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The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Film-noir, Mystery

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 so 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)

Themes:greed,  robbery,  deception,  jealousy,  betrayal
Locations:malta,  hotel
Characters:secretary,  policeman,  detective
Period:1930s
Story:treasure hunt,  compulsive liar,  police investigation,  hotel lobby,  private detective,  hanging up without saying goodbye,  homosexual villain,  director's debut,  male slaps a male,  murphy bed,  legendary,  hard boiled,  blackbird,  overcoat,  statuette,  freighter,  partnership,  gay subtext,  duplicity,  villain arrested,  fedora,  homosexual subtext,  private eye,  bus station,  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,  san francisco california,  statue,  liar,  legend,  femme fatale,  search,  double cross,  anti hero,  widow,  criminal,  animal in title,  lie,  taxi,  tough guy,  investigation,  remake,  face slap,  fire,  cult film,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  police,  based on novel,  death,  kiss,  gun,  murder

North By Northwest (1959)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

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
Locations:hotel
Characters:secretary,  policeman,  detective
Story:hotel lobby,  hanging up without saying goodbye,  homosexual villain,  homosexual subtext,  macguffin,  henchman,  espionage,  statue,  liar,  femme fatale,  double cross,  lie,  taxi,  fire,  three word title,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  gun,  police,  death,  kiss

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Out Of The Past (1947)
Crime, Drama, Film-noir, Romance, Thriller

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)

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

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

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)

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

Chinatown (1974) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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 ensuing 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)

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

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Le Samourai (1967)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Le Samourai (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. This is why Le Samourai (1967) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941). (Read More)

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

The Big Sleep (1946)
Crime, Film-noir, Mystery, Thriller

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)

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

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

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...

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

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Deception (2008) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

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

Themes:deception,  betrayal
Locations:hotel
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:scam,  liar,  search,  lie,  taxi,  investigation,  fire,  cigarette smoking,  kiss,  police,  death,  gun,  murder

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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 licensed 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. This is why The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941). (Read More)

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

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The Ninth Gate (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

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 Telfer, 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 Gates are murdered. Corso becomes obsessed with the book and discloses the truth about it. (Read More)

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

Insomnia (2002) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

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Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

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

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

Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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... This is why Taking Lives (2004) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941). (Read More)

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

Inherent Vice (2014) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

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 Thomas Pynchon. (Read More)

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

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Mortdecai (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance

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 code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. (Read More)

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

The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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, hermaphroditic 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)

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

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

The Black Dahlia (2006)

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

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

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In The Heat Of The Night (1967) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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. This is why In The Heat Of The Night (1967) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941). (Read More)

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

Magnum Force (1973)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite orders from his superior officer, Lieutenant Briggs. A man has to know his limitations... (Read More)

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

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 with 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)

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

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The Pink Panther (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

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)

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

Shutter Island (2010) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Mystery, Thriller

Shutter Island (2010)

It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:detective
Story:partner,  investigation,  criminal,  fire,  fedora,  harbor,  widow,  lie,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  kiss,  gun

No Way Out (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

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. This is why No Way Out (1987) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941). (Read More)

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

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Basic Instinct (1992)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

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

Themes:deception,  betrayal
Locations:hotel
Story:macguffin,  henchman,  arson,  espionage,  femme fatale,  double cross,  taxi,  investigation,  fire,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  gun,  death,  murder,  police

Without A Paddle (2004) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

Without A Paddle (2004)

Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter. (Read More)

Characters:policeman
Story:treasure hunt,  compulsive liar,  treasure,  liar,  search,  lie,  fire,  three word title,  death,  kiss,  gun,  police

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Vertigo (1958)
Mystery, Romance, Thriller

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)

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

Sea Of Love (1989)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

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. This is why Sea Of Love (1989) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941).

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

Angel Heart (1987)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Angel Heart (1987)

Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren't quite that simple and Johnny doesn't want to be found. Let's just say that amongst the period detail and beautiful scenery, it all gets really really nasty.

Locations:hotel
Characters:detective
Story:private detective,  private eye,  private investigator,  partner,  statue,  search,  investigation,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  murder,  death

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Sherlock Holmes (2009) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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 again. 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)

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

Femme Fatale (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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 an 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)

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

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:deception,  betrayal
Locations:hotel
Story:villain arrested,  frame up,  henchman,  espionage,  double cross,  anti hero,  taxi,  tough guy,  investigation,  fire,  based on novel,  police,  death,  murder

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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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? This is why The Usual Suspects (1995) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941). (Read More)

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

The Limey (1999) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Limey (1999)

An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Characters:policeman
Story:police investigation,  statuette,  search,  criminal,  taxi,  investigation,  fire,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  death,  police,  gun

Inside Man (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Inside Man (2006)

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

Themes:robbery,  deception
Characters:detective
Story:police investigation,  partner,  criminal,  lie,  investigation,  gun,  police

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The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  betrayal
Locations:hotel
Story:macguffin,  drugged drink,  henchman,  statue,  anti hero,  tough guy,  based on novel,  gun,  murder,  death,  kiss

Laura (1944)
Drama, Film-noir, Mystery

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 wall. 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)

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

In The Valley Of Elah (2007) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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. Deerfield 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? This is why In The Valley Of Elah (2007) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941). (Read More)

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

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Hollywoodland (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Hollywoodland (2006)

Struggling private investigator Louis Simo treats his work more as a means to make a living than a want to do right by what few clients he has. Through connections with the investigation firm for which he used to work, Simo is hired by Helen Bessolo to investigate the death of her son, actor 'George Reeves (I)' (qv). Reeves was best known for his title role in _"Adventures of Superman" (1952)_ (qv), a role which he always despised, in part since it typecast him as a "cartoon", despite it bringing him a certain fame. His June 16, 1959 death by a single gunshot wound while in his bedroom in his Los Angeles home was ruled a suicide by the police, the death which occurred when the house was filled with people. Reeves' story is told in part in flashback as Simo, who is trying to make a name for himself with this case, talks to or tries to talk to some of the players involved, most specifically the wife of MGM General Manager 'E.J. Mannix' (qv), Toni Mannix, with whom Reeves was having a relatively open and gift-lucrative affair (she bought him that house), and Reeves' fiancee at the time of his death, Lenore Lemmon, an aspiring actress who some felt didn't love Reeves (or vice versa). As Simo proceeds with his high-profile investigation, he learns that someone doesn't want him snooping around. Through the process, Simo evaluates his own professional and personal life, the latter of which includes a somewhat strained relationship with his wife and son. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:hotel
Characters:policeman,  detective
Story:private detective,  private investigator,  scam,  directorial debut,  investigation,  cigarette smoking,  police,  death,  kiss,  murder,  gun

The Negotiator (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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 expert negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late. (Read More)

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

Double Indemnity (1944)
Crime, Drama, Film-noir, Mystery, Thriller

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)

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

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Alex Cross (2012) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Alex Cross (2012)

Dr. Alex Cross is on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso, who's been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. Soon when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits to end this once and for all.

Themes:deception,  betrayal
Characters:detective
Story:police investigation,  partner,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  murder,  police,  death,  gun

Out Of Time (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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. This is why Out Of Time (2003) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941). (Read More)

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

Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons - they're not cops and they know the tough Boston neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Kenzie and Gennaro face drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they are about to solve their case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that could tear them apart. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  deception,  betrayal
Story:police investigation,  private detective,  investigation,  partner,  directorial debut,  criminal,  lie,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  police,  based on novel,  murder,  death

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Odd Thomas (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:policeman
Story:private detective,  private investigator,  frame up,  double cross,  tough guy,  investigation,  fire,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  murder,  police,  death,  kiss

The Pledge (2001) is one of the best movies like The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pledge (2001)

The night he retires as a Nevada sheriff, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blond, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and calls himself the wizard: clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blond daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove fatal? (Read More)

Characters:secretary,  policeman,  detective
Story:search,  investigation,  remake,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  police,  death,  murder

Strangers On A Train (1951)
Crime, Film-noir, Thriller

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)

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

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