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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With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area.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,  revenge,  love,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm,  woods,  forest,  school,  bar
Characters:sheriff,  baby,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Period:2000s
Story:cattle auction,  baby doll,  bail bond,  out on bail,  hay bale,  banjo player,  clothes line,  pet dog,  severed hand,  death threat,  search for father,  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,  mentally ill mother,  skinning an animal,  string band,  military drill,  derelict house,  hanging laundry,  women fight,  ozark mountains,  gunnysack,  sleeping in a chair,  snitching,  hands cut off,  ice pack,  rotc,  murder of brother,  expropriation,  woodchipper,  face wound,  crystal meth,  dead body in water,  sleeping on a sofa,  ferret,  chick,  groceries,  fiddler,  child with gun,  breaking a car window,  patriarchy,  bloody mouth,  fiddle,  plastic bag,  body part in title,  marching,  hay,  drug trade,  chopping wood,  methamphetamine,  missouri,  bail,  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,  court,  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,  death of father,  apostrophe in title,  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,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  death,  dog,  murder,  gun,  violence,  police,  fight

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

High 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:boy,  friend
Story:severed hand,  murder of brother,  breaking a car window,  plastic bag,  murder of father,  farmhouse,  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,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  murder,  gun,  dog,  police,  violence,  death

Tell No One (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Tell No One (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,  love,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest,  bar
Characters:baby,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:murder of father,  deer,  suspicion,  threat,  disappearance,  missing person,  cover up,  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,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  police,  gun,  fight,  murder,  dog,  violence

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,  gun,  fight,  death,  murder,  police,  violence

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,  friendship,  love
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,  gun,  death,  murder

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,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest,  bar
Characters:baby,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story: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,  gun,  dog,  murder,  fight,  violence

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. (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,  gun,  death,  dog,  police,  murder,  violence

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

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

Themes:hope,  conspiracy,  kidnapping
Locations:school
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:death threat,  mental illness,  farmhouse,  mental breakdown,  uncle niece relationship,  disappearance,  court,  missing person,  liar,  search,  eating,  axe,  police car,  bathroom,  rifle,  lie,  food,  female protagonist,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  fight,  gun,  police,  murder,  violence,  death

The Gift (2000) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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)

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

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,  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,  violence,  death,  gun,  fight,  police

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

The Witch (2015)
Horror, Mystery, Drama

The Witch (2015)

New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. 'The Witch' is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own sins, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  conspiracy,  kidnapping
Locations:farm,  woods,  forest
Characters:baby,  boy,  singer
Story:chopping wood,  death of brother,  suspicion,  disappearance,  teenage girl,  search,  eating,  axe,  subjective camera,  death of father,  rural setting,  rifle,  lie,  sister sister relationship,  horse,  food,  song,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  murder,  violence,  death

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (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:barn,  high school,  pickup truck,  court,  liar,  eating,  police car,  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,  police,  murder,  death,  dog,  gun,  violence,  fight

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

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

Themes:hope,  drinking
Locations:farm,  school
Characters:policeman,  girl
Story:photo album,  suspicion,  teenage girl,  search,  eating,  axe,  police car,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  neighbor,  dead body,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog,  murder,  death,  police

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. (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,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)
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,  u.s. army,  nickname,  pickup truck,  disappearance,  missing person,  cover up,  liar,  search,  drug dealer,  police car,  police station,  flashlight,  drug use,  bathroom,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  corpse,  dream,  beating,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  death,  gun,  murder,  dog,  fight

Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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:drinking,  money,  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

All Good Things (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:drinking,  money,  love,  friendship
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:mental illness,  snorting cocaine,  target practice,  suspicion,  disappearance,  court,  missing person,  search,  eating,  drug use,  neighbor,  marijuana,  dead body,  drink,  food,  corpse,  song,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  gun,  violence,  dog,  murder,  police

Volver (2006)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Volver (2006)

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

Themes: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,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  death,  murder

Mean Creek (2004)
Crime, Drama

Mean Creek (2004)

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

Themes:drinking,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:woods,  forest,  school,  bar
Characters:sheriff,  policeman,  friend,  teenager
Story:deer,  rowboat,  target practice,  pickup truck,  liar,  bird,  drug use,  marijuana,  death of father,  rural setting,  lie,  drink,  small town,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  gun,  death,  violence,  police

The Place Beyond The Pines (2012) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)

A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt rider's son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross, (Bradley Cooper) looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present days lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they've inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:forest,  school
Characters:baby,  policeman,  teenager
Story:search for father,  teenager with a gun,  honor,  high school,  pickup truck,  actor shares first name with character,  court,  search,  drug dealer,  eating,  police car,  police station,  subjective camera,  drug use,  marijuana,  death of father,  drink,  food,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  police,  dog,  death,  violence

August Rush (2007)
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,  fight,  police

Take Shelter (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Take Shelter (2011)

Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:baby,  friend
Story:mental illness,  breaking a car window,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  pickup truck,  suspicion,  bird,  eating,  cooking,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  death of father,  drink,  small town,  food,  dream,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  dog

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:hunting,  illness,  drinking,  money
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm,  woods,  forest,  bar
Characters:policeman,  singer,  teenager
Story:cattle,  puppy,  deer,  disappearance,  teenage girl,  prologue,  search,  bird,  cooking,  flashlight,  drug use,  guitar,  rural setting,  rifle,  drink,  small town,  horse,  dream,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death,  dog,  police,  violence

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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,  friendship,  love
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

The Dressmaker (2015)
Comedy, Drama

The Dressmaker (2015)

Based on Rosalie Ham's best selling novel, The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small home town in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture.

Themes:illness,  drinking,  love,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:bloody mouth,  triple f rated,  nickname,  gossip,  threat,  flashlight,  drug use,  marijuana,  rural setting,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  small town,  female protagonist,  title directed by female,  song,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  violence,  murder,  dog

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (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:title same as book,  rowboat,  uncle niece relationship,  nickname,  barn,  death of brother,  suspicion,  disappearance,  teenage girl,  eating,  police car,  cooking,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  bathroom,  death of father,  rifle,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  female protagonist,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  murder,  gun,  death,  violence

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  kidnapping
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:baby,  boy,  singer
Story:severed hand,  child uses a gun,  hands cut off,  murder of father,  target practice,  pickup truck,  prologue,  search,  eating,  subjective camera,  drug use,  dead body,  death of father,  rifle,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  food,  corpse,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  dog,  fight,  gun,  violence

Gone With The Wind (1939) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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
Mood:nightmare
Characters:baby,  singer
Story:mental illness,  rocking horse,  joining the army,  fiddler,  fiddle,  title same as book,  mental breakdown,  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,  fight,  murder,  death,  gun,  dog

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: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,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  police,  dog,  murder,  fight,  death

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  conspiracy,  drinking,  money,  friendship,  love,  revenge
Locations:woods,  forest,  bar
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:title same as book,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  uncle niece relationship,  prologue,  eating,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  drug use,  dead body,  rifle,  drink,  horse,  food,  corpse,  dream,  song,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  gun,  death,  murder,  dog,  fight

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

Rendition (2007) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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,  friendship,  love
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,  death,  gun,  murder,  police,  violence

Mother (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mother (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:woods,  forest,  bar
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:suspicion,  teenage girl,  prologue,  search,  eating,  police station,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  dead body,  drink,  small town,  food,  female protagonist,  corpse,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death,  fight,  police,  violence,  murder

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,  fight,  death,  gun,  murder,  police,  violence

The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  love,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:policeman,  friend,  teenager
Story:pet dog,  bail,  snorting cocaine,  guitarist,  high school,  teenage girl,  prologue,  drug dealer,  subjective camera,  drug use,  guitar,  bathroom,  marijuana,  drink,  dream,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  dog,  police

Boyz N The Hood (1991) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

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

Themes:poverty,  money,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  friend,  teenager
Story:death threat,  murder of brother,  confrontation,  honor,  skateboard,  high school,  teen angst,  death of brother,  teenage girl,  prologue,  drug dealer,  police car,  death of father,  rifle,  corpse,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  violence,  death,  gun,  police,  murder

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (2008)
Drama, War, History

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (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,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

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,  gun,  police,  dog,  death

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,  love,  friendship
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,  gun,  death,  police,  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:mental illness,  snorting cocaine,  high school,  teen angst,  threat,  teenage girl,  court,  prologue,  drug dealer,  eating,  police car,  drug use,  neighbor,  bathroom,  rifle,  drink,  food,  dream,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  death,  fight,  gun,  police

Hesher (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,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:school
Characters:policeman,  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,  police,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder

Gomorrah (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorrah (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,  violence,  death,  murder,  gun,  police

Gone Girl (2014)
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,  suspicion,  disappearance,  missing person,  search,  eating,  police car,  police station,  flashlight,  neighbor,  bathroom,  lie,  drink,  small town,  food,  neo noir,  corpse,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  death,  murder,  fight,  police,  violence

My Own Private Idaho (1991) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. (Read More)

Themes:poverty,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm,  bar
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Story:gunnysack,  hand,  barn,  teen angst,  liar,  search,  drug use,  death of father,  rural setting,  lie,  drink,  small town,  horse,  dream,  song,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  dog,  murder,  death,  fight,  violence,  gun

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,  friendship,  love
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,  murder,  dog,  death,  violence

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:school,  bar
Characters:policeman,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:death threat,  cattle,  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,  dog,  police,  fight,  violence,  murder,  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:drinking,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff,  policeman,  friend
Story:telescopic rifle,  cattle,  farmhouse,  honor,  barn,  pickup truck,  cooking,  police station,  neighbor,  dead body,  rifle,  drink,  small town,  horse,  corpse,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death,  murder,  police,  violence

We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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,  murder,  violence,  dog,  police,  death,  gun

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 p… (Read More)

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

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