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Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama

Winter's Bone (2010)

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area.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

Themes:hunting,  courage,  hope,  illness,  poverty,  conspiracy,  drinking,  money,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm,  woods,  forest,  school,  bar
Characters:sheriff,  baby,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Period:2000s
Story:bail,  cattle auction,  baby doll,  bail bond,  out on bail,  banjo player,  hay bale,  clothes line,  pet dog,  severed hand,  death threat,  search for father,  court,  telescopic rifle,  mental illness,  baby car seat,  toy horse,  rocking horse,  family photograph,  teenager with a gun,  feeding a dog,  child uses a gun,  parenting class,  army recruiter,  joining the army,  pleading for help,  sawing down a tree,  combing someone's hair,  burned out building,  skinning an animal,  mentally ill mother,  military drill,  string band,  derelict house,  women fight,  hanging laundry,  ozark mountains,  gunnysack,  snitching,  sleeping in a chair,  ice pack,  hands cut off,  murder of brother,  rotc,  expropriation,  woodchipper,  face wound,  crystal meth,  dead body in water,  sleeping on a sofa,  ferret,  chick,  groceries,  fiddler,  breaking a car window,  child with gun,  patriarchy,  bloody mouth,  fiddle,  plastic bag,  body part in title,  marching,  hay,  methamphetamine,  drug trade,  chopping wood,  missouri,  banjo,  murder of father,  family crisis,  clothes,  season in title,  bechdel test passed,  amateur detective,  title same as book,  trampoline,  hand,  hillbilly,  squirrel,  cattle,  snorting cocaine,  farmhouse,  german shepherd,  mental breakdown,  bag over head,  triple f rated,  pet,  photo album,  auction,  puppy,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  deer,  black and white scene,  swamp,  rowboat,  confrontation,  uncle niece relationship,  u.s. army,  target practice,  nickname,  honor,  skateboard,  gossip,  guitarist,  barn,  high school,  teen angst,  pickup truck,  chainsaw,  death of brother,  suspicion,  threat,  actor shares first name with character,  disappearance,  teenage girl,  missing person,  character's point of view camera shot,  cover up,  doll,  liar,  prologue,  search,  bird,  drug dealer,  eating,  axe,  police car,  cooking,  police station,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  drug use,  guitar,  neighbor,  bathroom,  marijuana,  dead body,  apostrophe in title,  death of father,  rural setting,  rifle,  lie,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  small town,  horse,  food,  neo noir,  female protagonist,  title directed by female,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  song,  punctuation in title,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog,  gun,  violence,  fight,  murder,  death,  police

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:hunting,  illness,  drinking,  money,  revenge
Locations:woods,  forest,  bar
Characters:policeman
Period:2000s
Story:telescopic rifle,  murder of brother,  deer,  pickup truck,  death of brother,  disappearance,  prologue,  drug dealer,  eating,  police car,  police station,  flashlight,  drug use,  dead body,  death of father,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  small town,  food,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  violence,  murder,  gun,  police,  fight,  death

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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:drinking
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm,  bar
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer
Story:mental illness,  squirrel,  farmhouse,  guitarist,  pickup truck,  doll,  eating,  flashlight,  drug use,  guitar,  dead body,  death of father,  rural setting,  rifle,  drink,  food,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death

Haute Tension (2003)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Haute Tension (2003)

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm,  woods,  forest
Characters:friend,  boy
Story:farmhouse,  severed hand,  murder of brother,  breaking a car window,  plastic bag,  murder of father,  chainsaw,  death of brother,  teenage girl,  doll,  axe,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  neighbor,  bathroom,  dead body,  death of father,  rural setting,  rifle,  female protagonist,  corpse,  dream,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  dog,  murder,  police,  death,  violence,  gun

Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

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

Themes:hunting,  hope,  illness,  drinking,  revenge,  love,  friendship
Locations:farm,  woods,  forest
Characters:baby,  girl,  friend
Story:fiddler,  fiddle,  chopping wood,  banjo,  swamp,  rowboat,  target practice,  bird,  eating,  dead body,  death of father,  rural setting,  rifle,  drink,  horse,  food,  corpse,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  fight,  gun,  murder

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Dark Places (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. This is why Dark Places (2015) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm,  bar
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:snorting cocaine,  farmhouse,  photo album,  nickname,  threat,  disappearance,  teenage girl,  court,  missing person,  doll,  prologue,  drug dealer,  eating,  axe,  cooking,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  drug use,  guitar,  marijuana,  rural setting,  rifle,  lie,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  murder,  death,  violence,  dog,  police,  gun

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:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:baby,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:high school,  barn,  pickup truck,  court,  liar,  eating,  police car,  neighbor,  dead body,  death of father,  lie,  drink,  food,  female protagonist,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  death,  dog,  fight,  gun,  murder,  police

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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

Themes:hunting,  drinking,  love,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest,  bar
Characters:baby,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:hand,  clothes line,  fiddler,  fiddle,  chopping wood,  clothes,  cattle,  gossip,  pickup truck,  suspicion,  teenage girl,  court,  liar,  eating,  axe,  cooking,  marijuana,  rural setting,  rifle,  lie,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  small town,  horse,  food,  beating,  song,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  gun,  murder,  fight,  dog

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August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  love,  friendship
Locations:farm,  school
Characters:baby,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:search for father,  guitarist,  liar,  prologue,  search,  eating,  guitar,  lie,  drink,  food,  title directed by female,  song,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  fight

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:drinking,  money,  love,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:banjo player,  bloody mouth,  banjo,  guitarist,  teen angst,  teenage girl,  eating,  guitar,  lie,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  title directed by female,  dream,  song,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  death

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. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  love,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:title same as book,  hand,  triple f rated,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  swamp,  uncle niece relationship,  high school,  teenage girl,  liar,  bird,  eating,  cooking,  flashlight,  drug use,  neighbor,  marijuana,  dead body,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  food,  female protagonist,  title directed by female,  corpse,  dream,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  death,  fight,  police,  murder,  dog

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Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:liar,  prologue,  drug dealer,  eating,  police car,  drug use,  marijuana,  dead body,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  food,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  death,  murder,  violence,  police,  fight

Volver (2006) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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:illness,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:guitarist,  suspicion,  disappearance,  teenage girl,  cover up,  doll,  liar,  eating,  cooking,  drug use,  guitar,  neighbor,  marijuana,  dead body,  death of father,  rural setting,  lie,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  small town,  food,  female protagonist,  corpse,  song,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  death,  murder

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:money,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:baby,  policeman,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  death of brother,  character's point of view camera shot,  drug dealer,  eating,  police car,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  drug use,  bathroom,  marijuana,  dead body,  death of father,  food,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  gun,  violence

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The Good Girl (2002)
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:illness,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Characters:baby,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:pet dog,  mental illness,  german shepherd,  pickup truck,  liar,  drug use,  marijuana,  lie,  drink,  small town,  dream,  beating,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  police,  dog,  death,  gun

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 Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:woods,  forest,  school,  bar
Characters:baby,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Period:2000s
Story:face wound,  bail,  snorting cocaine,  prologue,  drug dealer,  eating,  police car,  cooking,  subjective camera,  drug use,  bathroom,  dead body,  drink,  food,  corpse,  dream,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  police,  fight,  violence,  death

Gomorra (2008) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

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

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:baby,  policeman,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:groceries,  child with gun,  snorting cocaine,  actor shares first name with character,  drug dealer,  cooking,  subjective camera,  drug use,  dead body,  rifle,  drink,  corpse,  beating,  song,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  police,  gun,  violence,  death

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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:illness
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school,  woods
Characters:sheriff,  boy
Story:mental illness,  fiddler,  mental breakdown,  photo album,  swamp,  confrontation,  pickup truck,  threat,  court,  missing person,  liar,  search,  dead body,  death of father,  rural setting,  lie,  small town,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  photograph,  police,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  fight,  gun,  dog,  death,  murder,  violence

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:drinking,  money,  friendship,  love
Locations:farm,  bar
Characters:sheriff,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend,  teenager
Story:breaking a car window,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  barn,  pickup truck,  teenage girl,  liar,  death of father,  rural setting,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  small town,  horse,  female protagonist,  dream,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  police,  violence,  death,  fight,  gun

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  revenge
Mood:nightmare
Characters:policeman,  singer
Story:murder of father,  snorting cocaine,  bag over head,  prologue,  search,  drug dealer,  eating,  police car,  police station,  drug use,  marijuana,  death of father,  rifle,  drink,  food,  beating,  song,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  violence,  murder,  death,  police,  dog

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Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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 Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  drinking,  revenge
Locations:farm,  school
Characters:baby,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  teenager
Story:patriarchy,  honor,  gossip,  suspicion,  disappearance,  teenage girl,  search,  bird,  eating,  death of father,  rural setting,  drink,  small town,  horse,  food,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  violence

Rendition (2007)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  drinking,  kidnapping,  love,  friendship
Characters:policeman,  boy,  friend
Story:murder of brother,  bag over head,  death of brother,  disappearance,  prologue,  search,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  bathroom,  dead body,  rifle,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  death,  murder,  police,  gun

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

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

Themes:money,  drinking,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman,  girl,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:death threat,  triple f rated,  threat,  teenage girl,  court,  liar,  eating,  police station,  dead body,  death of father,  lie,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  female protagonist,  title directed by female,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  death,  murder,  gun,  police,  violence

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Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  kidnapping,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest,  bar
Characters:baby,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:murder of father,  deer,  suspicion,  threat,  missing person,  prologue,  search,  eating,  police car,  police station,  subjective camera,  drug use,  dead body,  death of father,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  horse,  food,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog,  death,  fight,  gun,  violence

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:policeman,  friend,  teenager
Story:high school,  mental illness,  snorting cocaine,  teen angst,  threat,  dream,  teenage girl,  court,  prologue,  drug dealer,  eating,  police car,  drug use,  neighbor,  bathroom,  rifle,  drink,  food,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  police,  murder,  gun,  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 Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Characters:sheriff,  singer
Story:bechdel test passed,  auction,  uncle niece relationship,  pickup truck,  disappearance,  teenage girl,  liar,  prologue,  subjective camera,  drug use,  dead body,  death of father,  lie,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  corpse,  song,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death

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Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:policeman,  boy,  friend
Story:bloody mouth,  marching,  skateboard,  high school,  teenage girl,  liar,  drug dealer,  eating,  police car,  subjective camera,  drug use,  marijuana,  lie,  food,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  gun,  violence,  murder,  police,  fight

Shane (1953)
Drama, Western

Shane (1953)

Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:farm
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:chopping wood,  murder of father,  cattle,  deer,  target practice,  honor,  axe,  neighbor,  dead body,  death of father,  rifle,  drink,  horse,  food,  beating,  song,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  murder,  death,  dog,  gun,  fight,  violence

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:illness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy,  friend
Story:squirrel,  nickname,  high school,  teenage girl,  prologue,  drug dealer,  eating,  drug use,  marijuana,  death of father,  lie,  drink,  food,  song,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  fight,  dog,  death

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

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

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

Themes:illness,  friendship
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:german shepherd,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  character's point of view camera shot,  doll,  liar,  search,  eating,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  neighbor,  lie,  food,  beating,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms. This is why High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  kidnapping
Characters:baby,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Story:snorting cocaine,  nickname,  character's point of view camera shot,  eating,  police car,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  horse,  food,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  dog,  murder,  violence,  gun

Fish Tank (2009)
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. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teenager
Period:2000s
Story:clothes line,  plastic bag,  german shepherd,  triple f rated,  teen angst,  teenage girl,  cooking,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  horse,  title directed by female,  beating,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  dog,  fight

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In The Valley Of Elah (2007) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)

In Monroe, Tennessee, Hank Deerfield, an aging warrior, gets a call that his son, just back from 18 months' fighting in Iraq, is missing from his base. Hank drives to Fort Rudd, New Mexico, to search. Within a day, the charred and dismembered body of his son is found on the outskirts of town. Deerfield pushes himself into the investigation, marked by jurisdictional antagonism between the Army and local police. Working mostly with a new detective, Emily Sanders, Hank seems to close in on what happened. Major smuggling? A drug deal gone awry? Credit card slips, some photographs, and video clips from Iraq may hold the key. If Hank gets to the truth, what will it tell him? (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman,  boy
Story:severed hand,  search,  u.s. army,  nickname,  pickup truck,  disappearance,  missing person,  cover up,  liar,  drug dealer,  police car,  police station,  flashlight,  drug use,  bathroom,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  photograph,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  death,  gun,  dog,  murder

Ginger Snaps (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They've made a pact about dying together. In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn't just local dogs that begin to die. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods,  forest,  school
Characters:boy,  teenager
Story:rocking horse,  bechdel test passed,  high school,  chainsaw,  teenage girl,  missing person,  drug dealer,  flashlight,  drug use,  marijuana,  dead body,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  female protagonist,  corpse,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  f rated,  police,  dog,  death,  fight,  gun,  violence,  murder

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

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

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

Themes:hunting,  drinking,  revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy
Period:2000s
Story:disappearance,  court,  title same as book,  rowboat,  uncle niece relationship,  nickname,  barn,  death of brother,  suspicion,  teenage girl,  eating,  police car,  cooking,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  bathroom,  death of father,  rifle,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  death,  gun,  violence

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:money,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teenager
Story:death threat,  barn,  teen angst,  pickup truck,  threat,  teenage girl,  missing person,  character's point of view camera shot,  drug dealer,  police car,  subjective camera,  death of father,  rifle,  horse,  neo noir,  beating,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  murder,  gun,  death,  police,  violence

Hesher (2010) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:poverty,  drinking,  money,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:policeman,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:face wound,  breaking a car window,  bloody mouth,  guitarist,  high school,  liar,  prologue,  eating,  cooking,  drug use,  guitar,  marijuana,  lie,  drink,  food,  beating,  song,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  fight,  police,  murder,  violence

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

Gone With The Wind (1939)

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

Themes:courage,  poverty,  money,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Characters:baby,  girl,  singer
Story:mental illness,  rocking horse,  joining the army,  fiddler,  fiddle,  title same as book,  mental breakdown,  auction,  honor,  gossip,  barn,  teenage girl,  liar,  axe,  dead body,  death of father,  rifle,  lie,  sister sister relationship,  horse,  food,  female protagonist,  song,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  death,  dog,  murder,  gun,  fight

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Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

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

Themes:hunting,  drinking,  money,  kidnapping,  friendship
Locations:farm,  school,  bar
Characters:policeman,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:cattle,  death threat,  auction,  cover up,  prologue,  bird,  guitar,  dead body,  rifle,  drink,  horse,  corpse,  song,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  dog,  fight,  murder,  police,  death

Withnail & I (1987)
Comedy, Drama

Withnail & I (1987)

London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail's uncle Monty's country cottage. But when they get there, it rains non-stop, there's no food, and their basic survival skills turn out to be somewhat limited. Matters are not helped by the arrival of Uncle Monty, who shows an uncomfortably keen interest in Marwood... (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  illness,  poverty,  drinking,  money,  friendship,  love
Locations:farm
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:sleeping on a sofa,  plastic bag,  farmhouse,  doll,  drug dealer,  cooking,  drug use,  neighbor,  marijuana,  rural setting,  rifle,  drink,  food,  punctuation in title,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  dog,  police,  fight

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. This is why Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  drinking,  love,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest,  school,  bar
Characters:girl,  policeman,  boy,  friend
Story:chainsaw,  liar,  eating,  police car,  flashlight,  neighbor,  bathroom,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  food,  corpse,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  death,  police,  dog

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Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:mental illness,  hand,  mental breakdown,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  teenage girl,  eating,  police station,  guitar,  death of father,  drink,  food,  dream,  song,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  gun,  death

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:money,  conspiracy,  drinking,  kidnapping,  revenge,  love,  friendship
Characters:baby,  singer,  friend
Story:clothes,  photo album,  high school,  character's point of view camera shot,  prologue,  eating,  police station,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  bathroom,  drink,  food,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  death,  fight,  murder,  police,  violence

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

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

Themes:hunting,  illness,  drinking,  money,  love,  friendship
Locations:farm,  woods
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:fiddler,  hay,  uncle niece relationship,  prologue,  eating,  subjective camera,  neighbor,  dead body,  rural setting,  rifle,  drink,  horse,  food,  song,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog,  death,  violence,  murder

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Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:illness,  drinking,  money,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:girl
Period:2000s
Story:missouri,  disappearance,  small town,  suspicion,  missing person,  search,  eating,  police car,  police station,  flashlight,  neighbor,  bathroom,  lie,  drink,  food,  neo noir,  corpse,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  fight,  violence,  murder,  death

Deception (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. This is why Deception (2008) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:guitarist,  disappearance,  missing person,  liar,  search,  eating,  drug use,  guitar,  marijuana,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  food,  song,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  police,  death,  violence,  murder

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Crime, Drama, Film-noir, Thriller

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

It's the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl's favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death. But before he is executed, Ben is in the state penitentiary with a cell mate, a man by the name of Harry Powell, a self-professed man of the cloth, who is really a con man and murderer, swindling lonely women, primarily rich widows, of their money before he kills them. Harry does whatever he can, unsuccessfully, to find out the location of the $10,000 from Ben. After Ben's execution, Harry decides that Willa will be his next mark, figuring that someone in the family knows where the money is hidden. Despite vowing not to remarry, Willa ends up being easy prey for Harry's outward evangelicalism; she is a pious woman who feels she needs to atone for her sins which led to Ben doing what he did, especially as Harry presents himself as the preacher who worked at the prison and provided salvation to Ben before his death. Harry quickly figures out that John and Pearl know where the money is. Conversely, John doesn't trust Harry, John who first tries not to show to Harry that he indeed does know where the money is, and then second constantly reminds a more-trusting Pearl of their promise to their now-deceased father. With Willa devoted to her new husband, John and Pearl need some other adult assistance in evading Harry's veiled threats, an adult who not only can see the honesty and goodness in children but who can also see a true wolf in sheep's clothing like Harry. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Locations:farm
Characters:sheriff,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:doll,  banjo,  rowboat,  suspicion,  threat,  teenage girl,  court,  liar,  police car,  bathroom,  dead body,  death of father,  rural setting,  rifle,  lie,  small town,  horse,  corpse,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  gun,  death,  murder,  dog,  police

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Broken Flowers (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Broken Flowers (2005)

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:search for father,  amateur detective,  deer,  pickup truck,  teenage girl,  search,  cooking,  drug use,  neighbor,  marijuana,  death of father,  sister sister relationship,  dream,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  fight

Dogville (2003) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

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

Themes:hope,  money,  friendship,  revenge,  love
Characters:sheriff,  baby,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:suspicion,  missing person,  prologue,  search,  eating,  police car,  neighbor,  dead body,  rural setting,  rifle,  small town,  food,  female protagonist,  corpse,  dream,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  dog,  death,  gun,  murder,  police

Black Snake Moan (2006)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

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

Themes:illness,  drinking,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm,  bar
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:farmhouse,  u.s. army,  guitarist,  pickup truck,  prologue,  drug dealer,  eating,  drug use,  guitar,  marijuana,  rural setting,  rifle,  drink,  small town,  food,  beating,  song,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  death,  violence,  gun,  fight

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