Mudita Journal

Movie Recommendations

I only add a movie to this list if I think I’d like to watch it more than once.

If the movie has five stars, then I could probably enjoy watching it once a year or so. Some movies include links to their trailers.

Recent Updates

2017 Jun 11 – Added Far from the Madding Crowd (five stars), Take This Waltz (four stars), The Fault in Our Stars (four stars), Z for Zachariah (four stars), The Martian (five stars).

24: Season One ***
Across the Universe ****
American Beauty ***
As Good as It Gets ***
August Rush (2007) *****
Autumn in New York (2000) *****
Awakenings (1990) *****
Beautiful Country, The ****
Beyond the Sea (2004) ***** – Kevin Spacey’s “Mac the Knife” musical.
Bicentennial Man ****
Big Country, The (1958) **** – A gentleman’s strength of honor.
Bourne Identity ****
Chocolat ****
Citizenfour (2014) **** – Ed Snowden documentary
Collateral (2004) ***** – Learning from the ├ťbermensch. See my review.
Crash (2004) *****
Dangerous Beauty (1998) *****
Debt, The (2010) ****
Enemy at the Gates ****
Evening (2007) ***** – Lush, sensual, smart. Clare Danes.
Failure to Launch ****
Family Stone, The (2005) ***** – My favorite Christmas movie.
Far from the Madding Crowd ***** – The way to a woman’s heart
Fault in Our Stars, The ****
Flash of Genius ****
Fugitive ****
Garden State (2004) ***** – Zach Braff’s brilliant whimsy.
Gattaca ***
Good Will Hunting ****
Groundhog Day ****
Happy (2011) ***** – Docu about happy people, what they’re doing right.
Hitch ****
Horse Whisperer, The ****
Into the Wild *****
King of California ****
The Kite Runner *****
Lake House, The ***** – This house is about connection.
Lars and the Real Girl *****
Last Station, The *** – Love vs. our ideas about love.
Laurel Canyon ***
Les Miserables ***** – Liam Neeson in one of the greatest stories ever.
Locke (2014) ***** – Movie of the year.
Lost City, The (2006) ***** – Andy Garcia’s tribute to his native Havana.
Lost in Translation *****
Martian, The *****
Meet Joe Black *****
Memoirs of a Geisha ***
Moonlight Mile ****
Namesake, The ****
October Sky *****
Off the Map (2003) ***** – Earthy meditation on the simple life.
Once ****
One Day *****
One I Love, The (2014) *****
Painted Veil, The ****
Phantom of the Opera *****
Ratatouille ****
Reign over Me ****
Rob Roy (1995) ***** – Gripping tale of love, honor, and moral courage.
Rome (Seasons 1 & 2) ****
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) **** Just the right kind of crazy.
Saving Face ****
Scent of Green Papaya *****
Shawshank Redemption *****
Stepmom, The ****
Sweet Home Alabama ****
Take This Waltz ****
The Time Traveler’s Wife *****
There Will Be Blood ****
Tombstone ****
True Romance ****
Truman Show ***
Tucker: The Man and His Dream *****
U2: Rattle & Hum *****
Unbearable Lightness of Being, The (1988) **** Old world sexy.
Upside of Anger, The ****
Vanilla Sky *****
Waking the Dead *****
When a Man Loves a Woman ****
Woodsman, The ****
Z for Zachariah ****

Got your own recommendations, based what you see here? Please leave them in the comments below.

  • Walt

    Perhaps The Shop Around The Corner.

  • Don

    Someday you should try The Razor’s Edge (with Tyrone Power), Babette’s Feast, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kundun, The Last Emperor, Vertigo, and maybe Lust for Life and To Catch a Thief.

  • Shakespeare In Love
    Billy Elliot
    Love’s Labour’s Lost
    V for Vendetta
    Real Genius
    Life is Beautiful
    A Fish Called Wanda
    The Pianist
    The Princess Bride

  • Well, Kirez beat me to several, including Shakespeare in Love…

    His Girl Friday (original version)
    Dead Poet’s Society
    The Lion in Winter (first version)
    Robin and Marian
    The African Queen
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Commitments

  • Austen

    You like morally redeeming/inquisitive films. You might like Big Fish, or Harold and Maude.

  • Mark Nau is a neat little site run by a research group at University of Minnesota. You feed in your movie rankings, and it spits out recommendations based on that data compared to all other users’ rankings.

  • Madeleine

    The Saint

    Also – There Will Be Blood

  • Pamela

    I am fascinated with M. Night. Much of his stuff is very altruistic, just realized that actually. The Village was amazing. Unbreakable. Curious to see what the new one will be like.

  • Joshua M. Gunty

    “What the Bleep Do We Know!?”

    Seriously, everyone should watch this movie. A very compelling and unique attempt at developing a perspective on the human mind’s influence on reality and the infinite interconnectivity of everything, which is a key thing to understand in order to have motivation for Mudita because it allows one to realize that goodness for another IS goodness for oneself.

  • Alison

    Going along with the theme here, I would add these two
    faves of mine…Don Juan DeMarco (GREAT flick with Marlon
    Brando, Faye Dunaway, and Johny Depp) and another,
    maybe harder to find, called “Lily in Love” with Christopher
    Plummer and Maggie Smith. Great messages for mankind
    in both of these, in my humble opinion, of course. ­čÖé

  • Nitzan

    That’s a pretty comprehensive list of movies. Since you have 24: Season 1 which is a movie series I’d recommend these two
    1) Dexter(all seasons are good)

    2) Fringe(if you like sci fi, season 2 is next year)

  • Nick


    I recommend “Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), Winter and Spring” a lovely film – very highly recommended………………

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  • AngelaBfla

    The Red Shoes, Out of Africa, Now Voyager, Shampoo, The King of Comedy.

  • AngelaBfla

    The Red Shoes, Out of Africa, Now Voyager, Shampoo, The King of Comedy.

  • Thanks! It’s been a while since I’ve last seen a good movie.

  • Thanks! It’s been a while since I’ve last seen a good movie.

  • alexmoviebuff

    This list is great. My personal favourite is Ratatouille (