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21 (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 (2008)

Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack. Intrigued by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using their skills of code talk and hand signals, they have Ben make hundreds of thousands of dollars in winning blackjack at casino after casino. Ben only wants to make enough money for the tuition to Harvard and then back out. But as fellow card counter, Jill Taylor, predicts, Ben becomes corrupted by greed and his arrogance at winning which lets his feelings get in the way, and it also puts Professor Rosa, as well as the group, on the radar of a brutal casino security enforcer, named Cole Williams, who holds a personal grudge of some kind against Rosa which threatens to undo everything the students have learned and earned. (Read More)

Themes:robotics,  technology,  surveillance,  money,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:airport,  bicycle,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:professor,  thief,  student
Story:harvard,  massachusetts institute of technology,  gambling casino,  card counting,  harvard university,  cambridge massachusetts,  boston massachusetts,  surveillance footage,  casino,  video surveillance,  surveillance camera,  airplane ticket,  airplane trip,  money falling through the air,  hidden money,  high roller,  life savings,  nude statue,  hidden loot,  las vegas strip,  cheating at cards,  turning the tables,  internal revenue service,  chips,  salesclerk,  tax evasion,  signal,  trippy,  pension,  hands,  medical school,  mathematician,  alias,  job promotion,  clothing store,  face,  fake moustache,  rise and fall,  blackjack,  camera phone,  reference to google,  metal detector,  code,  massachusetts,  scholarship,  restroom,  close up,  lecture,  loss of job,  burglary,  retirement,  assault,  las vegas nevada,  premarital sex,  contest,  ring,  fired from the job,  library,  limousine,  strip club,  birthday party,  double cross,  gambling,  nonlinear timeline,  security guard,  subway,  widow,  basketball,  disguise,  single mother,  bedroom,  competition,  robot,  bed,  best friend,  beer,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  digit in title,  beating,  based on book,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  number in title

Self/less (2015)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Themes:betrayal,  money,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:professor
Story:trippy,  camera phone,  reference to google,  retirement,  premarital sex,  limousine,  double cross,  security guard,  widow,  basketball,  single mother,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  mother son relationship

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Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  surveillance,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  camera phone,  metal detector,  premarital sex,  fired from the job,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  security guard,  subway,  basketball,  beer,  slow motion scene,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase

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

War Dogs (2016)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:airport,  bicycle,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Story:casino,  las vegas nevada,  premarital sex,  fired from the job,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  security guard,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  beating,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character

Masterminds (2016) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Masterminds (2016)

David Ghantt discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash...only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney, and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  money,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:airport,  bicycle,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:surveillance footage,  surveillance camera,  hands,  metal detector,  fired from the job,  double cross,  security guard,  disguise,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  chase,  mother son relationship

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The Score (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Score (2001)

Nick Wells, a professional criminal, decides to leave the business for good, since he nearly got caught on his last job. His plan is to live in peace with his girl Diane, running his Montreal jazz club. Soon afterward, Max, his good friend and financial partner, comes along with an offer Nick can't refuse: A historical and priceless French scepter has been discovered while being smuggled into the country. It is now under massive surveillance in the Montreal Customs House, and soon to be returned to France. Nick has to team up with Max's man inside, the young, talented and aggressive thief Jack Teller to get the precious item. Only one question remains: Who will trick whom out of their share? This is why The Score (2001) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money
Locations:airport,  nightclub
Characters:thief
Story:surveillance camera,  metal detector,  code,  burglary,  double cross,  security guard,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:professor,  student
Story:boston massachusetts,  video surveillance,  surveillance camera,  harvard,  code,  double cross,  airplane,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:bar
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  boston massachusetts,  surveillance footage,  massachusetts,  double cross,  security guard,  beer,  slow motion scene,  beating,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character

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Dracula 2000 (2000) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:airport
Characters:professor,  thief
Story:burglary,  premarital sex,  library,  double cross,  security guard,  disguise,  bedroom,  bed,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  surprise ending,  chase,  number in title

The Recruit (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Recruit (2003)

In an era when the country's first line of defense, intelligence, is more important than ever, this story opens the CIA's infamous closed doors and gives an insider's view into the Agency: how trainees are recruited, how they are prepared for the spy game, and what they learn to survive. James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country - and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Agency's secret training ground, where green recruits are molded into seasoned veterans. As Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game, James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him for a special assignment to root out a mole. As the suspense builds toward a gripping climax, it soon becomes clear that the CIA's old maxims are true: "trust no one" and "nothing is what it seems." (Read More)

Themes:technology,  surveillance,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bicycle,  nightclub,  bar
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  cambridge massachusetts,  boston massachusetts,  video surveillance,  code,  assault,  gambling,  disguise,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase

Nothing To Lose (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Nothing To Lose (1997)

When a man (Robbins) believes he has discovered that his wife is having an affair with his boss, it sets off a chain reaction of events. First he wanders into a ghetto where a robber (Lawrence) tries to take his money at gunpoint, but instead sets a wild ride from California to Arizona. The two eventually become reluctant friends. Discussing robbery techniques, they decide to get back at the boss by robbing an office safe containing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Life is further complicated by another pair of robbers who chase the first two for infringing on their territory. This is why Nothing To Lose (1997) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  money,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:burglary,  premarital sex,  limousine,  strip club,  security guard,  surprise ending,  chase,  mother son relationship

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Wild Card (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:las vegas strip,  blackjack,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  limousine,  double cross,  gambling,  slow motion scene,  beating,  surprise ending

Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:surveillance footage,  double cross,  security guard,  subway,  disguise,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  beating,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character

Maid In Manhattan (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Maid In Manhattan (2002)

Marisa Ventura is a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City, who works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity, Marisa meets Christopher Marshall, a handsome heir to a political dynasty, who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the unlikely pair together for one night. When Marisa's true identity is revealed, the two find that they are worlds apart, even though the distance separating them is just a subway ride between Manhattan and the Bronx. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  friendship
Locations:hotel
Story:video surveillance,  hands,  clothing store,  reference to google,  premarital sex,  fired from the job,  limousine,  subway,  disguise,  single mother,  mother son relationship

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Pulse (2006)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Pulse (2006)

The hacker Josh invades the computer of Douglas Ziegler, who is developing a powerful wireless signal, and accidentally releases a mysterious force that takes the will to live of human beings, generating a suicide epidemic and increasing the force. His girlfriend and student of psychology, Mattie, sees each one of their common friends die and the destruction of the modern world, and together with her new acquaintance Dexter, they try to plan a virus developed by Josh in the network to shutdown the system and save mankind. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  surveillance
Locations:bar
Characters:professor,  student
Story:video surveillance,  signal,  metal detector,  restroom,  library,  security guard,  beer,  airplane,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. This is why Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:code,  surveillance footage,  reference to google,  limousine,  strip club,  double cross,  security guard,  airplane,  digit in title,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  number in title

The Great Debaters (2007) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:professor,  student
Story:harvard university,  cambridge massachusetts,  harvard,  face,  competition,  beating,  based on true story,  chase,  mother son relationship

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Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Story:surveillance camera,  casino,  double cross,  gambling,  disguise,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character

Casino (1995)
Crime, Drama

Casino (1995)

This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Story:gambling casino,  casino,  las vegas strip,  face,  rise and fall,  las vegas nevada,  fired from the job,  gambling,  slow motion scene,  beating,  based on book,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character

Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  surveillance,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:thief
Story:metal detector,  casino,  library,  limousine,  double cross,  security guard,  subway,  disguise,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  digit in title,  surprise ending,  number in title

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The Experiment (2010) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Drama, Thriller

The Experiment (2010)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:bar
Story:surveillance footage,  surveillance camera,  loss of job,  fired from the job,  basketball,  slow motion scene,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

The Gambler (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Gambler (2014)

Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance... (Read More)

Characters:professor,  student
Story:blackjack,  casino,  ring,  limousine,  strip club,  gambling,  beating,  mother son relationship

Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:boston massachusetts,  retirement,  double cross,  security guard,  disguise,  airplane,  surprise ending

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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Biography, Drama

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:student,  professor
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  cambridge massachusetts,  boston massachusetts,  harvard,  mathematician,  lecture,  library,  beer,  based on book,  based on true story,  chase,  mother son relationship

American Hustle (2013) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Crime, Drama

American Hustle (2013)

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld ('Christian Bale' (qv)), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser ('Amy Adams (III)' (qv)) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso ('Bradley Cooper (I)' (qv)). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. 'Jeremy Renner' (qv) is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn ('Jennifer Lawrence (III)' (qv)) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  video surveillance,  casino,  premarital sex,  limousine,  strip club,  double cross,  gambling,  nonlinear timeline,  disguise,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  beating,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  mother son relationship

The Italian Job (1969)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Italian Job (1969)

Charlie's got a 'Job' to do. Having just left prison, he finds one of his friends has attempted a high risk job in Italy right under the nose of the Mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far so Charlie takes over the 'Job'. Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal the Gold and escape. This is why The Italian Job (1969) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drunkenness
Locations:airport,  bicycle,  hotel
Characters:professor,  thief
Story:restroom,  assault,  subway,  widow,  disguise,  beer,  airplane,  surprise ending,  chase

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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Drama

Good Will Hunting (1997)

A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart.

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:professor,  student
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  harvard university,  boston massachusetts,  harvard,  mathematician,  lecture,  assault,  premarital sex,  slow motion scene

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:airport,  bar
Story:premarital sex,  library,  limousine,  strip club,  double cross,  widow,  digit in title,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  number in title

Middle Men (2009) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  money
Locations:airport,  nightclub
Story:rise and fall,  las vegas nevada,  fired from the job,  limousine,  strip club,  nonlinear timeline,  slow motion scene,  beating,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

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Striptease (1996)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Striptease (1996)

Erin Grant loses care and custody of her daughter when she's divorced from her husband Darrell, a small-time thief. Struggling for money, she is a dancer at a nightclub, where one night Congressman Dilbeck (in disguise) attacks another member of the audience. A spectator, who recognizes Dilbeck and is fond of Erin, offers to get back her daughter by blackmailing Dilbeck. Things do not work out as planned, though. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drunkenness
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:loss of job,  limousine,  strip club,  disguise,  single mother,  slow motion scene,  beating,  surprise ending

Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Crime, Thriller

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Danny Ocean wants to score the biggest heist in history. He combines an eleven member team, including Frank Catton, Rusty Ryan and Linus Caldwell. Their target? The Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand. All casinos owned by Terry Benedict. It's not going to be easy, as they plan to get in secretly and out with $150 million. This is why Ocean's Eleven (2001) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  hotel
Characters:thief
Story:casino,  video surveillance,  surveillance camera,  money falling through the air,  retirement,  las vegas nevada,  strip club,  gambling,  security guard,  beating,  surprise ending,  number in title

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

Hell Or High Water (2016)

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

Themes:surveillance,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:retirement,  blackjack,  casino,  double cross,  gambling,  security guard,  beer,  slow motion scene,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship

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The Pink Panther (2006) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

The Pink Panther (2006)

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:airport,  bicycle,  hotel
Characters:thief
Story:metal detector,  casino,  ring,  gambling,  disguise,  bed,  chase,  title spoken by character

The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drunkenness,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:ring,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  disguise,  beer,  slow motion scene,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:airport,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:money falling through the air,  premarital sex,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  security guard,  disguise,  airplane,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  chase,  mother son relationship

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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. This is why Mysterious Skin (2004) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  money,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  bar
Characters:student
Story:airplane ticket,  library,  nonlinear timeline,  subway,  single mother,  bedroom,  bed,  best friend,  beer,  beating,  based on book,  voice over narration,  mother son relationship

Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Story:metal detector,  premarital sex,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  disguise,  bed,  beer,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:surveillance,  drunkenness,  money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:video surveillance,  airplane ticket,  burglary,  retirement,  nonlinear timeline,  robot,  beer,  airplane,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending

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The Tournament (2009)
Action, Thriller

The Tournament (2009)

Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag.

Themes:surveillance,  money,  drunkenness,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:surveillance camera,  money falling through the air,  lecture,  contest,  limousine,  strip club,  gambling,  competition,  slow motion scene,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character

Two For The Money (2005)
Drama, Sport, Thriller

Two For The Money (2005)

Brandon Lang loves football: an injury keeps him from the pros, but his quarterback's anticipation makes him a brilliant predictor of games' outcomes. Needing money, he leaves Vegas for Manhattan to work for Walter Abrams advising gamblers. Walter has a doting wife, a young daughter, and a thriving business, but he has problems: a bum heart, a belief he's a master manipulator, and addictions barely kept in check. He remakes Brandon, and a father-son relationship grows. Then, things go awry. Walter may be running a con. The odds against Brandon mount. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport,  bar
Story:loss of job,  las vegas nevada,  fired from the job,  birthday party,  gambling,  basketball,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  mother son relationship,  number in title

The Cable Guy (1996) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. This is why The Cable Guy (1996) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:chips,  assault,  premarital sex,  fired from the job,  double cross,  basketball,  disguise,  beer,  slow motion scene,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship

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Lucy (2014)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Lucy (2014)

It was supposed to be a simple job. All Lucy had to do was deliver a mysterious briefcase to Mr. Jang. But immediately Lucy is caught up in a nightmarish deal where she is captured and turned into a drug mule for a new and powerful synthetic drug. When the bag she is carrying inside of her stomach leaks, Lucy's body undergoes unimaginable changes that begins to unlock her mind's full potential. With her new-found powers, Lucy turns into a merciless warrior intent on getting back at her captors. She receives invaluable help from Professor Norman, the leading authority on the human mind, and French police captain Pierre Del Rio. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  hotel
Characters:professor,  student
Story:metal detector,  lecture,  library,  security guard,  disguise,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:professor,  thief
Story:job promotion,  double cross,  security guard,  widow,  basketball,  disguise,  slow motion scene,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  mother son relationship

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:professor
Story:burglary,  library,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  security guard,  subway,  widow,  airplane,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character

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The Accountant (2016) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:robotics,  surveillance,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  retirement,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  security guard,  slow motion scene,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. This is why Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  money falling through the air,  camera phone,  premarital sex,  limousine,  double cross,  security guard,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase

Alfie (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:clothing store,  premarital sex,  limousine,  birthday party,  widow,  single mother,  best friend,  beer,  voice over narration,  mother son relationship

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The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  limousine,  double cross,  security guard,  disguise,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase

Repo Men (2010) is one of the best movies like 21 (2008)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Repo Men (2010)

In the future humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called "The Union". The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don't pay your bill, "The Union" sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property... with no concern for your comfort or survival. Former soldier Remy is one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company's top-of-the-line heart-replacement... as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart's no longer in the job. When he can't make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy's former partner Jake, to track him down. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:airport,  bar
Story:salesclerk,  burglary,  premarital sex,  strip club,  nonlinear timeline,  security guard,  subway,  disguise,  best friend,  airplane,  based on book,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship

The Losers (2010)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Losers (2010)

A tale of double cross and revenge, centered upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:airport,  hotel,  bar
Story:money falling through the air,  hands,  premarital sex,  double cross,  security guard,  disguise,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character

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