Spiritual Practices: Nurturing--Moviesby Tim Johnson | created - 01 May 2013 | updated - 29 Sep 2013 | Public
A spiritual journey is usually considered to be a movement toward community and Spirit but an essential loop of our route must pass through the realm of self. We have to find out who we are before we can make commitments to others. We have to care for our own souls in order to have the energy and strength to care for our families, our neighbors, and the earth.
There are many ways to practice nurturing, and everyone will find his or her own best ways to receive and give nourishment. The spiritual traditions emphasize two in particular. The first is study. Be a lifelong learner; read and contemplate sacred texts and other sources of inspiration that take you deeper into yourself and out into the wider world. Second, keep the Sabbath. Dedicate some of your time to leisure and reflection.
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1. Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (2003)
PG | 93 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 5,655 | Gross: $1.74M
A wonderful Mongolian film about the deep and powerful bonds that link human beings and animals together in a common need for nurturing.
2. All About My Mother (1999)
R | 101 min | Drama
Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.
Votes: 77,544 | Gross: $8.26M
A salute to the enormous fierceness, strength and resolve it takes to be a nurturing person.
3. Ayurveda: Art of Being (2001)
Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary
Ayurveda is science of life and art of healing; where body, mind and spirit are given equal importance. This voyage of thousands of miles across India and abroad takes you on a unique ... See full summary »
Votes: 396 | Gross: $0.02M
A fascinating documentary that provides a rounded and revealing overview of this ancient holistic healing system.
4. Beaches (1988)
PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.
Votes: 20,303 | Gross: $57.04M
Charts the emotional high points and the painful low points in a long friendship between two very different women.
5. The Bear (1988)
PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Drama
An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.
Votes: 14,447 | Gross: $31.75M
A film about a cub's scramble for survival in the wilderness that manages to speak out eloquently against the hunting of animals without having to depict killing to make its point.
6. City Slickers (1991)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy
On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.
Votes: 42,585 | Gross: $124.03M
A nifty drama about the life-changing experiences of some middle-aged men at a working dude ranch.
7. Conceiving Ada (1997)
Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea ... See full summary »
An innovatively feminist film in which two women struggle to give birth to something that will be lasting despite the intrusion of others.
8. Dinosaur (2000)
PG | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
An orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs joins an arduous trek to a sancturary after a meteorite shower destroys his family home.
Votes: 44,430 | Gross: $137.75M
A mesmerizing animated feature set 65 million years ago with a male hero who demonstrates kindness, compassion, and cooperation.
9. Evelyn (2002)
PG | 94 min | Drama
1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children... See full summary »
Votes: 5,788 | Gross: $1.48M
A touching Irish drama about a nurturing father's strenuous efforts to keep his family together.
10. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.
Votes: 125,025 | Gross: $4.06M
Works exceedingly well as an intimate drama about nurturing love and as a witty political parable about the fall of the German Democratic Republic and the rise of Western consumerism.
11. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,002 | Gross: $37.67M
Proves that a nurturing love fills an emptiness that nothing else can fill.
12. Kolya (1996)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,174 | Gross: $5.73M
A fine portrait of a nurturing male in the making.
13. L.I.E. (2001)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama
A 15-year-old Long Island boy loses everything and everyone he knows, soon becoming involved in a relationship with a much older man.
Votes: 9,020 | Gross: $1.14M
A daring drama about a poetic and vulnerable teen who is nurtured by someone most of us would consider to be abominable.
14. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.
Votes: 10,454 | Gross: $1.59M
A marvelously entertaining screen adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel about a nurturing young man who learns to take care of himself by taking care of others.
15. Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)
PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance
A narrator tells the story of his childhood years in a tightly knit Afro-American community in the deep south under racial segregation.
Votes: 438 | Gross: $3.38M
A heart-warming drama in which community becomes a seedbed where young souls are forged.
16. Or (My Treasure) (2004)
Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Romance
Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel... See full summary »
Votes: 1,334 | Gross: $0.03M
A gritty and realistic Israeli film about a nurturing young woman who tries desperately to turn her mother away from a life of prostitution.
17. Pastime (1990)
PG | 94 min | Drama, Sport
In 1957, baseball is at its peak as America's favorite pastime. Although united in its love of the game, the country is divided on the issue of Civil Rights. Aging minor leaguer Roy Dean ... See full synopsis »
Votes: 365 | Gross: $0.27M
A thoughtfully made and intimate drama about a veteran relief pitcher for a class D professional team who turns to mentoring a younger player as his way of saluting the sport he loves.
18. Raising Helen (2004)
PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After her sister and brother-in-law die in a car accident, a young woman becomes the guardian of their three children.
Votes: 33,128 | Gross: $37.49M
Gives Kate Hudson a chance to sparkle as a determined young woman who gives up her career to raise her deceased sister's three children.
19. Zir-e poost-e shahr (2001)
92 min | Drama
A valuable visual commentary on modern society, 'Under The Skin Of The City' follows one Iranian family in their eternal struggle to stay afloat financially and emotionally. Touba works ... See full summary »
Focuses on a hard working and strong-willed mother in contemporary Teheran, Iran, who demonstrates big-hearted courage.
20. Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)
R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The good-hearted Harbour has spent his whole life trying to take care of his motherless and suicidal little brother, Wilbur. The brothers are inseparable. When in their thirties, they lose ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,211 | Gross: $0.23M
A bittersweet Danish film that demonstrates that those who nurture others are the most beautiful souls on the planet.
21. The Winter Guest (1997)
R | 108 min | Drama
A recent widow who is determined to leave Scotland for Australia with her son gets an unexpected visit from her aging mother.
Votes: 3,042 | Gross: $0.78M
A warm and winning film about the blessings of human connections.
22. The Women of Brewster Place (1989– )
Not Rated | 200 min | Drama
Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor, which deals with several strong-willed women who live in a rundown housing project on Brewster Place in an unidentified eastern city; across three ... See full summary »
An engaging portrait of seven women in a ghetto tenement who are struggling to overcome the hardships of poverty and the disappointments of shattered dreams.
23. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.
Votes: 138,550 | Gross: $103.41M
An unusual tale about a playful free spirit who is thrilled to become a Guardian who watches over children.
24. Smashed (2012)
R | 81 min | Drama
A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.
Votes: 15,176 | Gross: $0.38M
An authentic and absorbing portrait of a young married woman who is an alcoholic in recovery.
25. Yogawoman (2011)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary
A documentary that follows some of the women at the forefront of today's yoga movement.
An explanation of the global phenomenon of yoga in the lives of women.
26. Doctored (2012)
Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary
An investigation into the "monopoly" of the medical industrial complex and how Americans are viewed as patients.
A hard-hitting attack on the medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry's continuing attacks on alternative therapies.
27. Valley Of Strength (2010)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, History
A love story between Fania, a young Russian immigrant and Yechiel, a native Jew, interweaves with the story of the first wave of European migration to Palestine at the end of the 19th ... See full summary »
An engrossing Israeli drama about an extraordinary young Russian Jewish woman who always puts others first and is a nurturer par excellence.
28. Chimpanzee (2012)
G | 78 min | Documentary
A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.
Votes: 5,331 | Gross: $28.97M
Another documentary teaching children a dualistic view of the world with good versus evil communities.
29. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News
The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
Votes: 3,343 | Gross: $0.13M
A documentary on the impact of a passionate group of dedicated and creative individuals in raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic.
30. La guerre est déclarée (2011)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival.
Votes: 4,582 | Gross: $0.05M
An extraordinary French film about the emotional education of a couple with a seriously ill infant.
31. Force of Nature (2010)
93 min | Documentary
Documentary portrait of environmentalist David Suzuki.
An astonishing documentary about the life and work of scientist and eco-activist David Suzuki who shares his elder wisdom about science, nature, conservation, and the right path of indigenous peoples.
32. War Horse (2011)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, History, War
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.
Votes: 130,314 | Gross: $79.88M
A spellbinding drama about a heroic horse, the young man who loves him, and the kind handlers who help the horse during the hell he endures on the battlefields of World War I.
33. Dolphin Tale (2011)
PG | 113 min | Drama, Family
A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Votes: 19,832 | Gross: $72.29M
A heart-affecting drama about the loving relationship between a lonely and alienated boy and a badly injured dolphin and the community that supports them.
34. African Cats (2011)
G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure
A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.
Votes: 5,570 | Gross: $15.42M
The struggle for survival in Kenya of a wild cheetah and her newborns and an elderly lioness and her cub.
35. Born to Be Wild (2011)
G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure
This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
Votes: 2,753 | Gross: $25.72M
A helpful and healing documentary for families about the work of two women who are caring for orphan elephants and orangutans.
36. Mid-August Lunch (2008)
Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama
Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly... See full summary »
Votes: 3,489 | Gross: $0.67M
A thoroughly delightful Italian film about a nurturing man who finds his caregiving responsibilities greatly expanded during a summer holiday.
37. Miesten vuoro (2010)
81 min | Documentary
Finnish men in sauna, speaking straight from the heart.
A riveting documentary about the spiritual uses of saunas by Finnish men.
38. Alamar (2009)
G | 73 min | Documentary, Drama
Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef.
Votes: 2,196 | Gross: $0.06M
An extraordinary portrait of a positive and meaningful father-son relationship that touches the heart.
39. Mother and Child (2009)
R | 125 min | Drama, Romance
A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and a woman looking to adopt a child of her own.
Votes: 10,580 | Gross: $1.11M
An extraordinary film about adoption and three very different women on separate quests for love, nurturing, and personal fulfillment.
40. The Boys Are Back (2009)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
A sports writer becomes a single parent in tragic circumstances.
Votes: 9,410 | Gross: $0.81M
An impressive performance from Clive Owen as a single dad who tries to connect emotionally with his two sons and learn from his mistakes.
41. No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.
Votes: 1,411 | Gross: $0.10M
A bold and astonishing documentary about the daunting and enlightening ecological project of a radical idealist and his New York City family.
42. Taking Woodstock (2009)
R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.
Votes: 26,410 | Gross: $7.44M
A laid-back, colorful, and groovy glimpse of the magic of Woodstock viewed through the life of an up-tight young man who is a great caretaker unable to treat himself with the same care and support he gives others.
43. Gigantic (2008)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.
Votes: 8,950 | Gross: $0.10M
An oddball romantic comedy about the relationship between a nurturing male and a ditzy young woman who doesn't have a clue as to what she really wants.
44. Na-moo-eobs-neun san (2008)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
In Seoul, Korea, two sisters must look after each other when their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father.
Votes: 1,530 | Gross: $0.06M
A wonder-inducing drama about a six-year-old Korean girl who takes on adult responsibilities when she and her little sister are abandoned by their mother.
45. Life. Support. Music. (2008)
79 min | Documentary
In August 2004, Jason Crigler, one of New York City's most sought-after guitarists, suffered a brain hemorrhage during a concert in Manhattan. That night at the hospital, the doctors told ... See full summary »
Director: Eric Daniel Metzgar
Inspiring story of how the love of his family and his creativity are lifelines pulling a young man who suffered a brain hemorrhage back into the land of the living.
46. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.
Votes: 229,672 | Gross: $75.75M
Will appeal to the freak inside you who refuses to follow orders and is not afraid to let your gentle side out every once in a while.
47. Baby Mama (2008)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
A successful, single businesswoman who dreams of having a baby discovers she is infertile and hires a working class woman to be her unlikely surrogate.
Votes: 36,990 | Gross: $60.27M
A comedy boasting fetching performances by Saturday Night Live stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
48. The Water Horse (2007)
PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.
Votes: 34,403 | Gross: $40.41M
An adventure story about a boy and a creature he raises who just might be the Loch Ness monster.
49. Young@Heart (2007)
PG | 107 min | Documentary, Music