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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Ita β€¦ly, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie's cultured fiancee, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Besides lying, Tom's talents include impressions and forgery, so when the handsome and confident Dickie tires of Tom, dismissing him as a bore, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf's privileges his own. (Read More)

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Deep Red (1975)
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Deep Red (1975)

A psychic who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim. An English pianist gets involved in solving the murders, but finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so cl β€¦osely. (Read More)

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Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)
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Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)

Loosely based on serial killer 'Henry Lee Lucas' (qv), the film follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to murdering randomly selected people. The killing spree depicted in the film starts after Otis' sister Becky comes to stay with them. The people they kill are strangers and in on β€¦e particularly gruesome attack, kill all three members of a family during a home invasion. Henry lacks compassion in everything he does and isn't the kind to leave behind witnesses - of any kind. (Read More)

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Gone Girl (2014)
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Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark  β€¦question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

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Scarface (1983) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his met β€¦tle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. (Read More)

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American Psycho (2000)
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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.

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

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

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The Room (2003)
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The Room (2003)

In San Francisco, we follow Johnny, a man who has a girlfriend, Lisa, and also his best friend, Mark. Lisa has been cheating on Johnny with Mark and Johnny doesn't know! Will Johnny ever find out? Will Mark still be Johnny's best friend?

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Original Sin (2001) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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Original Sin (2001)

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fell β€¦ow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. (Read More)

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Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
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Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twen β€¦ties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

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Mr. Brooks (2007)
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Mr. Brooks (2007)

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

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Joker (2019)
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Joker (2019)

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and  β€¦disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. (Read More)

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Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth o β€¦f The Beatles. (Read More)

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Taking Lives (2004)
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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  β€¦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)

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Basic Instinct (1992)
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Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, a β€¦nd though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. (Read More)

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Inland Empire (2006)
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Inland Empire (2006)

A blonde actress is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting. Adding to her confusion is the revelation that the current film is a remake of a doomed Polish produc β€¦tion, 47, which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. (Read More)

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Se7en (1995) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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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 sociopath β€¦ic "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)

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Misery (1990)
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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 β€¦ the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... (Read More)

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

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The Taking Of Deborah Logan (2014)
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The Taking Of Deborah Logan (2014)

What starts as a poignant medical documentary about Deborah Logan's descent into Alzheimer's disease and her daughter's struggles as caregiver degenerates into a maddening portrayal of dementia at its most frightening, as hair-raising events begin to plague the family and crew and an unspeakable mal β€¦evolence threatens to tear the very fabric of sanity from them all. (Read More)

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The Day Of The Jackal (1973) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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The Day Of The Jackal (1973)

It is the early 60s in France. The remaining survivors of the aborted French Foreign Legion have made repeated attempts to kill DeGaulle. The result is that he is the most closely guarded man in the world. As a desperate act, they hire The Jackal, the code name for a hired killer who agrees to kill  β€¦French President De Gaulle for half a million dollars. We watch his preparations which are so thorough we wonder how he could possibly fail even as we watch the French police attempt to pick up his trail. The situation is historically accurate. There were many such attempts and the film closely follows the plot of the book. (Read More)

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Gattaca (1997)
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Gattaca (1997)

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity  β€¦of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. (Read More)

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Dead Calm (1989)
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Dead Calm (1989)

An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems.

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I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
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I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

The film follows Jennifer, a writer who is working on a new novel and needs to get out of the city to finish it. She rents a riverside cabin in upstate New York to work on her novel, attracting the attention of a number of rowdy male locals. They catch Jennifer one day and strip her naked for the vi β€¦llage idiot (Matthew) and rape her. Jennifer is later attacked and raped a further two times by the four degenerates, and her novel is also destroyed. But Jennifer recovers, and in her now-twisted, psychotic state, she begins to seek revenge on the men. (Read More)

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Femme Fatale (2002) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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Femme Fatale (2002)

The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by a β€¦n ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. (Read More)

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Allied (2016)
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Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a β€¦ car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:
brutalityangerdeceptioninvestigationpregnancymoneysuicidefriendshiplovedeathmurder
Characters:
american abroadfather son relationship
Story:
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My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own bac β€¦kground. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. (Read More)

Themes:
guiltmoneyfriendshipdeathmurder
Locations:
italybathtub
Characters:
friendfather son relationshiphomosexualpolice
Story:
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The Departed (2006)
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The Departed (2006)

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

Themes:
guiltbrutalityangerdeceptioninvestigationpregnancymoneyfriendshipdeathmurderlove
Mood:
neo noir
Locations:
boatbeach
Characters:
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Story:
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Clue (1985) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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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, t β€¦he 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:
deceptioninvestigationmurderdeath
Characters:
serial killerpolicehomosexual
Period:
1950s
Story:
assumed identityfalse identitykillstairssuspicionbeaten to deathman with glassesstrangulationliesingingviolenceflashbackblood

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Closer (2004)
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Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the fou β€¦r leading characters in a box and strips them apart. (Read More)

Themes:
guiltobsessionangermoney
Characters:
love trianglewriterboyfriend girlfriend relationship
Story:
mistaken identityexpatriatepassportimpersonationoperacafeliemirrorcryingkissflashbackblood

Shallow Grave (1994)
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Shallow Grave (1994)

The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control.

Themes:
investigationmoneylovefriendshipdeathmurder
Locations:
bathtub
Characters:
writerfriendpolice
Story:
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Friday The 13th (1980)
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Friday The 13th (1980)

One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe.

Themes:
brutalitypsychopathmurderdeath
Locations:
boat
Characters:
serial killerkillerfriendpolice
Period:
1950s
Story:
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8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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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 β€¦ obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:
obsessionbrutalitypsychopathangerdeceptioninvestigationmoneysuicidemurderdeath
Mood:
neo noir
Story:
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Man Bites Dog (1992)
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Man Bites Dog (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a β€¦ good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:
brutalitypsychopathpregnancymoneymurderdeathlove
Locations:
bathtubbeach
Characters:
serial killerkillerboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshiphomosexual
Story:
sociopathstrangulationmale pubic hairpianocafemirrorsingingmale frontal nuditymale rear nuditymale nudityflashbacknudityviolenceblood

Kalifornia (1993)
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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 b β€¦egins 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:
psychopathmurderdeath
Mood:
neo noir
Characters:
killerwriterboyfriend girlfriend relationshippolice
Story:
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Trust (2010)
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Trust (2010)

A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend (Chris Henry Coffey) is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive  β€¦Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life. (Read More)

Themes:
guiltobsessionbrutalitypsychopathangerdeceptioninvestigation
Characters:
friendfather son relationshippolice
Story:
false identitymistaken identitytensionsociopathsadnessliarliecryingviolence

The Great Beauty (2013) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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The Great Beauty (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from β€¦ the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:
obsessionmoneysuicidefriendshiplovedeath
Locations:
italyseabeach
Characters:
writerboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfriend
Story:
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Straw Dogs (1971)
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Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:
brutalityangermurderdeath
Characters:
american abroadwriter
Story:
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The Best Offer (2013)
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The Best Offer (2013)

In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert, known and appreciated by the world. Oldman is hired by a solitary young heiress, Claire Ibbetson, to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her p β€¦arents. For some reason, Claire always refuses to be seen in person. Robert aids Oldman in restoring and reassembling some odd mechanical parts he finds amongst Claire's belongings, while also giving him advice on how to befriend her and deal with his feelings towards her. Also a friend of Oldman, Billy Whistler helps him to acquire a secret private collection of master paintings. (Read More)

Themes:
obsessiondeceptionmoney
Locations:
italybathtub
Characters:
writerboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfriend
Story:
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Body Heat (1981)
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Body Heat (1981)

Ned Racine is a seedy small town lawyer in Florida. During a searing heatwave he's picked up by married Matty Walker. A passionate affair commences but it isn't long before they realise the only thing standing in their way is Matty's rich husband Edmund. A plot hatches to kill him but will they pull β€¦ it off? (Read More)

Themes:
guiltobsessionangerdeceptioninvestigationmoneymurder
Mood:
neo noir
Locations:
oceanbathtubboatbeach
Story:
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High Tension (2003) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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High 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 kidnap β€¦s 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:
brutalitypsychopathfriendshipmurderdeath
Locations:
bathtub
Characters:
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Story:
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Perfect Stranger (2007)
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Perfect Stranger (2007)

Rowena Price is a muckraking reporter for a New York paper. When her story about a closeted gay Senator who preaches family values is spiked, she quits and soon finds herself investigating the grisly murder of a childhood friend. Her friend had been dumped by ad exec Harrison Hill, so he's Rowena's  β€¦prime suspect. Rowena gets a job at the ad agency as a temp, and she's soon the object of Hill's attentions. She's helped in her subterfuge by Miles Haley, a friend at the paper who has a secret thing for her. Everyone, it seems, has secrets, including Hill, who must keep his affairs from his wife - her money fuels his lifestyle. Murder will out? (Read More)

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Mood:
neo noir
Locations:
bathtub
Characters:
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Story:
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A History Of Violence (2005)
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A History Of Violence (2005)

This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vic β€¦ious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result. (Read More)

Themes:
deceptionlovemurderdeath
Mood:
neo noir
Characters:
father son relationshippolice
Story:
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Fight Club (1999)
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Fight Club (1999)

A nameless first person narrator ('Edward Norton (I)' (qv)) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla ('Helena Bonham Carter' (qv)), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. Ho β€¦wever when he associates himself with Tyler ('Brad Pitt' (qv)) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is. (Read More)

Themes:
brutalityangerdeathlove
Mood:
neo noir
Locations:
bathtub
Characters:
out of controlpolice
Story:
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Single White Female (1992) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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Single White Female (1992)

When a 'Single White Female' places an ad in the press for a similar woman to rent a room (to replace the boyfriend she's just left), all the applicants seem weird. Then along comes a level headed woman who seems to be just right. The new lodger has a secret past which haunts her.

Themes:
obsessioninvestigationfriendshipdeathmurder
Locations:
bathtub
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationshiphomosexual
Story:
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IrrΓ©versible (2002)
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IrrΓ©versible (2002)

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that th β€¦ey can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. (Read More)

Themes:
brutalitypsychopathangerpregnancymoneymurderdeath
Characters:
homosexualpolice
Story:
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Gomorrah (2008)
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Gomorrah (2008)

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

Themes:
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Locations:
italyseaboatbeach
Characters:
killerfriendfather son relationshippolice
Story:
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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:
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Mood:
neo noir
Locations:
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Characters:
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Elephant (2003) is one of the best movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:
brutalityangersuicidedeathfriendshipmurder
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationshipfriendfather son relationship
Story:
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Changeling (2008)
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Changeling (2008)

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

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Locations:
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Characters:
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