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The Gift (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Biography, Music

The Gift (2015)

Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  bullying,  humiliation,  paranoia,  loneliness,  memory,  deception,  christmas,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:pregnant,  bible,  bully,  policeman,  detective,  friend
Story:ex classmate ex classmate relationship,  classmate classmate relationship,  dinner invitation,  high school classmate,  taking a pill,  giving birth,  pregnant woman,  quoting bible,  forced apology,  dead fish,  bottle of wine,  high school bully,  bully comeuppance,  monkey mask,  memory game,  memory games,  pregnancy test,  rape in sleep,  crying man,  baby shower,  female in a shower,  taking a shower,  female in shower,  christmas tree,  missing dog,  camera shot of a woman's butt,  friends become enemies,  reference to nina simone,  background check,  simon says,  opening credits,  husband and wife,  reference to sammy davis jr.,  toy monkey,  wife slaps husband,  koi pond,  mistaken for being gay,  suspicious wife,  apprehension,  downbeat ending,  gatorade,  spilled drink,  female slaps male,  bad guy wins,  compulsive liar,  substance abuse,  gaslighting,  irony of fate,  maternity ward,  containment,  uninvited guest,  childless couple,  door lock,  chiropractor,  single set production,  rip off,  actor director writer,  psychological manipulation,  new neighbor,  hidden truth,  manipulative person,  waiting room,  fired from a job,  bad dream,  social climber,  newborn,  executive,  cat and mouse,  manipulative behavior,  invitation,  hitchcockian,  moving in,  awkwardness,  psychological thriller,  female hero,  drugged,  mind game,  camera shot of bare feet,  insomnia,  directed by cast member,  twist ending,  promotion,  dvd,  written by cast member,  minimal cast,  real estate agent,  new job,  shyness,  being followed,  pill,  miscarriage,  barefoot female,  classmate,  pet dog,  black eye,  broken glass,  delusion,  past,  psycho thriller,  following someone,  strong female lead,  birth,  gossip,  jogging,  fainting,  police investigation,  strong female character,  directorial debut,  suspicion,  gift,  childbirth,  stalking,  written and directed by cast member,  fired from the job,  stalker,  chicago illinois,  home invasion,  dream sequence,  apology,  fish,  wine,  subjective camera,  urban setting,  psychopath,  lie,  mask,  secret,  written by director,  watching tv,  los angeles california,  face slap,  horse,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  crying,  rape,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  flashback,  violence,  fight,  dog,  police

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  paranoia,  memory,  deception,  friendship
Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:pregnant woman,  gaslighting,  psychological manipulation,  hidden truth,  manipulative behavior,  hitchcockian,  psychological thriller,  twist ending,  broken glass,  dream sequence,  apology,  subjective camera,  lie,  secret,  written by director,  face slap,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  crying,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  violence,  flashback

The Girl On The Train (2016)
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,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Characters:detective
Story:female in a shower,  taking a shower,  female in shower,  gaslighting,  psychological thriller,  twist ending,  miscarriage,  following someone,  jogging,  police investigation,  suspicion,  stalking,  fired from the job,  stalker,  home invasion,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  secret,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  crying,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  police,  flashback

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

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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

Themes:paranoia,  deception
Mood:suspense
Story:opening credits,  containment,  single set production,  psychological manipulation,  hidden truth,  cat and mouse,  hitchcockian,  psychological thriller,  female hero,  mind game,  camera shot of bare feet,  dvd,  minimal cast,  barefoot female,  psycho thriller,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  directorial debut,  suspicion,  stalking,  lie,  secret,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  shower,  surprise ending,  flashback

Panic Room (2002) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Panic Room (2002)

Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:policeman
Story:containment,  door lock,  single set production,  psychological manipulation,  hidden truth,  cat and mouse,  hitchcockian,  psychological thriller,  female hero,  mind game,  minimal cast,  real estate agent,  psycho thriller,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  home invasion,  wine,  psychopath,  female protagonist,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  police,  violence

P2 (2007)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

P2 (2007)

The story centers on a corporate climber who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.

Themes:paranoia,  loneliness,  deception,  christmas,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:policeman
Story:christmas tree,  single set production,  cat and mouse,  psychological thriller,  drugged,  mind game,  psycho thriller,  stalking,  stalker,  apology,  wine,  subjective camera,  urban setting,  psychopath,  female protagonist,  crying,  surprise ending,  dog,  fight,  violence,  police

Phone Booth (2002)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Phone Booth (2002)

Stu Shepard is a fast talking and wise cracking New York City publicist who gets out of trouble and lies with his clever charm, connections, and charisma. Stu's greatest lie is to his wife Kelly, who he is cheating on with his girlfriend, Pam. Upon answering a call in a phone booth in belief it is Pam, Stu is on the line with a dangerous yet intelligent psychopath with a sniper rifle. When realizing it is not a joke, Stu is placed in a powerful mind game of wits and corruption. The New York City Police eventually arrive thereafter and demand Stu comes out of the phone booth- but how can he when if he hangs up or leaves the booth he will die? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Mood:suspense
Story:containment,  single set production,  psychological manipulation,  hidden truth,  cat and mouse,  hitchcockian,  mind game,  minimal cast,  psycho thriller,  stalker,  psychopath,  lie,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  police,  flashback

Ex Machina (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ex Machina (2014)

Caleb, a 26 year old programmer at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  deception,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:containment,  single set production,  psychological manipulation,  hidden truth,  cat and mouse,  hitchcockian,  minimal cast,  psycho thriller,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  wine,  lie,  written by director,  shower,  surprise ending,  two word title

The Roommate (2011) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Roommate (2011)

Fresh from Des Moines, Iowa, Sara Matthews has just landed in Los Angeles as a college freshman studying fashion design. She meets handsome Stephen, party-lover Tracy, and roommate Rebecca. Rebecca is nice, sweet and ready to share everything with Sara. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. But Tracy is convinced that there's something seriously wrong with Rebecca and bad things start happening to everyone close to Sara. If Sara is to have a normal college experience, she's going to have to get to the bottom of what's up with Rebecca and quickly get out of her clutches. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  deception,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:bully
Story:female in a shower,  spilled drink,  fired from a job,  manipulative behavior,  moving in,  being followed,  barefoot female,  delusion,  psycho thriller,  following someone,  jogging,  stalking,  stalker,  home invasion,  apology,  psychopath,  los angeles california,  face slap,  female protagonist,  crying,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  fight,  violence

Caché (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Caché (2005)

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

Themes:paranoia,  loneliness,  memory,  deception,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective,  friend
Story:pill,  suspicion,  stalker,  apology,  wine,  subjective camera,  lie,  secret,  watching tv,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  police,  dog,  violence

Child 44 (2015)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Child 44 (2015)

Based on the first of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and set in the Stalin era of the Soviet Union. The plot is about an idealistic pro-Stalin security officer who decides to investigate a series of child murders in a country where supposedly this sort of crime doesn't exist. The state would not hear of the existence of a child murderer let alone a serial killer. He gets demoted and exiled but decides, with just the help of his wife, to continue pursuing the case. (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  bullying,  paranoia,  revenge
Characters:bully,  policeman,  detective
Story:crying man,  wife slaps husband,  being followed,  following someone,  police investigation,  suspicion,  psychopath,  face slap,  pregnancy,  crying,  shower,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  violence,  fight

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,  paranoia,  memory,  deception,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:taking a pill,  memory games,  taking a shower,  containment,  camera shot of bare feet,  barefoot female,  delusion,  psycho thriller,  suspicion,  dream sequence,  psychopath,  lie,  secret,  crying,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  fight,  flashback,  violence

Source Code (2011) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Source Code (2011)

Army Captain Colter Stevens finds himself working on a special program where his consciousness can be inserted into another human being. The only catch is can only be there for 8 minutes at any given time. That morning, a bomb exploded on a commuter train just outside Chicago. He occupies the body of teacher going to work on that train and is confused as to what he is doing or why he is there as his last memory is of flying his helicopter on a combat mission in Afghanistan. Those in charge of the program explain to him that there is a bomb on the train, and that he must locate it. More importantly, he must identify the bomber as another bombing is expected later that day. He is also told however that he cannot change the past and can only gather information. As he develops a liking for his traveling companion Christina, he sets out to test that theory. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Mood:suspense
Story:memory games,  containment,  single set production,  psychological manipulation,  hidden truth,  cat and mouse,  hitchcockian,  mind game,  minimal cast,  psycho thriller,  following someone,  strong female character,  suspicion,  stalking,  chicago illinois,  psychopath,  surprise ending,  two word title,  flashback,  fight

The Hidden Face (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Hidden Face (2011)

Adrian, an aspiring and talented orchestra conductor, receives a video message from his beloved Belen, telling him with tears in her eyes that she is leaving him and that she cannot carry on with him. Shattered by the unexpected news and puzzled by the inexplicable decision, Adrian gets help from the local Police to solve this case of disappearance. Time passes by and still no news of Belen's whereabouts, so life gradually begins to return to its normal pace, when out of the blue, a new woman appears in Adrian's life. With no progress at all in Belen's case and all things possible, no one will be able to see beyond the facts and comprehend the truth that often lies hidden in the most unusual of places... (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  revenge
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:taking a pill,  crying man,  female in a shower,  taking a shower,  female in shower,  irony of fate,  hitchcockian,  camera shot of bare feet,  barefoot female,  police investigation,  strong female character,  suspicion,  apology,  secret,  female protagonist,  crying,  shower,  police,  flashback,  dog,  fight

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  paranoia,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:bully,  policeman,  friend
Story:bully comeuppance,  dvd,  new job,  gift,  fired from the job,  dream sequence,  apology,  fish,  lie,  secret,  watching tv,  face slap,  crying,  rape,  police,  violence,  fight,  flashback

Elle (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elle (2016)

Michele seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michele's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:hospital
Characters:pregnant
Story:giving birth,  pregnant woman,  newborn,  strong female lead,  birth,  strong female character,  childbirth,  watching tv,  face slap,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  rape,  flashback,  violence

A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through the sleeping mind of Alice's unborn child. His intention is to be "born again" into the real world. The only one who can stop Freddy is his dead mother, but can Alice free her spirit in time to save her own son? (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:giving birth,  female in a shower,  taking a shower,  bad dream,  barefoot female,  following someone,  birth,  fainting,  stalking,  dream sequence,  apology,  psychopath,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  crying,  rape,  shower,  surprise ending,  violence,  flashback

Annabelle (2014)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Annabelle (2014)

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle. (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:pregnant,  policeman,  detective,  friend
Story:pregnant woman,  opening credits,  being followed,  barefoot female,  police investigation,  gift,  home invasion,  psychopath,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  fight,  police,  violence

Mother (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mother (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:bullying,  memory,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:policeman,  detective,  friend
Story:hitchcockian,  being followed,  following someone,  police investigation,  suspicion,  subjective camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  crying,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  flashback,  fight,  police,  dog

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  loneliness,  memory,  christmas,  revenge
Mood:nightmare
Characters:detective
Story:female in shower,  newborn,  being followed,  pet dog,  delusion,  fired from the job,  stalker,  home invasion,  dream sequence,  psychopath,  secret,  watching tv,  crying,  shower,  husband wife relationship,  police,  dog,  fight,  flashback

Creep (2014) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Horror, Thriller

Creep (2014)

When a videographer answers an advert of the website Craigslist for a one-day job in a remote mountain town to video the last messages of a dying man. The job takes a strange turn when the last messages get darker and darker. The videographer continues to see the job through, but when it is time to leave he is unable to find his keys, and when he receives a strange phone call he finds his client is not at all what he initially seemed to be. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:nightmare
Story:opening credits,  actor director writer,  minimal cast,  stalking,  written and directed by cast member,  stalker,  home invasion,  apology,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  lie,  mask,  written by director,  surprise ending

The Guest (2014)
Mystery, Thriller

The Guest (2014)

Themes:bullying,  deception,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:bully
Story:bully comeuppance,  being followed,  following someone,  jogging,  suspicion,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  watching tv,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  violence

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992)
Drama, Thriller

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992)

Peyton Flanders ('Rebecca De Mornay' (qv)) seemed to be the perfect nanny, but secretly she was out to wreck the lives of the family she was supposed to be helping. Before becoming the nanny, Peyton had a miscarriage due to the stress caused by the death of her husband, Dr. Victor Mott ('John de Lancie' (qv)), and blamed it on Claire (the mother, played by 'Annabella Sciorra' (qv)),. Claire suspects nothing, having never met Peyton before. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Locations:hospital
Story:giving birth,  pregnant woman,  miscarriage,  psycho thriller,  birth,  childbirth,  fired from the job,  stalker,  psychopath,  pregnancy

The Body (2012)
Mystery, Thriller

The Body (2012)

In the middle of the night, a guard working the night shift at the morgue located deep in the woods has a terrible car accident, and as a result, he is now in a coma, suffering multiple skull injuries and fractures. But what made the guard panic and leave his post in the first place? Furthermore, according to the register, the body of Mayka Villaverde, a beautiful well-off businesswoman, is mysteriously missing from the morgue. Presumably, Mayka died of a heart attack, nevertheless, who signed the death certificate with the autopsy pending? In the end, when in forensic medicine the principle of: "every death is a homicide until proven otherwise" is a basic general rule, finding out who is behind this case shrouded in mystery is going to be an arduous task. (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  deception,  revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:crying man,  psychological manipulation,  manipulative behavior,  hitchcockian,  barefoot female,  police investigation,  suspicion,  gift,  stalking,  stalker,  apology,  wine,  crying,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  police

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
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:paranoia,  deception,  revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:pregnancy test,  psychological manipulation,  black eye,  police investigation,  suspicion,  gift,  psychopath,  lie,  secret,  watching tv,  pregnancy,  crying,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  police,  violence,  flashback,  fight

Scream (1996)
Horror, Mystery

Scream (1996)

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

Themes:paranoia,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:psychological thriller,  strong female lead,  gossip,  strong female character,  suspicion,  stalking,  stalker,  home invasion,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  mask,  watching tv,  face slap,  female protagonist,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  police

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:memory
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:crying man,  being followed,  following someone,  jogging,  strong female character,  suspicion,  stalker,  home invasion,  subjective camera,  watching tv,  crying,  rape,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  dog,  police

Joker (2019)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Joker (2019)

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  loneliness,  deception,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:opening credits,  bad guy wins,  psychological thriller,  delusion,  following someone,  suspicion,  stalking,  fired from the job,  stalker,  home invasion,  urban setting,  psychopath,  lie,  mask,  written by director,  watching tv,  surprise ending,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  police

High Tension (2003) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

High Tension (2003)

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:taking a shower,  minimal cast,  being followed,  classmate,  broken glass,  following someone,  stalking,  home invasion,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  female protagonist,  rape,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  flashback,  dog,  police

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Horror, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

A new family moves into the house on Elm Street, and before long, the kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a teenage boy to cause havoc in the real world, and can only be overcome if the boy's sweetheart can master her fear. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:classmate classmate relationship,  crying man,  taking a shower,  bad guy wins,  bad dream,  moving in,  jogging,  dream sequence,  apology,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  watching tv,  face slap,  crying,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  fight,  violence

The Net (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Net (1995)

Angela Bennett's a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years, she becomes embroiled in a web of computer espionage.

Themes:paranoia,  loneliness,  deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Story:hitchcockian,  psycho thriller,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  stalking,  stalker,  secret,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  police,  dog

Perfect Stranger (2007)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Perfect Stranger (2007)

Rowena Price is a muckraking reporter for a New York paper. When her story about a closeted gay Senator who preaches family values is spiked, she quits and soon finds herself investigating the grisly murder of a childhood friend. Her friend had been dumped by ad exec Harrison Hill, so he's Rowena's prime suspect. Rowena gets a job at the ad agency as a temp, and she's soon the object of Hill's attentions. She's helped in her subterfuge by Miles Haley, a friend at the paper who has a secret thing for her. Everyone, it seems, has secrets, including Hill, who must keep his affairs from his wife - her money fuels his lifestyle. Murder will out? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:mind game,  being followed,  psycho thriller,  following someone,  gossip,  fired from the job,  stalker,  secret,  female protagonist,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  police

The Shallows (2016) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Drama, Horror, Thriller, Action

The Shallows (2016)

In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  deception
Mood:suspense
Story:opening credits,  containment,  single set production,  cat and mouse,  female hero,  minimal cast,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  stalking,  subjective camera,  female protagonist,  surprise ending,  two word title,  flashback,  violence

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,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:bible
Story:psychological thriller,  mind game,  stalking,  stalker,  home invasion,  psychopath,  rape,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  police,  flashback,  fight,  dog,  violence

Trust (2010)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Trust (2010)

A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend (Chris Henry Coffey) is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life. (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  bullying,  humiliation,  deception,  revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:crying man,  bad guy wins,  classmate,  delusion,  gift,  psychopath,  lie,  secret,  female protagonist,  crying,  rape,  husband wife relationship,  police,  violence

Dressed To Kill (1980)
Mystery, Thriller

Dressed To Kill (1980)

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

Themes:trauma,  paranoia,  loneliness,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:policeman,  detective,  friend
Story:female in a shower,  bad dream,  hitchcockian,  mind game,  broken glass,  stalking,  stalker,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  written by director,  rape,  shower,  surprise ending,  police,  violence

Rocky II (1979) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Drama, Sport

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight? (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:hospital
Story:giving birth,  new job,  pet dog,  black eye,  birth,  jogging,  childbirth,  written and directed by cast member,  fired from the job,  written by director,  watching tv,  face slap,  pregnancy,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  violence,  fight,  dog,  flashback

Lady And The Tramp (1955)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Lady And The Tramp (1955)

Lady, a golden cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel dog who calls himself the Tramp. He is obviously from the wrong side of town, but happenings at Lady's home make her decide to travel with him for a while. This turns out to be a bad move, as no dog is above the law.

Themes:christmas,  friendship
Characters:pregnant,  policeman
Story:giving birth,  pregnant woman,  baby shower,  birth,  gift,  childbirth,  fish,  pregnancy,  dog

Notes On A Scandal (2006)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Notes On A Scandal (2006)

The bitter, cynical and lonely Barbara Covett is a tough and conservative teacher, near to retirement, who is loathed by her colleagues and students. In the loneliness of her apartment, she spends her spare time writing her journal, taking care of her old cat Portia and missing her special friend Jennifer Dodd. When Sheba Hart joins the high-school as the new art teacher, Barbara dedicates her attention to the newcomer, writing sharp and unpleasant comments about her behavior and clothes. When Barbara helps Sheba in a difficult situation with two students, the grateful Sheba invites her to have lunch with her family. Sheba introduces her husband and former professor Richard Hart, who is about twenty years older than she; her rebellious teenager daughter Polly; and her son Ben that has Down's Syndrome. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with the fifteen year-old student Steven Connolly, Barbara sees the chance to manipulate and get closer to Sheba, hiding the secret from the school headmaster. When Portia dies and Sheba does not stay with Barbara in the veterinary office to see Ben in a theater play, Barbara plots a Machiavellian revenge against Sheba, creating a scandal and consequent turmoil in their lives. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  loneliness,  christmas,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:friend
Story:invitation,  suspicion,  fired from the job,  stalker,  apology,  subjective camera,  lie,  secret,  face slap,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  fight

Sliding Doors (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Sliding Doors (1998)

In London, the public relation Helen is fired from her position in a PR company. While returning home, she does not catch the train in the subway. But in another possibility of her life, she catches the train in the subway. The story shows two parallel lives of Helen: in one life, she stays with her boyfriend Gerry, and in the other life, she finds that Gerry cheats her with Lydia and falls in love with James Hammerton. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:pregnancy test,  female in a shower,  following someone,  fainting,  suspicion,  fired from the job,  wine,  lie,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  crying,  shower,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  fight

A Perfect Murder (1998) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Perfect Murder (1998)

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

Themes:paranoia,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:detective
Story:taking a pill,  taking a shower,  hitchcockian,  psycho thriller,  suspicion,  home invasion,  urban setting,  psychopath,  face slap,  crying,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship

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? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Story:containment,  psychological manipulation,  hidden truth,  cat and mouse,  hitchcockian,  psychological thriller,  mind game,  psycho thriller,  suspicion,  surprise ending,  violence,  fight

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:deception,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:friend
Story:directed by cast member,  suspicion,  stalking,  fired from the job,  stalker,  home invasion,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  watching tv,  horse,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  flashback,  fight,  police

Burnt (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Burnt (2015)

Chef Adam Jones ('Bradley Cooper (I)' (qv)) had it all - and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he'll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene ('Sienna Miller' (qv)). (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  bullying,  humiliation,  revenge
Characters:bully
Story:forced apology,  crying man,  taking a shower,  gaslighting,  fired from a job,  manipulative behavior,  new job,  psychopath,  watching tv,  crying,  fight,  violence

Disclosure (1994) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Drama, Thriller

Disclosure (1994)

Sexual harassment is the theme, but here it is the man who is harassed by his new female boss. A high-flying executive, Meredith, is out to ruin her former lover, who she's just beaten to the top job in an electronics company, using every trick in the book.

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Story:executive,  promotion,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  fired from the job,  lie,  watching tv,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship

The Impossible (2012)
Drama, Thriller, History

The Impossible (2012)

A regular family - Maria ('Naomi Watts' (qv)), Henry ('Ewan McGregor' (qv)) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  memory,  christmas
Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:dead fish,  opening credits,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  apology,  fish,  wine,  subjective camera,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  crying,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  flashback

The Brave One (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Brave One (2007)

David Kirmani,a medical professional, lives in an apartment with his sweetheart, Erica Bain, a radio host, and his dog. They usually take the dog out for a stroll in nearby Central Park and let him run and fetch. One day while at the park they let the dog run without a leash, and when he does not return or respond to their calls, they frantically search for him. They eventually find him being held by three men who want a reward. When David refuses, they start to molest Erica and David intervenes. Two of the men assault the couple, while the third uses a camcorder to film this incident. Erica is knocked unconscious, and regains her senses several days later in a hospital. She is told the shocking news that David was killed and the dog is missing. A traumatized Erica returns home to try and regain her life. She also visits the police station but does not get much help. Fearful of a repeat of this type of incident, she gets an unlicensed gun and carries it with her all the time. One day she witnesses some youths terrorizing subway passengers, forcing them to get off at the next station. When they approach her, she shoots them dead. She uses her gun several more times, always gunning down people committing violent crimes. One day she is summoned to the police station to identify a man who may have been responsible for David's death and the assault on herself. She does recognize him, but refuses to identify him. Subsequently she finds out his whereabouts and plans to avenge her lo… (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  paranoia,  memory,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman,  detective,  friend
Story:taking a pill,  taking a shower,  insomnia,  pet dog,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  urban setting,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  police,  violence,  flashback,  fight,  dog

Flightplan (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Flightplan (2005)

The husband of aviation engineer Kyle Pratt has just died in Berlin. Now she is flying back to New York with his coffin and their six-year-old daughter Julia. Three hours into the flight Kyle awakens to find that Julia is gone! It's a big double-decker plane, so very concerned mother has a lot of territory to cover in order to find her daughter. But as Kyle fights to discern the truth, she takes matters into her own hands. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  memory
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman
Story:containment,  hitchcockian,  psycho thriller,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  apology,  lie,  watching tv,  female protagonist,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  police,  flashback,  fight

Derailed (2005) is one of the best movies like The Gift (2015)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Derailed (2005)

Charles is worn down by his home life where he and his wife struggle to cope with the demands of their daughter's illness and his job. When he meets Lucinda on the train to work in Chicago, there is an immediate spark between them. Soon they are doing lunch; dinner and drinks follow. This leads to an adulterous rendezvous in a hotel. However, no sooner have they torn each other's clothes off than their room is invaded by a thief who beats Charles and rapes Lucinda. Because of the illicit nature of their relationship, Charles agrees with Lucinda who is reluctant to go to the police and soon finds he is powerless to resist the demands of the thief. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:policeman
Story:hitchcockian,  being followed,  following someone,  gift,  chicago illinois,  lie,  secret,  watching tv,  rape,  shower,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  police,  flashback,  dog,  violence

Dead Calm (1989)
Horror, Thriller

Dead Calm (1989)

An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems.

Mood:suspense,  nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman
Story:cat and mouse,  drugged,  minimal cast,  suspicion,  apology,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  crying,  rape,  shower,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  police,  fight,  dog,  violence,  flashback

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