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I wouldn't call myself a film buff. I don't know this famous director or that famous director, or the specific years of specific classics. I'm more of a film enthusiast, and as a writer, I have to say I have a decent ability to critique the story lines of such films. Thus, I have assembled a total of my 8 favorite films - the ones that make me ponder our fragile human nature - not just the ones I find enjoyable. (If that was the case, Pirates of the Caribbean would be making top three). Below I have assembled these films, in order of the very best to the not-the-very-best-but-still-great. They're perfect for watching under a pile of blankets on a rainy day, coffee cup in one hand, cigarette in the other. Enjoy.

1) The Dreamers (2003) NC-17

The Dreamers, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and based upon the novel by Gilbert Adair, was released in 2003 under the Drama/Romance category. An American university student named Matthew is abroad in Paris during the 1968 student riots. There he meets a brother and sister, Theo and Isabelle, with a similar cinephile nature as he. Together they embark upon an exploration of sex, film, and general human nature and are in a sense "dreaming" - Theo and Isabelle talk of how involved they are in the riots but never participate. Be aware of excessive nudity and sex in this film, however.

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2) The Basketball Diaries (1995) R

Starring Leonardo di Caprio as the lead role, and based upon the autobiography by Jim Caroll, The Basketball Diaries is a coming of age story spun in the abyss of drug addiction. Four friends dream of making it into the big leagues of basketball, but three fall into chasm of drugs. Together they steal, scrounge, and prostitute themselves to score. Jim's only way out is the help of a recovered addict, and his talent at writing.

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3) Stand By Me (1986) R

Directed by Robert Reiner and set in rural Oregon in 1959, the film depicts the coming of age of four young boys. After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their homes, the group sets of to see the body. None of them have ever seen a dead person before, let along someone their age. What begins as an exciting adventure quickly turns into an existential realization, and becomes a defining moment in their lives.

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4) Fight Club (1999) R

Fight Club is an iconic late 90s film about a depressed man suffering from insomnia who meets a soap salesman on a plane. Together they start an underground club, a strict group called Fight Club, where men fight each other to let out anger over their mundane lives. Marla, a fellow support group attender, slowly begins to split the pair apart which eventually leads to a dramatic realization in the end.

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5) Stuck In Love (2012) R

This Romance film follows the lives of three family members, all of whom are writers. The father is trying to reconnect with his divorced wife, while the son and daughter struggles with their own aspects of love and writing. A series of tumultuous events then follow, dealing with the importance of family, writing, and overall love.

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6) A Long Way Down (2014) R

This British 2014 film is based upon the novel by Nick Hornby, and of the same name. Although the movie differs from the book quite a bit in plot, it is still a masterful piece of art. Four strangers meet atop the tallest building in London on New Year's Eve, all with separate plans to kill themselves. A humiliated movie star, an exhausted mother of a disabled son, a politician's daughter, and a pizza delivery man/musician. Described as a Black Comedy, the four make a pact not to kill themselves until at least Valentine's Day. During this time they find support and friendship in one another and begin to mend the problems they believe are so terrible they warrant death.

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7) Palo Alto (2013) R

Adapted by Gia Coppola from James Franco's book of the same name, this film is another coming of age story of several high school students in the Palo Alto, California area. James Franco gathered the short stories in his novel from current and past students of Palo Alto itself, modifying them to fit a common theme. The movie deals with underage relationships, love, drugs, and sex.

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8) Copenhagen (2014) NR

Copenhagen is the breakout 2014 movie by writer-director Mark Raso. A 28 year old man from Canada is visiting Copenhagen with two friends while simultaneously searching for his estranged grandfather. He meets a 14 year old waitress, and she agrees to serve as his guide and translator. The two begin as friends as eventually their friendship evolves into something more, he does not know she is only 14 until much later, as she does not look it. This new knowledge disturbs him very much, and their friendship crumbles.

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