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Prisoners (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Prisoners (2013)

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (Read More)

Themes:hunting, abduction, paranoia, brutality, anger, torture, christmas, kidnapping, suicide, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:pennsylvania, woods, snow, forest, hospital
Characters:detective, hostage, priest, teenager
Period:2010s
Story:candlelight vigil, act of desperation, thanksgiving, vigilante justice, child abduction, interrogation room, police investigation, heavy rain, police detective, police chase, investigation, suicide by shooting one's self in the head, suicide by cop, foot chase, questioned by police, father searches for missing daughter, searching for a missing girl, unlawful confinement, search for missing person, one week time span

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:brutality, torture
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:vigilante justice, police detective, foot chase, power drill, title at the end, crime scene, hammer, sociopath, vigilante, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gas station, shot in the leg, home invasion, no opening credits, diner, f word, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint

Scream 3 (2000)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen.

Themes:paranoia, brutality, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:woods
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:police detective, foot chase, red herring, media coverage, duct tape over mouth, crime scene, sociopath, revelation, stalking, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, tied to a chair, ambulance, bound and gagged, police station, flashlight

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

The Bone Collector (1999)

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

Themes:abduction, paranoia, torture, christmas, kidnapping, suicide, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:heavy rain, police detective, red herring, police captain, abandoned building, duct tape over mouth, crime scene, sociopath, revelation, newspaper headline, race against time, home invasion, ambulance, bound and gagged, police station, flashlight, f word, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, forest, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:heavy rain, foot chase, abandoned building, desperation, hypodermic needle, sociopath, pickup truck, newspaper headline, shot in the arm, stalking, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gas station, shot in the leg, home invasion, drawing, flashlight, f word, alcohol, revolver

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. This is why Saw IV (2007) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective, hostage
Story:police detective, shot through the mouth, two way mirror, crime scene, hammer, sociopath, revelation, missing person, race against time, tied to a chair, bound and gagged, police station, f word, revolver, interrogation, held at gunpoint, investigation, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest

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)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, detective
Period:2010s
Story:interrogation room, police detective, police chase, police captain, apartment building, revelation, race against time, home invasion, tied to a chair, diner, ambulance, police station, f word, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint, arrest, investigation

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:brutality, kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:heavy rain, police detective, police captain, revelation, shot in the arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, police station, f word, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, investigation, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter

The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

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

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:vigilante, vigilante justice, interrogation room, police detective, police chase, two way mirror, drugged drink, media coverage, ambiguous ending, title at the end, duct tape over mouth, crime scene, press conference, desperation, sociopath, newspaper headline, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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:paranoia, brutality, torture, kidnapping, suicide, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow, hospital
Characters:hostage, priest, detective
Period:2010s
Story:police detective, police chase, foot chase, star spangled banner, pit, memorial, bag over head, media coverage, title at the end, press conference, hypodermic needle, sociopath, revelation, newspaper headline, vigilante, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, home invasion

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 Prisoners (2013). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:police detective, foot chase, reference to batman, media coverage, crime scene, hypodermic needle, sociopath, newspaper headline, vigilante, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, home invasion, police station, f word, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, vomiting, arrest

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:paranoia, brutality, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:police detective, female criminal, media coverage, crime scene, sociopath, pickup truck, newspaper headline, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gas station, news report, dream sequence, snake, diner, bound and gagged, flashlight, f word, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, vomiting, arrest

22 Jump Street (2014) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
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. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:police detective, police chase, foot chase, red herring, reference to batman, police captain, bag over head, shot in the arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, police station, flashlight, f word, alcohol, handcuffs, car crash, held at gunpoint, arrest

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:paranoia, brutality, anger, revenge
Period:2010s
Story:heavy rain, police chase, suicide by cop, foot chase, female criminal, department store, sociopath, pickup truck, newspaper headline, shot in the arm, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gas station, shot in the leg, news report, diner, flashlight, f word, revolver, handcuffs

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. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, memorial, abandoned building, drugged drink, revelation, shot in the arm, race against time, shot in the leg, home invasion, tied to a chair, f word, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint, vomiting, arrest, punched in the face, rescue, shot in the head

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 Prisoners (2013). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:foot chase, animal abuse, killing an animal, pickup truck, shot in the arm, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, home invasion, no opening credits, tied to a chair, diner, bound and gagged, police station, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint, rifle

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
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:paranoia, brutality, torture, christmas, suicide, revenge
Locations:woods, forest, hospital
Characters:hostage, detective, teenager
Story:foot chase, crime scene, sociopath, revelation, newspaper headline, shot in the arm, missing person, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gas station, shot in the leg, news report, home invasion, dream sequence, diner, ambulance, f word, revolver, interrogation, car crash

Scream (1996)
Horror, Mystery

Scream (1996)

1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:teenager
Story:foot chase, prime suspect, red herring, media coverage, duct tape over mouth, crime scene, revelation, stalking, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, tied to a chair, ambulance, bound and gagged, police station, flashlight, f word, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, torture, kidnapping, suicide, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:heavy rain, foot chase, abandoned building, duct tape over mouth, desperation, sociopath, revelation, missing person, home invasion, ambulance, bound and gagged, f word, interrogation, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the chest, blood splatter, neo noir, shot to death

Scream 4 (2011)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 4 (2011)

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:teenager
Period:2010s
Story:foot chase, red herring, media coverage, duct tape over mouth, crime scene, press conference, sociopath, revelation, vigilante, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, tied to a chair, ambulance, bound and gagged, police station, flashlight, f word, held at gunpoint

The Purge: Anarchy (2014) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
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. This is why The Purge: Anarchy (2014) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013). (Read More)

Themes:hunting, brutality, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, bag over head, media coverage, apartment building, shot in the arm, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, tied to a chair, ambulance, f word, revolver, car crash, held at gunpoint, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest

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:paranoia, brutality, anger, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage, detective, teenager
Period:2010s
Story:heavy rain, police detective, sociopath, shot in the arm, manipulation, diner, police station, f word, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, cell phone

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:paranoia, anger, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:hostage, priest
Period:2010s
Story:foot chase, media coverage, crime scene, hypodermic needle, pickup truck, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, no opening credits, ambulance, flashlight, car crash, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, rescue, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, suicide, revenge
Mood:suspense
Period:2010s
Story:heavy rain, foot chase, shot in the arm, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, no opening credits, f word, car crash, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, neo noir, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone

Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
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:paranoia, brutality, revenge
Characters:hostage, detective
Period:2010s
Story:police detective, police chase, gun held to one's head, crime scene, desperation, sociopath, pickup truck, race against time, gas station, news report, diner, police station, flashlight, f word, revolver, car crash, held at gunpoint, rifle, punched in the face, investigation

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, torture, kidnapping, suicide, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, snow, forest
Characters:hostage
Story:heavy rain, star spangled banner, abandoned building, desperation, hammer, race against time, no opening credits, flashlight, alcohol, interrogation, held at gunpoint, rifle, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, rain, corpse, beating, shootout

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:brutality, torture, suicide, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:heavy rain, police detective, police chase, foot chase, abandoned building, crime scene, desperation, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, home invasion, tied to a chair, diner, revolver, handcuffs, car crash, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, rescue, shot in the head

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

Predators (2010)

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

Themes:hunting, paranoia, brutality, kidnapping, suicide, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, whistle, killing an animal, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, f word, held at gunpoint, vomiting, punched in the face, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, chase, tattoo

Central Intelligence (2016) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:family man, two way mirror, duct tape over mouth, interracial friendship, revelation, pickup truck, manipulation, race against time, no opening credits, snake, bound and gagged, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint, arrest, punched in the face, rescue, shot in the chest

The Accountant (2016)
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:hunting, paranoia, brutality, anger, torture, christmas, suicide, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, recreational vehicle, press conference, pickup truck, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, home invasion, no opening credits, tied to a chair, f word, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, rescue, shot in the head

Scream 2 (1997)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down. This is why Scream 2 (1997) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, detective, teenager
Story:police detective, foot chase, red herring, media coverage, duct tape over mouth, crime scene, interracial friendship, press conference, shot in the arm, stalking, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, no opening credits, ambulance, police station, flashlight, f word, car crash, held at gunpoint

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:torture, kidnapping, suicide, revenge
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:police investigation, police detective, police chase, foot chase, shot through the mouth, drugged drink, crime scene, manipulation, gas station, news report, tied to a chair, diner, police station, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint, arrest, punched in the face, rescue

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
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. (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:police chase, speeding vehicle, two way mirror, bag over head, drugged drink, press conference, sociopath, newspaper headline, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, no opening credits, tied to a chair, police station, f word, revolver, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint

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

The Revenant (2015)

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

Themes:hunting, paranoia, brutality, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, snow, forest
Characters:hostage
Story:heavy rain, foot chase, missing daughter, deer, interracial friendship, killing an animal, shot in the arm, shot in the leg, dream sequence, no opening credits, held at gunpoint, rifle, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, rain, 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:kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:vigilante justice, police detective, police chase, memorial, ambiguous ending, crime scene, vigilante, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, diner, police station, car crash, held at gunpoint, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, neo noir

Sicario (2015)
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 Prisoners (2013).

Themes:paranoia, brutality, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:bag over head, title at the end, interracial friendship, shot in the arm, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, home invasion, no opening credits, tied to a chair, f word, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, vomiting, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, rescue

Se7en (1995) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

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

Themes:anger, torture, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, suicide by cop, foot chase, police captain, two way mirror, sociopath, news report, diner, ambulance, police station, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, arrest, investigation, shot in the head, car accident, blood splatter

Black Mass (2015)
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:paranoia, brutality, torture, christmas, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Story:press conference, sociopath, newspaper headline, shot in the arm, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, no opening credits, tied to a chair, police station, f word, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint, rifle, arrest, punched in the face

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture, christmas, kidnapping, suicide, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:star spangled banner, power drill, abandoned building, deer, killing an animal, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, no opening credits, snake, f word, interrogation, held at gunpoint, vomiting, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death

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:paranoia, brutality, anger, torture, christmas, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:detective
Story:police chase, foot chase, drugged drink, ambiguous ending, sociopath, revelation, missing person, drawing, ambulance, f word, revolver, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, neo noir

16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... This is why 16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Characters:detective, hostage
Story:police detective, police captain, gun in mouth, race against time, shot in the leg, ambulance, police station, handcuffs, car crash, held at gunpoint, rifle, car accident, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, brother sister relationship, pistol, surprise ending, chase

Hanna (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Hanna (2011)

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the skills of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (Read More)

Themes:hunting, revenge
Locations:snow, forest
Characters:teenager
Story:foot chase, whistling, title at the end, deer, killing an animal, revelation, stalking, character repeating someone else's dialogue, tied to a chair, interrogation, car crash, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, photograph

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:hunting, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Story:media coverage, intruder, duct tape over mouth, stalking, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, home invasion, tied to a chair, bound and gagged, flashlight, f word, revolver, interrogation, held at gunpoint, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, neo noir

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

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

Themes:paranoia, anger, kidnapping
Locations:woods, forest, hospital
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:police chase, shot in the arm, shot in the leg, tied to a chair, flashlight, f word, revolver, handcuffs, car crash, held at gunpoint, rifle, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, bag over head, interracial friendship, shot in the arm, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, snake, interrogation, punched in the face, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, rain, corpse, beating, brother sister relationship, surprise ending

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

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. This is why The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, anger, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:police chase, foot chase, reference to batman, duct tape over mouth, sociopath, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, tied to a chair, bound and gagged, handcuffs, car crash, held at gunpoint, arrest, punched in the face, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter

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:torture
Story:police chase, foot chase, abandoned building, media coverage, shot in the arm, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, dream sequence, no opening credits, tied to a chair, ambulance, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, rain

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:brutality, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:priest, detective
Story:vigilante justice, lord's prayer, reference to batman, crime scene, press conference, killing an animal, vigilante, shot in the arm, shot in the leg, home invasion, police station, flashlight, f word, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, rifle, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is one of the best movies like Prisoners (2013)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, anger, kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Period:2010s
Story:car accident, held captive, ambiguous ending, sociopath, revelation, pickup truck, stalking, manipulation, missing person, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gas station, news report, drawing, no opening credits, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash, shot in the head

Split (2016)
Horror, Thriller

Split (2016)

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

Themes:hunting, paranoia, brutality, kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:hostage, teenager
Period:2010s
Story:heavy rain, power drill, deer, interracial friendship, hypodermic needle, sociopath, revelation, stalking, missing person, news report, drawing, diner, ambulance, flashlight, held at gunpoint, rifle, rescue, shot in the chest, neo noir, shot to death

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