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
  • Collateral
  • Magnolia
  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • Spirited Away
  • Cars
  • Paris is Burning
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Eraserhead
  • Nebraska
  • Ikiru
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Donnie Darko
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • The Odyssey
  • Paterson
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  • Samsara
  • Paper Moon
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
  • Across the Universe
  • The Fifth Element
  • Back to the Future
  • Paddington
  • La La Land
  • Blue Valentine
  • La Dolce Vita
  • The BFG
  • The NeverEnding Story
  • Closet Land
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Dreams
  • Stardust
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Closet Monster
  • Coco
  • Pleasantville
  • Do the Right Thing
  • The Master
  • 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
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • Easy A
  • The Spectacular Now
  • The Kings of Summer
  • Boyhood
  • About Time
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Frank
  • Short Term 12
  • Chungking Express
  • The Fundamentals of Caring
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Black Mirror: San Junipero
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Tracks
  • Before Midnight
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
  • Stuck in Love
  • The Shape of Water
  • Swiss Army Man
  • Big Fish
  • Grand Canyon
  • Faces Places
  • Man on Wire
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Waitress
  • My Life on Ice
  • Wolf Children
  • Piglet's Big Movie
  • Into the Wild
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Submarine
  • Groundhog Day
  • Up
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Truman Show
  • Rushmore
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • The Boy and the Beast
  • The Big Sick
  • Roman Holiday
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Freaked
  • Mindwalk
  • Paddington 2
  • Kiki's Delivery Service