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    Oh, also, Taxi Driver!

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    I've seen a lot of great films here, don't understand how American Beauty has anything to do with the OP, but I would suggest a Russian film called 12 and another Russian film called 4 (probably harder to find, weirder while 12 is more internationally mainstream, but I LOVE IT and I've seen it like five times) ...also The Wall (Pink Floyd) and The Motorcycle Diaries.

    Training Day is a good film about bad cops.

    Gangs of New York and even Moulin Rouge have that late 19th century/early 20th century "we're poor and we're going to die" thing going on.

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    Oh ...The Dollmaker is another one, about Appalachian mountain people moving up North during WWII.

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    That's a very odd and specific list of requirements you want for your movies...

    Tbh, I'm not sure how many movies fit all those criteria, but here are some that, to varying degrees, fit in some way shape or form:

    (Some of them don't quite fit, but I still think they touch on the kind of movie you want to see...)

    Boyz n the Hood
    Menace II Society
    Colors

    Kids
    American History X
    Thirteen

    Fight Club
    12 Monkeys

    Battle Royale
    Suicide Club

    Pulp Fiction
    Reservoir Dogs

    No Country for Old Men
    There Will Be Blood

    Unforgiven
    Mystic River
    Million Dollar Baby
    Gran Torino

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    Also, among films already mentioned:

    Taxi Driver
    City of God
    The Town
    Donnie Darko
    American Beauty
    Leon: The Professional
    Run Lola Run
    A Clockwork Orange
    Y tu mama tambien

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    Thanks everyone for the recommendations!

    I've just watched:

    L.A. Confidential
    Good movie. Well done and stylish. The mood near the end was almost sort of what I was looking for, and the ending was satisfying. For some reason I didn't really care that much about any of the characters, so I didn't mind the violence.

    Hustle & Flow
    Good at times, but I felt it lacked a strong direction -- too focused to be a 'slice of life' piece, and too all over the place to be a 'story' piece. The story is about rap all right, but it just has a totally different feel. I also found the girls' lives to be much more interesting than the main character's.

    Training Day
    Rewatched. Didn't like it as much as the first time, but the 'oppressive mood' was right. The end was way overdone, in my opinion.


    Trainspotting
    Watched it again. Pretty cool. The withdrawal hallucination scene was awesome. I always enjoy that quirky UK feel.

    Amores Perros
    Liked the second story a lot

    I felt like crap after watching it -- but for some reason it snapped me out of my bad mood



    Still trying to get my hands on the other titles. Some of the old ones are kinda hard to find...


    After trying things out, I think what I was looking for was not necessary 'depressing, working class life'. I was looking for "subtle grace under fire when life situation is totally unfair", if that makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21% View Post
    - nothing too violent or heavy or depressing please (no killing innocent children, gruesome torture scenes, becoming paralyzed for life, etc., and especially definitely not 'violence for fun')
    I'm afraid you might have to compromise on your values.

    Many of these were already suggested (maybe all of them) but here are a few that I like:
    Taxi Driver
    No Country For Old Men
    There Will Be Blood
    Brazil
    The Graduate
    Akira
    Blade Runner
    Waltz With Bashir
    Care Bears: Adventures in Rainbow Palace

    Sin City might be a good choice, although I haven't seen it so I can't say for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmanyo View Post
    I'm afraid you might have to compromise on your values.

    Many of these were already suggested (maybe all of them) but here are a few that I like:
    Taxi Driver
    No Country For Old Men
    There Will Be Blood
    Brazil
    The Graduate
    Akira
    Blade Runner
    Waltz With Bashir
    Care Bears: Adventures in Rainbow Palace

    Sin City might be a good choice, although I haven't seen it so I can't say for sure.
    The predominant mood in Brazil is one of being oppressed by a cosmic absurdity. Blade Runner feels mostly oppressively cold and artificial, like being trapped in a futuristic virtual reality--even the melodrama is homage-y and adds to this (I don't know how intentional this is, though). Akira is just very postmodernly paranoid--amphetamines, government conspiracies, psychic children. They're all really oppressive, dunno about "gritty." They might even be defined by their fakeness.

    If you're into that, though, also watch Ghost in the Shell. It's oppressive. Not gritty. The predominant mood is that of some cold, spiritual realm bleeding out of the seams of reality. I think the creator's an INFJ, by the way.

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