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  1. Si Si
    Si Si at |

    Bravo! Bravo! More please?

  2. Jim Ribs
    Jim Ribs at |

    Good list, just use the f word next time though. Replacing the glorious f bomb with “freaking” is one of the most annoying things a human can do.

    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      That is my decision (and my advertisers). I ask the authors to keep the content PG-13 rated since we do have kids reading the site. There are plenty of other sites that let the f-bombs drop. Let Toptenz.net be your oasis from expletives.

      1. edofga
        edofga at |

        As the parent of a 13 year old, thanks. I think it’s freakin’ fine.

        1. TopTenz Master
          TopTenz Master at |

          I have two children too, so I have become a bit overprotective of our youth.

  3. HfxHabby
    HfxHabby at |

    just an amendment to an otherwise great list, Nicholsons character in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest was named McMurtry, not McMurphy

    1. Rob
      Rob at |

      No it’s not. It’s most definitely McMurphy.

  4. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    MOVIE : ” Ferris Buehler’s Day Off”, CHARACTER : Cameron who always talks about his controlling and oppressive father. SCENE : Attempting to rewind the odometer of his fathers antique Ferrari after spending the afternoon driving it around the streets of Chicago and not succeeding. CLIMAX OF THE SCENE : As the car has its back wheels jacked up and noticing the odometer is not going backwards, Cameron out of spite starts kicking the front bumper saying “I don’t care anymore about how my father will punish me”. The car eventually lands on its wheels and drives backwards by itself and out the garage it goes to a 100 foot depth of forest in their backyard. After that, Cameron sighs very happily for what he did and being a man and not a child anymore. But the demise of that poor automobile was a sad occasion

  5. themagicalmre
    themagicalmre at |

    This was a very nice list, but I’d like to see some variation. Nearly every spot on the list involves the main character dying and people mourning them. For example, the movie King Pin. The main character loses the tournament, but he gets the girl and a condom endorsement.

    1. Rick
      Rick at |

      Got it. Substitute King Pin for Schindler’s List.

  6. TriviaFan
    TriviaFan at |

    Wow, numbers 2 and 1 immediately came to mind just from reading the title. Great minds think alike.

  7. Mary
    Mary at |

    The vigil at the end of Pay it Forward should also be listed.

  8. jason stone
    jason stone at |

    The Green Mile had a great depressing-uplifting ending..but it’s awfully tough to argue against taking out any of the movies on this list…very enjoyable read.

  9. Abraun
    Abraun at |

    How about The Great Escape? Fantastic movie acted wonderfully by an incredible cast. Bravery, indomitable spirit and ingenuity in the face of ruthless tyranny? Yes, please. Seems like it’d fit right in with the WWII theme you’ve got going here as well… (Besides, then you could talk about how McQueen did his own version of Cool Hand Luke.)

  10. Pat
    Pat at |

    What about Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid?

  11. Red King
    Red King at |

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, i never felt oddly uplifted at the end. I did feel uplifted by the happy part towards the end but then i was CRUSHED by the ending! I walked away moved and depressed. Requiem for a Dream. is the only film that has had such an impact on me since.

  12. Fred Brocaa
    Fred Brocaa at |

    I’d like to offer ‘City of Angels’, the Nic Cage version.
    An angel gives up his divinity for Meg Ryan (understandable) only to have her die a day later.
    Why it’s up lifting? His line towards the end. “I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. One.”
    No one is promised tomorrow, cherish what you have now.

  13. za
    za at |

    Yeah, they’re called tragedies.

    America never made too many of them. Although, film noir took up the slack in the 40’s and 50’s for a while.

    The rest of the world knows its tragedy, and the power of a tragic story.

    Two to try: The Official Story.
    Burnt by the Sun.

  14. za
    za at |

    Catharsis is way underrated.

  15. adi
    adi at |

    what abt ‘requiem for a dream’??? pretty depressing and engaging at the same time

  16. barblibrarian
    barblibrarian at |

    Excellent list. Many of these movies are my favorites. I have to say how happy I am to see United 93 on your list. That is the only telling of the 9/11 story that let the story tell itself without hitting the viewer on the head with patriotism and anti-Islam sentiments. The viewer probably came to the same conclusion anyway, but the film-makers let them make their own determination. A very impressive movie and one that did not get a lot of recognition.

    Another film to add to your list is American History X.

  17. XUXO
    XUXO at |

    What about “Amateur” (Hal Hartley)?


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