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Nightcrawler (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Nightcrawler (2014)

NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. 'Jake Gyllenhaal' (qv) stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by 'Rene Russo (I)' (qv) as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. (Read More)

Themes:greed, robbery, deception
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment, bicycle
Characters:thief
Period:2010s
Story:journalism ethics, tv news, police scanner, snuff movie, snuff film, journalism, stolen bicycle, crime scene photographer, police car rollover, street photography, obstruction of justice, dodge challenger, police car crash, cynical man, self taught, stolen watch, news editor, running a red light, business competition, evidence tampering

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, deception
Story:extortion, crime scene, sociopath, laptop, threat, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, police detective, security guard, diner, mansion, shot in the back, f word, criminal, interrogation, punched in the face, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir

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:robbery, deception
Period:2010s
Story:freeway, cynicism, sociopath, laptop, manipulation, police detective, diner, montage, mansion, police car, police station, shot in the back, f word, criminal, interrogation, psychopath, car chase, written by director, los angeles california, punched in the face

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:robbery, deception
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief
Period:2010s
Story:car fire, police officer shot, police chase, sociopath, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, security guard, diner, montage, police car, shot in the back, f word, criminal, car crash, psychopath, car chase, written by director, shotgun

Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, deception
Period:2010s
Story:raise, death of partner, stakeout, shot multiple times, crime scene, police chase, sociopath, news report, police detective, security guard, diner, police car, police station, shot in the back, f word, criminal, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shotgun

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. This is why The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014). (Read More)

Themes:robbery, deception
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief
Story:criminal, coercion, filmed killing, crashing through a window, news reporter, jumping through a window, cynicism, crime scene, police chase, sociopath, threat, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, police detective, security guard, death of friend, montage, journalist

Let's Be Cops (2014)
Comedy, Crime

Let's Be Cops (2014)

It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Locations:apartment
Story:lapd, reference to twitter, jumping through a window, police investigation, threat, character repeating someone else's dialogue, police detective, police car, police station, shot in the back, f word, criminal, interrogation, written by director, los angeles california, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, shot to death

Taken 3 (2014)
Action, Thriller

Taken 3 (2014)

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his "particular set of skills," to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now - his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:lapd, jumping through a window, crime scene, morgue, police chase, police investigation, manipulation, news report, police detective, security guard, diner, mansion, police station, shot in the back, interrogation, car crash, car chase, los angeles california, punched in the face, shotgun

8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
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:deception
Story:snuff movie, snuff film, snuff, filmed killing, crashing through a window, cynicism, sociopath, threat, shot in the shoulder, home invasion, mansion, shot in the back, f word, criminal, interrogation, psychopath, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, neo noir

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:deception
Mood:satire
Story:filmed killing, news reporter, cynicism, crime scene, journalism, fame, sociopath, tv news, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, police detective, security guard, diner, montage, journalist, shot in the back, f word, criminal, psychopath, punched in the face

Kick-ass 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. This is why Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014). (Read More)

Themes:robbery, deception
Mood:satire
Story:reference to twitter, police officer shot, crime scene, sociopath, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, police detective, death of friend, montage, mansion, police station, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, psychopath, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest

Chappie (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Chappie (2015)

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, deception
Period:2010s
Story:criminal, shot multiple times, sociopath, sabotage, laptop, employer employee relationship, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, security guard, death of friend, montage, police car, police station, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, car crash, written by director, shotgun

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:robbery, deception
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief
Period:2010s
Story:filmed killing, crashing through a window, jumping through a window, police chase, sociopath, sabotage, laptop, threat, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, police detective, security guard, mansion, police station, shot in the back, interrogation, car crash, psychopath, written by director

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

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:lapd, character repeating someone else's dialogue, police detective, police car, police station, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, car crash, car chase, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, violence

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:deception
Period:2010s
Story:crashing through a window, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, montage, shot in the back, f word, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, violence, blood

End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

End Of Watch (2012)

In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian and Mike are partners - balls-out cowboys patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks. Brian and Mike get lucky a couple of times, making big drug and human-trafficking busts, so a Mexican cartel orders their deaths. We meet Mike's pregnant wife (whom he married out of high school) and watch Brian's search for a soul mate. There are internal squabbles within the ranks of the LAPD and lots of squad-car conversation. Can the lads escape the cartel's murderous reach? This is why End Of Watch (2012) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014). (Read More)

Story:lapd, crime scene, police investigation, video camera, police car, police station, shot in the back, car chase, written by director, los angeles california, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, murder

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:discovering a dead body, car fire, jumping through a window, cynicism, crime scene, sociopath, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, diner, mansion, police car, f word, interrogation, car crash, psychopath, car chase, written by director, los angeles california

Heat (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heat (1995)

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

Themes:robbery
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief
Story:criminal, news broadcast, car fire, lapd, shot in the shoulder, police detective, security guard, diner, f word, psychopath, written by director, los angeles california, shotgun, shot in the chest, neo noir, shot to death, shootout, pistol, one word title, violence

L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. (Read More)

Story:lapd, cynicism, crime scene, morgue, police chase, police detective, diner, death of friend, mansion, journalist, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, los angeles california, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death, corpse

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:sabotage, laptop, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, mansion, shot in the back, f word, car crash, psychopath, written by director, los angeles california, shotgun, shot in the chest, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, blood

Seven Psychopaths (2012) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Comedy, Crime

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu. This is why Seven Psychopaths (2012) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014). (Read More)

Characters:thief
Story:car fire, shot multiple times, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the back, criminal, car crash, psychopath, written by director, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, police officer, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, murder, blood, violence

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:crashing through a window, shot multiple times, jumping through a window, crime scene, police chase, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, police detective, diner, mansion, shot in the back, car crash, car chase, written by director, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, neo noir

The Purge (2013)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge (2013)

In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:satire
Story:filmed killing, jumping through a window, threat, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, death of friend, mansion, shot in the back, f word, criminal, interrogation, psychopath, written by director, shotgun, shot in the chest, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, shootout

Jack Reacher (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher (2012)

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

Themes:deception
Story:pawnshop, police officer shot, crime scene, police chase, threat, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, police detective, diner, police station, shot in the back, criminal, car crash, car chase, written by director, punched in the face, shot in the chest, neo noir, shot to death

Gangster Squad (2013) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gangster Squad (2013)

It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Sergeant John O'Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:lapd, police officer shot, crime scene, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, police detective, death of friend, mansion, police station, shot in the back, criminal, interrogation, car crash, car chase, los angeles california, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

A young man named Eggsy whose father died when he was a young boy, is dealing with living with the creep his mother is with now, who mistreats her and him. He goes out and does something to one of the creep's friends. He gets arrested and he calls a number a man gave him around the time his father died, to call if he needs help. A man named Harry approaches him and tells him he's the one who helped him. He tells him that he knew his father. When the man Eggsy slighted wants some payback, Harry takes care of him and his companions single handed. Harry then tells Eggsy that he's part of a secret organization called the Kingsman and his father was also part of it. He died trying to make the world safe. Harry offers Eggsy the opportunity to be a Kingsman and he takes it. He undergoes a grueling training course. Harry is looking into the demise of another Kingsman and the trail leads him to tech billionaire named Valentine aka V who is also curious about the group following him, the Kingsman. This is why Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:speeding vehicle, filmed killing, crashing through a window, jumping through a window, police chase, sociopath, sabotage, laptop, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, death of friend, mansion, police station, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shot in the chest

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.

Themes:deception
Characters:thief
Period:2010s
Story:crime scene, morgue, laptop, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, security guard, death of friend, police car, shot in the back, car crash, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, violence

Furious 6 (2013)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Furious 6 (2013)

Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:thief
Story:criminal, pawnshop, police chase, threat, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, security guard, death of friend, shot in the back, interrogation, car crash, car chase, los angeles california, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, shot to death, shootout, pistol

Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:shot multiple times, extortion, sociopath, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, journalist, police station, shot in the back, f word, criminal, interrogation, car crash, psychopath, punched in the face, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death

Trance (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Trance (2013)

A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.

Themes:greed, robbery, deception
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief
Period:2010s
Story:car fire, sociopath, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, security guard, montage, shot in the back, f word, criminal, interrogation, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, pistol, one word title, violence, murder

22 Jump Street (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. This is why 22 Jump Street (2014) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014). (Read More)

Mood:satire
Locations:bicycle
Story:police chase, laptop, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, police detective, security guard, montage, police station, shot in the back, f word, criminal, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, shot to death, shootout, pistol

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:jumping through a window, police chase, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, security guard, shot in the back, interrogation, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, shootout, pistol, violence, murder

Starsky & Hutch (2004) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

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

Themes:robbery, deception
Locations:apartment
Story:lapd, police chase, shot in the shoulder, police detective, diner, mansion, police station, criminal, interrogation, car chase, shot in the chest, police officer, corpse, shootout, pistol, violence, murder

The Heat (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Locations:apartment
Period:2010s
Story:morgue, police chase, home invasion, police detective, diner, montage, police car, police station, shot in the back, f word, criminal, interrogation, car crash, car chase, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, shot to death, corpse, shootout

Training Day (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

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

Themes:robbery, deception
Locations:bicycle
Story:lapd, freeway, stakeout, shot multiple times, security guard, police car, f word, car crash, psychopath, los angeles california, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death, shootout, pistol, murder, violence

2 Guns (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. This is why 2 Guns (2013) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Period:2010s
Story:freelancer, jumping through a window, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, security guard, diner, police station, shot in the back, interrogation, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol

Drive (2011) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Crime, Drama

Drive (2011)

A mysterious man who has multiple jobs as a garage mechanic, a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbor - whose husband is in prison and who's looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team's main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Locations:apartment
Characters:thief
Story:criminal, moral corruption, pawnshop, shot multiple times, extortion, police chase, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, diner, death of friend, police car, shot in the back, f word, car crash, psychopath, car chase, los angeles california, shotgun, shot in the chest, neo noir

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:police chase, sabotage, manipulation, shot in the back, criminal, interrogation, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, violence, blood, murder

Looper (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Story:crashing through a window, ethics, character repeating someone else's dialogue, diner, death of friend, montage, shot in the back, f word, criminal, written by director, shotgun, shot in the chest, neo noir, shot to death, shootout, pistol, one word title, blood, violence, murder

Transporter 3 (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Transporter 3 (2008)

Toxic waste bubbles in a ship waiting permission to dock in Odessa. Frank Martin turns down a job in Marseilles, referring it to a pal. A short time later, the pal, wounded by gunfire, crashes his car into Frank's living room and dies, leaving a young woman in the back seat. The employer of the dead man shows up, forces Frank to take the job, snaps a bracelet on his wrist that will explode if Frank gets more than 75 feet from his car, and sends Frank on a journey east with the young woman and a trunk full of something. She's Valentina, nearly mute. Can Frank figure out what's going on, deliver the package, and escape alive? And what does the ship have to do with it? (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Story:car fire, gps, jumping through a window, police officer shot, police chase, police investigation, shot in the back, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, violence, blood, murder

Sicario (2015) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team. This is why Sicario (2015) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014).

Themes:deception
Period:2010s
Story:police officer shot, cynicism, laptop, threat, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, mansion, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death, corpse

The Green Hornet (2011)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Green Hornet (2011)

Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet". (Read More)

Themes:robbery, deception
Story:crashing through a window, jumping through a window, police chase, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, montage, mansion, police car, shot in the back, interrogation, car crash, car chase, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol

Swordfish (2001)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Swordfish (2001)

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:raise, coercion, morgue, police chase, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, interrogation, car crash, car chase, los angeles california, shot in the chest, shot to death, corpse, pistol, one word title, violence, murder, blood

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
Action, Thriller

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:crashing through a window, jumping through a window, police officer shot, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, police detective, police station, shot in the back, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, shot to death, shootout, pistol, murder

Max Payne (2008) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Max Payne (2008)

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

Story:jumping through a window, shot in the shoulder, home invasion, police detective, death of friend, police station, shot in the back, interrogation, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, violence

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. This is why Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:filmed killing, shot in the shoulder, home invasion, mansion, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, car crash, car chase, written by director, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, one word title, blood, violence, murder

True Romance (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. (Read More)

Story:death of partner, lapd, shot multiple times, police chase, home invasion, police detective, diner, montage, police car, shot in the back, f word, psychopath, car chase, los angeles california, shotgun, neo noir, shot to death, shootout, pistol, violence

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:greed, deception
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment
Story:police chase, sociopath, shot in the shoulder, security guard, montage, video camera, police car, f word, interrogation, car crash, psychopath, shot in the chest, police officer, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, murder, violence

The Accountant (2016) is one of the best movies like Nightcrawler (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:criminal, discovering a dead body, shot multiple times, job interview, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, security guard, death of friend, montage, mansion, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, neo noir, shot to death, corpse

From Paris With Love (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

From Paris With Love (2010)

James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes? (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment
Story:crashing through a window, chinese restaurant, jumping through a window, laptop, shot in the shoulder, police car, f word, car crash, car chase, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, shot to death, shootout, pistol, violence, murder, blood

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