Movies and TV episodes, that will move you.

by Rod Bleskow | created - 27 Apr 2012 | updated - 06 May 2012 | Public

This is my listing of Movies and Television Shows, that were compelling, and left me with a strong impression, and/or something to really think about. Mostly bitter-sweet life-lessons can be learned from these.

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1. To Sir, with Love (1967)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

7.7
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Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall

Votes: 13,062 | Gross: $42.43M

2. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 156,520

A Fantastic "edge-of-your-seat" Suspense/Thriller/Drama, with great acting, great writing, and a tense environment throughout every episode. The whole series, was like a speeding train, with no brakes! I can't think of any single episode I didn't like... 10/10!

3. 24 (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.5
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Former federal agent Jack Bauer confronts African dictator Benjamin Juma, whose forces have been ordered to capture the children Bauer oversees for malicious military training.

Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Cherry Jones, Bob Gunton, Colm Feore

Votes: 24,304

This Movie, is actually the 2-hour prequel to season 6. (Don't watch season 6, until you've seen this).

4. Silent Running (1972)

GP | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.7
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In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 22,762

5. All in the Family (1971–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 11,598

RECOMMENDED EPISODES: > Season 8, Episodes 4,5: Edith's 50th Birthday (2-parter) > Season 8, Episode 24: The Stivics Go West

(...will be adding a few more soon...)

6. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.4
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The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 42,318

RECOMMENDED EPISODES: (will be adding my favorite episodes soon) > > >

7. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
Episode: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983)

TV-PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.3
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In the closing days of the Korean War, the staff of the 4077 M*A*S*H Unit find themselves facing irrevocable changes in their lives.

Director: Alan Alda | Stars: Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit

Votes: 2,791

8. An American Christmas Carol (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.9
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In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Henry Winkler, David Wayne, Chris Wiggins, R.H. Thomson

Votes: 868

9. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.6
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Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 75,528

RECOMMENDED EPISODES: > Season 5, Episode 02: Darmok > Season 3, Episode 26: The Best of Both Worlds (1) > Season 4, Episode 01: The Best of Both Worlds (2) > Season 4, Episode 22: Half a Life > Season 5, Episode 25: The Inner Light > Season 7, Episode 15: Lower Decks > Season 7, Episodes 25,26: All Good Things... (1)(2)

(...will be adding a few more soon...)

10. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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42 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 316,264 | Gross: $59.74M

If you've never seen what the predator looks like, this movie is an EXCELLENT suspense/thriller.

11. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 145,275 | Gross: $40.90M

12. St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

7.9
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The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.

Stars: Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel, David Morse

Votes: 2,736

RECOMMENDED EPISODES: (will be adding my favorite episodes soon) > > >

13. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 616,730 | Gross: $148.10M

14. World War III (1982 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by Col. Jake... See full summary »

Directors: David Greene, Boris Sagal | Stars: David Soul, Brian Keith, Cathy Lee Crosby, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 516

15. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 49,877 | Gross: $20.77M

16. Blow Out (1981)

R | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 32,211 | Gross: $13.75M

17. On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | 109 min | Drama

7.7
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon

Votes: 23,288 | Gross: $119.29M

18. The Loneliest Runner (1976 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama, Sport

7.3
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A fourteen year old bed wetter runs home from school every day to retrieve the wet sheet his mother has hung from his bedroom window to punish him. He races to get there before any of his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Landon | Stars: Lance Kerwin, Brian Keith, DeAnn Mears, Melissa Sue Anderson

Votes: 300

19. Snow Cake (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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54 Metascore

A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Hampshire

Votes: 11,367 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Gigot (1962)

104 min | Comedy

7.3
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Jackie Gleason plays a mute janitor who befriends Nicole, the little daughter of a prostitute.

Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Katherine Kath, Gabrielle Dorziat, Jean Lefebvre

Votes: 955

21. Kids (1995)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama

7.0
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A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloë Sevigny, Sarah Henderson

Votes: 63,632 | Gross: $7.42M

WARNING - Docu-Drama, 18+