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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

The 5th Wave (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, military, deception, fear, kidnapping
Characters:hostage, nurse, soldier
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, humanity in peril, pandemic, disaster film, outbreak, quarantine, text messaging, gas mask, virus, disease, death of child, injection, manipulation, race against time, death of wife, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, map

Doomsday (2008)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Doomsday (2008)

A lethal virus spreads throughout Scotland, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands. To contain the threat, acting authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The quarantine is successful. Three decades later, the Reaper virus violently resurfaces in London. An elite group of specialists, including Eden Sinclair, is urgently dispatched into Scotland to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, military, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, soldier
Period:2010s
Story:cure, virus, quarantine, contagion, infected, outbreak, plague, epidemic, media coverage, infection, gas mask, disease, riot, protest, news report, scientist, held at gunpoint, london england, bus, helicopter

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
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. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, airport, restaurant
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, hit by a truck, pharmacy, text messaging, government agent, subtitled scene, american abroad, injection, race against time, undercover, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, ambulance, held at gunpoint, london england, bus, investigation, airplane

Monsters (2010)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Monsters (2010)

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over North America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"...... Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. This is why Monsters (2010) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:village, hotel, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:infected, fiance, outbreak, quarantine, ferry, infection, gas mask, subtitled scene, american abroad, death of child, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, nonlinear timeline, map, journalist, bus, camera, corpse, train, father daughter relationship

Outbreak (1995)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Outbreak (1995)

In July of 1967, In Motaba River Valley, Zaire, a virus with a 100% mortality rate starts infecting people. The virus becomes known as the Motaba virus, and it's so deadly that it causes severe bleeding and liquefies internal organs, killing within 3 days. The virus wipes out Motaba River Valley, and a devastatingly huge fire bomb is dropped onto Motaba River Valley in order to reduce the chances of further infection. The bomb was dropped on the orders of corrupt General Donald McClintock, even though an army surgeon, General Bill Ford, was against the idea. 27 years later, in 1994, there is another outbreak in Motaba River Valley. At the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), located at Fort Detrick in Maryland, Colonel Sam Daniels is doing research on the Motaba virus, and so is his ex-wife Roberta Keough, who works at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. A monkey carrying the Motaba virus stows away on a ship that is heading for the USA, and after the monkey's arrival, people in Cedar Creek, California start becoming infected by the virus. Sam and Roberta head into Cedar Creek with fellow doctor Casey Schuler, and they start searching for the monkey, thinking that the monkey is the key to finding a cure. Along the way, Sam stumbles onto some information that may be of help -- McClintock has been concealing vital information from the president of the United States. Since 1967, McClintock and Ford have been in possession of E-1101, a serum that was made to cure the virus. McClintock has been trying to stop Ford from coming forward with this information, and so far, McClintock has succeeded. McClintock now wants to drop onto Cedar Creek the kind of firebomb that was dropped on Motaba River Valley 27 years ago. Sam and Roberta figure out that the virus in the Cedar Creek outbreak is a new strain of the Motaba virus -- an airborne strain that is even more contagious than the flu. When a new serum is made to stop the new strain, Sam and Roberta set out to stop McClintock from having the town blown up. (Read More)

Locations:laboratory, village, hospital
Characters:soldier, doctor
Story:virus, medical research, outbreak, disease, infected, centers for disease control, infectious disease, hazmat suit, disaster film, cure, atlanta georgia, saving the world, quarantine, body bag, seizure, plague, epidemic, mutation, autopsy, infection

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating 'hungries'. Humankind's only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel. The children go to school at an army base in rural Britain, where they're subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close). School teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua), thus forming a special bond. But when the base is invaded, the trio escape with the assistance of Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, soldier, doctor
Story:disease, infected, hazmat suit, pandemic, vaccine, outbreak, cure, hit by a truck, mutation, infection, gas mask, parking garage, virus, american abroad, injection, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, scientist, held at gunpoint

War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
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

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 Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic, military, deception, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, apartment, airport, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, surveillance footage, no title at beginning, death of loved one, government agent, gas mask, parking garage, subtitled scene, american abroad, race against time, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, map, scientist, held at gunpoint, london england, investigation, airplane

Quarantine (2008)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Quarantine (2008)

A television reporter and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia
Locations:apartment
Story:infectious disease, character's point of view camera shot, infected, disaster film, quarantine, epidemic, infection, gas mask, virus, syringe, injection, internet, held at gunpoint, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, husband wife relationship, one word title

Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
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. (Read More)

Themes:deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, apartment, airport, hotel, restaurant
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:hazmat suit, subtitled scene, american abroad, race against time, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, ambulance, scientist, held at gunpoint, london england, airplane, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, one word title, flashback, death

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, soldier, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:national guard, surveillance footage, no title at beginning, text messaging, media coverage, press conference, subtitled scene, death of child, news report, no opening credits, ambulance, held at gunpoint, investigation, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship

Inferno (2016)
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

Self/less (2015)
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. This is why Self/less (2015) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, apartment, airport, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, seizure, no title at beginning, terminal illness, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, no opening credits, ambulance, scientist, held at gunpoint, investigation, airplane, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:panic, paranoia, fear
Locations:village, airport, bar, hospital
Characters:nurse, soldier, doctor
Story:parking garage, death of child, race against time, death of wife, character repeating someone else's dialogue, chicago illinois, latex gloves, news report, map, ambulance, rifle, bus, camera, airplane, corpse, cell phone, death, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Broken City (2013)
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:paranoia, deception, infidelity
Locations:apartment, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:wearing a sound wire, text messaging, media coverage, masked man, manipulation, race against time, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, held at gunpoint, extramarital affair, camera, investigation, corpse, cell phone, train, pistol

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:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, airport, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:wearing a sound wire, riot, subtitled scene, american abroad, manipulation, race against time, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest, latex gloves, news report, home invasion, nonlinear timeline, held at gunpoint, london england, camera, investigation, airplane, corpse, train

Carriers (2009)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Carriers (2009)

In a world devastated by an outbreak, Brian, his girlfriend Bobby, his brother Danny and their friend, Kate, are heading to a beach where the brothers spent their childhood vacations expecting it to be a sanctuary. When their car breaks down on the road in the desert, they negotiate with a man called Frank, who is also stranded but without gas. He is trying to get his daughter Jodie to the hospital (she is infected with a disease of some kind), they all decide to travel together. During the journey, massive moral dilemmas arise, as events head into a downward spiral. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:hotel, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:infected, biohazard, hazmat suit, pandemic, outbreak, double barreled shotgun, infection, gas mask, virus, disease, latex gloves, map, held at gunpoint, corpse, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, one word title, flashback, death

Welcome To The Punch (2013) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Welcome To The Punch (2013)

Former criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive. This is why Welcome To The Punch (2013) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Locations:apartment, airport, hotel, restaurant, hospital
Story:reference to twitter, reference to facebook, media coverage, gas mask, masked man, parking garage, press conference, syringe, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, journalist, london england, airplane, corpse, pistol, murder, flashback, death

The Crazies (2010)
Horror, Thriller

The Crazies (2010)

As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.

Themes:military
Characters:soldier, doctor
Story:infectious disease, hazmat suit, disaster film, funeral home, quarantine, double barreled shotgun, epidemic, mutation, autopsy, infection, gas mask, virus, disease, riot, no opening credits, ambulance, held at gunpoint, rifle, bus, airplane

The Invasion (2007)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Invasion (2007)

While returning to Earth, the space shuttle explodes and the fragments bring an alien virus that recodes the human DNA. In Washington, the psychiatrist Carol Bennell observes the modification of the behavior of one of her clients first, then in her former husband and finally in the population in general. Together with her friend Dr. Ben Driscoll the researcher Dr. Stephen Galeano, they discover that the extraterrestrial epidemic affects human beings while sleeping and that her son Ollie, who had chickenpox when he was a baby, is immune to the disease and may save mankind from the outbreak. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, fear
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:epidemic, virus, vaccination, immunity, infected, hazmat suit, outbreak, quarantine, pharmacy, text messaging, mutation, infection, disease, syringe, injection, news report, map, ambulance, scientist, helicopter

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. (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

Morgan (2016) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:surveillance footage, mutation, subtitled scene, injection, character repeating someone else's dialogue, latex gloves, scientist, held at gunpoint, rifle, camera, investigation, corpse, cell phone, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, one word title, death, flashback, murder

Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Following the events of _Night of the Living Dead (1968)_ (qv), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall following a horrific SWAT evacuation of an apartment complex. Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies inside so they can eke out a living--at least for a while. Tensions begin to build as months go on, and they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism. Soon afterward, they have even heavier problems to worry about, as a large gang of bikers discovers the mall and invades it, ruining the survivors' best-laid plans and forcing them to fight off both lethal bandits and flesh-eating zombies. This is why Dawn Of The Dead (1978) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, restaurant
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Story:shopping mall, character's point of view camera shot, helicopter, national guard, blockade, looting, outbreak, hit by a truck, plague, death of loved one, epidemic, media coverage, mutation, infection, gas mask, disease, virus, supermarket, riot, death of child

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

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear
Locations:airport, restaurant
Characters:soldier
Period:2010s
Story:body bag, government agent, press conference, riot, american abroad, race against time, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, map, held at gunpoint, bus, camera, airplane, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, fire

Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:nurse, doctor
Period:2010s
Story:surveillance footage, parking garage, terminal illness, manipulation, race against time, undercover, news report, nonlinear timeline, held at gunpoint, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship, one word title, murder, flashback, death

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

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:character's point of view camera shot, no title at beginning, death of loved one, masked man, casino, manipulation, race against time, death of wife, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, ambulance, held at gunpoint, camera, investigation, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol

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. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment
Characters:hostage
Story:thanksgiving, ferry, autopsy, masked man, parking garage, syringe, injection, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, map, ambulance, held at gunpoint, camera, investigation, corpse, cell phone, train, pistol

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

The Blob (1988)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Blob (1988)

Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for authority figures proves justified when he learns of their true motives. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear
Locations:snow, hospital
Characters:nurse, soldier, doctor
Story:biohazard, hazmat suit, outbreak, quarantine, pharmacy, mutation, infection, virus, death of child, race against time, map, ambulance, scientist, held at gunpoint, helicopter, corpse, fire, pistol, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

Maggie (2015)
Drama, Horror

Maggie (2015)

After a couple of weeks seeking out his teenage daughter Maggie, Wade finds her in the quarantine wing of a hospital. Maggie has been infected by a lethal outbreak that transforms the victim into a zombie. Wade's friend Dr. Vern Kaplan releases Maggie to spend her last days with Wade and her family. Her stepmother Caroline asks Wade to take their little kids to her sister's house to keep them safe. While Maggie is slowly transformed, Wade stays with her protecting Maggie. But Dr. Vern warns him that the moment that he will have to take an ultimate decision is closer. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:contagion, infected, pandemic, outbreak, quarantine, death of loved one, epidemic, infection, virus, latex gloves, news report, home invasion, rifle, corpse, father daughter relationship, family relationships, one word title, death

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. This is why Planet Terror (2007) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (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) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
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: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

Left Behind (2014)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Left Behind (2014)

Themes:panic, paranoia, fear, infidelity
Locations:airport, hospital
Story:conspiracy theorist, looting, riot, news report, ambulance, journalist, held at gunpoint, extramarital affair, camera, airplane, cell phone, fire, pistol, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

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:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:u.s. department of homeland security, surveillance footage, reference to twitter, atlanta georgia, reference to facebook, autopsy, masked man, subtitled scene, manipulation, race against time, protest, news report, map, ambulance, held at gunpoint, investigation, airplane, helicopter, corpse, cell phone

No Escape (2015)
Action, Thriller

No Escape (2015)

When Jack (Owen Wilson) finds an opportunity to move to Southeast Asia to head his water manufacturing company's new plant there, he immediately jumps at the opportunity and moves his family there. When they get there; they seem to be having problems, the electronics don't work and rarely any cars are seen in the streets. When he goes to the market the next morning, he finds himself caught in the middle of a violent rebellion headed by armed rebels executing foreigners. Jack must get back to the hotel and with the help of a mysterious British "tourist" (Pierce Brosnan), must get his family to the American Embassy in the midst of the chaos. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear
Locations:hotel, airport, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, blockade, looting, hit by a truck, masked man, riot, american abroad, race against time, home invasion, nonlinear timeline, map, internet, held at gunpoint, rifle, airplane, helicopter, corpse, fire, pistol, father daughter relationship

Seeking Justice (2011) is one of the best movies like Contagion (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. This is why Seeking Justice (2011) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:surveillance footage, hit by a truck, dvd, parking garage, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, internet, journalist, held at gunpoint, bus, investigation, corpse, cell phone, pistol, husband wife relationship, one word title, death, murder

Blindness (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blindness (2008)

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. (Read More)

Themes:panic, infidelity
Locations:hotel, bar, hospital
Characters:soldier, doctor
Story:infectious disease, contagion, hazmat suit, outbreak, quarantine, pharmacy, plague, epidemic, infection, gas mask, disease, subtitled scene, ambulance, held at gunpoint, rifle, corpse, cell phone, fire, pistol, husband wife relationship

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:panic, paranoia, military, deception, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, village, hotel, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, soldier, doctor
Story:parking garage, subtitled scene, undercover, map, internet, scientist, held at gunpoint, camera, airplane, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, pistol, flashback, murder, death

Spartan (2004)
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:military, deception, fear, infidelity, kidnapping
Locations:airport, restaurant, bar
Characters:australian, hostage, soldier
Story:pharmacy, media coverage, government agent, race against time, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, rifle, extramarital affair, london england, investigation, airplane, helicopter, cell phone, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, one word title

The East (2013) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

Themes:deception, infidelity
Locations:airport, hotel, restaurant
Characters:soldier, doctor
Story:media coverage, terminal illness, subtitled scene, injection, undercover, news report, no opening credits, ambulance, held at gunpoint, airplane, helicopter, cell phone, train, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, death

Money Monster (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Money Monster (2016)

In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O'Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets. This is why Money Monster (2016) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:held hostage, text messaging, media coverage, janitor, subtitled scene, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, no opening credits, internet, held at gunpoint, airplane, helicopter, cell phone, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, death

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Themes:military, deception, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory
Characters:hostage, soldier, doctor
Story:character's point of view camera shot, contagion, biohazard, hazmat suit, vaccine, government agent, shopping mall, gas mask, railway station, virus, disease, race against time, news report, scientist, held at gunpoint, investigation, airplane, corpse, pistol, death

Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. (Read More)

Themes:deception, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, airport, hotel, bar, hospital
Story:surveillance footage, no title at beginning, ensemble cast, masked man, parking garage, pig, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, no opening credits, map, held at gunpoint, airplane, helicopter, corpse, cell phone, pistol, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, one word title

Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like Contagion (2011)
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. (Read More)

Themes:panic, paranoia, military, deception, fear, kidnapping
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot, looting, mass grave, dvd, media coverage, government agent, gas mask, press conference, syringe, riot, injection, manipulation, undercover, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest, news report, no opening credits, internet, ambulance, scientist

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

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