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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Crime, Drama

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man's unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  freedom,  dying,  hope,  redemption,  brutality,  fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:night
Locations:sewer,  tunnel,  mexico,  ocean,  rooftop,  courtroom,  beach
Characters:bible,  photographer,  friend
Story:banker,  prison library,  life sentence,  portland maine,  parole violation,  parole board,  parole hearing,  phonograph record,  apple pie,  pet bird,  life imprisonment,  wrongful imprisonment,  police siren,  suicide by hanging,  escape tunnel,  search party,  sitting on a rooftop,  murder trial,  bottle of beer,  water pipe,  water hose,  reading a letter aloud,  prison,  voice over letter,  police brutality,  military prison,  prison yard,  prison bus,  escape from prison,  prison escape,  prison cell,  prison guard,  suicide of friend,  suicide of villain,  suicide by gunshot,  convicted of murder,  reference to robert louis stevenson,  threaten to drop from a height,  locking oneself inside a room,  reference to reader's digest,  reference to alexandre dumas,  teaching someone to read,  reference to robert frost,  reference to raquel welch,  singing along with a record,  reference to hank williams,  official corruption,  birdseye shot,  tax return,  talking to a bird,  not guilty,  adding machine,  detention camp,  reference to rita hayworth,  helicopter shot,  hollow book,  reference to jfk assassination,  tin box,  listening to music on headphones,  oak tree,  telephoto lens,  income tax,  feet on desk,  reference to rembrandt,  basalt,  stone wall,  kickback,  chess set,  public address system,  ged,  billy club,  penknife,  reference to al capone,  sentence,  year 1949,  mentoring,  shiv,  chessboard,  chess piece,  bloodhound,  reference to mozart,  rule,  shoeshine,  living,  based on the works of stephen king,  elderly man,  year 1954,  gay rape,  bookshelf,  record album,  large format camera,  year 1946,  caged bird,  vinyl record,  year 1957,  filth,  carving,  inspection,  year 1966,  wall safe,  based on novella,  biblical quote,  aria,  soprano,  checkers,  year 1947,  gay subtext,  year 1963,  geology,  camaraderie,  shower room,  city park,  murder of wife,  solitary confinement,  warden,  flash camera,  wrongful arrest,  duet,  bromance,  baseball team,  phonograph,  first person narration,  compass,  loudspeaker,  reference to marilyn monroe,  reference to john f. kennedy,  invitation,  maine,  parenting,  money laundering,  betting,  embezzlement,  parole,  reference to albert einstein,  collector,  maggot,  wrongful conviction,  contraband,  illiteracy,  pie,  worm,  assistant,  cornfield,  black market,  broken window,  smuggler,  harmonica,  sailboat,  librarian,  postcard,  cafeteria,  laundry,  police arrest,  accountant,  pet,  poetic justice,  bribery,  underdog,  crow,  imprisonment,  sin,  poster,  pigeon,  siren,  homoeroticism,  bet,  border,  society,  convict,  plot twist,  bribe,  mentor,  unfaithful wife,  interracial friendship,  manhunt,  thunder,  shoes,  innocence,  friendship between men,  time,  watching a movie,  death of friend,  male bonding,  hammer,  exercise,  bullet,  rope,  record player,  newspaper headline,  typewriter,  directorial debut,  glasses,  gift,  hanging,  lightning,  beaten to death,  library,  search,  darkness,  false accusation,  trial,  judge,  weapon,  prisoner,  ambulance,  police car,  opera,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  reporter,  revolver,  jail,  sex standing up,  beer,  water,  vomiting,  letter,  gay sex,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  flashback

Lock Up (1989)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Story:escape tunnel,  prison yard,  escape from prison,  prison escape,  prison cell,  prison guard,  solitary confinement,  warden,  cafeteria,  convict,  mentor,  interracial friendship,  manhunt,  death of friend,  male bonding,  darkness,  prisoner,  jail,  letter,  rain,  beating,  prison,  photograph,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  dying,  redemption,  fear,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  courtroom,  beach
Characters:photographer,  friend
Story:parole,  worm,  shoes,  innocence,  friendship between men,  male bonding,  newspaper headline,  gift,  hanging,  trial,  ambulance,  reporter,  jail,  beer,  water,  letter,  beating,  prison,  photograph,  violence,  murder,  flashback

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
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. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  brutality,  fear,  betrayal,  infidelity,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  courtroom,  beach
Characters:photographer
Story:police siren,  suicide by hanging,  police brutality,  prison cell,  solitary confinement,  flash camera,  banker,  imprisonment,  society,  newspaper headline,  typewriter,  trial,  judge,  weapon,  prisoner,  police car,  subjective camera,  jail,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  photograph,  violence,  murder,  flashback

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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:dying,  hope,  brutality,  fear,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:police brutality,  society,  death of friend,  directorial debut,  lightning,  beaten to death,  prisoner,  flashlight,  revolver,  beer,  vomiting,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  flashback,  murder,  violence

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Midnight Express (1978)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Midnight Express (1978)

On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American 'Billy Hayes (I)' (qv) is caught attempting to smuggle 2 kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who actually sold him the hash. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich, and one of the senior prisoners having already served seven years, an Englishman named Max, the latter two also in for hash related charges. One prisoner not befriended is Rifki, who wields power in the prison as the unofficial eyes and ears for the guards. As Billy, his family and his girlfriend Susan attempt through legal and diplomatic channels for Billy's release, Max tells him that the only way out is to "catch the midnight express" aka escape, which is what Jimmy is continually trying to do. When Billy's situation changes, he becomes more desperate in every sense of the word. It seems as if Billy has only two options: to let the prison ultimately figuratively then literally kill him, or to somehow regain control of his life through whatever means available. This is why Midnight Express (1978) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994). (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  dying,  hope,  brutality,  fear,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:tunnel,  courtroom
Characters:photographer
Story:prison guard,  life imprisonment,  escape tunnel,  time,  voice over letter,  prison escape,  sentence,  parole,  contraband,  harmonica,  imprisonment,  homoeroticism,  exercise,  search,  prison,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  flashlight,  jail,  letter,  beating,  cult film,  photograph,  murder,  violence

Double Jeopardy (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:night
Locations:courtroom,  beach
Characters:friend
Story:parole hearing,  parole,  murder trial,  prison guard,  wrongful arrest,  wrongful conviction,  sailboat,  police arrest,  newspaper headline,  search,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  ambulance,  police car,  revolver,  shot to death,  prison,  photograph,  murder

The Last Castle (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Last Castle (2001)

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Story:military prison,  warden,  prison yard,  prison guard,  stone wall,  chess piece,  solitary confinement,  betting,  cafeteria,  laundry,  bet,  convict,  mentor,  prison,  prisoner,  letter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  violence,  murder

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The Longest Yard (2005) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Comedy, Crime, Sport

The Longest Yard (2005)

Paul "Wrecking" Crewe was a revered football superstar back in his day, but that time has since faded. But when a messy drunk driving incident lands him in jail, Paul finds he was specifically requested by Warden Hazen (James Cromwell), a duplicitous prison official well aware of Paul's athletic skills. Paul has been assigned the task of assembling a team of convicts, to square off in a big football game against the sadistic guards. With the help of fellow convict Caretaker, and an old legend named Nate Scarborough to coach, Crewe is ready for what promises to be a very interesting game. It's only the warden and the guards who have no idea who or what they're up against, with Paul the driving force behind the new team. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  revenge
Story:warden,  police brutality,  prison bus,  prison guard,  shower room,  solitary confinement,  underdog,  convict,  time,  death of friend,  library,  prison,  jail,  beating,  murder

Un Prophete (2009)
Crime, Drama

Un Prophete (2009)

Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brecourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named Cesar Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate. This move does not sit well with the other Corsicans, who only see Malik as a dirty Arab, and the Muslims who now mistrust him. But as time goes on, Malik works to save himself while in prison, while setting up his life post prison on his own terms. Both his demon and his salvation in prison is the specter of one of the first people he really got to know during his incarceration. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:beach
Story:prison library,  voice over letter,  prison yard,  prison cell,  prison guard,  sentence,  rule,  solitary confinement,  parole,  illiteracy,  bribery,  convict,  friendship between men,  time,  prison,  prisoner,  subjective camera,  jail,  letter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  photograph,  flashback,  violence,  murder

The Green Mile (1999)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

The Green Mile (1999)

Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930's, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift. This is why The Green Mile (1999) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994).

Themes:redemption
Mood:night
Story:prison guard,  feet on desk,  based on the works of stephen king,  solitary confinement,  warden,  wrongful conviction,  poetic justice,  convict,  innocence,  hammer,  gift,  prison,  false accusation,  prisoner,  revolver,  jail,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  three word title,  flashback,  murder

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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:fear,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:courtroom
Characters:photographer,  friend
Story:life sentence,  voice over letter,  prison guard,  ged,  sentence,  solitary confinement,  wrongful conviction,  convict,  bribe,  innocence,  false accusation,  trial,  judge,  police car,  beer,  letter,  beating,  prison,  photograph,  flashback,  murder,  violence

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

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

Themes:dying,  hope,  redemption,  brutality,  fear,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:tunnel,  beach
Story:prison escape,  prison guard,  imprisonment,  border,  death of friend,  hammer,  rope,  beaten to death,  darkness,  weapon,  prisoner,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  water,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  flashback

Chopper (2000)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Chopper (2000)

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Themes:brutality
Locations:courtroom
Story:murder trial,  prison guard,  sentence,  convict,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  jail,  beer,  vomiting,  beating,  prison,  cult film,  murder,  violence

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Ben-hur (1959)
Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (1959)

Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a roof tile falls down from Judah's house and injures the governor. Although Messala knows they are not guilty, he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:rooftop
Characters:bible,  friend
Story:time,  wrongful imprisonment,  rule,  gay subtext,  wrongful conviction,  bet,  thunder,  hammer,  gift,  lightning,  search,  false accusation,  prisoner,  water,  rain,  prison,  voice over narration,  violence,  murder

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:night
Locations:rooftop
Characters:friend
Story:wrongful imprisonment,  imprisonment,  prison cell,  suicide by gunshot,  murder of wife,  flash camera,  wrongful conviction,  sin,  innocence,  hammer,  beaten to death,  prisoner,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  vomiting,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  violence,  murder,  flashback

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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:freedom,  redemption,  brutality,  betrayal,  revenge
Story:voice over letter,  prison cell,  prison guard,  betting,  bet,  watching a movie,  beaten to death,  prisoner,  police car,  flashlight,  revolver,  vomiting,  letter,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  flashback

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The Fugitive (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

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

Themes:betrayal,  infidelity
Mood:night
Locations:sewer,  tunnel,  rooftop
Story:prison bus,  escape from prison,  prison escape,  prison guard,  prison,  wrongful conviction,  laundry,  bribery,  convict,  manhunt,  beaten to death,  false accusation,  judge,  weapon,  ambulance,  police car,  revolver,  jail,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  flashback

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... (Read More)

Themes:hope,  redemption,  fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:courtroom
Characters:photographer,  friend
Story:living,  invitation,  broken window,  poster,  innocence,  trial,  judge,  subjective camera,  letter,  rain,  surprise ending,  photograph

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. (Read More)

Themes:adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:friend
Story:prison escape,  chess piece,  wrongful arrest,  illiteracy,  smuggler,  death of friend,  hanging,  false accusation,  prisoner,  subjective camera,  letter,  prison,  surprise ending,  murder,  flashback

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Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. This is why Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  fear,  revenge
Story:police brutality,  prison bus,  prison escape,  prison guard,  shiv,  solitary confinement,  pie,  time,  newspaper headline,  beaten to death,  trial,  weapon,  prisoner,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  reporter,  jail,  beer,  vomiting,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  photograph,  violence,  murder,  flashback

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  friendship
Locations:courtroom
Characters:friend
Story:prison library,  life sentence,  voice over letter,  jail,  escape from prison,  prison escape,  prison guard,  shower room,  embezzlement,  watching a movie,  directorial debut,  library,  judge,  prisoner,  ambulance,  subjective camera,  vomiting,  letter,  gay sex,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  flashback

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  revenge
Locations:courtroom
Characters:bible
Story:phonograph record,  flash camera,  parole,  embezzlement,  police arrest,  unfaithful wife,  watching a movie,  record player,  typewriter,  lightning,  judge,  prisoner,  police car,  revolver,  vomiting,  letter,  prison,  voice over narration,  cult film,  photograph,  flashback

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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:redemption,  betrayal,  infidelity,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:mexico
Story:wrongful arrest,  laundry,  police arrest,  accountant,  poetic justice,  siren,  directorial debut,  ambulance,  police car,  revolver,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  murder,  violence

Ben-hur (2016) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:hope,  redemption,  brutality,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:ocean,  rooftop,  beach
Story:betting,  bribery,  bet,  friendship between men,  gift,  lightning,  false accusation,  prisoner,  water,  letter,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  violence,  flashback,  murder

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 Shawshank Redemption (1994). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  brutality,  fear,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:night
Locations:rooftop
Story:voice over letter,  police brutality,  prison escape,  prison guard,  rule,  wrongful arrest,  money laundering,  banker,  accountant,  convict,  death of friend,  rope,  newspaper headline,  beaten to death,  darkness,  false accusation,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  ambulance,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  reporter,  revolver,  jail,  letter,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  murder,  violence

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White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:mexico,  rooftop,  courtroom,  beach
Characters:bible,  photographer,  friend
Story:prison guard,  living,  gift,  trial,  judge,  ambulance,  revolver,  jail,  beer,  letter,  prison,  voice over narration,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  flashback

Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  dying,  brutality,  suicide
Characters:bible
Story:police brutality,  prison cell,  prison guard,  filth,  contraband,  directorial debut,  prisoner,  jail,  water,  vomiting,  beating,  prison,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  flashback

Escape From Alcatraz (1979) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

The true story of three inmates who attempt a daring escape from the infamous prison, Alcatraz Island. Although no-one had managed to escape before, bank robber Frank Morris masterminded this elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. In 29 years, this seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once by three inmates never heard of again. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Story:prison library,  prison escape,  prison cell,  prison guard,  reference to al capone,  librarian,  convict,  interracial friendship,  library,  prison,  prisoner,  flashlight,  jail,  beating,  violence

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21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:dying,  hope,  redemption,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  suicide,  revenge
Characters:bible
Story:prison cell,  siren,  convict,  time,  hanging,  prisoner,  ambulance,  police car,  revolver,  jail,  vomiting,  rain,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  photograph,  flashback,  murder

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Locations:rooftop
Story:wrongful imprisonment,  police brutality,  prison guard,  newspaper headline,  beaten to death,  false accusation,  prisoner,  ambulance,  flashlight,  revolver,  beating,  prison,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  flashback

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:dying,  fear,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:night
Characters:photographer,  friend
Story:police brutality,  escape from prison,  prison escape,  prison guard,  living,  money laundering,  betting,  convict,  manhunt,  time,  watching a movie,  death of friend,  beaten to death,  judge,  police car,  jail,  letter,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  surprise ending,  photograph,  violence,  murder

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Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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:redemption,  brutality,  fear,  betrayal,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:night
Locations:tunnel,  beach
Characters:bible,  photographer,  friend
Story:sentence,  living,  smuggler,  sin,  time,  newspaper headline,  beaten to death,  prisoner,  police car,  subjective camera,  revolver,  beer,  vomiting,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  three word title,  photograph,  murder,  violence

Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  redemption,  fear,  suicide
Characters:bible
Story:apple pie,  parole,  pie,  worm,  crow,  convict,  glasses,  lightning,  flashlight,  rain,  beating,  murder,  violence

Life (1999)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Life (1999)

In the mid-1990s, two inmates bury the burned bodies of two lifers at Mississippi's infamous Parchman Farm; a third old-timer relates their story. They'd served 65 years for a murder they didn't commit, framed by a local sheriff while buying moonshine whiskey for a Manhattan club owner to whom they owed money. In flashbacks we see this odd couple thrown together (Ray is a fast-talking con man, and Claude is a serious man about to start work as a bank teller), the loss of Ray's watch (sterling silver, from his daddy), the murder and trial, the hardships of Parchman, and the love-hate relationship of Claude and Ray as they spend 65 years bickering and looking for a way to escape. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:life imprisonment,  murder trial,  prison escape,  prison cell,  prison guard,  pie,  friendship between men,  false accusation,  trial,  jail,  prison,  surprise ending,  murder,  flashback,  violence

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. This is why A Clockwork Orange (1971) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:night
Characters:bible
Story:sentence,  police brutality,  jail,  prison guard,  prison,  homoeroticism,  society,  time,  newspaper headline,  typewriter,  lightning,  beaten to death,  library,  prisoner,  subjective camera,  reporter,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  photograph,  violence,  murder

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

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

Themes:brutality,  fear,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:tunnel
Story:prison guard,  listening to music on headphones,  vinyl record,  postcard,  manhunt,  bullet,  newspaper headline,  glasses,  beaten to death,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  police car,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  revolver,  jail,  letter,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  flashback

Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:prison guard,  billy club,  solitary confinement,  parole,  time,  record player,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  subjective camera,  jail,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  photograph,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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Clue (1985)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Clue (1985)

Clue is a movie about six guests, a butler, and a maid, who are all involved in the murders of six people. The guests all meet at Hill House, where you learn that Professor Plum works in D.C., where everyone else lives. Colonel Mustard is a client of Miss Scarlet, who is the ex-employer of Yvette, the maid, who had an affair with the husband of Mrs. White, etc. Blackmailer Mr. Boddy gives each guest a weapon and tells them to kill butler Wadsworth to avoid being exposed. Add in Mrs. Peacock's craziness and Mr. Green's clumsiness, and meet a whole group tangled in a web of murder, lies, and hilarity. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:night
Story:year 1954,  invitation,  broken window,  thunder,  rope,  glasses,  lightning,  beaten to death,  library,  search,  darkness,  weapon,  flashlight,  revolver,  letter,  rain,  surprise ending,  cult film,  flashback,  violence,  murder

Demolition Man (1993)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Demolition Man (1993)

Frozen in 1996, Simon Phoenix, a convicted crime lord, is revived for a parole hearing well into the 21st century. Revived into a society free from crime, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. John Spartan, the police officer who captured Phoenix in 1996, has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he did not commit. In 2032, the former cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara have merged into peaceful, utopian San Angeles. Unable to stop him with their non-violent solutions, the police release Spartan to help recapture Phoenix. Now after 36 years, Spartan has to adapt himself to the future society he has no knowledge about. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Story:parole hearing,  parole,  wrongful imprisonment,  society,  bottle of beer,  police brutality,  prison escape,  feet on desk,  sentence,  warden,  time,  gift,  weapon,  police car,  revolver,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  violence,  murder

The Prestige (2006) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. This is why The Prestige (2006) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:courtroom
Characters:friend
Story:time,  assistant,  poster,  thunder,  bullet,  rope,  hanging,  lightning,  trial,  judge,  prisoner,  revolver,  jail,  beer,  water,  letter,  shot to death,  rain,  prison,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  photograph,  flashback,  murder

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:regret,  redemption,  brutality,  fear,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Story:prison guard,  reference to hank williams,  death of friend,  bullet,  beaten to death,  prisoner,  police car,  subjective camera,  revolver,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  violence

Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:courtroom
Story:prisoner,  life imprisonment,  judge,  prison guard,  sentence,  living,  year 1957,  assistant,  imprisonment,  border,  time,  newspaper headline,  typewriter,  glasses,  trial,  revolver,  jail,  letter,  shot to death,  rain,  prison,  three word title,  photograph

Blue Streak (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Blue Streak (1999)

Miles Logan is a jewel thief who just hit the big time by stealing a huge diamond. However, after two years in jail, he comes to find out that he hid the diamond in a police building that was being built at the time of the robbery. In an attempt to regain his diamond, he poses as an L.A.P.D. detective... (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Mood:night
Locations:mexico,  rooftop
Story:prison bus,  laundry,  time,  bullet,  rope,  darkness,  prisoner,  police car,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  revolver,  jail,  water,  shot to death,  prison,  photograph,  violence,  murder

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El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:courtroom
Characters:photographer,  friend
Story:life imprisonment,  police brutality,  murder of wife,  flash camera,  wrongful arrest,  assistant,  imprisonment,  time,  death of friend,  record player,  typewriter,  search,  judge,  prisoner,  subjective camera,  jail,  letter,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  flashback

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:brutality,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:sewer,  rooftop
Story:embezzlement,  librarian,  mentor,  manhunt,  newspaper headline,  lightning,  beaten to death,  library,  ambulance,  police car,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  revolver,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  flashback

The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

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

Themes:betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:friend
Story:prison guard,  gay subtext,  wrongful arrest,  bribery,  time,  lightning,  false accusation,  trial,  prisoner,  subjective camera,  jail,  beer,  beating,  prison,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  photograph,  violence,  flashback

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On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:mexico
Characters:friend
Story:voice over letter,  year 1949,  year 1947,  homoeroticism,  friendship between men,  record player,  typewriter,  glasses,  search,  beer,  letter,  gay sex,  voice over narration,  three word title,  photograph,  flashback

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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:brutality,  fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  beach
Characters:friend
Story:police brutality,  betting,  poetic justice,  bribery,  time,  death of friend,  lightning,  beaten to death,  false accusation,  trial,  judge,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  revolver,  shot to death,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  violence,  murder,  flashback

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:brutality,  fear,  revenge
Characters:photographer
Story:siren,  hammer,  rope,  beaten to death,  search,  prisoner,  police car,  flashlight,  reporter,  rain,  beating,  photograph,  flashback,  murder,  violence

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