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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

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

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes: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

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

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

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. This is why Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (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

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

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

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
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

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

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. This is why The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (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

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

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

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Locations:bicycle
Characters:policeman
Story:broken window, digging, reckless driving, cellar, lightning, underwater scene, eating, axe, flashlight, little girl, dead body, tears, watching tv, food, blood splatter, rain, corpse, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

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-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:memory, drinking
Locations:bicycle, bathtub, snow
Characters:policeman, doctor
Period:1970s
Story:subjective camera, year 1973, climbing out a window, eyeglasses, record player, pursuit, lightning, flash forward, underwater scene, no opening credits, eating, candle, flashlight, dead body, running, tears, taxi, book, falling from height, drink

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. This is why Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, memory, drinking
Locations:bathtub, school, hospital
Characters:policeman, doctor
Story:child molestation, painting toenails, teenage crush, saving a life, death of sister, record player, flowers, reading, suitcase, flash forward, search, eating, candle, flashlight, dead body, tears, sister sister relationship, drink, food, dream

Disturbia (2007) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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. Turner'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:voyeurism, drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:bicycle, school
Characters:dancer, policeman
Story:voyeur, serial killer, watching someone, bad guy, reckless driving, cellar, evidence, assault, breaking and entering, baseball bat, lightning, evil man, reading, suburb, flash forward, eating, police car, neighbor, dead body, running

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, memory, voyeurism
Locations:bicycle
Characters:photographer, detective
Story:roll of film, being followed, evidence, shopping mall, breaking and entering, eyeglasses, fantasy sequence, suburb, stalker, home invasion, no opening credits, little boy, soccer, voyeur, birthday, running, tears, book, camera, watching tv

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

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:hope
Locations:bathtub, school
Characters:photographer, policeman, detective
Story:serial child killer, breaking down a door, digging, pedophilia, missing child, evidence, pedophile, breakfast, teddy bear, pursuit, reading, search, no opening credits, eating, axe, police car, candle, running, tears, camera

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (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:memory, surrealism
Locations:bicycle, bathtub, cemetery, school, hospital
Characters:photographer, doctor
Story:food, death of sister, dead child, shoes, record player, reading, tree, eating, neighbor, dead body, running, tears, camera, rain, corpse, beating, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, fire

Insomnia (2002) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? This is why Insomnia (2002) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:poetry, redemption
Locations:snow, school, hospital
Characters:detective, policeman
Story:murder investigation, investigation, falling into water, dead girl, evidence, pedophile, accidental death, breaking and entering, pursuit, dead body, book, rain, corpse, beating, teenage girl, telephone call, chase, photograph, cigarette smoking, police

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:bicycle, hospital
Characters:photographer, doctor
Story:school bus, being followed, evidence, following someone, hammer, pursuit, search, no opening credits, eating, soccer, dead body, running, sister sister relationship, drink, camera, watching tv, food, rain, corpse, beating

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, drinking
Characters:photographer, dancer
Story:field, pursuit, fantasy sequence, underwater scene, soccer, neighbor, dead body, drink, camera, watching tv, blood splatter, rain, corpse, voice over narration, telephone call, chase, knife, title spoken by character, photograph, dancing

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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 changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, drinking
Locations:bicycle, school
Characters:photographer, dancer, doctor
Story:subjective camera, digging, hiding, pursuit, search, eating, montage, soccer, dead body, running, tears, taxi, sister sister relationship, drink, camera, watching tv, food, blood splatter, rain, corpse

Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

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

Themes:funeral, drinking
Locations:lake, bathtub, cemetery, snow, hospital
Characters:dancer, doctor
Story:first kiss, teddy bear, record player, flowers, reading, flash forward, eating, flashlight, neighbor, drink, food, telephone call, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, drinking
Locations:cemetery
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman
Story:subjective camera, death of sister, death of daughter, heaven, assault, eyeglasses, flowers, suitcase, no opening credits, eating, soccer, dead body, birthday, taxi, drink, camera, watching tv, investigation, food, rain

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle, cemetery
Characters:dancer, doctor
Story:subjective camera, digging, grandmother granddaughter relationship, reading, tree, search, little boy, eating, flashlight, neighbor, running, tears, book, food, rain, beating, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, dancing

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

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

Themes:memory, funeral, drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:bicycle, hospital
Characters:dancer, doctor
Period:1970s
Story:crying man, diver, death of sister, accidental death, following someone, breaking and entering, eyeglasses, hate, search, no opening credits, eating, candle, flashlight, dead body, running, tears, taxi, sister sister relationship, drink, watching tv

The Fountain (2006) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:hope, memory, funeral, surrealism
Locations:bathtub, snow, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:tree, heaven, back from the dead, breaking and entering, pursuit, lightning, flash forward, search, no opening credits, candle, tears, blood splatter, rain, beating, crying, fire, chase, knife, title spoken by character, photograph

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:bicycle, cemetery, snow, school
Characters:photographer, dancer
Story:first kiss, record player, pursuit, flowers, reading, suburb, painter, montage, candle, neighbor, birthday, tears, book, painting, drink, camera, rain, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. This is why Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, doctor
Story:taxi driver, note, shoes, breakfast, grandmother granddaughter relationship, eyeglasses, flowers, reading, suitcase, flash forward, painter, eating, montage, little girl, running, tears, taxi, book, drink, food

Hard Candy (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hard Candy (2005)

After three weeks of chatting with the thirty-two year old photographer Jeff Kohlver over the Internet, fourteen year old Hayley Stark meets him in the Nighthawks coffee shop. Hayley flirts with him in spite of the age difference and proposes to go to his house. Once there, she prepares a screwdriver for them and Jeff passes out. When he awakes, he is tied up to a chair, and Hayley accuses him of pedophilia. Jeff denies the accusation, and Hayley begins to torture him in a cat and mouse game. (Read More)

Themes:memory, voyeurism, drinking
Locations:bathtub
Characters:photographer
Story:sexual predator, molestation, 14 year old, pedophilia, pervert, pedophile, strong female character, eyeglasses, suburb, stalker, search, home invasion, voyeur, neighbor, tears, book, drink, camera, crying, teenage girl

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:poetry, memory, drinking
Locations:school, snow, hospital
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman, doctor
Story:child molestation, school locker, subjective camera, based on young adult novel, teenage crush, teenage love, first kiss, eyeglasses, reading, flash forward, little boy, eating, candle, birthday, running, tears, book, drink, camera, watching tv

North By Northwest (1959)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

North By Northwest (1959)

Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn't the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman, detective
Story:taxi driver, subjective camera, climbing out a window, cornfield, being followed, reckless driving, following someone, breaking and entering, eyeglasses, suspicion, pursuit, evil man, police car, flashlight, running, taxi, falling from height, camera, fire, telephone call

Capote (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

Famed writer 'Truman Capote' (qv), southern born and bred but now part of the New York City social circle, is growing weary of his current assignment of writing autobiographical type pieces for the New Yorker. After reading a newspaper article about the just occurred November 14, 1959 cold blooded murders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home, Truman feels compelled to write about that event as his next article. So he and his personal assistant Nelle 'Harper Lee (I)' (qv), also a southern born New Yorker and an aspiring writer of her own, head to Kansas to research the story first-hand. Truman hopes to use his celebrity status to gain access to whomever he needs, such as to Laura Kinney, a friend of the Clutter daughter she who discovered the bodies, and to Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator and also a Clutter family friend. If his celebrity doesn't work, Truman will grease the wheels by whatever means necessary. When the police eventually charge suspects, two young men named Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, Truman uses those same tactics to gain access to them. Truman's fascination with the story makes him believe that he can revolutionize writing by expanding the germ of the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel. His personal involvement also changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the seemingly sensitive and thus probable submissive in the criminal pairing, thus Truman becoming part of the story itself. Article or non-fiction novel, Truman knows that he has to take it to its natural conclusion, something which he cannot force. But also missing are the details of the November 14, 1959 event itself, something that neither Dick or Perry have divulged even in testimony. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:farm, snow
Characters:photographer, policeman, detective
Story:wheat field, taxi driver, book, scrapbook, newspaper clipping, photo album, death of sister, eyeglasses, flowers, reading, police car, neighbor, dead body, tears, taxi, painting, drink, camera, investigation, corpse

The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. This is why The Road (2009) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:hope, memory
Locations:farm, bathtub, snow
Story:stocking cap, stuffed animal toy, cellar, pursuit, flowers, reading, eating, candle, dead body, tears, book, food, rain, corpse, dream, crying, voice over narration, fire, chase, knife

The Number 23 (2007) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Mystery, Thriller

The Number 23 (2007)

On his birthday, Walter Sparrow, an amiable dog-catcher, takes a call that leaves him dog bit and late to pick up his wife. She's browsed in a bookstore, finding a blood-red-covered novel, a murder mystery with numerology that loops constantly around the number 23. The story captivates Walter: he dreams it, he notices aspects of his life that can be rendered by "23," he searches for the author, he stays in the hotel (in room 23) where events in the novel took place, and he begins to believe it was no novel. His wife and son try to help him, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes to protect him. Slowly, with danger to himself and to his family, he closes in on the truth. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, funeral
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:detective, doctor
Story:birthday, book, photo album, reading, fantasy sequence, little boy, police car, candle, flashlight, falling from height, investigation, blood splatter, corpse, dream, knife, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, dog, husband wife relationship

V For Vendetta (2005)
Action, Drama, Thriller

V For Vendetta (2005)

Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. (Read More)

Themes:hope, drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, detective
Story:climbing out a window, pedophilia, dead girl, cellar, pedophile, breakfast, eyeglasses, search, no opening credits, eating, police car, little girl, dead body, tears, falling from height, drink, watching tv, investigation, serial killer, food

From Hell (2001)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

From Hell (2001)

It is 1888 in London, and the unfortunate poor lead horrifying lives in the city's deadliest slum, Whitechapel. Harassed by gangs and forced to walk the streets for a living, Mary Kelly and her small group of companions trudge on through this daily misery, their only consolation being that things can't get any worse. Yet things somehow do when their friend Ann is kidnapped and they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine. The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Polly, and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one. Sinister even by Whitechapel standards, the murder grabs the attention of Inspector Fred Abberline, a brilliant yet troubled man whose police work is often aided by his psychic abilities. Abberline becomes deeply involved with the case, which takes on personal meaning to him when he and Mary begin to fall in love. But as he gets closer to the truth Whitechapel becomes more and more dangerous for Abberline, Mary, and the other girls. Whoever is responsible for the grisly acts is not going to give up his secret without a fight....will they be able to survive the avenging force that has been sent after them from hell? (Read More)

Themes:funeral, drinking
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Characters:photographer, detective, doctor
Story:murder investigation, broken window, evidence, record player, suspicion, flash forward, underwater scene, no opening credits, painter, montage, candle, dead body, running, drink, investigation, serial killer, blood splatter, rain, corpse, dream

Get Out (2017)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Get Out (2017)

Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parent's for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:lake
Characters:photographer, policeman, detective, doctor
Story:crying man, floating in space, gazebo, hiding, eyeglasses, evil man, suburb, flash forward, axe, candle, dead body, running, tears, drink, camera, watching tv, blood splatter, rain, brother sister relationship, telephone call

Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith. This is why Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:hope, redemption, drinking
Locations:farm, snow, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:cornfield, field, rapist, reading, flash forward, eating, dead body, book, drink, food, blood splatter, rain, corpse, rape, knife, title spoken by character, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:obsession
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:wall safe, dead girl, pervert, evidence, death of daughter, lightning, evil man, suburb, home invasion, taxi, falling from height, investigation, blood splatter, corpse, beating, fire, telephone call, chase, knife, title spoken by character

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, memory, drinking
Locations:cemetery
Characters:photographer
Period:1970s
Story:subjective camera, photo album, evidence, breaking and entering, eyeglasses, record player, pursuit, flowers, search, montage, soccer, dead body, running, tears, drink, investigation, corpse, beating, crying, voice over narration

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

Gone Girl (2014)

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

Themes:obsession, drinking
Locations:snow, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:investigation, evidence, shopping mall, hiding, record player, suspicion, search, eating, police car, flashlight, neighbor, book, drink, camera, watching tv, food, blood splatter, corpse, crying, voice over narration

Lo Imposible (2012) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Thriller

Lo Imposible (2012)

A regular family - Maria ('Naomi Watts' (qv)), Henry ('Ewan McGregor' (qv)) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them? (Read More)

Themes:hope, memory
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:subjective camera, soda pop, falling into water, 14 year old, shipwreck, note, teddy bear, strong female character, suitcase, tree, underwater scene, search, no opening credits, little boy, eating, dead body, running, tears, watching tv, food

I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. This is why I Am Sam (2001) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009). (Read More)

Themes:obsession
Locations:school, hospital
Story:climbing out a window, shoes, hate, reading, montage, soccer, little girl, neighbor, birthday, running, tears, book, painting, watching tv, crying, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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:hope, funeral, surrealism
Locations:farm
Story:subjective camera, saving a life, hiding, pursuit, lightning, flash forward, underwater scene, search, no opening credits, little boy, eating, montage, axe, candle, running, falling from height, sister sister relationship, food, rain, corpse

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:farm, bathtub, cemetery, school
Characters:dancer, policeman, doctor
Story:hiding, record player, pursuit, lightning, suitcase, underwater scene, no opening credits, candle, dead body, running, drink, rain, corpse, voice over narration, fire, telephone call, chase, title spoken by character, photograph, dancing

The Bone Collector (1999) is one of the best movies like The Lovely Bones (2009)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:detective, doctor
Story:taxi driver, murder investigation, newspaper clipping, lightning, evil man, flash forward, home invasion, little boy, police car, flashlight, little girl, taxi, camera, investigation, serial killer, blood splatter, corpse, chase, knife, title spoken by character

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:hope, redemption, memory
Locations:snow
Characters:doctor
Story:figurine, hiding, eyeglasses, suspicion, search, little boy, eating, montage, police car, neighbor, dead body, tears, food, corpse, dream, crying, voice over narration, fire, brother sister relationship, telephone call

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