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Once (2007)
Drama, Music, Romance

Once (2007)

An unnamed guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer/songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An unnamed girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her Mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets girl and they get to know each other as the girl helps the guy put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the guy and the girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:flat,  airport,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:thief,  musician,  singer,  friend
Story:czech,  street musician,  czech republic,  czech abroad,  cd player,  sound studio,  clothing store,  vacuum cleaner,  recording studio,  expensive gift,  dublin ireland,  street life,  guitarist,  piano,  flower seller,  sound engineer,  repair shop,  house cleaner,  estranged husband,  keyboardist,  house cleaning,  shoelace,  hare krishna,  recording session,  suicide of father,  busker,  music producer,  bohemian,  battery,  public phone,  music store,  frisbee,  heroin addict,  clothing,  cleaning lady,  cd,  lost love,  arcade,  studio,  violinist,  songwriter,  seaside,  drummer,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  home movie,  composer,  listening to music,  street,  answering machine,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  europe,  ireland,  gift,  pianist,  pay phone,  prologue,  unrequited love,  dinner,  immigrant,  band,  candle,  bedroom,  f word,  television,  guitar,  neighbor,  cafe,  death of father,  love triangle,  london england,  bus,  watching tv,  urination,  motorcycle,  food,  singing,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  dog

Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  musician,  singer,  friend
Story:recording studio,  music store,  songwriter,  drummer,  guitarist,  listening to music,  band,  bedroom,  guitar,  piano,  cafe,  bus,  urination,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  beach
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:recording studio,  recording session,  cd,  songwriter,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  home movie,  guitarist,  prologue,  band,  f word,  guitar,  london england,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:street musician,  violinist,  composer,  guitarist,  pianist,  prologue,  band,  guitar,  piano,  cafe,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:drummer,  guitarist,  listening to music,  pay phone,  prologue,  band,  f word,  guitar,  death of father,  love triangle,  bus,  watching tv,  urination,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship

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

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. This is why The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like Once (2007). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  singer,  friend
Story:clothing store,  street life,  cd,  home movie,  listening to music,  unrequited love,  cafe,  death of father,  love triangle,  bus,  watching tv,  song,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  independent film

Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

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

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  musician,  singer,  friend
Story:street musician,  bohemian,  songwriter,  home movie,  street,  answering machine,  pay phone,  candle,  guitar,  neighbor,  cafe,  motorcycle,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  dog

The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

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

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:street musician,  street life,  violinist,  listening to music,  street,  pay phone,  prologue,  urination,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:vacuum cleaner,  home movie,  pay phone,  band,  f word,  cafe,  watching tv,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:singer
Story:dublin ireland,  europe,  street,  prologue,  unrequited love,  candle,  guitar,  cafe,  love triangle,  london england,  bus,  watching tv,  urination,  motorcycle,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  dog

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

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all. This is why Searching For Sugar Man (2012) is one of the best movies like Once (2007). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:cd player,  music producer,  music store,  cd,  songwriter,  home movie,  guitarist,  listening to music,  band,  guitar,  london england,  watching tv,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  husband wife relationship

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The Two Faces Of January (2014)
Romance, Thriller

The Two Faces Of January (2014)

1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinth Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester's jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  musician,  singer
Story:street life,  europe,  pay phone,  dinner,  f word,  death of father,  love triangle,  bus,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

Love & Mercy (2014) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:beach,  restaurant
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:recording studio,  recording session,  studio,  songwriter,  drummer,  composer,  guitarist,  listening to music,  pianist,  prologue,  band,  bedroom,  f word,  guitar,  piano,  cafe,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog

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... (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:drummer,  home movie,  composer,  answering machine,  pianist,  dinner,  band,  bedroom,  television,  guitar,  piano,  neighbor,  death of father,  watching tv,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film

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Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:friend
Story:dublin ireland,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  ireland,  prologue,  unrequited love,  immigrant,  cafe,  london england,  watching tv,  urination,  food,  crying,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Greenberg (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Greenberg (2010)

We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? This is why Greenberg (2010) is one of the best movies like Once (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:cd player,  band,  frisbee,  cleaning lady,  cd,  songwriter,  guitarist,  listening to music,  answering machine,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  candle,  guitar,  cafe,  watching tv,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  dog

Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:beach
Characters:singer,  musician
Story:recording studio,  heroin addict,  songwriter,  drummer,  guitarist,  pianist,  band,  guitar,  piano,  bus,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  dog

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Detroit Rock City (1999)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  singer,  friend
Story:frisbee,  listening to music,  pay phone,  band,  guitar,  cafe,  urination,  song,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:lost love,  seaside,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  listening to music,  f word,  neighbor,  death of father,  bus,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

The Visitor (2007)
Drama

The Visitor (2007)

In Connecticut, lonely widowed Professor Walter Vale has a boring life. He teaches only one class at the local college and is trying to learn how to play the piano, despite not having the necessary musical talent. Walter is assigned to attend a conference about Global Policy and Development at New York University, where he is to give a lecture about a paper on which he is co-author. When he arrives at his apartment in New York, he finds Tarek Khalil, a Syrian musician, and Zainab, a Senegalese street vendor, living there. He sympathizes with the situation of the illegal immigrants and invites the couple to stay with him. Tarek invites him to go to his gig at Jules Live Jazz. Walter is fascinated with his African drum and Tarek offers to teach Walter to play the drum. However, after an incident in the subway, Tarek is arrested by the police and sent to a detention center for illegal immigrants. Walter has just hired a lawyer to defend Tarek when, out of the blue, Tarek's mother Mouna arrives at the apartment from Michigan. He invites her to stay in Tarek's room and while trying to get Tarek released, Walter and Mouna get close to each other and he finds reasons to feel life can be exciting and worth living again. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:street musician,  street life,  piano,  busker,  cd,  drummer,  listening to music,  street,  pianist,  immigrant,  cafe,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film

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The Runaways (2010) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Runaways (2010)

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? This is why The Runaways (2010) is one of the best movies like Once (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:recording studio,  band,  music producer,  drummer,  guitarist,  listening to music,  f word,  guitar,  urination,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  independent film

Sing Street (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Sing Street (2016)

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:dublin ireland,  band,  songwriter,  drummer,  guitarist,  listening to music,  street,  ireland,  prologue,  television,  piano,  motorcycle,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Peter is a composer and a likable sad sack who's devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he rails, he mopes. Finally, his step-brother Brian suggests Hawaii, so Peter heads for a resort on Oahu where, as he's checking in, he sees Sarah and her new beau, Aldous, a polymorphously perverse English rocker. The weeping and moping start again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out. Although he constantly runs into Sarah and Aldous, Peter starts to come alive again. Will Sarah realize what she's lost, and what about Rachel? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:recording studio,  composer,  recording session,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  dinner,  band,  television,  piano,  cafe,  watching tv,  urination,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  dog

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

I'm Not There. (2007)

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

Themes:theft,  drinking
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  singer,  musician
Story:music producer,  songwriter,  guitarist,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  pianist,  band,  guitar,  piano,  cafe,  london england,  bus,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  food,  singing,  song,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog

The School Of Rock (2003) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:band,  guitar,  drummer,  guitarist,  pianist,  piano,  urination,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing

Leap Year (2010)
Comedy, Romance

Leap Year (2010)

A woman who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an Irish tradition which occurs every time the date February 29 rolls around, faces a major setback when bad weather threatens to derail her planned trip to Dublin. With the help of an innkeeper, however, her cross-country odyssey just might result in her getting engaged. This is why Leap Year (2010) is one of the best movies like Once (2007). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:thief,  singer
Story:dublin ireland,  listening to music,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  ireland,  gift,  pay phone,  dinner,  band,  cafe,  love triangle,  bus,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  dog

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My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

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

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  singer,  friend
Story:street life,  street,  home movie,  europe,  unrequited love,  band,  bedroom,  cafe,  death of father,  watching tv,  urination,  motorcycle,  song,  crying,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  dog

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Crime, Drama, Music

Hustle & Flow (2005)

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

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:sound engineer,  songwriter,  pianist,  piano,  neighbor,  cafe,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog

Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:cd player,  cd,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  home movie,  listening to music,  answering machine,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  bedroom,  f word,  cafe,  bus,  urination,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog

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Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:recording studio,  heroin addict,  vacuum cleaner,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  band,  guitar,  london england,  bus,  motorcycle,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film

Ladri Di Biciclette (1948)
Drama

Ladri Di Biciclette (1948)

Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, gets at last a good job - for which he needs a bike - hanging up posters. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won't be able to keep his job. This is why Ladri Di Biciclette (1948) is one of the best movies like Once (2007). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  singer,  friend
Story:street life,  street,  band,  guitar,  cafe,  bus,  urination,  food,  song,  crying,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog

Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama, Music, Musical

Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:recording studio,  music producer,  songwriter,  composer,  guitarist,  pianist,  prologue,  band,  guitar,  piano,  love triangle,  bus,  watching tv,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

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Le Salaire De La Peur (1953) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  singer,  friend
Story:street life,  drummer,  guitarist,  candle,  guitar,  cafe,  urination,  motorcycle,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  dog

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:singer
Story:dublin ireland,  street life,  listening to music,  ireland,  unrequited love,  candle,  death of father,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)
Crime, Drama

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with sixty-two pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:singer
Story:grandmother granddaughter relationship,  immigrant,  band,  bus,  urination,  motorcycle,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making. This is why Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is one of the best movies like Once (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:recording studio,  guitarist,  listening to music,  pay phone,  guitar,  cafe,  bus,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

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

Across The Universe (2007)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:street life,  hare krishna,  songwriter,  composer,  guitarist,  unrequited love,  immigrant,  band,  television,  guitar,  bus,  watching tv,  urination,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:singer
Story:violinist,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  pianist,  pay phone,  piano,  cafe,  love triangle,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:clothing,  listening to music,  europe,  ireland,  prologue,  immigrant,  band,  f word,  love triangle,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title

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

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money
Locations:beach
Characters:thief
Story:seaside,  listening to music,  europe,  f word,  neighbor,  watching tv,  urination,  motorcycle,  food,  crying,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  dog

Crazy Heart (2009) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Drama, Music, Romance

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. This is why Crazy Heart (2009) is one of the best movies like Once (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Characters:singer,  musician,  friend
Story:cd,  songwriter,  guitarist,  pianist,  pay phone,  band,  guitar,  piano,  bus,  watching tv,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship

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54 (1998)
Drama, Music

54 (1998)

An anthology film retelling the story of the famous Studio 54, a hot disco hangout for the social elite of New York. The movie follows several characters at once, some of whom are in desperate straits and on the verge of crashing.

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  musician,  singer,  friend
Story:studio,  cafe,  urination,  song,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  one word title

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romance

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Adam ('Tom Hiddleston' (qv)), an underground musician, reunites with his lover for centuries ('Tilda Swinton' (qv)) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by his wild and uncontrollable little sister ('Mia Wasikowska' (qv)). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:street life,  violinist,  composer,  guitarist,  listening to music,  band,  f word,  guitar,  watching tv,  urination,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship

Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:music store,  drummer,  guitar,  cafe,  death of father,  watching tv,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

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

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:composer,  street life,  pianist,  pay phone,  prologue,  candle,  f word,  piano,  cafe,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  dog

Black Snake Moan (2006)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. This is why Black Snake Moan (2006) is one of the best movies like Once (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:clothing store,  guitarist,  street,  prologue,  band,  guitar,  cafe,  bus,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog

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.

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  beach
Characters:thief,  singer,  friend
Story:street life,  listening to music,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  song,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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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:drinking,  money
Characters:singer
Story:suicide of father,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  listening to music,  prologue,  f word,  piano,  death of father,  bus,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like Once (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:europe,  listening to music,  pianist,  pay phone,  band,  candle,  piano,  cafe,  death of father,  london england,  bus,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  dog

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,  drinking,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  singer
Story:street life,  home movie,  pay phone,  prologue,  candle,  cafe,  death of father,  bus,  food,  song,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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