Movies and TV episodes, that will move you.

by rod-bleskow | created - 27 Apr 2012 | updated - 06 May 2012 | Public

This is my listing of Movies and Television Shows, that were compelling, and left me with a strong impression, and/or something to really think about. Mostly bitter-sweet life-lessons can be learned from these.

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1. To Sir, with Love (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall

Votes: 14,707 | Gross: $42.43M

2. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 165,705

A Fantastic "edge-of-your-seat" Suspense/Thriller/Drama, with great acting, great writing, and a tense environment throughout every episode. The whole series, was like a speeding train, with no brakes! I can't think of any single episode I didn't like... 10/10!

3. 24: Redemption (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Former Federal Agent Jack Bauer confronts African dictator Benjamin Juma, whose forces have been ordered to capture the children Bauer oversees for malicious military training.

Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Cherry Jones, Bob Gunton, Colm Feore

Votes: 26,183

This Movie, is actually the 2-hour prequel to season 6. (Don't watch season 6, until you've seen this).

4. Silent Running (1972)

G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 25,332

5. All in the Family (1971–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A working class man constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 13,196

RECOMMENDED EPISODES: > Season 8, Episodes 4,5: Edith's 50th Birthday (2-parter) > Season 8, Episode 24: The Stivics Go West

(...will be adding a few more soon...)

6. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 48,018

RECOMMENDED EPISODES: (will be adding my favorite episodes soon) > > >

7. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
Episode: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983)

TV-PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

In the closing days of the Korean War, the staff of the 4077 M*A*S*H Unit find themselves facing irrevocable changes in their lives.

Director: Alan Alda | Stars: Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit

Votes: 3,026

8. An American Christmas Carol (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Henry Winkler, David Wayne, Chris Wiggins, R.H. Thomson

Votes: 1,064

9. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 91,569

RECOMMENDED EPISODES: > Season 5, Episode 02: Darmok > Season 3, Episode 26: The Best of Both Worlds (1) > Season 4, Episode 01: The Best of Both Worlds (2) > Season 4, Episode 22: Half a Life > Season 5, Episode 25: The Inner Light > Season 7, Episode 15: Lower Decks > Season 7, Episodes 25,26: All Good Things... (1)(2)

(...will be adding a few more soon...)

10. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 355,074 | Gross: $59.74M

If you've never seen what the predator looks like, this movie is an EXCELLENT suspense/thriller.

11. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 160,640 | Gross: $40.90M

12. St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.

Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Howie Mandel, David Morse, Christina Pickles

Votes: 3,305

RECOMMENDED EPISODES: (will be adding my favorite episodes soon) > > >

13. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, Thao Lor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 688,304 | Gross: $148.10M

14. World War III (1982)

200 min | Drama, Thriller

In 1987, Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by ... See full summary »

Stars: David Soul, Brian Keith, Cathy Lee Crosby, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 576

15. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 56,842 | Gross: $20.77M

16. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 39,888 | Gross: $13.75M

17. On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | 109 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon

Votes: 26,104 | Gross: $119.29M

18. The Loneliest Runner (1976 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama, Sport

A young boy who still wets the bed finds escapism from his abusive mother and his own embarrassment by going running after school.

Director: Michael Landon | Stars: Lance Kerwin, Brian Keith, DeAnn Mears, Melissa Sue Anderson

Votes: 344

19. Snow Cake (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Hampshire

Votes: 11,976 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Gigot (1962)

104 min | Comedy

Jackie Gleason plays a mute janitor who befriends Nicole, the little daughter of a prostitute.

Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Katherine Kath, Gabrielle Dorziat, Jean Lefebvre

Votes: 1,063

21. Kids (1995)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking and deflowering virgins.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloë Sevigny, Sarah Henderson

Votes: 69,683 | Gross: $7.42M

WARNING - Docu-Drama, 18+



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