IML 543 class Film Listby marientina | created - 27 Jul 2015 | updated - 07 Aug 2015 | Public
The list includes films generated from the prompt: "what are your favorite movies about secret pleasures, love, people, places, habits? (crowdsourced suggestions)?"
Also, the list includes films about managing legacy and resilience in the face of major life challenges, such as loss and illness.
Created for this USC School of Cinematic Arts class: http://cmbhc.usc.edu/index.php/updates/2015/04/21/new-graduate-class-fall-2015/
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1. Defending Your Life (1991)
PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting.
Votes: 15,279 | Gross: $16.37M
2. Yes (I) (2004)
R | 100 min | Drama, Romance
In this film, told almost entirely in iambic pentameter, She is a scientist in a loveless marriage to Anthony, a devious politician. He is a Lebanese doctor in self-imposed exile, working ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,894 | Gross: $0.40M
3. Crash (1996)
NC-17 | 100 min | Drama
After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.
Votes: 47,127 | Gross: $2.04M
4. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.
Votes: 12,632 | Gross: $2.45M
5. Dirty Dancing (1987)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
Votes: 169,913 | Gross: $63.95M
A classic about hiding true love from your parents, as well as hiding true talent and interest ;)
8. Notes on a Scandal (2006)
R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Votes: 70,264 | Gross: $17.51M
9. Alien Nation (1988)
R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.
Votes: 12,991 | Gross: $25.22M
10. Top Gun (1986)
PG | 110 min | Action, Drama
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Votes: 256,376 | Gross: $179.80M
11. Malèna (2000)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.
Votes: 78,133 | Gross: $3.43M
13. The Reader (2008)
R | 124 min | Drama, Romance
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.
Votes: 214,707 | Gross: $34.19M
14. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
Votes: 43,990 | Gross: $36.14M
16. In the Mood for Love (2000)
PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.
Votes: 102,349 | Gross: $2.73M
17. 2046 (2004)
R | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Several women enter a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years, after the author has lost the woman he considers his one true love.
Votes: 46,324 | Gross: $0.26M
18. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Not Rated | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.
Votes: 16,236 | Gross: $7.29M
The family dinner table as as the ultimate setting for 'coming out' on all things and matters to be shared.
19. Io sono l'amore (2009)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle.
Votes: 18,037 | Gross: $5.01M
An entire family hiding its true self and pleasures from each other.
20. Chocolat (2000)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
Votes: 166,291 | Gross: $71.51M
Secret recipes, foods, and lovers.
21. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Votes: 638,729 | Gross: $33.23M
22. Italiensk for begyndere (2000)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.
Votes: 12,174 | Gross: $4.45M
23. Being John Malkovich (1999)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Votes: 284,881 | Gross: $22.86M
The discovery of a secret space that leads to the first-person experience of life through another person's point of view.
26. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
PG-13 | 112 min | Drama
With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning to end. The plot centres around three sisters, two of whom are happily married (or so ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,353 | Gross: $0.46M
Multiple pleasures enjoyed in this movie, such as morning rituals and food preparation. Multiple secrets hidden by many of the characters: secret lovers, pregnancies, and desires. This is also a personal favorite in terms of secret pleasure. I can watch this movie over and over and over again, especially because of its aesthetics and pace.
27. Tig (2015)
95 min | Documentary
The personal Biography of Tig Notaro, a Stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with cancer.
A fantastic doc about life-changing decisions all at once (when it rains in pours) and a great lesson in how humour, sharing, and realism can help us power through horrible things.
28. Thank You for Playing (2015)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
When Ryan and Amy Green learned that their baby son Joel's rare cancer was terminal, Ryan, an indie game developer, found solace in the only creative outlet he knew: a video game, the critically acclaimed "That Dragon, Cancer."
Documenting loss while it is happening in a unique way.
29. All That Jazz (1979)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
Votes: 23,428 | Gross: $37.82M
30. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama
A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Votes: 69,921 | Gross: $3.08M
31. Be Kind Rewind (2008)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy
Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.
Votes: 85,245 | Gross: $11.17M
32. A Single Man (2009)
R | 99 min | Drama, Romance
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.
Votes: 98,071 | Gross: $9.17M
33. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)
Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.
Votes: 6,151 | Gross: $0.43M
34. You See Me (2015)
72 min | Documentary, Family, History
Filmmaker Linda Brown's father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke leaves him vulnerable and dependent, Linda decides to confront the silence surrounding his troubled ... See full summary »