Best Tough 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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      fb846435404: Hard, tough life. Life-affirming without being soapy.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb514009325: . Incest, rape, child abuse... Handled sensitively but graphically in places, it's a tough watch.

      There are a few laugh out loud funny moments too, mostly provided by the supporting ca
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
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      fb645355107: A tough watch yet one that leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling come the end. Quite simply a wonderful
      Reviewed 4 years 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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      fb1111814251: This is a tough watch. And not just for the graphic violence, language, and hate speech. It's tough because
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
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      Donnie33: .W.A.T. (2003)), this is a tough, tragic and moving drama about trying to change ones beliefs and second chances and redemption
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      panmac: it does put neo-nazies in a hard done by catagory that can stand up for white supremacy with really tough standpoint and goes back on itself for the punk attitude taken i.e. vadalism is a forte for so
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • Brothers

    Brothers (R, 2009)

    Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Clifton Collins Jr.
    Jim Sheridan's film, adapted from Susanne Bier's 2004 movie, concerns Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Magu... read moreire), a Marine who receives orders to ship out for yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan. But before he leaves his supportive wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and his two elementary-school-age daughters, Sam picks up his black sheep brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finished a prison stretch for robbing a bank. While overseas, Sam's aircraft gets shot down and he's thought dead. Back home, irresponsible Tommy gets his act together in order to be an anchor for Grace and the girls, and the two grow emotionally -- though not physically -- close. As the family finally begins to make peace with their grief, soldiers rescue POW Sam and he returns home. Sam's experiences overseas have caused him such emotional turmoil, he has a difficult time adjusting to civilian life, and soon his fear and paranoia manifest themselves in the form of jealousy for his brother's relationship with his wife. Sam Shepard and Mare Winningham co-star as the brothers' father and stepmother. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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      fb1456844874: . It was seriously tough to watch at times. But all the actors were great.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
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      fb710155390: e seems to say war is horrible and it destroys people, but that's just a fact of life and if you're tough enough you'll be ok. Crap.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
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      fb1394871351: . The tough thing people don't understand is each persons symptoms of PTSD are different. The only part I
      Reviewed 4 years days ago