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The Number 23 (2007)
Mystery, Thriller

The Number 23 (2007)

On his birthday, Walter Sparrow, an amiable dog-catcher, takes a call that leaves him dog bit and late to pick up his wife. She's browsed in a bookstore, finding a blood-red-covered novel, a murder mystery with numerology that loops constantly around the number 23. The story captivates Walter: he dreams it, he notices aspects of his life that can be rendered by "23," he searches for the author, he stays in the hotel (in room 23) where events in the novel took place, and he begins to believe it was no novel. His wife and son try to help him, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes to protect him. Slowly, with danger to himself and to his family, he closes in on the truth. (Read More)

Themes:madness, insanity, paranoia, obsession, anger, funeral, christmas, suicide
Mood:suspense, nightmare, gore
Locations:woods, cemetery, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, lust, priest, detective, student, teacher, doctor, bondage
Story:bookstore, teacher student relationship, author, used book store, book, christmas tree, attempted suicide, jumping to death, animal control worker, animal control, driven mad, false arrest, reference to ted bundy, dispatcher, numerology, reference to al capone, dart gun, fugue, dogcatcher, playing against type

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:obsession, paranoia, anger, suicide
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:detective, bondage
Story:bookstore, psycho thriller, fate, sadomasochism, premarital sex, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, prisoner, throat slitting, falling from height, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, cult film, knife, tattoo, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:paranoia, anger
Locations:woods, cemetery
Characters:priest, doctor
Story:destiny, fate, skeleton, fantasy sequence, femme fatale, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, police car, flashlight, hallucination, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, dream, surprise ending, knife, tattoo, death

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, funeral, suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods, cemetery, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, student, teacher
Story:mental institution, fate, destiny, reading, stabbed in the chest, dream, shower, panties, surprise ending, cult film, knife, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, father son relationship, sex scene, flashback, murder, death, blood

The Bone Collector (1999) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, christmas, suicide
Mood:suspense, gore
Characters:detective, doctor
Story:christmas tree, bookstore, time, destiny, author, man with glasses, little boy, police car, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, cult film, knife, tattoo, title spoken by character, photograph

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. This is why Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007). (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:detective
Story:electronic music score, birthday cake, premarital sex, skeleton, little boy, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, police car, handcuffs, shot in the head, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, dream, surprise ending, knife, photograph, number in title, sex scene

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:funeral, christmas, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective, lust, teacher
Story:time, christmas tree, mental institution, fate, destiny, reading, bridge, police car, revolver, book, falling from height, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, dream, panties, surprise ending, cult film, murder, cigarette smoking

Identity (2003)
Mystery, Thriller

Identity (2003)

Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new institution. They all can't leave the area because of washed out roads, all the other businesses around the motel are closed because of the storm, and all communication in and out is not functioning also because of the storm. One by one, they are murdered, the murderer leaving a calling card of a motel room key, starting with the room 10 key and working his way presumably to the room 1 key when the last person will be dead. Those still alive band somewhat together under Officer Rhodes and Ed's direction to find out which of the eleven is the murderer, and if, based on one of their theories, that they were brought to the motel by some force by the murderer as his intended targets. Whether those still alive can discover who the murderer is, discover why he has chosen to kill them, and be able to subdue him may well determine Malcolm's fate. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, anger
Mood:suspense
Characters:psychiatrist, detective, bondage
Story:coincidence, psycho thriller, fate, time, murderer, little boy, stabbed to death, prisoner, police car, handcuffs, police officer, corpse, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, murder, death, flashback, blood

Scream 3 (2000) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen.

Themes:paranoia
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:woods
Characters:detective
Story:time, premarital sex, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, police car, flashlight, revolver, hallucination, handcuffs, falling from height, shot in the head, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, shower, surprise ending, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, insanity, paranoia, anger, christmas
Mood:nightmare
Characters:detective
Story:police arrest, time, birthday cake, fantasy sequence, voice over, man with glasses, little boy, handcuffs, book, police officer, corpse, dream, shower, knife, tattoo, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. This is why Nocturnal Animals (2016) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, anger
Mood:suspense
Characters:detective
Story:manuscript, murderer, author, police car, handcuffs, book, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, shower, surprise ending, knife, tattoo, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, flashback, blood, murder

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, anger, funeral
Mood:suspense, nightmare, gore
Locations:woods, cemetery, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:lifting female in air, time, little boy, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, police car, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, book, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, knife, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Secret Window (2004) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Mystery, Thriller

Secret Window (2004)

Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, anger
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:woods
Characters:detective
Story:time, author, manuscript, psycho thriller, man with glasses, police car, flashlight, revolver, hallucination, book, falling from height, blood splatter, corpse, dream, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, murder

Se7en (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' ('Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and ('Brad Pitt' (qv) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" ('Kevin Spacey' (qv)) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... (Read More)

Themes:insanity, anger
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective, lust, teacher
Story:psycho thriller, fate, time, typewriter, murderer, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, panties, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, number in title, death, murder

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, suicide
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:woods
Characters:doctor
Story:lifting someone into the air, skeleton, man with glasses, stabbed to death, falling from height, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, knife, tattoo, title spoken by character, photograph, blood, murder, death

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. This is why Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007). (Read More)

Themes:obsession, suicide
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:detective, doctor
Story:premarital sex, femme fatale, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, revolver, hallucination, handcuffs, falling from height, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, shower, knife, tattoo, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, sex scene

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
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:paranoia, obsession, anger
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:time, police arrest, bookstore, author, femme fatale, man with glasses, throat slitting, bridge, police car, flashlight, book, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, shower, surprise ending, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, obsession
Mood:nightmare
Story:attempted suicide, foreplay, time, lifting someone into the air, destiny, premarital sex, prisoner, handcuffs, falling from height, kissing, police officer, dream, shower, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Scream 4 (2011)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 4 (2011)

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. (Read More)

Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:hospital
Story:book, bookstore, author, femme fatale, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, flashlight, falling from height, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, cult film, knife, husband wife relationship, number in title, death, murder, blood

Pandorum (2009)
Action, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Pandorum (2009)

Two crew members are stranded on a spacecraft and quickly - and horrifically - realize they are not alone. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It's pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship. They can't remember anything: Who are they? What is their mission? With Lt. Payton staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft's shocking, deadly secrets are revealed...and the astronauts find their own survival is more important than they could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:madness, insanity, paranoia
Mood:suspense, gore
Story:psycho thriller, skeleton, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, bridge, flashlight, hallucination, falling from height, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, cult film, tattoo, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, blood, murder, flashback

The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. This is why The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods, cemetery
Characters:priest
Story:lifting someone into the air, grave, femme fatale, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, prisoner, candle, hallucination, book, falling from height, shot in the head, corpse, cult film, knife, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, murder, flashback, blood

Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict (James Cole) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (who he's told was spread by a mysterious "Army of the Twelve Monkeys") and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert. (Read More)

Themes:madness, insanity, paranoia, obsession, christmas
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:time, mental institution, imagination, prisoner, revolver, dream, shower, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, father son relationship, number in title, blood, death, murder, flashback

Saw IV (2007)
Horror, Mystery

Saw IV (2007)

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences. (Read More)

Themes:madness, obsession
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, revolver, shot in the head, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, knife, photograph, husband wife relationship, number in title, blood, death, murder, flashback

The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, obsession, anger, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:lust, priest, student, teacher
Story:teacher student relationship, time, throat slitting, candle, bra, hallucination, book, shot in the head, dream, panties, surprise ending, cult film, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, sex scene, death

Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:madness, insanity, anger, suicide
Characters:doctor
Story:wrongful imprisonment, photo album, fantasy sequence, prisoner, flashlight, hallucination, book, falling from height, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, shower, surprise ending, cult film, knife, tattoo, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007). (Read More)

Themes:anger, suicide
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher, doctor
Story:siren, time, birthday cake, little boy, prisoner, police car, revolver, corpse, panties, knife, tattoo, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, number in title, flashback, death, murder

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery
Characters:psychiatrist, student, teacher
Story:teacher student relationship, visions, photo album, imagination, murderer, grave, candle, shower, surprise ending, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, death, blood, murder

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:obsession, funeral
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:detective, student, doctor
Story:photo album, murderer, reading, fantasy sequence, little boy, candle, police car, flashlight, book, falling from height, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, dream, knife, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

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

Themes:paranoia, obsession, christmas
Story:christmas tree, mental institution, psycho thriller, murderer, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, bridge, flashlight, book, shot in the head, blood splatter, cult film, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, blood

Scream 2 (1997)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:book, reference to ted bundy, time, author, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, police car, flashlight, hallucination, shot in the head, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, cult film, knife, cigarette smoking, number in title, murder

Cube (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube (1997)

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. This is why Cube (1997) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia
Mood:suspense, gore
Characters:doctor
Story:lifting female in air, wrongful imprisonment, lifting someone into the air, stabbed in the chest, prisoner, falling from height, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, blood, death, murder

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, anger, funeral
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:woods
Characters:doctor
Story:imagination, skeleton, grave, stabbed in the chest, flashlight, falling from height, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, shower, surprise ending, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, sex scene, death, murder, blood, flashback

Mr. Brooks (2007) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

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

Themes:anger, suicide
Mood:suspense, nightmare, gore
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:detective, student, doctor
Story:compulsion, framed, murderer, grave, throat slitting, bridge, bra, flashlight, hallucination, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, dream, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, photograph, murder, husband wife relationship, sex scene

The Hateful Eight (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:woods
Story:time, electronic music score, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, prisoner, bridge, revolver, handcuffs, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, knife, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, number in title, blood, flashback, murder, death

Shutter Island (2010)
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:insanity, paranoia
Mood:suspense, nightmare
Locations:woods, cemetery, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, detective, doctor
Story:imagination, mental institution, psycho thriller, murderer, fantasy sequence, man with glasses, revolver, handcuffs, hallucination, blood splatter, corpse, dream, shower, surprise ending, cult film, tattoo, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia, suicide
Mood:suspense, gore
Story:typewriter, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, falling from height, shot in the head, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, number in title, death, blood, murder, flashback

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, anger
Story:fantasy becomes reality, fantasy sequence, man with glasses, little boy, prisoner, bridge, police car, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, falling from height, shot in the head, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, dream, surprise ending, tattoo, title spoken by character, photograph

The Descent (2005)
Adventure, Horror, Thriller

The Descent (2005)

A woman goes on vacation with her friends after her husband and daughter encounter a tragic accident. One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave. With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures.

Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:woods, hospital
Story:time, lifting someone into the air, birthday cake, stabbed in the chest, throat slitting, flashlight, hallucination, book, falling from height, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, cult film, knife, photograph, husband wife relationship, death, murder, blood

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, bridge, revolver, handcuffs, shot in the head, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, shower, knife, tattoo, photograph, blood, flashback, murder, death

The Book Of Eli (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Book Of Eli (2010)

In a violent post-apocalyptic society, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli's impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. The girl sees Eli's book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book, they must first take his life. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Story:coincidence, skeleton, reading, grave, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, bridge, book, falling from height, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, blood, murder, death

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. This is why We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, anger, christmas
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:christmas tree, inmate, murderer, reading, author, little boy, police car, bra, handcuffs, book, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, flashback, murder, blood, death

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, obsession, anger, suicide
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods
Story:fate, prisoner, bridge, flashlight, hallucination, falling from height, shot in the head, corpse, dream, surprise ending, knife, tattoo, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, flashback, death, murder, blood

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:anger, funeral
Mood:gore
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, detective
Story:penitentiary, time, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, bridge, police car, bra, revolver, handcuffs, falling from height, shot in the head, police officer, blood splatter, shower, panties, surprise ending, cult film, knife, tattoo, title spoken by character

Grindhouse (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:priest, doctor
Story:saxophone, truck driver, premarital sex, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, bridge, falling from height, shot in the head, cult film, knife, tattoo, title spoken by character, death, mother son relationship, sex scene, blood, murder

Misery (1990) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Misery (1990)

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... (Read More)

Themes:madness, insanity, obsession, anger
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods
Story:psycho thriller, typewriter, murderer, author, book, surprise ending, knife, title spoken by character, death, blood, murder

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:woods
Characters:lust, doctor
Story:time, typewriter, skeleton, author, throat slitting, bridge, candle, flashlight, handcuffs, book, falling from height, blood splatter, corpse, dream, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, sex scene

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:paranoia, obsession, anger
Characters:detective, psychiatrist, lust, bondage
Story:murderer, reading, author, femme fatale, stabbed in the chest, bra, book, kissing, shot in the head, panties, surprise ending, cigarette smoking, murder, sex scene, death, blood

Wanted (2008)
Action, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller

Wanted (2008)

A young man finds out his long lost father is an assassin. When his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father's old organization and trained by a man named Sloan to follow in his dad's footsteps.

Themes:suicide
Mood:gore
Story:playing against type, fate, time, destiny, femme fatale, bridge, candle, falling from height, shot in the head, blood splatter, corpse, surprise ending, cult film, knife, tattoo, title spoken by character, father son relationship, sex scene, blood, flashback

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003) is one of the best movies like The Number 23 (2007)
Action, Thriller

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)

In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government.

Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:time, siren, fantasy sequence, little boy, candle, revolver, handcuffs, falling from height, shot in the head, police officer, blood splatter, corpse, dream, panties, surprise ending, cult film, knife, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, flashback

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:noose, premarital sex, femme fatale, man with glasses, throat slitting, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, falling from height, blood splatter, shower, panties, surprise ending, cult film, knife, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, death, sex scene, murder

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