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The Descendants (2011)
Comedy, Drama

The Descendants (2011)

Matt King's family has lived in Hawaii for generations. His extended family - namely he and his many cousins - own 25,000 acres of undeveloped land on Kauai held in trust, which ends in seven years. The easiest thing for the family to do is sell the land before the seven years is up, which is all the talk in the state, as, to whom they sell the property could very well change the face of Kauai. Despite the vast wealth that comes with the land, Matt has decided to live solely on what he earns as a Honolulu lawyer. However, Matt has not had a perfect life living in Hawaiian paradise as many believe. He and his wife Elizabeth were having problems in their marriage. She recently got into a boating accident which has placed her in a coma. Their seventeen year old daughter Alex is in boarding school on the big island since they couldn't handle her rebellion, which was made all the worse by an argument of an unknown nature between mother and daughter during Alex's last visit home. And their ten year old daughter Scottie is starting to act out, which Matt doesn't know if he can handle, potentially raising her on his own. Matt decides to bring Alex home upon news that Elizabeth is brain dead, and that she will be pulled off life support. But revelations about Elizabeth and Alex's argument, which is tied indirectly to the issue of the land sale, leads to some decisions on Matt's part about what is best for him in both mourning Elizabeth's death and what is the best thing to do about th… (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  affair,  unfaithfulness,  grief,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:real estate agent,  bikini girl,  boating accident,  land development,  live band,  death of spouse,  trustee,  sucker punch,  wild girl,  daughters,  lei,  wild child,  dying mother,  trust fund,  hawaiian shirt,  father in law,  dysfunctional relationship,  neglected wife,  reference to google,  teenage daughter,  tween girl,  estate,  dementia,  death of loved one,  hawaii,  unfaithful wife,  attorney,  loss of loved one,  coma,  cousin cousin relationship,  f word,  death of mother,  bikini,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  two word title

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:inheritance
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:trust fund,  estate,  death of loved one,  loss of loved one,  death of mother,  bikini,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

The Past (2013)
Drama, Mystery

The Past (2013)

Coming back to accomplish the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir's wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:daughters,  coma,  f word,  teenage girl,  family relationships,  two word title

Indecent Proposal (1993)
Drama, Romance

Indecent Proposal (1993)

A young couple very much in love are married and have started their respective careers, she as a real estate broker, he as an architect. She finds the perfect spot to build his dream house, and they get loans to finance it. When the recession hits, they stand to lose everything they own, so they go to Vegas to have one shot at winning the money they need. After losing at the tables, they are approached by a millionaire who offers them a million dollars for a night with the wife. Though the couple agrees that this is a way out of their financial dilemma, it threatens to destroy their relationship. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Characters:lawyer
Story:real estate agent,  estate,  unfaithful wife,  based on novel

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
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. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  grief,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:daughters,  coma,  death of mother,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  two word title

Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:coma,  cousin cousin relationship,  f word,  death of mother,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Revolutionary Road (2008)
Drama, Romance

Revolutionary Road (2008)

It's 1955. Frank and April Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with two young children. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. But they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job - one where he places little effort - although he has never figured out what his passion in life is. One day, April suggests that they move to Paris - a city where Frank visited during the war and loved, but where April has never been - as a means to rejuvenate their life. April's plan: she would be the breadwinner, getting a lucrative secretarial job for one of the major international organizations, while Frank would have free time to find himself and whatever his passion. Initially skeptical, Frank ultimately agrees to April's plan. When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April decides she will do whatever she has to to get herself out of her unhappy existence. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:beach,  hospital
Story:real estate agent,  death of spouse,  death of mother,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  two word title

Wasabi (2001)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wasabi (2001)

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he used to work 19 years ago, to settle the probate of his girlfriend who left him shortly after marriage without a trace. There he mets his former colleague Momo and his daughter Yumi who he did not know was ever born. Hubert eventually finds out why his girlfriend left him and the reason becomes his and his new daughters problem. (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:daughters,  teenage daughter,  death of mother,  father daughter relationship

Three Colors: Blue (1993) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Three Colors: Blue (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:unfaithfulness,  grief,  infidelity,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:estate,  loss of loved one,  father daughter relationship

Malena (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, War

Malena (2000)

Malena is about the peril of a beauty through the eyes of a 12 year old kid named Renato. He experiences three things on the same day, beginning of war, getting a bike and sees the arrival of Malena in town. Through his eyes, we see the curse of beauty and loneliness of Malena, whose husband is presumed to be dead, and through his soul we see his love for her. (Read More)

Themes:affair,  unfaithfulness,  grief,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:beach
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:father daughter relationship,  family relationships

From Here To Eternity (1953)
Drama, Romance, War

From Here To Eternity (1953)

It's 1941. Robert E. Lee Prewitt has requested Army transfer and has ended up at Schofield in Hawaii. His new captain, Dana Holmes, has heard of his boxing prowess and is keen to get him to represent the company. However, 'Prew' is adamant that he doesn't box anymore, so Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile Sergeant Warden starts seeing the captain's wife, who has a history of seeking external relief from a troubled marriage. Prew's friend Maggio has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade Sergeant 'Fatso' Judson, and Prew begins falling in love with social club employee Lorene. Unbeknownst to anyone, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor looms in the distance. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:beach
Story:lei,  hawaiian shirt,  hawaii,  based on novel

Rebecca (1940)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Rebecca (1940)

A shy ladies' companion, staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. She and Max fall in love, marry and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his first wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. The second Mrs. de Winter clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity,  marriage,  love
Characters:doctor
Story:boating accident,  estate,  cousin cousin relationship,  based on novel

Anna Karenina (2012) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Drama, Romance

Anna Karenina (2012)

In 1874, in the Imperial Russia, the aristocratic Anna Karenina travels from Saint Petersburg to Moscow to save the marriage of her brother Prince Oblonsky, who had had a love affair with his housemaid. Anna Karenina has a cold marriage with her husband, Count Alexei Karenin, and they have a son. Anna meets the cavalry officer Count Vronsky at the train station and they feel attracted by each other. Soon she learns that Vronsky will propose to Kitty, who is the younger sister of her sister-in-law Dolly. Anna satisfactorily resolves the infidelity case of her brother and Kitty invites her to stay for the ball. However, Anna Karenina and Vronsky dance in the ball, calling the attention of the conservative society. Soon they have a love affair that will lead Anna Karenina to a tragic fate. (Read More)

Themes:affair,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Story:unfaithful wife,  two word title,  based on novel

My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Drama

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister. (Read More)

Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:tween girl,  attorney,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:doctor
Story:teenage daughter,  cousin cousin relationship,  f word,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

The needy Gigi Haim is a young woman seeking her prince charming somewhere amongst her unsuccessful dates. After dating estate agent Conor Barry, Gigi anxiously expects to receive a phone call from him. However Conor never calls her. Gigi decides to go to the bar where he frequents to see him, but she meets his friend Alex who works there. They become friends and Alex helps Gigi to interpret the subtle signs given out by her dates. (Read More)

Themes:affair,  infidelity,  marriage
Story:real estate agent,  estate,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Just Like Heaven (2005) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Just Like Heaven (2005)

Elizabeth Masterson, a dedicated doctor in San Francisco, had almost no time for anything. When her sister with two kids set her up on a date, she gets into a tragic car crash and goes into a coma. Meanwhile, a landscape architect named David Abbott moves to San Francisco and, coincidentally, into Elizabeth's apartment for rent. While at the apartment, Elizabeth's spirit haunts him. She doesn't remember who she is, who her family is or what she did - All that she remembered was her apartment and where everything was. To settle the arguments, David agrees to figure out who Elizabeth really is. When they get close to figuring out who she is, they eventually find love with one another and as they finally know who she really is, they learn that fate really has put them both together. (Read More)

Themes:love
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:real estate agent,  estate,  coma,  based on novel

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. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:dementia,  attorney,  f word,  death of mother,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

In The Land Of Women (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In The Land Of Women (2007)

L.A. soft-porn writer Carter Webb is frustrated enough, after his actress girlfriend dumps him, to need a serious break. He decides to spend it with his grandmother, who can't really take care of herself and her Detroit suburb house anyway. Helpful Carter soon overcomes mishaps to bond with the foxy neighbor across the street and her daughters. Helping them actually helps him regain perspective and self-confidence. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  love
Locations:hospital
Story:daughters,  death of mother,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Blue Crush (2002)
Drama, Romance, Sport

Blue Crush (2002)

Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates including her rebellious younger sister, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Pipe Masters surf competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with no one's blessing but her own, Anne Marie finds all she needs in the adrenaline-charged surf scene ... until pro quarterback Matt Tollman comes along. Like it or not, Anne Marie starts losing her balance - and finding it - as she falls for Matt. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:tween girl,  hawaii,  bikini,  teenage girl

The Secret Garden (1993) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

The Secret Garden (1993)

Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly young boy...and a secret garden. (Read More)

Themes:grief
Story:estate,  cousin cousin relationship,  death of mother,  family relationships,  based on novel

Rumor Has It... (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rumor Has It... (2005)

Hunky NY lawyer Jeff Daly finally got engaged to fickle Sarah Huttinger, who presents him to her Pasadena family, who all soon take to him, for her sister's wedding to Scott. But Jeff's clever counting makes Sarah realize her dad Earl isn't her biological father. Once movie clues from family indicate as suspect successful author Beau Burroughs, she insists on meeting him. Only like her mother and grandmother, she has a one night-stand with Beau, which may well cost her Jeff. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:beach
Characters:lawyer
Story:death of mother,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Win Win (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Sport

Win Win (2011)

Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer
Story:dementia,  attorney,  f word,  two word title

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)

Themes:marriage,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:death of loved one,  loss of loved one,  death of mother,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

American Beauty (1999) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This in… (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  love
Story:real estate agent,  estate,  unfaithful wife,  f word,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  two word title

8 Women (2002)
Comedy, Crime, Musical, Romance

8 Women (2002)

One morning at an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season. But there will be no celebration at all because their beloved patriarch has been murdered! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Was it his powerful wife? His spinster sister-in-law? His miserly mother-in-law? Maybe the insolent chambermaid or the loyal housekeeper? Could it possibly have been one of his two young daughters? A surprise visit from the victim's chic sister sends the household into a tizzy, encouraging hysterics, exacerbating rivalries, and encompassing musical interludes. Comedic situations arise with the revelations of dark family secrets. Seduction dances with betrayal. The mystery of the female psyche is revealed. There are eight women and each is a suspect. Each has a motive. Each has a secret. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual, and dangerous...one of them is guilty. Which one is it? (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  unfaithfulness,  infidelity
Story:daughters,  estate,  unfaithful wife,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

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:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:dementia,  death of mother,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  two word title

Sense And Sensibility (1995)
Drama, Romance

Sense And Sensibility (1995)

When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son by his first marriage, which leaves his second wife and their three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of both practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery John Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried. (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  marriage
Characters:doctor
Story:daughters,  estate,  cousin cousin relationship,  based on novel

In Her Shoes (2005) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Her Shoes (2005)

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

Themes:grief,  marriage
Locations:beach
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:attorney,  death of mother,  bikini,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Did You Hear About The Morgans? (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Did You Hear About The Morgans? (2009)

Meryl and Paul Morgan have separated since his infidelity. He's a Manhattan lawyer, seeking forgiveness. She's moved on, focusing on real estate sales. As he walks her to an appointment one evening, pleading his case, they witness a murder; the murderer sees them. The FBI wants them in witness protection until the killer is caught. He's already hunting them. The FBI sends them to Ray, Wyoming, a tiny ranch town, where they stay with the aging sheriff and his gun-toting wife (who's his deputy). Meryl and Paul must sort out their relationship while their New York ways bump up against those of the West. Meantime, Meryl knows two things that Paul doesn't. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity
Characters:lawyer
Story:real estate agent,  estate

Something Borrowed (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Something Borrowed (2011)

Rachel is a lawyer. When she was in law school she fell for another student, Dex, who comes from an affluent family, but she was too shy to say anything. When Dex meets her best friend Darcy, who sometimes treats her like dirt, Darcy makes a move on Dex and gets him. Eventually, they get engaged and Darcy asks Rachel to be her Maid of Honor. However, Rachel still has feelings for Dex and still can't say anything. Darcy throws her a birthday party and Dex is there. When she and Dex are alone she blurts out that she had a thing for him in college which surprised him, and after drinking a little they spend the night together. They try to forget the whole thing and agree that it means nothing. Ethan, Rachel's close friend, tells her that she'll spend her entire life regretting that if she does nothing. (Read More)

Themes:affair
Characters:lawyer
Story:attorney,  f word,  based on novel,  two word title

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  grief,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:death of loved one,  family relationships

Premonition (2007) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Premonition (2007)

The middle-class couple Linda Hanson and Jim Hanson live a wasted and routine relationship with their two daughters in their comfortable house in the suburbs. On a Thursday morning, the local sheriff visits Linda and tells her that her husband died in a car accident on the previous day. On the next morning, when Linda awakes, she finds Jim safe and sound at home. When she awakes on the next morning, she realizes that her days are out of order, but her family and friends believe she is insane. (Read More)

Themes:affair,  grief,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Story:daughters,  loss of loved one,  father daughter relationship

Wall Street (1987)
Crime, Drama

Wall Street (1987)

On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father. Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties. (Read More)

Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:real estate agent,  attorney,  f word,  two word title

The Rainmaker (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Rainmaker (1997)

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

Themes:love
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:attorney,  based on novel

One Day (2011)
Drama, Romance

One Day (2011)

Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their university graduation. We see them every year on the anniversary of that date - July 15th. Emma is smart but success doesn't come quickly for her, whereas for Dexter, success and women come very easily. Through the years they grow apart as their lives take different directions and they meet other people. But as they grow apart from those other people and their lives start taking opposite directions again, Emma and Dexter find that they belong with each other. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity,  marriage
Story:dying mother,  loss of loved one,  death of mother,  father daughter relationship,  two word title,  based on novel

The Firm (1993) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Firm (1993)

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan... (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity
Locations:beach
Characters:lawyer
Story:boating accident,  attorney,  f word,  two word title,  based on novel

Love & Mercy (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

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

Themes:marriage,  love
Locations:beach
Characters:doctor
Story:bikini girl,  cousin cousin relationship,  f word,  bikini,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)
Comedy, Crime

Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)

In prison awaiting execution the next morning Louis, the 10th Duke of Chalfont, sets down on paper the events that led him to his current situation. His mother has been banished from her family, the D'Ascoynes, after she married Louis' father who was considered far beneath her. After her death, the D'Ascoynes refused permission for her to be buried in the family crypt. Louis then plots his revenge - and kills all those ahead of him in the succession until he becomes the Duke. Along the way, he becomes involved with the married Sibelia who, when spurned, makes sure he ends up in prison. The day before his execution Sibelia recants her testimony saving him not only from the gallows but also sets him free. Once outside the prison however, he realizes he's forgotten one little thing........ (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:doctor
Story:estate,  cousin cousin relationship,  death of mother,  family relationships

Maggie (2015)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi

Maggie (2015)

After a couple of weeks seeking out his teenage daughter Maggie, Wade finds her in the quarantine wing of a hospital. Maggie has been infected by a lethal outbreak that transforms the victim into a zombie. Wade's friend Dr. Vern Kaplan releases Maggie to spend her last days with Wade and her family. Her stepmother Caroline asks Wade to take their little kids to her sister's house to keep them safe. While Maggie is slowly transformed, Wade stays with her protecting Maggie. But Dr. Vern warns him that the moment that he will have to take an ultimate decision is closer. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:teenage daughter,  death of loved one,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Nocturnal Animals (2016) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  infidelity,  marriage,  love
Story:unfaithful wife,  f word,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

In Good Company (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Good Company (2004)

Dan is a 51 year old executive who learns that his company is being restructured and he is being demoted. Carter, who is 26, replaces him. Dan who has two teenage daughters with another on the way, decides to suck it up and work for Carter. Dan and Carter's working relationship is tested when Carter begins a relationship with Alex, who is Dan's daughter. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:daughters,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Comedy, Crime, Romance

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Miles Massey, a prominent Los Angeles divorce attorney has everything--and in some cases, two of everything. Despite his impressive client list, a formidable win record, the respect of his peers and an ironclad contract (the Massey pre-nup) named after him, he's reached a crossroads in his life. Sated on success, boredom has set in and he's looking for new challenges. All that changes when Miles meets his match in the devastating Marylin Rexroth. Marylin is the soon-to-be ex-wife of his client Rex Rexroth, a wealthy real estate developer and habitual philanderer. With the help of hard charging private investigator Gus Petch, she has Rex nailed and is looking forward to the financial independence a successful divorce will bring. But thanks to Miles' considerable skills, she ends up with nothing. Not to be outdone, Marylin schemes to get even and as part of her plan, quickly marries oil tycoon Howard Doyle. Miles and his unflappable associate, Wrigley, unwittingly dig themselves in deeper and deeper as they go head-to-head with Marylin. Underhanded tactics, deceptions and an undeniable attraction escalate as Marylin and Miles square off in this classic battle of the sexes. (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:lawyer
Story:estate,  attorney

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:unfaithfulness,  grief,  infidelity
Characters:lawyer
Story:death of mother,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Belle De Jour (1967) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Drama

Belle De Jour (1967)

Severine is a beautiful young woman married to a doctor. She loves her husband dearly, but cannot bring herself to be physically intimate with him. She indulges instead in vivid, kinky, erotic fantasies to entertain her sexual desires. Eventually she becomes a prostitute, working in a brothel in the afternoons while remaining chaste in her marriage. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity,  marriage
Locations:beach
Characters:doctor
Story:unfaithful wife,  coma,  based on novel

Wedding Crashers (2005)
Comedy, Romance

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Two friends, John (played by Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn), crash weddings to pick up women. One day they crash the wedding of the daughter of the Treasury Secretary, Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken). Instead of short-term flings they end up being invited to the Clearys' island estate, and potentially meet the loves of their lives... (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:beach
Characters:lawyer
Story:sucker punch,  estate,  death of mother,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

A Man Called Ove (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  love
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:loss of loved one,  f word,  death of mother,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel

Ted 2 (2015)
Comedy

Ted 2 (2015)

Months after John's divorce, Ted and Tami-Lynn's marriage seems on the same road. To patch things up, Ted and Tami-Lynn plan to have a child with John's help, but their failed efforts backfire disastrously. Namely, Ted is declared property by the government and he loses all his civil rights. Now, Ted must fight a seemingly hopeless legal battle with an inexperienced young lawyer to regain his rightful legal status. Unfortunately, between Ted's drunken idiocies and sinister forces interested in this situation to exploit him, Ted's quest has all the odds against him. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:reference to google,  f word

Spread (2009) is one of the best movies like The Descendants (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Spread (2009)

In Los Angeles, Nikki is homeless, car-less and closing in on 30, but he's amoral, good-looking, and adept in the sack, moving from one wealthy woman of 35 or 40 to another, a kept boy-toy. His newest gig, with Samantha, an attorney whose house overlooks L.A., is sweet, although it's unclear how long she'll put up with him. Then Nikki meets Heather, a waitress. Is the player being played, or might this be love? What will Nikki discover? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  love
Story:unfaithful wife,  attorney,  bikini

Hide And Seek (2005)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Hide And Seek (2005)

Hide and Seek revolves around a widower and his daughter. They move to upstate and Emily soon creates an imaginary friend named Charlie... but this act takes an unexpected and terrifying turn, where her father and doctor start to worry about Emily's gruesome habits.

Themes:infidelity
Characters:doctor
Story:tween girl,  unfaithful wife,  death of mother,  father daughter relationship

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