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Sleepers (1996)
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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 b… (Read More)

Themes:
justice vengeance childhood cruelty abuse sadism humiliation unfaithfulness cancer drug use theft corruption extramarital affair robbery deception gangster funeral escape drunkenness torture drinking pregnancy prison adultery politics betrayal rape infidelity marriage death friendship murder revenge  (See All)
Mood:
murder trial neo noir rain 
Locations:
catholic church prison rape gay bar inner city rooftop baseball courtroom wheelchair bus bathtub snow church train restaurant bar new york city hospital  (See All)
Characters:
self justice homosexual rape mayor catholic alcoholic hitman teenage boy artist thief lawyer priest policeman girl teacher boy brother brother relationship singer friend african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police  (See All)
Period:
summer of love summer winter 1960s 1980s 
Story:
sadistic prison guard gang rape judicial system english class irish american italian american wife abuse physical abuse sexual abuse book report child abuse english teacher sexual torture altar boy child rape based on book police baton reference to the count of monte cristo reference to george armstrong custer reference to the sistine chapel reference to edward g. robinson reference to lucky luciano reckless endangerment hell's kitchen manhattan new york city boston celtics all saints day 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 carpenter loan shark hearse district attorney coca cola hot dog 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 kicked in the crotch frame up 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 prank storytelling liar library flash forward confession racial slur underwater scene bath drawing coffin man with glasses trial nun judge subway cocaine drug dealer eating basketball gang candle assassin swimming reporter manhattan new york city criminal classroom bathroom cafe birthday tears lie book shooting undressing arrest drink watching tv slow motion scene food beating song crying voice over narration telephone call chase singing title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking one word title gun flashback violence fight  (See All)

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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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 drug use theft corruption robbery escape drunkenness drinking prison death murder friendship 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
catholic church rooftop wheelchair bus bathtub snow church restaurant new york city hospital 
Characters:
catholic teenage boy thief priest policeman teacher brother brother relationship friend african american mother son relationship police 
Story:
physical abuse 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 basketball gang swimming manhattan new york city classroom bathroom cafe tears shooting undressing arrest drink watching tv slow motion scene food beating crying voice over narration telephone call chase photograph cigarette smoking fight gun  (See All)

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Runaway Jury (2003)
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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 death murder revenge 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
courtroom bus church restaurant bar 
Characters:
alcoholic thief lawyer policeman singer african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
judicial system judicial judiciary courthouse jury guard american football crucifix black american court flash forward trial judge eating basketball candle bathroom cafe birthday shooting arrest drink slow motion scene food beating song telephone call chase singing photograph cigarette smoking gun fight  (See All)

The Accused (1988)
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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 rape revenge friendship 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
courtroom bar hospital 
Characters:
lawyer policeman friend police 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
gang rape judicial system sexual abuse reckless endangerment judiciary judicial verdict courthouse district attorney jury testimony sexual assault social worker kicking innocence witness court liar trial judge gang reporter criminal lie undressing arrest drink watching tv telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking fight flashback violence  (See All)

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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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 prison rape marriage friendship death murder 
Locations:
courtroom church bar 
Characters:
lawyer policeman girl boy brother brother relationship friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
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 crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking one word title flashback fight gun violence  (See All)

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Boy A (2007)
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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 drug use escape drunkenness drinking prison rape murder death friendship 
Locations:
rooftop courtroom bus bathtub train restaurant bar 
Characters:
lawyer policeman girl teacher boy brother brother relationship friend mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
sexual abuse child abuse child rape kicking haunted by the past innocence class witness court liar confession drawing trial reporter criminal classroom cafe birthday tears lie undressing drink watching tv beating crying telephone call photograph violence flashback fight  (See All)

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

Changeling (2008)
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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:
abuse corruption deception escape torture prison murder death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
courtroom bus bathtub church train restaurant 
Characters:
mayor lawyer policeman girl teacher boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
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 food song crying voice over narration telephone call chase singing photograph cigarette smoking one word title gun flashback fight violence  (See All)

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The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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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 drug use theft robbery drunkenness drinking prison betrayal death murder friendship revenge 
Mood:
neo noir rain 
Locations:
catholic church rooftop courtroom church restaurant bar hospital 
Characters:
catholic hitman thief priest policeman brother brother relationship friend african american husband wife relationship police 
Story:
irish american italian american confessional kicked in the crotch irish crucifix italian black american cross court flash forward confession racial slur trial nun eating gang reporter cafe shooting drink watching tv slow motion scene food voice over narration telephone call cigarette smoking flashback gun violence fight  (See All)

Primal Fear (1996)
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Primal Fear (1996)

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest.

Themes:
justice corruption deception revenge murder 
Mood:
murder trial 
Locations:
courtroom church train bar 
Characters:
catholic lawyer priest boy 
Story:
judicial system child abuse altar boy judiciary judicial district attorney jury testimony deceit confession trial judge reporter watching tv beating chase singing photograph cigarette smoking  (See All)

Live Flesh (1997)
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Live Flesh (1997)

Pizza delivery man Victor is having an argument with Elena, whom he met a few days ago, but she was high then and doesn't want to hear about him. Reacting to the noise, two cops, young David and older Sancho, arrive at the scene, the gun accidentally goes off.. Four years later David is a wheelchair basketball star, he's married to Elena, Victor is released out of prison and their destinies begin to cross again. (Read More)

Themes:
vengeance cancer drug use theft corruption extramarital affair funeral drinking pregnancy prison adultery betrayal rape infidelity marriage death revenge murder  (See All)
Locations:
wheelchair bus hospital 
Characters:
thief policeman singer husband wife relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
sexual abuse social worker italian cross flash forward underwater scene bath nun cocaine basketball birthday lie drink watching tv song singing photograph gun fight  (See All)

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Mysterious Skin (2004)
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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. (Read More)

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

Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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Birth (2004)

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

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

The Judge (2014)
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The Judge (2014)

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

Themes:
childhood unfaithfulness cancer extramarital affair funeral drunkenness drinking pregnancy prison adultery infidelity marriage murder death 
Mood:
murder trial rain 
Locations:
courtroom church restaurant bar hospital 
Characters:
lawyer girl brother brother relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
verdict courthouse reference to ronald reagan jury testimony trophy innocence basement american flag court liar flash forward confession coffin trial judge eating bathroom cafe lie arrest drink food photograph flashback  (See All)

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The Departed (2006)
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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 extramarital affair robbery deception gangster funeral drunkenness torture drinking pregnancy prison betrayal infidelity murder death friendship  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir rain 
Locations:
rooftop church train restaurant bar hospital 
Characters:
hitman lawyer policeman singer friend african american police 
Story:
irish american italian american puerto rican american kicking irish watching a movie golf black american witness liar confession racial slur drawing coffin man with glasses nun subway cocaine drug dealer eating criminal cafe lie shooting arrest watching tv food beating crying telephone call chase singing title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking flashback fight gun violence  (See All)

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

Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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Zodiac (2007)

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

Themes:
cruelty sadism theft robbery drunkenness drinking prison politics murder death 
Mood:
neo noir rain 
Locations:
restaurant bar 
Characters:
mayor teenage boy thief lawyer policeman girl boy brother brother relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
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 reporter cafe birthday book shooting arrest drink watching tv telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking one word title gun violence  (See All)

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White Oleander (2002)
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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 extramarital affair drunkenness drinking pregnancy prison adultery infidelity murder revenge death friendship 
Locations:
rooftop courtroom bus restaurant 
Characters:
teenage boy artist lawyer girl teacher boy singer friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
child abuse social services carpenter testimony juvenile delinquent teen angst class cross court flash forward drawing trial judge cocaine swimming classroom cafe tears shooting arrest drink watching tv crying voice over narration photograph cigarette smoking gun flashback fight violence  (See All)

Tell No One (2006)
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Tell No One (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:
unfaithfulness drug use corruption extramarital affair escape torture drinking adultery politics rape infidelity friendship murder death 
Locations:
rooftop bus restaurant bar hospital 
Characters:
lawyer policeman girl boy friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
wife abuse child rape perjury framed haunted by the past innocence rat flash forward confession coffin man with glasses eating swimming cafe tears lie shooting undressing arrest drink watching tv slow motion scene food beating crying telephone call chase photograph cigarette smoking gun fight violence flashback  (See All)

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. (Read More)

Themes:
cruelty abuse sadism drug use theft robbery funeral drunkenness drinking politics murder death friendship 
Locations:
gay bar rooftop wheelchair bathtub church restaurant bar 
Characters:
teenage boy artist thief priest policeman girl boy brother brother relationship singer friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
winter 
Story:
coca cola haunted by the past teen angst italian storytelling liar confession bath coffin cocaine cafe tears lie shooting undressing drink watching tv song crying chase singing photograph cigarette smoking fight flashback gun violence  (See All)

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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use theft robbery funeral prison betrayal rape death friendship revenge murder 
Locations:
prison rape wheelchair bus church hospital 
Characters:
catholic artist thief lawyer policeman boy brother brother relationship friend african american mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
reference to ronald reagan loan shark juvenile delinquent crucifix rat cross library racial slur coffin cocaine eating gang birthday shooting watching tv food beating chase photograph cigarette smoking flashback fight gun violence  (See All)

All Good Things (2010)
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All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:
drug use drunkenness drinking pregnancy marriage murder death friendship 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
courtroom train restaurant new york city 
Characters:
mayor lawyer girl boy brother brother relationship singer friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
wife abuse physical abuse district attorney jury what happened to epilogue record player court trial judge subway cocaine eating swimming manhattan new york city cafe tears shooting undressing drink food song crying telephone call singing photograph cigarette smoking gun violence flashback  (See All)

Gone Girl (2014)
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Gone Girl (2014)

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

Themes:
cruelty sadism unfaithfulness cancer extramarital affair robbery deception drinking pregnancy adultery infidelity marriage death revenge murder 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
wheelchair snow bar new york city hospital 
Characters:
thief lawyer girl husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
physical abuse based on book frame up record player basement confession drawing man with glasses eating reporter manhattan new york city bathroom lie book arrest drink watching tv food crying voice over narration telephone call photograph cigarette smoking fight flashback violence  (See All)

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City Of God (2002)
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City Of God (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:
unfaithfulness drug use theft extramarital affair robbery gangster escape torture adultery rape infidelity death murder revenge friendship 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
bus church bar 
Characters:
teenage boy artist thief policeman boy brother brother relationship friend mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
1960s 1980s 
Story:
based on book juvenile delinquent record player flash forward racial slur cocaine drug dealer gang swimming reporter criminal birthday tears shooting arrest watching tv crying voice over narration telephone call chase title spoken by character photograph flashback gun fight violence  (See All)

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

21 Grams (2003)
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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 drug use extramarital affair drunkenness drinking pregnancy prison adultery betrayal infidelity marriage murder death revenge 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
snow church restaurant bar hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy lawyer policeman teacher boy husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
guard golf class cross flash forward underwater scene drawing cocaine basketball swimming bathroom cafe birthday tears shooting drink watching tv food beating crying voice over narration telephone call singing photograph cigarette smoking flashback gun  (See All)

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New Jack City (1991)
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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 gangster funeral escape torture adultery betrayal infidelity revenge death friendship murder  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
courtroom snow restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
hitman lawyer priest policeman singer friend african american husband wife relationship police 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
italian american court racial slur drawing trial judge cocaine drug dealer basketball gang manhattan new york city criminal shooting arrest slow motion scene beating telephone call chase title spoken by character violence fight flashback gun  (See All)

Brooklyn (2015)
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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 death 
Locations:
catholic church baseball snow train restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
catholic priest girl teacher brother brother relationship singer friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
summer winter 
Story:
irish american italian american trophy irish watching a movie golf italian class cross american flag eating swimming manhattan new york city classroom bathroom tears undressing drink food song crying telephone call singing title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking one word title  (See All)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:
humiliation theft escape prison marriage murder friendship death 
Locations:
rooftop courtroom bus bathtub snow church train 
Characters:
artist thief lawyer policeman boy friend mother son relationship police 
Period:
winter 1960s 1980s 
Story:
jury confessional guard watching a movie rat witness flash forward confession bath drawing coffin nun trial judge eating candle birthday tears book arrest food crying telephone call chase singing title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking flashback gun violence  (See All)

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August Rush (2007)
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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 pregnancy friendship 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
rooftop wheelchair snow church restaurant new york city hospital 
Characters:
girl boy brother brother relationship singer friend african american father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
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 song crying voice over narration telephone call chase singing title spoken by character photograph flashback fight  (See All)

The Devil's Advocate (1997)
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The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:
corruption rape marriage death murder 
Locations:
courtroom wheelchair snow church bar new york city hospital 
Characters:
catholic lawyer priest teacher singer african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Period:
winter 
Story:
judicial system judicial judiciary perjury courthouse jury testimony ethics pedophile italian witness trial judge subway candle reporter manhattan new york city bathroom tears book arrest watching tv slow motion scene beating crying singing photograph cigarette smoking gun  (See All)

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness drug use theft extramarital affair robbery deception drunkenness drinking pregnancy adultery betrayal infidelity death friendship 
Locations:
wheelchair bus snow train bar 
Characters:
artist thief lawyer girl singer friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
winter 
Story:
sexual abuse retribution class flash forward candle lie drink food beating song telephone call singing title spoken by character photograph flashback 

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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to life. Sophie Scholl is the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. (Read More)

Themes:
justice theft torture prison politics betrayal friendship 
Locations:
courtroom snow 
Characters:
mayor catholic thief lawyer priest policeman singer friend mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
verdict crucifix loyalty record player witness cross court liar confession trial judge tears lie undressing arrest song crying telephone call singing cigarette smoking gun  (See All)

The Tree Of Life (2011)
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The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:
childhood cruelty theft pregnancy marriage death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
baseball courtroom bathtub church restaurant 
Characters:
catholic thief priest policeman boy brother brother relationship african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
child abuse courthouse kicking innocence record player black american class court storytelling liar flash forward underwater scene bath coffin man with glasses eating candle swimming classroom cafe tears lie book arrest slow motion scene food crying voice over narration telephone call fight flashback  (See All)

Black Mass (2015)
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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. (Read More)

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

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Across The Universe (2007)
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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 drug use funeral escape drunkenness pregnancy politics marriage friendship death murder 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
rooftop wheelchair bus snow church bar new york city hospital 
Characters:
artist lawyer priest policeman teacher singer friend african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Period:
winter 1960s 
Story:
hearse sketch american football class cross american flag underwater scene drawing subway basketball swimming manhattan new york city classroom shooting undressing arrest watching tv slow motion scene beating song crying telephone call chase singing title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking fight gun  (See All)

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

Blow (2001)
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Blow (2001)

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

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

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The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)
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The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)

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

Themes:
justice vengeance cruelty abuse humiliation corruption escape drunkenness drinking rape murder death friendship revenge 
Locations:
courtroom train bar 
Characters:
self justice alcoholic lawyer policeman girl teacher friend husband wife relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
judicial system judiciary judicial nightstick courthouse retribution district attorney melancholy haunted by the past crucifix record player rat court confession man with glasses judge cafe tears book arrest drink slow motion scene beating crying voice over narration telephone call chase photograph cigarette smoking fight flashback gun violence  (See All)

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
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The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair drunkenness drinking pregnancy adultery infidelity marriage friendship 
Locations:
bathtub restaurant new york city hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy lawyer policeman girl teacher boy brother brother relationship singer friend husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
cafeteria watching a movie record player class liar library subway eating candle classroom bathroom cafe tears lie book drink watching tv food song crying telephone call singing photograph  (See All)

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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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 drug use theft gangster funeral drunkenness torture drinking prison rape marriage death murder 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
courtroom church restaurant bar 
Characters:
policeman girl brother brother relationship singer husband wife relationship mother son relationship police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
italian american based on book reference to george armstrong custer acquittal kicked in the crotch kicking innocence what happened to epilogue loyalty witness court confession man with glasses judge eating gang criminal birthday lie undressing drink watching tv food beating song voice over narration singing photograph cigarette smoking one word title violence gun  (See All)

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
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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...

Themes:
childhood theft robbery funeral drunkenness torture drinking death murder friendship 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
rooftop bus bar new york city hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy thief policeman girl teacher friend father son relationship police 
Story:
child abuse hearse pedophilia kicked in the crotch frame up witness underwater scene drawing coffin swimming manhattan new york city bathroom lie book shooting undressing drink watching tv beating voice over narration cigarette smoking fight violence flashback gun  (See All)

Ladder 49 (2004)
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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 pregnancy marriage death friendship 
Locations:
catholic church rooftop snow church bar hospital 
Characters:
catholic priest girl boy singer friend husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
irish american fire hydrant confessional rat american flag flash forward confession coffin cafe birthday drink watching tv song telephone call singing title spoken by character cigarette smoking flashback fight  (See All)

The Rainmaker (1997)
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The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woman. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:
justice cancer corruption deception funeral escape friendship murder revenge 
Locations:
baseball courtroom wheelchair restaurant bar hospital 
Characters:
alcoholic lawyer husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
judicial system judiciary judicial jury american flag court judge criminal arrest beating voice over narration photograph cigarette smoking fight 

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The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.

Themes:
drug use theft prison marriage murder death 
Locations:
courtroom wheelchair bathtub church bar hospital 
Characters:
thief lawyer boy brother brother relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
judicial system judiciary judicial verdict courthouse crucifix what happened to epilogue cross american flag court trial judge cocaine assassin shooting arrest telephone call photograph violence gun  (See All)

Mystic River (2003)
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Mystic River (2003)

In the summer of 1975 in a neighborhood in Boston, 3 kids, Dave Boyle and two of his friends, Jimmy and Sean, are playing on the sidewalk when Dave gets abducted by two men and endures several days of sexual abuse. Eventually, Dave escapes traumatized throughout adulthood. Jimmy is an ex-con and a father of three, whose daughter Katie, is found dead and Dave becomes the number one suspect. Sean is a homicide detective, investigating Katie's murder, ends up finding himself faced with past and present demons as more is uncovered about Katie's murder. Learning Katie had a boyfriend, ballistics later turn up a gun belonging to the father, which then puts her boyfriend as the suspect. Will Sean find out who killed Katie? Will Jimmy make it through the investigation? And will Dave ever find out what really happened when he was abducted? (Read More)

Themes:
abuse theft robbery escape prison rape marriage murder revenge 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
catholic church baseball church bar 
Characters:
catholic priest brother brother relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
summer 1960s 
Story:
irish american sexual abuse child abuse child rape pedophilia crucifix cross flash forward shooting crying chase photograph cigarette smoking fight flashback gun  (See All)

16 Blocks (2006)
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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 murder death 
Locations:
rooftop bus bar new york city 
Characters:
alcoholic lawyer policeman girl friend african american police 
Story:
courthouse testimony loyalty black american witness liar subway assassin manhattan new york city birthday lie shooting drink watching tv slow motion scene voice over narration telephone call chase title spoken by character photograph gun violence flashback  (See All)

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Gomorrah (2008)
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Gomorrah (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 drug use theft robbery deception gangster drinking betrayal murder death friendship 
Locations:
rooftop new york city hospital 
Characters:
hitman teenage boy thief policeman boy singer friend husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
based on book crucifix witness cocaine drug dealer gang manhattan new york city criminal book shooting arrest drink watching tv beating song chase singing cigarette smoking one word title violence gun  (See All)

In The Name Of The Father (1993) is one of the best movies like Sleepers (1996)
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In The Name Of The Father (1993)

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. Bullied by the British police, he and four of his friends are coerced into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends 15 years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence with the help of a British attorney, Gareth Peirce. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:
justice deception gangster torture prison politics friendship 
Locations:
courtroom snow 
Characters:
thief lawyer husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
judicial system physical abuse based on book judicial judiciary innocence irish what happened to epilogue trial judge drug dealer arrest beating crying voice over narration chase title spoken by character cigarette smoking violence  (See All)

Chocolat (2000)
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Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Themes:
theft corruption politics marriage death friendship 
Locations:
catholic church snow church bar 
Characters:
mayor catholic thief priest girl boy friend husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
wife abuse confessional irish crucifix class storytelling confession drawing eating classroom cafe tears lie food crying voice over narration photograph one word title violence flashback fight  (See All)

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