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Criminal (2016)
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Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water conspiracy suspense black comedy independent film 
Themes:
unlikely hero panic home invasion surveillance redemption paranoia terrorism death of father brutality psychopath robbery memory deception investigation wedding escape torture fear prison betrayal money kidnapping murder revenge death  (See All)
Mood:
car chase neo noir rain 
Locations:
nuclear submarine taxi driver car fire fire truck car explosion car into water car in water humvee abandoned factory fishing boat suv submarine laboratory police car airport taxi london england bus airplane motorcycle helicopter church restaurant beach  (See All)
Characters:
sniper rifle police chase self destruct american in the uk american abroad german russian sniper professor security guard action hero warrior tough guy hostage soldier teacher doctor mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship police  (See All)
Period:
2010s 
Story:
brain implant commando raid commando unit cia agent undercover agent car off bridge cyber terrorist axe throwing subway station career criminal terrorist plot piano lesson female spy playing piano implanted memory exploding airplane stealing a motorcycle uh 60 blackhawk helicopter uh 1 huey helicopter escape from custody maximum security prison prison warden release from prison pack of money fire fight prison guard car set on fire bag of money street shootout pistol whip semiautomatic pistol foot chase death row inmate eurocopter as355 twin squirrel defense system cell phone trace silent alarm experimental technology intelligence officer reference to george orwell ball peen hammer television interview university campus helmet camera cyberterrorism plane shot down hairbrush delaware tortured to death london underground shackled cattle prod london eye brain scan air force base neurosurgeon multiple personality disorder hit with a car door thrown through a windshield code name british actor playing american character computer programmer tranquilizer dart implant west virginia change of heart henchwoman ex special forces flash drive goatee big ben london brain surgery nuclear threat spaniard innocent person killed bleeding to death thrown from a car x rayed skeleton solitary confinement abandoned warehouse nuclear weapons improvised weapon car rollover cockney accent bilingualism private jet tied up while barefoot ceo death row overturning car repeated line two way mirror airfield bullet wound woman kills a man submachine gun pawnshop anarchist gurney man kills a woman head injury computer hacker macguffin hit by a truck gun action embassy pharmacy computer cracker megalomaniac armored car stuffed animal pickpocket taser shot through a window gardening text messaging female assassin tracking device shot multiple times satellite moral dilemma government agent loss of husband duct tape raised middle finger death threat gasoline aerial shot convict assault rifle punched in the chest commando special forces stabbed in the throat crushed to death mercilessness manhunt burglary stealing a car duct tape over mouth nickname cameo thug passport female killer schizophrenia told in flashback kicked in the stomach swat team wristwatch walkie talkie security camera beard tied to a bed looking at oneself in a mirror electronic music score hypodermic needle assassination attempt sociopath burned alive sabotage missile eavesdropping subtitled scene death of husband arson obscene finger gesture cia espionage secret agent mercenary loss of father rat laptop shot in the shoulder injection bodyguard scar opening action scene knocked out character's point of view camera shot race against time mistaken identity product placement undercover mission fugitive beaten to death electrocution attempted murder key danger one against many library police officer killed shot in the forehead on the run shot in the leg news report van underwater scene double cross child in peril one man army disarming someone no opening credits anti hero exploding car nonlinear timeline tied to a chair subway stabbed in the chest stabbed to death prisoner widow impalement bridge ambulance axe strangulation terrorist bound and gagged subjective camera spy shot in the back f word criminal handcuffs piano cafe interrogation car crash sunglasses held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone fire shower pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title fight flashback violence blood  (See All)

The Blues Brothers (1980)
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The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film based on sketch comedy country and western 
Themes:
redemption deception escape prison money revenge friendship blindness 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
fire truck police car church restaurant beach bar hotel car elevator police station road trip city office motel chicago illinois gas station usa tunnel catholic church truck explosion  (See All)
Characters:
sniper rifle police chase sniper soldier husband wife relationship police tattoo singer brother brother relationship police officer priest catholic canadian ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship american nazi 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
release from prison prison guard car rollover gasoline assault rifle cameo swat team wristwatch sabotage obscene finger gesture race against time mission attempted murder on the run anti hero prisoner bridge ambulance axe f word handcuffs piano cafe car crash sunglasses arrest shotgun car accident machine gun pistol chase explosion title spoken by character cigarette smoking bare chested male violence character name in title dancing singing three word title song condom bikini falling from height shooting rifle beer bomb running revolver guitar alcohol band concert montage diner man with glasses nun cigar smoking looking at the camera racial slur based on tv series protest factory pay phone written and directed by cast member champagne on the road american flag chicken ex convict record player runaway falling down stairs destruction warehouse farce group of friends country music assault blockbuster impersonation phone booth chef mob orphanage rocket launcher preacher guard janitor flood rock concert u.s. army construction site buddy italian american whip convenience store broken glass shopping mall m 16 stairs laughter musical number sauna tuxedo barbecue blind man flamethrower reckless driving crowd pipe smoking poster firefighter southern accent joy fiancee swastika car driving money problems bottle broken window neo nazi harmonica flare loan quitting a job toast glass trumpet illinois desk parole jumping into water cash blues music roadtrip female bartender lack of money talking while driving organ loudspeaker attempted robbery ballroom automatic weapon sidewalk music store smiling threatened with a gun musical performance detonator gas station attendant englishwoman abroad running out of gas toaster building collapse music producer el train highway travel jumping off a bridge wearing sunglasses inside soul music blowtorch police vigilantism blockade mass destruction beer bottle ham radio luger white supremacist state trooper lounge singer dispute taxes car stunt office building roman catholic mystery woman bowler hat divine intervention government official dedication used condom building explosion drawbridge parolee 8 track fancy restaurant winnebago amateur radio carsploitation drum kit dangerous driving needing money wearing sunglasses at night catholic orphanage jukebox musical raising money record contract spurned woman singing to the camera body odor out of gas firearm pointed at the camera roadhouse black suit traffic violation maitre d' record executive jailhouse street music government worker holiday inn car pileup ex fiancee funny nazi wrigley field gas station explosion nazi paraphernalia wagner ride of the valkyries male in women's restroom band the musical group jilted woman musical group polished fingernails toaster oven unpaid taxes  (See All)

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)
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Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water coming of age tragedy fairy tale slapstick comedy disney dark fantasy based on fairy tale 
Themes:
panic home invasion redemption deception escape fear kidnapping revenge love surrealism jealousy dance monster magic obsession supernatural power death of mother blackmail poetry unrequited love hope death of wife  (See All)
Mood:
poetic justice 
Locations:
bar forest snow paris france bathtub village woods france lake castle rooftop 
Characters:
hostage father daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships father son relationship mother son relationship singer female protagonist baby artist love triangle little boy maid witch grandmother grandson relationship single father ex soldier  (See All)
Story:
cockney accent aerial shot knocked out race against time attempted murder danger library no opening credits bridge shot in the back piano held at gunpoint showdown brawl punched in the face rescue shot in the chest corpse beating fire pistol surprise ending chase explosion title spoken by character photograph bare chested male fight flashback character name in title dog kiss dancing singing party voice over narration horse mirror remake slow motion scene battle sword kissing falling from height painting rifle bed bedroom candle sword fight mountain disguise woman montage four word title map false accusation bird drawing controversy king creature transformation bartender flash forward curse prologue widower lightning manipulation wig tied up garden cabin loss of mother love interest reference to william shakespeare queen prince single parent chess werewolf ice rope falling down stairs wolf fireplace dress heroine heavy rain talking animal hunter loss of wife blockbuster eccentric composer servant jumping from height culture clash strong female lead cgi torch compassion animal attack clock full moon anthropomorphism fight to the death inventor falling to death escape attempt ball ensemble cast butler rose bookstore musical number rainstorm disfigurement mustache kingdom asylum owl aristocrat teleportation imprisonment close up of eyes spell happy ending sidekick final showdown folklore human monster spiral staircase market tower librarian comic relief plague young version of character true love beast based on cartoon narcissism tavern soup illiteracy altered version of studio logo opera singer vanity star crossed lovers windmill famous score musket claw opposites attract frenchman sorceress recluse hermit magic spell firecracker ballroom suitor globe flintlock rifle angry mob flintlock pistol horse drawn carriage horn dinner table fantasies studio logo segues into film strong female frozen lake country estate candelabra left for dead narcissist red rose gay subtext reference to walt disney wardrobe animal lover famous song deus ex machina superficiality remake of cult film woman in peril chauvinism lock pick erased memory harpsichord teapot crossdressing man with a ponytail chauvinist beauty and the beast whimsical love for animals potter candlestick inanimate object comes to life live action remake feather duster unconventional romance teacup wolves moulin rouge bibliophilia horse cart cog enchantress magic mirror petal glass jar mantle clock beast's heart reference to romeo and juliet  (See All)

Across The Universe (2007)
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Across The Universe (2007)

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

Subgenre:
documentary footage rock musical 
Themes:
panic escape death murder friendship surrealism marriage drugs jealousy politics pregnancy drunkenness dance funeral art military depression drug use abuse unrequited love theatre freedom falling in love revolution police brutality near death experience cheating death  (See All)
Mood:
rain high school breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
taxi driver taxi bus helicopter church beach hospital new york city bar snow cemetery nightclub wheelchair ship truck rooftop school bus bus station fire escape corpse in water  (See All)
Characters:
professor soldier teacher mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship police father son relationship mother son relationship african american friend boyfriend girlfriend relationship singer brother sister relationship prostitute police officer nurse alien student policeman dancer priest lawyer sister sister relationship artist single mother waitress interracial relationship uncle nephew relationship pimp police arrest death of boy  (See All)
Period:
1960s winter 
Story:
beard hypodermic needle injection news report underwater scene no opening credits subway arrest punched in the face machine gun corpse beating fire chase explosion title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male fight blood female nudity f rated male nudity female frontal nudity male rear nudity gun kiss female rear nudity dancing singing party three word title telephone call crying song title directed by female urination blonde slow motion scene watching tv battle undressing letter shooting rifle bomb running marijuana jail british classroom guitar manhattan new york city alcohol television swimming newspaper band concert california basketball montage army immigrant rock band assassination drawing roommate journey pantyhose looking at the camera immigration microphone protest fantasy sequence tent college student university domestic violence gym american flag cheerleader cross death of son rock 'n' roll sadness premarital sex class graffiti pub newspaper headline heroin runaway riot circus female stockinged legs syringe flying performance title based on song jail cell guitarist demonstration american football hammer buttocks vietnam war phone booth composer torch burial hitchhiker street life hitchhiking apple hooker janitor imagination bloody nose veteran breakup u.s. army fan mourning hippie animated sequence pool table shot in the face broken glass newsreel footage football player theatre audience medical examination absent father dead child billiards drunk sketch black eye choir songwriter snowing dressing room bowling war veteran bruise meeting death of loved one illegal immigrant patriotism music band poster thanksgiving lighthouse anti war closet dock playing pool detroit michigan locker golf club black pantyhose escalator television news deportation strike hangover broken window climbing through a window laundromat making out lsd cornfield electric guitar landlady megaphone toast dance club bowling alley breaking a window americana bum hearse prom volunteer jock domestic abuse death of boyfriend moustache interracial couple acoustic guitar college campus washing machine cultural difference patriot ironing television set infantry the beatles tour bus counter culture statue of liberty guru radical loudspeaker smoking pot march rock singer estranged father guard dog drug trip looting strawberry letter writing imperialism protestor mural passing out cereal record producer search for father dog tag reference to martin luther king jr. barricade floating liverpool gig greenwich village manhattan new york city biological father high school dance protest march welder football field keyhole sexy nurse shipyard sketching political unrest psychedelia repairman platoon riot police afro bus trip locked in a closet military draft war wound hare krishna thanksgiving dinner patrol slow dancing trippy basic training dropout nude drawing football practice peace sign reference to lyndon johnson chest hair flying machine thanksgiving day draft title sung by character black white relations greyhound bus bleachers bomb making delicatessen physical exam reference to brigitte bardot urine sample graffiti art gospel choir jukebox musical record contract wall painting princeton university singing to the camera outdoor concert physical examination protest song social unrest record deal washington square manhattan new york city college bound college kid march on washington picket sign record executive transcendental meditation protest riot dockworker homemade bomb street theater floating body psychedelic drug reference to jack kerouac anti war movement bus depot draft notice ex lovers back together lesbian attraction looking at the audience student movement burning paper dayton ohio packet rioting sliding down a banister ocean wave solarisation uncle sam army induction cranberry sauce double negative  (See All)

Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993) is one of the best movies like Criminal (2016)
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Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

Robin of Locksley, known as the most skilled archer of the land, has just returned to England after fighting in the Holy Crusades, where King Richard the Lionhearted is also fighting. Robin finds that much of what he knew of England has gone to ruin, including his longtime family home having been taken away, all at the hands of the evil Prince John, Richard's brother who has assumed the throne in Richard's absence. Neurotic John is basically being controlled by the equally evil Sheriff of Rottingham, everything they doing to fatten their own coffers at the expense of the commoners and peasants. As such, Robin recruits a band of merry men to help him battle Prince John and the Sheriff, they who include: Blinkin, his blind longtime servant; Ahchoo, the misguided son of Asneeze, the man who helped him escape from prison while fighting in the Crusades; Little John, who seems to think that being called Little is only coincidental to the fact of he being a hulking man; and Little John's friend, Will Scarlet O'Hara, a master with daggers. In going to the palace, Robin falls in love at first sight with Marian of Bagelle, a maid of the court. Marian is looking for the man who has the figurative and literal key to unlock her heart (and more private parts). The Sheriff has his own eyes on Marian, he who in turn is the object of desire of Latrine, a powerful hag of a sorceress of the court. Robin and the Sheriff in particular have a fight to the death mentality to achieve their end goals… (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film slapstick comedy swashbuckler 
Themes:
wedding escape prison death gangster hero blindness escape from prison 
Mood:
spoof parody breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
forest england castle singing in a bathtub 
Characters:
sniper action hero warrior tough guy african american singer thief hitman witch sheriff self referential thief hero 
Story:
raised middle finger subtitled scene arson obscene finger gesture opening action scene character's point of view camera shot key disarming someone stabbed in the chest bridge showdown brawl punched in the face fistfight fire surprise ending title spoken by character fight character name in title party horse face slap battle sword falling from height hand to hand combat fighting combat cleavage sword fight ambush woman king talking to the camera training character repeating someone else's dialogue virgin karate written and directed by cast member scene during end credits contest character says i love you cult director cross dressing redhead battlefield prince bow and arrow spear scene during opening credits servant knight guard absurd humor remote control playboy magazine crossbow dual wield hit in the crotch love at first sight title appears in writing psychotronic medieval times dungeon knife fight sexy woman knife throwing blind man sword duel arrow dagger stick fight woman in bathtub sidekick swordsman director cameo sneakers tower black man lizard shot with an arrow jerusalem archery adventure hero rabbi cameo appearance noose friends who live together archer briton abroad death of family mime reference to abraham lincoln mole anachronism house on fire fair guillotine shot with a bow and arrow man in drag man dressed as woman severed ear flaming arrow song and dance comic hero comic violence catapult fake beard blowing a kiss trailer narrated by percy rodriguez speech impediment taxes lance tights reference to mark twain chastity belt balladeer upside down camera shot long sword 12th century hangman movie reality crossover jewish stereotype saved from hanging singer offscreen minstrel friar musical sequence in non musical work male slaps a male running into a tree cardboard cut out reference to larry king medium breasts quarterstaff portcullis 1190s  (See All)

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Rent (2005)
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Rent (2005)

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

Subgenre:
black comedy epic documentary filmmaking 
Themes:
paranoia robbery fear death friendship drugs christmas drinking drunkenness funeral art theft poverty drug use youth exploitation break up dying homelessness aids drug addiction philosophy regret starvation gay love gay marriage  (See All)
Mood:
rain nightmare 
Locations:
motorcycle restaurant hospital new york city bar snow cemetery bicycle rooftop new mexico fire escape 
Characters:
teacher father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship police homosexual mother son relationship african american friend boyfriend girlfriend relationship singer policeman dancer musician lawyer thief interracial relationship homosexuality jew filmmaker gay relationship lesbian relationship boyfriend boyfriend relationship father in law son in law relationship bar mitzvah homosexual kiss  (See All)
Period:
1980s 1990s year 1989 year 1990 
Story:
pawnshop hypodermic needle injection key subway handcuffs cafe beating fire title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking one word title fight blood female nudity f rated nudity masturbation dog kiss female rear nudity dancing singing lesbian kiss telephone call crying song food drink bare butt tears marijuana neighbor reference to jesus christ guitar manhattan new york city halloween bisexual wine candle video camera drug dealer montage eating cocaine man with glasses coffin roommate graveyard drug addict microphone protest pay phone champagne missing person flowers date gay couple cross dressing graffiti cow heroin power moon riot transvestite eyeglasses tv news waiter answering machine tea drag queen breaking and entering demonstration loss of loved one drug abuse new year's eve rebellion home movie milk celebration promise interracial romance mourning spanish job interview pool table hunger junkie christmas eve balcony songwriter snowing male male kiss passionate kiss sodomy tango world trade center manhattan new york city landlord neighborhood promiscuity vodka female female kiss alley eviction stairway beggar wallet human immunodeficiency virus group therapy rabbi film camera drug deal denial interracial kiss anarchy gay romance coughing mooning transvestism mugging fever marriage engagement first gay sexual experience interracial couple cross dresser reference to james bond pole dancer support group begging garbage can human immunodeficiency virus positive commitment rent spotlight squatter camera focus on female butt dignity bulldog girlfriend girlfriend relationship christmas decorations documentary filmmaker broken engagement hiv positive performance artist automated teller machine saying goodbye freezing condominium pulitzer prize source cat costume pierced nipple drug withdrawal based on stage musical country club shooting up sparkler broke memorial service nursery rhyme school expulsion benefactor new york university skylight tenement lower east side manhattan new york city drug rehab artist's studio glory title sung by character eviction notice bongo drum community center music club santa fe new mexico drumsticks radio city music hall manhattan new york city emotional healing range rover reference to akira kurosawa reference to spike lee man wearing woman's clothing new year's resolution street riot living on the street reference to lenny bruce tent city smack the drug azt diet coke erotic dancer reference to martin heidegger sound equipment la boheme missing person flyer apartment eviction white light plastic bucket life partner m.i.t. scarsdale new york steel barrel  (See All)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)

In the Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a lovely child, Johanna. The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy swallowed arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself tutor of Johanna. He opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film tragedy melodrama gothic horror 
Themes:
psychopath deception wedding revenge murder jealousy incest blackmail unrequited love cannibalism 
Mood:
social satire 
Locations:
london england restaurant sewer 
Characters:
husband wife relationship serial killer killer lust baker 
Period:
19th century 1850s 
Story:
death threat burned alive key child in peril widow rescue corpse surprise ending title spoken by character flashback blood character name in title face slap remake throat slitting child abuse judge trial confession widower person on fire fantasy sequence poison wig murderer whipping dismemberment shaving mass murder gothic lifting someone into the air loss of loved one assault severed hand covered in blood picnic presumed dead corset severed finger underage drinking stabbed in the neck love at first sight blood on shirt young love sailor cane asylum cellar victorian era blood on camera lens villain played by lead actor abuse of power beggar escaped convict body in a trunk infatuation bakery razor wager crushed head guardian righteous rage adopted daughter loss of family trapdoor barbershop social injustice fake accent oven lifting female in air trail of blood protective male sexual predator secret door accomplice based on stage musical name change off screen rape implied rape estranged daughter uxoricide mother figure seaman cockney crushed hand grand guignol madhouse ale twitching protective father meat pie sweeney todd grinder barber chair  (See All)

Oliver! (1968)
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Oliver! (1968)

Musical adaptation of 'Charles Dickens (I)' (qv)'s classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Subgenre:
melodrama 
Themes:
redemption betrayal kidnapping murder love friendship drunkenness dance funeral theft poverty abuse abduction hope homelessness wealth  (See All)
Locations:
london england courtroom rooftop 
Characters:
police chase hostage police family relationships thief waitress boy singer 
Period:
19th century 1830s 
Story:
pickpocket burglary beard child in peril anti hero arrest one word title fight character name in title based on novel dog punctuation in title cleavage orphan child abuse false accusation child coffin search screaming domestic violence exclamation point in title class differences chess runaway blockbuster orphanage compassion social commentary child's point of view butcher sexy woman balcony songwriter injustice cellar owl bandit victorian era jewelry yelling new job forename as title fountain wallet staircase undertaker underworld tavern upper class kindness friends who live together britain rags to riches guardian moustache famous score juvenile delinquency locket bludgeoning street vendor barmaid child labor handkerchief runaway child based on stage musical authority apron cockney crime ring london bridge gang that lives together life of crime trestle spontaneous choreography drawing straws great uncle newsboy cap based on stage musical based on novel gruel  (See All)

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Les Misérables (2012) is one of the best movies like Criminal (2016)
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Les Misérables (2012)

Jean Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.

Subgenre:
suspense melodrama epic historical event 
Themes:
redemption robbery wedding prison betrayal murder suicide ghost drinking humiliation illness falling in love forgiveness self sacrifice police brutality starvation french revolution  (See All)
Mood:
rain tearjerker 
Locations:
church paris france france brothel sewer 
Characters:
father daughter relationship student priest mayor 
Period:
19th century 
Story:
convict no opening credits arrest shot in the chest corpse blood based on novel two word title based on play remake battle secret prostitution orphan army factory ring sacrifice child murder terminal illness law rebellion crush fate dead woman false identity mourning hunger ensemble cast dead boy tragic hero dead woman with eyes open police inspector crowd main character dies assumed identity beggar no title at beginning teasing dying man male protagonist bishop guardian illegitimate child parole stars woman shot heroic bloodshed tuberculosis deathbed cutting hair child killed funeral procession barricade camaraderie dead woman on bed innkeeper based on stage musical death of main character abused child grifter closing eyes of dead person moral choice girl disguised as boy insurrection candlestick dying in someone's arms funeral cortege dead woman carried graft iron gate opening credits one sided love bad parenting wedding crasher fallen woman  (See All)

Mamma Mia! (2008)
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Mamma Mia! (2008)

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
memory wedding money friendship pregnancy drinking drunkenness dance 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
taxi airplane motorcycle church beach new york city bar hotel nightclub rooftop ocean yacht 
Characters:
father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship homosexual friend singer female protagonist dancer musician writer priest single mother older woman younger man relationship 
Story:
passport no opening credits bridge piano photograph flashback f rated nudity male nudity male rear nudity dog sex scene kiss dancing ejaculation singing party punctuation in title crying song title directed by female mirror slow motion scene drink thong bare butt falling from height letter book tears island guitar swimming band woman toilet internet fish drawing bartender limousine binoculars fantasy sequence suitcase flowers scene during end credits diary exclamation point in title pianist split screen closeted homosexual tourist fainting lifting someone into the air title based on song barn overalls architect buttocks blockbuster bride ladder goat earthquake barefoot diving interracial romance hippie greece wedding ring ferry reckless driving wedding reception donkey peasant harbor triple f rated laundry dock sailboat old flame raft mail mailbox illegitimate child music box jumping into water bagpipes bride and groom canceled wedding paternity lifting female in air bridesmaid crossing self girl band biological father mediterranean lifting an adult into the air based on stage musical toilet stall playing against type bachelorette party greek island middle age romance scuba pushed into water air guitar promiscuous past title sung by character engaged couple nubile woman jukebox musical feather boa paddle boat resort hotel swinging on a rope summer romance windchime abba falling through the ceiling flower power reference to aphrodite swim flippers  (See All)

Evita (1996)
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Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film rock musical 
Themes:
death of father wedding fear money murder death politics drinking funeral filmmaking military seduction poverty cancer grief unemployment fashion wealth revolution  (See All)
Mood:
rain breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
bus airplane church restaurant hospital bar train village wheelchair italy spain catholic church theatre performance 
Characters:
husband wife relationship family relationships singer teenage girl prostitute female protagonist dancer photographer actress catholic film director older man younger woman relationship military officer 
Period:
1940s 1950s 1930s 1920s 
Story:
cafe arrest fire shower explosion photograph one word title sex character name in title dancing singing voice over narration crying song horse drink tears jail prayer guitar newspaper opera candle woman montage army politician model radio coffin limousine umbrella tank business president film within a film government class differences riot fame crucifix demonstration watching a movie rebel rebellion railway station parade violin earthquake movie theatre hooker shoes argentina mourning newsreel footage immortality theatre audience choir tour horse and carriage dictator violinist horseback riding revolutionary electricity pope fencing industry hearse rally south america illegitimate child soccer ball rainbow clothing in medias res buenos aires argentina voting movie camera deathbed vice president ballroom radio broadcast social climber glamour fortune dying young dance hall procession reference to benito mussolini operating room marching tear gas based on stage musical political unrest cinderella story military coup political rally rise to power polo reference to franco funeral cortege reference to lauren bacall argentine history singing narrator peronism reference to christian dior lying in state deification  (See All)

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Popeye (1980)
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Popeye (1980)

Buff sailor-man Popeye arrives in an awkward seaside town called Sweethaven. There he meets Wimpy, a hamburger-loving man; Olive Oyl, the soon-to-be love of his life; and Bluto, a huge, mean pirate who's out to make Sweethaven pay for no good reason. Popeye also discovers his long-lost Pappy in the middle of it all, so with a band of his new friends, Popeye heads off to stop Bluto, and he's got the power of spinach, which Popeye detests, to butt Bluto right in the mush. Watch as Popeye mops the floor with punks in a burger joint, stops a greedy tax man, takes down a champion boxer, and even finds abandoned baby Swee'pea. He's strong to the finish 'cause he eats his spinach! (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film slapstick comedy 
Themes:
kidnapping hero 
Locations:
bicycle cave bar brawl fishing village sea battle 
Characters:
tough guy father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship family relationships father son relationship brother sister relationship baby bully 
Story:
underwater scene child in peril disarming someone piano brawl rescue fistfight beating knife explosion one word title fight violence character name in title singing battle bed fighting sword fight old man diner boxing duel suitcase flower animal attack bar fight cannon rowboat absent father sailor insult rescue mission sword duel pipe smoking forename as title dock muscleman strongman horse racing bully comeuppance adventure hero hamburger octopus father son reunion carrot barrel bouquet based on comic strip clairvoyant boarding house broken engagement abandoned baby treasure chest comic hero comic violence engagement party tax periscope pelican thinness lost treasure flowerpot lead actor's first film doorknob picnic basket foundling mumbling jolly roger popeye spinach baby left on doorstep  (See All)

Duck Soup (1933) is one of the best movies like Criminal (2016)
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Duck Soup (1933)

The country of Freedonia is in the middle of a financial crisis and on the brink of revolution. In order to gain a bail-out from the wealthy Mrs Teasdale, the government appoints Rufus T Firefly as its president. However, Mr Firefly shuns the pomp and pretentiousness of government; along with the prudence and rationality of it too. Meanwhile, the neighbouring country of Sylvania is plotting to overthrow Freedonia and sends Pinky and Chicolini to spy on Firefly. War seems inevitable. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film absurdism slapstick comedy political satire madcap comedy 
Themes:
surveillance dance military insanity 
Mood:
satire breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
motorcycle bathtub 
Characters:
warrior soldier tattoo singer dancer 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
burglary espionage mistaken identity anti hero widow spy piano explosion dancing singing song horse mirror face slap battle sword animal in title combat disguise politician man with glasses trial fictional war bath cigar smoking marriage proposal racial slur uniform tank speech government horse riding newspaper headline monkey farce hat elephant impersonation food in title guard absurd humor scissors hit on the head siege tuxedo duck dictator siren irreverence fireman practical joke anti war testimony stock footage treason popcorn dolphin bell ambassador feather bird in title motorcycle cop diplomat tommy gun firecracker top hat motorcycle with a sidecar street vendor card trick fictional country banjo court martial phonograph record horn bombardment diplomacy delinquent fire engine vendor bolt action rifle gala lemonade mousetrap door bell reference to napoleon imitation garden party inauguration peanuts battering ram blow torch scissoring fictitious country sabre skeet shooting doghouse character appears in newspaper mute character oversleeping military dress uniform bugle geofiction head of state thompson sub machine gun two in a bath male slaps a male lemonade stand lighting a cigar mute person quill pen fanfare mythical kingdom sandwich board trading insults animated tattoo marx brothers playing banjo upstart broken electronic works dowager feeling insulted cabinet meeting tricome  (See All)

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lovely gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. (Read More)

Subgenre:
2d animation disney 
Themes:
unlikely hero psychopath surrealism hero seduction racism corruption death of mother unrequited love cruelty prejudice 
Locations:
church paris france france 
Characters:
tough guy soldier bully lust 
Period:
15th century 
Story:
sociopath attempted murder child in peril disarming someone no opening credits showdown fire violence based on novel singing crying horse battle sword falling from height tears combat sword fight false accusation judge puppet attack evil man tough girl horse riding first part rope lifting someone into the air blockbuster skull festival genocide compassion goat anthropomorphism gypsy scene after end credits perversion injustice alienation pigeon surprise after end credits magic trick human monster temptation bully comeuppance bell reluctant hero cartoon violence kindness cathedral part computer animation torment sadistic psychopath hunchback comeuppance lifting female in air title appears in song gargoyle burned at the stake mild violence bell tower ethnic cleansing notre dame cathedral hand puppet ugliness pariah hide swinging on a rope deformed man foundling saved from execution goofy holler run away victor hugo suspected witch bellringer king of fools  (See All)

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The Doors (1991)
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The Doors (1991)

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

Subgenre:
independent film cult film 
Themes:
memory wedding death surrealism drugs jealousy drunkenness art anger drug use insanity celebrity poetry alcoholism drug addiction 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
police car airport taxi airplane beach new york city bar hotel cemetery los angeles california paris france bathtub nightclub desert cave san francisco california new mexico sex in elevator cave art  (See All)
Characters:
professor police father son relationship mother son relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship singer police officer musician actor photographer lawyer artist little girl native american little boy alcoholic witch filmmaker american engineer police arrest japanese american go go dancer cheating on girlfriend  (See All)
Period:
1970s 1960s 1940s year 1969 year 1971 year 1970 year 1967 year 1965 summer of love 
Story:
beard nonlinear timeline sunglasses brawl arrest car accident fire knife flashback blood sex female nudity nudity male nudity female frontal nudity interview two word title dancing singing party panties crying urination watching tv camera sword mask tears rock music marijuana hallucination alcohol reporter candle concert california cocaine rock band judge man with glasses trial bird birthday party bartender theater grave argument drug addict microphone fantasy sequence tent domestic violence rock 'n' roll manager premarital sex stage cinema poet heroin heart attack riot occult captain entertainment reference to adolf hitler tape recorder woman with glasses fame performance guitarist drug abuse watching a movie witchcraft buttocks movie theater rehearsal surfing time audience tv show rock star hitchhiker hitchhiking reality indian full moon drug overdose photo shoot landscape rock concert hippie backstage pet dog newsreel footage headphones drummer miami florida time lapse photography songwriter duck lantern nervous breakdown recording studio casual sex horse and carriage bonfire siren symbolism crowd thanksgiving horseback riding ceremony show breast feeding metaphor snorting cocaine autograph film clip lizard performer reference to the beatles sailboat stewardess stoner making out bearded man lsd stoned host music industry premonition shaman palm tree road accident university student house party tv studio nude with glasses entertainer mugshot admiral heroin addict movie camera counter culture cavern great britain mortality smoking pot rock singer spotlight group name in title drug trip courthouse airliner film school mace sexual intercourse lamb cult figure record producer clouds pagan reference to the rolling stones movement illegal drugs alcohol abuse dying young reference to bob dylan organist reference to friedrich nietzsche reference to jimi hendrix record company dope obscenity cougar heroin addiction psychedelia youth culture shamanism recording session year 1966 underage girl record label technician venice beach california asian american woman lyrics navajo hallucinogen photo session reference to oscar wilde trippy university of california los angeles death valley indecent exposure peyote reference to frederic chopin hallucinogenic drug year 1949 reference to jim morrison acid the drug acid trip drug culture reference to jean luc godard rock club sunset strip tripping television broadcasting pretension 27 year old reference to marcel proust reference to the beach boys west coast reference to arthur rimbaud reference to william blake reference to janis joplin reference to the doors reference to miles davis drug problem light show mace the repellent the doors new haven connecticut reference to bertolt brecht reference to sarah bernhardt psychedelic drug reference to ed sullivan reference to norman mailer bongos blood ritual drunk and disorderly heroin overdose reference to aldous huxley smack boundaries drug habit mind altering drugs reference to honore de balzac roast duck venice beach reference to dennis hopper reference to sonny and cher television smashing drug abuser reference to erich von stroheim reference to john coltrane ed sullivan show heroin user reference to antonin artaud reference to rossini  (See All)

Rocketman (2019)
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Rocketman (2019)

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Subgenre:
black comedy music video gay interest campy biopic 
Themes:
deception wedding escape betrayal friendship surrealism marriage infidelity drugs drinking drunkenness extramarital affair anger divorce loneliness drug use dysfunctional family unfaithfulness faith abuse alcoholism drug addiction near death experience  (See All)
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
airport taxi london england airplane motorcycle restaurant beach new york city bar swimming pool hotel los angeles california nightclub apartment australia england rooftop singing in a car sex in a car  (See All)
Characters:
american in the uk american abroad soldier husband wife relationship family relationships homosexual father son relationship mother son relationship teenager boyfriend girlfriend relationship singer brother brother relationship boy teenage boy gay sex dancer musician gay kiss little boy mother alcoholic homosexuality gay relationship grandmother grandson relationship military officer self loathing homosexual kiss  (See All)
Period:
1970s 1960s year 1969 year 1970 
Story:
cockney accent private jet gurney moral dilemma told in flashback looking at oneself in a mirror van underwater scene ambulance f word piano cafe sunglasses rescue surprise ending title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title flashback kiss dancing singing party based on true story telephone call song urination slow motion scene watching tv drink beer tears rock music hallucination guitar alcohol telephone cleavage gay slur flashlight band concert california mansion montage cocaine suicide attempt toilet cigar smoking drowning racial slur drug addict hotel room costume coming out suburb pop music fantasy sequence audition baseball bat manipulation pianist hairy chest split screen rock 'n' roll manager premarital sex stage character says i love you profanity fireworks pub newspaper headline heart attack freeze frame eyeglasses waiter falling down stairs lgbt what happened to epilogue addiction gay character friendship between men fame hat title based on song cowboy hat caught having sex working class drug abuse hollywood california dysfunctional marriage gay lead character rehearsal phone booth camp composer barefoot male female singer rock star crying man torch pop star orchestra bar fight black woman haircut hippie unfaithful wife hatred son junkie black and white scene time lapse photography school uniform english musical number songwriter mustache tuxedo male male kiss dressing room lens flare recording studio stadium tour ethnic slur meeting punch sports car pipe smoking englishman abroad reference to elvis presley shyness gay man levitation alley cannabis shorts eviction black man suit and tie male friendship autograph jukebox performer reference to the beatles group therapy cheering crowd shoe landlady saxophone music industry ferris wheel hollywood sign epilogue palm tree belief male protagonist pearl necklace based on real person british soldier scarf father son estrangement carousel music gig gay protagonist psychotronic film rise and fall bow tie hedonism ensemble sausage bromance inspired by true events duet volkswagen beetle scottish accent vinyl ends with text envelope drinking alcohol music business abusive relationship scotsman collaboration fairground music producer pinball machine debauchery alias black and white segues into color reference to bob dylan drug rehabilitation record company stage fright name change fans nightclub owner telephone box husband wife estrangement partnership recording session falling into a swimming pool eccentricity flamboyance car phone lyricist volkswagen bus half brother half brother relationship music artist nickname as title record label alleyway prescription drugs signing an autograph record album c word spectacles dancing in the street sham marriage vest music manager reference to liberace sideburns sobriety drug rehab adult lives at home composition music tour rock n roll reading in bed man with a ponytail substance abuse cough numbers suburbia title sung by character musician as protagonist near drowning jukebox musical rehabilitation center ends with real life photos record collection recording artist reference to the beach boys male male relationship shy boy loose woman reference to neil young showbusiness ingenue backup singer hedonist madison square garden mood swing opening credits alcoholics anonymous meeting color segues into black and white record industry flashback montage composing music reading by flashlight reference to neil diamond reference to the los angeles times drug dependency kicked out lp record music review black and white to color pop musical royal albert hall  (See All)

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Main Hoon Na (2004)

When India and Pakistan decide to end their hostilities, there is one army person in India who is unhappy, because of his son's death in the Indo-Pak war. He decides to launch terror attacks and bring an end to peace, and for this purpose he shoots and gravelly injures an Indian army officer. After the death of this officer, Raghavan then decides to do away with the army officer's daughter, Sanjana, who is studying in hostel. Raghavan and his men descend on the hostel and hold over 100 students hostage. There is only one student who can save them, and his name is Ram, he claims he is a student, but is here on a mission - a mission that when told will reveal his real identity and two plans which he must carry out simultaneously. (Read More)

Themes:
terrorism death 
Mood:
parody 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy hostage family relationships friend military officer 
Story:
loss of father undercover mission terrorist chase explosion f rated interview singing title directed by female college joke long take die hard scenario general hand grenade marital separation bullet time terrorist group local blockbuster female teacher pakistan bollywood prom arm wrestling court martial bimbo teacher student romance scarface peacemaker prisoner exchange  (See All)

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Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)
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Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)

During WWII in England, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent to live with Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch. Charlie blackmails Miss Price that if he is to keep her practices a secret, she must give him something, so she takes a bedknob from her late father's bed and places the "famous magic traveling spell" on it, and only Paul can activate it. Their first journey is to a street in London where they meet Emelius Browne, headmaster of Miss Price's witchcraft training correspondence school. Miss Price tells him of a plan to find the magic words for a spell known as Substitutiary Locomotion, which brings inanimate objects to life. This spell will be her work for the war effort. (Read More)

Subgenre:
live action and animation 
Themes:
panic fear death dance magic military anger 
Locations:
submarine london england motorcycle beach small town bicycle village england castle jungle museum train station 
Characters:
german soldier children singer brother brother relationship boy dancer musician priest little girl little boy witch human animal relationship 
Period:
world war two 1940s year 1940 
Story:
cockney accent library punched in the face machine gun fire pistol knife explosion fight dancing singing crying based on book song mirror battle sword letter book rifle bomb running bed british island competition combat orphan soccer flashlight candle old man fish child dream sequence fishing king cigar smoking necklace transformation gunshot binoculars uniform fantasy sequence tent rabbit scream pianist pursuit countryside underwater bear monkey applause rope waiter captain entertainment grenade bow and arrow athlete flying spear performance lifting someone into the air rage elephant magician captive mouse toy enemy witchcraft fraud audience part animation parade colonel full moon anthropomorphism shield explosive invasion anthropomorphic animal evacuation drummer ball con artist laughter lion armor cliff raid sailor trophy pigeon crowd music band poster referee playing cards imprisonment spell aunt magic trick notebook choreography street market bicycling performer gorilla tween girl whistle crown drum medal cottage old lady fortress show business newspaper article bell stretcher megaphone listening to radio metamorphosis unsubtitled foreign language potion palm tree alligator trumpet document experiment gone wrong entertainer octopus cell sorceress pigtails kangaroo apprentice liquid pet cat animal that acts human giraffe lock ballroom vulture hook march street vendor broom retreat scottish cup mace juggling net communication human becoming an animal goal battle axe east indian spectator rascal turban matchmaker leopard longing ostrich vicar kilt oil lamp football match head scarf saxophonist nursery furry part animated lagoon flea market braids model train cheering half dressed cartoon animal groceries shoreline hyena incantation middle age romance flying broom charlatan charm rhino barefoot cartoon animal interdimensional travel peddler chart warthog cartoon reality crossover seahorse hippo clam singing trio parting roar calypso chorine goofy holler wire cutters animal metamorphosis short wave radio finch reference to botticelli deserted house flying bed steel drum partially lost film unnatural experiment  (See All)

Mulan (1998)
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Mulan (1998)

This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts coming of age 2d animation disney based on fairy tale 
Themes:
redemption friendship 
Locations:
china campfire 
Characters:
father daughter relationship friend female protagonist villain 
Story:
loss of father opening action scene disarming someone no opening credits showdown rescue fire knife title spoken by character bare chested male one word title violence fight f rated character name in title dog party based on true story horse sword letter hand to hand combat combat kung fu mountain fish ritual princess training legend dragon tough girl first part fireworks cross dressing bow and arrow heroine lifting someone into the air blockbuster impersonation false identity female warrior explosive sexism bathing family dinner public humiliation female soldier folklore female fighter war hero war violence archery emperor female hero cartoon violence pun luck forgery woman fights a man avalanche bo staff off screen murder gender disguise based on poem cricket boot camp panda flaming arrow matchmaker army life fire breathing dragon wuxia fiction ancient china great wall of china war wound advisor girl disguised as boy woman dressed as a man beacon disney princess nose picking 6th century impersonating a soldier talking dragon 5th century asian dragon  (See All)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)
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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

The Beatles--the world's most famous rock and roll band--travel from their home town of Liverpool to London to perform in a television broadcast. Along the way they must rescue Paul's unconventional grandfather from various misadventures and drummer Ringo goes missing just before the crucial concert. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film documentary style pseudo documentary rock musical 
Themes:
surrealism gambling photography 
Mood:
behind the scenes 
Locations:
london england helicopter train hotel bathtub nightclub police station england train station car thief fire escape 
Characters:
police chase police boy policeman musician director secretary older man younger woman relationship grandfather grandson relationship 
Story:
foot chase aerial shot handcuffs piano arrest rescue chase dancing punctuation in title mirror camera book rock music apostrophe in title british television concert old man disguise four word title rock band hotel room screaming pursuit rock 'n' roll manager schoolgirl cult director class differences pub casino twenty something actor playing himself shaving card game fame title based on song british music magician guitarist english music rehearsal phone booth press conference british rock music club culture clash rock star rock concert construction site backstage drummer makeup card playing english musical number songwriter tuxedo dressing room lens flare field irreverence fast motion scene hiding in a closet cafeteria adolescence autograph performer electric guitar generation gap television show train ride monitor acoustic guitar young man man wearing glasses price of fame intergenerational friendship rock musician the beatles marketing musical performance broken engagement showgirl ensemble film sweater talent agent auto theft photo booth tire fake beard the beatles song drive in classic theatrical agent birdcage liverpudlian television studio bassist bass guitar manhole shaving cream title mentioned in song falling into a hole dart board drum kit train carriage transistor radio man in bathtub fan mail big nose beatlemania television director tripping over screaming fans rubber tire swinging sixties  (See All)

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Chicago (2002)

Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. (Read More)

Themes:
prison murder death dance extramarital affair celebrity execution murder of husband 
Mood:
satire murder trial 
Locations:
restaurant nightclub chicago illinois 
Characters:
police singer musician 
Period:
1920s 20th century 
Story:
prison warden death row female killer eavesdropping interrogation title spoken by character one word title fight f rated nudity sex scene based on true story based on play urination lie place name in title jail reporter newspaper flashlight woman trial femme fatale confession theater audition hanging diary city name in title based on film jazz scandal fame lifting someone into the air blockbuster press conference ambition mechanic cynicism unfaithful wife backstage newsreel footage women's prison rival extortion tango nude woman murdered bribery laundry metaphor show business prosecutor murder by gunshot lesbian subtext publicity tap dancing lifting female in air warden woman kills man ventriloquist marionette woman kills woman perjury vaudeville judicial system lifting an adult into the air based on stage musical defense lawyer judicial judiciary radio broadcasting bad girl execution by hanging faked pregnancy media circus flapper sororicide columnist nude man murdered evidence tampering crooked lawyer chorus girl jazz age faithful husband puppet master unethical doctor crimes of passion based on stage musical based on film prison matron  (See All)

Hair (1979)
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Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film rock musical 
Themes:
wedding money death love friendship drugs pregnancy drinking drunkenness dance drug use falling in love car sex 
Locations:
taxi bus airplane church new york city bar snow desert courtroom gas station military cemetery 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship police homosexual father son relationship mother son relationship african american friend singer policeman dancer reference to god interracial relationship little boy u.s. soldier military police  (See All)
Period:
1960s summer of love 
Story:
mistaken identity subjective camera sunglasses explosion title spoken by character cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title flashback female nudity nudity male nudity bare breasts male frontal nudity masturbation male rear nudity dog dancing male full frontal nudity singing party panties crying song underwear food horse urination slow motion scene drink undressing bare butt vomiting rifle tears running marijuana jail hallucination reference to jesus christ manhattan new york city candle basketball eating white panties judge journey park skinny dipping public nudity microphone puppet protest fantasy sequence cowboy tank flowers american flag hairy chest horse riding class differences trust black american washington d.c. freeze frame pickup truck pot smoking balloon jeep scene during opening credits cowboy hat jail cell demonstration sergeant vietnam war impersonation following someone gas mask haircut face paint u.s. army boxer shorts hippie love at first sight medical examination tuxedo sodomy coin being followed levitation anti war hair set up central park manhattan new york city doubt naivety harmonica falling into water lsd cowboy boots stoned bunk bed chandelier military uniform n word urinating park bench nevada opium military training begging reference to the virgin mary counter culture reference to richard nixon bride and groom political activism loudspeaker oklahoma high society barracks bail vietnamese boot camp necktie manchester england pretending to be someone else hashish socks woman dressed as man phone book poison gas white bra and panties based on stage musical shooting star authority public urination pacifism debutante watchtower duffel bag male with long hair reference to mick jagger military draft hare krishna anti war protest drunk driver reference to lyndon johnson 360 degree well shot reflection in water mounted police draft title sung by character absent without leave black stereotype white house washington d.c. trickster lincoln continental reference to federico fellini african american stereotype pederasty smoking a joint gonorrhea black american stereotype reference to mars the planet bandstand bell bottoms hair clippers reference to the grateful dead security checkpoint switching clothes dancing on a table reference to roman polanski standing on a table interracial affair lawn party blind love military salute peace symbol happening reference to jupiter the planet smoke inhalation blowing smoke rings draft card ex army officer sex harassment u.s. army base reference to little black sambo  (See All)

Aladdin (1992)
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Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her wacky yet estranged father. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp. (Read More)

Subgenre:
2d animation disney based on fairy tale 
Themes:
robbery escape prison hero magic poverty evil first love 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall poetic justice 
Locations:
submarine snow desert city cave 
Characters:
father daughter relationship thief villain thief hero 
Period:
18th century 
Story:
rat mission underwater scene bound and gagged rescue fire chase title spoken by character one word title character name in title based on novel dog kiss dancing singing horse sword jail good versus evil sword fight mountain disguise fish child bird controversy princess drowning transformation smoking microphone actor playing multiple roles cheerleader first part garden fireworks monkey prince chess runaway talking animal lifting someone into the air elephant treasure blockbuster impersonation jumping from height sheep parade apple anthropomorphism guard middle east trapped anthropomorphic animal banana balcony tiger wish parrot wilhelm scream palace camel happy ending sidekick market bread bee young woman lava sorcerer blackboard blizzard hypnotism friends who live together rags to riches final battle crab part computer animation genie young man racial stereotype tailor anachronism staff title appears in song cobra scotsman wish fulfillment fire breathing false name fortune saudi arabia hourglass lifting a female into the air carpet giant snake sultan bare midriff diamond ring sphinx secret laboratory evil sorcerer lamp reference to arnold schwarzenegger flamingo ruby stealing food hookah talking bird rubber duck based on folk tale voice imitation reference to jack nicholson reference to jerry lewis blue skin reference to groucho marx reference to pinocchio aladdin cracker magical lamp stilts pants falling down magical carpet three wishes arabian nights disney princess reference to peter lorre street urchin anthropomorphic bird flying carpet ball and chain reference to casanova reference to robert de niro reference to ed sullivan forbidden city reference to ethel merman toy monkey 1710s reference to cab calloway spiraling eyes reference to dumbo reference to a thousand and one nights reference to rodney dangerfield reflection in an eye genie in a bottle reference to walter brennan  (See All)

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Nine (2009)
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Nine (2009)

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. (Read More)

Themes:
memory infidelity jealousy adultery drinking filmmaking seduction extramarital affair unfaithfulness sexuality fashion writing 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
beach bar train hotel car nightclub italy train station 
Characters:
teacher doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship singer boy prostitute nurse dancer actor photographer writer priest love triangle actress waitress little boy lust teacher student relationship catholic film director  (See All)
Period:
1960s 1920s year 1965 
Story:
underwater scene nonlinear timeline piano sunglasses beating chase photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title flashback sex f rated number in title interview kiss dancing singing leg spreading panties telephone call voice over narration crying song underwear mirror camera drink undressing lie tears running birthday lingerie stripper reporter bra candle band woman suicide attempt child abuse search pantyhose microphone costume striptease fantasy sequence champagne passion convertible pianist pursuit cross film within a film automobile cinema loss of mother based on film cheating wife sexual fantasy eyeglasses italian rope female stockinged legs rome italy group of friends crucifix movie star phone booth press conference cheating husband driving a car womanizer following someone towel haunted by the past imagination pills corset sand movie set medical examination cigarette lighter makeup lipstick film producer screenwriter dead mother sports car promiscuity being followed casting fountain physician stairway autograph corporal punishment legs film camera catholicism paparazzi writer's block film studio fur coat spa circular staircase vatican flash camera spotlight implied nudity glamour showgirl talent agent voice over inner thoughts cardinal the priest sex game media frenzy exhaustion based on stage musical catwalk luxury hotel sidewalk cafe pseudonym scaffold coastline screen test pretending confetti motorscooter screening room costume designer vespa sound stage tambourine cigarette case catacomb film script teddy chorus line feather boa reference to federico fellini swinging on a rope self indulgence cinecitta year 1926 alfa romeo feathers vogue magazine writing in lipstick italian filmmaking eyeliner room key search for meaning sequins based on stage musical based on film film class  (See All)

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The Producers (2005)

New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? Well, there's no accounting for taste... (Read More)

Subgenre:
gay interest slapstick comedy broadway musical 
Themes:
deception prison betrayal money murder death friendship marriage guilt writing cheating 
Locations:
taxi motorcycle new york city courtroom france rooftop usa 
Characters:
german husband wife relationship police mother son relationship friend singer policeman dancer actor actress secretary older woman younger man relationship german soldier self esteem theatre director  (See All)
Period:
world war two 1950s 
Story:
prison guard double cross piano knife photograph fight sex two word title kiss dancing singing party telephone call crying song title directed by female blonde face slap remake shooting book lie beer tears bathroom jail british prayer manhattan new york city newspaper judge bird painter old woman looking at the camera virgin costume liar champagne umbrella audition massage reading court manipulation pianist wig based on film reference to william shakespeare newspaper headline trust transvestite applause drag queen reference to adolf hitler friendship between men helmet happiness hiding fraud rehearsal irish rapist s&m breakfast broken leg celebration buddy backstage partner anxiety theatre audience scene after end credits safe sweden volcano knife fight poland sailor mustache cane pigeon surprise after end credits poster contract accountant hysteria closet swastika central park manhattan new york city scheme postcard neo nazi playwright jury billboard broken mirror rabbi theatre production show business receptionist pocket watch purse hillbilly unhappiness strait jacket rio de janeiro brazil conscience luck times square manhattan new york city broadway manhattan new york city nervousness black cat pillow bronx new york city buenos aires argentina choreographer blanket chrysler building manhattan new york city sausage spotlight motorcycle with a sidecar tap dancing water fountain swedish warden third reich bad luck reference to winston churchill handkerchief gun held to one's head niagara falls verdict crutch crook reference to george washington reference to friedrich nietzsche based on stage musical banner walker german accent standing ovation debutante dishonesty opening night dirty old man costume designer heil hitler reference to queen elizabeth ii contortionist leg in a cast wishing someone good luck reference to julius caesar storm trooper bad taste yodeling irs sex maniac tap dancer gown monocle singing to the camera lederhosen tony award source eighty something pretzel bank check reference to gloria swanson bricklayer hitler spoof set designer chorus girl collie dog new york times the newspaper ball and chain theatre producer conga line doodling stableboy understudy funny nazi reference to a white picket fence reference to ethel merman adding machine alliteration overture reichstag theatre review visor combing one's hair strudel based on stage musical based on film cherokee tribe dairy queen milk maid sing sing prison new york beer stein brown shirt cpa hun leavenworth  (See All)

8 Women (2002)
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8 Women (2002)

One morning at an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season. But there will be no celebration at all because their beloved patriarch has been murdered! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Was it his powerful wife? His spinster sister-in-law? His miserly mother-in-law? Maybe the insolent chambermaid or the loyal housekeeper? Could it possibly have been one of his two young daughters? A surprise visit from the victim's chic sister sends the household into a tizzy, encouraging hysterics, exacerbating rivalries, and encompassing musical interludes. Comedic situations arise with the revelations of dark family secrets. Seduction dances with betrayal. The mystery of the female psyche is revealed. There are eight women and each is a suspect. Each has a motive. Each has a secret. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual, and dangerous...one of them is guilty. Which one is it? (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodrama romantic novel 
Themes:
robbery betrayal money murder death suicide infidelity christmas adultery pregnancy lesbianism drinking drunkenness incest seduction extramarital affair theft dysfunctional family guilt unfaithfulness humiliation greed inheritance  (See All)
Locations:
snow kitchen wheelchair france 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship police family relationships singer brother sister relationship teenage girl prostitute girl policeman dancer sister sister relationship thief maid french daughter ex husband ex wife relationship pregnant woman grandmother granddaughter relationship aunt niece relationship brother in law sister in law relationship mother in law son in law relationship the family  (See All)
Period:
1950s 
Story:
injection key piano shot in the head surprise ending knife cigarette smoking flashback fight sex f rated number in title dog gun kiss dancing singing lesbian kiss panties based on play song digit in title face slap drink secret shooting book lie cleavage mansion woman house white panties scantily clad female confession virgin stabbed in the back screaming reading pianist suspicion sleeping europe cheating wife hate holiday tea medicine catfight red dress cook dysfunctional marriage trapped innocence unfaithful wife father figure card playing sibling rivalry evidence sexy woman deer suspect play room dagger female female kiss adulterous wife teenage pregnancy unhappy marriage promiscuous woman local blockbuster exotic dancer estate unconsciousness blizzard upper class unplanned pregnancy hypocrite family home fingerprint unwed pregnancy girlfriend girlfriend relationship industrialist snowstorm family gathering heart disease chambermaid french countryside hit over the head with a bottle domestic servant book club huis clos family matriarch step sister family patriarch fur stole reference to romy schneider camelia pretty woman  (See All)

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Labyrinth (1986)
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Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film coming of age sword and sorcery steampunk 
Themes:
fear betrayal kidnapping friendship surrealism monster magic anger forgiveness mythology 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
forest woods castle cave campfire storm 
Characters:
father daughter relationship friend teenage girl girl baby crying baby 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
cockney accent electronic music score race against time subjective camera rescue fire title spoken by character photograph one word title dog dancing singing crying song dream mirror urination slow motion scene cat battle sword mask book tears running river good versus evil candle snake child abuse child king creature search journey transformation legend costume puppet tent lightning bracelet ring actor shares first name with character trap brother tied up garden chicken sister rock rope underground quest babysitter helmet lifting someone into the air captive toy giant ladder knight torch clock cannon celebration full moon guard wind thunder bravery fairy pet dog stairs laughter lion lipstick armor growing up wish fortune teller owl weather memory loss spell jewelry struggle gate junkyard maze selfishness wall stepmother beast 16 year old sorcerer bell fantasy world worm metamorphosis female hero missing eyeball troll goblin coward sibling riddle trapdoor the muppets alice in wonderland pit snoring labyrinth sitting crotch shot battle axe crystal ball wish fulfillment masquerade peril morphing bad smell clock tower virtual set lance lifting a male into the air peach fantasy life sentry masked ball actor voicing multiple characters gown masquerade party citadel bog trumpeter door knocker foot bridge bulge revulsion escher stairway actress voicing multiple characters oubliette baby crib pea shooter talking worm  (See All)

La La Land (2016)
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La La Land (2016)

Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. (Read More)

Themes:
memory love surrealism christmas dance filmmaking theatre hollywood 
Locations:
bar swimming pool los angeles california paris france nightclub bicycle elevator outer space singing in a car 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship african american boyfriend girlfriend relationship singer brother sister relationship dancer musician photographer baby writer actress reference to god little girl waitress ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship aunt niece relationship dream girl hispanic american  (See All)
Period:
winter summer 
Story:
raised middle finger looking at oneself in a mirror obscene finger gesture library no opening credits nonlinear timeline piano sunglasses cell phone shower photograph flashback kiss dancing singing party three word title telephone call song mirror slow motion scene computer camera telephone cooking wine band concert video camera apology roommate coffee flash forward theater prologue fired from the job fantasy sequence mini skirt champagne audition passion christmas tree flowers convertible pianist split screen fireworks record player jazz applause listening to music babysitter repetition in title recording vandalism watching a movie hollywood california crying woman movie theater rehearsal audience home movie ambition movie theatre photo shoot backstage movie set drummer surprise pier dressing room lens flare recording studio play bench wedding reception drums coffee shop contract piano player yelling sunset levitation casting mini dress jazz music name calling legs playwright traffic jam theatre production quitting a job whistling pool party short skirt lip synching aspiring actress reference to marilyn monroe car radio woman in a bikini overhead camera shot texting posing hermit keyboard freeway spotlight overhead shot aspiring actor fedora globe christmas decorations skateboarder women's bathroom reference to charlie chaplin golf cart song and dance makeup artist car keys concert tour jazz club waltz alliterative title reference to marlon brando hula hoop jazz musician reference to james dean blowing a kiss jazz band penis slur trumpet player reference to elizabeth taylor reference to humphrey bogart casting director samba honking a car horn kissing in public saxophone player overhearing a conversation woman wearing a red dress woman wearing a towel bigger dreams reference to new york city repeated scene from a different perspective dancing in the street memorabilia bass player meet cute planetarium 360 degree well shot christmas music jumping into a swimming pool one woman show pendulum toy airplane knocking on a window listening to a car radio sad ending chicken as food reference to ingrid bergman spilled coffee playing trumpet reference to george michael reference to louis armstrong shushing spring the season woman wrapped in a towel band tour smoke alarm barista bright color four seasons reference to shirley temple jumping into a river bumping into someone iris shot reference to miles davis snapping fingers reference to goldilocks and the three bears backup singer haberdasher opening credits reference to burt lancaster prius reference to charlie parker reference to joseph campbell stage door unpaid bill car key reference to boston massachusetts reference to china reference to the eiffel tower trombone player griffith park los angeles studio backlot chasing a dream pipe dream reference to richard burton white savior intertitle shows passage of time los angeles skyline upstart fall the season knocking on a car window reference to count basie surrealism sequence biting lip catchy song dancing on the roof of a car griffith observatory honking car horn movie lot reference to kenny g reference to new orleans louisiana scat singing toyota prius  (See All)

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Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film fairy tale 2d animation disney steampunk based on fairy tale 
Themes:
death surrealism marriage dance hero magic obsession unrequited love inheritance regret 
Mood:
rain affection 
Locations:
bar forest snow village france castle 
Characters:
hostage father daughter relationship mother son relationship female protagonist love triangle villain human animal relationship french maid 
Period:
18th century 
Story:
character's point of view camera shot race against time library no opening credits prisoner subjective camera rescue fire fight character name in title dog crying horse mirror battle falling from height book beer tears good versus evil candle four word title dinner animal narration princess transformation duel curse attack reading hairy chest horse riding pig prince tea wolf fireplace heroine egg royalty hunter enemy blockbuster servant sheep clock anthropomorphism inventor pet dog 3 dimensional butler thunderstorm rose disfigurement gadget arrow black magic wilhelm scream bat spell sidekick narrator tower machine selfishness shot with an arrow beast young woman tavern alternative lifestyle infatuation female hero friends who live together raining part computer animation fatal attraction opposites attract male in bathtub magic spell log ballroom dancing sitting stockholm syndrome angry mob title appears in song human becoming an animal curiosity firework candelabra master servant relationship wardrobe lifting a female into the air lifting an adult into the air stove remade animal lover temper sneeze battering ram blonde stereotype belgian count down egotism plate chauvinism animate object rider horse relationship lifting a male into the air magical mirror speciesism teapot girl horse relationship humility hospitality beauty and the beast love for animals animal love candlestick interspecies romance pants falling down feather duster wolf attack disney princess enchanted object unconventional romance teacup imax version shallowness wolves 1740s muscular man mud puddle pendulum clock interspecies relationship white magic beast in title bibliophilia girl riding a horse thumbs up reference to beauty and the beast unconventional relationship interspeciesism man turned into an animal work horse anthropomorphic clock being different human turned into an animal mantle clock talking object anthropomorphic candle anthropomorphic object beast's heart  (See All)

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The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989)

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water fairy tale 2d animation disney based on fairy tale 
Themes:
wedding fear betrayal revenge love friendship surrealism dance magic anger falling in love self sacrifice 
Locations:
beach boat kitchen sea ship castle ocean storm caribbean storm at sea sea food sea storm ship fire sea witch 
Characters:
father daughter relationship family relationships teenager teenage girl female protagonist musician priest sister sister relationship best friend maid witch mermaid evil witch mysterious girl little mermaid 
Period:
19th century 1830s 
Story:
x rayed skeleton mistaken identity danger rescue fire knife explosion title spoken by character fight nudity dog kiss singing three word title mirror battle birthday bed good versus evil cooking concert disguise fish dinner foreign language adaptation bath king princess drowning transformation based on short story statue lightning exploding body sadness first part underwater fireworks sacrifice prince rock rope pirate teen angst destruction dress heroine talking animal scene during opening credits lifting someone into the air royalty witchcraft villainess blockbuster giant chef frog shark bride teenage protagonist animal attack anthropomorphism telescope anthropomorphic animal mute rowboat hypnosis musical number spying young love turtle sailor duck kingdom wish smoke spell contract happy ending sidekick sunset laundry dock scene before opening credits flute legs seagull 16 year old dolphin nude girl unconsciousness bubble bath female hero swimming underwater meat cleaver pipe potion friends who live together final battle crab star crossed lovers rainbow alter ego octopus exploding ship rescue from drowning snail conductor naked barrel wave magic spell shark attack canceled wedding wedding cake fat woman carriage human birds defeat voice deal curiosity seal the animal fork puppet show false name danish struck by lightning jamaican harpoon blowing out candle disobeying orders lifting a female into the air firefly collecting anchor castle thunder clothesline cinderella story super villainess lagoon seashell blue eyes jack in the box mallet evil laughter shrimp sunken ship hans christian andersen seasickness red eyes flamingo lair fake name master of disguise starfish pelican trident talking bird bird attack sea turtle true identity revealed sail wolf whistle whirlpool grotto white hair merman blowing smoke in someone's face redheaded girl talking fish interspecies romance seafood seahorse angry father singing animal bedtime loss of voice disney princess bluebird pinching nose combing someone's hair bitten on the butt flower in hair giantess seashell bikini disguised as human moray eel appearing from water crow's nest lily pad object animal licking someone spiraling eyes talking crab washing oneself broken teeth fiery redhead washer woman blowing a raspberry flattened french chef old english sheepdog becoming human destroying a statue fish tail polyp undersea kingdom  (See All)

A Night At The Opera (1935)
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A Night At The Opera (1935)

The Marx Brothers take on high society. Two lovers who are both in opera are prevented from being together by the man's lack of acceptance as an operatic tenor. Pulling several typical Marx Brothers' stunts, they arrange for the normal tenor to be absent so that the young lover can get his chance.

Subgenre:
slapstick comedy 
Themes:
escape kidnapping unrequited love theatre 
Locations:
restaurant hotel elevator italy baseball fire escape 
Characters:
police singer police officer musician little girl police detective maid mayor 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
beard sabotage mistaken identity fugitive piano arrest dancing singing panties falling from height opera disguise man with glasses cigar smoking park microphone costume clown speech pianist stage cross dressing newspaper headline rope waiter falling down stairs farce rehearsal orchestra celebration whip backstage impostor theatre audience pier dressing room horse and carriage irreverence playing cards contract drag blackout knocked unconscious valet opera singer cruise ship park bench diva suitor new york city new york sheet music stowaway harp opera house ocean liner tenor music conductor serenade radio broadcasting reference to tarzan anvil aviator manicure buffet heckler folk dance contemporary setting playing with food wisecrack comedy rich widow sandbag marx brothers steamer trunk dowager port hole reference to enrico caruso transatlantic voyage  (See All)

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

When four boys in South Park Stan Marsh, Kyle and his stepbrother Ike Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick sees an R-rated movie featuring Canadians "Terrance & Phillip: Asses of Fire", they are pronounced "corrupted", and Kyle's mom Sheila with the rest of the parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada for World War 3! It's all up to Stan, Kyle and Cartman to save Terrence and Phillip before Satan and his lover Saddam Hussein from Hell rules the world and it'll be the end of the whole world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film computer animation political satire adult animation cut out animation 
Themes:
death friendship suicide military corruption celebrity execution apocalypse devil sex obsession 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
airplane canada usa 
Characters:
soldier homosexual boy teacher student relationship canadian gay relationship self referential self righteousness 
Story:
x rayed skeleton shot in the forehead f word blood splatter shot to death fire explosion cigarette smoking violence sequel dog gun watching tv computer battle falling from height vomiting gay slur clitoris child abuse fictional war controversy gunshot smoking based on tv series stabbed in the back person on fire written and directed by cast member actor playing multiple roles death of child tank american flag film within a film profanity handgun bullet hollywood california flatulence watching television movie theatre censorship hypocrisy misunderstanding falling to death tv plane prophecy reference to satan heaven disembowelment cartoon insult abusive father rescue mission gunfire swearing surprise after end credits atheist gay man returning character killed off medical mask surgical mask vomit telling someone to shut up elementary school dental mask harmonica cigarette electric shock strong language altered version of studio logo flame air raid racial stereotype reference to bill clinton electric chair sexual obsession blasphemy trench shock humor microwave oven child swearing cigar lucifer sex addict satan studio logo segues into film pc topical humor scapegoat overprotective mother backflip hookah reference to barbra streisand friends who hate each other mount rushmore overweight child reference to bill gates puke cartoon nudity saying i love you teleprompter puking visions of hell saved from execution american canadian relations male slaps female moral crusade lighting a fart personal responsibility funny devil skeleton visible during electrocution twisted version of current world reference to alanis morissette reference to conan o'brien south park colorado  (See All)

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Oliver & Company (1988) is one of the best movies like Criminal (2016)
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Oliver & Company (1988)

Inspired by Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". A homeless kitten named Oliver, roams the streets of New York, where he is taken in by a gang of homeless mutts who survive by stealing from others. During one of these criminal acts, Oliver meets a wealthy young girl named Jenny Foxworth. This meeting will forever change his life. (Read More)

Subgenre:
2d animation disney 
Themes:
psychopath kidnapping 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
motorcycle new york city boat urban setting city 
Characters:
girl villain 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
attempted murder underwater scene no opening credits subway criminal character name in title based on novel dog cat birthday swimming drowning smoking ampersand in title talking animal blockbuster visit thunderstorm opening a door male name in title loan shark male protagonist friends who live together part computer animation hobo talking dog dog movie bulldog hit by a train poodle chihuahua talking cat great dane animal protagonist maturity stealing food wharf petty thief terrier doberman pinscher hudson bay  (See All)

Devdas (2002)
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Devdas (2002)

The son of Zamindar Narayan Mukherjee, Devdas (Shahrukh Khan) was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He grew up in the lush village of Taj Sonapur, where he spent his childhood, indulged by his lovely playmate Paro (Aishwarya). They grew up sharing a special relationship, in which they existed only to each other. Oblivious of all the differences of status and background, a bond that would never break grew between them. Slowly, it changed to love but it was still unsaid. But the reverie was broken when his family sent Devdas to London for education. Paro's world crashed knowing that her Devdas would be gone and she lit a diya, for it signified the fast coming back of her loved one. Years passed and Devdas returned. Devdas was besotted by her stunning beauty and longed to have her back. But Zamindar Narayan Mukherjee (Vijay Crishna), Devdas' father, met Paro's mother Sumitra's (Kiran Kher) marriage proposal with condescending arrogance. It caused a rift between the families and even though Devdas tried to convince his father, only antagonism came his way. Finally, he moved away from Paro and wrote a letter to her, asking her to forget him. Only, he didn't realize that he would never be able to forget her ever! And much later, when he reached out to her, it was too late as she was far too humiliated. She scorned him for not standing by her and they parted forever with a heart-broken Paro entering into a chaste marriage with a wealthy, much older man, Zamindar Bhuvan (Vijayen… (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedy melodrama 
Themes:
death of father wedding betrayal death love friendship marriage jealousy pregnancy drinking drunkenness dance anger theft guilt insanity grief humiliation illness unrequited love alcoholism dying vengeance prejudice wealth first love  (See All)
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
london england train boat water india brothel 
Characters:
doctor mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships father son relationship mother son relationship friend singer brother brother relationship boy brother sister relationship prostitute girl dancer priest lawyer thief love triangle actress alcoholic older man younger woman relationship muslim father grandmother grandson relationship self destructiveness brother in law sister in law relationship mother in law daughter in law relationship stepmother stepdaughter relationship stepmother stepson relationship mother in law son in law relationship death of hero self pity in love  (See All)
Story:
arson death of husband subjective camera piano beating fire cigarette smoking one word title blood flashback character name in title based on novel dancing singing voice over narration crying song mirror face slap remake slow motion scene drink letter lie tears running neighbor prostitution hallucination candle mansion montage suicide attempt apology bird ritual journey drowning binoculars widower liar lightning bracelet tragic event sacrifice class differences moon terminal illness chess destiny falling down stairs medicine listening to music recording servant forbidden love womanizer home honor celebration thunder arranged marriage attempted suicide drummer card playing death of protagonist discrimination voice over letter insult lantern horse and carriage landlord aristocrat pipe smoking palace drums jewelry fountain female bonding stairway friendship between women hindu coughing upper class goddess broken heart vanity tragic love feet death of title character bride and groom famous line remarriage loveless marriage childhood sweetheart father in law daughter in law relationship spoiled brat horse drawn carriage keys body painting cigarette holder manor house courtesan binge drinking asian indian caning orchard sister in law sister in law relationship illegitimacy prodigal son wealthy family fly the insect fidelity coming home kolkata caste system last rites water pipe knighthood pyromania classism pearls family disapproval soil sedan chair calcutta india surrogate daughter chalice opera glasses conch drinking binge paper flower surrogate sister unconsummated marriage breaking glass bottle wedding procession arithmetic water jug  (See All)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Lorelei and Dorothy are just "Two Little Girls from Little Rock", lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way, even though "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Based on the Broadway musical based on the novel. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance wedding money love friendship marriage drinking seduction theft greed wealth 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
taxi driver airport taxi new york city swimming pool hotel paris france nightclub courtroom ship pennsylvania 
Characters:
father son relationship friend singer boy detective dancer thief love triangle 
Story:
photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male based on novel kiss dancing singing song blonde drink lie montage dinner man with glasses trial marriage proposal liar court hairy chest wig private detective claim in title athlete farce tape recorder impersonation swimsuit brooklyn new york city orchestra goat burglar diamond backstage millionaire shopping pier dressing room engagement ring drugged drink male objectification eiffel tower paris accordion tennessee jewel gymnastics tycoon precocious child wedding cake gold digger customs showgirl selfish woman bechdel test failed atlantic ocean double standard jumping on a bed tiara gymnast based on stage musical coney island brooklyn new york city ocean liner sidewalk cafe blonde stereotype python precociousness animate object female chauvinism blonde wig cynic female chauvinist cheesecake jeweler olympic athlete fortune hunter accordion player shopping spree surveillance device maitre d' sherry luxury liner ship crew bermuda palm beach florida rubbing noses laryngitis diamond mine passenger ship little rock arkansas ocean crossing port hole based on stage musical based on novel reference to tiffany's  (See All)

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The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)
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The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

Begins when an opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy so she and her friend leave. The girl is able to sing lead one night but the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost demands they keep giving his protege lead roles. Meanwhile, His pupil falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with Christine, his student. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this dastardly plan? (Read More)

Subgenre:
gothic horror 
Themes:
kidnapping murder death hero obsession unrequited love theatre 
Locations:
snow cemetery paris france wheelchair rooftop 
Characters:
singer dancer musician 
Period:
19th century 1910s 1870s 
Story:
told in flashback product placement key no opening credits fire explosion title spoken by character flashback based on novel dancing singing voice over narration horse mirror face slap remake slow motion scene sword mask opera candle sword fight foreign language adaptation graveyard costume ring stage underwater rope heroine gothic fainting lifting someone into the air torch backstage theatre audience rose black and white disfigurement dressing room horse and carriage auction chandelier opera singer disfigured face masked villain flashback within a flashback breaking a mirror ballroom tragic villain black and white segues into color chorus red rose carrying someone based on stage musical year 1919 falling chandelier theatre box stagehand secret lair color segues into black and white through the mirror based on stage musical based on novel  (See All)

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Corpse Bride (2005)

Set back in the late 1800s in a Victorian village, a man and woman by the names of Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot are betrothed because the Everglots need the money or else they'll be living on the streets and the Van Dorts want to be high in society. But when things go wrong at the wedding rehearsal, Victor goes into the woods to practice his vows. Just as soon as he gets them right, he finds himself married to Emily, the corpse bride. While Victoria waits on the other side, there's a rich newcomer that may take Victor's place. So two brides, one groom, who will Victor pick? (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film stop motion stop motion animation dark fantasy puppet animation gothic horror 
Themes:
wedding money revenge surrealism ghost jealousy anger abuse afterlife beyond death 
Locations:
church woods 
Characters:
zombie villain 
Period:
19th century 
Story:
piano corpse fire title spoken by character dog sword painting wine candle poison evil man skeleton europe undead hate gothic spider gossip bride arranged marriage hatred resurrection butler fat man wedding ring abusive father horse and carriage arrogance torso cut in half dead dog living dead fencing underworld worm eyeball meat cleaver groom disembodied head maggot musket stuttering clumsiness ex wife horror for children proposal abusive mother snob decomposing body angry disembodied hand interrupted wedding folk tale poisoned bad temper ex husband scared reunited family black widow hot temper angry father branch anger issues fishmonger angry mother abusive parents refusing to believe hateful  (See All)

Om Shanti Om (2007)
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Om Shanti Om (2007)

Om Prakash Makhija is a Junior Artist in the 1970's hindi film industry, who is in love with actress Shantipriya. Om rescues Shanti from a fire scene where the fire has escaped control, and they become friends. His hopes seems to be coming true, but shortly thereafter he finds out that she is married to a film producer, Mukesh Mehra, and is expecting his child. He then watches in horror as Mukesh, after luring her in an abandoned studio, sets it on fire to prevent a financial loss and protect his career. Om attempts to rescue her in vain, and he eventually is killed. 30 years later, Om has reincarnated as the only son of a Bollywood actor, Rajesh Kapoor, and is himself an actor. His memories start to return when he meets with his widowed mother, Bela, from his previous birth. He also meets with Mukesh and together they decide to make a movie 'Om Shanti Om'. Om then hires a look-alike of Shantipriya, and hopes to force a confession out of Mukesh - but things go awry and Om finds his life endangered once again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodrama 
Themes:
betrayal revenge death love ghost filmmaking hero grief unrequited love 
Mood:
rain spoof parody 
Locations:
motorcycle 
Characters:
father son relationship mother son relationship friend actor actress best friend villain secretary film director pregnant wife 
Period:
1970s 2000s 
Story:
stuffed animal eavesdropping rescue fire surprise ending explosion blood f rated character name in title party song title directed by female camera hit by a car audition actor playing multiple roles speech film within a film murderer actor playing himself heroine repetition in title impersonation movie theatre reincarnation award film set film producer film industry actress playing multiple roles bandit heartbreak homage dual role film projector cameo appearance acceptance chandelier mumbai india phobia rebirth award ceremony aspiring actor film star coconut set on fire superhero costume repeated event film reel film premiere meta film mad woman secret marriage bimbo death by fire burqa film extra rescued from a fire burnt building makeup room  (See All)

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Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
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Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

Elwood, the now lone "Blues Brother" finally released from prison, is once again enlisted by Sister Mary Stigmata in her latest crusade to raise funds for a children's hospital. Once again hitting the road to re-unite the band and win the big prize at the New Orleans Battle of the Bands, Elwood is pursued cross-country by the cops, led by Cabel the Curtis' son (and Elwood's step-brother), the Russian Mafia, and a militia group. On his new "mission from God" Elwood enlists the help of a young orphan, and a strip club bartender. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film based on sketch comedy 
Themes:
prison dance 
Locations:
road trip chicago illinois strip club road movie 
Characters:
husband wife relationship police brother brother relationship police officer russian mafia 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
release from prison pickpocket mission sunglasses fire chase character name in title sequel nun bartender based on tv series fbi on the road death of brother pursuit henchman actor playing himself mobster orphanage buddy choir voodoo louisiana wallet militia crash loan deputy comeback blues music mentor protege relationship surrogate father illegitimate son highway travel soul music revival anti fascism sequel with unusual number battle of the bands anti racism jukebox musical buying a car custodian racist organization tent revival music agent band the musical group  (See All)

An American Tail (1986)
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An American Tail (1986)

Fievel is a young Russian mouse separated from his parents on the way to America, a land they think is without cats. When he arrives alone in the New World, he keeps up hope, searching for his family, making new friends, and running and dodging the cats he thought he'd be rid off.

Themes:
escape murder hero anger mafia 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
new york city storm sewer sea monster 
Characters:
russian mother daughter relationship family relationships father son relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship singer brother sister relationship baby jewish bully jew mayor russian jew killer cat 
Period:
19th century 1880s 
Story:
beard rat criminal piano fire kiss three word title crying cat good versus evil survival orphan band gang disguise bath cigar smoking immigration pop music reunion first part record player henchman card game poker cop talking animal hong kong mouse loss of loved one fraud classical music irish violin apple anthropomorphism whiskey anti semitism flood imagination invasion soap nostalgia italian american impostor anthropomorphic animal love at first sight despair drummer lost thunderstorm con artist outlaw mustache pigeon smoke coin separation accountant street gang cockroach accordion alarm seagull bubble bath razor cheese rally teeth slingshot knitting scolding statue of liberty gang leader barrel beret noise top hat ticket duet bird cage angry shakespearean quotation waves goon nose chorus confidence clarinet tenor castle thunder speech impediment soprano seasickness sweatshop grandma hanukkah bad temper grandparent half dressed cartoon animal secret revealed master of disguise balladeer bowler hat anthropomorphic mouse roller skate true identity revealed grandpa growling sobbing tuba cat versus mouse barefoot cartoon animal pogrom bubbles cossack hiccup mocking evil cat right hand man irish immigrant poker chip anger issues ears fake nose reference to shakespeare's twelfth night boat dock cat attack scally cap baritone loss of family member gang boss roaring anger anonymous babushka fake ears knit cap american tail purring  (See All)

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Sholay (1975)

Sholay means embers in Hindi. In this particular movie, a Police Officer, who's family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh, decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai and Veeru to capture Gabbar. He approaches them in jail, puts the proposal in front of them, and they agree to bring in Gabbar Singh alive - for a hefty price. After their discharge from jail, they travel by train to the village where the Police Officer lives - now with only his widowed daughter-in-law. The three band together to fight one of the most elusive and dreaded bandits of all time. Will the two ex-cons be able to bring Gabbar alive to the Police Officer? (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts cult film tragedy epic 
Themes:
escape prison kidnapping revenge grief vengeance murder of family prison escape 
Locations:
motorcycle train village 
Characters:
tough guy police police officer best friend police shootout self justice 
Story:
shootout fire one word title violence flashback blood fight karate death of child freeze frame rage loss of friend temple buddy horse and carriage symbolism bandit local blockbuster harmonica judo russian roulette death of family loss of family famous line motorcycle with a sidecar fragments of glass bounty catch phrase film with ambiguous title chatting holi arm amputation jailer mouth organ harmonica player coin tossing curry western charlie chaplin look alike  (See All)

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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

The movie tells the story of rock singer "Pink" who is sitting in his hotel room in Los Angeles, burnt out from the music business and only able to perform on stage with the help of drugs. Based on the 1979 double album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, the film begins in Pink's youth where he is crushed by the love of his mother. Several years later, he is punished by the teachers in school because he is starting to write poems. He slowly begins to build a wall around himself to be protected from the world outside. The film shows all this in massive and epic pictures until the very end where he tears down the wall and breaks free. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film adult animation rock musical 
Themes:
death of father wedding surrealism drugs rape adultery depression insanity grief poetry police brutality 
Mood:
gore nightmare avant garde 
Locations:
train school swimming pool hotel car los angeles california england catholic church train tunnel 
Characters:
teacher doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship self mutilation 
Period:
world war two 
Story:
loss of father rat nonlinear timeline fire violence flashback blood sex male nudity telephone call watching tv cat mask rock music hallucination color in title television name in title judge trial racial slur puppet fantasy sequence prank court cross isolation sadness flower riot shaving destruction bullet hammer part animation rock star remote control rock concert playground hippie animated sequence backstage bigotry cartoon on tv corporal punishment skinhead very little dialogue female genitalia wall neo nazi psychedelic megaphone scorpion worm part live action air raid british renaissance angst groupie misery group name in title some scenes animated looting brick conformity gallows leaf midnight movie anti social anti conformity progressive rock part animated neo nazism anti fascism overprotective mother psychological torment dead rat phallus traumatic childhood anti racism meat grinder anti authority based on album hallucinogenic drug rock opera jukebox musical window smashing genital monster genitals insane man kangaroo court pink floyd animated segments phantasmagoria abusive teacher anti nazism body shaving talking vagina television smashing talking anus  (See All)

Hairspray (2007)
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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:
friendship drinking dance racism dysfunctional family cheating 
Mood:
behind the scenes high school 
Locations:
police car bus bar school school bus 
Characters:
teacher father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship police mother son relationship african american friend singer brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy female protagonist police officer nurse student policeman dancer best friend religious fundamentalist  (See All)
Period:
1960s year 1962 
Story:
rat news report no opening credits title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking one word title f rated kiss dancing singing party telephone call crying song food remake watching tv drink tears running classroom television newspaper flashlight eating false accusation microphone protest audition scene during end credits tied up class fireworks newspaper headline black american record player applause rope tv news race relations fainting demonstration communist agent flatulence tv show female tied up gas mask civil rights interracial romance switchblade nostalgia obesity backstage love at first sight dressing room alarm clock music band underdog hair crown beauty pageant billboard blackboard teenage daughter tv studio beauty salon teenage crush garbage truck racial tension ironing baltimore maryland detention march fat woman record store protestor title appears in song music store dance contest phonograph record racial segregation tv camera clothes line fat suit social change marching tiara bomb shelter based on stage musical doughnut fat girl instructor pageant theatrical agent candy bar protest sign washing clothes blonde stereotype flasher reference to j. edgar hoover boys' bathroom memorabilia overprotective parent woman played by man dress shop reference to doris day hiding in a car trunk placard tv show host girls' bathroom hair spray shoeshine newspaper boy ironing board tv cameraman civil rights era tony award source chemistry class racial integration reference to jackie kennedy fitting room turkey baster girl tied up fad laundress black white friendship gorilla mask reference to gina lollobrigida whoopee cushion physical education class novelty shop p.e. class shoeshine man  (See All)

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
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Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

Holden and Skylar are in love with each other. Skylar lives with a large and extended family on Manhattan. Her parents, Bob and Steffi have been married to each other for many years. Joe, a friend of theirs, who has a daughter, DJ, with Steffi. After yet another relationship, Joe is alone again. He flees to Venice, and meets Von, and makes her believe that he is the man of her dreams. However, their happiness is fake all the way, and she returns to her previous husband. Steffi spends her time with charity work, and manages to break up Skylars and Holdens relation when she introduces Skylar to a released jailbird, Charles Ferry. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film 
Themes:
redemption robbery infidelity christmas ghost adultery extramarital affair divorce dysfunctional family unfaithfulness wealth 
Locations:
taxi driver airport restaurant hospital new york city paris france urban setting 
Characters:
father daughter relationship family relationships father son relationship teenage girl dancer actor maid ex husband ex wife relationship chinese american stepbrother stepsister relationship german american 
Period:
winter 
Story:
mistaken identity flashback singing song manhattan new york city halloween marriage proposal written and directed by cast member ex convict waiter reference to adolf hitler tourist jogging christmas eve engagement lingerie slip atheist engagement ring thanksgiving trick or treating stepfather x ray escaped convict venice italy autumn stable funeral home wake opposites attract unwanted kiss liberal canal jewelry store broken engagement ensemble film senility jumping rope gondola reference to napoleon reference to edgar allan poe diamond ring peephole half brother half sister relationship reference to vincent van gogh jeweler parolee central park fancy restaurant racehorse jukebox musical rap concert reference to gustav mahler reference to william faulkner upper east side manhattan new york city reference to noel coward gondolier reference to helen of troy reference to kirk douglas reference to bernardo bertolucci white lingerie slip  (See All)

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Pk (2014)

P. K. is a comedy of ideas about a stranger in the city, who asks questions that no one has asked before. They are innocent, child-like questions, but they bring about catastrophic answers. People who are set in their ways for generations, are forced to reappraise their world when they see it from PK's innocent eyes. In the process PK makes loyal friends and powerful foes. Mends broken lives and angers the establishment. P. K.'s childlike curiosity transforms into a spiritual odyssey for him and millions of others. The film is an ambitious and uniquely original exploration of complex philosophies. It is also a simple and humane tale of love, laughter and letting-go. Finally, it is a moving saga about a friendship between strangers from worlds apart. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Themes:
love friendship religion theft homelessness religious faith 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
church restaurant train desert bicycle apartment police station city india brothel train station sex in a car 
Characters:
father daughter relationship prostitute alien student policeman thief love triangle muslim self injury 
Story:
hit by a truck nickname laptop arrest nudity male nudity dancing telephone call voice over narration urination written by director condom letter reporter journalist cult radio spaceship journey marriage proposal necklace prank tv news tape recorder helmet ice cream temple blockbuster stranger indian remote control breakup research misunderstanding bribe fat man laughter superstition belief in god musical number voice over letter wedding dress society puppy holding hands telepathy heartbreak hindu tv reporter listening to a radio alien contact tv interview internet chat sociology mind reading chance meeting sleeping on a couch motor scooter tv station reference to mahatma gandhi boom box railroad track asian indian public urination unspoken love letting go new delhi india male alien interfaith romance wrong number alien starship indian abroad bicycle lock letter in title missing person flyer crash helmet jilted at the altar two on a motor scooter  (See All)

Peter Pan (1953)
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Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Subgenre:
coming of age 2d animation disney swashbuckler 
Themes:
kidnapping friendship surrealism jealousy hero magic anger childhood mythology 
Locations:
london england boat sea england cave jungle city of children 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships father son relationship mother son relationship children brother brother relationship boy brother sister relationship girl little girl native american little boy mermaid 
Period:
1900s 
Story:
big ben london attempted murder rescue title spoken by character fight character name in title based on novel dog based on play dream sword bed island good versus evil orphan sword fight map journey cigar smoking princess duel umbrella rabbit first part waterfall bear monkey pirate captain flying wound lifting someone into the air blockbuster impersonation teddy bear clock explosive fairy child protagonist shadow pipe smoking nanny motherhood timebomb fox narrator dual role crocodile hideout boy with glasses seagull cloud fantasy world friends who live together altered version of studio logo sky outlaw gang racial stereotype raccoon hook pirate ship rhinoceros skunk hippopotamus rotoscoping chief hook for hand animal costume cannonball pirate captain thermometer tinker bell swallowed whole captain hook flying boy secret hideout walking the plank gang that lives together magical world maturation hook for a hand goofy holler hair covering breasts never neverland seashell bikini magical dust flying boat scene at a window crowing flying girl delayed gravity  (See All)

The Meaning Of Life (1983)
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The Meaning Of Life (1983)

Why are we here, what's it all about? The Monty Python-team is trying to sort out the most important question on Earth: what is the meaning of life? They do so by exploring the various stages of life, starting with birth. A doctor seems more interested in his equipment than in delivering the baby or caring for the mother, a Roman Catholic couple have quite a lot of children because 'every sperm is sacred'. In the growing and learning part of life, catholic schoolboys attend a rather strange church service and ditto sex education lesson. Onto war, where an officer's plan to attack is thwarted by his underlings wanting to celebrate his birthday and an officer's leg is bitten off by presumably an African tiger. At middle age a couple orders 'philosophy' at a restaurant, after which the film continues with live organ transplants. The autumn years are played in a restaurant, which, after being treated to the song 'Isn't It Awfully Nice to Have a Penis?' by an entertainer, sees the arrival of an extremely fat man. He can eat a lot, but also throw up quite copiously. The Grim Reaper brings for the final stage of human life, death, a visit to a mansion, where the people are rather interested in him. But life doesn't stop at death. It's onto heaven, where it's always Christmas. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film sketch comedy absurdism medical british comedy gross out comedy based on sketch comedy 
Themes:
death surrealism christmas religion pregnancy sexuality philosophy 
Mood:
gore satire breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
church restaurant hospital england africa space 
Characters:
doctor 
Period:
1980s 19th century 1910s 20th century 1870s 
Story:
no opening credits blood splatter title spoken by character violence blood female nudity food vomiting fish cult controversy latex gloves sperm written and directed by cast member actor playing multiple roles long take exploding body world war one battlefield birth part animation black humor absurd humor anti semitism obesity aquarium heaven musical number irreverence teaching episodic structure comedy team comedy troupe sex education transvestism rugby british renaissance grim reaper gross out humor sexual innuendo boot camp falling off a cliff meaning of life french accent salmon emaciation birth control fat suit operating room safari cult movie cast gluttony trailer narrated by percy rodriguez organ donation jumping off a building animal costume inside joke monty python zulu fat joke sex lesson crazy humour bucket on head twisted version of current world  (See All)

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The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
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The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. (Read More)

Subgenre:
allegory 
Themes:
escape friendship dance magic dysfunctional family guilt abduction courage 
Locations:
forest snow bicycle village farm road trip castle walled city 
Characters:
hostage husband wife relationship singer witch uncle niece relationship aunt niece relationship coroner evil witch girl and her dog 
Story:
crushed to death child in peril axe rescue fire title spoken by character dog singing crying song dream horse cat secret falling from height good versus evil disguise tree person on fire threat flower monkey runaway talking animal quest fainting lifting someone into the air witchcraft villainess home compassion animal attack clock guard dwarf innocence impostor pet dog wizard award lion jumping through a window heart death of sister dungeon snowing secret identity fortune teller brain adolescent crow aunt levitation gate fireball farmhouse tween girl medal hot dog tornado shoe cornfield unconsciousness fantasy world chandelier scarecrow hot air balloon beauty salon bechdel test passed reference to abraham lincoln kansas pigtails recluse locked in a room intellectual doorman voyage magic spell curtain broom cowardice bubble crystal ball falling asleep niece homesickness hourglass basket rich snob alternate universe talking to a dog deus ex machina it was all a dream pleading wizard of oz crossroads little person pet owner relationship charlatan drawbridge reference to julius caesar farm hand apple tree green skin reference to cleopatra cyclone animate tree death certificate diploma owner dog relationship waving haunted forest reference to isis tin man small dog talking tree facade slipper woodsman reference to the egyptian god osiris accidental hero broomstick omaha nebraska home sweet home pigsty bucket of water flying monkey imaginary land magical shoe good witch skywriting floating head loyal dog anthropomorphic tree melting woman oil can poppy field flying witch honorary degree ruby slippers  (See All)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) is one of the best movies like Criminal (2016)
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it.

Subgenre:
independent film steampunk steampunk comedy 
Themes:
kidnapping surrealism magic theft 
Locations:
beach car boat england castle cave wonder car 
Characters:
professor soldier family relationships children singer single father 
Period:
1910s 
Story:
spy shotgun based on novel dog dancing singing song birthday birthday party puppet factory umbrella automobile chicken europe flying balloon cage repetition in title toy rebellion picnic cannon haircut telescope inventor dynamite gadget rocket candy junkyard vacuum cleaner tween girl cattle kidnapper heiress vehicle child kidnapping windmill famous score admiral cavalry spring lifting person in air noise top hat hook net gadgetry hut suit of armor gadget car horn shackles baron floating flying car hidden door bamboo german accent blond children's book zeppelin evil laugh jack in the box pie in the face transmitter ramp flying machine toy maker monarch rube goldberg machine propeller trap door ejector seat amphibious vehicle 70mm film butterfly net fast motion row boat jalopy story in story breakfast machine english lord leaky roof chute clowning thrown overboard reference to marconi  (See All)

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city's drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. But her affections are also coveted by the club's patron: the Duke. A dangerous love triangle ensues as Satine and Christian attempt to fight all odds to stay together but a force that not even love can conquer is taking its toll on Satine... (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedy 
Themes:
surrealism rape jealousy dance seduction poetry dying freedom writing narcolepsy 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
paris france nightclub apartment france india 
Characters:
writer death of girlfriend french maid writer hero 
Period:
19th century 1900s 1890s 
Story:
death threat told in flashback mistaken identity attempted murder no opening credits title spoken by character flashback fight gun punctuation in title dream rock music prostitution color in title woman dinner theater pop music moaning attempted rape exclamation point in title schoolgirl stage acting poet typewriter terminal illness crying man reverse footage schoolgirl uniform tango eiffel tower paris true love playwright writer's block altered version of studio logo windmill in medias res tuberculosis anachronism suitor liberty woman moaning moaning woman duke bohemian turn of the century dance hall maid uniform woman in uniform courtesan fat suit investor rich snob absinthe death of main character doomed romance victorian age play within film postmodernism parallel story indian music jukebox musical red curtain victorian fashion cancan dance two suitors cancan heroine dies play director moulin rouge la boheme cough foreshadows death dying in arms of lover orpheus and eurydice  (See All)

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