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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:memory,  wealth,  poetry,  humiliation,  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:nursing home,  carnival,  porch swing,  broken engagement,  class distinction,  war widow,  class differences,  class,  love letter,  loss of memory,  voice over letter,  bus driver,  newspaper,  kissing in the rain,  wedding dress,  college,  dancing in the street,  house restoration,  army induction,  charleston south carolina,  lost trousers,  joining the army,  everlasting love,  reading to someone,  pulling down pants,  nurse's aide,  rich woman poor man,  walt whitman,  asking out,  story within the story,  summer love,  summer romance,  washboard,  lumberyard,  artist's studio,  random sex,  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,  tragic love,  stuttering,  star crossed lovers,  mailman,  romantic rivalry,  chick flick,  carpenter,  second chance,  broken heart,  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,  told in flashback,  audience,  friendship between men,  psychology,  watching a movie,  loss of loved one,  ice cream,  aging,  fainting,  poem,  heart attack,  kissing while having sex,  trust,  europe,  horse riding,  reunion,  sadness,  date,  pianist,  screaming,  argument,  marriage proposal,  old woman,  bath,  painter,  bird,  joke,  truck,  widow,  mansion,  old man,  band,  candle,  swimming,  river,  classroom,  piano,  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,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  two word title,  sex scene,  police,  fight,  death,  flashback,  kiss

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

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

Themes:memory,  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,  flashback,  death,  kiss,  fight

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Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

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

Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
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,  fight,  police,  kiss

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Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (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. This is why Zerkalo (1975) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004). (Read More)

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,  flashback,  death

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

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

Themes:memory,  wedding,  drinking
Locations:bathtub,  beach,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  singer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:voice over letter,  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,  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,  fight,  kiss,  police,  flashback

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,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death

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The Illusionist (2006) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
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 the Duchess. (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,  kiss,  police,  flashback,  death

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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  based on novel,  sex scene,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  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 Notebook (2004). (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,  fight,  kiss

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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,  class,  horse riding,  pianist,  marriage proposal,  bird,  band,  swimming,  river,  classroom,  piano,  tears,  book,  letter,  love triangle,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  fight,  death

Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
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,  porch,  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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  fight,  death

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,  kiss,  fight,  flashback,  police,  death

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August Rush (2007)
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,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  kiss,  police,  flashback

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004). (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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death,  fight,  flashback,  police

My Own Private Idaho (1991) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
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,  trust,  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,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  police

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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,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  death

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

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

Themes:humiliation,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub
Characters:student,  friend
Period:1990s
Story:porch swing,  photo album,  rainstorm,  rejection,  movie theatre,  watching a movie,  ice cream,  fainting,  sadness,  bath,  tears,  beer,  letter,  undressing,  bus,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  humiliation,  drinking
Locations:bicycle
Characters:maid,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  doctor,  teenager
Story:class differences,  family dinner,  promise,  fainting,  trust,  sadness,  pianist,  marriage proposal,  bird,  band,  classroom,  piano,  death of father,  rural setting,  tears,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death,  police

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Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004). (Read More)

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

Mustang (2015)
Drama

Mustang (2015)

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

Themes:wedding,  drinking
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  student,  singer,  doctor,  teenager
Story:sex in a car,  medical examination,  burial,  fainting,  screaming,  marriage proposal,  truck,  candle,  rifle,  book,  bus,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Themes:poetry,  humiliation,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  student,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:post world war two,  rowboat,  rejection,  promise,  death of friend,  poem,  band,  college,  tears,  book,  undressing,  face slap,  underwear,  song,  crying,  world war two,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  kiss,  fight,  police

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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, present and future. (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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  kiss,  flashback

Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

Themes:wedding,  drinking
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  singer,  doctor
Story:nursing home,  unhappy marriage,  family dinner,  love at first sight,  promise,  class,  argument,  old woman,  painter,  truck,  old man,  classroom,  tears,  beer,  book,  bus,  face slap,  food,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  sex scene,  kiss,  fight,  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. This is why Miss Potter (2006) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004). (Read More)

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

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An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

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

Themes:wealth,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  nightclub,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  student,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Story:class differences,  dancing in the street,  engagement,  class,  marriage proposal,  painter,  old man,  candle,  classroom,  tears,  book,  painting,  letter,  undressing,  bus,  rain,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  kiss

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

La Science Des Reves (2006)

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

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:voice over letter,  rejection,  pianist,  marriage proposal,  old woman,  bath,  joke,  widow,  old man,  band,  swimming,  river,  piano,  death of father,  book,  painting,  letter,  underwear,  song,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  nightclub,  cemetery,  beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  student,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:army induction,  volunteer,  dock,  medical examination,  u.s. army,  burial,  class,  sadness,  truck,  band,  newspaper,  swimming,  classroom,  rifle,  letter,  undressing,  battle,  bus,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  police,  death,  kiss

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The Four Feathers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:broken engagement,  love letter,  romantic rivalry,  fiancee,  burial,  friendship between men,  horse riding,  marriage proposal,  bath,  rifle,  love triangle,  battle,  rain,  dancing,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  fight,  kiss,  death

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli. This is why The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  beach
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:battle,  promise,  burial,  painter,  widow,  old man,  band,  candle,  piano,  tears,  rifle,  book,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  fight,  flashback

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  beach
Characters:dancer,  student,  singer,  friend
Story:voice over letter,  family dinner,  promise,  watching a movie,  europe,  class,  sadness,  marriage proposal,  old man,  band,  swimming,  river,  classroom,  college,  tears,  letter,  love triangle,  undressing,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene,  death,  kiss

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Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:humiliation,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  hotel,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:pulling down pants,  watching a movie,  trust,  marriage proposal,  band,  swimming,  undressing,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  kiss,  fight,  flashback,  police

Shane (1953)
Drama, Western

Shane (1953)

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

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:wedding dress,  creek,  harmonica,  rainstorm,  fainting,  trust,  widow,  old man,  river,  death of father,  tears,  rifle,  book,  love triangle,  battle,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  death,  fight

Hair (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:class differences,  harmonica,  medical examination,  love at first sight,  u.s. army,  trust,  horse riding,  candle,  tears,  rifle,  undressing,  bus,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  police,  death

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

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  beach
Characters:nurse,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:nursing home,  reincarnation,  voice over letter,  aging,  trust,  reunion,  pianist,  old man,  candle,  newspaper,  piano,  tears,  rifle,  book,  letter,  face slap,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  two word title,  sex scene,  death,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

Mona Lisa Smile (2003) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
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:student,  dancer,  nurse,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Story:college,  poem,  class,  marriage proposal,  painter,  newspaper,  swimming,  classroom,  tears,  book,  painting,  letter,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

Dear John (2010)
Drama, Romance, War

Dear John (2010)

South Carolina US Army Special operations soldier John is on summer leave from his German base, visiting his widowed father. Being gallant on the pier, he befriends college student Savannah, a college student, and her buddies, a terminal father and his angelic son. John falls in love with Savannah, who diagnoses his beloved, gentle but weird father as mildly autistic. He plans not to sign up again, but 9/11 changes that, and she won't wait idly while their friends desperately need help. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:student
Story:love letter,  voice over letter,  kissing in the rain,  reading to someone,  wounded soldier,  south carolina,  romantic rivalry,  chick flick,  u.s. army,  diving,  ice cream,  horse riding,  college,  father son relationship,  based on novel

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bathtub,  cemetery,  beach
Characters:dancer,  student,  friend
Story:second chance,  promise,  friendship between men,  class,  date,  screaming,  old woman,  newspaper,  river,  classroom,  tears,  beer,  letter,  undressing,  bus,  face slap,  underwear,  crying,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  death

Made Of Honor (2008)
Comedy, Romance

Made Of Honor (2008)

Made of Honor revolves around Tom and Hannah, who have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her "maid" of honor, he reluctantly agrees just so he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:maid,  dancer,  student,  singer,  friend
Story:chick flick,  photo album,  love at first sight,  rowboat,  horse riding,  painting,  undressing,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  song,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss

On The Road (2012) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. This is why On The Road (2012) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004). (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  cemetery
Characters:friend
Period:1940s
Story:voice over letter,  post world war two,  friendship between men,  poem,  river,  piano,  death of father,  beer,  book,  letter,  bus,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene,  kiss,  police,  flashback,  death

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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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  sex scene,  kiss,  fight,  flashback

My Girl (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  memory,  friendship
Locations:lake,  wheelchair,  bicycle
Characters:student,  nurse,  friend,  doctor
Story:bumper car,  medical examination,  engagement,  death of friend,  carnival,  poem,  class,  date,  argument,  swimming,  river,  classroom,  tears,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  kiss,  death

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:student,  dancer,  friend,  singer,  doctor,  teenager
Period:1990s
Story:voice over letter,  harmonica,  teenage love,  movie theatre,  promise,  death of friend,  ice cream,  trust,  class,  sadness,  date,  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

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
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:hotel,  bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:maid,  friend
Story:painting,  audience,  watching a movie,  poem,  europe,  class,  marriage proposal,  old woman,  bath,  painter,  widow,  old man,  candle,  newspaper,  tears,  rifle,  book,  letter,  battle,  bus,  face slap,  food,  crying,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  police,  death,  flashback

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004). (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  humiliation,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:hotel
Characters:singer,  friend,  teenager
Story:romantic rivalry,  barefoot,  band,  swimming,  death of father,  beer,  book,  love triangle,  undressing,  bus,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

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:humiliation,  drinking
Locations:beach
Characters:singer
Story:dock,  rainstorm,  rowboat,  horse riding,  painter,  mansion,  old man,  candle,  swimming,  river,  tears,  beer,  book,  painting,  battle,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  kiss,  flashback,  death

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Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene ('Carey Mulligan' (qv)), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak ('Matthias Schoenaerts' (qv)), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy ('Tom Sturridge' (qv)), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood ('Michael Sheen (I)' (qv)), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:voice over letter,  geese,  secret love,  promise,  poem,  marriage proposal,  widow,  candle,  swimming,  piano,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  death,  kiss

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) is one of the best movies like The Notebook (2004)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortes, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:beach,  hotel
Characters:dancer,  student,  singer,  doctor,  friend,  teenager
Story:europe,  class differences,  sex in a car,  promise,  trust,  horse riding,  argument,  old woman,  swimming,  college,  tears,  beer,  rifle,  undressing,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  kiss

Ondskan (2003)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  friendship
Characters:student,  friend
Story:voice over letter,  teenage love,  promise,  pianist,  bird,  newspaper,  swimming,  piano,  death of father,  book,  letter,  face slap,  food,  rain,  teenage boy,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  fight

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