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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

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (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

Lovelace (2013)
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

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

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

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. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008). (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

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

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
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

Nowhere Boy (2009)
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

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. This is why A Single Man (2009) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008). (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, insurance, 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

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

I'm Not There. (2007) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
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, singer, baby, photographer, dancer
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

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

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

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. This is why Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008). (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 1977, year 1970, tape recorder, what happened to epilogue, tv news, election, pay phone, california, newspaper, cafe, birthday, running, shooting, drink, camera

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:revolution, drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:jew, lawyer, policeman, singer, friend, homosexual
Period:1970s
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

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

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

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, activist, watching an opera, listening to opera, swimming pool, republican party, men's bathroom, theatre audience, debate, tv news, pay phone, fired from the job, limousine, cafe, running, tears, drink, camera, watching tv, rain

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. This is why Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008). (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

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

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

Themes:revolution, paranoia, drunkenness, drinking, suicide
Locations:apartment, wheelchair
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman
Story:birthday party, listening to music, tape recorder, recording, balloon, eyeglasses, record player, nonlinear timeline, candle, swimming, reference to god, shooting, bare butt, undressing, drink, watching tv, mirror, underwear, shot to death, voice over narration

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

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

Hair (1979) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
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

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all. This is why Searching For Sugar Man (2012) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008). (Read More)

Themes:revolution, prejudice, paranoia, fear, politics, suicide
Locations:bar
Characters:mayor, singer
Period:1970s
Story:newspaper headline, boycott, year 1970, year 1973, listening to music, recording, what happened to epilogue, election, protest, limousine, newspaper, gay slur, urban setting, archive footage, reference to god, watching tv, song, telephone call, singing, bare chested male

The Air I Breathe (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

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

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, suicide, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman, singer, friend
Story:mentor protege relationship, men's bathroom, head wound, fast motion scene, mobile phone, listening to music, character says i love you, umbrella, businessman, nonlinear timeline, cafe, urban setting, running, shooting, drink, camera, watching tv, mirror, underwear, shot to death

Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, drunkenness, politics
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:mayor, lawyer, homosexual
Story:political debate, newspaper headline, campaign manager, city hall, political candidate, political campaign, ghetto, debate, tape recorder, police brutality, election, protest, subway, politician, gay slur, urban setting, camera, shot in the head, shot to death, rain

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
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

The Fifth Estate (2013)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Fifth Estate (2013)

The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? (Read More)

Themes:revolution, drunkenness, fear, drinking, politics, friendship
Locations:church, bar
Characters:lawyer, dancer, policeman, friend
Story:newspaper headline, 18 year old, whistle, morality, demonstration, propaganda, tv news, eyeglasses, black american, split screen, government, hanging, fired from the job, assassination, little boy, human rights, newspaper, cafe, archive footage, reference to god

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. This is why Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:church, bar
Characters:baby, dancer, singer, friend, homosexual
Story:birthday party, catholic church, irish catholic, mentor protege relationship, marching band, irish american, baptism, parade, nonlinear timeline, cafe, birthday, reference to god, drink, watching tv, underwear, song, telephone call, singing, dancing, blood

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, drinking, suicide
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:jew, jewish, dancer, singer, homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:swimming pool, men's bathroom, theatre audience, hippie, split screen, long take, assassination, nonlinear timeline, gay slur, birthday, reference to god, beer, shooting, drink, camera, watching tv, shot in the head, shot to death, song, voice over narration

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, fear, drinking, jealousy, suicide
Locations:church, restaurant, bar
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman, singer, homosexual
Story:newspaper headline, looking out a window, police raid, briefs, what happened to epilogue, eyeglasses, election, long take, umbrella, coming out, businessman, limousine, newspaper, gay slur, birthday, reference to god, beer, undressing, drink, camera

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:lawyer, policeman, friend
Story:newspaper headline, swimming pool, oklahoma, briefs, tv show, tape recorder, recording, record player, character says i love you, gunshot, opera, gay slur, cafe, birthday, tears, shooting, drink, watching tv, shot in the head, underwear

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, friend
Period:1970s
Story:government, swimming pool, year 1972, revolutionary, listening to music, tape recorder, law, what happened to epilogue, tv news, eyeglasses, hanging, umbrella, pay phone, businessman, assassination, candle, cooking, cafe, running, reference to god

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. This is why Mysterious Skin (2004) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, drunkenness, drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:photographer, friend, homosexual
Story:gay bar, climbing through a window, men's bathroom, taking a picture, male prostitute, ice cream, listening to music, tape recorder, eyeglasses, drawing, nonlinear timeline, little boy, subway, gay slur, gay kiss, marijuana, birthday, running, tears, beer

The Great Debaters (2007) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:revolution, prejudice, drinking, politics, jealousy
Locations:church, bar
Characters:lawyer, dancer, teacher, singer
Story:oklahoma, marching band, bigotry, civil rights, debate, demonstration, civil war, black american, riot, typewriter, protest, newspaper, drink, underwear, song, telephone call, singing, dancing, african american, kiss

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:hope, anger, fear, drinking, friendship
Characters:dancer, policeman, teacher, friend
Story:san francisco california, birthday party, birthday, police harassment, liquor store, death of protagonist, demonstration, listening to music, police brutality, black american, riot, protest, subway, california, candle, cooking, marijuana, urban setting, archive footage, reference to god

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:anger, drunkenness, drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer, dancer, policeman, friend
Story:mobile phone, law, black american, hanging, gay slur, marijuana, urban setting, running, beer, shooting, drink, watching tv, shot in the head, urination, shot to death, rain, dancing, african american, blood, kiss

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:drinking
Characters:jew, jewish, lawyer, baby, dancer, singer, friend
Story:newspaper article, theatre audience, parade, demonstration, listening to music, recording, what happened to epilogue, tv news, eyeglasses, record player, speech, protest, nonlinear timeline, california, newspaper, running, tears, shooting, drink, mirror

Sleeping With Other People (2015) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:anger, fear, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:lawyer, dancer, policeman, teacher, friend
Story:birthday party, swimming pool, new york city new york, ice cream, balloon, eyeglasses, black american, split screen, umbrella, little boy, subway, marijuana, cafe, reference to god, undressing, drink, watching tv, rain, telephone call, dancing

Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei (2004)
Drama, Romance

Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei (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:apartment, 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

The Company You Keep (2012)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. (Read More)

Themes:revolution, hope, politics, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lawyer, photographer, policeman, friend
Period:1970s
Story:newspaper headline, year 1972, new york city new york, revolutionary, demonstration, law, tv news, eyeglasses, black american, protest, subway, newspaper, cafe, archive footage, running, camera, mirror, rain, telephone call, african american

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, politics, suicide, friendship
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman, teacher, friend
Story:swimming pool, reference to barcelona spain, activist, democracy, listening to music, law, gunshot, drawing, candle, newspaper, gay slur, marijuana, tears, shooting, camera, motorcycle, underwear, rain, crying, dancing

Hustle & Flow (2005) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
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

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. This is why Short Cuts (1993) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, suicide, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:baby, policeman, singer, friend
Story:swimming pool, theatre audience, skinny dipping, limousine, california, marijuana, urban setting, birthday, tears, beer, bare butt, drink, camera, watching tv, urination, motorcycle, underwear, crying, telephone call, bare chested male

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, drunkenness, fear, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:lawyer, policeman
Story:statue of liberty new york city, men's bathroom, death threat, tv show, tv news, police brutality, character says i love you, pay phone, drawing, cafe, drink, camera, watching tv, urination, underwear, shot to death, telephone call, bare chested male, police, murder

Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:church, restaurant, bar
Characters:mayor, lawyer, photographer, friend
Story:san francisco california, newspaper headline, swimming pool, golden gate bridge san francisco, printing press, men's bathroom, listening to music, what happened to epilogue, eyeglasses, typewriter, pay phone, california, newspaper, gay slur, marijuana, cafe, archive footage, running, reference to god, tears

Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Milk (2008)
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

The Iceman (2012)
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

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