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The Truman Show (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi

The Truman Show (1998)

In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day... he finds out everything. Will he react? (Read More)

Themes:adoption,  paranoia,  voyeurism,  filmmaking,  escape,  betrayal,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  bathtub,  school,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Period:future,  1990s
Story:television producer,  object falling from the sky,  controlled environment,  talk show in plot,  the one that got away,  hermetic world,  creator creation relationship,  wall of fire,  mental torture,  simulated reality,  artifice,  simple man,  fear of water,  weather manipulation,  god complex,  travel agency,  boat accident,  nuclear accident,  playing against type,  shakespearean,  media hype,  innocence lost,  search party,  newsstand,  fictional talk show,  insurance agent,  fictional tv show,  storm at sea,  searchlight,  motivational,  lawn mower,  snorricam,  deja vu,  radio broadcast,  revolving door,  collage,  fictional reality show,  vending machine,  marketing,  ego,  infiltration,  hollywood sign,  traffic jam,  film in film,  sailboat,  video surveillance,  marital separation,  alternate reality,  rainstorm,  deceit,  bravery,  morality,  improvisation,  florida,  blockbuster,  twins,  supermarket,  golf,  identity,  surgery,  moon,  acting,  loss of father,  dystopia,  suspicion,  basement,  sadness,  product placement,  library,  drowning,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  bridge,  woman,  television,  island,  college,  bathroom,  bus,  small town,  mirror,  cult film,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape
Locations:elevator,  beach,  bar
Period:future,  1990s
Story:hermetic world,  simulated reality,  deja vu,  hollywood sign,  alternate reality,  rainstorm,  supermarket,  product placement,  bridge,  bathroom,  cult film,  dancing,  flashback

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Femme Fatale (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Femme Fatale (2002)

The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by an ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  voyeurism,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Story:identity,  woman,  deja vu,  video surveillance,  bridge,  bathroom,  cult film,  flashback

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:florida,  suspicion,  product placement,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  bridge,  title spoken by character,  flashback

A Scanner Darkly (2006) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

In a totalitarian society in a near future, the undercover detective Bob Archor is working with a small time group of drug users trying to reach the big distributors of a brain-damaging drug called Substance D. His assignment is promoted by the recovery center New Path Corporation, and when Bob begins to lose his own identity and have schizophrenic behavior, he is submitted to tests to check his mental conditions. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  voyeurism,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub
Period:future
Story:identity,  lawn mower,  infiltration,  video surveillance,  dystopia,  man with glasses,  bathroom,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  flashback

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The Color Purple (1985)
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... This is why The Color Purple (1985) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998). (Read More)

Themes:adoption,  escape,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Story:marital separation,  rainstorm,  blockbuster,  loss of father,  woman,  mirror,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape
Locations:bicycle,  school,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:alternate reality,  bravery,  basement,  television,  college,  small town,  cult film,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:god complex,  rainstorm,  suspicion,  library,  no opening credits,  bridge,  college,  mirror,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

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Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:school,  hospital
Period:1990s
Story:rainstorm,  loss of father,  product placement,  no opening credits,  cult film,  three word title,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Accepted (2006)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

After being rejected from every college he applied, Bartleby Gaines decided to create a fictitious university, South Harmon Institute of Technology, with his friends, to fool their parents. But when their deception works too well and every other college rejects starts to apply to his school, B. must find a way to give the education and future his students and friends deserves, including his own, while trying to win the heart of the girl next door. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle,  school,  hospital
Period:future
Story:lawn mower,  product placement,  man with glasses,  college,  bathroom,  mirror,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Biography, Drama

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. This is why A Beautiful Mind (2001) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:school,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:nurse
Period:1990s
Story:motivational,  rainstorm,  blockbuster,  library,  no opening credits,  woman,  college,  cult film,  three word title,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

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

Cloud Atlas (2012)

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

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  bathtub,  beach,  bar
Characters:nurse
Period:future
Story:storm at sea,  radio broadcast,  deja vu,  dystopia,  no opening credits,  bridge,  island,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  flashback

What Lies Beneath (2000) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Story:sailboat,  blockbuster,  suspicion,  drowning,  woman,  college,  bathroom,  mirror,  three word title,  father son relationship

Gattaca (1997)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gattaca (1997)

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

Themes:paranoia,  marriage
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Period:future
Story:identity,  surgery,  moon,  dystopia,  suspicion,  library,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

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Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:playing against type,  motivational,  traffic jam,  sadness,  man with glasses,  college,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  marriage
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Story:small town,  media hype,  search party,  suspicion,  basement,  sadness,  man with glasses,  bridge,  woman,  television,  bathroom,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:elevator,  beach,  bar
Period:future
Story:television,  fictional talk show,  alternate reality,  rainstorm,  identity,  dystopia,  product placement,  no opening credits,  mirror,  cult film,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  flashback

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Dark City (1998)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Period:future
Story:woman,  hermetic world,  simulated reality,  newsstand,  deja vu,  alternate reality,  identity,  dystopia,  bus,  cult film,  flashback

Repo Men (2010)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Repo Men (2010)

In the future humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called "The Union". The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don't pay your bill, "The Union" sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property... with no concern for your comfort or survival. Former soldier Remy is one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company's top-of-the-line heart-replacement... as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart's no longer in the job. When he can't make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy's former partner Jake, to track him down. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:elevator,  school,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Period:future
Story:marital separation,  surgery,  dystopia,  no opening credits,  bus,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Precious (2009)
Drama

Precious (2009)

In Harlem, 1987. Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is an illiterate, overweight black girl. She is pregnant with her second child, both children fathered by her biological father, who has continually raped her since she was a child, but who she doesn't see otherwise. Her infant daughter, Mongo - such named since she has Down Syndrome - lives with Precious' grandmother. Precious lives with her mother Mary, who abuses Precious both physically and emotionally. Mary does nothing but smoke, watch television and collect welfare through fraud (as she doesn't ever look for a job) and believes that education does nothing for Precious, who she would rather also collect welfare if only to bring money into the household. To escape her life, Precious often daydreams of herself in glamorous situations. Because of her current pregnancy, Precious' principal transfers her into an alternative school. In dealing with the school's sympathetic teacher Miss Blu Rain, Precious begins to believe that she can have a future by learning how to read and write. Despite some devastating news from her mother following the birth of her child, Precious also begins to believe she can escape the grips of her abusive mother, who, up to this point, was Precious' only real support. (Read More)

Themes:adoption,  escape
Locations:elevator,  school,  hospital
Period:future
Story:playing against type,  woman,  television,  bathroom,  bus,  mirror,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

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Strange Days (1995) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Strange Days (1995)

Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Lenny investigates and is pulled deeper and deeper in a whirl of blackmail, murder and rape. Will he survive and solve the case? This is why Strange Days (1995) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  christmas
Locations:elevator,  beach,  bar
Period:future,  1990s
Story:revolving door,  dystopia,  product placement,  no opening credits,  television,  bathroom,  mirror,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  flashback

The Island (2005)
Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Island (2005)

Lincoln Six Echo is just like everyone else - he's waiting to go to the Island, the only place left in the world to actually live a life. Thousands of people stay at a facility waiting to go to the Island. It all sounds like paradise, but Lincoln Six Echo soon discovers that there's actually a sinister purpose going on at that facility and that he must escape - but not before stopping the sinister plan. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape
Locations:bar
Period:future
Story:god complex,  dystopia,  product placement,  drowning,  island,  title spoken by character

Ghostbusters (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:revolving door,  improvisation,  basement,  product placement,  library,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  college,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  flashback

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Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:elevator
Characters:nurse
Story:suspicion,  drowning,  bus,  small town,  mirror,  cult film,  flashback

K-pax (2001) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:paranoia,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Period:future,  1990s
Story:morality,  moon,  drowning,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. This is why Cop Land (1997) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  marriage
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:small town,  playing against type,  media hype,  bravery,  suspicion,  sadness,  product placement,  drowning,  no opening credits,  bridge,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  flashback

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Son Of Rambow (2007)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Son Of Rambow (2007)

SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early '80s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter's complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious roller-coaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  school,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:bravery,  supermarket,  drowning,  no opening credits,  bathroom,  bus,  small town,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Cursed (2005)
Comedy, Horror

Cursed (2005)

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape
Mood:satire
Locations:elevator,  bar
Story:vending machine,  hollywood sign,  basement,  product placement,  woman,  bathroom,  cult film,  title spoken by character

City Island (2009) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

City Island (2009)

The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  filmmaking
Locations:beach
Story:improvisation,  acting,  bridge,  island,  college,  bathroom,  bus,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Comedy, Romance, Sport

Mr. Woodcock (2007)

Fatherless John Farley's youth frustration, even trauma, like many his school kids' in his Nebraska small town home, was the constant abuse and humiliation in sadistic Jasper Woodcock's gym class. After college, doting son John became a motivational bestseller author and returns during a book signing tour to receive the backwater's highest honor. To John's horror, his devoted mother Beverly announces her plans to marry the hated coach and he's to be celebrated on the same event as John. Only ridiculous fatso Nedderman and his strange brother try to help Farley stop Woodcock, but that keeps backfiring. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:school
Period:1990s
Story:motivational,  supermarket,  college,  small town,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

Seeking Justice (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. This is why Seeking Justice (2011) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  school,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Period:future
Story:vending machine,  product placement,  bus,  title spoken by character,  flashback

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.

Themes:paranoia,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:rainstorm,  product placement,  drowning,  bus,  mirror,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

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Fahrenheit 451 (1966) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Drama, Sci-fi

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag's wife are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books. It is through this relationship that he begins to question the government's motives behind book-burning. Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:elevator,  school
Period:future
Story:television,  marital separation,  dystopia,  library,  woman

Safe Haven (2013)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

Safe Haven (2013)

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  beach,  bar
Story:sailboat,  bravery,  product placement,  bridge,  woman,  bus,  small town,  father son relationship,  flashback

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Period:future,  1990s
Story:library,  loss of father,  no opening credits,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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Sneakers (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sneakers (1992)

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... This is why Sneakers (1992) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  voyeurism,  escape,  betrayal,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar
Period:1990s
Story:identity,  video surveillance,  blockbuster,  suspicion,  product placement,  man with glasses,  bridge,  cult film,  dancing,  flashback

Nim's Island (2008) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Nim's Island (2008)

Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape
Locations:bathtub,  beach
Story:island,  boat accident,  storm at sea,  sailboat,  rainstorm,  bravery,  product placement,  woman,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  beach
Story:loss of father,  suspicion,  library,  man with glasses,  bus,  three word title,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

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Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:christmas,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  school,  hospital
Period:1990s
Story:bravery,  morality,  supermarket,  surgery,  basement,  drowning,  woman,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Gods And Monsters (1998)
Biography, Drama

Gods And Monsters (1998)

The story of 'James Whale (I)' (qv), the Director of _Frankenstein (1931)_ (qv) and _Bride of Frankenstein (1935)_ (qv), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale was homosexual, and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine.

Themes:filmmaking,  friendship
Locations:beach,  bar,  hospital
Story:creator creation relationship,  lawn mower,  surgery,  drowning,  bathroom,  mirror,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

The Majestic (2001) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Drama, Romance

The Majestic (2001)

Peter Appleton is an ambitious young screenwriter working for HHS Studios during Hollywood's Golden Age, 1951 in particular. "Ashes to Ashes" is about to be released, and he's dating the attractive movie star, Sandra Sinclair. Just when everything seems to be going his way, it is discovered he (unwittingly) attended a Communist meeting during college when pulled there by his girlfriend at the time, and thus heavy suspicion settles over him and he'll have to stand before Congress. Afraid of what might happen if they don't, HHS cancels Appleton's contract and aborts the release date of the film. Appleton promptly begins to wallow in self-pity and spends nearly an entire night at a bar, then drives intoxicated through the streets of the California course until plummeting into a stormy river and getting knocked unconscious. Washing up on the beaches of a small town called Lawson. Although the people there are pleasant and likable, the town is depressed and lifeless due to having lost 62 of its sons in World War II. One of them, Luke Trimble, was missing in action; and miraculously, Peter bears a striking resemblance to the black and white photos, close enough to fool even Luke's father, Harry. However, thanks to the blow to the head and the alcohol, Peter has suffered amnesia and decides he must be who they think he is. Besides, it's not a bad life: Luke's beautiful lover, lawyer Adele Stanton, is all over him, the town has suddenly come back to life with excitement, and he and his "father" rebuild a movie palace Harry used to run, the Majestic. Unfortunately, Peter's memory returns in time for G-men to track him down. This is why The Majestic (2001) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998). (Read More)

Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:nurse
Story:small town,  playing against type,  hollywood sign,  morality,  identity,  loss of father,  suspicion,  bridge,  college,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father son relationship,  flashback

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The East (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

Themes:escape,  betrayal
Locations:elevator,  bicycle
Story:infiltration,  surgery,  suspicion,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Comedy

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Determined to solve the coincidence of seeing the same conspicuous stranger three times in a day, Albert hires a pair of existentialist detectives, who insist on spying on his everyday life while sharing their views on life and the nature of the universe.

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  bathtub
Story:traffic jam,  man with glasses,  cult film,  three word title,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Jurassic World (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Jurassic World (2015)

22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, the new park (also known as Jurassic World) is open for business. After years of studying genetics the scientists on the park genetically engineer a new breed of dinosaur. When everything goes horribly wrong, will our heroes make it off the island?

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  betrayal,  christmas
Mood:satire
Locations:elevator,  beach
Period:future
Story:island,  bravery,  blockbuster,  product placement,  no opening credits,  woman,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship

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Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  betrayal,  christmas
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:motivational,  rainstorm,  florida,  blockbuster,  loss of father,  product placement,  cult film,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Tomorrowland (2015)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." This is why Tomorrowland (2015) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  betrayal
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  bathtub,  beach
Period:future
Story:alternate reality,  florida,  moon,  dystopia,  product placement,  no opening credits,  bus,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  flashback

Self/less (2015)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:school,  beach,  bar
Story:identity,  product placement,  no opening credits,  bridge,  island,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

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Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
Comedy

Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

Charlie is a Rhode Island state trooper with a multiple personalities. He is otherwise mild-mannered and non confrontational until somebody or something pushes him a little too far. That's when his maniacal alter-ego, Hank, takes over. Charlie is assigned on a routine mission to return alleged fugitive Irene back to upstate New York, but they wind up on the run from corrupt police officers. And their escape would be a lot simpler on everybody involved if Hank didn't keep stepping in at the most inopportune times.... (Read More)

Themes:escape,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Story:woman,  ego,  island,  identity,  vending machine,  golf,  bathroom,  cult film,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

The Rainmaker (1997) is one of the best movies like The Truman Show (1998)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woman. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:escape,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:school,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Period:1990s
Story:woman,  insurance agent,  rainstorm,  no opening credits,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

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

Themes:marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:video surveillance,  morality,  supermarket,  surgery,  bus,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title

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