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Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Shakespeare In Love (1998)

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare's works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola's love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet. (Read More)

Themes:writing, rivalry, sexuality, guilt, deception, dance, jealousy
Mood:parody, satire
Locations:beach
Characters:actor, psychiatrist, actress
Story:playwright, muse, male drag, play rehearsal, queen of england, gender disguise, long blonde hair, blonde woman, theatrical producer, mise en abyme, elizabethan era, church of england, 1590s, binding breasts, theatrical troupe, river thames, shakespeare play, play within a film, woman dressed as man, debt collector

Gangs Of New York (2002)
Crime, Drama

Gangs Of New York (2002)

Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It's also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father's death. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Story:tavern, rowboat, kissing while having sex, premarital sex, theater, no opening credits, sword fight, prayer, prostitution, brawl, face slap, fistfight, chase, dancing, sex scene, dog, kiss

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:deception, dance, jealousy
Story:star crossed lovers, famous score, tavern, blockbuster, reference to william shakespeare, queen, no opening credits, disguise, sword fight, falling from height, brawl, love triangle, chase, dancing, character name in title, kiss, dog

Robin Hood (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Robin Hood (2010)

Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French? (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:unwanted kiss, rowboat, kissing while having sex, queen, no opening credits, sword fight, falling from height, brawl, london england, face slap, fistfight, dancing, character name in title, kiss, dog

Braveheart (1995) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce. (Read More)

Story:nobility, famous score, arranged marriage, blockbuster, kissing while having sex, no opening credits, disguise, sword fight, prayer, falling from height, london england, sex scene

She's The Man (2006)
Comedy, Romance, Sport

She's The Man (2006)

Here's the thing! Viola's soccer team at Cornwall gets cut. She wants to join the boys team, but they do not allow girls. So she thinks "If you can't join them, beat them". So she does! She disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian, and goes out for the rival school, Illyria, boys' soccer team and makes it. Unfortunately, she didn't plan falling in love with her roommate Duke. But Duke has his eyes on Olivia. What makes matters worse is that Olivia starts to fall for Sebastian because he/she has a sensitive side. If things couldn't get more problematic, the real Sebastian (who was in London working on his music) comes home early. He arrives on campus and has no clue that he was replaced by his twin sister. This is why She's The Man (2006) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:gender disguise, binding breasts, woman dressed as man, androgyny, assumed identity, reference to william shakespeare, cross dressing, falling in love, disguise, love triangle, london england, face slap, kiss

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:deception, jealousy
Story:tavern, rowboat, blockbuster, queen, disguise, prostitution, falling from height, brawl, london england, fistfight, chase, character name in title, dog

Team America: World Police (2004)
Action, Comedy

Team America: World Police (2004)

The North American counter-terrorism force Team America attacks a group of terrorists in Paris. Later, the leader of the organization, Spottswoode, invites the famous Broadway actor Gary Johnston to join his world police and work undercover in Cairo, infiltrating a terrorist organization in the hope they will disclose their plan of destroying the world. Team America destroy the cell of terrorists, but then the Panama Canal is attacked by the criminals as a payback. Gary feels responsible for the death of many innocents and leaves the counter-terrorism organization. When the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, joins a group of pacifist actors and actresses with the intention of using weapons of massive destruction, Team America tries to avoid the destruction of the world. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, jealousy
Mood:parody, satire
Characters:actor
Story:tavern, backstage, acting, underwater, premarital sex, disguise, sword fight, falling from height, kiss

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
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:deception
Story:assumed identity, blockbuster, mouse, loss of virginity, premarital sex, audition, disguise, prayer, prostitution, extramarital affair, chase, dancing, sex scene, dog

Titanic (1997)
Drama, Romance

Titanic (1997)

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

Themes:guilt, jealousy
Story:star crossed lovers, famous score, arrogance, love at first sight, rowboat, arranged marriage, blockbuster, loss of virginity, kissing while having sex, underwater, premarital sex, gift, no opening credits, prayer, falling from height, love triangle, face slap, chase, dancing, bare breasts

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. This is why A Clockwork Orange (1971) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:writing, sexuality, deception
Mood:satire
Characters:psychiatrist, actor
Story:therapy, famous score, blockbuster, premarital sex, scream, no opening credits, disguise, falling from height, brawl, london england, fistfight, three word title

Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.

Story:male drag, tavern, arranged marriage, underwater, premarital sex, gift, no opening credits, sword fight, brawl, chase, kiss

Troy (2004) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Drama, History, Romance

Troy (2004)

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

Locations:beach
Story:long blonde hair, blockbuster, kissing while having sex, queen, gift, mistaken identity, sword fight, falling from height, blonde, sex scene, kiss

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:writing, guilt, jealousy
Locations:beach
Story:star crossed lovers, playwright, rowboat, rehearsal, loss of virginity, reference to william shakespeare, underwater, premarital sex, mistaken identity, london england, kiss, dog

Wild Wild West (1999)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Western

Wild Wild West (1999)

Jim West is a guns-a-blazing former Civil War hero. Artemus Gordon is an inventive U.S. Marshal who excels in disguise. When the United States is threatened by psychotic Confederate Arliss Loveless, President Ulysses Grant teams the duo up to bring him to justice. On a hazard-packed train journey from Washington D.C. to Utah, West and Gordon must combine their skills to best Loveless and his diabolical machines. (Read More)

Story:disguise, drag, blockbuster, cross dressing, sword fight, prostitution, brawl, love triangle, fistfight, three word title, chase, character name in title

King Kong (2005)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

King Kong (2005)

Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This 'soon-to-be-unfortunate' soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find out. Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Ann is its grasps. Carl and Ann's new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Ann, whilst avoiding all sorts of creatures and beasts. But Carl has another plan in mind. This is why King Kong (2005) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Characters:actress, actor
Story:playwright, rowboat, backstage, blockbuster, scream, no opening credits, falling from height, chase, dancing, character name in title, kiss

Finding Neverland (2004) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Biography, Drama, Family

Finding Neverland (2004)

1903 London. Renowned playwright 'J.M. Barrie (I)' (qv) (James)'s latest effort has garnered less than positive reviews, something he knew would be the case even before the play's mounting. This failure places pressure on James to write another play quickly as impresario Charles Frohman needs another to replace the failure to keep his theater viable. Out for a walk with his dog in part to let his creative juices flow, James stumbles upon the Llewelyn Davies family: recently widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the daughter of now deceased author 'George L. Du Maurier' (qv)) and her four adolescent sons. James and the family members become friends, largely based on he and the boys being able to foster in each other the imagination of children, James just being the biggest among them in this regard. Sylvia also welcomes James into their lives, he who becomes an important and integral part of it. Among the six of them, the only one who does not want to partake is Sylvia's third, Peter Llewelyn Davies, who is still grieving the reality of their lives, where his father was there one day planning an outing for the family, and gone the next. Two other people who don't appreciate James in the Llewelyn Davies' lives are: his wife, Mary Barrie, who always feels the need to be the responsible one in their relationship and who feels threatened by his friendship with an unmarried woman; and Emma du Maurier, Sylvia's overbearing mother, who sees him as an obstacle to Sylvia moving on with her life with another potential husband, and an impediment to maintaining discipline within the boys. James still hopes to bring Peter out of his self-imposed shell, but in the process comes up with an idea for another play based on an amalgam of himself and Peter, that play which eventually becomes what Charles sees as a largely unmountable and thus doomed production called "Peter Pan". This process of helping Peter could take a step backward when it looks like Sylvia may imminently befall a similar fate to that of her late husband. (Read More)

Characters:actor
Story:muse, inspiration, theatrical troupe, theatre production, playwright, rehearsal, theater, falling from height, london england, dog

Some Like It Hot (1959)
Comedy, Romance

Some Like It Hot (1959)

When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine's Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:beach
Story:gender disguise, show business, assumed identity, drag, rehearsal, blockbuster, farce, cross dressing, gift, bracelet, disguise, love triangle, face slap, chase, dancing, kiss

Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Rushmore (1998)

Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film. (Read More)

Themes:writing, jealousy
Story:unwanted kiss, playwright, backstage, underwater, gift, no opening credits, love triangle, blonde, dancing

Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Drama, Romance

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

The classic story of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers". (Read More)

Mood:parody
Locations:beach
Story:shakespeare play, star crossed lovers, no opening credits, fistfight, character name in title, sex scene

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role... This is why Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Mood:satire
Locations:beach
Characters:actor, actress
Story:audition, cross dressing, acting, falling from height, blonde, dog, kiss

Basic Instinct (1992)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. (Read More)

Themes:writing, sexuality, guilt, deception, jealousy
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:blockbuster, kissing while having sex, disguise, love triangle, chase, dancing, bare breasts, sex scene, kiss

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, deception, jealousy
Characters:actress
Story:mise en abyme, show business, audition, extramarital affair, blonde

The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

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

Themes:deception, jealousy
Mood:satire
Story:premarital sex, disguise, sword fight, falling from height, brawl, blonde, fistfight, three word title, chase, character name in title

Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

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

Themes:rivalry, guilt, jealousy
Locations:beach
Story:famous score, backstage, blockbuster, brawl, fistfight, character name in title, kiss

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. This is why Das Leben Der Anderen (2006) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:actress
Story:play within a film, theatre production, playwright, backstage, theater, no opening credits, dancing, sex scene, kiss

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Comedy, Crime

The Big Lebowski (1998)

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (Read More)

Themes:deception, dance
Mood:satire
Characters:actor
Story:play within a film, premarital sex, mistaken identity, falling from height, brawl, fistfight, three word title, character name in title, dog

Ted (2012)
Comedy, Fantasy

Ted (2012)

John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.

Themes:deception, dance
Story:long blonde hair, blonde woman, arrogance, kissing while having sex, falling from height, brawl, blonde, fistfight, chase, character name in title, sex scene, kiss

Life Of Brian (1979) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Comedy

Life Of Brian (1979)

The story of Brian of Nazareth, born on the same day as Jesus of Nazareth, who takes a different path in life that leads to the same conclusion. Brian joins a political resistance movement aiming to get the Romans out of Judea. Brian scores a victory of sorts when he manages to paint political slogans on an entire wall in the city of Jerusalem. The movement is not very effective but somehow Brian becomes a prophet and gathers his own following. His fate is sealed however and he lives a very short life. (Read More)

Themes:writing
Mood:satire
Story:balcony, farce, premarital sex, mistaken identity, disguise, falling from height, chase, character name in title

The Danish Girl (2015)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Danish Girl (2015)

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1926. Einar Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) are a happily married couple. Both are artists, Einar preferring landscapes and she portraits. One day Einar poses for a portrait of Gerdas while wearing a dress. This is initially done as a lark, as is the later attendance at a party dressed as a woman. However, Einar soon discovers that she is in fact a woman and over time prefers being Lili. At first she and Gerda try to have her situation "cured" but this leads nowhere (other than to many doctors trying to have Lili locked up as a pervert and/or lunatic). Her voyage of self-discovery will ultimately lead to her undergoing the first ever sex-change operation. (Read More)

Themes:dance, jealousy
Story:gender disguise, androgyny, cross dressing, extramarital affair, love triangle, london england, three word title, dancing, bare breasts

The King's Speech (2010)
Biography, Drama

The King's Speech (2010)

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as 'King George VI' (qv), but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. This is why The King's Speech (2010) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Characters:actor
Story:queen, church of england, stuttering, balcony, rehearsal, reference to william shakespeare, audition, theater, no opening credits, prayer, london england, three word title, dancing, dog, kiss

What Women Want (2000)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

What Women Want (2000)

Nick, a somewhat chauvinistic advertising exec hot shot, has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women think. At first all he wants to do is rid himself of this curse, until a wacky psychologist shows him that this could be used to his advantage! His first target is Darcy McGuire, the very woman that got the promotion he wanted. But just as his plan is beginning to work, love gets in the way... (Read More)

Themes:deception, dance
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:gift, blockbuster, cross dressing, three word title, dancing, sex scene, kiss

Barry Lyndon (1975) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Adventure, Drama, History, War

Barry Lyndon (1975)

In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora gets engaged to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him to a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to Dublin but is robbed on the road. Without an alternative, Barry joins the British Army to fight in the Seven Years War. He deserts and is forced to join the Prussian Army where he saves the life of his captain and becomes his protege and spy of the Irish gambler Chevalier de Balibari. He helps Chevalier and becomes his associate until he decides to marry the wealthy Lady Lyndon. They move to England and Barry, in his obsession of nobility, dissipates her fortune and makes a dangerous and revengeful enemy. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Story:nobility, marriage of convenience, famous score, rowboat, disguise, sword fight, extramarital affair, love triangle, face slap, fistfight, dancing, character name in title, kiss

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

The Little Mermaid (1989)

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:beach
Story:star crossed lovers, rowboat, blockbuster, underwater, falling in love, mistaken identity, disguise, three word title, kiss, dog

The Prestige (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry, deception, jealousy
Characters:actor
Story:show business, tavern, backstage, theater, no opening credits, disguise, extramarital affair, falling from height, london england

Closer (2004)
Drama, Romance

Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. This is why Closer (2004) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:rivalry, guilt, jealousy
Story:river thames, love at first sight, mistaken identity, extramarital affair, love triangle, london england, face slap, dancing, sex scene, kiss

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Family

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Eccentric actor Daniel Hillard is an amusing and caring father. But after a disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda draws the line and files a divorce. He can see his three children only once a week which doesn't sit well with him. Daniel also holds a job at a TV studio as a shipping clerk under the recommendation of his liason. But when Miranda puts out an ad for a housekeeper, Daniel takes it upon himself to make a disguise as a Scottish lady named Mrs Doubtfire. And Daniel must also deal with Miranda's new boyfriend Stu Dunemyer. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Characters:actor
Story:gender disguise, disguise, assumed identity, drag, blockbuster, cross dressing, bracelet, character name in title

The Book Of Eli (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Book Of Eli (2010)

In a violent post-apocalyptic society, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli's impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. The girl sees Eli's book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book, they must first take his life. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:rowboat, blockbuster, reference to william shakespeare, no opening credits, sword fight, prayer, prostitution, falling from height, character name in title

Stardust (2007)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Stardust (2007)

The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:blonde woman, mouse, cross dressing, queen, no opening credits, sword fight, falling from height, blonde, chase, dancing, kiss

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

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:guilt, dance
Story:muse, loss of virginity, premarital sex, love triangle, blonde, fistfight, dancing, kiss

Annie Hall (1977) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Comedy, Romance

Annie Hall (1977)

Alvy Singer, a forty year old twice divorced, neurotic, intellectual Jewish New York stand-up comic, reflects on the demise of his latest relationship, to Annie Hall, an insecure, flighty, Midwestern WASP aspiring nightclub singer. Unlike his previous relationships, Alvy believed he may have worked out all the issues in his life through fifteen years of therapy to make this relationship with Annie last, among those issues being not wanting to date any woman that would want to date him, and thus subconsciously pushing those women away. Alvy not only reviews the many ups and many downs of their relationship, but also reviews the many facets of his makeup that led to him starting to date Annie. Those facets include growing up next to Coney Island in Brooklyn, being attracted to the opposite sex for as long as he can remember, and enduring years of Jewish guilt with his constantly arguing parents. This is why Annie Hall (1977) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, jealousy
Mood:satire
Locations:beach
Characters:actor
Story:unwanted kiss, autograph, rehearsal, therapy, premarital sex, character name in title, sex scene

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

Bridget Jones is an average woman struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year's Resolution, Bridget decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The fireworks begin when her charming though disreputable boss takes an interest in the quirky Miss Jones. Thrown into the mix are Bridget's band of slightly eccentric friends and a rather disagreeable acquaintance who Bridget cannot seem to stop running into or help finding quietly attractive. (Read More)

Story:blonde woman, blockbuster, kissing while having sex, extramarital affair, brawl, love triangle, london england, blonde, three word title, character name in title, kiss

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:guilt, deception, jealousy
Locations:beach
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:mouse, reference to william shakespeare, kissing while having sex, scream, no opening credits, extramarital affair, falling from height, brawl, blonde, fistfight, chase, kiss

Galaxy Quest (1999)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The sci-fi television series "Galaxy Quest", which took place aboard the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector, starred Jason Nesmith as suave Commander Peter Quincy Taggert, Gwen DeMarco as sexy communications person Lt. Tawny Madison (a role which consisted solely of repeating what the computer stated, much to Gwen's annoyance), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sgt. Chen, and Tommy Webber as child gunner Laredo. Eighteen years after the series last aired, it lives on in the hearts of its rabid fans. However, it lives on in infamy for its stars, who have not been able to find meaningful acting work since. Their current lives revolve around cashing in on however those roles will afford, which usually entails attending fan conventions or worse, such as shopping mall openings. Only Jason seems to relish his lot in life, until he finds out that his co-stars detest him because of his superior attitude as "the Commander", and much of the public considers him a laughing stock. Their lives change when Jason is approached by who he thinks are convention fans asking for help. They are in reality an alien race called Thermians, led by Mathesar, who have modeled their existence after the series, which they believe to be real. When Jason and then the rest of his co-stars (along with Guy Fleegman, who was killed off before the opening credits in only one episode) go along with the Thermians, Jason's co-stars who believe they are off to yet another paying gig, they learn that they have to portray their roles for real. Without screenwriters to get them to a happy and heroic ending, they have to trust that their play acting will work, especially in dealing with the Thermians' nemesis, General Sarris. Guy in particular fears that he will go the way his character did on the series. But when they run across technical issues that they as actors didn't care anything about during the filming of the series and thus now don't know how to deal with, they need to find someone who should know what to do. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:parody, satire
Characters:actress, actor
Story:autograph, blockbuster, acting, mistaken identity, brawl, fistfight, chase, kiss

Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
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:writing
Characters:actress, actor
Story:muse, show business, acting, falling in love, scream, theater, no opening credits, name in title, chase, dancing, character name in title, dog

Hairspray (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! This is why Hairspray (2007) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:dance
Story:love at first sight, backstage, queen, audition, no opening credits, dancing, kiss

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:actor
Story:theatre production, tavern, queen, falling from height, love triangle, three word title, dancing, character name in title, kiss, dog

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city's drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. But her affections are also coveted by the club's patron: the Duke. A dangerous love triangle ensues as Satine and Christian attempt to fight all odds to stay together but a force that not even love can conquer is taking its toll on Satine... (Read More)

Themes:writing, dance, jealousy
Mood:satire
Characters:actress
Story:love triangle, writer's block, playwright, acting, mistaken identity, theater, no opening credits, prostitution

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Italy, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie's cultured fiancee, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Besides lying, Tom's talents include impressions and forgery, so when the handsome and confident Dickie tires of Tom, dismissing him as a bore, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf's privileges his own. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, deception
Locations:beach
Story:assumed identity, premarital sex, mistaken identity, love triangle, character name in title, kiss

The Artist (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Artist (2011)

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Characters:actress, actor
Story:audition, backstage, acting, falling in love, sword fight, dancing, kiss, dog

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