More films like this?

If I were to give you this list, what would you add to it?
I'm looking for anything with this same feeling.
Quiet, personal films with good cinematography.

Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
Paper Moon (1973)
Alice in the Cities (1974)
Harry and Tonto (1974)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Days of Heaven (1978)
The Black Stallion (1979)
Breaking Away (1979)
My Brilliant Career (1979)
Threshold (1981)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
Silkwood (1983)
Tender Mercies (1983)
Testament (1983)
Country (1984)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Places in the Heart (1984)
The Stone Boy (1984)
Vigil (1984)
The Quiet Earth (1985)
84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
Ironweed (1987)
Matewan (1987)
High Tide (1987)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Signs of Life (1989)
An Unremarkable Life (1989)
The Long Walk Home (1990)
Rising Son (1990)
The Inner Circle (1991)
Passion Fish (1992)
On My Own (1993)
The Remains of the Day (1993)
The Secret Garden (1993)
A Place for Annie (1994)
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Dead Man (1995)
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Margaret's Museum (1995)
A Family Thing (1996)
Fly Away Home (1996)
Eve's Bayou (1997)
New Waterford Girl (1999)
The Straight Story (1999)
Wit (2001)
In America (2003)
Off the Map (2003)
The Snow Walker (2003)
Old Joy (2006)
The Necessities of Life (2008)
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Winter's Bone (2010)


A very interesting list from you, indeed! I would add any of Wim Wenders' early films (I see you have Paris, Texas here), especially Wrong Move, The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Alice in the Cities and his masterpiece Kings of the Road.

Of course the films you're mentioning have little obvious things in common (especially compared to epic scale movies like Deer Hunter), but I too am attracted to character-driven, subtle dramatic pieces like these. Essentially they are poles apart from the trendiness and gimmickry that typifies modern cinema -the audience hankering for bombast and effects. That is why the most popular directors of the current era are laughingly called "visionaries" (Fincher etc.) and all-flash/no-content types like Tarantino now are strong Oscar bait the way "square" filmmakers (most notably Stanley Kramer) used to be.

My favorite short story writer is the great Brit talent H.E. Bates, and any film based on his material is worth your time. Ironically, his writing is intentionally gimmicky in the O Henry tradition (his stories almost always have a shocking twist you don't see coming) but they are fabulous character studies nonetheless.

Your first entry on the list, Whistle Down the Wind, reminds me that Bryan Forbes was notable for his work in this subtle vein: you should see many of his classics like The Whisperers, Seance on a Wet Afternoon and King Rat.


Here are a few that I consider little gems:

Holiday Affair (1949)
Lili (1953)
Mister Buddwing (1966)
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
I Never Sang For My Father (1970)
Waiting For Guffman (1996)