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Barry Lyndon (1975)
Adventure, Drama, History, War

Barry Lyndon (1975)

In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora gets engaged to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him to a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to Dublin but is robbed on the road. Without an alternative, Barry joins the British Army to fight in the Seven Years War. He deserts and is forced to join the Prussian Army where he saves the life of his captain and becomes his protege and spy of the Irish gambler Chevalier de Balibari. He helps Chevalier and becomes his associate until he decides to marry the wealthy Lady Lyndon. They move to England and Barry, in his obsession of nobility, dissipates her fortune and makes a dangerous and revengeful enemy. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  cruelty,  military,  funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity
Mood:epic,  melodrama
Locations:castle,  england,  wheelchair,  bathtub
Characters:maid,  musician,  soldier,  homosexual
Period:1700s
Story:run the gauntlet,  music recital,  resentment toward stepfather,  abusive stepfather,  pistol duel,  military desertion,  military enlistment,  military officer,  gay soldier,  horse riding,  man crying,  older husband younger wife relationship,  rags to riches back to rags,  seven years war,  card cheat,  riding accident,  redcoat,  cousins in love,  cheating at cards,  class difference,  prussia,  1760s,  highwayman,  regiment,  1770s,  opportunist,  husband wife estrangement,  gauntlet,  1780s,  drink thrown into someone's face,  rapier,  libertine,  coin toss,  social class,  ribbon,  literary adaptation,  caning,  french army,  recital,  flintlock pistol,  title spoken by narrator,  countess,  marriage of convenience,  nobility,  social climber,  deserter,  sailing ship,  cowardice,  candlelight,  rise and fall,  neglected wife,  deathbed,  chapter headings,  inn,  famous score,  british army,  tutor,  amputation,  belgium,  fencing,  corporal punishment,  armed robbery,  stepfather,  estate,  18th century,  unhappy marriage,  magic trick,  gay love,  gambler,  palace,  uncle,  eye patch,  marital separation,  sibling rivalry,  card playing,  gunshot wound,  rowboat,  loss of son,  attempted suicide,  irony,  impostor,  presumed dead,  faked death,  honor,  birth,  irish,  impersonation,  magician,  barn,  what happened to epilogue,  berlin germany,  espionage,  whipping,  ireland,  death of child,  debt,  uniform,  confession,  duel,  spanking,  birthday party,  child abuse,  gambling,  boxing,  widow,  death of friend,  disguise,  sword fight,  gay kiss,  spy,  rural setting,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  painting,  love triangle,  arrest,  battle,  rescue,  face slap,  horse,  fistfight,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  based on novel,  kiss

The Four Feathers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. (Read More)

Themes:military,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:england
Characters:soldier
Story:horse riding,  regiment,  deserter,  cowardice,  british army,  honor,  whipping,  disguise,  sword fight,  love triangle,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  dancing,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  kiss

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Characters:maid,  musician
Story:1760s,  1770s,  1780s,  countess,  18th century,  palace,  card playing,  rowboat,  birth,  death of child,  birthday party,  gambling,  spy,  extramarital affair,  painting,  horse,  crying,  voice over narration,  dancing,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  kiss

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

Themes:wealth,  wedding,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity
Locations:castle
Story:riding accident,  sailing ship,  palace,  sibling rivalry,  birth,  death of child,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  face slap,  crying,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  kiss

A Royal Affair (2012) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

A Royal Affair (2012)

In 1767, the British Princess Caroline is betrothed to the mad King Christian VII of Denmark, but her life with the erratic monarch in the oppressive country becomes an isolating misery. However, Christian soon gains a fast companion with the German Dr. Johann Struensee, a quietly idealistic man of the Enlightenment. As the only one who can influence the King, Struensee is able to begin sweeping enlightened reforms of Denmark through Christian even as Caroline falls for the doctor. However, their secret affair proves a tragic mistake that their conservative enemies use to their advantage in a conflict that threatens to claim more than just the lovers as their victims. (Read More)

Themes:adultery,  infidelity
Locations:england,  bathtub
Characters:maid
Period:1700s
Story:horse riding,  1760s,  1770s,  fencing,  18th century,  unhappy marriage,  palace,  confession,  spy,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  love triangle,  arrest,  face slap,  horse,  crying,  voice over narration,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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

Michael Collins (1996)

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

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness
Mood:epic
Locations:castle,  england
Characters:maid
Story:british army,  irish,  ireland,  spy,  love triangle,  arrest,  battle,  face slap,  horse,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  character name in title

Tristan + Isolde (2006)
Drama, Romance

Tristan + Isolde (2006)

An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:castle
Characters:soldier
Story:rise and fall,  rowboat,  honor,  irish,  ireland,  disguise,  sword fight,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  battle,  horse,  fire,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  kiss

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Drama, Romance, War

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago, is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar, who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky, an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya. But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:epic
Story:military desertion,  famous score,  uncle,  marital separation,  gunshot wound,  attempted suicide,  irony,  presumed dead,  widow,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  face slap,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel

Gone With The Wind (1939) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

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

Themes:wealth,  wedding,  drunkenness,  jealousy,  infidelity
Mood:epic,  melodrama
Characters:maid,  soldier
Story:deathbed,  famous score,  amputation,  estate,  card playing,  loss of son,  honor,  birth,  barn,  death of child,  widow,  love triangle,  arrest,  rescue,  face slap,  horse,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  based on novel,  kiss

The White Ribbon (2009)
Drama, Mystery, History

The White Ribbon (2009)

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

Themes:wealth,  cruelty,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Characters:maid,  musician
Story:riding accident,  ribbon,  caning,  tutor,  corporal punishment,  estate,  honor,  confession,  spanking,  child abuse,  rural setting,  face slap,  horse,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss

Braveheart (1995)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  adultery
Mood:epic
Locations:castle,  england
Story:nobility,  famous score,  uncle,  honor,  irish,  barn,  disguise,  sword fight,  battle,  horse,  voice over narration,  fire,  father son relationship

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Action, Drama, History, Romance, War

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor is a classic tale of romance set during a war that complicates everything. It all starts when childhood friends Rafe and Danny become Army Air Corps pilots and meet Evelyn, a Navy nurse. Rafe falls head over heels and next thing you know Evelyn and Rafe are hooking up. Then Rafe volunteers to go fight in Britain and Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor. While Rafe is off fighting everything gets completely whack and next thing you know everybody is in the middle of an air raid we now know as "Pearl Harbor." (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:england,  wheelchair
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  famous score,  presumed dead,  spanking,  child abuse,  gambling,  boxing,  love triangle,  battle,  crying,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

Zulu (1964) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Drama, History, War

Zulu (1964)

Zululand, South Africa, 1879. The British are fighting the Zulus and one of their columns has just been wiped out at Isandlwana. The Zulus next fix their sights on the small British outpost at Rorke's Drift. At the outpost are 150 British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard. In the next few days these 150 troops will fight about 4,000 Zulus in one of the most courageous battles in history. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  regiment,  british army,  honor,  what happened to epilogue,  uniform,  death of friend,  rural setting,  battle,  face slap,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dancing

The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama

The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

Paris is starving, but the King of France is more interested in money and bedding women. When a young soldier dies for the sake of a shag, Aramis, Athos and Porthos band together with a plan to replace the king. Unknown to many, there is a 2nd king, a twin, hidden at birth, then imprisoned for 6 years behind an iron mask. All that remains now is D'Artagnan, will he stand against his long time friends, or do what is best for his country? (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Characters:soldier
Story:rapier,  flintlock pistol,  palace,  rowboat,  loss of son,  attempted suicide,  birth,  barn,  confession,  duel,  sword fight,  battle,  horse,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel

Jules And Jim (1962)
Drama, Romance

Jules And Jim (1962)

In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years. (Read More)

Themes:adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity
Characters:musician,  soldier
Story:title spoken by narrator,  fencing,  unhappy marriage,  rowboat,  boxing,  rural setting,  painting,  love triangle,  battle,  face slap,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  based on novel,  kiss

The Secret Garden (1993)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

The Secret Garden (1993)

Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly young boy...and a secret garden. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  cruelty
Locations:england,  wheelchair,  bathtub
Characters:maid
Story:estate,  uncle,  rural setting,  face slap,  horse,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  based on novel

Paths Of Glory (1957) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Drama, War

Paths Of Glory (1957)

The futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack.

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  literary adaptation,  french army,  cowardice,  irony,  uniform,  confession,  face slap,  fistfight,  fire,  based on novel

The Monuments Men (2014)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:castle,  england
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  british army,  belgium,  impostor,  barn,  uniform,  death of friend,  disguise,  spy,  painting,  arrest,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  title spoken by character

Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:jealousy
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:man crying,  riding accident,  palace,  sibling rivalry,  presumed dead,  whipping,  sword fight,  arrest,  battle,  horse,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel

Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

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

Themes:wealth,  funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Mood:epic,  melodrama
Characters:soldier
Story:riding accident,  rise and fall,  famous score,  uncle,  marital separation,  birth,  birthday party,  death of friend,  love triangle,  horse,  fistfight,  crying,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  kiss

The Last Of The Mohicans (1992) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)

The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans -- Uncas, his father Chingachgook, and his adopted half-white brother Hawkeye -- live in peace alongside British colonists. But when the daughters of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part: the French and Indian War. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Story:seven years war,  flintlock pistol,  nobility,  famous score,  british army,  18th century,  sword fight,  love triangle,  battle,  rescue,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  based on novel

Solomon Kane (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Solomon Kane (2009)

Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil's Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness
Locations:castle,  england
Characters:soldier
Story:horse riding,  flintlock pistol,  inn,  sibling rivalry,  presumed dead,  death of child,  disguise,  sword fight,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  two word title

The Three Musketeers (1993)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance

The Three Musketeers (1993)

The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer, D'Artagnan, to stop the Cardinal Richelieu's evil plot: to form an alliance with enemy England by way of the mysterious Milady. Rochefort, the Cardinal's right-hand man, announces the official disbanding of the King's Musketeers. Three, however, refuse to throw down their swords - Athos the fighter and drinker, Porthos the pirate and lover, and Aramis the priest and poet. Arriving in Paris to join the Musketeers, D'Artagnan uncovers the Cardinal's plans, and the four set out on a mission to protect King and Country. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:castle,  england,  bathtub
Characters:soldier
Story:flintlock pistol,  eye patch,  honor,  whipping,  duel,  disguise,  sword fight,  spy,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  fistfight,  fire,  title spoken by character,  based on novel

House Of Flying Daggers (2004)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

House Of Flying Daggers (2004)

During the reign of the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called "The House of the Flying Daggers" rises and opposes the government. A police officer called Leo sends officer Jin to investigate a young dancer named Mei, claiming that she has ties to the "Flying Daggers". Leo arrests Mei, only to have Jin breaking her free in a plot to gain her trust and lead the police to the new leader of the secret organization. But things are far more complicated than they seem... (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Characters:musician,  soldier
Story:horse riding,  honor,  duel,  sword fight,  spy,  love triangle,  arrest,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  crying,  fire,  dancing,  kiss

Amadeus (1984) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Biography, Drama, History, Music

Amadeus (1984)

'Antonio Salieri' (qv) believes that 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' (qv)'s music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. He began his career as a devout man who believes his success and talent as a composer are God's rewards for his piety. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:maid,  musician
Story:1780s,  recital,  nobility,  18th century,  attempted suicide,  irony,  confession,  disguise,  horse,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  character name in title

Out Of Africa (1985)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Out Of Africa (1985)

Follows the life of 'Karen Blixen' (qv), who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband.

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:epic
Story:marriage of convenience,  nobility,  famous score,  unhappy marriage,  death of friend,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  face slap,  voice over narration,  fire,  dancing

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity
Locations:castle
Story:countess,  impostor,  presumed dead,  whipping,  birthday party,  gambling,  death of friend,  sword fight,  arrest,  horse,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  funeral,  wedding
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:palace,  sibling rivalry,  loss of son,  irony,  whipping,  death of child,  sword fight,  spy,  arrest,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
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:military
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:military desertion,  military officer,  deserter,  gunshot wound,  honor,  whipping,  uniform,  spy,  battle,  horse,  voice over narration,  fire,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

The Color Purple (1985)
Drama

The Color Purple (1985)

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

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bathtub
Story:stepfather,  unhappy marriage,  marital separation,  birth,  child abuse,  rural setting,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  horse,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  based on novel

Thor (2011)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Thor (2011)

The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Mood:epic
Locations:castle
Characters:soldier
Story:palace,  eye patch,  sibling rivalry,  presumed dead,  honor,  sword fight,  arrest,  battle,  horse,  fistfight,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  kiss

Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)

Oscar Diggs ('James Franco'), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora ('Mila Kunis' (qv)), Evanora ('Rachel Weisz' (qv)), and Glinda ('Michelle Williams (I)' (qv)), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:castle,  wheelchair
Characters:soldier
Story:coin toss,  magic trick,  palace,  impostor,  presumed dead,  faked death,  magician,  disguise,  love triangle,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  dancing,  kiss

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Once again we're plunged into the world of sword fights and "savvy" pirates. Captain Jack Sparrow is reminded he owes a debt to Davy Jones, who captains the flying Dutchman, a ghostly ship, with a crew from hell. Facing the "locker" Jack must find the heart of Davy Jones but to save himself he must get the help of quick-witted Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan. If that's not complicated enough, Will and Elizabeth are sentenced to hang, unless will can get Lord Cutler Beckett Jack's compass, Will is forced to join another crazy adventure with Jack. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  jealousy
Period:1700s
Story:sailing ship,  rowboat,  presumed dead,  whipping,  debt,  gambling,  sword fight,  vomiting,  love triangle,  arrest,  rescue,  face slap,  fire,  father son relationship

The Patriot (2000)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Patriot (2000)

It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation, and wants no part of a war with the most powerful nation in the world, Great Britain. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to enlist in the newly formed "Continental Army." When South Carolina decides to join the rebellion against England, Gabriel immediately signs up to fight...without his father's permission. But when Colonel William Tavington, British dragoon, infamous for his brutal tactics, comes and burns the Martin Plantation to the ground, tragedy strikes. Benjamin quickly finds himself torn between protecting his family, and seeking revenge along with being a part of the birth of a new, young, and ambitious nation. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Mood:epic
Locations:england
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  1770s,  1780s,  loss of son,  birth,  impersonation,  duel,  sword fight,  battle,  horse,  fire,  father son relationship,  kiss

Glory (1989)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  famous score,  corporal punishment,  honor,  what happened to epilogue,  whipping,  uniform,  sword fight,  battle

The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Notebook (2004)

In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story for an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and handsome, proposes. Meanwhile Noah buys and restores the old house and many people want to buy it. When Allie accidentally sees the photo of Noah and his house in a newspaper, she feels divided between her first love and her commitment with Lon. Meanwhile Duke stops reading to the old lady since his children are visiting him in the nursing home. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  wedding
Locations:wheelchair,  bathtub
Characters:maid,  soldier
Story:horse riding,  social class,  unhappy marriage,  rowboat,  death of friend,  widow,  rural setting,  painting,  love triangle,  battle,  face slap,  crying,  voice over narration,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  two word title,  kiss

Evita (1996) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  military,  funeral,  wedding
Locations:wheelchair
Story:military officer,  social climber,  deathbed,  fencing,  arrest,  horse,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  dancing,  character name in title

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)
Drama, War

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty
Characters:maid,  soldier
Story:horse riding,  british army,  corporal punishment,  irish,  ireland,  confession,  rural setting,  arrest,  battle,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

Robin Hood (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Robin Hood (2010)

Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French? (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Mood:epic
Locations:castle,  england
Characters:soldier
Story:palace,  rowboat,  birth,  gambling,  sword fight,  battle,  face slap,  horse,  fistfight,  voice over narration,  fire,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  kiss

The Rules Of The Game (1939)
Comedy, Drama

The Rules Of The Game (1939)

Aviator Andre Jurieux has just completed a record-setting flight, but when he is greeted by an admiring crowd, all he can say to them is how miserable he is that the woman he loves did not come to meet him. He is in love with Christine, the wife of aristocrat Robert de la Cheyniest. Robert himself is involved in an affair with Genevieve de Marras, but he is trying to break it off. Meanwhile, Andre seeks help from his old friend Octave, who gets Andre an invitation to the country home where Robert and Christine are hosting a large hunting party. As the guests arrive for the party, their cordial greetings hide their real feelings, along with their secrets - and even some of the servants are involved in tangled relationships. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  drunkenness,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity
Locations:castle,  wheelchair
Characters:maid
Story:countess,  fencing,  estate,  card playing,  attempted suicide,  duel,  disguise,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  face slap,  fistfight,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

The Right Stuff (1983) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Right Stuff (1983)

'Tom Wolfe (I)' (qv)'s book on the history of the U.S. Space program reads like a novel, and the film has that same fictional quality. It covers the breaking of the sound barrier by 'Chuck Yeager' (qv) to the Mercury 7 astronauts, showing that no one had a clue how to run a space program or how to select people to be in it. Thrilling, funny, charming and electrifying all at once. (Read More)

Themes:military,  funeral,  adultery
Mood:epic
Story:military officer,  riding accident,  famous score,  marital separation,  vomiting,  horse,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character

The Duchess (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

The Duchess (2008)

Georgiana Spencer became Duchess of Devonshire on her marriage to the Duke in 1774, at the height of the Georgian period, a period of fashion, decadence, and political change. Spirited and adored by the public at large she quickly found her marriage to be a disappointment, defined by her duty to produce a male heir and the Duke's philandering and callous indifference to her. She befriends Lady Bess but finds she is once again betrayed by her husband who wields his power with the three eventually living uncomfortably together. Against this background, and with the pressures of an unfaithful husband, strict social pressures and constant public scrutiny, Georgiana falls passionately in love with Charles Grey, a rising young Whig politician. However, despite his ongoing liaison with Lady Bess, the Duke refuses to allow her to continue the affair and threatens to take her children from her. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:castle
Characters:maid
Story:1770s,  1780s,  nobility,  estate,  18th century,  card playing,  gambling,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  horse,  dancing

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

Cold Mountain (2003)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Characters:musician,  soldier
Story:military desertion,  deserter,  rowboat,  death of child,  rural setting,  vomiting,  battle,  horse,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  two word title,  kiss

Dances With Wolves (1990)
Adventure, Drama, Western

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  famous score,  honor,  what happened to epilogue,  widow,  rural setting,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  based on novel

Duck Soup (1933) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Comedy, Musical, War

Duck Soup (1933)

The country of Freedonia is in the middle of a financial crisis and on the brink of revolution. In order to gain a bail-out from the wealthy Mrs Teasdale, the government appoints Rufus T Firefly as its president. However, Mr Firefly shuns the pomp and pretentiousness of government; along with the prudence and rationality of it too. Meanwhile, the neighbouring country of Sylvania is plotting to overthrow Freedonia and sends Pinky and Chicolini to spy on Firefly. War seems inevitable. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:bathtub
Characters:soldier
Story:horse riding,  impersonation,  espionage,  uniform,  widow,  disguise,  spy,  battle,  face slap,  horse,  dancing

Alexander (2004)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Alexander (2004)

Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Mood:epic,  melodrama
Characters:soldier
Story:husband wife estrangement,  palace,  honor,  what happened to epilogue,  spanking,  death of friend,  sword fight,  arrest,  battle,  face slap,  horse,  fistfight,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

Hamlet (1996)
Drama

Hamlet (1996)

Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot--the most complicated and most interesting in all literature--he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the "prime minister," love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding
Mood:epic
Locations:castle
Story:resentment toward stepfather,  fencing,  palace,  uncle,  duel,  sword fight,  face slap,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

Original Sin (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Original Sin (2001)

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  wedding,  drunkenness
Locations:bathtub
Story:horse riding,  sailing ship,  card playing,  impostor,  faked death,  confession,  gambling,  boxing,  gay kiss,  horse,  crying,  voice over narration,  dancing,  based on novel,  kiss

Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like Barry Lyndon (1975)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

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

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Locations:england,  bathtub
Story:deathbed,  british army,  estate,  rowboat,  confession,  child abuse,  arrest,  rescue,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  kiss

Shanghai Knights (2003)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Shanghai Knights (2003)

When a Chinese rebel murders Chon's estranged father and escapes to England, Chon and Roy make their way to London with revenge on their minds. Chon's sister, Lin, has the same idea, and uncovers a worldwide conspiracy to murder the royal family but almost no one will believe her.

Locations:castle,  england,  bathtub
Story:rapier,  sailing ship,  fencing,  honor,  duel,  disguise,  sword fight,  rescue,  horse,  fistfight,  fire

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