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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,  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,  wilderness,  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,  new year's resolution,  reference to joni mitchell,  riding the rails,  jet stream,  neo luddism,  writing in sand,  graduate school,  life savings,  flashback within a flashback,  reference to lord byron,  individuation,  gull,  shivers,  true life adventure,  flash flood,  permit,  handicrafts,  soft focus,  parting,  root,  north america,  college graduate,  stocking cap,  naked outdoors,  losing weight,  chest hair,  pull ups,  illegitimate daughter,  badlands,  bigamist,  new beginning,  south dakota,  irrigation,  multiple narrators,  wheat,  license plate,  ravine,  kayaking,  aerial,  carving,  chapters,  cheque,  hot spring,  grain,  icicle,  anti conformity,  patrol,  encampment,  guard dog,  sit ups,  introspection,  food poisoning,  backpacking,  kayak,  speaker,  water skiing,  washington state,  motivational,  year 1992,  oil lamp,  prairie,  year 1990,  howling,  false name,  duplicity,  tramp,  emaciation,  nudism,  illegitimate son,  moose,  sleeping bag,  wisdom,  remote,  leaving home,  metropolis,  reference to george w. bush,  identity crisis,  paddle,  flora,  fauna,  family history,  camper,  year 1991,  harvest,  rock climbing,  check,  canal,  scandinavian girl,  materialism,  shopping cart,  mortality,  overhead camera shot,  chapter headings,  in medias res,  natural breasts,  schizophrenic,  bagpipes,  hobo,  hypocrite,  breast,  dumpster,  plan,  entertainer,  wet t shirt,  speedboat,  belt,  older man younger man relationship,  crab,  windmill,  taking off shirt,  apartheid,  marching band,  palm tree,  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,  divorcee,  lens flare,  puppy,  note,  trailer,  barbecue,  border,  highway,  deer,  arizona,  self discovery,  laughter,  co worker,  nipple,  charity,  hippie,  backpack,  thunder,  diving,  barefoot,  mexican,  apple,  hitchhiking,  naked woman,  cheating husband,  south africa,  hitchhiker,  home movie,  audience,  time,  loss,  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,  widower,  fbi,  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,  fight,  death,  violence,  police,  blood,  dog,  sex,  flashback,  nudity

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

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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,  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,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback,  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:mexico,  desert,  campfire,  cave,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress,  policeman
Story:border patrol,  border,  river crossing,  piano player,  journey,  freight train,  cattle,  mexican,  subtitled scene,  on the road,  pay phone,  gunshot,  van,  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,  dog,  violence,  blood,  police,  death

On The Road (2012) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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,  flashback,  police,  nudity,  death

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

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:lake,  snow,  beach
Characters:dancer
Period:winter
Story:topless female nudity,  nipples visible through clothing,  breast,  whale,  highway,  nipple,  backpack,  hitchhiking,  beard,  listening to music,  applause,  pain,  van,  truck,  little boy,  map,  topless,  swimming,  f word,  male pubic hair,  running,  tears,  rifle,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  independent film,  bare breasts,  violence,  dog,  sex,  fight,  flashback,  blood

Seraphim Falls (2006)
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,  death,  violence,  fight,  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,  swimming,  f word,  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,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  police,  nudity,  fight,  death,  flashback,  violence,  sex

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Big Fish (2003) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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
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,  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,  death,  flashback,  dog,  nudity,  blood

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

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

Themes: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,  dog,  fight,  sex,  nudity

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. This is why The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

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,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  death,  blood,  violence,  dog,  nudity,  flashback

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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,  money
Locations:campfire,  mexico,  cave,  woods,  forest
Characters:policeman,  singer
Story:grizzly bear,  river rapids,  journey,  river,  guard dog,  washington state,  paddle,  canoe,  farming,  deer,  hippie,  home movie,  time,  wilderness,  listening to music,  twenty something,  bear,  waterfall,  lightning,  pay phone,  prologue,  search,  fishing,  fish,  map,  mountain,  flashlight,  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,  death,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  dog,  police,  blood,  sex,  violence

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,  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,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  violence,  flashback,  sex,  blood,  death,  dog,  police,  fight

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. (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,  skinny dipping,  fishing,  little boy,  diner,  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,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  blood,  fight,  dog,  flashback

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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,  journey,  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,  death,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog,  sex,  police,  flashback,  blood

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society. This is why Zerkalo (1975) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  poetry,  grief,  nature,  memory,  money
Locations:farm,  woods,  snow
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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  nudity,  blood,  flashback,  death

Black Snake Moan (2006) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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,  farm,  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,  flashback,  fight,  violence,  dog,  nudity,  death,  blood

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Sin Nombre (2009)
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,  death,  dog,  violence

The Lost City Of Z (2016)
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:disappearance,  river rapids,  based on book,  bagpipes,  canoe,  death of protagonist,  deer,  backpack,  thunder,  time,  applause,  poem,  eyeglasses,  subtitled scene,  death of son,  waterfall,  mission,  journey,  bird,  fish,  snake,  truck,  map,  little boy,  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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare breasts,  dog,  violence,  flashback

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

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (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,  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,  fight,  blood,  police,  dog

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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. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (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,  death,  flashback,  blood,  police

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,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  police,  fight,  blood

Vozvrashchenie (2003)
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,  bare chested male,  independent film,  death,  fight

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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,  little boy,  map,  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

Paranoid Park (2007) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paranoid Park (2007)

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory
Locations:tunnel,  boat
Characters:teenager
Story:acoustic guitar,  police arrest,  freight train,  based on book,  dumpster,  journal,  thunder,  time,  lightning,  nonlinear timeline,  bridge,  flashlight,  river,  cafe,  running,  undressing,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  rain,  teenage boy,  train,  fire,  teenage girl,  shower,  panties,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  sex,  death,  blood,  police

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. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (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,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  blood,  flashback,  fight,  dog

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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:farmer,  piano player,  horse and wagon,  grain,  harvest,  thunder,  applause,  poem,  christmas tree,  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,  violence,  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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  sex,  fight,  violence

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,  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,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  death,  dog

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Youth In Revolt (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Youth In Revolt (2009)

At 16, Nick Twisp is wry about his teen funk: he lives in Oakland with his sex-addled mother; his father's child support is her meal ticket. While camping in Ukiah, Nick meets Sheeni: for him, it's love at first sight. Nick has to figure out how to get his father a job in Ukiah, then how to get sent to live with his father, then how to get close to Sheeni, whose religious parents may want her sent away from temptation to a boarding school. There's also Sheeni's all-American boyfriend to contend with. Overwhelmed by the challenges, Nick's about to give up when he conjures an alter ego who whispers revolt into his ear. Nick is not altogether hapless, but can this end well? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  grief,  guilt,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:lake,  woods,  forest,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:american,  policeman,  teenager
Story:washing a car,  sleeping bag,  belt,  journal,  note,  backpack,  listening to music,  poem,  split screen,  reading,  tent,  pay phone,  prologue,  f word,  cafe,  running,  book,  undressing,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  urination,  underwear,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  shower,  panties,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  fight,  flashback,  dog

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

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:hunting,  unfaithfulness,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods,  desert,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:american,  waitress,  dancer
Story:sleeping bag,  brushing teeth,  listening to music,  wolf,  shaving,  grandfather grandson relationship,  eyeglasses,  freeze frame,  bear,  tent,  prologue,  little boy,  bridge,  drug use,  f word,  swimming,  rifle,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  flashback,  blood,  fight,  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,  time,  game,  applause,  poem,  stage,  dream,  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,  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,  fight,  death,  sex,  police,  blood

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Taking Woodstock (2009) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:freedom,  money
Locations:lake,  farm,  woods,  church,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:based on book,  hippie,  eyeglasses,  split screen,  farmer,  tent,  microphone,  skinny dipping,  van,  fishing,  flashlight,  drug use,  guitar,  male pubic hair,  rural setting,  undressing,  watching tv,  small town,  horse,  underwear,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog,  police,  sex

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  guilt,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow,  bar
Period:1990s
Story:based on book,  leaving home,  year 1991,  overhead camera shot,  journal,  listening to music,  eyeglasses,  fireworks,  underwater,  christmas tree,  farmer,  reading,  microphone,  search,  nonlinear timeline,  little boy,  flashlight,  drug use,  running,  tears,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  small town,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  shower,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  dog,  violence,  blood,  flashback,  nudity

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

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

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

Themes:forgiveness,  unfaithfulness,  grief,  guilt,  memory,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:lake,  woods,  forest,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress,  policeman
Story:time,  nude swimming,  deer,  highway,  diving,  loss,  game,  applause,  death of son,  flower,  isolation,  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,  police,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  dog,  fight,  nudity,  violence,  blood

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

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

Andrey Rublev (1966) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

Themes:forgiveness,  dying,  illness,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:campfire,  woods,  snow,  forest,  church,  beach
Characters:singer
Period:winter
Story:bee,  canoe,  apple,  balloon,  wolf,  disappearance,  reading,  snake,  old man,  swimming,  river,  prayer,  running,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  arrest,  drink,  slow motion scene,  horse,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  knife,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  sex,  flashback,  nudity,  death,  blood,  violence

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

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:guitar player,  piano player,  based on book,  fast motion scene,  audience,  listening to music,  university,  reading,  death of wife,  microphone,  argument,  little boy,  guitar,  piano,  cafe,  running,  tears,  book,  bus,  drink,  urination,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  based on true story,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  sex,  death,  flashback

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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
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,  f word,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  bus,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  car,  beating,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  shower,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  nipples,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  dog,  fight,  violence,  flashback

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

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:storm,  mexico,  cave,  woods,  boat,  forest,  church,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer
Story:stage performance,  piano player,  car chase,  plan,  journal,  apple,  time,  freeze frame,  subtitled scene,  lightning,  reading,  prologue,  nonlinear timeline,  guitar,  piano,  running,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  drink,  slow motion scene,  small town,  face slap,  car,  rain,  beating,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  three word title,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  flashback,  fight,  police,  dog

The East (2013) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. This is why The East (2013) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007).

Themes:illness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:campfire,  lake,  woods,  forest,  restaurant
Story:nude swimming,  freight train,  drifter,  hippie,  apple,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  twenty something,  subtitled scene,  poison,  fbi,  skinny dipping,  van,  flashlight,  river,  male pubic hair,  arrest,  horse,  train,  coming of age,  chase,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  independent film,  dog,  violence,  death

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The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Themes: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,  independent film,  bare chested male,  death,  dog,  fight,  police,  flashback

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mama Tambien (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,  beach,  boat,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  singer,  teenager
Story:nude swimming,  road trip,  nipples visible through clothing,  cattle,  jukebox,  listening to music,  university,  tent,  on the road,  microphone,  argument,  skinny dipping,  little boy,  map,  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,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  bare chested male,  dog,  sex,  death,  nudity

My Girl (1991)
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

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Goal! (2005) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
Drama, Romance, Sport

Goal! (2005)

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

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,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  fight,  sex

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. This is why I'm Not There. (2007) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007). (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  illness,  drunkenness,  marriage,  drinking,  infidelity
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:singer,  dancer
Story:jumping onto a train,  freight train,  riding the rails,  grain,  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,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  small town,  horse,  underwear,  rain,  singing,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  panties,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  sex,  dog,  nudity

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:mexico,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:singer
Story:los angeles california,  check,  palm tree,  barbecue,  flower,  poison,  gunshot,  nonlinear timeline,  california,  swimming,  cafe,  tears,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police,  sex,  blood,  fight,  violence,  flashback

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La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Mood:nightmare
Locations:mexico,  boat,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:acoustic guitar,  stocking cap,  shopping cart,  schizophrenic,  teasing,  home movie,  shaving,  eyeglasses,  subtitled scene,  bridge,  old man,  cooking,  swimming,  river,  guitar,  male pubic hair,  piano,  running,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  horse,  underwear,  dream,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  sex,  flashback,  blood,  death,  police

The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like Into The Wild (2007)
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,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  police,  sex,  blood

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Le Salaire De La Peur (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,  truck,  bridge,  mountain,  cooking,  river,  guitar,  prayer,  fire,  cafe,  running,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  knife,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  fight,  dog,  police

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