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Amour (2012)

DepressingTragicSlow movingRomantic

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Haneke
CAST:  Emmanuelle Riva  •  Jean-Louis Trintignant  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  William Shimell

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Haneke
CAST:  Emmanuelle Riva  •  Jean-Louis Trintignant  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  William Shimell

Love (2015)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalRomantic

Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the seismic effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaspar Noé
CAST:  Karl Glusman  •  Aomi Muyock  •  Klara Kristin  •  Juan Saavedra

Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the seismic effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaspar Noé
CAST:  Karl Glusman  •  Aomi Muyock  •  Klara Kristin  •  Juan Saavedra

Personal Effects (2009)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalRomantic

Walter is a rising star in the NCAA wrestling world until his life is ripped apart by the brutal murder of his sister. Returning home to console his mother Gloria he seeks vengeance on the man who is accused of the crime. A chance meeting with a beautiful mature ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hollander
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Ashton Kutcher  •  Kathy Bates  •  Spencer Hudson

Walter is a rising star in the NCAA wrestling world until his life is ripped apart by the brutal murder of his sister. Returning home to console his mother Gloria he seeks vengeance on the man who is accused of the crime. A chance meeting with a beautiful mature ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hollander
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Ashton Kutcher  •  Kathy Bates  •  Spencer Hudson

Gimme Shelter (2013)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Krauss
CAST:  Vanessa Hudgens  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Stephanie Szostak

After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Krauss
CAST:  Vanessa Hudgens  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Stephanie Szostak

Filth (2013)

DarkFunDepressingCrude

A bigoted junkie cop suffering from bipolar disorder and drug addiction manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon S. Baird
CAST:  James McAvoy  •  Imogen Poots  •  Jamie Bell  •  Joanne Froggatt

A bigoted junkie cop suffering from bipolar disorder and drug addiction manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon S. Baird
CAST:  James McAvoy  •  Imogen Poots  •  Jamie Bell  •  Joanne Froggatt

Nomads (2010)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

Susan is a filmaker working on a documentary about subway suicides at Mexico City. Roberto is an illegal mexican inmigrant that works cleaning windows at New York. Roberto meets Susan and they start hanging out, sharing their own experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ricardo Benet
CAST:  Lucy Liu  •  Tenoch Huerta  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Dagoberto Gama

Susan is a filmaker working on a documentary about subway suicides at Mexico City. Roberto is an illegal mexican inmigrant that works cleaning windows at New York. Roberto meets Susan and they start hanging out, sharing their own experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ricardo Benet
CAST:  Lucy Liu  •  Tenoch Huerta  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Dagoberto Gama

You Can Count on Me (2000)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Lonergan
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Rory Culkin

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Lonergan
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Rory Culkin

Light It Up (1999)

DepressingHeartbreakingSuspensefulEmotional

On a winter day in a southside Queens high school, events collide and six students are suddenly in an armed standoff with the NYPD. At the school, classrooms freeze, teachers come and go, resources are scant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Bolotin
CAST:  Usher  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Robert Ri'chard

On a winter day in a southside Queens high school, events collide and six students are suddenly in an armed standoff with the NYPD. At the school, classrooms freeze, teachers come and go, resources are scant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Bolotin
CAST:  Usher  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Robert Ri'chard

Man Down (2015)

DepressingHeartbreakingSuspensefulThought provoking

When a U.S. Marine returns home from Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend, he searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son and wife. In ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dito Montiel
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Jai Courtney  •  Gary Oldman  •  Kate Mara

When a U.S. Marine returns home from Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend, he searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son and wife. In ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dito Montiel
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Jai Courtney  •  Gary Oldman  •  Kate Mara

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

HeartbreakingDepressingEmotionalThought provoking

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Casey Affleck  •  Michelle Monaghan  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Ed Harris

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Casey Affleck  •  Michelle Monaghan  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Ed Harris

Sympathy for Delicious (2010)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

A newly paralyzed DJ gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Ruffalo
CAST:  Christopher Thornton  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Orlando Bloom

A newly paralyzed DJ gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Ruffalo
CAST:  Christopher Thornton  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Orlando Bloom

Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalViolent

Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Buddy Giovinazzo
CAST:  Shannyn Sossamon  •  Evan Ross  •  Brandon Routh  •  Lara Flynn Boyle

Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Buddy Giovinazzo
CAST:  Shannyn Sossamon  •  Evan Ross  •  Brandon Routh  •  Lara Flynn Boyle

Return to Paradise (1998)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

Lewis, Sheriff and Tony are three friends vacationing in Malaysia. Sheriff and Tony eventually leave to pursue careers in New York, but Lewis stays behind to work with orangutans. Two years later, Sheriff and Tony learn that, because of their past actions, Lewis ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Ruben
CAST:  Vince Vaughn  •  Anne Heche  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  David Conrad

Lewis, Sheriff and Tony are three friends vacationing in Malaysia. Sheriff and Tony eventually leave to pursue careers in New York, but Lewis stays behind to work with orangutans. Two years later, Sheriff and Tony learn that, because of their past actions, Lewis ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Ruben
CAST:  Vince Vaughn  •  Anne Heche  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  David Conrad

Oslo, August 31st (2011)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Anders Danielsen Lie  •  Hans Olav Brenner  •  Ingrid Olava  •  Tone Beate Mostraum

One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Anders Danielsen Lie  •  Hans Olav Brenner  •  Ingrid Olava  •  Tone Beate Mostraum

Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalRomantic

Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman and Lucy, two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kim Nguyen
CAST:  Dane DeHaan  •  Tatiana Maslany  •  Gordon Pinsent  •  John Ralston

Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman and Lucy, two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kim Nguyen
CAST:  Dane DeHaan  •  Tatiana Maslany  •  Gordon Pinsent  •  John Ralston

Brotherly Love (2015)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

West Philadelphia basketball star Sergio Taylor deals with the pressures of fame while his brother and sister have their own issues with ambition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jamal Hill
CAST:  Keke Palmer  •  Cory Hardrict  •  Eric D. Hill Jr.  •  Quincy Brown

West Philadelphia basketball star Sergio Taylor deals with the pressures of fame while his brother and sister have their own issues with ambition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jamal Hill
CAST:  Keke Palmer  •  Cory Hardrict  •  Eric D. Hill Jr.  •  Quincy Brown

You're Not You (2014)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George C. Wolfe
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Josh Duhamel  •  Ali Larter

A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George C. Wolfe
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Josh Duhamel  •  Ali Larter

American Gun (2005)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aric Avelino
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  Marcia Gay Harden  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Lisa Long

Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aric Avelino
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  Marcia Gay Harden  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Lisa Long

Nine Lives (2005)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Jason Isaacs  •  Robin Wright  •  Amy Brenneman  •  Elpidia Carrillo

Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Jason Isaacs  •  Robin Wright  •  Amy Brenneman  •  Elpidia Carrillo

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Glenn Close  •  Haley Bennett  •  Freida Pinto

An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Glenn Close  •  Haley Bennett  •  Freida Pinto
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