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The Elephant Man (1980)
Biography, Drama

The Elephant Man (1980)

John Merrick (whose real name was Joseph, as this is based on a true story) is an intelligent and friendly man, but he is hated by his Victorian-era English society because he is severely deformed. Once he is discovered by a doctor, however, he is saved from his life in a freak show and he is treated like the human being that he really is. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  disability,  cruelty,  exploitation,  brutality,  monster,  surrealism
Locations:ship,  england,  hospital
Characters:actress,  artist,  nurse,  doctor
Period:1880s,  1800s
Story:freak,  physical deformity,  human exploitation,  london england,  doctor patient relationship,  channel crossing,  23rd psalm,  neurofibromatosis,  gaslight,  queen victoria,  humanitarianism,  lifting a male into the air,  lifting an adult into the air,  medical clinic,  freakshow,  dying young,  sideshow,  humanism,  protective male,  curiosity,  medical profession,  screaming woman,  reference to shakespeare's romeo and juliet,  sitting,  dignity,  expressionism,  famous line,  psychological torture,  british renaissance,  deformity,  disfigured face,  torment,  pantomime,  kindness,  misfit,  victorian era,  melancholy,  symbolism,  disfigurement,  dwarf,  railway station,  compassion,  carnival,  lifting someone into the air,  happiness,  gothic,  desire,  surgery,  reference to william shakespeare,  isolation,  actor shares first name with character,  19th century,  theatre,  avant garde,  animal in title,  slow motion scene,  based on book,  train,  based on true story,  cult film,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  violence

Persona (1966)
Drama, Thriller

Persona (1966)

A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Characters:actress,  nurse,  doctor
Story:psychological torture,  symbolism,  theatre,  avant garde,  cult film,  violence

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Freaks (1932)
Drama, Horror

Freaks (1932)

A circus trapeze artist, Cleopatra, takes an interest in Hans, a midget who works in the circus sideshow. Her interest however is in the money Hans will be inheriting and she is actually carrying on an affair with another circus performer, Hercules. Hans's fiancee does her best to convince him that he is being used but to no avail. At their wedding party, a drunken Cleopatra tells the sideshow freaks just what she thinks of them. Together, the freaks decide to make her one of their own. (Read More)

Themes:disability,  surrealism
Characters:artist,  doctor
Story:sideshow,  sitting,  dignity,  freak,  dwarf,  carnival,  lifting someone into the air

Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:london england,  deformity,  victorian era,  gothic,  19th century,  slow motion scene,  title spoken by character

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Animation, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lovely gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  cruelty,  surrealism
Story:torment,  kindness,  compassion,  lifting someone into the air,  violence

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future. This is why The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980). (Read More)

Themes:disability
Locations:england
Story:london england,  victorian era,  compassion,  19th century,  cult film

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Drama

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse. (Read More)

Themes:disability
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:doctor patient relationship,  lifting an adult into the air,  medical profession,  sitting,  compassion,  lifting someone into the air,  animal in title,  cult film

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:brutality,  monster,  surrealism
Locations:ship,  england
Story:london england,  disfigurement,  dwarf,  slow motion scene,  based on book,  title spoken by character,  violence

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The Station Agent (2003) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Comedy, Drama

The Station Agent (2003)

When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tried to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly Cuban hot-dog vendor.

Themes:prejudice
Locations:hospital
Characters:artist
Story:dwarf,  train,  curiosity,  kindness,  three word title,  title spoken by character

Chaplin (1992)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

Chaplin (1992)

The biography of Charlie Chaplin, filmmaker extraordinaire. From his formative years in England to his highest successes in America, Charlie's life, work, and loves are followed. While his screen characters were extremely hilarious, the man behind "The Little Tramp" was constantly haunted by a sense of loss. (Read More)

Locations:england
Characters:actress
Period:1800s
Story:melancholy,  lifting someone into the air,  train,  cult film,  title spoken by character

I'm Not There. (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

I'm Not There. (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. This is why I'm Not There. (2007) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  surrealism
Locations:england,  hospital
Characters:artist,  nurse
Story:london england,  carnival,  19th century,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  train,  cult film

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Antichrist (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Antichrist (2009)

A couple lose their young son when he falls out of a window while they are having sex in another room. The mother's grief consigns her to hospital, but her therapist husband brings her home intent on treating her depression himself. To confront her fears they go to stay at their remote cabin in the woods, "Eden", where something untold happened the previous summer. Told in four chapters with a prologue and epilogue, the film details acts of lustful cruelty as the man and woman unfold the darker side of nature outside and within. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  brutality,  surrealism
Locations:hospital
Story:symbolism,  happiness,  avant garde,  slow motion scene,  train,  cult film,  violence

Irreversible (2002) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Irreversible (2002)

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  brutality
Story:disfigurement,  happiness,  isolation,  actor shares first name with character,  slow motion scene,  cult film,  violence

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Story:curiosity,  sitting,  misfit,  freak,  compassion,  lifting someone into the air,  happiness,  gothic,  slow motion scene,  cult film

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:brutality
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:freakshow,  psychological torture,  freak,  disfigurement,  carnival,  gothic,  slow motion scene,  violence

Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. This is why Anonymous (2011) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980). (Read More)

Locations:england
Characters:actress
Story:london england,  reference to shakespeare's romeo and juliet,  dwarf,  lifting someone into the air,  reference to william shakespeare,  theatre

Abre Los Ojos (1997) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Abre Los Ojos (1997)

A once handsome playboy, Cesar finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  surrealism
Characters:actress,  doctor
Story:famous line,  symbolism,  disfigurement,  three word title

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The Illusionist (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Illusionist (2006)

In late nineteenth century Vienna, renowned illusionist Eisenheim is reunited with the Duchess von Teschen when she is volunteered from the audience to participate in an illusion during one of his performances. Despite having not seen each other in fifteen years when they were teenagers, they almost immediately recognize each other as Eduard Abramovich and Sophie von Teschen, they who had a doomed romance at that time due to their class differences. The Duchess is soon to be wed to the Crown Prince Leopold in what would be for him a marriage solely in pursuit of power: overthrowing his father, the Emperor Leopold, as well as overtaking the Hungarian side of the empire. The Crown Prince is known to use violence against women if it suits his needs or purposes. As such, the Duchess, who realizes that she still loves Eisenheim and he her, can never leave the Crown Prince without it jeopardizing her life. After Eisenheim humiliates the Crown Prince at a private show which results in an incident between the Crown Prince and the Duchess, the battle between Eisenheim and the Crown Prince moves into the public performance realm, which many believe demonstrates Eisenheim's supernatural powers. Much of the work for the Crown Prince in the battle with Eisenheim is conducted by Chief Inspector Uhl, who would become the Chief of Police under the Crown Prince's reign. As such, Uhl may have ulterior motives in turning a blind eye to any unlawful act of the Crown Prince against Eisenheim or the Duchess. (Read More)

Characters:doctor
Period:1880s
Story:london england,  gaslight,  victorian era,  railway station,  19th century,  theatre,  train,  title spoken by character,  violence

Original Sin (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Original Sin (2001)

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. (Read More)

Locations:ship
Characters:actress,  artist
Story:carnival,  desire,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  train,  violence

Jane Eyre (2011)
Drama, Romance

Jane Eyre (2011)

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

Themes:cruelty
Locations:england
Story:curiosity,  happiness,  gothic,  desire,  19th century,  title spoken by character

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The Danish Girl (2015) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Danish Girl (2015)

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1926. Einar Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) are a happily married couple. Both are artists, Einar preferring landscapes and she portraits. One day Einar poses for a portrait of Gerdas while wearing a dress. This is initially done as a lark, as is the later attendance at a party dressed as a woman. However, Einar soon discovers that she is in fact a woman and over time prefers being Lili. At first she and Gerda try to have her situation "cured" but this leads nowhere (other than to many doctors trying to have Lili locked up as a pervert and/or lunatic). Her voyage of self-discovery will ultimately lead to her undergoing the first ever sex-change operation. This is why The Danish Girl (2015) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:hospital
Characters:artist,  nurse,  doctor
Story:london england,  surgery,  train,  based on true story,  three word title

Citizen Kane (1941)
Drama, Mystery

Citizen Kane (1941)

A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the top of the world. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:gaslight,  lifting a male into the air,  lifting an adult into the air,  famous line,  melancholy,  lifting someone into the air,  happiness,  isolation,  19th century,  theatre,  train,  cult film

The Libertine (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Libertine (2004)

In 1660, with the return of Charles II to the English throne, theater, the visual arts, science and sexual promiscuity flourish. Thirteen years later, in the midst of political and economical problems, Charles II asks for the return of his friend John Wilmot, aka the second Earl of Rochester, from exile back to London. John is a morally-corrupt drunkard and a sexually- active cynical poet. When the King asks John to prepare a play for the French ambassador so as to please him, John meets the aspiring actress Elizabeth Barry in the playhouse and decides to make her into a great star. He falls in love with her and she becomes his mistress. During the presentation to the Frenchman, he falls into disgrace with the court. When he was thirty-three years old and dying of syphilis and alcoholism, he converts to being a religious man. (Read More)

Characters:actress,  artist
Story:london england,  dwarf,  desire,  reference to william shakespeare,  theatre,  title spoken by character

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V For Vendetta (2005)
Action, Drama, Thriller

V For Vendetta (2005)

Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  cruelty,  brutality
Locations:england
Characters:actress
Story:london england,  disfigured face,  lifting someone into the air,  gothic,  reference to william shakespeare,  slow motion scene,  train,  cult film,  violence

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

Themes:cruelty,  brutality,  surrealism
Characters:nurse
Story:expressionism,  theatre,  cult film,  violence

Closer (2004)
Drama, Romance

Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. This is why Closer (2004) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980). (Read More)

Locations:england,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:london england,  happiness,  desire,  theatre,  slow motion scene

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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Crime, Drama

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  surrealism
Locations:hospital
Story:british renaissance,  freak,  symbolism,  avant garde,  cult film,  violence

Flatliners (1990)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

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

Themes:cruelty,  surrealism
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:medical profession,  gothic,  surgery,  slow motion scene,  train,  cult film,  title spoken by character

As Good As It Gets (1997) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

As Good As It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:hospital
Characters:artist,  nurse,  doctor
Story:kindness,  compassion,  title spoken by character

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Finding Neverland (2004)
Biography, Drama, Family

Finding Neverland (2004)

1903 London. Renowned playwright 'J.M. Barrie (I)' (qv) (James)'s latest effort has garnered less than positive reviews, something he knew would be the case even before the play's mounting. This failure places pressure on James to write another play quickly as impresario Charles Frohman needs another to replace the failure to keep his theater viable. Out for a walk with his dog in part to let his creative juices flow, James stumbles upon the Llewelyn Davies family: recently widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the daughter of now deceased author 'George L. Du Maurier' (qv)) and her four adolescent sons. James and the family members become friends, largely based on he and the boys being able to foster in each other the imagination of children, James just being the biggest among them in this regard. Sylvia also welcomes James into their lives, he who becomes an important and integral part of it. Among the six of them, the only one who does not want to partake is Sylvia's third, Peter Llewelyn Davies, who is still grieving the reality of their lives, where his father was there one day planning an outing for the family, and gone the next. Two other people who don't appreciate James in the Llewelyn Davies' lives are: his wife, Mary Barrie, who always feels the need to be the responsible one in their relationship and who feels threatened by his friendship with an unmarried woman; and Emma du Maurier, Sylvia's overbearing mother, who sees him as an obstacle to Sylvia moving on with her life with another potential husband, and an impediment to maintaining discipline within the boys. James still hopes to bring Peter out of his self-imposed shell, but in the process comes up with an idea for another play based on an amalgam of himself and Peter, that play which eventually becomes what Charles sees as a largely unmountable and thus doomed production called "Peter Pan". This process of helping Peter could take a step backward when it looks like Sylvia may imminently befall a similar fate to that of her late husband. (Read More)

Locations:england,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:london england,  dying young,  sitting,  compassion,  lifting someone into the air,  19th century,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  based on true story

Radio (2003)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Radio (2003)

Football coach Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community. This is why Radio (2003) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  disability,  cruelty
Story:compassion,  train,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

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

Themes:surrealism
Locations:ship
Characters:actress,  artist
Story:dwarf,  surgery,  reference to william shakespeare,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  title spoken by character

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Synecdoche, New York (2008) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Comedy, Drama

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Fresh off of a successful production of Death of a Salesman, he has traded in the suburban blue-hairs and regional theater of Schenectady for the cultured audiences and bright footlights of Broadway. Armed with a MacArthur grant and determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can put his whole self, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a small mock-up of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Caden's own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele, a celebrated painter who left him years ago for Germany's art scene, sneers at him from every corner. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter Olive is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele's friend, Maria. He's helplessly driving his marriage to actress Claire into the ground. Sammy Barnathan, the actor Caden has hired to play himself within the play, is a bit too perfect for the part, and is making it difficult for Caden to revive his relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel. Meanwhile, his therapist, Madeline Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counselling him. His second daughter, Ariel, is disabled. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. As the years rapidly pass, Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece. Populating the cast and crew with doppelgangers, he steadily blurs the line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he needs. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:hospital
Characters:actress,  artist,  doctor
Story:symbolism,  reference to william shakespeare,  theatre,  avant garde,  cult film,  three word title,  violence

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it. (Read More)

Themes:exploitation,  brutality
Locations:england,  ship
Period:1880s,  1800s
Story:london england,  19th century,  slow motion scene,  train,  title spoken by character,  violence

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Locations:ship,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:lifting a male into the air,  sitting,  famous line,  psychological torture,  disfigured face,  lifting someone into the air,  gothic,  slow motion scene,  cult film,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  violence

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Cube (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube (1997)

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. This is why Cube (1997) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980). (Read More)

Themes:exploitation,  brutality,  surrealism
Characters:doctor
Story:symbolism,  lifting someone into the air,  slow motion scene,  cult film,  title spoken by character

Lat Sau San Taam (1992) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:kindness,  melancholy,  compassion,  reference to william shakespeare,  slow motion scene,  cult film,  violence

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Locations:england,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:london england,  lifting an adult into the air,  lifting someone into the air,  happiness,  reference to william shakespeare,  train,  title spoken by character

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Amistad (1997)
Drama, History

Amistad (1997)

Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque, who was a tribal leader in Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find help when they land. Instead, when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. They don't speak a word of English, and it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors when an abolitionist lawyer decides to take their case, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release. (Read More)

Locations:ship
Story:dignity,  symbolism,  19th century,  based on true story,  violence

Oliver Twist (2005)
Crime, Drama

Oliver Twist (2005)

In the Nineteenth Century, orphan Oliver Twist is sent from the orphanage to a workhouse, where the children are mistreated and barely fed. He moves to the house of an undertaker, but after an unfair severe spank, he starts a seven day runaway to London. He arrives exhausted and starving, and is soon welcomed in a gang of pickpockets lead by the old crook Fagin. When he is mistakenly taken as a thief, the wealthy victim Mr. Brownlow brings Oliver to his home and shelters him. But Fagin and the dangerous Bill Sykes decide to kidnap Oliver to burglarize Mr. Brownlow's fancy house. (Read More)

Story:london england,  kindness,  victorian era,  compassion,  19th century

Odishon (1999) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami? This is why Odishon (1999) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  surrealism
Locations:hospital
Characters:actress,  nurse,  doctor
Story:happiness,  desire,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  violence

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What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)

In a tale that almost redefines sibling rivalry, faded actresses Blanche and 'Baby' Jane Hudson live together. Jane was by far the most famous when she performed with their father in vaudeville but as they got older, it was Blanche who became the finer actress, which Jane still resents. Blanche is now confined to a wheelchair and Jane is firmly in control. As time goes by, Jane exercises greater and greater control over her sister, intercepting her letters and ensuring that few if anyone from the outside has any contact with her. As Jane slowly loses her mind, she torments her sister going to ever greater extremes. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty
Characters:actress,  doctor
Story:torment,  sitting,  psychological torture,  lifting someone into the air,  gothic,  cult film

Gin Gwai (2002)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

Gin Gwai (2002)

A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realised she could even see ghosts. And some of these ghosts are down right unfriendly. So she embarks on a journey to find the origins of her cornea and to reveal the history of the previous dead owner ... (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:doctor patient relationship,  disfigurement,  surgery,  based on true story

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Musical

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

The movie tells the story of rock singer "Pink" who is sitting in his hotel room in Los Angeles, burnt out from the music business and only able to perform on stage with the help of drugs. Based on the 1979 double album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, the film begins in Pink's youth where he is crushed by the love of his mother. Several years later, he is punished by the teachers in school because he is starting to write poems. He slowly begins to build a wall around himself to be protected from the world outside. The film shows all this in massive and epic pictures until the very end where he tears down the wall and breaks free. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:england
Characters:doctor
Story:sitting,  british renaissance,  isolation,  avant garde,  train,  cult film,  violence

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Chariots Of Fire (1981) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Chariots Of Fire (1981)

It's the post-WWI era. Britons Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell are both naturally gifted fast sprinters, but approach running and how it fits into their respective lives differently. The son of a Lithuanian-Jew, Harold, who lives a somewhat privileged life as a student at Cambridge, uses being the fastest to overcome what he sees as the obstacles he faces in life as a Jew despite that privilege. In his words to paraphrase an old adage, he is often invited to the trough, but isn't allowed to drink. His running prowess does earn him the respect of his classmates, especially his running teammates, and to some extent the school administration, if only he maintains what they consider proper gentlemanly decorum, which isn't always the case in their minds. Born in China the son of Christian missionaries, Eric, a Scot, is a devout member of the Church of Scotland who eventually wants to return to that missionary work. He sees running as a win-win in that the notoriety of being fast gives him an added outlet to spread the word of God, while he sees his speed as being a gift from God, and he wants to run to honor God and that gift. This view does not sit well with his sister, Jennie Liddell, who sees his running as only taking away time from his work to God. Harold and Eric's lives do intersect in national races, but it is the 100 meter track event at the 1924 Paris Olympics which the two men and their supporters most anticipate. Beyond the fact that Americans Charles Paddock and Jackson Scholz are favored in the event, the much anticipated head to head between Harold and Eric may be further shadowed by other issues, especially as it affects Eric's Christian beliefs. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:ship
Characters:actress
Story:london england,  british renaissance,  railway station,  slow motion scene,  train,  based on true story,  three word title

Straw Dogs (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house. This is why Straw Dogs (1971) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  brutality
Story:desire,  isolation,  animal in title,  slow motion scene,  cult film,  violence

Never Let Me Go (2010)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Never Let Me Go (2010)

As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. (Read More)

Locations:england,  hospital
Characters:artist,  nurse,  doctor
Story:surgery,  based on book

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Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Characters:actress,  artist
Story:railway station,  train,  sideshow,  happiness,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  based on book

Dans La Maison (2012) is one of the best movies like The Elephant Man (1980)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dans La Maison (2012)

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Characters:artist
Story:curiosity,  symbolism,  desire,  title spoken by character

Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)

In April 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, H.M.S. Surprise, a British frigate, is under the command of Captain Jack Aubrey. Aubrey and the Surprise's current orders are to track and capture or destroy a French privateer named Acheron. The Acheron is currently in the Atlantic off South America headed toward the Pacific in order to extend Napoleon's reach of the wars. This task will be a difficult one as Aubrey quickly learns in an initial battle with the Acheron that it is a bigger and faster ship than the Surprise, which puts the Surprise at a disadvantage. Aubrey's single-mindedness in this seemingly impossible pursuit puts him at odds with the Surprise's doctor and naturalist, Stephen Maturin, who is also Aubrey's most trusted advisor on board and closest friend. Facing other internal obstacles which have resulted in what they consider a string of bad luck, Aubrey ultimately uses Maturin's scientific exploits to figure out a way to achieve his and the ship's seemingly impossible goal. (Read More)

Locations:ship,  england
Characters:doctor
Period:1800s
Story:surgery,  19th century,  violence

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