Requiem for a Dream (2000): A raw portrayal of addiction and its devastating consequences.
Schindler's List (1993): Based on true events, it depicts the Holocaust and the immense human suffering during World War II.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988): An animated film about the tragic experiences of two siblings during World War II in Japan.
Dancer in the Dark (2000): A musical drama showcasing the struggles of a woman facing poverty, blindness, and injustice.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006): While ultimately hopeful, it depicts a man's journey through homelessness and poverty while caring for his young son.
Manchester by the Sea (2016): A deeply emotional exploration of grief and loss within a family.
The Road (2009): Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it follows a father and son's desperate struggle for survival.
Blue Valentine (2010): A brutally honest portrayal of a crumbling relationship and the disintegration of love.
Million Dollar Baby (2004): A story about an aspiring female boxer facing adversity and heartbreaking circumstances.
The Elephant Man (1980): Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, it delves into the life of a severely deformed man and the challenges he faces in Victorian society.