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Citizen Kane (1941)
Drama, Mystery

Citizen Kane (1941)

A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the top of the world. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  childhood,  unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  blackmail,  depression,  poverty,  obsession,  loneliness,  divorce,  funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  politics,  money,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:parody
Locations:slum,  museum,  office,  nightclub,  snow,  hospital
Characters:maid,  writer,  photographer,  dancer,  detective,  nurse,  singer,  friend,  doctor
Period:1870s,  1890s,  1920s,  1930s
Story:rosebud,  newspaper,  newspaper headline montage,  election campaign,  business manager,  bank manager,  newspaper publisher,  newspaper editor,  reporter,  stock market crash,  brooklyn accent,  hall of mirrors,  singing lesson,  music lesson,  waiting for love,  front page story,  control freak,  rich snob,  political candidate,  shadow play,  political campaign,  gold mine,  false promise of the american dream,  jigsaw puzzle,  mislaid trust,  rise to power,  general manager,  business tycoon,  theatre critic,  pipe smoking,  crooked politician,  spinning newspaper,  opera house,  playing the piano,  great depression,  actor director writer,  christmas present,  second marriage,  attempted suicide,  reference to princeton university,  reference to yale university,  reference to switzerland,  reference to harvard university,  george washington bridge,  arlington national cemetery,  reference to coleridge,  reference to cuba,  three piece suit,  the one that got away,  spanish american war,  page turner,  music review,  rooming house,  reference to world war one,  first wife,  human being,  kublai khan,  public speaker,  fur stole,  deep focus,  boys school,  love nest,  shangri la,  panama hat,  el dorado,  canopy bed,  theater critic,  media tycoon,  roman a clef,  media mogul,  evening gown,  tone,  contribution,  prose,  circulation,  trustee,  coliseum,  print,  xanadu,  subscriber,  ringing a bell,  gaslight,  declaration,  right hand man,  administrator,  correspondent,  high class,  stockholder,  copy,  sentimental,  allowance,  working man,  leitmotif,  chorus line,  balding,  certificate,  county,  looking for love,  parlor,  graft,  extravagance,  last words,  diaphragm,  shipping,  voter,  indictment,  lifting a male into the air,  imagery,  conviction,  swing music,  stock,  visual metaphor,  good deed,  baggage,  wall street,  oil well,  glass of water,  merger,  takeover,  policy,  firm,  clumsy,  committee,  storage,  citizen,  second wife,  introduction,  bowler hat,  egoist,  reform,  exotica,  abused child,  parasol,  landmark,  atlantic city new jersey,  consequence,  telegraph,  spectacles,  lifting an adult into the air,  syndicate,  wallpaper,  apathy,  standing ovation,  boycott,  influence,  castle thunder,  lyrics,  toothache,  unknown,  blacklist,  washington dc,  opinion,  brooklyn,  headline,  hall,  braids,  chief,  prosecution,  soprano,  fool,  adulterer,  reference to noah's ark,  breaking glass,  furnace,  campaigning,  fired,  hidden truth,  property,  film reel,  collecting,  hearing,  sleigh,  catwalk,  nursery,  oil lamp,  media frenzy,  cable,  houseguest,  shaking hands,  gondola,  fictional biography,  newsreel,  gentleman,  lemonade,  crook,  duty,  solo,  lesson,  multiple perspectives,  longing,  investment,  snowglobe,  sheet music,  boarding house,  luxury,  leaving home,  memoir,  mist,  showgirl,  sled,  double,  cigar,  liberty,  candidate,  snowstorm,  warden,  dying words,  secret past,  decision,  defeat,  reward,  top hat,  famous line,  materialism,  control,  protection,  pilgrimage,  packing,  suspenders,  giraffe,  bow tie,  staff,  man wearing glasses,  rich,  deathbed,  price of fame,  in medias res,  trunk,  waiting,  enigma,  pleasure,  memorial,  snowman,  talent,  customer,  octopus,  plan,  story,  cure,  rags to riches,  collector,  moving in,  nursing home,  manuscript,  vanity,  anarchist,  guardian,  marching band,  robe,  chandelier,  macguffin,  alternate history,  union,  campaign,  unhappiness,  landlady,  narcissism,  banker,  colorado,  fascist,  independence,  governor,  megalomaniac,  performer,  advice,  editor,  fence,  estate,  physician,  publisher,  contract,  crowd,  aristocrat,  mannequin,  melancholy,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  tragic hero,  landlord,  trip,  ferry,  alienation,  dark past,  trophy,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  career,  ranch,  mine,  note,  cane,  loner,  tuxedo,  musical number,  sailor,  rainstorm,  convict,  20th century,  shadow,  fog,  frustration,  dark hero,  drunk,  engagement,  rival,  butler,  millionaire,  zoo,  irony,  son,  guest,  nickname,  diamond,  promise,  retirement,  ambition,  picnic,  breakfast,  puzzle,  journalism,  audience,  visit,  servant,  loss,  florida,  lifting someone into the air,  communist,  magician,  aging,  disease,  survivor,  fireplace,  poem,  scandal,  jazz,  power,  trust,  typewriter,  directorial debut,  acting,  cabin,  election,  manager,  film within a film,  isolation,  directed by star,  suicide attempt,  wig,  scene during end credits,  long take,  business,  u.s. president,  bracelet,  bank,  reading,  written and directed by cast member,  debt,  statue,  19th century,  champagne,  portrait,  argument,  author,  library,  smoking,  limousine,  chicago illinois,  pain,  theatre,  photography,  animal,  radio,  no opening credits,  politician,  montage,  mansion,  new york,  journalist,  opera,  piano,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  letter,  drink,  paris france,  camera,  investigation,  mirror,  car accident,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  fight,  death,  flashback

Nixon (1995)
Biography, Drama, History

Nixon (1995)

Director Oliver Stone's exploration of former president Richard Nixon's strict Quaker upbringing, his nascent political strivings in law school, and his strangely self-effacing courtship of his wife, Pat. The contradictions in his character are revealed early, in the vicious campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas and the oddly masochistic Checkers speech. His defeat at the hands of the hated and envied John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election, followed by the loss of the 1962 California gubernatorial race, seem to signal the end of his career. Yet, although wholly lacking in charisma, Nixon remains a brilliant political operator, seizing the opportunity provided by the backlash against the antiwar movement to take the presidency in 1968. It is only when safely in office, running far ahead in the polls for the 1972 presidential election, that his growing paranoia comes to full flower, triggering the Watergate scandal. (Read More)

Themes:politics,  marriage
Locations:office,  hospital
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:election campaign,  political candidate,  political campaign,  defeat,  campaign,  mother son relationship,  career,  loss,  scandal,  power,  trust,  election,  u.s. president,  politician,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

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Evita (1996)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  poverty,  funeral,  wedding,  drinking,  politics,  money
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:story,  rise to power,  influence,  deathbed,  in medias res,  film within a film,  business,  limousine,  radio,  politician,  montage,  opera,  newspaper,  drink,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  cult film,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  death

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. (Read More)

Themes:money,  wealth,  wedding,  marriage
Characters:singer,  doctor
Period:1890s,  1920s,  1930s
Story:son,  property,  control freak,  rich,  pipe smoking,  great depression,  lifting a male into the air,  oil well,  famous line,  price of fame,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  mine,  20th century,  butler,  ambition,  lifting someone into the air,  power,  long take,  business,  reading,  19th century,  radio,  no opening credits,  mansion,  letter,  train,  fire,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback

Wall Street (1987) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Crime, Drama

Wall Street (1987)

On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father. Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:office,  snow,  hospital
Story:wall street,  business tycoon,  pipe smoking,  stock,  firm,  landmark,  famous line,  materialism,  suspenders,  collector,  union,  advice,  father son relationship,  cane,  millionaire,  retirement,  ambition,  power,  manager,  long take,  business,  argument,  limousine,  montage,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  two word title

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Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. This is why Gone With The Wind (1939) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  poverty,  divorce,  wedding,  drunkenness,  politics,  money,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:maid,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  doctor
Period:1870s
Story:rich snob,  butler,  nursery,  luxury,  defeat,  famous line,  packing,  deathbed,  union,  narcissism,  fence,  estate,  physician,  trip,  convict,  fog,  dark hero,  rival,  servant,  scandal,  business,  reading,  19th century,  champagne,  library,  pain,  letter,  paris france,  mirror,  train,  fire,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  death

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:childhood,  wealth,  unfaithfulness,  funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:singer,  dancer,  doctor
Period:1930s
Story:story,  career,  rags to riches,  contract,  trophy,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  cane,  florida,  radio,  montage,  reporter,  piano,  extramarital affair,  drink,  paris france,  camera,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  fight,  death

The Shipping News (2001)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  poverty,  drunkenness,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:nightclub,  snow,  hospital
Characters:writer,  photographer,  detective
Story:newspaper editor,  shipping,  cable,  story,  ferry,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  journalism,  audience,  typewriter,  isolation,  newspaper,  reporter,  camera,  investigation,  car accident,  party,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback

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Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
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:unfaithfulness,  depression,  loneliness,  divorce,  funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:packing,  unhappiness,  melancholy,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  retirement,  aging,  reading,  champagne,  limousine,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  drink,  paris france,  mirror,  train,  husband wife relationship,  death

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

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

Themes:wealth,  unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  suicide
Characters:maid,  dancer,  doctor
Story:pipe smoking,  in medias res,  narcissism,  banker,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  cane,  nickname,  film within a film,  debt,  champagne,  no opening credits,  montage,  reporter,  extramarital affair,  drink,  mirror,  voice over narration,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries. This is why The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  christmas,  suicide
Locations:snow
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:stockholder,  stock,  materialism,  plan,  rags to riches,  editor,  journalism,  power,  typewriter,  suicide attempt,  business,  u.s. president,  montage,  newspaper,  reporter,  letter,  drink,  investigation,  voice over narration,  fire,  cult film,  new york city,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

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Amadeus (1984)
Biography, Drama, History, Music

Amadeus (1984)

'Antonio Salieri' (qv) believes that 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' (qv)'s music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. He began his career as a devout man who believes his success and talent as a composer are God's rewards for his piety. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  funeral,  wedding,  politics,  money,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:snow
Characters:maid,  singer
Story:talent,  singing lesson,  playing the piano,  opera,  attempted suicide,  lifting an adult into the air,  sheet music,  mist,  in medias res,  landlady,  landlord,  career,  father son relationship,  fog,  rival,  irony,  son,  servant,  lifting someone into the air,  fireplace,  wig,  19th century,  theatre,  piano,  letter,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  death

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

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

Themes:wedding,  unfaithfulness,  obsession,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:snow,  hospital
Characters:writer,  detective
Story:media frenzy,  control freak,  investigation,  furnace,  story,  union,  narcissism,  crowd,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  irony,  audience,  loss,  fireplace,  trust,  portrait,  argument,  author,  photography,  reporter,  extramarital affair,  letter,  drink,  camera,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  fight,  flashback,  death

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

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

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

Themes:wealth,  unfaithfulness,  divorce,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:maid,  dancer,  friend
Story:wall street,  first wife,  firm,  second wife,  media frenzy,  staff,  rags to riches,  marching band,  banker,  father son relationship,  drunk,  butler,  millionaire,  promise,  manager,  business,  bank,  debt,  champagne,  limousine,  no opening credits,  montage,  mansion,  newspaper,  reporter,  extramarital affair,  drink,  investigation,  mirror,  car accident,  voice over narration,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  flashback

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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,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  christmas,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:nightclub
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:christmas present,  story,  banker,  contract,  aristocrat,  mother son relationship,  nickname,  promise,  scandal,  trust,  election,  long take,  business,  debt,  champagne,  limousine,  pain,  no opening credits,  newspaper,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  mirror,  voice over narration,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. This is why Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941). (Read More)

Themes:depression,  funeral,  drunkenness,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:doctor
Story:film reel,  famous line,  marching band,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  rival,  retirement,  manager,  directed by star,  written and directed by cast member,  statue,  limousine,  radio,  montage,  mansion,  reporter,  piano,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  fight,  death,  flashback

Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  drunkenness,  politics,  infidelity
Locations:slum
Characters:detective
Story:political candidate,  political campaign,  public speaker,  chief,  double,  campaign,  contract,  father son relationship,  millionaire,  election,  manager,  business,  no opening credits,  politician,  new york,  extramarital affair,  camera,  investigation,  car accident,  train,  surprise ending,  new york city,  party,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  fight,  flashback,  death

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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:childhood,  divorce,  money
Locations:snow
Characters:writer,  dancer,  singer,  doctor
Period:1930s
Story:sled,  story,  independence,  fence,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  poem,  long take,  reading,  newspaper,  mirror,  fire,  coming of age,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death

Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  childhood,  unfaithfulness,  poverty,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:slum,  nightclub
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  friend
Story:story,  control,  in medias res,  narcissism,  father son relationship,  career,  mother son relationship,  rival,  son,  promise,  journalism,  power,  scene during end credits,  pain,  photography,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  extramarital affair,  camera,  car accident,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  cult film,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  fight,  flashback,  death

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:tragedy,  divorce,  adultery,  money,  christmas,  infidelity
Locations:snow,  hospital
Characters:maid,  nurse,  singer,  doctor
Story:mislaid trust,  leitmotif,  man wearing glasses,  physician,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  rainstorm,  engagement,  son,  florida,  typewriter,  bank,  champagne,  montage,  mansion,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  letter,  paris france,  investigation,  voice over narration,  cult film,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback

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Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. This is why Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  money,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:ranch,  pipe smoking,  christmas present,  stock,  oil well,  materialism,  rich,  story,  trip,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  rival,  millionaire,  servant,  aging,  power,  business,  reading,  montage,  mansion,  newspaper,  letter,  drink,  mirror,  train,  party,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  death

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

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

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

Themes:depression,  poverty,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer,  nurse,  singer,  doctor
Story:control,  story,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  frustration,  fireplace,  typewriter,  isolation,  suicide attempt,  reading,  champagne,  author,  mansion,  drink,  mirror,  fire,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  fight,  death

The Prestige (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Prestige (2006)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  obsession,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:friend
Period:1890s
Story:magician,  rival,  indictment,  oil lamp,  mist,  double,  top hat,  in medias res,  story,  colorado,  performer,  cane,  fog,  audience,  servant,  loss,  fireplace,  trust,  19th century,  champagne,  argument,  theatre,  no opening credits,  montage,  extramarital affair,  letter,  drink,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  flashback,  death

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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:childhood,  tragedy,  depression,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:story,  guardian,  crowd,  dark past,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  audience,  reading,  argument,  montage,  piano,  letter,  drink,  mirror,  coming of age,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  flashback,  death

Youth (2015) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Youth (2015)

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  divorce,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:soprano,  gondola,  memoir,  deathbed,  father son relationship,  career,  cane,  irony,  retirement,  aging,  wig,  champagne,  montage,  newspaper,  extramarital affair,  letter,  camera,  car accident,  train,  fire,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death

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

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. This is why The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:office,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:attempted suicide,  clumsy,  pleasure,  contract,  tuxedo,  nickname,  manager,  suicide attempt,  bank,  debt,  montage,  drink,  camera,  mirror,  car accident,  voice over narration,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  fight,  death

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J. Edgar (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

J. Edgar (2011)

Biopic of J. Edgar Hoover told by Hoover as he recalls his career for a biography. Early in his career, Hoover fixated on Communists, anarchists and any other revolutionary taking action against the U.S. government. He slowly builds the agency's reputation, becoming the sole arbiter of who gets hired and fired. One of his hires is Clyde Tolson who is quickly promoted to Assistant Director and would be Hoover's confidant and companion for the rest of Hoover's life. Hoover's memories have him playing a greater role in the many high profile cases the FBI was involved in - the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the arrest of bank robbers like John Dillinger - and also show him to be quite adept at manipulating the various politicians he's worked with over his career, thanks in large part to his secret files. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  politics,  friendship
Locations:office,  nightclub
Characters:maid,  photographer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:career,  investigation,  fired,  hearing,  newsreel,  candidate,  in medias res,  story,  anarchist,  robe,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  note,  son,  nickname,  promise,  ambition,  audience,  aging,  fireplace,  power,  typewriter,  bank,  argument,  library,  politician,  newspaper,  reporter,  letter,  camera,  photograph,  dancing,  character name in title,  two word title,  flashback,  death,  fight

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

I'm Not There. (2007)

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

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  marriage,  drinking,  politics,  infidelity
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer,  photographer,  dancer,  nurse
Story:multiple perspectives,  giraffe,  price of fame,  enigma,  rags to riches,  fascist,  alienation,  career,  20th century,  millionaire,  son,  film within a film,  19th century,  limousine,  theatre,  montage,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  piano,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  coming of age,  cult film,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  fight

All About Eve (1950) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Drama

All About Eve (1950)

Eve (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take her parts and her fiance, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill). When the fiance shows no interest, she tries for playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), but DeWitt stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where a young woman named Phoebe has sneaked into her room and fallen asleep. This is where the "Circle of Life" now comes to fruition as Eve will get played like she played Margo. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:maid,  friend
Story:story,  aging,  theater critic,  famous line,  in medias res,  price of fame,  waiting,  plan,  vanity,  melancholy,  engagement,  rival,  butler,  nickname,  ambition,  acting,  wig,  business,  champagne,  piano,  taxi,  drink,  mirror,  party,  voice over narration,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

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The Painted Veil (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  infidelity,  drunkenness,  marriage,  drinking,  adultery,  money
Locations:hospital
Characters:maid,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  doctor
Period:1920s
Story:story,  unknown,  cure,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  note,  servant,  disease,  scandal,  typewriter,  reading,  pain,  theatre,  piano,  extramarital affair,  letter,  drink,  mirror,  fire,  coming of age,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  flashback,  death

The Ghost Writer (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Ghost Writer (2010)

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. This is why The Ghost Writer (2010) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  politics,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  suicide
Characters:writer,  friend
Story:memoir,  pipe smoking,  scandal,  copy,  media frenzy,  staff,  story,  manuscript,  colorado,  fence,  publisher,  contract,  ferry,  father son relationship,  career,  reading,  champagne,  author,  limousine,  no opening credits,  politician,  newspaper,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  drink,  investigation,  voice over narration,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:maid,  dancer,  singer,  doctor
Story:pipe smoking,  extravagance,  luxury,  story,  chandelier,  alternate history,  father son relationship,  audience,  lifting someone into the air,  scandal,  wig,  reading,  champagne,  theatre,  montage,  opera,  extramarital affair,  letter,  drink,  paris france,  mirror,  voice over narration,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  death

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American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:wealth,  blackmail,  divorce,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:office,  nightclub
Characters:detective
Story:wall street,  merger,  materialism,  suspenders,  vanity,  narcissism,  alienation,  tuxedo,  lifting someone into the air,  fireplace,  champagne,  limousine,  montage,  new york,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  mirror,  car accident,  voice over narration,  fire,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  two word title,  death

Ikiru (1952)
Drama

Ikiru (1952)

Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant. He has worked in the same department for 30 years. His life is pretty boring and monotonous, though he once used to have passion and drive. Then one day he discovers that he has stomach cancer and has less than a year to live. After the initial depression he sets about living for the first time in over 20 years. Then he realises that his limited time left is not just for living life to the full but to leave something meaningful behind... (Read More)

Themes:depression,  loneliness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  money,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:office,  nightclub,  snow
Characters:writer,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  doctor
Story:hall,  chief,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  nickname,  retirement,  servant,  isolation,  pain,  newspaper,  reporter,  piano,  drink,  camera,  mirror,  train,  voice over narration,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback

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:childhood,  unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  depression,  divorce,  funeral,  wedding,  drinking,  politics,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  snow,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  doctor,  friend
Story:pipe smoking,  defeat,  anarchist,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  musical number,  communist,  survivor,  election,  film within a film,  suicide attempt,  reading,  pain,  newspaper,  taxi,  drink,  paris france,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  party,  dancing,  flashback,  fight,  death

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Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene ('Carey Mulligan' (qv)), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak ('Matthias Schoenaerts' (qv)), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy ('Tom Sturridge' (qv)), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood ('Michael Sheen (I)' (qv)), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. This is why Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  wedding,  drinking,  politics,  money,  christmas,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:pipe smoking,  bow tie,  story,  independence,  fence,  crowd,  butler,  promise,  servant,  poem,  debt,  19th century,  piano,  letter,  drink,  mirror,  voice over narration,  fire,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death

All Good Things (2010) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

All Good Things (2010)

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

Themes:wealth,  blackmail,  depression,  obsession,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:maid,  writer,  photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:packing,  story,  collector,  estate,  landlord,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  tuxedo,  florida,  loss,  trust,  wig,  business,  politician,  newspaper,  taxi,  drink,  paris france,  camera,  mirror,  train,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death

The Artist (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Artist (2011)

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:office,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:stock market crash,  career,  great depression,  introduction,  film reel,  top hat,  unhappiness,  contract,  tuxedo,  shadow,  butler,  typewriter,  acting,  film within a film,  suicide attempt,  business,  statue,  limousine,  photography,  montage,  newspaper,  reporter,  drink,  camera,  mirror,  car accident,  fire,  dancing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  two word title

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  divorce,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  politics,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:office,  snow
Characters:writer,  photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:waiting,  christmas present,  tone,  longing,  sled,  packing,  unhappiness,  independence,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  communist,  fireplace,  poem,  library,  newspaper,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  letter,  drink,  camera,  train,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  new york city,  photograph,  dancing

Live By Night (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:childhood,  tragedy,  blackmail,  money,  funeral,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  snow,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  friend
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:rise to power,  son,  great depression,  actor director writer,  control,  story,  father son relationship,  career,  rival,  ambition,  florida,  jazz,  power,  trust,  directed by star,  bank,  written and directed by cast member,  no opening credits,  montage,  mansion,  extramarital affair,  car accident,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  surprise ending,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death

Closer (2004) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Drama, Romance

Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. This is why Closer (2004) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  unfaithfulness,  depression,  obsession,  divorce,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer,  writer,  dancer,  doctor
Story:journalist,  memorial,  story,  manuscript,  editor,  physician,  publisher,  wig,  portrait,  theatre,  photography,  opera,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  camera,  mirror,  car accident,  new york city,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback

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Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama, Music, Musical

Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  poverty,  divorce,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  snow
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:performer,  business,  roman a clef,  price of fame,  talent,  story,  rags to riches,  career,  film within a film,  wig,  limousine,  theatre,  radio,  no opening credits,  montage,  reporter,  piano,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  mirror,  fire,  new york city,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death

The Bodyguard (1992)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  funeral,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  snow
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:attempted suicide,  staff,  price of fame,  performer,  crowd,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  tuxedo,  rainstorm,  audience,  manager,  limousine,  mansion,  extramarital affair,  letter,  camera,  investigation,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  fight,  death

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  loneliness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:museum,  snow
Characters:writer,  photographer,  dancer,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:train,  clumsy,  oil lamp,  enigma,  collector,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  note,  drunk,  audience,  magician,  poem,  trust,  acting,  reading,  statue,  author,  library,  theatre,  photography,  no opening credits,  montage,  newspaper,  drink,  paris france,  camera,  voice over narration,  fire,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  death,  flashback

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:friend
Story:control,  defeat,  protection,  plan,  chandelier,  dark past,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  power,  isolation,  portrait,  argument,  radio,  no opening credits,  train,  fire,  surprise ending,  cult film,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his wings. He shows George what things would have been like if he had never been born. In a nightmarish vision in which the Potter-controlled town is sunk in sex and sin, those George loves are either dead, ruined, or miserable. He realizes that he has touched many people in a positive way and that his life has truly been a wonderful one. This is why It's A Wonderful Life (1946) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941). (Read More)

Themes:christmas,  depression,  drunkenness,  money,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:maid,  friend
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:guardian,  rich snob,  mislaid trust,  business,  great depression,  attempted suicide,  unknown,  boarding house,  rich,  alternate history,  banker,  alienation,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  rainstorm,  frustration,  millionaire,  promise,  ambition,  lifting someone into the air,  bank,  new york,  taxi,  car accident,  cult film,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback

The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  politics
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:pipe smoking,  blacklist,  marching band,  union,  trophy,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  tuxedo,  audience,  communist,  typewriter,  radio,  montage,  newspaper,  letter,  drink,  train,  fire,  new york city,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  fight

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The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
Drama, Romance, War

The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)

The story concentrates on the social re-adjustment of three World War II servicemen, each from a different station of society. Al Stephenson returns to an influential banking position, but finds it hard to reconcile his loyalties to ex-servicemen with new commercial realities. Fred Derry is an ordinary working man who finds it difficult to hold down a job or pick up the threads of his marriage. Having had both hands burnt off during the war, Homer Parrish is unsure that his fiancee's feelings are still those of love and not those of pity. Each of the veterans faces a crisis upon his arrival, and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  unfaithfulness,  divorce,  wedding,  drunkenness,  marriage,  drinking,  adultery,  politics,  money,  infidelity
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:maid,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:pipe smoking,  deep focus,  canopy bed,  working man,  leitmotif,  packing,  story,  banker,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sailor,  breakfast,  bank,  newspaper,  piano,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  drink,  paris france,  mirror,  fire,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  fight

The Libertine (2004) is one of the best movies like Citizen Kane (1941)
Drama, Romance

The Libertine (2004)

In 1660, with the return of Charles II to the English throne, theater, the visual arts, science and sexual promiscuity flourish. Thirteen years later, in the midst of political and economical problems, Charles II asks for the return of his friend John Wilmot, aka the second Earl of Rochester, from exile back to London. John is a morally-corrupt drunkard and a sexually- active cynical poet. When the King asks John to prepare a play for the French ambassador so as to please him, John meets the aspiring actress Elizabeth Barry in the playhouse and decides to make her into a great star. He falls in love with her and she becomes his mistress. During the presentation to the Frenchman, he falls into disgrace with the court. When he was thirty-three years old and dying of syphilis and alcoholism, he converts to being a religious man. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:writer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:dying words,  deathbed,  chandelier,  estate,  crowd,  mother son relationship,  cane,  fog,  irony,  audience,  servant,  poem,  scandal,  portrait,  theatre,  extramarital affair,  letter,  drink,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  death,  fight

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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

Themes:wealth,  funeral,  wedding,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:museum,  snow
Characters:writer,  maid,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:story,  son,  staff,  pipe smoking,  author,  chief,  sled,  memorial,  plan,  vanity,  mother son relationship,  convict,  butler,  guest,  audience,  servant,  poem,  typewriter,  reading,  statue,  champagne,  no opening credits,  montage,  newspaper,  taxi,  letter,  train,  photograph,  death,  flashback

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