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The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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)

Themes:corruption, anger, funeral, fear, drinking, jealousy, money, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:epic, night
Locations:usa, motel, courtroom, wheelchair, cemetery, forest, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:waitress, lawyer, hostage, baby, photographer, dancer, policeman, student, teenager
Story:motorcycle stunt, motorcycle, baby crying, carnival, bank robber, search for father, motorcycle chase, car motorcycle chase, hiding in the back of a truck, bank robbery, bank, criminal duo, career criminal, bail out of jail, lord's prayer, pickup truck, shooting a police officer, police corruption, baby son, police arrest

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear, drinking, money
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman
Story:telephone call, vagina slur, station wagon, giving a toast, autograph, tape recorder, injury, pot smoking, applause, pursuit, flash forward, diner, eating, police car, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, prayer, jail, marijuana

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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:funeral, fear, drinking, money, revenge
Mood:night
Locations:motel, wheelchair, cemetery, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman
Story:telephone call, grave side ceremony, police chief, racist, american flag, pursuit, search, drug dealer, eating, ambulance, police car, police station, drug use, f word, jail, marijuana, cafe, death of father, tears, shooting

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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:anger, drinking, money, revenge
Locations:cemetery, forest
Characters:policeman
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, police car, police station, drug use, f word, telephone

Patriots Day (2016) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

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, funeral, fear, kidnapping
Locations:wheelchair, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage, policeman
Story:pickup truck, police chase, police chief, no title at beginning, heroism, police officer shot, title at the end, pot smoking, tv news, american flag, long take, news report, police detective, interracial relationship, diner, drug dealer, montage, ambulance, police car, police station

Baby Driver (2017)
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? This is why Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012). (Read More)

Themes:anger, fear, money, revenge
Locations:usa, wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:baby, waitress
Story:getaway, bank robber, bank robbery, pickup truck, subjective camera, bag of money, police chase, fall to death, flat tire, police officer shot, haunted by the past, scene during opening credits, tape recorder, pot smoking, corrupt cop, long take, court, bank, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gunshot

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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:money, funeral, drinking
Locations:motel, cemetery, church, restaurant
Characters:waitress, baby, policeman
Story:motorcycle chase, pickup truck, telephone call, knocking on a door, trailer home, mechanic, pot smoking, corrupt cop, garage, pursuit, character repeating someone else's dialogue, police detective, drug dealer, eating, police station, drug use, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, prayer

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

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

Themes:funeral, fear, drinking, jealousy, money
Locations:courtroom, church
Characters:waitress, lawyer, baby, photographer, dancer, policeman
Story:pickup truck, telephone call, high school, trailer house, district attorney, breaking and entering, corrupt cop, american flag, court, flash forward, diner, eating, police car, prayer, death of father, sunglasses, tears, arrest, drink, camera

Die Welle (2008) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (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)

Characters:waitress, photographer, dancer, policeman
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, police car, drug use, f word, marijuana, tears, vomiting, shooting

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:money, corruption, anger, funeral, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:epic, night
Locations:cemetery, forest, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage, photographer, policeman, teenager
Story:bank robber, bank robbery, police corruption, subjective camera, bag of money, police car chase, police chase, telephone call, getaway, police chief, title at the end, racist, honor, runaway, corrupt cop, bank, tent, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, interracial relationship

The Guest (2014)
Mystery, Thriller

The Guest (2014)

Themes:revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:waitress, 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, death of father, arrest, watching tv, punched in the face, shot in the chest, high school, beating

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:anger, fear, money, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:motel
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:motorcycle chase, pickup truck, subjective camera, telephone call, trailer home, 17 year old, police officer shot, shot in the leg, news report, truck, diner, drug dealer, montage, police car, f word, telephone, criminal, death of father, sunglasses, arrest

Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Action, Comedy, Crime

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:corruption, anger, fear, drinking, jealousy, money, kidnapping
Locations:motel, wheelchair, forest, restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage, dancer, policeman, teenager
Story:high school student, police chase, 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, police car, drug use, f word, marijuana, tears

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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
Locations:motel
Characters:hostage, baby
Story:police arrest, bag of money, telephone call, police officer shot, pursuit, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gunshot, shot in the leg, truck, interracial relationship, diner, ambulance, police car, police station, f word, criminal, tears, arrest, written by director, punched in the face

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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:anger, fear, money, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:teenager
Story:high school student, police chase, switchblade, honor, long take, character repeating someone else's dialogue, flash forward, police detective, drug dealer, police station, f word, criminal, death of father, sunglasses, vomiting, shooting, arrest, watching tv, punched in the face, shot in the chest

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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. This is why The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012). (Read More)

Themes:corruption, anger, funeral, fear, money, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:epic, night
Locations:usa, wheelchair, restaurant, hospital
Characters:lawyer, hostage
Story:criminal, district attorney, bank robber, car motorcycle chase, bank robbery, hero, police corruption, motorcycle stunt, subjective camera, bag of money, police chase, appeared on tv news, fall to death, no title at beginning, crutches, heroism, title at the end, honor, corrupt cop, court

Gomorra (2008) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (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:fear, drinking, money
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby, photographer, dancer, policeman
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, truck, drug dealer, drug use, criminal, shooting, arrest, drink, camera, watching tv, shot in the chest, motorcycle

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

Don't Say A Word (2001)

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

Themes:anger, fear, money, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:cemetery
Characters:hostage, photographer
Story:bank robber, bank robbery, crutches, haunted by the past, scene during opening credits, bank, character repeating someone else's dialogue, flash forward, gunshot, police detective, ambulance, police car, police station, f word, telephone, criminal, death of father, tears, vomiting, arrest

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

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

Themes:corruption, anger, drinking
Characters:lawyer, dancer, policeman
Story:drug deal, spanish, pot smoking, black american, corrupt cop, drug dealer, eating, police car, drug use, marijuana, sunglasses, shooting, drink, watching tv, punched in the face, shot in the chest, food, beating, pistol, chase

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:anger, fear, drinking, jealousy
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:lawyer, dancer, policeman
Story:telephone call, giving a toast, racist, therapist, assault, scene during opening credits, ice cream, pot smoking, black american, pursuit, flash forward, police car, police station, drug use, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, jail, marijuana, cafe

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (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. This is why Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012). (Read More)

Themes:fear, money, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer, hostage, baby, photographer, dancer, student
Story:bank robbery, subjective camera, police chase, telephone call, police siren, pot smoking, tv news, pursuit, flash forward, gunshot, shot in the leg, truck, montage, police car, jail, marijuana, sunglasses, tears, shooting, arrest

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

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

Themes:funeral, fear, drinking, jealousy, money, revenge
Locations:cemetery, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, hostage, policeman
Story:police chase, telephone call, switchblade, tv news, actor shares first name with character, american flag, shot in the leg, news report, police detective, ambulance, police station, f word, criminal, cafe, arrest, drink, camera, watching tv, punched in the face, investigation

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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:corruption, anger, fear, money, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:bank robbery, police corruption, bag of money, police chase, getaway, rookie cop, police chief, police officer shot, scene during opening credits, pot smoking, corrupt cop, bank, news report, police detective, interracial relationship, drug dealer, montage, ambulance, police car, police station

Public Enemies (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

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
Mood:night
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:lawyer, hostage, photographer, dancer, policeman
Story:bank robber, bank robbery, bank, bag of money, telephone call, no title at beginning, black american, pursuit, court, shot in the leg, eating, police car, police station, criminal, jail, cafe, sunglasses, tears, shooting, arrest

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

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

Themes:funeral, fear, drinking, jealousy, money
Locations:courtroom, cemetery, church, restaurant
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman
Story:subjective camera, vagina slur, trailer house, giving a toast, knocking on a door, whispering, switchblade, therapist, assault, applause, election, long take, court, shot in the leg, police detective, eating, police station, drug use, f word, criminal

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. This is why Runaway Jury (2003) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012). (Read More)

Themes:corruption, drinking, money, revenge
Locations:motel, courtroom, church, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, waitress, photographer, policeman
Story:telephone call, mechanic, breaking and entering, black american, runaway, pursuit, court, flash forward, gunshot, news report, diner, eating, montage, ambulance, telephone, prayer, cafe, death of father, shooting, arrest

John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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
Locations:courtroom, church, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:pickup truck, telephone call, welding, police chief, gun in mouth, tv news, court, truck, eating, montage, ambulance, police car, prayer, tears, shooting, arrest, watching tv, shot in the chest, food, crying

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:fear, jealousy, money
Mood:night
Locations:motel, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman
Story:subjective camera, telephone call, shot by the police, ecstasy the drug, knocking on a door, drug deal, pot smoking, pursuit, long take, flash forward, drug dealer, eating, police car, drug use, f word, marijuana, death of father, tears, shooting, punched in the face

The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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:corruption, anger, funeral, drinking, jealousy, money
Locations:cemetery, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:lawyer, policeman
Story:police corruption, criminal, 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, police detective, diner, drug dealer

The Company You Keep (2012)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. (Read More)

Locations:motel, forest, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, photographer, policeman
Story:bank robber, bank robbery, pickup truck, telephone call, police siren, police chief, tv reporter, backpack, breaking and entering, tv news, black american, american flag, pursuit, bank, diner, eating, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, cafe

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

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. This is why The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012). (Read More)

Themes:corruption, anger, drinking, money
Mood:night
Locations:wheelchair, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:policeman, student, teenager
Story:high school student, telephone call, high school, assault, ice cream, breaking and entering, tv news, applause, black american, pursuit, court, diner, drug dealer, eating, police car, drug use, telephone, prayer, jail, cafe

The Iceman (2012)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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
Locations:cemetery, restaurant, hospital
Characters:lawyer, baby, dancer, teenager
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, police car, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, prayer, jail, cafe, sunglasses

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:anger, drinking, revenge
Locations:motel, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:lawyer, policeman
Story:pickup truck, telephone call, minister, therapy, flash forward, gunshot, diner, ambulance, police car, drug use, reference to jesus christ, prayer, jail, cafe, tears, vomiting, shooting, drink, watching tv, food

Midnight Special (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. (Read More)

Themes:fear, kidnapping
Mood:night
Locations:motel, forest, church
Characters:hostage, policeman
Story:pickup truck, subjective camera, telephone call, knocking on a door, police officer shot, spanish, tape recorder, injury, tv news, pursuit, news report, search, truck, diner, ambulance, police car, telephone, reference to jesus christ, vomiting, shooting

Ride Along (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way.

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:car motorcycle chase, subjective camera, bag of money, police chase, police officer shot, scene during opening credits, corrupt cop, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, police detective, ambulance, police car, police station, sunglasses, arrest, watching tv, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the chest

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. This is why Nurse Betty (2000) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, jealousy
Locations:motel, restaurant, hospital
Characters:waitress, lawyer, hostage, policeman
Story:telephone call, drug deal, tape recorder, garage, therapy, pursuit, character repeating someone else's dialogue, gunshot, diner, ambulance, police car, drug use, cafe, tears, shooting, drink, watching tv, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the chest

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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, funeral, fear, money, revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:courtroom, cemetery, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, hostage, policeman
Story:subjective camera, bag of money, police chase, telephone call, balisong, falling to death, switchblade, court, character repeating someone else's dialogue, police detective, drug dealer, montage, police station, f word, telephone, criminal, sunglasses, shooting, arrest, camera

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

Mortdecai (2015)

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

Themes:funeral, drinking, money, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:hostage, baby, dancer, policeman
Story:car motorcycle chase, money problems, telephone call, rearview mirror, knocking on a door, mechanic, scene during opening credits, garage, pursuit, bank, flash forward, gunshot, eating, police car, police station, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, vomiting, shooting

Chugyeogja (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Chugyeogja (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Themes:anger, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:motel, church, hospital
Characters:photographer
Story:police corruption, police chief, scene during opening credits, pursuit, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, search, police detective, police car, police station, tears, arrest, written by director, camera, watching tv, punched in the face, investigation, beating, crying, photograph

Animal Kingdom (2010)
Crime, Drama

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Despite being no saint herself, Julia Cody has shielded her seventeen year old son, Joshua "J" Cody, from her Melbourne-based criminal relatives who they have not seen in years. After Julia dies in front of J's eyes from a self-inflicted heroin overdose, J, who is slightly detached from life, feels he has no choice but to contact his maternal grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, the family matriarch, for a place to live. Smurf rules the family with a borderline incestuous love over her three sons, the quietly menacing Andrew "Pope" Cody, the hyperactive Craig Cody, and the barely of age Darren Cody. Pope and his best friend, Barry "Baz" Brown, are armed robbers, with Darren their up and coming apprentice, while Craig is a mid level drug dealer. Melbourne's Armed Robbery Squad is after specifically Pope, who is hiding out. But when the standoff between the Codys and the Armed Robbery Squad is brought up a notch, an all out war ensues, with some casualties and J caught in the middle. The only grounding in J's life is his girlfriend, Nicky Henry. With those casualties comes an investigation by Homicide Detective Senior Sergeant Nathan Leckie, who knows the Codys are involved in some of those deaths. As Leckie tries to get J on his side, J has to figure out how best to get himself out from the middle, where he trusts neither side. J also wants to figure out how to exact what he considers justice in an all around bad situation. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, revenge
Locations:motel, courtroom, restaurant
Characters:lawyer
Story:bank robbery, police corruption, telephone call, drug deal, 17 year old, parking lot, pot smoking, corrupt cop, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, police detective, drug dealer, police car, police station, drug use, f word, criminal, marijuana, sunglasses, arrest

Alpha Dog (2006) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Biography, Crime, Drama

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? This is why Alpha Dog (2006) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012). (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking, money, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, hostage, policeman
Story:drug dealer, breaking a window, scene during opening credits, nipples visible through clothing, breaking and entering, pot smoking, garage, character repeating someone else's dialogue, police detective, montage, police car, marijuana, arrest, written by director, watching tv, punched in the face, shot in the chest, swimming pool, teenage boy, pistol

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Crime, Drama, Music

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:drinking, money
Locations:church, restaurant
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman
Story:telephone call, drug deal, black american, interracial relationship, police car, drug use, reference to jesus christ, prayer, jail, marijuana, cafe, tears, shooting, arrest, drink, punched in the face, high school, beating, crying, pistol

Hell Or High Water (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking, money, revenge
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:waitress, lawyer, hostage
Story:bank robber, bank robbery, bank, pickup truck, bag of money, police chase, racist, long take, gunshot, news report, police detective, diner, police car, police station, f word, criminal, reference to jesus christ, sunglasses, shooting, watching tv

Stolen (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stolen (2012)

In New Orleans, the notorious bank thief and family man Will Montgomery steals $10m with his partners Vincent, Riley Jeffers and Hoyt. However, he has an argument with Vincent in the runaway and Hoyt leaves Will behind. He tries to flee but the FBI agent Tim Harlend organizes a manhunt and Will is captured, but he burns the stolen money to get rid of the evidence against him. Eight years later, Will leaves the prison and he goes to the house of his teenage daughter Alison Loeb, who has issues against him. Alison leaves Will alone in a coffee shop and takes a cab to go to a session with her shrink. However, a couple of minutes later, Will receives a phone call from Vincent, who is presumed dead, telling that he has abducted Alison and will kill her unless he receives the $10m of the last robbery. Now Will has twelve hours to find a way to rescue his daughter from the hands of the psychopath Vincent. (Read More)

Themes:money, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:bank robbery, career criminal, pickup truck, shooting a police officer, police arrest, subjective camera, bag of money, police car chase, police chase, runaway, bank, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, montage, police car, f word, criminal, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the chest

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, jealousy, money
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer, teenager
Story:pickup truck, telephone call, giving a toast, knocking on a door, 17 year old, backpack, black american, flash forward, montage, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, death of father, sunglasses, tears, drink, high school, swimming pool, crying, teenage boy

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms. This is why High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, kidnapping
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman
Story:subjective camera, knocking on a door, autograph, parking lot, falling to death, tape recorder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, flash forward, eating, montage, police car, f word, reference to jesus christ, shooting, drink, watching tv, punched in the face, shot in the chest, food, beating

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:funeral, drinking, money
Locations:courtroom, cemetery
Characters:lawyer, baby, dancer
Story:telephone call, ferris wheel, giving a toast, knocking on a door, quitting a job, pharmacy, parking lot, scene during opening credits, tv news, applause, pursuit, flash forward, montage, f word, telephone, death of father, sunglasses, tears, shooting, arrest

Near Dark (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

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:fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:night
Locations:motel
Characters:waitress, hostage, teenager
Story:pickup truck, shooting a police officer, balisong, spray paint, trailer home, flat tire, assault, scene during opening credits, american flag, shot in the leg, truck, diner, police car, police station, f word, criminal, sunglasses, vomiting, watching tv, punched in the face

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) is one of the best movies like The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:anger, drinking
Locations:hospital
Story:high school student, telephone call, looking in a window, 17 year old, sarcasm, ice cream, pot smoking, black american, flash forward, drug dealer, eating, montage, ambulance, drug use, telephone, reference to jesus christ, prayer, marijuana, death of father, vomiting

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (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:corruption, drinking, kidnapping
Mood:night
Locations:forest, restaurant, hospital
Characters:waitress, lawyer, baby, photographer, policeman
Story:police corruption, subjective camera, police chase, telephone call, haunted by the past, injury, tv news, applause, pursuit, long take, flash forward, search, eating, police car, police station, drug use, telephone, jail, cafe, death of father

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