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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)

On the day that Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, elderly Daisy Williams (nee Fuller) is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital. At her side is her adult daughter, Caroline. Daisy asks Caroline to read to her aloud the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button. Benjamin's diary recounts his entire extraordinary life, the primary unusual aspect of which was his aging backwards, being diagnosed with several aging diseases at birth and thus given little chance of survival, but who does survive and gets younger with time. Abandoned by his biological father, Thomas Button, after Benjamin's biological mother died in childbirth, Benjamin was raised by Queenie, a black woman and caregiver at a seniors home. Daisy's grandmother was a resident at that home, which is where she first met Benjamin. Although separated through the years, Daisy and Benjamin remain in contact throughout their lives, reconnecting in their forties when in age they finally match up. Some of the revelations in Benjamin's diary are difficult for Caroline to read, especially as it relates to the time past this reconnection between Benjamin and Daisy, when Daisy gets older and Benjamin grows younger into his childhood years. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  adoption,  loneliness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  adultery,  religion
Mood:epic
Locations:brothel,  india,  russia,  wheelchair,  elevator,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:daughter,  prostitute
Period:1910s,  1920s,  1930s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:hurricane katrina,  hurricane,  aging parent,  premature aging,  aging disorder,  anti aging,  rapid aging,  lightning strike,  struck by lightning,  dying in childbirth,  dying young,  interracial adoption,  diary,  upright piano,  music score features piano,  piano lesson,  car accident,  swimming pool,  reference to john wilkes booth,  reference to dick tracy,  unable to walk,  skin condition,  youth restored,  deformed baby,  ganges river,  medical condition,  circus tent,  theodore roosevelt,  collision course,  unwanted child,  physical deformity,  progeria,  duplex,  clockmaker,  reference to richard wagner,  child as adult,  english channel,  death of baby,  bushman,  pygmy,  white hair,  adoptive mother,  year 1930,  faith healer,  life jacket,  baby born,  tugboat,  year 1936,  hummingbird,  british woman,  foster mother,  caviar,  death in childbirth,  black & white to color,  year 1918,  grave side ceremony,  hotel lobby,  dance teacher,  year 2002,  year 1962,  bordello,  fictional biography,  year 2005,  abandoned baby,  atlantic ocean,  expectant father,  granddaughter,  cable car,  camera focus on female butt,  honey,  dance class,  estranged father,  expectant mother,  year 1941,  flooding,  ship captain,  child abandonment,  phonograph,  reference to abraham lincoln,  man child,  deathbed,  broadway manhattan new york city,  orchestral music score,  altered version of studio logo,  u boat,  hospital bed,  opera singer,  family business,  great depression,  adopted son,  ballerina,  no title at beginning,  retirement home,  navy,  tween girl,  crutches,  irish american,  historical fiction,  postcard,  narrated by character,  giving birth,  dementia,  vodka,  lingerie slip,  blind man,  sailor,  disfigurement,  new orleans louisiana,  backstage,  old age,  reverse footage,  broken leg,  clock,  preacher,  railway station,  told in flashback,  aging,  tea,  older woman younger man relationship,  magical realism,  ballet,  world war one,  premarital sex,  american flag,  lightning,  older man younger woman relationship,  based on short story,  hit by a car,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  accident,  old man,  native american,  spy,  swimming,  death of mother,  manhattan new york city,  piano,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  travel,  paris france,  motorcycle,  pregnancy,  world war two,  voice over narration,  tattoo,  new york city,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  flashback

La Mome (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

La Mome (2007)

An un-chronological look at the life of the Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf (1915-1963). Her mother is an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam. During childhood she lives with each of them. At 20, she's a street singer discovered by a club owner who's soon murdered, coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls, and then quickly famous. Constant companions are alcohol and heartache. The tragedies of her love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the words of one of her signature songs, "Non, je ne regrette rien." The back and forth nature of the narrative suggests the patterns of memory and association. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:brothel,  bar
Characters:prostitute
Period:1910s,  1920s,  1930s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s
Story:car accident,  deathbed,  old age,  older woman younger man relationship,  world war one,  no opening credits,  accident,  manhattan new york city,  piano,  extramarital affair,  paris france,  world war two,  new york city,  death,  flashback

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Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

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

Themes:blindness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:hospital
Period:1930s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:swimming pool,  hummingbird,  year 1962,  blind man,  premarital sex,  death of mother,  manhattan new york city,  piano,  extramarital affair,  paris france,  pregnancy,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  flashback

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

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

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

Themes:loneliness,  funeral,  adultery
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:prostitute
Period:1930s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s,  1980s
Story:swimming pool,  premarital sex,  spy,  manhattan new york city,  extramarital affair,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  new york city,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:blindness,  adultery
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:swimming pool,  orchestral music score,  blind man,  new orleans louisiana,  broken leg,  premarital sex,  lightning,  manhattan new york city,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  travel,  paris france,  voice over narration,  new york city,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

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Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. This is why Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:hospital
Characters:daughter
Period:1920s,  1950s,  1940s
Story:car accident,  swimming pool,  ballerina,  backstage,  older man younger woman relationship,  hit by a car,  accident,  swimming,  death of mother,  piano,  travel,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  dancing,  character name in title

Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:religion
Mood:epic
Locations:bar
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s
Story:preacher,  american flag,  man with glasses,  manhattan new york city,  voice over narration,  new york city,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  flashback

Frida (2002)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Frida (2002)

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

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:told in flashback,  accident,  manhattan new york city,  extramarital affair,  paris france,  pregnancy,  new york city,  dancing,  character name in title,  flashback

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Doctor Zhivago (1965) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Drama, Romance, War

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago, is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar, who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky, an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya. But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. (Read More)

Themes:adoption,  funeral,  adultery
Mood:epic
Locations:russia,  restaurant
Characters:daughter
Period:1910s,  1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:told in flashback,  world war one,  premarital sex,  older man younger woman relationship,  extramarital affair,  pregnancy,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death

There Will Be Blood (2007)
Drama, History

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, a local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a pipeline to the coast, and as Eli tries to build his own religious empire. (Read More)

Themes:adoption,  religion
Mood:epic
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:prostitute
Period:1910s,  1920s,  1930s
Story:adopted son,  preacher,  faith healer,  death in childbirth,  child abandonment,  great depression,  broken leg,  railway station,  diary,  no opening credits,  accident,  swimming,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  loneliness,  drunkenness,  adultery,  religion
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Story:car accident,  swimming pool,  hummingbird,  hit by a car,  accident,  swimming,  death of mother,  extramarital affair,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  tattoo,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback

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Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  loneliness,  funeral,  adultery,  religion
Locations:russia,  wheelchair,  hospital
Period:1930s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s,  1980s
Story:swimming pool,  estranged father,  magical realism,  swimming,  piano,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  motorcycle,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback

Terms Of Endearment (1983) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:daughter
Period:1950s,  1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:dying young,  car accident,  swimming pool,  deathbed,  aging,  premarital sex,  swimming,  manhattan new york city,  extramarital affair,  pregnancy,  new york city,  mother son relationship,  death

Notorious (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Music

Notorious (2009)

NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Follow his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectations - redefining our notion of "The American Dream." (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:elevator
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:car accident,  broken leg,  told in flashback,  premarital sex,  man with glasses,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  tattoo,  new york city,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback

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Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)

The first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 'Blue' is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  adultery
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:daughter,  prostitute
Period:1990s
Story:car accident,  swimming pool,  retirement home,  accident,  swimming,  piano,  extramarital affair,  paris france,  pregnancy

Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Shallow Hal (2001)

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? This is why Shallow Hal (2001) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). (Read More)

Themes:dying
Locations:elevator,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Story:swimming pool,  deathbed,  crutches,  reverse footage,  death of father,  new york city,  dancing,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death

Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  drunkenness
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:daughter
Period:1940s
Story:upright piano,  hospital bed,  historical fiction,  blind man,  disfigurement,  premarital sex,  lightning,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  spy,  death of mother,  piano,  pregnancy,  world war two,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback

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The Savages (2007)
Comedy, Drama

The Savages (2007)

Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  dying,  adultery
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:daughter
Story:dementia,  aging parent,  travel,  retirement home,  old age,  aging,  magical realism,  older man younger woman relationship,  man with glasses,  old man,  death of mother,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  new york city,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:funeral
Locations:hospital
Story:car accident,  swimming pool,  estranged father,  ballerina,  ballet,  man with glasses,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  voice over narration,  new york city,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  flashback

The Piano (1993)
Drama, Music, Romance

The Piano (1993)

It is the mid-nineteenth century. Ada is a mute who has a young daughter, Flora. In an arranged marriage she leaves her native Scotland accompanied by her daughter and her beloved piano. Life in the rugged forests of New Zealand's North Island is not all she may have imagined and nor is her relationship with her new husband Stewart. She suffers torment and loss when Stewart sells her piano to a neighbour, George. Ada learns from George that she may earn back her piano by giving him piano lessons, but only with certain other conditions attached. At first Ada despises George but slowly their relationship is transformed and this propels them into a dire situation. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  adultery
Characters:daughter
Story:music score features piano,  piano lesson,  tween girl,  piano,  extramarital affair,  travel,  voice over narration

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Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. This is why Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:crutches,  broken leg,  aging,  tea,  older woman younger man relationship,  swimming,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  pregnancy,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

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

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:wheelchair,  elevator,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Story:car accident,  swimming pool,  narrated by character,  premarital sex,  hit by a car,  spy,  manhattan new york city,  motorcycle,  voice over narration,  new york city,  dancing,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback

Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

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

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness
Mood:epic
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:daughter
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:swimming pool,  clock,  railway station,  aging,  tea,  older woman younger man relationship,  american flag,  older man younger woman relationship,  swimming,  pregnancy,  world war two,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

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Evita (1996)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

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

Themes:funeral
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1950s,  1940s
Story:dying young,  deathbed,  railway station,  older man younger woman relationship,  death of father,  voice over narration,  dancing,  character name in title,  death

The Natural (1984) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Drama, Sport

The Natural (1984)

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

Locations:elevator,  restaurant,  hospital
Period:1930s
Story:orchestral music score,  railway station,  aging,  lightning,  new york city,  dancing,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death

Bitter Moon (1992)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

Bitter Moon (1992)

British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar's cabin. This is why Bitter Moon (1992) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:india,  wheelchair,  elevator,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:car accident,  dance class,  broken leg,  older man younger woman relationship,  accident,  extramarital affair,  paris france,  pregnancy,  dancing,  death,  flashback

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Los Abrazos Rotos (2009)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

Los Abrazos Rotos (2009)

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

Themes:blindness,  adultery
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Period:1990s
Story:car accident,  blind man,  broken leg,  told in flashback,  older man younger woman relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

Swimming Pool (2003)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Swimming Pool (2003)

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

Themes:dying
Locations:restaurant
Characters:daughter
Story:swimming pool,  diary,  older man younger woman relationship,  swimming,  death of mother,  motorcycle,  dancing,  death,  flashback

Wild At Heart (1990) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild At Heart (1990)

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Themes:dying
Locations:bar
Story:sailor,  car accident,  expectant father,  expectant mother,  crutches,  new orleans louisiana,  hit by a car,  accident,  old man,  pregnancy,  tattoo,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death

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The Guardian (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama

The Guardian (2006)

Ben Randall is a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. When his crew is killed in an accident and his marriage ends, his commander tells him he wants Randall to go to the US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer "A" School to train other rescue swimmers. He encounters a guy named Jake who's a little cocky because he was once a swim champion. So Ben puts him through the wringer to see if he can handle it. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:swimming pool,  ship captain,  hurricane,  navy,  aging,  premarital sex,  lightning,  no opening credits,  accident,  swimming,  motorcycle,  voice over narration,  death

Jack (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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 causes him lots of problems, however. This is why Jack (1996) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). (Read More)

Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:premature aging,  aging disorder,  rapid aging,  progeria,  aging,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Crime, Drama

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)

Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.

Mood:epic
Locations:brothel,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1960s
Story:backstage,  railway station,  new york city,  dancing,  death,  flashback

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The Godfather: Part II (1974) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

Themes:drunkenness
Mood:epic
Locations:brothel,  wheelchair,  bar,  hospital
Period:1910s,  1920s,  1950s,  1940s,  1960s
Story:family business,  backstage,  railway station,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  old man,  new york city,  dancing,  death,  flashback

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. (Read More)

Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:car accident,  broken leg,  premarital sex,  diary,  no opening credits,  death of mother,  death of father,  travel,  pregnancy,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

The Glass House (2001)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Glass House (2001)

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. (Read More)

Themes:adoption,  funeral,  drunkenness
Locations:restaurant
Story:car accident,  accident,  swimming pool,  lightning,  hit by a car,  swimming,  death of mother,  death of father,  travel,  death,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. This is why Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying
Mood:epic
Period:1940s
Story:year 2005,  expectant father,  expectant mother,  disfigurement,  american flag,  no opening credits,  spy,  pregnancy,  world war two,  voice over narration,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:dying,  drunkenness
Locations:hospital
Period:1970s,  1990s
Story:told in flashback,  premarital sex,  lightning,  no opening credits,  death of mother,  death of father,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback

Seabiscuit (2003)
Drama, History, Sport

Seabiscuit (2003)

It's the Depression, and everyone needs to hold onto a dream to get them through the bad times. Car maker Charles Howard is no different, he who is trying to rebuild his life after the tragic death of his only child and the resulting end of his first marriage. With second wife Marcela at his side, Charles wants to get into horse racing and ends up with a team of underdogs who are also chasing their own dream. The first is trainer Tom Smith, who has a natural instinct to spot the capabilities of horses. The second is the horse Tom chooses for Charles, 'Seabiscuit' (qv), an unconventional choice as despite his pedigreed lineage, Seabiscuit is small at fifteen and a half hands tall with a slight limp. But Tom can see something in Seabiscuit's nature to make him a winner, if only Seabiscuit can be retrained from his inbred losing ways. And third is the jockey they decide to hire, Johnny "Red" Pollard, so nicknamed because of his hair color. Like Tom, Red has always shown a natural way with horses, but a difficult upbringing due solely to the Depression has made Red an angry young man, which has gotten him into trouble both on and off the track. And he is large for a jockey, and thus he always feels the need to battle the weight issue. Another common trait between Tom, Seabiscuit and Red is that they have been called crazy by those in traditional horse racing circles. Against the odds, Seabiscuit, with his human team behind him, does show his winning abilities and captures the imagination of all those others wanting to believe in a dream. But Seabiscuit's victories are at smaller races. As such, Charles aims high and wants Seabiscuit to race Triple Crown winner 'War Admiral' (qv), who by all accounts is a winner and should be a winner. If given the chance to race against War Admiral (whose owner doesn't want to race as he feels he has nothing to prove), will Seabiscuit and his team continue to keep the dreams of the common Americans alive? Through the good and the bad, especially as Red and Seabiscuit face mirroring problems, they all have to decide what is in their collective best interest. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:brothel,  wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Period:1910s,  1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:car accident,  black & white to color,  bordello,  great depression,  irish american,  broken leg,  railway station,  voice over narration,  new york city,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death

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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Drama

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:wheelchair,  bar
Characters:daughter
Period:1990s
Story:accident,  car accident,  hospital bed,  adopted son,  tea,  native american,  death of mother,  extramarital affair,  travel,  pregnancy,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback

The Cider House Rules (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Cider House Rules (1999)

Homer is an orphan in remote St. Cloud, Maine. Never adopted, he becomes the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch, who imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. When Wally and pregnant Candy visit the orphanage Dr. Larch provides medically safe, albeit illegal, abortions Homer leaves with them to work on Wally's family apple farm. Wally goes off to war, leaving Homer and Candy alone together. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him? (Read More)

Themes:adoption
Locations:wheelchair
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:music score features piano,  orchestral music score,  railway station,  premarital sex,  pregnancy,  world war two,  voice over narration,  mother son relationship,  death

Born On The Fourth Of July (1989) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Biography, Drama, War

Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. This is why Born On The Fourth Of July (1989) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008).

Themes:drunkenness
Mood:epic
Locations:brothel,  wheelchair,  bar
Period:1950s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:broken leg,  railway station,  new york city,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:dying,  funeral,  drunkenness
Locations:elevator,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:car accident,  swimming pool,  grave side ceremony,  reference to abraham lincoln,  no title at beginning,  irish american,  narrated by character,  disfigurement,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  old man,  spy,  death of mother,  extramarital affair,  pregnancy,  tattoo,  death,  flashback

Life Of Pi (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Life Of Pi (2012)

In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Richard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  loneliness,  religion
Locations:india,  hospital
Period:1970s
Story:swimming pool,  life jacket,  dance class,  family business,  sailor,  broken leg,  told in flashback,  magical realism,  lightning,  swimming,  paris france,  voice over narration,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

Yi Dai Zong Shi (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Romance, War

Yi Dai Zong Shi (2013)

Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the mean time, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San. (Read More)

Locations:brothel,  elevator
Period:1930s,  1950s,  1940s
Story:year 1936,  railway station,  aging,  tea,  old man,  world war two,  voice over narration,  death,  flashback

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Locations:wheelchair,  elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:car accident,  no title at beginning,  narrated by character,  disfigurement,  premarital sex,  lightning,  hit by a car,  no opening credits,  motorcycle,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  character name in title,  death,  flashback

The Judge (2014)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. This is why The Judge (2014) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  dying,  loneliness,  drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:daughter
Story:car accident,  estranged father,  hospital bed,  dementia,  american flag,  hit by a car,  accident,  death of mother,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  pregnancy,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback

Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Mood:epic
Locations:brothel,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:baby born,  expectant father,  expectant mother,  deathbed,  orchestral music score,  crutches,  irish american,  giving birth,  new orleans louisiana,  railway station,  lightning,  older man younger woman relationship,  death of mother,  death of father,  paris france,  pregnancy,  dancing,  death

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The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Locations:russia,  restaurant
Period:1950s,  1940s,  1960s
Story:year 1962,  crutches,  backstage,  man with glasses,  spy,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  pregnancy,  world war two,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback

Alfie (2004) is one of the best movies like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:narrated by character,  older woman younger man relationship,  premarital sex,  manhattan new york city,  extramarital affair,  motorcycle,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  tattoo,  new york city,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  flashback

Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:loneliness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  adultery
Locations:restaurant
Story:aging,  tea,  older woman younger man relationship,  older man younger woman relationship,  death of mother,  extramarital affair,  paris france,  pregnancy,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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