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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, masturbation
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

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, masturbation
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

Crash (2004)
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

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, masturbation
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

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
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

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? This is why Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (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

Blood Diamond (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

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.

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

Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
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. (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

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

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. This is why The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (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

16 Blocks (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

The Last Samurai (2003) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... (Read More)

Themes:hope, drunkenness, fear, drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:japan, village
Characters:american, prostitute
Story:winchester rifle, tokyo japan, shot in the neck, translator, loss of brother, compassion, rebellion, destiny, death of son, shot in the arm, death of brother, tragic event, shot in the shoulder, shot in the leg, no opening credits, shot in the back, tears, rifle, camera, shootout

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:desert, hospital
Characters:muslim, lawyer, doctor
Story:telephone call, street market, car chase, aunt nephew relationship, kicking, passport, pain, van, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, telephone, cafe, rifle, camera, watching tv, face slap, urination, shot in the chest, helicopter

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, drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:village
Characters:lawyer, policeman, prostitute, children, doctor
Story:subjective camera, telephone call, goatherd, multiple storyline, ensemble cast, goat, rebellion, shot in the leg, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, drug use, shot in the back, f word, telephone, cafe, interrogation, tears, rifle, arrest, cat

A History Of Violence (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A History Of Violence (2005)

This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result. This is why A History Of Violence (2005) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, fear
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer, policeman, children
Story:diner, telephone call, child uses gun, reckless driving, kicking, bullet, death of brother, female removes her clothes, death of child, cross, shot in the shoulder, confession, child in peril, scantily clad female, female pubic hair, drug use, cleavage, shot in the back, f word, tears

The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, drugs, suicide
Locations:village
Characters:american
Story:telephone call, gangrene, volleyball, cartoon on tv, dentist, passport, tourist, grave, drug use, shot in the back, camera, watching tv, shot in the chest, chase, knife, photograph, dancing, death, police, murder

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:writing, humiliation, incest, fear, drinking, suicide, friendship
Characters:doctor
Story:subjective camera, suicide by jumping, telephone call, suicide by gunshot, penthouse, notebook, kicking, flirting, older man younger woman relationship, pain, subway, death of mother, cafe, undressing, camera, watching tv, urination, pregnancy, cell phone, crying

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:fear, friendship
Locations:japan, cemetery, hospital
Characters:american, children, doctor
Story:tokyo japan, aunt nephew relationship, shoes, destiny, death of child, cousin cousin relationship, grave, graveyard, subway, band, death of mother, tears, water, undressing, camera, cat, urination, crying, teenage boy, photograph

Legend (2015)
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. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking, suicide
Locations:cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:incest subtext, police detective, subjective camera, lip reading, kicking, tea, witness, grave, confession, pain, shot in the leg, no opening credits, band, drug use, f word, rifle, undressing, camera, watching tv, face slap

Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. This is why Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:hope, voyeurism, drinking, drugs, suicide, friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:policeman, prostitute, doctor
Story:pain, girl in panties, white panties, telephone call, stoned, pills, peeping tom, tea, destiny, waiter, cousin cousin relationship, graveyard, drug use, death of mother, telephone, voyeur, cafe, watching tv, swimming pool, crying

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:cave, japan
Characters:american, children
Story:bleeding to death, tokyo japan, gun held to one's head, listening to a radio, gunshot wound, kicking, whiskey, chicken, grave, no opening credits, rifle, water, camera, pregnancy, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:hope, drunkenness, fear
Locations:mexico, desert, cemetery, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:mexican border, u.s. mexico border, subjective camera, border patrol, shot in the neck, car chase, pills, mexican, bullet, pickup truck, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, shot in the leg, graveyard, van, child in peril, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, watching tv

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, fear, drugs, friendship
Locations:desert, hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter, telephone call, border guard, penthouse, driving at night, translator, bullet, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, diner, f word, interrogation, arrest, camera, urination, helicopter, pregnancy, cell phone, chase, photograph

Vantage Point (2008) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Vantage Point (2008)

The President of the United States is in Salamanca, Spain, about to address the city in a public square. We see a plain-clothes cop, his girlfriend with another man, a mother and child, an American tourist with a video camera, and a Secret Service agent newly returned from medical leave. Shots ring out and the President falls; a few minutes later, we hear a distant explosion, then a bomb goes off in the square. Those minutes are retold, several times, emphasizing different characters' actions. Gradually, we discover who's behind the plot. Is the Secret Service one step ahead, or have the President's adversaries thought of everything? (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, suicide
Characters:american, policeman
Story:tourist, subjective camera, camera, telephone call, multiple perspectives, car chase, suspect, balcony, pills, bullet, witness, shot in the shoulder, child in peril, nonlinear timeline, ambulance, shot in the back, tears, rifle, shot in the chest, helicopter

Mr. Brooks (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. This is why Mr. Brooks (2007) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:seduction, fear, suicide, friendship
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:detective, lawyer, policeman, doctor, masturbation
Story:bleeding to death, police detective, telephone call, strobe light, wetting pants, reckless driving, peeping tom, pickup truck, witness, shot in the shoulder, grave, latex gloves, shot in the leg, van, diner, telephone, voyeur, cafe, tears, urination

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:incest, drunkenness, fear, drinking, drugs, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer, policeman, prostitute
Story:subjective camera, no panties, telephone call, car chase, reckless driving, suspect, kicking, death of brother, cousin cousin relationship, older man younger woman relationship, scantily clad female, child abuse, subway, immigrant, ambulance, cleavage, rifle, undressing, camera, watching tv

Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:fear, friendship
Characters:policeman, prostitute, children
Story:telephone call, child uses gun, strobe light, child with gun, actual animal killed, wetting pants, stoned, multiple storyline, disco, death of brother, chicken, death of child, pain, nonlinear timeline, drug use, shot in the back, death of mother, tears, rifle, arrest

Traffic (2000) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Traffic (2000)

An intertwined drama about the United States' war on drugs, seen through the eyes of a once conservative judge, now newly-appointed drug czar, his crack-addicted daughter, two DEA agents, a jailed drug kingpin's wife, and a Mexican cop who begins to question his boss's motives.

Themes:drugs
Locations:mexico, desert
Story:mexican border, u.s. mexico border, multiple perspectives, san diego california, multiple storyline, ensemble cast, mexican, witness, drug use, shot in the back, f word, arrest, helicopter, swimming pool, pregnancy, cell phone, teenage girl, chase, father daughter relationship, one word title

Allied (2016)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:seduction, wedding, drunkenness, fear, suicide, friendship
Locations:desert, hospital
Story:morocco, ambassador, suicide by shooting one's self in the head, telephone call, suicide by gunshot, embassy, suspect, chicken, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, death of mother, telephone, cafe, interrogation, rifle, undressing, shot in the chest, pregnancy, shootout

Boogie Nights (1997)
Drama

Boogie Nights (1997)

Adult film director Jack Horner is always on the lookout for new talent and it's only by chance that he meets Eddie Adams who is working as a busboy in a restaurant. Eddie is young, good looking and plenty of libido to spare. Using the screen name Dirk Diggler, he quickly rises to the top of his industry winning awards year after year. Drugs and ego however come between Dirk and those around him and he soon finds that fame is fleeting. This is why Boogie Nights (1997) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, fear, drinking, drugs
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer, masturbation
Story:wedding reception, underage drinking, no panties, girl in panties, white panties, telephone call, obscene gesture, ensemble cast, shoes, disco, waiter, pickup truck, female removes her clothes, shot in the shoulder, gym, public nudity, van, scantily clad female, no opening credits, female pubic hair

Children Of Men (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:hope, terrorism, drunkenness, drinking
Characters:policeman, children
Story:bleeding to death, illegal immigrant, border guard, checkpoint, shot in the neck, shoes, whiskey, passport, compassion, rebellion, death of son, death of child, cross, cousin cousin relationship, child in peril, immigrant, band, drug use, tears, cat

Due Date (2010) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Comedy, Drama

Due Date (2010)

In Atlanta on business, straight-laced and overly analytical architect Peter Highman is flying home to Los Angeles and his wife Sarah for the imminent birth of their first child. However, traveling by plane no longer becomes an option when he and a fellow passenger, aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay, are kicked off the plane, which was caused by Ethan's social inappropriateness, due to being generally unaware, exacerbated by Peter's temper at a situation against his sensibilities. Peter, who ends up without money or his suitcase, is forced to accept Ethan's offer of a shared car ride to Los Angeles, Ethan who is looking for his big acting break. For Peter, this partnership is one made in hell, but he feels he has no other choice. Peter obviously wants to take as direct and as quick a route as possible, while he is at Ethan's mercy as the person with the driver's license, car rental and money. They get into one misadventure after another on this trip, with the same issue at each misadventure being Ethan's ineptness as an adult combined with Peter's resulting temper. The questions become whether they will survive the trip together, and if so if Peter will make it home in time to witness the birth of his and Sarah's first child. (Read More)

Themes:drugs, friendship
Locations:desert, hospital
Characters:masturbation
Story:mexican border, u.s. mexico border, subjective camera, border guard, accidental shooting, cartoon on tv, car chase, reckless driving, suspect, mexican, pickup truck, witness, cross, confession, shot in the leg, child abuse, diner, ambulance, drug use, f word

Insomnia (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:detective, policeman
Story:police detective, telephone call, accidental shooting, suspect, gunshot wound, bullet, older man younger woman relationship, latex gloves, shot in the leg, female pubic hair, diner, telephone, interrogation, rifle, shot in the chest, shootout, teenage girl, chase, photograph, cigarette smoking

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:hope, fear
Characters:lawyer, policeman, detective, prostitute
Story:chicken coop, illegal immigrant, telephone, telephone call, police captain, listening to a radio, loss of son, dentist, chicken, witness, cousin cousin relationship, grave, confession, pain, no opening credits, diner, cafe, tears, rifle, arrest

In Bruges (2008)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Bruges (2008)

London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry's call, Ken, following Harry's advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry's instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn't sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry, who feels he must clean up matters on his own, Ray is dealing with his own problems, not only with Harry, but with a Canadian couple and a half-blind thief named Eirik. Ray hopes he can count on both Chloe and Ken to help him carve out a new life for himself. In the end, Harry, involved in an incident with Jimmy, may have to keep to his own principles. This is why In Bruges (2008) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:hope, drinking, drugs, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:american, prostitute, children
Story:subjective camera, telephone call, gun held to one's head, snorricam, bleeding, shot in the neck, tourist, bullet, flirting, cross, confession, shot in the leg, ambulance, drug use, shot in the back, f word, cafe, tears, arrest, watching tv

John Q (2002) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:hope
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:telephone call, drunk driving, reckless driving, kicking, pickup truck, shot in the arm, ambulance, tears, rifle, arrest, watching tv, shot in the chest, helicopter, pregnancy, crying, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:writing, hope, wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking, drugs
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:tokyo japan, washing clothes, tour bus, bus driver, loss of brother, death of brother, band, drug use, death of mother, tears, arrest, camera, swimming pool, pregnancy, crying, brother brother relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking
Locations:desert, hospital
Characters:muslim
Story:camel, red cross, subjective camera, falling asleep, fountain, donkey, gunshot wound, destiny, shot in the arm, pain, nonlinear timeline, interrogation, tears, rifle, water, arrest, camera, face slap, crying, knife

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:hope, fear, suicide, friendship
Locations:cave, village, desert
Story:subjective camera, loss of brother, sign language, loss of son, death of son, death of brother, tragic event, child in peril, no opening credits, shot in the back, death of mother, interrogation, rifle, water, shot in the chest, helicopter, shootout, brother brother relationship, chase, knife

Amores Perros (2000) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Amores Perros (2000)

On the brink of the new Millennium in the bustling City of Mexico, one horrible car accident intertwines inextricably the lives of three perfect strangers. Octavio, a rebellious adolescent who is secretly in love with his sister-in-law, dreams of escaping his miserable life, and for this reason, he enters reluctantly the obscure world of dog fighting with his lethal dog Cofi. And then unexpectedly, Valeria, a stunning woman and famous supermodel, will cross paths with Octavio, while in the meantime, her pampered little dog Richie manages to vanish into thin air in the confined space of her apartment. Lastly, Chivo, an ex-guerrilla vagabond, after abandoning his little daughter, unable to make up for lost time, he channels his love to the city's strays and a mortally wounded Rottweiler. In the end, even though all the weary characters, men and beasts, wish for a bright future, in this life-changing journey in the pursuit of love, sometimes infidelity, sin and death can get in the way. This is why Amores Perros (2000) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Locations:mexico, cemetery, hospital
Characters:policeman, doctor
Story:bleeding to death, telephone call, gangrene, multiple perspectives, wetting pants, multiple storyline, car chase, witness, cross, nonlinear timeline, ambulance, pregnancy, cell phone, brother brother relationship, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, flashback

Sicario (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

Themes:drugs, friendship
Locations:mexico, desert
Characters:lawyer
Story:mexican immigrant, mexican, u.s. mexico border, subjective camera, border patrol, death of son, shot in the arm, death of child, shot in the shoulder, shot in the leg, no opening credits, immigrant, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, arrest, urination, shot in the chest, helicopter, shootout

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he is required to play the piano blindfolded. All the men at the party are costumed and wear masks while the women are all young and beautiful. Harford manages to find an appropriate costume and heads out to the party. Once there, however, he is warned by someone who recognizes him, despite the mask, that he is in great danger. He manages to extricate himself but the threats prove to be quite real and sinister. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, drunkenness, fear, drinking, drugs, friendship
Characters:prostitute, doctor
Story:taking off panties, no panties, girl in panties, white panties, telephone call, stoned, female removes her dress, cartoon on tv, dysfunctional marriage, flirting, female removes her clothes, public nudity, confession, scantily clad female, no opening credits, female pubic hair, band, drug use, cleavage, voyeur

Hell Or High Water (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:seduction, drunkenness, fear, drinking
Locations:desert
Characters:lawyer, detective, prostitute
Story:police detective, gun held to one's head, car chase, loss of brother, gunshot wound, pickup truck, flirting, death of brother, diner, shot in the back, f word, death of mother, rifle, water, watching tv, shot in the chest, shootout, cell phone, brother brother relationship, cigarette smoking

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, fear, suicide, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer, detective
Story:writing on hand, penthouse, child with gun, car chase, single father, shot in the arm, witness, cross, shot in the shoulder, widower, shot in the leg, van, child in peril, diner, ambulance, f word, telephone, interrogation, arrest, watching tv

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. This is why Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006). (Read More)

Themes:seduction, incest, fear
Locations:desert
Characters:detective, prostitute
Story:tokyo japan, police detective, subjective camera, pickup truck, police brutality, witness, child abuse, diner, shot in the back, f word, death of mother, undressing, arrest, camera, face slap, urination, shot in the chest, shootout, cell phone, panties

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:desert
Characters:masturbation
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter, subjective camera, white panties, telephone call, shooting into the air, wetting pants, camel, bullet, pain, tears, rifle, undressing, watching tv, urination, helicopter, pregnancy, crying, brother brother relationship, panties, photograph

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drunkenness, drinking
Characters:doctor
Story:no panties, girl in panties, telephone call, pregnant bride, female removes her dress, kicking, shoes, dysfunctional marriage, female removes her clothes, scantily clad female, nonlinear timeline, subway, cleavage, f word, cafe, tears, face slap, urination, pregnancy, crying

Basic Instinct (1992) is one of the best movies like Babel (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

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

Themes:writing, seduction, voyeurism, drunkenness
Characters:detective, policeman
Story:suspect, police detective, subjective camera, no panties, girl in panties, car chase, female removes her clothes, tragic event, mini skirt, confession, scantily clad female, female pubic hair, cleavage, f word, telephone, voyeur, interrogation, undressing, watching tv, panties

The Master (2012)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Themes:writing, wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman, doctor, masturbation
Story:no panties, telephone call, bride and groom, school uniform, aunt nephew relationship, pills, whiskey, public nudity, female pubic hair, f word, telephone, tears, rifle, arrest, camera, face slap, urination, pregnancy, crying, leg spreading

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