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The Terminal (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Terminal (2004)

Victor Novarski reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he can leave. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, unfaithfulness, theft, wedding, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:airport, canada, kitchen, elevator, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:chinese, thief, musician, policeman
Period:2000s
Story:flight attendant, promotion, english, immigration agent, fast food restaurant, surveillance camera, illegal immigrant, jfk international airport queens new york city, stranded at an airport, airport terminal, airplane stewardess, snack food, italian restaurant, u.s. department of homeland security, loosely based on a true story, border protection, man without a country, reference to burger king, blinding light, u.s. customs

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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 question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:wedding, surveillance, unfaithfulness, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:kitchen, elevator, airport, snow, hotel, bar
Characters:thief
Period:2000s
Story:surveillance camera, bookstore, security camera, tv news, manipulation, news report, man with glasses, eating, woman, manhattan new york city, extramarital affair, book, arrest, watching tv, food, cell phone, telephone call, new york city, photograph, cigarette smoking

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:surveillance, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:airport, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:thief
Story:motivational, flight attendant, department store, product placement, suitcase, pay phone, security guard, toilet, montage, manhattan new york city, handcuffs, taxi, extramarital affair, arrest, airplane, black comedy, based on true story, new york city, photograph, cigarette smoking

The Ghost Writer (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Ghost Writer (2010)

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, unfaithfulness, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:elevator, airport, hotel, restaurant, bar
Story:cia, surveillance camera, airplane stewardess, security risk, reference to napoleon, falling, english, passport, tv news, suitcase, no opening credits, eating, ghost, taxi, extramarital affair, book, arrest, watching tv, computer, airplane

War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:elevator, airport, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar
Period:2000s
Story:convention, translator, product placement, no opening credits, man with glasses, security guard, montage, handcuffs, taxi, arrest, airplane, black comedy, cell phone, telephone call, based on true story, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006)
Comedy

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borat Sagdiyev is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is sent from his home to America by his government to make a documentary about American society and culture. Borat takes a course in New York City to understand American humor. While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson who hails from Malibu, California. He decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California in a quest to make her his wife and take her back to his country. On his journey Borat and his producer encounter a country full of strange and wonderful Americans, real people in real chaotic situations with hysterical consequences. This is why Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, money
Locations:elevator, airport, hotel, bar
Story:jfk international airport queens new york city, times square manhattan new york city, united states of america, escalator, passport, fish out of water, tv news, suitcase, pay phone, man with glasses, security guard, toilet, eating, woman, manhattan new york city, handcuffs, painting, arrest, watching tv, airplane

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:elevator, snow
Characters:policeman
Story:department store, escalator, shoes, fish out of water, tv news, toilet, eating, montage, manhattan new york city, taxi, book, watching tv, food, telephone call, new york city, photograph, police, kiss

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:unfaithfulness, theft, wedding, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:elevator, restaurant, bar
Characters:thief, policeman
Story:surveillance camera, men's bathroom, pills, promise, passport, security camera, pay phone, no opening credits, eating, montage, woman, manhattan new york city, handcuffs, extramarital affair, arrest, watching tv, airplane, black comedy, food, telephone call

One Hour Photo (2002) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, theft, adultery, infidelity
Locations:kitchen, elevator, hotel, restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:department store, surveillance camera, escalator, product placement, no opening credits, man with glasses, security guard, toilet, handcuffs, extramarital affair, book, arrest, watching tv, computer, cell phone, photograph, cigarette smoking, police

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, wedding
Locations:snow, bar
Story:hamburger, walkie talkie, security camera, shaving, manipulation, product placement, suitcase, pay phone, news report, no opening credits, man with glasses, security guard, toilet, montage, handcuffs, taxi, painting, arrest, watching tv, computer

Ghostbusters (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:hotel, restaurant, bar
Story:times square manhattan new york city, janitor, walkie talkie, tv news, product placement, news report, no opening credits, man with glasses, security guard, montage, manhattan new york city, taxi, book, cell phone, ghost, telephone call, new york city, title spoken by character, photograph, police

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:theft, wedding, money
Locations:hotel, elevator, snow
Characters:thief, policeman
Story:painting, apple, fictional country, visa, coward, refugee, pay phone, no opening credits, immigrant, eating, montage, taxi, book, arrest, black comedy, food, telephone call, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking

Knight And Day (2010) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, wedding
Locations:kitchen, airport, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar
Story:security camera, cia, product placement, news report, toilet, woman, handcuffs, arrest, computer, airplane, cell phone, new york city, photograph, kiss

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

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

Themes:surveillance, money, infidelity
Locations:kitchen, elevator, airport, restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman
Story:surveillance camera, homeland security, prescription, cop killer, translator, pills, product placement, news report, no opening credits, man with glasses, eating, montage, handcuffs, extramarital affair, arrest, watching tv, computer, food, cell phone, telephone call

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:kitchen, airport, hotel, restaurant, bar
Story:surveillance camera, construction site, fish out of water, cia, unrequited love, handcuffs, taxi, arrest, airplane, black comedy, cell phone, telephone call, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

John and Jane Smith are a normal married couple, living a normal life in a normal suburb, working normal jobs...well, if you can call secretly being assassins "normal". But neither Jane nor John knows about their spouse's secret, until they are surprised to find each other as targets! But on their quest to kill each other, they learn a lot more about each other than they ever did in five (or six) years of marriage. This is why Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, money
Locations:kitchen, elevator, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:chinese
Story:surveillance camera, building contractor, department store, card playing, construction site, passport, tv news, cia, suitcase, eating, woman, manhattan new york city, handcuffs, taxi, watching tv, computer, airplane, black comedy, food, cell phone

Up In The Air (2009) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Drama, Romance

Up In The Air (2009)

Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Themes:unfaithfulness, wedding, adultery, infidelity
Locations:elevator, airport, snow, hotel, bar
Story:suitcase, airplane stewardess, woman, motivational, passenger, escalator, eating, montage, extramarital affair, computer, airplane, food, cell phone, telephone call, photograph, kiss

Closer (2004)
Drama, Romance

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 four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:elevator, airport, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman
Story:surveillance camera, book, times square manhattan new york city, men's bathroom, passport, security camera, shaving, woman, manhattan new york city, taxi, extramarital affair, computer, panties, new york city, photograph, cigarette smoking, kiss

The Score (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Score (2001)

Nick Wells, a professional criminal, decides to leave the business for good, since he nearly got caught on his last job. His plan is to live in peace with his girl Diane, running his Montreal jazz club. Soon afterward, Max, his good friend and financial partner, comes along with an offer Nick can't refuse: A historical and priceless French scepter has been discovered while being smuggled into the country. It is now under massive surveillance in the Montreal Customs House, and soon to be returned to France. Nick has to team up with Max's man inside, the young, talented and aggressive thief Jack Teller to get the precious item. Only one question remains: Who will trick whom out of their share? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, money
Locations:elevator, airport, restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:surveillance camera, janitor, walkie talkie, security camera, tv news, news report, security guard, black comedy, cell phone, title spoken by character

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, money, theft, adultery, infidelity
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:thief, policeman
Period:2000s
Story:woman, cop killer, tv news, eating, handcuffs, extramarital affair, arrest, watching tv, food, based on true story, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, kiss, police

Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, money
Locations:elevator, snow, hotel, restaurant
Story:tv news, suitcase, pay phone, toilet, eating, montage, manhattan new york city, taxi, book, watching tv, computer, food, cell phone, telephone call, new york city, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, kiss, police

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar
Characters:musician
Story:pills, pay phone, eating, book, watching tv, airplane, food, telephone call, based on true story, panties, new york city, photograph, cigarette smoking, kiss

Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

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

Themes:surveillance
Locations:airport, snow, hotel, restaurant, bar
Story:cia, kgb, bureaucracy, translator, passport, fish out of water, news report, no opening credits, handcuffs, taxi, painting, arrest, watching tv, airplane, black comedy, telephone call, based on true story, new york city, photograph, cigarette smoking

Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:kitchen, elevator, restaurant, bar
Characters:chinese, thief
Story:walkie talkie, manipulation, news report, no opening credits, security guard, montage, handcuffs, arrest, airplane, black comedy, cell phone, telephone call, new york city, photograph

John Q (2002) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

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

Themes:money
Locations:kitchen
Story:bureaucracy, walkie talkie, medicine, tv news, security guard, eating, montage, arrest, watching tv, food, telephone call, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, police

The Tourist (2010)
Action, Crime, Romance, Thriller

The Tourist (2010)

Elise (Angelina Jolie) sits next to an American tourist, Frank (Johnny Depp), on a train going to Venice. She has chosen him as a decoy, making believe that he is her lover who is wanted by police. Not only will they need to evade the police, but also the mobster whose money her lover stole. This is why The Tourist (2010) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, money
Locations:airport, hotel
Story:interpreter, passport, walkie talkie, no opening credits, woman, handcuffs, arrest, computer, cell phone, photograph, cigarette smoking, two word title, kiss, police

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:kitchen, elevator, airport, hotel, restaurant, bar
Story:reference to napoleon, kgb, tv news, cia, refugee, pay phone, no opening credits, eating, manhattan new york city, taxi, arrest, watching tv, airplane, food, telephone call, based on true story, panties, new york city, title spoken by character, photograph

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, infidelity
Locations:snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman
Story:english, pills, medicine, toilet, extramarital affair, watching tv, computer, food, cell phone, telephone call, panties, photograph, cigarette smoking, two word title, kiss, police

Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:theft
Locations:airport, restaurant, bar
Characters:thief, policeman
Story:tv news, cia, pay phone, man with glasses, montage, taxi, book, painting, arrest, watching tv, airplane, telephone call, based on true story, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, police

The Interview (2014)
Comedy

The Interview (2014)

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. (Read More)

Locations:airport, snow, restaurant, bar
Story:goat, cia, manipulation, news report, no opening credits, montage, taxi, watching tv, airplane, black comedy, cell phone, new york city, title spoken by character, two word title

The Insider (1999)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Insider (1999)

Balls-out "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand, won't talk to him. When the company leans hard on Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage, he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest for contempt of court. Westinghouse is negotiating to buy CBS, so CBS attorneys advise CBS News to shelve the interview and avoid a lawsuit. "60 Minutes" and CBS News bosses cave, Wigand is hung out to dry, Bergman is compromised, and the CEOs of Big Tobacco may get away with perjury. Will the truth come out? This is why The Insider (1999) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004). (Read More)

Themes:theft, money
Locations:airport, snow, hotel, bar
Characters:thief, policeman
Story:legality, tv news, manipulation, pay phone, security guard, taxi, arrest, computer, cell phone, telephone call, new york city, cigarette smoking, two word title, police

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:wedding, money, infidelity
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman
Story:bathrobe, men's bathroom, janitor, pay phone, security guard, montage, woman, manhattan new york city, taxi, watching tv, black comedy, food, cell phone, panties, new york city, photograph, cigarette smoking, two word title, police, kiss

Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

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

Themes:surveillance, money
Locations:kitchen, elevator, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman
Story:romania, card playing, shaving, pay phone, no opening credits, eating, woman, handcuffs, arrest, airplane, food, telephone call, based on true story, photograph, cigarette smoking, two word title, police, kiss

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician
Story:falling, shoes, janitor, promise, vandalism, suitcase, man with glasses, eating, montage, taxi, book, food, telephone call, panties, new york city, photograph, cigarette smoking, two word title, kiss

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity
Locations:elevator, snow, hotel, restaurant
Story:manipulation, toilet, montage, woman, handcuffs, extramarital affair, book, painting, arrest, cell phone, new york city, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, police

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. This is why Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, money
Locations:snow, restaurant, bar
Story:marriage engagement, department store, promise, suitcase, immigration, immigrant, eating, woman, manhattan new york city, taxi, food, telephone call, new york city, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, kiss

Dogville (2003) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, theft, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:snow
Characters:musician
Story:apple, vandalism, refugee, toilet, eating, montage, woman, extramarital affair, black comedy, food, telephone call, title spoken by character, photograph, police

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:surveillance, theft, money
Locations:airport, hotel, bar
Characters:thief, policeman
Story:airplane stewardess, times square manhattan new york city, falling, tv news, manhattan new york city, book, watching tv, airplane, black comedy, cell phone, panties, new york city, cigarette smoking, police, kiss

Accepted (2006)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

After being rejected from every college he applied, Bartleby Gaines decided to create a fictitious university, South Harmon Institute of Technology, with his friends, to fool their parents. But when their deception works too well and every other college rejects starts to apply to his school, B. must find a way to give the education and future his students and friends deserves, including his own, while trying to win the heart of the girl next door. (Read More)

Themes:theft, money
Characters:thief
Story:renovation, shoes, cia, product placement, man with glasses, montage, computer, food, cell phone, telephone call, title spoken by character

Wall Street (1987)
Crime, Drama

Wall Street (1987)

On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father. Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:elevator, snow, restaurant, bar
Story:manipulation, pay phone, news report, montage, manhattan new york city, handcuffs, painting, arrest, computer, airplane, black comedy, cell phone, new york city, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, two word title

The Watch (2012) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

The Watch (2012)

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. This is why The Watch (2012) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:department store, walkie talkie, security camera, product placement, news report, security guard, montage, woman, handcuffs, taxi, arrest, cell phone, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, two word title, police

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, theft, adultery, infidelity
Locations:restaurant, bar
Characters:thief
Story:english, interpreter, promise, refugee, woman, handcuffs, extramarital affair, book, painting, airplane, ghost, photograph, cigarette smoking, kiss

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

This new version of the saga of CIA analyst Jack Ryan begins as Jack attends the London School of Economics. 9/11 happens. He subsequently enlists in the Marines, sustaining severe injuries when the chopper deploying him to Afghanistan is shot down. While in intense rehab, he grabs the attention of Harper, a man who works for the CIA and who would like Jack to finish his studies, get a job on Wall Street, and seek out terrorist plots through their financial transactions. Ten years pass. Jack finds anomalies in the accounts of a Russian named Cherevin and thinks he should go to Russia to check out what's going on. He's told not to tell anyone who he is, including his girlfriend Cathy, which makes her doubt him when she catches him in some lies. In Russia, Cherevin assigns someone to assist Jack, but when the two are alone, the man tries to kill Jack instead, so Jack kills him. Obviously, Cherevin is hiding something. Jack goes to meet him and says he'll bring his fiancee along, but when Cathy shows up, Jack has to tell her the truth. Harper says Cathy has to go with Jack when she meets Cherevin. Jack doesn't want her to but Cathy says she's going, so the action begins that leads to the climax. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:elevator, airport, hotel, restaurant
Period:2000s
Story:cia, homeland security, reference to napoleon, construction site, security camera, news report, no opening credits, security guard, manhattan new york city, painting, airplane, cell phone, new york city

Bad Teacher (2011)
Comedy

Bad Teacher (2011)

When her wealthy fiance breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts? (Read More)

Themes:money, theft, infidelity
Locations:snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:policeman
Story:fast food restaurant, janitor, apple, manipulation, unrequited love, man with glasses, montage, woman, handcuffs, arrest, watching tv, black comedy, cell phone, photograph, cigarette smoking, two word title, police

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:money
Locations:elevator, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:musician, policeman
Story:men's bathroom, pay phone, no opening credits, eating, manhattan new york city, handcuffs, arrest, black comedy, food, telephone call, new york city, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking

Children Of Men (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. This is why Children Of Men (2006) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, money
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman
Story:woman, illegal immigrant, shoes, passport, vandalism, tv news, refugee, man with glasses, immigrant, eating, painting, watching tv, computer, airplane, food, photograph, cigarette smoking, kiss, police

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, theft, adultery, money, infidelity
Locations:kitchen, snow, restaurant, bar
Characters:thief
Story:marriage engagement, coward, jazz music, montage, extramarital affair, book, painting, cigarette smoking, two word title, kiss

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport, hotel, restaurant, bar
Story:visa, goat, walkie talkie, vandalism, tv news, refugee, eating, montage, woman, taxi, watching tv, airplane, food, cell phone, telephone call, photograph, cigarette smoking, two word title, kiss

Blow (2001) is one of the best movies like The Terminal (2004)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:theft, wedding, adultery, money
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:thief, musician, policeman
Story:airplane stewardess, promise, suitcase, montage, arrest, airplane, based on true story, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, police

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Comedy

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

All that Neal Page wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been cancelled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith, shower curtain ring salesman and all-around blabbermouth who is never short of advice, conversation, bad jokes, or company. And when he decides that he is going the same direction as Neal.... (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport, snow, restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:manipulation, pay phone, no opening credits, manhattan new york city, taxi, airplane, new york city, cigarette smoking

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