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Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city's drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. But her affections are also coveted by the club's patron: the Duke. A dangerous love triangle ensues as Satine and Christian attempt to fight all odds to stay together but a force that not even love can conquer is taking its toll on Satine... (Read More)

Themes:narcolepsy, writing, freedom, dying, poetry, tragedy, seduction, dance, jealousy, surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:india, france, apartment, nightclub
Characters:writer
Period:1890s, 1900s
Story:moulin rouge, courtesan, duke, moaning woman, woman moaning, cancan dance, bohemian, dying in arms of lover, schoolgirl uniform, poet, woman in uniform, writer hero, dance hall, paris france, attempted rape, cough foreshadows death, orpheus and eurydice, la boheme, play director, heroine dies

Quills (2000)
Biography, Drama

Quills (2000)

The infamous writer, the Marquis de Sade of 18th Century France, is imprisoned at Charenton Insane Asylum for unmentionable activities. He manages to befriend the young Abbe de Coulmier, who runs the asylum, along with a beautiful laundress named Madeline. Things go terribly wrong when the Abbe finds out that the Marquis' books are being secretly published. The emperor Napoleon contemplates sending Dr. Royer-Collard to oversee the asylum, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charenton and possibly the Marquis himself. (Read More)

Themes:writing
Locations:france
Characters:writer
Story:paris france, attempted rape, crying man, stage, 19th century, rape, title spoken by character

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)

Themes:poetry
Locations:nightclub
Characters:writer
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, typewriter, poet, moaning, prostitution, title spoken by character, gun, flashback

Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Shakespeare In Love (1998)

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare's works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola's love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet. (Read More)

Themes:writing, dance, jealousy
Mood:satire
Characters:writer
Story:playwright, stage, writer's block, poet, acting, mistaken identity, theater, no opening credits, woman, prostitution

Barton Fink (1991) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Barton Fink (1991)

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. (Read More)

Themes:writing, surrealism
Characters:writer
Story:writer's block, playwright, typewriter, theater, title spoken by character

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Drama, Romance, War

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago, is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar, who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky, an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya. But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. This is why Doctor Zhivago (1965) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001). (Read More)

Themes:freedom, poetry
Period:1890s
Story:woman, suitor, in medias res, true love, told in flashback, poet, mistaken identity, 19th century, rape, title spoken by character

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:poetry, tragedy, dance, jealousy, surrealism
Locations:france
Story:paris france, moulin rouge, suitor, altered version of studio logo, windmill, true love, attempted murder, no opening credits, woman, title spoken by character, flashback

Mother! (2017)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Mother! (2017)

Themes:writing, dying, poetry, surrealism
Characters:writer
Story:writer's block, poet, exclamation point in title, punctuation in title, rape, title spoken by character

Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:writing, dying, jealousy
Locations:france
Characters:writer
Story:true love, playwright, typewriter, stage, mistaken identity, dinner, woman, dream, rape, title spoken by character, gun, flashback

The Libertine (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Libertine (2004)

In 1660, with the return of Charles II to the English throne, theater, the visual arts, science and sexual promiscuity flourish. Thirteen years later, in the midst of political and economical problems, Charles II asks for the return of his friend John Wilmot, aka the second Earl of Rochester, from exile back to London. John is a morally-corrupt drunkard and a sexually- active cynical poet. When the King asks John to prepare a play for the French ambassador so as to please him, John meets the aspiring actress Elizabeth Barry in the playhouse and decides to make her into a great star. He falls in love with her and she becomes his mistress. During the presentation to the Frenchman, he falls into disgrace with the court. When he was thirty-three years old and dying of syphilis and alcoholism, he converts to being a religious man. (Read More)

Themes:writing, dying, poetry
Characters:writer
Story:playwright, poet, stage, theater, prostitution, title spoken by character

40 Days And 40 Nights (2002)
Comedy, Romance

40 Days And 40 Nights (2002)

Nicole broke up with Matt months ago and is now engaged to someone else. He's very good-looking and has no trouble finding other lovers, but that doesn't help because he's still obsessed with wanting her back. Then he gets the inspiration that swearing off sex for Lent (all forms of sexual activity, even kissing or masturbation) will give him the perspective he needs. So of course a few days later he meets a woman and they fall in love. Now Matt sees his vow as a personal matter, and won't even tell her about it, but his friends think otherwise, and now the complications begin... This is why 40 Days And 40 Nights (2002) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001). (Read More)

Themes:seduction
Locations:nightclub
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, moaning, woman, dream, flashback

Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Shallow Hal (2001)

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? (Read More)

Themes:dying, jealousy
Locations:apartment, nightclub
Story:fat suit, reverse footage, woman, title spoken by character

Monster's Ball (2001) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Drama, Romance

Monster's Ball (2001)

Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank, who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's interracial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, woman, moaning, prostitution, punctuation in title, gun

Femme Fatale (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Femme Fatale (2002)

The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by an ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. (Read More)

Themes:seduction
Locations:france
Story:woman, paris france, attempted rape, eiffel tower paris, stage, mistaken identity, gun, flashback

La Vie D'adele (2013)
Drama, Romance

La Vie D'adele (2013)

Adele is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adele's friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adele. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adele and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship. (Read More)

Locations:france
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, bohemian, schoolgirl, moaning, no opening credits, dinner, woman, color in title

Naked Lunch (1991)
Drama

Naked Lunch (1991)

Not an adaptation of beat writer William S. Burrough's novel but a mix of biography and an interpretation of his drug- induced writing processes combined with elements of his work in this paranoid fantasy about Bill Lee, a writer who accidentally shoots his wife, whose typewriter transforms into a cockroach and who becomes involved in a mysterious plot in North African port called Interzone. Wonderfully bizarre, not unlike Burrough's books. This is why Naked Lunch (1991) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001). (Read More)

Themes:writing, seduction, surrealism
Characters:writer
Story:typewriter, title spoken by character, gun

Lolita (1962) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Crime, Drama, Romance

Lolita (1962)

Humbert Humbert forces a confrontation with a man, whose name he has just recently learned, in this man's home. The events that led to this standoff began four years earlier. Middle aged Humbert, a European, arrives in the United States where he has secured at job at Beardsley College in Beardsley, Ohio as a Professor of French Literature. Before he begins his post in the fall, he decides to spend the summer in the resort town of Ramsdale, New Hampshire. He is given the name of Charlotte Haze as someone who is renting a room in her home for the summer. He finds that Charlotte, widowed now for seven years, is a woman who puts on airs. Among the demonstration of those airs is throwing around the name of Clare Quilty, a television and stage script writer, who came to speak at her women's club meeting and who she implies is now a friend. Those airs also mask being lonely, especially as she is a sexually aggressive and liberated woman. Humbert considers Charlotte a proverbial "joke" but decides to rent the room upon meeting Charlotte's provocative daughter, Dolores Haze - more frequently referred to as Lolita - who he first spots in a bikini tanning in the back yard. He is immediately infatuated with Lolita, with who he becomes obsessed in a sexual manner despite her age, she being just into her teens. He will also learn that Charlotte has the exact same feelings for him. While Charlotte does whatever she can to be alone with Humbert, Humbert does the same with Lolita. As the summer progresses, Humbert, based on the circumstances, decides to enter into a relationship with Charlotte just to be near Lolita. In that new arrangement, Humbert has to figure out how to achieve his goal of being with Lolita with Charlotte out of the way. As things begin to go Humbert's way, he is unaware that Charlotte is not the only thing standing in his way between him and Lolita, that other thing being Lolita's possible interest in other boys, and other members of the male sex, young or old, who may have their own designs on Lolita. (Read More)

Themes:writing, seduction, jealousy
Mood:satire
Characters:writer
Story:in medias res, playwright, death threat, typewriter, stage, woman, title spoken by character, flashback

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Themes:writing, poetry, seduction, jealousy
Characters:writer
Story:in medias res, reverse footage, typewriter, poet, mistaken identity, title spoken by character, flashback

Swimming Pool (2003)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Swimming Pool (2003)

Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. It is the off-season, and Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her--until late one night, when John's indolent and insouciant French daughter Julie unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's prim and steely English reserve is jarred by Julie's reckless, sexually charged lifestyle. Their interactions set off an increasingly unsettling series of events, as Sarah's creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together. (Read More)

Themes:writing, dying, seduction, dance, jealousy, surrealism
Locations:france
Characters:writer
Story:writer's block, moaning, flashback

The Doors (1991)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:poetry, jealousy, surrealism
Locations:france, nightclub
Story:paris france, poet, stage, theater, rock music, flashback

Ultimo Tango A Parigi (1972) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Drama, Romance

Ultimo Tango A Parigi (1972)

While looking for an apartment, Jeanne, a beautiful young Parisienne, encounters Paul, a mysterious American expatriate mourning his wife's recent suicide. Instantly drawn to each other, they have a stormy, passionate affair, in which they do not reveal their names to each other. Their relationship deeply affects their lives, as Paul struggles with his wife's death and Jeanne prepares to marry her fiance, Tom, a film director making a cinema-verite documentary about her. This is why Ultimo Tango A Parigi (1972) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:apartment
Story:dance hall, paris france, attempted rape, tango, woman

World's Greatest Dad (2009)
Comedy, Drama

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Lance Clayton is a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as a high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day. Lance is dating Claire, the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious -- or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating. Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there. (Read More)

Themes:poetry, tragedy, jealousy
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment
Characters:writer
Story:punctuation in title

The Age Of Innocence (1993)
Drama, Romance

The Age Of Innocence (1993)

Society scion Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May's unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a companion spirit and they fall in love. (Read More)

Period:1890s
Story:paris france, suitor, 19th century, dinner, woman, flashback

Basic Instinct (1992)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. (Read More)

Themes:writing, dying, seduction, jealousy
Locations:apartment, nightclub
Characters:writer
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, woman, moaning, gun

Black Swan (2010) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Drama, Thriller

Black Swan (2010)

Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. (Read More)

Themes:dance, jealousy, surrealism
Locations:nightclub
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, stage, moaning, no opening credits, woman, color in title, title spoken by character

L'illusionniste (2010)
Animation, Drama

L'illusionniste (2010)

Details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever. This is why L'illusionniste (2010) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001). (Read More)

Themes:dying, tragedy
Locations:france
Story:paris france, stage, theater

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:dying, jealousy
Story:attempted rape, victorian fashion, victorian age, 19th century, woman, rape, title spoken by character, gun, flashback

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Harry and Sally meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: "Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?" (Read More)

Characters:writer
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, woman, moaning, punctuation in title

Eat Pray Love (2010) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Drama, Romance

Eat Pray Love (2010)

Liz Gilbert (Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. (Read More)

Locations:india
Characters:writer
Story:true love, crying man, stage, no opening credits, woman, dream

The Hours (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Hours (2002)

In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before. (Read More)

Themes:dying, writing, poetry, tragedy
Characters:writer
Story:true love, poet, woman, title spoken by character

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. This is why Marie Antoinette (2006) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001). (Read More)

Themes:seduction
Locations:france
Story:woman, paris france, duke, anachronism, dinner

Mar Adentro (2004)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Mar Adentro (2004)

Life story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. Film explores Ramon's relationships with two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living. Through the gift of his love, these two women are inspired to accomplish things they never previously thought possible. Despite his wish to die, Ramon taught everyone he encountered the meaning, value and preciousness of life. Though he could not move himself, he had an uncanny ability to move others. (Read More)

Themes:writing, freedom, dying, poetry
Characters:writer
Story:terminal illness, woman, dream, flashback

Frida (2002) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Frida (2002)

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Story:paris france, bohemian, eiffel tower paris, told in flashback, dream, title spoken by character, flashback

Ruby Sparks (2012)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Ruby Sparks (2012)

Calvin is a genius novelist who begins to type a new novel on his manual typewriter about Ruby, his dream girl. He can't believe his eyes, because the next day, Ruby becomes a real person, and they begin to have a beautiful relationship together. If the relationship isn't perfect, all Calvin has to do is simply type the words on the page and Ruby's actions change to what he needs. (Read More)

Themes:writing
Characters:writer
Story:writer's block, typewriter, dream, title spoken by character

Manhattan (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Manhattan (1979)

Forty-two year old Isaac Davis has a romanticized view of his hometown, New York City, most specifically Manhattan, as channeled through the lead character in the first book he is writing, despite his own Manhattan-based life being more of a tragicomedy. He has just quit his job as a hack writer for a bad television comedy, he, beyond the ten second rush of endorphins during the actual act of quitting, now regretting the decision, especially as he isn't sure he can live off his book writing career. He is paying two alimonies, his second ex-wife, Jill Davis, a lesbian, who is writing her own tell-all book of their acrimonious split. The one somewhat positive aspect of his life is that he is dating a young woman named Tracy, although she is only seventeen and still in high school. Largely because of their differences a big part of which is due to their ages, he does not see a long term future with her. His life has the potential to be even more tragicomical when he meets journalist Mary Wilkie, the mistress of his best friend, college professor Yale Pollack. Although Isaac's first impression of Mary is that she is a pretentious intellectual, he falls for her. They do become friends with the potential of becoming more than just friends as she knows that being the "other woman" in Yale's life is not a long term role that she wants. An Isaac/Mary coupling may complicate matters even more with Yale being mutually in their lives. Regardless, Isaac may be able to rationalize events after they happen, no matter what those events are. (Read More)

Themes:writing
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment
Characters:writer
Story:woman, typewriter, no opening credits, title spoken by character

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... This is why La Science Des Reves (2006) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, surrealism
Locations:france, apartment
Characters:writer
Story:paris france, reverse footage, typewriter, dinner, dream, flashback

What Women Want (2000) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

What Women Want (2000)

Nick, a somewhat chauvinistic advertising exec hot shot, has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women think. At first all he wants to do is rid himself of this curse, until a wacky psychologist shows him that this could be used to his advantage! His first target is Darcy McGuire, the very woman that got the promotion he wanted. But just as his plan is beginning to work, love gets in the way... (Read More)

Themes:seduction, dance
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, woman, moaning, dream, title spoken by character

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? (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:apartment
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, moaning, rape, title spoken by character, flashback

Finding Neverland (2004)
Biography, Drama, Family

Finding Neverland (2004)

1903 London. Renowned playwright 'J.M. Barrie (I)' (qv) (James)'s latest effort has garnered less than positive reviews, something he knew would be the case even before the play's mounting. This failure places pressure on James to write another play quickly as impresario Charles Frohman needs another to replace the failure to keep his theater viable. Out for a walk with his dog in part to let his creative juices flow, James stumbles upon the Llewelyn Davies family: recently widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the daughter of now deceased author 'George L. Du Maurier' (qv)) and her four adolescent sons. James and the family members become friends, largely based on he and the boys being able to foster in each other the imagination of children, James just being the biggest among them in this regard. Sylvia also welcomes James into their lives, he who becomes an important and integral part of it. Among the six of them, the only one who does not want to partake is Sylvia's third, Peter Llewelyn Davies, who is still grieving the reality of their lives, where his father was there one day planning an outing for the family, and gone the next. Two other people who don't appreciate James in the Llewelyn Davies' lives are: his wife, Mary Barrie, who always feels the need to be the responsible one in their relationship and who feels threatened by his friendship with an unmarried woman; and Emma du Maurier, Sylvia's overbearing mother, who sees him as an obstacle to Sylvia moving on with her life with another potential husband, and an impediment to maintaining discipline within the boys. James still hopes to bring Peter out of his self-imposed shell, but in the process comes up with an idea for another play based on an amalgam of himself and Peter, that play which eventually becomes what Charles sees as a largely unmountable and thus doomed production called "Peter Pan". This process of helping Peter could take a step backward when it looks like Sylvia may imminently befall a similar fate to that of her late husband. (Read More)

Characters:writer
Period:1900s
Story:cough foreshadows death, investor, playwright, terminal illness, stage, 19th century, theater, dinner, woman

Le Fabuleux Destin D'amelie Poulain (2001)
Comedy, Romance

Le Fabuleux Destin D'amelie Poulain (2001)

Amelie is a story about a girl named Amelie whose childhood was suppressed by her Father's mistaken concerns of a heart defect. With these concerns Amelie gets hardly any real life contact with other people. This leads Amelie to resort to her own fantastical world and dreams of love and beauty. She later on becomes a young woman and moves to the central part of Paris as a waitress. After finding a lost treasure belonging to the former occupant of her apartment, she decides to return it to him. After seeing his reaction and his new found perspective - she decides to devote her life to the people around her. Such as, her father who is obsessed with his garden-gnome, a failed writer, a hypochondriac, a man who stalks his ex girlfriends, the "ghost", a suppressed young soul, the love of her life and a man whose bones are as brittle as glass. But after consuming herself with these escapades - she finds out that she is disregarding her own life and damaging her quest for love. Amelie then discovers she must become more aggressive and take a hold of her life and capture the beauty of love she has always dreamed of. (Read More)

Themes:poetry, jealousy, surrealism
Locations:apartment, france
Characters:writer
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, woman, paris france, acting, moaning

Wonder Boys (2000) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Comedy, Drama

Wonder Boys (2000)

Grady Tripp is a professor/writer living in Pittsburgh who is struggling with writer's block. Whilst doing this, he also manages to get the chancellor pregnant. In the meantime, he and a college student, James Leer are trying to find a rare jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe, and a college girl, Hannah Green boarding with Grady has a bit of a crush on him. This is why Wonder Boys (2000) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001). (Read More)

Themes:writing, dance
Characters:writer
Story:writer's block, typewriter, gun

Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Comedy, Romance

Good Luck Chuck (2007)

Early thirty-something dentist Dr. Charlie Logan has never experienced true love, despite having had a number of girlfriends over the years. After an announcement by one of his ex-girlfriends as such at her wedding, Charlie gets a reputation as being a good luck charm. Every woman he has slept with has met and married her dream man immediately following. He is encouraged to exploit this reputation by his long time best friend, Dr. Stu Klaminsky, a sex obsessed, sex starved schlub who became a plastic surgeon just so that he could masturbate over the sight of women's breasts. Charlie doesn't want to be solely a stepping stone for women, which is how they end up treating him once he gains this reputation as a lucky charm, but rather one's true love. He believes the woman of his dreams is accident-prone Cam Wexler, who works as the penguin caretaker at the aquarium. Cam initially doesn't want to date Charlie because of his reputation as a one-night stand type of guy. Charlie in turn doesn't want to sleep with Cam as he is certain she will find her true love after they do. Cam's true love seems destined to be penguin expert Howard Blaine. To get to true happiness, Charlie feels he needs to speak to Anisha Carpenter, who he feels is the cause of his current problems. Anisha ends up helping him in a way he doesn't expect. (Read More)

Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, woman in uniform, true love, moaning, woman, dream

Les Miserables (2012)
Drama, History, Musical, Romance, War

Les Miserables (2012)

Jean Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.

Locations:france
Story:paris france, death of main character, tuberculosis, stage, 19th century, no opening credits, prostitution

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, surrealism
Locations:apartment, nightclub
Story:woman, red curtain, attempted murder, dream, punctuation in title, title spoken by character, gun

The Hundred-foot Journey (2014) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Hundred-foot Journey (2014)

The family of talented cook, Hassan Kadam, has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss. Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up a Indian restaurant there. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory's acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates in personal intensity until it goes too far. In response, there is a bridging of sides initiated by Hassan, Marguerite and Madame Mallory herself, both professional and personal, that encourages an understanding that will change both sides forever. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:india, france
Story:paris france, eiffel tower paris, woman, flashback

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:france, nightclub
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, moaning, gun, flashback

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Themes:writing, surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment, nightclub
Characters:writer
Story:attempted rape, liberty, reverse footage, typewriter, no opening credits, woman, color in title, rape, dream

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:dying
Locations:apartment
Characters:writer
Story:death of girlfriend, playwright, typewriter, theater, no opening credits, woman, flashback

Pleasantville (1998) is one of the best movies like Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Pleasantville (1998)

David Wagner is a kid whose mind is stuck in the 1950s. He's addicted to a classic 50's sitcom television show called "Pleasantville". Pleasntville is a simple place, a place where all of its citizens are swell and simple-minded folks, a place where the word "violence", and life outside of Pleasantville, is unbeknown to its inhabitants; things are perfect down in Pleasantville. One evening, the life of David and his obnoxious sister Jennifer take a bizarre turn when an eccentric repairman hand them a supposed magical remote. After a quarrel between the siblings, they inexplicably zap themselves into the world of "Pleasantville". Now, David and Jennifer must adjust to a 50s lifestyle of repressed desires and considerably different societal values while trying to find their way home. (Read More)

Locations:france
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, paris france, eiffel tower paris, moaning, no opening credits, title spoken by character

American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This infatuation coincides with the Fittses moving in next door: homophobic disciplinarian US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts who rules the house with a military fist (that fist being both figurative and literal), his semi-comatose wife Barbara Fitts, and their bright and quietly subversive eighteen year old son Ricky Fitts, who openly abides by his father's rules while behind the scenes lives by his own quite different perspective. Much like Lester's infatuation, Ricky immediately becomes infatuated with Janie, he who considers girls like Angela as ordinary. The entry of Angela and the Fittses into the Burnhams' lives ultimately leads to each of the players confronting what is truly in his or her heart. (Read More)

Themes:seduction, dance
Mood:satire
Characters:writer
Story:moaning woman, woman moaning, in medias res, told in flashback, schoolgirl, moaning, no opening credits, dinner, woman, gun, flashback

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