Best Difficult Movies

  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (R, 2009)

    Gabourey Sidibe, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey
    Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels follows up his 2005 directorial debut, Shadowboxer, with this ad... read moreaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child. Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been accepted into an alternative school. There, with a little help from a sympathetic teacher (Paula Patton) and a kindly nurse (Lenny Kravitiz), the young girl receives something that most teens never get -- a chance to start over. Mo'nique co-stars in an inspirational drama featuring the debut performance of screen newcomer Gabourey "Gabbie" Sidibe. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb1128323162: . this is a difficult film to rate, peppered with hardcore issues and depressing moments, but it's certainly wor
      Reviewed 41 days days ago
    • stanley2560
      stanley2560: Such a difficult film to watch at times, but beautifully directed and narrated. I enjoyed seeing this girl
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1173658716: . There were times in his picture where it was very difficult to watch, difficult to stomach and difficult to accept what was going on. Excellent direct
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Syriana

    Syriana (R, 2005)

    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
    From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the... read more Persian Gulf, a political thriller with multiple storylines that weave together showing the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince. A corporate lawyer faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
    • easilydissolvedinwater
      easilydissolvedinwater: Good job from the cast, however, the story was too difficult for me to follow.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • l1qu1dblues
      l1qu1dblues: . A bit difficult to get a hold of all the various storylines, but a movie that captures you into the moment
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • beastify
      beastify: . Syriana is the most difficult film to follow and understand, but it is a revelation in my opinion, it has an automatic r
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • The Passion of the Christ

    The Passion of the Christ (R, 2004)

    Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Gerini, Maia Morgenstern, Sergio Rubini
    This depiction of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus opens with his betrayal by Judas, his conde... read moremnation by the Pharisees and his appearance before Pontius Pilate. Pilate defers to King Herod, but Herod returns Jesus. Pilate then asks the crowd to choose between Jesus and Barrabas. The crowd chooses Barrabas. Pilate washes his hands of the matter, and Jesus is forced to carry the cross through the streets to Golgotha where Roman soldiers crucify him. Although Jesus briefly fears that God, his Father, has abandoned him, he regains his faith, proclaiming "Into Thy hands I command my spirit." At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns.
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      fb813389394: . It's a depiction of an event that is difficult to witness yet serves as a turning point in the history of mankind. Christian or not, beli
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
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      fb100000944996815: Well-made and acted movie about Jesus; but difficult to watch at times
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
    • rosalindaflowers
      rosalindaflowers: Well-made and acted movie about Jesus; but difficult to watch at times
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • Irreversible

    Irreversible (Unrated, 2002)

    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Philippe Nahon, Jo Prestia
    After a fight with her coked-up boyfriend Marcus, Alex leaves a party to go home. She never gets the... read morere; instead she's raped in a desolate tunnel. Her angry boyfriend, and her buddy Pierre decide to take justice into their own hands and hunt down the rapist themselves.
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      fb722159396: That was a difficult movie to watch because of the obvious (content) and because of some of the effects. The sp
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • fb1387222444
      fb1387222444: . This one's definitely not for everyone and it is difficult to recommend but it has a metaphysical quality which makes it hard to forget.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • sc027
      sc027: film in teaching for four years now, and it is still the most exciting, visceral, philosphical and difficult of all the movies I use. It is pulp fiction, yes, but it transcends. A work of art. A w
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Little Children

    Little Children (R, 2006)

    Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich
    In a suburban town full of perfect parents devoted to rearing their children for Harvard futures, a ... read morestay-at-home mom has an affair with an ex-jock, stay-at-home dad who rebels against his wife's wishes that he become a big-bucks lawyer.
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      fb688485710: Difficult to sit through but also difficult to stop thinking about. A film that asks what really causes an affair. The visuals read li
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • michbeau
      michbeau: . It's difficult to feel sympathetic for a character who's caught in an affair, but she does it beautifully
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Revolutionary Road

    Revolutionary Road (R, 2008)

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon, Kathryn Hahn
    Titanic shipmates Kathy Bates, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet step onboard for director Sam Men... read moredes' tale of suburban malaise in 1950s-era Connecticut. Adapted from the classic 1961 novel by author Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road tells the tale of a young Connecticut couple whose once-idealistic relationship steadily deteriorates into a ceaseless cycle of petty jealousy and bickering as they strive to retain their independence in the conformity-obsessed world of picket fences and perfectly manicured lawns. Ever since they first met, Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Winslet) saw themselves as special and different. They strive to form their relationship around higher ideals, though upon moving into their new home on Revolutionary Road, the defiant couple pledges never to be confined by the social conventions of the era. As time passes, however, Frank and April gradually become the very thing that they both feared most -- a typical suburban family complete with abandoned dreams and faded hopes. Frank loses his nerve after taking a comfortable job with a reliable salary, and April morphs into an unsatisfied homemaker desperate for passion and excitement. But April's independent spirit hasn't been suffocated just yet, and when she hatches a plan to head for Paris, her need to escape at all costs stands in direct contrast to Frank's desire to hold on to what they already have. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • britafox2
      britafox2: . The two leads each have their faults which makes it difficult to completely side with either one. When a movie gives you things to ponder on for days af
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1417716299: . the cast performed admirably but it becomes difficult when the story doesn't have much in it
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • LorenzoVonMatterhorn
      LorenzoVonMatterhorn: .

      Sam Mendes handles a very difficult and complex subject with commanding fashion. This film is about relationships, egos, insec
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Dancer in the Dark

    Dancer in the Dark (R, 2000)

    Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey
    Set in rural America in 1964, an immigrant and single mother who works at a factory takes refuge fro... read morem her hardships by imagining herself and her co-workers in Hollywood musicals.
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      fb100001266995067: . This makes it a difficult watch, she gets the audience frustrated with her. For example dreaming that a court room t
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
    • blacksheepboy
      blacksheepboy: . A grim, lacerating and difficult film to watch, but still incredibly thought-provoking and emotionally compelling.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • tummygrmbl
      tummygrmbl: VERY DIFFICULT TO WATCH... Not for anyone who is even remotely depressed. But an excellent movie.
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

    Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (PG-13, 2007)

    Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais
    "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is the remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a successf... read moreul and charismatic editor-in-chief of FrenchElle, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby's fate leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life's passions, his rich memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries.
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      fb711748384: Unbelievably difficult to watch. Not from poor film-making but from how much it hurt to watch Bauby rebuild himse
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
    • jameshammacott88
      jameshammacott88: I really didn't know how to rate this film- it was a bit of a difficult one.
      I mean it's good, no doubt. Great in fact. Very emotional and a proper survivor
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • sherondjohnson
      sherondjohnson: . this film is an experience and is very difficult to describe. it just has to be seen.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones (PG-13, 2009)

    Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli
    Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is just experiencing the pangs of first love when she... read more's viciously murdered by her neighbor Mr. Harvey (Stanley Tucci), a predatory wolf with a deceptively mundane appearance. As her family slowly begins drifting apart while struggling to make sense of their loss, Susie bravely attempts to find her footing in the hereafter. Meanwhile, down on earth, Mr. Harvey is feeling confident that he's covered his tracks well enough to get away with the crime, and begins honing in on his next victim -- Susie's younger sister, Lindsey (Rose McIver), who's beginning to suspect that he's not the harmless suburbanite he portrays himself to be. Director Peter Jackson reteams with King Kong and Lord of the Rings trilogy co-screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh to adapt Alice Sebold's bestselling novel for the big screen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb721890245: . What we have here is a good effort to tell a difficult story that was hard enough as a novel, let alone a movie. Jackson makes the best of it.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • Binkuu
      Binkuu: Although the novel itself was difficult to convert into a movie without losing suspension, the director managed to add some by rem
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • shorty274
      shorty274: nconventionally, the killer's identity is revealed as the crime is committed and the viewer has the difficult task of not shouting out how much they hate him and how creepy he looks - all to the credi
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Rachel Getting Married

    Rachel Getting Married (R, 2008)

    Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe, Debra Winger
    When Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long ... read morehistory of personal crisis, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations has gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym--with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama--is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic.
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      fb509096183: . Yet, everybody scolds to her, "Put that cigarette out." She has a most difficult time doing so. God knows what she could get a hold of without that cigarette in her hand.
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • rexalex52
      rexalex52: . DeWitt adds a certain complexity to a character perhaps more difficult to portray than she seems. Next is Bill Irwin, who plays the charming father and again bri
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • ajaymuthecooldevils
      ajaymuthecooldevils: emarie performance was good too, but this time the competition in Best Supporting Actress were more difficult than Best Actress competition so she can't get an Oscar nominee which she is really want..
      Reviewed 5 years days ago