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Blue Velvet (1986)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Blue Velvet (1986)

College student Jeffrey Beaumont returns to his idyllic hometown of Lumberton to manage his father's hardware store while his father is hospitalized. Walking though a grassy meadow near the family home, Jeffrey finds a severed human ear. After an initial investigation, lead police Detective John Williams advises Jeffrey not to speak to anyone about the case as they investigate further. Detective Williams also tells Jeffrey that he cannot divulge any information about what the police know. Detective Williams' high school aged daughter, Sandy Williams, tells Jeffrey what she knows about the case from overhearing her father's private conversations on the matter: that it has to do with a nightclub singer named Dorothy Vallens, who lives in an older apartment building near the Beaumont home. His curiosity getting the better of him, Jeffrey, with Sandy's help, decides to find out more about the woman at the center of the case by breaking into Dorothy's apartment while he knows she's at work. What Jeffrey finds is a world unfamiliar to him, one that he doesn't truly understand but one that he is unable to deny the lure of despite the inherent dangers of being associated with a possible murder. Still, he is torn between this world and the prospect of a relationship with Sandy, the two who are falling for each other, despite Sandy already being in a relationship with Mike, the school's star football player. (Read More)

Themes:blindness, alcoholism, surveillance, blackmail, obsession, voyeurism, jealousy, drugs, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:nightmare, satire, gore
Locations:nightclub, brothel, hospital
Characters:detective, villain, singer, student, nudity
Story:police detective, psychotronic film, sexual obsession, heineken beer, amateur detective, non statutory female on male rape attempt, lounge singer, butcher knife, small town stereotype, alienated sexuality, kabuki makeup, man in disguise, kidnapped man, amyl nitrate, american mythology, front yard, middle america, sexual aberration, osiris, horus

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, severed ear, woman in lingerie, perversion, police corruption, dark humor, switchblade, mutilation, corrupt cop, cult director, silencer, convertible, shot in the forehead, femme fatale, good versus evil, revolver, psychopath, face slap, gangster, serial killer

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:nightmare, satire, gore
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, shot in the hand, sadomasochism, walkie talkie, corrupt cop, convertible, shot in the forehead, femme fatale, controversy, diner, hallucination, psychopath, beer, shot in the head, face slap, serial killer, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, rape

Basic Instinct (1992)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism, obsession, voyeurism, jealousy
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective, nudity
Story:sexual obsession, police detective, talking while driving, stairwell, perversion, drug abuse, cult director, femme fatale, controversy, female pubic hair, male pubic hair, voyeur, psychopath, car chase, love triangle, shot in the head, serial killer, shot to death, neo noir, leg spreading

A History Of Violence (2005) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A History Of Violence (2005)

This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:hospital
Story:diner, small town stereotype, alienated sexuality, american mythology, front yard, middle america, cliche, doppelganger, drug abuse, assault, post modern, shot in the forehead, female pubic hair, secret, small town, shot in the head, face slap, gangster, shot to death, neo noir

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. This is why The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, hardware store, black eye, police corruption, murder of a police officer, corrupt cop, silencer, shot in the forehead, diner, revolver, shot in the head, face slap, gangster, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, knife, two word title, violence, murder

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Crime, Drama

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)

Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.

Themes:blackmail, voyeurism, drugs
Locations:brothel, hospital
Characters:nudity
Story:stairwell, police corruption, switchblade, peeping tom, assault, public nudity, controversy, female pubic hair, good versus evil, voyeur, shot in the head, face slap, gangster, rape, cult film, leg spreading, sex scene, murder, death, police

Insomnia (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective, nudity
Story:police detective, dreaming, scene of the crime, murder of a police officer, breaking and entering, female pubic hair, diner, hallucination, psychopath, secret, small town, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, murder, police, death, gun

Se7en (1995) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' ('Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and ('Brad Pitt' (qv) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" ('Kevin Spacey' (qv)) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Mood:gore
Locations:brothel, nightclub, hospital
Characters:detective, villain
Story:serial killer, police detective, stairwell, scene of the crime, switchblade, mutilation, shot in the forehead, diner, revolver, psychopath, shot in the head, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, rape, cult film, violence, death, murder, police

Lost Highway (1997)
Mystery, Thriller

Lost Highway (1997)

Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton, leading a completely different life. When Pete is released, his and Fred's paths begin to cross in a surreal, suspenseful web of intrigue, orchestrated by a shady gangster boss named Dick Laurent. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:gore
Characters:detective
Story:gangster, kabuki makeup, full circle, strong sexual content, graphic violence, forced to strip, doppelganger, black bra and panties, writer director, femme fatale, avant garde, car chase, shot in the head, neo noir, cult film, leg spreading, sex scene, police, death, independent film

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, jealousy, drugs
Mood:satire, gore
Locations:nightclub
Characters:villain, detective
Story:stairwell, dark humor, woman in jeopardy, shot in the forehead, controversy, revolver, voyeur, psychopath, shot in the head, serial killer, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, rape, cult film, leg spreading, knife, sex scene, independent film, two word title

Mr. Brooks (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, kidnapping
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective, student
Story:serial killer, police detective, secret, masochism, peeping tom, breaking and entering, silencer, wig, shot in the forehead, diner, voyeur, hallucination, psychopath, shot in the head, corpse, cult film, sex scene, murder, police, father daughter relationship

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, voyeurism
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:brothel, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, murder of a police officer, switchblade, corrupt cop, silencer, shot in the forehead, femme fatale, diner, revolver, voyeur, hallucination, car chase, shot in the head, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, knife, sex scene, father son relationship, death

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective
Story:full circle, strong sexual content, lip synching, doppelganger, woman in jeopardy, diner, hallucination, avant garde, shot in the head, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, cult film, independent film, two word title, murder, death, gun, violence

L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, blackmail
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, mystery woman, police corruption, switchblade, older woman younger man relationship, corrupt cop, femme fatale, diner, secret, face slap, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, police, violence, murder, death

Scream 3 (2000)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen. This is why Scream 3 (2000) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, jealousy, kidnapping
Mood:nightmare, satire, gore
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, hiding in a closet, post modern, cult director, shot in the forehead, revolver, voyeur, hallucination, secret, shot in the head, serial killer, shot to death, corpse, knife, father daughter relationship, independent film, murder, police, death, violence

Scream 4 (2011) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 4 (2011)

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, jealousy
Mood:satire, gore
Locations:hospital
Story:shooting a police officer, cliche, hiding in a closet, murder of a police officer, walkie talkie, post modern, shot in the forehead, femme fatale, psychopath, small town, serial killer, shot to death, corpse, cult film, knife, violence, murder, death, police

True Romance (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Mood:gore
Story:police detective, murder of a police officer, drug abuse, silencer, convertible, shot in the forehead, diner, drug dealer, revolver, psychopath, car chase, shot in the head, gangster, shot to death, neo noir, cult film, sex scene, father son relationship, violence, death

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:obsession, surveillance, kidnapping
Locations:brothel, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:masochism, sadomasochism, silencer, suburb, psychopath, small town, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, cult film, knife, male full frontal nudity, violence, gun, sex, death, murder

Disturbia (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Turner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, jealousy, kidnapping
Characters:villain, student
Story:voyeur, police detective, butcher knife, serial killer, hardware store, murder of a police officer, woman in jeopardy, broken leg, assault, breaking and entering, wig, suburb, psychopath, neo noir, corpse, knife, death, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Fargo (1996) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Fargo (1996)

Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction. This is why Fargo (1996) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, kidnapping
Mood:satire, gore
Characters:singer
Story:small town stereotype, middle america, hyperrealism, police corruption, assault, breaking and entering, cult director, diner, voyeur, psychopath, car chase, small town, shot in the head, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, cult film, sex scene, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship

Desperado (1995)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Story:shot in the hand, broken leg, silencer, shot in the forehead, drug dealer, good versus evil, revolver, voyeur, shot in the head, gangster, shot to death, neo noir, cult film, knife, sex scene, gun, violence, death, murder

Grindhouse (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Story:murder of a police officer, drug abuse, assault, shot in the forehead, diner, good versus evil, psychopath, car chase, small town, shot in the head, serial killer, shot to death, cult film, knife, sex scene, death, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, murder, gun

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, oxygen mask, scene of the crime, woman in jeopardy, walkie talkie, mutilation, revolver, car chase, serial killer, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, cult film, knife, violence, death, police, murder

Gangster Squad (2013) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gangster Squad (2013)

It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Sergeant John O'Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Locations:brothel, nightclub
Story:police detective, police corruption, murder of a police officer, corrupt cop, silencer, shot in the forehead, femme fatale, drug dealer, good versus evil, revolver, car chase, love triangle, shot in the head, gangster, shot to death, neo noir, knife, two word title, violence, murder

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. This is why The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, blackmail, obsession, kidnapping
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Characters:villain, detective
Story:police detective, police corruption, broken leg, walkie talkie, mutilation, corrupt cop, silencer, drug dealer, good versus evil, revolver, psychopath, car chase, love triangle, face slap, gangster, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, cult film, knife

Saw II (2005)
Horror, Mystery

Saw II (2005)

When detective Eric Matthews is called to a crime scene of a victim of Jigsaw, he finds a lead to the place where he is hidden. Once there, he realizes that Jigsaw trapped his son Daniel Matthews with three women and four men in a shelter, and they are inhaling a lethal nerve gas. If they do not use an antidote within two hours, they will die. Eric follows with increasing desperation the death of each member of the group in monitors, while trying to convince Jigsaw to release his son. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:nightmare, gore
Characters:detective
Story:oxygen mask, flame, broken leg, corrupt cop, drug dealer, shot in the head, serial killer, shot to death, corpse, death, father son relationship, murder, police, violence

Misery (1990)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Misery (1990)

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... (Read More)

Themes:obsession, kidnapping
Characters:villain
Story:psychotronic film, shooting a police officer, murder of a police officer, broken leg, mutilation, psychopath, small town, serial killer, shot to death, neo noir, knife, murder, violence, gun, death

Rush Hour 3 (2007) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are back in action as they head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United Nations authority, but his personal struggles with a Chinese criminal mastermind named Kenji, which reveals that it's Lee's long-lost...brother. But their race will take them across the city, from the depths of the Paris underground to the breathtaking heights of the Eiffel Tower, as they fight to outrun the world's most deadly criminals and save the day. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Characters:villain, detective
Story:police detective, woman in lingerie, woman in jeopardy, wig, convertible, car chase, secret, face slap, knife, father daughter relationship, sex, murder, police, death, violence

Scream 2 (1997)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism
Mood:satire, gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, hiding in a closet, murder of a police officer, post modern, cult director, shot in the forehead, good versus evil, voyeur, hallucination, psychopath, shot in the head, face slap, serial killer, shot to death, corpse, cult film, knife, murder, police, death

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Renai is interrogated by a police detective about the supernatural events in the house. While the police investigate the house, the Lambert family temporarily moves to the old house of Lorraine Lambert. Renai is haunted by a woman in white and Josh has a strange behavior at home. Meanwhile Lorraine seeks out Elise's partners Specs and Tucker expecting to find answers. This is why Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, hiding in a closet, psychopath, face slap, serial killer, corpse, knife, mother son relationship, father son relationship, murder, police

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Themes:drugs, surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Story:forced to strip, woman in jeopardy, assault, cult director, convertible, public nudity, controversy, female pubic hair, color in title, male pubic hair, voyeur, avant garde, psychopath, rape, neo noir, cult film, leg spreading, knife, violence, police

Scream (1996) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Horror, Mystery

Scream (1996)

1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. (Read More)

Mood:satire, gore
Characters:villain
Story:small town, hiding in a closet, post modern, cult director, suburb, shot in the forehead, psychopath, beer, shot in the head, face slap, serial killer, shot to death, corpse, cult film, knife, death, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, violence, murder

Saw IV (2007)
Horror, Mystery

Saw IV (2007)

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, corrupt cop, revolver, shot in the head, serial killer, shot to death, corpse, rape, knife, violence, murder, death, police

Hitman (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Characters:nudity
Story:doppelganger, murder of a police officer, sadomasochism, breaking and entering, silencer, shot in the forehead, shot in the head, shot to death, sex scene, violence, gun, police, death, murder

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. This is why One Hour Photo (2002) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:obsession, voyeurism
Mood:nightmare
Characters:detective, nudity
Story:forced to strip, breaking and entering, suburb, female pubic hair, diner, male pubic hair, voyeur, psychopath, secret, corpse, knife, mother son relationship, father son relationship, gun, police, sex, death, murder

16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, shot in the hand, scene of the crime, police corruption, murder of a police officer, corrupt cop, silencer, shot to death, corpse, gun, murder, violence, death, police

Cape Fear (1991)
Crime, Thriller

Cape Fear (1991)

Sam Bowden ('Nick Nolte' (qv))is a small-town corporate attorney/"Leave It to Beaver" type family-man. Max Cady ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, drugs
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:sexual predator, assault, diner, good versus evil, revolver, hallucination, psychopath, rape, small town, serial killer, neo noir, corpse, knife, father daughter relationship, two word title, violence, gun, murder, police, sex

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, blackmail, obsession, drugs
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:hospital
Story:dreaming, misogyny, perversion, assault, mutilation, breaking and entering, femme fatale, psychopath, car chase, secret, face slap, serial killer, rape, leg spreading, knife, sex scene, murder, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Four Brothers (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. (Read More)

Story:police detective, stairwell, police corruption, broken leg, assault, car chase, shot in the head, shot to death, neo noir, cult film, mother son relationship, violence, death, murder, police

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, obsession, jealousy
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, small town, woman in lingerie, scene of the crime, black eye, femme fatale, psychopath, beer, secret, neo noir, corpse, knife, sex scene, police, mother son relationship, father son relationship, two word title, death, murder, violence

Split (2016)
Horror, Thriller

Split (2016)

When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities, they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them.

Themes:surveillance, voyeurism, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:gore
Characters:villain
Story:kidnapped man, sexual predator, forced to strip, woman in jeopardy, walkie talkie, diner, voyeur, psychopath, serial killer, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, rape, knife, father daughter relationship, violence, death, murder

Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Characters:villain
Story:black eye, walkie talkie, corrupt cop, shot in the forehead, drug dealer, color in title, revolver, psychopath, secret, shot in the head, gangster, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, knife, mother son relationship, father son relationship, independent film, two word title, death

Training Day (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. (Read More)

Themes:drugs, blackmail
Characters:detective
Story:police corruption, murder of a police officer, corrupt cop, drug dealer, psychopath, beer, secret, shot to death, neo noir, rape, knife, sex scene, father son relationship, independent film, two word title, murder, police, death, gun, violence

2 Guns (2013) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping
Story:silencer, convertible, shot in the forehead, femme fatale, diner, drug dealer, revolver, car chase, love triangle, small town, shot in the head, gangster, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, knife, two word title, violence, murder, police

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:nightclub
Characters:singer
Story:police detective, black eye, switchblade, drug abuse, assault, convertible, shot in the forehead, psychopath, beer, face slap, gangster, shot to death, knife, mother son relationship, violence, murder, police, gun

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Crime, Drama

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Jules Winnfield ('Samuel L. Jackson' (qv)) and Vincent Vega ('John Travolta (I)' (qv)) are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace ('Ving Rhames' (qv)). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia ('Uma Thurman' (qv)) out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge ('Bruce Willis' (qv)) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, drugs
Mood:gore
Locations:brothel
Story:talking while driving, sex slave, assault, cult director, silencer, convertible, shot in the forehead, controversy, diner, drug dealer, voyeur, shot in the head, gangster, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, rape, cult film, father son relationship, independent film

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:blindness, blackmail, jealousy
Characters:student, singer, nudity
Story:secret, masochism, woman in jeopardy, small town, shot in the head, gangster, shot to death, corpse, rape, cult film, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, sex, death, murder, police, gun

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:detective, nudity
Story:go go dancer, hiding in a closet, misogyny, switchblade, walkie talkie, silencer, shot in the forehead, femme fatale, diner, revolver, hallucination, psychopath, car chase, shot in the head, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, knife, father daughter relationship, murder

Serbuan Maut (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Serbuan Maut (2011)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Mood:gore
Story:shooting a police officer, hiding in a closet, police corruption, murder of a police officer, corrupt cop, silencer, shot in the head, gangster, shot to death, corpse, cult film, knife, police, violence, death, murder

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