A thread on movie titles-dramas I love, the core of which is the human relationship (love, family, friendship), and our search for happiness, satisfaction, & belongingness. Requested by @panthi__ . So, here’s a list of movies I could remember fondly;
1. Casablanca (1942): "Of All The Gin Joints In All The Towns In All The World, She Walks Into Mine." A classic love story set around WWII between a nightclub owner and his former lover.
2. Bicycle Thieves (1948): “There's a cure for everything except death.” A story of a father and a son in search of their stolen bicycle; a story of the working-class struggle in post-war Italy.
3. Wild Strawberries (1957): “I can't think of anything worse than growing old.” When do we realize what defines us? Is it too late if we have lived half of our life? A masterpiece movie that tries to explain the meaning of life.
4. Pyaasa (1957): “Gham is kadar badhe ke main ghabra ke pee gaya,
is dil ki bebasi pe taras khake pee gaya,
thukra raha tha mujhko badhi der se jahaan,
main aaj sab jahaan ko thukra ke pee gaya”
A story of a poet and a prostitute in love. What better plot do we need?
5. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961): “People don't belong to people.” Watch the movie for Audrey Hepburn's singing of Moon River. A story of a struggling writer and a socialite traversing their life in flamboyant New York City.
6. Anand (1971): “Babumushoi, zindagi badi honi chahiye ... lambi nahin” A story of a terminally ill man who sets out to live his last days to the fullest. Poster by: Arghyadeep Biswas
7. Annie Hall (1977): One of the best works of Woody Allen. A story of a divorced Jewish comedian, and how he reflects on his relationship with ex-lover Annie Hall, an aspiring nightclub singer.
8. Silsila (1981): “Yeh Kahan Aa gaye hum yun hi saath saath chalke” Amitabh, Jaya and Rekha in a bold-story on extra-marital love affair.
9. Masoom (1983): "जीने के लिए सोचा ही नहीं
दर्द संभालने होंगे
मुस्कुराये तो, मुस्कुराने के
क़र्ज़ उतारने होंगे"
A story of love, jealousy, self-realization, forgiveness. One of the finest Bollywood movies.
10. Grave of the fireflies (1988): “Why do fireflies have to die so soon?” A heart-wrenching story of brother and sister amidst the war.
11. Dead Poets Society (1989): “We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
12. Days of Being Wild (1990): “I always thought one minute flies by. But sometimes it really lingers on. Once, a person pointed at his watch and said to me, that because of that minute, he'd always remember me. But I have to forget this man starting this very minute."
13. What’s eating Gilbert Grape? (1993): Gilbert is caught between his love for Becky and his responsibilities towards his mentally-challenged brother Arnie and Bonnie, his morbidly obese mother. A beautiful family-drama and story of a man caught up torn between his duty &desire.
14. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994): “Ae kash ke hum hosh mein ab aane na paaye” Sunil’s desperate attempts to win over Anna. A sweet story of love and mischief. Poster by: Ojasvi Mohanty
15. Chungking Express (1994): “Actually, really knowing someone doesn't mean anything. People change.”Two offbeat love stories revolve around Hong Kong police, drug-smuggling, and a fast-food eatery. The second movie in the love trilogy of Wong-Kar Wai.
16. Good Will Hunting (1997): Will Hunting, a genius in mathematics, solves all the difficult mathematical problems. When he faces an emotional crisis, he takes help from psychiatrist Dr Sean Maguireto, who helps him recover.
17. Life Is Beautiful (1997): A Jewish father and his family are in a Nazi death camp where the father uses humor to shield his young son from the grim realities of war.
18. Dil Se (1998): In pursuit of love, the male protagonist traverse the 7 stages: hub (attraction), uns (infatuation), ishq (love), akidat (trust/reverence), ibadat (worship), junoon (madness) & maut (death). One of the finest works of Mani Ratnam, SRK, Manisha & AR Rahman.
19. Malena (2000): “Time has passed, and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked... Malena.” A beautiful coming-of-age movie!
20. In the mood for love (2000): “Feelings can creep up just like that. I thought I was in control.” Gorgeous, moody, and hauntingly beautiful love story. Best work of Wong Kar Wai.
21. Waking Life (2001): A man moves from one dream to another, meeting various interesting people and having surreal experiences. He tries to find the answers to life's important questions. A must-watch.
22. Dil Chahta Hai (2001): Three friends, three approaches to relationships. A brilliant debut from Farhan Akhtar.
23. Amelie (2001): Story of a girl caught in an imaginative world and her quest for happiness and love.
24. Devdas (2002): “Apne hisse ki zindagi toh hum jee chuke Chunni babu, ab toh bus dhadkano ka lihaaz karte hai ... kya kahen yeh duniya waalo ko joh, aakhri saans par bhi aitraaz karte hai” An all-time classic of love-tragedy. Poster by: Aniket Mitra
25. The Classic (2003): A tear-jerking Korean drama!
26. Lost in Translation (2003): A story with both laugh-out-loud comedy and tender romance; a special movie.
27. 2046 (2004): “Love is all a matter of timing. It's no good meeting the right person too soon or too late.” The third chapter of a shared story that began with Days of Being Wild and continued with In the Mood for Love.
28. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): “I’m always anxious, thinking I’m not living my life to the fullest, taking advantage of every possibility, make sure I’m not wasting one second of the little time I have.”
29. Raincoat (2004): A slow, intense, and beautiful film of lost-love. Finest works of Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai.
30. Before Trilogy: Can’t even describe how wonderful these three movies are!
31. The Notebook (2004): “It's not going to be easy. It's going to be really hard. And we're going to have to work on this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me." A classic Hollywood summer romance.
32. Veer-Zaara (2004): “Tere liye hum hai jiye, Hotho ko Sile
Tere liye hum hai jiye, Har aashu piye” A cross border love story between an Indian pilot, Veer, and a Pakistani girl, Zaara. A timeless classic. An intense, humane, and emotional story.
33. Pride & Prejudice (2005): “We are all fools in love.”
34. Brokeback Mountain (2005): "There ain't never enough time, never enough...“ A thoughtful, lyrical, eventually frustrating examination of two men's romance.
35. Parineeta (2005): Story of love and companionship between two neighbors, who are childhood friends.
36. Priceless (2006): “Charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty, but you can't resist charm.” In France, a shy bartender is mistaken for a millionaire by a beautiful, scheming opportunist named Irene. When Irene discovers his true identity, she abandons him.
37. The Painted Veil (2006): A tragic story, a relentless sadness. Story of a married couple, once estranged and betrayed, and how they find love and appreciation for one another.
38. Once (2007): A girl meets a boy in Dublin and helps him put together a demo disc of his musical performances. Later, they fall in love with each other and portray their love through their songs.
39. The Kite Runner (2007): “There is only one sin. That is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth.”
40. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007): “Like a sailor seeing the shore disappear, I watch my past recede, reduced to the ashes of memory.”
41. Juno (2007): “the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass.” A classic coming of age movie!
42. Atonement (2007): “I can become again the man who once crossed the surrey park at dusk, in my best suit, swaggering on the promise of life. The man who, with the clarity of passion, made love to you in the library. The story can resume. I will return.” A war-time love story!
43. The Reader (2008) “You don't have the power to upset me. You don't matter enough to upset me.” Michael, a teenager, falls in love with an older woman named Hanna. Their liaison ends when she suddenly vanishes. They meet after a decade when she goes on trial.
44. The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008): An Iranian woman (Shohreh Aghdashloo) tells a journalist (James Caviezel) about the unjust and brutal death of her innocent niece (Mozhan Marnò).
45. The boy in the striped pajamas (2008): “Lines will divide us but hope will unite us.” Story of friendship between, Bruno (son of the commandant at a concentration camp during WWII) and a Jewish boy he meets across the fence.
46. Revolutionary Road (2008): “Hopeless emptiness. Now you've said it. Plenty of people are onto the emptiness, but it takes real guts to see the hopelessness.” Story of people who dreamt but never had the nerve to achieve what they dreamt.
47. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008): “I don't know what I want. I only know what I don't want.”
48. 500 Days of Summer (2009): “You know what sucks? Realizing that everything you believe in is complete and utter bullshit.” Tom revisits the approximate one year he shared with Summer, the girl he thought he could spend the rest of his life with.
49. Hachi-A dog’s tale (2009): “There's an element of music that cannot be captured. Life cannot be captured. The human heart cannot be captured. The moment of creation itself is fleeting.” The unbreakable bond of a dog and a professor.
50. Up (2009): “Adventure is out there!”
51. About Elly (2009): “A bitter end is better than endless bitterness.” A story of the collision between Islamic traditions and modernism in Iran’s middle class centered around the disappearance of a young woman.
52. Blue Valentine (2010): “How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?”
53. Guzarish (2010): “Life is very short, my friends. But it is long enough if you live with all your heart.”A poetic movie.
54. Udaan (2010): “Pairon ki bediyan; Khwabon ko baandhe nahi re, kabhi nahi re” Coming of age-drama of a guy forced to quit his dream of poetry, who lives with his hateful/strict father and his step-brother.
55. A separation (2011): A beautiful family drama where husband and wife choices create emotional chaos. Best work of Asghar Farhadi.
56. Midnight in Paris (2011): “We all fear death and question our place in the universe. The artist's job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.” Light, assured, and charming movie.
57. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011): “Dilon Mein Tum Apni Betaabiyan Leke Chal Rahe Ho Toh Zinda Ho Tum, Nazar Mein Khwabon Ki Bijliyan Leke Chal Rahe Ho Toh Zinda Ho Tum” Europe trip turns into an opportunity to mend fences, heal wounds, and fall in love with life.
58. The Intouchables (2011): “'It doesn't matter who you are on the outside, the main thing is who you are on the inside.” An unusual friendship between a street smart immigrant and French nobleman.
59. Moonrise Kingdom (2012): “Poems don't always have to rhyme, you know. They're just supposed to be creative.” Sam, a 12-year-old orphan, falls in love with Suzy, and the two run away to a secluded cove on an island, prompting the entire town to begin a search.
60. Frances Ha (2012): It's that thing when you're with someone, & you love them & they know it, & they love you and you know it...It's sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us, but we don't have the ability to perceive them.."
61. Silver Lining Playbook (2012): “I'm gonna take all this negativity and use it as fuel. I’m gonna find a silver lining.”
62. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012): “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
63. Miracle in cell no. 7 (2013): “Truth doesn't win in court. Whoever wins in court establishes the truth.” A heartfelt story of a father and a daughter.
64. Ram Leela (2013): “Yeh, laal isq..”
65. The Garden of Words (2013): “But I think to myself, this is not what I should be doing right now.” When a lonely teenager skips his morning lessons to sit in a lovely garden, he meets a mysterious older woman who shares his feelings of alienation.
66. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013): “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
67. Lootera (2013): “I want to write. Lots & lots of books. Sometimes I feel like running away to our house in Dalhousie, sit there, and keep on writing, keep on writing. Snow will keep falling outside and inside I'll Keep on writing, keep on writing ”The last scene is so poetic!
68. The Lunchbox (2013): “I think we forget things if there is nobody to tell them.”
69. Her (2013): “Falling in love is kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity”
70. Boyhood (2014): “You know how everyone's always saying seize the moment? I don't know, I'm kinda thinking it's the other way around. You know, like the moment seizes us.”
71. Wild (2014): “There is a sunrise and a sunset every day & you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.” A recently divorced woman, starts a new life by hiking along the 1,100 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail where she begins to discover herself.
72. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Him, Her, and Them): “Do you ever wonder why we fall in love with a specific person?” Three-part movies on love and struggle of a couple.
73. Nil Battey Sannata (2015): “Lots of people will laugh at your dream. Ask them to go to hell.” Story of a mother and how she wants to motivate her daughter to excel at studies despite her poor economy.
74. Tamasha (2015): “It's our own life story we can change the ending.” A love story, a story of self-exploration, a story of dreams and desires. A timeless classic from Imtiaz Ali.
75. Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015): “Yeh moh moh k dhaange, tere ungliyo se jake uljhe!”
76. Masaan (2015): “Chiraagon ko aankhon mein mehfooz rakhna
Badi door tak raat hi raat hogi
Musafir hain hum bhi musafir ho tum bhi
Kisi mod par phir mulaqaat hogi”
A story on restrictions of society on love and sex, and a painful struggle of individuals to find freedom.
77. Paterson (2016): “Sometimes empty pages present most possibilities.” A story of a soulful bus driver and basement poet.
78. Aligarh (2016): “Poetry is not in the words. It's in the interval between the words, the pauses, the silences.” Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a professor on whom a sting operation was carried out to determine his sexual orientation, forms a special bond with a journalist.
79. Your Name (2016): A lovely and touching Japanese animation in which teenagers find themselves trading bodies and lives.
80. Manchester by the sea (2016): Story of a man quietly dealing with tragedies. A beautiful cinema.
81. Kapoor and Sons (2016): Frankly, I had not expected this one to be good. But this is a beautiful depiction of family relations, upset, chaos, love and struggle for identity.
82. Moonlight (2016): “At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you gonna be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you.” A profoundly moving film!!
83. La La Land (2016): “And if in some distant place in the future, we see each other in our new lives, I will smile at you with joy, and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees learning from each other and growing in love.”
84. The big sick (2017): A funny, moving, sentimental true love story of Kumail Nanjiani.
85. Call me by your name (2017): "Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine." A beautiful portrayal of forbidden human emotions.
86. Loving Vincent (2017): Presented in an oil painted animation. A young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating the artist's final days.
87. Lady Bird (2017): “Don't you think maybe they are the same thing? Love and Attention?” A teenage girl faces a lot of ups and downs in her relationships during her senior year in high school.
88. Roma (2018): “We are alone. No matter what they tell you..” The movie sincerely expresses the depths of ordinary life; a moving story.
89. Green Book (2018): “The world is full of lonely people afraid to make the first move.”
90. October (2018): A story of loss, a love story unlike we see. A gem of a movie.
91. Portrait of a lady on fire (2018): “Don’t regret. Remember.” A story of a forbidden affair between an aristocrat and a painter; one of the most beautiful movies of all time.
92. Destination Wedding (2018): “You don't stop loving a person just because they injure you.” Engaging rom-com! Never imagined Keanu Reaves doing this kind of movie and hence, I was pleasantly surprised.
93. Shoplifters (2018): “If they say they hurt you because they love you, that is a lie.” A picture of Japanese poverty that rarely gets airtime overseas!!
94. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018): “I don't want to sound foolish, but remember love is what brought you here. And if you've trusted love this far, don't panic now. Trust it all the way.” Beautifully acted, lovingly adapted drama about love, family, & (in)justice in America.
95. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019): “Friends are the family you choose.” A man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw who becomes his coach and ally.
96. Elisa and Marcela (2019): A beautiful and tragic story of forbidden love.
97. Little Women (2019): “Women. They have minds, & they have souls, as well as just hearts. & they’ve got ambition, & they’ve got talent as well as just beauty, & I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it.” Poster: Alrey Santiago
98. Marriage Story (2019): A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.
99. The Sky is Pink (2019): A stirring watch!
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100. Piku (2015): A road trip to Kolkata, exploration of the relationship between an independent daughter and an aging father, and conflict of ideologies. A treat to watch!!
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