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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
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,  shaving off beard,  raising children,  fake heart attack,  rv park,  big pharma,  running through the woods,  singing on a bus,  killing a deer,  off screen death,  maoism,  asana,  feature film directorial debut,  directed by an actor,  reference to mao tse tung,  plato,  home schooling,  family values,  reference to star trek,  tambourine,  motor home,  survivalist,  redhead girl,  washington state,  bordello,  big family,  work out,  reference to josef stalin,  falling off a roof,  child swearing,  precocious child,  father in law son in law relationship,  rock climbing,  intercom,  bus ride,  ashes,  razor,  bearded man,  redheaded woman,  loss of daughter,  harmonica,  last will and testament,  parenthood,  cremation,  capitalism,  raised middle finger,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  first kiss,  death of daughter,  shoplifting,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  singing in a car,  loss of wife,  overalls,  stealing,  bow and arrow,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  loss of mother,  waterfall,  reading,  tent,  road movie,  widower,  death of wife,  coffin,  no opening credits,  wine,  road trip,  guitar,  death of mother,  male pubic hair,  dead body,  bare butt,  sister sister relationship,  rain,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  knife,  male full frontal nudity,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  nudity,  blood

Bad Grandpa (2013)
Comedy

Bad Grandpa (2013)

Eighty-six-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his eight-year-old grandson Billy, in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa". Jackass characters Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera. Along the way Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places, and situations that give new meaning to the term "childrearing". The duo will encounter male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons, and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens. Real people in unreal situations, making for one really messed up comedy. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Story:father in law son in law antipathy,  father in law son in law relationship,  raised middle finger,  shoplifting,  singing in a car,  grandfather grandson relationship,  road movie,  death of wife,  coffin,  road trip,  dead body,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male

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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,  blood

Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:funeral
Locations:cemetery
Characters:singer
Story:guitar player,  harmonica,  shoplifting,  reading,  death of wife,  guitar,  death of mother,  sister sister relationship,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  two word title,  blood

Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
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

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My Girl (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. This is why My Girl (1991) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  funeral
Story:motor home,  precocious child,  first kiss,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  loss of wife,  overalls,  loss of mother,  widower,  coffin,  dead body,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  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)
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
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,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  nudity,  blood

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Drama, History

The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

Themes:funeral
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  road movie,  road trip,  sister sister relationship,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  funeral,  suicide
Locations:campfire,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:first kiss,  shoplifting,  singing in a car,  waterfall,  reading,  tent,  road trip,  dead body,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  knife,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood

Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. This is why Adams Aebler (2005) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  funeral,  politics,  suicide
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:suicide of wife,  stealing,  widower,  death of wife,  death of mother,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood

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En Man Som Heter Ove (2015)
Comedy, Drama

En Man Som Heter Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:cemetery,  church,  hospital
Story:singing on a bus,  singing in a car,  loss of wife,  loss of mother,  widower,  death of wife,  death of mother,  dancing,  father son relationship

Ken Park (2002) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Drama

Ken Park (2002)

Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother. Peaches looks after her devoutly religious father, but yearns for freedom. They're all rather tight, or so they claim. But they spend precious little time together and none of them seems to know much about one another's family lives. This bizarre dichotomy underscores their alienation # the result of suburban ennui, a teenager's inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:cemetery
Story:grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  reading,  death of wife,  death of mother,  male pubic hair,  bare butt,  sister sister relationship,  rain,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

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

Themes:suicide
Locations:campfire,  church
Characters:singer
Story:suicide of wife,  directed by an actor,  loss of wife,  tent,  widower,  death of wife,  coffin,  dead body,  bare butt,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  nudity

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Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

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

Themes:memory,  funeral
Characters:singer
Story:raised middle finger,  death of daughter,  singing in a car,  loss of wife,  grandmother grandson relationship,  loss of mother,  death of wife,  coffin,  guitar,  death of mother,  rain,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood

Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. This is why Reign Over Me (2007) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer
Story:father in law son in law relationship,  loss of daughter,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  death of daughter,  loss of wife,  widower,  death of wife,  guitar,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

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

Themes:memory,  funeral
Story:cremation,  reading,  widower,  death of wife,  coffin,  wine,  death of mother,  rain,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Themes:memory
Characters:singer
Story:reference to mao tse tung,  grandmother grandson relationship,  reading,  dead body,  bare butt,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  nudity,  blood

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.

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

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Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. This is why Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:reading a book,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  wine,  bare butt,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  nudity

Festen (1998)
Drama

Festen (1998)

The Father turns 60. His family, which is a big one of the kind, gathers to celebrate him on a castle. Everybody likes and respects the father deeply...or do they? The youngest son is trying to live up to the father's expectations. He is running a grill-bar in a dirty part of Copenhagen. The oldest son runs a restaurant in France, while the sister is a anthropologist. The older sister has recently committed suicide and the father asks the oldest son to say a few words about her, because he is afraid he will break into tears if he does it himself. The oldest son agrees without argument. Actually he has already written two speeches. A yellow and a green one. By the table, he asks the father to pick a speech. The father chooses green. The oldest son announces that this is the Speech of Truth. Everybody laughs, except for the father who gets a nervous look on his face. For he knows that the oldest son is about to reveal the secret of why the oldest sister killed herself. (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  memory,  funeral,  suicide
Characters:singer
Story:suicide of daughter,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  death of daughter,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  wine,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Parenthood (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

Themes:memory
Story:parenthood,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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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

Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:singer
Story:cremation,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  death of mother,  dead body,  bare butt,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  knife,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood

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

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:hunting,  wealth,  memory
Story:reading a book,  intercom,  grandfather grandson relationship,  tent,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood

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Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (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

The Lost City Of Z (2016) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:campfire,  church,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:reading a book,  killing a deer,  bow and arrow,  waterfall,  no opening credits,  dead body,  bare butt,  rain,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Locations:church
Story:tent,  wine,  guitar,  male pubic hair,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  male full frontal nudity,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title

Underground (1995)
Comedy, Drama, War

Underground (1995)

The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on. This is why Underground (1995) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:communism,  memory,  politics
Story:stealing,  grandfather grandson relationship,  death of wife,  coffin,  death of mother,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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. (Read More)

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

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Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
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

Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Themes:wealth,  funeral,  politics
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:father in law son in law relationship,  last will and testament,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  reading,  coffin,  sister sister relationship,  rain,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:memory,  funeral,  politics
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Story:razor,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  reading,  wine,  dead body,  rain,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood

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Dan In Real Life (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Dan In Real Life (2007)

Single father Dan Burns dedicates his life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. They get to know each other, but then Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother, Mitch. This is why Dan In Real Life (2007) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016).

Characters:singer
Story:falling off a roof,  parenthood,  loss of wife,  loss of mother,  widower,  death of wife,  guitar,  death of mother,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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:funeral,  suicide
Locations:cemetery,  church,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:grandfather grandson relationship,  death of wife,  coffin,  no opening credits,  death of mother,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood

La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

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

Themes:wealth,  memory,  funeral,  suicide
Locations:church
Characters:singer
Story:death of wife,  coffin,  no opening credits,  guitar,  bare butt,  rain,  telephone call,  male full frontal nudity,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male

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Ran (1985)
Action, Drama

Ran (1985)

Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons - Taro and Jiro - agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo can possibly save him. (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  funeral,  suicide
Locations:campfire
Characters:singer
Story:suicide of mother,  father in law son in law relationship,  cremation,  bow and arrow,  death of wife,  death of mother,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  blood

The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  funeral,  suicide
Locations:cemetery,  church,  hospital
Story:death of daughter,  loss of wife,  widower,  death of wife,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

My Own Private Idaho (1991) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. This is why My Own Private Idaho (1991) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  memory,  funeral,  politics
Locations:campfire,  cemetery,  church
Characters:singer
Story:washington state,  stealing,  tent,  coffin,  wine,  death of mother,  male pubic hair,  teenage boy,  brother brother relationship,  knife,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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The Judge (2014)
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

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

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

Themes:funeral
Locations:cemetery
Story:shoplifting,  singing in a car,  stealing,  tent,  road movie,  road trip,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  nudity

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

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

Themes:memory,  politics,  suicide
Locations:hospital
Story:father in law son in law relationship,  intercom,  cremation,  loss of wife,  bow and arrow,  death of wife,  coffin,  male pubic hair,  dead body,  bare butt,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  nudity,  blood

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Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:memory,  funeral
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  coffin,  bare butt,  sister sister relationship,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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. This is why About Schmidt (2002) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016). (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

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August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

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

Themes:memory,  funeral,  suicide
Locations:church
Characters:singer
Story:last will and testament,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  wine,  dead body,  sister sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like Captain Fantastic (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  suicide
Locations:cemetery,  church,  hospital
Story:loss of daughter,  death of daughter,  loss of wife,  loss of mother,  tent,  widower,  death of wife,  no opening credits,  death of mother,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  knife,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood

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.

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

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