Movies that spoke to the soul

These are the kind of movies that makes you empathetic, so get ready for the waterworks. If they don't make you cry, they will spark introspection and question where you fit in the world.

Generally though these movies are high drama and mentally/emotionally taxing that they hardly ones you watch repeatedly (with the exception of about 5 of these films.)

Noted whether they are:
*Deep thinking movies *Thinking movies
*Definite crying *possible crying movies
*Low shocking *medium *high shocking
*Funny

**In order by impact**

Enjoy, and please share which films you experienced to be an emotional rollercoaster.
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1.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ Deep thinker, possible crier, low shocker, funny ” - stephilaw618
 
2.
Apocalypto (2006)
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As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Low shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
3.
The Pianist (2002)
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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Possible crier, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
4.
Titanic (1997)
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A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Definite crier, medium shocker, funny ” - stephilaw618
 
5.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
“ Deep thinker, definite crier, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
6.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Possible crier ” - stephilaw618
 
7.
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011 Documentary)
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A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic... (161 mins.)
Director: Peter Joseph
“ Deep thinker ” - stephilaw618
 
8.
Lord of the Flies (1990)
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Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery. (90 mins.)
Director: Harry Hook
“ Thinker, possible crier, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
9.
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage. (107 mins.)
“ Definite crier, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
10.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
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Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
“ Thinker, possible crier, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
11.
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
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Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother... (114 mins.)
“ Possible crier, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
12.
Remember the Titans (2000)
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The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. (113 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
“ Thinker, possible crier, medium shocker, funny ” - stephilaw618
 
13.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
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Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
“ Thinker, possible crier, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
14.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
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The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service. (101 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
“ Definite crier, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
15.
Crash (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ Thinker, possible crier, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
16.
Pay It Forward (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. (123 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
“ Deep thinker ” - stephilaw618
 
17.
Seven Pounds (2008)
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A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. (123 mins.)
“ Possible Crier, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
18.
Imitation of Life (1934)
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Bea Pullman and her daughter Jessie have had a hard time making ends meet since Bea's husband died. Help comes in the form of Delilah Johnson... (111 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
“ Thinker, possible crier ” - stephilaw618
 
19.
The Green Mile (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Thinker, possible crier, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
20.
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.)
“ Thinker, possible crier, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
21.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
22.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ Thinker, possible crier, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
23.
Of Mice and Men (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams. (115 mins.)
Director: Gary Sinise
“ Possible crier, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
24.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ low shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
25.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher. (122 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Possible crier, low shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
26.
I Am Legend (2007)
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Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. (101 mins.)
“ Possible crier, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
27.
Atonement (2007)
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Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. (123 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Possible crier ” - stephilaw618
 
28.
Secondhand Lions (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas. (111 mins.)
Director: Tim McCanlies
“ Possible (tear of joy) crier, funny ” - stephilaw618
 
29.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
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Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Thinker, possible crier ” - stephilaw618
 
30.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
“ Thinker, possible crier, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
31.
My Fair Lady (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Funny ” - stephilaw618
 
32.
Hanna (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (111 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
33.
The Way Back (2010)
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Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India. (133 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
34.
Finding Forrester (2000)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author. (136 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Thinker ” - stephilaw618
 
35.
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ High shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
36.
Troy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved. (163 mins.)
“ Possible crier, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
37.
Men of Honor (2000)
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The story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American, then also the first amputee, U.S. Navy Diver, and the man who trained him. (129 mins.)
“ Thinker, possible crier, low shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
38.
Tarzan (1999)
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A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human. (88 mins.)
“ Possible crier, funny ” - stephilaw618
 
39.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (88 mins.)
“ Definite crier, medium shocker, funny ” - stephilaw618
 
40.
Higher Learning (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus. (127 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
“ Deep thinker, possible crier, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
41.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
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Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. (124 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Thinker, high shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
42.
Meet Joe Black (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ Thinker, funny ” - stephilaw618
 
43.
Jane Eyre (2011)
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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
“ Possible crier ” - stephilaw618
 
44.
Se7en (1995)
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Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Thinker, medium shocker ” - stephilaw618
 
45.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen? (115 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Possible crier, funny ” - stephilaw618
 
46.
The Sicilian Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The true story of 17-year-old Sicilian Rita Atria (Veronica D'Agostino) -- who broke the Sicilian Mafia's... (115 mins.)
Director: Marco Amenta
“ Thinker, possible crier, low shocker ” - stephilaw618