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127 Hours (2010)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller

127 Hours (2010)

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  anger,  memory,  escape
Locations:canyon,  bicycle,  desert
Characters:girl
Story:boulder,  pepsi cola,  arm amputation,  utah,  water canteen,  water shortage,  camera shot from inside refrigerator,  canon camera,  character's point of view camera shot,  talking to the camera,  looking at the camera,  video camera,  subjective camera,  swiss army knife,  reference to the sundance kid,  reference to butch cassidy,  contemplating death,  drinking own urine,  defying death,  urinating on the ground,  videotaping oneself,  reference to scooby doo,  taco bell,  arm breaking,  kentucky fried chicken,  mountain dew,  naked in the snow,  hour in title,  flash flood,  burger king,  coors light,  broken bone,  gatorade,  bone breaking,  cockiness,  hoist,  soft focus,  pulley,  self surgery,  mountain climber,  stuck,  spelunking,  self deprecation,  hiker,  cave painting,  bike riding,  grotto,  man in towel,  yelling for help,  dread,  single location,  based on autobiography,  pepsi,  talking to oneself,  mcdonald's restaurant,  meteorite,  flooding,  thirst,  determination,  time for title,  amputation,  climbing,  very little dialogue,  alone,  hiking,  taking a photograph,  testimony,  fast motion scene,  male in shower,  lens flare,  snowing,  time lapse photography,  despair,  reverse footage,  couch,  trapped,  adventurer,  fate,  scene during opening credits,  monologue,  survivor,  what happened to epilogue,  answering machine,  rope,  rock,  freeze frame,  split screen,  hairy chest,  lightning,  fantasy sequence,  montage,  flashlight,  survival,  swimming,  hallucination,  piano,  water,  falling from height,  camera,  slow motion scene,  urination,  rain,  digit in title,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  knife,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  number in title,  two word title,  sex,  blood,  masturbation,  flashback

Nim's Island (2008)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Nim's Island (2008)

Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  escape
Locations:desert
Characters:girl
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  video camera,  subjective camera,  fast motion scene,  reverse footage,  adventurer,  fate,  survivor,  answering machine,  lightning,  fantasy sequence,  montage,  flashlight,  survival,  swimming,  hallucination,  water,  falling from height,  camera,  slow motion scene,  rain,  telephone call,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback

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Swiss Army Man (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:loneliness,  memory
Story:thirst,  fast motion scene,  scene during opening credits,  survivor,  fantasy sequence,  montage,  survival,  hallucination,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  urination,  rain,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  sex,  masturbation

The Shallows (2016)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Shallows (2016)

In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:talking to the camera,  looking at the camera,  subjective camera,  self surgery,  yelling for help,  fast motion scene,  trapped,  rock,  split screen,  survival,  swimming,  water,  camera,  slow motion scene,  father son relationship,  flashback,  blood

Flatliners (1990) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  escape
Characters:girl
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  video camera,  subjective camera,  self surgery,  fast motion scene,  reverse footage,  answering machine,  freeze frame,  montage,  flashlight,  hallucination,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  telephone call,  knife,  bare chested male,  sex,  flashback,  blood

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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  escape
Locations:desert
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  climbing,  snowing,  fate,  rope,  montage,  flashlight,  survival,  hallucination,  water,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  rain,  knife,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  thirst,  testimony,  despair,  survivor,  what happened to epilogue,  lightning,  survival,  hallucination,  water,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  based on true story,  knife,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood

The Descent (2005)
Adventure, Horror, Thriller

The Descent (2005)

A woman goes on vacation with her friends after her husband and daughter encounter a tragic accident. One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave. With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures.

Themes:escape
Story:trapped,  video camera,  spelunking,  cave painting,  hiking,  survivor,  what happened to epilogue,  rope,  rock,  flashlight,  survival,  hallucination,  falling from height,  knife,  two word title,  blood

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:anger,  escape
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  fast motion scene,  reverse footage,  scene during opening credits,  freeze frame,  montage,  water,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  knife,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  anger,  escape
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  video camera,  subjective camera,  camera,  fast motion scene,  reverse footage,  freeze frame,  montage,  hallucination,  slow motion scene,  telephone call,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  sex

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  anger,  memory
Locations:bicycle
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  snowing,  split screen,  fantasy sequence,  montage,  flashlight,  hallucination,  falling from height,  camera,  slow motion scene,  urination,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  knife,  blood,  flashback

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Seraphim Falls (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Characters:girl
Story:subjective camera,  thirst,  snowing,  what happened to epilogue,  survival,  water,  slow motion scene,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  knife,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  blood

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  fast motion scene,  time lapse photography,  fate,  scene during opening credits,  freeze frame,  fantasy sequence,  montage,  flashlight,  hallucination,  camera,  slow motion scene,  urination,  brother sister relationship,  knife,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  sex,  flashback,  blood

Gothika (2003)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Gothika (2003)

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  escape
Characters:girl
Story:video camera,  subjective camera,  time lapse photography,  lightning,  fantasy sequence,  flashlight,  survival,  swimming,  hallucination,  rain,  telephone call,  knife,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex,  blood,  flashback

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Skyline (2010)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Skyline (2010)

Jarrod and his pregnant girlfriend Elaine travel to Los Angeles to meet his old friend and successful entrepreneur Terry, and his wife Candice. Terry gives a party in his apartment for Jarrod and offers a job position to him in LA. Terry's assistant and lover Denise (Crystal Reed) and his friend Ray (Neil Hopkins) sleep on the couch in the living room, but in the dawn of the next morning, the group is awakened by mysterious beams of blue light. Ray stares at the light and is taken by the mysterious force. The group of friends try to escape from the alien invaders. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  fast motion scene,  time lapse photography,  couch,  lightning,  survival,  falling from height,  camera,  slow motion scene,  urination,  knife,  bare chested male

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... This is why Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010). (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  fate,  survivor,  answering machine,  freeze frame,  camera,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  number in title,  sex,  blood

A Hologram For The King (2016) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:memory
Locations:bicycle,  desert
Story:talking to the camera,  scene during opening credits,  freeze frame,  hairy chest,  montage,  swimming,  hallucination,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood,  sex,  flashback

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Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  escape
Story:fast motion scene,  male in shower,  lens flare,  time lapse photography,  trapped,  scene during opening credits,  answering machine,  montage,  flashlight,  slow motion scene,  rain,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback

As Above, So Below (2014)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

As Above, So Below (2014)

Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  escape
Story:talking to the camera,  looking at the camera,  video camera,  subjective camera,  spelunking,  lens flare,  trapped,  rope,  flashlight,  hallucination,  piano,  falling from height,  camera,  telephone call,  blood,  flashback

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. (Read More)

Story:character's point of view camera shot,  video camera,  subjective camera,  soft focus,  lens flare,  time lapse photography,  reverse footage,  freeze frame,  split screen,  fantasy sequence,  montage,  urination,  telephone call,  knife,  mother son relationship,  sex,  flashback,  blood,  masturbation

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Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  memory
Locations:bicycle
Characters:girl
Story:water canteen,  survival,  flooding,  climbing,  swimming,  water,  camera,  urination,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  blood

Riddick (2013)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Riddick (2013)

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  lens flare,  scene during opening credits,  lightning,  montage,  flashlight,  survival,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  urination,  rain,  knife,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  memory,  escape
Story:talking to the camera,  looking at the camera,  based on autobiography,  what happened to epilogue,  lightning,  fantasy sequence,  swimming,  hallucination,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  urination,  rain,  telephone call,  based on true story,  knife,  mother son relationship,  sex,  blood,  masturbation

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Dark Places (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  memory,  escape
Locations:bicycle
Characters:girl
Story:subjective camera,  self deprecation,  testimony,  survivor,  answering machine,  flashlight,  camera,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  knife,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  flashback,  blood,  sex

Touching The Void (2003) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Adventure, Documentary, Drama, Sport

Touching The Void (2003)

In the mid-80's two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached within three days, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. Joe falls into a crevasse and Simon, assuming him dead, continues back down. Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevasse. This is the story of how he got back down. (Read More)

Story:rope,  mountain climber,  thirst,  determination,  climbing,  snowing,  adventurer,  survivor,  flashlight,  survival,  hallucination,  water,  urination

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople. This is why Critters (1986) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010).

Themes:escape
Locations:bicycle
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  reverse footage,  scene during opening credits,  lightning,  flashlight,  survival,  slow motion scene,  brother sister relationship,  knife,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood

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Wild (2014)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Wild (2014)

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:desert
Story:hiking,  hiker,  talking to oneself,  thirst,  determination,  snowing,  hairy chest,  flashlight,  hallucination,  camera,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  knife,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  sex

Flight Of The Phoenix (2004)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Flight Of The Phoenix (2004)

A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the impossible... building a new plane from the wreckage of the old one.

Locations:desert
Story:water canteen,  time lapse photography,  survivor,  lightning,  flashlight,  survival,  water,  slow motion scene,  urination,  family relationships,  blood

District 9 (2009) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  talking to the camera,  looking at the camera,  video camera,  subjective camera,  what happened to epilogue,  camera,  urination,  digit in title,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  number in title,  two word title,  flashback,  blood

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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  escape
Story:flooding,  determination,  trapped,  survivor,  rope,  flashlight,  survival,  swimming,  water,  falling from height,  brother sister relationship,  father son relationship

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. This is why The Revenant (2015) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  looking at the camera,  subjective camera,  determination,  very little dialogue,  lens flare,  lightning,  survival,  hallucination,  rain,  based on true story,  knife,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  flashback,  blood

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  escape
Story:subjective camera,  lens flare,  reverse footage,  what happened to epilogue,  hairy chest,  montage,  flashlight,  survival,  camera,  slow motion scene,  digit in title,  based on true story,  knife,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  number in title,  blood

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Lo Imposible (2012) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Drama, Thriller

Lo Imposible (2012)

A regular family - Maria ('Naomi Watts' (qv)), Henry ('Ewan McGregor' (qv)) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  memory,  escape
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  flooding,  reverse footage,  survivor,  hairy chest,  survival,  swimming,  water,  slow motion scene,  urination,  rain,  telephone call,  based on true story,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  blood,  flashback

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  escape
Locations:desert
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  reverse footage,  fantasy sequence,  survival,  hallucination,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  knife,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  lens flare,  scene during opening credits,  survivor,  survival,  water,  falling from height,  camera,  slow motion scene,  based on true story,  knife,  bare chested male,  two word title,  blood,  flashback

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Cloverfield (2008)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield follows five New Yorkers from the perspective of a hand-held video camera. The movie is exactly the length of a DV Tape and a sub-plot is established by showing bits and pieces of video previously recorded on the tape that is being recorded over. The movie starts as a monster of unknown origin destroys a building. As they go to investigate, parts of the building and the head of the Statue of Liberty come raining down. The movie follows their adventure trying to escape and save a friend, a love interest of the main character. This is why Cloverfield (2008) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:video camera,  camera,  character's point of view camera shot,  talking to the camera,  looking at the camera,  subjective camera,  flashlight,  survival,  blood,  flashback

Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness
Characters:girl
Story:urinating on the ground,  fantasy sequence,  flashlight,  swimming,  hallucination,  piano,  falling from height,  urination,  brother sister relationship,  knife,  family relationships,  flashback,  sex,  blood

Paranormal Activity (2007)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Paranormal Activity (2007)

After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.

Story:talking to the camera,  looking at the camera,  video camera,  subjective camera,  camera,  fast motion scene,  time lapse photography,  what happened to epilogue,  knife,  bare chested male,  two word title,  blood

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Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  escape
Locations:bicycle
Characters:girl
Story:subjective camera,  yelling for help,  talking to oneself,  snowing,  despair,  lightning,  flashlight,  survival,  piano,  falling from height,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  flashback,  blood

Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:escape,  memory
Locations:canyon,  desert
Story:flash flood,  soft focus,  fast motion scene,  lens flare,  freeze frame,  split screen,  lightning,  flashlight,  swimming,  piano,  slow motion scene,  urination,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  knife,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex,  blood,  flashback

Chugyeogja (2008) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Chugyeogja (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now. This is why Chugyeogja (2008) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  escape
Story:video camera,  scene during opening credits,  rope,  flashlight,  camera,  slow motion scene,  rain,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback

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Buried (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Buried (2010)

Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there's not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource--himself. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:video camera,  subjective camera,  dread,  flooding,  despair,  trapped,  rock,  fantasy sequence,  flashlight,  survival,  slow motion scene,  knife,  mother son relationship,  blood

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:anger
Characters:girl
Story:scene during opening credits,  answering machine,  freeze frame,  lightning,  hallucination,  camera,  slow motion scene,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  sex

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:anger,  escape
Locations:desert
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  reverse footage,  fate,  lightning,  fantasy sequence,  flashlight,  hallucination,  slow motion scene,  knife,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood

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Grimsby (2016) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Grimsby (2016)

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:bicycle
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  video camera,  subjective camera,  fast motion scene,  reverse footage,  scene during opening credits,  freeze frame,  montage,  falling from height,  camera,  slow motion scene,  urination,  brother sister relationship,  knife,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. This is why War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:bicycle
Characters:girl
Story:video camera,  survivor,  lightning,  flashlight,  survival,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  escape
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  scene during opening credits,  lightning,  flashlight,  survival,  piano,  falling from height,  camera,  slow motion scene,  urination,  knife,  bare chested male,  two word title,  flashback,  blood

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The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Story:video camera,  subjective camera,  talking to oneself,  snowing,  what happened to epilogue,  slow motion scene,  urination,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback

15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like 127 Hours (2010)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:talking to the camera,  video camera,  time for title,  falling from height,  camera,  urination,  digit in title,  telephone call,  knife,  bare chested male,  number in title,  blood

Open Water (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Open Water (2003)

A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. But was it the wrong decision? When a mis-count happens on the boat, Susan and Daniel are left behind in the middle of the ocean, the boat long gone. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  anger
Story:despair,  fate,  hairy chest,  lightning,  survival,  swimming,  water,  camera,  urination,  telephone call,  based on true story,  knife,  bare chested male,  blood

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