Necessary True Life Film Dramas for Humanity

by Breumaster | created - 04 May 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Everybody knows about the big empathic blockbusters like 'Schindlers List' or 'A Beautiful Mind'. In which of these movies that are also humanitarian are you most interested in? (If you have seen all of them, please vote for the one you think it is the best.) Discuss here.

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1. Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham

Votes: 89,826 | Gross: $37.71M

A reporter helps an old woman searching for her son decades later after they were seperated by a state-run facility days after birth

2. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

G | 93 min | Drama, Family

A college professor bonds with an abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer

Votes: 229,469

The life of a man and his dog and the dog's everlasting love to the man

3. Race (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

56 Metascore

Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton

Votes: 31,717 | Gross: $19.10M

Jesse Owens, a black athlete, overcomes repressing fears, bureaucratic & social hurdles at the German Olympics in Berlin 1936

4. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

Director: Marc Rothemund | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf

Votes: 25,245 | Gross: $0.68M

The last days of the most known German antifascist underground organization 'Die Weisse Rose', which was brought down in an unfair lawsuit

5. Desert Flower (2009)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

Waris Dirie, born 1965 in Somalia, flees at 13 when sold as 4th wife. She's maid at the Somalian embassy in London, then McDonald's, where she's discovered and becomes int'l top model. 1997, she speaks up against female genital mutilation.

Director: Sherry Hormann | Stars: Soraya Omar-Scego, Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh, Awa Saïd Darar, Roun Daher Aïnan

Votes: 11,464 | Gross: $0.04M

An African refugee who grew up to become a world-famous model, and used her fame to fight the scourge of female circumcision

6. The Ninth Day (2004)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Thriller, War

67 Metascore

A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Hilmar Thate, Bibiana Beglau

Votes: 1,663 | Gross: $0.07M

A priest searches the right way through the rapids of temptation in a repressive and totalitarian Europe. A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary

7. Mountain Patrol (2004)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama

77 Metascore

A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: Duobujie, Lei Zhang, Liang Qi, Xueying Zhao

Votes: 4,464 | Gross: $0.14M

A team of Tibetan volunteers work to protect rare mountain antelopes from poachers

8. An American Crime (2007)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Ellen Page, Hayley McFarland, Nick Searcy, Romy Rosemont

Votes: 30,437

Two teenage girls being abused and held captive by a mentally ill woman.This movie is about showing the way it was

9. In the Fade (2017)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Numan Acar, Adam Bousdoukos, Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto

Votes: 23,649 | Gross: $0.32M

A German woman who, after her husband and son are killed by neo-nazis, tries to fight for justice

10. This Boy's Life (1993)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

The story about the relationship between a rebellious 1950s teenager and his abusive stepfather, based on the memoirs of writer and literature Professor Tobias Wolff.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin, Jonah Blechman

Votes: 43,390 | Gross: $4.10M

A young boy fights to free himself from his brutal stepfather while facing troubles

11. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Votes: 62,307 | Gross: $14.74M

A disabled writer and painter who can only use his left foot, makes his art come to life. Christy Brown is as well known for his poetry as he is for his art

12. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 29,568 | Gross: $0.44M

A prison officer in a Danish war camp has to guard some teenage POWs, while the will of the young men beginns to crumble

13. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 88,216 | Gross: $11.53M

A transgender man tries to live his life normaly in a hostile environment. His environment soon turns worse

14. Conviction (II) (2010)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Tony Goldwyn | Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Thomas D. Mahard

Votes: 40,244 | Gross: $6.78M

Family ties between a sister and her unjustly imprisoned brother motivates her to study law for liberating him

15. Fruitvale Station (2013)

R | 85 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

Votes: 69,266 | Gross: $16.10M

The movies tells how a young, black father is tragically murdered because of racism

16. The Straight Story (1999)

G | 112 min | Biography, Drama

86 Metascore

An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter

Votes: 75,800 | Gross: $6.20M

An old man rides a lawnmower nearly 300 miles to make up with his ailing brother

17. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

92 Metascore

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 99,331 | Gross: $5.99M

A quadriplegic writes a book through communication by using just his eyelid - suggested by Chihir0

18. The Sessions (2012)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 40,135 | Gross: $6.00M

A true story about the need of sensual experiences for a disabled person and how it could be fulfilled

19. The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Family

81 Metascore

When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

Directors: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni | Stars: Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam

Votes: 5,827 | Gross: $1.74M

People in a small village help a camel mother to accept her new colt

20. The Great Debaters (2007)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Nate Parker

Votes: 53,696 | Gross: $30.23M

A debate coach teaches his students the worth of verbal dexterity in the fight against racism

21. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 114,199 | Gross: $52.10M

A psychatrist tries to find out a new medicine to awake catatonic patients

22. In the Name of the Father (1993)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King

Votes: 144,398 | Gross: $25.01M

An Irishman in England is wrongly imprisoned with his ailing father for decades for crimes they didn't commit

23. Bloody Sunday (2002)

R | 107 min | Drama, History, War

90 Metascore

A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Allan Gildea

Votes: 22,286 | Gross: $0.77M

The Irish civil rights protest march and the subsequent massacre by British troops on 01/30/1972 - suggested by pbn

24. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a journey across the Outback.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh, Laura Monaghan

Votes: 26,258 | Gross: $6.17M

Three abducted aboriginal half-cast children which are fenced into an camp to be trained as domestic staff try escape to the outback - suggested by pbn

25. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 533,449 | Gross: $18.35M

After abandoning all worldly possessions and ending his relationship with his family, a young recent college graduate travels the US, ending up alone in the desolate Alaskan wilderness - suggested by yrnj

26. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Votes: 317,804 | Gross: $23.53M

A hotel manager who struggled to protect innocent civilians from both sides of revolutionary war - suggested by yrnj

27. Rescue Dawn (2006)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

77 Metascore

A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Zach Grenier

Votes: 96,310 | Gross: $5.49M

The story of a military pilot who crashes and is held and tortured in a prison camp before trying to escape - suggested by yrnj

28. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 80,707 | Gross: $34.60M

Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists - suggested by yrnj

29. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 17,020 | Gross: $35.62M

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant - suggested by yrnj

30. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 48,224 | Gross: $34.70M

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians - suggested by yrnj

31. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 695,036 | Gross: $13.18M

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver - suggested by yrnj

32. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 203,934

John Merrick is an intelligent and friendly man, but he is scornt by his Victorian-era English society because of his severely deformations. When he is discovered by a doctor, he is saved from his life in a freak show and he is treated like the human being that he really is. Suggested by MAthePa



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