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The Last Wave (1977)
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The Last Wave (1977)

A Sydney lawyer has more to worry about than higher-than-average rainfall when he is called upon to defend five Aboriginals in court. Determined to break their silence and discover the truth behind the hidden society he suspects lives in his city, the Lawyer is drawn further, and more intimately, in …to a prophesy that threatens a new Armageddon, wherein all the continent shall drown. (Read More)

Themes:
apocalypseparanoiadeath of mothersupernatural powerdeath of fatherdrunkennessdrinkingreligionmurdersurrealism
Mood:
ritual murderaustralian supernaturalnightmarerain
Locations:
museum of natural historytaxi driversewermuseumstormcavecourtroompolice caraustraliataxiwaterdesertbathtubschoolbeach …bar (See All)
Characters:
australian aboriginalstepfather stepdaughter relationshipgrandfather granddaughter relationshipgrandfather grandson relationshipaustralianbiblesister sister relationshiplawyermusicianpolicemangirlteacherboychildrendoctor …mother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice (See All)
Story:
stone carvingcave paintinggiant waveplaying accordionvision of the futureplaying tennistribal lawice stormitalian australiansydney australiawater fountainjail celloverflowing bathtubdefense lawyercaught in the rain …prophetic dreamschool playgroundgrammar schoolschool bellschool uniformparty hatbar fightunderground passagewayspiritual powersitting on the floorsacred objectone room schoolhousesense of timesoaking wetringing a belldreamtimeirish musiccultural conflictsewagedidgeridoocricket the insectprecognitionhailstormcarvingbarristerlawn sprinklerhallplaying acoustic guitarhead bandageplaying violinhummingfiddleambiguityrepeated eventheartbeatancestorsweatingtalismanvicaroathdoomsdaysigncutfloodingcatastropheaboriginedoommanslaughterhatchetfleeingwavebonetsunamicar radiosorceryrainbowwindmillschoolteacherlistening to a radioshamanartifactcloudtraffic jamsorcererbroken windowdrumjurylizardstoneaccordionmysticismbeing followedphoto albummudsunbathingsymbolismweatherowlvoodooh.p. lovecraftducktribepollutionautopsyenglishthunderstormoilprophecyministerwindvisionfloodfollowing someoneend of the worldparking garagegoattennisfrogswimsuitmorguetoyrace relationslawbabysitterjeepeyeglassesheart attackpubratpursuitcourtskeletonstatuedollumbrellaspiritualitybartenderdrowningunderwater sceneritualpaintertrialjudgefishsnakeeatingstrangulationbandflashlightsubjective cameraclassroomhallucinationjaildead bodybookpaintingmasksecretdrinkslow motion scenefoodcorpsedreamtelephone callthree word titlechasepartyphotographmale nudityfightnudityblooddog (See All)

The Lovely Bones (2009)
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The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:
drinkingmurdersurrealism
Mood:
rain
Locations:
taxi driverpolice cartaxibathtubschool
Characters:
sister sister relationshippolicemangirldoctormother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
broken windowbeing followedphoto albummudfollowing someoneeyeglassespursuitunderwater scenepaintereatingflashlightsubjective cameradead bodybookpainting …drinkfoodcorpsedreamtelephone callthree word titlechasephotographblooddog (See All)

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Runaway Jury (2003)
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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 pa …st ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:
paranoiadeath of fatherdrinkingmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
taxi drivercourtroomtaxibar
Characters:
sister sister relationshiplawyerpolicemanchildrenhusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationship
Story:
water fountainschool playgroundjurybeing followedfollowing someonelawpursuitcourtstatueumbrellatrialjudgeeatingsecretdrink …slow motion scenefoodtelephone callchasephotographfightblood (See All)

Australia (2008)
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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 count …ry'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:
death of motherdrunkennessdrinkingmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
stormaustraliadesertbathtubschoolbar
Characters:
australian aboriginalgrandfather grandson relationshipaustralianpolicemanboychildrendoctorfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
bar fightdidgeridoorainbowwindmillshamanmysticismministerpubpursuitumbrelladrowningunderwater scenefishdead bodydrink …slow motion scenecorpsetelephone callchasephotographbloodfightdog (See All)

Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apoc …alyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:
drinkingmurder
Locations:
stormtaxibathtubbeachbar
Characters:
grandfather granddaughter relationshiplawyerpolicemangirlboychildrendoctorfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
bar fightheartbeatcloudtribeoilprophecygoatlaweyeglassespubpursuitskeletonumbrellaunderwater sceneeating …flashlightsubjective cameradead bodybooksecretdrinkfoodcorpsedreamtelephone callchasephotographmale nuditydogfightblood (See All)

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The Tree Of Life (2011)
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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:
religion
Mood:
rain
Locations:
stormcourtroompolice cardesertbathtubschoolbeach
Characters:
musicianpolicemanboychildrenhusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
school belllawn sprinklerheartbeatwavecar radiolizardbeing followedwindend of the worldfollowing someoneswimsuiteyeglassescourtdrowningunderwater scene …fishsnakeeatingflashlightclassroomdead bodybookpaintingslow motion scenefoodtelephone callfightdog (See All)

Conviction (2010)
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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:
death of fatherdrinkingmurder
Locations:
courtroompolice carschoolbar
Characters:
grandfather grandson relationshiplawyerpolicemangirlboychildrenfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
bar fightjurylawcourtbartendertrialjudgeeatingclassroomdead bodydrinkfoodcorpsetelephone callphotograph …male nuditydogbloodfightnudity (See All)

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
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The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants t …o believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural powerdrunkennessdrinkingreligionmurder
Mood:
nightmarerain
Locations:
courtroombar
Characters:
biblelawyerpolicemangirldoctormother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
jail celljuryministercourtdollumbrellaritualtrialjudgesnakehallucinationdrinktelephone callphotograph

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Deep Red (1975) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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Deep Red (1975)

A psychic who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim. An English pianist gets involved in solving the murders, but finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so cl …osely. (Read More)

Themes:
paranoiadeath of fatherdrunkennessdrinkingsurrealismmurder
Locations:
police caraustraliawaterbathtubschoolbar
Characters:
musicianpolicemangirlboydoctorfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshippolice
Story:
water fountainoverflowing bathtubcuthatchetlizardvoodooenglishtoyskeletonstatuedolldrowningstrangulationbandflashlight …subjective camerahallucinationdead bodybookpaintingsecretdrinkcorpsetelephone callchasephotographblood (See All)

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
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Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine's Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions,  …not the answering of them. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking
Mood:
australian supernaturalnightmare
Locations:
australiaschool
Characters:
policemangirlteacherdoctorhusband wife relationshippolice
Story:
school uniformambiguityaboriginelizardstonesymbolismeyeglassesstatueumbrellasnakeclassroomhallucinationdead bodybookdrink …slow motion scenefooddreampartyphotographblooddog (See All)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enor …mous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:
murder
Locations:
sewermuseumcourtroomtaxibathtub
Characters:
sister sister relationshiplawyerpolicemanboymother daughter relationshipmother son relationshippolice
Story:
oathjurybeing followedfollowing someonelaweyeglassesratpursuitstatuepaintertrialjudgeeatingstrangulationflashlight …subjective cameradead bodybookpaintingsecretfoodcorpsetelephone callchasephotographmale nuditydogblood (See All)

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Enter The Void (2009)
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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 h …im, 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:
paranoiadeath of motherdeath of fathersurrealism
Mood:
nightmare
Locations:
police cartaxibathtubbeachbar
Characters:
grandfather granddaughter relationshipgrandfather grandson relationshippolicemanboydoctorfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
sense of timeheartbeatmorguepursuitritualpaintereatingflashlightsubjective camerahallucinationdead bodybookpaintingfoodcorpse …dreamtelephone callthree word titlechasephotographmale nudityblood (See All)

The Gift (2000) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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The Gift (2000)

When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica's fiancee, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can't help, but this doesn't sto …p her from constantly getting visions of Jessica's fate. (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural powerdeath of fathermurder
Mood:
nightmarerain
Locations:
stormcourtroomwaterbathtubschool
Characters:
lawyerboyfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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Boy A (2007)
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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 wei …ghs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:
paranoiadrunkennessdrinkingmurder
Mood:
nightmare
Locations:
courtroomtaxiwaterbathtubschoolbeachbar
Characters:
lawyerpolicemangirlteacherboyfather son relationshipmother son relationshippolice
Story:
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Don't Look Now (1973)
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Don't Look Now (1973)

John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seei …ng their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola. (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural powerdrunkennessdrinkingsurrealismmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
water
Characters:
sister sister relationshippolicemangirlboychildrenfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
ringing a bellprecognitionratpursuitstatuedolldrowningeatingsubjective camerahallucinationdead bodyslow motion scenefoodcorpsetelephone call …three word titlechasephotographmale nudityblood (See All)

Persepolis (2007)
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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 fundamental …ists, 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:
drinkingreligionmurdersurrealism
Mood:
nightmarerain
Locations:
taxibathtubschool
Characters:
grandfather granddaughter relationshippolicemangirlteacherboychildrendoctorfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
jail cellfleeingoillawheart attackpursuitdrowningtrialfisheatingflashlightclassroomhallucinationjaildead body …bookdrinkfoodcorpsedreamtelephone callchasepartyfightblooddog (See All)

High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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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:
paranoiadrunkennessdrinkingmurdersurrealism
Locations:
police car
Characters:
policemangirlboydoctormother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationship
Story:
barristersunbathingbabysittereyeglassesdrowningunderwater sceneeatingstrangulationflashlightsubjective cameradead bodypaintingdrinkslow motion scenefood …corpsepartyphotographmale nuditybloodnuditydog (See All)

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City Of Ember (2008)
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City Of Ember (2008)

When mankind is about to come to an end, a group of scientists decide to create and populate a city deep underground. The city of Ember is to last for 200 years after which its inhabitants are to retrieve from a strong box instructions to return to the surface. Over time however, the message is lost … and life in Ember is rapidly deteriorating. Their power supply is failing and food is being rationed. It's left to two young adults to unearth the secret of Ember and to lead the way out. (Read More)

Themes:
apocalypsedeath of fathersurrealism
Locations:
caveschool
Characters:
sister sister relationshipgirlboydoctorfather son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
oathfloodingfloodend of the worldpursuitdrowningunderwater sceneeatingbandflashlightsubjective camerabooksecretfoodthree word title …chasefight (See All)

Tideland (2005)
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Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads en …ter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:
death of mothersupernatural powerdeath of fatherdrinkingsurrealism
Mood:
nightmare
Locations:
bar
Characters:
musiciangirlboymother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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The Water Diviner (2014)
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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:
drinkingmurder
Locations:
australiawaterbeach
Characters:
australianmusiciangirlboymother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationship
Story:
sitting on the floorwindmillbeing followedenglishfollowing someoneeyeglassespursuitskeletonumbrellapainterbanddead bodybooksecretdrink …slow motion scenefoodthree word titlechasephotographmale nuditybloodnuditydogfight (See All)

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Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's … not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:
paranoiamurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
courtroompolice carbathtubschool
Characters:
biblelawyerpolicemangirlteacherboyhusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshippolice
Story:
jail celllistening to a radiojuryministerpursuitcourtskeletonumbrellatrialjudgeeatingclassroomfoodtelephone callchase …photographfightblood (See All)

Stay (2005)
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Stay (2005)

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

Themes:
death of motherdeath of fatherdrinkingsurrealism
Mood:
nightmarerain
Locations:
taxi drivertaxibathtub
Characters:
boymother son relationshipfather son relationship
Story:
water fountaincaught in the rainhailstormwindunderwater scenepaintereatingsubjective camerapaintingdrinkfooddreamtelephone calldogblood

Blood Diamond (2006)
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Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life cha …nges forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:
death of motherdeath of fatherdrunkennessdrinkingmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
cavetaxischoolbeachbar
Characters:
sister sister relationshipteacherboychildrendoctormother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
jail celloilgoatpursuitbartenderritualfisheatingsubjective camerajaildead bodydrinkfoodcorpsetelephone call …chasephotographfightdogbloodnudity (See All)

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10,000 Bc (2008)
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10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forc …ed to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:
death of mothermurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
desert
Characters:
girlboyfather son relationshipmother son relationship
Story:
jail cellfloodingbonedrummysticismtribeprophecyfloodpursuitskeletonspiritualityritualeatingbandhallucination …jaildead bodymaskfoodcorpsechasefightblood (See All)

Andrei Rublev (1966) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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Andrei Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

Themes:
drunkennessdrinkingreligionmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
waterbeach
Characters:
bibleteacherboychildrenhusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
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Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 … slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Read More)

Themes:
paranoiadeath of fatherreligionsurrealismmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
stormcavedesertbeach
Characters:
biblesister sister relationshipboyfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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Biutiful (2010)
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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:
drunkennessdrinkingreligionmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
police carschoolbeachbar
Characters:
policemangirlboychildrendoctorfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
heartbeatowlmorguebabysitterpursuitfisheatingstrangulationsubjective camerahallucinationjaildead bodydrinkfoodcorpse …dreamtelephone callchasephotographfightblood (See All)

Dark Water (2002)
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Dark Water (2002)

After winning a custody battle for her daughter, Yoshimi tries to make a new start. The apartment she moves into seems perfect at first. Soon though, strange things begin happening. Huge water stains appear on the ceiling and drip constantly, more liquid oozing into the rooms every day. She calls th …e landlord in but he refuses to do anything about it. A child's red bag shows up in odd places and soon the child herself starts appearing. Yoshimi then discovers the origin of the ghost... (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural power
Mood:
nightmarerain
Locations:
taxiwaterbathtubschool
Characters:
sister sister relationshiplawyerteacherchildrenfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationship
Story:
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Grave Of The Fireflies (1988) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:
death of motherdeath of fathersurrealism
Mood:
nightmarerain
Locations:
stormwaterbathtubschoolbeach
Characters:
girlboychildrendoctorfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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The Judge (2014)
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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 de …fend 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:
death of motherdeath of fatherdrunkennessdrinkingmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
courtroompolice carbar
Characters:
grandfather granddaughter relationshiplawyergirldoctormother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
manslaughterjurylawheart attackcourtumbrellatrialjudgesnakeeatingsubjective cameradead bodydrinkfoodcorpse …photograph (See All)

Disturbia (2007)
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Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Tu …rner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? (Read More)

Themes:
paranoiadeath of fatherdrinkingmurder
Locations:
stormcourtroompolice car
Characters:
policemanteacherboyfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshippolice
Story:
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Swiss Army Man (2016)
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Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:
drunkennesssurrealism
Mood:
rain
Locations:
cavebeach
Characters:
policemanmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationship
Story:
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I'm Not There (2007) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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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 a …rtist 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. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkennessdrinkingsurrealism
Mood:
rain
Locations:
taxibathtubbar
Characters:
biblemusiciangirlboychildrenfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationship
Story:
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Take Shelter (2011)
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Take Shelter (2011)

Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart  …his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life. (Read More)

Themes:
paranoiadeath of fatherdrinking
Mood:
nightmarerain
Locations:
stormbeach
Characters:
grandfather granddaughter relationshipchildrendoctormother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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Dragonfly (2002)
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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:
paranoiasupernatural powerdrinking
Mood:
rain
Locations:
police carbar
Characters:
lawyerpolicemangirlboychildrendoctorfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
rainbowtribeparking garagedrowningunderwater scenehallucinationdrinkslow motion scenecorpsedreamtelephone callchasephotograph

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The Master (2012)
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The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Themes:
paranoiadrunkennessdrinkingreligion
Locations:
courtroomtaxischoolbeach
Characters:
policemandoctorfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshippolice
Story:
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Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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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:
paranoiadeath of fatherdrunkennessdrinkingreligionmurder
Mood:
nightmarerain
Locations:
taxibeachbar
Characters:
sister sister relationshipgirlboychildrendoctorfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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All Good Things (2010)
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All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:
drunkennessdrinkingmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
courtroomtaxi
Characters:
lawyergirlboymother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
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Perfect Stranger (2007)
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Perfect Stranger (2007)

Rowena Price is a muckraking reporter for a New York paper. When her story about a closeted gay Senator who preaches family values is spiked, she quits and soon finds herself investigating the grisly murder of a childhood friend. Her friend had been dumped by ad exec Harrison Hill, so he's Rowena's  …prime suspect. Rowena gets a job at the ad agency as a temp, and she's soon the object of Hill's attentions. She's helped in her subterfuge by Miles Haley, a friend at the paper who has a secret thing for her. Everyone, it seems, has secrets, including Hill, who must keep his affairs from his wife - her money fuels his lifestyle. Murder will out? (Read More)

Themes:
paranoiadeath of fatherdrinkingmurder
Mood:
nightmare
Locations:
courtroomtaxibathtubbar
Characters:
lawyerpolicemangirlfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshippolice
Story:
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Stir Of Echoes (1999)
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Stir Of Echoes (1999)

A man is hypnotized at a party by his sister-in law. He soon has visions and dreams of a ghost of a girl. Trying to avoid this, nearly pushes him to brink of insanity as the ghost wants something from him - to find out how she died. The only way he can get his life back is finding out the truth behi …nd her death. The more he digs, the more he lets her in, the shocking truth behind her death puts his whole family in danger. (Read More)

Themes:
paranoiasupernatural powerdrunkennessdrinkingmurder
Mood:
nightmarerain
Locations:
bathtub
Characters:
sister sister relationshippolicemangirlboychildrenmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
lawbabysitterbandflashlightsubjective camerahallucinationdead bodysecretdrinkcorpsepartyfightblood

Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds acro …ss two generations. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkennessdrinking
Mood:
rain
Locations:
waterbar
Characters:
grandfather grandson relationshipsister sister relationshippolicemanchildrendoctorfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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21 Grams (2003)
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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-con …vict 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:
death of motherdrunkennessdrinkingreligionmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
police cardesertbar
Characters:
biblesister sister relationshiplawyerpolicemanteacherboydoctormother daughter relationshipfather daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
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The Prophecy (1995)
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The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphrodit …ic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Themes:
apocalypseparanoiasupernatural powerreligionmurdersurrealism
Locations:
police cardesertschool
Characters:
biblepolicemangirlteacherpolice
Story:
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White Oleander (2002)
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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 madl …y 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:
paranoiadeath of motherdrunkennessdrinkingreligionmurder
Mood:
nightmare
Locations:
courtroomschoolbeach
Characters:
biblelawyergirlteacherboyfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolice
Story:
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Three Colors: Red (1994) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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Three Colors: Red (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 ma …y not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... (Read More)

Themes:
surrealism
Mood:
rain
Locations:
stormcourtroombar
Characters:
father daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshippolice
Story:
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Man Bites Dog (1992)
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Man Bites Dog (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a … good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:
death of motherdeath of fatherdrunkennessdrinkingmurder
Locations:
taxi drivertaxibathtubbeachbar
Characters:
grandfather grandson relationshiplawyerboychildrenhusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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Adore (2013)
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Adore (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 emotion …s that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:
death of fatherdrunkennessdrinking
Locations:
australiabeachbar
Characters:
australianboyhusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial  …journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:
death of fatherdrunkennessdrinkingreligionmurder
Mood:
ritual murdernightmarerain
Locations:
courtroompolice caraustralia
Characters:
biblesister sister relationshiplawyerpolicemangirlboyfather daughter relationshipmother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfamily relationships
Story:
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Mother (2009) is one of the best movies like The Last Wave (1977)
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Mother (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:
drunkennessdrinkingmurder
Mood:
rain
Locations:
bar
Characters:
lawyerpolicemangirlboymother daughter relationshiphusband wife relationshipmother son relationshippolice
Story:
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Tell No One (2006)
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Tell No One (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 Al …ex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:
death of fatherdrinkingmurder
Locations:
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Characters:
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Story:
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