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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,  devotion,  camper,  mortician,  delivery boy,  house fire,  lobster,  iowa,  eating disorder,  gravestone,  actual animal killed,  sofa,  trampoline,  marching band,  trumpet,  responsibility,  americana,  trailer home,  police arrest,  undertaker,  dead father,  cremation,  poetic justice,  obesity,  grocery store,  remote control,  watching television,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  compassion,  watching a movie,  older woman younger man relationship,  arson,  obscene finger gesture,  countryside,  hanging,  microphone,  voice over,  mental illness,  four word title,  widow,  single mother,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  apostrophe in title,  birthday,  death of father,  rural setting,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  camera,  small town,  face slap,  police officer,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  independent film,  based on novel,  police

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

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Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  grief,  funeral,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:widow,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  older woman younger man relationship,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  camera,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  anger,  funeral,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:sheriff
Story:suicide of father,  undertaker,  watching television,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  dysfunctional family,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  face slap,  crying,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

The Shipping News (2001) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

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

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity
Story:gravestone,  remote control,  watching television,  compassion,  voice over,  widow,  single mother,  rural setting,  camera,  small town,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel

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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. This is why Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Story:birthday party,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  watching a movie,  older woman younger man relationship,  widow,  birthday,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  tragedy,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Characters:policeman
Story:birthday party,  grocery store,  remote control,  single mother,  dysfunctional family,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  police officer,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police

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Fucking Amal (1998) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Fucking Amal (1998)

Amal is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she is inexperienced in that matter. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes. (Read More)

Story:birthday party,  birthday,  watching television,  obscene finger gesture,  sister sister relationship,  small town,  face slap,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships

The Gift (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Gift (2000)

When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica's fiancee, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can't help, but this doesn't stop her from constantly getting visions of Jessica's fate. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:sheriff
Story:suicide by hanging,  widow,  police arrest,  hanging,  mental illness,  single mother,  death of father,  rural setting,  extramarital affair,  small town,  beating,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film

Malena (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, War

Malena (2000)

Malena is about the peril of a beauty through the eyes of a 12 year old kid named Renato. He experiences three things on the same day, beginning of war, getting a bike and sees the arrival of Malena in town. Through his eyes, we see the curse of beauty and loneliness of Malena, whose husband is presumed to be dead, and through his soul we see his love for her. This is why Malena (2000) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  grief,  funeral,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:priest
Story:watching a movie,  older woman younger man relationship,  widow,  small town,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

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Ken Park (2002)
Drama

Ken Park (2002)

Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother. Peaches looks after her devoutly religious father, but yearns for freedom. They're all rather tight, or so they claim. But they spend precious little time together and none of them seems to know much about one another's family lives. This bizarre dichotomy underscores their alienation # the result of suburban ennui, a teenager's inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Story:watching television,  older woman younger man relationship,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

Parenthood (1989) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

Story:birthday party,  responsibility,  single mother,  dysfunctional family,  birthday,  camera,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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

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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. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity
Story:poor white trash,  compassion,  single mother,  dysfunctional family,  extramarital affair,  police officer,  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,  police

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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. This is why Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (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

Cop Land (1997) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  funeral,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Characters:sheriff,  priest,  policeman
Story:small town,  water tower,  arson,  police car,  extramarital affair,  police officer,  beating,  police,  husband wife relationship,  independent film

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Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  anger,  funeral
Locations:cemetery
Story:birthday party,  gravestone,  microphone,  widow,  birthday,  sister sister relationship,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:policeman
Story:trailer home,  obscene finger gesture,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  camera,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police

Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Characters:policeman
Story:birthday party,  obscene finger gesture,  single mother,  dysfunctional family,  apostrophe in title,  birthday,  rural setting,  small town,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  independent film,  police

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Fish Tank (2009) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. This is why Fish Tank (2009) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Story:actual animal killed,  trailer home,  single mother,  dysfunctional family,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships

Mean Creek (2004)
Crime, Drama

Mean Creek (2004)

When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? (Read More)

Characters:sheriff,  policeman
Story:birthday,  suicide of father,  obesity,  watching television,  obscene finger gesture,  death of father,  rural setting,  small town,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother brother relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  police

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)
Drama

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  redemption,  tragedy,  funeral
Locations:cemetery
Story:birthday,  watching television,  single mother,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:birthday party,  gravestone,  remote control,  hanging,  dysfunctional family,  birthday,  camera,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  police

In The Bedroom (2001) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Crime, Drama

In The Bedroom (2001)

In idyllic Mid-Coast Maine, the Fowler family's only son Frank comes home from his freshman year at college for summer vacation. His mother Ruth, the school choir director, is unhappy with Frank dating soon-to-be divorced mother Natalie who is several years his senior, but Frank's father Matt, the town doctor, doesn't see a problem. While Frank considers holding off his future for Natalie, her jilted husband causes them all problems until an unthinkable tragedy shakes the community to its very core. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  grief,  anger
Locations:cemetery
Story:lobster,  older woman younger man relationship,  single mother,  dysfunctional family,  small town,  face slap,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film

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

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. This is why Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Characters:priest,  policeman
Story:suicide by hanging,  suicide of father,  arson,  single mother,  death of father,  rural setting,  small town,  face slap,  police officer,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police

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

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

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

Themes:redemption,  anger
Locations:cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:trailer home,  watching a movie,  obscene finger gesture,  four word title,  police car,  death of father,  small town,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  family relationships,  police

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. (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

The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Story:older woman younger man relationship,  mental illness,  extramarital affair,  small town,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police

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Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  funeral,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:birthday party,  trailer home,  arson,  dysfunctional family,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  police

Alfie (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. This is why Alfie (2004) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  funeral,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Story:birthday party,  older woman younger man relationship,  obscene finger gesture,  widow,  single mother,  extramarital affair,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

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

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Sid And Nancy (1986) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Characters:policeman
Story:devotion,  camper,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  obscene finger gesture,  police car,  camera,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  independent film,  police

Volver (2006)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Volver (2006)

Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells her mother that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda hides his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula has died. The next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of her car. She brings Irene to her apartment, where secrets from the past are disclosed. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  funeral,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Story:grocery store,  remote control,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  arson,  death of father,  rural setting,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  small town,  crying,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships

An Unfinished Life (2005)
Adventure, Drama

An Unfinished Life (2005)

To escape an abusive boyfriend, without announcing her plans in advance, Jean Gilkyson takes her young daughter Griff to the Wyoming ranch of her father-in-law, Einar. Jean and Einar are disaffected, as he blames her for the death of his son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch, who was attacked by a bear, and Einar does not know that he has a granddaughter. While Mitch heals and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving Griff. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  redemption
Characters:sheriff,  policeman
Story:understanding,  iowa,  gravestone,  death of father,  rural setting,  small town,  police officer,  beating,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  police

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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. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

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

Mysterious Skin (2004) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:grief
Locations:bathtub
Story:watching a movie,  obscene finger gesture,  microphone,  single mother,  dysfunctional family,  birthday,  small town,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  based on novel

The Woodsman (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Woodsman (2004)

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:policeman
Story:birthday party,  voice over,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  police officer,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  police

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Fruitvale Station (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Fruitvale Station (2013)

This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:policeman
Story:birthday party,  birthday,  grocery store,  watching television,  police car,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  police officer,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police

Leviafan (2014)
Drama

Leviafan (2014)

On the outskirts of a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, where whales sometimes come to its bay, lives an ordinary family: Kolya (Aleksey Serebryakov), his wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and their teenage son Romka. The family is haunted by a local corrupted mayor (Roman Madyanov), who is trying to take away the land, a house and a small auto repair shop from Kolya. To save their homes Kolya calls his old Army friend in Moscow (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who has now become an authoritative attorney. Together they decide to fight back and collect dirt on the mayor. (Read More)

Themes:adultery,  infidelity
Characters:priest,  policeman
Story:birthday party,  dysfunctional family,  rural setting,  extramarital affair,  small town,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  husband wife relationship

My Girl (1991) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. This is why My Girl (1991) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (Read More)

Themes:grief,  anger,  funeral
Story:camper,  mortician,  undertaker,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  microphone,  small town,  police officer,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  family relationships

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The Judge (2014)
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

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:redemption,  anger,  infidelity
Story:police arrest,  poetic justice,  watching television,  police car,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  police officer,  beating,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  independent film

Things We Lost In The Fire (2007)
Drama

Things We Lost In The Fire (2007)

Grief, recovery, and human contact. Brian is a great guy - a sweet father, a good husband, and a loyal friend to his boyhood pal Jerry who's a junkie. When tragedy strikes, Jerry tries to help Brian's wife and children cope, and Audrey, Brian's widow, tries to help Jerry kick the habit. Loss and addiction are stubborn. The story starts on the day of the funeral, with Brian appearing in flashbacks. A neighbor's divorce, a dinner party that includes a young woman from the Narcotics Anonymous group Jerry attends, and thinking back to a fire in Brian and Audrey's garage give the story texture. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  tragedy,  funeral
Story:house fire,  compassion,  widow,  birthday,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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The Sweet Hereafter (1997) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Drama

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  unfaithfulness,  grief,  redemption,  tragedy,  adultery,  infidelity
Story:trailer home,  watching television,  rural setting,  extramarital affair,  sister sister relationship,  small town,  beating,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  based on novel

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. This is why Dogville (2003) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). (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

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:funeral
Characters:policeman
Story:single mother,  remote control,  police car,  death of father,  camera,  face slap,  police officer,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  police

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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. (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

Beautiful Creatures (2013) is one of the best movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Teenager Ethan Wate is obsessed with his urge to finish high school and go on to college in order to leave the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina behind, until a mysterious girl begins to inhabit his dreams. When he meets Lena Duchannes, a newcomer who has just enrolled in his school, Ethan knows she is the girl in his dreams. Lena is rejected by the rest of her classmates for being the niece of Macon Ravenwood, whom the town's superstitious residents consider to be a devil-worshiper. But Ethan gives her a ride anyway and they fall in love. Lena reveals to her new boyfriend that she is a witch, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed by either the forces of light or of darkness. She will remain in the light, but only if she does not remain in love with Ethan. To make matters worse, her evil mother, Sarafine, is casting spells to push Lena to the dark side. Ethan joins her in a search to find a magic spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed? (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:cemetery
Characters:priest
Story:small town,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  voice over,  dysfunctional family,  birthday,  sister sister relationship,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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

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