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The Sound Of Music (1965)
Biography, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

The Sound Of Music (1965)

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German navy and forced to fight against his own country. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  escape,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:children,  catholic,  priest,  teacher,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:nun,  governess,  catholic priest,  catholic church,  singing nun,  postulant,  austria hungary,  salzburg austria,  austria,  convent,  roman catholic,  nun in love,  famous song,  trapp family singer,  singing family,  singing contest,  marriage proposal,  famous entrance,  pushing a vehicle,  tony award source,  tyrol,  nunhood,  music contest,  70mm film,  overboard,  cheerfulness,  hitler youth,  folk dance,  abbess,  baroness,  novice,  bell tower,  theatrical agent,  based on stage musical,  sea captain,  nazi officer,  abbey,  year 1938,  country estate,  gazebo,  cigarette holder,  puppet show,  marionette,  broken engagement,  mother superior,  lifting female in air,  messenger,  nobility,  large family,  ballroom dancing,  crypt,  orchestral music score,  hiding place,  music festival,  surrogate mother,  telegram,  chapel,  cathedral,  bishop,  redheaded woman,  tomboy,  stepmother,  whistle,  new job,  thunderstorm,  rowboat,  picnic,  single father,  frog,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  sabotage,  pursuit,  convertible,  widower,  mansion,  guitar,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  female protagonist,  song,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  cult film,  chase,  party,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated

Ida (2013)
Drama

Ida (2013)

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer
Story:catholic church,  convent,  marriage proposal,  novice,  mother superior,  nun,  sister sister relationship,  female protagonist,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships,  f rated

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Doubt (2008)
Drama, Mystery

Doubt (2008)

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:priest,  catholic,  teacher,  singer,  children
Story:catholic priest,  catholic church,  nun,  novice,  mother superior,  bishop,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  f rated

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. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer
Story:catholic church,  convent,  cigarette holder,  cathedral,  pursuit,  song,  teenage girl,  based on true story,  chase,  party,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel

Sister Act (1992) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Comedy, Crime, Family, Music

Sister Act (1992)

Deloris Wilson, a black woman who has chosen the stage name Deloris Van Cartier, is a Reno lounge singer, she the lead in a girl trio in which she also chooses and arranges the music and choreographs the shows. She is a wisecracking, showy woman who has always loved music. She, however, only has her current job being hired by her married lover, Vince LaRocca, to sing in his casino's lounge. She learns of Vince's true business as a gangster when she walks in on him killing one of his employees who wronged him. As a witness to the murder, Deloris goes on the run to the police, Lt. Eddie Souther who has long been running an operation to get enough evidence to put Vince behind bars, this murder which could be the proverbial nail in Vince's coffin. However, Vince has put a contract out on Deloris' life to prevent her from testifying against him. As such, Eddie has to hide her until the trial, which will be at least two months. Where Eddie chooses is St. Katherine's, a poor Catholic parish and convent in a tough neighborhood in San Francisco. The convent's Mother Superior reluctantly takes Deloris in, that reluctance as Deloris is not anywhere near being close to looking or acting like a typical nun. Furthermore, the Mother Superior does not tell any of the sisters Deloris' true identity or the real reason for her being at St. Katherine's. With the Mother Superior cloistering the sisters behind the convent walls to pray for the salvation mostly of down and out of the neighborhood while keeping the sisters safe from harms of the outside world, there is an immediate and continual clash of wills between her and Deloris. Deloris, as renamed Sister Mary Clarence, does have an effect on two of the sisters, Mary Patrick, a perpetually perky woman, and Mary Robert, who always feels left behind in whatever is happening in life. The clash between Deloris and the Mother Superior leads to the Mother Superior restricting Deloris to one task at the convent, one that leads to good and bad changes at St. Katherine's, the bad most specifically in potentially leading Vince and his associates to Deloris. Those changes also bring the battle of wills between Deloris and Mother Superior to a head, unless each can see the positive in what is happening in relation to their life at the convent. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:singer,  catholic,  priest
Story:convent,  mother superior,  catholic priest,  catholic church,  singing nun,  nun,  hiding place,  bishop,  blockbuster,  pursuit,  chase,  singing

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

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

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. This is why My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:catholic,  priest,  teacher,  singer,  children
Story:catholic church,  marriage proposal,  puppet show,  large family,  mansion,  song,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Annie (1982)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical

Annie (1982)

In the depths of the 1930's, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves which put Annie in great danger. (Read More)

Characters:singer,  children
Period:1930s
Story:based on stage musical,  lifting female in air,  redheaded woman,  tomboy,  whistle,  lifting someone into the air,  mansion,  female protagonist,  song,  cult film,  chase,  singing,  father daughter relationship

Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Mary Poppins (1964)

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:children
Story:cheerfulness,  lifting female in air,  cathedral,  new job,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  female protagonist,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated

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The Color Purple (1985) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Drama

The Color Purple (1985)

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life...

Themes:wedding,  escape
Locations:church
Characters:singer
Period:1930s
Story:hiding place,  stepmother,  blockbuster,  widower,  sister sister relationship,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  escape,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer
Story:catholic church,  marriage proposal,  blockbuster,  convertible,  song,  cult film,  chase,  party,  singing,  father daughter relationship

Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. This is why Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer,  children
Period:1930s
Story:catholic church,  marriage proposal,  thunderstorm,  blockbuster,  convertible,  mansion,  sister sister relationship,  song,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  party,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

In the final instalment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his crime family's interests and remove himself from the violent underworld but is kept back by the ambitions of the young. While he attempts to link the Corleone's finances with the Vatican, Michael must deal with the machinations of a hungrier gangster seeking to upset the existing Mafioso order and a young protoge's love affair with his daughter. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer
Story:catholic church,  puppet show,  nun,  brother sister relationship,  cult film,  party,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

The Blues Brothers (1980) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical

The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer
Story:catholic church,  roman catholic,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  nun,  guitar,  song,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character

Der Name Der Rose (1986)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Der Name Der Rose (1986)

1327. After a mysterious death in a Benedictine Abbey, the monks are convinced that the apocalypse is coming. With the Abbey to play host to a council on the Franciscan's Order's belief that the Church should rid itself of wealth, William of Baskerville, a respected Franciscan friar, is asked to assist in determining the cause of the untimely death. Alas, more deaths occur as the investigation draws closer to uncovering the secret the Abbey wants hidden, and there is finally no stopping the Holy Inquisition from taking an active hand in the process. William and his young novice must race against time to prove the innocence of the unjustly accused and avoid the wrath of Holy Inquisitor Bernardo Gui. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  novice,  abbey,  bishop,  blockbuster,  chase,  singing,  based on novel

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The Big Wedding (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Big Wedding (2013)

Don and Ellie were once married and have two children, Lyla and Jared. They adopt a boy from Colombia, Alejandro. Eventually they would divorce, Ellie would move away and Don would hook up with Bebe, Ellie's best friend. When Alejandro is about to get married, he informs Don and Ellie that he never told his natural mother who is so traditional that they got divorced. And she is coming for the wedding so he asks them if they can pretend to still be married. Don and Ellie reluctantly agree to it and Bebe moves out who is also upset that Don doesn't want to commit. Lyla who is married is going through a rough patch in her marriage. And Jared who hasn't had much luck with women finds himself attracted to Alejandro's extremely sensual sister, Nuria. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Characters:catholic,  priest,  children
Story:catholic priest,  marriage proposal,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Dead Man Walking (1995)
Crime, Drama

Dead Man Walking (1995)

A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation. This is why Dead Man Walking (1995) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965). (Read More)

Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:nun,  catholic priest,  roman catholic,  bishop,  blockbuster,  bus,  teenage girl,  based on true story,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer
Story:catholic church,  song,  teenage girl,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Marie Antoinette (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer
Story:bishop,  austria,  rowboat,  lifting someone into the air,  sister sister relationship,  female protagonist,  song,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated

Evita (1996)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:catholic church,  based on stage musical,  guitar,  bus,  female protagonist,  song,  teenage girl,  cult film,  singing,  family relationships

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)
Action, Horror, Romance

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)

The five highly trained Bennett sisters in Georgian England must try to protect themselves from the growing zombie threat, find suitable husbands for themselves, battle marriage proposals and unlikely suitors, and save the country before it's too late.

Themes:wedding,  escape,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Characters:priest
Story:marriage proposal,  country estate,  mansion,  sister sister relationship,  female protagonist,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  party,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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Jane Eyre (2011) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Drama, Romance

Jane Eyre (2011)

After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever? This is why Jane Eyre (2011) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965). (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:teacher,  children
Story:governess,  marriage proposal,  country estate,  female protagonist,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  singing,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  f rated

Nanny Mcphee (2005)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Nanny Mcphee (2005)

Mr. Cedric Brown has just lost his wife and is now left with his seven children who misbehave so much that all the nannies have run away. Now he is told by a mysterious voice that he should get Nanny McPhee who is a magical woman with special powers.

Themes:wedding
Characters:children
Story:widower,  marriage proposal,  governess,  stepmother,  single father,  frog,  lifting someone into the air,  title spoken by character,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Crime, Drama, Film-noir, Thriller

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

It's the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl's favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death. But before he is executed, Ben is in the state penitentiary with a cell mate, a man by the name of Harry Powell, a self-professed man of the cloth, who is really a con man and murderer, swindling lonely women, primarily rich widows, of their money before he kills them. Harry does whatever he can, unsuccessfully, to find out the location of the $10,000 from Ben. After Ben's execution, Harry decides that Willa will be his next mark, figuring that someone in the family knows where the money is hidden. Despite vowing not to remarry, Willa ends up being easy prey for Harry's outward evangelicalism; she is a pious woman who feels she needs to atone for her sins which led to Ben doing what he did, especially as Harry presents himself as the preacher who worked at the prison and provided salvation to Ben before his death. Harry quickly figures out that John and Pearl know where the money is. Conversely, John doesn't trust Harry, John who first tries not to show to Harry that he indeed does know where the money is, and then second constantly reminds a more-trusting Pearl of their promise to their now-deceased father. With Willa devoted to her new husband, John and Pearl need some other adult assistance in evading Harry's veiled threats, an adult who not only can see the honesty and goodness in children but who can also see a true wolf in sheep's clothing like Harry. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  escape,  marriage
Locations:church
Characters:children,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:surrogate mother,  rowboat,  picnic,  frog,  lifting someone into the air,  pursuit,  widower,  song,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  chase,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

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

Themes:wedding
Locations:church
Characters:singer,  children
Period:1930s
Story:lifting female in air,  rowboat,  lifting someone into the air,  nun,  mansion,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  song,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated

Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (1993) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Comedy, Family, Music

Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (1993)

The sisters come back to Deloris's show to get her back as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of students in their parochial school which is doomed for closure. One of the girls, who is the most talented of the bunch, is forbidden to sing by her mother, although the choir has made it to the state championship. A group of stereotypical incompetent monks tries to stop them. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  teacher,  singer
Story:singing nun,  mother superior,  singing contest,  convent,  nun,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  singing

Les Miserables (1998)
Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Les Miserables (1998)

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France. This is why Les Miserables (1998) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Characters:priest
Story:catholic church,  bishop,  convent,  pursuit,  nun,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel

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Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

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

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Characters:catholic,  priest,  teacher,  singer
Story:catholic church,  marriage proposal,  sister sister relationship,  female protagonist,  song,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  based on novel

The Sessions (2012)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Sessions (2012)

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

Themes:marriage
Locations:church
Characters:priest,  catholic,  singer
Story:catholic priest,  catholic church,  marriage proposal,  picnic,  song,  party,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Anonymous (2011) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Characters:catholic,  singer
Story:messenger,  rowboat,  picnic,  lifting someone into the air,  pursuit,  song,  chase,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

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Fiddler On The Roof (1971)
Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

Fiddler On The Roof (1971)

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Jews and Orthodox Christians live in the little village of Anatevka in the pre-revolutionary Russia of the Czars. Among the traditions of the Jewish community, the matchmaker arranges the match and the father approves it. The milkman Reb Tevye is a poor man that has been married for twenty-five years with Golde and they have five daughters. When the local matchmaker Yente arranges the match between his older daughter Tzeitel and the old widow butcher Lazar Wolf, Tevye agrees with the wedding. However Tzeitel is in love with the poor tailor Motel Kamzoil and they ask permission to Tevye to get married that he accepts to please his daughter. Then his second daughter Hodel (Michele Marsh) and the revolutionary student Perchik decide to marry each other and Tevye is forced to accept. When Perchik is arrested by the Czar troops and sent to Siberia, Hodel decides to leave her family and homeland and travel to Siberia to be with her beloved Perchik. When his third daughter Chava decides to get married with the Christian Fyedka, Tevye does not accept and considers that Chava has died. Meanwhile the Czar troops evict the Jewish community from Anatevka. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Characters:teacher
Story:marriage proposal,  tony award source,  based on stage musical,  broken engagement,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  widower,  sister sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Drama, Thriller

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

While attending a medical conference in Paris, American physician Dr. Ben McKenna, his wife, retired musical theater actress and singer Jo McKenna nee Conway, and their adolescent son Hank McKenna decide to take a side trip to among other places Marrekesh, French Morocco. With a knife plunged into his back, Frenchman Louis Bernard, who the family met earlier in their bus ride into Marrakesh and who is now masquerading as an Arab, approaches Ben, cryptically whispering into Ben's ears that there will be an attempted assassination in London of a statesman, this news whispered just before Bernard dies. Ben is reluctant to provide any information of this news to the authorities because concurrently Hank is kidnapped by British couple, Edward and Lucy Drayton, who also befriended the McKennas in Marrakesh and who probably have taken Hank out of the country back to England. Whoever the unknown people the Draytons are working for have threatened to kill Hank if Ben divulges any information told to him by Bernard. With what little information they have on hand, Ben and Jo head to London to try and thwart the assassination attempt and more importantly find an alive and safe Hank. Scotland Yard is aware of some pieces to the puzzle, including the fact that Bernard was a French secret service agent and that there will be an assassination attempt on someone. They and the McKennas will have to work together as they hit a diplomatic roadblock, one that may be overcome with a special Jo Conway song. This is why The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:church
Characters:singer
Story:famous song,  bus,  folk dance,  bell tower,  chapel,  blockbuster,  song,  chase,  singing,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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:escape
Locations:church
Characters:priest,  singer,  children
Story:messenger,  cathedral,  bishop,  rowboat,  mansion,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Ladri Di Biciclette (1948) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
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. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer,  children
Story:catholic church,  whistle,  pursuit,  guitar,  bus,  song,  chase,  singing,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Spotlight (2015)
Crime, Drama, History

Spotlight (2015)

When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  children
Story:catholic church,  catholic priest,  roman catholic,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship

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

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

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

Locations:church
Characters:priest,  teacher,  singer,  children
Story:marriage proposal,  baroness,  whistle,  widower,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  party,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Out Of Africa (1985)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Out Of Africa (1985)

Follows the life of 'Karen Blixen' (qv), who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband. This is why Out Of Africa (1985) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Period:1930s
Story:marriage proposal,  baroness,  nobility,  thunderstorm,  picnic,  blockbuster,  female protagonist,  based on true story,  singing

Cheaper By The Dozen (2003) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Comedy, Family

Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)

The Bakers, a family of 14, move from small-town Illinois to the big city after Tom Baker gets his dream job to coach his alma mater's football team. Meanwhile, his wife also gets her dream of getting her book published. While she's away promoting the book, Tom has a hard time keeping the house in order while at the same time coaching his football team, as the once happy family starts falling apart. (Read More)

Story:large family,  new job,  frog,  blockbuster,  sister sister relationship,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel

Calvary (2014)
Drama

Calvary (2014)

Father James is a small-town priest in Ireland whose Sunday confessionals suddenly include a threat to kill him in a week's time as a matter of principle. Deeply troubled and conflicted about how to respond, Father James tries to go on with his calling through that week. However, that proves impossible as he is confronted with a troubling variety of spiritual challenges from both his estranged daughter and his own parishioners. In those dispiriting struggles, Father James' life begins to fall apart as time runs out towards a confrontation that seems to crystallize his values and what he wants his life to be. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:priest,  catholic
Story:catholic priest,  catholic church,  father daughter relationship

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The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:teacher,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:rowboat,  bus,  song,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  chase,  singing,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  children
Story:messenger,  widower,  nun,  bus,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Goya's Ghosts (2006) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Biography, Drama, History

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter. This is why Goya's Ghosts (2006) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965). (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:catholic
Story:catholic church,  convent,  nun,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Sixteen Candles (1984)
Comedy, Romance

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:church
Story:lifting someone into the air,  convertible,  sister sister relationship,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  cult film,  party,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Toula Portokalos is 30, Greek, and works in her family's restaurant, Dancing Zorba's, in Chicago. All her father Gus wants is for her to get married to a nice Greek boy. But Toula is looking for more in life. Her mother convinces Gus to let her take some computer classes at college (making him think it's his idea). With those classes under her belt, she then takes over her aunt's travel agency (again making her father think it's his idea). She meets Ian Miller, a high school English teacher, WASP, and dreamboat she had made a fool of herself over at the restaurant; they date secretly for a while before her family finds out. Her father is livid over her dating a non-Greek. He has to learn to accept Ian; Ian has to learn to accept Toula's huge family, and Toula has to learn to accept herself. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Locations:church
Characters:priest,  teacher
Story:marriage proposal,  blockbuster,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated

The Painted Veil (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

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

Themes:marriage
Characters:catholic,  teacher,  singer,  children
Story:marriage proposal,  mother superior,  convent,  rowboat,  nun,  song,  chase,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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Little Women (1994) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Drama, Family, Romance

Little Women (1994)

'Louisa May Alcott' (qv)'s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:singer
Story:marriage proposal,  governess,  telegram,  tomboy,  sister sister relationship,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  party,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)
Drama, War

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers. This is why The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  singer
Story:catholic priest,  catholic church,  telegram,  pursuit,  song,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  family relationships

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:marriage
Characters:catholic,  singer
Story:marriage proposal,  pursuit,  convertible,  song,  based on true story,  chase,  party,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship

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Amadeus (1984)
Biography, Drama, History, Music

Amadeus (1984)

'Antonio Salieri' (qv) believes that 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' (qv)'s music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. He began his career as a devout man who believes his success and talent as a composer are God's rewards for his piety. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:priest,  singer
Story:tony award source,  lifting female in air,  nobility,  cathedral,  austria,  lifting someone into the air,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

Mustang (2015) is one of the best movies like The Sound Of Music (1965)
Drama

Mustang (2015)

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

Themes:wedding,  escape
Characters:teacher,  singer
Story:marriage proposal,  pursuit,  bus,  sister sister relationship,  song,  teenage girl,  chase,  singing,  f rated

La Mala Educacion (2004)
Crime, Drama

La Mala Educacion (2004)

In the early 60s, two boys - Ignacio and Enrique - discover love, movies and fear in a Christian school. Father Manolo, the school principal and Literature teacher, both witnesses and takes part in these discoveries. The three characters come against one another twice again, in the late 70s and in 1980. These meetings are set to change the life and death of some of them. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:teacher,  catholic,  priest
Story:catholic priest,  catholic church,  brother brother relationship

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