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Melancholia (2011)
Drama

Melancholia (2011)

On the night of her wedding, Justine is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. It was an extravagant wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law who are trying to keep the bride and all the guests in line. Meanwhile, Melancholia, a blue planet, is hurtling towards the Earth. Claire, Justine's sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  wealth,  fear,  infidelity,  suicide,  surrealism
Locations:castle,  bathtub,  snow
Story:refracting telescope,  disaster,  riding a horse,  tossing the wedding bouquet,  floating lantern,  wedding toast,  reference to famous painting,  sun dial,  chauffeured limousine,  destruction of planet,  copywriter,  woman in a bath,  wedding planner,  art director,  stretch limousine,  hail,  planet in title,  actress breaking typecast,  equestrian,  golf cart,  job promotion,  no survivors,  advertising agency,  earth viewed from space,  wedding cake,  doom,  fully clothed sex,  chapter headings,  in medias res,  alien planet,  brother in law sister in law relationship,  newlywed,  golf course,  giving a toast,  stable,  animal abuse,  astronomy,  horseback riding,  wedding reception,  wedding dress,  tuxedo,  title appears in writing,  anxiety,  power outage,  aunt nephew relationship,  star,  telescope,  drug overdose,  end of the world,  part of trilogy,  servant,  slow motion,  death of husband,  character says i love you,  death of child,  employer employee relationship,  speech,  champagne,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  mansion,  sister sister relationship,  written by director,  urination,  horse,  rain,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  death

13 (2010)
Drama, Thriller

13 (2010)

In Talbot, Ohio, a father's need for surgeries puts the family in a financial bind. His son Vince, an electrician, overhears a man talking about making a fortune in just a day. When the man overdoses on drugs, Vince finds instructions and a cell phone that the man has received and substitutes himself: taking a train to New York and awaiting contact. He has no idea what it's about. He ends up at a remote house where wealthy men bet on who will survive a complicated game of Russian roulette: he's number 13. In flashbacks we meet other contestants, including a man whose brother takes him out of a mental institution in order to compete. Can Vince be the last one standing? (Read More)

Story:title appears in writing,  drug overdose,  death of husband,  character says i love you,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  mansion,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:wealth,  infidelity,  suicide,  surrealism
Story:in medias res,  power outage,  champagne,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  horse,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:wealth,  fear,  infidelity,  suicide
Locations:bathtub
Story:chauffeured limousine,  golf cart,  golf course,  title appears in writing,  anxiety,  aunt nephew relationship,  champagne,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  mansion,  urination,  horse,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

Stoker (2013) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Stoker (2013)

India Stoker ('Mia Wasikowska' (qv)) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard ('Dermot Mulroney' (qv)) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie ('Matthew Goode (I)' (qv)), who she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie ('Nicole Kidman' (qv)), India thinks the void left by her father's death is finally being filled by his closest bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (Read More)

Story:brother in law sister in law relationship,  title appears in writing,  aunt nephew relationship,  death of husband,  character says i love you,  death of child,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  nonlinear timeline,  mansion,  rain,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  death

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family. This is why The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  depression
Locations:bathtub
Story:chapter headings,  title appears in writing,  servant,  character says i love you,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Festen (1998)
Drama

Festen (1998)

The Father turns 60. His family, which is a big one of the kind, gathers to celebrate him on a castle. Everybody likes and respects the father deeply...or do they? The youngest son is trying to live up to the father's expectations. He is running a grill-bar in a dirty part of Copenhagen. The oldest son runs a restaurant in France, while the sister is a anthropologist. The older sister has recently committed suicide and the father asks the oldest son to say a few words about her, because he is afraid he will break into tears if he does it himself. The oldest son agrees without argument. Actually he has already written two speeches. A yellow and a green one. By the table, he asks the father to pick a speech. The father chooses green. The oldest son announces that this is the Speech of Truth. Everybody laughs, except for the father who gets a nervous look on his face. For he knows that the oldest son is about to reveal the secret of why the oldest sister killed herself. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  suicide
Locations:castle,  bathtub
Story:speech,  giving a toast,  tuxedo,  servant,  character says i love you,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death

Antichrist (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Antichrist (2009)

A couple lose their young son when he falls out of a window while they are having sex in another room. The mother's grief consigns her to hospital, but her therapist husband brings her home intent on treating her depression himself. To confront her fears they go to stay at their remote cabin in the woods, "Eden", where something untold happened the previous summer. Told in four chapters with a prologue and epilogue, the film details acts of lustful cruelty as the man and woman unfold the darker side of nature outside and within. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:snow
Story:chapter headings,  anxiety,  part of trilogy,  character says i love you,  death of child,  rain,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death

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Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:depression,  infidelity
Story:golf course,  giving a toast,  employer employee relationship,  champagne,  urination,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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

Themes:fear,  surrealism
Locations:snow
Story:aunt nephew relationship,  speech,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  mansion,  sister sister relationship,  written by director,  urination,  horse,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship

Predestination (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predestination (2014)

PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. This is why Predestination (2014) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Story:in medias res,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  written by director,  urination,  rain,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  death

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La Migliore Offerta (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

La Migliore Offerta (2013)

In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert, known and appreciated by the world. Oldman is hired by a solitary young heiress, Claire Ibbetson, to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her parents. For some reason, Claire always refuses to be seen in person. Robert aids Oldman in restoring and reassembling some odd mechanical parts he finds amongst Claire's belongings, while also giving him advice on how to befriend her and deal with his feelings towards her. Also a friend of Oldman, Billy Whistler helps him to acquire a secret private collection of master paintings. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  infidelity,  surrealism
Locations:bathtub
Story:refracting telescope,  woman in a bath,  giving a toast,  anxiety,  telescope,  champagne,  rain

Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. (Read More)

Themes:wealth
Story:wedding cake,  newlywed,  animal abuse,  horseback riding,  servant,  speech,  mansion,  sister sister relationship,  horse,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:snow
Story:wedding reception,  disaster,  death of husband,  nonlinear timeline,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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The King's Speech (2010)
Biography, Drama

The King's Speech (2010)

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as 'King George VI' (qv), but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:snow
Story:speech,  giving a toast,  horseback riding,  anxiety,  servant,  no opening credits,  horse,  rain,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital. This is why Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:power outage,  drug overdose,  death of child,  employer employee relationship,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  rain,  title spoken by character,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title

The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Story:tuxedo,  star,  character says i love you,  death of child,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  nonlinear timeline,  horse,  rain,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

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Super (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Super (2010)

Frank Darrbo is a hapless fry cook. When his wife Sarah falls off the wagon and dumps him for Jacques, a drug dealer, Frank tries to get her back by reporting her kidnapped, grabbing her from Jacques' car, and wailing for her to return. After watching Christian TV and having a vision, he becomes a superhero to fight evil. He sews a costume, finds a weapon (a pipe wrench) and looks for crimes to stop. He has problems: his wrench inflicts real injury, so the cops want him for being a vigilante, his sense of boundaries is flawed, and Jacques' gang has guns. Libby, a clerk at a comic book store, becomes his sidekick, and it's time to go save Sarah. What chance do they have? (Read More)

Themes:depression
Story:fully clothed sex,  tuxedo,  slow motion,  character says i love you,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  written by director,  urination,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

Australia (2008)
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)

Locations:bathtub
Story:brother in law sister in law relationship,  stable,  horseback riding,  telescope,  death of husband,  no opening credits,  horse,  rain,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death

Adam (2009)
Drama, Romance

Adam (2009)

Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam's ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  infidelity
Locations:snow
Story:astronomy,  anxiety,  star,  telescope,  character says i love you,  employer employee relationship,  champagne,  sister sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

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The Box (2009) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

The Box (2009)

Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity. This is why The Box (2009) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Story:wedding reception,  tuxedo,  character says i love you,  champagne,  no opening credits,  rain,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

Themes:wealth,  infidelity
Locations:castle
Story:horseback riding,  wedding reception,  death of child,  sister sister relationship,  rain,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity,  suicide
Locations:snow
Story:golf course,  slow motion,  death of husband,  nonlinear timeline,  sister sister relationship,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

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La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  suicide,  surrealism
Story:giving a toast,  wedding reception,  champagne,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  rain,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

Everest (2015) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Everest (2015)

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:snow
Story:disaster,  death of husband,  character says i love you,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  death

Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. This is why Anonymous (2011) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011). (Read More)

Locations:castle,  snow
Story:giving a toast,  horseback riding,  servant,  horse,  rain,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death

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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:depression,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Story:wedding toast,  wedding reception,  speech,  urination,  father daughter relationship,  death

The East (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

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

Themes:infidelity
Story:employer employee relationship,  champagne,  no opening credits,  written by director,  horse,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

K-pax (2001) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:fear,  suicide
Story:astronomy,  telescope,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Story:title appears in writing,  death of child,  nonlinear timeline,  mansion,  written by director,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
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 Melancholia (2011). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  surrealism
Locations:bathtub
Story:in medias res,  aunt nephew relationship,  disaster,  death of child,  urination,  horse,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

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

Themes:suicide
Story:title appears in writing,  death of child,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  written by director,  urination,  horse,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  death

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Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  fear
Story:power outage,  employer employee relationship,  champagne,  nonlinear timeline,  mansion,  rain,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Story:brother in law sister in law relationship,  death of husband,  sister sister relationship,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title

Jane Eyre (2011)
Drama, Romance

Jane Eyre (2011)

After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever? (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:snow
Story:horseback riding,  wedding dress,  servant,  employer employee relationship,  horse,  rain,  title spoken by character,  f rated

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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. This is why The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Story:death of husband,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  mansion,  sister sister relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Secretary (2002) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary (2002)

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:bathtub
Story:in medias res,  wedding dress,  employer employee relationship,  urination,  rain,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title

The Last Kiss (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Last Kiss (2006)

Michael and Jenna, having been a couple for three years, want to get married and start a family. These plans seem to be well on their way when Jenna announces that she's pregnant. But Michael is worried that his life and his youth will be over for good. At a wedding of a friend, he meets a free-spirited college co-ed, Kim, who opens his eyes and leads him on a dangerous path away from Jenna. Meanwhile, none of the relationships of the people surrounding Michael and Jenna are happy and stable. Michael's friend Izzy is unwilling to let go of his childhood sweetheart Arianna; Kenny is a handsome stud who fears commitment to his latest conquest Danielle; and Chris is a co-worker who is dominated by his neurotic and overbearing wife over raising their newborn son. Even Jenna's parents, Stephen and Anna, are experiencing problems in their long-suffering marriage. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  infidelity
Story:advertising agency,  stable,  wedding reception,  champagne,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

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The Horse Whisperer (1998)
Drama, Romance, Western

The Horse Whisperer (1998)

A teenage girl riding a horse is hit by a truck. To help heal her troubled/injured daughter, and horse, the mother takes them to Montana to recuperate at the ranch of a 'horse whisperer', a horse healer of mystical talents. The mother proceeds to fall in love with him, as well.

Themes:depression
Locations:snow
Story:horse,  equestrian,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

Imagine Me & You (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Imagine Me & You (2005)

Rachel is a nice girl who is going to marry with Hector ('Heck'), her longtime boyfriend. While she is working in the wedding preparations she meets Luce, wedding's florist, unexpectedly falling in love to her and discovering what is having love feeling to another woman. Unable to stop her Rachel meets Luce a few times hiding it to her family, specially her mother Tessa because she contracted Luce. At the same time that Heck tries to win the affection of his parents-in-law, above all the eccentric father-in-law Ned, Rachel tries following with the daily life and marriage with her husband, but the love and passion she feels for Luce causes a secret affair between both women, and a doubt in Rachel about the life she wants for herself. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity
Story:wedding reception,  tuxedo,  speech,  champagne,  sister sister relationship,  urination,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Story:horseback riding,  title appears in writing,  power outage,  star,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  horse,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  f rated,  death

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The Fountain (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Story:star,  telescope,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  horse,  rain,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  death

Flatliners (1990)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  suicide,  surrealism
Locations:snow
Story:power outage,  death of husband,  character says i love you,  death of child,  mansion,  title spoken by character,  death,  father daughter relationship,  one word title

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Story:anxiety,  drug overdose,  death of husband,  rain,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

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

Locations:snow
Story:horseback riding,  star,  death of child,  nonlinear timeline,  horse,  rain,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. This is why Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  infidelity
Story:giving a toast,  wedding reception,  death of husband,  champagne,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  f rated,  death

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:infidelity
Locations:snow
Story:wedding reception,  speech,  champagne,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  nonlinear timeline,  mansion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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The Prestige (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  infidelity,  suicide
Locations:snow
Story:in medias res,  aunt nephew relationship,  servant,  character says i love you,  champagne,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  horse,  rain,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

Brazil (1985) is one of the best movies like Melancholia (2011)
Drama, Sci-fi

Brazil (1985)

Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Buttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings, and both Sam and Jill's lives are put in danger. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:bathtub
Story:job promotion,  tuxedo,  servant,  death of husband,  character says i love you,  employer employee relationship,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  fear,  suicide
Locations:snow
Story:horseback riding,  servant,  employer employee relationship,  horse,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

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