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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Drama

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

What's Eating Gibert Grape is a beautifully shot movie of tenderness, caring and self-awareness that is set amongst the fictional working class one street town Endora. Centred around the Grape family Ellen and Amy and their two brothers Arnie and Gilbert, who, along with their morbidly obese widowed mother Bonnie Grape are striving to survive and coexist with the absence of a father figure, low wage work and seventeen-year-old Arnie's severe mental condition. It is in this awkward and extremely one sided affair that the unfortunate Gilbert has to constantly, while working for the town's slowly dying convenience store, take care of his younger brother Arnie. Gilbert's life, his future, is thwarted he knows this, but it is in this guardian angel that his love and bond for Arnie cannot, and will not, be let go. That is until the free spirit of Becky arrives in town, and with her grandmother are stranded for the week while waiting for parts for their vehicle. This realization unties new feelings, new thoughts and new hope for the put upon Gibert, something new is eating Gilbert Grape. (Read More)

Themes:autism, disability, unfaithfulness, grief, redemption, tragedy, anger, funeral, adultery, infidelity
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Characters:sheriff, priest, policeman
Story:morbid obesity, suicide by hanging, birthday party, camping trailer, handicapped actor, grand opening, insurance salesman, poor white trash, aquaphobia, siren the alarm, retardation, suicide of father, walking cane, mentally challenged, bullhorn, insurance agent, obese woman, electrician, water tower, understanding

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. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, grief, redemption, tragedy, anger, adultery, infidelity
Characters:sheriff, policeman
Story:birthday party, obscene finger gesture, hanging, microphone, widow, police car, birthday, extramarital affair, sister sister relationship, face slap, beating, crying, teenage boy, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, independent film, police

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:grief, redemption, funeral
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Characters:priest
Story:police car, dysfunctional family, death of father, extramarital affair, camera, police officer, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, independent film

8 Mile (2002)
Drama, Music

8 Mile (2002)

This is the inspiring captivating story of the legendary rapper Eminem. The troubled young aspiring rapper from a ghetto in Michigan must exert his last chances to become successful while dealing with his life in ruins. All is seemingly lost. He is now single, has only a few friends, an insane/alcoholic mother, and is dealt with poverty and living in a violent city on 8 mile. His only way out of the ghetto and torturous life he's living in is with his talent in rapping. Will B-Rabbit prevail and seize the shot he's given or will he let it slip? (Read More)

Characters:policeman
Story:poor white trash, trailer home, watching a movie, older woman younger man relationship, arson, obscene finger gesture, single mother, police car, beating, brother sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, police

Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:grief, funeral
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Characters:priest
Story:gravestone, responsibility, mental illness, rural setting, small town, brother brother relationship, coming of age, husband wife relationship, character name in title, family relationships

Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Biography, Drama

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Unable to cope with reality and the difficulty that comes with it, 18 year old Susanna, is admitted to a mental institution in order to overcome her disorder. However, she has trouble understanding her disorder and therefore finds it difficult to tame, especially when she meets the suggestive and unpredictable Lisa. This is why Girl, Interrupted (1999) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Story:suicide by hanging, understanding, eating disorder, watching television, hanging, mental illness, birthday, extramarital affair, crying, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Characters:priest
Story:birthday party, cremation, grandmother granddaughter relationship, arson, countryside, widow, single mother, rural setting, small town, crying, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:unfaithfulness, anger, adultery, infidelity
Story:obscene finger gesture, microphone, birthday, death of father, camera, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

The Judge (2014) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, unfaithfulness, redemption, anger, adultery, infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Characters:sheriff
Story:gravestone, remote control, police car, dysfunctional family, death of father, extramarital affair, small town, face slap, brother brother relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

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:unfaithfulness, redemption, anger, adultery, infidelity
Characters:sheriff
Story:grocery store, arson, police car, rural setting, extramarital affair, small town, crying, brother sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, police

I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. This is why I Am Sam (2001) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:autism, disability, anger
Story:birthday party, compassion, obscene finger gesture, single mother, birthday, crying, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, police

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, redemption, funeral, adultery, infidelity
Story:birthday party, trumpet, microphone, single mother, birthday, extramarital affair, camera, crying, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title

Nocturnal Animals (2016) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:grief, redemption, anger, infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Story:electrician, trailer home, older woman younger man relationship, police car, extramarital affair, police officer, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, independent film, based on novel, police

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, anger, adultery, infidelity
Story:birthday party, police arrest, remote control, watching a movie, voice over, mental illness, birthday, extramarital affair, camera, police officer, crying, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, police

Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama

Winter's Bone (2010)

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. (Read More)

Characters:sheriff, policeman
Story:trampoline, dead father, mental illness, police car, apostrophe in title, death of father, rural setting, sister sister relationship, small town, beating, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, brother brother relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, police

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

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. This is why The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:bathtub
Story:birthday party, police car, apostrophe in title, birthday, death of father, sister sister relationship, face slap, police officer, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Capote (2005) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

Famed writer 'Truman Capote' (qv), southern born and bred but now part of the New York City social circle, is growing weary of his current assignment of writing autobiographical type pieces for the New Yorker. After reading a newspaper article about the just occurred November 14, 1959 cold blooded murders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home, Truman feels compelled to write about that event as his next article. So he and his personal assistant Nelle 'Harper Lee (I)' (qv), also a southern born New Yorker and an aspiring writer of her own, head to Kansas to research the story first-hand. Truman hopes to use his celebrity status to gain access to whomever he needs, such as to Laura Kinney, a friend of the Clutter daughter she who discovered the bodies, and to Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator and also a Clutter family friend. If his celebrity doesn't work, Truman will grease the wheels by whatever means necessary. When the police eventually charge suspects, two young men named Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, Truman uses those same tactics to gain access to them. Truman's fascination with the story makes him believe that he can revolutionize writing by expanding the germ of the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel. His personal involvement also changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the seemingly sensitive and thus probable submissive in the criminal pairing, thus Truman becoming part of the story itself. Article or non-fiction novel, Truman knows that he has to take it to its natural conclusion, something which he cannot force. But also missing are the details of the November 14, 1959 event itself, something that neither Dick or Perry have divulged even in testimony. (Read More)

Characters:sheriff, priest, policeman
Story:police arrest, grocery store, compassion, hanging, microphone, police car, rural setting, camera, small town, police officer, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, police

About Schmidt (2002)
Comedy, Drama

About Schmidt (2002)

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. (Read More)

Themes:grief, funeral, infidelity
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Story:insurance agent, mortician, dysfunctional family, crying, character name in title, family relationships, based on novel

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. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, tragedy, adultery, infidelity
Characters:policeman
Story:suicide of father, death of father, extramarital affair, sister sister relationship, face slap, beating, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, police

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:redemption, tragedy, funeral
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:grandmother granddaughter relationship, police car, birthday, sister sister relationship, camera, police officer, beating, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, police

Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. This is why Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, redemption, adultery, infidelity
Characters:policeman
Story:actual animal killed, obscene finger gesture, police car, birthday, death of father, extramarital affair, camera, face slap, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, brother brother relationship, coming of age, mother son relationship, family relationships, police

Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, funeral, adultery, infidelity
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Story:understanding, house fire, marching band, death of father, rural setting, extramarital affair, small town, beating, crying, teenage boy, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:redemption, tragedy, adultery, infidelity
Story:police arrest, watching television, watching a movie, police car, death of father, extramarital affair, police officer, teenage boy, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, police

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Story:countryside, grandmother granddaughter relationship, watching a movie, microphone, beating, crying, brother sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
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:grief, funeral
Locations:cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:trumpet, microphone, mental illness, birthday, camera, face slap, beating, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, police

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. This is why Milk (2008) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:anger
Characters:policeman
Story:suicide by hanging, birthday party, bullhorn, marching band, hanging, birthday, camera, crying, character name in title, police

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

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

Themes:tragedy
Locations:cemetery
Characters:priest
Story:gravestone, dead father, grocery store, watching a movie, voice over, sister sister relationship, crying, brother brother relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Story:suicide of father, dead father, single mother, death of father, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Gone With The Wind (1939) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
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:grief, anger, infidelity
Story:understanding, mental illness, four word title, widow, birthday, death of father, sister sister relationship, face slap, crying, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, brother brother relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, based on novel

The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Characters:priest
Story:watching a movie, hanging, mental illness, extramarital affair, sister sister relationship, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, independent film, based on novel

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. This is why We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:anger
Characters:policeman
Story:grocery store, mental illness, police car, dysfunctional family, birthday, face slap, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, based on novel

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Characters:policeman
Story:hanging, microphone, four word title, widow, police car, dysfunctional family, death of father, sister sister relationship, camera, face slap, beating, crying, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, brother brother relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, independent film

Into The Wild (2007) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:unfaithfulness, grief, adultery, infidelity
Characters:policeman
Story:camper, marching band, police arrest, microphone, rural setting, small town, face slap, beating, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, independent film, police

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:dead father, house fire, lobster, watching a movie, death of father, camera, police officer, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, police

Click (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Click (2006)

Michael Newman (Sandler) is a hard working family man, who must please his boss (Hasselhoff), in order to get promoted. Problem is he gets less time with his family, and wishes for a remote in which he can control his life. This soon comes true for Newman, when he meets Morty (Walken), a crazy sales clerk, who has the ultimate remote. A remote in which he can do anything, including muting, skipping and dubbing his life. He finds this to be the opportunity in which he can not only skip every argument, but also skip to his promotion. He sees this as a good idea, until the remote goes horribly wrong. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:cemetery
Story:remote control, camper, responsibility, obesity, grandmother granddaughter relationship, obscene finger gesture, dysfunctional family, death of father, face slap, crying, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Story:cremation, countryside, death of father, camera, beating, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
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.

Themes:anger, infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Characters:policeman
Story:remote control, watching a movie, voice over, mental illness, police car, camera, police officer, beating, crying, independent film, based on novel, police

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, grief, anger
Story:police car, dysfunctional family, birthday, rural setting, police officer, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Story:trailer home, cremation, grocery store, arson, widow, rural setting, sister sister relationship, small town, face slap, beating, crying, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Locations:bathtub, cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:gravestone, older woman younger man relationship, microphone, birthday, face slap, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, police

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, anger, adultery, infidelity
Story:small town, police arrest, police car, extramarital affair, camera, police officer, crying, brother sister relationship, police, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel

True Grit (2010)
Adventure, Drama, Western

True Grit (2010)

Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested. (Read More)

Characters:sheriff
Story:mortician, gravestone, undertaker, obesity, hanging, voice over, death of father, small town, teenage girl, coming of age, based on novel

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, anger
Story:responsibility, single mother, police car, dysfunctional family, death of father, police officer, beating, teenage boy, teenage girl, brother brother relationship, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, independent film, police

Gran Torino (2008)
Drama

Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, tragedy, funeral
Locations:bathtub
Characters:priest
Story:birthday party, compassion, police car, dysfunctional family, birthday, police officer, beating, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, police

The Kids Are All Right (2010) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect same-sex relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay-at-home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni (conceived by Nic) and Laser (by Jules). Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat reluctantly, she does. He is late thirty-something Paul, a co-op farmer and restaurateur. Despite his seemingly successful businesses, Paul has always shirked responsibility, most specifically in his personal life. After Joni and Laser meet with Paul, Nic and Jules learn what their children have done and, although they don't want Paul infiltrating their lives, want to meet him - especially as Joni and Laser seem to want to maintain some sort of relationship with him. As Paul's relationship with the entire family grows (which includes his hiring Jules to design and construct his backyard), they have an effect on what he wants in life. In turn, he affects their family dynamic as well as each person's relationships outside of it. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Story:responsibility, cremation, remote control, hanging, birthday, extramarital affair, face slap, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. This is why An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, grief, adultery, infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Story:birthday, extramarital affair, camera, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

The Prestige (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, grief, tragedy, anger, funeral, adultery, infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:devotion, hanging, voice over, extramarital affair, small town, police officer, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, based on novel, police

As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

As Good As It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, anger
Story:walking cane, compassion, mental illness, single mother, police officer, beating, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship

American Beauty (1999) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This infatuation coincides with the Fittses moving in next door: homophobic disciplinarian US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts who rules the house with a military fist (that fist being both figurative and literal), his semi-comatose wife Barbara Fitts, and their bright and quietly subversive eighteen year old son Ricky Fitts, who openly abides by his father's rules while behind the scenes lives by his own quite different perspective. Much like Lester's infatuation, Ricky immediately becomes infatuated with Janie, he who considers girls like Angela as ordinary. The entry of Angela and the Fittses into the Burnhams' lives ultimately leads to each of the players confronting what is truly in his or her heart. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, anger, adultery, infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Story:sofa, watching television, obscene finger gesture, dysfunctional family, extramarital affair, camera, small town, face slap, beating, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

Changeling (2008)
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)

Themes:grief
Locations:bathtub
Characters:policeman
Story:hanging, microphone, mental illness, single mother, police car, camera, face slap, police officer, crying, brother sister relationship, police, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

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