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Rope (1948)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Rope (1948)

Brandon and Philip are two young men who share a New York apartment. They consider themselves intellectually superior to their friend David Kentley and as a consequence decide to murder him. Together they strangle David with a rope and placing the body in an old chest, they proceed to hold a small party. The guests include David's father, his fiancee Janet and their old schoolteacher Rupert from whom they mistakenly took their ideas. As Brandon becomes increasingly more daring, Rupert begins to suspect. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy, wealth, unemployment, guilt, poverty, fear, drinking, friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:maid, writer, teacher, friend
Story:chest, dinner party, perfect murder, wooden chest, intellectual, champagne glass, piano player, old book, hidden corpse, teacher student relationship, reference to james mason, reference to mary pickford, assumed superiority, homosexual killer, cutting hand, crime and punishment, reference to errol flynn, housemaster, morbidity, waiting in line

Cache (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cache (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, fear, friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:writer, teacher, friend
Story:no music, publisher, aunt nephew relationship, morality, chicken, suspicion, long take, storytelling, piano, book, telephone call, mother son relationship, father son relationship, one word title, blood

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:philosophy, unemployment, guilt, drinking
Mood:suspense
Characters:writer
Story:intellectual, ego, director cameo, ambition, reference to adolf hitler, book, drink, telephone call, new york city, party, murder, death, father son relationship

Clue (1985)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Clue (1985)

Clue is a movie about six guests, a butler, and a maid, who are all involved in the murders of six people. The guests all meet at Hill House, where you learn that Professor Plum works in D.C., where everyone else lives. Colonel Mustard is a client of Miss Scarlet, who is the ex-employer of Yvette, the maid, who had an affair with the husband of Mrs. White, etc. Blackmailer Mr. Boddy gives each guest a weapon and tells them to kill butler Wadsworth to avoid being exposed. Add in Mrs. Peacock's craziness and Mr. Green's clumsiness, and meet a whole group tangled in a web of murder, lies, and hilarity. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Characters:maid
Story:dinner party, real time, hat, rope, suspicion, gunshot, strangulation, face slap, corpse, telephone call, cult film, party, one word title, murder, death, blood

K-pax (2001) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:fear, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:piano player, morality, strangulation, piano, remake, cult film, new york city, party, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, father son relationship, blood, death, murder

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. This is why Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948). (Read More)

Themes:wealth, fear, drinking
Characters:maid, teacher
Story:teacher student relationship, contempt, housekeeper, hat, suspicion, long take, piano, drink, face slap, corpse, party, father son relationship, mother son relationship, death, blood

A Perfect Murder (1998)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Perfect Murder (1998)

Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But she needs more than simply the role of dazzling accessory. Brilliant in her own right, she works at the U.N. and is involved with a struggling artist who fulfills her emotional needs. When her husband discovers her indiscretion, he sets out to commit the perfect murder and inherit her considerable trust fund in the bargain. (Read More)

Themes:wealth
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:maid
Story:perfect murder, homosexual subtext, suspicion, strangulation, psychopath, face slap, based on play, new york city, murder, death

Ondskan (2003)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Themes:fear, friendship
Characters:writer, teacher, friend
Story:morality, roommate, piano, book, face slap, telephone call, based on true story, cult film, father son relationship, mother son relationship, blood

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he is required to play the piano blindfolded. All the men at the party are costumed and wear masks while the women are all young and beautiful. Harford manages to find an appropriate costume and heads out to the party. Once there, however, he is warned by someone who recognizes him, despite the mask, that he is in great danger. He manages to extricate himself but the threats prove to be quite real and sinister. (Read More)

Themes:wealth, guilt, fear, drinking, friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:friend
Story:privilege, director cameo, sacrifice, storytelling, champagne, roommate, piano, dead body, drink, party, telephone call, cult film, new york city, death, murder

Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince (2009)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince (2009)

In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:weakness, teacher student relationship, dinner party, cut hand, broken glass, book, corpse, cult film, blood, murder, death

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. This is why C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948). (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking
Locations:apartment
Story:off screen murder, murderer, champagne, strangulation, piano, dead body, psychopath, drink, corpse, cult film, mother son relationship, father son relationship, murder, blood, death

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

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

Themes:unemployment, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:apartment
Characters:friend
Story:long take, champagne, dead body, drink, corpse, based on true story, new york city, mother son relationship, father son relationship, one word title, murder, blood, death

High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

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

Themes:wealth, drinking
Locations:apartment
Characters:maid
Story:champagne, strangulation, dead body, drink, face slap, corpse, party, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, father son relationship, murder, blood

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy, guilt, fear, drinking, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:ideology, broken glass, morality, storytelling, dead body, book, drink, corpse, telephone call, party, father son relationship, mother son relationship, one word title, blood, murder, death

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear, drinking, friendship
Characters:writer, friend
Story:publisher, champagne, drink, face slap, telephone call, based on true story, new york city, party, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, one word title, death, blood

Dressed To Kill (1980)
Mystery, Thriller

Dressed To Kill (1980)

While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's killer as Detective Marino who's in charge of the case is uncooperative in the investigation. This is why Dressed To Kill (1980) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:apartment
Characters:friend
Story:cut hand, broken glass, evil man, dead body, psychopath, drink, telephone call, cult film, new york city, murder, death

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking, friendship
Characters:writer, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, intellectual, roommate, book, drink, face slap, telephone call, new york city, party, title spoken by character, father son relationship, mother son relationship, murder, blood

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Renai is interrogated by a police detective about the supernatural events in the house. While the police investigate the house, the Lambert family temporarily moves to the old house of Lorraine Lambert. Renai is haunted by a woman in white and Josh has a strange behavior at home. Meanwhile Lorraine seeks out Elise's partners Specs and Tucker expecting to find answers. (Read More)

Story:wooden chest, metronome, evil man, strangulation, piano, psychopath, face slap, corpse, mother son relationship, father son relationship, murder

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Drama

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Jim Stark is the new kid in town. He has been in trouble elsewhere; that's why his family has had to move before. Here he hopes to find the love he doesn't get from his middle-class family. Though he finds some of this in his relation with Judy, and a form of it in both Plato's adulation and Ray's real concern for him, Jim must still prove himself to his peers in switchblade knife fights and "chickie" games in which cars race toward a seaside cliff. (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking, friendship
Characters:maid, friend
Story:gay subtext, candelabra, homosexual subtext, housekeeper, chicken, piano, drink, face slap, telephone call, cult film, father son relationship, mother son relationship, death, blood

Elephant (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:fear, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, long take, gunshot, piano, experimental film, telephone call, father son relationship, blood, murder, death

Heavenly Creatures (1994) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship. This is why Heavenly Creatures (1994) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948). (Read More)

Themes:wealth, friendship
Characters:writer, teacher, friend
Story:reference to james mason, privilege, altar, face slap, telephone call, based on true story, cult film, party, title spoken by character, gay interest, murder, death, blood

Shallow Grave (1994)
Crime, Thriller

Shallow Grave (1994)

The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control.

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:apartment
Characters:writer, friend
Story:champagne, roommate, dead body, drink, corpse, party, death, murder, blood

Miss Potter (2006)
Biography, Drama

Miss Potter (2006)

In 1902, in London, the spinster Beatrix Potter lives with her bourgeois parents. Her snobbish mother, Helen Potter, had introduced several bachelors to Beatrix until she was twenty years old, but she had turned them all down. Beatrix Potter has been drawing animals and making up stories about them since she was a child, but her parents have never recognized her as an artist. One day, Miss Potter offers her stories to a print house, and a rookie publisher, Norman Warne, who is delighted with her tales, publishes her first children's book. This success leads Norman to publish two other books, and Miss Potter meanwhile becomes the best friend of his single sister Millie Warne. Soon Beatrix and Norman fall in love with each other, but Helen does not accept that her daughter would marry a "trader". However, Beatrix's father Rupert Potter proposes that his daughter spend the summer with his wife and him in their country house in Lake District, and if she is still interested in Norman after the summertime, he would bless their marriage. When Miss Potter stops receiving letters from Norman, she is disappointed. Then one day she receives a letter from Millie explaining what had happened to Norman. (Read More)

Themes:wealth, friendship
Characters:maid, writer, friend
Story:book, banquet, publisher, housekeeper, hat, storytelling, party, father son relationship, mother son relationship, death

Dead Poets Society (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate, Neil Perry, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each does so in his own way, and is changed for life. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy, friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship, preparatory school, morality, roommate, based on true story, title spoken by character, father son relationship

Proof (2005) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Drama, Mystery

Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Characters:writer, teacher, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, genius, champagne, book, drink, telephone call, based on play, new york city, party, title spoken by character, one word title, death

Dans La Maison (2012)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dans La Maison (2012)

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. This is why Dans La Maison (2012) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948). (Read More)

Themes:philosophy, friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:writer, teacher
Story:teacher student relationship, contempt, book, based on play, title spoken by character, gay interest, father son relationship

4 Luni, 3 Saptamani Si 2 Zile (2007)
Drama

4 Luni, 3 Saptamani Si 2 Zile (2007)

Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita (Laura Vasliu) is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and roommate, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use a male abortionist, Bebe (Vlad Ivanov), who, in addition to an absurd amount of money, also demands sex with both women as payment. The bleakness of the storyline expresses a dark socio-political critique in the twilight years of a repressive dictatorship. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, poverty, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:no music, long take, champagne, roommate, telephone call, death, blood

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:wealth, fear, drinking, friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Story:murderer, evil man, champagne, strangulation, dead body, psychopath, drink, corpse, cult film, new york city, party, murder, blood, death

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:piano player, aunt nephew relationship, piano, book, drink, telephone call, based on true story, party, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death, blood

Chopper (2000)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Chopper (2000)

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Themes:drinking
Story:arrogance, book, drink, face slap, based on true story, cult film, murder, father son relationship, mother son relationship, one word title, blood, death

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. This is why The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948). (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking
Characters:friend
Story:candelabra, banquet, hat, rope, sacrifice, storytelling, gunshot, book, drink, corpse, cult film, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, murder, blood, death

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

Zodiac (2007)

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

Themes:drinking
Characters:maid, writer
Story:housekeeper, rope, murderer, dead body, book, drink, telephone call, based on true story, cult film, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, father son relationship, one word title, murder, blood, death

All About Eve (1950) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Drama

All About Eve (1950)

Eve (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take her parts and her fiance, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill). When the fiance shows no interest, she tries for playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), but DeWitt stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where a young woman named Phoebe has sneaked into her room and fallen asleep. This is where the "Circle of Life" now comes to fruition as Eve will get played like she played Margo. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking, friendship
Characters:maid, friend
Story:piano player, banquet, ambition, champagne, piano, drink, face slap, party, telephone call, based on true story, new york city, title spoken by character

Strangers On A Train (1951)
Crime, Film-noir, Thriller

Strangers On A Train (1951)

Bruno Anthony thinks he has the perfect plot to rid himself of his hated father and when he meets tennis player Guy Haines on a train, he thinks he's found the partner he needs to pull it off. His plan is relatively simple. Two strangers each agree to kill someone the other person wants disposed of. For example, Guy could kill his father and he could get rid of Guy's wife Miriam, freeing him to marry Anne Morton, the beautiful daughter of a U.S. Senator. Guy dismisses it all out of hand but Bruno goes ahead with his half of the 'bargain' and disposes of Miriam. When Guy balks, Bruno makes it quite clear that he will plant evidence to implicate Guy in her murder if he doesn't get rid of his father. Guy had also made some unfortunate statements about Miriam after she had refused him a divorce. It all leads the police to believe Guy is responsible for the murder, forcing him to deal with Bruno's mad ravings. (Read More)

Themes:wealth, guilt, drinking, friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:teacher
Story:perfect murder, nightfall, weakness, gay subtext, homosexual subtext, director cameo, evil man, strangulation, piano, psychopath, telephone call, new york city, party, father son relationship, mother son relationship, death, murder

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking, friendship
Locations:apartment
Characters:writer, teacher, friend
Story:intellectual, champagne, piano, book, drink, telephone call, party, death, murder, blood

Odishon (1999)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami? This is why Odishon (1999) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948). (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:piano player, housekeeper, strangulation, concert, piano, psychopath, drink, telephone call, cult film, title spoken by character, father son relationship, one word title, blood, murder, death

The Strangers (2008) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Strangers (2008)

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

Themes:fear
Mood:suspense
Story:cat and mouse, cut hand, evil man, champagne, piano, psychopath, corpse, murder, blood

Love & Mercy (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:piano player, metronome, ego, publisher, genius, housekeeper, suspicion, concert, piano, drink, face slap, telephone call, party, father son relationship, mother son relationship, death

The Man From Earth (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi

The Man From Earth (2007)

Themes:philosophy, drinking, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:single set production, storytelling, book, drink, telephone call, father son relationship, death

88 Minutes (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

88 Minutes (2007)

In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon's execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same "modus-operandi" and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of associate Shelly Barnes, an FBI agent, his friend Frank Parks, and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigates some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, real time, rope, murderer, suspicion, strangulation, dead body, drink, corpse, telephone call, party, title spoken by character, death, murder, blood

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:ego, ambition, concert, book, drink, telephone call, based on true story, new york city, party, mother son relationship

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:guilt, drinking
Mood:suspense
Characters:teacher
Story:dinner party, gunshot, drink, face slap, corpse, telephone call, party, mother son relationship, father son relationship, blood, murder, death

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:guilt, fear, drinking, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:schoolmate, broken glass, long take, strangulation, book, drink, corpse, telephone call, cult film, new york city, title spoken by character, one word title, death, blood, murder

The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:wealth, guilt, fear
Locations:apartment
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship, ethics, morality, ambition, gunshot, book, cult film, new york city, party, father son relationship, mother son relationship, murder, blood, death

What Lies Beneath (2000) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:fear, friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, murderer, suspicion, roommate, concert, telephone call, party, father son relationship, blood, death, murder

Disturbia (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Turner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? This is why Disturbia (2007) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:teacher, writer, friend
Story:broken glass, murderer, long take, evil man, dead body, psychopath, book, drink, corpse, telephone call, party, title spoken by character, death, father son relationship, mother son relationship, one word title, murder, blood

Quills (2000)
Biography, Drama

Quills (2000)

The infamous writer, the Marquis de Sade of 18th Century France, is imprisoned at Charenton Insane Asylum for unmentionable activities. He manages to befriend the young Abbe de Coulmier, who runs the asylum, along with a beautiful laundress named Madeline. Things go terribly wrong when the Abbe finds out that the Marquis' books are being secretly published. The emperor Napoleon contemplates sending Dr. Royer-Collard to oversee the asylum, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charenton and possibly the Marquis himself. (Read More)

Characters:writer, maid
Story:decadence, long take, face slap, corpse, based on play, title spoken by character, one word title, murder, blood

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

The Prophecy (1995)

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

Themes:fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:apartment
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship, arrogance, evil man, dead body, psychopath, corpse, cult film, title spoken by character, blood, murder, death

Insomnia (2002) is one of the best movies like Rope (1948)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

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

Themes:guilt
Characters:writer
Story:morality, murderer, storytelling, dead body, psychopath, book, remake, corpse, telephone call, murder, death, blood

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
Drama, Mystery

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine's Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Characters:teacher, maid, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, altar, aunt nephew relationship, hat, piano, dead body, book, drink, face slap, party, death, blood

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