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Midnight Express (1978)
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Midnight Express (1978)

On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American 'Billy Hayes (I)' (qv) is caught attempting to smuggle 2 kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in ident …ifying the person who actually sold him the hash. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich, and one of the senior prisoners having already served seven years, an Englishman named Max, the latter two also in for hash related charges. One prisoner not befriended is Rifki, who wields power in the prison as the unofficial eyes and ears for the guards. As Billy, his family and his girlfriend Susan attempt through legal and diplomatic channels for Billy's release, Max tells him that the only way out is to "catch the midnight express" aka escape, which is what Jimmy is continually trying to do. When Billy's situation changes, he beco… (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmgay interestindependent film
Themes:
prison escapeforgivenessphilosophyjusticefreedomvengeancedyingcrueltysadismwrestlingdrug useterrorismbrutalitytheftloneliness …racismangerescapetorturefearprisonmoneyrapedrugsmurderlovedeathfriendshiprevenge (See All)
Locations:
escape tunnelprison fighttunneltaxi drivercavetruckcourtroomairportairplanetrainrestaurant
Characters:
frenchmuslimhomosexualitygay kisschristianthieflawyerphotographerpolicemanstudentbrother sister relationshipbrother brother relationshipsingerboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationship …mother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehomosexual (See All)
Period:
1970s
Story:
drug smugglingsecret tunneltongue rippingstrip searchsevered tongueanimal crueltyjfk international airport queens new york cityairport securitycorrupt lawyervoice over letterkilling a catpet catdead catescape plancollege student …prison lifeescape attemptprison visitburning moneyprison guardattempted rapekissing through a glass windowbased on distorted realitywalking in circlesscenario which perverts factsturkish soldierankara turkeyturkish flagu.s. state departmentmilitary weaponends with real life photosvisual impairmentsoap barnose pickingmanipulatingmaltesecriminally insanehernialife imprisonmentbaklavadestroying propertybastinadocloisterminaretsteam bathtinfoilu.s. senatecatacombtarmacshaving headdefense attorneyelectric fanbazaarshooting upwashing hairturksanitariumcaningscapegoatpeacocklong island new yorkheartbeatsweatingscrewdriverhashishends with textbailfrisbeereference to richard nixoncustomsmercyu.s. senatordiarrhearapturebluesfrenchmanslaughterhousejumpingfamous scoreparoleunsubtitled foreign languageactual animal killedchewing gumcontrabandluckprosecutordrug traffickingcoca colacorporal punishmentdegradationharmonicastreet markettime in titlediggingmachinemen's bathroommonasterygreekpickpocketbarbed wireistanbul turkeytranslatorturkey the countryphoto albuminjusticeaccidental killinghomoeroticismbathingscissorsgreecekickingsmugglingrampagehaircutpassportstreet lifebrooklyn new york citygoatrapistcommunistexerciseragelawwhat happened to epiloguejeepgrenadeteaeyeglassesfreeze framehatechickenblindfoldmurdererpighairy chestspeechcourtbanksuitcasefactoryuniformkeyracial slurpainsearchcontroversytongueradiotrialjudgetoiletprisonermontageflashlightguitarreference to jesus christprayerhandcuffsjailcafeinterrogationrunningsunglassestearsriflelettercameracatface slapurinationfoodtesticlesunderwearbeatingsongbased on bookcryingbased on true storyshowerchasesingingtitle spoken by characterphotographnipplescigarette smokingmale rear nudityfemale nuditybare breastsmale nuditymasturbationgundogbloodviolencekissfight (See All)

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to life. Sophie Scholl is the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's lif …e: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense
Themes:
justicefreedomterrorismthefttortureprisonfriendshiplovebetrayalpoliticsheroinvestigationpsychopathdepressionguilt …mental illnessfaithexecutionwritingcourage (See All)
Mood:
tearjerker
Locations:
courtroomsnowbicyclenazi germany
Characters:
thieflawyerphotographerpolicemanstudentbrother sister relationshipsingerboyfriend girlfriend relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicefather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriend …childrenfemale protagonistnursepriestsister sister relationshipjewcatholicgermanmayorgerman soldiernazi soldier (See All)
Period:
world war two1940syear 1943
Story:
voice over letterends with real life photosprosecutorinjusticecommunistlawspeechcourtsuitcasesearchtrialjudgeprisonerreference to jesus christprayer …handcuffsjailinterrogationtearslettercamerasongcryingbased on true storysingingcigarette smokinggunbloodf ratedcharacter name in titlepistoltelephone calldreammirrorarrestundressingliedecapitationwinecoffeeconfessionscreamingliarstatueuniversitycrosswitnesstypewriterrecord playertwenty somethinghuggingundergroundsabotageloyaltyreference to adolf hitlerheroinelistening to musicjail cellcrucifixmorguehonorjanitoranti semitismministerresistancehatredpeacehistoricalroseprison cellsuspectactivistatheistrevolutionarybeheadinglaundryswastikastaircasetreasonidealismyoung womandeath rowmaildeath penaltymedical studentconsciencecampusnazismatheismmartyrair raidrisksecret policeresistance fighterfreedom of speechflash cameratop hatguillotinegestapoletter writingmunich germanynazi uniformwomen's bathroomprotestantverdictdying youngdutyflyerprinting presspityart studioeternitynazi flagmanifestoblessingstampcopy machineheil hitleri.d.air raid sirencigarette casewhite rosedefamationleg amputationanti nazilutheranwoman killedleafletnational socialismunderground resistancepostage stamplavatoryracial hatredindictmentsharing a cigarettesummonsanti nazismnazi resistancecommissarnational socialistnon violent resistancewoman heroinepsychotic depressioncounselpassive resistanceration cardremand prisondemoralizationmimeograph machinenazi lawprison ministry (See All)

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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lif …estyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. (Read More)

Themes:
prison escapedyingtheftprisonmoneylovefriendshipdeathchristmasreligiondeceptionmemoryadoptionaidsgay love …escape from prisonhomosexual love (See All)
Locations:
taxi drivercourtroomrestauranthospitalchurchboattaxielevatorwheelchairtexasgay barsex on boatprison sexprison shower
Characters:
homosexualitygay kisschristianthieflawyerpolicemanfamily relationshipspolicehomosexualhusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipafrican americanfriend …boygirlpolice officergay sexdancerreference to godex husband ex wife relationshipgay relationshipgay fatherboyfriend boyfriend relationshipbrother in law sister in law relationshiphomosexual kisshomosexual sexex policemanhomosexual fatherhomosexual seduction (See All)
Period:
year 2006year 1998
Story:
voice over letterprison guardchewing gummen's bathroomlawwhat happened to epilogueeyeglassessuitcaseracial slurjudgeprisonerreference to jesus christprayerhandcuffsjail …caferunningtearsletterface slapurinationfoodunderwearbeatingcryingbased on true storyshowersingingtitle spoken by charactermale rear nuditymale nuditydogkissbloodmasturbationsexcharacter name in titlenudityflashbackbare chested maledancingtelephone callvoice over narrationcar accidentmirrorpunched in the facecomputerarrestbare buttsecretbookvomitingliebirthdaycar crashsubjective cameragay slurambulanceeatingsuicide attemptchildbirthday partyon the runflash forwardlibrarybusinessmancoming outliardebtreadingflowerscharacter says i love youdirectorial debutgay coupletrustcloseted homosexualidentityhuggingclaim in titledestinygolfshavingsupermarketlooking at oneself in a mirrorstealingwatching a moviefraudwristwatchfloridagay parentjumping from heightfaked deathcrying manmilkscammale underweardrug overdoserole playingpromiserear entry sexgrocery storepillsjob interviewmiami floridabible quotecon artistsurprisedeceitcapturetuxedobarbecuebriefcasegay stereotypebriefssports carchildhood memorymale in showercon manchocolatechristmas presentcloudgay romancecookiebunk bedgay clubman in swimsuiturinaln wordkarmagurneyprison breakembezzlementfirst person titlehymnneck bracehappy birthday to youdiabetesreference to george w. bushdeath of loverinsurance fraudshower roomgroup showerdevotiondiabeticstarting overaccomplicecell matereference to ernest hemingwaytelling a jokeadopted childgay husbandfake idinsulinman dancing with manprison sentenceincarcerationbirth mothergay jokeon the lamchurch choirrepressed homosexualbiological motherfoaming at the mouthlife sentencechange in lifestylejumping off a roofcar rentalepiphanyreference to coca colaslow dancingblowing bubblesmopping a floorcredit card fraudgay copfaking illnessgold watchracist jokeresumecloseted gay manjurorlockdownsearch for birth mothergay parenthoodpathological liarconfession of lovesocial engineeringcoming out of a comamanaclesbackyard barbecuereference to people magazinereference to ricky martinback injurykey west floridacloud gazingphallic imageinsulin overdoseprison libraryrolex watchrecidivismfalsified documenthomosexual self discoveryvirginia beachabandoned sonbreach of contractbuying a childracist humorchief financial officerlaw libraryminiature pinscherwelcome mat (See All)

Hunger (2008)
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Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost  …limit. (Read More)

Themes:
freedomdyingcrueltysadismterrorismbrutalitytortureprisondeathmurdersuicidereligionpoliticsmemoryhumiliation …illnessexecutionpolice brutalitystarvation (See All)
Locations:
snowbathtubbuswaterprison hospital
Characters:
brother brother relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipsdoctorboybabypriestbiblecatholiccatholic priestprison officer
Period:
1980syear 1981
Story:
prison visitprison guardtinfoilends with textcontrabandscissorssmugglinghaircutwhat happened to epiloguesuitcaseuniformpaincontroversyprisonermontage …reference to jesus christjailrunningtearsfoodtesticlesunderwearbeatingcryingtitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingmale rear nuditymale nuditygunkissmasturbationviolencebloodnudityone word titleflashbackmale frontal nuditybare chested malemirrorshot in the headpunched in the faceundressingbare buttmaskshootingvomitingbathroomhallucinationmale pubic hairriverf wordterroristeatingdrivingbirdold womanlatex glovesgunshotprologueprotestlocker roomstorytellingflowerslong taketragic eventcrossratirelanddirectorial debutriothead butthypodermic needlevandalismcrucifixdemonstrationbeardswat teamcovered in bloodirishbreakfastbarefootshieldbloody nosesufferingboxer shortshungercigarette lighterblack eyeprison cellsnowinglooking at self in mirrorbriefschildhood memorymain character diesspittingoppressionyellingbodyspit in the facehead woundlockervery little dialogueshoutinglistening to a radiourinehead injuryurinalnursing homegurneypolitical prisonerclothingmartyrradio newssurrenderfreedom fightermassdeathbednegotiationnorthern irelanddressingdeterminationstarvingrunnerblanketchantingexcrementpassing outpolitical protestbegins with textburnhand injuryirish republican armyemaciationcell mateconvulsionreference to the bibleirahospital visithunger strikesinkeye injuryworryingpolice vanhand woundpolitical criminalends with deathhandspeepholemale with long hairfly the insectbody mutilationfilthcrossing oneselfrolling a cigarettefacial injuryurine samplebedsheetbritish government28 year oldbody searchcavity searchbritish parliamentdisinfectanthuman excrement27 year oldmaggotsmargaret thatchernorthern irishmandistorted soundrectal examstarving to deaththe troublescross country runningback scarbelfast irelandfood traypolice batonriot gearriot squadsweeping a floortrashing a roombody sore (See All)

Bronson (2008) is one of the best movies like Midnight Express (1978)
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Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been  …behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film
Themes:
sadismbrutalitytheftangerprisonmoneymurderlovedeathkidnappingdrinkingartrobberyinsanitycelebrity …mental illnesstheatre (See All)
Locations:
trainrestaurantschool
Characters:
thiefpolicemanstudentsingerboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshippolicehusband wife relationshiptattooboyteacherdancerbabyhostage …artistlove triangleuncle nephew relationshipart teacher (See All)
Period:
year 1974
Story:
prison guardcriminally insaneparoleteaeyeglassespaintrialjudgetoiletprisonermontagehandcuffsjailcafesunglasses …tearsunderwearbeatingsongcryingbased on true storysingingphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditymale nuditydogfightkissviolencebloodcharacter name in titlenudityone word titleflashbackmale frontal nuditybare chested malesex scenedancingmale full frontal nuditypantiestelephone callvoice over narrationfistfightshotgunslow motion scenepunched in the facedrinkundressingbare buttbedmale pubic hairsubjective camerastrangulationnonlinear timelinedrawingtalking to the cameraattempted murderprologuesuburbkicked in the faceringlong takeinjectionfilm within a filmrecord playercagelistening to musicrecordingcaptivevandalismwristwatchclassical musics&mpillssufferinganimated sequencetheatre audiencemustacherelease from prisonbriefsasylumshaved headman cryingspittinghandshakejewelryswastikadefecationlecturemasochismpush upssawed off shotgundruggedstrait jacketsewing machinecross dresseralter egopost officepole dancerprison wardensolitary confinementcocktailsurname as titleoverhead shotjewelry store19 year oldbody paintingshacklesmirror ballart classcell matenightstickcriburinating on someonesinkclown makeupdestruction of propertytrain compartmentprison visitationplaying catchwhite glovespetty thiefjewel robberybilly clubreading a magazineviciousnessdroolmanaclesreference to charlton hestonshadow boxingreference to charles bronsonflexing musclespacingclenched fistsawingderby hatpainting someone's body (See All)

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Conviction (2010)
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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:
forgivenessfearprisonmoneyrapedeathfriendshipmurdermarriagechristmasjealousydrinkingfuneralinvestigationdivorce …death of fatherobsessionguiltdancing with a baby (See All)
Locations:
courtroombarchurchpolice carlake
Characters:
lawyerphotographerpolicemanbrother sister relationshipbrother brother relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendchildren …tattooboyfemale protagonistgirldancerbabywaitressgrandfather grandson relationship (See All)
Period:
year 1980year 1993year 1983
Story:
voice over letterprison guardbarbed wirelawhairy chestcourttrialjudgetoiletprayerhandcuffsrunningsunglassestearsletter …cameraface slapfoodbeatingcryingphotographcigarette smokingmale rear nuditymale nuditygunviolencedogfightbloodcharacter name in titlenudityone word titleflashbackbare chested maledancingknifetelephone callcell phonecorpsemirrorpunched in the facewatching tvcomputerdrinkarrestundressingbare buttliebeerdead bodyclassroomstabbingbasketballwomaneatingdinerfalse accusationapologybartenderflash forwardlimousineliarchampagnechristmas treeamerican flagisolationpolicewomancharacter says i love youcabinclasssacrificecorrupt copstrong female characterpickup trucksupermarketbreaking and enteringbarncookworking classnew year's evestrong female leadbar fightpromiseremote controlshopliftinginnocenceattorneyattempted suicidedespairbribeframe upprideevidenceaerial shotconvictnotedead mothermarital problemshamecandytestimonyrunning awayhomecomingarmed robberyclimbing through a windowjuryhot dogdistrict attorneywrist slittingscene of the crimednawrongful convictionmassachusettsreturning homeflashback within a flashbacksolitary confinementtrespassingclimbing out a windowdeath of grandfathermiscarriage of justicecourthousechristmas decorationsshacklesfoster homemedia frenzyperjurybeer bottlemerry christmasransackingforensicsconvicted felonpopsicleman carrying a womanaudio flashbacklaw schooldna testingfalse accusation of murderpiggy back ridelife sentenceestranged daughterhappy new yeari.d.trailer housenotaryprison visitationimmunitychief of policetroubled childhoodshaving legsexonerationmace the repellentgednew york times the newspaperlaw professormale stripteasefriskingnon profit organizationpacing the floorpulling down pantsfacial scratchimitating a blow jobbar examrod and reelmissing evidenceunfit motherblood grouphitting a policemanreference to barbara bushrepairing a roofwitness tamperingdaughter slaps motherretractiontravesty of justice (See All)

The Water Diviner (2014)
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The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:
forgivenessangerfriendshipdeathmurdersuicidemarriagedrinkingmagicredemptiongriefhumiliationexecutionhopedeath of wife …traumamurder of son (See All)
Locations:
trainbeachchurchhotelboatwateraustraliarooftopcampfireprison camptrain engineer
Characters:
thiefbrother brother relationshipsingerfather son relationshipmother son relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendboyprostitutegirlnursedancermusician …priestaustraliangermanuncle nephew relationshipfiance fiancee relationshipbrother in law sister in law relationshipactor directorcrying boysuicide by drowningaustralian soldier (See All)
Period:
year 1915
Story:
turkish soldierturkish flagsteam bathends with textstreet marketdigginggreekistanbul turkeyturkey the countrykickingpassportstreet lifegrenadeteaeyeglasses …chickenhairy chestsuitcaseprisonerprayerrunningtearsrifleface slapurinationfoodunderwearbeatingsongcryingbased on true storyshowerchasesingingphotographcigarette smokingmale rear nuditymale nudityfightviolencebloodgundognudityflashbackbare chested maledancingexplosionthree word titleshot to deathmachine gunhorsemirrorshot in the chestshot in the headslow motion scenedrinkbattleswordbare buttsecretshootingbookliehand to hand combatdead bodypianobritishfoot chasecandlebandold manwidowmapapologypaintercoffingraveyardcoffeegunshotflash forwardskinny dippinggravecurseprotestwidowerliarumbrellatentskeletonfarmerdiarydeath of brotherpursuitcrossdeath of sonworld war onedirectorial debutrefugeesubtitled scenechesstraditionnipples visible through clothingegglooking at oneself in a mirrorscene during opening creditsdemonstrationbeardhammersergeantarchitectloss of wifecrying womansheepskullfollowing someonehonorcrying manfateburialtowelcelebrationpromisebootsthunderinvasionarranged marriagemourningloss of sonevacuationshovelpost traumatic stress disordercigarette lighterheavenenglishprideprisoner of warbalconymustachecanelieutenanthorse and carriageloss of brotherhorseback ridingbeing followedpiano playernude swimminghandshakesunsetpeasantreading aloudstairwaybarbermajorwhistlewellknocking on a doordying manunhappinessgiving a toastcricket the gamebayonetbritish armymosquebritish soldierwindmilltelegramturkishfather son reunionsleeplessnessadmiraliconmass gravevictorykiss on the cheekottoman empirebathhousecircumcisionman slaps a womantrenchoverhead shotretreatarabicpick axepersianman boy relationshipdead husbanddead brotherfalling asleepcarpetmissing sonkiss on the foreheadexcavationdead sonthree brothershit with a rifle buttblue eyescanonencampmentfather son huglieutenant colonelgallipoliworddirected by an actorcricket batdust stormyear 1919australian armyfezreflection in a mirrorsuicide of wifeanzacboxcardog tagsturkish bathmullahno man's landoutdoor showercommandantcivil engineershaving someoneman wrapped in a towelottomananatoliasearch for sonhit with a stickman in a towelturkish armyends with dedicationclimbing on a roofburning papersconstantinople turkeygroaningpeninsulasitting on the floorwhirling dervishfather searches for missing soncall to prayercisternhemorrhoidssplashing water on someonedivining rodface shot offmale kisses maleouzothroat slashingbeating a rugbomb cratergreco turkish warraki (See All)

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:
dyingdrug usefearmoneydeathmurderlovefriendshipsuicidemarriagepregnancydrinkingdrunkennessweddingdepression …blackmailmental illnessabortionwealthmurder investigationsuicide of mother (See All)
Mood:
rain
Locations:
courtroomtrainrestaurantnew york cityswimming poollos angeles californiaparis franceboatbicycletaxielevatorapartmentlakemotelchinese restaurant
Characters:
lawyerphotographerstudentbrother sister relationshipbrother brother relationshipsingermother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendboy …girlnursedancerwriterjewishpsychiatristmaidjewmayorpregnant wifechinese foodbaby shower (See All)
Period:
1970s1980s2000syear 2000year 1982year 1972year 1971year 1978
Story:
destroying propertylong island new yorku.s. senatormen's bathroomwhat happened to epilogueeyeglassescourtsuitcasesearchtrialjudgecafeinterrogationrunningsunglasses …tearscameraurinationfoodunderwearsongcryingbased on true storyshowersingingphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditydogviolencekissbloodgunflashbackbare chested malesex scenedancingpartythree word titlepantiestelephone callcorpsemirrordrinkundressingsecretshootingdead bodymarijuanacollegeneighbormanhattan new york cityswimmingnewspaperwineold manvideo cameradisguisebridgeeatingcocainepoliticiansubwaydinnerbirthday partymarriage proposalpay phoneumbrellamissing persondomestic violencedisappearancewigsuspicionloss of mothercross dressingclass differencesdismembermenttrusttherapywashington d.c.record playerbirthday caketv newsanswering machinepot smokingscene during opening creditsrecordingjoggingtherapistdysfunctional marriagefloridaphone boothpress conferencehome movietennisladderapartment buildingyogatarget practiceshovelnovelisttime lapse photographyskiingtuxedopolice raidlooking at self in mirrorextortionbriefcasebriefsbruisedead motherlandlordabusive husbandphysical abusedead dogkilling a dogevictiontrue crimesnorting cocainedouble lifemotel roomdrunk drivingreal estatetv reporterclimbing through a windowjuryself defensecredit carddistrict attorneyambassadorfamily businessmailboxunplanned pregnancyheirbased on true eventstimes square manhattan new york cityvolkswagencollectorreading a newspaperrealtorcircular staircasedistrustbronx new york citytoy gunspray paintwanted posterpeep holepackinghigh societydomineering fathervolkswagen beetleends with biographical notesbandanaswimming in underweartelephone numberwomen's bathroomtalking to selfponyshort shortsanswering machine messagevermontwashing disheswife abuseempire state building manhattan new york citysnoopingliving togetherfemale judgemedical schoolcrossdressermissing womanman dressed as a womanmissing person posterhummingnew york city skylinehome movie footageabortion clinicoffice buildingoxygen tankbludgeoned to deathtwo in a showerunsolved murderswing setunsolved crimetrust funddead body in a car trunkjumping off a rooffile cabinetparent grown child relationshipwrong side of the trackscollege graduationmissing wifefacial bruisegraduation partyrich man poor woman42nd street manhattan new york cityfacial injuryhack sawplumbingeye dropslatenessbuying a houseelevator operatorman wearing tidy whitiesfemale district attorneytestifying in courtledgerwife beatingalbany new yorkdismembering a dead bodygalveston texasprimal screamspitting out foodvenetian blindsthrowing a chairwestchester new yorkhusband suspected of murdering his wifesuspicion of murdertelephone off hookpretending to be muteporno movie theatreshiksau.s. capitol building washington d.c.health food storeheir to fortunerent collectortaking off a woman's panties (See All)

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Straw Dogs (1971) is one of the best movies like Midnight Express (1978)
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Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Subgenre:
cult filmindependent film
Themes:
crueltysadismbrutalityangerfearrapemurderrevengedeathmarriagedrinkingdrunkennessvoyeurismseductioncorruption …evilhome invasionalcoholismtraumahunting (See All)
Mood:
gorenight
Locations:
truckbarchurchcarcemeterysmall townvillagerural settingfarm
Characters:
brother brother relationshipsingerhusband wife relationshipteenage girlwriterbullylustalcoholiccousin cousin relationshipamericanuncle nephew relationshipamerican abroad
Story:
animal crueltykilling a catpet catdead catdestroying propertychewing gumaccidental killingrampagerapistrageeyeglassesspeechpaincontroversymontage …reference to jesus christprayerriflecatface slapunderwearbeatingsongcryingsingingcigarette smokingfemale nuditydogviolencefightbloodkissgunsexbased on novelflashbackpartyknifepantiesfireshootoutshot to deathblood splattercar accidentmirrorshot in the chestshotgunslow motion scenecomputerdrinkgunfightshootinganimal in titlebedbathroomvoyeurfightingcombatscientistsubjective camerabedroomcandlegangold manstrangulationwomanman with glassesbirdscantily clad femalehit by a carcigar smokingbartendergunshotauthorbeaten to deathfired from the jobmini skirtpassionscreamsensualitypianistcountrysidethreatisolationsadnesstrapratstagepubarsonrecord playerchessmachismofireplacedestructiondesirenipples visible through clothingmass murdershot in the stomachsexual abusesexual attractionrecordingmagicianvandalismhidingdysfunctional marriageaccidental deathlossdesperationfemale singerrape victimhomemexican standoffhomicidesexual desirewhiskeyswitchbladebraveryhypocrisyburglarymercilessnessironybroken glassstairsfogswingknife throwingsiegecaneduckliving roomsexual assaultroomalienationexhibitionismshamedead girlintimidationmagic trickclosetbottlemental retardationbitternesssexual violencemajorfarmhousebroken windowoutsiderold flameself defenseanal rapedenialexhibitionistgreenhouseblackboardyuppiegun dueldisappointmentreverendbreaking a windowcarnageex conshocksoccer ballshot in the footcar radiogravestonemurder by gunshotchild molesterdead birdcaressblack cathypocriteantiquemasculinityhouse firevillagerarm slingcurtainloss of controlexit woundmissing girlchurch bellpunchingclothes rippingbear traphooliganphonograph recordburnmistreatmentbarricaderesentmenthostilitytricyclevicarsexual crueltyexterminatorgrandfather clockpacifistbreaking glassmathematiciandeath of petsex offendersanctuaryflirtloud musicdartsfinger cutmoral corruptionpacifismrefugechalkcornwallteaseariamagistrateparty hatunderage girlcountry homefireplace pokerdefianceskipping ropepeace signprovocationburn injurypathologydart boarddiversionnauseanubile womangirl wearing a miniskirtcomplicitynewton's cradlealetree swingangry wifegun combatmentally challenged manfake nosetimiditychurchyardderanged manfoot blown offhand slapchildish behaviorcut telephone linemaking a scenestalled carimmature adultroof repairrooferworking at homehanged catnoise maker (See All)

Changeling (2008)
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Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's … not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracymelodrama
Themes:
dyingescapetorturefearprisonmurderdeathkidnappinginvestigationdeceptioncorruptionpsychopathparanoiablackmailinsanity …griefmental illnessexecutionhopepolice corruptionmissing childmurder of son (See All)
Mood:
rain
Locations:
courtroomtrainrestaurantschoolchurchmotorcyclelos angeles californiabathtubbuspolice carcanadasinging in a car
Characters:
lawyerphotographerpolicemanbrother sister relationshipsingerfather son relationshipmother son relationshippolicehusband wife relationshipboyprostitutefemale protagonistteachergirlserial killer …nursedetectivesingle motherbiblecousin cousin relationshipmayoruncle niece relationshipcoronermother love (See All)
Period:
1930s1920s
Story:
ends with textdigginginjusticewhat happened to epiloguechickencourtpainsearchradiotrialjudgeprisonerreference to jesus christprayerhandcuffs …caferunningtearsriflecameraface slapfoodsongcryingbased on true storyshowerchasesingingphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditybloodfightviolencegunf ratedone word titleflashbackbare chested maletelephone callvoice over narrationblood splattermachine gunshotgunpunched in the faceshootingliebathroomclassroomtelephonereporternewspapercandlecaliforniaaxestabbingwomaneatingstabbed to deathdinerfalse accusationno opening creditsbathconfessiongravemicrophonescreamingprotestliarumbrellamissing personreadingskeletonhangingamerican flagdisappearancepursuitwitnessreunionclassnewspaper headlinechild murdersingle parentcagesociopathjail cellcaptivecrucifixdemonstrationdesperationteddy bearrailway stationburialbreakfastpreacherdentistsufferingministerloss of sonimpostorsexismdeath threatmental hospitalheadphonesdespairmedicationpedophilelipstickdeceitaxe murderranchillegal immigrantseattle washingtonpillsermonpsychopathic killerdriftertestimonypedophiliamental breakdownabuse of powerreading aloudpolice chieffarmhousescooterjurylistening to a radioshoepolice captainstethoscopedeath rowloss of childreverendchild kidnappingwrongful convictionpalm treeroller skatinghanged mantwo way mirrorreading a newspaperroller skatesdeath sentencehoaxsadistic psychopathwrongful arrestlapdmiscarriage of justiceflash cameracircumcisionintercomcaptivityends with biographical notesstreetcarwater hosereference to charlie chaplinelectroshock therapymob of reportersverdictmedia frenzybreaking down a doorcell matebonesdining hallmissing sonsyphilismoral corruptionserial child killertelephone operatorchauvinismdisbeliefexecution by hanginglos angeles police departmentcourt hearingrulerwaving goodbyegrieving mothermedia circuschicken cooplost sonchief of policewooden swordreference to babe ruthbootleggingcircumcised penisyear 1928search for truthsilent nightyear 1935paddy wagonpederastychangelingroyal canadian mounted policepresbyterianoverheated carford model taudio montagesan quentintelephone companyvaginal examreference to tom mixswitchboard operatorpsycho wardriverside californiatelephone switchboardtorture of a childviolation of law (See All)

Munich (2005)
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Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife … is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspensetragedyepic
Themes:
philosophyjusticevengeancedyingdrug useterrorismescapeprisonmoneyloverevengemurderdeathsuicidekidnapping …marriagereligionbetrayalpoliticspregnancydrinkingdrunkennessfuneralmemorydeath of fatherparanoiacancerhumiliationhomelessness (See All)
Mood:
gorerainnightmarenight school
Locations:
truckairportairplanetrainrestauranthospitalnew york citybarbeachswimming poolhotelhelicoptermotorcycleparis franceboat …buslondon englandbicycletaxielevatorkitchenitalyisraelyacht (See All)
Characters:
frenchsingerfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipdoctorchildrenboygirldancerwriterhostage …sister sister relationshipjewishreference to godhitmanjewcatholicgermanamericanself doubtself righteousness (See All)
Period:
1970sworld war twoyear 1972
Story:
baklavabrooklyn new york citylawwhat happened to epiloguejeepeyeglasseshateblindfoldbanksearchcontroversyprisonerflashlightprayercafe …runningsunglassestearsriflecatfoodunderwearbeatingsongbased on bookcryingbased on true storychasesingingtitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingfemale nudityfightviolencedogbloodgunsexnudityone word titlefemale frontal nudityflashbackmale frontal nuditybare chested malefemale rear nudityfemale full frontal nuditydancingexplosionknifepantiestelephone callshootoutcorpseshot to deathblood splatterfistfightmachine gunshot in the chestshot in the headslow motion scenewatching tvdrinkarrestsex in bedsecretshootingbombplace name in titlebeddead bodypianorivermanhattan new york citytelephoneshot in the backcleavagejournalistassassincookingwinecandlebandterroristmassacrestabbingdeath of friendeatingfemale pubic hairwhite pantiesno opening creditsscantily clad femaleassassinationfishingchild in perildouble crossfemme fataleshot in the foreheadpublic nuditybinocularsmicrophonebusinessmanpuppetpay phoneumbrellascreamhangingstreet shootoutcity name in titledeath of brotherpianistbodyguardfemale removes her clothesgovernmentchildbirthreuniontied upgardensevered armgeneralsecret agentsilencerrefugeecross dressingespionageciagirl in pantiestransvestitetv newshand grenadeloyaltybulletathleteno pantiesassassination attemptbreaking and enteringreference to adolf hitlermass murderlistening to musictape recorderrome italytoyaccidental deathimpersonationphone boothswimsuitrailway stationhomefollowing someonecrying mancelebrationremote controlmiddle eastgrocery storebombingtelescopeexplosivethunderplaygroundmourningegyptshot in the facem 16butchertitle appears in writingstabbed in the headarabswedenbooby trapdeath of sistercommandoolympicswedding ringbalconyraidswitzerlandcapitalismnude woman murderedbenchworld trade center manhattan new york citygunfireexploding helicopterwrestlerpatriotismpipe smokingmoscow russiafemale assassinprime ministerrevolutionaryblood on camera lenspalestinehandshakeface maskgardeningclosetethicseiffel tower pariseditorjerusalemtv reporterconsensual sextape recordinglistening to a radioanarchystakeoutembassychandelierkgbhijackingnetherlandspolitical prisonershot in the throatbomberdisillusionmentdeath of familypalestiniansyriamattressdutchguerrillanegotiationathens greecedivertel aviv israellebanonrefugee campmunich germanyreference to josef stalinbangladeshcourt martialdetonatorantique shoprearview mirrortranslationcrossing selfcmnftv cameracovert operationtv setegyptianhouseboatreference to karl marxsafe deposit boxsafe housebreaking a car windowreference to napoleonuh 1 huey helicoptergeneva switzerlandmossadarab israeli conflictbrussels belgiumsidewalk cafebeirut lebanonboundnew york city skylineseparation from familybank accountsearchlightantique dealerjordanfalling into a swimming poolbook readingkibbutznude with a gunclimbing a fencecyprusfake passportsex with a pregnant womanalgeriansurrogate sonfree willfirefightgetaway carknife in the headchest hairfrankfurt germanyplastic explosivetoy makerfiatchanging clothescompromisehand puppetbomb makingmixed marriageconsulatefood marketreceiptvichystocking masktv newscasterbroken jawsleepmaskhit squadred seabombmakerreference to charles bronsonrighteousnessbaader meinhofhoney trapboeing 727ploswiss bankolive treereference to adolf eichmannreference to david ben gurionwar storymunich olympicsphone bombreference to the arabian nightswrestling teamgym baghostage negotiationletter bombreference to scherazadetv control roombeer gardenred army factionreference to golda meirreflection in a store windowtripolibreaking a lightbulbde briefinggourmet cookmechanical toyolympic villagepublic reading (See All)

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The Wages Of Fear (1953)
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The Wages Of Fear (1953)

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Themes:
dyingtheftfearmoneydeathfriendshipsuicidedrinkingmemoryillnessunemploymentstarvation
Mood:
rain
Locations:
truckairportairplanerestaurantbarmotorcyclecemeterywatertaxivillagerural settingjungleroad moviecanyontruck accident
Characters:
frenchthiefphotographerpolicemanbrother brother relationshipsingerfather son relationshippolicehusband wife relationshipfrienddoctorchildrenboypolice officerdancer …tough guynative americanwaitresscatholicgermanamericanamerican abroaddrivertruck driversuicide by hangingself destructivenessgerman abroadreligious statue (See All)
Period:
1950s
Story:
coca colaharmonicastreet markethaircutpassportstreet lifejeepguitarprayercaferunningtearsriflelettercamera …face slapurinationunderwearsongcryingshowersingingcigarette smokingfemale nuditydogfightgunbloodbased on noveldancingexplosionknifesurprise endingtelephone callfirecorpsedrinkvomitingbeerdead bodyriversubjective cameranewspapercookingcandlemountainbridgedrivingcigar smokingdangerchampagneon the roadhangingcrosssleepingmachismoitalianshavingtouristguitariststealingspiderdesperationbroken legclockwhiskeytensionexplosivebraveryconstruction sitespanishjob interviewhungerinsectdrummermedical examinationbribeoilcigarette lightercard playingdynamiteexistentialismsirenreckless drivingpipe smokingfirefighterpost world war twospittingdrifterbandageconstruction workercrutchesbeggarbugforeignerdrumlatin americatraffic jamlistening to a radiosaloonwhistlingsense of smellcactusfeverauto mechanicsouth americahammockcorrupt officialdemolitionriskindigenous peopletalking while drivingbroken bottleloudspeakervultureleg injuryvenezuelaexpatriaterocking chairbeetlecowardicefuneral processionfired from a jobmosquitocigarette holdervisabrandydying younglemonadebreaking glassexhaustionlife and deathoil industrysuicide missionlegagonybar ownerends with deathcoin tossoil companycraterleprosytestosteronemalariaair baseflourcementpin upreference to al caponeoil wellsplashed with watercar damageeye bandagerolling a cigaretterecklessnessitalian abroadtankeroil fieldcrude oilfrenchman abroadsaved from hangingpetrolchampagne bottleoutdoor showerthermosvibrationcaracas venezuelaheadlightsoil pipelinestuck in mudshiveringexplosive devicemountain roadair stripfalling rockrisk takingstarving to deathnitroglycerinework accidentfinancial troublelast chancenitroglycerinoil leakrun over by a truckburropith helmetcorsairfoot woundtruck radiocalabria italycorsicanoil derrick (See All)

The Battle Of Algiers (1966) is one of the best movies like Midnight Express (1978)
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The Battle Of Algiers (1966)

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's  …use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmdocudramasemi documentarydocumentary stylepseudo documentary
Themes:
freedomdrug useterrorismescapetorturefearprisonrevengefriendshipmurderdeathsuicidereligionpoliticsdrinking …weddingmilitarycorruptionpovertygamblingexecutionhomelessnesscouragerevolutionmurder of a police officerfight for freedom (See All)
Mood:
rain
Locations:
truckairportairplanerestaurantbarbeachschoolhelicoptermotorcyclepolice stationrooftopbrothelwater well
Characters:
frenchmuslimthiefpolicemanmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehusband wife relationshipmother daughter relationshipfrienddoctorchildrenboyprostituteteacher …soldierdancerbabyreference to godsuicide by hangingfrench soldiermilitary policedeath of boyfrench politicsfrench militarymuslim girl (See All)
Period:
1950syear 1962year 1960
Story:
coca coladegradationstreet marketbarbed wirehaircutstreet lifecommunistjeepuniformsearchtrialprisonerflashlightprayerhandcuffs …jailcafeinterrogationrunningsunglassestearsrifleunderwearbeatingcryingbased on true storychasephotographcigarette smokingfightgundogbloodviolencef ratedflashbackbare chested maledancingexplosionpartytelephone callfirehigh heelsmachine gunpunched in the facereenactmentdrinkbattlearrestshootingbombplace name in titledead bodyprostitutionclassroomrevolverfightingcriminalcombatshot in the backreporterfoot chaseassassingangambushterroristmountainambulancestabbingarmyfour word titlehuman rightsweaponman with glassesassassinationcoffeeflash forwardbinocularsmicrophoneprologuescreamingprotestattackumbrellacover upreadingtankstreet shootoutcity name in titlegovernmenttrapgeneralrefugeetrustbattlefieldtraitorloyaltydestructionbreaking and enteringwoundmass murderinjuryscene during opening creditsjail cellislampatientvandalismdemonstrationboxerrebelrebellionladderparadecolonelguardpromisetrappedbombingsufferingexplosiveresistancechaosgunshot woundnewsreel footagejunkiepeacearabpridefascismslaughtercaptureraidpolice raidstadiumgunfiresmokeposterplaying cardsrevolutionaryoppressionbeheadingconfusiondonkeyhistorical fictionalleyset updockunited nationsfirearmbeggarbarberstrikebreadjukeboxstandofffilm projectorhideoutwhistleindependencemedalhired killerpolice captainmegaphoneelectric shockblackboardstreet fightcolonialismmarching bandshot point blankmosquecowardbomberguerillabloodsheddeath sentencehiding placehorse racein medias reshypocriteinformersurrenderinfiltrationcheckpointfreedom fighterliberationcommitmentguerrilladressingpolice sirenloudspeakerberetguillotinetear on cheekautomatic weaponepic battlemartinidignitybrothel madamretreatdefeatlibertyalgeriastreet fightercurfewbarricademessengerdying youngdance hallfrench armyguerilla warfaremilitantbreaking down a doordutyparatrooperblowtorchelectric tortureblockadenorth africaunderground fightingdead woman on groundbasketunityscaffoldreference to allahnapalmpetty criminalchalkstreetfightingdestruction of propertyfrench historysearch warrantkicked in the buttcamouflage uniformdebrisalgerianpatrolyear 1957lieutenant colonelcarrying a dead bodyinsurgentavengermarketplaceyear 1954guerrilla warfareterraceyear 1956identificationcollateral damagedraft dodgerreformatorypetty thiefdying hairinsurrectionnews conferencearmy vs civilianslaw and ordernewspaper boyalgerian warself determinationfemale terroristfrench algerian warreference to jean paul sartremilitary paradesecret hideoutarab womanfrench colonialismfrench foreign legiondead woman carriedpolice headquartersgun smugglingman in woman's clothesmuslim manbombmakerbricklayerdiagramfrench colonycolonial warliberatormoralealgiers algeriaburning papersmediationsecret hideawaythird cinemaveiled womangeneral strikedefenselessnesspropane tankagitatorair francecasbahharness racingalgierscombatantimpoverishmenttapewormanti colonialcarrying a dead womanfrench governmentmobilizationtunis tunisiavicious cyclealgerian independenceclandestine activitydisorderly conductle mondemilitary interventionplanting bombshock troopsstruggle for independence (See All)

The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violen …t war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy
Themes:
justicevengeancedyingterrorismbrutalitytheftescapetorturefearprisonmoneydeathmurderrevengesuicide …kidnappinginfidelitybetrayalpoliticsinvestigationrobberyextramarital affairparanoiaunfaithfulnessabductionexecutionexploitationcommunismrevolutionpolice brutalitygerman politics (See All)
Mood:
archive footage
Locations:
truckcourtroomairporttrainbeachhelicoptermotorcyclebathtubbicyclepolice carrooftopsinging in a carcar bombcar theftmexico city …car on fire (See All)
Characters:
thieflawyerphotographerstudentboyfriend girlfriend relationshippolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipdoctorpolice officerdancerbabyhostagebully …snipergermanpolice chasesuicide by hangingprison doctor (See All)
Period:
1970s1960s20th centuryyear 1972year 1974year 1976year 1970year 1977year 1967
Story:
reference to richard nixonpickpocketinjusticekickinghaircuteyeglassestrialjudgeprisonermontagehandcuffsjailinterrogationrunningsunglasses …tearscameraunderwearbeatingbased on bookcryingbased on true storyshowerchasephotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditybare breastsmale nuditydogviolencebloodkissfightguncharacter name in titlefemale frontal nudityinterviewflashbackmale frontal nuditybare chested malesex scenedancingmale full frontal nudityexplosionpartypistoltelephone callfirevoice over narrationcell phoneshootoutshot to deathmachine gunshot in the chestshot in the headslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvarrestundressingshootingbombmarijuanamale pubic hairsubjective camerafoot chasenewspaperjournalistassassincandlegangambushterroristvideo cameradisguisewomanbridgefour word titlepoliticianweaponman with glassescoffinassassinationbathvanshot in the legshot in the foreheadgunshotflash forwardconfessiongravemicrophoneprotesttankflowerspursuitgovernmentisolationbank robberytypewriternewspaper headlinearsonberlin germanytv newspot smokingassassination attemptwoman with glassesshot in the stomachrome italyjail cellcaught having sexhidingmediavietnam warrebelrebelliongenocideiranmiddle eaststealing a cartarget practicepillsexplosivesandattempted suicidemobile phoneresistanceshot in the facebroken glassnewsreel footagewomen's prisonarabdemocracyprison cellpublic humiliationextortionbriefscapitalismgunfireactivistimprisonmentleather jacketrevolutionaryshot through a windowpalestineearphonesface maskanti warfirearmfake identitybased on real eventslooking out a windowarmed robberygun held to headidealismclimbing through a windowfilm camerabankersweatanarchyembassymegaphoneindonesiaroadblockcriminal gangsicilybleedingisraeliski maskbased on real personporschemercedes benzgurneypolitical prisonerhamburg germanyprison breakvolkswagenterrorist attacknervousnessstresspalestinianwest germanycold war eraradicalsolitary confinementpolice sirenstockholm swedenflash camerasolidarityautomatic weaponexpatriatemunich germanyprotestorleftisthidden gunchanging roomtime bombammunitionboliviagerman historyprojectilenude sunbathingreference to martin luther king jr.barefoot womanleft wingvolvoshooting gallerytear gasdubaibrussels belgiumgarden partyhunger strikelithuaniaprotest signshort hairriot policetouching someone's breastsjordanwoman with a gunanti fascismreference to che guevaradomestic terrorismwest berlin west germanybomb explosioncypruspersiareference to fidel castroreference to mao tse tungair baseforce feedingkuwaitsomaliaanti war protestbomb threatboycottanti fascistcharismaleg in a castspoken inner thoughtsautomatic riflegerman culturebreast squeezingrailyardshooting practicetraining campbomb makingpolitical propagandatransistor radioairplane hijackingbreaking a glass windowfemale terroristnudist beachkalashnikovleftist radicalreference to janis joplinrote armee fraktioninnocent victimstuttgart germanyprotest riotbaader meinhofcologne germanyhomemade bombraf terroristterrorist training campthrowing a rock through a windowreference to herman melvillereference to robert f. kennedybomb attackclenched fistshah of iranstrapped to a bedbaghdadcutting one's own hairfull female nuditywater cannonbonn germanybuilding a bombliquidationshot in the cheekcutting one's hairhistorically inaccuratemunich olympicsreference to moby dick the novelgerman politicianrevenge beatingmission statementpolitical turmoilred army factionaugsburg germanybullet hole in wallmen beating defenseless manplanting bombpurposely rear ending a carreference to willy brandtrunning gun battle (See All)

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Cloud Atlas (2012)
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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-apoc …alyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmpost apocalypsedystopiaepic
Themes:
dyingdrug useescapemoneydeathmurderfriendshiploverevengesuicidedrinkingmemorycancerguiltexecution …death of wifecannibalismcouragedevil (See All)
Locations:
airplanerestaurantbarbeachswimming poolforestsnowbathtubbicycletaxielevatorvillagewoodsshipouter space …campfirestormsan francisco californiabar brawlstorm at seaairplane explosion (See All)
Characters:
gay kisslawyerpolicemanbrother sister relationshipbrother brother relationshipsingerfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshomosexualhusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipfrienddoctorchildren …boyprostitutegirlnursewriterreference to godhitmanwaitresslustjewuncle nephew relationshipgay relationshipuncle niece relationshipgrandfather granddaughter relationshipolder man younger man relationship (See All)
Period:
futureyear 2012year 1973year 1975
Story:
voice over letterescape planescape attemptheartbeatslaughterhousecorporal punishmentstreet lifegoatlaweyeglassesflashlightprayerhandcuffscafeinterrogation …runningtearsriflelettercatface slapfoodsongcryingchasesingingtitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditymale nuditydogfightgunbloodkissf ratedbased on novelinterviewflashbacktwo word titlebare chested malesex sceneexplosionpistoltelephone callcell phoneshootoutwoman on topdreamcorpseblood splatterhorsepunched in the facecomputerdrinkarrestbare buttsecretfalling from heightshootingbookcar crashdead bodypianotelephoneshot in the backf wordreportersubjective camerasurvivalnewspaperjournalistcandleold manstabbingthroat slittingbridgeeatingnonlinear timelineapologyno opening creditsfictional warspaceshipunderwater sceneanthologyshot in the leggunshotflash forwardauthorprologueprotestpay phoneumbrellaactor playing multiple rolesdebtlightningskeletonringpianistpursuitreuniongeneralgrandmotherwhippingtypewriterpubtrustchild murderrecord playertape recorderrecordingslaveryagingcaught having sexdemonstrationwitchcraftcomposercovered in bloodrebellionvirginitybar fightslavewatching televisionmale prostitutereincarnationcrossbowgrandfatherspanishpower outagehungertitle appears in writingprophecydespairensemble castoilexilemurder of a childtriberaidsnowingmale male kisseye patchclonehorseback ridingcontractrevolutionaryactress playing multiple rolesmultiple storylinegun in mouthkilling a dogspiral staircaselast will and testamentjournalshot with an arrownaivetyknocking on a doorloanhead bashed inhand over mouthpoisoningdnan wordreading a booknursing homekarmasouth koreatitle same as bookparasitefacial scardistrusttequilawriting a letter10 year oldpole dancerwoman smokerlocked in a roomfloggingmountain climbingclimbing out a windowplantationtear on cheekradio broadcastsailing shipknife held to throatoverhead shotvolkswagen beetlelast standdeja vusheet musictalking to oneselfbirthmarkthreat to killscotsmangarroterunning for your lifepassenger trainreference to charles dickenshot pantsone eyed manbarefoot womanstowawaycandelabramaorichateaufalling out a windowlugershooting starnuclear powerdistant futurepast lifeelderly coupleold people's homenuclear reactoroil companypeepholeyelling for helphuman skeletonseoulfootbridgefree willwar paintfirefightsodomiteair battleshooting a dogyear 1936faked suicidebackhand slapstuck in an elevatorfuturistic cityabolitionisttooth knocked outgoatherdheaddressvoice over writingswinging on a ropemale sitting on a toiletyear 1931aleout of ammunitionreference to jezebelviolareference to berlin germanytelephone hanguptransamerica pyramidwoman hitting a manelevator malfunctionthrowing a cell phonethrown from a buildingchild shot in the backmusical compositionpresent dayreference to germanycult heroreference to herman melvillecrashing through a gatecleaning a swimming poolhands held in the airsix storiesspaceship explosionreference to arthur conan doylesextetasian with coloured hairreference to the korean warrunning over a fire hydrantescaped slavefacial makeupgray tabby catwaistcoatyear 1849chest of gold coinsclimbing a cliffcomputerized voicegrandchildrenmicro minireference to alexander solzhenitsynsubmerged in car (See All)

Public Enemies (2009)
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Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets … Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Subgenre:
crime epic
Themes:
prison escapedyingescapetorturefearprisonmoneymurderfriendshipdeathlovesuicidekidnappingbetrayaldrinking …drunkennessdancegangsterdeceptionsurveillancepolice brutalitymurder of a police officerescape from prisonmurder of an innocent person (See All)
Mood:
neo noircar chase
Locations:
airplanetrainrestauranthospitalbarhotelcarmotorcyclebathtubnightclubelevatorwoodskitchenapartmentpolice station …farmpolice carchicago illinoisbrothelsinging in a carhotel fight (See All)
Characters:
frenchlawyerphotographerpolicemansingerboyfriend girlfriend relationshippoliceafrican americanfrienddoctorboysoldierpolice officerdancerhostage …tough guysheriffpolice shootout (See All)
Period:
1930s
Story:
corrupt lawyerprison guardwhat happened to epiloguecourtbankradiojudgehandcuffsjailcafeinterrogationsunglassestearsrifleletter …cameraface slapfoodbeatingsongbased on bookcryingbased on true storychasesingingphotographcigarette smokinggunkissbloodviolencesextwo word titlesex scenedancingsurprise endingpistoltelephone callshootoutcorpseshot to deathblood splattermachine guncar accidentshot in the chestshot in the headshotgunslow motion scenepunched in the facedrinkarrestundressinggunfightshootingheld at gunpointcriminalshot in the backbandgangambushdisguisedeath of friendwomaneatingtied to a chairno opening creditsbathcigar smokingshot in the legon the runorganized crimebinocularsbeaten to deathfbipay phoneevil manopening action scenestreet shootoutshot in the shoulderscarpursuitbank robberyshot in the armhandgunkissing while having sexblack americansurgeryshavingfalling down stairswoundshot in the stomachhatred dressfbi agentwatching a moviemovie theaterpress conferencerailway stationgun battlemoralitymovie theatrestealing a caritalian americanmanhuntshot in the facelove at first sighttheatre audiencecard playingsafejumping through a windowoutlawblood on shirtconvictkilling spreemain character diesmedia coverageimpersonating a police officershot through a windowvillain played by lead actorbag of moneyfinal showdownethicsohioromaniapistol whiphead woundfirst datedeportationfarmhousebank robberhideoutinformantgang violenceno title at beginningflarepocket watchstakeoutgreat depressionsubmachine gunmichiganmoney launderingsewing machineprison breakcarjackingbettingmugshothorse raceradio newssewingmain character shottommy gunshot through a doorwisconsinneo westernkicking in a doorvillain arrestedrace trackprohibitiondying wordsthrown from a carindianarepeating riflecamera focus on female butttied to a treefoot pursuitjob promotionbank vaultbank heistshacklesromaniansafe houseshot in the sidenewsreelhandcuffed womanbookielodgehit with a rifle butttucson arizonaalleywaypunched in the gutcongressional hearingsouth dakotagetaway carreference to clark gablecigarette casearm woundescape from jailwoman beaterfbi chieffolk heroreference to james cagneyfake gung mansenate hearingmanaclesgun smugglingpublic enemy number onecelebrity criminalguard towerplanning robberysemiautomatic rifleapple orchardhandcuffed to a chairj. edgar hooverpublic enemyshoulder wounddangerous criminalcoat check girl (See All)

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Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs … for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracypolitical thriller
Themes:
terrorismescapetortureprisonfriendshiplovedeathmurderkidnappingmarriagepoliticspregnancydrinkingdrunkennessdeception …faithdeath of daughtermurder of brother (See All)
Locations:
airportairplanehospitalboattaxirooftopchicago illinoiswater tortureairplane hangar
Characters:
muslimlawyerpolicemanstudentbrother sister relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfrienddoctorboy …sister sister relationshipreference to godsecretarycousin cousin relationshipamericanuncle nephew relationshipex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationshipgrandmother grandson relationshipaunt niece relationshipmother in law son in law relationship (See All)
Story:
u.s. state departmentu.s. senatorstreet marketscissorspassportstreet lifechickenhairy chestsuitcasesearchflashlightprayerhandcuffsinterrogationrifle …underwearbeatingtitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingmale rear nuditymale nuditygunkissviolencebloodflashbackbare chested maleexplosionpistoltelephone callcell phonedreamcorpseblood splattershot in the chestrescuepunched in the facewatching tvcomputerdrinkbare buttshootingbombdead bodybathroomshot in the backsubjective camerasoccerbound and gaggedterroriststrangulationtied to a chairaccidentdrowningconfessionlimousinemicrophoneprologueelectrocutiondeath of brotheramerican flagdisappearanceexploding bodywitnessbare chested male bondagetypewriterciasubtitled scenewashington d.c.tv newsmass murderegginjurydemonstrationvideotapechokingremote controlmiddle eastbombingexplosivearranged marriageblood on shirtdeceitprison cellsuspectpipe smokingcia agentdonkeybag over headintelligencehangovertraffic jaminterracial marriagesuicide bombercdmissingmosquetop secretmartyrdetentionchainssolitary confinementbelly dancerwrapped in a towelmotor scooterbloody body of a childwar on terrorismshacklesegyptianfax machinebusiness tripnorth africajihadwashington monumentriot policestrapped to a bombwaterboardinggreen cardmartyrdomhookahnew york universityracial profilinggumdetention centerelectro shockwater pipebomb makingextraditionpaper shreddershrapnelinfidelrenditionsecurity checkpointcapetownextraordinary renditionintelligence analystal jazeerawashington postcutting off clothingchemical engineeregyptian american (See All)

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A Prophet (2009)
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A Prophet (2009)

Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brecourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who … with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named Cesar Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate. This move does not sit well with the other Corsicans, who only see Malik as a dirty Arab, and the Muslims who now mistrust him. But as time goes on, Malik works to save himself while in prison, while setting up his life post prison on his own terms. Both his demon and his salvation in prison is the specter of one of the first people he really got to know during his incarceration. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age
Themes:
crueltydrug usebrutalityracismprisonmoneydrugsdeathmurderrevengefriendshipkidnappingchristmasbetrayalghost …gangsterparanoiamafiaguiltdying from cancer (See All)
Mood:
gorerainnightmare
Locations:
prison fightairportairplanebeachsnowparis franceseafranceprison sexprison yardprison shower
Characters:
muslimlawyerbrother brother relationshipfather son relationshiphomosexualhusband wife relationshiptattooprostituteteenage boybabyhostagereference to god
Period:
christmas party
Story:
strip searchvoice over letterprison guardhashishcustomsparoledrug traffickingsmugglingpassportmurdererracial slurprisonerprayerhandcuffsjail …letterface slapbeatingshowerchasetitle spoken by characterphotographnipplescigarette smokingmale rear nudityfemale nuditymasturbationviolencebloodfightsexflashbackmale frontal nuditybare chested malepistolcell phoneshootoutdreamshot to deathblood splattershot in the chestshot in the headslow motion scenepunched in the facearrestundressingbookheld at gunpointbirthdayhallucinationmale pubic hairfightingshot in the backsubjective cameragay slurdrug dealerthroat slittingstabbed in the chestassassinationdouble crossorganized crimeperson on firecharacter's point of view camera shotreadingmanipulationscarthreatened with a knifetrustheroinitalianspiritkilling an animalbreaking and enteringhypodermic needlefriendship between mendiseaseislamstabbed in the stomachkicked in the stomachfollowing someoneransomduct tape over mouthhaunted by the pastrear entry sexvisionbloody nosesandpunched in the stomachstabbed in the headarabblood on shirttitle at the endconvictdeerbulletproof vestprison cellrelease from prisonbriefsislamicleather jacketintimidationbeing followedmarijuana jointmale objectificationbriberysuffocationporn magazinechristmas presentbag over headdvdbody in a trunktesttattooed womanilliteracyrazor bladerespectmosquerehabilitationcowgirl sex positionkicked in the headsewing machineinmatefacial scarcultural differenceprophetprison wardensolitary confinementmarseilleinner title cardprotectionchemotherapycoerciontalking to oneselfprison riotarabichidden moneycouriergodfatheregyptiandrug bustlanguage learninginfirmaryincarcerationmoral corruptiondead deerrise to powerlearning to readprison gangimamreference to mike tysonstabbed with a forkcontract killingporterbanging head against wallfrench arabafrican frencharabiancrooked lawyertattooed mantesticular cancerreference to mohammedreference to muhammadsanta claus hateye woundreference to nicolas sarkozywoman on top sexconjugal visitmace spraytelemarketingbaguettemuslim prayerbrief male full frontal nudityhandcuffed manprison libraryreference to archangel gabrielsubserviencecorsican (See All)

Lovelace (2013)
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Lovelace (2013)

Themes:
fearmoneyrapedeathfriendshipmarriagedrinkingvoyeurismdivorcehumiliationexploitationadoptiondrug addiction
Locations:
airportrestaurantnew york citybeachswimming poolhotelbathtubtaxipolice carmoteldeath in a car accident
Characters:
photographerpolicemansingermother son relationshippolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendprostitutepolice officerdancerwriteractressreference to god …catholicfilmmakerfilm directorpimpgo go dancerex policemanwriting a book (See All)
Period:
1970syear 2002year 1970
Story:
airport securitywhat happened to epilogueeyeglasseshairy chestpainreference to jesus christprayerjailcaferunningsunglassescameraface slapfoodtesticles …underwearbeatingsongbased on bookcryingbased on true storychasesingingtitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingfemale nudityviolencebloodfightgunkisssexcharacter name in titlenudityone word titlefemale frontal nudityinterviewflashbackbare chested malefemale rear nuditydancingejaculationpartypantiestelephone callwatching tvdrinkundressingbikinibare buttcar crashmarijuanaprostitutiontelephonef wordswimmingbandname in titleeatingcocainedinerclitoriswhite pantiesapologyman with glassesunderwater scenemarriage proposalcoffeeflash forwardskinny dippinglimousinehotel roommicrophonepay phonechampagneauditionpassionflowersdomestic violencemanipulationconvertiblepursuitreference to william shakespearetrustgirl in pantiessexual fantasysex toyapplausepot smokingdiscoinjurytape recorderwoman with glassesjail cellwatching a moviecrying womanmovie theaterfloridahome moviemale underwearphoto shootrear entry sexpillssufferingthunderpunched in the stomachporn starmiami floridatheatre audienceproducerblack eyemustachebriefsbruiseabusive husbandsunbathingwoman cryingrepeated scenefamily reunionpublishersnorting cocaineautographporn industryjukeboxvacuum cleanerfilm projector18 year oldfilm cameraloanporn actressfallinggiving a toastpool partyroller skatingdomestic abusestation wagonford mustangnervousnessprice of fameundressing someonecounter culturekiss on the cheekslapsexual humiliationsurname as titleadult filmmakingsubject name in titleends with biographical notesred carpetcoercionearringsabusive relationshipdoorbellmakeup artistrestaurant owneroysteradult film actressadult film starpornography actressblow up dollmalibu california21 year oldlie detectoraudio flashbackpill poppingblowing bubblesreference to grace kellysomersaultfreckleshit in the stomachfacial bruisefinancierirsmother slaps daughterpolygraphsexual revolutionvagina slurrollerskating rinkreference to johnny carsonadult bookstorechoking someoneadult film actorbell bottomsex u.s. marinegolden age of pornimitating fellatioreel to reel tape recorderwomen wearing a one piece swimsuitpulling down pantsroller rinkhusband wife fightkissing someone's stomachthrowing a telephonecollect call (See All)

The Kite Runner (2007)
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The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the … death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. (Read More)

Themes:
forgivenessjusticedyingtheftescapemoneyrapedeathmurderfriendshiplovemarriagereligionbetrayalpolitics …drinkingweddingfuneralmemorytraveldeath of fatherdeath of motherredemptionguiltillnesspoetryabuseexecutionhopechildhoodcouragerevolutiondeath in childbirth (See All)
Locations:
taxi driverairporthospitalbarsnowcemeterytaxisan francisco california
Characters:
muslimthiefbrother brother relationshipsingermother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendchildrenboydancerbaby …writerreference to godbullylittle boyrussianuncle nephew relationshipsingle fatheraunt nephew relationshiprussian soldier (See All)
Period:
1970s1980s2000s
Story:
voice over letterbazaarstreet marketphoto albumkickingsmugglingstreet lifegoatcommunistlawteaspeechsuitcasepainsearch …controversyprayerrunningtearsrifleletterfoodbeatingsongcryingchasesingingphotographcigarette smokingdogkissgunbloodviolencesexbased on novelflashbackdancingpartythree word titletelephone callshot to deathmachine gunmirrorsecretbookliebeerbombbirthdaybathroomorphansoccerbandold mancaliforniamountainimmigrantdinnerchild abusefalse accusationcoffinbirthday partygraveyardold womanflash forwardtreeauthorliarstorytellingreadingtankflowerspursuitchildbirthcontestwitnessloss of mothergeneralfireworksrefugeetypewritersingle parentpickup truckpoemrevelationsexual abuseislamwatching a movieservantbrideorphanagehonormovie theatreshoesinvasionmobile phonebutcherdespairafghanistantheatre audiencebribefriendship between boyssnowingstadiumsodomypigeonwedding receptionsinshamegraduationwedding ceremonyborder crossingpakistanwatchmale rapesmugglerlistening to a radioquitting a jobkitekindnessmosquegroomslingshotford mustangreading a newspaperradio newsmorphinechild rapecourtshipfleeingtalibansurrogate fatherillegitimate sonhappy birthdayturbanmirror ballcrutchstorytellerfake beardauthor cameotypingaudio flashbackreference to allahflea marketafghan warkite flyinglearning to readsurrogate soniciclefootbridgeboyhood friendcommunity collegestepbrotherstoningoutdoor cafeafghancollege graduationburqachaperonetanker truckhuman smugglingsurrogate brotherdishonorpomegranatemullahsellingkabul afghanistanrumisoviet invasionpashtuncarving into tree barkreckoningstoned to deathbuzkashione leggedhazarapeshawar pakistanfuel truckwuthering heights (See All)

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Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamental …ists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial artscoming of ageautobiographicaladult animationbased on autobiography
Themes:
forgivenessphilosophyjusticefreedomdrug usetheftangertorturefearprisonfriendshipmurderdeathlovesurrealism …marriageinfidelitychristmasreligionpoliticsdrinkingweddingfuneralmemorytraveldivorcedepressionblackmailguiltunfaithfulnessexecutionchildhoodhomelessnessrevolutionfirst loveclaustrophobiareligious intolerancemurder of sister (See All)
Mood:
rainhigh schoolnightmare
Locations:
airportrestauranthospitalschoolsnowmotorcyclecemeteryparis francebathtubnightclubbicycletaxiwheelchaircityfrance …rooftopschool teacher (See All)
Characters:
muslimthiefpolicemanstudentboyfriend girlfriend relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehomosexualfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfrienddoctor …childrenboyteenage girlprostituteteenage boyfemale protagonistteachergirlsoldierdancerreference to godcousin cousin relationshipuncle nephew relationshipgrandmother granddaughter relationshipuncle niece relationshipgrandfather granddaughter relationshipbakerart studentcheating on one's girlfriendphilosophy teacher (See All)
Period:
1970s1980s1990syear 1986year 1982year 1992year 1978
Story:
hashishcustomsturkey the countryinjusticepassportcommunistlawgrenadesuitcasekeypaintrialtoiletflashlightprayer …jailcaferunningtearsriflecatfoodcryingshowerchasecigarette smokingblooddogkissfightf ratedone word titleflashbackdancingexplosionpartytelephone callvoice over narrationtitle directed by femaledreamcorpsewatching tvdrinkbattlearrestfalling from heightshootingbookvomitingliebeerbeddead bodymarijuananeighborhallucinationclassroomsurvivalnewspaperbracookingwinebased on comic bookold manmountaineatingarmysuicide attemptfishmodelfalse accusationnunbirdold womandrowningflash forwardgravekarateprotestliarpay phonestorytellingreadingtankhanginguniversitypursuitcrossfilm within a filmbasementpremarital sexelectionflowerclassobscene finger gesturewhippingrefugeeciatherapyheart attacktwenty somethingsurgerymissilehuggingtraitorsupermarketwoundfaintingsurvivorjail cellislamdemonstrationdrug abusehidingwatching a movietherapistpsychologistvirginityburialiraqmoralitycannongas maskiranmovie theatrecensorshipheavy metalgrocery storebombingpillssufferingbraveryhypocrisyhippiesexismbroken glassfalling to deathbutcherdespairsculptureoilswampexilebutterflyswedendeath of sistermusical numberyoung lovedemocracypunk rockpolice raidwar veteransirenreckless drivingpajamaspipe smokingplaying cardsmoscow russiaintimidationrevolutionarybriberyearphoneswomen's rightstriple f ratedsneakerspubertybeggarrepressionselfishnesstombstoneblack marketidealismplaywrightconventtape recordingaustriacredit cardvienna austriabased on graphic novelnihilismblizzardrazoranarchistpolitical prisonervolkswagenhonestymartyrtitle same as bookpsychotherapyair raidchoicenationalismfiring squadnewlywedussrreference to michael jacksoncoughing bloodprophetsecret policecheckpointshopping cartdiabetesloudspeakerveilfleeingswansolidaritydignitysubcultureexpatriatesurgical operationcowardicebedtime storybirthmarktehran iranpenis joketrolleyart historycuriositypolitical repressionsnowballpuppet shownailtyrannyart classhomeless womanideologyreference to karl marxazerbaijanhead scarfartillerymarxismmohawk haircutreference to leninprotest marchunfaithful boyfriendloud musicreference to saddam husseiniraq iran warseparation from familyadaptation directed by original authorreference to che guevarapolitical rallyfarewellfalse passportcyanideexecution by hangingprescription drugsmarxisttalking to godair guitarburqadrowning in a bathtubgroceriron maidenyodelingreference to godzillarubblewindow washeriranian revolutionwine makingdog humping someone's legbroochislamic revolutionwar ruinsnunneryproletariatleningrad russiashahpolitical exilereference to abbaliberatorstudy abroadlife drawingreference to the bee geesshah of irangovernment repressionopen heart surgeryataturkbronchitiscoronaryjasmineyodeliranian historymultiple amputeereference to botticellisifting through garbageiranian soldierlong distance telephone callreference to iron maidenreference to romy schneideramputated arm and legbeauty spotnailed to a wallorly airport paristoppling a statue (See All)

Boy A (2007)
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Boy A (2007)

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

Subgenre:
coming of age
Themes:
forgivenessdyingdrug useescapefearprisonrapedrugsdeathfriendshipmurderlovesuicidejealousydrinking …drunkennessdanceheroincestparanoiadepressiondysfunctional familycancerredemptionguiltdatingillnessabusebullyingchildhoodregretdying mother (See All)
Mood:
nightmare
Locations:
courtroomtrainrestaurantbarbeachschoolcemeterybathtubbusnightclubwatertaxirooftopcar theftsex in a bathtub
Characters:
lawyerphotographerpolicemanstudentbrother brother relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshippolicefriendboyteachergirldancerlittle girl …bullywaitresssecretaryuncle nephew relationship (See All)
Story:
parolediggingmen's bathroomkickinghatemurderercourttrialjailcafetearslettercameraface slapunderwear …beatingcryingbased on true storyphotographfemale nuditymale nudityviolencefightkissbloodbased on novelflashbackbare chested malesex scenedancingpartyknifetelephone callcell phonecar accidentmirrorrescuepunched in the facewatching tvdrinkcondomundressingbare buttsecretliebeerbirthdaybedcar crashhallucinationvoyeurclassroomrivercriminalreporternewspaperbraambulancefishchild abuseapologydream sequencedrawingfishingbirthday partyvangraveyardold womanconfessionprologuescreamingfired from the jobliarscreamhanginggiftthreatdatewitnesslaptopex convictclasssleepingpubnewspaper headlineapplausetv newsidentityhuggingkilling an animalhead buttwarehouseloss of virginityfriendship between mensexual abusevandalismmale bondingclubfalse identitysocial commentaryembarrassmentpromiseremote controlhaunted by the pastnicknameshopliftinginnocenceshoessurveillance camerataking a pictureco workerfather figurefirst kissamusement parkschool uniformpridefriendship between boysmurder of a childbounty hunterpierpublic humiliationrelease from prisonmoral dilemmaadolescentsaving a lifenew jobporn magazinegatebirthday presentsneakersfirst datefake identitytowerdvdestatewalletbully comeuppanceroller coastermale rapelandladywormecstasytrain trackstrain ridebreast cancerrehabilitationsecond chancefather son estrangementgravestonecarouselestrangementtabloidreference to the virgin maryshared bathhoodiemerry go rounddelivery manexposechild rapedressingtrespassingfleeingleg injurymcdonald's restaurantsurrogate fatherhappy birthdayhooded figurerascaltrain conductorsaying goodbyemedia frenzynew identitychild's drawingchild murdererfollowingparole officerboardwalkchild murders a childeellimpingname changecuttingmanchestersocial realismbountycuddlingsneaking outwatching a movie on tvwatching news on tvdishonestynewsstandsecret revealedsurrogate sonfootbridgebox cutterused condomearthwormdangerous friendamusement park ridedancing alonebirmingham englandlagerfirst day at worknottingham englandalecrying during sexsaying i love younew shoesrape of girlthrowing a bottletrain ticketviolent youthbrother brother incestreference to steven seagalreference to jean claude van dammebeach chairreference to don juanthank you note (See All)

Blow (2001)
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Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him,  …and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:
drug usetheftlonelinessescapeprisonmoneydrugslovefriendshipmurderdeathmarriagechristmasbetrayaladultery …pregnancydrinkingweddingdivorcepovertycancerhumiliationillnessdrug addictionwealth (See All)
Locations:
courtroomairplanebarbeachswimming poolsnowcemeterylos angeles californiabuschicago illinoismexico
Characters:
thiefpolicemanstudentboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehomosexualhusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfrienddancer …musicianactoramericandeath of girlfriendairplane stewardess (See All)
Period:
1970s1980s1990s1960s1950schristmas party
Story:
drug smugglingprison visitbailparoledrug traffickingsmugglingcourtbanksuitcasejudgemontagejailbeatingbased on bookbased on true story …title spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditybloodgunone word titleflashbackdancingpartypistolvoice over narrationdreamblood splatterdrinkarrestshootingbeerbirthdaymarijuanacollegecriminaltelephonegay slurgangcaliforniamansiondrug dealercocainedouble crossvangraveyardshot in the foreheadflash forwardpilotorganized crimefbifugitivevacationringfarmeruniversityshot in the shouldertragic eventchildbirthobscene finger gesturebirthday cakewaiterdiscoslow motiontape recorderhollywood californianew year's evehome movieburials&mdrug dealingdrug overdosepromisebloody nosehypocrisyspanishboston massachusettsmiami floridaoutlawprison cellraiddrug lordfianceebongcannabisgun in mouthpistol whipepisodic structuresnorting cocaineoverdosedrug dealstonedcolombiabankruptcychild custodyhair salondrug cartelhypocritehappy birthday to yourise and fallabsent motherarm slingmaterialismcourthouseauto theftcell matesouthern californiabarbie dollconvicted felondeadrug pusherdrug ringcolombianroller skateprivate planehallucinogenic druggay hairdresserlos angeles international airportdrug couriercolombian drug carteltranscendental meditationken dollmedellin colombiamiami beach floridasingle engine airplanedrug possessionprotective custodycessnapuerto vallarta mexicosmashing telephonecartagena colombiapadronepanamanian (See All)

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The Master (2012)
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The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Subgenre:
black comedy
Themes:
philosophywrestlingfearmarriagereligionjealousypregnancydrinkingdrunkennessweddingmemoryparanoiainsanitymental illnessgreed …traumawritingfirst lovereligious cultsex obsession (See All)
Locations:
courtroomhospitalnew york citybeachschoolmotorcycletaxielevatorseaenglandshipyachtpennsylvania
Characters:
photographerpolicemansingermother son relationshipfather son relationshippolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipdoctordancerwriterreference to godlittle girllust …alcoholicpsychiatristex husband ex wife relationshipaunt nephew relationshipu.s. soldier (See All)
Period:
world war twothe future
Story:
electric fandiggingcommunisthairy chestspeechcourtcontroversymontageflashlightreference to jesus christhandcuffsjailrunningtearsrifle …lettercameraface slapurinationfoodtesticlesbeatingsongcryingchasesingingphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditybare breastsviolencekissfightmasturbationsexnudityfemale frontal nudityflashbacktwo word titlebare chested malefemale rear nuditydancingpartyleg spreadingtelephone calltopless female nuditywoman on topdreammirrordrinkarrestbookliebathroomcollegepianosciencetelephonescientistf wordspyeatingfemale pubic hairfalse accusationapologycultchildflash forwardpublic nudityauthormicrophonestorytellingmanipulationpursuitsleepingtypewriterapplauseno pantieslooking at oneself in a mirrorjail cellflatulencemovie theatrewhiskeypillsbraverynostalgiamental hospitalshovelpost traumatic stress disorderhypnosisschool uniformcapturenervous breakdownwrestlerimprisonmentpiano playerpost world war twoearphonesdrifterdockspiral staircasedead fatherreading aloudlooking out a windowselfishnessflasktape recordingdepartment store16 year oldenvypoisoninggiving a toastbathrobecellobunk bedleukemiameat cleaverradio showalabamau.s. navyhorninesshammockdarkroomwaking upkiss on the cheekheadachesectbride and groomworld war two veteranmentor protege relationshipwoman wearing black lingeriecoconutcult leadertricyclestowawayscientologyhand on crotchfanaticismflyerprinting presskidneypast lifepenis slurreference to paris francehummingmale orgasmindoctrinationfarm worker23 year oldmachineryscotch whiskeytrippycabbagewarrantsandcastleend of warcharismareference to doris dayu.s. sailorriver boatyear 1950vagina slurlocked in jailfalling to the groundpsychiatric evaluationright hand manradio studiororschach test70mm filmreference to douglas macarthurpsychological testingrorschach inkblotalonenesscharismatic leadergreedy institutionpast life regressionposing for a portraitnuclear physicisterlenmeyer flasknorwegian americanslapping oneselfcoconut treecabbage patchkissing someone's stomachsand sculpturev j daykool cigarettes (See All)

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Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that L …eone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmblack comedyconspiracymelodrama
Themes:
prison escapecrueltysadismwrestlingtortureprisonmurderrevengefriendshipsuicidekidnappingbetrayalherodeceptioncorruption …psychopathsurveillanceself sacrificeescape from prison (See All)
Mood:
rainneo noirdarkness
Locations:
escape tunnelprison fightcarsnowboatwheelchairprison violenceprison brawlprison yard
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationshiptattoohostagetough guywarrioraction herobullybetrayal by friendblood revenge
Period:
1980s
Story:
escape attemptprison guardfreeze framehateracial slurprisonermontagehandcuffsjailinterrogationletterbeatingchasephotographcigarette smoking …male nudityfightviolencedogbloodflashbackbare chested maleexplosionknifepistolfireblood splatterfistfightmachine gunshotgunkissingbrawlshowdownheld at gunpointcriminalf wordfoot chasebasketballdeath of friendimpalementfootballstabbed in the chestanti herodisarming someonecigar smokingnecklacestabbed in the backelectrocutionbaseball batringmanipulationgymisolationthreatened with a knifegaragemachismocaptainsecurity camerajail cellwalkie talkiemale bondingswat teampsychointerracial friendshipcrushed to deathmale underwearmechanicnew jerseyitalian americanhit in the crotchmanhuntpower outagem 16mentorconvictprison cellrelease from prisonethnic slurcafeteriaabuse of powercomic reliefbully comeuppanceinformantweightliftingburnt faceescaped convicthandcuffedford mustangbeltinmateboxing ringcorrupt officialpsychological tortureelectric chairprison wardensolitary confinementarmoryknife held to throatstrong manwardenconprison riotcigarescaped prisonernightsticksnitchinfirmarypenitentiary20 year oldsleep deprivationprison gangmustangprisoner transportlucky charmphysical torturelockuppersonal vendettacorrectional officersadistic wardensadistic prison guardshankbright lightelectric cableinmatesthreats and intimidationelectrical wirecorrectional institutionbuckleprison escape plancons (See All)

The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)
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The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistan …t Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Subgenre:
legal drama
Themes:
justicevengeancecrueltyangerescapefearrapeloverevengemurderdeathfriendshipkidnappingdrinkingdrunkenness …investigationmemorycorruptionobsessionhumiliationsurveillanceabusedeath of wifewritingself sacrificepolice brutalitypolice investigationmurder of husbandrape and murder (See All)
Mood:
darkness
Locations:
courtroomtrainbarcemeterytaxielevatorpolice stationofficetrain stationschool teacher
Characters:
lawyerphotographerpolicemanmother son relationshippolicehusband wife relationshipfriendteachergirlwritersecurity guardalcoholicyounger version of characterself justicepolice dog …writing a novelpolice interview (See All)
Period:
1970s2000syear 1974
Story:
animal crueltylife imprisonmentprosecutormen's bathroomphoto albuminjusticeteaeyeglassespigcourtbankkeysearchjudgeprisoner …montagejailcafeinterrogationrunningtearsletterurinationtesticlesbeatingcryingchasephotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditybare breastsmale nudityfightkissbloodviolencedoggunbased on novelnudityfemale frontal nudityinterviewflashbackmale frontal nuditysex scenesurprise endingtelephone calltopless female nudityvoice over narrationcell phonecorpsemachine gunslow motion scenepunched in the facedrinkarrestbare buttsecretbookdead bodyalcoholtelevisionsubjective cameracleavagefoot chasebedroomsoccerdeath of friendfootballnonlinear timelineman with glassesold womancoffeelatex glovesconfessiongraveprologuewidowerattackundercoverpassionfull frontal female nudityflowerslong takepursuitdeath of husbandratsleepingtypewriterrecord playertwenty somethingflirtingmachismoocculttv newshuggingrevelationbreaking and enteringdresscagefriendship between meninjurywoman with glassesrecordingjail cellcrucifixloss of loved onebeardloss of wifeassaultpuzzledead womanbosshomicideretirementwatching televisionwhiskeycrime scenehaunted by the pasttensionargentinaconstruction sitemobile phonepastpartnerco workernovelistfootball playerfrustrationevidenceaerial shotsurprisecaptureprison cellsuspectmustacheintruderstadiumrelease from prisonbruisepolice inspectordeath of loved onealarm clockmelancholycrowdimprisonmentdead girlmysterious maninvestigatornotebookgatedark secretforced sexconstruction workerlocal blockbustersuit and tiemale friendshiptelevision newswhistleno title at beginninglatin americabearded mandistrict attorneystakeoutman kills a womanwrathdeath penaltymacguffinwriter's blockshort skirtschoolteachersouth americamurder of wifesoccer playersoccer matchold photographcapital punishmentin medias resanguishbuenos aires argentinainspectorfemale bossretributionman hits a womanwrongful arresteyesflash cameraleg injurysleeping on a couchframed photographdignitycourthousescottishdrinking alcoholreading a lettersoccer fanaspiring writerbody part in titlealcohol abusenightstickdeath of partnerman punches a womanpublic restroomlong black hairred rosejudicial systemfandomfootball stadiumhitting a womantoilet stallfalse confessionharvard universityjudicialjudiciarykiss on the foreheadjudgmentbloody handcivil servantlegal systemwalking a dogsoccer gameunsolved crimeclimbing a fencesoccer stadium23 year oldangry manargentineemasculationbank clerkmusic score features pianoclosing eyes of dead personforced confessionjealous manthe pastsleeping on couchmaking lovereference to the three stoogeshierarchyvoice over writingunreliable flashbackmale sitting on a toiletsurprise visitangry bossgood cop bad coprotary phonehands upreference to don quixotedeductiondirty warkilling the wrong personreference to prince charmingbloody corpsefalse pretenseoperation condorinternal strugglekicking a dogblack and white televisiondate with coworkerdesk lampflashback montagefood traygoodbye at train stationkicking a doorsecluded housetouching handsco worker co worker relationshipcocking a guncornell universitydog barkingdog walkingmispronounce namepen and paperconfession under tortureneck scarfseeking justicecoerced confessionexposing one's penisillegal entrylong haired womanmurder of partnerprivate conversationwoman with long haircriminal courtfemale emasculating a malejudicial misconductshirt and tiewalking alone at night (See All)

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Oldeuboi (2003)
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Oldeuboi (2003)

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

Subgenre:
cult filmmartial artsconspiracy
Themes:
lonelinessangertorturefearmoneymurderfriendshiplovedeathrevengesuicidekidnappingjealousypregnancydrinking …incestmemorydeath of motherguiltinsanityhumiliationsurveillancedeath of wifewritingmadnessfather daughter incestmurder of mothermurder of sister (See All)
Mood:
rainneo noirhigh school
Locations:
restaurantnew york cityhotelsnowbicycletaxielevatorpolice stationrooftopchinese restaurantcatholic school
Characters:
brother sister relationshipsingerboyfriend girlfriend relationshippolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfrienddoctortattoobabycatholicolder man younger woman relationshipself mutilationcatholic priest …suicide by gunshotchinese foodmysterious villainsuicide by jumpingjapanese food (See All)
Story:
severed tongueanimal crueltyphoto albumscissorskickinghaircuthatesuitcasepaintoiletprisonermontageflashlightprayercafe …runningsunglassescameraurinationfoodbeatingsongcryingshowerchasesingingtitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditybloodfightviolencekissdogone word titleflashbackknifesurprise endingtelephone callvoice over narrationcell phonecorpseblood splatterfistfightshot in the headslow motion scenewatching tvcomputerdrinkundressingbrawlsecretfalling from heightshootingbookvomitingheld at gunpointhand to hand combatbirthdaybathroomhallucinationmanhattan new york citytelevisionfightingsubjective cameranewspaperbased on comic bookstrangulationstabbingeatingsuicide attemptsubwaynunanti heroon the runflash forwardbeaten to deathprologuebased on mangafantasy sequencepay phonefugitiveumbrellacharacter's point of view camera shotbaseball batringdiarylong takebodyguardinjectionsplit screentied uptrustflirtingeavesdroppingtv newsgamehypodermic needletape recorderfaintingcomic bookrecordinghong kongcaptivehammerbrother sister incestschizophreniagas maskremote controlhaunted by the pastbloody noseinnocenceanimated sequencehatredmutebroken glassnewsreel footagetitle appears in writinghypnosisbible quotedeath of sisterbody landing on a carprison cellsnowingworld trade center manhattan new york cityframed for murdersinimprisonmentearphonesnotebookbirthday presentbandagekoreatelephone boothkoreangun held to headtape recordinganthypnotismwrongful convictionaudio cassetteteethsouth koreaextreme violencemurder of wifesushihair salonoctopusin medias respsychological torturedeath by drowninghit with a hammerwrongful imprisonmenthusband murders wifedelivery boystockholm swedenflash camerastabbed with scissorsswedishpassing out911chopstickshandkerchiefhair dryerpenthousekilled in an elevatorfoster parentschoolmatechat roompleadingcuckoo clockice pickinternet cafereference to princess dianahypnotistwallpaperear bleedingimmunityknife in backtongue cut outclaw hammerdumplingsedationseoul koreaschool yearbookstabbed in the eartooth ripped outwanting to dielaser pointersense of tastepost hypnotic suggestionshadow boxingthrown from a buildingmemory gamescuff linksbrother murders sisterschool matesuppositorysurveillance vanbiting a handpunching one's fist into a wallteeth extractiondental tortureshower captooth tortureobscure meaningsilent henchman (See All)

Head-on (2004)
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Head-On (2004)

In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants to end it all. Sibel a 20-something female from Hamburg wishes to please her Turkish parents yet yearns for fr …eedom. She has had her nose broken by her brother for being seen holding hands with a boy and yet she can not break her mother's heart and run away. She too attempts suicide and she first approaches Cahit there at the Hospital. Sibel asks Cahit to marry her, as she believes this to be the way out of her parent's house. She promises Cahit that their relationship will be like roommates, not like a married couple. The film follows Sibel and Cahit as they get married, become closer and eventually fall in love. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film
Themes:
freedomdrug useprisonmoneyrapedrugsfriendshipdeathlovemurdermarriageinfidelityjealousyadulterydrinking …drunkennessweddingextramarital affairdivorcedeath of fatherdeath of motherunfaithfulnessdeath of wifecheatingfight for freedom (See All)
Mood:
high schoolnightmareambiguous endingreligious education
Locations:
taxi driverairportairplanerestauranthospitalbarhotelbusnightclubtaxigermanybrothelslumbus driverbus station
Characters:
muslimbrother sister relationshipsingerboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfamily relationshipshomosexualhusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfrienddoctortattoogirldanceralcoholic …psychiatristmaidcousin cousin relationshipgermanuncle nephew relationshippimpaunt niece relationshipfather in law son in law relationshipmother in law son in law relationshipalcoholic drinkself inflicted injury (See All)
Story:
washing hairistanbul turkeyturkey the countryaccidental killingkickinghaircutfreeze frametrialtoiletmontagejailcaferunningtearsrifle …letterface slapfoodunderwearbeatingsongcryingshowerchasesingingphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditymale nuditygunviolencebloodfightkisssexfemale frontal nuditymale frontal nuditydancingmale full frontal nudityknifetelephone callvoice over narrationblood splattercar accidentwatching tvdrinkbrawlliebeerpianomale pubic hairalcoholgay slurnewspapercookingwinebandconcertvideo camerastabbingdrug dealerwomancocainesuicide attemptimmigrantaccidentapologyroommatemarriage proposalbartenderimmigrationwidowerliaractor shares first name with characterflowersuniversitypursuitobscene finger gesturefireworksgraffitimachismotraditionshavingbulletdiscosexual abusebearddrug abusepsychologisthonors&mhomicidedrug overdosesexual desirereverse footagejanitorswitchbladegrocery storebloody nosebroken glassmental hospitaltime lapse photographyamusement parkdrunkwedding ringbalconytuxedopunk rockrelease from prisonalarm clockreckless drivingwedding receptionage differencehairdresserpiano playerimpotenceearphoneshit in the facebandagesnorting cocainedrunken manhangoverdrunk drivingvacuum cleanernaivetyweightliftingdrunkardstonedsaxophonedance clubwrist slittingrazorcdsunriserazor bladebumgarbagehamburg germanybouncerbeauty salonturkishgame playinglimpopiumneck bracereference to michael jacksonmiserypackingmanslaughtermarriage of convenienceopen marriagebarber shopsuitorpunk musicbrother in law brother in law relationshiphotel managerbottled watertelling a jokechambermaidjoke tellingbinge drinkingethnicitysidewalk cafewomen's liberationrefugemulticulturalismcd playerd.j.saxophone playerburning a photographpsychiatric patientfrankfurt germanyjail visitationbb gunexercise machineamusement park ridecar damageyoung wifefamily honorpenanceoxaimlessnesskebabbreaking a bottlenaive girlchocolatesdrinking bingest. paulipierced navelslapping oneselffailed suicide attemptturkish germanmusical interludebreaking a drinking glassnightclub managerfamily's shamehit with an ashtraysex with someone unconsciousturk abroad (See All)

Evil (2003) is one of the best movies like Midnight Express (1978)
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Evil (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have  …to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmcoming of age
Themes:
crueltysadismbrutalitytheftfearmoneyfriendshiprevengesurrealismchristmaspregnancyrobberydeath of fatherhumiliationwriting …revolution (See All)
Mood:
rainhigh school
Locations:
trainrestaurantschoolswimming poolbicycle
Characters:
frenchthieflawyerstudentbrother sister relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipsfriendteenage boyteacherwriterbullywaitress …motherjewgermanstepfather stepson relationship (See All)
Period:
1950s
Story:
voice over lettermercycorporal punishmentdiggingkickinghaircuteyeglassessuitcaseprayerletterface slapurinationfoodbeatingbased on true story …cigarette smokingmale nudityfightviolencekissbloodsexbased on novelnudityone word titlebare chested maletelephone callhorsepunched in the facebookvomitingpianoreporterswimmingnewspapersoccereatingchild abuseapologyanti herobirdroommatespankingconfessionumbrellareadingchristmas treeringpianistwitnessratsleepingwhippingrecord playerrecordingassaultwristwatchrebelrebellionhonormoralitypromiseanti semitismkicked in the crotchshovelschool uniformswedenfascismracistboarding schoolsnowingbroken armtrophyalarm clockpajamasaristocrathorseback ridingdormitoryoppressiongraduationteenage lovejukeboxmathematicsbully comeuppancefascistgramophonedisciplinehazingsense of smellcowardbroken noseprivate schoolweekendrevoltbeggingdetentionheadmasteraggressionstockholm swedenswedishconformityexcrementchanging roommanornon violencevoice over inner thoughtslaw firmnoblemanreference to gandhidining hallcrawlingreference to james deanhockey stickschool expulsiontrust fundanti communismheirloomreference to oscar wildesalebird watchingsellingsocial democratswimming competitiondigging a holeslavicsportsmanshipstudent councilpolishing shoesbirdcalltied to a stakeanthillnon violent resistancereference to charlie parkerschool blazerteam spiritanti socialistpowerlessnessroom searchmessenger boy (See All)

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Blood Diamond (2006)
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Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life cha …nges forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:
dyingdrug useterrorismbrutalitytorturemoneyrapemurderdeathkidnappingbetrayaldrinkingdrunkennessdeath of fatherdeath of mother …redemptiongriefexecutiongreedhomelessnesscommunismrevolutionmurder of fathermurder of mother (See All)
Mood:
raincar chase
Locations:
caveairportairplanerestaurantbarbeachschoolhotelhelicopterboatbuslondon englandbicycletaxivillage …africajunglecar explosioncar on fire (See All)
Characters:
photographerstudentbrother sister relationshipsingerfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipdoctorchildrentattooboyprostitute …teachersoldierdancerbabysister sister relationshipamericanamerican abroadfishermanex soldierself cutting (See All)
Period:
1990syear 1999year 2003
Story:
ends with textstreet marketdiggingsmugglingstreet lifegoatkeyracial slursearchcontroversymontagejailcaferunningsunglasses …tearsriflecamerafoodsongcryingchasesingingphotographcigarette smokingfightgunviolencebloodkissdogsexnuditytwo word titledancingexplosionknifetelephone callfirecell phoneshootoutcorpseshot to deathblood splattermachine guncar accidentmirrorshot in the chestshot in the headrescuewatching tvdrinkbattleshootingbeerbombdead bodyrivershot in the backreportersubjective camerasoccerjournalistwineambushterroristmassacrevideo cameradeath of friendwomanbridgeeatingfishexploding caranti herofishingchild in perildouble crossritualvanshot in the legbartenderpilotbinocularsmicrophonebeaten to deathprologueprotesttentdeath of childstreet shootoutpursuitmercenarysevered armshot in the armrefugeesubtitled scenearsonak 47pickup truckafricancivil wartv newsgoldcaptainwoundmachetemutilationelephantjail cellvandalismwalkie talkiedemonstrationhidingmagazinerebelsevered handjournalismrebellionsouth africaorphanagerocket launchertorchcolonelguarddiamondtarget practicelandscapebombingcynicismmobile phonegunshot woundevacuationshoveloilmurder of a childrainstormthirty somethingeye patchlanternfemale reporterethnic slurrpgwar crimeengagement ringlaptop computerrevolutionaryjewelryminingbrainwashingmolotov cocktailunited nationsblindfoldedmilitiaamputeeblack marketcameramansmugglerstretcherbelgiumhivdying manmoroccodruggedtrain tracksrazor bladeshot point blankapartheidchimpanzeehit with a shovelfisticuffsfather son estrangementairfieldbus ridevaultair raidfiring squadmilitary trainingsurrendervineyardbludgeoningtear on cheekknife held to throatchantingjewelry storerefugee campbloody body of a childchild with a gunbegins with textmedicchild soldierconferencevisaburning housefire fightman undressingshooting galleryracist commentwood carvingransackingholding cellbriefcase of moneyhand woundseparation from familyhit with a rifle buttdragging a dead bodypiggy back rideindoctrinationchild uses a gunpunched in the gutbaboonhand bandageshantytownsierra leonezimbabweends with historical notessummary executionrebel armyangolacnncape town south africaeye bandagediamond necklaceopportunistsoldier of fortuneblowing smoke in someone's faceivoryliberianews photographernihilistteen drug useantwerp belgiumgoatherdunicefhustler magazinemutilated childlocked in jailguineashushingthrown off a balcony50 calibre machine gunblack and white photographchild rearinghands cut offscoundrelburyingsearch for sonmaster slave relationshiproadside bombnational geographic magazinetrafalgar square londonsharing a cigarettepunched in the bellyfriskingmil mi 8 hip helicopterarmed childtent citybreaking a car windshieldherd of goatsmi 24 hind helicoptervillage set on fireattack helicopterman carrying a manminibusself dentistrykilling civiliansdiamond smugglerfather child reunionfifty pound notefood distributionfather son reunitedzimbabwean (See All)

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his … mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmcoming of ageautobiographicalbased on autobiographyfamily tragedybasketball movie
Themes:
dyingdrug usebrutalitytheftangerescapeprisonmoneydrugsmurderdeathfriendshipreligiondrinkingdrunkenness …memoryrobberycorruptionhumiliationillnessmental illnessabusedrug addiction (See All)
Mood:
rainhigh schoolnightmarenight
Locations:
restauranthospitalnew york citychurchhotelsnowbathtubbuskitchenwheelchairurban settingapartmentpolice carcityrooftop …catholic churchcar theftcatholic schoolschool shootingfire escape (See All)
Characters:
thiefpolicemanstudentbrother brother relationshipmother son relationshippoliceteenagerafrican americanfriendteenage girlprostituteteenage boyteacherwriter …priestbest friendbullylatinocatholicself destructiveness (See All)
Story:
corporal punishmentdegradationkickingstreet lifewhat happened to epiloguecourtkeyracial slurtoiletprayerjailcaferunningtearsrifle …face slapurinationfoodtesticlesunderwearbeatingbased on bookcryingbased on true storychasephotographcigarette smokingmale rear nudityfemale nuditymale nuditymasturbationgunbloodkissfightsexbased on novelknifeerectiontelephone callvoice over narrationshot in the chestshotgunslow motion scenewatching tvdrinkcondomarrestundressingfalling from heightshootingvomitingbathroomneighborprostitutionhallucinationclassroomrevolvermanhattan new york citystrippertelephoneshot in the backswimmingbragangbasketballdeath of frienddrug dealereatingcocainedinercoffinspankinglooking at the cameratalking to the cameraconfessionparkpublic nuditydrug addicthotel roomprologuelocker roomfantasy sequencestorytellinglightningringdiaryprankscargyminjectionpursuithigh school studentcrossthreatbasementstageclasspoetreference to william shakespeareheroinblack americancoachpoemapplausetv newspornographysyringeteen angstathleteaddictionbreaking and enteringhypodermic needledruggroup of friendsice creamloss of friendcrucifixstealingdrug abuseassaultnosebleedwristwatchdesperationjumping from heightaudienceapartment buildingdrug overdosestealing a carbloody nosepillshypocrisyjunkieschool uniformbilliardsraised middle fingerclassmatebigotrybroken armdead boyjuvenile delinquentferryreckless drivingphysical abusesandwichhigh school teachersports teamsnorting cocainejournalskinheadbitternessconfessionalgun held to headstonedhamburgermooningleukemiaracial prejudicebummale prostitutiondecadencehypocriteanguishsex shopmolestationbasketball playerjuvenile delinquencypool halldoormanfast food restaurantpeep holewhipped creamcasketdrug tripman in a wheelchairends with biographical notesbaldnessaddictfalling off a roofdrugstorepaddlehigh school friendgodfatherjumping off a cliffbasketball courthigh school athletepadlockhand on crotchdrug withdrawalboys' schoolbasketball teaminnocence lostarm castcash registerdeliberate crueltyhigh school basketballpill poppingschool expulsionfalling downboyhood frienderotic dancingbasketball coachpastiesclimbing over a fencegodmotherhandwritingmedicine cabinet42nd street manhattan new york cityhigh school sportsirish accentarm in a castcold turkeytoilet sexhot wiring a cartheatre marqueebreaking into a carovercoatcliff divingtalking through a doorlistening at a doorbreaking a glass doorteenage rebellying in stateclimbing a fire escapeheroin detoxreference to wilt chamberlainrunning through fieldsboys' locker roomdiarist (See All)

In The Name Of The Father (1993)
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In The Name Of The Father (1993)

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. Bullied by the British police, he and four of his friends are coerced into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also i …mplicated in the crime. He spends 15 years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence with the help of a British attorney, Gareth Peirce. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedy
Themes:
justiceterrorismtortureprisonfriendshippoliticsgangsterdeceptionmilitarydeath of fatherfaithsurveillanceprejudicepolice brutalitypolice corruption
Locations:
prison fightcourtroomsnowlondon englandenglandwater torture
Characters:
thieflawyerbrother sister relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipprostitutesoldierhomeless manpolice violence
Period:
1970s1980s
Story:
prison guardwhat happened to epiloguehateradiotrialjudgeprisonermontagehandcuffsinterrogationbeatingbased on bookcryingbased on true storychase …title spoken by charactercigarette smokingmale nudityviolenceexplosionknifepistolvoice over narrationmachine gunshotgunpunched in the facearrestheld at gunpointbombrevolverf wordfoot chaseterroristdisguisedrug dealernonlinear timelinefalse accusationanti heronews reportbinocularsprotestperson on firetankirelandpubcorrupt copriotpot smokingsociopathsecurity camerajail cellexploding buildingphone boothirishhippieburglaryscotlanddeath threatcigarette lighterpunched in the chestassault riflepolice raidpolice inspectorferryphysical abusemedia coveragemarijuana jointhysteriamolotov cocktailforced to stripabuse of powerarmored carmeatjukeboxshoutingfemale lawyerbritish armycommando raidbritish renaissancememorialwrongful imprisonmentcockney accentslapprison wardendreadlocksnorthern irelandwrongful arrestreggaevideo cassettecity hallprison riothit with a chairreference to led zeppelinirish republican armyjigsaw puzzlejudicial systemprotest marchjudicialjudiciaryriot policeprojectionfalse accusation of murderkleptomaniacmaximum security prisonmale tearsrastafarianforced confessionpolitical violencebomb makingspray canbelfast northern irelandrastafaripolitical conflictmale slaps a malebombmaker (See All)

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Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like Midnight Express (1978)
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Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Subgenre:
coming of age
Themes:
drug usetheftmoneydrugsfriendshipmurderjealousydrinkingdrunkennessmemoryseductionobsessionparanoiadysfunctional familyguilt …humiliationmental illnesspoetrywriting (See All)
Locations:
new york citybarchicago illinois
Characters:
frenchgay kissthieflawyerpolicemanstudentsingermother son relationshipfather son relationshiphomosexualpoliceafrican americanfriendgay sex …dancerwriterjewishbest friendreference to godteacher student relationshipprofessorjewgermangay relationshipgay student (See All)
Period:
world war two1940syear 1944year 2005
Story:
killing a catcollege studentbailwhat happened to epilogueeyeglasseshairy chestkeysearchradioprisonerflashlightreference to jesus christjailtearscat …face slapunderwearsongcryingshowerchasesingingtitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingmale rear nuditymale nudityfightkissmasturbationbloodsexnudityflashbackbare chested maledancingpartyknifetelephone callvoice over narrationblood splattermirrordrinkarrestundressingbare buttsecretbookbirthdaymarijuanacollegemale pubic hairmanhattan new york citytelephonef wordreportergay slurwinebandstabbingdeath of friendsuicide attemptsubwaymapapologyman with glassesroommatedrowningflash forwardconfessionlibraryauthorstalkerprologuemistaken identityinjectionpursuitpoetreference to william shakespearetypewriterblack americanrecord playerpoemtraitorpot smokingloyaltyaddictionbreaking and enteringhypodermic needlelooking at oneself in a mirrorrecordingjail cellrebelliongas maskpromisewhiskeyreverse footageboxer shortsrejectionrowboatgay sonmale male kissclassmatenewspaper clippingmoral dilemmamale virgindormitorypost world war twosuffocationsaving a lifeimperative in titlenovelpostcardreading aloudjazz musiclibrariansexual tensionabandonmentself defensefascistlsdmisfitdistrict attorneygiving a toastepiloguetrumpetin medias resradio newsintellectualdragging a bodyharlem manhattan new york cityflash cameramanslaughterends with biographical notespassing outguardian angelcurfewmethamphetaminegreenwich village manhattan new york citypenis slurreference to paris francetrumpet playerbloody handabandoned by fathermanifestohand bandagelibertinereference to alice in wonderlandcollege freshmancolumbia universitydadajail visitationnitrous oxidereference to walt whitmanbeat generationu.s. sailorpariahreciting poetryreference to johannes brahmsblood brothersjewish slurreference to arthur rimbaudve dayestablishmentgas stovesharing a cigarettealarm belldistorted soundparanoid schizophrenicreference to herman melvillereference to ulyssesfake hangingreference to henry millerreference to mexicoreference to yeatsbanned bookbenzedrinecommitment to mental hospitalkicking in a windowpulling up pantsreference to lady chatterley's lover the novelstealing a bookchiantiinsane motherreference to geoffrey chaucerreference to percy bysshe shelleyshushing someoneuniversity libraryaspiring poetpaterson new jerseyreference to edward gibbon (See All)

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
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Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northea …st - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial artsmelodrama
Themes:
justicefreedomdrug usebrutalityangerprisonmoneydrugsdeathrevengemurderbetrayalpregnancydrinkinginvestigation …deceptionpsychopathdeath of fatherredemptionillnesshomophobiahuntingmurder of brother (See All)
Mood:
neo noirambiguous ending
Locations:
prison fighttrainbarforestcemeterysmall townwoodspolice stationpolice carpennsylvania
Characters:
policemanbrother brother relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspoliceafrican americantattooteachersoldiertough guylove trianglereference to godsniperuncle nephew relationship …ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationshipsniper rifleyounger version of character (See All)
Period:
2000s2010syear 2008
Story:
voice over letterprison visitprison guardkickingeyeglassesprisonerflashlightrunningsunglassestearsrifleletterface slapfoodunderwear …beatingcryingchasephotographcigarette smokingfightviolencebloodgunflashbackbare chested malesex scenepistoltelephone callvoice over narrationcell phoneshootoutcorpseshot to deathblood splatterfistfightmachine guncar accidentmirrorshot in the chestshot in the headpunched in the facewatching tvwritten by directordrinkgunfightbrawlsex in bedshootingpaintingvomitingshowdownlieheld at gunpointhand to hand combatcar crashdead bodyrevolvertelephoneshot in the backf wordfoot chasegay slurambushdrug dealerbridgeeatingfour word titlemixed martial artsapologyno opening creditschildanti herodouble crossshot in the legshot in the foreheadbartendergravedrug addictcharacter repeating someone else's dialoguebeaten to deathprologuelocker roomdebtevil manknocked outkicked in the facedeath of childopening action scenedeath of brotheramerican flagdisappearanceinjectionpursuitcrossmanagerex convictflowerobscene finger gesturekissing while having sexvigilanteheroinblack americanterminal illnesspickup trucksabotagekilling an animalhead butthypodermic needlelooking at oneself in a mirrorworking classwatching a movieswat teamculture clashcrying manfatepromiseredneckwhiskeyinterracial romancebloody nosenew jerseyplaygroundpool tablepunched in the stomachjunkiepost traumatic stress disordercard playingsafedeerraised middle fingerbetprison cellpolice raidlens flarewar veterandead boyrelease from prisondead mothershot multiple timesreference to barack obamasouthern accentgardeningpolice chiefhorse racingdrunk drivingtrailer homehot dogknocking on a doorloanurban decaylistening to a radioroadblocktrailer parklollipopbloody body of childloan sharkshot point blanksleeping in a carbettingrighteous ragemurder by gunshotcamera phonespitting bloodtwo brothershoodiereturning homeshot in the crotchbouquetknocked out with a gun buttsocial decaymanslaughter911bloody facedrive inweldingbeaten uptrailer trashvisiting a gravebare knuckle fightinglooking for a jobkiss on the foreheadwelderaudio recordingappalachiaends with deathhit with a rifle buttchildhood flashbackdeer huntingfight clubwar wounddrive in theateriraq veteranslamming a doortrailer housetelescopic riflemopping a floorrailyardrevenge killingsteel mill2008 presidential electiondrive in moviemale wearing an earringdaisyself injectionfinancial debtfoot bridgemurdered in a carreference to ted kennedydeer antlersblue collar workerprison releaseshot in a carbarb wireabandoned millreference to the iraq warskinning a deer (See All)

Capote (2005)
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Capote (2005)

Famed writer 'Truman Capote' (qv), southern born and bred but now part of the New York City social circle, is growing weary of his current assignment of writing autobiographical type pieces for the New Yorker. After reading a newspaper article about the just occurred November 14, 1959 cold blooded m …urders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home, Truman feels compelled to write about that event as his next article. So he and his personal assistant Nelle 'Harper Lee (I)' (qv), also a southern born New Yorker and an aspiring writer of her own, head to Kansas to research the story first-hand. Truman hopes to use his celebrity status to gain access to whomever he needs, such as to Laura Kinney, a friend of the Clutter daughter she who discovered the bodies, and to Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator and also a Clutter family friend. If his celebrity doesn't work, Truman will grease the wheels by whatever means necessary. When the police eventually charge suspects, two young men named Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, Truman uses those same tactics to gain access to them. Truman's fascination with the story makes him believe that he can revolutionize writing by expanding the germ of the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel. His personal involvement also changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the seemingly sensitive and thus probable submissive in the criminal pairing, thus Truman becoming part of the story itself. Article or non-fiction novel, Trum… (Read More)

Subgenre:
gay interest
Themes:
theftlonelinessracismprisonmoneydeathlovefriendshipmurderchristmasdrinkingdrunkennessinvestigationrobberycelebrity …executiontheatrealcoholismwritingmurder of family (See All)
Mood:
gorehigh school
Locations:
taxi drivercourtroomairplanetrainrestaurantnew york citybarhotelsnowtaxirural settingpolice stationfarmpolice carspain
Characters:
thieflawyerphotographerpolicemanstudentbrother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipshomosexualpolicehusband wife relationshipafrican americanfriend …tattooboyteenage girlteenage boypolice officerdetectivewriterpriestartistnative americankillersheriffboyfriend boyfriend relationshippolice arreststepfather stepson relationshipself portraitbaby food (See All)
Period:
1960s1950syear 1960
Story:
prison guardphoto albumscissorsbrooklyn new york citywhat happened to epilogueeyeglassesblindfoldmurdererspeechcourtpaintrialjudgereference to jesus christjail …cafetearsriflelettercamerabased on bookcryingtitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokinggunkissviolencebloodcharacter name in titleone word titleinterviewpartytelephone callcorpseshot to deathshot in the headshotgunslow motion scenedrinkshootingpaintingbookliedead bodyneighborcriminalreporternewspaperthroat slittingapologyman with glassescoffindrawingjourneyparklimousineauthormicrophoneliarpay phonereadingchristmas treeflowershangingdiarymanipulationdeath of brotherisolationtied upgay coupletypewritertrustapplausepornographycookjail cellmagazinegay lead charactereccentricpress conferencejournalismcompassionguardburglargrocery storeresearchburglarynew orleans louisianatheatre audiencebribesafedeath of sisterprison cellnewspaper clippingshamebag over headpublisherfarmhousejuryhugdeath rowdeath penaltyhandcuffedalabamanoosevanitymanuscriptfuneral hometelegramsorrowdeath of familycapital punishmentkansaslimppillowspoontoy gunchild abandonmentprison wardenhoodleg injurymartiniscrapbookrewarddeath by hangingshacklesmultiple homicidelord's prayercell mategallowsprairiesupreme courtpenitentiaryeffeminacyhunger strikesketchingnursingplan gone wrongstanding ovationtypingreference to elizabeth taylorreference to humphrey bogartaspirinbook readingsentenced to deathlispexecution by hangingforce feedinggincar rentaltrain compartmentamerican midwestnew york timesreading newspaperyear 1959prison visitationwheat fielddressing gownportersalonfuneral parlorwheatsurrogate brotherfalse friendbody searchharnessbefriendingreference to tennessee williamslegal appealmethodistreference to john hustonsuicide of brotherreference to henry david thoreausuicide of sisterfriskingreference to henri matisseconfession to murdernew yorker magazinecherokee tribehorn rimmed glassesinsanity plealast breathresearch assistanttruman capoteamigofort leavenworth kansasjail guardleavenworth penitentiarypublic readingreference to to kill a mockingbird the novelrobbery gone wrongsuicide watch (See All)

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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influenc …e of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedyheistepicdisney
Themes:
drug usetheftracismprisonmoneyrapefriendshiprevengemurderdeathbetrayalfuneralrobberyprejudicedrug addiction
Mood:
car chase
Locations:
hospitalchurchcemeterylos angeles californiabuskitchenwheelchairpolice carprison rapepainting a car
Characters:
thieflawyerpolicemanbrother brother relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipshomosexualpolicefather daughter relationshipafrican americanfriendtattooboynurse …detectivedancerartistlatinobiblecatholichispaniccousin cousin relationshipuncle nephew relationshippolice shootoutgrandfather grandson relationshipaunt nephew relationshipstepfather stepson relationshipdeath of boy (See All)
Period:
1970s1980s
Story:
prison guardshooting upparolestreet marketstreet lifelawhateracial slurprisonerrunningsunglassesriflecameraface slapfood …underwearbeatingbased on true storyshowerchasephotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditymale nudityfightkissgunbloodviolencesexflashbackdancingexplosionpartyknifesurprise endingshootoutcar accidentwatching tvbare buttshootingpaintingbirthdaymarijuanashot in the backcookinggangcaliforniastrangulationstabbingeatingcocaineboxingbirdpaintercoffinvangraveyardlibrarydrug addictorganized crimestatueinjectiontragic eventcrossratlas vegas nevadaobscene finger gestureclass differencesgraffitiheroingaragepowerriotmachismodestinydrag queenhypodermic needleslow motioncrucifixdrug abuseboxerart galleryhonorburialtowelmexicandrug overdosebribecard playingundercover copcanemale male kissgrowing upjuvenile delinquentethnic slurlandlordreckless drivingmexican americanserial murderlatinaface maskgang warspit in the faceaccordionmegalomaniacweightliftingstakeoutcripplecolombialoan sharkrehabilitationscholarshipcrotch grabroosterreference to ronald reagantequilabiracialmorphineu.s. marine corpsgrudgespray paintstudyingcity hallknife held to throatbandanagloveknife in the chestmuralprison riotbeverly hills californiacrossing selfguatemalarole modelostracismprobationel salvadorecuadorfoosballprotegebroken backprofessional hitblow torchlowriderpanamahalf brother half brother relationshipprison gangpain killerchicanoartificial legparoleestepbrother stepbrother relationshipdeath by overdosenarceast los angeles californiapcpwhite powerhair netaryan brotherhoodbarrioparole boardyucatanboxing clubgedsucking on fingerpaycheckreference to the los angeles lakersblack militantcholocutting one's handsan quentin penitentiarymurdered in a churchart competitionrecidivismreference to pancho villamexican gangu turncinco de mayoslamming a car door on someone's handlaw librarylos angeles river channelreference to little bo peep (See All)

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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.

Subgenre:
black comedyconspiracy
Themes:
drug usetheftfearprisonmoneyrapedrugslovefriendshipsuicidemarriageinfidelityadulterypregnancydrinking …drunkennessweddinginvestigationincestextramarital affairdivorcecorruptionguiltunfaithfulnesshomophobiaalcoholismgreeddrug addictionwealth (See All)
Mood:
satirebreaking the fourth wall
Locations:
courtroomairplanerestaurantnew york citybarswimming poolhelicopterboatbathtublondon englandelevatorpolice caritalyshipstrip club …yachtsex in publicsex in officestorm at seajapanese restaurantsex in an elevatorsex in an airplane (See All)
Characters:
frenchthieflawyerpolicemanbrother brother relationshipfather son relationshiphusband wife relationshipfriendprostituteteacherpolice officergay sexdancerreference to god …little girlsingle motherlustmaidcousin cousin relationshipamerican abroadaunt niece relationshipaunt nephew relationshipex policemansex with prostitute (See All)
Period:
1990syear 1983year 1987
Story:
shaving headlong island new yorkscrewdriverbailcustomsluckmen's bathroomkickingsmugglingpassportbrooklyn new york cityteaeyeglassesfreeze framecourt …judgemontagereference to jesus christhandcuffsjailcafeinterrogationrunningsunglassesurinationfoodtesticlesunderwearbeatingbased on bookbased on true storytitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingmale rear nudityfemale nuditybare breastsfightmasturbationbloodkissdoggunnuditythreesomefemale frontal nudityinterviewflashbackmale frontal nuditybare chested malesex scenefemale rear nudityfemale full frontal nuditydancingmale full frontal nuditypartyleg spreadingerectionpantiestelephone calltopless female nudityvoice over narrationblood splatterhorsecar accidentmirrorrescueslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvdrinkcondomarrestbikinisex in bedthongbare buttvomitingliebeeranimal in titlelingeriecar crashmarijuanasex standing upprostitutionbritishorgymanhattan new york citycriminalstrippertelephonef wordreportersubjective cameragay slurnewspapercandlemansiondrug dealerwomaneatingcocainefemale pubic hairsubwaynonlinear timelinewhite pantiesapologyno opening creditsmarriage proposaltalking to the cameralimousinedrug addictcharacter repeating someone else's dialoguemicrophonebusinessmanstripteasefired from the jobfbipay phonechampagnedebtdomestic violenceprankbusinessamerican flagfemale removes her clotheshorse ridingmanagerratprofanitylas vegas nevadaobscene finger gesturenewspaper headlineheart attackmachismosex toyapplauseanswering machinegolffalling down stairsdiscono pantieslooking at oneself in a mirrortold in flashbacksecurity camerafbi agentmediadysfunctional marriagefraudwristwatchgossipvictimtennisskateboardchokingcelebrationpromisebuddhistwhiskeybloody noseattorneypillssurveillance cameraboxer shortsblood on facemillionairepunched in the stomachanxietytitle appears in writingmiami floridabribementoraquariumbutlerdrunkevidencesalesmantitle at the endraised middle fingermustachemale male kissbriefcaseswitzerlandsports carreckless drivingswearingsunbathingprivate investigatorengagement ringinterrupted sexbriberyvillain played by lead actornarrated by characterbag of moneyharassmentjewelrycartoon on tvteachingpromiscuous womanhit in the facerepeated sceneevictionspiral staircasesnorting cocainesuit and tiegolf clubtv commercialshipwreckname callingbrooklyn bridgehangoverselfishnessdrunk drivingweightliftingidealismfish tankno title at beginninggoldfishbankercredit cardquitting a jobnewspaper articlemegaphoneyuppiestrong languageman punching a womanmarching bandsense of smellpool partychild custodyn wordgolf coursemoney launderingrags to richessecond chancewoman in lingerieforgerysushireading a newspaperbachelor partymugshotreference to james bondcrack cocainebutt slaphypocritefirst person narrationmorphinepole dancerwhite bramovie cameratailorpenhedonismexploding airplanebride and groomtreadmillvillain arrestedpremature ejaculationpublicityfinanceoverhead shotstock marketchantinggestapotennis courtcourthousehelicopter pilotinternjet skifake commercialtroubled marriagepassing outmortgageinfantwall street manhattan new york cityamishgolf cartlas vegasmoral ambiguitysex addicthundred dollar billbritish accentdebaucherymanic depressionmedia frenzylaw studentorange juicefemale judgetoupeemediterranean seadrink thrown into someone's facereference to george washingtonbahamascrawlingsexually transmitted diseasesedativeboiler roomgeneva switzerlandmotivational speakerstockbrokeridealistpenis slurpublic urinationcheatincompetencesuperstarenforcerlifting weightsbriefcase of moneymanagementmouth to mouth resuscitationslovenianlamborghinipep talktalking during sexfalling into a swimming poolpythonconfettireference to tarzanduchessbrass bandmarital rapetestosteronereference to robin hoodmile high clubsex with multiple partnerssteam roomwoman wearing a thongvalium22 year oldolivesecond wifebusiness ethicscaviarreference to moby dickeurocopter as350 squirrelreference to wolfgang amadeus mozartstdstrip jointnemesisphone tapplaying tenniscommissionspoken inner thoughts24 year oldwedding videofeng shuimorning afterchauffeured limousinereference to london englanddiamond necklacepaying for sexwhite collar crimebeer pongcardiopulmonary resuscitationjustificationpile of moneycareer changehigh on drugsnear drowningexercyclemaniavagina slurconference roomround tablesubpoenafinancial ruinreference to the mona lisaspeaking spanish26 year oldfalling into a poolspeaking frenchspousal abuseboat captainlatvianreference to aidsreference to popeyedartboardgay orgyjaguar the carjewish slurwearing a wirewedding photographair conditioningexcessfictional tv commercialreference to the tooth fairywife slaps husbandxanax35 year oldfish bowljob applicantnapkinafrican liondriving under the influencehair piecemarriage between cousinsattempted briberyauckland new zealandcrawling on the floormanic behaviorpellet gunquaaludereference to disneykodakmoney counterankle monitorbitch slapeurocopter as355 twin squirrelgrenadaimitating fellationanny camswiss bankbullseyegold coasthome gymmaydaymug shotnewspaper photoreference to the wall street journalstrip mallswiss bank accountfast pacedhands held in the airmale african lionsweatpantsu.s. justice departmentankle bracelethot candle wax during sexitalian rivierajaguar e typejasminereference to coco chanelreference to don johnsonreference to goldman sachsreference to microsoftreference to pbsrestitutiondiamond braceletreference to gianni versacereference to moby dick the novelsashimistudent loandumb blondefellatio slurfixforbes magazinefurniture salesmanheart bypass surgerykissing someone's breastsreference to giorgio armanivideo monitorbacchanalbusiness associateconference tabledouchebagfirst wifereference to geneva switzerlandreference to ibmreference to jimmy buffettreference to the rothschildsrunning a businesssecurities exchange commissionsex in a limousinetestifybento boxdesktop 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The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
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The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.

Subgenre:
black comedyconspiracycourtroom drama
Themes:
freedomdrug usetheftprisonmoneydrugslovemurderdeathmarriagereligionincestmemoryguiltillness …faithphotographyhollywooddeath of wifedisabilityaidsdrug addictionwealthsamuraireligious conversion (See All)
Locations:
courtroomairplanehospitalbarchurchhelicopterlos angeles californiabathtubwheelchairstrip club
Characters:
christianthieflawyerphotographerbrother brother relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipdoctorboyreference to godsecurity guardbikini girlgo go dancer …religious right (See All)
Period:
1970s1980s1950s
Story:
lawwhat happened to epiloguespeechcourtpaincontroversytrialjudgemontagereference to jesus christriflebased on true storyphotographfemale nuditybare breasts …male nudityviolencegunsexcharacter name in titlenuditythreesomefemale frontal nuditymale frontal nuditysex scenepantiestelephone callarrestshootingorgyorphanassassinambulancecocainewhite pantiesassassinationdrowningdrug addictstalkerorganized crimefbiamerican flagstalkingcrossflowerkissing while having sexciagirl in pantiessurgeryassassination attempthypodermic needlenude modelhelmetice creamcrucifixsanta clausmagazineaccidental deathmobdrug overdosecensorshipcivil rightsattorneymillionairehot tubbananachoirperversionduct tapepatriotismatheistpervertporn magazineparalysisohiobaptismpublisherporn industrybitternesslawsuitsexual promiscuitypornographercrippleeaglerags to richesnaked dead womanjetfourth of julyku klux klanprivate jetends with biographical notessurgical operationcourthousekentuckybeverly hills californiamoonshinesecurity systemdiapermanic depressionverdictu.s. marshalgunmancivil libertiesnude photo shootjudicial systementrapmentfirst amendmentu.s. constitutionpublishingsupreme courtouthousejudicialjudiciaryobscenitydrug pushercincinnati ohiopet foodhollywood boulevardpain killertrippydrowning in a bathtubplea bargainu.s. supreme courtmouth taped shutwatching videobill of rightshustler magazinefreedom of the presscbslibelreference to jackie kennedyfree presscontempt of courtgeorgia usacameo appearance by real life subjecthome brewingu.s. national anthemparalyzed from the waist downgriffith park observatory los angeleslaser surgery (See All)

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Menace II Society (1993)
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Menace II Society (1993)

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

Subgenre:
cult filmindependent filmcoming of ageblack comedyteen movie
Themes:
vengeancedyingbrutalityangerescapefearprisonmoneydrugsdeathlovemurderrevengefriendshipbetrayal …pregnancydrunkennessgangsterrobberypsychopathdeath of fatherdeath of motherparanoiahumiliationexecutionhopepolice brutalitynear death experience (See All)
Mood:
goreneo noirhigh schoolarchive footageaffection
Locations:
hospitalcarlos angeles californiaurban settingpolice stationgas stationinner city
Characters:
muslimbrother brother relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehusband wife relationshipteenagerafrican americanfriendpolice officerdetectivesingle motherpolice detectivecousin cousin relationship …grandfather grandson relationshipgrandmother grandson relationshippolice chasepolice dog (See All)
Period:
1970s1990s
Story:
escape attemptstreet lifehateracial slurcontroversyprisonerflashlighthandcuffsinterrogationsunglassesbeatingchasecigarette smokingfightdog …bloodviolencegunnumber in titleflashbackbare chested malepartyknifethree word titlesurprise endingpistolvoice over narrationshootoutshot to deathblood splatterfistfightmachine gunshot in the chestshot in the headshotgunslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvarrestgunfightbrawlshootingvomitingheld at gunpointbeerrevolvercriminalshot in the backf wordsurvivalfoot chasegay slurorphangangcaliforniadeath of frienddrug dealercocainehouseno opening creditsanti herochild in perilflash forwarddrug addictorganized crimecharacter repeating someone else's dialoguebeaten to deathproduct placementlightningstreet shootoutshot in the shoulderlong takehigh school studentloss of fatherpremarital sexthreatened with a knifedirectorial debutloss of motherprofanityshot in the armheroinsingle parentcrime bossmachismouzicard gamepokerstreetheavy rainslow motiontold in flashbackjail cellroman numeral in titlekicked in the stomachvideotapecovered in bloodparking garagehonorhomicidedrug dealingdrug overdosethugswitchbladestealing a carunderage drinkingdual wieldhatredconvenience storeblack and white scenebible quoteghettoblood on shirtrainstormbarbecuerelease from prisonjuvenile delinquentethnic slurhustlerdesert eaglemarijuana jointgraduationstorehigh school teachercar drivingpistol whipfemale teacheroverdosekoreanvulgarityurban decaypolice interrogationn wordshot in the handsubmachine gundrive by shootingcarjackingblaxploitationtragic endingshrinefade to blackdreadlockssocial decayattempted robberygangstaslow motion action scenechild swearingchild with a gungangsta griphoodlumlatin americanchop shopdominoesdrive thrudeath of cousinconvenience store robberyurban violencemuslim convertice cream vanblack slangwatts riotschevrolet impala convertible (See All)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enor …mous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedyconspiracyabsurdismmadcap comedy
Themes:
prison escapetheftracismescapeprisonmoneymurderfriendshipdeathmarriagejealousyweddingpsychopathhumiliationpoetry …greedwealthinheritanceescape from prisonmurder of sister (See All)
Locations:
courtroomtrainchurchswimming poolhotelsnowmotorcyclecemeterybathtubbusbicycletaxielevatorrooftopgas station …museumsewercable cartwo on a motorcyclehotel kitchen (See All)
Characters:
frenchthieflawyerpolicemanbrother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipmother son relationshippolicemother daughter relationshipfriendtattooboysoldierpolice officerwriter …sister sister relationshipartistlittle boymaidgermanolder woman younger man relationshippolice arrestbaker (See All)
Period:
1980s1960s1930swinteryear 1968year 1985
Story:
dead catmonasterylaweyeglasseshateuniformtrialjudgeprisonermontageflashlightreference to jesus christrunningtearsrifle …lettercatface slapfoodcryingchasesingingtitle spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditymale nuditydogviolencekissgunbloodsexinterviewflashbackbare chested maleknifepistoltelephone callshootoutcorpsepunched in the facearrestgunfightsecretpaintingbookplace name in titlebirthdaydead bodytelephonef wordsubjective cameradecapitationbisexualfoot chasegay slurnewspaperorphanwinecandleold manstrangulationaxemountainstabbingeatingarmywidowstabbed to deathimmigrantnonlinear timelinesevered headnunno opening creditspaintercoffindrawingfictional warbathvoice overold womanmarriage proposallooking at the cameratalking to the cameragunshotflash forwardconfessiontheatergraveauthorhotel roombinocularspay phonechampagnefugitivepoisonstatuepursuitgiftwitnessratcinemahandgunrefugeetypewriternewspaper headlineeuropehenchmanflirtingpoemwaiterfarcetreasurehidingwatching a movienosebleedphone boothservantaudiencebrideladderpart animationfollowing someonemonkguardbloody noseattorneytelescopesevered fingerguestanimated sequencetitle appears in writingblack and white scenebutlerrosedeath of sisterblack eyefascismconvictskiingcliffsnowinglanternsirenpajamaspipe smokingimprisonmentman cryingbeing followednarrated by charactersaving a lifepresentbarking doghandshakepost warspiral staircaselast will and testamentsubtitlesalarmpolice chiefmotorbikeconfessionalsecret societytombstoneborder crossinghideoutjuryflaskold ladyfall from heightcookiebunk bedcripplesense of smellcheesedocumentheirperfumevanitycowardprison breakcodetelegraminmatereading a newspaperfacial scarspaplancarouselblack catfiring squadmonumenteastern europefirst person narrationmemorialalpstoy gunhappy birthday to youtrapdoormerry go roundflashback within a flashbackstaffcaskettear on cheekwedding gownmentor protege relationshiptennis courtcentral europeluggagemultiple time framesbirthmarkfictional countrysledfingerreading a lettersuit of armortrolleyhooded figureoathstreetcarturbanhaypassenger trainvisawillalibiart theftskiersnitchobservatoryhotel lobbyborder guardmotorcycle ridingcologneluxury hotelpenis slurstabbedon the lamspeakerconciergeinternment campswitchhit with a rifle buttbullhornpoisonedpastrywall safebellhopabbeyexhibitbondthree sistersconfession boothhotel ownerdeath squadspeaking to audienceyear 1932depositionscentstolen paintingcatacombsrope ladderknocking on doorpantrytrap doordumbwaiterelevator operatorpastry chefdelivery truckpushed off a cliffsleddingpastry shopski jumpkissing a dead bodyshoeshine boywicker basketpersian catpompositybobsledlaundry chuteloaf of breadstrychninebunkclubfoothanging from a ledgepolice whistletalking to a corpsesommelier84 year oldcoat checklying in statevaluable paintingchapter titlespastry boxreference to egon schiele (See All)

Buffalo '66 (1998) is one of the best movies like Midnight Express (1978)
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Buffalo '66 (1998)

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry (and forcing her to say the same).

Subgenre:
cult filmindependent filmblack comedy
Themes:
prisonmoneydeathmurderrevengefriendshipsuicidekidnappingmarriagedeceptionmemoryblackmaildysfunctional familyguiltgambling
Mood:
murder suicide
Locations:
courtroomrestaurantsnowcemeterybathtubbusmotelstrip clubgas station
Characters:
studentsingerboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshiphusband wife relationshipfrienddancer
Story:
prison guardmen's bathroomphoto albumcourtjudgemontagejailcaferunningurinationfoodunderwearsongshowersinging …photographcigarette smokingfemale nuditygunkissdogviolencebloodnumber in titleflashbackdancingtelephone callshot in the headwatching tvundressingliestrippergay slurfootballapologybathgraveyardconfessiongravefantasy sequencepay phonewritten and directed by cast memberstorytellingdebtflowersdirected by starsplit screenex convictsupermarketamerican footballdeath threatdaydreamsnowingbowlingrelease from prisonalienationgunfirebullet timehomecominglockerbowling alleycookiewagerlip synchingfilling stationbettingallergygravestonedialogue drivenshared bathtap dancingstockholm syndromedance classphoto boothfanaticismprogressive rockbookiefootball fanbuffalo new yorkprison visitationborrowing moneyhot chocolatedesk clerkshooting selfdoughnut shopformer classmatebus depotlock combination (See All)

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A Mighty Heart (2007)
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A Mighty Heart (2007)

On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is to fly from Karachi to Dubai with his pregnant wife, Mariane, also a reporter. On the day before, with great care, he has arranged an interview in a cafe with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. When Danny doesn't return, Mariane initia …tes a search. Pakistani police, American embassy personnel, and the FBI examine witnesses, phone records, e-mails, and hard drives. Who has him? Where is he? There's also the why: because of U.S. abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo, because of a history of Journal cooperation with the CIA, because Pearl is a Jew? Through it all, Mariane is clearheaded, direct, and determined. (Read More)

Subgenre:
docudramadocumentary footage
Themes:
terrorismtorturefeardeathmurderkidnappingmarriagereligionpoliticspregnancydrinkinginvestigationgrieffaithexecution …hopecourage (See All)
Mood:
rain
Locations:
courtroomairportairplanerestaurantnew york citycemeterylos angeles californiabathtubbustaxiisraelbus station
Characters:
muslimlawyerpolicemanfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicehusband wife relationshipmother daughter relationshipdancerbabyjewishjewamericanaunt niece relationship
Period:
1990s2000s
Story:
voice over letterhaircutpassportstreet lifegoatcourtsuitcasesearchtrialprisonermontageprayercaferifleface slap …foodphotographcigarette smokinggunsexinterviewflashbackdancingtelephone callvoice over narrationcell phonewatching tvcomputerdrinkarrestdead bodymanhattan new york cityreporterjournalistcookingwinecandleterroristman with glassesbathgraveyardfbidisappearancechildbirthdeath of husbandelectionciacowsubtitled sceneafricantv newssupermarketislammediavideotapejournalismanti semitismbombingmobile phonemourningmanhuntnewsreel footageafghanistane mailraidsuspectbuddhismloss of husbandworld trade center manhattan new york cityislamicbeheadingtrafficpakistantv reportertraffic jamtape recordingiranianpaparazzimissingmosquenewborn babybomberaircraft carriercut into piecescubandutchpakistanialtarpackingdignitynuclear weaponal qaedaasian indiansheikjihadmossadanimal sacrificecounter terrorismextremistbased on memoirguantanamoveritecounter terroristkarachi pakistanisraeli secret serviceislamabad pakistanwall street journal (See All)

The Boondock Saints (1999)
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The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the … Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmindependent filmblack comedy
Themes:
justicedrug usebrutalitytheftprisonmoneymurderrevengefriendshipdeathbetrayaldrinkingdrunkennessinvestigationrobbery …mafiainsanityhome invasionexecutionhomophobiapanic (See All)
Mood:
gorerainneo noir
Locations:
courtroomrestauranthospitalbarchurchhotelelevatorpolice stationrooftopstrip clubcatholic churchbar brawl
Characters:
gay kisschristianthiefphotographerpolicemanbrother brother relationshiphomosexualpolicehusband wife relationshipafrican americanfriendtattoogay sexdancer …priesthitmancatholicrussiansniper riflerussian mafiarussian american (See All)
Period:
1990s
Story:
killing a catdead catparolefreeze framecourtracial slurtrialflashlightprayerhandcuffsjailcaferiflecameracat …foodunderwearcigarette smokingfemale nuditymale nudityviolencebloodfightmasturbationgunkissnudityinterviewflashbackdancingknifethree word titlesurprise endingpistoltelephone callfirevoice over narrationshootoutdreamcorpseshot to deathblood splatterfistfightshot in the chestshot in the headslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvcomputerwritten by directordrinkgunfightbare buttfalling from heightshootingheld at gunpointdead bodystrippershot in the backf wordreportergay slurnewspaperambushthroat slittingbridgeeatingnonlinear timelinenuncigar smokingshot in the legcoffeebartenderlatex glovesflash forwardconfessionorganized crimebeaten to deathprologuesuburbfbiperson on firepay phoneproduct placementlightningscene during end creditscrossdirectorial debutshot in the armhandgunsilencertwinvigilantecross dressingsubtitled scenegarageblack americanstylized violencepizzacrime bossmachismoitalianropetv newskilling an animalmass murdercagelistening to musictape recorderrecordingfbi agentcrucifixtwinsphone boothpress conferenceirishgun fubar fightgun battlecrime scenesufferingsevered fingerdual wielditalian americanboston massachusettspool tablebroken glasskicked in the crotchbutcherbilliardsaerial shotmale male kissblind manethnic slurpolice inspectorkilling spreebullet timesermonmexican americanearphonesinvestigatorface maskalleyirish americanbandageplaying poolpistol whipvigilantismconfessionalgun held to headtv reporterbullet ballethanging upside downhearing voicesaccidental shootingcatholicismvigilante justicebathrobegun duelski maskn wordmassachusettsmafia bosssitting on a toiletgropingtv interviewreference to james bondhomosexual subtextreference to supermanshot through a doorcriminal investigationfingerprintreference to batmanbreaking a bottle over someone's headbilingualismfalling through the floorcityscapejumping from a rooftopnewscasterbilingualshacklesstun gunset on firearsenalpagerfire fightlord's prayertelling a joketv crewpeep showstuttergolf balldoughnutforensicsman dressed as a womanbar ownerover the toptourette's syndromecelticirish catholictoilet bowlair ventpack of moneyactor shares last name with characterair ductdumb policereference to coca colabeepernose ringbellboyhunting knifeitalian mafiastreet interviewbad taste humourcrime syndicatefraternal twinsreference to rambocrossing oneselffbi investigationprofessional assassinasexualsiblings living togetherreference to the lone rangeropera musicst. patrick's dayclothes ironrosary beadscauterizationdeductionpennyfingers shot offparole boardirish gangsterreference to charles bronsonballisticsirish mafiaammoniacrawl spacecauterizing a woundreference to pepsi colafalling through the ceilingmeat processing factorycoins on eyeschained to a toiletnumbers runnerpants on firerespect for enemy (See All)

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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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 tra …cks 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)

Subgenre:
cult filmblack comedytragedycaperspy spoofbased on autobiography
Themes:
escapeprisonmoneyrevengeinfidelitychristmasbetrayaladulteryinvestigationdeceptionextramarital affairtraveldivorcedeath of fatherredemption …surveillanceabortionblindness (See All)
Mood:
high schooljames bond spoof scene
Locations:
courtroomairportairplanerestauranthospitalnew york citybarchurchswimming poolhotelcarsnowlos angeles californiaparis francetaxi …villageapartmentpolice carfrancemotelusatrain stationspainschool teacher (See All)
Characters:
thieflawyersingerboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshippolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipteenagermother daughter relationshipdoctorprostituteteenage boypolice officer …nursesecurity guardbiblemaidamerican abroadmayorpolice arrestamerican dreamchinese food (See All)
Period:
1970s1960syear 1967
Story:
escape attemptprison visittarmacfrenchmanparoleunsubtitled foreign languageprosecutorwhat happened to epilogueeyeglassesspeechbanksuitcaseuniformjudgetoilet …prisonermontageprayerhandcuffssunglasseslettercatbased on true storychasesingingphotographcigarette smokingdogflashbackbare chested malesex scenedancingpartypistolvoice over narrationarrestvomitinglieheld at gunpointprostitutionclassroomrevolvermanhattan new york citycriminalf wordfoot chasebraambushcaliforniadisguisemansiondinermapnonlinear timelinedinnerdouble crossmarriage proposalnecklaceon the runflash forwardconfessionpilotbinocularscharacter repeating someone else's dialoguebusinessmanfbipay phonechampagnefugitiveumbrellaauditionproduct placementrace against timechristmas treelightninghigh school studentloss of fatherpremarital sexcinemaex convicthandguntypewritereuropewashington d.c.record playerrunawaynerdwaiterteen angstloss of virginityheavy raintape recordercomic bookjail cellfbi agentwatching a moviehollywood californiamovie theaterfraudblockbusterfloridaimpersonationphone boothpoolwomanizerscambroken legwatching televisionmovie theatreattorneyunfaithful wifeitalian americanimpostorjob interviewegyptnew orleans louisianamiami floridatheatre audiencechristmas evecon artistengagementchoirrainstormblind manfamily dinnercasual sexdivorceewedding receptionflightsouthern accentcon mannew jobsecret serviceset upimperative in titlelouisianaassumed identitywar herofake identityphysicianwalletjukeboxbully comeuppancestewardesslaundromatcall girldepartment storenewspaper articleflight attendanthandcuffedemergency roomjockatlanta georgiaunderage sexmadrid spainforgeryinmateorchestral music scorecadillacembezzlementdivorced parentsoverhead camera shotreference to james bondman wearing glassesanimated creditsimplied sexbanquetbilingualismflash cameraworld war two veterancat and mousevinyldental bracesmoney falling through the airimpersonatorphonograph recordpendanthalf sistersuitcase of moneycondominiumanimated title sequencehigh school principalslide projectortelling a jokeprinting presscockpitmotivationalbracesexpertcounterfeitfrenchwomanname changeyearbookbank tellertelephone boxengagement partysubstitute teacherrunning away from homesource musicfake passportmile high clubco pilotforgerjazz scorechequescam artistattorney generalwolf whistleslideshowpaying for sexlutherandiplomaloan officerget rich quick schememedium format cameracheck bookreference to the new york yankeesbank foreclosurebank fraudmislaid trustex modeltax fraudcandy striperconfidence trickused car dealerleitmotifreference to mickey mantletax evaderlabelmusic score features saxophonereference to ian flemingair hostessbar exammarseilles francerotary clubpan amsolicitation of prostitutioncheck fraudluncheonetteshreveport louisianaeclairfraudsternew rochelle new york (See All)

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Michael Collins (1996) is one of the best movies like Midnight Express (1978)
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Michael Collins (1996)

Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of 'Michael Collins (XIV)' (qv), the "Lion of Ireland", who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922.

Subgenre:
epic
Themes:
wrestlingterrorismescapetortureprisonmurderdeathloverevengereligionpoliticsdrinkingdrunkennesswedding
Mood:
rain
Locations:
trainrestaurantbeachchurchmotorcycleboatlondon englandbicycleenglandcastlerooftopcatholic churchcar explosion
Characters:
policemansingerpolicehusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipchildrenprostitutedetectivedancerpriestlove trianglemaidcatholicreligious statue
Period:
1920s1910s
Story:
scapegoatsmugglingteamurdererspeechkeycontroversyflashlightjailcaferifleface slapbeatingsongsinging …title spoken by characterphotographcigarette smokinggunviolencefightcharacter name in titledancingexplosionfiremachine gunhorseshot in the headdrinkbattlearrestdead bodyrivermenage a troisspyassassincandlebandstrangulationmassacrepoliticianweaponno opening creditsassassinationparklibrarytankhanginggovernmentneck breakingirelandtypewriterarsoncivil wartraitorbulletdemonstrationrebelirishsheeprebellioncannonpeaceevidenceslaughterwedding dressraidstadiumsirensecret servicetreasonindependencebritish armymilitary uniformashesrugbybritish soldierdublin irelandguerillamartyrbritish renaissancefiring squadinspectordiplomatuprisingmotorcycle with a sidecarlibertyprotestantammunitioncricketstreetcararsenalirish republican armyiraransackingbritish empiregazebocollaboratorbritish flagsuppressionstreet walkerliverpool englandrailroad stationreference to peter pantreatytrucearmy vs civiliansburning evidencecease firestatesmangun runningparallel montagereference to woodrow wilsonirish civil warpavillionsinn feinirish flag (See All)

Chugyeogja (2008)
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Chugyeogja (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Subgenre:
suspense
Themes:
crueltybrutalityangerescapetorturefearmurderdeathrevengekidnappinginvestigationguiltgriefpanicpolice investigation …police corruption (See All)
Mood:
gorerain
Locations:
hospitalchurchhotelelevatorpolice stationpolice carmotel
Characters:
photographerprostitutepolice officerserial killernursedetectivelittle girlmotherpolice detectivedaughtermayorpimp
Story:
prosecutordigginguniformkeypainsearchprisonerflashlighthandcuffsinterrogationrunningtearscameraface slapunderwear …beatingcryingbased on true storyphotographnipplescigarette smokingmale rear nuditydogviolencebloodnudityone word titleflashbackbare chested malepantiescell phonecorpseblood splattercar accidentslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvwritten by directorarrestreporterfoot chasebrabound and gaggedmountainvideo camerasubwaysevered headanti herodrawingnews reportgravecharacter repeating someone else's dialoguebeaten to deathumbrellarace against timedebtknocked outkicked in the facescreamdisappearancepursuittied updismembermentropekilling an animalcopscene during opening creditshammerkicked in the stomachbuttockslosssevered handcovered in bloodvictimburialsocial commentarypet dogconvenience storeshovelaquariumstabbed in the legbruisesirenhogtiedbeing followedimpotencestruggleex copgatesubtitlesgolf clubpolice chiefkoreancall girlhead bashed inwoman in bra and pantiesbusiness cardkickdnahandcuffedpresssouth koreadocumentex conshockhit with a shovelcustomertragic endinghit with a hammerlockhookexcrementbedriddenhit with a chairmetropolispick axefemaleincompetencehit with a golf clubseoultoolstask forcechisel (See All)

Empire Of The Sun (1987)
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Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese … airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of ageepic
Themes:
dyingtheftracismescapeprisonmurderdeathfriendshipsurrealismsuicidebetrayalmilitaryrobberytheatrecourage …starvation (See All)
Locations:
truckairplanehospitalchurchswimming poolhotelmotorcycleboatbicyclewaterjapanshipbaseballchinaairplane runway
Characters:
thiefstudentsingermother son relationshipfather son relationshiphusband wife relationshipfrienddoctorteenage boyteachernursereference to godjapanesechineseamerican …u.s. soldierjapanese soldierchinese soldier (See All)
Period:
world war two1940s
Story:
caningluckcorporal punishmentharmonicastreet marketbarbed wirestreet lifegrenadehatesuitcaseradioprisonersunglassestearsface slap …foodunderwearbeatingsongcryingbased on true storychasesingingphotographbloodfightgunkissbased on novelexplosionpartydreambattleswordshootingdead bodypianobritishsurvivalcandlebridgenunno opening creditscoffinbathgraveyardcigar smokinglimousinepilotbinocularscharacter repeating someone else's dialoguecostumestatuetankflowerspursuitgardensleepingfireworksrefugeeclass differencesrecord playerchesspoempirategolffalling down stairsflyingrace relationsfaintingcomic booksurvivorrecordinghong kongstealingsergeantexploding buildingwristwatchmobculture clashtennisdead womanmilktokyo japanbombingchild's point of viewbraveryu.s. armykatana swordchild protagonisthungerevacuationheavenaviationdead childfrustrationparachuteprisoner of warchoirsoulcapturestadiumdead woman with eyes opencoincrowdatheistchauffeurmudphilippinespiano playerdormitorychocolatepeasantharbordockstoneabandoned housesingaporeatomic bombblack marketshoecostume partystethoscopecolonialismhead injurykitefeverteethu.s. navyorchestral music scorebettingcadillacair raidradio newssurrendermovie camerapotatou.s. air forceexploding airplaneeyesfleeingfootprintmotorcycle with a sidecarricepowpretending to be deadpick axearmy lifepearl harborweldingtrademodel airplaneparatrooperhiroshima japanjapanese armyconey island brooklyn new york citycountry clubscavengerinnocence lostsalutestarving childseparation from familyinternment campwatchtowerabandoned shipshanghai chinawaterfrontjapanese occupationkite flyingokinawa japancholeraboys' choirvitaminchinese armywreathfleetnagasaki japanmarblestoy airplanefaucetreference to franklin d rooseveltsoldier of fortunebartertin canarchgocartoxenfar eastmangosymphonic music scoreindochinastealing from a dead bodyproteinreference to norman rockwellsalt minecooliedeath marchtextile milldysenterylegless manyangtze riverbridge the card gamemosquito netair droprear end car accidentmusic score features choirboy sopranoid tagjapanese air forcedowned airplaneaircraft explosiongolf shoesjapanese surrender (See All)

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man's unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners …, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film
Themes:
prison escapefreedomdyingbrutalityfearprisonfriendshipmurderrevengesuicideinfidelitybetrayaladulteryredemptionhope …police brutalityregretescape from prisonsuicide of friend (See All)
Mood:
rainnightdarknesspoetic justicemurder trial
Locations:
escape tunneltunnelcourtroombeachwaterpolice carrooftopoceanmexicosewerprison busprison yardmilitary prison
Characters:
photographerfriendgay sexbiblepolice arrestsuicide by hangingsuicide by gunshotgay rapesuicide of villain
Period:
year 1963year 1947
Story:
voice over letterprison guardlife imprisonmentparolecontrabandharmonicahomoeroticismexercisesearchtrialjudgeprisonerflashlightjailletter …beatingphotographmale rear nuditymale nudityviolenceflashbackthree word titlesurprise endingvoice over narrationshot to deathvomitingbeersex standing uprevolverreportersubjective cameraoperaambulancedeath of friendweaponfalse accusationlibrarybeaten to deathlightninghanginggiftglassesdirectorial debuttypewriternewspaper headlinerecord playerropebulletfriendship between menmale bondinghammerwatching a movietimeinterracial friendshipinnocenceshoesthunderunfaithful wifemanhuntplot twistbribementorconvictsocietyborderbetprison cellsirenpigeonpostersinimprisonmentcrowunderdogbriberypetaccountantlaundrycafeteriapostcardlibrariansailboatbroken windowblack marketsmugglerbankercornfieldassistantwormreference to albert einsteinpieilliteracywrongful convictionmoney launderingmurder of wifemaggotcollectorbettingembezzlementreference to john f. kennedyreference to marilyn monroeparentingfirst person narrationwrongful imprisonmentinvitationmainebaseball teamwrongful arrestsolitary confinementpolice sirenloudspeakercompassflash cameraphonographbromanceduetcity parkshower roomwardenphonograph recordwater hosecamaraderiegeologygay subtextbased on novellabiblical quotebased on the works of stephen kingsearch partycheckerssopranowall safelarge format camerayear 1966ariavinyl recordlife sentencereference to mozartyear 1957apple pierecord albumcaged birdreference to al caponeelderly manyear 1946carvinginspectionreading a letter aloudfilthyear 1954chess piecelistening to music on headphonespublic address systemreference to jfk assassinationwater pipeyear 1949bookshelfreference to rembrandtbilly clublivingshoeshinebloodhoundruleparole hearingreference to rita hayworthchessboardpet birdshivmentoringsentencechess settelephoto lenssitting on a rooftopstone wallbottle of beerconvicted of murderfeet on deskparole boardpenknifereference to hank williamsgedincome taxsinging along with a recordhelicopter shotparole violationhollow bookofficial corruptionreference to raquel welchoak treedetention campprison libraryreference to robert frostreference to robert louis stevensontalking to a birdadding machinekickbackreference to alexandre dumasteaching someone to readtin boxbirdseye shotportland mainebasaltlocking oneself inside a roomreference to reader's digestnot guiltytax returnthreaten to drop from a height (See All)

Hair (1979) is one of the best movies like Midnight Express (1978)
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Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is  …short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmrock musical
Themes:
drug usemoneydrugsdeathfriendshiplovepregnancydrinkingdrunkennessdanceweddingfalling in lovecar sex
Locations:
courtroomairplanenew york citybarchurchsnowbusdeserttaxigas stationmilitary cemetery
Characters:
policemansingermother son relationshipfather son relationshiphomosexualpolicefather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipafrican americanfrienddancerreference to godinterracial relationshiplittle boy …u.s. soldiermilitary police (See All)
Period:
1960ssummer of love
Story:
hashishbailreference to richard nixonharmonicahaircutjeepfreeze framehairy chestjudgereference to jesus christjailrunningsunglassestearsrifle …urinationfoodunderwearsongcryingsingingtitle spoken by charactercigarette smokingmale rear nudityfemale nuditybare breastsmale nuditymasturbationdognudityone word titleflashbackmale frontal nuditybare chested maledancingmale full frontal nudityexplosionpartypantieshorseslow motion scenedrinkundressingbare buttvomitingmarijuanahallucinationmanhattan new york citysubjective cameracandlebasketballeatingwhite pantiesjourneyparkskinny dippingpublic nuditymicrophonepuppetprotestfantasy sequencecowboymistaken identitytankflowersamerican flaghorse ridingclass differencestrustblack americanwashington d.c.pickup truckpot smokingballoonscene during opening creditscowboy hatjail celldemonstrationsergeantvietnam warimpersonationfollowing someonegas maskface paintu.s. armyboxer shortshippielove at first sightmedical examinationtuxedosodomycoinbeing followedlevitationanti warhairset upcentral park manhattan new york citydoubtnaivetyfalling into waterlsdcowboy bootsstonedbunk bedchandeliermilitary uniformn wordurinatingpark benchnevadaopiummilitary trainingbeggingreference to the virgin marycounter culturebride and groompolitical activismloudspeakeroklahomahigh societybarracksvietnameseboot campnecktiemanchester englandpretending to be someone elsesockswoman dressed as manphone bookpoison gaswhite bra and pantiesbased on stage musicalshooting starauthoritypublic urinationpacifismdebutantewatchtowerduffel bagmale with long hairreference to mick jaggermilitary drafthare krishnaanti war protestdrunk driverreference to lyndon johnson360 degree well shotreflection in watermounted policedrafttitle sung by characterabsent without leaveblack stereotypewhite house washington d.c.tricksterlincoln continentalreference to federico felliniafrican american stereotypepederastysmoking a jointgonorrheablack american stereotypereference to mars the planetbandstandbell bottomshair clippersreference to the grateful deadsecurity checkpointswitching clothesdancing on a tablereference to roman polanskistanding on a tableinterracial affairlawn partyblind lovemilitary salutepeace symbolhappeningreference to jupiter the planetsmoke inhalationblowing smoke ringsdraft cardex army officersex harassmentu.s. army basereference to little black sambo (See All)

The English Patient (1996)
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The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to sta …y behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and di… (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmtragedymelodramahistorical event
Themes:
dyingtheftescapetorturefearrevengedeathfriendshipmurderlovesuicidemarriageinfidelitychristmasbetrayal …ghostjealousyadulterydrinkingartmemoryextramarital affairobsessionunfaithfulnesswritingamnesia (See All)
Mood:
rain
Locations:
cavetruckcourtroomairplanetrainrestaurantbarbeachchurchcarmotorcyclebathtubnightclubdesertbicycle …italycampfireindiaairplane accidenttruck accidentold town (See All)
Characters:
frenchmuslimhomosexualitythiefphotographersingerfriendnursedancerreference to godinterracial relationshipcanadiangermanfiance fiancee relationship …german soldiersuicide by gunshotex thief (See All)
Period:
world war two1940s1930syear 1944year 1942
Story:
shooting upwashing hairfamous scoremonasterypickpocketjeepteapainprisonerflashlightprayerhandcuffscafeinterrogationrunning …tearsriflecameraface slapunderwearbeatingsongcryingshowersingingphotographcigarette smokingfemale nuditygunkissbloodbased on novelfemale frontal nudityflashbacksex scenefemale full frontal nuditydancingexplosionknifefiredreammachine gundrinkundressingpaintingbookliebombsex standing uppianobritishsubjective cameraswimmingspybracookingcandlestrangulationwomanbridgefemale pubic hairmapnonlinear timelinedrawingbathflash forwardlibrarypilotcursecharacter's point of view camera shotpassionstatuetentknocked outreadingtankbraceletpianistamerican flaginjectiontragic eventcrossgardenrefugeerecord playerafricanitalianeavesdroppingloyaltywoundreference to adolf hitlerhypodermic needlesurvivorrecordingbarnpatientwatching a movieblockbustercompassiondrug overdosepromisemovie theatrehaunted by the pastwindsufferingsevered fingersandegyptironynewsreel footageevacuationtheatre audiencethunderstormenglisharabairplane crashbooby traphearthealingcapturedisfigurementcanegunfiremelancholyatheistcamelanniversarywifeexpeditiondinner partymarketstrandedeuthanasiasexual tensionfascistburnt facehusbandunconsciousnessforeplaypyramidcolonialismbritish armyobsessive lovepearl necklaceexplorercathedralstar crossed loverscaravantragic lovepartisanmorphinesewingmontreal quebec canadashared bathguidebagpipesburn victimbiplanecavernassisted suicidewedding anniversaryhungarianspeculumlandminesikheggsinterpreternewlywedsred crossarchaeologistsanta claus suitcairo egyptmoral ambiguityturbanethiopiahand injurybudapest hungaryhedgehogreference to benito mussoliniparatrooperoperating roomsandstormcountspin the bottleautomobile accidentorchardshampoosphinxwar woundbedouinbroken anklecave paintingdoomed lovewar injurylibyahopscotchburn injuryswing musicjumping from a trainsaharatuscany italynurse patient relationshipfield hospitalreference to johann sebastian bachbroken ribsevered thumbve dayanti aircraftroadside bombbomb disposalbroken wristdefusing a bombcanadian expatriatesignal flarehoistbargaingeneva conventionownershipplumreference to irving berlincartographeregyptologistreference to anna kareninaballroom danceplane crash victimburnt fleshminesweeperbig band musiccondensed milkmittensoutdoor moviethimblemap makerreference to rommeltripoli libyamap making (See All)

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