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The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Notebook (2004)

In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story for an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and handsome, proposes. Meanwhile Noah buys and restores the old house and many people want to buy it. When Allie accidentally sees the photo of Noah and his house in a newspaper, she feels divided between her first love and her commitment with Lon. Meanwhile Duke stops reading to the old lady since his children are visiting him in the nursing home. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  poetry,  humiliation,  memory,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:tearjerker
Locations:lake,  wheelchair,  bicycle,  nightclub,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:maid,  dancer,  student,  nurse,  singer,  doctor,  friend,  teenager
Period:1940s,  1990s
Story:porch swing,  broken engagement,  class distinction,  war widow,  class differences,  love letter,  loss of memory,  voice over letter,  bus driver,  kissing in the rain,  wedding dress,  dancing in the street,  house restoration,  charleston south carolina,  army induction,  joining the army,  lost trousers,  reading to someone,  everlasting love,  pulling down pants,  nurse's aide,  rich woman poor man,  walt whitman,  asking out,  story within the story,  summer love,  washboard,  summer romance,  lumberyard,  random sex,  artist's studio,  waterhole,  rebuilding,  southern belle,  distress,  carpentry,  diamond ring,  bumper car,  geese,  wounded soldier,  porch,  fiddle,  motivational,  traffic light,  creek,  protective male,  south carolina,  pancake,  secret love,  talking while driving,  stuttering,  tragic love,  mailman,  star crossed lovers,  romantic rivalry,  carpenter,  chick flick,  second chance,  broken heart,  nursing home,  ferris wheel,  volunteer,  mailbox,  abandoned house,  sex in a car,  harmonica,  popcorn,  teenage love,  unhappy marriage,  dock,  notebook,  post world war two,  dementia,  fiancee,  photo album,  family dinner,  alzheimer's disease,  rainstorm,  medical examination,  self discovery,  engagement,  love at first sight,  rowboat,  rejection,  u.s. army,  reincarnation,  movie theatre,  diving,  barefoot,  promise,  death of friend,  forbidden love,  burial,  carnival,  told in flashback,  audience,  friendship between men,  watching a movie,  psychology,  loss of loved one,  ice cream,  aging,  fainting,  poem,  heart attack,  kissing while having sex,  trust,  europe,  class,  horse riding,  reunion,  sadness,  date,  pianist,  screaming,  argument,  marriage proposal,  old woman,  bath,  painter,  bird,  joke,  truck,  widow,  mansion,  old man,  band,  candle,  newspaper,  swimming,  river,  classroom,  piano,  college,  death of father,  rural setting,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  book,  painting,  letter,  love triangle,  undressing,  battle,  bus,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  world war two,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  based on novel,  sex scene,  kiss,  fight,  police,  death,  flashback

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:memory,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  beach,  hospital
Characters:student,  singer,  doctor
Story:love letter,  reincarnation,  ice cream,  heart attack,  trust,  class,  pianist,  bath,  widow,  classroom,  piano,  tears,  love triangle,  undressing,  underwear,  song,  crying,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

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

Themes:wealth,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:class differences,  love at first sight,  diving,  death of friend,  burial,  ice cream,  aging,  fainting,  marriage proposal,  truck,  mansion,  band,  candle,  newspaper,  swimming,  tears,  rifle,  book,  letter,  love triangle,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  world war two,  teenage girl,  singing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  fight,  kiss,  death

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:maid,  dancer,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Period:1990s
Story:random sex,  broken heart,  popcorn,  rejection,  barefoot,  burial,  fainting,  poem,  europe,  sadness,  old woman,  bath,  painter,  truck,  band,  death of father,  rural setting,  tears,  beer,  painting,  letter,  undressing,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  police,  fight,  flashback,  death

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Family

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

In Bedridge, Professor Parker Wilson finds an abandoned dog at the train station and takes it home with the intention of returning the animal to its owner. He finds that the dog is an Akita and names it Hachiko. However, nobody claims the dog so his family decides to keep Hachi.

Themes:memory,  wedding,  friendship
Mood:tearjerker
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  student,  friend
Story:motivational,  popcorn,  photo album,  death of friend,  told in flashback,  heart attack,  class,  pianist,  bath,  widow,  newspaper,  classroom,  piano,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  rain,  crying,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Adore (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adore (2013)

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

Themes:memory,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:photo album,  forbidden love,  burial,  audience,  watching a movie,  aging,  reunion,  sadness,  widow,  swimming,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  book,  bus,  face slap,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  fight

Nowhere Boy (2009)
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. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  student,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:washboard,  mailman,  harmonica,  movie theatre,  audience,  sadness,  argument,  widow,  band,  piano,  college,  tears,  beer,  book,  letter,  bus,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  death,  flashback,  kiss

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

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

Themes:memory,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  beach,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  singer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:voice over letter,  story within the story,  wounded soldier,  star crossed lovers,  harmonica,  rowboat,  diving,  barefoot,  forbidden love,  watching a movie,  reunion,  old woman,  bath,  mansion,  candle,  piano,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  undressing,  bus,  food,  song,  crying,  world war two,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  fight

A Man Called Ove (2015) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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 terraced 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:poetry,  memory,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bicycle,  cemetery,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:voice over letter,  mailbox,  promise,  loss of loved one,  heart attack,  marriage proposal,  old woman,  old man,  candle,  newspaper,  death of father,  rifle,  book,  letter,  bus,  food,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  death,  kiss

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:voice over letter,  charleston south carolina,  wounded soldier,  fiddle,  south carolina,  tragic love,  star crossed lovers,  rowboat,  kissing while having sex,  reunion,  pianist,  bird,  piano,  death of father,  rural setting,  rifle,  book,  letter,  battle,  food,  underwear,  rain,  singing,  photograph,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  two word title,  sex scene,  death,  kiss,  flashback

Mamma Mia! (2008)
Comedy, Family, Musical, Romance

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  memory,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:summer romance,  mailbox,  dock,  diving,  barefoot,  fainting,  pianist,  band,  swimming,  piano,  tears,  book,  letter,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  sex scene,  kiss,  flashback

The Painted Veil (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:maid,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  doctor
Story:unhappy marriage,  love at first sight,  rowboat,  burial,  fainting,  horse riding,  pianist,  marriage proposal,  bird,  band,  swimming,  river,  classroom,  piano,  tears,  book,  letter,  love triangle,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  sex scene,  police,  death,  flashback,  kiss

Tokyo Story (1953) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Drama

Tokyo Story (1953)

An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their busy, impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  hotel,  beach
Characters:maid,  student,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:post world war two,  ice cream,  aging,  class,  reunion,  sadness,  old woman,  bath,  widow,  old man,  classroom,  rural setting,  letter,  bus,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

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

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:kissing in the rain,  harmonica,  dock,  rainstorm,  burial,  watching a movie,  kissing while having sex,  reunion,  bath,  bird,  truck,  widow,  old man,  candle,  newspaper,  swimming,  river,  rifle,  undressing,  rain,  song,  world war two,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  death,  police,  kiss

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:drinking
Locations:lake,  bicycle,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:maid,  dancer,  singer,  doctor,  teenager
Period:1940s
Story:porch swing,  tragic love,  forbidden love,  date,  pianist,  screaming,  old woman,  widow,  swimming,  piano,  college,  tears,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  police,  fight

The Illusionist (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Illusionist (2006)

In late nineteenth century Vienna, renowned illusionist Eisenheim is reunited with the Duchess von Teschen when she is volunteered from the audience to participate in an illusion during one of his performances. Despite having not seen each other in fifteen years when they were teenagers, they almost immediately recognize each other as Eduard Abramovich and Sophie von Teschen, they who had a doomed romance at that time due to their class differences. The Duchess is soon to be wed to the Crown Prince Leopold in what would be for him a marriage solely in pursuit of power: overthrowing his father, the Emperor Leopold, as well as overtaking the Hungarian side of the empire. The Crown Prince is known to use violence against women if it suits his needs or purposes. As such, the Duchess, who realizes that she still loves Eisenheim and he her, can never leave the Crown Prince without it jeopardizing her life. After Eisenheim humiliates the Crown Prince at a private show which results in an incident between the Crown Prince and the Duchess, the battle between Eisenheim and the Crown Prince moves into the public performance realm, which many believe demonstrates Eisenheim's supernatural powers. Much of the work for the Crown Prince in the battle with Eisenheim is conducted by Chief Inspector Uhl, who would become the Chief of Police under the Crown Prince's reign. As such, Uhl may have ulterior motives in turning a blind eye to any unlawful act of the Crown Prince against Eisenheim or t… (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:broken engagement,  class differences,  secret love,  star crossed lovers,  carpenter,  broken heart,  teenage love,  forbidden love,  audience,  loss of loved one,  class,  reunion,  sadness,  argument,  bird,  candle,  newspaper,  river,  rural setting,  rifle,  painting,  letter,  undressing,  battle,  face slap,  food,  voice over narration,  photograph,  two word title,  sex scene,  police,  kiss,  death,  flashback

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Animation, Drama, War

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

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

Themes:memory,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  beach,  hospital
Characters:singer,  doctor,  friend,  teenager
Period:1940s
Story:mailbox,  post world war two,  burial,  told in flashback,  bath,  bird,  truck,  band,  swimming,  death of father,  tears,  letter,  undressing,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  world war two,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  fight,  flashback

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

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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

Themes:wealth,  poetry,  humiliation,  wedding,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:maid,  friend
Story:audience,  watching a movie,  poem,  europe,  marriage proposal,  old woman,  bath,  painter,  widow,  old man,  candle,  newspaper,  tears,  rifle,  book,  painting,  letter,  battle,  bus,  face slap,  food,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  police,  flashback,  kiss

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancee to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:pancake,  mailman,  carpenter,  fiancee,  engagement,  burial,  loss of loved one,  kissing while having sex,  sadness,  bath,  truck,  widow,  death of father,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  battle,  bus,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  death,  kiss

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  memory,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:lake,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:wedding dress,  washboard,  fiddle,  mailbox,  harmonica,  unhappy marriage,  movie theatre,  promise,  friendship between men,  horse riding,  sadness,  widow,  candle,  swimming,  river,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  face slap,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  fight

The Mirror (1975) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Biography, Drama

The Mirror (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Themes:poetry,  memory
Characters:dancer,  student,  singer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:stuttering,  medical examination,  poem,  old woman,  bird,  newspaper,  swimming,  river,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  book,  food,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback

Elizabethtown (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Elizabethtown (2005)

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drinking
Locations:cemetery,  hotel
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:photo album,  self discovery,  rejection,  burial,  heart attack,  screaming,  truck,  widow,  band,  river,  death of father,  tears,  painting,  food,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
Drama, Mystery

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

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

Themes:poetry,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:lake
Characters:maid,  student,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:class differences,  creek,  poem,  pianist,  screaming,  bird,  mansion,  classroom,  piano,  rural setting,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  book,  face slap,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  death

Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:poetry,  memory,  drinking
Locations:lake,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer,  teenager
Period:1990s
Story:motivational,  self discovery,  diving,  barefoot,  audience,  poem,  argument,  bird,  truck,  old man,  swimming,  river,  piano,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  book,  undressing,  bus,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  fight,  police

Empire Of The Sun (1987) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Drama, History, War

Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:student,  nurse,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:class differences,  abandoned house,  harmonica,  dock,  u.s. army,  fainting,  poem,  bath,  truck,  candle,  piano,  tears,  battle,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  world war two,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  death,  kiss

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:poetry,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend,  teenager
Period:1990s
Story:voice over letter,  harmonica,  teenage love,  movie theatre,  promise,  death of friend,  ice cream,  trust,  class,  sadness,  truck,  candle,  classroom,  college,  tears,  book,  letter,  face slap,  food,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:motivational,  rejection,  movie theatre,  class,  sadness,  old woman,  truck,  old man,  river,  college,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  painting,  letter,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Action, Drama, History, Romance, War

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor is a classic tale of romance set during a war that complicates everything. It all starts when childhood friends Rafe and Danny become Army Air Corps pilots and meet Evelyn, a Navy nurse. Rafe falls head over heels and next thing you know Evelyn and Rafe are hooking up. Then Rafe volunteers to go fight in Britain and Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor. While Rafe is off fighting everything gets completely whack and next thing you know everybody is in the middle of an air raid we now know as "Pearl Harbor." (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bicycle,  beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:stuttering,  volunteer,  u.s. army,  friendship between men,  watching a movie,  fainting,  marriage proposal,  band,  tears,  beer,  letter,  love triangle,  undressing,  battle,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback,  fight,  kiss

The Glass House (2001) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Glass House (2001)

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:maid,  doctor,  friend
Story:popcorn,  movie theatre,  watching a movie,  loss of loved one,  fainting,  trust,  class,  screaming,  argument,  truck,  mansion,  swimming,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  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. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  drinking
Locations:lake,  hotel
Characters:dancer,  student,  singer
Story:rowboat,  audience,  class,  truck,  band,  newspaper,  classroom,  college,  rifle,  book,  letter,  love triangle,  bus,  underwear,  song,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  fight

Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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:wealth,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  beach,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:pancake,  broken heart,  photo album,  told in flashback,  aging,  heart attack,  date,  old woman,  candle,  tears,  love triangle,  undressing,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  flashback,  death

Miss Potter (2006)
Biography, Drama

Miss Potter (2006)

In 1902, in London, the spinster Beatrix Potter lives with her bourgeois parents. Her snobbish mother, Helen Potter, had introduced several bachelors to Beatrix until she was twenty years old, but she had turned them all down. Beatrix Potter has been drawing animals and making up stories about them since she was a child, but her parents have never recognized her as an artist. One day, Miss Potter offers her stories to a print house, and a rookie publisher, Norman Warne, who is delighted with her tales, publishes her first children's book. This success leads Norman to publish two other books, and Miss Potter meanwhile becomes the best friend of his single sister Millie Warne. Soon Beatrix and Norman fall in love with each other, but Helen does not accept that her daughter would marry a "trader". However, Beatrix's father Rupert Potter proposes that his daughter spend the summer with his wife and him in their country house in Lake District, and if she is still interested in Norman after the summertime, he would bless their marriage. When Miss Potter stops receiving letters from Norman, she is disappointed. Then one day she receives a letter from Millie explaining what had happened to Norman. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  friendship
Locations:lake,  wheelchair
Characters:maid,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:class differences,  love letter,  voice over letter,  marriage proposal,  old woman,  painter,  mansion,  rural setting,  tears,  book,  painting,  letter,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  flashback,  kiss,  death

In Her Shoes (2005) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  beach
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:nursing home,  photo album,  engagement,  ice cream,  poem,  reunion,  old woman,  widow,  old man,  newspaper,  tears,  beer,  book,  letter,  food,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Jules And Jim (1962)
Drama, Romance

Jules And Jim (1962)

In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:lake,  cemetery,  beach
Characters:singer
Story:voice over letter,  unhappy marriage,  rowboat,  friendship between men,  watching a movie,  pianist,  marriage proposal,  swimming,  river,  rural setting,  painting,  letter,  love triangle,  battle,  face slap,  song,  voice over narration,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  kiss

Titanic (1997)
Drama, Romance

Titanic (1997)

84 years later, a 100 year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiance, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:tearjerker
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:dancer,  friend,  teenager
Period:1990s
Story:broken engagement,  class differences,  rich woman poor man,  protective male,  tragic love,  star crossed lovers,  sex in a car,  dock,  engagement,  love at first sight,  rowboat,  death of friend,  forbidden love,  told in flashback,  loss of loved one,  kissing while having sex,  class,  old woman,  painter,  widow,  swimming,  painting,  love triangle,  undressing,  face slap,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  sex scene,  death,  kiss

All Good Things (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

All Good Things (2010)

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

Themes:wealth,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:lake,  bicycle
Characters:maid,  dancer,  student,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:class differences,  mailbox,  trust,  marriage proposal,  old man,  newspaper,  swimming,  college,  tears,  undressing,  food,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex scene,  death,  flashback,  police,  kiss

It Happened One Night (1934) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Comedy, Romance

It Happened One Night (1934)

Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father's yacht and out of King's clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn't give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he'll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks!) he wants .... a really juicy newspaper story. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drinking
Characters:maid,  singer
Story:class differences,  bus driver,  wedding dress,  fiddle,  rainstorm,  diving,  fainting,  newspaper,  swimming,  river,  tears,  letter,  undressing,  bus,  face slap,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  kiss

The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
Drama, Romance, War

The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)

The story concentrates on the social re-adjustment of three World War II servicemen, each from a different station of society. Al Stephenson returns to an influential banking position, but finds it hard to reconcile his loyalties to ex-servicemen with new commercial realities. Fred Derry is an ordinary working man who finds it difficult to hold down a job or pick up the threads of his marriage. Having had both hands burnt off during the war, Homer Parrish is unsure that his fiancee's feelings are still those of love and not those of pity. Each of the veterans faces a crisis upon his arrival, and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  memory,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:maid,  dancer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:class differences,  wounded soldier,  broken heart,  u.s. army,  reunion,  pianist,  marriage proposal,  band,  newspaper,  piano,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  love triangle,  undressing,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  world war two,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  fight,  kiss

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:lake,  bicycle,  beach
Characters:dancer,  student,  nurse,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Story:poem,  class,  marriage proposal,  painter,  newspaper,  swimming,  classroom,  college,  tears,  book,  painting,  letter,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  kiss

The Lake House (2006)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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:drinking
Locations:lake,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  doctor
Story:love letter,  voice over letter,  mailbox,  heart attack,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  book,  painting,  letter,  bus,  rain,  crying,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death

Stay (2005) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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:memory,  drinking
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  student
Story:diamond ring,  mailbox,  notebook,  promise,  class,  marriage proposal,  bath,  painter,  piano,  death of father,  tears,  painting,  undressing,  food,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  dancing,  african american,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  flashback,  death

Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, p… (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Locations:lake,  wheelchair,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  student,  nurse,  singer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:romantic rivalry,  self discovery,  u.s. army,  barefoot,  carnival,  poem,  heart attack,  class,  joke,  band,  swimming,  river,  classroom,  piano,  death of father,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  kiss

The Dressmaker (2015)
Comedy, Drama

The Dressmaker (2015)

Based on Rosalie Ham's best selling novel, The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small home town in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture.

Themes:memory,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:wedding dress,  death of friend,  screaming,  marriage proposal,  bath,  newspaper,  rural setting,  rifle,  book,  letter,  undressing,  bus,  face slap,  song,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene,  kiss,  flashback

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:drinking
Locations:bicycle,  nightclub
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  singer,  doctor
Story:post world war two,  carnival,  watching a movie,  sadness,  pianist,  truck,  old man,  band,  candle,  newspaper,  piano,  tears,  beer,  bus,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death

August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:second chance,  harmonica,  love at first sight,  class,  pianist,  truck,  band,  piano,  tears,  beer,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  fight

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:student,  friend,  teenager
Period:1940s,  1990s
Story:reading to someone,  mailbox,  post world war two,  family dinner,  poem,  class,  swimming,  classroom,  tears,  book,  letter,  undressing,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  world war two,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  two word title,  sex scene,  death,  kiss,  police,  flashback

Gods And Monsters (1998)
Biography, Drama

Gods And Monsters (1998)

The story of 'James Whale (I)' (qv), the Director of _Frankenstein (1931)_ (qv) and _Bride of Frankenstein (1935)_ (qv), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale was homosexual, and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine.

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:maid,  student,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:medical examination,  diving,  watching a movie,  painter,  newspaper,  swimming,  rifle,  painting,  undressing,  underwear,  rain,  song,  teenage boy,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  flashback

Malena (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, War

Malena (2000)

Malena is about the peril of a beauty through the eyes of a 12 year old kid named Renato. He experiences three things on the same day, beginning of war, getting a bike and sees the arrival of Malena in town. Through his eyes, we see the curse of beauty and loneliness of Malena, whose husband is presumed to be dead, and through his soul we see his love for her. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:bicycle,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:fiancee,  audience,  watching a movie,  fainting,  class,  widow,  classroom,  letter,  face slap,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  world war two,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  kiss,  death

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
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:memory,  wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  bicycle,  nightclub,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  student,  doctor,  friend
Period:1990s
Story:movie theatre,  burial,  watching a movie,  fainting,  heart attack,  class,  old woman,  bird,  old man,  newspaper,  classroom,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  book,  battle,  food,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback,  police,  fight,  death

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:humiliation,  memory,  drinking
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:ferris wheel,  burial,  trust,  old woman,  painter,  old man,  newspaper,  death of father,  tears,  rifle,  book,  painting,  letter,  song,  crying,  world war two,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  death

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