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As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

As Good As It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  prejudice,  homophobia,  redemption,  depression,  theft,  anger,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  writer,  psychiatrist,  artist,  nurse,  doctor,  friend,  homosexual
Story:posing nude,  younger woman older man relationship,  older man younger woman,  older man younger woman relationship,  neighbor,  gay friend,  lap dog,  dog training,  reference to henri matisse,  reference to george gershwin,  moral transformation,  surgical stitches,  dress code,  unlikely friendship,  oddball,  love hate,  callboy,  walking cane,  arm cast,  misanthrope,  animal in cast credits,  bigot,  bedridden,  obsessive compulsive disorder,  male model,  opposites attract,  posing,  rite,  business card,  kindness,  sickness,  asthma,  publisher,  age difference,  music band,  pet dog,  superstition,  compassion,  eccentric,  blockbuster,  nipples visible through clothing,  grandmother grandson relationship,  police investigation,  single parent,  automobile,  pianist,  scar,  bartender,  ritual,  bath,  drawing,  painter,  mental illness,  little boy,  sketch comedy,  woman,  single mother,  new york,  road trip,  gay slur,  piano,  tears,  vomiting,  painting,  bare butt,  watching tv,  computer,  punched in the face,  urination,  police officer,  beating,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  dog,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare breasts,  nudity,  kiss

Hable Con Ella (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Hable Con Ella (2002)

After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  writer,  nurse,  doctor
Story:unlikely friendship,  walking cane,  bedridden,  rite,  nipples visible through clothing,  bartender,  ritual,  woman,  gay slur,  tears,  bare butt,  computer,  singing,  nudity

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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:depression,  theft,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer,  friend
Story:oddball,  pet dog,  bath,  painter,  mental illness,  woman,  tears,  vomiting,  bare butt,  watching tv,  beating,  mother son relationship,  dog,  kiss

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:prejudice,  theft,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  writer,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:bartender,  woman,  road trip,  gay slur,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  punched in the face,  mother daughter relationship,  nudity,  kiss

Odishon (1999) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  friend,  doctor
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  bedridden,  rite,  pet dog,  pianist,  scar,  bartender,  little boy,  woman,  piano,  vomiting,  watching tv,  computer,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  dog,  nudity,  kiss

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

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. This is why Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  anger,  friendship
Locations:apartment
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  police investigation,  scar,  drawing,  woman,  tears,  vomiting,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  police officer,  beating,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  dog

Harvey (1950)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Harvey (1950)

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

Themes:friendship
Characters:psychiatrist,  nurse,  doctor
Story:business card,  eccentric,  pianist,  bartender,  mental illness,  piano,  painting,  police officer,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship

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

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:depression,  theft,  jealousy
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:nipples visible through clothing,  single parent,  little boy,  neighbor,  tears,  bare butt,  watching tv,  computer,  punched in the face,  urination,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare breasts,  kiss,  dog

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Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003)

This film, adapted from a work of fiction by author Tracy Chevalier, tells a story about the events surrounding the creation of the painting "Girl With a Pearl Earring" by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Little is known about the girl in the painting, it is speculated that she was a maid who lived in the house of the painter along with his family and other servants, though there is no historical evidence. This masterful film attempts to recreate the mysterious girl's life. Griet, played by Scarlett Johansson, is a maid in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer, played by British actor Colin Firth. Vermeer's wealthy patron and sole means of support, Van Ruijven, commissions him to paint Griet with the intent that he will have her for himself before it is finished. She must somehow secretly pose for the crucial painting without the knowledge of Vermeer's wife, avoid Van Ruijven's grasp, and protect herself from the cruel gossip of the world of a 17th century servant. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  jealousy
Characters:artist
Story:younger woman older man relationship,  older man younger woman,  older man younger woman relationship,  posing,  age difference,  painter,  tears,  painting,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss,  dog

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:writing,  anger
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Story:younger woman older man relationship,  older man younger woman,  older man younger woman relationship,  age difference,  scar,  mental illness,  woman,  urination,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  nudity,  kiss

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? This is why Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  hospital
Characters:doctor,  friend,  homosexual
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  grandmother grandson relationship,  police investigation,  ritual,  bath,  painter,  tears,  painting,  bare butt,  punched in the face,  beating,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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The Shipping News (2001)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  anger
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer
Story:rite,  superstition,  compassion,  single parent,  bartender,  ritual,  little boy,  single mother,  tears,  vomiting,  computer,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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

Themes:anger,  jealousy
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:writer,  doctor
Story:scar,  mental illness,  little boy,  woman,  new york,  tears,  vomiting,  painting,  watching tv,  computer,  urination,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

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

Themes:prejudice,  redemption,  anger,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  writer,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  age difference,  tears,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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Analyze This (1999)
Comedy, Crime

Analyze This (1999)

Ben Sobol, Psychiatrist, has a few problems: His son spies on his patients when they open up their heart, his parents don't want to attend his upcoming wedding and his patients' problems don't challenge him at all. Paul Vitti, Godfather, has a few problems as well: Sudden anxiety attacks in public, a certain disability to kill people and his best part ceasing service when needed. One day, Ben unfortunately crashes into one of Vitti's cars. The exchange of Ben's business card is followed by a business visit of Don Paul Vitti himself, who wants to be free of inner conflict within two weeks, before all the Mafia Dons meet. Now, Ben Sobol feels somewhat challenged, as his wedding is soon, his only patient keeps him busy by regarding Ben's duty as a 24 hour standby and the feds keep forcing him to spy on Paul Vitti. And how do you treat a patient who usually solves problems with a gun? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  doctor
Story:rite,  business card,  pianist,  ritual,  mental illness,  new york,  gay slur,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  punched in the face,  police officer,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  mother son relationship

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. This is why Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  redemption,  jealousy
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer,  doctor
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  age difference,  nipples visible through clothing,  pianist,  road trip,  piano,  tears,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss,  dog

The Devil's Advocate (1997) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:apartment,  wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:rite,  business card,  music band,  bartender,  ritual,  mental illness,  single mother,  tears,  painting,  bare butt,  watching tv,  computer,  beating,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  mother son relationship,  bare breasts,  dog

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Meet The Fockers (2004)
Comedy, Romance

Meet The Fockers (2004)

Having given permission to male nurse Greg Focker to marry his daughter, ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes and his wife travel to Miami to Greg's parents, who this time around are Mr. and Mrs. Focker, who are as different from them as can be. As asked in the first movie, what sort of people name their son Gaylord M. Focker? (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:lap dog,  music band,  pet dog,  blockbuster,  single mother,  bare butt,  watching tv,  police officer,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  nudity,  dog

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. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  friendship
Characters:friend,  homosexual
Story:gay friend,  single parent,  scar,  bath,  drawing,  little boy,  single mother,  new york,  gay slur,  tears,  watching tv,  urination,  beating,  new york city,  singing,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  dog,  nudity

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  anger,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:artist,  friend
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  compassion,  drawing,  painter,  single mother,  tears,  painting,  watching tv,  computer,  police officer,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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Choke (2008) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Drama

Choke (2008)

Sex addict and colonial theme park worker, Victor Mancini, has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mom's hospital bills while she suffers from an Alzheimer's disease that hides the truth about his childhood. He pretends to choke on food in a restaurant and the person who "saves" him will feel responsible for Victor for the rest of their lives. This is why Choke (2008) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  redemption,  depression,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  writer,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:eccentric,  painter,  tears,  vomiting,  bare butt,  watching tv,  computer,  mother son relationship,  bare breasts

Tsotsi (2005)
Crime, Drama

Tsotsi (2005)

In Johannesburg, a small time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car. However, whilst driving, Tsotsi finds that there is a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  theft,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  artist,  friend
Story:compassion,  bartender,  tears,  vomiting,  punched in the face,  beating,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  dog

Maid In Manhattan (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Maid In Manhattan (2002)

Marisa Ventura is a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City, who works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity, Marisa meets Christopher Marshall, a handsome heir to a political dynasty, who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the unlikely pair together for one night. When Marisa's true identity is revealed, the two find that they are worlds apart, even though the distance separating them is just a subway ride between Manhattan and the Bronx. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:music band,  pet dog,  grandmother grandson relationship,  single parent,  little boy,  woman,  single mother,  tears,  watching tv,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  nudity,  dog

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American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:anger,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:homosexual
Story:misanthrope,  business card,  eccentric,  bartender,  drawing,  mental illness,  woman,  new york,  gay slur,  bare butt,  watching tv,  urination,  police officer,  beating,  new york city,  dancing,  dog,  kiss

On The Road (2012) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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:friendship
Characters:writer,  friend
Story:little boy,  new york,  road trip,  gay slur,  piano,  urination,  police officer,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  bare breasts,  kiss,  nudity

Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

Six New Yorkers juggle love, friendship, and the keenly challenging specter of adulthood. Sam Wexler is a struggling writer who's having a particularly bad day. When a young boy gets separated from his family on the subway, Sam makes the questionable decision to bring the child back to his apartment and thus begins a rewarding, yet complicated, friendship. Sam's life revolves around his friends-Annie, whose self-image keeps her from commitment; Charlie and Mary Catherine, a couple whose possible move to Los Angeles tests their relationship; and Mississippi, a cabaret singer who catches Sam's eye. This is why Happythankyoumoreplease (2010) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  doctor,  friend
Story:drawing,  little boy,  new york,  urination,  new york city,  african american,  kiss

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  jealousy
Characters:artist,  friend
Story:opposites attract,  compassion,  blockbuster,  eccentric,  grandmother grandson relationship,  single parent,  bartender,  drawing,  little boy,  woman,  piano,  painting,  punched in the face,  beating,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  dog

I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

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

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:friend
Story:compassion,  single parent,  woman,  single mother,  piano,  neighbor,  tears,  painting,  watching tv,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  dog,  kiss

Swingers (1996) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Themes:homophobia,  depression,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:waitress,  friend,  homosexual
Story:grandmother grandson relationship,  bartender,  gay slur,  tears,  urination,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  kiss

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Stay (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stay (2005)

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

Themes:writing,  depression
Characters:psychiatrist,  waitress,  artist,  friend,  homosexual
Story:bath,  drawing,  painter,  mental illness,  piano,  neighbor,  tears,  painting,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  dog

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... This is why La Science Des Reves (2006) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:apartment
Characters:artist,  writer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:eccentric,  pianist,  bath,  drawing,  gay slur,  piano,  neighbor,  painting,  watching tv,  singing,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

Broken Flowers (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Broken Flowers (2005)

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:psychiatrist,  waitress,  writer,  friend
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  business card,  single parent,  painter,  woman,  road trip,  neighbor,  computer,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship

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Greenberg (2010) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Greenberg (2010)

We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? (Read More)

Themes:writing,  depression,  anger,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  nurse,  friend
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  misanthrope,  age difference,  mental illness,  little boy,  woman,  bare butt,  watching tv,  computer,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  kiss

Ondskan (2003)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  theft,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:waitress,  writer,  friend
Story:pianist,  piano,  vomiting,  punched in the face,  urination,  beating,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  nudity

Lucia Y El Sexo (2001)
Drama, Romance

Lucia Y El Sexo (2001)

Lucia is a young waitress in a restaurant in the centre of Madrid. After the loss of her long-time boyfriend, a writer, she seeks refuge on a quiet, secluded Mediterranean island. There, bathed in an atmosphere of fresh air and dazzling sun, Lucia begins to discover the dark corners of her past relationship, as if they were forbidden passages of a novel which the author now, from afar, allows her to read. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  writer,  friend
Story:nipples visible through clothing,  woman,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  bare breasts,  dog,  kiss,  nudity

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Little Women (1994)
Drama, Family, Romance

Little Women (1994)

'Louisa May Alcott' (qv)'s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. This is why Little Women (1994) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997). (Read More)

Themes:writing
Characters:artist,  writer,  doctor
Story:sickness,  publisher,  pet dog,  pianist,  painter,  piano,  neighbor,  tears,  painting,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  depression,  anger,  jealousy
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:artist,  writer,  nurse,  doctor
Story:drawing,  painter,  painting,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship

My Girl (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  theft,  anger,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:artist,  writer,  nurse,  friend,  doctor
Story:single parent,  little boy,  neighbor,  tears,  watching tv,  police officer,  singing,  dancing,  kiss

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Bitter Moon (1992)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

Bitter Moon (1992)

British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar's cabin. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  jealousy
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  writer,  nurse
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  woman,  tears,  vomiting,  bare butt,  watching tv,  computer,  urination,  beating,  dancing,  dog,  kiss

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)
Drama

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  theft,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  writer,  nurse,  friend,  doctor,  homosexual
Story:woman,  single mother,  gay slur,  vomiting,  beating,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  kiss

Just Like Heaven (2005) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Just Like Heaven (2005)

Elizabeth Masterson, a dedicated doctor in San Francisco, had almost no time for anything. When her sister with two kids set her up on a date, she gets into a tragic car crash and goes into a coma. Meanwhile, a landscape architect named David Abbott moves to San Francisco and, coincidentally, into Elizabeth's apartment for rent. While at the apartment, Elizabeth's spirit haunts him. She doesn't remember who she is, who her family is or what she did - All that she remembered was her apartment and where everything was. To settle the arguments, David agrees to figure out who Elizabeth really is. When they get close to figuring out who she is, they eventually find love with one another and as they finally know who she really is, they learn that fate really has put them both together. This is why Just Like Heaven (2005) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  artist,  doctor,  nurse,  friend
Story:surgical stitches,  rite,  scar,  ritual,  neighbor,  bare butt,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss,  nudity

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Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

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

Themes:theft
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:artist,  doctor,  homosexual
Story:painter,  mental illness,  woman,  tears,  vomiting,  painting,  bare butt,  watching tv,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  bare breasts,  kiss

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

The Invention Of Lying (2009)

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

Themes:writing,  depression,  theft,  anger,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  writer,  doctor,  friend,  homosexual
Story:woman,  compassion,  bartender,  gay slur,  tears,  vomiting,  watching tv,  computer,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

American Splendor (2003)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

American Splendor (2003)

Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with reading, writing and listening to jazz. His apartment is filled with thousands of books and LPs, and he regularly scours Cleveland's thrift stores and garage sales for more, savoring the rare joy of a 25-cent find. It is at one of these junk sales that Harvey meets Robert Crumb, a greeting card artist and music enthusiast. When, years later, Crumb finds international success for his underground comics, the idea that comic books can be a valid art form for adults inspires Harvey to write his own brand of comic book. An admirer of naturalist writers like Theodore Dreiser, Harvey makes his American Splendor a truthful, unsentimental record of his working-class life, a warts-and-all self portrait. First published in 1976, the comic earns Harvey cult fame throughout the 1980s and eventually leads him to the sardonic Joyce Barber, a partner in a Delaware comic book store who end ups being Harvey's true soul mate as they experience the bizarre byproducts of Harvey's cult celebrity stature. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  depression,  anger,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:artist,  doctor,  friend
Story:obsessive compulsive disorder,  grandmother grandson relationship,  vomiting,  watching tv,  computer,  new york city,  kiss

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New York, I Love You (2008) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

New York, I Love You (2008)

Eleven vignettes, all homages to New York City life, are presented. I. Ben, a pickpocket, is attracted to Molly on first sight, and gets into an interesting "pissing match" with Molly's married lover, NYU professor Garry. II. Mansuhkhbai, an orthodox Jain diamond wholesaler, and Rifka, an orthodox Jewish diamond retailer who is getting married tomorrow, learn that they have more in common than just diamonds. III. David, a musician and music editor for a video being directed by Abarra, is having problems meeting Abarra's demands while he slowly falls for Abarra's assistant, Camille, who he's never met but has only talked to on the telephone solely about work. IV. A young man believes he's made a powerful connection to a stranger, a young woman, in the simple act of lighting her cigarette, and proceeds to convince her of the same and as such that there is a future for them from that point on, and not at some unspecified time down the road. V. A high school senior, who has been dumped by his girlfriend just before senior prom, is given a gift by his local pharmacist, Mr. Riccoli, the senior not understanding the full implication of the gift until the full process of prom night is over. VI. Each on their way to their first official date together after what started out solely as a one night stand, Gus and Lydia each contemplate not keeping the date. VII. Isabelle, a retired opera diva, has returned to a hotel where she's stayed many times and where she has strong memories of encounters with a young bellhop. VIII. In brown skinned Dante and white skinned young adolescent Teya spending time together in a park, most outsiders see a manny and his charge, not realizing the true nature of Dante and Teya's relationship. IX. In questioning why one of her elderly Eastern European customers chose her as the wanted subject for his next painting, a young Chinese herbalist may be inspired to create some art of her own. X. Anna, who meets Alex by chance on the street each going about their individual business, asks him a question, she having an ulterior motive while expecting a totally different reaction from him contrary to her motive... maybe. XI. Abe and Mitzie are spending their 63rd wedding anniversary together, not always harmoniously. Interspersed between these eleven vignettes are even shorter ones, often tying together to another or to one of the eleven primary ones in some manner. (Read More)

Locations:apartment,  wheelchair,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  artist
Story:woman,  older man younger woman relationship,  business card,  bartender,  drawing,  painter,  painting,  bare butt,  watching tv,  computer,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  dog

Crazy Heart (2009)
Drama, Music, Romance

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. This is why Crazy Heart (2009) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:writer,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  pianist,  bartender,  little boy,  piano,  tears,  vomiting,  watching tv,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  nudity

Capote (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

Famed writer 'Truman Capote' (qv), southern born and bred but now part of the New York City social circle, is growing weary of his current assignment of writing autobiographical type pieces for the New Yorker. After reading a newspaper article about the just occurred November 14, 1959 cold blooded murders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home, Truman feels compelled to write about that event as his next article. So he and his personal assistant Nelle 'Harper Lee (I)' (qv), also a southern born New Yorker and an aspiring writer of her own, head to Kansas to research the story first-hand. Truman hopes to use his celebrity status to gain access to whomever he needs, such as to Laura Kinney, a friend of the Clutter daughter she who discovered the bodies, and to Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator and also a Clutter family friend. If his celebrity doesn't work, Truman will grease the wheels by whatever means necessary. When the police eventually charge suspects, two young men named Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, Truman uses those same tactics to gain access to them. Truman's fascination with the story makes him believe that he can revolutionize writing by expanding the germ of the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel. His personal involvement also changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the seemingly sensitive and thus probable submissive in the criminal pairing, thus Truman becoming part of the story itself. Article or non-fiction novel, Truman knows that he has to take it to its natural conclusion, something which he cannot force. But also missing are the details of the November 14, 1959 event itself, something that neither Dick or Perry have divulged even in testimony. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  theft,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:writer,  artist,  friend,  homosexual
Story:reference to henri matisse,  publisher,  compassion,  eccentric,  drawing,  neighbor,  tears,  painting,  police officer,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  theft,  anger,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:friend
Story:music band,  drawing,  little boy,  piano,  tears,  punched in the face,  urination,  singing,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

Eurotrip (2004) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy

Eurotrip (2004)

Ohio high school student Scott Thomas is a good student and nice guy - albeit a little predictable - who is about to graduate and go into pre-med. He is unceremoniously dumped by his whorish girlfriend Fiona on graduation day. Among the people he turns to in his hour of despair is his German pen pal, Mike. Scott and Mike seem to have a special connection. After Mike makes advances to Scott now that he and Fiona are not seeing each other, Scott abruptly sends Mike a message saying he never wants to hear from him again. However, Scott learns shorty thereafter that Mike is actually a beautiful girl named Mieke. By this time, Mieke has blocked his messages. Thinking that Mieke is actually who he was meant to be with, Scott, impulsively for a change, decides to go to Berlin to be with her. Along for the ride is Scott's best friend, the girl crazy Cooper Harris. They manage only to get a flight into London, and thus have to make their way from London to Berlin. Along the way in Paris, they run into their high school friends, twins Jenny and Jamie, who are backpacking through Europe. Scott and Cooper consider them the most mismatched twins ever, Jamie who is a walking encyclopedia, and Jenny a girl who they treat as just one of the guys. As the four try to make their way to Berlin, they run into a few obstacles and few adventures. Scott hopes that all these problems are worth it when he has his much hyped in his mind meeting with Mieke. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  homophobia,  theft,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:friend,  homosexual
Story:nipples visible through clothing,  grandmother grandson relationship,  road trip,  gay slur,  piano,  bare butt,  watching tv,  computer,  urination,  singing,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  nudity,  dog

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:theft,  friendship
Locations:apartment
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  single parent,  single mother,  tears,  bare butt,  watching tv,  urination,  beating,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  dog,  nudity,  kiss

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