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Joker (2019)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Joker (2019)

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. (Read More)

Themes:revolution, humiliation, insanity, tragedy, obsession, brutality, anger, deception, escape, drunkenness, betrayal, revenge, love
Mood:suspense
Locations:city, apartment, elevator, bathtub, hospital
Characters:comedian, psychiatrist, detective
Period:1980s
Story:joker, clown, laughter, medication, infamy, supervillain, smile, hoodie, matricide, nihilism, anarchy, stroke, narcissism, flare, strike, staircase, journal, outcast, notebook, alley

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:insanity, brutality, anger, deception, escape, drunkenness, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment, bathtub
Characters:detective
Period:1980s
Story:nihilism, narcissism, journal, notebook, refrigerator, tuxedo, laughter, hatred, impersonation, sociopath, murderer, businessman, controversy, montage, ambulance, telephone, revolver, running, psychopath, investigation

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:insanity, tragedy, obsession, brutality, anger, deception, escape, betrayal, love, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:city, apartment, elevator, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:joker, anarchy, nihilism, laughing, loner, butler, mercilessness, hatred, cynicism, blockbuster, sociopath, bodyguard, scar, clown, darkness, montage, ambulance, disguise, ambush, revolver

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, brutality, anger, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:butler, hatred, cynicism, videotape, sociopath, bodyguard, darkness, ambulance, telephone, psychopath, letter, bus, investigation, beating, fire, chase, death, gun, violence, murder

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
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:revolution, brutality, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:city, apartment, elevator, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:anarchy, flare, butler, mercilessness, blockbuster, sociopath, riot, bodyguard, protest, subway, ambulance, disguise, ambush, orphan, piano, psychopath, letter, bus, investigation, beating

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. This is why Nocturnal Animals (2016) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, brutality, anger, deception, escape, drunkenness, love, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, bathtub
Characters:detective
Story:mercilessness, hatred, cynicism, sociopath, murderer, scar, businessman, diner, montage, psychopath, arrest, flashback, death, gun, blood, violence, murder, police

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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

Themes:insanity, brutality, deception, escape, revenge, love
Characters:psychiatrist, detective
Story:matricide, anarchy, mercilessness, cynicism, fame, sociopath, riot, murderer, controversy, diner, montage, ambush, psychopath, arrest, urination, beating, fire, singing, dancing, interview

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

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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

Themes:obsession, brutality, anger, deception, love
Locations:bathtub
Story:laughing, impersonation, sociopath, suspicion, sadness, piano, psychopath, investigation, singing, blood, flashback, death, violence, murder, police

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
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:brutality, deception, escape, drunkenness, betrayal, revenge
Locations:apartment, elevator, bathtub, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:mercilessness, cynicism, nosebleed, sociopath, suspicion, bodyguard, protest, diner, ambulance, ambush, telephone, revolver, psychopath, arrest, investigation, beating, fire, chase, dancing, police

The Fugitive (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. (Read More)

Themes:escape, deception, drunkenness, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, detective
Story:bus, medication, blockbuster, murderer, suspicion, scar, subway, ambulance, disguise, revolver, psychopath, arrest, investigation, beating, fire, chase, murder, police, death, blood

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 Joker (2019). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, brutality, anger, deception, drunkenness, betrayal, love
Locations:city, apartment, elevator, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, detective
Story:mercilessness, subway, diner, montage, ambulance, ambush, orphan, revolver, running, arrest, investigation, gangster, underwear, beating, fire, chase, singing, police, blood, flashback

The Cable Guy (1996)
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:insanity, obsession, deception, betrayal, revenge
Locations:apartment
Story:loner, videotape, sociopath, suspicion, stalking, stalker, montage, disguise, telephone, psychopath, arrest, beating, chase, flashback, police, violence

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
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:brutality, anger, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge, love
Locations:apartment, elevator
Story:sociopath, scar, diner, montage, disguise, ambush, orphan, revolver, psychopath, letter, arrest, gangster, beating, fire, chase, singing, blood, police, death, gun

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, tragedy, brutality, escape, betrayal, love, revenge
Locations:city, elevator, hospital
Characters:detective
Period:1980s
Story:outcast, alley, mercilessness, darkness, revolver, running, psychopath, urination, gangster, beating, death, blood, violence, murder, police

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:brutality, anger, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Story:mercilessness, hatred, blockbuster, nosebleed, riot, scar, darkness, montage, disguise, ambush, orphan, beating, fire, chase, blood, murder, flashback, death, violence

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. This is why Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, anger, drunkenness, love, revenge
Period:1980s
Story:alley, mercilessness, hatred, blockbuster, fame, montage, piano, running, arrest, beating, interview, flashback, death, violence

Se7en (1995) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' ('Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and ('Brad Pitt' (qv) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" ('Kevin Spacey' (qv)) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... (Read More)

Themes:insanity, tragedy, anger, revenge
Locations:city, apartment, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:alley, blockbuster, sociopath, murderer, sadness, subway, diner, ambulance, revolver, psychopath, arrest, investigation, chase, blood, police, interview, violence, murder, death

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, brutality, anger, deception, escape, revenge
Locations:city
Story:flare, alley, mercilessness, hatred, blockbuster, sociopath, bodyguard, scar, disguise, ambush, arrest, beating, fire, chase, murder, death, flashback, violence, blood

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:obsession, anger, deception, drunkenness, betrayal, love
Locations:apartment, elevator
Characters:detective, psychiatrist
Story:investigation, cynicism, blockbuster, murderer, suspicion, controversy, disguise, ambush, telephone, psychopath, underwear, chase, dancing, police, murder, violence, death, blood, gun

Cube (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube (1997)

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

Themes:insanity, tragedy, brutality, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator
Story:nihilism, cynicism, sociopath, suspicion, montage, ambush, urination, beating, blood, police, murder, death

Now You See Me 2 (2016) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
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. This is why Now You See Me 2 (2016) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019). (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment, elevator
Period:1980s
Story:hatred, impersonation, sociopath, bodyguard, subway, montage, disguise, ambush, telephone, arrest, investigation, fire, flashback

The Blues Brothers (1980)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical

The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, revenge
Locations:city, elevator
Period:1980s
Story:flare, tuxedo, laughter, impersonation, blockbuster, protest, diner, montage, ambulance, revolver, piano, running, arrest, chase, singing, dancing, police, violence

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:tragedy, brutality, anger, deception, escape, drunkenness, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Story:nihilism, mercilessness, hatred, cynicism, sociopath, stalking, scar, darkness, montage, orphan, revolver, running, beating, fire, chase, death, gun, blood, violence, murder

Jason Bourne (2016)
Action, Thriller

Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne is again being hunted by the CIA. It begins when Nicky Parson a former CIA operative who helped Bourne, who went under and now works with a man who's a whistle blower and is out to expose the CIA's black ops. Nicky hacks into the CIA and downloads everything on all their Black Ops, including Treadstone which Bourne was a part of. And Heather Lee, a CIA agent, discovers the hack and brings it to the attention of CIA Director Dewey, the man behind the Black Ops. He orders Parsons be found and, hopefully, Bourne, too. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment, elevator, bathtub, hospital
Story:notebook, mercilessness, blockbuster, riot, bodyguard, scar, protest, ambulance, disguise, ambush, bus, investigation, beating, fire, chase, blood, police, murder, death, violence

The Girl On The Train (2016) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
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. (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, escape, drunkenness, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment, bathtub
Characters:psychiatrist, detective
Story:nihilism, hatred, sociopath, suspicion, sadness, stalking, stalker, running, psychopath, arrest, investigation, beating, interview, blood, death, police, violence, murder, flashback

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... This is why 16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019). (Read More)

Themes:deception, drunkenness
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator
Characters:detective
Story:notebook, subway, ambulance, disguise, telephone, letter, bus, urination, chase, police, flashback, blood, death, gun, violence, murder

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:obsession, anger, deception, revenge
Locations:city, elevator, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:investigation, narcissism, mercilessness, sociopath, suspicion, sadness, disguise, telephone, neighbor, psychopath, letter, arrest, urination, police, blood, flashback, death, interview, violence, murder

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:brutality, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator
Story:loner, mercilessness, bodyguard, subway, montage, ambush, gangster, fire, chase, murder, death, gun, flashback, violence, blood

The Butterfly Effect (2004) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:insanity, escape, love, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:journal, notebook, cynicism, nosebleed, sociopath, scar, ambulance, psychopath, underwear, beating, fire, blood, death, flashback, gun, violence, murder

Taxi Driver (1976)
Crime, Drama

Taxi Driver (1976)

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

Themes:insanity, obsession, anger, escape, revenge
Locations:city, apartment
Story:loner, infamy, staircase, journal, sociopath, stalking, stalker, controversy, diner, montage, revolver, psychopath, letter, gangster, dancing, death, police, gun, violence, murder

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. This is why War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019). (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, drunkenness, betrayal, revenge
Locations:apartment, elevator, hospital
Story:impersonation, sociopath, suspicion, scar, diner, montage, arrest, urination, beating, fire, chase, interview, flashback

Allied (2016)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

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

Themes:tragedy, brutality, anger, deception, escape, drunkenness, betrayal, love
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment, hospital
Story:suffocation, mercilessness, suspicion, scar, ambush, telephone, revolver, piano, letter, investigation, fire, dancing, blood, death, gun, violence, murder, flashback

Jack Reacher (2012) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher (2012)

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:city, elevator, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:suffocation, loner, scar, diner, ambush, arrest, bus, investigation, gangster, beating, police, flashback, blood, death, violence, murder

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, tragedy, escape, drunkenness, betrayal, revenge, love
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, hospital
Story:anarchy, impersonation, bodyguard, pianist, businessman, controversy, telephone, piano, running, arrest, bus, underwear, beating, chase, singing, dancing, death, flashback, gun, violence

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:anger, deception, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Story:cynicism, videotape, sociopath, suspicion, stalking, scar, darkness, montage, ambush, revolver, neighbor, fire, chase, flashback, blood, death, gun, murder

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Locations:apartment, hospital
Story:impersonation, blockbuster, businessman, diner, montage, disguise, ambush, revolver, letter, arrest, investigation, chase, singing, dancing, flashback, police

The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
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:brutality, deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:loner, sociopath, diner, disguise, revolver, arrest, bus, investigation, gangster, beating, chase, flashback, blood, death, violence, murder

Heat (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heat (1995)

Hunters and their prey--Neil and his professional criminal crew hunt to score big money targets (banks, vaults, armored cars) and are, in turn, hunted by Lt. Vincent Hanna and his team of cops in the Robbery/Homicide police division. A botched job puts Hanna onto their trail while they regroup and try to put together one last big 'retirement' score. Neil and Vincent are similar in many ways, including their troubled personal lives. At a crucial moment in his life, Neil disobeys the dictum taught to him long ago by his criminal mentor--'Never have anything in your life that you can't walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner'--as he falls in love. Thus the stage is set for the suspenseful ending.... (Read More)

Themes:obsession, brutality, anger, betrayal, love, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:loner, sadness, diner, ambulance, ambush, telephone, psychopath, gangster, chase, police, blood, death, gun, violence, murder

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

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

Themes:tragedy, anger, escape, revenge
Locations:city
Period:1980s
Story:hatred, videotape, sadness, stalking, businessman, montage, telephone, revolver, running, arrest, gangster, beating, chase, dancing, violence, blood, death, gun, murder, police

Panic Room (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Panic Room (2002)

Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, bathtub
Story:staircase, refrigerator, millionaire, videotape, nosebleed, sociopath, ambulance, ambush, telephone, neighbor, psychopath, urination, beating, fire, police, blood, death, gun, violence, murder

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, obsession, brutality, anger, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Story:mercilessness, hatred, blockbuster, darkness, montage, ambush, orphan, beating, fire, chase, flashback, blood, murder, death, violence

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

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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

Themes:insanity, brutality, deception, drunkenness, betrayal, revenge
Locations:apartment, bathtub, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:nihilism, anarchy, hatred, blockbuster, sociopath, bodyguard, controversy, montage, disguise, psychopath, arrest, beating, singing, violence, police, murder, interview, blood

As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

As Good As It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:city, apartment, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:neighbor, blockbuster, pianist, scar, diner, piano, urination, beating, singing, dancing

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, tragedy, brutality, anger, deception, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Story:suffocation, mercilessness, sociopath, suspicion, scar, piano, urination, beating, fire, chase, murder, blood, gun, flashback, violence, death

Spectre (2015) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Spectre (2015)

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, deception, escape, drunkenness, betrayal, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:city, apartment, elevator
Story:butler, blockbuster, videotape, sociopath, bodyguard, scar, ambush, orphan, psychopath, arrest, investigation, beating, fire, chase, dancing, blood, death, gun, interview, violence

Chinatown (1974)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. This is why Chinatown (1974) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, deception, drunkenness, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:city, apartment, bathtub
Characters:detective
Story:investigation, butler, millionaire, impersonation, nosebleed, suspicion, protest, ambush, telephone, revolver, letter, gangster, beating, murder, police, death, violence

The Score (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Score (2001)

Nick Wells, a professional criminal, decides to leave the business for good, since he nearly got caught on his last job. His plan is to live in peace with his girl Diane, running his Montreal jazz club. Soon afterward, Max, his good friend and financial partner, comes along with an offer Nick can't refuse: A historical and priceless French scepter has been discovered while being smuggled into the country. It is now under massive surveillance in the Montreal Customs House, and soon to be returned to France. Nick has to team up with Max's man inside, the young, talented and aggressive thief Jack Teller to get the precious item. Only one question remains: Who will trick whom out of their share? (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:city, elevator
Story:loner, bodyguard, revolver, piano, running, bus, beating, fire, chase, dancing

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:tragedy, betrayal, love
Locations:city, hospital
Characters:detective
Story:investigation, journal, murderer, diner, telephone, psychopath, beating, chase, police, murder, blood, death, flashback, gun

Mr. Brooks (2007) is one of the best movies like Joker (2019)
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:anger, deception, love, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:businessman, millionaire, mercilessness, murderer, diner, disguise, telephone, psychopath, investigation, urination, underwear, dancing, police, murder, death, flashback, gun, violence, blood

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, drunkenness, revenge
Locations:apartment
Characters:detective
Period:1980s
Story:impersonation, blockbuster, ambulance, revolver, arrest, investigation, beating, chase, police, blood, death, gun, violence, murder

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