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Capote (2005)
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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, Trum… (Read More)

Subgenre:
gay interest 
Themes:
murder of family writing alcoholism theatre execution celebrity theft loneliness racism robbery investigation drunkenness drinking prison money christmas friendship death love murder  (See All)
Mood:
high school gore 
Locations:
taxi driver spain courtroom police car police station farm rural setting taxi airplane snow hotel train restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
baby food self portrait stepfather stepson relationship police arrest boyfriend boyfriend relationship sheriff killer native american teenage boy artist thief lawyer priest writer photographer policeman detective police officer student brother sister relationship teenage girl boy tattoo boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police homosexual  (See All)
Period:
year 1960 1950s 1960s 
Story:
execution by hanging jail guard reading newspaper book reading prison guard leavenworth penitentiary wheat field fort leavenworth kansas research assistant new yorker magazine public reading death by hanging supreme court theatre audience newspaper clipping robbery gone wrong jail cell prison visitation prison warden train compartment prison cell christmas tree false friend based on book confession to murder reference to to kill a mockingbird the novel sentenced to death reference to henry david thoreau reference to henri matisse reference to tennessee williams horn rimmed glasses suicide watch truman capote cherokee tribe insanity plea reference to john huston last breath suicide of sister suicide of brother amigo legal appeal surrogate brother frisking body search funeral parlor methodist befriending harness dressing gown american midwest reference to elizabeth taylor reference to humphrey bogart new york times year 1959 force feeding wheat car rental salon porter standing ovation plan gone wrong gin lisp hunger strike aspirin typing nursing sketching effeminacy penitentiary lord's prayer cell mate multiple homicide prairie gallows toy gun death of family shackles leg injury reward martini scrapbook child abandonment death penalty hood capital punishment death row spoon pillow kansas limp funeral home sorrow telegram manuscript vanity noose alabama handcuffed hug jury farmhouse bag over head publisher photo album death of sister shame safe new orleans louisiana bribe scissors burglary research grocery store burglar guard brooklyn new york city compassion press conference journalism gay lead character eccentric magazine cook what happened to epilogue pornography applause eyeglasses trust gay couple typewriter death of brother blindfold tied up murderer isolation speech manipulation court diary hanging flowers reading pay phone liar microphone author limousine park pain journey drawing coffin man with glasses trial apology judge throat slitting newspaper reporter criminal reference to jesus christ jail neighbor cafe dead body tears rifle lie book painting shooting letter drink camera slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot to death corpse crying telephone call party title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking character name in title one word title blood interview gun kiss violence  (See All)

Zodiac (2007)
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Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:
writing alcoholism theft robbery investigation drunkenness drinking prison christmas death murder 
Locations:
taxi driver police station taxi airplane restaurant bar 
Characters:
killer teenage boy thief lawyer writer photographer policeman teenage girl boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
newspaper clipping prison visitation christmas tree based on book scrapbook bag over head what happened to epilogue tied up murderer pay phone park pain man with glasses judge newspaper reporter cafe dead body rifle book painting shooting letter drink camera shot in the head shot to death telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking one word title interview violence blood gun  (See All)

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Conviction (2010)
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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:
investigation drinking prison money christmas murder death friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
courtroom police car bar 
Characters:
lawyer photographer policeman brother sister relationship boy tattoo boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
prison guard prison visitation christmas tree frisking shackles jury shame bribe cook isolation court liar limousine trial apology judge dead body tears lie letter drink camera corpse crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking character name in title one word title gun violence blood  (See All)

Bronson (2008)
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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:
theatre celebrity theft robbery drinking prison money murder love death 
Locations:
train restaurant 
Characters:
artist thief policeman student boy tattoo boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
prison guard theatre audience prison visitation prison warden train compartment cell mate shackles eyeglasses pain drawing trial judge jail cafe tears drink slow motion scene shotgun crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking character name in title one word title violence blood kiss  (See All)

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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Lovelace (2013)

Themes:
drinking money death friendship 
Locations:
police car taxi hotel restaurant new york city 
Characters:
writer photographer policeman police officer friend husband wife relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
theatre audience jail cell based on book publisher what happened to epilogue applause eyeglasses trust manipulation flowers pay phone microphone limousine pain man with glasses apology reference to jesus christ jail cafe drink camera crying telephone call party title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking character name in title one word title gun interview violence kiss blood  (See All)

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The Life Of David Gale (2003)
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The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:
execution drunkenness drinking prison murder death 
Locations:
spain snow train restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
lawyer writer photographer policeman boy husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
theatre audience legal appeal car rental death penalty capital punishment death row bag over head magazine pay phone limousine reporter reference to jesus christ jail cafe tears book drink camera crying telephone call party photograph cigarette smoking character name in title interview  (See All)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:
theft racism prison money friendship murder death 
Locations:
courtroom taxi snow hotel train 
Characters:
police arrest artist thief lawyer writer policeman police officer brother sister relationship boy tattoo boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend mother son relationship police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
toy gun telegram vanity jury death of sister guard eyeglasses typewriter pay phone author drawing coffin trial judge newspaper reference to jesus christ dead body tears rifle book painting letter corpse crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking kiss interview blood violence gun  (See All)

Legend (2015)
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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. (Read More)

Subgenre:
gay interest 
Themes:
celebrity theft investigation drunkenness drinking prison money christmas death murder 
Locations:
courtroom police station taxi restaurant bar 
Characters:
boyfriend boyfriend relationship photographer policeman detective brother sister relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship homosexual police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
prison guard prison cell based on book suicide of sister legal appeal gin death of sister what happened to epilogue applause eyeglasses trust court flowers microphone limousine pain man with glasses apology judge throat slitting newspaper criminal dead body rifle lie drink camera shot in the head shotgun shot to death party photograph cigarette smoking one word title kiss violence blood gun  (See All)

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Dark Places (2015) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:
murder of family writing alcoholism theft investigation drunkenness drinking prison money murder death 
Locations:
farm rural setting taxi restaurant bar 
Characters:
native american lawyer priest photographer brother sister relationship teenage girl boy tattoo boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
newspaper clipping legal appeal death of family kansas sorrow farmhouse photo album death of sister trust court diary apology judge newspaper reference to jesus christ rifle lie book shooting letter drink camera shotgun shot to death telephone call photograph cigarette smoking gun violence kiss blood  (See All)

Public Enemies (2009)
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Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking prison money love death murder friendship 
Locations:
police car police station farm airplane hotel train restaurant bar 
Characters:
sheriff lawyer photographer policeman police officer boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend african american police 
Story:
prison guard theatre audience based on book shackles farmhouse safe press conference what happened to epilogue court pay phone judge criminal jail cafe tears rifle shooting letter drink camera slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot to death corpse crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking kiss violence blood gun  (See All)

Changeling (2008)
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Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:
execution investigation prison death murder 
Locations:
courtroom police car train restaurant 
Characters:
lawyer photographer policeman detective brother sister relationship boy husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
execution by hanging jail cell cell mate death row jury farmhouse what happened to epilogue court hanging reading liar microphone pain trial judge newspaper reporter reference to jesus christ cafe tears rifle lie shooting camera shotgun crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking one word title violence blood gun  (See All)

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The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
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The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

It's the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl's favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death. But before he is executed, Ben is in the state penitentiary with a cell mate, a man by the name of Harry Powell, a self-professed man of the cloth, who is really a con man and murderer, swindling lonely women, primarily rich widows, of their money before he kills them. Harry does whatever he can, unsuccessfully, to find out the location of the $10,000 from Ben. After Ben's execution, Harry decides that Willa will be his next mark, figuring that someone in the family knows where the money is hidden. Despite vowing not to remarry, Willa ends up being easy prey for Harry's outward evangelicalism; she is a pious woman who feels she needs to atone for her sins which led to Ben doing what he did, especially as Harry presents himself as the preacher who worked at the prison and provided salvation to Ben before his death. Harry quickly figures out that John and Pearl know where the money is. Conversely, John doesn't trust Harry, John who first tries not to show to Harry that he indeed does know where the money is, and then second constantly reminds a more-trusting Pearl of their p… (Read More)

Themes:
execution theft drunkenness drinking prison money christmas friendship death love murder 
Locations:
courtroom police car farm rural setting snow train restaurant 
Characters:
stepfather stepson relationship sheriff teenage boy thief policeman brother sister relationship teenage girl boy tattoo husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
execution by hanging prison guard jail cell prison cell penitentiary cell mate trust murderer court hanging reading liar drawing judge reference to jesus christ cafe dead body tears rifle lie book letter shotgun corpse crying telephone call photograph blood gun  (See All)

Dead Man Walking (1995) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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Dead Man Walking (1995)

A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation. (Read More)

Themes:
execution racism prison death murder 
Locations:
police car 
Characters:
teenage boy lawyer priest police officer teenage girl tattoo father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
prison guard newspaper clipping prison cell based on book death penalty capital punishment death row jury tied up murderer court microphone coffin reporter tears rifle letter shot to death corpse crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph  (See All)

Monster (2003)
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Monster (2003)

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

Themes:
execution theft robbery drunkenness drinking prison money death murder love 
Locations:
courtroom police station restaurant bar 
Characters:
killer teenage boy thief lawyer policeman brother sister relationship teenage girl tattoo friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police homosexual 
Story:
death penalty capital punishment death row handcuffed jury tied up court liar trial judge dead body tears lie shooting drink corpse crying title spoken by character cigarette smoking one word title violence kiss blood gun  (See All)

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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to life. Sophie Scholl is the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. (Read More)

Themes:
writing execution theft investigation prison love friendship 
Locations:
courtroom snow 
Characters:
thief lawyer priest photographer policeman student brother sister relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
jail cell prison cell death penalty death row typewriter speech court liar journey trial judge reference to jesus christ jail tears lie letter camera crying telephone call cigarette smoking character name in title gun blood  (See All)

Midnight Express (1978)
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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 beco… (Read More)

Subgenre:
gay interest 
Themes:
theft loneliness racism prison money death murder friendship love 
Locations:
taxi driver courtroom airplane train restaurant 
Characters:
thief lawyer photographer policeman student brother sister relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships homosexual police 
Story:
prison guard based on book photo album scissors guard brooklyn new york city what happened to epilogue eyeglasses trust blindfold murderer speech court pain trial judge reference to jesus christ jail cafe tears rifle letter camera crying title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking blood violence gun kiss  (See All)

The Prestige (2006) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:
theatre execution drunkenness drinking prison friendship murder death love 
Locations:
courtroom snow hotel train restaurant bar 
Characters:
lawyer policeman police officer boy friend husband wife relationship police 
Story:
execution by hanging theatre audience jail cell gallows shackles limp guard applause trust death of brother court diary hanging coffin trial judge jail cafe dead body shooting letter drink shotgun shot to death corpse title spoken by character photograph blood gun  (See All)

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Primal Fear (1996)
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Primal Fear (1996)

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest.

Themes:
investigation murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
courtroom police car police station train bar 
Characters:
police arrest lawyer priest photographer detective police officer boy 
Story:
jail cell prison cell jury applause speech manipulation microphone trial judge reporter jail camera corpse photograph cigarette smoking interview blood  (See All)

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
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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)

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theft prison money christmas love death friendship 
Locations:
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Characters:
boyfriend boyfriend relationship thief lawyer policeman police officer boy friend african american husband wife relationship family relationships police homosexual 
Story:
prison guard car rental penitentiary cell mate grocery store what happened to epilogue eyeglasses trust gay couple flowers reading liar judge reference to jesus christ jail cafe tears lie book letter crying telephone call title spoken by character character name in title kiss blood  (See All)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:
theft robbery investigation drunkenness drinking money christmas murder death friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
police car airplane hotel bar new york city 
Characters:
native american teenage boy thief policeman detective teenage girl boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend father son relationship homosexual police 
Story:
christmas tree death of sister burglary burglar cook trust reading drawing coffin dead body lie book shooting drink shot in the head shotgun shot to death corpse party cigarette smoking kiss gun violence blood  (See All)

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I'm Not There (2007) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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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:
theatre celebrity theft drunkenness drinking love 
Locations:
taxi airplane train restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
artist thief photographer boy african american husband wife relationship 
Period:
1950s 1960s 
Story:
theatre audience jail cell year 1959 press conference magazine applause eyeglasses flowers microphone limousine park coffin man with glasses newspaper reporter reference to jesus christ jail cafe dead body rifle painting drink camera slow motion scene corpse telephone call party photograph cigarette smoking interview  (See All)

Woman In Gold (2015)
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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.

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theatre theft drinking money murder death 
Locations:
courtroom taxi airplane hotel 
Characters:
lawyer friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
theatre audience telegram death of sister research what happened to epilogue applause eyeglasses trust speech liar park trial apology judge newspaper reporter tears rifle lie book painting shooting letter drink crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking  (See All)

Big Eyes (2014)
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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. (Read More)

Themes:
celebrity drunkenness drinking money friendship 
Locations:
courtroom restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
artist lawyer priest photographer boy friend husband wife relationship family relationships 
Period:
year 1960 1950s 1960s 
Story:
methodist new york times sketching jury bribe grocery store magazine what happened to epilogue eyeglasses typewriter court pay phone liar microphone park trial apology judge newspaper reporter reference to jesus christ cafe tears lie book painting drink camera crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

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Harsh Times (2005)
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Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:
theft robbery drunkenness drinking death murder friendship 
Locations:
police car bar 
Characters:
thief lawyer policeman police officer tattoo boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend african american husband wife relationship police 
Story:
surrogate brother grocery store hanging reading liar throat slitting dead body rifle lie shooting letter drink shot in the head shotgun shot to death corpse party photograph cigarette smoking gun blood violence kiss  (See All)

The Lovely Bones (2009) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:
investigation drinking death murder 
Locations:
taxi driver police car farm taxi snow 
Characters:
teenage boy photographer policeman detective brother sister relationship teenage girl husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
wheat field newspaper clipping scrapbook photo album death of sister eyeglasses flowers reading neighbor dead body tears book painting drink camera corpse crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking blood kiss  (See All)

The Boondock Saints (1999)
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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:
execution theft robbery investigation drunkenness drinking prison money murder friendship death 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
courtroom police station hotel restaurant bar 
Characters:
thief priest photographer policeman detective tattoo friend african american husband wife relationship police homosexual 
Story:
lord's prayer shackles press conference court pay phone trial throat slitting newspaper reporter jail cafe dead body rifle shooting drink camera slow motion scene shot in the head shot to death corpse telephone call cigarette smoking interview kiss blood gun violence  (See All)

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15 Minutes (2001)
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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." (Read More)

Themes:
celebrity theft robbery investigation drunkenness drinking prison money friendship murder death love 
Locations:
taxi driver police station taxi hotel restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
killer thief lawyer policeman detective boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship police 
Story:
journalism flowers pay phone drawing reporter criminal cafe dead body drink camera shotgun shot to death corpse telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking blood violence interview  (See All)

Sleepers (1996)
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Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes b… (Read More)

Themes:
theft robbery drunkenness drinking prison murder friendship death 
Locations:
courtroom snow train restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
teenage boy artist thief lawyer priest writer policeman boy friend african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
based on book new york times jury guard what happened to epilogue court liar drawing coffin man with glasses trial judge newspaper reporter criminal cafe tears lie book shooting drink slow motion scene crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking one word title gun violence  (See All)

Appaloosa (2008) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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Appaloosa (2008)

1882, New Mexico Territory. Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are itinerant lawmen, hired by desperate towns as marshal and deputy. The city fathers of Appaloosa hire them after Randall Bragg, a newly-arrived rancher with money and a gang of thugs, disrupts commerce and kills three local lawmen. Cole and Hitch contrive to arrest Bragg and bring him to trial, but hanging him proves difficult. Meanwhile, a widow has arrived in town, Allison French, pretty, refined, and good-natured. Virgil falls hard, and it seems mutual, but there may be more to Allie than meets the eye. Can friendship and skill with a gun overcome a pernicious villain and green-eyed jealousy? (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking money death friendship murder 
Locations:
courtroom hotel train restaurant bar 
Characters:
sheriff native american lawyer boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Story:
jail cell sentenced to death limp telegram trust court hanging reading trial judge newspaper jail cafe rifle book shooting drink shotgun shot to death title spoken by character cigarette smoking one word title gun blood violence kiss  (See All)

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Bridge Of Spies (2015)
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Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Themes:
robbery prison 
Locations:
courtroom taxi airplane snow hotel train restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
self portrait lawyer student brother sister relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
year 1960 1950s 1960s 
Story:
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88 Minutes (2007)
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88 Minutes (2007)

In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon's execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same "modus-operandi" and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of associate Shelly Barnes, an FBI agent, his friend Frank Parks, and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigates some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand. (Read More)

Themes:
execution investigation drinking prison death murder 
Locations:
taxi driver courtroom taxi airplane bar 
Characters:
killer lawyer policeman student brother sister relationship teenage girl tattoo boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend police 
Story:
capital punishment death row jury death of sister burglary burglar guard manipulation court trial judge throat slitting dead body shooting drink shot in the head shot to death corpse telephone call title spoken by character violence gun blood interview  (See All)

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
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The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Themes:
investigation drunkenness drinking death murder 
Locations:
courtroom farm rural setting snow restaurant bar 
Characters:
lawyer priest policeman teenage girl boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
jail cell methodist martini spoon jury farmhouse court pay phone trial judge reference to jesus christ cafe letter drink telephone call title spoken by character photograph character name in title  (See All)

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All Good Things (2010) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:
drunkenness drinking money death love murder friendship 
Locations:
courtroom taxi train restaurant new york city 
Characters:
lawyer writer photographer student brother sister relationship boy friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
toy gun jury press conference what happened to epilogue eyeglasses trust court pay phone trial judge newspaper neighbor cafe dead body tears shooting drink camera corpse crying telephone call party photograph cigarette smoking gun violence blood kiss  (See All)

Tell No One (2006)
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Tell No One (2006)

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

Themes:
investigation drinking murder friendship love death 
Locations:
police car police station restaurant bar 
Characters:
killer lawyer photographer policeman detective police officer brother sister relationship boy friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
burglary applause typewriter tied up murderer park coffin man with glasses apology newspaper jail cafe dead body tears rifle lie shooting drink camera slow motion scene shotgun shot to death corpse crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking gun violence blood  (See All)

Boy A (2007)
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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:
drunkenness drinking prison friendship murder death love 
Locations:
courtroom taxi train restaurant bar 
Characters:
lawyer photographer policeman student boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
leg injury applause murderer court hanging liar drawing trial apology newspaper reporter criminal jail cafe tears lie letter drink camera crying telephone call party photograph violence blood kiss  (See All)

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Double Jeopardy (1999)
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Double Jeopardy (1999)

When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and with the help of Travis Lehman (her parole officer) she sets out to find her son and the truth behind the "murder".

Themes:
prison murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
courtroom police car police station farm bar 
Characters:
police arrest sheriff lawyer police officer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
prison guard jail cell handcuffed jury new orleans louisiana coffin trial judge tears painting camera shot in the head shot to death title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking blood  (See All)

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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Gone Girl (2014)

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

Themes:
writing robbery investigation drinking money death murder 
Locations:
police car police station snow hotel bar new york city 
Characters:
police arrest thief lawyer writer detective police officer brother sister relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
based on book press conference manipulation diary author drawing man with glasses throat slitting reporter neighbor lie book letter drink camera corpse crying telephone call party photograph cigarette smoking blood interview kiss violence  (See All)

The Iceman (2012)
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The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking prison money christmas murder death friendship 
Locations:
police car taxi snow restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
killer lawyer tattoo friend husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
christmas tree based on book what happened to epilogue eyeglasses trust court pay phone park apology throat slitting newspaper reference to jesus christ jail cafe dead body tears shooting drink shot in the head shot to death corpse crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking character name in title gun kiss violence blood  (See All)

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Runaway Jury (2003)
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Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:
theft robbery drinking money death murder 
Locations:
taxi driver courtroom taxi restaurant bar 
Characters:
thief lawyer photographer policeman african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
newspaper clipping jury new orleans louisiana guard manipulation court pay phone trial judge cafe rifle shooting drink camera slow motion scene telephone call photograph cigarette smoking gun blood  (See All)

Giant (1956)
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Giant (1956)

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

Themes:
racism drunkenness drinking money christmas love death friendship 
Locations:
farm airplane hotel train restaurant bar 
Characters:
teenage boy priest policeman brother sister relationship teenage girl friend african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
christmas tree death of sister cook applause eyeglasses speech flowers reading microphone coffin judge newspaper neighbor cafe tears rifle book letter drink crying telephone call party cigarette smoking one word title blood kiss  (See All)

Hustle & Flow (2005) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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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:
drunkenness drinking prison money christmas murder love death friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
police car restaurant bar 
Characters:
policeman friend african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
prison guard prison visitation microphone limousine reference to jesus christ jail neighbor cafe tears shooting drink crying telephone call cigarette smoking gun violence blood kiss  (See All)

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White Oleander (2002)
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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:
loneliness drunkenness drinking prison money christmas friendship love murder death 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
courtroom restaurant 
Characters:
teenage boy artist lawyer photographer police officer brother sister relationship teenage girl boy tattoo boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police  (See All)
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prison guard compassion manipulation court drawing trial judge reference to jesus christ jail cafe tears painting shooting letter drink crying party photograph cigarette smoking gun interview kiss violence blood  (See All)

Shallow Grave (1994)
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Shallow Grave (1994)

The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control.

Themes:
robbery investigation drunkenness drinking money love friendship death murder 
Characters:
priest writer policeman detective friend police 
Story:
bag over head press conference journalism eyeglasses trust liar man with glasses throat slitting newspaper reporter dead body lie drink camera corpse party photograph interview violence blood  (See All)

Munich (2005)
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Munich (2005)

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

Themes:
drunkenness drinking prison money love death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
taxi airplane hotel train restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
writer boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
book reading public reading based on book death of family death of sister grocery store brooklyn new york city what happened to epilogue eyeglasses death of brother blindfold tied up hanging pay phone microphone cafe dead body tears rifle shooting drink slow motion scene shot in the head shot to death corpse crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking one word title gun blood violence  (See All)

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Bonnie And Clyde (1967) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

1934. Young adults Bonnie Parker, a waitress, and Clyde Barrow, a criminal just released from prison, are immediately attracted to what the other represents for their life when they meet by chance in West Dallas, Texas. Bonnie is fascinated with Clyde's criminal past, and his matter-of-factness and bravado in talking about it. Clyde sees in Bonnie someone sympatico to his goals in life. Although attracted to each other physically, a sexual relationship between the two has a few obstacles to happen. Regardless, they decide to join forces to embark on a life of crime, holding up whatever establishments, primarily banks, to make money and to have fun. They don't plan on hurting anyone physically or killing anyone despite wielding loaded guns. They amass a small gang of willing accomplices, including C.W. Moss, a mechanic to fix whatever cars they steal which is important especially for their getaways, and Buck Barrow, one of Clyde's older brothers. The only reluctant tag-along is Buck's nervous wife, Blanche Barrow, a preacher's daughter. The gang's life changes after the first fatal shot is fired. Following, their willingness to shoot to kill increases to protect themselves and their livelihood. Their notoriety precedes them, so much so that no matter what one's opinion is of them, most want to have some association to the Barrow gang, to help them, to be spoken in the same breath as them, or to capture and or kill them. Of the many people they encounter in their crime spree, t… (Read More)

Themes:
theft robbery prison money love death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
police car police station farm rural setting restaurant 
Characters:
sheriff thief photographer policeman tattoo boyfriend girlfriend relationship african american husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
wheat field theatre audience american midwest reward grocery store eyeglasses death of brother reading pay phone newspaper criminal jail cafe tears rifle shooting camera slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot to death crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking character name in title kiss violence gun blood  (See All)

Caché (2005)
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Caché (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. (Read More)

Themes:
celebrity loneliness racism money friendship love 
Characters:
teenage boy lawyer writer policeman detective boy friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
surrogate brother publisher grocery store magazine trust reading liar author drawing apology throat slitting neighbor tears lie book camera crying telephone call one word title interview blood violence  (See All)

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)

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

Themes:
racism investigation drunkenness drinking christmas death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
courtroom police car farm airplane snow train 
Characters:
killer lawyer photographer policeman police officer brother sister relationship teenage girl boy tattoo husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
prison visitation car rental publisher research press conference magazine trust death of brother tied up diary hanging flowers microphone trial apology newspaper reporter jail rifle shooting drink camera crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking kiss violence gun blood  (See All)

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The Reader (2008)
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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:
writing prison money friendship murder death 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
courtroom taxi snow train restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
teenage boy lawyer policeman student brother sister relationship teenage girl friend father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
prison visitation vanity shame court flowers reading microphone trial apology judge jail cafe tears lie book letter crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking kiss gun  (See All)

My Left Foot (1989) is one of the best movies like Capote (2005)
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My Left Foot (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:
writing drunkenness drinking money love death 
Locations:
restaurant 
Characters:
teenage boy artist priest writer brother sister relationship teenage girl boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
scrapbook applause typewriter isolation flowers reading microphone author drawing apology reference to jesus christ book painting drink telephone call photograph cigarette smoking character name in title  (See All)

We Own The Night (2007)
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We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:
investigation drinking prison money murder death 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
police car police station restaurant new york city 
Characters:
photographer policeman police officer boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
jail cell bag over head brooklyn new york city trust limousine park coffin throat slitting jail cafe tears rifle shooting drink camera slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot to death crying telephone call party photograph cigarette smoking gun violence blood  (See All)

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