What's the most powerful movie you've ever seen?

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  1. Guitar Preacher

    Guitar Preacher Senior member

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    Betty Blue- when I finished this movie for the first time I dont remember crying but I do remember grabbing my chest lol.
    Darwins Nightmare-most powerful documentary Ive ever seen. It looks like the whole thing is on youtube.
     


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    Can I vote a series? Then it's World at War.

    Otherwise, Wings of Desire.
     


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    Taegukgi makes me emotional. The shoes that he kept his whole life and all that.

    2nd that. it's the first time I cried during a movie... next to lion king. :x
     


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    When I saw Schindler's List at a packed-out cinema, the audience sat in stunned silence as the end credits began, and everyone stayed quietly seated until they had finished (a very rare occurence).

    As we all began leaving, I noticed a group of three elderly women standing at the back, huddled closely together and hugging each other in a small circle. A couple of them were sobbing quietly, so I imagine the film had some great personal reasonance for them.

    I can't imagine many films having such a profound effect on their audience.
     


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    I'm sorry to say I only remember Schindler's List because of Seinfeld.
     


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    When I saw Schindler's List at a packed-out cinema, the audience sat in stunned silence as the end credits began, and everyone stayed quietly seated until they had finished (a very rare occurence).

    As we all began leaving, I noticed a group of three elderly women standing at the back, huddled closely together and hugging each other in a small circle. A couple of them were sobbing quietly, so I imagine the film had some great personal reasonance for them.

    I can't imagine many films having such a profound effect on their audience.


    The credits of Schindler's List are very moving... when the actors escort the actual people they portray out to place the stones on his grave to the song Yeroushalaim Chel Zahav. I am not Jewish, but I love this song, something about it really connected with me when I heard it performed by Phish on Hoist, believe it or not.

    I agree with many of the films here, with the exception of Butterly Effect. Something about that movie didn't move me, maybe it is just the casting of Kutcher. It was hard for me to take him seriously. I thought it was awful. I am not criticizing those who found it special, just saying something didn't click with me. My loss.

    One somewhat odd addition to the list is Friday Night Lights. I still cry when I see this movie. It is very moving for me, I am not sure why. I thought the TV show was kind of stupid. a lot of it has to do with the score of the film, and the fact that it is one of the only sports films that I think really gets to the heart of being an athlete. I know it sounds corny, but that is high on my list.

    I also agree with The Bicycle Thief. If you have not seen this movie, you are missing out.

    I would also like to add that a few of the scenes in Life is Beautiful reduced me to tears, mainly due to the juxtaposition of comedy to pure horror. I saw this shortly after having my daughter and it really is different once you have children.
     


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    The credits of Schindler's List are very moving... when the actors escort the actual people they portray out to place the stones on his grave to the song Yeroushalaim Chel Zahav. I am not Jewish, but I love this song, something about it really connected with me when I heard it performed by Phish on Hoist, believe it or not.

    I agree with many of the films here, with the exception of Butterly Effect. Something about that movie didn't move me, maybe it is just the casting of Kutcher. It was hard for me to take him seriously. I thought it was awful. I am not criticizing those who found it special, just saying something didn't click with me. My loss.

    One somewhat odd addition to the list is Friday Night Lights.
    I still cry when I see this movie. It is very moving for me, I am not sure why. I thought the TV show was kind of stupid. a lot of it has to do with the score of the film, and the fact that it is one of the only sports films that I think really gets to the heart of being an athlete. I know it sounds corny, but that is high on my list.

    I also agree with The Bicycle Thief. If you have not seen this movie, you are missing out.

    I would also like to add that a few of the scenes in Life is Beautiful reduced me to tears, mainly due to the juxtaposition of comedy to pure horror. I saw this shortly after having my daughter and it really is different once you have children.


    As for Friday Night Lights, I spent my high school years in Childress, Texas, which was a small town out in Western Texas and the town's pride hung on the success (actually it was the past success) of it's football team. I did not play football, but I remember one black kid that was an excellent athlete but then when he got hurt and could not play anymore, he faded into oblivion. To everyone, he was pretty much useless.

    The Bicycle Thief is one of the greatest movies of all time. The pacing and the non verbal emotional impact of that movie is an act of genius.
     


  9. velobran

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    Most of the movies I am seeing here are dramas or contain something shocking. While those typically have a huge impact, I agree, there are some nice heartfelt comedies that can leave a lasting impression.

    Amelie Poulain. Might be cliche, but there's something so innocent and freeing about this film.

    To name a few others:
    KIDS
    The Dreamers

    +++ on Requiem for a Dream and American History X
     


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    Life is Beautiful
    American History X
    Once Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Schindler’s List
    Kids
    Requiem for a Dream
     


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    Barely Legal 8, College Sluts Moved me pecker in ways no other movie has...


    kidding aside...reqiuem for a dream and american history x id have to agree were/are incredible films.
     


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    Pan's Labyrinth
     


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    Pan's Labyrinth

    It's a great movie, yes, but powerful in that sense? It never made that impression on me, might be because I found the ending a bit shit. (Compared to the rest I mean, it's still one of the best movies I've ever seen.)
     


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    It's a great movie, yes, but powerful in that sense? It never made that impression on me, might be because I found the ending a bit shit. (Compared to the rest I mean, it's still one of the best movies I've ever seen.)

    Powerful in the sense that you're forced to face the terrors, lonliness, and premature sense of responsibility the little girl has to go through. You also realize that the only happiness she has is her (imaginary?) world.
     


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