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Room (2015)
Drama, Thriller

Room (2015)

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical--they are trapped--confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  abduction,  illness,  divorce,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:nightmare
Locations:shed,  space,  bathtub,  hospital
Characters:boy
Story:unlawful confinement,  young son,  locked in a room,  held captive,  toy truck,  nude woman in shower,  mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  mental illness,  birthday cake,  boy bath scene,  boy in underwear,  child born of rape,  singing girl,  little boy,  police search,  nude female silhouette,  child psychiatrist,  cabin fever,  opening credits,  ice skating rink,  wool hat,  stop sign,  skylight,  craft,  grandparents,  confinement,  screenplay adapted by author,  carpet,  pretending to be dead,  tooth,  captivity,  lego,  backyard,  shouting,  breast feeding,  imprisonment,  room,  child protagonist,  son,  grandfather,  yoga,  reality,  mouse,  captive,  egg,  power,  grandmother,  basement,  isolation,  news report,  mother daughter relationship,  no opening credits,  child abuse,  mother,  truck,  woman,  birthday,  vomiting,  book,  camera,  watching tv,  rescue,  female protagonist,  dream,  rape,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  one word title,  f rated,  interview,  police,  dog

Prisoners (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Prisoners (2013)

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  kidnapping
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:unlawful confinement,  held captive,  mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  news report,  mother daughter relationship,  no opening credits,  vomiting,  rescue,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  police,  dog

Take Shelter (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Take Shelter (2011)

Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life. (Read More)

Themes:illness
Mood:nightmare
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  mental illness,  backyard,  mother daughter relationship,  vomiting,  book,  dream,  father daughter relationship,  dog

Parenthood (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

Story:mother son relationship,  birthday cake,  little boy,  backyard,  grandfather,  grandmother,  mother daughter relationship,  birthday,  vomiting,  camera,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  one word title

The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:illness
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  mental illness,  news report,  woman,  vomiting,  watching tv,  dream,  f rated,  dog,  police

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)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:bathtub
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  mental illness,  captivity,  son,  captive,  power,  no opening credits,  mother,  woman,  camera,  female protagonist,  singing,  one word title,  f rated,  police

Happiness (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  little boy,  mother daughter relationship,  child abuse,  woman,  vomiting,  dream,  rape,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  dog,  police

Rabbit Hole (2010)
Drama

Rabbit Hole (2010)

Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca's experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason - the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny. Becca's fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate. (Read More)

Story:young son,  mother son relationship,  birthday cake,  screenplay adapted by author,  shouting,  son,  basement,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  birthday,  book,  dog

Maps To The Stars (2014) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Maps To The Stars (2014)

The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night... Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania and befriended a limo driver Jerome who is also an aspiring actor. (Read More)

Themes:illness
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  mental illness,  little boy,  shouting,  son,  yoga,  grandmother,  mother daughter relationship,  child abuse,  mother,  vomiting,  book,  watching tv,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  interview,  dog

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:illness,  escape
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  birthday cake,  little boy,  breast feeding,  mother daughter relationship,  child abuse,  mother,  birthday,  vomiting,  watching tv,  dream,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  police

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:illness
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  mental illness,  birthday cake,  little boy,  screenplay adapted by author,  child abuse,  truck,  birthday,  book,  camera,  watching tv,  singing,  based on novel

The Skin I Live In (2011)
Drama, Thriller, Horror

The Skin I Live In (2011)

In honor of his late wife who died in a flaming car accident, scientist, Dr. Robert Ledgard, is trying to synthesize the perfect skin which can withstand burns, cuts or any other kind of damage. As he gets closer to perfecting this skin on his flawless patient, the scientific community starts growing skeptical and his past is revealed that shows how his patient is closely linked to tragic events he would like to forget. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Story:locked in a room,  held captive,  mother son relationship,  mental illness,  yoga,  isolation,  news report,  watching tv,  rape,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  f rated

The Invasion (2007) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Invasion (2007)

While returning to Earth, the space shuttle explodes and the fragments bring an alien virus that recodes the human DNA. In Washington, the psychiatrist Carol Bennell observes the modification of the behavior of one of her clients first, then in her former husband and finally in the population in general. Together with her friend Dr. Ben Driscoll the researcher Dr. Stephen Galeano, they discover that the extraterrestrial epidemic affects human beings while sleeping and that her son Ollie, who had chickenpox when he was a baby, is immune to the disease and may save mankind from the outbreak. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:nightmare
Locations:space,  hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  little boy,  son,  news report,  vomiting,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  dream,  based on novel,  police

Panic Room (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Panic Room (2002)

Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  escape
Locations:bathtub
Story:locked in a room,  skylight,  room,  basement,  mother daughter relationship,  truck,  woman,  rescue,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  f rated,  police

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. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:mother son relationship,  mental illness,  birthday cake,  little boy,  son,  reality,  no opening credits,  child abuse,  birthday,  book,  camera,  watching tv,  dream,  police,  interview,  dog

Midnight Special (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  illness,  escape,  kidnapping
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  little boy,  son,  news report,  mother daughter relationship,  no opening credits,  truck,  vomiting,  watching tv,  rescue,  interview,  police

As Good As It Gets (1997) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
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)

Locations:hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  mental illness,  little boy,  son,  mother daughter relationship,  woman,  vomiting,  watching tv,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dog

Spider (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spider (2002)

Dennis Clegg is in his thirties and lives in a halfway house for the mentally ill in London. Dennis, nicknamed "Spider" by his mother has been institutionalized with acute schizophrenia for some 20 years. He has never truly recovered, however, and as the story progresses we vicariously experience his increasingly fragile grip on reality. (Read More)

Locations:bathtub
Story:mother son relationship,  mental illness,  little boy,  screenplay adapted by author,  reality,  child abuse,  mother,  based on novel,  one word title

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  divorce,  escape,  kidnapping
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  opening credits,  son,  basement,  mother daughter relationship,  truck,  watching tv,  rescue,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  police

Super 8 (2011)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Super 8 (2011)

SPOILER: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:bathtub
Characters:boy
Story:held captive,  mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  captive,  power,  news report,  mother daughter relationship,  no opening credits,  vomiting,  watching tv,  rescue,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:divorce
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  isolation,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  woman,  camera,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  rape,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  dog,  police

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)

Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  birthday cake,  mother daughter relationship,  child abuse,  birthday,  camera,  female protagonist,  singing,  one word title,  police

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.

Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  little boy,  mother daughter relationship,  no opening credits,  birthday,  book,  camera,  watching tv,  dream,  rape,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog,  police

The Witch (2015)
Horror, Mystery, Drama

The Witch (2015)

New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. 'The Witch' is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own sins, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  kidnapping
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  little boy,  breast feeding,  son,  egg,  isolation,  mother daughter relationship,  woman,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  dog

Caché (2005) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Caché (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  kidnapping
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:young son,  mother son relationship,  son,  book,  camera,  watching tv,  dream,  one word title,  police,  interview,  dog

Split (2016)
Horror, Thriller

Split (2016)

When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities, they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them.

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Story:locked in a room,  mental illness,  captive,  basement,  news report,  child abuse,  birthday,  watching tv,  rescue,  rape,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  dog

Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Biography, Drama

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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

Themes:escape
Locations:bathtub
Story:mental illness,  birthday cake,  reality,  mother daughter relationship,  child abuse,  birthday,  book,  female protagonist,  father daughter relationship,  f rated

Kidnap (2017)
Thriller, Action, Crime, Drama

Kidnap (2017)

In the US, a child goes missing every 40 seconds. You never think it will happen to you. Until it does. Alone and scared, Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) is unwilling to leave the fate of her son's life in someone else's hands. When she catches a glimpse of the abductors speeding away, she decides to fight back. In a heart pounding race against time, Karla begins a high speed pursuit and will stop at nothing to save her son's life. (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  kidnapping
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  little boy,  opening credits,  mother,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  dog,  police

The Kite Runner (2007) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  escape
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  little boy,  son,  mother daughter relationship,  child abuse,  mother,  birthday,  book,  rape,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  dog

Pet Sematary (1989)
Horror, Thriller

Pet Sematary (1989)

The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetery in the woods behind the house. The Creed's neighbours are reluctant to talk about the cemetery, and for good reason too. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  little boy,  screenplay adapted by author,  mother daughter relationship,  truck,  woman,  watching tv,  rescue,  dream,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  dog

Michael Clayton (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Michael Clayton (2007)

Michael Clayton, a high-priced law firm's fixer, leaves a late night poker game, gets a call to drive to Westchester, and watches his car blow up as he's taking an impromptu dawn walk through a field. Flash back four days. He owes a loan shark to cover his brother's debts (Michael's own gambling habits have left him virtually broke). His law firm is negotiating a high-stakes merger, and his firm's six year defense of a conglomerate's pesticide use is at risk when one of the firm's top litigators goes off his meds and puts the case in jeopardy. While Michael is trying to fix things someone decides to kill him. Who? Meanwhile his son summarizes the plot of a dark fantasy novel. (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  mental illness,  birthday cake,  son,  power,  no opening credits,  birthday,  book,  camera,  watching tv,  dream,  title spoken by character,  interview,  police

Wild (2014)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Wild (2014)

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Locations:hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  little boy,  isolation,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  woman,  vomiting,  book,  camera,  female protagonist,  singing,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  f rated,  interview

The Gift (2000) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Gift (2000)

When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica's fiancee, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can't help, but this doesn't stop her from constantly getting visions of Jessica's fate. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  mental illness,  grandmother,  child abuse,  woman,  watching tv,  dream,  father daughter relationship,  f rated,  dog

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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)

Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  mental illness,  little boy,  son,  egg,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  woman,  birthday,  vomiting,  book,  watching tv,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  f rated

Elle (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elle (2016)

Michele seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michele's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. (Read More)

Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  breast feeding,  basement,  mother daughter relationship,  woman,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  rape,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  one word title

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  basement,  mother daughter relationship,  child abuse,  birthday,  book,  camera,  watching tv,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  police,  interview

Mother (2009) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mother (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  son,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  vomiting,  book,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  one word title,  police,  dog

Interstellar (2014)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Interstellar (2014)

Earth's future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:space,  hospital
Story:pickup truck,  grandfather,  no opening credits,  truck,  woman,  birthday,  book,  rescue,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title

All About My Mother (1999)
Drama

All About My Mother (1999)

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  son,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  birthday,  vomiting,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  father daughter relationship,  f rated,  dog

Friends With Kids (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Friends With Kids (2011)

Julie and Jason have been best friends for years with no romantic interest in each other. He sleeps with someone new every few days, and she's looking for Mr. Right. Now in their thirties, they notice that their friends seem to lose all their good qualities when they have children - child rearing and the spark of Eros don't seem to co-exist. So, they decide to have a child together, share in child rearing, but pursue their own romantic lives. Things go well until he meets Mary Jane and she meets Kurt. Both seem like perfect mates. What could go wrong? (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Locations:hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  birthday cake,  little boy,  breast feeding,  grandmother,  mother daughter relationship,  birthday,  f rated,  dog

The Aviator (2004) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
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:illness
Locations:hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  mental illness,  isolation,  mother daughter relationship,  no opening credits,  woman,  camera,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  dog

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)

In Monroe, Tennessee, Hank Deerfield, an aging warrior, gets a call that his son, just back from 18 months' fighting in Iraq, is missing from his base. Hank drives to Fort Rudd, New Mexico, to search. Within a day, the charred and dismembered body of his son is found on the outskirts of town. Deerfield pushes himself into the investigation, marked by jurisdictional antagonism between the Army and local police. Working mostly with a new detective, Emily Sanders, Hank seems to close in on what happened. Major smuggling? A drug deal gone awry? Credit card slips, some photographs, and video clips from Iraq may hold the key. If Hank gets to the truth, what will it tell him? (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  son,  mother daughter relationship,  truck,  woman,  book,  camera,  dream,  title spoken by character,  dog,  police

The Shipping News (2001)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:mother son relationship,  little boy,  isolation,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  vomiting,  camera,  rescue,  dream,  rape,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? (Read More)

Locations:bathtub
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  birthday cake,  son,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  truck,  woman,  birthday,  vomiting,  watching tv,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  f rated,  police

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Mood:nightmare
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  news report,  mother daughter relationship,  child abuse,  woman,  vomiting,  book,  camera,  rescue,  dream,  rape,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  interview,  police

The Dressmaker (2015)
Comedy, Drama

The Dressmaker (2015)

Based on Rosalie Ham's best selling novel, The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small home town in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture.

Themes:illness
Locations:bathtub
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  mouse,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  woman,  book,  camera,  female protagonist,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog

Stay (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stay (2005)

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal.

Themes:illness
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  mental illness,  reality,  birthday,  dream,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  dog

Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama

Winter's Bone (2010)

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  kidnapping
Mood:nightmare
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  pickup truck,  mental illness,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  female protagonist,  dream,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog,  police

Man Bites Dog (1992) is one of the best movies like Room (2015)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Man Bites Dog (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:boy
Story:mother son relationship,  birthday cake,  skylight,  craft,  birthday,  vomiting,  camera,  watching tv,  dream,  rape,  singing,  dog

Prime (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Prime (2005)

In colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan, Rafi Gardet, a beautiful 37-year-old photography producer reeling from a recent divorce, meets David Bloomberg, a handsome 23-year-old painter recently out of college. Rafi's therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger, who is working to help Rafi overcome her fears of intimacy, finds out that Rafi's new lover is--unfortunately for Lisa--her only son, David. Both David and Rafi must contend with their 14-year age gap, vastly different backgrounds and the demands of David's traditional mother. Despite their intense attraction, the charmed couple soon realizes that vastly different ages and backgrounds create much conflict. A Jewish hip-hop lover and closet painter who still lives with his grandparents, David has little in common with Rafi--a non-practicing Catholic from a wealthy, broken family who travels in the sophisticated, high-end world of fashion. (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Story:mother son relationship,  grandparents,  son,  grandmother,  mother daughter relationship,  mother,  woman,  birthday,  book,  camera,  watching tv,  father daughter relationship,  dog

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