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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. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  prejudice,  blindness,  humiliation,  guilt,  paranoia,  religion,  christmas,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:shed,  bicycle,  snow,  church,  school
Characters:catholic,  bible,  christian,  priest,  dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children,  homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:gym class,  classroom discipline,  pedophile priest,  catholic priest,  altar boy,  catholic school,  catholic church,  irish accent,  history class,  dance class,  racial prejudice,  teacher student relationship,  false accusation,  new teacher,  history teacher,  dance teacher,  music teacher,  school bell,  school locker,  school child,  school principal,  school uniform,  christmas pageant,  man boy relationship,  christmas carol,  christmas tree,  suspected homosexual,  slap on the back of one's head,  male female power struggle,  hit on the back of one's head,  changing a lightbulb,  jumping to conclusion,  lightbulb blowout,  circumstantial evidence,  suspected paedophile,  ethnic neighborhood,  rumor monger,  45rpm record,  mashed potatoes,  mortal sin,  false witness,  certainty,  ballpoint pen,  creche,  friendliness,  martinet,  chain of command,  transistor radio,  ear piece,  rectory,  nativity scene,  loss of eyesight,  cleanliness,  narrow mindedness,  adaptation directed by original author,  favoritism,  cigarette case,  cossack,  parish,  religious statue,  bonnet,  fingernails,  monsignor,  virgin mary statue,  nun's habit,  abused child,  novice,  comb,  bad breath,  obedience,  stained glass window,  year 1964,  pulitzer prize source,  judgment,  dining hall,  disciple,  conservatism,  screenplay adapted by author,  authority,  saying goodbye,  ambiguity,  organist,  fire escape,  crossing self,  sneezing,  holy communion,  privacy,  mother superior,  integration,  new york city new york,  dutch angle,  wheelbarrow,  pagan,  surrogate father,  power struggle,  undershirt,  reputation,  resignation,  rosary,  semi autobiographical,  intercom,  bronx new york city,  dressing,  circular staircase,  mass,  organ,  altar,  accusation,  hymn,  sleeplessness,  hypocrite,  caretaker,  feather,  religious fanatic,  tolerance,  bishop,  discipline,  narcissism,  teasing,  corporal punishment,  hug,  intolerance,  abuse of power,  stairway,  doubt,  pedophilia,  pope,  candy,  sermon,  ceremony,  crow,  pigeon,  ambiguous ending,  bench,  choir,  cigarette lighter,  pedophile,  plot twist,  despair,  hypocrisy,  wind,  innocence,  janitor,  embarrassment,  compassion,  irish,  gossip,  nosebleed,  toy,  mouse,  woman with glasses,  recording,  tea,  italian,  record player,  black american,  trust,  class,  suspicion,  gift,  cross,  gym,  cover up,  storytelling,  umbrella,  liar,  prologue,  argument,  confession,  old woman,  ritual,  nun,  eating,  basketball,  wine,  prayer,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  lie,  cat,  mirror,  food,  rain,  dream,  beating,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on play,  surprise ending,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
Drama, War

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

In 1944, upper class boy Julien Quentin and his brother Francois travel to Catholic boarding school in the countryside after vacations. Julien is a leader and good student and when the new student Jean Bonnet arrives in the school, they have friction in their relationship. However, Julien learns to respect Jean and discovers that he is Jewish and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. They become best friends and Julien keeps the secret. When the priest Jean discovers that the servant Joseph is stealing supplies from the school to sell in the black market, he fires the youth. Sooner the Gestapo arrives at school to investigate the students and the priests that run and work in the boarding school. (Read More)

Themes:religion,  christmas,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  church,  school
Characters:catholic,  bible,  christian,  priest,  student,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:music teacher,  bonnet,  dining hall,  holy communion,  semi autobiographical,  dressing,  mass,  teasing,  sermon,  mouse,  class,  liar,  confession,  nun,  wine,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:guilt,  religion
Locations:church,  school
Characters:catholic,  bible,  christian,  priest,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  homosexual
Story:teacher student relationship,  false accusation,  school principal,  rumor monger,  reputation,  religious fanatic,  tolerance,  hypocrisy,  embarrassment,  gossip,  class,  cross,  gym,  liar,  confession,  basketball,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

The White Ribbon (2009)
Drama, Mystery, History

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:humiliation,  religion,  christmas
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  church,  school
Characters:christian,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:teacher student relationship,  school child,  christmas tree,  bad breath,  authority,  organist,  holy communion,  discipline,  corporal punishment,  ambiguous ending,  pedophile,  innocence,  gossip,  italian,  trust,  suspicion,  cross,  confession,  ritual,  eating,  prayer,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  food,  dream,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Chocolat (2000) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
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:prejudice,  religion
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  church,  school
Characters:catholic,  christian,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  boy
Story:catholic church,  pagan,  sermon,  wind,  irish,  gossip,  class,  storytelling,  confession,  old woman,  ritual,  eating,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  food,  crying,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback

Ida (2013)
Drama

Ida (2013)

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. (Read More)

Themes:religion
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:catholic,  christian,  priest,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Period:1960s
Story:catholic church,  novice,  stained glass window,  mother superior,  rosary,  dressing,  circular staircase,  stairway,  recording,  record player,  trust,  cross,  confession,  nun,  eating,  mirror,  food,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  christmas,  love
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  singer
Story:catholic church,  irish accent,  christmas tree,  nativity scene,  sleeplessness,  teasing,  bench,  irish,  gossip,  tea,  italian,  class,  cross,  prologue,  eating,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  religion
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow,  church,  school
Characters:catholic,  priest,  student,  teacher
Story:catholic school,  catholic church,  irish accent,  racial prejudice,  school uniform,  fire escape,  hypocrite,  corporal punishment,  hypocrisy,  nosebleed,  black american,  class,  cross,  gym,  storytelling,  prologue,  confession,  eating,  basketball,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  food,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
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 b… (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1960s
Story:altar boy,  catholic church,  authority,  mass,  pedophilia,  pope,  pedophile,  innocence,  irish,  italian,  record player,  black american,  class,  cross,  storytelling,  liar,  confession,  nun,  eating,  basketball,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback

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

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:guilt,  christmas,  love
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  homosexual
Story:catholic priest,  catholic church,  teacher student relationship,  school locker,  school principal,  christmas tree,  adaptation directed by original author,  screenplay adapted by author,  crossing self,  holy communion,  mass,  innocence,  trust,  class,  eating,  wine,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  mirror,  food,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Drama

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, gets at last a good job - for which he needs a bike - hanging up posters. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won't be able to keep his job. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  love
Locations:bicycle,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:catholic church,  false accusation,  crossing self,  mass,  hymn,  despair,  italian,  cross,  umbrella,  liar,  eating,  wine,  prayer,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Philomena (2013)
Biography, Drama

Philomena (2013)

When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  humiliation,  guilt,  religion
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:catholic,  christian,  priest,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  virgin mary statue,  altar,  stairway,  choir,  hypocrisy,  irish,  cross,  cover up,  liar,  prologue,  confession,  nun,  prayer,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

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

Themes:forgiveness,  guilt,  christmas
Locations:church,  school
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  children
Story:false accusation,  christmas tree,  candy,  despair,  innocence,  class,  liar,  eating,  basketball,  prayer,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  food,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback

Andrei Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

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.

Themes:forgiveness,  blindness,  humiliation,  guilt,  religion,  love
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:bible,  priest,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:false accusation,  disciple,  authority,  holy communion,  pagan,  feather,  bishop,  despair,  innocence,  cross,  liar,  confession,  ritual,  prayer,  tears,  lie,  cat,  food,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Like Stars On Earth (2007)
Drama, Family

Like Stars On Earth (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:dancer,  student,  teacher,  singer,  children
Story:teacher student relationship,  school bell,  school principal,  school uniform,  dining hall,  dressing,  discipline,  teasing,  intolerance,  stairway,  pigeon,  despair,  compassion,  toy,  class,  liar,  prologue,  eating,  basketball,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)
Comedy, Drama

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with stress-induced asthma, Zac just wants to be what he considers normal, which includes getting rid of his asthma. But more importantly, he wants to get rid of the underlying thoughts that he has and which most going through puberty have, but that for him are becoming more prevalent as he grows older. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  church,  school
Characters:catholic,  christian,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:catholic church,  christmas tree,  mass,  choir,  recording,  italian,  record player,  cross,  storytelling,  umbrella,  liar,  confession,  eating,  prayer,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Stay (2005) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stay (2005)

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal.

Themes:forgiveness,  blindness,  guilt,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle
Characters:dancer,  student,  boy,  homosexual
Story:dance class,  circular staircase,  stairway,  wind,  black american,  class,  storytelling,  eating,  death of father,  tears,  food,  rain,  dream,  crying,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

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)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:church,  school
Characters:bible,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:false accusation,  dining hall,  intercom,  abuse of power,  pedophilia,  sermon,  pedophile,  despair,  class,  umbrella,  liar,  confession,  eating,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Themes:guilt,  religion
Locations:bicycle,  church,  school
Characters:catholic,  christian,  priest,  boy,  children
Story:school bell,  stained glass window,  organist,  stairway,  sermon,  choir,  cigarette lighter,  innocence,  wind,  recording,  record player,  black american,  trust,  class,  storytelling,  liar,  eating,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  cat,  mirror,  food,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Themes:religion,  christmas,  love
Characters:bible,  priest,  dancer,  student,  teacher,  singer
Story:gym class,  school uniform,  christmas tree,  fire escape,  altar,  hymn,  choir,  recording,  record player,  class,  ritual,  classroom,  dream,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

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

Themes:forgiveness,  guilt,  paranoia,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:school uniform,  saying goodbye,  surrogate father,  dressing,  innocence,  embarrassment,  class,  gift,  liar,  prologue,  confession,  old woman,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

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

Themes:prejudice,  christmas,  love
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  school
Characters:dancer,  student,  teacher,  singer
Story:teacher student relationship,  school uniform,  christmas tree,  narrow mindedness,  choir,  italian,  class,  storytelling,  liar,  ritual,  wine,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  f rated

My Left Foot (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot (1989)

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

Themes:love
Characters:catholic,  priest,  girl,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:catholic church,  wheelbarrow,  stairway,  irish,  recording,  tea,  record player,  eating,  wine,  death of father,  mirror,  food,  song,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Spotlight (2015)
Crime, Drama, History, Biography

Spotlight (2015)

When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  christmas
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  boy,  homosexual
Story:pedophile priest,  catholic church,  pulitzer prize source,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  innocence,  trust,  cover up,  prologue,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

Mother (2009) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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.

Themes:guilt
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy
Story:false accusation,  school uniform,  hit on the back of one's head,  teasing,  cigarette lighter,  innocence,  wind,  nosebleed,  tea,  suspicion,  umbrella,  prologue,  confession,  eating,  tears,  mirror,  food,  rain,  beating,  crying,  surprise ending,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback

The Flowers Of War (2011)
Drama, History, Romance, War

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:humiliation,  christmas
Locations:bicycle,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  student,  girl,  singer
Story:catholic church,  stained glass window,  organist,  choir,  cigarette lighter,  tea,  trust,  cross,  wine,  prayer,  death of father,  tears,  lie,  cat,  mirror,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  flashback

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:love
Locations:snow,  church,  school
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:choir,  wind,  irish,  black american,  class,  liar,  prologue,  eating,  basketball,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Three Colors: Red (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Three Colors: Red (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:forgiveness,  humiliation,  guilt
Locations:bicycle,  church
Story:catholic church,  dance class,  privacy,  surrogate father,  mass,  intolerance,  innocence,  wind,  compassion,  confession,  old woman,  tears,  mirror,  rain,  dream,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
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:forgiveness,  guilt,  religion,  christmas,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  school
Characters:dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  children,  homosexual
Story:false accusation,  adaptation directed by original author,  despair,  hypocrisy,  class,  cross,  storytelling,  liar,  old woman,  nun,  eating,  wine,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  cat,  food,  rain,  dream,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback

The King's Speech (2010)
Biography, Drama

The King's Speech (2010)

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as 'King George VI' (qv), but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Characters:singer
Story:christmas tree,  cigarette case,  teasing,  ceremony,  choir,  cigarette lighter,  compassion,  recording,  tea,  record player,  trust,  cross,  storytelling,  umbrella,  eating,  wine,  prayer,  death of father,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

The Painted Veil (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

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

Themes:humiliation,  love
Characters:catholic,  dancer,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:catholic school,  religious statue,  nun's habit,  mother superior,  candy,  gossip,  recording,  record player,  cross,  umbrella,  nun,  eating,  classroom,  tears,  mirror,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Notes On A Scandal (2006)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Notes On A Scandal (2006)

The bitter, cynical and lonely Barbara Covett is a tough and conservative teacher, near to retirement, who is loathed by her colleagues and students. In the loneliness of her apartment, she spends her spare time writing her journal, taking care of her old cat Portia and missing her special friend Jennifer Dodd. When Sheba Hart joins the high-school as the new art teacher, Barbara dedicates her attention to the newcomer, writing sharp and unpleasant comments about her behavior and clothes. When Barbara helps Sheba in a difficult situation with two students, the grateful Sheba invites her to have lunch with her family. Sheba introduces her husband and former professor Richard Hart, who is about twenty years older than she; her rebellious teenager daughter Polly; and her son Ben that has Down's Syndrome. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with the fifteen year-old student Steven Connolly, Barbara sees the chance to manipulate and get closer to Sheba, hiding the secret from the school headmaster. When Portia dies and Sheba does not stay with Barbara in the veterinary office to see Ben in a theater play, Barbara plots a Machiavellian revenge against Sheba, creating a scandal and consequent turmoil in their lives. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  guilt,  christmas
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  history teacher,  resignation,  pedophile,  despair,  recording,  trust,  class,  suspicion,  confession,  prayer,  classroom,  death of father,  lie,  cat,  mirror,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
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:love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Period:1960s
Story:school uniform,  woman with glasses,  recording,  tea,  record player,  argument,  eating,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  f rated,  flashback

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
Drama, Mystery

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine's Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:church,  school
Characters:student,  girl,  teacher,  singer
Story:teacher student relationship,  school uniform,  dining hall,  ambiguity,  resignation,  altar,  innocence,  umbrella,  wine,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  mirror,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  flashback

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle,  snow,  school
Characters:dancer,  student,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1960s
Story:dance class,  teacher student relationship,  school uniform,  teasing,  cigarette lighter,  innocence,  gossip,  woman with glasses,  recording,  tea,  record player,  class,  gift,  umbrella,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated

The Great Beauty (2013)
Drama

The Great Beauty (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:religion,  love
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:sleeplessness,  bench,  choir,  despair,  gossip,  tea,  italian,  trust,  cross,  umbrella,  liar,  old woman,  nun,  eating,  lie,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Children Of Heaven (1997) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
Drama, Family, Sport

Children Of Heaven (1997)

Zahra's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zahra until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits. Will the plan succeed?

Themes:religion,  love
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:student,  girl,  boy,  children
Story:teacher student relationship,  ballpoint pen,  ceremony,  tea,  trust,  class,  liar,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Nine (2009)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Nine (2009)

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. (Read More)

Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Period:1960s
Story:teacher student relationship,  cigarette case,  circular staircase,  corporal punishment,  stairway,  cigarette lighter,  italian,  cross,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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

Locations:snow
Characters:singer
Period:1960s
Story:fire escape,  intercom,  circular staircase,  stairway,  recording,  record player,  storytelling,  liar,  eating,  wine,  lie,  cat,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Music, Romance

Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  homosexual
Story:dance class,  teacher student relationship,  dance teacher,  school uniform,  circular staircase,  embarrassment,  compassion,  recording,  record player,  trust,  class,  gym,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Battle Royale (2000) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller, Action

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)

Themes:blindness,  guilt,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  children
Story:teacher student relationship,  school uniform,  bad breath,  ambiguous ending,  cigarette lighter,  despair,  gossip,  trust,  class,  storytelling,  umbrella,  prologue,  basketball,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  cat,  mirror,  food,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  flashback

Primal Fear (1996)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Primal Fear (1996)

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest.

Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  boy
Story:catholic priest,  altar boy,  altar,  bishop,  sermon,  choir,  cover up,  confession,  beating,  surprise ending,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

Evil (2003)
Drama

Evil (2003)

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

Themes:humiliation,  christmas
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:school uniform,  christmas tree,  dining hall,  discipline,  corporal punishment,  recording,  record player,  umbrella,  confession,  eating,  prayer,  death of father,  food,  rain,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:humiliation
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:history teacher,  stairway,  despair,  toy,  mouse,  black american,  trust,  class,  storytelling,  prologue,  eating,  prayer,  classroom,  death of father,  lie,  cat,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  religion
Locations:snow
Characters:catholic,  bible,  priest,  boy
Story:catholic priest,  dressing,  mass,  cigarette lighter,  irish,  cross,  storytelling,  prologue,  old woman,  eating,  tears,  mirror,  food,  beating,  crying,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  flashback

Proof (2005)
Drama, Mystery

Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  love
Locations:bicycle,  snow
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  pulitzer prize source,  bench,  cigarette lighter,  class,  umbrella,  wine,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  based on play,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback

Breach (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Breach (2007)

In February, 2001, Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, is arrested for spying. Jump back two months: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Hanssen and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation of Hanssen's sexual habits. Within weeks, the crusty Hanssen, a devout Catholic, has warmed to O'Neill, who grows to respect Hanssen. O'Neill's wife resents Hanssen's intrusiveness; the personal and professional stakes get higher. How they catch Hanssen and why he spies become the film's story. Can O'Neill help catch red-handed "the worst spy in history" and hold onto his personal life? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  religion,  christmas
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:catholic,  children
Story:catholic church,  crossing self,  rosary,  mass,  trust,  suspicion,  cross,  liar,  prologue,  eating,  prayer,  lie,  food,  rain,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  flashback

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:comb,  semi autobiographical,  organ,  candy,  innocence,  janitor,  recording,  record player,  umbrella,  eating,  death of father,  tears,  cat,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Tokyo Story (1953) is one of the best movies like Doubt (2008)
Drama

Tokyo Story (1953)

An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their busy, impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.

Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:student,  teacher,  singer,  children
Story:school uniform,  dressing,  sleeplessness,  tea,  class,  gift,  umbrella,  liar,  old woman,  prayer,  classroom,  lie,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

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

Themes:humiliation,  guilt
Locations:church
Characters:singer
Story:false accusation,  organist,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  recording,  record player,  cross,  storytelling,  liar,  prologue,  wine,  prayer,  death of father,  tears,  lie,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  based on play,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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