1. Flipped, 2010
Seven-year-old Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) has just moved into a new neighborhood, where he meets Juli, a lively youngster with lots of energy (Madeline Carroll). The shy young lad is shocked when she falls in love with him at first sight. A series of unfortunate events and miscommunication leave Juli heartbroken and enraged towards Bryce after six years of Juli overwhelming his affections. Juli becomes irritated and starts to ignore him.
But when she’s not around, Bryce has a change of heart and realizes how much he likes her. Whatever it takes to get her back is what he’s willing to do. There is a certain warmth and charm to small town life throughout the entire film, which is set in the late 1950s In roles that require both passion and levity, the extraordinary young cast excels. This adorable tale of young puppy love, adapted from Wendelin Van Draanen’s novel, will melt your heart!
2. Once, 2007
Once tells the story of a vacuum cleaner repairman turned street musician who falls in love with a florist and goes on to make music of their own. This simple but endearing low-budget film about the chemistry of music making lets you feel the passion. A chill runs through your spine as the music in this film makes your hair stand on end. What do you think of it? The Broadway musical adaptation of the film, which won an Oscar for its music, also received eight Tony Awards. Just know that you’re about to hear something truly special.
3. The Fundamentals of Caring, 2016
This quirky comedy/drama stars Paul Rudd as a man who takes on the responsibility of caring for a teenage boy with muscular dystrophy in order to stave off his impending divorce (Craig Roberts, Submarine). Using a combination of humor and profanity, the two form an unconventional bond that provides many laugh-out-loud moments while also slowly revealing the pain that each of them is carrying inside.
Ben urges them to take a road trip across the western United States so Craig can see the world. They agree, and set out on their journey. It’s a formulaic, but enjoyable and heartwarming road movie that covers a lot of ground that’s been covered before, but it also serves as an excellent example of caregiving, personal growth, and emotional healing for the audience. Paul Rudd is excellent as always, and Julia Roberts is outstanding as always. Unquestionably one of the best films in the Netflix Originals library, this one.
4. The Way Way Back, 2013
“The Way Way Back” transports us to our adolescent years with a story full of love, laughter, and emotions. “The Way Way Back” is the “Perks of Being a Wallflower” of 2013. It has great writing and characters you’ll love and miss when the movie ends.
Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are back with “The Way Way Back” after winning the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “The Descendants.” Duncan, portrayed by Liam James, is a shy 14-year-old who despises his mother’s new boyfriend, Trent. Due to circumstances beyond his control, Duncan is stranded at Trent’s beach house for the duration of his vacation. After a few days of exploring the town, Duncan discovers a water park and meets Owen.
5. Ruby Sparks, 2012
An aspiring novelist, Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), imagines and writes about his ideal female companion. Ruby Sparks, a beautiful and feisty manifestation of his words (Zoe Kazan). However, as soon as his creation begins to think for herself and wrestle with her own creation, his magical love becomes shallow. With just the right amount of wit and emotion, this romantic comedy sends a powerful message about accepting and loving people for who they truly are.
6. Adventureland, 2009
Summer of 1987 finds Pittsburgh teens working at an abandoned amusement park in the film Adventureland, which has a retro feel to it. When compared to Superbad, it’s positioned as a clone because of its director. Adventureland is amusing, but it’s also more tender, intimate, and loving than other films in the series. Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and the always-delightful Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig star in this film about unrequited love, returning home, and small-town love.
There’s also an 80s synth-happy love song mash-up on the soundtrack, which is a delightful throwback. It’s a great movie for anyone, regardless of when they were born, and it’s well worth seeing.
7. Like Crazy, 2011
You can see that even a shoestring budget can produce a good film! Like Crazy, other romantic films are taught what they should be by Crazy: cute and sweet, but also frustrating and nerve-wracking. As a British student named Felicity Jones, she meets and falls in love with an American named Jacob. Then she returns to England to face the consequences of her decision to overstay her visa while being with him. As a result of being based on the writer/own director’s 8-year long-distance relationship, this film’s exploration of intimacy sets it apart from similar efforts. a fantastic selection in the mood for heart-tugging suspense, then look no further.
8. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, 2010
Craig Gilner, a troubled adolescent, seeks treatment at a mental health clinic. Because the youth wing is closed, he’ll have to spend the five days he’s required to stay with adults. After a few days with Bobby, he quickly learns how to be a mentor and a protege himself. Meanwhile, Craig is drawn to Noelle, a fellow teen who just might be the cure he needs for an unrequited crush. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, with Keir Gilchrist and Zack Galifianakis, is based on a film of the same name.
9. Things We Lost in the Fire, 2007
In Things We Lost in the Fire, Hall Berry plays Audrey, a married mother-of-two whose husband Brian (David Duchovny) is tragically killed in a random act of violence. The film is an emotional rollercoaster. She meets Jerry (Benicio Del Toro), Brian’s childhood friend who is a drug addict and eventually invites him to live with her and her children amid her grief. Jerry accepts their invitation to live with them.
Susanne Bier’s deft direction elevates what might otherwise be a formulaic premise, in which a group of hurting people come together to find solace in one another. Director of After the Wedding and In a Better World weaves a poignant tale of loss and human connection, with Berry and Del Toro giving outstanding performances. With its heartfelt tenderness and compassion, it’s a film that’s sure to surprise you.
10. Bright Star, 2009
Fans of Pride and Prejudice and Atonement will enjoy this romantic biopic about one of the world’s greatest poets, William Wordsworth.
11. Keith, 2008
How much I enjoyed this movie took me completely by surprise. Because it featured Jesse McCartney in the lead role, I had low expectations. In spite of this, he still managed to completely floor me. Keith and Natalie (McCartney and Harnois) have great chemistry, and you’ll be rooting for them to get together no matter what happens. When it comes to developing their relationship and their emotional connection, the movie does an excellent job. This is a must-see if you liked A Walk to Remember or similar films!
12. Away We Go, 2009
In search of the ideal place to start their family, a happy-go-lucky couple travels across the United States. During their journey, they encounter a variety of relatives and old friends who may be able to help them discover “home” for the first time on their own terms. This heartwarming drama, which stars Jon Krasinski and Maya Rudolph and is written in part by Dave Eggers, hits all the right emotional chords without ever feeling cloying or trite.