This article extends current theorizing in media psychology on audience responses to cinema by examining individuals' perceptions of meaningfulness. Specifically, it presents the results of a study designed to expand upon research on psychological and subjective well-being to experiences and memories of films that are perceived as particularly meaningful by viewers. Characteristics and themes of such films are examined and identified, as well as the specific emotional responses that accompany perceptions of meaningful cinema.
Mary Beth Oliver and Tilo Hartmann
which participants felt compassionate, inspired, moved, tender, and touched in response to the film ( Oliver 2008 ). These items represent an affective state that Oliver refers to as tenderness, a mixed-affective response to viewing meaningful media, and
Philip J. Hohle
. Sanders . 2008 . “ An Integrated Model of Mixed Affective Dispositions: Effect of Character Morality, Appearance, and Competence on Viewer’s Enjoyment of Fictional Characters .” Paper presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference