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Amadeus (1984)
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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)

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

Marie Antoinette (2006)
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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 Mar…ie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. (Read More)

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

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The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)
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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 dema…nds 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:
theatre obsession death murder 
Locations:
wheelchair cemetery snow 
Characters:
musician singer 
Period:
19th century 
Story:
theatre box theatre audience horse and carriage torch told in flashback lifting someone into the air candle opera mask horse singing title spoken by character dancing flashback 

The Duchess (2008)
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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 pro…duce 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. (Read More)

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

Andrei Rublev (1966) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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Andrei 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.

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
illness deception politics jealousy money death murder 
Locations:
snow church 
Characters:
bible priest boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
winter 
Story:
based on real person cathedral envy horseback riding fog dwarf torch crucifix cross confession princess candle horse food singing β€¦character name in title flashback blood  (See All)

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The Libertine (2004)
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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 e…xile 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:
theatre illness money murder death 
Characters:
singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
theatre box theatre audience horse and carriage man cathedral sickness drunkard fog irony dwarf orchestra servant rehearsal applause candle β€¦cleavage letter mask song based on play singing title spoken by character dancing blood  (See All)

Anonymous (2011)
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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 ser…ies of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. (Read More)

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

The Red Violin (1998)
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The Red Violin (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 19t…h 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)

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

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A Royal Affair (2012) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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A Royal Affair (2012)

In 1767, the British Princess Caroline is betrothed to the mad King Christian VII of Denmark, but her life with the erratic monarch in the oppressive country becomes an isolating misery. However, Christian soon gains a fast companion with the German Dr. Johann Struensee, a quietly idealistic man of …the Enlightenment. As the only one who can influence the King, Struensee is able to begin sweeping enlightened reforms of Denmark through Christian even as Caroline falls for the doctor. However, their secret affair proves a tragic mistake that their conservative enemies use to their advantage in a conflict that threatens to claim more than just the lovers as their victims. (Read More)

Subgenre:
costume drama 
Themes:
illness pregnancy politics marriage 
Locations:
snow church 
Characters:
maid priest husband wife relationship 
Period:
18th century 
Story:
theatre audience horse and carriage man stagecoach horseback riding torch servant cross confession princess candle letter horse dancing blood β€¦flashback  (See All)

Little Women (1994)
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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 ho…w the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. (Read More)

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

Citizen Kane (1941)
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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 investigat…e 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:
theatre obsession funeral wedding politics money marriage death 
Locations:
snow 
Characters:
maid singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
19th century 
Story:
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 β€¦wig opera piano letter dancing character name in title flashback  (See All)

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The Prestige (2006)
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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 ma…gicians, 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:
theatre obsession deception funeral pregnancy death murder 
Locations:
cemetery snow 
Characters:
boy husband wife relationship 
Period:
19th century 
Story:
theatre audience horse and carriage mist stagecoach in medias res drunkard fog torch servant fireplace applause disguise candle letter horse β€¦title spoken by character blood flashback  (See All)

Goya's Ghosts (2006) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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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 death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1800s 19th century 
Story:
horse and carriage candelabra stagecoach mental institution dwarf crucifix cross confession candle horse food dancing character name in title 

Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
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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. (Read More)

Themes:
theatre death murder 
Locations:
cemetery 
Characters:
boy 
Period:
18th century 19th century 
Story:
theatre audience horse and carriage lifting an adult into the air 1790s candelabra lifting female in air laughing torch lifting someone into the air candle piano mask horse singing dancing β€¦blood  (See All)

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Evita (1996)
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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:
death of father funeral wedding politics money murder death 
Locations:
wheelchair church 
Characters:
singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
theatre audience horse and carriage in medias res pope horseback riding crucifix candle opera horse song singing dancing character name in title one word title 

The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)
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The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

Paris is starving, but the King of France is more interested in money and bedding women. When a young soldier dies for the sake of a shag, Aramis, Athos and Porthos band together with a plan to replace the king. Unknown to many, there is a 2nd king, a twin, hidden at birth, then imprisoned for 6 yea…rs behind an iron mask. All that remains now is D'Artagnan, will he stand against his long time friends, or do what is best for his country? (Read More)

Subgenre:
costume drama 
Themes:
death of father funeral money death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
priest father son relationship 
Story:
horse and carriage man attempted suicide orchestra torch fireplace wig confession candle letter mask horse title spoken by character dancing flashback 

Original Sin (2001) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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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 fell…ow 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. (Read More)

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

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Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
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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 Serg…eant; 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 pregnancy jealousy money marriage death murder 
Locations:
snow church 
Characters:
singer husband wife relationship 
Period:
19th century 
Story:
horse and carriage horseback riding servant applause sleeping candle piano letter horse food song singing dancing 

Youth (2015)
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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)

Themes:
deception death 
Locations:
wheelchair cemetery 
Characters:
musician boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
spa resort health spa spa irony fan orchestra composer applause sleeping wig letter food song singing title spoken by character β€¦dancing one word title  (See All)

Quills (2000)
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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 find…s 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. (Read More)

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

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August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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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:
theatre pregnancy jealousy 
Locations:
wheelchair snow church 
Characters:
musician boy singer father son relationship 
Story:
child prodigy talent orchestra classical music composer piano food song singing title spoken by character dancing character name in title flashback 

Barry Lyndon (1975)
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Barry Lyndon (1975)

In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora gets engaged to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him to a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to Dublin but is robbed on the road. Without an alte…rnative, Barry joins the British Army to fight in the Seven Years War. He deserts and is forced to join the Prussian Army where he saves the life of his captain and becomes his protege and spy of the Irish gambler Chevalier de Balibari. He helps Chevalier and becomes his associate until he decides to marry the wealthy Lady Lyndon. They move to England and Barry, in his obsession of nobility, dissipates her fortune and makes a dangerous and revengeful enemy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
obsession funeral wedding jealousy 
Locations:
wheelchair 
Characters:
maid musician boy father son relationship 
Period:
18th century 
Story:
1780s recital nobility attempted suicide irony confession disguise horse title spoken by character dancing character name in title 

Giant (1956)
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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 acro…ss two generations. (Read More)

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

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The White Ribbon (2009)
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The White Ribbon (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 c…ruel 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)

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

Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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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 Massa…chusetts, 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:
theatre funeral pregnancy politics jealousy marriage murder death 
Locations:
wheelchair cemetery snow church 
Characters:
priest singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
winter 
Story:
theatre audience passing out landlady billiards fan torch composer premarital sex cross letter song singing title spoken by character dancing blood 

Jules And Jim (1962)
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Jules And Jim (1962)

In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not af…fect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years. (Read More)

Themes:
theatre pregnancy jealousy marriage 
Locations:
cemetery 
Characters:
musician singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
reference to wolfgang amadeus mozart theatre audience horse and carriage white wine fog tragic event letter song singing title spoken by character character name in title 

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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

Themes:
wedding pregnancy politics jealousy marriage death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
horse and carriage european history pope horseback riding crucifix food song singing title spoken by character dancing character name in title 

Elizabeth (1998)
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Elizabeth (1998)

This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.

Themes:
pregnancy politics marriage murder death 
Characters:
priest musician husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
horse and carriage pope horseback riding dwarf servant cross confession horse title spoken by character dancing character name in title one word title blood flashback 

A Night At The Opera (1935) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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A Night At The Opera (1935)

The Marx Brothers take on high society. Two lovers who are both in opera are prevented from being together by the man's lack of acceptance as an operatic tenor. Pulling several typical Marx Brothers' stunts, they arrange for the normal tenor to be absent so that the young lover can get his chance.

Themes:
theatre 
Characters:
maid musician singer 
Story:
theatre audience horse and carriage sheet music orchestra rehearsal disguise opera piano singing dancing 

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Chocolat (2000)
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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 welcome…d. (Read More)

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

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
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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 Her…o of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing." (Read More)

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

Farewell My Concubine (1993)
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Farewell My Concubine (1993)

"Farewell, My Concubine" is a movie with two parallel, intertwined stories. It is the story of two performers in the Beijing Opera, stage brothers, and the woman who comes between them. At the same time, it attempts to do no less than squeeze the entire political history of China in the twentieth ce…ntury into a three-hour time-frame. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
theatre obsession politics marriage death 
Locations:
snow 
Characters:
mother boy singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
theatre audience fan confession opera letter song singing blood flashback 

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Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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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.

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

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:
pregnancy money 
Locations:
snow 
Characters:
musician singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
winter 
Story:
in medias res fog classical music applause sleeping food song singing title spoken by character character name in title flashback 

The Piano Teacher (2001)
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The Piano Teacher (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 wa…tch 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? (Read More)

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

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Devdas (2002)
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Devdas (2002)

The son of Zamindar Narayan Mukherjee, Devdas (Shahrukh Khan) was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He grew up in the lush village of Taj Sonapur, where he spent his childhood, indulged by his lovely playmate Paro (Aishwarya). They grew up sharing a special relationship, in which they existed o…nly to each other. Oblivious of all the differences of status and background, a bond that would never break grew between them. Slowly, it changed to love but it was still unsaid. But the reverie was broken when his family sent Devdas to London for education. Paro's world crashed knowing that her Devdas would be gone and she lit a diya, for it signified the fast coming back of her loved one. Years passed and Devdas returned. Devdas was besotted by her stunning beauty and longed to have her back. But Zamindar Narayan Mukherjee (Vijay Crishna), Devdas' father, met Paro's mother Sumitra's (Kiran Kher) marriage proposal with condescending arrogance. It caused a rift between the families and even though Devdas tried to convince his father, only antagonism came his way. Finally, he moved away from Paro and wrote a letter to her, asking her to forget him. Only, he didn't realize that he would never be able to forget her ever! And much later, when he reached out to her, it was too late as she was far too humiliated. She scorned him for not standing by her and they parted forever with a heart-broken Paro entering into a chaste marriage with a wealthy, much older man, Zamindar Bhuvan (Vijayen… (Read More)

Themes:
illness death of father wedding pregnancy jealousy marriage death 
Characters:
mother priest boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
horse and carriage man landlord attempted suicide servant tragic event candle piano letter song singing dancing character name in title one word title blood β€¦flashback  (See All)

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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Grave Of The Fireflies (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.

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

Ida (2013)
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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 an…d where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. (Read More)

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

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Dreamgirls (2006)
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Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early …flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:
theatre pregnancy jealousy money marriage death 
Locations:
cemetery snow 
Characters:
musician singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
theatre audience composer rehearsal applause wig piano song singing title spoken by character dancing one word title 

I'm Not There (2007)
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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 a…rtist 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:
theatre illness politics marriage 
Locations:
wheelchair 
Characters:
bible musician boy singer husband wife relationship 
Period:
19th century 
Story:
theatre audience church choir horseback riding crucifix applause piano horse food song singing dancing 

Sense And Sensibility (1995) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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Sense And Sensibility (1995)

When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son by his first marriage, which leaves his second wife and their three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageabil…ity of both practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery John Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried. (Read More)

Themes:
illness wedding marriage 
Locations:
church 
Period:
1800s 19th century 
Story:
horse and carriage bouquet horseback riding servant candle piano letter horse singing dancing blood 

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Gifted (2017)
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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 moth…er 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 death 
Characters:
mother boy singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
man child prodigy landlady attempted suicide crying woman applause sleeping piano letter song singing title spoken by character dancing one word title 

Jane Eyre (2011)
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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 
Period:
19th century 
Story:
horse and carriage horseback riding servant fireplace candle piano letter horse singing title spoken by character dancing character name in title blood flashback 

The Dressmaker (2015)
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The Dressmaker (2015)

Based on Rosalie Ham's best selling novel, The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small home town in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture.

Themes:
illness funeral wedding murder 
Locations:
wheelchair cemetery church 
Characters:
mother boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
passing out crying woman cake sleeping cross wig letter song singing dancing flashback blood 

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

When 'Walt Disney' (qv)'s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, 'P.L. Travers' (qv)' _Mary Poppins (1964)_ (qv), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromi…sing writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father money death 
Characters:
maid musician singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
horse and carriage sheet music based on real person drunkard fan composer rehearsal applause piano horse song singing dancing character name in title flashback β€¦blood  (See All)

A Man Called Ove (2015)
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A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terr…aced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father funeral wedding pregnancy money death 
Locations:
wheelchair cemetery snow church 
Characters:
boy husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
man attempted suicide applause sleeping cross candle letter food dancing character name in title blood flashback 

Gone With The Wind (1939)
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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 cous…in, 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)

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

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Woman In Gold (2015)
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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:
theatre death of father funeral pregnancy money murder death 
Locations:
cemetery 
Characters:
singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
theatre audience austrian history classical music composer crying woman applause sleeping letter song singing dancing flashback 

Pan's Labyrinth (2006) is one of the best movies like Amadeus (1984)
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess…, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (Read More)

Themes:
illness death of father pregnancy death murder 
Locations:
wheelchair 
Characters:
mother priest singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
feast horseback riding servant lifting someone into the air fireplace tragic event princess horse food song singing character name in title blood 

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
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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 s…uperior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

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

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