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Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

Themes:abortion, wrestling, depression, divorce, anger, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:pennsylvania, motel, wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:lust, musician, dancer, nurse, girl, singer, doctor, nipples
Story:nursing home, cd player, climbing a fence, liquor store, grandfather granddaughter relationship, voice over reading, abortion clinic, reading aloud, grandmother granddaughter relationship, motel sex, motel room, brooklyn bridge, girl in panties, running backwards, woman in a wheelchair, man in a wheelchair, wanting a divorce, sex in taxi, dog hit by a car, reflection in a car window

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:anger, drinking
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:reading aloud, little girl, stuffed toy dog, copy machine, cd, earphones, job interview, janitor, promise, vandalism, listening to music, answering machine, hugging, american flag, reading, flash forward, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, dysfunctional family

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician, lust, dancer, nurse, girl, doctor, nipples
Story:girl in panties, looking at self in mirror, taxi driver, wedding ring, panties pulled down, no panties, marriage problems, black panties, dysfunctional marriage, nipples visible through clothing, rainbow, receptionist, female removes her dress, promiscuous woman, copulation, rear entry sex, coitus, class, female removes her clothes, reading

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:abortion, anger, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:nurse, doctor, nipples
Story:liquor store, little girl, joke telling, suv, store, hypodermic needle, class, flash forward, nonlinear timeline, breast suckling, cleavage, prayer, bathroom, cafe, tears, drink, face slap, food, beating, pregnancy

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
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:divorce, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Characters:dancer, girl
Story:store, backpack, promise, hugging, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, black american, sleeping, class, falling in love, reading, flash forward, apology, montage, f word, alcohol, classroom, tears, drink, crying, voice over narration

The Master (2012)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them. This is why The Master (2012) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010).

Themes:wrestling, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:pennsylvania
Characters:lust, dancer, singer, doctor
Story:reading aloud, little girl, no panties, store, earphones, wrestler, applause, sleeping, flash forward, controversy, child, apology, eating, montage, f word, bathroom, running, tears, taxi, book

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:divorce, anger, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lust, nipples
Story:black panties, reservation, business card, cd, female removes her dress, laughter, rear entry sex, janitor, brooklyn new york city, answering machine, eyeglasses, female removes her clothes, controversy, scantily clad female, montage, cleavage, f word, running, taxi, bare butt

American Wedding (2003)
Comedy, Romance

American Wedding (2003)

Jim Levenstein has finally found the courage to ask his girlfriend, Michelle Flaherty to marry him. She agrees to get married, but the problems don't stop there for Jim. Now along with Paul Finch and Kevin Myers, Jim must plan the wedding. Unfortunately Steve Stifler is in town and won't let the wedding go past without having some fun himself, which includes setting up a secret bachelor party. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, marriage
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:lust, dancer
Story:girl in panties, wedding ring, black panties, nipples visible through clothing, cd, female removes her dress, grandmother, female removes her clothes, flowers, old woman, scantily clad female, apology, eating, montage, old man, cleavage, bathroom, drink, food, fondling

Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer
Story:wedding ceremony, new york skyline, family dinner, promise, brooklyn new york city, listening to music, applause, eyeglasses, class, american flag, falling in love, flowers, suitcase, apology, eating, old man, f word, prayer, classroom, bathroom

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:drinking, money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lust, nurse, girl, singer, doctor
Story:nursing home, nursing, grandfather granddaughter relationship, old people's home, grandfather, eyeglasses, grandmother, flash forward, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, bridge, old man, f word, prayer, cafe, running, tears, taxi, book

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. This is why The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010). (Read More)

Characters:dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship, reading aloud, grandmother granddaughter relationship, dysfunctional marriage, military uniform, fence, family dinner, reading, child, eating, prayer, running, tears, book, food, beating, song, crying, train, telephone call

The Judge (2014)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, anger, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:judge, grandfather granddaughter relationship, reading aloud, wedding ring, little girl, joke telling, ice cream cone, packing, note, breakfast, home movie, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, american flag, suitcase, flash forward, child, truck, eating, dysfunctional family, f word

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

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

Themes:divorce, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lust, dancer
Story:brooklyn bridge, little girl, no panties, dysfunctional marriage, promiscuous woman, punched in the stomach, kicking, promise, brooklyn new york city, answering machine, applause, eyeglasses, domestic violence, female removes her clothes, american flag, apology, judge, nonlinear timeline, subway, eating

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:drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer, nipples
Story:girl in panties, nipples visible through clothing, shopping cart, brushing teeth, note, laughter, co worker, backpack, home movie, listening to music, applause, eyeglasses, fireworks, domestic violence, reading, argument, child, nonlinear timeline, truck, bridge

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:wrestling, divorce, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:lust, dancer, girl, singer
Story:motel room, little girl, unhappy marriage, looking for a job, fourth of july, kicking, promise, warehouse, fireworks, child, judge, eating, cleavage, cafe, tears, drink, face slap, mirror, food, 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. This is why The Reader (2008) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010). (Read More)

Themes:divorce, money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lust
Story:reading aloud, looking at self in mirror, packing, family dinner, listening to music, class, flowers, reading, suitcase, flash forward, scantily clad female, apology, judge, nonlinear timeline, eating, cleavage, classroom, cafe, tears, taxi

Juno (2007) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? (Read More)

Themes:abortion, divorce, marriage
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:musician, dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:child, abortion clinic, pregnancy test, panties hit the floor, ultrasound, cd, receptionist, marital problem, note, listening to music, class, pregnancy, scantily clad female, montage, classroom, bathroom, running, tears, urination, song

Wedding Crashers (2005)
Comedy, Romance

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Two friends, John (played by Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn), crash weddings to pick up women. One day they crash the wedding of the daughter of the Treasury Secretary, Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken). Instead of short-term flings they end up being invited to the Clearys' island estate, and potentially meet the loves of their lives... (Read More)

Themes:divorce, wedding, depression, anger, drinking, marriage
Characters:lust, dancer, girl
Story:grandmother granddaughter relationship, oatmeal, pretending, promiscuous woman, family dinner, love at first sight, breakfast, female removes her clothes, flowers, reading, argument, old woman, scantily clad female, child, apology, eating, montage, cleavage, prayer, sex standing up

Closer (2004)
Drama, Romance

Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. (Read More)

Themes:depression, divorce, anger, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lust, dancer, doctor
Story:girl in panties, taxi driver, book, dysfunctional marriage, nipples visible through clothing, love at first sight, eyeglasses, flash forward, scantily clad female, apology, nonlinear timeline, cleavage, bathroom, cafe, tears, taxi, bus, face slap, mirror, car

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

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

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

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Locations:motel
Characters:girl
Story:nursing home, panties pulled down, no panties, black panties, punched in the gut, copulation, e mail, kicking, breakfast, home movie, coitus, hypodermic needle, sleeping, flowers, scantily clad female, apology, subway, bridge, eating, montage

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010). (Read More)

Themes:anger, drunkenness, drinking, money
Characters:musician, singer
Story:listening to music, female removes her clothes, reading, scantily clad female, eating, cleavage, f word, alcohol, bathroom, running, book, bus, drink, urination, food, car, song, crying, telephone call, panties

Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (2011)
Drama, Mystery

Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (2011)

Nader ('Payman Maadi' (qv)) and Simin ('Leila Hatami' (qv)) argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, depression, money, marriage
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship, reading aloud, wanting a divorce, little girl, copy machine, cd, marital problem, promise, eyeglasses, sleeping, class, domestic violence, suitcase, argument, gas station, apology, judge, old man, bathroom, running

The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect same-sex relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay-at-home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni (conceived by Nic) and Laser (by Jules). Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat reluctantly, she does. He is late thirty-something Paul, a co-op farmer and restaurateur. Despite his seemingly successful businesses, Paul has always shirked responsibility, most specifically in his personal life. After Joni and Laser meet with Paul, Nic and Jules learn what their children have done and, although they don't want Paul infiltrating their lives, want to meet him - especially as Joni and Laser seem to want to maintain some sort of relationship with him. As Paul's relationship with the entire family grows (which includes his hiring Jules to design and construct his backyard), they have an effect on what he wants in life. In turn, he affects their family dynamic as well as each person's relationships outside of it. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:female in shower, shopping cart, packing, marital problem, brushing teeth, rear entry sex, answering machine, hugging, eyeglasses, black american, argument, man with glasses, apology, driving, eating, montage, bedroom, f word, sex standing up, bathroom

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

War Dogs (2016)

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

Themes:anger, drunkenness, money
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:nurse
Story:taxi driver, pregnancy test, florida, warehouse, sleeping, gas station, man with glasses, nonlinear timeline, truck, bridge, montage, f word, taxi, punched in the face, urination, beating, pregnancy, voice over narration, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

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

Themes:wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:pennsylvania, motel, wheelchair
Characters:dancer, nurse, singer, doctor
Story:promise, breakfast, hypodermic needle, domestic violence, american flag, controversy, bridge, tears, taxi, drink, punched in the face, face slap, urination, car, beating, pregnancy, song, crying, telephone call, shower

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer
Story:laughter, punched in the stomach, kicking, promise, warehouse, applause, eyeglasses, flowers, suitcase, man with glasses, apology, judge, eating, f word, taxi, drink, punched in the face, face slap, mirror, food

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:marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician
Story:reading aloud, saying grace, expectant mother, marital problem, kicking, promise, vandalism, listening to music, eyeglasses, black american, sleeping, class, flowers, reading, flash forward, man with glasses, apology, nonlinear timeline, bridge, eating

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:depression, drinking
Locations:pennsylvania, restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:saying grace, first date, punched in the stomach, promise, listening to music, hugging, eyeglasses, class, college student, reading, flash forward, apology, driving, truck, eating, bedroom, f word, prayer, classroom, bathroom

Chocolat (2000) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
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:marriage
Characters:musician, dancer, girl
Story:nursing home, grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, old people's home, class, domestic violence, injection, flowers, suitcase, old woman, apology, eating, montage, old man, prayer, classroom, cafe, tears, food, crying

The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:anger, money, marriage
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:lust, dancer, nurse, singer
Story:florida, brooklyn bridge, panties pulled down, black panties, sex on the floor, business card, dead dog, marital problem, female removes her clothes, scantily clad female, judge, subway, alcohol, bathroom, running, tears, book, bare butt, mirror, beating

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010). (Read More)

Themes:money, anger, drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:earphones, kicking, hypodermic needle, injection, suitcase, flash forward, subway, eating, montage, prayer, bathroom, cafe, running, taxi, book, drink, urination, food, beating, pregnancy

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

Body Of Lies (2008)

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

Themes:divorce, drinking, money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:nurse, girl, doctor
Story:cd, suv, family dinner, e mail, kicking, american flag, injection, falling in love, man with glasses, driving, eating, f word, prayer, cafe, running, drink, punched in the face, face slap, urination, food

Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

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

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:climbing a fence, girl in panties, wedding ring, no panties, wrestler, brooklyn new york city, listening to music, eyeglasses, female removes her clothes, controversy, scantily clad female, truck, eating, cleavage, prayer, cafe, running, tears, taxi, bus

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:abortion, anger, drinking, money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician, singer, doctor
Story:reading aloud, filling station, kicking, backpack, listening to music, applause, sleeping, reading, gas station, apology, subway, eating, cafe, bus, drink, punched in the face, food, beating, pregnancy, song

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. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:earphones, brushing teeth, co worker, flowers, reading, flash forward, eating, cafe, drink, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, family relationships, death

Wild (2014)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Wild (2014)

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. This is why Wild (2014) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010). (Read More)

Themes:abortion, divorce, anger, marriage
Locations:motel
Characters:musician, nurse, singer, doctor
Story:motel room, pregnancy test, female in shower, little girl, black panties, cd, promiscuous woman, backpack, rear entry sex, hypodermic needle, child, bridge, alcohol, prayer, classroom, sex standing up, tears, book, bare butt, bus

The Road (2009) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
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)

Story:removing wedding ring, wedding ring, expectant mother, shopping cart, filling station, rainbow, climbing through a window, brushing teeth, sleeping, flowers, reading, gas station, nonlinear timeline, truck, bridge, eating, old man, tears, book, bare butt

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:marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:undressing someone, dead dog, earphones, brushing teeth, promise, breakfast, listening to music, applause, eyeglasses, falling in love, apology, eating, f word, running, bus, face slap, food, song, voice over narration, singing

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Peter is a composer and a likable sad sack who's devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he rails, he mopes. Finally, his step-brother Brian suggests Hawaii, so Peter heads for a resort on Oahu where, as he's checking in, he sees Sarah and her new beau, Aldous, a polymorphously perverse English rocker. The weeping and moping start again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out. Although he constantly runs into Sarah and Aldous, Peter starts to come alive again. Will Sarah realize what she's lost, and what about Rachel? (Read More)

Themes:depression, wedding, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician, lust, singer, doctor
Story:no panties, fourth of july, rear entry sex, shoes, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, female removes her clothes, scantily clad female, apology, cleavage, cafe, tears, bare butt, drink, punched in the face, face slap, urination, mirror, song, crying, fondling

Side Effects (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. (Read More)

Themes:depression, anger, drinking, money, marriage
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:taxi driver, unpacking, hopelessness, job interview, promise, listening to music, answering machine, eyeglasses, sleeping, injection, flowers, apology, judge, nonlinear timeline, subway, eating, f word, cafe, taxi, drink

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream... until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help... This is why Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010). (Read More)

Themes:divorce, depression, anger, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Characters:dancer, girl
Story:wedding ring, unhappily married woman, moving van, nursing, marital problem, shoes, listening to music, answering machine, applause, sleeping, class, flowers, montage, f word, classroom, drink, punched in the face, face slap, crying, telephone call

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:divorce, drinking, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:girl, singer
Story:looking at self in mirror, panties pulled down, punched in the gut, pretending, ice cream cone, cd, punched in the stomach, florida, hugging, class, american flag, college student, scantily clad female, bedroom, cleavage, prayer, classroom, bathroom, cafe, tears

The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Notebook (2004)

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

Themes:wedding, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:dancer, nurse, girl, singer, doctor
Story:nursing home, nursing, reading, class, unhappy marriage, family dinner, love at first sight, promise, argument, old woman, truck, old man, classroom, tears, book, bus, face slap, food, song, crying

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

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

Themes:anger, drunkenness, drinking, money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:singer
Story:cd player, wedding ring, black panties, cd, earphones, kicking, warehouse, black american, domestic violence, flowers, gas station, scantily clad female, man with glasses, subway, eating, bridge, montage, old man, bedroom, cleavage

Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
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:depression, money, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:motel, wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:girl, nipples
Story:job interview, kicking, florida, u.s. president, judge, driving, truck, eating, tears, bus, drink, face slap, food, car, beating, crying, voice over narration, shower, tattoo, cigarette smoking

Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. This is why Der Untergang (2004) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010). (Read More)

Themes:depression, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Characters:dancer, nurse, girl, singer, doctor
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, hopelessness, military uniform, job interview, promise, listening to music, eyeglasses, flowers, flash forward, old woman, child, truck, bridge, old man, bathroom, tears, drink, mirror, food

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:abortion, divorce, money
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:nurse, singer, doctor
Story:family dinner, job interview, hollywood california, florida, eyeglasses, suitcase, flash forward, judge, nonlinear timeline, montage, f word, prayer, classroom, taxi, car, voice over narration, new york city, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, drinking
Characters:girl
Story:reading aloud, climbing through a window, listening to music, hugging, class, falling in love, reading, subway, eating, bridge, classroom, bathroom, taxi, book, drink, urination, mirror, food, train, telephone call

Dogville (2003) is one of the best movies like Blue Valentine (2010)
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:anger, money
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:lust, musician, girl, singer, doctor
Story:dysfunctional marriage, doghouse, fourth of july, business card, vandalism, applause, eyeglasses, black american, old woman, truck, eating, montage, classroom, tears, experimental film, food, song, crying, voice over narration, telephone call

Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. (Read More)

Themes:depression, anger, drinking
Characters:musician, dancer, singer
Story:child, reading aloud, hopelessness, earphones, brushing teeth, laughter, backpack, home movie, applause, eyeglasses, fireworks, class, apology, eating, montage, classroom, running, tears, taxi, bus

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