Riveting Moviesby lettyloop | created - 13 May 2011 | updated - 27 Jul 2014 | Public
Though these movies are not as "sunny" as the ones I've listed in the feel-good movies, still their stories kept me riveted to the screen
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1. Ghost (1990)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Votes: 167,209 | Gross: $217.63M
unfinished business still bothers even after death
2. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
R | 127 min | Biography, Drama
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.
Votes: 137,804 | Gross: $28.87M
experiencing healing in the company of the psychologically disturbed
3. The Joy Luck Club (1993)
R | 139 min | Drama
The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.
Votes: 13,208 | Gross: $32.86M
there is something in a culture that sometimes make women experience very bad things
4. Air Force One (1997)
R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them.
Votes: 158,100 | Gross: $172.96M
here's a President in action...saving the first family from attempted hi-jack
5. Altitude (2010)
R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.
beyond a certain altitude, one may come in contact with life-forms different from ours
6. Anger Management (2003)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy
Dave Buznik is a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger-management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor.
Votes: 182,424 | Gross: $135.65M
through circumstances not of his doing, a man comes face to face with his anger and deals with it
7. Dogma (1999)
R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.
Votes: 191,233 | Gross: $30.65M
a story of two fallen angels and their covert ways of entering heaven again
8. Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.
Votes: 33,284 | Gross: $5.97M
a woman suspect used charms and overturned the tables on the prosecution lawyer
9. Becoming Jane (2007)
PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.
Votes: 51,138 | Gross: $18.67M
an inside story of jane austen's private life collaged from the books she had written
10. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Votes: 823,896 | Gross: $75.60M
one man's valor to free his country from English domination
11. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance
Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.
Votes: 60,082 | Gross: $71.52M
a few days love affair between a housewife and visiting photographer
12. City of Angels (1998)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage's buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels.
Votes: 101,507 | Gross: $78.69M
how an angel chose to become human just so that he and the surgeon he fell in love with will be able to experience what love is
13. Coach Carter (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.
Votes: 102,570 | Gross: $67.26M
how a college coach organized problematic students into becoming a winning team
14. Closer (I) (2004)
R | 104 min | Drama, Romance
The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.
Votes: 180,167 | Gross: $33.99M
story of couples with marital woes who got to change partners with each other
15. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.
Votes: 230,321 | Gross: $128.08M
i so love the flying effects of ninjas here
16. Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)
R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Romance
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Votes: 38,544 | Gross: $6.57M
this movie is rich with a showcase of chinese culture
17. Date Night (2010)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
In New York City, a case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple's attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous.
Votes: 137,304 | Gross: $98.71M
sometimes when we ask for something to jumpstart our life again, we are given a suspenseful or horrific experience
18. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller
A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
Votes: 350,394 | Gross: $217.54M
i'd say the possibility exists that Jesus does have a direct bloodline living among us today
19. Dead Man Walking (1995)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.
Votes: 78,285 | Gross: $39.39M
how a nun transformed a convicted man just before his execution
20. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Votes: 698,654 | Gross: $170.74M
too much intelligence is both a blessing and a curse
21. Drumline (2002)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.
Votes: 29,903 | Gross: $56.40M
innate talent is a blessing but needs guidance in order to be truly creative
22. Duplicity (2009)
PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one.
Votes: 43,562 | Gross: $40.57M
how two spies working for competing bosses got all the profits for themselves
23. Erin Brockovich (2000)
R | 131 min | Biography, Drama
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.
Votes: 147,936 | Gross: $125.60M
a story of a modern heroine for the environment
24. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 751,952 | Gross: $34.40M
those who are meant to be are really meant to be no matter what
25. Finding Neverland (2004)
PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family
The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.
Votes: 184,120 | Gross: $51.68M
neverland could be the place one goes to after death
26. Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
R | 120 min | Drama
The Taylor family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch is due to graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children.
Votes: 11,418 | Gross: $3.39M
faced with death, the lives of significant people close to the dead really change
28. Water (I) (2005)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance
A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,197 | Gross: $3.22M
29. Half Light (2006)
R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Rachel Carlson, a successful novelist moves to a small Scottish village to move on with her life after the death of her son. Strange things start to happen when she is haunted by ghosts and real life terror.
how a dead son tried to help his mother deal with grieving and the strange happenings around her
30. The House of the Spirits (1993)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance
A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's best-seller.
Votes: 18,308 | Gross: $6.27M
a long family saga but very much worth it
31. I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A mother falls for a younger man while her daughter falls in love for the first time. Mother Nature messes with their fates.
a middle-aged woman and a younger man...why not?
32. If Only (2004)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
It takes a tragedy to teach the young businessman Ian to put love ahead of work and open up to his musician girlfriend Samantha.
because of love, one man changed the course of history in their life as a couple when he chose to be the one who met an accident instead of his wife
33. Xiaohai bu ben (2002)
PG | 105 min | Drama, Comedy
Story about life of 3 EM3's student in Singapore, who struggling with their education and personal life.
a must-see movie for parents and teachers who deal with problematic children or students
34. Yip Man (2008)
R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.
the triumph of one peaceful man's struggle against hunger in hiswar-torn country and injustices from the colonizers
35. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Family
On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.
Votes: 95,919 | Gross: $101.70M
an adventure with many lessons in geology
36. Legends of the Fall (1994)
R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War
In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.
Votes: 123,748 | Gross: $66.64M
one woman's experience of loving and being loved by a unique man
37. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 489,625 | Gross: $57.60M
the ever-cheerful spirit of one father that shielded and saved his son from the horrors of the holocaust
38. Life Support (2007 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 87 min | Drama
The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community.
an HIV-infected woman crusades so that others may not suffer the same fate as hers
39. Love + Hate (2005)
86 min | Drama
Adam has grown up in a racial prejudiced community. Naseema belongs to a generation of Asian youth who have taken up violence. They want to break free of the small town inhibitions and ... See full summary »
a lesson about not playing with a woman's feelings
40. Meet Joe Black (1998)
PG-13 | 178 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth, and in the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter.
Votes: 183,333 | Gross: $44.62M
handsome Mr. Death fell in love with the daughter of the man he is calling from life
41. Message in a Bottle (1999)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance
A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.
Votes: 31,488 | Gross: $52.88M
the privilege of loving so much twice in a lifetime
42. Miss Kicki (2009)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama
"Kicki has after several years abroad returned to Sweden. Her 17-year old son has been brought up by his grandmother and has a very distant relationship to his mother. In an effort to get ... See full summary »
a story of an estranged mother and son and their adventures in love while touring in a foreign land
43. Miss March (2009)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Romance
A young man awakens from a four-year coma to hear that his once virginal high-school sweetheart has since become a centerfold in one of the world's most famous men's magazines. He and his ... See full summary »
Votes: 19,311 | Gross: $4.54M
one lucky guy who was in a coma for a long time is financially supported the whole time by his girlfriend by posing in adult magazines
44. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a woman's long-time friend reveals he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.
Votes: 108,244 | Gross: $127.12M
never ever let the moment passes you by or it will be gone forever
45. My Sister's Keeper (2009)
PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Family
Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.
Votes: 81,053 | Gross: $49.20M
two sisters connive so that the elder's medication for a terminal illness be stopped and help their mother accept reality
46. Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance
A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn.
Votes: 19,780 | Gross: $41.85M
a whirlwind love affair between an innkeeper and her guest who was on his way to volunteer as a medical doctor in south america
47. Peter Pan (2003)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.
Votes: 58,145 | Gross: $48.46M
it broke my heart to watch Peter not deciding to become human like his friends at the end of the story
48. Gone with the Wind (1939)
G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 240,457 | Gross: $198.68M
best love drama of all time but with such a sad ending...i think because of scarlett's immaturity
49. Phenomenon (1996)
PG | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.
Votes: 67,611 | Gross: $104.64M
how one man increased his mind power after being hit by lightning
50. Places in the Heart (1984)
PG | 111 min | Drama
In central Texas in the 1930s, a widow, with two small children, tries to run her small 40-acre farm with the help of two disparate people.
Votes: 8,631 | Gross: $34.90M
how a widow was able to managed the family's farm and support her children with the help of a black man
51. Practical Magic (1998)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.
Votes: 61,394 | Gross: $46.68M
true love does not care about inherited magic
52. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.
Votes: 183,227 | Gross: $46.35M
sometimes warring families need to listen to the message about why their children has to fall in love with each other
53. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Votes: 979,427 | Gross: $96.07M
54. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
Votes: 189,853 | Gross: $100.32M
58. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
When a teenager, Chun-Li witnesses the kidnapping of her father by wealthy crime lord M. Bison. When she grows up, she goes into a quest for vengeance and becomes the famous crime-fighter of the Street Fighter universe.
Votes: 20,771 | Gross: $8.74M
59. The Black Balloon (2008)
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance
All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?
Votes: 7,925 | Gross: $0.09M
60. Ye yan (2006)
Not Rated | 131 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.
61. The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama
The Deep End of The Ocean is a film about a family's reaction when Ben, the youngest son is kidnapped and then found nine years later, living in the same town, where his family had just moved.
Votes: 11,277 | Gross: $13.38M
62. The English Patient (1996)
R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
Votes: 155,303 | Gross: $78.65M
63. The Fountain (2006)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.
Votes: 206,467 | Gross: $10.14M
65. The Reader (2008)
R | 124 min | Drama, Romance
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.
Votes: 205,667 | Gross: $34.19M
66. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
R | 94 min | Comedy, War
A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.
Votes: 116,016 | Gross: $32.42M
67. Priest (1994)
R | 98 min | Drama, Romance
A homosexual Catholic priest finds out during confessional that a young girl is being sexually abused by her father, and has to decide how to deal with both that secret and his own.
Votes: 8,752 | Gross: $4.18M
68. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama
Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »
Votes: 21,445 | Gross: $37.77M
73. Up Close & Personal (1996)
PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance
An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love.
Votes: 12,088 | Gross: $51.09M
74. West Side Story (1961)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Votes: 80,033 | Gross: $43.66M
75. Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Passed | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War
During World War I, believing her fiance to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. From there, things only get worse for her in this tragic, heart-wrenching, love story.
76. Stigmata (1999)
R | 103 min | Horror
When a young woman becomes afflicted by stigmata, a priest is sent to investigate her case, which may have severe ramifications for his faith and for the Catholic Church itself.
Votes: 57,801 | Gross: $50.05M
it's not only the "holy" who can be chosen to bear Christ's nailmarks
81. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Votes: 433,184 | Gross: $1.02M
82. Cruel Intentions (1999)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance
Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.
Votes: 159,342 | Gross: $38.33M
86. Double Identity (2009)
R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
In Sofia, Bulgaria in 1992, an American doctor takes a detour in life when he helps a mysterious woman escape from her would-be assailant and becomes a victim of mistaken identity, as seen in the Alfred Hitchcock classic North by Northwest.
87. Extreme Measures (1996)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room ... See full summary »
Votes: 15,006 | Gross: $17.31M
88. Face/Off (1997)
R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
Votes: 306,125 | Gross: $112.23M
90. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 243,243 | Gross: $103.05M
92. El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)
R | 118 min | Drama, Romance
Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.
Votes: 11,670 | Gross: $5.71M
93. The Flock (2007)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
This film is about a hyper-vigilant employee of the department of public safety who, while training his young female replacement, has to track down a missing girl who he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he is investigating.
94. The Lovely Bones (2009)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
Votes: 135,473 | Gross: $43.82M
95. The General's Daughter (1999)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.
Votes: 46,099 | Gross: $102.71M
96. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama
A partially idealized and fictionalized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.
Votes: 76,977 | Gross: $20.19M
97. One Day (2011)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Romance
After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.
Votes: 118,603 | Gross: $13.84M
98. The Red Shoes (1948)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.
Votes: 22,443 | Gross: $10.90M
choosing between love and career is a big decision
99. Sien nui yau wan (2011)
100 min | Fantasy, Horror
Tax collector Ning, a clumsy and easily frightened man, doesn't have any money and decides to stay overnight in an abandoned temple. Little does he know that the temple is haunted. He meets... See full summary »
100. Cougars Inc. (2011)
R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama
Sam has been expelled from every school and now he must find a creative way to pay for school, which he finds in an escort business entitled Cougars, Inc., leading to lessons he never expected to get.