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American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This infatuation coincides with the Fittses moving in next door: homophobic disciplinarian US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts who rules the house with a military fist (that fist being both figurative and literal), his semi-comatose wife Barbara Fitts, and their bright and quietly subversive eighteen year old son Ricky Fitts, who openly abides by his father's rules while behind the scenes lives by his own quite different perspective. Much like Lester's infatuation, Ricky immediately becomes infatuated with Janie, he who considers girls like Angela as ordinary. The entry of Angela and the Fittses into the Burnhams' lives ultimately leads to each of the players confronting what is truly in his or her heart. (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  depression,  paranoia,  obsession,  anger,  seduction,  dance,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:satire,  gore
Locations:motel,  bathtub
Characters:homosexuality,  lust,  writer,  homosexual,  teenager
Period:1990s
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  woman in bathtub,  fast food restaurant,  sexual repression,  rose petal,  infatuation,  real estate agent,  neighborhood,  virgin girl,  murder by gunshot,  sex in a motel,  woman taking off pants,  man undressing a woman,  younger woman older man relationship,  woman undressing for a man,  motel room,  basketball game,  girl topless,  older man younger woman,  family dinner,  topless girl,  spying on neighbor,  beer bottle,  watching television,  older man younger woman relationship,  dv camera,  camera zooming in,  movie camera,  remote controlled toy car,  muscle car,  sports car,  singing in a car,  heavy rain,  video camera,  sex in bed,  masturbating in a shower,  male in a shower,  social satire,  blue panties,  topless female nudity,  high school,  violence against a teen,  homophobic violence,  homosexual couple,  unexpected kiss,  covered female frontal nudity,  girl nudity,  threat of employment dismissal,  blood on wall,  repressed homosexual,  talking dirty during sex,  non communication,  older man teenage girl relationship,  nazi paraphernalia,  efficiency expert,  video collection,  man hugging a man,  applying for a job,  new automobile,  father and daughter,  repeated scene from a different perspective,  severance pay,  urine test,  only daughter,  man on top,  bench press,  low paid job,  change of mind,  cushion,  nymphet,  mother slaps daughter,  vapor,  locking a door,  flower petal,  reference to pink floyd,  weight training,  younger girl older man,  house cleaning,  whirlwind,  family problems,  randomness,  urine sample,  females talking about sex,  visual hallucination,  facade,  older man younger girl,  drug testing,  dissatisfaction,  the color red,  broken dish,  playing music,  spying on someone,  mistaken for gay,  joblessness,  tragicomedy,  emotional breakdown,  barely legal,  night driving,  videotaping,  drive thru,  teen smoking,  dirty old man,  lava lamp,  talking during sex,  deadpan comedy,  firing range,  asparagus,  memorabilia,  estranged couple,  self hatred,  balaclava,  narration from the grave,  innuendo,  illegal drug,  mistrust,  cocktail party,  spit take,  vhs tape,  older man young girl relationship,  cubicle,  unwanted kiss,  plastic bag,  secret life,  pool of blood,  neurosis,  rainy night,  u.s. marine,  homophobe,  cheerleading,  loveless marriage,  domineering father,  cheerleader uniform,  soul mate,  crime of passion,  ex marine,  absent mother,  materialism,  shooting range,  wet clothes,  lolita,  reference to james bond,  drug humor,  in medias res,  natural breasts,  video footage,  realtor,  underage smoking,  male protagonist,  camcorder,  sofa,  american dream,  tyrant,  quitting a job,  self destructiveness,  exhibitionist,  denial,  schoolboy,  loud sex,  weightlifting,  loser,  repression,  sarcasm,  parenthood,  unhappy marriage,  pedophilia,  adulterous wife,  military officer,  insecurity,  cannabis,  truth,  gardening,  table,  moving,  workout,  main character dies,  age difference,  teen romance,  lingerie slip,  irreverence,  midlife crisis,  marital problem,  lying,  exhibitionism,  loss of husband,  abusive father,  alienation,  existentialism,  rainstorm,  deceit,  perversion,  reference to satan,  self discovery,  male masturbation,  rose,  advertising,  job interview,  nipple,  unfaithful wife,  misunderstanding,  cynicism,  couch,  tension,  sexual desire,  barefoot,  drug dealing,  buddhist,  colonel,  virginity,  told in flashback,  crush,  dysfunctional marriage,  blockbuster,  videotape,  buttocks,  magazine,  exercise,  closeted homosexual,  jogging,  country name in title,  teen angst,  pot smoking,  eavesdropping,  sexual fantasy,  flirting,  hate,  garage,  obscene finger gesture,  gay couple,  semiautomatic pistol,  directorial debut,  handgun,  premarital sex,  domestic violence,  schoolgirl,  female removes her clothes,  tragic event,  falling in love,  moaning,  mini skirt,  fantasy sequence,  suburb,  businessman,  screaming,  stripping,  virgin,  argument,  latex gloves,  gunshot,  scantily clad female,  dream sequence,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  model,  dinner,  drug dealer,  woman,  basketball,  topless,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  dark comedy,  bedroom,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  drug use,  cleavage,  f word,  television,  voyeur,  neighbor,  bathroom,  marijuana,  bed,  reference to god,  best friend,  beer,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  camera,  computer,  slow motion scene,  small town,  shot in the head,  face slap,  blonde,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  rain,  swimming pool,  beating,  teenage boy,  fondling,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  panties,  surprise ending,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  fingering,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  f rated,  death,  kiss,  murder,  violence,  nudity,  masturbation,  blood,  flashback,  gun

Swimming Pool (2003)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Swimming Pool (2003)

Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. It is the off-season, and Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her--until late one night, when John's indolent and insouciant French daughter Julie unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's prim and steely English reserve is jarred by Julie's reckless, sexually charged lifestyle. Their interactions set off an increasingly unsettling series of events, as Sarah's creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  seduction,  dance,  drugs,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lust,  writer
Story:woman in bathtub,  watching television,  older man younger woman relationship,  exhibitionist,  repression,  cannabis,  midlife crisis,  exhibitionism,  self discovery,  teen angst,  sexual fantasy,  falling in love,  moaning,  mini skirt,  stripping,  scantily clad female,  bra,  bedroom,  cleavage,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  bed,  computer,  blonde,  rain,  swimming pool,  fondling,  panties,  surprise ending,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  two word title,  sex scene,  murder,  death,  blood,  kiss,  flashback,  masturbation

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The Good Girl (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  depression,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:motel,  bathtub
Characters:writer
Story:sex in a motel,  motel room,  sex in bed,  adulterous wife,  male masturbation,  dysfunctional marriage,  hate,  gunshot,  woman,  drug use,  marijuana,  bed,  beer,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  small town,  face slap,  black comedy,  car,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  f rated,  kiss,  flashback,  gun,  death,  masturbation

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:blackmail,  paranoia,  anger,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:satire,  gore
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lust,  homosexual
Story:woman in bathtub,  video camera,  sex in bed,  pool of blood,  materialism,  realtor,  american dream,  alienation,  couch,  tension,  barefoot,  buttocks,  exercise,  closeted homosexual,  handgun,  premarital sex,  female removes her clothes,  businessman,  screaming,  scantily clad female,  model,  woman,  bra,  gay slur,  drug use,  cleavage,  f word,  voyeur,  bed,  bare butt,  camera,  shot in the head,  blonde,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  fondling,  voice over narration,  shower,  panties,  surprise ending,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  two word title,  sex scene,  f rated,  violence,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  gun,  death

Little Children (2006) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

Little Children (2006)

Echoes of "Madame Bovary" in the American suburbs. Sarah's in a loveless marriage to an advertising executive, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is an immature househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison - two years for indecent exposure to a minor - living with his elderly mother, May; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie's mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:satire
Characters:lust
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  sex in bed,  blue panties,  topless female nudity,  talking during sex,  loveless marriage,  loud sex,  parenthood,  unhappy marriage,  pedophilia,  adulterous wife,  irreverence,  neighborhood,  rainstorm,  perversion,  advertising,  unfaithful wife,  nipple,  dysfunctional marriage,  buttocks,  magazine,  exercise,  female removes her clothes,  moaning,  mini skirt,  suburb,  scantily clad female,  topless,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  computer,  slow motion scene,  small town,  black comedy,  rain,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  shower,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  nudity,  masturbation

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Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. This is why Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999).

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  drugs,  friendship
Mood:gore
Characters:teenager
Period:1990s
Story:heavy rain,  drive thru,  rainstorm,  drug dealing,  told in flashback,  videotape,  hate,  directorial debut,  premarital sex,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  f word,  beer,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  high school,  car,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  flashback,  gun,  violence,  blood

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

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

Themes:blackmail,  obsession,  seduction
Locations:motel
Characters:lust,  writer,  teenager
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  sex in bed,  dirty old man,  older man young girl relationship,  lolita,  self destructiveness,  pedophilia,  age difference,  sexual desire,  virginity,  dysfunctional marriage,  female removes her clothes,  mini skirt,  screaming,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  cleavage,  voyeur,  bed,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  rain,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  shower,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  gun

Secretary (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary (2002)

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  anger
Locations:bathtub
Story:woman moaning,  woman in bathtub,  man undressing a woman,  younger woman older man relationship,  older man younger woman,  older man younger woman relationship,  in medias res,  age difference,  self discovery,  male masturbation,  job interview,  exercise,  sexual fantasy,  domestic violence,  falling in love,  moaning,  fantasy sequence,  scantily clad female,  woman,  dysfunctional family,  dark comedy,  cleavage,  face slap,  black comedy,  rain,  swimming pool,  fondling,  voice over narration,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  masturbation,  nudity

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Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  dance,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:homosexual,  teenager
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  reference to pink floyd,  wet clothes,  drug humor,  barefoot,  virginity,  magazine,  pot smoking,  obscene finger gesture,  premarital sex,  female removes her clothes,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  drug use,  cleavage,  f word,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  beer,  camera,  blonde,  high school,  car,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

La Vie D'adele (2013)
Drama, Romance

La Vie D'adele (2013)

Adele is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adele's friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adele. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adele and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship. (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:lust,  teenager
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  girl topless,  family dinner,  topless girl,  sex in bed,  topless female nudity,  estranged couple,  loud sex,  nipple,  sexual desire,  buttocks,  sexual fantasy,  schoolgirl,  moaning,  scantily clad female,  no opening credits,  dinner,  woman,  topless,  cleavage,  bare butt,  face slap,  high school,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  fingering,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  f rated,  kiss,  masturbation,  nudity

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:depression
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  singing in a car,  sex in bed,  topless female nudity,  loud sex,  abusive father,  job interview,  nipple,  jogging,  tragic event,  moaning,  topless,  cleavage,  f word,  neighbor,  bathroom,  bare butt,  camera,  computer,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  rain,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  gun,  kiss,  violence,  flashback,  blood

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Basic Instinct (1992)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  paranoia,  obsession,  anger,  seduction
Characters:lust,  writer
Period:1990s
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  woman,  sex in bed,  topless female nudity,  exhibitionist,  truth,  exhibitionism,  deceit,  perversion,  nipple,  cynicism,  sexual desire,  barefoot,  blockbuster,  female removes her clothes,  tragic event,  moaning,  mini skirt,  scantily clad female,  topless,  bra,  bedroom,  cleavage,  f word,  voyeur,  bed,  shot in the head,  car,  shot to death,  rain,  fondling,  panties,  surprise ending,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  two word title,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  nudity,  death,  blood,  kiss,  gun,  violence

The Joneses (2009) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Drama

The Joneses (2009)

"The Joneses", a social commentary on our consumerist society. Perfect couple Steve and Kate Jones, and their gorgeous teen-aged children Jenn and Mick, are the envy of their posh, suburban neighborhood filled with McMansions and all the trappings of the upper middle class. Kate is the ultimate trend setter - beautiful, sexy, dressed head-to-toe in designer labels. Steve is the admired successful businessman who has it all: a gorgeous wife, big house and an endless supply of high-tech toys. Jenn and Mick rule their new school as they embody all that is hip and trendy - cool clothes, fast cars and the latest gadgets. But as the neighbors try to keep up with the Joneses, none are prepared for the truth about this all- too perfect family. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:satire
Characters:teenager
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  broken dish,  older man young girl relationship,  unwanted kiss,  materialism,  unhappy marriage,  truth,  neighborhood,  deceit,  barefoot,  closeted homosexual,  obscene finger gesture,  suburb,  businessman,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  f word,  bathroom,  marijuana,  extramarital affair,  high school,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Comedy, Romance

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

Eddie is forty, owns a sporting-goods store, and is still single. After watching his ex-fiancee walk down the aisle, he meets Lila, an environmental researcher, who seems too good to be true. Pressured by his father and best friend, Eddie pops the question and marries Lila after only 6 weeks. However, as he almost instantly discovers, his new bride is a nightmare with more baggage than he can handle. She's immature, foolish, a monster in bed, owes a tremendous amount of money to various sources, and as it turns out, is only a volunteer and doesn't actually have a job. While on their honeymoon in Cabo, Eddie meets Miranda, a down-to-earth lacrosse coach who is visiting with her family. Sparks fly, and Eddie falls for her. Now comes the tricky part of breaking off his marriage to crazy Lila, all while keeping the truth from Miranda about why he's in Cabo in the first place... (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  dance,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:lust
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  singing in a car,  sex in bed,  topless female nudity,  talking dirty during sex,  drug humor,  loud sex,  truth,  nipple,  dysfunctional marriage,  eavesdropping,  flirting,  premarital sex,  female removes her clothes,  moaning,  scantily clad female,  topless,  cleavage,  bed,  bare butt,  blonde,  fondling,  panties,  surprise ending,  nipples,  bare breasts,  nudity

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On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Locations:motel
Characters:homosexuality,  writer
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  sex in a motel,  topless girl,  singing in a car,  topless female nudity,  loud sex,  nipple,  moaning,  topless,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  marijuana,  beer,  car,  voice over narration,  panties,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  death,  gun,  kiss,  nudity,  flashback

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. This is why Mysterious Skin (2004) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  obsession,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:motel,  bathtub
Characters:homosexual
Period:1990s
Story:motel room,  heavy rain,  soul mate,  fast food restaurant,  pedophilia,  truth,  rainstorm,  perversion,  crush,  videotape,  pot smoking,  obscene finger gesture,  stripping,  dysfunctional family,  bedroom,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  drug use,  marijuana,  bed,  best friend,  beer,  small town,  face slap,  rain,  beating,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  blood,  nudity,  flashback,  violence,  masturbation,  gun

40 Days And 40 Nights (2002) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Comedy, Romance

40 Days And 40 Nights (2002)

Nicole broke up with Matt months ago and is now engaged to someone else. He's very good-looking and has no trouble finding other lovers, but that doesn't help because he's still obsessed with wanting her back. Then he gets the inspiration that swearing off sex for Lent (all forms of sexual activity, even kissing or masturbation) will give him the perspective he needs. So of course a few days later he meets a woman and they fall in love. Now Matt sees his vow as a personal matter, and won't even tell her about it, but his friends think otherwise, and now the complications begin... (Read More)

Themes:seduction
Characters:lust,  homosexual
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  video camera,  blue panties,  topless female nudity,  loud sex,  nipple,  buttocks,  moaning,  mini skirt,  scantily clad female,  dream sequence,  woman,  topless,  cleavage,  computer,  panties,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare breasts,  nudity,  masturbation,  flashback

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The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. (Read More)

Themes:seduction,  drugs
Mood:satire
Locations:bathtub
Characters:homosexual
Story:woman in bathtub,  topless girl,  drug dealer,  video camera,  topless female nudity,  nipple,  drug dealing,  virginity,  sexual fantasy,  fantasy sequence,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  topless,  bra,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  drug use,  cleavage,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  beer,  bare butt,  computer,  blonde,  car,  beating,  voice over narration,  panties,  cult film,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare breasts,  masturbation,  blood,  flashback,  nudity,  gun,  kiss,  death

Ken Park (2002)
Drama

Ken Park (2002)

Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother. Peaches looks after her devoutly religious father, but yearns for freedom. They're all rather tight, or so they claim. But they spend precious little time together and none of them seems to know much about one another's family lives. This bizarre dichotomy underscores their alienation # the result of suburban ennui, a teenager's inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:teenager,  homosexual
Story:family dinner,  watching television,  video camera,  lava lamp,  weightlifting,  adulterous wife,  abusive father,  alienation,  unfaithful wife,  teen angst,  pot smoking,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  drug use,  marijuana,  beer,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  rain,  beating,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  panties,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  masturbation,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  violence,  death,  murder

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  singing in a car,  video camera,  plastic bag,  couch,  tension,  barefoot,  teen angst,  suburb,  screaming,  virgin,  dysfunctional family,  bedroom,  television,  voyeur,  beer,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  car,  rain,  beating,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  f rated,  kiss,  nudity

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Risky Business (1983) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Risky Business (1983)

A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way. This is why Risky Business (1983) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999).

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:male in a shower,  weight training,  drug humor,  sexual desire,  blockbuster,  teen angst,  sexual fantasy,  directorial debut,  premarital sex,  fantasy sequence,  stripping,  scantily clad female,  bedroom,  cleavage,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  bed,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  high school,  car,  teenage boy,  shower,  panties,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  sex scene,  masturbation

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

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  paranoia,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Period:1990s
Story:truth,  bed,  heavy rain,  video camera,  camera,  car,  locking a door,  wet clothes,  camcorder,  self discovery,  tension,  garage,  domestic violence,  screaming,  argument,  dream sequence,  no opening credits,  bedroom,  f word,  bathroom,  best friend,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  blood splatter,  beating,  teenage boy,  shower,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  kiss,  nudity

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:motel
Story:watching television,  older man younger woman relationship,  existentialism,  deceit,  videotape,  buttocks,  eavesdropping,  directorial debut,  screaming,  gunshot,  anti hero,  gay slur,  f word,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  shower,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death,  gun

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Straw Dogs (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:anger,  seduction
Mood:gore
Characters:lust,  writer
Story:murder by gunshot,  exhibitionist,  denial,  moving,  exhibitionism,  alienation,  sexual desire,  dysfunctional marriage,  mini skirt,  gunshot,  scantily clad female,  woman,  bedroom,  voyeur,  bathroom,  bed,  computer,  slow motion scene,  small town,  face slap,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  beating,  teenage girl,  panties,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  violence,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  death

Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:motel,  bathtub
Story:sex in a motel,  motel room,  fast food restaurant,  real estate agent,  rose,  pot smoking,  latex gloves,  gunshot,  woman,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  bedroom,  drug use,  marijuana,  bed,  reference to god,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  high school,  blood splatter,  car,  swimming pool,  shower,  panties,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  death,  murder,  flashback,  kiss,  blood

Bully (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Bully (2001)

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. This is why Bully (2001) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:homosexual,  teenager
Story:girl topless,  topless girl,  topless female nudity,  repressed homosexual,  natural breasts,  nipple,  buttocks,  pot smoking,  premarital sex,  suburb,  stripping,  scantily clad female,  topless,  gay slur,  drug use,  cleavage,  bathroom,  marijuana,  best friend,  bare butt,  car,  beating,  teenage boy,  fondling,  teenage girl,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death,  violence,  nudity

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Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  seduction,  dance,  friendship
Characters:homosexual
Period:1990s
Story:murder by gunshot,  sex in bed,  unwanted kiss,  main character dies,  hate,  obscene finger gesture,  directorial debut,  female removes her clothes,  tragic event,  stripping,  latex gloves,  woman,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  drug use,  small town,  shot in the head,  beating,  voice over narration,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  f rated,  nudity,  flashback,  death,  kiss,  murder,  violence

Filth (2013)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Filth (2013)

Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth? (Read More)

Themes:infidelity
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  singing in a car,  topless female nudity,  talking dirty during sex,  loud sex,  deceit,  nipple,  moaning,  fantasy sequence,  topless,  bra,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  beating,  voice over narration,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  flashback,  masturbation,  murder,  nudity

The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

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

Themes:paranoia,  obsession,  anger,  seduction,  friendship
Characters:lust
Period:1990s
Story:heavy rain,  repression,  sarcasm,  rainstorm,  blockbuster,  premarital sex,  domestic violence,  falling in love,  screaming,  stripping,  latex gloves,  gunshot,  bra,  bedroom,  f word,  bed,  extramarital affair,  camera,  slow motion scene,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  swimming pool,  beating,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  murder,  death,  kiss,  violence,  gun

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Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Period:1990s
Story:neighborhood,  singing in a car,  fast food restaurant,  weightlifting,  tension,  drug dealing,  videotape,  teen angst,  hate,  directorial debut,  premarital sex,  tragic event,  businessman,  virgin,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  f word,  beer,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  high school,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  beating,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  violence,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  gun,  death,  blood

Private Parts (1997)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

Private Parts (1997)

Having always wanted to be a disc-jockey, Howard Stern works his way painfully from radio at his 1970's college to a Detroit station. It is with a move to Washington that he hits on an outrageous off-the-wall style that catches audience attention. Despite his on-air blue talk, at home he is a loving husband. He needs all the support he can get when he joins NBC in New York and comes up against a very different vision of radio. This is why Private Parts (1997) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999). (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Locations:bathtub
Period:1990s
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  woman in bathtub,  heavy rain,  real estate agent,  lying,  job interview,  female removes her clothes,  moaning,  mini skirt,  fantasy sequence,  scantily clad female,  cleavage,  marijuana,  bare butt,  voice over narration,  panties,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  masturbation

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:lust,  teenager
Story:sex in bed,  covered female frontal nudity,  females talking about sex,  adulterous wife,  lingerie slip,  unfaithful wife,  dysfunctional marriage,  obscene finger gesture,  female removes her clothes,  scantily clad female,  basketball,  drug use,  cleavage,  marijuana,  beer,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  camera,  swimming pool,  panties,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  murder

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Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

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

Themes:adultery,  drugs
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lust,  homosexual
Story:video camera,  self destructiveness,  real estate agent,  pot smoking,  female removes her clothes,  mini skirt,  scantily clad female,  drug dealer,  woman,  bra,  drug use,  cleavage,  bathroom,  marijuana,  beer,  bare butt,  camera,  face slap,  rain,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  shower,  panties,  surprise ending,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare breasts,  kiss,  death,  blood

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)
Drama

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)

A man named Seligman finds a fainted wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. She tells him that her name is Joe and that she is nymphomaniac. Joe tells her life and sexual experiences with hundreds of men since she was a young teenager while Seligman tells about his hobbies, such as fly fishing, reading about Fibonacci numbers or listening to organ music. (Read More)

Themes:seduction
Characters:lust,  teenager
Story:virgin girl,  topless girl,  sex in bed,  topless female nudity,  natural breasts,  exhibitionism,  nipple,  virginity,  premarital sex,  female removes her clothes,  virgin,  latex gloves,  woman,  topless,  bathroom,  bed,  blonde,  panties,  nipples,  father daughter relationship,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  masturbation,  nudity,  flashback

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

Nurse Betty (2000)

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

Themes:obsession,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:motel
Characters:writer
Story:motel room,  videotaping,  irreverence,  cynicism,  crush,  garage,  gunshot,  woman,  dark comedy,  gay slur,  drug use,  television,  best friend,  computer,  small town,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  swimming pool,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  nudity,  violence,  death,  gun,  blood,  murder,  kiss

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

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed. This is why Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  paranoia,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity
Story:sex in bed,  loser,  unhappy marriage,  adulterous wife,  loss of husband,  unfaithful wife,  dysfunctional marriage,  buttocks,  female removes her clothes,  suburb,  gunshot,  scantily clad female,  drug dealer,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  drug use,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  computer,  shot in the head,  face slap,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  panties,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  nudity,  violence,  death,  murder,  flashback,  gun

Fatal Attraction (1987) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Thriller

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Happily married New York lawyer Dan Gallagher has an affair with his colleague Alex, and the two enjoy a love weekend while Dan's wife and kid are away. But Alex will not let go of him, and she will stop at nothing to have him for herself. Just how far will she go to get what she wants?

Themes:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  paranoia,  obsession,  seduction,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lust
Story:sexual repression,  family dinner,  topless female nudity,  cocktail party,  crime of passion,  exhibitionist,  repression,  marital problem,  exhibitionism,  perversion,  sexual desire,  blockbuster,  flirting,  domestic violence,  female removes her clothes,  moaning,  suburb,  woman,  gay slur,  voyeur,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  blonde,  beating,  fondling,  cult film,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  bare breasts,  death,  nudity,  kiss,  violence,  blood,  murder

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity
Locations:motel
Story:sex in bed,  loss of husband,  buttocks,  obscene finger gesture,  handgun,  latex gloves,  gunshot,  basketball,  drug use,  cleavage,  voyeur,  bathroom,  reference to god,  extramarital affair,  computer,  face slap,  rain,  swimming pool,  beating,  teenage boy,  fondling,  voice over narration,  panties,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  death,  kiss,  masturbation

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Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity
Locations:motel
Story:woman undressing for a man,  sports car,  pot smoking,  hate,  garage,  female removes her clothes,  falling in love,  virgin,  drug dealer,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  f word,  voyeur,  marijuana,  reference to god,  beer,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  shot in the head,  face slap,  blonde,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  bare breasts,  gun,  blood,  nudity,  murder,  violence,  death

Super (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Super (2010)

Frank Darrbo is a hapless fry cook. When his wife Sarah falls off the wagon and dumps him for Jacques, a drug dealer, Frank tries to get her back by reporting her kidnapped, grabbing her from Jacques' car, and wailing for her to return. After watching Christian TV and having a vision, he becomes a superhero to fight evil. He sews a costume, finds a weapon (a pipe wrench) and looks for crimes to stop. He has problems: his wrench inflicts real injury, so the cops want him for being a vigilante, his sense of boundaries is flawed, and Jacques' gang has guns. Libby, a clerk at a comic book store, becomes his sidekick, and it's time to go save Sarah. What chance do they have? (Read More)

Themes:depression
Mood:gore
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  older man younger woman relationship,  male in a shower,  tragicomedy,  firing range,  loud sex,  premarital sex,  moaning,  fantasy sequence,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  bare butt,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  car,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  flashback

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. This is why The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999). (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lust
Period:1990s
Story:movie camera,  sports car,  sex in bed,  topless female nudity,  talking during sex,  reference to james bond,  quitting a job,  weightlifting,  buddhist,  told in flashback,  dysfunctional marriage,  magazine,  obscene finger gesture,  domestic violence,  female removes her clothes,  businessman,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  woman,  gay slur,  drug use,  f word,  marijuana,  reference to god,  beer,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  beating,  voice over narration,  panties,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  nudity,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  kiss,  masturbation

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Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Comedy, Romance

Good Luck Chuck (2007)

Early thirty-something dentist Dr. Charlie Logan has never experienced true love, despite having had a number of girlfriends over the years. After an announcement by one of his ex-girlfriends as such at her wedding, Charlie gets a reputation as being a good luck charm. Every woman he has slept with has met and married her dream man immediately following. He is encouraged to exploit this reputation by his long time best friend, Dr. Stu Klaminsky, a sex obsessed, sex starved schlub who became a plastic surgeon just so that he could masturbate over the sight of women's breasts. Charlie doesn't want to be solely a stepping stone for women, which is how they end up treating him once he gains this reputation as a lucky charm, but rather one's true love. He believes the woman of his dreams is accident-prone Cam Wexler, who works as the penguin caretaker at the aquarium. Cam initially doesn't want to date Charlie because of his reputation as a one-night stand type of guy. Charlie in turn doesn't want to sleep with Cam as he is certain she will find her true love after they do. Cam's true love seems destined to be penguin expert Howard Blaine. To get to true happiness, Charlie feels he needs to speak to Anisha Carpenter, who he feels is the cause of his current problems. Anisha ends up helping him in a way he doesn't expect. (Read More)

Characters:lust
Story:woman moaning from pleasure,  moaning woman,  woman moaning,  sex in bed,  blue panties,  topless female nudity,  unwanted kiss,  loud sex,  obscene finger gesture,  directorial debut,  female removes her clothes,  moaning,  mini skirt,  latex gloves,  scantily clad female,  woman,  topless,  bra,  cleavage,  voyeur,  best friend,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  fondling,  shower,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  bare breasts,  masturbation,  nudity,  kiss

The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  paranoia,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Period:1990s
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  high school,  loser,  midlife crisis,  marital problem,  virginity,  exercise,  pot smoking,  sexual fantasy,  obscene finger gesture,  handgun,  premarital sex,  falling in love,  fantasy sequence,  drug dealer,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  best friend,  beer,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  gun,  masturbation

Spread (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Spread (2009)

In Los Angeles, Nikki is homeless, car-less and closing in on 30, but he's amoral, good-looking, and adept in the sack, moving from one wealthy woman of 35 or 40 to another, a kept boy-toy. His newest gig, with Samantha, an attorney whose house overlooks L.A., is sweet, although it's unclear how long she'll put up with him. Then Nikki meets Heather, a waitress. Is the player being played, or might this be love? What will Nikki discover? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  seduction,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:lust
Story:sex in bed,  adulterous wife,  moving,  unfaithful wife,  female removes her clothes,  moaning,  scantily clad female,  dinner,  woman,  cleavage,  voyeur,  best friend,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  blonde,  car,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  panties,  fingering,  bare chested male,  sex scene

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The Virgin Suicides (1999) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  depression,  obsession,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:lust,  teenager
Story:infatuation,  self destructiveness,  repression,  cannabis,  neighborhood,  virginity,  magazine,  teen angst,  pot smoking,  flirting,  directorial debut,  tragic event,  suburb,  virgin,  dinner,  voyeur,  neighbor,  marijuana,  extramarital affair,  black comedy,  high school,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  death,  flashback,  kiss

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. This is why Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999). (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:satire
Characters:homosexual,  teenager
Story:virginity,  older man younger woman relationship,  high school,  innuendo,  unwanted kiss,  cheerleader uniform,  truth,  cynicism,  closeted homosexual,  pot smoking,  moaning,  mini skirt,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  dinner,  woman,  basketball,  bedroom,  gay slur,  cleavage,  bathroom,  marijuana,  reference to god,  best friend,  beer,  extramarital affair,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  shower,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  sex scene,  kiss

Femme Fatale (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Femme Fatale (2002)

The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by an ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  paranoia,  seduction,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lust
Story:woman,  exhibitionist,  exhibitionism,  cynicism,  sexual desire,  obscene finger gesture,  falling in love,  screaming,  scantily clad female,  dream sequence,  bedroom,  cleavage,  voyeur,  bathroom,  camera,  face slap,  blonde,  fondling,  panties,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  f rated,  blood,  kiss,  gun,  flashback,  murder

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Horns (2013)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend.

Themes:anger,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:murder by gunshot,  topless girl,  heavy rain,  topless female nudity,  crime of passion,  exhibitionist,  truth,  unfaithful wife,  told in flashback,  magazine,  closeted homosexual,  virgin,  gunshot,  scantily clad female,  no opening credits,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  reference to god,  best friend,  slow motion scene,  small town,  shot in the head,  face slap,  blonde,  shot to death,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence,  flashback

Black Snake Moan (2006) is one of the best movies like American Beauty (1999)
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:anger,  seduction,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:motel,  bathtub
Characters:lust
Story:girl topless,  topless girl,  topless female nudity,  unwanted kiss,  rose,  nipple,  garage,  obscene finger gesture,  mini skirt,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  drug dealer,  bra,  drug use,  cleavage,  marijuana,  beer,  slow motion scene,  small town,  beating,  fondling,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  death,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  nudity,  violence,  flashback

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  obsession,  anger,  dance,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:blue panties,  virginity,  jogging,  pot smoking,  mini skirt,  scantily clad female,  woman,  drug use,  cleavage,  f word,  voyeur,  marijuana,  reference to god,  best friend,  extramarital affair,  slow motion scene,  rain,  swimming pool,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fingering,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  flashback,  kiss,  masturbation

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