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5 Movies that moved me

Updated on July 30, 2011


When I speak of movies that move me, I am referring to movies that, when I saw them the first time, they really affected me emotionally in one way or another. For some movies it has happened to me that I was unable to speak for a few minutes as I was still stricken by the movie I had just come from seeing. Most of the time, seeing the movie a second or third time afterwards did not have the same effect, but watching them again reminds me of the effect these movies have had. The list below is not in any order.


The scenes of the seven sins were shocking. The way the movie ended, astounding. The fact that it rained through so much of the movie also made for an interesting back drop. Kevin Spacey did a stellar job as the serial killer, and the two policemen, played by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman also had amazing performances.

This movie moved me because of how graphic the deadly sins were, and how intense the last scene of the movie was.

Naked Lunch

For a little while when I was in university I was exploring different types of books and came across William S Burroughs book entitled Naked Lunch. I started to read it but only got in by about 20 pages before I couldn't read it any longer. It was all over the place too much, difficult to tell if there was a plot and hard to make out any characters. When the Naked Lunch movie came out I went to see it in the cinema, this was the first David Cronenberg movie I ever saw. To say it was disturbing is a bit of an understatement.

After having seen the film I was dumbstruck. I would not recommend this movie to anyone unless they really were in a place in their life where they welcome being disturbed.

A Clockwork Orange

The ultra-violence in this film is shocking, to say the least. The treatment that Alex gets to cure him of his violent ways is just as disturbing. The usage of classical music throughout the movie is a little bit jarring. I'm not sure what else to say about this movie, if you've seen, it, let me know in the comments what you thought about it.

Saving Private Ryan

The opening scene of this movie seemed so real and so awful it had me riveted to my seat. I wanted to both close my eyes and watch at the same time. As terrible as I could have ever imagined war to be, this was worse, and even watching this must be nothing compared to actually having been there.

The rest of the movie after the opening sequence was a little bit easier to take, though there was an additional scene closer to the end where one of the American soldiers is caught in a building in a one-on-one fight with a knife with a German soldier. How slow this scene passed, and how you can imagine each of these two men having a family or a wife or parents at home and one of them was going to die... all for what?

Life is Beautiful

Roberto Benigni is an enormous presence in this movie, playing his character unbelievably well. His charming and entertaining nature in the movie are amazing, especially considering the circumstances within which he finds himself.

This movie had me crying at the end and even now as I write this hub my eyes are watery in remembering the film. If you haven't seen this movie I definitely recommend it.


Are there any movies that you would list as a movie that really moved you? Let me know in the comments.


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    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Hey Fonz, don't worry about the long comment, it was entertaining to read. You've given me quite a few movies to add to my hub recommended movie list, hopefully they are available to me here.

      I'm already working on my next 5-movie list, it may get more attention, but so far I only have three out of five.

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      6 years ago

      hey mr plasma,sorry for the long winded responce yesterday,got a bit carried away with my first post...

      kicking back here in sunny sydney on a saturday afternoon and i just came across a movie like no other and i thought you might be interested in it...its a one man drama about an italian-jewish holocaust survivor who's name is primo would normally be a play on stage i'm guessing but i found it worked really well...its called PRIMO

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      6 years ago

      'life is beautful' is my number one all time...'seven' has in my view the best ending to a movie that i've blew me away.i can't remember the last time i even went to the movies or even rented one so my range is limited but 'the shawshank redemption'is in that group as well.when i think movies i think of those three.a movie that impacted me 'million dollar baby'i think that's what its called...saving private ryan is a fair movie but without the opening shots is just another bunch of pretty boys playing in the dirt.seriously,how many times can you pat yourself on the back for helping out.the history channel moves me more.that's in my humble opinion not that that means much coz as they say opinions are like arseholes,everyone's got one...gallopoli is the name of the town on the turkish coast that australia was asked to take by the then lord of the admiralty winston churchill in one of the greatest blunders of the 20th century.churchill was sacked wth his credability destroyed only to return triumphent 20 years was suicide mission that the aussies with help from the kiwis nearly triumphed.we're the only country that celebrate a battle that was lost as our proudest military achievement such was the bravery.what are we talking about again the movie starred mad mel gibson in one of his first movies after graduating from nida in sydney.still on australian films,the first 'saw' movie was quite confronting and it was made for only $10 000 and filmed over a weekend by 2 first year grads...still flying the flag for oz if your into disturbing movies one called 'bad boy bubby'fits the bill nicely...more of a novel than a comment and would you believe my very first one.haven't even been on this site for years and don't even know how i got here.i'm a bit

      good luck with it...nearly forgot but paul newman'cool hand luke

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Kubrick's movies often strayed from the original story for his own design of personal cinematic effects.

      I also watched Cronenberg's Crash, I don't think I'm up to hubbing about that one.

      I have an idea or two about other movie hubs I could write, but they aren't yet fully developed. Soon, hopefully. MTL 7:24PM.

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      6 years ago

      ...well I love your enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of the film world and it's so nice to see world class film buffs here like Cogerson and Flora (me included, that makes four, you too)

      Although I found Life is beautiful a terrible film in its clumsy handling of a sensitive subject and could not warm up to Naked Lunch (another Croneberg film like that was Crash) although I'm a fairly big fan of Burrough's writing style. A Clockwork Orange just happens to be one of my two favorite films of all time - the other one being David Lynch's Blue Velvet - and Taxi Driver by Scorcese (hope you don't think I'm a violent offender -lol)

      A footnote on A Clockwork Orange - apparently Anthony Burgess did not care the film adaptation of his book nor did Stephen King like the filming of his book The Shining, also directed by Stanley.

      I would like to see more film hubs by you if you could, this one was particularly thrilling.

      lake erie 6:49pm

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Cog, you are the first to reply indicating you've seen Naked Lunch - viewers of this movie are a rare breed. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Cogerson profile image


      6 years ago from Virginia

      Very good list....the only one that did not move me was The Naked Lunch....I really wanted to like the movie but both times I watched the movie, I just could not pay it enough attention the movie deserves. Life is Beautiful is awesome....I think about the movie and the father son relationship all the time....great hub.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I haven't watched ACO in quite some time, though you are likely right that it has hidden meanings.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      I think seven was a great movie,it was disturbing but well done in terms of maintaining the gravity of the subject matter. "A clockwork Orange" has many deep undertones to it. Though violent, I think it speaks potently of society and its machinery.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks for stopping by Deb, I haven't seen Ryan in quite some time, I am due to see it again. As for Braveheart and Shawshank, I would add both of these to a top 10 list.

      I've never heard of Gallopoli, I'll have to check it out.

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      6 years ago

      Life is Beautiful would have to be my all time favourite. I have seen Saving Private Ryan about 4 or 5 times and each time I enjoy it, however when it comes to war movies I would have to say I preferred Gallopoli, probably because it looks at Australians in WWW1. The movie Braveheart had me hooked. If Robert the Bruce hadn't turned on Wallace England could have fallen to Scotland. Imagine that. For the last of my favourite 5 movies I choose the Shawshank Redemption.

      Great topic Phil.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I haven't been as disturbed by books as I have been by movies - I find that getting the visual presentation is more intense.

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      6 years ago from New Orleans

      I feel like if the movie is as disturbing as people say it is, the book is probably more so. Maybe I'll just go for the movie :)

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      No, I haven't read the book, I didn't know there was one. Thanks for stopping by.

    • emichael profile image


      6 years ago from New Orleans

      I haven't seen Clockwork Orange yet. I've been debating whether I should read the book first. Have you read it?

      And believe it or not, I still have never seen Saving Private Ryan. I need to remedy that soon, I think.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Hey Suzanne, thanks for stopping by. I haven't seen Seven in many years, I'll have to see if I can see it again soon.

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      6 years ago from Texas

      Seven and Life is Beautiful are 2 that I have in my own collection. I just watched Seven a few days ago and was just as impressed by it as I had been the first time I saw it.

      You know Roberto Begnini wrote and directed Life is Beautiful as well as starring in it. The leading lady is his wife in real life, too and appears in many of his movies with him.

      I HATED Saving Private Ryan. I could just barely get through it. I thought it was one of the most boring movies I have ever seen!

      Surprisingly, I have never seen Clockwork Orange, and probably never will. It has never appealed to me.

      Voted up and useful! :)

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      cooldad, thanks for stopping by.

      Flora, indeed, the only Hitchcock movie at the moment I can recall is the bird one, and it too still haunts me - a worthy entry to add to this list.

      Roseann, thanks for stopping by.

      Paradise, I've seen the three you mentioned, and would agree about Shindler's List. Maybe I'll create another hub and call it '5 other movies that moved me'.

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      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I've seen all of these movies, except Naked Lunch. I agree with you: they each have something that stays with you, that you MUST respond to. I'd recommend "Life is Beautiful", to anyone, anytime. One of the very best movies I've ever seen.

      One of my top ten favorites of all time is "Finding Neverland". That one got me in tears, by the end of it. Great movie. "Schindler's List", of course, and also, just for the fun of it and the great dance scenes, "Dirty Dancing".

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      Roseann Cole 

      6 years ago from Midwest USA

      I haven't seen too many of these movies, but they all sound very interesting and worth renting. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      The only one of the movies listed here that I've seen is Life is Beautiful. I'm not at a point where I am able to watch A Clockwork Orange. And from your comments I can tell that the same is true for Naked Lunch. There are some movies I haven't seen yet because they are too disturbing. I don't know when or if I'll get to them. as for movies that have moved me, there are too many to point out in comments. However, in reference to how a movie makes you feel the first time you saw it, Hitchcock movies are just as suspenseful to me every time I see them. They are the only movies where it doesn't matter what kind of day I'm having or what kind of mood I am in. I can aslways be swept away in the suspense. Other genres my mood is really important.

    • cooldad profile image


      6 years ago from Florida

      Great hub. Seven is excellent, the seven sins are fascinating. I have yet to see Life is Beautiful, I need to soon.

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      Alexander Silvius 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I make it a point not to watch depressing movies too often and I get a bad feeling about Seven, but I do miss out of course.

      I have one vain example from a Star Trek movie - bear with me here. In Star Trek Generations, an entire planet blew up. The way it happened, how you knew it was coming and then how the blast moved along the surface of the planet and lastly the very real (at least to me) vision of exploding mantle and rock flying everywhere shocked me - it felt real like a memory and it shook me up. But that's just talking about a particular scene. The movie that really moved me and many other people was Passion of the Christ. I don't think I'll ever watch that again, but it was absolutely absorbing and the silence in the theater afterwards was complete. Sadly, I noticed that most people I talked to that had seen it were not motivated to be more religious and the same is true for me. My relationship with God continues to grow but that movie had no effect on my long term spiritual growth.

      Boy you really provoked some thought in me, I just know that later today I'll realize I know ten other movies that moved me and I will wish I had remembered them!

      The funny thing is, is that it's the movies that aren't so popular that really hit home for me - like the movie Soldier - a simple and obscure sci-fi (yes, sci fi again) about a man trying to find his way in the world. Kurt Russel plays an old soldier who was discarded when he no longer was deemed useful. Rejected by normal people he ends up in a metal drain pipe, trying to keep warm by a fire and tears are sliding down his cheek. I live for those scenes!

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Seeker, thanks for the great comment - it is certainly true that for some people things like with stick with them for a long time. For me this doesn't happen, but for my wife she was crying on and off for three or four days after we saw Life is Beautiful every time she would think about the movie.

      Carl, thanks for the votes, definitely check out Life is Beautiful if you can.

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      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Seven is so messed up. Ill never forget the first time I saw it. I have not seen Life is Beautiful. Will have to check that out. Wonder if it is available to watch instantly on netflix. voted up plus useful

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This hub is fantastic. A really interesting read. I do tend to monitor what I watch as I can get very effected emotionally by what I see on screen and the feelings can stay with me for days. Of course not every movie does this. But 'Seven' was defiantely one of them. 'A Clockwork Orange' I watched till about half way through - for me, given the film's content this was good going. There is no doubt that the film is excellent but it was just too much to watch - maybe my female hormones were not in sync that day! Whatever the reason I couldn't watch all the way through and I wouldn't try to watch it again. It is a pity I guess, because I have missed out on a lot of good films. But when the choice comes down to either being able to sleep at night or being awake then I'd rather miss out.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Josh, thanks for being first to comment here. I've added the movies you've listed to my hub recommended watch list. Thanks for the vote!

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      6 years ago

      Excellent list here, Phil. 'Seven' was an absolutely phenomenal film - really the model for how that genre of film should be made, and I will never forget a particular plot twist. I'm sure you know the one I'm referring to. (Another I'd recommend is 'Zodiac,' with Jake Gyllenhaal)

      As for 'A Clockwork Orange,' it's hard to deny that it's a quality film - I think Kubrick's a genius - but it's certainly not the type of movie I'd have a desire to watch over and over, as you might with something like 'Life is Beautiful' (which I also thought was great). No doubt a good choice for this list, however.

      For me, anything to do with the Rwandan genocide will elicit a pretty emotional response ('Sometimes in April' and 'Shooting Dogs' were my favorites). The documentary 'War Dance' was also a fantastic film that had a profound effect on me (I'm not much of a crier, but I started sobbing at about the halfway point, and basically didn't stop until it was over).

      Perhaps I'm more emotional than I've let on, because there really are quite a few - 'Pan's Labyrinth' and 'Let the Right One In' are a couple other really great ones.

      Great hub, Phil! Voted way up.


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