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Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama, Romance

Revolutionary Road (2008)

It's 1955. Frank and April Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with two young children. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. But they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job - one where he places little effort - although he has never figured out what his passion in life is. One day, April suggests that they move to Paris - a city where Frank visited during the war and loved, but where April has never been - as a means to rejuvenate their life. April's plan: she would be the breadwinner, getting a lucrative secretarial job for one of the major international organizations, while Frank would have free time to find himself and whatever his passion. Initially skeptical, Frank ultimately agrees to April's plan. When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April decides she will do whatever she has to to get herself out of her unhappy existence. (Read More)

Themes:abortion, unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, jealousy, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:office, woods, beach, hospital
Characters:children
Period:1950s, 1940s
Story:neighbor neighbor relationship, woman dies from abortion, office building, dysfunctional marriage, false promise of the american dream, learning to speak french, lighting cigarette for woman, societal dysfunction, society pressure, wage slave, lighting someone's cigarette, self search, failed project, unhappy love, free thinking, wrapped in a bedsheet, death of spouse, trying to escape, anhedonia, stage actress

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

Themes:abortion, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Story:dysfunctional marriage, packing, hopelessness, co worker, work, breakfast, argument, running, tears, drink, crying, train, shower, new york city, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male

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:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:beach, hospital
Period:1950s, 1940s
Story:birthday cake, death of mother, running, tears, extramarital affair, drink, paris france, crying, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, flashback, fight

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity
Characters:children
Story:cheating husband, birthday cake, suburb, neighbor, tears, extramarital affair, drink, paris france, crying, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, two word title

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity
Story:cheating husband, birthday cake, confession, running, drink, blonde, crying, new york city, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male

Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life. This is why Into The Wild (2007) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:office, woods, beach
Story:truth, co worker, cheating husband, widower, death of wife, argument, running, tears, drink, blonde, crying, train, shower, chase, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, money, marriage
Locations:hospital
Story:unhappiness, cheating husband, tears, drink, crying, shower, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, based on novel, flashback

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:abortion, unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:hospital
Story:birthday cake, death of mother, tears, extramarital affair, drink, crying, party, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, two word title, blood, flashback

K-pax (2001) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:children
Story:lawn sprinkler, dreamer, railway station, death of wife, train, new york city, party, title spoken by character, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, based on novel, blood

American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, infidelity
Story:real estate agent, dysfunctional marriage, persona, emotional breakdown, cubicle, american dream, truth, work, tragic event, suburb, argument, neighbor, extramarital affair, blonde, shower, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. This is why One Hour Photo (2002) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:office
Characters:children
Story:work, birthday cake, suburb, argument, mental illness, running, tears, extramarital affair, crying, shower, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, blood, fight, flashback

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, money, infidelity
Locations:office
Story:martini, american dream, confession, mental illness, running, drink, blonde, crying, shower, chase, new york city, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, bare chested male, based on novel, two word title, sex scene, blood

The Virgin Suicides (1999) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity
Locations:hospital
Story:lawn sprinkler, tragic event, suburb, mental illness, neighbor, tears, extramarital affair, drink, crying, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, based on novel, flashback

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:woods, hospital
Story:sex in car, birthday cake, kissing while having sex, tragic event, widower, death of wife, death of mother, party, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, based on novel, blood, fight

The Apartment (1960)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Apartment (1960)

As of November 1, 1959, mild mannered C.C. Baxter has been working at Consolidated Life, an insurance company, for close to four years, and is one of close to thirty-two thousand employees located in their Manhattan head office. To distinguish himself from all the other lowly cogs in the company in the hopes of moving up the corporate ladder, he often works late, but only because he can't get into his apartment, located off of Central Park West, since he has provided it to a handful of company executives - Mssrs. Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger - on a rotating basis for their extramarital liaisons in return for a good word to the personnel director, Jeff D. Sheldrake. When Baxter is called into Sheldrake's office for the first time, he learns that it isn't just to be promoted as he expects, but also to add married Sheldrake to the list to who he will lend his apartment. What Baxter is unaware of is that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik, an elevator girl in the building who Baxter himself fancies. In turn, Sheldrake has no idea of Baxter's own interest in Fran. And Fran, who is in love with Sheldrake, has no idea that she is only the latest in a long line of Sheldrake's mistresses, that Sheldrake has no intention of leaving his wife for her, and that the apartment belongs to Baxter, who she likes as a friend. As some of these facts come to light on Christmas Eve, one of the three makes a unilateral decision. That decision sets off a series of events over the course of the next week which makes each of the three examine what he/she really wants which in turn may be incompatible with the other two. They are helped along the way by Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger who are now feeling neglected as Baxter no longer needs their assistance in moving up, by Miss Olsen, Sheldrake's long serving secretary who was also once his mistress, and by Dr. Dreyfus, a physician and one of Baxter's many exasperated neighbors who believes Baxter is a playboy based on all the noise he hears in Baxter's apartment and the plethora of empty liquor bottles Baxter seems to be always discarding. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:office
Period:1950s
Story:office building, wage slave, martini, packing, work, neighbor, tears, extramarital affair, drink, crying, new york city, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, two word title

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

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, jealousy, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:hospital
Story:bored housewife, argument, confession, neighbor, extramarital affair, drink, crying, shower, new york city, party, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, two word title, sex scene, flashback, blood, fight

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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

Themes:drinking, jealousy
Locations:hospital
Story:lawn sprinkler, tragic event, suburb, mental illness, running, tears, drink, crying, train, new york city, party, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, based on novel, flashback

Citizen Kane (1941)
Drama, Mystery

Citizen Kane (1941)

A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the top of the world. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:office, hospital
Story:false promise of the american dream, packing, unhappiness, breakfast, argument, extramarital affair, drink, paris france, train, new york city, party, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, two word title, fight, flashback

The Judge (2014)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:hospital
Story:packing, truth, breakfast, tragic event, widower, death of wife, confession, death of mother, extramarital affair, drink, shower, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, flashback

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Characters:children
Period:1940s
Story:dysfunctional marriage, death of mother, neighbor, running, tears, crying, train, shower, party, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, based on novel

Billy Elliot (2000) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama, Music, Romance

Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. This is why Billy Elliot (2000) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, adultery, money, infidelity
Story:work, chain smoking, tragic event, widower, death of wife, death of mother, running, tears, extramarital affair, crying, train, chase, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, blood

The Lobster (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Themes:jealousy, marriage
Locations:woods
Story:martini, blood stain, breakfast, widower, running, chase, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, two word title, fight, blood

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, money, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:beach
Story:work, tears, extramarital affair, drink, crying, shower, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, sex scene, blood

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

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

Themes:drinking, jealousy, money, marriage
Locations:beach
Period:1950s
Story:anguish, tragic event, tears, drink, crying, train, new york city, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, based on novel, sex scene

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

John and Jane Smith are a normal married couple, living a normal life in a normal suburb, working normal jobs...well, if you can call secretly being assassins "normal". But neither Jane nor John knows about their spouse's secret, until they are surprised to find each other as targets! But on their quest to kill each other, they learn a lot more about each other than they ever did in five (or six) years of marriage. (Read More)

Themes:marriage, drunkenness, drinking, money
Story:suburb, dysfunctional marriage, martini, truth, kissing while having sex, neighbor, running, drink, chase, new york city, party, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, fight, blood

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. This is why The Last King Of Scotland (2006) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008). (Read More)

Themes:abortion, unfaithfulness, drunkenness, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:children
Story:globe, extramarital affair, party, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, flashback, blood

Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:woods, hospital
Period:1950s, 1940s
Story:truth, co worker, tears, extramarital affair, crying, chase, party, title spoken by character, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, flashback, blood

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

Gone With The Wind (1939)

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

Themes:drunkenness, jealousy, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:hospital
Story:packing, bleeding to death, railway station, birthday cake, death of wife, mental illness, death of mother, tears, paris france, crying, train, party, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, based on novel, sex scene, fight, blood

The Woman In Black (2012) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:woods, beach
Characters:children
Story:work, railway station, tragic event, widower, death of wife, running, tears, drink, crying, train, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, based on novel, flashback, blood

The Girl On The Train (2016)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Girl On The Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, infidelity, marriage
Locations:woods
Story:train, work, suburb, running, extramarital affair, blonde, crying, shower, new york city, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, based on novel, sex scene, blood, flashback

The Master (2012)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them. This is why The Master (2012) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:beach, hospital
Story:work, mental illness, running, tears, drink, crying, chase, new york city, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, two word title, flashback, fight

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Characters:children
Period:1940s
Story:kissing while having sex, widower, death of mother, running, drink, chase, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, flashback, fight, blood

Side Effects (2013) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

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

Themes:drinking, money, marriage
Locations:office, hospital
Story:electroshock therapy, hopelessness, unhappiness, truth, tragic event, confession, drink, new york city, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, two word title, sex scene, flashback, blood

Double Indemnity (1944)
Crime, Drama, Film-noir, Mystery, Thriller

Double Indemnity (1944)

In 1938, Walter Neff, an experienced salesman of the Pacific All Risk Insurance Co., meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and Walter devises a scheme to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and Walter's best friend Barton Keyes does not buy the story and suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, money, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:office
Story:office building, railway station, confession, tears, blonde, train, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, two word title, based on novel, blood, flashback

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:children
Story:neighbor, lost love, breakfast, suburb, running, tears, drink, crying, chase, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, based on novel, blood, flashback

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake. This is why Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity
Locations:beach
Characters:children
Story:work, running, tears, extramarital affair, drink, blonde, crying, train, chase, party, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, fight, flashback

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Locations:office
Story:anguish, co worker, widower, death of wife, confession, running, tears, drink, crying, train, chase, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, sex scene, flashback, fight

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. (Read More)

Themes:abortion, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:hospital
Story:american dream, confession, extramarital affair, paris france, chase, new york city, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, sex scene, flashback

As Good As It Gets (1997)
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:jealousy
Locations:hospital
Story:neighbor, work, breakfast, mental illness, tears, new york city, title spoken by character, dancing, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship

The Aviator (2004)
Biography, Drama, History

The Aviator (2004)

Biopic of billionaire 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv), starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph 'Owen Brewster (I)' (qv) accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv). From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, jealousy, money
Locations:beach, hospital
Period:1940s
Story:connecticut, work, kissing while having sex, mental illness, new york city, party, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, two word title, sex scene, flashback, blood, fight

Babel (2006) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama

Babel (2006)

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really are. This is why Babel (2006) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, marriage, drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:children
Story:widower, dysfunctional marriage, bleeding to death, work, tragic event, confession, death of mother, neighbor, tears, crying, chase, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, sex scene, fight

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Story:truth, neighbor, tears, extramarital affair, crying, shower, party, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, blood

Amores Perros (2000)
Drama, Thriller

Amores Perros (2000)

On the brink of the new Millennium in the bustling City of Mexico, one horrible car accident intertwines inextricably the lives of three perfect strangers. Octavio, a rebellious adolescent who is secretly in love with his sister-in-law, dreams of escaping his miserable life, and for this reason, he enters reluctantly the obscure world of dog fighting with his lethal dog Cofi. And then unexpectedly, Valeria, a stunning woman and famous supermodel, will cross paths with Octavio, while in the meantime, her pampered little dog Richie manages to vanish into thin air in the confined space of her apartment. Lastly, Chivo, an ex-guerrilla vagabond, after abandoning his little daughter, unable to make up for lost time, he channels his love to the city's strays and a mortally wounded Rottweiler. In the end, even though all the weary characters, men and beasts, wish for a bright future, in this life-changing journey in the pursuit of love, sometimes infidelity, sin and death can get in the way. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:hospital
Story:bleeding to death, running, extramarital affair, shower, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, two word title, flashback, blood, fight

Remember Me (2010)
Drama, Romance

Remember Me (2010)

A romantic drama set in New York City during the summer of 2001, where Tyler, a rebellious young man, meets Ally through a twist of fate. Her spirit helps him heal after a family tragedy, though soon the circumstances that brought them together threaten to tear them apart.

Story:work, kissing while having sex, tragic event, widower, death of mother, blonde, train, new york city, party, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, sex scene, fight

The Invention Of Lying (2009) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

The Invention Of Lying (2009)

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, money, marriage
Locations:office, hospital
Characters:children
Story:truth, hopelessness, death of mother, tears, drink, crying, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, flashback

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. This is why Elf (2003) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money
Locations:office
Story:breakfast, death of mother, drink, shower, chase, new york city, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, fight

Up In The Air (2009)
Drama, Romance

Up In The Air (2009)

Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Themes:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:office, beach
Story:anguish, work, running, tears, extramarital affair, drink, crying, party, dancing, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, based on novel, sex scene

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Story:railway station, train, dreamer, work, running, tears, drink, paris france, crying, chase, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, flashback

The Constant Gardener (2005) is one of the best movies like Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Constant Gardener (2005)

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, money, marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:children
Story:truth, work, widower, death of wife, running, tears, crying, train, chase, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, flashback

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Story:work, electroshock therapy, breakfast, railway station, confession, mental illness, running, tears, crying, train, shower, chase, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, flashback, blood, fight

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