1. Chocolat (2000)
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2. Nowhere Boy (2009)
Story of John’s childhood and adolescence between 1944 and 1960, his relationship with his mother Julia (the other dominant woman in his early life) and his aunt Mimi (the other dominant woman), their first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, and the birth of The Beatles.
3. The Tree Of Life (2011)
The story of a 1950s Texas family told in an impressionistic style. While trying to reconcile his complicated relationship with his father (‘Brad Pitt’ (qv)), eldest son Jack’s life is chronicled in the film. It follows him from childhood innocence to adult disillusionment. If you are a lost soul in the modern world, you are searching for answers to the origins and meaning of life, while also questioning whether or not faith exists.
4. Marie Antoinette (2006)
The Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa, tells her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette that “all eyes will be on you”. In this teen-targeted film, Marie Antoinette’s life as a young queen at Versailles’s opulent and eccentric court is retold in an impressionistic style. As a young bride, Marie Antoinette develops into a young woman and eventually France’s queen.
5. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
After summer vacations in 1944, Julien Quentin and his brother Francois, two members of a wealthy French family, enroll in a Catholic boarding school in the countryside. When Jean Bonnet, a new student at the school, arrives, Julien and Jean’s relationship becomes strained. Even though he doesn’t know it at the time, Julien comes to…respect Jean after finding out that he is Jewish and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. Eventually, they become close friends,
with Julien protecting the relationship’s most valuable asset: When Father Jean learns that his servant Joseph has been stealing school supplies to resell on the black market, he immediately dismisses the boy from service. Sooner or later, the Gestapo will arrive at the boarding school to question the students and priests in charge of running and staffing it.
6. Ida (2013)
The year was 1962 in Poland. The novice is Anna, a former orphan raised by nuns in a convent. Before she takes her vows, she needs to see Wanda, the only surviving member of her family. When Wanda reveals to Anna her Jewish heritage, Anna’s eyes light up. Each of the women sets out on a journey to discover not only the tragic story of their family, but also who they really are and where they fit in. They’re doubting the things they used to take for granted.
7. Doubt (2008)
St. Nicholas in the Bronx in 1964: Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school’s iron-gloved principal, believes in the power of fear-based discipline and is fighting against Father Flynn, a charismatic priest who wants to change the school’s strict customs. The community is feeling the effects of political change, as Donald Miller, the school’s first black student, has just arrived.
Sister Aloysius embarks on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and expel Father Flynn from the school after Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much attention to Donald. Sister Aloysius is now embroiled in a power struggle with Father Flynn over the future of the community, one that could have far-reaching, long-term repercussions.
8. Tokyo Story (1953)
When an elderly couple travels to Tokyo to see their grandchildren, they encounter selfishness, indifference, and ingratitude. When the children insist on taking their parents to a resort, the movie transforms into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.
9. Leap Year (2010)
On Leap Day, an Irish tradition that occurs every time the 29th of February comes around, a woman plans an elaborate proposal to her boyfriend, but bad weather threatens to derail her planned trip to Dublin. After all, with the help of an innkeeper and her cross-country…journey, she might even end up engaged.
10. Brooklyn (2015)
Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant, moves to Brooklyn in late 1951. She will have no trouble finding work thanks to the support of Father Flood, a priest from her hometown of Enniscorthy. For Eilis, having to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose makes the early days especially difficult as loneliness and homesickness quickly replace seasickness. It’s not easy for her, but she manages to find her feet with the help of Father Flood and Mrs.
Kehoe, the headmistress of the boarding school where she now lives, and by learning bookkeeping at Brooklyn College. Not only does graduation follow, but love also makes an appearance in the form of Tony, an Italian-American plumber who adores and respects her. They end up getting married, but they don’t tell anyone. Tragedy befalls Eilis at this point, causing her to return to Enniscorthy to morally support her mother. Strange things begin to happen as a result of her gradual succumbing to the allure of her hometown, even going so far as to allow herself to be seduced by Jim Farrell, a charming young resident.
11. Easy A (2010)
An innocent white lie about losing her virginity spreads through the school, and a clean-cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in “The Scarlet Letter,” which she is currently studying. That is, until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial status..
12. Persepolis (2007)
Marjane ‘Marji’ Statrapi, a young Iranian woman in the 1970s, witnesses the Iranian Revolution of 1979 through the eyes of her idealistic family and the eyes of a long-cherished dream: the defeat of the despised Shah. Even though the new Iran is now ruled by Islamic fundamental…ists, Marji sees firsthand how it has become a repressive state in and of itself.
Marji’s parents send her to Vienna to study for a better life because she refuses to remain silent in the face of injustice. Nevertheless, the young woman finds herself in a new culture, full of obnoxious individuals and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. No matter how many times she goes back home, Marji discovers that the country as well as herself have changed drastically, and she along with her loving family must make a difficult decision about where they all belong.
13. Philomena (2013)
Upon being expelled in disgrace from the Labour Party, former journalist Martin Sixsmith is unsure what to do. When a young Irish woman approaches him with a story about her mother Philomena, who had her son taken away from her when she was a teenager in a Catholic convent, everything changes.
A magazine assignment about her quest to find Martin leads her to the United States. Martin and Philomena learn as much about each other as they do about the fate of her son along the way. In addition, both have their fundamental beliefs tested. (Continue Reading)
14. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
A homeless man named Mike Waters meets an older, wiser street person named Scott Favor, who teaches him the skills he needs to survive. Waters has narcolepsy, which means he can fall asleep at any time, anywhere. Favor comes from a well-to-do family, and he’s out to prove them wrong.
They go on a lot of journeys together, with Waters being particularly motivated by his desire to track down his biological mother, and they also spend some time in Italy. Over the course of his life, Favor has integrated into mainstream society and no longer has much time for his former friend. (Continue Reading)
15. The Shipping News (2001)
When Quoyle, a New York inksetter, brings his young daughter back to the Newfoundland fishing town where they’ve lived for generations, she has a traumatic experience with the girl’s birth mother, Petal, who sells her to an unlicensed adoption agency. The experiences he has in the town change his life even though Quoyle has had little success thus far in his life. After that, he meets Wavey, the widow, and things begin to get interesting. (Continue Reading)
16. Elizabeth (1998)
Cate Blanchett portrays Queen Elizabeth the First, who ascends to the throne and begins her reign. The main focus is on the council’s never-ending attempts to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley’s relationship.
17. August Rush (2007)
Drama about a young Irish guitarist and cellist who meet by chance one magical night above Washington Square in New York City, but are soon torn apart, leaving behind an orphaned baby named August Rush. As a street musician in New York City…and with the help of a mysterious stranger, August uses his incredible musical talent to track down the parents from whom he was taken away at birth.
18. Son Of Rambow (2007)
Home movie SON OF RAMBOW stars two young boys with a big camera and even bigger dreams. SON OF RAMBOW, a comedy set in the early 1980s in England, is about growing up, friendship, and faith. Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family, tells the tale. The Brethren believe they are God’s “chosen ones,” and because of their strict moral code, Will has never been allowed to mix with the ‘worldlies,’ listen to music, or watch TV. That is, until he gets caught up in the bizarre world of Lee Carter, the school’s terror and bizarre home movie maker.
A pirated copy of Rambo: First Blood is shown to Will and Will’s mind is blown open from that point on. He is quickly convinced that he is the stuntman in Lee Carter’s evil home movie. When it comes to devising elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter hidden from the Brethren community, Will’s creative little brain is not only given a chance but also comes in handy.
Ultimately, Will and Carter’s reckless disregard for consequences and pure ambition lead to a thrilling roller-coaster of a filmmaking experience that ends in true friendship. Will and Carter However, when Didier Revol, a Pied Piper-like French exchange student, descends on them and becomes popular, their unique friendships begin to falter.
19. Waitress (2007)
Unhappy wife Jenna is saving money in the hopes of winning a pie baking contest and using the winnings to leave her husband Earl for good. Then she discovers she’s pregnant, which completely derails her plans. They listen to old Joe’s wisdom and tole…rate their sour boss Cal, and she finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. She also bakes amazing pies at Joe’s Diner and has a good relationship with Dawn and Becky (her coworkers).
Pregnancy makes life with Earl more intolerable, an escape route less obvious, and the doctor’s affair more complicated because of the doctor’s married status. Where does a waitress stand in terms of career options?
20. The Gift (2000)
All eyes are on Annabelle Wilson after Jessica King goes missing. As a clairvoyant, not as a murder suspect Many residents of the town turn to Annabelle for assistance, including Jessica’s fiancé Wayne Collins. Despite Annabelle’s belief that she is powerless to stop Jessica’s death, she is plagued by visions of Jessica’s future.
21. Sleepers (1996)
Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable as children when Lorenzo Carcaterra – Shakes – was their friend. When they were kids, they lived in Hell’s Kitchen, a place that was far from perfect and that was full of scams and shakedowns like those described by William Shakespeare. However, its residents knew the rules. It was Father Bobby Carelli who they looked up to as an adult because he understood them as children better than most adults did, and he understood them better than he would have liked to admit himself.
A typical adolescent prank went horribly wrong in 1967, and the four of them were sentenced to different terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. Their lives were forever changed. Seán Nokes, the cell block’s head guard, as well as his fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, tortured and abused the prisoners on a variety of levels. However, other caring authorities, such as their fellow guards, were also present at the facility.
Some of the residents failed to recover from their time at the shelter in time to rebuild their lives. They vowed not to discuss the incident with anyone in order to avoid recalling it in the future. It is now the 13th year after their childhood friendship, and Tommy and Johnny are both career criminals.
Michael has become an assistant district attorney, and Shakes is a newspaper writer. The moment Tommy and John spot Nokes, Shakes and Michael form an unlikely alliance to exact vengeance not only on the assassin but also on those who betrayed them.
22. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Italian post-WWII economy unemployed Ricci finally gets a good job hanging posters, which requires a bike. However, his bicycle is soon taken from him. He and his son are scouting the streets of Rome for the missing bicycle as they walk. Ricci locates the thief, but he has to give up his search because he has no proof. However, he and his son are well aware that Ricci will be unable to keep his job if he does not obtain a bike.
23. The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Film adaptation of Jim Carroll’s autobiography, in which he describes his harrowing descent into drug addiction. In Jim’s mind, the basketball court is a metaphor for the world because he is a member of an unbeatable high school basketball team. When young Jim’s best friend dies of leukemia, his team’s coach (“Swifty”) engages in inappropriate behavior with the boys on his team, sexual tensions among the teenagers, and a voracious appetite for heroin, they all begin to interfere with his goal of becoming a professional basketball player.
As his mother’s worry about him grows, he finds solace in the city’s seedy underbelly. He is unable to return home and relies on heroin as his only means of escape from the harsh realities of life on the streets. To begin his long journey back to sanity, Jim needs the help of Reggie, an elderly neighborhood friend with whom Jim “picked up a game” every now and then.
24. The Kite Runner (2007)
Afghan children Amir, a Pushtun boy, and Hassan, a Hazara boy and the son of their Hazara servant Ali, were raised together in Amir’s father’s house in the 1970s, playing and kiting in a peaceful Kabul. Baba accuses Amir of being responsible for the death of his mother during delivery, and he also claims to prefer Hassan over Amir. Rahim Khan, the best friend of Amir’s father, supports Amir’s dream of becoming a writer, and Amir admires him for it.
To protect Amir’s prized kite, Hassan flees to an empty street, where he is brutally attacked by the evil Assef and raped. The cowardly Amir stands by, but does nothing to aid the loyal Hassam in his hour of need. In the morning after Amir’s birthday party, he places his new watch in Hassam’s bed to set him up as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, freeing Ali’s conscience from thoughts of his treachery and betrayal. Baba and Amir fled to Pakistan after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
They live a simple life in Fremont, California, where Amir graduates from a public university with honors in 1988, much to Baba’s delight. Later, Amir marries Soraya, a fellow countryman. If you’re Amir after Baba’s death in the year 2000 and you get a call from Rahim Khan, who tells you secrets about his family, you’ll have no choice but to go back to Peshawar in Pakistan on a journey of redemption.
25. In Her Shoes (2005)
In addition to the two sisters, the family also includes their deceased mother, a remarried father, and an unfriendly stepmother. Each of the sisters has mastered the art of losing. For the older woman named Rose: she’s an accomplished attorney who’s also lonely and has a large collection of shoes in her apartment. Maggie, the younger, is stunning, egotistical, and reckless.
Her stepmother kicks her out of her dad’s house because of her drunken… behavior, and Rose kicks her out of her apartment because of her worse behavior. While looking through her father’s desk for cash to steal, Maggie comes across an address, and suddenly the past and future become clear to her, as well as possibly to her sister.
26. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Following a tragic car accident, Steven Russell, who is married to Debbie and a police officer, must reevaluate his entire life. With his sexual orientation now publicly known, Steven is determined to live an exciting and fulfilling life, even if it means breaking the law. As a result of Steven’s new, opulent lifestyle, which includes scams and fraud, he ends up in the state penitentiary, where he meets the sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. Steven’s obsession with getting Phillip out of jail and creating the perfect life for them drives him to pull off one impossible con after another.
27. The White Ribbon (2009)
Many incidents occur during the period from July 1913 to the start of World War I in a German village of that time. Another man abuses his long-suffering lover’s daughter sexually before killing her, while the son of the local baron hanged upside down in a mill. Parents slap and bully their children as well. People simply vanish from view.
The story is told by a young teacher who is in love with the baron’s nanny and tries to figure out how these accidents and crimes are connected. What is hinted at here? Can we consider the children to be sacramental unadulterated beings? Even if God is in His heavenly abode, the world is far from perfect; the center simply cannot hold.
28. Mother (2009)
Do-joon, her twenty-eight-year-old son, lives quietly with his mother, who provides herbal remedies and acupuncture to their neighbors. Do-joon is arrested after a girl is found brutally murdered, and he is accused of the crime. Now it’s up to his mother to decide whether or not to have him released on bail pending the outcome of his innocence trial.