1. Steel Magnolias (1989)
STEEL MAGNOLIAS tells the story of a tight-knit group of friends whose lives intersect at Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana. Drum Eatenton is seen shooting birds in his backyard as the picture begins, in anticipation of his daughter’s… wedding reception later that afternoon. The Drums’ daughters, M’Lynn and Shelby, leave for Truvy’s to get their hair done for the wedding shortly after that.
Annelle Depuy Desoto, Truvy’s new “glamour technician,” is introduced to her customers as “just the sweetest thing,” because her marriage may or may not be legal. Ouiser Boudreaux, a foul-tempered character, appears and amuses the group while they’re seated in the chairs.
Only Clairee, who was recently widowed and is looking for a diversion, seems to understand Ouiser completely. Later in the film, she says, “Come sit by me if you can’t think of anything nice to say about anybody.” As the realities of their lives in Chiquapin Parish unfold, these “Steel Magnolias” make us laugh and cry with their humor and heartbreak.
2. Chocolat (2000)
Skepticism abounds when a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop across the street from the local church, even though the shop is open on Sundays! …however, as soon as the locals start enjoying their delectable wares, they warmly welcome them…d.
3. Jersey Girl (2004)
Ollie Trinkie is a publicist who married his longtime girlfriend Gertrude and is now expecting his first child with her. Despite his excitement about becoming a father, Ollie Trinkie does not reduce his workload. The mother-to-be Gertrude gives birth, but she is tragically killed in the operation.
Ollie has failed miserably in his role as a father. Finally, the stress and pressure of losing his wife and being a father overwhelms him, and he collapses, which results in his dismissal from the position of manager. As a result, he makes an effort to be a good father to his daughter, Gertie, despite his lack of activities. A young woman named Maya shows an interest in him, but he isn’t over his ex-wife just yet.
4. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
It appears as though no one cares about Evelyn Couch’s marital woes, and she feels ignored. The story of Idgie Threadgoode is told by an outgoing old woman named Ninny Threadgoode while she is visiting relatives in a nursing home. Evely…n gains confidence and a lasting friendship with Ninny as a result of Idgie’s inspiring story.
5. Tokyo Story (1953)
While visiting their grandchildren in Tokyo, an elderly couple discovers a city full of indifference, ungratefulness, and selfishness. When the children insist on taking their parents to a resort, the movie transforms into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.
6. Gone With The Wind (1939)
Despite the fact that Atlanta is on fire, the Union Army is stealing everything from Scarlett’s beloved Tara, and carpetbaggers arrive after the war, Scarlett is a tough cookie. Scarlett has a stunning appearance. She exudes vigor. The man that she has been pining after for so long, Ashley, is set to wed Melanie, his contented cousin. Scarlett is cautioned by Mammy to be cordial at the Twelve Oaks party.
That day, the day the American Civil War officially begins, there is a new man in town. Rhett Butler is a country music artist. When Scarlett begs Ashley to choose her over Melanie, she has no idea he’s in the room.
7. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
Didier and Elise hit it off right away. He’s in a bluegrass band and she owns a tattoo parlor. It’s easy for them to get along because of their shared love of American music and culture, but when tragedy strikes their new family, everything they’ve worked so hard for is put to the test. From the beginning to the end, The Broken Circle Breakdown is an intensely moving portrait propelled by foot-stomping bluegrass music. It is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.
8. Terms Of Endearment (1983)
Both Aurora and Emma are strong women, but they are led astray by different forces. Aurora has a long history of being both difficult and loving, beginning with her marriage to Emma. The film takes place over a period of several years, during which time each character discovers new reasons to keep living and to find happiness. A striking aspect of Aurora’s storyline is her conversations with Garrett Bree…dlove, a retired astronaut and her next-door neighbor. Love is expressed in a variety of ways, of course.
9. Where The Heart Is (2000)
As a 17-year-old expecting her first child, Tennessee native Novalee Nation travels to California with her boyfriend Willie Jack, only to be dumped by him at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma’s Sequoyah. In order for Novalee to provide for her newborn daughter Americ…us, she hides out in the Wal-Mart for the next six weeks. Novalee makes the difficult decision to stay in Sequoyah with her daughter and start over with the help of some odd but kind neighbors. Adapted from Billie Letts’ #1 New York Times bestselling novel.
10. Cake (2014)
The sarcastic, amusing Claire Bennett is captivated by the suicide of a member of her chronic pain support network. Aside from uncovering the truth about Nina’s suicide and forging a touching bond with her husband, she must also deal with the pain of her own, very personal tragedy.
11. Father Of The Bride Part II (1995)
In this follow-up to “Father of the Bride,” George Banks must face the truth about what his daughter’s progression from daughter to wife, and now to mother, means in relation to his own stage of life. As his mental picture of his happy family starts to fall apart, he’s headed for a rapid descent… into a mid-life crisis. When he and his wife, Nina, discover how their lives are about to change, his quest to regain his youth serves as a catalyst for a “rebirth” of his attitude toward life.
12. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
The impending challenges of parenthood turn the lives of five couples on their heads. Overjoyed to be starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan discover that the unexpected demands of pregnancy threaten their high-octane celebrity lives.
An author and advocate who is a little bit crazy about babies In the midst of Wendy’s battle with pregnancy hormones, Gary struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad and his much younger trophy wife, Skyler, who are expecting twins. But her husband Alex isn’t so sure, and goes to a “dudes” support group where new dads can tell it like it is to calm his panic.
Moreover, the unexpected romance between rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco leaves them with a conundrum: what to do when your first child is born prior to your first date?
13. Ladder 49 (2004)
Probationary firefighter Jack Morrison becomes an experienced veteran at a Baltimore fire station under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy. With his sacrifices having put him in danger numerous times and significantly impacted h…is relationship with his wife…and children, Jack is at a crossroads. When he arrives on the scene of the worst fire of his career, he finds himself trapped in a 20-floor building. And now that Deputy Chief Kennedy is contemplating his life, he coordinates a last-ditch effort to save him.
14. Made Of Honor (2008)
For ten years, the plot of Made of Honor has focused on platonic friends Tom and Hannah. Her boyfriend is someone who goes on a lot of dates, whereas her girlfriend is looking for love and a husband but hasn’t found him yet. Hannah’s engagement comes just as Tom is beginning to believe that he is relationship material after all. In order to try and stop the wedding and win her over, he reluctantly accepts her request for him to be her “maid of honor.”
15. Birth (2004)
In the wake of the death of her husband, Sean, Anna is a young widow who is finally moving on with her life. When Anna, who has just been engaged for a year, meets a ten-year-old boy who claims to be Sean reincarnated, she believes him. Anna can’t stop thinking about the boy despite his bizarre and disturbing story. As a result, much to her fiance’s chagrin, she begins to doubt the decisions she has made in her life.
16. Imagine Me & You (2005)
Rachel is a sweet girl who is engaged to be married to Hector (a.k.a. ‘Heck’). In the midst of wedding preparations, she meets Luce, the wedding’s florist, and discovers what it’s like to have feelings for another woman while having a job. As a result of her inability to stop Rachel, she contracts Luce on several occasions and hides it from her family, particularly her mother Tessa, who also became infected with Luce.
Just as Heck is trying to win over his in-laws, particularly his eccentric father-in-law Ned, Rachel is trying to carry on with her married life. However, the love and passion she feels for Luce leads to a secret liaison between the two women, which causes Rachel to question the kind of future her husband and she want for themselves.
17. The Good Girl (2002)
An ordinary married woman’s life is turned upside down when she begins an illicit and passionate affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who believes he’s Holden Caulfield. The plot revolves around this young woman.
18. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
An elderly Jewish widow in Atlanta is unable to drive due to her failing health. As a child growing up in the 1950s, her son insisted on hiring a driver, which meant a black man. Hoke, her son’s driver, is hired despite her adamant opposition to change in her life. Although she initially refuses, Hoke gradually…wins her over with his native good graces. Since it’s based on a stage play, the movie does indeed depict it. It spans over two decades of the couple’s relationship as they learn to accept and love one another despite their differences.
19. A Dangerous Method (2011)
Due to hysteria, Dr. Carl Jung has started using the talking cure developed by Sigmund Freud on some of his patients, including Sabina Spielrein. Spielrain’s mental health issues go back to her upbringing and her abusive father, who abused her as a child. She has a sharp mind, though, and aspires to be a doctor, perhaps even a psychiatrist. Jung and Spielrein, who are both married, end up falling in love with one another.
With Freud seeing Jung as his likely successor as the standard-bearer of his beliefs, Freud and the young Jung develop a father-son relationship that borders on paternity. While psychoanalysis can reveal the cause of psychological problems, it cannot cure the patient, a rift develops between Jung and Freud.
20. Dragonfly (2002)
Dr. Joe Darrow recently lost his wife, and he’s a widower now. He’s mourning the loss of his pregnant wife, who died while serving with the Red Cross in Venezuela. In spite of being an atheist, he has come to believe that his deceased wife is trying to contact him via the young patients she treated in the Pediatrics department of a Chicago hospital, through whom she had communication.
21. Waitress (2007)
Jenna is a dissatisfied wife who is saving money in the hopes of winning a pie-baking contest and using the winnings to leave her husband Earl. Her plans go awry when she learns she’s pregnant. Tole…rates her bitter boss Cal, is friends with Dawn and Becky (her fellow waitresses), and finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town, she bakes phenomenal pies at Joe’d diner, listens to old Joe’s wisdom, and tole…rates his wisdom.
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. What are the career options for a waitress?
22. Fools Rush In (1997)
When a night of passion turns into a lifetime of love, sparks fly and cultures clash in this romantic comedy. Alex Whitman, a New Yorker, has been assigned to a construction site in Las Vegas to oversee a project. They both meet Isabel Fuentes and get together for one night because of their chemistry. Isabel is still pregnant three months after Alex last saw her. He makes the proposal on the spur of the moment. However, as Alex and Isabel quickly discover, marriage is more than just a Vegas chapel and an Elvis impersonator.