In the introduction to his book, Roger Ebert states that he rarely cries at the movies, but when he does, "it's almost always because of the goodness of a character."
All of the films listed in the book "have one thing in common--the goodness of people."
"They are very different people and good in many different ways, but all of them, whatever the place in life that fate has led them to, try to do the best they can with their opportunities. Yes, that can restore your faith in humanity. We need more of these films and fewer weekend blockbusters entertaining young people with the slaughter and suffering of anonymous victims in action pictures."More goodness of people and less slaughter... I wholeheartedly agree!
Of the 33 movies listed in the book, I've seen eight:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The King's Speech
Lawrence of Arabia
12 Angry Men
The remaining 25 have been added to my list of films I want to see.
He writes about movies that can restore faith in humanity, but his book also restored my faith in filmmakers. Thank you Roger Ebert.