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Dogville (2003)
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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)

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

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
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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)

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

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Blindness (2008)
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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)

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

Adam's Apples (2005)
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Adam's Apples (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)

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

The Dressmaker (2015) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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The Dressmaker (2015)

Based on Rosalie Ham's best selling novel, The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small home town in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture.

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair memory adultery betrayal infidelity friendship revenge murder love 
Locations:
small town town wheelchair rural setting church 
Characters:
girl female protagonist boy singer friend father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
slip the undergarment burning house jumping rope business card bench hiding eyeglasses arson woman rifle secret song voice over narration fire telephone call singing photograph f rated blood dog  (See All)

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Volver (2006)
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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)

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

The Prestige (2006)
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The Prestige (2006)

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

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair anger adultery betrayal infidelity revenge friendship death love murder 
Locations:
small town snow 
Characters:
little boy baby girl boy friend father daughter relationship husband wife relationship police 
Story:
reference to thomas edison oil lamp lock chained business card poster blind man fog servant applause trust gunshot prisoner montage mountain dead body shooting secret shot to death corpse voice over narration fire pistol title spoken by character photograph gun blood  (See All)

Black Book (2006)
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Black Book (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. (Read More)

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

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Keeping Mum (2005) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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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. (Read More)

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

21 Grams (2003)
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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)

Subgenre:
melodrama 
Themes:
hope unfaithfulness redemption extramarital affair anger adultery betrayal infidelity love revenge murder death 
Locations:
police car snow church 
Characters:
little boy sheriff professor bible teacher boy doctor father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
mercy despair buttocks hiding gunshot toilet prisoner tears shooting secret food corpse crying voice over narration telephone call pistol singing photograph gun blood  (See All)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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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)

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

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The Way Of The Gun (2000)
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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.

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

The White Ribbon (2009) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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The White Ribbon (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 death revenge 
Locations:
small town town rural setting snow church 
Characters:
little boy fiance fiancee relationship baby musician girl teacher brother sister relationship boy singer children doctor father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police  (See All)
Story:
organ the musical instrument mill organist harvest suffering servant arson trust suspicion spanking child abuse eating woman classroom tears food corpse dream crying voice over narration fire singing nudity sex blood  (See All)

Straw Dogs (1971)
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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.

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

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Waitress (2007)
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Waitress (2007)

Jenna is unhappily married, squirreling away money, and hoping to win a pie-baking contest so, with the prize money, she'll have enough cash to leave her husband Earl. She finds herself pregnant, which throws her plans awry. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, listens to old Joe's wisdom, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with Dawn and Becky (her fellow waitresses), and finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. As the pregnancy advances, life with Earl seems less tolerable, a way out less clear, and the affair with the doctor complicated by his marriage. What options does a waitress have? (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair adultery betrayal money infidelity friendship 
Locations:
small town town wheelchair 
Characters:
baby female protagonist singer doctor friend mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
woman with glasses crib pie dysfunctional marriage eating montage tears secret food song crying telephone call singing one word title f rated sex  (See All)

Blood Diamond (2006)
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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 rape death murder 
Characters:
baby student teacher brother sister relationship boy singer children doctor father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
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 telephone call singing photograph dog nudity blood gun sex  (See All)

Chocolat (2000) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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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 death friendship 
Locations:
small town rural setting snow church 
Characters:
writer musician girl female protagonist boy friend mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
church bell old woman fable outsider arson eating montage woman classroom tears food crying voice over narration fire photograph one word title f rated nudity dog sex  (See All)

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Changeling (2008)
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Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodrama 
Themes:
hope blackmail death murder 
Locations:
police car los angeles california church 
Characters:
cousin cousin relationship bible girl teacher female protagonist brother sister relationship boy singer husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
verdict despair suffering child murder missing person radio prisoner eating woman classroom tears rifle shooting machine gun food song crying voice over narration telephone call singing photograph one word title f rated blood gun  (See All)

Persepolis (2007)
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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 death love murder 
Locations:
wheelchair snow 
Characters:
cousin cousin relationship student girl teacher female protagonist boy children doctor friend mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
old woman despair grocery store suffering hiding refugee whipping key toilet eating woman mountain classroom neighbor dead body tears rifle shooting food corpse dream crying voice over narration telephone call one word title f rated dog blood  (See All)

My Girl (1991)
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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 death friendship 
Locations:
small town wheelchair 
Characters:
little boy writer musician student girl teacher boy children doctor friend father daughter relationship family relationships 
Story:
skipping rope jumping rope fourth of july blackboard bicycling applause first part classroom neighbor dead body tears corpse crying singing photograph blood  (See All)

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

All Good Things (2010)
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All Good Things (2010)

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

Themes:
blackmail money murder death friendship love 
Locations:
los angeles california 
Characters:
writer student girl brother sister relationship boy singer friend mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
missing person poster wanted poster physical abuse dysfunctional marriage eyeglasses trust suspicion missing person eating neighbor dead body tears shooting secret food corpse song crying telephone call singing photograph gun dog blood  (See All)

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
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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 p… (Read More)

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

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The Secret Garden (1993)
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The Secret Garden (1993)

Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly young boy...and a secret garden. (Read More)

Themes:
hope redemption friendship 
Locations:
wheelchair rural setting 
Characters:
little boy cousin cousin relationship girl boy friend father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
oil lamp bell paralysis servant key neighbor secret dream crying voice over narration fire title spoken by character photograph f rated dog 

Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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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 rape love murder 
Locations:
police car 
Characters:
self destructiveness professor lust writer girl teacher singer doctor african american mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships police 
Story:
old woman cadillac dysfunctional marriage eyeglasses suspicion child abuse toilet tears shooting secret crying voice over narration fire telephone call pistol dog sex blood gun  (See All)

Tell No One (2006)
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Tell No One (2006)

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

Themes:
unfaithfulness blackmail extramarital affair memory adultery rape infidelity love murder death friendship 
Locations:
police car 
Characters:
baby girl brother sister relationship boy doctor friend father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
stable bench hiding applause suspicion missing person key prologue eating dead body tears rifle shooting secret food shot to death corpse crying telephone call photograph nudity blood gun dog  (See All)

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Runaway Jury (2003)
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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)

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

Cold Mountain (2003)
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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 rape friendship death murder love revenge 
Locations:
rural setting snow church 
Characters:
baby musician girl doctor friend african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
buttocks prisoner eating woman mountain massacre dead body rifle shooting food shot to death corpse pistol singing title spoken by character photograph gun blood  (See All)

The Gift (2000) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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The Gift (2000)

When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica's fiancee, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can't help, but this doesn't stop her from constantly getting visions of Jessica's fate. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair adultery jealousy infidelity death murder 
Locations:
small town wheelchair rural setting 
Characters:
sheriff lust boy father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
woman in jeopardy chain fog dysfunctional marriage whipping missing person child abuse woman dead body secret corpse dream fire telephone call photograph f rated dog blood gun  (See All)

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Mother (2009)
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Mother (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.

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
exploitation blackmail memory betrayal money revenge friendship murder death 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
professor girl female protagonist boy friend mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
suffering apple hiding arson suspicion mission prologue toilet eating dead body tears food corpse crying fire photograph one word title dog blood sex  (See All)

Children Of Men (2006)
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Children Of Men (2006)

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

Subgenre:
allegory cult film 
Themes:
hope redemption betrayal money murder love death 
Locations:
police car wheelchair 
Characters:
cousin cousin relationship baby singer children husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
fable mass murder vandalism refugee mission prisoner eating woman massacre dead body tears shooting shot in the head machine gun food shot to death corpse crying singing photograph gun blood dog  (See All)

Bronson (2008)
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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 death love murder 
Characters:
baby student teacher boy singer husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
crib masochism lecture suffering s&m vandalism eyeglasses prologue toilet prisoner montage tears song crying voice over narration telephone call singing photograph one word title dog nudity blood  (See All)

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

Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
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Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

1934. Young adults Bonnie Parker, a waitress, and Clyde Barrow, a criminal just released from prison, are immediately attracted to what the other represents for their life when they meet by chance in West Dallas, Texas. Bonnie is fascinated with Clyde's criminal past, and his matter-of-factness and bravado in talking about it. Clyde sees in Bonnie someone sympatico to his goals in life. Although attracted to each other physically, a sexual relationship between the two has a few obstacles to happen. Regardless, they decide to join forces to embark on a life of crime, holding up whatever establishments, primarily banks, to make money and to have fun. They don't plan on hurting anyone physically or killing anyone despite wielding loaded guns. They amass a small gang of willing accomplices, including C.W. Moss, a mechanic to fix whatever cars they steal which is important especially for their getaways, and Buck Barrow, one of Clyde's older brothers. The only reluctant tag-along is Buck's nervous wife, Blanche Barrow, a preacher's daughter. The gang's life changes after the first fatal shot is fired. Following, their willingness to shoot to kill increases to protect themselves and their livelihood. Their notoriety precedes them, so much so that no matter what one's opinion is of them, most want to have some association to the Barrow gang, to help them, to be spoken in the same breath as them, or to capture and or kill them. Of the many people they encounter in their crime spree, t… (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
blindness theft gangster betrayal money revenge love murder death 
Locations:
small town police car rural setting 
Characters:
little boy sheriff singer children african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
old woman figurine great depression grocery store eyeglasses black american fugitive gunshot woman massacre tears rifle shooting shot in the head machine gun shot to death song crying telephone call pistol singing title spoken by character photograph gun blood sex  (See All)

The Lovely Bones (2009)
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The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:
hope redemption memory rape murder death 
Locations:
police car snow 
Characters:
little boy girl brother sister relationship doctor mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
figurine hiding eyeglasses suspicion eating montage neighbor dead body tears food corpse dream crying voice over narration fire telephone call title spoken by character photograph f rated dog blood  (See All)

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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. (Read More)

Themes:
greed unfaithfulness redemption theft extramarital affair anger adultery betrayal infidelity friendship death 
Locations:
small town wheelchair rural setting snow 
Characters:
girl singer children friend mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
community buttocks dead body food song telephone call singing title spoken by character photograph blood sex 

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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. (Read More)

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

Andrei Rublev (1966)
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Andrei 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.

Subgenre:
allegory 
Themes:
blindness hope theft jealousy betrayal money rape love death murder 
Locations:
snow church 
Characters:
bible teacher boy singer children husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
bell blind man fog despair suffering apple mob whipping spirituality massacre dead body tears secret food dream crying voice over narration fire singing nudity blood dog sex  (See All)

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Pineapple Express (2008)
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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)

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

The Flowers Of War (2011)
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The Flowers Of War (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. (Read More)

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

A Fistful Of Dollars (1964) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)

An anonymous, but deadly man rides into a town torn by war between two factions, the Baxters and the Rojo's. Instead of fleeing or dying, as most other would do, the man schemes to play the two sides off each other, getting rich in the bargain.

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
greed sadism anger gangster betrayal money death friendship murder revenge 
Locations:
small town town 
Characters:
little boy sheriff husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
bell tolling burning house bell arson whipping first part massacre rifle machine gun shot to death corpse crying fire pistol gun blood  (See All)

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Downfall (2004)
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Downfall (2004)

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

Themes:
hope redemption betrayal friendship death murder 
Locations:
truck snow 
Characters:
professor girl brother sister relationship boy singer doctor friend mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
old woman dead children mass child killing bunk bed paralysis despair suffering mass murder loyalty eyeglasses refugee fugitive map woman dead body tears rifle shooting shot in the head machine gun food shot to death corpse dream song crying fire telephone call singing photograph gun blood dog  (See All)

The Kite Runner (2007)
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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 rape death love friendship murder 
Locations:
snow 
Characters:
little boy writer baby boy singer children friend father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
old woman despair servant refugee child abuse mountain tears rifle secret machine gun food shot to death song crying fire telephone call singing photograph sex gun dog blood  (See All)

Shane (1953)
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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. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodrama 
Themes:
jealousy friendship death revenge murder 
Characters:
singer friend mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
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 one word title gun blood dog  (See All)

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A Very Long Engagement (2004) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancee to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. (Read More)

Themes:
blindness hope unfaithfulness theft extramarital affair memory adultery jealousy infidelity friendship death murder revenge 
Locations:
truck wheelchair church 
Characters:
fiance fiancee relationship girl female protagonist boy singer friend husband wife relationship 
Story:
church bell whorehouse suffering eyeglasses missing person prisoner eating dead body tears rifle shooting machine gun food corpse dream song crying voice over narration telephone call pistol singing photograph nudity dog sex gun  (See All)

The Good Girl (2002)
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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.

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

Dreamgirls (2006)
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Dreamgirls (2006)

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

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair adultery jealousy money infidelity friendship death love 
Locations:
truck los angeles california snow 
Characters:
musician girl female protagonist brother sister relationship singer doctor friend african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships 
Story:
cadillac applause black american prologue radio montage woman tears song crying fire telephone call singing title spoken by character one word title sex gun  (See All)

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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
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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? (Read More)

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

The Proposition (2005) is one of the best movies like Dogville (2003)
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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)

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

Battle Royale (2000)
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Battle Royale (2000)

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

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
blindness memory jealousy death revenge murder friendship love 
Locations:
truck 
Characters:
student girl teacher boy children doctor friend father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
mass child killing bunk bed despair mass murder trust first part fugitive prologue gunshot map massacre classroom dead body tears shooting shot in the head machine gun food shot to death corpse dream crying fire telephone call pistol title spoken by character photograph f rated dog gun blood  (See All)

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