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21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  abortion,  dying,  hope,  alcoholism,  faith,  illness,  unfaithfulness,  grief,  guilt,  redemption,  tragedy,  loneliness,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  religion,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  revenge,  love
Mood:melodrama,  suspense
Locations:motel,  bicycle,  desert,  snow,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:sheriff,  professor,  bible,  lawyer,  policeman,  nurse,  teacher,  boy,  doctor
Story:heart surgery,  washing machine,  suicide attempt by hanging,  liquor store,  heart donor,  heart failure,  heart transplant,  medical examination,  small time crook,  loss of daughter,  golf course,  loss of husband,  heart attack,  birthday party,  jail visitation,  accidentally shooting oneself,  birthday cake,  release from prison,  prison cell,  car accident,  red panties,  chocolate bar,  dinner party,  swimming pool,  little boy,  organ rejection,  skull fracture,  mouth spray,  work detail,  cutting arm,  stepping on glass,  sports club,  cutting self,  racket ball,  shot in sequence,  leaf blower,  racquet,  flatlining,  organ transplantation,  born again,  barbed wire fence,  refusing to eat,  ketamine,  organ donor,  porn video,  hummingbird,  speeding vehicle,  raffle,  organ donation,  oxygen tank,  recovering alcoholic,  joke telling,  pity,  mathematician,  fired from a job,  examination,  washing,  bedridden,  hamster,  mercy,  nightgown,  asphyxiation,  fanatic,  private eye,  mortality,  artificial insemination,  schizophrenic,  icon,  swimmer,  allergy,  wake,  monitor,  bleeding,  reverend,  newspaper article,  infertility,  stoned,  new mexico,  clinic,  car theft,  mathematics,  lighter,  physician,  playing pool,  suv,  multiple storyline,  saving a life,  store,  hit and run,  hysteria,  symbolism,  siren,  marital separation,  bowling,  thirty something,  evidence,  heart,  death of daughter,  despair,  mourning,  minister,  pills,  guard,  time,  loss,  drug abuse,  buttocks,  caucasian,  architect,  patient,  sexual attraction,  coma,  hypodermic needle,  slow motion,  medicine,  golf,  poem,  private detective,  pickup truck,  surgery,  death of husband,  therapy,  obscene finger gesture,  ex convict,  handgun,  cross,  suicide attempt,  scar,  drug addiction,  hanging,  umbrella,  attempted murder,  microphone,  drug addict,  flash forward,  latex gloves,  gunshot,  pain,  underwater scene,  hit by a car,  drawing,  bird,  nonlinear timeline,  accident,  toilet,  prisoner,  diner,  cocaine,  widow,  basketball,  ambulance,  breast suckling,  police car,  teenage boy,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  death of mother,  revolver,  little girl,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  voyeur,  jail,  bathroom,  cafe,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  shooting,  sex in bed,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  digit in title,  corpse,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  cell phone,  crying,  fondling,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  pistol,  panties,  knife,  tattoo,  party,  singing,  photograph,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  number in title,  two word title,  gun,  masturbation,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  police,  death,  kiss

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  loneliness,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  religion,  drugs,  infidelity,  suicide,  love,  revenge
Mood:melodrama
Locations:restaurant
Characters:bible,  lawyer,  teacher,  boy
Story:swimming pool,  born again,  reverend,  hysteria,  heart,  minister,  cross,  flash forward,  gunshot,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  cocaine,  ambulance,  teenage boy,  swimming,  death of mother,  revolver,  reference to jesus christ,  jail,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  underwear,  pregnancy,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  panties,  tattoo,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  blood,  police,  kiss,  death

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Awake (2007)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Awake (2007)

While undergoing open heart surgery, a man's failed anesthetic leaves him completely alert, but paralyzed and unable to tell his doctors

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  revenge,  love
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  nurse,  teacher,  doctor
Story:heart surgery,  heart,  surgery,  heart transplant,  heart attack,  minister,  pills,  hypodermic needle,  umbrella,  latex gloves,  pain,  nonlinear timeline,  cocaine,  widow,  ambulance,  tears,  drink,  computer,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  death,  gun,  murder,  blood,  kiss

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:dying,  faith,  grief,  guilt,  tragedy,  anger,  drinking,  love
Mood:melodrama,  suspense
Locations:church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  nurse,  boy,  doctor
Story:car accident,  little boy,  flatlining,  organ donor,  physician,  heart,  patient,  coma,  cross,  suicide attempt,  latex gloves,  underwater scene,  drawing,  bird,  accident,  ambulance,  police car,  revolver,  little girl,  drink,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  police,  flashback

The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:illness,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  love
Locations:motel,  church,  hospital
Characters:bible,  boy
Story:infertility,  stoned,  store,  thirty something,  pickup truck,  gunshot,  pain,  drug use,  swimming,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  sex in bed,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  masturbation,  death

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Abre Los Ojos (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Abre Los Ojos (1997)

A once handsome playboy, Cesar finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. This is why Abre Los Ojos (1997) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  suicide,  love
Locations:church
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:prison cell,  car accident,  racket ball,  symbolism,  pills,  coma,  handgun,  flash forward,  pain,  drawing,  accident,  toilet,  death of mother,  birthday,  reference to god,  vomiting,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  photograph,  nipples,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  death

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:dying,  illness,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  religion,  drugs
Locations:snow,  church,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:drug addiction,  basketball,  stoned,  car theft,  pills,  time,  drug abuse,  hypodermic needle,  poem,  cross,  scar,  drug addict,  toilet,  diner,  cocaine,  police car,  teenage boy,  drug use,  swimming,  revolver,  prayer,  jail,  bathroom,  cafe,  tears,  vomiting,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  kiss,  police,  blood,  gun,  murder,  masturbation,  death

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  unfaithfulness,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:bicycle,  bar,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  doctor
Story:birthday cake,  car accident,  swimming pool,  multiple storyline,  hit and run,  surgery,  obscene finger gesture,  hit by a car,  basketball,  drug use,  cleavage,  birthday,  tears,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  sex in bed,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  corpse,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  police,  blood,  murder

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John Q (2002) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  hope,  marriage
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:heart failure,  heart transplant,  car accident,  organ donor,  organ donation,  physician,  heart,  death of daughter,  medicine,  pickup truck,  surgery,  ambulance,  police car,  prayer,  tears,  shooting,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police,  blood,  gun

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  loneliness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  revenge
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:boy
Story:birthday party,  reverend,  suv,  minister,  death of husband,  cross,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  widow,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  swimming,  reference to jesus christ,  voyeur,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  sex in bed,  drink,  computer,  face slap,  food,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death,  kiss

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. This is why Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  grief,  guilt,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal,  religion,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Locations:snow,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  nurse,  boy,  doctor
Story:medical examination,  birthday cake,  little boy,  asphyxiation,  marital separation,  mourning,  pills,  hypodermic needle,  medicine,  cross,  microphone,  pain,  accident,  toilet,  cocaine,  police car,  drug use,  little girl,  jail,  bathroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police,  murder,  kiss,  blood

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Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  drinking,  drugs,  infidelity
Locations:motel,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:sheriff,  lawyer,  policeman,  nurse,  doctor
Story:birthday cake,  car accident,  swimming pool,  new mexico,  car theft,  bowling,  patient,  death of husband,  therapy,  gunshot,  diner,  ambulance,  police car,  drug use,  death of mother,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  pistol,  knife,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  murder,  kiss,  police,  blood,  gun,  death

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  redemption,  anger,  drinking,  betrayal,  drugs,  revenge
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:release from prison,  prison cell,  car accident,  hypodermic needle,  pickup truck,  obscene finger gesture,  ex convict,  cross,  drug addict,  prisoner,  police car,  drug use,  revolver,  reference to god,  tears,  vomiting,  shooting,  sex in bed,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  pistol,  tattoo,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  murder,  police

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. (Read More)

Themes:abortion,  drinking,  adultery,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:professor,  doctor
Story:washing machine,  red panties,  swimming pool,  stoned,  despair,  hypodermic needle,  pickup truck,  drug addiction,  umbrella,  drug addict,  pain,  underwater scene,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  bathroom,  cafe,  tears,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  tattoo,  photograph,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  kiss,  death

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Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  guilt,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage,  love
Locations:motel,  bicycle,  hospital
Characters:professor,  policeman,  teacher,  doctor
Story:car accident,  swimming pool,  sexual attraction,  hit by a car,  accident,  toilet,  widow,  ambulance,  police car,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  swimming,  death of mother,  voyeur,  tears,  shooting,  sex in bed,  drink,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  pistol,  panties,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  kiss,  murder,  gun,  blood,  police

The Limey (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Limey (1999)

An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece. This is why The Limey (1999) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003). (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  drinking,  drugs,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:car accident,  swimming pool,  icon,  playing pool,  siren,  evidence,  death of daughter,  time,  slow motion,  ex convict,  flash forward,  gunshot,  nonlinear timeline,  drug use,  swimming,  death of mother,  revolver,  little girl,  cafe,  reference to god,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  pistol,  panties,  knife,  party,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  death,  police,  murder,  blood,  gun,  flashback

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)

The first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 'Blue' is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  grief,  anger,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  love
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse,  doctor
Story:medical examination,  car accident,  swimming pool,  thirty something,  death of daughter,  mourning,  pills,  death of husband,  cross,  suicide attempt,  pain,  accident,  widow,  swimming,  little girl,  cafe,  tears,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  number in title,  masturbation,  kiss

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:illness,  religion,  suicide,  revenge,  love
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:professor,  nurse,  teacher,  boy
Story:playing pool,  suv,  medicine,  therapy,  cross,  suicide attempt,  scar,  attempted murder,  drug addict,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  basketball,  ambulance,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  reference to jesus christ,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  vomiting,  sex in bed,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  prison,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  kiss,  blood,  death,  flashback,  murder

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  grief,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:snow,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:boy,  policeman,  teacher,  doctor
Story:heart attack,  birthday cake,  widow,  mourning,  death of husband,  flash forward,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  underwear,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  flashback,  kiss

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  tragedy,  anger,  drinking,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:motel,  church
Characters:sheriff,  doctor
Story:marital separation,  pills,  poem,  pickup truck,  death of husband,  cross,  drug addiction,  drug addict,  pain,  drug use,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  face slap,  food,  corpse,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

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Sleeping With Other People (2015) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher,  boy,  doctor
Story:birthday party,  swimming pool,  little boy,  joke telling,  stoned,  loss,  umbrella,  flash forward,  toilet,  police car,  drug use,  cleavage,  little girl,  reference to jesus christ,  voyeur,  jail,  cafe,  reference to god,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  pregnancy,  telephone call,  panties,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  flashback,  masturbation

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide
Locations:motel,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  boy
Story:birthday party,  birthday cake,  car accident,  swimming pool,  new mexico,  mathematics,  death of husband,  latex gloves,  gunshot,  diner,  drug use,  death of mother,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  shooting,  sister sister relationship,  watching tv,  corpse,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  pistol,  panties,  tattoo,  party,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  flashback,  police

Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  love
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:teacher,  boy
Story:birthday party,  birthday cake,  little boy,  wake,  death of husband,  microphone,  flash forward,  hit by a car,  drawing,  widow,  ambulance,  teenage boy,  death of mother,  cafe,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  underwear,  crying,  fondling,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  blood,  masturbation,  kiss,  death,  flashback

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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:marriage,  suicide
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:sheriff,  lawyer,  policeman,  nurse,  doctor
Story:patient,  accident,  car accident,  swimming pool,  evidence,  death of daughter,  pills,  buttocks,  hypodermic needle,  death of husband,  therapy,  suicide attempt,  umbrella,  attempted murder,  microphone,  underwater scene,  prisoner,  police car,  drug use,  swimming,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  watching tv,  computer,  rain,  corpse,  prison,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  pistol,  knife,  tattoo,  photograph,  murder,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback,  death,  blood,  police,  gun

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  guilt,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  suicide,  love
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher,  boy
Story:birthday party,  release from prison,  car accident,  car theft,  saving a life,  ex convict,  hanging,  drawing,  ambulance,  drug use,  little girl,  voyeur,  jail,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  knife,  party,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  kiss,  flashback,  murder,  death,  blood

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  anger,  drinking,  religion,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  boy,  doctor
Story:heart attack,  siren,  despair,  pills,  drug abuse,  surgery,  therapy,  obscene finger gesture,  cross,  suicide attempt,  hanging,  flash forward,  pain,  bird,  toilet,  teenage boy,  drug use,  prayer,  jail,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  vomiting,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  corpse,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  party,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  flashback,  police,  blood,  kiss,  death

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Hable Con Ella (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Hable Con Ella (2002)

After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  loneliness,  suicide,  love
Mood:melodrama
Locations:church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse,  teacher,  doctor
Story:coma,  swimming pool,  bedridden,  icon,  newspaper article,  clinic,  symbolism,  time,  buttocks,  patient,  microphone,  hit by a car,  accident,  ambulance,  swimming,  little girl,  voyeur,  jail,  tears,  computer,  rain,  pregnancy,  prison,  cell phone,  crying,  panties,  singing,  photograph,  nipples,  father daughter relationship,  flashback,  blood

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking,  marriage
Locations:motel,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:swimming pool,  pills,  drug addiction,  microphone,  flash forward,  pain,  underwater scene,  diner,  cocaine,  police car,  swimming,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  jail,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  party,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  flashback,  gun,  police,  blood,  death

Chugyeogja (2008) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
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.

Themes:grief,  guilt,  anger,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  church,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:car accident,  bedridden,  siren,  loss,  buttocks,  umbrella,  pain,  drawing,  prisoner,  police car,  little girl,  tears,  watching tv,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  crying,  panties,  photograph,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  death,  blood,  flashback,  murder

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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Drama

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  unfaithfulness,  grief,  guilt,  redemption,  tragedy,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity
Locations:motel,  snow,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:accident,  car accident,  siren,  death of daughter,  mourning,  loss,  buttocks,  pickup truck,  umbrella,  drug addict,  flash forward,  pain,  nonlinear timeline,  ambulance,  drug use,  death of mother,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  computer,  food,  beating,  pregnancy,  telephone call,  panties,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  nipples,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  blood,  flashback

Keeping Mum (2005)
Comedy, Crime

Keeping Mum (2005)

Walter Goodfellow, the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria go stale, and he is so detached from his family that he has not taken notice that his 17-year-old daughter Holly is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey fears going to school owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance, an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins, the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins. This is why Keeping Mum (2005) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  anger,  adultery,  religion,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bicycle,  church,  restaurant
Characters:bible,  policeman,  boy
Story:golf course,  heart attack,  golf,  little boy,  joke telling,  reverend,  guard,  time,  microphone,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  little girl,  prayer,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  murder,  kiss,  death

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:abortion,  drinking,  betrayal,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  professor,  policeman
Story:birthday cake,  guard,  death of husband,  suicide attempt,  umbrella,  attempted murder,  flash forward,  gunshot,  toilet,  diner,  widow,  basketball,  ambulance,  prayer,  bathroom,  cafe,  birthday,  shooting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  computer,  food,  rain,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  blood,  death

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Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  boy
Story:birthday cake,  red panties,  swimming pool,  pills,  sexual attraction,  obscene finger gesture,  suicide attempt,  microphone,  teenage boy,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  voyeur,  bathroom,  birthday,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  party,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

The Last Kiss (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Last Kiss (2006)

Michael and Jenna, having been a couple for three years, want to get married and start a family. These plans seem to be well on their way when Jenna announces that she's pregnant. But Michael is worried that his life and his youth will be over for good. At a wedding of a friend, he meets a free-spirited college co-ed, Kim, who opens his eyes and leads him on a dangerous path away from Jenna. Meanwhile, none of the relationships of the people surrounding Michael and Jenna are happy and stable. Michael's friend Izzy is unwilling to let go of his childhood sweetheart Arianna; Kenny is a handsome stud who fears commitment to his latest conquest Danielle; and Chris is a co-worker who is dominated by his neurotic and overbearing wife over raising their newborn son. Even Jenna's parents, Stephen and Anna, are experiencing problems in their long-suffering marriage. (Read More)

Themes:abortion,  dying,  illness,  unfaithfulness,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bicycle
Story:birthday party,  car accident,  swimming pool,  marital separation,  thirty something,  architect,  cocaine,  drug use,  cleavage,  tears,  extramarital affair,  sex in bed,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  pregnancy,  crying,  fondling,  telephone call,  panties,  knife,  party,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Crime, Drama, Music

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.

Themes:tragedy,  drunkenness,  drinking,  religion,  love
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:playing pool,  handgun,  microphone,  toilet,  police car,  drug use,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  jail,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  crying,  telephone call,  pistol,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  police,  murder,  gun,  blood,  death

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The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system. This is why The Life Of David Gale (2003) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  snow,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:professor,  lawyer,  policeman,  boy
Story:swimming pool,  marital separation,  pickup truck,  obscene finger gesture,  diner,  reference to jesus christ,  jail,  cafe,  tears,  extramarital affair,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  rain,  prison,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  party,  photograph,  death,  murder,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  police

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:grief,  redemption,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:professor,  lawyer,  nurse
Story:medical examination,  heart attack,  car accident,  swimming pool,  physician,  siren,  marital separation,  private detective,  drug addiction,  bird,  ambulance,  police car,  little girl,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  voice over narration,  panties,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  flashback,  blood

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:faith,  redemption,  anger,  betrayal,  drugs,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  desert,  bar
Story:car accident,  new mexico,  suv,  pickup truck,  ex convict,  scar,  attempted murder,  drug addict,  drawing,  prisoner,  diner,  cocaine,  police car,  revolver,  birthday,  watching tv,  face slap,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  telephone call,  pistol,  knife,  tattoo,  party,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  two word title,  murder,  blood,  death,  police,  gun

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Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity,  love,  revenge
Mood:melodrama,  suspense
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:loss of husband,  car accident,  physician,  store,  siren,  marital separation,  loss,  buttocks,  sexual attraction,  hypodermic needle,  death of husband,  flash forward,  gunshot,  nonlinear timeline,  cocaine,  ambulance,  drug use,  death of mother,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  sex in bed,  computer,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  pistol,  panties,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  flashback,  police,  death,  murder

Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  drinking,  revenge
Locations:bicycle
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  boy,  doctor
Story:car accident,  washing machine,  accident,  swimming pool,  joke telling,  store,  death of daughter,  pills,  therapy,  obscene finger gesture,  pain,  teenage boy,  drug use,  swimming,  death of mother,  reference to jesus christ,  jail,  tears,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  tattoo,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback,  masturbation,  blood,  murder,  police

Tsotsi (2005) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama

Tsotsi (2005)

In Johannesburg, a small time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car. However, whilst driving, Tsotsi finds that there is a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen. This is why Tsotsi (2005) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  guilt,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:cutting arm,  car theft,  time,  death of husband,  obscene finger gesture,  pain,  police car,  teenage boy,  death of mother,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  vomiting,  shooting,  drink,  food,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  police,  gun,  blood,  death,  murder

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High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  suicide
Characters:policeman,  boy,  doctor
Story:birthday party,  birthday cake,  architect,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  nonlinear timeline,  cocaine,  police car,  swimming,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  flashback,  kiss,  murder,  gun

A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bicycle,  desert,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:doctor
Story:swimming pool,  little boy,  joke telling,  guard,  architect,  hypodermic needle,  pickup truck,  surgery,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  cocaine,  drug use,  swimming,  little girl,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  underwear,  telephone call,  party,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback,  blood,  gun

Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. (Read More)

Themes:abortion,  dying,  faith,  illness,  redemption,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  religion,  suicide,  love
Locations:bicycle,  church,  hospital
Characters:bible,  doctor
Story:little boy,  reverend,  ex convict,  cross,  death of mother,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  tattoo,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood

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Cake (2014) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Drama

Cake (2014)

The acerbic, hilarious Claire Bennett becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

Themes:grief,  tragedy,  loneliness,  drinking,  suicide
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lawyer
Story:birthday cake,  car accident,  swimming pool,  suv,  mourning,  pills,  therapy,  suicide attempt,  scar,  drug addiction,  drug addict,  latex gloves,  pain,  drug use,  birthday,  drink,  food,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role... This is why Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003). (Read More)

Themes:faith,  drunkenness,  drinking,  suicide,  love
Locations:motel,  bar,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:time,  private eye,  small time crook,  private detective,  car accident,  red panties,  swimming pool,  clinic,  patient,  attempted murder,  underwater scene,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  police car,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  swimming,  revolver,  party,  bathroom,  shooting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  fondling,  voice over narration,  pistol,  panties,  murder,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  blood,  death

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:abortion,  dying,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  love
Locations:motel,  bar,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  boy,  doctor
Story:car accident,  pills,  drug addict,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  toilet,  cocaine,  police car,  drug use,  swimming,  death of mother,  little girl,  bathroom,  tears,  shooting,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  police,  gun,  kiss,  flashback

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Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:boy,  doctor
Story:birthday party,  birthday cake,  swimming pool,  hummingbird,  pity,  drug abuse,  hypodermic needle,  drug addiction,  microphone,  drug addict,  cocaine,  drug use,  death of mother,  jail,  bathroom,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  drink,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death,  kiss

One Hour Photo (2002) is one of the best movies like 21 Grams (2003)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  loneliness,  anger,  drunkenness,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  marriage,  revenge
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:nurse
Story:store,  birthday party,  birthday cake,  car accident,  little boy,  hamster,  monitor,  evidence,  time,  buttocks,  handgun,  latex gloves,  toilet,  diner,  cleavage,  voyeur,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  computer,  corpse,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  pistol,  knife,  tattoo,  photograph,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  number in title,  gun,  murder,  police,  death,  flashback,  blood

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  hope,  drunkenness,  drinking,  suicide,  love
Locations:desert,  snow,  bar,  hospital
Characters:policeman
Story:car accident,  asphyxiation,  pills,  hypodermic needle,  scar,  hanging,  microphone,  flash forward,  hit by a car,  diner,  basketball,  police car,  drug use,  swimming,  bathroom,  tears,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  prison,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  knife,  party,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  blood,  gun,  police,  flashback

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