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Misery (1990)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Misery (1990)

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

Themes:claustrophobia, madness, writing, abduction, evil, sadism, insanity, obsession, loneliness, anger, escape, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair, woods, snow
Characters:nurse, villain, killer, hostage, writer
Story:fan, sadistic psychopath, psycho killer, evil woman, obsessed fan, victim invited to dinner, male victim, villainess played by lead actress, serial child murderer, child murderer, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, struggling author, psycho thriller, villain not really dead cliche, female villain, baby killer, serial child killer, mad woman, mysterious killer

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:madness, evil, insanity, anger, escape, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:villain, killer
Story:sadistic psychopath, psycho killer, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, slasher killer, psychopathic killer, serial killer, brutal, gruesome, borderline personality disorder, sadistic, bloody violence, creepy, deeply disturbed person, american horror, butchery, based on novel, serial murder, slashing

Split (2016)
Horror, Thriller

Split (2016)

When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities, they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them.

Themes:escape, insanity, kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods
Characters:villain, killer, hostage
Story:sadistic psychopath, psycho killer, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, slasher killer, psychopathic killer, serial killer, bloody violence, weirdo, creep, american horror, serial murder, human monster, survival horror, dark past, rampage, victim, psycho, captive

Se7en (1995)
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:evil, insanity, anger, torture, revenge
Characters:killer, villain
Story:serial killer, sadistic psychopath, gruesome, victim invited to dinner, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, slasher killer, psychopathic killer, psychological torture, sadistic, torturer, creepy, american horror, serial murder, human monster, victim, psycho, mutilation, sociopath

It (2017) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

It (2017)

In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.

Themes:evil, madness, abduction, sadism
Characters:villain, killer
Story:sadistic psychopath, psycho killer, serial child murderer, child murderer, homicidal maniac, serial child killer, child killer, psychopathic killer, serial killer, bloody violence, deeply disturbed person, creep, american horror, based on novel, murder of a child, butcher, psycho, mutilation, maniac, killing

Halloween (1978)
Horror, Thriller

Halloween (1978)

The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers' psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people. This is why Halloween (1978) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil, escape
Characters:villain, killer, nurse
Story:sadistic psychopath, psycho killer, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, villain not really dead cliche, slasher killer, psychopathic killer, serial killer, drive in classic, creepy, weirdo, american horror, serial murder, human monster, rampage, psycho, mutilation, maniac, killing

Psycho (1960)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Psycho (1960)

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. (Read More)

Themes:madness, insanity
Mood:suspense
Characters:villain, killer
Story:highway, sadistic psychopath, psycho killer, victim invited to dinner, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, slasher killer, psychopathic killer, serial killer, drive in classic, bloody violence, weirdo, deeply disturbed person, mysterious stranger, american horror, butchery, recluse, based on novel, serial murder

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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

Themes:madness, evil, sadism, insanity, escape, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:woods
Characters:hostage
Story:homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, female serial killer, psychopathic killer, female killer, female psychopath, serial killer, sadistic, human monster, psychotic, dark past, highway, fan, rampage, villainess, sociopath, maniac, killing, murderer, character's point of view camera shot

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford asks her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned, thus far, for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill, who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight (especially around the hips), all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose her, as a woman, to be able to trigger some emotional response from Lecter. After speaking to Lecter for the first time, she realizes that everything with him will be a psychological game, with her often having to read between the very cryptic lines he provides. She has to decide how much she will play along, as his request in return for talking to him is to expose herself emotionally to him. The case takes a more dire turn when a sixth victim is discovered, this one from who they are able to retrieve a key piece of evidence, if Lecter is being forthright as to its meaning. A potential seventh victim is high profile Catherine Martin, the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, which places greater scrutiny on the case as they search for a hopefully still alive Catherine. Who may factor into what happens is Dr. Frederick Chilton, the warden at the prison, an opportunist who sees the higher profile with Catherine, meaning a higher profile for himself if he can insert himself successfully into the proceedings. (Read More)

Themes:evil, escape, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:killer, villain, hostage
Story:serial killer, sadistic psychopath, psycho thriller, search, woman, psychopath, match, based on novel, serial murder, human monster, dark past, murder of a police officer, victim, psychology, mutilation, sociopath, maniac, murderer, basement, isolation

Grindhouse (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, escape, revenge
Characters:killer, nurse
Story:homicidal maniac, terror, serial killer, serial murder, human monster, tension, murder of a police officer, psycho, maniac, basement, woman, stabbing, psychopath, small town, car accident, helicopter, shot to death, knife, title spoken by character, death

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. This is why The Bone Collector (1999) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:abduction, escape, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:killer, hostage, nurse
Story:serial killer, sadistic, based on novel, newspaper clipping, tension, mutilation, sociopath, attempted murder, author, slow motion scene, investigation, rescue, shot in the chest, helicopter, shot to death, neo noir, surprise ending, knife, title spoken by character, death

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

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

Themes:evil, sadism, insanity, obsession, anger, escape, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:villain, hostage, nurse
Story:sadistic, sadistic psychopath, psychological torture, human monster, newspaper clipping, dark past, tension, broken leg, desperation, mutilation, sociopath, maniac, character's point of view camera shot, attempted murder, duel, darkness, subjective camera, car crash, psychopath, slow motion scene

Sin City (2005) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
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:evil, sadism, insanity, escape, torture, revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:killer, hostage
Story:psycho killer, mysterious killer, psychopathic killer, serial killer, tension, mutilation, killing, darkness, woman, car crash, psychopath, rescue, shot in the chest, car accident, helicopter, shot to death, neo noir, beating, surprise ending, knife

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:writing, sadism, obsession
Characters:killer, writer
Story:psycho killer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, serial killer, scrapbook, newspaper clipping, maniac, obscene finger gesture, murderer, basement, search, stabbing, investigation, shot in the chest, helicopter, shot to death, neo noir, title spoken by character, one word title, murder

Disturbia (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

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

Themes:escape, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:killer, villain, writer
Story:serial killer, homicidal maniac, killing, psychopathic killer, car accident, human monster, thunder, rampage, broken leg, murder of a police officer, psycho, captive, sociopath, maniac, obscene finger gesture, murderer, basement, terror, duel, woman

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. This is why Basic Instinct (1992) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:writing, sadism, obsession, anger
Characters:writer
Story:villainess played by lead actress, female serial killer, psychopathic killer, female killer, female psychopath, woman, serial killer, investigation, brutal, borderline personality disorder, murderess, novel, dark past, victim, murderer, author, stabbing, subjective camera, car crash, psychopath

Death Proof (2007) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Action, Thriller

Death Proof (2007)

In Austin, Texas, the girlfriends Julia, Arlene and Shanna meet in a bar to drink, smoke and make out with their boyfriends before traveling alone to Lake LBJ to spend the weekend together. They meet the former Hollywood stuntman Mike, who takes Pam out in his "death-proof" stunt car. Fourteen months later, Mike turns up in Lebanon, Tennessee and chase Abernathy, Zoe and Kim, but these girls are tough and decide to pay-back the attack. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, revenge
Characters:villain, killer
Story:psycho killer, homicidal maniac, psychopathic killer, serial killer, human monster, psycho, maniac, psychopath, car accident, beating, title spoken by character, death, violence

The Strangers (2008)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Strangers (2008)

After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods
Story:homicidal maniac, female killer, psychological torture, serial killer, taunting, survival horror, isolation, terror, car crash, psychopath, shotgun, shot to death, beating, surprise ending, knife, murder, violence, blood

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, evil, sadism, anger, escape, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:hostage
Story:psycho thriller, desperation, sociopath, darkness, psychopath, investigation, small town, shot in the chest, shot to death, neo noir, beating, surprise ending, knife, title spoken by character, murder, gun, death, violence, blood, fight

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:sadism, anger, escape, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair, woods
Characters:hostage, nurse
Story:bloody violence, fight to the death, dark past, rampage, desperation, rage, sociopath, character's point of view camera shot, attempted murder, darkness, subjective camera, car crash, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident, helicopter, shot to death, neo noir, beating

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
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. This is why The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil, escape, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:female villain, police officer shot in the back, shooting a police officer, recluse, human monster, murder of a child, newspaper clipping, fight to the death, broken leg, murder of a police officer, villainess, sociopath, isolation, character's point of view camera shot, duel, subjective camera, car crash, psychopath, investigation, rescue

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, escape, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods
Characters:killer, hostage
Story:serial killer, survival horror, fight to the death, dark past, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, psychopath, slow motion scene, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, shot to death, surprise ending, knife, title spoken by character, one word title, blood, death, murder, violence

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

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

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:anger, escape, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:evil woman, woman, female villain, fight to the death, villainess, sociopath, character's point of view camera shot, attempted murder, subjective camera, car crash, slow motion scene, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident, helicopter, shot to death, beating, surprise ending, knife

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
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. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, anger, escape, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, snow
Characters:hostage
Story:psychological torture, blizzard, desperation, captive, character's point of view camera shot, attempted murder, darkness, subjective camera, slow motion scene, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, helicopter, shot to death, beating, surprise ending, knife, murder, blood, death

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. This is why The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil, anger, escape, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:woods
Characters:hostage
Story:human monster, fight to the death, rampage, villainess, character's point of view camera shot, attempted murder, darkness, subjective camera, car crash, slow motion scene, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident, helicopter, shot to death, beating, surprise ending, knife, murder

Shutter Island (2010)
Mystery, Thriller

Shutter Island (2010)

It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, escape, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, snow
Characters:nurse
Story:marshal, child murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, female serial killer, investigation, female killer, female psychopath, serial killer, dark and stormy night, murderess, based on novel, psychology, murderer, psychopath, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, shot to death, neo noir, surprise ending

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

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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

Themes:sadism, anger, escape, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage, writer
Story:based on novel, novel, sociopath, murderer, author, woman, psychopath, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, neo noir, surprise ending, knife, title spoken by character, murder, gun, death, blood, violence

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
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, anger
Characters:killer, writer
Story:psychopathic killer, serial killer, based on novel, psychotic, tension, rage, sociopath, killing, typewriter, psychopath, investigation, neo noir, death, blood, violence, murder

Orphan (2009)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Orphan (2009)

Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage after the loss of their baby. The couple decide to adopt a child. When they meet the nine-year-old Estonian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. Their young son, Daniel, is hostile to his new sister; but their deaf mute daughter, Max, is enchanted with her - at first. Eventually, Kate begins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly even psychologically disturbed. John refuses to listen to his wife's misgivings. Kate calls Sister Abigail at the orphanage, and the nun informs her that Esther has a troubled and mysterious history. Kate delves further into Esther's past and discovers she is not what she claims to be. (Read More)

Themes:insanity
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair, snow
Characters:killer
Story:psycho killer, child murderer, psycho thriller, villain not really dead cliche, female psychopath, serial killer, bludgeoned to death, fight to the death, psychology, sociopath, murderer, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, psychopath, surprise ending, title spoken by character, one word title, blood, murder

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:escape, revenge
Mood:suspense
Story:female killer, fight to the death, dark past, obscene finger gesture, typewriter, basement, attempted murder, car crash, slow motion scene, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, neo noir, surprise ending, knife, death, gun, violence, murder

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:sadism, insanity, anger, escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods
Characters:hostage
Story:villain not really dead cliche, survival horror, fight to the death, rampage, sociopath, obscene finger gesture, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, slow motion scene, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, surprise ending, knife, gun, murder, death, violence

Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

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

Locations:wheelchair
Characters:killer
Story:villainess played by lead actress, highway, female serial killer, female killer, woman, serial killer, borderline personality disorder, killing, car crash, car accident, beating, title spoken by character, one word title, murder, death, violence, gun, blood

Identity (2003)
Mystery, Thriller

Identity (2003)

Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new institution. They all can't leave the area because of washed out roads, all the other businesses around the motel are closed because of the storm, and all communication in and out is not functioning also because of the storm. One by one, they are murdered, the murderer leaving a calling card of a motel room key, starting with the room 10 key and working his way presumably to the room 1 key when the last person will be dead. Those still alive band somewhat together under Officer Rhodes and Ed's direction to find out which of the eleven is the murderer, and if, based on one of their theories, that they were brought to the motel by some force by the murderer as his intended targets. Whether those still alive can discover who the murderer is, discover why he has chosen to kill them, and be able to subdue him may well determine Malcolm's fate. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, anger, escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair
Story:psycho thriller, serial killer, dark and stormy night, survival horror, newspaper clipping, thunder, murder of a police officer, psychology, sociopath, murderer, search, mental illness, car crash, psychopath, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, beating, surprise ending, title spoken by character

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:escape, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, snow
Characters:hostage
Story:brutal, based on novel, blizzard, fight to the death, dark past, tension, broken leg, pig, character's point of view camera shot, search, stabbing, subjective camera, rescue, shot in the chest, shot to death, surprise ending, knife, fight, death, blood

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. This is why Cube (1997) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia, insanity, escape, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:survival horror, tension, desperation, sociopath, character's point of view camera shot, attempted murder, subjective camera, slow motion scene, rescue, neo noir, beating, surprise ending, title spoken by character, one word title, death, murder, blood, fight

The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
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, abduction
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow
Characters:killer, hostage, nurse
Story:marshal, serial killer, brutal, medication, murder of a police officer, murderer, basement, attempted murder, psychopath, slow motion scene, investigation, small town, shotgun, shot in the chest, helicopter, shot to death, beating, surprise ending, title spoken by character, murder

Baby Driver (2017)
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:anger, escape, revenge
Locations:wheelchair
Story:villain not really dead cliche, bloody violence, fight to the death, psychotic, dark past, sociopath, character's point of view camera shot, attempted murder, subjective camera, car crash, psychopath, slow motion scene, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident, helicopter, shot to death, neo noir, beating

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, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:villain not really dead cliche, deeply disturbed person, physical abuse, intimidation, psycho, sociopath, maniac, character's point of view camera shot, terror, subjective camera, psychopath, slow motion scene, rescue, helicopter, beating, surprise ending, title spoken by character, fight, 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, escape, kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:psycho thriller, car accident, deeply disturbed person, human monster, broken leg, captive, sociopath, pig, darkness, woman, car crash, slow motion scene, shot to death, surprise ending, knife, gun, death, blood, murder

Carrie (2013) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie. This is why Carrie (2013) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil, anger, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:nurse
Story:villainess played by lead actress, female killer, female psychopath, deeply disturbed person, taunting, sledgehammer, based on novel, pig, terror, attempted murder, woman, stabbing, slow motion scene, small town, car accident, surprise ending, knife, title spoken by character, one word title, death

Hannibal (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hannibal (2001)

The continuing saga of Hannibal Lecter, the murdering cannibal. He is presently in Italy and works as a curator at a museum. Clarice Starling, the FBI agent whom he aided to apprehend a serial killer, was placed in charge of an operation but when one of her men botches it, she's called to the mat by the Bureau. One high ranking official, Paul Krendler has it in for her. But she gets a reprieve because Mason Verger, one of Lecter's victims who is looking to get back at Lecter for what Lecter did to him, wants to use Starling to lure him out. When Lecter sends her a note she learns that he's in Italy so she asks the police to keep an eye out for him. But a corrupt policeman who wants to get the reward that Verger placed on him, tells Verger where he is. But they fail to get him. Later Verger decides to frame Starling which makes Lecter return to the States. And the race to get Lecter begins. (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:killer
Story:victim invited to dinner, homicidal maniac, victim, serial killer, based on novel, human monster, psychopath, rescue, shot in the chest, shot to death, neo noir, surprise ending, knife, one word title, murder, violence, death, blood

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:obsession
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow
Characters:killer
Story:serial killer, child murderer, victim, serial child killer, child killer, scrapbook, creep, based on novel, serial murder, newspaper clipping, murderer, search, subjective camera, investigation, beating, knife, title spoken by character, murder, blood, death

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:writing, sadism, insanity, torture, revenge
Locations:wheelchair, snow
Characters:writer, nurse
Story:psychological torture, based on novel, rampage, sociopath, typewriter, pig, character's point of view camera shot, author, mental illness, woman, subjective camera, car crash, psychopath, slow motion scene, car accident, neo noir, beating, surprise ending, knife, violence

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Drama

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia, insanity, anger, escape
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:nurse
Story:sadistic psychopath, evil woman, villainess played by lead actress, based on novel, medication, sociopath, attempted murder, mental illness, woman, psychopath, small town, helicopter, surprise ending, death, blood

Four Brothers (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. This is why Four Brothers (2005) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:blizzard, broken leg, killing, woman, car crash, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident, helicopter, shot to death, neo noir, surprise ending, fight, death, murder, violence

28 Weeks Later (2007)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi

28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage Virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage Virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection and the nightmare begins... again. (Read More)

Themes:madness, sadism
Story:rage, survival horror, murder of a child, butcher, tension, terror, darkness, shot in the chest, helicopter, shot to death, surprise ending, violence, blood, death

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
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, revenge
Locations:wheelchair, woods
Characters:nurse
Story:murder of a child, psychology, captive, sociopath, basement, attempted murder, stabbing, psychopath, small town, beating, surprise ending, knife, death, violence, blood, gun, murder, fight

The Shining (1980) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Drama, Horror

The Shining (1980)

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, writing
Locations:snow
Characters:writer
Story:homicidal maniac, psychopathic killer, based on the works of stephen king, gruesome, american horror, based on novel, maniac, typewriter, isolation, woman, psychopath, slow motion scene, shotgun, helicopter, surprise ending, title spoken by character, blood, murder

Buried (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Buried (2010)

Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there's not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource--himself. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia, writing, abduction, sadism, kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:psycho thriller, psychological torture, medication, desperation, captive, isolation, terror, darkness, subjective camera, slow motion scene, surprise ending, knife, title spoken by character, one word title, death, murder, blood

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