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Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  greed,  hope,  exploitation,  sadism,  unfaithfulness,  redemption,  blackmail,  theft,  anger,  memory,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  friendship,  love,  revenge
Mood:allegory,  melodrama
Locations:town,  wheelchair,  snow,  church
Characters:sheriff,  professor,  bible,  lust,  writer,  baby,  musician,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:town meeting,  church bell,  bell tolling,  bell ringing,  silver mine,  missing person poster,  imaginary town,  mining town,  wanted poster,  mob boss,  listening to the radio,  fugitive,  woman in jeopardy,  woman with glasses,  old woman,  murder of a baby,  small town,  secret,  dead children,  retired doctor,  little boy,  organ the musical instrument,  american national anthem,  checkers game,  boulder colorado,  city name as title,  morality play,  hymnal,  bellows,  spire,  reference to franklin d. roosevelt,  conditioning,  mass child killing,  belonging,  reference to thomas edison,  porcelain,  penknife,  hoe,  snowflake,  geofiction,  thermos,  brechtian,  director on camera,  skipping rope,  stoicism,  statuette,  dead end,  slip the undergarment,  digital film,  dollar bill,  doghouse,  warrant,  rocky mountains,  spoiled child,  figurine,  orchard,  nylons,  brat,  city country contrast,  penitentiary,  mill,  burning house,  jumping rope,  oil lamp,  organist,  hypochondriac,  crib,  parable,  whorehouse,  verdict,  diaper,  cyclops,  fictional city,  mercy,  harvest,  minimalism,  infanticide,  lock,  valley,  bone,  vote,  intellectual,  fourth of july,  voting,  surrogate mother,  bloodshed,  cadillac,  cleaning lady,  chained,  fable,  business card,  xenophobia,  great depression,  bunk bed,  stable,  pie,  cripple,  blackboard,  acceptance,  toast,  bell,  self destructiveness,  masochism,  outsider,  bicycling,  lecture,  murder of family,  novel,  paralysis,  physical abuse,  poster,  arrogance,  nervous breakdown,  neighborhood,  bench,  meeting,  chain,  blind man,  fiance fiancee relationship,  mine,  fog,  despair,  grocery store,  suffering,  celebration,  apple,  s&m,  community,  part of trilogy,  dysfunctional marriage,  improvisation,  victim,  mob,  servant,  mass murder,  buttocks,  hiding,  vandalism,  child murder,  loyalty,  applause,  eyeglasses,  black american,  henchman,  arson,  trust,  refugee,  whipping,  first part,  suspicion,  cousin cousin relationship,  missing person,  mission,  fbi,  key,  spirituality,  prologue,  gunshot,  spanking,  radio,  child abuse,  truck,  map,  toilet,  prisoner,  eating,  montage,  woman,  massacre,  mountain,  police car,  classroom,  neighbor,  dead body,  place name in title,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  los angeles california,  shot in the head,  gangster,  machine gun,  experimental film,  black comedy,  food,  shot to death,  female protagonist,  corpse,  dream,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  rape,  pistol,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  f rated,  murder,  gun,  nudity,  death,  sex,  police,  dog,  blood

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  theft,  anger,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:baby,  musician,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:chain,  small town,  little boy,  oil lamp,  cyclops,  chained,  great depression,  pie,  bicycling,  poster,  meeting,  blind man,  celebration,  mob,  applause,  whipping,  cousin cousin relationship,  fugitive,  gunshot,  rural setting,  rifle,  secret,  gangster,  machine gun,  crying,  fire,  cult film,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  blood,  police

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Blindness (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blindness (2008)

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  greed,  theft,  money,  infidelity,  revenge
Mood:allegory
Locations:town,  church
Characters:boy,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:food,  surrogate mother,  blind man,  community,  vandalism,  black american,  prologue,  gunshot,  eating,  montage,  woman,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  secret,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  rape,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  sex,  police,  murder,  death,  gun,  dog

Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

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

Themes:redemption,  theft,  anger,  memory,  money,  love
Mood:allegory
Locations:wheelchair,  church
Characters:bible,  singer,  doctor
Story:church bell,  little boy,  orchard,  parable,  pie,  paralysis,  apple,  part of trilogy,  child abuse,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  gun,  blood

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Dogville (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:hope,  unfaithfulness,  redemption,  anger,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  revenge,  love
Mood:melodrama
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:sheriff,  professor,  bible,  teacher,  boy,  doctor
Story:little boy,  mercy,  despair,  buttocks,  hiding,  gunshot,  toilet,  prisoner,  police car,  tears,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  secret,  food,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  blood,  murder,  death,  gun

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The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one. This is why The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  anger,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:baby,  girl,  doctor
Story:surrogate mother,  business card,  buttocks,  fugitive,  gunshot,  truck,  toilet,  massacre,  police car,  tears,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  gangster,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  jealousy,  revenge
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:baby,  musician,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:small town,  little boy,  organ the musical instrument,  mill,  organist,  harvest,  fiance fiancee relationship,  suffering,  servant,  arson,  trust,  suspicion,  spanking,  child abuse,  eating,  woman,  classroom,  rural setting,  tears,  food,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  nudity,  sex,  blood,  police

Straw Dogs (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:sadism,  anger,  revenge
Locations:church
Characters:lust,  writer,  singer
Story:church bell,  small town,  skipping rope,  blackboard,  outsider,  fog,  dysfunctional marriage,  mass murder,  hiding,  vandalism,  eyeglasses,  arson,  cousin cousin relationship,  gunshot,  truck,  montage,  woman,  rural setting,  rifle,  shooting,  shot to death,  song,  crying,  fire,  rape,  cult film,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  sex,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

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Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  theft,  anger,  memory,  infidelity,  friendship,  love
Locations:wheelchair,  snow
Characters:student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  children,  doctor,  friend
Story:old woman,  despair,  grocery store,  suffering,  hiding,  refugee,  whipping,  cousin cousin relationship,  key,  toilet,  eating,  woman,  mountain,  classroom,  neighbor,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  food,  female protagonist,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  f rated,  dog,  police,  death,  blood,  murder

Volver (2006)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Volver (2006)

Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells her mother that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda hides his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula has died. The next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of her car. She brings Irene to her apartment, where secrets from the past are disclosed. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  memory,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  love
Characters:lust,  singer,  friend
Story:old woman,  small town,  bench,  grocery store,  applause,  eyeglasses,  arson,  trust,  suspicion,  child abuse,  eating,  woman,  fire,  neighbor,  dead body,  rural setting,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  black comedy,  food,  female protagonist,  corpse,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  rape,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  f rated,  death,  sex,  murder,  blood

Keeping Mum (2005)
Comedy, Crime

Keeping Mum (2005)

Walter Goodfellow, the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria go stale, and he is so detached from his family that he has not taken notice that his 17-year-old daughter Holly is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey fears going to school owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance, an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins, the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins. This is why Keeping Mum (2005) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  memory,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  lust,  girl,  boy,  children
Story:old woman,  small town,  little boy,  slip the undergarment,  bicycling,  poster,  dysfunctional marriage,  hiding,  applause,  prologue,  eating,  neighbor,  dead body,  rural setting,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  black comedy,  food,  corpse,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood,  sex,  nudity,  murder,  death

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Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  blackmail,  jealousy,  money,  love
Characters:professor,  lust,  writer,  girl,  teacher,  singer,  doctor
Story:old woman,  cadillac,  self destructiveness,  dysfunctional marriage,  eyeglasses,  suspicion,  child abuse,  toilet,  police car,  tears,  shooting,  secret,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  rape,  pistol,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  police,  sex,  dog,  gun,  murder,  blood

Andrey Rublev (1966) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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:blindness,  hope,  theft,  jealousy,  betrayal,  money,  love
Mood:allegory
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:bible,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:bell,  blind man,  fog,  despair,  suffering,  apple,  mob,  whipping,  spirituality,  massacre,  dead body,  tears,  secret,  food,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  rape,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood,  sex,  murder,  nudity,  death

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:anger,  jealousy,  betrayal,  money,  love,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:teacher,  doctor,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:old woman,  bench,  suffering,  hiding,  henchman,  prologue,  gunshot,  radio,  toilet,  montage,  massacre,  police car,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  gun,  police,  death,  blood

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Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  theft,  anger,  money,  love
Characters:baby,  student,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:crib,  masochism,  lecture,  suffering,  s&m,  vandalism,  eyeglasses,  prologue,  toilet,  prisoner,  montage,  tears,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  dog,  police,  blood,  nudity,  death

Zwartboek (2006)
Drama, Thriller, War

Zwartboek (2006)

Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmfuhrer Ludwig Muntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. This is why Zwartboek (2006) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003). (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  theft,  betrayal,  money,  revenge,  love,  friendship
Characters:girl,  bible,  teacher,  singer,  friend,  doctor
Story:hiding,  meeting,  toast,  fiance fiancee relationship,  celebration,  mob,  mass murder,  buttocks,  henchman,  trust,  refugee,  whipping,  suspicion,  fugitive,  prologue,  truck,  toilet,  prisoner,  eating,  woman,  massacre,  classroom,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  secret,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  food,  corpse,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  police,  murder,  death,  blood

Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Dogville (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.

Themes:blindness,  hope,  redemption,  theft,  jealousy,  love,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:baby,  musician,  girl,  doctor,  friend
Story:buttocks,  prisoner,  eating,  woman,  massacre,  mountain,  dead body,  rural setting,  rifle,  shooting,  food,  shot to death,  corpse,  rape,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood,  gun,  death

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The Good Girl (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  theft,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity,  friendship,  love
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  writer,  baby,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:small town,  nervous breakdown,  dysfunctional marriage,  gunshot,  woman,  tears,  extramarital affair,  black comedy,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  dog,  police,  gun,  death

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Crime, Drama, Film-noir, Thriller

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

It's the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl's favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death. But before he is executed, Ben is in the state penitentiary with a cell mate, a man by the name of Harry Powell, a self-professed man of the cloth, who is really a con man and murderer, swindling lonely women, primarily rich widows, of their money before he kills them. Harry does whatever he can, unsuccessfully, to find out the location of the $10,000 from Ben. After Ben's execution, Harry decides that Willa will be his next mark, figuring that someone in the family knows where the money is hidden. Despite vowing not to remarry, Willa ends up being easy prey for Harry's outward evangelicalism; she is a pious woman who feels she needs to atone for her sins which led to Ben doing what he did, especially as Harry presents himself as the preacher who worked at the prison and provided salvation to Ben before his death. Harry quickly figures out that John and Pearl know where the money is. Conversely, John doesn't trust Harry, John who first tries not to show to Harry that he indeed does know where the money is, and then second constantly reminds a more-trusting Pearl of their promise to their now-deceased father. With Willa devoted to her new husband, John and Pearl need some other adult assistance in evading Harry's veiled threats, an adult who not only can see the honesty and goodness in children but who can also see a true wolf in sheep's clothing like Harry. (Read More)

Themes:money,  theft,  love,  friendship
Mood:allegory
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:sheriff,  bible,  lust,  girl,  children,  boy,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:woman,  small town,  penitentiary,  surrogate mother,  great depression,  bunk bed,  fog,  mob,  trust,  suspicion,  spanking,  police car,  dead body,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  secret,  corpse,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  sex,  death,  dog,  gun,  murder,  blood

Black Snake Moan (2006)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. (Read More)

Themes:exploitation,  redemption,  anger,  friendship,  love
Locations:town,  church
Characters:bible,  lust,  musician,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:small town,  chained,  nervous breakdown,  chain,  grocery store,  cousin cousin relationship,  prologue,  child abuse,  truck,  prisoner,  eating,  montage,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood,  dog,  gun,  nudity

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Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? This is why Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  memory,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Characters:teacher,  boy
Story:old woman,  burning house,  cadillac,  cleaning lady,  business card,  grocery store,  key,  gunshot,  truck,  montage,  woman,  dead body,  tears,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  black comedy,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  murder,  sex,  blood,  police,  death

Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  love,  friendship
Locations:town,  snow,  church
Characters:writer,  musician,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:church bell,  old woman,  small town,  fable,  acceptance,  outsider,  arson,  eating,  montage,  woman,  classroom,  rural setting,  tears,  food,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  nudity,  dog,  sex,  death

The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:wanted poster,  small town,  crib,  stable,  loyalty,  whipping,  fugitive,  key,  prisoner,  eating,  massacre,  mountain,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shot in the head,  food,  shot to death,  corpse,  dream,  song,  crying,  fire,  rape,  pistol,  cult film,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  blood,  murder

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Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

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

Themes:sadism,  unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  jealousy,  money,  infidelity,  revenge
Locations:town,  wheelchair,  snow
Characters:writer,  girl
Story:small town,  missing person poster,  woman with glasses,  physical abuse,  neighborhood,  hiding,  trust,  suspicion,  missing person,  fbi,  eating,  woman,  police car,  neighbor,  extramarital affair,  secret,  food,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  blood,  murder,  death

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... (Read More)

Themes:hope,  redemption,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:friend
Story:old woman,  poster,  part of trilogy,  buttocks,  hiding,  map,  neighbor,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  dream,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  sex,  dog,  blood,  nudity

Shane (1953)
Drama, Western

Shane (1953)

Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. This is why Shane (1953) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:melodrama
Locations:town
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:stoicism,  valley,  fourth of july,  toast,  meeting,  celebration,  community,  henchman,  arson,  trust,  montage,  mountain,  neighbor,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  food,  song,  crying,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  murder,  gun,  blood,  dog

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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:greed,  redemption,  betrayal,  money
Characters:baby,  student,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:burning house,  meeting,  hiding,  vandalism,  arson,  refugee,  key,  prologue,  eating,  montage,  woman,  massacre,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  food,  shot to death,  corpse,  song,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  rape,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  gun,  blood,  nudity,  murder,  sex

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

My Girl (1991)

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

Themes:theft,  anger,  memory,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:girl,  writer,  musician,  student,  teacher,  boy,  friend,  children,  doctor
Story:small town,  little boy,  skipping rope,  jumping rope,  hypochondriac,  fourth of july,  blackboard,  bicycling,  applause,  first part,  classroom,  neighbor,  dead body,  tears,  corpse,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death

Elephant (2003) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:sadism,  anger,  jealousy,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:bloodshed,  blackboard,  part of trilogy,  gunshot,  massacre,  classroom,  rifle,  shooting,  experimental film,  shot to death,  fire,  telephone call,  pistol,  photograph,  father son relationship,  gun,  death,  nudity,  murder,  blood,  dog

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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:theft,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Characters:baby,  boy,  singer,  children,  friend
Story:director on camera,  grocery store,  mob,  buttocks,  child murder,  applause,  henchman,  truck,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  song,  pistol,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  death,  blood,  murder,  police,  sex

The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. This is why The Human Stain (2003) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  anger,  memory,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:town,  snow,  church
Characters:professor,  lust,  writer,  children,  doctor,  friend
Story:cleaning lady,  self destructiveness,  nervous breakdown,  radio,  child abuse,  classroom,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  police,  death

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

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

Themes:memory,  money
Locations:snow
Characters:writer,  baby,  student,  singer,  doctor
Period:1930s
Story:old woman,  burning house,  buttocks,  dead body,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  food,  dream,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  blood,  nudity,  dog

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August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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:unfaithfulness,  anger,  memory,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:church
Characters:sheriff,  singer,  doctor
Story:organ the musical instrument,  organist,  suffering,  eyeglasses,  cousin cousin relationship,  prologue,  child abuse,  woman,  dead body,  place name in title,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  food,  corpse,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

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

Themes:redemption,  blackmail,  money,  theft,  anger,  betrayal,  love,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:sheriff,  bible,  girl,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:mob boss,  great depression,  celebration,  henchman,  arson,  trust,  whipping,  prisoner,  montage,  massacre,  police car,  extramarital affair,  shot in the head,  gangster,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  corpse,  dream,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  pistol,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  police,  murder,  death

Seraphim Falls (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? (Read More)

Themes:theft,  money,  revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:baby,  musician,  girl,  boy
Story:wanted poster,  little boy,  rocky mountains,  suffering,  arson,  prologue,  gunshot,  eating,  mountain,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  food,  shot to death,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood,  death

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Doubt (2008)
Drama, Mystery

Doubt (2008)

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. This is why Doubt (2008) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003). (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  love
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:student,  bible,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:woman with glasses,  old woman,  organist,  bench,  despair,  community,  black american,  trust,  suspicion,  prologue,  eating,  classroom,  tears,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated

Runaway Jury (2003) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  blackmail,  theft,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:church
Characters:professor,  singer,  children
Story:small town,  blind man,  victim,  black american,  arson,  prologue,  gunshot,  toilet,  eating,  montage,  woman,  rifle,  shooting,  secret,  black comedy,  food,  song,  fire,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  african american,  gun,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  sex,  death,  murder

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  anger,  memory,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:grocery store,  black american,  fbi,  prologue,  eating,  police car,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  los angeles california,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  food,  shot to death,  corpse,  dream,  pistol,  photograph,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  death,  gun,  blood,  murder,  police

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

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:theft,  anger,  money,  friendship,  love
Characters:baby,  musician,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:woman with glasses,  little boy,  meeting,  cousin cousin relationship,  eating,  montage,  tears,  secret,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  sex,  blood,  death

2 Days In Paris (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

2 Days In Paris (2007)

2 Jours - 2 Days follows two days in the relationship of a New York based couple - a French photographer Marion and American interior designer Jack - as they attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance by taking a vacation in Europe. Their trip to Venice didn't really work out, - they both came down with gastroenteritis. They have higher hopes for Paris. But the combination of Marion's overbearing non-English-speaking parents, flirtatious ex-boyfriends, and Jack's obsession with photographing every famous Parisian tombstone and conviction that French condoms are too small, only adds fuel to the fire. Will they be able to salvage their relationship? Will they ever have sex again? Or will they merely manage to perfect the art of arguing? (Read More)

Themes:theft,  anger,  jealousy,  friendship,  love
Characters:bible,  writer,  doctor,  friend
Story:woman with glasses,  hypochondriac,  celebration,  improvisation,  eyeglasses,  suspicion,  child abuse,  eating,  montage,  place name in title,  tears,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  sex,  police,  dog

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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 Dogville (2003). (Read More)

Themes:greed,  blackmail,  anger,  memory,  jealousy,  money,  infidelity,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:lust
Story:woman in jeopardy,  nylons,  business card,  nervous breakdown,  victim,  mass murder,  buttocks,  eyeglasses,  first part,  cousin cousin relationship,  missing person,  montage,  woman,  police car,  dead body,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  food,  shot to death,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  rape,  pistol,  cult film,  photograph,  f rated,  police,  gun,  death,  blood,  dog,  murder

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The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

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

Themes:jealousy,  love
Locations:church
Characters:sheriff,  professor,  student,  teacher,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:mob,  black american,  radio,  truck,  map,  montage,  classroom,  rifle,  song,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  sex,  dog

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:hope,  redemption,  anger,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:musician,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:fiance fiancee relationship,  celebration,  eyeglasses,  refugee,  gunshot,  map,  prisoner,  woman,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  secret,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  food,  shot to death,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  gun,  dog,  nudity,  blood,  death

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:unfaithfulness,  memory,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  infidelity
Locations:snow
Characters:boy,  baby,  student,  teacher,  singer,  doctor
Story:fiance fiancee relationship,  celebration,  trust,  child abuse,  classroom,  tears,  extramarital affair,  female protagonist,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  police,  sex

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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

Themes:greed,  theft,  jealousy,  money,  friendship
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:writer,  boy,  girl,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:apple,  old woman,  little boy,  bunk bed,  cripple,  servant,  hiding,  eyeglasses,  henchman,  refugee,  fugitive,  gunshot,  prisoner,  eating,  montage,  mountain,  dead body,  place name in title,  tears,  rifle,  secret,  black comedy,  food,  corpse,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  dog,  death,  blood,  sex,  gun,  police

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. This is why Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  money
Locations:church
Characters:student,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:dead children,  organ the musical instrument,  organist,  mercy,  fog,  suffering,  celebration,  hiding,  eyeglasses,  trust,  truck,  massacre,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  food,  corpse,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  rape,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death,  murder

Bandidas (2006)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Western

Bandidas (2006)

In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, Maria, the tough but uneducated daughter of a farmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, Maria and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options? (Read More)

Themes:hope,  blackmail,  anger,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:church
Story:wanted poster,  small town,  fiance fiancee relationship,  servant,  henchman,  arson,  map,  montage,  woman,  rifle,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  shot to death,  female protagonist,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  dog,  gun,  murder,  death

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Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  unfaithfulness,  theft,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  snow,  church
Characters:writer,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children,  friend
Story:mob boss,  verdict,  physical abuse,  neighborhood,  meeting,  mob,  loyalty,  black american,  key,  child abuse,  eating,  classroom,  tears,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  gangster,  food,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  rape,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  police,  gun,  murder,  death

The Kite Runner (2007) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  redemption,  theft,  memory,  betrayal,  money,  friendship,  love
Locations:snow
Characters:writer,  boy,  baby,  singer,  friend,  children
Story:servant,  old woman,  little boy,  despair,  refugee,  mission,  child abuse,  mountain,  tears,  rifle,  secret,  machine gun,  food,  shot to death,  song,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  rape,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  death,  dog,  gun,  blood,  murder

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. (Read More)

Themes:exploitation,  redemption,  memory,  betrayal,  money,  love
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:baby,  girl,  children,  boy,  doctor
Story:little boy,  suffering,  community,  trust,  prologue,  child abuse,  toilet,  eating,  montage,  police car,  dead body,  tears,  food,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  police,  blood,  murder

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