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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:alaska, canyon, slum, tunnel, storm, campfire, mexico, cave, lake, sea, farm, woods, desert, boat, snow, forest, church, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:american, waitress, dancer, policeman, singer, nipples, teenager, nudity
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, wilderness, search for truth, fishing pole, pick up truck, lake mead, northern california

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

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, marriage, adultery, infidelity
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, border, highway, self discovery, hippie, backpack, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, audience, time, wilderness

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

Big Fish (2003)

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

Themes:dying, illness, unfaithfulness, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:storm, campfire, cave, lake, woods, boat, forest, church
Characters:dancer, singer, nudity
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, time, spider, wolf, poem, flower, tent

Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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, farm, desert, boat, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer
Story:cattle, windmill, thunder, listening to music, grandfather grandson relationship, subtitled scene, waterfall, lightning, tent, mission, poison, widower, prologue, fishing, bird, fish, truck, old man, swimming, river

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
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. This is why Brokeback Mountain (2005) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:affair, hunting, memory, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:storm, campfire, mexico, lake, woods, snow, forest, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, dancer, singer
Story:mountain, moose, belt, laundromat, cattle, jukebox, farming, thunder, hitchhiking, time, wolf, shaving, fireworks, bear, isolation, farmer, lightning, tent, pay phone, breaking the fourth wall

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, dam, cattle, thunder, hitchhiking, audience, applause, stage, farmer, lightning, on the road, microphone

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:dying, illness, unfaithfulness, grief, guilt, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:desert, snow, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman, nipples
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

The Road (2009) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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, waterfall, reading, tent, on the road, death of wife, pain, journey, nonlinear timeline, truck, map, bridge, old man, road trip, swimming

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer, nipples
Story:girl in panties, nipples visible through clothing, shopping cart, brushing teeth, note, laughter, co worker, backpack, home movie, listening to music, applause, eyeglasses, fireworks, domestic violence, reading, argument, nonlinear timeline, truck, bridge, old man

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. This is why The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (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

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:freedom, drunkenness, drinking, infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:campfire, boat, beach
Characters:american, dancer
Story:backpacking, plant, hippie, backpack, waterfall, farmer, tent, fishing, fish, map, drug use, swimming, drink, watching tv, rain, train, voice over narration, telephone call, chase, knife

Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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:plant, time, diary, older man younger man relationship, journal, eyeglasses, lightning, death of wife, pay phone, prologue, gunshot, nonlinear timeline, bridge, old man, flashlight, drug use, f word, prayer, piano, cafe

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:campfire, farm, woods, desert, forest
Characters:waitress
Period:1990s
Story:jukebox, fast motion scene, highway, arizona, time, wolf, freeze frame, subtitled scene, fireworks, on the road, poison, prologue, breaking the fourth wall, journey, snake, map, diner, bridge, road trip, flashlight

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:hunting, grief, guilt, nature, drunkenness, money
Locations:campfire, woods, boat, snow, forest, bar
Characters:nudity
Period:winter
Story:grizzly bear, bear, based on book, lens flare, deer, wilderness, beard, wolf, subtitled scene, death of son, waterfall, lightning, death of wife, widower, breaking the fourth wall, search, bird, river, rifle, horse

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. This is why Milk (2008) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Locations:church, restaurant, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer
Story:nude swimming, cable car, sit ups, hypocrite, older man younger man relationship, marching band, fast motion scene, death of protagonist, hippie, listening to music, balloon, eyeglasses, split screen, pay phone, skinny dipping, gunshot, nonlinear timeline, little boy, california, cooking

Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:hunting, dying, illness, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:campfire, farm, woods, boat, snow, forest, church
Period:winter
Story:marching band, farming, drifter, shaving, reading, journey, bird, nonlinear timeline, mountain, prayer, piano, rural setting, rifle, book, drink, blonde, horse, underwear, rain, train

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:freedom, illness, drunkenness, drinking, infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:desert, storm, bar
Characters:dancer, singer
Period:1990s
Story:year 1990, reference to george w. bush, year 1991, reading, tent, pain, truck, flashlight, prayer, running, tears, rifle, book, bare butt, undressing, bus, drink, watching tv, urination, horse

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:memory, drunkenness, drinking, money, infidelity
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:american, policeman, nipples
Story:identity crisis, materialism, overhead camera shot, hobo, bum, credit card, laundromat, journal, siren, laughter, barefoot, exercise, eyeglasses, christmas tree, pay phone, bartender, drug use, f word, running, bare butt

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille came into the world unwanted, expected to die, yet born with an unnerving sense of smell that created alienation as well as talent. Of all the smells around him, Grenouille is beckoned to the scent of a woman's soul, and spends the rest of his life attempting to smell her essence again by becoming a perfumer, and creating the essence of an innocence lost. (Read More)

Themes:dying, money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cave, boat, church, beach
Characters:dancer, nudity
Story:emaciation, harvest, solitude, bee, farming, bonfire, apple, shaving, fireworks, flower, prologue, journey, search, fish, bridge, river, tears, rifle, undressing, face slap

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:snow, church, restaurant, bar
Characters:singer, teenager
Story:atlanta georgia, police arrest, los angeles california, cheque, motivational, overhead camera shot, laundromat, jukebox, divorcee, eyeglasses, christmas tree, lightning, pay phone, fbi, nonlinear timeline, map, diner, california, f word, prayer

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:dying, drunkenness
Locations:tunnel, storm, church, restaurant
Characters:american, policeman, singer, teenager
Story:los angeles california, credit card, lightning, van, bird, truck, bridge, flashlight, river, cafe, tears, rifle, watching tv, rain, crying, teenage boy, train, voice over narration, fire, brother sister relationship

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:dying, grief, drunkenness, drinking, money
Locations:cave, boat, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:american, dancer, singer, nudity
Period:1990s
Story:car chase, apartheid, south africa, machete, subtitled scene, tent, prologue, microphone, bartender, van, journey, search, fishing, fish, bridge, drug use, river, cafe, running, tears

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:starvation, dying
Locations:tunnel, campfire, cave, woods, desert, snow, forest, beach
Story:death of protagonist, bonfire, border, beard, machete, shaving, subtitled scene, death of son, flower, waterfall, death of wife, mission, journey, map, bridge, mountain, flashlight, rifle, slow motion scene, horse

Babel (2006) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Drama

Babel (2006)

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really are. (Read More)

Themes:grief, drunkenness, marriage, drinking
Locations:mexico, cave, desert
Characters:american, policeman, teenager
Story:mexican, rifle, border patrol, bus, border, time, widower, car chase, girl in panties, metropolis, audience, death of son, farmer, gunshot, pain, van, nonlinear timeline, diner, california, drug use

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? This is why Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dying, memory, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:boat, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:american, dancer, singer, nudity
Story:girl in panties, based on book, chest hair, thunder, listening to music, eyeglasses, mission, pay phone, microphone, search, fishing, truck, cooking, flashlight, drug use, river, prayer, piano, cafe, running

K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:dying, illness, marriage
Mood:nightmare
Characters:policeman
Period:1990s
Story:piano player, new beginning, drifter, barbecue, laughter, apple, balloon, disappearance, death of wife, bird, river, piano, watching tv, dream, train, title spoken by character, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

The Lobster (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Themes:hunting, marriage
Locations:woods, boat, restaurant
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer
Story:brushing teeth, listening to music, wolf, applause, eyeglasses, subtitled scene, widower, prologue, microphone, pain, fish, flashlight, f word, swimming, running, rifle, undressing, bus, slow motion scene, face slap

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

The Recruit (2003)

In an era when the country's first line of defense, intelligence, is more important than ever, this story opens the CIA's infamous closed doors and gives an insider's view into the Agency: how trainees are recruited, how they are prepared for the spy game, and what they learn to survive. James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country - and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Agency's secret training ground, where green recruits are molded into seasoned veterans. As Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game, James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him for a special assignment to root out a mole. As the suspense builds toward a gripping climax, it soon becomes clear that the CIA's old maxims are true: "trust no one" and "nothing is what it seems." (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Locations:snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, policeman
Story:root, scoped rifle, car chase, college graduate, crab, playing cards, barefoot, exercise, game, applause, stage, mission, microphone, gunshot, pain, bartender, search, bridge, flashlight, cafe

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

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

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Locations:lake, restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman
Period:1990s
Story:based on book, year 1991, brushing teeth, note, fireworks, christmas tree, pay phone, fbi, prologue, pain, search, diner, bridge, california, flashlight, cafe, running, rifle, book, arrest

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. This is why Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, money, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:church, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:policeman, nipples
Period:1990s
Story:highway, jukebox, hitchhiking, time, on the road, bartender, truck, diner, tears, arrest, bus, drink, watching tv, face slap, car, underwear, rain, dream, beating, crying

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

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

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

Themes:dying, grief, guilt, drinking
Locations:lake, snow, church, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer
Period:winter
Story:schizophrenic, brushing teeth, siren, growing up, co worker, isolation, reading, flashlight, cafe, rural setting, drink, small town, telephone call, coming of age, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

There Will Be Blood (2007) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Drama, History

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, a local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a pipeline to the coast, and as Eli tries to build his own religious empire. (Read More)

Themes:money, hunting, adoption, marriage
Locations:farm, campfire, desert, church, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:american, singer
Story:california, horse and wagon, train depot, irrigation, farming, backpack, time, diary, farmer, reading, tent, mission, map, swimming, prayer, cafe, rural setting, tears, rifle, small town

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

The Prestige (2006)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, grief, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:storm, woods, snow, forest, restaurant, bar
Characters:american, policeman
Story:time, stage, horse and wagon, flashback within a flashback, oil lamp, in medias res, entertainer, journal, playing cards, thunder, audience, loss, wilderness, applause, diary, lightning, death of wife, argument, gunshot, bird

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:singer, waitress, policeman
Period:winter
Story:guitar player, train depot, in medias res, backpack, hitchhiking, time, listening to music, applause, reading, pay phone, microphone, search, little boy, diner, cooking, flashlight, guitar, cafe, arrest, bus

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. This is why The English Patient (1996) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:affair, dying, unfaithfulness, memory, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:campfire, cave, desert, church, restaurant, beach, bar
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:bagpipes, solitude, reading, tent, pain, search, nonlinear timeline, truck, map, bridge, cooking, flashlight, swimming, prayer, piano, cafe, running, tears, rifle, book

Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:slum, woods, forest, church, beach, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman
Story:rocket, based on book, chapter headings, in medias res, growing up, hippie, freeze frame, domestic violence, split screen, pain, nonlinear timeline, fish, drug use, swimming, prayer, running, tears, rifle, arrest, bus

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:hunting, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:piano player, deer, time, waterfall, domestic violence, pay phone, bridge, mountain, drug use, river, male pubic hair, piano, tears, rifle, drink, watching tv, small town, face slap, urination, car

Ladri Di Biciclette (1948)
Drama

Ladri Di Biciclette (1948)

Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, gets at last a good job - for which he needs a bike - hanging up posters. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won't be able to keep his job. (Read More)

Themes:starvation, drinking, money
Locations:tunnel, boat, church, restaurant
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer
Story:license plate, time, beard, shaving, mission, search, truck, little boy, bridge, old man, swimming, river, guitar, prayer, cafe, running, tears, arrest, bus, drink

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Mood:nightmare
Locations:lake, cave, woods, boat, snow, forest
Story:journey, mountain, dam, crystal, bee, lens flare, time, subtitled scene, waterfall, poison, fish, map, bridge, river, arrest, small town, rain, dream, fire, brother sister relationship

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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 Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, guilt, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:boat, restaurant, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, nudity
Period:1990s
Story:topless female nudity, based on book, hypocrite, marching band, credit card, private investigator, wolf, applause, eyeglasses, freeze frame, domestic violence, pay phone, fbi, microphone, breaking the fourth wall, nonlinear timeline, drug use, f word, cafe, running

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:canyon, mexico, farm, woods, desert, forest, bar
Characters:nipples, nudity
Story:border patrol, car chase, topless female nudity, death of protagonist, lens flare, border, nipple, mexican, time, subtitled scene, farmer, on the road, mission, van, truck, little boy, topless, road trip, flashlight, f word

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:freedom, dying, drinking, money
Locations:desert, campfire, snow, bar
Characters:singer
Story:encampment, illegitimate son, in medias res, bagpipes, marching band, shaving, applause, twenty something, tent, pain, journey, nonlinear timeline, truck, map, mountain, running, tears, rifle, arrest, drink

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money
Locations:desert, restaurant
Story:plan, border checkpoint, border crossing, car chase, based on book, guard dog, fast motion scene, bonfire, subtitled scene, prologue, pain, van, search, cooking, f word, prayer, cafe, running, rifle, drink

Blow (2001) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:illness, drinking, adultery, money, marriage
Locations:mexico, snow, beach, bar
Characters:american, dancer, policeman
Period:1990s
Story:california, los angeles california, based on book, materialism, hypocrite, home movie, farmer, university, fbi, van, drug use, arrest, bus, drink, dream, beating, voice over narration, based on true story, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:illness, unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:snow, bar
Story:time, disappearance, police arrest, small town, based on book, schizophrenic, audience, loss, diary, fbi, argument, bartender, search, nonlinear timeline, bridge, flashlight, book, arrest, drink, watching tv

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

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

Themes:forgiveness, dying, guilt, memory, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:church, restaurant, beach
Characters:waitress, policeman, singer
Story:time, owl, diving, barefoot, listening to music, subtitled scene, underwater, stage, reading, search, nonlinear timeline, flashlight, piano, cafe, tears, rifle, bare butt, undressing, arrest, bus

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Read More)

Themes:starvation, hunting, freedom, dying, illness, grief
Locations:storm, campfire, cave, farm, desert, boat, beach
Story:horse and wagon, encampment, thunder, time, beard, death of son, lightning, tent, pain, journey, search, fish, snake, little boy, mountain, old man, running, arrest, horse, rain

Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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:guilt, money, memory, drinking
Locations:snow, restaurant
Characters:singer
Story:in medias res, plan, journal, game, split screen, diary, death of wife, pay phone, prologue, pain, flashlight, prayer, cafe, running, book, undressing, drink, watching tv, slow motion scene, urination

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:starvation, dying, illness, memory, money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:storm, boat, beach
Characters:american, singer, teenager
Story:emaciation, in medias res, time, fireworks, flower, farmer, reading, bird, truck, swimming, running, tears, undressing, urination, horse, rain, beating, crying, teenage boy, train

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