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Babel (2006)
Drama

Babel (2006)

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really are. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  writing,  hope,  humiliation,  terrorism,  seduction,  incest,  voyeurism,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  drugs,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:mexico,  cave,  japan,  village,  desert,  cemetery,  hospital
Characters:american,  children,  deafness,  muslim,  lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:mexican,  rifle,  morocco,  mexican immigrant,  water fountain,  u.s. ambassador,  tour bus,  bleeding to death,  jumping off a balcony,  dentist chair,  mexican border,  housekeeper,  chicken coop,  writing on hand,  hispanic american,  red cross,  u.s. mexico border,  mariachi band,  illegal immigrant,  video telephone,  public telephone,  widower,  water fight,  winchester rifle,  tokyo japan,  incest subtext,  cell phone camera,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  wedding feast,  wedding cake,  wedding reception,  police detective,  underage drinking,  subjective camera,  taking off panties,  no panties,  girl in panties,  white panties,  suicide by shooting one's self in the head,  suicide of mother,  suicide by jumping,  telephone call,  suicide by gunshot,  sudden infant death syndrome,  reference to mighty mouse,  threat of castration,  girl's locker room,  shooting into the air,  border security,  bento box,  reading lips,  woman urinating,  stitching a wound,  cartridge,  ballpoint pen,  watching a cartoon on tv,  younger woman older man relationship,  chaos theory,  jackal,  4 stories,  younger girl older man,  deaf girl,  girls' bathroom,  death of baby,  lifting up dress,  indecent exposure,  older man younger girl,  pregnant bride,  dentistry,  sailor uniform,  obscene gesture,  goatherd,  gringo,  gangrene,  lip reading,  stitch,  honking a car horn,  inspection,  portmanteau,  washing clothes,  dehydration,  target shooting,  child uses gun,  border guard,  older man young girl relationship,  gun held to one's head,  falling asleep,  humanism,  japanese high school girl,  strobe light,  multiple perspectives,  snorricam,  penthouse,  hashish,  deaf mute,  older man younger woman,  border patrol,  customs,  child with gun,  driving at night,  bride and groom,  cultural difference,  checkpoint,  police captain,  san diego california,  actual animal killed,  tour guide,  consumerism,  bleeding,  japanese schoolgirl,  accidental shooting,  listening to a radio,  language barrier,  wetting pants,  ambassador,  bus driver,  stoned,  embassy,  volleyball,  drunk driving,  television news,  female removes her dress,  street market,  tv commercial,  restroom,  deportation,  shot in the neck,  multiple storyline,  cartoon on tv,  fountain,  veterinarian,  notebook,  donkey,  age difference,  translator,  camel,  pipe smoking,  holding hands,  car chase,  reckless driving,  loss of brother,  sign language,  referee,  nanny,  suspect,  balcony,  school uniform,  ensemble cast,  gunshot wound,  aunt nephew relationship,  loss of son,  kicking,  shoes,  pills,  dentist,  whiskey,  passport,  peeping tom,  goat,  compassion,  single father,  dysfunctional marriage,  rebellion,  tourist,  disco,  bullet,  tea,  destiny,  waiter,  pickup truck,  police brutality,  flirting,  death of son,  shot in the arm,  death of brother,  chicken,  female removes her clothes,  witness,  death of child,  tragic event,  cross,  shot in the shoulder,  gym,  cousin cousin relationship,  mini skirt,  older man younger woman relationship,  locker room,  public nudity,  grave,  confession,  latex gloves,  immigration,  pain,  shot in the leg,  graveyard,  van,  child in peril,  scantily clad female,  no opening credits,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  female pubic hair,  subway,  immigrant,  diner,  ambulance,  band,  drug use,  cleavage,  shot in the back,  f word,  death of mother,  telephone,  voyeur,  cafe,  interrogation,  tears,  water,  undressing,  arrest,  camera,  cat,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  high heels,  pregnancy,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  leg spreading,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  sex scene,  blood,  masturbation,  murder,  fight,  flashback

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:mexico,  desert,  cemetery,  cave,  village,  hospital
Characters:policeman
Story:mexican immigrant,  u.s. mexico border,  illegal immigrant,  telephone call,  border guard,  border patrol,  listening to a radio,  cartoon on tv,  donkey,  mexican,  goat,  bullet,  pickup truck,  grave,  graveyard,  van,  nonlinear timeline,  immigrant,  cafe,  rifle,  water,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  masturbation,  murder,  police,  death

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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,  seduction,  incest,  voyeurism,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  girl in panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  older man young girl relationship,  age difference,  reckless driving,  dysfunctional marriage,  female removes her clothes,  mini skirt,  older man younger woman relationship,  scantily clad female,  child abuse,  ambulance,  cleavage,  death of mother,  voyeur,  tears,  face slap,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  panties,  leg spreading,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  police,  fight,  blood,  murder

Rendition (2007)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:american,  muslim,  lawyer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  telephone call,  street market,  donkey,  pipe smoking,  suspect,  passport,  death of brother,  chicken,  witness,  cousin cousin relationship,  confession,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  rifle,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  police,  blood,  flashback

Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
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:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:mexico,  cemetery,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  children,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:single father,  illegal immigrant,  subjective camera,  telephone call,  washing clothes,  pills,  death of son,  tragic event,  cross,  grave,  pain,  child abuse,  subway,  immigrant,  drug use,  telephone,  cafe,  tears,  undressing,  arrest,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  cell phone,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  police,  death,  fight,  murder,  blood

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15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." This is why 15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:american,  lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  prostitute
Story:illegal immigrant,  police detective,  telephone call,  tour bus,  car chase,  police brutality,  shot in the arm,  witness,  shot in the leg,  graveyard,  immigrant,  ambulance,  f word,  cafe,  arrest,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  shot in the chest,  cell phone,  panties,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  police,  blood,  murder,  death

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:hope,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  suicide
Locations:desert,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  bleeding,  stoned,  multiple storyline,  pills,  pickup truck,  cross,  latex gloves,  pain,  nonlinear timeline,  diner,  ambulance,  drug use,  cleavage,  death of mother,  voyeur,  cafe,  tears,  watching tv,  face slap,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  panties,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  flashback,  murder,  death,  blood,  masturbation

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  drugs,  suicide
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  children
Story:telephone call,  police captain,  shot in the neck,  car chase,  disco,  gym,  graveyard,  van,  no opening credits,  immigrant,  ambulance,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  death of mother,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  arrest,  camera,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  masturbation,  police,  blood,  flashback,  murder

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Short Cuts (1993) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

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

Themes:incest,  drunkenness,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman,  doctor
Story:no panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  watching a cartoon on tv,  multiple storyline,  ensemble cast,  dysfunctional marriage,  death of son,  female removes her clothes,  scantily clad female,  female pubic hair,  band,  drug use,  cleavage,  tears,  camera,  watching tv,  urination,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  crying,  panties,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  police,  blood,  death

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:hope,  humiliation,  drunkenness,  fear,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:muslim,  detective
Story:police detective,  underage drinking,  police brutality,  shot in the arm,  shot in the shoulder,  cousin cousin relationship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  f word,  death of mother,  interrogation,  arrest,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  pregnancy,  shootout,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  police

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

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:hospital
Story:telephone call,  balcony,  aunt nephew relationship,  shoes,  passport,  single father,  disco,  tragic event,  gym,  pain,  van,  child in peril,  child abuse,  female pubic hair,  cleavage,  f word,  telephone,  tears,  rifle,  undressing,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  helicopter,  cell phone,  crying,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex scene,  blood,  flashback,  fight

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Sin Nombre (2009)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sin Nombre (2009)

Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events.

Locations:mexico,  cemetery
Story:mexican border,  illegal immigrant,  telephone call,  border patrol,  child with gun,  kicking,  mexican,  bullet,  immigration,  immigrant,  undressing,  camera,  cat,  face slap,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  sex scene,  fight,  murder,  death

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortes, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  seduction,  voyeurism,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:mexico
Characters:doctor
Story:mariachi band,  subjective camera,  no panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  female removes her dress,  age difference,  nanny,  balcony,  aunt nephew relationship,  passport,  peeping tom,  waiter,  chicken,  female removes her clothes,  cross,  cousin cousin relationship,  confession,  drug use,  cleavage,  f word,  telephone,  voyeur,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  undressing,  urination,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  panties,  leg spreading,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  masturbation

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

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:humiliation,  voyeurism,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:girl in panties,  telephone call,  stoned,  notebook,  waiter,  mini skirt,  confession,  scantily clad female,  subway,  band,  drug use,  cleavage,  f word,  telephone,  voyeur,  cafe,  undressing,  watching tv,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  chase,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  masturbation,  flashback

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

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

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

Themes:suicide,  friendship
Locations:mexico,  desert
Characters:prostitute,  doctor
Story:bleeding to death,  telephone call,  shot in the neck,  car chase,  gunshot wound,  shot in the arm,  shot in the shoulder,  older man younger woman relationship,  shot in the leg,  diner,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  f word,  interrogation,  tears,  rifle,  arrest,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  pregnancy,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  murder,  fight

The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. This is why The Proposition (2005) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:cave
Characters:prostitute,  doctor
Story:winchester rifle,  shot in the neck,  camel,  kicking,  whiskey,  tea,  police brutality,  shot in the arm,  death of brother,  tragic event,  cross,  shot in the shoulder,  grave,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  tears,  rifle,  arrest,  camera,  face slap,  urination,  shot in the chest,  pregnancy,  shootout,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother brother relationship,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood,  death

Crash (2004) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Crash (2004)

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female and the other black male, the latter who is dealing with a drugged out mother that feels he isn't concerned enough about taking care of family; an East Asian man who is run over but who is hiding some valuable cargo in the back of his van; a Persian store owner, who feels he isn't getting satisfaction from American society when his store is robbed time and time again; and a Hispanic locksmith, who just wants to keep his family, especially his young daughter, safe in a seemingly unsafe world. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  humiliation,  fear
Locations:mexico,  hospital
Characters:american,  policeman,  detective
Story:hispanic american,  illegal immigrant,  police detective,  telephone call,  accidental shooting,  multiple storyline,  car chase,  reckless driving,  loss of brother,  loss of son,  compassion,  dysfunctional marriage,  bullet,  death of son,  death of brother,  witness,  latex gloves,  van,  child in peril,  nonlinear timeline,  immigrant,  diner,  cafe,  shot in the chest,  cell phone,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  sex scene,  murder,  death,  blood

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  drugs
Locations:cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:telephone call,  listening to a radio,  drunk driving,  kicking,  whiskey,  pickup truck,  death of brother,  death of child,  cross,  locker room,  grave,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  tears,  rifle,  watching tv,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  pregnancy,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex scene,  fight,  death,  flashback,  murder,  police,  blood

The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

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

Themes:seduction,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  children,  doctor
Story:white panties,  age difference,  waiter,  pickup truck,  death of son,  death of brother,  female removes her clothes,  older man younger woman relationship,  widower,  graveyard,  scantily clad female,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  female pubic hair,  cleavage,  voyeur,  cafe,  interrogation,  tears,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  leg spreading,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death,  murder,  police,  fight

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:humiliation,  voyeurism,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:policeman,  prostitute
Story:girl in panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  pills,  disco,  pain,  diner,  band,  f word,  telephone,  cafe,  undressing,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  swimming pool,  crying,  panties,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  fight,  flashback,  death,  blood,  police

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Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. This is why Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:mexico
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  prostitute
Story:mexican immigrant,  illegal immigrant,  drunk driving,  reckless driving,  mexican,  drug use,  shot in the back,  rifle,  watching tv,  urination,  shot in the chest,  pregnancy,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  blood,  police,  fight

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:incest,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  drugs,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  prostitute
Story:subjective camera,  no panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  bento box,  customs,  bride and groom,  drunk driving,  tv commercial,  cartoon on tv,  reckless driving,  aunt nephew relationship,  kicking,  pills,  whiskey,  passport,  dysfunctional marriage,  disco,  tea,  female removes her clothes,  cousin cousin relationship,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  subway,  female pubic hair,  drug use,  f word,  telephone,  cafe,  interrogation,  arrest,  watching tv,  urination,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  leg spreading,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  flashback,  blood,  fight,  masturbation

Alpha Dog (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Alpha Dog (2006)

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:hispanic american,  police detective,  underage drinking,  pipe smoking,  reckless driving,  death of son,  shot in the arm,  witness,  death of child,  mini skirt,  van,  scantily clad female,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  arrest,  watching tv,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  leg spreading,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex scene,  murder,  death

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American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:american,  lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  prostitute
Story:female removes her dress,  restroom,  notebook,  waiter,  female removes her clothes,  shot in the shoulder,  cousin cousin relationship,  confession,  scantily clad female,  ambulance,  drug use,  cleavage,  f word,  telephone,  voyeur,  interrogation,  undressing,  camera,  cat,  watching tv,  urination,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  panties,  leg spreading,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  death,  murder,  blood,  police

Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
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? (Read More)

Themes:incest,  fear,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:japan,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:tokyo japan,  subjective camera,  telephone call,  strobe light,  hashish,  balcony,  pills,  peeping tom,  death of brother,  older man younger woman relationship,  nonlinear timeline,  female pubic hair,  drug use,  f word,  death of mother,  tears,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  pregnancy,  crying,  panties,  leg spreading,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  flashback,  blood,  death

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. This is why Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:village,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  children,  doctor
Story:red cross,  telephone call,  translator,  death of child,  cross,  widower,  grave,  latex gloves,  graveyard,  ambulance,  rifle,  arrest,  camera,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  flashback,  police

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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:hope,  humiliation,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:prostitute
Story:falling asleep,  street market,  loss of brother,  balcony,  loss of son,  kicking,  passport,  tea,  death of son,  death of brother,  chicken,  cross,  widower,  grave,  graveyard,  band,  tears,  rifle,  water,  face slap,  urination,  shot in the chest,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  death,  blood,  flashback,  murder

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:humiliation,  terrorism,  drunkenness,  drinking,  suicide
Locations:village,  hospital
Characters:american,  children,  doctor
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter,  no panties,  girl in panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  listening to a radio,  embassy,  pipe smoking,  balcony,  bullet,  death of brother,  female removes her clothes,  public nudity,  child in peril,  scantily clad female,  no opening credits,  female pubic hair,  band,  drug use,  cleavage,  shot in the back,  telephone,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  arrest,  cat,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  shootout,  crying,  panties,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  murder,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  death

Blood Diamond (2006) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:cave,  village
Characters:american,  prostitute,  children,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  telephone call,  goatherd,  morocco,  street market,  car chase,  gunshot wound,  goat,  rebellion,  pickup truck,  shot in the arm,  death of child,  shot in the leg,  van,  child in peril,  drug use,  shot in the back,  death of mother,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  blood,  murder

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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:voyeurism,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Story:wedding reception,  telephone call,  tea,  cross,  grave,  graveyard,  scantily clad female,  cleavage,  f word,  telephone,  voyeur,  tears,  face slap,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  panties,  leg spreading,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  flashback

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Story:white panties,  telephone call,  tour bus,  san diego california,  pills,  female removes her clothes,  older man younger woman relationship,  confession,  scantily clad female,  band,  drug use,  cleavage,  f word,  telephone,  voyeur,  undressing,  camera,  watching tv,  urination,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  panties,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

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

Themes:wedding,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:hospital
Characters:prostitute,  doctor
Story:wedding reception,  telephone call,  watching a cartoon on tv,  stoned,  pickup truck,  chicken,  female removes her clothes,  mini skirt,  pain,  scantily clad female,  drug use,  cleavage,  cafe,  tears,  undressing,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  crying,  panties,  leg spreading,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  blood,  fight,  death

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:fear,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:desert
Story:subjective camera,  telephone call,  shot in the neck,  mexican,  bullet,  pickup truck,  flirting,  shot in the shoulder,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  diner,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  rifle,  arrest,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  death,  fight,  murder,  blood,  police

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

Don't Say A Word (2001)

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

Themes:voyeurism,  fear,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  shot in the arm,  tragic event,  cross,  shot in the shoulder,  older man younger woman relationship,  grave,  graveyard,  van,  child in peril,  subway,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  voyeur,  tears,  arrest,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  masturbation,  fight,  death,  flashback,  police,  blood,  murder

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  drunkenness,  fear,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  detective,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:police detective,  subjective camera,  police captain,  shot in the neck,  tea,  shot in the arm,  shot in the shoulder,  widower,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  f word,  death of mother,  voyeur,  interrogation,  arrest,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death,  police,  murder,  blood

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Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. This is why Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  drunkenness,  drinking
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  children
Story:police detective,  telephone call,  tv commercial,  shot in the neck,  housekeeper,  waiter,  pickup truck,  witness,  cross,  confession,  pain,  child in peril,  child abuse,  diner,  cafe,  interrogation,  rifle,  water,  arrest,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  murder,  blood,  death

The Black Dahlia (2006) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Black Dahlia (2006)

In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  drunkenness,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:prostitute
Story:police detective,  underage drinking,  subjective camera,  no panties,  girl in panties,  white panties,  police captain,  fountain,  dysfunctional marriage,  waiter,  death of child,  gym,  locker room,  confession,  scantily clad female,  diner,  band,  cleavage,  voyeur,  interrogation,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  panties,  leg spreading,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death,  murder,  fight,  blood

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Story:wedding reception,  telephone call,  loss of brother,  flirting,  death of brother,  cousin cousin relationship,  confession,  graveyard,  nonlinear timeline,  telephone,  cafe,  water,  watching tv,  helicopter,  pregnancy,  teenage girl,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  death

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Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:cemetery
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:incest subtext,  police detective,  telephone call,  watching a cartoon on tv,  holding hands,  pickup truck,  female removes her clothes,  cross,  grave,  graveyard,  female pubic hair,  drug use,  f word,  death of mother,  telephone,  voyeur,  cafe,  tears,  undressing,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  shot in the chest,  pregnancy,  crying,  teenage girl,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  police,  murder,  death

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:american,  lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  prostitute
Story:bleeding to death,  police detective,  telephone call,  translator,  ensemble cast,  gunshot wound,  kicking,  pills,  witness,  confession,  pain,  shot in the leg,  graveyard,  van,  scantily clad female,  no opening credits,  subway,  diner,  ambulance,  cleavage,  death of mother,  cafe,  interrogation,  water,  arrest,  cat,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  swimming pool,  high heels,  pregnancy,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  panties,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  death,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  murder

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. This is why The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman,  prostitute
Story:telephone call,  stoned,  reckless driving,  school uniform,  kicking,  pills,  cross,  gym,  locker room,  public nudity,  confession,  diner,  drug use,  shot in the back,  telephone,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  undressing,  arrest,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  shot in the chest,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  masturbation,  fight,  murder,  police,  blood,  death

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The Accused (1988)
Drama

The Accused (1988)

Sarah Tobias goes to her local bar and is gang-raped by three men. The district attorney on the case is Katheryn Murphy who wants to prove that although Sarah had taken drugs that night and was acting provocatively while in the bar, this is no reason for her to be so brutally attacked and the men responsible should be brought to justice. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  girl in panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  kicking,  pickup truck,  flirting,  witness,  mini skirt,  public nudity,  scantily clad female,  female pubic hair,  cleavage,  voyeur,  interrogation,  undressing,  arrest,  camera,  watching tv,  panties,  leg spreading,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  fight,  police,  flashback

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:prostitute,  doctor
Story:wedding cake,  wedding reception,  telephone call,  suicide by gunshot,  bride and groom,  embassy,  reckless driving,  bullet,  locker room,  public nudity,  graveyard,  band,  drug use,  telephone,  tears,  rifle,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  helicopter,  pregnancy,  crying,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  fight,  death,  blood,  murder

Boy A (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:incest,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  drugs,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  school uniform,  kicking,  shoes,  witness,  confession,  graveyard,  van,  child abuse,  ambulance,  drug use,  voyeur,  cafe,  tears,  water,  undressing,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  cell phone,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  murder,  police,  death,  flashback,  blood,  fight

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Secretary (2002) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary (2002)

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

Themes:writing,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:no panties,  girl in panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  younger woman older man relationship,  older man younger woman,  age difference,  older man younger woman relationship,  pain,  scantily clad female,  female pubic hair,  diner,  cleavage,  telephone,  cafe,  face slap,  urination,  swimming pool,  crying,  panties,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  sex scene,  masturbation,  flashback

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)
Drama, Romance

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)

Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever. This is why The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  wedding,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman,  doctor
Story:no panties,  girl in panties,  white panties,  female removes her dress,  passport,  dysfunctional marriage,  tea,  female removes her clothes,  immigration,  scantily clad female,  female pubic hair,  band,  cleavage,  voyeur,  cafe,  interrogation,  tears,  camera,  swimming pool,  crying,  panties,  leg spreading,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  murder,  police,  death

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  wedding,  fear
Characters:doctor
Story:bleeding to death,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  subjective camera,  embassy,  car chase,  passport,  shot in the shoulder,  shot in the leg,  van,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  subway,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  f word,  cafe,  interrogation,  arrest,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  police,  death,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  murder

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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Okwe is an illegal Nigerian immigrant leading a hard life and struggling to survive in London's underground. He works as a hotel receptionist in the night time and as he has a doctor degree he practices some medicine, during the day, in a very odd way. Besides that he must constantly escape from Immigration officers. One day Okwe discovers by chance an illegal scheme of surgeries is being lead by Juan, his boss in the hotel. Juan quickly comes up with a tempting proposal: if Okwe accepts to perform the illegal surgeries he makes a lot of money and gets legalized situation in the U.K. Can Okwe keep his moral values intact? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:muslim,  policeman,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:illegal immigrant,  language barrier,  street market,  deportation,  passport,  tea,  cross,  cousin cousin relationship,  mini skirt,  immigration,  scantily clad female,  immigrant,  tears,  crying,  panties,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  fight,  blood,  masturbation

16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:detective,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:police detective,  telephone call,  police captain,  notebook,  gunshot wound,  witness,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  subway,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  telephone,  rifle,  cat,  watching tv,  urination,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  photograph,  murder,  flashback,  police,  blood,  death

The Air I Breathe (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:4 stories,  reckless driving,  ensemble cast,  kicking,  destiny,  death of brother,  death of child,  shot in the shoulder,  older man younger woman relationship,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  cafe,  rifle,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  panties,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  police,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  death

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