Given the nature of the thread, there will obviously be some spoilers as I discussed the movies I listed Having recently had surgery, I have had a "good" opportunity to sit down and watch quite a lot of movies. While watching them, it made me think: Aside from the artistic quality or action sequences that many of us like in movies, which movies have a meaning that makes you numb after watching them? Addiction to Any Thing Requiem for A Dream - for me, a "must see" for my children (when they get older, of course - my oldest is only 10) to show them how addiction of any kind can literally steal away your dignity, your self-respect, your being. Traffic - how drugs can affect anyone, from the "dregs" of society to the "Georgetown blue bloods" (I mean no disrespect in the labels - I used them because they convey the meaning without having to explain). The Man With the Golden Arm - although not as contemporaneous as Requiem and Traffic, the theme is still there, with a focus on drugs. It shows that no matter how hard you try to stay away, the drugs always have a grip on you. In the end, it's up to you whether you want to let go of that grip. Horror The Exorcist - the scariest movie I have ever seen-period. Being a devout Catholic and a firm believer in the Devil, it troubles me to this day to watch certain scenes in the movie. The Haunting (Wise version) - without a doubt, a true horror classic, especially considering you NEVER get to see what is scaring everyone at the house. Prophecy - Walken is the epitome of the "fallen angel". Seeing him perched atop the school looking down on the people below gave me the creeps. And his continual references to man as "little monkeys" blends Darwinism with the Bible. Revenge and its Consequences Ben-Hur - until Judah embraces the virtue of true love (and its attendant factor of forgiveness of one's enemies), he sees no rest. He is literally a slave to avenging his and his family's wrongful punishment, and even when he sees Messala dying, he still could not let go of the hate. So, contrary to what Gore Vidal says, Ben-Hur IS about Christ, in that it teaches the most important commandment Christ gave to his followers was the "simple" saying: Love everyone, including your enemies. (I am NOT advocating one religion over another - I am simply making a point of what the movie meant to me). The Searchers - arguably, John Wayne's finest performance. Right up to the very end of the movie, you don't know whether Wayne will kill the girl or rescue her. For the entire length of the movie, Wayne is driven by revenge. But in the end, even his level of hatred cannot bring him to kill the little girl-one of his own blood. Movies that made this "man" cry A Man for All Seasons - being a scholar of More, and having him as my patron saint, this movie meant alot to me. I tear up every time I watch his final address to Parliament; written accounts of his entire trial all concur that the judges could barely look at him because of their shameful obedience to an adulterous, murdering bastard who could not keep his pants zipped. Scofield gives a performance that makes one actually think that Scofield WAS More. My only criticism of the movie is that it does not show the depths to which Henry VIII sank up to the time of More's death. Jesus of Nazareth - tears really pour when I watch Jesus's Mother hold him after he was taken down from the cross. I cannot imagine the pain of watching one's son being crucified before one's very eyes, seeing him die, and then holding his lifeless body. Brian's Song - who would have ever thought James Caan and Billy Dee Williams could pull off a heart wrenching scene like they did for the final phone call between the two? Knowing this was a true story makes one appreciate the movie even more. To Kill a Mockingbird - when the black trial attendees all rose in respect for Atticus as he left the courtroom. I will try to add more movies and topics later. I hope others participate.