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Big Fish (2003)
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Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, p… (Read More)

Subgenre:
fairy tale 
Themes:
utopia falling in love dying illness unfaithfulness death of father theft loneliness extramarital affair robbery hero monster funeral wedding escape pregnancy adultery money religion infidelity death surrealism love  (See All)
Mood:
darkness rain 
Locations:
swimming pool storm texas campfire jungle cave russia baseball lake wheelchair rural setting woods water bathtub boat airplane small town cemetery motorcycle car forest church hospital  (See All)
Characters:
mother in law daughter in law relationship older man younger man relationship u.s. soldier pregnant wife mermaid self discovery french witch teenage boy thief writer baby photographer dancer student nurse girl teacher boy singer doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships  (See All)
Period:
1930s 1950s 2000s 1940s 1960s 1970s 1980s 
Story:
gold ring sorority house car in a tree wedding ring father son estrangement traveling salesman spider web mob violence roses are red poem circus wagon circus performer poet laureate animate tree trailer house house fire old house army life football game marching band swimming underwater u.s. army nude swimming piano player secret mission bank robbery wedding reception unreliable flashback congenital heart defect work in progress white picket fence newsweek magazine human cannonball amazing grace the hymn mechanical hand parallel montage unreliable narration forced perspective chicken pox shriner search for truth skywriting woolly mammoth falling off a ladder wichita kansas landscaper daffodil carny reference to bob hope refusing to eat buick conjoined twins ringmaster lifting a male into the air science fair tall tale brief female nudity korean war veteran bare butt woman fly the insect fire eater multiple narrators military draft catfish sideburns terminal cancer milkman lifting an adult into the air siamese twins glass eye power plant lycanthropy studio logo segues into film woman's bare butt father in law daughter in law relationship dictionary quicksand leech one eyed man naked butt iceberg paratrooper storyteller butt naked ventriloquist leaving home rocking chair banjo congo night vision goggles family history korean war chemotherapy family feud spotlight vulture bone father son reunion marriage engagement romantic rivalry estrangement unsubtitled foreign language identical twins telegram rear nudity alabama hearse bankruptcy morocco young version of character stroke sorority bank robber beast tv commercial bee metaphor stage performance crow loss of husband growing up eye patch cane salesman shadow cuba parachute fat man miami florida co worker thunderstorm lost swamp oil immortality hunger shoes gypsy accidental death presumed dead barefoot ambition embarrassment carnival parade sheep stranger mob giant eccentric buttocks spider wolf gold poem werewolf circus heart attack death of husband magical realism sacrifice twin class poet flower loss of father automobile childbirth pursuit ring tent on the road storytelling liar key clown karate legend tree flash forward pain graveyard underwater scene journey fishing coffin child fish joke snake house football army basketball band swimming reporter criminal river revolver classroom piano animal in title bed tears rifle lie shooting letter bare butt secret cat computer slow motion scene fistfight dream beating crying voice over narration pistol chase party singing title spoken by character photograph dancing based on novel flashback nudity kiss dog blood gun  (See All)

The Tree Of Life (2011)
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The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:
theft pregnancy religion death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool storm texas baseball woods bathtub airplane small town cemetery forest church 
Characters:
pregnant wife thief baby boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
swimming underwater piano player power plant telegram stroke growing up shadow lost ambition class flower childbirth storytelling liar clown tree flash forward pain graveyard underwater scene journey coffin fish snake house swimming river classroom piano tears lie cat slow motion scene crying voice over narration dancing kiss dog flashback  (See All)

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Into The Wild (2007)
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Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:
dying illness unfaithfulness adultery money infidelity death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
storm campfire cave lake rural setting woods boat small town car forest church 
Characters:
older man younger man relationship self discovery teenage boy dancer singer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
marching band nude swimming piano player search for truth multiple narrators leaving home family history bee stage performance growing up co worker barefoot spider wolf poem flower tent on the road pain journey fishing fish snake swimming river piano tears rifle bare butt slow motion scene dream beating crying voice over narration chase singing title spoken by character photograph dancing flashback blood nudity dog  (See All)

The Brothers Bloom (2008)
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The Brothers Bloom (2008)

Brothers - older Stephen and three years junior Bloom - have been con artists since they were kids. Stephen is the mastermind, for who the intricacy of the story used in the con is as important as the positive outcome of the swindle. Bloom is the main character of Stephen's stories, the character he considers the anti-hero. As adults, they travel the world and never enlist the same people twice in their cons, except for their consistent sidekick, the mysterious and primarily silent Bang Bang, a Japanese woman who just appeared in their lives one day and who has a penchant for blowing things up. As Bloom hits his mid-thirties, he wants to quit the business as he is losing his own identity to that of the characters he portrays; he doesn't know anymore what is real and what is make-believe. Stephen talks him into one last con, the mark to be the eccentric, lonely but beautiful New Jersey heiress, Penelope Stamp. Penelope's primary past-time in life is to, as she calls it, "borrow hobbies": when she sees something she likes, she learns how to do it solely through reading books. As the brothers go through their final con on Penelope, three main problems may occur to thwart the plan. First, the brothers' former mentor and now arch enemy, Diamond Dog, may exact his long awaited revenge on the brothers. Second, Penelope may end up being more unpredictable than all their former marks. And third, Bloom, who has let love slip by in his life, may fall for Penelope. But through the proces… (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love unfaithfulness theft extramarital affair robbery hero escape adultery money infidelity love 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
storm cave woods boat airplane small town car forest church hospital 
Characters:
french thief photographer dancer girl boy husband wife relationship 
Story:
piano player one eyed man banjo spotlight telegram stage performance eye patch salesman thunderstorm presumed dead eccentric pursuit storytelling flash forward child piano rifle bare butt secret cat slow motion scene fistfight beating crying voice over narration pistol chase party singing title spoken by character photograph dancing kiss dog blood flashback gun  (See All)

Empire Of The Sun (1987) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. (Read More)

Themes:
dying theft robbery escape death surrealism 
Locations:
swimming pool baseball water boat airplane motorcycle church hospital 
Characters:
u.s. soldier teenage boy thief student nurse teacher boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
army life u.s. army piano player paratrooper parachute hunger mob poem pursuit graveyard coffin piano tears shooting dream beating crying chase party singing photograph based on novel kiss gun blood  (See All)

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A Man Called Ove (2015)
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A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father theft funeral wedding pregnancy money love death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool wheelchair cemetery church hospital 
Characters:
french teenage boy baby photographer dancer nurse girl teacher boy doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
falling off a ladder unsubtitled foreign language young version of character cane hunger heart attack loss of father pursuit clown flash forward coffin house rifle lie letter cat slow motion scene crying voice over narration chase photograph dancing based on novel kiss dog flashback blood  (See All)

City Of God (2002)
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City Of God (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:
unfaithfulness death of father theft extramarital affair robbery escape adultery money religion infidelity death love 
Locations:
jungle woods motorcycle forest church 
Characters:
teenage boy thief photographer dancer nurse boy father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1960s 1970s 1980s 
Story:
mob violence bank robbery growing up buttocks pursuit flash forward pain fish swimming reporter criminal tears rifle shooting crying voice over narration pistol chase party title spoken by character photograph dancing blood kiss gun flashback  (See All)

The Kite Runner (2007)
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The Kite Runner (2007)

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

Themes:
dying illness death of father theft funeral wedding escape money religion love death 
Locations:
cemetery hospital 
Characters:
thief writer baby dancer boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
2000s 1970s 1980s 
Story:
wedding reception storyteller shoes poem childbirth pursuit storytelling liar tree flash forward pain graveyard journey coffin house band bed tears rifle lie letter secret beating crying chase party singing photograph dancing based on novel blood gun dog flashback kiss  (See All)

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My Own Private Idaho (1991) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father theft robbery funeral money surrealism death 
Locations:
campfire wheelchair rural setting bathtub airplane small town cemetery motorcycle car church 
Characters:
teenage boy thief dancer girl boy singer husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
lost shoes barefoot sheep poem pursuit tent on the road storytelling liar graveyard journey coffin fish house band bed tears lie shooting letter dream crying chase singing photograph dancing dog flashback gun kiss  (See All)

Boy A (2007)
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Boy A (2007)

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

Themes:
dying illness hero escape love death 
Locations:
water bathtub cemetery 
Characters:
photographer dancer student girl teacher boy mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
father son estrangement estrangement co worker shoes embarrassment class liar graveyard fishing fish reporter criminal river classroom bed tears lie letter bare butt secret beating crying party photograph dancing based on novel flashback kiss blood  (See All)

The Dressmaker (2015)
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The Dressmaker (2015)

Based on Rosalie Ham's best selling novel, The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small home town in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture.

Themes:
illness unfaithfulness extramarital affair funeral wedding adultery infidelity love 
Locations:
wheelchair rural setting bathtub small town cemetery church 
Characters:
mother in law daughter in law relationship witch photographer dancer girl boy singer husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
trailer house wedding reception cane accidental death flower pursuit flash forward coffin football rifle lie letter secret voice over narration chase singing photograph dancing based on novel dog flashback blood kiss  (See All)

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Giant (1956)
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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:
falling in love illness funeral wedding pregnancy money love death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool texas water airplane cemetery car hospital 
Characters:
u.s. soldier teenage boy baby nurse singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1930s 1940s 
Story:
military draft thunderstorm oil parade sheep giant twin graveyard coffin band swimming tears rifle letter cat fistfight beating crying party singing based on novel dog kiss blood  (See All)

The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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The Deer Hunter (1978)

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

Themes:
funeral wedding escape pregnancy death 
Locations:
wheelchair small town cemetery motorcycle car hospital 
Characters:
u.s. soldier french dancer nurse singer doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
u.s. army piano player wedding reception hearse automobile graveyard coffin football army basketball band river revolver piano animal in title tears rifle beating crying chase party singing photograph dancing gun kiss blood  (See All)

Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness theft extramarital affair robbery funeral wedding adultery money infidelity death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool wheelchair church hospital 
Characters:
thief dancer boy doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
wedding ring wedding reception marriage engagement telegram shoes embarrassment heart attack liar coffin football swimming tears lie crying singing photograph dancing kiss nudity  (See All)

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Birth (2004)
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Birth (2004)

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

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair funeral wedding pregnancy adultery infidelity death 
Locations:
bathtub cemetery hospital 
Characters:
baby photographer student teacher boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
marriage engagement heart attack death of husband class childbirth flash forward graveyard coffin classroom piano tears lie bare butt crying party singing kiss flashback  (See All)

Cold Mountain (2003)
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Cold Mountain (2003)

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

Themes:
dying illness death of father theft loneliness pregnancy death love 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
campfire rural setting woods boat forest church hospital 
Characters:
thief baby girl doctor mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
marching band banjo crow cane swamp sheep buttocks flash forward army revolver piano rifle shooting letter pistol singing title spoken by character photograph based on novel kiss flashback gun blood  (See All)

The Mirror (1975) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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The Mirror (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Themes:
dying illness pregnancy money surrealism death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
russia rural setting woods airplane forest 
Characters:
writer baby dancer student singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1930s 1940s 
Story:
buttocks poem swimming river bed tears rifle bare butt cat slow motion scene dream crying singing photograph dancing dog blood flashback nudity  (See All)

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The Notebook (2004)
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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:
death of father wedding love death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
lake wheelchair rural setting bathtub cemetery hospital 
Characters:
self discovery teenage boy dancer student nurse singer doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1930s 1940s 
Story:
u.s. army romantic rivalry barefoot carnival poem heart attack class joke house army band swimming river classroom piano tears rifle letter crying voice over narration singing photograph dancing based on novel flashback kiss  (See All)

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)
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Grave Of The Fireflies (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:
dying illness death of father theft loneliness robbery money death surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
storm water bathtub boat airplane cemetery hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy thief photographer girl boy singer doctor father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
leech hunger shoes flower ring tree graveyard band swimming tears letter cat beating crying voice over narration singing photograph based on novel flashback blood  (See All)

Tokyo Story (1953)
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Tokyo Story (1953)

An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their busy, impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.

Themes:
dying illness loneliness funeral money death 
Locations:
baseball rural setting water boat cemetery 
Characters:
mother in law daughter in law relationship baby student teacher singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
military draft father in law daughter in law relationship estrangement telegram lost ambition death of husband class liar graveyard journey fish classroom lie letter dream crying singing photograph  (See All)

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The Last Picture Show (1971)

In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the movie house and the time comes for the last picture show. With the closure of the movie house, the boys feel that a stage of their lives is closing. They stand uneasily on the threshold of the rest of their lives. (The movie was adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry). (Read More)

Themes:
dying illness unfaithfulness loneliness extramarital affair funeral adultery money infidelity death love 
Locations:
texas lake small town cemetery 
Characters:
u.s. soldier self discovery teenage boy dancer teacher boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
nude swimming piano player korean war eye patch poem class graveyard fishing coffin house football basketball classroom rifle bare butt secret crying chase party singing dancing based on novel kiss gun  (See All)

The Good Girl (2002)
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The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:
illness unfaithfulness theft extramarital affair pregnancy adultery infidelity love death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
texas bathtub small town car church hospital 
Characters:
pregnant wife thief writer baby girl boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
co worker liar pain swimming bed tears lie bare butt dream beating crying voice over narration kiss gun dog flashback  (See All)

21 Grams (2003)
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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:
dying illness unfaithfulness loneliness extramarital affair pregnancy adultery religion infidelity love death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool church hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy nurse teacher boy doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
refusing to eat loss of husband buttocks poem heart attack death of husband class flash forward pain underwater scene basketball swimming revolver tears shooting secret computer beating crying voice over narration pistol party singing photograph flashback gun kiss blood  (See All)

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Elizabethtown (2005)
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Elizabethtown (2005)

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father funeral wedding money death love 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
airplane small town cemetery church 
Characters:
self discovery dancer boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
2000s 
Story:
loss of husband shoes heart attack death of husband loss of father on the road storytelling graveyard coffin basketball band river tears computer slow motion scene dream crying voice over narration singing title spoken by character photograph dancing dog kiss flashback  (See All)

My Girl (1991) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:
theft funeral death 
Locations:
lake wheelchair woods small town forest 
Characters:
writer student nurse girl teacher boy doctor family relationships 
Period:
1970s 
Story:
carny rocking chair bee carnival poem ring tree fishing coffin fish basketball swimming river classroom bed tears crying singing photograph dancing blood kiss  (See All)

Persepolis (2007)
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Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:
unfaithfulness theft funeral wedding religion infidelity death love surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
wheelchair bathtub cemetery motorcycle hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy thief dancer student girl teacher boy doctor father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1970s 1980s 
Story:
swamp oil heart attack class flower pursuit storytelling liar key karate flash forward pain fish army classroom bed tears rifle lie shooting cat dream crying voice over narration chase party dancing kiss blood dog flashback  (See All)

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The Lost City Of Z (2016)
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The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. (Read More)

Themes:
dying death of father pregnancy 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
campfire jungle cave boat church hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy dancer boy singer doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telegram lost hunger gold poem sacrifice pursuit flash forward underwater scene journey fish snake army swimming river bed rifle lie letter bare butt slow motion scene dream pistol chase singing photograph dancing dog flashback gun kiss  (See All)

Almost Famous (2000)
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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:
unfaithfulness death of father adultery money infidelity love 
Locations:
swimming pool airplane car 
Characters:
older man younger man relationship teenage boy teacher boy singer mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1970s 
Story:
leaving home romantic rivalry stage performance growing up thunderstorm barefoot ambition embarrassment eccentric poet loss of father on the road legend band swimming secret fistfight crying party singing photograph dancing kiss  (See All)

Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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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:
dying escape money love death 
Locations:
swimming pool storm campfire woods bathtub airplane forest 
Characters:
older man younger man relationship writer nurse girl boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
power plant one eyed man eye patch oil hunger pursuit ring flash forward underwater scene reporter piano tears rifle shooting letter bare butt secret cat computer dream crying pistol chase singing title spoken by character photograph based on novel kiss dog flashback blood gun  (See All)

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

In Bedridge, Professor Parker Wilson finds an abandoned dog at the train station and takes it home with the intention of returning the animal to its owner. He finds that the dog is an Akita and names it Hachiko. However, nobody claims the dog so his family decides to keep Hachi.

Themes:
death of father funeral wedding pregnancy love death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
storm bathtub airplane cemetery 
Characters:
baby dancer student girl teacher boy husband wife relationship family relationships 
Story:
wedding reception heart attack death of husband class flash forward coffin classroom piano animal in title bed tears cat computer crying dancing dog flashback kiss  (See All)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (Read More)

Themes:
theft escape money religion 
Locations:
campfire rural setting woods water small town forest church 
Characters:
baby singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
bank robbery one eyed man banjo bank robber eye patch salesman swamp mob pursuit ring on the road journey coffin river rifle secret fistfight beating crying singing photograph dancing based on novel dog blood  (See All)

Seraphim Falls (2006)
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Seraphim Falls (2006)

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? (Read More)

Themes:
theft robbery escape money religion death surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
storm campfire woods water forest 
Characters:
thief baby girl boy husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
house fire u.s. army bank robber metaphor gold pursuit tent pain underwater scene army river revolver tears rifle shooting slow motion scene fistfight crying pistol chase dancing blood flashback  (See All)

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The Water Diviner (2014)

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

Themes:
death 
Locations:
campfire water boat church 
Characters:
thief dancer nurse girl boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
nude swimming piano player father son reunion telegram cane sheep pursuit tent liar flash forward graveyard coffin band piano tears rifle lie shooting bare butt secret slow motion scene beating crying chase singing photograph dancing flashback blood dog nudity gun  (See All)

Australia (2008)
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Australia (2008)

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

Themes:
dying theft escape money death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
storm campfire bathtub boat airplane cemetery 
Characters:
u.s. soldier thief dancer boy singer doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1930s 1940s 
Story:
fly the insect death of husband pursuit tent storytelling graveyard underwater scene fishing fish swimming river bed rifle slow motion scene voice over narration pistol chase singing title spoken by character photograph dancing dog blood flashback kiss  (See All)

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fairy tale 
Themes:
unfaithfulness theft extramarital affair robbery pregnancy adultery infidelity death 
Locations:
lake wheelchair rural setting airplane small town 
Characters:
thief girl singer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
stroke metaphor carnival buttocks spider class flash forward pain child band lie computer beating singing title spoken by character photograph based on novel blood flashback  (See All)

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Andrei Rublev (1966)
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Andrei Rublev (1966)

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

Themes:
dying illness theft escape money religion love death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
campfire russia woods water forest church 
Characters:
thief teacher boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
bee hunger mob wolf gold liar legend snake army swimming river tears lie bare butt secret cat slow motion scene dream beating crying voice over narration chase singing kiss flashback dog nudity blood  (See All)

Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love death of father loneliness escape death love 
Locations:
bathtub cemetery 
Characters:
mermaid french teenage boy thief writer photographer dancer girl boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
house fire spotlight gypsy embarrassment poem circus poet flower pursuit key graveyard child river tears secret cat slow motion scene dream crying voice over narration chase photograph dancing dog flashback  (See All)

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
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A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancee to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness death of father theft extramarital affair pregnancy adultery infidelity death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
wheelchair bathtub boat airplane cemetery motorcycle church hospital 
Characters:
french teenage boy thief photographer nurse girl boy singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
mechanical hand ventriloquist marriage engagement spider pain graveyard child house army criminal tears rifle lie shooting letter cat dream crying voice over narration pistol singing photograph based on novel nudity kiss dog gun flashback  (See All)

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The Painted Veil (2006)
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The Painted Veil (2006)

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

Themes:
dying extramarital affair pregnancy adultery money infidelity love death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
campfire water bathtub boat hospital 
Characters:
french baby dancer nurse teacher boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
death of husband ring flash forward pain coffin band swimming river classroom piano tears letter bare butt crying chase singing dancing based on novel gun kiss flashback  (See All)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fairy tale 
Themes:
illness death of father monster pregnancy death love surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
cave wheelchair woods bathtub small town forest 
Characters:
baby nurse girl singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
lifting a male into the air leech thunderstorm magical realism sacrifice flower storytelling liar key tree pain coffin army revolver rifle lie shooting voice over narration chase singing blood gun  (See All)

East Of Eden (1955) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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East Of Eden (1955)

In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother Aron for the love of their father Adam. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, to how to get ahead in business and in life, to how to relate to estranged mother. (Read More)

Themes:
dying theft loneliness money religion love 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
u.s. soldier teenage boy thief nurse singer doctor mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
marching band piano player white picket fence marriage engagement telegram stroke presumed dead carnival parade flower liar band piano tears lie shooting crying singing title spoken by character photograph based on novel dog kiss  (See All)

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King Kong (1933)
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King Kong (1933)

Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This 'soon-to-be-unfortunate' soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find out. Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Ann in it's grasps. Carl and Ann's new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Ann, whilst avoiding all sorts of creatures and beasts. (Read More)

Themes:
dying monster escape money love death 
Locations:
campfire jungle cave lake boat airplane motorcycle 
Characters:
baby photographer dancer 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
lifting an adult into the air vulture marriage engagement beast swamp hunger giant sacrifice pursuit underwater scene journey snake swimming reporter revolver bed rifle chase dancing based on novel blood gun kiss  (See All)

Peter Pan (2003)
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Peter Pan (2003)

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. (Read More)

Themes:
theft loneliness hero death 
Locations:
storm jungle water bathtub 
Characters:
mermaid thief student girl teacher boy husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
growing up shadow lost barefoot gold class storytelling child classroom bed shooting letter slow motion scene crying voice over narration title spoken by character based on novel gun dog kiss  (See All)

Nowhere Boy (2009)
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Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:
theft funeral money death love 
Locations:
cemetery 
Characters:
teenage boy thief baby dancer student girl teacher boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
1950s 1940s 1960s 
Story:
piano player banjo death of husband flash forward graveyard house band piano tears lie letter secret dream crying party singing photograph dancing kiss flashback blood  (See All)

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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

In 1952, twenty-three year old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna - Fuser to his friends and later better known as 'Ernesto Che Guevara' - one semester away from graduation, decides to postpone his last semester to accompany his twenty-nine year old biochemist friend 'Alberto Granado' - Mial to his friends - on his four month, 8,000 km long dream motorcycle trip throughout South America starting from their home in Buenos Aires. Their quest is to see things they've only read about in books about the continent on which they live, and to finish that quest on Alberto's thirtieth birthday on the other side of the continent in the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela. Not all on this trip goes according to their rough plan due to a broken down motorbike, a continual lack of money (they often stretching the truth to gain the favor of a variety of strangers to help them), arguments between the two in their frequent isolation solely with each other, their raging libidos which sometimes get them into trouble, and dealing with Fuser's chronic asthma. But a chance encounter with a couple of Communists in the Chilean desert and an extended visit to the San Pablo Leper Colony in the Peruvian Amazon Basin among other things profoundly affects what each will want to do with his life and the bond each has with the other. (Read More)

Themes:
dying illness theft robbery money death love 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
campfire lake boat airplane motorcycle hospital 
Characters:
self discovery thief writer dancer student nurse singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
1950s 1960s 
Story:
piano player congo cuba on the road liar pain journey fish band swimming river piano lie letter dream chase party singing dancing gun dog  (See All)

Without A Paddle (2004)
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Without A Paddle (2004)

Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter. (Read More)

Themes:
funeral love death 
Mood:
darkness rain 
Locations:
campfire cave rural setting airplane small town cemetery motorcycle 
Characters:
teenage boy boy singer doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
trailer house falling off a ladder parachute pursuit storytelling liar graveyard journey fishing coffin fish river tears rifle lie shooting computer slow motion scene crying chase singing photograph gun dog kiss blood  (See All)

Underground (1995)
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Underground (1995)

The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on. (Read More)

Themes:
theft wedding pregnancy love surrealism death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
wheelchair bathtub 
Characters:
thief baby photographer dancer husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1940s 1960s 
Story:
marching band gold flower childbirth liar underwater scene coffin fish band swimming rifle lie shooting cat dancing based on novel gun kiss  (See All)

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The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
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The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

It's the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl's favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death. But before he is executed, Ben is in the state penitentiary with a cell mate, a man by the name of Harry Powell, a self-professed man of the cloth, who is really a con man and murderer, swindling lonely women, primarily rich widows, of their money before he kills them. Harry does whatever he can, unsuccessfully, to find out the location of the $10,000 from Ben. After Ben's execution, Harry decides that Willa will be his next mark, figuring that someone in the family knows where the money is hidden. Despite vowing not to remarry, Willa ends up being easy prey for Harry's outward evangelicalism; she is a pious woman who feels she needs to atone for her sins which led to Ben doing what he did, especially as Harry presents himself as the preacher who worked at the prison and provided salvation to Ben before his death. Harry quickly figures out that John and Pearl know where the money is. Conversely, John doesn't trust Harry, John who first tries not to show to Harry that he indeed does know where the money is, and then second constantly reminds a more-trusting Pearl of their p… (Read More)

Themes:
death of father theft money religion love death 
Locations:
campfire rural setting bathtub small town church 
Characters:
teenage boy thief dancer girl boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
spider web bank robbery rocking chair banjo bank robber loss of husband shadow gypsy sheep mob death of husband loss of father pursuit storytelling liar fishing river tears rifle lie letter secret cat crying chase singing photograph dancing based on novel blood gun dog  (See All)

Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
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Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Themes:
loneliness monster surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
texas woods boat motorcycle forest 
Characters:
mermaid girl boy singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
mechanical hand spotlight cane shadow parachute thunderstorm eccentric circus tent key house piano tears letter cat computer dream crying voice over narration singing title spoken by character photograph based on novel blood dog  (See All)

Pearl Harbor (2001)
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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:
theft loneliness robbery pregnancy death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
baseball wheelchair boat airplane hospital 
Characters:
french thief dancer nurse boy mother son relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
u.s. army secret mission parachute presumed dead tent underwater scene coffin army band tears shooting letter crying pistol title spoken by character photograph dancing dog flashback gun blood kiss  (See All)

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