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Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, communism, unemployment, childhood, dating, deception, filmmaking, drunkenness, drinking, politics, money, drugs, marriage, love
Mood:satire
Locations:germany, rooftop, apartment, nightclub, bathtub, bar, hospital
Characters:german, russian, baby, dancer, policeman, nurse, girl, teacher, boy, singer, doctor
Period:1970s, 1990s, 1980s
Story:east germany, protest march, political activism, political activist, wedding video, pornographic video, video cassette, german democratic republic, fall of communism, german reunification, coma, heart attack, berlin germany, video camera, student nurse, taxi driver, party member, belly dancing, police crackdown, satellite tv

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:childhood, drinking, politics, marriage, love
Locations:rooftop, nightclub, bathtub, hospital
Characters:dancer, policeman, girl, teacher, boy, doctor
Period:1970s, 1990s, 1980s
Story:protest march, idealism, bribery, uncle niece relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, communist, demonstration, fainting, supermarket, heart attack, premarital sex, election, liar, eating, woman, teenage boy, jail, neighbor, marijuana, tears

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
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:communism, drinking, politics, love
Locations:germany, apartment
Characters:german, dancer, policeman, teacher
Period:1990s, 1980s
Story:political activist, german democratic republic, east germany, berlin germany, party member, deutsche demokratische republik, east berlin, stasi, ddr, berlin wall, socialism, activist, communist, liar, woman, neighbor, tears, lie, arrest, drink

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:drunkenness, politics, drugs, marriage, love
Locations:rooftop, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:dancer, policeman, nurse, teacher, singer
Story:protest march, taxi driver, protestor, march, ironing, television news, absent father, newsreel footage, buttocks, demonstration, riot, premarital sex, immigrant, montage, single mother, band, jail, marijuana, taxi, letter

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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, drunkenness, drinking, money, love
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, teacher, boy, singer
Story:abandoned by father, fast motion scene, absent father, eating, montage, ambulance, band, teenage boy, death of mother, tears, beer, lie, letter, drink, food, song, crying, coming of age, party, singing

Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. This is why Sid And Nancy (1986) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003). (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking, drunkenness, drinking, drugs, marriage
Locations:rooftop, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman, singer
Period:1970s
Story:punk, taxi driver, grandmother granddaughter relationship, riot, band, jail, beer, taxi, vomiting, arrest, motorcycle, helicopter, beating, song, crying, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, police

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage, love
Mood:satire
Locations:rooftop, apartment, bathtub, bar, hospital
Characters:boy, singer
Story:taxi driver, coca cola, heart attack, film director, eating, death of mother, male pubic hair, jail, beer, taxi, vomiting, letter, drink, watching tv, food, beating, pregnancy, song, train, panties

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:communism, politics, money
Locations:germany, rooftop, bathtub
Characters:german, baby, dancer, doctor
Period:1970s
Story:berlin germany, video camera, protestor, idealism, activist, capitalism, newsreel footage, confession, van, montage, woman, male pubic hair, jail, marijuana, tears, arrest, watching tv, motorcycle, helicopter, beating

Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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, drunkenness, drinking, drugs, marriage, love
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Characters:singer, baby, dancer, boy, doctor
Period:1970s
Story:berlin germany, i.v., newsreel footage, premarital sex, liar, montage, single mother, band, death of mother, jail, marijuana, tears, lie, arrest, drink, pregnancy, song, crying, singing, dancing

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

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

Themes:drinking, love
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, boy, singer
Period:1980s
Story:absent father, liar, prologue, eating, band, tears, beer, lie, taxi, drink, food, pregnancy, song, crying, voice over narration, party, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. This is why Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003). (Read More)

Themes:childhood, dating, drunkenness, drinking, drugs, love
Locations:rooftop, nightclub, bathtub, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, girl, teacher, boy
Story:liar, prologue, confession, van, ambulance, jail, tears, beer, lie, taxi, letter, drink, watching tv, beating, crying, train, coming of age, party, dancing, mother son relationship

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:unemployment, politics
Locations:germany, nightclub
Characters:german, dancer, policeman, teacher, boy
Story:local blockbuster, activist, activism, liar, eating, montage, ambulance, teenage boy, marijuana, tears, lie, vomiting, arrest, motorcycle, food, crying, brother sister relationship, party, dancing, father daughter relationship

I'm Not There. (2007) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Biography, Drama, Music

I'm Not There. (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking, drunkenness, marriage, drinking, politics, drugs, love
Mood:satire
Locations:bathtub, bar, hospital
Characters:singer, baby, dancer, nurse, girl, boy
Period:1970s
Story:protestor, fast motion scene, activist, time lapse photography, newsreel footage, demonstration, riot, eating, montage, band, male pubic hair, jail, taxi, drink, watching tv, motorcycle, food, singing, song, train

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, drugs, love
Locations:rooftop
Characters:russian, girl, teacher, boy, singer
Story:flea market, absent father, punk, premarital sex, ambulance, single mother, teenage boy, death of mother, jail, tears, beer, letter, arrest, drink, watching tv, pregnancy, crying, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, coming of age

The Good Girl (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

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

Themes:deception, drunkenness, drinking, drugs, marriage, love
Locations:bathtub, hospital
Characters:baby, girl, boy
Story:psychiatric hospital, nervous breakdown, liar, woman, marijuana, tears, beer, lie, vomiting, drink, watching tv, beating, pregnancy, crying, voice over narration, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, flashback, police

Underground (1995)
Comedy, Drama, War

Underground (1995)

The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on. This is why Underground (1995) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003). (Read More)

Themes:communism, filmmaking, drunkenness, drinking, politics, marriage, love
Mood:satire
Locations:germany, bathtub
Characters:german, baby, dancer
Period:1990s
Story:berlin germany, newsreel footage, reality, communist, liar, film director, band, death of mother, lie, vomiting, drink, helicopter, pregnancy, brother sister relationship, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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)

Locations:germany
Characters:german, dancer, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:berlin germany, grandmother granddaughter relationship, liar, eating, band, death of mother, neighbor, tears, lie, food, beating, song, crying, train, brother sister relationship, party, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, love
Characters:baby, policeman, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:belch, father son reunion, fainting, liar, eating, montage, death of mother, jail, lie, taxi, vomiting, drink, watching tv, food, song, voice over narration, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Gegen Die Wand (2004)
Drama, Romance

Gegen Die Wand (2004)

In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants to end it all. Sibel a 20-something female from Hamburg wishes to please her Turkish parents yet yearns for freedom. She has had her nose broken by her brother for being seen holding hands with a boy and yet she can not break her mother's heart and run away. She too attempts suicide and she first approaches Cahit there at the Hospital. Sibel asks Cahit to marry her, as she believes this to be the way out of her parent's house. She promises Cahit that their relationship will be like roommates, not like a married couple. The film follows Sibel and Cahit as they get married, become closer and eventually fall in love. (Read More)

Themes:marriage, drunkenness, drinking, money, drugs, love
Locations:germany, apartment, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:german, dancer, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:video camera, taxi driver, time lapse photography, fireworks, liar, immigrant, montage, woman, band, death of mother, male pubic hair, jail, tears, beer, lie, taxi, letter, drink, watching tv, food

Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei (2004)
Drama, Romance

Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei (2004)

Berlin student Jule is hoplessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsuredly hitting a rich businessman's limousine. Evicted from her flat she moves in with her boyfrend Peter and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valulables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor. (Read More)

Themes:deception, drunkenness, drinking, politics, money, love
Locations:germany, rooftop, apartment
Characters:policeman, girl, boy
Story:berlin germany, idealism, fast motion scene, activist, capitalism, activism, time lapse photography, uncle niece relationship, demonstration, riot, punk, vacation, prologue, van, eating, marijuana, tears, letter, arrest, drink

Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. This is why Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003). (Read More)

Themes:unemployment, dating, deception, drunkenness, drinking, drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, policeman
Story:ironing, liar, prologue, eating, marijuana, beer, lie, letter, drink, watching tv, food, beating, pregnancy, party, dancing, husband wife relationship, police, violence

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)
Crime, Drama

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with sixty-two pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money
Locations:bar
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman, singer, doctor
Story:taxi driver, grandmother granddaughter relationship, fireworks, immigrant, band, tears, beer, taxi, vomiting, drink, motorcycle, pregnancy, song, crying, singing, dancing, mother son relationship

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

2 Days In Paris (2007)

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

Themes:drinking, love
Characters:dancer, doctor
Story:taxi driver, fast motion scene, premarital sex, statue, vacation, liar, eating, montage, male pubic hair, tears, beer, lie, taxi, arrest, drink, food, crying, train, voice over narration, party

Goal! (2005)
Drama, Romance, Sport

Goal! (2005)

Santiago's father, Hernan Munez, smuggled his penniless Mexican family over the US border to seek a better, albeit modest future in L.A. Eldest son Santiago dreams of more, like native Angelinos, then joining Hernan's gardening firm. His change arrives when a British ex-pro spots him as an exceptional soccer natural and promises he can arrange a real British talent scout to check him out. Although that falls trough and dad forbids it, Santiago accepts grandma's savings to try out with English premier league club Newcastle. Despite his asthma, he gets in and befriends the freshly transferred, desperately undisciplined bad boy star scorer, party animal Gavin Harris, who becomes his bothersome house-mate, a recipe for trouble and yet each's salvation. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money
Locations:nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, nurse, boy
Period:1990s
Story:heart attack, exclamation point in title, prologue, immigrant, montage, soccer, teenage boy, tears, beer, taxi, drink, crying, punctuation in title, train, party, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, drugs
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Characters:russian, dancer, policeman, singer
Period:1980s
Story:prologue, van, immigrant, eating, ambulance, death of mother, jail, marijuana, tears, arrest, drink, motorcycle, food, beating, song, crying, party, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship

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. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, drugs, love
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher, boy, singer
Period:1970s
Story:ironing, premarital sex, prologue, confession, eating, band, teenage boy, marijuana, beer, vomiting, drink, watching tv, food, song, crying, brother sister relationship, coming of age, panties, party, singing

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:amnesia, childhood, drunkenness, drinking, money, drugs
Locations:rooftop, bathtub, bar
Characters:girl, boy
Period:1990s, 1980s
Story:absent father, nosebleed, fainting, fireworks, library, single mother, teenage boy, marijuana, tears, beer, letter, drink, watching tv, food, beating, crying, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, coming of age, singing

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:dating, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:dancer, girl, teacher
Story:abandoned by father, father son reunion, absent father, prologue, montage, single mother, teenage boy, tears, beer, lie, drink, crying, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, coming of age, party, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Mommy (2014) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

Forty-six year old Diane Despres - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Despres, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Despres as much as they need her. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, love
Locations:bathtub, bar, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, teacher, boy, singer, doctor
Story:video camera, taxi driver, psychiatric hospital, uncle niece relationship, choking, supermarket, bank, liar, prologue, van, eating, montage, ambulance, single mother, teenage boy, neighbor, tears, lie, taxi, letter

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:money, love
Locations:germany, bathtub, bar
Characters:german, policeman, teacher
Period:1970s, 1990s, 1980s
Story:berlin germany, ironing, demonstration, library, confession, eating, woman, teenage boy, male pubic hair, jail, tears, lie, taxi, vomiting, letter, food, crying, train, voice over narration, brother sister relationship

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. This is why My Own Private Idaho (1991) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, politics, money, drugs, love
Locations:rooftop, bathtub, bar
Characters:german, dancer, policeman, girl, boy, singer
Period:1990s
Story:french fries, coca cola, time lapse photography, home movie, fainting, fireworks, statue, liar, confession, band, teenage boy, death of mother, male pubic hair, tears, beer, lie, taxi, letter, drink, watching tv

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, drugs
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment
Characters:german, baby, dancer, policeman, girl, boy, doctor
Story:supermarket, garden, eating, montage, lie, drink, watching tv, food, beating, pregnancy, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, party, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, violence, flashback

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking, money, marriage
Locations:bathtub
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer
Period:1970s
Story:home movie, film director, eating, band, jail, marijuana, taxi, drink, watching tv, food, beating, song, crying, panties, party, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

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

Themes:childhood, money
Characters:russian, baby, dancer, singer, doctor
Story:hammock, absent father, buttocks, demonstration, soviet union, single mother, tears, food, pregnancy, crying, brother sister relationship, coming of age, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, flashback

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

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

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

Themes:childhood, marriage, love
Locations:nightclub, bathtub, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Period:1970s, 1980s
Story:french fries, fast motion scene, punk, liar, confession, eating, ambulance, teenage boy, neighbor, marijuana, tears, lie, vomiting, motorcycle, food, beating, pregnancy, song, crying, punctuation in title

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. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, drugs, marriage, love
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:policeman, nurse, teacher, boy, doctor
Story:buttocks, coma, heart attack, ambulance, teenage boy, death of mother, jail, tears, vomiting, drink, watching tv, food, beating, pregnancy, crying, voice over narration, panties, party, singing, father daughter relationship

Rang De Basanti (2006) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Rang De Basanti (2006)

A young idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits students from Delhi University to act in her docu-drama. She finds DJ, who graduated five years ago but still wants to be a part of the University because he doesn't think there's too much out there in the real world to look forward to. Karan, the son of Industrialist Rajnath Singhania, who shares an uncomfortable relationship with his father, but continues to live off him, albeit very grudgingly. Aslam, is a middle class Muslim boy, who lives in the by-lanes near Jama Masjid, poet, philosopher and guide to his friends. Sukhi, the group's baby, innocent, vulnerable and with a weakness for only one thing - girls. Laxman Pandey, the fundamentalist in the group, the only one who still believes that politics can make the world a better place and finally Sonia - the sole girl in the group, tomboy and vivacious spirit, engaged to Ajay - the dashing air pilot. Through her film, Sue wishes to showcase to the world the efforts of these young revolutionaries and the enormity of their contribution to the freedom movement in India. What unfolds is the inspiration behind Sue's passion for bringing their story to the world. The twist in the tale is of course the fact that more than just telling the world, Sue's film makes DJ and his friends stop and stare at themselves for being the actual descendants of these great men and never recognizing and celebrating their courage and spirit. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking, drunkenness, drinking, politics, money
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:russian, baby, dancer, policeman, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:protest march, taxi driver, local blockbuster, time lapse photography, newsreel footage, demonstration, coma, fainting, film director, prologue, confession, eating, montage, jail, tears, beer, taxi, arrest, drink, watching tv

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:baby, policeman, singer, doctor
Story:ironing, band, marijuana, tears, beer, lie, vomiting, drink, watching tv, motorcycle, helicopter, crying, panties, party, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, police

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, politics
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman, teacher, singer
Period:1970s
Story:political activism, political activist, fast motion scene, activist, activism, demonstration, riot, election, male pubic hair, marijuana, tears, beer, drink, watching tv, motorcycle, song, crying, voice over narration, singing, dancing

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:dating, drunkenness, drinking, love
Locations:rooftop, apartment, bathtub, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, boy, singer
Story:reality, home movie, buttocks, video, band, male pubic hair, neighbor, lie, taxi, letter, drink, watching tv, song, voice over narration, panties, party, singing, dancing, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction. This is why Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, marriage
Locations:bar
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman, girl, boy
Story:single mother, supermarket, cabin, liar, eating, woman, neighbor, tears, beer, lie, letter, arrest, drink, watching tv, food, beating, crying, brother sister relationship, dancing, father daughter relationship

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:drunkenness, drinking, money, drugs, love
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, girl, singer
Story:political activism, demonstration, eating, jail, marijuana, tears, taxi, vomiting, drink, food, pregnancy, song, crying, panties, party, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, drugs, marriage, love
Locations:bathtub, hospital
Characters:baby, girl, doctor
Story:video camera, nervous breakdown, supermarket, bank, woman, marijuana, tears, beer, lie, vomiting, drink, watching tv, food, pregnancy, crying, voice over narration, panties, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Shallow Hal (2001)

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? (Read More)

Themes:dating, drinking
Locations:apartment, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:nurse, girl, boy, doctor
Story:taxi driver, eating, woman, neighbor, beer, lie, taxi, drink, food, crying, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

The Rules Of Attraction (2002) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. (Read More)

Themes:dating, drunkenness, drinking, money, drugs, love
Mood:satire
Locations:bathtub, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer, doctor
Story:video camera, time lapse photography, prologue, montage, ambulance, male pubic hair, marijuana, tears, beer, vomiting, drink, watching tv, motorcycle, beating, song, crying, voice over narration, panties, party, singing

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? This is why The Painted Veil (2006) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, marriage, drinking, money, love
Locations:bathtub, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman, nurse, teacher, boy, singer, doctor
Story:woman, time lapse photography, demonstration, fainting, eating, band, neighbor, tears, vomiting, letter, drink, food, pregnancy, song, crying, coming of age, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Comedy, Drama

The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. (Read More)

Themes:dating, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage, love
Locations:apartment, bathtub, hospital
Characters:policeman, nurse, girl, teacher, boy, singer, doctor
Period:1980s
Story:nosebleed, heart attack, liar, library, eating, ambulance, teenage boy, tears, beer, lie, letter, drink, watching tv, food, pregnancy, song, crying, brother sister relationship, panties, party

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:deception, drunkenness, drinking, money, drugs
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment, nightclub, bathtub, bar
Characters:policeman
Period:1980s
Story:pornographic video, video camera, tanning bed, nervous breakdown, reality, buttocks, premarital sex, confession, montage, woman, ambulance, taxi, drink, watching tv, helicopter, food, beating, crying, voice over narration, panties

Madeo (2009) is one of the best movies like Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Madeo (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money
Mood:satire
Locations:rooftop, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, girl, boy
Story:psychiatric hospital, bribery, reality, grandmother granddaughter relationship, nosebleed, prologue, confession, eating, tears, vomiting, arrest, drink, watching tv, food, beating, pregnancy, crying, panties, dancing, husband wife relationship

Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down. (Read More)

Themes:unemployment, drinking, politics, money, marriage
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:dancer, policeman, girl, boy, doctor
Story:wedding video, coma, heart attack, vacation, liar, woman, ambulance, soccer, death of mother, tears, beer, lie, taxi, arrest, drink, watching tv, crying, brother sister relationship, singing, dancing

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