Want to turn your little heart upside down with a moving story, poignant characters? We have what you need ! You will find your happiness in this list which brings together 20 of the most moving films in cinema. Prepare the tissues, because you will undoubtedly shed a few tears by (re)discovering these touching stories.
Here is our selection of the best and most moving films to see absolutely
The Awakening (1990)
At the beginning of the 1970s, the young doctor Malcolm Sayer was transferred to a psychiatric clinic which treated patients suffering from the sequelae of lethargic encephalitis. Among them, Leonardo, 50, who has been in a catatonic state for almost forty years. Malcolm will do everything to find a miracle cure and against all odds, it works! Leonard and the other patients finally “wake up” and must start a new life.
Schindler’s List (1993)
In 1939, Europe was ravaged by war and the Jews oppressed by the Germans. Some still find advantages in it, Oskar Schindler intends to take advantage of it to do good business and earn more money. He employs Jewish workers in his factory with the intention of saving money, but his mentality changes in the face of the horrors of war. Schindler ends up using his factories to save as many Jews as possible from the concentration camps.
Forrest Gump (1994)
In this film carried by Tom Hanks, we follow Forrest Gump, a nice, somewhat simple-minded boy, whose life is a series of extraordinary adventures between 1950 and 1980. Despite himself, Forrest will participate, even be the initiator of many significant events in the history of the United States. At the same time, the young man’s path continues to cross that of Jenny, his lifelong love.
The Green Line (1999)
Still starring Tom Hanks, the film follows Paul Edgecomb, head warden at Cold Mountain Penitentiary, Louisiana, in the 1930s. In charge of death row inmates, Paul and his team ensure that the last convict weeks are going well. Everything changes when John Coffey, a gigantic man with a childish soul, is transferred to his block. Coffey is accused of raping and killing two young girls, but Paul doubts his guilt. In addition, the colossus has a mysterious power that will change the lives of Paul, his colleagues and the other prisoners.
Alone in the world (2000)
The life of Chuck Noland, a FedEX employee, turns into a nightmare when his plane crashes in the Pacific Ocean. Sole survivor, Chuck finds himself lost on an isolated island, without the possibility of escaping there and even less of contacting the emergency services. The man will spend several years there with only a volleyball for company which he baptizes Wilson.
Sam I Am Sam (2001)
Little Lucy’s dad is not like the others: Sam has the mental capacities of a 7-year-old child. But he does his best to take care of his daughter who was abandoned at birth by her mother. For Sam, Lucy is the center of his world, he is ready to do anything for her happiness. Unfortunately, everything changes when social services take the little girl away. Advised by his friends, Sam will ask a lawyer to help him recover Lucy.
Time for an Autumn (2002)
Landon Carter is the perfect cliché of the high school bad boy hunk. He’s cool, only hangs out with cool friends… Quite the opposite of Jamie Sullivan, a wise and very introverted young girl. And yet, their paths will cross. They will become friends and then fall madly in love. Landon is ready to start a new life with Jamie, but Jamie tells him a terrible secret.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The story follows Frankie Dunn, a taciturn, cut-off boxing trainer ever since his daughter stopped talking to him. Frankie revels in this emotional wasteland until everything is turned upside down by the arrival of Maggie Fitzgerald, an apprentice boxer who wants Frankie to train her. At first reluctant, the latter ends up giving in and against all odds, Maggie quickly becomes a seasoned fighter. Together, they will climb the ladder, but are not immune to falls…
The Secret of Brokeback Mountain (2005)
In Wyoming, in 1963, two young cowboys, Jack and Ennis, meet at Brokeback Mountain where they are hired to herd sheep. Their friendship quickly turns into something stronger and they live a passionate story for a summer. Each will leave to make his life, but when they meet again four years later, a single look is enough to rekindle the flame.
In Search of Happiness (2006)
Chris Gardner is a sales rep who can’t make ends meet. He finds himself on the street with Christopher, his 5-year-old son. Father and son live hand to mouth, sleeping in makeshift places, while Chris desperately searches for work. He ends up being taken on probation at a prestigious brokerage firm, but must prove himself to have any hope of landing the job and getting paid. Chris is ready to endure anything for the happiness of his son.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
During the Second World War, Bruno is a nine-year-old boy, overflowing with curiosity. Her father, a Nazi officer, is given command of the Auschwitz concentration camp and the whole family moves out. Bruno gets bored quickly. From the window of his bedroom, he sees people wearing striped pajamas and out of curiosity, ventures into hiding on the side of the concentration camp. He meets a little Jewish boy with whom he becomes friends.
Parker, a college music teacher, finds a stray puppy as he gets off the train. He takes him home and names him Hatchi. So begins a good life for the two, with a little routine of their own: every morning, Hatchi accompanies Parker to the station and he comes back to pick him up in the evening. But the ritual is broken when Parker suddenly dies. Hatchi, however, continues to wait for him at the station, still hoping for his return. The film is inspired by a true story.
My Life for Yours (2009)
Anna is just 11 years old when she decides to sue her parents. She accuses them of having conceived her only to serve as a donor compatible with her big sister eaten away by cancer. Anna claims her emancipation and must do to her own mother, Sara. A former lawyer, the latter resumes service to defend her cause and that of her husband, but above all to demonstrate that Anna’s behavior is incredibly selfish. But who is right? Who’s wrong ?
The Second Wind (2014)
Kate is beautiful, independent and lives the perfect life with her husband Evan. But everything changes when a terrible illness takes hold of his body and gradually causes him to lose his autonomy. Distraught, Kate hires Bec, an unconventional student, to take care of her. An unbreakable bond is quickly forged between the two. A second wind for Kate, the beginning of a new life for Bec.
A few minutes after midnight (2017)
Conor’s mom is very sick. At the same time, the little boy has to face the firmness of his grandmother and the intimidation of his classmates. Conor is so scared, Conor is lost. Every night at midnight, he escapes into an imaginary world where strange tales and misadventures will teach him to gain courage, but above all to face loneliness and the truth.
Mija, a little Korean girl, leads a simple but idyllic life in the South Korean mountains, with Okja, a huge hippopotamus-like pig. The two are inseparable, but one day an American multinational arrives and captures Okja to take him to New York, clearly reserving him for an unenviable fate. Little Mija then sets off on a crazy adventure to save her friend from the clutches of the company. She will do anything to bring Okja home.
Ma Rainey’s Blues (2020)
The story takes place in the 1920s, during a recording session by the “mother of the blues”, Ma Rainey. The tension is gradually rising between the musicians, but also between Ma Rainey and her producers. Will they manage to record the songs before everything ends in tragedy? This film marks Chadwick Boseman’s final film appearance. The actor tragically died of cancer a few months before the theatrical screening of the feature film.
Ruth Slater spent twenty long years in prison for a crime deemed horrific by society. When she gets out, she has only one thing in mind: to find her little sister who had been placed in a foster home during her incarceration. His research will be strewn with pitfalls, however, because for many, Ruth’s crime is unforgivable. But Ruth is ready to do anything to see her sister again.
Rob Feld is a former chef who now lives recluse in the mountains with only a pig for company. Together, they hunt truffles daily and then resell them to a luxury ingredient supplier to high-end restaurants. Rob leads an austere and quiet life, until people break into his house, attack him and take his pig. Determined to save his friend, Rob must return to civilization and face his mysterious past.
The Power of the Dog (2021)
In Montana, brothers Phil and George manage the largest ranch in the valley. The two have always been inseparable. But everything changes when George marries Rose, a young widow whom Phil hates from the start. He also makes her live through hell and Rose gradually sinks into alcohol and depression. Phil goes even further by getting closer to Peter, Rose’s son, born from his first marriage. Sensitive and effeminate, Peter is a perfect target, but Phil gets caught at his own game.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1976), Tomb of the Fireflies (1988), Rain Man (1988) Dead Poets Society (1989), Gilbert Grape (1994), The Escaped (1995), Au- beyond our dreams (1998), Gladiator (2000), The passion of the Christ (2004), Precious (2009), Untouchable (2011), 12 years a slave (2013), You shall not kill (2016), Call me by your name (2017)…