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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford asks her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned, thus far, for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill, who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight (especially around the hips), all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose her, as a woman, to be able to trigger some emotional response from Lecter. After speaking to Lecter for the first time, she realizes that everything with him will be a psychological game, with her often having to read between the very cryptic lines he provides. She has to decide how much she will play along, as his request in return for talking to him is to expose herself emotionally to him. The case takes a more dire turn when a sixth victim is discovered, this one from who they are able to retrieve a key piece of evidence, if Lecter is being forthright as to its meaning. A potential seventh victim is high profile Catherine Martin, the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, which places greater scrutiny on the case as they search for a hopefully still alive Catherine. Who may factor into what happens is Dr. Frederick Chilton, the warden at the prison, an opportunist who sees the higher profile with Catherine, meaning a higher profile for himself if he can insert himself successfully into the proceedings. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  cannibalism,  brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:museum,  elevator,  airport
Characters:psychiatrist,  villain,  homosexuality,  transsexual,  hostage,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:fbi trainee,  female fbi agent,  fbi agent,  fbi,  escape from handcuffs,  baltimore maryland,  west virginia,  female senator,  u.s. senator,  cannibal,  mass murderer,  police training,  agent,  sadistic psychopath,  elevator shaft,  serial killer,  woman,  murder investigation,  psychopath,  police officer bitten,  police baton,  reference to hannibal lecter,  smithsonian institution,  childhood flashback,  object made of human skin,  object made of body part,  senator's daughter,  night vision sequence,  singing along with radio,  reference to barry manilow,  singing along with a record,  muzzle flash,  moving furniture,  unhappy childhood,  lights suddenly go out,  wearing human skin,  poodle dog,  head in a jar,  human in a cage,  contemporary setting,  mace spray,  storage facility,  based on ed gein,  mangina,  small dog,  bad guy wins,  traumatic childhood,  case file,  skinning,  two killers,  anagram,  entomologist,  cocoon,  obstacle course,  character appears on tv,  severed face,  fat girl,  anthropophagus,  door bell,  effeminacy,  bahamas,  moth,  animal in cast credits,  jail break,  rookie cop,  maryland,  academy,  drugstore,  bucket,  memphis tennessee,  night vision goggles,  secret past,  courthouse,  famous line,  sexual identity,  orchestral music score,  tragic past,  sewing,  music box,  funeral home,  wake,  illinois,  psychoanalysis,  virginia,  strait jacket,  female hero,  transvestism,  mind game,  impersonating a police officer,  loss of daughter,  well,  human monster,  ohio,  barking dog,  bad guy,  graduation,  gay stereotype,  body count,  dark past,  autopsy,  disembowelment,  senator,  female lead,  pet dog,  haunted by the past,  murder of a police officer,  couch,  mental institution,  psycho thriller,  strong female lead,  singing in a car,  classical music,  psychologist,  swat team,  psychology,  blockbuster,  mass murder,  mutilation,  sociopath,  gothic,  heroine,  tv news,  strong female character,  washington d.c.,  flirting,  maniac,  chess,  loss of father,  murderer,  basement,  pursuit,  evil man,  race against time,  terror,  pay phone,  beaten to death,  library,  police officer killed,  five word title,  training,  news report,  man with glasses,  severed head,  mental illness,  ambulance,  orphan,  good versus evil,  revolver,  male pubic hair,  handcuffs,  animal in title,  mask,  investigation,  airplane,  rescue,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  female protagonist,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  based on book,  surprise ending,  cult film,  based on novel,  f rated,  sequel,  murder,  police,  masturbation,  violence,  flashback

Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:fbi agent,  mass murderer,  fbi,  murder investigation,  serial killer,  tragic past,  dark past,  autopsy,  murder of a police officer,  strong female lead,  singing in a car,  swat team,  mass murder,  mutilation,  gothic,  strong female character,  maniac,  race against time,  police officer killed,  news report,  man with glasses,  severed head,  revolver,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  investigation,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  surprise ending,  police,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback

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Se7en (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

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

Themes:revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:detective,  villain
Story:fbi agent,  mass murderer,  sadistic psychopath,  serial killer,  murder investigation,  bad guy wins,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  autopsy,  psycho thriller,  swat team,  blockbuster,  mutilation,  sociopath,  gothic,  tv news,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  terror,  library,  news report,  severed head,  ambulance,  revolver,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  investigation,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  cult film,  police,  murder,  violence

Split (2016)
Horror, Thriller

Split (2016)

When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities, they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them.

Themes:escape,  cannibalism,  brutality,  kidnapping,  friendship
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:museum
Characters:psychiatrist,  villain,  hostage
Story:sadistic psychopath,  anthropophagus,  tragic past,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  dark past,  cannibal,  haunted by the past,  psycho thriller,  psychologist,  sociopath,  maniac,  loss of father,  murderer,  basement,  evil man,  terror,  training,  news report,  man with glasses,  mental illness,  ambulance,  orphan,  psychopath,  rescue,  serial killer,  neo noir,  corpse,  surprise ending,  sequel,  flashback,  violence,  murder

Manhunter (1986) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Manhunter (1986)

Will Graham is a former FBI agent who recently retired to Florida with his wife Molly and their young son. Graham was a 'profiler'; one who profiles criminal's behavior and tries to put his mind into the minds of criminals to examine their thoughts while visiting crime scenes. Will is called out of his self-imposed retirement at the request of his former boss Jack Crawford to help the FBI catch an elusive serial killer, known to the press as the 'Tooth Fairy', who randomly kills whole families in their houses during nights of the full moon and leaves bite marks on his victims. To try to search for clues to get into the mind of the killer, Will has occasional meetings with Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, a charismatic but very dangerous imprisoned serial killer that Will captured years earlier which nearly drove him insane from the horrific encounter that nearly cost Will's life. With some help and hindrance, Will races against the clock before the next full moon when the 'Tooth Fairy' will strike again. Elsewhere, a local photographer named Francis Dollarhyde, the killer that Will is looking for, struggles to stay undetected while seeing a hope of redemption when be begins a relationship with a blind woman who is not aware of his double life. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism,  brutality,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense,  gore
Characters:psychiatrist,  villain,  homosexuality,  hostage,  detective
Story:fbi agent,  fbi,  baltimore maryland,  agent,  sadistic psychopath,  serial killer,  muzzle flash,  two killers,  anthropophagus,  psychoanalysis,  human monster,  cannibal,  murder of a police officer,  mental institution,  sociopath,  gothic,  washington d.c.,  murderer,  evil man,  race against time,  man with glasses,  woman,  good versus evil,  revolver,  psychopath,  investigation,  airplane,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  cult film,  based on novel,  murder,  violence,  police

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Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part Vi (1986)
Horror, Thriller

Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part Vi (1986)

Tommy Jarvis returns to the graveyard to make sure Jason Voorhees is dead and accidentally brings him back to life. Now it's up to Tommy to stop Jason's mindless killing and put him back where he belongs. This is why Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part Vi (1986) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991). (Read More)

Mood:gore
Characters:villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  bad guy,  body count,  murder of a police officer,  psycho thriller,  mass murder,  mutilation,  gothic,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  terror,  severed head,  ambulance,  psychopath,  mask,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  prison,  surprise ending,  cult film,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  police,  sequel

Hannibal (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hannibal (2001)

The continuing saga of Hannibal Lecter, the murdering cannibal. He is presently in Italy and works as a curator at a museum. Clarice Starling, the FBI agent whom he aided to apprehend a serial killer, was placed in charge of an operation but when one of her men botches it, she's called to the mat by the Bureau. One high ranking official, Paul Krendler has it in for her. But she gets a reprieve because Mason Verger, one of Lecter's victims who is looking to get back at Lecter for what Lecter did to him, wants to use Starling to lure him out. When Lecter sends her a note she learns that he's in Italy so she asks the police to keep an eye out for him. But a corrupt policeman who wants to get the reward that Verger placed on him, tells Verger where he is. But they fail to get him. Later Verger decides to frame Starling which makes Lecter return to the States. And the race to get Lecter begins. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:museum
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:fbi agent,  agent,  fbi,  human monster,  disembowelment,  cannibal,  haunted by the past,  swat team,  gothic,  washington d.c.,  pay phone,  library,  news report,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rescue,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  surprise ending,  based on novel,  sequel,  flashback,  police,  violence,  murder

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:cannibalism,  brutality,  escape,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  gore
Characters:villain,  detective
Story:mass murderer,  sadistic psychopath,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  cannibal,  couch,  psycho thriller,  mass murder,  sociopath,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  terror,  pay phone,  police officer killed,  severed head,  mental illness,  woman,  ambulance,  revolver,  psychopath,  investigation,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  cult film,  based on novel,  f rated,  murder,  violence,  police

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Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:psychiatrist,  hostage,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:mass murderer,  traumatic childhood,  two killers,  drugstore,  tragic past,  human monster,  dark past,  haunted by the past,  psycho thriller,  mass murder,  sociopath,  tv news,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  news report,  severed head,  woman,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rescue,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  surprise ending,  cult film,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  police

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

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

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:murder investigation,  severed face,  rookie cop,  tragic past,  swat team,  mutilation,  sociopath,  gothic,  chess,  evil man,  race against time,  pay phone,  police officer killed,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  revolver,  handcuffs,  investigation,  rescue,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  based on book,  surprise ending,  cult film,  based on novel,  police,  violence,  murder

Untraceable (2008)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Untraceable (2008)

A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are - both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an "untraceable" website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies. This is why Untraceable (2008) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  gore
Story:female fbi agent,  fbi agent,  murder investigation,  strong female lead,  swat team,  agent,  tv news,  loss of father,  basement,  pursuit,  pay phone,  fbi,  police officer killed,  man with glasses,  psychopath,  investigation,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  female protagonist,  corpse,  surprise ending,  murder,  police,  violence

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Solace (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Solace (2015)

A psychic doctor, John Clancy (Sir Anthony Hopkins), works with an F.B.I. Special Agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an F.B.I. Special Agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  friendship
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:elevator
Story:fbi agent,  agent,  tragic past,  dark past,  autopsy,  haunted by the past,  psychologist,  swat team,  sociopath,  murderer,  race against time,  fbi,  police officer killed,  revolver,  handcuffs,  investigation,  rescue,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  police

Passenger 57 (1992) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:fbi agent,  tragic past,  dark past,  haunted by the past,  swat team,  evil man,  race against time,  terror,  fbi,  beaten to death,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  airplane,  rescue,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  surprise ending,  cult film,  violence,  police,  murder,  flashback

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  cannibalism,  brutality,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:gore
Characters:villain,  hostage
Story:mass murderer,  severed face,  wake,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  cannibal,  murder of a police officer,  psycho thriller,  mass murder,  maniac,  murderer,  basement,  evil man,  terror,  pay phone,  fbi,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  news report,  revolver,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rescue,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  cult film,  police,  sequel,  flashback,  murder,  violence

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The Hunted (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Hunted (2003)

In the green woods of Silver Falls, Oregon, Aaron Hallam, a trained assassin AWOL from the Special Forces, keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. After Hallam brutally slew four deer hunters in the area, FBI Special Agent Abby Durrell turns to L.T. Bonham-- the one man who may be able to stop him. At first L.T. resists the mission. Snug in retirement, he's closed off to his past, the years he spent in the Special Forces training soldiers to become skilled killers. But when he realizes that these recent slaying is the work of a man he trained, he feels obligated to stop him. Accepting the assignment under the condition that he works alone, L.T. enters the woods, unarmed--plagued by memories of his best student and riddled with guilt for not responding to Aaron's tortured letters to him as he began to slip over the edge of sanity. Furious as he is with his former mentor for ignoring his pleas for help, Aaron knows that he and L.T. share a tragic bond that is unbreakable. And, even as they go into their final combat against each other, neither can say with certainty who is the hunted and who is the hunter. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:suspense,  gore
Characters:villain
Period:1990s
Story:sadistic psychopath,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  dark past,  haunted by the past,  psycho thriller,  swat team,  agent,  mutilation,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  terror,  fbi,  police officer killed,  training,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  murder,  violence,  flashback

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. This is why Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator
Characters:psychiatrist,  hostage,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:tragic past,  dark past,  autopsy,  haunted by the past,  mental institution,  sociopath,  loss of father,  race against time,  police officer killed,  woman,  ambulance,  orphan,  revolver,  handcuffs,  investigation,  rescue,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  based on novel,  masturbation,  murder,  violence,  police,  flashback

The Cell (2000) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Cell (2000)

Catharine Deane is a psychotherapist who is part of a revolutionary new treatment which allows her mind to literally enter the mind of her patients. Her experience in this method takes an unexpected turn when an FBI agent comes to ask for a desperate favour. They had just tracked down a notorious serial killer, Carl Stargher, whose MO is to abduct women one at a time and place them in a secret area where they are kept for about 40 hours until they are slowly drowned. Unfortunately, the killer has fallen into an irreversible coma which means he cannot confess where he has taken his latest victim before she dies. Now, Catherine Deane must race against time to explore the twisted mind of the killer to get the information she needs, but Stargher's damaged personality poses dangers that threaten to overwhelm her. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Characters:psychiatrist,  hostage,  detective
Story:fbi agent,  traumatic childhood,  animal in cast credits,  mind game,  disembowelment,  strong female lead,  agent,  mutilation,  strong female character,  race against time,  fbi,  mental illness,  psychopath,  investigation,  rescue,  serial killer,  corpse,  surprise ending,  cult film

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

In part six of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, dream monster Freddy Krueger has finally killed all the children of his hometown, and seeks to escape its confines to hunt fresh prey. To this end, he recruits the aid of his (previously unmentioned) daughter. However, she discovers the demonic origin of her father's powers and meets Dad head-on in a final showdown (originally presented in 3-D). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:gore
Characters:villain
Period:1990s
Story:sadistic psychopath,  human monster,  ohio,  bad guy,  body count,  dark past,  psycho thriller,  mutilation,  gothic,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  terror,  beaten to death,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  airplane,  rescue,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  cult film,  f rated,  violence,  flashback,  sequel,  murder

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

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism,  brutality,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense,  gore
Characters:hostage,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:severed face,  autopsy,  cannibal,  murder of a police officer,  sociopath,  gothic,  maniac,  evil man,  race against time,  police officer killed,  ambulance,  orphan,  good versus evil,  revolver,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  investigation,  rescue,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  surprise ending,  cult film,  police,  flashback,  violence,  murder

The People Under The Stairs (1991)
Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The People Under The Stairs (1991)

The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family's evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the "children" that the insane brother and sister have been "rearing" under the stairs. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  cannibalism,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:villain
Period:1990s
Story:sadistic psychopath,  anthropophagus,  funeral home,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  cannibal,  psycho thriller,  mutilation,  gothic,  maniac,  basement,  evil man,  terror,  mental illness,  psychopath,  blood splatter,  corpse,  cult film,  violence,  murder,  police

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Misery (1990) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Misery (1990)

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... This is why Misery (1990) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:villain,  hostage
Story:heroine,  sadistic psychopath,  human monster,  dark past,  murder of a police officer,  psycho thriller,  psychology,  mutilation,  sociopath,  maniac,  murderer,  basement,  terror,  mental illness,  woman,  psychopath,  investigation,  rescue,  serial killer,  neo noir,  surprise ending,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

Copycat (1995)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Copycat (1995)

In San Francisco, the criminal psychologist Helen Hudson is specialized in serial-killers. During a trial, the accused Daryll Lee Cullum kills a police officer and tries to kill her and she becomes agoraphobic. Now Helen lives a reclusive life with her gay friend Andy that helps her. Sometime later, there is a wave of crimes and Detectives M.J. Monahan and Reuben Goetz are investigating the murder cases. Helen identifies that the murderer is copycatting notorious serial-killers and she anonymously contacts the Police Department. After fourteen phone calls, she is identified by the police. Detectives M.J. and Reuben visit her and Helen teams up with them and prepares the profile of the killer that wants to be famous. But soon the copycat killer Peter Foley contacts and stalks Helen and M.J. and Reuben give protection to her. Will they be capable to stop Foley before the next murder? (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  friendship
Mood:suspense,  gore
Characters:psychiatrist,  detective
Story:psychologist,  murder investigation,  serial killer,  two killers,  mind game,  impersonating a police officer,  human monster,  murder of a police officer,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  terror,  police officer killed,  psychopath,  investigation,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  female protagonist,  murder,  police,  violence

Gothika (2003)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Gothika (2003)

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  suicide
Mood:suspense,  gore
Characters:psychiatrist,  villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  two killers,  bad guy,  mental institution,  psycho thriller,  psychologist,  gothic,  maniac,  murderer,  pursuit,  evil man,  terror,  pay phone,  mental illness,  woman,  psychopath,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  female protagonist,  corpse,  prison,  surprise ending,  murder,  f rated,  violence,  police,  flashback

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Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:villain
Story:fbi agent,  senator,  agent,  fbi,  human monster,  sociopath,  maniac,  murderer,  pay phone,  beaten to death,  news report,  woman,  revolver,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  investigation,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  based on book,  murder,  violence,  flashback

The Dead Zone (1983) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Dead Zone (1983)

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems...

Themes:suicide
Mood:suspense
Characters:psychiatrist,  villain
Story:murder investigation,  contemporary setting,  character appears on tv,  bad guy,  body count,  senator,  psycho thriller,  mutilation,  sociopath,  gothic,  maniac,  murderer,  pay phone,  police officer killed,  news report,  man with glasses,  woman,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  revolver,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  investigation,  rescue,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  cult film,  based on novel,  police,  murder,  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. This is why Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:agent,  fbi agent,  police training,  fbi,  sewing,  impersonating a police officer,  ohio,  murder of a police officer,  singing in a car,  pursuit,  evil man,  pay phone,  beaten to death,  training,  woman,  handcuffs,  airplane,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  based on book,  surprise ending,  police,  violence,  murder

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Patriots Day (2016)
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:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:fbi agent,  murder investigation,  swat team,  sociopath,  tv news,  fbi,  police officer killed,  news report,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  handcuffs,  investigation,  rescue,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  police,  violence,  murder

The East (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

Themes:escape,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  airport
Story:fbi agent,  escape from handcuffs,  tragic past,  strait jacket,  washington d.c.,  fbi,  news report,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  orphan,  male pubic hair,  handcuffs,  airplane,  rescue,  neo noir,  surprise ending,  violence

Kalifornia (1993) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kalifornia (1993)

Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:villain,  hostage
Story:mass murderer,  sadistic psychopath,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  murder of a police officer,  psycho thriller,  mutilation,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  terror,  psychopath,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  cult film,  violence,  police,  murder

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The Heat (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:fbi agent,  female fbi agent,  agent,  fbi,  autopsy,  pet dog,  swat team,  race against time,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  revolver,  handcuffs,  investigation,  female protagonist,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  surprise ending,  f rated,  violence,  police,  murder

Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Horror, Thriller

Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Thought to be killed by the sole survivor of the last massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees kills his way back to the camp to once again murder its inhabitants. This time, has Jason met his match in the little boy Tommy Jarvis? This is why Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991). (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Mood:gore
Characters:villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  disembowelment,  psycho thriller,  mutilation,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  terror,  severed head,  psychopath,  mask,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  corpse,  surprise ending,  cult film,  violence,  murder,  sequel,  masturbation

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:elevator,  airport
Characters:hostage
Story:agent,  tragic past,  virginia,  body count,  dark past,  sociopath,  race against time,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  training,  news report,  man with glasses,  orphan,  handcuffs,  investigation,  airplane,  rescue,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  based on novel,  violence,  murder,  flashback

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The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator
Characters:villain,  hostage,  detective
Story:mass murderer,  sadistic psychopath,  secret past,  famous line,  tragic past,  mind game,  human monster,  dark past,  swat team,  blockbuster,  mass murder,  mutilation,  sociopath,  gothic,  maniac,  evil man,  race against time,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  news report,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  revolver,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  mask,  investigation,  airplane,  rescue,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  surprise ending,  cult film,  police,  murder,  sequel,  violence

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

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:west virginia,  swat team,  agent,  sociopath,  loss of father,  race against time,  beaten to death,  library,  police officer killed,  news report,  ambulance,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  investigation,  airplane,  rescue,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  surprise ending,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  police

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous (2005)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous (2005)

Because of the notoriety she gained from the Miss United States pageant, Gracie Hart's life as an undercover FBI agent is over. In addition, Agent Eric Matthews broke off their relationship which she did not take well. Begrudgingly on the advice her boss Director Harry McDonald, Gracie decides to become the FBI's media relations officer. Ten months later with the assistance of style coach Joel Meyers and a best selling book behind her about her experience, Gracie becomes a designer-clad media darling and the made-up face of the FBI. The new Gracie is the exact opposite of Agent Sam Fuller, a woman who, like Gracie before her pageant experience, has deep seated anger issues. The two do not get along, but that doesn't stop McDonald from assigning Sam to be Gracie's bodyguard. The two are sent to Las Vegas when Gracie's friend, reigning Miss United States Cheryl Frasier, and the long time Miss United States pageant host Stan Fields are kidnapped there. At the FBI's Las Vegas field office, Assistant Director Walter Collins wants Gracie solely to be the media spokesperson on the case, but Gracie wants to be back in the field, especially when she uncovers some leads Collins dismisses. Despite their antagonistic relationship, Gracie and Sam have to work together to follow these leads. Along with them are Joel and insecure FBI Agent Jeff Foreman, the foursome who in addition to finding Cheryl and Stan, have to elude Collins' other agents, Collins who wants Gracie and Sam back on a plane to New York and who wants the glory of solving the case for himself. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:fbi agent,  female fbi agent,  agent,  fbi,  gay stereotype,  swat team,  heroine,  race against time,  training,  news report,  woman,  revolver,  handcuffs,  rescue,  female protagonist,  f rated,  sequel,  violence

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8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. This is why 8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:impersonating a police officer,  loss of daughter,  senator,  psycho thriller,  sociopath,  evil man,  pay phone,  beaten to death,  library,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  psychopath,  mask,  investigation,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  prison,  surprise ending,  cult film,  violence,  murder

Dracula 2000 (2000) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:impersonating a police officer,  gothic,  evil man,  race against time,  library,  police officer killed,  training,  news report,  severed head,  good versus evil,  handcuffs,  airplane,  rescue,  blood splatter,  corpse,  surprise ending,  cult film,  violence,  murder,  flashback

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:dark past,  sociopath,  flirting,  loss of father,  evil man,  race against time,  pay phone,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  news report,  man with glasses,  revolver,  rescue,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  prison,  surprise ending,  based on novel,  murder,  violence,  police

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Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

Five years after killing the goalie hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees, Tommy Jarvis has grown up in various mental hospitals unable to get over the nightmares about Jason's return. When Tommy is sent to a rural halfway house in New Jersey for mentally disturbed teenagers, a series of grisly murders begin anew as another hockey-masked killer begins killing off all people at and around the residence. Has Jason returned from the dead to re-start his killing spree? Has Tommy decided to take over the reign of Jason, or has someone else? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  orchestral music score,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  mental institution,  psycho thriller,  mutilation,  maniac,  murderer,  evil man,  terror,  psychopath,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  surprise ending,  cult film,  police,  sequel,  violence,  murder

Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Following the events of _Night of the Living Dead (1968)_ (qv), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall following a horrific SWAT evacuation of an apartment complex. Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies inside so they can eke out a living--at least for a while. Tensions begin to build as months go on, and they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism. Soon afterward, they have even heavier problems to worry about, as a large gang of bikers discovers the mall and invades it, ruining the survivors' best-laid plans and forcing them to fight off both lethal bandits and flesh-eating zombies. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism,  brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator
Characters:villain,  hostage
Story:elevator shaft,  contemporary setting,  anthropophagus,  rookie cop,  famous line,  bad guy,  body count,  disembowelment,  cannibal,  murder of a police officer,  swat team,  mass murder,  sociopath,  basement,  police officer killed,  training,  news report,  severed head,  woman,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  revolver,  airplane,  rescue,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  cult film,  sequel,  violence,  murder,  police

The Hitcher (1986) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Thriller

The Hitcher (1986)

A young man transporting a car to another state is stalked along the road by a cunning and relentless serial killer who eventually frames the driver for a string of murders. Chased by police and shadowed by the killer, the driver's only help comes from a truck stop waitress. This is why The Hitcher (1986) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Story:mass murderer,  human monster,  murder of a police officer,  sociopath,  gothic,  maniac,  murderer,  psychopath,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  cult film,  police,  violence,  murder

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

Essentially a prequel to David Lynch and Mark Frost's earlier TV series "Twin Peaks". The first half-hour or so concerns the investigation by FBI Agent Chet Desmond (Chris Isaak) and his partner Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland) into the murder of night-shift waitress Teresa Banks in the small Washington state town of Deer Meadow. When Desmond finds a mysterious clue to the murder, he inexplicably disappears. The film then cuts to one year later in the nearby town of Twin Peaks and follows the events during the last week in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) a troubled teenage girl with two boyfriends; the hot-tempered rebel Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) and quiet biker James Hurley (James Marshall), her drug addiction, and her relationship with her difficult (and possible schizophrenic) father Leland (Ray Wise), a story in which her violent murder was later to motivate much of the TV series. Contains a considerable amount of sex, drugs, violence, very loud music and inexplicable imagery. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  friendship
Mood:gore
Story:fbi agent,  murder investigation,  female lead,  strong female lead,  agent,  strong female character,  fbi,  mental illness,  psychopath,  investigation,  serial killer,  female protagonist,  corpse,  cult film,  f rated,  violence,  murder,  police

Haute Tension (2003)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Haute Tension (2003)

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  kidnapping,  friendship
Mood:gore
Characters:villain,  hostage
Story:sadistic psychopath,  door bell,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  singing in a car,  mass murder,  mutilation,  maniac,  murderer,  pursuit,  evil man,  terror,  severed head,  woman,  psychopath,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  female protagonist,  corpse,  surprise ending,  f rated,  masturbation,  police,  violence,  murder,  flashback

The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)

A team of trainees of the National Guard brings supply to the New Mexico Desert for a group of soldiers and scientists that are installing a monitoring system in Sector 16. They do not find anybody in the camp, and they receive a blurred distress signal from the hills. Their sergeant gathers a rescue team, and they are attacked and trapped by deformed cannibals, having to fight to survive. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  human monster,  bad guy,  body count,  maniac,  evil man,  terror,  beaten to death,  psychopath,  rescue,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  corpse,  surprise ending,  murder,  sequel

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  airport
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:rookie cop,  female hero,  human monster,  haunted by the past,  murder of a police officer,  swat team,  blockbuster,  sociopath,  evil man,  race against time,  beaten to death,  police officer killed,  training,  news report,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  orphan,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  mask,  investigation,  airplane,  rescue,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  surprise ending,  cult film,  police,  sequel,  murder,  flashback

Chaos (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Chaos (2005)

In Seattle, detective Quentin Conners is unfairly suspended and his partner Jason York leaves the police force after a tragic shooting on Pearl Street Bridge, when the hostage and the criminal die. During a bank heist with a hostage situation, Conners is assigned in charge of the operation with the rookie Shane Dekker as his partner. The thieves, lead by Lorenz, apparently do not steal a penny from the bank. While chasing the gangsters, the police team disclose that they planted a virus in the system, stealing one billion dollars from the different accounts, using the principle of the Chaos Theory. Further, they find that Lorenz is killing his accomplices. This is why Chaos (2005) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:fbi agent,  rookie cop,  autopsy,  swat team,  fbi,  police officer killed,  ambulance,  revolver,  investigation,  airplane,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  surprise ending,  violence,  police,  flashback,  murder

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:escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:fbi agent,  escape from handcuffs,  murder of a police officer,  swat team,  agent,  race against time,  fbi,  revolver,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rescue,  blood splatter,  prison,  surprise ending,  violence,  murder,  police,  flashback

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Speed (1994)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Speed (1994)

Bomber terrorist's elevator plan backfires, so he rigs a bomb to a LA city bus. The stipulation is: once armed, the bus must stay above 50 mph to keep from exploding. Also if LAPD Officer tries to unload any passengers off, Payne will detonate it. Joe Morton co-stars as Jack's superior, and Jeff Daniels supports Jack helping him try to defuse the bomb. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:elevator,  airport
Characters:villain,  hostage,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:elevator shaft,  rookie cop,  swat team,  blockbuster,  sociopath,  heroine,  strong female character,  basement,  evil man,  pay phone,  fbi,  police officer killed,  news report,  woman,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  revolver,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  airplane,  rescue,  blood splatter,  cult film,  police,  murder,  violence

Kiss The Girls (1997) is one of the best movies like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Kiss The Girls (1997)

Alex Cross, a Washington D.C. cop and forensic psychologist learns that his niece who is going to college in North Carolina is missing. So he goes there and learns that the police think she's among the victims of someone who kidnaps young girls and holds them captive and kills them who dubs himself Cassanova after the great lover. Later Kate, one of his victims, escapes and tries to help Cross find his niece. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense,  gore
Characters:detective
Story:psychologist,  sociopath,  heroine,  fbi,  training,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  serial killer,  neo noir,  based on book,  surprise ending,  based on novel,  violence,  police,  murder

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,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense,  gore
Locations:elevator
Characters:detective
Story:pet dog,  pursuit,  race against time,  beaten to death,  news report,  severed head,  handcuffs,  investigation,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  corpse,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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