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Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:revolution,  prejudice,  hope,  homophobia,  paranoia,  anger,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  jealousy,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  wheelchair,  kitchen,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  jew,  homosexuality,  jewish,  christian,  lawyer,  baby,  photographer,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:st. paul minnesota,  pie in face,  pie in the face,  gay activist,  political activist,  political debate,  suicide by hanging,  gay parade,  city government,  sacramento california,  watching an opera,  listening to opera,  san francisco chronicle the newspaper,  newspaper article,  40th birthday,  nude swimming,  happy birthday to you,  coors beer,  san francisco california,  newspaper headline,  christian fundamentalism,  camera store,  ex policeman,  birthday party,  catholic church,  swimming pool,  gay bar,  suicide threat,  police abuse,  long distance telephone call,  reference to cesar chavez,  reference to barcelona spain,  golden gate bridge san francisco,  police harassment,  political resignation,  reference to francisco franco,  multiple tv screens,  reference to puccini,  urinating in a pool,  moral majority,  right to privacy,  dog feces,  declaration of independence,  voter registration,  eugene oregon,  soap box,  39 year old,  gay pickup,  oath of office,  reference to franco,  candlelight vigil,  paddy wagon,  wichita kansas,  campaign manager,  theatre box,  mediation,  hate mail,  40 year old,  dictaphone,  referendum,  irish catholic,  christening,  democratic party,  boycott,  narration from the grave,  bullhorn,  sit ups,  year 1978,  printing press,  year 1970,  year 1977,  year 1975,  year 1976,  inauguration,  gay activism,  homosexual history,  phoenix arizona,  year 1973,  year 1972,  art student,  mentor protege relationship,  cable car,  social activism,  new york city new york,  bigot,  liquor store,  trolley,  city hall,  republican party,  counter culture,  oklahoma,  death of title character,  reference to ronald reagan,  wisconsin,  hopelessness,  chinese food,  minnesota,  hypocrite,  metal detector,  political candidate,  statue of liberty new york city,  older man younger man relationship,  marching band,  american dream,  insurance,  pie,  hate crime,  climbing through a window,  political campaign,  megaphone,  18 year old,  looking out a window,  whistle,  men's bathroom,  head wound,  irish american,  gay bashing,  baptism,  gay love,  male male kiss,  police raid,  boyfriend boyfriend relationship,  fast motion scene,  revolutionary,  gay rights,  midlife crisis,  activist,  neighborhood,  briefs,  bigotry,  democracy,  death of protagonist,  may december romance,  ghetto,  theatre audience,  discrimination,  taking a picture,  death threat,  catholic priest,  immortality,  mobile phone,  hippie,  hypocrisy,  male prostitute,  civil rights,  morality,  debate,  parade,  tv show,  florida,  demonstration,  ice cream,  listening to music,  closeted homosexual,  tape recorder,  recording,  slow motion,  law,  propaganda,  what happened to epilogue,  balloon,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  civil war,  record player,  police brutality,  black american,  riot,  cult director,  gay couple,  gay relationship,  typewriter,  character says i love you,  election,  split screen,  government,  long take,  speech,  hanging,  umbrella,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  coming out,  protest,  businessman,  skinny dipping,  limousine,  gunshot,  drawing,  assassination,  nun,  nonlinear timeline,  dinner,  little boy,  subway,  politician,  human rights,  california,  candle,  cooking,  opera,  newspaper,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  swimming,  male pubic hair,  marijuana,  cafe,  urban setting,  archive footage,  birthday,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  shooting,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  urination,  gay sex,  mirror,  motorcycle,  underwear,  shot to death,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  blood,  interview,  police,  violence,  kiss,  flashback,  dog

All Good Things (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

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:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:mayor,  jew,  jewish,  lawyer,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:birthday party,  swimming pool,  year 1978,  year 1972,  chinese food,  climbing through a window,  men's bathroom,  police raid,  briefs,  florida,  recording,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  record player,  umbrella,  pay phone,  dinner,  subway,  politician,  newspaper,  swimming,  marijuana,  cafe,  running,  tears,  shooting,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  urination,  mirror,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  flashback,  police,  kiss,  murder,  violence,  blood,  dog

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

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 lifestyle 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:friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  church,  restaurant
Characters:homosexuality,  christian,  lawyer,  dancer,  policeman,  friend,  homosexual
Story:happy birthday to you,  ex policeman,  birthday party,  gay bar,  men's bathroom,  gay love,  boyfriend boyfriend relationship,  briefs,  florida,  closeted homosexual,  law,  what happened to epilogue,  eyeglasses,  gay couple,  gay relationship,  character says i love you,  coming out,  businessman,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  cafe,  birthday,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  bare butt,  urination,  gay sex,  mirror,  underwear,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  police,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

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 violent 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)

Themes:revolution,  paranoia,  fear,  politics,  suicide
Characters:lawyer,  baby,  photographer,  dancer
Period:1970s
Story:suicide by hanging,  newspaper headline,  boycott,  year 1970,  year 1977,  year 1976,  year 1972,  climbing through a window,  megaphone,  looking out a window,  revolutionary,  activist,  briefs,  democracy,  mobile phone,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  police brutality,  typewriter,  government,  protest,  gunshot,  assassination,  politician,  candle,  newspaper,  male pubic hair,  marijuana,  archive footage,  running,  tears,  shooting,  undressing,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  motorcycle,  underwear,  shot to death,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  dancing,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  flashback,  interview,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  police,  dog

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:ex policeman,  swimming pool,  year 1970,  counter culture,  18 year old,  briefs,  theatre audience,  florida,  tape recorder,  what happened to epilogue,  eyeglasses,  pay phone,  skinny dipping,  limousine,  swimming,  marijuana,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  underwear,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  kiss,  police,  interview,  flashback,  blood,  violence

A Single Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

A Single Man (2009)

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

Themes:homophobia,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:jew,  homosexuality,  jewish,  dancer,  teacher,  friend,  homosexual
Story:nude swimming,  liquor store,  metal detector,  older man younger man relationship,  head wound,  gay love,  male male kiss,  midlife crisis,  briefs,  male prostitute,  listening to music,  closeted homosexual,  recording,  slow motion,  eyeglasses,  record player,  gay relationship,  pay phone,  skinny dipping,  dinner,  california,  gay kiss,  swimming,  tears,  beer,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  mirror,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  dancing,  bare chested male,  kiss,  dog,  flashback,  blood

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Story:happy birthday to you,  reference to francisco franco,  multiple tv screens,  chinese food,  climbing through a window,  male male kiss,  police raid,  briefs,  ice cream,  closeted homosexual,  tv news,  gay couple,  gay relationship,  character says i love you,  dinner,  little boy,  subway,  candle,  cooking,  gay kiss,  cafe,  birthday,  running,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  mirror,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  one word title,  police,  violence,  blood,  murder,  kiss

I'm Not There (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

I'm Not There (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:jewish,  christian,  baby,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:year 1973,  minnesota,  men's bathroom,  fast motion scene,  activist,  theatre audience,  hippie,  civil rights,  tv show,  demonstration,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  riot,  umbrella,  protest,  limousine,  nonlinear timeline,  subway,  california,  newspaper,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  bare butt,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  song,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  bare chested male,  interview,  dog

Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

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

Themes:drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:jew,  lawyer,  policeman,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:san francisco california,  swimming pool,  year 1975,  year 1973,  older man younger man relationship,  male male kiss,  revolutionary,  male prostitute,  demonstration,  tape recorder,  recording,  law,  eyeglasses,  record player,  gay relationship,  typewriter,  umbrella,  pay phone,  protest,  gunshot,  nonlinear timeline,  candle,  newspaper,  gay kiss,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  bare butt,  drink,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  kiss,  blood,  dog,  interview

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

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:homophobia,  fear,  drinking,  jealousy,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:church,  restaurant
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  looking out a window,  male male kiss,  boyfriend boyfriend relationship,  theatre audience,  taking a picture,  catholic priest,  mobile phone,  ice cream,  listening to music,  closeted homosexual,  eyeglasses,  gay relationship,  typewriter,  dinner,  little boy,  candle,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  marijuana,  cafe,  birthday,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  mirror,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  kiss,  flashback

Evita (1996)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Themes:revolution,  fear,  drinking,  politics
Locations:wheelchair,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:catholic church,  reference to franco,  revolutionary,  theatre audience,  immortality,  parade,  demonstration,  riot,  government,  umbrella,  limousine,  politician,  candle,  opera,  newspaper,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  dancing,  character name in title,  one word title,  murder

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  lawyer,  baby,  photographer,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:sacramento california,  san francisco chronicle the newspaper,  san francisco california,  newspaper headline,  year 1978,  year 1970,  year 1977,  tape recorder,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  election,  pay phone,  california,  newspaper,  cafe,  birthday,  running,  shooting,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  motorcycle,  underwear,  shot to death,  rain,  telephone call,  one word title,  violence,  murder,  police,  blood,  interview

Taking Woodstock (2009) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:jewish,  dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Story:newspaper headline,  swimming pool,  whistle,  hippie,  closeted homosexual,  recording,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  record player,  split screen,  long take,  skinny dipping,  limousine,  nun,  newspaper,  gay kiss,  male pubic hair,  marijuana,  undressing,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  telephone call,  dancing,  bare chested male,  dog,  police,  kiss

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  drinking,  suicide
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman
Story:political activist,  watching an opera,  listening to opera,  swimming pool,  republican party,  men's bathroom,  activist,  theatre audience,  debate,  tv news,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  limousine,  cafe,  running,  tears,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  character name in title,  murder,  interview,  police,  flashback

Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:jew,  homosexuality,  lawyer,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:gay love,  male male kiss,  boyfriend boyfriend relationship,  neighborhood,  demonstration,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  riot,  gay couple,  gay relationship,  pay phone,  protest,  subway,  candle,  opera,  marijuana,  cafe,  tears,  bare butt,  drink,  motorcycle,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  one word title,  kiss,  blood,  police,  dog

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

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 fundamentalists, 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)

Themes:revolution,  anger,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:long distance telephone call,  year 1978,  art student,  trolley,  police raid,  revolutionary,  democracy,  hippie,  hypocrisy,  morality,  demonstration,  law,  election,  hanging,  pay phone,  protest,  nun,  cooking,  newspaper,  marijuana,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  dancing,  one word title,  dog,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  police,  kiss

Into The Wild (2007) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:nude swimming,  sit ups,  cable car,  hypocrite,  older man younger man relationship,  marching band,  fast motion scene,  death of protagonist,  hippie,  listening to music,  balloon,  eyeglasses,  split screen,  pay phone,  skinny dipping,  gunshot,  nonlinear timeline,  little boy,  california,  cooking,  swimming,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  archive footage,  running,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  police,  blood,  dog,  flashback,  violence

Beginners (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Beginners (2010)

It's 2003. Thirty-eight-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal Fields to cancer, after Oliver's mother Georgia Fields passed away five years earlier. Oliver is naturally a sullen man due to his growing up relationships with his parents (his mother who had a unique view on life) and watching his parents' cordial but somewhat distant relationship with each other, but is more so now because of his personal family losses. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life during that time, will show Oliver how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a joie de vivre that did not exist before, which included an open relationship with a much younger man named Andy. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including Anna's own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver needing to take care of who was originally Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier, Arthur. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  wheelchair,  bar
Characters:jew,  homosexuality,  jewish,  dancer,  friend
Story:listening to opera,  gay bar,  suicide threat,  year 1978,  reference to ronald reagan,  older man younger man relationship,  looking out a window,  men's bathroom,  male male kiss,  fast motion scene,  boyfriend boyfriend relationship,  closeted homosexual,  recording,  record player,  black american,  gay relationship,  coming out,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  california,  gay kiss,  archive footage,  running,  tears,  drink,  mirror,  underwear,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  one word title,  kiss,  flashback,  dog

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

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)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  suicide
Locations:kitchen,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:jew,  jewish,  dancer,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:swimming pool,  year 1972,  revolutionary,  listening to music,  tape recorder,  law,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  government,  hanging,  umbrella,  pay phone,  businessman,  assassination,  candle,  cooking,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  motorcycle,  underwear,  shot to death,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  one word title,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  dog,  violence

A Man Called Ove (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Man Called Ove (2015)

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

Themes:anger,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  kitchen,  church,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  photographer,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:suicide by hanging,  swimming pool,  looking out a window,  head wound,  neighborhood,  briefs,  listening to music,  slow motion,  eyeglasses,  hanging,  coming out,  gunshot,  nonlinear timeline,  candle,  newspaper,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  drink,  camera,  mirror,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  dancing,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  kiss,  dog,  flashback,  blood

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby,  dancer,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:birthday party,  looking out a window,  fast motion scene,  theatre audience,  listening to music,  tape recorder,  recording,  what happened to epilogue,  record player,  character says i love you,  drawing,  little boy,  cafe,  birthday,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  drink,  urination,  mirror,  underwear,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  kiss,  blood,  flashback

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

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)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:jew,  jewish,  lawyer,  dancer,  policeman,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:male male kiss,  recording,  what happened to epilogue,  eyeglasses,  record player,  black american,  gay relationship,  typewriter,  subway,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  male pubic hair,  marijuana,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  gay sex,  mirror,  underwear,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  bare chested male,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  police,  flashback

The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  church,  bar
Characters:mayor,  christian,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:megaphone,  men's bathroom,  theatre audience,  listening to music,  tape recorder,  what happened to epilogue,  eyeglasses,  black american,  pay phone,  newspaper,  reference to god,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  urination,  mirror,  underwear,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  bare chested male,  police,  blood,  violence,  flashback

The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

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

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:suicide by hanging,  older man younger man relationship,  men's bathroom,  fast motion scene,  midlife crisis,  hypocrisy,  ice cream,  listening to music,  character says i love you,  hanging,  pay phone,  subway,  candle,  newspaper,  swimming,  marijuana,  tears,  beer,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  mirror,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  bare chested male,  police,  dog,  kiss

The Edukators (2004) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Edukators (2004)

Berlin student Jule is hoplessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsuredly hitting a rich businessman's limousine. Evicted from her flat she moves in with her boyfrend Peter and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valulables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor. (Read More)

Themes:revolution,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  jealousy
Locations:restaurant
Characters:photographer,  policeman,  friend
Story:swimming pool,  police raid,  fast motion scene,  revolutionary,  activist,  democracy,  morality,  demonstration,  listening to music,  propaganda,  eyeglasses,  riot,  fired from the job,  protest,  businessman,  limousine,  cooking,  marijuana,  cafe,  urban setting,  tears,  bare butt,  drink,  camera,  mirror,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  bare chested male,  kiss,  police

Prime (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Prime (2005)

In colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan, Rafi Gardet, a beautiful 37-year-old photography producer reeling from a recent divorce, meets David Bloomberg, a handsome 23-year-old painter recently out of college. Rafi's therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger, who is working to help Rafi overcome her fears of intimacy, finds out that Rafi's new lover is--unfortunately for Lisa--her only son, David. Both David and Rafi must contend with their 14-year age gap, vastly different backgrounds and the demands of David's traditional mother. Despite their intense attraction, the charmed couple soon realizes that vastly different ages and backgrounds create much conflict. A Jewish hip-hop lover and closet painter who still lives with his grandparents, David has little in common with Rafi--a non-practicing Catholic from a wealthy, broken family who travels in the sophisticated, high-end world of fashion. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking,  politics,  friendship
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:jew,  jewish,  baby,  photographer,  dancer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:pie in the face,  swimming pool,  pie,  men's bathroom,  may december romance,  ghetto,  theatre audience,  black american,  dinner,  candle,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  beer,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  mirror,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  bare chested male,  flashback,  dog,  kiss

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:san francisco california,  swimming pool,  phoenix arizona,  older man younger man relationship,  briefs,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  character says i love you,  pay phone,  coming out,  california,  swimming,  marijuana,  birthday,  running,  beer,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  urination,  underwear,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  kiss,  interview

Fruitvale Station (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Fruitvale Station (2013)

This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:san francisco california,  police harassment,  liquor store,  death of protagonist,  demonstration,  listening to music,  police brutality,  black american,  riot,  protest,  subway,  candle,  cooking,  marijuana,  urban setting,  archive footage,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  undressing,  drink,  urination,  mirror,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback,  police,  murder,  blood,  violence,  dog

Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:revolution,  drunkenness,  politics,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:newspaper headline,  counter culture,  climbing through a window,  megaphone,  theatre audience,  hippie,  civil rights,  demonstration,  police brutality,  riot,  speech,  protest,  drawing,  assassination,  subway,  california,  newspaper,  swimming,  marijuana,  running,  shooting,  undressing,  watching tv,  urination,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  bare chested male,  kiss,  police,  blood,  murder

Philomena (2013)
Biography, Drama

Philomena (2013)

When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:christian,  baby,  photographer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:birthday party,  catholic church,  swimming pool,  reference to ronald reagan,  looking out a window,  gay love,  male male kiss,  boyfriend boyfriend relationship,  hypocrisy,  what happened to epilogue,  gay relationship,  fired from the job,  nun,  little boy,  candle,  gay kiss,  swimming,  birthday,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  character name in title,  one word title,  kiss,  flashback

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)
Biography, Drama, History

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator 'Joseph McCarthy (II)' (qv) of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter 'Edward R. Murrow' (qv) and his producer 'Fred W. Friendly' (qv) decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:jew,  lawyer,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:democratic party,  republican party,  wisconsin,  debate,  tv show,  propaganda,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  black american,  typewriter,  government,  fired from the job,  politician,  california,  newspaper,  cafe,  archive footage,  drink,  camera,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  african american,  interview,  flashback,  kiss

Rang De Basanti (2006)
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Rang De Basanti (2006)

A young idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits students from Delhi University to act in her docu-drama. She finds DJ, who graduated five years ago but still wants to be a part of the University because he doesn't think there's too much out there in the real world to look forward to. Karan, the son of Industrialist Rajnath Singhania, who shares an uncomfortable relationship with his father, but continues to live off him, albeit very grudgingly. Aslam, is a middle class Muslim boy, who lives in the by-lanes near Jama Masjid, poet, philosopher and guide to his friends. Sukhi, the group's baby, innocent, vulnerable and with a weakness for only one thing - girls. Laxman Pandey, the fundamentalist in the group, the only one who still believes that politics can make the world a better place and finally Sonia - the sole girl in the group, tomboy and vivacious spirit, engaged to Ajay - the dashing air pilot. Through her film, Sue wishes to showcase to the world the efforts of these young revolutionaries and the enormity of their contribution to the freedom movement in India. What unfolds is the inspiration behind Sue's passion for bringing their story to the world. The twist in the tale is of course the fact that more than just telling the world, Sue's film makes DJ and his friends stop… (Read More)

Themes:revolution,  prejudice,  anger,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:newspaper headline,  looking out a window,  whistle,  head wound,  revolutionary,  death of protagonist,  demonstration,  listening to music,  law,  tv news,  police brutality,  hanging,  protest,  gunshot,  drawing,  assassination,  politician,  candle,  newspaper,  archive footage,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  mirror,  motorcycle,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  violence,  police,  blood,  murder,  flashback

V For Vendetta (2005) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Action, Drama, Thriller

V For Vendetta (2005)

Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. (Read More)

Themes:revolution,  hope,  homophobia,  drinking,  politics
Locations:church
Characters:homosexuality,  dancer,  homosexual
Story:suicide by hanging,  death of title character,  police raid,  fast motion scene,  death of protagonist,  catholic priest,  tv show,  demonstration,  closeted homosexual,  propaganda,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  police brutality,  riot,  government,  hanging,  protest,  subway,  cooking,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  mirror,  underwear,  shot to death,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  dancing,  character name in title,  kiss,  blood,  police,  violence,  murder,  flashback

Frost/nixon (2008)
Biography, Drama

Frost/nixon (2008)

Writer Peter Morgan's legendary battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the story of the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans (as well as a $600,000 fee). Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:political resignation,  year 1977,  republican party,  tv show,  tape recorder,  recording,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  record player,  speech,  pay phone,  skinny dipping,  limousine,  nonlinear timeline,  politician,  archive footage,  birthday,  bare butt,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  mirror,  motorcycle,  song,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  character name in title,  interview,  flashback

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:hope,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  suicide
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:christian,  lawyer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:newspaper article,  birthday party,  swimming pool,  liquor store,  slow motion,  law,  hanging,  umbrella,  gunshot,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  little boy,  swimming,  cafe,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  police,  flashback

Boy A (2007)
Drama

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 weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  jealousy,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:newspaper headline,  birthday party,  men's bathroom,  taking a picture,  tv news,  hanging,  fired from the job,  drawing,  newspaper,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  beer,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  mirror,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  bare chested male,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  police,  violence,  flashback

The Battle Of Algiers (1966) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Drama, War

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)

Themes:revolution,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:suicide by hanging,  mediation,  hypocrite,  marching band,  megaphone,  whistle,  police raid,  revolutionary,  parade,  demonstration,  government,  umbrella,  protest,  assassination,  human rights,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  bare chested male,  police,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  murder,  dog

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Crime, Drama, Music

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:statue of liberty new york city,  men's bathroom,  midlife crisis,  black american,  limousine,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  police,  violence,  dog

Tell No One (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Tell No One (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  politics,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  baby,  photographer,  policeman,  friend
Story:nude swimming,  insurance,  police raid,  tv news,  police brutality,  typewriter,  long take,  skinny dipping,  assassination,  nonlinear timeline,  newspaper,  gay slur,  swimming,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  running,  tears,  shooting,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  mirror,  underwear,  shot to death,  crying,  telephone call,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  violence,  flashback,  police,  dog

I Killed My Mother (2009)
Drama, Romance

I Killed My Mother (2009)

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:homosexuality,  dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:gay bashing,  gay love,  male male kiss,  boyfriend boyfriend relationship,  briefs,  gay relationship,  pay phone,  coming out,  little boy,  subway,  cooking,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  undressing,  watching tv,  gay sex,  mirror,  underwear,  telephone call,  dancing,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder

The Iceman (2012) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  politics,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:jewish,  lawyer,  baby,  dancer,  friend
Story:newspaper headline,  birthday party,  year 1975,  year 1976,  18 year old,  head wound,  death threat,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  pay phone,  nonlinear timeline,  newspaper,  cafe,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  kiss,  blood,  violence,  murder,  flashback,  dog

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:jew,  jewish,  lawyer,  baby,  photographer,  dancer,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:newspaper article,  swimming pool,  bigotry,  law,  speech,  fired from the job,  california,  newspaper,  swimming,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  kiss

Caché (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Caché (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  fear,  politics,  jealousy,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:apartment
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:swimming pool,  paddy wagon,  men's bathroom,  fast motion scene,  morality,  demonstration,  tv news,  long take,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  dinner,  swimming,  running,  tears,  camera,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  one word title,  police,  dog,  violence,  interview,  blood

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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)

Themes:anger,  fear,  drinking,  jealousy,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby,  singer,  friend
Story:chinese food,  catholic priest,  tape recorder,  recording,  tv news,  split screen,  long take,  umbrella,  pay phone,  nun,  subway,  newspaper,  cafe,  birthday,  running,  shooting,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  urination,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  one word title,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  dog,  blood,  kiss,  police

Crazy Heart (2009) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Drama, Music, Romance

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:wheelchair,  bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:phoenix arizona,  mentor protege relationship,  liquor store,  head wound,  briefs,  mobile phone,  tape recorder,  eyeglasses,  pay phone,  little boy,  tears,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  mirror,  underwear,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  interview

Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

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)

Themes:anger,  drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  singer
Story:briefs,  theatre audience,  listening to music,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  long take,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  dog,  violence,  police,  blood,  flashback,  kiss

Hair (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

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)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:counter culture,  oklahoma,  hippie,  demonstration,  balloon,  black american,  protest,  skinny dipping,  little boy,  candle,  marijuana,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  urination,  underwear,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  bare chested male,  one word title,  dog,  police,  flashback

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:homosexuality,  dancer,  policeman,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:gay bar,  men's bathroom,  male male kiss,  boyfriend boyfriend relationship,  male prostitute,  limousine,  nonlinear timeline,  politician,  gay slur,  male pubic hair,  cafe,  urban setting,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  shooting,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  gay sex,  motorcycle,  underwear,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  dog,  kiss,  police,  violence,  murder,  flashback

Farewell My Concubine (1993) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Drama, Music, Romance

Farewell My Concubine (1993)

"Farewell, My Concubine" is a movie with two parallel, intertwined stories. It is the story of two performers in the Beijing Opera, stage brothers, and the woman who comes between them. At the same time, it attempts to do no less than squeeze the entire political history of China in the twentieth century into a three-hour time-frame. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:homosexuality,  baby,  photographer,  teacher,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:suicide by hanging,  revolutionary,  theatre audience,  riot,  hanging,  umbrella,  opera,  running,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  kiss,  flashback,  dog,  blood

Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes b… (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  kitchen,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  lawyer,  policeman,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:catholic church,  gay bar,  republican party,  reference to ronald reagan,  irish american,  neighborhood,  what happened to epilogue,  record player,  black american,  drawing,  nun,  subway,  candle,  newspaper,  swimming,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  shooting,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  african american,  one word title,  murder,  police,  violence,  flashback

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