when you're feeling a little lost

these are films that really capture what it means to be alive - in my (and commenters’) opinion(s). they always give me a little kick up the bum when i'm unmotivated or stuck in a rut. some are feel-good, some are sad, but all are very important. every emotion is evident in these films. I guess this list is saying "life's too short" - too short to not take risks, too short to regret things you never did, too short to miss out on experiences of, both, happiness and pain. a spectrum of emotions is what makes us human; what makes us real.

--- comment recs please!!!

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  • Before Sunset
  • Magnolia
  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • Spirited Away
  • Paris is Burning
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Ikiru
  • Paterson
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
  • Across the Universe
  • The Fifth Element
  • Back to the Future
  • La La Land
  • Paper Moon
  • The NeverEnding Story
  • Closet Land
  • Stardust
  • Closet Monster
  • Pleasantville
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • What If
  • The Way Way Back
  • Moonlight
  • The Florida Project
  • The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
  • American Honey
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Sing Street
  • Frank
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • The Spectacular Now
  • The Kings of Summer
  • Boyhood
  • The Fundamentals of Caring
  • About Time
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Short Term 12
  • Chungking Express
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Big Fish
  • Tracks
  • Before Midnight
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
  • Stuck in Love
  • Swiss Army Man
  • Faces Places
  • Man on Wire
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Waitress
  • Into the Wild
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Groundhog Day
  • Up
  • The Truman Show
  • Rushmore
  • Submarine
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Mindwalk
  • Freaked
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • The Lion King
  • The Brand New Testament
  • Your Name.
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Brigsby Bear
  • The Glass Castle
  • My Dinner with André
  • Brooklyn
  • St. Elmo's Fire
  • 50/50
  • Things to Come
  • Columbus
  • Like Crazy
  • Palo Alto
  • Grey Gardens
  • A Single Man
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • Before We Go
  • Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Lost in Translation
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • 127 Hours
  • Almost Famous
  • Before Sunrise
  • Juno
  • Lady Bird
  • Mommy
  • Begin Again
  • The Big Sick
  • Arrival
  • To the Wonder
  • Eraserhead