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Captain Fantastic (2016)
Comedy, Drama

Captain Fantastic (2016)

Ben and Leslie Cash have long lived largely off the grid with their offspring - Bodevan, Kielyr, Vespyr, Rellian, Zaja and Nai - in a cabin in the mountains of Washington state. The parents have passed their ideals to their children, namely socialism (in its various forms) and survivalism. With the former, Ben considers most of western society as being fascist, especially corporate America. With the latter, he figures that no one will or should be there for you, so you better learn how to take care of yourself in all its aspects. As such, the children have been subject to vigorous physical training, know how to deal with minor bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains and even fractures, and know how to hunt, forage and grow their own food. The children are also non-registered home schooled, meaning that they have no official academic records. Ben and Leslie have tried to make the children critical thinkers, however within the context of their ideals. Beyond these issues, Ben and Leslie made the decision to live this lifestyle for Leslie's health. Formerly a lawyer, Leslie was diagnosed as bipolar. Ben figures that this disorder started with her post-partum depression with Bo. Even with this lifestyle, Leslie's condition has become progressively worse. Despite not believing in western medicine, Ben, to deal with the illness, has sent Leslie to hospital, one close to Ben's sister, Harper, in Sacramento so that there can be family close by. While in hospital, Leslie is able to commit suicide. Beyond the collective grief, Leslie's act brings out a battle between Ben, and Leslie's father, Jack Bertrang, a wealthy Christian, who not only blames Ben for what happened to Leslie, but believes what he is doing to the children can legally be considered abuse. To be held in their church in New Mexico, Jack takes over the funeral arrangements to his and his complacent wife Abby's Christian morals, against what Ben knows was Leslie's wishes, she who believed in Buddhist philosophies. Although Jack threatens to call the police if Ben shows up to the funeral, he and the children believe it is the latest of their missions to rescue Leslie to honor her last wishes to be cremated as per Buddhist philosophies. This mission not only may bring the divide between Jack and Ben to a head, but may also bring out some long seated issues within the Cash children as they are exposed to commercial America in all its good and bad, and as Bo grows into manhood, he who may have his own ideas of what he should do with the next phase of his life. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, hunting, wealth, communism, memory, politics, suicide
Locations:church, campfire, cemetery, hospital
Characters:singer, nudity
Story:hunting knife, human ashes, singing around campfire, reading a book, guitar player, suicide of daughter, suicide of wife, suicide of mother, father in law son in law antipathy, reference to calvin coolidge, swearing in front of children, reference to the aclu, reference to jesse jackson, reference to yo yo ma, reference to adidas, reference to mr. spock, college acceptance letter, reference to nike, reference to noam chomsky, skinning a deer

The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:memory, suicide
Locations:campfire, church
Story:bearded man, loss of wife, stealing, bow and arrow, waterfall, reading, tent, road movie, death of wife, road trip, death of mother, dead body, bare butt, rain, knife, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, two word title

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:hunting
Locations:campfire, cemetery
Characters:singer
Story:harmonica, stealing, grandfather grandson relationship, waterfall, tent, widower, no opening credits, guitar, death of mother, dead body, rain, telephone call, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, blood

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:wealth, funeral
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Story:shoplifting, loss of wife, grandfather grandson relationship, tent, coffin, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, knife, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, blood

Into The Wild (2007) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:hunting, memory
Locations:campfire, church
Characters:singer, nudity
Story:guitar player, washington state, rock climbing, grandfather grandson relationship, waterfall, reading, tent, widower, death of wife, road trip, guitar, male pubic hair, bare butt, rain, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, knife, dancing

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Characters:singer
Story:guitar player, falling off a roof, raised middle finger, overalls, reading, road trip, guitar, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, dancing, cigarette smoking, family relationships, bare chested male

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

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

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

Locations:cemetery
Characters:singer
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, reading, wine, death of mother, rain, brother sister relationship, telephone call, dancing, father daughter relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. (Read More)

Themes:hunting
Locations:hospital
Story:singing in a car, loss of wife, loss of mother, widower, death of wife, no opening credits, death of mother, bare butt, sister sister relationship, teenage girl, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, blood

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
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. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, suicide
Locations:cemetery, church
Characters:singer
Story:suicide of daughter, suicide of wife, death of daughter, death of wife, no opening credits, wine, dead body, rain, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, knife, dancing, cigarette smoking, bare chested male, blood

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:campfire
Story:razor, loss of wife, stealing, bow and arrow, loss of mother, waterfall, death of wife, no opening credits, death of mother, rain, brother brother relationship, knife, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, blood

Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. This is why Chocolat (2000) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:politics
Locations:cemetery, church
Characters:nudity
Story:guitar player, ashes, cremation, grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, stealing, grandmother grandson relationship, guitar, knife, dancing, father daughter relationship

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, suicide
Locations:cemetery
Characters:singer
Story:big pharma, reference to star trek, bow and arrow, grandfather grandson relationship, loss of mother, reading, coffin, guitar, death of mother, rain, brother sister relationship, telephone call, dancing, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, family relationships

The Judge (2014) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

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

Themes:funeral, memory
Locations:cemetery, church, hospital
Story:killing a deer, raised middle finger, grandfather granddaughter relationship, waterfall, widower, death of wife, coffin, death of mother, dead body, rain, brother brother relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

About Schmidt (2002)
Comedy, Drama

About Schmidt (2002)

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:cemetery
Story:motor home, loss of wife, road movie, widower, death of wife, road trip, father daughter relationship, family relationships, two word title

The Bucket List (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Bucket List (2007)

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer
Story:ashes, cremation, grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, tent, road movie, no opening credits, road trip, dead body, telephone call, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:singer
Story:ashes, cremation, stealing, reading, death of mother, dead body, rain, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, blood

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:funeral
Story:child swearing, loss of wife, bow and arrow, loss of mother, waterfall, death of wife, death of mother, rain, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, knife, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, blood

Hanna (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Hanna (2011)

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the skills of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (Read More)

Themes:hunting
Story:first kiss, singing in a car, overalls, bow and arrow, road trip, death of mother, teenage girl, knife, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, blood

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:memory, suicide
Locations:campfire
Characters:singer
Story:reading a book, last will and testament, grandfather granddaughter relationship, death of wife, no opening credits, dead body, bare butt, brother sister relationship, telephone call, brother brother relationship, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, two word title, blood

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

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:memory, funeral
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Story:first kiss, death of daughter, grandmother granddaughter relationship, reading, no opening credits, dead body, sister sister relationship, rain, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, knife, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, blood

The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. This is why The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, suicide
Locations:campfire
Story:waterfall, tent, dead body, rain, telephone call, knife, dancing, bare chested male, two word title, blood

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:hunting
Locations:campfire
Characters:nudity
Story:loss of wife, bow and arrow, waterfall, widower, death of wife, no opening credits, rain, knife, father son relationship, bare chested male, two word title, blood

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

Der Untergang (2004)

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

Themes:politics, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer
Story:reference to josef stalin, last will and testament, cremation, grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, wine, death of mother, dead body, sister sister relationship, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, two word title, blood

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:wealth, memory, funeral
Locations:church, hospital
Characters:singer
Story:bus ride, loss of mother, guitar, death of mother, rain, brother brother relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, father son relationship

The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

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

Themes:hunting, funeral, suicide
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:singer
Story:waterfall, coffin, wine, male pubic hair, dead body, telephone call, male full frontal nudity, dancing, father daughter relationship, blood

There Will Be Blood (2007)
Drama, History

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, a local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a pipeline to the coast, and as Eli tries to build his own religious empire. This is why There Will Be Blood (2007) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:hunting, wealth
Locations:campfire, church
Characters:singer
Story:capitalism, reading, tent, no opening credits, dead body, brother sister relationship, telephone call, brother brother relationship, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, blood

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:cemetery, church
Story:guitar player, stealing, grandmother grandson relationship, waterfall, reading, coffin, guitar, dead body, rain, telephone call, brother brother relationship, dancing, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Themes:hunting, memory
Locations:campfire, church, hospital
Characters:singer
Story:child swearing, harmonica, cremation, tent, sister sister relationship, rain, teenage girl, telephone call, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, two word title, blood

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
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:memory
Locations:hospital
Story:first kiss, waterfall, reading, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, dancing, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:church, hospital
Story:loss of daughter, death of daughter, death of mother, sister sister relationship, rain, teenage boy, telephone call, knife, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, two word title, blood

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. This is why Nocturnal Animals (2016) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Characters:nudity
Story:reading a book, loss of daughter, death of daughter, loss of wife, death of wife, road trip, teenage girl, knife, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, blood

La Piel Que Habito (2011)
Drama, Thriller

La Piel Que Habito (2011)

In honor of his late wife who died in a flaming car accident, scientist, Dr. Robert Ledgard, is trying to synthesize the perfect skin which can withstand burns, cuts or any other kind of damage. As he gets closer to perfecting this skin on his flawless patient, the scientific community starts growing skeptical and his past is revealed that shows how his patient is closely linked to tragic events he would like to forget. (Read More)

Themes:memory, funeral, suicide
Locations:cemetery
Story:suicide of daughter, death of daughter, death of wife, knife, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, bare chested male, blood

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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

Themes:suicide
Characters:singer
Story:guitar player, intercom, reading, no opening credits, wine, guitar, rain, brother sister relationship, telephone call, cigarette smoking, father son relationship

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006)
Comedy

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borat Sagdiyev is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is sent from his home to America by his government to make a documentary about American society and culture. Borat takes a course in New York City to understand American humor. While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson who hails from Malibu, California. He decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California in a quest to make her his wife and take her back to his country. On his journey Borat and his producer encounter a country full of strange and wonderful Americans, real people in real chaotic situations with hysterical consequences. (Read More)

Locations:campfire, church
Characters:singer
Story:motor home, reading, death of wife, road trip, bare butt, rain, brother sister relationship, telephone call, brother brother relationship, knife, male full frontal nudity, dancing, father son relationship, blood

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

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

Themes:funeral
Locations:cemetery, church, hospital
Characters:singer
Story:first kiss, reading, telephone call, brother brother relationship, dancing, father son relationship, family relationships

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. This is why The Reader (2008) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:cemetery, church
Story:last will and testament, reading, wine, male pubic hair, rain, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, two word title

Gran Torino (2008) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Drama

Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:church, hospital
Story:widower, last will and testament, raised middle finger, grandfather granddaughter relationship, death of wife, coffin, no opening credits, death of mother, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, knife, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, two word title, blood

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:communism
Characters:singer, nudity
Story:bus ride, tent, wine, death of mother, dead body, sister sister relationship, rain, brother sister relationship, telephone call, knife, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, two word title, blood

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Characters:singer
Story:reading, tent, coffin, dead body, bare butt, rain, brother sister relationship, telephone call, brother brother relationship, dancing, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, blood

John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Locations:church, hospital
Story:reference to jesse jackson, death of daughter, road trip, telephone call, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, blood

The Book Of Eli (2010) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Book Of Eli (2010)

In a violent post-apocalyptic society, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli's impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. The girl sees Eli's book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book, they must first take his life. This is why The Book Of Eli (2010) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:hunting
Locations:campfire, cemetery
Story:falling off a roof, bow and arrow, reading, road movie, no opening credits, road trip, bare chested male, blood

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

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

Themes:memory, funeral, politics, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer, nudity
Story:reference to josef stalin, capitalism, no opening credits, wine, dead body, sister sister relationship, rain, telephone call, knife, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, blood

The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:hunting, funeral, suicide
Story:raised middle finger, loss of wife, loss of mother, widower, death of wife, no opening credits, death of mother, rain, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, two word title, blood

The Fountain (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:memory, funeral
Locations:campfire, hospital
Story:loss of wife, widower, death of wife, coffin, no opening credits, rain, knife, blood

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Read More)

Themes:hunting, funeral, politics
Locations:campfire
Story:bow and arrow, tent, no opening credits, sister sister relationship, rain, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, knife, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, blood

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Comedy, Drama

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

In Albuquerque, Sheryl Hoover brings her suicidal brother Frank to the breast of her dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family. Frank is homosexual, an expert in Proust. He tried to commit suicide when he was rejected by his boyfriend and his great competitor became renowned and recognized as number one in the field of Proust. Sheryl's husband Richard is unsuccessfully trying to sell his self-help and self-improvement technique using nine steps to reach success, but he is actually a complete loser. Her son Dwayne has taken a vow of silence as a follower of Nietzsche and aims to be a jet pilot. Dwayne's grandfather Edwin was sent away from the institution for elders (Sunset Manor) and is addicted in heroin. When her seven-year-old daughter Olive has a chance to dispute the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, the whole family travels together in their old Volkswagen Type 2 (Kombi) in a funny journey of hope of winning the talent contest and to make a dream come true. This is why Little Miss Sunshine (2006) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer
Story:parenthood, grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, reading, road movie, no opening credits, road trip, dead body, sister sister relationship, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, telephone call, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

Road To Perdition (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Road To Perdition (2002)

1931. Mike Sullivan and Connor Rooney are two henchmen of elderly Chicago-based Irish-American mobster John Rooney, Connor's father. In many respects, John treats Mike more as his son, who he raised as his own after Mike was orphaned, than the volatile Connor, who nonetheless sees himself as the heir apparent to the family business. One evening, Mike's eldest son, twelve year old Michael Sullivan Jr., who has no idea what his father does for a living, witnesses Connor and his father gun down an associate and his men, the situation gone wrong initiated from an action by Connor. Caught witnessing the incident, Michael is sworn to secrecy about what he saw. Regardless, Connor, not wanting any loose ends, makes an attempt to kill Mike, his wife and their two sons. Mike and the surviving members of his family know that they need to go on the run as Connor, who has gone into hiding, will be protected through mob loyalty, especially by John, who cannot turn on his own flesh and blood. Still, Mike has to figure out a way for retribution for what Connor did, while still protecting him and his family, not only from Connor, but from John and his fellow associates. Through it all, Mike wants those in his family that had no say in what he chose as a living, to have some redemption for their eternal souls. (Read More)

Themes:memory, funeral
Locations:cemetery, church
Story:shoplifting, loss of wife, stealing, loss of mother, rain, knife, dancing, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, blood

The Constant Gardener (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Constant Gardener (2005)

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, politics, suicide
Locations:church, hospital
Characters:singer
Story:loss of wife, widower, death of wife, coffin, no opening credits, dead body, rain, teenage girl, father son relationship

Paul (2011) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Locations:campfire
Story:road trip, rv park, motor home, raised middle finger, shoplifting, singing in a car, no opening credits, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, bare chested male, blood

Equilibrium (2002)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Equilibrium (2002)

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Story:reference to josef stalin, cremation, stealing, reading, widower, death of wife, death of mother, dead body, rain, telephone call, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, blood

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