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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Drama, Family

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

In Bedridge, Professor Parker Wilson finds an abandoned dog at the train station and takes it home with the intention of returning the animal to its owner. He finds that the dog is an Akita and names it Hachiko. However, nobody claims the dog so his family decides to keep Hachi.

Themes:memory,  funeral,  wedding,  jealousy,  christmas,  friendship,  love
Mood:tearjerker
Locations:shed,  storm,  japan,  kitchen,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school
Characters:japanese,  baby,  dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:remake of japanese film,  akita,  french poodle,  dog cage,  locked in a cage,  puppy,  what happened to epilogue,  animal licking someone,  shared bath,  loyalty,  human animal relationship,  newspaper reporter,  polaroid camera,  remake of asian film,  animal in title,  wedding photograph,  character's point of view camera shot,  wedding reception,  school report,  boy dog relationship,  subjective camera,  master dog relationship,  hot dog vendor,  dog pound,  lost dog,  talking to a dog,  music professor,  dog's point of view,  baseball on tv,  playing fetch,  change of seasons,  watching through a window,  baggage handler,  station master,  dog lover,  reference to christopher columbus,  animal's point of view,  barbecue grill,  art restoration,  hot dog stand,  reference to thomas edison,  tripping and falling,  commuter,  doghouse,  rhode island,  barking,  butcher shop,  dog movie,  motivational,  skunk,  poodle,  street vendor,  bride and groom,  reference to shakespeare's hamlet,  waiting,  gravestone,  college professor,  train tracks,  epilogue,  ballerina,  bell,  popcorn,  fence,  stairway,  photo album,  poster,  snowing,  bookstore,  ball,  interracial friendship,  mobile phone,  remote control,  wind,  death of friend,  railway station,  told in flashback,  slow motion,  cage,  grandmother grandson relationship,  applause,  grandfather grandson relationship,  pickup truck,  black american,  heart attack,  reference to william shakespeare,  death of husband,  sleeping,  class,  ballet,  pianist,  flowers,  champagne,  based on short story,  suburb,  flash forward,  theatre,  foreign language adaptation,  bath,  coffin,  animal,  widow,  montage,  newspaper,  classroom,  piano,  death of father,  apostrophe in title,  bed,  tears,  beer,  camera,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  airplane,  remake,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  punctuation in title,  telephone call,  based on true story,  dancing,  african american,  dog,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  sex scene,  flashback,  death,  kiss

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:memory,  funeral,  wedding,  jealousy
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow
Characters:boy,  baby,  student,  teacher
Story:shared bath,  widow,  snowing,  heart attack,  death of husband,  class,  pianist,  flash forward,  bath,  coffin,  classroom,  piano,  tears,  camera,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss

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Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:memory,  funeral
Locations:cemetery
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  friend
Story:what happened to epilogue,  bride and groom,  stairway,  bookstore,  remote control,  grandmother grandson relationship,  applause,  grandfather grandson relationship,  sleeping,  flash forward,  theatre,  montage,  newspaper,  death of father,  tears,  computer,  airplane,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  wedding,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  cemetery
Characters:baby,  dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:wedding reception,  photo album,  death of husband,  flowers,  champagne,  flash forward,  theatre,  widow,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  computer,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback,  death

August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
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:jealousy,  friendship,  love
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:wind,  black american,  class,  pianist,  flowers,  theatre,  piano,  tears,  beer,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss

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

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. This is why Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  love,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  school
Characters:baby,  dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:what happened to epilogue,  gravestone,  death of husband,  sleeping,  flash forward,  widow,  montage,  piano,  tears,  beer,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  flashback,  death

Frankenweenie (2012)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-fi

Frankenweenie (2012)

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Characters:baby,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:french poodle,  dog movie,  gravestone,  bell,  popcorn,  fence,  poster,  ball,  applause,  class,  suburb,  coffin,  classroom,  tears,  cat,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  dog,  husband wife relationship,  death

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:jealousy,  friendship,  love
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  school
Characters:dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:shared bath,  gravestone,  train tracks,  remote control,  applause,  sleeping,  class,  newspaper,  classroom,  bed,  tears,  beer,  camera,  watching tv,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  dancing,  sex scene,  kiss,  death,  flashback

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Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:storm
Characters:friend
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  watching through a window,  poster,  puppy,  wind,  sleeping,  ballet,  newspaper,  tears,  camera,  computer,  airplane,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog

Efter Brylluppet (2006)
Drama

Efter Brylluppet (2006)

Jacob Pederson lives in shanty surroundings in Bombay, India, and assists in the running of Anand Orphanage and School. He had attempted a number of projects to assist orphans, including child prostitutes - all quite in vain. He has adopted a young male orphan, Pramod, and takes special care of him. With growing pressure on the facilities, which is on the verge bankruptcy, the orphanage receives an offer of funding from wealthy Danish citizen, Jorgen, which may put an end to its problems. In order to obtain the money, Jacob must travel to Copenhagen, meet with Jorgen, get financial assistance, and be back to celebrate Pramod's 8th birthday. He sets forth, is received by Christian Refner, an employee and future son-in-law of Jorgen. Jacob is shown all possible courtesy and even housed in a posh apartment. He subsequently meets with Jorgen, shows him video-tapes and submits that a few Kroner could really save several lives which would otherwise succumb to minor illnesses and infections. Jorgen views the videos, but does not display much interest. He invites Jacob to attend his daughter's wedding. Jacob does attend the ceremony, is introduced to Helene, Jorgen's wife; the bride, Anna; and Jorgen's twins - Martin and Morten. After the wedding ceremony, Christian makes a speech. Quite unconventionally, Anna also decides to make a speech - it is this speech that will shatter Jacob's world, slowly make him realize that this invitation to Copenhagen was a ploy to not only ensnare him but also prevent him from returning to India. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  funeral,  jealousy
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:shared bath,  character's point of view camera shot,  wedding reception,  subjective camera,  photo album,  grandmother grandson relationship,  death of husband,  class,  bath,  coffin,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  flashback,  kiss

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. This is why Gifted (2017) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:photo album,  applause,  pickup truck,  black american,  sleeping,  class,  montage,  classroom,  piano,  beer,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

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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:memory,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  girl,  teacher,  friend
Story:bookstore,  pickup truck,  black american,  sleeping,  class,  flash forward,  montage,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  computer,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback

Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:wedding reception,  death of friend,  death of husband,  flash forward,  coffin,  death of father,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  telephone call,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death,  dog

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

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

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

Themes:memory,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy,  friend
Story:epilogue,  popcorn,  stairway,  interracial friendship,  black american,  class,  flowers,  flash forward,  montage,  classroom,  death of father,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  crying,  telephone call,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  dog,  death

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

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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

Themes:christmas,  friendship,  love
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:dancer,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:what happened to epilogue,  shared bath,  subjective camera,  college professor,  puppy,  slow motion,  class,  montage,  classroom,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? This is why Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship,  love
Locations:japan,  bathtub
Characters:japanese,  baby,  dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:shared bath,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  sleeping,  flash forward,  bath,  death of father,  tears,  airplane,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  flashback

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

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

Themes:funeral,  jealousy,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:remote control,  grandfather grandson relationship,  pickup truck,  class,  champagne,  flash forward,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  camera,  watching tv,  computer,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  flashback,  dog,  death

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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)

Locations:storm,  kitchen
Characters:baby,  dancer,  boy
Story:mobile phone,  grandmother grandson relationship,  heart attack,  flash forward,  animal,  montage,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  camera,  airplane,  rain,  crying,  punctuation in title,  telephone call,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  kiss

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:memory
Locations:snow
Characters:baby,  dancer,  student
Story:fence,  wind,  grandmother grandson relationship,  sleeping,  newspaper,  bed,  tears,  cat,  airplane,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death,  flashback

Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  love
Locations:storm,  bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:baby,  dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:animal in title,  wedding reception,  heart attack,  death of husband,  class,  flash forward,  coffin,  classroom,  piano,  death of father,  bed,  tears,  cat,  computer,  airplane,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  dog

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The Soloist (2009) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. This is why The Soloist (2009) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). (Read More)

Themes:friendship,  love
Locations:snow
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:what happened to epilogue,  newspaper reporter,  subjective camera,  epilogue,  snowing,  black american,  sleeping,  flowers,  flash forward,  newspaper,  tears,  cat,  airplane,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  family relationships,  flashback

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)

Themes:jealousy,  love
Characters:baby,  girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:subjective camera,  reference to shakespeare's hamlet,  stairway,  applause,  reference to william shakespeare,  death of husband,  class,  flowers,  champagne,  flash forward,  death of father,  bed,  pregnancy,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  flashback,  death

Proof (2005)
Drama, Mystery

Proof (2005)

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

Themes:funeral,  love,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  snow
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:college professor,  snowing,  mobile phone,  remote control,  class,  champagne,  flash forward,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback,  death

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The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Themes:memory,  jealousy,  love
Locations:storm,  bathtub,  cemetery,  school
Characters:baby,  boy
Story:train tracks,  stairway,  wind,  grandmother grandson relationship,  black american,  sleeping,  class,  flowers,  suburb,  flash forward,  bath,  coffin,  newspaper,  classroom,  piano,  tears,  cat,  airplane,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death,  kiss,  dog

Imagine Me & You (2005) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Imagine Me & You (2005)

Rachel is a nice girl who is going to marry with Hector ('Heck'), her longtime boyfriend. While she is working in the wedding preparations she meets Luce, wedding's florist, unexpectedly falling in love to her and discovering what is having love feeling to another woman. Unable to stop her Rachel meets Luce a few times hiding it to her family, specially her mother Tessa because she contracted Luce. At the same time that Heck tries to win the affection of his parents-in-law, above all the eccentric father-in-law Ned, Rachel tries following with the daily life and marriage with her husband, but the love and passion she feels for Luce causes a secret affair between both women, and a doubt in Rachel about the life she wants for herself. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  love,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:wedding reception,  bride and groom,  epilogue,  champagne,  newspaper,  tears,  computer,  airplane,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog

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

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. This is why The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:kitchen,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  fence,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  newspaper,  tears,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog

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Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:memory,  funeral,  wedding,  jealousy,  christmas,  friendship
Characters:baby,  friend
Story:death of friend,  flowers,  champagne,  suburb,  coffin,  tears,  beer,  watching tv,  computer,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

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

Themes:wedding,  jealousy,  christmas,  love,  friendship
Locations:storm,  snow
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:subjective camera,  fence,  wind,  loyalty,  applause,  death of husband,  sleeping,  coffin,  widow,  piano,  tears,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  kiss,  death

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)

The first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 'Blue' is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  funeral,  love
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  stairway,  death of husband,  pianist,  flowers,  coffin,  widow,  piano,  tears,  cat,  watching tv,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  dog

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Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy
Story:gravestone,  snowing,  flowers,  flash forward,  bath,  computer,  pregnancy,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  death

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? This is why Die Welle (2008) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:subjective camera,  applause,  class,  theatre,  montage,  newspaper,  classroom,  tears,  camera,  computer,  rain,  crying,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  friendship,  love
Locations:kitchen,  school
Characters:baby,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:wedding photograph,  character's point of view camera shot,  bed,  subjective camera,  camera,  photo album,  mobile phone,  sleeping,  flash forward,  montage,  airplane,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  sex scene,  kiss,  flashback

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Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
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:memory,  funeral,  wedding,  christmas,  love,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school
Characters:dancer,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:heart attack,  class,  flash forward,  newspaper,  classroom,  bed,  tears,  beer,  cat,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  flashback,  kiss

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:memory,  jealousy,  love,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  fence,  stairway,  remote control,  slow motion,  sleeping,  pianist,  bath,  widow,  piano,  death of father,  bed,  watching tv,  telephone call,  dancing,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback,  death

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

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

Themes:memory,  friendship,  love
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school
Characters:boy,  dancer,  girl,  friend
Story:railway station,  subjective camera,  train tracks,  poster,  snowing,  bookstore,  cage,  applause,  theatre,  bath,  montage,  newspaper,  death of father,  tears,  camera,  cat,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  death,  flashback,  dog

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Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara (2002)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara (2002)

After winning a custody battle for her daughter, Yoshimi tries to make a new start. The apartment she moves into seems perfect at first. Soon though, strange things begin happening. Huge water stains appear on the ceiling and drip constantly, more liquid oozing into the rooms every day. She calls the landlord in but he refuses to do anything about it. A child's red bag shows up in odd places and soon the child herself starts appearing. Yoshimi then discovers the origin of the ghost... This is why Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara (2002) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). (Read More)

Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:subjective camera,  poster,  slow motion,  class,  flash forward,  bath,  classroom,  tears,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  flashback

An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:kitchen,  cemetery,  snow,  school
Characters:dancer,  student,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:snowing,  reference to william shakespeare,  class,  flowers,  champagne,  suburb,  montage,  classroom,  tears,  camera,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  dog

The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Notebook (2004)

In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story for an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and handsome, proposes. Meanwhile Noah buys and restores the old house and many people want to buy it. When Allie accidentally sees the photo of Noah and his house in a newspaper, she feels divided between her first love and her commitment with Lon. Meanwhile Duke stops reading to the old lady since his children are visiting him in the nursing home. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  wedding,  love,  friendship
Mood:tearjerker
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  student,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:waiting,  class,  newspaper,  motivational,  popcorn,  photo album,  death of friend,  told in flashback,  heart attack,  pianist,  bath,  widow,  classroom,  piano,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  rain,  crying,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  sex scene,  death,  flashback,  kiss

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

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

Themes:memory,  wedding,  jealousy,  christmas,  friendship,  love
Locations:school,  snow
Characters:student,  teacher,  baby,  dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:waiting,  wedding reception,  bride and groom,  class,  newspaper,  classroom,  tears,  camera,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  kiss

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:kitchen,  school
Characters:dancer,  girl
Story:animal in title,  subjective camera,  fence,  poster,  sleeping,  suburb,  tears,  beer,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  dog

Click (2006) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Click (2006)

Michael Newman (Sandler) is a hard working family man, who must please his boss (Hasselhoff), in order to get promoted. Problem is he gets less time with his family, and wishes for a remote in which he can control his life. This soon comes true for Newman, when he meets Morty (Walken), a crazy sales clerk, who has the ultimate remote. A remote in which he can do anything, including muting, skipping and dubbing his life. He finds this to be the opportunity in which he can not only skip every argument, but also skip to his promotion. He sees this as a good idea, until the remote goes horribly wrong. This is why Click (2006) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  jealousy,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:japanese,  baby,  dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:remote control,  bath,  wedding reception,  bed,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  heart attack,  suburb,  flash forward,  death of father,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  flashback,  kiss,  death

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Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

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

Themes:memory,  funeral,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:remote control,  grandmother grandson relationship,  sleeping,  class,  flowers,  suburb,  bath,  coffin,  classroom,  tears,  beer,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  sex scene,  death,  flashback

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  love
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  girl
Story:lost dog,  doghouse,  fence,  applause,  black american,  sleeping,  class,  flowers,  flash forward,  montage,  classroom,  tears,  beer,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  dog

Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  jealousy,  christmas,  love,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:baby,  friend
Story:subjective camera,  bride and groom,  wind,  death of friend,  railway station,  grandmother grandson relationship,  applause,  grandfather grandson relationship,  flowers,  coffin,  montage,  newspaper,  tears,  cat,  airplane,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  dog

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The Messenger (2009) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Drama, Romance, War

The Messenger (2009)

While on a recent deployment to Iraq, US Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery is injured when an improvised explosive device goes off within close proximity to him. He is back in the States recovering from the more serious of those injuries, including one to his eye and leg. He has resumed a sexual relationship with his long time girlfriend Kelly, despite the fact that she is now engaged to another man who Will knows. With the few months Will has left in his enlistment, the army assigns him to the Casualty Notification Team in his area. Not having a background in counseling, psychology or grief management, he is unsure if he is well suited to this job. He is partnered with a career soldier, Captain Tony Stone, who teaches Will the precise protocol involved in the job. Tony tells Will, who quickly learns by on the job experience, that this job has its own dangers. As Will learns to adapt to the range of emotions of the next of kin, he is unprepared for the reaction of Olivia Pitterson, whose husband was killed in Iraq. His initial encounter with Olivia leads to him wanting to get to know her better, which may not be in either her or his best interest. Despite being a recovering alcoholic, the more experienced Tony tries to guide Will as best he can under their collective circumstances. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  funeral,  wedding,  friendship
Locations:kitchen
Characters:baby,  boy
Story:wedding reception,  watching through a window,  black american,  death of husband,  pianist,  flowers,  coffin,  piano,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. This is why Bronson (2008) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). (Read More)

Themes:love
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  dancer,  student,  teacher,  boy
Story:subjective camera,  cage,  suburb,  theatre,  montage,  bed,  tears,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  sex scene,  death,  dog,  flashback,  kiss

Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Music, Romance

Billy Elliot (2000)

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

Themes:christmas,  friendship,  love
Locations:school,  bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:teacher,  dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:ballet,  class,  fence,  snowing,  slow motion,  grandmother grandson relationship,  pianist,  bath,  montage,  classroom,  piano,  tears,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

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Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  love
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  girl,  teacher
Story:subjective camera,  college professor,  ballerina,  pianist,  widow,  piano,  bed,  tears,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  kiss,  dog

The Last Kiss (2006) is one of the best movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Last Kiss (2006)

Michael and Jenna, having been a couple for three years, want to get married and start a family. These plans seem to be well on their way when Jenna announces that she's pregnant. But Michael is worried that his life and his youth will be over for good. At a wedding of a friend, he meets a free-spirited college co-ed, Kim, who opens his eyes and leads him on a dangerous path away from Jenna. Meanwhile, none of the relationships of the people surrounding Michael and Jenna are happy and stable. Michael's friend Izzy is unwilling to let go of his childhood sweetheart Arianna; Kenny is a handsome stud who fears commitment to his latest conquest Danielle; and Chris is a co-worker who is dominated by his neurotic and overbearing wife over raising their newborn son. Even Jenna's parents, Stephen and Anna, are experiencing problems in their long-suffering marriage. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  jealousy,  friendship
Characters:baby,  friend
Story:wedding reception,  champagne,  coffin,  death of father,  tears,  watching tv,  airplane,  remake,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

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:wedding,  friendship
Characters:girl,  boy,  friend
Story:french poodle,  what happened to epilogue,  wedding photograph,  talking to a dog,  poodle,  poster,  champagne,  suburb,  flash forward,  montage,  newspaper,  tears,  camera,  watching tv,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  kiss

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