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The Man From Earth (2007)
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The Man From Earth (2007)

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.

Subgenre:
historical event independent film 
Themes:
archaeology philosophy death of wife dying education illness cancer time travel memory drinking religion friendship death 
Mood:
moving myth 
Locations:
truck police car motorcycle church 
Characters:
anthropologist biologist professor bible christianity christian teacher doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
moving man cabin fever pancreatic cancer pickup truck fire place reference to camille pissarro reference to louis pasteur paleolithic age reference to paul cezanne reference to solomon reference to the buddha pushing a vehicle hand axe single setting reference to the new testament β€¦self development reference to the old testament farewell party cro magnon reference to copernicus reference to christopher columbus reference to goethe bronze age reference to voltaire dialogue driven storyline heart failure reference to vincent van gogh wolf whistle dark ages charades reference to jack the ripper single location medicine man mankind ice age single set production jesus christ millennium biblical reference stone age pseudonym reference to ludwig van beethoven reference to moses 911 reference to adam and eve reference to superman blasphemy theology furniture philosopher middle ages learning prehistoric times caveman ancient rome archeologist atheism anthropology biology shaman migration reference to elvis presley crucifixion pipe smoking medieval times infection immortality psychologist psychology loss of loved one aging injury bow and arrow heart attack cabin university storytelling legend author painter ambulance survival scientist science reference to jesus christ jail birthday tears book painting secret drink crying fire telephone call surprise ending  (See All)

Andrei Rublev (1966)
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Andrei Rublev (1966)

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

Themes:
dying illness drinking religion death 
Mood:
myth 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
bible christianity teacher husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
middle ages crucifixion medieval times bow and arrow legend painter reference to jesus christ tears book painting secret drink crying fire 

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21 Grams (2003)
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21 Grams (2003)

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

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
dying illness drinking religion death 
Locations:
police car church 
Characters:
professor bible christian teacher doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck heart failure heart attack ambulance reference to jesus christ jail birthday tears secret drink crying telephone call 

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries to made peace with his ex-wife Louise, who asks their estran…ged son Sebastian, a successful businessman living in London, to come home. Sebastian makes the impossible happen, using his contacts and disrupting the entire Canadian system in every way possible to help his father fight his terminal illness to the bitter end, while he also tries to reunite his former friends, Pierre, Alain, Dominique, Diane, and Claude to see their old friend before he passes on. (Read More)

Subgenre:
historical event independent film 
Themes:
dying illness cancer religion friendship death 
Characters:
biologist professor bible christianity teacher doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
middle ages psychology university ambulance book secret telephone call 

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

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

Themes:
illness drinking religion death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
anthropologist bible christianity christian doctor father son relationship police 
Story:
anthropology psychologist psychology injury science reference to jesus christ drink telephone call surprise ending 

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The Human Stain (2003)
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The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his… children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:
death of wife illness cancer memory friendship death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
professor doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck heart attack cabin university author birthday tears secret crying fire 

God's Not Dead (2014)
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God's Not Dead (2014)

Freshman university student Josh Wheaton attends a philosophy class, where the uncompromising Professor Radisson requires all students to submit a signed statement that the "God is dead" and never existed. When Josh refuses due to his own Christian beliefs, the Professor challenges him to defend his… position that his god, Yahweh, is real, leading to a series of confrontational presentations between himself and the professor, with the class as jury. Josh's plans to go to law school depend on not failing this class. Josh's girlfriend urges him not to throw away his future with this pointless act of defiance. At the same time, Pastor Dave and African missionary Jude attempt to leave town on a trip, but are hindered by comical accidents. Student Ayisha is at odds with her father's conservative religious principles. Businessman Mark acts cynically towards his mentally ill mother, while his journalist girlfriend receives bad news from a doctor. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
philosophy cancer religion death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
professor christianity christian doctor 
Story:
theology atheism university surprise ending 

The Fountain (2006)
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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:
death of wife dying illness cancer memory religion death 
Characters:
bible christianity doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
immortality aging ambulance scientist science jail tears crying fire 

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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Adam ('Tom Hiddleston' (qv)), an underground musician, reunites with his lover for centuries ('Tilda Swinton' (qv)) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by his wild and uncontrollable little sister ('Mia Wasikowska' (qv…)). (Read More)

Themes:
dying illness memory drinking death 
Locations:
police car 
Characters:
teacher doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
reference to copernicus reference to adam and eve survival scientist reference to jesus christ book secret drink crying telephone call 

Adam's Apples (2005)
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Adam's Apples (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 1…2 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. (Read More)

Themes:
death of wife dying illness cancer memory drinking religion death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
bible christian doctor father son relationship 
Story:
blasphemy birthday tears book drink crying fire 

In A Better World (2010)
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In A Better World (2010)

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who… have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. (Read More)

Themes:
death of wife illness cancer death friendship 
Locations:
truck police car church 
Characters:
christian teacher doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck biblical reference infection ambulance tears crying telephone call 

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The Good Girl (2002)
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The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
illness drinking friendship death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
bible christianity christian friend husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck painter reference to jesus christ tears drink crying 

The Life Of David Gale (2003) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:
philosophy dying drinking death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
professor husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck cabin reference to jesus christ jail tears book drink crying telephone call surprise ending 

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
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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:
illness cancer time travel memory religion death 
Mood:
moving 
Characters:
professor teacher father son relationship 
Story:
911 psychology university ambulance reference to jesus christ tears crying fire telephone call surprise ending 

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John Q (2002)
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John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q.… takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:
dying death 
Locations:
truck police car church 
Characters:
christian doctor father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck heart failure ambulance tears crying telephone call surprise ending 

Solaris (1972)
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Solaris (1972)

The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and th…e two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence. (Read More)

Themes:
death of wife memory death 
Characters:
professor doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
immortality psychologist scientist science birthday tears book painting secret fire surprise ending 

The Master (2012) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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The Master (2012)

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

Themes:
philosophy memory drinking religion 
Locations:
motorcycle 
Characters:
doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
storytelling author scientist science reference to jesus christ jail tears book drink crying telephone call 

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The Time Machine (2002)
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The Time Machine (2002)

Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine… of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter - and the hunted. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
education time travel memory death 
Characters:
professor teacher 
Story:
mankind loss of loved one storytelling scientist fire 

50/50 (2011)
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50/50 (2011)

Adam is a 27 year old writer of radio programs and is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center, Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are.

Themes:
illness cancer memory death friendship 
Characters:
doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
pipe smoking psychologist painter survival reference to jesus christ birthday tears book painting crying telephone call 

Interstellar (2014)
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Interstellar (2014)

Earth's future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the …right environment to sustain human life. (Read More)

Themes:
time travel death 
Locations:
truck 
Characters:
biologist professor teacher doctor father son relationship 
Story:
pickup truck survival scientist science birthday book fire surprise ending 

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Heavenly Creatures (1994) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
illness religion friendship death 
Mood:
moving 
Characters:
professor bible teacher friend husband wife relationship 
Story:
psychologist psychology ambulance reference to jesus christ secret crying telephone call 

Something's Gotta Give (2003)
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Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother Erica. Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle starts to take shape.

Themes:
drinking death friendship 
Characters:
professor teacher doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
911 aging heart attack ambulance birthday tears drink crying telephone call 

The Prophecy (1995)
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The Prophecy (1995)

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

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
dying religion death 
Locations:
police car church 
Characters:
bible christianity christian teacher police 
Story:
pickup truck blasphemy theology shaman ambulance survival crying fire surprise ending 

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Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, an…d turns her world upside down. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
death of wife cancer drinking friendship death 
Locations:
police car church 
Characters:
doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
injury heart attack ambulance tears drink crying fire telephone call 

The Invention Of Lying (2009) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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The Invention Of Lying (2009)

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the mome…nt he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? (Read More)

Themes:
philosophy dying cancer drinking religion friendship death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
doctor friend father son relationship police 
Story:
atheism heart attack storytelling birthday tears secret drink crying telephone call 

Proof (2005)
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Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settl…e his affairs. (Read More)

Themes:
education illness drinking friendship death 
Characters:
teacher friend police 
Story:
university science birthday tears book drink crying telephone call 

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The Lake House (2006)
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The Lake House (2006)

When two people "connect" the bond between them can be so pure and simple as to stir hearts in heaven. When they connect in all the right places at all the wrong times, heaven weeps for broken hearts. To heal these broken hearts, heaven breaks time.

Themes:
time travel drinking death 
Characters:
doctor father son relationship 
Story:
pickup truck heart attack birthday tears book painting drink crying surprise ending 

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

George and Martha are a middle aged married couple, whose charged relationship is defined by vitriolic verbal battles, which underlies what seems like an emotional dependence upon each other. This verbal abuse is fueled by an excessive consumption of alcohol. George being an associate History profes…sor in a New Carthage university where Martha's father is the President adds an extra dimension to their relationship. Late one Saturday evening after a faculty mixer, Martha invites Nick and Honey, an ambitious young Biology professor new to the university and his mousy wife, over for a nightcap. As the evening progresses, Nick and Honey, plied with more alcohol, get caught up in George and Martha's games of needing to hurt each other and everyone around them. The ultimate abuse comes in the form of talk of George and Martha's unseen sixteen year old son, whose birthday is the following day. (Read More)

Themes:
memory drinking 
Characters:
biologist professor teacher husband wife relationship 
Story:
biology aging university birthday tears painting secret drink crying surprise ending 

The Great Debaters (2007) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated s…eason that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:
education drinking 
Locations:
truck church 
Characters:
professor teacher husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
biblical reference pipe smoking reference to jesus christ jail book drink fire telephone call 

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
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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 intr…overt freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:
dying illness cancer memory drinking friendship 
Locations:
truck church 
Characters:
teacher doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
pickup truck reference to jesus christ birthday tears book secret drink crying telephone call 

The Constant Gardener (2005)
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The Constant Gardener (2005)

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and una…mbitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:
death of wife dying cancer death 
Locations:
truck motorcycle church 
Characters:
bible doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck reference to adam and eve crucifixion tears crying fire 

A Man Called Ove (2015)
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A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terr…aced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:
death of wife cancer memory drinking death friendship 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
teacher doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
loss of loved one heart attack ambulance reference to jesus christ book drink crying fire telephone call 

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Dreamcatcher (2003) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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Dreamcatcher (2003)

Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. N…ow they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom (Read More)

Themes:
memory drinking friendship death 
Locations:
truck police car 
Characters:
professor teacher friend 
Story:
migration infection cabin ambulance survival secret drink fire telephone call surprise ending 

Timeline (2003)
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Timeline (2003)

In this case, a group of archaeologists and combat experts led by Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor use a "3-D fax machine" (so much for technobabble!) to time-travel back to France in 1357, in hopes of retrieving Walker's father and returning safely to the present. No such luck! Fending for themselv…es against marauding hordes of medieval French warriors at war with the invading British, these semi-intrepid travelers find their body count rising, and the deadline for their return home is rapidly approaching. (Read More)

Themes:
time travel drinking death friendship 
Locations:
motorcycle 
Characters:
professor teacher doctor friend father son relationship police 
Story:
medieval times bow and arrow drink fire telephone call 

The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)

A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt r…ider's son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross, (Bradley Cooper) looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present days lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they've inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking death 
Locations:
truck police car motorcycle church 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck injury ambulance reference to jesus christ jail tears drink crying telephone call 

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Short Cuts (1993)
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Short Cuts (1993)

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

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
cancer drinking friendship death 
Locations:
motorcycle 
Characters:
doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
loss of loved one painter birthday tears secret drink crying telephone call 

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

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

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
dying illness cancer memory drinking friendship death 
Characters:
friend husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
storytelling ambulance survival reference to jesus christ secret drink crying telephone call 

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)
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In The Valley Of Elah (2007)

In Monroe, Tennessee, Hank Deerfield, an aging warrior, gets a call that his son, just back from 18 months' fighting in Iraq, is missing from his base. Hank drives to Fort Rudd, New Mexico, to search. Within a day, the charred and dismembered body of his son is found on the outskirts of town. Deerfi…eld pushes himself into the investigation, marked by jurisdictional antagonism between the Army and local police. Working mostly with a new detective, Emily Sanders, Hank seems to close in on what happened. Major smuggling? A drug deal gone awry? Credit card slips, some photographs, and video clips from Iraq may hold the key. If Hank gets to the truth, what will it tell him? (Read More)

Themes:
death of wife drinking death 
Locations:
truck police car 
Characters:
bible husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck aging storytelling ambulance tears book drink crying telephone call 

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Altered States (1980)
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Altered States (1980)

It's the late 1960's. Just for a lark, graduate student Eddie Jessup, known for being unconventional, brilliant and slightly mad, conducts experiments with an isolation chamber, using himself as the subject. His experiences in the chamber cause him to hallucinate, much of the imagery being religious…-based despite he not being a religious man. Seven years later, he is a respected full professor in the Harvard Medical School. Believing he has lost his edge and has fallen into an unwanted state of respectability, Eddie decides to resume his work with sensory deprivation, this time using hallucinogens, specifically untested ones used in mystical Mexican rituals, to enhance the experience of being in the isolation tank. After initial tests, he claims he entered an alternate physical and mental state. Although unbelieving of Eddie's claims, his colleagues Arthur Rosenberg and Mason Parrish, as well as Eddie's wife, Emily, who is in her own right a respected academic, are concerned for Eddie's well being. However, if Eddie's claims are indeed true, he could do irreparable harm to himself and others around him, especially if his altered states are uncontrollable. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer memory religion 
Characters:
anthropologist professor bible doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
caveman anthropology university survival scientist science reference to jesus christ tears painting crying 

Stay (2005)
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Stay (2005)

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

Themes:
dying illness memory drinking death 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Story:
storytelling painter ambulance birthday tears painting drink crying telephone call surprise ending 

Beginners (2010) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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Beginners (2010)

It's 2003. Thirty-eight-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal Fields to cancer, after Oliver's mother Georgia Fields passed away five years earlier. Oliver is naturally a sullen man due to his growing up relationships with his parents (his mother who had a unique view on… life) and watching his parents' cordial but somewhat distant relationship with each other, but is more so now because of his personal family losses. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life during that time, will show Oliver how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a joie de vivre that did not exist before, which included an open relationship with a much younger man named Andy. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including Anna's own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver needing to take care of who was originally Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier, Arthur. (Read More)

Themes:
death of wife dying illness cancer memory drinking death friendship 
Characters:
doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
pipe smoking reference to jesus christ tears book secret drink crying telephone call 

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Nowhere Boy (2009)
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Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth o…f The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:
death of wife drinking friendship death 
Characters:
teacher friend husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
reference to elvis presley university ambulance birthday tears book secret drink crying telephone call 

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
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Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

In 1944, upper class boy Julien Quentin and his brother Francois travel to Catholic boarding school in the countryside after vacations. Julien is a leader and good student and when the new student Jean Bonnet arrives in the school, they have friction in their relationship. However, Julien learns to …respect Jean and discovers that he is Jewish and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. They become best friends and Julien keeps the secret. When the priest Jean discovers that the servant Joseph is stealing supplies from the school to sell in the black market, he fires the youth. Sooner the Gestapo arrives at school to investigate the students and the priests that run and work in the boarding school. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking religion friendship death 
Locations:
motorcycle church 
Characters:
bible christian teacher doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
crucifixion reference to jesus christ tears book secret drink crying telephone call 

Persepolis (2007)
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Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:
philosophy memory drinking religion friendship death 
Locations:
motorcycle 
Characters:
teacher doctor friend father son relationship police 
Story:
pipe smoking psychologist heart attack university storytelling survival jail tears book drink crying telephone call 

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Goya's Ghosts (2006) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter.

Subgenre:
historical event 
Themes:
drinking religion death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
christianity husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
pipe smoking painter painting drink 

The Tree Of Life (2011)
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The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
education memory religion death 
Mood:
moving 
Locations:
police car church 
Characters:
christianity christian husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
prehistoric times storytelling survival tears book painting crying fire telephone call 

August: Osage County (2013)
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August: Osage County (2013)

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

Themes:
cancer memory drinking death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
pickup truck storytelling reference to jesus christ tears book secret drink crying telephone call 

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The Wages Of Fear (1953)
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The Wages Of Fear (1953)

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Themes:
dying illness memory drinking friendship death 
Locations:
truck motorcycle 
Characters:
doctor friend husband wife relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pipe smoking tears drink crying fire telephone call surprise ending 

Ben-hur (1959) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
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Ben-hur (1959)

Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views sep…arate them. During the welcome parade a roof tile falls down from Judah's house and injures the governor. Although Messala knows they are not guilty, he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge. (Read More)

Themes:
dying religion death friendship 
Characters:
bible christianity christian friend husband wife relationship 
Story:
jesus christ ancient rome crucifixion bow and arrow tears crying fire 

Mean Creek (2004)
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Mean Creek (2004)

When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend …Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
dying drinking friendship death 
Characters:
teacher friend father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck birthday tears secret drink crying 

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