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Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  celebrity,  insanity,  brutality,  theft,  anger,  robbery,  art,  drinking,  money,  kidnapping,  love
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  hostage,  baby,  dancer,  policeman,  student,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:art teacher,  jewelry store,  theatre audience,  jewel robbery,  petty thief,  art class,  pole dancer,  sawed off shotgun,  prison visitation,  prison warden,  train compartment,  release from prison,  man crying,  prison guard,  painting someone's body,  reference to charles bronson,  reference to charlton heston,  flexing muscles,  derby hat,  clenched fist,  shadow boxing,  reading a magazine,  criminally insane,  sawing,  pacing,  billy club,  manacles,  white gloves,  drool,  playing catch,  viciousness,  destruction of property,  urinating on someone,  clown makeup,  year 1974,  sink,  cell mate,  crib,  mirror ball,  nightstick,  body painting,  shackles,  19 year old,  overhead shot,  surname as title,  solitary confinement,  cocktail,  post office,  cross dresser,  alter ego,  sewing machine,  parole,  strait jacket,  drugged,  push ups,  masochism,  lecture,  defecation,  swastika,  handshake,  jewelry,  spitting,  shaved head,  asylum,  briefs,  mustache,  animated sequence,  suffering,  pills,  s&m,  classical music,  wristwatch,  vandalism,  captive,  listening to music,  recording,  cage,  tea,  eyeglasses,  record player,  uncle nephew relationship,  film within a film,  injection,  long take,  kicked in the face,  ring,  attempted murder,  suburb,  prologue,  talking to the camera,  pain,  theatre,  drawing,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  nonlinear timeline,  toilet,  prisoner,  montage,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  male pubic hair,  handcuffs,  jail,  cafe,  bed,  sunglasses,  tears,  bare butt,  love triangle,  undressing,  drink,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  fistfight,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  based on true story,  panties,  tattoo,  singing,  male full frontal nudity,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  independent film,  one word title,  sex scene,  murder,  police,  nudity,  dog,  violence,  blood,  fight,  kiss,  death,  flashback

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:insanity,  drinking,  money,  kidnapping
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  boy
Story:destruction of property,  overhead shot,  push ups,  defecation,  classical music,  listening to music,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  film within a film,  injection,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  beating,  voice over narration,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  nudity,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence,  dog

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Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:theatre audience,  surname as title,  briefs,  mustache,  suffering,  pills,  eyeglasses,  pain,  jail,  cafe,  sunglasses,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  panties,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  nudity,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  blood,  fight,  violence,  death

Nowhere Boy (2009)
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:theft,  anger,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  baby,  dancer,  student,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:theatre audience,  listening to music,  recording,  tea,  record player,  uncle nephew relationship,  drawing,  montage,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  punched in the face,  underwear,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  death

Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality
Characters:baby,  boy
Story:prison guard,  sink,  cell mate,  spitting,  briefs,  suffering,  vandalism,  long take,  prologue,  pain,  prisoner,  montage,  male pubic hair,  jail,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  nudity,  death

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Chopper (2000)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Chopper (2000)

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. This is why Chopper (2000) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008).

Themes:brutality,  drinking
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:prison guard,  s&m,  cage,  injection,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  jail,  bed,  undressing,  drink,  shotgun,  fistfight,  beating,  prison,  based on true story,  tattoo,  dancing,  murder,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  fight,  violence,  blood,  police,  death

Tsotsi (2005)
Crime, Drama

Tsotsi (2005)

In Johannesburg, a small time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car. However, whilst driving, Tsotsi finds that there is a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money,  kidnapping
Characters:artist,  thief,  baby,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:mirror ball,  sewing machine,  defecation,  spitting,  tea,  pain,  subjective camera,  tears,  drink,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  train,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog,  police,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  death

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:theft,  art,  drinking,  money
Characters:baby,  dancer,  singer
Story:theatre audience,  swastika,  handshake,  classical music,  wristwatch,  listening to music,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  theatre,  trial,  judge,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  sunglasses,  tears,  drink,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  death

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Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  theft,  robbery,  money,  kidnapping
Characters:thief,  hostage,  baby,  dancer,  student
Story:clenched fist,  year 1974,  solitary confinement,  briefs,  pills,  eyeglasses,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  montage,  subjective camera,  male pubic hair,  handcuffs,  jail,  sunglasses,  tears,  undressing,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  based on true story,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  violence

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:drinking,  love
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  student,  teacher,  boy
Story:release from prison,  parole,  vandalism,  uncle nephew relationship,  prologue,  drawing,  trial,  jail,  cafe,  bed,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  based on true story,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  police,  violence,  death

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 Bronson (2008). (Read More)

Themes:celebrity,  insanity,  theft,  drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:prison guard,  viciousness,  overhead shot,  briefs,  suffering,  wristwatch,  tea,  eyeglasses,  long take,  ring,  prologue,  pain,  mental illness,  judge,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  undressing,  drink,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  fistfight,  beating,  prison,  song,  voice over narration,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  police,  kiss,  blood,  murder

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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? (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  money,  anger,  drinking,  kidnapping,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby,  singer
Story:shadow boxing,  animated sequence,  suffering,  captive,  recording,  injection,  long take,  ring,  prologue,  pain,  toilet,  prisoner,  montage,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  cafe,  sunglasses,  undressing,  drink,  slow motion scene,  fistfight,  beating,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  tattoo,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  police,  death,  fight,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  kiss,  violence

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
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:drinking,  money
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  boy
Story:prison visitation,  prison guard,  shackles,  solitary confinement,  trial,  judge,  toilet,  handcuffs,  sunglasses,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  punched in the face,  beating,  prison,  crying,  telephone call,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  police,  death,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence,  nudity

Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:school
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:destruction of property,  briefs,  suffering,  pills,  vandalism,  listening to music,  eyeglasses,  uncle nephew relationship,  suburb,  prologue,  pain,  strangulation,  jail,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  tattoo,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  sex scene,  death,  police,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  murder

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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:brutality,  anger,  drinking,  money
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:release from prison,  prison guard,  eyeglasses,  uncle nephew relationship,  injection,  kicked in the face,  prologue,  prisoner,  sunglasses,  tears,  love triangle,  drink,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  flashback,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder,  fight,  police

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. This is why Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008). (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  insanity,  brutality,  money,  kidnapping,  love
Characters:hostage,  boy
Story:sawed off shotgun,  prison warden,  prison guard,  solitary confinement,  animated sequence,  kicked in the face,  ring,  prologue,  trial,  prisoner,  montage,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  jail,  sunglasses,  undressing,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  fistfight,  beating,  prison,  panties,  tattoo,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  flashback,  fight,  violence,  blood,  murder

Hustle & Flow (2005) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
Crime, Drama, Music

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.

Themes:drinking,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:pole dancer,  prison visitation,  prison guard,  toilet,  jail,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  violence,  dog,  police,  murder,  fight,  blood,  kiss,  death

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The Air I Breathe (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  theft,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  boy,  singer
Story:listening to music,  uncle nephew relationship,  kicked in the face,  nonlinear timeline,  toilet,  montage,  cafe,  love triangle,  drink,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  beating,  song,  voice over narration,  panties,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  death,  police,  kiss,  fight,  violence,  murder,  blood,  flashback

I'm Not There. (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

I'm Not There. (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Themes:celebrity,  theft,  drinking,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  singer,  baby,  dancer,  boy
Story:theatre audience,  year 1974,  pills,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  film within a film,  talking to the camera,  theatre,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  subjective camera,  male pubic hair,  jail,  cafe,  sunglasses,  drink,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  singing,  song,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  nudity,  dog,  fight

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

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

Themes:theft,  art,  drinking,  money
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  dancer,  student,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:pacing,  playing catch,  handshake,  classical music,  listening to music,  recording,  tea,  record player,  suburb,  pain,  montage,  cafe,  sunglasses,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  slow motion scene,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  dog

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C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. This is why C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008). (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  art,  drinking,  money,  kidnapping,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  boy,  singer
Story:defecation,  film within a film,  ring,  talking to the camera,  toilet,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  male pubic hair,  jail,  cafe,  bed,  drink,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  song,  train,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  death

Midnight Express (1978)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Midnight Express (1978)

On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American 'Billy Hayes (I)' (qv) is caught attempting to smuggle 2 kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who actually sold him the hash. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich, and one of the senior prisoners having already served seven years, an Englishman named Max, the latter two also in for hash related charges. One prisoner not befriended is Rifki, who wields power in the prison as the unofficial eyes and ears for the guards. As Billy, his family and his girlfriend Susan attempt through legal and diplomatic channels for Billy's release, Max tells him that the only way out is to "catch the midnight express" aka escape, which is what Jimmy is continually trying to do. When Billy's situation changes, he becomes more desperate in every sense of the word. It seems as if Billy has only two options: to let the prison ultimately figuratively then literally kill him, or to somehow regain control of his life through whatever means available. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  theft,  anger,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:student,  thief,  policeman,  singer
Story:prison guard,  criminally insane,  parole,  tea,  eyeglasses,  pain,  prison,  trial,  judge,  toilet,  prisoner,  montage,  handcuffs,  jail,  cafe,  sunglasses,  tears,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  based on true story,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  violence,  death,  murder,  dog,  kiss,  blood,  police,  fight

Mortdecai (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance

Mortdecai (2015)

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  theft,  robbery,  art,  drinking,  money,  kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  hostage,  baby,  dancer,  policeman
Story:overhead shot,  swastika,  mustache,  animated sequence,  suffering,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  injection,  ring,  pain,  toilet,  love triangle,  drink,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  fistfight,  beating,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  police,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  dog,  murder,  death

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White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:artist,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:art class,  prison guard,  jewelry,  drawing,  trial,  judge,  nonlinear timeline,  handcuffs,  jail,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  underwear,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  panties,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  kiss,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence,  police

De Rouille Et D'os (2012) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money
Characters:thief,  dancer,  boy
Story:man crying,  shaved head,  listening to music,  pain,  male pubic hair,  sunglasses,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  fistfight,  underwear,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  violence,  kiss,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  dog

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. This is why Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money
Locations:school
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  student,  singer
Story:recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  injection,  prologue,  mental illness,  prisoner,  male pubic hair,  jail,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  nudity

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Lock Up (1989)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:prison warden,  release from prison,  prison guard,  nightstick,  solitary confinement,  ring,  prisoner,  montage,  handcuffs,  jail,  shotgun,  fistfight,  beating,  prison,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  independent film,  violence,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  dog

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Themes:insanity,  theft,  love
Locations:school
Characters:thief,  dancer,  student,  teacher,  singer
Story:theatre audience,  art class,  parole,  recording,  record player,  film within a film,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  subjective camera,  love triangle,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  based on true story,  panties,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  death

The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  brutality,  theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman
Story:reference to charles bronson,  shackles,  parole,  suffering,  listening to music,  recording,  cage,  suburb,  prologue,  trial,  nonlinear timeline,  handcuffs,  jail,  cafe,  bare butt,  drink,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  fistfight,  underwear,  prison,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  tattoo,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  nudity,  death,  police,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  violence,  blood,  kiss

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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  dancer,  policeman,  boy
Story:jail,  prison guard,  manacles,  cell mate,  briefs,  pills,  wristwatch,  eyeglasses,  judge,  prisoner,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  cafe,  tears,  bare butt,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  nudity,  police,  blood,  kiss,  flashback,  dog

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." This is why 15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008). (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  celebrity,  insanity,  theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  hostage,  policeman,  boy
Story:attempted murder,  talking to the camera,  drawing,  prisoner,  handcuffs,  cafe,  drink,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  fistfight,  underwear,  prison,  telephone call,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  dog,  police,  fight,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:brutality,  theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money
Characters:thief,  baby,  dancer,  policeman,  boy,  singer
Story:pole dancer,  sewing machine,  listening to music,  long take,  subjective camera,  bare butt,  drink,  shotgun,  underwear,  beating,  song,  based on true story,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  blood,  murder,  violence,  police,  death

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Capote (2005) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

Famed writer 'Truman Capote' (qv), southern born and bred but now part of the New York City social circle, is growing weary of his current assignment of writing autobiographical type pieces for the New Yorker. After reading a newspaper article about the just occurred November 14, 1959 cold blooded murders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home, Truman feels compelled to write about that event as his next article. So he and his personal assistant Nelle 'Harper Lee (I)' (qv), also a southern born New Yorker and an aspiring writer of her own, head to Kansas to research the story first-hand. Truman hopes to use his celebrity status to gain access to whomever he needs, such as to Laura Kinney, a friend of the Clutter daughter she who discovered the bodies, and to Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator and also a Clutter family friend. If his celebrity doesn't work, Truman will grease the wheels by whatever means necessary. When the police eventually charge suspects, two young men named Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, Truman uses those same tactics to gain access to them. Truman's fascination with the story makes him believe that he can revolutionize writing by expanding the germ of the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel. His personal involvement also changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the seemingly sensitive and thus probable submissive in the criminal pairing, thus Truman becoming part of the story itself. Article or non-fiction novel, Truman knows that he has to take it to its natural conclusion, something which he cannot force. But also missing are the details of the November 14, 1959 event itself, something that neither Dick or Perry have divulged even in testimony. (Read More)

Themes:celebrity,  theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  policeman,  student,  boy
Story:theatre audience,  prison visitation,  prison warden,  train compartment,  prison guard,  cell mate,  shackles,  eyeglasses,  pain,  theatre,  drawing,  trial,  judge,  jail,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  prison,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  police,  murder,  violence,  death,  kiss,  blood

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. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  love
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  boy
Story:pole dancer,  sewing machine,  briefs,  pills,  suffering,  ring,  prologue,  pain,  toilet,  montage,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  jail,  cafe,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  police,  fight,  violence,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  death

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:anger,  drinking,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  boy
Story:release from prison,  pills,  attempted murder,  pain,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  toilet,  prisoner,  jail,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  tattoo,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  death,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  police,  kiss

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Baby Driver (2017)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? This is why Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  anger,  robbery,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby,  thief,  singer
Story:sawed off shotgun,  release from prison,  prison guard,  post office,  wristwatch,  long take,  attempted murder,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  montage,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  jail,  cafe,  sunglasses,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  beating,  prison,  song,  tattoo,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  murder,  kiss,  death,  blood,  police,  flashback,  violence

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
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:insanity,  anger,  drinking
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  boy,  singer
Story:prison guard,  defecation,  pills,  vandalism,  listening to music,  suburb,  mental illness,  nonlinear timeline,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  sunglasses,  tears,  drink,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  kiss,  violence,  death,  blood,  flashback,  murder

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  robbery,  money,  kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage,  teacher
Story:prison warden,  release from prison,  prison guard,  solitary confinement,  wristwatch,  injection,  attempted murder,  nonlinear timeline,  prisoner,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  cafe,  sunglasses,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  fistfight,  beating,  prison,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  independent film,  one word title,  fight,  flashback,  police,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

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Die Falscher (2007)
Crime, Drama, War

Die Falscher (2007)

The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Bernhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop Operation Bernhard's aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  drinking,  money
Characters:artist,  dancer,  singer
Story:urinating on someone,  handshake,  listening to music,  recording,  cage,  record player,  prologue,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  subjective camera,  male pubic hair,  handcuffs,  bed,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  based on true story,  singing,  male full frontal nudity,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  nudity,  blood,  death,  dog,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  violence

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:theft,  drinking,  money
Locations:school
Characters:thief,  dancer
Story:19 year old,  listening to music,  recording,  suburb,  subjective camera,  sunglasses,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  panties,  tattoo,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  fight,  dog,  nudity,  kiss

Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
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. This is why Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  baby
Story:eyeglasses,  ring,  pain,  mental illness,  cafe,  sunglasses,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  fight,  blood,  kiss,  death

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The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer,  student,  singer
Story:push ups,  defecation,  pills,  prologue,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  subjective camera,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  sunglasses,  tears,  bare butt,  love triangle,  undressing,  drink,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  dog,  death,  kiss,  blood,  nudity,  flashback

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  theft,  anger,  robbery,  drinking,  money
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  policeman,  student,  teacher
Story:pills,  wristwatch,  injection,  ring,  prologue,  talking to the camera,  mental illness,  toilet,  jail,  cafe,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  based on true story,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  death,  kiss,  blood,  police,  fight,  murder

Madeo (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Madeo (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  boy
Story:prison visitation,  prison guard,  mirror ball,  overhead shot,  suffering,  tea,  prologue,  pain,  toilet,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  cafe,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  panties,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  death,  fight,  flashback,  dog,  police,  blood,  violence

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:brutality,  anger,  money,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:sawed off shotgun,  prison guard,  swastika,  attempted murder,  drawing,  prisoner,  montage,  subjective camera,  sunglasses,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  fistfight,  beating,  prison,  telephone call,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  bare chested male,  independent film,  police,  blood,  murder,  death,  violence,  fight

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. This is why Milk (2008) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  singer
Story:theatre audience,  briefs,  listening to music,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  long take,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  police,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  violence,  death

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

Original Sin (2001)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  dancer
Story:theatre audience,  tea,  talking to the camera,  theatre,  mental illness,  prisoner,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  tears,  bare butt,  drink,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  prison,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  fight,  kiss,  flashback,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

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Straw Dogs (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  anger,  drinking
Characters:singer
Story:vandalism,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  uncle nephew relationship,  pain,  montage,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  bed,  drink,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  panties,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  violence,  death,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  dog

Rent (2005) is one of the best movies like Bronson (2008)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  art,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  singer
Story:pole dancer,  cross dresser,  tea,  eyeglasses,  injection,  montage,  handcuffs,  cafe,  tears,  bare butt,  drink,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death,  nudity,  fight,  blood,  kiss,  police,  dog

Ondskan (2003)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  theft,  robbery,  money
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  student,  teacher
Story:wristwatch,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  ring,  punched in the face,  beating,  train,  telephone call,  based on true story,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  nudity,  blood,  fight,  violence

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