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The Aviator (2004)
Biography, Drama, History

The Aviator (2004)

Biopic of billionaire 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv), starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph 'Owen Brewster (I)' (qv) accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv). From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. (Read More)

Themes:autism,  inheritance,  wealth,  rivalry,  surveillance,  dating,  celebrity,  blackmail,  paranoia,  corruption,  filmmaking,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  jealousy,  money,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:desert,  nightclub,  hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:deafness,  engineer,  filmmaker,  professor,  waitress,  actress,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1910s,  1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:aviation,  war profiteer,  u.s. congress,  flight engineer,  billionaire,  u.s. senator,  film censorship,  leg injury,  test pilot,  fish as food,  culver city california,  van nuys california,  beverly hills california,  hollywood california,  political corruption,  flash camera,  western filmmaking,  film camera,  war filmmaking,  airplane accident,  los angeles california,  man on fire,  wrap party,  person on fire,  grauman's chinese theatre los angeles,  purposeful car accident,  government hearing,  financial difficulty,  cigarette girl,  public hearing,  flying boat,  press agent,  foot wound,  suicide of brother,  test flight,  projection room,  oil business,  multi millionaire,  usa government,  studio boss,  hydroplane,  flashbulb,  urologist,  profiteer,  hearing loss,  aeronautics,  time clock,  germ,  burning clothing,  innovator,  trout,  subpoena,  screening room,  reconnaissance,  ice sculpture,  monopoly,  anxiety attack,  free spirit,  film editor,  cholera,  aviator,  meteorologist,  croquet,  movie premiere,  eccentricity,  confetti,  country club,  publicist,  film premiere,  investor,  country estate,  corporate executive,  neurosis,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  connecticut,  seaplane,  washing,  congress,  conformity,  obsessive compulsive disorder,  industrialist,  finance,  u.s. air force,  burn victim,  rise and fall,  socialist,  wiretapping,  tycoon,  biplane,  phobia,  houston texas,  airfield,  peru,  quarantine,  jet,  heir,  movie studio,  crash landing,  ant,  paparazzi,  u.s. soldier,  megaphone,  cloud,  traffic jam,  movie producer,  crutches,  epidemic,  bandage,  bribery,  pipe smoking,  genius,  nervous breakdown,  bonfire,  cane,  film producer,  shadow,  bathing,  theatre audience,  lion,  senator,  newsreel footage,  inventor,  soap,  breakup,  censorship,  compassion,  womanizer,  movie theater,  impersonation,  movie star,  watching a movie,  eccentric,  communist,  fame,  injury,  film history,  golf,  shaving,  pickup truck,  scandal,  washington d.c.,  flirting,  kissing while having sex,  isolation,  film within a film,  split screen,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  death of brother,  domestic violence,  reading,  audition,  fbi,  film director,  prologue,  microphone,  pilot,  limousine,  marriage proposal,  best friend,  bath,  no opening credits,  painter,  mental illness,  fish,  montage,  woman,  mountain,  california,  band,  bra,  manhattan new york city,  painting,  bare butt,  camera,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  urination,  car accident,  song,  world war two,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  new york city,  party,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  sex scene,  blood,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:hotel,  beach
Characters:filmmaker,  actress,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:film camera,  theatre audience,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  injury,  domestic violence,  audition,  film director,  microphone,  limousine,  marriage proposal,  band,  bare butt,  camera,  song,  telephone call,  based on true story,  new york city,  party,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  fight,  kiss,  blood

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Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)
Biography, Drama, History

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator 'Joseph McCarthy (II)' (qv) of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter 'Edward R. Murrow' (qv) and his producer 'Fred W. Friendly' (qv) decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  paranoia,  fear,  drinking,  politics
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:u.s. senator,  beverly hills california,  flash camera,  film camera,  screening room,  u.s. air force,  socialist,  senator,  newsreel footage,  censorship,  communist,  washington d.c.,  fbi,  microphone,  no opening credits,  california,  camera,  song,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  new york city,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback

The Artist (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Artist (2011)

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

Themes:filmmaking,  drinking,  jealousy,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:actress,  photographer,  dancer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:audition,  hollywood california,  flash camera,  film camera,  screening room,  movie premiere,  film premiere,  movie studio,  megaphone,  movie producer,  film producer,  shadow,  theatre audience,  movie theater,  movie star,  watching a movie,  fame,  film history,  film within a film,  split screen,  film director,  microphone,  limousine,  montage,  painting,  camera,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  car accident,  fire,  dancing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  kiss,  dog

S1m0ne (2002) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi

S1m0ne (2002)

The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking,  politics
Locations:hotel,  beach
Characters:actress
Story:los angeles california,  screening room,  film premiere,  movie studio,  paparazzi,  inventor,  movie theater,  movie star,  watching a movie,  fame,  film within a film,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  film director,  limousine,  montage,  camera,  slow motion scene,  singing,  father daughter relationship

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Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs. This is why Amy (2015) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004). (Read More)

Themes:celebrity,  fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:flash camera,  paparazzi,  nervous breakdown,  fame,  prologue,  microphone,  best friend,  mental illness,  montage,  woman,  band,  manhattan new york city,  camera,  slow motion scene,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Nine (2009)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Nine (2009)

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  beach
Characters:waitress,  actress,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  doctor
Period:1920s
Story:flash camera,  film camera,  screening room,  confetti,  paparazzi,  film producer,  womanizer,  movie star,  film within a film,  film director,  microphone,  woman,  band,  bra,  camera,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Gods And Monsters (1998)
Biography, Drama

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:filmmaking,  drinking,  love
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:actress,  photographer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:hollywood california,  flash camera,  los angeles california,  croquet,  cane,  watching a movie,  film history,  shaving,  pickup truck,  scandal,  film director,  painter,  painting,  camera,  urination,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback

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Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  money
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:hollywood california,  flash camera,  los angeles california,  theatre audience,  womanizer,  movie theater,  impersonation,  watching a movie,  washington d.c.,  audition,  fbi,  pilot,  marriage proposal,  montage,  california,  bra,  manhattan new york city,  airplane,  based on true story,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  flashback,  dog

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

Big Eyes (2014)

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

Themes:celebrity,  fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:beach
Characters:deafness,  photographer,  friend
Story:flash camera,  film camera,  industrialist,  womanizer,  impersonation,  fame,  scandal,  flirting,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  microphone,  marriage proposal,  painter,  mental illness,  montage,  woman,  california,  painting,  camera,  fire,  telephone call,  based on true story,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  kiss,  dog

The Bodyguard (1992)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. This is why The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:nightclub,  hotel
Characters:actress,  dancer,  singer
Story:beverly hills california,  los angeles california,  airfield,  movie theater,  fame,  injury,  domestic violence,  limousine,  mental illness,  bra,  camera,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  song,  party,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  blood,  kiss,  dog

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Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  fear,  drinking,  love
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:singer,  dancer,  doctor
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:flash camera,  los angeles california,  houston texas,  genius,  cane,  newsreel footage,  breakup,  fame,  death of brother,  microphone,  montage,  band,  manhattan new york city,  camera,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  dog,  kiss,  fight

Evita (1996) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  filmmaking,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  money,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:actress,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  watching a movie,  fame,  film within a film,  film director,  limousine,  montage,  woman,  airplane,  song,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  family relationships

The Natural (1984)
Drama, Sport

The Natural (1984)

An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  corruption,  love
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  doctor
Period:1930s
Story:rise and fall,  theatre audience,  watching a movie,  fame,  injury,  shaving,  prologue,  woman,  camera,  slow motion scene,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  flashback

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Swingers (1996)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Themes:dating,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:desert,  nightclub
Characters:waitress,  actress,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:hollywood california,  los angeles california,  womanizer,  golf,  audition,  montage,  band,  slow motion scene,  urination,  song,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  kiss

The Black Dahlia (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Black Dahlia (2006)

In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths. This is why The Black Dahlia (2006) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004). (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  wealth,  surveillance,  blackmail,  love
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  beach
Characters:actress,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:hollywood california,  flash camera,  los angeles california,  u.s. soldier,  shadow,  watching a movie,  film within a film,  woman,  band,  painting,  slow motion scene,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  flashback,  blood

Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  rivalry,  drinking,  politics,  jealousy,  money,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  actress,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:rise and fall,  tycoon,  u.s. soldier,  pipe smoking,  senator,  reading,  microphone,  marriage proposal,  montage,  band,  airplane,  song,  world war two,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  fight,  kiss,  dog

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Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  jealousy
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:los angeles california,  quarantine,  theatre audience,  pilot,  limousine,  painter,  fish,  california,  band,  bare butt,  camera,  urination,  car accident,  telephone call,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:hotel
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:flash camera,  los angeles california,  heir,  theatre audience,  washington d.c.,  painter,  montage,  woman,  california,  painting,  airplane,  song,  world war two,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback

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

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

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

Themes:dating,  paranoia,  drinking
Locations:desert,  hotel
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:los angeles california,  theatre audience,  fame,  split screen,  audition,  marriage proposal,  bath,  manhattan new york city,  camera,  airplane,  song,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  blood,  flashback,  kiss,  fight

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Dreamgirls (2006) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Drama, Music, Musical

Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? This is why Dreamgirls (2006) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004). (Read More)

Themes:celebrity,  filmmaking,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  love
Locations:nightclub
Characters:actress,  dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:flash camera,  los angeles california,  screening room,  bribery,  theatre audience,  fame,  film within a film,  audition,  prologue,  microphone,  limousine,  no opening credits,  montage,  woman,  band,  camera,  song,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Public Enemies (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  fear,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1930s
Story:fbi,  congress,  theatre audience,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  shaving,  kissing while having sex,  bath,  no opening credits,  woman,  band,  camera,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  car accident,  song,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  sex scene,  kiss,  blood

Inherent Vice (2014)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Inherent Vice (2014)

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry "Doc" Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  paranoia,  fear,  politics,  money
Locations:hotel,  beach
Characters:waitress,  photographer,  singer,  doctor
Story:beverly hills california,  hollywood california,  flash camera,  film camera,  los angeles california,  billionaire,  movie star,  eccentric,  communist,  film within a film,  fbi,  prologue,  woman,  california,  band,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  sex scene,  blood,  fight,  kiss,  flashback

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

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:drinking,  money,  love
Locations:hotel
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:los angeles california,  bandage,  eccentric,  fame,  reading,  prologue,  microphone,  california,  band,  camera,  airplane,  urination,  song,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

I'm Not There. (2007) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

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 artist 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)

Themes:celebrity,  filmmaking,  drinking,  politics,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer,  photographer,  dancer
Story:flash camera,  traffic jam,  theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  watching a movie,  film within a film,  microphone,  limousine,  bath,  painter,  montage,  california,  band,  manhattan new york city,  painting,  camera,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  singing,  song,  fire,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  fight,  dog

Youth (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Youth (2015)

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. This is why Youth (2015) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:filmmaker,  actress,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:cane,  film director,  prologue,  microphone,  montage,  mountain,  camera,  airplane,  urination,  car accident,  song,  fire,  telephone call,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  kiss

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Frost/nixon (2008)
Biography, Drama

Frost/nixon (2008)

Writer Peter Morgan's legendary battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the story of the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans (as well as a $600,000 fee). Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  politics,  money
Locations:hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  singer
Story:scandal,  beverly hills california,  political corruption,  los angeles california,  movie premiere,  finance,  jet,  newsreel footage,  golf,  washington d.c.,  death of brother,  fbi,  microphone,  limousine,  montage,  woman,  manhattan new york city,  bare butt,  camera,  airplane,  song,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  flashback

Rang De Basanti (2006)
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Rang De Basanti (2006)

A young idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits students from Delhi University to act in her docu-drama. She finds DJ, who graduated five years ago but still wants to be a part of the University because he doesn't think there's too much out there in the real world to look forward to. Karan, the son of Industrialist Rajnath Singhania, who shares an uncomfortable relationship with his father, but continues to live off him, albeit very grudgingly. Aslam, is a middle class Muslim boy, who lives in the by-lanes near Jama Masjid, poet, philosopher and guide to his friends. Sukhi, the group's baby, innocent, vulnerable and with a weakness for only one thing - girls. Laxman Pandey, the fundamentalist in the group, the only one who still believes that politics can make the world a better place and finally Sonia - the sole girl in the group, tomboy and vivacious spirit, engaged to Ajay - the dashing air pilot. Through her film, Sue wishes to showcase to the world the efforts of these young revolutionaries and the enormity of their contribution to the freedom movement in India. What unfolds is the inspiration behind Sue's passion for bringing their story to the world. The twist in the tale is of course the fact that more than just telling the world, Sue's film makes DJ and his friends stop and stare at themselves for being the actual descendants of these great men and never recognizing and celebrating their courage and spirit. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  filmmaking,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  money
Locations:hospital
Characters:filmmaker,  actress,  dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:flash camera,  film camera,  industrialist,  bonfire,  newsreel footage,  watching a movie,  fame,  injury,  shaving,  pickup truck,  flirting,  film within a film,  audition,  film director,  prologue,  microphone,  pilot,  marriage proposal,  montage,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  urination,  song,  fire,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  blood,  flashback

54 (1998) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Drama, Music

54 (1998)

An anthology film retelling the story of the famous Studio 54, a hot disco hangout for the social elite of New York. The movie follows several characters at once, some of whom are in desperate straits and on the verge of crashing.

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  money
Locations:nightclub
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:hollywood california,  newsreel footage,  fbi,  microphone,  manhattan new york city,  camera,  urination,  song,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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The Doors (1991)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:celebrity,  jealousy
Locations:desert,  nightclub,  hotel,  beach
Characters:engineer,  filmmaker,  professor,  photographer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:los angeles california,  nervous breakdown,  bonfire,  newsreel footage,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  fame,  domestic violence,  microphone,  california,  band,  camera,  airplane,  urination,  car accident,  fire,  new york city,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  blood,  flashback

High-rise (2015)
Drama

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. This is why High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  paranoia,  drinking,  money
Characters:actress,  dancer,  doctor
Story:film camera,  pipe smoking,  cane,  watching a movie,  shaving,  film within a film,  no opening credits,  montage,  painting,  bare butt,  slow motion scene,  brother sister relationship,  party,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  dog

Frida (2002)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Frida (2002)

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. (Read More)

Themes:politics,  jealousy
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer,  doctor
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  genius,  womanizer,  marriage proposal,  painter,  manhattan new york city,  painting,  slow motion scene,  new york city,  party,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  sex scene,  flashback,  blood,  fight,  dog

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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)

Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  jealousy,  love
Locations:nightclub,  beach,  hospital
Characters:engineer,  professor,  waitress,  photographer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:newsreel footage,  womanizer,  communist,  reading,  california,  band,  bra,  camera,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  dog

The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  drinking,  love
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:los angeles california,  megaphone,  genius,  theatre audience,  shaving,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  prologue,  mental illness,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  urination,  song,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  blood

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  rivalry,  surveillance,  blackmail,  paranoia,  fear
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:engineer,  doctor
Story:country club,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  wiretapping,  inventor,  fbi,  montage,  manhattan new york city,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  kiss,  blood,  flashback

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Los Abrazos Rotos (2009)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

Los Abrazos Rotos (2009)

Passion, obsession, wealth, jealousy, family, guilt, and creativity. In Madrid, Harry Caine is a blind screenwriter, assisted by Judit and her son Diego. The past comes rushing in when Harry learns of the death of Ernesto Martel, a wealthy businessman, and Ernesto's son pays Harry a visit. In a series of flashbacks to the 1990s, we see Harry, who was then Mateo Blanco, a director; he falls in love with Ernesto's mistress, Lena, and casts her in a film, which Ernesto finances. Ernesto is jealous and obsessive, sending his son to film the making of the movie, to follow Lena and Mateo, and to give him the daily footage. Judit doesn't like Lena. It's a collision course. This is why Los Abrazos Rotos (2009) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  filmmaking,  jealousy,  love
Locations:nightclub,  beach,  hospital
Characters:filmmaker,  actress
Story:corporate executive,  billionaire,  movie producer,  film producer,  film within a film,  film director,  bra,  car accident,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  dog

Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Drama, Romance

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. Starting 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:drinking,  money,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:professor,  actress,  doctor
Story:confetti,  nervous breakdown,  shaving,  pickup truck,  reading,  marriage proposal,  painter,  mental illness,  woman,  bra,  painting,  bare butt,  camera,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  blood,  fight

The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  politics,  jealousy,  love
Locations:hotel
Characters:professor,  dancer,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:film camera,  pipe smoking,  communist,  montage,  band,  manhattan new york city,  song,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  fight,  dog

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Love & Mercy (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  drinking,  love
Locations:beach
Characters:deafness,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:film camera,  los angeles california,  pipe smoking,  genius,  nervous breakdown,  compassion,  fame,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  death of brother,  prologue,  microphone,  limousine,  mental illness,  montage,  woman,  california,  band,  airplane,  song,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  dog

Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  surveillance,  blackmail,  paranoia,  corruption,  politics,  love
Locations:hotel,  beach
Characters:actress
Story:movie premiere,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  wiretapping,  movie theater,  kissing while having sex,  prologue,  no opening credits,  woman,  manhattan new york city,  camera,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  new york city,  party,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  two word title,  fight,  flashback

The English Patient (1996) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. This is why The English Patient (1996) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  politics,  jealousy,  love
Locations:desert,  nightclub,  beach
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:airplane accident,  burn victim,  biplane,  cane,  theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  compassion,  watching a movie,  reading,  pilot,  bath,  woman,  bra,  painting,  camera,  airplane,  song,  world war two,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  blood

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Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

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

Themes:politics,  jealousy,  love
Locations:nightclub,  beach,  hospital
Characters:professor,  waitress,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:megaphone,  theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  breakup,  domestic violence,  microphone,  no opening credits,  montage,  california,  band,  manhattan new york city,  slow motion scene,  urination,  song,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  blood,  kiss

Hollywoodland (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Hollywoodland (2006)

Struggling private investigator Louis Simo treats his work more as a means to make a living than a want to do right by what few clients he has. Through connections with the investigation firm for which he used to work, Simo is hired by Helen Bessolo to investigate the death of her son, actor 'George Reeves (I)' (qv). Reeves was best known for his title role in _"Adventures of Superman" (1952)_ (qv), a role which he always despised, in part since it typecast him as a "cartoon", despite it bringing him a certain fame. His June 16, 1959 death by a single gunshot wound while in his bedroom in his Los Angeles home was ruled a suicide by the police, the death which occurred when the house was filled with people. Reeves' story is told in part in flashback as Simo, who is trying to make a name for himself with this case, talks to or tries to talk to some of the players involved, most specifically the wife of MGM General Manager 'E.J. Mannix' (qv), Toni Mannix, with whom Reeves was having a relatively open and gift-lucrative affair (she bought him that house), and Reeves' fiancee at the time of his death, Lenore Lemmon, an aspiring actress who some felt didn't love Reeves (or vice versa). As Simo proceeds with his high-profile investigation, he learns that someone doesn't want him snooping around. Through the process, Simo evaluates his own professional and personal life, the latter of which includes a somewhat strained relationship with his wife and son. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  filmmaking,  drinking,  jealousy,  love
Locations:nightclub,  hotel
Characters:actress,  photographer,  singer,  doctor
Story:fame,  van nuys california,  flash camera,  film camera,  los angeles california,  grauman's chinese theatre los angeles,  scandal,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  audition,  film director,  painting,  camera,  urination,  car accident,  song,  based on true story,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  kiss,  flashback

The Painted Veil (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Period:1920s
Story:cholera,  epidemic,  woman,  scandal,  reading,  marriage proposal,  mountain,  band,  bare butt,  song,  fire,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex scene,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

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Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  drinking,  money
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:u.s. soldier,  newsreel footage,  watching a movie,  kissing while having sex,  prologue,  bath,  no opening credits,  fish,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  song,  world war two,  fire,  telephone call,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  flashback,  fight,  kiss,  dog

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. This is why Mulholland Dr. (2001) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004). (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking,  jealousy
Locations:nightclub
Characters:waitress,  actress,  dancer
Story:hollywood california,  woman,  los angeles california,  movie star,  audition,  microphone,  limousine,  mental illness,  california,  car accident,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:actress,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:leg injury,  crutches,  watching a movie,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  audition,  best friend,  bare butt,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

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Snowden (2016)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Snowden (2016)

SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  paranoia,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  jealousy,  money
Locations:hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:photographer
Story:u.s. congress,  subpoena,  wiretapping,  u.s. soldier,  crutches,  bonfire,  newsreel footage,  breakup,  washington d.c.,  fbi,  microphone,  montage,  mountain,  camera,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  telephone call,  based on true story,  new york city,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  flashback,  kiss

Trumbo (2015) is one of the best movies like The Aviator (2004)
Biography, Drama

Trumbo (2015)

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking,  drinking,  politics,  money
Characters:friend
Period:1940s
Story:hollywood california,  subpoena,  congress,  movie producer,  film producer,  senator,  movie star,  watching a movie,  communist,  film history,  fbi,  film director,  microphone,  no opening credits,  world war two,  based on true story,  party,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Middle Men (2009)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  blackmail,  paranoia,  corruption,  jealousy,  money
Locations:nightclub
Story:hollywood california,  los angeles california,  rise and fall,  houston texas,  limousine,  marriage proposal,  slow motion scene,  based on true story,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  two word title,  sex scene,  blood,  flashback

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