10 Movies Like Silver Linings Playbook

February 13, 2013 at 2:58 am

10 Movies Like Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook was one of the best movies of 2012.  It’s just a shame I didn’t get a chance to see it early enough to include it in my final 2012 movie rankings. Regardless, there is already a place reserved for the Blu Ray when it’s released.  Right next to the movies mentioned below.  Emotional dramas.  Character driven stories.  Human tales.  Highly entertaining movies that blend romance with personal growth seamlessly.

Movies that won the critical praise of fans and the Academy.  Silver Linings Playbook is nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture.  Combined the 10 films below share 52 Oscar Nominations and 15 wins.  7 out of 10 were nominated for Best Picture.

Odds are, one or two of your personal favorites are among these films if you loved Silver Linings Playbook.  Basically what I’m trying to say is…  It’s one of my favorite shelves.

HONORABLE MENTION: The Pursuit of Happyness, Juno, Stranger Than Fiction, The Blind Side

PATCH ADAMS

Equal parts funny and tragic.  This true story is full of moments that touch your heart.

The 71st Academy Awards:

Nominated for: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score

ALMOST FAMOUS

Cameron Crowe made a career out of making movies like Silver Linings Playbook.  They aren’t all mega hits but there are two that I adore and Almost Famous is one of them.

The 73rd Academy Awards:

  • Best Original Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (x2), Best Film Editing

GARDEN STATE

From a screenwriting perspective, this movie really hit home when I saw it.  I love the tone of the film and the way it’s paced.  I’ve been developing a script for a little less than a year I describe as ‘my Garden State’.  Seems a bit odd to call it that on a list full of Oscar winners but I loved this movie.

THE DESCENDANTS

Another man who makes his living writing movies like Silver Linings Playbook is Alexander Payne.

The 84th Academy Awards:

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Editing

SIDEWAYS

Alexander Payne again.

“I am NOT drinking any f@$king merlot!”

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The 77th Academy Awards:

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress

LOST IN TRANSLATION

A charming tale from Sophia Coppola.

The 76th Academy Awards:

  • Best Original Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

One of Jack Nicholson’s finest performances also happens to be one of Helen Hunt’s as well.  Both come together in a brilliant story about love and the inspiration it ignites.

The 70th Academy Awards:

  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay

JERRY MAGUIRE

Cameron Crowe again.  When it comes to writing great characters, Mr. Crowe has the quan.

The 69th Academy Awards:

  • Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay

FORREST GUMP

Easily one of the best dramas of all time.  Forrest Gump simultaneously captures your imagination and your heart as you follow him on an unbelievable journey.

The 67th Academy Awards:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor, Art Direction, Cinematography, Makeup, Original Music Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

GOOD WILL HUNTING

Gus Van Sant.  Another phenomenal director who creates fantastic dramas.  Good Will Hunting continually inspires the screenwriter in me whenever I see it.  (Which is at least twice a year.  At least.)

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The 70th Academy Awards:

  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Original Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Song

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Eric’s Top 10 Films of 2012

January 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

Eric's Top 10 Movies of 2012

List by Eric Gamache

I’ve known Eric a long time and always look forward to his best of lists.  Most of the time our lists are very different but this year there were many we agreed on.  Over the years, he’s introduced me to countless classics I may have missed and I’ve grown to truly respect his taste in movies.

Here they are his favorites of 2012:

10. SKYFALL

9. ARGO

8. LOOPER

7. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

6. DJANGO UNCHAINED

5. THE MASTER

4. ZERO DARK THIRTY

3. LINCOLN

2. MOONRISE KINGDOM

1. AMOUR

XTRA | Four movies he missed: Anna Karinina, Cloud Atlas, Flight, The Impossible

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Check out my 9 part recap of 2012 including my favorites of the year here.

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Eric's Top 10 Movies of 2012

Top 10 Movies I Missed In 2012

January 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Top 10 Movies I Missed In 2012

YOU CAN’T SEE THEM ALL…

There is always a lengthy list of movies I just couldn’t find the time to see at year’s end.  This year’s big misses is pretty depressing as several are Oscar contenders.  Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up before Oscar time but it doesn’t seem likely.  So these 10 movies are officially the ones that got away.  Delayed until I’m able to rent them on quiet afternoons.  It’s unfortunate but completely unavoidable.

The Top 10 Movies I missed in 2012:

PROMISED LAND

ROBOT & FRANK

AMOUR

WRECK-IT RALPH

LES MISERABLES

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

FLIGHT

CLOUD ATLAS

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

LINCOLN

What movies did you regret missing in 2012?

Note: I didn’t include Django Unchained or Zero Dark Thirty because I’m planning on seeing them as soon as possible.  Hopefully before I post my favorite films of 2012.

Top 10 Movies I Missed In 2012

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