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Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:starvation,  hunting,  forgiveness,  affair,  freedom,  dying,  adoption,  poetry,  illness,  unfaithfulness,  grief,  guilt,  nature,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:canyon,  alaska,  slum,  tunnel,  storm,  campfire,  mexico,  cave,  lake,  sea,  farm,  woods,  desert,  boat,  snow,  forest,  church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:american,  waitress,  dancer,  policeman,  singer,  teenager
Period:winter,  1990s
Story:border patrol,  georgia usa,  hoover dam,  grand canyon,  fairbanks alaska,  graduation present,  college graduation,  atlanta georgia,  tractor trailer,  border checkpoint,  time clock,  border crossing,  grizzly bear,  stage performance,  search for truth,  fishing pole,  pick up truck,  lake mead,  northern california,  salton sea,  topless girl,  colorado river,  river crossing,  river rapids,  acoustic guitar,  guitar player,  nude swimming,  piano player,  scoped rifle,  man against nature,  man vs nature,  back to nature,  abandoned bus,  alcoholic drink,  police arrest,  horse and wagon,  washing a car,  cable car,  girl in underwear,  teenage girl in underwear,  car chase,  following a dream,  train depot,  jumping onto a train,  freight train,  los angeles california,  burning money,  girl in panties,  topless female nudity,  based on book,  nipples visible through clothing,  starving to death,  chapterwise storytelling,  character lies about age,  reference to tolstoy,  reference to thoreau,  reference to jack london,  reference to joni mitchell,  new year's resolution,  riding the rails,  jet stream,  neo luddism,  writing in sand,  graduate school,  life savings,  flashback within a flashback,  reference to lord byron,  flash flood,  true life adventure,  gull,  individuation,  shivers,  permit,  handicrafts,  soft focus,  parting,  north america,  root,  college graduate,  naked outdoors,  stocking cap,  losing weight,  chest hair,  pull ups,  badlands,  illegitimate daughter,  bigamist,  south dakota,  new beginning,  irrigation,  multiple narrators,  wheat,  ravine,  license plate,  aerial,  kayaking,  carving,  chapters,  cheque,  grain,  hot spring,  anti conformity,  icicle,  patrol,  encampment,  guard dog,  sit ups,  introspection,  food poisoning,  backpacking,  speaker,  kayak,  washington state,  water skiing,  motivational,  year 1992,  oil lamp,  prairie,  year 1990,  howling,  false name,  duplicity,  tramp,  nudism,  emaciation,  illegitimate son,  moose,  sleeping bag,  wisdom,  remote,  metropolis,  leaving home,  reference to george w. bush,  identity crisis,  paddle,  flora,  fauna,  family history,  camper,  year 1991,  harvest,  check,  rock climbing,  scandinavian girl,  canal,  shopping cart,  materialism,  mortality,  overhead camera shot,  chapter headings,  in medias res,  natural breasts,  bagpipes,  schizophrenic,  hobo,  hypocrite,  breast,  dumpster,  plan,  entertainer,  wet t shirt,  speedboat,  older man younger man relationship,  belt,  crab,  windmill,  apartheid,  taking off shirt,  palm tree,  marching band,  georgia,  virginia,  eagle,  listening to radio,  bum,  dam,  credit card,  crystal,  teasing,  sickness,  fast food,  solitude,  laundromat,  cattle,  film clip,  bee,  jukebox,  journal,  canoe,  whale,  farming,  drifter,  graduation,  private investigator,  fast motion scene,  playing cards,  satellite,  rocket,  nasa,  plant,  death of protagonist,  brushing teeth,  owl,  siren,  growing up,  bonfire,  lens flare,  divorcee,  puppy,  note,  trailer,  barbecue,  border,  deer,  highway,  arizona,  self discovery,  laughter,  co worker,  nipple,  charity,  hippie,  backpack,  thunder,  diving,  barefoot,  mexican,  apple,  naked woman,  hitchhiking,  cheating husband,  south africa,  hitchhiker,  home movie,  audience,  time,  loss,  wilderness,  spider,  beard,  exercise,  listening to music,  machete,  balloon,  wolf,  game,  shaving,  applause,  grandfather grandson relationship,  poem,  eyeglasses,  twenty something,  freeze frame,  subtitled scene,  death of son,  fireworks,  bear,  flower,  waterfall,  underwater,  domestic violence,  stage,  isolation,  split screen,  disappearance,  christmas tree,  diary,  university,  farmer,  lightning,  reading,  tent,  on the road,  death of wife,  mission,  poison,  pay phone,  fbi,  widower,  prologue,  microphone,  breaking the fourth wall,  argument,  skinny dipping,  gunshot,  pain,  bartender,  van,  journey,  search,  fishing,  bird,  nonlinear timeline,  fish,  snake,  truck,  map,  little boy,  diner,  bridge,  mountain,  topless,  california,  old man,  cooking,  road trip,  flashlight,  drug use,  f word,  swimming,  river,  guitar,  male pubic hair,  prayer,  piano,  cafe,  archive footage,  running,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  small town,  face slap,  blonde,  urination,  horse,  car,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  based on true story,  shower,  panties,  three word title,  chase,  knife,  singing,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  nipples,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  sex,  death,  violence,  police,  flashback,  fight,  blood,  nudity,  dog

Wild (2014)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Wild (2014)

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  nature,  memory,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:campfire,  lake,  woods,  desert,  snow,  forest,  bar
Characters:waitress,  singer
Period:winter,  1990s
Story:pick up truck,  back to nature,  based on book,  reference to joni mitchell,  new beginning,  oil lamp,  identity crisis,  in medias res,  listening to radio,  bonfire,  divorcee,  highway,  self discovery,  hippie,  backpack,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  audience,  wilderness,  stage,  isolation,  diary,  tent,  on the road,  pay phone,  microphone,  skinny dipping,  gunshot,  pain,  journey,  snake,  little boy,  diner,  bridge,  mountain,  california,  flashlight,  river,  male pubic hair,  prayer,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  bus,  horse,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  shower,  panties,  knife,  singing,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  flashback

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:poetry,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:bar
Characters:singer,  teenager
Story:stage performance,  guitar player,  alcoholic drink,  teenage girl in underwear,  following a dream,  los angeles california,  character lies about age,  false name,  leaving home,  older man younger man relationship,  graduation,  growing up,  barefoot,  cheating husband,  listening to music,  stage,  lightning,  reading,  on the road,  pay phone,  prologue,  microphone,  california,  road trip,  drug use,  swimming,  f word,  guitar,  running,  book,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  blonde,  urination,  car,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  based on true story,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  dying,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:campfire,  mexico,  cave,  desert,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress,  policeman
Story:border patrol,  river crossing,  piano player,  freight train,  cattle,  border,  mexican,  subtitled scene,  on the road,  pay phone,  gunshot,  van,  journey,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  map,  mountain,  old man,  cooking,  river,  prayer,  piano,  cafe,  running,  rifle,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  small town,  blonde,  horse,  underwear,  train,  telephone call,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  police,  blood,  death,  dog,  violence

Brokeback Mountain (2005) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:storm,  campfire,  mexico,  lake,  woods,  snow,  forest,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress,  dancer,  singer
Story:moose,  belt,  laundromat,  cattle,  jukebox,  farming,  thunder,  hitchhiking,  time,  wolf,  shaving,  fireworks,  bear,  farmer,  lightning,  tent,  pay phone,  breaking the fourth wall,  skinny dipping,  fishing,  little boy,  diner,  mountain,  cooking,  swimming,  river,  cafe,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  watching tv,  small town,  face slap,  horse,  rain,  beating,  crying,  train,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood,  flashback,  fight,  violence

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  illness
Locations:mexico,  snow,  bar
Characters:american,  policeman
Story:topless girl,  girl in panties,  topless female nudity,  hobo,  virginia,  note,  arizona,  nipple,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  listening to music,  poem,  christmas tree,  tent,  on the road,  journey,  search,  little boy,  diner,  topless,  california,  road trip,  river,  piano,  book,  bus,  urination,  car,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  panties,  three word title,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  nipples,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  death,  flashback,  police,  nudity

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
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:forgiveness,  dying,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Mood:nightmare
Locations:campfire,  desert,  snow,  beach,  bar
Characters:waitress,  dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:hitchhiker,  listening to music,  waterfall,  reading,  tent,  on the road,  pay phone,  prologue,  microphone,  search,  fishing,  fish,  truck,  diner,  road trip,  flashlight,  drug use,  swimming,  tears,  rifle,  book,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  blonde,  urination,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  knife,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  flashback,  sex,  police,  dog

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  dying,  grief,  nature,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Locations:storm,  campfire,  desert,  boat,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:windmill,  cattle,  thunder,  listening to music,  grandfather grandson relationship,  subtitled scene,  waterfall,  lightning,  tent,  mission,  poison,  widower,  prologue,  fishing,  bird,  fish,  truck,  old man,  swimming,  river,  guitar,  running,  rifle,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  slow motion scene,  horse,  rain,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  fight,  sex,  blood,  violence,  police,  dog

My Own Private Idaho (1991) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

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

Themes:grief,  guilt,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:campfire,  farm,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer,  teenager
Period:winter,  1990s
Story:washington state,  sleeping bag,  metropolis,  jukebox,  bonfire,  barefoot,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  home movie,  time,  poem,  twenty something,  fireworks,  tent,  on the road,  journey,  search,  nonlinear timeline,  fish,  truck,  drug use,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  rural setting,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  small town,  urination,  horse,  car,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  chase,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  bare chested male,  dog,  death,  sex,  police,  violence,  fight,  flashback

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:forgiveness,  grief,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:campfire,  boat,  church,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:nude swimming,  piano player,  nipples visible through clothing,  encampment,  windmill,  thunder,  beard,  eyeglasses,  subtitled scene,  death of son,  diary,  farmer,  tent,  death of wife,  widower,  skinny dipping,  gunshot,  map,  old man,  prayer,  piano,  running,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  drink,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  urination,  horse,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  train,  based on true story,  shower,  three word title,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  nudity,  violence,  fight,  dog,  flashback

Tell No One (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Tell No One (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:forgiveness,  unfaithfulness,  grief,  guilt,  memory,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:lake,  woods,  forest,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:american,  waitress,  policeman
Story:nude swimming,  highway,  deer,  diving,  applause,  death of son,  flower,  disappearance,  death of wife,  prologue,  skinny dipping,  van,  search,  nonlinear timeline,  drug use,  swimming,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  running,  tears,  rifle,  bare butt,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  horse,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  nudity,  police,  dog,  flashback,  fight,  violence,  blood

Black Snake Moan (2006)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  illness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:storm,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:topless girl,  girl in panties,  topless female nudity,  nipples visible through clothing,  naked outdoors,  guard dog,  tramp,  breast,  farming,  nipple,  naked woman,  farmer,  prologue,  bartender,  snake,  truck,  drug use,  guitar,  prayer,  cafe,  archive footage,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  slow motion scene,  small town,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  three word title,  singing,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  nipples,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare breasts,  nudity,  death,  blood,  fight,  dog,  violence,  flashback

Seraphim Falls (2006) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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:grief,  nature,  drinking,  money
Locations:storm,  campfire,  farm,  woods,  desert,  snow,  forest
Period:winter
Story:river rapids,  horse and wagon,  badlands,  encampment,  prairie,  loss,  wilderness,  waterfall,  farmer,  tent,  death of wife,  prologue,  gunshot,  pain,  search,  little boy,  mountain,  river,  prayer,  running,  tears,  rifle,  undressing,  drink,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  horse,  rain,  crying,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  chase,  knife,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  death

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

Big Fish (2003)

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

Themes:dying,  illness,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:storm,  campfire,  cave,  lake,  woods,  boat,  forest,  church
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:stage performance,  search for truth,  nude swimming,  piano player,  multiple narrators,  leaving home,  family history,  older man younger man relationship,  marching band,  bee,  growing up,  self discovery,  co worker,  barefoot,  spider,  wolf,  poem,  flower,  tent,  on the road,  pain,  journey,  fishing,  fish,  snake,  swimming,  river,  piano,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  small town,  car,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  nudity,  dog,  blood,  death,  flashback

Without A Paddle (2004)
Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

Without A Paddle (2004)

Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:campfire,  mexico,  cave
Characters:policeman,  singer
Story:grizzly bear,  river rapids,  guard dog,  washington state,  paddle,  canoe,  deer,  hippie,  home movie,  wilderness,  listening to music,  twenty something,  bear,  waterfall,  lightning,  pay phone,  prologue,  journey,  fishing,  fish,  map,  flashlight,  river,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  undressing,  drink,  slow motion scene,  small town,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  fire,  telephone call,  three word title,  chase,  knife,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  death,  police,  sex,  blood,  violence,  dog

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Themes:grief,  guilt,  memory,  marriage
Locations:storm,  sea,  woods,  desert,  forest,  church,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:waitress,  policeman
Story:guitar player,  piano player,  fast motion scene,  growing up,  barbecue,  thunder,  listening to music,  eyeglasses,  death of son,  flower,  waterfall,  reading,  gunshot,  pain,  journey,  search,  nonlinear timeline,  fish,  snake,  little boy,  bridge,  flashlight,  swimming,  river,  guitar,  prayer,  piano,  cafe,  running,  tears,  book,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  small town,  face slap,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  independent film,  dog,  fight,  police,  flashback,  death

The Lost City Of Z (2016) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  dying,  grief,  memory,  drinking
Locations:campfire,  cave,  boat,  church
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:river rapids,  based on book,  bagpipes,  canoe,  death of protagonist,  deer,  backpack,  thunder,  time,  applause,  poem,  eyeglasses,  subtitled scene,  death of son,  waterfall,  disappearance,  mission,  journey,  bird,  fish,  snake,  truck,  little boy,  map,  mountain,  swimming,  river,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  drink,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  horse,  rain,  dream,  teenage boy,  train,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare breasts,  flashback,  violence,  dog

The Mirror (1975)
Biography, Drama

The Mirror (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:dying,  poetry,  illness,  grief,  nature,  memory,  money
Locations:farm,  woods,  snow,  forest
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:winter
Story:bonfire,  poem,  reading,  bird,  nonlinear timeline,  swimming,  river,  archive footage,  running,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  rain,  dream,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  coming of age,  shower,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death,  nudity,  blood,  flashback

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:adoption,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:girl in panties,  based on book,  jukebox,  thunder,  home movie,  applause,  eyeglasses,  domestic violence,  pay phone,  microphone,  skinny dipping,  pain,  diner,  f word,  swimming,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  panties,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  blood,  death,  violence,  fight,  flashback,  sex,  nudity

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." (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:campfire,  farm,  woods,  forest,  church,  restaurant
Characters:american,  waitress,  singer
Story:acoustic guitar,  police arrest,  horse and wagon,  car chase,  nipples visible through clothing,  speaker,  oil lamp,  entertainer,  listening to radio,  cattle,  thunder,  hitchhiking,  audience,  applause,  stage,  farmer,  lightning,  on the road,  microphone,  gunshot,  journey,  search,  little boy,  old man,  river,  guitar,  prayer,  rural setting,  rifle,  small town,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  train,  fire,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  dog,  fight,  blood

Fish Tank (2009) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:lake
Characters:dancer,  teenager
Story:teenage girl in underwear,  girl in panties,  guard dog,  leaving home,  windmill,  thunder,  barefoot,  listening to music,  balloon,  fish,  cooking,  flashlight,  river,  running,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  urination,  horse,  car,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  train,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  nudity,  dog,  sex,  fight

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:freedom,  drunkenness,  marriage
Locations:snow,  church,  beach,  bar
Characters:waitress,  dancer,  policeman,  singer
Period:winter
Story:acoustic guitar,  police arrest,  chest hair,  patrol,  guard dog,  bum,  laundromat,  hippie,  apple,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  time,  beard,  death of son,  domestic violence,  university,  tent,  microphone,  breaking the fourth wall,  journey,  truck,  california,  drug use,  swimming,  guitar,  running,  rifle,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  urination,  rain,  beating,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  three word title,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  fight,  blood

The Shipping News (2001)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Themes:adoption,  memory,  drunkenness,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:storm,  campfire,  lake,  woods,  boat,  snow,  bar
Period:winter
Story:moose,  mortality,  thunder,  audience,  time,  underwater,  isolation,  lightning,  widower,  bartender,  search,  fishing,  bird,  fish,  map,  little boy,  diner,  bridge,  river,  rural setting,  tears,  small town,  rain,  dream,  crying,  panties,  three word title,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death

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:drinking,  money
Locations:snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  singer
Period:winter
Story:guitar player,  train depot,  in medias res,  backpack,  hitchhiking,  listening to music,  applause,  reading,  pay phone,  microphone,  search,  little boy,  diner,  cooking,  flashlight,  guitar,  cafe,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  three word title,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Sin Nombre (2009) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sin Nombre (2009)

Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events.

Locations:mexico,  boat,  church
Characters:teenager
Story:border patrol,  border crossing,  river crossing,  riding the rails,  border,  backpack,  mexican,  machete,  pay phone,  gunshot,  journey,  search,  map,  river,  undressing,  face slap,  car,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  train,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  dog,  violence,  death

The Wages Of Fear (1953)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Wages Of Fear (1953)

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Themes:starvation,  dying,  illness,  memory,  drinking,  money
Locations:canyon,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:american,  waitress,  dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:starving to death,  remote,  drifter,  siren,  spider,  shaving,  on the road,  truck,  bridge,  mountain,  cooking,  river,  guitar,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  shower,  knife,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  police,  death,  blood,  dog

The Giver (2014)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Giver (2014)

After The Ruin, a colorless equalitarian society is formed without memories and everyone follows rules established by the Chief Elder and the Elders. The population uses drugs to stay happy and on the day of the graduation, the teenagers leave their childhood and are assigned to a career chosen by the Elders. Jonas lives with his parents and has two best friends, Fiona and Asher, and he feels different from his friends. He is assigned to be the Receiver of Memories and he is trained by his mentor, The Giver, who gives memories of the world before The Ruin. Jonas learns emotions such as love and fear and the concept of family. When he discovers that the baby Gabriel that he loves as a brother will be eliminated, he decides to change his society but the Chief Elder will do anything to stop him. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:campfire,  sea,  woods,  desert,  snow
Period:winter
Story:aerial,  metropolis,  palm tree,  bee,  graduation,  puppy,  apple,  audience,  time,  loss,  applause,  waterfall,  stage,  lightning,  gunshot,  journey,  search,  bird,  map,  little boy,  mountain,  old man,  river,  piano,  running,  rural setting,  book,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  violence,  death

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:poetry,  illness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:jumping onto a train,  freight train,  riding the rails,  hobo,  fast motion scene,  highway,  hippie,  hitchhiking,  spider,  applause,  eyeglasses,  freeze frame,  on the road,  microphone,  nonlinear timeline,  california,  drug use,  guitar,  male pubic hair,  prayer,  piano,  cafe,  rifle,  bare butt,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  small town,  horse,  underwear,  rain,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  based on true story,  panties,  three word title,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  dog,  nudity,  sex

My Girl (1991) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  grief,  memory,  marriage
Locations:lake,  woods,  forest
Characters:american
Story:girl in panties,  camper,  shopping cart,  mortality,  teasing,  bee,  playing cards,  divorcee,  barbecue,  hippie,  time,  loss,  game,  applause,  poem,  fireworks,  widower,  microphone,  argument,  fishing,  fish,  little boy,  swimming,  river,  tears,  watching tv,  small town,  crying,  coming of age,  panties,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

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

Themes:hunting,  illness,  grief,  guilt,  nature,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Locations:storm,  farm,  woods,  snow,  church,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:piano player,  horse and wagon,  grain,  harvest,  thunder,  applause,  poem,  christmas tree,  farmer,  lightning,  prologue,  gunshot,  bridge,  swimming,  piano,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  horse,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  dog,  sex,  death,  violence

In Her Shoes (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  poetry,  grief,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Locations:snow,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:american,  waitress,  dancer
Story:multiple narrators,  mortality,  credit card,  playing cards,  puppy,  co worker,  balloon,  grandfather grandson relationship,  poem,  reading,  death of wife,  pay phone,  bartender,  search,  diner,  old man,  cafe,  tears,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  blonde,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  sex,  flashback,  death

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

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

Themes:dying,  illness,  grief,  guilt,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Locations:slum,  mexico,  woods,  snow,  forest,  church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:owl,  backpack,  spider,  death of son,  prologue,  microphone,  pain,  fish,  little boy,  cooking,  drug use,  cafe,  running,  tears,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  fight,  police,  death

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  unfaithfulness,  grief,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:desert,  snow,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:mortality,  schizophrenic,  siren,  time,  loss,  poem,  microphone,  gunshot,  pain,  bird,  nonlinear timeline,  little boy,  diner,  drug use,  swimming,  prayer,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  blood,  police,  flashback,  death

Grizzly Man (2005)
Biography, Documentary

Grizzly Man (2005)

A docudrama that centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell. He periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. He was killed, along with his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, by a rogue bear in October 2003. The films explores Treadwell's compassionate life as he found solace among these endangered animals. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  hunting,  nature,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:alaska,  storm,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:waitress
Story:grizzly bear,  man against nature,  motivational,  home movie,  wilderness,  bear,  reading,  fish,  california,  drug use,  swimming,  prayer,  running,  tears,  drink,  rain,  crying,  fire,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight

The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  infidelity
Locations:lake,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teenager
Period:1990s
Story:character lies about age,  older man younger man relationship,  jukebox,  fast motion scene,  brushing teeth,  backpack,  exercise,  listening to music,  grandfather grandson relationship,  freeze frame,  reading,  pay phone,  prologue,  bartender,  drug use,  swimming,  guitar,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  urination,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  train,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  bare chested male,  police,  dog,  sex

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. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow,  church,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  teenager
Story:based on book,  paddle,  hypocrite,  bum,  journal,  audience,  game,  applause,  poem,  stage,  diary,  lightning,  prologue,  journey,  diner,  drug use,  swimming,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  tears,  rifle,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  based on true story,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  sex,  blood,  fight,  death,  police

The Prestige (2006) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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:unfaithfulness,  grief,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:storm,  woods,  snow,  forest,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:american,  policeman
Story:horse and wagon,  flashback within a flashback,  oil lamp,  in medias res,  entertainer,  journal,  playing cards,  thunder,  audience,  loss,  wilderness,  applause,  stage,  diary,  lightning,  death of wife,  argument,  gunshot,  bird,  nonlinear timeline,  little boy,  mountain,  old man,  cafe,  drink,  small town,  horse,  rain,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  death,  police

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:dying,  guilt,  memory,  drinking,  money
Locations:storm,  campfire,  woods,  snow,  forest,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  singer
Story:older man younger man relationship,  journal,  plant,  eyeglasses,  diary,  lightning,  death of wife,  pay phone,  prologue,  gunshot,  nonlinear timeline,  bridge,  old man,  flashlight,  drug use,  f word,  prayer,  piano,  cafe,  running,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  horse,  dream,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  bare chested male,  fight,  death,  dog,  flashback,  blood

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,  memory,  drunkenness
Locations:cave,  desert,  beach,  bar
Characters:american,  singer
Story:police arrest,  los angeles california,  mortality,  entertainer,  palm tree,  film clip,  siren,  bonfire,  hippie,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  audience,  time,  beard,  domestic violence,  stage,  tent,  microphone,  breaking the fourth wall,  argument,  bartender,  bird,  nonlinear timeline,  little boy,  california,  drug use,  tears,  arrest,  watching tv,  urination,  crying,  fire,  panties,  knife,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  police,  death,  flashback,  sex,  nudity,  blood

A Single Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer
Story:nude swimming,  los angeles california,  sleeping bag,  older man younger man relationship,  listening to radio,  owl,  diving,  listening to music,  shaving,  eyeglasses,  twenty something,  subtitled scene,  flower,  isolation,  reading,  pay phone,  skinny dipping,  bartender,  california,  drug use,  swimming,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  car,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  nudity,  flashback,  dog,  blood,  death

The Rules Of Attraction (2002) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:snow,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:topless girl,  girl in panties,  topless female nudity,  soft focus,  multiple narrators,  brushing teeth,  lens flare,  nipple,  backpack,  machete,  freeze frame,  split screen,  prologue,  nonlinear timeline,  topless,  drug use,  guitar,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  blonde,  urination,  car,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  knife,  singing,  nipples,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  bare breasts,  dog,  nudity,  blood,  sex,  death,  flashback

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)

In Monroe, Tennessee, Hank Deerfield, an aging warrior, gets a call that his son, just back from 18 months' fighting in Iraq, is missing from his base. Hank drives to Fort Rudd, New Mexico, to search. Within a day, the charred and dismembered body of his son is found on the outskirts of town. Deerfield pushes himself into the investigation, marked by jurisdictional antagonism between the Army and local police. Working mostly with a new detective, Emily Sanders, Hank seems to close in on what happened. Major smuggling? A drug deal gone awry? Credit card slips, some photographs, and video clips from Iraq may hold the key. If Hank gets to the truth, what will it tell him? (Read More)

Themes:grief,  guilt,  drinking,  marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:mexico,  desert,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:camper,  credit card,  laundromat,  mexican,  shaving,  freeze frame,  death of son,  disappearance,  reading,  death of wife,  bartender,  search,  truck,  flashlight,  drug use,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  underwear,  dream,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  based on true story,  shower,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  dog,  fight,  flashback

Up In The Air (2009)
Drama, Romance

Up In The Air (2009)

Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Themes:dying,  unfaithfulness,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:boat,  snow,  church,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer
Story:following a dream,  overhead camera shot,  credit card,  backpack,  applause,  twenty something,  isolation,  split screen,  on the road,  van,  journey,  road trip,  f word,  running,  tears,  rifle,  bare butt,  drink,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  nudity,  dog

The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  dying,  illness,  memory
Mood:nightmare
Locations:tunnel,  campfire,  farm,  snow,  forest,  church,  beach
Story:nude swimming,  stocking cap,  shopping cart,  plan,  brushing teeth,  wilderness,  flower,  waterfall,  reading,  tent,  on the road,  death of wife,  skinny dipping,  pain,  journey,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  map,  bridge,  old man,  road trip,  swimming,  piano,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  undressing,  urination,  horse,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog,  violence,  blood,  flashback,  death

Vozvrashchenie (2003) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Vozvrashchenie (2003)

Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.

Themes:drinking
Locations:campfire,  lake,  woods,  boat,  forest,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:teenager
Story:remote,  journal,  wilderness,  diary,  tent,  on the road,  pay phone,  fishing,  truck,  swimming,  cafe,  running,  tears,  book,  bus,  drink,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  coming of age,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  bare chested male,  death,  fight

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Drama

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  grief,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:lake,  snow,  bar
Characters:singer
Period:winter,  1990s
Story:siren,  charity,  hippie,  loss,  spider,  death of son,  reading,  death of wife,  pain,  nonlinear timeline,  bridge,  drug use,  guitar,  rural setting,  bus,  drink,  small town,  beating,  train,  telephone call,  panties,  three word title,  knife,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  nipples,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  blood,  flashback,  sex,  death

The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:affair,  poetry,  drinking
Locations:lake,  boat,  church,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:reference to thoreau,  check,  hobo,  marching band,  home movie,  audience,  farmer,  journey,  truck,  map,  flashlight,  prayer,  rifle,  book,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  horse,  underwear,  beating,  teenage boy,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  based on true story,  three word title,  chase,  knife,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  sex,  violence,  fight

Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)
Drama, Romance, Sport, Adventure

Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

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

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:storm,  mexico,  boat,  church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer
Period:1990s
Story:border patrol,  los angeles california,  check,  border,  mexican,  subtitled scene,  death of wife,  prologue,  truck,  cafe,  running,  tears,  drink,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  train,  telephone call,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  sex,  flashback

Y Tu Mamá También (2001) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortes, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:mexico,  sea,  boat,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer,  teenager
Story:nude swimming,  nipples visible through clothing,  cattle,  jukebox,  listening to music,  university,  tent,  on the road,  microphone,  skinny dipping,  map,  little boy,  road trip,  flashlight,  drug use,  f word,  swimming,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  urination,  horse,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  coming of age,  shower,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  nipples,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  bare chested male,  dog,  nudity,  sex,  death

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:forgiveness,  freedom,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  memory,  drinking,  infidelity,  marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Period:1990s
Story:year 1992,  shopping cart,  credit card,  playing cards,  siren,  hippie,  twenty something,  flower,  university,  reading,  pay phone,  pain,  bird,  fish,  mountain,  old man,  cooking,  flashlight,  drug use,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  tears,  rifle,  book,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  shower,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death,  flashback,  fight,  blood,  police

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