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

Cloud Atlas (2012)

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

Themes:devil, courage, cannibalism, dying, guilt, cancer, memory, escape, drinking, money, suicide, friendship, love, revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:storm, campfire, ship, woods, village, elevator, bicycle, bathtub, snow, forest, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:jew, lust, waitress, hitman, lawyer, writer, policeman, nurse, girl, prostitute, boy, singer, children, doctor, friend, homosexual
Period:future
Story:spaceship explosion, nuclear power, nursing home, oil company, escaped slave, grandfather granddaughter relationship, human skeleton, reincarnation, storm at sea, composer, airplane explosion, sailing ship, distant future, telephone hangup, running over a fire hydrant, elevator malfunction, running for your life, stuck in an elevator, shooting a dog, shooting star

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:cannibalism, dying, memory, suicide, love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, ship, bathtub, snow, forest, beach
Characters:boy
Period:future
Story:gun in mouth, shot with an arrow, despair, hunger, crossbow, trust, dystopia, pursuit, pianist, skeleton, death of wife, post apocalypse, shot in the leg, nonlinear timeline, eating, bridge, old man, candle, survival, piano

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

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

Themes:dying, cancer, memory, escape, drinking, money, suicide, love, revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:village, elevator, bicycle, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:jew, hitman, writer, girl, boy, singer, children, doctor, friend
Story:telephone call, free will, firefight, revolutionary, raid, title appears in writing, tape recorder, law, eyeglasses, general, reunion, pianist, umbrella, pay phone, no opening credits, eating, stabbing, candle, journalist, flashlight

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

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

Themes:courage, dying, escape, revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:storm, campfire, ship, village, beach
Characters:jew, boy, friend
Story:running for your life, overhead shot, flogging, horseback riding, tribe, exile, prophecy, slave, goat, slavery, trust, whipping, general, uncle nephew relationship, pursuit, lightning, flash forward, shot in the leg, underwater scene, no opening credits

Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
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:dying, escape, drinking, money, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:storm, campfire, ship, bathtub, bar
Characters:policeman, boy, singer, children, doctor, friend
Story:shooting a dog, bar fight, telephone call, air battle, poisoning, horseback riding, recording, record player, pub, reunion, pursuit, lightning, umbrella, prologue, underwater scene, no opening credits, old man, candle, newspaper, shot in the back

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith. This is why Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:dying, drinking, friendship, love, revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, woods, snow, forest
Characters:girl, doctor, friend
Story:voice over letter, goatherd, plantation, horseback riding, snowing, slave, goat, slavery, reunion, pianist, flash forward, nonlinear timeline, throat slitting, eating, shot in the back, prayer, piano, dead body, rifle, book

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:guilt, money, memory, drinking, suicide, revenge, friendship, love
Locations:elevator, bicycle, snow, restaurant
Characters:singer, doctor, friend
Story:telephone call, thrown from a building, south korea, journal, snowing, title appears in writing, tape recorder, recording, trust, ring, death of wife, umbrella, pay phone, prologue, flash forward, eating, stabbing, flashlight, newspaper, subjective camera

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

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

Themes:dying, drinking, money
Locations:village, bicycle, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:prostitute, boy, singer, children, doctor
Story:journalist, telephone call, goatherd, knife held to throat, tear on cheek, murder of a child, revolutionary, eye patch, oil, street life, goat, rebellion, demonstration, pursuit, protest, prologue, shot in the leg, execution, eating, bridge

Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:escape, drinking, money, friendship, love
Locations:woods, forest, restaurant
Characters:jew, policeman, doctor, friend
Story:telephone call, old people's home, karma, eye patch, hunger, watching television, virginity, pursuit, pay phone, prologue, flash forward, gunshot, shot in the leg, stabbing, flashlight, drug use, f word, handcuffs, dead body, car crash

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:dying, escape
Locations:storm, ship, bicycle, restaurant
Characters:policeman, girl, singer
Period:future
Story:escape attempt, telephone call, 10 year old, hunger, lightning, underwater scene, fictional war, spaceship, outer space, bridge, eating, flashlight, survival, reporter, cafe, dead body, tears, rifle, food, blood splatter

10,000 Bc (2008)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. This is why 10,000 Bc (2008) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:dying, friendship, love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, village, snow
Characters:girl, boy, friend
Period:future
Story:tribe, sailing ship, horse, war paint, shot with an arrow, raid, prophecy, slave, slavery, whipping, pursuit, skeleton, lightning, prologue, flash forward, fictional war, eating, stabbing, dead body, reference to god

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship, revenge
Locations:elevator, restaurant, bar
Characters:hitman, policeman, friend, homosexual
Story:bar brawl, bar fight, telephone call, n word, male male kiss, tape recorder, recording, lightning, pay phone, prologue, flash forward, shot in the leg, execution, nonlinear timeline, throat slitting, eating, bridge, flashlight, newspaper, gay kiss

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:courage, dying, escape, drinking, suicide, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:ship, beach
Characters:girl, boy, singer, children, friend
Story:shooting a dog, voice over letter, last stand, killing a dog, horseback riding, despair, whipping, general, no opening credits, eating, stabbing, survival, rifle, book, shooting, letter, falling from height, drink, punched in the face, airplane

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:guilt, cancer, drinking, money, suicide
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman, girl, singer, homosexual
Story:bar fight, overhead shot, distrust, knocking on a door, contract, snowing, street life, eyeglasses, trust, pub, ring, debt, death of wife, umbrella, prologue, shot in the leg, no opening credits, apology, throat slitting, eating

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:courage, dying, guilt, drinking, suicide, revenge, love
Locations:bicycle, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:lawyer, policeman, nurse, boy, doctor
Story:telephone call, multiple storyline, despair, law, umbrella, flash forward, gunshot, underwater scene, nonlinear timeline, drug use, prayer, cafe, reference to god, tears, shooting, secret, drink, computer, face slap, food

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. This is why The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:escape, money, friendship
Locations:elevator, bicycle, bathtub, snow
Characters:writer, boy, lawyer, policeman, girl, friend
Story:author, telephone call, passenger train, birthmark, tear on cheek, facial scar, last will and testament, spiral staircase, snowing, title appears in writing, law, eyeglasses, typewriter, pursuit, pay phone, flash forward, gunshot, fictional war, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline

Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:dying, guilt, memory, drinking, love
Mood:epic
Locations:bathtub, restaurant, beach
Characters:writer, waitress, policeman, nurse, girl, singer, children, doctor
Story:writing a letter, voice over letter, letter, horseback riding, recording, record player, typewriter, reunion, author, flash forward, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, candle, flashlight, handcuffs, piano, cafe, dead body, tears

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, suicide, friendship
Locations:bicycle, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, nurse, girl, boy, doctor, friend
Story:telephone call, corporal punishment, raid, oil, street life, trust, whipping, pursuit, prologue, execution, no opening credits, eating, stabbing, newspaper, shot in the back, f word, telephone, prayer, cafe, dead body

The Fountain (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

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

Themes:dying, cancer, memory, love
Mood:epic
Locations:storm, campfire, bathtub, snow
Characters:writer, doctor
Period:future
Story:flogging, tribe, prophecy, spanish, crossbow, aging, whipping, pursuit, ring, lightning, death of wife, flash forward, execution, no opening credits, outer space, nonlinear timeline, throat slitting, stabbing, candle, tears

Django Unchained (2012)
Drama, Western

Django Unchained (2012)

A German dentist buys the freedom of a slave and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of the slave's wife who belongs to a ruthless plantation owner.

Themes:escape, drinking, money, revenge
Locations:campfire, woods, bathtub, snow, forest, bar
Characters:lawyer, singer
Story:slave, plantation, candelabra, overhead shot, facial scar, tequila, n word, spiral staircase, horseback riding, covered in blood, slavery, whipping, pursuit, actor playing multiple roles, flash forward, shot in the leg, apology, eating, shot in the back, f word

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. This is why The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, memory, love
Mood:epic
Locations:storm, woods, elevator, bicycle, bathtub, forest, restaurant, beach
Characters:waitress, policeman, children, boy
Story:telephone call, heartbeat, overhead shot, distrust, naivety, recording, eyeglasses, record player, trust, flash forward, gunshot, underwater scene, outer space, apology, nonlinear timeline, bridge, eating, candle, flashlight, newspaper

16 Blocks (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking, friendship
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:lawyer, policeman, girl, friend
Story:voice over letter, telephone call, gun in mouth, last will and testament, snowing, street life, tape recorder, pursuit, prologue, shot in the leg, old man, shot in the back, telephone, handcuffs, dead body, car crash, rifle, shooting, letter, drink

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:jew, lawyer, policeman, singer, children, friend, homosexual
Story:male prostitute, telephone call, year 1975, year 1973, older man younger man relationship, male male kiss, revolutionary, demonstration, tape recorder, recording, law, eyeglasses, record player, gay relationship, typewriter, san francisco california, umbrella, pay phone, protest, gunshot

The Lobster (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Themes:escape, love, friendship
Locations:woods, restaurant
Characters:policeman, girl, singer, doctor, friend
Period:future
Story:out of ammunition, killing a dog, knocking on a door, corporal punishment, hunger, eyeglasses, dystopia, pursuit, prologue, apology, eating, stabbing, flashlight, shot in the back, f word, handcuffs, dead body, running, rifle, shooting

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:courage, drinking, suicide, love, revenge, friendship
Locations:woods, bathtub, snow, forest, bar
Characters:girl, policeman, boy, children, friend
Story:telephone call, murder of a child, snowing, covered in blood, tape recorder, recording, record player, whipping, ring, underwater scene, throat slitting, eating, bridge, flashlight, newspaper, dead body, taxi, book, falling from height, arrest

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. This is why Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:lawyer, writer, policeman, girl, boy, children
Story:telephone call, transamerica pyramid, luger, slave, tape recorder, san francisco california, pay phone, prologue, flash forward, bridge, stabbing, journalist, flashlight, newspaper, reporter, cafe, interrogation, dead body, running, rifle

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:courage, escape, money, revenge, friendship
Locations:ship, woods, village, forest
Characters:prostitute
Story:shot with an arrow, raid, prophecy, slave, rebellion, slavery, general, uncle nephew relationship, death of wife, shot in the leg, underwater scene, execution, fictional war, nonlinear timeline, throat slitting, bridge, candle, subjective camera, shot in the back, interrogation

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

Der Untergang (2004)

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

Themes:courage, dying, escape, drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:bicycle, snow
Characters:jew, nurse, girl, boy, singer, doctor, friend
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship, telephone call, candelabra, killing a dog, gun in mouth, last will and testament, murder of a child, despair, uncle niece relationship, recording, eyeglasses, record player, typewriter, general, uncle nephew relationship, flash forward, execution, bridge, old man, candle

In Bruges (2008) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Bruges (2008)

London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry's call, Ken, following Harry's advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry's instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn't sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry, who feels he must clean up matters on his own, Ray is dealing with his own problems, not only with Harry, but with a Canadian couple and a half-blind thief named Eirik. Ray hopes he can count on both Chloe and Ken to help him carve out a new life for himself. In the end, Harry, involved in an incident with Jimmy, may have to keep to his own principles. (Read More)

Themes:dying, guilt, memory, drinking, money, suicide, love, revenge
Locations:snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:hitman, prostitute, children, friend
Period:future
Story:telephone call, passenger train, climbing out a window, woman smoker, gun in mouth, last will and testament, spiral staircase, eye patch, snowing, child murder, eyeglasses, pub, pursuit, pay phone, gunshot, shot in the leg, apology, eating, bridge, subjective camera

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:dying, escape, suicide, friendship, revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, woods, village, snow, forest, beach
Period:future
Story:escape plan, shot with an arrow, snowing, tribe, crossbow, whipping, dystopia, death of wife, post apocalypse, fictional war, no opening credits, bridge, flashlight, survival, subjective camera, shot in the back, interrogation, rifle, shooting, falling from height

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. This is why We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:writer, policeman, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:title same as book, telephone call, heartbeat, knocking on a door, shot with an arrow, eye patch, crossbow, covered in blood, caught having sex, umbrella, author, flash forward, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, subjective camera, f word, telephone, handcuffs, running

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? (Read More)

Themes:dying, guilt, memory, escape, suicide, love, friendship, revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:bicycle, restaurant, beach
Characters:waitress, doctor, friend
Story:food, telephone call, facial scar, poisoning, murder of a child, despair, hunger, crossbow, trust, dystopia, uncle nephew relationship, pursuit, umbrella, prologue, gunshot, shot in the leg, throat slitting, stabbing, candle, flashlight

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
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:guilt, drinking, money, suicide, friendship, love
Locations:ship, elevator, bathtub, restaurant, bar
Characters:lust, lawyer, policeman, prostitute, friend
Story:storm at sea, telephone call, hands held in the air, overhead shot, pole dancer, n word, spiral staircase, male male kiss, title appears in writing, eyeglasses, debt, pay phone, no opening credits, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, candle, newspaper, subjective camera, drug use

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.

Themes:guilt, drinking, money, friendship, love
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:boy, singer, friend, homosexual
Story:telephone call, older man younger man relationship, title appears in writing, virginity, recording, record player, san francisco california, lightning, pay phone, prologue, eating, journalist, drug use, f word, telephone, running, book, secret, drink, airplane

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Thriller

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)

In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government.

Themes:escape, drinking, money, revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:village, elevator, bicycle, bar
Characters:waitress, hitman, nurse, boy, singer, doctor
Story:general, telephone call, sheet music, tequila, murder of a child, eye patch, spanish, tape recorder, eyeglasses, pianist, ring, death of wife, pay phone, gunshot, shot in the leg, candle, shot in the back, prayer, handcuffs, piano

American Psycho (2000)
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. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism, memory, escape, drinking, money, friendship, revenge
Locations:bathtub, restaurant, bar
Characters:lust, lawyer, policeman, prostitute, homosexual
Story:escape attempt, killing a dog, spiral staircase, journal, covered in blood, tape recorder, eyeglasses, pay phone, execution, stabbing, drug use, f word, telephone, interrogation, dead body, car crash, running, taxi, bare butt, drink

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:dying, drinking, money
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, bicycle, snow, bar
Characters:nurse, boy, singer
Story:hands held in the air, corporal punishment, horseback riding, street life, general, umbrella, execution, nonlinear timeline, eating, candle, journalist, newspaper, subjective camera, reporter, interrogation, dead body, running, reference to god, tears, rifle

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:dying, memory, money, friendship
Locations:storm, ship, bicycle, bathtub, beach
Characters:girl, boy, singer, children, doctor, friend
Story:survival, food, raid, hunger, recording, record player, ring, umbrella, apology, eating, dead body, running, tears, letter, cat, airplane, horse, corpse, song, crying

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

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:dying, guilt, cancer, memory, escape, drinking, suicide, love, friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant
Characters:writer, policeman, girl, friend, boy, singer, doctor, homosexual
Story:writing a letter, voice over letter, telephone call, reference to charles dickens, heartbeat, male male kiss, virginity, eyeglasses, trust, gay relationship, typewriter, flash forward, apology, eating, candle, gay kiss, subjective camera, drug use, f word, telephone

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

Equilibrium (2002)

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

Themes:guilt, memory, friendship, love
Characters:policeman, boy, friend
Period:future
Story:telephone call, futuristic city, killing a dog, raid, rebellion, recording, law, record player, dystopia, death of wife, post apocalypse, execution, fictional war, stabbing, drug use, shot in the back, handcuffs, interrogation, dead body, running

Children Of Men (2006) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. This is why Children Of Men (2006) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:dying, escape, drinking, money, love
Locations:woods, forest, bar
Characters:policeman, girl, children, singer
Period:future
Story:survival, secret, footbridge, revolutionary, virginity, rebellion, demonstration, aging, pub, dystopia, reunion, pursuit, protest, execution, bridge, eating, newspaper, drug use, reporter, dead body

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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

Themes:drinking, money, suicide, friendship
Locations:village, elevator, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:singer, waitress, policeman, doctor, friend
Story:telephone call, contract, snowing, title appears in writing, recording, record player, uncle nephew relationship, reunion, pursuit, pay phone, no opening credits, apology, eating, flashlight, telephone, handcuffs, cafe, reference to god, arrest, drink

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

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

Themes:dying, guilt, money, suicide, love, friendship
Locations:bicycle, bathtub, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:jew, lust, lawyer, policeman, friend
Story:law, secret, telephone call, last will and testament, snowing, street life, virginity, demonstration, tape recorder, protest, flash forward, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, cafe, tears, taxi, book, letter, face slap

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism, escape, revenge
Locations:ship, elevator, snow
Story:airplane explosion, umbrella, running for your life, knife held to throat, parasite, clone, power outage, eyeglasses, dystopia, post apocalypse, shot in the leg, underwater scene, eating, survival, shot in the back, interrogation, car crash, taxi, falling from height, computer

Big Fish (2003) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, dying, escape, money, love
Locations:storm, campfire, woods, bathtub, forest
Characters:writer, nurse, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Period:future
Story:one eyed man, older man younger man relationship, eye patch, oil, hunger, pursuit, ring, flash forward, underwater scene, journalist, reporter, piano, tears, rifle, shooting, letter, bare butt, secret, cat, computer

The Hunger Games (2012)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games (2012)

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, rutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. This is why The Hunger Games (2012) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:escape, friendship, revenge
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:girl, boy, friend
Period:future
Story:hunger, rebellion, telephone call, facial scar, murder of a child, despair, crossbow, trust, dystopia, pursuit, umbrella, post apocalypse, gunshot, throat slitting, stabbing, candle, flashlight, survival, dead body, reference to god

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

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

Themes:drinking, suicide, revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:lawyer, policeman, girl, prostitute, boy
Story:journalist, computer, title same as book, telephone call, nursing home, contract, uncle niece relationship, trust, reunion, pursuit, gunshot, apology, bridge, eating, old man, flashlight, newspaper, subjective camera, reporter, handcuffs

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:escape, money, revenge, love
Locations:campfire, woods, forest
Characters:waitress, prostitute, boy
Story:shooting star, covered in blood, watching television, tape recorder, ring, prologue, author, flash forward, throat slitting, bridge, journalist, flashlight, subjective camera, shot in the back, f word, reporter, handcuffs, book, shooting, arrest

The Master (2012) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Themes:memory, drinking
Locations:ship, elevator, beach
Characters:lust, writer, policeman, singer, doctor
Story:telephone call, past life, stowaway, poisoning, spiral staircase, typewriter, pursuit, author, flash forward, apology, eating, flashlight, f word, telephone, handcuffs, piano, running, reference to god, tears, rifle

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:cancer, memory, escape, suicide, revenge, love
Locations:woods, bicycle, forest, restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, nurse, girl, prostitute, boy
Story:telephone call, killing a dog, journal, murder of a child, pay phone, flash forward, underwater scene, nonlinear timeline, stabbing, cafe, reference to god, tears, dream, crying, brother sister relationship, explosion, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male

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