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Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:abuse,  justice,  vengeance,  childhood,  cruelty,  sadism,  humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  cancer,  theft,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  funeral,  escape,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  adultery,  politics,  betrayal,  infidelity,  marriage,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  courtroom,  wheelchair,  bathtub,  snow,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:mayor,  catholic,  alcoholic,  hitman,  artist,  thief,  lawyer,  priest,  policeman,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:summer,  winter,  1960s,  1980s
Story:sadistic prison guard,  catholic church,  gang rape,  judicial system,  english class,  irish american,  self justice,  summer of love,  italian american,  wife abuse,  murder trial,  physical abuse,  prank,  sexual abuse,  prison rape,  book report,  child abuse,  english teacher,  sexual torture,  altar boy,  homosexual rape,  child rape,  gay bar,  based on book,  police baton,  reference to the count of monte cristo,  reference to the sistine chapel,  reference to george armstrong custer,  reference to edward g. robinson,  reference to lucky luciano,  reckless endangerment,  hell's kitchen manhattan new york city,  all saints day,  boston celtics,  new york knicks,  landing strip,  loss of leg,  assistant district attorney,  four best friends,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  reference to doris day,  puerto rican american,  english countryside,  hot dog vendor,  suntan,  fire hydrant,  reference to michelangelo,  social services,  salvation army,  new york times,  reformatory,  acquittal,  new york yankees,  law school,  based on supposedly true story,  reform school,  judicial,  judiciary,  infirmary,  hot dog stand,  perjury,  handball,  nightstick,  verdict,  solitary confinement,  courthouse,  republican party,  reference to ronald reagan,  whistleblower,  puerto rican,  mass,  retribution,  inner city,  carpenter,  loan shark,  hearse,  district attorney,  hot dog,  coca cola,  central park manhattan new york city,  framed,  jury,  confessional,  cafeteria,  pedophilia,  testimony,  ethics,  pope,  juvenile delinquent,  melancholy,  sexual assault,  social worker,  trophy,  deceit,  sketch,  pedophile,  frame up,  kicked in the crotch,  kicking,  haunted by the past,  innocence,  movie theatre,  guard,  peeping tom,  irish,  american football,  watching a movie,  crucifix,  group of friends,  what happened to epilogue,  teen angst,  loyalty,  golf,  italian,  record player,  black american,  class,  rat,  basement,  witness,  cross,  american flag,  court,  storytelling,  liar,  library,  flash forward,  confession,  racial slur,  underwater scene,  bath,  drawing,  coffin,  man with glasses,  nun,  trial,  judge,  baseball,  subway,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  eating,  basketball,  gang,  candle,  assassin,  teenage boy,  drug use,  swimming,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  classroom,  bathroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  book,  shooting,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  gangster,  food,  neo noir,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  police,  fight,  death,  flashback,  violence,  gun,  murder

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:abuse,  humiliation,  theft,  corruption,  robbery,  escape,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  wheelchair,  bathtub,  snow,  church,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  thief,  priest,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:catholic church,  physical abuse,  basketball,  based on book,  confessional,  juvenile delinquent,  kicking,  crucifix,  group of friends,  what happened to epilogue,  teen angst,  black american,  class,  basement,  cross,  court,  prank,  storytelling,  confession,  racial slur,  coffin,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  eating,  gang,  teenage boy,  drug use,  swimming,  manhattan new york city,  classroom,  bathroom,  cafe,  tears,  shooting,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  food,  rain,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  new york city,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  gun,  death,  fight,  murder,  police

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The Accused (1988)
Drama

The Accused (1988)

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

Themes:justice,  deception,  drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:gang rape,  judicial system,  sexual abuse,  gang,  reckless endangerment,  judiciary,  judicial,  verdict,  courthouse,  district attorney,  jury,  testimony,  sexual assault,  social worker,  kicking,  innocence,  witness,  court,  liar,  trial,  judge,  reporter,  criminal,  lie,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  telephone call,  rape,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  fight,  flashback,  violence

Conviction (2010)
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:funeral,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:law school,  perjury,  solitary confinement,  courthouse,  district attorney,  hot dog,  jury,  testimony,  frame up,  innocence,  class,  american flag,  court,  liar,  flash forward,  trial,  judge,  eating,  basketball,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  beating,  prison,  crying,  telephone call,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  murder,  death,  police,  fight,  flashback,  gun,  violence

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  abuse,  cancer,  escape,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  courtroom,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:sexual abuse,  child abuse,  child rape,  kicking,  haunted by the past,  innocence,  class,  witness,  court,  liar,  confession,  drawing,  trial,  drug use,  reporter,  criminal,  classroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  beating,  prison,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence,  fight,  police,  death,  flashback

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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. This is why Mysterious Skin (2004) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  cruelty,  abuse,  humiliation,  theft,  corruption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  bathtub,  snow,  bar
Characters:girl,  boy,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:sexual abuse,  child abuse,  homosexual rape,  gay bar,  based on book,  handball,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  haunted by the past,  movie theatre,  watching a movie,  prank,  library,  bath,  drawing,  baseball,  subway,  cocaine,  teenage boy,  drug use,  birthday,  tears,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  rape,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  violence,  flashback

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  theft,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  drinking,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  alcoholic,  thief,  policeman,  singer
Story:judicial system,  jury,  judicial,  judiciary,  courthouse,  guard,  american football,  crucifix,  black american,  court,  flash forward,  trial,  judge,  eating,  basketball,  candle,  bathroom,  cafe,  birthday,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  slow motion scene,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  fight,  death

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  hitman,  thief,  priest,  policeman,  friend
Story:irish,  catholic church,  irish american,  italian american,  confessional,  kicked in the crotch,  crucifix,  italian,  black american,  cross,  court,  flash forward,  confession,  racial slur,  trial,  nun,  eating,  gang,  drug use,  reporter,  cafe,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  food,  neo noir,  rain,  prison,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  police,  death,  murder,  violence,  fight,  flashback

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Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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:childhood,  abuse,  humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:courtroom,  wheelchair,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  friend
Story:sexual abuse,  child abuse,  gay bar,  courthouse,  coca cola,  jury,  sexual assault,  pedophile,  kicking,  cross,  court,  liar,  racial slur,  trial,  judge,  eating,  teenage boy,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  rape,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  death,  police,  murder,  violence

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

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

Themes:cruelty,  unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  courtroom,  restaurant
Characters:artist,  lawyer,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:child abuse,  social services,  carpenter,  testimony,  juvenile delinquent,  teen angst,  class,  cross,  court,  flash forward,  drawing,  trial,  judge,  cocaine,  teenage boy,  swimming,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  murder,  death,  gun,  fight,  flashback,  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. This is why Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  funeral,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  snow,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:boy,  policeman,  teacher,  singer
Story:child abuse,  central park manhattan new york city,  pedophilia,  class,  flash forward,  bath,  coffin,  manhattan new york city,  classroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  undressing,  drink,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  new york city,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  police,  fight,  flashback

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21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  marriage,  revenge
Locations:snow,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher,  boy
Story:guard,  golf,  class,  cross,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  drawing,  cocaine,  basketball,  teenage boy,  drug use,  swimming,  bathroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  death,  murder,  flashback,  police

August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

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

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  wheelchair,  snow,  church,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:central park manhattan new york city,  irish,  black american,  class,  liar,  subway,  eating,  basketball,  manhattan new york city,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  drink,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  fight,  flashback

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

We Own The Night (2007)

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

Themes:vengeance,  abuse,  funeral,  escape,  drinking,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:wheelchair,  church,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:mayor,  policeman,  singer
Period:1980s
Story:italian american,  puerto rican,  crucifix,  loyalty,  american flag,  coffin,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  eating,  drug use,  manhattan new york city,  cafe,  tears,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  slow motion scene,  food,  beating,  prison,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  police,  flashback,  gun,  violence

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Doubt (2008)
Drama, Mystery

Doubt (2008)

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:priest,  catholic,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Period:1960s
Story:catholic church,  nun,  altar boy,  mass,  pedophilia,  pope,  pedophile,  innocence,  irish,  italian,  record player,  black american,  class,  cross,  storytelling,  liar,  confession,  eating,  basketball,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback

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. This is why Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Period:1960s,  1980s
Story:child abuse,  based on book,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  watching a movie,  what happened to epilogue,  basement,  witness,  cross,  flash forward,  confession,  man with glasses,  judge,  teenage boy,  reporter,  cafe,  birthday,  book,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  neo noir,  rain,  prison,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  gun,  death,  murder,  violence

Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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:corruption,  justice,  abuse,  deception,  escape,  torture
Locations:courtroom,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant
Characters:boy,  mayor,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  teacher,  singer
Story:verdict,  jury,  pedophilia,  testimony,  deceit,  pedophile,  crucifix,  what happened to epilogue,  class,  witness,  american flag,  court,  liar,  confession,  bath,  trial,  judge,  eating,  candle,  reporter,  classroom,  bathroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  food,  rain,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  fight,  murder,  violence,  death,  gun

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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:humiliation,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  funeral,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  betrayal,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  lawyer,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:irish,  irish american,  italian american,  rat,  criminal,  puerto rican american,  kicking,  watching a movie,  golf,  black american,  witness,  liar,  confession,  racial slur,  drawing,  coffin,  man with glasses,  nun,  subway,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  eating,  cafe,  lie,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  watching tv,  gangster,  food,  neo noir,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  police,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  fight,  death,  murder,  gun,  violence

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

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

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  snow,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  priest,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:catholic church,  irish american,  fire hydrant,  confessional,  rat,  american flag,  flash forward,  confession,  coffin,  cafe,  birthday,  drink,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death,  flashback

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  childhood,  unfaithfulness,  theft,  funeral,  torture,  drinking,  politics,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  wheelchair,  bathtub,  snow,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:thief,  policeman,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:movie theatre,  watching a movie,  class,  basement,  cross,  storytelling,  liar,  flash forward,  trial,  nun,  eating,  drug use,  teenage boy,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  book,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  fight,  flashback,  police,  death,  murder

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Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. This is why Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  theft,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:based on book,  movie theatre,  group of friends,  what happened to epilogue,  teen angst,  record player,  flash forward,  drawing,  eating,  teenage boy,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  book,  bus,  drink,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death

Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

Themes:justice,  cruelty,  humiliation,  theft,  deception,  escape,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  politics,  betrayal
Locations:rooftop,  snow,  church
Characters:artist,  thief,  priest,  boy,  singer
Period:winter
Story:innocence,  crucifix,  cross,  liar,  confession,  judge,  candle,  swimming,  tears,  lie,  book,  arrest,  drink,  slow motion scene,  food,  rain,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  death

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  cancer,  theft,  funeral,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman,  girl,  singer
Period:1960s
Story:italian american,  acquittal,  kicked in the crotch,  kicking,  innocence,  what happened to epilogue,  loyalty,  witness,  court,  confession,  man with glasses,  judge,  eating,  gang,  drug use,  criminal,  birthday,  lie,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  gangster,  food,  rain,  beating,  prison,  song,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  violence,  police,  gun

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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,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest,  girl,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Period:summer,  winter
Story:catholic church,  irish american,  italian american,  trophy,  irish,  watching a movie,  golf,  italian,  class,  cross,  american flag,  baseball,  eating,  swimming,  manhattan new york city,  classroom,  bathroom,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  food,  song,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death

Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

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

Themes:abuse,  funeral,  escape,  drunkenness,  politics,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  wheelchair,  snow,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:artist,  lawyer,  priest,  policeman,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Period:winter,  1960s
Story:hearse,  sketch,  american football,  class,  cross,  american flag,  underwater scene,  drawing,  subway,  basketball,  drug use,  swimming,  manhattan new york city,  classroom,  shooting,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  police,  death,  gun,  murder

Chopper (2000)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Chopper (2000)

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. This is why Chopper (2000) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996).

Themes:cruelty,  abuse,  drinking
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:policeman,  girl
Story:murder trial,  based on book,  court,  trial,  judge,  drug dealer,  drug use,  criminal,  book,  shooting,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  murder,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  death,  violence,  fight,  police

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

New Jack City (1991)

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

Themes:justice,  vengeance,  cruelty,  sadism,  corruption,  deception,  funeral,  escape,  torture,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  lawyer,  priest,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:gang,  italian american,  cocaine,  court,  racial slur,  drawing,  trial,  judge,  drug dealer,  basketball,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  shooting,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  gangster,  neo noir,  beating,  telephone call,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  police,  death,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  gun,  violence

John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  politics,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  church,  hospital
Characters:mayor
Story:jury,  ethics,  kicked in the crotch,  kicking,  court,  racial slur,  trial,  judge,  baseball,  eating,  reporter,  tears,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police,  fight,  gun

Gomorra (2008) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:cruelty,  cancer,  theft,  robbery,  deception,  drinking,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  thief,  policeman,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:based on book,  crucifix,  witness,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  teenage boy,  drug use,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  gangster,  beating,  song,  chase,  new york city,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  violence,  murder,  police,  gun,  death

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Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  friend
Story:deceit,  kicked in the crotch,  watching a movie,  black american,  liar,  drug dealer,  eating,  drug use,  lie,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  chase,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  gun,  murder,  police,  violence,  fight

Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. This is why Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  humiliation,  torture,  politics
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Characters:catholic,  priest,  boy
Period:1980s
Story:police baton,  mass,  irish,  crucifix,  what happened to epilogue,  rat,  cross,  storytelling,  eating,  bathroom,  tears,  shooting,  undressing,  bus,  food,  beating,  prison,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  violence

Ondskan (2003)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  humiliation,  theft,  robbery,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  teacher,  friend
Story:child abuse,  trophy,  kicked in the crotch,  kicking,  record player,  rat,  witness,  confession,  eating,  teenage boy,  swimming,  reporter,  book,  food,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  train,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  violence

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Adams Aebler (2005) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  theft,  robbery,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:wheelchair,  church,  hospital
Characters:alcoholic,  thief,  priest,  singer
Story:child abuse,  child rape,  sexual assault,  kicking,  crucifix,  cross,  racial slur,  gang,  birthday,  tears,  book,  shooting,  bus,  drink,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  murder,  gun,  violence,  death

16 Blocks (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:alcoholic,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  friend
Story:courthouse,  testimony,  loyalty,  black american,  witness,  court,  liar,  subway,  assassin,  manhattan new york city,  birthday,  lie,  shooting,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  police,  gun,  violence,  death,  murder,  flashback

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

Big Eyes (2014)

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

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  artist,  lawyer,  priest,  girl,  boy,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:reference to michelangelo,  new york times,  jury,  confessional,  ethics,  deceit,  innocence,  what happened to epilogue,  italian,  witness,  court,  liar,  flash forward,  confession,  trial,  judge,  eating,  reporter,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  fight

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! This is why The Butterfly Effect (2004) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  abuse,  cancer,  funeral,  escape,  revenge
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:prison rape,  child abuse,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  haunted by the past,  watching a movie,  basement,  cross,  flash forward,  racial slur,  underwater scene,  drawing,  coffin,  basketball,  teenage boy,  cafe,  tears,  rain,  beating,  prison,  crying,  telephone call,  rape,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  gun,  murder,  flashback,  violence,  death

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  unfaithfulness,  corruption,  escape,  torture,  drinking,  adultery,  politics,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:wife abuse,  child rape,  perjury,  framed,  haunted by the past,  innocence,  rat,  flash forward,  confession,  coffin,  man with glasses,  eating,  drug use,  swimming,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  undressing,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  food,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  violence,  gun,  fight

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:humiliation,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:catholic,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:based on book,  watching a movie,  what happened to epilogue,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  man with glasses,  cocaine,  eating,  swimming,  cafe,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  fight,  police,  violence,  flashback,  gun,  death

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15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:justice,  sadism,  theft,  robbery,  funeral,  escape,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  boy
Story:hot dog stand,  central park manhattan new york city,  witness,  american flag,  drawing,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  cafe,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  prison,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  murder,  police,  violence,  death

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

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  funeral,  torture,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  girl,  boy,  singer
Period:1960s,  1980s
Story:based on book,  movie theatre,  flash forward,  bath,  coffin,  assassin,  manhattan new york city,  bathroom,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  song,  voice over narration,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  death,  gun,  violence,  flashback,  murder

Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. This is why Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996). (Read More)

Themes:justice,  childhood,  corruption,  deception,  funeral,  drunkenness,  torture,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  hitman,  lawyer,  friend
Period:winter
Story:irish american,  irish,  italian american,  italian,  based on book,  whistleblower,  mass,  district attorney,  what happened to epilogue,  loyalty,  witness,  cross,  racial slur,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  gang,  reporter,  criminal,  arrest,  gangster,  neo noir,  beating,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  violence,  murder,  flashback,  death

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Themes:humiliation,  theft,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:district attorney,  what happened to epilogue,  loyalty,  record player,  black american,  library,  flash forward,  confession,  man with glasses,  subway,  gang,  drug use,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  birthday,  tears,  book,  undressing,  arrest,  drink,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  chase,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  police,  flashback,  fight

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bathtub,  snow,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Period:summer,  1960s,  1980s
Story:trial,  courthouse,  testimony,  haunted by the past,  class,  court,  library,  flash forward,  confession,  judge,  eating,  teenage boy,  swimming,  classroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  book,  undressing,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  flashback,  gun,  police,  death

The Air I Breathe (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  theft,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:thief,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:kicking,  class,  flash forward,  man with glasses,  gang,  classroom,  bathroom,  cafe,  shooting,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  gangster,  neo noir,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  song,  voice over narration,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death,  gun,  murder,  police,  fight,  violence

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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:abuse,  cancer,  escape,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:snow,  church,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:teacher,  catholic,  priest,  policeman,  girl,  friend,  boy,  singer
Period:summer
Story:catholic church,  english class,  sexual abuse,  child abuse,  english teacher,  mass,  cafeteria,  innocence,  movie theatre,  american football,  class,  prank,  library,  flash forward,  racial slur,  eating,  candle,  drug use,  teenage boy,  classroom,  bathroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  book,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  food,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  fight

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. This is why Blow (2001) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  cancer,  theft,  escape,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  snow,  bar
Characters:thief,  policeman,  boy,  friend
Period:1960s,  1980s
Story:cocaine,  based on book,  courthouse,  court,  flash forward,  judge,  drug dealer,  gang,  drug use,  criminal,  birthday,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  murder,  gun,  death,  flashback,  police

Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  theft,  robbery,  drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:artist,  thief,  policeman,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:nightstick,  solitary confinement,  record player,  drawing,  trial,  judge,  cafe,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  slow motion scene,  beating,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  fight,  death,  police,  murder,  flashback,  violence

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

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

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

Themes:childhood,  funeral,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  snow,  church,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  priest,  girl,  boy,  singer
Period:1960s,  1980s
Story:catholic church,  gay bar,  mass,  peeping tom,  crucifix,  italian,  record player,  cross,  storytelling,  liar,  confession,  underwater scene,  coffin,  drug dealer,  eating,  teenage boy,  drug use,  tears,  lie,  book,  undressing,  slow motion scene,  food,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  flashback

Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  unfaithfulness,  theft,  corruption,  robbery,  escape,  torture,  adultery,  infidelity,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:boy,  artist,  thief,  policeman,  friend
Period:1960s,  1980s
Story:based on book,  juvenile delinquent,  record player,  flash forward,  racial slur,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  gang,  teenage boy,  drug use,  swimming,  reporter,  criminal,  birthday,  tears,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  gangster,  neo noir,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  violence,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  gun,  flashback,  police,  fight,  murder

Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  robbery,  deception,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  wheelchair,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  thief,  boy,  friend
Period:1960s,  1980s
Story:irish american,  italian american,  italian,  gangster,  juvenile delinquent,  irish,  what happened to epilogue,  racial slur,  trial,  cocaine,  assassin,  criminal,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  neo noir,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  violence

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