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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,  title same as book,  writing a letter,  reading a book,  gray tabby cat,  voice over letter,  escape plan,  escape attempt,  male prostitute,  bar brawl,  bar fight,  faked suicide,  telephone call,  reference to alexander solzhenitsyn,  reference to arthur conan doyle,  reference to the korean war,  reference to herman melville,  asian with coloured hair,  cleaning a swimming pool,  computerized voice,  chest of gold coins,  submerged in car,  crashing through a gate,  climbing a cliff,  reference to berlin germany,  hands held in the air,  thrown from a building,  reference to germany,  child shot in the back,  facial makeup,  musical composition,  transamerica pyramid,  throwing a cell phone,  micro mini,  reference to jezebel,  year 1849,  woman hitting a man,  six stories,  male sitting on a toilet,  out of ammunition,  present day,  cult hero,  grandchildren,  voice over writing,  swinging on a rope,  waistcoat,  sextet,  tooth knocked out,  futuristic city,  year 1931,  backhand slap,  viola,  ale,  headdress,  goatherd,  abolitionist,  air battle,  year 1936,  war paint,  free will,  yelling for help,  old people's home,  nuclear reactor,  firefight,  sodomite,  elderly couple,  footbridge,  seoul,  falling out a window,  peephole,  past life,  reference to charles dickens,  year 1975,  barefoot woman,  luger,  one eyed man,  passenger train,  chateau,  heartbeat,  year 1973,  hot pants,  maori,  candelabra,  stowaway,  threat to kill,  talking to oneself,  knife held to throat,  garrote,  sheet music,  volkswagen beetle,  scotsman,  radio broadcast,  overhead shot,  deja vu,  last stand,  climbing out a window,  birthmark,  tear on cheek,  mountain climbing,  locked in a room,  plantation,  woman smoker,  pole dancer,  10 year old,  flogging,  year 2012,  facial scar,  tequila,  distrust,  slaughterhouse,  parasite,  south korea,  older man younger man relationship,  n word,  karma,  hand over mouth,  killing a dog,  dna,  gun in mouth,  head bashed in,  knocking on a door,  poisoning,  shot with an arrow,  loan,  corporal punishment,  last will and testament,  naivety,  spiral staircase,  journal,  multiple storyline,  actress playing multiple roles,  male male kiss,  horseback riding,  murder of a child,  contract,  revolutionary,  clone,  eye patch,  snowing,  raid,  tribe,  title appears in writing,  ensemble cast,  exile,  oil,  despair,  prophecy,  power outage,  hunger,  spanish,  uncle niece relationship,  grandfather,  crossbow,  covered in blood,  watching television,  street life,  slave,  goat,  virginity,  rebellion,  caught having sex,  witchcraft,  demonstration,  aging,  slavery,  tape recorder,  recording,  law,  child murder,  eyeglasses,  record player,  trust,  pub,  gay relationship,  typewriter,  whipping,  grandmother,  general,  dystopia,  uncle nephew relationship,  reunion,  pursuit,  pianist,  ring,  san francisco california,  skeleton,  lightning,  actor playing multiple roles,  debt,  death of wife,  umbrella,  pay phone,  protest,  prologue,  author,  flash forward,  post apocalypse,  gunshot,  shot in the leg,  anthology,  underwater scene,  execution,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  throat slitting,  bridge,  eating,  stabbing,  old man,  candle,  journalist,  flashlight,  newspaper,  gay kiss,  survival,  subjective camera,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  prayer,  handcuffs,  piano,  cafe,  interrogation,  dead body,  car crash,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  shooting,  letter,  falling from height,  bare butt,  secret,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  computer,  punched in the face,  airplane,  face slap,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  corpse,  dream,  woman on top,  shootout,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  chase,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  bare chested male,  two word title,  based on novel,  sex scene,  f rated,  blood,  death,  gun,  interview,  flashback,  dog,  kiss,  fight,  murder

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:drinking,  money,  suicide
Locations:elevator
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  doctor
Story:stuck in an elevator,  peephole,  overhead shot,  distrust,  killing a dog,  knocking on a door,  power outage,  covered in blood,  caught having sex,  tape recorder,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  dystopia,  debt,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  stabbing,  candle,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  f word,  reporter,  dead body,  reference to god,  shooting,  falling from height,  bare butt,  drink,  punched in the face,  face slap,  horse,  food,  corpse,  woman on top,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  dog

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Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:guilt,  memory,  escape,  drinking,  money
Locations:elevator,  bicycle
Characters:jew,  lawyer,  girl,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:telephone call,  sextet,  knocking on a door,  last will and testament,  uncle niece relationship,  watching television,  composer,  demonstration,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  trust,  pursuit,  debt,  protest,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  old man,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  running,  tears,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  shooting,  letter,  arrest,  drink,  computer,  airplane,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  death

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:guilt,  memory,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  girl,  prostitute,  boy,  children,  doctor,  friend,  homosexual
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  title same as book,  telephone call,  birthmark,  revolutionary,  exile,  oil,  despair,  uncle niece relationship,  virginity,  demonstration,  law,  whipping,  uncle nephew relationship,  pursuit,  pay phone,  protest,  flash forward,  execution,  eating,  old man,  flashlight,  newspaper,  survival,  drug use,  prayer,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  shooting,  falling from height,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  food,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  chase,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  kiss,  dog,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  fight,  death

Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

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

Themes:dying,  money,  love,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  beach,  bar
Characters:jew,  policeman,  prostitute,  boy,  singer,  doctor,  friend,  homosexual
Period:future
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  telephone call,  heartbeat,  talking to oneself,  pole dancer,  knocking on a door,  reincarnation,  street life,  pursuit,  pay phone,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  drug use,  f word,  dead body,  car crash,  running,  tears,  taxi,  book,  shooting,  bare butt,  punched in the face,  airplane,  face slap,  food,  corpse,  dream,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  gun,  blood,  kiss,  flashback,  death

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Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. This is why Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  dying,  guilt,  memory,  escape,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:woods,  snow,  forest,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:policeman,  nurse,  girl,  children,  prostitute,  boy,  doctor,  homosexual
Story:telephone call,  footbridge,  heartbeat,  pole dancer,  10 year old,  distrust,  male male kiss,  slave,  street life,  trust,  gay relationship,  pursuit,  ring,  prologue,  apology,  eating,  candle,  gay kiss,  subjective camera,  drug use,  telephone,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  food,  corpse,  dream,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  fight,  blood,  death,  kiss,  murder

Mortdecai (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance

Mortdecai (2015)

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  memory,  escape,  drinking,  money,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:reading a book,  bar fight,  telephone call,  luger,  overhead shot,  knocking on a door,  shot with an arrow,  horseback riding,  revolutionary,  crossbow,  caught having sex,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  pursuit,  ring,  debt,  flash forward,  gunshot,  no opening credits,  apology,  eating,  old man,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  interrogation,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  falling from height,  arrest,  drink,  computer,  punched in the face,  airplane,  face slap,  horse,  food,  swimming pool,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  gun,  death,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  fight,  kiss,  dog

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:jew,  lawyer,  writer,  policeman,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Period:future
Story:telephone call,  reference to herman melville,  male male kiss,  rebellion,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  gay relationship,  typewriter,  pursuit,  prologue,  author,  flash forward,  apology,  stabbing,  flashlight,  gay kiss,  drug use,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  reference to god,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  secret,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  face slap,  blood splatter,  song,  crying,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  kiss,  blood

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The Road (2009) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
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,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  horse,  food,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  two word title,  murder,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  death,  kiss,  gun

The Iceman (2012)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Iceman (2012)

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

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  lawyer,  girl,  children,  friend
Story:contract,  telephone call,  voice over writing,  year 1975,  overhead shot,  killing a dog,  knocking on a door,  poisoning,  title appears in writing,  eyeglasses,  trust,  whipping,  pursuit,  pay phone,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  throat slitting,  stabbing,  newspaper,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  prayer,  handcuffs,  piano,  cafe,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  taxi,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  face slap,  blood splatter,  corpse,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  kiss,  death,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  dog,  murder

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? This is why Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (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,  drug use,  shot in the back,  telephone,  prayer,  piano,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  taxi,  shooting,  secret,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  airplane,  food,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  corpse,  shootout,  song,  crying,  chase,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  dog,  gun

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  revenge
Locations:woods,  forest,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:voice over letter,  telephone call,  knocking on a door,  loan,  eyeglasses,  uncle nephew relationship,  pursuit,  debt,  prologue,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  apology,  eating,  bridge,  flashlight,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  dead body,  car crash,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  punched in the face,  face slap,  food,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  fight,  death

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:writer,  policeman,  prostitute,  singer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  loan,  tape recorder,  eyeglasses,  trust,  pursuit,  pay phone,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  apology,  eating,  f word,  telephone,  prayer,  cafe,  car crash,  running,  reference to god,  taxi,  bare butt,  drink,  face slap,  food,  swimming pool,  song,  crying,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  blood,  interview,  gun,  fight,  kiss

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,  apology,  eating,  old man,  candle,  survival,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  running,  reference to god,  falling from height,  arrest,  horse,  food,  corpse,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  fight,  death,  blood,  murder,  kiss,  dog

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In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows Farmer ('Jason Statham' (qv)), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana ('Claire Forlani' (qv)), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krugs. With the help of his friend and neighbor Norrick ('Ron Perlman (I)' (qv)), he travels to Stonebridge where his wife and son are. Before he arrives, the Krugs, controlled by the wizard Gallian ('Ray Liotta' (qv)), kill his son and capture his wife. Farmer, with the help of Bastian ('Will Sanderson' (qv)), his brother-in-law, and Norrick sets out to find and rescue his wife. The King's nephew Fallow ('Matthew Lillard' (qv)) is conspiring with the wizard Gallian to take over the kingdom led by King Konreid ('Burt Reynolds'). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  dying,  memory,  escape,  friendship,  love,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:woods,  village,  forest
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:running for your life,  tear on cheek,  facial scar,  shot with an arrow,  raid,  slave,  witchcraft,  law,  child murder,  general,  uncle nephew relationship,  pursuit,  lightning,  fictional war,  throat slitting,  bridge,  eating,  stabbing,  candle,  subjective camera,  survival,  running,  tears,  book,  falling from height,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  blood,  death,  kiss,  murder,  fight

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. This is why Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (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,  dead body,  running,  rifle,  arrest,  drink,  punched in the face,  airplane,  horse,  corpse,  song,  pistol,  chase,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  kiss,  fight,  dog,  murder,  flashback

Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
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.

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,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  based on novel,  sex scene,  gun,  kiss,  death,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  blood

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Ondskan (2003)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:jew,  waitress,  lawyer,  writer,  friend
Story:voice over letter,  telephone call,  corporal punishment,  horseback riding,  snowing,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  whipping,  pianist,  ring,  umbrella,  apology,  eating,  newspaper,  reporter,  prayer,  piano,  book,  letter,  punched in the face,  face slap,  horse,  food,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  fight,  blood,  kiss

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

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

Themes:drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  beach
Characters:nurse,  girl,  prostitute,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:overhead shot,  knocking on a door,  horseback riding,  street life,  demonstration,  eyeglasses,  uncle nephew relationship,  pursuit,  skeleton,  death of wife,  umbrella,  protest,  flash forward,  gunshot,  execution,  apology,  old man,  candle,  prayer,  piano,  dead body,  running,  tears,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  bare butt,  secret,  drink,  face slap,  horse,  food,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  gun,  dog,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  murder,  death

Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

Themes:courage,  dying,  guilt,  escape,  drinking,  money,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  woods,  snow,  forest,  beach
Characters:boy,  singer,  children
Story:flogging,  snowing,  raid,  despair,  hunger,  goat,  witchcraft,  whipping,  execution,  old man,  candle,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  secret,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  horse,  food,  dream,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  murder,  flashback,  dog,  blood,  kiss,  death

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Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
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? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (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,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  taxi,  book,  shooting,  falling from height,  secret,  drink,  computer,  food,  blood splatter,  corpse,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  murder,  dog,  death,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

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,  survival,  subjective camera,  drug use,  shot in the back,  reporter,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  tears,  rifle,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  airplane,  food,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death,  gun,  dog,  blood,  fight,  kiss,  murder

Pineapple Express (2008)
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,  running,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  falling from height,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  punched in the face,  face slap,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  gun,  fight,  kiss,  blood,  flashback,  death

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Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:guilt,  drinking,  money,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:waitress,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  prostitute,  boy,  children,  friend
Story:law,  voice over letter,  bar fight,  telephone call,  climbing out a window,  dna,  despair,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  stabbing,  prayer,  handcuffs,  dead body,  running,  tears,  letter,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  computer,  punched in the face,  face slap,  food,  corpse,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood,  dog,  fight,  flashback

Swiss Army Man (2016) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:memory,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  woods,  forest,  beach
Characters:policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:male male kiss,  trust,  pursuit,  skeleton,  prologue,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  apology,  bridge,  eating,  survival,  f word,  handcuffs,  dead body,  reference to god,  book,  falling from height,  bare butt,  face slap,  food,  corpse,  song,  cell phone,  chase,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  flashback

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)

Themes:dying,  memory,  escape,  drinking,  money,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:village,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor,  friend
Story:oil company,  oil,  telephone call,  hunger,  spanish,  street life,  bridge,  candle,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  prayer,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  tears,  rifle,  taxi,  letter,  drink,  airplane,  face slap,  corpse,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  death,  dog,  gun,  blood,  fight

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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,  corpse,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  blood,  murder,  gun

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. (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,  tears,  falling from height,  secret,  punched in the face,  food,  corpse,  crying,  chase,  father son relationship,  kiss,  death,  fight,  murder,  blood

Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

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

Themes:guilt,  memory,  drinking,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:boy,  singer,  friend
Story:reading a book,  telephone call,  overhead shot,  aging,  reunion,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  apology,  eating,  f word,  telephone,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  secret,  drink,  computer,  face slap,  food,  dream,  woman on top,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  f rated,  kiss,  fight,  flashback,  death

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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,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  reporter,  prayer,  handcuffs,  cafe,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  falling from height,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  computer,  punched in the face,  food,  blood splatter,  corpse,  dream,  shootout,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  fight,  death,  kiss,  blood,  interview,  murder,  gun

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

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. This is why Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory,  escape,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:woods,  elevator,  forest,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress,  lawyer,  policeman,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  doctor,  friend
Story:telephone call,  climbing out a window,  dna,  street life,  law,  typewriter,  pursuit,  death of wife,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  drug use,  shot in the back,  telephone,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  bare butt,  secret,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  computer,  punched in the face,  face slap,  horse,  food,  corpse,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  death,  fight,  dog

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:memory,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  snow,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:boy,  policeman,  singer,  doctor
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  telephone call,  deja vu,  10 year old,  snowing,  reincarnation,  trust,  pianist,  pay phone,  flash forward,  apology,  piano,  cafe,  running,  tears,  taxi,  bare butt,  drink,  punched in the face,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

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Dark Places (2015) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

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

Themes:guilt,  memory,  escape,  drinking,  money
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  girl,  boy
Story:writing a letter,  voice over letter,  telephone call,  reference to germany,  climbing out a window,  pole dancer,  10 year old,  distrust,  knocking on a door,  trust,  pursuit,  debt,  prologue,  flash forward,  gunshot,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  stabbing,  flashlight,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  drug use,  f word,  telephone,  reference to god,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  shooting,  letter,  secret,  drink,  computer,  face slap,  food,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  two word title,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death,  dog,  kiss,  gun

The Company You Keep (2012)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory,  love,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  friend
Story:telephone call,  revolutionary,  uncle niece relationship,  demonstration,  law,  eyeglasses,  trust,  pursuit,  death of wife,  protest,  prologue,  eating,  journalist,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  handcuffs,  cafe,  interrogation,  running,  taxi,  secret,  arrest,  computer,  food,  cell phone,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  dog,  interview,  death

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
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,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  song,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death

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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. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (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,  stabbing,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  drug use,  f word,  handcuffs,  dead body,  reference to god,  rifle,  taxi,  drink,  punched in the face,  face slap,  food,  shootout,  song,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  gun,  blood,  murder

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
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,  swimming pool,  corpse,  cell phone,  crying,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  two word title,  gun,  death,  kiss,  blood,  flashback,  murder

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

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

Themes:dying,  escape,  drinking,  money,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:policeman,  singer,  children
Story:telephone call,  facial scar,  raid,  trust,  uncle nephew relationship,  pursuit,  death of wife,  prologue,  no opening credits,  throat slitting,  eating,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  cafe,  car crash,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  falling from height,  arrest,  drink,  food,  blood splatter,  shootout,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  dog,  death

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August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

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

Themes:guilt,  cancer,  memory,  drinking,  money,  suicide
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  knocking on a door,  last will and testament,  ensemble cast,  uncle niece relationship,  watching television,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  uncle nephew relationship,  prologue,  apology,  subjective camera,  drug use,  f word,  telephone,  prayer,  piano,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  book,  secret,  drink,  face slap,  food,  corpse,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  kiss

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:cancer,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:woods,  beach
Characters:hitman,  policeman,  prostitute,  boy,  singer,  children,  friend
Story:pole dancer,  gun in mouth,  contract,  street life,  child murder,  pursuit,  debt,  old man,  subjective camera,  drug use,  shot in the back,  dead body,  car crash,  rifle,  shooting,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  computer,  airplane,  blood splatter,  corpse,  song,  pistol,  chase,  singing,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  murder,  gun

Rendition (2007) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. This is why Rendition (2007) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drinking,  love,  friendship
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  boy,  doctor,  friend
Story:telephone call,  street life,  demonstration,  typewriter,  uncle nephew relationship,  prologue,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  prayer,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  dead body,  reference to god,  rifle,  taxi,  shooting,  bare butt,  secret,  drink,  computer,  punched in the face,  airplane,  blood splatter,  corpse,  dream,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  gun,  death,  kiss,  blood,  flashback,  murder

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Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  love
Locations:snow
Characters:writer,  girl,  prostitute,  boy,  singer
Story:ale,  scotsman,  horseback riding,  rebellion,  pursuit,  umbrella,  prologue,  author,  flash forward,  execution,  bridge,  stabbing,  candle,  shot in the back,  prayer,  dead body,  reference to god,  book,  shooting,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  horse,  dream,  song,  crying,  chase,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  murder,  dog,  kiss,  flashback,  death

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. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  drinking,  money,  suicide,  friendship,  love
Locations:storm,  woods,  snow,  beach
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:shooting a dog,  voice over letter,  killing a dog,  last will and testament,  horseback riding,  uncle niece relationship,  pursuit,  lightning,  debt,  umbrella,  prologue,  gunshot,  apology,  eating,  bridge,  candle,  subjective camera,  piano,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  falling from height,  secret,  drink,  horse,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog,  kiss,  death,  murder

Madeo (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Madeo (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:guilt,  memory,  drinking,  money,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:overhead shot,  facial scar,  south korea,  killing a dog,  debt,  umbrella,  prologue,  flash forward,  eating,  old man,  candle,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  cafe,  interrogation,  dead body,  car crash,  running,  tears,  book,  arrest,  drink,  computer,  face slap,  food,  blood splatter,  corpse,  woman on top,  cell phone,  crying,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  fight,  death,  dog,  blood,  flashback

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Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  guilt,  cancer,  escape,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship,  love
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:waitress,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:telephone call,  ale,  footbridge,  murder of a child,  pub,  uncle nephew relationship,  prologue,  apology,  newspaper,  drug use,  reporter,  cafe,  car crash,  tears,  taxi,  letter,  bare butt,  secret,  drink,  punched in the face,  face slap,  cell phone,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex scene,  death,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  flashback,  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. 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,  eating,  stabbing,  old man,  candle,  flashlight,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  f word,  telephone,  dead body,  running,  tears,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  letter,  secret,  arrest,  cat,  punched in the face,  face slap,  food,  swimming pool,  corpse,  shootout,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  interview,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  death,  flashback,  dog,  gun

Atonement (2007)
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,  rifle,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  blood,  gun,  death,  dog,  kiss,  flashback,  fight,  interview

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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,  car crash,  running,  reference to god,  rifle,  secret,  drink,  punched in the face,  face slap,  food,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  dog

The Fountain (2006) is one of the best movies like Cloud Atlas (2012)
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,  horse,  blood splatter,  crying,  chase,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death,  fight,  blood,  kiss,  murder

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

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

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

Themes:dying,  memory,  drinking,  suicide,  love
Locations:campfire,  snow,  beach,  bar
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:telephone call,  facial scar,  gun in mouth,  tape recorder,  recording,  record player,  reunion,  debt,  pay phone,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  stabbing,  flashlight,  drug use,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  falling from height,  arrest,  drink,  computer,  face slap,  food,  dream,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood,  gun,  dog,  kiss,  flashback

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