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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate,… and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice falling in love dying insanity paranoia obsession hero suicide death surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bus driver swimming pool car in water chicago illinois bicycle bus hospital 
Characters:
baker professor psychiatrist writer nurse singer tattoo doctor father son relationship 
Story:
tax audit standing on a ledge building demolition barefoot man driving off a bridge electric guitar playing guitar hit by a bus writer meets subject bus stop telephone call character interacts with narrator sucking on one's finger harvard law school tax inspection β€¦nicotine patch reference to magritte manic pixie dream girl tax inspector want ads driven mad do over math whiz actuary predestination er passivity time clock small talk internal revenue service jumping off a building irs agent metafiction auditor audit wrecking ball yogurt naked man tax evasion questionnaire what if flour reference to frankenstein fantasy becomes reality taxes meta cubicle ledge washing dishes personal assistant car wreck researcher reference to shakespeare's hamlet toothbrush dressing recluse lifeguard demolition writer's block anarchist gurney cookie hearing voices bakery no title at beginning bicycling publisher novel saving a life revolutionary brushing teeth briefcase bookstore novelist animated sequence literature research remote control movie theatre janitor barefoot apple schizophrenia fate psychologist watching a movie wristwatch electronic music score sacrifice typewriter split screen government reading umbrella pay phone fantasy sequence locker room author latex gloves no opening credits man with glasses apology accident subway bridge montage wine swimming telephone guitar classroom running book falling from height bare butt undressing watching tv computer urination mirror food song cell phone voice over narration shower surprise ending three word title singing cigarette smoking sex blood kiss  (See All)

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
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In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends …up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problems. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice insanity paranoia suicide death surrealism 
Locations:
bicycle bus 
Characters:
psychiatrist writer doctor 
Story:
writer meets subject metafiction fantasy becomes reality publisher novel bookstore movie theatre schizophrenia electronic music score typewriter pay phone author bridge book surprise ending β€¦cigarette smoking blood  (See All)

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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:
dying obsession suicide death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool bicycle 
Characters:
psychiatrist writer nurse singer father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call washing dishes briefcase novelist umbrella pay phone subway bridge wine swimming running undressing urination mirror food β€¦song shower three word title singing cigarette smoking kiss blood  (See All)

Oldeuboi (2003)
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Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only …companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
insanity suicide death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bicycle 
Characters:
singer tattoo doctor 
Story:
telephone call animated sequence remote control schizophrenia split screen umbrella pay phone fantasy sequence subway montage running book falling from height undressing watching tv β€¦computer urination food song cell phone voice over narration shower surprise ending singing cigarette smoking blood kiss  (See All)

Dan In Real Life (2007) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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Dan In Real Life (2007)

Single father Dan Burns dedicates his life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. They get to know each other, but then Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother, Mitch.

Themes:
falling in love 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
writer singer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call washing dishes bookstore apology guitar book falling from height computer mirror food song cell phone shower singing kiss 

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The Brand New Testament (2015)
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The Brand New Testament (2015)

God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter in present-day Brussels, Belgium. She concludes that her dad is doing a terrible job and decides to rewrite the world, descending to earth in search of her own 6 messengers to write a brand new testament and change the s…tatus quo. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love insanity death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bicycle hospital 
Characters:
writer nurse doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call brushing teeth briefcase movie theatre barefoot fate watching a movie reading montage classroom running falling from height bare butt watching tv computer β€¦mirror song cell phone voice over narration singing cigarette smoking sex blood  (See All)

CachΓ© (2005)
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CachΓ© (2005)

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

Themes:
paranoia suicide 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool bicycle hospital 
Characters:
writer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call publisher bookstore remote control movie theatre wristwatch reading author apology wine swimming running book watching tv food β€¦cell phone blood  (See All)

The Ghost Writer (2010)
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The Ghost Writer (2010)

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detai…l and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bicycle 
Characters:
professor writer father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call researcher dressing no title at beginning publisher research government reading umbrella author no opening credits wine running book undressing β€¦watching tv computer food cell phone voice over narration shower cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

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Charlie Bartlett (2007) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the s…chool thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? (Read More)

Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
psychiatrist writer singer father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call tax evasion brushing teeth briefcase research remote control split screen fantasy sequence man with glasses montage wine telephone guitar classroom book β€¦undressing computer mirror song cell phone singing cigarette smoking blood sex kiss  (See All)

Buffalo '66 (1998)
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Buffalo '66 (1998)

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry (and forcing her to say the same).

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
suicide death 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
singer father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call cookie split screen pay phone fantasy sequence apology montage running undressing watching tv urination food song shower singing β€¦cigarette smoking blood kiss  (See All)

Swimming Pool (2003)
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Swimming Pool (2003)

Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. It is the off-season, and Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurri…ed pace is just the tonic for her--until late one night, when John's indolent and insouciant French daughter Julie unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's prim and steely English reserve is jarred by Julie's reckless, sexually charged lifestyle. Their interactions set off an increasingly unsettling series of events, as Sarah's creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love dying obsession death surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
telephone call fantasy becomes reality writer's block publisher novelist author subway swimming book computer food surprise ending cigarette smoking kiss blood 

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The Lake House (2006)
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The Lake House (2006)

When two people "connect" the bond between them can be so pure and simple as to stir hearts in heaven. When they connect in all the right places at all the wrong times, heaven weeps for broken hearts. To heal these broken hearts, heaven breaks time.

Themes:
death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
chicago illinois bus hospital 
Characters:
writer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
hit by a bus gurney brushing teeth split screen bridge wine book watching tv computer mirror cell phone surprise ending three word title kiss 

Gods And Monsters (1998) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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Gods And Monsters (1998)

The story of 'James Whale (I)' (qv), the Director of _Frankenstein (1931)_ (qv) and _Bride of Frankenstein (1935)_ (qv), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale was homosexual, and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine.

Themes:
dying suicide death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool hospital 
Characters:
singer tattoo doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call recluse watching a movie pay phone wine swimming undressing watching tv urination mirror song shower singing cigarette smoking sex 

Stay (2005)
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Stay (2005)

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

Themes:
dying suicide surrealism death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bicycle 
Characters:
psychiatrist father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call reference to shakespeare's hamlet gurney hearing voices bookstore fate reading subway bridge running undressing food shower surprise ending cigarette smoking β€¦kiss blood  (See All)

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Deception (2008)
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Deception (2008)

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan a…nswers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Mood:
rain 
Characters:
singer 
Story:
telephone call auditor gurney briefcase locker room subway montage guitar undressing watching tv computer mirror food song cell phone β€¦voice over narration shower singing cigarette smoking sex blood kiss  (See All)

A Single Man (2009)
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A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to… tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love obsession suicide death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
professor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call dressing briefcase reading pay phone fantasy sequence man with glasses accident swimming classroom book bare butt undressing watching tv urination β€¦mirror food voice over narration shower cigarette smoking kiss blood  (See All)

Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apoc…alyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:
dying suicide death 
Locations:
swimming pool bicycle 
Characters:
writer nurse singer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call publisher revolutionary typewriter umbrella pay phone author no opening credits apology bridge telephone running book falling from height bare butt β€¦computer food song cell phone singing cigarette smoking kiss blood  (See All)

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Swiss Army Man (2016)
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Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:
falling in love surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
singer father son relationship 
Story:
gurney hearing voices fantasy sequence apology bridge montage book falling from height bare butt urination food song cell phone shower three word title β€¦singing sex  (See All)

Shaolin Soccer (2001)
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Shaolin Soccer (2001)

After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice suicide 
Locations:
swimming pool bicycle bus 
Characters:
singer tattoo 
Story:
telephone call washing dishes animated sequence janitor umbrella apology swimming guitar falling from height bare butt watching tv urination food song cell phone β€¦singing cigarette smoking blood  (See All)

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Adam ('Tom Hiddleston' (qv)), an underground musician, reunites with his lover for centuries ('Tilda Swinton' (qv)) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by his wild and uncontrollable little sister ('Mia Wasikowska' (qv…)). (Read More)

Themes:
dying suicide death 
Locations:
bicycle hospital 
Characters:
writer singer doctor 
Story:
electric guitar telephone call reference to shakespeare's hamlet barefoot reading montage telephone guitar book watching tv urination song singing cigarette smoking kiss β€¦blood  (See All)

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Flatliners (2017) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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Flatliners (2017)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to int…ensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Themes:
paranoia obsession death surrealism 
Locations:
swimming pool bus hospital 
Characters:
professor nurse doctor 
Story:
hearing voices wristwatch electronic music score fantasy sequence apology bridge montage swimming falling from height cell phone shower surprise ending kiss 

Passengers (2016)
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Passengers (2016)

The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) …is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice falling in love dying 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
saving a life barefoot fate watching a movie electronic music score no opening credits apology montage wine swimming running bare butt undressing computer mirror β€¦shower surprise ending kiss blood  (See All)

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
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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:
paranoia obsession 
Locations:
chicago illinois 
Characters:
professor writer singer father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call novel saving a life typewriter author man with glasses apology subway wine telephone book bare butt undressing mirror song β€¦voice over narration shower singing cigarette smoking blood sex kiss  (See All)

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:
suicide 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
chicago illinois bus 
Characters:
professor singer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call reading pay phone no opening credits apology subway wine telephone guitar food song three word title singing cigarette smoking 

The Squid And The Whale (2005) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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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 "phil…istines" - 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:
obsession 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
professor psychiatrist writer nurse singer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call psychologist watching a movie typewriter reading no opening credits subway guitar classroom book watching tv mirror food song shower β€¦singing kiss sex  (See All)

The Wackness (2008)
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The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughte…r. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love paranoia 
Locations:
bicycle 
Characters:
psychiatrist father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call brushing teeth psychologist reading pay phone fantasy sequence subway montage swimming guitar book bare butt undressing watching tv urination β€¦mirror voice over narration shower cigarette smoking sex kiss  (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 Massa…chusetts, 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:
falling in love surrealism death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bus hospital 
Characters:
professor nurse singer father son relationship 
Story:
electric guitar telephone call animated sequence janitor apple fantasy sequence no opening credits subway montage swimming guitar classroom running undressing watching tv β€¦urination song three word title singing cigarette smoking kiss blood  (See All)

50/50 (2011)
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50/50 (2011)

Adam is a 27 year old writer of radio programs and is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center, Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are.

Themes:
death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bus hospital 
Characters:
writer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call brushing teeth bookstore research psychologist wristwatch split screen man with glasses apology running book watching tv computer urination mirror β€¦cell phone shower kiss sex  (See All)

I Killed My Mother (2009) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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I Killed My Mother (2009)

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him m…ore and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. (Read More)

Locations:
bicycle bus 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call washing dishes brushing teeth pay phone fantasy sequence apology subway montage telephone classroom undressing watching tv computer mirror food β€¦cell phone shower cigarette smoking  (See All)

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Proof (2005)
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Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settl…e his affairs. (Read More)

Themes:
insanity paranoia death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
chicago illinois bicycle 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
telephone call remote control schizophrenia reading umbrella wine classroom book undressing watching tv sex kiss 

Nim's Island (2008)
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Nim's Island (2008)

Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes… to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. (Read More)

Themes:
paranoia hero surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Characters:
writer father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call recluse novel novelist animated sequence research reading fantasy sequence author montage swimming telephone book falling from height computer β€¦food cell phone voice over narration surprise ending  (See All)

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did…, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
dying suicide death surrealism 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
singer father son relationship 
Story:
electric guitar telephone call reading pay phone apology swimming book falling from height watching tv computer urination food song cell phone voice over narration β€¦singing cigarette smoking kiss blood sex  (See All)

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The Sessions (2012) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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The Sessions (2012)

At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true st…ory, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love 
Locations:
bicycle hospital 
Characters:
writer singer tattoo father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call gurney typewriter reading fantasy sequence man with glasses apology telephone running book undressing urination food song voice over narration β€¦singing cigarette smoking sex kiss  (See All)

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007)
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The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007)

Forty-three year old Elle magazine editor 'Jean-Dominique Bauby' (qv) - Jean-Do to his friends - awakens not knowing where he is. He is in a Berck-sur-Mer hospital, where he has been for the past several weeks in a coma after suffering a massive stroke. Although his cognitive facilities are in tact,… he quickly learns that he has what is called locked-in syndrome which has resulted in him being almost completely paralyzed, including not being able to speak. One of his few functioning muscles is his left eye. His physical situation and hospitalization uncomfortably bring together the many people in his life, including: Celine Desmoulins, his ex-lover and mother of his children; Ines, his current lover; and his aged father who he calls Papinou. Among his compassionate recuperative team are his physical therapist Marie, and his speech therapist Henriette. Henriette eventually teaches him to communicate using a system where he spells out words: she reads out the letters of the alphabet in descending order of their use in the French language, and he blinks his functioning left eye when she reaches the appropriate letter. Although frustrating at start, he learns to communicate effectively but slowly using this method, so much so that with the help of Claude, a full time translator, he decides on the monumental and seemingly impossible task to keep to his pre-injury commitment of writing a book, changing its focus to life in his current state. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool hospital 
Characters:
writer nurse singer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call gurney publisher animated sequence reading fantasy sequence man with glasses apology montage wine book watching tv mirror food song β€¦voice over narration singing cigarette smoking sex kiss  (See All)

Lovelace (2013)
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Lovelace (2013)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
writer singer 
Story:
telephone call publisher watching a movie pay phone man with glasses apology swimming telephone running bare butt undressing watching tv food song singing β€¦cigarette smoking kiss blood sex  (See All)

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Wonder Boys (2000)
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Wonder Boys (2000)

Grady Tripp is a professor/writer living in Pittsburgh who is struggling with writer's block. Whilst doing this, he also manages to get the chancellor pregnant. In the meantime, he and a college student, James Leer are trying to find a rare jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe, and a college girl, Ha…nnah Green boarding with Grady has a bit of a crush on him. (Read More)

Mood:
rain 
Characters:
professor writer 
Story:
writer's block publisher novelist literature janitor typewriter man with glasses bridge voice over narration cigarette smoking blood 

The Master (2012) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Themes:
insanity paranoia 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
psychiatrist writer singer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call movie theatre typewriter author apology montage telephone running book urination mirror food song singing cigarette smoking β€¦sex kiss  (See All)

Southland Tales (2006)
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Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star develo…ping her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice paranoia suicide surrealism death 
Mood:
rain 
Characters:
singer tattoo 
Story:
electric guitar telephone call jumping off a building bookstore schizophrenia fate electronic music score split screen reading no opening credits montage guitar book falling from height watching tv β€¦computer mirror song cell phone voice over narration surprise ending singing cigarette smoking blood kiss  (See All)

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Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)
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Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:
dying surrealism death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bicycle hospital 
Characters:
singer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
washing dishes toothbrush janitor reading umbrella apology subway swimming running undressing urination food song voice over narration three word title β€¦singing blood  (See All)

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)
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Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced …with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
falling in love suicide death 
Locations:
swimming pool hospital 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call gurney barefoot reading locker room subway bridge swimming classroom book falling from height undressing urination mirror food β€¦cigarette smoking kiss blood  (See All)

The Mirror (1975) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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The Mirror (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Themes:
dying death surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Characters:
writer singer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call reading swimming telephone running book bare butt mirror food shower singing cigarette smoking blood 

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The Great Beauty (2013)
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The Great Beauty (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from… the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:
obsession suicide surrealism death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
writer singer 
Story:
telephone call literature umbrella no opening credits apology montage swimming guitar book bare butt undressing watching tv food song cell phone β€¦voice over narration singing cigarette smoking sex kiss  (See All)

Candy (2006)
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Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Star…ting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool hospital 
Characters:
professor tattoo doctor 
Story:
telephone call reading umbrella apology wine swimming book bare butt undressing watching tv mirror food voice over narration shower surprise ending β€¦cigarette smoking sex kiss blood  (See All)

Something's Gotta Give (2003)
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Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother Erica. Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle starts to take shape.

Themes:
death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
professor writer nurse doctor 
Story:
telephone call personal assistant gurney bridge montage wine bare butt undressing computer cell phone voice over narration three word title cigarette smoking sex kiss 

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In Her Shoes (2005) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken… behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:
suicide death 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
swimming pool chicago illinois 
Characters:
professor nurse doctor 
Story:
telephone call want ads remote control reading umbrella pay phone wine book watching tv computer urination food cell phone voice over narration cigarette smoking β€¦kiss sex  (See All)

Sex And LucΓ­a (2001)
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Sex And LucΓ­a (2001)

Lucia is a young waitress in a restaurant in the centre of Madrid. After the loss of her long-time boyfriend, a writer, she seeks refuge on a quiet, secluded Mediterranean island. There, bathed in an atmosphere of fresh air and dazzling sun, Lucia begins to discover the dark corners of her past rela…tionship, as if they were forbidden passages of a novel which the author now, from afar, allows her to read. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
writer singer 
Story:
telephone call writer's block novel novelist author latex gloves swimming running watching tv computer food song shower singing cigarette smoking β€¦sex kiss  (See All)

Gattaca (1997)
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Gattaca (1997)

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity …of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
paranoia suicide death 
Locations:
swimming pool hospital 
Characters:
nurse doctor father son relationship 
Story:
what if janitor fate locker room accident montage wine swimming bare butt undressing computer urination voice over narration shower surprise ending β€¦cigarette smoking kiss blood  (See All)

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High-rise (2015)
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High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:
insanity paranoia suicide surrealism 
Characters:
psychiatrist doctor father son relationship 
Story:
briefcase watching a movie no opening credits apology montage wine swimming falling from height bare butt undressing watching tv mirror food voice over narration shower β€¦cigarette smoking sex blood kiss  (See All)

I'm Not There (2007) is one of the best movies like Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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I'm Not There (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the a…rtist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
surrealism 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bus hospital 
Characters:
nurse singer 
Story:
electric guitar telephone call washing dishes dressing watching a movie umbrella man with glasses subway montage wine guitar bare butt watching tv food song β€¦voice over narration three word title singing cigarette smoking sex  (See All)

Apt Pupil (1998)
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Apt Pupil (1998)

Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Mackellan) is Nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in WWII. Denker agrees… and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects his personality. (Read More)

Themes:
obsession suicide death 
Locations:
bicycle bus hospital 
Characters:
nurse father son relationship 
Story:
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