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Wild (2014)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Wild (2014)

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. (Read More)

Themes:camping, abortion, panic, grief, redemption, cancer, divorce, anger, nature, fear, adultery, drugs, infidelity
Mood:night
Locations:campfire, motel, lake, city, woods, desert, snow, forest, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, musician, student, nurse, teacher, singer, doctor
Period:winter, 1990s
Story:hiking boots, crying woman, hike, hiking trail, hiking, friendly stranger, talking with a stranger, stranger in town, sex with a stranger, heroin addiction, motel clerk, heroin, motel room, tattooed woman, promiscuous woman, wading across a river, back to nature, mojave desert, film camera, killing a horse

Into The Wild (2007)
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:grief, nature, adultery, infidelity
Locations:campfire, lake, woods, desert, snow, forest, bar
Characters:waitress, singer
Period:winter, 1990s
Story:wilderness, back to nature, based on book, reference to joni mitchell, pick up truck, new beginning, oil lamp, identity crisis, in medias res, listening to radio, bonfire, highway, self discovery, hippie, backpack, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, audience, stage, isolation

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:abortion, grief, redemption, anger, adultery, drugs, infidelity
Locations:motel, desert, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:nurse, teacher, doctor
Story:bedridden, hypodermic needle, therapy, drug addiction, microphone, drug addict, gunshot, pain, little boy, diner, death of mother, revolver, little girl, prayer, tears, vomiting, rain, pregnancy, crying, telephone call

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:divorce, fear
Locations:motel
Characters:singer
Story:crying woman, film camera, based on book, bruise, rear entry sex, male underwear, hairy chest, drug addiction, pay phone, microphone, skinny dipping, pain, diner, prayer, bare butt, camera, crying, telephone call, based on true story, panties

Antichrist (2009) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Antichrist (2009)

A couple lose their young son when he falls out of a window while they are having sex in another room. The mother's grief consigns her to hospital, but her therapist husband brings her home intent on treating her depression himself. To confront her fears they go to stay at their remote cabin in the woods, "Eden", where something untold happened the previous summer. Told in four chapters with a prologue and epilogue, the film details acts of lustful cruelty as the man and woman unfold the darker side of nature outside and within. (Read More)

Themes:panic, grief, nature, fear
Locations:woods, snow, forest, hospital
Story:hiking, fox, lantern, snowing, shovel, backpack, therapist, therapy, cabin, pain, little boy, bridge, woman, hallucination, tears, book, bare butt, rain, crying, shower

The Doors (1991)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. This is why The Doors (1991) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014). (Read More)

Themes:anger, drugs, infidelity
Locations:desert, bar
Characters:musician, student, singer
Story:heroin addiction, making out, casual sex, bonfire, lantern, pet dog, hippie, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, audience, guitarist, heroin, stage, drug addiction, tent, microphone, drug addict, grave, little boy, california

The Shipping News (2001)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

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

Themes:redemption, anger, adultery, infidelity
Locations:campfire, lake, woods, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:musician
Period:winter
Story:casual sex, audience, isolation, scream, dinner, little boy, diner, bridge, single mother, bra, reporter, river, little girl, tears, vomiting, camera, rain, pregnancy, crying, panties

Vozvrashchenie (2003)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Vozvrashchenie (2003)

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

Themes:camping, redemption, fear
Locations:campfire, lake, woods, forest
Story:hike, mugging, stranger, wilderness, diary, tent, on the road, pay phone, tears, book, bus, camera, rain, crying, telephone call, knife, mother son relationship, bare chested male, one word title, death

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:panic, redemption, anger, fear, drugs
Locations:motel, desert, bar
Story:motel clerk, motel room, tattoo artist, junkie, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, flirting, heroin, pay phone, drug addict, diner, california, alcohol, revolver, rifle, condom, horse, telephone call, knife, tattoo

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:motel, snow, bar
Story:sexual promiscuity, snowing, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, hairy chest, ex husband ex wife relationship, tent, on the road, journey, little boy, diner, california, alcohol, river, little girl, book, letter, bus, pregnancy, crying

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
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. This is why The Sweet Hereafter (1997) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014). (Read More)

Themes:anger, grief, redemption, divorce, adultery, drugs, infidelity
Mood:night
Locations:motel, lake, city, snow, bar
Characters:singer
Period:winter, 1990s
Story:child, bus, hospital visit, hospital bed, hippie, phone booth, guitarist, cow, drug addict, pain, bridge, bra, death of mother, pregnancy, telephone call, panties, knife, singing, title spoken by character, mother daughter relationship

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

Seraphim Falls (2006)

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

Themes:grief, nature
Locations:campfire, woods, desert, snow, forest
Characters:musician
Period:winter
Story:rapids, thirst, pipe smoking, snowing, wilderness, cabin, tent, gunshot, pain, little boy, mountain, river, revolver, prayer, tears, rifle, horse, rain, crying, brother sister relationship

De Rouille Et D'os (2012) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Locations:lake, snow, hospital
Characters:nurse
Period:winter
Story:crying woman, tattooed woman, tattoo artist, black panties, highway, backpack, rear entry sex, male underwear, hitchhiking, pain, little boy, male pubic hair, tears, rifle, bare butt, camera, rain, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:abortion, divorce, anger
Locations:motel
Characters:musician, nurse, singer, doctor
Story:motel room, promiscuous woman, pregnancy test, female in shower, black panties, cd, backpack, rear entry sex, hypodermic needle, child, bridge, alcohol, little girl, prayer, classroom, sex standing up, tears, book, bare butt, bus

Hable Con Ella (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Hable Con Ella (2002)

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

Themes:panic, fear
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:musician, student, nurse, teacher, singer, doctor
Story:bedridden, audience, guitarist, stage, scream, microphone, snake, woman, bra, reporter, little girl, tears, letter, bare butt, camera, rain, pregnancy, crying, shower, panties

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society. This is why Zerkalo (1975) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014). (Read More)

Themes:grief, divorce, nature
Locations:woods, snow
Characters:student, singer, doctor
Period:winter
Story:bonfire, lantern, single mother, river, tears, rifle, book, bare butt, rain, pregnancy, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, shower, singing, mother son relationship, one word title, interview, flashback, blood

Amy (2015) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:divorce, fear, adultery, drugs, infidelity
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:musician, singer, doctor
Story:cd, sexual promiscuity, guitarist, heroin, microphone, drug addict, woman, reporter, death of mother, alcohol, tears, vomiting, camera, horse, crying, telephone call, tattoo, singing, title spoken by character, mother daughter relationship

Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:panic, drugs
Mood:night
Locations:snow, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, student, nurse, teacher, singer
Period:winter
Story:making out, bruise, snowing, hippie, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, phone booth, guitarist, hypodermic needle, heroin, tent, microphone, journey, california, single mother, alcohol, classroom, rifle, letter, bus

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:drugs, infidelity
Locations:motel, city, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, nurse, doctor
Story:crying woman, motel room, male underwear, therapy, on the road, gunshot, journey, diner, woman, reporter, death of mother, hallucination, tears, female protagonist, crying, telephone call, knife, mother daughter relationship, blood, death

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, cancer, adultery, infidelity
Locations:desert, campfire, motel, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress
Story:motel room, journey, rattlesnake, shovel, boots, on the road, pay phone, grave, gunshot, mountain, river, prayer, sex standing up, rifle, vomiting, bus, horse, telephone call, knife, mother son relationship

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. This is why The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014). (Read More)

Themes:anger, drugs
Mood:night
Locations:city, snow, hospital
Characters:student, teacher
Story:drug addiction, based on book, junkie, audience, hypodermic needle, street, heroin, stage, diary, drug addict, journey, diner, bra, revolver, prayer, classroom, hallucination, tears, rifle, vomiting

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

Cold Mountain (2003)

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

Themes:redemption
Locations:campfire, woods, snow, forest, hospital
Characters:musician, doctor
Period:winter
Story:defecation, snowing, cow, cabin, journey, woman, mountain, revolver, prayer, rifle, vomiting, book, letter, horse, rain, pregnancy, knife, singing, title spoken by character, mother daughter relationship

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

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

Themes:abortion, adultery, drugs
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:junkie, male underwear, hypodermic needle, heroin, drug addiction, drug addict, pain, woman, bra, tears, vomiting, book, bare butt, condom, camera, rain, pregnancy, crying, telephone call, shower

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:redemption, fear, adultery, drugs, infidelity
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer, musician, doctor
Story:heroin addiction, junkie, guitarist, hypodermic needle, heroin, loss of mother, drug addiction, microphone, drug addict, single mother, reporter, death of mother, hallucination, tears, bus, camera, horse, rain, pregnancy, crying

Before I Go To Sleep (2014) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:panic, grief, divorce, anger, fear, adultery, infidelity
Mood:night
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher, doctor
Period:1990s
Story:crying woman, camera, hospital bed, bruise, self discovery, stranger, therapist, hypodermic needle, therapy, ex husband ex wife relationship, diary, little boy, hallucination, sex standing up, letter, bare butt, female protagonist, pregnancy, crying, telephone call

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli. This is why The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014). (Read More)

Themes:grief, redemption, anger
Locations:campfire
Characters:musician, nurse, singer
Story:crying woman, whistle, sunset, shovel, boots, hairy chest, diary, tent, skinny dipping, grave, gunshot, woman, prayer, tears, rifle, book, bare butt, horse, crying, based on true story

Horns (2013)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend.

Themes:cancer, anger, infidelity
Mood:night
Locations:woods, forest, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, musician, nurse, doctor
Story:crying woman, barefoot female, taking a picture, junkie, caught having sex, terminal illness, loss of mother, hairy chest, drug addict, gunshot, snake, diner, death of mother, reporter, little girl, prayer, hallucination, letter, crying, male full frontal nudity

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:panic, grief, anger, fear
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:mist, package, pay phone, grave, little boy, river, revolver, little girl, hallucination, rifle, bus, camera, rain, pregnancy, brother sister relationship, telephone call, title spoken by character, death, mother son relationship, bare chested male

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:campfire, woods, forest
Characters:waitress, musician, singer
Story:horseback, oil lamp, listening to radio, whistle, hitchhiking, audience, guitarist, cow, stage, ex husband ex wife relationship, scream, on the road, microphone, grave, gunshot, journey, little boy, river, little girl, prayer

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:camping
Locations:campfire, desert, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, musician, singer
Story:hitchhiker, guitarist, hypodermic needle, heroin, tent, on the road, pay phone, microphone, grave, journey, diner, flashlight, tears, rifle, book, crying, telephone call, knife, singing, death

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. This is why August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014). (Read More)

Themes:cancer, divorce, anger, fear, adultery, drugs, infidelity
Locations:motel
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:bechdel test passed, shovel, boots, terminal illness, drug addiction, drug addict, pain, woman, alcohol, prayer, tears, vomiting, book, bus, crying, telephone call, singing, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, death

Taking Woodstock (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:camping, drugs
Locations:motel, lake, woods, bar
Characters:musician
Story:based on book, whistle, pipe smoking, hippie, cow, tent, microphone, skinny dipping, flashlight, male pubic hair, horse, rain, brother sister relationship, telephone call, based on true story, male full frontal nudity, mother son relationship, bare chested male

Mysterious Skin (2004) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
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, drugs
Mood:night
Locations:motel, snow, bar
Characters:student
Period:1990s
Story:motel room, based on book, mugging, pipe smoking, bruise, snowing, taking a picture, microphone, child, little boy, single mother, flashlight, little girl, tears, letter, bus, condom, rain, crying, brother sister relationship

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:divorce, anger, fear, infidelity
Locations:city, snow, hospital
Characters:student, teacher, doctor
Period:1990s
Story:pipe smoking, hippie, therapist, therapy, pay phone, grave, pain, woman, mountain, bra, flashlight, prayer, classroom, hallucination, tears, rifle, vomiting, book, rain, female protagonist

Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:fear, drugs
Locations:city, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:musician, teacher, singer
Period:1990s
Story:film camera, mugging, snowing, junkie, loss of loved one, hypodermic needle, street, heroin, cow, drug addiction, pay phone, microphone, drug addict, tears, bare butt, rain, crying, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character

A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:camping, divorce, fear, adultery, infidelity
Locations:woods, desert, snow
Characters:waitress, doctor
Story:crying woman, tumor, hypodermic needle, hairy chest, tent, little boy, bridge, alcohol, little girl, hallucination, rifle, vomiting, brother sister relationship, telephone call, shower, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, flashback, blood

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Drama, Music, Romance

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage - but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order. (Read More)

Themes:grief, cancer
Locations:hospital
Characters:musician, nurse, singer, doctor
Story:tattoo parlor, male underwear, terminal illness, stage, hairy chest, microphone, little girl, male pubic hair, horse, pregnancy, shower, tattoo, singing, male full frontal nudity, mother daughter relationship, bare chested male, flashback, death, blood

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

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

Themes:fear, infidelity
Locations:desert, bar
Characters:nurse, singer
Period:1990s
Story:defecation, stranger, tent, pain, flashlight, reporter, prayer, sex standing up, tears, rifle, vomiting, book, letter, bare butt, bus, horse, rain, pregnancy, crying, brother sister relationship

The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:panic, grief, anger, fear
Locations:city, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:student, nurse, teacher, singer
Period:winter, 1990s
Story:crying woman, black panties, washroom, mugging, audience, street, microphone, gunshot, animal, single mother, bra, reporter, alcohol, hallucination, tears, book, bare butt, crying, panties, knife

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:motel, bar, hospital
Characters:nurse, singer, doctor
Story:forest ranger, bruise, boots, phone booth, hunter, hypodermic needle, cabin, pay phone, drug addict, bridge, woman, mountain, river, revolver, male pubic hair, tears, rifle, camera, pregnancy, crying

Black Snake Moan (2006) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. This is why Black Snake Moan (2006) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014). (Read More)

Themes:abortion, redemption, anger, drugs
Locations:motel, bar
Characters:musician, singer
Story:promiscuous woman, sexual promiscuity, tractor, rear entry sex, guitarist, street, ex husband ex wife relationship, snake, bra, prayer, hallucination, tears, rifle, vomiting, bus, pregnancy, crying, telephone call, panties, tattoo

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

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

Themes:abortion, fear, adultery, drugs
Mood:night
Locations:motel, bar, hospital
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:pregnancy test, talking to oneself, junkie, pay phone, drug addict, flashlight, death of mother, little girl, hallucination, sex standing up, tears, book, bare butt, pregnancy, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, panties, knife, singing

La Mome (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

La Mome (2007)

An un-chronological look at the life of the Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf (1915-1963). Her mother is an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam. During childhood she lives with each of them. At 20, she's a street singer discovered by a club owner who's soon murdered, coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls, and then quickly famous. Constant companions are alcohol and heartache. The tragedies of her love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the words of one of her signature songs, "Non, je ne regrette rien." The back and forth nature of the narrative suggests the patterns of memory and association. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, nature, adultery
Locations:desert, bar
Characters:singer, musician, nurse
Story:street, child, alcohol, audience, loss of loved one, stage, drug addiction, microphone, grave, pain, diner, woman, reporter, little girl, prayer, vomiting, letter, female protagonist, based on true story, singing

Crazy Heart (2009)
Drama, Music, Romance

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:motel, bar, hospital
Characters:singer, musician, nurse, doctor
Story:motel room, new beginning, cd, phone booth, guitarist, stage, on the road, pay phone, microphone, grave, little boy, tears, vomiting, bus, camera, crying, telephone call, panties, singing, title spoken by character

Paranoid Park (2007) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paranoid Park (2007)

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. (Read More)

Themes:anger, fear
Characters:student, teacher
Story:based on book, washroom, portland oregon, making out, pet dog, bridge, bra, flashlight, river, classroom, vomiting, letter, rain, shower, panties, tattoo, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, death, flashback

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. This is why Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014). (Read More)

Themes:cancer, grief, redemption, fear, drugs
Locations:woods, snow, forest, bar, hospital
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:backpack, male underwear, hypodermic needle, terminal illness, hairy chest, microphone, grave, pain, dinner, little boy, little girl, hallucination, tears, vomiting, rain, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, shower, singing

Flatliners (1990)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Themes:panic, redemption, fear
Locations:woods, snow, forest, hospital
Characters:waitress, nurse, doctor
Period:1990s
Story:taking a picture, junkie, phone booth, hypodermic needle, heroin, drug addiction, pay phone, drug addict, little boy, diner, mountain, flashlight, little girl, hallucination, crying, telephone call, knife, title spoken by character, death, bare chested male

Tideland (2005)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:bar
Characters:musician, singer
Story:lantern, junkie, guitarist, hypodermic needle, flirting, heroin, loss of mother, isolation, drug addict, flashlight, death of mother, prayer, hallucination, rifle, vomiting, book, bus, pregnancy, brother sister relationship, knife

Promised Land (2012) is one of the best movies like Wild (2014)
Drama

Promised Land (2012)

Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:motel, bar
Characters:waitress, student, teacher
Story:pick up truck, tractor, stage, tent, microphone, little boy, diner, bridge, little girl, classroom, bus, horse, rain, singing, blood

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:redemption, cancer, adultery, infidelity
Locations:city, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, musician, singer, doctor
Story:black panties, loss of loved one, skinny dipping, child, california, river, tears, vomiting, bare butt, camera, crying, telephone call, panties, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, bare chested male, blood, death

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