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The Wrestler (2008)
Drama, Sport

The Wrestler (2008)

This is a drama about an aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, who now barely gets by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee. As he faces health problems that may end his wrestling career for good he attempts to come to terms with his life outside the ring: by working full time at the grocery store, trying to reconcile with the daughter he abandoned in childhood and forming a closer bond with a stripper he has romantic feelings for. He struggles with his new life and an offer of a high-profile rematch with his 1980s arch-nemesis, The Ayatollah, which may be his ticket back to stardom. (Read More)

Themes:wrestling,  redemption,  tragedy,  lesbianism
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:wrestler,  stripper,  professional wrestler,  professional athlete,  price of fame,  heart attack,  professional wrestling,  hope of reconciliation,  heart bypass surgery,  facial reconstruction,  sports promoter,  growth hormone,  american legion,  follow shot,  hair extension,  semi nudity,  sports culture,  father daughter dance,  tanning salon,  staple gun,  prothesis,  hair net,  nipple piercing,  christ figure,  artificial leg,  delicatessen,  hair dye,  stitches,  social realism,  father daughter estrangement,  washed up star,  tights,  action figure,  sportsman,  spandex,  self harm,  self destruction,  drugstore,  pole dancing,  clothes,  female cinematographer,  masculinity,  comeback,  razor blade,  trailer park,  quitting a job,  pharmacy,  trailer home,  hit in the face,  director cameo,  barbed wire,  present,  parking lot,  referee,  ambiguous ending,  lesbian relationship,  existentialism,  handheld camera,  nintendo,  sex in a bathroom,  shopping,  new jersey,  rear entry sex,  audience,  mutilation,  fame,  athlete,  supermarket,  tragic event,  long take,  gym,  stripping,  strip club,  van,  cocaine,  woman,  vomiting,  thong,  father daughter relationship,  sex scene,  blood,  violence

Striptease (1996)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Striptease (1996)

Erin Grant loses care and custody of her daughter when she's divorced from her husband Darrell, a small-time thief. Struggling for money, she is a dancer at a nightclub, where one night Congressman Dilbeck (in disguise) attacks another member of the audience. A spectator, who recognizes Dilbeck and is fond of Erin, offers to get back her daughter by blackmailing Dilbeck. Things do not work out as planned, though. (Read More)

Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:pole dancing,  trailer home,  audience,  heart attack,  stripping,  strip club,  van,  woman,  stripper,  thong,  father daughter relationship

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Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  wrestling
Locations:bar
Story:comeback,  referee,  wrestler,  ambiguous ending,  fame,  heart attack,  gym,  violence

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption
Locations:bar
Story:hair dye,  father daughter estrangement,  trailer park,  trailer home,  supermarket,  cocaine,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:bar
Story:price of fame,  shopping,  audience,  fame,  gym,  stripping,  violence,  blood

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3 Days To Kill (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

3 Days To Kill (2014)

Dying of brain cancer, a dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger; but first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunt down the world's most ruthless terrorist and look after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town. This is why 3 Days To Kill (2014) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  lesbianism
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:father daughter dance,  father daughter estrangement,  supermarket,  strip club,  woman,  stripper,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:stitches,  drugstore,  razor blade,  pharmacy,  supermarket,  woman,  vomiting,  father daughter relationship,  blood

Southpaw (2015)
Drama, Sport

Southpaw (2015)

As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring.

Themes:tragedy
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:washed up star,  self destruction,  comeback,  gym,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

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Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

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

Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:pole dancing,  long take,  strip club,  cocaine,  stripper,  thong,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

Monster's Ball (2001)
Drama, Romance

Monster's Ball (2001)

Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank, who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's interracial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:woman,  rear entry sex,  tragic event,  vomiting,  sex scene,  blood

Man On The Moon (1999)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

Man On The Moon (1999)

Man on the Moon is a biographical movie on the late comedian 'Andy Kaufman (I)' (qv). Kaufman, along with his role on _"Taxi" (1978)_ (qv), was famous for being the self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. After beating women time and time again, 'Jerry Lawler' (qv) (who plays himself in the movie), a professional wrestler, got tired of seeing all of this and decided to challenge Kaufman to a match. In most of the matches the two had, Lawler prevailed with the piledriver, which is a move by spiking an opponent head-first into the mat. One of the most famous moments in this feud was in the early 80s when Kaufman threw coffee on Lawler on _"Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)_ (qv), got into fisticuffs with Lawler, and proceeded to sue NBC. This is why Man On The Moon (1999) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008). (Read More)

Themes:wrestling
Locations:bar
Story:professional wrestler,  referee,  wrestler,  gym

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Varsity Blues (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Varsity Blues (1999)

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. (Read More)

Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:van,  fame,  stripping,  strip club,  stripper,  vomiting,  thong,  father daughter relationship,  blood

Raging Bull (1980) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Raging Bull (1980)

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:bar
Story:price of fame,  washed up star,  hit in the face,  violence,  blood

Spun (2002)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Spun (2002)

Themes:wrestling
Story:drugstore,  pole dancing,  stripping,  strip club,  stripper

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Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Locations:hospital
Story:quitting a job,  long take,  stripping,  strip club,  cocaine,  stripper,  violence,  blood

Pain & Gain (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. This is why Pain & Gain (2013) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008). (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:pole dancing,  rear entry sex,  long take,  gym,  strip club,  van,  cocaine,  stripper,  sex scene,  blood

Black Snake Moan (2006) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:bar
Story:drugstore,  pharmacy,  trailer home,  rear entry sex,  supermarket,  vomiting,  sex scene,  violence,  blood

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:bar
Story:trailer park,  trailer home,  ambiguous ending,  new jersey,  vomiting,  sex scene,  violence,  blood

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Story:hit in the face,  parking lot,  rear entry sex,  supermarket,  gym,  cocaine,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. (Read More)

Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:heart attack,  supermarket,  van,  woman,  vomiting,  father daughter relationship,  violence

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Showgirls (1995) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Drama

Showgirls (1995)

Nomi Malone, a mysterious young girl with the ambition to dance embarks on a journey to Las Vegas to become a showgirl in a high-class hotel show. There she meets Molly, a seamstress at the Stardust Hotel and the two quickly become good friends. She gets a job as a lap dancer at the seedy Cheetah Club but after a chance meeting with Cristal Connors, the star of Goddess, the current show at the hotel where Molly works, Nomi manages to secure an audition for a spot on the chorus line.However she soon realises that fame comes with a price as her friendships, her morals and her soul are put to the test as she works her way up the ladder and eventually becomes the star of the show, stealing Cristal's part. She begins to wonder if all of her work was for nothing and if she can reclaim her life back before it is too late. This is why Showgirls (1995) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008). (Read More)

Themes:lesbianism
Locations:hospital
Story:pole dancing,  fame,  strip club,  cocaine,  stripper,  vomiting,  thong,  sex scene

Irreversible (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Irreversible (2002)

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:sex in a bathroom,  long take,  stripping,  cocaine,  woman,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

The Natural (1984)
Drama, Sport

The Natural (1984)

An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:drugstore,  comeback,  fame,  athlete,  woman

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Maria Full Of Grace (2004)
Crime, Drama

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with sixty-two pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:quitting a job,  pharmacy,  new jersey,  cocaine,  vomiting

Looper (2012) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

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

Themes:redemption,  tragedy
Story:strip club,  stripper,  vomiting,  thong,  sex scene,  violence,  blood

Thirteen (2003)
Drama

Thirteen (2003)

At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive (it seems...she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom's boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother--as well as, teachers and old friends. This is why Thirteen (2003) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008). (Read More)

Themes:lesbianism
Story:self harm,  razor blade,  shopping,  van,  cocaine,  thong,  father daughter relationship,  sex scene,  violence,  blood

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Whip It (2009)
Drama, Sport

Whip It (2009)

In a town near Austin, Bliss Cavendar's strong-willed mom believes Bliss, at 17, can win pageants - the key to a happy life. Bliss isn't the beauty pageant type: she's shy, quiet, and has just one friend, Pash, her fellow waitress at a diner. Things change for Bliss when she discovers a women's roller derby league in Austin, tries out, proves to be whip fast, and makes a team. Now she needs to become someone tough on the rink, keep her parents from finding out where she goes twice a week, and do something about a first crush, on a musician she meets at the derby. Meanwhile, mom still sees Bliss as Miss Bluebonnet. Things are on a collision course; will everyone get banged up? (Read More)

Story:shopping,  tights,  athlete,  van,  woman,  vomiting,  father daughter relationship

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:trailer park,  trailer home,  ambiguous ending,  rear entry sex,  strip club,  stripper,  vomiting,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

Cashback (2006) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cashback (2006)

When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy, he develops chronic insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour-shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the pretty and quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:referee,  supermarket,  strip club,  stripper,  thong,  blood

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La Montana Sagrada (1973)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

La Montana Sagrada (1973)

A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal. (Read More)

Themes:lesbianism
Locations:bar
Story:christ figure,  hair dye,  existentialism,  cocaine,  stripper,  vomiting,  violence,  blood

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. This is why The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008). (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:heart bypass surgery,  quitting a job,  hit in the face,  heart attack,  strip club,  cocaine,  woman,  stripper,  vomiting,  thong,  sex scene,  blood

Near Dark (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:redemption
Locations:bar
Story:trailer home,  ambiguous ending,  van,  vomiting,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

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Creed (2015) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Drama, Sport

Creed (2015)

Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in _Rocky IV (1985)_ (qv). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... (Read More)

Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:female cinematographer,  long take,  gym,  van,  woman,  vomiting,  blood

Hable Con Ella (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Hable Con Ella (2002)

After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. (Read More)

Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:present,  audience,  tragic event,  woman,  father daughter relationship,  blood

Spring Breakers (2012)
Crime, Drama

Spring Breakers (2012)

Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper "Alien" promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget. (Read More)

Story:parking lot,  strip club,  cocaine,  stripper,  thong,  sex scene,  violence,  blood

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Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. This is why Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  lesbianism
Locations:bar
Story:woman,  lesbian relationship,  vomiting,  father daughter relationship,  sex scene,  violence,  blood

Sultan (2016) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport

Sultan (2016)

Sultan is a story of Sultan Ali Khan - a local wrestling champion with the world at his feet as he dreams of representing India at the Olympics. It's a story of Aarfa - a feisty young girl from the same small town as Sultan with her own set of dreams. When the 2 local wrestling legends lock horns, romance blossoms and their dreams and aspirations become intertwined and aligned. However, the path to glory is a rocky one and one must fall several times before one stands victorious - More often than not, this journey can take a lifetime. Sultan is a classic underdog tale about a wrestler's journey, looking for a comeback by defeating all odds staked up against him. But when he has nothing to lose and everything to gain in this fight for his life match... Sultan must literally fight for his life. Sultan believes he's got what it takes... but this time, it's going to take everything he's got. (Read More)

Themes:wrestling
Story:comeback,  wrestler,  father daughter relationship

A History Of Violence (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A History Of Violence (2005)

This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:barbed wire,  ambiguous ending,  long take,  strip club,  woman,  violence,  father daughter relationship,  sex scene,  blood

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

Big Eyes (2014)

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

Locations:bar
Story:staple gun,  quitting a job,  hit in the face,  fame,  supermarket,  woman,  father daughter relationship

Foxcatcher (2014)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Foxcatcher (2014)

Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the poverty striken situation Olympic caliber athletes like he and his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Trapped in du Pont's majestic but suffocating world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as an egotistical, arrogant, and selfish megalomaniac and grows increasingly contemptuous. Though initially supportive, du Pont's mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont's erratic behavior and threatening psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete's environment, stability, and motivation. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence du Pont lacks. du Pont eventually realizes he is unable to buy the respect he so desperately desires from the world's greatest wrestlers. Fueled by du Pont's increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  wrestling
Story:wrestler,  professional wrestling,  audience,  cocaine,  violence

Spread (2009) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Spread (2009)

In Los Angeles, Nikki is homeless, car-less and closing in on 30, but he's amoral, good-looking, and adept in the sack, moving from one wealthy woman of 35 or 40 to another, a kept boy-toy. His newest gig, with Samantha, an attorney whose house overlooks L.A., is sweet, although it's unclear how long she'll put up with him. Then Nikki meets Heather, a waitress. Is the player being played, or might this be love? What will Nikki discover? This is why Spread (2009) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008). (Read More)

Story:rear entry sex,  strip club,  woman,  stripper,  vomiting,  sex scene

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Gegen Die Wand (2004)
Drama, Romance

Gegen Die Wand (2004)

In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants to end it all. Sibel a 20-something female from Hamburg wishes to please her Turkish parents yet yearns for freedom. She has had her nose broken by her brother for being seen holding hands with a boy and yet she can not break her mother's heart and run away. She too attempts suicide and she first approaches Cahit there at the Hospital. Sibel asks Cahit to marry her, as she believes this to be the way out of her parent's house. She promises Cahit that their relationship will be like roommates, not like a married couple. The film follows Sibel and Cahit as they get married, become closer and eventually fall in love. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:razor blade,  hit in the face,  ambiguous ending,  cocaine,  woman,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

Another Earth (2011)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Another Earth (2011)

SPOILER: Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and tells him he has won a free cleaning service of his home. Rhoda wins the writing contest, but meanwhile John and she have fallen in love with each other. Rhoda has to take a decision whether she goes or stays, but she wants to tell John the truth first. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy
Locations:hospital
Story:self harm,  self destruction,  ambiguous ending,  van,  vomiting,  father daughter relationship

Cake (2014)
Drama

Cake (2014)

The acerbic, hilarious Claire Bennett becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

Themes:tragedy
Story:female cinematographer,  pharmacy,  tragic event,  woman

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No Country For Old Men (2007) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

No Country For Old Men (2007)

In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss ('Josh Brolin' (qv)) discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh ('Javier Bardem' (qv)), on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sheriff Ed Tom Bell ('Tommy Lee Jones' (qv)) blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:hospital
Story:drugstore,  trailer park,  pharmacy,  trailer home,  present,  vomiting,  violence,  blood

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? This is why Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Story:trailer park,  supermarket,  van,  woman,  vomiting,  father daughter relationship,  blood

The Shipping News (2001)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:audience,  vomiting,  thong,  father daughter relationship,  sex scene

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Flight (2012)
Drama, Thriller

Flight (2012)

Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there's a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he was intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems... (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:cocaine,  woman,  stripper,  vomiting,  thong,  blood

Auf Der Anderen Seite (2007) is one of the best movies like The Wrestler (2008)
Drama

Auf Der Anderen Seite (2007)

Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Story:lesbian relationship,  tragic event,  long take,  woman

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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

Locations:hospital
Story:razor blade,  supermarket,  tragic event,  gym,  woman,  vomiting,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood

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