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Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:dying, illness, unfaithfulness, theft, loneliness, robbery, monster, funeral, wedding, escape, adultery, money, religion, infidelity, love, surrealism
Locations:storm, texas, campfire, jungle, cave, russia, lake, wheelchair, woods, bathtub, boat, cemetery, forest, church, hospital
Characters:mermaid, french, thief, writer, baby, photographer, dancer, student, nurse, girl, teacher, boy, singer, doctor, nudity
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

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

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, religion, love
Locations:texas, storm, woods, bathtub, cemetery, forest, church
Characters:thief, baby, boy
Period:1950s
Story:swimming underwater, piano player, swimming pool, power plant, telegram, stroke, pregnant wife, growing up, shadow, lost, ambition, class, flower, childbirth, storytelling, liar, clown, tree, flash forward, pain

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:dying, illness, unfaithfulness, loneliness, adultery, religion, infidelity, love
Locations:church, hospital
Characters:nurse, teacher, boy, doctor
Story:swimming pool, refusing to eat, loss of husband, buttocks, poem, heart attack, death of husband, class, flash forward, pain, underwater scene, basketball, teenage boy, swimming, revolver, tears, extramarital affair, shooting, secret, computer

Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

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:escape, dying, illness, unfaithfulness, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:storm, campfire, cave, lake, woods, boat, forest, church
Characters:dancer, singer, nudity
Story:marching band, nude swimming, piano player, search for truth, multiple narrators, leaving home, family history, older man younger man relationship, bee, stage performance, growing up, self discovery, co worker, barefoot, spider, wolf, poem, flower, tent, on the road

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, money, infidelity, love
Characters:teacher, boy, singer
Period:1970s
Story:swimming pool, leaving home, romantic rivalry, older man younger man relationship, stage performance, growing up, thunderstorm, barefoot, ambition, embarrassment, eccentric, poet, loss of father, on the road, legend, band, teenage boy, swimming, death of father, secret

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music

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." This is why O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003). (Read More)

Themes:theft, escape, money, religion
Locations:campfire, woods, forest, church
Characters:baby, singer
Period:1930s
Story:bank robbery, one eyed man, banjo, bank robber, eye patch, salesman, swamp, mob, pursuit, ring, on the road, journey, coffin, house, river, rural setting, rifle, water, secret, small town

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

Cold Mountain (2003)

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

Themes:dying, illness, theft, loneliness, love
Locations:campfire, woods, boat, forest, church, hospital
Characters:thief, baby, girl, doctor
Story:marching band, banjo, crow, cane, swamp, sheep, buttocks, flash forward, journey, army, revolver, piano, death of father, rural setting, rifle, shooting, letter, rain, pregnancy, pistol

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

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

Themes:wedding, escape, funeral
Locations:wheelchair, cemetery, hospital
Characters:french, dancer, nurse, singer, doctor
Period:1960s
Story:u.s. army, piano player, wedding reception, hearse, u.s. soldier, automobile, graveyard, coffin, football, army, basketball, band, river, revolver, piano, animal in title, tears, rifle, small town, motorcycle

Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

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

Themes:dying, illness, theft, loneliness, robbery, money, surrealism
Locations:storm, bathtub, boat, cemetery, hospital
Characters:thief, photographer, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Period:1940s
Story:leech, hunger, shoes, flower, ring, tree, graveyard, band, teenage boy, swimming, death of father, tears, water, letter, cat, airplane, rain, beating, crying, voice over narration

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

Cloud Atlas (2012)

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

Themes:dying, escape, money, love
Locations:storm, campfire, woods, bathtub, forest
Characters:writer, nurse, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Period:1930s, 1970s
Story:power plant, swimming pool, one eyed man, older man younger man relationship, eye patch, oil, hunger, pursuit, ring, flash forward, underwater scene, reporter, piano, tears, rifle, shooting, letter, bare butt, secret, cat

Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. This is why Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, theft, robbery, escape, adultery, money, religion, infidelity, love
Locations:jungle, woods, forest, church
Characters:photographer, boy, thief, dancer, nurse
Period:1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Story:mob violence, bank robbery, growing up, buttocks, pursuit, flash forward, pain, fish, teenage boy, swimming, reporter, criminal, death of father, tears, rifle, extramarital affair, shooting, motorcycle, crying, voice over narration

The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:dying, illness, theft, robbery, love
Locations:campfire, bathtub, forest, church
Characters:thief, boy
Story:wedding ring, nude swimming, pregnant wife, hunger, childbirth, pursuit, tent, on the road, pain, journey, swimming, revolver, piano, death of father, tears, rifle, bare butt, rain, dream, pregnancy

The Fountain (2006) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:dying, illness, funeral, religion, love, surrealism
Locations:storm, campfire, jungle, bathtub, hospital
Characters:writer, doctor
Story:wedding ring, tree, unreliable flashback, crow, immortality, sacrifice, flower, pursuit, ring, flash forward, coffin, bed, tears, rain, beating, crying, chase, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (Read More)

Themes:monster, escape
Locations:lake, cave, woods, boat, forest
Characters:thief
Story:gold ring, spider web, journey, bee, eye patch, stranger, giant, gold, ring, key, underwater scene, fish, army, river, secret, small town, fistfight, rain, dream, chase

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

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

Themes:dying, theft, escape, money
Locations:storm, campfire, bathtub, boat, cemetery
Characters:thief, dancer, boy, singer, doctor
Period:1930s, 1940s
Story:fly the insect, u.s. soldier, death of husband, pursuit, tent, storytelling, graveyard, underwater scene, fishing, fish, army, swimming, river, bed, rifle, slow motion scene, airplane, rain, voice over narration, pistol

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. This is why Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, funeral, wedding, adultery, infidelity, love
Locations:church, hospital
Characters:singer, baby, dancer, boy, doctor
Period:1930s, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s, 1970s
Story:swimming pool, cane, liar, legend, baseball, band, reporter, piano, tears, lie, extramarital affair, rain, dream, pregnancy, crying, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

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:loneliness, escape, love
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Characters:boy, mermaid, french, thief, writer, photographer, dancer, girl
Period:1930s
Story:house fire, key, secret, spotlight, oil, gypsy, embarrassment, eccentric, poem, circus, poet, flower, falling in love, pursuit, graveyard, child, teenage boy, river, death of father, tears

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:dying, monster, escape, money, surrealism
Locations:forest, cave, woods, cemetery, church
Characters:french, dancer, girl, boy
Story:animate tree, crow, shadow, wolf, werewolf, sacrifice, storytelling, tree, flash forward, fairy tale, witch, snake, army, death of father, bed, rifle, cat, small town, rain, pistol

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille came into the world unwanted, expected to die, yet born with an unnerving sense of smell that created alienation as well as talent. Of all the smells around him, Grenouille is beckoned to the scent of a woman's soul, and spends the rest of his life attempting to smell her essence again by becoming a perfumer, and creating the essence of an innocence lost. (Read More)

Themes:dying, robbery, money, love
Locations:cave, boat, church
Characters:dancer, nudity
Story:bee, lost, mob, magical realism, twin, flower, childbirth, key, underwater scene, journey, fish, teenage boy, river, tears, rifle, cat, rain, beating, pregnancy, crying

10,000 Bc (2008)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:dying, monster, love
Locations:campfire, jungle, lake, boat
Characters:dancer, girl, boy
Story:woolly mammoth, vulture, bone, gold, pursuit, tent, liar, legend, tree, flash forward, witch, journey, army, band, river, tears, lie, secret, rain, beating

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. This is why Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, theft, robbery, funeral, escape, adultery, infidelity
Locations:wheelchair, bathtub, church, hospital
Characters:thief, writer, girl, teacher, boy, singer
Period:1960s, 1980s
Story:hearse, mob, class, storytelling, liar, key, flash forward, underwater scene, coffin, baseball, basketball, teenage boy, swimming, reporter, criminal, classroom, tears, lie, extramarital affair, shooting

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:illness, theft, loneliness, wedding, escape, adultery, money, love
Locations:cemetery
Characters:thief, dancer, student, boy
Period:1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Story:swimming pool, bankruptcy, miami florida, childbirth, ring, flash forward, graveyard, criminal, shooting, airplane, dream, beating, pregnancy, voice over narration, pistol, party, title spoken by character, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

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

Themes:funeral, infidelity, love
Locations:campfire, jungle, boat
Characters:french, photographer, dancer
Story:utopia, pursuit, tent, underwater scene, fishing, fish, swimming, bed, lie, secret, computer, rain, voice over narration, pistol, chase, title spoken by character, photograph, dancing, based on novel, gun

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:robbery, monster, funeral, escape, money, surrealism
Locations:cave, lake, woods, boat, forest
Characters:mermaid, thief
Story:young version of character, giant, wolf, loss of father, legend, witch, underwater scene, darkness, snake, army, river, death of father, water, slow motion scene, fistfight, rain, beating, chase, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship

Jarhead (2005) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

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

Themes:illness, loneliness, funeral, religion, infidelity
Locations:storm
Characters:baby, dancer, nurse, singer
Period:1980s
Story:u.s. soldier, miami florida, oil, parade, stranger, tent, flash forward, pain, coffin, football, reporter, tears, rifle, shooting, letter, bare butt, airplane, rain, pregnancy, crying

Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

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. This is why Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, monster, surrealism
Locations:texas, woods, boat, forest
Characters:girl, mermaid, boy, singer
Story:mechanical hand, spotlight, cane, shadow, parachute, thunderstorm, eccentric, circus, tent, key, house, piano, tears, letter, secret, cat, computer, motorcycle, rain, dream

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:escape, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:church, hospital
Characters:thief, nurse, singer, doctor
Period:1960s, 1970s
Story:wedding reception, swimming pool, unsubtitled foreign language, miami florida, loss of father, flash forward, teenage boy, criminal, revolver, classroom, death of father, lie, extramarital affair, letter, cat, airplane, car, voice over narration, pistol, chase

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

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

Themes:dying, unfaithfulness, theft, escape, adultery, infidelity, love
Locations:campfire, cave, bathtub, church
Characters:nurse, french, thief, photographer, dancer, singer
Period:1930s, 1940s
Story:paratrooper, cane, thunderstorm, tent, flash forward, pain, army, swimming, piano, bed, tears, rifle, lie, extramarital affair, airplane, motorcycle, car, rain, dream, beating

Labyrinth (1986) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Themes:monster, surrealism
Locations:storm, campfire, cave, woods, forest
Characters:baby, girl
Period:1980s
Story:child, lifting a male into the air, beast, growing up, giant, ring, tent, legend, journey, snake, crying, river, tears, cat, slow motion scene, rain, dream, singing, title spoken by character, photograph

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, love
Locations:storm, texas, campfire, lake, woods, forest, church, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, boy, singer
Period:1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Story:sheep, wolf, tent, liar, fishing, child, house, swimming, river, rural setting, tears, rifle, lie, shooting, small town, fistfight, rain, beating, pregnancy, crying

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. This is why Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003). (Read More)

Themes:dying, loneliness, funeral
Locations:lake, wheelchair, bathtub, cemetery, church, hospital
Characters:dancer, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:growing up, co worker, flash forward, graveyard, rural setting, computer, small town, pregnancy, party, singing, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

The Lobster (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Themes:escape, love
Locations:woods, boat
Characters:french, dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:swimming pool, hunger, wolf, falling in love, pursuit, pain, fish, basketball, band, swimming, animal in title, bed, rifle, lie, shooting, slow motion scene, rain, voice over narration, chase, singing

Dogville (2003) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, theft, adultery, money, infidelity, love
Locations:wheelchair, church
Characters:writer, baby, student, girl, teacher, boy, singer, doctor, nudity
Period:1930s
Story:secret, bone, mob, buttocks, key, classroom, rural setting, tears, rifle, extramarital affair, shooting, small town, dream, crying, voice over narration, pistol, singing, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship

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

Allied (2016)

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

Themes:wedding, escape, money, love
Locations:wheelchair, hospital
Characters:french, baby, nurse
Period:1940s
Story:morocco, secret mission, secret, paratrooper, parachute, automobile, childbirth, flash forward, revolver, piano, bed, rifle, lie, letter, bare butt, airplane, car, rain, pregnancy, pistol

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

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

Themes:dying, money
Locations:jungle, cave, boat
Characters:baby, photographer, dancer, student, teacher, boy, singer, doctor, nudity
Story:father son estrangement, morocco, eye patch, oil, gold, pursuit, tent, key, journey, fishing, fish, army, reporter, river, death of father, tears, rifle, shooting, airplane, rain

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. This is why The Notebook (2004) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, money, love
Locations:lake, wheelchair, bathtub, cemetery, hospital
Characters:dancer, student, nurse, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Period:1930s, 1940s
Story:carnival, house, class, u.s. army, romantic rivalry, self discovery, barefoot, poem, heart attack, joke, army, band, teenage boy, swimming, river, classroom, piano, death of father, rural setting, tears

Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

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

Themes:dying, wedding, love
Locations:bathtub, church, hospital
Characters:writer, nurse, girl, singer, doctor
Period:1930s, 1940s
Story:army life, letter, lifting an adult into the air, banjo, stroke, barefoot, twin, flash forward, army, piano, tears, rifle, lie, bare butt, airplane, dream, crying, voice over narration, singing, title spoken by character

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, theft, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Characters:french, thief, photographer, dancer, student, teacher, boy, singer
Period:1960s
Story:dictionary, marriage engagement, class, pursuit, pain, teenage boy, classroom, tears, lie, extramarital affair, letter, secret, slow motion scene, rain, pregnancy, crying, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, money, theft, robbery, monster, adultery, infidelity, love
Locations:wheelchair, church
Characters:thief, girl
Period:2000s
Story:miami florida, hunger, on the road, liar, teenage boy, revolver, death of father, bed, tears, lie, extramarital affair, shooting, car, rain, dream, beating, crying, voice over narration, pistol, title spoken by character

El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006)
Drama, Fantasy, War

El Laberinto Del Fauno (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)

Themes:illness, monster, escape, love, surrealism
Locations:forest, cave, wheelchair, woods, bathtub
Characters:girl, baby, nurse, singer, doctor
Period:1940s
Story:immortality, army, lifting a male into the air, leech, morocco, stroke, thunderstorm, giant, magical realism, sacrifice, storytelling, liar, key, legend, tree, pain, fairy tale, coffin, band, revolver

Beauty And The Beast (2017) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. This is why Beauty And The Beast (2017) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003). (Read More)

Themes:monster, escape, love, surrealism
Locations:lake, woods, bathtub, forest
Characters:girl, baby, singer
Story:beast, studio logo segues into film, young version of character, eccentric, wolf, werewolf, flash forward, fairy tale, witch, piano, bed, rifle, slow motion scene, beating, voice over narration, pistol, chase, party, singing, title spoken by character

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:dying, illness, funeral, wedding, escape, religion, surrealism
Locations:storm, campfire, cave, boat
Characters:thief, boy
Story:catfish, father son reunion, parade, sheep, pursuit, tent, liar, flash forward, pain, underwater scene, journey, darkness, fish, snake, army, death of father, lie, rain, crying, chase

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

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

Themes:loneliness, funeral, escape, money
Locations:wheelchair, bathtub, cemetery
Characters:girl, writer, baby, dancer, student, singer, doctor
Story:father son estrangement, pain, swimming pool, father son reunion, storytelling, liar, graveyard, journey, coffin, swimming, bed, lie, slow motion scene, motorcycle, rain, crying, party, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship

Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Themes:theft, religion, love
Locations:boat, cemetery, church
Characters:thief, writer, dancer, girl, boy, nudity
Period:1950s
Story:river, fire eater, gypsy, magical realism, class, storytelling, graveyard, classroom, rural setting, tears, lie, letter, small town, crying, voice over narration, party, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer, girl, teacher
Story:swimming pool, father son reunion, class, falling in love, storytelling, flash forward, baseball, teenage boy, classroom, death of father, tears, lie, secret, computer, slow motion scene, crying, voice over narration, party, dancing, husband wife relationship

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? This is why Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003). (Read More)

Themes:dying, funeral, escape, money, religion, love
Locations:boat, hospital
Characters:french, writer, dancer, girl, boy, singer, doctor, nudity
Period:1970s
Story:wedding ring, swimming pool, accidental death, childbirth, fishing, band, river, piano, death of father, bed, tears, rifle, shooting, secret, cat, slow motion scene, airplane, hero, motorcycle, fistfight

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

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

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

Themes:dying, illness, escape
Locations:cave
Characters:photographer, girl, boy, singer
Period:1940s
Story:u.s. army, military draft, u.s. soldier, pregnant wife, tent, army, rifle, water, shooting, letter, airplane, rain, beating, pregnancy, voice over narration, pistol, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:wedding, illness, unfaithfulness, robbery, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:wheelchair, hospital
Characters:thief, writer, girl
Period:2000s
Story:wedding ring, house, swimming pool, small town, circus, twin, reporter, bed, lie, water, extramarital affair, letter, secret, cat, car, pregnancy, crying, voice over narration, party, photograph

There Will Be Blood (2007) is one of the best movies like Big Fish (2003)
Drama, History

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, a local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a pipeline to the coast, and as Eli tries to build his own religious empire. (Read More)

Themes:money, wedding, religion
Locations:campfire, church
Characters:baby, singer, doctor
Period:1930s
Story:oil, falling off a ladder, lifting a male into the air, accidental death, ambition, twin, loss of father, automobile, childbirth, tent, flash forward, underwater scene, child, swimming, rural setting, tears, rifle, letter, small town, beating

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

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

Themes:dying, illness, money, love
Locations:bathtub, cemetery, church
Characters:student, teacher
Period:1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Story:secret, young version of character, embarrassment, stranger, poem, class, flash forward, graveyard, teenage boy, swimming, classroom, bed, tears, lie, letter, rain, crying, voice over narration, photograph, father son relationship

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