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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:regret, camping, hunting, humiliation, tragedy, wrestling, divorce, memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:storm, texas, campfire, mexico, motel, lake, courtroom, woods, snow, forest, church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:homosexuality, waitress, bully, baby, dancer, girl, boy, singer, homosexual
Period:summer, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Story:ranch hand, rodeo cowboy, wyoming, ranch, rodeo, eating pie, washing clothes in river, baby girl, rodeo clown, washing clothes, clothes line, bull riding, harmonica player, crying baby, cattle prod, blood on shirt, baby boy, dead sheep, sex in a tent, cowboy boot

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, friendship
Locations:texas, mexico, campfire, motel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress
Story:ranch hand, ranch, cowboy boot, u.s. mexico border, motel room, cowboy hat, rearview mirror, falling off horse, horse riding, telephone call, mule, coyote, lasso, neo western, shepherd, cattle, promise, rope, eavesdropping, pickup truck

Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

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

Themes:wedding, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:texas, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, baby, singer
Story:ranch hand, ranch, cowboy hat, horse riding accident, thrown from a horse, telephone call, bronc riding, oil field, turkey the bird, coyote, lamb, bull, cattle, jukebox, handshake, thanksgiving, thunder, sheep, assault, teenage girl

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, boy, singer
Period:summer
Story:rearview mirror, telephone call, remarriage, suspicion, sadness, cross, teenage girl, child, widow, eating, cleavage, swimming, telephone, sunglasses, tears, lie, drink, face slap, mirror, food

Shane (1953) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Western

Shane (1953)

Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, jealousy, friendship
Characters:bully, dancer, singer
Story:wedding dress, little girl, independence day, saddle, chopping wood, wyoming, fourth of july, harmonica, cattle, handshake, thunder, whiskey, celebration, arson, fireworks, farmer, cowboy, widow, mountain, axe

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. This is why Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005). (Read More)

Themes:memory, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:mexico, woods, snow, forest, church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, boy, homosexual
Story:washing clothes, crying baby, baby boy, little girl, little boy, telephone call, bad news, footbridge, cremation, gay father, chaos, gay parent, closeted homosexual, warehouse, gay relationship, cross, eating, candle, cooking, gay kiss

An Unfinished Life (2005)
Adventure, Drama

An Unfinished Life (2005)

To escape an abusive boyfriend, without announcing her plans in advance, Jean Gilkyson takes her young daughter Griff to the Wyoming ranch of her father-in-law, Einar. Jean and Einar are disaffected, as he blames her for the death of his son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch, who was attacked by a bear, and Einar does not know that he has a granddaughter. While Mitch heals and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving Griff. (Read More)

Themes:camping, memory, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:motel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, bully, girl, boy, homosexual
Story:wyoming, ranch, bear, horse riding, lasso, rodeo, meat, playing pool, pool table, shaving, rope, pickup truck, teenage girl, cowboy, liar, binoculars, cafe, rural setting, rifle, lie

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:regret, humiliation, memory, drunkenness, drinking, friendship
Locations:motel, snow, bar
Characters:bully, girl, boy, homosexual
Period:1980s
Story:child swearing, motel room, childhood memory, little girl, little boy, telephone call, postcard, male prostitute, movie theatre, nosebleed, pot smoking, fireworks, sadness, teenage girl, farmer, child, house, gay kiss, marijuana, tears

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:humiliation, divorce, drinking, marriage, friendship
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer
Period:1970s
Story:telephone call, jukebox, thunder, pot smoking, pay phone, skinny dipping, coffee, diner, eating, swimming, telephone, marijuana, cafe, sunglasses, drink, watching tv, face slap, food, beating, song

A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:camping, hunting, divorce, memory, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:woods, snow, restaurant
Characters:waitress, dancer
Story:baby girl, little girl, little boy, telephone call, paramedic, handshake, whiskey, promise, sheep, wolf, shaving, pickup truck, bear, tent, coffee, swimming, telephone, sunglasses, rifle, drink

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. This is why Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005). (Read More)

Themes:hunting, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:campfire, woods, snow, forest, church, hospital
Characters:baby, girl
Story:fiddler, fiddle, turkey the bird, chopping wood, post office, saw, farming, kicking, sheep, shaving, cross, eating, mountain, rural setting, rifle, shooting, drink, mirror, horse, food

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:hunting, memory, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:storm, campfire, mexico, lake, woods, snow, forest, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, dancer, singer
Period:summer
Story:little boy, telephone call, moose, post office, belt, mail, laundromat, cattle, jukebox, farming, joy, thunder, hitchhiking, wolf, shaving, fireworks, bear, teenage girl, farmer, lightning

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:tragedy, drunkenness, drinking, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, boy, singer
Period:1960s
Story:little boy, telephone call, washboard, harmonica, joy, pajamas, movie theatre, sadness, teenage girl, house, widow, eating, telephone, cafe, tears, lie, sister sister relationship, drink, mirror, food

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Locations:texas, motel, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, baby
Story:cowboy hat, telephone call, nightgown, trailer home, handshake, cigarette lighter, pool table, promise, loss of virginity, pot smoking, pickup truck, arson, cross, teenage girl, lightning, fishing, eating, telephone, marijuana, cafe

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

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

Themes:regret, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:courtroom, restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, bully, dancer, girl, boy
Story:bully comeuppance, little girl, telephone call, footbridge, cuddling, frustration, kicking, promise, friendship between men, loss of virginity, warehouse, court, liar, fishing, river, cafe, tears, lie, drink, watching tv

Taking Woodstock (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:camping
Locations:motel, lake, woods, church, bar
Characters:dancer, homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:horse riding, telephone call, cigarette lighter, closeted homosexual, farmer, tent, skinny dipping, fishing, eating, gay kiss, telephone, marijuana, place name in title, rural setting, watching tv, small town, horse, food, rain, new york city

De Rouille Et D'os (2012) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy
Locations:lake, snow, hospital
Characters:dancer, boy
Period:summer
Story:little boy, telephone call, looking for a job, sled, cafeteria, hitchhiking, warehouse, based on short story, coffee, eating, cleavage, swimming, telephone, sunglasses, tears, rifle, drink, watching tv, face slap, food

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

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

Themes:humiliation, drinking, jealousy
Locations:snow, church
Characters:bully, baby, dancer, girl, boy, singer
Period:summer
Story:crying baby, horse riding accident, falling off horse, little boy, nightgown, farming, thanksgiving, kicking, promise, gossip, eavesdropping, arson, suspicion, sadness, cross, teenage girl, farmer, coffee, fishing, eating

Seraphim Falls (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:storm, campfire, woods, snow, forest
Characters:baby, girl, boy
Story:cowboy hat, falling off horse, horse riding, little boy, saddle, hunt, arson, teenage girl, farmer, tent, cowboy, eating, mountain, river, tears, rifle, shooting, drink, face slap, horse

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:hunting, drinking
Locations:woods, forest, bar
Story:telephone call, looking for a job, righteous rage, belt, trailer home, pool table, kicking, whiskey, promise, pickup truck, cross, beaten to death, child, eating, telephone, sunglasses, tears, rifle, lie, shooting

Hair (1979) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. This is why Hair (1979) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drunkenness, drinking, friendship
Locations:courtroom, snow, church, bar
Characters:dancer, girl, singer, homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:cowboy hat, horse riding, little boy, harmonica, pot smoking, pickup truck, cowboy, skinny dipping, judge, eating, candle, marijuana, sunglasses, tears, rifle, drink, horse, food, pregnancy, song

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:mexico, motel, snow, bar
Characters:homosexuality, baby
Story:baby girl, crying baby, sex in a tent, bisexual man, little girl, little boy, male prostitute, hitchhiking, friendship between men, tent, diner, gay kiss, bisexual, river, marijuana, gay sex, pregnancy, song, crying, train

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

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

Themes:humiliation, drinking, marriage, friendship
Locations:campfire, church
Characters:dancer, girl, boy, singer
Story:handshake, cigarette lighter, kicking, thunder, promise, celebration, sheep, cross, farmer, tent, liar, skinny dipping, coffee, widow, candle, tears, rifle, lie, shooting, drink

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:hunting, drunkenness, drinking, marriage, friendship
Locations:storm, campfire, bar
Characters:dancer, boy, singer
Story:ranch hand, cattle, falling off horse, telephone call, corral, mule, harmonica, spitting, ranch, thunder, celebration, arson, cross, lightning, tent, fishing, widow, candle, swimming, river

Black Snake Moan (2006) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage, friendship
Locations:storm, motel, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:dancer, girl, boy, singer
Story:wedding dress, telephone call, trailer home, farming, cigarette lighter, kicking, grocery store, loss of virginity, pickup truck, farmer, coffee, eating, cleavage, marijuana, cafe, rural setting, tears, rifle, drink, small town

Near Dark (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar. This is why Near Dark (1987) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005). (Read More)

Themes:regret, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:texas, motel, bar
Characters:waitress, boy, girl
Period:1980s
Story:blood on shirt, child swearing, cowboy hat, horse riding, lasso, trailer home, jukebox, pool table, hitchhiking, assault, rope, pickup truck, arson, farmer, product placement, pay phone, cowboy, diner, sunglasses, rifle

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene ('Carey Mulligan' (qv)), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak ('Matthias Schoenaerts' (qv)), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy ('Tom Sturridge' (qv)), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood ('Michael Sheen (I)' (qv)), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. (Read More)

Themes:hunting, wedding, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:storm, woods, snow, church
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:sheep, farmer, fiddler, lamb, shepherd, thunder, promise, lightning, widow, eating, candle, swimming, rural setting, tears, rifle, drink, mirror, horse, food, rain

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortes, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, camping, divorce, memory, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:mexico, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer, homosexual
Period:summer
Story:cowboy hat, horse riding, little girl, little boy, telephone call, campsite, cattle, jukebox, promise, pot smoking, cross, tent, skinny dipping, coffee, eating, gay kiss, cleavage, swimming, telephone, marijuana

Short Cuts (1993) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, baby, singer
Story:fishing trip, telephone call, trailer home, product placement, based on short story, skinny dipping, coffee, fishing, child, cleavage, river, marijuana, tears, lie, sister sister relationship, drink, watching tv, crying, photograph, cigarette smoking

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, friendship
Locations:lake
Characters:dancer, girl
Story:clothes line, little girl, telephone call, mailbox, trailer home, thunder, loss of virginity, warehouse, teenage girl, cooking, river, sunglasses, tears, sister sister relationship, drink, watching tv, face slap, mirror, horse, rain

Parenthood (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers. This is why Parenthood (1989) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005). (Read More)

Themes:memory, marriage
Story:cowboy hat, childhood memory, little girl, little boy, telephone call, paper bag, joy, sheep, sadness, teenage girl, cowboy, liar, house, cooking, lie, horse, pregnancy, crying, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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:tragedy, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:motel, snow, church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:boy
Story:little girl, little boy, telephone call, nightgown, playing pool, pickup truck, cross, diner, widow, cleavage, swimming, cafe, tears, shooting, sister sister relationship, drink, watching tv, face slap, food, rain

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:memory, wedding, drinking, friendship
Locations:lake, woods, forest, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, baby, girl, boy
Story:mail, childhood memory, horse riding, telephone call, wood carving, equestrian, pocket knife, cremation, handshake, camera shot of feet, suspicion, sadness, binoculars, skinny dipping, eating, swimming, telephone, cafe, tears, rifle

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:drinking, jealousy
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, boy, singer
Story:crying baby, baby boy, little girl, little boy, telephone call, belief in hell, pajamas, grocery store, thunder, promise, liar, eating, telephone, sunglasses, tears, lie, drink, watching tv, face slap, mirror

The Shipping News (2001)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, memory, drunkenness, marriage
Locations:storm, campfire, lake, woods, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:baby
Story:little girl, little boy, moose, thunder, rope, lightning, fishing, house, diner, widow, candle, telephone, river, rural setting, tears, small town, rain, pregnancy, crying, photograph

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. This is why Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005). (Read More)

Themes:wrestling, divorce, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer
Story:motel room, little girl, unhappy marriage, telephone call, looking for a job, fourth of july, kicking, promise, warehouse, fireworks, child, judge, eating, cleavage, cafe, tears, drink, face slap, mirror, food

The Matador (2005) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, friendship
Locations:storm, mexico, snow, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:dancer, boy
Story:bisexual man, telephone call, bull, cigarette lighter, thunder, camera shot of feet, whiskey, friendship between men, teenage girl, liar, coffee, child, candle, bisexual, cafe, sunglasses, rifle, lie, drink, watching tv

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, marriage
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:baby, girl, homosexual
Story:telephone call, chopping wood, head injury, male prostitute, pot smoking, shaving, pickup truck, cooking, cleavage, swimming, marijuana, cafe, sunglasses, tears, lie, drink, watching tv, face slap, gay sex, mirror

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:motel, lake, hospital
Characters:dancer, girl, singer
Story:clothes line, telephone call, mail, pajamas, loss of virginity, suspicion, teenage girl, house, widow, cleavage, swimming, sunglasses, tears, lie, shooting, drink, face slap, rain, pregnancy, crying

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? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, tragedy, memory, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:dancer, girl, boy, singer
Period:summer, 1970s
Story:rearview mirror, telephone call, hunt, handshake, grocery store, thunder, celebration, pay phone, binoculars, fishing, eating, candle, cooking, cleavage, telephone, river, cafe, place name in title, sunglasses, tears

Big Eyes (2014) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. This is why Big Eyes (2014) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005). (Read More)

Themes:divorce, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage, friendship
Locations:courtroom, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:girl, boy
Period:1960s
Story:telephone call, methodist, looking for a job, year 1963, mail, postcard, grocery store, arson, suspicion, court, pay phone, liar, child, judge, eating, telephone, marijuana, cafe, sunglasses, tears

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

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

Themes:regret, memory, drunkenness, drinking, friendship
Locations:campfire, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:homosexuality, dancer, girl, boy, singer, homosexual
Story:motel room, child, trailer home, jukebox, handshake, bisexuality, male prostitute, whiskey, hitchhiking, sheep, rope, fireworks, sadness, tent, liar, house, bisexual, cafe, rural setting, sunglasses

Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:divorce, memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby
Period:summer
Story:telephone call, cuddling, cremation, pot smoking, sadness, coffee, eating, cooking, telephone, marijuana, cafe, tears, drink, watching tv, mirror, food, rain, pregnancy, crying, train

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:divorce, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:lake, courtroom, church, bar
Characters:waitress, baby, dancer, girl, boy
Story:telephone call, promise, pickup truck, court, liar, judge, diner, eating, sunglasses, tears, lie, drink, watching tv, face slap, mirror, food, beating, crying, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph

The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

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

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:texas, motel, church, hospital
Characters:baby, girl, boy
Story:motel room, pickup truck, liar, swimming, marijuana, tears, lie, drink, watching tv, small town, face slap, rain, beating, pregnancy, crying, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father 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. This is why Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, tragedy, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:motel, courtroom, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:girl, homosexual
Story:semi truck, mailbox, jukebox, pajamas, kicking, whiskey, hitchhiking, cross, teenage girl, court, liar, judge, diner, eating, telephone, tears, lie, shooting, sister sister relationship, drink

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:snow, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:bully, baby, dancer, girl, boy, singer
Period:1980s
Story:telephone call, harmonica, liar, eating, cafe, tears, lie, drink, food, rain, pregnancy, song, crying, new york city, singing, title spoken by character, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, tragedy, divorce, memory, drinking, marriage
Locations:motel, church
Characters:singer
Story:telephone call, meat, thunder, whiskey, pot smoking, pickup truck, cross, teenage girl, liar, telephone, place name in title, sunglasses, tears, lie, sister sister relationship, drink, face slap, mirror, food, song

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:regret, friendship
Locations:motel, bar
Story:motel room, telephone call, trailer home, jukebox, ranch, movie theatre, promise, hitchhiking, shaving, pickup truck, teenage girl, product placement, pay phone, beaten to death, diner, telephone, sunglasses, rifle, watching tv, face slap

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:regret, memory, jealousy, marriage
Locations:texas, storm, courtroom, woods, forest, church, restaurant
Characters:waitress, bully, baby, boy
Story:crying baby, childhood memory, little boy, telephone call, bad news, handshake, spitting, cigarette lighter, kicking, thunder, promise, court, liar, house, eating, candle, swimming, river, cafe, tears

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