Top 10 Raw and Gritty Films

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1.
Pixote (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc (128 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
2.
The Son (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets. (99 mins.)
 
3.
Ballast (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A drama set in the Mississippi delta, where one man's suicide affects three people's lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Lance Hammer
 
4.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
5.
Gummo (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. (89 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
6.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. (140 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
7.
L'enfant (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son. (95 mins.)
 
8.
Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A portrait of the effects of schizophrenia on family life is the central focus. (94 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
9.
La Promesse (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders. (90 mins.)
 
10.
L'Enfance Nue (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An anguished foster child takes to mischief and lies as his foster parents do their best to love and care for him. But it might be too little, too late in this emotionally devastating portrayal of the orphaned child. (83 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat