Same Theme-Different Mood Movie Pairs

These are movie pairings that have similar story lines, but which have been told in very different moods.
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1.
High Noon (1952)
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A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ One man against a band of outlaws. Chicken *beep* civilians won't help. Citizens aren't punished. ” - troyspears
 
2.
High Plains Drifter (1973)
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A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way. (105 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ One man against a band of outlaws. Chicken *beep* civilians won't help. Citizens are punished. ” - troyspears
 
3.
Equus (1977)
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A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses. (137 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Psychiatrist lured into patient's grotesque delusion. ” - troyspears
 
4.
Don Juan DeMarco (1994)
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A psychiatrist must cure a young patient that presents himself as Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world. (97 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Leven
“ Psychiatrist lured into patient's romantic delusion. ” - troyspears
 
5.
Groundhog Day (1993)
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A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Guy gets to relive and change his life until he gets it right. ” - troyspears
 
6.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
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Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
“ Guy gets to relive and change his life until it's irreparable. ” - troyspears
 
7.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
“ Individualist falls into regimented society, inspires fellows, and gets clobbered. But the story is retold over and over. ” - troyspears
 
8.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
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Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner. (108 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Individualist falls into regimented society, inspires fellows, and gets clobbered. ” - troyspears
 
9.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Individualist falls into regimented society, inspires fellows, and gets clobbered. But one of his inspired gets free. ” - troyspears
 
10.
Ink (2009)
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A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares. (107 mins.)
Director: Jamin Winans
“ Child snatched into spirit world. Father has to save child. Father rescues child and himself. ” - troyspears
 
11.
Insidious (2010)
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A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Child snatched into spirit world. Father has to save child. Father rescues child and loses himself. ” - troyspears
 
12.
Black Snake Moan (2006)
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A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it. (116 mins.)
Director: Craig Brewer
“ Guy decides to save a girl from her sexual acting out. Darkly comic. ” - troyspears
 
13.
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
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On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. (110 mins.)
Director: Jake Scott
“ Guy decides to save a girl from her sexual acting out. Dramatic. ” - troyspears
 
14.
The Emerald Forest (1985)
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After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him. (114 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Outsider gets adopted by loving aborigines, falls in love, corporate forces encroach on idyllic primitives. ” - troyspears
 
15.
Avatar (2009)
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Outsider gets adopted by loving aborigines, falls in love, corporate forces encroach on idyllic primitives. ” - troyspears
 
16.
Magic (1978)
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A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart. (107 mins.)
“ Introvert and his doll descend into madness. ” - troyspears
 
17.
May (2002)
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A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
“ Introvert breaks doll and goes mad. Stark raving introvert makes a more hideous doll. ” - troyspears
 
18.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ Introvert and his doll climb out of madness. ” - troyspears
 
19.
Boogie Nights (1997)
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The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
“ Dramatic treatment of sex industry. No redemption shown. ” - troyspears
 
20.
Magic Mike (2012)
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A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. (110 mins.)
“ Comic treatment of sex industry. A hint of hope. ” - troyspears
 
21.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Pair of outcast tweens fall in love and launch into wilderness. Comic. ” - troyspears
 
22.
Standing Up (2013)
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Two kids befriend each other after being left stripped nude in a lake as the victims of an immature summer camp prank. They run away from camp and for three days learn more about each other than they've ever known before. (93 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
“ Pair of outcast tweens launch into the wilderness and fall in love. Dramatic. ” - troyspears
 
23.
Chocolat (2000)
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A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. (121 mins.)
“ Aesthetic moves into moralistic community and inspires the locals to enjoy life. Moral leader and jealous husband take aim. Celebration of eating. ” - troyspears
 
24.
As It Is in Heaven (2004)
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A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland... (133 mins.)
Director: Kay Pollak
“ Aesthetic moves into moralistic community and inspires the locals to enjoy life. Moral leader and jealous husband take aim. Celebration of music. ” - troyspears
 
25.
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
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An old Cuban fisherman's dry spell is broken when he hooks a gigantic fish that drags him out to sea. Based on Ernest Hemingway's story. (86 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Alone with a gamefish in the ocean. ” - troyspears
 
26.
Life of Pi (2012)
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A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Alone with a tiger in the ocean. ” - troyspears
 
27.
All Is Lost (2013)
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After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. (106 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
“ Alone in the ocean. ” - troyspears
 
28.
Gravity (2013)
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A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ Alone in space. ” - troyspears
 
29.
That Touch of Mink (1962)
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A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save her virginity for marriage. (99 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
“ Rich bachelor enlists a working woman purportedly to act as his wife to help him land business deals. Bachelor really wants sex, but woman wants marriage. Romance ensues. ” - troyspears
 
30.
Pretty Woman (1990)
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A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love. (119 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ Rich bachelor enlists prostitute to act as his wife to help him land business deals. Woman falls in love, but man doesn't want romantic entanglement. Romance ensues. ” - troyspears
 
31.
Secretary (2002)
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A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one. (104 mins.)
“ Sadistic boss explores his secretary's willingness to be his submissive. Romance follows. ” - troyspears
 
32.
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
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Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey. (125 mins.)
“ Sadistic boss explores his secretary's willingness to be his submissive. ” - troyspears
 
33.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
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A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view. (116 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ Headstrong, irreverent teacher leads a gang of students into taking bigger risks, but a tragedy results from a student's misconduct. ” - troyspears
 
34.
Cracks (2009)
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A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school. (104 mins.)
Director: Jordan Scott
“ Headstrong, irreverent teacher leads a gang of students into taking bigger risks, but a tragedy results from the teacher's misconduct. ” - troyspears
 
35.
Addams Family Values (1993)
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A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love. (94 mins.)
“ Troubled children sent to camp for rehabilitation, but the kids take matters into their own hands. Comic. ” - troyspears
 
36.
Boot Camp (2008)
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A group of at-risk teens are sent to a what they think is a rehabilitation program on Fiji, but it's really a prison-like camp where kids are abused and brainwashed. (99 mins.)
“ Troubled children sent to camp for rehabilitation, but the kids take matters into their own hands. Dramatic. ” - troyspears