Film Theme: Crumbling Marriages

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  1. Eyes Wide Shut
    #1

    Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

    41,783 views

    Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 erotic thriller film based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story) transferred from early 20th century Vienna to 1990s New York. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was his last film, as he died four days after showing his final cut to Warner Bros. studios. The story, set in and around New York City, follows the sexually charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated an affair a year earlier. He embarks on a night-long adventure, during which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an unnamed secret society.


  2. Desperate Housewives
    #2

    Desperate Housewives (2004)

    33,778 views

    Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. Central, on ABC from October 3, 2004, until May 13, 2012. Executive producer Cherry served as showrunner. Other executive producers since the fourth season included Bob Daily, George W. Perkins, John Pardee, Joey Murphy, David Grossman, and Larry Shaw.


  3. Indecent Proposal
    #3

    Indecent Proposal (1993)

    21,474 views

    Indecent Proposal is a 1993 drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jack Engelhard. It was directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson.


  4. Nip/Tuck
    #4

    Nip/Tuck (2003)

    15,964 views

    Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", a cutting-edge, controversial plastic surgery center—but, particularly its founders: Drs. Sean McNamara and Christian Troy (portrayed by Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon). Each episode featured graphic, partial-depictions of the plastic surgeries of one or more patients (who requested both popular [e.g., breast augmentation] and exotic [e.g., "vaginal rejuvenation"] procedures—as well as removals of obscure skin diseases). Much of the series' drama is derived from the tumultuous personal lives of its main characters (including the doctors' loved ones).


  5. Fireproof
    #5

    Fireproof (2008)

    11,337 views

    Fireproof is a 2008 American Christian drama film released by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Affirm Films, directed by Alex Kendrick, who co-wrote and co-produced it with Stephen Kendrick. The film stars Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, and Ken Bevel.


  6. Urban Cowboy
    #6

    Urban Cowboy (1980)

    13,060 views

    Urban Cowboy is a 1980 American western romantic drama film about the love-hate relationship between Buford Uan "Bud" Davis (John Travolta) and Sissy (Debra Winger). The movie captured the late 1970s/early 1980s popularity of country music. It was John Travolta's third major acting role after Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Much of the action centers around activities at Gilley's Club, a honky tonk in Pasadena, Texas.


  7. Bathing Beauty
    #7

    Bathing Beauty (1944)

    13,253 views

    Bathing Beauty is a 1944 musical starring Red Skelton, Basil Rathbone and Esther Williams and directed by George Sidney.


  8. He's Just Not That Into You
    #8

    He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

    10,561 views

    He's Just Not That Into You is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Ken Kwapis, based on the self-help book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, which in turn was inspired by a line of dialogue in Sex and the City. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, and Justin Long.


  9. Waiting to Exhale
    #9

    Waiting to Exhale (1995)

    7,868 views

    Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker (in his feature film directorial debut) and starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. The film was adapted from the 1992 novel of the same name by Terry McMillan. Lela Rochon, Loretta Devine, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Beach, Gregory Hines, Donald Faison, and Mykelti Williamson rounded out the rest of the cast. The original music score was composed by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. The story centers on four female friends living in the Phoenix, Arizona area and their relationships with men and one another. All of them are "holding their breath" until the day they can feel comfortable in a committed relationship with a man.


  10. My Lover My Son
    #10

    My Lover My Son (1970)

    10,555 views

    My Lover, My Son is a 1970 US-American-British coproduction directed by John Newland. It tells the story of a mother played by Romy Schneider clinging to her maturing son. The film is based on Edward Grierson's novel Reputation for a Song.


  11. Full Frontal
    #11

    Full Frontal (2002)

    6,385 views

    Full Frontal is a 2002 film by Steven Soderbergh about a day in the life of a handful of characters in Hollywood. It stars Catherine Keener, Blair Underwood, David Duchovny, Julia Roberts, Mary McCormack, Brad Pitt, and David Hyde Pierce. The film was shot on digital video using the Canon XL-1s in under a month.


  12. Blue Valentine
    #12

    Blue Valentine (2010)

    6,358 views

    Blue Valentine is a 2010 American romantic drama film named after the Tom Waits album, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance. The film premiered in competition at the 26th Sundance Film Festival. Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, and Joey Curtis wrote the film, and Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling played the lead roles as well as serving as co-executive producers for the film. The band Grizzly Bear scored the film.


  13. American Beauty
    #13

    American Beauty (1999)

    6,756 views

    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, a 42-year-old advertising executive who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). Annette Bening co-stars as Lester's materialistic wife, Carolyn, and Thora Birch plays their insecure daughter, Jane. Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper and Allison Janney also feature. The film is described by academics as a satire of American middle class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction; analysis has focused on the film's explorations of romantic and paternal love, sexuality, beauty, materialism, self-liberation, and redemption.


  14. Niagara
    #14

    Niagara (1953)

    6,188 views

    Niagara is an American 1953 film noir thriller film directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, and Max Showalter. It was one of Fox's biggest box office hits of the year.


  15. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    #15

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

    5,517 views

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams adapted by Richard Brooks and James Poe. One of the top-ten box office hits of 1958, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives.


  16. True Lies
    #16

    True Lies (1994)

    4,438 views

    True Lies is a 1994 American action comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Art Malik, Tia Carrere, Bill Paxton, Eliza Dushku, Grant Heslov and Charlton Heston. It is a loose remake of the 1991 French comedy film La Totale!. The film follows U.S. government agent Harry Tasker, who balances his life as a spy with his familial duties.


  17. The Godfather: Part II
    #17

    The Godfather: Part II (1974)

    4,852 views

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Partially based on Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather, the film is both sequel and prequel to The Godfather, presenting parallel dramas: one picks up the 1958 story of Michael Corleone (Pacino), the new Don of the Corleone crime family, protecting the family business in the aftermath of an attempt on his life; the prequel covers the journey of his father, Vito Corleone (De Niro), from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family enterprise in New York City.


  18. Show Boat
    #18

    Show Boat (1951)

    4,676 views

    Show Boat is a 1951 American musical romantic drama film based on the stage musical of the same name by Jerome Kern (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (script and lyrics), and the 1926 novel by Edna Ferber. This 1951 film version, by MGM, was adapted for the screen by John Lee Mahin, and was produced by Arthur Freed and directed by George Sidney.


  19. Mandingo
    #19

    Mandingo (1975)

    4,713 views

    Mandingo is an American motion picture released by Paramount Pictures in 1975.


  20. Couples Retreat
    #20

    Couples Retreat (2009)

    4,041 views

    Couples Retreat is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Billingsley, marking his directorial debut, and written by Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Dana Fox, Curtis Hanson, and Greg Beeman. Vaughn and Favreau star with Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Malin Åkerman, Kristen Bell and Jean Reno. It was released on October 9, 2009, in the United States. The film was shot mostly on the island of Bora Bora.


  21. The Black Dahlia
    #21

    The Black Dahlia (2006)

    4,528 views

    The Black Dahlia is a 2006 American neo noir crime thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. It is drawn from a novel of the same name by James Ellroy, the author of L.A. Confidential, and stars Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank. The widely sensationalized murder of Elizabeth Short inspired both the novel and the film. The film's placement as the opening entry at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival on August 30, 2006, was its world premiere. Wide release was on September 15, 2006. Despite its failure — both critically and financially — the film was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 79th Academy Awards. Pan's Labyrinth took that prize instead. Mia Kirshner's performance as the tragic Elizabeth Short was widely praised.


  22. Little Children
    #22

    Little Children (2006)

    3,911 views

    Little Children is a 2006 American drama film directed by Todd Field. It is based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, who along with Field wrote the screenplay. It stars Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich, Gregg Edelman, Phyllis Somerville and Will Lyman. The original music score is composed by Thomas Newman. The film screened at the 44th New York Film Festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It earned 3 nominations at the 79th Academy Awards: Best Actress for Winslet, Best Supporting Actor for Haley, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Field and Perrotta.


  23. The Love Guru
    #23

    The Love Guru (2008)

    3,537 views

    The Love Guru is a 2008 American romantic comedy film directed by Marco Schnabel in his directorial debut, written and produced by Mike Myers, and starring Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Verne Troyer, John Oliver, Omid Djalili, and Ben Kingsley. The film was also Myers and Timberlake's second collaboration after Shrek the Third (2007).


  24. Making Love
    #24

    Making Love (1982)

    3,428 views

    Making Love is a 1982 American film. It tells the story of a married man coming to terms with his homosexuality and the love triangle that develops around him, his wife and another man. It stars Kate Jackson, Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean.


  25. Spanglish
    #25

    Spanglish (2004)

    3,313 views

    Spanglish is a 2004 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by James L. Brooks, and stars Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, and Téa Leoni. It was released in the United States on December 17, 2004 by Columbia Pictures and by Gracie Films, and in other countries over the first several months of 2005.


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