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Amadeus (1984)
Biography, Drama, History, Music

Amadeus (1984)

'Antonio Salieri' (qv) believes that 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' (qv)'s music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. He began his career as a devout man who believes his success and talent as a composer are God's rewards for his piety. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  obsession,  deception,  funeral,  wedding,  politics,  jealousy,  money,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:wheelchair,  cemetery,  snow,  church
Characters:priest,  sluttiness,  maid,  bible,  musician,  boy,  singer
Period:1820s,  1800s,  winter
Story:mozart,  composer,  talent,  emperor,  man in black,  reference to wolfgang amadeus mozart,  man,  spa resort,  health spa,  envy,  church wedding,  composer as protagonist,  classical composer,  theatre box,  theatre audience,  playing the piano,  musician as protagonist,  opera,  horse and carriage,  church choir,  singing lesson,  austrian history,  talking backwards,  lunatic asylum,  parlor game,  abandoned by wife,  prima donna,  white stockings,  pass out,  tony award source,  transcription,  slutty attitude,  standing in the rain,  woman in black,  whig,  costume shop,  mediocrity,  chestnut,  white wine,  notes,  snowfall,  animosity,  pallbearer,  afi,  unreliable narrator,  candlestick,  madhouse,  requiem,  boys' choir,  breast kissing,  quill,  1780s,  yawning,  lifting an adult into the air,  walking in the rain,  1790s,  harpsichord,  costume drama,  exposed breast,  czech history,  family abandonment,  fire breathing,  recital,  candelabra,  lifting female in air,  passing out,  nobility,  european history,  gold coin,  sheet music,  fiance,  domineering father,  central europe,  mist,  feast,  child prodigy,  stagecoach,  red wine,  first person narration,  mass grave,  bouquet,  in medias res,  spa,  based on real person,  cathedral,  male name in title,  partial female nudity,  immaturity,  landlady,  sickness,  female spy,  drunkard,  18th century,  mental patient,  pope,  horseback riding,  praying,  chocolate,  loss of husband,  landlord,  laughing,  fog,  billiards,  attempted suicide,  irony,  fan,  mental institution,  dwarf,  orchestra,  torch,  told in flashback,  classical music,  servant,  crying woman,  rehearsal,  lifting someone into the air,  crucifix,  cake,  fireplace,  lgbt,  applause,  sleeping,  blindfold,  premarital sex,  murderer,  tragic event,  cross,  wig,  19th century,  confession,  theatre,  princess,  mother,  disguise,  candle,  cleavage,  piano,  death of father,  letter,  mask,  horse,  serial killer,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  based on play,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  independent film,  one word title,  murder,  death,  flashback,  blood

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  wedding,  marriage
Characters:maid,  priest,  musician,  singer
Story:theatre audience,  horse and carriage,  1780s,  harpsichord,  stagecoach,  18th century,  horseback riding,  billiards,  fan,  orchestra,  lifting someone into the air,  cake,  applause,  wig,  theatre,  princess,  candle,  opera,  death of father,  letter,  horse,  food,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death

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The Libertine (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Libertine (2004)

In 1660, with the return of Charles II to the English throne, theater, the visual arts, science and sexual promiscuity flourish. Thirteen years later, in the midst of political and economical problems, Charles II asks for the return of his friend John Wilmot, aka the second Earl of Rochester, from exile back to London. John is a morally-corrupt drunkard and a sexually- active cynical poet. When the King asks John to prepare a play for the French ambassador so as to please him, John meets the aspiring actress Elizabeth Barry in the playhouse and decides to make her into a great star. He falls in love with her and she becomes his mistress. During the presentation to the Frenchman, he falls into disgrace with the court. When he was thirty-three years old and dying of syphilis and alcoholism, he converts to being a religious man. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  money
Characters:singer
Story:theatre box,  theatre audience,  horse and carriage,  man,  cathedral,  sickness,  drunkard,  fog,  irony,  dwarf,  orchestra,  servant,  rehearsal,  applause,  theatre,  candle,  cleavage,  letter,  mask,  song,  based on play,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  politics,  money,  marriage
Locations:snow
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer
Story:theatre box,  horse and carriage,  child prodigy,  horseback riding,  dwarf,  torch,  servant,  lifting someone into the air,  applause,  cross,  theatre,  candle,  death of father,  horse,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death,  flashback,  murder

Le Violon Rouge (1998) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Le Violon Rouge (1998)

In present day Montreal, a famous Nicolo Bussotti violin, known as "the red violin," is being auctioned off. During the auction, we flash back to the creation of the violin in 17th century Italy, and follow the violin as it makes its way through an 18th century Austrian monastery, a violinist in 19th century Oxford, China during the Cultural Revolution, and back to Montreal, where a collector tries to establish the identity and the secrets of "the red violin." (Read More)

Themes:illness,  obsession,  funeral
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:priest,  musician
Story:horse and carriage,  child prodigy,  in medias res,  sickness,  18th century,  orchestra,  classical music,  servant,  composer,  tragic event,  19th century,  letter,  pregnancy,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  blood,  flashback,  death

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Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions. This is why Andrey Rublev (1966) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984).

Themes:illness,  deception,  politics,  jealousy,  money
Mood:epic
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:bible,  priest,  boy,  singer
Period:winter
Story:cathedral,  envy,  fog,  dwarf,  torch,  crucifix,  cross,  confession,  princess,  candle,  horse,  food,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  flashback,  murder,  blood

Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Biography, Drama, History

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter.

Themes:deception,  money
Locations:church
Period:1800s
Story:horse and carriage,  candelabra,  stagecoach,  mental institution,  dwarf,  crucifix,  cross,  19th century,  confession,  candle,  horse,  food,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene ('Carey Mulligan' (qv)), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak ('Matthias Schoenaerts' (qv)), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy ('Tom Sturridge' (qv)), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood ('Michael Sheen (I)' (qv)), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  obsession,  wedding,  politics,  jealousy,  money,  marriage
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:singer
Story:horse and carriage,  man,  horseback riding,  servant,  applause,  sleeping,  19th century,  candle,  piano,  letter,  horse,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death

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Youth (2015) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Youth (2015)

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. (Read More)

Locations:wheelchair,  cemetery
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer
Story:spa resort,  health spa,  spa,  irony,  fan,  orchestra,  composer,  applause,  sleeping,  wig,  letter,  food,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death

Citizen Kane (1941)
Drama, Mystery

Citizen Kane (1941)

A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the top of the world. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  funeral,  wedding,  politics,  money,  marriage
Locations:snow
Characters:maid,  singer
Story:man,  playing the piano,  singing lesson,  lifting an adult into the air,  sheet music,  mist,  in medias res,  talent,  landlady,  landlord,  fog,  attempted suicide,  irony,  servant,  lifting someone into the air,  fireplace,  wig,  19th century,  theatre,  mother,  opera,  piano,  letter,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  flashback

Original Sin (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Original Sin (2001)

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. This is why Original Sin (2001) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  deception,  wedding,  money,  marriage
Characters:bible,  priest
Story:theatre audience,  horse and carriage,  man,  orchestra,  servant,  confession,  theatre,  candle,  opera,  piano,  letter,  mask,  horse,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  death

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August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:wheelchair,  snow,  church
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer
Story:child prodigy,  talent,  orchestra,  classical music,  composer,  theatre,  piano,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

The Phantom Of The Opera (2004) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
Drama, Musical, Romance, Thriller

The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

Begins when an opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy so she and her friend leave. The girl is able to sing lead one night but the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost demands they keep giving his protege lead roles. Meanwhile, His pupil falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with Christine, his student. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this dastardly plan? (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:wheelchair,  cemetery,  snow
Characters:singer,  musician
Story:opera,  man,  theatre box,  theatre audience,  horse and carriage,  torch,  told in flashback,  composer,  lifting someone into the air,  19th century,  theatre,  candle,  mask,  horse,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  flashback,  murder,  death

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:maid,  priest,  musician,  boy,  singer
Period:winter
Story:horse and carriage,  church choir,  man,  envy,  horseback riding,  torch,  servant,  cross,  confession,  piano,  death of father,  horse,  food,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood

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Little Women (1994)
Drama, Family, Romance

Little Women (1994)

'Louisa May Alcott' (qv)'s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  marriage
Locations:snow
Characters:maid,  singer
Period:winter
Story:mother,  horse and carriage,  sheet music,  envy,  sickness,  fireplace,  19th century,  theatre,  candle,  opera,  piano,  letter,  pregnancy,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death

Quills (2000)
Biography, Drama

Quills (2000)

The infamous writer, the Marquis de Sade of 18th Century France, is imprisoned at Charenton Insane Asylum for unmentionable activities. He manages to befriend the young Abbe de Coulmier, who runs the asylum, along with a beautiful laundress named Madeline. Things go terribly wrong when the Abbe finds out that the Marquis' books are being secretly published. The emperor Napoleon contemplates sending Dr. Royer-Collard to oversee the asylum, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charenton and possibly the Marquis himself. This is why Quills (2000) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984). (Read More)

Characters:maid,  priest
Story:horse and carriage,  quill,  1790s,  man,  stagecoach,  emperor,  18th century,  19th century,  based on play,  singing,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  murder,  blood

Evita (1996) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  politics,  money
Locations:wheelchair,  church
Characters:singer
Story:theatre audience,  horse and carriage,  in medias res,  pope,  horseback riding,  crucifix,  candle,  opera,  death of father,  horse,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  death,  murder

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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing." (Read More)

Themes:deception,  funeral,  wedding,  jealousy,  marriage
Characters:priest,  musician,  singer
Story:nobility,  feast,  horseback riding,  cross,  mask,  horse,  song,  based on play,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  death

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:funeral,  politics,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:wheelchair,  cemetery,  snow,  church
Characters:priest,  singer
Period:winter
Story:theatre audience,  passing out,  landlady,  billiards,  fan,  torch,  composer,  premarital sex,  cross,  theatre,  letter,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

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:obsession,  money
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:man,  child prodigy,  landlady,  attempted suicide,  crying woman,  applause,  sleeping,  mother,  piano,  letter,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  death

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The Duchess (2008) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

The Duchess (2008)

Georgiana Spencer became Duchess of Devonshire on her marriage to the Duke in 1774, at the height of the Georgian period, a period of fashion, decadence, and political change. Spirited and adored by the public at large she quickly found her marriage to be a disappointment, defined by her duty to produce a male heir and the Duke's philandering and callous indifference to her. She befriends Lady Bess but finds she is once again betrayed by her husband who wields his power with the three eventually living uncomfortably together. Against this background, and with the pressures of an unfaithful husband, strict social pressures and constant public scrutiny, Georgiana falls passionately in love with Charles Grey, a rising young Whig politician. However, despite his ongoing liaison with Lady Bess, the Duke refuses to allow her to continue the affair and threatens to take her children from her. This is why The Duchess (2008) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984). (Read More)

Themes:politics,  marriage,  deception,  wedding
Locations:church
Characters:maid
Story:whig,  theatre box,  theatre audience,  horse and carriage,  1780s,  harpsichord,  man,  candelabra,  nobility,  18th century,  orchestra,  servant,  cake,  wig,  theatre,  mother,  candle,  letter,  horse,  pregnancy,  dancing,  death

The Prestige (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  deception,  funeral,  jealousy
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:boy
Story:man,  theatre audience,  horse and carriage,  mist,  stagecoach,  in medias res,  drunkard,  fog,  torch,  servant,  fireplace,  applause,  19th century,  theatre,  disguise,  candle,  letter,  horse,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death,  murder,  flashback

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:obsession,  funeral,  wedding,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:fiance,  orchestra,  mother,  piano,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  death,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  flashback

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Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Themes:politics,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church
Characters:priest,  musician,  boy
Story:chocolate,  mother,  feast,  bouquet,  landlord,  crucifix,  confession,  letter,  food,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  death

Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  jealousy
Locations:wheelchair,  cemetery,  snow,  church
Characters:priest,  boy,  singer
Period:winter
Story:church choir,  man,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death

Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Drama, Horror

Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

It hasn't even been a year since a plantation owner named Louis lost his wife in childbirth. Both his wife and the infant died, and now he has lost his will to live. A vampire named Lestat takes a liking to Louis and offers him the chance to become a creature of the night: a vampire. Louis accepts, and Lestat drains Louis' mortal blood and then replaces it with his own, turning Louis into a vampire. Louis must learn from Lestat the ways of the vampire. This is why Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984). (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Characters:boy
Story:man,  theatre audience,  horse and carriage,  lifting an adult into the air,  1790s,  candelabra,  lifting female in air,  18th century,  laughing,  torch,  lifting someone into the air,  19th century,  theatre,  candle,  piano,  mask,  horse,  singing,  dancing,  death,  blood,  murder

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Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church
Characters:priest,  boy,  singer
Story:loss of husband,  premarital sex,  confession,  death of father,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death,  blood

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.

Themes:funeral,  money
Locations:cemetery
Characters:singer
Story:theatre audience,  austrian history,  classical music,  composer,  crying woman,  applause,  sleeping,  theatre,  death of father,  letter,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death,  murder

Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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,  wedding,  jealousy,  money,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:priest,  singer
Period:winter
Story:mother,  man,  crying woman,  applause,  premarital sex,  tragic event,  cross,  letter,  food,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death

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Ida (2013)
Drama

Ida (2013)

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church
Characters:priest,  musician,  boy,  singer
Story:praying,  tragic event,  cross,  confession,  mother,  candle,  letter,  food,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  death,  murder

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  money
Locations:cemetery
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:horse and carriage,  food,  in medias res,  emperor,  fan,  torch,  told in flashback,  sleeping,  mother,  death of father,  letter,  horse,  song,  singing,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death,  blood

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:illness,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:musician
Period:winter
Story:horse and carriage,  horseback riding,  cross,  19th century,  piano,  death of father,  letter,  horse,  food,  pregnancy,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  blood,  flashback,  death,  murder

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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:funeral,  wedding,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Characters:priest
Story:theatre audience,  child prodigy,  attempted suicide,  servant,  theatre,  mother,  death of father,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  independent film,  flashback,  death,  blood

3:10 To Yuma (2007)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Western

3:10 To Yuma (2007)

Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200. Evans's effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and gunslinging son William Evans. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang and Wade's own conniving and surreptitious demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:cemetery
Characters:bible,  boy,  singer
Story:stagecoach,  man,  partial female nudity,  horseback riding,  praying,  torch,  crucifix,  murderer,  cross,  19th century,  piano,  horse,  food,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  funeral,  wedding,  politics,  jealousy,  money,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery
Characters:priest,  singer
Story:boys' choir,  passing out,  horseback riding,  servant,  crucifix,  applause,  candle,  letter,  horse,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  blood,  death

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La Pianiste (2001)
Drama, Music, Romance

La Pianiste (2001)

Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. With her students she is severe. She visits a sex shop to watch DVDs; she walks a drive-in theater to stare at couples having sex. Walter is a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. She responds coldly then demands he let her lead. Next she changes the game with a letter, inviting him into her fantasies. How will he respond; how does sex have power over our other faculties? This is why La Pianiste (2001) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  deception,  jealousy
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:theatre audience,  recital,  talent,  rehearsal,  theatre,  mother,  cleavage,  piano,  death of father,  letter,  singing,  blood

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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:funeral,  money
Locations:cemetery
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer
Story:theatre audience,  laughing,  sleeping,  mother,  piano,  letter,  food,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death,  blood

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  funeral,  politics,  money
Mood:epic
Locations:snow
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:man,  in medias res,  horseback riding,  billiards,  told in flashback,  servant,  applause,  sleeping,  candle,  horse,  food,  song,  singing,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  blood,  flashback,  murder,  death

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I'm Not There. (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

I'm Not There. (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  marriage,  politics
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:bible,  singer,  musician,  boy
Story:theatre audience,  church choir,  man,  horseback riding,  crucifix,  applause,  19th century,  theatre,  piano,  horse,  food,  singing,  song,  dancing,  husband wife relationship

Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:deception,  politics,  jealousy,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Story:emperor,  torch,  crucifix,  cross,  letter,  horse,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  death,  murder,  blood

Adams Aebler (2005) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. This is why Adams Aebler (2005) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  funeral,  politics,  money
Locations:wheelchair,  church
Characters:bible,  priest,  singer
Story:crucifix,  tragic event,  cross,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  murder,  blood

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La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  funeral,  wedding,  money
Locations:wheelchair,  church
Characters:priest,  boy,  singer
Story:pallbearer,  nobility,  dwarf,  applause,  cross,  theatre,  candle,  food,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback

Jane Eyre (2011)
Drama, Romance

Jane Eyre (2011)

After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever? (Read More)

Themes:illness,  deception
Locations:snow,  church
Story:horse and carriage,  horseback riding,  servant,  fireplace,  19th century,  candle,  piano,  letter,  horse,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  character name in title,  flashback,  blood

K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:illness,  marriage
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:boy
Story:mental patient,  attempted suicide,  mental institution,  sleeping,  piano,  death of father,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  blood,  murder,  death

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Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:church
Characters:singer
Story:letter,  lifting an adult into the air,  lifting female in air,  horseback riding,  chocolate,  servant,  rehearsal,  lifting someone into the air,  premarital sex,  confession,  mother,  candle,  piano,  food,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  death,  blood

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli. This is why The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:church
Characters:priest,  musician,  boy,  singer
Story:horse and carriage,  man,  mass grave,  horseback riding,  crying woman,  cross,  candle,  piano,  horse,  food,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  flashback,  murder,  death

Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  politics,  jealousy,  money,  marriage
Mood:epic
Characters:maid,  singer
Period:1800s
Story:man,  horse and carriage,  gold coin,  horseback riding,  loss of husband,  fog,  servant,  cross,  19th century,  death of father,  letter,  horse,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

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Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  politics
Mood:epic
Locations:snow
Characters:bible,  priest,  boy
Story:passing out,  crucifix,  tragic event,  cross,  mask,  food,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death,  blood,  murder,  flashback

Black Snake Moan (2006) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  deception,  wedding,  marriage
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  musician,  boy,  singer
Story:man,  church choir,  mother,  cleavage,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood,  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)

Characters:maid,  singer
Story:afi,  lifting an adult into the air,  lifting female in air,  mental institution,  lifting someone into the air,  piano,  based on play,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  character name in title,  one word title

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