45. Shotgun Stories (2007)
> Directed by: Jeff Nichols
> Starring: Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs
> Genre: Drama, Thriller
> Available on: Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple iTunes
The directorial debut of Jeff Nichols, “Shotgun Stories” is about two families in the South linked by the same father whose rivalry explodes into violence after his death. The film holds a 90% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 80% of audiences like the film.
44. The Mighty (1998)
> Directed by: Peter Chelsom
> Starring: Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Sharon Stone
> Genre: Comedy, Drama
> Available on: Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, Hoopla, Vudu, Redbox, Microsoft Store
This tale of an unlikely friendship between two young outcasts boasts an eclectic cast that includes Harry Dean Stanton, Gena Rowlands, Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, and James Gandolfini. The movie received positive reviews from 75% of critics and 79% of audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, though it may appeal most to pre-teen viewers.
43. Safe (1995)
> Directed by: Todd Haynes
> Starring: Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, Dean Norris
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Criterion Channel
Julianne Moore stars in this eerie social drama about a suburban housewife who enters a dubious new-age retreat while suffering from undetermined illness from the environment. “Safe” was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 1995 and debuted that summer after being acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The movie was directed and written by Oscar nominee Todd Haynes and received an 86% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 75% of audiences enjoyed the film.
42. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
> Directed by: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
> Starring: Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra
> Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, YouTube Free, Showtime, Showtime Amazon Channel, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW, Amazon Prime Video, VUDU Free
A homosexual Castro critic and a heterosexual Communist in Havana develop a relationship in this Oscar-nominated coming-of-age story. The movie “movingly depicts” the friendship “against the backdrop of a pivotal moment in Cuban history,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus. Critics on the site gave the flick an 81% Freshness rating, while 84% of audiences liked it.
41. Little Men (2016)
> Directed by: Ira Sachs
> Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, FlixFling, Microsoft Store, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Tubi TV, Hoopla, Hulu
Ira Sachs directed this piercing look at how a dispute between adults can impact the friendship of young children. The film stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, and Paulina GarcÃa, and holds a 96% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics. Nigel Andrews of the Financial Times said, “as a picture of ticking intergenerational lives and their complex movements, it’s as exact as a watch.”