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There Will Be Blood (2007)
Drama, History

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, a local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a pipeline to the coast, and as Eli tries to build his own religious empire. (Read More)

Themes:money,  hunting,  wealth,  adoption,  greed,  alcoholism,  rivalry,  wedding,  religion,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  desert,  church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:deafness,  american,  bible,  alcoholic,  baby,  prostitute,  singer,  doctor
Period:1890s,  1900s,  1910s,  1920s,  1930s
Story:oil,  california,  land,  oil industry,  goat farmer,  prospector,  land surveying,  land grabbing,  silver mine,  adopted son,  drilling for oil,  oil derrick,  oil tycoon,  oil well,  oil rig,  falling off a ladder,  same actor playing twin role,  business associate,  death in childbirth,  business deal,  twin brother,  preacher,  san francisco california,  horse and wagon,  long underwear,  horse riding,  train depot,  set on fire,  telephone call,  silver city new mexico,  dragged by one's hair,  child romance,  ear exam,  false promise,  child uses gun,  loss of hearing,  bowling pin,  male slaps a male,  gun held to one's head,  sulphur,  false prophet,  spiritual healing,  quail,  sparks,  ice cream parlor,  napkin,  lifting a male into the air,  chain gang,  faith healer,  pipeline,  arthritis,  firewood,  surrogate son,  irrigation,  sinner,  control freak,  public speaking,  matches,  freak accident,  bowling ball,  milkshake,  tool,  signature,  religious zealot,  pickaxe,  turn of the century,  building collapse,  misanthrope,  religious intolerance,  railroad track,  pick axe,  passing out,  surrogate father,  renovation,  pacific ocean,  evangelist,  interpreter,  sitting,  bride and groom,  gospel,  half brother,  famous line,  child abandonment,  blasphemy,  bludgeoning,  digging a grave,  price of fame,  tuberculosis,  hymn,  salvation,  religious fanatic,  great depression,  bowling alley,  americana,  industry,  whistling,  unconsciousness,  flask,  construction,  tower,  villain played by lead actor,  baptism,  farming,  mining,  impotence,  sermon,  exploration,  pipe smoking,  mud,  loss of brother,  sign language,  capitalism,  lantern,  mine,  mustache,  20th century,  dynamite,  superstition,  butler,  impostor,  backpack,  minister,  explosive,  telescope,  accidental death,  broken leg,  ambition,  railway station,  goat,  burial,  ladder,  single father,  camp,  impersonation,  lifting someone into the air,  hammer,  injury,  dress,  revelation,  claim in title,  waiter,  power,  arson,  twin,  ex convict,  loss of father,  uncle nephew relationship,  threat,  automobile,  childbirth,  cross,  actor shares first name with character,  long take,  business,  diary,  farmer,  actor playing multiple roles,  reading,  tent,  mission,  19th century,  beaten to death,  businessman,  flash forward,  confession,  underwater scene,  radio,  no opening credits,  child abuse,  map,  mansion,  dark comedy,  orphan,  swimming,  telephone,  competition,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  cafe,  dead body,  reference to god,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  falling from height,  small town,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence,  gun

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. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  rivalry,  wedding,  money,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:baby,  singer,  doctor
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:oil industry,  land,  drilling for oil,  oil derrick,  oil tycoon,  oil well,  oil rig,  oil,  telephone call,  passing out,  bride and groom,  americana,  pipe smoking,  mud,  minister,  railway station,  burial,  waiter,  power,  twin,  business,  reading,  businessman,  mansion,  swimming,  prayer,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  horse,  food,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  death,  blood

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Seraphim Falls (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

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

Themes:money,  religion
Locations:campfire,  desert
Characters:baby,  prostitute
Story:horse and wagon,  horse riding,  pick axe,  industry,  pipe smoking,  camp,  injury,  arson,  farmer,  tent,  19th century,  underwater scene,  prayer,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  shotgun,  face slap,  horse,  food,  crying,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  murder

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:money,  wedding,  religion,  marriage
Locations:campfire,  church,  restaurant
Characters:bible,  alcoholic,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:preacher,  horse riding,  telephone call,  false prophet,  ice cream parlor,  religious zealot,  hymn,  salvation,  religious fanatic,  great depression,  impotence,  minister,  lifting someone into the air,  ex convict,  loss of father,  threat,  reading,  orphan,  reference to jesus christ,  cafe,  dead body,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  small town,  shotgun,  face slap,  horse,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  gun,  blood

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)

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

Themes:rivalry,  money
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:american,  singer,  doctor
Story:oil,  oil derrick,  oil well,  telephone call,  whistling,  pipe smoking,  dynamite,  explosive,  broken leg,  cross,  prayer,  fire,  cafe,  dead body,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  face slap,  underwear,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  surprise ending,  singing,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  gun,  blood,  death

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Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. This is why Adams Aebler (2005) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007). (Read More)

Themes:money,  religion
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  alcoholic,  singer,  doctor
Story:death in childbirth,  blasphemy,  hymn,  baptism,  sermon,  accidental death,  ex convict,  cross,  child abuse,  telephone,  reference to god,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  shot in the head,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  violence,  murder,  death,  gun,  blood

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,  bar
Characters:singer
Period:1930s
Story:telephone call,  public speaking,  flask,  sermon,  pipe smoking,  minister,  preacher,  railway station,  farmer,  radio,  map,  competition,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  rifle,  letter,  horse,  underwear,  beating,  song,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  violence

The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
Adventure, Drama, Western

The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster. (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  greed,  money
Locations:campfire,  desert,  bar
Characters:american
Story:prospector,  oil derrick,  oil well,  oil rig,  horse riding,  pick axe,  digging a grave,  mining,  lantern,  burial,  tent,  rural setting,  rifle,  letter,  face slap,  horse,  food,  underwear,  train,  fire,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  violence,  blood,  gun

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Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  money,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  desert,  bar
Characters:alcoholic,  singer,  doctor
Period:1930s
Story:telephone call,  tuberculosis,  land,  whistling,  lantern,  minister,  telescope,  preacher,  burial,  camp,  arson,  cross,  tent,  mission,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  child abuse,  swimming,  dead body,  rifle,  horse,  song,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

Goya's Ghosts (2006)
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.

Themes:hunting,  money,  religion
Locations:church
Characters:deafness,  baby,  prostitute
Story:horse riding,  pipe smoking,  sign language,  cross,  actor playing multiple roles,  19th century,  flash forward,  confession,  orphan,  prayer,  dead body,  rifle,  horse,  food,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  violence

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. This is why Andrey Rublev (1966) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007).

Themes:money,  religion
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  church,  beach
Characters:bible,  singer
Story:horse riding,  dragged by one's hair,  salvation,  mud,  goat,  ladder,  power,  cross,  reading,  confession,  mansion,  swimming,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  horse,  food,  beating,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

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The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

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

Locations:campfire
Characters:prostitute,  singer,  doctor
Story:horse and wagon,  misanthrope,  bludgeoning,  digging a grave,  superstition,  burial,  cross,  tent,  19th century,  beaten to death,  prayer,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  small town,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  beating,  song,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

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

Themes:marriage
Locations:campfire,  church,  beach
Characters:prostitute,  singer
Story:pick axe,  loss of brother,  mustache,  burial,  hammer,  uncle nephew relationship,  cross,  diary,  farmer,  tent,  flash forward,  map,  prayer,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  shot in the head,  face slap,  horse,  food,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  violence,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  blood

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:hunting
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  church
Characters:baby,  doctor
Story:hymn,  farming,  sermon,  minister,  explosive,  preacher,  goat,  injury,  cross,  reading,  19th century,  flash forward,  prayer,  dead body,  rural setting,  rifle,  letter,  shotgun,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  underwear,  train,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  blood,  death,  murder,  gun

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Ladder 49 (2004)
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:church,  bar
Characters:baby,  singer
Story:telephone call,  building collapse,  hymn,  baptism,  loss of brother,  burial,  ladder,  loss of father,  flash forward,  confession,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  underwear,  song,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death,  flashback

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. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007). (Read More)

Themes:money
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:prostitute,  singer,  doctor
Period:1930s
Story:power,  diary,  san francisco california,  telephone call,  exploration,  oil,  goat,  uncle nephew relationship,  actor playing multiple roles,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  telephone,  prayer,  cafe,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  falling from height,  face slap,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  flashback,  murder,  death,  gun

The Lost City Of Z (2016) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Lost City Of Z (2016)

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

Locations:campfire,  church
Characters:singer,  doctor
Period:1910s,  1920s
Story:land surveying,  camp,  horse riding,  flask,  exploration,  20th century,  backpack,  mission,  19th century,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  map,  swimming,  reference to jesus christ,  dead body,  reference to god,  rifle,  letter,  face slap,  horse,  food,  song,  train,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  violence,  flashback,  gun,  murder

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

3:10 To Yuma (2007)

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

Themes:money
Locations:campfire
Characters:bible,  prostitute,  singer,  doctor
Story:land,  horse and wagon,  horse riding,  train depot,  gun held to one's head,  unconsciousness,  villain played by lead actor,  dynamite,  railway station,  arson,  cross,  farmer,  tent,  mission,  19th century,  train,  prayer,  dead body,  reference to god,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  beating,  song,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  singing,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  violence,  death,  gun,  murder

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene ('Carey Mulligan' (qv)), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak ('Matthias Schoenaerts' (qv)), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy ('Tom Sturridge' (qv)), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood ('Michael Sheen (I)' (qv)), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  wedding,  money,  marriage
Locations:church,  beach
Characters:singer
Story:farmer,  horse and wagon,  hymn,  pipe smoking,  lantern,  butler,  minister,  ladder,  19th century,  orphan,  swimming,  dead body,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  falling from height,  horse,  food,  song,  crying,  fire,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  violence,  murder,  death

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

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

Themes:religion
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:baby,  singer
Story:oil well,  camp,  telephone call,  oil,  uncle nephew relationship,  reading,  tent,  businessman,  flash forward,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  shot in the head,  horse,  underwear,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death

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Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:adoption,  money,  marriage
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:prostitute,  singer
Story:telephone call,  price of fame,  mustache,  injury,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  swimming,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  cafe,  reference to god,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  violence,  death

Straw Dogs (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:hunting,  alcoholism,  marriage
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:american,  alcoholic,  singer
Story:construction,  accidental death,  arson,  uncle nephew relationship,  threat,  beaten to death,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  rural setting,  rifle,  small town,  shotgun,  face slap,  blood splatter,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  violence,  death,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  blood

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

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

Themes:money
Characters:baby,  singer,  doctor
Period:1930s
Story:telephone call,  mud,  lantern,  long take,  actor playing multiple roles,  reading,  orphan,  swimming,  telephone,  dead body,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  food,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  death

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Vozvrashchenie (2003)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Vozvrashchenie (2003)

Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.

Locations:campfire,  restaurant,  beach
Story:telephone call,  tower,  accidental death,  ladder,  diary,  tent,  underwater scene,  child abuse,  swimming,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  cafe,  tears,  falling from height,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:money
Mood:epic
Locations:church,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:american,  bible,  prostitute
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:telephone call,  evangelist,  great depression,  mustache,  dynamite,  ambition,  preacher,  ladder,  single father,  power,  arson,  ex convict,  loss of father,  threat,  automobile,  tent,  beaten to death,  no opening credits,  mansion,  telephone,  cafe,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  blood splatter,  beating,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. This is why White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  money,  religion
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:bible,  prostitute,  singer
Story:salvation,  religious fanatic,  baptism,  minister,  goat,  power,  cross,  flash forward,  child abuse,  california,  swimming,  reference to jesus christ,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  letter,  underwear,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  death,  murder,  gun

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Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:baby,  singer
Story:telephone call,  surrogate son,  minister,  broken leg,  burial,  revelation,  cross,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  swimming,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  tears,  face slap,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback

Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

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

Themes:wealth,  alcoholism,  wedding,  money,  marriage
Mood:epic
Characters:alcoholic,  baby,  prostitute,  singer,  doctor
Story:butler,  horse and wagon,  famous line,  whistling,  unconsciousness,  explosive,  accidental death,  railway station,  twin,  loss of father,  childbirth,  cross,  business,  reading,  19th century,  prayer,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  shot in the head,  face slap,  horse,  food,  song,  crying,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
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)

Themes:wealth,  religion
Mood:epic
Locations:church
Characters:baby,  singer,  doctor
Period:1910s
Story:death in childbirth,  farming,  dress,  arson,  twin,  cross,  long take,  farmer,  confession,  child abuse,  prayer,  rural setting,  tears,  falling from height,  small town,  face slap,  horse,  food,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood,  violence

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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. (Read More)

Locations:church,  bar
Characters:singer,  doctor
Period:1920s
Story:horse and wagon,  horse riding,  train depot,  gun held to one's head,  sermon,  railway station,  uncle nephew relationship,  cross,  farmer,  reading,  beaten to death,  confession,  map,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  dead body,  rural setting,  rifle,  letter,  shot in the head,  underwear,  beating,  song,  train,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  blood,  death,  gun,  murder,  violence

The Kite Runner (2007)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. This is why The Kite Runner (2007) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007). (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  money,  religion,  marriage
Locations:bar
Characters:baby,  singer
Story:death in childbirth,  san francisco california,  telephone call,  surrogate son,  surrogate father,  land,  goat,  single father,  revelation,  uncle nephew relationship,  childbirth,  reading,  mission,  flash forward,  child abuse,  california,  orphan,  telephone,  competition,  prayer,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  food,  beating,  song,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  violence,  death,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  murder

Appaloosa (2008)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Western

Appaloosa (2008)

1882, New Mexico Territory. Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are itinerant lawmen, hired by desperate towns as marshal and deputy. The city fathers of Appaloosa hire them after Randall Bragg, a newly-arrived rancher with money and a gang of thugs, disrupts commerce and kills three local lawmen. Cole and Hitch contrive to arrest Bragg and bring him to trial, but hanging him proves difficult. Meanwhile, a widow has arrived in town, Allison French, pretty, refined, and good-natured. Virgil falls hard, and it seems mutual, but there may be more to Allie than meets the eye. Can friendship and skill with a gun overcome a pernicious villain and green-eyed jealousy? (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  money
Locations:campfire,  desert,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:bible,  prostitute
Story:horse and wagon,  long underwear,  horse riding,  mine,  telescope,  camp,  power,  reading,  19th century,  cafe,  rifle,  small town,  shotgun,  face slap,  horse,  food,  underwear,  beating,  train,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  violence,  blood,  death,  gun,  murder

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Flight Of The Phoenix (2004) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Flight Of The Phoenix (2004)

A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the impossible... building a new plane from the wreckage of the old one.

Themes:religion
Locations:desert
Story:oil well,  oil rig,  horse riding,  oil,  burial,  threat,  cross,  radio,  map,  prayer,  dead body,  horse,  food,  underwear,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  blood,  death

10,000 Bc (2008)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

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

Themes:hunting
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  desert
Story:horse riding,  death in childbirth,  horse,  superstition,  telescope,  burial,  camp,  injury,  tent,  mission,  flash forward,  orphan,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  falling from height,  food,  beating,  crying,  fire,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

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:money
Locations:church,  campfire
Characters:american,  prostitute,  singer
Story:whistling,  unconsciousness,  tower,  lantern,  backpack,  burial,  cross,  underwater scene,  orphan,  prayer,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  falling from height,  shot in the head,  face slap,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  song,  crying,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  blood,  death,  murder

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21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007). (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  religion,  marriage
Locations:desert,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:bible,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  minister,  ex convict,  cross,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  swimming,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  cafe,  reference to god,  tears,  face slap,  food,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  death,  murder,  flashback,  blood

Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Locations:church,  restaurant
Characters:bible,  prostitute,  singer
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:telephone,  telephone call,  sermon,  impostor,  minister,  railway station,  preacher,  burial,  power,  reading,  confession,  radio,  no opening credits,  california,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  shotgun,  face slap,  food,  blood splatter,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  blood,  violence

Black Snake Moan (2006)
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:wedding,  marriage
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:bible,  prostitute,  singer
Story:telephone call,  bride and groom,  hymn,  salvation,  farming,  minister,  preacher,  dress,  farmer,  child abuse,  prayer,  cafe,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  small town,  food,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  gun,  death

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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,  hunting,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:bar
Characters:prostitute,  singer,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  bride and groom,  bowling alley,  broken leg,  burial,  camp,  automobile,  telephone,  dead body,  tears,  rifle,  falling from height,  small town,  shot in the head,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood,  murder,  gun,  violence

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:money,  religion,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:american,  singer,  doctor
Story:minister,  telephone call,  surrogate son,  pipe smoking,  capitalism,  explosive,  telescope,  accidental death,  railway station,  impersonation,  childbirth,  mission,  businessman,  no opening credits,  telephone,  prayer,  cafe,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  shot in the head,  food,  blood splatter,  underwear,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  violence,  murder

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  greed,  rivalry,  wedding,  money
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:american,  prostitute
Story:misanthrope,  villain played by lead actor,  impostor,  telescope,  impersonation,  lifting someone into the air,  revelation,  waiter,  businessman,  confession,  telephone,  dead body,  shot in the head,  food,  blood splatter,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  murder,  gun,  death,  violence,  blood

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:desert,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:bible,  prostitute,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:explosive,  goat,  twin,  long take,  flash forward,  reference to jesus christ,  dead body,  reference to god,  rifle,  shot in the head,  face slap,  blood splatter,  song,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  murder,  blood,  violence,  flashback,  death

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:greed,  money,  religion
Locations:desert,  restaurant
Characters:doctor
Story:oil industry,  telephone call,  oil,  telescope,  broken leg,  hammer,  automobile,  no opening credits,  telephone,  prayer,  cafe,  dead body,  reference to god,  rifle,  shot in the head,  face slap,  food,  beating,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  violence,  death,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  murder

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.

Themes:wealth,  money
Characters:baby,  doctor
Story:tower,  pipe smoking,  waiter,  childbirth,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  swimming,  reference to jesus christ,  dead body,  reference to god,  falling from height,  face slap,  horse,  food,  underwear,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  gun

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Ben-hur (2016) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:religion,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  desert,  beach
Story:oil,  cross,  long take,  tent,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  orphan,  reference to god,  letter,  shot in the head,  horse,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994)

Karol (Polish) marries Domininque (French) and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself in Warsaw he begins to plot... This is why Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  wedding,  marriage,  money
Locations:church
Story:business deal,  telephone call,  interpreter,  impotence,  sign language,  burial,  injury,  arson,  business,  businessman,  map,  dead body,  tears,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  murder

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:greed,  money
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  baby,  singer,  doctor
Period:1930s
Story:silver mine,  telephone call,  great depression,  mining,  mine,  arson,  mission,  radio,  child abuse,  map,  dead body,  rural setting,  tears,  rifle,  small town,  shot in the head,  food,  song,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death

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Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  wedding,  money,  marriage
Locations:church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:singer
Story:same actor playing twin role,  twin brother,  hymn,  threat,  long take,  business,  businessman,  confession,  no opening credits,  dead body,  reference to god,  rifle,  shotgun,  face slap,  food,  beating,  song,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  violence,  gun,  blood

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like There Will Be Blood (2007)
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:hunting,  money
Locations:bar
Story:telephone call,  ex convict,  uncle nephew relationship,  cross,  beaten to death,  no opening credits,  telephone,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  rifle,  letter,  small town,  shot in the head,  face slap,  food,  blood splatter,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  train,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  death

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

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

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

Mood:epic
Locations:campfire,  desert,  beach
Characters:baby
Story:pickaxe,  sign language,  loss of brother,  burial,  hammer,  mission,  beaten to death,  no opening credits,  map,  orphan,  rifle,  falling from height,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  horse,  food,  beating,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

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