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The Judge (2014)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

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

Themes:funeral,  amnesia,  dying,  bullying,  illness,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  redemption,  cancer,  loneliness,  divorce,  anger,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:lake,  courtroom,  airport,  bicycle,  boat,  cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:sheriff,  waitress,  bully,  lawyer,  girl,  doctor
Story:judge,  divorce lawyer,  guilty verdict,  paternity revealed,  cadillac deville,  jury selection,  indiana,  insurance fraud,  law student,  playing chess,  visiting mother's grave,  murder trial,  vomiting into a toilet bowl,  colon cancer,  terminal illness,  considering divorce,  bicycle crash,  falling off a bicycle,  newspaper headline,  riding a bicycle,  memory loss,  childhood memory,  food freezer,  funeral home,  walking in the rain,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison visit,  male in a shower,  little girl,  accused of murder,  murder by drowning,  reference to the boy scouts,  incestuous kiss,  broken car headlight,  reference to willie nelson,  flag at half mast,  reference to ulysses s. grant,  impounding a car,  former alcoholic,  snapping turtle,  new york cityscape,  deep freezer,  crawling on the floor,  murder of son,  72 year old,  high school yearbook,  clenched fist,  knock knock joke,  mens room,  missing someone,  magic 8 ball,  mug shot,  killing a deer,  hydrangea,  percocet,  cross examination,  blood clot,  barefoot man,  reference to metallica,  reference to pink floyd,  bumper sticker,  mistrial,  pro bono,  child support,  8mm film,  forgetfulness,  birth certificate,  illegitimate daughter,  postmodernism,  civil servant,  urinating on someone,  reference to the bible,  childhood home,  ceiling fan,  rental car,  penis slur,  generosity,  reference to pablo picasso,  trailer trash,  porch,  stubbornness,  joke telling,  diagnosis,  movie projector,  crossword puzzle,  verdict,  ice cream cone,  surveillance footage,  overhead shot,  bail,  incestuous desire,  male vomiting,  courthouse,  chemotherapy,  paternity,  manslaughter,  packing,  female bartender,  diarrhea,  movie camera,  vending machine,  reference to ronald reagan,  father son estrangement,  purgatory,  morphine,  legacy,  hospital bed,  gravestone,  cadillac,  parole,  breaking a window,  tattooed woman,  scene of the crime,  police interrogation,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  narcissism,  old friend,  17 year old,  looking out a window,  tornado,  jury,  reading aloud,  tombstone,  selfishness,  bicycling,  blackout,  framed for murder,  metaphor,  homecoming,  video surveillance,  tractor,  testimony,  hit and run,  dementia,  man crying,  impotence,  contract,  raised middle finger,  trophy,  alzheimer's disease,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  wedding ring,  cellphone,  pride,  convenience store,  plot twist,  surveillance camera,  cynicism,  thunder,  remote control,  innocence,  camera shot of feet,  street life,  crying man,  breakfast,  burial,  home movie,  fraud,  law,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  heart attack,  chess,  trust,  death of son,  waterfall,  uncle nephew relationship,  suspicion,  basement,  tragic event,  american flag,  court,  suitcase,  death of wife,  umbrella,  liar,  widower,  grave,  flash forward,  confession,  chicago illinois,  pain,  coffee,  van,  hit by a car,  fishing,  coffin,  trial,  snake,  truck,  toilet,  diner,  eating,  ambulance,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  f word,  death of mother,  bathroom,  cafe,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  small town,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  shower,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  kiss,  murder

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:guilt,  divorce,  funeral,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:lake,  courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:waitress,  lawyer,  girl
Story:law,  courthouse,  scene of the crime,  jury,  homecoming,  testimony,  pride,  remote control,  innocence,  american flag,  court,  liar,  flash forward,  trial,  judge,  toilet,  diner,  eating,  police car,  dead body,  death of father,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  corpse,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  death

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Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  cancer,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:girl
Story:newspaper headline,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison visit,  penis slur,  overhead shot,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  looking out a window,  selfishness,  contract,  cynicism,  thunder,  innocence,  street life,  fraud,  heart attack,  trust,  court,  suitcase,  death of wife,  umbrella,  grave,  confession,  pain,  hit by a car,  judge,  eating,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  f word,  dead body,  reference to god,  beer,  lie,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  murder

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,  illness,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  redemption,  loneliness,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bicycle,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:sheriff,  lawyer,  doctor
Story:little girl,  joke telling,  hit and run,  law,  heart attack,  umbrella,  flash forward,  pain,  hit by a car,  toilet,  diner,  ambulance,  police car,  death of mother,  bathroom,  cafe,  reference to god,  extramarital affair,  drink,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  prison,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  kiss,  flashback,  death

Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  loneliness,  divorce,  anger,  memory,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  missing someone,  packing,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  old friend,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  uncle nephew relationship,  suitcase,  death of wife,  widower,  coffee,  coffin,  eating,  death of mother,  cafe,  reference to god,  beer,  extramarital affair,  drink,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  brother brother relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. This is why Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  bullying,  illness,  guilt,  redemption,  cancer,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:courtroom,  cemetery,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress,  bully,  lawyer,  girl
Story:newspaper headline,  little girl,  father son estrangement,  gravestone,  parole,  pride,  surveillance camera,  remote control,  innocence,  uncle nephew relationship,  court,  liar,  confession,  van,  fishing,  trial,  ambulance,  dysfunctional family,  newspaper,  cafe,  beer,  lie,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  car accident,  underwear,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  murder,  flashback,  death

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  cancer,  divorce,  anger,  memory,  funeral,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:church
Characters:sheriff,  doctor
Story:terminal illness,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  chemotherapy,  knocking on a door,  cellphone,  cynicism,  thunder,  crying man,  uncle nephew relationship,  liar,  pain,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  f word,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  corpse,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

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:guilt,  memory,  funeral,  drinking
Locations:courtroom,  airport,  bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:lawyer,  girl,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  verdict,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  reading aloud,  cellphone,  pride,  cynicism,  remote control,  crying man,  burial,  trust,  liar,  flash forward,  trial,  judge,  newspaper,  f word,  death of father,  sunglasses,  lie,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  mirror,  pregnancy,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  murder,  death

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Dark Places (2015) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  anger,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:newspaper headline,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison visit,  high school yearbook,  penis slur,  manslaughter,  hospital bed,  scene of the crime,  knocking on a door,  17 year old,  testimony,  cellphone,  innocence,  crying man,  breakfast,  trust,  basement,  tragic event,  court,  flash forward,  confession,  coffee,  judge,  eating,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  f word,  death of mother,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  prison,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  death,  kiss

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  dying,  illness,  guilt,  redemption,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:terminal illness,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  little girl,  bail,  chemotherapy,  breaking a window,  street life,  trust,  death of son,  tragic event,  grave,  pain,  coffin,  toilet,  eating,  police car,  subjective camera,  bathroom,  cafe,  dead body,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  brother brother relationship,  shower,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  kiss

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. This is why Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  loneliness,  divorce,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  bar,  hospital
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  overhead shot,  giving a toast,  reading aloud,  burial,  suspicion,  grave,  flash forward,  eating,  f word,  death of father,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback,  death

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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:redemption,  anger,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:boat,  church
Characters:girl
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  murder of son,  overhead shot,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  reading aloud,  pride,  thunder,  street life,  crying man,  burial,  chess,  death of son,  uncle nephew relationship,  suitcase,  death of wife,  umbrella,  liar,  widower,  grave,  flash forward,  coffee,  coffin,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  brother brother relationship,  shower,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  murder

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  redemption,  anger,  drinking
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Story:terminal illness,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison visit,  trailer trash,  manslaughter,  knocking on a door,  raised middle finger,  crying man,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  uncle nephew relationship,  american flag,  grave,  eating,  police car,  f word,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  lie,  drink,  small town,  face slap,  mirror,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  pregnancy,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  death

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  memory,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:lake,  airport,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  lawyer,  girl,  doctor
Story:childhood memory,  surveillance footage,  scene of the crime,  video surveillance,  cellphone,  surveillance camera,  innocence,  camera shot of feet,  street life,  law,  death of son,  suspicion,  death of wife,  flash forward,  confession,  van,  coffin,  eating,  police car,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  cafe,  dead body,  death of father,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  shower,  photograph,  murder,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback

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The Company You Keep (2012)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory
Locations:airport,  boat,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:newspaper headline,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  reference to the boy scouts,  testimony,  thunder,  innocence,  law,  trust,  american flag,  death of wife,  liar,  widower,  chicago illinois,  coffee,  diner,  eating,  newspaper,  f word,  cafe,  sunglasses,  lie,  arrest,  mirror,  car accident,  food,  rain,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

The Iceman (2012)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. This is why The Iceman (2012) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014). (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:contract,  newspaper headline,  prison visit,  clenched fist,  penis slur,  overhead shot,  movie camera,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  17 year old,  hit and run,  pride,  crying man,  heart attack,  trust,  court,  flash forward,  van,  diner,  police car,  newspaper,  f word,  bathroom,  cafe,  dead body,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  car accident,  corpse,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  death,  kiss

The Reader (2008) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  guilt,  divorce
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:law student,  law,  trial,  walking in the rain,  courthouse,  packing,  gravestone,  reading aloud,  testimony,  pride,  street life,  court,  suitcase,  flash forward,  confession,  judge,  eating,  cafe,  lie,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  rain,  prison,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  kiss,  flashback,  death

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Madeo (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Madeo (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:bullying,  guilt,  memory,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:lake,  cemetery,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:overhead shot,  framed for murder,  hit and run,  innocence,  suspicion,  umbrella,  flash forward,  confession,  pain,  coffee,  hit by a car,  toilet,  eating,  subjective camera,  cafe,  dead body,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  prison,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  death

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  boat,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:law student,  newspaper headline,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  little girl,  crawling on the floor,  mug shot,  penis slur,  overhead shot,  bail,  courthouse,  movie camera,  morphine,  selfishness,  raised middle finger,  surveillance camera,  fraud,  heart attack,  american flag,  court,  judge,  eating,  police car,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  f word,  cafe,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  urination,  mirror,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  pregnancy,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss

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. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  divorce,  anger,  memory,  funeral,  drinking,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:airport,  bicycle,  cemetery,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:selfishness,  tombstone,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  burial,  law,  heart attack,  uncle nephew relationship,  basement,  suitcase,  liar,  grave,  flash forward,  pain,  trial,  toilet,  eating,  newspaper,  cafe,  dead body,  reference to god,  beer,  lie,  arrest,  drink,  food,  rain,  corpse,  prison,  shower,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  murder,  kiss,  death

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Sleeping With Other People (2015) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:little girl,  reference to the boy scouts,  penis slur,  joke telling,  giving a toast,  reading aloud,  contract,  cellphone,  remote control,  umbrella,  flash forward,  confession,  toilet,  police car,  f word,  cafe,  reference to god,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  rain,  pregnancy,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback

Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  memory,  funeral,  drinking
Locations:bicycle
Characters:bully,  doctor
Story:car accident,  reference to metallica,  joke telling,  ice cream cone,  breaking a window,  looking out a window,  metaphor,  raised middle finger,  remote control,  law,  uncle nephew relationship,  death of wife,  liar,  pain,  van,  coffin,  snake,  eating,  f word,  death of mother,  beer,  lie,  arrest,  drink,  urination,  food,  underwear,  rain,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  murder

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  cancer,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bicycle,  bar,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  doctor
Story:blood clot,  hit and run,  death of son,  coffee,  hit by a car,  fishing,  dead body,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  urination,  car accident,  underwear,  corpse,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  murder

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A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  divorce,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:waitress,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  little girl,  joke telling,  overhead shot,  knocking on a door,  cellphone,  trust,  uncle nephew relationship,  suitcase,  flash forward,  confession,  coffee,  f word,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  extramarital affair,  drink,  mirror,  underwear,  shower,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback

Keeping Mum (2005) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Comedy, Crime

Keeping Mum (2005)

Walter Goodfellow, the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria go stale, and he is so detached from his family that he has not taken notice that his 17-year-old daughter Holly is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey fears going to school owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance, an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins, the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  anger,  memory,  funeral,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:lake,  courtroom,  bicycle,  church,  restaurant
Characters:bully,  girl
Story:little girl,  joke telling,  parole,  bicycling,  thunder,  heart attack,  court,  suitcase,  flash forward,  van,  trial,  judge,  eating,  dysfunctional family,  cafe,  dead body,  reference to god,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  small town,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  kiss

The Accused (1988)
Drama

The Accused (1988)

Sarah Tobias goes to her local bar and is gang-raped by three men. The district attorney on the case is Katheryn Murphy who wants to prove that although Sarah had taken drugs that night and was acting provocatively while in the bar, this is no reason for her to be so brutally attacked and the men responsible should be brought to justice. This is why The Accused (1988) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  redemption,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:courtroom,  bar,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  lawyer,  doctor
Story:guilty verdict,  verdict,  bail,  courthouse,  jury,  testimony,  innocence,  law,  court,  liar,  trial,  judge,  truck,  police car,  subjective camera,  lie,  arrest,  drink,  mirror,  car accident,  underwear,  rain,  shower,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback,  kiss

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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:dying,  illness,  cancer,  anger,  memory,  drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:girl
Story:terminal illness,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  crawling on the floor,  penis slur,  joke telling,  overhead shot,  chemotherapy,  17 year old,  looking out a window,  cellphone,  trust,  flash forward,  eating,  ambulance,  death of father,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  mirror,  food,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  amnesia,  illness,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  divorce,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:airport,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:memory loss,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  car accident,  birth certificate,  penis slur,  hospital bed,  scene of the crime,  wedding ring,  trust,  death of son,  liar,  flash forward,  eating,  ambulance,  police car,  subjective camera,  f word,  bathroom,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  airplane,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  shower,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  flashback

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  anger,  drinking
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison visit,  little girl,  stubbornness,  knocking on a door,  looking out a window,  17 year old,  reading aloud,  thunder,  tragic event,  american flag,  umbrella,  liar,  flash forward,  eating,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  f word,  sunglasses,  lie,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  prison,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  murder,  flashback,  death

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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,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  overhead shot,  knocking on a door,  narcissism,  blackout,  flash forward,  coffee,  eating,  police car,  subjective camera,  f word,  dead body,  reference to god,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  pregnancy,  shower,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  murder,  flashback

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. This is why Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  guilt,  anger,  funeral,  drinking
Locations:airport,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  girl,  doctor
Story:little girl,  thunder,  waterfall,  death of wife,  widower,  grave,  chicago illinois,  ambulance,  police car,  beer,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  photograph,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  guilt,  memory,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  cemetery,  church,  restaurant
Characters:waitress,  bully
Story:childhood memory,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  overhead shot,  courthouse,  breaking a window,  looking out a window,  reading aloud,  homecoming,  thunder,  innocence,  trust,  death of son,  waterfall,  court,  liar,  flash forward,  pain,  coffin,  snake,  eating,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  newspaper,  cafe,  dead body,  reference to god,  lie,  arrest,  airplane,  small town,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  kiss

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Gifted (2017) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:courtroom,  boat,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:bully,  lawyer,  girl
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  missing someone,  17 year old,  looking out a window,  testimony,  cellphone,  crying man,  breakfast,  trust,  court,  trial,  judge,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  mirror,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss

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,  redemption,  loneliness,  divorce,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:prison visit,  trailer trash,  testimony,  chess,  court,  flash forward,  trial,  judge,  ambulance,  dysfunctional family,  death of mother,  cafe,  reference to god,  beer,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  drink,  underwear,  pregnancy,  prison,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  kiss,  murder

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

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  memory,  funeral,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:little girl,  breaking a window,  knocking on a door,  alzheimer's disease,  court,  liar,  pain,  coffee,  coffin,  trial,  judge,  subjective camera,  cafe,  lie,  extramarital affair,  mirror,  car accident,  underwear,  rain,  pregnancy,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  kiss

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Le Passe (2013)
Drama, Mystery

Le Passe (2013)

Coming back to accomplish the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir's wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done. This is why Le Passe (2013) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  divorce,  memory,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:hospital bed,  looking out a window,  cellphone,  suitcase,  liar,  judge,  eating,  f word,  lie,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  urination,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:girl
Story:porch,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  17 year old,  pride,  convenience store,  crying man,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  trust,  waterfall,  flash forward,  hit by a car,  f word,  death of father,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  drink,  car accident,  shower,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss

Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:newspaper headline,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  reference to the bible,  reference to pablo picasso,  knocking on a door,  jury,  raised middle finger,  pride,  innocence,  fraud,  suspicion,  court,  suitcase,  liar,  flash forward,  confession,  trial,  judge,  eating,  newspaper,  f word,  cafe,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  lie,  drink,  mirror,  food,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

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Volver (2006)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Volver (2006)

Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells her mother that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda hides his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula has died. The next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of her car. She brings Irene to her apartment, where secrets from the past are disclosed. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  unfaithfulness,  cancer,  loneliness,  anger,  memory,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Story:terminal illness,  knocking on a door,  homecoming,  remote control,  trust,  suspicion,  suitcase,  liar,  grave,  van,  eating,  death of mother,  dead body,  death of father,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  small town,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  corpse,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  murder

Ikiru (1952)
Drama

Ikiru (1952)

Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant. He has worked in the same department for 30 years. His life is pretty boring and monotonous, though he once used to have passion and drive. Then one day he discovers that he has stomach cancer and has less than a year to live. After the initial depression he sets about living for the first time in over 20 years. Then he realises that his limited time left is not just for living life to the full but to leave something meaningful behind... (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  dying,  illness,  loneliness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:doctor
Story:terminal illness,  civil servant,  diarrhea,  legacy,  uncle nephew relationship,  death of wife,  umbrella,  widower,  pain,  truck,  eating,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  death of mother,  cafe,  beer,  drink,  mirror,  food,  rain,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback

Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. This is why Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:courthouse,  jury,  raised middle finger,  burial,  court,  liar,  trial,  judge,  truck,  diner,  eating,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  prison,  shower,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  kiss,  murder

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Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:little girl,  joke telling,  ice cream cone,  packing,  reading aloud,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  wedding ring,  breakfast,  home movie,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  american flag,  suitcase,  flash forward,  judge,  truck,  eating,  dysfunctional family,  f word,  bathroom,  cafe,  beer,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  shower,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  waitress
Story:jury,  courthouse,  indiana,  cynicism,  street life,  home movie,  law,  court,  umbrella,  flash forward,  trial,  judge,  toilet,  diner,  eating,  ambulance,  bathroom,  cafe,  death of father,  arrest,  drink,  small town,  food,  rain,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  guilt,  loneliness,  funeral,  drinking
Locations:lake,  cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:vending machine,  gravestone,  tombstone,  law,  grave,  flash forward,  eating,  ambulance,  cafe,  drink,  small town,  food,  pregnancy,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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Side Effects (2013) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  anger,  funeral,  drinking,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  boat,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  doctor
Story:murder trial,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison visit,  diagnosis,  female bartender,  police interrogation,  cellphone,  fraud,  death of son,  tragic event,  umbrella,  confession,  prison,  coffin,  trial,  judge,  eating,  newspaper,  f word,  cafe,  reference to god,  arrest,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  car accident,  food,  rain,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  flashback

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  unfaithfulness,  cancer,  anger,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:airport,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:small town,  female bartender,  scene of the crime,  police interrogation,  narcissism,  framed for murder,  alzheimer's disease,  wedding ring,  pride,  surveillance camera,  innocence,  trust,  suspicion,  basement,  confession,  eating,  police car,  bathroom,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  drink,  urination,  food,  corpse,  pregnancy,  shower,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  murder,  kiss,  death

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  trailer trash,  knocking on a door,  contract,  cellphone,  burial,  trust,  grave,  fishing,  coffin,  eating,  dysfunctional family,  f word,  death of mother,  cafe,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

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Double Jeopardy (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Double Jeopardy (1999)

When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and with the help of Travis Lehman (her parole officer) she sets out to find her son and the truth behind the "murder".

Locations:courtroom,  boat,  cemetery,  bar,  hospital
Characters:sheriff,  lawyer,  doctor
Story:parole,  insurance fraud,  murder trial,  newspaper headline,  reference to pablo picasso,  gravestone,  jury,  framed for murder,  testimony,  remote control,  coffee,  fishing,  coffin,  trial,  judge,  ambulance,  police car,  f word,  arrest,  prison,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder

Another Earth (2011) is one of the best movies like The Judge (2014)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Another Earth (2011)

SPOILER: Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and tells him he has won a free cleaning service of his home. Rhoda wins the writing contest, but meanwhile John and she have fallen in love with each other. Rhoda has to take a decision whether she goes or stays, but she wants to tell John the truth first. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  redemption,  loneliness,  anger,  memory,  drinking
Locations:church,  hospital
Story:overhead shot,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  looking out a window,  17 year old,  death of son,  american flag,  death of wife,  liar,  widower,  flash forward,  confession,  van,  toilet,  eating,  subjective camera,  dead body,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  mirror,  car accident,  food,  corpse,  prison,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  murder

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  memory
Locations:courtroom,  boat,  church,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Story:insurance fraud,  fraud,  childhood memory,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  crying man,  law,  trust,  suitcase,  liar,  flash forward,  judge,  eating,  ambulance,  subjective camera,  cafe,  reference to god,  lie,  arrest,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  car accident,  food,  underwear,  prison,  shower,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  death

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