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Any good and meaningful movies to recommend?

Asked by mea05key (1812points) December 5th, 2008

I love thrillers, romantic comedy, adventure, sci-fic, or epics
Please leave some suggestions. Thank you.

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oasis's avatar

Midnight Express

flameboi's avatar

boiler room
the beach
face off
trainspottin (uk)
requiem for a dream
28 days (mexican production)(28 dias)
9 queens (argentinean production) (9 reinas)
my brother’s woman (mexican production) (la mujer de mi hermano)
Layer Cake (uk)

rawpixels's avatar


My favorite movie of all time

forestGeek's avatar

Das Experiment and Memento are two of my favorite thrillers.

Oh Brother where art Thou is always a fun one too.

seVen's avatar

Saint John the Evangelist Apocalypse

oasis's avatar

What About The Shawshank Redemption

TheKitchenSink's avatar

What Dreams May Come

RandomMrdan's avatar

Donnie Darko, Vanilla Sky, Amadeus

omph's avatar

What oasis said. The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies ever.

Jeruba's avatar

Good and meaningful. Well, Fellini’s La Strada, with Anthony Quinn and Giulietta Masina, is on my top-ten list of all-time greats. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is not, but it is one I can see over and over and still enjoy the way a little kid enjoys hearing a favorite book read aloud. The Man Who Would Be King, with Michael Caine and Sean Connery, based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling, is a thumping good adventure yarn that offers a clear moral without preaching, and it too has plenty of staying power.

flameboi's avatar

I forgot Point break!

oasis's avatar

SCAR FACE !!!!!It’s a classic

PupnTaco's avatar

Meaningful? “The Straight Story” works for me.

steelmarket's avatar

For great character studies, get The Prestige, Amadeus, Citizen Kane, Apocalypse Now, The Graduate, The Searchers, Blade Runner, Its a Wonderful Life, Schindler’s List, Casablanca, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, 8–1/2, Lord of the Rings, His Girl Friday, Vertigo

asmonet's avatar

Leon (The Professional) You can watch it on right now!
Big Fish

And because they are two of my favorite movies of all time…
Schindler’s List
It’s A Beautiful Life

Sad, but amazing. :)

And P.S. The Prestige sucks…hard.

acebamboo77's avatar

Garden State, The United States of Leland, Fireflies in the Garden, Emelie (french independent film, AMAZING!) Dance me Outside (Canadian Independant Film about first nations people, great movie, very entertaining) and BIG FISH!!!!
Thats all I can think of off the top of my head.

asmonet's avatar

@lacer: Did you mean Amelie?

oasis's avatar

Meet the Parents

JoeyDesignsStuff's avatar

Romantic Comedy/Adventure: Wristcutters
Thriller: Sleuth, Zodiac

oasis's avatar

The Life Of Brian

queenzboulevard's avatar

No Country for Old Men
Burn After Reading if you want something deep with something funny.
I second Requiem for a Dream.
Things We Left in the Fire (maybe)

acebamboo77's avatar

@Asmonet, i did indeed mean Amelie, Thanks for the correction!

Bluefreedom's avatar

To Kill A Mockingbird
The Green Mile
The Color Purple
Running On Empty

TheKitchenSink's avatar

@asmonet: How could I forget The Professional? I freaking LURVE that movie.

boffin's avatar

good and meaningful movies to recommend.….
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein
Paint Your Wagon

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Defending Your Life—albert brooks, meryl streep

augustlan's avatar

@Oasis: The movie (Midnight Express) is good, but the book is even better! My friend’s father was the co-author (read: ghost writer) of the book (William Hoffer), and there is quite a bit in the book that is different than Oliver Stone’s movie.

Some of my favorite meaningful films:
It’s a Wonderful Life
12 Angry Men
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pay it Forward

JohnRobert's avatar

August Rush
Snatch (similar to Pulp Fiction)
Peacefull Warrior

shadling21's avatar

I’m a fan of steelmarket’s list. =D

I argue that meaning can be found in every movie, and that “meaningful” isn’t a great term to ask after. For example, the movie In Good Company once created a great number of personal realizations within my mind, but I know that not everyone will have the same reaction to it (to some people, that movie was just a bad comedy).

Basically, what are you looking to get out of a movie, mea05key? If you’re looking for a movie that can depress and mystify you, try The Virgin Suicides. If you want to be challenged to decode an ambiguous film, check out the works of David Lynch. If you want to pay attention to human interactions and hear some interesting conversation, the works of Richard Linklater might be for you. If you find that you need a balance of drama and comedy to sustain your attention, try The Squid and the Whale.

I can go on, but I’m wondering if there is any certain “meaning” that you’re looking for. Movies can help fill holes in knowledge and experience… What do you want to experience today?

augustlan's avatar

I want to add Dogma to my list.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Rocky Horror Picture Show, Requiem for a Dream, Donnie Darko, The Breakfast Club, A Clockwork Orange, Fight Club, Brick, The Graduate, Identity, Mallrats, Spice World, Amelie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pulp Fiction, The History Boys, Pretty In Pink, American Gangster, Lars and the Real Girl, Empire Records, Sixteen Candles, Girl Interrupted, I Heart Huckabees, Full Metal Jacket, Center Stage, Camp, Edward Scissorhands, Stranger than Fiction, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Waking the Dead, The Game, Reefer Madness, Cyrano de Bergerac, Cabaret, The Royal Tennenbaums, The Rules of Attraction, Moulin Rouge, Shakespeare In Love, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Gattaca, Kung Pow, Kissing Jessica Stein, 10 Things I Hate About You, High Fidelity, Bad Girls, Riding in Cars with Boys, The Station Agent, Big Fish, Stakeout, This Is Spinal Tap, Best In Show, Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind, Memento, Save the Last Dance, Sideways, The Hours, Say Anything, Blues Brothers, The Commitments, Carrie, O Brother Where Art Thou, Bon Voyage, Office Space, Moonstruck, A League of their Own, Mean Girls, The Jerk, Reservoir Dogs, Airplane!, Animal House, Clerks, Heathers, The Usual Suspects, Clue, The Princess Bride, The Goonies, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Benny and Joon, The Shining, The Good Girl, Brokeback Mountain, Wicker Park, Coffee and Cigarettes, Saved!, Dogma, Hard Candy, Juno, Annie Hall, Citizen Kane, Knocked Up, Accepted, Waiting, Kill Bill, Lie with Me, Reality Bites, The Sandlot, Black Snake Moan, American Beauty, Conversations with Other Women, Gone with the Wind, Trainspotting, Waking Life

i just used this same list for another question…

shrubbery's avatar

I second Amelie, The Green Mile, Pulp Fiction, Donnie Darko, Stranger than Fiction, Big Fish, Memento, and American Beauty, and want to add Little Miss Sunshine.

Jeruba's avatar

@TitsMcGhee, which Cyrano? which Moulin Rouge? (I pick Jose Ferrer’s on both counts.)

Gilbert Grape…never was there a movie more about eating, from the title right on out, don’t you agree? Fascinating.

augustlan's avatar

Gilbert Grape was so good…I cried my head off. It also made me think of Sam I Am (which also made me cry).

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@Jeruba: The Cyrano with Gerard Depardieu and the Baz Luhrman Moulin Rouge, and not to be contrary, I promise. And yes, Gilbert was quite like that, but it was definitely an amazing look at the human condition on a whole.

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