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The Insider (1999)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Insider (1999)

Balls-out "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand, won't talk to him. When the company leans hard on Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage, he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest for contempt of court. Westinghouse is negotiating to buy CBS, so CBS attorneys advise CBS News to shelve the interview and avoid a lawsuit. "60 Minutes" and CBS News bosses cave, Wigand is hung out to dry, Bergman is compromised, and the CEOs of Big Tobacco may get away with perjury. Will the truth come out? (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  blackmail,  paranoia,  terrorism,  conspiracy,  theft,  corruption,  divorce,  anger,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  money,  drugs
Mood:suspense
Locations:office,  courtroom,  airport,  nightclub,  snow,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:lung cancer,  chemistry teacher,  science teacher,  tobacco industry,  labor relations,  broadcast journalism,  tv journalism,  scientific research,  corporate power,  golf course,  court order,  big business,  tv journalist,  television industry,  television producer,  classroom lab,  islamic terrorism,  television news,  los angeles international airport,  watching television,  corporate lawyer,  hotel lobby,  royal canadian mounted police,  police escort,  reference to herbert marcuse,  reference to edward r. murrow,  university of california berkeley,  food and drug administration,  congressional committee,  confidentiality agreement,  university of wisconsin,  national public radio,  mechanical engineer,  u.s. justice department,  islamic fundamentalist,  wall street journal,  corporate finance,  kool cigarettes,  corporate malfeasance,  union carbide,  new york knicks,  leave of absence,  u.s. postal service,  new york post,  tv news show,  difficulty breathing,  background check,  character assassination,  smear campaign,  mohawk tribe,  gag order,  severance pay,  general motors,  c span,  video editing,  freedom of the press,  driving range,  npr,  lear jet,  reference to o.j. simpson,  tylenol,  ford motor company,  unabomber,  disturbed,  nicotine,  investigative reporting,  bystanderism,  louisville kentucky,  biochemistry,  child support,  dossier,  public opinion,  lung,  attorney general,  confiscation,  hezbollah,  cbs,  private plane,  congressional hearing,  health insurance,  tv magazine,  fda,  legality,  new york times,  deposition,  public health,  u.s. embassy,  japanese restaurant,  alimony,  restraining order,  based on magazine article,  disgrace,  washing hands,  multiple sclerosis,  retaliation,  health care,  first amendment,  infamy,  u.s. congress,  fax machine,  wife abuse,  chemist,  sheik,  perjury,  tobacco,  corporate crime,  south carolina,  chemistry,  integrity,  dance class,  arabic,  dust,  suicidal thoughts,  new yorker,  researcher,  mississippi,  raccoon,  man wearing glasses,  whistleblower,  expose,  labor,  martyr,  tv studio,  coincidence,  mailbox,  asthma,  lawsuit,  suit and tie,  ethics,  gardening,  intimidation,  marital problem,  arrogance,  brain,  capitalism,  marital separation,  corporation,  death threat,  e mail,  olympics,  pollution,  newsreel footage,  intrigue,  research,  bombing,  shoplifting,  historical event,  censorship,  iran,  tv show,  journalism,  media,  law,  bullet,  golf,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  washington d.c.,  power,  blindfold,  manager,  witness,  american flag,  employer employee relationship,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  drug addiction,  business,  court,  bank,  cover up,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  liar,  fbi,  businessman,  prologue,  pilot,  controversy,  security guard,  terrorist,  journalist,  soccer,  drug use,  reporter,  scientist,  television,  science,  classroom,  dead body,  reference to god,  lie,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  interview,  police,  gun,  violence,  death

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)
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,  paranoia,  divorce,  fear,  drinking,  politics
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:broadcast journalism,  tv journalism,  tv journalist,  television news,  cbs,  congressional hearing,  new york times,  perjury,  integrity,  expose,  tv studio,  newsreel footage,  censorship,  tv show,  journalism,  media,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  washington d.c.,  witness,  cover up,  fired from the job,  liar,  fbi,  controversy,  terrorist,  journalist,  reporter,  television,  lie,  drink,  investigation,  telephone call,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  interview,  death

Thank You For Smoking (2005)
Comedy, Drama

Thank You For Smoking (2005)

The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  money
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  teacher
Story:lung cancer,  tobacco industry,  scientific research,  kool cigarettes,  c span,  nicotine,  congressional hearing,  u.s. congress,  tobacco,  capitalism,  corporation,  death threat,  pollution,  newsreel footage,  law,  tv news,  washington d.c.,  manager,  american flag,  bodyguard,  drug addiction,  business,  fired from the job,  liar,  fbi,  businessman,  pilot,  drug use,  reporter,  science,  classroom,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  rain,  cell phone,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  gun,  interview

Fair Game 2018 Director's Cut' (2010)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Fair Game 2018 Director's Cut' (2010)

Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Themes:paranoia,  terrorism,  corruption,  anger,  fear,  drinking,  politics
Locations:airport,  snow,  hotel,  bar
Story:smear campaign,  character assassination,  new york times,  u.s. congress,  perjury,  integrity,  arabic,  marital problem,  death threat,  e mail,  intrigue,  tv show,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  washington d.c.,  power,  american flag,  employer employee relationship,  fired from the job,  liar,  fbi,  businessman,  prologue,  terrorist,  reporter,  scientist,  lie,  taxi,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  rain,  cell phone,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death,  interview

A Mighty Heart (2007) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

A Mighty Heart (2007)

On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is to fly from Karachi to Dubai with his pregnant wife, Mariane, also a reporter. On the day before, with great care, he has arranged an interview in a cafe with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. When Danny doesn't return, Mariane initiates a search. Pakistani police, American embassy personnel, and the FBI examine witnesses, phone records, e-mails, and hard drives. Who has him? Where is he? There's also the why: because of U.S. abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo, because of a history of Journal cooperation with the CIA, because Pearl is a Jew? Through it all, Mariane is clearheaded, direct, and determined. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  fear,  drinking,  politics
Locations:courtroom,  airport
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:islamic fundamentalist,  wall street journal,  sheik,  e mail,  newsreel footage,  bombing,  journalism,  media,  tv news,  court,  fbi,  terrorist,  journalist,  reporter,  dead body,  taxi,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  rain,  cell phone,  telephone call,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  gun,  interview,  death

Three Days Of The Condor (1975)
Mystery, Thriller

Three Days Of The Condor (1975)

A mild mannered CIA researcher, paid to read books, returns from lunch to find all of his co-workers assassinated. "Condor" must find out who did this and get in from the cold before the hitmen get him.

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  fear,  politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport,  snow,  hotel
Characters:policeman
Story:wall street journal,  new york times,  arabic,  researcher,  expose,  research,  bullet,  tv news,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  pay phone,  liar,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  shooting,  computer,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  telephone call,  new york city,  police,  gun,  death

Frost/nixon (2008)
Biography, Drama

Frost/nixon (2008)

Writer Peter Morgan's legendary battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the story of the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans (as well as a $600,000 fee). Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:office,  airport,  hotel,  beach
Characters:lawyer
Story:tv journalism,  los angeles international airport,  legality,  researcher,  tv studio,  newsreel footage,  research,  historical event,  tv show,  golf,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  washington d.c.,  witness,  cover up,  pay phone,  liar,  fbi,  journalist,  reporter,  television,  lie,  taxi,  drink,  investigation,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  interview,  death

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  theft,  corruption,  drinking,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:watching television,  asthma,  lawsuit,  intimidation,  law,  manager,  manipulation,  court,  pay phone,  prologue,  security guard,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  rain,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  death

Rendition (2007) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:airport
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:fax machine,  martyr,  bombing,  tv news,  washington d.c.,  witness,  american flag,  prologue,  terrorist,  soccer,  dead body,  reference to god,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  violence,  gun,  death

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  paranoia,  terrorism,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Story:ethics,  gardening,  capitalism,  olympics,  bombing,  law,  bullet,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  blindfold,  bodyguard,  bank,  pay phone,  businessman,  controversy,  terrorist,  journalist,  drug use,  dead body,  reference to god,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  slow motion scene,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  telephone call,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  death,  violence

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,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  theft,  anger,  drunkenness,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:office,  nightclub,  bar
Story:corporate crime,  death threat,  corporation,  e mail,  intrigue,  power,  employer employee relationship,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  business,  cover up,  fired from the job,  fbi,  security guard,  taxi,  slow motion scene,  rain,  corpse,  cell phone,  new york city,  party,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  death

The Firm (1993)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Firm (1993)

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan... (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  theft,  corruption,  fear,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:office,  snow,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  teacher
Story:big business,  u.s. justice department,  fax machine,  corporation,  law,  employer employee relationship,  cover up,  pay phone,  fbi,  security guard,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  violence,  death

The Fifth Estate (2013) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
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? (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  money
Locations:airport,  snow,  hotel,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:corporate malfeasance,  arabic,  whistleblower,  expose,  e mail,  intrigue,  censorship,  iran,  journalism,  media,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  washington d.c.,  bank,  cover up,  fired from the job,  liar,  fbi,  journalist,  reporter,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  computer,  cell phone,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

Snowden (2016)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, Crime

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,  paranoia,  terrorism,  theft,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  money
Locations:airport,  snow,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  teacher
Story:court order,  television news,  u.s. justice department,  u.s. congress,  whistleblower,  ethics,  e mail,  newsreel footage,  historical event,  journalism,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  washington d.c.,  american flag,  fbi,  controversy,  security guard,  journalist,  reference to god,  lie,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  cell phone,  telephone call,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  interview

The Interpreter (2005)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Interpreter (2005)

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of meaning, while Tobin is all about instinct, action and reading into the most primal human behaviors. Now, as the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows and Silvia's life hangs in the balance, Silvia and Tobin play out a gripping dance of evasion and revelation that keeps them both guessing as they race to stop a terrifying international crisis before it's too late. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:coincidence,  death threat,  e mail,  intrigue,  tv news,  american flag,  bodyguard,  court,  pay phone,  liar,  fbi,  prologue,  security guard,  terrorist,  soccer,  dead body,  lie,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  new york city,  death,  police,  violence,  gun

Michael Clayton (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Michael Clayton (2007)

Michael Clayton, a high-priced law firm's fixer, leaves a late night poker game, gets a call to drive to Westchester, and watches his car blow up as he's taking an impromptu dawn walk through a field. Flash back four days. He owes a loan shark to cover his brother's debts (Michael's own gambling habits have left him virtually broke). His law firm is negotiating a high-stakes merger, and his firm's six year defense of a conglomerate's pesticide use is at risk when one of the firm's top litigators goes off his meds and puts the case in jeopardy. While Michael is trying to fix things someone decides to kill him. Who? Meanwhile his son summarizes the plot of a dark fantasy novel. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  corruption,  divorce,  drinking,  money
Locations:snow,  hotel,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:wall street journal,  corporate malfeasance,  deposition,  whistleblower,  lawsuit,  ethics,  marital problem,  corporation,  pollution,  intrigue,  law,  golf,  power,  business,  cover up,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  cell phone,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  interview,  death,  police

Disclosure (1994) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
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:blackmail,  paranoia,  conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Locations:office,  hotel
Characters:lawyer
Story:fax machine,  corporation,  e mail,  manager,  employer employee relationship,  manipulation,  business,  cover up,  fired from the job,  controversy,  security guard,  lie,  computer,  rain,  cell phone,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  theft,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:airport,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:death threat,  tv show,  journalism,  media,  tv news,  witness,  american flag,  pay phone,  journalist,  reporter,  dead body,  taxi,  drink,  investigation,  shot to death,  corpse,  cell phone,  telephone call,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  violence,  police,  interview

Derailed (2005)
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:blackmail,  theft,  drinking,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:liar,  businessman,  security guard,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  death,  police,  violence

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:divorce,  fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:perjury,  marital problem,  shoplifting,  law,  american flag,  court,  liar,  classroom,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  police,  violence,  death

Fracture (2007) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Fracture (2007)

Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Mood:suspense
Locations:office,  courtroom,  airport,  hotel
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:court order,  corporate lawyer,  restraining order,  arrogance,  law,  bullet,  witness,  employer employee relationship,  manipulation,  court,  pay phone,  liar,  lie,  shooting,  investigation,  cell phone,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  police,  death,  gun

Pride And Glory (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Pride And Glory (2008)

A family of police officers - patriarch, two sons, and a son-in-law - deals with corruption in a precinct in Washington Heights. Four officers die in an ambush at a drug dealer's apartment. It's brother Francis's precinct, so when the investigation led by brother Ray finds hints of police corruption, there's pressure to close ranks and save Frankie's career. Dad, a police brass, promises Ray that he and Frankie can clean things up, and Ray should focus on catching the drug dealer who killed the cops. Meanwhile, brother-in-law Jimmy, a hothead and an enforcer, is visited at home by a lowlife. Is Jimmy involved in the corruption? Where can this take the family? (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  corruption,  drunkenness,  drugs
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:new york post,  perjury,  death threat,  law,  court,  cover up,  liar,  journalist,  reporter,  lie,  shooting,  investigation,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  police,  death,  violence

Breach (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Breach (2007)

In February, 2001, Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, is arrested for spying. Jump back two months: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Hanssen and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation of Hanssen's sexual habits. Within weeks, the crusty Hanssen, a devout Catholic, has warmed to O'Neill, who grows to respect Hanssen. O'Neill's wife resents Hanssen's intrusiveness; the personal and professional stakes get higher. How they catch Hanssen and why he spies become the film's story. Can O'Neill help catch red-handed "the worst spy in history" and hold onto his personal life? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  money
Locations:office,  snow
Story:newsreel footage,  intrigue,  tv news,  washington d.c.,  american flag,  manipulation,  liar,  fbi,  prologue,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  rain,  corpse,  cell phone,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  gun

Money Monster (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Money Monster (2016)

In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O'Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  anger,  fear,  money
Mood:suspense
Locations:office,  bar
Story:big business,  reference to o.j. simpson,  tv studio,  capitalism,  death threat,  corporation,  e mail,  businessman,  security guard,  reporter,  shot to death,  cell phone,  new york city,  death,  interview,  police,  gun

The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Biography, Drama

The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.

Themes:conspiracy,  theft,  money,  drugs
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer
Story:freedom of the press,  cbs,  first amendment,  lawsuit,  censorship,  law,  american flag,  drug addiction,  court,  fbi,  controversy,  security guard,  drug use,  reference to god,  shooting,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  gun,  violence

Wall Street (1987)
Crime, Drama

Wall Street (1987)

On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father. Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:office,  snow,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:lung cancer,  ethics,  capitalism,  death threat,  e mail,  power,  manager,  manipulation,  business,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  businessman,  lie,  computer,  rain,  beating,  cell phone,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  two word title,  violence

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  corruption,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:law,  liar,  fbi,  prologue,  drug use,  dead body,  lie,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  party,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  police,  violence,  death

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,  conspiracy,  corruption,  anger,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport,  hotel,  beach
Characters:thief,  lawyer
Story:corporate crime,  e mail,  washington d.c.,  manipulation,  cover up,  pay phone,  fbi,  pilot,  security guard,  reporter,  computer,  shot to death,  mother daughter relationship,  police

The Sweet Hereafter (1997) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Drama

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  divorce,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:airport,  snow,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer
Story:watching television,  deposition,  lawsuit,  law,  tv news,  drug use,  dead body,  lie,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  beating,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  interview,  death

Network (1976)
Drama

Network (1976)

In the 1970s, terrorist violence is the stuff of networks' nightly news programming and the corporate structure of the UBS Television Network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  anger,  drunkenness
Locations:office,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:corporate power,  television news,  reference to edward r. murrow,  tv studio,  journalism,  media,  tv news,  manager,  business,  fired from the job,  businessman,  terrorist,  television,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  violence

88 Minutes (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

88 Minutes (2007)

In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon's execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same "modus-operandi" and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of associate Shelly Barnes, an FBI agent, his friend Frank Parks, and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigates some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:death threat,  tv news,  witness,  american flag,  manipulation,  court,  fbi,  prologue,  security guard,  classroom,  dead body,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  cell phone,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  police,  death,  violence,  interview,  gun

The Ghost Writer (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Ghost Writer (2010)

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  anger,  drinking,  politics,  money
Locations:airport,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:hotel lobby,  confidentiality agreement,  researcher,  whistleblower,  mailbox,  intrigue,  research,  tv news,  washington d.c.,  american flag,  bodyguard,  controversy,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  rain,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  interview,  gun,  death

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:conspiracy,  theft,  corruption,  divorce,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  money,  drugs
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:golf course,  u.s. justice department,  japanese restaurant,  suit and tie,  media,  golf,  eyeglasses,  manager,  american flag,  drug addiction,  business,  court,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  fbi,  businessman,  drug use,  reporter,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  beating,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  interview,  gun

A Separation (2011)
Drama, Mystery

A Separation (2011)

Nader ('Payman Maadi' (qv)) and Simin ('Leila Hatami' (qv)) argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  divorce,  fear,  money
Characters:thief,  teacher
Story:arabic,  ethics,  marital problem,  marital separation,  iran,  law,  eyeglasses,  witness,  court,  bank,  fired from the job,  liar,  prologue,  reference to god,  lie,  investigation,  cell phone,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Deception (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  theft,  drinking,  money
Locations:office,  nightclub,  snow,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:mailbox,  suit and tie,  power,  liar,  businessman,  drug use,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  rain,  cell phone,  telephone call,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  death,  gun,  police,  violence

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  theft,  divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:airport,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:gardening,  marital separation,  tv news,  witness,  drug addiction,  pay phone,  fbi,  prologue,  journalist,  reporter,  dead body,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  investigation,  shot to death,  rain,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  interview,  gun,  death,  violence

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes b… (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  theft,  corruption,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:courtroom,  snow,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:new york knicks,  new york times,  wife abuse,  perjury,  whistleblower,  ethics,  golf,  witness,  american flag,  court,  liar,  drug use,  reporter,  classroom,  lie,  shooting,  drink,  slow motion scene,  rain,  beating,  telephone call,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  gun,  police,  death

Awake (2007)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Awake (2007)

While undergoing open heart surgery, a man's failed anesthetic leaves him completely alert, but paralyzed and unable to tell his doctors

Themes:conspiracy,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  drugs
Locations:beach
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:wife abuse,  mailbox,  lawsuit,  employer employee relationship,  liar,  businessman,  classroom,  lie,  drink,  computer,  investigation,  rain,  cell phone,  new york city,  party,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  death

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

The real story behind the world of sales. This is a realistic portrayal of what it is to try making a life in high pressure sales with all its highs and lows; promises of fortunes and deliveries of dross. Red-leads and dead-leads are to blame for life's outcomes. Living with "Objection, Rebuttal, Close". (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  anger,  drinking,  money
Locations:office,  bar
Characters:thief
Story:ethics,  capitalism,  power,  manager,  employer employee relationship,  business,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  liar,  lie,  drink,  investigation,  rain,  telephone call,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  interview

The Company You Keep (2012)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  politics
Locations:airport,  hotel
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:first amendment,  research,  law,  tv news,  eyeglasses,  american flag,  bank,  liar,  fbi,  prologue,  security guard,  terrorist,  journalist,  reporter,  lie,  taxi,  computer,  rain,  cell phone,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  interview,  police

Shattered Glass (2003) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Drama, History

Shattered Glass (2003)

This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass (Christensen), who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at "The New Republic" for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down... (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  politics,  drugs
Locations:office,  snow
Characters:teacher
Story:expose,  e mail,  research,  journalism,  media,  washington d.c.,  american flag,  fired from the job,  liar,  journalist,  reporter,  classroom,  lie,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  two word title

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

Body Of Lies (2008)

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

Themes:paranoia,  terrorism,  divorce,  drinking,  money
Locations:airport
Characters:lawyer
Story:lear jet,  u.s. embassy,  arabic,  martyr,  e mail,  intrigue,  tv news,  blindfold,  american flag,  prologue,  terrorist,  soccer,  dead body,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  violence,  death

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:martyr,  marital separation,  e mail,  tv news,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  journalist,  reporter,  drink,  computer,  rain,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  interview,  death,  police

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:cancer,  paranoia,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:courtroom,  nightclub,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:expose,  shoplifting,  tv news,  witness,  court,  fired from the job,  liar,  prologue,  drug use,  reporter,  classroom,  lie,  taxi,  drink,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  party,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  violence,  death

Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  paranoia,  terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  fear,  drinking,  politics,  drugs
Locations:office,  beach,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:iran,  tv show,  tv news,  american flag,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  cover up,  prologue,  terrorist,  drug use,  scientist,  television,  dead body,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  cell phone,  telephone call,  party,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  gun,  violence,  death,  police

Capote (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

Famed writer 'Truman Capote' (qv), southern born and bred but now part of the New York City social circle, is growing weary of his current assignment of writing autobiographical type pieces for the New Yorker. After reading a newspaper article about the just occurred November 14, 1959 cold blooded murders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home, Truman feels compelled to write about that event as his next article. So he and his personal assistant Nelle 'Harper Lee (I)' (qv), also a southern born New Yorker and an aspiring writer of her own, head to Kansas to research the story first-hand. Truman hopes to use his celebrity status to gain access to whomever he needs, such as to Laura Kinney, a friend of the Clutter daughter she who discovered the bodies, and to Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator and also a Clutter family friend. If his celebrity doesn't work, Truman will grease the wheels by whatever means necessary. When the police eventually charge suspects, two young men named Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, Truman uses those same tactics to gain access to them. Truman's fascination with the story makes him believe that he can revolutionize writing by expanding the germ of the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel. His personal involvement also changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the seemingly sensitive and thus probable submissive in the criminal pairing, thus Truman becoming part of the story itself. Article or non-fiction novel, Trum… (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:courtroom,  snow,  hotel,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman
Story:new york times,  research,  journalism,  eyeglasses,  blindfold,  manipulation,  court,  pay phone,  liar,  reporter,  dead body,  lie,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot to death,  corpse,  telephone call,  new york city,  party,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  violence,  interview,  gun

The Pelican Brief (1993)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, who is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the pres… (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  drunkenness,  fear,  politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:courtroom,  airport,  hotel,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:fax machine,  corporate crime,  lawsuit,  journalism,  law,  washington d.c.,  witness,  court,  bank,  cover up,  pay phone,  fbi,  journalist,  reporter,  taxi,  computer,  investigation,  shot to death,  corpse,  new york city,  death

Erin Brockovich (2000)
Biography, Drama

Erin Brockovich (2000)

'Erin Brockovich-Ellis' (qv) is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her law firm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  money
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:labor relations,  public health,  corporate crime,  whistleblower,  lawsuit,  corporation,  pollution,  law,  employer employee relationship,  court,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  liar,  prologue,  lie,  investigation,  cell phone,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Mr. Brooks (2007) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

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

Themes:blackmail,  divorce,  anger,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:office,  hotel
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:mechanical engineer,  alimony,  dance class,  man wearing glasses,  eyeglasses,  witness,  businessman,  prologue,  dead body,  taxi,  shooting,  computer,  investigation,  rain,  corpse,  cell phone,  telephone call,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  gun,  police,  violence

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:airport,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:teacher
Story:bombing,  journalism,  tv news,  business,  prologue,  pilot,  controversy,  terrorist,  journalist,  soccer,  drug use,  reporter,  dead body,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  shot to death,  rain,  corpse,  cell phone,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death,  violence,  gun

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