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Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

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

Themes:forgiveness,  writing,  dying,  dating,  guilt,  redemption,  memory,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Locations:england,  kitchen,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant,  beach,  hospital
Characters:writer,  waitress,  policeman,  nurse,  girl,  singer,  children,  doctor
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:writing a letter,  nursing student,  broken vase,  wading in fountain,  chocolate factory,  barn owl,  estate,  war wound,  dover england,  british flag,  british soldier,  british army,  older man younger woman relationship,  wrongful arrest,  old woman,  voice over letter,  rescue from drowning,  student nurse,  london england,  train tracks,  false accusation of rape,  letter,  operation dynamo,  northern france,  hiding out,  story within the story,  septicemia,  love note,  air raid shelter,  war ruins,  go between,  shooting a horse,  steelworks,  reference to pubic hair,  year 1935,  painting toenails,  bandstand,  sleepmask,  class system,  younger sister,  tracking shot,  dunkirk,  lovers reunited,  boathouse,  lifting an adult into the air,  innocence lost,  wounded soldier,  precociousness,  atonement,  nursing,  fictional biography,  year 1939,  caught in the act,  bbc,  devastation,  lifting female in air,  vase,  manor,  miscarriage of justice,  banjo,  retreat,  reference to shakespeare's hamlet,  deathbed,  radio news,  teenage crush,  hymn,  star crossed lovers,  wrongful conviction,  stroke,  harmonica,  playwright,  child molestation,  earring,  gardener,  repeated scene,  remorse,  running away,  postcard,  fountain,  saving a life,  horseback riding,  chocolate,  death of sister,  owl,  play,  tuxedo,  cigarette lighter,  rear entry sex,  newsreel footage,  rowboat,  evacuation,  reconciliation,  bombing,  diving,  barefoot,  morality,  forbidden love,  swimsuit,  watching a movie,  rehearsal,  lifting someone into the air,  listening to music,  happiness,  recording,  loss of virginity,  jeep,  wound,  record player,  subtitled scene,  premarital sex,  reference to william shakespeare,  typewriter,  twin,  garden,  underwater,  reunion,  witness,  countryside,  employer employee relationship,  teenage girl,  long take,  flowers,  cousin cousin relationship,  mistaken identity,  suitcase,  passion,  author,  library,  flash forward,  confession,  search,  bath,  child in peril,  false accusation,  nun,  apology,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  dinner,  eating,  woman,  mansion,  candle,  wine,  flashlight,  sex standing up,  british,  handcuffs,  hallucination,  piano,  cafe,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  bare butt,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  airplane,  rescue,  mirror,  food,  dream,  prison,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  surprise ending,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  based on novel,  f rated,  flashback,  death,  interview,  gun,  sex,  police,  blood,  kiss,  dog

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:kitchen,  beach,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:remorse,  forbidden love,  swimsuit,  watching a movie,  happiness,  listening to music,  reunion,  teenage girl,  flowers,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  wine,  sex standing up,  tears,  lie,  bare butt,  bus,  drink,  mirror,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  sex,  flashback,  kiss,  death

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Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  dying,  guilt,  memory,  drinking
Mood:epic
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:waitress,  writer,  policeman,  nurse,  girl,  singer,  children,  doctor
Period:1930s
Story:writing a letter,  nursing,  voice over letter,  horseback riding,  recording,  record player,  typewriter,  reunion,  author,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  candle,  flashlight,  handcuffs,  piano,  cafe,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  blood,  death,  dog,  interview,  flashback,  gun,  kiss

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  drunkenness,  drinking
Mood:epic
Locations:england,  bathtub
Characters:policeman,  singer,  children,  doctor
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:british flag,  year 1939,  harmonica,  horseback riding,  newsreel footage,  evacuation,  bombing,  watching a movie,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  subtitled scene,  reunion,  suitcase,  bath,  false accusation,  child abuse,  candle,  dead body,  rifle,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  rescue,  song,  world war two,  voice over narration,  fire,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  sex,  death,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  dog,  blood

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  guilt,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Characters:writer,  policeman,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:radio news,  postcard,  saving a life,  rowboat,  recording,  record player,  reference to william shakespeare,  typewriter,  mistaken identity,  author,  library,  flash forward,  confession,  search,  apology,  wine,  flashlight,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  mirror,  song,  crying,  world war two,  voice over narration,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss,  police,  sex,  flashback,  blood

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High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms. This is why High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Characters:policeman,  girl,  doctor
Story:london england,  repeated scene,  cigarette lighter,  rear entry sex,  watching a movie,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  garden,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  candle,  wine,  flashlight,  sex standing up,  dead body,  lie,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  mirror,  food,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  gun,  kiss,  blood,  sex,  dog,  flashback

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

Cold Mountain (2003)

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

Themes:dying,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:voice over letter,  lovers reunited,  wounded soldier,  banjo,  hymn,  star crossed lovers,  horseback riding,  rowboat,  wound,  reunion,  countryside,  passion,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  woman,  piano,  dead body,  rifle,  letter,  drink,  mirror,  food,  train,  rape,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  blood,  death

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  guilt,  memory,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  girl,  children,  doctor
Story:old woman,  war ruins,  playwright,  death of sister,  bombing,  morality,  watching a movie,  wound,  premarital sex,  teenage girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  suitcase,  flash forward,  false accusation,  nun,  eating,  woman,  wine,  flashlight,  hallucination,  cafe,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  arrest,  drink,  food,  dream,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  f rated,  kiss,  dog,  police,  blood,  flashback,  death

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My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
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,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:writer,  nurse,  girl,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:reference to shakespeare's hamlet,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  reference to william shakespeare,  typewriter,  teenage girl,  flowers,  author,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  mansion,  candle,  wine,  drink,  mirror,  food,  song,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  sex,  death

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:guilt,  memory,  drinking
Characters:girl,  singer,  doctor
Story:old woman,  radio news,  repeated scene,  postcard,  death of sister,  reconciliation,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  flash forward,  false accusation,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  hallucination,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  letter,  arrest,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  airplane,  mirror,  song,  crying,  world war two,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. This is why The English Patient (1996) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  writing,  memory,  drinking,  jealousy,  betrayal
Locations:bathtub,  church,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:nurse,  singer
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:war wound,  british army,  star crossed lovers,  newsreel footage,  evacuation,  watching a movie,  recording,  jeep,  wound,  record player,  garden,  passion,  library,  flash forward,  search,  bath,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  candle,  flashlight,  sex standing up,  british,  handcuffs,  piano,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  dream,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  fire,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  based on novel,  kiss,  blood,  flashback,  gun

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Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

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

Themes:writing,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal
Locations:england
Characters:writer,  girl,  singer
Story:british soldier,  london england,  reference to shakespeare's hamlet,  playwright,  horseback riding,  play,  rowboat,  lifting someone into the air,  reference to william shakespeare,  author,  flash forward,  candle,  dead body,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  mirror,  dream,  prison,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death,  flashback,  kiss,  dog

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  dying,  dating,  guilt,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  girl
Story:old woman,  train tracks,  estate,  saving a life,  loss of virginity,  witness,  confession,  apology,  child abuse,  hallucination,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  letter,  bare butt,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  rescue,  mirror,  prison,  crying,  train,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  death

Dark Places (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  writing,  guilt,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:girl
Story:writing a letter,  voice over letter,  false accusation of rape,  miscarriage of justice,  child molestation,  repeated scene,  running away,  death of sister,  listening to music,  reference to william shakespeare,  witness,  countryside,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  confession,  false accusation,  apology,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  woman,  flashlight,  rifle,  lie,  letter,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  mirror,  food,  prison,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  police,  death,  sex,  dog,  flashback,  kiss,  blood,  gun

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Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

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

Themes:writing,  dating,  guilt,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer,  policeman,  girl,  singer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  old woman,  playwright,  forbidden love,  loss of virginity,  record player,  teenage girl,  child abuse,  british,  piano,  tears,  lie,  drink,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  rape,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  gun,  dog,  kiss,  police,  blood,  sex

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society. This is why Zerkalo (1975) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  memory
Characters:writer,  singer,  doctor
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:old woman,  year 1935,  evacuation,  bombing,  long take,  nonlinear timeline,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  bare butt,  airplane,  mirror,  food,  dream,  crying,  world war two,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  flashback,  blood,  interview,  dog,  death

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  writing,  guilt,  redemption,  jealousy,  betrayal
Locations:england,  church
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  old woman,  rescue from drowning,  listening to music,  jeep,  underwater,  cafe,  tears,  letter,  airplane,  rescue,  mirror,  dream,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex,  dog,  blood,  police

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Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:forgiveness,  guilt,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:church
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  girl,  children
Story:voice over letter,  miscarriage of justice,  wrongful conviction,  running away,  flash forward,  false accusation,  apology,  eating,  woman,  handcuffs,  dead body,  tears,  lie,  letter,  bare butt,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  mirror,  food,  prison,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  gun,  dog,  death,  police,  blood,  flashback

The Painted Veil (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? (Read More)

Themes:dying,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  nurse,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:writing a letter,  woman,  london england,  rowboat,  recording,  record player,  typewriter,  flowers,  suitcase,  flash forward,  nun,  eating,  piano,  cafe,  dead body,  tears,  letter,  bare butt,  drink,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  fire,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  gun,  police,  kiss,  death

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

Gone With The Wind (1939)

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

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse,  girl,  singer,  doctor
Story:writing a letter,  older man younger woman relationship,  london england,  wounded soldier,  nursing,  devastation,  deathbed,  star crossed lovers,  earring,  estate,  horseback riding,  evacuation,  wound,  twin,  reunion,  witness,  teenage girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  passion,  library,  apology,  woman,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  letter,  undressing,  arrest,  sister sister relationship,  rescue,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  kiss,  gun,  blood,  dog,  death

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Goya's Ghosts (2006) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Biography, Drama, History

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter. This is why Goya's Ghosts (2006) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  betrayal
Locations:church
Story:british soldier,  british army,  wound,  typewriter,  flash forward,  confession,  false accusation,  nun,  eating,  woman,  candle,  wine,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  drink,  food,  prison,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:forgiveness,  redemption,  drinking
Locations:church,  beach
Characters:nurse,  girl,  singer
Story:british soldier,  british army,  retreat,  horseback riding,  cigarette lighter,  evacuation,  subtitled scene,  suitcase,  flash forward,  apology,  woman,  candle,  british,  piano,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  bare butt,  drink,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  train,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  death,  dog,  blood,  flashback

Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:memory,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:restaurant
Characters:doctor
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  london england,  stroke,  chocolate,  happiness,  garden,  employer employee relationship,  cousin cousin relationship,  flowers,  suitcase,  apology,  eating,  wine,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  mirror,  food,  crying,  train,  brother brother relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

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The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  dying,  guilt
Locations:bathtub,  church,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Period:1940s
Story:reconciliation,  morality,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  loss of virginity,  teenage girl,  flowers,  suitcase,  library,  flash forward,  confession,  false accusation,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  woman,  wine,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  letter,  undressing,  mirror,  food,  prison,  crying,  world war two,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  police,  dog

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
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:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:girl,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:banjo,  harmonica,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  teenage girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  flash forward,  eating,  piano,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  letter,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  mirror,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  sex,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  death

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. This is why Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007). (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  guilt,  memory,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  nurse,  girl,  doctor
Story:bandstand,  repeated scene,  estate,  diving,  typewriter,  countryside,  long take,  flash forward,  confession,  search,  false accusation,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  woman,  mansion,  cafe,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  bare butt,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  mirror,  food,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog,  death,  blood,  flashback,  gun

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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,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:girl,  singer
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  innocence lost,  forbidden love,  premarital sex,  reunion,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  handcuffs,  cafe,  tears,  letter,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  dream,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  sex,  kiss,  gun,  blood,  death,  police,  interview

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:writer,  policeman,  singer
Story:repeated scene,  rear entry sex,  watching a movie,  reference to william shakespeare,  flowers,  passion,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  cafe,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  food,  song,  crying,  rape,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  police,  death,  kiss,  blood,  interview,  gun,  sex,  flashback

Der Untergang (2004) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  redemption,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse,  girl,  singer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:old woman,  war ruins,  devastation,  retreat,  chocolate,  cigarette lighter,  evacuation,  bombing,  listening to music,  recording,  wound,  record player,  typewriter,  teenage girl,  flowers,  flash forward,  woman,  candle,  wine,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  arrest,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  airplane,  mirror,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  world war two,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  blood,  gun,  dog,  death

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Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  guilt,  redemption,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal
Locations:church,  restaurant,  beach,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  nurse,  girl,  children,  doctor
Story:atonement,  repeated scene,  owl,  flowers,  apology,  child abuse,  dinner,  eating,  candle,  wine,  hallucination,  cafe,  dead body,  tears,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  mirror,  food,  dream,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  police,  blood,  kiss,  death

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 Atonement (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  jealousy,  betrayal
Locations:bathtub,  beach,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  singer,  doctor
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  repeated scene,  cigarette lighter,  long take,  flash forward,  bath,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  flashlight,  sex standing up,  hallucination,  dead body,  tears,  bare butt,  airplane,  mirror,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  blood,  police,  death,  sex,  kiss,  flashback

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:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:kitchen
Characters:girl,  children
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  rescue from drowning,  shooting a horse,  teenage crush,  estate,  barefoot,  listening to music,  recording,  loss of virginity,  teenage girl,  child abuse,  flashlight,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  arrest,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  mirror,  crying,  train,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  dog,  kiss,  sex

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Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

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

Themes:dying,  memory
Mood:epic
Locations:bathtub
Characters:doctor
Story:old woman,  deathbed,  radio news,  cigarette lighter,  barefoot,  long take,  flowers,  suitcase,  eating,  hallucination,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  bus,  mirror,  food,  prison,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  blood,  gun

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:dying,  guilt,  drinking
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  nurse,  girl,  children,  doctor
Story:rescue from drowning,  evacuation,  employer employee relationship,  nun,  candle,  hallucination,  handcuffs,  rifle,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  airplane,  mirror,  dream,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  police,  sex,  flashback,  gun

Ida (2013)
Drama

Ida (2013)

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

Themes:dying,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  church,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  singer
Story:listening to music,  recording,  loss of virginity,  record player,  suitcase,  confession,  search,  bath,  nun,  apology,  eating,  woman,  candle,  letter,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  mirror,  food,  song,  world war two,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  f rated,  sex,  kiss,  death

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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 Atonement (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dating,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:bathtub
Characters:writer,  policeman,  singer
Story:old woman,  voice over letter,  repeated scene,  horseback riding,  subtitled scene,  typewriter,  employer employee relationship,  long take,  bath,  apology,  dinner,  hallucination,  piano,  lie,  letter,  drink,  mirror,  dream,  song,  voice over narration,  fire,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback,  blood,  sex,  police,  death

Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

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

Themes:redemption,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  nurse,  singer,  children,  doctor
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  innocence lost,  radio news,  horseback riding,  death of sister,  diving,  twin,  teenage girl,  flowers,  mansion,  candle,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  airplane,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  one word title,  dog,  kiss,  death,  blood

Festen (1998)
Drama

Festen (1998)

The Father turns 60. His family, which is a big one of the kind, gathers to celebrate him on a castle. Everybody likes and respects the father deeply...or do they? The youngest son is trying to live up to the father's expectations. He is running a grill-bar in a dirty part of Copenhagen. The oldest son runs a restaurant in France, while the sister is a anthropologist. The older sister has recently committed suicide and the father asks the oldest son to say a few words about her, because he is afraid he will break into tears if he does it himself. The oldest son agrees without argument. Actually he has already written two speeches. A yellow and a green one. By the table, he asks the father to pick a speech. The father chooses green. The oldest son announces that this is the Speech of Truth. Everybody laughs, except for the father who gets a nervous look on his face. For he knows that the oldest son is about to reveal the secret of why the oldest sister killed herself. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:kitchen,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:waitress,  singer,  children
Story:caught in the act,  estate,  death of sister,  tuxedo,  twin,  reunion,  bath,  apology,  child abuse,  dinner,  eating,  candle,  wine,  hallucination,  piano,  tears,  letter,  drink,  food,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  sex,  kiss,  death

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

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

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

Themes:drinking,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:church
Characters:policeman,  nurse,  girl,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:older man younger woman relationship,  manor,  estate,  horseback riding,  rear entry sex,  twin,  employer employee relationship,  long take,  teenage girl,  confession,  search,  child in peril,  child abuse,  eating,  woman,  piano,  tears,  drink,  food,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  sex,  police,  death,  blood

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:memory,  wedding,  drinking,  jealousy,  betrayal
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  beach,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  singer,  doctor
Story:child molestation,  flash forward,  bath,  apology,  child abuse,  piano,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  bare butt,  undressing,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  kiss,  sex,  flashback,  police

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:church,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  girl,  singer
Story:london england,  air raid shelter,  hymn,  death of sister,  cigarette lighter,  witness,  long take,  flowers,  suitcase,  confession,  apology,  eating,  wine,  handcuffs,  dead body,  rifle,  lie,  undressing,  drink,  mirror,  food,  prison,  song,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  kiss,  blood,  police,  gun

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Michael Collins (1996)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Michael Collins (1996)

Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of 'Michael Collins (XIV)' (qv), the "Lion of Ireland", who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922.

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking
Mood:epic
Locations:england,  church,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:policeman,  singer,  children
Story:british flag,  british soldier,  british army,  london england,  typewriter,  library,  candle,  flashlight,  british,  cafe,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  drink,  prison,  song,  train,  fire,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  police,  gun

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:dying,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Locations:kitchen,  restaurant,  beach,  hospital
Characters:writer,  girl,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:london england,  sleepmask,  death of sister,  bombing,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  jeep,  garden,  reunion,  search,  child in peril,  eating,  candle,  wine,  flashlight,  piano,  cafe,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  arrest,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  airplane,  food,  prison,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  gun,  sex,  blood,  dog,  flashback,  death

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory,  drinking
Locations:church
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:precociousness,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  teenage girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  false accusation,  apology,  child abuse,  woman,  wine,  piano,  dead body,  tears,  lie,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  dying,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  singer
Story:train tracks,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  reunion,  flowers,  flash forward,  search,  apology,  eating,  flashlight,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  arrest,  drink,  food,  dream,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  flashback,  dog,  sex,  gun,  blood,  kiss

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. This is why Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dating,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:girl,  singer
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:caught in the act,  premarital sex,  twin,  long take,  flowers,  flash forward,  bath,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  hallucination,  dead body,  rifle,  drink,  airplane,  dream,  song,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  dog,  blood,  gun,  flashback,  sex,  kiss

Hair (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:church
Characters:policeman,  girl,  singer
Story:bandstand,  harmonica,  tuxedo,  happiness,  jeep,  flowers,  mistaken identity,  eating,  candle,  hallucination,  tears,  rifle,  bare butt,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  airplane,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  police,  flashback,  dog,  death

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The Color Purple (1985)
Drama

The Color Purple (1985)

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life...

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness
Locations:kitchen,  bathtub,  church
Characters:girl,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:atonement,  child molestation,  reconciliation,  reunion,  flowers,  search,  bath,  child abuse,  woman,  piano,  letter,  sister sister relationship,  mirror,  train,  voice over narration,  rape,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel

Andrey Rublev (1966) is one of the best movies like Atonement (2007)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

Themes:forgiveness,  dying,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Locations:church,  beach
Characters:singer,  children
Story:atonement,  rowboat,  confession,  false accusation,  mansion,  candle,  hallucination,  dead body,  tears,  lie,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  food,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  sex,  kiss,  flashback,  blood

The Kite Runner (2007)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  writing,  dying,  guilt,  redemption,  memory,  wedding,  drinking,  betrayal
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer,  singer,  children
Story:old woman,  voice over letter,  radio news,  watching a movie,  typewriter,  witness,  flowers,  suitcase,  author,  flash forward,  search,  false accusation,  child abuse,  dinner,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  letter,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  fire,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  gun,  death,  sex,  dog,  blood,  flashback,  kiss

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