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Shutter Island (2010)
Mystery, Thriller

Shutter Island (2010)

It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity. (Read More)

Themes:trauma, insanity, guilt, paranoia, memory, deception, torture, revenge, surrealism
Mood:suspense, nightmare
Locations:storm, cave, ship, sea, woods, boat, cemetery, snow, hospital
Characters:soldier, psychiatrist, alcoholic, detective, nurse, girl, doctor
Period:1950s, 1940s
Story:island, disappearance, island fortress, secret experiment, fbi investigation, prison guard, dachau concentration camp, migraine headache, turned into dust, pipe smoker, electric fence, seaside cliff, mental asylum, self delusion, pipe smoking, insane asylum, lighthouse, experimental therapy, jail cell, concentration camp

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:trauma, insanity, paranoia, memory, surrealism, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods, cemetery, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, nurse, girl
Story:psychological trauma, repressed memory, psychotherapy, blackout, notebook, mental institution, choking, psychology, medicine, therapy, scar, racial slur, graveyard, drawing, strangulation, reference to god, psychopath, vomiting, rain, dream

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

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

Themes:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:detective, girl
Story:dead girl, rainstorm, psycho thriller, tape recorder, revelation, character says i love you, missing person, lightning, cover up, man with glasses, widow, strangulation, foot chase, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, psychopath, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, investigation

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:paranoia, deception, revenge, surrealism
Locations:woods, cemetery
Characters:soldier, doctor
Story:crypt, infanticide, tomb, power outage, guard, tape recorder, gothic, american abroad, rat, injection, scar, lightning, cover up, fantasy sequence, attack, no opening credits, man with glasses, massacre, strangulation, foot chase

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia, deception, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:cave
Story:house on fire, stabbed in the arm, spiral staircase, shot in the face, manhunt, female killer, american abroad, cover up, cigar smoking, no opening credits, massacre, strangulation, foot chase, shot in the back, f word, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, blood splatter

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. This is why The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:fbi agent, fbi investigation, fbi, investigator, boston massachusetts, mass murder, listening to music, tape recorder, cage, handgun, lightning, racial slur, cigar smoking, execution, shot in the back, f word, handcuffs, dead body, held at gunpoint, rifle

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:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense, nightmare
Locations:woods, cemetery, hospital
Characters:alcoholic, nurse, soldier, girl, doctor
Story:little girl, knocked out with a gun butt, death of family, stabbed in the arm, barbed wire, blood on face, shot in the face, medicine, injection, scar, cover up, racial slur, graveyard, drawing, exploding car, massacre, strangulation, foot chase, shot in the back, f word

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:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:detective, nurse, doctor
Story:little girl, red herring, badge, rainstorm, gothic, revelation, captain, rat, scar, lightning, racial slur, radio, man with glasses, shot in the back, f word, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, investigation

The Revenant (2015) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

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

Themes:guilt, paranoia, deception, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods, boat, snow
Story:attack, dream sequence, blood on hands, fort, dead wife, stabbed in the arm, blood on face, rainstorm, manhunt, covered in blood, captain, lightning, racial slur, no opening credits, massacre, strangulation, foot chase, shot in the back, hallucination, held at gunpoint

Allied (2016)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:alcoholic, nurse, soldier
Period:1940s
Story:prison guard, jail cell, secret, disfigurement, reference to adolf hitler, revelation, character says i love you, suspicion, american abroad, scar, lightning, no opening credits, man with glasses, exploding car, massacre, strangulation, shot in the back, f word, revolver, interrogation

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. This is why Alien: Covenant (2017) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:cave, ship, woods
Characters:soldier, doctor
Story:female doctor, hole in chest, hurricane, rainstorm, imagination, barefoot male, captain, suspicion, scar, lightning, cigar smoking, radio, widow, massacre, strangulation, shot in the back, f word, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, slow motion scene

Identity (2003)
Mystery, Thriller

Identity (2003)

Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new institution. They all can't leave the area because of washed out roads, all the other businesses around the motel are closed because of the storm, and all communication in and out is not functioning also because of the storm. One by one, they are murdered, the murderer leaving a calling card of a motel room key, starting with the room 10 key and working his way presumably to the room 1 key when the last person will be dead. Those still alive band somewhat together under Officer Rhodes and Ed's direction to find out which of the eleven is the murderer, and if, based on one of their theories, that they were brought to the motel by some force by the murderer as his intended targets. Whether those still alive can discover who the murderer is, discover why he has chosen to kill them, and be able to subdue him may well determine Malcolm's fate. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, memory, surrealism
Mood:suspense
Locations:storm
Characters:psychiatrist, detective, girl
Story:prison guard, rainstorm, phone line cut, criminally insane, dark and stormy night, ambiguous ending, chain, psycho thriller, schizophrenia, psychology, tape recorder, murderer, disappearance, lightning, exploding car, widow, strangulation, handcuffs, psychopath, lie

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Themes:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge
Locations:woods, hospital
Characters:girl, alcoholic, detective
Story:dream sequence, car explosion, filicide, ashes, investigator, note, disfigurement, reference to adolf hitler, revelation, handgun, suspicion, witness, missing person, cover up, fantasy sequence, racial slur, cigar smoking, man with glasses, exploding car, strangulation

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

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:cave, woods, snow
Characters:soldier
Story:prison guard, little girl, knocked out with a gun butt, death of family, alarm, cliff, cage, handgun, attack, no opening credits, massacre, strangulation, shot in the back, hallucination, interrogation, held at gunpoint, rifle, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, shot to death

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

Predators (2010)

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

Themes:insanity, paranoia, deception, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods
Characters:soldier, doctor
Story:hole in chest, talking to oneself, shot in the face, cage, no opening credits, man with glasses, foot chase, shot in the back, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint, vomiting, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, serial killer, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, fire

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? This is why 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception
Mood:suspense
Story:attack, paranoid schizophrenic, matchstick, containment, camera shot of bare feet, blackout, alarm, ambiguous ending, chain, disfigurement, psycho thriller, schizophrenia, revelation, suspicion, scar, missing person, lightning, gunshot, drawing, radio

The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:deception, torture
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective, girl
Story:fbi agent, barbed wire, boston massachusetts, power outage, fbi, no opening credits, strangulation, foot chase, shot in the back, f word, revolver, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, slow motion scene, investigation, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, torture
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse, girl, doctor
Story:jail cell, death of family, cell, jeep, syringe, american abroad, injection, cigar smoking, execution, no opening credits, man with glasses, exploding car, foot chase, shot in the back, f word, dead body, reference to god, held at gunpoint, rifle, lie

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

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

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

Themes:deception, torture, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:detective, doctor
Story:car set on fire, car explosion, filicide, stabbed in the arm, arrogance, disfigurement, rainstorm, shot in the face, handgun, scar, lightning, cigar smoking, exploding car, strangulation, foot chase, shot in the back, revolver, handcuffs, hallucination, held at gunpoint

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:guilt, deception, torture
Locations:boat, cemetery, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, detective
Story:fbi agent, rat, car set on fire, badge, dock, disfigurement, dead man, boston massachusetts, shot in the face, dead woman, captain, witness, fbi, racial slur, graveyard, execution, drawing, no opening credits, man with glasses, exploding car

Side Effects (2013) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. This is why Side Effects (2013) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, deception, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:boat, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, nurse, doctor
Story:prison guard, fbi agent, crying woman, paranoid schizophrenic, confinement, husband murders wife, mental patient, barbed wire, mental hospital, mental institution, listening to music, woman with glasses, syringe, witness, injection, prison, drawing, f word, handcuffs, reference to god

Dark City (1998)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. (Read More)

Themes:memory, insanity, guilt, paranoia, deception, surrealism
Mood:suspense, nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, detective, doctor
Period:1940s
Story:little girl, human experimentation, spiral staircase, brainwashing, lighthouse, plot twist, gothic, revelation, syringe, experiment, rat, injection, lightning, cigar smoking, drawing, foot chase, revolver, interrogation, held at gunpoint, rifle

The Fugitive (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, paranoia, deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, detective, nurse, doctor
Story:prison guard, prison, knocked out with a gun butt, u.s. marshal, red herring, manhunt, tape recorder, murderer, suspicion, injection, scar, cover up, cigar smoking, execution, foot chase, shot in the back, revolver, handcuffs, psychopath, held at gunpoint

The Expendables (2010)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, torture, revenge
Locations:ship
Characters:soldier
Story:pipe smoking, jail cell, fbi agent, island, knocked out with a gun butt, port, stabbed in the arm, dock, shot in the face, scar, fbi, cigar smoking, execution, exploding car, massacre, strangulation, shot in the back, f word, interrogation, psychopath

The Girl On The Train (2016) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Girl On The Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, memory, deception, revenge
Mood:suspense, nightmare
Locations:woods
Characters:psychiatrist, alcoholic, detective, girl
Story:crying woman, taking a shower, learning the truth, blackout, blood on face, revelation, therapy, garden, suspicion, witness, disappearance, missing person, cover up, fantasy sequence, drawing, no opening credits, strangulation, f word, hallucination, psychopath

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. This is why The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:cave, cemetery, snow, hospital
Characters:detective, soldier, doctor
Story:prison guard, jail cell, car explosion, knocked out with a gun butt, female prisoner, power outage, revelation, captain, american abroad, injection, cover up, graveyard, execution, no opening credits, man with glasses, exploding car, massacre, strangulation, foot chase, shot in the back

Insomnia (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

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

Themes:guilt
Locations:snow, hospital
Characters:detective, girl
Story:dead girl, investigation, colleague colleague relationship, ferry, dead woman, tape recorder, child murder, murderer, cover up, fbi, foot chase, hallucination, interrogation, dead body, psychopath, held at gunpoint, rifle, vomiting, secret, shot in the chest

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:trauma, paranoia
Characters:girl
Story:psychological trauma, dead girl, red herring, homicidal maniac, note, dead man, rainstorm, manhunt, mental institution, psycho thriller, dead woman, woman with glasses, tape recorder, murderer, witness, fbi, man with glasses, interrogation, dead body, rifle

Hollow Man (2000) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hollow Man (2000)

Having discovered they could turn animals invisible, a group of scientists test the subject on a human. Head of research, Dr. Sebastian Caine decides to use himself as the subject. After the experiment can't be reversed, it takes a toll on Caine's personality, causing him to hunt down and kill his colleagues (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, surrealism, revenge
Mood:suspense
Story:pipe smoking, experiment, murder by drowning, human experimentation, covered in blood, mass murder, cage, rat, injection, man with glasses, strangulation, foot chase, dead body, reference to god, psychopath, vomiting, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, corpse

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:insanity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:ship, boat
Story:dream sequence, dead man, delusion, guard, fantasy sequence, shot in the back, island, dead body, lie, vomiting, secret, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, rain, corpse, pistol, tattoo, title spoken by character, photograph

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. This is why The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, deception, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:ship, boat, hospital
Characters:detective, nurse, doctor
Story:prison guard, jail cell, car set on fire, knocked out with a gun butt, scarred face, escaped mental patient, jailbreak, ambiguous ending, ferry, power outage, schizophrenia, mass murder, gothic, captain, american abroad, scar, cover up, attack, cigar smoking, no opening credits

Trance (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Trance (2013)

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

Themes:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:repressed memory, car set on fire, female doctor, ambiguous ending, plot twist, revelation, character says i love you, american abroad, fantasy sequence, no opening credits, exploding car, strangulation, shot in the back, f word, revolver, hallucination, interrogation, held at gunpoint, secret, punched in the face

Ghost In The Shell (2017) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, memory, deception, revenge, surrealism
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery
Characters:nurse, soldier
Story:attack, repressed memory, philosophical conversation, harbor, disfigurement, medicine, experiment, handgun, injection, cover up, gunshot, cigar smoking, graveyard, execution, widow, massacre, foot chase, revolver, hallucination, handcuffs

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. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cave, woods, cemetery, snow
Characters:soldier, girl
Story:torture chamber, harbor, tomb, guard, cage, gothic, medicine, rat, witness, gunshot, drawing, man with glasses, shot in the back, hallucination, interrogation, rifle, shot in the chest, rain, corpse, prison

Secret Window (2004)
Mystery, Thriller

Secret Window (2004)

Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, memory
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods, snow
Characters:detective
Story:investigator, lake house, talking to oneself, husband murders wife, talking to oneself in a mirror, notebook, note, cliff, delusion, psycho thriller, schizophrenia, psychology, mass murder, revelation, rat, suspicion, man with glasses, revolver, hallucination, dead body

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

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. This is why War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010). (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture
Mood:suspense
Locations:storm, ship
Characters:soldier, girl
Story:little girl, ferry, cellar, boston massachusetts, cage, jeep, rat, lightning, massacre, dead body, rifle, blood splatter, rain, corpse, crying, fire, pistol, surprise ending, cult film, explosion

V For Vendetta (2005) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Action, Drama, Thriller

V For Vendetta (2005)

Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:detective, girl
Story:jail cell, dead girl, little girl, human experimentation, alarm, brainwashing, cellar, covered in blood, gothic, child murder, experiment, rat, disappearance, attack, execution, no opening credits, strangulation, interrogation, dead body, held at gunpoint

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

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

Themes:memory, deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow
Characters:detective
Story:stabbed in the arm, revelation, character says i love you, cover up, no opening credits, exploding car, strangulation, shot in the back, f word, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, secret, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse

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
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:fbi agent, fbi, mausoleum, barbed wire, disfigurement, revelation, missing person, massacre, f word, revolver, interrogation, dead body, held at gunpoint, investigation, shot in the chest, serial killer, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, pistol

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

Baby Driver (2017)

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

Themes:paranoia, deception, revenge
Story:prison guard, jail cell, death of family, manhunt, tape recorder, handgun, scar, fantasy sequence, racial slur, gunshot, man with glasses, exploding car, massacre, foot chase, shot in the back, f word, revolver, handcuffs, psychopath, held at gunpoint

16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... This is why 16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, paranoia, deception
Mood:suspense
Characters:detective, alcoholic, girl
Story:jail cell, notebook, tape recorder, witness, shot in the back, handcuffs, dead body, held at gunpoint, rifle, lie, slow motion scene, shot to death, corpse, pistol, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, bare chested male, death, murder

The Hateful Eight (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:storm, woods, snow
Story:pipe smoking, female prisoner, ambiguous ending, blood on face, racist, shot in the face, covered in blood, revelation, suspicion, racial slur, massacre, shot in the back, f word, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, rifle, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the chest

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, revenge
Locations:boat, snow
Characters:soldier
Story:prison guard, cliff, power outage, american abroad, injection, cover up, attack, no opening credits, exploding car, massacre, foot chase, shot in the back, handcuffs, interrogation, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, shot to death, corpse

Now You See Me (2013)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Now You See Me (2013)

Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horsemen, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real. This puts agents Dylan Rhodes of the FBI and Alma Dray of Interpol on the case to find out how they did it. However, this mystery proves difficult to solve even with the insights of the professional illusion exposer, Thaddeus Bradley. What follows is a bizarre investigation where nothing is what it seems with illusions, dark secrets and hidden agendas galore as all involved are reminded of a great truth in this puzzle: the closer you look, the less you see. (Read More)

Themes:deception, revenge
Locations:ship, boat
Story:illusion, fbi, fbi investigation, jail cell, fbi agent, car explosion, investigation, new colleague, colleague colleague relationship, wet clothes, camera shot of bare feet, arrogance, barefoot female, ferry, chain, barefoot male, injection, no opening credits, exploding car, foot chase

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:torture, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow, hospital
Characters:girl
Story:island, disappearance, setting a fire, car explosion, murder by drowning, year 1954, investigator, cellar, choking, cage, syringe, suspicion, hairy chest, attack, gunshot, exploding car, widow, strangulation, handcuffs, psychopath

Non-stop (2014)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Non-stop (2014)

Bill Marks, a former cop dealing with his daughter's death by drinking, is now a federal air marshal. While on a flight from New York to London, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is transferred to an offshore account, someone will die every 20 minutes. Can he find the terrorist in time and save everyone? This is why Non-stop (2014) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:alcoholic, doctor
Story:little girl, containment, red herring, badge, stabbed in the arm, power outage, psycho thriller, american abroad, suspicion, scar, no opening credits, strangulation, interrogation, held at gunpoint, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot to death, rain, pistol, surprise ending

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? (Read More)

Themes:guilt, memory, revenge, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cave, sea, boat
Characters:alcoholic, soldier, doctor
Story:island, tide, bloody body of a child, bunk bed, lighthouse, ambiguous ending, cliff, mass murder, jeep, gunshot, drawing, exploding car, massacre, shot in the back, revolver, hallucination, dead body, reference to god, held at gunpoint, vomiting

Cape Fear (1991)
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:paranoia, deception, torture, revenge
Mood:suspense, nightmare
Locations:storm, hospital
Characters:girl
Story:prison guard, harbor, rainstorm, gothic, lightning, cover up, cigar smoking, prison, man with glasses, strangulation, revolver, hallucination, handcuffs, interrogation, place name in title, psychopath, slow motion scene, serial killer, blood splatter, neo noir

The Prestige (2006) is one of the best movies like Shutter Island (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:deception, revenge
Locations:storm, woods, cemetery, snow
Characters:girl
Story:electric fence, jail cell, death by gunshot, little girl, death by drowning, crypt, notebook, illusion, ambiguous ending, guard, cage, revelation, character says i love you, hairy chest, lightning, gunshot, graveyard, execution, no opening credits, revolver

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, memory, revenge
Locations:storm, ship, woods, snow
Characters:nurse, girl, doctor
Story:talking to oneself, spiral staircase, power outage, covered in blood, tape recorder, child murder, lightning, gunshot, execution, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, island, handcuffs, interrogation, dead body, reference to god, rifle, secret, punched in the face

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