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Philadelphia (1993)
Drama

Philadelphia (1993)

Andrew Beckett, a gay, HIV positive lawyer, is fired from his law firm in fear that they might contract HIV from him. After Andrew is fired, in a last attempt for peace, he sues his former law firm with the help of a homophobic lawyer, Joe Miller. During the court battle, Miller sees that Beckett is no different than anyone else on the gritty streets of the city of brotherly love, sheds his homophobia and helps Beckett with his case before AIDS overcomes him. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  aids,  dying,  homophobia,  illness,  sexuality
Locations:pennsylvania,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  dancer,  homosexual
Story:judicial system,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  terminal illness,  costume party,  man dancing with man,  unfair dismissal,  trailer narrated by hal douglas,  gay hero,  ends with funeral,  thinness,  courtroom drama,  judiciary,  judicial,  male nurse,  death of hero,  death of lover,  tragic ending,  hypocrite,  death of boyfriend,  human immunodeficiency virus,  gay love,  male male kiss,  main character dies,  gay rights,  tragic hero,  bigotry,  partner,  hypocrisy,  home movie,  blockbuster,  disease,  medical,  city name in title,  library,  trial,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  place name in title,  tough guy,  cult film,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  kiss

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  homophobia
Characters:lawyer,  dancer,  homosexual
Story:hypocrite,  gay love,  male male kiss,  gay rights,  bigotry,  hypocrisy,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  dancing,  one word title,  kiss

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Erin Brockovich (2000)
Biography, Drama

Erin Brockovich (2000)

'Erin Brockovich-Ellis' (qv) is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her law firm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. (Read More)

Themes:illness
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  terminal illness,  courtroom drama,  judicial,  judiciary,  disease,  medical,  trial,  mother son relationship,  kiss

Pride (2014)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Pride (2014)

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

Themes:prejudice,  aids,  homophobia
Characters:homosexual
Story:gay love,  male male kiss,  gay rights,  partner,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  mother son relationship,  one word title

Rent (2005) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
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:aids,  dying
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  dancer,  homosexual
Story:human immunodeficiency virus,  gay love,  male male kiss,  home movie,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  kiss

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The Accused (1988)
Drama

The Accused (1988)

Sarah Tobias goes to her local bar and is gang-raped by three men. The district attorney on the case is Katheryn Murphy who wants to prove that although Sarah had taken drugs that night and was acting provocatively while in the bar, this is no reason for her to be so brutally attacked and the men responsible should be brought to justice. This is why The Accused (1988) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993). (Read More)

Themes:homophobia
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  dancer
Story:judicial system,  courtroom drama,  judiciary,  judicial,  trial,  gay slur,  dancing,  kiss

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Biography, Drama

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Dallas 1985. Electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof lives hard, which includes heavy smoking, drinking, drug use (primarily cocaine) and casual sex. He is racist and homophobic. While in the hospital on a work related injury, the doctors discover and inform him that he is HIV+, and that he will most-likely die within thirty days. Ron is initially in angry denial that he would have a disease that only "faggots" have, but upon quick reflection comes to the realization that the diagnosis is probably true. He begins to read whatever research is available about the disease, which at this time seems to be most effectively treated by the drug AZT. AZT, however, is only in the clinical trials stage within the US. Incredulous that he, as a dying man, cannot pay for any drug which may save or at least prolong his life, he goes searching for it by whatever means possible. It eventually leads him to Mexico and a "Dr." Vass, an American physician whose license was revoked in the US because of his AIDS related work against US regulations. Dr. Vass leads Ron to a cocktail of other drugs, some vitamins, he believes are more effective in treating the symptoms, since the virus, as Ron learns, will always be in the system of those who have been exposed to it. Ron begins to smuggle these drugs not approved by the FDA into the US, not only for his own use but for sale to other HIV+ persons. In this venture, he goes into an unlikely partnership with a HIV+ transgender woman named Rayon, who he met in the hospital and who has greater contact with AIDS patients through the gay community. As they try to work both above ground to get the meds to those that need them and underground to avoid detection by especially the FDA, Ron comes up with an idea to circumvent the fact of selling the drugs - which are not considered drugs yet since they are not FDA approved - directly to the HIV+ population, which then should should not be against the law. Richard Barkley and Dr. Sevard, the FDA's lead man on the file and one of Ron's doctors respectively, the latter who sees clinical trials as the only way to determine the efficacy of drugs despite the fact that Ron and others would have probably died already without these drugs, try to stop Ron and Rayon at every turn. Caught in the middle is Dr. Eve Saks, another of Ron's doctors, who understands why policies are in place, but who can sympathize with Ron, Rayon and others - all her patients, directly or indirectly - in their situation. (Read More)

Themes:aids,  dying,  homophobia,  illness
Locations:hospital
Story:disease,  medical,  terminal illness,  thinness,  city name in title,  library,  trial,  gay slur,  place name in title

Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)
Drama, War

Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)

It has been three years since the most important Nazi leaders had already been tried. This trial is about 4 judges who used their offices to conduct Nazi sterilization and cleansing policies. Retired American judge, Dan Haywood has a daunting task ahead of him. The Cold War is heating up and no one wants any more trials as Germany, and Allied governments, want to forget the past. But is that the right thing to do is the question that the tribunal must decide. (Read More)

Story:judicial system,  trial,  courtroom drama,  judicial,  judiciary,  city name in title,  place name in title,  party

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The Rainmaker (1997) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Rainmaker (1997)

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

Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  courtroom drama,  judicial,  judiciary,  medical,  mother son relationship

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. (Read More)

Themes:aids,  dying
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  dancer,  homosexual
Story:man dancing with man,  death of lover,  gay love,  library,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  dancing,  kiss

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

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. This is why Boys Don't Cry (1999) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  homophobia,  sexuality
Characters:homosexual
Story:main character dies,  bigotry,  gay slur,  party,  kiss

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The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Biography, Drama

The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.

Themes:aids,  illness
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  courtroom drama,  judicial,  judiciary,  trial,  mother son relationship

Beginners (2010) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Beginners (2010)

It's 2003. Thirty-eight-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal Fields to cancer, after Oliver's mother Georgia Fields passed away five years earlier. Oliver is naturally a sullen man due to his growing up relationships with his parents (his mother who had a unique view on life) and watching his parents' cordial but somewhat distant relationship with each other, but is more so now because of his personal family losses. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life during that time, will show Oliver how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a joie de vivre that did not exist before, which included an open relationship with a much younger man named Andy. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including Anna's own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver needing to take care of who was originally Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier, Arthur. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:terminal illness,  costume party,  male male kiss,  library,  gay kiss,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  kiss

The Pelican Brief (1993)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, who is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and all what they have are theories, he asks her to help him but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing; that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham's about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive? (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  homosexual
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  death of boyfriend,  blockbuster,  library,  trial,  kiss

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A Perfect World (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Perfect World (1993)

After escaping from a Huntsville prison, convict Butch Haynes and his partner Terry Pugh kidnap a young boy, Philip Perry, and flee across Texas. As they travel together, Butch and Philip discover common bonds and suffer the abuses of the outside "Perfect World." In pursuit is Texas Ranger "Red" Garnett and criminologist Sally Gerber. (Read More)

Story:partner,  tragic ending,  main character dies,  blockbuster,  gay slur,  tough guy,  cult film,  mother son relationship

The Verdict (1982)
Drama

The Verdict (1982)

Frank Galvin was once a promising Boston lawyer with a bright future ahead. An incident early in his career in which he was trying to do the right thing led to him being fired from the prestigious law firm with which he was working, almost being disbarred, and his wife leaving him. Continually drowning his sorrows in booze, he is now an ambulance chasing lawyer, preying on the weak and vulnerable, and bending the truth whenever necessary to make what few dollars he has, as he has only had a few cases in the last few years, losing the last four. His only friend in the profession is his now retired ex-partner, Mickey Morrissey, who gets Frank a case, his fee solely a percentage of what his clients are awarded. The case should net Frank tens of thousands of dollars by settling out of court, that money which would at least get him back on his feet. It is a negligence suit brought on behalf of Deborah Ann Kaye by her sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Kevin Doneghy, against St. Catherine Laboure Hospital, operated by the Archdiocese of Boston, and Drs. Towler and Marks. Kaye was admitted to the hospital for what should have been a routine delivery, but something that happened while Kaye was on the operating room table led to her brain being deprived of oxygen, resulting in permanent brain damage, and Kaye now being in a totally vegetative state requiring hospitalization for the rest of her life. Frank eventually learns that the cause seems to be that Dr. Towler, the anesthesiologist and an expert in the field, used the incorrect anesthetic for the situation. However, all but one person that was in the operating room that day has provided depositions that nothing improper occurred in the operating room. The one holdout is the operating room head nurse, Maureen Rooney, who is not talking, period, to Frank or the other side. Upon seeing the state Kaye is in, Frank unilaterally decides to do what he believes is the right thing by declining the lucrative out of court settlement offered by the Archdiocese and take the case to court. In doing so, he hopes the truth that the hospital and the doctors truly were negligent comes to light. Feeling that this case may be a turning point in his life, Frank has a new spring in his step, enough that he attracts the attention of Laura Fischer, the two who begin a relationship. Despite having whatever the truth is on his side, that truth which he does not know, and having an expert witness of his own, Frank has an uphill battle in that the Archdiocese has retained the services of Ed Concannon, a high priced lawyer who has a large team of associates whose task is to help Concannon and the Archdiocese win at any cost. Concannon's task seems even easier as Judge Hoyle, the presiding judge, is already biased against Frank for taking the case to court. This is why The Verdict (1982) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993). (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  courtroom drama,  judicial,  judiciary,  partner,  medical,  trial

Rules Of Engagement (2000) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Drama, Thriller, War

Rules Of Engagement (2000)

Hayes Hodges finds his career aspirations dashed when he's wounded in Vietnam combat. He then returns to America and becomes a disillusioned lawyer who goes up against the service to defend Colonel Terry Childers, who is accused of inciting an incident that leaves many demonstrators dead. Hodges in no position to decline: Childers heroically saved his life back in Vietnam. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  trial,  party

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Les Invasions Barbares (2003)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Les Invasions Barbares (2003)

In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries to made peace with his ex-wife Louise, who asks their estranged son Sebastian, a successful businessman living in London, to come home. Sebastian makes the impossible happen, using his contacts and disrupting the entire Canadian system in every way possible to help his father fight his terminal illness to the bitter end, while he also tries to reunite his former friends, Pierre, Alain, Dominique, Diane, and Claude to see their old friend before he passes on. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  sexuality
Locations:hospital
Characters:homosexual
Story:philadelphia pennsylvania,  terminal illness,  library,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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)

Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  courtroom drama,  judicial,  judiciary,  home movie,  trial,  mother son relationship

Amistad (1997)
Drama, History

Amistad (1997)

Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque, who was a tribal leader in Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find help when they land. Instead, when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. They don't speak a word of English, and it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors when an abolitionist lawyer decides to take their case, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  courtroom drama,  judiciary,  judicial,  trial,  one word title

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. This is why The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  dying,  homophobia
Locations:pennsylvania,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  homosexual
Story:male male kiss,  library,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

12 Angry Men (1957)
Crime, Drama

12 Angry Men (1957)

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Characters:lawyer
Story:trial,  judicial system,  judiciary,  judicial

Taking Woodstock (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:prejudice
Characters:dancer,  homosexual
Story:city name in title,  gay kiss,  place name in title,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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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:illness
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  dancer
Story:medical,  trial,  dancing,  mother son relationship

The Devil's Advocate (1997) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
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. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  dancer
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  trial,  cult film,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. This is why Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993). (Read More)

Characters:lawyer,  dancer,  homosexual
Story:male male kiss,  library,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Drama

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)

The family of "Big Daddy" Pollitt convenes at his and Big Momma's vast 28,000 acre East Mississippi plantation for his sixty-fifth birthday, although it may as well be for his funeral on the belief that he is dying. Despite his latest medical report being clean, in reality he truly does have terminal colon cancer, something the doctor only tells Big Daddy's two sons, Gooper Pollitt, a lawyer, and Brick Pollitt, who recently left his job as a sportscaster. Brooding Brick and his wife Maggie Pollitt, who have driven up from New Orleans for the occasion, are going through a long rough patch in their marriage. Brick wanted to split, but Maggie convinced him to stay married on the condition that she not pressure him for sex. In their troubles, Brick has turned to the bottle, leading to a drunken incident which has left Brick currently on crutches. Maggie believes Gooper and his wife Mae Pollitt are trying to orchestrate Brick out of Big Daddy's will. Brick and Maggie's saving grace is Big Daddy has greater affinity for them than Gooper and Mae. Maggie is beautiful and Brick was a star athlete, specifically in football and track. As Gooper and Mae have a sixth child on the way, Maggie also believes they could combat anything Gooper and Mae could do by having a child of their own. In his current state, Brick has contempt for everyone and everything around him, which includes Big Daddy's money. All Brick and Maggie's problems seem to center on their respective relationships with Brick's high school friend and football partner, Skipper, and events in their lives just prior to Skipper's death. What happens not only with Brick and Maggie but the entire Pollitt family may depend on if Brick can reconcile himself with his life, much of which is currently in Big Daddy's house, including Maggie. (Read More)

Themes:dying
Characters:lawyer
Story:terminal illness,  partner,  disease,  medical,  party,  mother son relationship

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

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

Themes:illness
Characters:dancer,  homosexual
Story:hypocrite,  hypocrisy,  home movie,  gay slur,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  one word title

Mar Adentro (2004) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Mar Adentro (2004)

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

Themes:dying
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:terminal illness,  disease,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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Irreversible (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Irreversible (2002)

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. (Read More)

Themes:aids,  homophobia
Characters:dancer,  homosexual
Story:gay slur,  cult film,  party,  dancing,  one word title,  kiss

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. This is why Carlito's Way (1993) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993). (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  dancer
Story:death of hero,  main character dies,  tough guy,  party,  dancing,  kiss

Summer Of Sam (1999)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Summer Of Sam (1999)

Themes:homophobia
Characters:dancer,  homosexual
Story:bigotry,  gay slur,  cult film,  dancing

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As Good As It Gets (1997) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

As Good As It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  homophobia
Locations:hospital
Characters:homosexual
Story:blockbuster,  gay slur,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

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

Themes:illness
Story:man dancing with man,  male male kiss,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer,  homosexual
Story:terminal illness,  male male kiss,  gay kiss,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  kiss

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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 Philadelphia (1993). (Read More)

Locations:pennsylvania,  hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:blockbuster,  gay slur,  cult film,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

...and Justice For All. (1979) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

...and Justice For All. (1979)

When a judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland is forced to defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client Jeff McCullaugh because of a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma.

Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  partner,  judiciary,  judicial,  trial

The Fountain (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness
Locations:hospital
Story:medical,  terminal illness,  kiss

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Footloose (1984)
Drama, Music, Romance

Footloose (1984)

Classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, there is one small pleasure: Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy". (Read More)

Characters:dancer
Story:man dancing with man,  blockbuster,  gay slur,  cult film,  dancing,  kiss

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:terminal illness,  partner,  trial,  gay slur,  tough guy,  cult film,  mother son relationship

Troy (2004) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Drama, History, Romance

Troy (2004)

As the Greeks fall, they decided to head back home. King Priam decides to have one last battle with the Greeks to leave Troy for good. It was a night battle so the Greeks didn't knew, raining them down with flaming arrows and lighting huge balls of dry branches and rolling them down at the beach. It was a battle that Achilles wasn't in, but his cousin Patroclus pretended to be him by wearing his armor, his sword, his helmet, and his moves. Hector finally had a battle with Achilles not knowing it wasn't him. Patroclus was fast but Hector was faster, causing him to cut Patroclus's neck and finishing him with a sword to the heart. This is why Troy (2004) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993). (Read More)

Story:ends with funeral,  death of hero,  main character dies,  tragic hero,  blockbuster,  city name in title,  place name in title,  kiss

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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is trying to get some money out of him. But when Haller looks at the evidence against him, he learns that this case might be linked to an old case of his. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:trial,  gay slur,  mother son relationship

The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Characters:lawyer,  dancer
Story:bigotry,  home movie,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

Ikiru (1952)
Drama

Ikiru (1952)

Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant. He has worked in the same department for 30 years. His life is pretty boring and monotonous, though he once used to have passion and drive. Then one day he discovers that he has stomach cancer and has less than a year to live. After the initial depression he sets about living for the first time in over 20 years. Then he realises that his limited time left is not just for living life to the full but to leave something meaningful behind... (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness
Characters:dancer
Story:terminal illness,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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In The Name Of The Father (1993) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Biography, Drama

In The Name Of The Father (1993)

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. Bullied by the British police, he and four of his friends are coerced into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends 15 years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence with the help of a British attorney, Gareth Peirce. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  trial,  mother son relationship

My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Drama

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister. This is why My Sister's Keeper (2009) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993). (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:medical,  terminal illness,  home movie,  kiss

Horns (2013)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

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

Themes:illness
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:terminal illness,  male male kiss,  gay slur,  gay kiss,  mother son relationship,  one word title

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Carriers (2009)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Carriers (2009)

In a world devastated by an outbreak, Brian, his girlfriend Bobby, his brother Danny and their friend, Kate, are heading to a beach where the brothers spent their childhood vacations expecting it to be a sanctuary. When their car breaks down on the road in the desert, they negotiate with a man called Frank, who is also stranded but without gas. He is trying to get his daughter Jodie to the hospital (she is infected with a disease of some kind), they all decide to travel together. During the journey, massive moral dilemmas arise, as events head into a downward spiral. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:bigotry,  home movie,  disease,  one word title

A Monster Calls (2016) is one of the best movies like Philadelphia (1993)
Drama, Fantasy

A Monster Calls (2016)

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Conor, and it asks for the one thing Conor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother's sickness. Will Conor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Conor be able to speak the truth? (Read More)

Themes:illness
Locations:hospital
Story:terminal illness,  mother son relationship

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

New Jack City (1991)

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

Characters:lawyer
Story:tragic ending,  main character dies,  partner,  trial,  gay slur,  tough guy,  cult film,  party,  dancing

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