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Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  dying,  hope,  grief,  insanity,  blackmail,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  torture,  fear,  kidnapping
Mood:melodrama
Locations:canada,  courtroom,  bathtub,  church,  school,  restaurant
Characters:boy,  coroner,  mayor,  bible,  lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  detective,  nurse,  girl,  teacher,  prostitute,  singer
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:lapd,  execution by hanging,  reading a newspaper,  ranch,  chicken coop,  court hearing,  reading aloud,  search for truth,  listening to a radio,  riverside california,  telephone switchboard,  telephone company,  telephone operator,  axe murder,  sadistic psychopath,  moral corruption,  newspaper headline,  police corruption,  flash camera,  telephone,  torture of a child,  los angeles california,  singing in a car,  child kidnapping,  telephone call,  royal canadian mounted police,  los angeles police department,  chief of police,  switchboard operator,  reference to tom mix,  violation of law,  psycho ward,  murder of son,  audio montage,  vaginal exam,  san quentin,  overheated car,  ford model t,  reference to babe ruth,  circumcised penis,  paddy wagon,  silent night,  year 1935,  year 1928,  wooden sword,  presbyterian,  changeling,  pederasty,  grieving mother,  lost son,  media circus,  waving goodbye,  bootlegging,  serial child killer,  mother love,  ruler,  disbelief,  chauvinism,  missing son,  dining hall,  breaking down a door,  syphilis,  reference to charlie chaplin,  electroshock therapy,  mob of reporters,  cell mate,  media frenzy,  bones,  ends with biographical notes,  water hose,  death sentence,  verdict,  streetcar,  ends with text,  miscarriage of justice,  wrongful arrest,  captivity,  circumcision,  intercom,  death row,  police captain,  roller skates,  hoax,  two way mirror,  wrongful conviction,  roller skating,  hanged man,  police chief,  palm tree,  loss of child,  reverend,  stethoscope,  shoe,  jury,  scooter,  digging,  farmhouse,  mental breakdown,  abuse of power,  psychopathic killer,  pedophilia,  drifter,  testimony,  missing child,  seattle washington,  sermon,  illegal immigrant,  pill,  injustice,  death threat,  deceit,  lipstick,  pedophile,  mental hospital,  medication,  despair,  headphones,  loss of son,  sexism,  impostor,  uncle niece relationship,  minister,  suffering,  dentist,  railway station,  preacher,  breakfast,  burial,  teddy bear,  desperation,  jail cell,  demonstration,  crucifix,  captive,  sociopath,  what happened to epilogue,  cage,  child murder,  single parent,  class,  chicken,  reunion,  witness,  american flag,  pursuit,  disappearance,  court,  hanging,  cousin cousin relationship,  skeleton,  missing person,  reading,  umbrella,  liar,  protest,  screaming,  microphone,  grave,  confession,  pain,  search,  execution,  bath,  radio,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  stabbed to death,  prisoner,  diner,  eating,  woman,  stabbing,  axe,  california,  single mother,  police car,  candle,  newspaper,  reporter,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  classroom,  handcuffs,  bathroom,  cafe,  running,  psychopath,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  bus,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shotgun,  face slap,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  serial killer,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  female protagonist,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  shower,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  f rated,  fight,  murder,  violence,  gun,  death,  blood,  flashback

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:fear
Locations:school,  courtroom,  church
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  girl,  prostitute,  boy
Story:single mother,  telephone call,  chief of police,  media frenzy,  miscarriage of justice,  wrongful conviction,  jury,  testimony,  despair,  class,  american flag,  court,  liar,  false accusation,  trial,  judge,  diner,  eating,  woman,  stabbing,  police car,  prayer,  classroom,  handcuffs,  running,  tears,  lie,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  face slap,  food,  female protagonist,  prison,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  flashback,  fight,  police,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood,  gun

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Chugyeogja (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Chugyeogja (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Themes:grief,  escape,  torture,  fear,  kidnapping
Locations:church
Characters:mayor,  photographer,  detective,  nurse,  prostitute
Story:police corruption,  police chief,  digging,  burial,  pursuit,  disappearance,  umbrella,  grave,  pain,  search,  prisoner,  police car,  reporter,  handcuffs,  running,  tears,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  face slap,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  rain,  crying,  based on true story,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  one word title,  death,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  violence

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

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

Themes:blackmail,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  singer
Story:jury,  court hearing,  telephone call,  streetcar,  miscarriage of justice,  abuse of power,  lipstick,  crucifix,  pursuit,  court,  umbrella,  trial,  judge,  diner,  eating,  woman,  candle,  telephone,  prayer,  bathroom,  cafe,  psychopath,  rifle,  shooting,  bus,  camera,  food,  rain,  song,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood,  fight,  murder

Gothika (2003) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Gothika (2003)

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  paranoia,  escape,  torture,  fear,  kidnapping
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  nurse,  girl
Story:listening to a radio,  axe murder,  sadistic psychopath,  telephone call,  circumcision,  stethoscope,  mental breakdown,  psychopathic killer,  missing child,  death threat,  mental hospital,  medication,  desperation,  jail cell,  pursuit,  umbrella,  screaming,  microphone,  false accusation,  mental illness,  prisoner,  woman,  axe,  police car,  reporter,  running,  psychopath,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  shotgun,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  rain,  female protagonist,  prison,  crying,  shower,  chase,  photograph,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  death,  flashback,  police,  blood,  fight,  violence,  gun

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Inherent Vice (2014)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Inherent Vice (2014)

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry "Doc" Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon. This is why Inherent Vice (2014) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  escape,  torture,  fear,  kidnapping
Characters:coroner,  lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  detective,  prostitute,  singer
Story:reading a newspaper,  newspaper headline,  police corruption,  flash camera,  los angeles california,  telephone call,  los angeles police department,  breaking down a door,  lapd,  police chief,  pedophile,  mental hospital,  dentist,  desperation,  captive,  witness,  disappearance,  missing person,  liar,  protest,  screaming,  search,  false accusation,  eating,  woman,  california,  police car,  newspaper,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  cafe,  running,  lie,  shooting,  investigation,  face slap,  motorcycle,  food,  rain,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  violence,  gun,  fight,  blood,  flashback

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  torture,  fear
Locations:bathtub,  school,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  girl,  teacher,  prostitute,  boy
Story:execution by hanging,  telephone call,  injustice,  despair,  sexism,  uncle niece relationship,  suffering,  burial,  jail cell,  demonstration,  class,  pursuit,  hanging,  cousin cousin relationship,  reading,  liar,  protest,  grave,  pain,  execution,  false accusation,  trial,  eating,  woman,  newspaper,  prayer,  classroom,  cafe,  running,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  motorcycle,  food,  rain,  female protagonist,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  shower,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback,  police,  fight,  blood,  murder,  death

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:escape
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer,  girl,  singer
Story:reading aloud,  listening to a radio,  flash camera,  los angeles california,  telephone call,  verdict,  ends with text,  injustice,  uncle niece relationship,  burial,  demonstration,  what happened to epilogue,  pursuit,  liar,  protest,  false accusation,  trial,  judge,  woman,  california,  newspaper,  reporter,  telephone,  running,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  song,  crying,  based on true story,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  death

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The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:hope,  grief
Locations:church
Characters:nurse,  girl,  prostitute,  boy,  singer
Story:reading aloud,  murder of son,  missing son,  ends with text,  circumcision,  digging,  loss of son,  burial,  demonstration,  chicken,  pursuit,  skeleton,  umbrella,  liar,  protest,  grave,  execution,  prisoner,  woman,  candle,  prayer,  running,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  face slap,  machine gun,  food,  song,  crying,  train,  based on true story,  shower,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood,  gun,  fight

Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  deception,  fear
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant
Characters:mayor,  lawyer,  photographer,  girl,  boy
Story:reading a newspaper,  listening to a radio,  newspaper headline,  flash camera,  telephone call,  chauvinism,  ends with biographical notes,  streetcar,  jury,  deceit,  what happened to epilogue,  witness,  pursuit,  court,  liar,  microphone,  confession,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  eating,  woman,  california,  single mother,  newspaper,  reporter,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  cafe,  running,  tears,  lie,  camera,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  fight

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. This is why Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  escape,  torture,  fear,  kidnapping
Locations:courtroom,  bathtub
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Story:newspaper headline,  flash camera,  singing in a car,  telephone call,  injustice,  jail cell,  pursuit,  protest,  microphone,  grave,  confession,  execution,  bath,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  woman,  police car,  candle,  newspaper,  handcuffs,  running,  tears,  shooting,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  prison,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  shower,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  violence,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  police,  gun

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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. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  insanity,  torture,  fear
Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant
Characters:photographer,  policeman,  girl,  singer
Story:newspaper headline,  flash camera,  pill,  mental hospital,  suffering,  what happened to epilogue,  witness,  court,  umbrella,  microphone,  grave,  confession,  pain,  no opening credits,  mental illness,  judge,  stabbed to death,  eating,  stabbing,  newspaper,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rifle,  lie,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shotgun,  face slap,  food,  rain,  prison,  song,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  gun,  violence,  police,  murder,  blood

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  paranoia,  escape,  fear
Locations:courtroom,  bathtub,  school,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:newspaper headline,  telephone call,  media frenzy,  digging,  class,  witness,  court,  hanging,  liar,  screaming,  confession,  trial,  newspaper,  reporter,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  bus,  camera,  punched in the face,  face slap,  prison,  crying,  train,  based on true story,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  police,  death

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:photographer,  policeman,  prostitute,  singer
Story:telephone call,  ends with biographical notes,  roller skating,  suffering,  jail cell,  what happened to epilogue,  pursuit,  microphone,  pain,  diner,  eating,  police car,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  camera,  face slap,  food,  song,  crying,  based on true story,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  death,  fight,  police,  blood,  violence,  gun,  flashback

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In The Valley Of Elah (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)

In Monroe, Tennessee, Hank Deerfield, an aging warrior, gets a call that his son, just back from 18 months' fighting in Iraq, is missing from his base. Hank drives to Fort Rudd, New Mexico, to search. Within a day, the charred and dismembered body of his son is found on the outskirts of town. Deerfield pushes himself into the investigation, marked by jurisdictional antagonism between the Army and local police. Working mostly with a new detective, Emily Sanders, Hank seems to close in on what happened. Major smuggling? A drug deal gone awry? Credit card slips, some photographs, and video clips from Iraq may hold the key. If Hank gets to the truth, what will it tell him? (Read More)

Themes:grief,  torture,  fear
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:detective,  bible,  policeman,  boy
Story:listening to a radio,  search,  telephone call,  murder of son,  missing son,  police chief,  despair,  sexism,  american flag,  pursuit,  disappearance,  hanging,  missing person,  reading,  liar,  stabbed to death,  woman,  stabbing,  single mother,  police car,  telephone,  prayer,  bathroom,  cafe,  running,  tears,  lie,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  crying,  based on true story,  shower,  chase,  photograph,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder,  death,  flashback,  gun

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. This is why Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008). (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  deception
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  prostitute
Story:los angeles california,  los angeles police department,  lapd,  illegal immigrant,  deceit,  hanging,  reading,  liar,  eating,  police car,  running,  psychopath,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  machine gun,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  death,  gun,  blood,  murder,  police,  fight

15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  paranoia,  escape,  torture,  fear
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  prostitute,  boy
Story:telephone call,  media circus,  illegal immigrant,  death threat,  sociopath,  witness,  american flag,  stabbed to death,  prisoner,  stabbing,  axe,  reporter,  handcuffs,  cafe,  psychopath,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shotgun,  face slap,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  prison,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  police,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

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White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Mood:melodrama
Locations:courtroom,  school,  restaurant
Characters:bible,  lawyer,  photographer,  girl,  teacher,  prostitute,  boy,  singer
Story:los angeles california,  mother love,  palm tree,  reverend,  testimony,  minister,  class,  reunion,  court,  trial,  judge,  california,  single mother,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  handcuffs,  cafe,  tears,  shooting,  bus,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  blood,  death

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:mayor,  lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Story:riverside california,  newspaper headline,  telephone call,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  what happened to epilogue,  witness,  screaming,  confession,  pain,  search,  judge,  stabbed to death,  diner,  stabbing,  california,  newspaper,  reporter,  cafe,  running,  rifle,  shooting,  camera,  investigation,  motorcycle,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  rain,  prison,  based on true story,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood

Dark Places (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  girl,  boy
Story:newspaper headline,  flash camera,  telephone call,  miscarriage of justice,  digging,  farmhouse,  testimony,  breakfast,  witness,  pursuit,  disappearance,  court,  missing person,  confession,  false accusation,  judge,  stabbed to death,  eating,  woman,  stabbing,  axe,  newspaper,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  camera,  investigation,  shotgun,  face slap,  serial killer,  food,  prison,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  police,  violence

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The Company You Keep (2012) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. This is why The Company You Keep (2012) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008). (Read More)

Themes:hope
Locations:canada,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  girl
Story:newspaper headline,  flash camera,  telephone call,  media frenzy,  police chief,  testimony,  uncle niece relationship,  demonstration,  american flag,  pursuit,  disappearance,  liar,  protest,  diner,  eating,  newspaper,  reporter,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  cafe,  running,  lie,  camera,  food,  rain,  prison,  train,  chase,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  murder,  death

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:blackmail,  torture,  fear
Locations:courtroom
Characters:bible,  lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  girl,  prostitute,  boy
Story:disappearance,  court,  newspaper headline,  telephone call,  mob of reporters,  verdict,  wrongful conviction,  uncle niece relationship,  breakfast,  sociopath,  cage,  reunion,  pursuit,  hanging,  cousin cousin relationship,  microphone,  false accusation,  trial,  eating,  police car,  newspaper,  reporter,  handcuffs,  bathroom,  running,  psychopath,  rifle,  shooting,  bus,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  face slap,  motorcycle,  serial killer,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  death,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  violence

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant
Characters:prostitute,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl
Story:woman,  death sentence,  death row,  roller skating,  jury,  death threat,  pedophile,  burial,  court,  liar,  execution,  trial,  judge,  diner,  eating,  telephone,  handcuffs,  tears,  lie,  shooting,  bus,  face slap,  serial killer,  food,  rain,  female protagonist,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  shower,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  murder,  gun,  violence,  death,  police,  blood

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Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  torture
Locations:bathtub
Characters:bible,  boy
Story:listening to a radio,  cell mate,  ends with text,  suffering,  breakfast,  demonstration,  crucifix,  what happened to epilogue,  protest,  pain,  execution,  prisoner,  eating,  reference to jesus christ,  bathroom,  running,  tears,  shooting,  bus,  punched in the face,  food,  prison,  crying,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  flashback,  blood,  death,  gun,  violence,  murder

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
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:dying,  hope,  grief
Mood:melodrama
Locations:church,  restaurant
Characters:bible,  lawyer,  policeman,  nurse,  teacher,  boy
Story:telephone call,  reverend,  despair,  minister,  class,  hanging,  umbrella,  microphone,  pain,  prisoner,  diner,  police car,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  bathroom,  cafe,  tears,  shooting,  face slap,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  gun,  death,  blood,  murder,  police

16 Blocks (2006)
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... This is why 16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  deception,  kidnapping
Characters:detective,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl
Story:reading a newspaper,  police corruption,  telephone call,  police captain,  testimony,  seattle washington,  jail cell,  witness,  pursuit,  court,  liar,  prisoner,  telephone,  handcuffs,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  bus,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  photograph,  bare chested male,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  police,  violence,  blood,  death

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Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  deception,  escape,  torture
Locations:courtroom,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant
Characters:mayor,  lawyer,  policeman,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:telephone call,  verdict,  jury,  pedophilia,  testimony,  deceit,  pedophile,  crucifix,  what happened to epilogue,  class,  witness,  american flag,  court,  liar,  confession,  bath,  trial,  judge,  eating,  candle,  newspaper,  reporter,  classroom,  bathroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  shooting,  bus,  food,  rain,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  police,  gun,  death,  violence,  fight,  flashback,  murder

Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  kidnapping
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:telephone call,  cell mate,  suffering,  captive,  cage,  pain,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  prisoner,  handcuffs,  cafe,  tears,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  death,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  police,  violence

John Q (2002) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  hope,  kidnapping
Locations:courtroom,  church
Characters:mayor,  nurse
Story:telephone call,  police chief,  jury,  suffering,  desperation,  demonstration,  court,  trial,  judge,  eating,  police car,  reporter,  prayer,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  bus,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  fight,  gun,  death,  blood

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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:dying,  blackmail,  deception,  escape,  torture,  fear,  kidnapping
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  boy,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:singing in a car,  telephone call,  farmhouse,  railway station,  what happened to epilogue,  pursuit,  court,  bath,  radio,  no opening credits,  judge,  eating,  woman,  police car,  handcuffs,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  camera,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  food,  blood splatter,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  based on true story,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  police,  murder,  gun,  violence,  blood

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 Changeling (2008). (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  blackmail,  paranoia,  deception,  escape,  torture,  fear
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  prostitute
Story:axe murder,  sadistic psychopath,  chauvinism,  psychopathic killer,  headphones,  impostor,  sociopath,  cousin cousin relationship,  missing person,  screaming,  confession,  execution,  mental illness,  stabbed to death,  woman,  stabbing,  axe,  police car,  telephone,  running,  psychopath,  camera,  investigation,  serial killer,  food,  blood splatter,  crying,  voice over narration,  shower,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  f rated,  gun,  blood,  murder,  police,  violence,  death

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  nurse,  girl,  boy
Story:reading a newspaper,  telephone call,  jail cell,  american flag,  pursuit,  pain,  search,  execution,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  stabbed to death,  eating,  woman,  stabbing,  newspaper,  telephone,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  rifle,  lie,  camera,  punched in the face,  face slap,  machine gun,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  gun,  violence,  murder,  death,  blood

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Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  conspiracy,  escape
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  nurse,  girl,  prostitute,  boy,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:telephone call,  despair,  uncle niece relationship,  demonstration,  child murder,  reunion,  pursuit,  skeleton,  umbrella,  protest,  execution,  no opening credits,  eating,  stabbing,  candle,  newspaper,  reporter,  telephone,  prayer,  handcuffs,  cafe,  running,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  punched in the face,  face slap,  food,  blood splatter,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  murder,  flashback,  fight,  blood,  gun,  death

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:dying,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  deception
Locations:church,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  boy
Story:death row,  reporter,  telephone call,  presbyterian,  circumcision,  wrongful conviction,  sexism,  execution,  false accusation,  diner,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  cafe,  running,  tears,  camera,  rain,  prison,  crying,  train,  shower,  chase,  photograph,  murder,  death,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  police

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  escape,  fear
Locations:church,  restaurant
Characters:mayor,  photographer,  policeman,  singer
Story:telephone call,  police captain,  police chief,  jail cell,  crucifix,  american flag,  pursuit,  search,  no opening credits,  eating,  police car,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  camera,  investigation,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  food,  blood splatter,  prison,  song,  crying,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  police,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder

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The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Crime, Drama, Film-noir, Thriller

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

It's the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl's favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death. But before he is executed, Ben is in the state penitentiary with a cell mate, a man by the name of Harry Powell, a self-professed man of the cloth, who is really a con man and murderer, swindling lonely women, primarily rich widows, of their money before he kills them. Harry does whatever he can, unsuccessfully, to find out the location of the $10,000 from Ben. After Ben's execution, Harry decides that Willa will be his next mark, figuring that someone in the family knows where the money is hidden. Despite vowing not to remarry, Willa ends up being easy prey for Harry's outward evangelicalism; she is a pious woman who feels she needs to atone for her sins which led to Ben doing what he did, especially as Harry presents himself as the preacher who worked at the prison and provided salvation to Ben before his death. Harry quickly figures out that John and Pearl know where the money is. Conversely, John doesn't trust Harry, John who first tries not to show to Harry that he indeed does know where the money is, and then second constantly reminds a more-trusting Pearl of their promise to their now-deceased father. With Willa devoted to her new husband, John and Pearl need some other adult assistance in evading Harry's veiled threats, an adult who not only can see the honesty and goodness in children but who can also see a true wolf in sheep's clothing like Harry. This is why The Night Of The Hunter (1955) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:courtroom,  bathtub,  church,  restaurant
Characters:bible,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer
Period:1930s
Story:execution by hanging,  preacher,  woman,  telephone call,  ford model t,  breaking down a door,  cell mate,  reverend,  minister,  jail cell,  pursuit,  court,  hanging,  reading,  liar,  execution,  judge,  police car,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  bathroom,  cafe,  psychopath,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  shotgun,  face slap,  serial killer,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  gun,  murder,  police

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:melodrama
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:listening to a radio,  telephone call,  police chief,  american flag,  pursuit,  disappearance,  grave,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  eating,  police car,  telephone,  running,  psychopath,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  punched in the face,  investigation,  face slap,  machine gun,  food,  blood splatter,  prison,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood,  police,  gun

Dead Man Walking (1995)
Crime, Drama

Dead Man Walking (1995)

A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation. (Read More)

Themes:grief
Locations:church
Characters:bible,  lawyer
Story:execution,  death row,  court hearing,  telephone call,  jury,  testimony,  suffering,  burial,  crucifix,  witness,  court,  microphone,  confession,  pain,  stabbed to death,  prisoner,  stabbing,  police car,  candle,  reporter,  prayer,  classroom,  handcuffs,  tears,  rifle,  bus,  prison,  crying,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  death,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  flashback

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Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  blackmail,  corruption,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:coroner,  lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  detective,  nurse,  girl,  boy
Story:police corruption,  telephone call,  intercom,  abuse of power,  desperation,  pursuit,  missing person,  confession,  search,  false accusation,  eating,  woman,  police car,  newspaper,  telephone,  cafe,  running,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  bus,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shotgun,  face slap,  serial killer,  food,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  chase,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  violence,  fight

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  church,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  girl,  bible,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  electroshock therapy,  verdict,  jury,  farmhouse,  testimony,  minister,  jail cell,  crucifix,  witness,  court,  umbrella,  screaming,  grave,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  stabbing,  reference to jesus christ,  prayer,  cafe,  investigation,  rain,  female protagonist,  based on true story,  photograph,  death,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  flashback,  police

Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. This is why Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  grief,  escape,  fear
Locations:church,  school,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  nurse,  girl,  prostitute,  boy
Story:police corruption,  telephone call,  illegal immigrant,  injustice,  suffering,  desperation,  crucifix,  single parent,  pursuit,  microphone,  grave,  pain,  eating,  police car,  candle,  telephone,  bathroom,  cafe,  running,  tears,  face slap,  food,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  police,  fight,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

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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:dying,  deception,  escape,  torture,  fear,  kidnapping
Locations:church,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  girl,  singer
Story:los angeles california,  telephone call,  digging,  desperation,  cage,  american flag,  screaming,  eating,  axe,  reporter,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  shotgun,  machine gun,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  fight,  gun,  murder,  police,  blood,  violence

The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  torture
Locations:bathtub
Characters:photographer,  prostitute,  singer
Story:abuse of power,  injustice,  breakfast,  burial,  jail cell,  cage,  pursuit,  hanging,  grave,  search,  execution,  stabbed to death,  prisoner,  eating,  prayer,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  tears,  rifle,  camera,  shotgun,  face slap,  serial killer,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

All Good Things (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:dying,  blackmail,  fear
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant
Characters:mayor,  lawyer,  photographer,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:reading a newspaper,  los angeles california,  telephone call,  ends with biographical notes,  jury,  what happened to epilogue,  class,  disappearance,  court,  missing person,  umbrella,  search,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  eating,  newspaper,  cafe,  running,  tears,  shooting,  camera,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  shower,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  violence,  police,  death

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Rang De Basanti (2006) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Rang De Basanti (2006)

A young idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits students from Delhi University to act in her docu-drama. She finds DJ, who graduated five years ago but still wants to be a part of the University because he doesn't think there's too much out there in the real world to look forward to. Karan, the son of Industrialist Rajnath Singhania, who shares an uncomfortable relationship with his father, but continues to live off him, albeit very grudgingly. Aslam, is a middle class Muslim boy, who lives in the by-lanes near Jama Masjid, poet, philosopher and guide to his friends. Sukhi, the group's baby, innocent, vulnerable and with a weakness for only one thing - girls. Laxman Pandey, the fundamentalist in the group, the only one who still believes that politics can make the world a better place and finally Sonia - the sole girl in the group, tomboy and vivacious spirit, engaged to Ajay - the dashing air pilot. Through her film, Sue wishes to showcase to the world the efforts of these young revolutionaries and the enormity of their contribution to the freedom movement in India. What unfolds is the inspiration behind Sue's passion for bringing their story to the world. The twist in the tale is of course the fact that more than just telling the world, Sue's film makes DJ and his friends stop and stare at themselves for being the actual descendants of these great men and never recognizing and celebrating their courage and spirit. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  grief,  conspiracy,  corruption,  torture,  fear,  kidnapping
Locations:church
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:execution by hanging,  listening to a radio,  newspaper headline,  police corruption,  flash camera,  telephone call,  ends with text,  sexism,  minister,  jail cell,  demonstration,  crucifix,  class,  pursuit,  hanging,  protest,  microphone,  confession,  execution,  trial,  prisoner,  eating,  candle,  newspaper,  telephone,  prayer,  running,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  investigation,  face slap,  motorcycle,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  police,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  gun,  blood

Capote (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

Famed writer 'Truman Capote' (qv), southern born and bred but now part of the New York City social circle, is growing weary of his current assignment of writing autobiographical type pieces for the New Yorker. After reading a newspaper article about the just occurred November 14, 1959 cold blooded murders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home, Truman feels compelled to write about that event as his next article. So he and his personal assistant Nelle 'Harper Lee (I)' (qv), also a southern born New Yorker and an aspiring writer of her own, head to Kansas to research the story first-hand. Truman hopes to use his celebrity status to gain access to whomever he needs, such as to Laura Kinney, a friend of the Clutter daughter she who discovered the bodies, and to Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator and also a Clutter family friend. If his celebrity doesn't work, Truman will grease the wheels by whatever means necessary. When the police eventually charge suspects, two young men named Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, Truman uses those same tactics to gain access to them. Truman's fascination with the story makes him believe that he can revolutionize writing by expanding the germ of the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel. His personal involvement also changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the seemingly sensitive and thus probable submissive in the criminal pairing, thus Truman becoming part of the story itself. Article or non-fiction novel, Truman knows that he has to take it to its natural conclusion, something which he cannot force. But also missing are the details of the November 14, 1959 event itself, something that neither Dick or Perry have divulged even in testimony. This is why Capote (2005) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  detective,  boy
Story:execution by hanging,  execution,  telephone call,  cell mate,  death row,  jury,  farmhouse,  testimony,  jail cell,  what happened to epilogue,  witness,  court,  hanging,  reading,  liar,  microphone,  pain,  trial,  judge,  police car,  newspaper,  reporter,  reference to jesus christ,  cafe,  tears,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  camera,  investigation,  shotgun,  prison,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  blood,  violence,  police,  death,  gun

Untraceable (2008)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Untraceable (2008)

A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are - both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an "untraceable" website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  torture,  kidnapping
Characters:policeman,  girl
Story:newspaper headline,  telephone call,  breaking down a door,  roller skating,  captive,  single parent,  american flag,  pursuit,  hanging,  false accusation,  stabbing,  single mother,  newspaper,  running,  psychopath,  shooting,  investigation,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  rain,  female protagonist,  shower,  chase,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  violence,  murder,  police,  blood,  death

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Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:dying,  hope,  paranoia,  escape,  fear
Locations:school
Characters:detective
Story:los angeles california,  jail cell,  single parent,  cousin cousin relationship,  execution,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  california,  single mother,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  shooting,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  prison,  voice over narration,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  gun,  death,  murder,  police,  violence,  blood,  fight

The Reader (2008) is one of the best movies like Changeling (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  fear
Locations:courtroom,  bathtub,  church,  school,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:reading aloud,  trial,  telephone call,  dining hall,  testimony,  demonstration,  class,  court,  reading,  protest,  microphone,  confession,  false accusation,  judge,  eating,  woman,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  face slap,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  police

Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... (Read More)

Themes:deception,  escape,  fear,  kidnapping
Locations:canada,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:coroner,  detective
Story:newspaper headline,  singing in a car,  serial killer,  police captain,  two way mirror,  farmhouse,  drifter,  sexism,  impostor,  witness,  american flag,  skeleton,  umbrella,  grave,  stabbed to death,  police car,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  bus,  investigation,  face slap,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  rain,  train,  shower,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death

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