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Layer Cake (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Layer Cake (2004)

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

Themes:wealth,  heist,  greed,  guilt,  blackmail,  paranoia,  theft,  robbery,  deception,  dance,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:motel,  rooftop,  england,  airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lust,  hitman,  thief,  dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1960s,  1970s,  1990s
Story:serbian,  sniper rifle,  dead body in a freezer,  amsterdam netherlands,  suicide by gunshot,  pills,  hidden microphone,  self inflicted gunshot wound,  snorting cocaine,  woman wearing black lingerie,  drug theft,  cocaine,  motorcycle helmet,  bank robbery,  headless corpse,  london england,  lost money,  pile of money,  drug money,  prison guard,  hotel room,  no panties,  girl in panties,  police chase,  swimming pool,  black panties,  gangster,  public suicide,  foot chase,  sex against a wall,  gun pointed at face,  women changing clothes,  hands tied behind one's back,  awakened by a phone,  crashing through a gate,  drug manufacturing,  shot through a pillow,  dust mask,  confidence trick,  repeated scene from a different perspective,  silk stockings,  golf tournament,  cheating on one's boyfriend,  weighing scales,  watering a plant,  lighting a cigar,  reference to faust,  drug supplier,  facial mask,  flatiron,  reference to goethe,  wearing a wire,  pharmaceutical industry,  pontoon,  woman wearing a string bikini,  clothes iron,  mob execution,  crack head,  intensive care,  drug runner,  luxury car,  zodiac boat,  burning clothing,  ends with narration,  african anglo,  begins with narration,  ecstasy the drug,  duct tape gag,  license plate,  land rover,  zurich switzerland,  nameless character,  hands tied behind back,  pram,  drug pusher,  country club,  room service,  kingpin,  police siren,  woman shot in the forehead,  liverpudlian,  reference to winston churchill,  peep show,  luger,  hashish,  arsenal,  chemistry,  one last job,  freezer,  flirtation,  crime lord,  drug trip,  burn victim,  loudspeaker,  wiretapping,  overhead camera shot,  drug humor,  interracial couple,  ironing,  informer,  shot through the mouth,  bmw,  auto mechanic,  netherlands,  ski mask,  motorboat,  lollipop,  gun in mouth,  hired killer,  stoned,  stakeout,  greenhouse,  impersonating a police officer,  drug deal,  pharmacy,  lsd,  old friend,  telephone booth,  suv,  narrated by character,  set up,  bong,  marijuana joint,  being followed,  police raid,  accountant,  beheading,  close up of eyes,  drug lord,  pill,  trophy,  extortion,  cigarette lighter,  rear entry sex,  headphones,  junkie,  hippie,  telescope,  duct tape over mouth,  drug overdose,  drug dealing,  whiskey,  food in title,  following someone,  scam,  mass murder,  nipples visible through clothing,  cake,  warehouse,  pot smoking,  tea,  eavesdropping,  subtitled scene,  directorial debut,  silencer,  tied up,  threat,  stalking,  drug addiction,  flowers,  missing person,  champagne,  liar,  locker room,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  microphone,  drug addict,  binoculars,  breaking the fourth wall,  argument,  library,  shot in the forehead,  gunshot,  cigar smoking,  underwater scene,  search,  sniper,  double cross,  assassination,  scantily clad female,  anti hero,  severed head,  fish,  truck,  diner,  drug dealer,  mansion,  police car,  assassin,  bra,  subjective camera,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  sex standing up,  voyeur,  cafe,  dead body,  lingerie,  sunglasses,  beer,  rifle,  lie,  book,  sex in bed,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  underwear,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  fondling,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  shower,  panties,  surprise ending,  leg spreading,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood,  fight,  gun,  murder,  violence,  sex,  death,  police,  flashback

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:motel,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:prison guard,  luger,  hired killer,  suv,  junkie,  duct tape over mouth,  threat,  missing person,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  double cross,  anti hero,  truck,  diner,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  police car,  assassin,  subjective camera,  sunglasses,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  gun,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death,  police,  fight

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Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:paranoia,  theft,  robbery,  deception,  fear,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:rooftop,  airport
Characters:hitman,  thief,  dancer,  policeman
Story:snorting cocaine,  gun in mouth,  drug deal,  set up,  bong,  accountant,  extortion,  drug dealing,  champagne,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  fish,  truck,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  subjective camera,  drug use,  dead body,  rifle,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  mirror,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  chase,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  sex,  blood,  police,  violence,  gun,  murder,  death

Deception (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

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

Themes:heist,  blackmail,  theft,  deception,  drinking,  betrayal,  money
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:lust,  thief,  dancer,  policeman
Story:london england,  hotel room,  stoned,  set up,  accountant,  trophy,  rear entry sex,  scam,  pot smoking,  silencer,  missing person,  liar,  locker room,  search,  bra,  drug use,  dead body,  lingerie,  lie,  drink,  mirror,  underwear,  rain,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  shower,  panties,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  police,  sex,  blood,  violence,  gun,  murder,  death

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
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:wealth,  greed,  blackmail,  paranoia,  deception,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lust,  policeman,  homosexual
Story:snorting cocaine,  police chase,  black panties,  foot chase,  cheating on one's boyfriend,  overhead camera shot,  rear entry sex,  headphones,  telescope,  mass murder,  missing person,  champagne,  attempted murder,  shot in the forehead,  cigar smoking,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  severed head,  cocaine,  police car,  bra,  drug use,  cleavage,  voyeur,  dead body,  lingerie,  sunglasses,  sex in bed,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  underwear,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  fondling,  voice over narration,  shower,  panties,  surprise ending,  leg spreading,  chase,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  violence,  murder,  police,  gun,  blood

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Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. This is why Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  fear,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping
Locations:motel,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:police chase,  drug pusher,  police siren,  drug trip,  drug humor,  lollipop,  telephone booth,  bong,  marijuana joint,  drug lord,  cigarette lighter,  hippie,  drug dealing,  cake,  warehouse,  pot smoking,  subtitled scene,  liar,  drug addict,  gunshot,  anti hero,  drug dealer,  police car,  drug use,  dead body,  beer,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  death,  blood,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  gun,  police

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  policeman
Period:1990s
Story:cocaine,  police chase,  swimming pool,  crack head,  drug pusher,  kingpin,  luger,  ski mask,  bong,  police raid,  drug lord,  cigarette lighter,  junkie,  drug dealing,  threat,  drug addiction,  organized crime,  drug addict,  double cross,  anti hero,  drug dealer,  mansion,  bra,  subjective camera,  lingerie,  sunglasses,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  underwear,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  panties,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  bare chested male,  police,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death,  fight,  flashback,  sex,  gun

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:sniper rifle,  london england,  hotel room,  police chase,  foot chase,  wearing a wire,  wiretapping,  ski mask,  set up,  police raid,  cigarette lighter,  following someone,  subtitled scene,  silencer,  stalking,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  shot in the forehead,  gunshot,  underwater scene,  sniper,  double cross,  police car,  assassin,  bra,  dead body,  sunglasses,  beer,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  blood,  police,  gun,  flashback,  violence,  fight,  murder

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The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
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:paranoia,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:motel,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Story:sniper rifle,  old friend,  accountant,  eavesdropping,  directorial debut,  stalking,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  binoculars,  gunshot,  sniper,  double cross,  anti hero,  truck,  diner,  police car,  rifle,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  gun,  fight,  murder,  death,  violence,  blood

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

The Limey (1999)

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

Themes:wealth,  theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:motel,  airport,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  thief,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:london england,  swimming pool,  hired killer,  stakeout,  being followed,  drug dealing,  warehouse,  tied up,  organized crime,  binoculars,  gunshot,  search,  mansion,  bra,  drug use,  swimming,  cafe,  dead body,  drink,  gangster,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  neo noir,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  panties,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  death,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  murder,  police,  sex,  violence,  fight

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. This is why Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking,  money,  drugs
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lust,  thief,  homosexual
Story:swimming pool,  drug pusher,  stoned,  pharmacy,  marijuana joint,  junkie,  drug overdose,  pot smoking,  drug addiction,  flowers,  drug addict,  underwater scene,  scantily clad female,  drug dealer,  bra,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  cafe,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  book,  drink,  mirror,  underwear,  rain,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  shower,  panties,  surprise ending,  leg spreading,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  sex,  blood,  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:heist,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:sniper rifle,  bank robbery,  police chase,  swimming pool,  foot chase,  impersonating a police officer,  police raid,  accountant,  junkie,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  cigar smoking,  sniper,  double cross,  drug dealer,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  police,  murder,  violence

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:motel,  airport,  hotel,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:snorting cocaine,  hotel room,  girl in panties,  swimming pool,  rear entry sex,  pills,  pot smoking,  drug addiction,  flowers,  champagne,  microphone,  underwater scene,  diner,  cocaine,  police car,  swimming,  cafe,  sunglasses,  drink,  underwear,  beating,  telephone call,  panties,  chase,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  gun,  fight,  violence,  blood,  police,  death,  flashback,  sex

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  greed,  blackmail,  paranoia,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  thief
Story:bank robbery,  police chase,  foot chase,  one last job,  bmw,  ski mask,  marijuana joint,  police raid,  cigarette lighter,  junkie,  duct tape over mouth,  pot smoking,  eavesdropping,  subtitled scene,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  cigar smoking,  double cross,  severed head,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  police car,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  police,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  murder,  violence

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
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. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman
Story:sniper rifle,  prison guard,  foot chase,  lollipop,  police raid,  junkie,  whiskey,  locker room,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  double cross,  anti hero,  drug dealer,  police car,  drug use,  dead body,  sunglasses,  rifle,  lie,  sex in bed,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  blood splatter,  underwear,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  police,  murder,  blood,  violence,  gun,  death,  flashback,  fight

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  policeman
Story:sniper rifle,  foot chase,  crime lord,  hired killer,  warehouse,  subtitled scene,  silencer,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  cigar smoking,  sniper,  double cross,  assassination,  anti hero,  assassin,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  mirror,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  murder,  death,  gun,  fight,  violence,  blood

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Story:sniper rifle,  london england,  prison guard,  police chase,  foot chase,  pharmacy,  suv,  duct tape over mouth,  eavesdropping,  subtitled scene,  attempted murder,  library,  shot in the forehead,  underwater scene,  sniper,  double cross,  anti hero,  police car,  subjective camera,  cafe,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  shower,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  police,  blood

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Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:deception,  torture,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  restaurant
Story:sniper rifle,  prison guard,  police chase,  foot chase,  crime lord,  set up,  drug lord,  silencer,  organized crime,  cigar smoking,  sniper,  anti hero,  diner,  drug dealer,  shot in the head,  gangster,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  neo noir,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  shower,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  fight,  death,  flashback,  murder,  police,  violence

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:heist,  blackmail,  paranoia,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  revenge
Locations:motel,  bar
Story:self inflicted gunshot wound,  stakeout,  drug deal,  junkie,  drug overdose,  silencer,  drug addiction,  drug addict,  double cross,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  sunglasses,  beer,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:motel,  airport,  hotel,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Story:hotel room,  ecstasy the drug,  hashish,  drug trip,  overhead camera shot,  drug deal,  lsd,  set up,  cigarette lighter,  junkie,  pills,  pot smoking,  drug addict,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  police car,  subjective camera,  drug use,  swimming,  sex standing up,  dead body,  book,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  telephone call,  panties,  leg spreading,  chase,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  gun,  flashback,  police,  blood,  sex,  death,  violence

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Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
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. This is why Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  deception,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman
Story:foot chase,  interracial couple,  ironing,  drug deal,  pot smoking,  liar,  drug dealer,  police car,  drug use,  dead body,  sunglasses,  beer,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  chase,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  gun,  fight,  blood,  violence,  police,  murder

Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called "Bay City," this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, and Dave Starsky, who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer who went on to become a white collar criminal. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  deception,  dance,  torture,  drugs
Locations:rooftop,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:sniper rifle,  hidden microphone,  police chase,  swimming pool,  foot chase,  informer,  drug lord,  eavesdropping,  subtitled scene,  silencer,  locker room,  organized crime,  sniper,  diner,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  mansion,  assassin,  book,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  underwear,  corpse,  prison,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  police,  violence

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

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

Themes:guilt,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:rooftop,  airport,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  policeman
Story:informer,  self inflicted gunshot wound,  swimming pool,  black panties,  mob execution,  begins with narration,  hands tied behind back,  kingpin,  wiretapping,  drug deal,  narrated by character,  police raid,  cigarette lighter,  pills,  warehouse,  silencer,  flowers,  liar,  organized crime,  microphone,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  diner,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  police car,  bra,  cleavage,  cafe,  lingerie,  lie,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  underwear,  neo noir,  rain,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  fondling,  telephone call,  shower,  panties,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  police,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder,  violence,  gun,  flashback,  death,  blood

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El Mariachi (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

El Mariachi (1992)

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. (Read More)

Themes:greed,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:hitman
Period:1990s
Story:prison guard,  swimming pool,  foot chase,  crime lord,  close up of eyes,  drug lord,  directorial debut,  silencer,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  anti hero,  severed head,  drug dealer,  mansion,  assassin,  subjective camera,  cleavage,  sunglasses,  beer,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  prison,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  gun,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  greed,  blackmail,  paranoia,  theft,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:swimming pool,  foot chase,  country club,  wiretapping,  narrated by character,  eavesdropping,  silencer,  champagne,  attempted murder,  cigar smoking,  double cross,  mansion,  sunglasses,  beer,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  shower,  surprise ending,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  flashback,  blood

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:paranoia,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:rooftop,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:hitman,  policeman,  homosexual
Story:police chase,  foot chase,  narrated by character,  eavesdropping,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  binoculars,  library,  shot in the forehead,  cigar smoking,  double cross,  anti hero,  truck,  mansion,  police car,  assassin,  bra,  subjective camera,  cafe,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  murder,  fight,  police,  gun,  sex,  violence,  blood

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Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  theft,  robbery,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  airport
Characters:thief,  dancer
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:bank robbery,  police chase,  foot chase,  police siren,  ski mask,  extortion,  pills,  pot smoking,  threat,  flowers,  microphone,  shot in the forehead,  gunshot,  sniper,  assassination,  truck,  police car,  assassin,  subjective camera,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  shower,  chase,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  police,  blood,  fight,  death,  gun,  violence,  murder

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. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  greed,  blackmail,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  suicide
Locations:motel,  nightclub,  hotel
Characters:lust,  thief,  dancer
Story:woman wearing black lingerie,  no panties,  girl in panties,  foot chase,  shot through the mouth,  gun in mouth,  following someone,  champagne,  liar,  locker room,  shot in the forehead,  scantily clad female,  diner,  police car,  subjective camera,  cleavage,  voyeur,  lingerie,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  panties,  leg spreading,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  fight

Blow (2001) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  theft,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1960s,  1970s,  1990s
Story:snorting cocaine,  cocaine,  swimming pool,  drug pusher,  gun in mouth,  stoned,  drug deal,  bong,  drug lord,  drug overdose,  drug dealing,  drug addiction,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  drug dealer,  mansion,  drug use,  beer,  drink,  blood splatter,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  death,  police,  blood,  murder,  gun,  flashback

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Crank (2006)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Crank (2006)

When the hit-man Chev Chelios is poisoned by the criminal Verona, his friend and doctor Miles advises him that he must keep his adrenaline levels elevated to stay alive. Chev meets his girlfriend Eve and together they look for Verona to kill him.

Themes:suicide,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:lust,  hitman,  policeman
Story:snorting cocaine,  girl in panties,  swimming pool,  pharmacy,  pill,  rear entry sex,  nipples visible through clothing,  tea,  directorial debut,  silencer,  organized crime,  breaking the fourth wall,  shot in the forehead,  cigar smoking,  underwater scene,  scantily clad female,  anti hero,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  assassin,  cleavage,  voyeur,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  cell phone,  fondling,  panties,  surprise ending,  leg spreading,  title spoken by character,  blood,  death

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. This is why We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:motel,  nightclub,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:snorting cocaine,  pile of money,  black panties,  informer,  stakeout,  police raid,  cigarette lighter,  subtitled scene,  organized crime,  search,  assassination,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  police car,  drug use,  cafe,  rifle,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  beating,  prison,  telephone call,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  sex,  police,  violence,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  gun

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  airport,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:sniper rifle,  self inflicted gunshot wound,  london england,  hotel room,  swimming pool,  foot chase,  wiretapping,  gun in mouth,  close up of eyes,  eavesdropping,  subtitled scene,  silencer,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  underwater scene,  sniper,  double cross,  anti hero,  assassin,  subjective camera,  cafe,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  blood,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  violence

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Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

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

Themes:guilt,  theft,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  money,  suicide
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:london england,  prison guard,  burning clothing,  reference to winston churchill,  narrated by character,  police raid,  pill,  extortion,  cigarette lighter,  drug overdose,  scam,  cake,  warehouse,  tea,  threat,  flowers,  champagne,  microphone,  shot in the forehead,  subjective camera,  drug use,  dead body,  beer,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  gangster,  mirror,  rain,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  murder,  police,  gun

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  blackmail,  money,  paranoia,  theft,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  thief,  policeman
Story:bank robbery,  police chase,  luger,  hired killer,  warehouse,  subtitled scene,  silencer,  threat,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  cigar smoking,  double cross,  assassination,  anti hero,  diner,  mansion,  police car,  assassin,  subjective camera,  cafe,  beer,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  police,  death,  blood,  violence

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:theft,  robbery,  torture,  drinking,  money,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:motel,  rooftop,  airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief,  lust,  policeman,  homosexual
Story:suicide by gunshot,  no panties,  girl in panties,  swimming pool,  old friend,  set up,  nipples visible through clothing,  directorial debut,  attempted murder,  underwater scene,  scantily clad female,  anti hero,  fish,  police car,  cleavage,  swimming,  dead body,  beer,  lie,  book,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  underwear,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  fondling,  voice over narration,  panties,  surprise ending,  leg spreading,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  murder,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  gun,  flashback,  death,  fight,  violence,  blood

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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 Layer Cake (2004).

Themes:paranoia,  robbery,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  revenge
Period:1970s,  1990s
Story:police chase,  foot chase,  marijuana joint,  drug overdose,  drug dealing,  directorial debut,  organized crime,  drug addict,  anti hero,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  sunglasses,  beer,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  police,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  gun,  blood

The Tournament (2009) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
Action, Thriller

The Tournament (2009)

Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag.

Themes:guilt,  money,  deception,  torture,  drinking,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  england,  hotel,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:sniper rifle,  hotel room,  hands tied behind back,  room service,  woman shot in the forehead,  liverpudlian,  gun in mouth,  impersonating a police officer,  telephone booth,  close up of eyes,  cigarette lighter,  whiskey,  mass murder,  silencer,  tied up,  champagne,  shot in the forehead,  cigar smoking,  sniper,  truck,  police car,  assassin,  cafe,  dead body,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  fight,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder,  flashback

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Story:london england,  foot chase,  impersonating a police officer,  pharmacy,  being followed,  following someone,  locker room,  binoculars,  gunshot,  sniper,  double cross,  anti hero,  cocaine,  mansion,  assassin,  drug use,  sunglasses,  rifle,  book,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  black comedy,  neo noir,  rain,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence,  death,  fight,  gun,  blood

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Mortdecai (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance

Mortdecai (2015)

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  drinking,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:motel,  england,  airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman
Story:london england,  hotel room,  swimming pool,  foot chase,  reference to winston churchill,  luger,  ironing,  auto mechanic,  cigarette lighter,  whiskey,  subtitled scene,  library,  gunshot,  anti hero,  mansion,  police car,  assassin,  dead body,  rifle,  book,  drink,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  motorcycle,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  gun,  murder,  death,  sex,  fight,  flashback,  police,  blood

Derailed (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Derailed (2005)

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

Themes:heist,  blackmail,  theft,  robbery,  deception,  drinking,  money,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  policeman
Story:hotel room,  hired killer,  set up,  being followed,  extortion,  following someone,  scam,  threat,  liar,  police car,  cafe,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  death,  blood,  violence,  gun,  murder

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed. This is why Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004). (Read More)

Themes:heist,  blackmail,  paranoia,  robbery,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:snorting cocaine,  drug theft,  girl in panties,  black panties,  shot through a pillow,  ski mask,  pill,  extortion,  rear entry sex,  liar,  gunshot,  scantily clad female,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  drug use,  lingerie,  sex in bed,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  blood splatter,  underwear,  neo noir,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  panties,  surprise ending,  leg spreading,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  gun,  death,  violence,  murder,  flashback,  police

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Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  theft,  robbery,  dance,  torture,  fear,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:motel,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:snorting cocaine,  bank robbery,  police chase,  drug pusher,  stoned,  marijuana joint,  police raid,  hippie,  drug dealing,  mass murder,  pot smoking,  drug addiction,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  assassination,  fish,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  police car,  drug use,  swimming,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  underwear,  neo noir,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  chase,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  violence,  death,  fight,  flashback,  gun,  police,  murder,  blood

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:motel,  rooftop,  airport,  hotel,  restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:prison guard,  foot chase,  wiretapping,  hired killer,  junkie,  following someone,  eavesdropping,  silencer,  stalking,  attempted murder,  drug addict,  library,  double cross,  assassination,  anti hero,  truck,  diner,  police car,  assassin,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  neo noir,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  police,  blood,  flashback,  murder,  violence,  fight

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:wealth,  paranoia,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  suicide
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:snorting cocaine,  london england,  close up of eyes,  pill,  cigarette lighter,  rear entry sex,  champagne,  underwater scene,  severed head,  cocaine,  police car,  subjective camera,  swimming,  sex standing up,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  shower,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  sex,  violence

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Rocknrolla (2008) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Rocknrolla (2008)

Lenny Cole, a London mob boss, puts the bite on all local real estate transactions. For substantial fees, he's helping Uri Omovich, a Russian developer. As a sign of good faith, Omovich loans Cole a valuable painting, promptly stolen off Cole's wall. While Cole's men, led by the dependable Archie, look for the canvas, three local petty criminals, the Wild Bunch, steal money from the Russian using inside information from his accountant, the lovely Stella. Meanwhile, a local drug-addled rocker, Johnny Quid, is reported drowned, and his connection to Cole is the key to unraveling the deceits and double crosses of life in the underworld. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  dance,  money,  drugs
Locations:nightclub
Characters:homosexual
Story:london england,  foot chase,  crack head,  country club,  bong,  accountant,  silencer,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  cigar smoking,  anti hero,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  flashback,  violence

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

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. This is why The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  greed,  guilt,  theft,  fear,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  suicide
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lust,  thief,  dancer,  policeman
Period:1990s
Story:snorting cocaine,  london england,  pile of money,  no panties,  swimming pool,  wearing a wire,  narrated by character,  pills,  whiskey,  scam,  tea,  drug addiction,  champagne,  microphone,  drug addict,  breaking the fourth wall,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  mansion,  police car,  subjective camera,  drug use,  sex standing up,  cafe,  lingerie,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  sex in bed,  drink,  mirror,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  leg spreading,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  flashback,  fight,  gun,  blood

Snitch (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Snitch (2013)

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  money,  drugs
Story:sniper rifle,  foot chase,  drug runner,  ecstasy the drug,  set up,  drug lord,  warehouse,  subtitled scene,  threat,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  sniper,  double cross,  truck,  diner,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  mansion,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:guilt,  drinking,  betrayal,  drugs,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:motel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:swimming pool,  stoned,  suv,  pills,  drug addiction,  attempted murder,  microphone,  drug addict,  gunshot,  underwater scene,  diner,  cocaine,  police car,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  voyeur,  cafe,  sex in bed,  drink,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  prison,  cell phone,  fondling,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  panties,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  police,  death

King Of New York (1990) is one of the best movies like Layer Cake (2004)
Crime, Thriller

King Of New York (1990)

After completing a lengthy prison sentence, one-time drug kingpin Frank White returns to New York intent on reestablishing his empire and making things as they were before he left. Others of course have taken over the business during his absence but that clearly isn't going to stop White. While he is gunning down the opposition, he decides he's going to give away the money he'll make to modernize the hospital in his old neighborhood. Drug dealers aren't the only thing he has to worry about however: a group of rogue cops decide they are going to take him down. (Read More)

Themes:money,  robbery,  drugs,  deception,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman
Period:1990s
Story:kingpin,  drug lord,  prison,  police chase,  foot chase,  drug deal,  police raid,  junkie,  drug dealing,  champagne,  organized crime,  microphone,  cigar smoking,  anti hero,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  police car,  drug use,  cafe,  lingerie,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  underwear,  neo noir,  beating,  telephone call,  shower,  panties,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  violence,  police,  death

The Matador (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  money
Locations:rooftop,  airport,  nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  dancer
Story:sniper rifle,  hotel room,  swimming pool,  room service,  one last job,  overhead camera shot,  cigarette lighter,  rear entry sex,  telescope,  whiskey,  liar,  cigar smoking,  underwater scene,  assassination,  assassin,  cafe,  sunglasses,  beer,  rifle,  lie,  drink,  mirror,  underwear,  rain,  cell phone,  telephone call,  shower,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  sex,  death,  flashback,  gun,  blood

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