Here are my choices Virgin A young girl who grows up in a strict religious community is raped while unconscious and becomes pregnant and then is ostracized by her comminity when she proclaims it to be an immaculate conception. Bastard out of Carolina A young girl grows up in a violent and dysfunctional family and takes the brunt of a stepfather's malice in order to hold the family together. Old Maid This one is a tear jerker from the 30's based on an Edith Wharton Story. A young woman has a child out of wedlock during the civil war by her cousin's jilted lover. In retaliation her cousin stops her wedding and slowly over the course of her life takes her retaliation by taking everything from her including her child. THe Heiress Based on Henry James's story, Washington Square. A young woman growing up wealthy and unloved finds fleeting happiness with a fortune hunter who abandons her when he thinks her father is going to disinherit her. Like Water for Chocolate A young woman has her life put on hold by a mother who has decided that she will never marry because she is the youngest. Adding to the heartbreak is hte fact that her mother marries her suitor off to her older sister and she must watch in frustration throughout the years and can only express herself through her cooking. House of the Spirits This is the film of a Chilean family's rise to power. The most heartbreaking part of it is the Protagonist's older sister who is unjustly accused by him and sent out into the night. She returns to the house after her death to say good bye to the only two people who ever loved her her sister in law and her niece. THe Magdalene Sisters A group of young women who are sent to a Catholic home for wayward women in Dublin and are subjected to almost life long slavery. This is a true story unfortunately. THe last of these homes/ laundries closed in 1995 . In the story one girl was raped, one was retarded, one was an orphan and one had a child out of wedlock but they were all sent to this home. Secrets and Lies A young black woman in England goes looking for her birth mother and finds much much more than she ever bargained for... The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn A middle aged woman in Dublin seeks to find a purpose for her life after spending her youth caring for an aged aunt. Dancing at Lughnasa A family in Donegal struggles to make ends meet at the beginning of WWII and watch their lives unravel as they try desperately to push forward. MAd Love Queen Juana of Spain and Castille heir to Queen Isabella and Archduke Ferdinand finds herself locked in a castle for 50 years of her life for the crime of loving her husband too much. Farewell my Concubine Two young boys are raised to play the roles of their lives. The most pathetic scene is where one boy is beaten until he says he is a girl when they want to train him to pay female roles. Malena A woman who is destroyed and hated by women and lusted after men in her small WWII town in Sicily because of her beauty. Nights of Cabiria The story of a good hearted prostitute in post WWII Rome who searches for love in all the wrong places. Tess of the D'Urbervilles A young woman's fall from grace for no other reason than the fact that her beauty attracts evil to her life. House of Mirth A young woman who loses everything in the midst of the treachery of High society during the Gilded age.