Stories of Humanity

My favorite films about compassion and kindness.

Yes, humanity is not so evil after all; genuinely good people still exist.
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1.
Schindler's List (1993)
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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.)
 
2.
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ If I were George Valentin, I'd marry Peppy Miller in a heartbeat. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
3.
Babette's Feast (1987)
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During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters. (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
 
4.
Big Fish (2003)
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A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
5.
Braveheart (1995)
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When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
6.
Children of Heaven (1997)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
7.
City Lights (1931)
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With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
8.
The Color Purple (1985)
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A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. (154 mins.)
 
9.
Crash (2004)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
 
10.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
 
11.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
12.
Gloria (1980)
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When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York. (123 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
13.
The Great Dictator (1940)
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Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Charlie's final speech really got me. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
14.
Groundhog Day (1993)
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A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
15.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. (93 mins.)
 
16.
Le Havre (2011)
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When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
17.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
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An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
18.
The Insider (1999)
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A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
19.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
20.
Joyeux Noel (2005)
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In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life. (116 mins.)
 
21.
Lassie (1994)
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The dog everyone loves now leaps into the '90s in this all-new exciting, updated version of Lassie! Determined to start a new life in the country... (94 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
22.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
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Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Gloria's male counterpart. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
23.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
24.
A Little Princess (1995)
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A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead. (97 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
25.
Marley & Me (2008)
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A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog. (115 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
 
26.
Nell (1994)
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In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
27.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
28.
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
 
29.
Rent (2005)
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This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America. (135 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
30.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
31.
Weighed But Found Wanting (1974)
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(Filipino with English subtitles) This landmark film is considered by many to be one of the most important in Philippine cinema... (126 mins.)
Director: Lino Brocka
 
32.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
33.
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
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Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town. (109 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
“ What? Those queens were kind, especially Patrick Swayze's character. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
34.
Trade (2007)
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Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother... (120 mins.)
 
35.
V for Vendetta (2005)
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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue