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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,  flare gun as weapon,  down on one's luck,  cutting one's hair,  talking to a dead body,  mounted deer head,  intermittent narration,  pregnant woman's water breaks,  removing wedding ring,  protective father,  coca cola can,  cutting own hair,  locked in a basement,  long walk,  hand under skirt,  arrowhead,  jack daniels,  head on a stake,  underground bunker,  survivalism,  stocking cap,  cataclysm,  falling tree,  child with a gun,  surrogate family,  father son hug,  stuffed animal toy,  crayon,  stapler,  childhood home,  washing hair,  pulitzer prize source,  bomb shelter,  malnutrition,  literary adaptation,  wandering,  abandoned car,  worrying,  scavenger,  flare gun,  seashore,  cart,  expectant father,  protective male,  title spoken by narrator,  desolation,  expectant mother,  catastrophe,  man with no name,  beetle,  blanket,  fleeing,  filling station,  rainbow,  hanged man,  hammock,  gun in mouth,  climbing through a window,  suicidal,  coughing,  bearded man,  shot with an arrow,  coca cola,  abandoned house,  pregnant wife,  farmhouse,  forced to strip,  12 year old,  abandoned building,  shot through a window,  brushing teeth,  coin,  cellar,  blind man,  wedding ring,  cigarette lighter,  scissors,  despair,  hunger,  cannibal,  crossbow,  suffering,  telescope,  whiskey,  masked man,  haircut,  torch,  birth,  skull,  desperation,  loss of wife,  wilderness,  stealing,  captive,  bow and arrow,  wound,  bullet,  trust,  sleeping,  waterfall,  dystopia,  childbirth,  cross,  pursuit,  pianist,  hanging,  flowers,  skeleton,  reading,  tent,  on the road,  road movie,  death of wife,  binoculars,  gas station,  pain,  shot in the leg,  journey,  child in peril,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  truck,  map,  bridge,  eating,  woman,  old man,  gang,  candle,  road trip,  survival,  swimming,  death of mother,  revolver,  piano,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  travel,  vomiting,  book,  bare butt,  undressing,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  horse,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  based on novel,  kiss,  violence,  death,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  gun,  dog

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,  survival,  death of mother,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  travel,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  horse,  food,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  fire,  pistol,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence,  flashback

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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,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  based on novel,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  gun

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:hope,  suicide
Locations:campfire,  church,  beach
Characters:thief,  boy
Story:dying man,  crying boy,  nude swimming,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  father son hug,  cigarette lighter,  skull,  loss of wife,  cross,  pursuit,  skeleton,  tent,  death of wife,  map,  woman,  old man,  candle,  piano,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  travel,  book,  bare butt,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  horse,  food,  underwear,  crying,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  dog,  gun,  blood,  flashback,  death,  violence

Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
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,  urination,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  death,  blood

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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. This is why Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  dying,  illness,  memory,  suicide
Mood:epic
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Characters:boy
Story:worrying,  blanket,  cigarette lighter,  scissors,  hunger,  suffering,  haircut,  cross,  flowers,  pain,  eating,  tears,  vomiting,  bare butt,  undressing,  shot in the head,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  crying,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  blood,  gun,  violence,  murder

Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

Themes:blindness,  dying,  hope,  illness,  theft,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  snow,  forest,  church,  beach
Characters:thief,  boy
Story:fleeing,  blind man,  despair,  hunger,  suffering,  torch,  bow and arrow,  cross,  reading,  old man,  candle,  swimming,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  horse,  food,  rain,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death,  kiss,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  dog,  murder

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

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (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,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  horse,  food,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  kiss,  dog,  gun

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Seraphim Falls (2006) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery
Locations:campfire,  farm,  snow,  forest
Characters:thief,  boy
Story:suffering,  torch,  wilderness,  wound,  bullet,  waterfall,  pursuit,  tent,  death of wife,  pain,  eating,  survival,  revolver,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  undressing,  shot in the chest,  horse,  food,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  pistol,  chase,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder

Blindness (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blindness (2008)

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  starvation,  apocalypse,  dying,  illness,  theft,  suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:church
Characters:thief,  boy
Story:post apocalypse,  person on fire,  food,  man with no name,  blind man,  cigarette lighter,  scissors,  dystopia,  eating,  woman,  candle,  survival,  dead body,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  bare butt,  undressing,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  gun,  kiss,  death,  dog,  blood

The 5th Wave (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. This is why The 5th Wave (2016) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:homelessness,  apocalypse,  hope,  fear,  love
Locations:campfire,  forest
Story:leg wound,  post apocalypse,  threatened with a knife,  child with a gun,  abandoned car,  abandoned house,  farmhouse,  abandoned building,  loss of wife,  trust,  dystopia,  tent,  death of wife,  gas station,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  nonlinear timeline,  map,  survival,  death of mother,  revolver,  death of father,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  flashback,  gun,  violence,  death

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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. (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,  survival,  held at gunpoint,  book,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
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,  eating,  bridge,  candle,  survival,  swimming,  piano,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  book,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  dog,  flashback,  kiss

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  hope,  theft,  memory,  suicide,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:campfire,  ocean,  snow,  beach
Story:sleeping in a car,  filling station,  gun in mouth,  suicidal,  waterfall,  hanging,  flowers,  reading,  tent,  on the road,  binoculars,  gas station,  journey,  truck,  eating,  road trip,  swimming,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  book,  shot in the head,  urination,  food,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  gun,  blood,  dog

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Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Locations:campfire,  farm,  forest,  church
Story:person on fire,  shot through a window,  cigarette lighter,  torch,  waterfall,  tent,  binoculars,  shot in the leg,  bridge,  survival,  piano,  death of father,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  horse,  corpse,  voice over narration,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  violence,  death,  blood,  murder,  dog

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. This is why Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  memory,  fear,  christmas
Locations:church,  campfire,  ship
Characters:boy
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  cellar,  cigarette lighter,  scissors,  suffering,  whiskey,  haircut,  wound,  trust,  cross,  pursuit,  pain,  truck,  candle,  survival,  dead body,  death of father,  tears,  rifle,  travel,  undressing,  shot in the head,  urination,  mirror,  horse,  food,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  kiss,  death,  flashback,  blood

The Fountain (2006) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
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,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death,  kiss,  blood,  murder

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Swiss Army Man (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:memory,  fear
Locations:campfire,  forest,  beach
Story:leg wound,  talking to a dead body,  bearded man,  trust,  sleeping,  pursuit,  hanging,  skeleton,  eating,  bridge,  survival,  dead body,  reference to god,  book,  bare butt,  urination,  food,  rain,  corpse,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
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,  woman,  road trip,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  chase,  corpse,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  cannibalism,  hope,  fear,  suicide
Mood:epic
Locations:ship,  ocean,  farm,  beach
Characters:boy
Story:abandoned ship,  malnutrition,  despair,  hunger,  cannibal,  whiskey,  skull,  skeleton,  child in peril,  nonlinear timeline,  map,  survival,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  horse,  corpse,  pregnancy,  fire,  pistol,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  gun

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The Lost City Of Z (2016) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. This is why The Lost City Of Z (2016) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  cannibalism,  dying,  memory,  fear
Locations:campfire,  ship,  church
Characters:boy
Story:leg wound,  crying boy,  despair,  hunger,  torch,  skull,  bow and arrow,  waterfall,  pursuit,  journey,  drawing,  truck,  map,  candle,  swimming,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  rifle,  travel,  vomiting,  book,  bare butt,  horse,  food,  rain,  dream,  pregnancy,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  gun,  dog,  violence,  kiss,  murder

Carriers (2009)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Carriers (2009)

In a world devastated by an outbreak, Brian, his girlfriend Bobby, his brother Danny and their friend, Kate, are heading to a beach where the brothers spent their childhood vacations expecting it to be a sanctuary. When their car breaks down on the road in the desert, they negotiate with a man called Frank, who is also stranded but without gas. He is trying to get his daughter Jodie to the hospital (she is infected with a disease of some kind), they all decide to travel together. During the journey, massive moral dilemmas arise, as events head into a downward spiral. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:campfire,  beach
Story:coughing blood,  dying man,  post apocalypse,  climbing through a window,  shot through a window,  desperation,  trust,  gas station,  shot in the leg,  journey,  map,  road trip,  survival,  held at gunpoint,  travel,  shot in the chest,  horse,  corpse,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  murder,  flashback

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  christmas,  love
Locations:bathtub,  beach
Characters:thief,  boy
Story:stocking cap,  fleeing,  coca cola,  abandoned building,  skull,  bullet,  pianist,  skeleton,  eating,  old man,  swimming,  death of mother,  revolver,  piano,  dead body,  death of father,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  dream,  pregnancy,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  death,  gun,  murder,  blood,  dog,  flashback

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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,  survival,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  food,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  fire,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  death,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  kiss,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  murder

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
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:homelessness,  theft,  memory,  fear,  christmas,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub,  snow
Characters:thief,  boy
Story:shopping cart,  coughing blood,  fleeing,  despair,  suffering,  wound,  cross,  pursuit,  hanging,  reading,  pain,  eating,  woman,  old man,  survival,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  travel,  vomiting,  book,  food,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  chase,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  blood,  murder

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,  survival,  death of mother,  revolver,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  mirror,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  fire,  pistol,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  death,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  two word title,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  gun

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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,  horse,  food,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  fire,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog,  violence,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  death

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

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

Themes:dying,  memory
Locations:farm,  snow
Story:dying man,  washing hair,  hammock,  coin,  sleeping,  reading,  nonlinear timeline,  swimming,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  mirror,  food,  rain,  dream,  pregnancy,  crying,  fire,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  flashback,  blood

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Themes:starvation,  dying,  illness,  theft,  memory,  fear,  suicide
Characters:thief,  boy
Story:beetle,  hammock,  coca cola,  cigarette lighter,  hunger,  whiskey,  haircut,  desperation,  stealing,  sleeping,  cross,  hanging,  road movie,  truck,  bridge,  candle,  fire,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  vomiting,  urination,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  knife,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  dog,  gun,  death,  blood

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Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:blindness,  hope,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  ocean,  ship,  snow,  beach
Story:person on fire,  threatened with a knife,  shot with an arrow,  torch,  bow and arrow,  cross,  tent,  nonlinear timeline,  reference to god,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  horse,  corpse,  voice over narration,  fire,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  flashback,  dog

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
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,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  fire,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  dog,  violence,  blood,  murder

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows Farmer ('Jason Statham' (qv)), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana ('Claire Forlani' (qv)), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krugs. With the help of his friend and neighbor Norrick ('Ron Perlman (I)' (qv)), he travels to Stonebridge where his wife and son are. Before he arrives, the Krugs, controlled by the wizard Gallian ('Ray Liotta' (qv)), kill his son and capture his wife. Farmer, with the help of Bastian ('Will Sanderson' (qv)), his brother-in-law, and Norrick sets out to find and rescue his wife. The King's nephew Fallow ('Matthew Lillard' (qv)) is conspiring with the wizard Gallian to take over the kingdom led by King Konreid ('Burt Reynolds'). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  memory,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:farm,  forest
Characters:boy
Story:suicide contemplation,  shot with an arrow,  telescope,  captive,  bow and arrow,  pursuit,  hanging,  reading,  map,  bridge,  eating,  candle,  survival,  death of mother,  death of father,  tears,  book,  horse,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  fire,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  flashback,  violence,  death

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Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
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,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  dog,  murder,  blood,  gun,  violence,  death

Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  theft,  robbery,  memory,  fear,  suicide,  love
Locations:church
Characters:thief
Story:filling station,  stealing,  cross,  death of wife,  gas station,  shot in the leg,  old man,  gang,  death of mother,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  book,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  underwear,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  gun,  murder,  blood,  death

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

Midnight Special (2016)

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

Themes:dying,  hope,  illness,  fear
Locations:farm,  forest,  church
Characters:boy
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  threatened with a knife,  cutting one's hair,  worrying,  scissors,  desperation,  sleeping,  pursuit,  gas station,  child in peril,  truck,  map,  bridge,  reference to god,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  rain,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood

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High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms. This is why High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Characters:boy
Story:shopping cart,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  title spoken by narrator,  cigarette lighter,  skull,  sleeping,  dystopia,  childbirth,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  candle,  swimming,  dead body,  reference to god,  bare butt,  undressing,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  horse,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss,  violence,  murder,  dog,  blood,  flashback,  gun

Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm
Characters:boy
Story:abandoned house,  farmhouse,  skull,  sleeping,  cross,  reading,  death of wife,  child in peril,  eating,  swimming,  death of mother,  piano,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  rifle,  vomiting,  book,  urination,  mirror,  food,  corpse,  dream,  pregnancy,  fire,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  death,  blood,  flashback

The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:campfire,  farm,  bathtub
Story:whiskey,  wound,  cross,  pursuit,  hanging,  tent,  eating,  gang,  revolver,  dead body,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  horse,  food,  rain,  corpse,  dream,  pregnancy,  crying,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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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,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  book,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  horse,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  dog,  murder,  blood,  gun,  violence,  death

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. (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,  horse,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  dog,  blood,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  kiss,  violence,  death

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. This is why War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (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,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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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,  book,  undressing,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  horse,  corpse,  dream,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

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,  shot in the chest,  food,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  pregnancy,  crying,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  violence,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  kiss,  dog,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

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,  candle,  survival,  death of mother,  dead body,  death of father,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  shot in the head,  mirror,  food,  corpse,  dream,  crying,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  kiss,  death,  gun,  murder,  dog,  violence,  blood,  flashback

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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. (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,  voice over narration,  fire,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

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. This is why Gattaca (1997) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009). (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,  undressing,  urination,  corpse,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss,  blood,  violence,  flashback,  murder

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,  tears,  rifle,  book,  bare butt,  undressing,  urination,  horse,  underwear,  rain,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  dog,  death

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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,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:tunnel,  bathtub,  beach
Characters:boy
Period:future
Story:cigarette lighter,  sleeping,  childbirth,  pursuit,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  swimming,  death of mother,  dead body,  death of father,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  food,  underwear,  corpse,  dream,  pregnancy,  crying,  fire,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  flashback

The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like The Road (2009)
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,  two word title,  based on novel,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  gun,  death

10,000 Bc (2008)
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,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  knife,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  kiss,  blood,  murder

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