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Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  depression,  theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  lesbianism,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  love
Locations:motel,  courtroom,  wheelchair,  bicycle,  church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:killer,  christian,  thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  prostitute,  homosexual
Period:2000s,  1990s
Story:handcuffed woman,  daytona beach florida,  defense attorney,  florida keys,  torture threat,  miami florida,  death threat,  abused woman,  female serial killer,  cop killer,  female killer,  car theft,  truck stop prostitute,  money falling through the air,  serial killer,  pistol whip,  rape victim,  biker bar,  attempted rape,  gay bar,  murder confession,  tape recorded confession,  self storage,  burning a car,  women's restroom,  rollerskating rink,  finger up anus,  ressentiment,  arm in a cast,  roller skater,  carnival ride,  underpass,  lesbian slur,  lesbian lover,  felony,  bailiff,  villainess played by lead actress,  suicide of father,  automobile accident,  self hatred,  misandry,  prosecution,  borderline personality disorder,  sex crime,  misanthrope,  egoism,  hair dryer,  evangelical,  death sentence,  truck stop,  vietnam war veteran,  car on fire,  courthouse,  flashing,  death penalty,  freeway,  starving,  capital punishment,  female criminal,  wetness,  death row,  stuttering,  roller skating,  sexual violence,  factory worker,  ferris wheel,  baseball cap,  handcuffed,  newspaper article,  mailbox,  coca cola,  flask,  jury,  naivety,  jukebox,  true crime,  head wound,  triple f rated,  ohio,  veterinarian,  killing spree,  sexual assault,  pajamas,  broken arm,  raised middle finger,  undercover cop,  highway,  lesbian couple,  amusement park,  pedophile,  makeup,  job interview,  hunger,  mobile phone,  kicking,  attorney,  hooker,  whiskey,  redneck,  hitchhiking,  s&m,  burial,  florida,  sexual abuse,  tv news,  handgun,  tied up,  threat,  cross,  teenage girl,  court,  u.s. president,  on the road,  liar,  police officer killed,  racial slur,  bartender,  execution,  trial,  driving,  judge,  child abuse,  diner,  eating,  woman,  wine,  police station,  telephone,  revolver,  handcuffs,  prostitution,  dead body,  death of father,  car crash,  bed,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  rain,  female protagonist,  title directed by female,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  based on true story,  shower,  pistol,  lesbian kiss,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  sex scene,  f rated,  kiss,  murder,  gun,  violence,  death,  blood,  police

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

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

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  girl
Story:courthouse,  jury,  attorney,  court,  liar,  bartender,  trial,  judge,  diner,  eating,  woman,  handcuffs,  dead body,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  lie,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  female protagonist,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  police,  death,  blood,  violence,  murder,  gun

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:humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:courtroom,  wheelchair,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl
Story:gay bar,  courthouse,  coca cola,  jury,  sexual assault,  pedophile,  kicking,  attorney,  sexual abuse,  cross,  court,  liar,  racial slur,  trial,  judge,  child abuse,  eating,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  beating,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  rape,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  police,  violence,  gun,  death

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

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

Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  prostitute
Story:death threat,  serial killer,  death sentence,  death row,  roller skating,  jury,  pedophile,  burial,  court,  liar,  execution,  trial,  judge,  diner,  eating,  woman,  telephone,  handcuffs,  tears,  lie,  shooting,  bus,  face slap,  food,  rain,  female protagonist,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  shower,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  blood,  violence,  gun,  murder,  police,  death

The Judge (2014) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:defense attorney,  courthouse,  jury,  raised middle finger,  attorney,  burial,  court,  liar,  trial,  judge,  diner,  eating,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  prison,  shower,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  kiss,  murder

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:unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  love
Locations:motel,  bicycle,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:christian,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:car theft,  newspaper article,  handgun,  cross,  diner,  revolver,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  shooting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  pistol,  tattoo,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  gun,  kiss,  blood,  police,  death

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:unfaithfulness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  love
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:killer,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl
Story:serial killer,  highway,  lesbian couple,  tv news,  handgun,  tied up,  threat,  eating,  police station,  telephone,  revolver,  dead body,  death of father,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  shower,  lesbian kiss,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  death,  murder,  violence,  gun,  blood

88 Minutes (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

88 Minutes (2007)

In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon's execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same "modus-operandi" and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of associate Shelly Barnes, an FBI agent, his friend Frank Parks, and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigates some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:killer,  lawyer,  policeman
Period:1990s
Story:death threat,  serial killer,  pistol whip,  car on fire,  capital punishment,  death row,  jury,  tv news,  handgun,  teenage girl,  court,  execution,  trial,  judge,  woman,  dead body,  shooting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  corpse,  prison,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  pistol,  lesbian kiss,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  death,  violence,  gun,  murder,  blood,  police

Killer Joe (2011) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:motel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:killer,  policeman
Story:car on fire,  baseball cap,  naivety,  burial,  cross,  teenage girl,  eating,  police station,  telephone,  handcuffs,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  rain,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  gun,  blood,  violence,  police,  death

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:tragedy,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman,  prostitute
Story:truck stop,  jukebox,  makeup,  hooker,  handgun,  bartender,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  beating,  prison,  crying,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  gun,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  violence,  police

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money
Locations:motel,  courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:courthouse,  jury,  ohio,  attorney,  court,  trial,  judge,  diner,  eating,  woman,  telephone,  death of father,  car crash,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  rain,  beating,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  love
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:christian,  lawyer,  girl,  prostitute
Story:borderline personality disorder,  amusement park,  cross,  teenage girl,  court,  trial,  judge,  child abuse,  wine,  revolver,  handcuffs,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  dream,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  murder,  police,  blood,  death,  gun,  violence

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

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

Themes:humiliation,  theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:wheelchair,  church,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  policeman,  prostitute
Story:car theft,  arm in a cast,  broken arm,  raised middle finger,  kicking,  tv news,  threat,  cross,  teenage girl,  court,  racial slur,  diner,  eating,  telephone,  revolver,  prostitution,  tears,  vomiting,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  beating,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  death,  murder,  blood,  gun,  police

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:theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:killer,  thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl
Period:1990s
Story:serial killer,  true crime,  pedophile,  attorney,  tv news,  tied up,  cross,  teenage girl,  judge,  child abuse,  diner,  wine,  police station,  dead body,  shooting,  arrest,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  prison,  teenage boy,  based on true story,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  gun,  violence,  blood,  police,  death

The Accused (1988)
Drama

The Accused (1988)

Sarah Tobias goes to her local bar and is gang-raped by three men. The district attorney on the case is Katheryn Murphy who wants to prove that although Sarah had taken drugs that night and was acting provocatively while in the bar, this is no reason for her to be so brutally attacked and the men responsible should be brought to justice. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:rape victim,  felony,  sex crime,  courthouse,  jury,  jukebox,  head wound,  sexual assault,  kicking,  attorney,  sexual abuse,  tv news,  court,  liar,  bartender,  trial,  judge,  lie,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  car accident,  underwear,  rain,  rape,  based on true story,  shower,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  police,  kiss,  violence

Derailed (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Derailed (2005)

Charles is worn down by his home life where he and his wife struggle to cope with the demands of their daughter's illness and his job. When he meets Lucinda on the train to work in Chicago, there is an immediate spark between them. Soon they are doing lunch; dinner and drinks follow. This leads to an adulterous rendezvous in a hotel. However, no sooner have they torn each other's clothes off than their room is invaded by a thief who beats Charles and rapes Lucinda. Because of the illicit nature of their relationship, Charles agrees with Lucinda who is reluctant to go to the police and soon finds he is powerless to resist the demands of the thief. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  theft,  robbery,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  prostitute
Story:kicking,  hooker,  threat,  liar,  bartender,  eating,  dead body,  lie,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  rape,  shower,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  violence,  death,  police,  kiss,  blood,  murder

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
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:unfaithfulness,  depression,  theft,  drinking,  infidelity,  love
Locations:wheelchair,  bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  policeman,  girl,  prostitute,  homosexual
Period:1990s
Story:triple f rated,  pajamas,  burial,  cross,  teenage girl,  liar,  execution,  trial,  eating,  woman,  wine,  dead body,  bed,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  lie,  vomiting,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  female protagonist,  title directed by female,  corpse,  dream,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  shower,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  death,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  police

The Good Girl (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  depression,  theft,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  love
Locations:motel,  church
Characters:christian,  thief,  girl
Story:makeup,  liar,  driving,  woman,  bed,  tears,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  f rated,  gun,  police,  kiss,  death

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:depression,  drunkenness,  drinking,  love
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  girl
Story:car theft,  amusement park,  kicking,  sexual abuse,  tv news,  threat,  court,  liar,  trial,  child abuse,  car crash,  bed,  tears,  beer,  lie,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  car accident,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  rape,  based on true story,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  murder,  blood,  police,  violence,  death,  kiss

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:drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:killer,  lawyer,  girl
Story:death threat,  rollerskating rink,  roller skating,  mailbox,  true crime,  head wound,  tv news,  threat,  court,  diner,  wine,  telephone,  handcuffs,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  car accident,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  crying,  based on true story,  pistol,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  gun,  death,  blood,  kiss,  violence

Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spe… (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  theft,  robbery,  money,  love
Locations:church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:christian,  thief,  policeman,  prostitute
Story:florida keys,  miami florida,  female killer,  pistol whip,  evangelical,  car on fire,  redneck,  florida,  threat,  teenage girl,  police officer killed,  racial slur,  diner,  police station,  telephone,  revolver,  handcuffs,  death of father,  car crash,  beer,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  arrest,  face slap,  car accident,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  murder,  violence,  death,  police,  blood

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:theft,  money,  love
Locations:courtroom,  wheelchair,  church,  restaurant
Characters:christian,  thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  homosexual
Story:miami florida,  gay bar,  job interview,  florida,  liar,  racial slur,  judge,  eating,  handcuffs,  car crash,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  arrest,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  shower,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  death,  kiss,  blood

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:christian,  thief,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1990s
Story:pistol whip,  killing spree,  tv news,  handgun,  cross,  court,  racial slur,  bartender,  execution,  trial,  eating,  police station,  handcuffs,  dead body,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  prison,  voice over narration,  pistol,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  police,  violence,  death,  murder,  blood,  gun,  kiss

One Night At Mccool's (2001)
Comedy, Crime

One Night At Mccool's (2001)

After another hard night at McCool's, bartender Randy runs into Jewel. The seductive lady seems to have evaded a rape pretty closely, and when the man comes back, she puts a bullet in his head. After all these events (and others), Randy takes Jewel home, and the two become a couple. Yet Jewel begins to develop into a very demanding girlfriend and drives Randy into committing crimes for her and her elaborate lifestyle. Randy's cousin Carl is driven crazy by Randy's incredibly sexy girl as well as the investigating officer, Detective Dehling. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:motel,  church,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  homosexual
Story:car theft,  attempted rape,  s&m,  bartender,  telephone,  reference to god,  beer,  lie,  shooting,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  voice over narration,  rape,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  f rated,  police,  blood,  violence,  gun,  murder,  death

The Rainmaker (1997) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woman. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:money,  love
Locations:motel,  courtroom,  wheelchair,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Period:1990s
Story:jury,  attorney,  redneck,  court,  bartender,  judge,  woman,  police station,  revolver,  handcuffs,  arrest,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood

Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  drinking,  lesbianism
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman,  homosexual
Period:1990s
Story:rape victim,  lesbian slur,  sexual violence,  factory worker,  newspaper article,  true crime,  sexual assault,  redneck,  threat,  woman,  revolver,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  title directed by female,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  based on true story,  shower,  pistol,  lesbian kiss,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  f rated,  police,  death,  kiss,  murder,  violence

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:motel,  church
Story:lesbian slur,  suicide of father,  pedophile,  whiskey,  cross,  teenage girl,  liar,  child abuse,  woman,  wine,  telephone,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  face slap,  food,  corpse,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  death

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  infidelity,  love
Locations:church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:killer,  christian,  lawyer,  policeman,  prostitute
Story:cop killer,  baseball cap,  broken arm,  undercover cop,  kicking,  mobile phone,  burial,  liar,  police officer killed,  racial slur,  execution,  diner,  eating,  police station,  revolver,  handcuffs,  car crash,  lie,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  watching tv,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  prison,  crying,  shower,  pistol,  lesbian kiss,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  violence,  gun,  police,  blood,  kiss

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

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

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman
Period:2000s
Story:raised middle finger,  kicking,  whiskey,  redneck,  cross,  bartender,  eating,  police station,  telephone,  revolver,  dead body,  death of father,  car crash,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  pistol,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  police,  gun,  violence,  death,  blood,  murder

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:love
Locations:motel
Characters:prostitute
Period:1990s
Story:female serial killer,  female killer,  serial killer,  rape victim,  female criminal,  death row,  coca cola,  jukebox,  killing spree,  highway,  redneck,  sexual abuse,  tv news,  on the road,  police officer killed,  child abuse,  diner,  woman,  handcuffs,  death of father,  beer,  vomiting,  shooting,  arrest,  face slap,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  prison,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  pistol,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  police

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:depression,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:motel,  courtroom,  bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Period:2000s
Story:mailbox,  jury,  true crime,  florida,  tv news,  court,  trial,  judge,  eating,  wine,  dead body,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  shower,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  death,  gun,  murder,  police,  blood,  violence,  kiss

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:humiliation,  drinking,  money
Locations:motel,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:policeman,  prostitute
Story:miami florida,  rollerskating rink,  roller skating,  jukebox,  florida,  diner,  eating,  telephone,  prostitution,  car crash,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  rape,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  police,  kiss,  blood,  violence,  death

Man Bites Dog (1992) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Man Bites Dog (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:killer,  thief,  lawyer,  homosexual
Story:serial killer,  rape victim,  sexual violence,  mailbox,  coca cola,  killing spree,  kicking,  sexual abuse,  tv news,  eating,  wine,  revolver,  dead body,  death of father,  bed,  beer,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  rape,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

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

Themes:humiliation,  theft,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  love
Locations:courtroom,  beach,  bar
Characters:thief,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1990s
Story:miami florida,  pistol whip,  courthouse,  s&m,  burial,  court,  judge,  telephone,  beer,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  dream,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  blood,  police,  murder,  gun,  death

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

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

Themes:depression,  theft,  love
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:death penalty,  death row,  cross,  court,  liar,  execution,  trial,  judge,  wine,  handcuffs,  tears,  lie,  arrest,  sister sister relationship,  female protagonist,  dream,  prison,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  gun,  blood,  police

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:theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  prostitute
Story:job interview,  mobile phone,  hooker,  liar,  eating,  dead body,  beer,  lie,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  pistol,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  murder,  police,  death,  violence,  kiss,  gun

The Life Of David Gale (2003) is one of the best movies like Monster (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:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:motel,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:death penalty,  capital punishment,  death row,  job interview,  tv news,  bartender,  execution,  diner,  handcuffs,  tears,  extramarital affair,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  prison,  crying,  rape,  shower,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  murder,  death,  police

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Locations:motel,  bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:female serial killer,  female killer,  serial killer,  pistol whip,  attempted rape,  sexual violence,  killing spree,  sexual assault,  highway,  redneck,  police officer killed,  racial slur,  police station,  revolver,  handcuffs,  dead body,  death of father,  beer,  vomiting,  arrest,  face slap,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  shower,  pistol,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  police,  violence,  blood,  death,  murder

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:tragedy,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:motel,  courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  prostitute
Story:miami florida,  money falling through the air,  handcuffed,  newspaper article,  jukebox,  job interview,  attorney,  florida,  handgun,  judge,  diner,  revolver,  handcuffs,  prostitution,  death of father,  lie,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  arrest,  prison,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  police

Head-on (2004)
Drama, Romance

Head-on (2004)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  love
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:girl,  homosexual
Story:naivety,  amusement park,  kicking,  s&m,  sexual abuse,  liar,  bartender,  trial,  woman,  wine,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  shower,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  gun,  blood,  violence,  death,  kiss

John Q (2002) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  money
Locations:courtroom,  church
Characters:christian
Story:factory worker,  jury,  job interview,  kicking,  tv news,  court,  racial slur,  trial,  judge,  eating,  tears,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  crying,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  police,  gun,  blood

Bitter Moon (1992)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

Bitter Moon (1992)

British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar's cabin. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  lesbianism,  adultery,  infidelity,  love
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:girl,  prostitute
Story:carnival ride,  ferris wheel,  amusement park,  s&m,  eating,  woman,  tears,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  shooting,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  shower,  lesbian kiss,  nipples,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  death,  blood,  murder,  kiss

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  robbery,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:motel,  wheelchair,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  girl
Period:2000s
Story:villainess played by lead actress,  tv news,  bartender,  eating,  woman,  police station,  telephone,  bed,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  f rated,  murder,  kiss,  blood,  death,  violence,  police

Training Day (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  robbery,  money,  love
Locations:wheelchair,  bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:pistol whip,  attempted rape,  lesbian slur,  freeway,  kicking,  teenage girl,  liar,  police officer killed,  racial slur,  wine,  handcuffs,  car crash,  beer,  lie,  vomiting,  shooting,  bus,  watching tv,  beating,  rape,  pistol,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  gun,  blood,  death,  murder,  police,  violence

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:motel,  courtroom
Characters:killer,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  prostitute
Period:2000s
Story:serial killer,  rape victim,  car on fire,  newspaper article,  head wound,  kicking,  tv news,  tied up,  teenage girl,  trial,  child abuse,  eating,  handcuffs,  death of father,  car crash,  shooting,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  rain,  female protagonist,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  f rated,  gun,  murder,  kiss,  violence,  death,  blood

The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  drunkenness,  drinking
Characters:prostitute
Story:serial killer,  pistol whip,  attempted rape,  misanthrope,  kicking,  whiskey,  burial,  tied up,  cross,  racial slur,  execution,  eating,  revolver,  handcuffs,  dead body,  tears,  vomiting,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  food,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  rape,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  theft,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  love
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  prostitute
Period:1990s
Story:miami florida,  courthouse,  newspaper article,  raised middle finger,  kicking,  attorney,  whiskey,  court,  judge,  eating,  woman,  telephone,  handcuffs,  prostitution,  car crash,  reference to god,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  rape,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  gun,  kiss,  blood

The Woodsman (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Woodsman (2004)

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman,  girl
Story:factory worker,  pedophile,  sexual abuse,  threat,  judge,  child abuse,  woman,  tears,  beer,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  rain,  title directed by female,  dream,  beating,  prison,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  f rated,  police,  kiss,  violence

Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like Monster (2003)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:motel,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:triple f rated,  mobile phone,  tv news,  liar,  bartender,  driving,  diner,  woman,  dead body,  bed,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  vomiting,  shooting,  sister sister relationship,  watching tv,  car accident,  title directed by female,  corpse,  crying,  shower,  pistol,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  death,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  police

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  tragedy,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:motel,  courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:girl,  homosexual
Story:mailbox,  jukebox,  pajamas,  kicking,  whiskey,  hitchhiking,  cross,  teenage girl,  court,  liar,  judge,  diner,  eating,  telephone,  tears,  lie,  shooting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  food,  rain,  beating,  crying,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  gun,  kiss,  blood,  violence,  murder

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