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Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

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

Themes:wealth,  prejudice,  blindness,  hope,  exploitation,  education,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  redemption,  racism,  memory,  funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  church,  beach,  hospital
Characters:singer,  baby,  musician,  dancer,  boy,  doctor
Period:1930s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:singing trio,  bass player,  trumpet player,  bottle tree,  record contract,  heroin addiction,  heroin addict,  concert hall,  greyhound bus,  tour bus,  bus ride,  birthday cake,  bus driver,  bus stop,  flash camera,  birthday party,  horse and carriage,  talking to the camera,  unwed pregnancy,  betrayal by friend,  blind boy,  seeing eye dog,  reference to lena horne,  reference to nat king cole,  atlantic records,  newport rhode island,  state legislature,  african american music,  organ grinder,  grammy award,  one dollar bill,  record executive,  sense of hearing,  visually impaired person,  georgia usa,  title cards,  drug test,  physical disability,  jukebox musical,  indianapolis indiana,  laundress,  payola,  sharecropper,  loss of eyesight,  sense of sight,  reference to liberace,  year 1950,  calling for help,  year 1949,  year 1956,  year 1953,  rhythm and blues,  year 1954,  year 1959,  year 1952,  hummingbird,  i.v.,  braille,  washing clothes,  protest sign,  year 1961,  african american protagonist,  year 1964,  record company,  year 1960,  drug withdrawal,  shooting up,  year 1965,  pity,  reference to frank sinatra,  gospel music,  st. louis missouri,  year 1962,  year 1979,  drug bust,  soul music,  year 1963,  probation,  record producer,  political protest,  racial issues,  music business,  new house,  integration,  new york city new york,  harlem manhattan new york city,  bass,  civil rights movement,  cricket,  music history,  trio,  montreal quebec canada,  racial discrimination,  blues music,  dallas texas,  segregation,  hymn,  houston texas,  turkish,  sorrow,  psychotherapy,  madrid spain,  atlanta georgia,  rags to riches,  trumpet,  cripple,  falling,  jazz music,  drug smuggling,  bottle,  forename as title,  seattle washington,  contract,  drums,  loss of brother,  genius,  recording studio,  blind man,  trophy,  cane,  songwriter,  racist,  newsreel footage,  boston massachusetts,  drummer,  animated sequence,  junkie,  breakup,  tokyo japan,  attorney,  civil rights,  drug overdose,  scam,  orchestra,  swimsuit,  country music,  florida,  guitarist,  rome italy,  race relations,  hypodermic needle,  pot smoking,  applause,  berlin germany,  chess,  premarital sex,  heroin,  loss of mother,  death of brother,  pianist,  drug addiction,  san francisco california,  suitcase,  fired from the job,  liar,  businessman,  microphone,  drug addict,  drowning,  radio,  baseball,  cocaine,  montage,  single mother,  concert,  band,  drug use,  reporter,  death of mother,  manhattan new york city,  guitar,  hallucination,  jail,  piano,  bathroom,  marijuana,  birthday,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  paris france,  camera,  los angeles california,  horse,  rain,  swimming pool,  dream,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  sex,  fight,  flashback,  death,  kiss,  dog

Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  memory,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:musician,  singer,  doctor
Story:flash camera,  soul music,  new york city new york,  jazz music,  forename as title,  contract,  recording studio,  songwriter,  drug overdose,  guitarist,  pot smoking,  applause,  heroin,  microphone,  drug addict,  cocaine,  montage,  band,  drug use,  reporter,  death of mother,  manhattan new york city,  guitar,  marijuana,  birthday,  sunglasses,  tears,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  horse,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  kiss

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

Sid And Nancy (1986)

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

Themes:hope,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  marriage
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:baby,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:bass player,  heroin addiction,  heroin addict,  tour bus,  shooting up,  bass,  recording studio,  junkie,  hypodermic needle,  heroin,  drug addiction,  drug addict,  concert,  band,  drug use,  manhattan new york city,  guitar,  jail,  arrest,  bus,  paris france,  camera,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  fight,  kiss

Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama, Music, Musical

Dreamgirls (2006)

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

Themes:prejudice,  unfaithfulness,  drinking,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician,  dancer,  singer,  doctor
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:music business,  flash camera,  unwed pregnancy,  payola,  rhythm and blues,  gospel music,  soul music,  trio,  blues music,  rags to riches,  jazz music,  recording studio,  songwriter,  drug overdose,  guitarist,  race relations,  applause,  heroin,  pianist,  fired from the job,  microphone,  radio,  cocaine,  montage,  single mother,  concert,  band,  drug use,  reporter,  guitar,  piano,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  bus,  drink,  camera,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  sex,  death,  kiss

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  love
Mood:nightmare
Characters:baby,  musician,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Period:1950s,  1940s,  1960s
Story:birthday cake,  bus stop,  birthday party,  jazz music,  drums,  recording studio,  songwriter,  drummer,  guitarist,  microphone,  montage,  band,  death of mother,  guitar,  piano,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  bus,  drink,  dream,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  death,  flashback,  sex

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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. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity,  love
Locations:hotel
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:tour bus,  birthday cake,  music business,  drums,  boston massachusetts,  drummer,  drug overdose,  guitarist,  pot smoking,  premarital sex,  san francisco california,  microphone,  concert,  band,  drug use,  guitar,  bathroom,  marijuana,  birthday,  bus,  drink,  camera,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  sex

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

I'm Not There. (2007)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  marriage,  drinking,  drugs,  infidelity,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer,  baby,  musician,  dancer,  boy
Period:1950s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:flash camera,  talking to the camera,  newport rhode island,  year 1959,  year 1964,  gospel music,  year 1963,  harlem manhattan new york city,  blues music,  rags to riches,  songwriter,  newsreel footage,  civil rights,  drug overdose,  guitarist,  applause,  pianist,  drug addiction,  microphone,  drug addict,  montage,  concert,  band,  drug use,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  guitar,  jail,  piano,  sunglasses,  bus,  drink,  camera,  horse,  rain,  singing,  song,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  dog,  sex

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

The Doors (1991)

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

Themes:memory,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drugs,  infidelity
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  beach
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:heroin addiction,  heroin addict,  birthday party,  horse and carriage,  year 1949,  record company,  year 1965,  record producer,  recording studio,  songwriter,  newsreel footage,  drummer,  drug overdose,  guitarist,  premarital sex,  heroin,  drug addiction,  san francisco california,  microphone,  drug addict,  cocaine,  concert,  band,  drug use,  reporter,  hallucination,  marijuana,  sunglasses,  tears,  arrest,  paris france,  camera,  los angeles california,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  sex,  death

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August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

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

Themes:drinking,  love
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:baby,  musician,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:genius,  orchestra,  guitarist,  pianist,  san francisco california,  liar,  microphone,  concert,  band,  manhattan new york city,  guitar,  piano,  tears,  lie,  drink,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  kiss,  fight,  flashback

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  funeral,  wedding,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:hotel
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer
Period:1930s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:reference to nat king cole,  new house,  songwriter,  boston massachusetts,  berlin germany,  premarital sex,  manhattan new york city,  hallucination,  bathroom,  birthday,  reference to god,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  dream,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  sex,  kiss,  fight,  flashback,  dog

Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. This is why Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Locations:nightclub,  church,  beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:1960s
Story:record contract,  greyhound bus,  tour bus,  record executive,  jukebox musical,  record producer,  songwriter,  newsreel footage,  animated sequence,  breakup,  civil rights,  guitarist,  hypodermic needle,  premarital sex,  heroin,  microphone,  montage,  single mother,  concert,  band,  drug use,  manhattan new york city,  guitar,  jail,  marijuana,  arrest,  bus,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  death,  fight

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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. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:boy,  doctor
Story:birthday cake,  birthday party,  hummingbird,  pity,  hypodermic needle,  drug addiction,  microphone,  drug addict,  cocaine,  drug use,  death of mother,  jail,  bathroom,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  drink,  rain,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  kiss,  death

The Great Debaters (2007) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
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,  education,  racism,  drinking,  love
Locations:hotel,  church
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:sharecropper,  african american protagonist,  harlem manhattan new york city,  trophy,  attorney,  civil rights,  race relations,  suitcase,  radio,  montage,  band,  manhattan new york city,  jail,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  horse,  song,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  fight,  kiss,  dog

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  memory,  funeral,  wedding,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:boy,  baby,  singer,  doctor
Story:birthday cake,  orchestra,  pianist,  concert,  manhattan new york city,  piano,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  kiss,  sex,  flashback,  fight

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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:wealth,  wedding,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Locations:beach
Characters:musician,  dancer,  boy
Period:1950s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:birthday cake,  cocaine,  drug smuggling,  boston massachusetts,  drug overdose,  drug addiction,  suitcase,  montage,  drug use,  jail,  marijuana,  birthday,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  dream,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death,  flashback

Love & Mercy (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. This is why Love & Mercy (2014) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004). (Read More)

Themes:exploitation,  fear,  drinking,  marriage,  love
Locations:beach
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:record company,  reference to frank sinatra,  year 1963,  drums,  genius,  recording studio,  songwriter,  drummer,  guitarist,  pot smoking,  applause,  death of brother,  pianist,  liar,  microphone,  drowning,  cocaine,  montage,  concert,  band,  drug use,  guitar,  piano,  marijuana,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  drink,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death,  dog,  kiss

Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  memory,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:birthday party,  swimsuit,  birthday,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  bus,  drink,  dream,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  sex

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Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

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

Themes:wedding,  drinking,  adultery,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby,  doctor
Story:heroin addict,  drug withdrawal,  shooting up,  junkie,  drug overdose,  hypodermic needle,  pot smoking,  heroin,  drug addiction,  drug addict,  drug use,  bathroom,  marijuana,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  drink,  camera,  rain,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  crying,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  kiss,  sex,  fight,  death

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Themes:guilt,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:trumpet player,  flash camera,  harlem manhattan new york city,  trumpet,  jazz music,  hypodermic needle,  pot smoking,  drowning,  radio,  band,  drug use,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  jail,  marijuana,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss,  sex,  flashback,  fight

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:baby,  musician,  singer,  doctor
Story:birthday cake,  songwriter,  drug overdose,  concert,  band,  drug use,  marijuana,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  sex,  dog

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Youth (2015) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Youth (2015)

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. This is why Youth (2015) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  memory,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:musician,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:cane,  drummer,  orchestra,  swimsuit,  guitarist,  applause,  microphone,  montage,  concert,  hallucination,  birthday,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  lie,  extramarital affair,  camera,  swimming pool,  dream,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  kiss,  death

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:exploitation,  fear,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:falling,  florida,  pot smoking,  applause,  drug addiction,  microphone,  cocaine,  band,  jail,  marijuana,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  drink,  camera,  swimming pool,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  kiss,  fight,  flashback,  sex,  death

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  boy,  doctor
Story:birthday party,  new york city new york,  contract,  racist,  drummer,  pot smoking,  band,  drug use,  manhattan new york city,  jail,  marijuana,  reference to god,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  rain,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  kiss,  sex,  flashback,  fight

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La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  memory,  funeral,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:church,  beach
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:birthday party,  birthday,  sorrow,  jazz music,  swimsuit,  guitarist,  rome italy,  applause,  heroin,  liar,  microphone,  cocaine,  montage,  guitar,  sunglasses,  lie,  arrest,  drink,  rain,  swimming pool,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  sex,  dog,  flashback,  kiss

White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  unfaithfulness,  redemption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:beach
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:greyhound bus,  junkie,  drug overdose,  chess,  premarital sex,  heroin,  cocaine,  single mother,  death of mother,  jail,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  dream,  pregnancy,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex,  kiss,  fight,  flashback,  death

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. This is why Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:birthday cake,  birthday party,  hymn,  falling,  loss of brother,  premarital sex,  death of brother,  birthday,  reference to god,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  death

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Tideland (2005)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking
Mood:nightmare
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer
Story:heroin addict,  shooting up,  junkie,  drug overdose,  guitarist,  hypodermic needle,  heroin,  loss of mother,  suitcase,  drug addict,  band,  drug use,  death of mother,  guitar,  hallucination,  piano,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  bus,  drink,  dream,  pregnancy,  song,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  kiss,  sex,  flashback

Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

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

Themes:exploitation,  funeral,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  drugs,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:shooting up,  drug withdrawal,  genius,  songwriter,  junkie,  hypodermic needle,  heroin,  drug addiction,  microphone,  drug addict,  cocaine,  montage,  drug use,  manhattan new york city,  guitar,  marijuana,  tears,  drink,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  fight,  kiss,  dog,  death

Alfie (2004) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:nightclub,  beach
Characters:baby,  doctor
Story:birthday party,  talking to the camera,  unwed pregnancy,  forename as title,  breakup,  pot smoking,  premarital sex,  montage,  single mother,  manhattan new york city,  marijuana,  tears,  extramarital affair,  drink,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog,  flashback,  sex,  kiss,  death

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August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  memory,  funeral,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:church
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:reference to lena horne,  reference to liberace,  pot smoking,  drug addiction,  liar,  drug addict,  drowning,  drug use,  piano,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  bus,  drink,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  fight,  kiss

Crazy Heart (2009)
Drama, Music, Romance

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. This is why Crazy Heart (2009) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  guilt,  redemption,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer,  musician,  dancer,  doctor
Story:tour bus,  gospel music,  music business,  houston texas,  songwriter,  country music,  guitarist,  applause,  pianist,  microphone,  concert,  band,  guitar,  piano,  tears,  bus,  drink,  camera,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  sex

Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  betrayal,  marriage
Locations:church,  beach
Characters:boy
Period:1950s,  1960s
Story:flash camera,  year 1949,  year 1964,  year 1960,  year 1963,  jazz music,  scam,  swimsuit,  san francisco california,  suitcase,  liar,  microphone,  montage,  single mother,  reporter,  hallucination,  marijuana,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  drink,  camera,  swimming pool,  crying,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  kiss,  fight

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Comedy, Music

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 36 kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man; but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  drugs,  love
Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:record producer,  recording studio,  animated sequence,  loss of mother,  cocaine,  concert,  guitar,  hallucination,  marijuana,  extramarital affair,  bus,  horse,  brother brother relationship,  character name in title,  sex

Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  racism,  drugs
Locations:beach
Characters:boy
Period:1930s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s
Story:harlem manhattan new york city,  civil rights movement,  racial discrimination,  racist,  boston massachusetts,  civil rights,  race relations,  microphone,  drug use,  manhattan new york city,  jail,  tears,  crying,  title spoken by character,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  death

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:drug bust,  sorrow,  junkie,  tokyo japan,  pot smoking,  death of brother,  fired from the job,  drug addict,  cocaine,  drug use,  death of mother,  hallucination,  bathroom,  marijuana,  tears,  dream,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  sex,  death,  flashback

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004). (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  redemption,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity
Locations:hotel,  church,  hospital
Characters:singer,  doctor
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:flash camera,  madrid spain,  atlanta georgia,  blind man,  attorney,  scam,  florida,  premarital sex,  suitcase,  businessman,  montage,  manhattan new york city,  sunglasses,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  paris france,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  flashback

Black Snake Moan (2006) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

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

Themes:exploitation,  education,  redemption,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:church
Characters:musician,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:blues music,  hymn,  guitarist,  race relations,  montage,  concert,  band,  drug use,  guitar,  hallucination,  marijuana,  tears,  bus,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  kiss,  death,  fight,  flashback

The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

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

Themes:hope,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  love
Locations:hotel,  church,  hospital
Characters:musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:concert hall,  reference to frank sinatra,  genius,  orchestra,  liar,  drug addict,  cocaine,  concert,  drug use,  reporter,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  drink,  los angeles california,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

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Nine (2009)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Nine (2009)

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  memory,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  beach
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Period:1960s
Story:flash camera,  year 1965,  rome italy,  loss of mother,  pianist,  microphone,  band,  reporter,  piano,  birthday,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  kiss,  sex

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)
Comedy, Drama

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

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

Themes:redemption,  funeral,  wedding,  marriage,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:nightclub,  church,  beach,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:birthday cake,  bus stop,  loss of brother,  drug overdose,  swimsuit,  hypodermic needle,  pot smoking,  death of brother,  drug addiction,  liar,  microphone,  drug addict,  drug use,  marijuana,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  kiss,  fight,  death,  flashback

Hustle & Flow (2005) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Crime, Drama, Music

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention. This is why Hustle & Flow (2005) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  love
Locations:nightclub,  church
Characters:baby,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:songwriter,  pianist,  microphone,  drug use,  jail,  piano,  marijuana,  reference to god,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  rain,  dream,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss,  dog,  fight,  sex,  death

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Igby Goes Down (2002)
Comedy, Drama

Igby Goes Down (2002)

Seventeen year old Jason Slocumb, Jr. - Igby to most that know him - comes from east coast old money, the second son of self-absorbed and controlling Mimi Slocumb and medically-diagnosed schizophrenic Jason Slocum, Sr., the latter who has for several years been institutionalized in a Maryland psychiatric facility. While Igby's economics-studying Columbia-attending older brother Ollie Slocum has embraced and aspires to continue their wealthy life, Igby has rebelled against it, considering his brother a fascist (although he could soften that label to Republican). Because of Jason's situation, Mimi has largely left the role of male role model for Ollie and Igby to their godfather, D.H. Banes. Igby's rebellion has led to him being kicked out of one prep school after another, the latest, a military academy, from which Igby escapes before he can graduate. As such, Mimi and D.H. arrange for Igby to live in New York with Ollie for the summer while working for D.H. renovating some of his properties, before Mimi arranges for yet another strict school for the fall so that Igby can at least graduate. Igby is largely able to hide out for most of the summer with the help of Rachel, D.H.'s younger heroin addict mistress, and Sookie, a slightly older waitress with who he falls in love. An issue with Sookie and the aftermath of a joint mission with Ollie leads to Igby having a clearer picture of what his immediate future will look like. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  unfaithfulness,  funeral,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  love
Locations:hotel,  church,  beach,  hospital
Characters:boy,  doctor
Story:heroin addict,  contract,  trophy,  drug overdose,  pot smoking,  premarital sex,  heroin,  loss of mother,  pianist,  liar,  drug addict,  drug use,  manhattan new york city,  piano,  marijuana,  birthday,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  bus,  drink,  rain,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  fight,  sex,  flashback,  death

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  fear,  drinking,  betrayal,  drugs
Mood:nightmare
Locations:nightclub,  church,  beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:drug smuggling,  racist,  heroin,  cocaine,  drug use,  death of mother,  manhattan new york city,  jail,  marijuana,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  sex,  flashback,  death

54 (1998)
Drama, Music

54 (1998)

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

Themes:memory,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician,  dancer,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:newsreel footage,  drug overdose,  fired from the job,  microphone,  radio,  cocaine,  drug use,  manhattan new york city,  marijuana,  drink,  camera,  song,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death,  sex,  kiss

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The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:hope,  redemption,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  church,  beach
Characters:musician,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:horse and carriage,  turkish,  loss of brother,  cane,  chess,  death of brother,  suitcase,  liar,  band,  piano,  tears,  lie,  drink,  horse,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  death,  dog,  flashback

24 Hour Party People (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

24 Hour Party People (2002)

Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson, Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then James and the Happy Mondays, who all become seminal artists of their time. What ensues is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters, and the birth of one of the most famous dance clubs in the world, The Hacienda - a mecca for clubbers as famous as the likes of Studio 54. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70's to the early 90's, this comedy documents the vibrancy that made Mad-chester the place in the world that you would most like to be. This is why 24 Hour Party People (2002) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs,  marriage
Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician,  dancer,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:talking to the camera,  record company,  record producer,  music business,  music history,  contract,  recording studio,  newsreel footage,  drummer,  guitarist,  heroin,  drug addiction,  microphone,  cocaine,  montage,  concert,  band,  drug use,  guitar,  hallucination,  marijuana,  reference to god,  drink,  rain,  song,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  fight,  kiss

A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:wealth,  unfaithfulness,  memory,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hotel
Characters:dancer,  doctor
Story:talking to the camera,  animated sequence,  swimsuit,  hypodermic needle,  suitcase,  businessman,  cocaine,  montage,  drug use,  hallucination,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  extramarital affair,  drink,  swimming pool,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  kiss,  fight,  flashback

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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:exploitation,  guilt,  redemption,  memory,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  betrayal,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Locations:nightclub,  church,  beach,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  boy,  doctor
Story:birthday cake,  washing clothes,  hypodermic needle,  microphone,  cocaine,  montage,  drug use,  hallucination,  jail,  bathroom,  birthday,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  rain,  dream,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  kiss,  death,  fight

Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like Ray (2004)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  prejudice,  redemption,  racism,  funeral,  wedding,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage,  love
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:baby,  singer,  doctor
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:birthday party,  racial discrimination,  dallas texas,  segregation,  falling,  racist,  race relations,  applause,  businessman,  microphone,  montage,  band,  birthday,  tears,  drink,  horse,  rain,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  dog,  fight,  kiss,  death

The Runaways (2010)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Runaways (2010)

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

Themes:drinking,  drugs
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:record contract,  birthday cake,  band,  music business,  drums,  recording studio,  drummer,  guitarist,  premarital sex,  microphone,  concert,  drug use,  guitar,  bathroom,  birthday,  drink,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  sex

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