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Mystic River (2003)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mystic River (2003)

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

Themes:prejudice,  grief,  theft,  robbery,  memory,  escape,  marriage,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:sewer,  cemetery,  forest,  church,  bar
Characters:deafness,  catholic,  priest
Period:1960s
Story:catholic church,  ballistics,  sexual abuse,  child rape,  dancing on a bar,  killing a child molester,  water drain,  alcohol poisoning,  unsolved case,  wiffle ball,  wet cement,  crime confession,  street hockey,  child prostitute,  first communion,  polygraph,  estranged wife,  music score composed by director,  innocence lost,  porch,  loss of girlfriend,  road rage,  firefly,  holy communion,  child with a gun,  bedtime story,  liquor store,  overhead shot,  911,  criminal investigation,  family feud,  finger gun,  freeway,  child molester,  two way mirror,  broken nose,  funeral home,  wake,  scene of the crime,  mugging,  impersonating a police officer,  television news,  loss of daughter,  child molestation,  jukebox,  irish american,  vigilantism,  pedophilia,  sign language,  cellar,  marital separation,  post traumatic stress disorder,  autopsy,  convenience store,  boston massachusetts,  childhood friend,  mute,  burglar,  switchblade,  honor,  parade,  stabbed in the stomach,  working class,  assault,  morgue,  crucifix,  police investigation,  dress,  ex convict,  tragic event,  cross,  kicked in the face,  ring,  missing person,  mistaken identity,  beaten to death,  prologue,  flash forward,  park,  latex gloves,  police detective,  child abuse,  baseball,  stabbing,  river,  revolver,  neighbor,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  beer,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  helicopter,  car,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  prison,  crying,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  police,  blood,  dog,  murder,  fight,  flashback

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.

Themes:robbery,  escape,  revenge
Story:child with a gun,  convenience store,  switchblade,  honor,  beaten to death,  flash forward,  police detective,  revolver,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  beer,  vomiting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  car,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  fight,  police,  flashback,  blood,  murder

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Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:cemetery
Story:loss of girlfriend,  two way mirror,  post traumatic stress disorder,  autopsy,  parade,  morgue,  police investigation,  ex convict,  tragic event,  cross,  prologue,  flash forward,  police detective,  river,  revolver,  vomiting,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  dog,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  police

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  escape
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  child rape,  overhead shot,  cellar,  honor,  sexual abuse,  tragic event,  cross,  stabbing,  river,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  rape,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  blood,  flashback

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
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:revenge
Locations:cemetery,  forest,  bar
Story:911,  post traumatic stress disorder,  working class,  ex convict,  cross,  kicked in the face,  beaten to death,  prologue,  revolver,  sunglasses,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  corpse,  prison,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  chase,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  police,  blood,  murder

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

For the last 8 years the brothers have been living with their father on a sheep farm deep in isolated Ireland. One day their uncle tells them that they have been framed for the murder of a Bostonian Catholic priest. The boys must return to Boston to not only clear their names but find the men who framed them. This is why The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:finger gun,  scene of the crime,  boston massachusetts,  crucifix,  beaten to death,  police detective,  revolver,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  corpse,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  flashback,  murder,  police,  blood

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

Harsh Times (2005)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  memory
Locations:bar
Story:polygraph,  post traumatic stress disorder,  convenience store,  prologue,  sunglasses,  beer,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  fight,  police,  blood,  murder

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:robbery,  revenge
Locations:cemetery,  church,  bar
Story:crucifix,  ex convict,  kicked in the face,  ring,  police detective,  neighbor,  sunglasses,  beer,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood,  flashback

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The Butterfly Effect (2004) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
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:memory,  escape,  revenge
Locations:cemetery,  forest,  bar
Story:911,  child molester,  pedophilia,  childhood friend,  cross,  beaten to death,  flash forward,  child abuse,  stabbing,  beer,  vomiting,  rain,  prison,  crying,  rape,  surprise ending,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  fight,  blood,  dog,  flashback

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  ballistics,  criminal investigation,  irish american,  vigilantism,  boston massachusetts,  crucifix,  cross,  beaten to death,  prologue,  flash forward,  latex gloves,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  police,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  murder

Dracula 2000 (2000)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. This is why Dracula 2000 (2000) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003). (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  two way mirror,  impersonating a police officer,  television news,  crucifix,  cross,  kicked in the face,  flash forward,  interrogation,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  blood,  flashback,  murder,  fight

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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. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  robbery,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Story:irish american,  convenience store,  assault,  ex convict,  police detective,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  car,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  fight,  murder,  dog

Cop Out (2010) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Cop Out (2010)

After a clumsy operation trying to capture a drug dealer, the N.Y.P.D Detectives Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges are suspended for one month by their Captain Romans. Jimmy decides to sell his rare baseball card to pay for his daughter's expensive wedding while his jealous partner believes that his wife is cheating on him with their next-door neighbor. When Jimmy sells his card to a memorabilia store, the place is burgled by two small-time thieves and the detective loses his card. They track down the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  escape,  kidnapping
Locations:cemetery,  church,  bar
Story:baseball,  neighbor,  two way mirror,  scene of the crime,  burglar,  morgue,  crucifix,  police detective,  revolver,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  corpse,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  father daughter relationship,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  police

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:theft,  robbery
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:criminal investigation,  pedophilia,  marital separation,  stabbed in the stomach,  cross,  prologue,  flash forward,  park,  police detective,  child abuse,  stabbing,  interrogation,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  rain,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood

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

Patriots Day (2016)

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

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:church,  bar
Story:two way mirror,  convenience store,  boston massachusetts,  tragic event,  police detective,  baseball,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  beer,  shotgun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  corpse,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  blood,  dog,  fight,  murder

Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. This is why Bullet To The Head (2012) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:impersonating a police officer,  autopsy,  switchblade,  parade,  morgue,  ex convict,  kicked in the face,  latex gloves,  police detective,  interrogation,  rifle,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  corpse,  pistol,  tattoo,  father daughter relationship,  police,  murder,  blood,  flashback

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (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:grief,  marriage,  revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Story:liquor store,  wake,  loss of daughter,  marital separation,  ex convict,  cross,  flash forward,  latex gloves,  revolver,  vomiting,  shooting,  rain,  corpse,  prison,  crying,  pistol,  tattoo,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  flashback,  police,  blood

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  memory,  escape
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  innocence lost,  assault,  crucifix,  cross,  ring,  prologue,  park,  revolver,  neighbor,  rifle,  vomiting,  shooting,  shotgun,  rain,  prison,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  murder,  blood,  police

Happiness (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Story:child rape,  child molester,  child molestation,  pedophilia,  convenience store,  sexual abuse,  park,  child abuse,  neighbor,  vomiting,  shooting,  crying,  rape,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  police,  dog

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:forest,  bar
Story:loss of girlfriend,  child with a gun,  broken nose,  switchblade,  assault,  police detective,  revolver,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  car,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  police,  dog

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Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
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. This is why Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003). (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:child with a gun,  autopsy,  convenience store,  morgue,  police investigation,  ex convict,  kicked in the face,  police detective,  revolver,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  helicopter,  car,  blood splatter,  corpse,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  murder

Saw IV (2007)
Horror, Mystery

Saw IV (2007)

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

Themes:kidnapping,  revenge
Story:two way mirror,  autopsy,  mute,  kicked in the face,  missing person,  beaten to death,  police detective,  child abuse,  revolver,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  corpse,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  fight,  police,  murder,  blood,  flashback

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

Alex Cross (2012)

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

Themes:grief,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:cross,  irish american,  police investigation,  beaten to death,  police detective,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  corpse,  prison,  rape,  pistol,  chase,  tattoo,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder,  police,  blood,  fight

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Insomnia (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? (Read More)

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

Heist (2001) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  escape
Locations:bar
Story:boston massachusetts,  ex convict,  kicked in the face,  revolver,  interrogation,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  police,  fight,  blood,  murder

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. This is why Priest (2011) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:church,  cemetery,  bar
Characters:priest
Story:vigilantism,  cellar,  honor,  crucifix,  cross,  kicked in the face,  beaten to death,  prologue,  interrogation,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  corpse,  brother brother relationship,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  murder

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War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:church
Story:cellar,  boston massachusetts,  working class,  cross,  beaten to death,  baseball,  river,  rifle,  shotgun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  police,  blood,  fight

Hung Fan Kui (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Hung Fan Kui (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Story:two way mirror,  broken nose,  vigilantism,  kicked in the face,  beaten to death,  park,  revolver,  neighbor,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  rain,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  tattoo,  murder,  police,  blood,  fight

Dark Places (2015) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  memory,  escape
Locations:bar
Characters:priest
Story:scene of the crime,  child molestation,  cellar,  stabbed in the stomach,  dress,  tragic event,  cross,  missing person,  prologue,  flash forward,  child abuse,  stabbing,  rifle,  shooting,  shotgun,  prison,  chase,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback,  dog,  blood,  police

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Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

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

Themes:theft,  robbery,  escape,  marriage,  revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Period:1960s
Story:catholic church,  child rape,  irish american,  pedophilia,  childhood friend,  crucifix,  sexual abuse,  cross,  flash forward,  child abuse,  baseball,  shooting,  rain,  prison,  crying,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  police

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. This is why Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:forest
Story:jukebox,  sexual abuse,  kicked in the face,  ring,  beaten to death,  prologue,  flash forward,  police detective,  child abuse,  sunglasses,  beer,  vomiting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  corpse,  prison,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  murder,  police,  blood,  fight

Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

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

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:finger gun,  two way mirror,  scene of the crime,  autopsy,  morgue,  police investigation,  mistaken identity,  prologue,  flash forward,  police detective,  revolver,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  blood splatter,  car,  rain,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  blood,  flashback

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Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
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:robbery,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:finger gun,  impersonating a police officer,  police investigation,  ex convict,  kicked in the face,  police detective,  interrogation,  shotgun,  helicopter,  car,  corpse,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  police,  blood

Gran Torino (2008)
Drama

Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  prejudice,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  neighbor,  porch,  finger gun,  irish american,  post traumatic stress disorder,  honor,  working class,  tragic event,  kicked in the face,  park,  revolver,  beer,  rifle,  shotgun,  car,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  dog,  police,  blood

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

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

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

Themes:grief,  memory,  escape,  kidnapping
Locations:forest,  bar
Story:child rape,  ballistics,  criminal investigation,  scene of the crime,  autopsy,  childhood friend,  missing person,  prologue,  flash forward,  park,  latex gloves,  revolver,  rifle,  shooting,  shotgun,  corpse,  crying,  rape,  chase,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  blood

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Legend (2015)
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. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003). (Read More)

Themes:grief,  theft,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  church,  bar
Period:1960s
Story:overhead shot,  switchblade,  working class,  assault,  morgue,  ring,  prologue,  police detective,  stabbing,  beer,  rifle,  shotgun,  rain,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  blood,  police,  murder

Goya's Ghosts (2006) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
Biography, Drama, History

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter.

Locations:church
Characters:deafness,  catholic
Story:catholic church,  sign language,  crucifix,  cross,  flash forward,  interrogation,  rifle,  corpse,  prison,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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:theft,  robbery,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:cemetery,  forest,  church,  bar
Story:broken nose,  loss of daughter,  irish american,  boston massachusetts,  honor,  crucifix,  ex convict,  tragic event,  beaten to death,  revolver,  interrogation,  beer,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  corpse,  prison,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  police,  blood,  murder

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Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  memory
Locations:church
Characters:priest
Story:child rape,  crucifix,  ex convict,  tragic event,  cross,  child abuse,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  rain,  crying,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  blood,  murder

The Woodsman (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Woodsman (2004)

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:bar
Story:child molester,  pedophilia,  sexual abuse,  ex convict,  flash forward,  park,  prison,  child abuse,  river,  beer,  car,  rain,  crying,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  police

One Night At Mccool's (2001) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
Comedy, Crime

One Night At Mccool's (2001)

After another hard night at McCool's, bartender Randy runs into Jewel. The seductive lady seems to have evaded a rape pretty closely, and when the man comes back, she puts a bullet in his head. After all these events (and others), Randy takes Jewel home, and the two become a couple. Yet Jewel begins to develop into a very demanding girlfriend and drives Randy into committing crimes for her and her elaborate lifestyle. Randy's cousin Carl is driven crazy by Randy's incredibly sexy girl as well as the investigating officer, Detective Dehling. This is why One Night At Mccool's (2001) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  liquor store,  dress,  flash forward,  beer,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  car,  rain,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  police

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Paranoid Park (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paranoid Park (2007)

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Story:marital separation,  police investigation,  flash forward,  park,  police detective,  river,  interrogation,  vomiting,  rain,  corpse,  brother brother relationship,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  police,  blood,  flashback

Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:crucifix,  tragic event,  cross,  prologue,  latex gloves,  river,  vomiting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  prison,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  blood,  murder

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:robbery
Locations:bar
Story:impersonating a police officer,  irish american,  vigilantism,  boston massachusetts,  stabbed in the stomach,  kicked in the face,  beaten to death,  police detective,  revolver,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  tattoo,  photograph,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  fight

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:jukebox,  ex convict,  missing person,  beaten to death,  revolver,  sunglasses,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  prison,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  murder,  police,  blood

The Brave One (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Brave One (2007)

David Kirmani,a medical professional, lives in an apartment with his sweetheart, Erica Bain, a radio host, and his dog. They usually take the dog out for a stroll in nearby Central Park and let him run and fetch. One day while at the park they let the dog run without a leash, and when he does not return or respond to their calls, they frantically search for him. They eventually find him being held by three men who want a reward. When David refuses, they start to molest Erica and David intervenes. Two of the men assault the couple, while the third uses a camcorder to film this incident. Erica is knocked unconscious, and regains her senses several days later in a hospital. She is told the shocking news that David was killed and the dog is missing. A traumatized Erica returns home to try and regain her life. She also visits the police station but does not get much help. Fearful of a repeat of this type of incident, she gets an unlicensed gun and carries it with her all the time. One day she witnesses some youths terrorizing subway passengers, forcing them to get off at the next station. When they approach her, she shoots them dead. She uses her gun several more times, always gunning down people committing violent crimes. One day she is summoned to the police station to identify a man who may have been responsible for David's death and the assault on herself. She does recognize him, but refuses to identify him. Subsequently she finds out his whereabouts and plans to avenge her lover's death, not realizing that Detective Mercer has her as a suspect in the recent killings and is set to apprehend her. The question remains: will Erica be able to avenge David's death and her attack before being arrested herself? This is why The Brave One (2007) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003). (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  memory,  revenge
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Story:park,  wake,  scene of the crime,  mugging,  vigilantism,  post traumatic stress disorder,  convenience store,  assault,  ring,  beaten to death,  police detective,  neighbor,  vomiting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dog,  cigarette smoking,  police,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  blood

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  memory,  escape,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  forest,  church,  bar
Story:estranged wife,  marital separation,  morgue,  crucifix,  tragic event,  cross,  ring,  prologue,  child abuse,  vomiting,  rain,  corpse,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  murder,  police,  blood

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

The Prophecy (1995)

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

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:priest
Story:catholic church,  child with a gun,  autopsy,  morgue,  flash forward,  police detective,  revolver,  sunglasses,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  corpse,  crying,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  flashback,  police,  blood,  fight

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) is one of the best movies like Mystic River (2003)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:robbery,  escape,  kidnapping
Locations:sewer,  bar
Story:vigilantism,  tragic event,  kicked in the face,  beaten to death,  prologue,  police detective,  revolver,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  blood splatter,  corpse,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  police,  fight

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:grief
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:crucifix,  cross,  latex gloves,  river,  revolver,  neighbor,  beer,  rifle,  rain,  corpse,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  police

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