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Finding Neverland (2004)
Biography, Drama, Family

Finding Neverland (2004)

1903 London. Renowned playwright 'J.M. Barrie (I)' (qv) (James)'s latest effort has garnered less than positive reviews, something he knew would be the case even before the play's mounting. This failure places pressure on James to write another play quickly as impresario Charles Frohman needs another to replace the failure to keep his theater viable. Out for a walk with his dog in part to let his creative juices flow, James stumbles upon the Llewelyn Davies family: recently widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the daughter of now deceased author 'George L. Du Maurier' (qv)) and her four adolescent sons. James and the family members become friends, largely based on he and the boys being able to foster in each other the imagination of children, James just being the biggest among them in this regard. Sylvia also welcomes James into their lives, he who becomes an important and integral part of it. Among the six of them, the only one who does not want to partake is Sylvia's third, Peter Llewelyn Davies, who is still grieving the reality of their lives, where his father was there one day planning an outing for the family, and gone the next. Two other people who don't appreciate James in the Llewelyn Davies' lives are: his wife, Mary Barrie, who always feels the need to be the responsible one in their relationship and who feels threatened by his friendship with an unmarried woman; and Emma du Maurier, Sylvia's overbearing mother, who sees him as an obstacle to Sylvia moving on with her life with another potential husband, and an impediment to maintaining discipline within the boys. James still hopes to bring Peter out of his self-imposed shell, but in the process comes up with an idea for another play based on an amalgam of himself and Peter, that play which eventually becomes what Charles sees as a largely unmountable and thus doomed production called "Peter Pan". This process of helping Peter could take a step backward when it looks like Sylvia may imminently befall a similar fate to that of her late husband. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  grief,  funeral,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:england,  cemetery,  hospital
Characters:maid,  writer,  actor,  boy,  doctor
Period:1900s
Story:premiere party,  inspiration,  stage play,  children's author,  time,  theatre owner,  theatre production,  theatre audience,  author,  widow,  london england,  marriage problems,  unhappy marriage,  little boy,  dysfunctional marriage,  cough foreshadows death,  newfoundland dog,  reference to rudyard kipling,  tear on one's cheek,  walking the plank,  year 1903,  theatrical troupe,  reference to peter pan,  make believe,  hook for hand,  opening night,  edwardian era,  platonic love,  cynic,  music conductor,  buggy,  jumping on a bed,  playing,  investor,  dying young,  premiere,  city park,  cricket,  sailing ship,  red wine,  sitting,  bow tie,  spoon,  park bench,  country house,  kite,  coughing,  cottage,  playwright,  performer,  newspaper clipping,  pipe smoking,  loss of husband,  broken arm,  marital separation,  cane,  tuxedo,  pet dog,  producer,  fairy,  camera shot of feet,  imagination,  cannon,  orchestra,  compassion,  sheep,  rehearsal,  loss of loved one,  lifting someone into the air,  loss of friend,  grandmother grandson relationship,  pirate,  applause,  terminal illness,  circus,  chess,  loss of mother,  bear,  loss of father,  stage,  countryside,  19th century,  fantasy sequence,  clown,  costume,  theater,  theatre,  dinner,  single mother,  orphan,  death of mother,  neighbor,  place name in title,  tears,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  rain,  based on play,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  dog,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death

Peter Pan (1953)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Locations:england
Characters:boy
Period:1900s
Story:london england,  little boy,  walking the plank,  hook for hand,  pipe smoking,  fairy,  lifting someone into the air,  pirate,  bear,  orphan,  based on play,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:childhood,  grief,  funeral,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Story:stage play,  theatre audience,  playwright,  marital separation,  pet dog,  terminal illness,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death

Miss Potter (2006)
Biography, Drama

Miss Potter (2006)

In 1902, in London, the spinster Beatrix Potter lives with her bourgeois parents. Her snobbish mother, Helen Potter, had introduced several bachelors to Beatrix until she was twenty years old, but she had turned them all down. Beatrix Potter has been drawing animals and making up stories about them since she was a child, but her parents have never recognized her as an artist. One day, Miss Potter offers her stories to a print house, and a rookie publisher, Norman Warne, who is delighted with her tales, publishes her first children's book. This success leads Norman to publish two other books, and Miss Potter meanwhile becomes the best friend of his single sister Millie Warne. Soon Beatrix and Norman fall in love with each other, but Helen does not accept that her daughter would marry a "trader". However, Beatrix's father Rupert Potter proposes that his daughter spend the summer with his wife and him in their country house in Lake District, and if she is still interested in Norman after the summertime, he would bless their marriage. When Miss Potter stops receiving letters from Norman, she is disappointed. Then one day she receives a letter from Millie explaining what had happened to Norman. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  grief,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:england
Characters:maid,  writer,  boy
Period:1900s
Story:children's author,  london england,  little boy,  edwardian era,  city park,  country house,  imagination,  countryside,  author,  tears,  rain,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death

The Libertine (2004) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Libertine (2004)

In 1660, with the return of Charles II to the English throne, theater, the visual arts, science and sexual promiscuity flourish. Thirteen years later, in the midst of political and economical problems, Charles II asks for the return of his friend John Wilmot, aka the second Earl of Rochester, from exile back to London. John is a morally-corrupt drunkard and a sexually- active cynical poet. When the King asks John to prepare a play for the French ambassador so as to please him, John meets the aspiring actress Elizabeth Barry in the playhouse and decides to make her into a great star. He falls in love with her and she becomes his mistress. During the presentation to the Frenchman, he falls into disgrace with the court. When he was thirty-three years old and dying of syphilis and alcoholism, he converts to being a religious man. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:writer,  actor
Story:theatre production,  theatre audience,  london england,  dysfunctional marriage,  cynic,  playwright,  cane,  orchestra,  rehearsal,  applause,  stage,  theater,  theatre,  rain,  based on play,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death

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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Fresh off of a successful production of Death of a Salesman, he has traded in the suburban blue-hairs and regional theater of Schenectady for the cultured audiences and bright footlights of Broadway. Armed with a MacArthur grant and determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can put his whole self, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a small mock-up of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Caden's own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele, a celebrated painter who left him years ago for Germany's art scene, sneers at him from every corner. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter Olive is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele's friend, Maria. He's helplessly driving his marriage to actress Claire into the ground. Sammy Barnathan, the actor Caden has hired to play himself within the play, is a bit too perfect for the part, and is making it difficult for Caden to revive his relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel. Meanwhile, his therapist, Madeline Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counselling him. His second daughter, Ariel, is disabled. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. As the years rapidly pass, Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece. Populating the cast and crew with doppelgangers, he steadily blurs the line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he needs. This is why Synecdoche, New York (2008) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004). (Read More)

Themes:grief,  funeral,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:actor,  doctor
Story:stage play,  theatre audience,  marital separation,  time,  rehearsal,  applause,  stage,  fantasy sequence,  author,  theater,  theatre,  place name in title,  tears,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

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

Themes:marriage
Locations:england
Characters:writer,  actor,  boy
Story:london england,  playwright,  cane,  cannon,  lifting someone into the air,  applause,  chess,  author,  theatre,  rain,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death

The Prestige (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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:grief,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:actor,  boy
Period:1900s
Story:time,  theatre audience,  stage,  london england,  little boy,  performer,  broken arm,  cane,  loss of loved one,  applause,  19th century,  costume,  theater,  theatre,  falling from height,  rain,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  death

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Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:theatre production,  theatre audience,  little boy,  cane,  pet dog,  cannon,  lifting someone into the air,  grandmother grandson relationship,  circus,  stage,  theatre,  dinner,  orphan,  death of mother,  neighbor,  tears,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog

Peter Pan (2003)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Peter Pan (2003)

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:boy
Period:1900s
Story:london england,  walking the plank,  make believe,  hook for hand,  fairy,  cannon,  lifting someone into the air,  pirate,  slow motion scene,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death

Maid In Manhattan (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Maid In Manhattan (2002)

Marisa Ventura is a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City, who works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity, Marisa meets Christopher Marshall, a handsome heir to a political dynasty, who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the unlikely pair together for one night. When Marisa's true identity is revealed, the two find that they are worlds apart, even though the distance separating them is just a subway ride between Manhattan and the Bronx. This is why Maid In Manhattan (2002) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:maid
Story:little boy,  city park,  park bench,  pet dog,  camera shot of feet,  grandmother grandson relationship,  applause,  stage,  single mother,  place name in title,  tears,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:maid,  boy,  doctor
Story:countryside,  little boy,  dysfunctional marriage,  grandmother grandson relationship,  death of mother,  neighbor,  tears,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene ('Carey Mulligan' (qv)), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak ('Matthias Schoenaerts' (qv)), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy ('Tom Sturridge' (qv)), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood ('Michael Sheen (I)' (qv)), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:england
Story:sheep,  bow tie,  pipe smoking,  applause,  19th century,  widow,  orphan,  neighbor,  tears,  falling from height,  rain,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  death

Mr. Holmes (2015)
Drama, Mystery

Mr. Holmes (2015)

The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her young son. But then he finds himself haunted by 30-year old case. Holmes memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. (Read More)

Themes:grief
Locations:england,  hospital
Characters:writer,  boy,  doctor
Story:london england,  little boy,  buggy,  sheep,  countryside,  theater,  widow,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  death

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Things We Lost In The Fire (2007)
Drama

Things We Lost In The Fire (2007)

Grief, recovery, and human contact. Brian is a great guy - a sweet father, a good husband, and a loyal friend to his boyhood pal Jerry who's a junkie. When tragedy strikes, Jerry tries to help Brian's wife and children cope, and Audrey, Brian's widow, tries to help Jerry kick the habit. Loss and addiction are stubborn. The story starts on the day of the funeral, with Brian appearing in flashbacks. A neighbor's divorce, a dinner party that includes a young woman from the Narcotics Anonymous group Jerry attends, and thinking back to a fire in Brian and Audrey's garage give the story texture. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  funeral
Story:marriage problems,  loss of husband,  compassion,  loss of father,  dinner,  widow,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Kite Runner (2007)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. This is why The Kite Runner (2007) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  funeral,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:writer,  boy
Story:kite,  theatre audience,  little boy,  playing,  loss of mother,  author,  dinner,  orphan,  death of mother,  tears,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog

As Good As It Gets (1997) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

As Good As It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer,  doctor
Story:neighbor,  little boy,  pet dog,  compassion,  grandmother grandson relationship,  single mother,  tears,  dog,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship

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

My Girl (1991)

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

Themes:childhood,  grief,  funeral,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:writer,  boy,  doctor
Story:little boy,  time,  lifting someone into the air,  loss of friend,  applause,  loss of mother,  neighbor,  tears,  brother brother relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death

The Witches (1990)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Witches (1990)

A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children.

Themes:childhood
Locations:england
Characters:maid,  boy,  doctor
Story:little boy,  lifting someone into the air,  grandmother grandson relationship,  applause,  loss of mother,  loss of father,  stage,  fantasy sequence,  orphan,  death of mother,  tears,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)
Drama

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:writer,  actor,  doctor
Story:time,  stage,  theater,  theatre,  single mother,  slow motion scene,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death

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Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. This is why Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:boy,  writer,  actor
Story:orphan,  theatre audience,  little boy,  pet dog,  orchestra,  time,  applause,  circus,  stage,  author,  theater,  theatre,  tears,  slow motion scene,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death

Terms Of Endearment (1983)
Comedy, Drama

Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:neighbor,  dying young,  compassion,  time,  grandmother grandson relationship,  terminal illness,  loss of mother,  loss of father,  widow,  single mother,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  funeral,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy,  doctor
Story:cricket,  cane,  orchestra,  applause,  chess,  loss of mother,  single mother,  death of mother,  tears,  rain,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death

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Little Women (1994)
Drama, Family, Romance

Little Women (1994)

'Louisa May Alcott' (qv)'s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:maid,  writer,  doctor
Story:buggy,  pet dog,  time,  stage,  19th century,  costume,  theatre,  dinner,  neighbor,  tears,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Shipping News (2001) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer
Story:little boy,  kite,  compassion,  time,  pirate,  dinner,  widow,  single mother,  tears,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society. This is why Zerkalo (1975) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  grief
Characters:writer,  doctor
Story:grandmother grandson relationship,  single mother,  orphan,  tears,  slow motion scene,  rain,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death

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

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:childhood,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:boy
Story:theatre audience,  little boy,  widow,  death of mother,  tears,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  death

Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Shakespeare In Love (1998)

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare's works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola's love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet. (Read More)

Characters:actor,  writer,  boy
Story:playwright,  theatre production,  stage,  theatre,  london england,  theatrical troupe,  inspiration,  time,  rehearsal,  theater,  falling from height,  dog

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:writer
Story:stage play,  time,  theatre production,  theatre audience,  playwright,  loss of friend,  author,  theater,  theatre,  neighbor,  tears,  death

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Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

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

Locations:england,  hospital
Characters:writer,  doctor
Story:time,  london england,  playwright,  tuxedo,  rehearsal,  lifting someone into the air,  stage,  countryside,  author,  dinner,  tears,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. This is why Marie Antoinette (2006) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:maid,  doctor
Story:theatre audience,  pipe smoking,  pet dog,  orchestra,  lifting someone into the air,  applause,  theatre,  dinner,  death of mother,  tears,  slow motion scene,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog

En Man Som Heter Ove (2015)
Comedy, Drama

En Man Som Heter Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Story:broken arm,  loss of loved one,  loss of mother,  loss of father,  clown,  death of mother,  neighbor,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  death

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Original Sin (2001) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Original Sin (2001)

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:actor
Period:1900s
Story:theatre production,  theatre audience,  sailing ship,  cannon,  orchestra,  costume,  theatre,  orphan,  tears,  slow motion scene,  rain,  husband wife relationship,  death

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:marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:maid,  boy,  doctor
Story:london england,  unhappy marriage,  dysfunctional marriage,  orchestra,  terminal illness,  theatre,  orphan,  neighbor,  tears,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Amadeus (1984)
Biography, Drama, History, Music

Amadeus (1984)

'Antonio Salieri' (qv) believes that 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' (qv)'s music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. He began his career as a devout man who believes his success and talent as a composer are God's rewards for his piety. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Characters:maid,  boy
Story:theatre audience,  red wine,  inspiration,  loss of husband,  orchestra,  time,  rehearsal,  lifting someone into the air,  applause,  19th century,  theatre,  based on play,  husband wife relationship,  death

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Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. This is why Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004). (Read More)

Themes:grief,  funeral,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:boy,  doctor
Story:widow,  orchestra,  tears,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Babe (1995) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Family

Babe (1995)

Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett wins a piglet named Babe at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly's jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn't conform to the farm's social hierarchy? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery
Story:sheep,  inspiration,  compassion,  time,  loss of friend,  loss of mother,  dinner,  orphan,  falling from height,  dog

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)

The movie is based on the young adult book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Anne Brashares. As four best friends spend their first summer apart from one another, they share a magical pair of jeans. Despite being of various shapes and sizes, each one of them fits perfectly into the pants. To keep in touch they pass these pants to each other as well as the adventures they are going through while apart. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:maid,  boy
Story:pet dog,  time,  loss of loved one,  loss of friend,  terminal illness,  loss of mother,  stage,  tears,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

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Withnail & I (1987)
Comedy, Drama

Withnail & I (1987)

London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail's uncle Monty's country cottage. But when they get there, it rains non-stop, there's no food, and their basic survival skills turn out to be somewhat limited. Matters are not helped by the arrival of Uncle Monty, who shows an uncomfortably keen interest in Marwood... (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:writer,  actor
Story:cottage,  theatre production,  london england,  park bench,  countryside,  neighbor,  rain,  mother son relationship,  dog

Barton Fink (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Barton Fink (1991)

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. (Read More)

Characters:writer
Story:playwright,  neighbor,  producer,  lifting someone into the air,  author,  theater,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  two word title

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. This is why The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004). (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:time,  jumping on a bed,  loss of husband,  loss of loved one,  loss of mother,  loss of father,  dinner,  death of mother,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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The Elephant Man (1980)
Biography, Drama

The Elephant Man (1980)

John Merrick (whose real name was Joseph, as this is based on a true story) is an intelligent and friendly man, but he is hated by his Victorian-era English society because he is severely deformed. Once he is discovered by a doctor, however, he is saved from his life in a freak show and he is treated like the human being that he really is. (Read More)

Locations:england,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:london england,  dying young,  sitting,  compassion,  lifting someone into the air,  circus,  19th century,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  based on true story

A Single Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  grief,  friendship
Locations:england
Characters:maid,  actor,  boy
Story:london england,  camera shot of feet,  time,  fantasy sequence,  dinner,  neighbor,  tears,  rain,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Locations:england
Characters:maid
Story:london england,  little boy,  loss of mother,  loss of father,  orphan,  death of mother,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  rain,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death

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Pan (2015) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:friendship
Characters:boy
Story:london england,  walking the plank,  reference to peter pan,  fairy,  cannon,  pirate,  orphan,  falling from height,  slow motion scene,  mother son relationship,  death

Closer (2004)
Drama, Romance

Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. This is why Closer (2004) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:england,  hospital
Characters:writer,  doctor
Story:theatre audience,  london england,  dysfunctional marriage,  time,  theatre,  death of mother,  tears,  slow motion scene,  rain,  based on play,  husband wife relationship

Happiness (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:little boy,  dysfunctional marriage,  fantasy sequence,  costume,  dinner,  neighbor,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

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Ikiru (1952)
Drama

Ikiru (1952)

Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant. He has worked in the same department for 30 years. His life is pretty boring and monotonous, though he once used to have passion and drive. Then one day he discovers that he has stomach cancer and has less than a year to live. After the initial depression he sets about living for the first time in over 20 years. Then he realises that his limited time left is not just for living life to the full but to leave something meaningful behind... (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  marriage
Characters:writer,  boy,  doctor
Story:time,  theatre audience,  city park,  kite,  terminal illness,  death of mother,  tears,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog

Wild (2014) is one of the best movies like Finding Neverland (2004)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Wild (2014)

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:little boy,  pipe smoking,  pet dog,  time,  loss of loved one,  terminal illness,  loss of mother,  stage,  dinner,  single mother,  death of mother,  tears,  rain,  based on true story,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, Music

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

When 'Walt Disney' (qv)'s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, 'P.L. Travers' (qv)' _Mary Poppins (1964)_ (qv), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. (Read More)

Themes:childhood
Characters:maid,  writer,  doctor
Story:author,  children's author,  london england,  premiere,  pet dog,  rehearsal,  applause,  loss of father,  stage,  tears,  based on true story,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

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