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Poll Suggestion: Films on Abortion

Which film dealing with abortion is your favorite?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls560465342/

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Great job putting together such a good list! There are three films on this list that are among my favorite movies about anything: 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always,' 'Cider House Rules,' and 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire.' I'm not yet sure which will get my vote: they're all such beautiful films that deal with the subject matter with nuance and  thoughtfulness. 

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Cherry (2022) (to be released this month)

Obvious Child (2014)

The Contender (2000)

Where Are My Children? (1916)

The Surrogate (2020)

If you're including documentaries:

Like of Fire (2006)

The Janes (2022)

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@cinephile,

FYC,​ I think you should include lesser seen movies that are all about abortion over more well seen movies that have a single scene or have a more remote connection to the topic.

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Unplanned is a 2019 American drama film written and directed by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman. It is based on the disputed 2011 memoir Unplanned by anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson. The film stars Ashley Bratcher as Johnson, following her life as a clinic director for Planned Parenthood and her subsequent transition to anti-abortion activism.

Saint Frances is a 2019 film where Bridget, a 34 year old, gets a job nannying six-year-old Frances. Bridget's unwanted pregnancy and abortion raise many complications.

Roe vs. Wade is a 1989 television film written by Alison Cross about the landmark 1973 United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. It was directed by Gregory Hoblit and stars Holly Hunter and Amy Madigan.

Roe v. Wade is a 2020 American political legal drama film produced, written and directed by Nick Loeb and Cathy Allyn. It serves as a dramatization of the 1973 landmark decision of the same name, rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions.

Choices is a 1986 American made-for-television drama film starring George C. ScottJacqueline Bisset and Melissa Gilbert, directed by David Lowell Rich. It was originally broadcast on ABC on February 17, 1986. The film focuses on a 62-year-old judge who rethinks his opposition to abortion when he finds out both his 19-year-old daughter and 38-year-old wife are pregnant. When his daughter contemplates an abortion without informing her boyfriend, the judge immediately expresses his disapproval. He changes his mind when he finds out his wife is pregnant as well. The three are all forced to make important choices.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romanian4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile) is a 2007 Romanian art film with drama and thriller elements, written and directed by Cristian Mungiu and starring Anamaria MarincaLaura Vasiliu, and Vlad Ivanov. The film is set in Communist Romania in the final years of the Nicolae Ceaușescu era. It tells the story of two students, roommates in a university dormitory, who try to procure an illegal abortion. Inspired by an anecdote from the period and the general social historic context, it depicts the loyalty of the two friends and the struggles they face.

A Private Matter is a 1992 American made-for-television drama film based on the true 1962 story of Sherri Finkbine, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona in the first trimester of her fifth pregnancy. She was the popular hostess of the locally produced children's television show Romper Room.

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@rubyfruit76​ 

I added everything except Cherry because I can't really add a film that is not yet released. If the film is released before the poll, I might add it.

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Il y a 2 m

FYC, some more on topic choices.
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@urbanemovies​ 

Lingui and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days were already on the list.

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@cinephile​,

Thanks, I realized that after the fact. I think you ended up with a very solid answer pool. Obviously, a very timely topic. Well done and congrats.

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A lot A+ CinemaScore movies that feature divisive topics or polarizing issues turn out a big audience of fervent followers the first night and skew the results from what an impartial reviewer might grade the film. Unplanned got an A+ from CinemaScore, a 5.6/10 user rating on IMDb and a 10/100 meta critic rating.

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Nymphomaniac - Part II. There is a very disgusting scene of an abortion. But only in the uncensored version. In Germany we got different classifications. FSK16 - You won't see the abortion. FSK18 - Full Programm. But I regret to have seen it. It's unbearable. Maybe it doesn't fit for the list, just wanted to notice the movie.

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@Breumaster​ 

Maybe Waves?

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@Breumaster​ 

I guess 24 Wochen should fit for the list.

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@Breumaster​ 

I guess also would Blue Valentine

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@Breumaster​ 

I'm gonna exclude Nymphomaniac. A single scene from the director's cut isn't enough. I'm also gonna exclude Waves, I have seen the film, I don't think abortion is really its subject.

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FYC:

Love with the Proper Stranger (A salesclerk at Macy's department store finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand with a musician, who does not even remember her. She goes to visit him to ask him for money to pay her abortion)

El crimen del padre Amaro (In rural Mexico a catholic priest falls in love with a girl and their relationship ends with her pregnancy, forcing them to consider the possibility of an abortion to avoid a scandal)

Call Jane (A married woman with an unwanted pregnancy lives in a time in America where she can't get a legal abortion and works with a group of suburban women to find help).

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On another note is worth saying that the Peyton Place novel, which I read last year, has a very important abortion as part of the plot. Unfortunately the movie version avoided the topic and turn that story into a minor misscarriage scene and then moved on.

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I have reviewed every suggestion. Knowing that the subject is controversial, I haven't look at the IMDb ratings to make my choice. Nevertheless, I didn't include any film with less than 300 votes. Exceptionnally, I chose to include documentaries: documentaries are often far ahead fictional films in regards controversial issues (Death Penalty, Climate Change, Abortion, etc.)

I added:

Obvious Child

The Contender

Where Are My Children?

The Surrogate

Lake of Fire

The Janes

Unplanned

Saint Frances

Roe v Wade (1989)

Roe v Wade (2019)

If These Walls Could Talk

Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer

Three Families

Reversing Roe

After Tiller

24 Wochen

Blue Valentine

Love with the Proper Stranger

El crimen del Padre Amaro

I removed: 

Juno

To Each His Own

Penny Serenade

Knocked Up

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Congrats

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@cinephile ,

Congratulations on having your poll go live.

Please change "Poll Suggestion" to "Live Poll" in the discussion thread title and change the settings so that it appears under "Praise" now, rather than "Idea."

 

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