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The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)

A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt rider's son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross, (Bradley Cooper) looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present days lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they've inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
police corruption drug use death of father corruption anger investigation hero funeral fear drinking jealousy money kidnapping death revenge 
Mood:
night high school 
Locations:
motorcycle chase car motorcycle chase two on a motorcycle police car chase usa motel truck courtroom police car police station wheelchair cemetery motorcycle forest swimming pool church restaurant hospital  (See All)
Characters:
baby crying shooting a police officer police arrest facial tattoo police chase teenager with a gun stepfather stepson relationship police detective interracial relationship waitress lawyer hostage baby photographer dancer policeman student teenage boy tattoo african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police teenager  (See All)
Story:
bank robber search for father hiding in the back of a truck bank robbery criminal duo career criminal bail out of jail lord's prayer pickup truck baby son falling off a motorcycle motorcycle helmet motorcycle stunt church service high school student counting money subjective camera money problems bag of money tattoo on face teen party house party old photograph telephone call killed by police shot by the police reference to hall and oates picture of sexy girl on wall voice over conversation schenectady new york evidence room character appears on front page of a newspaper getting high heart monitor pine tree oxycodone reference to metallica country road arraignment limping man appeared on tv news family photo vagina slur partner in crime fall to death hit with a wrench auto shop trailer house teenage son ecstasy the drug troubled youth shot in the knee falling out a window character appears on tv police siren looking in a window grave side ceremony breaking down a door google beaten up crib dirt bike rearview mirror balisong announcer welding getaway rookie cop award ceremony spray paint stuntman actress shares first name with character station wagon breaking a window police chief ferris wheel giving a toast district attorney gun in mouth knocking on a door quitting a job no title at beginning drug deal self defense pharmacy trailer home tv reporter whispering 17 year old motorbike autograph sarcasm crutches baptism parking lot heroism flat tire police officer shot falling to death title at the end racist spanish backpack minister haunted by the past switchblade mechanic apple carnival honor therapist assault scene during opening credits ice cream nipples visible through clothing tape recorder breaking and entering injury pot smoking tv news applause black american runaway corrupt cop garage therapy election actor shares first name with character american flag pursuit long take court bank tent character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward five word title gunshot shot in the leg news report search diner drug dealer eating montage ambulance f word telephone criminal reference to jesus christ prayer jail marijuana cafe sunglasses tears vomiting shooting arrest drink written by director camera watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest food beating crying shower pistol chase knife party photograph dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss dog gun violence blood  (See All)

Killer Joe (2011)
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Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use funeral drinking money death 
Locations:
motorcycle chase motel police station cemetery motorcycle restaurant 
Characters:
police detective waitress baby policeman husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck telephone call knocking on a door trailer home mechanic pot smoking corrupt cop garage pursuit character repeating someone else's dialogue drug dealer eating f word telephone reference to jesus christ prayer jail marijuana cafe sunglasses tears vomiting shooting drink watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest food beating crying pistol chase party photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male violence blood gun dog  (See All)

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Baby Driver (2017)
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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:
police corruption death of father anger fear money death revenge 
Locations:
usa police car wheelchair motorcycle restaurant 
Characters:
shooting a police officer police chase waitress baby tattoo african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
bank robber bank robbery pickup truck counting money subjective camera bag of money telephone call fall to death shot in the knee police siren rearview mirror getaway parking lot flat tire police officer shot haunted by the past scene during opening credits tape recorder pot smoking black american corrupt cop long take court bank character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward gunshot shot in the leg news report diner montage f word criminal reference to jesus christ jail cafe sunglasses arrest written by director watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase photograph dancing cigarette smoking kiss gun violence blood  (See All)

Conviction (2010)
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Conviction (2010)

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

Themes:
death of father investigation funeral fear drinking jealousy money death 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
courtroom police car church 
Characters:
waitress lawyer baby photographer dancer policeman tattoo husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
pickup truck telephone call trailer house district attorney breaking and entering corrupt cop american flag court flash forward diner eating prayer sunglasses tears arrest drink camera watching tv punched in the face food beating crying knife photograph dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male gun blood dog violence  (See All)

We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use death of father investigation funeral fear drinking money revenge death 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
motel police car police station wheelchair cemetery motorcycle church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
photographer dancer policeman husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
telephone call grave side ceremony police chief racist american flag pursuit search drug dealer eating ambulance f word jail marijuana cafe tears shooting arrest drink camera shot in the chest food beating crying pistol chase party photograph dancing cigarette smoking dog gun violence blood  (See All)

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Lovelace (2013)
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Lovelace (2013)

Themes:
fear drinking money death 
Locations:
motel police car swimming pool restaurant 
Characters:
photographer dancer policeman husband wife relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
telephone call vagina slur station wagon giving a toast autograph tape recorder injury pot smoking applause pursuit flash forward diner eating f word telephone reference to jesus christ prayer jail marijuana cafe sunglasses drink camera watching tv food beating crying chase party photograph dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss violence blood gun  (See All)

Live By Night (2016)
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Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spe… (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
police corruption death of father corruption anger funeral fear money kidnapping death revenge 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
police car chase police car police station cemetery forest church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
police chase interracial relationship hostage photographer policeman husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships police teenager 
Story:
bank robber bank robbery subjective camera bag of money telephone call getaway police chief title at the end racist honor corrupt cop bank tent character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the leg diner montage f word telephone criminal cafe vomiting arrest written by director punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife party photograph dancing cigarette smoking blood violence  (See All)

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
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Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use death of father anger investigation drinking money death revenge 
Locations:
police car police station cemetery forest 
Characters:
policeman tattoo african american father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
pickup truck telephone call trailer house beaten up welding police chief knocking on a door trailer home black american american flag pursuit character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the leg drug dealer eating f word telephone sunglasses tears vomiting shooting drink written by director watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest food beating crying pistol chase photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male blood violence gun  (See All)

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The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
police corruption corruption anger investigation hero funeral fear money kidnapping death revenge 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
car motorcycle chase usa truck police station wheelchair motorcycle restaurant hospital 
Characters:
police chase police detective lawyer hostage tattoo african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
bank robber bank robbery motorcycle stunt subjective camera bag of money appeared on tv news fall to death district attorney no title at beginning crutches heroism title at the end honor corrupt cop court bank character repeating someone else's dialogue news report drug dealer montage ambulance criminal sunglasses arrest written by director punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife party bare chested male dog blood violence kiss  (See All)

Patriots Day (2016)
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Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:
anger investigation funeral fear kidnapping death 
Locations:
police car police station wheelchair motorcycle church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
police chase police detective interracial relationship hostage policeman tattoo husband wife relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck police chief no title at beginning heroism police officer shot title at the end pot smoking tv news american flag long take news report diner drug dealer montage ambulance f word sunglasses arrest written by director watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male gun blood violence dog  (See All)

Tell No One (2006)
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Tell No One (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:
police corruption drug use death of father corruption investigation drinking kidnapping death 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
police car police station forest restaurant hospital 
Characters:
police chase waitress lawyer baby photographer policeman husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
subjective camera telephone call haunted by the past injury tv news applause pursuit long take flash forward search eating telephone jail cafe tears shooting arrest drink camera watching tv punched in the face food beating crying shower chase photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male gun dog blood violence  (See All)

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Runaway Jury (2003)
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Runaway Jury (2003)

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

Themes:
death of father corruption drinking money death revenge 
Locations:
motel courtroom church restaurant 
Characters:
waitress lawyer photographer policeman african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call mechanic breaking and entering black american runaway pursuit court flash forward gunshot news report diner eating montage ambulance telephone prayer cafe shooting arrest drink camera food beating chase knife photograph cigarette smoking blood gun  (See All)

The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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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:
police corruption corruption anger investigation funeral drinking jealousy money death 
Locations:
police car police station cemetery swimming pool church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
lawyer policeman tattoo african american police 
Story:
bag of money telephone call fall to death shot in the knee grave side ceremony breaking down a door no title at beginning drug deal switchblade black american corrupt cop pursuit long take shot in the leg news report diner drug dealer eating montage ambulance criminal reference to jesus christ jail cafe shooting arrest watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest food beating crying shower pistol chase knife photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male blood kiss violence gun  (See All)

Triple 9 (2016)
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Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:
police corruption corruption anger investigation fear money kidnapping death revenge 
Locations:
police car police station restaurant hospital 
Characters:
police chase police detective interracial relationship hostage tattoo african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
bank robbery bag of money getaway rookie cop police officer shot scene during opening credits pot smoking corrupt cop bank news report drug dealer montage ambulance f word criminal sunglasses arrest punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife party photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male blood violence  (See All)

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Public Enemies (2009)
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Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:
fear drinking money kidnapping death 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
police car police station motorcycle restaurant hospital 
Characters:
lawyer hostage photographer dancer policeman african american police 
Story:
bank robber bank robbery bag of money telephone call no title at beginning black american pursuit court bank shot in the leg eating criminal jail cafe sunglasses tears shooting arrest drink camera punched in the face shot in the chest food beating crying pistol chase photograph dancing cigarette smoking kiss gun violence blood  (See All)

The Wave (2008)
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The Wave (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:
drug use death 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
police car motorcycle swimming pool 
Characters:
waitress photographer dancer policeman teenage boy tattoo husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
motorcycle helmet high school student subjective camera spray paint gun in mouth knocking on a door backpack applause gunshot drug dealer eating montage ambulance f word marijuana tears vomiting shooting arrest camera watching tv shot in the chest food crying party dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male gun kiss blood violence  (See All)

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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Blood Father (2016)

Themes:
death of father anger fear money kidnapping revenge death 
Locations:
motorcycle chase motel truck police car motorcycle 
Characters:
hostage tattoo police teenager 
Story:
pickup truck subjective camera telephone call trailer home 17 year old police officer shot shot in the leg news report diner drug dealer montage f word telephone criminal sunglasses arrest watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife party photograph bare chested male blood violence gun  (See All)

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

In Monroe, Tennessee, Hank Deerfield, an aging warrior, gets a call that his son, just back from 18 months' fighting in Iraq, is missing from his base. Hank drives to Fort Rudd, New Mexico, to search. Within a day, the charred and dismembered body of his son is found on the outskirts of town. 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? (Read More)

Themes:
drug use investigation fear drinking death 
Locations:
motel truck police car police station restaurant 
Characters:
police detective policeman husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck telephone call police chief drug deal tv news american flag pursuit bank five word title search drug dealer ambulance telephone prayer cafe tears arrest drink camera punched in the face beating crying shower chase knife photograph bare chested male dog gun  (See All)

The Guest (2014)
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The Guest (2014)

Themes:
death of father death revenge 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
restaurant 
Characters:
waitress teenage boy african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships teenager 
Story:
pickup truck high school student subjective camera balisong title at the end pot smoking character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the leg diner drug dealer ambulance f word marijuana arrest watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol knife party photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss violence blood  (See All)

The Iceman (2012)
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The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. (Read More)

Themes:
fear drinking money death 
Locations:
police car cemetery restaurant hospital 
Characters:
lawyer baby dancer tattoo husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call police siren giving a toast knocking on a door drug deal 17 year old tv news pursuit court character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward diner f word telephone reference to jesus christ prayer jail cafe sunglasses tears shooting arrest drink written by director watching tv shot in the chest beating crying pistol chase photograph dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male gun dog kiss blood violence  (See All)

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Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use corruption anger fear drinking jealousy money kidnapping death 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
motel police car wheelchair forest restaurant hospital 
Characters:
police chase hostage dancer policeman teenage boy african american husband wife relationship father son relationship teenager police 
Story:
high school student telephone call police siren breaking down a door pot smoking corrupt cop actor shares first name with character pursuit court flash forward gunshot shot in the leg drug dealer montage f word marijuana tears shooting arrest drink punched in the face shot in the chest beating crying pistol chase knife photograph dancing bare chested male kiss gun blood violence  (See All)

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
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The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:
anger money kidnapping revenge death 
Locations:
motel truck police car police station 
Characters:
police arrest interracial relationship hostage baby tattoo husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
bag of money telephone call police officer shot pursuit character repeating someone else's dialogue gunshot shot in the leg diner ambulance f word criminal tears arrest written by director punched in the face shot in the chest beating crying shower pistol cigarette smoking bare chested male blood gun violence  (See All)

New Jack City (1991)
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New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:
corruption anger investigation funeral fear money death revenge 
Locations:
courtroom police station cemetery motorcycle swimming pool restaurant 
Characters:
police chase police detective lawyer hostage policeman tattoo african american husband wife relationship police 
Story:
subjective camera bag of money telephone call balisong falling to death switchblade court character repeating someone else's dialogue drug dealer montage f word telephone criminal sunglasses shooting arrest camera punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife party dancing bare chested male blood gun violence  (See All)

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Hustle & Flow (2005)
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Hustle & Flow (2005)

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.

Themes:
drug use drinking money death 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
police car church restaurant 
Characters:
interracial relationship baby dancer policeman african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
telephone call drug deal black american reference to jesus christ prayer jail marijuana cafe tears shooting arrest drink punched in the face beating crying pistol dancing cigarette smoking kiss dog blood gun violence  (See All)

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:
death of father anger fear money death revenge 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
police station hospital 
Characters:
police chase police detective african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship family relationships teenager police 
Story:
high school student switchblade honor long take character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward drug dealer f word criminal sunglasses vomiting shooting arrest watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife party cigarette smoking bare chested male dog blood violence gun  (See All)

All Good Things (2010)
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All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:
drug use fear drinking money death 
Locations:
motel courtroom swimming pool restaurant 
Characters:
lawyer photographer dancer student husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
telephone call spray paint district attorney self defense tv reporter therapist scene during opening credits pot smoking tv news therapy court search eating marijuana cafe sunglasses tears shooting drink camera food crying shower party photograph dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male gun kiss dog violence blood  (See All)

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The Take (2016)
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The Take (2016)

Michael Mason, a pick-pocket living in Paris steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Masons face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank, (closed on French National Day) -hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar, discovers the real story behind Masons "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. (Read More)

Themes:
police corruption corruption investigation hero fear money kidnapping revenge death 
Locations:
motorcycle church restaurant 
Characters:
police detective hostage tattoo police 
Story:
bank robbery career criminal subjective camera bag of money breaking down a door gun in mouth no title at beginning title at the end corrupt cop bank character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the leg news report ambulance f word criminal cafe arrest written by director punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife photograph blood violence  (See All)

New Police Story (2004)
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New Police Story (2004)

Inspector Wing of the Hong Kong Police Force has become the victim of a gang, led by the evil Joe. When his entire team is killed, Wing becomes a hapless drunk, feeling guilty for the deaths of his team. A young man with a troubled past pretends to be a police officer working on the case with Wing, to get him back on his feet and begin an adventure to get revenge on the evil Joe and his Gang of Five, especially when it becomes personal. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father investigation hero funeral money kidnapping revenge death 
Locations:
motorcycle chase police car police station hospital 
Characters:
police chase police detective lawyer hostage teenage boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police teenager 
Story:
bank robber bank robbery subjective camera bag of money police chief haunted by the past corrupt cop bank character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the leg news report montage ambulance criminal sunglasses vomiting arrest camera punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase party photograph bare chested male violence blood  (See All)

Drive (2011) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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Drive (2011)

A mysterious man who has multiple jobs as a garage mechanic, a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbor - whose husband is in prison and who's looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team's main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father hero jealousy money revenge death 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
motel police car restaurant 
Characters:
police chase interracial relationship waitress husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
bag of money getaway stuntman giving a toast mechanic scene during opening credits breaking and entering garage character repeating someone else's dialogue news report diner f word criminal cafe sunglasses watching tv shot in the chest beating pistol knife cigarette smoking gun violence blood  (See All)

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City Of God (2002)
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City Of God (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:
police corruption drug use death of father fear money kidnapping death revenge 
Locations:
motel police car motorcycle forest church 
Characters:
police chase interracial relationship photographer dancer policeman teenage boy father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
bank robbery career criminal telephone call pot smoking tv news pursuit flash forward drug dealer criminal prayer marijuana tears shooting arrest camera watching tv shot in the chest crying pistol chase knife party photograph dancing violence kiss blood gun  (See All)

Harsh Times (2005)
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Harsh Times (2005)

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

Themes:
drug use corruption anger drinking death 
Locations:
police car 
Characters:
lawyer dancer policeman tattoo african american husband wife relationship police 
Story:
drug deal spanish pot smoking black american corrupt cop drug dealer eating marijuana sunglasses shooting drink watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest food beating pistol chase party photograph dancing cigarette smoking violence blood kiss gun  (See All)

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use corruption anger drinking money death 
Mood:
night high school 
Locations:
police car wheelchair church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
policeman student teenage boy african american mother son relationship police teenager 
Story:
high school student telephone call assault ice cream breaking and entering tv news applause black american pursuit court diner drug dealer eating telephone prayer jail cafe tears vomiting shooting arrest drink watching tv shot in the chest food beating crying chase knife photograph cigarette smoking kiss gun blood  (See All)

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Chaos (2005)

In Seattle, detective Quentin Conners is unfairly suspended and his partner Jason York leaves the police force after a tragic shooting on Pearl Street Bridge, when the hostage and the criminal die. During a bank heist with a hostage situation, Conners is assigned in charge of the operation with the rookie Shane Dekker as his partner. The thieves, lead by Lorenz, apparently do not steal a penny from the bank. While chasing the gangsters, the police team disclose that they planted a virus in the system, stealing one billion dollars from the different accounts, using the principle of the Chaos Theory. Further, they find that Lorenz is killing his accomplices. (Read More)

Themes:
police corruption investigation hero money kidnapping revenge death 
Locations:
car motorcycle chase motel police station motorcycle 
Characters:
police chase police detective waitress hostage policeman police 
Story:
bank robbery bag of money rookie cop corrupt cop bank shot in the leg diner drug dealer ambulance criminal shooting shot in the chest pistol knife blood violence kiss  (See All)

Biutiful (2010)
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Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:
police corruption drug use fear drinking money death 
Locations:
police car cemetery forest church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
baby dancer policeman husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
subjective camera telephone call breaking a window tv reporter backpack ice cream breaking and entering tv news pursuit drug dealer eating montage telephone jail cafe tears vomiting arrest drink watching tv food crying shower chase photograph dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male violence blood kiss  (See All)

Disturbia (2007)
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Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Turner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? (Read More)

Themes:
death of father investigation drinking jealousy kidnapping death revenge 
Mood:
night high school 
Locations:
courtroom police car swimming pool 
Characters:
police detective dancer policeman student teenage boy father son relationship mother son relationship teenager police 
Story:
high school student telephone call spanish assault breaking and entering tv news garage long take flash forward eating arrest drink watching tv punched in the face food chase knife party dancing kiss dog violence blood gun  (See All)

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Rang De Basanti (2006)
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Rang De Basanti (2006)

A young idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits students from Delhi University to act in her docu-drama. She finds DJ, who graduated five years ago but still wants to be a part of the University because he doesn't think there's too much out there in the real world to look forward to. Karan, the son of Industrialist Rajnath Singhania, who shares an uncomfortable relationship with his father, but continues to live off him, albeit very grudgingly. Aslam, is a middle class Muslim boy, who lives in the by-lanes near Jama Masjid, poet, philosopher and guide to his friends. Sukhi, the group's baby, innocent, vulnerable and with a weakness for only one thing - girls. Laxman Pandey, the fundamentalist in the group, the only one who still believes that politics can make the world a better place and finally Sonia - the sole girl in the group, tomboy and vivacious spirit, engaged to Ajay - the dashing air pilot. Through her film, Sue wishes to showcase to the world the efforts of these young revolutionaries and the enormity of their contribution to the freedom movement in India. What unfolds is the inspiration behind Sue's passion for bringing their story to the world. The twist in the tale is of course the fact that more than just telling the world, Sue's film makes DJ and his friends stop… (Read More)

Themes:
police corruption corruption anger investigation hero fear drinking money kidnapping death revenge 
Locations:
motorcycle chase motorcycle church hospital 
Characters:
hostage baby dancer policeman student husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
pickup truck subjective camera telephone call police siren spray paint giving a toast knocking on a door quitting a job backpack injury tv news pursuit character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward gunshot shot in the leg eating montage telephone prayer jail sunglasses tears shooting arrest drink watching tv shot in the chest food beating crying chase party photograph dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male violence blood gun  (See All)

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Gomorrah (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:
drug use fear drinking money death 
Locations:
truck motorcycle hospital 
Characters:
baby photographer dancer policeman teenage boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
subjective camera gun in mouth quitting a job drug deal title at the end applause actor shares first name with character pursuit long take drug dealer criminal shooting arrest drink camera watching tv shot in the chest beating pistol chase dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male gun violence blood  (See All)

The Boondock Saints (1999)
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The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use investigation drinking money death revenge 
Locations:
courtroom police station church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
photographer dancer policeman tattoo african american husband wife relationship police 
Story:
lord's prayer telephone call tv reporter tape recorder tv news black american garage court flash forward shot in the leg eating f word prayer jail cafe shooting drink written by director camera watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest food pistol knife dancing cigarette smoking gun violence blood kiss  (See All)

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Don't Say A Word (2001)
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Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick 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:
death of father anger investigation fear money kidnapping revenge death 
Locations:
police car police station cemetery motorcycle 
Characters:
police detective hostage photographer tattoo husband wife relationship police 
Story:
bank robber bank robbery crutches haunted by the past scene during opening credits bank character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward gunshot ambulance f word telephone criminal tears vomiting arrest camera watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife photograph cigarette smoking blood dog violence  (See All)

Cop Land (1997)
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Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. (Read More)

Themes:
police corruption corruption investigation hero funeral fear jealousy kidnapping death 
Locations:
police car police station cemetery forest swimming pool 
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Near Dark (1987) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:
investigation fear kidnapping death revenge 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
motel truck police car police station 
Characters:
shooting a police officer waitress hostage tattoo father son relationship family relationships teenager police 
Story:
pickup truck balisong spray paint trailer home flat tire assault scene during opening credits american flag shot in the leg diner f word criminal sunglasses vomiting watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest beating pistol chase knife cigarette smoking bare chested male dog gun kiss violence blood  (See All)

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use fear drinking jealousy 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
truck church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
photographer dancer policeman teenage boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships teenager 
Story:
lord's prayer pickup truck high school student subjective camera teen party house party telephone call giving a toast ice cream flash forward eating f word telephone reference to jesus christ prayer marijuana cafe tears shooting drink written by director camera watching tv punched in the face food beating crying knife party photograph dancing kiss  (See All)

Double Jeopardy (1999)
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Double Jeopardy (1999)

When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and with the help of Travis Lehman (her parole officer) she sets out to find her son and the truth behind the "murder".

Themes:
fear revenge 
Locations:
courtroom police car police station cemetery swimming pool hospital 
Characters:
police arrest police chase lawyer husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
carnival breaking and entering gunshot news report search montage ambulance f word tears arrest camera watching tv shot in the chest pistol chase knife photograph dancing cigarette smoking blood  (See All)

15 Minutes (2001)
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15 Minutes (2001)

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

Themes:
investigation funeral fear drinking jealousy money death revenge 
Locations:
police station cemetery restaurant 
Characters:
police chase police detective lawyer hostage policeman husband wife relationship police 
Story:
telephone call switchblade tv news actor shares first name with character american flag shot in the leg news report ambulance f word criminal cafe arrest drink camera watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest pistol chase knife photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male blood dog violence  (See All)

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Sleeping With Other People (2015) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:
drug use anger fear drinking jealousy 
Locations:
police car police station swimming pool restaurant hospital 
Characters:
lawyer dancer policeman african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call giving a toast racist therapist assault scene during opening credits ice cream pot smoking black american pursuit flash forward f word telephone reference to jesus christ jail marijuana cafe vomiting drink watching tv punched in the face chase dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male dog kiss  (See All)

Changeling (2008)
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Changeling (2008)

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

Themes:
police corruption corruption investigation fear kidnapping death 
Locations:
courtroom police car motorcycle church restaurant 
Characters:
lawyer photographer policeman husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
telephone call breaking down a door police chief minister american flag pursuit court search diner eating telephone reference to jesus christ prayer cafe tears shooting camera punched in the face food crying shower chase photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male gun violence blood  (See All)

Alpha Dog (2006)
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Alpha Dog (2006)

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? (Read More)

Themes:
fear drinking money kidnapping revenge death 
Locations:
motel police car swimming pool restaurant 
Characters:
police detective lawyer policeman teenage boy tattoo husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
breaking a window scene during opening credits nipples visible through clothing breaking and entering pot smoking garage character repeating someone else's dialogue drug dealer montage marijuana arrest written by director watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest pistol party dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male dog violence  (See All)

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The Rainmaker (1997)
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The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woman. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:
corruption anger investigation funeral money revenge 
Locations:
motel courtroom police car police station wheelchair restaurant hospital 
Characters:
lawyer tattoo husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
self defense tape recorder american flag court news report montage ambulance criminal arrest punched in the face beating photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male blood dog  (See All)

The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:
investigation fear money kidnapping death revenge 
Locations:
truck courtroom police car motorcycle 
Characters:
police chase lawyer hostage baby photographer dancer student husband wife relationship police 
Story:
bank robbery subjective camera telephone call police siren pot smoking tv news pursuit flash forward gunshot shot in the leg montage jail marijuana sunglasses tears shooting arrest camera watching tv punched in the face shot in the chest beating crying shower pistol chase party photograph dancing cigarette smoking bare chested male violence gun dog blood kiss  (See All)

John Q (2002)
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John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:
money kidnapping death 
Locations:
truck courtroom police car church hospital 
Characters:
hostage mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships police 
Story:
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