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As Good As It Gets (1997)
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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)

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

Talk To Her (2002)
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Talk To Her (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:
unlikely friendship theft friendship 
Locations:
apartment hospital 
Characters:
psychiatrist writer nurse doctor 
Story:
walking cane bedridden rite nipples visible through clothing bartender ritual woman gay slur tears bare butt watching tv computer singing title spoken by character nudity 

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In The Land Of Women (2007)
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In The Land Of Women (2007)

L.A. soft-porn writer Carter Webb is frustrated enough, after his actress girlfriend dumps him, to need a serious break. He decides to spend it with his grandmother, who can't really take care of herself and her Detroit suburb house anyway. Helpful Carter soon overcomes mishaps to bond with the foxy neighbor across the street and her daughters. Helping them actually helps him regain perspective and self-confidence. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship waitress writer friend mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
woman gay slur neighbor tears vomiting painting watching tv computer kiss dog 

The Good Girl (2002)
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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:
mental illness depression theft jealousy friendship 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
writer friend mother son relationship 
Story:
oddball pet dog bath painter woman tears vomiting bare butt watching tv beating dog kiss 

Stay (2005) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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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 mental illness depression 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
psychiatrist waitress artist african american mother son relationship homosexual 
Story:
bath drawing painter piano neighbor tears painting title spoken by character dancing kiss dog 

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No Reservations (2007)
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No Reservations (2007)

A master chef, Kate, lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan--with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection. (Read More)

Themes:
depression 
Locations:
restaurant new york city hospital 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship waitress single mother artist doctor mother daughter relationship 
Story:
opposites attract eccentric neighbor tears watching tv singing dancing kiss 

Nurse Betty (2000)
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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:
road trip restaurant hospital 
Characters:
waitress writer nurse doctor friend mother daughter relationship 
Story:
bartender woman gay slur tears watching tv computer punched in the face kiss nudity 

Little Women (1994)
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Little Women (1994)

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

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

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Beauty And The Beast (2017) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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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:
grandmother grandson relationship little boy artist mother son relationship 
Story:
opposites attract compassion eccentric blockbuster single parent bartender drawing woman piano painting punched in the face beating singing title spoken by character dancing kiss dog  (See All)

Greenberg (2010)
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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:
mental illness depression anger jealousy friendship 
Locations:
restaurant new york city hospital 
Characters:
older man younger woman relationship psychiatrist little boy nurse friend mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
misanthrope age difference woman bare butt watching tv computer singing title spoken by character kiss dog 

Mamma Mia! (2008)
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Mamma Mia! (2008)

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
single mother writer friend mother daughter relationship homosexual 
Story:
blockbuster pianist bartender drawing woman piano tears bare butt singing dancing nudity dog kiss 

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Crazy Heart (2009)
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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. (Read More)

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

Audition (1999) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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Audition (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:
older man younger woman relationship little boy nurse doctor friend mother daughter relationship 
Story:
bedridden rite pet dog pianist scar bartender piano vomiting watching tv computer title spoken by character dancing nudity kiss dog 

Terms Of Endearment (1983)
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Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. (Read More)

Themes:
anger jealousy friendship 
Locations:
restaurant new york city hospital 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship single mother doctor friend mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
opposites attract compassion blockbuster woman neighbor 

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Analyze This (1999)
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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:
mental illness anger 
Locations:
restaurant new york city hospital 
Characters:
psychiatrist police officer doctor mother son relationship 
Story:
rite business card pianist ritual new york gay slur tears watching tv computer punched in the face singing dancing 

Just Like Heaven (2005)
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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. (Read More)

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

After Hours (1985) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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After Hours (1985)

A meek word processor impulsively travels to Manhattan's Soho District to date an attractive but apparently disturbed young woman and finds himself trapped there in a nightmarishly surreal vortex of improbable coincidences and farcical circumstances.

Themes:
anger 
Locations:
apartment restaurant new york city 
Characters:
waitress artist police officer homosexual 
Story:
scar bartender drawing woman watching tv computer title spoken by character dancing bare breasts nudity 

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The Devil's Advocate (1997)
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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:
mental illness anger 
Locations:
apartment wheelchair new york city hospital 
Characters:
single mother nurse african american mother son relationship 
Story:
rite business card music band bartender ritual tears painting bare butt watching tv computer beating singing dancing bare breasts dog 

Harvey (1950)
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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:
mental illness friendship 
Characters:
psychiatrist nurse police officer doctor mother daughter relationship 
Story:
business card eccentric pianist bartender piano painting singing title spoken by character dancing 

In Her Shoes (2005)
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In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness theft friendship 
Locations:
apartment restaurant 
Characters:
waitress nurse doctor friend mother daughter relationship 
Story:
walking cane music band pet dog bartender woman tears vomiting watching tv computer urination dancing dog kiss 

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The Wackness (2008) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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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 friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
older man younger woman relationship grandmother grandson relationship psychiatrist police officer friend african american mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
pet dog eccentric bartender tears vomiting bare butt watching tv urination title spoken by character dancing dog kiss 

Bitter Moon (1992)
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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:
older man younger woman relationship waitress writer nurse 
Story:
woman tears vomiting bare butt watching tv computer urination beating dancing kiss dog 

Joker (2019)
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Joker (2019)

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. (Read More)

Themes:
writing mental illness depression anger 
Locations:
apartment hospital 
Characters:
psychiatrist little boy single mother nurse police officer african american mother son relationship 
Story:
blockbuster single parent pianist scar bath piano neighbor watching tv punched in the face urination beating singing title spoken by character dancing 

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The Invention Of Lying (2009)
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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 mother daughter relationship mother son relationship homosexual 
Story:
bartender woman gay slur tears vomiting watching tv computer kiss 

Gran Torino (2008) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Themes:
prejudice redemption 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
police officer doctor african american mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
moral transformation misanthrope bigot compassion blockbuster scar bartender bath gay slur neighbor watching tv punched in the face beating title spoken by character dog 

Closer (2004)
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Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. (Read More)

Themes:
depression anger jealousy 
Locations:
restaurant new york city hospital 
Characters:
waitress writer doctor 
Story:
publisher nipples visible through clothing bartender tears computer dancing kiss 

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Don't Say A Word (2001)
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Don't Say A Word (2001)

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

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

Five Easy Pieces (1970)
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Robert Dupea has given up his promising career as a concert pianist and is now working in oil fields. He lives together with Rayette, who's a waitress in a diner. When Robert hears from his sister that his father isn't well, he drives up to Washington to see him, taking Rayette with him. There he gets confronted with his rich, cultured family that he had left behind. (Read More)

Themes:
anger friendship 
Locations:
road trip wheelchair restaurant 
Characters:
waitress nurse friend 
Story:
eccentric nipples visible through clothing pianist piano singing 

The Shipping News (2001) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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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:
little boy single mother writer mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
rite superstition compassion single parent bartender ritual tears vomiting computer kiss 

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The Aviator (2004)
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The Aviator (2004)

Biopic of billionaire 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv), starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph 'Owen Brewster (I)' (qv) accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv). From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. (Read More)

Themes:
obsessive compulsive disorder mental illness jealousy 
Locations:
new york city hospital 
Characters:
waitress doctor friend mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
compassion eccentric bath painter woman painting bare butt urination singing title spoken by character dancing kiss dog 

Waitress (2007)
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Waitress (2007)

Jenna is unhappily married, squirreling away money, and hoping to win a pie-baking contest so, with the prize money, she'll have enough cash to leave her husband Earl. She finds herself pregnant, which throws her plans awry. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, listens to old Joe's wisdom, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with Dawn and Becky (her fellow waitresses), and finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. As the pregnancy advances, life with Earl seems less tolerable, a way out less clear, and the affair with the doctor complicated by his marriage. What options does a waitress have? (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
wheelchair restaurant hospital 
Characters:
waitress single mother nurse doctor friend mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
drawing tears punched in the face singing dancing kiss 

Choke (2008)
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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. (Read More)

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

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Along Came Polly (2004) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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Along Came Polly (2004)

Reuben Feffer thinks he's found the love of his life but on his honeymoon he discovers her cheating on him with a scuba instructor. Reuben travels back home to get his life on track. On a night out with best pal, Sandy Lyle, Reuben discovers an old school friend, Polly Prince. Reuben feels a connection straight away, and tries constantly to get her to like him. But it's not going to be easy for Reuben, especially when he spends his days calculating risks, and when someone unexpected turns up. (Read More)

Themes:
anger friendship 
Locations:
restaurant new york city 
Characters:
gay friend waitress writer friend mother son relationship homosexual 
Story:
music band eccentric bartender woman vomiting computer urination singing dancing kiss 

Gods And Monsters (1998)
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Gods And Monsters (1998)

The story of 'James Whale (I)' (qv), the Director of _Frankenstein (1931)_ (qv) and _Bride of Frankenstein (1935)_ (qv), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale was homosexual, and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine.

Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
doctor friend mother daughter relationship mother son relationship homosexual 
Story:
male model posing bartender drawing painter painting watching tv urination singing title spoken by character nudity 

Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003)
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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:
older man younger woman relationship artist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
younger woman older man relationship older man younger woman posing age difference painter tears painting kiss dog 

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Chocolat (2000)
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Chocolat (2000)

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

Themes:
prejudice theft friendship 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship single mother writer friend mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
single parent ritual drawing woman tears dancing nudity dog kiss 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:
writing homophobia mental illness depression jealousy friendship 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Characters:
gay friend psychiatrist little boy writer doctor friend mother son relationship homosexual 
Story:
gay slur tears watching tv punched in the face beating singing dancing kiss 

Secretary (2002)
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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 mental illness anger 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Characters:
older man younger woman relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
younger woman older man relationship older man younger woman age difference scar woman urination title spoken by character dancing nudity kiss 

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Ghost World (2001)
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Ghost World (2001)

This is the story of Enid and Rebecca after they finish the high school. Both have problems relating to people and they spend their time hanging around and bothering creeps. When they meet Seymour who is a social outsider who loves to collect old 78 records, Enid's life will change forever.

Themes:
jealousy friendship 
Locations:
wheelchair 
Characters:
older man younger woman relationship psychiatrist friend 
Story:
younger woman older man relationship older man younger woman age difference single parent drawing dancing 

Dan In Real Life (2007)
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Dan In Real Life (2007)

Single father Dan Burns dedicates his life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. They get to know each other, but then Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother, Mitch.

Themes:
writing 
Locations:
restaurant new york city 
Characters:
writer police officer doctor mother son relationship 
Story:
pianist woman piano tears computer punched in the face singing dancing kiss 

The Net (1995) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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The Net (1995)

Angela Bennett's a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years, she becomes embroiled in a web of computer espionage.

Themes:
anger 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
psychiatrist nurse police officer doctor mother daughter relationship 
Story:
bedridden pianist scar woman tears watching tv computer dog 

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The Best Offer (2013)
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The Best Offer (2013)

In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert, known and appreciated by the world. Oldman is hired by a solitary young heiress, Claire Ibbetson, to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her parents. For some reason, Claire always refuses to be seen in person. Robert aids Oldman in restoring and reassembling some odd mechanical parts he finds amongst Claire's belongings, while also giving him advice on how to befriend her and deal with his feelings towards her. Also a friend of Oldman, Billy Whistler helps him to acquire a secret private collection of master paintings. (Read More)

Themes:
jealousy 
Locations:
wheelchair restaurant hospital 
Characters:
older man younger woman relationship artist writer friend 
Story:
superstition eccentric automobile bath piano painting bare butt beating title spoken by character bare breasts kiss 

Billy Elliot (2000)
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Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. (Read More)

Themes:
homophobia friendship 
Characters:
gay friend grandmother grandson relationship doctor friend mother daughter relationship mother son relationship homosexual 
Story:
compassion pianist bath gay slur piano tears bare butt punched in the face urination beating dancing kiss nudity 

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

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

Themes:
prejudice jealousy friendship 
Locations:
restaurant new york city 
Characters:
waitress artist writer nurse friend mother daughter relationship 
Story:
scar ritual painter woman tears painting watching tv singing dancing kiss 

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Something's Gotta Give (2003) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother Erica. Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle starts to take shape.

Themes:
jealousy friendship 
Locations:
wheelchair restaurant new york city hospital 
Characters:
older man younger woman relationship writer nurse doctor mother daughter relationship 
Story:
opposites attract age difference tears bare butt computer kiss 

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Themes:
anger friendship 
Characters:
little boy artist police officer friend mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
pet dog pianist drawing tears painting watching tv punched in the face singing dancing dog 

The Station Agent (2003)
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The Station Agent (2003)

When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tried to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly Cuban hot-dog vendor.

Themes:
unlikely friendship prejudice depression anger friendship 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Characters:
artist friend african american mother son relationship 
Story:
kindness painter painting title spoken by character kiss dog 

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I Killed My Mother (2009)
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I Killed My Mother (2009)

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. (Read More)

Themes:
anger friendship 
Locations:
restaurant 
Characters:
little boy single mother friend mother son relationship 
Story:
love hate single parent gay slur painting watching tv computer beating dancing 

The Brand New Testament (2015) is one of the best movies like As Good As It Gets (1997)
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The Brand New Testament (2015)

God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter in present-day Brussels, Belgium. She concludes that her dad is doing a terrible job and decides to rewrite the world, descending to earth in search of her own 6 messengers to write a brand new testament and change the status quo. (Read More)

Themes:
theft anger friendship 
Locations:
apartment hospital 
Characters:
writer nurse police officer doctor mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
arm cast bath neighbor painting bare butt watching tv computer beating singing title spoken by character dancing bare breasts nudity 

My Girl (1991)
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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:
little boy writer nurse police officer doctor friend 
Story:
single parent neighbor tears watching tv singing dancing kiss 

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