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Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

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

Themes:prejudice, illness, dating, wedding, dance, drinking, jealousy, money, christmas, marriage, friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:usa, ship, apartment, cemetery, snow, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:catholic, priest, dancer, student, teacher, singer, friend
Period:summer, winter, 1950s
Story:irish immigrant, crying woman, irish accent, irish music, female in swimsuit, cork ireland, irish american, golf club, packing a suitcase, italian american, working class, catholic church, woman in lingerie, bunk bed, dear john letter, reading a letter, voice over letter, mirror ball, wedding vows, civil wedding

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:wedding, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:cemetery, beach, bar
Characters:dancer, singer, friend
Period:summer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, sex in bed, telephone call, giving a toast, swimsuit, watching a movie, listening to music, tea, sadness, cross, flowers, grave, graveyard, best friend, apology, eating, swimming, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ

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:wedding, drinking, jealousy, money, christmas, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:friend
Period:summer, winter
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, sleeplessness, giving a toast, heartbreak, family dinner, divorcee, tea, golf, ireland, sadness, employer employee relationship, flowers, suitcase, prologue, apology, immigrant, eating, telephone, reference to jesus christ

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking, money, marriage, friendship
Locations:restaurant, beach
Characters:catholic, dancer, singer, friend
Story:crying woman, telephone call, marriage proposal, giving a toast, watching a movie, applause, eyeglasses, flowers, apology, eating, band, f word, swimming, telephone, reference to jesus christ, prayer, reference to god, sunglasses, taxi, undressing

Sleeping With Other People (2015) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:dating, dance, drinking, jealousy, christmas, marriage, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:dancer, teacher, friend
Story:telephone call, marriage proposal, giving a toast, name calling, bench, divorcee, brooklyn new york city, loss of virginity, waiter, eyeglasses, freeze frame, employer employee relationship, flowers, best friend, apology, woman, band, f word, manhattan new york city, telephone

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 Brooklyn (2015). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, jealousy, money, christmas, marriage
Locations:cemetery, restaurant, bar
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:italian american, working class, looking at oneself in a mirror, marriage proposal, lamp post, bigger dreams, giving a toast, name calling, death of sister, snowing, death of daughter, promise, tea, applause, eyeglasses, freeze frame, flowers, suitcase, prologue, grave

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, jealousy, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:catholic, priest, teacher, singer
Story:irish, working class, catholic church, telephone call, marriage proposal, listening to music, tea, applause, class, ireland, flowers, apology, eating, ambulance, subjective camera, reference to jesus christ, bed, drink, mirror, food

Ida (2013)
Drama

Ida (2013)

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:cemetery, snow, bar
Characters:catholic, priest, dancer, singer
Story:catholic church, looking at oneself in a mirror, marriage proposal, crossing oneself, snowing, listening to music, loss of virginity, tragic event, cross, suitcase, grave, journey, apology, eating, woman, old man, band, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, letter

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
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:illness, drinking, money
Mood:melodrama
Locations:cemetery, bar
Characters:teacher
Story:working class, voice over letter, looking at oneself in a mirror, sex in bed, telephone call, returning home, promise, watching a movie, eyeglasses, cross, american flag, prologue, grave, apology, eating, f word, telephone, reference to god, sunglasses, tears

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

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:drinking
Locations:usa, snow, restaurant
Characters:dancer
Story:crying woman, voice over letter, looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, sleeplessness, name calling, promise, swimsuit, listening to music, tea, eyeglasses, freeze frame, employer employee relationship, suitcase, prologue, apology, f word, swimming, telephone, reference to jesus christ

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. This is why Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, illness, wedding, drinking, jealousy, money, christmas, marriage, friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:cemetery, restaurant, bar
Characters:catholic, priest, singer, friend
Story:catholic church, wedding ceremony, christmas tree, telephone call, marriage proposal, homesickness, bride and groom, returning home, loss of sister, pipe smoking, death of sister, tea, waiter, applause, eyeglasses, american flag, falling in love, flowers, graveyard, immigrant

Mustang (2015)
Drama

Mustang (2015)

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, money
Locations:beach
Characters:dancer, student, teacher, singer
Period:summer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, marriage proposal, blowing a kiss, giving a toast, name calling, death of sister, gossip, tea, tragic event, apology, eating, ambulance, subjective camera, telephone, reference to god, sister sister relationship, drink, mirror, food

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (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:illness, wedding, drinking, jealousy, money, christmas, marriage, friendship
Locations:snow, beach
Characters:dancer, singer, friend
Story:voice over letter, christmas tree, marriage proposal, blowing a kiss, waving goodbye, giving a toast, engagement ring, pipe smoking, promise, applause, prologue, grave, graveyard, apology, eating, woman, subjective camera, swimming, tears, letter

Doubt (2008)
Drama, Mystery

Doubt (2008)

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, christmas
Locations:snow
Characters:priest, catholic, student, dancer, teacher, singer
Story:irish accent, catholic church, christmas tree, telephone call, nativity scene, sleeplessness, teasing, bench, community, irish, gossip, tea, italian, class, cross, prologue, eating, prayer, classroom, tears

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

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

Themes:dating, dance, drinking, jealousy, money, marriage, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, teacher, friend
Story:telephone call, clothing, giving a toast, dead father, promise, loss of virginity, class, falling in love, prologue, best friend, apology, baseball, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, classroom, reference to god, sunglasses, tears, drink

La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. This is why La Grande Bellezza (2013) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, money, friendship
Locations:ship, beach
Characters:catholic, priest, dancer, singer, friend
Period:summer
Story:telephone call, sleeplessness, giving a toast, bench, swimsuit, gossip, tea, applause, italian, eyeglasses, sadness, cross, apology, eating, subjective camera, f word, swimming, river, sunglasses, undressing

Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:wedding, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:cemetery, snow, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:student, teacher, singer
Story:marriage engagement, telephone call, dead husband, snowing, class, grave, graveyard, apology, manhattan new york city, classroom, tears, taxi, love triangle, undressing, sister sister relationship, drink, female protagonist, song, crying, new york city

Rumor Has It... (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rumor Has It... (2005)

Hunky NY lawyer Jeff Daly finally got engaged to fickle Sarah Huttinger, who presents him to her Pasadena family, who all soon take to him, for her sister's wedding to Scott. But Jeff's clever counting makes Sarah realize her dad Earl isn't her biological father. Once movie clues from family indicate as suspect successful author Beau Burroughs, she insists on meeting him. Only like her mother and grandmother, she has a one night-stand with Beau, which may well cost her Jeff. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, marriage, friendship
Locations:restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:priest, dancer, friend
Story:mirror ball, marriage engagement, telephone call, bride and groom, giving a toast, engagement ring, gossip, watching a movie, premarital sex, prologue, voice over, apology, eating, bathroom, bed, tears, taxi, love triangle, sister sister relationship, drink

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:drinking, money
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer, singer, friend
Story:crying woman, looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, bride and groom, loss of sister, giving a toast, death of sister, listening to music, applause, eyeglasses, apology, woman, old man, f word, telephone, sunglasses, tears, taxi, letter, sister sister relationship

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

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

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
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. This is why Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:cemetery, restaurant
Characters:dancer, student, teacher, singer, friend
Period:1950s
Story:telephone call, gravestone, listening to music, tea, sadness, graveyard, best friend, eating, ambulance, band, telephone, reference to god, tears, letter, sister sister relationship, drink, mirror, food, song, crying

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:drinking, jealousy, money
Locations:snow, beach
Characters:dancer
Period:summer, winter
Story:crying woman, working class, sex in bed, telephone call, listening to music, applause, europe, tragic event, employer employee relationship, eating, swimming, f word, telephone, bathroom, sunglasses, tears, undressing, drink, food, crying

Hair (1979)
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. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, dance, drinking, money, friendship
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:dancer, singer, friend
Story:bunk bed, bride and groom, freeze frame, american flag, falling in love, flowers, journey, eating, subjective camera, manhattan new york city, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, sunglasses, tears, taxi, vomiting, undressing, drink, food, song

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, dating, wedding, drinking, jealousy, christmas, marriage, friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:student, teacher, dancer, singer, friend
Period:1950s
Story:christmas tree, telephone call, marriage proposal, bride and groom, engagement ring, swimsuit, italian, twenty something, class, woman, swimming, manhattan new york city, telephone, classroom, tears, taxi, letter, drink, food, female protagonist

Made Of Honor (2008) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
Comedy, Romance

Made Of Honor (2008)

Made of Honor revolves around Tom and Hannah, who have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her "maid" of honor, he reluctantly agrees just so he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:dancer, student, singer, friend
Story:marriage engagement, telephone call, bride and groom, giving a toast, engagement ring, twenty something, prologue, best friend, woman, manhattan new york city, taxi, vomiting, undressing, drink, food, song, new york city, singing, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. This is why Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, christmas, marriage, friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:cemetery, snow, bar
Characters:catholic, priest, dancer, singer, friend
Story:irish american, catholic church, telephone call, nativity scene, grocery store, premarital sex, american flag, graveyard, telephone, reference to god, drink, song, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Hunger (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:illness
Locations:snow
Characters:catholic, priest
Story:crossing oneself, clothing, snowing, irish, ireland, tragic event, cross, flowers, suitcase, prologue, eating, f word, river, reference to jesus christ, bathroom, tears, vomiting, undressing, mirror, food

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:money, christmas
Locations:usa, apartment, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:singer
Story:italian american, christmas tree, marriage proposal, reference to the new york yankees, wolf whistle, department store, family dinner, divorcee, watching a movie, loss of virginity, waiter, eyeglasses, europe, premarital sex, suitcase, f word, manhattan new york city, prayer, classroom, sunglasses

Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

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

Themes:drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, restaurant
Characters:priest, dancer, singer
Period:winter
Story:telephone call, marriage proposal, church service, gravestone, shyness, snowing, flowers, grave, graveyard, eating, ambulance, love triangle, drink, food, song, brother brother relationship, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing

Mommy (2014)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

Forty-six year old Diane Despres - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Despres, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Despres as much as they need her. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, jealousy, money, christmas, friendship
Locations:restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:dancer, teacher, singer, friend
Story:crying woman, looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, salesclerk, waving goodbye, dead husband, bride and groom, giving a toast, whistling, name calling, dead father, promise, tea, eyeglasses, sadness, prologue, apology, eating, ambulance, subjective camera

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. This is why High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money
Locations:apartment
Characters:dancer
Story:crying woman, golf club, looking at oneself in a mirror, name calling, pipe smoking, watching a movie, listening to music, waiter, eyeglasses, class, apology, eating, subjective camera, f word, swimming, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, undressing, drink, mirror

Leap Year (2010)
Comedy, Romance

Leap Year (2010)

A woman who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an Irish tradition which occurs every time the date February 29 rolls around, faces a major setback when bad weather threatens to derail her planned trip to Dublin. With the help of an innkeeper, however, her cross-country odyssey just might result in her getting engaged. (Read More)

Themes:dating, wedding, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:apartment, snow, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:priest, dancer, singer
Story:irish, catholic church, telephone call, marriage proposal, bride and groom, listening to music, ireland, cross, falling in love, suitcase, journey, eating, woman, band, bed, tears, taxi, travel, love triangle, drink

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:dance, drinking, money, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher, singer, friend
Story:telephone call, female sitting on a toilet, whistling, listening to music, loss of virginity, premarital sex, prologue, eating, band, f word, swimming, telephone, bathroom, travel, vomiting, love triangle, undressing, drink, food, song

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

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

Themes:wedding, drinking, money, marriage, friendship
Locations:ship, restaurant, bar
Characters:dancer, teacher, friend
Story:golf club, woman in lingerie, looking at oneself in a mirror, sex in bed, telephone call, marriage proposal, long island new york, bride and groom, reading a newspaper, name calling, engagement ring, promise, brooklyn new york city, community, gossip, tea, golf, applause, eyeglasses, freeze frame

Gifted (2017)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:money, friendship
Locations:restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:dancer, student, teacher, singer, friend
Story:crying woman, looking at oneself in a mirror, name calling, promise, applause, eyeglasses, class, sadness, apology, baseball, woman, classroom, reference to god, sunglasses, taxi, letter, mirror, song, singing, title spoken by character

Big Eyes (2014)
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 Brooklyn (2015). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, money, marriage, friendship
Locations:restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:priest, friend
Period:1950s
Story:crying woman, looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, marriage proposal, reading a newspaper, divorcee, grocery store, swimsuit, listening to music, italian, eyeglasses, suitcase, apology, eating, woman, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, sunglasses

Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
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:illness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:cemetery, snow, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, marriage proposal, spaghetti, sleeplessness, dead father, community, tragic event, cross, flowers, prologue, grave, apology, immigrant, eating, subjective camera, telephone, bathroom, tears, vomiting

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:drinking, marriage, friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:priest, dancer, singer, friend
Story:crying woman, looking at oneself in a mirror, dead husband, sleeplessness, giving a toast, promise, tea, eyeglasses, cross, suitcase, grave, graveyard, apology, woman, old man, band, prayer, tears, travel, 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, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer, friend
Story:bunk bed, telephone call, whistling, irish, class, flowers, prologue, eating, band, manhattan new york city, tears, taxi, drink, food, song, crying, brother brother relationship, new york city, singing, title spoken by character

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:dating, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:dancer, singer, friend
Story:voice over letter, mirror ball, telephone call, marriage proposal, landlord tenant relationship, spaghetti, teasing, bench, eyeglasses, employer employee relationship, apology, old man, band, swimming, telephone, river, bed, taxi, letter, drink

Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. This is why Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015). (Read More)

Themes:dance, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:ship, cemetery, snow, beach, bar
Characters:priest, dancer, student, teacher, singer, friend
Period:winter
Story:golf club, telephone call, snowing, class, premarital sex, sadness, cross, american flag, falling in love, immigration, journey, immigrant, band, swimming, manhattan new york city, classroom, taxi, letter, undressing, sister sister relationship

Alfie (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, christmas, marriage, friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:usa, cemetery, snow, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:friend
Period:winter
Story:mirror ball, new york skyline, freeze frame, premarital sex, employer employee relationship, graveyard, best friend, apology, woman, manhattan new york city, river, tears, taxi, vomiting, drink, food, crying, new york city, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

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

Themes:illness, money, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:student, teacher, friend
Period:summer
Story:sex in bed, telephone call, gravestone, family dinner, snowing, swimsuit, listening to music, loss of virginity, class, flowers, suitcase, graveyard, apology, eating, woman, swimming, classroom, bed, tears, taxi

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

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:illness, dating, dance, drinking, jealousy, christmas, friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant
Characters:student, teacher, catholic, priest, dancer, friend, singer
Period:summer
Story:catholic church, voice over letter, looking at oneself in a mirror, christmas tree, telephone call, giving a toast, shyness, promise, listening to music, eyeglasses, class, sadness, best friend, apology, eating, subjective camera, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, prayer

August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
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:drinking, money, marriage
Characters:singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, family tragedy, location in title, listening to music, eyeglasses, cross, prologue, apology, woman, subjective camera, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, prayer, reference to god, sunglasses, tears, vomiting, sister sister relationship

The Sessions (2012)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Sessions (2012)

At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true story, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. This is why The Sessions (2012) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015). (Read More)

Themes:marriage, drinking, jealousy, money, friendship
Locations:restaurant, beach
Characters:priest, catholic, singer, friend
Story:catholic church, journey, sex in bed, telephone call, marriage proposal, trolley, loss of sister, promise, loss of virginity, eyeglasses, sadness, falling in love, best friend, apology, baseball, eating, woman, ambulance, subjective camera, f word

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:illness, dating, dance, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:cemetery, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:dancer, student, teacher, friend
Story:telephone call, gravestone, promise, loss of virginity, applause, class, prologue, graveyard, apology, ambulance, river, classroom, bed, tears, taxi, letter, undressing, drink, mirror, crying

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:illness, christmas, marriage, friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:beach
Characters:priest, dancer, student, teacher, singer, friend
Period:1950s
Story:christmas tree, telephone call, nylons, boarding house, trolley, loss of virginity, class, apology, ambulance, subjective camera, reference to jesus christ, classroom, letter, love triangle, female protagonist, song, crying, singing, title spoken by character, dancing

Greenberg (2010) is one of the best movies like Brooklyn (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Greenberg (2010)

We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? (Read More)

Themes:drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:usa, restaurant, bar
Characters:student, singer, friend
Story:italian american, voice over letter, band, telephone call, reading a newspaper, grocery store, brooklyn new york city, listening to music, waiter, applause, eyeglasses, twenty something, suitcase, best friend, apology, eating, woman, subjective camera, swimming, manhattan new york city

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:wedding, drinking, christmas, marriage, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, restaurant
Characters:dancer, student, teacher, friend
Story:telephone call, trolley, pipe smoking, death of sister, grocery store, watching a movie, twenty something, class, premarital sex, cross, suitcase, grave, eating, woman, old man, prayer, classroom, bed, reference to god, tears

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