Movies that make you care about the characters?

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  1. Robert Burkes

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    Hi, everyone. I'm looking for some great movies that really make you care about the characters, especially but not exclusively movies that leave you with a good feeling. One that really stands out in my mind is Almost Famous. I love that movie and its characters. "Popcorn movies" are fine, but IMHO, what makes a movie great is its ability to make you feel some kind of emotion for the characters it is presenting to you. Thanks for any posts!

    Rob
     
  2. Jeremy Anderson

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    Simon Birch is one that really worked for me.
     
  3. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    The Third Man

    Casablanca

    The Sweet Hereafter

    Au Revoir Les Enfants

    That's all I can think of right now...
     
  4. Sean Conklin

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    Armageddon (I know, I already know how you guys feel :p) )
    Ever After
    Never been kissed
    Contact
    The Wedding Singer
    Pump up the Volume
    Almost Famous
    The Burbs
    Awww hell, I care about all the characters in my favorite films, so I would be really making a list of my favorite films. So I'll stop here.[​IMG]
     
  5. Bill Balcziak

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    My Favorite Year
    If you can't feel for Peter O'Toole's characterization of Alan Swann, you need to drink more.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Shad R

    Shad R Supporting Actor

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    Philadelphia, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington are top notch. This is one of my favorite movies. I almost cried at the end.
     
  7. Richard Travale

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    Almost Shad? Your heart must be made of stone [​IMG]
    I would add Beautiful Girls to the list. I felt like I knew all of the characters personally.
     
  8. Ike

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    Dancer in the Dark, probably.
     
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    • How Green Was My Valley
    • Paths of Glory
    • The Man who Shot Liberty Valance
    • The 400 blows
    • E.T.
    • Empire of the Sun
    • Shawshank Redemption
    • Braveheart
    • To Kill A Mockingbird
    • Iron Giant
    • Stand By Me
     
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    In a weird way, Memento did this for me.
     
  11. MichaelPe

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    I just finished watching "Amores Perros" again, and I can definitely say that I cared about the characters in this film. You can just feel the emotion in every scene, and a few scenes almost brought me to tears. Almost. [​IMG]
     
  12. Steve_Ch

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    There are obviously many, but the one that really jumps out is The Best Years of Our Lives.

    The movie has no sex or violence, no cliff hangers, no catchy sound track, no clever plot twist, no breath taking production/scenery, in other words, it's all about the characters that made it worked with little distraction, I am sure everybody that've seen it will agree.
     
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    Braveheart
    Saving Private Ryan
    and just about every movie. [​IMG]
     
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    The Untouchables
     
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    If you arent absolutly dying for RUDY to suit up you are a cold heartless monster.

    Also off the top of my head;

    Shawshank Redemption

    The Natural

    blah blah blah
     
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    Swingers
     
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    Yi Yi

    Chunhyang

    The Hole

    Hoop Dreams

    Fireworks

    Bottlerocket

    Breaking The Waves

    A Better Tomorrow

    Annie Hall

    Stolen Kisses
     
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    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Last Picture Show

    It Happened One Night,

    African Queen,

    The Graduate,

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Kramer vrs. Kramer
     
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    Sounder
     
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    I just watched Sense and sensibility
     

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