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Movies Like Crazy Heart: Finding Redemption through Grit

Ex-convicts, recovering alcoholics, and estranged parents attempt to find redemption, if not forgiveness, in this collection of seriously gritty dramas.

The Lives of Poor White People

This list takes its title from a New Yorker article, and its contents from directors focusing on the lives of white Americans who must struggle against severe economic depression, often in the Rust-Belt or deep South.

'Rogaine Pain': Mid-Life Crisis Drama

Because 30 just feels so much closer to death than 29. Watch these characters get through their mid-life slump in this ultimately life-affirming collection of dramas set halfway to the finish-line.

Old-Guy Comeback Dramas

These dogged athletes must overcome the greatest opponent of all: old-age. Our only question is, what are they pumping into Stallone's face and is it legal?

'Fetch the Kleenex': Most Emotional Tearjerker Movies

This list of highly emotional modern (21st century) tearjerkers is officially sponsored by Kleenex; because if these don't get the waterworks flowing, you are either a robot or are afflicted with a serious ailment of the tear-ducts.

'Movies Like The Bad News Bears': Always Bet on the Underdog

A tip for the discerning gambler: if you find a team of lovable misfits who have yet to find their confidence, and are soon to be up against a talented but arrogant team of opponents in some sort of do-or-die championship...BET ON THEM. According to these movies, bet everything you own.

'Movies Like Whiplash': Success Culture Movies

What would you give up to achieve your dreams: Your friends? Your family? What about your sanity? The virtuosos in these films face hard trade-offs as they rise to the peaks of their craft, often under the tutelage of obsessive 'mentors'.

Greatest Modern Sports Dramas

The best sports dramas from recent years, including comeback tearjerker 'The Wrestler', fascinating true-life story 'Moneyball', and gritty boxing biopic 'The Fighter'. Why have fun playing sports when you can be sad watching them?

'Movies Like The Pursuit of Happiness': Hollywood's Most Inspirational Movies

The most inspirational movies of all time, featuring protagonists who would rather die than give up on their goals; perfect to watch before sports matches, job interviews, and long prison stints.

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