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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:writing,  poetry,  obsession,  loneliness,  anger,  memory,  magic,  filmmaking,  escape,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:museum,  france,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school,  restaurant
Characters:boy,  mermaid,  french,  filmmaker,  actress,  artist,  thief,  writer,  photographer,  actor,  musician,  dancer,  policeman,  girl,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:mechanical man,  automaton,  theatre audience,  french filmmaking,  dream within a dream within a dream,  orphan,  mechanical dragon,  mechanical,  doberman pinscher,  movie poster,  3d glasses,  sense of time,  guard dog,  clock tower,  wind up toy,  toy soldier,  toy store,  traveling circus,  hiding place,  smelling a flower,  flower seller,  history of cinema,  boy girl relationship,  falling in love,  railway station,  toy,  movie theatre,  seine river,  key,  book seller,  running away,  child in peril,  wearing clothes in a bathtub,  magic act,  large format camera,  movie camera,  magic trick,  silent filmmaking,  tween girl,  paris france,  train engine,  train derailment,  train wreck,  train conductor,  fire breathing dragon,  train tracks,  house fire,  subjective camera,  secret,  little girl,  little boy,  train,  telephone call,  based on book,  dog in love,  foot chase,  reference to the lumiere brothers,  godfather goddaughter relationship,  reference to douglas fairbanks,  reference to georges melies,  reference to hal roach,  reference to harold lloyd,  standing on a chair,  death of uncle,  reference to buster keaton,  listening at a door,  hand cranked,  film academy,  purpose in life,  arc de triomphe,  bass fiddle,  reference to jules verne,  shoe heel,  reference to rudolph valentino,  broken chair,  year 1895,  wind up,  oil can,  film historian,  wicker basket,  film restoration,  film preservation,  footlights,  reference to london england,  gears,  armoire,  celluloid,  clockmaker,  ovation,  climbing a wall,  destroying property,  dieselpunk,  reel,  long underwear,  antiquarian,  railroad tracks,  trampled,  notre dame cathedral,  innovator,  crank,  clockwork,  jazz combo,  eiffel tower,  croissant,  magician's assistant,  post world war one,  illustration,  war injury,  nightshirt,  looking through a keyhole,  auteur,  cupboard,  lock pick,  tools,  picking a lock,  dachshund,  slide,  presentation,  newsstand,  memento,  pastry,  screen,  repairman,  leg brace,  dreamer,  dead parents,  fake beard,  scavenger,  reference to charlie chaplin,  doberman,  silent movie,  movie projector,  dead brother,  oil lamp,  street kid,  steam,  gala,  sideshow,  ink,  shopkeeper,  3 d,  mausoleum,  muse,  card trick,  spectator,  overhead shot,  tantrum,  wrench,  spotlight,  kiss on the cheek,  hook,  merry go round,  loudspeaker,  apprentice,  pen,  lobster,  enigma,  collection,  cinematographer,  limp,  carousel,  vault,  carpenter,  entertainer,  collector,  film studio,  ashes,  industry,  pocket watch,  show business,  falling,  film projector,  flask,  film clip,  eiffel tower paris,  machine,  spiral staircase,  forename as title,  saving a life,  notebook,  being followed,  steampunk,  holding hands,  music band,  poster,  bonfire,  lantern,  note,  snowing,  pet dog,  capture,  film set,  bookstore,  drunk,  sketch,  laughter,  3d,  makeup,  3 dimensional,  wizard,  child's point of view,  inventor,  gypsy,  guard,  following someone,  embarrassment,  clock,  orchestra,  orphanage,  ladder,  audience,  time,  wristwatch,  watching a movie,  hiding,  magician,  happiness,  breaking and entering,  fame,  cage,  film history,  entertainment,  applause,  poem,  circus,  trust,  poet,  world war one,  acting,  flower,  cinema,  uncle nephew relationship,  stage,  sadness,  pursuit,  teenage girl,  scream,  reading,  statue,  passion,  uniform,  film director,  prologue,  author,  library,  grave,  theater,  theatre,  graveyard,  search,  photography,  bath,  drawing,  no opening credits,  child,  montage,  old man,  name in title,  newspaper,  teenage boy,  telephone,  river,  robot,  cafe,  dead body,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  cat,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  police officer,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  death,  flashback,  dog,  police

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

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cemetery,  school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  musician,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:theatre audience,  movie theatre,  little boy,  telephone call,  based on book,  death of uncle,  flask,  music band,  audience,  uncle nephew relationship,  sadness,  teenage girl,  reading,  graveyard,  drawing,  montage,  teenage boy,  telephone,  cafe,  running,  tears,  book,  secret,  drink,  dream,  crying,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback

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

The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  obsession,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:actor,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:time,  magician,  theatre audience,  stage,  magic trick,  little girl,  little boy,  magician's assistant,  oil lamp,  limp,  carousel,  entertainer,  show business,  notebook,  steampunk,  poster,  lantern,  makeup,  wizard,  inventor,  guard,  audience,  fame,  cage,  entertainment,  applause,  trust,  theater,  theatre,  graveyard,  no opening credits,  montage,  old man,  cafe,  dead body,  secret,  drink,  cat,  police officer,  corpse,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback,  police

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  escape,  friendship
Locations:museum,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow
Characters:writer,  boy,  french,  artist,  thief,  policeman,  girl,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:author,  subjective camera,  little boy,  telephone call,  foot chase,  wicker basket,  pastry,  merry go round,  carousel,  flask,  spiral staircase,  saving a life,  being followed,  lantern,  snowing,  guard,  following someone,  ladder,  audience,  time,  watching a movie,  hiding,  poem,  cinema,  pursuit,  teenage girl,  reading,  statue,  uniform,  grave,  theater,  bath,  drawing,  no opening credits,  montage,  old man,  orphan,  newspaper,  telephone,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  secret,  arrest,  cat,  police officer,  corpse,  crying,  train,  chase,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death,  police,  flashback

The Artist (2011) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Artist (2011)

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  filmmaking,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:actress,  girl,  artist,  photographer,  actor,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:theatre audience,  industry,  falling in love,  movie theatre,  silent filmmaking,  screen,  spotlight,  kiss on the cheek,  film studio,  falling,  film projector,  machine,  saving a life,  poster,  laughter,  orchestra,  ladder,  watching a movie,  fame,  film history,  applause,  acting,  sadness,  statue,  film director,  search,  photography,  montage,  newspaper,  telephone,  cafe,  running,  tears,  drink,  camera,  slow motion scene,  crying,  fire,  dancing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  dog

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. This is why Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drunkenness,  drinking,  love,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  school,  restaurant
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:train conductor,  train tracks,  little girl,  telephone call,  newsstand,  merry go round,  carousel,  saving a life,  embarrassment,  applause,  uncle nephew relationship,  scream,  prologue,  graveyard,  drawing,  newspaper,  river,  cafe,  tears,  secret,  drink,  camera,  rescue,  crying,  train,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  flashback,  death

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:filmmaker,  actress,  writer,  photographer,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:theatre audience,  telephone call,  based on book,  kiss on the cheek,  falling,  film projector,  watching a movie,  applause,  trust,  pursuit,  passion,  film director,  name in title,  telephone,  cafe,  running,  drink,  camera,  police officer,  crying,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  police,  death,  flashback

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:obsession,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Characters:photographer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:boy girl relationship,  movie theatre,  tween girl,  subjective camera,  little girl,  little boy,  telephone call,  based on book,  loudspeaker,  falling,  snowing,  child's point of view,  watching a movie,  toy,  breaking and entering,  sadness,  teenage girl,  reading,  key,  library,  search,  bath,  drawing,  child,  teenage boy,  running,  tears,  drink,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  dog

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The Libertine (2004) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Drama, Romance

The Libertine (2004)

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

Themes:writing,  poetry,  drunkenness,  drinking,  love,  friendship
Characters:french,  actress,  artist,  thief,  writer,  actor,  dancer,  friend
Story:theatre audience,  falling in love,  presentation,  ink,  lantern,  clock,  embarrassment,  orchestra,  audience,  applause,  poem,  poet,  stage,  sadness,  teenage girl,  passion,  prologue,  theater,  theatre,  teenage boy,  drink,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  dog

Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

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

Themes:writing,  poetry,  drunkenness,  drinking,  love
Locations:snow
Characters:french,  actress,  writer,  actor,  musician,  dancer,  girl,  boy
Story:ink,  spotlight,  audience,  hiding,  applause,  poet,  flower,  pursuit,  prologue,  author,  theatre,  child,  dead body,  death of father,  book,  arrest,  drink,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  death,  dog

Super 8 (2011)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Super 8 (2011)

SPOILER: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. This is why Super 8 (2011) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  memory,  filmmaking,  escape,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow
Characters:filmmaker,  actress,  actor,  girl,  boy
Story:child in peril,  movie camera,  train derailment,  railroad tracks,  memento,  repairman,  movie projector,  pet dog,  child's point of view,  railway station,  time,  watching a movie,  acting,  teenage girl,  scream,  film director,  grave,  graveyard,  no opening credits,  train,  teenage boy,  tears,  secret,  arrest,  camera,  rescue,  crying,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

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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. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking,  love
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  dancer,  policeman,  boy
Story:theatre audience,  subjective camera,  telephone call,  overhead shot,  time,  wristwatch,  cage,  uncle nephew relationship,  stage,  prologue,  theatre,  drawing,  montage,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  slow motion scene,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog,  death,  flashback,  police

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
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:anger,  memory,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:france,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:movie theatre,  paris france,  telephone call,  loudspeaker,  watching a movie,  hiding,  flower,  uncle nephew relationship,  pursuit,  teenage girl,  reading,  key,  grave,  old man,  newspaper,  teenage boy,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  chase,  explosion,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  dog,  flashback,  police,  death

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:loneliness,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:actress,  actor,  dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:telephone call,  overhead shot,  audience,  watching a movie,  happiness,  sadness,  teenage girl,  grave,  theatre,  graveyard,  child,  teenage boy,  telephone,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  secret,  drink,  dream,  crying,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback

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La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  obsession,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:museum
Characters:actress,  artist,  writer,  actor,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:subjective camera,  little girl,  little boy,  telephone call,  overhead shot,  kiss on the cheek,  applause,  trust,  poet,  sadness,  statue,  passion,  key,  theater,  theatre,  no opening credits,  montage,  river,  book,  arrest,  drink,  slow motion scene,  crying,  voice over narration,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  dog,  flashback

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." This is why O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  anger,  escape,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician
Period:1930s
Story:movie theatre,  little girl,  little boy,  dieselpunk,  railroad tracks,  screen,  oil lamp,  entertainer,  pocket watch,  music band,  poster,  guard,  audience,  watching a movie,  entertainment,  applause,  stage,  pursuit,  scream,  grave,  search,  old man,  river,  secret,  rescue,  crying,  train,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  dog

Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)

During WWII in England, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent to live with Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch. Charlie blackmails Miss Price that if he is to keep her practices a secret, she must give him something, so she takes a bedknob from her late father's bed and places the "famous magic traveling spell" on it, and only Paul can activate it. Their first journey is to a street in London where they meet Emelius Browne, headmaster of Miss Price's witchcraft training correspondence school. Miss Price tells him of a plan to find the magic words for a spell known as Substitutiary Locomotion, which brings inanimate objects to life. This spell will be her work for the war effort. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  anger
Locations:school,  museum
Characters:musician,  dancer,  boy
Story:apprentice,  magic trick,  tween girl,  book,  secret,  little girl,  little boy,  based on book,  oil lamp,  spectator,  hook,  entertainer,  show business,  notebook,  music band,  poster,  laughter,  audience,  time,  toy,  magician,  entertainment,  applause,  pursuit,  scream,  uniform,  library,  search,  child,  old man,  orphan,  running,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  explosion,  dancing,  death

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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,  magic,  escape,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:france,  bathtub
Characters:french,  artist,  writer,  musician,  dancer,  policeman,  boy,  friend
Story:3d glasses,  magic trick,  paris france,  telephone call,  collection,  inventor,  magician,  breaking and entering,  bath,  drawing,  old man,  telephone,  river,  death of father,  running,  book,  drink,  dream,  voice over narration,  fire,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  police,  flashback

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:poetry,  memory
Locations:snow
Characters:writer,  dancer
Period:1930s
Story:telephone call,  falling,  bonfire,  lantern,  poem,  reading,  orphan,  newspaper,  telephone,  river,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  cat,  slow motion scene,  dream,  crying,  fire,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  dog,  flashback,  death

The Doors (1991)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  anger,  memory,  drunkenness
Locations:france,  bathtub,  cemetery,  school
Characters:filmmaker,  artist,  photographer,  actor,  musician
Story:movie camera,  paris france,  little girl,  little boy,  spotlight,  entertainer,  film clip,  bonfire,  lantern,  pet dog,  audience,  time,  watching a movie,  fame,  entertainment,  poet,  cinema,  stage,  grave,  theater,  tears,  arrest,  camera,  police officer,  crying,  fire,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  police,  flashback

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Frankenweenie (2012) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
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. This is why Frankenweenie (2012) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011). (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Characters:girl,  boy,  friend
Story:movie camera,  little girl,  little boy,  screen,  movie projector,  3 d,  notebook,  poster,  pet dog,  3 dimensional,  audience,  watching a movie,  applause,  stage,  scream,  grave,  search,  drawing,  running,  tears,  secret,  cat,  rescue,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dog,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death

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,  escape,  drinking
Locations:museum,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  girl,  friend
Story:theatre audience,  telephone call,  death of uncle,  memento,  kiss on the cheek,  bookstore,  wristwatch,  applause,  trust,  pursuit,  theatre,  montage,  old man,  newspaper,  telephone,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  arrest,  drink,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death

The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

Brothers - older Stephen and three years junior Bloom - have been con artists since they were kids. Stephen is the mastermind, for who the intricacy of the story used in the con is as important as the positive outcome of the swindle. Bloom is the main character of Stephen's stories, the character he considers the anti-hero. As adults, they travel the world and never enlist the same people twice in their cons, except for their consistent sidekick, the mysterious and primarily silent Bang Bang, a Japanese woman who just appeared in their lives one day and who has a penchant for blowing things up. As Bloom hits his mid-thirties, he wants to quit the business as he is losing his own identity to that of the characters he portrays; he doesn't know anymore what is real and what is make-believe. Stephen talks him into one last con, the mark to be the eccentric, lonely but beautiful New Jersey heiress, Penelope Stamp. Penelope's primary past-time in life is to, as she calls it, "borrow hobbies": when she sees something she likes, she learns how to do it solely through reading books. As the brothers go through their final con on Penelope, three main problems may occur to thwart the plan. First, the brothers' former mentor and now arch enemy, Diamond Dog, may exact his long awaited revenge on the brothers. Second, Penelope may end up being more unpredictable than all their former marks. And third, Bloom, who has let love slip by in his life, may fall for Penelope. But through the process, no one ever really knows who is conning who. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drinking,  love,  friendship
Locations:museum
Characters:french,  thief,  photographer,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:falling in love,  telephone call,  card trick,  spotlight,  flask,  notebook,  capture,  time,  pursuit,  reading,  statue,  prologue,  theatre,  drawing,  child,  montage,  running,  book,  secret,  drink,  camera,  cat,  slow motion scene,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  dog,  flashback,  police

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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:writing,  poetry,  obsession,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:french,  thief,  writer,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:telephone call,  saving a life,  time,  breaking and entering,  poem,  poet,  pursuit,  key,  prologue,  author,  library,  search,  telephone,  tears,  book,  secret,  arrest,  drink,  cat,  crying,  voice over narration,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  police

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004)

Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancee to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:museum,  france,  bathtub,  cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:french,  girl,  thief,  photographer,  boy,  friend
Story:seine river,  paris france,  subjective camera,  telephone call,  war injury,  carpenter,  ashes,  pocket watch,  spiral staircase,  film set,  world war one,  sadness,  teenage girl,  passion,  graveyard,  search,  bath,  child,  orphan,  teenage boy,  cafe,  dead body,  death of father,  tears,  drink,  camera,  cat,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  explosion,  photograph,  death,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  flashback

Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994)

Karol (Polish) marries Domininque (French) and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself in Warsaw he begins to plot... This is why Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:france,  cemetery,  snow
Characters:french,  thief,  friend
Story:paris france,  telephone call,  reference to charlie chaplin,  card trick,  holding hands,  guard,  hiding,  statue,  passion,  key,  grave,  graveyard,  old man,  river,  dead body,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback,  police

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Tsotsi (2005)
Crime, Drama

Tsotsi (2005)

In Johannesburg, a small time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car. However, whilst driving, Tsotsi finds that there is a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:artist,  thief,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:falling in love,  train tracks,  subjective camera,  following someone,  railway station,  time,  happiness,  breaking and entering,  sadness,  old man,  newspaper,  teenage boy,  running,  tears,  drink,  crying,  train,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog,  flashback,  police,  death

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:poetry,  obsession,  memory,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school
Characters:girl,  photographer,  dancer,  policeman
Story:toy store,  subjective camera,  little girl,  little boy,  telephone call,  saving a life,  being followed,  note,  following someone,  ladder,  hiding,  breaking and entering,  poem,  pursuit,  teenage girl,  reading,  search,  no opening credits,  montage,  teenage boy,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  drink,  camera,  police officer,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  police,  flashback,  dog

Cache (2005) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cache (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  memory,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:france,  school
Characters:writer,  policeman,  boy,  friend
Story:movie theatre,  seine river,  paris france,  subjective camera,  telephone call,  bookstore,  orphanage,  time,  wristwatch,  trust,  reading,  author,  search,  drawing,  child,  teenage boy,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  secret,  camera,  dream,  crying,  chase,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  dog

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Before Sunset (2004)
Drama, Romance

Before Sunset (2004)

Early thirty-something American Jesse Wallace is in a Paris bookstore, the last stop on a tour to promote his best selling book, This Time. Although he is vague to reporters about the source material for the book, it is about his chance encounter nine years earlier on June 15-16, 1994 with a Parisienne named Celine, and the memorable and romantic day and evening they spent together in Vienna. At the end of their encounter at the Vienna train station, which is also how the book ends, they, not providing contact information to the other, vowed to meet each other again in exactly six months at that very spot. As the media scrum at the bookstore nears its conclusion, Jesse spots Celine in the crowd, she who only found out about the book when she earlier saw his photograph promoting this public appearance. Much like their previous encounter, Jesse and Celine, who is now an environmental activist, decide to spend time together until he is supposed to catch his flight back to New York, this time only being about an hour. Beyond the issue of the six month meeting, what has happened in their lives in the intervening nine years, and their current lives, they once again talk about their philosophies of life and love, this time with the knowledge of their day together and how it shaped what has happened to them. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  anger,  memory,  magic,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:france,  cemetery,  school,  restaurant
Characters:french,  writer,  photographer,  dancer,  policeman
Story:seine river,  paris france,  book,  notre dame cathedral,  eiffel tower paris,  bookstore,  time,  happiness,  sadness,  reading,  passion,  author,  photography,  train,  cafe,  running,  cat,  dream,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  flashback,  death

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

2 Days In Paris (2007)

2 Jours - 2 Days follows two days in the relationship of a New York based couple - a French photographer Marion and American interior designer Jack - as they attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance by taking a vacation in Europe. Their trip to Venice didn't really work out, - they both came down with gastroenteritis. They have higher hopes for Paris. But the combination of Marion's overbearing non-English-speaking parents, flirtatious ex-boyfriends, and Jack's obsession with photographing every famous Parisian tombstone and conviction that French condoms are too small, only adds fuel to the fire. Will they be able to salvage their relationship? Will they ever have sex again? Or will they merely manage to perfect the art of arguing? This is why 2 Days In Paris (2007) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  anger,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:french,  artist,  thief,  writer,  photographer,  dancer,  friend
Story:wind up toy,  paris france,  eiffel tower paris,  holding hands,  statue,  montage,  cafe,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  cat,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  flashback,  dog

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:anger,  escape,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:thief,  photographer
Story:child in peril,  little girl,  foot chase,  lock pick,  leg brace,  lantern,  following someone,  wristwatch,  scream,  prologue,  grave,  graveyard,  drawing,  orphan,  telephone,  river,  death of father,  tears,  secret,  arrest,  camera,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  police officer,  corpse,  train,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  flashback,  police,  death

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One Hour Photo (2002) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  loneliness,  anger,  memory,  drunkenness
Mood:nightmare
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  photographer
Story:running away,  photography,  little boy,  repairman,  being followed,  pet dog,  time,  watching a movie,  toy,  breaking and entering,  uncle nephew relationship,  scream,  key,  theatre,  no opening credits,  child,  cafe,  running,  tears,  book,  secret,  arrest,  camera,  police officer,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  flashback,  police,  death

The Pink Panther (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

The Pink Panther (2006)

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery. (Read More)

Locations:france
Characters:thief,  photographer,  musician,  policeman
Story:seine river,  paris france,  foot chase,  arc de triomphe,  gala,  ink,  spectator,  eiffel tower paris,  notebook,  being followed,  orchestra,  applause,  scream,  uniform,  newspaper,  river,  running,  camera,  police officer,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  chase,  dancing,  death,  police,  flashback,  dog

La Migliore Offerta (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

La Migliore Offerta (2013)

In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert, known and appreciated by the world. Oldman is hired by a solitary young heiress, Claire Ibbetson, to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her parents. For some reason, Claire always refuses to be seen in person. Robert aids Oldman in restoring and reassembling some odd mechanical parts he finds amongst Claire's belongings, while also giving him advice on how to befriend her and deal with his feelings towards her. Also a friend of Oldman, Billy Whistler helps him to acquire a secret private collection of master paintings. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  memory,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:artist,  writer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  reference to jules verne,  reference to london england,  automaton,  mechanical,  kiss on the cheek,  enigma,  collection,  bookstore,  ladder,  hiding,  happiness,  sadness,  statue,  key,  prologue,  search,  bath,  montage,  telephone,  cafe,  book,  secret,  drink,  crying,  train

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Mortdecai (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance

Mortdecai (2015)

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. This is why Mortdecai (2015) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  escape,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  dancer,  policeman
Story:doberman pinscher,  guard dog,  falling in love,  paris france,  telephone call,  foot chase,  doberman,  overhead shot,  kiss on the cheek,  bonfire,  laughter,  ladder,  time,  pursuit,  library,  no opening credits,  old man,  telephone,  dead body,  running,  book,  arrest,  drink,  rescue,  corpse,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  police,  dog,  flashback,  death

Evita (1996) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking,  drinking,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:actress,  photographer,  dancer,  girl
Period:1930s
Story:theatre audience,  movie theatre,  movie camera,  industry,  railway station,  watching a movie,  fame,  stage,  teenage girl,  film director,  montage,  newspaper,  cafe,  death of father,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  death

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

The Witches (1990)

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

Themes:anger,  magic,  escape
Locations:snow,  school,  restaurant
Characters:boy,  policeman,  girl,  friend
Story:child in peril,  subjective camera,  little girl,  little boy,  based on book,  foot chase,  pastry,  notebook,  laughter,  audience,  hiding,  cage,  applause,  stage,  pursuit,  scream,  uniform,  search,  drawing,  child,  orphan,  death of father,  running,  tears,  cat,  rescue,  police officer,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police

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Youth (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Youth (2015)

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cemetery
Characters:french,  filmmaker,  actress,  photographer,  actor,  musician,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:falling in love,  subjective camera,  telephone call,  orchestra,  wristwatch,  applause,  film director,  prologue,  grave,  montage,  newspaper,  telephone,  camera,  dream,  train,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death

Beginners (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Beginners (2010)

It's 2003. Thirty-eight-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal Fields to cancer, after Oliver's mother Georgia Fields passed away five years earlier. Oliver is naturally a sullen man due to his growing up relationships with his parents (his mother who had a unique view on life) and watching his parents' cordial but somewhat distant relationship with each other, but is more so now because of his personal family losses. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life during that time, will show Oliver how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a joie de vivre that did not exist before, which included an open relationship with a much younger man named Andy. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including Anna's own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver needing to take care of who was originally Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier, Arthur. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  memory,  drinking,  love,  friendship
Characters:french,  actress,  artist,  actor,  dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:telephone call,  fake beard,  card trick,  holding hands,  note,  bookstore,  makeup,  time,  watching a movie,  happiness,  trust,  sadness,  reading,  library,  drawing,  no opening credits,  montage,  old man,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  secret,  drink,  crying,  voice over narration,  photograph,  dancing,  death,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  dog

Fantasia 2000 (1999) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

In this update of Disney's masterpiece film mixture of animation and music, new interpretations of great works of music are presented. It begins with an abstract battle of light and darkness set to the music of Beethoveen's Fifth Symphony. Then we see the adventures of a Humpback Whale calf and his pod set to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the humourous story of several lives in 1930's New York City, scored with "Rhapsody in Blue." Following is a musical telling of the fairy tale, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Then a goofy Flamingo causes havoc in his flock with his yo-yo to the tune of the finale of "Carnival of the Animals." This is followed by the classic sequence from the original film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Mickey Mouse and followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" starring Donald Duck as a harried assistant to Noah on his Ark. Finally, we see the awesome tale of the life, death and renewal of a forest in a sequence featuring the composition, "The Firebird." This is why Fantasia 2000 (1999) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  magic
Locations:snow
Characters:artist,  actor,  musician,  dancer
Period:1930s
Story:magic trick,  subjective camera,  little girl,  trampled,  jazz combo,  apprentice,  ashes,  pet dog,  laughter,  clock,  embarrassment,  railway station,  orchestra,  toy,  magician,  sadness,  scream,  search,  drawing,  newspaper,  river,  cafe,  running,  tears,  book,  cat,  rescue,  police officer,  crying,  train,  fire,  chase,  dancing,  dog,  death

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Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  memory,  escape,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:photographer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:time,  paris france,  subjective camera,  telephone call,  street kid,  falling,  clock,  hiding,  applause,  flower,  sadness,  pursuit,  key,  prologue,  search,  newspaper,  telephone,  cafe,  dead body,  death of father,  running,  tears,  secret,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  cat,  slow motion scene,  police officer,  corpse,  crying,  chase,  photograph,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  dog,  flashback

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

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

Themes:writing,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  love
Locations:france,  bathtub,  school,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  policeman,  girl
Period:1930s
Story:time,  running away,  child in peril,  train tracks,  saving a life,  watching a movie,  happiness,  stage,  teenage girl,  reading,  passion,  author,  library,  search,  bath,  cafe,  dead body,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  rescue,  dream,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  dog,  police,  flashback,  death

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

Across The Universe (2007)

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

Themes:escape,  drunkenness,  love,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:artist,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:theatre audience,  guard dog,  falling in love,  telephone call,  repairman,  loudspeaker,  music band,  poster,  snowing,  sketch,  drunk,  time,  circus,  uncle nephew relationship,  sadness,  theatre,  drawing,  no opening credits,  montage,  newspaper,  running,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  police officer,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  death

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Seraphim Falls (2006) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  escape,  drinking
Locations:snow
Characters:thief,  musician,  girl,  boy
Story:house fire,  subjective camera,  little boy,  foot chase,  railroad tracks,  industry,  music band,  snowing,  pursuit,  teenage girl,  prologue,  search,  river,  dead body,  running,  tears,  drink,  slow motion scene,  corpse,  crying,  train,  fire,  chase,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. This is why The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  memory,  escape,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school,  bathtub,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  writer,  policeman,  friend
Story:telephone call,  based on book,  listening at a door,  audience,  time,  wristwatch,  breaking and entering,  applause,  poem,  poet,  stage,  dream,  pursuit,  teenage girl,  key,  prologue,  teenage boy,  telephone,  cafe,  running,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  slow motion scene,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  death,  police

Le Violon Rouge (1998)
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Le Violon Rouge (1998)

In present day Montreal, a famous Nicolo Bussotti violin, known as "the red violin," is being auctioned off. During the auction, we flash back to the creation of the violin in 17th century Italy, and follow the violin as it makes its way through an 18th century Austrian monastery, a violinist in 19th century Oxford, China during the Cultural Revolution, and back to Montreal, where a collector tries to establish the identity and the secrets of "the red violin." (Read More)

Themes:writing,  obsession,  anger
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:french,  thief,  musician
Story:collector,  gypsy,  orchestra,  orphanage,  pursuit,  passion,  prologue,  library,  graveyard,  child,  orphan,  telephone,  dead body,  running,  secret,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death

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Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:magic,  escape,  friendship
Characters:mermaid,  boy
Period:1930s
Story:child in peril,  subjective camera,  steampunk,  3d,  3 dimensional,  child's point of view,  guard,  orphanage,  statue,  key,  prologue,  search,  no opening credits,  orphan,  river,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  death

Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like Hugo (2011)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  obsession,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  writer,  photographer,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Story:movie poster,  child in peril,  telephone call,  based on book,  note,  watching a movie,  wristwatch,  teenage girl,  prologue,  search,  montage,  newspaper,  teenage boy,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  book,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death

Annie (1982)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical

Annie (1982)

In the depths of the 1930's, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves which put Annie in great danger. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  girl
Period:1930s
Story:movie theatre,  tween girl,  little girl,  foot chase,  forename as title,  child's point of view,  orphanage,  time,  uniform,  orphan,  running,  drink,  crying,  chase,  dancing,  character name in title,  one word title,  police,  dog

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