Themes

Humanity and the world around us 

  • Citizen Kane
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Magnolia
  • Donnie Darko
  • Inland Empire
  • Vanilla Sky
  • The Truman Show
  • The Doors
  • Forrest Gump
  • American Beauty
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Almost Famous
  • Walk the Line
  • Into the Wild
  • Fight Club

Intense violence and sexual transgression 

  • The Butterfly Effect
  • A History of Violence
  • 8MM
  • Funny Games
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Mystic River
  • The Last House on the Left
  • Hard Candy
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Natural Born Killers
  • The Last House on the Left
  • Blue Velvet
  • Gone Girl
  • Stoker

Moving relationship stories 

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • American Beauty
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Boyhood
  • In the Bedroom
  • The Notebook
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Little Women
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Match Point
  • The Hours
  • Atonement
  • Love Streams

gay, sexuality, relationships, feelings or homophobic 

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Latter Days
  • Get Real
  • Love, Simon
  • Beautiful Thing
  • Angels in America
  • A Single Man
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • A Home at the End of the World
  • American Beauty
  • Making Love
  • Moonlight
  • Dating Amber
  • Matthias & Maxime
  • Maurice

sex, sexuality, relationships, erotic or feelings 

  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Closer
  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
  • Lolita
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Unfaithful
  • Secretary
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Nine 1/2 Weeks
  • Lolita
  • Shame
  • 365 Days
  • Love
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

death, profound, symbolism, philosophical or vision 

  • The Fountain
  • mother!
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Solaris
  • Inland Empire
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Antichrist
  • Donnie Darko
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • The Tree of Life
  • Stalker
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Wings of Desire
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Mulholland Drive

storytelling, graphics, emotion, breathtaking or emotional 

  • Lost in Translation
  • Spirited Away
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Your Name.
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Death Note
  • Amélie
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Weathering with You
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • The Last Airbender
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

sexuality, sex, disturbed, unconventional or challenging 

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • Bully
  • Dogtooth
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
  • American Beauty
  • Ken Park
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Quills
  • Blue Velvet
  • Antichrist
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer