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Magnolia (1999)
Drama

Magnolia (1999)

24 hours in L.A.; it's raining cats and dogs. Two parallel and intercut stories dramatize men about to die: both are estranged from a grown child, both want to make contact, and neither child wants anything to do with dad. Earl Partridge's son is a charismatic misogynist; Jimmy Gator's daughter is a cokehead and waif. A mild and caring nurse intercedes for Earl, reaching the son; a prayerful and upright beat cop meets the daughter, is attracted to her, and leads her toward a new calm. Meanwhile, guilt consumes Earl's young wife, while two whiz kids, one grown and a loser and the other young and pressured, face their situations. The weather, too, is quirky. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  dating,  cancer,  divorce,  seduction,  drunkenness,  adultery,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:rooftop,  elevator,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  lawyer,  doctor
Period:1910s,  1950s,  1960s
Story:coincidence,  ensemble cast,  male tears,  surprise ending,  attempted suicide,  loading gun,  urban legend vector,  fortean phenomena,  electronic store,  biblical passage,  whiz kid,  floor safe,  tv game show,  life coach,  ambiguous title,  divine intervention,  synchronicity,  reno nevada,  playing against type,  game show host,  television producer,  scuba,  flower in title,  motivational speaker,  live television,  forest fire,  name change,  infomercial,  serendipity,  seminar,  male nurse,  tv show in film,  chance,  rapping,  filicide,  fictional game show,  dental braces,  starts with narration,  child prodigy,  decision,  ensemble,  deathbed,  chapter headings,  morphine,  mercedes benz,  wetting pants,  double barreled shotgun,  redheaded woman,  pharmacy,  denial,  restroom,  urban legend,  multiple storyline,  growing up,  abusive father,  misogyny,  one day,  rainstorm,  surprise,  love at first sight,  loss of son,  burglary,  fate,  crush,  frog,  fainting,  addiction,  terminal illness,  casino,  premarital sex,  loss of father,  suicide attempt,  actor shares first name with character,  domestic violence,  long take,  hanging,  fired from the job,  key,  prologue,  pilot,  library,  pain,  execution,  man with glasses,  apology,  child abuse,  cocaine,  ambulance,  drug use,  prayer,  dead body,  tears,  vomiting,  falling from height,  los angeles california,  shot in the head,  car accident,  police officer,  crying,  voice over narration,  cult film,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  dog,  interview,  police,  gun

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

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

Themes:cancer,  drunkenness,  adultery,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:ensemble cast,  coincidence,  redheaded woman,  multiple storyline,  pilot,  drug use,  dead body,  tears,  vomiting,  los angeles california,  car accident,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  police,  dog

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August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  divorce,  adultery,  marriage,  suicide
Characters:doctor
Story:ensemble cast,  addiction,  terminal illness,  prologue,  pain,  apology,  child abuse,  drug use,  prayer,  dead body,  tears,  vomiting,  crying,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

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:drunkenness,  adultery,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:chance,  multiple storyline,  suicide attempt,  hanging,  pain,  cocaine,  ambulance,  drug use,  prayer,  tears,  vomiting,  car accident,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  gun,  murder

Happiness (1998) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Story:ensemble cast,  ensemble,  multiple storyline,  man with glasses,  child abuse,  vomiting,  crying,  cult film,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  police,  gun,  dog

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family. This is why The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999).

Themes:divorce,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:attempted suicide,  child prodigy,  chapter headings,  terminal illness,  actor shares first name with character,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  car accident,  police officer,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  interview,  dog

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:divorce,  adultery
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Period:1960s
Story:name change,  dental braces,  rainstorm,  premarital sex,  loss of father,  pilot,  prayer,  vomiting,  los angeles california,  police officer,  voice over narration,  cult film,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  dog

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:rooftop,  elevator,  hotel
Characters:catholic,  doctor
Story:surprise ending,  surprise,  fainting,  suicide attempt,  long take,  prologue,  pain,  prayer,  vomiting,  falling from height,  shot in the head,  crying,  voice over narration,  cult film,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  one word title,  police,  dog,  murder

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Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:hospital
Story:surprise ending,  rainstorm,  premarital sex,  loss of father,  long take,  execution,  cocaine,  vomiting,  los angeles california,  shot in the head,  police officer,  voice over narration,  cult film,  police,  gun,  murder,  dog

Flight (2012)
Drama, Thriller

Flight (2012)

Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there's a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he was intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems... (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:addiction,  cocaine,  chance,  denial,  rainstorm,  pilot,  man with glasses,  apology,  drug use,  prayer,  vomiting,  father son relationship,  one word title

La Mome (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

La Mome (2007)

An un-chronological look at the life of the Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf (1915-1963). Her mother is an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam. During childhood she lives with each of them. At 20, she's a street singer discovered by a club owner who's soon murdered, coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls, and then quickly famous. Constant companions are alcohol and heartache. The tragedies of her love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the words of one of her signature songs, "Non, je ne regrette rien." The back and forth nature of the narrative suggests the patterns of memory and association. This is why La Mome (2007) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999). (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  drunkenness,  adultery
Characters:catholic
Period:1910s,  1950s,  1960s
Story:addiction,  deathbed,  morphine,  long take,  pain,  ambulance,  prayer,  vomiting,  car accident,  police officer,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  interview

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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,  divorce,  marriage
Locations:rooftop,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:fainting,  premarital sex,  suicide attempt,  hanging,  key,  pain,  execution,  drug use,  prayer,  dead body,  tears,  vomiting,  falling from height,  crying,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  police,  murder,  dog

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

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

Themes:dating,  adultery,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:hotel
Period:1950s,  1960s
Story:game show host,  television producer,  premarital sex,  long take,  dead body,  vomiting,  los angeles california,  shot in the head,  voice over narration,  singing,  father son relationship,  dog,  gun,  murder

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:dating,  cancer
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Story:rapping,  surprise,  terminal illness,  prologue,  apology,  ambulance,  drug use,  prayer,  vomiting,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  interview

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

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

Themes:forgiveness,  dating,  cancer,  drunkenness,  suicide
Locations:rooftop
Characters:lawyer
Story:name change,  hanging,  fired from the job,  prologue,  apology,  child abuse,  ambulance,  drug use,  tears,  car accident,  crying,  father son relationship,  murder,  police

Le Passe (2013)
Drama, Mystery

Le Passe (2013)

Coming back to accomplish the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir's wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done. This is why Le Passe (2013) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999). (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  adultery,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:attempted suicide,  pharmacy,  suicide attempt,  long take,  prologue,  apology,  tears,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  doctor
Story:long take,  fired from the job,  apology,  cocaine,  drug use,  dead body,  tears,  car accident,  crying,  cult film,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  police

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Mr. Brooks (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  seduction,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:rooftop,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:addiction,  surprise ending,  decision,  wetting pants,  surprise,  prologue,  prayer,  dead body,  tears,  shot in the head,  car accident,  crying,  cult film,  murder,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  gun

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:divorce,  marriage
Locations:hotel
Characters:catholic
Story:domestic violence,  pain,  man with glasses,  apology,  cocaine,  prayer,  police officer,  crying,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  one word title,  interview,  police,  gun

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:cancer,  drunkenness,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:denial,  terminal illness,  prologue,  pain,  apology,  child abuse,  cocaine,  drug use,  dead body,  tears,  vomiting,  crying,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  police,  murder

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Rumor Has It... (2005) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rumor Has It... (2005)

Hunky NY lawyer Jeff Daly finally got engaged to fickle Sarah Huttinger, who presents him to her Pasadena family, who all soon take to him, for her sister's wedding to Scott. But Jeff's clever counting makes Sarah realize her dad Earl isn't her biological father. Once movie clues from family indicate as suspect successful author Beau Burroughs, she insists on meeting him. Only like her mother and grandmother, she has a one night-stand with Beau, which may well cost her Jeff. This is why Rumor Has It... (2005) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999). (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  adultery,  marriage
Characters:lawyer
Period:1960s
Story:casino,  premarital sex,  key,  prologue,  pilot,  apology,  tears,  los angeles california,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  dog

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Locations:rooftop,  elevator,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:surprise ending,  misogyny,  rainstorm,  casino,  premarital sex,  prologue,  library,  ambulance,  falling from height,  shot in the head,  car accident,  police officer,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  gun,  police

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.

Themes:drunkenness,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:rooftop,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:catholic
Period:1910s,  1950s,  1960s
Story:name change,  surprise,  burglary,  casino,  domestic violence,  long take,  pain,  man with glasses,  dead body,  crying,  murder

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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:divorce,  drunkenness,  adultery,  suicide
Locations:rooftop
Characters:lawyer
Story:forest fire,  premarital sex,  child abuse,  cocaine,  ambulance,  tears,  los angeles california,  police officer,  crying,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  interview,  murder,  police,  gun

Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  dating,  drunkenness
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:surprise ending,  deathbed,  crush,  premarital sex,  long take,  library,  apology,  child abuse,  dead body,  tears,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  dog,  interview,  police,  gun

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. This is why The Rules Of Attraction (2002) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999). (Read More)

Themes:dating,  seduction,  drunkenness,  suicide
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:wetting pants,  multiple storyline,  suicide attempt,  prologue,  cocaine,  ambulance,  drug use,  tears,  vomiting,  crying,  voice over narration,  cult film,  singing,  dog,  gun

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Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  adultery,  suicide
Locations:rooftop,  elevator,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:burglary,  long take,  key,  prologue,  man with glasses,  apology,  drug use,  dead body,  tears,  car accident,  police officer,  crying,  police,  murder,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  gun

Cake (2014)
Drama

Cake (2014)

The acerbic, hilarious Claire Bennett becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

Themes:suicide
Locations:hotel
Characters:lawyer
Story:pharmacy,  loss of son,  suicide attempt,  pain,  drug use,  los angeles california,  car accident,  mother daughter relationship,  one word title

Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
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:drunkenness,  adultery,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Period:1950s,  1960s
Story:addiction,  premarital sex,  fired from the job,  cocaine,  drug use,  tears,  los angeles california,  crying,  singing,  father son relationship,  one word title,  dog

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August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

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

Locations:rooftop,  hospital
Story:serendipity,  chance,  child prodigy,  love at first sight,  fate,  prologue,  tears,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  police

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. This is why Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999). (Read More)

Themes:adultery,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:surprise ending,  morphine,  pharmacy,  addiction,  pain,  apology,  drug use,  tears,  vomiting,  crying,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  one word title

Blindness (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blindness (2008)

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  suicide
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:surprise ending,  wetting pants,  pharmacy,  prologue,  execution,  ambulance,  dead body,  tears,  shot in the head,  police officer,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  murder,  dog,  police,  gun

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The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
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:forgiveness,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:hotel,  rooftop
Story:loss of son,  fate,  execution,  apology,  prayer,  dead body,  tears,  shot in the head,  crying,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  gun,  dog

L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:elevator
Period:1950s
Story:ensemble cast,  tv show in film,  wetting pants,  rainstorm,  premarital sex,  domestic violence,  prologue,  man with glasses,  los angeles california,  police officer,  voice over narration,  police,  murder

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  seduction,  drunkenness,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Period:1950s
Story:dental braces,  child abuse,  ambulance,  tears,  car accident,  crying,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship,  dog,  murder,  police,  gun

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

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital. This is why Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999). (Read More)

Locations:elevator,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  lawyer,  doctor
Story:surprise ending,  attempted suicide,  rainstorm,  suicide attempt,  pilot,  ambulance,  car accident,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  police

The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:suicide
Locations:elevator,  hotel
Characters:doctor
Story:surprise ending,  attempted suicide,  double barreled shotgun,  ambulance,  tears,  police officer,  crying,  voice over narration,  cult film,  father son relationship,  gun,  interview,  murder

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  drunkenness,  suicide
Locations:hospital
Story:chance,  hanging,  prologue,  apology,  drug use,  dead body,  tears,  falling from height,  shot in the head,  car accident,  crying,  voice over narration,  cult film,  singing,  father son relationship,  gun,  dog,  police

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Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Period:1960s
Story:name change,  chapter headings,  wetting pants,  multiple storyline,  growing up,  premarital sex,  domestic violence,  pain,  cocaine,  drug use,  prayer,  tears,  shot in the head,  car accident,  crying,  voice over narration,  cult film,  father son relationship,  murder,  police,  gun

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:seduction,  drunkenness
Characters:lawyer
Story:addiction,  suicide attempt,  key,  prologue,  library,  man with glasses,  apology,  drug use,  tears,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  father son relationship,  police,  murder

Mommy (2014) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

Forty-six year old Diane Despres - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Despres, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Despres as much as they need her. This is why Mommy (2014) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:attempted suicide,  decision,  surprise,  fate,  loss of father,  suicide attempt,  domestic violence,  fired from the job,  prologue,  pain,  apology,  ambulance,  tears,  car accident,  crying,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  one word title

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Terms Of Endearment (1983)
Comedy, Drama

Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  marriage,  drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Period:1950s,  1960s
Story:chance,  deathbed,  restroom,  terminal illness,  premarital sex,  loss of father,  prologue,  car accident,  mother daughter relationship

The East (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

Themes:adultery
Locations:elevator,  hotel
Characters:doctor
Story:surprise ending,  serendipity,  terminal illness,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  vomiting,  police officer,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  dog

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  suicide
Locations:elevator
Period:1950s
Story:starts with narration,  fainting,  suicide attempt,  fired from the job,  ambulance,  tears,  vomiting,  falling from height,  crying,  voice over narration,  cult film,  singing

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Odishon (1999) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

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

Themes:dating,  divorce,  marriage
Locations:rooftop,  elevator,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:misogyny,  suicide attempt,  pain,  child abuse,  ambulance,  drug use,  vomiting,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  interview,  dog

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

The Glass House (2001)

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. This is why The Glass House (2001) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  suicide
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:car accident,  morphine,  fainting,  loss of father,  child abuse,  drug use,  dead body,  tears,  police officer,  crying,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  police,  gun

Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  marriage
Characters:catholic
Story:filicide,  child prodigy,  prologue,  pain,  execution,  prayer,  dead body,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  dog,  murder

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The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Locations:rooftop,  hospital
Story:male tears,  surprise ending,  suicide attempt,  ambulance,  prayer,  dead body,  falling from height,  los angeles california,  shot in the head,  car accident,  police officer,  crying,  voice over narration,  cult film,  police,  murder,  gun

The Life Of David Gale (2003) is one of the best movies like Magnolia (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  adultery,  suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:surprise ending,  rainstorm,  fired from the job,  key,  execution,  tears,  crying,  murder,  father son relationship,  police,  interview

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)
Crime, Drama

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)

After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse. (Read More)

Locations:hotel
Characters:lawyer
Story:cocaine,  double barreled shotgun,  pharmacy,  fate,  addiction,  casino,  pain,  ambulance,  drug use,  dead body,  car accident,  cult film,  father son relationship,  dog,  police,  murder

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