Best Hard 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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      fb1537060940: Hard to watch but very good performances all around
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
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      Jviews: . Astounding performances by Mo'Nique and Sidibe. Hard to watch at certain points, but hard to NOT watch at other points. Excellent.
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
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      fb552425388: Holy powerful and hard to watch but good story and good acting
      Reviewed 2 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
    Mel Gibson's well-publicized production The Passion of the Christ concerns the last 12 hours in the ... read morelife of Jesus of Nazareth. The dialogue is spoken in the ancient Aramaic language, along with Latin and Hebrew. In the Garden of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives, Jesus (James Caviezel) is betrayed by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello). Jesus is condemned to death for blasphemy and brought before Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov), the Roman governor of Judea, for sentencing. The roaring crowd demand his death, so Pilate orders his crucifixion. Jesus is severely beaten and made to carry his cross up to Golgotha, the hill outside Jerusalem, where he is nailed to the cross. Romanian theatrical actress Maia Morgenstern plays Mary, Mother of God, and Italian superstar Monica Bellucci plays Mary Magdalene. Amid much controversy involving Gibson and various religious organizations, The Passion of the Christ received an international theatrical release in February of 2004. In March 2005, Gibson released an unrated version of the film, dubbed The Passion Recut, that eliminated five to six minutes of the more graphic scenes of flogging and crucifixion. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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      fb100000568330954: . They say it is tough to sit through. Yes it is hard to watch, and thats the point. A very well made film about the crucifixion of Jesus. A very emo
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
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      fb1176930271: . The story itself touches me and to watch it makes me thank The Lord every day. It's hard to understand the violence, but in that time, that's what people did.
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
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      fb798584547: I found it hard to follow this with the sub titles, but a very good movie you just can't be distracted!
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
  • American History X

    American History X (R, 1998)

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks
    Tony Kaye made his feature directorial debut with this dramatic exploration into the roots of race h... read moreatred in America. In a shocking opening scene, teen Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) races to tell his older brother, neo-Nazi Derek (Edward Norton), about the young blacks breaking into his car in front of the house, whereupon Derek gets his gun and with no forethought shoots the youths in their tracks. Tried and convicted, Derek is sent away for three years in prison, where he acquires a different outlook as he contrasts white-power prisoners with black Lamont (Guy Torry), his prison laundry co-worker and eventual pal. Meanwhile, Danny, with a shaved head and a rebellious attitude, seems destined to follow in his big brother's footsteps. After Danny writes a favorable review of Hitler's Mein Kampf, black high-school principal Sweeney (Avery Brooks) puts Danny in his private "American History X" course and assigns him to do a paper about his older brother, who was a former student of Sweeney's. This serves to introduce flashbacks, with the film backtracking to illustrate Danny's account of Derek's life prior to the night of the shooting. Monochrome sequences of Derek leading a Venice, California gang are intercut with color footage of the mature Derek ending his past neo-Nazi associations and attempting to detour Danny away from the group led by white supremacist, Cameron (Stacy Keach), who once influenced Derek. Director Tony Kaye, with a background in TV commercials and music videos, filmed in L.A. beach communities. Rated R "for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity." ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
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      fb39600540: . Overall its a hard movie to watch, but not bad. Its just that its kind of easy to make a moving story about the tr
      Reviewed 41 days days ago
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      fb739696186: . This movie means so much to me. It's hard to watch
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
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      fb527144665: s film goes along,it's very humane and you realise he is going through the motions and learning the hard way that his nazi skinhead way of life is bullshit.

      It shows how people can be hypocritical on
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Irreversible

    Irreversible (Unrated, 2002)

    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Philippe Nahon, Jo Prestia
    Gaspar Noé's Irreversible utilizes the same storytelling technique used by Christopher Nolan in Meme... read morento and Harold Pinter in Betrayal. Consisting of about a dozen scenes, all shot in single takes, Irreversible charts a disturbing night in the life of Marcus (Vincent Cassel), but presents the events in reverse chronological order. The audience eventually learns how the beautiful Alex (Cassel's real-life partner Monica Bellucci) is involved. The film opens with a violent altercation at a gay sex club and works backward to explain how and why the violence occurred. The actors improvised the vast majority of the dialogue starting from a four-page story outline. Irreversible was screened in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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      fb100000038602835: Irreversible is a very hard film to endure. Gaspar Noe brings a hard but real life changing experience of different events
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb696251620: ou are left qestioning what you have watched, which I think is the point of this film- visceral and hard to watch one of those important films that you dont want to see again
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
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      fb100000397237868: . Director is trying too hard to be "artistic". Maybe add substance to your artistic direction instead of strapping the camer
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • The Road

    The Road (R, 2009)

    Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce
    A father (Viggo Mortensen) and son make their way across a post-apocalyptic United States in hopes o... read moref finding civilization amongst the nomadic cannibal tribes in 2929 Productions' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's thrilling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road. John Hillcoat (The Proposition) directs from a screenplay provided by Joe Penhall. Charlize Theron co-stars in the Dimension Films release. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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      fb1446183474: . It could be hard to watch for some people.
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
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      fb749559917: .
      Despite the relatively simplistic plot, I found it a bit hard to follow due to whispered dialogue and the random flashbacks, which explained a little but did
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
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      fb813389394: Incredible tension, unspeakable acts, hard decisions, lost hope, uncertain futures, unlikely generosity, and unending love: these are the
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey (G, 1968)

    Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain
    A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative ... read moreand special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) travels to the moon to check out the discovery of a strange object on the moon's surface: a black monolith. As the sun's rays strike the stone, however, it emits a piercing, deafening sound that fills the investigators' headphones and stops them in their path. Cutting ahead 18 months, impassive astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship Discovery, their only company three hibernating astronauts and the vocal, man-made HAL 9000 computer running the entire ship. When the all-too-human HAL malfunctions, however, he tries to murder the astronauts to cover his error, forcing Bowman to defend himself the only way he can. Free of HAL, and finally informed of the voyage's purpose by a recording from Floyd, Bowman journeys to "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," through the psychedelic slit-scan star-gate to an 18th century room, and the completion of the monolith's evolutionary mission.With assistance from special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology for a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Despite some initial critical reservations that it was too long and too dull, 2001 became one of the most popular films of 1968, underlining the generation gap between young moviegoers who wanted to see something new and challenging and oldsters who "didn't get it." Provocatively billed as "the ultimate trip," 2001 quickly caught on with a counterculture youth audience open to a contemplative (i.e. chemically enhanced) viewing experience of a film suggesting that the way to enlightenment was to free one's mind of the U.S. military-industrial-technological complex. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
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      fb755078042: . Even if you hated this film, it's hard to forget it, as it sticks with you forever. He does this by creating beautiful imagery and com
      Reviewed 53 days days ago
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      fb100000570202513: . This film is hard to like due to the technique, concept, and complexity, but it remains one of the greatest films
      Reviewed 5 days days ago
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      fb610749009: . So simple yet so beautiful and hard hitting. Just like life itself, and intelligence for that matter (a theme in the film).
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
  • Blue Valentine

    Blue Valentine (R, 2010)

    Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Mike Vogel
    A relationship is charted from its promising beginning to its sad collapse in this independent drama... read more from Derek Cianfrance. Dean (Ryan Gosling) meets Cindy (Michelle Williams) when they're in their late teens; he's working for a moving company, she's a college student visiting her elderly grandmother at a home for the elderly. Cindy is dating Bobby (Mike Vogel), her boyfriend from high school, but as she gets to know Dean better, a mutual attraction grows between them. Years later, Dean and Cindy are married and have a daughter, Frankie (Faith Wladyka), but they're clearly not as happy as they once were; Dean loves his daughter but feels distant from his wife, they have to look after an elderly relative (John Doman), and when Cindy bumps into Bobby while running errands, it's clear he still holds a grudge against her. Dean and Cindy go away for a weekend together at a hotel, but it doesn't take long for them to realize that the magic isn't coming back. Blue Valentine received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      kbascetta: . Cindy was a more reserved person, which played as "hard to get" in their courtship, but made her cold and shit off as their relationship failed.
      Reviewed 59 days days ago
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      fb783705013: . I had a hard time watching the end of the movie because of how sad it is. Gosling is amazing and I'm surpris
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
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      fb846385647: . Very hard to watch but emotionally gripping.
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man (R, 2009)

    Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Adam Arkin
    Filmmaking duo Joel and Ethan Coen write, produce, and direct this period black comedy set in 1967 c... read moreoncerning a Midwestern physics professor whose staid and stable life slowly begins to unravel after his wife announces that she's leaving him. As if the failure of his longtime marriage wasn't enough for Larry Gopnik (Tony-nominated Michael Stuhlbarg) to contend with, now his socially inept brother refuses to move out of the house as well. Larry is a modest man of science. Up to this point, his life has been uneventful at best, but things are about to get interesting. When his wife, Judith, announces that she is leaving him to move in with his smug colleague Sy Ableman, Larry does his best to contend with his failed marriage while barely tolerating his unemployable brother, Arthur, who appears to have grown roots on Larry's couch. Meanwhile, Larry's son, Danny, is getting into trouble at Hebrew school, and his daughter, Sarah, is stealthily snatching money from his wallet so she can afford a nose job. As Judith and Sy merrily begin making plans for their new life of domestic bliss together, Larry begins receiving a series of anonymous letters from someone who seems intent on sabotaging his chance for tenure at the university. To further complicate matters, a graduate student with failing grades is attempting to bribe the professor while simultaneously threatening him with a defamation lawsuit. Larry is in some serious need of equilibrium, though it's hard to focus on getting your life in order when your beautiful neighbor insists on sunbathing in the nude just outside your window. Perhaps by seeking the advice of three trusted rabbis, Larry can finally learn to cope with his afflictions and become a genuine mensch. A Serious Man is the second in a two-picture deal that the siblings made with Focus Features and Working Title. The first film in the deal, entitled Burn After Reading and starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Frances McDormand, was released nationwide in September 2008. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb7946736: . At times it was hard to watch him just get shit on, but he did have his moments, albeit small, of glory. This is a g
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • grantica79
      grantica79: can it get any worse? i had really a hard time to watch this movie till the end as I couldn't bare all the disasters that happened to thi
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • Jeffreynewman72
      Jeffreynewman72: While typical in style of the great Coen Brothers, it hits harder than normal in it's brutal bluntness. Simply put, don't take things too seriously and wrap y
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • World Trade Center

    World Trade Center (PG-13, 2006)

    Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff
    Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events i... read moren this drama. Sergeant John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Peña) were two officers assigned to New York City's Port Authority who were working their beats on a quiet day in early fall when they received an emergency call. The day was September 11, 2001, and McLoughlin and Jimeno were among the policemen who attempted to evacuate the World Trade Center towers after they were struck by airliners piloted by terrorists. Both McLoughlin and Jimeno were inside the fifth building of the World Trade Center when the towers fell, and were two of the last people found alive amidst the wreckage. As McLoughlin and Jimeno struggled to hold on to their lives as rescuers sifted through the rubble, their spouses -- Donna McLoughlin (Maria Bello) and Allison Jimeno (Maggie Gyllenhaal) -- clung to the desperate hope that their husbands would survive and be found. As the McLoughlin and Jimeno families waited for word on the fate of the two men, they watched as a city and a nation came together with strength and compassion in the face of a tragedy. World Trade Center was based on the true story of John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, both of whom cooperated with producers in the making of this film. Producer Debra Hill died during production -- hence the posthumous credit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb767553217: It's hard to believe that the same Oliver Stone who directed the angry anti-establishment tirades Born on
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
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      fb1788598416: fficult to see, for anyone who REALLY remembers what they were doing when this happened it hits you hard.
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
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      fb100000563852335: y focused on a few of the victims and not everyone as a whole, i know this would have been a little hard but they should have tried something
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
  • The Last King of Scotland

    The Last King of Scotland (R, 2006)

    Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Simon McBurney
    Director Kevin MacDonald teams with screenwriter Jeremy Brock to adapt Giles Foden's novel detailing... read more the brutal reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. James McAvoy stars as the doctor who slowly realizes that he is trapped in an inescapable nightmare, and Forest Whitaker assumes the role of the notorious despot. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb707502184: . The fact that it is based on a true story hits you hard.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      watsupwithdat: excellent, but the only problem was that he spoke so softly and with an African accent, that it was hard to her what he was saying. Good to see a cameo by a blonde, British Gillian Anderson who looked
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • JamesLosie
      JamesLosie: . Patton. The lead character's material is derivative, and it is hard to ever sympathize with him (even when we're supposed to). The final scene of the Scottish doct
      Reviewed 6 years days ago