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The list contains the best, new and most relevant heartbreaking movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out heartbreaking, emotional, serious, realistic, touching and dramatic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, tragedy, death, mentor, catastrophe, life & death, honest, loneliness, culture clash and destiny plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as heartbreaking: The Green Mile (1999), Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004), Still Alice (2014), Atonement (2007), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Now Is Good (2012), Revolutionary Road (2008), Changeling (2008), The English Patient (1996), The Light Between Oceans (2016).
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 8.7
Atonement
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
UK, France, USA
123 min.
 7.8
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Urban Country
Comedy, Drama, Family
USA
 7.8
Loveless
Drama
Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, USA
127 min.
 7.7

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 8.5
 941K
The Green Mile
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Plot: death row, death penalty, false accusation, sacrifice, philosophy, life philosophy, death sentence, justice, murder, good versus evil, supernatural ability, life & death ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Rory O'Shea Was Here
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: heartbreaking, emotional, realistic, dramatic, bleak ...
Plot: disability, friendship, life, loneliness, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, love triangle, life & death, character study, justice, cerebral palsy, unrequited love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, ireland
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 7.5
 110K
Still Alice
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: emotional, touching, psychological, heartbreaking, sad ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, relationships, family drama, family bonds, supportive spouse, mother daughter relationship, parenthood, columbia university, courage, doctors, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.8
 218K
Atonement
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Style: emotional, heartbreaking, touching, realistic, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, prejudice, false accusation, love story, siblings relations, wartime, storytelling, sexualized violence, unfulfilled love, love, injustice, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: england, europe, london
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My Sister's Keeper
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The ...
Style: sentimental, touching, heartbreaking, sad, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: cancer, hospital, mother daughter relationship, parenthood, moral dilemma, family drama, sisters, child illness, hopes, legal action, relationships, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, montana
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 7.2
 30K
Now Is Good
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.
Style: touching, heartbreaking, sad, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: cancer, teenager, virginity, death, love story, relationships, life & death, last wish, fighting illness, dying, depression, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
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Revolutionary Road
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Style: serious, depressing, heartbreaking, bad ending, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, relationships, loneliness, under the surface, existentialism, unfulfillment, midlife crisis, family problems, destiny, psychology, life philosophy ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1955, 1940s
Place: connecticut, usa, california, paris france
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 7.8
 216K
Changeling
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: tense, disturbing, psychological, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Plot: fighting the system, investigation, corruption, police, uncover truth, insanity, kidnapping, missing child, storytelling, manipulation, twists & turns, conspiracy ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, canada, seattle washington
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The English Patient
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love story, tragic love, mysterious character, war, destiny, life & death, adultery, tragedy, obsession, love, star crossed lovers, compassion ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1944 ...
Place: africa, europe, ethiopia, egypt, italy ...
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The Light Between Oceans
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.
Style: scenic, heartbreaking, touching, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: wanting to have children, kidnapping, moral dilemma, redemption, love, motherhood, husband wife relationship, miscarriage, mother love, infertility, isolation, island ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, year 1918, 1920s
Place: australia
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 7.6
 168K
The Impossible
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of ...
Style: touching, suspense, realistic, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Plot: survival, natural disaster, tsunami, family bonds, family, courage, tragedy, family in danger, tragic event, hospital, chaos and mayhem, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: dramatic, compassionate, bleak, psychological, tragicomedy ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, friendship, troublemaker, character study, mental illness, dehumanization, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, philosophy ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: oregon
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, sad, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, friendship, family, human animal relationship, life & death, sacrifice, devotion, life philosophy, goodhearted, loss of family member, husband wife relationship, animal training ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: usa, japan, rhode island
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Slumdog Millionaire
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, intense, compassionate ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, rags to riches, life is a bitch, television show, destiny, street life, child abuse, poverty, true love, brutality, childhood, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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 7.7
 18K
Loveless
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening ...
Style: melancholic, depressing, bleak, rough, heartbreaking ...
Plot: missing child, dysfunctional family, divorce, search party, loveless marriage, search, husband wife relationship, dispute, dysfunctional marriage, missing son, anger, selfishness ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Love Loves Coincidences
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Turkey
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Year 1977, a September morning in Ankara... Yilmaz tries to rush his pregnant wife Neriman to the hospital and he crashes into Omer's car. The causes Omer's pregnant wife Inci, who was in the back seat, to have a pre-term labor. The babies ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, surprise ending, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: true love, destiny, childhood sweetheart, childhood love, hopes, love and romance, love triangle, power of love, childhood memory, life & death, life philosophy, life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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 6.9
 13K
White God
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Hungary, Germany, Sweden
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Favoring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the ...
Style: suspenseful, heartbreaking, tense, bloody, brutal ...
Plot: dog, revenge, chase, human animal relationship, homeless, rebellion, animal abuse, betrayal by friend, friendship, brutality, animal attack, redemption ...
Place: hungary, budapest hungary, europe
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Love Me If You Dare
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 93 min.
Story: As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, dark humor, sexy, intense ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: prank, friendship, romance, best friends, best friends in love, competition, destiny, love hate, obsession, love, love story, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, belgium
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 7.1
 125K
Remember Me
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Still reeling from a heartbreaking family event and his parents' subsequent divorce, Tyler Hawkins discovers a fresh lease on life when he meets Ally Craig, a gregarious beauty who witnessed her mother's death. But as the couple draws ...
Style: sentimental, touching, surprise ending, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, death in the family, family drama, father daughter relationship, relationships, parents and children, dysfunctional family, suicide, 9/11, parenthood, college student, tragedy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, 2000s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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 6.8
 101K
If I Stay
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mia Hall, a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with the love of her life, Adam, a rock ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: love, dealing with death, life & death, teenager, family drama, hospital, love and romance, family relations, supernatural, loss of family, coma, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon
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Bury Me Behind the Baseboard
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A small child is trapped in a tug-of-war battle between his frivolous, but loving mother and an emotionally abusive neurotic grandmother, who wants to "shelter" her beloved grandson at all cost.
Style: depressing, emotional, serious, rough, heartbreaking
Plot: domineering mother, swearing, grandmother, birthday, child abuse, sick, money, doctor, power relations, family relations, parent child relationship, dysfunctional relationship ...
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 7.9
 81K
Amour
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Austria, France, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, heartbreaking, serious ...
Plot: love, aging, death, french, elderly lovers, nurse, life & death, loneliness, golden years, relationships, terminal illness, love story ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
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Grave of the Fireflies
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: bleak, emotional, touching, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: war, survival, wartime, firefly, tragedy, death, children, orphan, loneliness, hospital, friendship, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mine
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The Broken Circle Breakdown
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The loss of their young daughter threatens to destroy the love and faith of two married musicians.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: cancer, tragedy, hospital, death, depression, suicide, religion, country, couple relations, music, relationships, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: belgium, europe
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 8.0
 68K
Short Term 12
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: depression, adolescence, mentor, teenager, storytelling, incest, child abuse, friendship, hospital, workplace romance, childhood, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Brokeback Mountain
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Style: touching, captivating, melancholic, sad, sexy ...
Plot: homosexuality, gay romance, gay relationship, gays and lesbians, love story, love, adultery, forbidden love, character study, stereotypes, life philosophy, depression ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: texas, usa, wyoming, mexico
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 7.9
 39K
Lilya 4-Ever
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sexual, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: poverty, prostitution, sexual abuse, rape, suicide, violence, redemption, sex, russian, tragedy, friendship, betrayal ...
Place: sweden, estonia, europe, mcdonald's restaurant, russia ...
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Sophie's Choice
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity ...
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: holocaust, friendship, mental illness, genocide, nazi, tragedy, nazis, love triangle, guilt, haunted by the past, jews, complex characters ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, new york, usa
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Dancer in the Dark
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma ...
Style: emotional, surreal, bleak, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: dance, destiny, tragedy, small town, blindness, prison, factory worker, tragic hero, music, secret, loneliness, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1964
Place: usa, washington state
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 8.2
 489K
Inside Out
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. ...
Style: touching, inspirational, emotional, colourful, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary friend, family, memory, childhood, friendship, creativity, life philosophy, adventure, transformation, happy ending, sadness, joy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: san francisco, minnesota, california, usa
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TOP 5 movies for each similar tag

sad
sad movies
Million Dollar Baby 2004
8.1
My Sister's Keeper 2009
7.4
Now Is Good 2012
7.2
Still Alice 2014
7.5
Keith 2008
7.5
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tragedy
tragedy movies
Everest 2015
7.1
Changeling 2008
7.8
The Impossible 2012
7.6
Titanic 1997
7.8
The English Patient 1996
7.4
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depressing
depressing movies
Requiem for a Dream 2000
8.3
Revolutionary Road 2008
7.3
It Follows 2014
6.9
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975
8.7
What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993
7.8
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compassionate
compassionate movies
Seven Pounds 2008
7.6
Patch Adams 1998
6.7
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975
8.7
The Green Mile 1999
8.5
Life Is Beautiful 1997
8.6
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life
life movies
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears 1980
8.2
Life of Pi 2012
7.9
Rory O'Shea Was Here 2004
7.9
Frida 2002
7.4
The Blind Side 2009
7.7
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depression
depression movies
Antichrist 2009
6.6
American Beauty 1999
8.4
Demolition 2015
7.0
The Grey 2011
6.8
My Week with Marilyn 2011
7.0
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reflective
reflective movies
The Door in the Floor 2004
6.7
Dance with a Stranger 1985
6.8
Yi Yi: A One and a Two... 2000
8.1
After Life 1998
7.8
Autumn Sonata 1978
8.3
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honest
honest movies
Forrest Gump 1994
8.8
It Could Happen to You 1994
6.3
Georgia Rule 2007
5.9
Emmerdale 1972
4.9
Jersey Girl 2004
6.2
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