9. The Kite Runner
Marc Forster’s big screen adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel is just as thought provoking and compelling as the source material it’s based on. The story centres on Amir, a wealthy young boy from one of Kabul’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, who is overcome with guilt after abandoning the son of his father’s servant by failing to come out of hiding when he is cornered by a gang of bullies, leading to his friend being savagely beaten and raped.
The movie focuses on their relationship, and how it is impacted across a number of years, with the setting of a tumultuous time in Afghani history (when the country was dealing with Soviet military intervention and the rise of the Taliban) helping to make events all the more poignant.