My favorite good movies, mostly feel good and rare treats.

Yeah OK I do like off beat movies, true stories, kid does well movies, like Blind Side or even Akeelah and the Bee. I do tend to watch good thrillers esp psychological ones, like say Diabolique, the french one not the american remake. So I have shared my list with some close friends and many have just loved them and/or found them 'interesting'. I normally just rent or even borrow from library...but many of this list I have bought because I share them with new friends. A couple are only on VHS or I have to search out and rent from Scarecrow Video with big deposit due to out a print. I am sure a lot of you will say I am too touchy feely..well I guess go back to your Charles Bronson stuff. I did of course love Deja Vu with Denzel Washington. Have fun. perhaps one gets feedback with these lists or perhaps no one at all will read it? Whatever I may not have much time to review or comment so pretty simple list...if you like one you prob will like others I have noted.
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1.
Vitus (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The film tells the story of a highly-gifted boy whose parents have demanding and ambitious plans for him - they want him to become a pianist... (100 mins.)
Director: Fredi M. Murer
“ a rare beauty. foreign unusual off beat and some interesting triva with the accomplished actors and director from Hungry or somewhere like that. Kid is great. ” - Borg222
 
2.
Dominick and Eugene (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together... (111 mins.)
Director: Robert M. Young
“ twins or brothers ,, a risky movie to make bc no sex or much action but really really good and powerful. I saw the promo night with Tom Hulse speaking and director., producer. Pretty psych. ” - Borg222
 
3.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. (112 mins.)
Director: Doug Atchison
“ wonderful movie, thank you Starbucks. Not hugely commercial but SO What. Some real characters. Spelling Bee theme. ” - Borg222
 
4.
Storm Boy (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Storm Boy is a rambunctious Australian youth, living along the coastline with his freewheeling father. At the behest of an aging aborigine, Storm Boy takes care of an uncared-for nest of pelicans. (88 mins.)
Director: Henri Safran
“ I have this somewhere on tape. Great unusual story. Austrailian. A precious movie experience if you like rare simple wonder.
Birds involved ...sort like Fly Away Home or whatever the Whooping Crane trueish story is ” - Borg222
 
5.
Martian Child (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars. (106 mins.)
Director: Menno Meyjes
“ sweet wonderful story. with a kid, yeah a different kid.
fun to watch the kid actors interaction with big movie business and how his dad helped ..whatever. I bought this one and watch to feel good. Can you say food fight? ” - Borg222
 
6.
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ some true story elements and just great story, some hard parenting stuff but just wonderful all around. Sorry again no sex or violence. Just drama and awe. Hmmm Shock and Awe? Wonder and Awe? ” - Borg222
 
7.
Malcolm (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank... (90 mins.)
Director: Nadia Tass
“ again a funny poignant movie from Australian I think..bit odd about an odd guy..hey maybe that is why I like it/him. Good kid movie if fun kid?
Hard to find probably. ” - Borg222
 
8.
Horizon (1964 TV Series)
Episode: Life Story (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Watson and Crick race to find the structure of DNA before Linus Pauling, Maurice Wilkins, or Rosalind... (50 mins.)
“ I am not sure which one imdb found to list here. the copy I have is recorded from A&E 20 yrs ago. With wild Jeff Goldblum.
Of course a true story reinactment and just wonderful and Rare. DNA and science with mavericks . Great ” - Borg222
 
9.
Jack the Bear (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Danny De Vito is a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys... (99 mins.)
“ not too sure why I like this, Not That great. but sweet story and Danny Davito is great and weird. Some touching elements. Hard to find, pretty old. ” - Borg222
 
10.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ One of my favorites I have watched 20 some times. Good music and actual quite primally romantic. Good Date movie for the right persons.
Tales of somewhat simpler times. When did they eat? ” - Borg222
 
11.
Music of the Heart (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids. (124 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ True story and True storys are best. Really Really well done and real people participate and support. Kids play music. Well done I thought and one can get a copy of the documentary , which is good too. ” - Borg222
 
12.
Finding Forrester (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author. (136 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ One of my more favorites. feels like some true story elements but prob not? Way different role or character for Sean Connery. Great new actor kid..ok maybe he has had other roles? Whatever. Some fun, pathos and Wonder & Awe. ” - Borg222
 
13.
Radio (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing. (109 mins.)
Director: Michael Tollin
“ wonderful story from True stuff all the way. Even some great doc on making of...just great. Personal story, true story, Ed Harris great and Cuba ver special. I bought this one and have shared it many times. As usual not any sex and only sports violence. If you do not like this one at all, you'll prob just skip my list. ” - Borg222
 
14.
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc. (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ YOu have really missed something if you have not experienced Jaque Tati. Give it a try ,, prob hard to find, in French mostly although mostly visual experience./ This one, Les Vacance whatever is the more well known one..Gad I hope it is not dubbed or somepin ” - Borg222
 
15.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
“ hope this one is the French one with Simone Sennoray? The american remake is fun cuz set in San Juan Islands..[i live seattle]
The french version is pretty darn scary. ” - Borg222
 
16.
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. (94 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ Do NOT miss the "how made" doc bonus. Just amazing, just about as important as the movie itself. Really. ” - Borg222
 
17.
Diva (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller. (117 mins.)
“ finally got at library. trying to buy a copy but most that you can get are crummy DVD copies.... Opera with twist and butter. ” - Borg222
 
18.
Wallander (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Innan frosten (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Tracking a sadistic killer, detective Kurt Wallander follows a string of incidents -- attacks on domestic animals, ritualistic murders of humans -- with help from his daughter, Linda, a new member of the Ystad police force. (90 mins.)
“ 26 of the swedish ones, which are great.
6 or so of BBC ones, ok also
6 I think older swedish ones which I found one at Library or maybe amazon instant. ? anyway you can get region 2 dvd over there... ” - Borg222
 
19.
Foyle's War (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Later series sees the retired detective working as an MI5 agent operating in the aftermath of the war. (90 mins.)
“ exquisitely done. even the bit players are complicated and full. Lots of episodes to see again and again. kinda like UP/Down and DT AB ” - Borg222
 
20.
Orphans (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The two brothers Treat and Philip lived alone since they were kids. Interdependent they dwell in a loft house and live on little thefts, until an aging minor criminal moves in with them and takes over the role of a father. (115 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
21.
Finding Forrester (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author. (136 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
22.
Beyond Silence (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents... (109 mins.)
Director: Caroline Link
 
23.
Win Win (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
24.
The Best Offer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert... (131 mins.)