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The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

The Imitation Game (2014)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Themes:autism,  prejudice,  homophobia,  bullying,  tragedy,  blackmail,  robbery,  suicide
Locations:england,  bar
Characters:professor,  bible,  homosexuality,  bully,  detective,  homosexual
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1950s,  1940s
Story:code,  enigma machine,  enigma,  machine,  code breaker,  code breaking,  top secret,  crossword puzzle,  genius,  engagement ring,  puzzle,  college professor,  soviet spy,  russian spy,  london england,  police detective,  suspected homosexual,  reference to alan turing,  security clearance,  gross indecency,  hormone treatment,  sodomy crime,  turing test,  unsung hero,  king george vi,  social engineering,  male hustler,  mass damage,  cryptographer,  classified information,  based on biography,  commanding officer,  difference,  reference to queen elizabeth ii,  cracking,  peas,  decoder,  closeted gay man,  boy crying,  decoding,  cipher,  confidentiality,  year 1928,  encryption,  year 1951,  information leak,  cracker,  emotional breakdown,  air raid siren,  thought,  cryptography,  mi6,  teen love,  secrets,  thinking,  male tears,  reference to isaac newton,  subterfuge,  cyanide,  statistics,  intelligence agent,  bomb shelter,  reference to winston churchill,  crying boy,  mathematician,  analysis,  year 1939,  visionary,  secrecy,  reference to josef stalin,  ends with biographical notes,  multiple time frames,  panic attack,  great britain,  envelope,  burning,  pioneer,  torpedo,  headmaster,  in medias res,  teenage crush,  carrot,  private school,  u boat,  reference to albert einstein,  persecution,  awkwardness,  police interrogation,  united kingdom,  schoolboy,  gay crush,  mathematics,  invention,  discovery,  accordion,  post world war two,  man crying,  arrogance,  bonfire,  engagement,  newsreel footage,  despair,  job interview,  evacuation,  sexism,  inventor,  confrontation,  apple,  crying man,  railway station,  gay lead character,  first love,  loss of friend,  jogging,  reference to adolf hitler,  what happened to epilogue,  game,  nerd,  secret agent,  gay teenager,  fired from the job,  coming out,  argument,  marriage proposal,  nonlinear timeline,  joke,  death of friend,  woman,  gay slur,  spy,  archive footage,  computer,  police officer,  world war two,  voice over narration,  fire,  based on true story,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  gay interest,  flashback,  death

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Biography, Drama

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:bar
Characters:professor
Period:1950s,  1940s
Story:code breaking,  mathematics,  discovery,  classified information,  cryptography,  reference to isaac newton,  mathematician,  reference to albert einstein,  top secret,  genius,  marriage proposal,  woman,  spy,  based on true story,  three word title,  flashback

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Hidden Figures (2016)
Biography, Drama, History

Hidden Figures (2016)

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Story:engagement ring,  security clearance,  classified information,  mathematician,  ends with biographical notes,  genius,  sexism,  confrontation,  what happened to epilogue,  fired from the job,  marriage proposal,  woman,  computer,  police officer,  based on true story

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Characters:professor,  bible,  homosexuality
Period:1950s
Story:college professor,  teenage crush,  invention,  post world war two,  newsreel footage,  what happened to epilogue,  fired from the job,  nonlinear timeline,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  gay interest,  death,  flashback

U-571 (2000) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Action, War

U-571 (2000)

In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazis have the upper edge as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. That is, until a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, and the Allies realize this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazis and taking over the U-boat is the smallest of their problems. The action really begins when they get stranded on the U-boat. (Read More)

Story:enigma machine,  machine,  cracking,  cipher,  encryption,  cryptography,  torpedo,  enigma,  u boat,  code,  world war two,  title spoken by character

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Mercury Rising (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mercury Rising (1998)

Bruce Willis is an outcast FBI agent who protects a 9 year old autistic boy who is the target for assassins after cracking a top secret government code. This is why Mercury Rising (1998) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014).

Themes:autism
Locations:bar
Story:code,  cryptographer,  cracking,  thought,  cryptography,  reference to albert einstein,  top secret,  puzzle,  secret agent,  death of friend,  computer,  flashback

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:bullying,  blackmail,  suicide
Characters:bully,  detective
Period:1930s,  1950s,  1940s
Story:reference to josef stalin,  crying man,  secret agent,  spy,  based on true story,  flashback

Sneakers (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sneakers (1992)

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... (Read More)

Locations:bar
Characters:professor
Story:encryption,  computer,  cryptographer,  cryptography,  mathematician,  secrecy,  top secret,  mathematics,  genius,  game,  spy,  flashback

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J. Edgar (2011) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

J. Edgar (2011)

Biopic of J. Edgar Hoover told by Hoover as he recalls his career for a biography. Early in his career, Hoover fixated on Communists, anarchists and any other revolutionary taking action against the U.S. government. He slowly builds the agency's reputation, becoming the sole arbiter of who gets hired and fired. One of his hires is Clyde Tolson who is quickly promoted to Assistant Director and would be Hoover's confidant and companion for the rest of Hoover's life. Hoover's memories have him playing a greater role in the many high profile cases the FBI was involved in - the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the arrest of bank robbers like John Dillinger - and also show him to be quite adept at manipulating the various politicians he's worked with over his career, thanks in large part to his secret files. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Locations:bar
Characters:homosexuality,  homosexual
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1950s,  1940s
Story:confidentiality,  secrets,  secrecy,  ends with biographical notes,  in medias res,  discovery,  newsreel footage,  job interview,  fired from the job,  argument,  nonlinear timeline,  archive footage,  police officer,  based on true story,  death,  flashback

Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  robbery
Locations:bar
Period:1950s
Story:spy,  soviet spy,  russian spy,  ends with biographical notes,  multiple time frames,  top secret,  evacuation,  what happened to epilogue,  secret agent,  based on true story,  three word title,  death

Anthropoid (2016)
Biography, History, Thriller, War

Anthropoid (2016)

ANTHROPOID is based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. The Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler, Heydrich was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of occupying Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia whose reign of terror prompted self-exiled Czech and Slovak soldiers (played by Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) to hatch a top-secret mission that would change the face of Europe forever.i This is why Anthropoid (2016) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Period:1940s
Story:cyanide,  reference to winston churchill,  panic attack,  top secret,  code,  engagement,  crying man,  loss of friend,  reference to adolf hitler,  death of friend,  world war two,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  death

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Pi (1998)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Pi (1998)

Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that can be understood as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of that secret and attempt to seduce him.

Characters:professor
Story:mathematician,  code,  mathematics,  genius,  game,  computer,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  death

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:bar
Characters:bible,  homosexual
Period:1930s,  1950s,  1940s
Story:reference to albert einstein,  secret agent,  marriage proposal,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  spy,  voice over narration,  flashback,  death

From Russia With Love (1963)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

From Russia With Love (1963)

James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! (Read More)

Locations:england
Story:machine,  decoder,  london england,  decoding,  encryption,  cryptography,  secrets,  railway station,  secret agent,  death of friend,  woman,  spy,  fire,  death

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The Hours (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Hours (2002)

In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  suicide
Locations:england
Characters:homosexuality
Period:1920s,  1950s,  1940s
Story:multiple time frames,  despair,  railway station,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  title spoken by character,  death

The Fifth Estate (2013)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Fifth Estate (2013)

The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? This is why The Fifth Estate (2013) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014). (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:london england,  social engineering,  classified information,  confidentiality,  encryption,  information leak,  secrets,  reference to albert einstein,  code,  fired from the job,  archive footage,  computer,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  death

The Good Shepherd (2006) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Characters:homosexual
Period:1950s,  1940s
Story:london england,  bomb shelter,  reference to winston churchill,  year 1939,  top secret,  newsreel footage,  reference to adolf hitler,  fired from the job,  spy,  world war two,  three word title,  death,  flashback

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A Single Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  suicide
Locations:england,  bar
Characters:professor,  homosexuality,  homosexual
Period:1940s
Story:college professor,  london england,  male hustler,  envelope,  persecution,  woman,  voice over narration,  death,  flashback

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Characters:homosexuality
Period:1950s,  1940s
Story:year 1951,  post world war two,  man crying,  gay slur,  police officer,  voice over narration,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  gay interest,  flashback,  death

V For Vendetta (2005)
Action, Drama, Thriller

V For Vendetta (2005)

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

Themes:prejudice,  homophobia,  robbery
Locations:england
Characters:homosexuality,  detective,  homosexual
Story:woman,  london england,  police detective,  thinking,  visionary,  great britain,  evacuation,  confrontation,  voice over narration,  fire,  death,  flashback

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Big Eyes (2014) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. This is why Big Eyes (2014) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014). (Read More)

Locations:bar
Period:1950s
Story:ends with biographical notes,  post world war two,  job interview,  what happened to epilogue,  argument,  marriage proposal,  woman,  gay slur,  archive footage,  voice over narration,  fire,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

The Aviator (2004)
Biography, Drama, History

The Aviator (2004)

Biopic of billionaire 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv), starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph 'Owen Brewster (I)' (qv) accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv). From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. (Read More)

Themes:autism,  blackmail
Characters:professor
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1940s
Story:pioneer,  genius,  bonfire,  newsreel footage,  inventor,  marriage proposal,  woman,  world war two,  fire,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  flashback

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

L.a. Confidential (1997)

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

Themes:tragedy,  blackmail
Locations:bar
Characters:detective
Period:1950s
Story:police detective,  classified information,  police interrogation,  death of friend,  gay slur,  police officer,  voice over narration,  death,  flashback

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World Trade Center (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

World Trade Center (2006)

On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the wreckage while the rescue teams fight to save them.

Characters:bible
Story:ends with biographical notes,  burning,  evacuation,  what happened to epilogue,  death of friend,  woman,  police officer,  voice over narration,  fire,  based on true story,  three word title,  death,  flashback

The King's Speech (2010) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Drama

The King's Speech (2010)

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as 'King George VI' (qv), but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. (Read More)

Locations:england
Period:1930s
Story:london england,  king george vi,  air raid siren,  year 1939,  reference to josef stalin,  united kingdom,  engagement,  newsreel footage,  crying man,  reference to adolf hitler,  what happened to epilogue,  fired from the job,  marriage proposal,  world war two,  based on true story,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  death

The Danish Girl (2015)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Danish Girl (2015)

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1926. Einar Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) are a happily married couple. Both are artists, Einar preferring landscapes and she portraits. One day Einar poses for a portrait of Gerdas while wearing a dress. This is initially done as a lark, as is the later attendance at a party dressed as a woman. However, Einar soon discovers that she is in fact a woman and over time prefers being Lili. At first she and Gerda try to have her situation "cured" but this leads nowhere (other than to many doctors trying to have Lili locked up as a pervert and/or lunatic). Her voyage of self-discovery will ultimately lead to her undergoing the first ever sex-change operation. This is why The Danish Girl (2015) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Characters:homosexual
Period:1920s,  1930s
Story:woman,  london england,  pioneer,  discovery,  man crying,  crying man,  based on true story,  three word title

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

Allied (2016)

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

Themes:tragedy,  suicide
Locations:england
Period:1940s
Story:london england,  subterfuge,  intelligence agent,  top secret,  reference to adolf hitler,  secret agent,  woman,  spy,  police officer,  world war two,  fire,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  death

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Locations:bar
Characters:professor,  homosexual
Period:1940s
Story:ends with biographical notes,  in medias res,  post world war two,  what happened to epilogue,  death of friend,  gay slur,  world war two,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  flashback

Sid And Nancy (1986) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Locations:england,  bar
Story:london england,  reference to queen elizabeth ii,  great britain,  united kingdom,  despair,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  fire,  death

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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. (Read More)

Characters:homosexuality,  homosexual
Story:social engineering,  closeted gay man,  job interview,  crying man,  what happened to epilogue,  coming out,  woman,  gay slur,  computer,  police officer,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  death

The Black Dahlia (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Black Dahlia (2006)

In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths. This is why The Black Dahlia (2006) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  robbery,  suicide
Period:1940s
Story:police detective,  post world war two,  reference to adolf hitler,  death of friend,  woman,  police officer,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  three word title,  death,  flashback

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:tragedy,  robbery
Locations:bar
Characters:detective,  homosexual
Story:police detective,  despair,  jogging,  nonlinear timeline,  joke,  gay slur,  police officer,  voice over narration,  fire,  death,  flashback

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Snowden (2016) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Snowden (2016)

SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.

Themes:blackmail
Locations:bar
Story:code breaking,  classified information,  cryptography,  secrecy,  code,  bonfire,  newsreel footage,  what happened to epilogue,  nonlinear timeline,  spy,  archive footage,  computer,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  flashback

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Locations:bar
Story:subterfuge,  job interview,  inventor,  jogging,  game,  fired from the job,  nonlinear timeline,  spy,  voice over narration,  death,  flashback

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:bonfire,  evacuation,  reference to adolf hitler,  nonlinear timeline,  archive footage,  world war two,  fire,  death,  flashback

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Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. This is why Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014). (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:russian spy,  london england,  mi6,  evacuation,  game,  secret agent,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  spy,  police officer,  voice over narration,  fire,  flashback,  death

Gifted (2017) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  suicide
Locations:bar
Characters:bully
Story:mathematician,  reference to albert einstein,  mathematics,  genius,  crying man,  woman,  computer,  title spoken by character,  death

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:robbery
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  police interrogation,  death of friend,  gay slur,  archive footage,  police officer,  voice over narration,  three word title,  flashback,  death

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Proof (2005)
Drama, Mystery

Proof (2005)

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

Story:mathematician,  college professor,  mathematics,  genius,  nerd,  nonlinear timeline,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  death

Unbroken (2014)
Biography, Drama, Sport, War

Unbroken (2014)

The life of 'Louis Zamperini' (qv), an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. Only to be captured by the Japanese navy after a plane crash in the Pacific. During his capture, Louie must continue his fight by surviving through the war.

Story:ends with biographical notes,  in medias res,  man crying,  crying man,  loss of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  death of friend,  police officer,  world war two,  based on true story,  flashback

Inside Man (2006) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Inside Man (2006)

From a cell, a man tells us he has planned the perfect bank robbery; he invites us to watch. An efficient gang enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors, and takes hostages. They work deliberately, without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but half his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. The bank's president has something to protect in a safe deposit box, so he brings in Madeleine White, a high-power broker with a hidden agenda. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop, and the plutocrat's fixer enter high-stakes negotiations. Why are the robbers asking for a plane, if they are so competent and they know they won't get one? Why aren't they in more of a hurry? If the job's perfect, why is the thieves' leader in a cell? This is why Inside Man (2006) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  robbery
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  envelope,  enigma,  police interrogation,  argument,  joke,  police officer

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Rush (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Rush (2013)

Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy 'James Hunt (II)' (qv) (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver 'Niki Lauda' (qv) (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. (Read More)

Locations:england
Story:london england,  what happened to epilogue,  argument,  marriage proposal,  nonlinear timeline,  woman,  archive footage,  voice over narration,  fire,  based on true story,  flashback

The Railway Man (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, War

The Railway Man (2013)

Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did? (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Story:ends with biographical notes,  railway station,  loss of friend,  reference to adolf hitler,  what happened to epilogue,  woman,  world war two,  based on true story,  flashback

The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  robbery
Locations:bar
Story:police detective,  newsreel footage,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  death

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21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:tragedy,  suicide
Locations:bar
Characters:professor,  bible
Story:mathematician,  mathematics,  despair,  nonlinear timeline,  computer,  voice over narration,  death,  flashback

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Crime, Drama

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

1949, Santa Rosa, California. A laconic, chain-smoking barber with fallen arches tells a story of a man trying to escape a humdrum life. It's a tale of suspected adultery, blackmail, foul play, death, Sacramento city slickers, racial slurs, invented war heroics, shaved legs, a gamine piano player, aliens, and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Ed Crane cuts hair in his in-law's shop; his wife drinks and may be having an affair with her boss, Big Dave, who has $10,000 to invest in a second department store. Ed gets wind of a chance to make money in dry cleaning. Blackmail and investment are his opportunity to be more than a man no one notices. Settle in the chair and listen. This is why The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  blackmail,  suicide
Characters:homosexuality,  detective
Period:1940s
Story:secrecy,  voice over narration,  flashback,  death

Evita (1996)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Period:1920s,  1930s,  1950s,  1940s
Story:in medias res,  newsreel footage,  railway station,  woman,  voice over narration,  fire,  death

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Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  homophobia,  tragedy
Locations:bar
Characters:homosexual
Story:discovery,  woman,  gay slur,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  three word title,  flashback,  death

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005) is one of the best movies like The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Drama, History

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator 'Joseph McCarthy (II)' (qv) of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter 'Edward R. Murrow' (qv) and his producer 'Fred W. Friendly' (qv) decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  suicide
Locations:bar
Characters:homosexual
Period:1950s
Story:london england,  post world war two,  newsreel footage,  fired from the job,  death of friend,  archive footage,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  death

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
Biography, Drama

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

In the 1910s, Srinivasa Ramanujan is a man of boundless intelligence that even the abject poverty of his home in Madras, India, cannot crush. Eventually, his stellar intelligence in mathematics and his boundless confidence in both attract the attention of the noted British mathematics professor, G.H. Hardy, who invites him to further develop his computations at Trinity College at Cambridge. Forced to leave his young wife, Janaki, behind, Ramanujan finds himself in a land where both his largely intuitive mathematical theories and his cultural values run headlong into both the stringent academic requirements of his school and mentor and the prejudiced realities of a Britain heading into World War One. Facing this with a family back home determined to keep him from his wife and his own declining health, Ramanujan joins with Hardy in a mutual struggle that would define Ramanujan as one of India's greatest modern scholars who broke more than one barrier in his worlds. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Characters:professor
Story:reference to isaac newton,  mathematician,  ends with biographical notes,  mathematics,  what happened to epilogue,  based on true story

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