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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,  homophobia,  illness,  loneliness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  religion,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:catholic,  baby,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:reading a letter,  sniper rifle,  based on memoir,  boot camp,  oil business,  crude oil,  oil field,  oil well,  t shirt,  vietnam war veteran,  staff sergeant,  m1 abrams tank,  iraq war,  freedom of speech,  fake illness,  filthy toilet,  assembling a rifle,  shooting into the air,  dear john letter,  sniper,  operation desert storm,  love letter,  mental illness,  airplane stewardess,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  funeral parlor,  burnt corpse,  cease fire,  friendly fire,  merry christmas,  christmas party,  person on fire,  white panties,  loss of friend,  u. s. marines dress uniform,  wagner ride of the valkyries,  camp pendleton california,  reference to kenny g,  smack upside the head,  foot locker,  charred body,  reference to joseph,  burned up car,  reference to jfk assassination,  reference to stevie wonder,  santa claus hat,  welcome home party,  digging a hole,  hot weather,  finger up anus,  reveille,  reference to dick cheney,  drill instructor,  nerve gas,  battalion,  infidel,  dog tags,  sacramento california,  male soldier,  bugle,  lieutenant colonel,  military enlistment,  latrine,  basic training,  camouflage uniform,  mine field,  cuban american,  end of war,  biological warfare,  reference to saddam hussein,  honda,  watching pornography,  blow torch,  bureaucrat,  going home,  kuwait,  reference to ernest hemingway,  laxative,  pep talk,  ceiling fan,  dog feces,  eye injury,  recruit,  platoon,  saudi arabia,  land mine,  kurd,  outhouse,  year 1983,  jihad,  bottled water,  arab culture,  crawling,  year 1990,  marching,  crossing self,  sandstorm,  free speech,  meaning of life,  gulf war,  automatic weapon,  memoir,  humvee,  reference to george w. bush,  arabic,  barracks,  dust,  u.s. military,  year 1991,  reference to the virgin mary,  severed foot,  trench,  u.s. marine corps,  burn victim,  paintball,  year 1989,  veil,  walkman,  goggles,  american soldier,  home video,  burnt body,  military uniform,  teamwork,  shirt,  horniness,  vhs,  sunrise,  hazing,  wetting pants,  u.s. soldier,  insane asylum,  scorpion,  push ups,  iranian,  sweat,  commander,  dead animal,  defecation,  bureaucracy,  anti war,  mexican american,  boredom,  harassment,  dormitory,  camel,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  severed leg,  death threat,  accidental killing,  dead man,  pride,  hawaii,  theatre audience,  miami florida,  mental hospital,  oil,  dark humor,  sex talk,  evacuation,  target practice,  grocery store,  sand,  veteran,  censorship,  gas mask,  haircut,  celebration,  iraq,  breakfast,  honor,  parade,  stranger,  exploding building,  movie theater,  american football,  watching a movie,  assault,  male bonding,  sergeant,  tied to a bed,  propaganda,  wound,  hand grenade,  bullet,  supermarket,  tv news,  machismo,  obscene finger gesture,  uncle nephew relationship,  american abroad,  prank,  tank,  reading,  tent,  businessman,  flash forward,  pain,  coffin,  exploding car,  gambling,  truck,  toilet,  flashlight,  gay slur,  subjective camera,  reporter,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  sex standing up,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  vomiting,  book,  shooting,  letter,  bare butt,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  shot in the head,  urination,  machine gun,  horse,  black comedy,  helicopter,  testicles,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  shower,  pistol,  panties,  erection,  tattoo,  singing,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  one word title,  death,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  fight,  interview,  masturbation,  violence

The Messenger (2009)
Drama, Romance, War

The Messenger (2009)

While on a recent deployment to Iraq, US Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery is injured when an improvised explosive device goes off within close proximity to him. He is back in the States recovering from the more serious of those injuries, including one to his eye and leg. He has resumed a sexual relationship with his long time girlfriend Kelly, despite the fact that she is now engaged to another man who Will knows. With the few months Will has left in his enlistment, the army assigns him to the Casualty Notification Team in his area. Not having a background in counseling, psychology or grief management, he is unsure if he is well suited to this job. He is partnered with a career soldier, Captain Tony Stone, who teaches Will the precise protocol involved in the job. Tony tells Will, who quickly learns by on the job experience, that this job has its own dangers. As Will learns to adapt to the range of emotions of the next of kin, he is unprepared for the reaction of Olivia Pitterson, whose husband was killed in Iraq. His initial encounter with Olivia leads to him wanting to get to know her better, which may not be in either her or his best interest. Despite being a recovering alcoholic, the more experienced Tony tries to guide Will as best he can under their collective circumstances. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  religion,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:baby,  singer
Story:staff sergeant,  iraq war,  dear john letter,  operation desert storm,  bugle,  camouflage uniform,  eye injury,  jihad,  humvee,  u.s. military,  american soldier,  military uniform,  sunrise,  u.s. soldier,  grocery store,  gas mask,  iraq,  male bonding,  sergeant,  supermarket,  obscene finger gesture,  coffin,  sex standing up,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  vomiting,  letter,  bare butt,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  tattoo,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death

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Tigerland (2000)
Drama, War

Tigerland (2000)

In September 1971, a platoon of recruits arrives in Ft. Polk, LA, for infantry training before leaving for war. The final week takes place in Tigerland, a swamp similar to Vietnam. Jim Paxton has enlisted; he wants to experience everything and write books later. He befriends Roland Bozz, a cool Texan with a gift for getting into trouble and for helping misfits get discharges. At least one sociopath in the platoon hates Bozz, even as the sergeants grudgingly recognize his leadership abilities. As the platoon heads into its week in Tigerland, Paxton's body gives out, Bozz makes plans to go AWOL, and the sociopath gets hold of live ammo. Is the Louisiana swamp more dangerous than the DMZ? (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:singer
Story:digging a hole,  basic training,  reference to ernest hemingway,  eye injury,  recruit,  platoon,  boot camp,  u.s. soldier,  dormitory,  target practice,  sergeant,  wound,  machismo,  obscene finger gesture,  gambling,  gay slur,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  drink,  machine gun,  testicles,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  shower,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  fight

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:catholic,  baby,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:burn victim,  grocery store,  veteran,  honor,  parade,  male bonding,  supermarket,  machismo,  flash forward,  coffin,  exploding car,  toilet,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  helicopter,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  fire,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  death

Hair (1979) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:white panties,  boot camp,  barracks,  reference to the virgin mary,  military uniform,  u.s. soldier,  anti war,  gas mask,  haircut,  sergeant,  tank,  subjective camera,  reference to jesus christ,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  vomiting,  bare butt,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  airplane,  urination,  horse,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  panties,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  flashback,  masturbation,  death

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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 Jarhead (2005). (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  funeral,  fear,  drinking,  religion,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:dancer,  friend
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:reference to saddam hussein,  veil,  iranian,  oil,  grocery store,  censorship,  gas mask,  iraq,  watching a movie,  wound,  supermarket,  obscene finger gesture,  uncle nephew relationship,  tank,  reading,  flash forward,  pain,  toilet,  flashlight,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  vomiting,  book,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  flashback,  fight,  blood,  murder,  death

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:sergeant,  tank,  person on fire,  platoon,  automatic weapon,  u.s. military,  american soldier,  military uniform,  u.s. soldier,  mexican american,  severed leg,  veteran,  exploding building,  hand grenade,  machismo,  american abroad,  sniper,  exploding car,  rifle,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  urination,  machine gun,  horse,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  bare chested male,  one word title,  blood,  death,  murder,  violence,  fight

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  christmas,  infidelity
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:baby,  nurse
Story:iraq,  sniper,  sniper rifle,  m1 abrams tank,  iraq war,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  basic training,  sandstorm,  humvee,  u.s. military,  u.s. marine corps,  american soldier,  military uniform,  target practice,  veteran,  hand grenade,  machismo,  american abroad,  tank,  exploding car,  gay slur,  vomiting,  airplane,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  horse,  helicopter,  corpse,  pregnancy,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  fight,  blood,  violence,  death

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War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  fear,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:baby,  nurse
Story:iraq war,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  reference to saddam hussein,  death threat,  miami florida,  target practice,  iraq,  hand grenade,  bullet,  machismo,  american abroad,  tank,  truck,  dead body,  airplane,  urination,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  interview,  fight

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

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

Themes:loneliness,  funeral,  drinking,  infidelity
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:1980s
Story:philadelphia pennsylvania,  accidental killing,  theatre audience,  target practice,  flash forward,  coffin,  truck,  gay slur,  reference to jesus christ,  dead body,  reference to god,  beer,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  pregnancy,  song,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  masturbation,  violence,  death,  flashback,  murder,  blood

The Four Feathers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. This is why The Four Feathers (2002) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:desert
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:love letter,  friendly fire,  sandstorm,  goggles,  military uniform,  camel,  pride,  sand,  honor,  parade,  tent,  sniper,  prayer,  dead body,  reference to god,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  dancing,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  fight,  blood,  murder,  death

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The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

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

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:dog tags,  lieutenant colonel,  arabic,  trench,  pride,  evacuation,  veteran,  celebration,  honor,  sergeant,  uncle nephew relationship,  tent,  flash forward,  coffin,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  tears,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  bare butt,  drink,  shot in the head,  urination,  machine gun,  horse,  underwear,  song,  crying,  train,  brother brother relationship,  shower,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death

Courage Under Fire (1996) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:friend
Period:1990s
Story:staff sergeant,  honor,  friendly fire,  lieutenant colonel,  gulf war,  boot camp,  sergeant,  hand grenade,  tank,  sniper,  exploding car,  machine gun,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  pistol,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  fight,  murder

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:illness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:catholic,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:oil,  oil field,  oil well,  haircut,  machismo,  gambling,  truck,  subjective camera,  prayer,  fire,  dead body,  running,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  vomiting,  letter,  drink,  airplane,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  shower,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  fight

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Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:recruit,  grocery store,  watching a movie,  reading,  gay slur,  dead body,  running,  beer,  rifle,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  urination,  machine gun,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  pistol,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

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. This is why Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005). (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  funeral,  fear,  drinking
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:nurse,  singer
Story:camel,  hot weather,  saudi arabia,  sandstorm,  goggles,  military uniform,  sunrise,  sand,  honor,  sergeant,  tent,  pain,  truck,  subjective camera,  reporter,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  horse,  corpse,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  violence

Three Kings (1999) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War

Three Kings (1999)

A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, they embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:desert,  bar
Period:1990s
Story:gulf war,  iraq,  mine field,  kuwait,  eye injury,  kurd,  anti war,  oil,  gas mask,  male bonding,  bullet,  pain,  sniper,  exploding car,  reporter,  vomiting,  undressing,  shot in the head,  urination,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  underwear,  corpse,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

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Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:catholic,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:white panties,  theatre audience,  miami florida,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  flash forward,  pain,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  running,  reference to god,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  testicles,  underwear,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  interview,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  death,  fight

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  homophobia,  illness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Story:sniper rifle,  watching a movie,  obscene finger gesture,  uncle nephew relationship,  sniper,  flashlight,  gay slur,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  underwear,  corpse,  pregnancy,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  african american,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:lieutenant colonel,  u.s. military,  trench,  american soldier,  military uniform,  u.s. soldier,  scorpion,  commander,  target practice,  censorship,  honor,  tank,  reading,  tent,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  horse,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  flashback

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Heartbreak Ridge (1986) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Action, Comedy, Drama, War

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster. Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. This is why Heartbreak Ridge (1986) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:singer
Period:1980s
Story:sergeant,  t shirt,  staff sergeant,  male soldier,  basic training,  camouflage uniform,  platoon,  year 1983,  marching,  boot camp,  barracks,  u.s. military,  u.s. marine corps,  military uniform,  hazing,  target practice,  veteran,  parade,  male bonding,  hand grenade,  machismo,  obscene finger gesture,  tank,  reading,  train,  gay slur,  beer,  bus,  airplane,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  corpse,  telephone call,  shower,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  bare chested male,  fight,  violence,  death

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Drama, War

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:sergeant,  recruit,  boot camp,  mental illness,  reveille,  drill instructor,  male soldier,  basic training,  platoon,  marching,  barracks,  u.s. marine corps,  hazing,  u.s. soldier,  push ups,  anti war,  dark humor,  target practice,  haircut,  propaganda,  machismo,  tank,  sniper,  toilet,  gay slur,  dead body,  rifle,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  helicopter,  underwear,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  death,  interview,  blood,  murder,  violence

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:drunkenness,  drinking,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:loss of friend,  reference to jfk assassination,  ceiling fan,  dust,  accidental killing,  dead man,  sand,  honor,  male bonding,  bullet,  truck,  prayer,  sex standing up,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  horse,  helicopter,  underwear,  corpse,  train,  telephone call,  pistol,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  masturbation,  violence,  blood,  death

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Gallipoli (1981)
Adventure, Drama, History, War

Gallipoli (1981)

The story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish army.

Themes:fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:desert
Characters:catholic,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:hot weather,  bugle,  military enlistment,  automatic weapon,  trench,  military uniform,  anti war,  camel,  sand,  uncle nephew relationship,  reading,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  bare butt,  undressing,  machine gun,  horse,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  fight,  death

The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
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:funeral,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:catholic,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:staff sergeant,  welcome home party,  u.s. soldier,  breakfast,  sergeant,  hand grenade,  bullet,  supermarket,  tv news,  coffin,  gambling,  gay slur,  dead body,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  drink,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  urination,  machine gun,  helicopter,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  shower,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  blood,  murder,  death,  violence

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. This is why Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  religion,  friendship
Locations:desert
Characters:nurse,  friend
Story:loss of friend,  infidel,  saudi arabia,  jihad,  arabic,  u.s. soldier,  iranian,  oil,  exploding building,  wound,  tv news,  obscene finger gesture,  american abroad,  pain,  exploding car,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  rifle,  drink,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  urination,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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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,  christmas
Locations:bar
Characters:baby
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:sacramento california,  year 1983,  year 1991,  dead man,  target practice,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  tv news,  obscene finger gesture,  flash forward,  pain,  flashlight,  reporter,  dead body,  running,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  shot in the head,  helicopter,  underwear,  rain,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  blood,  death,  murder,  interview,  violence

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  infidelity
Characters:baby,  dancer
Story:push ups,  defecation,  severed leg,  watching a movie,  supermarket,  flash forward,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  reporter,  reference to jesus christ,  sex standing up,  dead body,  reference to god,  shooting,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  horse,  underwear,  corpse,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  violence

Enemy At The Gates (2001) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Drama, History, War

Enemy At The Gates (2001)

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper Konig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:sniper rifle,  sniper,  loss of friend,  male soldier,  trench,  military uniform,  severed leg,  exploding building,  assault,  male bonding,  propaganda,  wound,  tank,  exploding car,  prayer,  dead body,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  letter,  airplane,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  horse,  corpse,  train,  fire,  shower,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  violence,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  death

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Tsotsi (2005)
Crime, Drama

Tsotsi (2005)

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

Themes:illness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:baby,  dancer,  friend
Story:eye injury,  wetting pants,  defecation,  obscene finger gesture,  pain,  gambling,  subjective camera,  reference to jesus christ,  running,  tears,  beer,  vomiting,  shooting,  drink,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  train,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  murder,  death

Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. This is why Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:catholic,  baby,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:oil field,  oil well,  oil,  merry christmas,  dust,  u.s. soldier,  mexican american,  parade,  assault,  reading,  businessman,  coffin,  truck,  subjective camera,  prayer,  running,  tears,  rifle,  book,  letter,  drink,  airplane,  horse,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  fight,  blood

The Hurt Locker (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

The Hurt Locker (2008)

An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat, behaving as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:desert
Characters:baby
Story:sniper rifle,  staff sergeant,  iraq war,  sergeant,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  friendly fire,  loss of friend,  humvee,  u.s. soldier,  evacuation,  grocery store,  sand,  iraq,  honor,  male bonding,  supermarket,  tank,  sniper,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  dead body,  running,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  urination,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  african american,  death,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  fight,  blood,  violence

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Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:baby,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:watching a movie,  flash forward,  reference to jesus christ,  sex standing up,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  vomiting,  book,  bare butt,  bus,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  fight

Flight Of The Phoenix (2004)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Flight Of The Phoenix (2004)

A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the impossible... building a new plane from the wreckage of the old one.

Themes:religion
Locations:desert
Story:oil field,  oil well,  kuwait,  sandstorm,  teamwork,  camel,  oil,  sand,  bullet,  flashlight,  prayer,  dead body,  book,  shooting,  airplane,  urination,  horse,  underwear,  corpse,  fire,  photograph,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  murder,  death

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

Across The Universe (2007)

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

Themes:freedom,  funeral,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:anti war,  basic training,  platoon,  free speech,  theatre audience,  veteran,  american football,  uncle nephew relationship,  tent,  truck,  running,  rifle,  shooting,  letter,  undressing,  bus,  watching tv,  urination,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder,  death,  blood

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Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia. This is why Gomorra (2008) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005).

Themes:fear,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:baby,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:horniness,  miami florida,  evacuation,  grocery store,  machismo,  gambling,  truck,  subjective camera,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  bare butt,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  underwear,  corpse,  song,  pistol,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

C.r.a.z.y. (2005) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Comedy, Drama

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with stress-induced asthma, Zac just wants to be what he considers normal, which includes getting rid of his asthma. But more importantly, he wants to get rid of the underlying thoughts that he has and which most going through puberty have, but that for him are becoming more prevalent as he grows older. (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  funeral,  christmas
Mood:nightmare
Locations:desert
Characters:catholic,  baby,  dancer,  singer
Period:1980s
Story:christmas party,  push ups,  dormitory,  camel,  sex talk,  sand,  obscene finger gesture,  uncle nephew relationship,  reading,  tent,  coffin,  gay slur,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  tears,  vomiting,  book,  undressing,  airplane,  underwear,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  tattoo,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death,  flashback,  masturbation

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:bar
Characters:singer
Story:defecation,  dark humor,  bullet,  tv news,  toilet,  gay slur,  subjective camera,  reporter,  reference to jesus christ,  dead body,  beer,  vomiting,  letter,  drink,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  urination,  black comedy,  underwear,  corpse,  pregnancy,  song,  train,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence,  flashback

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Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:funeral,  fear,  drinking,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:baby,  dancer,  friend
Story:merry christmas,  year 1983,  pride,  supermarket,  flash forward,  toilet,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  tears,  beer,  letter,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  corpse,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  one word title,  flashback,  fight,  blood,  murder,  death,  violence

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

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)

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

Themes:fear,  drinking
Mood:nightmare
Locations:desert,  bar
Story:iraq,  vietnam war veteran,  iraq war,  humvee,  severed foot,  veil,  u.s. soldier,  sergeant,  wound,  tv news,  reading,  coffin,  truck,  flashlight,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  tears,  beer,  book,  bare butt,  drink,  underwear,  corpse,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  interview,  murder,  death,  flashback,  fight

Bronson (2008) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. This is why Bronson (2008) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005). (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Characters:baby,  dancer,  singer
Story:mental illness,  push ups,  defecation,  theatre audience,  uncle nephew relationship,  pain,  toilet,  subjective camera,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  tattoo,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  death

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

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:desert
Characters:dancer
Story:saudi arabia,  bottled water,  arabic,  camel,  uncle nephew relationship,  american abroad,  tent,  businessman,  flash forward,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  beer,  rifle,  vomiting,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  helicopter,  underwear,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  blood

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  funeral,  fear,  infidelity
Locations:bar
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter,  arabic,  u.s. marine corps,  haircut,  american football,  sergeant,  tv news,  sniper,  flashlight,  gay slur,  reporter,  running,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  letter,  airplane,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  rain,  telephone call,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  african american,  bare chested male,  one word title,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder,  blood

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:homophobia,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Period:1990s
Story:white panties,  pep talk,  year 1983,  crawling,  harassment,  miami florida,  celebration,  machismo,  obscene finger gesture,  american abroad,  prank,  businessman,  gay slur,  subjective camera,  reporter,  reference to jesus christ,  sex standing up,  running,  reference to god,  beer,  vomiting,  bare butt,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  urination,  horse,  black comedy,  helicopter,  testicles,  underwear,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  erection,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  interview,  masturbation

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Shane (1953) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
Drama, Western

Shane (1953)

Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:target practice,  celebration,  honor,  stranger,  wound,  machismo,  reading,  coffin,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  tears,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  drink,  horse,  rain,  song,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  death,  fight,  violence,  blood

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. This is why Short Cuts (1993) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:baby,  singer,  friend
Story:white panties,  harassment,  theatre audience,  obscene finger gesture,  sniper,  dead body,  tears,  beer,  vomiting,  bare butt,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  helicopter,  underwear,  corpse,  crying,  telephone call,  panties,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  death

La Montana Sagrada (1973)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

La Montana Sagrada (1973)

A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  religion
Locations:bar
Characters:catholic,  baby,  dancer
Story:laxative,  marching,  crossing self,  dead animal,  camel,  severed leg,  gas mask,  coffin,  toilet,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  bare butt,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  horse,  helicopter,  testicles,  corpse,  voice over narration,  fire,  tattoo,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  masturbation,  death,  fight

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Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:loneliness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:baby,  friend
Story:t shirt,  funeral parlor,  uncle nephew relationship,  reading,  coffin,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

The English Patient (1996) is one of the best movies like Jarhead (2005)
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. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:nurse,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:sandstorm,  burn victim,  camel,  theatre audience,  evacuation,  sand,  watching a movie,  wound,  tank,  reading,  tent,  flash forward,  pain,  truck,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  prayer,  sex standing up,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  book,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  shower,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  death,  flashback,  blood,  murder

Cold Mountain (2003)
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:illness,  loneliness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas,  friendship
Characters:baby,  friend
Story:trench,  defecation,  target practice,  wound,  reading,  flash forward,  sniper,  prayer,  dead body,  rifle,  vomiting,  book,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  horse,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  train,  pistol,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  death

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