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Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures. They reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them. Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment, and a powerful medium for educating—or indoctrinating—citizens. The visual basis of film gives it a universal power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions by using dubbing or subtitles to translate the dialog into the language of the viewer. Some have criticized the film industry’s glorification of violence and its sexist treatment of women. Films are life and blood of a country’s economy as well as society.From a century now,films have been influencing ideas, perspectives, attitudes and other phenomena.Be it Bollywood or Hollywood,big money makers are always “commercial” films.The umbrella term encompasses genres such as action,romantic comedy,buddy films etc.The term “entertainment” consists of performances or activities which gives you pleasure. Now,there are other genres which are often overlooked because they have been cited as being less entertaining.Today,people have very less free time,a lot of work pressure and excess of responsibilities.In such a situation when he/she gets a day’s break from work,they want to watch such a movie where they do not have to think much or get overloaded with emotions.As a result there are a lot of movies being produced every year everywhere which have low rate of content, unnecessary jokes and filthy dialogues and apparently they make money.But then there are many people who appreciate good films,it doesn’t necessarily means art films as being called in India,but a film with good story,music and acting.
Based on these facts hereunder are some movies which will leave you spellbound with their beautiful stories,alluring acting and will teach you valuable, unforgettable lessons for life.


1.What’s eating Gilbert Grape:A dead father,a mentally sick brother,an oversized mother,a taunting sister and you are the bread earner,life is afterall not so easy.This 1993 American film directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, and Leonardo DiCaprio is a full-scale emotional,heart-rending drama which tells you that you have a lot of problems but you have to deal with it,freak out and leave,your problems would be worsened.” I want a new thing. House. I want a new house. And a family. I want Momma to take aerobics classes. I want Ellen to grow up. I want a new brain for Arnie. I want… I want to be a good person”.Is he asking much?we wish for having luxurious house,cars,furnitures, expensive jewellery ,but there are people who only wish to have a normal life.


2.Gia: This story is based on the tragic life and times of America’s first super-model,Gia Carangi played by Angelina Jolie.From being careless fun-loving tom boy of Philadelphia to a sensational and glamorous model of New York,her journey seems quite a joyride but wasn’t. Her parents had an unstable, violent marriage leading her mother to abandon the family when she was eleven.Though she quickly climbed the ladder of fame,her glory was short lived and full of loneliness and fear.After being severely addicted to drugs for a long time which eventually affected her work,she was diagnosed with AIDS .As was rightly said”Too beautiful to die,too wild to live”,she sure has become immortal through this movie.


3.Requiem for a dream: The film depicts different forms of addiction, which lead to the characters’ imprisonment in a world of delusion and reckless desperation that is subsequently overtaken by reality.It stars Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. Loneliness searches happiness,ambition and hope searches success and love searches love,in the quest of their requirements they find solace in the company of drugs. Each character struggles with depression and hopelessness and is shown curling into a fetal position. Though the movie may be too intense for some to stomach, the wonderful performances and the bleak imagery are hard to forget-Rotten Tomatoes.


4.The Shawshank Redemption: The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 film about a banker who is accused of double murder in the 1940s and begins a life sentence at the fictional Shawshank prison, where he’s befriended by an older inmate named Red. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates for his upstanding moral code and his quietly indomitable spirit.A story of undying spirit and courage which helps in the fulfillment of the ambition to be a free man,this film is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.


5.Changeling:She is a single mother,she has only one son,she goes off to work in the morning and in the evening finds her son missing,she files a report regarding her missing son,she is handed another boy by force,what will she do?what can she do?A 2008 American drama film,Changeling explores child endangerment, female disempowerment, political corruption and the repercussions of violence. Directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood,it has Angelina Jolie as the protagonist whose boughs yearn for her only son but finds herself vulnerable and helpless every time she tries to look for him. “Jolie puts on a powerful emotional display as a tenacious woman who gathers strength from the forces that oppose her. She reminds us that there is nothing so fierce as a mother protecting her cub.”—Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporte


6.The “Before” triology:Ever seen a romance where the girl and boy meet,they get off the train and talk till sunrise,then they promise each other to meet after six months which they don’t,but fate reunites them again after 9 years and they again talk till sunset.Subsequently after 9 years they are shown to have children and they live as partners and they talk even while making love and start quarrelling in the middle.You might feel that this all is a criticism,rather its an appreciation that this romantic series breaks away from the stereotypical love-kiss-sex-marriage pathway. Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNRISE and its sequels BEFORE SUNSET and BEFORE MIDNIGHT collectively form a rich fourth-dimensional experience of romance shaped by place, memory, and time.The great romantic epic of a generation explores themes like love, loss, chance, chat, regret, and rebirth.Their talk itself is the gist of these movies and adequately bring out the real romance and love that most of the movies of our time lack.It stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in titular roles.


7. A Separation:A captivating tale which focuses on an Iranian middle-class couple who separate, and the conflicts that arise when the husband hires a lower-class care giver for his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.A separation taking place between a wife and husband is painful for them but is unbearable and disturbing for their children who go through a mental torture while trying to keep them together by any means they can. Tense and narratively complex, formally dense and morally challenging… The provocative plot casts a revealing light on contemporary Iranian society, taking on issues of gender, class, justice and honor as a secular middle-class family in the midst of upheaval winds up in conflict with an impoverished religious one- Alissa Simon from Variety.This 2011 Iranian drama film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, starring Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, and Sarina Farhadi,won an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film in 2012.


8.Mausam:This 1975 movie is unlike many other mainstream Bollywood films.Sultry,compelling and heart-warming Mausam is a dramatic love story of Dr.Amarnath Gill who comes to Darjeeling for the preparation of his medical exams and falls in love with Chanda whom he promises that he will come back and marry her, but is unable to under some circumstances .Meanwhile Chanda is married to a cripple and gives birth to a girl but is forever waiting for Amarnath to return.This waiting turns her insane and she eventually dies.Her daughter has been turned into a prostitute by her uncle and she resembles her mother.After 25 years when Amarnath comes back,he discovers all this and in the quest for Chanda comes across Kajli,her daughter.What will he do?will he be able to rescue her?this brainstorming goes on till the end where we sympathize with characters and their unfortunate situations.Some unforgettable melodies and brilliant acting done by Sharmila Tagore and Sanjeev Kumar,this film by Gulzar is a rare treat for many.


9.Sparsh:The story of a visually impaired principal and a sighted teacher in a school for the blind, where they fall in love though soon their complexes tag along and they struggle to get past them to reconnect with the “touch” of love. The film remains most memorable for the subtle acting of its leads, plus the handling of the issue of relationships with the visually handicapped, revealing the emotional and perception divide between the world, the “blind” and the “sighted”, epitomized by the characters.This 1980 film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi .


10.Saaransh:Can life end?can your problems end?can your trouble and sadness end?No,deal with it.If you think you cannot live life like this and that it has no meaning for you any more, start finding an aim.if you think that you can end your life,you just cannot,it is not in your hand,no matter how much you try.For the ones who are gone,they can never come back but that doesn’t stop other forms of life from emanating .This cycle of life and death is inevitable. The film explores with the loneliness and anxieties of old age, through the utter aimlessness the old couple finds itself after the death of their only son, victim of arbitrary violence. Other themes, it touches upon are corruption, politics-crime nexus and also bureaucratic delay, rampant bribery and red-tapism. The film’s lead pair, Anupam Kher and Rohini Hattangadi were praised for their portrayals, described by The Tribune as “immortal performances”. Even today, the film remains one of the few stand out in “middle-of-the-road” films of the 1980s decade Hindi cinema,which is retrospective seen as a decade decline of content in the mainstream cinema.