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K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:evolution,  amnesia,  dying,  illness,  paranoia,  robbery,  fear,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  christian,  lawyer,  policeman,  alien,  boy,  children,  friend
Period:future,  1990s,  1980s
Story:apple pie,  mental patient,  piano player,  alien language,  attempted suicide,  murder of daughter,  faster than light,  essay contest,  hypnotic regression,  hoboken new jersey,  work accident,  venetian blinds,  lawn tennis,  blue jay,  beam of light,  philosophical conversation,  jet lag,  reference to rembrandt,  thorazine,  speed of light,  tachyon,  ultraviolet light,  grand central station manhattan new york city,  bluebird,  freudian,  medical treatment,  reference to joan of arc,  albuquerque new mexico,  astrophysicist,  salvation army,  scotch whiskey,  art forgery,  reproduction,  nausea,  new beginning,  reference to buddha,  newfoundland,  planetarium,  constellation,  savant,  psychiatric ward,  lawn sprinkler,  catatonia,  star gazing,  dreamer,  ambiguity,  homesickness,  skunk,  solar system,  subconscious,  dutch angle,  murder of wife,  greenland,  secret past,  luggage,  strawberry,  psychosis,  casket,  pencil,  fourth of july,  lunatic,  enigma,  tragic past,  slaughterhouse,  open ended,  galaxy,  reference to albert einstein,  second chance,  sense of smell,  craziness,  hypnotism,  iceland,  new mexico,  astronomy,  fruit,  beggar,  drifter,  extraterrestrial,  surprise after end credits,  psychotic,  ambiguous ending,  dark past,  barbecue,  swing,  vegetarian,  banana,  time lapse photography,  death of daughter,  sun,  laughter,  medication,  hypnosis,  delusion,  surveillance camera,  telescope,  imagination,  mental institution,  buddhist,  morality,  apple,  picnic,  railway station,  schizophrenia,  stranger,  planet,  patient,  law,  balloon,  chess,  moon,  cow,  sleeping,  policewoman,  disappearance,  death of wife,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  tree,  drowning,  outer space,  bird,  video camera,  strangulation,  manhattan new york city,  science,  river,  reference to jesus christ,  piano,  death of father,  sunglasses,  water,  watching tv,  computer,  investigation,  remake,  dream,  pregnancy,  train,  rape,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  party,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  based on novel,  murder,  death,  blood,  dog,  police

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  robbery,  fear,  friendship
Characters:psychiatrist
Period:1990s
Story:mental patient,  dutch angle,  tragic past,  dark past,  surveillance camera,  mental institution,  schizophrenia,  patient,  policewoman,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  manhattan new york city,  river,  death of father,  watching tv,  investigation,  train,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  police,  blood,  dog,  death

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Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:boy,  children
Story:psychosis,  death of daughter,  medication,  delusion,  mental institution,  chess,  death of wife,  drowning,  remake,  surprise ending,  cult film,  blood,  death

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:dying,  paranoia,  fear,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  boy,  children,  friend
Story:attempted suicide,  patient,  death of wife,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  drowning,  bird,  river,  dream,  pregnancy,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police

War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

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

Themes:dying,  fear
Characters:policeman,  alien
Period:future
Story:extraterrestrial,  sun,  sleeping,  drowning,  outer space,  bird,  video camera,  river,  watching tv,  remake,  pregnancy,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood,  police,  death

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American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  friendship
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Period:1980s
Story:ambiguity,  lunatic,  sense of smell,  ambiguous ending,  laughter,  telescope,  schizophrenia,  attempted murder,  video camera,  strangulation,  manhattan new york city,  sunglasses,  watching tv,  investigation,  dream,  rape,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  party,  independent film,  based on novel,  dog,  blood,  police,  death,  murder

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:dying,  illness,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:christian,  lawyer,  policeman,  boy
Story:new mexico,  death of daughter,  patient,  law,  attempted murder,  bird,  reference to jesus christ,  watching tv,  computer,  pregnancy,  party,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police,  murder,  blood,  death

Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict (James Cole) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (who he's told was spread by a mysterious "Army of the Twelve Monkeys") and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  paranoia
Mood:nightmare
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  policeman,  boy
Period:future,  1990s
Story:mental institution,  dutch angle,  psychosis,  reference to albert einstein,  imagination,  science,  watching tv,  remake,  dream,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  death,  police,  murder,  blood

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Gattaca (1997) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gattaca (1997)

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  paranoia,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  children
Period:future
Story:solar system,  surprise after end credits,  telescope,  moon,  dream,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  outer space,  piano,  computer,  investigation,  pregnancy,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  title spoken by character,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  blood

The Fountain (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Period:future
Story:tree,  star gazing,  time lapse photography,  telescope,  planet,  sleeping,  death of wife,  outer space,  bird,  science,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  blood

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. This is why Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001).

Themes:dying,  paranoia,  robbery,  fear,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Period:1990s
Story:barbecue,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  death of father,  sunglasses,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police,  death,  blood,  dog,  murder

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Mar Adentro (2004)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Mar Adentro (2004)

Life story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. Film explores Ramon's relationships with two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living. Through the gift of his love, these two women are inspired to accomplish things they never previously thought possible. Despite his wish to die, Ramon taught everyone he encountered the meaning, value and preciousness of life. Though he could not move himself, he had an uncanny ability to move others. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  fear,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  boy,  friend
Period:1990s
Story:medication,  telescope,  cow,  drowning,  video camera,  watching tv,  computer,  dream,  pregnancy,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
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:fear,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  boy,  children,  friend
Story:law,  attempted suicide,  policewoman,  death of father,  sunglasses,  watching tv,  computer,  investigation,  rape,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  police,  blood,  dog

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:illness,  paranoia,  suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  boy
Story:hypnotic regression,  hypnosis,  mental institution,  attempted murder,  video camera,  strangulation,  reference to jesus christ,  death of father,  dream,  rape,  surprise ending,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  dog

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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:amnesia,  robbery,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  friend
Story:dreamer,  new mexico,  psychotic,  delusion,  patient,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  watching tv,  computer,  investigation,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  police,  death,  blood,  murder

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. This is why The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001). (Read More)

Themes:illness
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  christian,  policeman
Story:catatonia,  psychosis,  psychotic,  schizophrenia,  science,  reference to jesus christ,  piano,  watching tv,  investigation,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  death,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  police

Stay (2005) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stay (2005)

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal.

Themes:dying,  illness,  suicide
Mood:nightmare
Characters:psychiatrist,  boy,  friend
Story:patient,  psychosis,  medication,  imagination,  mental institution,  balloon,  chess,  piano,  death of father,  investigation,  dream,  train,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood,  dog

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Side Effects (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  lawyer,  policeman,  boy
Story:mental patient,  nausea,  reference to albert einstein,  medication,  mental institution,  sleeping,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  video camera,  manhattan new york city,  watching tv,  investigation,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  christian
Period:1990s
Story:law,  ambiguous ending,  time lapse photography,  morality,  apple,  video camera,  manhattan new york city,  watching tv,  computer,  dream,  rape,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  party,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  dog,  murder,  blood,  police,  death

The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  lawyer,  children,  friend
Story:secret past,  dark past,  death of daughter,  delusion,  cow,  death of wife,  bird,  death of father,  train,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  murder,  police,  death

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Adams Aebler (2005) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. This is why Adams Aebler (2005) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  robbery,  fear,  suicide
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:christian
Story:apple pie,  sense of smell,  apple,  death of wife,  tree,  pregnancy,  father son relationship,  blood,  murder,  death

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  fear,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:policeman,  boy
Period:future
Story:fourth of july,  ambiguous ending,  telescope,  picnic,  schizophrenia,  balloon,  disappearance,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  outer space,  video camera,  science,  sunglasses,  watching tv,  computer,  dream,  pregnancy,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  police,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  murder,  dog,  blood,  death

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  paranoia,  fear,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  boy,  friend
Story:second chance,  surveillance camera,  sleeping,  river,  water,  watching tv,  train,  rape,  party,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  police,  death,  murder,  blood

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Abre Los Ojos (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Abre Los Ojos (1997)

A once handsome playboy, Cesar finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:psychiatrist,  lawyer,  policeman,  children,  friend
Story:subconscious,  death of father,  watching tv,  computer,  dream,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  police

Reign Over Me (2007) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  children,  friend
Story:death of daughter,  patient,  death of wife,  manhattan new york city,  river,  death of father,  watching tv,  computer,  dream,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Enemy Mine (1985)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. This is why Enemy Mine (1985) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  friendship
Characters:alien,  friend
Period:future
Story:planet,  alien language,  galaxy,  extraterrestrial,  moon,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  outer space,  water,  dream,  pregnancy,  surprise ending,  cult film,  murder,  blood,  death

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Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  paranoia,  robbery,  fear,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  friend
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:new mexico,  beggar,  moon,  cow,  video camera,  manhattan new york city,  reference to jesus christ,  computer,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  blood,  dog,  death

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:paranoia,  suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:psychiatrist,  policeman,  boy
Story:balloon,  sleeping,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  drowning,  strangulation,  reference to jesus christ,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  rape,  party,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  blood,  dog

Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Characters:boy
Story:apple pie,  dutch angle,  imagination,  sleeping,  death of wife,  tree,  piano,  death of father,  sunglasses,  dream,  pregnancy,  train,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  based on novel,  death,  blood

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Odishon (1999)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:piano player,  laughter,  disappearance,  death of wife,  video camera,  strangulation,  piano,  watching tv,  computer,  dream,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  blood,  dog

Cache (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cache (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. This is why Cache (2005) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  paranoia,  fear,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  boy,  friend
Story:ambiguity,  ambiguous ending,  morality,  drowning,  video camera,  piano,  death of father,  watching tv,  dream,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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

Themes:paranoia,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Characters:psychiatrist,  boy
Period:1990s
Story:dutch angle,  tragic past,  new mexico,  psychotic,  dark past,  time lapse photography,  schizophrenia,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  drowning,  strangulation,  death of father,  sunglasses,  dream,  rape,  surprise ending,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  police,  death,  blood,  murder

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Morgan (2016) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  suicide
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  tree,  drowning,  strangulation,  science,  river,  computer,  investigation,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  independent film,  death,  murder,  blood

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  boy
Story:computer,  disappearance,  sense of smell,  surveillance camera,  sleeping,  attempted murder,  video camera,  strangulation,  death of father,  sunglasses,  watching tv,  investigation,  train,  rape,  surprise ending,  murder,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  based on novel,  blood,  death

Interstellar (2014)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Interstellar (2014)

Earth's future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:children
Period:future
Story:planet,  solar system,  galaxy,  ambiguous ending,  law,  attempted murder,  drowning,  outer space,  science,  death of father,  water,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. This is why Before I Go To Sleep (2014) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001). (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  illness,  paranoia,  fear,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  boy,  friend
Period:1990s
Story:mental patient,  stranger,  sleeping,  attempted murder,  video camera,  strangulation,  investigation,  dream,  pregnancy,  surprise ending,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  based on novel,  blood

Rogue One (2016) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Rogue One (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  friendship
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:alien language,  tragic past,  open ended,  galaxy,  dark past,  planet,  moon,  death of wife,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  outer space,  strangulation,  death of father,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder

The Uninvited (2009)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Uninvited (2009)

After the death of her ill mother in a fire, the young teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still cannot remember what had happened on the night her mother died. Her psychiatric Dr. Silberling, however, discharges her telling that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer, Steven, brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast. Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister, Alex, swimming in the sea. She discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. As time moves on, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidence to prove that Rachel is the murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  suicide
Mood:nightmare
Characters:psychiatrist,  children
Period:1980s
Story:mental patient,  tragic past,  dark past,  mental institution,  schizophrenia,  attempted murder,  strangulation,  watching tv,  remake,  dream,  surprise ending,  party,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  police,  murder

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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:illness,  paranoia,  robbery,  marriage
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:investigation,  disappearance,  surveillance camera,  policewoman,  video camera,  manhattan new york city,  sunglasses,  water,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  surprise ending,  new york city,  party,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  death,  blood

The Fourth Kind (2009)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Fourth Kind (2009)

In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  suicide
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  alien
Story:time lapse photography,  hypnosis,  patient,  disappearance,  video camera,  investigation,  dream,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  death,  blood,  police

Appaloosa (2008) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Western

Appaloosa (2008)

1882, New Mexico Territory. Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are itinerant lawmen, hired by desperate towns as marshal and deputy. The city fathers of Appaloosa hire them after Randall Bragg, a newly-arrived rancher with money and a gang of thugs, disrupts commerce and kills three local lawmen. Cole and Hitch contrive to arrest Bragg and bring him to trial, but hanging him proves difficult. Meanwhile, a widow has arrived in town, Allison French, pretty, refined, and good-natured. Virgil falls hard, and it seems mutual, but there may be more to Allie than meets the eye. Can friendship and skill with a gun overcome a pernicious villain and green-eyed jealousy? This is why Appaloosa (2008) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Characters:lawyer,  boy,  friend
Story:piano player,  ambiguity,  secret past,  new mexico,  dark past,  telescope,  law,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  river,  piano,  train,  rape,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  murder,  death,  blood

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Contact (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Contact (1997)

Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin, try to take over her work. When the messages received from space are decoded, the project takes on a whole new dimension, which strengthens for Ellie the quest for the truth. Thrown into the mix are the unknown person who has up until now funded most of Ellie's work and what his motivations are, and Palmer Joss, a renowned author and theologian, who despite their fundamental differences in outlook, is mutually attracted to Ellie, that attraction based in part on intellect and their common goal of wanting to know the truth. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  suicide
Characters:alien
Story:extraterrestrial,  science,  philosophical conversation,  speed of light,  star gazing,  galaxy,  new mexico,  astronomy,  time lapse photography,  surveillance camera,  telescope,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  outer space,  death of father,  dream,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  death

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:friend
Period:1990s
Story:grand central station manhattan new york city,  tragic past,  slaughterhouse,  chess,  policewoman,  attempted murder,  manhattan new york city,  computer,  investigation,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  death,  police,  murder,  blood

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  robbery,  fear,  friendship
Characters:psychiatrist,  lawyer,  policeman,  boy
Story:delusion,  attempted murder,  video camera,  manhattan new york city,  watching tv,  investigation,  rape,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  police,  dog,  murder,  death,  blood

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August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:boy,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:second chance,  stranger,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  manhattan new york city,  piano,  pregnancy,  new york city,  party,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police

Adam (2009)
Drama, Romance

Adam (2009)

Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam's ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating. This is why Adam (2009) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  children,  friend
Period:future
Story:grand central station manhattan new york city,  planetarium,  solar system,  galaxy,  reference to albert einstein,  astronomy,  telescope,  stranger,  outer space,  manhattan new york city,  death of father,  watching tv,  computer,  train,  new york city,  party,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  police

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:paranoia
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  boy
Story:murder of daughter,  venetian blinds,  lawn sprinkler,  death of daughter,  medication,  balloon,  sunglasses,  watching tv,  computer,  pregnancy,  train,  new york city,  party,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  murder,  blood,  death

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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:fear
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:alien,  children
Story:solar system,  casket,  planet,  balloon,  tree,  drowning,  bird,  reference to jesus christ,  piano,  computer,  cult film,  party,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  blood,  death,  police

The Invasion (2007) is one of the best movies like K-pax (2001)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Invasion (2007)

While returning to Earth, the space shuttle explodes and the fragments bring an alien virus that recodes the human DNA. In Washington, the psychiatrist Carol Bennell observes the modification of the behavior of one of her clients first, then in her former husband and finally in the population in general. Together with her friend Dr. Ben Driscoll the researcher Dr. Stephen Galeano, they discover that the extraterrestrial epidemic affects human beings while sleeping and that her son Ollie, who had chickenpox when he was a baby, is immune to the disease and may save mankind from the outbreak. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:psychiatrist,  alien,  friend
Story:extraterrestrial,  psychotic,  planet,  patient,  sleeping,  outer space,  watching tv,  remake,  dream,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  death,  police

Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Shallow Hal (2001)

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? (Read More)

Themes:dying,  fear,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy,  children,  friend
Story:hypnosis,  delusion,  death of father,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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