Must-watch Melancholic Films

Night on Earth (1991)

Dir: Jim Jarmusch

Stars: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Lisanne Falk, Alan Randolph Scott

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

Dir: Craig Gillespie

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, R.D. Reid

A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Dir: Lasse Hallström

Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

After his father’s death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.

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Arizona Dream (1992)

Dir: Emir Kusturica

Stars: Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway, Lili Taylor

An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film…

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Lost in Translation (2003)

Dir: Sofia Coppola

Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

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Her (2013)

Dir: Spike Jonze

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Dir: Cristian Mungiu

Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Vlad Ivanov, Laura Vasiliu, Alexandru Potocean

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

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