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Searching for Meaning

About a Boy (2002)
American Beauty (1999)
The Apostel (1997)
Being There (1979))
Cider House Rules (1999)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Grand Canyon (1991)
Groundhog Day (1993)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Short Cuts (1993)
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2002)
The Truman Show (1998)
The Visitor (2007)

Spirituality

Bee Season (2005)
City of Angels (1998)
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Malcolm X (1992)
Resurrection (1980)
What the #$*! Do We Know!? (2004)
Wings of Desire (1987, German with English subtitles)

Transformation and Renewal

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
The Full Monty (1997)
Green Book (2018)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Magnolia (1999)
The Mustang (2019)
Pieces of April (2003)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Schindler’s List (1993, emotionally challenging)
Something Gotta Give (2003)
The Station Agent (2003)
Where'd you go, Bernadette (2019)

Support Groups and Friendships

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
The Big Chill (1983)
Circle of Friends (1995)
City Slickers (1991)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
The Lord of the Rings (2001 - 2003)
Peter's Friends (1992)
Star Wars (1977 - 2002)
Steel Magnolias (1989)

Role Models

Apollo 13 (1995)
The Chorus (2004, in French)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Finding Forrester (2000)
Gandhi (1982)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Rudy (1993)

Personal Courage

Babe (1995)
Braveheart (1995, emotionally challenging)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
Door to Door (2002)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Field of Dreams (1989)
First Man (2018)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Gandhi (1982)
Gattaca (1997)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Gravity (2013)
The Insider (1999)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Julia (1977)
Contender, The (2000)
Diary of Anne Frank, The (1959)
Gladiator, The (2000)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Little Big Man (1970)
Mask (1985)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The Monuments Men (2013)
Norma Rae (1979)
Out of Rosenheim (Baghdad Café) (1988)
Open Range (2003)
Philomena (2013)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Rudy (1993)
Saving Private Ryan (199, emotionally challenging)
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995, TV)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Silkwood (1983)
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Town Like Alice, A (1981)
Untouchables, The (1987)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)