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The Man From Earth (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi

The Man From Earth (2007)

Themes:archaeology,  philosophy,  dying,  education,  illness,  cancer,  memory,  drinking,  religion,  friendship
Mood:myth
Locations:church
Characters:anthropologist,  biologist,  professor,  bible,  christianity,  christian,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
Story:moving man,  cabin fever,  pancreatic cancer,  pickup truck,  fire place,  reference to camille pissarro,  reference to louis pasteur,  reference to solomon,  reference to paul cezanne,  paleolithic age,  pushing a vehicle,  reference to the buddha,  hand axe,  single setting,  reference to the new testament,  self development,  reference to the old testament,  farewell party,  cro magnon,  reference to christopher columbus,  reference to copernicus,  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,  medicine man,  single location,  mankind,  jesus christ,  millennium,  ice age,  single set production,  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,  caveman,  prehistoric times,  ancient rome,  archeologist,  atheism,  anthropology,  biology,  shaman,  migration,  reference to elvis presley,  crucifixion,  moving,  pipe smoking,  medieval times,  infection,  immortality,  historical event,  psychologist,  psychology,  loss of loved one,  aging,  injury,  bow and arrow,  heart attack,  cabin,  university,  storytelling,  death of wife,  legend,  author,  painter,  truck,  ambulance,  police car,  survival,  time travel,  scientist,  science,  reference to jesus christ,  jail,  birthday,  tears,  book,  painting,  secret,  drink,  motorcycle,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  police,  death

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

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

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Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey 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
Mood:myth
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  christianity
Story:crucifixion,  medieval times,  bow and arrow,  legend,  painter,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  book,  painting,  secret,  drink,  crying,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

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

Les Invasions Barbares (2003) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Les Invasions Barbares (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 estranged 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)

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

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God's Not Dead (2014)
Drama

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. This is why God's Not Dead (2014) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007). (Read More)

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

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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

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

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The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Drama, Romance

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.

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

Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (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 12 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:dying,  illness,  cancer,  memory,  drinking,  religion
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  christian,  doctor
Story:blasphemy,  death of wife,  birthday,  tears,  book,  drink,  crying,  father son relationship,  death

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! This is why The Butterfly Effect (2004) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  cancer,  memory,  religion
Characters:professor,  teacher
Story:911,  moving,  psychology,  university,  ambulance,  time travel,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  father son relationship,  death

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John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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

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

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 to believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

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

The Time Machine (2002)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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)

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

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The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

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

The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

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 season 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. This is why The Great Debaters (2007) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007). (Read More)

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

Short Cuts (1993) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

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

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

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

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

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

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

Altered States (1980)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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
Story:caveman,  anthropology,  university,  survival,  scientist,  science,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  painting,  crying,  husband wife relationship

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romance

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
Characters:teacher,  doctor,  friend
Story:reference to copernicus,  mankind,  reference to adam and eve,  police car,  survival,  scientist,  reference to jesus christ,  book,  secret,  drink,  crying,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  death

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Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

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 of The Beatles. This is why Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007). (Read More)

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

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

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

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:dying,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:reference to christopher columbus,  learning,  death of wife,  ambulance,  police car,  drink,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  death,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police

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August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

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

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

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Biography, Drama

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

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

Themes:drinking
Characters:teacher,  doctor
Story:author,  painter,  ambulance,  reference to jesus christ,  birthday,  book,  painting,  drink,  fire,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Biography, Drama, History

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. This is why Goya's Ghosts (2006) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007). (Read More)

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

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Proof (2005)
Drama, Mystery

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 settle his affairs. (Read More)

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

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

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

Themes:illness,  drinking
Characters:professor,  teacher,  doctor
Story:death of wife,  ambulance,  police car,  tears,  secret,  drink,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  police

Heavenly Creatures (1994) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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.

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

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Children Of Men (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  drinking
Story:survival,  secret,  pushing a vehicle,  mankind,  learning,  biology,  aging,  police car,  science,  birthday,  tears,  painting,  drink,  motorcycle,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  police

Self/less (2015)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. This is why Self/less (2015) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  cancer,  friendship
Characters:biologist,  professor,  doctor
Story:immortality,  truck,  ambulance,  survival,  scientist,  fire,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  death

50/50 (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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

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White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  religion,  friendship
Characters:bible,  christian,  teacher,  friend
Story:painter,  ambulance,  reference to jesus christ,  jail,  tears,  painting,  secret,  drink,  crying,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  death

The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  christian,  teacher,  friend
Story:reference to ludwig van beethoven,  storytelling,  ambulance,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  drink,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  father son relationship,  police

Haevnen (2010)
Drama, Romance

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

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The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
Drama, Music, Romance

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage - but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order. This is why The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  cancer,  religion
Characters:christian,  doctor
Story:atheism,  reference to elvis presley,  moving,  ambulance,  birthday,  painting,  husband wife relationship,  death

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:church
Characters:friend
Story:immortality,  legend,  survival,  birthday,  book,  secret,  motorcycle,  crying,  fire,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

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

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  friend
Story:pickup truck,  storytelling,  science,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  secret,  drink,  crying,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

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Midnight Special (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  religion,  friendship
Locations:church
Story:pickup truck,  911,  reference to superman,  injury,  truck,  ambulance,  police car,  reference to jesus christ,  fire,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  father son relationship,  death,  police

Solyaris (1972)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

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

Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness. This is why Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:reference to elvis presley,  aging,  death of wife,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  secret,  drink,  crying,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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Seraphim Falls (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  religion
Characters:christian
Story:philosopher,  pipe smoking,  injury,  cabin,  death of wife,  survival,  tears,  drink,  crying,  fire,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:professor,  friend
Story:university,  author,  reference to jesus christ,  jail,  birthday,  tears,  book,  secret,  drink,  crying,  telephone call,  father son relationship,  police

Left Behind (2014)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Left Behind (2014)

Themes:religion
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  christianity,  christian
Story:pickup truck,  ambulance,  birthday,  motorcycle,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

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Interstellar (2014) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

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)

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

Agora (2009)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Agora (2009)

Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. A group from the newly empowered Christians has now taken to enforce their cultural hegemony zealously; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and "the brotherhood of all". Although her former slave doesn't see it that way. This is why Agora (2009) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007). (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  religion
Characters:bible,  christianity,  christian,  teacher
Story:philosopher,  learning,  atheism,  scientist,  science,  crying,  fire

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:professor,  teacher,  friend
Story:pickup truck,  911,  university,  scientist,  tears,  secret,  crying,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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Ikiru (1952)
Drama

Ikiru (1952)

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

Themes:cancer,  dying,  illness,  drinking
Characters:doctor
Story:death of wife,  truck,  birthday,  tears,  drink,  crying,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like The Man From Earth (2007)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

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

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:aging,  reference to jesus christ,  birthday,  tears,  book,  secret,  drink,  crying,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Abre Los Ojos (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Abre Los Ojos (1997)

A once handsome playboy, Cesar finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:infection,  immortality,  psychologist,  birthday,  drink,  father son relationship,  police,  death

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