#6. Walking and Talking (1996)

Storyline: Amelia (Catherine Keener) is jealous when her closest friend and roommate, Laura (Anne Heche), moves out to live with her fiancé. Suddenly alone, Amelia takes a pessimistic look at her own life. Her pet name for Bill (Kevin Corrigan), the last guy she dated, is the "Ugly Guy"; her conversations with her ex-boyfriend, Andrew (Liev Schreiber), usually devolve into name-calling; and her beloved cat has come down with cancer. She then tries to put aside her envy and rely on Laura for support.

Plot Keywords: single woman, best friend, fiancé, ex-boyfriend, video store clerk, therapist, witty ...

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#8. Joker (2019)

Storyline: Arthur Fleck works as a clown and is an aspiring stand-up comic. He has mental health issues, part of which involves uncontrollable laughter. Times are tough and, due to his issues and occupation, Arthur has an even worse time than most. Over time these issues bear down on him, shaping his actions, making him ultimately take on the persona he is more known as...Joker.—grantss

Plot Keywords: comedian, loner, depressed person, therapist, neighbor, love interest, bleak ...

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#9. Oldboy (2003)

Storyline: Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him, and sedate him to avert a desperate suicide--and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell--the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. Then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. However, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death?—Nick Riganas

Plot Keywords: drunk, kidnapper, friend, police officer, prisoner, suspenseful, thrilling ...

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#10. Aparajito (1956)

Storyline: After living awhile in Benares, 10 year old Apu and his mother move in with her uncle in a small Bengali village. Apu enters a local school, where he does well. By the time he graduates, he has a scholarship to study at a college in Calcutta. So off he goes. His mother is torn by his leaving, and by his growing independence. She loves her son very much and wants him to succeed, but she does not want to be left alone.—John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

Plot Keywords: young boy, mother, father, widow, sad, moving, india ...

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#11. Charulata (1964)

Storyline: Charu lives a lonely and idle life in 1870s India. Although her husband Bhupati devotes more time to his newspaper than to their marriage, he sees her loneliness and asks his brother-in-law,Umapada to keep her company. At the same time Bhupati's own cousin, Amal, a would-be writer comes home finishing his college education. However, after several months, Charu and Amal's feelings for each other move beyond literary friendship.—Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.asutexas.edu>

Plot Keywords: wife, husband, cousin, writer, newspaper owner, brother-in-law, somber ...

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#13. Taxi Driver (1976)

Storyline: Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew.

Plot Keywords: cab driver, pretty woman, prostitute, pimp, politician, brutal, disturbing ...

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#14. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Storyline: Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a retired widow, living in a small apartment. She spends most of her time watching TV, especially a particular self-help show. She has delusions of rising above her current dull existence by being a guest on that show. Her son, Harry (Jared Leto) is a junkie but along with his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) has visions of making it big by becoming a drug dealer. Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) could be fashion designer or artist but is swept along in Harry's drug-centric world. Meanwhile Sara has developed an addiction of her own. She desperately wants to lose weight and so goes on a crash course involving popping pills, pills which turn out to be very addictive and harmful to her mental state.

Plot Keywords: drug addict, friend, beautiful woman, police officer, psychiatrist, dark, shocking ...

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