Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.
Based on the novel of the same name, The Fault In Our Stars is a film that sucks you in right from the very first moment. There is romance, drama, grief, loss, and most importantly, a surreal sense of calmness throughout the movie. It’s easy to forget that this film is not based on real events.
Movies like this one tug at your heart, moisten your tear ducts and force you to ponder about your own life and relationships. Grab some popcorn and a box of tissues and open your heart to some more film-induced pain. Let’s start the sob-fest!
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower tells the story of a freshman in high school who is struggling with depression, bullies, anxiety, and his very first love. He forces himself to participate in school events, preventing himself from falling back into depression. When two seniors take him under their wing, he is happy to have friends again. He experiments with drugs, sex, and alcohol as things spiral out of control.
The story is complicated, but the way it’s uncovered won’t give you a tough time in understanding what’s going on. I thought it was sad and beautiful at the same time. It has its fair share of funny moments, but it also manages to cover heavy topics like homosexuality, death, and drugs.
The cinematography is just ineffable, especially during the intimate scenes. Everything seems natural and beautiful, partly because the director is also the writer of the novel. He obviously knows what he is doing and has brought his story to life with some masterful direction. The result is a film that is both satisfying and engaging.
The writing doesn’t lag too far behind either. I felt that dialogue was well written, making this movie a very quotable one. Adapting a book is never easy but Mr. Chosky nails it.
I loved this movie. And I’m not saying that because I’m a huge fan of this book. It deserves all the praise in the world for a beautiful story and some authentic performances from everyone. It might not be one of the most accurate adaptions of all time, but the spirit of the story is pretty much intact. Moreover, the way everything is presented is ineffable and too good to miss out on.
Now Is Good
The plot revolves around a girl suffering from leukemia who has a list of things she’d like to do before she passes away. At the top of the list is her desire to lose her virginity.
This movie deserves more praise than what it gets. You might argue that Dakota Fanning’s portrayal of the dying, suffering girl isn’t perfect. Her character is sarcastic, angry, and difficult to get along with. This movie isn’t about how one should act in their last moments but rather how decimating those last couple of days can be, especially when you know that the end is near and you can’t do anything about it.
I thought she did a good job in portraying a sick, dying teenager who doesn’t want any of it; who refuses to accept it. The moment when the nurse explains how it would all feel and what is going to happen over the course of next few days of her life is when it feels so real.
Overall, Now Is Good is a movie with just the right amount of pain, loss, and romance. You’ll thoroughly enjoy it.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
There have been a lot of movies made on the subject of the Holocaust. Schindler’s List and Amen come to my mind. Those were some great heart-wrenching movies. If you try though, you could watch them with a poker face. Not with this movie.The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a whole different beast, partly because the whole event is seen through an innocent 8-year-old German boy’s eyes. We know what’s going to happen to his Jewish friend but he doesn’t. With every step he takes, he inches closer to the truth.
Everything from directing, casting, and acting is top notch here. What I liked about this film was the fact that no characters are portrayed as pure evil or good. Even the evilest characters are multi-dimensional.
All in all, this is a perfect movie to break anyone. Make sure you have a box of tissue paper with you.
A Walk to Remember
This is the story of Landon Carter, a reckless, nonchalant guy in high school. When a prank on a young man goes wrong, he is held responsible for it and gets thrown into community service. Things change pretty soon when he meets Jamie Sullivan, a bright young girl who keeps things to herself. Before he knows anything, he finds himself falling hard for her. When she lets him in on her devastating secret, he realizes the meaning of love and sacrifice.
The movie is a little bit different from the book it’s based upon. Even if you’ve read the book, don’t fret too much. The spirit of the story is still there. They’ve managed to bring the novel to life in the best possible manner.
The Spectacular Now
Sutter Keely is a hard-partying high school boy who lives in the present moment. He’s the life of the party, loves his job, and doesn’t think about the future at all. Everything is going good until he meets Aimee Finecky, a not-so-typical girl who is into science fiction and has a plan for the future. They are polar opposites, yet drawn together.
It’s a heartfelt story that makes you think introspectively about your life, your relationships, and your future. With the beautiful portrayal of the tenderness of youth and natural, ineffable performances all round from everyone, including the supporting cast, It has brought new energy into the stale teen movie genre.
And it shouldn’t be surprising that Spectacular Now is considered one of the best indie movies out there. I have seen a lot of coming of age movies come and fail, but this one gets it right.
Dying Young is exactly what it sounds like from the title. There is a lot of grief, despair, and pain. However, it’s also beautiful.
The story is pretty simple—a young woman begins working as a private nurse for a man dying with blood cancer. Before they know anything, they form a deep bond with each other, knowing that it can’t subsist. He is destined to die.
It’s a deep, saddening story that tugs at your heart. And some authentic performances by the leads ensure that they stay in your heart for a long time, like family.
You will be absorbed by the consummate adaptation of Leimbach’s novel and the masterful direction by Joel Schumacher. You’ll be captivated till the credits roll, feeling the anguish, pain, and fear of its characters. If you’re looking for a deep, emotional film, Dying Young should be right up your alley.
The Fault in Our Stars is an amazing movie that manages to strike a chord with its beautiful portrayal of two dying young people in love with each other. However, it chose not to focus on the plight and daily struggles of the lovers. It stayed away from showing the realities of cancer.
50/50 takes no such steps to lighten things up. It’s a dark movie with a little bit of romance and comedy, making you cry and laugh at the same time. It showcases the real struggle of a character who deals with cancer on a daily basis. This is a slow-burning and heart-wrenching film about the struggle of a 27 year old guy who can’t come to terms with the fact that he is diagnosed with cancer.
This movie totally gets what it’s like to be diagnosed with this beast of a disease and what it’s like to live in constant fear of death. Both leads, Gordon-Levitt and Rogen, have brought their characters to life with their authentic performances.
If you’re looking for a quiet but powerful movie, 50/50 should be your best bet.
My Sisters Keeper
This is the story about a desperate mother who’d do anything to save her leukemia-stricken daughter, even if it means legally binding Anna Fitzgerald, her youngest child, to donate her kidney to her sister. When the 11-year old Anna seeks help from a professional lawyer, he agrees to it. On the other hand, her mother decides to take the matter to court as well.
Just like real life scenarios, it’s hard to tell who is in the wrong here. Whatever the case may be, you’re going to love this emotional rollercoaster ride.
For those who don’t know the plot, it’s a story about two people who fall in love with each other on a ship that is about to sink. Jack dies and Rose survives to tell the tragic love story to her grandkids 84 years after the event.
Some people argue that this film got more than its fair share of critical acclaim and attention. Does it even matter? If the story and acting is good, then it deserves the attention.
This is one of those love stories that stay with you forever. It’s been years since I watched this film and I still remember every scene and line of dialogue. Yes, Leonardo’s character dies but he still lives in millions of hearts.
Overall, it is a heartfelt and emotional romantic film that deserves to be watched by everyone at least once in their lives.
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14 year old girl who is murdered by her neighbor. She finds himself in some sort of limbo where she can see everyone but they can’t see her. As her sister is next in line to be murdered, she must do something to save her.
Although the CGI effects can be overwhelming, it does very little to diminish the heart and emotion this movie generates.
This is a superb movie with fantastic performances from everyone. Again, don’t be disheartened by the CGI. You’d missing out on one of the best films that is filled with heartbreak, drama, and tension.
Rahul Pandey (author) from Delhi, India on June 25, 2020:
DUA on June 03, 2020:
I THINK U HAVE TO ADD MIDNIGHT SSUN
ahh on September 27, 2019:
you could also do 5 feet apart, but thats a little more for teenagers
yash on June 28, 2019:
have you forgotten Me before You!?
Katie on March 18, 2019:
Thank you so much!
Dele on January 03, 2019:
I'm so happy to have new list of films to watch. Thanks a bunch.
Sam on June 19, 2018:
Thanks for this list!!
Poonam on August 17, 2017:
Woah !! Thank you a lot for sharing
Aiden on July 20, 2017:
Cool, thanks for the list
isla on April 05, 2017:
cool, thanks for this list