Required Viewing: Cerebral/Emotional

These in my opinion, are absolutely the best cerebral/emotional based films that I've seen. I find no way to accurately or fairly rank these so they will be listed alphabetically.
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1.
$9.99 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Sydney apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives. (78 mins.)
Director: Tatia Rosenthal
 
2.
21 Grams (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
 
3.
25th Hour (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
4.
A Better Place (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A high school outcast new to town becomes friends with a violent loner still haunted by the death of his parents. (87 mins.)
Director: Vincent Pereira
 
5.
After.Life (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young woman caught between life and death... and a funeral director who appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead, but might just be intent on burying her alive. (104 mins.)
 
6.
Afterschool (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls. (107 mins.)
Director: Antonio Campos
 
7.
Animal Room (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Cynical and intelligent Arnold Mosk, a known drug user, is put into a disciplinary program at his high school meant for the seriously disturbed where he becomes the main target of the psychopathic Doug Van Housen and his gang. (98 mins.)
Director: Craig Singer
 
8.
Autopilot (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The haunting story of a man released from a mental institution 16 years after accidentally being responsible for the death of his mother. (110 mins.)
Director: Alex Knudsen
 
9.
Bad Boys (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing Paco Moreno's kid brother. (123 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
 
10.
Brick (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (110 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
11.
Brokedown Palace (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
12.
Brotherhood (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Adam Buckley finds himself in the middle of a convenience store robbery during his last night as a pledge for a college fraternity... (76 mins.)
Director: Will Canon
 
13.
Bully (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much. (115 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
14.
Chasing Amy (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay. (113 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
15.
Control (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A sociopath on death row is given a chance to live if he agrees to take part in a chemical behavioral modification program. (101 mins.)
Director: Tim Hunter
 
16.
Death Sentence (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family. (105 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
17.
Dog Pound (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three juvenile delinquents are sentenced to a correctional facility where they encounter gang violence, death, and harassment from staff and other inmates. (91 mins.)
Director: Kim Chapiron
 
18.
Ecstasy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
A single church-going mother desperately tries to save her two daughters from walking down the same dark path she was once on; and a young woman fights against addiction to a mysterious party drug. (96 mins.)
 
19.
Felon (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system. (104 mins.)
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
 
20.
Garden State (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
 
21.
Happiness Runs (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A young man named Victor realizes the shortcomings of the Utopian ideals on the hippie commune where he was raised... (88 mins.)
Director: Adam Sherman
 
22.
Hate Crime (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Robbie Levinson and Trey McCoy suddenly encounter intolerance and hostility at the hands of their new neighbor... (103 mins.)
Director: Tommy Stovall
 
23.
Home Room (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A high school shooting has repercussions on the town and students. (133 mins.)
Director: Paul F. Ryan
 
24.
L.I.E. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A 15-year-old Long Island boy loses everything and everyone he knows, soon becoming involved in a relationship with a much older man. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Cuesta
 
25.
Less Than Zero (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit. (98 mins.)
Director: Marek Kanievska
 
26.
Life as a House (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (125 mins.)
Director: Irwin Winkler
 
27.
Manic (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution... (100 mins.)
Director: Jordan Melamed
 
28.
On the Edge (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
 
29.
Prozac Nation (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young woman struggles with depression during her first year at Harvard. (95 mins.)
 
30.
Quality of Life (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Meet Michael "Heir" Rosario, the most prolific and talented graffiti writer from the Mission District in San Francisco... (85 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Morgan
 
31.
Revolver (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences. (111 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
32.
Session 9 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
33.
Seven Pounds (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. (123 mins.)
“ I severely underestimated the power of this film when taking a new female out on a date to see this at the theater. I don't want to ever meet any person who didn't walk away from this without being moved. ” - grant-tom
 
34.
SLC Punk! (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City. (97 mins.)
Director: James Merendino
 
35.
Something Is Killing Tate (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Days before his birthday and weeks before his wedding, Tate Bradley, a twenty-five year old, African-American man attempts to commit suicide... (78 mins.)
Director: Leon Lozano
 
36.
Spiral (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A reclusive telemarketer has only one semblance of a friend: His telecommuter boss. But the telemarketer's... (90 mins.)
 
37.
Stay (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
This movie focuses on the attempts of a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality. (99 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
38.
Stoic (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A heated game of poker causes three men incarcerated for nonviolent offenses to brutalize their cellmate before taking drastic measures in order to cover up their crime. (91 mins.)
Director: Uwe Boll
 
39.
Stone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A convicted arsonist looks to manipulate a parole officer into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife in the lawman's path. (105 mins.)
Director: John Curran
 
40.
SubUrbia (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of suburban teenagers try to support each other through the difficult task of becoming adults. (121 mins.)
 
41.
Swedish Auto (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
SWEDISH AUTO is the dramatic story of a small-town mechanic who voyeuristically observes life from the shadows... (97 mins.)
Director: Derek Sieg
 
42.
Tape (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Three old high school friends pass the time in a Michigan motel room dissecting the painful memories of their high school years. (86 mins.)
 
43.
The Air I Breathe (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Jieho Lee
 
44.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction. (102 mins.)
Director: Scott Kalvert
 
45.
The Experiment (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control. (96 mins.)
 
46.
The Lazarus Project (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A former criminal is drawn into a criminal endeavor and subsequently finds himself living an inexplicable new life working at a psychiatric facility. (100 mins.)
 
47.
The Machinist (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
48.
The Nines (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways. (100 mins.)
Director: John August
 
49.
The Safety of Objects (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther... (121 mins.)
Director: Rose Troche
 
50.
The Sunset Limited (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs. (91 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
 
51.
The Vicious Kind (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process. (92 mins.)
 
52.
Thirteen (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. (100 mins.)
 
53.
Twelve (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime. (93 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
54.
12 and Holding (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Cuesta
 
55.
Two Days (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Paul Miller, a self-described "failed actor," sets out for his final act and his ultimate role: the... (87 mins.)
Director: Sean McGinly
 
56.
Vulgar (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A man who performs as a children's birthday party clown tries to piece his life back together after being gang-raped. (87 mins.)
Director: Bryan Johnson
 
57.
What Doesn't Kill You (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship. (100 mins.)
Director: Brian Goodman
 
58.
What Dreams May Come (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife. (113 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
59.
Last Days Here (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back. (91 mins.)