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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:courage,  funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery,  snow,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  warrior,  priest,  baby,  dancer,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  fire axe,  burn victim,  irish catholic,  christmas song,  birthday cake,  search and rescue,  birthday party,  wedding reception,  fire pole,  fire hydrant,  fire station,  fire alarm,  christmas eve,  telephone call,  st. patrick's day,  facial disfigurement,  nativity scene,  firehouse,  firetruck,  brick wall,  meet cute,  debris,  worrying,  male camaraderie,  firefighting,  ledge,  oxygen mask,  building collapse,  reference to santa claus,  steam,  crib,  kilt,  mentor protege relationship,  burn,  goose,  baltimore maryland,  ping pong,  rookie,  bagpipes,  hymn,  brotherhood,  marching band,  wager,  falling,  stretcher,  telling someone to shut up,  medal,  confessional,  locker,  irish american,  baptism,  jewelry,  practical joke,  main character dies,  loss of brother,  firefighter,  smoke,  loss of husband,  grocery store,  bravery,  trapped,  death of friend,  burial,  honor,  parade,  ladder,  pool,  male bonding,  babysitter,  burned alive,  supermarket,  rope,  disaster,  machismo,  flirting,  death of husband,  death of brother,  premarital sex,  loss of father,  rat,  american flag,  teenage girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  flash forward,  confession,  coffee,  graveyard,  coffin,  exploding car,  nonlinear timeline,  accident,  toilet,  axe,  telephone,  cafe,  death of father,  birthday,  reference to god,  water,  drink,  watching tv,  rescue,  hero,  helicopter,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  flashback,  death,  blood,  fight

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

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

Themes:wedding,  funeral,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:catholic church,  wedding reception,  telephone call,  stretcher,  burial,  pool,  supermarket,  rat,  american flag,  graveyard,  coffin,  telephone,  drink,  watching tv,  rescue,  helicopter,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood,  fight

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Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

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

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  bar,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:birthday party,  wedding reception,  telephone call,  burial,  death of husband,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  graveyard,  telephone,  death of father,  birthday,  reference to god,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  fight,  death

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:catholic,  priest,  baby,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:catholic church,  birthday cake,  birthday party,  telephone call,  flirting,  death of husband,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  death of father,  birthday,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  fire,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  flashback

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
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:funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:birthday cake,  birthday party,  telephone call,  death of husband,  teenage girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  flash forward,  graveyard,  telephone,  cafe,  birthday,  reference to god,  drink,  underwear,  song,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death,  flashback

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Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. This is why Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  bar,  hospital
Characters:boy,  baby,  singer
Story:birthday cake,  telephone call,  death of husband,  flash forward,  graveyard,  coffin,  cafe,  birthday,  drink,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback

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:courage,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage
Mood:melodrama
Locations:snow,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  boy
Story:birthday cake,  birthday party,  telephone call,  loss of husband,  death of husband,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  accident,  toilet,  cafe,  birthday,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  pregnancy,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death,  blood

World Trade Center (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

World Trade Center (2006)

On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the wreckage while the rescue teams fight to save them.

Themes:courage,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:friend
Story:search and rescue,  rescue,  firetruck,  debris,  building collapse,  stretcher,  trapped,  death of friend,  disaster,  reference to god,  watching tv,  underwear,  pregnancy,  fire,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death,  blood,  flashback

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Jarhead (2005) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

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

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

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  fear,  christmas,  marriage
Characters:priest,  nurse,  singer
Story:steam,  telling someone to shut up,  main character dies,  loss of brother,  bravery,  trapped,  ladder,  rope,  disaster,  water,  rescue,  helicopter,  song,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Alfie (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. This is why Alfie (2004) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:baby,  girl,  friend
Story:birthday party,  christmas eve,  pool,  male bonding,  machismo,  flirting,  premarital sex,  graveyard,  coffin,  cafe,  drink,  underwear,  pregnancy,  fire,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  dog,  flashback

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Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

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

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:cemetery,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  priest,  baby,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:catholic church,  birthday party,  telephone call,  falling,  death of friend,  burial,  parade,  american flag,  teenage girl,  coffee,  graveyard,  coffin,  cafe,  birthday,  water,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  fight,  blood

Imagine Me & You (2005) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Imagine Me & You (2005)

Rachel is a nice girl who is going to marry with Hector ('Heck'), her longtime boyfriend. While she is working in the wedding preparations she meets Luce, wedding's florist, unexpectedly falling in love to her and discovering what is having love feeling to another woman. Unable to stop her Rachel meets Luce a few times hiding it to her family, specially her mother Tessa because she contracted Luce. At the same time that Heck tries to win the affection of his parents-in-law, above all the eccentric father-in-law Ned, Rachel tries following with the daily life and marriage with her husband, but the love and passion she feels for Luce causes a secret affair between both women, and a doubt in Rachel about the life she wants for herself. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  church
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend,  homosexual
Story:birthday cake,  wedding reception,  telephone call,  falling,  grocery store,  toilet,  cafe,  birthday,  drink,  pregnancy,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog

The Last Kiss (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Last Kiss (2006)

Michael and Jenna, having been a couple for three years, want to get married and start a family. These plans seem to be well on their way when Jenna announces that she's pregnant. But Michael is worried that his life and his youth will be over for good. At a wedding of a friend, he meets a free-spirited college co-ed, Kim, who opens his eyes and leads him on a dangerous path away from Jenna. Meanwhile, none of the relationships of the people surrounding Michael and Jenna are happy and stable. Michael's friend Izzy is unwilling to let go of his childhood sweetheart Arianna; Kenny is a handsome stud who fears commitment to his latest conquest Danielle; and Chris is a co-worker who is dominated by his neurotic and overbearing wife over raising their newborn son. Even Jenna's parents, Stephen and Anna, are experiencing problems in their long-suffering marriage. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:baby,  singer,  friend
Story:birthday party,  wedding reception,  telephone call,  machismo,  teenage girl,  coffin,  death of father,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  pregnancy,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight

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C.r.a.z.y. (2005)
Comedy, Drama

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

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

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:snow,  church,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  priest,  baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  birthday cake,  wedding reception,  telephone call,  loss of brother,  death of brother,  teenage girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  confession,  graveyard,  coffin,  water,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  flashback

Backdraft (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Backdraft (1991)

A rookie firefighter tries to earn the respect of his older brother and other firefighters while taking part in an investigation of a string of arson/murders. This detailed look into the duties and private lives of firemen naturally features widespread pyrotechnics and special effects. This is why Backdraft (1991) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004). (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bar
Story:rookie,  firefighter,  fire station,  firefighting,  telling someone to shut up,  irish american,  main character dies,  loss of brother,  machismo,  death of brother,  loss of father,  axe,  telephone,  rescue,  hero,  fire,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  death

Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

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

Themes:funeral,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church,  hospital
Characters:priest,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:telephone call,  hymn,  flash forward,  graveyard,  cafe,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:baby,  dancer,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  irish catholic,  birthday party,  telephone call,  mentor protege relationship,  marching band,  irish american,  baptism,  parade,  nonlinear timeline,  cafe,  birthday,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  song,  singing,  dancing,  blood,  flashback,  death,  dog,  fight

The Air I Breathe (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:mentor protege relationship,  stretcher,  death of brother,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  toilet,  cafe,  death of father,  drink,  watching tv,  helicopter,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  death

The Messenger (2009)
Drama, Romance, War

The Messenger (2009)

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

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:baby,  boy,  singer
Story:wedding reception,  telephone call,  loss of husband,  grocery store,  male bonding,  supermarket,  death of husband,  american flag,  coffee,  coffin,  cafe,  death of father,  drink,  watching tv,  hero,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death

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Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  fear,  drinking,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery,  snow,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend,  homosexual
Story:telephone call,  grocery store,  bravery,  burial,  supermarket,  premarital sex,  teenage girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  flash forward,  toilet,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  blood,  death,  dog,  fight

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  irish catholic,  telephone call,  st. patrick's day,  confessional,  irish american,  rope,  machismo,  flash forward,  confession,  coffee,  nonlinear timeline,  cafe,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  fire,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback,  fight,  blood

The Iceman (2012)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery,  snow,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  baby,  dancer,  girl,  friend
Story:birthday cake,  birthday party,  telephone call,  trapped,  pool,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  telephone,  cafe,  birthday,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  dog,  flashback

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Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:singer,  baby,  dancer,  boy
Story:birthday cake,  birthday party,  hymn,  falling,  loss of brother,  death of brother,  premarital sex,  birthday,  reference to god,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  death

The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

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

Themes:drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  church
Characters:priest,  dancer,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:loss of brother,  burial,  honor,  death of brother,  flash forward,  coffee,  graveyard,  coffin,  water,  drink,  underwear,  song,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  death

Shane (1953)
Drama, Western

Shane (1953)

Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. This is why Shane (1953) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:hymn,  loss of husband,  bravery,  honor,  machismo,  death of husband,  american flag,  coffin,  axe,  death of father,  drink,  hero,  song,  fire,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death,  fight,  blood

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Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:catholic,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  falling,  flash forward,  coffee,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  death

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

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:rooftop,  bar,  hospital
Characters:boy,  singer,  homosexual
Story:birthday cake,  birthday party,  rat,  accident,  toilet,  cafe,  death of father,  birthday,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood,  death,  flashback

The Matador (2005) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery,  snow,  church,  bar
Characters:dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:telephone call,  honor,  ladder,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  coffee,  graveyard,  exploding car,  cafe,  birthday,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  fire,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood,  dog,  flashback

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Brooklyn (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,  drinking,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  singer,  friend
Story:catholic church,  telephone call,  nativity scene,  irish american,  grocery store,  premarital sex,  american flag,  graveyard,  telephone,  reference to god,  drink,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:birthday party,  telephone call,  machismo,  flash forward,  confession,  toilet,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  dog,  flashback

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy
Story:birthday cake,  birthday party,  babysitter,  supermarket,  flash forward,  coffee,  nonlinear timeline,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  dog,  flashback

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The Towering Inferno (1974) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Towering Inferno (1974)

Doug Roberts, Architect, returns from a long vacation to find work nearly completed on his skyscraper. He goes to the party that night concerned he's found that his wiring specifications have not been followed and that the building continues to develop short circuits. When the fire begins, Michael O'Halleran is the chief on duty as a series of daring rescues punctuate the terror of a building too tall to have a fire successfully fought from the ground. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:nurse,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:trapped,  burn victim,  fire,  fire station,  fire alarm,  telephone call,  firefighting,  stretcher,  irish american,  firefighter,  smoke,  bravery,  death of friend,  burned alive,  disaster,  death of husband,  telephone,  water,  rescue,  helicopter,  explosion,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  death

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:rooftop
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:baptism,  jewelry,  bravery,  premarital sex,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  pregnancy,  fire,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  flashback,  blood

The Kite Runner (2007)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  funeral,  wedding,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  bar,  hospital
Characters:boy,  baby,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:birthday party,  wedding reception,  telephone call,  honor,  flash forward,  graveyard,  coffin,  telephone,  death of father,  birthday,  reference to god,  song,  fire,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  flashback,  blood

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The Blob (1988)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Blob (1988)

Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for authority figures proves justified when he learns of their true motives. This is why The Blob (1988) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church,  hospital
Characters:priest,  nurse,  boy
Story:burn victim,  bravery,  death of friend,  burned alive,  disaster,  rat,  teenage girl,  exploding car,  axe,  cafe,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood,  death

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
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:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery,  bar
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:birthday party,  telephone call,  male bonding,  confession,  graveyard,  cafe,  birthday,  water,  drink,  watching tv,  rescue,  hero,  underwear,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  death,  blood,  flashback

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:funeral,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery,  bar
Characters:boy
Story:fire station,  telephone call,  firefighter,  death of friend,  american flag,  graveyard,  axe,  cafe,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  fire,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  dog,  fight,  death

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Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  homosexual
Story:birthday cake,  telephone call,  babysitter,  coffin,  accident,  toilet,  telephone,  cafe,  birthday,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  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:funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas,  friendship
Characters:baby,  friend
Story:telephone call,  meet cute,  death of friend,  cousin cousin relationship,  coffee,  coffin,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. This is why The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  bar,  hospital
Characters:friend
Story:telephone call,  burial,  honor,  male bonding,  rope,  american flag,  coffee,  graveyard,  nonlinear timeline,  cafe,  reference to god,  water,  drink,  watching tv,  helicopter,  underwear,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood,  death

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Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  snow,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  priest,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:catholic church,  fire hydrant,  telephone call,  confessional,  irish american,  rat,  american flag,  flash forward,  confession,  coffin,  cafe,  birthday,  drink,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  flashback

Youth (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Youth (2015)

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:telephone call,  oxygen mask,  wager,  jewelry,  death of friend,  cousin cousin relationship,  telephone,  birthday,  reference to god,  water,  song,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:snow,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  debris,  medal,  jewelry,  smoke,  bravery,  trapped,  honor,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  death of father,  birthday,  reference to god,  drink,  hero,  song,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  fight,  blood,  dog

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Shallow Hal (2001) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
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:courage,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:burn victim,  machismo,  coffee,  death of father,  drink,  underwear,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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. This is why We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  christmas
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:telephone call,  oxygen mask,  stretcher,  grocery store,  supermarket,  death of husband,  american flag,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  telephone,  birthday,  drink,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  flashback,  death

The Guardian (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama

The Guardian (2006)

Ben Randall is a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. When his crew is killed in an accident and his marriage ends, his commander tells him he wants Randall to go to the US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer "A" School to train other rescue swimmers. He encounters a guy named Jake who's a little cocky because he was once a swim champion. So Ben puts him through the wringer to see if he can handle it. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  marriage
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:warrior,  girl
Story:search and rescue,  wedding reception,  rescue,  rookie,  wager,  death of friend,  disaster,  premarital sex,  accident,  water,  helicopter,  fire,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood,  dog

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Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene ('Carey Mulligan' (qv)), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak ('Matthias Schoenaerts' (qv)), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy ('Tom Sturridge' (qv)), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood ('Michael Sheen (I)' (qv)), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drinking,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:christmas eve,  firefighting,  hymn,  wager,  jewelry,  ladder,  death of husband,  graveyard,  coffin,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  fire,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  death

Gone With The Wind (1939) is one of the best movies like Ladder 49 (2004)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  nurse,  girl,  singer
Story:birthday cake,  stretcher,  irish american,  jewelry,  loss of husband,  bravery,  honor,  flirting,  loss of father,  teenage girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  axe,  death of father,  birthday,  reference to god,  rescue,  pregnancy,  song,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood,  fight,  death

La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:birthday party,  wedding reception,  birthday,  telephone call,  coffin,  nonlinear timeline,  drink,  watching tv,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death,  flashback

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