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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

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites his girlfriend, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rebecca Miller
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Camilla Belle  •  Catherine Keener  •  Ryan McDonald

Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites his girlfriend, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rebecca Miller
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Camilla Belle  •  Catherine Keener  •  Ryan McDonald

Love (2015)

DepressingHeartbreakingRomanticEmotional

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

Albert Nobbs (2011)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Mia Wasikowska  •  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Pauline Collins

Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Mia Wasikowska  •  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Pauline Collins

The Ice Storm (1997)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hood family is skidding out of control. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Joan Allen  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Henry Czerny

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hood family is skidding out of control. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Joan Allen  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Henry Czerny

American Woman (2018)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A young grandmother in a small Pennsylvania town raises her daughter's child after the girl disappears. All the while, a desperate search for her continues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Christina Hendricks  •  Aaron Paul  •  Will Sasso

A young grandmother in a small Pennsylvania town raises her daughter's child after the girl disappears. All the while, a desperate search for her continues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Christina Hendricks  •  Aaron Paul  •  Will Sasso

Steel City (2006)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, without financial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Jun
CAST:  Jamie Anne Allman  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Kristian Best  •  Clayne Crawford

After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, without financial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Jun
CAST:  Jamie Anne Allman  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Kristian Best  •  Clayne Crawford

The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Julian Sands  •  Saffron Burrows  •  Justin Chadwick  •  Stefano Dionisi

The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Julian Sands  •  Saffron Burrows  •  Justin Chadwick  •  Stefano Dionisi

A Thousand Acres (1997)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

The lives of an Iowa farmer's three daughters are shattered when he suddenly decides to bequeath them the family's fertile farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Jessica Lange  •  Jason Robards  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

The lives of an Iowa farmer's three daughters are shattered when he suddenly decides to bequeath them the family's fertile farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Jessica Lange  •  Jason Robards  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

Breaking the Waves (1996)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's paralytic husband convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Katrin Cartlidge  •  Jean-Marc Barr

In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's paralytic husband convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Katrin Cartlidge  •  Jean-Marc Barr

Climax (2018)

DepressingHeartbreakingSuspensefulDisturbing

Young dancers gather in a remote and empty school building to rehearse on a cold and wintry night. The all-night celebration soon turns into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their sangria is laced with LSD.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaspar Noé
CAST:  Sofia Boutella  •  Kiddy Smile  •  Romain Guillermic  •  Souheila Yacoub

Young dancers gather in a remote and empty school building to rehearse on a cold and wintry night. The all-night celebration soon turns into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their sangria is laced with LSD.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaspar Noé
CAST:  Sofia Boutella  •  Kiddy Smile  •  Romain Guillermic  •  Souheila Yacoub

Chelsea Walls (2002)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ethan Hawke
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Guillermo Díaz  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Kris Kristofferson

This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ethan Hawke
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Guillermo Díaz  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Kris Kristofferson

Down to the Bone (2004)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Debra Granik
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Hugh Dillon  •  Clint Jordan  •  Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz

A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Debra Granik
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Hugh Dillon  •  Clint Jordan  •  Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz

The Aspern Papers (2019)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A young writer tries to obtain romance letters a poet sent to his mistress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Landais
CAST:  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Joely Richardson  •  Lois Robbins

A young writer tries to obtain romance letters a poet sent to his mistress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Landais
CAST:  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Joely Richardson  •  Lois Robbins

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself into the life of an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Kristen Stewart  •  James Gandolfini  •  Melissa Leo  •  Joe Chrest

Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself into the life of an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Kristen Stewart  •  James Gandolfini  •  Melissa Leo  •  Joe Chrest

Higher Ground (2011)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World, the film tells the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vera Farmiga
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Donna Murphy  •  Dagmara Domińczyk  •  John Hawkes

Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World, the film tells the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vera Farmiga
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Donna Murphy  •  Dagmara Domińczyk  •  John Hawkes

1985 (2018)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yen Tan
CAST:  Cory Michael Smith  •  Virginia Madsen  •  Michael Chiklis  •  Jamie Chung

Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yen Tan
CAST:  Cory Michael Smith  •  Virginia Madsen  •  Michael Chiklis  •  Jamie Chung

Nostalgia (2018)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A mosaic of stories about love and loss, exploring our relationship to the objects, artifacts, and memories that shape our lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Pellington
CAST:  Jon Hamm  •  Amber Tamblyn  •  Nick Offerman  •  Ellen Burstyn

A mosaic of stories about love and loss, exploring our relationship to the objects, artifacts, and memories that shape our lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Pellington
CAST:  Jon Hamm  •  Amber Tamblyn  •  Nick Offerman  •  Ellen Burstyn

Imperial Dreams (2014)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malik Vitthal
CAST:  John Boyega  •  Rotimi  •  Glenn Plummer  •  De'Aundre Bonds

A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malik Vitthal
CAST:  John Boyega  •  Rotimi  •  Glenn Plummer  •  De'Aundre Bonds

Cake (2014)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Barnz
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Anna Kendrick  •  William H. Macy  •  Adriana Barraza

After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Barnz
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Anna Kendrick  •  William H. Macy  •  Adriana Barraza
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