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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Biography, Drama

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  humiliation,  dating,  guilt,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  anger,  military,  wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory,  rooftop,  school,  wheelchair,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:student,  russian,  professor,  psychiatrist,  baby,  photographer,  nurse,  soldier,  teacher,  doctor
Period:1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:nobel prize,  mathematics,  paranoid schizophrenia,  teaching,  princeton university,  government agent,  drinking alcohol,  top secret,  military police,  large format camera,  baby carriage,  flash camera,  film camera,  wedding gown,  marriage proposal,  foot chase,  reference to j. robert oppenheimer,  massachusetts institute of technology,  reference to d. h. lawrence,  holding shoes in hand,  reference to joseph mccarthy,  department of defense,  cambridge massachusetts,  pentagon building,  shot in sequence,  thorazine,  classified information,  game of go,  pool game,  shock therapy,  ivy league,  calculus,  techne,  tool shed,  side effect,  code breaking,  cryptography,  central intelligence agency,  reference to isaac newton,  standing ovation,  epiphany,  covert,  harvard,  army general,  star gazing,  implant,  socially awkward,  posing for a photograph,  motivational,  scholar,  mathematician,  reception,  phonograph record,  seal,  niece,  necktie,  stockholm sweden,  breaking a mirror,  black dress,  epilepsy,  soviet,  pen,  schizophrenic,  anguish,  psychiatric hospital,  famous score,  stars,  reference to albert einstein,  handcuffed,  creativity,  hearing voices,  blackboard,  imaginary friend,  broken mirror,  security,  governor,  bicycling,  lecture,  economics,  playing pool,  taking a photograph,  car chase,  genius,  loner,  rainstorm,  medication,  boston massachusetts,  delusion,  new jersey,  remote control,  imagination,  mental institution,  reality,  picnic,  schizophrenia,  audience,  blockbuster,  agent,  self mutilation,  rage,  hypodermic needle,  medicine,  tradition,  applause,  cold war,  record player,  washington d.c.,  flirting,  class,  speech,  prank,  university,  library,  roommate,  no opening credits,  painter,  mental illness,  map,  woman,  spy,  scientist,  alcohol,  little girl,  hallucination,  college,  bomb,  tears,  beer,  painting,  secret,  camera,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shootout,  based on book,  based on true story,  pistol,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss,  blood,  flashback

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:student,  teacher,  professor,  baby,  photographer,  nurse
Period:1950s
Story:teaching,  college,  marriage proposal,  mathematics,  class,  speech,  university,  library,  roommate,  painter,  woman,  tears,  painting,  camera,  dancing,  kiss

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  paranoia,  wedding,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Period:1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s,  1980s
Story:marriage proposal,  covert,  reference to albert einstein,  boston massachusetts,  cold war,  spy,  hallucination,  beer,  secret,  camera,  punched in the face,  face slap,  based on book,  pistol,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  kiss,  flashback

What Lies Beneath (2000)
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,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist,  student,  teacher
Story:princeton university,  hearing voices,  boston massachusetts,  imagination,  blockbuster,  university,  roommate,  woman,  scientist,  college,  tears,  secret,  three word title,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  blood

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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:guilt,  anger,  marriage
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:professor,  nurse,  teacher,  doctor
Story:shot in sequence,  mathematician,  schizophrenic,  mathematics,  playing pool,  hypodermic needle,  medicine,  class,  little girl,  tears,  secret,  face slap,  pistol,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

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Sneakers (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sneakers (1992)

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... This is why Sneakers (1992) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:russian,  professor
Period:1960s,  1990s
Story:security,  top secret,  cryptography,  mathematician,  mathematics,  car chase,  genius,  blockbuster,  agent,  hypodermic needle,  spy,  secret,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  guilt,  paranoia,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:professor,  student
Period:1940s
Story:flash camera,  creativity,  hypodermic needle,  record player,  university,  library,  roommate,  mental illness,  map,  college,  tears,  secret,  face slap,  chase,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Toula Portokalos is 30, Greek, and works in her family's restaurant, Dancing Zorba's, in Chicago. All her father Gus wants is for her to get married to a nice Greek boy. But Toula is looking for more in life. Her mother convinces Gus to let her take some computer classes at college (making him think it's his idea). With those classes under her belt, she then takes over her aunt's travel agency (again making her father think it's his idea). She meets Ian Miller, a high school English teacher, WASP, and dreamboat she had made a fool of herself over at the restaurant; they date secretly for a while before her family finds out. Her father is livid over her dating a non-Greek. He has to learn to accept Ian; Ian has to learn to accept Toula's huge family, and Toula has to learn to accept herself. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  wedding
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:wedding gown,  marriage proposal,  blockbuster,  tradition,  university,  woman,  little girl,  college,  tears,  camera,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

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K-pax (2001) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:paranoia,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:psychiatrist
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:thorazine,  star gazing,  reference to albert einstein,  medication,  delusion,  imagination,  mental institution,  picnic,  schizophrenia,  cult film,  party,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood

The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  wedding,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:student,  russian
Period:1950s,  1940s,  1960s
Story:cold war,  top secret,  central intelligence agency,  covert,  soviet,  washington d.c.,  class,  library,  spy,  secret,  three word title,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

The Skulls (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Skulls (2000)

Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls", in hope of gaining acceptance into Harvard Law School. At first seduced by the club's trapping of power and wealth, a series of disturbing incidents, such as his best friends suicide, leads Luke to investigate the true nature of the organization and the truth behind his friends supposed suicide. He starts realizing that his future and possibly his life is in danger. This is why The Skulls (2000) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  school,  bar
Characters:student
Story:secret,  college,  ivy league,  class,  harvard,  psychiatric hospital,  car chase,  mental institution,  university,  library,  roommate,  painter,  camera,  punched in the face,  chase,  party,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

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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:anger,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  student,  teacher
Period:1950s,  1940s,  1960s
Story:audience,  rage,  record player,  university,  college,  tears,  beer,  secret,  punched in the face,  based on book,  based on true story,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  kiss,  flashback

The Recruit (2003) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Recruit (2003)

In an era when the country's first line of defense, intelligence, is more important than ever, this story opens the CIA's infamous closed doors and gives an insider's view into the Agency: how trainees are recruited, how they are prepared for the spy game, and what they learn to survive. James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country - and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Agency's secret training ground, where green recruits are molded into seasoned veterans. As Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game, James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him for a special assignment to root out a mole. As the suspense builds toward a gripping climax, it soon becomes clear that the CIA's old maxims are true: "trust no one" and "nothing is what it seems." (Read More)

Themes:anger
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:foot chase,  massachusetts institute of technology,  cambridge massachusetts,  covert,  security,  bicycling,  car chase,  boston massachusetts,  agent,  applause,  washington d.c.,  speech,  spy,  bomb,  secret,  punched in the face,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  dancing,  father son relationship,  kiss,  blood

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:psychiatrist,  photographer
Period:1990s
Story:foot chase,  schizophrenic,  psychiatric hospital,  hearing voices,  mental institution,  schizophrenia,  hypodermic needle,  map,  woman,  little girl,  tears,  secret,  camera,  punched in the face,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  blood

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The Bodyguard (1992)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  guilt,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  anger,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Period:1990s
Story:security,  rainstorm,  audience,  blockbuster,  mental illness,  hallucination,  bomb,  secret,  camera,  punched in the face,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  kiss

Pi (1998)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Pi (1998)

Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that can be understood as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of that secret and attempt to seduce him. This is why Pi (1998) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy
Characters:professor,  photographer
Story:mathematician,  paranoid schizophrenia,  game of go,  scholar,  breaking a mirror,  schizophrenic,  broken mirror,  mathematics,  genius,  loner,  delusion,  self mutilation,  secret,  camera,  punched in the face,  cult film,  chase,  blood

Big Eyes (2014) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:photographer
Period:1950s,  1960s
Story:large format camera,  flash camera,  film camera,  marriage proposal,  reference to joseph mccarthy,  delusion,  flirting,  painter,  mental illness,  woman,  hallucination,  tears,  painting,  secret,  camera,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship,  kiss

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Gifted (2017)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  tool shed,  mathematician,  niece,  reference to albert einstein,  mathematics,  genius,  boston massachusetts,  applause,  class,  woman,  beer,  face slap,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:flash camera,  marriage proposal,  foot chase,  motivational,  phonograph record,  handcuffed,  rainstorm,  blockbuster,  agent,  record player,  washington d.c.,  speech,  map,  based on true story,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Boy A (2007)
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:dating,  guilt,  paranoia,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  bathtub,  school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:photographer,  student,  teacher
Story:remote control,  applause,  class,  little girl,  hallucination,  tears,  beer,  secret,  camera,  punched in the face,  face slap,  based on true story,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  flashback,  kiss

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The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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. This is why The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  wheelchair,  bar
Characters:russian,  nurse,  doctor
Period:1960s
Story:military police,  marriage proposal,  playing pool,  blockbuster,  hypodermic needle,  woman,  tears,  beer,  camera,  punched in the face,  face slap,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  kiss

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  wedding
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory,  restaurant
Characters:russian,  professor,  soldier,  teacher,  doctor
Story:government agent,  foot chase,  implant,  car chase,  schizophrenia,  agent,  hypodermic needle,  library,  no opening credits,  spy,  punched in the face,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  flashback

Allied (2016)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  military,  wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  wheelchair,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  nurse,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:top secret,  military police,  secret,  reception,  picnic,  agent,  no opening credits,  woman,  spy,  bomb,  beer,  shootout,  pistol,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  kiss,  blood

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Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:military,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  wheelchair,  bar
Characters:professor,  student,  nurse,  soldier,  teacher
Period:1960s
Story:princeton university,  playing pool,  imagination,  hypodermic needle,  class,  speech,  university,  roommate,  no opening credits,  alcohol,  bomb,  punched in the face,  three word title,  chase,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  kiss

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy
Locations:rooftop,  bathtub
Characters:baby,  photographer,  student,  doctor
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:flash camera,  film camera,  foot chase,  stockholm sweden,  woman,  bomb,  tears,  camera,  punched in the face,  shootout,  based on book,  based on true story,  pistol,  chase,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  flashback,  blood

Good Will Hunting (1997)
Drama

Good Will Hunting (1997)

A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart. This is why Good Will Hunting (1997) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist,  student
Story:genius,  massachusetts institute of technology,  techne,  harvard,  motivational,  mathematician,  mathematics,  lecture,  boston massachusetts,  blockbuster,  flirting,  college,  painting,  three word title,  flashback

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Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  conspiracy,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:secret,  agent,  necktie,  stars,  loner,  medication,  cold war,  no opening credits,  woman,  spy,  college,  tears,  party,  dancing,  blood,  flashback,  kiss

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  military
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:russian,  professor,  student,  soldier,  teacher
Story:government agent,  top secret,  foot chase,  harvard,  boston massachusetts,  no opening credits,  spy,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  blood

Patriots Day (2016) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  anger
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  wheelchair,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:nurse,  soldier,  doctor
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  security,  governor,  car chase,  boston massachusetts,  no opening credits,  bomb,  beer,  punched in the face,  shootout,  based on true story,  pistol,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  blood

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Stay (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stay (2005)

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal.

Themes:guilt
Locations:bathtub
Characters:psychiatrist,  student,  baby
Story:reality,  marriage proposal,  hearing voices,  lecture,  medication,  new jersey,  imagination,  mental institution,  hypodermic needle,  class,  library,  painter,  mental illness,  college,  tears,  painting,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  flashback,  kiss

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. This is why Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  guilt
Characters:baby,  doctor
Story:flash camera,  remote control,  applause,  record player,  washington d.c.,  speech,  painter,  woman,  hallucination,  tears,  painting,  based on true story,  chase,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Proof (2005)
Drama, Mystery

Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:mathematician,  mathematics,  genius,  remote control,  schizophrenia,  class,  university,  mental illness,  hallucination,  college,  tears,  party,  flashback,  kiss

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The Human Stain (2003) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist,  nurse,  soldier,  doctor
Story:scholar,  psychiatric hospital,  delusion,  new jersey,  class,  university,  library,  college,  tears,  secret,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Harvey (1950)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Harvey (1950)

The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:psychiatrist,  nurse,  doctor
Period:1950s
Story:imaginary friend,  delusion,  mental institution,  reality,  hypodermic needle,  mental illness,  alcohol,  painting,  party,  dancing

The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Characters:professor,  student,  teacher
Story:film camera,  cambridge massachusetts,  harvard,  audience,  class,  map,  college,  based on true story,  three word title,  chase,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss

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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. This is why Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  anger,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair,  bar
Characters:baby,  nurse,  soldier,  doctor
Story:foot chase,  hearing voices,  rainstorm,  map,  little girl,  hallucination,  beer,  camera,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:library,  marriage proposal,  no opening credits,  little girl,  painting,  punched in the face,  face slap,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  kiss

Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:russian,  student,  soldier
Period:1950s,  1960s
Story:spy,  soviet,  cold war,  top secret,  foot chase,  car chase,  washington d.c.,  no opening credits,  painting,  based on book,  based on true story,  three word title,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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The Pacifier (2005)
Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller

The Pacifier (2005)

After a Navy SEAL fails to rescue a scientist who developed a top secret device, he is assigned to guard the man's children while searching for information on where the device may be hidden inside the house. Along the way, he must cope with rebellious teens, child care, an overbearing school official, and foreign spies also looking for it. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:school
Characters:russian,  professor,  baby
Story:top secret,  scientist,  seal,  car chase,  agent,  prank,  little girl,  beer,  secret,  pistol,  chase,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

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

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  anger,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:school
Characters:psychiatrist,  baby,  teacher,  doctor
Period:1990s
Story:camera,  foot chase,  hearing voices,  hypodermic needle,  no opening credits,  mental illness,  hallucination,  secret,  punched in the face,  face slap,  chase,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

Arlington Road (1999) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Arlington Road (1999)

In suburban Reston, Virginia, George Washington University American History professor Michael Faraday is still mourning the death of his wife, FBI agent Leah Faraday, after three years. His inside knowledge of the agency colors what he teaches in his classes. Although on good terms with Leah's ex-partner, Whit Carver, and the agency in general, Michael wants the agency at least to acknowledge their responsibility in her death in the line of duty. Michael is moving on with his personal life, he being in a serious relationship with his former teaching assistant Brooke Wolfe. Although he likes Brooke, Michael and Leah's nine year old son, Grant Faraday, may not yet be quite ready for Brooke to be a permanent part of their lives. It is only in helping adolescent Brady Lang who he sees in medical distress that Michael meets his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, Brady's parents. In the process, Michael and Brooke becomes friends with the Langs, as Grant and Brady become friends. However, the more time that he spends with them and catches discrepancies in their stories, Michael becomes suspicious that the Langs may not be everything they appear on the surface. As such, Michael, against Brooke's concerns of invasion of the Lang's privacy, begins his own investigation of Oliver in particular. What Michael discovers has serious national security implications, as well as possible life threatening dangers to him, Brooke and Grant. This is why Arlington Road (1999) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy
Characters:professor,  student,  nurse,  teacher,  doctor
Story:agent,  university,  college,  classified information,  security,  teaching,  car chase,  washington d.c.,  class,  woman,  bomb,  tears,  punched in the face,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  blood

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One Hour Photo (2002)
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:paranoia,  anger,  marriage
Locations:laboratory,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  photographer,  nurse
Story:film camera,  handcuffed,  security,  loner,  delusion,  remote control,  reality,  self mutilation,  no opening credits,  mental illness,  tears,  secret,  camera,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  blood

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:wedding,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:psychiatrist,  photographer,  student,  nurse,  teacher,  doctor
Story:wedding gown,  rainstorm,  reality,  audience,  tradition,  woman,  little girl,  tears,  camera,  flashback,  blood

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:dating,  guilt,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher,  psychiatrist,  photographer,  doctor
Period:1990s
Story:mental illness,  imaginary friend,  loner,  class,  prank,  library,  hallucination,  college,  tears,  secret,  camera,  punched in the face,  face slap,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  kiss

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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:wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:professor,  nurse
Story:foot chase,  phonograph record,  genius,  medication,  record player,  little girl,  camera,  three word title,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood

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. This is why Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:wheelchair,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  baby,  doctor
Story:marriage proposal,  mental institution,  hypodermic needle,  painter,  mental illness,  woman,  tears,  beer,  painting,  camera,  face slap,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  kiss

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:rivalry,  guilt,  wedding,  marriage
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:psychiatrist,  photographer
Period:1960s
Story:paranoid schizophrenia,  flash camera,  marriage proposal,  applause,  no opening credits,  mental illness,  beer,  camera,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shootout,  pistol,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  blood

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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. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  anger,  wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  wheelchair,  bathtub,  school,  restaurant
Characters:student,  soldier,  teacher,  doctor
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:class,  university,  woman,  hallucination,  tears,  beer,  chase,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

Frida (2002) is one of the best movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Frida (2002)

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bathtub
Characters:photographer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:marriage proposal,  genius,  hypodermic needle,  painter,  painting,  based on book,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  blood

21 (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 (2008)

Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack. Intrigued by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using their skills of code talk and hand signals, they have Ben make hundreds of thousands of dollars in winning blackjack at casino after casino. Ben only wants to make enough money for the tuition to Harvard and then back out. But as fellow card counter, Jill Taylor, predicts, Ben becomes corrupted by greed and his arrogance at winning which lets his feelings get in the way, and it also puts Professor Rosa, as well as the group, on the radar of a brutal casino security enforcer, named Cole Williams, who holds a personal grudge of some kind against Rosa which threatens to undo everything the students have learned and earned. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:professor,  student,  doctor
Story:harvard,  security,  medicine,  class,  secret,  massachusetts institute of technology,  cambridge massachusetts,  mathematician,  lecture,  boston massachusetts,  library,  beer,  based on book,  based on true story,  chase,  mother son relationship

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