91. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
> Directed by: Martin McDonagh
> Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Frustrated by the inability of local authorities to solve the rape and murder of her daughter, a Missouri mother puts up three billboards asking the police chief — who happens to be dying of cancer — why he has made no arrests. Violence, arson, and suicide ensue.
92. Titanic (1997)
> Directed by: James Cameron
> Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
James Cameron’s “Titanic” was a cultural landmark, winning 11 Academy Awards and becoming the second-highest grossing movie of all time, worldwide — second only to the same director’s “Avatar.” The film was also highly successful at evoking tears from the audience’s eyes, with both the tragic demise of the Titanic itself and the doomed romance between the film’s main characters, Jack and Rose.
93. Tuck Everlasting (2002)
> Directed by: Jay Russell
> Starring: Alexis Bledel, Jonathan Jackson, Sissy Spacek
In 1914, a wealthy, well-bred young girl meets and falls in love with a boy from a family of immortals living in the woods near her mansion. A mysterious man in a yellow suit seeks to interrupt the idyll and is killed. The girl has a chance to join her swain in eternal life, but chooses not to, and goes on to lead a normal life, dying at the age of 100.
94. Umberto D. (1952)
> Directed by: Vittorio De Sica
> Starring: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari
In this film, one of the classics of post-War War II Italian neorealism, an impoverished retired civil servant, whose only friends are his dog and a kitchen maid in his rooming house, is evicted after he falls ill and is unable to raise the money to pay his back rent. Finally, despondent, he takes his dog in his arms and stands in front of an oncoming train.
95. Underground (1995)
> Directed by: Emir Kusturica
> Starring: Predrag ‘Miki’ Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic
From the early days of World War II through the Cold War and into the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, two Serbian friends carouse, spy, fight, murder, fall in love, disappear, and reappear. In the surrealistic conclusion, all the characters, living and dead, are reunited for a wedding feast.
96. United 93 (2006)
> Directed by: Paul Greengrass
> Starring: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas
This is a fact-based reimagining of the events aboard one of the airliners hijacked by terrorists on 9/11. In this case, heroic passengers attempt to overpower the hijackers, who plan to crash the plane into the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and nearly succeed — but the plane goes down anyway in a Pennsylvania field, killing all on board.
97. Up (2009)
> Directed by: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
> Starring: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
Pixar – the Disney-owned animation studio behind “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” and “Finding Nemo” – is better known for its family-friendly feel-good movies than for anything sad. Nonetheless, with “Up” they produced one of the most moving animated movies of all time, as we watch protagonist Carl Fredricksen falling in love, living life, and finally losing his wife, Ellie. Keeping his promise to her, he turns his house into an airship, hooks up with an eccentric explorer, and ends up where the couple had always dreamed of being.
98. Waltz with Bashir (2008)
> Directed by: Ari Folman
> Starring: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag
In this animated documentary, an Israeli film director, realizing that he remembers nothing about his role in Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, sets out to interview old friends and colleagues about that period in his life. He comes to realize that he played a role, albeit a peripheral one, in the massacre of Palestinians in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila.
99. Wild Strawberries (1957)
> Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
> Starring: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin
Nostalgia, regret, and guilt are among the strongest emotions known to man. All three are approached without restraint in Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film “Wild Strawberries.” The movie tells the story of a man nearing the end of his time on earth, looking back on his life in contemplation. According to a review in The Guardian, “what makes the film great is its nearness to each of us.”
100. Winter Sleep (2014)
> Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
> Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag
Being based on works by Anton Chekhov and Fyodor Dostoevsky, it’s perhaps not surprising that this Turkish drama wades deep into emotional misery. The film centers around a hotel owner, Aydin, and his relationships with his wife, sister, and others. Slow-paced but engrossing, the film does an excellent job of exploring the emotional core of the human condition.
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