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Mary And Max (2009)
Animation, Comedy, Drama

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 alone 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)

Themes:forgiveness,  grief,  depression,  loneliness,  drunkenness,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:australia
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:parental neglect,  birthmark,  friendly neighbor,  considering suicide,  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,  handmade,  fingernail,  jewish man,  pets,  anxiety attack,  only child,  pen pal,  based on supposedly true story,  gay husband,  twin towers,  asperger's syndrome,  phone book,  electroshock therapy,  correspondence,  dead fish,  neglect,  alcoholic mother,  family abandonment,  death of parent,  understanding,  letter writing,  death of grandfather,  agoraphobia,  clay animation,  puppet animation,  rooster,  mailbox,  imaginary friend,  fish tank,  lottery,  confusion,  world trade center manhattan new york city,  chocolate,  atheist,  obesity,  shoplifting,  imagination,  stop motion animation,  mental institution,  fish out of water,  psychology,  stop motion,  typewriter,  suicide attempt,  mental illness,  orphan,  neighbor,  black comedy,  voice over narration,  three word title,  new york city,  mother daughter relationship,  character name in title

Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Biography, Drama

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 unpredictable Lisa. (Read More)

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

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About Schmidt (2002)
Comedy, Drama

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 follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. (Read More)

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

Stay (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

Harvey (1950) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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

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Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

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. This is why Reign Over Me (2007) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009). (Read More)

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

The Fisher King (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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)

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

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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

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

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

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 "every 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
Story:letter writing,  imaginary friend,  imagination,  orphan,  voice over narration,  three word title,  new york city

K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

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

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. This is why Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009). (Read More)

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

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The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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-daughter. 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
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:considering suicide,  attempted suicide,  world trade center manhattan new york city,  suicide attempt,  voice over narration,  new york city,  mother daughter relationship

Two Lovers (2008) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Drama, Romance

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, direct, 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)

Story:friendly neighbor,  suicide attempt,  mental illness,  neighbor,  new york city

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Themes:depression
Story:orphan,  pen pal,  electroshock therapy,  correspondence,  typewriter,  black comedy,  mother daughter relationship

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

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 introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

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

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

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 boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. This is why Fish Tank (2009) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009). (Read More)

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

Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

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

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

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Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Adventure, Comedy

Crocodile Dundee (1986)

Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee is an Australian crocodile hunter who lives in the Australian outback and runs a safari business with his trusted friend and mentor Walter Reilly. After surviving a crocodile attack, a New York journalist named Sue arrives to interview Mick about how he survived and learns more about the crocodile hunter. After saving Sue from a crocodile, Sue invites Mick to visit New York City, since Mick has never been to a city. Mick finds the culture and life in New York City a lot different than his home and he finds himself falling in love with Sue. (Read More)

Locations:australia
Story:world trade center manhattan new york city,  fish out of water,  suicide attempt,  new york city,  character name in title

As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

As Good As It Gets (1997)

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

Cake (2014)
Drama

Cake (2014)

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

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

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Synecdoche, New York (2008) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Comedy, Drama

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 rapidly pass, Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece. Populating the cast and crew with doppelgangers, he steadily blurs the line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he needs. This is why Synecdoche, New York (2008) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009). (Read More)

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

Don Juan Demarco (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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 seducer/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:depression,  suicide
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:mental institution,  suicide attempt,  mental illness,  character name in title

Bringing Out The Dead (1999)
Drama, Thriller

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)

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

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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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

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

The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:depression,  drunkenness,  suicide,  friendship
Story:mental illness,  black comedy,  voice over narration,  three word title

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (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 roses 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... This is why La Science Des Reves (2006) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009). (Read More)

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

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En Man Som Heter Ove (2015)
Comedy, Drama

En Man Som Heter 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 terraced 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:friendship
Story:attempted suicide,  mailbox,  suicide attempt,  neighbor,  character name in title

Swiss Army Man (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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
Story:considering suicide,  suicide attempt,  three word title,  mother daughter relationship

The Ice Storm (1997) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Drama

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
Story:parental neglect,  neglect,  shoplifting,  neighbor,  voice over narration,  three word title,  new york city,  mother daughter relationship

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Shortbus (2006)
Drama, Romance

Shortbus (2006)

Numerous New York City dwellers come to the exclusive club Shortbus to work out problems in their sexual relationships. Rob and Sophia are a happily married couple, except for the fact that she has never experienced sexual climax. This irony follows her to work because she is a couples counselor who frequently has to deal with the sexual issues other couples have. Two of her patients are Jamie and James, a gay couple who have been monogamous for five years and counting. James wants to bring other men in to the relationship, and his own history with depression may hint at an ulterior motive. Ceth (pronounced Seth) may be the perfect addition to their family, but Caleb, a voyeur from across the street, may have his own ideas about that. Sophia visits Severin, a dominatrix with secrets of her own to reveal. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  loneliness
Story:attempted suicide,  neighbor,  new york city

The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

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 same 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? This is why The Peanuts Movie (2015) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009). (Read More)

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

Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

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)

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

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Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:australia
Story:fish out of water,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship

Taxi Driver (1976)
Crime, Drama

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 cesspool. 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,  depression,  loneliness
Story:imagination,  psychology,  typewriter,  suicide attempt,  mental illness,  voice over narration,  new york city

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:forgiveness,  suicide,  friendship
Story:attempted suicide,  death of grandfather,  shoplifting,  neighbor,  mother daughter relationship,  character name in title

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The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one. This is why The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009). (Read More)

Themes:suicide,  friendship
Story:attempted suicide,  phone book,  shoplifting,  black comedy,  voice over narration

Dark Shadows (2012) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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-or 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)

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

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

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)

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

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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford asks her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned, thus far, for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill, who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight (especially around the hips), all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose her, as a woman, to be able to trigger some emotional response from Lecter. After speaking to Lecter for the first time, she realizes that everything with him will be a psychological game, with her often having to read between the very cryptic lines he provides. She has to decide how much she will play along, as his request in return for talking to him is to expose herself emotionally to him. The case takes a more dire turn when a sixth victim is discovered, this one from who they are able to retrieve a key piece of evidence, if Lecter is being forthright as to its meaning. A potential seventh victim is high profile Catherine Martin, the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, which places greater scrutiny on the case as they search for a hopefully still alive Catherine. Who may factor into what happens is Dr. Frederick Chilton, the warden at the prison, an opportunist who sees the higher profile with Catherine, meaning a higher profile for himself if he can insert himself successfully into the proceedings. (Read More)

Themes:suicide,  friendship
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:traumatic childhood,  mental institution,  psychology,  mental illness,  orphan

Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:chocolate,  imaginary friend,  atheist,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship

Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (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. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009). (Read More)

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

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Superhero Movie (2008)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Superhero Movie (2008)

Themes:depression
Story:fish tank,  orphan,  neighbor,  voice over narration

El Orfanato (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

El Orfanato (2007)

Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simon together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simon tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simon tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simon has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Story:imaginary friend,  imagination,  orphan

Side Effects (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  suicide
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:electroshock therapy,  mental institution,  suicide attempt,  voice over narration,  new york city

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

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
Story:suicide contemplation,  neighbor,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship

It's Kind Of A Funny Story (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

It's Kind Of A Funny Story (2010)

Craig is a high-school junior, in the gifted program, infatuated with his best friend's girl. When he realizes he's suicidal, he checks himself into the psychiatric ward of a hospital, thinking they'll do an observation, help him, and send him home in time for school the next day. Once in, however, he must stay for a week; the juvenile ward is being renovated, so he's in with adults as well as a few youths. Bobby, a man with a young daughter, shows him around; Craig notices Noelle, about his age. He tries to keep his friends from finding out where he is. Little things: he draws, goes to therapy, sings, helps Bobby rehearse an interview. Is this the stuff of insight? This is why It's Kind Of A Funny Story (2010) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009). (Read More)

Themes:depression
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:suicide attempt,  mental illness,  new york city

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:stop motion animation,  fish out of water,  orphan,  voice over narration,  new york city,  character name in title

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Babe (1995)
Comedy, Drama, Family

Babe (1995)

Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett wins a piglet named Babe at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly's jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn't conform to the farm's social hierarchy? (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  friendship
Story:rooster,  orphan,  voice over narration,  character name in title

Annie (1982) is one of the best movies like Mary And Max (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical

Annie (1982)

In the depths of the 1930's, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves which put Annie in great danger. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:rooster,  orphan,  new york city,  mother daughter relationship,  character name in title

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:mental institution,  orphan,  black comedy,  new york city,  mother daughter relationship

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