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Les Miserables (2012)
Drama, History, Musical, Romance, War

Les Miserables (2012)

Jean Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.

Themes:starvation,  forgiveness,  humiliation,  redemption,  robbery,  wedding,  drinking,  betrayal,  suicide
Mood:tearjerker,  epic,  melodrama,  suspense
Locations:sewer,  brothel,  france
Characters:mayor,  priest,  student
Story:parole,  rebellion,  factory,  wedding crasher,  paris france,  fallen woman,  dying in someone's arms,  dead woman carried,  iron gate,  funeral cortege,  closing eyes of dead person,  girl disguised as boy,  graft,  moral choice,  candlestick,  insurrection,  death of main character,  abused child,  grifter,  based on stage musical,  dead woman on bed,  french revolution,  innkeeper,  funeral procession,  camaraderie,  barricade,  child killed,  cutting hair,  heroic bloodshed,  deathbed,  tuberculosis,  woman shot,  illegitimate child,  stars,  guardian,  bishop,  dying man,  no title at beginning,  teasing,  assumed identity,  beggar,  main character dies,  dead woman with eyes open,  police inspector,  crowd,  tragic hero,  dead boy,  convict,  hunger,  mourning,  historical event,  false identity,  dead woman,  fate,  law,  child murder,  police brutality,  self sacrifice,  falling in love,  ring,  19th century,  no opening credits,  army,  orphan,  prostitution,  arrest,  battle,  shot in the chest,  rain,  corpse,  ghost,  based on play,  father daughter relationship,  two word title,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

Les Miserables (1998)
Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Les Miserables (1998)

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France.

Themes:starvation,  redemption,  robbery,  suicide
Mood:melodrama,  suspense
Locations:france
Characters:student,  mayor,  priest
Story:paris france,  abused child,  dead woman on bed,  french revolution,  tuberculosis,  parole,  bishop,  dead woman with eyes open,  dead boy,  rebellion,  police brutality,  19th century,  factory,  orphan,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  murder

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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  redemption,  betrayal,  suicide
Mood:epic,  suspense
Story:barricade,  heroic bloodshed,  main character dies,  fate,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  army,  orphan,  battle,  shot in the chest,  rain,  corpse,  murder,  blood

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

The Four Feathers (2002)

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

Themes:starvation,  humiliation,  redemption,  drinking
Mood:epic
Story:camaraderie,  historical event,  19th century,  army,  battle,  rain,  corpse,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

Ben-hur (2016) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:forgiveness,  redemption,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Story:rebellion,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  army,  orphan,  arrest,  battle,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption,  robbery,  betrayal
Locations:sewer,  brothel
Story:tragic hero,  rebellion,  self sacrifice,  army,  orphan,  prostitution,  battle,  shot in the chest,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  blood,  murder

Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

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

Themes:forgiveness,  humiliation,  drinking,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Characters:priest
Story:bishop,  crowd,  hunger,  army,  arrest,  battle,  rain,  ghost,  two word title,  blood,  murder

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille came into the world unwanted, expected to die, yet born with an unnerving sense of smell that created alienation as well as talent. Of all the smells around him, Grenouille is beckoned to the scent of a woman's soul, and spends the rest of his life attempting to smell her essence again by becoming a perfumer, and creating the essence of an innocence lost. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  robbery
Characters:priest
Story:paris france,  dead woman on bed,  bishop,  dead woman with eyes open,  child murder,  orphan,  prostitution,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  murder

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Schindler's List (1993) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Biography, Drama, History

Schindler's List (1993)

Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric German Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is a testament to the good in all of us. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  forgiveness,  wedding
Mood:epic
Story:factory,  child killed,  tragic hero,  dead boy,  fate,  child murder,  ring,  no opening credits,  two word title,  murder,  blood

Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  humiliation,  suicide
Mood:epic
Characters:priest
Story:deathbed,  main character dies,  hunger,  police brutality,  murder,  blood

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. This is why Marie Antoinette (2006) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:france,  brothel
Characters:priest
Story:paris france,  french revolution,  bishop,  mourning,  factory,  based on novel

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Glory (1989)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Themes:humiliation
Mood:tearjerker,  epic
Story:main character dies,  19th century,  army,  battle,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  blood

Beautiful Creatures (2013) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Teenager Ethan Wate is obsessed with his urge to finish high school and go on to college in order to leave the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina behind, until a mysterious girl begins to inhabit his dreams. When he meets Lena Duchannes, a newcomer who has just enrolled in his school, Ethan knows she is the girl in his dreams. Lena is rejected by the rest of her classmates for being the niece of Macon Ravenwood, whom the town's superstitious residents consider to be a devil-worshiper. But Ethan gives her a ride anyway and they fall in love. Lena reveals to her new boyfriend that she is a witch, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed by either the forces of light or of darkness. She will remain in the light, but only if she does not remain in love with Ethan. To make matters worse, her evil mother, Sarafine, is casting spells to push Lena to the dark side. Ethan joins her in a search to find a magic spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:epic,  melodrama,  suspense
Characters:mayor,  priest
Story:guardian,  fate,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  orphan,  battle,  shot in the chest,  rain,  two word title,  based on novel

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  drinking
Locations:brothel
Characters:priest,  student
Story:self sacrifice,  army,  orphan,  battle,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  blood

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Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Mood:suspense
Locations:sewer
Story:bishop,  dead woman with eyes open,  convict,  police brutality,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  shot in the chest,  murder,  blood

The Eagle (2011)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

The Eagle (2011)

In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. This is why The Eagle (2011) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Story:child killed,  dead boy,  child murder,  ring,  no opening credits,  army,  orphan,  battle,  based on novel,  two word title,  blood

Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  robbery,  betrayal,  suicide
Mood:epic
Locations:brothel
Story:heroic bloodshed,  police inspector,  fate,  law,  factory,  no opening credits,  arrest,  battle,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  blood

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Gone With The Wind (1939)
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:starvation,  wedding
Mood:epic,  melodrama
Locations:brothel
Story:paris france,  deathbed,  convict,  hunger,  mourning,  self sacrifice,  19th century,  army,  prostitution,  arrest,  battle,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

The Last Samurai (2003)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  drinking,  suicide
Mood:epic
Story:army,  cutting hair,  tragic hero,  rebellion,  child murder,  self sacrifice,  19th century,  no opening credits,  battle,  rain,  blood,  murder

Quills (2000)
Biography, Drama

Quills (2000)

The infamous writer, the Marquis de Sade of 18th Century France, is imprisoned at Charenton Insane Asylum for unmentionable activities. He manages to befriend the young Abbe de Coulmier, who runs the asylum, along with a beautiful laundress named Madeline. Things go terribly wrong when the Abbe finds out that the Marquis' books are being secretly published. The emperor Napoleon contemplates sending Dr. Royer-Collard to oversee the asylum, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charenton and possibly the Marquis himself. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Locations:france
Characters:priest
Story:paris france,  french revolution,  19th century,  corpse,  based on play,  murder,  blood

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The American (2010) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The American (2010)

Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. This is why The American (2010) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:brothel
Characters:priest
Story:main character dies,  tragic hero,  false identity,  dead woman,  fate,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  two word title,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

Derailed (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Derailed (2005)

Charles is worn down by his home life where he and his wife struggle to cope with the demands of their daughter's illness and his job. When he meets Lucinda on the train to work in Chicago, there is an immediate spark between them. Soon they are doing lunch; dinner and drinks follow. This leads to an adulterous rendezvous in a hotel. However, no sooner have they torn each other's clothes off than their room is invaded by a thief who beats Charles and rapes Lucinda. Because of the illicit nature of their relationship, Charles agrees with Lucinda who is reluctant to go to the police and soon finds he is powerless to resist the demands of the thief. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  drinking
Mood:suspense
Story:dead woman on bed,  woman shot,  assumed identity,  dead woman with eyes open,  convict,  dead woman,  shot in the chest,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  blood

Alexander (2004)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Alexander (2004)

Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  betrayal
Mood:epic,  melodrama
Story:heroic bloodshed,  main character dies,  tragic hero,  fate,  ring,  no opening credits,  army,  arrest,  battle,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  blood,  murder

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)
Action, Horror, Romance

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)

The five highly trained Bennett sisters in Georgian England must try to protect themselves from the growing zombie threat, find suitable husbands for themselves, battle marriage proposals and unlikely suitors, and save the country before it's too late.

Themes:redemption,  wedding,  betrayal
Mood:melodrama
Characters:priest
Story:tragic hero,  19th century,  battle,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

Fury (2014) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

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

Themes:suicide
Story:main character dies,  child murder,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  army,  battle,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  murder,  blood

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba. This is why The Godfather: Part II (1974) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  betrayal,  suicide
Mood:epic,  melodrama,  suspense
Locations:brothel
Story:child killed,  dead boy,  dead woman,  child murder,  no opening credits,  orphan,  prostitution,  shot in the chest,  based on novel,  murder,  blood

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The Patriot (2000)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Patriot (2000)

It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation, and wants no part of a war with the most powerful nation in the world, Great Britain. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to enlist in the newly formed "Continental Army." When South Carolina decides to join the rebellion against England, Gabriel immediately signs up to fight...without his father's permission. But when Colonel William Tavington, British dragoon, infamous for his brutal tactics, comes and burns the Martin Plantation to the ground, tragedy strikes. Benjamin quickly finds himself torn between protecting his family, and seeking revenge along with being a part of the birth of a new, young, and ambitious nation. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  suicide
Mood:epic
Story:army,  rebellion,  child killed,  dead boy,  historical event,  child murder,  battle,  shot in the chest,  father daughter relationship,  blood,  murder

Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:epic
Story:main character dies,  tragic hero,  convict,  police brutality,  shot in the chest,  two word title,  murder,  blood

Hamlet (1996) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Drama

Hamlet (1996)

Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot--the most complicated and most interesting in all literature--he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the "prime minister," love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  betrayal,  suicide
Mood:epic
Story:main character dies,  dead woman with eyes open,  19th century,  ghost,  based on play,  murder,  blood

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Joan Of Arc (1999)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Joan Of Arc (1999)

In 1412, a young girl called Jeanne is born in Domremy, France. The times are hard: The Hunderd Years war with England has been going on since 1337, English knights and soldiers roam the country. Jeanne develops into a very religious young woman, she confesses several times a day. At the age of 13, she has her first vision and finds a sword. When coming home with it, she finds the English leveling her home town. Years after that, in 1428, she knows her mission is to be ridding France of the English and so sets out to meet Charles, the Dauphin. In his desperate military situation, he welcomes all help and gives the maiden a chance to prove her divine mission. After the successful liberation of Orleans and Reims, the Dauphin can be crowned traditionally in the cathedral of Reims - and does not need her anymore, since his wishes are satisfied. Jeanne d'Arc gets set up in his trap and is imprisoned by the Burgundians. In a trial against her under English law, she can't be forced to tell about her divine visions she has had continuously since childhood. Being condemned of witchcraft and being considered as relapsed heretic, she is sentenced to death. Jeanne d'Arc is burnt alive in the marketplace of Rouen on May 30th, 1431, at only 19 years of age. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:epic
Locations:france
Characters:priest
Story:bishop,  main character dies,  law,  army,  battle,  rain,  murder,  blood

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli. This is why The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012). (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  humiliation,  redemption,  drinking,  suicide
Characters:priest
Story:battle,  dying man,  mourning,  fate,  shot in the chest,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  blood

Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Biography, Drama, History

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter.

Themes:drinking,  betrayal
Story:french revolution,  historical event,  19th century,  orphan,  arrest,  battle,  corpse,  father daughter relationship

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Adams Aebler (2005) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
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. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  redemption,  robbery,  drinking,  suicide
Characters:priest
Story:parole,  convict,  shot in the chest,  rain,  blood,  murder

Shichinin No Samurai (1954)
Adventure, Drama

Shichinin No Samurai (1954)

A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  suicide
Mood:epic
Story:battle,  barricade,  assumed identity,  crowd,  tragic hero,  hunger,  army,  orphan,  rain,  father daughter relationship

Immortals (2011)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Immortals (2011)

Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares. Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king's hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man's conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion...until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope. Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes. Rallying a band of fellow outsiders - including visionary priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and cunning slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff) - one hero will lead the uprising, or watch his homeland fall into ruin and his Gods vanish into legend. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Story:army,  camaraderie,  tragic hero,  fate,  law,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  battle,  shot in the chest,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  murder

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Braveheart (1995)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce. This is why Braveheart (1995) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Story:main character dies,  tragic hero,  dead woman,  rebellion,  no opening credits,  army,  battle,  corpse,  murder,  blood

10,000 Bc (2008) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:epic
Characters:priest
Story:dying in someone's arms,  self sacrifice,  army,  orphan,  battle,  rain,  corpse,  blood,  murder

Evita (1996)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drinking
Story:funeral cortege,  based on stage musical,  deathbed,  illegitimate child,  mourning,  rebellion,  army,  arrest,  rain,  murder

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Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  humiliation,  redemption,  betrayal
Story:fate,  law,  rain,  father daughter relationship,  blood

The Pianist (2002)
Biography, Drama, Music, War

The Pianist (2002)

In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," 'Wladyslaw Szpilman' (qv), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  humiliation
Story:child killed,  no title at beginning,  dead boy,  hunger,  child murder,  police brutality,  no opening credits,  corpse,  murder,  blood

The Monuments Men (2014) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. This is why The Monuments Men (2014) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  robbery,  betrayal
Locations:france
Characters:priest
Story:paris france,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  army,  arrest,  battle,  shot in the chest,  rain,  corpse,  blood,  murder

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Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:forgiveness,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:france
Characters:student
Story:paris france,  beggar,  law,  army,  arrest,  battle,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  blood,  murder

Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Drama, Romance

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

The classic story of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers". (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  suicide
Mood:suspense
Story:main character dies,  tragic hero,  no opening credits,  shot in the chest,  based on play,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  blood

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:redemption,  drinking,  betrayal,  suicide
Mood:melodrama,  suspense
Story:convict,  mourning,  law,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  two word title,  murder,  blood

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Henry V (1989) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Henry V (1989)

King Henry V of England is insulted by the King of France. As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young king must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt.

Mood:epic
Locations:france
Story:army,  battle,  child murder,  based on play

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)
Drama, War

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it. This is why La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drinking,  suicide
Locations:france,  brothel
Story:battle,  dead woman carried,  insurrection,  barricade,  beggar,  rebellion,  army,  arrest,  rain,  murder,  blood

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  robbery,  wedding,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Story:convict,  no opening credits,  arrest,  shot in the chest,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  blood

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Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:redemption,  drinking
Mood:epic
Story:main character dies,  19th century,  army,  battle,  shot in the chest,  rain,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  two word title,  murder,  blood

Femme Fatale (2002) is one of the best movies like Les Miserables (2012)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Femme Fatale (2002)

The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by an ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  betrayal,  suicide
Mood:suspense
Locations:france
Story:paris france,  false identity,  falling in love,  arrest,  corpse,  blood,  murder

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Story:paris france,  no title at beginning,  assumed identity,  fate,  self sacrifice,  factory,  no opening credits,  army,  battle,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  two word title,  murder

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