a list of some of the greatest films I've ever had the fortune of watching. I really encourage you to watch these movies, because they are definitely worth it.

warning: some of these movies have rather sad endings. These movies are also for mature audiences.

1. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

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Summary: Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, is a young transgender man who falls in love with Lana, an American beauty, upon his arrival in a rural Nebraskan town. The two pursue a relationship...however there's one problem; Brandon has failed to tell his new girlfriend Lana that he is in fact a biological woman. When her best-friends find out about his secret, Brandon's life is ripped apart.

note: this movie may trigger some viewers.

2. Requiem For A Dream (2000)

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Summary: A film paralleling the lives of Sara Goldfarb, a lonely, TV obsessed widow, and her son Harry, his girlfriend Marion, and his drug dealer friend Tyrone. After learning that she will make an appearance on a TV game show, Sara tries to lose weight so that she can fit into her prized red dress, and becomes hooked on diet pills. Meanwhile, Harry and his friends are taking heroin and cocaine. We then witness the disastrous consequences and the downward spiral their lives take as a result of their addictions.

3. Fight Club (1999)

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Summary: An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his monotonous life, crosses paths with an attractive daredevil soapmaker. Looking for an outlet of anger and excitement, the two men team up to form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

4. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Summary: Set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They have to hide their love from the world.

note: i'm literally obsessed with this movie, it's always included in every movie list i make.

5. Monster (2003)

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Summary: Based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. In 1989, Aileen meets a young woman, and the two fall in love. Aileen, determined to straighten out her life, tries to find a job, but with little work ethic and education, she's forced back into prostitution. However, this decision leads Aileen back down a dark path, one of deceit and running from the law.

6. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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Summary: The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city's drug and streetwalker infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine.

7. The Artist (2011)

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Summary: A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. George Valentin, a matinee idol in Hollywood before the dawn of talking films, meets ambitious chorus girl Peppy Miller and is smitten. Very quickly thereafter, sound comes to movies, and George's career derails, while Peppy becomes a star in the new era.

8. Walk The Line (2005)

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Summary: Following the early years in the career of American music legend Johnny Cash. The young Cash sets out on life's journey battered by his brother's accidental death and an abusive father, who blames him for the incident. His rise to fame is countered by his struggle with amphetamines, barbiturates and alcohol. His instability, both financial and emotional, leads to the failure of his first marriage. However, he soon finds comfort in June Carter, his "angel".

9. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Summary: The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist are hired for a farm job, but their formerly platonic relationship turns romantic. The two men are eventually separated when their jobs end, however when they reunite years later, their lives are greatly affected.

10. Signs (2002)

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Summary: A thriller set in Bucks County, Pennsylvania focusing on the mysterious appearance of a five-hundred-foot design of crop-circles and lines carved into the crops of the family farm. Graham Hess is the family patriarch who is tested in his journey to find the truth behind the unfolding mystery.

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