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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:tobacco industry, cbs, tobacco, lung cancer, chemistry teacher, science teacher, 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

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

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:tobacco, lung cancer, reporter, tobacco industry, scientific research, kool cigarettes, c span, nicotine, congressional hearing, u.s. congress, expose, capitalism, death threat, corporation, pollution, newsreel footage, research, law, tv news, washington d.c.

Fair Game (2010)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Fair Game (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:office, airport, snow, hotel, bar
Story:character assassination, smear campaign, 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

Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
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

Rendition (2007)
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. This is why Rendition (2007) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999). (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

A Mighty Heart (2007)
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:wall street journal, fbi, islamic fundamentalist, sheik, e mail, newsreel footage, bombing, journalism, media, tv news, court, terrorist, journalist, reporter, dead body, taxi, drink, computer, investigation, rain

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? (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

The Interpreter (2005) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
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

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

Snowden (2016)
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. This is why Snowden (2016) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, paranoia, terrorism, theft, drunkenness, fear, drinking, politics, money
Locations:airport, snow, hotel, beach, bar
Characters:lawyer, teacher
Story:court order, u.s. justice department, u.s. congress, whistleblower, ethics, e mail, newsreel footage, historical event, journalism, law, tv news, eyeglasses, washington d.c., american flag, fbi, controversy, security guard, terrorist, journalist, reference to god

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:lawyer, thief, 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

Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
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:terrorist, retaliation, ethics, gardening, capitalism, olympics, bombing, law, bullet, tv news, eyeglasses, blindfold, bodyguard, bank, pay phone, businessman, controversy, journalist, drug use, dead body

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, violence, gun, police

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, money
Locations:office, airport, hotel, beach
Characters:lawyer
Story:tv journalism, los angeles international airport, television, 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

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. This is why Deception (2008) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999). (Read More)

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

The Company You Keep (2012) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
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

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:law, fbi, big business, u.s. justice department, fax machine, corporation, employer employee relationship, cover up, pay phone, security guard, slow motion scene, investigation, shot to death, beating, cell phone, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, two word title, death, violence

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
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, bank, pay phone, fired from the job, fbi, businessman, drug use, reporter, reference to god

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:law, perjury, marital problem, shoplifting, 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

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, theft, divorce, anger, fear, drinking, politics
Locations:airport, nightclub, snow
Characters:thief, policeman, teacher
Story:martyr, intimidation, bombing, censorship, iran, law, pay phone, liar, drug use, classroom, dead body, reference to god, lie, taxi, shooting, drink, rain, corpse, telephone call, party

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, police

The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, divorce, drunkenness, fear, drinking
Locations:snow, hotel, bar
Characters:policeman, teacher
Story:raccoon, eyeglasses, american flag, pay phone, liar, prologue, journalist, drug use, reporter, reference to god, lie, taxi, drink, slow motion scene, beating, cell phone, telephone call, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, father son relationship

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, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
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

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. This is why Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999). (Read More)

Themes:theft, drinking, money
Locations:courtroom, airport, hotel
Characters:lawyer
Story:watching television, lawsuit, gardening, research, tv news, eyeglasses, washington d.c., cover up, liar, reporter, lie, taxi, shooting, drink, computer, telephone call, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

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

War Dogs (2016)

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

Themes:blackmail, paranoia, corruption, anger, drunkenness, fear, money, drugs
Locations:airport, nightclub, snow, hotel, beach, bar
Story:death threat, bullet, business, fired from the job, fbi, security guard, dead body, lie, taxi, slow motion scene, beating, cell phone, telephone call, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, interview

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, theft, drunkenness, fear, drinking, money
Locations:courtroom, nightclub, bar
Characters:policeman
Story:intimidation, intrigue, eyeglasses, witness, business, court, cover up, businessman, prologue, soccer, drug use, dead body, reference to god, lie, taxi, drink, investigation, shot to death, rain, beating

Derailed (2005) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
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, police, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, paranoia, conspiracy, corruption, drunkenness, politics
Locations:courtroom, hotel, beach, bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:manager, bodyguard, manipulation, business, court, cover up, prologue, slow motion scene, investigation, shot to death, rain, corpse, beating, cell phone, new york city, party, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, two word title, police

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999). (Read More)

Themes:divorce, money
Locations:courtroom, airport, snow, hotel, bar
Characters:thief, lawyer
Story:watching television, attorney general, man wearing glasses, eyeglasses, washington d.c., bank, pay phone, fbi, businessman, pilot, security guard, classroom, lie, taxi, investigation, new york city, party, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

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 president and all what they have are theories, he asks her to help him but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing; that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham's about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive? (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

Amy (2015) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:divorce, drunkenness, fear, drinking, money, drugs
Locations:airport, hotel, beach, bar
Story:lung cancer, marital separation, prologue, security guard, drug use, reporter, dead body, taxi, drink, computer, slow motion scene, cell phone, telephone call, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, interview

21 Grams (2003)
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:anger, drunkenness, drinking, drugs
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:lawyer, policeman, teacher
Story:golf course, marital separation, law, golf, drug addiction, drug use, reference to god, shooting, drink, computer, rain, corpse, beating, cell phone, telephone call, party, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

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:reporter, martyr, marital separation, e mail, tv news, pay phone, fired from the job, journalist, drink, computer, rain, telephone call, new york city, party, death, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, interview

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. This is why Erin Brockovich (2000) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999). (Read More)

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

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:television, iran, tv show, tv news, american flag, bodyguard, manipulation, cover up, prologue, terrorist, drug use, scientist, science, dead body, shooting, drink, computer, slow motion scene, shot to death, rain

The East (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

Themes:terrorism, corruption
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport, hotel
Story:watching television, corporate crime, ethics, corporation, pollution, bullet, washington d.c., employer employee relationship, fbi, security guard, terrorist, taxi, cell phone, party, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, violence, death

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption, fear, politics, drugs
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport, nightclub, beach, bar
Characters:teacher
Story:arabic, mailbox, intrigue, tv news, cover up, pay phone, fbi, drug use, reporter, taxi, shooting, investigation, shot to death, rain, beating, cell phone, telephone call, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

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:law, lawsuit, deposition, wall street journal, corporate malfeasance, whistleblower, ethics, marital problem, corporation, pollution, intrigue, golf, power, business, cover up, drink, computer, investigation, cell phone, telephone call

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 but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. This is why Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999). (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

Goal! (2005)
Drama, Romance, Sport

Goal! (2005)

Santiago's father, Hernan Munez, smuggled his penniless Mexican family over the US border to seek a better, albeit modest future in L.A. Eldest son Santiago dreams of more, like native Angelinos, then joining Hernan's gardening firm. His change arrives when a British ex-pro spots him as an exceptional soccer natural and promises he can arrange a real British talent scout to check him out. Although that falls trough and dad forbids it, Santiago accepts grandma's savings to try out with English premier league club Newcastle. Despite his asthma, he gets in and befriends the freshly transferred, desperately undisciplined bad boy star scorer, party animal Gavin Harris, who becomes his bothersome house-mate, a recipe for trouble and yet each's salvation. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, theft, drinking, money
Locations:airport, nightclub, beach, bar
Story:asthma, gardening, fired from the job, prologue, soccer, reporter, taxi, drink, slow motion scene, rain, cell phone, telephone call, party, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

Disclosure (1994)
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, father son relationship, mother son relationship

Untraceable (2008)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Untraceable (2008)

A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are - both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an "untraceable" website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:policeman
Story:chemistry teacher, gardening, e mail, tv news, american flag, pay phone, fired from the job, fbi, terrorist, dead body, shooting, computer, investigation, shot to death, rain, corpse, cell phone, telephone call, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Blow (2001) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, theft, divorce, drinking, money, drugs
Locations:courtroom, snow, beach, bar
Characters:thief, policeman
Story:los angeles international airport, private plane, power, drug addiction, business, court, bank, fbi, pilot, drug use, shooting, drink, beating, party, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

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. This is why Three Days Of The Condor (1975) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999).

Themes:paranoia, conspiracy, corruption, fear, politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:office, 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

Money Monster (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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

54 (1998)
Drama, Music

54 (1998)

An anthology film retelling the story of the famous Studio 54, a hot disco hangout for the social elite of New York. The movie follows several characters at once, some of whom are in desperate straits and on the verge of crashing.

Themes:paranoia, theft, drinking, money, drugs
Locations:nightclub, bar
Characters:thief
Story:watching television, dance class, newsreel footage, bodyguard, fired from the job, fbi, drug use, drink, new york city, party, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, interview, death

88 Minutes (2007) is one of the best movies like The Insider (1999)
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:fbi, death threat, witness, tv news, american flag, manipulation, court, prologue, security guard, classroom, dead body, taxi, shooting, drink, computer, investigation, shot to death, rain, corpse, cell phone

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, divorce, drunkenness, drugs
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:policeman
Story:law, investigation, new york post, perjury, death threat, court, cover up, liar, journalist, reporter, lie, shooting, shot to death, rain, corpse, beating, cell phone, new york city, cigarette smoking, police

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