An Anti-MORAL DECAY shortlist

no bubblegum allowed... Movies that uplift, that ring true and are totally void of smut and filth...
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1.
Silk (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron. (107 mins.)
 
2.
Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Taylor family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch is due to graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children. (120 mins.)
Director: Dennis Lee
 
3.
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
4.
5 Days of War (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A drama set centered around the war between Russia and Georgia, and focused on an American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native who become caught in the crossfire. (113 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
5.
AmericanEast (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A family man (Badreya) opens an authentic Middle Eastern restaurant with his best friend, who's Jewish. (110 mins.)
Director: Hesham Issawi
 
6.
Babel (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
 
7.
Conviction (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Goldwyn
 
8.
Faith Like Potatoes (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves... (97 mins.)
 
9.
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling... (100 mins.)
Director: Jon Gunn
 
10.
Local Color (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A successful artist looks back with loving memories on the summer of his defining year, 1974. A talented... (107 mins.)
Director: George Gallo
 
11.
Paradise Now (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. (90 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
 
12.
Rob Roy (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite. (139 mins.)
 
13.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
14.
The Savages (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father. (114 mins.)
Director: Tamara Jenkins
 
15.
Winter's Bone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
16.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
17.
Off the Map (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
18.
Ondine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie. (111 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
19.
Triage (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The wife of a photojournalist sets out to discover why he came home from a recent assignment without his colleague. (99 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
 
20.
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
 
21.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
22.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
23.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant