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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Drama

Good Will Hunting (1997)

A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart.

Themes:cancer,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist,  friend
Story:attachment disorder,  harvard university,  mathematical genius,  genius,  sexual joke,  jail,  massachusetts institute of technology,  reference to noam chomsky,  fear of abandonment,  national security agency,  teaching assistant,  mathematical equation,  fear of failure,  dog track,  magic 8 ball,  batting cage,  autodidact,  techne,  tough love,  boston red sox,  dog racing,  used car,  reference to michelangelo,  community college,  hypnotherapy,  little league,  reference to friedrich nietzsche,  prodigy,  disorder,  harvard,  class reunion,  shakespearean quotation,  world series,  motivational,  reference to ludwig van beethoven,  toy store,  mathematician,  el train,  nsa,  masturbation reference,  psychotherapy,  mathematics,  construction worker,  lecture,  irish american,  vietnam veteran,  moving,  death of loved one,  ethnic slur,  boston massachusetts,  job interview,  construction site,  playground,  janitor,  ambition,  impersonation,  loss of wife,  blockbuster,  assault,  flirting,  reference to william shakespeare,  class differences,  ex convict,  premarital sex,  date,  widower,  death of wife,  break up,  man with glasses,  apology,  child abuse,  baseball,  joke,  diner,  orphan,  f word,  birthday,  painting,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  coming of age,  three word title,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  flashback,  masturbation

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Biography, Drama

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist
Story:mathematical genius,  mathematics,  massachusetts institute of technology,  techne,  harvard,  motivational,  mathematician,  lecture,  genius,  boston massachusetts,  blockbuster,  flirting,  painting,  three word title,  flashback

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The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist,  friend
Story:vietnam veteran,  janitor,  loss of wife,  reference to william shakespeare,  class differences,  widower,  death of wife,  man with glasses,  child abuse,  birthday,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Gifted (2017)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  mathematical equation,  prodigy,  mathematician,  mathematics,  genius,  boston massachusetts,  apology,  baseball,  slow motion scene,  mirror

Reign Over Me (2007) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:motivational,  moving,  loss of wife,  widower,  death of wife,  man with glasses,  apology,  painting,  three word title,  flashback

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Another Earth (2011)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Another Earth (2011)

SPOILER: Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and tells him he has won a free cleaning service of his home. Rhoda wins the writing contest, but meanwhile John and she have fallen in love with each other. Rhoda has to take a decision whether she goes or stays, but she wants to tell John the truth first. This is why Another Earth (2011) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997). (Read More)

Characters:professor
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  boston massachusetts,  janitor,  loss of wife,  ex convict,  widower,  death of wife,  apology,  jail,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  flashback

Sneakers (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sneakers (1992)

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:professor
Story:mathematical genius,  national security agency,  mathematician,  nsa,  mathematics,  genius,  construction site,  blockbuster,  ex convict,  man with glasses,  flashback

The Firm (1993)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Firm (1993)

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan... (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:harvard university,  dog track,  harvard,  boston massachusetts,  job interview,  blockbuster,  ex convict,  diner,  f word,  jail,  slow motion scene,  cigarette smoking

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The Man From Earth (2007) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi

The Man From Earth (2007)

Themes:cancer,  friendship
Characters:professor,  friend
Story:reference to ludwig van beethoven,  moving,  death of wife,  jail,  birthday,  painting

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:harvard university,  construction worker,  death of loved one,  construction site,  loss of wife,  flirting,  widower,  death of wife,  man with glasses,  jail,  slow motion scene,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Story:vietnam veteran,  ethnic slur,  flirting,  ex convict,  man with glasses,  diner,  f word,  birthday,  slow motion scene,  coming of age

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Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:reference to michelangelo,  job interview,  impersonation,  flirting,  apology,  orphan,  f word,  painting,  mirror,  cigarette smoking

21 (2008) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 (2008)

Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack. Intrigued by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using their skills of code talk and hand signals, they have Ben make hundreds of thousands of dollars in winning blackjack at casino after casino. Ben only wants to make enough money for the tuition to Harvard and then back out. But as fellow card counter, Jill Taylor, predicts, Ben becomes corrupted by greed and his arrogance at winning which lets his feelings get in the way, and it also puts Professor Rosa, as well as the group, on the radar of a brutal casino security enforcer, named Cole Williams, who holds a personal grudge of some kind against Rosa which threatens to undo everything the students have learned and earned. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:professor
Story:harvard,  harvard university,  massachusetts institute of technology,  mathematician,  lecture,  boston massachusetts,  assault,  premarital sex,  slow motion scene

Ikiru (1952)
Drama

Ikiru (1952)

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

Themes:cancer
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:construction site,  playground,  widower,  death of wife,  baseball,  birthday,  mirror,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

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Kill The Irishman (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:shakespearean quotation,  irish american,  ethnic slur,  reference to william shakespeare,  f word,  jail,  three word title

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. This is why Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:irish american,  death of loved one,  ethnic slur,  boston massachusetts,  ambition,  loss of wife,  ex convict,  widower,  death of wife,  diner,  f word,  painting,  slow motion scene,  three word title,  cigarette smoking

The Fisher King (1991) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The Fisher King (1991)

After hearing a popular DJ rail against yuppies, a madman carries out a massacre in a popular New York bar. Dejected and remorseful, the DJ strikes up a friendship with Parry, a former professor who became unhinged and then homeless after witnessing his wife's violent death in the bar shooting. The DJ seeks redemption by helping Parry in his quest to recover an item that he believes is the Holy Grail and to win the heart of the woman he loves. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist
Story:reference to friedrich nietzsche,  loss of wife,  assault,  date,  death of wife,  break up,  three word title,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  flashback

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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant
Story:death of loved one,  loss of wife,  premarital sex,  date,  widower,  death of wife,  diner,  birthday,  painting

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. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:ex convict,  date,  apology,  child abuse,  jail,  birthday,  mirror,  coming of age,  flashback

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:professor,  friend
Story:reference to william shakespeare,  man with glasses,  apology,  f word,  jail,  birthday,  mirror,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  masturbation

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Sleeping With Other People (2015) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:teaching assistant,  assault,  break up,  apology,  f word,  jail,  slow motion scene,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  masturbation

The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:construction worker,  construction site,  assault,  premarital sex,  break up,  jail,  slow motion scene,  three word title,  character name in title,  flashback

Pi (1998)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Pi (1998)

Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that can be understood as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of that secret and attempt to seduce him.

Characters:professor,  friend
Story:mathematician,  mathematical equation,  mathematics,  genius,  mirror,  cigarette smoking

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My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)

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

Locations:restaurant
Story:shakespearean quotation,  genius,  flirting,  reference to william shakespeare,  apology,  birthday,  painting,  mirror,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  flashback

Terms Of Endearment (1983) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Comedy, Drama

Terms Of Endearment (1983)

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

Themes:cancer,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:professor,  friend
Story:moving,  loss of wife,  blockbuster,  flirting,  premarital sex,  date,  break up

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 Will Hunting (1997). (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:professor
Story:mathematician,  mathematics,  ex convict,  diner,  jail,  birthday,  cigarette smoking,  masturbation,  flashback

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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

Themes:friendship
Characters:professor
Story:genius,  loss of wife,  man with glasses,  slow motion scene,  three word title,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  flashback

We Are Your Friends (2015)
Drama, Music, Romance

We Are Your Friends (2015)

Cole is an aspiring DJ who spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:masturbation reference,  ambition,  apology,  diner,  birthday,  painting,  slow motion scene,  coming of age,  flashback

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  bar
Story:motivational,  job interview,  impersonation,  blockbuster,  ex convict,  premarital sex,  diner,  f word,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

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Antwone Fisher (2002)
Biography, Drama

Antwone Fisher (2002)

A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew.

Locations:restaurant
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:ex convict,  date,  child abuse,  jail,  character name in title,  flashback

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:friend
Story:reference to william shakespeare,  man with glasses,  apology,  diner,  f word,  jail,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  flashback

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:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend
Story:fear of failure,  break up,  apology,  baseball,  f word,  slow motion scene,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

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Proof (2005) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Drama, Mystery

Proof (2005)

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

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:mathematician,  mathematics,  genius,  birthday,  flashback

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:psychiatrist,  friend
Story:harvard university,  irish american,  ethnic slur,  boston massachusetts,  reference to william shakespeare,  date,  man with glasses,  diner,  orphan,  jail,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Odishon (1999)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:widower,  date,  death of wife,  child abuse,  mirror,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

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

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. This is why The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997). (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:psychiatrist,  friend
Story:vietnam veteran,  impersonation,  reference to william shakespeare,  date,  break up,  apology,  child abuse,  f word,  birthday,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  coming of age,  flashback

The Social Network (2010) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Biography, Drama

The Social Network (2010)

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:friend
Story:harvard,  harvard university,  genius,  lecture,  job interview,  ambition,  class differences,  break up,  apology,  slow motion scene,  three word title,  cigarette smoking

Antitrust (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Antitrust (2001)

This movie is the fictional story of computer programming genius Milo Hoffman after graduating from Stanford and getting out into the competitive world of computer software. In his contemplation of where to begin his career, he is contacted by Gary Winston whose character is loosely based on Bill Gates. Winston is the CEO of a company called NURV, and they are on the brink of completing the global communication's system, Synapse. They need Hoffman to help them meet their launch date, so after much thought and with the full support of his girlfriend Alice, he accepts the job. Tragedy soon after strikes and Milo becomes suspicious of the company he has been wrapped up in. He learns that trusting anyone could be a mistake, and that nothing is as it seems. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:genius,  date,  construction site,  ex convict,  man with glasses,  painting

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Fever Pitch (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Fever Pitch (2005)

When relaxed and charming Ben Wrightman meets workaholic Lindsey Meeks she finds him sweet and charming, they hit it off and when it is winter Ben can spend every waking hour with Lindsey, but when summer comes around the corner Lindsey discovers Ben's obsession with the Boston Red Sox. She thinks it is perfect until everything goes downhill for them. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:boston red sox,  world series,  boston massachusetts,  date,  break up,  baseball

The Natural (1984)
Drama, Sport

The Natural (1984)

An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Story:world series,  motivational,  baseball,  diner,  slow motion scene,  flashback

Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. This is why Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997). (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:professor
Story:harvard,  ethnic slur,  boston massachusetts,  construction site,  f word,  mirror,  cigarette smoking

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The Believer (2001)
Drama

The Believer (2001)

"The Believer" explores a Jewish student's private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the Plot follows a morally confused young adult struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. "The Believer" examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing. It is a psychological examination into the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  restaurant
Story:reference to noam chomsky,  el train,  assault,  premarital sex,  jail,  slow motion scene,  flashback

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:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:harvard university,  ethnic slur,  janitor,  impersonation,  premarital sex,  date,  break up,  f word,  mirror,  cigarette smoking

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:friendship
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant
Characters:friend
Story:construction worker,  construction site,  premarital sex,  child abuse,  jail,  painting,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

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Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:cancer
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:construction worker,  construction site,  apology,  child abuse,  orphan,  jail,  birthday,  mirror,  cigarette smoking

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. This is why Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:job interview,  class differences,  premarital sex,  widower,  baseball,  slow motion scene,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:cancer
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:assault,  death of wife,  man with glasses,  apology,  f word,  birthday,  mirror,  cigarette smoking

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Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:el train,  ethnic slur,  ex convict,  orphan,  f word,  slow motion scene,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  masturbation

Patriots Day (2016) is one of the best movies like Good Will Hunting (1997)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  boston massachusetts,  man with glasses,  baseball,  diner,  f word,  slow motion scene,  cigarette smoking

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:friend
Story:community college,  little league,  playground,  child abuse,  baseball,  birthday,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  masturbation

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