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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

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 Hanging Garden (1997)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family's home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thom Fitzgerald
CAST:  Ian Parsons  •  Peter MacNeill  •  Chris Leavins  •  Kerry Fox

William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family's home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thom Fitzgerald
CAST:  Ian Parsons  •  Peter MacNeill  •  Chris Leavins  •  Kerry Fox

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

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

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

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

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

The Shipping News (2001)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Julianne Moore  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Judi Dench

An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Julianne Moore  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Judi Dench

Take Me to the River (2015)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A naive California teen plans to remain above the fray at his Nebraskan family reunion, but a strange encounter places him at the center of a long-buried family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Sobel
CAST:  Logan Miller  •  Robin Weigert  •  Josh Hamilton  •  Richard Schiff

A naive California teen plans to remain above the fray at his Nebraskan family reunion, but a strange encounter places him at the center of a long-buried family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Sobel
CAST:  Logan Miller  •  Robin Weigert  •  Josh Hamilton  •  Richard Schiff

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

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

DepressingDisturbingTragicEmotional

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry George
CAST:  Don Cheadle  •  Nick Nolte  •  Sophie Okonedo  •  Joaquin Phoenix

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry George
CAST:  Don Cheadle  •  Nick Nolte  •  Sophie Okonedo  •  Joaquin Phoenix

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

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

Sulphur and White (2020)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

David is a successful city trader in London who is relentlessly focused on work. Beneath the confident facade, he is trapped by memories of the past and hostile to anyone who dares to help. Flashbacks reveal a childhood in South Africa at the mercy of an inadequate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Jarrold
CAST:  Mark Stanley  •  Anna Friel  •  Dougray Scott  •  Emily Beecham

David is a successful city trader in London who is relentlessly focused on work. Beneath the confident facade, he is trapped by memories of the past and hostile to anyone who dares to help. Flashbacks reveal a childhood in South Africa at the mercy of an inadequate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Jarrold
CAST:  Mark Stanley  •  Anna Friel  •  Dougray Scott  •  Emily Beecham

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

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
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