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Joy (2015)
Biography, Drama

Joy (2015)

Joy has always been fascinated by creating things, This pursuit was always supported emotionally by her maternal grandmother, Mimi. Joy feels that lack of practical support has led to others making fortunes on ideas she came up with years ago but could not act upon manufacturing. Despite being broke, Joy is the person in her extended family to whom everyone has always turned, in the process forgoing her own life, including not having attended college to help see her parents through their divorce. She works in an unsatisfying job as an Eastern Airlines ticket clerk; and lives with her mother Terry who spends all day in bed watching soap operas; her ex-husband Tony, a less than successful aspiring Latino 'Tom Jones (I)' (qv) wannabe; and their two children. Added to this mix is her father Rudy, the owner of a failing heavy-duty garage, which is managed by Joy's older half-sister Peggy, with whom she has somewhat of a strained relationship, and for which Joy does the books. Sharon, Rudy's latest girlfriend who has just dumped him, drops him off on Joy's doorstep, making Joy's home life even more complicated as Rudy does not get along with either Terry or Tony. Joy begins to feel buried by her life, in the process her childhood dream of making things seemingly getting farther and farther away. As such, Joy decides to make some changes in her life, and expects the unquestioning practical support of her family. Those changes include manufacturing a new product of her design; what s… (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  anger,  wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:boat,  snow
Characters:latino,  musician,  singer,  friend
Period:winter,  1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:business meeting,  fax machine,  cutting one's hand on broken glass,  fragments of glass,  tv network,  female inventor,  tv studio,  broken glass,  nude pantyhose,  suntan pantyhose,  black pantyhose,  wealthy widow,  wine drinking,  red wine,  live television,  television history,  sail boat,  watching tv,  reference to darryl f. zanuck,  reference to david o. selznick,  reference to jennifer jones,  reference to jack warner,  woman holding a shotgun,  intentional bad acting,  father's girlfriend,  soap opera actress,  woman on all fours,  half sister half sister relationship,  living with mother,  trading insults,  soap opera actor,  intellectual property,  female ceo,  cough medicine,  based on real people,  sales pitch,  salsa music,  blood on hands,  breaking a plate,  rolodex,  crayons,  giving a speech,  shooting practice,  mold,  demo,  italian woman,  venezuelan,  female narrator,  loss of grandmother,  meet cute,  bill,  patent,  dating service,  fax,  crayon,  mop,  prototype,  narration from the grave,  strong woman,  saleswoman,  car repair,  vhs tape,  stubbornness,  woman in uniform,  triumph,  half sister,  death of grandmother,  amish,  paper,  dallas texas,  based on real person,  second chance,  unsubtitled foreign language,  plumber,  bankruptcy,  disappointment,  quarrel,  glass,  based on real events,  shouting,  sailing,  sailboat,  inspiration,  parking lot,  meeting,  insult,  snowing,  musical number,  salesman,  black and white scene,  sketch,  italian american,  tv,  businesswoman,  inventor,  confrontation,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  fraud,  working class,  female stockinged legs,  soap opera,  garage,  basement,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  business,  factory,  argument,  pantyhose,  drawing,  dream sequence,  nonlinear timeline,  interracial relationship,  widow,  california,  name in title,  wine,  telephone,  television,  little girl,  sunglasses,  sister sister relationship,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  party,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  one word title,  f rated,  death,  flashback,  blood

Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama, Music, Musical

Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:tv studio,  watching tv,  salesman,  fraud,  garage,  business,  sister sister relationship,  party,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  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:friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:singer,  friend
Period:winter
Story:broken glass,  black pantyhose,  watching tv,  meeting,  snowing,  sketch,  female stockinged legs,  pantyhose,  drawing,  interracial relationship,  california,  television,  sister sister relationship,  party,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  death,  blood

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

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

Themes:divorce,  wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:musician,  friend
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:bankruptcy,  california,  telephone,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  party,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  flashback,  death,  blood

Rush (2013) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Rush (2013)

Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy 'James Hunt (II)' (qv) (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver 'Niki Lauda' (qv) (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  wedding
Period:1970s
Story:watching tv,  stubbornness,  based on real person,  based on real events,  meeting,  insult,  argument,  nonlinear timeline,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  party,  father son relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  blood

Click (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Click (2006)

Michael Newman (Sandler) is a hard working family man, who must please his boss (Hasselhoff), in order to get promoted. Problem is he gets less time with his family, and wishes for a remote in which he can control his life. This soon comes true for Newman, when he meets Morty (Walken), a crazy sales clerk, who has the ultimate remote. A remote in which he can do anything, including muting, skipping and dubbing his life. He finds this to be the opportunity in which he can not only skip every argument, but also skip to his promotion. He sees this as a good idea, until the remote goes horribly wrong. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:singer,  friend
Period:1970s,  1990s
Story:watching tv,  second chance,  inventor,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  factory,  argument,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:divorce,  anger,  wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:friend
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:broken glass,  watching tv,  musical number,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  basement,  wine,  voice over narration,  party,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  f rated,  blood,  flashback,  death

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

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  wedding
Locations:snow
Story:watching tv,  quarrel,  insult,  basement,  argument,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  telephone,  television,  sunglasses,  voice over narration,  party,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  f rated,  death,  blood,  flashback

A Man Called Ove (2015) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  wedding,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:friend
Story:meet cute,  unsubtitled foreign language,  snowing,  garage,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  telephone,  little girl,  sister sister relationship,  voice over narration,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  death,  blood

The Doors (1991)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  wedding
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:tv studio,  watching tv,  sailboat,  argument,  nonlinear timeline,  california,  little girl,  sunglasses,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death,  blood

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:divorce,  anger,  wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Characters:friend
Period:winter
Story:red wine,  watching tv,  meet cute,  disappointment,  wine,  telephone,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Young Adult (2011)
Comedy, Drama

Young Adult (2011)

Thirty-seven year old Mavis Gary seems incapable of happiness. She has had one failed marriage with no romance in her immediate horizon. She ghosts writes a young adult series of books, which has just been canceled due to low sales. She is in the process of writing the last book, with which she is having a mental block. She lives vicariously through Kendall Strickland, the teenaged female heroine in her books, as like Kendall she believes her high school years were the best years of her life when she was the prom queen. When she receives news that her high school beau, Buddy Slade, and his wife, Beth Slade, have just had their first child, Mavis takes it as a sign that she and Buddy are meant to be together. As such, she devises a false pretense to travel from her Minneapolis home back her her old hometown of Mercury, Minnesota to reclaim Buddy from Beth. As Mavis slyly or not so slyly does whatever she can to hang out with Buddy, even in Beth's company if need be, she also runs into another old high school colleague named Matt Freehauf. She barely remembers Matt until she is reminded that he was the "hate crime" kid i.e. he was beaten almost to death by the school jocks who believed he was gay (which he is not), which has left him among other things needing to walk with a brace. Matt ends up being Mavis' drinking buddy and confidante, Matt, in turn, who tries to be Mavis' voice of reason to get her out of her delusional state about Buddy and get a grip on reclaiming her life… (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  friendship
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:nude pantyhose,  suntan pantyhose,  watching tv,  parking lot,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  female stockinged legs,  garage,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  pantyhose,  wine,  sunglasses,  voice over narration,  party,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  death

The Science Of Sleep (2006) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The Science Of Sleep (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:friendship
Locations:boat
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:live television,  watching tv,  inventor,  drawing,  dream sequence,  interracial relationship,  widow,  telephone,  television,  voice over narration,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death,  flashback

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:divorce,  christmas
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:watching tv,  fax,  female stockinged legs,  basement,  pantyhose,  california,  wine,  sister sister relationship,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  blood,  death

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:wedding
Locations:snow
Characters:singer
Period:1970s,  1980s
Story:tv studio,  watching tv,  tv,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  television,  voice over narration,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  flashback

Things We Lost In The Fire (2007)
Drama

Things We Lost In The Fire (2007)

Grief, recovery, and human contact. Brian is a great guy - a sweet father, a good husband, and a loyal friend to his boyhood pal Jerry who's a junkie. When tragedy strikes, Jerry tries to help Brian's wife and children cope, and Audrey, Brian's widow, tries to help Jerry kick the habit. Loss and addiction are stubborn. The story starts on the day of the funeral, with Brian appearing in flashbacks. A neighbor's divorce, a dinner party that includes a young woman from the Narcotics Anonymous group Jerry attends, and thinking back to a fire in Brian and Audrey's garage give the story texture. (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Characters:friend
Story:watching tv,  garage,  nonlinear timeline,  interracial relationship,  widow,  party,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback

Big Eyes (2014) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  wedding,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:watching tv,  based on real person,  based on real events,  shouting,  salesman,  fraud,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  argument,  california,  wine,  telephone,  sunglasses,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Carnage (2011)
Comedy, Drama

Carnage (2011)

In Brooklyn Bridge Park, eleven year old Zachary Cowan strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan Longstreet across the face with a stick after an argument. Among the more serious of Ethan's injuries is a permanently missing tooth and the possibility of a second tooth also being lost. Their respective parents learn of the altercation through Ethan's parents questioning him about his injuries. The Longstreet parents invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner. They are: Penelope Longstreet, whose idea it was to invite the Cowans, she whose priorities in life include human rights and justice; Michael Longstreet, who tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation; Nancy Cowan, a nervous and emotionally stressed woman; and Alan Cowan, who is married more to his work as evidenced by the attachment he has to his cell phone and taking work calls at the most inopportune times. Although the meeting starts off civilized enough, it quickly degenerates after an unfortunate incident by Nancy. The degeneration of their meeting not only has to do with their boys' fight, but also the other couple's fitness as parents, the state of their respective marriages and their place in a crazy world. (Read More)

Story:suntan pantyhose,  black pantyhose,  quarrel,  meeting,  insult,  salesman,  female stockinged legs,  argument,  pantyhose,  title spoken by character,  one word title

The Glass House (2001)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Glass House (2001)

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:broken glass,  watching tv,  glass,  argument,  drawing,  california,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood

The Room (2003)
Drama

The Room (2003)

In San Francisco, we follow Johnny, a man who has a girlfriend, Lisa, and also his best friend, Mark. Lisa has been cheating on Johnny with Mark and Johnny doesn't know! Will Johnny ever find out? Will Mark still be Johnny's best friend?

Themes:anger,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:broken glass,  disappointment,  quarrel,  insult,  confrontation,  argument,  wine,  telephone,  television,  sunglasses,  party,  blood,  death

Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:singer,  friend
Period:winter
Story:plumber,  snowing,  italian american,  working class,  telephone,  sunglasses,  sister sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death

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

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)

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

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:watching tv,  inspiration,  snowing,  working class,  telephone,  sunglasses,  father daughter relationship

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:anger,  friendship
Characters:musician,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:watching tv,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  garage,  basement,  argument,  television,  little girl,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death

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:anger,  friendship
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:meeting,  argument,  drawing,  widow,  telephone,  sister sister relationship,  based on true story,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  f rated,  death,  blood,  flashback

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Period:winter
Story:snowing,  wine,  telephone,  sunglasses,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Drama

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

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

Themes:divorce,  anger,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:singer,  friend
Period:winter,  1990s
Story:garage,  nonlinear timeline,  sister sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  flashback

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:divorce,  friendship
Characters:singer,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:watching tv,  name in title,  telephone,  sunglasses,  based on true story,  party,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  flashback,  death,  blood

24 Hour Party People (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

24 Hour Party People (2002)

Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson, Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then James and the Happy Mondays, who all become seminal artists of their time. What ensues is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters, and the birth of one of the most famous dance clubs in the world, The Hacienda - a mecca for clubbers as famous as the likes of Studio 54. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70's to the early 90's, this comedy documents the vibrancy that made Mad-chester the place in the world that you would most like to be. (Read More)

Locations:snow
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1970s,  1980s
Story:watching tv,  tv,  business,  factory,  telephone,  television,  based on true story,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
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:divorce,  wedding,  friendship
Locations:boat
Characters:friend
Period:1990s
Story:watching tv,  amish,  second chance,  salesman,  fraud,  business,  nonlinear timeline,  telephone,  little girl,  sunglasses,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  party,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  flashback,  blood

The Shipping News (2001)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

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

Themes:anger
Locations:boat,  snow
Characters:musician
Period:winter
Story:factory,  widow,  telephone,  television,  little girl,  party,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback

Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Period:1970s,  1980s
Story:insult,  italian american,  confrontation,  business,  nonlinear timeline,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title

The Mirror (1975)
Biography, Drama

The Mirror (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Themes:divorce
Locations:snow
Characters:singer
Period:winter
Story:tv,  dream sequence,  nonlinear timeline,  telephone,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  blood,  death,  flashback

Love & Mercy (2014) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

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

Themes:anger,  friendship
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Period:1970s,  1980s
Story:black and white scene,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  nonlinear timeline,  california,  wine,  telephone,  sunglasses,  party,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death

Juno (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Period:winter
Story:paper,  basement,  telephone,  sister sister relationship,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback

Twister (1996)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Twister (1996)

TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  anger
Locations:boat
Period:1990s
Story:watching tv,  bill,  tv,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  argument,  death

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:wedding,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:watching tv,  meet cute,  nonlinear timeline,  telephone,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death,  flashback

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Family

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Eccentric actor Daniel Hillard is an amusing and caring father. But after a disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda draws the line and files a divorce. He can see his three children only once a week which doesn't sit well with him. Daniel also holds a job at a TV studio as a shipping clerk under the recommendation of his liason. But when Miranda puts out an ad for a housekeeper, Daniel takes it upon himself to make a disguise as a Scottish lady named Mrs Doubtfire. And Daniel must also deal with Miranda's new boyfriend Stu Dunemyer. (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Period:1990s
Story:tv studio,  tv,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  television,  party,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Story:watching tv,  saleswoman,  plumber,  snowing,  inventor,  nonlinear timeline,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  blood,  flashback

Proof (2005)
Drama, Mystery

Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:friend
Story:watching tv,  snowing,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  sister sister relationship,  party,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  f rated,  death,  flashback

Horns (2013)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend.

Themes:anger,  friendship
Characters:musician,  friend
Story:broken glass,  watching tv,  blood on hands,  confrontation,  nonlinear timeline,  interracial relationship,  little girl,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  flashback,  blood,  death

Wild (2014) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
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:divorce,  anger
Locations:snow
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:winter,  1990s
Story:snowing,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  california,  little girl,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  death,  flashback,  blood

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

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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

Themes:anger,  christmas
Characters:singer
Story:watching tv,  crayon,  stubbornness,  nonlinear timeline,  name in title,  wine,  telephone,  little girl,  sunglasses,  party,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  f rated,  flashback,  blood,  death

The Bodyguard (1992)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:boat,  snow
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1990s
Story:broken glass,  interracial relationship,  sunglasses,  sister sister relationship,  party,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:tv studio,  watching tv,  soap opera actor,  salesman,  soap opera,  garage,  television,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  blood,  death

Greenberg (2010) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Greenberg (2010)

We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:watching tv,  italian american,  female stockinged legs,  pantyhose,  california,  little girl,  sister sister relationship,  party,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  death

A Most Violent Year (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Most Violent Year (2014)

A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. (Read More)

Locations:snow
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:shouting,  salesman,  business,  factory,  argument,  death,  blood

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:divorce,  christmas
Locations:snow
Characters:singer
Period:1970s
Story:half sister,  unsubtitled foreign language,  italian american,  fraud,  nonlinear timeline,  california,  sunglasses,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  party,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Trumbo (2015)
Biography, Drama

Trumbo (2015)

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  christmas,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:watching tv,  quarrel,  shouting,  argument,  based on true story,  party,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  one word title

War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like Joy (2015)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War, Biography

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:anger,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:latino
Story:shooting practice,  based on real person,  fraud,  business,  nonlinear timeline,  interracial relationship,  sunglasses,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

Network (1976)
Drama

Network (1976)

In the 1970s, terrorist violence is the stuff of networks' nightly news programming and the corporate structure of the UBS Television Network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Period:1970s
Story:tv network,  tv studio,  business,  california,  television,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  one word title

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