Movies that Make Us Better Human Beings

by leftbanker-1 | created - 06 Apr 2014 | updated - 04 Apr 2016 | Public

These movies are completely free of violence. They are about real human beings and not super-heroes or action figures. They are fun and whimsical. Enjoy!

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1. Cousin cousine (1975)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

Two distant cousins meet at a wedding banquet for an elderly couple. Over time, a close friendship develops between them, but their spouses begin to think that they are more than just friends.

Director: Jean-Charles Tacchella | Stars: Marie-Christine Barrault, Victor Lanoux, Marie-France Pisier, Guy Marchand

Votes: 1,531 | Gross: $8.70M

2. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

72 Metascore

A jaded Pittsburgh weatherman finds himself inexplicably trapped in a small town as he lives the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 599,574 | Gross: $70.91M

3. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

A teenager at Rushmore Academy falls for a much older teacher and befriends a middle-aged industrialist. Later, he finds out that his love interest and his friend are having an affair, which prompts him to begin a vendetta.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 178,489 | Gross: $17.11M

4. Tapas (2005)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

The small, everyday stories of a group of neighbours who live in a suburb of Barcelona, and the little secrets that they hide.

Directors: José Corbacho, Juan Cruz | Stars: Ángel de Andrés López, María Galiana, Elvira Mínguez, Rubén Ochandiano

Votes: 2,617

5. Say Anything (1989)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor

Votes: 86,789 | Gross: $20.78M

6. Win Win (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

75 Metascore

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 53,546 | Gross: $10.18M

7. Ulee's Gold (1997)

R | 113 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A reclusive beekeeper slowly pulls his dysfunctional family back together, but not without having to fight his son's previous dastardly cohorts.

Director: Victor Nunez | Stars: Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford, Tom Wood

Votes: 7,081 | Gross: $9.05M

8. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, Music

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 385,453 | Gross: $51.97M

9. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson

Votes: 26,449 | Gross: $11.74M

10. Fever Pitch (1997)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A sports fan's romantic courtship clashes with his obsession with his favorite football team.

Director: David Evans | Stars: Colin Firth, Ruth Gemmell, Luke Aikman, Bea Guard

Votes: 10,762 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Manual of Love (2005)

116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four intertwined episodes on the joys and sorrows of love.

Director: Giovanni Veronesi | Stars: Carlo Verdone, Luciana Littizzetto, Silvio Muccino, Sergio Rubini

Votes: 3,552

12. It's Complicated (2009)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

When attending their son's college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship. But the complicated fact is they're divorced and he's remarried.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski

Votes: 90,030 | Gross: $112.74M

13. It's Not You, It's Me (2004)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Javier, a depressed surgeon, desperately seeks a new love after his wife leaves him.

Director: Juan Taratuto | Stars: Diego Peretti, Soledad Villamil, Cecilia Dopazo, Marcos Mundstock

Votes: 2,216

14. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.

Director: Steve Kloves | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab

Votes: 23,092 | Gross: $18.10M

15. 10 Items or Less (2006)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

An actor prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk, and together they hit the road to show each other their respective worlds.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Jonah Hill, Anne Dudek

Votes: 15,008 | Gross: $0.08M

16. Crossing Delancey (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

A Manhattan single meets a man through her Jewish grandmother's matchmaker.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver | Stars: Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Reizl Bozyk, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 4,155 | Gross: $16.26M

17. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl

Votes: 290,174 | Gross: $5.54M

18. You Can Count on Me (2000)

R | 111 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick, Amy Ryan, Michael Countryman

Votes: 29,386 | Gross: $9.18M

19. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 730,107 | Gross: $33.23M

20. The Rookie (2002)

G | 127 min | Drama, Family, Sport

72 Metascore

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez

Votes: 33,970 | Gross: $75.60M

21. Tempest (1982)

PG | 140 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

John Cassavetes gives a compelling performance as a man confronting a mid-life crisis with extraordinary results for everyone around him.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Vittorio Gassman

Votes: 2,389 | Gross: $5.01M

22. La torre de Suso (2007)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Cundo returns home after ten years' absence. The reason is the death of his best friend, Suso. Cundo's plans consist of having a binge to Suso's health with his old friends, pretending that... See full summary »

Director: Tom Fernández | Stars: Javier Cámara, Gonzalo de Castro, César Vea, José Luis Alcobendas

Votes: 882

23. Crossing Borders (2006)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Iglesias | Stars: Carlos Iglesias, Javier Gutiérrez, Nieve de Medina, Isabel Blanco

Votes: 1,303

Un Franco, 14 Pesetas

24. Mr. Wonderful (1993)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

In an attempt to end alimony payments, a working class man tries to set up his ex wife with potential husbands.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, Mary-Louise Parker, William Hurt

Votes: 3,298 | Gross: $3.13M

25. The Spanish Apartment (2002)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou

Votes: 40,561 | Gross: $3.90M

26. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Lucy meets George in a Florence pensione and the two share a brief romance before Lucy returns home, where she becomes engaged to Cecil. However, it isn't long before George unexpectedly enters her life again.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands

Votes: 42,200 | Gross: $20.97M

27. Murmur of the Heart (1971)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

As France is nearing the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself torn between a rebellious urge to discover love, and the ever-present, almost dominating affection of his beloved mother.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 9,578 | Gross: $0.35M

28. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

88 Metascore

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 32,872 | Gross: $4.54M

29. The Postman (1994)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet, and then uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

Directors: Michael Radford, Massimo Troisi | Stars: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 35,391 | Gross: $21.85M

30. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A young man in a small Midwestern town struggles to care for his mentally-disabled younger brother and morbidly obese mother while attempting to pursue his own happiness.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 227,349 | Gross: $9.17M

31. Breaking Away (1979)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

91 Metascore

A working-class Indiana teen obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl while searching for life goals with his friends.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 22,867 | Gross: $16.42M

32. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen

Votes: 39,457 | Gross: $7.27M

33. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Colm Feore, Derek Keurvorst, Katya Ladan, Devon Anderson

Votes: 3,704 | Gross: $1.57M

34. Begin Again (II) (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

A chance encounter between a down-and-out music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld

Votes: 151,022 | Gross: $16.17M

35. The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships -- both old and new -- begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels.

Director: Robin Swicord | Stars: Kathy Baker, Hugh Dancy, Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello

Votes: 27,133 | Gross: $3.57M

36. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 28 year campaign in favour of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 80,183 | Gross: $2.09M

37. Truman (2015)

TV-14 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián's faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián's complicated situation.

Director: Cesc Gay | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi, Troilo

Votes: 12,614 | Gross: $0.21M



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