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Live by Night (2016)

Thought provokingViolentEmotionalTear-jerker

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Zoe Saldana  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sienna Miller

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Zoe Saldana  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sienna Miller

Now Is Good (2012)

Tear-jerkerRomanticBeautifulDramatic

A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ol Parker
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Jeremy Irvine  •  Kaya Scodelario  •  Olivia Williams

A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ol Parker
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Jeremy Irvine  •  Kaya Scodelario  •  Olivia Williams

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

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  River Phoenix  •  Keanu Reeves  •  James Russo  •  William Richert

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  River Phoenix  •  Keanu Reeves  •  James Russo  •  William Richert

The Kindness of Strangers (2019)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Clara and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice, who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lone Scherfig
CAST:  Andrea Riseborough  •  Tahar Rahim  •  Zoe Kazan  •  Bill Nighy

Clara and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice, who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lone Scherfig
CAST:  Andrea Riseborough  •  Tahar Rahim  •  Zoe Kazan  •  Bill Nighy

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

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Tear-jerkerThought provokingInspiringDark

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill

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

Love Is All You Need? (2016)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Set in a world where homosexuality is the norm, a small Indiana town is rocked to its core when Jude, the star quarterback of the local university football team, strikes up a love affair with Ryan, a sports journalism major. When the straight couple is outed, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kim Rocco Shields
CAST:  Tate Birchmore  •  Briana Evigan  •  Jacob Rodier  •  Tyler Blackburn

Set in a world where homosexuality is the norm, a small Indiana town is rocked to its core when Jude, the star quarterback of the local university football team, strikes up a love affair with Ryan, a sports journalism major. When the straight couple is outed, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kim Rocco Shields
CAST:  Tate Birchmore  •  Briana Evigan  •  Jacob Rodier  •  Tyler Blackburn

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

Sleepwalking (2008)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

When her boyfriend is arrested for marijuana possession, Joleen Reedy and her 11-year-old daughter, Tara, take refuge with Joleen's aimless brother, James. Joleen soon runs off with a truck driver, and James is unable to meet his responsibilities. After Child ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Maher
CAST:  Nick Stahl  •  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Charlize Theron  •  Woody Harrelson

When her boyfriend is arrested for marijuana possession, Joleen Reedy and her 11-year-old daughter, Tara, take refuge with Joleen's aimless brother, James. Joleen soon runs off with a truck driver, and James is unable to meet his responsibilities. After Child ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Maher
CAST:  Nick Stahl  •  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Charlize Theron  •  Woody Harrelson

A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shainee Gabel
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Gabriel Macht  •  Sonny Shroyer

A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shainee Gabel
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Gabriel Macht  •  Sonny Shroyer

As I Lay Dying (2013)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Franco
CAST:  James Franco  •  Danny McBride  •  Logan Marshall-Green  •  Ahna O'Reilly

Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Franco
CAST:  James Franco  •  Danny McBride  •  Logan Marshall-Green  •  Ahna O'Reilly

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

Sorry We Missed You (2019)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Kris Hitchen  •  Debbie Honeywood  •  Rhys Stone  •  Katie Proctor

Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Kris Hitchen  •  Debbie Honeywood  •  Rhys Stone  •  Katie Proctor

The Turin Horse (2011)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A monumental windstorm and an abused horse's refusal to work or eat signal the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Béla Tarr  •  Ágnes Hranitzky
CAST:  János Derzsi  •  Erika Bók  •  Mihály Kormos  •  Ricsi

A monumental windstorm and an abused horse's refusal to work or eat signal the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Béla Tarr  •  Ágnes Hranitzky
CAST:  János Derzsi  •  Erika Bók  •  Mihály Kormos  •  Ricsi

Life as a House (2001)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Winkler
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  Hayden Christensen  •  Jena Malone

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Winkler
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  Hayden Christensen  •  Jena Malone

X/Y (2014)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

As Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states, X/Y reveals the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone and what is at stake when that connection fades.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Piers Williams
CAST:  America Ferrera  •  Ryan Piers Williams  •  Melonie Diaz  •  Jon Paul Phillips

As Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states, X/Y reveals the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone and what is at stake when that connection fades.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Piers Williams
CAST:  America Ferrera  •  Ryan Piers Williams  •  Melonie Diaz  •  Jon Paul Phillips

All I See Is You (2017)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Blake Lively  •  Jason Clarke  •  Yvonne Strahovski  •  Danny Huston

A blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Blake Lively  •  Jason Clarke  •  Yvonne Strahovski  •  Danny Huston

Powder Blue (2009)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Timothy Linh Bui
CAST:  Jessica Biel  •  Eddie Redmayne  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Ray Liotta

On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Timothy Linh Bui
CAST:  Jessica Biel  •  Eddie Redmayne  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Ray Liotta
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