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Dial M For Murder (1954)
Crime, Film-noir, Thriller

Dial M For Murder (1954)

In London, wealthy Margot Mary Wendice had a brief love affair with the American writer Mark Halliday while her husband and professional tennis player Tony Wendice was on a tennis tour. Tony quits playing to dedicate to his wife and finds a regular job. She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. When Mark arrives from America to visit the couple, Margot tells him that she had destroyed all his letters but one that was stolen. Subsequently she was blackmailed, but she had never retrieved the stolen letter. Tony arrives home, claims that he needs to work and asks Margot to go with Mark to the theater. Meanwhile Tony calls Captain Lesgate (aka Charles Alexander Swann who studied with him at college) and blackmails him to murder his wife, so that he can inherit her fortune. But there is no perfect crime, and things do not work as planned. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  inheritance,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  theft,  robbery,  deception,  marriage,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  money,  infidelity
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:writer,  thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Period:1950s
Story:alibi,  inspector,  destroying evidence,  police inspector,  planting evidence,  stabbed with scissors,  pipe smoking,  cigar smoking,  love letter,  television writer,  flash camera,  drinking wine,  letter,  telephone call,  plot to murder wife,  false accusation of murder,  queen mary the ocean liner,  wiping off fingerprints,  secret from wife,  home secretary,  london bobby,  based on tv movie,  neck scarf,  selling a car,  group photo,  wainscoting,  chelsea,  brixton,  buying a car,  stag party,  former athlete,  cambridge university,  scissor,  fortune hunter,  dog racing,  reading newspaper,  looking through a window,  wimbledon,  deliberate cruelty,  brussels belgium,  american in the uk,  aspirin,  single set production,  ocean liner,  tennis player,  glasgow scotland,  raincoat,  alias,  court martial,  liverpool,  murder of wife,  overhead shot,  villain arrested,  nightgown,  martini,  blanket,  handbag,  capital punishment,  orchestral music score,  wrongful conviction,  newspaper article,  mind game,  self defense,  last will and testament,  staircase,  picture,  imperative in title,  dinner party,  gloves,  director cameo,  newspaper clipping,  trophy,  briefcase,  pier,  cane,  tuxedo,  deceit,  evidence,  frame up,  scissors,  3 dimensional,  unfaithful wife,  shoes,  woman in jeopardy,  phone booth,  wristwatch,  blockbuster,  fraud,  stealing,  breaking and entering,  fireplace,  tea,  newspaper headline,  ex convict,  american abroad,  evil man,  cover up,  cigarette smoking,  debt,  pay phone,  stabbed in the back,  attempted murder,  key,  author,  smoking,  confession,  police detective,  false accusation,  trial,  judge,  stabbing,  strangulation,  flashlight,  telephone,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  london england,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  based on play,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  police,  husband wife relationship,  death

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

Zodiac (2007)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  writer,  policeman
Story:police inspector,  telephone call,  inspector,  gloves,  newspaper clipping,  briefcase,  phone booth,  wristwatch,  newspaper headline,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  stabbed in the back,  confession,  police detective,  judge,  stabbing,  flashlight,  dead body,  taxi,  letter,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  photograph,  police,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder

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Derailed (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Derailed (2005)

Charles is worn down by his home life where he and his wife struggle to cope with the demands of their daughter's illness and his job. When he meets Lucinda on the train to work in Chicago, there is an immediate spark between them. Soon they are doing lunch; dinner and drinks follow. This leads to an adulterous rendezvous in a hotel. However, no sooner have they torn each other's clothes off than their room is invaded by a thief who beats Charles and rapes Lucinda. Because of the illicit nature of their relationship, Charles agrees with Lucinda who is reluctant to go to the police and soon finds he is powerless to resist the demands of the thief. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  theft,  robbery,  deception,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  marriage
Mood:suspense
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  briefcase,  ex convict,  cigarette smoking,  police detective,  false accusation,  stabbing,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  drink,  investigation,  surprise ending,  police,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  theft,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  marriage
Characters:policeman
Story:flash camera,  overhead shot,  handbag,  briefcase,  wristwatch,  fraud,  tea,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  cigarette smoking,  debt,  stabbed in the back,  confession,  police detective,  judge,  stabbing,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  london england,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  police,  murder

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:blackmail,  deception,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  infidelity
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:cigar smoking,  raincoat,  martini,  briefcase,  tuxedo,  woman in jeopardy,  phone booth,  fireplace,  evil man,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  confession,  stabbing,  strangulation,  telephone,  dead body,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  death,  police

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Dressed To Kill (1980)
Mystery, Thriller

Dressed To Kill (1980)

While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's killer as Detective Marino who's in charge of the case is uncooperative in the investigation. This is why Dressed To Kill (1980) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  blackmail,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity
Locations:apartment
Characters:policeman
Story:cigar smoking,  telephone call,  mind game,  deceit,  unfaithful wife,  woman in jeopardy,  evil man,  attempted murder,  police detective,  false accusation,  telephone,  dead body,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  drink,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  death,  murder,  police

Shallow Grave (1994)
Crime, Thriller

Shallow Grave (1994)

The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control.

Themes:robbery,  drinking,  money
Locations:apartment
Characters:writer,  policeman
Story:inspector,  briefcase,  tuxedo,  key,  stabbing,  flashlight,  telephone,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  photograph,  death,  police,  murder

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

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  deception,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:suspense
Characters:lawyer,  writer,  policeman
Story:capital punishment,  telephone call,  wrongful conviction,  director cameo,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  key,  false accusation,  extramarital affair,  drink,  camera,  surprise ending,  photograph,  death,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  police

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15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking,  jealousy,  money
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:cigar smoking,  telephone call,  ex convict,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  police detective,  stabbing,  dead body,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  police,  death,  murder

Le Samourai (1967)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Le Samourai (1967)

Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught. One night however, after killing a night-club owner, he's seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner.

Themes:theft,  robbery,  money
Mood:suspense
Characters:thief,  policeman
Story:alibi,  destroying evidence,  police inspector,  telephone call,  inspector,  gloves,  evidence,  phone booth,  breaking and entering,  ex convict,  cigarette smoking,  key,  police detective,  flashlight,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  investigation,  death,  police,  murder

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. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief,  lawyer
Story:flash camera,  orchestral music score,  newspaper article,  imperative in title,  unfaithful wife,  phone booth,  blockbuster,  fraud,  ex convict,  american abroad,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  confession,  judge,  lie,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  letter,  investigation,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  police

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Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  robbery,  deception,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  money,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  writer
Story:investigation,  telephone call,  evidence,  frame up,  fireplace,  cigarette smoking,  author,  confession,  police detective,  false accusation,  flashlight,  telephone,  lie,  extramarital affair,  letter,  drink,  camera,  surprise ending,  photograph,  police,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder

8 Femmes (2002) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Comedy, Crime, Musical, Romance

8 Femmes (2002)

One morning at an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season. But there will be no celebration at all because their beloved patriarch has been murdered! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Was it his powerful wife? His spinster sister-in-law? His miserly mother-in-law? Maybe the insolent chambermaid or the loyal housekeeper? Could it possibly have been one of his two young daughters? A surprise visit from the victim's chic sister sends the household into a tizzy, encouraging hysterics, exacerbating rivalries, and encompassing musical interludes. Comedic situations arise with the revelations of dark family secrets. Seduction dances with betrayal. The mystery of the female psyche is revealed. There are eight women and each is a suspect. Each has a motive. Each has a secret. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual, and dangerous...one of them is guilty. Which one is it? (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  theft,  robbery,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  money,  infidelity
Characters:thief,  policeman
Period:1950s
Story:evidence,  unfaithful wife,  tea,  cigarette smoking,  stabbed in the back,  key,  confession,  lie,  extramarital affair,  drink,  based on play,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  police,  death

Survivor (2015)
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
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Story:police inspector,  american in the uk,  frame up,  wristwatch,  breaking and entering,  american abroad,  cover up,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  police detective,  false accusation,  flashlight,  taxi,  london england,  surprise ending,  photograph,  death,  murder,  police

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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  theft,  drinking,  jealousy,  money
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  writer,  policeman
Story:flash camera,  telephone call,  self defense,  imperative in title,  newspaper clipping,  breaking and entering,  cigarette smoking,  key,  author,  confession,  stabbing,  flashlight,  telephone,  drink,  photograph,  murder,  police

Deception (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. This is why Deception (2008) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  theft,  deception,  drinking,  money
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  trophy,  briefcase,  cigarette smoking,  strangulation,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  london england,  drink,  investigation,  photograph,  death,  murder,  police

Capote (2005) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money
Characters:writer,  thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Period:1950s
Story:telephone call,  reading newspaper,  aspirin,  martini,  capital punishment,  newspaper article,  newspaper clipping,  scissors,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  author,  trial,  judge,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  letter,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  police,  murder,  death

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Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

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

Themes:blackmail,  theft,  robbery,  deception,  drinking,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:lawyer,  thief,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  newspaper clipping,  breaking and entering,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  trial,  judge,  telephone,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder

The Limey (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Limey (1999)

An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money
Mood:suspense
Characters:thief,  policeman
Story:newspaper clipping,  evidence,  breaking and entering,  fireplace,  ex convict,  cigarette smoking,  stabbed in the back,  trial,  judge,  stabbing,  dead body,  taxi,  london england,  drink,  investigation,  photograph,  murder,  death,  police

Insomnia (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  blackmail,  robbery
Characters:writer,  policeman
Story:planting evidence,  investigation,  telephone call,  alibi,  evidence,  frame up,  breaking and entering,  cover up,  cigarette smoking,  police detective,  telephone,  dead body,  photograph,  police,  murder,  death

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Dark Places (2015) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. This is why Dark Places (2015) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  theft,  drinking,  money
Characters:lawyer
Story:flash camera,  telephone call,  newspaper clipping,  evidence,  fireplace,  newspaper headline,  cigarette smoking,  debt,  confession,  false accusation,  judge,  stabbing,  strangulation,  flashlight,  telephone,  lie,  taxi,  letter,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police

North By Northwest (1959)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

North By Northwest (1959)

Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn't the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  jealousy
Mood:suspense
Characters:policeman
Period:1950s
Story:telephone call,  director cameo,  phone booth,  blockbuster,  breaking and entering,  newspaper headline,  evil man,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  stabbed in the back,  attempted murder,  false accusation,  judge,  stabbing,  flashlight,  telephone,  lie,  taxi,  camera,  photograph,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  police,  death

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:inheritance,  theft,  robbery,  deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:key,  last will and testament,  newspaper clipping,  cane,  blockbuster,  fireplace,  newspaper headline,  american abroad,  evil man,  cover up,  stabbed in the back,  police detective,  false accusation,  trial,  judge,  strangulation,  taxi,  letter,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  police,  death

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The Two Faces Of January (2014)
Romance, Thriller

The Two Faces Of January (2014)

1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinth Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester's jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  deception,  drinking,  jealousy,  money
Characters:thief,  writer,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  deceit,  fraud,  american abroad,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  confession,  telephone,  taxi,  letter,  drink,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police

A Perfect Murder (1998) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Perfect Murder (1998)

Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But she needs more than simply the role of dazzling accessory. Brilliant in her own right, she works at the U.N. and is involved with a struggling artist who fulfills her emotional needs. When her husband discovers her indiscretion, he sets out to commit the perfect murder and inherit her considerable trust fund in the bargain. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  adultery,  jealousy,  money,  infidelity,  marriage
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Story:cigar smoking,  plot to murder wife,  unfaithful wife,  woman in jeopardy,  key,  stabbing,  strangulation,  extramarital affair,  investigation,  based on play,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  death

Witness For The Prosecution (1957)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Witness For The Prosecution (1957)

It's Britain, 1953. Upon his return to work following a heart attack, irrepressible barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts, known as a barrister for the hopeless, takes on a murder case, much to the exasperation of his medical team, led by his overly regulated private nurse, Miss Plimsoll, who tries her hardest to ensure that he not return to his hard living ways - including excessive cigar smoking and drinking - while he takes his medication and gets his much needed rest. That case is defending American war veteran Leonard Vole, a poor, out of work, struggling inventor who is accused of murdering his fifty-six year old lonely and wealthy widowed acquaintance, Emily French. The initial evidence is circumstantial but points to Leonard as the murderer. Despite being happily married to East German former beer hall performer Christine Vole, he fostered that friendship with Mrs. French in the hopes that she would finance one of his many inventions to the tune of a few hundred pounds. It thus does not help his case when it is learned that Mrs. French changed her will prior to her murder with Leonard being the primary beneficiary of a GBP80,000 estate. Leonard states that he knew nothing about the will. Christine is apparently the only alibi Leonard has to his whereabouts at the time of the murder. The usual methods Sir Wilfrid uses to test his clients' guilt or innocence leads to him believing that Leonard is indeed innocent. As the trial progresses, the prosecution calls a surprise witness, one that could place a nail in the coffin of Sir Wilfrid's planned line of defense. As Sir Wilfrid gets deeper and deeper into the case, something doesn't quite sit right with him, although he doesn't know what it is. The primary questions become how far Sir Wilfrid will go to obtain evidence to acquit Leonard, and if he will ever discover why he feels that there is something odd about the case. This is why Witness For The Prosecution (1957) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954). (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  guilt,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Characters:lawyer
Story:alibi,  police inspector,  cigar smoking,  trial,  telephone call,  last will and testament,  evidence,  fraud,  smoking,  judge,  stabbing,  telephone,  lie,  extramarital affair,  letter,  london england,  drink,  investigation,  murder,  husband wife relationship

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Secret Window (2004)
Mystery, Thriller

Secret Window (2004)

Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  theft,  drinking,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:writer,  thief,  policeman
Story:author,  telephone call,  picture,  evidence,  scissors,  unfaithful wife,  wristwatch,  stealing,  fireplace,  cigarette smoking,  key,  stabbing,  flashlight,  dead body,  extramarital affair,  letter,  drink,  investigation,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  death,  police,  murder

Perfect Stranger (2007)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Perfect Stranger (2007)

Rowena Price is a muckraking reporter for a New York paper. When her story about a closeted gay Senator who preaches family values is spiked, she quits and soon finds herself investigating the grisly murder of a childhood friend. Her friend had been dumped by ad exec Harrison Hill, so he's Rowena's prime suspect. Rowena gets a job at the ad agency as a temp, and she's soon the object of Hill's attentions. She's helped in her subterfuge by Miles Haley, a friend at the paper who has a secret thing for her. Everyone, it seems, has secrets, including Hill, who must keep his affairs from his wife - her money fuels his lifestyle. Murder will out? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  blackmail,  deception,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  mind game,  tuxedo,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  trial,  stabbing,  dead body,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  drink,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police

Before I Go To Sleep (2014) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  deception,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Mood:suspense
Story:camera,  telephone call,  newspaper article,  newspaper clipping,  pier,  evidence,  cigarette smoking,  attempted murder,  key,  false accusation,  strangulation,  telephone,  lie,  extramarital affair,  letter,  london england,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship

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Fracture (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Fracture (2007)

Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity
Mood:suspense
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:confession,  planting evidence,  trial,  telephone call,  murder of wife,  mind game,  tuxedo,  evidence,  unfaithful wife,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  judge,  lie,  extramarital affair,  investigation,  surprise ending,  police,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  death

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... This is why The Thirteenth Floor (1999) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  jealousy,  money
Story:martini,  last will and testament,  newspaper clipping,  wristwatch,  newspaper headline,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  police detective,  stabbing,  flashlight,  telephone,  taxi,  letter,  investigation,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  police,  death

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:theft,  robbery,  deception,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief
Story:imperative in title,  newspaper clipping,  wristwatch,  fireplace,  ex convict,  cigarette smoking,  attempted murder,  police detective,  flashlight,  telephone,  camera,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  police,  death

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21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
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21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Mood:suspense
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  nightgown,  newspaper article,  dinner party,  evidence,  ex convict,  cigarette smoking,  attempted murder,  extramarital affair,  drink,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police

Strangers On A Train (1951)
Crime, Film-noir, Thriller

Strangers On A Train (1951)

Bruno Anthony thinks he has the perfect plot to rid himself of his hated father and when he meets tennis player Guy Haines on a train, he thinks he's found the partner he needs to pull it off. His plan is relatively simple. Two strangers each agree to kill someone the other person wants disposed of. For example, Guy could kill his father and he could get rid of Guy's wife Miriam, freeing him to marry Anne Morton, the beautiful daughter of a U.S. Senator. Guy dismisses it all out of hand but Bruno goes ahead with his half of the 'bargain' and disposes of Miriam. When Guy balks, Bruno makes it quite clear that he will plant evidence to implicate Guy in her murder if he doesn't get rid of his father. Guy had also made some unfortunate statements about Miriam after she had refused him a divorce. It all leads the police to believe Guy is responsible for the murder, forcing him to deal with Bruno's mad ravings. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  blackmail,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  marriage
Mood:suspense
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Period:1950s
Story:tennis player,  telephone call,  alibi,  nightgown,  director cameo,  evidence,  phone booth,  evil man,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  false accusation,  judge,  strangulation,  lie,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  investigation,  police,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder

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:blackmail,  deception,  infidelity
Locations:apartment
Characters:lawyer
Story:evidence,  frame up,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  police detective,  false accusation,  trial,  judge,  extramarital affair,  camera,  investigation,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  police,  murder,  death

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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. This is why The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  theft,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  overhead shot,  villain arrested,  newspaper article,  briefcase,  evidence,  wristwatch,  fraud,  tea,  newspaper headline,  american abroad,  cigarette smoking,  debt,  pay phone,  judge,  telephone,  lie,  extramarital affair,  london england,  drink,  investigation,  photograph,  husband wife relationship

Touch Of Evil (1958) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Crime, Drama, Film-noir, Thriller

Touch Of Evil (1958)

Mexican Narcotics officer Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas has to interrupt his honeymoon on the Mexican-US border when an American building contractor is killed after someone places a bomb in his car. He's killed on the US side of the border but it's clear that the bomb was planted on the Mexican side. As a result, Vargas delays his return to Mexico City where he has been mounting a case against the Grandi family crime and narcotics syndicate. Police Captain Hank Quinlan is in charge on the US side and he soon has a suspect, a Mexican named Manolo Sanchez. Vargas is soon onto Quinlan and his Sergeant, Pete Menzies, when he catches them planting evidence to convict Sanchez. With his new American wife, Susie, safely tucked away in a hotel on the US side of the border - or so he thinks - he starts to review Quinlan's earlier cases. While concentrating on the corrupt policeman however, the Grandis have their own plans for Vargas and they start with his wife Susie. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:planting evidence,  evidence,  investigation,  cigar smoking,  love letter,  telephone call,  cane,  frame up,  ex convict,  cover up,  police detective,  strangulation,  flashlight,  letter,  drink,  camera,  photograph,  police,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death

Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  jealousy,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:planting evidence,  pipe smoking,  cigar smoking,  investigation,  newspaper article,  newspaper clipping,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  police detective,  flashlight,  lie,  extramarital affair,  surprise ending,  photograph,  police,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder

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Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
Thriller

Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)

Charlotte 'Charlie' Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother's younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club as well as the bank president where his brother-in-law works. Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to imagine the worst about her dearly beloved uncle Charlie. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  deception,  drinking,  money
Story:pipe smoking,  cigar smoking,  flash camera,  telephone call,  newspaper article,  cane,  tuxedo,  deceit,  wristwatch,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  confession,  strangulation,  flashlight,  telephone,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  police

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

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

Themes:deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Story:director cameo,  newspaper clipping,  pier,  woman in jeopardy,  newspaper headline,  ex convict,  evil man,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  author,  police detective,  flashlight,  taxi,  camera,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  death,  murder,  police

Bronson (2008) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. This is why Bronson (2008) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money
Characters:thief,  policeman
Story:telephone call,  overhead shot,  wristwatch,  tea,  cigarette smoking,  attempted murder,  trial,  judge,  strangulation,  drink,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police

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

Big Eyes (2014)

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

Themes:deception,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Characters:lawyer
Period:1950s
Story:flash camera,  telephone call,  deceit,  fraud,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  key,  confession,  trial,  judge,  telephone,  lie,  drink,  camera,  photograph,  husband wife relationship

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

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

Themes:guilt,  money,  drinking,  jealousy
Story:stabbed with scissors,  flash camera,  telephone call,  murder of wife,  wrongful conviction,  scissors,  phone booth,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  stabbing,  strangulation,  flashlight,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  robbery,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Mood:suspense
Characters:thief
Story:telephone call,  wiping off fingerprints,  unfaithful wife,  fraud,  cigarette smoking,  debt,  pay phone,  police detective,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  death,  police,  murder

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Madeo (2009) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
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Madeo (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:guilt,  blackmail,  drinking,  money
Mood:suspense
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:overhead shot,  evidence,  breaking and entering,  tea,  cigarette smoking,  debt,  confession,  false accusation,  flashlight,  dead body,  drink,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police

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. This is why Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  deception,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:suspense
Story:telephone call,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  key,  confession,  stabbing,  flashlight,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  letter,  london england,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  death,  murder

Rendition (2007)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drinking,  marriage
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:pipe smoking,  telephone call,  deceit,  scissors,  cigarette smoking,  confession,  strangulation,  flashlight,  dead body,  taxi,  drink,  investigation,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  police

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Femme Fatale (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Femme Fatale (2002)

The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by an ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  blackmail,  theft,  robbery,  deception,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:suspense
Characters:thief
Story:telephone call,  mind game,  picture,  tuxedo,  ex convict,  cigarette smoking,  confession,  dead body,  camera,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder

The Firm (1993) is one of the best movies like Dial M For Murder (1954)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Firm (1993)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  theft,  deception,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Mood:suspense
Characters:lawyer
Story:cigar smoking,  newspaper clipping,  blockbuster,  fraud,  ex convict,  cover up,  cigarette smoking,  pay phone,  confession,  judge,  extramarital affair,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:lawyer
Story:police inspector,  inspector,  self defense,  evidence,  tea,  cover up,  cigarette smoking,  attempted murder,  stabbed in the back,  police detective,  trial,  strangulation,  london england,  investigation,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death,  police,  murder

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