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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, redemption, paranoia, terrorism, anger, seduction, deception, drunkenness, torture, fear, adultery, betrayal, religion, drugs, infidelity, revenge
Mood:suspense, nightmare
Locations:storm, motel, elevator, airport, hotel, church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, bible, hitman, teenager
Story:southern gothic, cigar smoking, bible quote, color remake of black and white film, remake of cult film, horror movie remake, psychological torture, release from prison, prison guard, man on fire, rape victim, person on fire, attempted rape, police officer strangulated, blood on floor, darwinian struggle for survival, man wearing wig, finger sucking, speaking in tongues, house boat

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, paranoia, anger, deception, torture, fear, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel, airport, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:person on fire, private investigator, southern accent, gasoline, rainstorm, sexual abuse, heavy rain, lightning, cover up, pay phone, beaten to death, home invasion, man with glasses, prisoner, throat slitting, strangulation, bound and gagged, interrogation, psychopath, brawl

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, paranoia, seduction, deception, fear, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:motel
Story:prison guard, rape victim, darwinian struggle for survival, pool of blood, extreme close up, villain played by lead actor, southern accent, blood on shirt, gasoline, black and white scene, crime scene, security camera, sexual abuse, freeze frame, maniac, fireworks, beaten to death, police officer killed, prisoner, diner

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:surveillance, redemption, paranoia, anger, seduction, deception, fear, betrayal, revenge
Locations:church
Story:horror movie remake, stick fight, fight to the death, crime scene, security camera, gothic, lightning, cover up, attempted murder, beaten to death, police officer killed, underwater scene, man with glasses, throat slitting, axe, strangulation, good versus evil, hallucination, brawl, slow motion scene

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
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:redemption, seduction, deception, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, infidelity, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Story:cigar smoking, person on fire, gasoline, rainstorm, gash in the face, crime scene, heavy rain, head butt, lightning, attempted murder, beaten to death, police officer killed, home invasion, tied to a chair, diner, throat slitting, axe, strangulation, revolver, hallucination

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia, seduction, deception, fear, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:hitman
Story:cigar smoking, pool of blood, shot in the throat, blood on shirt, fight to the death, heavy rain, cover up, attempted murder, throat slitting, strangulation, brawl, slow motion scene, police officer, blood splatter, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, fire, pistol, surprise ending

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. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, terrorism, anger, deception, torture, fear, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:cigar smoking, psychological torture, prison guard, person on fire, two way mirror, mind game, burnt face, injustice, gasoline, gash in the face, impostor, crime scene, parade, blockbuster, gothic, maniac, cover up, attempted murder, beaten to death, police officer killed

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, anger, deception, drunkenness, fear, infidelity, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel, elevator, hotel, restaurant
Characters:teenager
Story:rape victim, psychological thriller, southern accent, rapist, heavy rain, child in peril, diner, police station, handcuffs, interrogation, psychopath, extramarital affair, brawl, slow motion scene, police officer, blood splatter, neo noir, corpse, rape, pistol

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
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.

Themes:paranoia, anger, deception, drunkenness, torture, fear, drugs, infidelity, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:cigar smoking, pool of blood, psychological thriller, yuppie, villain played by lead actor, impostor, fitness, male underwear, rapist, maniac, pay phone, attempted murder, police officer killed, axe, strangulation, revolver, interrogation, psychopath, police officer, serial killer

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:redemption, deception, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, drugs, revenge
Locations:church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:bible, teenager
Story:psychological torture, release from prison, prison guard, rape victim, prison, attempted rape, weightlifting, villain played by lead actor, rainstorm, black and white scene, rapist, movie theater, blockbuster, assault, heavy rain, lightning, beaten to death, home invasion, tied to a chair, prisoner

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. This is why The Bone Collector (1999) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, deception, torture, fear, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport, bar
Story:psychological thriller, rainstorm, crime scene, heavy rain, gothic, ex convict, lightning, pay phone, attempted murder, police officer killed, home invasion, child in peril, man with glasses, bound and gagged, police station, revolver, handcuffs, brawl, slow motion scene, police officer

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, anger, deception, fear, betrayal, drugs
Locations:motel, restaurant, hospital
Characters:teenager
Story:man on fire, hit with a rock, hawaiian shirt, older man young girl relationship, burnt face, weightlifting, black and white scene, bloody nose, male underwear, head butt, pot smoking, high school student, pay phone, tied to a chair, revolver, handcuffs, slow motion scene, high school, blood splatter, fistfight

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
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, redemption, deception, adultery, betrayal, infidelity, revenge
Locations:motel, airport, hotel, church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:bible, lawyer, teenager
Story:parole, southern accent, rainstorm, impostor, movie theater, blockbuster, heavy rain, teen angst, ex convict, high school student, lightning, pay phone, prisoner, diner, revolver, handcuffs, extramarital affair, police officer, high school, prison

The Blues Brothers (1980)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical

The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (Read More)

Themes:redemption, deception, revenge
Locations:motel, elevator, hotel, church, restaurant, bar
Story:cigar smoking, release from prison, prison guard, parolee, parole, flare, southern accent, gasoline, flood, cameo, blockbuster, assault, ex convict, pay phone, attempted murder, man with glasses, prisoner, diner, axe, police station

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:surveillance, redemption, paranoia, terrorism, seduction, deception, torture, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, airport, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:release from prison, prison guard, flare, gasoline, fight to the death, trapped, flood, blockbuster, security camera, head butt, class differences, cover up, beaten to death, police officer killed, home invasion, child in peril, man with glasses, prisoner, strangulation, bound and gagged

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. This is why The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, redemption, betrayal, terrorism, anger, seduction, deception, fear, revenge
Locations:hotel, restaurant, bar
Story:prison guard, flare, fight to the death, flood, blockbuster, security camera, head butt, ex convict, attempted murder, beaten to death, underwater scene, child in peril, tied to a chair, prisoner, strangulation, bound and gagged, handcuffs, brawl, slow motion scene, blood splatter

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, anger, deception, fear, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator, restaurant
Story:release from prison, prison guard, southern accent, blood on shirt, police officer shot, fight to the death, black and white scene, security camera, heavy rain, pot smoking, attempted murder, beaten to death, police officer killed, man with glasses, prisoner, diner, revolver, handcuffs, psychopath, slow motion scene

The Nice Guys (2016)
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)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, deception, drunkenness, torture, fear, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport, hotel, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, lawyer, teenager
Story:cigar smoking, private investigator, crime scene, pot smoking, cover up, pay phone, attempted murder, beaten to death, underwater scene, home invasion, child in peril, man with glasses, diner, strangulation, dysfunctional family, revolver, hallucination, interrogation, psychopath, brawl

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, anger, deception, drunkenness, torture, fear, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense, nightmare
Locations:motel, hotel, bar, hospital
Story:shot in the throat, southern accent, blood on shirt, fight to the death, heavy rain, stalking, cover up, attempted murder, beaten to death, police officer killed, home invasion, child in peril, throat slitting, axe, strangulation, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, blood splatter

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. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, torture
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:shot in the throat, crime scene, security camera, beaten to death, home invasion, diner, throat slitting, strangulation, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, slow motion scene, remake, police officer, blood splatter, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, beating

The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. This is why The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, deception, drunkenness, betrayal, infidelity
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, hotel, hospital
Story:cigar smoking, prison guard, prison, miscarriage of justice, blood on shirt, black and white scene, parade, blockbuster, ex convict, cover up, pay phone, attempted murder, beaten to death, police officer killed, home invasion, police station, revolver, handcuffs, psychopath, brawl

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, deception, torture, betrayal, religion, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:church, elevator, bar
Characters:bible
Story:person on fire, flare, blood on shirt, gash in the face, heavy rain, killing an animal, head butt, lightning, beaten to death, home invasion, throat slitting, good versus evil, interrogation, brawl, small town, blood splatter, fistfight, corpse, beating, fire

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, anger, drunkenness, adultery, betrayal, religion, drugs, infidelity, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel, church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:bible, lawyer
Story:release from prison, middle class, ex convict, attempted murder, underwater scene, prisoner, diner, revolver, extramarital affair, corpse, beating, prison, pistol, panties, knife, tattoo, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Kick-ass 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator, bar, hospital
Characters:teenager
Story:attempted rape, stick fight, police officer shot, gash in the face, crime scene, freeze frame, ex convict, high school student, beaten to death, home invasion, child in peril, prisoner, police station, handcuffs, interrogation, psychopath, brawl, slow motion scene, high school, blood splatter

The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, anger, deception, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, drugs, infidelity
Locations:elevator, airport, church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, lawyer
Story:battering ram, garrote, two way mirror, mind game, blood on shirt, bloody nose, crime scene, head butt, beaten to death, police officer killed, man with glasses, diner, strangulation, bound and gagged, police station, river, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, extramarital affair

Pain & Gain (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. This is why Pain & Gain (2013) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991). (Read More)

Themes:deception, drunkenness, torture, revenge
Locations:motel, church, restaurant, hospital
Story:cigar smoking, person on fire, body building, weightlifting, villain played by lead actor, workout, private investigator, gasoline, fitness, freeze frame, ex convict, cover up, attempted murder, underwater scene, home invasion, tied to a chair, axe, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl

Escape Plan (2013)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:bible, lawyer
Story:psychological torture, prison guard, prison, person on fire, flood, security camera, head butt, freeze frame, ex convict, pay phone, underwater scene, tied to a chair, prisoner, axe, strangulation, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, slow motion scene, blood splatter

The Cable Guy (1996)
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. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:restaurant, bar
Story:prison guard, torment, villain played by lead actor, rainstorm, impostor, cameo, assault, heavy rain, head butt, maniac, stalking, lightning, stalker, home invasion, prisoner, handcuffs, psychopath, brawl, slow motion scene, police officer

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:seduction, deception, fear, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant, bar
Story:fight to the death, flood, heavy rain, cover up, beaten to death, police officer killed, throat slitting, strangulation, police station, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, police officer, blood splatter, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, beating, fire, pistol

Gangster Squad (2013)
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)

Themes:deception, torture, revenge
Locations:airport, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:hitman, lawyer
Story:cigar smoking, person on fire, attempted rape, garrote, police officer shot, gasoline, crime scene, head butt, freeze frame, beaten to death, police officer killed, home invasion, strangulation, police station, good versus evil, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, slow motion scene

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. This is why Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, drunkenness, torture, fear, betrayal, revenge
Locations:hotel, church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, lawyer
Story:villain played by lead actor, bloody nose, parade, head butt, maniac, ex convict, cover up, pay phone, beaten to death, tied to a chair, strangulation, police station, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, psychopath, brawl, police officer, blood splatter, fistfight

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, terrorism, seduction, torture
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant
Story:shot in the throat, police officer shot, bloody nose, cameo, male underwear, blockbuster, head butt, police officer killed, underwater scene, diner, bound and gagged, river, revolver, interrogation, slow motion scene, police officer, blood splatter, fistfight, corpse, prison

The Accountant (2016) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
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:surveillance, redemption, paranoia, anger, deception, torture, fear, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:hitman
Story:release from prison, fight to the death, bloody nose, security camera, ex convict, cover up, attempted murder, beaten to death, home invasion, man with glasses, tied to a chair, prisoner, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, slow motion scene, small town, blood splatter, fistfight, neo noir

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:paranoia, anger, deception, drunkenness, torture, fear, betrayal, drugs, revenge
Locations:motel, elevator, airport, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Story:wearing a sound wire, gasoline, cameo, freeze frame, man with glasses, diner, handcuffs, interrogation, slow motion scene, beating, fire, pistol, surprise ending, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, fight

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, drunkenness, fear, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:bar
Story:rape victim, shot in the throat, southern accent, fight to the death, rainstorm, rapist, heavy rain, killing an animal, lightning, underwater scene, throat slitting, axe, strangulation, river, hallucination, brawl, blood splatter, fistfight, corpse, fire

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, anger, deception, torture, fear, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Story:psychological torture, prison guard, flood, blockbuster, heavy rain, attempted murder, beaten to death, child in peril, prisoner, axe, strangulation, hallucination, interrogation, brawl, slow motion scene, fistfight, corpse, beating, fire, pistol

The Heat (2013) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, redemption, paranoia, drunkenness, torture, fear, drugs, revenge
Locations:motel, bar, hospital
Story:release from prison, head butt, ex convict, attempted murder, home invasion, tied to a chair, prisoner, diner, police station, dysfunctional family, good versus evil, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, police officer, corpse, beating, prison, pistol, surprise ending

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:redemption, torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:motel, elevator, hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:cigar smoking, attempted rape, muscular, rapist, heavy rain, pay phone, police officer killed, man with glasses, tied to a chair, throat slitting, axe, strangulation, good versus evil, revolver, handcuffs, psychopath, serial killer, blood splatter, neo noir, beating

The A-team (2010)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The A-team (2010)

Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base their commanding officer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court martialed and sent to different prisons. 6 months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. So he helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. But after doing it, they discover that the spook might not be ok. And a military intelligence officer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:hotel, restaurant, hospital
Story:cigar smoking, release from prison, prison guard, person on fire, wrongful imprisonment, flare, gasoline, impostor, cameo, blockbuster, security camera, head butt, freeze frame, fireworks, cover up, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, slow motion scene, blood splatter

A History Of Violence (2005)
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:redemption, paranoia, terrorism, deception, fear, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:diner, darwinian struggle for survival, restraining order, injustice, gash in the face, assault, head butt, ex convict, stalking, attempted murder, child in peril, strangulation, small town, high school, blood splatter, neo noir, beating, rape, pistol, panties

Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
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. This is why Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, redemption, paranoia, seduction, deception, drunkenness, fear, betrayal, revenge
Locations:motel, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:southern accent, blood on shirt, gasoline, crime scene, male underwear, ex convict, police officer killed, diner, police station, revolver, slow motion scene, small town, police officer, neo noir, prison, fire, pistol, surprise ending, tattoo, title spoken by character

Central Intelligence (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, deception, torture, fear, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:hitman, lawyer
Story:two way mirror, impostor, head butt, freeze frame, high school student, beaten to death, strangulation, bound and gagged, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, slow motion scene, high school, blood splatter, fistfight, beating, coming of age, pistol, surprise ending

Jack Reacher (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher (2012)

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, betrayal, infidelity
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel, elevator, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, lawyer
Story:private investigator, police officer shot, crime scene, security camera, head butt, cover up, pay phone, beaten to death, police officer killed, child in peril, prisoner, diner, police station, brawl, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, beating, prison, pistol

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:deception, drunkenness, torture, fear, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:storm, church, restaurant
Characters:teenager
Story:blockbuster, lightning, beaten to death, underwater scene, child in peril, axe, good versus evil, river, remake, blood splatter, corpse, fire, pistol, surprise ending, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, family relationships, violence, gun, blood

Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, anger, torture, fear, revenge
Locations:elevator, hotel, restaurant
Story:bible quote, psychological torture, wrongful imprisonment, bloody nose, pay phone, beaten to death, prisoner, strangulation, police station, hallucination, brawl, slow motion scene, high school, blood splatter, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, beating, surprise ending, knife

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. This is why The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator, hotel, church, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:cigar smoking, person on fire, parole, crime scene, killing an animal, freeze frame, lightning, pay phone, beaten to death, home invasion, throat slitting, police station, handcuffs, slow motion scene, blood splatter, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, prison, fire

Die Hard 2 (1990)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard 2 (1990)

After the terrifying events in LA, John McClane (Willis) is about to go through it all again. A team of terrorists, led by Col. Stuart (Sadler) is holding the entire airport hostage. The terrorists are planning to rescue a drug lord from justice. In order to do so, they have seized control of all electrical equipment affecting all planes. With no runway lights available, all aircraft have to remain in the air, with fuel running low, McClane will need to be fast. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, terrorism, deception, fear, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport, elevator, hotel, church
Story:police officer shot in the head, restraining order, flare, southern accent, police officer shot, fight to the death, gash in the face, trapped, blockbuster, acting, beaten to death, police officer killed, throat slitting, strangulation, brawl, slow motion scene, police officer, blood splatter, fistfight, corpse

Se7en (1995)
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:anger, torture, religion, revenge
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:bible, lawyer
Story:serial killer, psychological torture, wearing a sound wire, two way mirror, rapist, blockbuster, gothic, freeze frame, maniac, attempted murder, diner, police station, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, psychopath, blood splatter, neo noir, corpse, rape

2 Guns (2013) is one of the best movies like Cape Fear (1991)
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, deception, torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:motel, elevator, hotel
Story:southern accent, gasoline, security camera, killing an animal, freeze frame, attempted murder, home invasion, tied to a chair, diner, bound and gagged, police station, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, slow motion scene, small town, blood splatter, neo noir, corpse, beating

Public Enemies (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, drunkenness, torture, fear, betrayal
Locations:elevator, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:cigar smoking, prison guard, flare, villain played by lead actor, blood on shirt, movie theater, pay phone, beaten to death, tied to a chair, police station, handcuffs, interrogation, slow motion scene, police officer, blood splatter, neo noir, corpse, beating, prison, pistol

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