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The Master (2012)

Thought provokingGrippingCaptivatingCharming

Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Amy Adams  •  Laura Dern

Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Amy Adams  •  Laura Dern

C'mon C'mon (2021)

Thought provokingEmotionalTear-jerkerIntense

Johnny and his young nephew forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they embark on a cross-country trip to see life away from Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Mills
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Gaby Hoffmann  •  Woody Norman  •  Molly Webster

Johnny and his young nephew forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they embark on a cross-country trip to see life away from Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Mills
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Gaby Hoffmann  •  Woody Norman  •  Molly Webster

Radio (2003)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

High school football coach, Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Tollin
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Ed Harris  •  Alfre Woodard  •  S. Epatha Merkerson

High school football coach, Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Tollin
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Ed Harris  •  Alfre Woodard  •  S. Epatha Merkerson

Rudy (1993)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Anspaugh
CAST:  Sean Astin  •  Jon Favreau  •  Ned Beatty  •  Greta Lind

Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Anspaugh
CAST:  Sean Astin  •  Jon Favreau  •  Ned Beatty  •  Greta Lind

Secretariat (2010)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to navigate the male-dominated ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randall Wallace
CAST:  Diane Lane  •  John Malkovich  •  Scott Glenn  •  Dylan Walsh

Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to navigate the male-dominated ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randall Wallace
CAST:  Diane Lane  •  John Malkovich  •  Scott Glenn  •  Dylan Walsh

Coach Carter (2005)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Rob Brown  •  Robert Ri'chard  •  Rick Gonzalez

Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Rob Brown  •  Robert Ri'chard  •  Rick Gonzalez

Remember the Titans (2000)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Boaz Yakin
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Will Patton  •  Ryan Hurst  •  Wood Harris

After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Boaz Yakin
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Will Patton  •  Ryan Hurst  •  Wood Harris

The Secret Garden (1993)

IntenseInspiringGrippingCaptivating

A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agnieszka Holland
CAST:  Kate Maberly  •  Heydon Prowse  •  Andrew Knott  •  Maggie Smith

A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agnieszka Holland
CAST:  Kate Maberly  •  Heydon Prowse  •  Andrew Knott  •  Maggie Smith

GoodFellas (1990)

ViolentIntenseDarkDisturbing

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Ray Liotta  •  Joe Pesci  •  Lorraine Bracco

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Ray Liotta  •  Joe Pesci  •  Lorraine Bracco

Have Dreams, Will Travel (2007)

UpliftingEmotionalThought provokingTear-jerker

West Texas, in the 1960's. A tale of two 12-year-olds who embark on an adventure to find new parents in order to escape their unhappy and emotionally unsatisfying family life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Isaacs
CAST:  Cayden Boyd  •  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Val Kilmer  •  Heather Graham

West Texas, in the 1960's. A tale of two 12-year-olds who embark on an adventure to find new parents in order to escape their unhappy and emotionally unsatisfying family life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Isaacs
CAST:  Cayden Boyd  •  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Val Kilmer  •  Heather Graham

The War (1994)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Avnet
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Kevin Costner  •  Mare Winningham  •  Lexi Randall

The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Avnet
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Kevin Costner  •  Mare Winningham  •  Lexi Randall

Radio Flyer (1992)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, Mike decides to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Donner
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Lorraine Bracco  •  Adam Baldwin  •  John Heard

A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, Mike decides to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Donner
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Lorraine Bracco  •  Adam Baldwin  •  John Heard

Freedom Writers (2007)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard LaGravenese
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Patrick Dempsey  •  Scott Glenn  •  Imelda Staunton

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard LaGravenese
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Patrick Dempsey  •  Scott Glenn  •  Imelda Staunton

Finding Forrester (2000)

UpliftingEmotionalThought provokingTear-jerker

Gus Van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help from his new mentor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Rob Brown  •  F. Murray Abraham  •  Anna Paquin

Gus Van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help from his new mentor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Rob Brown  •  F. Murray Abraham  •  Anna Paquin

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Thought provokingSuspensefulDisturbingEmotional

Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview, moves to oil-rich California. Using his son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Paul Dano  •  Dillon Freasier  •  Ciarán Hinds

Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview, moves to oil-rich California. Using his son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Paul Dano  •  Dillon Freasier  •  Ciarán Hinds

The Florida Project (2017)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Baker
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Brooklynn Prince  •  Bria Vinaite  •  Valeria Cotto

The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Baker
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Brooklynn Prince  •  Bria Vinaite  •  Valeria Cotto

The Blind Side (2009)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lee Hancock
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Quinton Aaron  •  Kathy Bates  •  Tim McGraw

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lee Hancock
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Quinton Aaron  •  Kathy Bates  •  Tim McGraw

Laurel Canyon (2003)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Laurel Canyon focuses on Sam and Alex, a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Enter Jane, Sam's estranged mother, a successful record producer, who's more than willing to put the couple up in her lavish digs. As Sam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Cholodenko
CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  Christian Bale  •  Kate Beckinsale  •  Natascha McElhone

Laurel Canyon focuses on Sam and Alex, a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Enter Jane, Sam's estranged mother, a successful record producer, who's more than willing to put the couple up in her lavish digs. As Sam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Cholodenko
CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  Christian Bale  •  Kate Beckinsale  •  Natascha McElhone

Penguin Bloom (2021)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingEmotional

When an unlikely ally enters the Bloom family's world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin, the bird’s arrival makes a profound difference in the struggling family’s life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glendyn Ivin
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Andrew Lincoln  •  Jacki Weaver  •  Rachel House

When an unlikely ally enters the Bloom family's world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin, the bird’s arrival makes a profound difference in the struggling family’s life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glendyn Ivin
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Andrew Lincoln  •  Jacki Weaver  •  Rachel House

Oddball (2015)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingEmotional

An eccentric chicken farmer trains his mischievous dog to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart McDonald
CAST:  Alan Tudyk  •  Sarah Snook  •  Coco Jack Gillies  •  Shane Jacobson

An eccentric chicken farmer trains his mischievous dog to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart McDonald
CAST:  Alan Tudyk  •  Sarah Snook  •  Coco Jack Gillies  •  Shane Jacobson
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