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Manifest West (2022)
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Manifest West (2022)

A coming of age story told through the eyes of a young girl whose family spirals out of control after they decide to live off the grid.

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Locations:
city 
Characters:
out of control the family girl 
Story:
off the grid city life young girl crime scene tape history book better life two daughters buying a gun septic tank seven year old grid drinking water local new home tragic ending β€¦message crime scene  (See All)

When Marnie Was There (2014)
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When Marnie Was There (2014)

A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.

Themes:
friendship illness 
Mood:
anime 
Locations:
boat 
Characters:
girl teenage girl 
Story:
young girl character name in title based on novel flashback photograph surprise ending dream island orphan mansion drawing diary countryside grandmother rowboat β€¦adolescent 12 year old asthma imaginary friend adopted child reception adolescent girl hokkaido adopted girl personal diary abandoned mansion  (See All)

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Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
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Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Christmas in Tokyo, Japan. Three homeless friends: a young girl, a transvestite, and a middle-aged bum. While foraging through some trash, they find an abandoned newborn. Hana, the transvestite with delusions of being a mother, convinces the others to keep it overnight. The next day, using a key fou…nd with the baby, they start tracking down the parents, with many adventures along the way. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy dark comedy 
Themes:
surrealism christmas wedding gangster alcoholism transgender homelessness 
Mood:
anime car chase 
Locations:
city hospital snow cemetery 
Characters:
girl family relationships baby alcoholic hispanic 
Story:
young girl bare breasts flashback nipples dream orphan suicide attempt search queen runaway holiday transvestite identity drag queen tokyo japan β€¦homeless nipple christmas eve yakuza mugging runaway teen foundling middle aged homeless people runaway girl father child reunion  (See All)

Flipped (2010)
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Flipped (2010)

Juli Baker devoutly believes in three things: the sanctity of trees (especially her beloved sycamore), the wholesomeness of the eggs she collects from her backyard flock of chickens, and that someday she will kiss Bryce Loski. Ever since she saw Bryce's dazzling brown eyes back in second grade, Juli… has been smitten. Unfortunately, Bryce has never felt the same. Frankly, he thinks Juli Baker is a little weird--after all, what kind of freak raises chickens and sits in trees for fun? Then, in eighth grade, everything changes. Bryce begins to see that Juli's unusual interests and pride in her family are, well, kind of cool. And Juli starts to think that maybe Bryce's dazzling brown eyes are as empty as the rest of Bryce seems to be. After all, what kind of jerk doesn't care about other people's feelings about chickens and trees? With Flipped, mystery author Wendelin Van Draanen has taken a break from her Sammy Keyes series, and the result is flipping fantastic. Bryce and Juli's rants and raves about each other ring so true that teen readers will quickly identify with at least one of these hilarious feuding egos, if not both. A perfect introduction to the adolescent war between the sexes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age teen romance 
Themes:
love revenge jealousy anger unrequited love falling in love first love 
Locations:
school bus bicycle truck usa school bus new school 
Characters:
girl family relationships father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship teenager boy teenage girl teenage boy teacher student little girl grandfather grandson relationship younger version of character neighbor neighbor relationship β€¦crying girl new student  (See All)
Period:
1960s 1950s year 1963 
Story:
young girl seven year old new home based on novel one word title title spoken by character voice over narration crying face slap watching tv painting lie neighbor classroom snake β€¦dinner apology child tree library suburb garden chicken chainsaw overalls crush watching television child's point of view young love family dinner lying auction narrated by character shyness repeated scene money problems teenage love mental retardation true love tween girl elementary school 14 year old tomboy newspaper article bare chested boy pie climbing a tree middle class rooster opposites attract pigtails lack of money junior high school middle school multiple perspectives based on young adult novel first day of school first crush teenage romance multiple narrators large format camera year 1957 teen love sitting in a tree repeated scene from a different perspective disobedience chicken coop female narrator fraternal twins science fair family problems troubled teenager cutting down a tree shy boy troubled teenage girl family quarrel planting a tree bidding tree climbing mentally retarded person tree planting girl slaps boy faux pas tree hugger bossy girl teen anger date auction terrarium hole in a fence undeclared love  (See All)

Chinatown (1974) is one of the best movies like Manifest West (2022)
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Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ens…uing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy suspense conspiracy political conspiracy 
Themes:
murder death friendship money betrayal politics adultery fear torture drunkenness gangster investigation deception incest extramarital affair β€¦racism corruption brutality paranoia dysfunctional family surveillance home invasion  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir car chase night 
Locations:
beach restaurant los angeles california bathtub desert water apartment police station farm office rooftop mexico usa yacht following someone in a car 
Characters:
girl family relationships husband wife relationship police father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship police officer detective hostage lawyer sister sister relationship hitman security guard police detective maid β€¦secretary employer employee relationship mayor police chase fisherman engineer coroner chinese american  (See All)
Period:
1930s 
Story:
young girl tragic ending crime scene female nudity male nudity violence one word title bare chested male fight cigarette smoking photograph title spoken by character knife surprise ending pistol β€¦shower telephone call beating corpse shot to death fistfight horse car accident shot in the chest face slap shot in the head rescue punched in the face camera brawl secret showdown rifle held at gunpoint place name in title car crash dead body interrogation handcuffs revolver telephone shot in the back ambush mansion woman bridge widow map false accusation anti hero fishing double cross femme fatale drowning racial slur attempted murder binoculars character repeating someone else's dialogue protest cover up evil man knocked out farmer domestic violence long take convertible tragic event threat premarital sex suspicion threatened with a knife shot in the arm handgun newspaper headline henchman private detective scandal eyeglasses eavesdropping shaving sabotage vandalism morgue kicked in the stomach nosebleed impersonation rape victim following someone scam mexican thug haunted by the past switchblade impostor millionaire plot twist rowboat escape attempt aquarium butler punched in the chest dark hero autopsy accidental killing wisecrack humor disfigurement dark past lieutenant loss of husband ethnic slur melancholy political corruption private investigator southern accent taking a photograph director cameo ex cop set up homage assumed identity barber gardener real estate lawsuit retirement home knocked unconscious shot in the eye pocket watch kiss on the lips great depression dam business card man kills a woman palm tree altered version of studio logo pond famous score orchestral music score tragic past distrust chinatown implied sex barbershop fade to black famous line trespassing tycoon social decay cocktail drought man slaps a woman secret past barber shop city hall orange government corruption protective male bloody face crutch corrupt businessman snooping obituary telling a joke beaten up hidden truth landowner scapegoat orchard ends with death caught in a lie dishonesty political cover up mystery woman city council incestuous relationship jazz score music score features piano yawning reservoir sad ending naked dead man severed nose los angeles storm drain hard boiled shocking truth photo lab telephoto lens chinatown los angeles salt water reference to confucius male slaps female nose bandage yawn bandaged nose water rights killed in a car lighting cigarette for woman los angeles river co worker co worker relationship hall of records real estate fraud shot while trying to escape catalina island california hanging up without saying goodbye catalina real estate scam  (See All)

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The Way, Way Back (2013)
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The Way, Way Back (2013)

Duncan ('Liam James (I)' (qv)) is not a popular kid and it doesn't look like the summer is going to offer anything better for him. His mother's boyfriend has invited them to his beach house where Duncan is expected to improve his personality and physical appearance, and meet girls. But his would-be …step-sister doesn't want anything to do with him and his shy demeanor makes it difficult for him to meet anybody new. When Duncan wanders into the Water Wizz, the local water park, he meets adult employees who are just having fun. Owen ('Sam Rockwell' (qv)) lets Duncan work with him and their new-found bond will help each other mature and find their place in life. Which for Duncan means standing up to his would-be step-father, having a conversation with the girl next door and being more comfortable with who he is. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age teen movie 
Themes:
friendship unlikely friendship 
Locations:
car boat bicycle singing in a car water gun 
Characters:
girl mother son relationship boy teenage girl teenage boy 
Period:
summer 21st century 
Story:
local party bikini neighbor vacation convertible automobile repetition in title eye patch job cheating boyfriend reference to the rolling stones water slide water park co written by actor β€¦star wars reference farewell party  (See All)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess…, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age cult film tragedy fairy tale dark fantasy mythological coming of age film spanish horror mexican horror adult fantasy 
Themes:
murder death love surrealism pregnancy fear torture monster magic military memory death of father brutality death of mother illness β€¦sadism execution cruelty death of wife communism courage self sacrifice hunting afterlife death in childbirth dying in childbirth  (See All)
Mood:
gore rain 
Locations:
train forest small town bathtub woods kitchen wheelchair cave spain 
Characters:
girl husband wife relationship father son relationship mother daughter relationship doctor singer female protagonist soldier nurse baby priest mother father mayor pregnant β€¦military officer stepfather stepdaughter relationship stepbrother stepsister relationship mythical creature death of girl pregnant mother  (See All)
Period:
world war two 1940s year 1944 
Story:
young girl new home female nudity character name in title blood violence gun cigarette smoking explosion singing knife chase surprise ending voice over narration song β€¦food horse mirror shot in the chest shot in the head rescue punched in the face battle shooting book vomiting lie rifle interrogation revolver shot in the back good versus evil spy cooking ambush stabbing eating army four word title stabbed in the chest weapon child abuse no opening credits anti hero coffin king creature princess transformation pain limousine grave tree binoculars key liar poison umbrella storytelling statue reading rabbit skeleton farmer injection tragic event tied up flower loss of mother general magical realism sacrifice queen child murder prince strong female character record player destiny shaving card game sabotage spirit syringe fireplace grenade burned alive wound dress heroine propaganda lifting someone into the air recording cook captive hammer hiding servant rebel frog strong female lead home burial full moon promise imagination child's point of view bravery fairy resistance shot in the face insect thunderstorm card playing rose dead child fascism capture housekeeper lantern kingdom dagger war crime chauffeur drugged drink mud dead girl horseback riding bandage maze lottery euthanasia portal bread tween girl no title at beginning medal fascist whispering paramedic bubble bath pocket watch fantasy world discipline mercy killing female hero amputation tyrant military uniform eyeball fever spanish civil war anarchist hiding under a bed immortal parallel universe informer monument stuttering 10 year old tailor psychotronic film cavalry secret passage alternate dimension guerrilla fetus giant animal alice in wonderland bludgeoning beret anarchism suspenders phonograph knife held to throat labyrinth toad cowardice birthmark stabbed in the mouth feast lottery ticket parallel world secret door ruthlessness hand injury walking stick fire fight fantasy becomes reality hourglass leech luger milking a cow lullaby calligraphy train wreck chalk echo mouth embryo reference to dwight d. eisenhower lifting a male into the air secret compartment morning sickness infiltrator lips magical creature rationing straight edge razor cult favorite sedation magic book trickery magical stone reference to franco cold feet root antibiotic water mill neck wound dead tree opening credits hedge maze faun mandrake talking to an unborn baby child heroine fig tree rabbit hunting ration card dead child with eyes open fur stole stitching one's own wound imaginary child polishing boots stone carving  (See All)

Thesis (1996)
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Thesis (1996)

Why is death and violence so fascinating? Is it morally correct to show violence in movies? If so, is there a limit to what we should show? That's the subject of Angela's examination paper. She is a young student at a film school in Madrid. Together with the student Chema (who is totally obsessed wi…th violent movies) they find a snuff movie in which a young girl is tortured and killed. Soon they discover that the girl was a former student at their school... (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film found footage video 
Themes:
murder death kidnapping torture theft psychopath sadism 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
hospital tunnel spain 
Characters:
girl serial killer student sister sister relationship security guard teacher student relationship professor french kiss 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
young girl violence one word title kiss title spoken by character knife shower shot to death vomiting video camera tied to a chair man with glasses dream sequence college student β€¦university directorial debut garage tv news mutilation security camera psycho female tied up research male in shower intestines video tape editor film in film boy with glasses snuff film university student madrid spain tape archive walkman film school snuff university professor security system sexual sadism circular saw introvert reference to james dean thesis dark and stormy night image asthma attack matches asthmatic character appears in newspaper asthma inhaler watching video snuff movie underground laboratory snuff video sony video camera film class video library matchstick box  (See All)

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A Lonely Place To Die (2011) is one of the best movies like Manifest West (2022)
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A Lonely Place To Die (2011)

A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety.

Themes:
murder kidnapping wilderness 
Locations:
kitchen police station 
Characters:
girl little girl sniper 
Story:
young girl male frontal nudity shootout slow motion scene cat falling from height male pubic hair shot in the back f word survival child in peril police officer killed five word title scene during end credits β€¦die hard scenario profanity fireworks game group of friends mouse festival ransom scotland male objectification hiking climbing dying man fall from height kidnapper hiding under a bed house fire cat and mouse poacher burning house thick accent volvo torturer kidnapped girl starving child mountaineer mountaineering scottish highlands pig mask pushed from height banging on a door slow motion violence group of five thrown through window  (See All)

Lady In The Water (2006)
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Lady In The Water (2006)

Cleveland Heep, a stuttering apartment superintendent, encounters a girl named Story swimming in the complex's pool. He soon learns that she comes from the Blue World, and has a message for mankind. Will he be able to help her complete her mission?

Subgenre:
fairy tale dark fantasy urban fantasy 
Themes:
death mythology 
Mood:
rain one night 
Locations:
swimming pool water apartment 
Characters:
girl boy little girl little boy mythical creature 
Story:
message violence shower voice over narration slow motion scene book four word title underwater scene creature author prologue key written and directed by cast member storytelling β€¦slow motion lifting someone into the air pool home puzzle animal attack apartment building fairy butterfly healing building philadelphia pennsylvania play fortune teller journal weightlifting swimming underwater pool party eagle altered version of studio logo super power return grass stuttering film critic psychotronic film glowing eyes lifting female in air bedtime story crossword puzzle fantasy becomes reality healer opening narration tale lifting a female into the air lawn sprinkler children's book return home block of flats save the world laundry room cookbook dolly zoom person nymph voice of god creatures jumping into a pool with clothes on bedtime mysterious creature purpose sleight of hand evil creature movie critic boom idea apartment block music score features choir monster in mirror apartment manager  (See All)

The Prophecy (1995)
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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, hermaphrodit…ic 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)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film black comedy suspense dark fantasy christian horror religious horror 
Themes:
murder death surrealism kidnapping religion betrayal jealousy fear escape funeral investigation deception psychopath brutality supernatural power β€¦paranoia depression insanity sadism evil hope panic dying apocalypse cannibalism homelessness devil murder of a police officer near death experience ghost town religious conflict  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir archive footage darkness 
Locations:
hospital school church cemetery small town los angeles california desert apartment police station police car rooftop catholic church school bus school teacher 
Characters:
girl police teacher zombie soldier police officer nurse detective policeman priest hostage christian little girl native american waitress β€¦christianity police detective teacher student relationship bible sheriff grandmother granddaughter relationship catholic priest homeless man coroner death wish  (See All)
Period:
1990s 
Story:
young girl crime scene blood violence flashback gun kiss fight cigarette smoking photograph title spoken by character explosion knife surprise ending fire β€¦voice over narration crying beating corpse shot to death blood splatter fistfight car accident shot in the chest shot in the head rescue punched in the face written by director brawl falling from height showdown held at gunpoint sunglasses dead body demon hallucination handcuffs prayer revolver shot in the back good versus evil survival orphan flashlight california ambulance impalement suicide attempt diner disarming someone coffin narration child in peril hit by a car fictional war double cross ritual police officer killed graveyard shot in the forehead flash forward attempted murder character repeating someone else's dialogue danger person on fire liar first of series mission possession angel race against time statue cover up evil man knocked out skeleton manipulation exploding body first part profanity grandmother newspaper headline killing undead henchman pizza maniac pickup truck burned alive electronic music score gothic shot in the stomach sociopath scene during opening credits morgue skull mind control colonel back from the dead vision cynicism cannibal mercilessness resurrection prophecy reference to satan bible quote heaven hit on the head punched in the chest jumping through a window thrown through a window autopsy aerial shot arizona choir soul healing eye gouging tribe body landing on a car demonic possession killing spree burned to death exorcism newspaper clipping lying arrogance telepathy close up of eyes goth porn magazine living dead levitation final showdown head wound super strength world domination film projector megalomaniac trailer home burnt face deputy shaman burnt body badge maggot symbol heart ripped out mind reading murder spree chosen one theology heart in hand trenchcoat lapd korean war hide and seek war criminal blasphemy crime spree grave digging chanting taunting child with a gun grand canyon court martial lucifer invulnerability satan hermaphrodite healer abandoned car bloody mouth film reel abandoned mine misanthrope thrown through a windshield severed face kiss on the forehead henchwoman tire iron fallen angel mass death thrown from height crisis of faith pyrokinesis korean war veteran male tears indian reservation misanthropy soul transference gross out archangel exploding trailer face burn hit with a tire iron ancient book shushing copper mine driving through a wall holy war burning body gas lamp christian god tiredness mint personification of satan dark angel gifted child religious rite burning corpse eating heart mortal wound visions of heaven archangel gabriel initiation ceremony  (See All)

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L'auberge Espagnole (2002)
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L'auberge Espagnole (2002)

As part of a job that he is promised, Xavier, an economics student in his twenties, signs on to a European exchange program in order to gain working knowledge of the Spanish language. Promising that they'll remain close, he says farewell to his loving girlfriend, then heads to Barcelona. Following h…is arrival, Xavier is soon thrust into a cultural melting pot when he moves into an apartment full of international students. An Italian, an English girl, a boy from Denmark, a young girl from Belgium, a German and a girl from Tarragona all join him in a series of adventures that serve as an initiation to life. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age black comedy 
Themes:
friendship infidelity adultery lesbianism drunkenness extramarital affair travel unfaithfulness prejudice 
Locations:
airplane paris france apartment spain 
Characters:
girl father son relationship friend boyfriend girlfriend relationship teenage boy student lust french 
Story:
young girl male nudity male rear nudity kiss party lesbian kiss underwear undressing sex in bed bare butt vomiting lingerie bed scantily clad female β€¦roommate spanking black panties female removes her clothes split screen cheating wife twenty something dysfunctional marriage hippie spanish unfaithful wife time lapse photography english trip fast motion scene adulterous wife bureaucracy stereotype economy thong panties language inn man wearing glasses barcelona spain studying housemate exchange student surrogate family cultural diversity economist catalan  (See All)

The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc (1999) is one of the best movies like Manifest West (2022)
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The Messenger: The Story Of 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)

Subgenre:
cult film epic period drama 
Themes:
murder death surrealism rape betrayal politics funeral brutality death of mother 
Mood:
rain religious 
Locations:
church paris france village france castle french village 
Characters:
girl teenage girl female protagonist soldier priest french 
Period:
15th century 
Story:
young girl tragic ending f rated character name in title blood violence based on true story blood splatter battle sword hand to hand combat interrogation reference to jesus christ fighting combat β€¦decapitation sword fight axe throat slitting army impalement severed head trial dream sequence disarming someone king confession fantasy sequence mission severed arm profanity wolf bow and arrow burned alive spear heroine crucifix knight torch action heroine ransom female warrior haircut crossbow miracle time lapse photography medieval times siege kingdom uncle main character dies aunt necrophilia war violence confessional crown fortress female hero mother in law carnage bishop conscience cathedral martyr death of title character infantry main character shot victory cavalry rise and fall severed foot shot with a bow and arrow retreat tooth defeat mace battle axe flaming arrow duke dying young coronation stabbed with a sword banner burned at the stake bad acting heresy french history sword and shield wolf pack heretic joan of arc drawbridge long sword casualty of war 1400s army captain stabbed with a spear woman dressed as a man burning village moat bad guys win court intrigue traveling shot over acting woman on fire hundred years war heroine dies trebuchet dauphin shot on location wartime rape burning city religious conviction american actor playing foreigner female knight french court untimely death  (See All)

Let Him Go (2020)
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Let Him Go (2020)

Following the loss of their son, a retired sheriff and his wife leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas.

Themes:
grief 
Characters:
sheriff 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
off the grid grid horse rescue death of son loss of loved one loss son abusive father ranch abusive husband wife neo western montana young β€¦grandson dangerous north dakota living leave shooting an animal  (See All)

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The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
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The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating 'hungries'. Humankind's only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel. The child…ren go to school at an army base in rural Britain, where they're subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close). School teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua), thus forming a special bond. But when the base is invaded, the trio escape with the assistance of Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film suspense post apocalypse dystopia survival horror zombie apocalypse 
Themes:
murder death kidnapping fear escape dance experimental deception military paranoia hope panic apocalypse cannibalism near death experience β€¦evolution greek mythology  (See All)
Mood:
gore night darkness murder suicide 
Locations:
hospital school forest london england water woods wheelchair rooftop laboratory school teacher 
Characters:
girl doctor children female protagonist teacher zombie soldier nurse dancer hostage little girl teacher student relationship american abroad self mutilation female scientist β€¦zombie girl  (See All)
Story:
young girl based on novel blood violence dog knife chase surprise ending pistol fire beating corpse shot to death blood splatter food β€¦machine gun shot in the chest shot in the head rescue slow motion scene cat battle held at gunpoint handcuffs british river combat scientist shot in the back f word survival orphan flashlight ambush massacre prisoner tied to a chair no opening credits disarming someone child in peril fictional war creature van transformation shot in the forehead binoculars character repeating someone else's dialogue beaten to death danger screaming product placement storytelling race against time knocked out baseball bat long take injection gift threat dark haunting rat six word title severed arm class silencer undead experiment identity underground hand grenade hypodermic needle mutant disease virus walkie talkie sergeant planet desperation parking garage puzzle social commentary eaten alive gas mask reverse footage tension child's point of view blood on face fight to the death cannibal child protagonist convenience store shot in the face assault rifle infection aerial shot shadow blood on shirt female doctor body count existentialism mutation severed leg wilhelm scream pigeon moral dilemma brain plant imprisonment hit with a baseball bat female soldier living dead face mask fire extinguisher female teacher armored car tower reading aloud abandoned house bunker redheaded woman hit by a truck military base worm mercy killing bitten in the neck british army killer child flesh eating zombie cure cell distrust riddle psychotronic film cut hand animal killing army base stupid victim outbreak child with a gun antidote decomposing body screenplay adapted by author examination bandaged hand vaccine zombie child woman in uniform hazmat suit bitten on the arm child murderer pandemic student teacher relationship child murders a child hybrid black british water bottle hand wound case abandoned hospital camouflage uniform pod film with ambiguous title infected feral child arm wound horde abandoned city end of civilization spiral bitten by a zombie child killing an adult gender in title matchstick smell fungus child murders an adult blood poisoning gifted child heartbreaking opening credits pathogen reference to pandora's box strapped to a table reference to prometheus white savior army bunker abandoned library child kills man spore eating a cat reference to pandora whitewashing  (See All)

The Book Thief (2013)
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The Book Thief (2013)

In 1938, the young girl Liesel Meminger is traveling by train with her mother and her younger brother when he dies. Her mother buries the boy in a cemetery by the tracks and Liesel picks up a book, "The Gravediggers Handbook", which was left on the grave of her brother and brings it with her. Liesel… is delivered to a foster family in a small town and later she learns that her mother left her because she is a communist. Her stepmother, Rosa Hubermann, is a rude but caring woman and her stepfather, Hans Hubermann, is a simple kind-hearted man. Liesel befriends her next door neighbor, the boy Rudy Steiner, and they go together to the school. When Hans discovers that Liesel cannot read, he teaches her using her book and Liesel becomes an obsessed reader. During a Nazi speech where the locals are forced to burn books in a bonfire, Liesel recovers one book for her and the Mayor's wife Ilsa Hermann witnesses her action. Meanwhile Hans hides the Jewish Max Vandenburg, who is the son of a deceased friend that saved his life in the war, in the basement of his house and Liesel becomes his friend. One day, Rosa asks Liesel to deliver laundry to the Mayor and Ilsa invites Liesel to go to her library and tells that she can visit her to read whenever she wants. But in times of war there are many threats and the lives of Liesel, her family and friends will never be the same. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
death of father death of mother holocaust starvation 
Locations:
train snow nazi germany school bully 
Characters:
girl husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship teenage girl teenage boy teacher soldier crying girl 
Period:
world war two year 1945 year 1941 year 1942 year 1943 year 1939 year 1938 
Story:
young girl based on novel title spoken by character explosion three word title fire voice over narration book bomb running dead body river bridge search voice over β€¦library reading diary basement loss of father loss of mother what happened to epilogue reference to adolf hitler communist hiding bombing olympics loss of brother narrator soup illiteracy bomber air raid snowman sole survivor track sign snowball anti communist snowball fight book burning chalkboard chalk adoptive father learning to read siren the alarm adoptive mother adopted daughter relationship foot race adoptive father adopted daughter relationship strict mother reference to jesse owens kristallnacht killed in explosion  (See All)

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The Lorax (2012)

In the walled city of Thneed-Ville, where everything is artificial and even the air is a commodity, a boy named Ted hopes to win the heart of his dream girl, Audrey. When he learns of her wish to see a real tree, Ted seeks out the Once-ler, a ruined old businessman outside of town in a stark wastela…nd. Upon hearing of how the hermit gave into his greed for profits and devastated the land over the protests of the Lorax, Ted is inspired to undo the disaster. However, the greedy Mayor of Thneed-Ville, Aloysius O'Hare, has made his fortune exploiting the environmental collapse and is determined to stop the boy from undermining his business. (Read More)

Subgenre:
computer animation cgi animation 
Themes:
dance greed 
Locations:
city forest walled city 
Characters:
girl mother son relationship grandmother grandson relationship 
Story:
flashback chase based on book fish creature tree factory bear strong female character slow motion hippie environmental pollution goldfish industry β€¦deforestation based on children's book money falling through the air recycle tree cutting urban sprawl reforestation dr seuss  (See All)

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The Craft (1996)
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The Craft (1996)

A new girl moves to a new city with her family to start a new life. She meets up with the girls who are very interested in the occult and together, the four of them have a seemingly unstopable power. They can do anything, from getting thier dream guys to like them to... the possibilities are limitle…ss. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age cult film black comedy teen movie 
Themes:
murder friendship revenge surrealism suicide deception magic racism supernatural power insanity book of magic 
Mood:
high school nightmare 
Locations:
city beach church swimming pool airplane los angeles california bus taxi airport woods laboratory 
Characters:
girl father daughter relationship teenager female protagonist lawyer best friend bully witch self mutilation single father homeless man stepmother stepdaughter relationship evil witch 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
flashback photograph explosion party knife shower fire mirror hallucination candle mansion snake hit by a car news report β€¦racial slur spirituality lightning attempted rape high school student death of husband heart attack occult female stockinged legs teen angst heavy rain overalls witchcraft mental institution vision female lead butterfly black magic telekinesis female stockinged feet spell goth levitation outcast female bonding jukebox bully comeuppance satanism wrist slitting crashing through a window jock karma maggot goth girl power struggle wish fulfillment clique socks coven life insurance hair loss slander virtuality mirror does not reflect reality reference to pubic hair teenage witch hereditary gift of witchcraft french language prep school mirror as portal white socks driven mad luxury apartment love spell female feet in socks injection in butt white magic  (See All)

Infernal Affairs (2002)
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Infernal Affairs (2002)

Chan Wing Yan, a young police officer, has been sent undercover as a mole in the local mafia. Lau Kin Ming, a young mafia member, infiltrates the police force. Years later, their older counterparts, Chen Wing Yan and Inspector Lau Kin Ming, respectively, race against time to expose the mole within t…heir midst. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
death betrayal funeral gangster hero mafia 
Locations:
cemetery elevator urban setting rooftop fight 
Characters:
police police officer policeman hostage tough guy villain police shootout police funeral police officer taken hostage 
Period:
2000s 
Story:
local tragic ending blood violence flashback surprise ending pistol shootout blood splatter shot in the head arrest gunfight falling from height showdown handcuffs β€¦revolver criminal spy anti hero police officer killed graveyard organized crime undercover race against time street shootout pig first part semiautomatic pistol crime boss race hong kong mobster temple mob psychologist mexican standoff drug dealing thug police officer shot death of protagonist undercover agent undercover cop body landing on a car tragic hero main character dies parking lot mob boss villain played by lead actor police officer shot in the chest glock drug deal triad drug trafficking criminal gang gun violence surrender heroic bloodshed mole main character shot mob violence police officer shot in the head last stand drinking alcohol bandaged hand rogue cop unhappy ending internal affairs undercover police anti villain killed in an elevator gangster boss police academy morse code criminal underworld sad ending police force hong kong police ends with funeral cop killed by a cop police officer shot in the forehead police internal affairs police officer crushed drug trafficker  (See All)

Nightcrawler (2014)
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Nightcrawler (2014)

NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. 'Jake Gyllenhaal' (qv) stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, mur…der and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by 'Rene Russo (I)' (qv) as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. (Read More)

Themes:
murder deception robbery psychopath home invasion greed police investigation 
Mood:
satire neo noir car chase 
Locations:
los angeles california bicycle apartment police station police car chinese restaurant car fire 
Characters:
police officer thief security guard police detective employer employee relationship police chase 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
local crime scene blood violence one word title pistol shootout corpse shot to death shot in the chest shotgun punched in the face written by director car crash interrogation β€¦criminal shot in the back f word journalist video camera mansion death of friend montage diner news report character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the shoulder manipulation threat laptop directorial debut tv news sabotage sociopath fame morgue journalism ambition cynicism job interview police officer shot jumping through a window extortion capitalism shot multiple times news reporter ethics drunken man plane crash stakeout crashing through a window snuff film filmed killing pawnshop camcorder graphic violence reference to twitter lapd freeway news footage coercion trail of blood tv station gps discovering a dead body reference to moses snuff multiple homicide news anchor death of partner crib reference to friedrich nietzsche looking for a job moral corruption news broadcast speeding vehicle venice beach california police radio control room internship mexican restaurant stolen bicycle building fire evidence tampering business competition tailing a suspect local news portfolio running a red light snuff movie paycheck proposition journalism ethics freelancer crime scene photographer news editor obstruction of justice raise stolen watch cynical man dodge challenger self taught police car crash police car rollover police scanner street photography  (See All)

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Fanaa (2006)

Choices - to choose between right or wrong is simple, but what defines one's life is the decision between the greater of two goods or the lesser of two evils. This is the advice that Zooni Ali Beg (Kajol) receives from her father just as she is about to venture out into the world of her own for the …very first time. Little does she know that these very words will shape her life. Zooni, a blind Kashmiri girl, meets Rehan Qadri (Aamir Khan), a local Delhi tour guide and an incorrigible flirt. Her friends warn her against this good-for-nothing roadside Romeo, but she chooses to ignore them. It is now her time to discover life and love. Is this really the right choice? Rehan is fascinated by Zooni and wants her to see life as it should be seen, in its many colours. He promises her that the time spent with him will be the most precious in all her life. Zooni sees Delhi, life and love like she never has before, because of Rehan. What Zooni doesn't know is that Rehan has another side of his life that he has kept from her - something that can not only change her life, but can also destroy it. (Read More)

Themes:
murder love drinking escape wedding terrorism grief poetry blindness falling in love forgiveness 
Mood:
rain nightmare 
Locations:
train helicopter snow bus airport storm 
Characters:
girl father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship soldier little boy muslim grandfather grandson relationship girlfriend 
Story:
local tragic ending one word title singing chase shower corpse secret shot in the back terrorist stabbed in the chest apology shot in the leg coffee on the run β€¦grave character repeating someone else's dialogue widower mission loss of father premarital sex flirting ice grenade hammer impersonation faked death crying man milk bombing resistance absent father dark hero accidental killing surprise terrorist plot exploding helicopter patriotism main character dies atheist stage show cockroach hug poisoning recovery mosque tour guide shock terrorist attack repeated line tragic love knitting snowmobile freedom fighter resistance fighter snowboard mortuary blind girl falling off a cliff duty intelligence agent sightseeing father son hug male tears dance rehearsal knife in back wool eye surgery jumping from a helicopter kashmir scuffle troupe delhi india out of wedlock child terrorist organization long lost love tongue twister tearing up a photograph referring to oneself in the third person indian flag radio transmitter shampooing hair saluting the flag  (See All)

Gangster Squad (2013)
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Gangster Squad (2013)

It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Sergeant John O'Mara, a former World War II soldier, w…hose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
murder death revenge christmas prison torture gangster hero deception corruption death of father brutality mafia home invasion murder of a police officer β€¦police corruption  (See All)
Mood:
gore neo noir car chase 
Locations:
city bar restaurant swimming pool hotel los angeles california nightclub airport police station brothel nightclub shootout 
Characters:
husband wife relationship prostitute police officer lawyer tough guy love triangle action hero hitman police detective maid police shootout pimp ex soldier pregnant wife police sergeant β€¦police detective hero  (See All)
Period:
1940s 
Story:
local crime scene blood violence dog two word title bare chested male kiss cigarette smoking title spoken by character explosion knife pistol based on true story fire β€¦voice over narration based on book shootout beating shot to death blood splatter fistfight machine gun shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun slow motion scene punched in the face camera arrest brawl sex in bed showdown rifle hand to hand combat car crash interrogation handcuffs revolver shot in the back good versus evil ambush strangulation mansion death of friend drug dealer impalement exploding car judge no opening credits anti hero police officer killed femme fatale news report cigar smoking shot in the leg shot in the forehead organized crime character repeating someone else's dialogue beaten to death person on fire death of child attempted rape street shootout shot in the shoulder bodyguard childbirth exploding body witness neck breaking premarital sex threatened with a knife silencer casino newspaper headline redhead heroin corrupt cop child murder freeze frame stylized violence strong female character crime boss machismo eavesdropping falling down stairs hand grenade card game grenade burned alive head butt assassination attempt shot in the stomach red dress barn mobster hollywood california boxer masked man pump action shotgun target practice dual wield title appears in writing police officer shot cigarette lighter accidental killing wisecrack humor undercover cop tough cop knife throwing gasoline police raid lens flare gatling gun media coverage mob boss torso cut in half fountain pistol whip police chief acid informant gang violence gunslinger exploding truck money laundering maverick cop drive by shooting extreme violence male in bathtub shooting range sledgehammer tommy gun black cop finger gun villain arrested lapd wiretapping world war two veteran man slaps a woman title spoken by narrator ends with biographical notes roulette knife in the chest jail break hit with a chair garrote reference to frank sinatra police officer knocked unconscious reference to mickey mouse robbery gone awry police vigilantism burning money killed in an elevator police badge pulp fiction torn in half killed in police car drill in the head los angeles police department ends with narration year 1949 knife in hand g man electronics expert thompson sub machine gun chinatown los angeles burbank california reference to claude rains  (See All)

Inside Out (2015)
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Inside Out (2015)

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center ins…ide Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age cult film computer animation cgi animation disney 
Themes:
love friendship fear magic memory anger childhood forgiveness 
Mood:
nightmare moving 
Locations:
city train school bus road movie san francisco california school teacher bus station moving to city 
Characters:
girl family relationships police father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship african american children boy female protagonist police officer student baby little girl father crying baby β€¦chinese food baby crying girl crying  (See All)
Period:
2000s 2010s 
Story:
f rated flashback two word title crying dream cat tears classroom california house apology clown dragon scene during end credits glasses β€¦sadness rat bear sleeping pizza runaway eyeglasses balloon cop cage elephant stealing hammer blockbuster giant dinosaur anthropomorphism imagination face paint 3 dimensional ice skating cartoon ice hockey boyfriend cliff mustache growing up trophy childhood memory hockey joy new job fire extinguisher running away female teacher elementary school tomboy imaginary friend lava dolphin kid cloud female hero movie studio african american woman newborn baby schoolteacher red honesty green bechdel test passed 11 year old iphone demolition golden gate bridge minnesota kids kangaroo bow tie handbag raccoon eyes pre teen tear on cheek middle school unicorn mind blue hair blue cereal falling off a cliff new house necktie light bulb newborn subconscious french fries nose green hair homesickness pink motivational first day of school moving van everyday life running away from home chased by a dog sneaking out yellow students blonde child erased memory apathy disgust school kids breakfast cereal camera shot from inside human body emotion purple house of cards big nose lazy san francisco tryouts broccoli opening credits waking up from a nightmare emotions memory erasure computer generated imagery red square crybaby dizzy big eyes first place french fry punished rolling eyes  (See All)

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The Equalizer (2014)
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The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly… by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts suspense 
Themes:
murder death money torture gangster investigation deception robbery corruption brutality sadism surveillance home invasion murder of a police officer police corruption 
Mood:
gore neo noir 
Locations:
hospital bar restaurant helicopter bus gas station 
Characters:
girl african american tattoo teenage girl prostitute police officer detective hostage tough guy warrior action hero hitman security guard police detective russian β€¦pimp ex soldier russian mafia  (See All)
Story:
young girl crime scene blood violence flashback two word title bare chested male fight photograph explosion knife chase pistol shower cell phone β€¦shootout beating corpse shot to death blood splatter fistfight machine gun shot in the chest face slap remake shot in the head slow motion scene punched in the face arrest gunfight brawl held at gunpoint hand to hand combat interrogation handcuffs revolver criminal shot in the back f word subjective camera foot chase assassin strangulation disguise mansion throat slitting bridge impalement stabbed to death mixed martial arts diner stabbed in the chest no opening credits anti hero disarming someone one man army shot in the leg shot in the forehead limousine one against many organized crime character repeating someone else's dialogue based on tv series beaten to death stabbed in the back fbi electrocution character's point of view camera shot product placement kicked in the face shot in the shoulder long take exploding body threat laptop neck breaking trap die hard scenario threatened with a knife silencer vigilante subtitled scene arson corrupt cop henchman chess ak 47 uzi burned alive spear assassination attempt warehouse sociopath security camera fbi agent stabbed in the stomach hammer exploding building wristwatch bald man bar fight construction site stabbed in the throat boston massachusetts power outage stabbed in the neck stabbed in the head assault rifle booby trap black eye e mail title at the end wedding ring loner lens flare extortion moscow russia close up of eyes impersonating a police officer barbed wire mysterious man final showdown irish american shot in the neck vigilantism armed robbery call girl no title at beginning pharmacy vigilante justice exploding truck sawed off shotgun baseball game business card man kills a woman dripping blood reading a book submachine gun hanged man money laundering stabbed in the shoulder gas shot in the throat exploding ship camera phone intergenerational friendship strangled to death improvised weapon social decay man slaps a woman secret past hardware store microwave oven nail gun docks power drill mysterious past african american protagonist corrupt businessman manor house store clerk flash drive enforcer black hero teenage prostitute film starts with quote hit on the head with a fire extinguisher blender jackhammer sprinkler system drill in the head stabbed through the chin trip wire reflection in eye bookshelf hit with a fire extinguisher re boot oligarch hit with a book  (See All)

1984 (1984) is one of the best movies like Manifest West (2022)
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1984 (1984)

After The Atomic War the world is divided into three states. London is a city in Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. Winston Smith is one of the bureaucrats, rewriting history in one of the departments. One day he commits the crime of falling in love with Julia. Th…ey try to escape Big Brother's listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape... (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film suspense conspiracy superhero tragedy dystopia political satire political conspiracy 
Themes:
love betrayal politics fear torture memory seduction anger corruption poverty surveillance execution panic communism freedom β€¦affair technology police brutality starvation  (See All)
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
city train forest helicopter london england water woods apartment england office slum 
Characters:
police prostitute soldier police officer little boy police surveillance 
Period:
1980s future year 1984 
Story:
tragic ending female nudity nudity number in title male nudity bare breasts female frontal nudity flashback male rear nudity bare chested male sex scene female rear nudity female full frontal nudity cigarette smoking β€¦photograph explosion singing surprise ending topless female nudity voice over narration dream digit in title food slow motion scene written by director arrest bare butt book interrogation cafe hallucination british television criminal subjective camera orphan ambush montage army prisoner female pubic hair fictional war news report coffee danger electrocution fantasy sequence undercover cover up tank diary sensuality manipulation countryside tragic event government premarital sex rat character says i love you love interest class differences newspaper headline power chess sexual fantasy year in title traitor electronic music score propaganda scene during opening credits jail cell communist enemy buttocks rebel rebellion butt mind control forbidden love parade naked woman milk social commentary sexual desire reverse footage haunted by the past resistance hunger work choir undercover agent alternate reality society raid police raid dictator exploding helicopter moral dilemma political corruption media coverage worker brainwashing socialism black market united kingdom urban decay helicopter crash film starts with text office worker rally rehabilitation fight the system contraband title same as book sexual repression tragic past overhead camera shot british renaissance psychological torture secret police psychotronic film man hits a woman social decay totalitarianism media manipulation political repression historic psychological manipulation electroshock therapy anti communist electric torture star died before release cubicle police state civil servant crime victim public execution screen nursery rhyme political rally childhood flashback erased memory totalitarian state pawn shop pessimism english countryside invented language totalitarian collectivism uk political manipulation employee employee relationship catechism proletarian torture victim thought wonder woman rats state proletariat post world war three party member pneumatic tube oligarchy mass surveillance strapped to a bed communist dictatorship government employee  (See All)

Premonition (2007)
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Premonition (2007)

The middle-class couple Linda Hanson and Jim Hanson live a wasted and routine relationship with their two daughters in their comfortable house in the suburbs. On a Thursday morning, the local sheriff visits Linda and tells her that her husband died in a car accident on the previous day. On the next …morning, when Linda awakes, she finds Jim safe and sound at home. When she awakes on the next morning, she realizes that her days are out of order, but her family and friends believe she is insane. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodrama 
Themes:
marriage infidelity pregnancy funeral memory extramarital affair supernatural power grief affair 
Mood:
rain nightmare 
Locations:
hospital school church car cemetery small town kitchen lake truck office storm suv 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship children priest best friend psychiatrist sheriff insurance agent 
Story:
local message blood one word title interview flashback explosion surprise ending shower telephone call cell phone car accident mirror car crash television β€¦telephone decapitation candle woman tied to a chair nonlinear timeline exploding car severed head coffin suburb lightning scar death of husband tied up grandmother answering machine syringe jeep heavy rain loss of loved one barefoot reconciliation mourning broken glass housewife medication thunderstorm rainstorm alternate reality loss of husband marital problem crow unfaithful husband fly exploding truck premonition glass insurance psychiatric hospital ford mustang cadillac tied up while barefoot dead bird calendar casket candlelight nightgown deja vu new house sleeping pill chevrolet marital crisis clothes line dead husband head starting over phone book business trip door bell toyota falling through a window life insurance dying repeatedly mustang honda nissan facial injury stop sign other woman injured child lightning strike ford motor company window smashing lithium lincoln automobile lincoln town car mazda involuntary commitment ford taurus cuts ford explorer honda accord waste basket cadillac escalade loose ends mazda miata chevrolet tahoe distracted driver ford f150 pickup truck ford fusion froot loops cereal jeep grand cherokee kellogg's frosted flakes  (See All)

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My Girl (1991)
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My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and …life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
death friendship marriage fear dance funeral memory anger theft grief poetry photography panic childhood writing β€¦death in childbirth fear of death  (See All)
Locations:
forest small town bicycle woods wheelchair lake school teacher pennsylvania 
Characters:
girl family relationships father daughter relationship doctor children brother brother relationship boy teacher police officer nurse student musician writer best friend little girl β€¦little boy teacher student relationship american grandmother granddaughter relationship single father uncle niece relationship childhood friend boy girl kiss  (See All)
Period:
1970s summer year 1972 
Story:
blood two word title kiss dancing photograph singing panties crying corpse watching tv tears bed dead body neighbor classroom β€¦river television swimming basketball death of friend fish coffin fishing tree argument microphone widower mini skirt death of child scream ring date basement first part loss of mother fireworks typewriter garage single parent record player girl in panties poem applause game supermarket lifting someone into the air hat title based on song loss of friend overalls loss of wife loss time crush carnival picnic yoga minister old age mourning hippie insect song in title medical examination makeup first kiss rose dead child engagement meditation lipstick barbecue divorcee uncle playing cards pet menstruation bee bicycling undertaker tween girl ponytail tomboy boy with glasses goldfish teasing receptionist blackboard bike document crying female funeral home allergy 11 year old fourth of july reference to richard nixon shopping cart mortuary casket ex wife mortality precocious child rocking chair bingo camper mortician blond boy funfair phonograph record oath fairground firework senility makeup artist longing jumping rope cadaver wasp dead fish lifting a female into the air beehive bumper car first crush motor home crying child menarche cuckoo clock puppy love bee sting punched in the gut ex husband chocolate bar sitting in a tree cry pony tail skipping rope jobless embalming pledge of allegiance tuba prostate cancer stylist teacher crush major child role hypochondria stash bee attack carnival game gender in title the star spangled banner fish bowl reference to the marx brothers tree climbing want ad bell bottoms lane swarm of bees carny insect attack lease produce writing class reference to walter cronkite death notice mixed blood child killed by an animal mood ring phrenology schwinn bicycle crush on teacher rope skipping cosmetologist  (See All)

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
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The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

An old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are …unable to find what Kaguya wants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age tragedy 2d animation based on fairy tale hand drawn animation traditional animation 
Themes:
friendship marriage nature theft poverty greed childhood wealth hunting regret 
Mood:
anime 
Locations:
city japan 
Characters:
girl children japanese woman female protagonist baby thief little girl children singing 
Story:
f rated character name in title singing dream cat falling from height bird princess marriage proposal countryside garden chicken class differences moon β€¦prince gold shaving fame frog rebellion fate culture child protagonist growing up separation running away breast feeding lost love emperor rags to riches adopted daughter high society guilty conscience bamboo folk tale nursery rhyme cherry blossom based on folk tale social differences whirlpool adoptive father adopted daughter relationship pheasant japanese folklore emperor of japan catching a bird baby's first steps feminine beauty learning to walk living off the land  (See All)

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Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious t…rouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film black comedy conspiracy supernatural paranormal phenomena 
Themes:
murder death revenge surrealism kidnapping ghost fear escape hero investigation deception memory supernatural power terrorism paranoia β€¦redemption surveillance home invasion panic police brutality near death experience afterlife unlikely hero  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir nightmare darkness poetic justice 
Locations:
hospital restaurant church swimming pool small town bathtub desert wheelchair apartment police car motel singing in a car car bomb desert town 
Characters:
husband wife relationship police mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship doctor tattoo prostitute police officer nurse policeman hostage tough guy warrior single mother waitress β€¦security guard sheriff police shootout death of girlfriend  (See All)
Period:
seeing the future 
Story:
local tragic ending crime scene character name in title based on novel blood violence flashback dog two word title kiss fight cigarette smoking photograph title spoken by character β€¦explosion party knife chase surprise ending pistol fire voice over narration cell phone shootout beating dream corpse shot to death blood splatter fistfight machine gun horse car accident shot in the chest shot in the head rescue slow motion scene punched in the face computer written by director arrest gunfight brawl secret showdown held at gunpoint bomb car crash demon handcuffs revolver shot in the back good versus evil foot chase bound and gagged california terrorist massacre montage diner exploding car false accusation severed head cult no opening credits bird disarming someone one man army child in peril hit by a car double cross creature police officer killed van attempted murder limousine curse danger screaming person on fire uniform product placement race against time cover up knocked out baseball bat opening action scene shot in the shoulder manipulation exploding body manager character says i love you severed arm shot in the arm las vegas nevada silencer psychic corrupt cop freeze frame single parent twenty something private detective eavesdropping burned alive revelation egg slow motion sociopath ice cream cook security camera loss of loved one spider skull carnival fate animal attack picnic masked man damsel in distress stealing a car vision explosive severed finger shot in the face shopping mall m 16 police officer shot escape attempt frame up time lapse photography butterfly assault rifle wisecrack humor blood on shirt bulletproof vest refrigerator barbecue demonic possession terrorist plot fortune teller killing spree death of loved one burned to death owl newspaper clipping framed for murder shot multiple times private investigator bullet time hit with a baseball bat shot through a window narrated by character invisibility mysterious man terrorist group pickpocket timebomb fountain old dark house cockroach evil spirit police chief portal disposing of a dead body young version of character mall trailer home scooter cheering crowd hearing voices elvis presley fly body in a trunk hit by a truck deputy bowling alley premonition man kills a woman offscreen killing pool party shot point blank bullet wound meteor bomber part computer animation tragic love hiding under a bed exploding house woman in a bikini carousel animal killing villain not really dead cliche locket innocent person killed clairvoyant gas explosion poltergeist water fountain pancake tooth music store time bomb ice cream cone finger decomposing body running for your life rescue attempt child killer loss of girlfriend jumping from a car camel toe rottweiler satanic cult tire devil worship gas chamber blowing a kiss clairvoyance startled able to see the dead birdcage chased by a dog domestic terrorism fictional town milkshake satanic seeing dead people walking on water dead body in a bathtub ice cream parlor storm drain pushed into a swimming pool exploding trailer house explosion coitus interruptus contemporary setting barbecue grill severed toe sweetheart homemade explosive seeing ghosts camera shot of a woman's legs hotwiring short order cook abandoned prison ice pack woman wearing a little black dress body in a car trunk break door in car truck crash bluetooth devil worshiper falling into swimming pool vehicular accident church tower driver shot driving license van explosion reloading a gun fortune telling machine horse ride shot in face truck car collision abandoned restaurant supernatural ability  (See All)

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Man On Fire (2004)
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Man On Fire (2004)

Hard drinking, burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy has given up on life until he's hired as a bodyguard to protect nine year old Pita Ramos. Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim some of his soul, but when pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is finally released and he will stop at nothing to sa…ve her as he sets out on a dangerous, revenge fuelled rescue mission. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedy psycho thriller 
Themes:
murder death love friendship revenge suicide kidnapping religion betrayal torture blackmail redemption alcoholism justice police corruption 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
city hospital restaurant swimming pool nightclub rooftop mexico catholic school 
Characters:
husband wife relationship police hostage warrior alcoholic bible employer employee relationship revenge motive ex military 
Story:
tragic ending based on novel blood violence dog cigarette smoking explosion three word title telephone call cell phone shootout corpse shot to death blood splatter car accident β€¦shot in the chest remake shot in the head watching tv bomb alcohol reporter swimming spy newspaper journalist suicide attempt exploding car assassination child in peril police officer killed latex gloves businessman diary shot in the shoulder bodyguard exploding body die hard scenario mercenary secret agent vigilante cia dismemberment arson corrupt cop bullet what happened to epilogue mass murder agent rocket launcher compassion interracial friendship ransom whiskey severed finger death of protagonist school uniform deceit murder of a child tragic hero killing spree parrot rpg grenade launcher main character dies fast motion scene mexican american cia agent stuffed animal timebomb gun held to head glock tween girl hospital bed finger cut off child kidnapping rave shot in the hand mercedes benz shot in the foot lighting a cigarette righteous rage bloodshed death of title character intergenerational friendship retribution federal agent ends with biographical notes ex marine severed ear moral ambiguity rich family kidnapped girl cd player rainy day swimming lesson kidnapped daughter anonymous telephone call gun fire ex cia agent adult child friendship lighting someone's cigarette swimming competition swim meet whiskey bottle misfiring gun kidnap for ransom drinking whisky playing golf indoors swimming contest warning shot  (See All)

City Of God (2002)
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City Of God (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 t…he 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)

Subgenre:
coming of age cult film black comedy crime epic 
Themes:
murder death love friendship revenge kidnapping infidelity rape religion money adultery torture escape dance gangster β€¦robbery extramarital affair theft psychopath death of father death of mother poverty drug use redemption unfaithfulness sexuality photography homelessness drug addiction wealth environment police corruption murder of father murder of mother murder of brother  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
city bar beach church forest motorcycle bus nightclub bicycle woods urban setting police car motel jungle brothel β€¦brazil slum  (See All)
Characters:
family relationships father son relationship police mother son relationship friend boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother brother relationship boy teenage girl prostitute teenage boy nurse policeman dancer photographer β€¦thief artist interracial relationship uncle nephew relationship police chase death of boy  (See All)
Period:
1980s 1970s 1960s 
Story:
female nudity blood male nudity violence flashback male frontal nudity gun kiss fight interracial sex dancing β€¦photograph title spoken by character party knife chase three word title pistol based on true story telephone call voice over narration crying based on book shootout shot to death underwear blood splatter car accident shot in the chest face slap shot in the head watching tv camera arrest shooting showdown rifle tears running birthday car crash marijuana prostitution prayer criminal shot in the back reporter swimming good versus evil gay slur newspaper soccer journalist gang drug dealer cocaine fish nonlinear timeline assassination controversy shot in the forehead racial slur pain flash forward drug addict organized crime virgin attack fugitive death of child scene during end credits domestic violence death of brother pursuit split screen premarital sex bank robbery chicken handgun obscene finger gesture class differences power child murder freeze frame record player crime boss african machismo tv news uzi pot smoking supermarket disco desire loss of virginity mass murder sociopath stealing hiding buttocks swimsuit journalism virginity burial drug dealing thug promise shoplifting mercilessness shot in the face ghetto banana handheld camera murder of a child police raid growing up juvenile delinquent job male virgin con man marijuana joint multiple storyline molotov cocktail gang war street gang snorting cocaine dead children arms dealer armed robbery informant gang violence bus stop latin america narcissism wetting pants stoned bakery kite bloody body of child rio de janeiro brazil actual animal killed south america gas killer child soccer ball shot in the foot hold up chapter headings in medias res lifeguard hoodie rise and fall mob violence child with gun city in title street vendor child with a gun strobe light auto theft illegal drugs talisman career criminal tv broadcast child murders a child child uses gun gang warfare name change favela gun store death of uncle drug pusher samba brazilian music paperboy non professional cast boy killed child uses a gun motorscooter child shot child shot in the head woman director uxoricide child knocked unconscious rio de janeiro con game urban violence hooded sweatshirt youth gang photojournalism runt tropical setting ankle injury teenage gang salesclerk child shot in the chest lusophone gun dealer broken rule pushing a car counter attack trigger happy bus conductor armed child child shot through the chest maconha brazilian culture stool pigeon gang shooting kid gang smooth talker street war  (See All)

Mother (2009)
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Mother (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Subgenre:
black comedy suspense 
Themes:
murder death friendship revenge money betrayal prison pregnancy drinking fear drunkenness funeral investigation memory blackmail β€¦guilt bullying exploitation disability writing police investigation  (See All)
Mood:
satire rain 
Locations:
bar restaurant forest cemetery small town bus woods police station rooftop bar hostess running after a car 
Characters:
girl husband wife relationship police mother son relationship mother daughter relationship friend boy teenage girl female protagonist police officer detective policeman dancer lawyer mother β€¦professor grandmother granddaughter relationship mother love  (See All)
Period:
year 2002 
Story:
crime scene sex female nudity blood violence one word title flashback dog bare chested male fight cigarette smoking dancing photograph surprise ending panties β€¦fire crying cell phone woman on top beating corpse underwear blood splatter food car accident mirror urination face slap watching tv computer drink arrest undressing book vomiting tears running car crash dead body interrogation cafe handcuffs subjective camera flashlight bra candle old man eating toilet false accusation hit by a car search graveyard pantyhose coffee pain flash forward confession microphone prologue umbrella mission debt countryside schoolgirl suspicion sleeping arson rock golf tea medicine killing an animal breaking and entering hiding assault nosebleed desperation following someone apple mental institution watching television prison guard bloody nose innocence wind suffering attempted suicide backpack misunderstanding son kicking cigarette lighter hit on the head school uniform drunk evidence attic lipstick one day suspect field framed for murder mannequin mud being followed bribery hit and run face mask menstruation needle killing a dog golf club name calling mental retardation abandoned house teasing soup golf course south korea pond document psychiatric hospital facial scar roof hitchcockian spitting blood pool of blood calendar overhead shot retreat wrench rice shack rearview mirror golf cart mirror ball watching sex acupuncture ostracism calling someone an idiot golf ball forensics public urination scapegoat sanitarium taking off pants dragging a dead body band aid bludgeoned to death overprotective mother memento cyanide herb elderly man prison visitation teeth knocked out facial bruise wading in water chief of police elderly protagonist dog hit by a car tofu man undressing a woman scrubbing a floor ping pong ball bus tour cleaning up blood herbalist vomiting in a toilet mob rule tv antenna chestnut mentally handicapped person acupuncturist building a fire finger injury virility seoul south korea vomiting into a toilet tampax attempted filicide climbing up a hill hit on the back of one's head rice cake eating from a can kicking a car  (See All)

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The Possession (2012)

The basketball coach Clyde and his wife Stephanie divorced a couple of months ago and their teenage daughter Hannah and the girl Emily 'Em' live with their mother and spend the weekends with their father. One day, Clyde stops his car in a yard sale and Em buys an antique carved box and becomes obses…sed with it. Em finds the hidden lock and releases an evil spirit that possesses her. Soon Clyde discovers that Em has a problem, but his annoying ex-wife and her boyfriend Brett do not pay attention to him and get a restraining order against Clyde. Clyde seeks out Professor McMannis and when he sees the box, he explains that it is a Dibbuk Box, where a fiend is trapped inside. He also explains that the box should not be open; otherwise the person will be possessed by the spirit. Now Clyde travels to a Jewish community in New York and the rabbi's son Tzadok returns with him expecting to exorcise Em to save the girl. (Read More)

Subgenre:
supernatural horror 
Themes:
death divorce brutality obsession supernatural power 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
girl father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship teacher dancer sister sister relationship jewish psychiatrist jew father 
Story:
young girl blood violence two word title dancing surprise ending crying car accident face slap hallucination classroom eating diner child in peril ritual β€¦old woman curse screaming suburb scream ring gym american flag garage hate sister eyeglasses spirit looking at oneself in a mirror morgue hammer cgi barefoot aerial shot e mail swing refrigerator box demonic possession divorcee brushing teeth exorcism poster stabbed in the hand running away reading aloud shouting rabbi film starts with text coughing crashing through a window dripping blood road accident college professor seizure home video orchestral music score divorced parents overhead camera shot dumpster psychotronic film close up of eye slap grindhouse film ex wife holy water tear on cheek trance hebrew pancake tooth flickering light finger cassette tape locked in screwdriver basketball court moth wood carving schoolmate tear female psychiatrist loosely based on real events unconscious gagging swarm hair loss glass shard yard sale infestation stabbed with a fork garbage bin basketball coach music score features piano possessed girl mona lisa shadow puppet working late mri olive oil killed in car accident magnetic resonance imaging tree swing eating raw meat ball peen hammer auditory hallucination bare foot woman sitting on steps car truck crash dybbuk box hair falling out hasidic vehicular accident cgi animal in live action film exit sign food allergy gust of wind basketball practice crawl dybbuk scan thrown through the air tooth falling out killed in car scream off camera invisible friend  (See All)

The Ice Storm (1997)
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The Ice Storm (1997)

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays,… escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad... (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film 
Themes:
friendship marriage infidelity religion politics adultery drinking drunkenness extramarital affair divorce drug use dysfunctional family guilt unfaithfulness sexuality β€¦self abuse  (See All)
Mood:
rain high school night 
Locations:
city new york city train church swimming pool car snow bicycle kitchen storm sex in a car 
Characters:
girl family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship friend brother brother relationship boy brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy teacher student β€¦french kiss  (See All)
Period:
1970s year 1973 
Story:
sex based on novel masturbation bare chested male kiss cigarette smoking title spoken by character explosion party three word title shower telephone call voice over narration crying β€¦underwear watching tv drink book tears bed marijuana bathroom neighbor classroom prayer manhattan new york city bedroom wine band football house dinner assassination roommate jeans stripping virgin key suburb electrocution reading death of brother tragic event death of son sadness class sleeping teenage sex couple record player ice golf desire tape recorder comic book recording american football drug abuse magazine dysfunctional marriage accidental death railway station virginity social commentary embarrassment shoplifting explosive minister burglary whip sex talk frustration dead boy existentialism living room marital problem pajamas weather promiscuity thanksgiving rocket sexual awakening bong swinger bicycling group therapy sexual promiscuity fascist pharmacy anarchy narcissism generation gap reverend upper class psychiatric hospital private school swinging reference to richard nixon hedonism premature ejaculation open marriage saying grace wife swapping drugstore passing out turkey the bird sleeping pill marital crisis passenger train rainy night ice cube brandy wet dream birth control model airplane cocktail party first amendment cable grace neglect innocence lost passed out drunk seminar grand central station manhattan new york city waterbed diving board smoking after sex valium reference to dostoyevsky trombone skylight yard sale sexual experimentation power line geometry empty swimming pool medicine cabinet surrogate brother sexual revolution spilled drink commuter school band aclu reference to deep throat hangman's noose watergate scandal man wearing boxer shorts marvel comic nixon mask parental neglect radio controlled toy reel to reel tape recorder reading a comic book samoa electric cable electrocuted child ice storm precocious sex reference to the fantastic four reference to fyodor dostoyevsky reference to jesus christ superstar silicon sleet young republican key party reference to spiro agnew cranberry sauce drinking liquor from a bottle facts of life ice tray reference to philip roth symbionese liberation army  (See All)

Deep Red (1975)
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Deep Red (1975)

A psychic who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim. An English pianist gets involved in solving the murders, but finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so cl…osely. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film suspense paranormal phenomena italian horror christmas horror psychological horror cult classic 
Themes:
murder death surrealism infidelity rape christmas ghost jealousy drinking drunkenness funeral investigation anger corruption psychopath β€¦death of father brutality paranoia blackmail insanity illness sadism home invasion theatre panic dying trauma claustrophobia christmas past  (See All)
Mood:
gore night slasher darkness 
Locations:
city hospital bar restaurant school car cemetery bathtub bicycle water elevator kitchen wheelchair australia police station β€¦police car italy truck  (See All)
Characters:
girl homosexual father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship doctor singer boy serial killer policeman musician actress β€¦killer villain psychiatrist maid professor jew terror german gay friend slasher killer mysterious villain serial murderer self pity  (See All)
Period:
1970s 
Story:
message crime scene blood violence flashback two word title gun kiss cigarette smoking photograph singing knife chase surprise ending telephone call β€¦fire song shootout beating corpse blood splatter mirror face slap watching tv camera drink secret shooting painting book vomiting running dead body cafe bathroom neighbor piano hallucination color in title revolver television telephone reporter subjective camera decapitation survival gay slur newspaper bedroom flashlight journalist band old man strangulation axe stabbing impalement stabbed to death diner house joke brunette driving severed head bird drawing hit by a car search graveyard old woman necklace drowning pain attempted murder library virgin danger stabbed in the back prologue screaming puppet protest key doll statue christmas tree skeleton hanging pianist stalking threat witness dark basement trap suspicion cult director psychic europe killing arson record player maniac tv news fireplace desire breaking and entering street dress gothic tape recorder rome italy magician stabbed in the stomach toy architect psychology composer desperation grindhouse driving a car home violin dead woman female killer embarrassment watching television rampage whiskey couch past mercilessness stabbed in the neck mute broken glass mental hospital butcher shovel theatre audience stairs hit on the head english butterfly frustration shadow dead man eye gouging slaughter disfigurement dark past body count female reporter gay stereotype living room characters killed one by one dead woman with eyes open killing spree voodoo light playing piano psychotic telepathy crow close up of eyes dead girl drums serial murder psychopathic killer mysterious man apparition dark secret kill gloves long hair human monster men's bathroom twist ending fence staircase jazz music skirt street market television news lizard bitterness homicidal maniac female psychopath slashing whodunit blood stain theatre production tape recording burnt face mind game jacket greenhouse hit by a truck saxophone falling glass disappointment dripping blood eyeball locked door meat cleaver crushed head female villain hallway stabbed in the shoulder trumpet murder witness burnt body clue evil woman extreme violence famous score macabre psychic power bourgeoisie graphic violence desk menace murderess silence dead bird arm wrestling butcher knife dogfight giallo pool of blood female victim sadistic psychopath psychotronic film house fire house on fire murder spree close up of eye fingerprint silhouette butchery grindhouse film hatchet secret room curtain lebanon water fountain loss of control dead woman on floor deeply disturbed person mystery killer engineering hidden room pick axe pinball machine mistreatment boomerang black gloves extrasensory perception female serial killer child's drawing exposed breast disturbing raincoat steam wife murders husband falling out a window fragments of glass italian cinema piano teacher torturer crawling blowing a kiss dead woman on ground clairvoyance jazz band voodoo doll drive in classic hearing aid progressive rock figurine children's music video nasty witness to murder reference to leonardo da vinci bad girl cleaver cognac mad woman melting face gruesome newsroom carrying a dead body split head fireplace poker trombone skylight locked up unknown killer mutilated body attacked from behind knife in back foreign parapsychology cult favorite proletarian leather gloves brutal children's song push button scene based on painting statuette canary islands piano duet woman murders a woman cradle sadistic killer house for sale sit in animate doll black gloved killer sweaty face axe in the back bloody knife drawing on a wall hot water knitting needle music conservatory panting composing holding someone's head underwater blackbird overflowing bathtub water faucet flooded room hit with a club seeing father murdered sliding bashing someone's head into a wall bathroom sink dragged by a truck mummified body tearing a page from a book graveside ceremony italian flag window screen psychology professor  (See All)

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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)
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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

2002: Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess Cobb (Julia Roberts) are two investigators in a private police unit led by the DA. When they receive an anonymous tip about a girl raped and killed, they rush to the scene. Ray realizes it is Jess' daughter and the team falls apart due to the grief. In 20…15, Ray comes back to LA, and says that after 13 years, he has found a lead and convinces the DA to reopen the case. They find clues and leads unknown to them, and secrets from the past come to light as they start discovering the real, chilling truth. Meanwhile, Jess, dissatisfied with the law, decides to take matters into her own hands and track down the killer, no matter what lengths she has to go to. (Read More)

Themes:
murder death kidnapping escape obsession terrorism vengeance justice death of daughter rape and murder murder of daughter 
Characters:
girl police self justice 
Period:
year 2002 
Story:
crime scene flashback dog gun photograph chase surprise ending horse remake punched in the face secret interrogation foot chase nonlinear timeline confession β€¦passion christmas tree garage stealing a car partner surprise stadium investigator dark secret loss of daughter district attorney death penalty mosque garbage comics digging a grave non linear post september 11 2001 grave digging body part in title false confession unsolved crime climbing a fence forced confession hierarchy reference to september 11 2001 kicking a dog secluded house girl murdered coerced confession  (See All)

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The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)

Cox and Hirsch play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young "Jane Doe," they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.

Subgenre:
supernatural supernatural horror 
Themes:
murder death revenge fear torture brutality supernatural power sadism evil cruelty panic mysterious death 
Mood:
gore night darkness one night blood and gore 
Locations:
elevator police car storm 
Characters:
out of control father son relationship police zombie police officer bible witch sheriff father girlfriend 
Story:
crime scene female nudity character name in title nudity blood violence bare breasts female frontal nudity female full frontal nudity nipples title spoken by character fire topless female nudity beating β€¦corpse blood splatter cat axe man with glasses radio ritual pain danger dark killing undead splatter destruction revelation mutilation morgue witchcraft accidental death dead woman homicide suffering son power outage escape attempt disembowelment autopsy heart surprise dead man dark past bruise dead girl dark secret blackout scalpel bell bleeding hallway naked dead woman fright multiple murder sorcery scare organ eyes loss of control corridor tooth tortured to death examination multiple homicide lift severed tongue evil power dissection evil force accidental murder broken ankle power cut evisceration forces of evil attempted escape killings torture victim lungs broken bone dark force stormy night bruises lung white eyes broken wrist multiple killing force of evil autopsy room scar tissue missing tooth forces of darkness grey eyes cause of death roman numeral  (See All)

Moana (2016)
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Moana (2016)

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the i…sland is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology. (Read More)

Subgenre:
computer animation cgi animation disney disney animated cgi musical disney animated cgi musical film 
Themes:
monster mythology 
Mood:
nightmare breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
beach sea cave ocean storm 
Characters:
girl father daughter relationship tattoo female protagonist little girl grandmother granddaughter relationship 
Story:
young girl f rated character name in title one word title title spoken by character singing demon island no opening credits bird underwater scene curse storytelling tough girl scene during end credits β€¦pig chicken strong female character pirate destiny quest shark strong female lead scene after end credits cartoon title at the end turtle sailor new zealand surprise after end credits forename as title giant monster sailboat sailing no title at beginning drum lava female hero goddess saving the world rooster reference to twitter shape shifter hawk voyage tropical island coconut human becoming an animal surprise during end credits long black hair black hair bare midriff south pacific reef loss of grandmother navigation sea turtle cartoon bird demi god tough woman cartoon pig stingray cartoon chicken polynesia polynesian disney princess giant crab island life female leader turned into an animal blow dart male antagonist opening credits fish hook no narration restitution disney animated musical cinematic universe disney animated musical universe high seas talking crab animated tattoo gigantic monster refusing to believe cartoon crab reference to little mermaid  (See All)

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Winter's Bone (2010)
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Winter's Bone (2010)

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a we…ek's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy 
Themes:
murder death love friendship revenge kidnapping money drinking death of father poverty drug use illness mental illness hope courage β€¦hunting murder of father murder of brother  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir high school nightmare 
Locations:
bar school forest small town woods rural setting police station farm police car 
Characters:
girl family relationships husband wife relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship friend singer brother brother relationship boy brother sister relationship teenage girl female protagonist β€¦policeman baby sister sister relationship sheriff uncle niece relationship grandfather granddaughter relationship amateur detective teenager with a gun  (See All)
Period:
2000s 
Story:
local message f rated based on novel violence dog gun fight cigarette smoking photograph singing punctuation in title song title directed by female beating β€¦dream corpse food horse drink lie rifle apostrophe in title dead body marijuana bathroom neighbor guitar subjective camera flashlight cooking axe drug dealer eating bird search prologue liar character's point of view camera shot doll missing person cover up actor shares first name with character court death of brother disappearance threat suspicion pickup truck chainsaw teen angst barn guitarist gossip severed hand skateboard honor nickname target practice u.s. army confrontation pet dog death threat rowboat black and white scene swamp deer puppy photo album auction pet triple f rated bag over head mental breakdown german shepherd snorting cocaine farmhouse cattle squirrel hillbilly hand trampoline title same as book bechdel test passed season in title family crisis clothes child with gun chopping wood drug trade bail banjo missouri search for father methamphetamine body part in title hay clothes line family photograph plastic bag bloody mouth marching breaking a car window fiddle women fight patriarchy sleeping on a sofa dead body in water child uses a gun fiddler rocking horse groceries crystal meth chick ferret telescopic rifle face wound sleeping in a chair baby doll hands cut off woodchipper hay bale toy horse feeding a dog ozark mountains ice pack combing someone's hair hanging laundry baby car seat expropriation mentally ill mother banjo player burned out building skinning an animal derelict house rotc military drill out on bail pleading for help sawing down a tree joining the army snitching gunnysack string band army recruiter bail bond cattle auction parenting class  (See All)

The Final Cut (2004)
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The Final Cut (2004)

The story is set in a world where implanted microchips can record all moments of an individual's life. The chips are removed upon death so the images can be edited into something of a highlight reel for loved ones who want to remember the deceased. Caviezel portrays the leader of the organization th…at opposes this technology's development. (Read More)

Subgenre:
futurism 
Themes:
murder death incest memory loneliness father daughter incest childhood trauma 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
city bar forest 
Characters:
tattoo pregnant woman colleague colleague relationship 
Period:
near future 
Story:
buying a gun blood flashback gun sex scene fight cigarette smoking chase dream mirror shot in the chest kissing falling from height revolver flashlight β€¦montage widow child abuse graveyard protest split screen childbirth riot beard crying woman burglary bookstore gunfire childhood memory first person view giving birth paint child molestation editor dying man man punching a woman walking domestic abuse lighting a cigarette child molester archive child rape slap political protest microchip fridge privacy woman smoking cigarette tattoo parlor visiting a grave implant rich woman film editor memorial service men's toilet invasion of privacy file cabinet riding a bus protestors book store public transport photographic memory rabbit's foot recovered memory traumatic memory computer system open casket film archives watching a home movie memory implant painful memory sousveillance punching one's fist into a mirror sin eater funeral reception trip down memory lane  (See All)

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Romper Stomper (1992)

Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman who is prone to epileptic seizures joins the skins' m…erry band, and helps them on their run from justice, but is her affliction also a sign of impurity? (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film tragedy 
Themes:
murder death betrayal jealousy dance incest robbery racism home invasion 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
city bar beach train bus kitchen australia 
Characters:
father daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship love triangle terror grandmother grandson relationship homeless man 
Story:
local sex female nudity male nudity violence two word title bare chested male fight cigarette smoking telephone call face slap written by director bathroom piano telephone β€¦f word gay slur gang strangulation axe death of friend immigrant map apology man with glasses controversy van shot in the forehead bartender racial slur beaten to death stabbed in the back kicked in the face scene during end credits domestic violence policewoman character says i love you profanity subtitled scene arson garage pot smoking tourist vandalism flatulence skateboard railway station male underwear surveillance camera blood on face burglary shopping mall kicked in the crotch medication refrigerator police raid opening a door briefs dead mother playing piano dagger main character dies telephone booth telling someone to shut up skinhead neo nazi knocking on a door rhyme in title breaking a window lying on bed white briefs lighting a cigarette fisticuffs epilepsy driving at night man slaps a woman public phone vietnamese threat to kill melbourne australia looking at picture pinball machine delinquent homophobe burning car laundry drying on clothes line white supremacist unfaithful girlfriend neo nazism kettle corpse with eyes open attempted drowning vandalizing a car drinking milk white power unprovoked violence  (See All)

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing.

Subgenre:
coming of age black comedy absurdism deadpan comedy 
Themes:
surrealism marriage infidelity adultery extramarital affair depression unfaithfulness first love missing child 
Mood:
rain breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
boat bathtub woods storm new england 
Characters:
girl family relationships husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship children boy brother sister relationship sheriff french kiss boy in underwear 
Period:
1960s year 1965 
Story:
f rated blood flashback dog two word title explosion chase erection telephone call slow motion scene painting book beer running lingerie β€¦island scientist orphan stabbing map nonlinear timeline bath search on the run binoculars fugitive suitcase tent reading pursuit split screen typewriter runaway scene during opening credits recording rage walkie talkie camp forbidden love child's point of view unfaithful wife title appears in writing scissors first kiss young love voice over letter social worker eye patch alienation pipe smoking location in title girl in bra and panties yelling 12 year old dock running away killing a dog canoe pink panties adolescence reading aloud listening to a radio megaphone short skirt badge teenage girl in underwear white bra stabbed with scissors foster child handkerchief devastation small town sheriff struck by lightning runaway child boy scout dummy foster parent search party pen pal waterfront book reading lovers on the lam meet cute title appears in text boy scouts child smoking the color red cove sleeping on a beach split screen telephone call bookworm spontaneous erection the color blue runaway boy search for missing person reel to reel tape recorder runaway girl wading across a river scout camp the color yellow boy scout salute electric kiss reference to francoise hardy  (See All)

Philadelphia (1993)
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Philadelphia (1993)

Andrew Beckett, a gay, HIV positive lawyer, is fired from his law firm in fear that they might contract HIV from him. After Andrew is fired, in a last attempt for peace, he sues his former law firm with the help of a homophobic lawyer, Joe Miller. During the court battle, Miller sees that Beckett is… no different than anyone else on the gritty streets of the city of brotherly love, sheds his homophobia and helps Beckett with his case before AIDS overcomes him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film medical courtroom drama 
Themes:
sexuality illness homophobia dying aids prejudice gay love 
Locations:
city hospital pennsylvania 
Characters:
homosexual mother son relationship dancer lawyer tough guy gay kiss death of hero gay hero 
Story:
tragic ending one word title kiss dancing party place name in title gay slur trial library city name in title terminal illness disease blockbuster home movie hypocrisy β€¦partner philadelphia pennsylvania male male kiss bigotry tragic hero gay rights main character dies human immunodeficiency virus costume party death of boyfriend hypocrite death of lover male nurse judicial system man dancing with man judicial judiciary thinness trailer narrated by hal douglas ends with funeral unfair dismissal  (See All)

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Toget…her, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age supernatural 
Themes:
death friendship art magic anger dysfunctional family grief childhood boy girl friendship death of best friend 
Locations:
city church forest woods rural setting farm police car museum school bus school teacher art museum school bully new girl in town school friend 
Characters:
girl family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship friend brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy teacher police officer student β€¦artist best friend little girl bully little boy teacher student relationship childhood friend love letter best friends blonde girl new friend  (See All)
Story:
based on novel dog dancing photograph singing three word title based on book punched in the face watching tv painting tears place name in title running birthday classroom β€¦death of friend bridge drawing king key fantasy sequence product placement storytelling doll pianist tragic event queen birthday cake rope race lifting someone into the air loss of friend guitarist crush cgi reality imagination child's point of view pet dog belief in god deer swing kingdom atheist dead girl birthday present female teacher outsider tween girl crown squirrel greenhouse fantasy world blackboard troll anguish runner church service grieving creek next door neighbor organist social outcast lifting a female into the air girl next door nonconformity schoolyard falling from a tree little sister animal trap reference to leonardo da vinci neglected child sketchbook belief in hell poor family female bully clubhouse reality vs fantasy singing happy birthday make believe schoolboy crush two friends foot race tree house animate tree teacher crush reference to theodore roosevelt off screen death swinging on a rope music class tree swing sobbing female imaginary world fear of hell rope swing running race dog as a gift catching someone who falls reference to teddy roosevelt knocked to the ground lost keys museum trip reference to pieter bruegel wooden bridge log bridge  (See All)

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Joe Dirt (2001)

Joe Dirt is a janitor with a mullet hairdo, acid-washed jeans and a dream to find the parents that he lost at the Grand Canyon when he was a belligerent, trailer park-raised eight-year-old. Now, blasting Van Halen in his jacked-up economy car, the irrepressibly optimistic Joe hits the road alone in …search of his folks. As his wandering, misguided search takes him from one hilarious misadventure to another, Joe finds his way to Los Angeles, where a shock-jock brings Joe on his radio show to insult him. But as Joe's life story unfolds, jeers turn to cheers, and an entire captivated city tunes in to hear the adventures of Joe Dirt. (Read More)

Themes:
love psychopath 
Locations:
city school los angeles california farm road trip campfire 
Characters:
family relationships 
Story:
septic tank character name in title flashback dog title directed by female blonde shotgun falling from height beer cleavage california scantily clad female marriage proposal public nudity clown β€¦person on fire mini skirt convertible female removes her clothes wig first part fireworks cow newspaper headline nipples visible through clothing balloon flatulence carnival indian redneck janitor crude humor forced to strip louisiana mini dress amputee radio station suicidal statue of liberty new york city trailer park hollywood sign white trash alligator hot air balloon lifeguard fart joke man on fire burning man meteorite grand canyon mushroom cloud short shorts foster child firework bathing suit highway travel idaho talk radio pokies crossdresser oil rig multiple cameos acting musician witness protection program mullet haircut mother child reunion dog humping someone's leg journey shown on map loss of limb hunting dog bio hazard covered bridge boeing trans am reference to van halen radio personality space junk spatula father child reunion  (See All)

American Graffiti (1973)
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American Graffiti (1973)

It's the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It's the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is see…n as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. Curt's beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words "I love you" to him. As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future. Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave girlfriend, head cheerleader and Curt's sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening "negotiating" the state of their relationship. Meanwhile, two of their friends cruise around town for the evening. Steve has left his car to meek and mild-mannered Terry "Toad" Fields to look after during his absence. The wheels give Toad a new sense of confidence, which he uses to try and impress Debbie Dunham, a more experienced girl generally out of his league. And John Milner, who is seen as the king of the street race in his souped-up yellow deuce coupe, tries to get rid of precocious pre-teen, Carol Morrison, who has somehow become his passenger… (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film cult film teen movie semi autobiographical 
Themes:
friendship jealousy dance robbery anger dating unrequited love first love 
Mood:
high school one night 
Locations:
car motorcycle small town airplane airport urban setting police car school dance 
Characters:
girl police teenager boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy police officer love triangle self discovery self esteem dream girl self acceptance 
Period:
1960s summer year 1962 
Story:
local two word title fight dancing singing party surprise ending panties telephone call song underwear fistfight car accident blonde punched in the face β€¦watching tv book vomiting tears car crash marijuana college telephone gang california diner white panties brunette scantily clad female radio gunshot virgin suburb mini skirt prank convertible gym female removes her clothes high school student automobile threat rock 'n' roll class differences record player girl in panties nerd pot smoking teen angst revelation what happened to epilogue country name in title listening to music rage vandalism blockbuster crush driving a car forbidden love virginity mechanic janitor underage drinking rejection love at first sight ensemble cast frustration lipstick young love one day loner juvenile delinquent geek wrestler music band reflection sexual awakening multiple storyline boredom robber street gang first date pink panties locker jukebox makeover earring scooter boy with glasses crash peer pressure radio station making out tape recording generation gap mooning popularity reference to albert einstein americana hallway house party disc jockey cadillac reference to john f. kennedy roller skates opposites attract cruising drug humor radio dj liquor store airliner car salesman conformity dance contest auto theft street racing high school dance antihero slumber party drag racing cable loss of innocence authority popsicle yearbook telephone box hoodlum school locker teenage rebellion d.j. yellow panties hot rod shaving cream teen love party dress rebellious youth ambiguous title wrong side of the tracks wild party shy girl twist the dance listening to the radio teen rebel reference to the lone ranger sputnik greaser high school sweetheart record collection drive in restaurant reference to the beach boys high school love shot in sequence reference to buddy holly high school yearbook exposed underwear multi protagonist roadster dandruff thunderbird black and white television 1955 chevrolet liquor store hold up reference to dick clark  (See All)

Dark City (1998)
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Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability t…o put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy suspense conspiracy dystopia cyberpunk australian fantasy australian science fiction australian horror tech noir 
Themes:
murder death surrealism suicide kidnapping marriage escape investigation deception memory extramarital affair supernatural power paranoia guilt insanity β€¦amnesia self sacrifice murder investigation police investigation unlikely hero alien abduction  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir night darkness australian supernatural 
Locations:
city hospital bar beach restaurant swimming pool hotel bathtub bus nightclub water taxi wheelchair urban setting apartment β€¦police station outer space space taxi driver laboratory space station fire escape  (See All)
Characters:
husband wife relationship police doctor singer prostitute serial killer alien detective hostage little girl police detective psychiatrist uncle nephew relationship police chase evil alien β€¦running from police  (See All)
Period:
1940s future 
Story:
crime scene female nudity blood male nudity violence female frontal nudity interview flashback male rear nudity kiss fight cigarette smoking photograph explosion β€¦knife chase surprise ending voice over narration dream corpse blood splatter car accident shot in the chest rescue punched in the face written by director arrest bare butt falling from height showdown rifle held at gunpoint interrogation cafe revolver telephone scientist subjective camera foot chase old man throat slitting impalement stabbed in the chest subway map false accusation anti hero drawing double cross police officer killed cigar smoking on the run duel character repeating someone else's dialogue key electrocution fugitive character's point of view camera shot suitcase lightning injection female removes her clothes exploding body rat threatened with a knife love interest experiment eavesdropping identity falling down stairs sabotage syringe destruction revelation flying warehouse hypodermic needle gothic architecture exploding building female singer jumping from height virtual reality produced by director mind control crushed to death clock camera shot of feet haunted by the past chaos plot twist rowboat aquarium frame up time lapse photography exploding head soul alternate reality wedding ring pier passionate kiss existentialism police inspector nude woman murdered telekinesis dagger newspaper clipping symbolism uncle telepathy close up of eyes memory loss lighthouse levitation brainwashing ex cop postcard spiral staircase wallet idealism harmonica billboard sleep hanging upside down goldfish pocket watch foreplay hand over mouth business card stabbed in the shoulder fight the system microscope spa subterranean waking up mind reading fingerprint force field glowing eyes trenchcoat alien race barber shop stairwell throat cut man in a wheelchair evil child hit by a train deja vu falling through the floor midnight snowglobe zero gravity el train human experimentation subconscious secret passageway candelabra albino applying lipstick stopwatch individuality sledge hammer anti conformity dreamer false memory stabbed in the forehead explosive decompression individualism alien possession newsstand erased memory fighting in the air psychokinesis exposed brain virtuality split head burn scar german expressionism lovecraftian alien parasite fishbowl slideshow bead curtain introduction stopped time alien spaceship human guinea pig male in a bathtub dream reality floating in space picture book spiral implanted memory man in black driving licence test tube key ring simulated reality urban gothic fish bowl floating city binocular microscope mindbender brain in a vat waking up someone mind over matter deep sleep newspaper stand running down stairs hermetic world knife murderer playing accordian express train knocking a hole in a wall possessed corpse  (See All)

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LΓ©on: The Professional (1994)
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LΓ©on: The Professional (1994)

After her father, mother, older sister and little brother are killed by her father's employers, the 12-year-old daughter of an abject drug dealer is forced to take refuge in the apartment of a professional hitman who at her request teaches her the methods of his job so she can take her revenge on th…e corrupt DEA agent who ruined her life by killing her beloved brother. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film black comedy dark comedy tragedy allegory arthouse action 
Themes:
murder death friendship revenge drugs mafia redemption drug addiction murder of a police officer police corruption murder of family murder of brother 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
new york city restaurant hotel bathtub elevator apartment rooftop 
Characters:
girl teenage girl hitman sniper older man younger woman relationship sniper rifle self discovery girl crying 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
young girl character name in title violence one word title flashback title spoken by character explosion knife shower shootout shot to death blood splatter machine gun shot in the chest shot in the head β€¦shotgun falling from height bathroom neighbor manhattan new york city shot in the back f word subjective camera assassin axe disguise death of friend throat slitting cocaine weapon child abuse exploding car assassination child in peril birthday party shot in the forehead racial slur training point of view organized crime puppet champagne character's point of view camera shot hanging domestic violence shot in the shoulder death of brother bodyguard tragic event exploding body neck breaking die hard scenario threatened with a knife silencer corrupt cop italian uzi hand grenade grenade desire sexual attraction jogging swat team desperation crush black humor rocket launcher milk drug dealing apartment building gas mask role playing sexual desire movie theatre pump action shotgun shield italian american mentor father figure death of protagonist accidental killing murder of a child loner attraction lasersight world trade center manhattan new york city government agent psychotic shot multiple times plant close up of eyes blood on camera lens cartoon on tv stuffed animal gun in mouth spit in the face central park manhattan new york city eviction men's bathroom restroom tween girl solitude bubble bath scene of the crime macguffin illiteracy chewing gum bullet wound russian roulette killer child contract killer metal detector reference to marilyn monroe rogue agent hiding place dirty cop intergenerational friendship happy birthday to you loss of family reference to john wayne angst murder of a nude woman juvenile delinquency apprentice broken neck dreadlocks crooked cop older man younger woman protection tear on cheek zippo lighter precocious child knife held to throat reference to madonna stairwell jogger child swearing child with a gun reference to ludwig van beethoven older man young girl relationship garrote running for your life hundred dollar bill arsenal fall to death child killer reference to mickey mouse tear gas helium balloon italian restaurant reference to clint eastwood close up of mouth close up of hands sit ups dea agent child smoking cigarette reference to socrates pack of money air duct child uses a gun sprinkler system child shot younger woman older man relationship italian immigrant older man younger girl reference to wolfgang amadeus mozart dead body in a bathtub splashed with water younger girl older man child smoking reference to frederic chopin bead curtain hand puppet loading a gun drug enforcement glass of milk rocket propelled grenade crime scene investigation dead body in bathtub human bomb police tape potted plant woman in a bath fire axe girl killed simple man reference to johannes brahms wrapped in a bedsheet mentor student relationship telephoto lens exercise video bolt cutter housekeeping reference to bonnie and clyde little italy manhattan new york city money roll psycho cop shooting through a door marilyn monroe impersonator original story assembling gun rack focus sit up riding a subway charlie chaplin impersonator looking through a peephole thieves falling out uncontrollable laughter chalk outline roosevelt island tram shooting a lock open smelling someone  (See All)

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The Crimson Rivers (2000)

Parisian murder detective commissioner Pierre Niemans is called to Gueron, a self-sufficient, prestigious university in a mountain valley, to investigate the murder on 32-year old professor and librarian Remy Caillois, whose corpse was found 50 meters high on a steep mountain side, naked, horribly c…overed in bruises and bleeding wounds, the result of some five hours of bestial torture including quasi-surgical amputation of hands cauterized to prevent bleeding to death- and eyes. Guernon is a closed society of virtually incestuous scientists, de facto succeeding to their parents' posts; the eye-doctor, formerly on the staff, says hereditary genetic diseases are the price of such elitism, but in recent years spread to the simple farming families. Inspector Max Kerkerian examines two crimes in the town: a school break-in with theft of old photos and archive papers as well as a graveyard desecration of Judith Herault, the daughter of local nun Andree, who lives in a dark cell since 15 years and mumbles the demons who made an attempt of both of their lives have returned to prevent the child endanger their secret. As both police investigations continue, the loner sleuths meet; secrets and other corpses are found, till it all ties together. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts suspense conspiracy police procedural 
Themes:
murder death fear torture investigation drug use sadism blindness murder investigation police investigation 
Mood:
rain car chase darkness 
Locations:
hospital bar restaurant school helicopter snow cemetery village police car truck cave cable car truck accident 
Characters:
girl family relationships father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship doctor children boy teacher serial killer detective policeman β€¦police detective french  (See All)
Story:
local crime scene based on novel nudity blood male nudity male frontal nudity dog gun fight cigarette smoking photograph knife chase corpse β€¦car accident computer camera bare butt secret vomiting lie dead body cafe marijuana college demon color in title subjective camera flashlight strangulation axe mountain bridge nun ritual graveyard pain grave library karate liar university countryside cross dark twin experiment ice breaking and entering mutilation crucifix severed hand faked death s&m homicide kickboxing suffering severed finger insect medical examination cigarette lighter autopsy suspect lieutenant dead girl tomb investigator swastika spiral staircase skinhead secret society masochism neo nazi convent dna eyeball road accident punching bag hand maggot multiple murder genetics vault crowbar alps avalanche olympic games glacier fingerprint mountain climbing cavern hatchet paintball thrown from a car right wing finger medical experiment track and field medical school giallo esque eugenics glass eye mutilated corpse inbreeding semi truck subversion remote village gendarme reference to bill gates ski lift desecration elitism acid rain frozen alive seeing eye dog blind boy climbing a wall snowplow university campus car hit by a truck heredity ice cave iq nunnery savoy eye removal cloister frozen in ice genetic manipulation social club run over by a truck wall climbing dauphiny crevice glaciologist  (See All)

Footloose (1984)
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Footloose (1984)

Classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he trie…s hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, there is one small pleasure: Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy". (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film teen movie 
Themes:
dance near death experience religious intolerance religious fundamentalism 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
city church motorcycle small town rural setting 
Characters:
father daughter relationship teenager teenage girl teenage boy dancer priest bible cousin cousin relationship religious fanatic religious zealot religious fundamentalist religious leader 
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