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The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:starvation, blindness, homelessness, cannibalism, apocalypse, dying, hope, illness, theft, robbery, memory, fear, christmas, suicide, love
Mood:bleakness, epic, nightmare
Locations:tunnel, campfire, ocean, ship, farm, bathtub, snow, forest, church, beach
Characters:thief, boy
Period:future
Story:shopping cart, abandoned farmhouse, coughing blood, leg wound, giving birth, sleeping in a car, dying man, abandoned ship, crying boy, nude swimming, post apocalypse, canned food, looking at oneself in a mirror, talking to a corpse, abandoned church, boy in peril, person on fire, threatened with a knife, suicide contemplation, holding a gun to someone's head

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:starvation, dying, hope, fear, suicide
Mood:epic
Locations:tunnel, campfire, snow, forest, beach
Period:future
Story:post apocalypse, fleeing, shot with an arrow, abandoned house, abandoned building, crossbow, torch, desperation, loss of wife, stealing, captive, bow and arrow, waterfall, dystopia, death of wife, binoculars, journey, child in peril, map, bridge

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:blindness, dying, hope, illness, theft, christmas, love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, farm, snow, forest, church
Characters:thief
Story:hanged man, wound, cross, pianist, hanging, reading, journey, nonlinear timeline, eating, woman, revolver, piano, dead body, death of father, rifle, vomiting, book, shot in the chest, mirror, horse

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
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.

Themes:starvation, homelessness, dying, illness, theft, robbery, memory, fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:ship, bathtub, beach
Characters:thief, boy
Story:survival, food, bomb shelter, malnutrition, cart, fleeing, scissors, hunger, torch, stealing, sleeping, reading, truck, eating, swimming, death of mother, dead body, death of father, tears, undressing

Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
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. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism, dying, memory, suicide, love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, ocean, ship, bathtub, snow, forest, beach
Characters:boy
Period:future
Story:post apocalypse, gun in mouth, shot with an arrow, despair, hunger, crossbow, trust, dystopia, pursuit, pianist, skeleton, death of wife, shot in the leg, nonlinear timeline, eating, bridge, old man, candle, survival, piano

The Book Of Eli (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Book Of Eli (2010)

In a violent post-apocalyptic society, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli's impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. The girl sees Eli's book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book, they must first take his life. This is why The Book Of Eli (2010) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:blindness, cannibalism, hope
Locations:tunnel, campfire, forest
Story:shopping cart, post apocalypse, threatened with a knife, wandering, shot with an arrow, blind man, cannibal, desperation, bow and arrow, sleeping, skeleton, reading, on the road, road movie, shot in the leg, journey, bridge, woman, gang, road trip

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Themes:hope, theft, memory, fear, love
Mood:epic
Locations:ocean, bathtub, forest, church, beach
Characters:thief, boy
Story:giving birth, looking at oneself in a mirror, expectant father, expectant mother, abandoned house, pregnant wife, 12 year old, cigarette lighter, suffering, birth, stealing, trust, sleeping, waterfall, childbirth, flowers, reading, pain, journey, nonlinear timeline

The Fountain (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:dying, hope, illness, memory, love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, bathtub, snow
Period:future
Story:wedding ring, crossbow, telescope, torch, loss of wife, captive, wound, sleeping, cross, pursuit, death of wife, nonlinear timeline, map, candle, tears, horse, rain, crying, fire, chase

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. (Read More)

Themes:blindness, apocalypse, hope, fear
Mood:nightmare
Characters:boy
Period:future
Story:post apocalypse, truck, gang, survival, threatened with a knife, flare gun, expectant mother, pregnant wife, shot through a window, crossbow, telescope, masked man, skull, desperation, captive, dystopia, on the road, road movie, binoculars, shot in the leg

The Hunger Games (2012)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games (2012)

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, rutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Mood:nightmare
Locations:tunnel, forest
Characters:boy
Period:future
Story:hunger, leg wound, post apocalypse, person on fire, threatened with a knife, washing hair, cigarette lighter, despair, crossbow, wilderness, bow and arrow, trust, sleeping, dystopia, pursuit, binoculars, child in peril, drawing, map, candle

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? This is why Batoru Rowaiaru (2000) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:blindness, dying, memory, suicide, love
Mood:epic, nightmare
Locations:tunnel, beach
Story:map, food, washing hair, cigarette lighter, despair, hunger, crossbow, desperation, wound, trust, sleeping, dystopia, pursuit, hanging, binoculars, shot in the leg, child in peril, drawing, truck, candle

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Read More)

Themes:starvation, dying, hope, illness, fear
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, ship, farm, beach
Characters:thief, boy
Story:person on fire, threatened with a knife, catastrophe, suffering, torch, bow and arrow, trust, pursuit, hanging, tent, pain, shot in the leg, journey, eating, old man, candle, survival, death of father, reference to god, shot in the chest

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:hope, robbery, fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:ship, forest
Characters:thief
Story:threatened with a knife, shot with an arrow, coin, masked man, torch, loss of wife, bow and arrow, waterfall, death of wife, shot in the leg, child in peril, nonlinear timeline, map, bridge, gang, candle, death of mother, death of father, shot in the head, shot in the chest

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:blindness, dying, illness, suicide
Mood:epic
Locations:tunnel, ship, beach
Characters:boy
Story:expectant father, expectant mother, pregnant wife, despair, whiskey, reading, tent, binoculars, map, eating, survival, rifle, book, shot in the head, horse, food, rain, pregnancy, voice over narration, fire

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:hope, fear
Mood:epic, nightmare
Locations:farm, forest
Period:future
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, threatened with a knife, farmhouse, abandoned building, shot through a window, telescope, desperation, bullet, dystopia, pursuit, on the road, binoculars, gas station, shot in the leg, child in peril, drawing, truck, gang, road trip, survival

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. This is why The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:dying, fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:forest, snow, church
Characters:boy
Story:crossbow, torch, bow and arrow, wound, trust, cross, child in peril, drawing, map, eating, woman, old man, candle, death of father, rifle, travel, book, shot in the head, shot in the chest, mirror

War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, dying, fear
Locations:tunnel, ship, church
Period:future
Story:cellar, hunger, desperation, sleeping, cross, child in peril, truck, eating, bridge, survival, dead body, tears, rifle, mirror, food, rain, corpse, pregnancy, crying, voice over narration

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:fear, love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:campfire, farm, forest
Characters:boy
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, threatened with a knife, coca cola, shot through a window, wedding ring, haircut, torch, on the road, road movie, gas station, journey, map, bridge, woman, road trip, death of mother, death of father, held at gunpoint, travel, vomiting

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

Children Of Men (2006)

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

Themes:apocalypse, dying, hope, love
Locations:tunnel, farm, forest
Period:future
Story:woman, giving birth, journey, survival, expectant mother, whiskey, birth, wound, dystopia, childbirth, cross, pursuit, road movie, child in peril, bridge, eating, dead body, tears, travel, shot in the head

Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:dying, hope, illness, fear, suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:tunnel, snow
Characters:boy
Story:bomb shelter, fleeing, gun in mouth, suicidal, coughing, cigarette lighter, despair, suffering, telescope, skull, wound, hanging, flowers, binoculars, pain, truck, map, bridge, woman, old man

The 13th Warrior (1999) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Action, Adventure, History

The 13th Warrior (1999)

In AD 922, Arab courtier Ahmad Ibn Fadlan accompanies a party of Vikings to the barbaric North. Ibn Fadlan is appalled by the Vikings customs-- their wanton sexuality, their disregard for cleanliness, their cold-blooded human sacrifices. And then he learns the horrifying truth: he has been enlisted to combat a terror that slaughters the Vikings and devours their flesh. This is why The 13th Warrior (1999) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism, fear, love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, forest
Characters:boy
Story:fleeing, cannibal, torch, skull, bow and arrow, sleeping, waterfall, hanging, tent, journey, eating, woman, swimming, dead body, reference to god, travel, vomiting, horse, rain, corpse

Gattaca (1997)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gattaca (1997)

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. (Read More)

Themes:homelessness, hope, illness, suicide, love
Locations:tunnel, beach
Period:future
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, travel, fleeing, telescope, birth, desperation, trust, dystopia, dream, childbirth, cross, pursuit, pianist, pain, nonlinear timeline, swimming, piano, reference to god, vomiting, bare butt

Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

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

Themes:starvation, dying, illness, memory
Mood:nightmare
Locations:tunnel, campfire, farm, snow, forest, church, beach
Period:future
Story:shopping cart, wilderness, nude swimming, stocking cap, brushing teeth, waterfall, reading, tent, on the road, death of wife, pain, journey, nonlinear timeline, truck, map, bridge, old man, road trip, swimming, piano

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:suicide, love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:campfire, ship, beach
Story:fleeing, waterfall, pursuit, tent, map, survival, swimming, dead body, travel, vomiting, shot in the chest, rain, corpse, voice over narration, pistol, chase, knife, title spoken by character, photograph, bare chested male

10,000 Bc (2008) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:blindness, dying, love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, snow
Characters:boy
Period:future
Story:horse, shot with an arrow, telescope, torch, captive, bow and arrow, wound, pursuit, skeleton, tent, journey, eating, death of mother, dead body, reference to god, tears, food, rain, corpse, crying

Ladri Di Biciclette (1948)
Drama

Ladri Di Biciclette (1948)

Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, gets at last a good job - for which he needs a bike - hanging up posters. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won't be able to keep his job. This is why Ladri Di Biciclette (1948) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:starvation, theft, robbery, fear, love
Locations:tunnel, church
Characters:thief, boy
Story:filling station, despair, hunger, haircut, stealing, cross, pursuit, hanging, binoculars, gas station, truck, bridge, eating, old man, swimming, reference to god, tears, urination, food, underwear

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:dying, theft
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, ship, farm, bathtub
Characters:thief, boy
Story:rainbow, telescope, stealing, waterfall, cross, pursuit, tent, truck, old man, candle, swimming, death of mother, dead body, rifle, undressing, horse, rain, corpse, voice over narration, fire

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. (Read More)

Themes:dying, theft, memory, fear, christmas, suicide, love
Locations:campfire, bathtub, church, beach
Characters:thief
Story:dying man, washing hair, suffering, wound, cross, pianist, reading, tent, pain, drawing, nonlinear timeline, truck, map, bridge, woman, candle, swimming, piano, reference to god, tears

Looper (2012) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Themes:homelessness, suicide
Locations:farm
Characters:boy
Period:future
Story:title spoken by narrator, farmhouse, shot through a window, wedding ring, dystopia, tent, death of wife, shot in the leg, child in peril, map, revolver, held at gunpoint, rifle, travel, vomiting, shot in the chest, voice over narration, pistol, chase, explosion

In Bruges (2008)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Bruges (2008)

London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry's call, Ken, following Harry's advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry's instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn't sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry, who feels he must clean up matters on his own, Ray is dealing with his own problems, not only with Harry, but with a Canadian couple and a half-blind thief named Eirik. Ray hopes he can count on both Chloe and Ken to help him carve out a new life for himself. In the end, Harry, involved in an incident with Jimmy, may have to keep to his own principles. (Read More)

Themes:blindness, dying, hope, christmas, theft, robbery, memory, suicide, love
Locations:church, snow
Characters:thief
Period:future
Story:suicide contemplation, gun in mouth, suicidal, brushing teeth, wound, bullet, sleeping, cross, pursuit, reading, shot in the leg, map, eating, bridge, woman, revolver, tears, book, shot in the head, shot in the chest

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. This is why Big Fish (2003) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:dying, illness, theft, robbery, fear, love
Locations:campfire, bathtub, forest, church
Characters:thief, boy
Period:future
Story:nude swimming, pregnant wife, wedding ring, hunger, childbirth, pursuit, tent, on the road, pain, journey, swimming, revolver, piano, death of father, tears, rifle, bare butt, rain, dream, pregnancy

3:10 To Yuma (2007)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Western

3:10 To Yuma (2007)

Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200. Evans's effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and gunslinging son William Evans. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang and Wade's own conniving and surreptitious demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense. (Read More)

Themes:starvation, theft, robbery
Locations:tunnel, campfire
Characters:thief, boy
Story:dying man, gang, child with a gun, coughing, whiskey, torch, captive, bullet, cross, tent, journey, drawing, eating, revolver, piano, dead body, reference to god, rifle, shot in the head, shot in the chest

Gone With The Wind (1939) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:starvation, theft, fear, christmas, love
Mood:epic, nightmare
Characters:thief
Story:giving birth, pulitzer prize source, scavenger, expectant father, expectant mother, fleeing, rainbow, wedding ring, hunger, birth, wound, childbirth, cross, reading, death of wife, pain, woman, death of mother, dead body, death of father

Lo Imposible (2012)
Drama, Thriller

Lo Imposible (2012)

A regular family - Maria ('Naomi Watts' (qv)), Henry ('Ewan McGregor' (qv)) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them? (Read More)

Themes:christmas, hope, memory, fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:ocean, beach
Characters:boy
Story:leg wound, catastrophe, beetle, coca cola, wedding ring, suffering, telescope, wound, sleeping, tent, pain, child in peril, truck, map, eating, survival, swimming, dead body, reference to god, tears

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, hope, illness, suicide, love
Locations:snow, church
Characters:boy
Story:despair, cross, hanging, pain, drawing, nonlinear timeline, swimming, death of mother, revolver, reference to god, tears, vomiting, food, underwear, rain, corpse, pregnancy, crying, voice over narration, pistol

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? This is why 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, fear
Locations:farm
Story:post apocalypse, threatened with a knife, underground bunker, bomb shelter, abandoned car, farmhouse, cigarette lighter, scissors, whiskey, torch, captive, reading, gas station, drawing, truck, map, bridge, woman, survival, revolver

The Woman In Black (2012) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. (Read More)

Themes:fear, suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub, forest, beach
Characters:boy
Story:woman, coughing blood, giving birth, looking at oneself in a mirror, person on fire, birth, loss of wife, sleeping, cross, hanging, skeleton, death of wife, journey, drawing, eating, candle, dead body, reference to god, tears, travel

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? (Read More)

Themes:hope, fear, love
Mood:epic
Locations:snow, tunnel, forest
Period:future
Story:post apocalypse, person on fire, coughing, shot with an arrow, abandoned house, abandoned building, coin, hunger, crossbow, bow and arrow, dystopia, child in peril, map, survival, held at gunpoint, rifle, shot in the head, shot in the chest, corpse, fire

John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

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

Themes:dying, hope, robbery
Locations:church
Story:gun in mouth, suffering, telescope, desperation, sleeping, childbirth, truck, eating, road trip, tears, rifle, shot in the chest, food, underwear, corpse, pregnancy, crying, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, father son relationship

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:illness, fear, christmas
Mood:nightmare
Story:person on fire, haircut, wound, bullet, reading, tent, pain, truck, dead body, reference to god, tears, rifle, vomiting, book, bare butt, undressing, shot in the head, urination, horse, underwear

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
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. This is why Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:fear, suicide, love
Locations:bathtub, snow, forest
Characters:boy
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, person on fire, threatened with a knife, climbing through a window, 12 year old, cellar, reading, bridge, eating, gang, swimming, dead body, vomiting, book, undressing, urination, mirror, food, underwear, corpse

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille came into the world unwanted, expected to die, yet born with an unnerving sense of smell that created alienation as well as talent. Of all the smells around him, Grenouille is beckoned to the scent of a woman's soul, and spends the rest of his life attempting to smell her essence again by becoming a perfumer, and creating the essence of an innocence lost. (Read More)

Themes:dying, robbery, love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:church, beach
Story:giving birth, cellar, torch, birth, childbirth, cross, hanging, journey, bridge, candle, survival, dead body, tears, rifle, undressing, rain, corpse, pregnancy, crying, voice over narration

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:campfire, snow, forest
Story:hanged man, shot with an arrow, torch, loss of wife, wilderness, wound, bow and arrow, waterfall, cross, pursuit, hanging, death of wife, shot in the leg, survival, held at gunpoint, rifle, shot in the head, shot in the chest, horse, rain

Equilibrium (2002)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Equilibrium (2002)

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it. (Read More)

Themes:theft, memory, love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:tunnel
Characters:thief, boy
Period:future
Story:post apocalypse, looking at oneself in a mirror, person on fire, rainbow, stealing, dystopia, reading, death of wife, truck, death of mother, dead body, tears, rifle, book, shot in the head, shot in the chest, mirror, rain, corpse, dream

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:dying, fear
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire, snow
Characters:boy
Story:flare gun, abandoned building, suffering, sleeping, flowers, tent, binoculars, pain, journey, nonlinear timeline, truck, map, eating, candle, dead body, reference to god, tears, rifle, shot in the head, horse

Zombieland (2009)
Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi

Zombieland (2009)

Searching for family. In the early twenty-first century, zombies have taken over America. A shy and inexperienced college student in Texas has survived by following his 30 rules: such as "look in the back seat," "double-tap," "avoid public restrooms." He decides to travel to Ohio to see if his parents are alive. He gets a ride with a boisterous zombie-hating good-old boy headed for Florida, and soon they confront a young woman whose sister has been bitten by a zombie and wants to be put out of her misery. The sisters were headed to an LA amusement park they've heard is zombie free. Can the kid from Ohio get to his family? And what about rule thirty one? This is why Zombieland (2009) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, robbery, fear, love
Characters:boy
Story:post apocalypse, person on fire, child with a gun, abandoned car, title spoken by narrator, man with no name, on the road, gas station, shot in the leg, child in peril, woman, road trip, survival, piano, held at gunpoint, rifle, travel, shot in the head, shot in the chest, corpse

The Lone Ranger (2013)
Action, Adventure, Western

The Lone Ranger (2013)

In the 1930s, an elderly Tonto tells a young boy the tale of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. An idealistic lawyer, he rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, John Reid is rescued by the renegade Comanche, Tonto, at the insistence of a mysterious white horse and offers to help him to bring Cavendish to justice. Becoming a reluctant masked rider with a seemingly incomprehensible partner, Reid pursues the criminal against all obstacles. However, John and Tonto learn that Cavendish is only part of a far greater injustice and the pair must fight it in an adventure that would make them a legend. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism
Locations:campfire
Characters:boy
Story:threatened with a knife, child with a gun, shot through a window, cannibal, masked man, bow and arrow, pursuit, shot in the leg, journey, child in peril, nonlinear timeline, map, woman, old man, gang, revolver, death of father, held at gunpoint, rifle, shot in the head

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

The Time Machine (2002)

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

Themes:cannibalism, robbery, memory
Mood:nightmare
Period:future
Story:travel, cataclysm, cannibal, torch, skull, desperation, pursuit, skeleton, shot in the leg, child in peril, held at gunpoint, shot in the chest, fire, pistol, chase, knife, explosion, title spoken by character, based on novel, murder

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow, forest
Characters:thief
Story:leg wound, journey, person on fire, desolation, shot with an arrow, skull, bow and arrow, waterfall, skeleton, shot in the leg, child in peril, map, bridge, travel, shot in the head, shot in the chest, rain, dream, fire, chase

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:theft, robbery, love
Locations:church, beach
Characters:thief
Story:woman, coca cola, hunger, whiskey, cross, on the road, truck, eating, revolver, dead body, death of father, reference to god, tears, vomiting, food, underwear, rain, corpse, dream, crying

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