quiet, personal films

Quiet, personal films with good cinematography. There's a unifying factor in all these films, the way they see humanity, the visual approach. This quiet, heartwaking understanding of people. This list is the result of a lifetime of film watching, searching, discovering. I really lean toward the late 70s to early 90s. Maybe there's someone out there who likes the exact same kind of cinema as I do.
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1.
Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
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When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ. (99 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
 
2.
Paper Moon (1973)
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During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. (102 mins.)
 
3.
Alice in the Cities (1974)
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A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport. (110 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
4.
Harry and Tonto (1974)
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When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
 
5.
Days of Heaven (1978)
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A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
6.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
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An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
 
7.
The Black Stallion (1979)
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While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... (118 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
8.
Breaking Away (1979)
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A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
9.
My Brilliant Career (1979)
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Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier... (100 mins.)
 
10.
Threshold (1981)
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The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart... (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
 
11.
The Dead Zone (1983)
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A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability. (103 mins.)
 
12.
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
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A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species. (105 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
13.
Silkwood (1983)
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The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
14.
Tender Mercies (1983)
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A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together. (92 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
15.
Testament (1983)
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The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynne Littman
 
16.
Country (1984)
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Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus... (105 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
 
17.
Paris, Texas (1984)
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Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family. (147 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
18.
Places in the Heart (1984)
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In the Deep South in the 1930s, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
19.
The Stone Boy (1984)
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A Midwestern farm family faces major emotional adjustment after a tragedy results in the death of an older brother. (91 mins.)
 
20.
Vigil (1984)
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A lonely girl living on an isolated, mist-cloaked farm is confronted with the changes wrought by a stranger that arrives. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
21.
The Quiet Earth (1985)
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A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda. (91 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Murphy
 
22.
84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
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True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship. (100 mins.)
Director: David Jones
 
23.
Ironweed (1987)
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An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, NY after returning there for the first time in decades. (143 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
24.
Matewan (1987)
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A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
25.
High Tide (1987)
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Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour... (101 mins.)
 
26.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
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An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
27.
Signs of Life (1989)
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A touching story of life in rural Maine, and the changes brought about by the closing of a town's small boat-building company -- on which many of the residents depended upon for a living. (90 mins.)
 
28.
An Unremarkable Life (1989)
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(92 mins.)
 
29.
The Long Walk Home (1990)
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Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King. (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
 
30.
Rising Son (1990 TV Movie)
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A factory foreman with 36 years experience becomes despondent after being laid off by his company which... (92 mins.)
 
31.
The Inner Circle (1991)
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The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death... (137 mins.)
 
32.
Passion Fish (1992)
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May-Alice Culhane was a successful soap opera star, but a car accident has left her bound to a wheelchair... (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
33.
On My Own (1991)
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Simon Henderson is at boarding school in Canada while his father works in Hong Kong, and his mother lives in England... (92 mins.)
Director: Antonio Tibaldi
 
34.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
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A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer. (134 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
35.
The Secret Garden (1993)
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A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's estate... (101 mins.)
 
36.
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
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A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana. (107 mins.)
Director: Anthony Drazan
 
37.
A Place for Annie (1994 TV Movie)
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A doctor fights for custody of her HIV positive foster daughter with her inept, junkie mother. Finally they come to an agreement that they should all live together. (99 mins.)
Director: John Gray
 
38.
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland... (103 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
39.
Dead Man (1995)
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On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world. (121 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
40.
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
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A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid. (132 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
41.
Margaret's Museum (1995)
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Margaret MacNiel, a girl living in a Cape Breton coal mining town, finds her life changing when she meets Neil Currie, a cheerful bagpipe-playing dishwasher. Unfortunately, neither of them are able to escape the industry around them. (114 mins.)
Director: Mort Ransen
 
42.
A Family Thing (1996)
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Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents... (109 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
 
43.
Fly Away Home (1996)
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A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. (107 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
44.
Eve's Bayou (1997)
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The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz... (109 mins.)
Director: Kasi Lemmons
 
45.
New Waterford Girl (1999)
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A gifted teenager, dreaming of life beyond her small town, becomes inspired when a 15-year-old girl from New York moves in next door. (97 mins.)
Director: Allan Moyle
 
46.
The Straight Story (1999)
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An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. (112 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
47.
Wit (2001 TV Movie)
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A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. (99 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
48.
In America (2002)
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A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
49.
Off the Map (2003)
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An 11-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries and comes to terms with love and loss. (105 mins.)
Director: Campbell Scott
 
50.
The Snow Walker (2003)
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A pilot and his passenger struggle for survival after crashing in the Arctic tundra. (103 mins.)
 
51.
Old Joy (2006)
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Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains. (76 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
52.
The Necessities of Life (2008)
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In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City... (102 mins.)
Director: Benoît Pilon
 
53.
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
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Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart. (80 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
54.
Winter's Bone (2010)
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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik