vanessa Paradis, Gad Elmaleh, François Cluzet
The Most Heart Touching Movies Ever
#17 Hachiko: a Dog’s Story
Hachiko: A Dog’s Story is a drama film directed by Lasse Hallstrom and was based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu. It was written by Stephen B. Lindsey and starred Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Sarah Roemer. This movie had its first international premiere in August 2009 in Japan and was released in over 25 countries worldwide. Warning: You'll cry at 75% of the movie!
#16 The Notebook
Sure, we all like to think of 2004's The Notebook as an enduring love story first and foremost, especially given the fantastic circumstances leading up to Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling's hot, rain-soaked kiss. However, we have to hand it to James Garner and Gena Rowlands for effectively reducing us all to tears at the end.
#15 The Champ
Franco Zeffirelli's 1979 remake of the 1931 film of the same name features a young Ricky Schroder in his film debut. The movie details the dysfunctional relationship between young T.J (Schroder) and his dad (Jon Voight), a former boxer turned alcoholic horse trainer with a gambling problem. However, things get more complicated as T.J.'s estranged mother (Faye Dunaway) comes back into the picture. Despite being just 9 years old, Schroder gives an incredibly impressive onscreen cry. In turn, it will definitely get your waterworks going.
#14 A Walk to Remember
Directed by Adam Shankman and written by Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American teen romantic drama film starring Shane West and Mandy Moore. It was based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks and was inspired by the life of his sister, who died of cancer in 2000. It opened no. 3 at the US box office and grossed more than $12 million dollars in its opening weekend. It became a box office hit not just in the United States but in Asia as well.
This is easily one of the hardest movies on the list to watch. The 2009 Lee Daniels films tells the story of Claireece Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), an illiterate, pregnant 16-year-old who regularly escapes into her own fantasy world when faced with emotional and physical abuse from her family. Despite being in the eighth grade at 16, Precious is tasked with getting her GED and ultimately changing her life's direction so that she can escape her abusive home and provide for her children.
#12 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
9-year-old Bruno's family relocates near a concentration camp when his father, an SS officer, is given a promotion. Little Bruno sneaks off and befriends a prisoner his age near the edge of the camp, where they play checkers through the barbed wire. Although the two boys become great friends, little Bruno learns some hard truths about what his father does for a living, and why his new friend wears what he mistakenly assumes are pajamas.
Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts play the respective ex-wife and fiancée to Ed Harris. The tension between the two is heightened when Sarandon passive aggressively uses her children as pawns in her quiet war with her ex. However, the women are forced to make peace when Sarandon is diagnosed with terminal cancer and they realize the family dynamics really will change forever.
#10 12 Years a Slave
One could argue that the saddest movies on the list are the ones depict the inhumanity of people or institutions in power. Steve McQueen's 2014 Best Picture winner is not only heartbreaking because it depicts the plight of one man sold into slavery, but because it depicts the cruelty that was once an accepted as status quo.
#9 Dancer in the Dark
Leave it to Lars von Trier to make arguably the most depressing musical ever filmed. Things start out pretty bleak, with Björk starring as an impoverished factory worker who is pinching pennies to pay for an operation that will save her son from the same genetic, degenerative eye disease that is causing her to go blind. If that doesn't sound upsetting enough, things only go downhill from there.
#8 The Fault in Our Stars
As this 2014 romantic dramedy proves, the only thing more tragic than a fresh-faced teenager with terminal cancer is a fresh-faced teenager with terminal cancer in love.
We have to hand it to this 2009 Pixar offering for completely reinventing the formula we've come to know and expect from sad movies. While most tearjerkers save the most gut-wrenching developments for the third act, this beloved animated feature has both kids and adults reaching for the Kleenex within the first 10 minutes.
#6 Million Dollar Baby
Hilary Swank is a bit of a staple in the tearjerker genre. This time around she's a scrappy boxer who eventually develops a bond with her hard-nosed boxing coach, played by Clint Eastwood (who also directed the film). The movie has all the makings of your typical sports drama with a triumphant underdog — until it delivers an emotional sucker punch at the end.
The iconic Vanessa Redgrave delivers a somber and arresting performance as a novelist who used fiction to atone for the young lovers whose lives she ruined when she mistakenly accused a man (James McAvoy) of a crime at the onset of World War II. Adapted from the 2001 Ian McEwan novel, the film deals with decades' worth of grief as a result of a youthful flight of fancy that contributed to the premature death of her sister (Keira Knightley) and the false imprisonment of her sister's lover.
#4 P.S. I Love You
This movie is explicitly designed to turn on the waterworks. It's the story of a young widow (Hilary Swank) who receives posthumous letters of encouragement from her late husband (Gerard Butler) after he dies of a brain tumor.
#3 Blue Valentine
Michelle Williams certainly earned her Oscar nomination in this 2010 film documenting the gut-wrenching dissolution of her character's marriage to a violent man played by Ryan Gosling.
#2 My Girl
Although the 1991 coming-of-age film is billed as a comedy-drama, director Howard Zieff certainly pulled out all the stops when young Vada Sultenfuss (played by newcomer Anna Chlumsky) had to deal with the tragic loss of her friend (Macaulay Culkin) while growing up in her father's funeral home in the '70s.
#1 The Pursuit of Happyness
A blockbuster American biographical drama film that was released in 2006, The Pursuit of Happyness tells the story of a man named Chris Gardner and his struggle as a homeless salesman. Directed by Gabrielle Muccino, the film starred Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith and was entirely based on the memoir written by the main character himself, who eventually became one of the most successful stockbrokers in the world. For his performance in this film, Will Smith was nominated as best actor in the Golden Globe and the Academy Awards.
25+ Deep, Emotional and Thought-Provoking Movies, You Must See
Over the years and especially over the last few months, I have stumbled across movies which have left a lasting impression on me. Now I know there are probably many of you that don’t watch many movies, either because you see them as a distraction or a waste of time. Especially the countless mindless actions movies that are out there which are always the same. I feel very much the same way and will often turn down an invite from friends to watch such movies. Don’t get me wrong like most people I once enjoyed these types of movies when I was younger, and still do enjoy the very occasional action/drama movie such as “The Hobbit” or “Star Trek” because the story lines and visuals really are incredible in these movies, so it is very hard not to want to get lost in them.
There are also those of you who are probably reading this thinking “But I love action movies, they are so awesome!”. And that is perfectly fine everyone is entitled to their opinion and to watch whatever they want, I am not here to judge. However know that the amount of violence in some of those movies as well as the story lines are set up to make you more accepting of violence, and can slowly make you numb to it. I have always hated over the top violence in movies.
So I am writing this post to those of you who do not watch many movies, those of you who are only accustomed to action movies, and even those who are just bored and looking for something to watch. In order to show you that there are actually some decent movies out there which are very deep or emotional and can have a lasting affect on you. Most of these movies, are ones I have found and watched only over the last few months as I have sought to watch as many of these types of movies as possible, as they are the only type of movies I can bring myself to watch these days.
Now some of these movies are deeply emotional and/or so touching that they will most likely make you cry. Know that it is actually very good however to feel these emotions and to cry, because many of us often do not release these types of emotions enough and releasing them can be very beneficial for your mental and physical health. Many studies have shown that chemicals build up in the body during times of elevated stress or just throughout everyday life, and that emotional tears which can be released through watching these types of movies can actually work to rid these toxins and waste products (See studies at bottom of article).
Emotional tears have even been shown to release an endorphin, leucine-enkephalin which reduces pain and can actually improve mood. Along with the emotional movies, there are also many movies in here that carry with them very profound and deep messages that you will most likely carry with you for the rest of your life.
So without further ado, I present to you a list of some of the most deep, emotional and thought-provoking movies you will ever see, with each I have provided an image, a brief description and occasionally a trailer (not all have trailers either because they give away to much or because they do not do the movie justice) I highly recommend you watch all of them.
25 Deep, Emotional and thought- provoking movies:
Peaceful Warrior (2006):
Now these movies are in no particular order but as far as profound movies go this would be up near the top. The messages contained within this movie will most likely stick with you and keep you thinking well after the movie is over. Basically without ruining anything it is about a young college gymnast who meets an old man seemingly by chance, who begins to change his entire view on life.
An absolutely beautiful and touching movie made right here in Australia. Words cannot properly describe this movie, it’s an incredible story about a man who after serving a 16 year sentence is sent to low security pre release prison, where he forms a bond with an injured game bird.
October Sky (1999):
An extremely inspiring true story about a young man named Homer Hickman, who grew up in a coal mining town where just about all the men once leaving school were forced to work in the mines, including homer. However after seeing the first Sputnik launch, he is inspired to take up rocketry against his father’s will.
Into The Wild (2007):
An incredible true story of young man who after graduating from University as a top student and athlete, realizes he doesn’t want the so called “normal life” and decides to leave home, sell his car, give his entire life savings to charity and begin a journey to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Good Will Hunting (1997):
This is an extremely inspiring movie, with what I think is some of the best acting from Matt Damon and Robin Williams. Basically it is about an extremely intelligent young man who has no ambitions to do anything with his life and is working as a Janitor at MIT, one day when no one is around, he answers an equation that the teacher had set up to be almost impossible. Once the teacher finds out, he endeavors to convince the young man to pursue his talent, by convincing him to see a psychiatrist to help sort his life out.
Dead Poets Society (1989):
Yet another fantastic role from Robin Williams, which in my opinion is his best role he has ever played. I truly fell in love with this movie, and I think you will too if you watch it. It’s about a teacher at an all boys boarding school who teaches his students to love poetry and to seize the day. It’s a extremely profound movie showing just how much impact people can have on our lives, especially someone like the character Robin Williams plays, who transcends far above his role of just being a teacher to his students.
The Book Thief (2013):
“Courage beyond words” as seen in the above poster, explains this movie very well. It is a beautiful, emotional and inspiring ride, I still remember being speechless when the movie was over. Basically it is story about a young girl named Liesel who finds solace in stealing books and giving them to others during the horrors World War II Germany.
The Railway Man (2013):
This would have to be one of the most touching movies I have seen, I don’t want to say to much, basically it is about a former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war during world war II, discovers that the man responsible for his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.
Finding Neverland (2003):
This is an amazing and heartwarming true story of J.M Barrie and his friendship with a family which inspired him to create the well known classic play Peter Pan.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale:
A true story of the deep bond between a college professor and an abandoned dog he takes into his home after finding it at a train station. This movie truly shows the tremendously deep bond that humans and dogs can have with one another, it will make you want to hug your dog when it’s over that is for sure.
An absolutely beautiful true story about victims of the encephalitis epidemic who had been in a catatonic state for most of their lives, suddenly have the ability to walk, talk and move freely again, thanks to a new drug. Yet again starring Robin Williams as well Robert De Niro. This movie has very deep messages with it that will most likely have you thinking about them well after the movie is over.
Short Term 12 (2013):
This is such an amazing movie on so many levels, something about it just really spoke to me. It’s about a home run for troubled and orphaned teenagers, and the turmoils and triumphs they encounter along the way.
Reign over me (2007):
This is about the only serious role I have ever seen Adam Sandler do, and if you not a fan of Adam Sandler I urge you to still give this movie a chance, you won’t regret it. It’s heart-warming and sometimes heart-breaking story of a man who lost his family during September 11 and a college rooms mate who runs into him one-day. The rekindling of their friendship seems to be the only thing that is able to help him try and recover from his grief.
Seven pounds (2008):
A man with a terrible secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by drastically changing seven strangers lives.
The impossible (2012):
This would have to be one of the most inspiring, heart-warming and heart wrenching movies I have seen to date. And what’s more is the fact that it is a true story about victims of the boxing day tsunami, this movie truly is a testament to the human spirit.
A Beautiful Mind (2001):
An incredible biographical drama film based on the John Nash a brilliant mathematician, who begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia. This is an incredible film and a testament to what people with this disorder go through.
The Truman Show (1998):
A fantastic comedy with a deeper underlying meaning from one of my favorite actors Jim Carrey. The basic premise of the movie is about a insurance salesmen who discovers his entire life is a TV show.
Dallus Buyer Club ( 2013):
A true story set in 1985 Dallas of a man named Ron Woodroof who is a drug addict and alcoholic who doesn’t care about anyone but himself, that is until he is diagnosed with AIDS, which changes his life forever.
The secret life of Walter Mitty: (2013):
A very inspiring movie about a man who has done nothing with his life, and so to escape from the mundanities s of his life, day dreams of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and adventure. But when his Job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he decides to take action in the real world and embark on a global adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Cloud Atlas (2012):
This movie is beyond words. It is a phenomenal story of souls meeting again and again in different lives and times, it is a pretty long movie as you might expect but it is well and truly worth the watch.
Mr Nobody (2009):
This is an extremely original film that some of you may find rather weird or hard to understand, and I don’t blame you. But there are a lot of hidden messages in this movie if you look carefully enough. Basically it is about a boy who has the ability to transfer his consciousness across different versions of himself in alternate Universes. It shows how certain decisions can change the course of your life, with the premise of this film being whether to leave with his father or mother on a train at the beginning of the film.
12 Years a Slave (2013):
An absolutely incredible true of a free black man who was living in New York, and was abducted and sold into slavery. This movie really is amazing.
Another earth (2013):
As far as original and unique films go this would have to top the list. It is an independent science fiction drama about a duplicate earth suddenly appearing over night in the sky and the meeting of a young student and composer who cross paths after a tragic accident.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (2004):
This is a really nice comedy/drama with a deeper meaning, starring yet again Jim Carrey. Basically a couple’s relationship goes sour and they both find out about some new technology that can erase certain memories, so they both opt to remove all memories of one another and go about their lives as though they never met. But years later they somehow find one another, by what seems to be chance, but it turns out to be much more than that.
We have all heard of Gandhi but most of us don’t know his incredible story and how truly amazing of a he person he really was. I would now put this down of one of the greatest films I have seen, there is no denying Gandhi was one of the most inspiring men of all of history. I was deeply touched by this movie, and I know you will be too. Everyone can learn something from what this man was able to achieve using only love.
Patch Adams (1998)
This would probably be one of, if not the most most beautiful and heartwarming movies I have ever seen. It is based on a true story of a man who studying at medical school to become a doctor, treats patients with humor and kindness, treating each person he meets as the person they are, instead of just seeing them as another ‘patient’ to treat. It is an extremely moving film that reinforced even further for me, that there really isn’t anything more important or rewarding than helping others.
August Rush (2007)
This is an absolutely beautiful movie about young orphan who uses music to reunite with his parents, this is a movie that just about anyone would love.
The Thin Red Line (1998):
This would have to be one of the deepest war movies I have ever seen to date, I am not one to usually watch war movies but unlike many war movies which usually show the ‘heroes’ and the ‘Villains’, this one showed the true nature and cost of war, depicting the war from both sides, and how both lose something. There are some absolutely amazing lines narrated by the main character of the film which take a philosophical/spiritual stance on the nature of war, I highly recommend people see this film.
The Kite Runner (2007)
This would have to go down as one of my most favorite movies. It is a truly beautiful story redemption and friendship.
This would have to best space movies I have seen too date. Christopher Nolan has a way of just being able too take you to another world. I would say that this would have to be one of the most profound movies I have ever seen, left me thinking about it long after the movie was over. I would highly recommend everyone see it.
This is an absolutely beautiful movie that shows that the most unlikely of people can become best friends, and just how much another person can have a dramatic affect on our lives. It is a foreign film so much of the film is subtitled but you do eventually get used to it and the story is so strong that it doesn’t matter in the end.
The Giver (2014)
This is now one of my favorite movies, it has a very original story line and has some pretty profound truths in it that will stick with you. I highly recommend this movie to anyone. It is set in a dystopian future where all differences have been eradicated, pain has been removed and the ability too see color has been taken away and all now see in black and white, in order to create a peaceful society. A young man however begins to question the world he is living in.
I Origins (2014)
An extremely profound movie that will leave you thinking about it well after it is finished. I don’t want to reveal to much, the basic premise of the film is about a molecular biologist who begins to find evidence that defies scientific reason.
The Elephant Man (1980)
This would have too be one of the most touching and moving films I have seen to date, the movie contrary to its cover, is shot completely in black and white. It is a true story about a man who was born extremely disfigured, however beneath the disfigurement is a man of intelligence and sensitivity.
Schindler’s list (1993)
I am sure that many of you have probably seen this film, seen as it is in the top 250 movies of all time. However if you haven’t seen it as I hadn’t then I urge you too please watch it. It is extremely confronting in many parts, but it is a truly inspiring film that that shows just how much of an impact one person can have. And what’s more it is based on a true story!
And there you have it! I hope you find the time to watch all these movies at some point, as they are all fantastic and teach you something. I’ll leave it up to you how you get your hands on them.