Movies

Although some movies contain disturbing or offensive content, I believe the value of the affective experience outweighs the difficult elements. Your personal discretion in making viewing selections is weightier than my recommendation. They are arranged according to themes.

Forgiveness Redemption and Reconciliation



Amistad

Dead Man Walking


Shawshank Redemption

End of the Spear


Angela’s Ashes (confession with
priest)


Life as a house


Les Miserables

Rain Man


Waking Ned Devine

Kolya


Mr. Holland’s Opus

Pulp Fiction (for mature audience)


Smoke Signals

Places in the Heart


Magnolia

Self Discovery



About Schmidt

Off the Map


Erin Brockovich

Acceptance



A Beautiful Mind

Chocolat


Philadelphia

Breakfast Club


The Elephant Man

Relational Intimacy/Reconciliation



Stepmom
(scene with two women toward the end of the movie)


Amelie


The Doctor

Driving Miss Daisy


Once

As Good As It Gets


Something’s Gotta Give

Lars and the Real Girl


Magnolia

Bucket List


Jack Goes Boating
(intimacy struggles)

Chemical Addiction



When a Man Loves a Woman
(addiction/co-dependency)


Crazy Heart


28 Days

Traffic


Rachel Getting Married

Requiem for a Dream


Trainspotting

Girl Interrupted


The Basketball Diaries

Sexual Addiction



Black Snake Moan
(female abuse/addiction/redemption)


Shame

Marriage

Betrayal/Infidelity



First Knight

The Prince of Tides


Unfaithful

Bridges of Madison County


Breaking and Entering

Closer


Eyes Wide Shut
(for mature audience only)

Marital Struggle/Conflict/Reconciliation



Story of Us

Nowhere in Africa


Painted Veil

Picture Bride


Freedom Writers

Fireproof

Divorce



Kramer vs Kramer

It’s Complicated


Stepmom

Pursuit of Passion/Inspirational



Dangerous Minds

Angels in the Dust


Mad Hot Ballroom

Field of Dreams


Billy Elliot

Big Fish


First Position

Parenting

Family Dysfunction/Abuse



Capturing the Friedman’s

Pieces of April


Rachel Getting Married

Precious
(disturbing abuse)

Mother/Daughter



White Oleander

Anywhere But Here


One True Thing

Stella

Mother/Son



Under the Same Moon

We Need to Talk About Kevin


Deep End of the Ocean

Changeling


The Blind Side

Pay It Forward


Double Jeopardy

Father/Daughter



On Golden Pond

Dan in Real Life


After the Wedding

Fiddler on the Roof


The American President

Paper Moon


Father of the Bride
(1950 version)

Father/Son



Life is Beautiful

Together


Over the Top

Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close


Finding Nemo

Road to Perdition


Courageous

To Kill a Mockingbird


Field of Dreams

Billy Elliot


The Pursuit of Happyness

Parenthood


Boyz ‘N’ the Hood

Sling Blade


My Life

Houseboat
(Cary Grant)


Riding Alone for Thousands of
Miles

(Japanese film)


Kramer vs Kramer

Parent/Child Bond



Rabbit-Proof Fence

Deep End of the Ocean


Under the Same Moon

Adoption



August Rush

Losing Isaiah


The Lost Child

Annie


Juno

Siblings



People Like Us

My Sister’s Keeper


First Position (Amerasian sister
and brother)


The Savages


The Color Purple

Neglect



Born into Brothels

Nobody Knows


Gone Baby Gone

Cultural Awareness/Human Struggle



Maria Full of Grace

In America


Beautiful Country

Crash


Babel

To Live


Together

Slumdog Millionaire


Gran Torino

Vanaja


Dirty Pretty Things

Red Violin


The Blind Side

Abuse/Trauma/Recovery



The Prince of Tides

Precious


Antwone Fisher

Sleepers


Good Will Hunting

Finding Forester


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

(trilogy)


Black Snake Moan


Domestic Violence



Enough

Take My Eyes


A History of Violence

Homosexuality



Angels in America

For the Bible Tells Me So


Philadelphia

Milk

Death



My Girl

Ponette


The Sixth Sense

Tuesdays with Morrie

War/Combat



The Hurt Locker

Saving Private Ryan


Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War


Schlinder’s List