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50/50 (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

50/50 (2011)

Adam is a 27 year old writer of radio programs and is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center, Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are.

Themes:cancer, illness, depression, loneliness, anger, memory, funeral, drunkenness, betrayal, friendship
Locations:canada, kitchen, cemetery, bar, hospital
Characters:testicles, doctor
Story:therapist, cancer patient, doctor patient relationship, malignant tumor, diagnosis, chemotherapy, smoking weed, bookstore clerk, volcano eruption, therapist client relationship, back scar, patient, bone cancer, dying from cancer, cancer treatment, prostate cancer, terminal cancer, medicinal marijuana, medical marijuana, happy birthday

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:illness, loneliness, anger, drunkenness, betrayal
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:organ donor, joke telling, stoned, medical examination, patient, hypodermic needle, surgery, therapy, scar, drug use, cleavage, reference to jesus christ, birthday, tears, vomiting, watching tv, computer, rain, digit in title, cell phone

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:memory, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Story:high, telephone number, reckless driving, bookstore, black american, trust, break up, apology, f word, reference to jesus christ, best friend, tears, computer, cell phone, crying, telephone call, shower, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, african american

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:illness, cancer, depression, loneliness, memory, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:high, dying from cancer, looking at oneself in a mirror, cold the temperature, car radio, stoned, first date, nervous breakdown, listening to music, trust, break up, apology, death of friend, subjective camera, drug use, f word, reference to jesus christ, marijuana, birthday, running

Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:depression, anger, drunkenness
Characters:doctor
Story:high, joke telling, first date, earphones, brushing teeth, listening to music, hypodermic needle, answering machine, black american, injection, painter, man with glasses, apology, cleavage, f word, running, tears, taxi, book, bus

Almost Famous (2000)
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. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:anger, drunkenness, betrayal, friendship
Locations:bar
Story:older man younger man relationship, bandage, bong, listening to music, pot smoking, drug use, cleavage, f word, marijuana, birthday, running, vomiting, book, bus, watching tv, urination, crying, telephone call, based on true story, party

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, q tip, earphones, alienation, thunder, listening to music, answering machine, scar, apology, subjective camera, f word, birthday, running, tears, vomiting, book, painting, watching tv, computer, urination

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:anger, betrayal, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:operating room, bromance, sense of smell, coughing, weed, bong, reckless driving, wristwatch, pot smoking, split screen, van, drug use, f word, marijuana, dead body, birthday, running, best friend, tears, cell phone

Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Themes:depression, loneliness, funeral, friendship
Locations:kitchen, cemetery, bar
Characters:doctor
Story:reference to star trek, animal in cast credits, stoned, bong, medical examination, burial, pot smoking, twenty something, black american, trust, graveyard, coffin, drug use, marijuana, best friend, watching tv, rain, crying, telephone call, based on true story

The Judge (2014)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, illness, cancer, loneliness, anger, memory, drunkenness
Locations:cemetery, bar, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, joke telling, diagnosis, overhead shot, chemotherapy, morphine, selfishness, alzheimer's disease, thunder, burial, trust, van, coffin, subjective camera, f word, dead body, urination, mirror, rain, shower

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. This is why Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, betrayal, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, sex joke, camera phone, car radio, baseball cap, reference to facebook, bong, wristwatch, woman with glasses, hypodermic needle, injection, scar, man with glasses, death of friend, subjective camera, drug use, f word, taxi, painting, watching tv

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:anger, memory, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:bar
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, reference to mikhail gorbachev, bottled water, sense of smell, nervous breakdown, alienation, answering machine, surgery, break up, drug use, cleavage, f word, dead body, running, taxi, watching tv, urination, mirror, cell phone, crying

Role Models (2008) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
Comedy

Role Models (2008)

Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers - Danny to Augie, a geek who loves to LARP (Live Action Role Play), and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys? (Read More)

Themes:depression, drunkenness, betrayal, friendship
Characters:testicles
Story:obscene gesture, optimism, hot dog, one night stand, woman with glasses, jeep, apology, marijuana, taxi, computer, urination, mirror, cell phone, crying, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sex scene, mother son relationship, father son relationship, sex

The Man From Earth (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi

The Man From Earth (2007)

Themes:illness, cancer, memory, friendship
Characters:doctor
Story:pipe smoking, psychologist, painter, survival, reference to jesus christ, birthday, tears, book, painting, crying, telephone call, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, death

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, funeral, drunkenness
Locations:cemetery, bar
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, overhead shot, selfishness, thunder, wristwatch, therapist, trust, man with glasses, apology, subjective camera, drug use, f word, dead body, birthday, taxi, watching tv, mirror, rain, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

The Bucket List (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Bucket List (2007)

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life. This is why The Bucket List (2007) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:illness, cancer, funeral, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:malignant tumor, toilet bowl, shaving head, chemotherapy, hospital room, earphones, hypodermic needle, surgery, dead body, tears, taxi, vomiting, watching tv, mirror, cell phone, crying, telephone call, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Jarhead (2005) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:illness, loneliness, funeral, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:testicles
Story:bottled water, meaning of life, hawaii, coffin, subjective camera, reference to jesus christ, dead body, running, tears, vomiting, book, bus, watching tv, urination, rain, crying, telephone call, shower, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Equilibrium (2002)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Equilibrium (2002)

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it. (Read More)

Themes:anger, memory, betrayal, friendship
Story:destroying a painting, looking at oneself in a mirror, car keys, sense of smell, wristwatch, listening to music, injection, death of friend, drug use, dead body, running, tears, book, painting, watching tv, computer, mirror, rain, crying, telephone call

Side Effects (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. (Read More)

Themes:depression, anger, funeral
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:doctor patient relationship, looking at oneself in a mirror, nausea, diagnosis, listening to music, woman with glasses, answering machine, injection, break up, coffin, apology, f word, taxi, vomiting, watching tv, mirror, rain, woman on top, title spoken by character, sex scene

The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect same-sex relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay-at-home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni (conceived by Nic) and Laser (by Jules). Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat reluctantly, she does. He is late thirty-something Paul, a co-op farmer and restaurateur. Despite his seemingly successful businesses, Paul has always shirked responsibility, most specifically in his personal life. After Joni and Laser meet with Paul, Nic and Jules learn what their children have done and, although they don't want Paul infiltrating their lives, want to meet him - especially as Joni and Laser seem to want to maintain some sort of relationship with him. As Paul's relationship with the entire family grows (which includes his hiring Jules to design and construct his backyard), they have an effect on what he wants in life. In turn, he affects their family dynamic as well as each person's relationships outside of it. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, betrayal, friendship
Locations:kitchen, bar
Characters:doctor
Story:high, sleeping on a couch, brushing teeth, burial, woman with glasses, answering machine, black american, break up, man with glasses, apology, subjective camera, drug use, f word, birthday, tears, watching tv, computer, urination, woman on top, cell phone

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. This is why The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:testicles
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, 24 year old, high, shaving head, overhead shot, morphine, sense of smell, selfishness, reckless driving, wristwatch, answering machine, apology, subjective camera, drug use, f word, reference to jesus christ, marijuana, running, vomiting, watching tv

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:cemetery
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, overhead shot, car radio, volcano, thunder, listening to music, black american, trust, graveyard, coffin, man with glasses, apology, survival, dead body, running, tears, book, painting, mirror, rain

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:cemetery, bar, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:hearse, reckless driving, burial, hypodermic needle, graveyard, coffin, drug use, dead body, tears, taxi, watching tv, urination, crying, telephone call, shower, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sex scene, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, drunkenness, betrayal
Story:burial, pot smoking, death of friend, survival, drug use, marijuana, dead body, vomiting, watching tv, computer, rain, telephone call, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, death, sex, kiss

Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:illness, loneliness, friendship
Locations:cemetery, bar
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, pipe smoking, listening to music, twenty something, graveyard, apology, subjective camera, f word, reference to jesus christ, best friend, tears, taxi, vomiting, mirror, crying, telephone call, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sex scene, husband wife relationship

The Constant Gardener (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Constant Gardener (2005)

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. This is why The Constant Gardener (2005) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:cancer, funeral
Locations:kitchen, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:high, earphones, burial, jeep, answering machine, twenty something, coffin, subjective camera, drug use, cleavage, dead body, running, tears, vomiting, watching tv, computer, rain, crying, death, husband wife relationship

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:illness, cancer, loneliness, betrayal, friendship
Locations:cemetery, bar
Story:operation, stoned, bong, burial, graveyard, van, drug use, marijuana, birthday, bus, based on true story, party, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death

Get Him To The Greek (2010)
Comedy, Music

Get Him To The Greek (2010)

English rock star Aldous Snow relapses into drugs and booze after a break up and a disastrous record. In L.A., Aaron Green works for a record company stuck in recession. Aaron's boss gives him a career making task - to bring Aldous from London to L.A. for a concert in 72 hours. That day, Aaron's girlfriend Daphne tells him she wants to finish her medical residency in Seattle. Aaron's sure this ends their relationship. In London, things aren't much better: Aldous delays their departure several times, plies Aaron with vices, and alternates between bad behavior and trenchant observations. Can Aaron moderate Aldous's substance abuse and get him to the Greek? What about Daphne? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:meaning of life, medical student, seattle washington, pot smoking, black american, split screen, f word, woman on top, cell phone, telephone call, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, african american, sex scene, mother son relationship, father son relationship, kiss

Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
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:cancer, memory, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:hawaii, overhead shot, older man younger man relationship, trust, apology, survival, subjective camera, drug use, f word, dead body, running, tears, taxi, book, computer, woman on top, cell phone, crying, telephone call, title spoken by character

Before Sunset (2004)
Drama, Romance

Before Sunset (2004)

Early thirty-something American Jesse Wallace is in a Paris bookstore, the last stop on a tour to promote his best selling book, This Time. Although he is vague to reporters about the source material for the book, it is about his chance encounter nine years earlier on June 15-16, 1994 with a Parisienne named Celine, and the memorable and romantic day and evening they spent together in Vienna. At the end of their encounter at the Vienna train station, which is also how the book ends, they, not providing contact information to the other, vowed to meet each other again in exactly six months at that very spot. As the media scrum at the bookstore nears its conclusion, Jesse spots Celine in the crowd, she who only found out about the book when she earlier saw his photograph promoting this public appearance. Much like their previous encounter, Jesse and Celine, who is now an environmental activist, decide to spend time together until he is supposed to catch his flight back to New York, this time only being about an hour. Beyond the issue of the six month meeting, what has happened in their lives in the intervening nine years, and their current lives, they once again talk about their philosophies of life and love, this time with the knowledge of their day together and how it shaped what has happened to them. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, depression, loneliness, anger, memory
Locations:cemetery
Story:book, telephone number, optimism, bookstore, therapist, therapy, scar, coffin, running, taxi, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sex scene, father son relationship, mother son relationship, death

The Fountain (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. This is why The Fountain (2006) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:illness, cancer, memory, funeral
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:tumor, shaved head, medical examination, research, thunder, burial, surgery, coffin, tears, rain, crying, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, kiss, death

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:anger, funeral, drunkenness, betrayal
Locations:cemetery, bar, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, alzheimer's disease, burial, hypodermic needle, injection, scar, graveyard, van, subjective camera, survival, f word, running, book, watching tv, mirror, cell phone, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
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:memory, funeral, drunkenness, betrayal
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:i.v., seattle washington, hypodermic needle, pot smoking, drug use, marijuana, birthday, running, tears, bus, rain, crying, title spoken by character, african american, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, dog, death, kiss

The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:illness, memory
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, stocking cap, worrying, coughing, brushing teeth, trust, survival, dead body, tears, vomiting, book, urination, mirror, rain, crying, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death

Don Jon (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Don Jon (2013)

Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:first date, reference to facebook, one night stand, friendship between men, break up, f word, watching tv, computer, mirror, woman on top, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, kiss, sex

I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. This is why I Am Sam (2001) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:anger, friendship
Locations:hospital
Story:high, overhead shot, social worker, psychologist, answering machine, birthday, running, tears, book, painting, watching tv, crying, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, dog, kiss

What Lies Beneath (2000) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:anger, friendship
Locations:cemetery
Story:research, therapist, therapy, graveyard, tears, watching tv, computer, mirror, rain, cell phone, crying, telephone call, shower, party, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, death, dog

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:depression, anger, funeral, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, friendship between men, wristwatch, split screen, coffin, running, painting, watching tv, african american, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, number in title, death, kiss

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:anger, funeral, drunkenness, betrayal, friendship
Locations:kitchen, cemetery, bar, hospital
Story:sex joke, duffel bag, baseball cap, earphones, burial, black american, graveyard, van, coffin, man with glasses, death of friend, cleavage, reference to jesus christ, running, watching tv, computer, rain, cell phone, crying, telephone call

A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy, Drama

A Serious Man (2009)

Bloomington, Minnesota, 1967: Jewish physics lecturer Larry Gopnik is a serious and a very put-upon man. His daughter is stealing from him to save up for a nose job, his pot-head son, who gets stoned at his own bar-mitzvah, only wants him round to fix the TV aerial and his useless brother Arthur is an unwelcome house guest. But both Arthur and Larry get turfed out into a motel when Larry's wife Judy, who wants a divorce, moves her lover, Sy, into the house and even after Sy's death in a car crash they are still there. With lawyers' bills mounting for his divorce, Arthur's criminal court appearances and a land feud with a neighbour Larry is tempted to take the bribe offered by a student to give him an illegal exam pass mark. And the rabbis he visits for advice only dole out platitudes. Still God moves in mysterious - and not always pleasant - ways, as Larry and his family will find out. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, friendship
Locations:canada, bar
Characters:doctor
Story:smoking weed, stoned, weed, earphones, pipe smoking, medical examination, wristwatch, woman with glasses, listening to music, pot smoking, man with glasses, marijuana, running, best friend, bus, watching tv, woman on top, crying, telephone call, title spoken by character

Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. This is why Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:kitchen
Story:high, happy birthday, watching a movie on tv, reference to facebook, bookstore, one night stand, pot smoking, cleavage, reference to jesus christ, marijuana, birthday, best friend, tears, watching tv, mirror, cell phone, crying, telephone call, shower, party

The Invention Of Lying (2009)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

The Invention Of Lying (2009)

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? (Read More)

Themes:cancer, depression, anger, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:kitchen, cemetery, bar, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:worrying, first date, graveyard, man with glasses, apology, drug use, birthday, best friend, tears, vomiting, watching tv, computer, cell phone, crying, telephone call, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death, kiss, sex

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:bar
Story:happy birthday, driver's license, brushing teeth, wristwatch, woman with glasses, man with glasses, dead body, birthday, running, taxi, book, painting, watching tv, rain, telephone call, based on true story, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:cancer, memory, funeral, drunkenness, betrayal
Locations:kitchen, bar, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:operation, pipe smoking, thunder, listening to music, jeep, death of friend, drug use, cleavage, dead body, running, tears, taxi, bus, watching tv, rain, crying, telephone call, based on true story, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
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...

Themes:funeral, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Story:high, hearse, reckless driving, patient, repetition in title, trust, van, coffin, cleavage, party, dead body, running, book, bus, watching tv, urination, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship, kiss

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Comedy, Crime

The Big Lebowski (1998)

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. This is why The Big Lebowski (1998) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:anger, drunkenness, betrayal, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:high, medical examination, friendship between men, answering machine, pot smoking, painter, man with glasses, death of friend, subjective camera, cleavage, f word, marijuana, taxi, urination, cell phone, telephone call, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, death, dog

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:anger, funeral, drunkenness, betrayal, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Story:high, twenty something, scar, man with glasses, f word, dead body, taxi, urination, woman on top, cell phone, telephone call, based on true story, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

Themes:memory, loneliness, betrayal
Characters:doctor
Story:partial female nudity, stoned, nervous breakdown, bookstore, therapy, break up, man with glasses, cleavage, marijuana, running, tears, painting, watching tv, computer, rain, crying, telephone call, party, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

The King's Speech (2010) is one of the best movies like 50/50 (2011)
Biography, Drama

The King's Speech (2010)

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as 'King George VI' (qv), but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:doctor
Story:therapist, doctor patient relationship, therapist client relationship, cold the temperature, joke telling, bromance, earphones, friendship between men, listening to music, trust, apology, subjective camera, f word, reference to jesus christ, tears, book, rain, crying, punctuation in title, telephone call

Closer (2004)
Drama, Romance

Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. (Read More)

Themes:depression, anger, betrayal
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:book, selfishness, art gallery, break up, apology, cleavage, birthday, tears, taxi, bus, computer, mirror, rain, crying, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sex scene, sex, husband wife relationship, kiss

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