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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With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area.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

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

Cold Mountain (2003)

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

Themes: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

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

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

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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

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. This is why Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (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

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

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

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. (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

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

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? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (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

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

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

Themes: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

Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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:boy, policeman, girl, 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

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

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

Themes:drinking, friendship
Characters:girl, boy, singer
Story:mental illness, chopping wood, doll, eating, flashlight, neighbor, rural setting, drink, small town, food, song, brother brother relationship, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, family relationships, death

The Lobster (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Themes:hunting, love, friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:policeman, girl, singer, friend
Story:murder of brother, bloody mouth, bechdel test passed, rowboat, target practice, prologue, eating, flashlight, dead body, rifle, lie, food, song, brother brother relationship, singing, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

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. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (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

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:baby, policeman, girl, boy, singer
Story:mental illness, title same as book, triple f rated, target practice, high school, liar, search, eating, police car, subjective camera, lie, drink, food, title directed by female, song, brother sister relationship, singing, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:courage, illness, drinking, friendship
Characters:girl, boy, singer, friend
Story:severed hand, u.s. army, target practice, honor, eating, rifle, drink, horse, food, beating, song, singing, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, dog

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman, girl, singer
Story:mental illness, nickname, threat, court, cover up, prologue, eating, police station, subjective camera, drug use, dead body, rifle, lie, drink, food, beating, song, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, singing

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:school, bar
Characters:baby, policeman, girl, boy
Story:squirrel, bag over head, target practice, pickup truck, teenage girl, prologue, search, police station, flashlight, dead body, rifle, sister sister relationship, drink, neo noir, brother brother relationship, photograph, cigarette smoking, police, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

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. This is why Boyz N The Hood (1991) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:poverty, money, friendship, revenge
Locations:school
Characters:baby, boy, 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, violence, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:courage, hope, money, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods, forest
Story:death threat, bag over head, rowboat, target practice, nickname, character's point of view camera shot, axe, subjective camera, death of father, horse, corpse, beating, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, murder, dog, fight

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

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:drinking, money, friendship, love
Locations:bar
Characters:boy, singer, friend, teenager
Story:guitarist, high school, teenage girl, prologue, eating, drug use, guitar, bathroom, marijuana, death of father, drink, food, song, brother sister relationship, singing, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

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

Capote (2005) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

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

Themes:drinking, money, love, friendship
Locations:farm, bar
Characters:sheriff, policeman, boy, friend
Story:hand, farmhouse, bag over head, photo album, high school, death of brother, teenage girl, court, liar, police car, police station, neighbor, dead body, rural setting, rifle, lie, drink, small town, corpse, brother sister relationship

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. This is why Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:courage, hope, drinking, money, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:girl, baby, policeman, singer, friend
Story:confrontation, snorting cocaine, german shepherd, photo album, high school, liar, police car, drug use, guitar, bathroom, marijuana, lie, drink, food, song, brother sister relationship, singing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

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

Themes:illness, drinking, friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:baby, singer, friend
Story:death threat, mental illness, marching, target practice, honor, flashlight, subjective camera, dead body, rifle, drink, horse, corpse, song, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:courage, hope, illness, drinking, revenge, love
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff, policeman, boy
Story:pickup truck, bird, police car, drug use, bathroom, sister sister relationship, drink, food, corpse, beating, singing, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, murder, police

Into The Wild (2007) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
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

Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:courage, hope, illness, drinking, friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:girl, boy, singer, friend
Story:hand, german shepherd, grandfather granddaughter relationship, uncle niece relationship, honor, teenage girl, doll, drug use, bathroom, dead body, death of father, rifle, sister sister relationship, drink, food, corpse, dream, beating, song, brother sister relationship

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. This is why The Lovely Bones (2009) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:hope, drinking
Locations:farm, school
Characters:girl, policeman
Story:neighbor, photo album, suspicion, teenage girl, search, eating, axe, police car, flashlight, subjective camera, dead body, sister sister relationship, drink, food, corpse, dream, beating, brother sister relationship, photograph, cigarette smoking

The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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, love
Locations:school, forest
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

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Themes:illness, drinking
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm, bar
Characters:girl, policeman
Story:mental illness, farmhouse, suspicion, teenage girl, court, doll, rural setting, drink, horse, female protagonist, photograph, death, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, murder, police

Hell Or High Water (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:poverty, drinking, money, revenge
Locations:farm, bar
Story:death threat, telescopic rifle, cattle, farmhouse, pickup truck, death of brother, police car, police station, flashlight, rifle, small town, horse, neo noir, brother brother relationship, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, dog, murder, death, violence

Hairspray (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:policeman, friend, singer, teenager
Story:clothes line, marching, high school, teenage girl, eating, police car, flashlight, drink, food, female protagonist, song, brother sister relationship, singing, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, f rated

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:illness, money, friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:girl, boy, singer, friend, teenager
Story:food, doll, bird, eating, neighbor, dead body, death of father, horse, corpse, beating, song, brother sister relationship, singing, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, fight

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:illness, drinking, love, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:policeman, girl, friend, boy, singer, teenager
Story:mental illness, high school, nickname, pickup truck, teenage girl, eating, subjective camera, drug use, bathroom, marijuana, drink, food, beating, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:money, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Locations:woods, forest, bar
Characters:baby
Period:2000s
Story:death threat, snorting cocaine, u.s. army, target practice, suspicion, drug dealer, dead body, lie, beating, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, fight

Django Unchained (2012)
Drama, Western

Django Unchained (2012)

A German dentist buys the freedom of a slave and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of the slave's wife who belongs to a ruthless plantation owner.

Themes:drinking, money, revenge
Locations:farm, woods, forest, bar
Characters:sheriff, singer
Story:bag over head, target practice, barn, death of brother, liar, search, eating, death of father, rifle, lie, drink, small town, horse, food, beating, song, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, singing, cigarette smoking

A History Of Violence (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A History Of Violence (2005)

This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result. (Read More)

Themes:courage, kidnapping, love, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff, policeman
Story:murder of brother, high school, death of brother, threat, teenage girl, liar, police car, drug use, marijuana, rifle, lie, small town, neo noir, beating, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, violence, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

Insomnia (2002) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? This is why Insomnia (2002) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:love
Locations:school
Characters:policeman, girl, boy, teenager
Period:2000s
Story:high school, teenage girl, cover up, police station, dead body, death of father, rural setting, rifle, small town, neo noir, corpse, beating, photograph, cigarette smoking, murder, police, mother daughter relationship, death, fight, gun

16 Blocks (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, drinking, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman, girl, friend
Story:black and white scene, court, liar, prologue, police station, dead body, rifle, lie, drink, corpse, brother sister relationship, photograph, death, gun, murder, police, violence

Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

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

Themes:poverty, money, kidnapping, friendship, revenge, love
Locations:woods, forest, bar
Characters:boy, policeman, friend
Story:murder of brother, child with gun, murder of father, snorting cocaine, death of brother, teenage girl, drug dealer, police car, drug use, marijuana, death of father, rifle, neo noir, brother brother relationship, photograph, violence, mother son relationship, family relationships, murder, death

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:illness, poverty, drinking, money, love, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman, boy, friend
Story:bail, snorting cocaine, court, drug dealer, drug use, marijuana, drink, dream, beating, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, death, murder, gun, police

The Woman In Black (2012) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, revenge, friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:girl, boy, friend
Story:family photograph, mental breakdown, suspicion, doll, prologue, search, bird, eating, axe, dead body, rural setting, sister sister relationship, drink, food, corpse, photograph, death, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. This is why Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010). (Read More)

Themes:hope, drinking, love
Mood:nightmare
Characters:singer, baby, boy
Story:guitarist, death of brother, liar, drug use, guitar, bathroom, marijuana, lie, drink, horse, dream, song, brother brother relationship, singing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, fight, dog, death

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Read More)

Themes:hunting, courage, hope, illness, revenge
Locations:farm
Characters:boy, friend
Story:threat, liar, search, eating, axe, subjective camera, death of father, lie, sister sister relationship, horse, food, corpse, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, death, violence

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:hope, conspiracy, money, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:farm, woods, forest, bar
Characters:girl
Story:severed hand, farmhouse, pickup truck, character's point of view camera shot, cover up, axe, police car, flashlight, subjective camera, horse, neo noir, corpse, beating, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, murder, dog, police, violence

Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like Winter's Bone (2010)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:girl, boy, friend
Story:bag over head, prologue, search, eating, cooking, dead body, rifle, lie, sister sister relationship, drink, food, corpse, beating, brother brother relationship, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:drinking, money, friendship, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman
Story:mental illness, snorting cocaine, gossip, chainsaw, missing person, axe, police car, drug use, dead body, drink, food, neo noir, title directed by female, corpse, dream, beating, photograph, cigarette smoking, based on novel, f rated

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