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Mary And Max (2009)
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Mary And Max (2009)

In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. She's Mary Dinkle, the only child of an alcoholic mother and a distracted father. He's Max Horowitz, an overweight man with Asperger's, living alon…e in New York. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence, interrupted by a stay in an asylum and a few misunderstandings. Mary falls in love with a neighbor, saves money to have a birthmark removed and deals with loss. Max has a friendship with a neighbor, tries to control his weight, and finally gets the dream job. Will the two ever meet face to face? (Read More)

Subgenre:
clay animation puppet animation stop motion animation fish out of water stop motion black comedy 
Themes:
forgiveness mental illness grief depression loneliness drunkenness suicide friendship 
Locations:
australia new york city 
Characters:
considering suicide alcoholic mother psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
parental neglect friendly neighbor suicide contemplation attempted suicide adult child friendship flushing a fish down a toilet color element in black and white film reference to iwo jima life long friend condensed milk stuffed bird schoolgirl crush mood ring self help book traumatic childhood β€¦handmade fingernail jewish man pets anxiety attack only child based on supposedly true story pen pal gay husband twin towers asperger's syndrome correspondence phone book electroshock therapy dead fish neglect family abandonment death of parent understanding letter writing death of grandfather birthmark agoraphobia rooster mailbox imaginary friend fish tank lottery confusion world trade center manhattan new york city chocolate atheist obesity shoplifting imagination mental institution psychology typewriter suicide attempt orphan neighbor voice over narration three word title character name in title  (See All)

Stay (2005)
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Stay (2005)

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

Themes:
forgiveness mental illness depression suicide 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
psychiatrist 
Story:
mailbox imagination mental institution suicide attempt orphan neighbor 

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Girl, Interrupted (1999)
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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Unable to cope with reality and the difficulty that comes with it, 18 year old Susanna, is admitted to a mental institution in order to overcome her disorder. However, she has trouble understanding her disorder and therefore finds it difficult to tame, especially when she meets the suggestive and un…predictable Lisa. (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness suicide friendship 
Characters:
psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
understanding mental institution psychology suicide attempt voice over narration 

About Schmidt (2002)
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About Schmidt (2002)

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events fo…llow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water black comedy 
Themes:
grief depression 
Story:
pen pal correspondence letter writing orphan voice over narration character name in title 

Don Juan Demarco (1994) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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Don Juan Demarco (1994)

Well-respected psychiatrist Dr. Jack Mickler is only 10 days away from his retirement. A week before he is due to leave, he encounters a young man who attempts suicide--would be a pretty straightforward case except the young man claims to be Don Juan, the fabled Spanish nobleman and world renowned s…educer/lover of woman. Despite original hostility from his co-workers, Jack manages to persuade his associates to put the youth in his care for 10 days after which the youth will undergo an evaluation to be either released from psychiatric care or sent to a mental institution. However, as the 10 days progresses, Dr. Mickler and the other staff become gradually drawn into to the young man's exotic world of love, passion and pleasure as he recounts his story to them. Whilst doing so the man's philosophies and zeal for life and love begins to revive Dr. Mickler's somewhat passionless relationship with his wife, Marilyn as well as challenging his own views and ethics to the point where both he and the audience begin to question: could this young man truly be Don Juan? (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness depression suicide 
Characters:
psychiatrist 
Story:
mental institution suicide attempt character name in title 

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The Fisher King (1991)
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The Fisher King (1991)

After hearing a popular DJ rail against yuppies, a madman carries out a massacre in a popular New York bar. Dejected and remorseful, the DJ strikes up a friendship with Parry, a former professor who became unhinged and then homeless after witnessing his wife's violent death in the bar shooting. The …DJ seeks redemption by helping Parry in his quest to recover an item that he believes is the Holy Grail and to win the heart of the woman he loves. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
forgiveness mental illness friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
psychiatrist 
Story:
phone book fish tank mental institution three word title character name in title 

The Wackness (2008)
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The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughte…r. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:
depression loneliness drunkenness friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
considering suicide psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
attempted suicide world trade center manhattan new york city suicide attempt voice over narration 

Harvey (1950)
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Harvey (1950)

The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a com…edy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places. (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness drunkenness friendship 
Characters:
psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
imaginary friend mental institution character name in title 

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:
grief depression friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
attempted suicide shoplifting voice over narration three word title character name in title 

Reign Over Me (2007)
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Reign Over Me (2007)

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

Themes:
mental illness grief depression friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
suicide contemplation world trade center manhattan new york city three word title 

A Man Called Ove (2015)
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A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terr…aced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:
grief friendship 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
attempted suicide mailbox suicide attempt orphan neighbor voice over narration character name in title 

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Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

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

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
mental illness grief loneliness friendship 
Story:
anxiety attack neighbor character name in title 

A Little Princess (1995) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "e…very girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:
loneliness friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Story:
letter writing imaginary friend imagination orphan voice over narration three word title 

Elizabethtown (2005)
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Elizabethtown (2005)

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should b…ring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
grief drunkenness suicide 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
suicide contemplation death of parent suicide attempt voice over narration 

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Manchester By The Sea (2016)
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Manchester By The Sea (2016)

Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother's heart has given out suddenly, and he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his …only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. (Read More)

Themes:
grief depression drunkenness friendship 
Characters:
alcoholic mother mother daughter relationship 
Story:
attempted suicide suicide attempt 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The intr…overt freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness depression loneliness suicide friendship 
Characters:
psychiatrist 
Story:
letter writing typewriter suicide attempt voice over narration 

Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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Dragonfly (2002)

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

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
grief friendship 
Story:
attempted suicide birthmark atheist suicide attempt neighbor 

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the… program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
mental illness drunkenness suicide friendship 
Characters:
psychiatrist 
Story:
family abandonment chocolate typewriter suicide attempt voice over narration three word title 

The Little Prince (2015)
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The Little Prince (2015)

Based on the best-seller book 'The Little Prince', the movie tells the story of a little girl that lives with resignation in a world where efficiency and work are the only dogmas. Everything will change when accidentally she discovers her neighbor that will tell her about the story of the Little Pri…nce that he once met. (Read More)

Subgenre:
stop motion animation stop motion 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
imagination neighbor character name in title 

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)

Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
parental neglect neglect shoplifting neighbor voice over narration three word title 

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Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. …When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Subgenre:
puppet animation stop motion animation stop motion 
Themes:
loneliness 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
orphan neighbor voice over narration character name in title 

Taxi Driver (1976)
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Taxi Driver (1976)

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a ces…spool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. (Read More)

Themes:
forgiveness mental illness depression loneliness 
Locations:
new york city 
Story:
imagination psychology typewriter suicide attempt voice over narration 

Bringing Out The Dead (1999)
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Bringing Out The Dead (1999)

An Easter story. Frank is a Manhattan medic, working graveyard in a two-man ambulance team. He's burned out, exhausted, seeing ghosts, especially a young woman he failed to save six months' before, and no longer able to save people: he brings in the dead. We follow him for three nights, each with a …different partner: Larry, who thinks about dinner, Marcus, who looks to Jesus, and Tom, who wallops people when work is slow. Frank befriends the daughter of a heart victim he brings in; she's Mary, an ex-junkie, angry at her father but now hoping he'll live. Frank tries to get fired, tries to quit, and keeps coming back, to work and to Mary, in need of his own rebirth. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water black comedy 
Themes:
drunkenness 
Locations:
new york city 
Story:
attempted suicide fish tank voice over narration 

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Dark Shadows (2012)
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Dark Shadows (2012)

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-o…r at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water black comedy 
Themes:
drunkenness suicide 
Characters:
psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
electroshock therapy mental institution orphan voice over narration 

K-pax (2001) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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K-pax (2001)

Themes:
suicide friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
attempted suicide imagination mental institution 

Two Lovers (2008)
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Two Lovers (2008)

Leonard Kraditor is a burned-out case, living with his immigrant parents after his fiancee left him, helping out at their Brooklyn dry cleaners, taking photographs, at loose ends, suicidal. In quick succession, he meets two women: Sandra, the daughter of his parents' business associates, frank, dire…ct, sensual, Jewish like Leonard; and, his neighbor Michelle, mercurial, rootless, fun, blond, unattainable. Michelle is in love with a married man and cries on Leonard's shoulder; Sandra wants to save him. Is Leonard willing to risk losing Sandra's fidelity for the moments Michelle's moods swing toward him? Can this end well? (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness 
Locations:
new york city 
Story:
friendly neighbor suicide attempt neighbor 

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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
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Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Fresh off of a successful production of Death of a Salesman, he has traded in the suburban blue-hairs and regional theater of Schenectady for the cultured audiences and bright footlights of Broadway. Armed with a MacArthur grant and determined to… create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can put his whole self, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a small mock-up of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Caden's own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele, a celebrated painter who left him years ago for Germany's art scene, sneers at him from every corner. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter Olive is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele's friend, Maria. He's helplessly driving his marriage to actress Claire into the ground. Sammy Barnathan, the actor Caden has hired to play himself within the play, is a bit too perfect for the part, and is making it difficult for Caden to revive his relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel. Meanwhile, his therapist, Madeline Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counselling him. His second daughter, Ariel, is disabled. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. As the years … (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
forgiveness grief depression loneliness suicide 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
attempted suicide confusion three word title 

The Secret Garden (1993)
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The Secret Garden (1993)

Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly y…oung boy...and a secret garden. (Read More)

Themes:
grief loneliness friendship 
Story:
neglect orphan neighbor voice over narration 

Donnie Darko (2001) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may no…t be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank - a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie's mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure. (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness suicide 
Characters:
psychiatrist 
Story:
imaginary friend confusion psychology character name in title 

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The Science Of Sleep (2006)
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The Science Of Sleep (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of rose…s for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Subgenre:
stop motion animation 
Themes:
drunkenness suicide friendship 
Story:
confusion imagination typewriter neighbor voice over narration 

All Good Things (2010)
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All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:
mental illness depression drunkenness suicide friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
mailbox neighbor three word title 

In Her Shoes (2005)
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In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken… behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:
forgiveness mental illness grief loneliness drunkenness suicide friendship 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
phone book voice over narration 

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Edward Scissorhands (1990) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes… him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water black comedy 
Themes:
loneliness drunkenness 
Characters:
psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
neighbor character name in title 

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)
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Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:
loneliness friendship 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
death of parent mailbox orphan neighbor voice over narration three word title 

No Reservations (2007)
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No Reservations (2007)

A master chef, Kate, lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan--with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, prep…aring delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection. (Read More)

Themes:
grief depression 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
orphan neighbor voice over narration 

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Greenberg (2010)
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Greenberg (2010)

We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old… carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness depression drunkenness friendship 
Locations:
australia new york city 
Characters:
psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
letter writing character name in title 

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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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:
black comedy 
Themes:
depression 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
pen pal typewriter orphan 

Fish Tank (2009)
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Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boy…friend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Characters:
alcoholic mother mother daughter relationship 
Story:
dead fish mailbox fish tank 

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The Station Agent (2003)
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The Station Agent (2003)

When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tried to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly Cuban hot-dog vendor.

Themes:
grief depression loneliness drunkenness friendship 
Story:
attempted suicide three word title 

As Good As It Gets (1997)
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As Good As It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, …making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness depression friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
psychiatrist mother daughter relationship 
Story:
neighbor 

Cake (2014) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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Cake (2014)

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

Themes:
grief depression loneliness suicide friendship 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
suicide attempt 

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The Peanuts Movie (2015)
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The Peanuts Movie (2015)

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole gang are back in a heartwarming story. A new girl with red hair moves in across the street, and Charlie Brown falls in love. Now he tries to impress the red haired girl to make her feel like he's a winner, but Charlie Brown just can't do anything right. At the sa…me time, Snoopy is writing a love story about his continuing battles with The Red Baron. Then Charlie Brown has accomplished something never done before. He gets a perfect score on his standardized test, but there has been a mistake. Should he tell the truth and risk losing all of his newfound popularity? Can Charlie Brown get the girl to love him or will he go back to being a nothing? (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Characters:
psychiatrist 
Story:
pen pal imagination typewriter neighbor 

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harr…owing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. (Read More)

Themes:
mental illness friendship 
Characters:
psychiatrist 
Story:
imaginary friend imagination mental institution three word title 

Terms Of Endearment (1983)
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Terms Of Endearment (1983)

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

Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
world trade center manhattan new york city neighbor 

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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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

Themes:
drunkenness suicide 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
psychiatrist 
Story:
typewriter suicide attempt voice over narration three word title character name in title 

Fight Club (1999)
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Fight Club (1999)

A nameless first person narrator ('Edward Norton (I)' (qv)) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla ('Helena Bonham Carter' (qv)), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. Ho…wever when he associates himself with Tyler ('Brad Pitt' (qv)) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
mental illness loneliness drunkenness 
Story:
imaginary friend confusion imagination suicide attempt voice over narration 

Ordinary People (1980)
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Ordinary People (1980)

Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is tra…pped between the two trying to hold the family together. (Read More)

Themes:
grief depression suicide 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
suicide attempt 

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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Three young men Akash, Sameer, and Siddharth are close friends, but their tastes and characters are completely incompatible. So when Siddharth falls in love with a much older woman, Tara, a woman who has been unsuccessful in keeping her marriage intact as well as alcohol-dependent, widens the rift b…etween the trio, forcing them to part company. Years later, the trio will be re-united, they will be much mature and understanding, but will they still accept Siddharth love for Tara, especially when they themselves have fallen in love with women around their respective ages? (Read More)

Themes:
loneliness friendship 
Story:
understanding voice over narration three word title 

A Single Man (2009) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
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A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to… tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:
grief depression loneliness drunkenness suicide friendship 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
suicide contemplation neighbor voice over narration 

Swiss Army Man (2016)
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Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:
loneliness drunkenness friendship 
Characters:
considering suicide mother daughter relationship 
Story:
suicide attempt three word title 

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