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The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)

Father O'Malley, the unconventional priest from 'Going My Way', continues his work for the Catholic Church. This time he is sent to St. Mary's, a run-down parochial school on the verge of condemnation. He and Sister Benedict work together in an attempt to save the school, though their differing meth β€¦ods often lead to good-natured disagreements. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramaindependent film
Themes:
blindnesseducationreligionchristmas
Mood:
affection
Locations:
catholic schoolcatholic churchbaseballurban settingelevatorchurchschool
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicsingle motherpriestmusicianboydoctorfamily relationships
Period:
winter
Story:
straw hatirish catholicroman catholicboxing lessonbaseball batconvent schoolschool playchristmas pageantchristmas songsequel to best picture winnerfather child reunionquote from hamletcity councilmansporting goods storewindow smashing β€¦separatedpledge of allegianceschoolyard fightchildren's choirjumpropenun's habitgenerosityhusband wife reuniondiagnosisjumping ropemother superiorcigarfinanceveilorchestral music scoretuberculosisessaybankruptcyhit by a truckenvycomic relieftrafficirish americannew jobgraduationcareerhousekeeperabsent fatherconstruction siteplaygroundblockbusterhatfantasy sequencehit by a carnunboxingbasketballorphanprayerpianoneighborcatsingingcharacter name in titlesequeldog (See All)

Doubt (2008)
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Doubt (2008)

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

Subgenre:
semi autobiographical
Themes:
blindnessreligionchristmaslovedeath of fatherparanoiaguilthumiliationprejudiceforgiveness
Mood:
rainnightmareambiguous ending
Locations:
catholic schoolcatholic churchchurchschoolsnowbicycleshedfire escape
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestboyhusband wife relationshiphomosexualfather son relationshipmother son relationshipafrican americanchildrensingerbrother sister relationshipteachergirl β€¦studentdancerchristianteacher student relationshipbiblereligious fanaticdance teacherreligious statuenew teacher (See All)
Period:
1960syear 1964
Story:
christmas pageantnun's habitmother superiornunbasketballprayercatsingingf ratedone word titleflashbackcigarette smokingdancingphotographtitle spoken by character β€¦surprise endingbased on playtelephone callcryingsongbeatingdreamfoodmirrorlietearsclassroomwineeatingfalse accusationritualold womanconfessionargumentprologueliarumbrellastorytellingcover upchristmas treegymcrossgiftsuspicionclasstrustblack americanrecord playeritalianteawoman with glassesrecordingmousetoynosebleedgossipirishcompassionembarrassmentjanitorinnocencewindhypocrisyplot twistdespaircigarette lighterschool uniformpedophilechoirbenchpigeoncrowceremonysermoncandypopepedophiliaabuse of powerdoubtstairwaycorporal punishmentintoleranceschool principalhugteasingnarcissismdisciplineracial prejudicebishoptolerancefeathercaretakercircular staircasehypocritesleeplessnessbronx new york cityhymnaccusationaltarorganmassdressingintercomchristmas carolmusic teacherpower strugglenew york city new yorksurrogate fatherdance classresignationrosaryreputationundershirtdutch angleholy communionscreenplay adapted by authorcrossing selfpaganwheelbarrowintegrationman boy relationshipsaying goodbyeprivacysneezingpulitzer prize sourcegym classorganistschool childstained glass windowambiguitydining hallauthorityaltar boyconservatismdiscipleschool lockeradaptation directed by original authorjudgmentbad breathvirgin mary statueabused childobediencecombhistory teachernovicecigarette casenarrow mindednessmonsignorloss of eyesightfingernailsirish accentpedophile priestbonnetsuspected homosexualtransistor radiocossacknativity sceneparishchain of commandhistory classschool bellfavoritismballpoint penear piecefalse witnessmashed potatoescleanlinesscircumstantial evidencesuspected paedophileethnic neighborhoodmortal sin45rpm recordrectoryrumor mongerclassroom disciplinehit on the back of one's headjumping to conclusionfriendlinesslightbulb blowoutmartinetslap on the back of one's headcertaintychanging a lightbulbcrechemale female power struggle (See All)

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Bad Education (2004)
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Bad Education (2004)

In the early 60s, two boys - Ignacio and Enrique - discover love, movies and fear in a Christian school. Father Manolo, the school principal and Literature teacher, both witnesses and takes part in these discoveries. The three characters come against one another twice again, in the late 70s and in 1 β€¦980. These meetings are set to change the life and death of some of them. (Read More)

Subgenre:
gay interestcoming of age
Themes:
educationreligionmurderdeathlovefriendshipfearblackmailsexualityunrequited lovetransgenderfirst love
Mood:
neo noirreligious
Locations:
catholic schoolcatholic churchchurchschoolswimming poolspainreligious school
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestmother son relationshipchildrenbrother brother relationshipteachergay sexactortranssexualgay kisschristianitydirectorprofessorfather β€¦parent child relationshipboyfriend boyfriend relationshipsex with a priestevil priestboy singer (See All)
Period:
1960s
Story:
male nudityflashbackmasturbationbare chested malemale pubic hairunderwater scenebuxomfilm within a filmwitnessreunionunderwater β€¦heroinlgbtdrag queenwhat happened to epiloguedesiresexual abusedrug abusegay lead charactermale underwearmovie theatreliteraturejunkieyoung loveboarding schoolfilm actormale objectificationlightercatholicismtransvestismwhite briefssexual frustrationsexual repressionhitchcockianscreenplaysexual identitysexual obsessionmultiple time framespersonal assistanttranssexualityhostelloss of innocencelife and deathsexual favorloss of faithmovie businessstory within a storypederastyman boy lovehebephilia (See All)

Ida (2013)
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Ida (2013)

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are an β€¦d where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. (Read More)

Themes:
religionmurderdeathsuicidedrinkingfeardrunkennessfuneralmemorydyingmurder of familyreligious faithmurder of parents
Locations:
catholic churchurban settingchurchhospitalbarforesthotelsnowcemeterybathtubwoodsrural settingfarmgas stationjewish cemetery
Characters:
catholicpriestmusicianboyfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipsingerfemale protagonistdancerbabysister sister relationshipchristianjewish β€¦reference to godwaitressjewaunt niece relationshipaunt nephew relationshipasking for forgivenesssuicide by jumping out a window (See All)
Period:
world war two1960s
Story:
mother superiorveilnunorphansingingcharacter name in titlesexfemale nudityf ratednuditymale nudityone word titlebare chested malekisscigarette smoking β€¦dancingphotographtitle spoken by charactershowersongfoodcar accidentmirrordrinksecretletterreference to jesus christcandlebandold manwomaneatingjudgeapologychildbathsearchmarriage proposalpainconfessiongravemicrophonevirginon the roadsuitcasestatuetragic eventcrosstrustredheadrecord playerloss of virginitylooking at oneself in a mirrorlistening to musicrecordingdenmarkskullorphanagehitchhikerstreet lifegypsyanti semitismsufferingshovelpolandsnowingfamily secretvodkapost world war twoprayinghandshakesocialismstairwayjazz musicdrunk drivingdiggingconventrabbiknocking on a doorsaxophonelatinsoupbare feetlighting a cigarettecircular staircasenazi occupationshrinedigging a gravekiss on the cheekdressingcircumcisionnightgownrosaryjumping out a windowstalinismstreetcarcomradedoorbelllord's prayerfemale judgestained glass windowdead sononly childvowsaxophone playermagistrateabandoned by mothersign of the crossmurder confessiondeath of auntcrossing oneselfconfronting the pastreference to mary magdalenesoviet occupationhuman remainsnunnerypacing the floor45 recordingsplashing water on one's faceunmarked gravepaternostercommunist societymusical comboapplying mascarapersecution of jewsunearthed skeleton (See All)

Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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Ladder 49 (2004)

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

Subgenre:
melodrama
Themes:
christmasdeathfriendshipmarriagepregnancydrinkingfeardrunkennessweddingfuneralherodeath of fathercourage
Locations:
catholic churchchurchhospitalbarhelicoptersnowcemeterywaterrooftopfire station
Characters:
catholicpriestboyfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshiphomosexualfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendsingerteenage girlgirl β€¦nursedancerbabywarriorreference to godcousin cousin relationship (See All)
Story:
irish catholicchristmas songirish americancareersingingdogbloodflashbackfightcigarette smokingdancingtitle spoken by characterexplosiontelephone callfire β€¦songunderwearrescuewatching tvdrinkbirthdaycafetelephoneaxedeath of friendtoiletaccidentnonlinear timelineexploding carcoffinbirthday partygraveyardcoffeeflash forwardconfessiondeath of brotheramerican flagdeath of husbandloss of fatherpremarital sexratflirtingmachismobirthday cakedisasterropesupermarketburned alivebabysittermale bondingpoolladderparadehonorburialgrocery storetrappedbraverychristmas eveloss of husbandloss of brotherwedding receptionsmokemain character diesfirefighterpractical jokejewelrybaptismlockertelling someone to shut upconfessionalmedalstretcherfallingwagermarching bandbrotherhoodhymnbaltimore marylandbagpipesburn victimping pongrookiegoosementor protege relationshipreference to santa clausfire alarmbuilding collapseburnmale camaraderiekiltoxygen maskcribsteamfirefightingledgeworryingdebrissearch and rescuebrick wallmeet cutefire hydrantfacial disfigurementfire axenativity scenest. patrick's dayfiretruckfirehousefire pole (See All)

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The Sound Of Music (1965)
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The Sound Of Music (1965)

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often aw β€¦ay, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German navy and forced to fight against his own country. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film
Themes:
marriageescapewedding
Locations:
catholic churchchurchcemeterybus
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestfamily relationshipsfather son relationshipfather daughter relationshipchildrensingerbrother brother relationshipbrother sister relationshipteenage girlfemale protagonistteachersister sister relationship β€¦single fathernazi officer (See All)
Period:
1930syear 1938
Story:
roman catholicmother superiororchestral music scorenew jobblockbusternunsingingf ratedbased on noveltitle spoken by characterpartychasebased on true storysongguitar β€¦mansionmarriage proposalwidowerconvertiblepursuitsabotagelifting someone into the airfrogpicnicrowboatthunderstormwhistlestepmotherconventtomboyredheaded womanaustriabishopsurrogate mothercathedralchapeltelegrammusic festivalhiding placecryptballroom dancinglifting female in airlarge familybroken engagementnobilitypuppet showmessengercigarette holdergovernesscountry estatemarionettebased on stage musicalgazebosinging contestfamous songtheatrical agentsea captainbell towerabbeynovicebaronesshitler youthfolk dancesalzburg austriamusic contesttony award source70mm filmabbessaustria hungarypushing a vehiclesinging familycheerfulnessnun in loveoverboardfamous entrancesinging nunnunhoodpostulanttrapp family singertyrol (See All)

Rocky II (1979)
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Rocky II (1979)

Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing  β€¦company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmboxing movie
Themes:
loverevengemarriagepregnancyweddingherobrutalitycelebritypoetryunemployment
Locations:
catholic churchbaseballchurchhospitalsnowwheelchairapartmentnew car
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestdoctorhusband wife relationshipafrican americanboyfriend girlfriend relationshipbrother sister relationshipnursebabytough guywarrioraction herosecurity guardteacher student relationship β€¦writer directorpregnant wifebaby boyjewish american (See All)
Period:
1970s
Story:
sequel to best picture winnernew jobcareerblockbusterboxingcharacter name in titledogsequelnumber in titlebloodviolenceinterviewflashbacktwo word titlebare chested male β€¦fightcigarette smokingsurprise endingbeatingblood splatterfistfightface slapslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvwritten by directorbrawlshowdownsunglassessecond partrunningnumbered sequelfightingcombatambulancemansionmontagefalse accusationcigar smokingmarriage proposallatex glovestrainingcharacter repeating someone else's dialoguelocker roomfired from the jobwritten and directed by cast memberrace against timeopening action scenegymdirected by staramerican flagchildbirthmanagercharacter says i love youchampionchickenperformer name in titleblack americanfreeze framesurgeryfamescene during opening creditscomajoggingroman numeral in titleworking classboxerwristwatchpress conferencebirthcommercialreverse footagenicknameitalian americanjob interviewpet dogzoolionghettoprideblack eyemustachephiladelphia pennsylvaniafemale doctorbruisepunchwritten by starthanksgivingunderdoggiving birthfinal showdownhit in the facemusclemanmoney problemsscene before opening creditsreading aloudchampionshipautographweightliftingcheering crowdhospital roomdepartment storesweatilliteracyloan sharkboxing matchpunching bagreading a booknewborn babyfamous scorerepeated lineboxing ringcomebackrealtorroman numbered sequelfade to blacklifting person in airexpectant motherbrother in lawchantinglifting female in airboxing glovesnewlywedstrainerexpectant fathernew housebrother in law brother in law relationshipdocksel trainmob of reporterscharacter appears on tvtitle boutends with freeze frametraining montagefistpet shopboxing gymbirdcageeye injurytalking to a dogreference to cinderellaboxing championsports heroboxing trainersports managainst the oddsreference to al caponeheavyweight boxerrockyheavyweight championbaby bornwaking up from a comaused car salesmanfighting movieemployee dismissaljob searchrematchhate mailchampionship boutpremature birthsimple mancar showroomtitle fightboxer herocoming out of a comafist fightermale slaps a maleblacks versus italiansman slaps a manreading a poemhandednesspregnant sisterstickball31 year oldunusual method of trainingpremature babybad driverlocal celebritytarzan yellbeing asked for an autographchampleftymeat processing plantnewborn sonrecap segmentfilming a commercialsouthpawspending spreewoman in a comababy sondog wearing clothinghematomapork pie hatreference to ernie the muppetrope skippingbirth of sonchildbirth complicationman carrying woman in arms (See All)

The Painted Veil (2006)
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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 i β€¦nfidelity 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)

Subgenre:
coming of age
Themes:
deathmarriageinfidelitymoneyadulterypregnancydrinkingdrunkennessextramarital affairblackmailredemptionhumiliationunrequited lovetheatredying
Mood:
rain
Locations:
catholic schoolhospitalrestaurantboatbathtublondon englandwatervillageroad tripshipchinacampfirelaboratorychurch of england
Characters:
catholicboydoctorfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshippolicemother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipchildrensingerteachernursepoliceman β€¦dancerbabylove trianglemaidfrenchchinesegrandfather grandson relationshipreligious statuechinese soldier (See All)
Period:
1920s
Story:
convent schoolnun's habithusband wife reunionmother superiorveilnunorphanpianoneighborsingingbased on novelmale nudityflashbackgunsex scene β€¦kisscigarette smokingdancingchasethree word titletelephone callfirecryingsongcorpsefoodhorsemirrordrinksex in bedbare buttletterbookvomitingtearsrunningdead bodycafevoyeurclassroomriverswimmingcleavagebandstrangulationmountaineatingbirdscantily clad femalecoffinmarriage proposalflash forwardumbrellasuitcasedollreadingringflowerspianistbodyguardfemale removes her clothescrossdeath of husbandhorse ridingtypewritercheating wiferecord playerterminal illnessscandalcard gameheavy rainfaintingsexual attractionrecordingdiseasecookdemonstrationdysfunctional marriagegossipservantorphanagetorchburialcolonelorchestraunfaithful wifelove at first sightrowboattime lapse photographycard playingnotelanterndrumsenglishman abroadadulterous wifeunhappy marriagecandyboredomsurgical maskbaptismepidemicforeignerwellraftconventpartial female nuditymicroscopenationalismwriting a letterwarlordsewingdiplomatsocialitegrave diggingmartiniloveless marriageexpatriateimperialismtrophy wifeenglishwoman abroadlabor strikeflower shopwalking sticksecrecyrickshawbritish empireinfirmarybirdcageprotest signtrystcivil servantshanghai chinaultimatumcovered female frontal nuditycholeraremote villagevictrolainfectious diseasevirtuesteam bathcatholic orphanageconsulatemurder threatwater buffalosedan chairpinwheelwater wheelconsulstatesmansanitationinoculationreference to chiang kai shekheart shaped box of candykerosene lanternwife pregnant by another manchinese theater (See All)

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Chocolat (2000) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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Chocolat (2000)

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

Themes:
religiondeathfriendshipmarriagepoliticscorruptiontheftprejudice
Locations:
catholic churchchurchschoolbarsnowcemeterysmall townboatbicyclevillagerural settingfranceboat on fire
Characters:
catholicsingle motherpriestmusicianboyhusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendfemale protagonistgirldancerwriterthief β€¦christianmayorgrandmother grandson relationshipgrandmother granddaughter relationshipgrandfather granddaughter relationshipself righteousness (See All)
Period:
1950s
Story:
absent fatherprayerdogsexf ratedbased on novelnudityviolenceone word titleflashbackkissfightdancingphotographparty β€¦knifefirevoice over narrationcryingfoodletterlietearscafeclassroomguitarcookingold manwomanmontageeatingwidowapologybirddrawingbirthday partyritualgraveyardold womanconfessiondrug addictpassionstorytellingsuitcasestatueflowersdomestic violenceinjectioncountrysidemagical realismclassarsonsingle parenttraditionpiratedestinybreaking and enteringslow motioncrucifixstealinggossipirishfestivalburialfood in titlemoralitygypsybloody nosewindreference to satancard playingabusive husbandatheistshowsermonchocolatereference to elvis presleydriftercremationtemptationconfessionaloutsidertween girlimaginary friendrumorwormeasterguitar playernursing homeashesfablehistorianhair salonpleasurekangarooaphrodisiacbouquetrebirthchurch bellwife leaves husbandcentral americafeastportrait paintingrepentancepagancountesshair dryerdiabeticjugglersmall businesswife abusehouseboatcountinsulingluttonyfertilityabstinenceold people's homeillegitimate daughtervowfastingcremated remainsriverboatfire eatergourmetbattered womancandy storered capehot chocolatenightshirtseventy somethingchiligypsy campprovincial settingpublic moralityletter openercocoapastry shopyearningrighteousnesscafe ownerapothecaryriverbanklentpenitenceremedybook of poetrycontritiondowagerfictional villagehit with a skilletthrowing cremated ashes to the windhit on the head with a skillet (See All)

On The Waterfront (1954)
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On The Waterfront (1954)

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She in β€¦troduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramacult film
Themes:
murderdeathmoneyfeargangsterinvestigationcorruptionmafiaredemptiongamblinghomelessnesstraumaregret
Locations:
catholic churchurban settingchurchnew york citybartaxicourtroomshiprooftop
Characters:
catholicpriestfamily relationshipsfather daughter relationshipbrother brother relationshipbrother sister relationshippolice officer
Story:
irish catholicirish americanblockbustergundancingtitle spoken by characterthree word titlebeatingcorpsefistfightface slapwatching tvbeerrevolverconfession β€¦organized crimefired from the jobpassiondeath of brothertragic eventwitnesshateflirtingloyaltyboxerassaultmobbridebrooklyn new york citythugnew jerseyconfrontationloss of sonsirenloss of brotherpigeonwedding receptionhit with a baseball batsocial issuesintimidationharboralleystreet gangdockfalling into watermisfitanimal abusejacketunionconsciencefight the systemfamous scorelabor unionreference to marilyn monroelaborwhistleblowerfamous linepet cathooksolidarityglovebased on articleoathpulitzer prize sourcehearingshipyardwaterfrontslip the undergarmentdeliberate crueltysocial criticismex boxerlabor relationspanhandlinglast ritessteamshipfixed fightlabor movementformer athletesubpoenaman on the verge of tearswhiskykilling a petprizefighterdockworkertenacitylongshoremanforced entrystool pigeondockyardlabor union corruptionracing pigeon (See All)

The Sessions (2012)
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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 β€¦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:
friendshiprevengemoneyjealousydrinkingfearfuneralguiltsexualitypoetrydisabilityfalling in lovenear death experience
Locations:
catholic churchbaseballelevatorchurchhospitalbeachrestauranthotelbathtubbicyclewheelchairmotelsan francisco californiarunning on a beach
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestboyfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendboyfriend girlfriend relationshiptattoosingerprostitute β€¦teenage boygirlwriterbest friendreference to godjewself pitysex therapistself deprecation (See All)
Period:
year 1988
Story:
fantasy sequenceprayercatsingingfemale nudityflashbackmasturbationtwo word titlebare chested malesex scenekissfemale rear nudity β€¦female full frontal nuditycigarette smokingejaculationnipplespartyleg spreadingerectionpantiestelephone callvoice over narrationsongwoman on topfoodurinationblondewritten by directordrinkundressingsex in bedbookbeertearssunglassesrunningcafemarijuanacollegevoyeurreference to jesus christtelephonef wordsubjective cameracleavagenewspaperbraambulancewomaneatingfemale pubic hairwhite pantiesapologyman with glassesscantily clad femalecoffinunderwater scenemarriage proposalcoffeepainflash forwardconfessioncursevirginspiritualityfired from the jobreadingcollege studentfemale removes her clothessadnesspoetsleepingtypewritereyeglassespoemhugginganswering machinepot smokingloss of virginitytape recorderbuttockstherapisthome movieforbidden lovepicnicchokingpromisejob interviewpower outagesex talkanxietydespairpanties pulled downtan linemale virginwoman in bathtubsermonsexual awakeningnarrated by characterprayingjudaismparalysistelevision newsfemale genitalianaivetymasochismnewspaper articleecstasyreading a bookkarmashirtgurneyloss of sisterstation wagonsexual repressionundressing someonegolden gate bridgeintimacyreference to the virgin maryshared bathwoman undressingfirst sexual experiencephilosopherpremature ejaculationsexual pleasureman in a wheelchairjealous husbandsynagogueimplied nudityweepingsexual explorationsexual arousal911power failuretrolleyvoice over inner thoughtsdoorbellsaying goodbyeoxygenreference to the bibleactress breaking typecaststrong sexual contentcolognelogicpoliosex therapyearmale with long hairwoman wearing glassesberkeley californiajewish manbed riddenoutdoor cafescratching6 year oldcollege graduationsense of touchspeaker phonevoice over writingmotorized wheelchairthrift storeweeping womangirl wearing pantiesshaving someonesponge bathfutonrespiratordifficulty breathingsex surrogatehandicap seximplied male nuditylove poempity sexreading a poemwriting a poemiron lunguniversity of california berkeleyitch38 year oldreference to boston massachusettsjewish convertpower blackoutmotel desk clerk49 year oldkissing someone's chestorange tabby catoxygen tentpolio victimmikvah (See All)

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

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

Subgenre:
independent filmcoming of ageepic
Themes:
educationreligiondeathmarriagejealousypregnancyfearmemorytheftdysfunctional familyguiltgriefbullyingphotographyhope β€¦crueltychildhoodinheritanceafterliferegret (See All)
Mood:
rainavant gardemoving
Locations:
baseballurban settingelevatorchurchschoolbeachrestaurantswimming poolforestcemeterysmall townairplanebathtubdesertbicycle β€¦woodspolice carseacourtroomouter spaceoceanchinatexasstormrunning into water (See All)
Characters:
catholicpriestmusicianboyfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshippolicemother son relationshipafrican americanchildrenbrother brother relationshippolicemanbabythief β€¦christianreference to godbullywaitresschristianitylittle boychinesegrandmother grandson relationshipengineeryounger version of characterpregnant wifecrying babydeath of boydeath wish (See All)
Period:
1950s
Story:
baseball batenvyprayerpianocatdogflashbackbare chested malekissfightdancingexplosiontelephone callfirevoice over narration β€¦cryingcell phonefoodmirrorface slapslow motion scenearrestpaintingbooklietearsrunninglingeriedead bodycafeclassroomguitarriverswimminghalloweensurvivalnewspaperflashlightcandlebridgeeatinghousesnakefishnonlinear timelinechild abuseapologyman with glassescoffinbathunderwater scenesearchjourneygraveyarddrowningpaingunshotflash forwardtreeclownsuburbfired from the jobliarstorytellingreadingflowerscourtdeath of brotherchildbirthdeath of songardenwaterfallflowerclasssleepingtrustkillingredheadhateblack americanrecord playermachismoeyeglassesdestinybreaking and enteringlooking at oneself in a mirrorlistening to musicfaintingrecordingvandalismguitariststealingplanetswimsuitsharkladderbirthfollowing someoneend of the worldambitiondinosaurpromisewindsufferingthundermourningloss of sonchild protagonistkickinginsectcigarette lighterbible quotecard playingsibling rivalrysunbutterflyvolcanoatticshadowchoirswingbarbecueexistentialismgrowing upmarital problemloss of brotherchildhood memoryfast motion sceneshamebeing followedpiano playersermonspittinggiving birthhandshake12 year oldgardeningnotebookbaptismhomecomingreading aloudstairwayescalatorlooking out a windowabandoned houselizardvery little dialogueskyscrapernaivetyseagullwhisperinglavabubble bathstrokebare chested boyelectric shocktrain tracksuniverseswimming underwaterbreaking a windowguitar playernewborn babyclimbing a treefailuremeteorprehistoric timestelegramreading a newspaperstarscar radiotreehousegrassdistrustdeath by drowningtoy gunsilhouettefetuswaveplant in titleexpectant motherdomineering fatheroverhead shotsaying gracecourthousedare19 year oldkneelingexpectant fatherwater hosewashing dishesice cubehand kissingplanet earthsnoopinghoselooking in a windowjigsaw puzzlejumping on a bedorganiststeamheartbeatstained glass windowtrashcanloss of innocencelaundry drying on clothes linecar repairpower plantschoolyardsparklerlawn sprinklercosmosplayingelectric fanthree brotherswind chimeembryochild as main charactersunflowerancestrylearning to readblessinglighting a candlebig bangblowing bubblessomersaultdeath in familybad newsplainplaying catchtarkovskyesquebb guncrossing oneselfwading in waterwalking on a beachstrict fatherdaily lifedestroying propertyholding head underwaterpatentpipe organwatering cantime capsulewanting to dieartificial respirationhand clapping gamebegins with a quoteresentment toward fatherlimping manreference to johannes brahmsschool bellstreetlightrolling down a hilltree swingplanting a treebegins with a quotationreference to jobhanging out washingtolling bellorigins of lifeveinair rifleelectrical shockfloating in the airglass elevatorhairbrushglass coffinpraying handswaco texaseye maskfertilizationkicking a canpineconeddtdirgejumping from a treepantheismreference to arturo toscaninisurvival of the fittestdeath notificationbirth of sonhit with a boardice traylearning to walkparents arguing (See All)

Daredevil (2003) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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Daredevil (2003)

Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorne β€¦y. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial artssuperherotragedy
Themes:
blindnessmurderdeathloverevengefuneralgangsterdeath of fatherredemptionprejudicejustice
Mood:
rainneo noir
Locations:
catholic churchchurchhospitalnew york citybarhelicoptermotorcyclecemeteryairplaneairportenglandrooftop
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestfather son relationshippolicefather daughter relationshipteenagerlawyertough guywarrioraction herobullyhitmanalcoholicvillain β€¦snipersingle fatherself doubt (See All)
Period:
2000s
Story:
irish americanplaygroundnunboxingbasketballorphancharacter name in titlesexbloodviolenceone word titleflashbackkissfighttitle spoken by character β€¦explosionpartychasepistolvoice over narrationblood splatterfistfightmachine guncar accidentshotgunslow motion scenecamerabrawlfalling from heightshowdownhand to hand combatsunglassescar crashrevolvermanhattan new york citycombatkung fushot in the backreportergood versus evilassassinbased on comic bookimpalementmixed martial artssubwayaccidentnonlinear timelinefalse accusationjudgetrialdisarming someoneone man armycigar smokinglatex glovestraininglimousineone against manyorganized crimebeaten to deathcostumechampagneproduct placementscene during end creditscourtloss of fatherpremarital sexkissing while having sexvigilantepubnewspaper headlinestylized violencesingle parentcrime bossanswering machinehead butthypodermic needleboxerswat teamirishskateboardrapistfemale killerchokingcrime scenecameostabbed in the throatpool tablesuper villainlove at first sighttitle appears in writingballscene after end creditsmarvel comicsdark heroroseghettoknife fightshadowrainstormcaneblind mantragic herosecret identitydeath of loved onestick fightsurprise after end creditsblindtorso cut in halfpractical jokestabbed in the handurban legendvigilantismspiral staircasesubway stationconfessionalbully comeuppancemegalomaniacbillionairehired killerflyvigilante justiceheiressshot in the handcrime fightermasked heroone woman armyvillain arrestedballroommob hitballroom dancinghit by a trainboxing glovesslow motion action scenedutch angleanswering machine messageorigin of herohoneywire futhrowing stardark heroinemasked vigilantewalking stickloss of girlfriendwearing sunglasses insidecandelabradaredevilred rosecaught in the raincocktail partydual identitystained glass windowlaundry drying on clothes linedartspit takestabbed in the bellymarvel entertainmentnight cityscapecoffeehouseswitchbell 206 jet ranger helicopterbiohazardwalking canebackflipolivebraillemustardfacial cutman wearing a tuxedocostumed herosaiwolf whistlechauffeured limousinemob enforcerpipe organstabbed with a pencilkissing in the raincamera shot from inside human bodyfixed fighthell's kitchen manhattan new york cityblindedalmost hit by a carcharacter says go to hellsensory deprivationpaper clippeanutindustrial accidentchoke to deathboeing 737tolling bellplaying dartsten dollar billheineken beerbased on cult comic bookboxing knockoutsuper hearingthrowing dartsfather murderedspitting out a drinkfive dollar billreflection in a pair of glassessuperhero originace of spadesbull's eyemarvel comics' daredevilthree against oneboxing kograveside ceremonystanding on a rooftopblind lawyerblind superherochemical accidentheightened sense of smellsensory enhancementstabbed through the hand (See All)

Jane Eyre (2011)
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Jane Eyre (2011)

After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in β€¦ love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever? (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of ageperiod drama
Themes:
blindnessreligionfriendshipsuicidedeceptionmemoryparanoiainsanityillnessmental illnessabusecrueltyinheritancemadness
Mood:
rain
Locations:
churchschoolsnowenglandstorm
Characters:
friendchildrenbrother sister relationshipteenage girlfemale protagonistteachergirllittle girlolder man younger woman relationshipfrenchemployer employee relationshipaunt niece relationship
Period:
19th century1840s
Story:
veilhousekeeperhatorphanprayerpianosingingcharacter name in titledogf ratedbased on novelbloodflashbacktwo word titlegun β€¦kissdancingtitle spoken by characterfirecryinghorsesecretletterpaintingbookclassroombedroomcandledeath of friendbridgechild abusedrawingcigar smokingmarriage proposalgunshotflash forwardreadingcountrysidehuggingfireplacedesirewounddressgothicheavy rainservantforbidden lovehaunted by the pastthunderministerfirst kisshit on the headschool uniformbelief in godboarding schoolwedding dresssnowingfieldhorse and carriagechildhood memoryhorseback ridingdormitorysexual awakeningauntwedding ceremonyestatecorporal punishmentabandonmentstrokelocked doorbroken heartguardiancountry housestar crossed loverscaretakerlocked in a roomhouse firecanceled weddingsaying graceglobenightgown19 year oldgirls' schoolcapgovernesscountry estatedollhouserite of passageorphan girlbelief in heavenfalling off horsebelief in hellribbonfree willbadmintonenglish countrysidebonnettyphuswedding veilgirls' boarding schoolmoor the landscapedying in someone's armswardyearningkeeping a secretone room schoolhouseservitudebridal veilhair ribbonhit with a booknursing someone back to healthhit on the head with a book (See All)

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Gran Torino (2008)
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Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 19 β€¦72 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmcoming of ageblack comedytragedy
Themes:
murderdeathrevengekidnappingrapefearfuneralgangsterincestracismdeath of motherdysfunctional familyredemptionhome invasiongreed β€¦death of wifeprejudiceforgivenessself sacrificenear death experience (See All)
Mood:
murder suicideself parody
Locations:
catholic churchchurchhospitalbarcarbathtubbustaxikitchenpolice carusa
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestboydoctorfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshippolicemother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipteenagermother daughter relationshipafrican americantattoo β€¦brother brother relationshipbrother sister relationshippolice officerbabyhostagelawyertough guybullyasian americancousin cousin relationshipgrandfather granddaughter relationshipengineersexist (See All)
Period:
2000s
Story:
irish americanconstruction siteblockbusterneighborcatdogbloodtwo word titlebare chested maleguncigarette smokingtitle spoken by characterpartyknifesurprise ending β€¦pistolcell phonebeatingshot to deathmachine gunshot in the chestshotgunrescuepunched in the facewatching tvarrestshowdownrifleheld at gunpointbeerbirthdaybathroomhandcuffsrevolvertelephonef wordsubjective cameragay slurflashlightgangold manambulancedeath of friendmontageimmigrantno opening creditsanti herocoffinbirthday partybathbartenderracial slurtrainingconfessionattempted murderdangerkeysuburbwidowercharacter's point of view camera shotproduct placementkicked in the faceflowersscardirected by staramerican flaghairy chesttragic eventgiftthreatwitnessbasementgardenchickenhandgunsubtitled scenegaragestrong female characterpickup truckmachismobirthday caketraditionuziteen angstheavy rainlooking at oneself in a mirrorrace relationsmale bondingworking classnosebleedculture clashrape victimhonorcompassionhaircutretirementthughaunted by the pastanti semitismrap musicveteranburglaryconfrontationitalian americansexismtitle appears in writingpost traumatic stress disordermentorfather figurecigarette lighterdeath of protagonistghettogang rapeblack eyewisecrack humorracistsalesmanraised middle fingerbarbecuefemale doctorlonerinsultbigotryduct tapetragic herobruiseethnic slurmisogynyneighborhoodshot multiple timesmale virginheroismspittingpetgardeningstreet gangconstruction workermisogynistlast will and testamentdetroit michiganbarberconfessionalbully comeuppanceconstructionmedalpeer pressureurban decayworkshopgeneration gapshamanunsubtitled foreign languageracial prejudicepearl necklacen wordaltered version of studio logodrive by shootingtragic pastwashing machineracial tensiontragic endingracial discriminationhandymancoughing bloodtailorhip hop musicbarbershopfinger gunvillain arrestedbilingualismattempted robberyzippo lighterbarber shophardware storetitle appears in songracial issuesbigotlawnmowerman boy relationshipincest overtonesgolden retrievergranddaughtertelling a jokeclassic cardoor bellmisanthropelung cancertradition versus modernityceiling fanporchhoodlumoff screen rapecommunity servicehoroscopevintage carethnic humorwhite male pretending to be blackinitiation ritekorean war veteranconfession boothmisanthropyincest rapeshallowchoredisrespectteen smokingfilm with ambiguous titlebiasnose ringgarden gnomeprovocationtoolsracist insultheavy smokerchrist figurecoolerpolish americanburned with a cigaretteelderly protagonistshot repeatedlyracist jokereference to the three stoogesgrumpy old manmoral transformationracial intolerancebarbecue grillwashing carcurmudgeonlapsed catholicnavel piercingsilver staralpha maleasian mobwoman doctordisinheritancedriveby shootinggutterwill readingpabst blue ribbon beerbattle fatiguehmongracist as protagonistreference to charlie chanwasted lifenasty neighborhouse repairschild translates for adultcough foreshadows deathmalcontentwar medalfood freezerford torinomedal of valorracial barrierracial diversity (See All)

August Rush (2007)
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August Rush (2007)

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

Themes:
lovefriendshipjealousypregnancydrinkingtheatrehomelessness
Mood:
rain
Locations:
churchschoolhospitalnew york cityrestaurantsnowtaxiwheelchairfarmtruckrooftopsan francisco california
Characters:
musicianboyfamily relationshipsfather son relationshippolicemother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipafrican americanfriendsingerbrother brother relationshipgirldancerbabybully β€¦truck driver (See All)
Period:
1980s
Story:
separatedabsent fatherhit by a carbasketballorphanpianosingingcharacter name in titleflashbackkissfightdancingphotographtitle spoken by characterparty β€¦chasetelephone callvoice over narrationcryingsongtitle directed by femalefooddrinkliebeertearscafeguitarmanhattan new york citybandconcerteatingsubwaysearchlimousinecharacter repeating someone else's dialoguemicrophoneprologueliarflowerspianistpursuitrock 'n' rollclassblack americanpizzaguitaristcomposerclassical musicstrangerorphanageviolinfateorchestrafull moonrock concertwindchild's point of viewministerchild protagonistlove at first sightchoirpolice raidwishseparationgeniusviolinistdormitorycentral park manhattan new york cityfamily reunionsubway stationharmonicapeer pressurecrystalelectric guitarwhistlingcellobunk bedlucksecond chancegurneymusic boxchance meetingabsent motherstreet musiciancellistmysterious strangerchild prodigyskateboardersearch for fatherreference to charles dickensloss of lovergreenwich village manhattan new york cityfoster familyclarinetmusic conductorserendipitywind chimebiological motherprodigyfollowing a dreamskylightroller skatersearch for mothersense of soundchild geniusmusic classlisteningsucker punchsymphony orchestrajuilliard school manhattan new york citybrief encounterwashington square manhattan new york citycomposingyearningabandoned theatrewashing one's facelincoln center for the performing arts manhattan new york citychild protective agencyrhapsodyhappenstance (See All)

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Jus β€¦t when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy
Themes:
murderdeathlovepoliticsprisondrinkingfeartortureescapedancebrutalitypovertyillnessabuseexecution β€¦crueltyfreedomstarvationescape from prison (See All)
Locations:
catholic churchchurchbartrainmotorcyclebicyclerural settingfarmcourtroomtrain engineer
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestdoctorfamily relationshipsmother son relationshipsingerbrother brother relationshipsoldierdancerbullymaiduncle nephew relationship
Period:
1920s
Story:
irish catholicpledge of allegianceprayerpianosingingdogbloodviolencegunkissfightcigarette smokingdancingphotographknife β€¦chasefiresongshootoutbeatingunderwearmachine gunshot in the headpunched in the facedrinkbattlearrestundressingletterrifledead bodyinterrogationjailreference to jesus christcandlebandambushmassacreprisonermapapologyconfessionbeaten to deathreadingfarmercourtpianistpursuitcrosshorse ridingwitnesselectiontied upirelandtypewriterpubcowredheadcivil wartraitorwatching a movierebelirishrebellionrailway stationparadeembarrassmentdebatehaircutmovie theatretarget practicewindbombingresistancehatrednewsreel footagetheatre audiencedemocracycapturevoice over letterraidbigotryextortiondead boyhorse and carriagepostersermonoppressionface maskplaying poolfirearmflutecorporal punishmentstrikefarmhouseunited kingdomindependenceloancolonialismbritish armybreaking a windowmedical studentbritish soldierdublin irelandguerillatelegrammartyroccupationsick childnationalismfiring squadmilitary trainingwriting a lettersurrenderhorse and wagonuprisingfreedom fighterhouse on firegreat britainplant in titleburning buildingbandanacutting hairlibertybarracksammunitionoathcrossing selftrain conductorarsenalgun held to one's headburning houseguerilla warfareirish republican armymilitantwriting on a wallbreaking down a doorcell matesafe housesnookerbritish empiremilking a cowstarving childarmored vehiclepliersking of englandsitting in a treechicken coopguerrilla warfaretreatytrucetypistpeace treatyfingernailoccupied nationthree legged dogtrain depotwestern europeroman catholic churchirish civil warmilitary drillmilitary tribunalbarleydominionforeign occupationirish jigrural irelandsaint christopher medalwatching a silent movieblack and tansfingernail tortureswearing intaking an oath (See All)

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

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

Subgenre:
independent filmcoming of ageautobiographicalbased on autobiographyfamily tragedybasketball movie
Themes:
religionmurderdeathfriendshipdrugsmoneyprisondrinkingdrunkennessmemoryrobberyangercorruptiontheftbrutality β€¦drug usehumiliationillnessmental illnessabusedyingdrug addiction (See All)
Mood:
rainhigh schoolnightmarenight
Locations:
catholic schoolcatholic churchurban settingchurchschoolhospitalnew york cityrestauranthotelsnowbathtubbuskitchenwheelchairapartment β€¦police carcityrooftopcar theftschool shootingfire escape (See All)
Characters:
catholicpriestpolicemother son relationshipteenagerafrican americanfriendbrother brother relationshipteenage girlprostituteteenage boyteacherstudentpoliceman β€¦writerthiefbest friendbullylatinoself destructiveness (See All)
Story:
fantasy sequencebasketballprayerneighborsexfemale nuditybased on novelbloodmale nuditymasturbationmale rear nuditygunkiss β€¦fightcigarette smokingphotographknifechaseerectionbased on true storytelephone callvoice over narrationcryingbased on bookbeatingunderweartesticlesfoodshot in the chesturinationface slapshotgunslow motion scenewatching tvdrinkcondomarrestundressingfalling from heightshootingvomitingrifletearsrunningcafebathroomprostitutionjailhallucinationclassroomrevolvermanhattan new york citystrippertelephoneshot in the backswimmingbragangdeath of frienddrug dealereatingcocainedinertoiletcoffinspankinglooking at the cameratalking to the cameraracial slurconfessionparkpublic nuditydrug addicthotel roomprologuekeylocker roomstorytellinglightningringdiaryprankscargyminjectionpursuithigh school studentcrossthreatbasementstageclasspoetreference to william shakespeareheroinblack americancoachpoemapplausetv newspornographysyringeteen angstathletewhat happened to epilogueaddictionbreaking and enteringhypodermic needledruggroup of friendsice creamloss of friendcrucifixstealingdrug abuseassaultnosebleedwristwatchdesperationjumping from heightaudiencestreet lifeapartment buildingdrug overdosestealing a carbloody nosepillshypocrisykickingjunkieschool uniformbilliardsraised middle fingerclassmatebigotrybroken armdead boyjuvenile delinquentferryreckless drivingphysical abusesandwichhigh school teachersports teamsnorting cocainejournalcorporal punishmentskinheadbitternessconfessionalgun held to headdegradationstonedhamburgermooningleukemiaracial prejudicebummale prostitutiondecadencehypocriteanguishsex shopmolestationbasketball playerjuvenile delinquencypool halldoormanfast food restaurantpeep holewhipped creamcasketdrug tripman in a wheelchairends with biographical notesbaldnessaddictfalling off a roofdrugstorepaddlehigh school friendgodfatherjumping off a cliffbasketball courthigh school athletepadlockhand on crotchdrug withdrawalboys' schoolbasketball teaminnocence lostarm castcash registerdeliberate crueltyhigh school basketballpill poppingschool expulsionfalling downboyhood frienderotic dancingbasketball coachpastiesclimbing over a fencegodmotherhandwritingmedicine cabinet42nd street manhattan new york cityhigh school sportsirish accentarm in a castcold turkeytoilet sexhot wiring a cartheatre marqueebreaking into a carovercoatcliff divingtalking through a doorlistening at a doorbreaking a glass doorteenage rebellying in stateclimbing a fire escapeheroin detoxreference to wilt chamberlainrunning through fieldsboys' locker roomdiarist (See All)

Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
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Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)

Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy. When he has learned to adjust his life to these new respo β€¦nsibilities, Joanna resurfaces and wants Billy back. Ted, however, refuses to give him up, so they go to court to fight for the custody of their son. (Read More)

Themes:
christmasfriendshipmarriagevoyeurismangerdivorceguiltunemploymentjustice
Locations:
elevatorhospitalnew york cityrestaurantbicyclecourtroomofficeoffice party
Characters:
single motherboydoctorfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshiplawyerlittle boyex husband ex wife relationshipsingle fatherparent child relationshipcrying boy
Period:
1970schristmas party
Story:
school playcareerplaygroundblockbusterneighborcharacter name in titlefemale nuditybased on novelnuditybloodbare breastsfemale frontal nudityfemale rear nuditythree word title β€¦surprise endingtopless female nudityurinationwatching tvfalling from heightvoyeurmanhattan new york citycleavagehalloweencookingwomanjudgetrialscantily clad femalebirthday partyfired from the jobsuitcasechristmas treepremarital sexsuspiciontrusthatesingle parentcouplesupermarketno pantiesinjurywoman with glassesrepetition in titleice creamragebuttockstherapistdesperationblood on facejob interviewadvertisingfrustrationcartoonabbreviation in titledivorceemarital problemtan lineseparationjoycartoon on tvtestimonycentral park manhattan new york citynudeselfishnessabandonmentnude girlchild custodybattle of the sexesfacial scarimplied sexversus in titledeterminationpre teenchrysler building manhattan new york cityworkaholictantrumwife leaves husbandbloody facecustodyfamily abandonmentadvertising executivecustody battlejudicial systemdesertionsupreme courtjudicialjudiciaryhigh riselawyer client relationshipsex with coworkercovered female frontal nudityfemale tearsletter read aloud7 year oldemployment agencychild's bedroomhands covering breastsstitchtoy airplanejob searchlegalityinjured childdismissaljoblessnessafitestifying in courtcourt rulingsitting on a park benchfeet on deskwomen's libjungle gymfrench toastreference to the brady bunchstruggling parentman carrying a boy (See All)

Dead Man Walking (1995)
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Dead Man Walking (1995)

A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately  β€¦try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation. (Read More)

Themes:
murderdeathrapeprisonfuneralangerracismbrutalitypovertyredemptionguiltgrieffaithabductionexecution β€¦justiceforgiveness (See All)
Locations:
churchforestcemeterybuswoodspolice carlakeprison farm
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiptattooteenage girlteenage boypolice officerlawyerlittle girllittle boybible β€¦americanself pity (See All)
Story:
roman catholicblockbusternunprayersingingfemale nudityflashbackphotographtitle spoken by characterknifebased on true storytelephone callcryingbased on bookdream β€¦corpseshot to deathwatching tvletterrifletearshandcuffsclassroomreportercandlestabbingstabbed to deathprisonerpoliticianchildcoffingraveyardnews reportlatex glovesgunshotconfessionsmokingmicrophonelightningcourtwitnessbrotherrattied uppoemreference to adolf hitlerfaintinglawcrucifixlossvisitaudiencecrying manrapistburialclockprison guardthunderhatredlaughterevidencedead manracistprison cellbigotrysirennewspaper clippingswastikaethicstestimonylouisianafencesouthern u.s.governorjurysecuritymaking outdeath rowlistening to radiobaseball gamedeath penaltybishopdocumentgurneyinmatecapital punishmentsocial justicevisitorsupport groupmurder of a nude womansolitary confinementliberalprotestorbigotrepentancetv cameraempathyholy bibledefense lawyerlethal injectionlie detectorsearch partyspeeding vehiclereference to martin luther kingreference to fidel castrosympathycourt hearingchaplainsavagerywhite supremacyplacardpsalmreference to james cagneyvigiladult diapercrime reenactmentextreme crueltylow lifeslumsplaying checkersstraitjacketdead teen couplepolygraph testarmed guardlegal trialplain clothes nunlegal rightsrope skippingtexas death rowwork detailscum (See All)

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Cinderella Man (2005) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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Cinderella Man (2005)

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the Am β€¦erican populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose the ones who are do of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. (Read More)

Subgenre:
boxing movie
Themes:
deathlovefriendshipmarriagemoneydrinkingfuneraltheftpovertyhumiliationillnessexploitationunemploymenthomelessnesswealth β€¦starvationfear of death (See All)
Locations:
catholic churchchurchnew york cityrestaurantsnow
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestboyfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendbrother sister relationshipgirlphotographerthief β€¦best friend (See All)
Period:
1930s1920s
Story:
irish catholicirish americancareerboxingbloodviolenceflashbacktwo word titlecigarette smokingphotographtitle spoken by characterbased on true storydreamfoodcamera β€¦drinkbeerbirthdaycafemanhattan new york cityreportersubjective cameracandledeath of friendeatingno opening creditscigar smokingtrainingflash forwardmicrophonelocker roomdebtcrossdeath of husbandbirthday cakewhat happened to epiloguefriendship between menloss of friendcrucifixstealingworking classwatching a movieboxerdesperationnew jerseydespairhistoricalturtlesnowinginjusticeferryarroganceunderdogelectricitydockcentral park manhattan new york cityevictionmeatbeggarautographbillboardlistening to a radiogreat depressionrags to richessecond chancebased on true eventslabor unioncomebackbeggingfinancial problemnew york skylineflash cameraends with biographical noteshappy birthdayprotective maletrainerstreetcarintegritylabor strikemovie projectorbroken handmotivationalboxing gymshipyardcinderella storypep talkmadison square garden manhattan new york cityknockoutboxing championboxing trainershantytownheavyweight championeconomic inequalityfolk herosports announceryear 1928gender in titleboxing managermen's clubprizefighterdockworkerthrowing a drink in someone's faceboxing promoterclass consciousnessreference to herbert hoovervisible breathlabor agitatorbed springringside announcer (See All)

Dragonfly (2002)
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Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Subgenre:
melodramablack comedysuspensesupernaturaltragedyparanormal phenomena
Themes:
deathlovefriendshipghostpregnancydrinkingfearfuneralangersupernatural powerparanoiaguiltgrieffaithdeath of wife β€¦panicdyingnear death experienceafterlife (See All)
Mood:
raintearjerker
Locations:
catholic schoolelevatorchurchhospitalbarairplanebusairportvillagewheelchairpolice stationpolice carchicago illinoisjungletunnel β€¦school busbus accident (See All)
Characters:
catholicpriestboydoctorfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshippolicemother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipfriendchildrenbrother sister relationshipgirlsoldier β€¦nursepolicemanbabylawyerbest friendlittle girllittle boysecurity guardemployer employee relationshipdeath of boy (See All)
Period:
2000s
Story:
nunneighborsexone word titleflashbackbare chested maleguncigarette smokingphotographtitle spoken by characterchasesurprise endingtelephone callcell phonedream β€¦corpsemachine guncar accidentmirrorslow motion scenecameradrinkarrestriflebeerhallucinationhandcuffsrevolverriverfoot chasecandleambulancearmysuicide attemptmapbirddrawingunderwater scenegraveyardnews reportdrowninglatex glovesgravepilotcharacter repeating someone else's dialoguewidowerpay phoneproduct placementrace against timedeath of childlightningcrosswaterfallfreeze frameanswering machinerevelationflyingheavy rainscene during opening creditscomapatientcrucifixloss of wifedesperationparking garageback from the deaddrug overdosethunderattempted suicidepower outageresurrectionevacuationinsectheavenassault rifleheartrainstormtribefemale doctorparrottranslatorapparitiondoubtphysicianinsomniafemale lawyerhearing voicesparamedicstethoscopetoastcolombiaemergency roomrainbowjumping into watersleeplessnessrescue from drowningsymboltietrespassingpackagebilingualismrainforestvenezuelabirthmarkred crossmistjumping off a cliffmessengercandelabraends with freeze framedefibrillatorschoolyardbirdcageriver rapidsmemorial servicedragonflyorgan donorwaking up from a comareference to christopher columbuscat scanorgan transplantwhite water raftinglandslidepoegelatinmudslidebrain deadintensive care unitmountain roadtribesmanaid workerair stripanesthesiologistnative nuditylaw professorrockslidejungle tribeflatlininghospital cafeteriabald spotgrief counseling (See All)

Jack (1996)
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Jack (1996)

The movie is about a boy with a unique aging disorder: one that makes him age 4 times faster than normal. It picks up when Jack (Robin Williams) is 10 years old, but looks 40. He tries to go to public school for the first time, and to become friends with kids his own age. His physical appearance cau β€¦ses him lots of problems, however. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water
Themes:
friendshipdysfunctional family
Locations:
schoolhospitalbarbicycle
Characters:
boyfamily relationshipsfather son relationshipmother son relationshipteachergirllittle girllittle boyteacher student relationshipnew student
Story:
essaygraduationplaygroundnunbasketballcharacter name in titleone word titletitle spoken by characterjailclassroomhalloweenbedroomcaliforniapantyhosetree β€¦actor shares first name with characterhalloween costumespeechchildbirthheart attackfemale stockinged legsdiseaseflatulencecrushchild's point of viewbutterflyfriendship between boyshalloween partyforename as titletrick or treatingfreaktutorhandicaptreehouse10 year oldhigh school graduationwoman in laborcardboard boxfirst day of schoolfirst crushmaturitypaperboypenthouse magazineblowing bubblesteacher crushwater balloonrapid agingpremature birthclass photographaging disorderpremature agingfifth graderadult actor playing minorgummi bearprogeriacollapsing chair (See All)

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Thirst (2009)
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Thirst (2009)

Sang-hyun, a priest working for a hospital, selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery by an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He real β€¦izes his sole reason for living: the pleasures of the flesh. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmblack comedytragedysupernatural horror
Themes:
religionmurderdeathsuicideinfidelityrapedrunkennessexperimentalsupernatural powercancerfaithchildhoodcatholic guilt
Mood:
gore
Locations:
hospitalwheelchairocean
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestdoctorhusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfriendnursevampirechristianitylustself mutilationchildhood friendmother in law daughter in law relationshipsex with a priest β€¦self inflicted injury (See All)
Period:
2000s
Story:
fantasy sequencehit by a carprayerbloodone word titlemale frontal nuditymasturbationmale rear nuditybare chested maletitle spoken by characterknifepanties β€¦songcorpseface slapfalling from heightliehallucinationmale pubic hairmenage a troisbrastrangulationvideo cameraambulancestabbed in the chesttied to a chairfishingdrowningparktentattempted rapefemale full rear nudityneck breakingcheating wifeafricanburned aliveflyingdesireloss of virginitycomadiseasevirusbuttockstoe suckingstabbed in the throatfirst kisssuninfectionhealingbody landing on a carmale full rear nudityblind manbroken armpassionate kissmahjongvodkaprayingex coppaintfluteconfessionalfemale vampiresicknessvolleyballwrist slittingconsciencesouth koreawheelchair boundashesburnt bodyexperiment gone wrongdigging a gravecoughing bloodlocked in a roomsevered footjumping from a rooftopmedical experimentblood drinkingdrinking bloodlifted by the throatblood transfusioncprhead bandagefinger cutwaterbedobese manblood vomitingfilipinajumping off a buildingdoomed romancevampire sexjumping from a windowear bleedingbleeding from eyesblisterchildhood friendshiding in a car trunkbone breakinglesionfinger suckingloud noisemale genitaliadeadly viruseye blinkingback to lifedeath by sunrise (See All)

The Quiet Man (1952) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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The Quiet Man (1952)

Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pu β€¦gnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial artsconspiracy
Themes:
lovemarriagedrunkennessweddingdeceptiondysfunctional familyguiltgamblingreligious tolerance
Mood:
wedding night
Locations:
catholic churchchurchbeachtraincemeterysmall townvillagerural setting
Characters:
priesthusband wife relationshipbrother sister relationshipphotographertough guymaid
Period:
1930s
Story:
irish catholicirish americanhatboxingsingingviolenceflashbackfightphotographvoice over narrationbeatingfistfighthorsebrawlsecret β€¦showdownbedriverfightingwomanbridgewidowfishinggraveyardbased on short storytough girlirelandpubtraditionboxeraccidental deathirishsheeprailway stationhonorministerlove at first sightthunderstormpublic humiliationtrophymisogynywedding receptionhorseback ridingwedding ceremonyphysicianaccordionhorse racingbicyclingredheaded womancottageknocked unconsciousshoetaverngiving a toastwagerreverendpressbishopbettingboxing ringnewlywedbagpipesgrudgeholy waterchurch servicewedding gownsuitorboxing glovessheet musicbrother in law brother in law relationshipvicarmarital abuseirish republican armywife abusekiltpacifistdrink thrown into someone's facebare knuckle fightingchildhood homeconservatismdowryprize fighterbare knuckle boxingex boxerhorse and cartkissing in the rainbonnetformer athletecourtingtandem bicyclesquirehusband wife fightidealarcadiafiery redhead (See All)

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
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Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

In 1944, upper class boy Julien Quentin and his brother Francois travel to Catholic boarding school in the countryside after vacations. Julien is a leader and good student and when the new student Jean Bonnet arrives in the school, they have friction in their relationship. However, Julien learns to  β€¦respect Jean and discovers that he is Jewish and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. They become best friends and Julien keeps the secret. When the priest Jean discovers that the servant Joseph is stealing supplies from the school to sell in the black market, he fires the youth. Sooner the Gestapo arrives at school to investigate the students and the priests that run and work in the boarding school. (Read More)

Subgenre:
semi autobiographical
Themes:
religionchristmasdeathlovefriendshipbetrayaljealousydrinkingfearescapetheftbrutalitycommunismwealthcourage β€¦starvation (See All)
Mood:
nightmare
Locations:
churchschoolrestauranttrainsnowmotorcycleparis francebathtubbicycle
Characters:
catholicpriestboydoctorhusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfriendsingerbrother brother relationshipbrother sister relationshipteachernursethiefchristian β€¦jewishreference to godbullybiblejewrussiangermanamericangerman soldier (See All)
Period:
world war two1940s
Story:
nunorphanprayerpianosingingbloodmasturbationfightcigarette smokingphotographchaseerectiontelephone callcryingsong β€¦underwearfoodmirrorurinationdrinkarrestundressingsecretletterbooklietearsbombrunningbathroombritishreference to jesus christclassroomcompetitionflashlightwinecandlewidowprisonermapdinnerchilddrawingbathsearchconfessionfired from the jobliarreadingrabbitpianisttragic eventpigclasssleepinghatetraitorwolflistening to musicfaintingcookmouseexercisestealingcommunisthidingwatching a moviemagazineviolinmonktowelanti semitismbombingresistancehatredironycharitynewsreel footagelostbathingatticboarding schoolcapturevoice over lettersnowingclassmatelanternbrushing teethpajamasviolinistheroismpiano playersermondormitoryaccountantcrucifixiongreekbandagepostcardlockerblackoutbreadmathematicsmilitiafilm projectorjerusalemblack marketconventrumorschoolboypush upsteasinglatintreasure huntmaileasterauschwitzcowardnazismbourgeoisiepersecutionprivate schoolroofair raidinformernazi occupationprophetpotatoheadmastermassdressingblanketmusic teachergestapoboarcowardicetied to a treebarracksprotestantred crossgerman occupationholy communionreference to charlie chaplincurfewromanfreezinglord's prayerwet dreamboy scoutdining hallpiano teacherstovegraceinfirmarylimpingwehrmachtkiss on the foreheadcollaboratorpiano lessonschoolmatefrench resistanceknife woundwashroomplayingbed wettingreference to allahmalnutritionfastingfrostbiteiciclestampodorhereticfood shortagesabbathdraft dodgerpublic bathhard onjamconfirmationhail maryvichyair raid sheltercombing hairpiano duetmoor the landscapeprovincial settingstiltssugar cubearabian nightschoir practicewild pigthree musketeersalsatianbavariananemiajuvenile bedwettingfrench literaturemauthausenalgebraass kissingboogie woogiepiano accompanistsaracencarmelitehorse meatsalamiblack knightcod liver oilarithmeticreference to richard the lionheartschool vacationwhooping cough (See All)

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Milk (2008)
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Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organiz β€¦es gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:
murderfriendshipsuicidejealousypoliticsdrinkingfeardrunkennessangerparanoiahomophobiahopeprejudicerevolutionpolice brutality β€¦gay love (See All)
Mood:
rainarchive footage
Locations:
catholic churchurban settingchurchschoolbarrestaurantswimming poolmotorcyclekitchenwheelchairapartmentsan francisco californiagay barcable car
Characters:
catholic priesthomosexualpoliceafrican americanfriendsingerteachergay sexpolicemandancerphotographerbabylawyerchristian β€¦jewishreference to godgay kisslittle boyhomosexualityjewmayorgay relationshipboyfriend boyfriend relationshipsuicide by hangingolder man younger man relationshipamerican dreamchinese foodart studentex policemanpolice abuse (See All)
Period:
1970syear 1972year 1973year 1976year 1975year 1970year 1977year 1978
Story:
irish catholicirish americancareernunsingingcharacter name in titledogbloodmale nudityviolenceone word titleinterviewflashback β€¦bare chested malekissdancingtelephone callvoice over narrationcryingsongshot to deathunderwearmirrorurinationshot in the headwatching tvcameradrinkundressingbare buttshootingbeertearsrunningbirthdaycafemarijuanamale pubic hairswimminggay slurnewspaperoperacookingcandlecaliforniahuman rightspoliticiansubwaynonlinear timelinedinnerassassinationdrawingbirthday partygunshotskinny dippinglimousinebusinessmancoming outprotestfired from the jobpay phoneumbrellahanginglong takespeechsplit screengovernmentelectioncharacter says i love yougay couplecult directortypewriternewspaper headlineblack americanrecord playerriotcivil wareyeglassescloseted homosexualtv newswhat happened to epilogueballoonslow motionlistening to musictape recorderpropagandalawrecordingice creamdemonstrationfloridatv showparadedebatemoralitymale prostitutecivil rightshypocrisymobile phonehippiedeath threattaking a pictureimmortalitytheatre audiencedeath of protagonistmay december romancediscriminationghettodemocracymale male kisspolice raidbigotrybriefsmidlife crisisneighborhoodactivistgay rightsfast motion scenerevolutionarynude swimminggay bashingbaptismhead woundmen's bathroomlooking out a windowwhistleclimbing through a windowpolitical campaign18 year oldnewspaper articlehate crimemegaphonestatue of liberty new york citymarching bandpieinsurancepolitical candidatemetal detectorreference to ronald reaganpolitical activistdeath of title characterhypocritehomosexual historyhappy birthday to youminnesotahopelessnesscounter culturerepublican partywisconsinoklahomacity hallmentor protege relationshipnew york city new yorkliquor storesocial activismtrolleybigotphoenix arizonasuicide threatgay activismnarration from the graveprinting pressgay paradeinaugurationsit upsdemocratic partydog fecescoors beerchristian fundamentalismbullhornpolice harassmentpie in the facepolitical debateboycott40 year oldsacramento californiachristeningdictaphonereferendumcampaign managerhate mailwichita kansasdeclaration of independencecandlelight vigiltheatre boxpaddy wagonreference to francogay activist40th birthdayvoter registrationoath of officegolden gate bridge san franciscolistening to operapie in facereference to francisco francomediationeugene oregongay pickupright to privacy39 year oldcamera storereference to barcelona spainst. paul minnesotacity governmentreference to pucciniurinating in a poollong distance telephone callmoral majoritypolitical resignationsan francisco chronicle the newspapersoap boxwatching an operamultiple tv screensreference to cesar chavez (See All)

Don Jon (2013)
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Don Jon (2013)

Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves al β€¦one in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. (Read More)

Themes:
religionfriendshipdatingbreak up
Mood:
night school
Locations:
churchbathtubnightclubsinging in a carsex in a car
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfriendboyfriend girlfriend relationshipbabyolder woman younger man relationshipactor director writer
Story:
basketballprayercharacter name in titlesexfemale frontal nudityflashbackmasturbationtwo word titlebare chested malekissfightdancing β€¦title spoken by charactervoice over narrationwoman on topsex on couchmirrorslow motion scenewatching tvcondomlieclassroomf wordgay slurdrivingnarrationbirthday partybartenderconfessionargumentcharacter repeating someone else's dialoguecollege studentmanipulationgymdirected by starcrossfilm within a filmdeath of sondatedeath of husbandcharacter says i love youdirectorial debutpornographyfriendship between menexercisecrying womanmovie theaterone night standcommercialrear entry sexmale masturbationnew jerseybackpackitalian americansex talktime lapse photographytitle at the endclassmatefamily dinnerlens flarelaptop computermarijuana jointreference to facebookfirst dateconfessionalweightliftingredheaded womanpush upsfacebookrhyme in titlecleaningwoman slaps a manman wearing towelbudweisercamera focus on female buttsex addictionlord's prayerroad ragebreaking a car windowmuscle carsit upsprincess costumeinternet pornographysign of the crossfamily argumentpull upscrossing oneselfpenancewatching a video on a computerdry humpinghail marystainmaking a bedcaught watching pornographypornography addictgenuflectingmasturbating in front of computersemen staintissue (See All)

Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the β€¦ more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramafamily tragedy
Themes:
christmasdeathfriendshipmarriagemoneyjealousydrinkingdanceweddingtraveldatingillnessfalling in loveprejudicedeath of daughter
Locations:
catholic churchbaseballschoolnew york citybarbeachrestauranttrainsnowcemeterytaxiapartmentshipusa
Characters:
catholicpriesthusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendboyfriend girlfriend relationshipsingerbrother brother relationshipfemale protagonistteacherstudentdancersister sister relationship β€¦love trianglebest friendreference to godemployer employee relationshipself deception (See All)
Period:
winter1950ssummer
Story:
irish americangraduationprayersingingbased on novelone word titlebare chested malesex scenekisscigarette smokingdancingphotographtitle spoken by charactertelephone callcrying β€¦songfoodmirrordrinkundressingsex in bedlettervomitingtearssunglassesbedbathroomreference to jesus christclassroomrivermanhattan new york citytelephonef wordsubjective cameraswimmingbandold manambulancewomaneatingimmigrantapologyjourneyvoice overgraveyardmarriage proposalimmigrationgraveprologuesuitcasechristmas treeflowersamerican flagtragic eventcrosssadnesspremarital sexirelandclasseuropefreeze frametwenty somethingeyeglassesitalianapplausewaitergolftealoss of virginitylooking at oneself in a mirrorlistening to musicworking classwatching a moviecrying womangossipswimsuitirishbrooklyn new york citycommunitypromisegrocery storeitalian americandeath of sistervoice over lettersnowingfamily dinnertrophydivorceebenchpipe smokinglocation in titleengagement ringaccountantwedding ceremonyshynessheartbreakmake upemigrationdead fathergolf clubname callingadvicedepartment storeteasinggiving a toastwhistlingbunk bedplumberrugbyloss of sisterwoman in lingeriemarriage engagementclothingreading a newspapergravestonesleeplessnessanguishreturning homenew york skylinespaghettibride and groomemigrantdiarrheachurch serviceboarding housefemale in swimsuitfemale sitting on a toiletreading a lettertrolleymirror balllong island new yorkdead husbandchristmas dinnerhomesicknessblowing a kissconey island brooklyn new york citynylonslittle brothercotton candyseasicknessbigger dreamssecret marriagewaving goodbyeyear 19528 year oldwolf whistlecrossing oneselflandlord tenant relationshippacking a suitcaseirish accentreference to gary cooperirish musiclamp postdear john letternativity scenesalesclerkbookkeeperreference to the new york yankeesirish immigrantpneumatic tubebrooklyn dodgersfemale flatulencefour brotherscivil weddingdual livescork irelandellis islandbookkeepingtorn between two menwedding vowsreference to the zombie apocalypse (See All)

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The White Ribbon (2009)
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The White Ribbon (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is c β€¦ruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracyepic
Themes:
religionchristmasdeathrevengesuicidejealousydrinkingfeartorturedanceinvestigationincestdeath of fatherbrutalitydeath of mother β€¦sexualityhumiliationsadismabusecrueltydeath of wifewealthfather daughter incestmissing childdeath in childbirthsuicide of father (See All)
Mood:
darknessambiguous endingreligious education
Locations:
churchschoolsnowsmall townbicyclevillagerural settingfarmitalygermanyschool teachertown
Characters:
single motherpriestmusicianboydoctorfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshippolicemother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipteenagerchildrensingerbrother brother relationship β€¦brother sister relationshipteenage girlteenage boyteachergirlpolice officernursepolicemandancerbabychristianlittle boyteacher student relationshipmaidolder man younger woman relationshipemployer employee relationshipfiance fiancee relationshipsuicide by hangingcrying babyasking for forgiveness (See All)
Period:
wintersummer1910s
Story:
envyhousekeeperhatprayerpianosingingsexfemale nuditynuditybloodviolencemasturbationkisscigarette smoking β€¦dancingpartyfirevoice over narrationcryingbeatingdreamcorpseunderwearfoodhorseface slapdrinkfalling from heighttearsbedclassroomcolor in titlebedroombridgeeatingaccidentfishchild abuseman with glassesbirdcoffinfishingchild in perilritualsearchspankingmarriage proposalcoffeepainconfessionvirginfired from the jobwidowerchristmas treefarmerlong takepianistdisappearancecrossglassessadnessschoolgirlsuspicionworld war onetwinlove interestcult directorclass differencestrustarsonitalianeavesdroppingtraditiondressfaintingpropagandasexual abusetied to a bedgossipservantfestivalhonortorchdead womanpromiserear entry sextensioninnocencesufferingwhipkickingfalling to deathscissorsfirst kisspedophileheartbelief in goddead manthirty somethingsnowingcanefamily dinnerpastorhorse and carriagenannythanksgivinghorseback ridingintimidationoppressionpeasantfarmingagriculturebreast feedingdead animalhead woundnew yearpubertyfluteestatesarcasmcorporal punishmentmental retardationrepression17 year oldwhistleanimal cruelty14 year oldschoolboysweatdisciplinetutorpiperespectatrocitynewborn babyponddown syndromeillegitimate childvegetabledead birdknittingdistrustdead wifetailorscarescytheverbal abusearm slingman slaps a womanchurch servicesuitorharvestcustomforty somethingman slaps womanevil childnightgowncoercionfalling through the floorpatriarchbird cageprotestantinfantfired from a jobmanorprovincial lifeholy communionmatchmakingresentmentbaronhand kissingmidwifelord's prayermanor housebaby carriagefatal accidentorganistschool childlandownerpressureteen violenceauthoritymissing sonchurch choireye injuryschool classcaningpatriarchyblameperversitywirebad breathpsychological abusemarriage crisisnorthern germanyunsolved crimefalling off horsefarm workerribbon360 degree panclergymandead horseservicewater pumphappy new yearmysterious eventyear 1914cabbageauthoritarianismtrip wirewheat fieldgerman culturepuritanvillage peopleviolence against a childbaronessfarm handkicking someonepurityeye bandagefalling off a horsehorse and cartnightshirtcropmalicepipe organsawmillcatechismitalian abroaddream comes truereference to franz schubertulcerkilling a birdconfirmationsmall villagemutilated childthrown into watergroup of childrensexist slurriding accidentstewardtroutnaked corpsepre world war oneretarded childclass societycontempteye woundimperial germanymissing boyone room schoolhousereprimandtossing rocks at a window31 year oldhair ribbonpurificationhorse riding accidentworld warburning barndeclaration of warlackeyorgan the musical instrumentpaternosterseasons of the yearstrictnesschild torturehorse whippulled by the earsubjugationtailor shopyear 1913broken collarbonefirst world warpaternalismruling classunknown villainwashing a dead bodycabbage patchparsonagebarn on firebeating with a canebirch treegod fearingman hits a boytenant farmertorture of a childwounded bird (See All)

La Dolce Vita (1960)
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La Dolce Vita (1960)

Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer.

Subgenre:
cult filmtragicomedyurban comedy
Themes:
murdersurrealismghostjealousydrunkennesscelebrityphilosophy
Mood:
satiremurder suicide
Locations:
catholic churchurban settinghospitalbeachhelicopternightclubitaly
Characters:
catholicfamily relationshipsfather son relationshippolicechildrenprostitutephotographerwriteractresswaitresshomosexuality
Story:
window smashingblockbusterprayercatinterviewsex scenepartythree word titleblondeface slapcameracafeorgy β€¦reportercleavagejournalistsuicide attemptspankingauthorclownstripteasestatuedomestic violenceconvertiblerock 'n' rollchild murderballoonrome italyjournalismcrime scenecynicismsexy womanrainstormbalconyalienationaristocratpalacefianceeboredomruinsfountainseancedragfilm camerakittenpaparazziheiressfamous scoredecadenceoctopusbodybuilderprice of famehoaxblack dressorganhedonismsocialitepilgrimagefilm starensemble filmcountry estateromafilicidecrisis of consciencemoral corruptionlarge format cameravatican cityvespajazz scoredachshundmedia circustarmaclast ritesgossip columnistimagerymedium format cameraidle richgate crashingsound recorderbreasts bouncingflooded homerolleiflex camerastrapless dressholy visionbasilica (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  β€¦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:
martial artscult filmconspiracy
Themes:
murderdeathlovefriendshiprevengesuicidekidnappingmoneyjealousypregnancydrinkingfeartortureincestmemory β€¦angerlonelinessdeath of motherguiltinsanityhumiliationsurveillancedeath of wifewritingmadnessfather daughter incestmurder of mothermurder of sister (See All)
Mood:
rainneo noirhigh school
Locations:
catholic schoolelevatornew york cityrestauranthotelsnowbicycletaxipolice stationrooftopchinese restaurant
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicdoctorhusband wife relationshippolicefather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendboyfriend girlfriend relationshiptattoosingerbrother sister relationshipbabyolder man younger woman relationshipself mutilation β€¦suicide by gunshotchinese foodmysterious villainsuicide by jumpingjapanese food (See All)
Story:
baseball batfantasy sequencenunprayersingingdogfemale nuditybloodviolenceone word titleflashbackkissfightcigarette smokingphotograph β€¦title spoken by characterknifechasesurprise endingshowertelephone callvoice over narrationcryingcell phonesongbeatingcorpseblood splatterfistfightfoodurinationshot in the headslow motion scenewatching tvcomputercameradrinkundressingbrawlsecretfalling from heightshootingbookvomitingheld at gunpointhand to hand combatsunglassesrunningbirthdaycafebathroomhallucinationmanhattan new york citytelevisionfightingsubjective cameranewspaperflashlightbased on comic bookstrangulationstabbingmontageeatingsuicide attempttoiletsubwayanti heropainon the runflash forwardbeaten to deathprologuebased on mangapay phonefugitiveumbrellacharacter's point of view camera shotsuitcaseringdiarylong takebodyguardinjectionsplit screentied uptrustflirtingeavesdroppingtv newsgamehypodermic needletape recorderfaintingcomic bookrecordinghong kongcaptivehammerbrother sister incestschizophreniagas maskhaircutremote controlhaunted by the pastbloody noseinnocenceanimated sequencehatredkickingmutebroken glassnewsreel footagetitle appears in writinghypnosisscissorsbible quotedeath of sisterbody landing on a carprison cellsnowingworld trade center manhattan new york cityframed for murderphoto albumsinimprisonmentearphonesnotebookbirthday presentbandagekoreatelephone boothkoreangun held to headanimal crueltytape recordinganthypnotismwrongful convictionaudio cassetteteethsouth koreaextreme violencemurder of wifesushihair salonoctopusin medias respsychological torturedeath by drowninghit with a hammerwrongful imprisonmenthusband murders wifedelivery boystockholm swedenflash camerastabbed with scissorsswedishpassing out911chopstickshandkerchiefhair dryerpenthousesevered tonguekilled in an elevatorfoster parentschoolmatechat roompleadingcuckoo clockice pickinternet cafereference to princess dianahypnotistwallpaperear bleedingimmunityknife in backtongue cut outclaw hammerdumplingsedationseoul koreaschool yearbookstabbed in the eartooth ripped outwanting to dielaser pointersense of tastepost hypnotic suggestionshadow boxingthrown from a buildingmemory gamescuff linksbrother murders sisterschool matesuppositorysurveillance vanbiting a handpunching one's fist into a wallteeth extractiondental tortureshower captooth tortureobscure meaningsilent henchman (See All)

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Philomena (2013) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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Philomena (2013)

When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin ar β€¦ranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. (Read More)

Subgenre:
romantic novel
Themes:
religiondeathfriendshipmoneydrinkingfearmemorydepressionguilthumiliationfaithabuseadoptionunemploymentaids β€¦forgivenessgay lovereligious intolerancereligious bigotrycatholic guiltreligious guilt (See All)
Mood:
rainreligious education
Locations:
catholic churchelevatorchurchswimming poolhotelsnowcemeteryairplaneairport
Characters:
catholicpriestdoctorhusband wife relationshiphomosexualmother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendnursephotographerbabywriterchristianreference to god β€¦little girlgay kisswaitresslittle boygay relationshipboyfriend boyfriend relationshipmother lovereligious hypocrisywriting a bookdying wish (See All)
Period:
2000s1950syear 2003
Story:
graduationnunprayerpianocharacter name in titlesexone word titleflashbackkissphotographtitle spoken by characterbased on true storytelephone callcryingbased on book β€¦foodwatching tvcomputercameradrinkcondomsecretlietearsrunningbirthdayreference to jesus christtelephonef wordreportersubjective cameraswimmingjournalistcandleclitorisapologyfishingbirthday partysearchgraveyardflash forwardconfessiongraveprologuefired from the jobliarcover upamerican flagcrosschildbirthdeath of sonpremarital sexirelandclass differenceswashington d.c.birthday cakewhat happened to epilogueirishjournalismhome moviedivingremote controlcynicismhypocrisyloss of songay sonchoire mailswingmale male kissphoto albumatheistsincontractpiano playerdormitoryteenage pregnancyprayingforename as titlelaundrystairwaylooking out a windoweditorconfessionalconventloanbathrobebeliefluckhome videoreference to ronald reagancarouselbmwmerry go roundaltarreference to george w. bushflash cameraholy waterchopping woodillegitimate sonkneelingbrandywater skiingrudenessreference to the biblescreaming in painluxury hotelreference to paris francedead sonteenage mothervirgin mary statuereference to the vietnam waryear 1955abbeyoxford universityreference to the popecynicfree willboys' choiryear 1952lighting a candleadoptive father adopted son relationshipcrossing oneselfreference to london englandguinnesstoy airplanereference to tony blairwhite house washington d.c.omeletchild sellingspin doctorbi curiousmedical examchoir practicemazdababy nurserynatural childbirthreference to jayne mansfieldlabor painsbreech birthgay republicanjesus statuejet laglincoln memorial washington d.c.reference to floridareference to princess margaretreference to the eiffel towerreference to mexicoself denialunknown sondeath from aidsreference to jane russellreference to saint christophermagdalene laundryreference to the republican partymortificationmother son separationreference to cambridge university (See All)

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence β€¦ of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing about films and Alfredo painstakingly teaching Salvatore the skills that became a stepping stone for the young boy into the world of film making. The film brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying trade of traditional film making, editing and screening. It also explores a young boy's dream of leaving his little town to foray into the world outside. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramacult filmcoming of agehistorical eventdisney
Themes:
lovefriendshipfuneralfilmmakingunrequited lovetheatrechildhoodfirst love
Mood:
rainfilm history
Locations:
catholic churchchurchschooltrainairplanebicyclevillageitalytrain station
Characters:
priestboymother son relationshipbrother sister relationshipprostituteteacherphotographerfilmmakerhomeless manparent child relationshipcrying boyboy cryingfight over girlin love
Period:
world war two1980s1940s20th century
Story:
orphanneighborcatdogflashbackmasturbationsex scenekissfirewritten by directorwidowchild abusetheatergrave β€¦person on firefilm within a filmschoolgirlcinemafaintingrome italysheepmovie directormovie theatrecensorshiphaunted by the pastchild's point of viewnostalgiahomelesstitle appears in writingfather figurevoice over lettermustacheblind manriding a bicycleposterbreast feedingfilm projectoranimal crueltyscootergeneration gapsicilyfamous scorehomeless personintergenerational friendshipholy waterfictional cityreference to josef stalinmovie posterchild laborfictional biographycinematographydead soldierfilm reelitalian cinemaaltar boyreference to world war twomovie businesssicily italyreference to clark gablefilm censorspontaneous combustionkissing in the rainreference to gary cooperabandoned theatertown squareprojection boothfilm projectionistlost moneyabandoned theatrereal movie shown in fictional situationroman catholic churchchild labourwaking up someoneaccidental fireangry mothernitrate filmfilm breakribbon cuttingman's best friendpartially censoredchild laborerlove scenewaking someonecefalu italy (See All)

Lionheart (1990)
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Lionheart (1990)

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dange β€¦rous clandestine fights. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramaindependent filmmartial artscult filmblack comedytragedyfish out of water
Themes:
murderdeathfriendshiprevengemoneybetrayalescapeherodeceptionmilitaryseductiondeath of fatherredemptionsurveillanceexploitation β€¦homelessness (See All)
Mood:
neo noir
Locations:
elevatorhospitalnew york cityswimming poollos angeles californiaparis francedesertbicycletaxiapartmentship
Characters:
single motherdoctormother daughter relationshiptattoosoldiernursetough guywarrioraction herosecurity guardgermanuncle niece relationshiphomeless manbrother in law sister in law relationshiprevenge motive
Period:
1990s
Story:
baseball batcomic reliefboxingbasketballcatcharacter name in titledogbloodviolenceone word titlemale rear nuditybare chested malefightcigarette smokingtitle spoken by character β€¦knifechasesurprise endingbeatingblood splatterfistfightmachine guncar accidentblondepunched in the facewatching tvarrestundressingbrawlbare buttletterpaintingshowdownhand to hand combatsunglasseshandcuffsfightingcombatf wordfoot chasegangmansiondrug dealermontagewidowmixed martial artsanti heroone man armydrawingdouble crossunderwater scenefemme fataledrowningracial sluron the runtrainingduellimousinebinocularsbeaten to deathkarateperson on firepay phonefugitivekicked in the faceopening action scenemanipulationdeath of brotherbodyguardmartial artistdeath of husbandloss of fatherthreatened with a knifemercenarygeneralclass differencesmachismoeavesdroppingmartial arts masterburned alivehead buttjoggingwalkie talkieboxerkicked in the stomachvideotapeparking garagestreet lifeinterracial friendshipkickboxingthugswitchbladenicknamestealing a carkicked in the crotchstabbed in the leghit on the headpunched in the chestwisecrack humordisfigurementbody landing on a carhomoeroticismkarate chopgasolineloss of husbandethnic slurburned to deathlandlordloss of brotherroundhouse kickkarate kickhappy endingbarbed wirefighterfinal showdownstreet gangmusclemanstrongmanmoney problemseiffel tower paristaekwondocheering crowddrug dealburnt facedepartment storeembassyambassadorhamburgerstreet fightbusiness cardcrashing through a windowpalm treen wordseductressfemale villaininsurancefur coatbettinggladiatormysterious womanhomeless personfrenchmanportburn victimarmy basebeefcakebilingualismmale male hugmartial arts tournamentscotdeserterstreet fighterniecekiltpunched in the crotchillegal fistfightnorth africabare knuckle fightingdesertionunderground fightingboiler roomshort haired femalerich womansponsorfight cluballey fightbenefactortwo against onehit in the groinplay fightawolreference to the wizard of ozunderground tournamentprize fighterbare knuckle boxingman with a ponytailattempted seductionkicked in the legneeding money5 year oldcharacter says go to hellforeign legionunderground parking garagebroken ribsucker punchfrench foreign legionmilitary jeeppunched in the mouthfight promotermilitary desertionjumping from a boatlegionnaireinjured ribssetting man on firegambling winningstwo against manyworld trade center new york city (See All)

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Amadeus (1984)
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Amadeus (1984)

'Antonio Salieri' (qv) believes that 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' (qv)'s music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. He began his career as a devout man who believes his success and talent as a composer are God' β€¦s rewards for his piety. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmepiccostume drama
Themes:
murderdeathmarriagemoneyjealousypoliticspregnancyweddingfuneraldeceptiondeath of fatherobsessionillnesstheatre
Locations:
churchsnowcemeterywheelchairchurch wedding
Characters:
priestmusicianboyhusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipsingerserial killermotherbiblemaidsluttiness
Period:
winter19th century1800s18th century1820s
Story:
envycareerpianosingingcharacter name in titlebloodone word titleflashbackdancingtitle spoken by characterbased on playsongfoodhorsemask β€¦lettercleavageoperacandledisguiseprincessconfessionwigtragic eventcrosspremarital sexmurdererblindfoldsleepingapplausefireplacelgbtcakelifting someone into the airtold in flashbackcrucifixcrying womanrehearsalcomposerservantclassical musictorchorchestramental institutiondwarfattempted suicidefanironytheatre audiencebilliardsfogloss of husbandhorse and carriagelaughinglandlordhorseback ridingchocolateprayingmental patientpopefemale spyemperordrunkardsicknesspartial female nuditylandladymale name in titleimmaturitybased on real personcathedralspatalentin medias resfirst person narrationmass gravebouquetchild prodigydomineering fatherred winecentral europelifting female in aireuropean historysheet musicpassing outgold coinstagecoachfeastmistmozartfiancefamily abandonmentfire breathingnobilitycandelabraczech historyexposed breastrecitallifting an adult into the airchurch choirwalking in the rainmanbreast kissingharpsichordunreliable narrator1790sboys' choirreference to wolfgang amadeus mozartyawning1780squillmusician as protagonistrequiemmadhousestanding in the raincandlestickwhite wineman in blacksinging lessonslutty attitudetheatre boxaficostume shoptony award sourcewoman in blackhealth spapallbeareranimositysnowfallspa resortwhite stockingsnotesabandoned by wifechestnutmediocritytalking backwardslunatic asylumplaying the pianoprima donnawhigaustrian historycomposer as protagonistpass outclassical composertranscriptionparlor game (See All)

Goya's Ghosts (2006) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter.

Subgenre:
historical event
Themes:
religiondeathrapemoneybetrayalprisondrinkingtorturedeceptioncorruptioninsanityexecutionhuntingfrench revolution
Locations:
catholic churchchurchspain
Characters:
catholicfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipbrother brother relationshipbrother sister relationshipprostitutedancerbabyjewishchristianityjew β€¦deafnessfrench soldierbaby crying (See All)
Period:
19th century1800s
Story:
nunorphanprayercharacter name in titlefemale nudityviolencedancingexplosioncorpsefoodhorsedrinkbattlearrestpainting β€¦rifledead bodyinterrogationwinecandlewomaneatingmodelfalse accusationpainterkingpainflash forwardconfessionportraitactor playing multiple roleshangingcrosshorse ridingchickentypewriterqueeneyeglassesshavingwoundcrucifixorphanageviolinmonkmental institutioncensorshipdwarfinvasiondungeonrelease from prisonhorse and carriagesign languagepipe smokingviolinistimprisonmentdonkeyconventmedalcheering crowdtavernbritish armyactual animal killedatrocitymadrid spainbritish soldiermartyrfiring squadposingbagpipestop hatvulturecircumcisionmissing daughterglobestagecoachportrait paintingshacklesgarrotemusefrench armycandelabraprinting pressnapoleonic warsreference to napoleonburned at the stakesketchingempire fashionpublic executionheresylip readinghereticforced confessionwhite glovesopportunistspanish inquisitioncantordriven madreference to john lockekissing feetstrappadovoltairepillagefrancisco de goyadunce capgrand inquisitorruffled shirtdinner bellflintlock muskettricome (See All)

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Desirous of starting a family, Rosemary Woodhouse, a young Catholic housewife, and her husband, Guy Woodhouse, a struggling actor, move into the Bramford, a New York building with an unpleasant history of obscure dwellers and ghastly occurrences. Before long, the young couple is befriended by their  β€¦elderly and somehow eccentric next-door neighbours, Roman and Minnie Castevets, and shortly afterwards, Rosemary finally gets pregnant. However, little by little, as the inexperienced mother becomes systematically cut off from her circle and friends, alarming hints of a well-planned and sinister conspiracy will begin to emerge, enfolding Rosemary in a shroud of suspicion and mental agony. In the end, why is everyone so conveniently eager to help, furthermore, why is Guy allowing this? (Read More)

Subgenre:
paranormal phenomenasupernatural horror
Themes:
christmasmurdersupernatural powersupernatural rape
Locations:
catholic schoolcatholic churchcemetery
Characters:
catholic priesthusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipbaby
Story:
convent schoolcharacter name in titlebased on novelnuditybare chested malesurprise endinggood versus evilwomanchildbirthreference to william shakespearehypodermic needlewitchcraftbirthapartment buildingreference to satan β€¦superstitiondemonic possessiondrugged drinkgiving birthsatanismpsychic powereating disorderreference to shakespeare's hamletbutcher knifeantichristexpectant motherevil childinquisitionsatanic cultdevil worshipcovendemon rapeincantationwanting a babydrugged foodlucky charmanagramincubuslapsed catholicmislaid trustmutant babyherbalistdemon spawnpregnant woman in jeopardydemonic cultnewborn sonweird pregnancy (See All)

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Billy Elliot (2000)
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Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferr β€¦ed to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmmartial artscoming of age
Themes:
christmasdeathfriendshipinfidelitymoneyadulteryfeardrunkennessdanceextramarital affairdeath of motherpovertyunfaithfulnesssexualityhomophobia β€¦death of wifechildhood (See All)
Mood:
affection
Locations:
elevatorschoolcemeterybathtubbuslondon englanddance school
Characters:
doctorfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshiphomosexualfather son relationshippolicemother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendbrother brother relationshipbrother sister relationshipteacherpoliceman β€¦dancerbest friendbullyteacher student relationshipgrandmother grandson relationshipself discoverygay frienddance teacherself expression (See All)
Period:
1980s1990syear 1984
Story:
boxing lessoncareerboxingpianocharacter name in titlesexnuditybloodmale nudityviolencekisscigarette smokingdancingphotographchase β€¦telephone callcryingbeatingunderwearurinationface slappunched in the facebare buttletterbooklietearsrunningbathroomclassroomgay slurmontagetoiletjudgebathgraveyardgravelibrarycoming outwidowerauditiongympianisttragic eventsadnessloss of motherballetclasscross dressingsacrificetrustrecord playerriottransvestitehuggingshavingdresseggslow motionlistening to musicrecordingdemonstrationworking classcommunisthammerboxerloss of wifecrushcompassionmilkembarrassmentchild's point of viewsexismtheatre audiencemakeupschool uniformlipstickfriendship between boyssnowingdead motherferryjoypiano playerearphonesjewelryelectricitystage performanceteachingapparitiongay bashinginspirationfenceescalatorstrikelibrariantombstonegay crushmooningmailtransvestismpunching bagsurrogate motherminersoccer ballpostmanmusic boxlabor uniontalentcircular staircasesnowmanpillowkiss on the cheekchristmas lightscoalswantap dancingballet dancerpillow fightdance classboxing gloveschanging roomwashingcoal minenightstickjumping on a bedmerry christmastriumphmale dancerlaborercoal minersledge hammerpolice vanmotivationriot policestickmine shaftdance instructormining townnorthern englandreference to fred astaireboxing traineragainst the oddsgay kidapronfollowing a dreampawnbrokerdancing in the streetpicket linespinningtutuballet schoolballet teacherphysical examreference to ginger rogersbilly clubboy dressed as a girldressing upballet dancingsliding doorimpatiencejewelry boxstuffed toy animalgarglingbreakthroughstanding on a tableminers strikenewcastle upon tynescabswan lakemobile libraryriot shieldboy wearing lipstickriot gearsoccer shirtboogieboy boy kissboy wearing a dressbreakfast trayletter of acceptancedestroying a pianofalling into a bathtubroyal ballet school (See All)

Little Women (1994)
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Little Women (1994)

'Louisa May Alcott' (qv)'s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of ho β€¦w the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age
Themes:
christmasdeathmarriagepregnancydysfunctional familyillnesstheatrehopewritingfirst love
Mood:
affection
Locations:
new york citysnowparis francerural settingusa
Characters:
doctorfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipsingerteenage girlfemale protagonistgirlsoldierbabywritersister sister relationshipartistlittle girl β€¦maidprofessorpregnant wife (See All)
Period:
winter19th century1860s
Story:
envypianoneighborcatsingingf ratedbased on noveldancingpartytitle directed by femaleletterpaintingtearsoperacandle β€¦old manchild abusepaintervoice overmarriage proposalbinocularscostumechristmas treepianistchildbirthreunionstageactingtwinreference to william shakespearecivil warfireplacedressbirthrealitypet dogfeministchristmas evemay december romanceice skatingyoung loveboarding schoolgrowing upplayhorse and carriageviolinistvictorian eragiving birthtriple f ratedepidemicpublisherreading aloudtween girltomboysicknesskittenmailboxtutoramerican civil warbroken heartloss of sistermassachusettsmanuscripttelegramhorse and wagonpet catexpectant motherchristmas carolhomeworkboarding housechristmas decorationsnightgownsheet musicreference to charles dickensgovernessoil lampstorytellerchalkboardfalling through icebuggyboarderu.s. civil warpost civil warfood shortagecurlingcanvasreference to walt whitmanreference to goethepantaloonemotional healingpregnant sisteremotional depressionreference to friedrich schillerscarlet feversnow sleddingbirth of twinsdance ball (See All)

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants t β€¦o believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christian horror
Themes:
religionmurderdeathdrinkingdrunkennessinvestigationsupernatural powerillnessmental illnessfaitheviltraumastarvationthe devil
Mood:
rainnightmare
Locations:
churchhospitalbarrestaurantsnowrural settingfarmcourtroom
Characters:
catholicpriestdoctorfamily relationshipsfather son relationshippolicemother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipteenage girlfemale protagonistpolicemandancerlawyer β€¦christianchristianitybibleanthropologistreligious statue (See All)
Story:
hit by a carprayerpianocatcharacter name in titleflashbackdancingphotographtitle spoken by characterknifesurprise endingbased on true storytelephone callhorsecar accident β€¦watching tvdrinklettercafecollegedemonhallucinationreference to jesus christsciencegood versus evilhalloweenstabbingsnakejudgetrialritualgraveyardgravescreamingpay phoneumbrellapossessiondolllightningcourtpianistcrosswitnesssubtitled sceneocculttv newsspiritinjurytape recordertied to a bedjail cellcrucifixpsychologypsychologistschizophreniaclockdebatethunderministerstabbed in the neckbroken glassreference to satanvoice over letterdemonic possessionpsychoticexorcismreflectiondormitorytestimonytombstonefarmhousejurytape recordinghearing voicesinsane asylumcatholicismcornfieldtavernpsychiatrycoincidencestableprosecutorseizurescholarshipanthropologychapelriteanorexiaspoondetentionreference to the virgin maryschizophrenicmolestationepilepsylocketpsychosisholy watermartinispiritualismburningwomen's bathroomlaw firmforkmoral ambiguitytv cameradorm roomelectroshock therapyverdictsnorricammysticserpenttrick or treatreligion versus sciencefalling out a windowthrown through a windshieldexpertomenmedical examinercrisis of consciencemalnutritiontranquilizerneurologycatatoniafly the insectstigmataneurologistagnosticbarbed wire fencespeaking in tonguesmethodistepitaphreference to neroeating an insectabnormal psychologyhypersensitivityvocal cordsaramaicinitialsreference to belialarchdioceseunseen forcewitching hour (See All)

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Bad Lieutenant (1992)
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Bad Lieutenant (1992)

A police Lieutenant goes about his daily tasks of investigating homicides, but is more interested in pursuing his vices. He has accumulated a massive debt betting on baseball, and he keeps doubling to try to recover. His bookies are beginning to get agitated. The Lieutenant does copious amounts of d β€¦rugs, cavorts with prostitutes, and uses his status to take advantage of teenage girls. While investigating a nun's rape, he begins to reflect on his lifestyle. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmcult film
Themes:
religionmurderdeathdrugsrapedrinkingdrunkennessinvestigationcorruptiondepressionredemptiongamblingforgiveness
Mood:
neo noir
Locations:
catholic churchbaseballhospitalnew york citybarbuspolice car
Characters:
catholicpriestpolicenursedetectivepolice shootout
Story:
nunfemale nuditymale nudityviolencefemale frontal nuditymale frontal nuditymasturbationmale rear nuditybondagetwo word titlebare chested malepistol β€¦corpseface slapshot in the headthongheld at gunpointreference to jesus christmale pubic hairmenage a troisdrug dealercocainecultcontroversypolice officer killedracial slurgunshotthreatheroincorrupt copheroinedesperationcrime scenemale masturbationdeath threatlieutenantcartoon on tvcrucifixionneedlecannabisdegradationcatholicismpipeparentingsalvationcocaine snortingman with no namedepravityholy communionmultiple homicidekorean americanpolice protagonistshooting upbad copradio talk showdamnationfirst communionvisual hallucinationchrist figuredesecrationabsolutionbad influencelos angeles dodgersnew york metsnun rapedchaliceshot from a cardegenerate gamblerkorean grocer (See All)

Giant (1956)
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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 acro β€¦ss two generations. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramaepicfamily saga
Themes:
christmasdeathlovefriendshipmarriagemoneyjealousypoliticspregnancydrinkingdrunkennessweddingfuneralracismredemption β€¦illnessrivalryunrequited lovefalling in loveprejudicewealth (See All)
Mood:
rain
Locations:
catholic churchhospitalbarrestauranttrainswimming poolhotelcarcemeteryairplanewaterairporttrucktexas
Characters:
catholicpriestdoctorfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipafrican americanfriendchildrensingerbrother sister relationshipteenage girl β€¦teenage boysoldiernursepolicemanbabysister sister relationshiplove triangleactresswaitresshispanicolder man younger woman relationshipolder woman younger man relationshipgrandfather grandson relationshipgrandmother grandson relationshipaunt niece relationshipu.s. soldierfather in law son in law relationshipmother in law son in law relationship (See All)
Period:
world war two1940s1930s1920s
Story:
blockbusterprayerneighborcatsingingdogbased on novelbloodone word titlekissfightcigarette smokingpartytelephone callcrying β€¦songbeatingfistfightfoodhorsemirrorpunched in the facedrinkbrawlletterbookrifletearsbirthdaycafesubjective cameraswimmingnewspapercandlebandmansiondeath of friendmontagedinerimmigrantjudgecoffinbirthday partygraveyardcigar smokingmarriage proposalcoffeejeansmicrophonebusinessmanknocked outreadingchristmas treeflowersbusinessconvertiblespeechamerican flagdeath of sontwinclass differencesredheadpowereyeglassesapplausewaitertearace relationsfaintingice creamagingcowboy hatcookcrucifixassaultwristwatchservantsheeptennisrailway stationbirthparadeburialclockdivinginterracial romancewindthunderministermillionairesexismlove at first sightoilthunderstormsenatordeath of sisteryoung loveracistmarital separationbarbecueranchethnic slurmarital problemsports carpipe smokingunclethanksgivingmudhorseback ridingmexican americanwomen's rightshandshakewedding ceremonychristmas presentlast will and testamentjukeboxhoneymooncattlecoca colainterracial marriageanimal abusecowboy bootslistening to a radioracial prejudiceslot machinebullamericanalandloss of sisterfamous scorewakebabysittingbeauty salondallas texassick childrattlesnakebiracialnewlywedradio newsracial discriminationsegregationrise and fallorganbanquetbride and groombreaking a mirrorwedding cakeelopementdustpassing outlambponyturkey the birdbrandingcoyotemigrant workermarylandpearl harborbeauty queenrancherwine cellarhomesicknesstiaraequal rightsoil riglandownermerry christmasstar spangled bannerharvard universityoil industrystar died before releaseinnocence lostdiving boardoil companytaxbourbonmilitary draftsocial criticismhotel desk clerkrider horse relationshiphalf breedreference to joan of arcboys' choirlead actor's last filmbusboyoil wellarchitectural modelhorse ranchprivate planereading in bedmilitary funeralranch handreference to franklin d rooseveltthrown from a horsetumbleweedcalfoil fieldcattle ranchdeath of cast membersilent nightblack horseriding accidentchristmas stockingfox huntsquawwoman horse relationshipspanish languagestate flagoil tycoonrear ending a cargun salutejingle bellsman horse relationshipstatic electricitytoy pianodeath of a horsehorse riding accidentsquare dancinganimal husbandrydraft noticelunch counterreference to geronimosocial reformbronc ridingranchingroundupsudden wealthdrilling for oilnouveaux richesbequestface bandagelipstick on faceorgan playerbassinettecomanche tribedeath of horsedinner bellknocking over a tableoil derrickreference to paul reveretwin beds (See All)

In America (2002)
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In America (2002)

Following the tragic death of their five-year-old son Frankie, Irish couple Johnny and Sarah Sullivan and their remaining two offspring, 10 year old Christy Sullivan and 5 year old Ariel Sullivan, emigrate illegally to the United States via Canada with little in their pockets. Their final destinatio β€¦n is Manhattan where Johnny hopes to work as a stage actor. They move into a unit in a run town tenement housed primarily with drug addicts, transvestites and one tenant coined "the man who screams". They do whatever they can to eke out a supportive family environment in this difficult situation, the support which ultimately extends to those around them, most specifically "the screamer" who turns out to be an African-American artist named Mateo with AIDS. But the memory of Frankie hangs over the family in good and bad ways, especially as Sarah learns she's pregnant. Christy, who records their life's goings-on with her beloved camcorder, believes that the angel of Frankie has granted her three wishes, which she guards until absolutely needed. (Read More)

Themes:
deathpregnancygamblingaids
Locations:
catholic schoolschoolhospitalnew york citysnowbathtubapartmenttaxi driverfire escape
Characters:
catholicdoctorfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipchildrengirlactorbabysister sister relationshipartistlittle girlparent child relationship
Period:
2000ssummer
Story:
irish catholicirish americannunneighborsextitle spoken by charactershowervoice over narrationslow motion scenewatching tvmanhattan new york cityhalloweenbranew yorkvideo camera β€¦painterimmigrationauditionhalloween costumefilm within a filmcinematerminal illnessafricandiseasemovie theaterswimsuitirishbirthcarnivalapartment buildingrap musicchild's point of viewloss of sonjunkietaking a pictureschool uniformillegal immigranthalloween partyflagtrick or treatingborder crossingtween girlnewborn babytimes square manhattan new york citybroadway manhattan new york cityheatscripttalent showbrain tumorspiritualismultrasoundblood transfusionsnowball fightnational anthemstar spangled bannerhome renovationshort hairangel costumeneon lightstuffed toyair conditionernigerianice cream parlorobstetricianhell's kitchen manhattan new york cityvideotapinghand clapping gamepremature birthcarnival gameirish immigrantsnow angelclass photographmagical negro stereotypeproblem pregnancyreference to e.t. the extraterrestriallemon drop (See All)

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Talk To Her (2002) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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Talk To Her (2002)

After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet stu β€¦dent. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramasilent movie
Themes:
friendshipsuiciderapeprisonpregnancyfearweddingmemorylonelinesstheftobsessiontheatrepanicunlikely friendship
Mood:
rain
Locations:
catholic churchchurchhospitalbarswimming poolhotelcemeterytaxirural settingapartmentspain
Characters:
priestmusiciandoctorfather daughter relationshipsingerteachernursestudentdancerphotographerwriterlawyeractresslittle girllust β€¦psychiatristpregnant from rape (See All)
Period:
2000s
Story:
baseball bathit by a carsingingsexfemale nuditynuditybloodmale nudityfemale frontal nudityflashbacknipplesphotographtitle spoken by character β€¦pantiesshowercryingcell phoneslow motion scenewatching tvcomputercameraswordarrestundressingbare buttlettertearscar crashjailvoyeurreporterswimminggay slurjournalistbraconcertambulancewomanfemale pubic hairsnakewhite pantiesdream sequencescantily clad femaleritualbartendermicrophonecostumeuniformmassagescreamtragic eventfilm within a filmstagecinemaballettraditionentertainmentnipples visible through clothingsexual abusecomaexerciseguitaristbuttocksmovie theatervisittimeaudiencebridetv showhaircutwatching televisionspanishrainstormsymbolismman cryingmale objectificationmenstruationnotebookimperative in titlemetaphorsubtitlesautographstage playnewspaper articleinfatuationballerinaactual animal killedbullgroomprison visitcapemadrid spaininmatetragic loveentertainerriteshrineiconsuicide notephobiacurtainwedding gowncustombullfightingbedriddenspectatorcrutchshrinkingloss of girlfriendcompact discmale nurseembroiderybullfighterphysical therapyconciergejordanwalking canematadorbullfightballet classcharacter appears in newspaperappointmentballet schoolballet teacherbullringdance showlobbycoming out of a comatorerocoma rapegoringnewspaper obituary (See All)

Calvary (2014)
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Calvary (2014)

Father James is a small-town priest in Ireland whose Sunday confessionals suddenly include a threat to kill him in a week's time as a matter of principle. Deeply troubled and conflicted about how to respond, Father James tries to go on with his calling through that week. However, that proves impossi β€¦ble as he is confronted with a troubling variety of spiritual challenges from both his estranged daughter and his own parishioners. In those dispiriting struggles, Father James' life begins to fall apart as time runs out towards a confrontation that seems to crystallize his values and what he wants his life to be. (Read More)

Themes:
murderdeathinfidelitymurder of a priest
Locations:
catholic churchchurchhospitalbarbeachsmall townsea
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestfather daughter relationship
Story:
dogone word titlegundancingfireurinationshot in the headpaintingold mansuicide attemptchild abuseirelandarsondeath threatkilling a dog β€¦child molestationblack manconfessionaldisillusionmentromanianrecovering alcoholicdeath of petaltar boyreference to moby dickreference to jesuschild sexual abusethrowing a gun into water (See All)

The Prophecy (1995)
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The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphrodit β€¦ic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmcult filmblack comedysuspensedark fantasychristian horrorreligious horror
Themes:
religionmurderdeathsurrealismkidnappingbetrayaljealousyfearescapefuneralinvestigationdeceptionpsychopathbrutalitysupernatural power β€¦paranoiadepressioninsanitysadismevilhopepanicdyingapocalypsecannibalismhomelessnessdevilmurder of a police officernear death experienceghost townreligious conflict (See All)
Mood:
neo noirarchive footagedarkness
Locations:
catholic churchchurchschoolhospitalcemeterysmall townlos angeles californiadesertapartmentpolice stationpolice carrooftopschool busschool teacher
Characters:
catholic priestpriestpoliceteacherzombiegirlsoldierpolice officernursedetectivepolicemanhostagechristianlittle girlnative american β€¦waitresschristianitypolice detectiveteacher student relationshipbiblesheriffgrandmother granddaughter relationshiphomeless mancoronerdeath wish (See All)
Period:
1990s
Story:
hit by a carorphanprayerbloodviolenceflashbackgunkissfightcigarette smokingphotographtitle spoken by characterexplosionknifesurprise ending β€¦firevoice over narrationcryingbeatingcorpseshot to deathblood splatterfistfightcar accidentshot in the chestshot in the headrescuepunched in the facewritten by directorbrawlfalling from heightshowdownheld at gunpointsunglassesdead bodydemonhallucinationhandcuffsrevolvershot in the backgood versus evilsurvivalflashlightcaliforniaambulanceimpalementsuicide attemptdinerdisarming someonecoffinnarrationchild in perilfictional wardouble crossritualpolice officer killedgraveyardshot in the foreheadflash forwardattempted murdercharacter repeating someone else's dialoguedangerperson on fireliarfirst of seriesmissionpossessionangelrace against timestatuecover upevil manknocked outskeletonmanipulationexploding bodyfirst partprofanitygrandmothernewspaper headlinekillingundeadhenchmanpizzamaniacpickup truckburned aliveelectronic music scoregothicshot in the stomachsociopathscene during opening creditsmorgueskullmind controlcolonelback from the deadcrime scenevisioncynicismcannibalmercilessnessresurrectionprophecyreference to satanbible quoteheavenhit on the headpunched in the chestjumping through a windowthrown through a windowautopsyaerial shotarizonachoirsoulhealingeye gougingtribebody landing on a cardemonic possessionkilling spreeburned to deathexorcismnewspaper clippinglyingarrogancetelepathyclose up of eyesgothporn magazineliving deadlevitationfinal showdownhead woundsuper strengthworld dominationfilm projectormegalomaniactrailer homeburnt facedeputyshamanburnt bodybadgemaggotsymbolheart ripped outmind readingmurder spreechosen onetheologyheart in handtrenchcoatlapdkorean warhide and seekwar criminalblasphemycrime spreegrave diggingchantingtauntingchild with a gungrand canyoncourt martialluciferinvulnerabilitysatanhermaphroditehealerabandoned carbloody mouthfilm reelabandoned minemisanthropethrown through a windshieldsevered facekiss on the foreheadhenchwomantire ironfallen angelmass deaththrown from heightcrisis of faithpyrokinesiskorean war veteranmale tearsindian reservationmisanthropysoul transferencegross outarchangelexploding trailerface burnhit with a tire ironancient bookshushingcopper minedriving through a wallholy warburning bodygas lampchristian godtirednessmintpersonification of satandark angelgifted childreligious riteburning corpseeating heartmortal woundvisions of heavenarchangel gabrielinitiation ceremony (See All)

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Primal Fear (1996)
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Primal Fear (1996)

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

Themes:
murderrevengeinvestigationdeceptionangercorruptionpsychopathmental illnessjusticeamnesiapolice investigation
Mood:
goremurder trial
Locations:
churchbartrainhelicopternightclubapartmentpolice stationpolice carcourtroomchicago illinoischinese restaurant
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicpriestboypolice officerdetectivephotographerlawyerpsychiatristpolice arrest
Period:
1990s
Story:
singingfemale nuditybased on novelnuditybloodmale nudityinterviewtwo word titlecigarette smokingphotographknifechasesurprise ending β€¦beatingcorpsepunched in the facewatching tvcomputercamerajailrevolverf wordreporterfoot chasevideo camerachild abusejudgetrialnews reportcoffeebartenderlatex glovesconfessionmicrophonecover upmanipulationspeechdirectorial debutnewspaper headlinepowerscandalapplausesociopathmutilationjail cellbuttocksaudiencewhiskeycrime sceneremote controlsevered fingerevidencechoirdeceitprison cellcastrationpublic humiliationpolice inspectorsirensouthern accentmob bosssermontestimonyplaying pooljurydistrict attorneyfinger cut offpressbishopprosecutorcorrupt officialmailmanstutteringnews footagevideo cassetteprotestormultiple personalitycompact dischousing projectjudicial systemjudicialjudiciarychild pornographyaltar boydefense attorneymusic conductorreference to thomas jeffersonsoccer gamechoke holdpornographic videosexual exploitationcriminal justicedissociative identity disorderboys' choirjustice systemplacardfaking illnessopportunismbad guy winsformer loverevidence tamperinglaw officeshackledfinefuguepiercing ripped outpro bonocontempt of courteyes gougedcover storyfederal prosecutorreference to nathaniel hawthorne (See All)

Les MisΓ©rables (1998) is one of the best movies like The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
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Les MisΓ©rables (1998)

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France.

Subgenre:
melodramasuspense
Themes:
murderdeathrevengesuicideprisonescaperobberyredemptionsadismexecutionjusticerevolutionpolice brutalitystarvationfrench revolution
Locations:
catholic churchparis francefrance
Characters:
single motherpriestpolicefather daughter relationshipprostitutethiefvillainmayor
Period:
19th century1800s
Story:
tuberculosisnunorphanbased on novelviolencerescueheld at gunpointbound and gaggedfalse accusationtrialforeign language adaptationnecklaceconfessionfactoryfugitive β€¦death of childex convictgaggedcompassionconfrontationyoung lovedead boydead woman with eyes opengunfirelandlordphysical abuseharassmentconventbishopconscienceatrocityrags to richesspitparolefiring squadverbal abusemysterious pastdead woman on bedmale tied upsanctuarytied to a polepolice harassmentabused childillegitimacyabused womanvictorian agemale rivalryhandcuffed man (See All)

Road To Perdition (2002)
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Road To Perdition (2002)

1931. Mike Sullivan and Connor Rooney are two henchmen of elderly Chicago-based Irish-American mobster John Rooney, Connor's father. In many respects, John treats Mike more as his son, who he raised as his own after Mike was orphaned, than the volatile Connor, who nonetheless sees himself as the hei β€¦r apparent to the family business. One evening, Mike's eldest son, twelve year old Michael Sullivan Jr., who has no idea what his father does for a living, witnesses Connor and his father gun down an associate and his men, the situation gone wrong initiated from an action by Connor. Caught witnessing the incident, Michael is sworn to secrecy about what he saw. Regardless, Connor, not wanting any loose ends, makes an attempt to kill Mike, his wife and their two sons. Mike and the surviving members of his family know that they need to go on the run as Connor, who has gone into hiding, will be protected through mob loyalty, especially by John, who cannot turn on his own flesh and blood. Still, Mike has to figure out a way for retribution for what Connor did, while still protecting him and his family, not only from Connor, but from John and his fellow associates. Through it all, Mike wants those in his family that had no say in what he chose as a living, to have some redemption for their eternal souls. (Read More)

Subgenre:
heist
Themes:
murderrevengebetrayaljealousyfuneralgangstermemorypsychopathdeath of fathermafiaphotographyvengeancemurder of a police officermurder of mothermurder of brother β€¦murder of son (See All)
Mood:
rainneo noir
Locations:
catholic churchelevatorchurchbeachtrainhotelsnowcemeterybathtubfarmchicago illinois
Characters:
catholic priestcatholicfather son relationshipprostitutephotographerchristianhitmanshooting a police officer
Period:
winter1930s
Story:
irish catholicirish americanorphandogbased on novelbloodviolenceguncigarette smokingdancingknifethree word titlesurprise endingpistolvoice over narration β€¦shootoutshot to deathblood splattermachine gunshot in the chestshot in the headshotgunslow motion scenecameraletterbased on comicrifleprostitutionshot in the backjournalistassassinbased on comic bookdinerstabbed in the chestapologyanti heroassassinationchild in perildouble crossshot in the foreheadon the runconfessionorganized crimefugitiveon the roadshot in the shoulderspeechwitnessbank robberyloss of mothershot in the armsurgerystealingloss of wifecrime scenepump action shotgunshopliftingloss of songunshot woundshot in the faceheavendeath of protagonistinfectionblood on shirtmurder of a childdc comicsgunfireriding a bicyclebloodbathpipe smokingmain character diessuffocationnarrated by characterprayingauntaccountantskyscraperflaskfilm cameracatholicismshot in the eyebased on graphic novelgreat depressionmichiganmurder witnesscontract killermurder of wifeillinoiswakeloss of familyretributiontommy gunmob violenceprohibitionmob hitrevolving doorhomeworksaying graceautomatic weaponstarts with narrationvendettachild with a gundriving lessonshot through a wallgrave side ceremonysnowball fightscarred facecrime scene photographhiding in a carlearning to drivechild driving a carlarge format camerastitchescrapsmusic score features pianogood samaritanirish mobmob enforcerparishpiano duetson kills fatherthompson sub machine gunwalk on the beachspoiled sonthieveryblood moneycauterizing a wounddownpourseeing father murderedsimple lifefavorite sonshot in the chinfather saves sonbox camerascrew uptoo lateutopian (See All)

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