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The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

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:hope,  poetry,  redemption,  obsession,  memory,  voyeurism,  funeral,  drinking,  surrealism
Mood:suspense
Locations:lake,  farm,  bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  policeman,  detective,  doctor
Period:1970s
Story:heaven,  neighbor,  voice over note,  wheat field,  child molestation,  hiding under floorboards,  hammer and nails,  serial rapist,  running in water,  painting toenails,  bicycle bell,  instamatic camera,  taxi driver,  murder investigation,  school locker,  kitchen fire,  subjective camera,  school bus,  crying man,  rape of a minor,  child rape,  serial killer,  death of teenage girl,  breaking glass bottle,  girl driving a car,  beauty treatment,  bottle opener,  underground hideout,  stocking feet,  film developing,  charm bracelet,  reference to laurence olivier,  ship in a bottle,  breaking a glass window,  fruit picker,  model builder,  roll of film,  floating in space,  serial teen killer,  soda pop,  electric train,  straight edge razor,  model ship,  delaware,  reference to coca cola,  stocking cap,  leg in a cast,  stuffed animal toy,  lock of hair,  serial child killer,  sinkhole,  clubhouse,  based on young adult novel,  wall safe,  icicle,  narration from the grave,  murder victim,  grandfather clock,  figurine,  breaking down a door,  dead teenager,  child murderer,  sink,  being watched,  watching someone,  gazebo,  toy store,  child killer,  year 1973,  dollhouse,  multiple murders,  sexual predator,  snowglobe,  curiosity,  climbing out a window,  scrapbook,  creep,  returning home,  diver,  molestation,  child molester,  washing machine,  teenage crush,  purgatory,  trapdoor,  falling into water,  cornfield,  14 year old,  broken window,  vacuum cleaner,  serial murder,  lost love,  digging,  shipwreck,  teenage love,  pedophilia,  saving a life,  bad guy,  hit with a baseball bat,  being followed,  missing child,  dead girl,  pervert,  lighthouse,  photo album,  newspaper clipping,  death of sister,  mud,  reckless driving,  first kiss,  cellar,  field,  alternate reality,  note,  dead child,  evidence,  death of daughter,  pedophile,  shopping mall,  afterlife,  shoes,  accidental death,  back from the dead,  following someone,  breakfast,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  rapist,  teddy bear,  ladder,  assault,  hammer,  hiding,  jogging,  hat,  breaking and entering,  poem,  strong female character,  eyeglasses,  record player,  hate,  suspicion,  pursuit,  baseball bat,  flowers,  lightning,  evil man,  reading,  suitcase,  fantasy sequence,  suburb,  stalker,  tree,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  search,  home invasion,  no opening credits,  painter,  little boy,  eating,  montage,  axe,  police car,  candle,  flashlight,  soccer,  little girl,  voyeur,  dead body,  birthday,  running,  tears,  taxi,  book,  painting,  falling from height,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  rape,  three word title,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  kiss,  death,  blood,  dog,  murder,  police,  flashback

Gothika (2003)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Gothika (2003)

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  doctor
Story:serial rapist,  subjective camera,  sinkhole,  murder victim,  purgatory,  trapdoor,  serial murder,  bad guy,  missing child,  dead girl,  newspaper clipping,  reckless driving,  cellar,  evidence,  death of daughter,  rapist,  pursuit,  lightning,  evil man,  fantasy sequence,  underwater scene,  axe,  police car,  flashlight,  running,  tears,  taxi,  watching tv,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  murder,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  police,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  death

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Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  drinking
Locations:lake,  school
Characters:photographer,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:taxi driver,  murder investigation,  school bus,  murder victim,  scrapbook,  pedophilia,  dead girl,  newspaper clipping,  note,  pedophile,  afterlife,  flash forward,  search,  montage,  flashlight,  dead body,  birthday,  running,  taxi,  book,  painting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  rain,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death,  murder

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  memory,  voyeurism,  drinking
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  snow
Characters:photographer
Story:child molestation,  subjective camera,  molestation,  child molester,  pedophilia,  pervert,  photo album,  cellar,  pedophile,  teddy bear,  breaking and entering,  eyeglasses,  reading,  search,  little boy,  flashlight,  little girl,  birthday,  running,  tears,  drink,  watching tv,  investigation,  food,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  rape,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  blood,  flashback,  kiss,  dog

Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  obsession,  voyeurism,  drinking
Locations:lake,  bicycle,  school,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  detective,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  14 year old,  pedophilia,  pervert,  reckless driving,  pedophile,  following someone,  eyeglasses,  record player,  suspicion,  pursuit,  police car,  voyeur,  tears,  drink,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  rape,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  police,  murder,  dog,  blood,  kiss

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Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  funeral,  drinking,  surrealism
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  doctor
Period:1970s
Story:curiosity,  death of sister,  reckless driving,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  hiding,  pursuit,  reading,  suitcase,  flash forward,  eating,  flashlight,  neighbor,  dead body,  running,  tears,  taxi,  book,  falling from height,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  chase,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  kiss,  murder,  death,  blood,  dog,  flashback,  police

Happiness (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:child molestation,  serial rapist,  taxi driver,  school bus,  child rape,  molestation,  child molester,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  rapist,  fantasy sequence,  suburb,  search,  little boy,  neighbor,  taxi,  sister sister relationship,  dream,  crying,  telephone call,  rape,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  dog,  police

Dark Places (2015)
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:obsession,  memory,  drinking
Locations:farm,  bicycle
Characters:photographer,  dancer
Story:child molestation,  murder investigation,  subjective camera,  crying man,  stocking cap,  climbing out a window,  digging,  photo album,  newspaper clipping,  death of sister,  cellar,  note,  evidence,  breakfast,  pursuit,  flash forward,  eating,  axe,  flashlight,  taxi,  book,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  serial killer,  food,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  murder,  dog,  death,  blood,  kiss,  flashback,  police

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Madeo (2009) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (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:memory,  funeral,  drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:lake,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  detective
Story:subjective camera,  being followed,  mud,  field,  evidence,  following someone,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  assault,  hiding,  breaking and entering,  suspicion,  flash forward,  search,  eating,  candle,  flashlight,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  investigation,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  crying,  fire,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  police,  flashback,  blood,  dog,  death

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

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

Themes:surrealism
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  afterlife,  back from the dead,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  teddy bear,  hate,  pursuit,  flash forward,  painter,  eating,  police car,  flashlight,  little girl,  dead body,  running,  tears,  taxi,  book,  painting,  food,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  three word title,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  kiss,  police,  flashback

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  redemption,  drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  doctor
Story:washing machine,  saving a life,  evidence,  death of daughter,  hiding,  poem,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  little boy,  police car,  little girl,  voyeur,  birthday,  tears,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  blood,  flashback,  kiss,  murder

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Split (2016)
Horror, Thriller

Split (2016)

When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities, they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them.

Themes:voyeurism,  funeral,  surrealism
Mood:suspense
Characters:doctor
Story:child molestation,  taxi driver,  subjective camera,  child rape,  dead teenager,  sexual predator,  creep,  molestation,  child molester,  serial murder,  pedophilia,  bad guy,  hit with a baseball bat,  pedophile,  shopping mall,  rapist,  suspicion,  baseball bat,  flowers,  evil man,  stalker,  police car,  flashlight,  voyeur,  neighbor,  birthday,  taxi,  painting,  watching tv,  serial killer,  corpse,  teenage girl,  rape,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  dog,  blood,  death,  murder,  flashback

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
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:obsession,  funeral,  drinking
Locations:school,  lake
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  policeman
Story:climbing out a window,  returning home,  note,  evidence,  breaking and entering,  strong female character,  flash forward,  eating,  police car,  neighbor,  dead body,  running,  tears,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  food,  corpse,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  rape,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  police,  death,  dog,  flashback,  blood

Mustang (2015)
Drama

Mustang (2015)

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  breaking a glass window,  climbing out a window,  vacuum cleaner,  pedophilia,  death of sister,  note,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  hiding,  pursuit,  reading,  eating,  candle,  running,  book,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  blood,  kiss

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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. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  voyeurism,  drinking
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:leg in a cast,  lost love,  photo album,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  suspicion,  flowers,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  eating,  voyeur,  neighbor,  birthday,  running,  tears,  book,  drink,  food,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. This is why Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  memory,  funeral,  drinking,  surrealism
Locations:snow,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:taxi driver,  purgatory,  first kiss,  afterlife,  back from the dead,  record player,  flowers,  reading,  flash forward,  search,  eating,  police car,  flashlight,  soccer,  dead body,  tears,  taxi,  book,  falling from height,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  blood,  kiss,  police,  flashback

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:voyeurism,  drinking
Locations:bathtub
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:vacuum cleaner,  eyeglasses,  pursuit,  flowers,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  eating,  police car,  running,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  food,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  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:drinking,  surrealism
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  eyeglasses,  record player,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  eating,  montage,  police car,  candle,  flashlight,  dead body,  painting,  falling from height,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  dog

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:memory,  funeral,  drinking
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  school
Characters:policeman,  doctor
Story:washing machine,  teenage crush,  being followed,  reckless driving,  death of daughter,  following someone,  hiding,  breaking and entering,  eyeglasses,  pursuit,  flowers,  suburb,  home invasion,  eating,  running,  tears,  falling from height,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  fire,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  police

Haute Tension (2003)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Haute Tension (2003)

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:farm,  bathtub,  hospital
Story:serial rapist,  subjective camera,  sexual predator,  creep,  cornfield,  serial murder,  bad guy,  being followed,  pervert,  following someone,  rapist,  pursuit,  evil man,  home invasion,  axe,  flashlight,  voyeur,  neighbor,  dead body,  running,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  corpse,  dream,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  death,  murder,  police

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Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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 enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. This is why Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  surrealism
Locations:farm
Story:school bus,  pedophilia,  field,  alternate reality,  shoes,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  reading,  suitcase,  fantasy sequence,  tree,  underwater scene,  eating,  flashlight,  dead body,  running,  book,  painting,  falling from height,  drink,  food,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  kiss,  blood,  flashback

Vozvrashchenie (2003)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Vozvrashchenie (2003)

Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.

Themes:redemption,  drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:lake
Characters:photographer
Story:accidental death,  ladder,  hate,  underwater scene,  eating,  montage,  axe,  running,  tears,  book,  falling from height,  drink,  camera,  food,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking,  surrealism
Locations:bathtub
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:stocking cap,  stuffed animal toy,  figurine,  sink,  climbing out a window,  broken window,  field,  alternate reality,  shoes,  hat,  breaking and entering,  eyeglasses,  police car,  neighbor,  running,  taxi,  book,  painting,  drink,  watching tv,  dream,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  police

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A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

Death stalks the dreams of several young adults to claim its revenge on the killing of Freddy Kruger. Chased and chastised by this finger-bladed demon, it is the awakening of old memories and the denials of a past of retribution that spurns this hellish vision of a dreamlike state and turns death into a nightmare reality. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  surrealism
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  hospital
Story:child molestation,  serial rapist,  child rape,  sexual predator,  molestation,  child molester,  pedophilia,  pervert,  photo album,  pedophile,  rapist,  evil man,  blood splatter,  corpse,  dream,  rape,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death,  murder,  dog,  blood

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:lake,  bathtub,  snow,  school,  hospital
Characters:policeman
Story:suburb,  multiple murders,  newspaper clipping,  cellar,  record player,  reading,  tree,  underwater scene,  eating,  police car,  flashlight,  neighbor,  dead body,  taxi,  book,  falling from height,  drink,  serial killer,  food,  corpse,  fire,  telephone call,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  dog,  murder,  kiss,  police,  death

The Pledge (2001)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pledge (2001)

The night he retires as a Nevada sheriff, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blond, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and calls himself the wizard: clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blond daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove fatal? This is why The Pledge (2001) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  drinking
Locations:lake,  farm,  snow
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:serial rapist,  crying man,  serial child killer,  pedophilia,  dead girl,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  search,  little girl,  dead body,  painting,  drink,  investigation,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  corpse,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  police,  murder,  death,  blood

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Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  memory,  funeral,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:child molestation,  pedophilia,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  jogging,  flash forward,  birthday,  running,  tears,  taxi,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  crying,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  flashback,  kiss

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (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:obsession,  drinking
Locations:farm,  snow,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  policeman
Story:serial rapist,  subjective camera,  falling into water,  serial murder,  reckless driving,  cellar,  breakfast,  rapist,  assault,  jogging,  breaking and entering,  strong female character,  hate,  suspicion,  pursuit,  flowers,  eating,  montage,  police car,  flashlight,  running,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  serial killer,  food,  rain,  beating,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  death

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
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:obsession,  memory,  drinking
Locations:lake,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  policeman,  detective,  doctor
Story:murder investigation,  subjective camera,  child rape,  wall safe,  climbing out a window,  hiding,  suspicion,  pursuit,  baseball bat,  flash forward,  search,  eating,  police car,  dead body,  running,  tears,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  serial killer,  food,  corpse,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  dog,  blood,  death

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15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:taxi driver,  serial murder,  rapist,  flowers,  home invasion,  axe,  dead body,  taxi,  falling from height,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  corpse,  fire,  telephone call,  rape,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  police,  dog,  murder,  blood,  death

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople. This is why Critters (1986) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009).

Themes:surrealism
Mood:suspense
Locations:farm,  bicycle
Story:subjective camera,  climbing out a window,  teenage love,  hit with a baseball bat,  cellar,  baseball bat,  lightning,  tree,  home invasion,  little boy,  eating,  axe,  police car,  flashlight,  watching tv,  blood splatter,  corpse,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  murder,  death

Shallow Grave (1994)
Crime, Thriller

Shallow Grave (1994)

The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control.

Themes:drinking
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective,  doctor
Story:narration from the grave,  breaking down a door,  ladder,  hammer,  eyeglasses,  suitcase,  flashlight,  soccer,  dead body,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  photograph,  dancing,  flashback,  blood,  death,  murder,  police

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Chugyeogja (2008) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Chugyeogja (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer,  detective
Story:digging,  being followed,  hammer,  pursuit,  search,  police car,  flashlight,  little girl,  running,  tears,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  crying,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  death

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

Hugo (2011)

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

Themes:poetry,  obsession,  memory,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  policeman
Story:subjective camera,  toy store,  saving a life,  being followed,  note,  following someone,  ladder,  hiding,  breaking and entering,  poem,  pursuit,  reading,  search,  no opening credits,  little boy,  montage,  little girl,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  drink,  camera,  food,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  dog,  flashback,  police

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking
Locations:bicycle,  snow
Characters:doctor
Story:subjective camera,  photo album,  death of sister,  hammer,  hate,  baseball bat,  suitcase,  fantasy sequence,  flash forward,  eating,  montage,  flashlight,  birthday,  running,  taxi,  book,  falling from height,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  death,  blood,  police,  dog,  murder,  flashback

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La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. This is why La Grande Bellezza (2013) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  memory,  voyeurism,  funeral,  drinking,  surrealism
Characters:dancer
Story:birthday,  subjective camera,  14 year old,  shipwreck,  lighthouse,  jogging,  eyeglasses,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  little boy,  eating,  montage,  candle,  little girl,  book,  painting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  death,  dog,  flashback

The Kite Runner (2007) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  poetry,  redemption,  memory,  funeral,  drinking
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  hospital
Characters:dancer
Period:1970s
Story:taxi driver,  child rape,  icicle,  photo album,  shoes,  assault,  poem,  pursuit,  flowers,  reading,  suitcase,  tree,  flash forward,  search,  little boy,  soccer,  birthday,  running,  tears,  taxi,  book,  food,  beating,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  rape,  three word title,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  blood,  death,  dog,  flashback,  murder

Shane (1953)
Drama, Western

Shane (1953)

Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drinking
Locations:farm,  cemetery
Characters:dancer
Story:soda pop,  being watched,  watching someone,  mud,  hat,  hate,  evil man,  reading,  montage,  axe,  little girl,  neighbor,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  drink,  food,  rain,  beating,  crying,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  blood,  dog,  murder,  death

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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 enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  funeral
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow
Characters:policeman
Story:painting,  subjective camera,  wall safe,  trapdoor,  saving a life,  being followed,  death of sister,  following someone,  ladder,  hiding,  poem,  eyeglasses,  hate,  pursuit,  reading,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  painter,  little boy,  eating,  montage,  axe,  candle,  flashlight,  dead body,  birthday,  running,  tears,  taxi,  book,  sister sister relationship,  food,  corpse,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  police,  dog,  flashback

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:memory,  drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:serial rapist,  lock of hair,  serial murder,  bad guy,  pervert,  rapist,  eyeglasses,  evil man,  montage,  axe,  police car,  voyeur,  dead body,  running,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  serial killer,  food,  blood splatter,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  rape,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  police,  death

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

In part six of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, dream monster Freddy Krueger has finally killed all the children of his hometown, and seeks to escape its confines to hunt fresh prey. To this end, he recruits the aid of his (previously unmentioned) daughter. However, she discovers the demonic origin of her father's powers and meets Dad head-on in a final showdown (originally presented in 3-D). This is why Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Period:1970s
Story:child molestation,  subjective camera,  serial teen killer,  serial child killer,  child murderer,  child killer,  creep,  serial murder,  bad guy,  hit with a baseball bat,  newspaper clipping,  back from the dead,  rapist,  evil man,  falling from height,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  rain,  dream,  fire,  knife,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death

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My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:subjective camera,  straight edge razor,  scrapbook,  digging,  record player,  flowers,  reading,  flash forward,  painter,  eating,  candle,  soccer,  birthday,  book,  painting,  drink,  food,  teenage boy,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  death

Untraceable (2008)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Untraceable (2008)

A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are - both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an "untraceable" website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism
Mood:suspense
Characters:policeman
Story:murder investigation,  subjective camera,  school bus,  breaking down a door,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  hate,  pursuit,  voyeur,  dead body,  birthday,  running,  falling from height,  watching tv,  investigation,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  telephone call,  chase,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  police,  blood,  death

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:hope,  memory
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  school
Characters:policeman
Story:being followed,  afterlife,  following someone,  ladder,  breaking and entering,  eyeglasses,  record player,  hate,  baseball bat,  flowers,  reading,  suburb,  tree,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  search,  little boy,  eating,  police car,  candle,  flashlight,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  painting,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  police,  flashback,  death,  dog

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Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
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:redemption,  memory,  drinking
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  school,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  afterlife,  breaking and entering,  pursuit,  flowers,  little boy,  eating,  montage,  police car,  candle,  little girl,  dead body,  birthday,  running,  tears,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  chase,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  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. This is why August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  memory,  funeral,  drinking
Characters:doctor
Story:subjective camera,  crying man,  14 year old,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  hammer,  poem,  eyeglasses,  record player,  dead body,  tears,  book,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  corpse,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  three word title,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

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

Themes:poetry,  drinking
Locations:farm,  bathtub
Characters:photographer,  doctor
Story:following someone,  breakfast,  poem,  pursuit,  lightning,  search,  home invasion,  eating,  dead body,  tears,  drink,  camera,  serial killer,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  fire,  rape,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  blood,  dog

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:memory,  funeral,  surrealism
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  school,  hospital
Story:child molester,  lost love,  pedophilia,  alternate reality,  pedophile,  hate,  baseball bat,  reading,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  tears,  rain,  dream,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  rape,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  murder,  flashback,  death,  blood,  kiss

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
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:drinking
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:subjective camera,  vacuum cleaner,  death of daughter,  hiding,  reading,  suburb,  flash forward,  search,  little boy,  eating,  police car,  little girl,  birthday,  running,  tears,  book,  painting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  kiss,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  death

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Themes:poetry,  obsession,  memory,  drinking
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:saving a life,  newspaper clipping,  breaking and entering,  poem,  eyeglasses,  record player,  pursuit,  stalker,  flash forward,  search,  flashlight,  birthday,  tears,  book,  drink,  blood splatter,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  police,  kiss,  murder,  blood

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