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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:writing, cruelty, evil, surveillance, sadism, illness, unfaithfulness, cancer, paranoia, obsession, anger, robbery, deception, drinking, adultery, jealousy, money, infidelity, marriage, revenge
Locations:shed, motel, wheelchair, kitchen, elevator, airport, snow, hotel, bar, hospital
Characters:thief, lawyer, writer, detective
Period:2010s, 2000s
Story:missing, wedding anniversary, anniversary, missing woman, television reporter, woman in lingerie, surveillance camera, search party, st. louis missouri, missouri, missing wife, missing person poster, fake evidence, murder suspect, twin brother and sister, voice over diary, sexual manipulation, mysterious disappearance, emotional manipulation, psychological manipulation

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:robbery, deception, money
Characters:thief, detective
Story:mysterious woman, police interrogation, female thief, dark secret, police investigation, car driving, police detective, police car, surprise ending, telephone call, criminal mastermind, envelope, sarcasm, mysterious man, suspect, surprise, irony, revelation, suspicion, manipulation

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:evil, paranoia, anger, deception, drinking, jealousy, money, infidelity, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer, detective
Story:missing person, female bartender, watching tv, video camera, police car, surprise ending, unreliable narrator, pool of blood, narcissism, covered in blood, male underwear, scene during opening credits, sociopath, revelation, fireplace, confession, bartender, drawing, woman, manhattan new york city

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, cruelty, evil, surveillance, sadism, paranoia, anger, deception, money, revenge
Locations:motel, wheelchair, airport, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, detective
Story:missing person, surprise ending, telephone call, violent sex, mysterious man, southern accent, evidence, bookstore, homicide, scene during opening credits, sociopath, revelation, diary, man with glasses, throat slitting, telephone, interrogation, psychopath, sunglasses, letter

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
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:cruelty, evil, surveillance, sadism, paranoia, deception, money, revenge
Locations:motel, kitchen
Characters:detective
Story:media manipulation, female psychopath, security camera, police detective, surprise ending, media hype, mob of reporters, pool of blood, mass media, southern accent, media coverage, wedding ring, irony, mercilessness, covered in blood, scene during opening credits, self mutilation, sociopath, tv news, author

The Girl On The Train (2016)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Girl On The Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. This is why The Girl On The Train (2016) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, anger, deception, drinking, jealousy, infidelity, marriage, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:detective
Story:missing woman, missing, missing person, dark secret, wrongful arrest, house, police investigation, police detective, police car, surprise ending, unreliable narrator, staring, watching, scene of the crime, neighborhood, sociopath, revelation, suspicion, policewoman, sadness

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, anger, robbery, deception, infidelity, marriage, revenge
Locations:motel, elevator, snow, hotel
Characters:writer, detective
Period:2010s
Story:police detective, police car, surprise ending, southern accent, mercilessness, scene during opening credits, sociopath, fireplace, manipulation, author, nonlinear timeline, woman, police station, interrogation, psychopath, extramarital affair, book, arrest, police officer, blood splatter

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:writing, cruelty, sadism, paranoia, obsession, robbery, drinking
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:thief, lawyer, writer
Story:woman with glasses, watching tv, police detective, telephone call, based on book, trailer park, framed for murder, mysterious man, tv news, basement, fbi, confession, search, man with glasses, bridge, police station, flashlight, reporter, interrogation, water

Scream 3 (2000) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

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

Themes:paranoia, deception, jealousy, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:detective
Period:2000s
Story:wrongful arrest, watching tv, police detective, police car, surprise ending, marriage proposal, criminal mastermind, media coverage, wedding ring, frame up, mercilessness, sociopath, revelation, suspicion, basement, news report, false accusation, throat slitting, woman, police station

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, unfaithfulness, paranoia, anger, adultery, infidelity, marriage, revenge
Locations:kitchen, elevator, hotel
Characters:thief, detective
Story:surveillance camera, photography, police arrest, watching tv, video camera, loss of job, evidence, shopping mall, covered in blood, self mutilation, fireplace, argument, man with glasses, police station, interrogation, psychopath, extramarital affair, book, secret, arrest

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? This is why The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, anger, robbery, deception, drinking, jealousy, money, infidelity
Locations:kitchen, elevator, airport, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, detective
Story:surveillance camera, watching tv, police detective, police car, surprise ending, telephone call, police department, criminal mastermind, bitterness, wedding ring, evidence, pride, mercilessness, fbi, confession, news report, photography, drawing, man with glasses, bridge

Saw IV (2007)
Horror, Mystery

Saw IV (2007)

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, obsession, revenge
Locations:motel, hotel, hospital
Characters:detective, lawyer
Story:missing person, fbi, police interrogation, police detective, surprise ending, violent sex, hit with a hammer, missing, physical abuse, self mutilation, sociopath, revelation, nonlinear timeline, throat slitting, police station, interrogation, investigation, police officer, blood splatter, corpse

Scream 4 (2011) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 4 (2011)

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, jealousy, revenge
Locations:elevator, hospital
Period:2010s
Story:book, book signing, security camera, video camera, surprise ending, media coverage, bookstore, press conference, self mutilation, sociopath, revelation, suspicion, policewoman, author, news report, femme fatale, throat slitting, disguise, police station, flashlight

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:robbery
Locations:snow, hotel, hospital
Characters:detective, writer
Period:2000s
Story:murder suspect, female detective, police detective, investigation, telephone call, schizophrenic, scene of the crime, quarrel, suspect, evidence, frame up, homicide, policewoman, diary, fbi, police station, telephone, interrogation, psychopath, book

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:writing, sadism, unfaithfulness, paranoia, obsession, anger, deception, jealousy
Locations:elevator
Characters:detective, writer
Story:murder suspect, suspect, evidence, female psychopath, watching tv, female writer, woman, police detective, surprise ending, investigation, villainess played by lead actress, framed for murder, desire, suspicion, manipulation, author, confession, femme fatale, house, disguise

Scream (1996)
Horror, Mystery

Scream (1996)

1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. This is why Scream (1996) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, infidelity, revenge
Locations:kitchen
Story:reporter, television reporter, suspect, wrongful arrest, watching tv, surprise ending, small town, clue, framed for murder, anniversary, media coverage, frame up, covered in blood, homicide, revelation, suspicion, news report, false accusation, throat slitting, disguise

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

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

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, anger, robbery, deception, money, revenge
Locations:wheelchair, elevator
Characters:thief
Period:2010s
Story:female thief, watching tv, security camera, car driving, singing in a car, police car, surprise ending, criminal mastermind, retirement home, mysterious man, southern accent, shopping mall, scene during opening credits, sociopath, manipulation, news report, man with glasses, bridge, disguise, flashlight

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

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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

Themes:paranoia, anger, deception
Locations:shed, kitchen
Period:2010s
Story:psychological manipulation, missing person, watching tv, surprise ending, telephone call, car, box cutter, schizophrenic, board game, alarm, sociopath, revelation, suspicion, manipulation, argument, news report, drawing, bridge, woman, flashlight

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:evil, surveillance, sadism, paranoia, obsession, anger, robbery, deception, money, revenge
Locations:wheelchair, kitchen, elevator, bar, hospital
Characters:thief, lawyer, detective
Period:2000s
Story:criminal mastermind, psychological manipulation, wrongful arrest, police detective, surprise ending, marriage proposal, mob of reporters, mysterious man, media coverage, mercilessness, press conference, sociopath, policewoman, manipulation, bartender, news report, man with glasses, false accusation, bridge, disguise

Disturbia (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Turner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, drinking, jealousy, revenge
Characters:writer
Story:house, arrest, missing woman, watching, suspect, missing person, watching tv, video camera, police detective, police car, telephone call, car, evidence, sociopath, tv news, basement, disappearance, photography, eating, woman

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role... This is why Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, robbery, drinking, money
Locations:motel, airport, hotel, bar, hospital
Characters:detective, thief
Story:investigation, watching tv, video camera, police car, surprise ending, clue, missing, frame up, tv news, drawing, nonlinear timeline, house, bridge, manhattan new york city, party, bathroom, beer, lie, book, drink

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:paranoia, anger, deception, money, revenge
Locations:motel, elevator, airport, snow, hotel, bar, hospital
Period:2000s
Story:pregnancy test, surprise ending, telephone call, retirement home, sociopath, casino, suspicion, fbi, man with glasses, nonlinear timeline, bridge, interrogation, sunglasses, lie, arrest, camera, urination, pregnancy, cell phone, voice over narration

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:evil, robbery, drinking, money, revenge
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar, hospital
Characters:thief, detective
Story:fbi, watching tv, bar owner, surprise ending, telephone call, press conference, tv news, twin, confession, bartender, nonlinear timeline, throat slitting, bridge, eating, police station, flashlight, reporter, arrest, drink, camera

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

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

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

Themes:surveillance, anger, deception, revenge
Locations:kitchen, elevator, bar
Characters:thief
Period:2010s
Story:singing in a car, police car, surprise ending, telephone call, criminal mastermind, southern accent, media coverage, black eye, sociopath, revelation, casino, disappearance, manipulation, fbi, news report, bridge, disguise, reporter, telephone, sunglasses

Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
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. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, robbery, deception, drinking, money, revenge
Locations:motel, hotel, bar
Characters:lawyer, detective
Period:2010s
Story:watching tv, singing in a car, police detective, police car, surprise ending, trust fund, southern accent, male underwear, self mutilation, sociopath, casino, news report, police station, flashlight, sunglasses, beer, water, investigation, small town, police officer

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. This is why Scarface (1983) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, cruelty, evil, sadism, anger, jealousy, money, marriage, revenge
Locations:motel, hotel
Characters:lawyer
Story:police interrogation, watching tv, car driving, telephone call, fake accent, bitterness, crowd, living room, insult, surprise, love at first sight, mercilessness, desire, revelation, tv news, sadness, house, throat slitting, woman, bedroom

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:surveillance, deception, adultery, money, infidelity, revenge
Locations:motel, airport, snow, hotel, bar, hospital
Characters:thief, lawyer
Story:police arrest, police car, marriage proposal, southern accent, record player, fbi, confession, nonlinear timeline, disguise, manhattan new york city, sunglasses, lie, extramarital affair, letter, arrest, cat, investigation, police officer, car, swimming pool

Sinister (2012)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Sinister (2012)

True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn't know. He begins researching the crime so that he can write a new book about it to help his flailing career. He uses some "snuff" film footage he finds in the house to help him in his research, but he soon finds more than he bargained for. There is a figure in each of the films but who or what is it? As a result, his family start to suffer (as does he) and things take a turn for the worse. Will they survive? (Read More)

Themes:evil, obsession
Characters:writer
Story:st. louis missouri, dark secret, revelation, disappearance, argument, drawing, man with glasses, house, throat slitting, bedroom, book, investigation, small town, blood splatter, swimming pool, cell phone, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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:illness, unfaithfulness, anger, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage, revenge
Locations:motel, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:watching tv, police car, telephone call, schizophrenic, evidence, desire, drawing, nonlinear timeline, bathroom, extramarital affair, secret, drink, food, swimming pool, corpse, pregnancy, cell phone, crying, voice over narration, knife

Scream 2 (1997)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, paranoia, deception, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:female psychopath, watching tv, video camera, police detective, book, police car, surprise ending, watching, mob of reporters, media coverage, mercilessness, press conference, tv news, suspicion, author, news report, false accusation, throat slitting, police station, flashlight

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 Gone Girl (2014). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, money, infidelity, marriage
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:thief, lawyer
Story:woman in lingerie, surveillance camera, watching tv, security camera, police car, telephone call, based on book, marriage proposal, watching, evidence, told in flashback, fbi, nonlinear timeline, eating, woman, reporter, manhattan new york city, telephone, interrogation, lingerie

16 Blocks (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, drinking
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:detective, lawyer
Story:watching tv, police detective, surprise ending, telephone call, scene of the crime, homicide, told in flashback, disguise, police station, manhattan new york city, telephone, lie, letter, drink, cat, urination, corpse, cell phone, voice over narration, brother sister relationship

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
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:evil, surveillance, paranoia, robbery, deception, revenge
Locations:kitchen, elevator, airport, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:thief, lawyer, detective
Period:2010s
Story:mysterious woman, female thief, watching tv, security camera, police detective, surprise ending, police department, media coverage, mercilessness, press conference, sociopath, revelation, fireplace, news report, femme fatale, man with glasses, false accusation, bridge, disguise, police station

Gattaca (1997)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gattaca (1997)

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, illness, paranoia, deception, drinking, marriage
Locations:wheelchair, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:security camera, police investigation, police detective, surprise ending, urine sample, furnace, scene of the crime, suspect, irony, self mutilation, desire, suspicion, false accusation, nonlinear timeline, secret, drink, investigation, urination, car, neo noir

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, deception, money, revenge
Locations:wheelchair, elevator, airport, hotel, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, detective
Story:missing person, watching tv, woman, police car, surprise ending, arm cast, missing, mercilessness, scene during opening credits, sociopath, revelation, suspicion, bartender, news report, femme fatale, man with glasses, house, telephone, interrogation, psychopath

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. This is why Secret Window (2004) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014). (Read More)

Themes:writing, unfaithfulness, paranoia, anger, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity, marriage
Locations:motel, snow
Characters:writer, thief, detective
Story:lake house, author, sleeping in a car, police car, surprise ending, telephone call, southern accent, marital problem, evidence, revelation, fireplace, suspicion, man with glasses, house, police station, flashlight, extramarital affair, book, letter, secret

The Cable Guy (1996) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, deception, jealousy, marriage, revenge
Locations:bar
Story:wrongful arrest, watching tv, surprise ending, marriage proposal, mysterious man, media coverage, physical abuse, frame up, scene during opening credits, sociopath, suspicion, manipulation, news report, false accusation, disguise, telephone, television, psychopath, sunglasses, beer

Mr. Brooks (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, sadism, anger, deception, marriage, revenge
Locations:kitchen, hotel, hospital
Characters:detective, lawyer
Story:dark secret, female detective, police detective, secret, surprise ending, telephone call, staring, schizophrenic, surprise, evidence, mercilessness, covered in blood, homicide, desire, fireplace, house, throat slitting, bridge, disguise, flashlight

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, unfaithfulness, anger, adultery, jealousy, money, infidelity, revenge
Locations:wheelchair, snow
Characters:writer
Story:missing person poster, missing person, woman with glasses, secret, police car, telephone call, missing, physical abuse, neighborhood, suspicion, fbi, search, eating, woman, neighbor, extramarital affair, small town, food, corpse, crying

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, money, robbery, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:motel, wheelchair, bar
Characters:thief, lawyer
Period:2000s
Story:watching tv, woman, villainess played by lead actress, tv news, bartender, eating, police station, telephone, bed, beer, lie, extramarital affair, arrest, drink, food, car, corpse, crying, voice over narration, brother sister relationship

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. This is why Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, sadism, unfaithfulness, cancer, robbery, deception, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage, revenge
Locations:kitchen, wheelchair, snow, bar, hospital
Characters:thief, lawyer, writer
Story:watching tv, telephone call, based on book, physical abuse, neighborhood, frame up, record player, basement, confession, drawing, man with glasses, eating, reporter, manhattan new york city, bathroom, lie, extramarital affair, book, arrest, drink

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Renai is interrogated by a police detective about the supernatural events in the house. While the police investigate the house, the Lambert family temporarily moves to the old house of Lorraine Lambert. Renai is haunted by a woman in white and Josh has a strange behavior at home. Meanwhile Lorraine seeks out Elise's partners Specs and Tucker expecting to find answers. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:video camera, police detective, surprise ending, strange behavior, hit with a hammer, scene during opening credits, basement, nonlinear timeline, house, woman, police station, flashlight, interrogation, psychopath, investigation, corpse, knife, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception
Characters:lawyer, detective
Story:missing, missing person, wrongful arrest, telephone, singing in a car, police car, telephone call, police department, media circus, mob of reporters, neighborhood, evidence, sociopath, disappearance, confession, search, false accusation, eating, woman, reporter

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, paranoia, anger, drinking, jealousy
Locations:wheelchair, hospital
Characters:writer
Story:watching tv, police car, telephone call, miniature golf, video game, covered in blood, sociopath, author, search, nonlinear timeline, eating, woman, telephone, psychopath, sunglasses, lie, book, drink, urination, food

The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, robbery, deception, money
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:security camera, police detective, mysterious man, wedding ring, black eye, sociopath, desire, fbi, throat slitting, bridge, disguise, interrogation, arrest, investigation, police officer, blood splatter, neo noir, corpse, cell phone, shower

Capote (2005)
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. This is why Capote (2005) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014). (Read More)

Themes:writing, robbery, drinking, money
Locations:snow, hotel, bar
Characters:writer, thief, lawyer, detective
Story:police arrest, book, police car, telephone call, based on book, missing, press conference, manipulation, diary, author, drawing, man with glasses, throat slitting, police station, reporter, neighbor, lie, letter, drink, camera

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, deception, drinking, money
Locations:airport, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:watching tv, video camera, surprise ending, telephone call, based on book, hair dye, dyed hair, evidence, tv news, search, man with glasses, false accusation, eating, woman, telephone, sunglasses, lie, secret, drink, camera

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:writing, evil, sadism, obsession, anger, revenge
Locations:wheelchair, snow
Characters:writer
Story:female psychopath, car, surprise ending, villainess played by lead actress, physical abuse, sociopath, basement, author, search, house, woman, psychopath, book, investigation, small town, neo noir, knife, based on novel, fight, blood

K-pax (2001) is one of the best movies like Gone Girl (2014)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:illness, paranoia, robbery, marriage
Locations:wheelchair, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:surveillance camera, watching tv, video camera, surprise ending, policewoman, disappearance, manhattan new york city, sunglasses, water, investigation, pregnancy, new york city, party, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, based on novel, murder, police, death

The Number 23 (2007)
Mystery, Thriller

The Number 23 (2007)

On his birthday, Walter Sparrow, an amiable dog-catcher, takes a call that leaves him dog bit and late to pick up his wife. She's browsed in a bookstore, finding a blood-red-covered novel, a murder mystery with numerology that loops constantly around the number 23. The story captivates Walter: he dreams it, he notices aspects of his life that can be rendered by "23," he searches for the author, he stays in the hotel (in room 23) where events in the novel took place, and he begins to believe it was no novel. His wife and son try to help him, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes to protect him. Slowly, with danger to himself and to his family, he closes in on the truth. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, obsession, anger
Locations:hotel, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:bookstore, author, police arrest, book, police car, surprise ending, gift, femme fatale, man with glasses, throat slitting, bridge, flashlight, investigation, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, shower, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking

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