7. Enough Said
Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranking: #28, with 152 reviews, 95% of them positive
James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss star in a charming, surprisingly emotional story of a woman finding love after divorce.
Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranking: #38, with 218 reviews, 94% of them positive
Tom Hanks plays Richard Phillips in this riveting, pants-wetting thriller about a real-life captain who was captured off his vessel in 2009 and held captive by Somali pirates.
Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranking: #39, with 157 reviews, 94% of them positive
Featuring Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a real man who contracted AIDS and refused to succumb to his death sentence, creating a buyers club to distribute (and make money off of) medications when he couldn’t get the prescriptions he needed from the FDA.
10. All Is Lost
Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranking: #40, with 151 reviews, 94% of them positive
Another story of survival, starring Robert Redford as a man whose yacht collides with a shipping container and sinks. He’s the only person on screen for over two hours, and rarely speaks, and it’s incredible.
Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranking: #40, with 150 reviews, 94% of them positive
Another true story, this time of Oscar Grant, the young man who was shot and killed in 2009 by transit police at Fruitvale Station on the BART line in California. Starring Michael B. Jordan.
Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranking: #59, with 131 reviews, 92% of them positive
An atypical coming-of-age story starring Miles Teller as a hard-partying senior and how his life changes when he meets typical ‘nice girl’ Shailene Woodley.
13. Blue Jasmine
Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranking: #67, with 183 reviews, 91% of them positive
A Woody Allen film starring Cate Blanchett as a woman who lost everything when her husband lost his money, potentially including her sense of self and her sanity.
Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranking: #68, with 134 reviews, 91% of them positive
The story of a man who wins the lottery and the road-trip journey he takes from Montana to Nebraska to go pick up the money. Filmed in black-and-white, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as his estranged son.
Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranking: #77, with 121 reviews, 90% of them positive
A subtitled French language film about lesbian love, with extremely graphic sex scenes and heart-wrenching emotional turmoil. Starring Lea Seydouz and Adèle Exarchopoulos.