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Forrest Gump (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His 'mama' teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people and meets the president several times. However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone. (Read More)

Themes:disability,  faith,  racism,  anger,  wedding,  friendship
Locations:jungle,  china,  wheelchair,  church,  bar
Characters:father,  maid,  bully,  singer,  doctor
Story:shrimp,  double amputee,  saigon vietnam,  vietnam war veteran,  vietnam war,  jungle warfare,  vietnam,  assassination of president,  devoted mother,  football scholarship,  man hits a woman,  mother son relationship,  snorting cocaine,  black woman,  television news,  loss of mother,  woman with glasses,  running away,  bus ride,  bus stop,  single mother,  football,  school bus,  death of mother,  running,  heavy rain,  character repeats narrator's words,  character appears on a tv talk show,  congressional medal of honor,  character says have a nice day,  telling someone to run,  tuscaloosa alabama,  reference to the ku klux klan,  narrated by title character,  assembling a rifle,  university of alabama,  character appears on magazine cover,  watergate hotel,  diving into water,  business proposition,  reference to joan baez,  wounded in action,  male hits a female,  anti war movement,  rooming house,  sniper fire,  first mate,  leg braces,  1911 colt pistol,  reference to watergate,  trailer narrated by hal douglas,  watergate scandal,  disabled veteran,  legless man,  fatherless child,  lincoln memorial,  film footage,  giving a speech,  boat captain,  times square,  mentally impaired,  simple man,  black panther,  black panther party,  shrimping,  savannah georgia,  high on drugs,  military hospital,  yellow cab,  nike,  male soldier,  follower,  monsoon,  tragicomedy,  medal of honor,  philanthropy,  killed in action,  calling someone an idiot,  boarder,  national guard,  wounded soldier,  serendipity,  napalm,  platoon,  leg brace,  new year's eve party,  fictional biography,  air strike,  red light district,  rainy night,  socks,  colt .45,  letter writing,  civil rights movement,  famous line,  ping pong,  runner,  family home,  deathbed,  in medias res,  jumping into water,  legacy,  park bench,  famous score,  climbing a tree,  feather,  handicap,  kindness,  interracial marriage,  u.s. soldier,  making out,  cornfield,  telling someone to shut up,  amputee,  black man,  bitterness,  war hero,  stock footage,  military officer,  chocolate,  physical abuse,  underdog,  balcony,  post traumatic stress disorder,  gunshot wound,  m 16,  interracial friendship,  childhood friend,  son,  hippie,  male masturbation,  innocence,  girl with glasses,  white house,  new year's eve,  told in flashback,  friendship between men,  blockbuster,  walkie talkie,  loss of friend,  ice cream,  slow motion,  loss of virginity,  fainting,  athlete,  hugging,  washington d.c.,  splatter,  reunion,  u.s. president,  san francisco california,  uniform,  protest,  drug addict,  grave,  racial slur,  journey,  fishing,  assassination,  man with glasses,  child abuse,  mother,  suicide attempt,  cocaine,  death of friend,  woman,  drug use,  swimming,  television,  alcohol,  guitar,  male pubic hair,  prayer,  prostitution,  college,  bathroom,  dead body,  best friend,  battle,  bus,  face slap,  helicopter,  rain,  based on book,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  character name in title,  two word title,  based on novel,  sex scene,  kiss,  flashback,  fight

Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  church,  bar
Characters:singer
Story:vietnam war,  vietnam,  mother son relationship,  television news,  single mother,  school bus,  anti war movement,  platoon,  letter writing,  making out,  cornfield,  hippie,  protest,  journey,  assassination,  drug use,  swimming,  alcohol,  television,  guitar,  running,  battle,  bus,  helicopter,  rain,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  fight,  kiss

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The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bar
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:double amputee,  saigon vietnam,  vietnam war,  vietnam,  mother son relationship,  socks,  u.s. soldier,  amputee,  stock footage,  post traumatic stress disorder,  blockbuster,  drug addict,  football,  woman,  drug use,  male pubic hair,  prostitution,  dead body,  battle,  face slap,  helicopter,  cult film,  dancing,  sex scene,  kiss,  fight

Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Biography, Drama, War

Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Themes:friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bar
Story:vietnam war,  mother son relationship,  disabled veteran,  leg brace,  military officer,  post traumatic stress disorder,  blockbuster,  vietnam,  uniform,  racial slur,  prayer,  face slap,  new york city,  sex scene

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
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:anger,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  church
Characters:bully
Story:mother son relationship,  snorting cocaine,  bitterness,  physical abuse,  son,  loss of friend,  ice cream,  athlete,  drug addict,  racial slur,  journey,  mother,  cocaine,  death of friend,  drug use,  swimming,  prayer,  prostitution,  bathroom,  running,  best friend,  bus,  face slap,  rain,  based on book,  new york city,  based on novel,  fight,  kiss

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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. This is why Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  wedding
Locations:church
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:mother son relationship,  loss of mother,  bus ride,  bus stop,  single mother,  death of mother,  civil rights movement,  san francisco california,  drug addict,  cocaine,  drug use,  guitar,  bathroom,  running,  bus,  rain,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  character name in title,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

Hair (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  friendship
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:singer
Story:vietnam war,  mother son relationship,  socks,  park bench,  u.s. soldier,  hippie,  vietnam,  washington d.c.,  protest,  journey,  drug use,  running,  bus,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  flashback

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  anger,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  church
Characters:father
Story:football scholarship,  football,  athlete,  mother son relationship,  single mother,  bitterness,  son,  loss of friend,  loss of virginity,  drug addict,  racial slur,  fishing,  man with glasses,  mother,  death of friend,  alcohol,  college,  running,  helicopter,  cult film,  dancing,  fight

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Taking Woodstock (2009) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Locations:church,  bar
Story:vietnam war,  mother son relationship,  heavy rain,  reference to joan baez,  stock footage,  hippie,  hugging,  fishing,  drug use,  guitar,  male pubic hair,  helicopter,  rain,  based on book,  new york city,  dancing,  two word title,  kiss

Platoon (1986)
Drama, War

Platoon (1986)

Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. (Read More)

Locations:jungle
Story:platoon,  vietnam,  vietnam war,  jungle warfare,  napalm,  famous score,  amputee,  m 16,  blockbuster,  racial slur,  drug use,  college,  battle,  helicopter,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  fight

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. This is why Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bar
Characters:father,  singer,  doctor
Story:mother son relationship,  snorting cocaine,  loss of mother,  death of mother,  heavy rain,  serendipity,  son,  hugging,  journey,  mother,  cocaine,  drug use,  swimming,  alcohol,  television,  guitar,  bathroom,  best friend,  rain,  cult film,  dancing,  sex scene,  kiss

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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:bully
Story:mother son relationship,  snorting cocaine,  single mother,  heavy rain,  letter writing,  bitterness,  post traumatic stress disorder,  ice cream,  fainting,  child abuse,  cocaine,  drug use,  prostitution,  running,  best friend,  bus,  face slap,  rain,  based on book,  new york city,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

Apocalypse Now (1979) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Drama, War

Apocalypse Now (1979)

It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard's job is to eliminate him! Willard, sent up the Nung River on a U.S. Navy patrol boat, discovers that his target is one of the most decorated officers in the U.S. Army. His crew meets up with surfer-type Lt-Colonel Kilgore, head of a U.S Army helicopter cavalry group which eliminates a Viet Cong outpost to provide an entry point into the Nung River. After some hair-raising encounters, in which some of his crew are killed, Willard, Lance and Chef reach Colonel Kurtz's outpost, beyond the Do Lung Bridge. Now, after becoming prisoners of Kurtz, will Willard & the others be able to fulfill their mission? (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:jungle
Story:vietnam,  saigon vietnam,  vietnam war,  jungle warfare,  journey,  male soldier,  napalm,  air strike,  famous line,  military officer,  uniform,  assassination,  battle,  helicopter,  rain,  cult film,  based on novel,  two word title

Wild (2014)
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:anger
Locations:bar
Characters:father,  singer,  doctor
Story:mother,  mother son relationship,  loss of mother,  single mother,  death of mother,  in medias res,  making out,  hippie,  drug addict,  grave,  journey,  woman,  alcohol,  male pubic hair,  prayer,  bus,  rain,  based on book,  title spoken by character,  sex scene,  flashback

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Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:faith,  anger,  friendship
Locations:jungle,  wheelchair,  church,  bar
Characters:doctor
Story:mother son relationship,  school bus,  heavy rain,  jumping into water,  grave,  suicide attempt,  best friend,  bus,  rain,  title spoken by character,  flashback

Children Of Men (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. This is why Children Of Men (2006) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994). (Read More)

Themes:disability,  faith,  racism
Locations:wheelchair,  bar
Characters:singer
Story:woman,  mother son relationship,  journey,  single mother,  kindness,  hippie,  reunion,  protest,  man with glasses,  mother,  death of friend,  drug use,  college,  dead body,  battle,  bus,  face slap,  rain,  cult film,  based on novel,  fight,  kiss

A Little Princess (1995) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:father
Story:letter writing,  kindness,  interracial friendship,  girl with glasses,  slow motion,  reunion,  uniform,  child abuse,  mother,  best friend,  rain,  new york city,  dancing,  based on novel,  fight

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Rescue Dawn (2006)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, War

Rescue Dawn (2006)

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:jungle
Characters:singer
Story:vietnam war,  heavy rain,  war hero,  post traumatic stress disorder,  friendship between men,  vietnam,  loss of friend,  hugging,  fishing,  death of friend,  prayer,  running,  helicopter,  rain,  title spoken by character

Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:jungle,  church,  bar
Story:mother son relationship,  snorting cocaine,  bus stop,  death of mother,  in medias res,  son,  hippie,  loss of virginity,  drug addict,  racial slur,  assassination,  cocaine,  drug use,  swimming,  prayer,  prostitution,  running,  bus,  face slap,  based on book,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

The Color Purple (1985)
Drama

The Color Purple (1985)

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life...

Themes:racism,  wedding,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:father,  singer
Story:loss of mother,  physical abuse,  blockbuster,  reunion,  racial slur,  child abuse,  woman,  prayer,  face slap,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  sex scene

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Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:friendship
Characters:singer
Story:mother son relationship,  snorting cocaine,  woman with glasses,  man with glasses,  cocaine,  swimming,  prayer,  prostitution,  running,  face slap,  based on book,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  character name in title,  fight,  kiss,  flashback

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:anger,  friendship
Story:mother son relationship,  loss of mother,  single mother,  death of mother,  heavy rain,  told in flashback,  slow motion,  drug addict,  racial slur,  cocaine,  death of friend,  cult film,  flashback,  fight

A Long Way Down (2014)
Comedy, Drama

A Long Way Down (2014)

On New Year's Eve in London, four strangers find themselves on the roof of a building known for suicides. Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail, Maureen is a lonely single mother, Jess is young, reckless and heartbroken, and JJ is an American realizing the failures in his life. Through mutual pain and humour, this unlikely group take the long way down and figure out what will keep them alive until Valentine's Day, one step at a time. (Read More)

Themes:disability,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair
Story:mother son relationship,  bus stop,  single mother,  new year's eve party,  balcony,  new year's eve,  mother,  swimming,  guitar,  rain,  based on novel

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Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  wedding,  friendship
Characters:maid,  singer,  doctor
Story:loss of mother,  death of mother,  savannah georgia,  wounded soldier,  famous line,  deathbed,  famous score,  kindness,  balcony,  innocence,  blockbuster,  fainting,  reunion,  grave,  woman,  prayer,  prostitution,  dead body,  battle,  face slap,  dancing,  based on novel,  sex scene,  kiss,  fight

Alfie (2004) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:mother son relationship,  single mother,  heavy rain,  new year's eve party,  rainy night,  interracial friendship,  mother,  woman,  alcohol,  best friend,  rain,  new york city,  dancing,  character name in title,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Comedy, Romance

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day. This is why Wet Hot American Summer (2001) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:singer
Story:vietnam war veteran,  vietnam war,  shrimp,  making out,  hippie,  drug addict,  man with glasses,  cocaine,  drug use,  swimming,  guitar,  college,  bathroom,  face slap,  cult film,  dancing,  kiss,  fight

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Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Locations:jungle,  bar
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:mother son relationship,  bus ride,  death of mother,  amputee,  gunshot wound,  son,  walkie talkie,  protest,  racial slur,  journey,  fishing,  death of friend,  woman,  drug use,  dead body,  running,  battle,  bus,  helicopter,  rain,  dancing,  two word title,  fight,  kiss

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Action, Comedy, Drama, War

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster. Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:singer
Story:vietnam,  bus ride,  heavy rain,  congressional medal of honor,  male soldier,  platoon,  air strike,  war hero,  military officer,  m 16,  walkie talkie,  uniform,  racial slur,  man with glasses,  death of friend,  guitar,  college,  battle,  bus,  face slap,  helicopter,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  two word title,  fight

Full Metal Jacket (1987) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Drama, War

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive. (Read More)

Locations:jungle
Story:vietnam,  vietnam war,  male soldier,  platoon,  u.s. soldier,  physical abuse,  m 16,  uniform,  racial slur,  man with glasses,  mother,  prostitution,  bathroom,  dead body,  face slap,  helicopter,  based on book,  title spoken by character,  based on novel

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In The Bedroom (2001)
Crime, Drama

In The Bedroom (2001)

In idyllic Mid-Coast Maine, the Fowler family's only son Frank comes home from his freshman year at college for summer vacation. His mother Ruth, the school choir director, is unhappy with Frank dating soon-to-be divorced mother Natalie who is several years his senior, but Frank's father Matt, the town doctor, doesn't see a problem. While Frank considers holding off his future for Natalie, her jilted husband causes them all problems until an unthinkable tragedy shakes the community to its very core. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:bar
Characters:father,  doctor
Story:son,  mother son relationship,  mother,  single mother,  college,  physical abuse,  running,  face slap,  rain,  flashback

Greenberg (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Greenberg (2010)

We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? This is why Greenberg (2010) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:singer
Story:mother son relationship,  snorting cocaine,  loss of mother,  death of mother,  heavy rain,  letter writing,  friendship between men,  vietnam,  cocaine,  death of friend,  woman,  drug use,  swimming,  alcohol,  guitar,  college,  bathroom,  best friend,  rain,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  sex scene,  kiss

Tideland (2005)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Characters:singer
Story:loss of mother,  school bus,  death of mother,  innocence,  fainting,  drug addict,  drug use,  swimming,  guitar,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  bus,  cult film,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

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Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
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:anger,  friendship
Characters:singer
Story:mother son relationship,  woman with glasses,  bus stop,  death of mother,  mother,  guitar,  college,  running,  best friend,  bus,  based on book,  dancing,  two word title,  kiss,  flashback

Monster's Ball (2001)
Drama, Romance

Monster's Ball (2001)

Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank, who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's interracial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  anger
Locations:bar
Characters:father
Story:black woman,  mother son relationship,  woman,  son,  ice cream,  grave,  racial slur,  prostitution,  rain,  two word title,  sex scene

Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:faith,  anger
Story:mother son relationship,  heavy rain,  amputee,  balcony,  childhood friend,  friendship between men,  reunion,  racial slur,  assassination,  battle,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  character name in title,  based on novel,  flashback

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Radio (2003)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Radio (2003)

Football coach Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community. This is why Radio (2003) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994). (Read More)

Themes:disability,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:bully
Story:mother son relationship,  loss of mother,  football,  death of mother,  underdog,  interracial friendship,  title spoken by character,  character name in title

The Waterboy (1998) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Comedy, Sport

The Waterboy (1998)

Bobby Boucher is the lowly waterboy for a college football team, until the coach discovers his amazing talent for tackling people much bigger than him. He signs the Waterboy as the new star player, but Bobby must keep it secret from his overbearing and domineering mother.

Themes:anger
Characters:bully
Story:mother,  football,  college,  mother son relationship,  underdog,  interracial friendship,  blockbuster,  cult film

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:faith,  anger
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:doctor
Story:mother son relationship,  death of mother,  slow motion,  drug addict,  suicide attempt,  cocaine,  drug use,  swimming,  prayer,  bathroom,  face slap,  rain,  two word title,  flashback,  kiss

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On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:father
Story:mother son relationship,  new year's eve,  friendship between men,  hugging,  san francisco california,  journey,  man with glasses,  alcohol,  prostitution,  bus,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Drama

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

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

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bar
Characters:father,  singer
Story:school bus,  mother son relationship,  death of mother,  bus,  son,  hippie,  drug addict,  drug use,  guitar,  dead body,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  flashback

Horns (2013) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend. This is why Horns (2013) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:doctor
Story:mother son relationship,  loss of mother,  death of mother,  heavy rain,  childhood friend,  told in flashback,  friendship between men,  protest,  drug addict,  cocaine,  prayer,  dead body,  best friend,  face slap,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  sex scene,  fight,  flashback

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De Rouille Et D'os (2012)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:disability
Locations:wheelchair
Story:double amputee,  mother son relationship,  amputee,  balcony,  child abuse,  swimming,  male pubic hair,  bathroom,  running,  face slap,  helicopter,  rain,  dancing,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  fight

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:anger
Locations:church
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:mother son relationship,  family home,  bitterness,  son,  drug addict,  child abuse,  woman,  drug use,  alcohol,  prayer,  dead body,  bus,  face slap,  kiss,  fight

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:faith
Locations:china,  church
Characters:father,  bully
Story:mother son relationship,  mother,  climbing a tree,  son,  innocence,  fainting,  journey,  man with glasses,  child abuse,  swimming,  guitar,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  face slap,  rain,  dancing,  flashback,  kiss,  fight

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Hesher (2010) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:father,  bully,  singer,  doctor
Story:mother son relationship,  loss of mother,  woman with glasses,  mother,  death of mother,  kindness,  son,  drug use,  swimming,  guitar,  running,  rain,  character name in title,  sex scene,  flashback,  fight

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. This is why Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  friendship
Locations:jungle,  bar
Characters:singer
Story:woman with glasses,  amputee,  interracial friendship,  white house,  walkie talkie,  loss of friend,  washington d.c.,  u.s. president,  drug addict,  journey,  man with glasses,  death of friend,  drug use,  alcohol,  battle,  helicopter,  rain,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  fight,  flashback

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:singer
Story:mother son relationship,  character appears on magazine cover,  loss of virginity,  san francisco california,  suicide attempt,  drug use,  swimming,  alcohol,  guitar,  bathroom,  running,  bus,  new york city,  dancing,  kiss

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Precious (2009)
Drama

Precious (2009)

In Harlem, 1987. Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is an illiterate, overweight black girl. She is pregnant with her second child, both children fathered by her biological father, who has continually raped her since she was a child, but who she doesn't see otherwise. Her infant daughter, Mongo - such named since she has Down Syndrome - lives with Precious' grandmother. Precious lives with her mother Mary, who abuses Precious both physically and emotionally. Mary does nothing but smoke, watch television and collect welfare through fraud (as she doesn't ever look for a job) and believes that education does nothing for Precious, who she would rather also collect welfare if only to bring money into the household. To escape her life, Precious often daydreams of herself in glamorous situations. Because of her current pregnancy, Precious' principal transfers her into an alternative school. In dealing with the school's sympathetic teacher Miss Blu Rain, Precious begins to believe that she can have a future by learning how to read and write. Despite some devastating news from her mother following the birth of her child, Precious also begins to believe she can escape the grips of her abusive mother, who, up to this point, was Precious' only real support. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:father
Story:mother son relationship,  mother,  single mother,  physical abuse,  child abuse,  woman,  television,  bathroom,  bus,  face slap,  rain,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  character name in title,  based on novel,  flashback

Alexander (2004) is one of the best movies like Forrest Gump (1994)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Alexander (2004)

Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. (Read More)

Themes:faith,  anger,  wedding,  friendship
Locations:jungle
Characters:father,  doctor
Story:son,  jungle warfare,  mother son relationship,  heavy rain,  black panther,  monsoon,  war hero,  told in flashback,  blockbuster,  assassination,  death of friend,  best friend,  battle,  face slap,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  character name in title,  flashback,  fight

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Locations:jungle
Story:vietnam war,  hippie,  vietnam,  grave,  fishing,  death of friend,  drug use,  swimming,  dead body,  rain,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  two word title,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

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