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Contagion (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Contagion (2011)

Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear, infidelity, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, apartment, village, airport, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:australian, hostage, nurse, soldier, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:contagion spread, searching for cure, centers for disease control, contagious disease, infectious disease, hong kong, virus, hostage exchange, held hostage, character's point of view camera shot, marital infidelity, death of expectant mother, death of pregnant woman, u.s. department of homeland security, world health organization, reference to king kong, trepanation, reference to godzilla, fema, news conference

World War Z (2013)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

World War Z (2013)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. (Read More)

Themes:panic, military
Locations:laboratory, apartment, airport
Characters:soldier, doctor
Story:infection, world health organization, immunity, blockade, pandemic, vaccine, looting, outbreak, cure, saving the world, hit by a truck, pharmacy, epidemic, mutation, virus, disease, supermarket, riot, subtitled scene, american abroad

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

War Dogs (2016)

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

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, airport, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, soldier
Story:wearing a sound wire, blockade, text messaging, casino, american abroad, race against time, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, internet, held at gunpoint, camera, airplane, helicopter, cell phone, fire, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

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:panic, paranoia, military, deception, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, airport, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, national guard, blockade, looting, body bag, no title at beginning, media coverage, bat, gas mask, masked man, parking garage, press conference, chef, riot, american abroad, death of child, injection, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest

Inferno (2016) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Inferno (2016)

Famous symbologist on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, airport, hotel, restaurant, hospital
Characters:doctor, hostage, nurse, soldier
Period:2010s
Story:virus, world health organization, map, character's point of view camera shot, biohazard, blockade, surveillance footage, plague, government agent, infection, disease, subtitled scene, american abroad, injection, race against time, protest, ambulance, scientist, held at gunpoint, airplane

I Am Legend (2007)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

I Am Legend (2007)

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague -- The Infected -- lurk in the shadows... watching Neville's every move... waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time. This is why I Am Legend (2007) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:laboratory
Period:2010s
Story:cure, scientist, infected, plague, virus, immunity, medical research, pandemic, vaccine, quarantine, epidemic, mutation, infection, disease, syringe, death of child, injection, nonlinear timeline, rifle, helicopter

Arrival (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Arrival (2016)

Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. (Read More)

Themes:military, panic, paranoia, fear
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:australian, soldier, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:hazmat suit, looting, no title at beginning, media coverage, parking garage, press conference, disease, terminal illness, riot, subtitled scene, injection, race against time, protest, news report, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, map, scientist, held at gunpoint, camera

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

The Mummy (2017)

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

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, media coverage, subtitled scene, american abroad, injection, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, ambulance, scientist, held at gunpoint, london england, bus, airplane, helicopter, corpse, train, fire

Jason Bourne (2016) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Thriller

Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne is again being hunted by the CIA. It begins when Nicky Parson a former CIA operative who helped Bourne, who went under and now works with a man who's a whistle blower and is out to expose the CIA's black ops. Nicky hacks into the CIA and downloads everything on all their Black Ops, including Treadstone which Bourne was a part of. And Heather Lee, a CIA agent, discovers the hack and brings it to the attention of CIA Director Dewey, the man behind the Black Ops. He orders Parsons be found and, hopefully, Bourne, too. (Read More)

Themes:deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, airport, hotel, restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, blockade, death of loved one, text messaging, government agent, parking garage, press conference, riot, subtitled scene, casino, american abroad, manipulation, race against time, protest, home invasion, no opening credits, map, internet, ambulance, held at gunpoint

Planet Terror (2007)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Planet Terror (2007)

After an experimental bio-nerve gas is accidentally released at a remote U.S. military base in Texas, those exposed to the gas turn into flesh-eating, mutating zombies out to kill. An assortment of various people who include stripper Cherry, her shady mechanic ex-boyfriend Wray, a strong-willed doctor, the local sheriff, and an assortment of various people must join forces to survive the night as the so-called "sickos" threaten to take over the whole town and the world. (Read More)

Themes:military, paranoia, fear, infidelity
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Story:immunity, biohazard, outbreak, hit by a truck, epidemic, death of loved one, mutation, infection, unfaithful wife, gas mask, death of child, scientist, held at gunpoint, extramarital affair, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. This is why The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:character's point of view camera shot, national guard, body bag, hit by a truck, no title at beginning, plague, death of loved one, media coverage, ferry, masked man, parking garage, press conference, hong kong, subtitled scene, american abroad, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)

At the story's heart is Caesar ('Andy Serkis' (qv)), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator, Will Rodman ('James Franco' (qv)) and a primatologist Caroline Aranha ('Freida Pinto' (qv)), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned in an ape sanctuary in San Bruno. Seeking justice for his fellow inmates, Caesar gives the fellow apes the same drug that he inherited. He then assembles a simian army and escapes the sanctuary - putting man and ape on a collision course that could change the planet forever. (Read More)

Locations:laboratory, airport
Characters:nurse
Period:2010s
Story:blockade, cure, epidemic, infection, parking garage, disease, virus, riot, subtitled scene, san francisco california, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, ambulance, scientist, bus, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, fire

The Purge: Anarchy (2014) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles. (Read More)

Themes:deception, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:character's point of view camera shot, sick, media coverage, gas mask, masked man, parking garage, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, ambulance, held at gunpoint, bus, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship

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

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:village, snow
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot, body bag, death of loved one, infection, virus, subtitled scene, race against time, death of wife, no opening credits, map, held at gunpoint, rifle, helicopter, corpse, fire, pistol, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

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

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

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

Themes:deception, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, media coverage, chef, subtitled scene, casino, american abroad, manipulation, race against time, news report, no opening credits, map, held at gunpoint, london england, investigation, airplane, cell phone, fire, pistol, father son relationship, flashback

Unknown (2011)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Unknown (2011)

A biochemist and his dishy wife arrive in Berlin for a conference at which a scientist and his controversial Arab funder will announce breakthrough research. While his wife checks into the hotel, he grabs a cab to return to the airport for his briefcase, left at the curb. En route, an auto accident puts him in a coma, from which he awakes four days later without identification and with gaps in his memory. He goes to the hotel: his wife refuses to recognize him and another man has claimed his identity. With help from a nurse, the cab driver, a retired Stasi agent, and an academic friend, he tries to unravel what's going on. Is the answer in the briefcase? This is why Unknown (2011) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:deception, kidnapping
Locations:airport, hotel, laboratory, hospital
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:character's point of view camera shot, surveillance footage, coughing, dead woman with eyes open, thanksgiving, parking garage, syringe, subtitled scene, american abroad, injection, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, scientist, held at gunpoint, cell phone, one word title, death, flashback, murder

The Last King Of Scotland (2006) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. (Read More)

Themes:fear, infidelity
Locations:village, airport, hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Story:death of expectant mother, vaccination, mass grave, seizure, press conference, syringe, injection, journalist, extramarital affair, bus, camera, airplane, pistol, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, death, murder, flashback

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

The second chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:disease, character's point of view camera shot, immunity, infected, cure, epidemic, infection, shopping mall, virus, syringe, injection, race against time, no opening credits, scientist, held at gunpoint, rifle, helicopter, corpse, fire, pistol

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:deception, infidelity
Locations:apartment, village, airport, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:chinese food, atlanta georgia, laundromat, unfaithful wife, american abroad, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, nonlinear timeline, map, held at gunpoint, extramarital affair, investigation, airplane, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear
Locations:snow, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, soldier, doctor
Story:blockade, surveillance footage, coughing, death of loved one, media coverage, riot, death of child, manipulation, news report, no opening credits, map, scientist, held at gunpoint, rifle, airplane, corpse, train, fire, pistol, mother daughter relationship

28 Days Later... (2002) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

28 Days Later... (2002)

Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind's savage nature. This is why 28 Days Later... (2002) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:military, paranoia, fear
Locations:laboratory, hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:virus, infected, scientist, outbreak, plague, epidemic, infection, disease, supermarket, riot, no opening credits, london england, corpse, fire, father daughter relationship, death, murder

2 Guns (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

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

Themes:military, deception, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, hotel
Characters:hostage, soldier
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, reference to frankenstein, admiral, masked man, subtitled scene, race against time, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, held at gunpoint, rifle, investigation, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:military, deception, kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot, media coverage, masked man, press conference, american abroad, injection, race against time, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, held at gunpoint, london england, airplane, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, pistol, flashback, murder

Non-stop (2014)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Non-stop (2014)

Bill Marks, a former cop dealing with his daughter's death by drinking, is now a federal air marshal. While on a flight from New York to London, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is transferred to an offshore account, someone will die every 20 minutes. Can he find the terrorist in time and save everyone? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, fear
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:hostage, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:foaming at the mouth, disaster film, text messaging, government agent, riot, american abroad, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, ambulance, held at gunpoint, airplane, cell phone, pistol, death, murder

San Andreas (2015) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

San Andreas (2015)

In San Andreas, California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily the biggest earthquake in history. Dwayne Johnson plays Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who is trying to find his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who is in San Francisco amidst the chaos. Ray's estranged wife, Emma, is forced to turn to Ray for help, as he is her last resort. Together they journey to save their daughter. (Read More)

Themes:panic, fear
Locations:airport, restaurant
Story:helicopter, national guard, disaster film, baseball stadium, looting, text messaging, media coverage, parking garage, san francisco california, race against time, news report, no opening credits, map, ambulance, scientist, fire, held at gunpoint, airplane, cell phone, pistol

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

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. This is why Nocturnal Animals (2016) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, infidelity, kidnapping
Locations:snow, hotel, restaurant
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:text messaging, unfaithful wife, terminal illness, death of child, manipulation, death of wife, nonlinear timeline, held at gunpoint, extramarital affair, corpse, cell phone, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, death, murder, flashback

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

This new version of the saga of CIA analyst Jack Ryan begins as Jack attends the London School of Economics. 9/11 happens. He subsequently enlists in the Marines, sustaining severe injuries when the chopper deploying him to Afghanistan is shot down. While in intense rehab, he grabs the attention of Harper, a man who works for the CIA and who would like Jack to finish his studies, get a job on Wall Street, and seek out terrorist plots through their financial transactions. Ten years pass. Jack finds anomalies in the accounts of a Russian named Cherevin and thinks he should go to Russia to check out what's going on. He's told not to tell anyone who he is, including his girlfriend Cathy, which makes her doubt him when she catches him in some lies. In Russia, Cherevin assigns someone to assist Jack, but when the two are alone, the man tries to kill Jack instead, so Jack kills him. Obviously, Cherevin is hiding something. Jack goes to meet him and says he'll bring his fiancee along, but when Cathy shows up, Jack has to tell her the truth. Harper says Cathy has to go with Jack when she meets Cherevin. Jack doesn't want her to but Cathy says she's going, so the action begins that leads to the climax. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:airport, hotel, restaurant
Characters:hostage, nurse, soldier, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, reference to facebook, syringe, subtitled scene, american abroad, race against time, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, ambulance, london england, airplane, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, death, murder

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:military, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, snow
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:pandemic, hit by a truck, plague, mutation, infection, gas mask, virus, disease, syringe, injection, race against time, map, held at gunpoint, airplane, helicopter, pistol, murder, flashback, death

Daybreakers (2009) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Daybreakers (2009)

In a world 10 years into the future, vampires make up the vast majority of the population with only 5% of the human race remaining. This presents particular challenges as the vampires' food supply - human blood - is dwindling and rationing is now the norm. There is growing evidence that vampires deprived of an adequate blood supply are themselves evolving into wild, vile creatures that attack anyone and anything in order to survive. Dr. Edward Dalton, a vampire and hematologist who works for a pharmaceutical firm, has been working on finding an artificial blood supply that will meet the vampire society's needs. He is sympathetic to humans and sees his work as a way of alleviating their suffering but his views on finding a solution change considerably when he meets someone who found a way to transform himself from being a vampire to again take human form. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Period:2010s
Story:pandemic, cure, double barreled shotgun, plague, epidemic, bat, mutation, syringe, riot, death of child, home invasion, map, scientist, held at gunpoint, helicopter, corpse, father daughter relationship, one word title, murder, flashback

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

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, hotel, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, soldier, doctor
Story:character's point of view camera shot, seizure, hit by a truck, virus, subtitled scene, casino, injection, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, scientist, held at gunpoint, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, train, fire, pistol, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. This is why The Accountant (2016) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear
Locations:apartment, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:surveillance footage, funeral home, government agent, parking garage, press conference, manipulation, race against time, death of wife, character repeating someone else's dialogue, chicago illinois, home invasion, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, held at gunpoint, camera, investigation, corpse, cell phone, pistol, husband wife relationship

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:panic, military, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:humanity in peril, disaster film, mass grave, ferry, riot, rifle, london england, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, train, fire, pistol, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, murder, death

The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

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

Themes:panic, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:snow, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, soldier
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, government agent, parking garage, subtitled scene, american abroad, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, map, held at gunpoint, airplane, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

Trance (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Trance (2013)

A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.

Themes:paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:wearing a sound wire, hit by a truck, text messaging, gas mask, parking garage, subtitled scene, american abroad, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, held at gunpoint, london england, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, one word title, murder, death

Baby Driver (2017)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

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

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear
Locations:apartment, restaurant
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, atlanta georgia, laundromat, death of loved one, shopping mall, masked man, parking garage, manipulation, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, latex gloves, news report, map, held at gunpoint, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Super 8 (2011)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Super 8 (2011)

SPOILER: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. This is why Super 8 (2011) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, fear
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:soldier
Story:held captive, railway station, death of wife, news report, no opening credits, map, train, scientist, held at gunpoint, bus, camera, investigation, helicopter, cell phone, fire, pistol, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:village
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot, bat, masked man, riot, manipulation, death of wife, character repeating someone else's dialogue, nonlinear timeline, map, london england, corpse, fire, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death, flashback, murder

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear
Locations:laboratory
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Story:character's point of view camera shot, biohazard, mass grave, quarantine, death of loved one, infection, virus, race against time, death of wife, latex gloves, scientist, held at gunpoint, camera, corpse, fire, pistol, husband wife relationship, murder, death, flashback

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
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:panic, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:character's point of view camera shot, no title at beginning, subtitled scene, casino, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, held at gunpoint, camera, investigation, corpse, fire, pistol, murder, flashback, death

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:dread, biohazard, conspiracy theorist, hazmat suit, held captive, dvd, gas mask, pig, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, map, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, death, flashback, murder

The Bone Collector (1999) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. This is why The Bone Collector (1999) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, airport, bar
Characters:hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:seizure, race against time, home invasion, map, ambulance, held at gunpoint, camera, investigation, helicopter, corpse, train, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, death, murder

The Fugitive (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

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

Themes:paranoia, deception, infidelity
Locations:snow, hotel, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:bus, blockade, seizure, janitor, press conference, injection, race against time, undercover, death of wife, chicago illinois, home invasion, ambulance, held at gunpoint, investigation, helicopter, corpse, train, fire, pistol, murder

Predestination (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predestination (2014)

PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Themes:deception, kidnapping
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:laundromat, media coverage, government agent, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, held at gunpoint, pistol, one word title, flashback, death, murder

Red 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red 2 (2013)

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb. (Read More)

Themes:military, deception, kidnapping
Locations:airport, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:hong kong, supermarket, subtitled scene, american abroad, injection, race against time, undercover, scientist, held at gunpoint, london england, airplane, helicopter, cell phone, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder, death

Total Recall (2012) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment, hotel, bar
Story:media coverage, government agent, gas mask, railway station, injection, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, ambulance, held at gunpoint, helicopter, cell phone, pistol, husband wife relationship, death, murder, flashback

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. This is why Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear, kidnapping
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Story:character's point of view camera shot, ensemble cast, subtitled scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, held at gunpoint, corpse, fire, pistol, one word title, murder, death

Sicario (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

Themes:paranoia, deception, kidnapping
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage, soldier
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, surveillance footage, no title at beginning, subtitled scene, american abroad, death of child, manipulation, death of wife, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, map, held at gunpoint, investigation, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, pistol, husband wife relationship

District 9 (2009)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:military, fear
Locations:laboratory, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot, hit by a truck, media coverage, mutation, riot, subtitled scene, news report, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, held at gunpoint, camera, helicopter, pistol, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, flashback, murder

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Thriller

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:airport, hotel
Story:character's point of view camera shot, hazmat suit, media coverage, gas mask, masked man, subtitled scene, american abroad, manipulation, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest, news report, held at gunpoint, airplane, helicopter, cell phone, pistol, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, murder

Spectre (2015)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Spectre (2015)

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, apartment, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:surveillance footage, text messaging, media coverage, masked man, terminal illness, subtitled scene, injection, race against time, undercover, latex gloves, news report, map, held at gunpoint, london england, investigation, airplane, helicopter, cell phone, train, fire

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