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The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That's for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wonderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything's changed. Miles is dead. And s…o is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wonderly is surrounded by dangerous men. There's Joel Cairo, who uses gardenia-scented calling cards. There's Kasper Gutman, with his enormous girth and feigned civility. Her only hope of protection comes from Sam, who is suspected by the police of one or the other murder. More murders are yet to come, and it will all be because of these dangerous men -- and their lust for a statuette of a bird: the Maltese Falcon. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police investigation greed robbery deception investigation jealousy betrayal murder death 
Locations:
malta bus station san francisco california taxi hotel 
Characters:
homosexual villain secretary tough guy policeman detective police 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
treasure hunt compulsive liar hotel lobby private detective hanging up without saying goodbye director's debut male slaps a male murphy bed legendary hard boiled blackbird overcoat statuette freighter partnership β€¦gay subtext duplicity villain arrested fedora private eye homosexual subtext fatal attraction bird in title forgery scene of the crime macguffin territory name in title firearm greek harbor istanbul turkey private investigator drugged drink loss of husband fat man frame up partner cynicism scam treasure country name in title henchman arson espionage directorial debut statue liar legend femme fatale search double cross anti hero widow criminal animal in title lie remake face slap fire three word title title spoken by character cigarette smoking based on novel kiss gun  (See All)

Chinatown (1974)
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Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ens…uing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
deception investigation betrayal murder death 
Characters:
secretary detective police 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
private detective hanging up without saying goodbye hard boiled private investigator loss of husband scam henchman femme fatale double cross anti hero widow face slap title spoken by character cigarette smoking 

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Out Of The Past (1947)
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Out Of The Past (1947)

Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit …and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
betrayal murder 
Locations:
san francisco california taxi hotel 
Characters:
secretary detective police 
Story:
private detective male slaps a male overcoat private eye frame up partner femme fatale double cross lie face slap cigarette smoking based on novel gun 

North By Northwest (1959)
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North By Northwest (1959)

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

Themes:
deception jealousy betrayal murder death 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
homosexual villain secretary policeman detective police 
Story:
hotel lobby hanging up without saying goodbye homosexual subtext macguffin henchman espionage statue liar femme fatale double cross lie fire three word title cigarette smoking kiss β€¦gun  (See All)

Le SamouraΓ― (1967) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Le SamouraΓ― (1967)

Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught. One night however, after killing a night-club owner, he's seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police investigation robbery investigation betrayal death murder 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
tough guy policeman detective police 
Story:
fedora firearm liar search double cross anti hero criminal lie cigarette smoking based on novel kiss gun 

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The Big Sleep (1946)
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The Big Sleep (1946)

The Big Sleep is the story of a private investigator, named Philip Marlowe, hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter, Carmen, from being blackmailed about her gambling debts; things almost immediately unravel and blow up from here, as Marlowe finds himself deep within a …web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling, and organized crime. Marlowe, with the help of the General's eldest daughter, Vivian, skillfully plot to free the family from this web and trap the main main behind much of this mischief, Eddie, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
betrayal murder 
Locations:
taxi 
Characters:
detective police 
Story:
private detective hard boiled gay subtext private eye private investigator femme fatale face slap three word title based on novel 

8mm (1999)
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8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into… obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
deception investigation betrayal murder death 
Locations:
taxi 
Characters:
detective 
Story:
private detective private eye private investigator cynicism arson double cross widow criminal fire title spoken by character cigarette smoking gun 

The Ninth Gate (1999)
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The Ninth Gate (1999)

In New York, the money-driven dealer Dean Corso is a rare-books expert and partner of Bernie, who owns a bookstore. He is contacted by the renowned collector of books about the devil Boris Balkan, who has just acquired the rare The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows from the collector Andrew Telfe…r, to verify whether his book is authentic or a forgery. Balkan explains that the book was written by the writer Aristide Torchia, in 1666, with Lucifer and he was burned at the stake with his entire work. There are only three exemplars of The Nine Gates and in accordance with the legend, its nine engravings form a riddle to conjure the devil. The skeptical Corso accepts the assignment and has to fly to Sintra, Portugal, and Paris, France, to contact the owners Victor Fargas and Baroness Kessler and find the genuine exemplar for Balkan. Meanwhile, he asks Bernie to hide the rare book. Before traveling to Europe, the widow Liana Telfer wants to retrieve the book and has sex with Corso, but he does not accept her offer. When Corso returns to Bernie's bookstore, he finds his friend murdered in the same position of an engraving. Corso travels to Toledo, Spain, to meet the Ceniza twin brothers and learn more about The Nine Gates. During his journey in Europe, Corso is pursued by Liana and her bodyguard, who belong to the sect The Order of the Silver Serpents, and is protected by a mysterious Girl with supernatural powers. Meanwhile, the owners of the two other exemplars of The Nine Gate… (Read More)

Themes:
greed robbery deception investigation death murder 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
secretary detective 
Story:
forgery partner legend femme fatale search widow fire title spoken by character cigarette smoking based on novel kiss gun 

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Double Indemnity (1944) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Double Indemnity (1944)

In 1938, Walter Neff, an experienced salesman of the Pacific All Risk Insurance Co., meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and Walter devises a scheme …to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and Walter's best friend Barton Keyes does not buy the story and suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
greed betrayal death murder 
Characters:
police 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
hanging up without saying goodbye cynicism scam femme fatale double cross widow criminal title spoken by character based on novel 

The Nice Guys (2016)
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The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Themes:
deception investigation betrayal murder death 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
secretary tough guy detective police 
Story:
private detective private eye macguffin private investigator cynicism henchman femme fatale double cross anti hero fire three word title title spoken by character cigarette smoking 

Deception (2008)
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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 a…nswers 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:
deception investigation betrayal murder death 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
frame up scam liar search lie fire cigarette smoking kiss gun 

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Gone Girl (2014)
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Gone Girl (2014)

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

Themes:
police investigation robbery deception investigation jealousy murder death 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
detective police 
Story:
treasure hunt scene of the crime frame up femme fatale search lie cigarette smoking based on novel kiss 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
robbery investigation murder death 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
private detective private eye frame up directorial debut anti hero lie cigarette smoking based on novel gun kiss 

Criminal (2016)
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Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up …with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:
robbery deception investigation betrayal murder death 
Locations:
taxi 
Characters:
tough guy police 
Story:
macguffin loss of husband arson espionage double cross anti hero widow criminal fire title spoken by character cigarette smoking 

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Insomnia (2002)
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Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies …the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? (Read More)

Themes:
investigation betrayal murder death 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
scene of the crime frame up partner remake cigarette smoking gun 

Strangers On A Train (1951)
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Strangers On A Train (1951)

Bruno Anthony thinks he has the perfect plot to rid himself of his hated father and when he meets tennis player Guy Haines on a train, he thinks he's found the partner he needs to pull it off. His plan is relatively simple. Two strangers each agree to kill someone the other person wants disposed of.… For example, Guy could kill his father and he could get rid of Guy's wife Miriam, freeing him to marry Anne Morton, the beautiful daughter of a U.S. Senator. Guy dismisses it all out of hand but Bruno goes ahead with his half of the 'bargain' and disposes of Miriam. When Guy balks, Bruno makes it quite clear that he will plant evidence to implicate Guy in her murder if he doesn't get rid of his father. Guy had also made some unfortunate statements about Miriam after she had refused him a divorce. It all leads the police to believe Guy is responsible for the murder, forcing him to deal with Bruno's mad ravings. (Read More)

Themes:
investigation murder death 
Locations:
taxi 
Characters:
homosexual villain policeman detective police 
Story:
gay subtext homosexual subtext macguffin partner cynicism double cross criminal lie cigarette smoking based on novel kiss gun 

Magnum Force (1973) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Magnum Force (1973)

San Francisco Police Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan and his new partner, Early Smith have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. You Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callah…an begins to investigate the murders despite orders from his superior officer, Lieutenant Briggs. A man has to know his limitations... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
robbery investigation betrayal murder death 
Locations:
san francisco california taxi hotel 
Characters:
detective police 
Story:
scene of the crime partner double cross anti hero criminal based on novel 

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Taking Lives (2004)
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Taking Lives (2004)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt …are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... (Read More)

Themes:
police investigation deception investigation jealousy betrayal murder death 
Locations:
bus station hotel 
Characters:
detective police 
Story:
fatal attraction scene of the crime double cross criminal face slap fire title spoken by character cigarette smoking based on novel 

The Usual Suspects (1995)
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The Usual Suspects (1995)

Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them are guilty, they plan a revenge operation against the police. The operation goes well, but then the influence of a legendary mastermind criminal called Keyser Soze is felt. It becomes… clear that each one of them has wronged Soze at some point and must pay back now. The payback job leaves 27 men dead in a boat explosion, but the real question arises now: Who actually is Keyser Soze? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
robbery betrayal murder death 
Characters:
police 
Story:
legendary gay subtext harbor legend double cross criminal fire three word title cigarette smoking gun 

No Way Out (1987)
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No Way Out (1987)

Tom Farrell is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defense David Brice. He starts an affair with Susan Atwell not knowing that she is Brice's mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a …KGB mole! Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan's place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo. (Read More)

Themes:
deception investigation jealousy death murder 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
secretary 
Story:
fatal attraction espionage femme fatale search remake face slap cigarette smoking based on novel kiss gun 

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Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediate…ly kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:
police investigation greed robbery deception investigation betrayal murder death 
Characters:
detective police 
Story:
macguffin henchman double cross criminal title spoken by character cigarette smoking based on novel 

Vertigo (1958)
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Vertigo (1958)

John "Scottie" Ferguson is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she… is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, he believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
deception betrayal murder death 
Locations:
san francisco california hotel 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
private detective private eye femme fatale title spoken by character cigarette smoking based on novel 

Basic Instinct (1992)
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Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, a…nd though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. (Read More)

Themes:
deception investigation jealousy betrayal murder death 
Locations:
san francisco california 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
hanging up without saying goodbye fatal attraction partner cynicism femme fatale cigarette smoking kiss gun 

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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
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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, Cl…ose". (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police investigation greed robbery deception investigation 
Characters:
detective 
Story:
scam liar lie cigarette smoking 

In The Heat Of The Night (1967) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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In The Heat Of The Night (1967)

Detective Virgil Tibbs is caught up in the racial tension of the US South when he is arrested after the murder of a prominent businessman. Tibbs was simply waiting for his next train at the station in Sparta, Mississippi and the confusion is soon resolved but when local police chief Gillespie learns… that Tibbs is the Philadelphia PD's number one homicide expert, he reluctantly asks for his assistance. The murdered man, Mr. Colbert, had come to Sparta from the North to build a new factory and his wife and business associates immediately point the finger at Endicott, the most powerful man in the county and the one who had the most to lose if a major new employer comes to the area. Tibbs' life is clearly in danger but he perseveres in a highly charged and racially explosive environment until the killer is found. (Read More)

Themes:
police investigation investigation murder death 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
scene of the crime loss of husband widow face slap based on novel 

The Negotiator (1998)
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The Negotiator (1998)

In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expe…rt negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late. (Read More)

Themes:
deception betrayal murder death 
Characters:
secretary policeman police 
Story:
frame up partner double cross face slap title spoken by character gun 

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Eraser (1996)
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Eraser (1996)

U.S. Marshal deputy John Kruger is one of the toughest Marshals, his methods are to "Erase" The identities of his witnesses he is assigned to protect. Meanwhile, a woman named Lee Cullen who works for a corporation named Cyrez performed an undercover job for the FBI to unveil a top secret weapon whi…ch uses an electromagnetic pulse to dispatch targets. Cyrez discovered this about Lee and are now out to kill her, Kruger's job is now to protect Lee so she can testify against Cyrez. But, when Kruger was assigned to perform a job with another Marshal named Robert Deguerin, he discovers that Deguerin is behind some kind of scam that will involve the EM Gun, which will change hands to a Russian criminal if Kruger does not stop them, Kruger must not only protect Lee's life but his own. (Read More)

Themes:
deception betrayal death murder 
Locations:
san francisco california 
Characters:
tough guy 
Story:
drugged drink cynicism scam espionage double cross criminal fire cigarette smoking gun 

Rebecca (1940)
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Rebecca (1940)

A shy ladies' companion, staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. She and Max fall in love, marry and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his first wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year be…fore. The second Mrs. de Winter clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley. (Read More)

Themes:
deception investigation jealousy betrayal murder death 
Locations:
hotel 
Story:
duplicity homosexual subtext arson fire title spoken by character cigarette smoking based on novel 

Mortdecai (2015) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Mortdecai (2015)

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the co…de to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. (Read More)

Themes:
robbery deception investigation death murder 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
forgery scene of the crime macguffin henchman femme fatale anti hero widow face slap fire title spoken by character based on novel kiss gun 

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The Net (1995)
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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:
deception murder 
Locations:
san francisco california hotel 
Characters:
police 
Story:
frame up cynicism scam espionage double cross 

Laura (1944)
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Laura (1944)

Detective Mark McPherson investigates the killing of Laura, found dead on her apartment floor before the movie starts. McPherson builds a mental picture of the dead girl from the suspects whom he interviews. He is helped by the striking painting of the late lamented Laura hanging on her apartment wa…ll. But who would have wanted to kill a girl with whom every man she met seemed to fall in love? To make matters worse, McPherson finds himself falling under her spell too. Then one night, halfway through his investigations, something seriously bizarre happens to make him re-think the whole case. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police investigation investigation jealousy murder 
Characters:
homosexual villain detective police 
Story:
femme fatale title spoken by character based on novel 

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)
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In The Valley Of Elah (2007)

In Monroe, Tennessee, Hank Deerfield, an aging warrior, gets a call that his son, just back from 18 months' fighting in Iraq, is missing from his base. Hank drives to Fort Rudd, New Mexico, to search. Within a day, the charred and dismembered body of his son is found on the outskirts of town. Deerfi…eld pushes himself into the investigation, marked by jurisdictional antagonism between the Army and local police. Working mostly with a new detective, Emily Sanders, Hank seems to close in on what happened. Major smuggling? A drug deal gone awry? Credit card slips, some photographs, and video clips from Iraq may hold the key. If Hank gets to the truth, what will it tell him? (Read More)

Themes:
investigation death murder 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
scene of the crime frame up liar search lie title spoken by character gun 

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Death Note (2017) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Death Note (2017)

Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by… the alias L. (Read More)

Themes:
police investigation betrayal murder death 
Characters:
detective police 
Story:
private investigator femme fatale anti hero fire title spoken by character gun kiss 

The Prophecy (1995)
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The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphrodit…ic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
deception investigation jealousy betrayal murder death 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
cynicism henchman statue liar double cross fire title spoken by character cigarette smoking gun kiss 

Sea Of Love (1989)
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Sea Of Love (1989)

Frank Keller is a New York detective investigating a case of a serial killer who finds the victims through the lonely hearts column in newspapers. Keller falls in love with Helen, the main suspect in the case.

Themes:
police investigation investigation jealousy murder death 
Characters:
detective police 
Story:
fatal attraction femme fatale title spoken by character cigarette smoking gun 

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Inherent Vice (2014)
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Inherent Vice (2014)

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry "Doc" Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thom…as Pynchon. (Read More)

Themes:
greed investigation betrayal death murder 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
policeman detective 
Story:
private eye scene of the crime greek private investigator partner liar lie face slap title spoken by character cigarette smoking based on novel kiss gun 

Touch Of Evil (1958) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Touch Of Evil (1958)

Mexican Narcotics officer Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas has to interrupt his honeymoon on the Mexican-US border when an American building contractor is killed after someone places a bomb in his car. He's killed on the US side of the border but it's clear that the bomb was planted on the Mexican side. A…s a result, Vargas delays his return to Mexico City where he has been mounting a case against the Grandi family crime and narcotics syndicate. Police Captain Hank Quinlan is in charge on the US side and he soon has a suspect, a Mexican named Manolo Sanchez. Vargas is soon onto Quinlan and his Sergeant, Pete Menzies, when he catches them planting evidence to convict Sanchez. With his new American wife, Susie, safely tucked away in a hotel on the US side of the border - or so he thinks - he starts to review Quinlan's earlier cases. While concentrating on the corrupt policeman however, the Grandis have their own plans for Vargas and they start with his wife Susie. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
investigation betrayal murder death 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
policeman police 
Story:
hotel lobby frame up femme fatale face slap based on novel gun kiss 

Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow (2004)
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Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow (2004)

In 1939, an intrepid reporter in New York City makes a connection between the story she's covering -- of famous scientists suddenly disappearing around the world, and a recent attack on the city by giant robots. Determined to find the solution to these happenings, she seeks the help of her ex-boyfri…end, the captain of a mercenary legion of pilots. The two are investigating the case when the robots attack the city again, though in a stroke of luck, Sky Captain's right-hand man is able to locate their source. They then set off on an adventure in search of the evil mastermind behind these schemes, who is bent on creating a utopia and destroying the current world. (Read More)

Themes:
jealousy betrayal murder death 
Locations:
taxi 
Characters:
policeman police 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
directorial debut statue femme fatale search face slap kiss gun 

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The Fugitive (1993)
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The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to… prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. (Read More)

Themes:
greed robbery deception investigation betrayal murder death 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
tough guy police 
Story:
scene of the crime double cross remake fire title spoken by character cigarette smoking 

Three Days Of The Condor (1975)
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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:
death murder 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
policeman police 
Story:
bird in title espionage liar animal in title lie based on novel kiss gun 

Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's… not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:
deception investigation murder death 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
liar search lie face slap cigarette smoking gun 

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Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once agai…n. Contending with his partner's new fiancee and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
robbery deception murder 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
detective 
Story:
private detective legendary drugged drink femme fatale anti hero fire title spoken by character 

The Pink Panther (2006)
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The Pink Panther (2006)

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to …give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
robbery investigation murder death 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
secretary policeman police 
Story:
firearm partner fire title spoken by character kiss gun 

The Black Dahlia (2006)
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The Black Dahlia (2006)

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

Themes:
police investigation greed robbery deception investigation death murder 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
police 
Story:
partner liar femme fatale criminal three word title cigarette smoking based on novel 

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Out Of Time (2003) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Out Of Time (2003)

Matt Whitlock, the police chief of the small town of Banyan Key, Florida, is separated from his wife, Alex, a police homicide detective in MIami. Matt's been having an affair with Ann Merai Harrison, a woman who's separated from her abusive husband, Chris, and who says that she has cancer. When her …doctor tells her of a new expensive treatment, Matt decides to give her the nearly half a million dollars in an evidence lock up that he seized from a local drug bust. When Ann and her husband turn up dead only days after naming Chief Whitlock as beneficiary on a million dollar Life insurance policy, things start heating up for Whitlock as the evidence his wife Alex is gathering stacks up against him. And as if things couldn't get worse, the D.E.A. now want the drug money a.s.a.p. Anxiety runs high for Whitlock as he scrambles to figure out who has set him up and also recover half a million dollars all while trying not to break a sweat or draw any suspicions. He's a man who is way out of his depth, nearly out of luck, and desperately close to being out of time. (Read More)

Themes:
police investigation betrayal murder 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
detective police 
Story:
duplicity frame up arson femme fatale double cross three word title kiss 

Dark City (1998)
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Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability t…o put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police investigation deception investigation murder death 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
detective police 
Story:
frame up double cross anti hero cigarette smoking kiss 

Memories Of Murder (2003)
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Memories Of Murder (2003)

In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead, raped and tied and gagged with her underwear. Detective Park Doo-Man and Detective Cho Yong-koo, two brutal and stupid local detectives without any technique, investigate the murder using brutality… and torturing the suspects, without any practical result. The Detective Seo Tae-Yoon from Seoul comes to the country to help the investigations and is convinced that a serial-killer is killing the women. When a third woman is found dead in the same "modus-operandi", the detectives find leads of the assassin. (Read More)

Themes:
police investigation investigation murder death 
Characters:
policeman detective police 
Story:
anti hero criminal 

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Inferno (2016)
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Inferno (2016)

Famous symbologist on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unlea…shing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. (Read More)

Themes:
deception betrayal murder death 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
police 
Story:
treasure hunt istanbul turkey statue femme fatale double cross title spoken by character based on novel 

Femme Fatale (2002) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Femme Fatale (2002)

The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by a…n ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
deception betrayal murder 
Locations:
hotel 
Story:
cynicism femme fatale search double cross face slap cigarette smoking gun kiss 

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's wi…th seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
deception investigation jealousy murder death 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
detective police 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
femme fatale double cross remake cigarette smoking based on novel 

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