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Se7en (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

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

Themes:greed, evil, insanity, tragedy, anger, torture, jealousy, religion, revenge
Mood:slasher, gore
Locations:brothel, rooftop, apartment, desert, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:killer, detective, coroner, pimp, bible, villain, lust, lawyer, photographer, teacher, prostitute
Story:serial killer, psycho terror, slasher killer, urban gothic, swat team, serial murderer, mass murderer, offscreen killing, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, killing spree, self mutilation, jumping from a rooftop, psychopathic killer, abandoned apartment, evil man, sadistic psychopath, black detective, murder investigation, psychological torture

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:greed, evil, insanity, anger, torture, jealousy, revenge
Mood:slasher, gore
Locations:apartment, nightclub, bar
Characters:villain, lust, killer, lawyer, detective, prostitute
Story:slasher killer, serial murderer, mass murderer, offscreen killing, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, killing spree, psychopathic killer, evil man, sadistic psychopath, serial killer, police shootout, foot chase, creepy, innocent person killed, crime spree, stairwell, american horror, homeless person, serial murder

Saw IV (2007)
Horror, Mystery

Saw IV (2007)

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

Themes:torture, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective, coroner, pimp, lawyer, prostitute
Story:swat, swat team, self mutilation, police detective, serial killer, police shootout, two way mirror, disfigurement, autopsy, rapist, severed hand, loss of wife, fbi agent, sociopath, killing, severed head, police station, criminal, revolver, interrogation

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:evil, insanity, revenge
Mood:slasher, gore
Locations:desert
Characters:detective, prostitute
Story:kill, mass murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, killing spree, self mutilation, psychopathic killer, evil man, police detective, serial killer, police shootout, innocent person killed, crime spree, human monster, knife throwing, tape recorder, sociopath, tv news, freeze frame, maniac

Split (2016) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
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:insanity, tragedy
Mood:slasher, gore
Locations:apartment
Characters:villain, killer
Story:psycho terror, slasher killer, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, killing spree, psychopathic killer, evil man, sadistic psychopath, serial killer, disturbing, american horror, serial murder, spiral staircase, human monster, bad guy, body count, pedophile, rapist, psycho

Misery (1990)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Misery (1990)

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... This is why Misery (1990) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995). (Read More)

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

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

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

Themes:evil, insanity, tragedy, anger, torture, revenge
Locations:rooftop, apartment, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:villain, lawyer, detective
Story:criminal, district attorney, swat team, mass murderer, offscreen killing, killing spree, jumping from a rooftop, evil man, sadistic psychopath, psychological torture, police detective, police shootout, innocent person killed, crime spree, two way mirror, urban decay, human monster, kill, madman, bulletproof vest

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:torture, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:killer, detective
Story:swat team, evil man, murder investigation, police detective, serial killer, innocent person killed, police captain, clue, scene of the crime, bulletproof vest, severed hand, mutilation, sociopath, gothic, tied up, attempted murder, subway, ambulance, police station, flashlight

Sin City (2005) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. (Read More)

Themes:evil, insanity, tragedy, torture, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer, detective, prostitute
Story:psychopathic killer, evil man, police detective, serial killer, wrath, informant, spiral staircase, kill, alley, disfigurement, pedophile, switchblade, rapist, severed hand, crucifix, mutilation, killing, tied up, shot in the forehead, hit by a car

Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

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

Themes:torture
Locations:rooftop, apartment, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:pimp, villain, lawyer, detective
Story:jumping from a rooftop, police detective, police shootout, foot chase, wearing a sound wire, police captain, informant, cartoon on tv, bad guy, tape recorder, freeze frame, typewriter, murderer, hit by a car, diner, police station, gay slur, criminal, revolver, interrogation

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. This is why The Heat (2013) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995). (Read More)

Themes:torture, revenge
Locations:apartment, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:coroner, detective, prostitute
Story:swat team, fbi agent, police detective, police shootout, star wars reference, innocent person killed, police captain, spiral staircase, knife throwing, bulletproof vest, autopsy, card game, attempted murder, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, diner, ambulance, police station, criminal, revolver

Halloween (1978)
Horror, Thriller

Halloween (1978)

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

Themes:evil
Mood:slasher
Characters:villain, killer
Story:psycho terror, slasher killer, urban gothic, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, killing spree, psychopathic killer, evil man, sadistic psychopath, serial killer, murder spree, creepy, american horror, serial murder, dead dog, human monster, kill, bad guy, madman

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

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

Themes:evil, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer, villain, detective
Story:serial killer, swat team, mass murderer, psycho thriller, evil man, sadistic psychopath, murder investigation, psychopath, bad guy wins, serial murder, human monster, bad guy, body count, autopsy, blockbuster, fbi agent, mutilation, sociopath, gothic, tv news

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:jealousy, revenge
Mood:slasher, gore
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:killer, detective
Story:killing spree, psychological torture, police detective, serial killer, foot chase, knife throwing, bulletproof vest, sociopath, shot in the forehead, news report, security guard, ambulance, police station, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, investigation, shot in the head, car accident

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:anger, torture, jealousy
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, apartment, bar, hospital
Characters:killer, lawyer, detective, prostitute
Story:criminal, police detective, police shootout, breaking down a door, two way mirror, informant, disfigurement, pride, switchblade, severed hand, fbi agent, killing, shot in the forehead, news report, scantily clad female, subway, diner, ambulance, police station, gay slur

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 Se7en (1995). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, revenge
Mood:slasher, gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer, detective
Story:body count, offscreen killing, killing spree, police detective, serial killer, foot chase, blockbuster, crucifix, tv news, killing, attempted murder, library, shot in the forehead, news report, hit by a car, ambulance, police station, flashlight, gay slur, psychopath

Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
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. (Read More)

Themes:evil, torture, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, bar, hospital
Characters:pimp, villain, prostitute
Story:police detective, foot chase, knife throwing, bulletproof vest, switchblade, severed hand, sociopath, card game, freeze frame, news report, hit by a car, severed head, police station, gay slur, decapitation, handcuffs, interrogation, psychopath, held at gunpoint, taxi

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:tragedy, anger, torture, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:desert, bar, hospital
Story:swat team, offscreen killing, killing spree, self mutilation, evil man, foot chase, innocent person killed, body count, bulletproof vest, severed hand, sociopath, tied up, attempted murder, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, severed head, flashlight, decapitation, revolver, handcuffs

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:evil, anger, torture, revenge
Locations:brothel, bar, hospital
Characters:pimp, lawyer, detective, prostitute
Story:psycho thriller, evil man, foot chase, tape recorder, sociopath, library, ambulance, gay slur, criminal, prostitution, interrogation, psychopath, held at gunpoint, taxi, investigation, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, digit in title, corpse

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:torture, revenge
Locations:nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:villain, lawyer, prostitute
Story:informant, fbi agent, district attorney, urban decay, human monster, bulletproof vest, sociopath, card game, maniac, murderer, shot in the forehead, news report, police station, gay slur, criminal, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, urban setting, psychopath

Lethal Weapon (1987) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Martin Riggs is an L.A. cop with suicidal tendencies and Roger Murtaugh is the unlucky police officer with whom Riggs is assigned. Together they uncover a huge drug-smuggling operation, and as their success rate grows so does their friendship. This is why Lethal Weapon (1987) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995). (Read More)

Themes:anger, torture
Locations:desert, nightclub
Characters:detective, prostitute
Story:swat team, self mutilation, police detective, police shootout, foot chase, police protagonist, police partner, police captain, cartoon on tv, bulletproof vest, loss of wife, blockbuster, shot in the forehead, interracial relationship, police station, criminal, revolver, handcuffs, prostitution, investigation

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)

Locations:bar
Characters:killer, lawyer, photographer
Story:mass murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, murder investigation, police detective, serial killer, pedophile, tape recorder, tv news, maniac, tied up, murderer, diner, police station, flashlight, interrogation, taxi, arrest, investigation, shot in the head

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)

Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:homicidal maniac, evil man, police detective, serial killer, foot chase, wearing a sound wire, metronome, human monster, bad guy, maniac, police station, flashlight, interrogation, psychopath, investigation, corpse, surprise ending, photograph, husband wife relationship, number in title

Death Proof (2007)
Action, Thriller

Death Proof (2007)

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

Themes:revenge
Mood:slasher, gore
Locations:bar
Characters:villain, killer
Story:homicidal maniac, killing spree, psychopathic killer, evil man, serial killer, white panties, human monster, psycho, maniac, scantily clad female, psychopath, car accident, panties, chase, title spoken by character, death, violence

No Country For Old Men (2007) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

No Country For Old Men (2007)

In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss ('Josh Brolin' (qv)) discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh ('Javier Bardem' (qv)), on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sheriff Ed Tom Bell ('Tommy Lee Jones' (qv)) blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart. (Read More)

Themes:greed, tragedy, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:desert, hospital
Characters:killer, villain
Story:mass murderer, homicidal maniac, killing spree, psychopathic killer, evil man, serial killer, investigation, bad guy wins, scene of the crime, human monster, kill, maniac, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, handcuffs, psychopath, taxi, shotgun, car accident, blood splatter

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. This is why Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995). (Read More)

Themes:torture, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:brothel, apartment, bar, hospital
Characters:photographer, detective, prostitute
Story:self mutilation, police detective, foot chase, kill, disfigurement, switchblade, severed hand, poker, attempted murder, shot in the forehead, severed head, diner, decapitation, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shotgun, car accident, helicopter

Saw (2004)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Saw (2004)

Waking up in a undisclosed location in a unknown room two men, adam and gordon are trapped into a single room with a dead body. Given random tools with riddles hidnen around the room. Wondering who could have done this there are clues to who might of done it; the jigsaw killer. The question is not just who but why would a serial killer leave two men in a room. Both adam and gordon hiding secrets they must trust and work together to get out or die...can they survive jigsaws game or die trying? (Read More)

Themes:insanity, torture
Mood:slasher, gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer, photographer, detective
Story:self mutilation, psychological torture, police detective, serial killer, bad guy wins, forced suicide, two way mirror, darkroom, kill, body count, blockbuster, tape recorder, gothic, revolver, urban setting, psychopath, shotgun, corpse, pistol, surprise ending

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:evil, torture, revenge
Locations:rooftop, apartment, desert, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, detective
Story:swat team, offscreen killing, jumping from a rooftop, evil man, police detective, police shootout, foot chase, swat, district attorney, human monster, bulletproof vest, blockbuster, sociopath, news report, security guard, subway, ambulance, police station, interrogation, urban setting

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:jealousy, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, bar
Story:self mutilation, foot chase, spiral staircase, body count, bulletproof vest, typewriter, attempted murder, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, subway, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shotgun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, digit in title, corpse, shootout

Mr. Brooks (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. (Read More)

Themes:anger, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Characters:killer, detective, lawyer
Story:serial killer, kill, criminal, homicidal maniac, killing, psychopathic killer, evil man, police detective, serial murder, maniac, murderer, shot in the forehead, diner, flashlight, psychopath, taxi, investigation, shot in the head, car accident, blood splatter

Insomnia (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? This is why Insomnia (2002) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:murder investigation, police detective, investigation, foot chase, scene of the crime, dead dog, autopsy, pedophile, tape recorder, typewriter, murderer, diner, police station, interrogation, psychopath, held at gunpoint, shotgun, shot to death, neo noir, rain

Hannibal (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hannibal (2001)

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

Themes:torture, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:killer
Story:swat team, homicidal maniac, self mutilation, serial killer, victim invited to dinner, wrath, human monster, bulletproof vest, disfigurement, severed hand, fbi agent, gothic, library, news report, hit by a car, handcuffs, psychopath, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
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:evil, insanity, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, bar, hospital
Characters:photographer, detective
Story:killing spree, fbi agent, jumping from a rooftop, kill, alley, crucifix, tape recorder, tv news, freeze frame, police station, flashlight, gay slur, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, arrest, investigation, shot in the head, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

It (2017)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

It (2017)

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

Themes:evil
Mood:gore
Characters:villain, killer
Story:kill, homicidal maniac, killing spree, psychopathic killer, sadistic psychopath, serial killer, disturbing, american horror, bad guy, pedophile, switchblade, psycho, mutilation, maniac, killing, murderer, library, gay slur, psychopath, blood splatter

Grindhouse (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

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

Themes:jealousy, revenge
Mood:slasher, gore
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:killer
Story:homicidal maniac, terror, serial killer, serial murder, human monster, disfigurement, psycho, maniac, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, severed head, diner, decapitation, psychopath, shot in the head, car accident, helicopter, shot to death, shootout, cult film

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. This is why The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995). (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:gore
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:pimp, detective, prostitute
Story:police detective, foot chase, fbi agent, sociopath, shot in the forehead, security guard, diner, criminal, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, arrest, investigation, shot in the head, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse

Disturbia (2007) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

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

Themes:jealousy, revenge
Mood:slasher
Locations:rooftop
Characters:killer, teacher, villain
Story:arrest, serial killer, homicidal maniac, killing spree, killing, psychopathic killer, evil man, police detective, car accident, hitchcockian, human monster, bad guy, madman, psycho, sociopath, tv news, maniac, murderer, terror, severed head

Psycho (1960)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Psycho (1960)

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

Themes:insanity
Mood:slasher
Locations:desert
Characters:villain, killer
Story:psycho terror, slasher killer, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, psychopathic killer, sadistic psychopath, serial killer, victim invited to dinner, murder spree, disturbing, crime spree, stairwell, american horror, serial murder, human monster, bad guy, madman, body count, psycho

Baby Driver (2017)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? (Read More)

Themes:anger, revenge
Locations:apartment
Story:swat team, police shootout, foot chase, suicide by cop, tape recorder, sociopath, attempted murder, shot in the forehead, news report, hit by a car, security guard, diner, flashlight, gay slur, criminal, revolver, handcuffs, urban setting, psychopath, held at gunpoint

22 Jump Street (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Jump Street (2014)

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

Locations:bar
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, police shootout, foot chase, police captain, bulletproof vest, switchblade, library, news report, hit by a car, security guard, interracial relationship, police station, flashlight, gay slur, criminal, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, arrest, investigation, shotgun

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. This is why The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995). (Read More)

Themes:evil, anger, revenge
Locations:rooftop, desert
Story:offscreen killing, self mutilation, foot chase, human monster, alley, bulletproof vest, tape recorder, gothic, attempted murder, news report, security guard, subway, ambulance, flashlight, held at gunpoint, shotgun, car accident, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death

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

L.a. Confidential (1997)

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

Themes:tragedy, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:pimp, photographer, detective, prostitute
Story:killing, evil man, police detective, police shootout, police protagonist, two way mirror, district attorney, cartoon on tv, autopsy, switchblade, diner, gay slur, handcuffs, interrogation, arrest, shotgun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse

16 Blocks (2006)
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... (Read More)

Locations:rooftop, bar
Characters:detective, lawyer
Story:swat team, police detective, police captain, scene of the crime, tape recorder, attempted murder, hit by a car, subway, ambulance, police station, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, car accident, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character

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. (Read More)

Themes:torture, revenge
Locations:apartment, desert
Characters:killer
Story:swat team, foot chase, bulletproof vest, freeze frame, attempted murder, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, severed head, security guard, interracial relationship, diner, police station, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, arrest, investigation, shot in the head, shotgun

Beverly Hills Cop (1984) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:killer, detective
Story:police shootout, foot chase, police protagonist, police captain, kill, blockbuster, freeze frame, security guard, ambulance, police station, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, arrest, investigation, shot in the head, shotgun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death

Bad Boys (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Bad Boys (1995)

Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other. This is why Bad Boys (1995) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995). (Read More)

Mood:gore
Locations:brothel, apartment, nightclub
Characters:detective, prostitute
Story:swat team, police detective, police shootout, foot chase, suicide by cop, police captain, razor blade, spiral staircase, body count, blockbuster, attempted murder, police station, handcuffs, prostitution, held at gunpoint, shotgun, car accident, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death

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:revenge
Mood:slasher, gore
Characters:killer, villain
Story:slasher killer, psychological torture, serial killer, foot chase, clue, killing, shot in the forehead, news report, ambulance, police station, flashlight, handcuffs, interrogation, psychopath, held at gunpoint, arrest, investigation, shot in the head, car accident, blood splatter

Blue Velvet (1986)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Blue Velvet (1986)

College student Jeffrey Beaumont returns to his idyllic hometown of Lumberton to manage his father's hardware store while his father is hospitalized. Walking though a grassy meadow near the family home, Jeffrey finds a severed human ear. After an initial investigation, lead police Detective John Williams advises Jeffrey not to speak to anyone about the case as they investigate further. Detective Williams also tells Jeffrey that he cannot divulge any information about what the police know. Detective Williams' high school aged daughter, Sandy Williams, tells Jeffrey what she knows about the case from overhearing her father's private conversations on the matter: that it has to do with a nightclub singer named Dorothy Vallens, who lives in an older apartment building near the Beaumont home. His curiosity getting the better of him, Jeffrey, with Sandy's help, decides to find out more about the woman at the center of the case by breaking into Dorothy's apartment while he knows she's at work. What Jeffrey finds is a world unfamiliar to him, one that he doesn't truly understand but one that he is unable to deny the lure of despite the inherent dangers of being associated with a possible murder. Still, he is torn between this world and the prospect of a relationship with Sandy, the two who are falling for each other, despite Sandy already being in a relationship with Mike, the school's star football player. (Read More)

Themes:evil, jealousy
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub, brothel, apartment, hospital
Characters:detective, villain
Story:evil man, police detective, investigation, serial killer, stairwell, scene of the crime, switchblade, mutilation, shot in the forehead, diner, revolver, psychopath, shot in the head, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, rape, cult film, police, violence

Cape Fear (1991) is one of the best movies like Se7en (1995)
Crime, Thriller

Cape Fear (1991)

Sam Bowden ('Nick Nolte' (qv))is a small-town corporate attorney/"Leave It to Beaver" type family-man. Max Cady ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss. (Read More)

Themes:anger, torture, religion, revenge
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, bible
Story:psychological torture, serial killer, wearing a sound wire, two way mirror, rapist, blockbuster, gothic, freeze frame, maniac, attempted murder, diner, police station, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, psychopath, rape, blood splatter, neo noir, corpse

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
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:swat team, self mutilation, police shootout, foot chase, bulletproof vest, shot in the forehead, news report, security guard, subway, ambulance, interrogation, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, helicopter, shot to death, rain, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, title spoken by character

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