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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Drama

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia, freedom, disability, sexuality, insanity, anger, escape, drunkenness, suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse, doctor
Period:1960s
Story:nurse patient relationship, doctor patient relationship, patient rights, escaped mental patient, mental patient, fishing boat, evil woman, promiscuous woman, sadistic psychopath, stern nurse, psychiatric nurse, escape from a mental institution, girl stripped down to panties, girl in panties, white panties, reference to the world series, institutional life, psychiatric examination, reference to hell, wrongful commitment

Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Biography, Drama

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Unable to cope with reality and the difficulty that comes with it, 18 year old Susanna, is admitted to a mental institution in order to overcome her disorder. However, she has trouble understanding her disorder and therefore finds it difficult to tame, especially when she meets the suggestive and unpredictable Lisa. (Read More)

Themes:sexuality, insanity, escape, suicide
Characters:nurse, doctor
Period:1960s
Story:doctor patient relationship, mental institution, suicide attempt, psychiatric nurse, institutional life, authority, medical profession, mental hospital, schizophrenia, patient, sociopath, racial slur, mental illness, television, cigarette smoking

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:insanity, anger, escape, drunkenness
Story:sadistic psychopath, hysteria, black humor, schizophrenia, lifting someone into the air, sociopath, premarital sex, christmas tree, attempted murder, racial slur, scantily clad female, mental illness, woman, strangulation, cleavage, psychopath, watching tv, helicopter, panties, surprise ending

K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Story:mental patient, medical treatment, craziness, medication, mental institution, schizophrenia, patient, attempted murder, strangulation, watching tv, surprise ending, cult film, party, independent film, based on novel, death, blood

Misery (1990) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Misery (1990)

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia, insanity, anger, escape
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse
Story:evil woman, sadistic psychopath, villainess played by lead actress, medication, sociopath, attempted murder, mental illness, woman, psychopath, small town, helicopter, surprise ending, based on novel, death, blood

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). (Read More)

Themes:anger, drunkenness, suicide
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:schizophrenic, hysteria, convict, patient, suicide attempt, attempted murder, basketball, cleavage, reference to god, watching tv, swimming pool, panties, party, cigarette smoking, independent film, number in title, blood, death

Side Effects (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. (Read More)

Themes:anger, suicide
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:doctor patient relationship, mental patient, reference to the world series, confinement, electroshock therapy, barbed wire, mental hospital, medication, mental institution, suicide attempt, reference to god, watching tv, surprise ending, death, blood

The Perfect Storm (2000)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Perfect Storm (2000)

In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:fishing boat, fishing, marina, blockbuster, woman, watching tv, helicopter, cigarette smoking, based on novel, death

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, anger
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:doctor
Story:defiance, medication, sociopath, claim in title, christmas tree, mental illness, woman, basketball, psychopath, watching tv, party, dancing, based on novel, blood, death

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:sexuality, insanity, drunkenness, suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:white panties, marina, irreverence, blockbuster, sociopath, premarital sex, suicide attempt, scantily clad female, anti hero, mental illness, woman, cleavage, psychopath, brawl, surprise ending, cult film, based on novel, blood

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. This is why The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness, suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse, doctor
Period:1960s
Story:blockbuster, woman, basketball, native american, animal in title, watching tv, small town, helicopter, cult film, party, dancing, blood, death

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, anger, escape
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:escaped mental patient, sadistic psychopath, ambiguous title, playing card, sitting, convict, schizophrenia, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, sociopath, attempted murder, anti hero, psychopath, brawl, helicopter, surprise ending, cult film, party, blood, death

A Beautiful Mind (2001) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Biography, Drama

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse, doctor
Period:1960s
Story:motivational, epilepsy, schizophrenic, psychiatric hospital, medication, mental institution, schizophrenia, blockbuster, mental illness, woman, cult film, party, dancing, blood

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. (Read More)

Themes:escape, suicide
Characters:nurse
Story:patient, nurse patient relationship, euthanasia, compassion, blockbuster, woman, strangulation, reference to god, dancing, cigarette smoking, death, independent film, based on novel, blood

Carlito's Way (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Carlito's Way (1993)

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:wheelchair
Story:girl in panties, death of hero, main character dies, death of protagonist, premarital sex, racial slur, scantily clad female, anti hero, cleavage, psychopath, panties, surprise ending, party, dancing, based on novel, death, blood

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. This is why Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). (Read More)

Themes:anger, escape, drunkenness
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:lifting person in air, barbed wire, main character dies, death of protagonist, sociopath, attempted murder, racial slur, anti hero, strangulation, brawl, watching tv, helicopter, surprise ending, blood, death

Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Themes:escape, suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:doctor
Story:girl in panties, white panties, psychiatric examination, epilepsy, medication, christmas tree, television, reference to god, watching tv, swimming pool, panties, cult film, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, death

Coach Carter (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Coach Carter (2005)

In 1999, Ken Carter accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that demand respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades for players. Any initial resistance is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray with too many doing poorly in class, Carter takes immediate action. To the outrage of the team, the school and the community, Carter cancels all team activities and locks the court until the team shows acceptable academic improvement. In the ensuing debate, Carter fights to keep his methods, determined to show the boys that they need good values for their futures and eventually finds he has affected them more profoundly than he ever expected. (Read More)

Story:girl in panties, white panties, motivational, premarital sex, scantily clad female, basketball, swimming pool, panties, party, dancing, death

Se7en (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' ('Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and ('Brad Pitt' (qv) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" ('Kevin Spacey' (qv)) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... (Read More)

Themes:insanity, anger
Story:sadistic psychopath, girl in panties, white panties, bad guy wins, blockbuster, sociopath, attempted murder, scantily clad female, psychopath, helicopter, panties, surprise ending, cult film, number in title, blood, death

V For Vendetta (2005)
Action, Drama, Thriller

V For Vendetta (2005)

Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. (Read More)

Themes:freedom
Story:woman, white panties, fighting the system, oppression, suffocation, death of protagonist, lifting someone into the air, scantily clad female, anti hero, strangulation, cleavage, watching tv, panties, cult film, dancing, death, blood

The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. This is why The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:bus, sitting, convict, medication, compassion, blockbuster, attempted murder, psychopath, brawl, small town, helicopter, surprise ending, cigarette smoking, death, blood

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Themes:escape, suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:suffocation, sociopath, christmas tree, attempted murder, racial slur, brawl, helicopter, surprise ending, cult film, based on novel, death, blood

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness, suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Story:woman, sociopath, strong female character, christmas tree, attempted murder, racial slur, anti hero, strangulation, psychopath, brawl, watching tv, swimming pool, surprise ending, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, death, blood

Cube (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube (1997)

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia, insanity, escape
Characters:doctor
Story:mental retardation, lifting someone into the air, sociopath, attempted murder, brawl, surprise ending, cult film, independent film, death, blood

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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

Themes:insanity, escape
Story:black humor, schizophrenia, sociopath, premarital sex, anti hero, woman, strangulation, native american, television, psychopath, brawl, panties, surprise ending, cult film, dancing, cigarette smoking, independent film, blood, death

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. This is why Basic Instinct (1992) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). (Read More)

Themes:sexuality, anger, drunkenness
Story:promiscuous woman, woman, girl in panties, villainess played by lead actress, blockbuster, strong female character, scantily clad female, cleavage, psychopath, watching tv, panties, surprise ending, dancing, cigarette smoking, blood, death

The Elephant Man (1980)
Biography, Drama

The Elephant Man (1980)

John Merrick (whose real name was Joseph, as this is based on a true story) is an intelligent and friendly man, but he is hated by his Victorian-era English society because he is severely deformed. Once he is discovered by a doctor, however, he is saved from his life in a freak show and he is treated like the human being that he really is. (Read More)

Themes:disability
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:doctor patient relationship, lifting an adult into the air, authority, medical profession, sitting, compassion, lifting someone into the air, animal in title, cult film

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:anger, drunkenness
Story:white panties, premarital sex, suicide attempt, scantily clad female, cleavage, bus, watching tv, swimming pool, panties, party, dancing, cigarette smoking

Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:anger, drunkenness
Characters:doctor
Story:lifting person in air, blockbuster, christmas tree, racial slur, brawl, watching tv, swimming pool, surprise ending, cult film, cigarette smoking, number in title, death

Alexander (2004)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Alexander (2004)

Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. (Read More)

Themes:anger, escape, drunkenness
Characters:doctor
Story:death of hero, euthanasia, main character dies, death of protagonist, blockbuster, attempted murder, scantily clad female, anti hero, strangulation, cleavage, brawl, surprise ending, party, dancing, blood, death

Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. This is why Gone With The Wind (1939) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). (Read More)

Themes:anger, drunkenness
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:fence, hysteria, convict, rebel, blockbuster, strong female character, christmas tree, mental illness, woman, reference to god, party, dancing, based on novel, blood, death

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford asks her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned, thus far, for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill, who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight (especially around the hips), all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose her, as a woman, to be able to trigger some emotional response from Lecter. After speaking to Lecter for the first time, she realizes that everything with him will be a psychological game, with her often having to read between the very cryptic lines he provides. She has to decide how much she will play along, as his request in return for talking to him is to expose herself emotionally to him. The case takes a more dire turn when a sixth victim is discovered, this one from who they are able to retrieve a key piece of evidence, if Lecter is being forthright as to its meaning. A potential seventh victim is high profile Catherine Martin, the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, which places greater scrutiny on the case as they search for a hopefully still alive Catherine. Who may factor into what happens is Dr. Frederick Chilton, the warden at the prison, an opportunist who sees the higher profile with Catherine, meaning a higher profile for himself if he can insert himself successfully into the proceedings. (Read More)

Themes:escape, suicide
Story:sadistic psychopath, woman, psychopath, bad guy wins, psychoanalysis, mental institution, blockbuster, sociopath, strong female character, mental illness, animal in title, surprise ending, cult film, based on novel

Awakenings (1990) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Biography, Drama

Awakenings (1990)

1969. Dr. Malcolm Sayer is hired as a clinical physician at a psychiatric hospital in the Bronx, despite he only having a research background. The job is not ideal on his side as he has difficulties relating to people which is the reason he has focused on research projects not involving human subjects, while the hospital hires him somewhat out of desperation in not finding anyone else with the qualifications who wants the job. Most of his patients are in a semi-catatonic state and are housed in what some of the orderlies coin the "garden" ward, where all they can do for the patients is water and feed them. He notices that some of the patients, despite their generally catatonic state, respond in unusual ways to certain stimuli. In doing some research, he also finds that some common bonds between these patients are that they suffered from encephalitis in the 1920s or 1930s, and that their physical states are like they have Parkinson's disease frozen in time. As such, he is able to convince, albeit reluctantly, his skeptical boss, Dr. Kaufman, to administer an expensive experimental drug therapy on only one patient with family consent. That patient is forty-one year old Leonard Lowe, who has been in his current state since he was eleven years old, and who has been supported by his loving mother through all these years. As the drug therapy "awakens" Leonard, there are several issues that come into play. Malcolm has to try and convince Kaufman and the hospital administration to extend the therapy to the other patients. Despite not knowing the long term effects, Leonard, who was aware of his surroundings through his catatonic state, may have mixed emotions about his situation, wanting both to be treated as human being and an experiment guinea pig to ensure that what is happening benefits him and others in the long run. Mrs. Lowe may be unprepared for the new Leonard, she expecting who she remembers as a sweet eleven year old boy. Through all these issues, what may be the most illuminating issue for Malcolm is the need to stimulate the human spirit, including his own in dealing with people around him. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:doctor
Period:1960s
Story:doctor patient relationship, patient, motivational, medical profession, psychiatric hospital, based on novel, death

Fargo (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Fargo (1996)

Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Story:lifting an adult into the air, lifting someone into the air, strong female character, racial slur, scantily clad female, woman, strangulation, native american, cleavage, television, psychopath, watching tv, small town, cult film, cigarette smoking, blood, independent film

The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Themes:insanity
Story:black humor, lifting someone into the air, sociopath, premarital sex, basketball, television, psychopath, brawl, watching tv, helicopter, surprise ending, cult film, party

Fight Club (1999)
Drama

Fight Club (1999)

A nameless first person narrator ('Edward Norton (I)' (qv)) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla ('Helena Bonham Carter' (qv)), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. However when he associates himself with Tyler ('Brad Pitt' (qv)) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is. This is why Fight Club (1999) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, anger, escape, drunkenness
Characters:doctor
Story:fighting the system, bad guy wins, group therapy, schizophrenia, sociopath, suicide attempt, scantily clad female, anti hero, mental illness, woman, cleavage, surprise ending, cult film, cigarette smoking, based on novel, blood, death

Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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:anger, drunkenness
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:promiscuous woman, girl in panties, fence, scantily clad female, cleavage, bus, panties, dancing, cigarette smoking, death

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. (Read More)

Themes:freedom, anger, drunkenness
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:psychiatric hospital, premarital sex, woman, watching tv, helicopter, punctuation in title, panties, party, dancing, death

Black Swan (2010)
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:insanity, drunkenness
Story:girl stripped down to panties, white panties, bird in title, strong female character, scantily clad female, mental illness, woman, cleavage, animal in title, panties, surprise ending, cult film, dancing, cigarette smoking, blood

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he is required to play the piano blindfolded. All the men at the party are costumed and wear masks while the women are all young and beautiful. Harford manages to find an appropriate costume and heads out to the party. Once there, however, he is warned by someone who recognizes him, despite the mask, that he is in great danger. He manages to extricate himself but the threats prove to be quite real and sinister. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:promiscuous woman, girl in panties, white panties, patient, christmas tree, scantily clad female, cleavage, watching tv, party, panties, cult film, dancing, cigarette smoking, based on novel, death

The Devil's Advocate (1997) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. This is why The Devil's Advocate (1997) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, anger, suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse
Story:white panties, scantily clad female, mental illness, reference to god, watching tv, small town, panties, surprise ending, cult film, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, based on novel, blood, death

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

Gone Girl (2014)

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

Themes:anger
Locations:wheelchair
Story:small town, villainess played by lead actress, schizophrenic, sociopath, woman, television, psychopath, watching tv, swimming pool, surprise ending, party, cigarette smoking, based on novel, death, blood

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Characters:doctor
Story:electroshock therapy, epilepsy, schizophrenic, psychiatry, schizophrenia, mental illness, watching tv, surprise ending, dancing, death

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:anger
Story:tragicomedy, main character dies, irreverence, blockbuster, premarital sex, scantily clad female, anti hero, woman, basketball, cleavage, television, reference to god, small town, swimming pool, panties, surprise ending, cult film, cigarette smoking, death, blood

Brazil (1985) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Drama, Sci-fi

Brazil (1985)

Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Buttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings, and both Sam and Jill's lives are put in danger. (Read More)

Themes:freedom, escape
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:doctor
Story:ambiguous title, lobotomy, schizophrenic, black humor, premarital sex, christmas tree, woman, surprise ending, cult film, party, cigarette smoking, independent film, blood

Pain & Gain (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. This is why Pain & Gain (2013) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:convict, motivational, premarital sex, attempted murder, racial slur, basketball, brawl, helicopter, swimming pool, punctuation in title, panties, blood

Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Crime, Drama

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks. (Read More)

Themes:freedom, escape, drunkenness
Story:death of hero, authority, barbed wire, main character dies, death of protagonist, anti hero, cigarette smoking, based on novel, death

Titanic (1997)
Drama, Romance

Titanic (1997)

84 years later, a 100 year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiance, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning. (Read More)

Themes:freedom, escape, suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Story:woman, lifting male in air, main character dies, rebel, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, premarital sex, suicide attempt, attempted murder, scantily clad female, cleavage, helicopter, surprise ending, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, death

Babel (2006) is one of the best movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Drama

Babel (2006)

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really are. (Read More)

Themes:disability, drunkenness, suicide
Characters:doctor
Story:bus, woman, girl in panties, white panties, deaf mute, compassion, scantily clad female, cleavage, watching tv, small town, helicopter, swimming pool, panties, dancing, cigarette smoking, death, blood

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:insanity, anger, suicide
Characters:doctor
Story:schizophrenia, suicide attempt, anti hero, strangulation, television, brawl, watching tv, surprise ending, cult film, cigarette smoking, blood, death

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