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Moonlight (2016)
Drama

Moonlight (2016)

Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn't understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan's caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula's abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms of its problems when he reaches his difficult teen years when peer pressure affects what he and many of his peers do, unless he follows Juan's advice of truly making his own decisions for himself. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  homophobia,  bullying,  revenge
Locations:bathtub,  beach
Characters:homosexuality,  prostitute,  homosexual
Period:2010s
Story:crack addict,  lgbt cinema,  internalized homophobia,  bullying victim,  drug dealer,  drug addicted mother,  multiple actors for one character,  three chapters,  biology class,  learning to swim,  gay virgin,  gay schoolboy,  gay taunting,  blunt,  gay black man,  cuban american,  child neglect,  360 degree pan,  swimming lesson,  gay boy,  gay african american,  hit with a chair,  gay cinema,  gay protagonist,  chapter headings,  first gay sexual experience,  crack cocaine,  atlanta georgia,  n word,  pot,  joint,  no title at beginning,  gay crush,  weed,  gay bashing,  gay man,  title at the end,  gay son,  absent father,  father figure,  miami florida,  childhood friend,  underage drinking,  gay lead character,  cook,  gay character,  lgbt,  gay couple,  gay teenager,  reunion,  drug addict,  no opening credits,  apology,  diner,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  f word,  gay kiss,  arrest,  punched in the face,  gay sex,  fistfight,  based on play,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  african american,  gay interest,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  sex scene,  masturbation

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

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

Themes:revenge
Story:n word,  underage drinking,  drug addict,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  coming of age,  african american,  mother son relationship

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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:homophobia
Locations:bathtub
Characters:prostitute
Story:crack cocaine,  n word,  no title at beginning,  title at the end,  miami florida,  drug addict,  no opening credits,  apology,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  gay sex,  title spoken by character,  sex scene,  masturbation

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:revenge
Period:2010s
Story:absent father,  drug addict,  no opening credits,  diner,  drug dealer,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  coming of age

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
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:homophobia,  revenge
Period:2010s
Story:drug addict,  no opening credits,  apology,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  f word,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  african american,  sex scene

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Homefront (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. This is why Homefront (2013) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016). (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  revenge
Story:title at the end,  drug addict,  diner,  drug dealer,  dysfunctional family,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  mother son relationship,  one word title

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:beach
Characters:prostitute
Story:crack cocaine,  drug addict,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  african american

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Characters:homosexual
Story:gay son,  apology,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  f word,  gay kiss,  arrest,  gay sex,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother son relationship,  masturbation

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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
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)

Characters:homosexuality,  homosexual
Story:n word,  gay man,  miami florida,  gay couple,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  arrest,  punched in the face,  gay sex,  title spoken by character,  african american,  masturbation

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Story:n word,  title at the end,  underage drinking,  drug addict,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  coming of age,  african american,  mother son relationship

Super (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Super (2010)

Frank Darrbo is a hapless fry cook. When his wife Sarah falls off the wagon and dumps him for Jacques, a drug dealer, Frank tries to get her back by reporting her kidnapped, grabbing her from Jacques' car, and wailing for her to return. After watching Christian TV and having a vision, he becomes a superhero to fight evil. He sews a costume, finds a weapon (a pipe wrench) and looks for crimes to stop. He has problems: his wrench inflicts real injury, so the cops want him for being a vigilante, his sense of boundaries is flawed, and Jacques' gang has guns. Libby, a clerk at a comic book store, becomes his sidekick, and it's time to go save Sarah. What chance do they have? This is why Super (2010) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Story:title at the end,  cook,  diner,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character,  one word title

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We Are Your Friends (2015)
Drama, Music, Romance

We Are Your Friends (2015)

Cole is an aspiring DJ who spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:joint,  title at the end,  no opening credits,  apology,  diner,  drug dealer,  punched in the face,  coming of age,  sex scene

C.r.a.z.y. (2005) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Comedy, Drama

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with stress-induced asthma, Zac just wants to be what he considers normal, which includes getting rid of his asthma. But more importantly, he wants to get rid of the underlying thoughts that he has and which most going through puberty have, but that for him are becoming more prevalent as he grows older. (Read More)

Themes:homophobia
Locations:bathtub,  beach
Characters:prostitute,  homosexual
Story:no title at beginning,  gay teenager,  drug addict,  apology,  drug dealer,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  punched in the face,  coming of age,  mother son relationship,  masturbation

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Period:2010s
Story:no title at beginning,  title at the end,  no opening credits,  diner,  drug dealer,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character

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True Romance (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. (Read More)

Locations:bathtub,  beach
Characters:prostitute
Story:crack cocaine,  n word,  drug addict,  diner,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  f word,  title spoken by character,  sex scene

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. This is why War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:beach
Characters:prostitute
Story:miami florida,  no opening credits,  diner,  drug dealer,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character

Dope (2015) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Dope (2015)

A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an "only in Los Angeles" gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. (Read More)

Story:title at the end,  underage drinking,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  punched in the face,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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Chef (2014)
Comedy, Drama

Chef (2014)

Carl Casper is an acclaimed chef with a family life that seems as decaying as his artistic freedom. Those frustrations boil over into a raucous viral-videoed public confrontation against a restaurant critic who panned his cooking of food that his boss ordered him to make against his instincts. Now with his career ruined, Carl's ex-wife offers an unorthodox solution in Miami: refit an old food truck to offer quality cooking on his own terms. Now with his young son, Percy, and old colleague, Martin, helping, Carl takes a working trip across America with that truck to rediscover his gastronomic passion. With Percy's tech savvy and Martin's enthusiasm, Carl finds that he is creating a traveling sensation on the way home. In doing so, Carl discovers he is serving up more than simply food, but also a deeper connection with his life and his family that is truly delicious in its own way. (Read More)

Period:2010s
Story:cuban american,  miami florida,  cook,  no opening credits,  f word,  title spoken by character,  one word title

Alpha Dog (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Alpha Dog (2006)

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  revenge
Story:drug dealer,  underage drinking,  gay slur,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  mother son relationship,  sex scene

Demolition (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Demolition (2015)

Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis' letters catch the attention of customer service rep, Karen (Naomi Watts), and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Characters:homosexuality
Story:gay bashing,  gay son,  father figure,  gay teenager,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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Bully (2001) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Bully (2001)

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. This is why Bully (2001) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016). (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  revenge
Locations:beach
Characters:prostitute,  homosexual
Story:underage drinking,  gay teenager,  gay slur,  arrest,  punched in the face,  gay sex,  mother son relationship,  sex scene

Colossal (2016)
Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Colossal (2016)

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Period:2010s
Story:hit with a chair,  childhood friend,  no opening credits,  diner,  f word,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  one word title

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. (Read More)

Locations:bathtub
Characters:prostitute,  homosexual
Story:gay crush,  absent father,  underage drinking,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  gay sex,  coming of age,  mother son relationship,  masturbation

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Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:beach
Characters:prostitute
Story:miami florida,  childhood friend,  drug addict,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  mother son relationship

Notorious (2009) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Music

Notorious (2009)

NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Follow his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectations - redefining our notion of "The American Dream." (Read More)

Story:crack addict,  blunt,  crack cocaine,  drug dealer,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  one word title

Far From Heaven (2002)
Drama, Romance

Far From Heaven (2002)

Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Then one night she stumbles in on her husband Frank, kissing another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. In her confusion and grief, she finds consolation in the friendship of their African-American gardener, Raymond - a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. Despite Cathy and Frank's struggle to keep their marriage afloat, the reality of his homosexuality and her feelings for Raymond open a painful, if more honest, chapter in their lives. This is why Far From Heaven (2002) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016). (Read More)

Characters:homosexuality,  homosexual
Story:first gay sexual experience,  miami florida,  gay couple,  diner,  gay kiss,  african american

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Biography, Drama, History, Music

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. (Read More)

Story:blunt,  n word,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship

Horns (2013)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend.

Themes:revenge
Story:childhood friend,  gay character,  drug addict,  no opening credits,  diner,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  sex scene

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Locations:bathtub,  beach
Characters:prostitute
Story:miami florida,  apology,  diner,  f word,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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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)

Locations:bathtub,  beach
Characters:homosexual
Period:2010s
Story:no opening credits,  gay slur,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:bathtub,  beach
Characters:prostitute,  homosexual
Story:n word,  reunion,  no opening credits,  apology,  f word,  gay kiss,  arrest,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character,  sex scene

Gummo (1997)
Comedy, Drama

Gummo (1997)

Constructing this film through random scenes, director Harmony Korine abruptly jettisoned any sort of narrative plot, so here we go: Solomon and Tummler are two bored teenage boys who live in Xenia, Ohio. A few years ago, a tornado swept through it, destroying more than half the town and killing the same amount, including Solomon's father. The film, from there, chronicles the anti-social adventures these two boys have. These include sniffing glue, killing cats, having sex, riding dirtbikes, listening to black metal, and meeting a cavalcade of quirky, bizarre, and scary people. These include a man who pimps his mentally ill wife to our anti-heroes, three sisters who play with their cat and practice becoming strippers, a black midget fending off the sexual advances of a troubled man (played by the director Harmony Korine), a 12-year-old gay transvestite who is also a cat killer, Solomon's mother who seems to be the only glimpse of sanity, two foul-mouthed six-year olds, and most importantly, a nymphlike skateboarder who walks around town wearing pink rabbit ears. (Read More)

Locations:bathtub
Characters:homosexuality,  prostitute
Story:underage drinking,  drug addict,  gay slur,  f word,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Characters:prostitute
Period:2010s
Story:crack cocaine,  atlanta georgia,  drug addict,  drug dealer,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother son relationship

Filth (2013)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Filth (2013)

Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth? (Read More)

Characters:prostitute
Story:no title at beginning,  title at the end,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  masturbation

The Skeleton Twins (2014)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other. (Read More)

Story:reunion,  gay lead character,  gay character,  gay sex,  gay interest,  mother son relationship

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Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. This is why Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016). (Read More)

Locations:bathtub
Characters:prostitute,  homosexual
Story:joint,  drug addict,  apology,  drug dealer,  gay sex,  title spoken by character,  one word title

Only God Forgives (2013) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Crime, Drama

Only God Forgives (2013)

Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a man and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty. When Julian's brother murders an underage prostitute, the police call on retired cop Chang - the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter's murderer, then 'restores order' by chopping off the man's right hand. Julian's mother Crystal - the head of a powerful criminal organization - arrives in Bangkok to collect her son's body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and 'raise hell'. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Characters:prostitute
Story:no opening credits,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  mother son relationship

Live By Night (2016)
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 spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:beach
Characters:prostitute
Story:n word,  title at the end,  miami florida,  gay character,  drug addict,  no opening credits,  diner,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  sex scene

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Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:forgiveness,  revenge
Locations:beach
Story:childhood friend,  reunion,  no opening credits,  arrest,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship

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:forgiveness,  revenge
Locations:bathtub
Characters:prostitute
Story:hit with a chair,  f word,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character

Pride (2014) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Pride (2014)

In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan's nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march the following year a vast contingent of miners show up to repay their comrades with their show of support. This is why Pride (2014) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016). (Read More)

Themes:homophobia
Characters:homosexuality,  homosexual
Story:gay bashing,  gay couple,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Characters:prostitute,  homosexual
Story:hit with a chair,  no title at beginning,  title at the end,  no opening credits,  gay slur,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight

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:forgiveness,  bullying
Locations:bathtub,  beach
Story:father figure,  apology,  dysfunctional family,  punched in the face,  coming of age,  mother son relationship,  sex scene

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Characters:homosexuality,  prostitute
Story:diner,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  gay sex,  title spoken by character,  gay interest,  mother son relationship,  sex scene

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Creed (2015) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Drama, Sport

Creed (2015)

Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in _Rocky IV (1985)_ (qv). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... (Read More)

Period:2010s
Story:n word,  father figure,  no opening credits,  arrest,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother son relationship,  one word title

Kids (1995)
Drama

Kids (1995)

Disturbing, dark, low-budget independent film about teen-agers in New York City. The story focuses on Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), a teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is H.I.V.-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly remains undaunted. This is why Kids (1995) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016). (Read More)

Story:blunt,  pot,  weed,  underage drinking,  gay couple,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  f word,  coming of age,  african american,  one word title

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Locations:beach
Characters:prostitute
Story:title at the end,  miami florida,  drug dealer,  dysfunctional family,  arrest,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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Burnt (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Burnt (2015)

Chef Adam Jones ('Bradley Cooper (I)' (qv)) had it all - and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he'll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene ('Sienna Miller' (qv)). (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  bullying,  revenge
Story:cook,  reunion,  f word,  gay kiss,  one word title

Predestination (2014) is one of the best movies like Moonlight (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predestination (2014)

PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Themes:revenge
Story:multiple actors for one character,  no opening credits,  gay slur,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  one word title

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

In an airport waiting room, a man in a wheelchair tells a stranger a story about a fixed horse race in 1979 that resulted in a family's deaths. In Manhattan, two bookies and the son of a Mob boss die. A young man just out of the shower answers the door to a neighbor woman and explains that he's visiting, has had a bad week, including being mugged, and doesn't know where his pal, who lives there, is. The neighbor is chatty; she's a coroner. Two thugs arrive and, believing the visitor to be the guy who lives there, take him to see the boss with the dead son, who tells him to kill the son of his Mob rival. Mistaken identity? What connects the threads? Cops are watching. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Characters:homosexual
Story:gay son,  father figure,  gay character,  gay slur,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character

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