Best Simple Movies


  • Once

    Once (R, 2007)

    Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick, Alastair Foley
    A Dublin-based busker and vacuum-cleaner repairman enters into a fruitful relationship with a piano ... read moreplaying florist in a toe-tapping "video album" directed by John Carney and featuring a cast comprised entirely of professional musicians. He (Glen Hansard of the Frames) was a six-stringed street musician. She (Markéta Irglová) was a flower woman who couldn't afford to purchase a piano of her own. One day, after admiring the musician's songs and asking if he would take a look at her broken vacuum, the flower-pushing piano player discovers that she shares a remarkable sonic rapport with the mechanically savvy guitarist. As their musical sensibilities quickly converge to striking effect, the talented pair soon determines to record an album together. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb832790899: . Filled with simple songs with a lot of heart, Once
      Is probably one of the better music films I've seen.
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
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      fb1474511003: . Unlike any musical I have seen; it is subtle, understated, and such a simple, yet enticing story. The music is great. Some movies vanish from our memories soon after watc
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
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      fb534509733: Marvellous! Such a beautiful songs with simple story line but touched
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club (R, 1985)

    Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy
    John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest you... read moreng stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal (Paul Gleason), and they realize that they have more in common than they may think, including a contempt for adult society. "When you grow up, your heart dies," Allison proclaims in one of the film's many scenes of soul-searching, and, judging from the adults depicted in the film, the teen audience may very well agree. Released in a decade overflowing with derivative teen films, The Breakfast Club has developed an almost cult-like status. ~ Dylan Wilcox, Rovi
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      chengesbach: It's amazing how a movie so simple can be so good. This movie was a hit in the 80s and has become a classic. This is one of my f
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
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      fb100001831397423: .With Stereotypical,but terrific characters and a simple but great premise.The movie is about six teenagers serving their time in Saturday Detention a
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
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      fb100000148794805: . A simple concept that hit a home run in my books.
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
  • Frozen

    Frozen (R, 2010)

    Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers, Ed Ackerman, Rileah Vanderbilt
    A typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare for three snowboarders when they get str... read moreanded on the chairlift before their last run. As the ski patrol switches off the night lights, they realize with growing panic that they've been left behind dangling high off the ground with no way down. With the resort closed until the following weekend and frostbite and hypothermia already setting in, the trio is forced to take desperate measures to escape off the mountain before they freeze to death.
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      fb551692380: Simple and great! And lovely special effects. Edge of the seat stuff! Brilliant!
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      johncress1: . The concept is simple. Imagine being stuck on a ski lift after closing hours with a storm coming. What I liked was
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • GeoffChapman
      GeoffChapman: For such a simple idea this movie delivers exactly what it promises. I was scared of thus idea before, and afte
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

    12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (PG, 1957)

    Henry Fonda, Lee J Cobb, Ed Begley Sr., E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman
    A Puerto Rican youth is on trial for murder, accused of knifing his father to death. The twelve juro... read morers retire to the jury room, having been admonished that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Eleven of the jurors vote for conviction, each for reasons of his own. The sole holdout is Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda. As Fonda persuades the weary jurors to re-examine the evidence, we learn the backstory of each man. Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb), a bullying self-made man, has estranged himself from his own son. Juror #7 (Jack Warden) has an ingrained mistrust of foreigners; so, to a lesser extent, does Juror #6 (Edward Binns). Jurors #10 (Ed Begley) and #11 (George Voskovec), so certain of the infallibility of the Law, assume that if the boy was arrested, he must be guilty. Juror #4 (E.G. Marshall) is an advocate of dispassionate deductive reasoning. Juror #5 (Jack Klugman), like the defendant a product of "the streets," hopes that his guilty vote will distance himself from his past. Juror #12 (Robert Webber), an advertising man, doesn't understand anything that he can't package and market. And Jurors #1 (Martin Balsam), #2 (John Fiedler) and #9 (Joseph Sweeney), anxious not to make waves, "go with the flow." The excruciatingly hot day drags into an even hotter night; still, Fonda chips away at the guilty verdict, insisting that his fellow jurors bear in mind those words "reasonable doubt." A pet project of Henry Fonda's, Twelve Angry Men was his only foray into film production; the actor's partner in this venture was Reginald Rose, who wrote the 1954 television play on which the film was based. Carried over from the TV version was director Sidney Lumet, here making his feature-film debut. A flop when it first came out (surprisingly, since it cost almost nothing to make), Twelve Angry Men holds up beautifully when seen today. It was remade for television in 1997 by director William Friedkin with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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      fb501756049: . A simple yet intense story with great acting set in one room for the entire film.
      Reviewed 15 days days ago
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      fb102443: . Fonda and Cobb are spectacular, as are the rest of the jury. This is a masterpiece plain and simple. Not a single note rings untrue. At once inspiring and troubling. Obviously a classic film
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • garyX
      garyX: Sidney Lumet's classic courtroom drama is based upon a very simple premise; a jury is sent to deliberate on a capital murder case and one lone juror stands alon
      Reviewed 24 months days ago
  • Grace Is Gone

    Grace Is Gone (PG-13, 2007)

    John Cusack, Shélan O'Keefe, Gracie Bednarczyk, Alessandro Nivola
    The contemplative, understated tearjerker Grace Is Gone dramatizes the quiet crisis that befalls Sta... read morenley (John Cusack), a young Midwestern husband of a female marine stationed in Iraq, and a father of two girls. Suddenly and unexpectedly widowed when his wife, Grace, is killed on the battlefield, Stanley cannot bring himself to share the devastating news with his two young daughters. In lieu of speaking to them immediately about their mother's death, Stanley internalizes his devastation and takes the girls on a road trip while he attempts to sort through a myriad of conflicted and tumultuous internal feelings about the war itself and contemplates how to break the shattering news. Inevitably, the road trip will end with Grace's funeral. This film represents the brainchild of producer/star Cusack and writer/director James C. Strouse. It began with Cusack's fury about the Bush administration's policy banning footage of caskets returning from the Iraq and Afghani wars, and his desire to see those events played out onscreen, in the lives of American citizens. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
  • 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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      fb100001048934982: A Serious Man has the most simple yet the most complicated core, and thats what makes it so brilliant. It's easy. Life is confu
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
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      fb7946736: . This is a great, simple movie by the Coen Bros. You'll enjoy it.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
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      fb1027385270: Another instant classic from the Coen brothers. Simple and dark. Much like "The Man Who Wasn't The
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me (R, )

    Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss
    Based on the Stephen King short story The Body, Rob Reiner's easygoing nostalgia piece is set in Cas... read moretle Rock, OR, over Labor Day weekend, 1959. A quartet of boys, inseparable friends all, set out in search of a dead body that one of the boys overhears his brother talking about. The foursome consists of intellectual Gordie (Wil Wheaton), born leader Chris (River Phoenix), emotionally disturbed Teddy (Corey Feldman), and chubby hanger-on Vern (Jerry O'Connell). The boys' adventures en route to the elusive body are colored by the personal pressures brought to bear on all of them by the adult world. Richard Dreyfuss, playing the grown-up Gordie, narrates the film, while Kiefer Sutherland dominates every scene he's in as a brutish high-school bully. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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      fb1435557456: .. It was pure nostalgia about the innocence of being young and simple. The ending was so simple and so well done. Another proof that Stephen King is quite remarkab
      Reviewed 13 months days ago
    • rainshineday
      rainshineday: A simple film about friendship. The acting is great.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • Chiefilms
      Chiefilms: One of my favorite movies. Simple, moving, effective.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Larry Crowne

    Larry Crowne (PG-13, 2011)

    Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson
    Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the... read more big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. -- (C) Universal Pictures
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      fb100000276146993: . George Takei and Wilmer Valderrama have some great moments. But the film is way too simple and ordinary and Julia Roberts is awful here and had no chemistry with tommy boy.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1435221486: Great movie!! So simple, but the message is relevant to everyone. Don't waste your life, be fulfilled with everything
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
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      fb720329622: . There is no false story that life will be happy ever after. But connecting with someone, even on simple terms, may be all the hope we all need. Living a more simple life, allows us to reconnect as
      Reviewed 2 years days ago