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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 diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  amnesia,  writing,  unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  obsession,  theft,  memory,  art,  escape,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:melodrama
Locations:italy,  india,  campfire,  cave,  courtroom,  bicycle,  desert,  nightclub,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:nurse,  canadian,  german,  french,  muslim,  homosexuality,  thief,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:patient,  english,  cave painting,  nurse patient relationship,  tripoli libya,  sahara,  sikh,  wedding anniversary,  cairo egypt,  war wound,  canadian expatriate,  red cross,  german soldier,  shared bath,  map making,  map maker,  truck accident,  italian,  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 rommel,  reference to irving berlin,  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,  thimble,  severed thumb,  mittens,  minesweeper,  cartographer,  field hospital,  egyptologist,  bargain,  ownership,  broken rib,  ve day,  plum,  hoist,  swing music,  burn injury,  broken ankle,  doomed love,  war injury,  hopscotch,  libya,  automobile accident,  bedouin,  reference to benito mussolini,  spin the bottle,  shooting up,  washing hair,  sphinx,  shampoo,  orchard,  operating room,  budapest hungary,  moral ambiguity,  count,  sandstorm,  santa claus suit,  hand injury,  paratrooper,  hedgehog,  ethiopia,  turban,  archaeologist,  year 1942,  newlyweds,  interpreter,  eggs,  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,  foreplay,  pyramid,  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,  thunderstorm,  newsreel footage,  evacuation,  irony,  egypt,  severed finger,  haunted by the past,  sand,  suffering,  wind,  movie theatre,  drug overdose,  historical event,  promise,  compassion,  watching a movie,  blockbuster,  barn,  reference to adolf hitler,  recording,  hypodermic needle,  survivor,  jeep,  wound,  loyalty,  tea,  eavesdropping,  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,  death,  independent film,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  kiss,  blood

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

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Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (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:french,  german,  thief,  photographer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:red cross,  german soldier,  subjective camera,  war injury,  biplane,  wife,  fiance fiancee relationship,  heart,  suffering,  patient,  recording,  hypodermic needle,  survivor,  wound,  record player,  garden,  cross,  tank,  passion,  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,  death,  based on novel,  flashback,  kiss,  gun,  murder

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,  hypodermic needle,  recording,  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,  blood,  flashback,  kiss,  murder

Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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:wife,  british army,  airplane crash,  suicide by gunshot,  sandstorm,  paratrooper,  year 1942,  biplane,  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,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  death,  murder

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Zwartboek (2006)
Drama, Thriller, War

Zwartboek (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. This is why Zwartboek (2006) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  theft,  torture,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:bicycle
Characters:german,  canadian,  thief,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:german soldier,  truck accident,  spy,  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,  train,  flashlight,  prayer,  british,  handcuffs,  piano,  interrogation,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  book,  undressing,  camera,  airplane,  machine gun,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  shower,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  death,  kiss

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)

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,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  gun,  blood

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,  woman,  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,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  death,  murder

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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (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,  murder,  kiss,  gun,  flashback,  death,  blood

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996). (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,  death,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  gun

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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,  friendship,  revenge
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,  death,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  gun

Gallipoli (1981) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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,  death,  gun,  murder

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,  gun,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

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The Proposition (2005)
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,  death,  blood,  murder

Nine (2009)
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. This is why Nine (2009) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996). (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 Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:desert,  campfire,  cave,  bicycle,  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,  blood,  death,  murder

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Jarhead (2005)
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,  murder,  death,  blood,  flashback

Pearl Harbor (2001)
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:nurse,  german,  french,  thief,  dancer,  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,  british,  bomb,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  train,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  blood,  gun,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  murder

Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (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,  death,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  murder,  blood

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Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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. This is why Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  obsession,  memory,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:photographer,  singer
Story:husband,  shared bath,  obsessive love,  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

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)
Drama, War

La Battaglia Di Algeri (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:torture,  escape,  fear,  drinking,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:french,  muslim,  dancer,  friend
Story:paratrooper,  colonialism,  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,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

Dragonfly (2002)
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:wife,  red cross,  atheist,  heart,  evacuation,  drug overdose,  patient,  cross,  pilot,  drawing,  map,  candle,  handcuffs,  rifle,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  machine gun,  rain,  dream,  ghost,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  flashback,  gun

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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,  death,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  flashback

Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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,  friend
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,  gun,  death,  blood,  murder,  flashback

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  theft,  memory,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  christmas,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  nightclub,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:muslim,  thief,  dancer,  friend
Story:suffering,  movie theatre,  watching a movie,  survivor,  wound,  refugee,  cross,  tank,  reading,  flash forward,  pain,  woman,  cooking,  bra,  flashlight,  prayer,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  book,  drink,  motorcycle,  rain,  dream,  crying,  shower,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  kiss,  flashback,  blood,  death

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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,  english,  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,  death,  gun,  kiss,  murder,  blood

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,  husband,  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,  murder,  kiss,  flashback,  death,  blood

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (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:church,  campfire,  bicycle
Characters:singer
Story:red cross,  subjective camera,  cathedral,  unconsciousness,  suffering,  promise,  survivor,  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,  flashback,  death,  blood,  kiss,  murder

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Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Le Salaire De La Peur (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,  escape,  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,  fire,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  face slap,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  shower,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  death,  blood,  gun

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... This is why Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  fear,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  church,  bar
Characters:photographer,  friend
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  cane,  thunderstorm,  wind,  compassion,  survivor,  jeep,  eavesdropping,  map,  bra,  cafe,  tears,  extramarital affair,  book,  camera,  airplane,  motorcycle,  rain,  dream,  crying,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  blood

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,  blood,  gun,  death,  kiss,  murder

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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,  british,  colonialism,  capture,  theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  suffering,  wind,  movie theatre,  watching a movie,  cross,  pianist,  reading,  map,  prisoner,  candle,  prayer,  piano,  interrogation,  rifle,  undressing,  drink,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  underwear,  beating,  song,  train,  fire,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  death,  blood,  gun,  kiss

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,  friendship,  revenge
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,  flashback,  death,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  gun

Bitter Moon (1992)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

Bitter Moon (1992)

British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar's cabin. (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,  wife,  english,  italian,  injection,  passion,  woman,  strangulation,  candle,  british,  cafe,  tears,  extramarital affair,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  face slap,  car,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  crying,  shower,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  kiss,  murder,  death,  flashback,  gun,  blood

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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. This is why Valkyrie (2008) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996). (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,  kiss,  death,  blood,  murder,  gun

The Road (2009) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  theft,  memory,  fear,  christmas,  suicide
Locations:campfire,  bathtub,  church,  beach
Characters:thief
Story:washing hair,  wife,  suffering,  wound,  cross,  pianist,  reading,  tent,  pain,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  map,  bridge,  woman,  candle,  swimming,  piano,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  book,  undressing,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  crying,  fire,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  death

Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  art,  drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  dancer,  singer
Story:subjective camera,  theatre audience,  suffering,  recording,  tea,  record player,  injection,  pain,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  prisoner,  strangulation,  handcuffs,  cafe,  tears,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  sex scene,  death,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  flashback

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

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  torture,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  suicide
Locations:desert,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:theatre audience,  movie theatre,  flash forward,  bath,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  strangulation,  spy,  interrogation,  reference to god,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  face slap,  dream,  song,  shower,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  murder,  blood

Idi I Smotri (1985)
Drama, War

Idi I Smotri (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:german,  photographer,  dancer
Period:1940s
Story:german soldier,  paratrooper,  partisan,  fascist,  gunfire,  newsreel footage,  reference to adolf hitler,  refugee,  tank,  truck,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  airplane,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  kiss,  gun,  murder,  death

I'm Not There. (2007) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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 English Patient (1996). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  marriage,  drinking,  infidelity,  revenge
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:french,  thief,  singer,  photographer,  dancer,  nurse
Story:subjective camera,  fascist,  wife,  theatre audience,  newsreel footage,  sand,  drug overdose,  watching a movie,  recording,  record player,  american flag,  pianist,  passion,  bath,  nonlinear timeline,  prayer,  piano,  cafe,  interrogation,  rifle,  painting,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  singing,  song,  train,  fire,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking

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The Painted Veil (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? (Read More)

Themes:dying,  infidelity,  marriage,  drinking,  adultery
Locations:campfire,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:french,  dancer,  nurse,  singer
Story:english,  woman,  sewing,  husband,  wife,  suffering,  recording,  record player,  cross,  pianist,  reading,  flash forward,  pain,  strangulation,  swimming,  piano,  cafe,  tears,  extramarital affair,  book,  drink,  rain,  song,  crying,  fire,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  death

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 and stare at themselves for being the actual descendants of these great men and never recognizing and celebrating their courage and spirit. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  tragedy,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
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,  murder,  death,  blood,  flashback,  gun

The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  torture,  adultery,  betrayal,  christmas,  marriage,  suicide
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,  flashback,  murder

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Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:dying,  fear,  adultery,  jealousy,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:shared bath,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  operating room,  promise,  flash forward,  bath,  nonlinear timeline,  female pubic hair,  flashlight,  swimming,  sex standing up,  tears,  book,  painting,  airplane,  face slap,  underwear,  dream,  beating,  song,  crying,  ghost,  fire,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  death,  flashback

The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

Brothers - older Stephen and three years junior Bloom - have been con artists since they were kids. Stephen is the mastermind, for who the intricacy of the story used in the con is as important as the positive outcome of the swindle. Bloom is the main character of Stephen's stories, the character he considers the anti-hero. As adults, they travel the world and never enlist the same people twice in their cons, except for their consistent sidekick, the mysterious and primarily silent Bang Bang, a Japanese woman who just appeared in their lives one day and who has a penchant for blowing things up. As Bloom hits his mid-thirties, he wants to quit the business as he is losing his own identity to that of the characters he portrays; he doesn't know anymore what is real and what is make-believe. Stephen talks him into one last con, the mark to be the eccentric, lonely but beautiful New Jersey heiress, Penelope Stamp. Penelope's primary past-time in life is to, as she calls it, "borrow hobbies": when she sees something she likes, she learns how to do it solely through reading books. As the brothers go through their final con on Penelope, three main problems may occur to thwart the plan. First, the brothers' former mentor and now arch enemy, Diamond Dog, may exact his long awaited revenge on the brothers. Second, Penelope may end up being more unpredictable than all their former marks. And third, Bloom, who has let love slip by in his life, may fall for Penelope. But through the process, no one ever really knows who is conning who. This is why The Brothers Bloom (2008) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  theft,  escape,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:cave,  bicycle,  church,  beach,  bar
Characters:french,  thief,  photographer,  dancer,  friend
Story:camel,  capture,  thunderstorm,  reading,  statue,  flash forward,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  piano,  bomb,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  book,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  face slap,  machine gun,  car,  rain,  beating,  crying,  train,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  kiss,  flashback,  blood

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:theft,  memory,  art,  escape,  drinking
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle
Characters:german,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:german soldier,  theatre audience,  recording,  record player,  refugee,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  book,  painting,  drink,  airplane,  song,  crying,  world war two,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  flashback

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Evita (1996)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

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

Themes:fear,  drinking
Locations:italy,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:wife,  reference to benito mussolini,  operating room,  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,  death,  murder

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) is one of the best movies like The English Patient (1996)
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,  friendship
Locations:italy,  beach
Characters:german,  dancer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:italian,  reference to benito mussolini,  partisan,  healing,  heart,  newsreel footage,  historical event,  watching a movie,  reference to adolf hitler,  recording,  record player,  passion,  flash forward,  woman,  candle,  bomb,  rifle,  drink,  airplane,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  world war two,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  kiss,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  christmas,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:melodrama
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:photographer,  singer,  friend
Story:eggs,  heart,  wind,  drug overdose,  compassion,  cross,  flash forward,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  bra,  swimming,  handcuffs,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  extramarital affair,  painting,  drink,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  fire,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  flashback

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