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Fight Club (1999)
Drama

Fight Club (1999)

A nameless first person narrator ('Edward Norton (I)' (qv)) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla ('Helena Bonham Carter' (qv)), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. However when he associates himself with Tyler ('Brad Pitt' (qv)) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is. (Read More)

Themes:madness, revolution, philosophy, cruelty, sadism, insanity, cancer, blackmail, paranoia, terrorism, brutality, loneliness, anger, drunkenness, surrealism
Mood:night, satire, gore
Locations:office, airport, bathtub, hotel, bar
Characters:lust, girl, doctor
Period:1990s
Story:club, starbucks coffee, telephone conversation, reference to ikea, movie projectionist, severe tire damage, philosophical conversation, hawaiian shirt, support group, facial bruise, dissociative identity disorder, mass destruction, self destruction, pool table, old dark house, unreliable narration, dark humor, man sitting on a toilet, male sitting on a toilet, man on a toilet

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:madness, insanity, blackmail, paranoia, brutality, anger, drunkenness
Mood:night, satire, gore
Locations:office, bathtub, bar
Characters:lust
Story:dark humor, voice over narration, white collar, unreliable narrator, multiple personality disorder, cigarette smoking, disturbed individual, business card, urinal, nihilism, split personality, laundromat, bad guy, alienation, tension, male underwear, schizophrenia, phone booth, rage, sociopath

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, paranoia, brutality, drunkenness
Locations:airport, bathtub, hotel, bar
Characters:girl
Story:male in bathtub, voice over narration, self inflicted gunshot wound, cigarette smoking, film reel, projectionist, decadence, business card, urban decay, mercilessness, phone booth, nosebleed, sociopath, falling down stairs, pornography, machismo, suitcase, pay phone, character repeating someone else's dialogue, danger

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

Predestination (2014)

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

Themes:terrorism, drunkenness, surrealism
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:pool table, voice over narration, reference to ernest hemingway, cigarette smoking, reference to abraham lincoln, in medias res, laundromat, newspaper clipping, plot twist, suitcase, character repeating someone else's dialogue, bomb, travel, punched in the face, slow motion scene, urination, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, rain

Raging Bull (1980) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Raging Bull (1980)

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, drunkenness
Locations:hotel, bar
Story:fighting movie, boxing, telephone call, in medias res, decadence, wrath, self destructiveness, punch, black eye, discussion, confrontation, phone booth, rage, machismo, bomb, tough guy, beating, fight, violence, blood

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. This is why Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, anger, drunkenness
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:fighting movie, crying man, title fight, cigarette smoking, film reel, dutch angle, hug, punch, mercilessness, friendship between men, rage, machismo, freeze frame, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, boxing, fighting, running, tough guy, punched in the face

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

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

Themes:sadism, insanity, blackmail, paranoia, terrorism, brutality, anger
Mood:night
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:anarchy, pool table, police commissioner, rules, homoerotic, visionary, man with no name, reference to abraham lincoln, anarchist, business card, nihilism, urban decay, acid, newspaper clipping, bruise, mercilessness, tension, schizophrenia, exploding building, desperation

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:madness, cruelty, sadism, insanity, paranoia, brutality, surrealism
Mood:satire, gore
Period:1990s
Story:cigarette smoking, dutch angle, anarchy, bullet time, psychotic, mercilessness, schizophrenia, sadomasochism, self mutilation, sociopath, freeze frame, character repeating someone else's dialogue, breaking the fourth wall, flash forward, anti hero, f word, beer, travel, shooting, tough guy

Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
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:madness, insanity, loneliness, anger
Mood:night
Locations:hotel
Characters:doctor
Story:telephone booth, voice over narration, telephone call, cigarette smoking, in medias res, kicking, schizophrenia, phone booth, self mutilation, suitcase, pay phone, flash forward, pain, anti hero, toilet, suicide attempt, fighting, bathroom, running, shooting

Scarface (1983)
Crime, Drama

Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his mettle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, cruelty, sadism, brutality, anger
Mood:gore
Locations:bathtub, hotel
Characters:girl
Story:hawaiian shirt, self destruction, telephone call, out of control, loss of control, talking while driving, decadence, wrath, bitterness, insult, dead man, mercilessness, phone booth, rage, destruction, machismo, pay phone, danger, anti hero, cleavage

Hell Or High Water (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. This is why Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, drunkenness
Locations:hotel, bar
Story:beer drinking, bare chested, listening to sex, cigarette smoking, nihilism, cigarette, partner, male underwear, desperation, friendship between men, self mutilation, sociopath, product placement, danger, anti hero, f word, car crash, beer, shooting, tough guy

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, insanity, brutality, drunkenness, surrealism
Mood:night, satire
Locations:bathtub, bar
Characters:lust, doctor
Period:1990s
Story:gang, pool table, voice over narration, subliminal message, anti social, fisticuffs, anarchist, nihilism, anarchy, alienation, club, movie theater, sociopath, dystopia, manipulation, scantily clad female, anti hero, mental illness, suicide attempt, cleavage

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, surrealism
Story:bullet time, mercilessness, rebellion, pool, nosebleed, falling down stairs, destruction, freeze frame, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, danger, anti hero, darkness, gang, fighting, interrogation, tough guy, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head

Taxi Driver (1976)
Crime, Drama

Taxi Driver (1976)

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, loneliness, anger
Mood:night, gore
Story:insomnia, voice over narration, head shaving, cigarette smoking, talking while driving, hopelessness, urban decay, rain, newspaper clipping, psychotic, alienation, imagination, sociopath, pornography, product placement, pay phone, pain, coffee, scantily clad female, anti hero

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:cruelty, sadism, cancer, paranoia, anger
Locations:airport, hotel, bar
Characters:girl
Story:public bathroom, voice over narration, telephone call, unreliable narrator, cigarette smoking, abandoned house, bitterness, insult, black eye, mercilessness, male underwear, self mutilation, sociopath, basement, dark, manipulation, argument, man with glasses, telephone, bathroom

V For Vendetta (2005)
Action, Drama, Thriller

V For Vendetta (2005)

Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. This is why V For Vendetta (2005) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999). (Read More)

Themes:revolution, cruelty, terrorism, brutality
Mood:night, satire
Characters:girl
Story:fighting the system, voice over narration, defacing property, head shaving, anti conformity, visionary, deja vu, man with no name, anarchist, anarchy, bullet time, confrontation, bombing, exploding building, nosebleed, vandalism, underground, dystopia, scantily clad female, anti hero

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:sadism, paranoia, brutality, anger, drunkenness
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel, bar
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:graphic violence, business card, nihilism, mercilessness, desperation, self mutilation, rage, sociopath, dystopia, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, danger, anti hero, darkness, gang, f word, fighting, interrogation, car crash, running

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:cruelty, sadism, paranoia, drunkenness
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:girl
Period:1990s
Story:telephone call, cigarette smoking, talking while driving, newspaper clipping, dead man, phone booth, movie theater, waiter, basement, pay phone, flash forward, pain, coffee, man with glasses, interrogation, running, bomb, shooting, airplane, shot in the head

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:brutality, anger, drunkenness
Mood:gore
Locations:airport, bar
Story:identity, pool table, dark humor, telephone call, self inflicted gunshot wound, cigarette smoking, reference to abraham lincoln, bitterness, dead man, kicking, mercilessness, rage, destruction, product placement, danger, pain, scantily clad female, man with glasses, cleavage, interrogation

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

War Dogs (2016)

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

Themes:blackmail, paranoia, anger, drunkenness
Locations:airport, hotel, bar
Story:telephone conversation, voice over narration, telephone call, cigarette smoking, sociopath, machismo, freeze frame, product placement, danger, man with glasses, f word, interrogation, punched in the face, slow motion scene, airplane, urination, black comedy, beating, fire, surprise ending

Cube (1997) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube (1997)

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. This is why Cube (1997) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999). (Read More)

Themes:philosophy, insanity, paranoia, brutality, surrealism
Mood:gore
Characters:doctor
Period:1990s
Story:office worker, broken glasses, nihilism, acid, tension, desperation, sociopath, character repeating someone else's dialogue, danger, f word, punched in the face, slow motion scene, urination, black comedy, blood splatter, neo noir, beating, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character

Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger
Mood:gore
Locations:airport, bar
Story:dark humor, voice over narration, bar fight, rules, cigarette smoking, damage, graphic violence, in medias res, insult, dead man, confrontation, phone booth, vandalism, machismo, freeze frame, pay phone, breaking the fourth wall, scantily clad female, toilet, cleavage

True Romance (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. (Read More)

Mood:night, gore
Locations:airport, bathtub, hotel
Characters:girl
Story:hawaiian shirt, voice over narration, reference to william shatner, punched in the nose, cigarette smoking, punched in the stomach, plot twist, partner, club, phone booth, movie theater, suitcase, pay phone, toilet, f word, travel, tough guy, shot in the head, black comedy, blood splatter

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

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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

Themes:sadism, cancer, paranoia, brutality, anger, drunkenness
Locations:bathtub, hotel
Story:crying man, self inflicted gunshot wound, cigarette smoking, insomnia, mercilessness, sociopath, dark, manipulation, danger, toilet, gang, f word, interrogation, punched in the face, slow motion scene, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, surprise ending, title spoken by character

Layer Cake (2004) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Layer Cake (2004)

A successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal Serbian gang and a whole series of double crossings. The title "LAYER CAKE" refers to the layers or levels anyone in business goes through in rising to the top. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no 'codes', or 'families' and respect lasts as long as a line. Not knowing who he can trust, he has to use all his 'savvy', 'telling' and skills which make him one of the best, to escape his own. The ultimate last job, a love interest called Tammy, and an international drug ring threaten to draw him back into the 'cake mix'. But, time is running out and the penalty will endure a lifetime.. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, paranoia
Mood:night
Locations:airport, hotel, bar
Characters:lust
Period:1990s
Story:gang, telephone booth, voice over narration, telephone call, nameless character, rules, self inflicted gunshot wound, cigarette smoking, shot through the mouth, gun in mouth, club, threat, breaking the fourth wall, argument, scantily clad female, anti hero, cleavage, running, beer, sex in bed

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999). (Read More)

Themes:revolution, cancer
Locations:bathtub, bar
Characters:lust, girl, doctor
Story:male sitting on a toilet, bar fight, telephone call, cigarette smoking, volkswagen beetle, deja vu, gun in mouth, despair, rebellion, dystopia, pay phone, flash forward, f word, telephone, fighting, interrogation, car crash, running, shooting, bare butt

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:anger, drunkenness
Characters:lust, girl, doctor
Story:voice over narration, telephone call, cigarette smoking, hopelessness, business card, clinic, punched in the stomach, kicking, vandalism, suitcase, argument, flash forward, scantily clad female, man with glasses, cleavage, f word, bathroom, running, beer, bare butt

Inside Man (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Inside Man (2006)

From a cell, a man tells us he has planned the perfect bank robbery; he invites us to watch. An efficient gang enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors, and takes hostages. They work deliberately, without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but half his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. The bank's president has something to protect in a safe deposit box, so he brings in Madeleine White, a high-power broker with a hidden agenda. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop, and the plutocrat's fixer enter high-stakes negotiations. Why are the robbers asking for a plane, if they are so competent and they know they won't get one? Why aren't they in more of a hurry? If the job's perfect, why is the thieves' leader in a cell? (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Locations:office
Story:telephone call, confusion, discussion, partner, identity, threat, manipulation, danger, breaking the fourth wall, argument, flash forward, talking to the camera, man with glasses, gang, telephone, interrogation, bomb, shooting, shot in the head, black comedy

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
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.

Themes:drunkenness
Mood:satire
Locations:bathtub, bar
Characters:lust
Period:1990s
Story:voice over narration, telephone call, cigarette smoking, reckless driving, punched in the stomach, kicking, partner, falling down stairs, machismo, freeze frame, pay phone, character repeating someone else's dialogue, breaking the fourth wall, talking to the camera, f word, telephone, interrogation, car crash, running, beer

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Crime, Drama

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Jules Winnfield ('Samuel L. Jackson' (qv)) and Vincent Vega ('John Travolta (I)' (qv)) are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace ('Ving Rhames' (qv)). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia ('Uma Thurman' (qv)) out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge ('Bruce Willis' (qv)) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Mood:night, gore
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:male sitting on a toilet, telephone call, postmodern, bloody mouth, multiple perspectives, payphone, talking while driving, in medias res, plot twist, phone booth, nosebleed, machismo, freeze frame, basement, suitcase, pay phone, coffee, scantily clad female, anti hero, boxing

A History Of Violence (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A History Of Violence (2005)

This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result. This is why A History Of Violence (2005) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, terrorism
Mood:night, gore
Locations:bar
Characters:lust
Story:identity, telephone call, cigarette smoking, reckless driving, bruise, kicking, nosebleed, sociopath, threat, product placement, danger, scantily clad female, anti hero, cleavage, f word, shooting, sex in bed, shot in the head, black comedy, blood splatter

Basic Instinct (1992)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, paranoia, anger, drunkenness
Mood:night
Characters:lust
Period:1990s
Story:beer drinking, cigarette smoking, talking while driving, wrath, partner, sexual desire, sexual attraction, identity, manipulation, danger, scantily clad female, cleavage, f word, telephone, interrogation, car crash, shooting, sex in bed, shot in the head, shot to death

Once Upon A Time In America (1984) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Crime, Drama

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)

Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.

Themes:cruelty, sadism, blackmail, brutality
Locations:hotel
Story:decadence, degradation, television news, mercilessness, movie theater, freeze frame, character repeating someone else's dialogue, danger, scantily clad female, toilet, cleavage, bathroom, shooting, shot in the head, urination, based on book, fire, cult film, leg spreading, based on novel

Misery (1990)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Misery (1990)

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... (Read More)

Themes:madness, sadism, insanity, loneliness, anger
Story:old dark house, newspaper clipping, psychotic, tension, desperation, rage, sociopath, basement, dark, darkness, mental illness, car crash, slow motion scene, shot to death, neo noir, beating, surprise ending, title spoken by character, based on novel, violence

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, drunkenness
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:dark humor, voice over narration, telephone call, burned up car, reference to ernest hemingway, shirt, dead man, exploding building, movie theater, machismo, flash forward, pain, mental illness, toilet, running, beer, shooting, bare butt, airplane, shot in the head

Trance (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Trance (2013)

A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated. This is why Trance (2013) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, surrealism
Mood:gore
Characters:doctor
Story:gang, voice over narration, unreliable narrator, dutch angle, plot twist, partner, sociopath, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, breaking the fourth wall, flash forward, f word, interrogation, bare butt, sex in bed, punched in the face, shot in the head, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death

The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, blackmail, drunkenness
Locations:hotel
Story:voice over narration, telephone call, sound of sex, listening to sex, talking to self, secret society, dead man, beer, travel, blood splatter, shot to death, rain, title spoken by character, bare chested male, based on novel, two word title, gun, blood, police, death

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

Body Of Lies (2008)

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

Themes:paranoia, terrorism
Locations:airport
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:self destruction, voice over narration, telephone call, cigarette smoking, kicking, exploding building, product placement, pain, man with glasses, f word, telephone, car crash, running, bomb, punched in the face, shot in the head, urination, shot to death, rain, beating

Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, drunkenness
Locations:office, hotel, bar
Story:pool table, voice over narration, cigarette smoking, urban decay, black eye, mercilessness, sociopath, machismo, manipulation, pay phone, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gang, f word, interrogation, car crash, tough guy, punched in the face, shot in the head, black comedy, blood splatter

Equilibrium (2002)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Equilibrium (2002)

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it. (Read More)

Themes:revolution, philosophy, anger
Story:underground, voice over narration, telephone call, rules, damage, partner, rebellion, rage, destruction, dystopia, anti hero, interrogation, running, shooting, punched in the face, shot in the head, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, rain

Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? This is why Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, drunkenness
Locations:hotel
Story:telephone call, cigarette smoking, plane crash, mercilessness, bombing, phone booth, exploding building, suitcase, pay phone, danger, flash forward, man with glasses, f word, telephone, interrogation, bomb, beer, bare butt, airplane, shot in the head

The Hateful Eight (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality
Mood:gore
Story:voice over narration, cigarette smoking, reference to abraham lincoln, black eye, tension, freeze frame, basement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, danger, coffee, narration, anti hero, toilet, gang, f word, bare butt, tough guy, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Italy, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie's cultured fiancee, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Besides lying, Tom's talents include impressions and forgery, so when the handsome and confident Dickie tires of Tom, dismissing him as a bore, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf's privileges his own. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, anger
Locations:bathtub
Story:homoerotic, out of control, loss of control, shirt, wrath, bitterness, psychotic, tension, rage, sociopath, identity, man with glasses, neo noir, based on book, crying, based on novel, flashback, blood, police, violence

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, anger, drunkenness
Locations:office, bar
Story:male sitting on a toilet, voice over narration, telephone call, cigarette smoking, in medias res, anguish, wrath, bruise, partner, tension, machismo, coffee, man with glasses, interrogation, running, bare butt, punched in the face, slow motion scene, urination, beating

The Crow (1994) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Action, Drama, Fantasy

The Crow (1994)

A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancee are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante's invincibility. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, drunkenness
Mood:night, gore
Locations:bathtub
Story:voice over narration, nihilism, dead man, exploding building, falling down stairs, freeze frame, dark, character repeating someone else's dialogue, pain, anti hero, bomb, shooting, slow motion scene, shot in the head, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, rain, fire

American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

American History X (1998)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. This is why American History X (1998) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger
Story:crying man, voice over narration, cigarette smoking, reference to abraham lincoln, urinal, kicking, male underwear, friendship between men, rage, threat, narration, gang, f word, bathroom, shooting, bare butt, tough guy, punched in the face, blood splatter, shot to death

Casino (1995)
Crime, Drama

Casino (1995)

This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, drunkenness
Locations:office
Story:crying man, voice over narration, telephone call, cigarette smoking, dutch angle, in medias res, insult, threat, suitcase, pain, scantily clad female, cleavage, f word, telephone, running, sex in bed, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, black comedy

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

The Accountant (2016)

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

Themes:blackmail, paranoia, brutality, anger
Mood:night
Locations:office, hotel, bar
Story:man with no name, in medias res, plot twist, mercilessness, nosebleed, identity, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, danger, flash forward, anti hero, man with glasses, f word, interrogation, tough guy, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, blood splatter, shot to death

American Hustle (2013) is one of the best movies like Fight Club (1999)
Crime, Drama

American Hustle (2013)

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld ('Christian Bale' (qv)), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser ('Amy Adams (III)' (qv)) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso ('Bradley Cooper (I)' (qv)). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. 'Jeremy Renner' (qv) is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn ('Jennifer Lawrence (III)' (qv)) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, anger, drunkenness
Locations:hotel, bar
Story:telephone conversation, voice over narration, white collar, cigarette smoking, in medias res, urban decay, partner, desperation, sexual attraction, freeze frame, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, scantily clad female, anti hero, man with glasses, toilet, cleavage, f word, telephone, interrogation

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, anger
Period:1990s
Story:cigarette smoking, volkswagen beetle, urban decay, bitterness, confrontation, tension, machismo, danger, flash forward, man with glasses, gang, f word, telephone, interrogation, running, beer, shooting, bare butt, tough guy, punched in the face

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