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Chinatown (1974)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  racism,  incest,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  fear,  adultery,  politics,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Mood:night,  suspense
Locations:office,  usa,  mexico,  rooftop,  farm,  apartment,  desert,  bathtub,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:engineer,  detective,  coroner,  fisherman,  mayor,  secretary,  maid,  hitman,  lawyer,  hostage
Period:1930s
Story:water,  private detective,  catalina island california,  chinatown los angeles,  barber shop,  real estate scam,  private investigator,  lighting cigarette for woman,  mystery woman,  man slaps a woman,  man kills a woman,  political conspiracy,  water rights,  salt water,  government corruption,  secret past,  political corruption,  woman,  police detective,  investigation,  threatened with a knife,  taking a photograph,  telephone call,  hanging up without saying goodbye,  co worker co worker relationship,  shot while trying to escape,  ends with death,  real estate fraud,  reference to confucius,  hall of records,  los angeles river,  male slaps female,  killed in a car,  bandaged nose,  nose bandage,  los angeles storm drain,  following someone in a car,  catalina,  telephoto lens,  shocking truth,  hard boiled,  photo lab,  music score features piano,  severed nose,  yawn,  naked dead man,  incestuous relationship,  sad ending,  city council,  jazz score,  political cover up,  reservoir,  yawning,  caught in a lie,  dishonesty,  orchard,  corrupt businessman,  hidden truth,  scapegoat,  telling a joke,  beaten up,  landowner,  obituary,  snooping,  protective male,  crutch,  bloody face,  city hall,  orange,  social decay,  fade to black,  famous line,  drought,  cocktail,  chinese american,  implied sex,  tycoon,  trespassing,  barbershop,  orchestral music score,  tragic ending,  chinatown,  tragic past,  altered version of studio logo,  distrust,  famous score,  palm tree,  pond,  business card,  great depression,  kiss on the lips,  knocked unconscious,  pocket watch,  shot in the eye,  dam,  retirement home,  real estate,  lawsuit,  gardener,  assumed identity,  barber,  director cameo,  homage,  set up,  ex cop,  southern accent,  melancholy,  ethnic slur,  loss of husband,  dark past,  lieutenant,  accidental killing,  wisecrack humor,  disfigurement,  punched in the chest,  autopsy,  dark hero,  escape attempt,  butler,  aquarium,  plot twist,  rowboat,  millionaire,  impostor,  yacht,  haunted by the past,  crime scene,  switchblade,  thug,  mexican,  following someone,  scam,  rape victim,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  impersonation,  nosebleed,  morgue,  vandalism,  sabotage,  shaving,  eavesdropping,  eyeglasses,  scandal,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  shot in the arm,  handgun,  premarital sex,  domestic violence,  suspicion,  threat,  tragic event,  employer employee relationship,  long take,  convertible,  farmer,  knocked out,  evil man,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  protest,  binoculars,  racial slur,  drowning,  femme fatale,  home invasion,  double cross,  fishing,  anti hero,  false accusation,  security guard,  map,  widow,  bridge,  mansion,  ambush,  police station,  dysfunctional family,  shot in the back,  telephone,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  dead body,  car crash,  place name in title,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  showdown,  extramarital affair,  secret,  brawl,  sister sister relationship,  camera,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  horse,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  one word title,  police,  violence,  death,  fight

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:mayor,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  threatened with a knife,  city hall,  social decay,  set up,  ex cop,  ethnic slur,  punched in the chest,  escape attempt,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  shot in the arm,  knocked out,  racial slur,  home invasion,  anti hero,  false accusation,  security guard,  ambush,  police station,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  gangster,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  neo noir,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  fight,  police,  death,  murder,  violence

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  apartment
Characters:engineer,  hitman,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  telling a joke,  beaten up,  implied sex,  shot in the eye,  disfigurement,  punched in the chest,  dark hero,  butler,  impostor,  yacht,  crime scene,  thug,  rape victim,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  nosebleed,  eavesdropping,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  premarital sex,  tragic event,  knocked out,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  security guard,  mansion,  ambush,  revolver,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  fistfight,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder,  police,  violence,  death

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Mood:night,  suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:detective,  hitman,  hostage
Story:man kills a woman,  political corruption,  private detective,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  telling a joke,  knocked unconscious,  private investigator,  southern accent,  wisecrack humor,  crime scene,  switchblade,  thug,  henchman,  shot in the arm,  knocked out,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  mansion,  ambush,  police station,  dysfunctional family,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  camera,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  horse,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder,  death,  violence,  police

Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  politics,  betrayal
Locations:apartment,  bathtub,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:mayor,  secretary,  hitman,  lawyer,  hostage,  detective
Story:private detective,  police detective,  city hall,  social decay,  ex cop,  private investigator,  millionaire,  haunted by the past,  crime scene,  following someone,  eavesdropping,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  knocked out,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  protest,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  woman,  handcuffs,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  secret,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  murder,  death,  violence,  fight

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Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. This is why Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:coroner,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  threatened with a knife,  tragic past,  ethnic slur,  dark past,  autopsy,  haunted by the past,  crime scene,  thug,  following someone,  kicked in the stomach,  morgue,  henchman,  shot in the arm,  suspicion,  tragic event,  knocked out,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  racial slur,  home invasion,  double cross,  security guard,  map,  bridge,  woman,  ambush,  police station,  shot in the back,  telephone,  revolver,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  secret,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  fight,  violence,  police

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

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

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:coroner,  hitman,  hostage
Story:man kills a woman,  threatened with a knife,  photo lab,  shot in the eye,  set up,  punched in the chest,  escape attempt,  thug,  following someone,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  morgue,  henchman,  handgun,  premarital sex,  suspicion,  long take,  knocked out,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  protest,  binoculars,  drowning,  femme fatale,  home invasion,  double cross,  bridge,  woman,  ambush,  shot in the back,  telephone,  revolver,  interrogation,  dead body,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  water,  showdown,  secret,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder,  police,  death,  violence

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:conspiracy,  paranoia,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  fear,  politics,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  bathtub
Characters:secretary,  hitman,  lawyer,  hostage,  detective
Story:man kills a woman,  government corruption,  woman,  private detective,  threatened with a knife,  social decay,  tragic past,  altered version of studio logo,  distrust,  palm tree,  business card,  ex cop,  private investigator,  ethnic slur,  wisecrack humor,  disfigurement,  punched in the chest,  aquarium,  crime scene,  switchblade,  thug,  following someone,  kicked in the stomach,  nosebleed,  shaving,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  shot in the arm,  handgun,  suspicion,  knocked out,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  protest,  racial slur,  femme fatale,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  mansion,  ambush,  dysfunctional family,  telephone,  revolver,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  death,  violence,  murder,  police

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
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:brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  farm,  apartment,  restaurant
Characters:engineer,  hostage,  detective
Story:man kills a woman,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  hall of records,  tragic ending,  tragic past,  altered version of studio logo,  retirement home,  ex cop,  lieutenant,  punched in the chest,  kicked in the stomach,  shot in the arm,  premarital sex,  tragic event,  farmer,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  drowning,  police station,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  water,  secret,  brawl,  camera,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  police officer,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  murder,  police,  fight,  violence,  death

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  racism,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:desert
Characters:hitman,  hostage
Story:man slaps a woman,  telephone call,  southern accent,  ethnic slur,  dark past,  dark hero,  thug,  mexican,  shaving,  henchman,  threat,  knocked out,  evil man,  attempted murder,  racial slur,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  ambush,  shot in the back,  telephone,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  horse,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  fight,  death,  murder,  violence

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one. This is why The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:mexico,  apartment,  desert
Characters:hostage
Story:telephone call,  tragic ending,  business card,  southern accent,  kicked in the stomach,  eavesdropping,  shot in the arm,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  double cross,  anti hero,  ambush,  police station,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  showdown,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  fight,  murder

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

Triple 9 (2016)

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

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:coroner,  hitman,  hostage,  detective
Story:man kills a woman,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  social decay,  distrust,  ex cop,  southern accent,  ethnic slur,  lieutenant,  accidental killing,  punched in the chest,  autopsy,  crime scene,  thug,  police chase,  morgue,  sabotage,  eavesdropping,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  cover up,  attempted murder,  protest,  racial slur,  femme fatale,  double cross,  security guard,  map,  ambush,  police station,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  secret,  brawl,  sister sister relationship,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  death

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:hitman,  lawyer,  hostage,  detective
Story:man kills a woman,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  telephone call,  social decay,  tragic ending,  ethnic slur,  wisecrack humor,  punched in the chest,  aquarium,  switchblade,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  impersonation,  henchman,  suspicion,  threat,  evil man,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  racial slur,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  mansion,  ambush,  police station,  shot in the back,  telephone,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  police,  murder,  death,  violence

Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:farm
Characters:hostage
Story:threatened with a knife,  distrust,  southern accent,  punched in the chest,  kicked in the stomach,  sabotage,  suspicion,  knocked out,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  drowning,  double cross,  ambush,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  showdown,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  one word title,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder

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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:paranoia,  brutality,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  threatened with a knife,  social decay,  fade to black,  tragic ending,  ethnic slur,  escape attempt,  switchblade,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  shot in the arm,  premarital sex,  long take,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  racial slur,  anti hero,  police station,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  police,  murder,  death

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. This is why American Assassin (2017) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  bathtub,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:engineer,  hostage
Story:man kills a woman,  political conspiracy,  threatened with a knife,  tragic past,  ethnic slur,  dark past,  punched in the chest,  dark hero,  thug,  kicked in the stomach,  eavesdropping,  henchman,  shot in the arm,  suspicion,  tragic event,  long take,  knocked out,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  racial slur,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  map,  ambush,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  water,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  violence,  fight

Scream 3 (2000) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen.

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal
Locations:apartment
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:man kills a woman,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  hall of records,  famous line,  director cameo,  ex cop,  punched in the chest,  crime scene,  rape victim,  kicked in the stomach,  sabotage,  eavesdropping,  premarital sex,  suspicion,  knocked out,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  racial slur,  home invasion,  double cross,  false accusation,  security guard,  woman,  mansion,  ambush,  police station,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  secret,  brawl,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  fight,  police,  violence

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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,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:office
Characters:lawyer,  hostage,  detective
Story:private detective,  threatened with a knife,  telephone call,  hall of records,  palm tree,  private investigator,  southern accent,  punched in the chest,  butler,  thug,  kicked in the stomach,  eavesdropping,  premarital sex,  threat,  evil man,  cover up,  binoculars,  home invasion,  double cross,  widow,  mansion,  shot in the back,  telephone,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  murder,  death

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  desert,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  hostage
Story:threatened with a knife,  telephone call,  southern accent,  lieutenant,  punched in the chest,  escape attempt,  thug,  following someone,  kicked in the stomach,  eavesdropping,  henchman,  suspicion,  knocked out,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  security guard,  woman,  ambush,  shot in the back,  telephone,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  police,  violence,  murder

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,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hitman,  hostage,  detective
Story:man slaps a woman,  man kills a woman,  secret past,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  corrupt businessman,  social decay,  business card,  crime scene,  henchman,  threat,  long take,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  anti hero,  security guard,  bridge,  mansion,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence,  fight,  death

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
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. This is why Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  betrayal,  money
Mood:night
Locations:farm,  apartment,  restaurant
Characters:detective
Story:man kills a woman,  private detective,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  corrupt businessman,  social decay,  shot in the eye,  director cameo,  disfigurement,  punched in the chest,  haunted by the past,  crime scene,  switchblade,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  handgun,  premarital sex,  knocked out,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  femme fatale,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  mansion,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  sister sister relationship,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  fight,  murder

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  restaurant
Characters:hitman
Story:man kills a woman,  threatened with a knife,  hall of records,  tragic past,  dark past,  punched in the chest,  dark hero,  escape attempt,  thug,  kicked in the stomach,  henchman,  shot in the arm,  long take,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  double cross,  anti hero,  ambush,  shot in the back,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  fight,  violence,  murder,  death

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Characters:maid,  hostage
Story:man kills a woman,  threatened with a knife,  tragic past,  altered version of studio logo,  director cameo,  dark past,  wisecrack humor,  disfigurement,  punched in the chest,  dark hero,  rowboat,  impostor,  haunted by the past,  following someone,  scam,  kicked in the stomach,  nosebleed,  sabotage,  henchman,  shot in the arm,  knocked out,  evil man,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  femme fatale,  anti hero,  map,  bridge,  ambush,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  water,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  horse,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  murder,  death

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Ngo Si Seoi (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  deception,  torture,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  desert
Characters:hitman,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  palm tree,  business card,  punched in the chest,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  sabotage,  eavesdropping,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  knocked out,  cover up,  binoculars,  double cross,  map,  bridge,  ambush,  police station,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  secret,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  rescue,  gangster,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  death,  fight,  police

Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:money,  paranoia,  brutality,  corruption,  racism,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:night
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:hitman,  hostage
Period:1930s
Story:telephone call,  social decay,  fade to black,  barbershop,  tragic ending,  altered version of studio logo,  palm tree,  great depression,  southern accent,  ethnic slur,  punched in the chest,  escape attempt,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  shot in the arm,  threat,  tragic event,  knocked out,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  racial slur,  femme fatale,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  bridge,  mansion,  ambush,  police station,  shot in the back,  telephone,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  extramarital affair,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  police,  death,  violence

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Crime, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Batman, the costumed crime-fighter who prowls the night skies in Gotham City, soon finds there's another vigilante in town knocking off prominent mob figures. Despite the scythe-like blade for a hand, a mechanical voice and the cloud of smoke that follows the figure wherever it goes, the police and outraged officials mistake the homicidal crusader for Batman himself and demand that the city's longtime hero be brought to justice. Meanwhile, Andrea Beaumont returns to town. She is the lost love of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy who is Batman's alter ego, and was an integral part of Wayne's decision ten years earlier to don the cape and cowl. Now, she is back in his life and is no less a disruption than the return of his old archenemy, The Joker, who has a stake in seeing the annihilation of this new vigilante, whoever it proves to be. This is why Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:night
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  restaurant
Characters:hitman,  lawyer,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  corrupt businessman,  social decay,  orchestral music score,  tragic past,  dark past,  punched in the chest,  dark hero,  escape attempt,  butler,  plot twist,  millionaire,  haunted by the past,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  eavesdropping,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  evil man,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  femme fatale,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  security guard,  bridge,  mansion,  ambush,  police station,  revolver,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  murder,  death

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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:surveillance,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:night,  suspense
Locations:farm,  apartment,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:coroner,  hostage,  detective
Story:man slaps a woman,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  tragic past,  assumed identity,  dark past,  disfigurement,  autopsy,  escape attempt,  impostor,  crime scene,  police chase,  impersonation,  morgue,  newspaper headline,  premarital sex,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  home invasion,  double cross,  security guard,  bridge,  mansion,  ambush,  police station,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  investigation,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  police officer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  bare chested male,  death,  murder

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

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

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  fear,  politics,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Mood:night,  suspense
Locations:usa,  rooftop,  apartment,  restaurant
Characters:engineer,  mayor,  secretary,  lawyer,  hostage,  detective
Story:secret past,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  corrupt businessman,  social decay,  famous line,  tragic ending,  tragic past,  altered version of studio logo,  famous score,  business card,  dark past,  lieutenant,  punched in the chest,  dark hero,  escape attempt,  butler,  impostor,  crime scene,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  threat,  knocked out,  evil man,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  security guard,  bridge,  ambush,  police station,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  horse,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  fight,  death

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
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:paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:mexico,  farm,  desert
Characters:hostage
Story:threatened with a knife,  tragic ending,  tragic past,  business card,  southern accent,  ethnic slur,  dark past,  wisecrack humor,  punched in the chest,  dark hero,  haunted by the past,  thug,  mexican,  kicked in the stomach,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  shot in the arm,  long take,  farmer,  knocked out,  evil man,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  racial slur,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  secret,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  horse,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  death,  police,  fight,  violence,  murder

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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,  paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  torture,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  desert
Characters:engineer,  mayor,  maid,  lawyer,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  corrupt businessman,  city hall,  altered version of studio logo,  famous score,  punched in the chest,  dark hero,  escape attempt,  butler,  haunted by the past,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  sabotage,  shaving,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  threat,  tragic event,  knocked out,  evil man,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  protest,  femme fatale,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  security guard,  bridge,  mansion,  ambush,  police station,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  water,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  police officer,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  fight,  police,  murder,  death

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

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. This is why Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:hostage
Story:man kills a woman,  loss of husband,  punched in the chest,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  sabotage,  eavesdropping,  knocked out,  attempted murder,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  security guard,  widow,  bridge,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  police,  death,  violence,  fight

Seeking Justice (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  deception,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:night,  suspense
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  social decay,  punched in the chest,  escape attempt,  rape victim,  police chase,  newspaper headline,  shot in the arm,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  security guard,  police station,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  death,  murder,  fight,  police

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Hummingbird (2013) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hummingbird (2013)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  drunkenness,  money
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Story:threatened with a knife,  assumed identity,  punched in the chest,  dark hero,  haunted by the past,  switchblade,  thug,  shaving,  newspaper headline,  shot in the arm,  premarital sex,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  anti hero,  revolver,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  bare chested male,  one word title,  death,  fight,  police,  violence,  murder

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,  brutality,  corruption,  incest,  deception,  fear,  money
Locations:farm,  desert
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  threatened with a knife,  telling a joke,  social decay,  tragic past,  southern accent,  dark past,  accidental killing,  punched in the chest,  haunted by the past,  crime scene,  rape victim,  kicked in the stomach,  newspaper headline,  premarital sex,  convertible,  evil man,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  drowning,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  security guard,  map,  bridge,  woman,  ambush,  dysfunctional family,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  camera,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  horse,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  police,  death,  violence,  murder

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  fear,  politics,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  desert
Characters:lawyer,  hostage
Story:man kills a woman,  social decay,  altered version of studio logo,  knocked unconscious,  disfigurement,  punched in the chest,  escape attempt,  kicked in the stomach,  sabotage,  eavesdropping,  henchman,  suspicion,  knocked out,  evil man,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  double cross,  anti hero,  security guard,  ambush,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  murder,  fight,  death

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

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers. This is why The Transporter Refueled (2015) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:man kills a woman,  police detective,  threatened with a knife,  tragic past,  dark past,  wisecrack humor,  punched in the chest,  yacht,  thug,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  morgue,  sabotage,  henchman,  shot in the arm,  suspicion,  knocked out,  cover up,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  security guard,  ambush,  police station,  shot in the back,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  police,  murder,  fight,  death,  violence

Self/less (2015) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

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

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:hostage
Story:tycoon,  palm tree,  punched in the chest,  kicked in the stomach,  newspaper headline,  premarital sex,  knocked out,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  security guard,  widow,  bridge,  mansion,  ambush,  revolver,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  fight,  death,  violence

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

Wild Card (2015)

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

Themes:brutality,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant
Characters:maid,  lawyer,  hostage
Story:fade to black,  palm tree,  ethnic slur,  dark hero,  millionaire,  thug,  rape victim,  kicked in the stomach,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  racial slur,  home invasion,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  ambush,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  fight,  death

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Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  drunkenness,  fear,  adultery
Locations:rooftop
Characters:mayor,  lawyer,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  investigation,  nose bandage,  city hall,  social decay,  distrust,  ex cop,  ethnic slur,  dark hero,  haunted by the past,  crime scene,  police chase,  kicked in the stomach,  sabotage,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  threat,  cover up,  attempted murder,  racial slur,  drowning,  home invasion,  map,  bridge,  police station,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  extramarital affair,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  murder,  death,  violence

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  deception,  fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:man kills a woman,  police detective,  ethnic slur,  escape attempt,  haunted by the past,  police chase,  sabotage,  suspicion,  attempted murder,  racial slur,  anti hero,  woman,  police station,  shot in the back,  telephone,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  police officer,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  police,  fight,  violence

Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. This is why Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  conspiracy,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  restaurant
Characters:hitman,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  corrupt businessman,  chinatown,  assumed identity,  accidental killing,  impostor,  crime scene,  police chase,  suspicion,  employer employee relationship,  knocked out,  cover up,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  home invasion,  false accusation,  ambush,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  one word title,  fight,  murder,  violence,  death,  police

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

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

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

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:hostage
Story:man kills a woman,  government corruption,  threatened with a knife,  palm tree,  wisecrack humor,  punched in the chest,  kicked in the stomach,  sabotage,  eavesdropping,  henchman,  shot in the arm,  premarital sex,  suspicion,  knocked out,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  security guard,  map,  bridge,  ambush,  shot in the back,  car crash,  car chase,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder

Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  betrayal
Characters:hitman,  lawyer,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  altered version of studio logo,  ex cop,  autopsy,  crime scene,  switchblade,  morgue,  newspaper headline,  handgun,  knocked out,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  mansion,  police station,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  knife,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

Nick Of Time (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Nick Of Time (1995)

Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones. Pretending to be cops, Smith and Jones kidnap Lynn and confront Gene with a simple choice -- kill California governor Eleanor Grant in 90 minutes or less, or Lynn will die. Watson is given a gun, six bullets, and a name tag, and he is told to go to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and kill Eleanor, who is giving an afternoon speech. While Jones is watching Lynn in a van, Smith watches Watson in order to prevent Watson from alerting the authorities. Watson must quickly find some way to get himself and Lynn out of this seemingly impossible situation. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  fear,  politics,  betrayal,  money
Mood:suspense
Characters:maid,  hostage
Story:man kills a woman,  political conspiracy,  government corruption,  political corruption,  los angeles storm drain,  social decay,  orchestral music score,  business card,  southern accent,  ethnic slur,  punched in the chest,  escape attempt,  impostor,  following someone,  eavesdropping,  shot in the arm,  suspicion,  knocked out,  evil man,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  double cross,  security guard,  shot in the back,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  violence,  murder,  death

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Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

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

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  fear,  adultery,  politics,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:hostage
Story:political corruption,  threatened with a knife,  telephone call,  ethnic slur,  following someone,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  racial slur,  double cross,  anti hero,  mansion,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  car crash,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  death,  murder,  fight,  violence

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. This is why Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  fear,  politics,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:office,  desert,  beach
Characters:hostage
Story:man kills a woman,  government corruption,  police officer,  telephone call,  social decay,  tragic ending,  palm tree,  business card,  shot in the eye,  southern accent,  ethnic slur,  accidental killing,  punched in the chest,  kicked in the stomach,  shot in the arm,  handgun,  long take,  knocked out,  evil man,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  protest,  racial slur,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  mansion,  ambush,  shot in the back,  revolver,  dead body,  car crash,  place name in title,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  violence,  fight

Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

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

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:shot while trying to escape,  altered version of studio logo,  knocked unconscious,  impostor,  henchman,  shot in the arm,  knocked out,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  security guard,  map,  ambush,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  showdown,  brawl,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  violence,  police,  death,  fight,  murder

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Passenger 57 (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  racism,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Characters:lawyer,  hostage
Story:threatened with a knife,  telephone call,  tragic past,  ex cop,  southern accent,  dark past,  wisecrack humor,  punched in the chest,  escape attempt,  haunted by the past,  kicked in the stomach,  sabotage,  henchman,  knocked out,  evil man,  binoculars,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder,  fight,  death,  violence,  police

The Prophecy (1995) is one of the best movies like Chinatown (1974)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  desert
Characters:coroner,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  punched in the chest,  autopsy,  crime scene,  morgue,  henchman,  newspaper headline,  knocked out,  evil man,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  double cross,  police station,  shot in the back,  revolver,  handcuffs,  dead body,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  police officer,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  death,  murder,  fight,  police

Dracula 2000 (2000)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Dracula 2000 (2000)

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

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:rooftop
Characters:secretary,  hostage
Story:threatened with a knife,  wisecrack humor,  punched in the chest,  butler,  kicked in the stomach,  premarital sex,  knocked out,  evil man,  attempted murder,  racial slur,  femme fatale,  home invasion,  double cross,  security guard,  map,  ambush,  police station,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  fight,  violence

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