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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:abortion, homelessness, drinking, money, suicide, friendship
Locations:elevator, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:musician, singer, secretary, professor, waitress, jewish, policeman, doctor, friend
Period:winter, 1960s
Story:folk singer, sleeping on a couch, lp recording, sleeping on the floor, recording studio, reading aloud, sociology professor, guitar player, guitar playing, lost cat, ginger cat, driving in snow, unwanted pregnancy, borrowing money, telephone call, reference to new orleans louisiana, reference to seattle washington, upper west side manhattan new york city, washington square manhattan new york city, reference to boston massachusetts

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:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician, singer, friend
Period:1960s
Story:recording studio, guitar player, guitar playing, telephone call, looking out a window, reference to elvis presley, guitarist, listening to music, recording, record player, sleeping, uncle nephew relationship, reading, microphone, little boy, eating, telephone, guitar, cafe, reference to god

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

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

Themes:homelessness, drinking, friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant
Characters:musician, singer, friend
Story:telephone call, washington square manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, classical music, guitarist, pursuit, liar, microphone, search, subway, eating, concert, manhattan new york city, guitar, cafe, lie, drink, food, rain, pregnancy

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:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:professor, jewish, policeman, singer, friend
Story:reading aloud, telephone call, reference to ulysses, greenwich village manhattan new york city, penis slur, in medias res, boxer shorts, recording, record player, pursuit, key, chicago illinois, search, apology, subway, wine, flashlight, manhattan new york city, telephone, reference to jesus christ

High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

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

Themes:drinking, money, suicide
Locations:elevator
Characters:policeman, doctor
Story:in medias res, stairway, hit in the face, cane, kicking, classical music, listening to music, recording, record player, sleeping, no opening credits, apology, eating, wine, police car, flashlight, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, lie, drink

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman, singer, friend
Story:telephone call, applause, pursuit, audition, pay phone, microphone, apology, diner, eating, police car, telephone, reference to jesus christ, cafe, reference to god, sunglasses, drink, food, underwear, beating, song

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

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:musician, singer, friend
Story:guitar player, guitar playing, telephone call, reference to bob dylan, title appears in writing, guitarist, listening to music, recording, record player, reading, pay phone, microphone, eating, concert, telephone, guitar, bus, drink, food, underwear

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all. (Read More)

Themes:money, suicide
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:musician, singer
Story:lp recording, folk singer, telephone call, reference to bob dylan, reference to elvis presley, contract, snowing, fog, guitarist, listening to music, recording, reading, microphone, search, concert, telephone, guitar, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, sunglasses

Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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:drinking, money
Locations:elevator
Characters:jewish, singer, doctor, friend
Story:reading aloud, telephone call, circular staircase, stairway, classical music, listening to music, recording, applause, record player, sleeping, pursuit, liar, apology, concert, telephone, sunglasses, lie, arrest, drink, pregnancy

I'm Not There. (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

I'm Not There. (2007)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:elevator, restaurant, bar
Characters:jewish, singer, musician
Period:1960s
Story:folk singer, telephone call, greenwich village manhattan new york city, circular staircase, folk music, men's bathroom, hitchhiking, guitarist, recording, applause, record player, microphone, subway, eating, concert, wine, manhattan new york city, guitar, reference to jesus christ, cafe

Detroit Rock City (1999)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians. This is why Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:elevator, restaurant, bar
Characters:jewish, policeman, singer, friend
Story:telephone call, reference to elvis presley, listening to music, recording, record player, pay phone, liar, microphone, apology, concert, wine, guitar, handcuffs, cafe, lie, drink, underwear, beating, song, chase

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:homelessness, drinking, money, friendship
Characters:policeman, singer, doctor, friend
Story:telephone call, listening to a car radio, looking out a window, boxer shorts, couch, guitarist, listening to music, sleeping, uncle nephew relationship, pursuit, storytelling, liar, apology, eating, cooking, guitar, reference to jesus christ, lie, arrest, drink

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, suicide
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:waitress, musician, policeman, singer, friend
Story:telephone call, filling station, guitarist, listening to music, recording, record player, reading, storytelling, pay phone, microphone, gas station, search, apology, diner, eating, concert, police car, flashlight, sunglasses, arrest

Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:jewish, musician, singer, doctor, friend
Story:recording studio, telephone call, contract, guitarist, applause, sleeping, microphone, apology, eating, manhattan new york city, telephone, guitar, sunglasses, arrest, drink, food, song, crying, singing, title spoken by character

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman, doctor, friend
Story:reading aloud, telephone call, penis slur, contract, sleeping, pursuit, apology, little boy, subway, wine, police car, manhattan new york city, telephone, reference to jesus christ, cafe, reference to god, lie, drink, punched in the face, rain

The Soloist (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 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). (Read More)

Themes:homelessness, drinking, friendship
Locations:elevator, snow, bar
Characters:musician, policeman, singer, friend
Story:telephone call, men's bathroom, snowing, listening to music, sleeping, storytelling, pay phone, liar, concert, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, lie, drink, cat, underwear, beating, song, crying, brother sister relationship, singing

The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:abortion, drinking, money, suicide, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman, singer, doctor, friend
Story:men's bathroom, stairway, alley, contract, kicking, listening to music, uncle nephew relationship, pursuit, concert, police car, cafe, bus, drink, punched in the face, underwear, rain, beating, pregnancy, song, chase

Deception (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money
Locations:elevator, snow, bar
Characters:policeman, singer, friend
Story:telephone call, circular staircase, snowing, guitarist, liar, search, subway, eating, guitar, lie, drink, cat, punched in the face, food, underwear, rain, song, new york city, singing, photograph

Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:homelessness, drinking, money, friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:musician, policeman, singer, friend
Story:telephone call, fire escape, stairway, alley, snowing, pay phone, key, microphone, subway, eating, wine, manhattan new york city, guitar, reference to jesus christ, handcuffs, cafe, drink, black comedy, food, rain

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

Across The Universe (2007)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:professor, waitress, policeman, singer, friend
Period:winter, 1960s
Story:telephone call, washington square manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, fire escape, snowing, hitchhiking, guitarist, uncle nephew relationship, microphone, no opening credits, subway, concert, manhattan new york city, guitar, arrest, bus, punched in the face, rain, beating, pregnancy

The Iceman (2012) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. This is why The Iceman (2012) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:jewish, friend
Period:1960s
Story:contract, telephone call, penis slur, title appears in writing, pursuit, pay phone, apology, diner, wine, police car, manhattan new york city, telephone, reference to jesus christ, handcuffs, cafe, reference to god, sunglasses, arrest, bus, drink

A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:drinking
Locations:elevator, snow, restaurant
Characters:waitress, doctor
Story:telephone call, reference to boston massachusetts, reference to new jersey, cold the temperature, intercom, men's bathroom, stairway, reference to elvis presley, listening to music, sleeping, uncle nephew relationship, apology, little boy, telephone, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, sunglasses, drink, underwear, brother sister relationship

Ida (2013)
Drama

Ida (2013)

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, suicide
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:jewish, waitress, musician, singer
Period:1960s
Story:circular staircase, stairway, snowing, listening to music, recording, record player, microphone, gas station, search, apology, eating, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, drink, food, song, singing, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, suicide, friendship
Locations:elevator, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, policeman, singer, doctor, friend
Story:telephone call, contract, snowing, title appears in writing, recording, record player, uncle nephew relationship, pursuit, pay phone, no opening credits, apology, eating, flashlight, telephone, handcuffs, cafe, reference to god, arrest, drink, cat

Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:secretary, doctor, friend
Period:winter
Story:telephone call, cold the temperature, reference to elvis presley, uncle nephew relationship, reading, apology, eating, wine, cooking, telephone, reference to jesus christ, cafe, reference to god, drink, food, rain, pregnancy, crying, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Love & Mercy (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. This is why Love & Mercy (2014) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:jewish, musician, singer, doctor, friend
Period:1960s
Story:recording studio, telephone call, reference to elvis presley, boxer shorts, guitarist, listening to music, applause, sleeping, uncle nephew relationship, liar, microphone, apology, eating, concert, wine, telephone, guitar, reference to jesus christ, cafe, reference to god

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:drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:singer, friend
Story:reading aloud, telephone call, listening to music, audition, apology, eating, wine, telephone, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, sunglasses, lie, bus, drink, food, pregnancy, song, crying, singing, photograph

Taking Woodstock (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:money
Locations:bar
Characters:jewish, musician, policeman
Period:1960s
Story:telephone call, reference to bob dylan, recording, record player, microphone, eating, concert, wine, flashlight, telephone, guitar, food, underwear, rain, brother sister relationship, new york city, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Characters:singer, musician, doctor
Period:1960s
Story:recording studio, year 1961, contract, cane, guitarist, applause, liar, microphone, concert, manhattan new york city, guitar, reference to god, sunglasses, lie, arrest, bus, drink, rain, pregnancy, song

The Company You Keep (2012)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:professor, policeman, friend
Story:telephone call, reference to the new york times, filling station, backpack, pursuit, liar, gas station, chicago illinois, subway, diner, eating, manhattan new york city, telephone, reference to jesus christ, handcuffs, cafe, sunglasses, lie, arrest, food

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system. This is why The Life Of David Gale (2003) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). (Read More)

Themes:homelessness, drinking, suicide
Locations:snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:professor, waitress, policeman
Story:telephone call, filling station, mail, men's bathroom, pay phone, key, gas station, diner, reference to jesus christ, handcuffs, cafe, condom, drink, rain, crying, chase, new york city, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

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

Hair (1979)

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

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:policeman, singer, friend
Period:1960s
Story:u.s. soldier, boxer shorts, microphone, gas station, little boy, eating, manhattan new york city, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, sunglasses, bus, drink, food, underwear, pregnancy, song, crying, new york city, singing, title spoken by character

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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:drinking, friendship
Locations:elevator
Characters:jewish, friend
Story:sociology professor, telephone call, penis slur, looking out a window, stairway, classical music, storytelling, apology, eating, telephone, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, lie, bus, drink, cat, black comedy, food, song, crying

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman, singer, doctor
Story:reading aloud, telephone call, in medias res, looking out a window, listening to music, reading, liar, search, apology, little boy, eating, wine, police car, telephone, handcuffs, sunglasses, lie, drink, food, rain

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Crime, Drama, Music

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:musician, policeman, singer, friend
Story:telephone call, men's bathroom, microphone, police car, reference to jesus christ, cafe, reference to god, arrest, drink, punched in the face, underwear, rain, beating, pregnancy, song, crying, three word title, singing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

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. This is why Big Eyes (2014) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:friend
Period:1960s
Story:sleeping on a couch, telephone call, mail, men's bathroom, hit in the face, listening to music, pursuit, pay phone, liar, key, microphone, apology, eating, wine, telephone, reference to jesus christ, cafe, reference to god, sunglasses, lie

La Grande Bellezza (2013) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (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:drinking, money, suicide, friendship
Locations:elevator
Characters:singer, friend
Story:sleeping on the floor, telephone call, boxer shorts, guitarist, applause, liar, key, microphone, no opening credits, apology, little boy, eating, guitar, sunglasses, lie, arrest, drink, food, rain, song

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romance

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Adam ('Tom Hiddleston' (qv)), an underground musician, reunites with his lover for centuries ('Tilda Swinton' (qv)) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by his wild and uncontrollable little sister ('Mia Wasikowska' (qv)). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, suicide
Characters:musician, singer, doctor, friend
Story:guitar player, guitar playing, telephone call, looking out a window, guitarist, listening to music, recording, applause, record player, sleeping, reading, microphone, police car, flashlight, telephone, guitar, reference to jesus christ, sunglasses, drink, song

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:drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:elevator, restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, policeman, doctor, friend
Story:mail, telephone call, intercom, circular staircase, stairway, driving a car, applause, pursuit, key, search, apology, eating, police car, telephone, cafe, lie, arrest, bus, drink, cat

The Master (2012)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Themes:drinking
Locations:elevator
Characters:policeman, singer, doctor
Story:reading aloud, telephone call, penis slur, u.s. soldier, looking out a window, applause, sleeping, pursuit, storytelling, microphone, apology, eating, flashlight, telephone, reference to jesus christ, handcuffs, reference to god, lie, arrest, drink

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. This is why The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, suicide, friendship
Locations:elevator, restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman, friend
Story:telephone call, penis slur, men's bathroom, hit in the face, title appears in writing, kicking, boxer shorts, applause, pay phone, microphone, no opening credits, apology, subway, eating, police car, manhattan new york city, telephone, reference to jesus christ, handcuffs, cafe

Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. (Read More)

Themes:abortion, drinking, money, suicide
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:filling station, kicking, listening to music, gas station, little boy, cooking, flashlight, telephone, reference to god, bus, drink, cat, black comedy, underwear, rain, beating, pregnancy, song, crying, brother sister relationship

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:policeman, friend
Period:winter
Story:reading aloud, telephone call, cold the temperature, looking out a window, hit in the face, snowing, listening to music, recording, record player, reading, liar, subway, eating, police car, flashlight, lie, arrest, drink, cat, food

Once (2007)
Drama, Music, Romance

Once (2007)

An unnamed guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer/songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An unnamed girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her Mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets girl and they get to know each other as the girl helps the guy put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the guy and the girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician, singer, friend
Story:recording studio, guitarist, telephone call, contract, listening to music, recording, pay phone, guitar, cafe, bus, food, singing, song, crying, chase, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

The Fifth Estate (2013) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Fifth Estate (2013)

The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:secretary, policeman, friend
Story:telephone call, penis slur, circular staircase, u.s. soldier, snowing, backpack, applause, liar, apology, little boy, eating, telephone, reference to jesus christ, cafe, reference to god, lie, arrest, drink, cat, food

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

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:drinking, money
Locations:snow
Period:winter
Story:telephone call, looking out a window, cane, boxer shorts, backpack, hitchhiking, listening to music, applause, sleeping, little boy, eating, telephone, sunglasses, drink, punched in the face, food, underwear, rain, crying, brother sister relationship

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:money, drinking
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, policeman
Story:telephone call, contract, listening to music, pursuit, storytelling, apology, eating, flashlight, telephone, reference to jesus christ, handcuffs, cafe, reference to god, sunglasses, lie, drink, punched in the face, black comedy, food, rain

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:money, drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:elevator, snow, restaurant
Characters:singer, doctor, friend
Story:telephone call, in medias res, snowing, title appears in writing, kicking, recording, pay phone, subway, eating, flashlight, manhattan new york city, cafe, sunglasses, drink, food, rain, beating, pregnancy, song, crying

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, suicide
Locations:snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:jewish, singer
Period:1960s
Story:toilet stall, men's bathroom, reference to elvis presley, alley, title appears in writing, audition, wine, manhattan new york city, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, drink, punched in the face, black comedy, pregnancy, song, brother sister relationship, new york city, singing, photograph, cigarette smoking

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Comedy, Drama

The Squid And The Whale (2005)

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

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:elevator, restaurant
Characters:professor, policeman, singer, doctor, friend
Story:guitar player, telephone call, guitarist, listening to music, recording, record player, reading, liar, microphone, no opening credits, subway, eating, cooking, guitar, cafe, lie, condom, drink, cat, food

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