Endearing Movies

Pleasant, beautifully crafted, and generally touching.
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1.
Kikujiro (1999)
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A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way. (121 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
2.
The Way Home (2002)
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Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work... (80 mins.)
Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
 
3.
Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
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A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local. (106 mins.)
Director: Liev Schreiber
 
4.
Valentin (2002)
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An 8-year-old boy, raised by his grandmother, is surrounded by problems in his family he finds only himself capable of solving. (86 mins.)
 
5.
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
 
6.
Duck Season (2004)
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Flama and Moko are fourteen years old; they have been best friends since they were kids. They have everything... (90 mins.)
 
7.
Shopgirl (2005)
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A film adaptation of Steve Martin's novel about a complex love triangle between a bored salesgirl, a wealthy businessman and an aimless young man. (106 mins.)
Director: Anand Tucker
 
8.
Electric Shadows (2004)
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For no apparent reason, a mute young woman assaults a youth who delivers water on his bicycle, injuring him and ruining his bike... (93 mins.)
Director: Jiang Xiao
 
9.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
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In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
10.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
 
11.
Juno (2007)
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Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
12.
Mal de amores (1993)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Carles Balagué
 
13.
Auntie Danielle (1990)
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Auntie Danielle, supposedly in ailing health but in reality just a nasty old bitch, lives with a paid housekeeper who she regularly abuses... (112 mins.)
 
14.
Ushpizin (2004)
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An Orthodox Jewish couple's faith is tested after praying to the Lord for a child on the Succoth holiday. (90 mins.)
Director: Giddi Dar
 
15.
Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)
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Schultze is an accordion player and newly without work. When the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary, his taste of music changes unexpectedly. (114 mins.)
Director: Michael Schorr
 
16.
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. (109 mins.)
Director: Steven Zaillian
 
17.
The Girl in the Café (2005 TV Movie)
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Lawrence, an aging, lonely civil servant falls for Gina, an enigmatic young woman. When he takes her to the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, however, their bond is tested by Lawrence's professional obligations. (94 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
18.
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
19.
Rushmore (1998)
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The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation. (93 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
20.
Lost in Translation (2003)
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A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
21.
The Razor's Edge (1984)
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He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge. (128 mins.)
Director: John Byrum
 
22.
1981 (2009)
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Filmmaker Ricardo Trogi recalls the events surrounding his family moving to a new neighborhood when he was 11-years-old. (102 mins.)
Director: Ricardo Trogi
 
23.
Vizontele (2001)
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The film is about the introduction of television to a small village in southeast Anatolia in 1974. Employing a tragicomic language... (110 mins.)
 
24.
The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005)
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The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the Mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents... (93 mins.)
 
25.
Departures (2008)
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A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
26.
The Butterfly (2002)
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The plot summary says that the old man seeks a particular butterfly because of the request of his brother. Having just seen the movie, two of us are certain that it was his son, not his brother. (85 mins.)
Director: Philippe Muyl
 
27.
Shower (1999)
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Shenzhen businessman, Da Ming, goes home to Beijing when he thinks his father has died. He finds his... (92 mins.)
Director: Yang Zhang
 
28.
My Sassy Girl (2001)
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Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend... (123 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
 
29.
A Moment to Remember (2004)
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A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. (117 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
 
30.
The Lunchbox (2013)
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A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. (104 mins.)
Director: Ritesh Batra