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The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, blackmail, obsession, deception, jealousy, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Mood:nightmare, satire
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:secretary, waitress, hostage, prostitute, friend
Period:1990s
Story:cable guy, satellite dish, director cameo, media coverage, cable television, threatening telephone call, jail cell, wrongful arrest, polaroid camera, character's point of view camera shot, sword fight, prison guard, subjective camera, dangerous friend, foot chase, mending friendship, antisocial personality disorder, reference to jason voorhees, narcissistic personality disorder, reference to kevin costner

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:insanity, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:nightmare, satire
Characters:waitress, hostage, prostitute
Period:1990s
Story:media, media coverage, jail cell, character's point of view camera shot, prison guard, subjective camera, dutch angle, villain played by lead actor, close up of eyes, black humor, scene during opening credits, sociopath, maniac, premarital sex, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, double cross, trial, prisoner, montage

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:deception, jealousy, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:director cameo, jail cell, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, foot chase, hands tied, young version of character, medieval times, impostor, reverse footage, cameo, shield, jumping from height, scene during opening credits, head butt, sabotage, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, prisoner, montage

Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:media coverage, character's point of view camera shot, prison guard, subjective camera, young version of character, power outage, impostor, reverse footage, sociopath, heavy rain, sabotage, threat, manipulation, race against time, actor playing multiple roles, news report, van, double cross, prisoner, montage

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
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:blackmail, deception, betrayal, revenge
Locations:apartment, restaurant
Characters:waitress
Story:jail cell, character's point of view camera shot, prison guard, subjective camera, foot chase, villain not really dead cliche, repeated line, young version of character, construction worker, mysterious man, construction site, reverse footage, parking garage, scene during opening credits, sociopath, heavy rain, eavesdropping, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report

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 The Cable Guy (1996). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, blackmail, obsession, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:secretary, hostage
Story:media coverage, jail cell, wrongful arrest, character's point of view camera shot, prison guard, subjective camera, homoerotic, hands tied, tragic villain, man with no name, menace, business card, mysterious man, loner, power outage, impostor, parking garage, jumping from height, lifting someone into the air, sociopath

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

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

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

Themes:betrayal, deception, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:jail cell, character's point of view camera shot, prison guard, subjective camera, foot chase, broken back, double entendre, man with no name, mysterious man, satellite, woman in jeopardy, parking garage, jumping from height, scene during opening credits, sociopath, head butt, sabotage, eavesdropping, manipulation, race against time

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:insanity, blackmail, deception, jealousy, revenge, friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:secretary, prostitute
Story:foot chase, antisocial personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, deeply disturbed person, business card, villain played by lead actor, impostor, woman in jeopardy, black humor, psycho, eccentric, lifting someone into the air, scene during opening credits, sociopath, answering machine, maniac, premarital sex, massage, terror, break up

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:media coverage, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, sex joke, double entendre, young version of character, crude humor, reverse footage, cameo, shield, eccentric, sociopath, head butt, sabotage, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, eavesdropping, maniac, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue

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, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:media coverage, character's point of view camera shot, sword fight, prison guard, foot chase, young version of character, satellite, frame up, power outage, impostor, jumping from height, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, double cross, prisoner, disguise, handcuffs, falling from height, brawl

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. This is why The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996). (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:media coverage, destiny, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, foot chase, tragic villain, construction worker, close up of eyes, power outage, construction site, reverse footage, manipulation, lightning, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, double cross, sunglasses, beer, brawl

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:deception
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, foot chase, power drill, business card, mysterious man, close up of eyes, loner, power outage, construction site, sociopath, threat, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, disguise, handcuffs, brawl, arrest, punched in the face, slow motion scene

8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
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:obsession, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Period:1990s
Story:foot chase, mysterious man, rainstorm, videotape, scene during opening credits, sociopath, heavy rain, answering machine, eavesdropping, premarital sex, threat, lightning, home invasion, double cross, prisoner, telephone, psychopath, sunglasses, falling from height, brawl

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

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

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

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:media coverage, sword fight, foot chase, self referential, close up of eyes, lifting someone into the air, scene during opening credits, sociopath, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, van, home invasion, prisoner, montage, disguise, handcuffs, jail, psychopath, falling from height, brawl

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, deception, betrayal, friendship, revenge
Mood:satire
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Period:1990s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, jail, prison guard, subjective camera, prison, villain played by lead actor, close up of eyes, public humiliation, rainstorm, reverse footage, woman in jeopardy, eccentric, sociopath, heavy rain, premarital sex, manipulation, lightning, van, home invasion, double cross

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. This is why Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996). (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:subjective camera, foot chase, power outage, construction site, cameo, false identity, head butt, race against time, home invasion, double cross, disguise, handcuffs, falling from height, brawl, arrest, punched in the face, slow motion scene, rescue, black comedy, helicopter

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
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:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:media coverage, jail cell, character's point of view camera shot, prison guard, subjective camera, foot chase, broken back, tragic villain, construction worker, satellite, power outage, construction site, parking garage, jumping from height, sociopath, head butt, sabotage, threat, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:bribery, cameo, sociopath, eavesdropping, premarital sex, suspicion, race against time, massage, fired from the job, double cross, montage, handcuffs, sunglasses, arrest, camera, punched in the face, slow motion scene, black comedy, helicopter, beating

Central Intelligence (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

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

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:waitress, hostage
Period:1990s
Story:repeated line, young version of character, impostor, parking garage, eccentric, head butt, sabotage, threat, manipulation, race against time, van, double cross, false accusation, montage, handcuffs, sunglasses, beer, falling from height, brawl, arrest

Split (2016)
Horror, Thriller

Split (2016)

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

Themes:insanity, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:apartment
Characters:hostage
Story:director cameo, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, personality disorder, lisp, power drill, young version of character, villain played by lead actor, loner, power outage, woman in jeopardy, cameo, psycho, eccentric, sociopath, heavy rain, maniac, suspicion, stalking, terror

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
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 The Cable Guy (1996). (Read More)

Themes:obsession, deception, betrayal, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:waitress, prostitute
Story:director cameo, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, foot chase, rainstorm, jumping from height, heavy rain, head butt, premarital sex, manipulation, lightning, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, double cross, disguise, handcuffs, falling from height, brawl, sword, punched in the face

The Watch (2012)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

The Watch (2012)

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:foot chase, close up of eyes, power outage, impostor, scene during opening credits, sociopath, head butt, eavesdropping, premarital sex, suspicion, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, false accusation, montage, disguise, handcuffs, sunglasses, beer, brawl

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Themes:deception, kidnapping
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:subjective camera, foot chase, mysterious man, satellite, reverse footage, parking garage, jumping from height, head butt, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, eavesdropping, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, double cross, disguise, handcuffs, sunglasses, falling from height, brawl, arrest, punched in the face

Cube (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube (1997)

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, reference to james bond, close up of eyes, lifting someone into the air, sociopath, suspicion, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, false accusation, prisoner, montage, falling from height, brawl, punched in the face, slow motion scene, rescue, police officer, black comedy, fistfight

Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, friendship, revenge
Locations:bar
Story:media coverage, jail cell, dutch angle, repeated line, arena, reverse footage, parking garage, scene during opening credits, directed by star, character repeating someone else's dialogue, false accusation, montage, sunglasses, brawl, arrest, watching tv, punched in the face, slow motion scene, black comedy, fistfight

Need For Speed (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Need For Speed (2014)

Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge. This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together This is why Need For Speed (2014) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship, revenge
Locations:restaurant, bar
Story:jail cell, wrongful arrest, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, foot chase, frame up, jumping from height, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, jail, arrest, punched in the face, slow motion scene, rescue, blonde, helicopter, prison, cell phone, three word title

Warm Bodies (2013)
Comedy, Horror, Romance

Warm Bodies (2013)

With much of the world's population now an undead horde, R is a young and oddly introspective zombie. While fighting with and feeding on a human scavenger party, R meets Julie and feels an urge to protect her. What happens next is the beginning of a strangely warm relationship that allows R to begin regaining his humanity. As this change spreads through the local undead population like a virus, Julie and R eventually have to face a larger issue when the very nature of their friendship is challenged. Caught between the paranoid human forces and the ferocious "Bonies", zombies who are a mutual threat, R and Julie must find a way to bridge the differences of each side to fight for a better world no one thought possible. (Read More)

Themes:deception, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage, friend
Story:director cameo, polaroid camera, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, foot chase, man with no name, close up of eyes, parking garage, jumping from height, scene during opening credits, heavy rain, threat, character repeating someone else's dialogue, montage, disguise, beer, falling from height, brawl, punched in the face, slow motion scene

Ghostbusters (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:deception, friendship
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:secretary
Story:media coverage, power outage, cameo, eccentric, sociopath, answering machine, race against time, fired from the job, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, van, double cross, montage, telephone, falling from height, brawl, punched in the face, slow motion scene, rescue, police officer

The A-team (2010) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The A-team (2010)

Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base their commanding officer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court martialed and sent to different prisons. 6 months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. So he helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. But after doing it, they discover that the spook might not be ok. And a military intelligence officer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:director cameo, wrongful arrest, prison guard, foot chase, repeated line, satellite, frame up, impostor, cameo, parking garage, scene during opening credits, head butt, character repeating someone else's dialogue, van, double cross, trial, disguise, handcuffs, sunglasses, falling from height

Ted (2012)
Comedy, Fantasy

Ted (2012)

John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.

Themes:deception, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, friend, prostitute
Story:foot chase, studio logo segues into film, reference to james bond, cartoon on tv, crude humor, rainstorm, karaoke, cameo, heavy rain, head butt, stalking, lightning, stalker, break up, montage, beer, falling from height, brawl, watching tv, punched in the face

North By Northwest (1959)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

North By Northwest (1959)

Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn't the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore. This is why North By Northwest (1959) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996). (Read More)

Themes:deception, jealousy, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:secretary, hostage
Story:director cameo, subjective camera, foot chase, homosexual subtext, foreplay, eavesdropping, premarital sex, suspicion, double cross, false accusation, disguise, telephone, handcuffs, sunglasses, falling from height, brawl, arrest, camera, punched in the face, rescue

Ant-man (2015)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Ant-man (2015)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (Read More)

Themes:deception, friendship, revenge
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, friend
Story:jail cell, prison, villain not really dead cliche, young version of character, mysterious man, power outage, cameo, shield, eccentric, sociopath, sabotage, eavesdropping, manipulation, race against time, fired from the job, character repeating someone else's dialogue, van, home invasion, double cross, prisoner

22 Jump Street (2014) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Jump Street (2014)

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

Themes:kidnapping, friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:wrongful arrest, foot chase, self referential, cameo, eavesdropping, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, home invasion, prisoner, montage, disguise, handcuffs, beer, falling from height, brawl, arrest, punched in the face, slow motion scene, black comedy, helicopter

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, revenge
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:jail cell, foot chase, reference to james bond, set up, rainstorm, impostor, heavy rain, premarital sex, lightning, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, double cross, prisoner, montage, disguise, handcuffs, sunglasses, arrest, police officer, black comedy

Pain & Gain (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. (Read More)

Themes:deception, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, foot chase, villain played by lead actor, jumping from height, videotape, premarital sex, dream, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, van, home invasion, trial, montage, basketball, disguise, handcuffs, sunglasses, brawl, arrest

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 The Cable Guy (1996). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, deception, betrayal
Characters:hostage
Story:character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, gay subtext, homoerotic, villain not really dead cliche, close up of eyes, rainstorm, scene during opening credits, sociopath, heavy rain, suspicion, threat, lightning, actor playing multiple roles, race against time, double cross, falling from height, brawl, camera, punched in the face

Escape Plan (2013) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Story:jail cell, character's point of view camera shot, prison guard, subjective camera, prison, foot chase, close up of eyes, satellite, power outage, false identity, sociopath, head butt, character repeating someone else's dialogue, double cross, prisoner, basketball, disguise, handcuffs, brawl, arrest

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:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage
Story:character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, foot chase, hands tied, business card, scene during opening credits, sociopath, heavy rain, stalking, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, van, home invasion, double cross, montage, handcuffs, sunglasses, brawl, sword, watching tv

The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

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

Themes:blackmail, deception, jealousy, betrayal, revenge
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, man with no name, young version of character, mysterious man, loner, reverse footage, woman in jeopardy, parking garage, manipulation, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, van, home invasion, double cross, prisoner, montage, handcuffs, brawl, arrest, camera

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

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, broken back, man with no name, heavy rain, premarital sex, character repeating someone else's dialogue, handcuffs, brawl, camera, punched in the face, rescue, police officer, fistfight, dream, beating, surprise ending, three word title, chase, photograph

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. This is why The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996). (Read More)

Themes:deception, jealousy, betrayal, revenge, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:jail cell, wrongful arrest, sword fight, subjective camera, impostor, false accusation, prisoner, montage, falling from height, arrest, sword, horse, prison, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, flashback

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Comedy, Crime

The Big Lebowski (1998)

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, cable guy, head in a toilet, repeated line, musical number, lifting someone into the air, answering machine, premarital sex, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, double cross, sunglasses, falling from height, brawl, sword, punched in the face, slow motion scene, police officer, black comedy

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:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:hostage, friend
Period:1990s
Story:director cameo, close up of eyes, rainstorm, woman in jeopardy, sociopath, heavy rain, destiny, lightning, race against time, van, home invasion, double cross, handcuffs, brawl, camera, slow motion scene, rescue, police officer, black comedy, helicopter

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Themes:deception, betrayal, revenge, friendship
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:secretary, hostage
Story:foot chase, business card, bribery, reverse footage, jumping from height, eccentric, scene during opening credits, sociopath, suspicion, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, van, home invasion, double cross, telephone, psychopath, sunglasses, falling from height, brawl

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:obsession, deception, jealousy, revenge
Locations:bar
Story:media, media coverage, wrongful arrest, mysterious man, physical abuse, frame up, scene during opening credits, sociopath, suspicion, manipulation, news report, false accusation, disguise, telephone, television, psychopath, sunglasses, beer, arrest, camera

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it. This is why The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996). (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, rescue, young version of character, close up of eyes, rainstorm, shield, jumping from height, heavy rain, head butt, sabotage, suspicion, manipulation, lightning, race against time, double cross, montage, handcuffs, beer, falling from height

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

Total Recall (2012)

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

Themes:deception, betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:media coverage, foot chase, villain not really dead cliche, jumping from height, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, double cross, disguise, falling from height, brawl, punched in the face, slow motion scene, helicopter, fistfight, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, violence

The Running Man (1987)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Running Man (1987)

In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation's yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sadistic of these programs is "The Running Man," hosted by Damon Killian. When a peaceful protest of starving citizens gathers in Bakersfield, California, a police officer named Ben Richards is ordered to fire on the crowd, which he refuses to do. Subdued by the other officers, the attack is carried out, and Richards is framed for the murder of almost a hundred unarmed civilians. Following a daring jail break months later, Richards is captured once again and forced to appear on "The Running Man" with three other convicts. With their help, he fights his way through a cadre of sadistic gladiators hunting them down through the ruins of a Los Angeles earthquake, but not promising Killian that he'll return to settle the score when the show's host double-crosses him. In the meantime, the contestants must search through the ruins for the resistance in the hopes of finally broadcasting the truth about the government. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Mood:satire
Characters:hostage
Story:media coverage, prison guard, police officer, frame up, media, head butt, sabotage, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, false accusation, prisoner, television, jail, falling from height, brawl, arrest, punched in the face, rescue, black comedy

The Girl On The Train (2016) is one of the best movies like The Cable Guy (1996)
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:deception, jealousy, betrayal, revenge, friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment, restaurant, bar
Characters:friend
Story:wrongful arrest, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, narcissistic personality disorder, mentally disturbed person, sociopath, eavesdropping, maniac, premarital sex, suspicion, stalking, manipulation, fired from the job, stalker, news report, home invasion, double cross, false accusation, psychopath, kissing

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? (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:apartment
Characters:hostage
Story:deeply disturbed person, close up of eyes, woman in jeopardy, eccentric, videotape, sociopath, answering machine, suspicion, threat, stalking, manipulation, lightning, character repeating someone else's dialogue, break up, news report, double cross, montage, handcuffs, beer, brawl

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