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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:justice,  writing,  dying,  illness,  guilt,  divorce,  fear,  money,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:israel,  germany,  courtroom,  bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  church,  school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:german,  student,  jew,  lust,  lawyer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Period:1940s,  1960s,  1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:law student,  writing a poem,  reading a comic book,  woman in bathtub,  prison library,  camera shot of a woman's legs,  law professor,  gym class,  reading to someone,  west berlin west germany,  teacher student relationship,  false confession,  reading aloud,  loss of virginity,  hamburg germany,  law,  sexually aggressive woman,  berlin germany,  jail visitation,  outdoor cafe,  older woman younger man relationship,  bicycle trip,  trial,  man undressing,  female lawyer,  looking at self in mirror,  walking in the rain,  prison visitation,  women's prison,  sex in bed,  secret,  burning to death,  reference to lady chatterley's lover the novel,  reference to war and peace the novel,  reference to moby dick the novel,  teaching oneself to read,  reference to the odyssey,  running down stairs,  stamp album,  reference to huckleberry finn,  reference to homer,  pen and paper,  learning to write,  stamp collector,  police van,  polishing shoes,  stamp collection,  female armpit hair,  flashback within a flashback,  philately,  reference to goethe,  postage stamp,  asking for forgiveness,  reference to anton chekhov,  war atrocity,  looking through a window,  absolution,  legality,  slip the undergarment,  crime against humanity,  learning to read,  year 1958,  year 1966,  washing hands,  nylon stockings,  literacy,  menu,  dining hall,  seminar,  crematorium,  job promotion,  playing footsie,  integrity,  year 1988,  courthouse,  year 1995,  oven,  packing,  studying,  shared bath,  sex with a minor,  female prisoner,  year 1980,  tram,  intimacy,  ironing,  sewing,  ss,  gravestone,  murderess,  vanity,  obsessive love,  auschwitz,  locked door,  conscience,  illiteracy,  mailbox,  mail,  15 year old,  tape recording,  16 year old,  young version of character,  last will and testament,  legs,  sexual awakening,  post world war two,  barbed wire,  age difference,  shame,  war crime,  adolescent,  family dinner,  alienation,  classmate,  snowing,  concentration camp,  surprise,  pride,  bathing,  haunted by the past,  street life,  morality,  embarrassment,  virginity,  swimsuit,  first love,  demonstration,  sexual attraction,  listening to music,  tape recorder,  high school,  survivor,  egg,  poem,  class,  court,  university,  flowers,  reading,  suitcase,  uniform,  protest,  microphone,  library,  skinny dipping,  flash forward,  confession,  graveyard,  foreign language adaptation,  scantily clad female,  false accusation,  apology,  judge,  nonlinear timeline,  female pubic hair,  eating,  woman,  wine,  bra,  cleavage,  swimming,  male pubic hair,  classroom,  voyeur,  jail,  cafe,  bed,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  taxi,  vomiting,  book,  letter,  bikini,  undressing,  face slap,  blonde,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  rain,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  world war two,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  two word title,  sex scene,  gun,  kiss,  death,  flashback,  police,  murder

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

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

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

Themes:illness,  friendship
Locations:germany,  bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:jew,  german,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:ss,  reading aloud,  berlin germany,  crime against humanity,  crematorium,  oven,  barbed wire,  family dinner,  concentration camp,  reading,  uniform,  microphone,  graveyard,  eating,  wine,  tears,  lie,  book,  secret,  undressing,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  world war two,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:guilt,  divorce,  fear,  money,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:school,  courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  friend
Story:law professor,  high school,  law,  prison visitation,  flashback within a flashback,  courthouse,  year 1980,  barbed wire,  shame,  pride,  class,  court,  flash forward,  false accusation,  trial,  apology,  judge,  eating,  woman,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  letter,  undressing,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  prison,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  police,  gun,  flashback,  murder

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:dying,  illness,  guilt,  fear,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bathtub,  cemetery,  school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:loss of virginity,  shared bath,  gravestone,  adolescent,  classmate,  pride,  haunted by the past,  embarrassment,  class,  court,  confession,  graveyard,  trial,  apology,  bra,  classroom,  voyeur,  jail,  cafe,  bed,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  taxi,  letter,  secret,  undressing,  face slap,  mirror,  underwear,  prison,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  police,  death,  murder,  kiss

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
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:justice,  guilt,  divorce,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  school,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  student,  teacher,  friend
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:tape recording,  morality,  virginity,  first love,  demonstration,  high school,  survivor,  law,  class,  university,  reading,  suitcase,  protest,  flash forward,  false accusation,  trial,  eating,  woman,  wine,  bra,  classroom,  jail,  cafe,  bed,  tears,  lie,  taxi,  vomiting,  book,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death,  kiss,  police,  murder

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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. This is why Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  divorce,  fear,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:reading aloud,  older woman younger man relationship,  sex in bed,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  flowers,  flash forward,  graveyard,  scantily clad female,  apology,  eating,  wine,  cleavage,  swimming,  voyeur,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  book,  secret,  bikini,  face slap,  blonde,  mirror,  food,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  death

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Themes:writing,  guilt,  money,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:german,  jew,  lawyer,  policeman,  student,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:teacher student relationship,  reading aloud,  jail visitation,  reference to lady chatterley's lover the novel,  post world war two,  classmate,  poem,  university,  library,  flash forward,  confession,  apology,  wine,  male pubic hair,  jail,  birthday,  tears,  book,  secret,  undressing,  face slap,  mirror,  underwear,  crying,  world war two,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  coming of age,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  murder

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:dying,  illness,  guilt,  suicide
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:jail visitation,  sex in bed,  sexual attraction,  law,  poem,  class,  microphone,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  cleavage,  swimming,  voyeur,  jail,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  vomiting,  secret,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death,  gun,  murder,  kiss,  police,  flashback

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Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
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.

Themes:guilt,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:loss of virginity,  reference to goethe,  ironing,  tape recording,  embarrassment,  virginity,  sexual attraction,  listening to music,  high school,  reading,  microphone,  confession,  scantily clad female,  eating,  cleavage,  swimming,  voyeur,  birthday,  vomiting,  book,  secret,  undressing,  blonde,  food,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... (Read More)

Themes:justice,  writing,  guilt,  fear,  money,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  church,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:law student,  courthouse,  vanity,  tape recording,  listening to music,  survivor,  law,  trial,  judge,  bra,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  book,  letter,  secret,  mirror,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police

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. This is why Ondskan (2003) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  fear,  money,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:german,  jew,  lawyer,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:polishing shoes,  dining hall,  snowing,  morality,  high school,  reading,  suitcase,  confession,  apology,  eating,  swimming,  vomiting,  book,  letter,  face slap,  food,  rain,  teenage boy,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss

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White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

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

Themes:divorce,  money,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  school,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  teacher,  friend
Story:women's prison,  washing hands,  sex with a minor,  15 year old,  first love,  high school,  class,  court,  flash forward,  trial,  judge,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  bra,  swimming,  classroom,  jail,  cafe,  tears,  letter,  secret,  underwear,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback,  gun,  police,  kiss,  death

The Human Stain (2003) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

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

Themes:illness,  divorce,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church,  restaurant
Characters:jew,  lust,  lawyer,  friend
Story:postage stamp,  age difference,  haunted by the past,  class,  university,  library,  graveyard,  scantily clad female,  false accusation,  nonlinear timeline,  female pubic hair,  cleavage,  classroom,  voyeur,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  secret,  blonde,  underwear,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  murder,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  police

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:justice,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:germany,  bicycle,  school
Characters:german,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  mailbox,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  high school,  law,  class,  uniform,  apology,  eating,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  gun,  kiss,  police,  murder,  death

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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:justice,  guilt,  money
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:german,  jew,  lawyer,  friend
Story:reading aloud,  locked door,  last will and testament,  pride,  demonstration,  listening to music,  protest,  flash forward,  false accusation,  trial,  apology,  judge,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  tears,  lie,  taxi,  book,  letter,  mirror,  crying,  world war two,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  murder,  death

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. This is why Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008). (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  school,  restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Period:1940s,  1960s
Story:hamburg germany,  gravestone,  listening to music,  tape recorder,  university,  reading,  microphone,  flash forward,  graveyard,  eating,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  book,  letter,  secret,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  kiss,  death,  flashback

Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:guilt,  divorce,  friendship
Locations:school,  church,  restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:virginity,  high school,  lie,  letter,  studying,  teacher student relationship,  loss of virginity,  older woman younger man relationship,  looking at self in mirror,  reference to huckleberry finn,  sewing,  legs,  classmate,  surprise,  embarrassment,  demonstration,  class,  protest,  microphone,  confession,  scantily clad female,  false accusation,  woman,  cleavage,  classroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  face slap,  mirror,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  sex scene,  kiss

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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:writing,  illness,  guilt,  money
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:lust,  policeman,  teacher
Period:1940s
Story:loss of virginity,  sex in bed,  sex with a minor,  mail,  age difference,  adolescent,  virginity,  sexual attraction,  scantily clad female,  cleavage,  swimming,  voyeur,  bed,  tears,  lie,  secret,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  murder,  gun,  police

Die Falscher (2007)
Crime, Drama, War

Die Falscher (2007)

The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Bernhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop Operation Bernhard's aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  fear,  money,  suicide
Locations:germany,  bar
Characters:german,  jew
Period:1940s
Story:concentration camp,  hamburg germany,  berlin germany,  ss,  auschwitz,  conscience,  post world war two,  war crime,  pride,  listening to music,  survivor,  suitcase,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  bra,  male pubic hair,  bed,  tears,  lie,  letter,  secret,  undressing,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  train,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  gun,  death

Youth In Revolt (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Youth In Revolt (2009)

At 16, Nick Twisp is wry about his teen funk: he lives in Oakland with his sex-addled mother; his father's child support is her meal ticket. While camping in Ukiah, Nick meets Sheeni: for him, it's love at first sight. Nick has to figure out how to get his father a job in Ukiah, then how to get sent to live with his father, then how to get close to Sheeni, whose religious parents may want her sent away from temptation to a boarding school. There's also Sheeni's all-American boyfriend to contend with. Overwhelmed by the challenges, Nick's about to give up when he conjures an alter ego who whispers revolt into his ear. Nick is not altogether hapless, but can this end well? (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  student,  friend
Story:loss of virginity,  older woman younger man relationship,  16 year old,  legs,  family dinner,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  high school,  poem,  reading,  apology,  eating,  bra,  jail,  cafe,  lie,  vomiting,  book,  letter,  bikini,  undressing,  food,  underwear,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  gun,  kiss

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Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
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. This is why Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  money,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:studying,  loss of virginity,  sex in bed,  gravestone,  family dinner,  snowing,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  class,  flowers,  suitcase,  graveyard,  apology,  eating,  woman,  swimming,  classroom,  bed,  tears,  taxi,  vomiting,  letter,  secret,  undressing,  mirror,  food,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex scene,  kiss,  death

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:money,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  snow,  school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:jew,  student,  teacher,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:teacher student relationship,  loss of virginity,  walking in the rain,  studying,  16 year old,  age difference,  snowing,  virginity,  listening to music,  class,  flowers,  reading,  classroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  book,  letter,  secret,  undressing,  mirror,  rain,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  kiss

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  dying,  fear,  money,  suicide
Locations:germany,  courtroom,  bicycle,  bathtub
Characters:german,  lawyer,  student
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:west berlin west germany,  hamburg germany,  berlin germany,  women's prison,  reference to moby dick the novel,  flowers,  protest,  microphone,  flash forward,  confession,  trial,  judge,  woman,  male pubic hair,  jail,  tears,  undressing,  underwear,  prison,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  gun,  police,  murder,  death,  kiss

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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:illness,  writing,  dying,  guilt,  fear,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:school,  snow,  church,  restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher,  policeman,  friend
Period:1990s
Story:writing a poem,  high school,  teacher student relationship,  studying,  15 year old,  16 year old,  surprise,  virginity,  first love,  listening to music,  class,  reading,  library,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  wine,  classroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  book,  letter,  secret,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
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:divorce,  fear,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lust,  student,  friend
Story:older woman younger man relationship,  secret,  asking for forgiveness,  16 year old,  sexual awakening,  age difference,  embarrassment,  swimsuit,  demonstration,  sexual attraction,  listening to music,  university,  suitcase,  protest,  microphone,  skinny dipping,  confession,  apology,  eating,  bra,  cleavage,  swimming,  male pubic hair,  voyeur,  cafe,  bed,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  bikini,  undressing,  food,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  death

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. This is why Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008). (Read More)

Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman,  student,  teacher
Story:older woman younger man relationship,  shared bath,  obsessive love,  snowing,  class,  flash forward,  graveyard,  apology,  classroom,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  taxi,  undressing,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  police

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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:divorce,  fear,  friendship
Locations:school,  bicycle,  snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:student,  teacher,  jew,  lawyer,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  integrity,  packing,  swimsuit,  law,  poem,  class,  university,  library,  woman,  wine,  swimming,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  taxi,  book,  letter,  food,  rain,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss

Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  fear,  money,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:year 1958,  locked door,  mail,  post world war two,  pride,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  court,  suitcase,  microphone,  flash forward,  confession,  trial,  apology,  judge,  eating,  woman,  wine,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  book,  secret,  mirror,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

The Sessions (2012) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Sessions (2012)

At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true story, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  fear,  money,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant
Characters:jew,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:writing a poem,  woman in bathtub,  loss of virginity,  outdoor cafe,  sex in bed,  year 1988,  shared bath,  intimacy,  sexual awakening,  virginity,  tape recorder,  poem,  reading,  flash forward,  confession,  scantily clad female,  apology,  female pubic hair,  eating,  woman,  bra,  cleavage,  voyeur,  cafe,  tears,  book,  undressing,  blonde,  food,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  sex scene,  kiss,  flashback

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Secretary (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary (2002)

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  fear
Locations:bathtub,  school,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer
Story:woman in bathtub,  looking at self in mirror,  age difference,  shame,  bathing,  sexual attraction,  flowers,  reading,  library,  scantily clad female,  female pubic hair,  woman,  wine,  cleavage,  cafe,  taxi,  letter,  bikini,  face slap,  mirror,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship. This is why Heavenly Creatures (1994) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  illness,  divorce,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:gym class,  loss of virginity,  shared bath,  sex with a minor,  sexual awakening,  post world war two,  virginity,  class,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  bra,  classroom,  letter,  secret,  face slap,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  murder,  kiss,  flashback,  death

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

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

Themes:divorce,  money,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  loss of virginity,  studying,  pride,  high school,  class,  reading,  flash forward,  apology,  bra,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  secret,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

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Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  fear,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  snow,  school,  bar
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:reading aloud,  stamp collection,  snowing,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  tape recorder,  class,  reading,  female pubic hair,  eating,  swimming,  classroom,  lie,  taxi,  vomiting,  book,  undressing,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  train,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  kiss,  police,  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:writing,  dying,  guilt
Locations:bathtub,  church,  school,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Period:1940s
Story:loss of virginity,  letter,  morality,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  flowers,  reading,  suitcase,  library,  flash forward,  confession,  false accusation,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  woman,  wine,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  undressing,  mirror,  food,  prison,  crying,  world war two,  train,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  police,  flashback,  death,  gun,  kiss

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  money,  friendship
Locations:school,  bathtub,  snow,  church,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:high school,  classmate,  street life,  poem,  class,  court,  confession,  eating,  bra,  swimming,  classroom,  jail,  cafe,  tears,  vomiting,  undressing,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  rain,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  coming of age,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  police,  death,  kiss,  gun

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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. This is why I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  money,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  friend
Story:prison library,  jail,  adolescent,  surprise,  law,  flowers,  reading,  suitcase,  library,  flash forward,  judge,  eating,  woman,  cafe,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  taxi,  vomiting,  book,  letter,  secret,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  police,  flashback,  death

Adam (2009) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

Adam (2009)

Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam's ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  fear
Locations:courtroom,  cemetery,  snow,  school,  restaurant
Characters:teacher,  lawyer,  policeman,  student,  friend
Story:reading aloud,  looking at self in mirror,  courthouse,  last will and testament,  snowing,  class,  court,  flowers,  reading,  flash forward,  graveyard,  false accusation,  trial,  apology,  judge,  eating,  classroom,  cafe,  bed,  tears,  lie,  book,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  new york city,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  kiss,  police

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:divorce,  fear,  money,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:tape recorder,  flowers,  microphone,  skinny dipping,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  swimming,  jail,  cafe,  taxi,  bikini,  undressing,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  gun,  death,  kiss,  police

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The Accused (1988)
Drama

The Accused (1988)

Sarah Tobias goes to her local bar and is gang-raped by three men. The district attorney on the case is Katheryn Murphy who wants to prove that although Sarah had taken drugs that night and was acting provocatively while in the bar, this is no reason for her to be so brutally attacked and the men responsible should be brought to justice. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  guilt,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lust,  lawyer,  policeman,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:female lawyer,  looking at self in mirror,  courthouse,  conscience,  listening to music,  law,  court,  scantily clad female,  trial,  judge,  female pubic hair,  cleavage,  voyeur,  lie,  undressing,  mirror,  underwear,  rain,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  two word title,  police,  kiss,  flashback

Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  suicide
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Period:1980s
Story:looking at self in mirror,  police van,  snowing,  demonstration,  flowers,  suitcase,  uniform,  protest,  eating,  male pubic hair,  jail,  tears,  vomiting,  undressing,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  prison,  crying,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  death

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. This is why We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008). (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:reading aloud,  ironing,  15 year old,  alienation,  listening to music,  high school,  egg,  reading,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  woman,  wine,  bra,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  book,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  new york city,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  flashback,  kiss

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Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

Themes:divorce,  money
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:lust
Story:reading aloud,  looking at self in mirror,  packing,  family dinner,  listening to music,  high school,  class,  flowers,  reading,  suitcase,  flash forward,  scantily clad female,  apology,  judge,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  cleavage,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  taxi,  book,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  sex scene,  death,  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:dying,  money
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:woman,  sex in bed,  sewing,  demonstration,  sexual attraction,  class,  flowers,  reading,  suitcase,  flash forward,  scantily clad female,  eating,  cleavage,  swimming,  classroom,  voyeur,  cafe,  tears,  vomiting,  book,  letter,  mirror,  food,  rain,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  sex scene,  gun,  police,  kiss,  flashback,  death

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:dying,  fear,  money,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Characters:jew,  policeman,  friend
Story:older woman younger man relationship,  looking at self in mirror,  flashback within a flashback,  shared bath,  street life,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  female pubic hair,  eating,  swimming,  tears,  taxi,  book,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  police,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  gun

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Das Leben Der Anderen (2006) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  guilt,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:germany,  cemetery
Characters:german,  policeman,  student,  teacher,  friend
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:secret,  berlin germany,  tape recording,  tape recorder,  microphone,  flash forward,  graveyard,  woman,  wine,  voyeur,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  book,  undressing,  food,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  police,  sex scene,  kiss,  murder,  flashback,  death

Proof (2005)
Drama, Mystery

Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs. This is why Proof (2005) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  illness,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  snow
Characters:policeman,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  packing,  snowing,  egg,  class,  university,  reading,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  classroom,  birthday,  tears,  book,  undressing,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  death

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

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

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

Themes:writing,  fear,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:teacher
Story:looking through a window,  studying,  ironing,  street life,  listening to music,  class,  flowers,  reading,  microphone,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  wine,  bed,  birthday,  book,  mirror,  food,  teenage boy,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  death

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Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:reading aloud,  loss of virginity,  embarrassment,  virginity,  flowers,  flash forward,  confession,  scantily clad female,  apology,  woman,  wine,  cleavage,  voyeur,  jail,  cafe,  lie,  taxi,  vomiting,  undressing,  rain,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback

The Judge (2014) is one of the best movies like The Reader (2008)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  guilt,  divorce,  money
Locations:courtroom,  bicycle,  cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:law student,  judge,  reading aloud,  walking in the rain,  courthouse,  packing,  gravestone,  pride,  street life,  law,  court,  suitcase,  flash forward,  confession,  trial,  eating,  cafe,  lie,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  rain,  prison,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  murder,  kiss

The Kite Runner (2007)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  writing,  dying,  illness,  guilt,  money,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:friend
Period:1970s,  1980s
Story:outdoor cafe,  learning to read,  conscience,  shame,  adolescent,  snowing,  pride,  street life,  law,  poem,  class,  flowers,  reading,  suitcase,  flash forward,  graveyard,  false accusation,  bed,  birthday,  tears,  lie,  taxi,  book,  letter,  secret,  mirror,  food,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  death,  murder,  flashback,  gun

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