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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:poetry,  guilt,  redemption,  tragedy,  blackmail,  betrayal,  love
Locations:alaska,  tunnel,  snow,  hotel,  school,  restaurant,  beach,  hospital
Characters:detective,  writer,  policeman,  boy,  teenager
Period:2000s
Story:lost in fog,  planted evidence,  planting evidence,  forensic evidence,  removing a bullet,  cabin in the woods,  fishing village,  female pubic hair,  accidental shooting,  crime writer,  mystery writer,  remake of norwegian film,  criminal investigation,  double barreled shotgun,  female detective,  murder investigation,  hotel manager,  nude corpse,  police detective,  investigation,  telephone call,  foot chase,  hypothetical flashback,  police procedure,  los angeles police department,  murder confession,  phone call from suspect,  crime reconstruction,  midnight sun,  crime confession,  playing chicken,  nude body,  trapped underwater,  nude picture,  shell casing,  halibut,  naked dead body,  arctic circle,  windshield wiper,  confession of crime,  toenail,  ballistics,  fingernail,  sleep deprivation,  garbage bag,  sunshine,  cheating on girlfriend,  garbage dump,  lodge,  internal affairs,  sunlight,  logging,  police procedural,  colleague colleague relationship,  murder suspect,  abusive boyfriend,  lapd,  bludgeoning,  dirty cop,  schizophrenic,  glacier,  sleeplessness,  female cop,  naked dead woman,  underage smoking,  gun held to head,  adult actress playing teenage girl,  scene of the crime,  quarrel,  falling into water,  stakeout,  insomnia,  dead dog,  journal,  dead animal,  hair,  dead girl,  nude woman murdered,  lying,  alarm clock,  gunfire,  ferry,  police officer shot,  fog,  evidence,  autopsy,  pedophile,  frame up,  gunshot wound,  novelist,  partner,  backpack,  murder of a police officer,  accidental death,  morality,  dead woman,  homicide,  morgue,  shot in the stomach,  tape recorder,  high school,  breaking and entering,  flying,  child murder,  bullet,  death of husband,  typewriter,  waterfall,  cabin,  policewoman,  pursuit,  diary,  cover up,  storytelling,  beaten to death,  older man younger woman relationship,  fbi,  police officer killed,  latex gloves,  shot in the leg,  fishing,  truck,  diner,  police station,  telephone,  hallucination,  interrogation,  dead body,  death of father,  rural setting,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  vomiting,  book,  shooting,  airplane,  small town,  shotgun,  remake,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  teenage girl,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  murder,  mother daughter relationship,  fight,  blood,  nudity,  flashback,  gun,  death,  dog

Narc (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Narc (2002)

An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife. Nick reads and re-reads the case file, broods, watches Oak's heavy-handed style, sometimes joining in. The brass want to close out the case, Nick and Henry stay on it, and bits of evidence point them to an auto body shop. What actually happened; will Nick ever know? (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:planting evidence,  police detective,  foot chase,  internal affairs,  stakeout,  evidence,  murder of a police officer,  accidental death,  morality,  bullet,  death of husband,  cover up,  shot in the leg,  diner,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  death,  police

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Street Kings (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Street Kings (2008)

LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Tom, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of a kidnapped kid sex slave, Tom becomes the target of IA's hotshot, captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander's promotion to chief. Tom's corrupt, disloyal ex-patrol partner Terrence Washington sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Tom's presence. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:detective
Period:2000s
Story:planting evidence,  murder investigation,  los angeles police department,  lapd,  dirty cop,  partner,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  police station,  dead body,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  gun,  police,  blood,  murder,  death

Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Locations:snow,  hotel,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:detective
Period:2000s
Story:forensic evidence,  fbi,  murder investigation,  police detective,  foot chase,  scene of the crime,  stakeout,  ferry,  autopsy,  murder of a police officer,  morgue,  cover up,  police officer killed,  truck,  police station,  interrogation,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  blood,  death,  flashback,  murder

Welcome To The Punch (2013) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Welcome To The Punch (2013)

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

Themes:redemption
Locations:tunnel,  hotel,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  foot chase,  female cop,  murder of a police officer,  shot in the stomach,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  police station,  interrogation,  airplane,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  murder,  death,  police,  flashback

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Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. This is why Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002).

Themes:betrayal,  love
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:detective,  teenager
Story:police detective,  foot chase,  homicide,  high school,  beaten to death,  police station,  interrogation,  death of father,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  shooting,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  police,  death,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  gun

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Locations:hotel
Period:2000s
Story:double barreled shotgun,  telephone call,  police officer shot,  gunshot wound,  shot in the stomach,  pursuit,  older man younger woman relationship,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  truck,  diner,  police station,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  death,  gun,  blood,  murder,  fight

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:guilt,  redemption
Characters:detective,  policeman
Story:police detective,  telephone call,  scene of the crime,  police officer shot,  gunshot wound,  partner,  murder of a police officer,  homicide,  tape recorder,  pursuit,  shot in the leg,  police station,  telephone,  dead body,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shooting,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  murder,  death,  blood,  police,  flashback,  gun

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Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:detective
Period:2000s
Story:female detective,  police detective,  foot chase,  schizophrenic,  female cop,  ferry,  autopsy,  morgue,  policewoman,  older man younger woman relationship,  police officer killed,  police station,  telephone,  death of father,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  murder,  dog,  blood,  police,  fight,  flashback,  death

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

Patriots Day (2016)

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

Themes:tragedy
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:forensic evidence,  murder investigation,  police detective,  female cop,  police officer shot,  policewoman,  fbi,  police officer killed,  diner,  police station,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  murder,  death,  dog,  gun,  blood,  fight

Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. This is why Bullet To The Head (2012) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:hotel
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  dirty cop,  police officer shot,  ferry,  autopsy,  murder of a police officer,  morgue,  bullet,  latex gloves,  police station,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  flashback,  death,  police,  murder,  blood,  gun

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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)

Locations:hotel,  school,  hospital
Characters:detective
Story:fbi,  hotel manager,  police detective,  police procedural,  autopsy,  gunshot wound,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  police station,  interrogation,  dead body,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  photograph,  murder,  police,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  death

Murder By Numbers (2002) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Murder By Numbers (2002)

Richard Haywood, a Californian high school's coolest kid, secretly teams up with another rich kid in his class, brilliant nerd Justin 'Bonaparte' Pendleton, whose erudition, specially in forensic matters, allows them to plan elaborately perfect murders, just for the kick, for which they set up Richard's marijuana supplier, their school's janitor Ray Feathers, as a psychotic serial killer. The case is assigned to detectives Cassie 'the hyena' Mayweather, who carries a sequoia-size chip on the shoulder from her previous life, and her brilliant new partner, Sam Kennedy, who just transferred from the vice squad; they can work together very well, and even fit romantically, but fall out over different professional attitudes towards the investigation, which Captain Rod Cody and her understandably vindictive abused ex, Assistant D.A. Al Swanson, soon ban her from when she disobeys instructions and hand to him. When the plotting boys both dig class-mate Lisa Mills, their unnatural bond comes under stress- will it break, allowing the hard-pressed police to bring them down? (Read More)

Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:detective,  teenager
Story:partner,  homicide,  planting evidence,  forensic evidence,  high school,  female detective,  murder investigation,  police detective,  investigation,  confession of crime,  scene of the crime,  hair,  gunfire,  evidence,  gunshot wound,  policewoman,  fbi,  latex gloves,  interrogation,  dead body,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  shot to death,  corpse,  teenage girl,  pistol,  photograph,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  police,  gun

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

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

Themes:betrayal,  love
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  detective,  boy
Story:police detective,  telephone call,  foot chase,  partner,  murder of a police officer,  homicide,  shot in the leg,  police station,  dead body,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  death,  dog,  fight,  blood,  police

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Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)

A violent Hong Kong action film, this is the story of an assassin, Jeffrey Chow (aka Mickey Mouse) who takes one last job so he can retire and care for his girlfriend Jenny. When his employers betray him, he reluctantly joins forces with Inspector Lee (aka Dumbo), the cop who is pursuing him. Together, the new friends face the final confrontation of the gangsters out to kill them. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal,  love
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:detective
Story:removing a bullet,  accidental shooting,  police detective,  foot chase,  garbage bag,  police officer shot,  gunshot wound,  murder of a police officer,  storytelling,  beaten to death,  shot in the leg,  hallucination,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shooting,  remake,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  police,  death

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop. This is why Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002). (Read More)

Locations:snow
Characters:detective
Period:2000s
Story:police detective,  foot chase,  female cop,  shot in the stomach,  policewoman,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  police station,  telephone,  held at gunpoint,  shotgun,  remake,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  police,  fight,  death,  murder,  blood,  dog

Heist (2001) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  betrayal
Characters:policeman
Period:2000s
Story:double barreled shotgun,  gunfire,  gunshot wound,  partner,  fbi,  shot in the leg,  truck,  diner,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shooting,  airplane,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  police,  blood,  fight,  gun,  murder,  death

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Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Characters:policeman
Story:foot chase,  los angeles police department,  lapd,  lying,  fbi,  dead body,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shooting,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  fight,  gun,  police,  blood,  death

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  blackmail
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective,  boy
Story:planted evidence,  criminal investigation,  murder investigation,  telephone call,  ballistics,  naked dead woman,  gun held to head,  scene of the crime,  dead dog,  nude woman murdered,  autopsy,  homicide,  typewriter,  pursuit,  latex gloves,  police station,  telephone,  dead body,  death of father,  rifle,  shooting,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  chase,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  mother daughter relationship,  death,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  nudity

Chaos (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Chaos (2005)

In Seattle, detective Quentin Conners is unfairly suspended and his partner Jason York leaves the police force after a tragic shooting on Pearl Street Bridge, when the hostage and the criminal die. During a bank heist with a hostage situation, Conners is assigned in charge of the operation with the rookie Shane Dekker as his partner. The thieves, lead by Lorenz, apparently do not steal a penny from the bank. While chasing the gangsters, the police team disclose that they planted a virus in the system, stealing one billion dollars from the different accounts, using the principle of the Chaos Theory. Further, they find that Lorenz is killing his accomplices. (Read More)

Characters:detective,  policeman
Story:police detective,  foot chase,  dirty cop,  female cop,  autopsy,  partner,  morgue,  policewoman,  fbi,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  diner,  police station,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  investigation,  airplane,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  murder,  flashback,  police,  death,  fight,  blood

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Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. This is why Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Characters:policeman
Period:2000s
Story:telephone call,  foot chase,  pursuit,  beaten to death,  shot in the leg,  police station,  telephone,  dead body,  death of father,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  investigation,  small town,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  death,  blood,  police,  fight,  flashback,  gun

Near Dark (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:redemption,  betrayal,  love
Characters:boy,  teenager
Story:double barreled shotgun,  foot chase,  sunlight,  underage smoking,  murder of a police officer,  shot in the stomach,  bullet,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  truck,  diner,  police station,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  vomiting,  investigation,  small town,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  gun,  dog,  police,  blood,  fight

The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Locations:beach,  hospital
Story:police detective,  abusive boyfriend,  lapd,  gun held to head,  stakeout,  murder of a police officer,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the leg,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  death

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Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

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

Themes:betrayal
Locations:tunnel,  hotel,  hospital
Story:police detective,  foot chase,  internal affairs,  lapd,  police officer shot,  partner,  murder of a police officer,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the leg,  police station,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  airplane,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  police,  blood,  death

Cop Land (1997) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

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

Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:internal affairs,  planting evidence,  accidental shooting,  police detective,  investigation,  small town,  foot chase,  dirty cop,  female cop,  murder of a police officer,  shot in the stomach,  death of husband,  policewoman,  pursuit,  cover up,  police officer killed,  diner,  police station,  held at gunpoint,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death

Training Day (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. This is why Training Day (2001) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  betrayal,  love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman,  detective,  boy
Story:lapd,  los angeles police department,  dirty cop,  stakeout,  evidence,  frame up,  murder of a police officer,  homicide,  shot in the stomach,  storytelling,  police officer killed,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  shooting,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  teenage girl,  pistol,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  fight,  murder,  blood,  gun,  death,  police

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  betrayal,  love
Locations:snow,  restaurant
Characters:detective
Story:forensic evidence,  police detective,  lapd,  female cop,  cover up,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  police station,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  police,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Characters:teenager
Story:telephone call,  abusive boyfriend,  police officer shot,  bullet,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  truck,  diner,  telephone,  death of father,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  teenage girl,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  death,  blood,  fight,  gun,  murder,  police

Mystic River (2003) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mystic River (2003)

In the summer of 1975 in a neighborhood in Boston, 3 kids, Dave Boyle and two of his friends, Jimmy and Sean, are playing on the sidewalk when Dave gets abducted by two men and endures several days of sexual abuse. Eventually, Dave escapes traumatized throughout adulthood. Jimmy is an ex-con and a father of three, whose daughter Katie, is found dead and Dave becomes the number one suspect. Sean is a homicide detective, investigating Katie's murder, ends up finding himself faced with past and present demons as more is uncovered about Katie's murder. Learning Katie had a boyfriend, ballistics later turn up a gun belonging to the father, which then puts her boyfriend as the suspect. Will Sean find out who killed Katie? Will Jimmy make it through the investigation? And will Dave ever find out what really happened when he was abducted? (Read More)

Characters:detective
Story:ballistics,  homicide,  criminal investigation,  police detective,  crime confession,  scene of the crime,  dead girl,  autopsy,  evidence,  morgue,  beaten to death,  latex gloves,  interrogation,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  investigation,  shotgun,  rain,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  gun,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  police,  murder

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Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Characters:policeman
Story:police station,  foot chase,  female cop,  dead girl,  gunfire,  police officer shot,  child murder,  pursuit,  cover up,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  truck,  telephone,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shotgun,  remake,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  police,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  murder,  death,  fight

Midnight Special (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. This is why Midnight Special (2016) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002). (Read More)

Characters:policeman,  boy
Story:telephone call,  sunlight,  police officer shot,  shot in the stomach,  tape recorder,  high school,  pursuit,  cover up,  fbi,  police officer killed,  truck,  diner,  telephone,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  blood,  fight,  gun,  murder,  police,  death

In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In The Heat Of The Night (1967)

Detective Virgil Tibbs is caught up in the racial tension of the US South when he is arrested after the murder of a prominent businessman. Tibbs was simply waiting for his next train at the station in Sparta, Mississippi and the confusion is soon resolved but when local police chief Gillespie learns that Tibbs is the Philadelphia PD's number one homicide expert, he reluctantly asks for his assistance. The murdered man, Mr. Colbert, had come to Sparta from the North to build a new factory and his wife and business associates immediately point the finger at Endicott, the most powerful man in the county and the one who had the most to lose if a major new employer comes to the area. Tibbs' life is clearly in danger but he perseveres in a highly charged and racially explosive environment until the killer is found. (Read More)

Locations:hotel
Characters:detective,  policeman
Story:homicide,  criminal investigation,  murder investigation,  police detective,  foot chase,  garbage dump,  police procedural,  scene of the crime,  insomnia,  autopsy,  tape recorder,  death of husband,  diner,  police station,  investigation,  small town,  shot to death,  corpse,  chase,  murder,  police,  death

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Seeking Justice (2011) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  love
Locations:school,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  foot chase,  murder suspect,  gun held to head,  pedophile,  frame up,  high school,  cover up,  shot in the leg,  police station,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  flashback,  death,  police,  murder,  blood,  fight

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)

Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  policeman,  boy
Story:criminal investigation,  murder investigation,  police detective,  telephone call,  dead girl,  pedophile,  dead woman,  tape recorder,  fbi,  diner,  police station,  interrogation,  dead body,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  teenage girl,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  gun,  murder,  death,  blood

Crash (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Crash (2004)

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female and the other black male, the latter who is dealing with a drugged out mother that feels he isn't concerned enough about taking care of family; an East Asian man who is run over but who is hiding some valuable cargo in the back of his van; a Persian store owner, who feels he isn't getting satisfaction from American society when his store is robbed time and time again; and a Hispanic locksmith, who just wants to keep his family, especially his young daughter, safe in a seemingly unsafe world. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy
Locations:snow,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:partner,  accidental shooting,  police detective,  telephone call,  los angeles police department,  lapd,  scene of the crime,  evidence,  murder of a police officer,  morality,  bullet,  storytelling,  fbi,  latex gloves,  diner,  dead body,  shooting,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  gun,  death,  murder,  nudity,  blood

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The Black Dahlia (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Black Dahlia (2006)

In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths. This is why The Black Dahlia (2006) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  blackmail,  love
Locations:hotel,  beach
Story:police detective,  foot chase,  dead dog,  autopsy,  partner,  homicide,  breaking and entering,  child murder,  typewriter,  cover up,  diner,  police station,  interrogation,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  nudity,  flashback,  fight

Basic Instinct (1992) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
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:guilt,  betrayal,  love
Characters:detective,  writer,  policeman
Story:evidence,  novelist,  female pubic hair,  criminal investigation,  murder investigation,  police detective,  investigation,  playing chicken,  murder suspect,  gun held to head,  hair,  gunfire,  partner,  accidental death,  police officer killed,  telephone,  interrogation,  psychopath,  book,  shooting,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  police,  gun,  death,  blood,  nudity

Alex Cross (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Alex Cross (2012)

Dr. Alex Cross is on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso, who's been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. Soon when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits to end this once and for all.

Themes:betrayal
Locations:restaurant
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  foot chase,  female cop,  partner,  murder of a police officer,  dead woman,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  police station,  interrogation,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback,  death,  police,  murder,  blood,  gun,  fight

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

Harry Brown (2009)

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

Themes:betrayal
Locations:tunnel,  hospital
Characters:detective
Period:2000s
Story:police detective,  female cop,  evidence,  partner,  shot in the stomach,  policewoman,  cover up,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  police station,  interrogation,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  death,  dog,  blood,  murder,  police,  flashback

The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:police detective,  lapd,  lying,  autopsy,  murder of a police officer,  morgue,  shot in the stomach,  cover up,  police officer killed,  diner,  police station,  hallucination,  dead body,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  small town,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  police

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician. This is why The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002).

Themes:blackmail,  betrayal
Locations:hotel
Characters:detective,  boy,  teenager
Story:police detective,  frame up,  murder of a police officer,  cover up,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  police station,  interrogation,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  teenage girl,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  dog,  flashback,  gun,  police,  death,  fight,  blood,  murder

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The Beach (2000)
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:blackmail,  betrayal,  love
Locations:hotel,  beach
Story:telephone call,  cheating on girlfriend,  backpack,  waterfall,  pursuit,  fishing,  police station,  dead body,  vomiting,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  blood,  murder,  death,  flashback,  gun,  police

The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in a Texas oil town in the mid 1950's. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it's love. She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards? (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  love
Locations:hotel
Story:murder investigation,  foot chase,  bludgeoning,  police officer shot,  homicide,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  shot in the leg,  diner,  police station,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  vomiting,  airplane,  small town,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  flashback,  murder

Solace (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Solace (2015)

A psychic doctor, John Clancy (Sir Anthony Hopkins), works with an F.B.I. Special Agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an F.B.I. Special Agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy. (Read More)

Locations:hotel,  hospital
Story:foot chase,  nude woman murdered,  police officer shot,  autopsy,  partner,  child murder,  bullet,  death of husband,  fbi,  police officer killed,  latex gloves,  shot in the leg,  death of father,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  death,  dog,  flashback,  murder,  police,  gun,  blood

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Righteous Kill (2008) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Righteous Kill (2008)

Turk and Rooster, two aging NYPD detectives and longtime partners, are hunting a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals. They both have personal issues, and when they start working with a younger investigative team, Perez and Riley, tensions between the two teams is inevitable, especially since Turk is now living with Perez's ex-girlfriend, also a homicide detective. (Read More)

Themes:poetry
Characters:detective
Story:planting evidence,  murder investigation,  police detective,  homicide,  child murder,  police officer killed,  latex gloves,  diner,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  police,  death,  murder,  flashback,  blood

Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. This is why Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  betrayal,  love
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:detective
Period:2000s
Story:police detective,  evidence,  frame up,  tape recorder,  cover up,  shot in the leg,  death of father,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  death,  murder,  flashback,  police,  fight

Public Enemies (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  betrayal,  love
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  boy
Story:fbi,  telephone call,  lodge,  stakeout,  murder of a police officer,  morality,  shot in the stomach,  pursuit,  beaten to death,  shot in the leg,  police station,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shooting,  airplane,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  blood,  police,  gun,  murder

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Max Payne (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Max Payne (2008)

Three years ago, NYPD detective Max Payne's wife and baby were murdered. Max gets himself transferred to the cold case office where he can continue searching for the killer who got away. He's a loner, but two people reach out to him during a fateful week: Alex, his ex-partner who may have found a clue, and BB, the security chief at the pharmaceutical company where Max's wife worked. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up, some as a result of a drug on the street that is highly addictive and, for many who take it, brings hideous hallucinations. When one of the bodies is a woman Payne was the last to see alive, her sister comes looking for him armed to the teeth; Max must move fast. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:snow,  hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  internal affairs,  gun held to head,  partner,  murder of a police officer,  shot in the stomach,  death of husband,  shot in the leg,  police station,  hallucination,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  death,  gun,  flashback

The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Insomnia (2002)
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:betrayal
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:fbi,  accidental shooting,  criminal investigation,  telephone call,  ballistics,  gun held to head,  tape recorder,  beaten to death,  latex gloves,  shot in the leg,  police station,  dead body,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shooting,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood,  nudity,  police,  fight

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:betrayal
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:criminal investigation,  telephone call,  foot chase,  dead girl,  evidence,  homicide,  tape recorder,  diary,  cover up,  beaten to death,  telephone,  interrogation,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  investigation,  small town,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  fight,  blood,  death,  gun,  murder

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