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The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

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

Themes:amnesia,  writing,  dying,  unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  obsession,  theft,  memory,  art,  escape,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:melodrama
Locations:india,  campfire,  cave,  italy,  courtroom,  bicycle,  desert,  nightclub,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:canadian,  german,  french,  muslim,  homosexuality,  thief,  photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:cave painting,  nurse patient relationship,  tripoli libya,  wedding anniversary,  cairo egypt,  war wound,  canadian expatriate,  red cross,  german soldier,  shared bath,  map making,  map maker,  truck accident,  tuscany italy,  british army,  defusing a bomb,  bomb disposal,  roadside bomb,  ex thief,  airplane accident,  airplane crash,  character's point of view camera shot,  jumping from a train,  subjective camera,  assisted suicide,  suicide by gunshot,  reference to anna karenina,  reference to irving berlin,  reference to rommel,  plane crash victim,  reference to johann sebastian bach,  condensed milk,  outdoor movie,  big band music,  geneva convention,  ballroom dance,  burnt flesh,  old town,  signal flare,  anti aircraft,  broken wrist,  severed thumb,  thimble,  mittens,  minesweeper,  cartographer,  field hospital,  egyptologist,  plum,  bargain,  ve day,  broken rib,  ownership,  hoist,  swing music,  burn injury,  broken ankle,  doomed love,  war injury,  sahara,  hopscotch,  libya,  automobile accident,  bedouin,  reference to benito mussolini,  spin the bottle,  shooting up,  washing hair,  shampoo,  sphinx,  orchard,  operating room,  budapest hungary,  moral ambiguity,  count,  sandstorm,  santa claus suit,  hand injury,  paratrooper,  hedgehog,  ethiopia,  turban,  archaeologist,  year 1942,  newlyweds,  interpreter,  eggs,  sikh,  landmine,  speculum,  montreal quebec canada,  burn victim,  hungarian,  year 1944,  biplane,  cavern,  bagpipes,  guide,  morphine,  sewing,  tragic love,  star crossed lovers,  partisan,  famous score,  caravan,  pearl necklace,  cathedral,  obsessive love,  explorer,  colonialism,  pyramid,  foreplay,  burnt face,  husband,  unconsciousness,  fascist,  sexual tension,  euthanasia,  stranded,  market,  dinner party,  monastery,  pickpocket,  expedition,  wife,  anniversary,  camel,  atheist,  melancholy,  gunfire,  fiance fiancee relationship,  cane,  disfigurement,  capture,  booby trap,  healing,  heart,  theatre audience,  arab,  english,  newsreel footage,  thunderstorm,  evacuation,  irony,  egypt,  severed finger,  haunted by the past,  sand,  suffering,  wind,  movie theatre,  drug overdose,  historical event,  promise,  compassion,  watching a movie,  blockbuster,  patient,  barn,  reference to adolf hitler,  hypodermic needle,  recording,  survivor,  jeep,  wound,  loyalty,  tea,  eavesdropping,  italian,  record player,  african,  refugee,  garden,  tragic event,  cross,  american flag,  injection,  pianist,  bracelet,  knocked out,  tank,  reading,  tent,  statue,  passion,  curse,  pilot,  library,  flash forward,  pain,  bath,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  map,  female pubic hair,  interracial relationship,  prisoner,  bridge,  woman,  strangulation,  candle,  cooking,  bra,  flashlight,  spy,  swimming,  prayer,  british,  handcuffs,  piano,  sex standing up,  cafe,  interrogation,  reference to god,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  extramarital affair,  book,  painting,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  face slap,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  car,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  ghost,  train,  fire,  shower,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  based on novel,  sex scene,  murder,  flashback,  kiss,  gun,  death,  blood

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancee to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  unfaithfulness,  theft,  memory,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:german,  french,  thief,  photographer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:red cross,  german soldier,  subjective camera,  war injury,  biplane,  fiance fiancee relationship,  suffering,  patient,  recording,  hypodermic needle,  survivor,  wound,  record player,  garden,  cross,  tank,  pain,  bath,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  prisoner,  cafe,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  face slap,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  song,  crying,  ghost,  train,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  sex scene,  death,  kiss,  murder,  gun,  flashback

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  obsession,  torture,  fear,  drinking
Locations:campfire,  bicycle,  desert,  bar
Characters:muslim,  photographer,  nurse,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:cairo egypt,  red cross,  subjective camera,  geneva convention,  bedouin,  sandstorm,  biplane,  bagpipes,  famous score,  camel,  arab,  sand,  suffering,  blockbuster,  tent,  statue,  pain,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  map,  candle,  british,  interrogation,  reference to god,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  camera,  face slap,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death

Black Book (2006)
Drama, Thriller, War

Black Book (2006)

Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmfuhrer Ludwig Muntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  escape,  torture,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:bicycle
Characters:canadian,  german,  thief,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:german soldier,  truck accident,  year 1944,  fascist,  camel,  fiance fiancee relationship,  capture,  reference to adolf hitler,  recording,  hypodermic needle,  survivor,  jeep,  wound,  eavesdropping,  record player,  refugee,  cross,  injection,  pianist,  flash forward,  truck,  female pubic hair,  prisoner,  woman,  strangulation,  cooking,  flashlight,  spy,  prayer,  british,  handcuffs,  piano,  interrogation,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  book,  undressing,  camera,  airplane,  machine gun,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  shower,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  kiss,  death,  flashback,  murder,  blood

Pearl Harbor (2001) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Action, Drama, History, Romance, War

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor is a classic tale of romance set during a war that complicates everything. It all starts when childhood friends Rafe and Danny become Army Air Corps pilots and meet Evelyn, a Navy nurse. Rafe falls head over heels and next thing you know Evelyn and Rafe are hooking up. Then Rafe volunteers to go fight in Britain and Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor. While Rafe is off fighting everything gets completely whack and next thing you know everybody is in the middle of an air raid we now know as "Pearl Harbor." (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  beach,  bar
Characters:german,  french,  thief,  dancer,  nurse,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:airplane crash,  year 1942,  biplane,  famous score,  fiance fiancee relationship,  theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  historical event,  watching a movie,  blockbuster,  reference to adolf hitler,  tragic event,  american flag,  injection,  reading,  tent,  pilot,  map,  woman,  prayer,  bomb,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  train,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  death,  kiss,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  murder

Gallipoli (1981)
Adventure, Drama, History, War

Gallipoli (1981)

The story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish army.

Themes:theft,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cave,  bicycle,  desert
Characters:thief,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:cairo egypt,  war wound,  red cross,  british army,  sphinx,  pyramid,  anniversary,  camel,  gunfire,  english,  egypt,  sand,  tragic event,  reading,  map,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  undressing,  machine gun,  crying,  train,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  based on novel,  gun,  murder,  death

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… (Read More)

Themes:writing,  dying,  memory,  drinking,  jealousy,  betrayal
Locations:bathtub,  church,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:nurse,  singer
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:war wound,  british army,  star crossed lovers,  newsreel footage,  evacuation,  watching a movie,  recording,  jeep,  wound,  record player,  garden,  reading,  passion,  library,  flash forward,  bath,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  candle,  flashlight,  british,  handcuffs,  piano,  sex standing up,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  dream,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  fire,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  kiss,  death,  gun,  flashback,  blood

Allied (2016)
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:tragedy,  escape,  fear,  betrayal,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:desert,  nightclub,  restaurant
Characters:german,  canadian,  french,  nurse
Period:1940s
Story:british army,  airplane crash,  suicide by gunshot,  sandstorm,  paratrooper,  year 1942,  biplane,  wife,  disfigurement,  reference to adolf hitler,  tank,  passion,  pilot,  flash forward,  prisoner,  woman,  strangulation,  flashlight,  spy,  piano,  cafe,  interrogation,  bomb,  rifle,  lie,  undressing,  airplane,  machine gun,  car,  rain,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  gun,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  death

From Here To Eternity (1953) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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:dying,  unfaithfulness,  escape,  torture,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:reference to benito mussolini,  wife,  gunfire,  historical event,  blockbuster,  jeep,  wound,  tragic event,  american flag,  woman,  swimming,  piano,  tears,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  book,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  machine gun,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  fire,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  kiss,  death,  murder,  gun,  blood

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
Drama, War

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

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

Themes:theft,  escape,  fear,  drinking,  jealousy,  betrayal,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant
Characters:german,  thief,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:red cross,  german soldier,  market,  capture,  newsreel footage,  irony,  watching a movie,  tragic event,  pianist,  reading,  bath,  drawing,  map,  prisoner,  candle,  flashlight,  prayer,  british,  piano,  reference to god,  bomb,  tears,  lie,  book,  undressing,  drink,  motorcycle,  underwear,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  death

The Battle Of Algiers (1966)
Drama, War

The Battle Of Algiers (1966)

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:french,  muslim,  thief,  dancer,  friend
Story:paratrooper,  colonialism,  gunfire,  capture,  arab,  newsreel footage,  suffering,  promise,  patient,  jeep,  wound,  loyalty,  refugee,  tank,  reading,  flash forward,  truck,  prisoner,  flashlight,  prayer,  handcuffs,  cafe,  interrogation,  reference to god,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  airplane,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood,  flashback

Empire Of The Sun (1987)
Drama, History, War

Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  theft,  escape,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  church
Characters:thief,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:paratrooper,  colonialism,  atheist,  capture,  evacuation,  recording,  survivor,  record player,  refugee,  garden,  tank,  statue,  pilot,  bath,  truck,  prisoner,  bridge,  candle,  british,  piano,  reference to god,  tears,  airplane,  face slap,  motorcycle,  underwear,  dream,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  based on novel,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  death,  murder

Nine (2009) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Nine (2009)

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

Themes:writing,  unfaithfulness,  memory,  art,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity
Locations:italy,  nightclub,  beach,  bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  singer
Story:wife,  haunted by the past,  sand,  italian,  cross,  pianist,  passion,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  candle,  bra,  piano,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  car,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  kiss

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)
Drama, Romance

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:photographer,  singer,  friend
Story:truck accident,  reference to anna karenina,  euthanasia,  newsreel footage,  evacuation,  historical event,  tea,  injection,  tank,  reading,  passion,  truck,  female pubic hair,  bra,  swimming,  cafe,  interrogation,  tears,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  crying,  train,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder,  death

Stay (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stay (2005)

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal.

Themes:writing,  dying,  memory,  drinking,  suicide
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub
Characters:dancer
Story:shared bath,  subjective camera,  wind,  promise,  patient,  hypodermic needle,  survivor,  wound,  reading,  library,  bath,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  bridge,  piano,  tears,  painting,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  crying,  ghost,  train,  shower,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  kiss,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  death

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:dying,  tragedy,  memory,  escape,  drinking,  betrayal,  marriage,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:italy,  bicycle,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:german,  french,  dancer,  singer
Story:count,  wife,  gunfire,  booby trap,  arab,  egypt,  reference to adolf hitler,  jeep,  loyalty,  refugee,  garden,  pianist,  truck,  female pubic hair,  prisoner,  candle,  cooking,  flashlight,  prayer,  piano,  cafe,  reference to god,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  airplane,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  blood,  murder,  gun,  flashback

Downfall (2004) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Downfall (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  escape,  fear,  drinking,  betrayal,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:german,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:red cross,  german soldier,  assisted suicide,  swing music,  year 1942,  morphine,  gunfire,  capture,  evacuation,  suffering,  promise,  recording,  wound,  loyalty,  record player,  refugee,  tank,  statue,  flash forward,  pain,  truck,  map,  bridge,  woman,  candle,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  airplane,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  dream,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  gun,  blood,  death,  murder,  flashback,  kiss

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:drinking,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  church,  beach
Characters:german,  thief,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:british army,  fiance fiancee relationship,  cane,  english,  evacuation,  promise,  tea,  refugee,  cross,  tent,  curse,  flash forward,  map,  prisoner,  candle,  prayer,  british,  piano,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  book,  drink,  face slap,  machine gun,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  shower,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  blood

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  obsession,  theft,  memory,  drinking,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:german,  french,  thief,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:ve day,  year 1944,  fascist,  sexual tension,  english,  promise,  recording,  hypodermic needle,  loyalty,  record player,  injection,  library,  flash forward,  map,  prisoner,  flashlight,  reference to god,  tears,  book,  undressing,  drink,  face slap,  underwear,  song,  crying,  world war two,  shower,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  kiss,  blood,  murder

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  torture,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  cave,  bicycle,  desert,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:map making,  capture,  sand,  wind,  promise,  barn,  jeep,  eavesdropping,  american flag,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  map,  cooking,  prayer,  handcuffs,  piano,  sex standing up,  cafe,  reference to god,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  drink,  underwear,  train,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood,  death

The Wages Of Fear (1953) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Wages Of Fear (1953)

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Themes:dying,  theft,  memory,  fear,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:german,  french,  thief,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:truck accident,  subjective camera,  jeep,  italian,  cross,  truck,  bridge,  candle,  cooking,  prayer,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  face slap,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  fire,  shower,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  gun,  death,  blood

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

Rang De Basanti (2006)

A young idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits students from Delhi University to act in her docu-drama. She finds DJ, who graduated five years ago but still wants to be a part of the University because he doesn't think there's too much out there in the real world to look forward to. Karan, the son of Industrialist Rajnath Singhania, who shares an uncomfortable relationship with his father, but continues to live off him, albeit very grudgingly. Aslam, is a middle class Muslim boy, who lives in the by-lanes near Jama Masjid, poet, philosopher and guide to his friends. Sukhi, the group's baby, innocent, vulnerable and with a weakness for only one thing - girls. Laxman Pandey, the fundamentalist in the group, the only one who still believes that politics can make the world a better place and finally Sonia - the sole girl in the group, tomboy and vivacious spirit, engaged to Ajay - the dashing air pilot. Through her film, Sue wishes to showcase to the world the efforts of these young revolutionaries and the enormity of their contribution to the freedom movement in India. What unfolds is the inspiration behind Sue's passion for bringing their story to the world. The twist in the tale is of course the fact that more than just telling the world, Sue's film makes DJ and his friends stop… (Read More)

Themes:dying,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:india,  bicycle,  church,  bar
Characters:muslim,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:airplane crash,  subjective camera,  suicide by gunshot,  sikh,  guide,  gunfire,  capture,  english,  newsreel footage,  irony,  promise,  watching a movie,  wound,  tea,  bracelet,  passion,  pilot,  flash forward,  drawing,  map,  prisoner,  candle,  prayer,  british,  interrogation,  reference to god,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  book,  drink,  airplane,  face slap,  motorcycle,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  blood,  gun,  flashback

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

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

Themes:dying,  theft,  escape,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  desert,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:year 1942,  sexual tension,  camel,  english,  newsreel footage,  evacuation,  watching a movie,  recording,  record player,  cross,  tent,  bath,  truck,  interracial relationship,  candle,  swimming,  bomb,  rifle,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  rain,  song,  world war two,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  kiss,  blood,  flashback

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bar
Characters:french,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:suicide by gunshot,  shooting up,  eggs,  capture,  promise,  blockbuster,  hypodermic needle,  loyalty,  refugee,  american flag,  bridge,  woman,  candle,  piano,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  camera,  face slap,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  car,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  fire,  shower,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  sex scene,  gun,  kiss,  blood,  death,  murder

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Drama, War

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  fear,  drinking
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  church,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:british army,  colonialism,  capture,  theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  suffering,  wind,  movie theatre,  watching a movie,  cross,  pianist,  reading,  map,  prisoner,  candle,  prayer,  british,  piano,  interrogation,  rifle,  undressing,  drink,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  underwear,  beating,  song,  train,  fire,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  death,  gun

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Drama, Music, Romance, War

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:italy,  beach
Characters:german,  dancer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:reference to benito mussolini,  partisan,  healing,  newsreel footage,  historical event,  watching a movie,  reference to adolf hitler,  recording,  italian,  record player,  flash forward,  candle,  bomb,  rifle,  drink,  airplane,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  world war two,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  death,  blood,  kiss,  gun

The Flowers Of War (2011)
Drama, History, Romance, War

The Flowers Of War (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  memory,  escape,  fear,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:campfire,  bicycle,  church
Characters:singer
Story:red cross,  subjective camera,  cathedral,  unconsciousness,  suffering,  promise,  wound,  tea,  tragic event,  cross,  tank,  pain,  truck,  candle,  prayer,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  undressing,  drink,  face slap,  machine gun,  rain,  song,  crying,  world war two,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback,  blood,  death,  murder

Before Sunrise (1995)
Drama, Romance

Before Sunrise (1995)

American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. So they pass the time before his scheduled flight the next morning together. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away? (Read More)

Themes:dying,  obsession,  memory,  fear,  drinking,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:nightclub,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:german,  french,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:budapest hungary,  promise,  recording,  record player,  cross,  reading,  statue,  bridge,  woman,  cafe,  lie,  book,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  motorcycle,  underwear,  song,  train,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  kiss,  death

Bitter Moon (1992) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  unfaithfulness,  obsession,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:india,  nightclub,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:french,  dancer,  nurse
Story:hopscotch,  pearl necklace,  husband,  injection,  passion,  woman,  strangulation,  candle,  british,  cafe,  tears,  extramarital affair,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  shower,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  gun,  blood,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  murder

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:dying,  theft,  torture,  drinking,  jealousy,  christmas,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  church
Characters:thief,  friend
Story:tragic love,  star crossed lovers,  cane,  capture,  wound,  cross,  american flag,  pianist,  reading,  passion,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  prisoner,  woman,  prayer,  piano,  rifle,  book,  drink,  underwear,  rain,  train,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  based on novel,  sex scene,  gun,  flashback,  death,  murder,  blood,  kiss

Come And See (1985)
Drama, War

Come And See (1985)

The feature film directed by Elem Klimov, shot in the genre of military drama. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus in 1943. In the center of the story is a Belarusian boy, who witnesses the horrors of the Nazi punitive action, turning from a cheerful teenager into a gray-haired old man for two days. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  tragedy,  fear,  revenge
Characters:photographer,  dancer
Period:1940s
Story:german soldier,  subjective camera,  paratrooper,  burn victim,  partisan,  fascist,  gunfire,  newsreel footage,  historical event,  barn,  reference to adolf hitler,  survivor,  refugee,  tank,  truck,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  camera,  airplane,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  kiss,  murder,  gun,  death

Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  drinking,  betrayal,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  desert,  nightclub,  church
Characters:german,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:german soldier,  suicide by gunshot,  war injury,  reference to benito mussolini,  year 1944,  disfigurement,  severed finger,  recording,  record player,  cross,  tank,  tent,  flash forward,  swimming,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  airplane,  motorcycle,  song,  crying,  world war two,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  kiss,  murder,  death,  blood

Jarhead (2005) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:subjective camera,  sandstorm,  burn victim,  camel,  theatre audience,  evacuation,  sand,  watching a movie,  wound,  tank,  reading,  tent,  flash forward,  pain,  truck,  flashlight,  prayer,  sex standing up,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  book,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  shower,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  death

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  italy,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:german,  homosexuality,  thief,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:unconsciousness,  haunted by the past,  suffering,  compassion,  barn,  italian,  bracelet,  tent,  statue,  bath,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  cafe,  reference to god,  bomb,  tears,  lie,  painting,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  motorcycle,  car,  underwear,  dream,  song,  crying,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  death,  flashback,  kiss,  gun,  murder

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,  obsession,  memory,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:photographer,  singer
Story:shared bath,  obsessive love,  husband,  fiance fiancee relationship,  pianist,  flash forward,  bath,  piano,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  underwear,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  kiss,  flashback

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Themes:writing,  unfaithfulness,  obsession,  theft,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bathtub,  beach
Characters:homosexuality,  thief,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:shared bath,  subjective camera,  cathedral,  theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  recording,  record player,  passion,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  bra,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  dream,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  independent film,  murder,  death,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

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

Themes:dying,  tragedy,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:nurse,  friend
Story:red cross,  wife,  atheist,  heart,  evacuation,  drug overdose,  patient,  cross,  pilot,  drawing,  map,  candle,  handcuffs,  rifle,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  machine gun,  rain,  dream,  ghost,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  death,  gun

Live Flesh (1997)
Drama

Live Flesh (1997)

Pizza delivery man Victor is having an argument with Elena, whom he met a few days ago, but she was high then and doesn't want to hear about him. Reacting to the noise, two cops, young David and older Sancho, arrive at the scene, the gun accidentally goes off.. Four years later David is a wheelchair basketball star, he's married to Elena, Victor is released out of prison and their destinies begin to cross again. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  revenge
Characters:thief,  nurse,  singer
Story:wedding anniversary,  subjective camera,  obsessive love,  unconsciousness,  suffering,  italian,  cross,  statue,  flash forward,  bath,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  face slap,  underwear,  song,  fire,  shower,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  based on novel,  sex scene,  death,  kiss,  blood,  gun,  murder

The Four Feathers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  escape,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  jealousy,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  desert,  church
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:british army,  sandstorm,  caravan,  colonialism,  camel,  fiance fiancee relationship,  sand,  historical event,  loyalty,  tent,  bath,  prayer,  british,  reference to god,  rifle,  drink,  rain,  dancing,  based on novel,  kiss,  gun,  murder,  death,  blood

The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  unfaithfulness,  theft,  escape,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  infidelity,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  bathtub,  beach
Characters:german,  thief,  photographer,  dancer
Story:subjective camera,  pickpocket,  gunfire,  arab,  newsreel footage,  sand,  tank,  flash forward,  bath,  truck,  prisoner,  bridge,  woman,  candle,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  bomb,  tears,  extramarital affair,  undressing,  camera,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  train,  fire,  shower,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  death,  blood,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  kiss

The Good Shepherd (2006) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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:unfaithfulness,  torture,  adultery,  betrayal,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:campfire,  bicycle,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:suicide by gunshot,  moral ambiguity,  year 1944,  cane,  heart,  newsreel footage,  severed finger,  movie theatre,  historical event,  watching a movie,  reference to adolf hitler,  loyalty,  eavesdropping,  library,  flash forward,  spy,  british,  cafe,  interrogation,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  book,  undressing,  beating,  world war two,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  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. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bicycle,  desert,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:nurse
Story:dinner party,  heart,  english,  patient,  hypodermic needle,  cross,  flash forward,  pain,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  prisoner,  swimming,  prayer,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  drink,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  murder,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  kiss,  death

The Monuments Men (2014)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. (Read More)

Themes:art,  escape,  betrayal
Locations:italy,  church,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:german
Period:1940s
Story:german soldier,  british army,  landmine,  year 1944,  biplane,  evacuation,  barn,  reference to adolf hitler,  american flag,  tank,  tent,  statue,  flash forward,  truck,  map,  bridge,  spy,  cafe,  interrogation,  bomb,  rifle,  painting,  airplane,  rain,  world war two,  fire,  shower,  knife,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  death,  murder

The Grand Illusion (1937)
Drama, War

The Grand Illusion (1937)

During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... (Read More)

Themes:dying,  escape,  drinking,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:german,  french,  nurse,  singer
Story:german soldier,  orchard,  count,  sewing,  gunfire,  capture,  theatre audience,  recording,  wound,  loyalty,  record player,  african,  cross,  pilot,  pain,  candle,  prayer,  piano,  tears,  rifle,  book,  drink,  airplane,  song,  train,  fire,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  death,  kiss,  gun

Michael Collins (1996) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Michael Collins (1996)

Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of 'Michael Collins (XIV)' (qv), the "Lion of Ireland", who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922.

Themes:escape,  torture,  drinking,  revenge
Locations:bicycle,  church,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:british army,  tea,  tank,  library,  strangulation,  candle,  flashlight,  spy,  cafe,  rifle,  drink,  face slap,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  rain,  beating,  song,  train,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  gun

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:fear,  drinking
Locations:italy,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:reference to benito mussolini,  operating room,  wife,  theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  movie theatre,  watching a movie,  tank,  woman,  candle,  prayer,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  airplane,  rain,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  shower,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  murder,  death

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide
Characters:german,  french,  dancer
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  cane,  watching a movie,  recording,  record player,  garden,  injection,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  strangulation,  candle,  flashlight,  swimming,  sex standing up,  reference to god,  lie,  extramarital affair,  painting,  undressing,  drink,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  shower,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  blood,  kiss

Gods And Monsters (1998)
Biography, Drama

Gods And Monsters (1998)

The story of 'James Whale (I)' (qv), the Director of _Frankenstein (1931)_ (qv) and _Bride of Frankenstein (1935)_ (qv), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale was homosexual, and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine.

Themes:dying,  memory,  art,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:german,  homosexuality,  photographer,  singer,  friend
Story:euthanasia,  cane,  watching a movie,  tea,  drawing,  strangulation,  swimming,  rifle,  painting,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  song,  shower,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  based on novel,  death,  flashback

The Proposition (2005) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  torture,  drinking,  betrayal,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:campfire,  cave,  bathtub
Characters:photographer,  singer
Story:moral ambiguity,  camel,  melancholy,  capture,  thunderstorm,  wound,  loyalty,  tea,  tragic event,  cross,  tent,  prisoner,  prayer,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  camera,  face slap,  rain,  dream,  beating,  song,  crying,  fire,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  blood,  murder,  death

The Dressmaker (2015)
Comedy, Drama

The Dressmaker (2015)

Based on Rosalie Ham's best selling novel, The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small home town in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  memory,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  church
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:cane,  recording,  tea,  record player,  cross,  curse,  flash forward,  bath,  woman,  flashlight,  rifle,  lie,  extramarital affair,  book,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  face slap,  song,  train,  fire,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  murder

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