Find Books and Movies By Plot

Fiction Menu is a site that lets you search for books and movies by plot details. The methodology is very unscientific, so it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to find a book you half remember reading as a child. Really, it lets you search other people’s descriptions of recommended books and vote their description up and down. The descriptions vary in quality. Here’s the description for Crime and Punishment:

A poor student kills an old woman, money-lender. But money is not the only stimulus. The murder is grounded on the student’s theory of morality.

Wow. Not much to go on.

Still, it’s a great idea. If the site takes off it could become incredibly useful.

Edit to add:

The original site has been discontinued and replaced with this one!

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  1. Science fiction.
    Book 1 – written by an author that also wrote some star wars stories. Series of books. Main characters are cat-like, and it is another universe. 1980’s
    Book 2 – main character rabbits, male, likes to “mate”. Another universe, some space travel, kind of funny at times. Main rabbit character thinks alot of himself. 1980’s
    Both animal like characters are not typical, more “human-like” in physical appearance, but still have aloof traits as their animal.

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  2. looking for the name of a black & white movie saw when i was a kid, it gave me nightmares!i don’t know the actors nor if it’s sci-fi or horror.
    i did remember that trees were alive/able to move, spraying an acid or a poisonous sap that blinded someone. the end was the trees were killed on an electric fence.
    this damn movie gave me terrible nightmares i never saw the beginning but saw the end only. it was in the 70’s on regular tv

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  3. PLEASE HELP! I’m looking for a book I read about a year ago and can’t remember the title or author (although think he was German or Russian) It’s about a man who is a member of the nobility (maybe a prince) who gets obsessed with this really meek and mild woman. He goes to see her father to ask him for her hand but he’s an insane brute and throws him out. He marries her and she is extremely hostile to him. She takes a lover behind his back, he finds out and has him shot. They have a baby together and she kills the baby and blames the nanny and forces him to go along with this story. Eventually, he locks her in this windowless room and leaves her to die, while she’s in this room he defecates on her and tries to rape her (nice man) Anyway, he leaves her locked in there and feels guilty but is too scared to unlock the door. She haunts him and he drifts into insanity and then at the end they fall in love and they’re having sex (although it seems he’s actually having sex with her corpse) It’s a brilliant book and I have to know what it is. Please help.

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  4. name of the french movie where the hero is blind & is married to a nurse & has a daughter & later regains his sight & has an affair with another women.

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  5. I am trying to find the title to this movie, it aired on the Lifetime movie channel in the late 90’s. Here is how it goes: A young couple are married and learn they are going to have a baby boy, only he dies soon after birth. Devistated they move to a new house to start over fresh, but the house is haunted by the spirit of a young boy, it starts off all innocent with just little disturbances here and there, but soon escalates to where the ghost boy thinks the woman is his mom. In the end the husband leaves and the woman sets the house on fire and stays to be with the ghost child. If anyone can please tell me what this movie is called or who is in it that would be awesome!

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  6. i’m looking for a movie from my parents time. where a man dies and tells his wife he’s leaving her a fortune. after endless hunting she realizes it is a stamp worth 2 million, which she then encashes.

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  7. im trying to find a book about a boy and girl. He’s poor and lives alone with his mother or father and they start dating then he gets accused o vandalising the highschool gym.

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  8. im trying to find this book also. a collection of stories for teens.one of the stories is about a goth girl who goes to her sisters wedding and has to dress normally. she meet a boy there.after the wedding is over the sister gives her a dog collar.the boy and girl bump into each other in the hall way and they are both dressed gothic.

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  9. I’m hoping to discover the title of a movie I watched several years ago on cable, so that I can rent/purchase a copy.
    The story was of a small-town military veteran/hero, who returns home and receives a grand welcome as well as a bucket full of coins (quarters?). Later, his home is invaded by several thieves who torture him in order to learn the location of the money. He refuses to talk, and they feed his hand into a running garbage disposal.
    His wife and child enter, she tells the thieves what they want to know, and then of course the crooks shoot all three to eliminate witnesses. He survives, but the wife and child do not. The remainder of the movie is classic action/adventure lore of the (now) one-handed guy tracking down the thieves and exacting revenge. As I remember, some of the story is set in Mexico.
    Any help appreciated,
    Martin

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  10. I read this book. its young adult realistic fiction. Its about a boy being accused of his girlfriends rape. When it was really his friends. I read it along time ago and would love to know the title!

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  11. im not sure if this is a real movie, or a book, and i only remember the ending. the main character, who has been chased the whole movie, but gangsters or something of the sort, ends up trapped on the roof and has no choice but to jump to avoid being captured and falls thorough a glass ceiling and lands on a mat in a grand ballroom at an elaborate party that was planned by his family/friends.

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  12. I am looking for a movie, I believe was made in Australia about 20 years ago, I believe. A very wealthy (and very homely) young woman marries a handsome, unscrupulous man…who obviously marries her for her money. He plots to kill her and thus, get everything. I believe they are boating and he pushes her overboard to crocodiles who maul her. She is found by an older man or couple and nursed back to health in a hospital, getting plastic surgery from a handsome Dr. who inadvertantly makes her exceptionally beautiful. She plots to RETURN to her “husband” , make him fall in love with her (which she does) and in the end, reveals to him who she really is. It’s a great movie!!!! Anyone seen it???

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  13. i can only remember bits and pieces of the book but very basically it is about a red headed boy who somehow ends up in a monestry with vivid detail about building churches. the boys mother is a witch who puts a curse on a man when he marries a woman her son wants to be with. she has an affair with the son and ends up pregnant to him and is outcast by her husband as the church she gives birth in burns to the ground.

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  14. I am looking for a TV movie (could be a pilot) I watched before 1990. The main actor who is in his 20’s is a architect in a US city. He gets an assignment to renovate a hotel in Europe maybe London He has the ability to talk with ghost but is in denial. The ghost want him to stop a serial kill who is killing children. The police think he knows to many details and hold him then they believe. He helps catch the killer. In the end you find out that the main go between for the ghost is near death and needs a replacement to help them find justice.

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  15. I saw a futuristic movie where civilians in the UK attacked the military. A woman is holding a daughter who is shot in the eye. She gives the daughter to the soldiers who take her away in a copter. The Wall goes up. 30 years later the one eyed girl is a major in the army. There is an epidemic and she is tasked with a team to go outside the wall and find a cure from a Dr. MaCane. They are attacked by the survivors outside who are a wild lot and eat humans. One of the soldiers gets eaten by them.The one eyed girl is captured and taken to Saul their leader who beats her. She escapes with the daughter of MaCane who promises to help her find MaCane. She catches up with two of the soldiers and they all escape on a train. I stopped watching then. Can anyone help me with the title? Dey.

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  16. I am looking for the name of a movie/book it was in the 70s or 80s its about a mansion that repairs itself by taking the life out of the people living in it.

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  17. HI!
    IM LOOKING FOR A MOVIE WHICH WAS PROBABLY FROM THE 90s. ITS ABOUT A GIRL WHO GOES TO A FORTUNE TELLER AND IS TOLD THE NAME OF A GUY SHE WILL MARRY. SHE THEN SEARCHES EVERYWHERE FOR HIM AND THERES A LOT OF GUYS WHO JUST SAY THATS THEIR NAME BUT IT ACTUALLY ISNT. AT THE END IT TURNS OUT THAT HER BROTHER/FRIEND TOLD THE FORTUNE TELLER TO SAY THAT TO HER AND HE DOESNT EXIST.

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  18. I’m trying to find a book about a young girl who works in her abusive father’s candy shop with her mother. She sneaks out at night, because her room is hot at night and she’s not allowed to keep her windows opened, and goes to help an old, fat man at his news paper stand on the beach. She is bullied by a group of guys, and has a small crush on a guy from school, who plays baseball. She’s caught by her father sneaking out one night and it results with them on the roof and him falling off and then later going to jail.
    I had read it multiple times through out my middle school/junior high years. It was about 8 or so years ago.

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  19. I’m trying to remeber the nam of the following film: Black and white British comedy, perhaps 1940s, set in large rambling mansion, where an imperious great-aunt type lady spends all her time in a sedan chair on the landing, imagining that she is travelling all over the world..Any help would be most appreciated.
    Pamela

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  20. Hi Kasia,
    The movie you’re looking for is Only You with Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei. I know you can get the disc on Netflix. I’ve also seen it at Redbox lately. Cute film. Enjoy!

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  21. I’m looking for a frank sinatra movie where he was always saying “post time” and then would have a drink. He lost the love of his life because of this.

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  22. Trying to find title of book about 4 women who start walking after one of them breaks down and cries. They walk a long time. The book title I think has – Gathering White Snow and maybe the words Dancing and Elegant

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  23. Thanks so much Lindsay!
    As soon as you said Robert Downey Jr I’m thinking oh my god I could see his face in my head but he was so much younger and looked less rough I didn’t even realise it was him haha.
    Thanks again!

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  24. Courtney Burton (August 21, 2010)
    the movie is called the Nanny or something along those lines and it stars Scarlett Johansen and Paul Giamatti

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  25. I read a book that revolves around a Dragon.. Some witch has created a Golden Dragon which kills all the other dragons…But in some far land a small dragon has been living and it’s coming out of that island…So there starts the story fight between the two dragons and finally the fight between the dragons happens in the himalayas….And humans also help the dragon to win the golden dragon…I have read the book in 2003…

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  26. I need help. I need the name of this Christmas film. I recorded a Christmas film in the UK during the weeks leading up to Dec 25 2009. And then I deleted it. Doh!
    Set in NYC, late 60s or early 70s, with 2 main characters. One is a single parent female dreading the cost of the Christmas for her son and a crombie attired aging millionaire who wants to give his fortune away to the general republic in the form of dollar bills.
    The 2 meet and he turns out to be the female’s dad. Christmas is solved!

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  27. I looking for a movie name wife affair with her boyfriend in office and husband catch both in boyfriends boat, after wife gone wrong way to justify her self but in end she was return with her husband

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  28. I am looking for a book by a male author, a young adult spy thriller type book. It was about a boy whose father had a brilliant idea for a computer but someone stole it and marketed the game first. The boy gets involved with the stealer and some strange spy stuff; he meets a quirky young spy not much older than him. In the end the boy is captured by the stealer who forces him to play a real live version of the computer game, during which he is almost eaten by crocodile (or alligator?). He’s then sort of rescued by the quirky young spy and another girl spy. I think it’s a series, and I’ve read the first two, I think…

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  29. I’m looking for book, its an Black Romance novel about A guy (I want to say he’s a businessman of sorts, all I know is he has money) who needs someone to pretend to be his wife (I can’t remember why). He meets this woman who I think runs a community center or something similar and who is in need of money to keep it running. He offers her money to pretend to be his wife. They intentionally learn alot about each other, he changes the way she dresses all to make it look real. Eventually they fall for each other. I wish I had more info about it. I thought I had a name of one of the characters but it was for a different book

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  30. hi,
    i’v been racking my brain now for the past 6 years trying to work out this book, so il be able to get it again, please help.
    i thought it was a point horror unleashed but have done tons of research but no luck.
    anyway plot, its about a girl who lives with her aunt and cousin and by night she’s a vampire hunter but shes not human either im not sure if shes a self hating vampire or just blessed with supernatural skills, anyway she rides a motorbike, and she used to be part of a supernatural gang but she left them for some reason but she used to lead it, she has to go back to ask for help cos of some blue light/energy thing that they have to stop otherwise something will happen to the world (maybe evil rising or something). she has to be acsepted (sp?) back into the group but the leader is someone she doesnt get along with, but in the end she ends up being able to see into his mind and him into hers and then they’r like soul mates, meant to be, the other members of the group are young ranging from 5-18 i think and they all have different powers anyway this blue thing they think is one thing is actually being controlled by a little girl who doesnt even realise so they have to kidnap her, they later return her with no consequences they get oneof the younger members of the group to take her back, so noones suspicious. i also think the main male character in the group is called morgate or morage but other than that no idea.
    please help

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  31. hey i really need help finding the name of this movie its about this little gril named hope who get killed my someoneon this cetin date and every year on that day someone dies and hope the girl who died well her best friend sees every one who dies on that day and helps find who killed her friend pleaase help

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  32. A book series where three childhood friends (boys) make a blood pact and bring a demon named twist to their reality. Every so many years they must return to their home town to stop twist from bringing total distruction. There is a ghost like guide and they all have individual abilities. As well there are female counter parts with similar abilities for which they each fall in love with. Please I desperately need to find this title, It I believe is paranormal romance I may be wrong.

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  33. I am looking for title of movie about a new teacher, her 1st placement is in an inner-city community building, not a school. She paints and cleans the room herself. She keeps after school board and finally gets books and a piano. She takes one of the kids home with her to live with her family. He husband volunteers to coach the kids. It’s not Freedom Fighters. I want to share it with a wonderful teacher I know. Thanks.

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  34. Movie starts with an old man giving a screenplay/book idea to another man. Old man dies and the other man writes the book as his own. The book recalls a murder that really happened and this guy who plagiarized the book is investigated. The old man was really a younger man in diguise, and he set up the guy who plagiarized the book. HELP.

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  35. Im look ing for a movie i havent seen but i saw the trailer: this girl who studies witchcraft and after school some bunch of students(classmates) play some mean joke and end up killing her by accident. the next day the classmates are afraid the police will find out but right when class starts the girl that was supposely killed came to school looking like a super model and she starts tracking each of her killers down, i dont remember if she kills them since i just saw the trailer

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  36. I looking for a book about an Indian woman that is pregnant and gets kidnapped and gets scared by buffalo. This takes place when the buffalo roamed. The baby was born with buffalo humps and is about his life and struggles.

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  37. I’m looking for a late50’s to early 60’s Sci-Fi Horror movie. I group of astronaunts are sent to mars to pick up survivors of a crashed alien spacecraft. They find one survivor, a female and set back for earth. She kills all the men on the ship and was going to kill the only woman but she scratched her and she dies. However she left some eggs all over the ship. It was a great movie and i’d love to see it again. had a strong plot and the special effects where not that bad.

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  38. i am looking for a book in which this girl and her young brother are out gathering herbs and return to find their village razed and so they begin a journey to a kingdom in which their ancestors was driven out by the current kings family but her ancestors drew their powers from the kingdom and as they draw closer to the kingdom her powers get stronger and as she tries to hide it the king becomes entranced with her and then she and her brother gets kidnapped and taken to a strong hold in which she finds a servant who helps them to escape and make their way back to the kingdom

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  39. For Phil re: post of 6/11/2008
    I believe the movie you are thinking of is called Freejack, starring Emilio Estevez as a race car driver and Rene Russo as his girlfriend. An “accident” claims Estevez life, but he is actually transported to a post apocalyptic future. The link below is for the IMDB page about the film if you want to check it out.
    Jeff
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104299/

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  40. I’m looking for the title of a book I read in school.
    It is set in the 19th Century in a little village and when an illness becomes rife and there is no cure it is then revealed the village is not real. It’s in a museum. The real time is actually the 20th Century. The adults had signed up to live here and knew what was going on but the children that had been born there believed they lived in the 1800’s. One girl is told all about and is forced to sneak out into the unknown modern world to find the cure as the museum owners will not help them. It’s a strange book but would really love to re-read it now I’m older. It was about 2003 I read it.

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  41. the name of a movie about a boy who runs track and field,
    he has a breathing problem, he has to cross the border to see his dad, he lives with his mom, he has to go to group therapy, that is where he meets a girl, the go to a game or something and she gets raped or molested by his brother and his brothers friend, she was drink too, then later he finds out that his brother has to run against him in his next race, there dad asks him to throw the race, he doesn’t and before the race he sleeps with the girl

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  42. i’m trying to remember the name of a movie with a boy who runs track and filed,
    he has a breathing problem, he has to cross the border to see his dad, he lives with his mom, he has to go to group therapy, that is where he meets a girl, the go to a game or something and she gets raped or molested by his brother and his brothers friend, she was drink too, then later he finds out that his brother has to run against him in his next race, there dad asks him to throw the race, he doesn’t and before the race he sleeps with the girl

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  43. I’m looking for a movie that’s about a woman who teams up with someone to kill her husband. After the person injects the husband with a type of drug, the husband is pronounced dead and the woman stays with all his money. But the drug they used only worked for so long and after the autopsy, the husband wakes up and goes to his home to get revege on his wife. He tortures her in the basement. I know the actress’s, who plays the wife, name starts with a “C” and she looks like Anna Nicole Smith, alittle bit.

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  44. thriller from 80’s or so.depressed man was stopped in the street by misterious man.after asking him why he feels down,mistery man promises help and new life by offering him hunting job in africa.desperate man agrees.he was taken to luxury villa and met with another elite group but very misterious.one day he was looking for something in the basement and discovered something that changes the movie.he found glass containers with human heads in it.he just realized that he is about to be hunted.his depression turns into fight for survival and he gets away.the hunting party starts.

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  45. A movie set in africa with two larger than average lions that are eating people who are building the rail road a white engineer trys to kill the lions before the lions kill them

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  46. Hi I’m looking for a name of a movie where 2 women go out looking for men at a club, they find some and bring them home but in the morning they try to pay the men thinking they are prostitutes, which they aren’t. One girl is rich, the other is an author and they live together in a mansion. They go find the 2 guys they slept with so that the rich/shy girl could practice having sex to get better at it. In the end, they fall in love with the partner they chose to have sex with.

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  47. I’m looking for a book about a young girl who can read the thoughts of this black wolf. They can both understand each other and from what I can remember the girl follows the wolf somewhere. A battle was fought I think… and the girl ends up being a princess. I love this book but I don’t remember much of it… Please someone help me!! (8

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