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The Third Man (1949)
Film-noir, Mystery, Thriller

The Third Man (1949)

An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has led to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime's friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, military, funeral, escape, betrayal, friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:sewer, nightclub, cemetery, hospital
Characters:writer, actress, doctor
Period:1940s
Story:military occupation, manhole cover, traveling through a sewer, sewer system, black market, false passport, screenplay adapted by author, movie theatre, military police, hospital ward, title character not the main character, faking own death, american expatriate, famous entrance, forged papers, profiteering, profiteer, racketeer, dangerous friend, racketeering

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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:conspiracy, military, funeral, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:sewer, cemetery, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:manhole, fingerprint, famous score, ball, faked death, loyalty, american abroad, threat, evil man, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, surprise ending, cult film, chase, murder, police, death

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Story:fingerprint, spiral staircase, manhunt, american abroad, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, number in title, dog, death, murder

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 Italy, 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)

Themes:friendship
Characters:writer
Story:dangerous friend, reference to michelangelo, forgery, intrigue, passport, american abroad, mistaken identity, love triangle, murder, death, police

The Island (2005) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Island (2005)

Lincoln Six Echo is just like everyone else - he's waiting to go to the Island, the only place left in the world to actually live a life. Thousands of people stay at a facility waiting to go to the Island. It all sounds like paradise, but Lincoln Six Echo soon discovers that there's actually a sinister purpose going on at that facility and that he must escape - but not before stopping the sinister plan. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape
Characters:doctor
Story:famous score, dark secret, manhunt, evil man, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, chase, title spoken by character, death, murder

North By Northwest (1959)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

North By Northwest (1959)

Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn't the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore. This is why North By Northwest (1959) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Story:famous score, faked death, railway station, espionage, pursuit, evil man, mistaken identity, shot in the back, car accident, shot to death, train, chase, murder, police, death

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

After escaping from the emotional and physical pain he previously encountered. Jason Bourne and his girlfriend Marie begin a new life as far away as possible. But when an assassination attempt on Bourne goes horribly wrong, Bourne must re-enter the life he wanted to leave behind, in order to find out the truth why they are still after him. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:suspense
Story:false passport, ruin, loss of loved one, espionage, threat, shot in the back, gunfight, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, death, police

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, escape, betrayal, friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:decoy, fingerprint, famous score, faked death, loss of loved one, american abroad, threat, evil man, darkness, shot in the back, love triangle, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, surprise ending, cult film, chase, title spoken by character, police, dog

16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:loyalty, pursuit, shot in the back, gunfight, cat, car accident, shot to death, voice over narration, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, number in title, police, death, murder

The A-team (2010)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The A-team (2010)

Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base their commanding officer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court martialed and sent to different prisons. 6 months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. So he helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. But after doing it, they discover that the spook might not be ok. And a military intelligence officer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, military, funeral, escape, betrayal
Locations:sewer, cemetery, hospital
Story:false passport, faking own death, railway station, evil man, shot in the back, shot to death, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, death, murder

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. This is why The Bone Collector (1999) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:sewer
Characters:doctor
Story:fingerprint, murder investigation, evil man, author, shot in the back, shot to death, train, surprise ending, cult film, chase, title spoken by character, police, death, murder

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, betrayal
Story:passport, pursuit, grave, shot in the back, love triangle, shot to death, train, voice over narration, chase, title spoken by character, police, death, murder

The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

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

Themes:escape, conspiracy, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:sewer, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:stakeout, manhunt, loss of loved one, mistaken identity, shot in the back, gunfight, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, murder, police, death

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:actress, writer
Story:informer, stakeout, stage play, intrigue, author, theatre, darkness, police, murder, death

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. (Read More)

Themes:escape, betrayal
Locations:sewer, hospital
Story:manhole, informer, spiral staircase, loss of loved one, evil man, darkness, shot in the back, car accident, shot to death, voice over narration, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, death, murder, police

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 Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Story:faked death, threat, evil man, darkness, shot in the back, shot to death, surprise ending, cult film, chase, title spoken by character, number in title, murder, death

Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

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 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:military, escape, betrayal, friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Period:1940s
Story:military police, british soldier, ball, intrigue, espionage, american abroad, shot in the back, gunfight, shot to death, surprise ending, title spoken by character, murder, death

Salt (2010)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Salt (2010)

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? (Read More)

Themes:funeral, conspiracy, escape, betrayal, friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub, cemetery, hospital
Story:fingerprint, spiral staircase, intrigue, loyalty, espionage, author, shot in the back, car accident, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, dog, murder, police

District 9 (2009)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:military, escape, betrayal, friendship
Locations:hospital
Story:loss of loved one, refugee, shot in the back, gunfight, shot to death, voice over narration, cult film, chase, title spoken by character, number in title, murder

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:escape, friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:actress, writer
Story:railway station, movie theatre, train, spiral staircase, pursuit, author, grave, theatre, cat, voice over narration, chase, dog, death, police

Inferno (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Inferno (2016)

Famous symbologist on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. This is why Inferno (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:actress, doctor
Story:fingerprint, violinist, manhunt, faked death, american abroad, car accident, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, death, police, dog, murder

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? (Read More)

Themes:military, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:sewer, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:screenplay adapted by author, threat, loss of loved one, refugee, love triangle, gunfight, cat, shot to death, train, chase, death, murder

Ronin (1998)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Ronin (1998)

Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money. Dierdre (undoubtedly from Ireland) hires several Ronin to form a team in order to retrieve an important suitcase from a man who is about to sell it to the Russians. After the mission has been completed successfully, the suitcase immediately gets switched by a member of the team who seems to work into his own pocket. The complex net of everyone tricking everyone begins to surface slowly, and deadly... (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:suspense
Story:screenplay adapted by author, shot in the stomach, american abroad, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, murder, police, death

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape
Mood:suspense
Characters:doctor
Story:decoy, espionage, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, surprise ending, cult film, chase, murder, death, police

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub
Story:faked death, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, surprise ending, chase, number in title, police, dog, death, murder

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. This is why Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, funeral, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:death of title character, pursuit, evil man, darkness, shot in the back, car accident, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, murder, police, dog, death

Scream 3 (2000)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen.

Themes:escape, betrayal
Characters:actress
Story:movie theatre, faking own death, lecture, faked death, shot in the back, car accident, shot to death, surprise ending, chase, number in title, murder, death, dog, police

The Wolverine (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Wolverine (2013)

In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own near-immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, conspiracy, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Characters:doctor
Story:faked death, railway station, loss of loved one, shot in the back, love triangle, cat, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, death, murder

Red 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red 2 (2013)

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, military, funeral, escape, betrayal
Story:manhole, faked death, espionage, american abroad, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, number in title, death, murder

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:penicillin, ruin, passport, shot in the back, car accident, shot to death, title spoken by character, death, murder

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. This is why The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:military, escape, betrayal, friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:doctor
Story:american abroad, darkness, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, death, murder, police, dog

Carlito's Way (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Carlito's Way (1993)

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. (Read More)

Themes:escape, betrayal
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Story:death of title character, informer, railway station, gunfight, shot to death, train, voice over narration, surprise ending, chase, murder, police, death

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

CIA chief Hunley (Baldwin) convinces a Senate committee to disband the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), of which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is a key member. Hunley argues that the IMF is too reckless. Now on his own, Hunt goes after a shadowy and deadly rogue organization called the Syndicate.

Themes:conspiracy, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:sewer, cemetery
Story:famous score, vienna austria, intrigue, faked death, espionage, american abroad, mistaken identity, shot in the back, shot to death, surprise ending, title spoken by character, death, murder

The Illusionist (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Illusionist (2006)

In late nineteenth century Vienna, renowned illusionist Eisenheim is reunited with the Duchess von Teschen when she is volunteered from the audience to participate in an illusion during one of his performances. Despite having not seen each other in fifteen years when they were teenagers, they almost immediately recognize each other as Eduard Abramovich and Sophie von Teschen, they who had a doomed romance at that time due to their class differences. The Duchess is soon to be wed to the Crown Prince Leopold in what would be for him a marriage solely in pursuit of power: overthrowing his father, the Emperor Leopold, as well as overtaking the Hungarian side of the empire. The Crown Prince is known to use violence against women if it suits his needs or purposes. As such, the Duchess, who realizes that she still loves Eisenheim and he her, can never leave the Crown Prince without it jeopardizing her life. After Eisenheim humiliates the Crown Prince at a private show which results in an incident between the Crown Prince and the Duchess, the battle between Eisenheim and the Crown Prince moves into the public performance realm, which many believe demonstrates Eisenheim's supernatural powers. Much of the work for the Crown Prince in the battle with Eisenheim is conducted by Chief Inspector Uhl, who would become the Chief of Police under the Crown Prince's reign. As such, Uhl may have ulterior motives in turning a blind eye to any unlawful act of the Crown Prince against Eisenheim or the Duchess. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:doctor
Story:vienna austria, faked death, railway station, loss of loved one, pursuit, theatre, train, voice over narration, surprise ending, title spoken by character, police, death, murder

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancee and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape, friendship
Locations:sewer, hospital
Story:spiral staircase, faked death, railway station, grave, love triangle, gunfight, train, cult film, chase, title spoken by character, murder, death

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. This is why Xxx (2002) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub
Story:faked death, espionage, american abroad, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, cult film, chase, title spoken by character, death, murder, police

Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer, doctor
Period:1940s
Story:innocence lost, reference to shakespeare's hamlet, british soldier, reference to william shakespeare, mistaken identity, author, train, voice over narration, surprise ending, title spoken by character, police, death, dog

The Recruit (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Recruit (2003)

In an era when the country's first line of defense, intelligence, is more important than ever, this story opens the CIA's infamous closed doors and gives an insider's view into the Agency: how trainees are recruited, how they are prepared for the spy game, and what they learn to survive. James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country - and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Agency's secret training ground, where green recruits are molded into seasoned veterans. As Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game, James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him for a special assignment to root out a mole. As the suspense builds toward a gripping climax, it soon becomes clear that the CIA's old maxims are true: "trust no one" and "nothing is what it seems." (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub
Characters:writer
Story:espionage, pursuit, gunfight, cat, car accident, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, police, dog, death, murder

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:military, funeral, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:writer, doctor
Story:stakeout, railway station, loyalty, espionage, refugee, shot in the back, cat, shot to death, train, chase, title spoken by character, murder, dog, death

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:vienna austria, intrigue, passport, american abroad, pursuit, shot in the back, shot to death, voice over narration, surprise ending, chase, dog, death, murder

Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. This is why Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:military, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Characters:doctor
Story:evil man, shot in the back, gunfight, shot to death, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, death, murder

2 Guns (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, military, escape, betrayal, friendship
Story:military police, passport, shot in the back, love triangle, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, chase, number in title, dog, death, murder, police

Goldeneye (1995)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Goldeneye (1995)

When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster. Armed with his license to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for "Goldeneye," an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. Bond also squares off against Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, military, escape
Locations:cemetery
Story:espionage, pursuit, evil man, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, train, cult film, chase, title spoken by character, death, murder

Dark City (1998)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Characters:doctor
Period:1940s
Story:fingerprint, spiral staircase, murder investigation, darkness, car accident, voice over narration, surprise ending, cult film, chase, police, murder, death

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The US military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions. (Read More)

Themes:military, escape
Locations:cemetery
Story:military police, railway station, threat, chase, death

Jason Bourne (2016)
Action, Thriller

Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne is again being hunted by the CIA. It begins when Nicky Parson a former CIA operative who helped Bourne, who went under and now works with a man who's a whistle blower and is out to expose the CIA's black ops. Nicky hacks into the CIA and downloads everything on all their Black Ops, including Treadstone which Bourne was a part of. And Heather Lee, a CIA agent, discovers the hack and brings it to the attention of CIA Director Dewey, the man behind the Black Ops. He orders Parsons be found and, hopefully, Bourne, too. This is why Jason Bourne (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Story:spiral staircase, loss of loved one, espionage, american abroad, pursuit, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, train, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, murder, police, death

Skyfall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Skyfall (2012)

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) - following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, escape, betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery
Story:train, manhunt, faked death, loyalty, espionage, grave, shot in the back, gunfight, cat, shot to death, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, murder, police, death

The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

The events in this movie take place around the same time as the events in _The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)_ (qv). When a British reporter was writing an expose about Black Ops operations Treadstone and Black Briar, and the ones responsible for them are concerned. And when Jason Bourne, former Treadstone operative got the file on Treadstone and Black Briar and gave it to Pamela Landy who then passed it to the media. When the men behind Treadstone and Black Briar learn of this, they're concerned how this will affect other ops they have. They decide it's best to shut down all ops and make sure make everyone involved disappears. They try to take out Aaron Cross who is part of another op called Outcome, but he manages to survive. He then seeks out Dr. Marta Shearing who worked on him when he began. It seems part of the program is for all subjects to take medications but he has run out, which is why he seeks her. But someone tries to kill her. He saves her and she tells him, he should have stopped taking the medications long ago. They go to Manila so that she can help him. Later the men behind Outcome learn that Cross and Shearing are still alive. They try to get them. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape
Characters:doctor
Story:false passport, title character not the main character, spiral staircase, manhunt, faked death, passport, american abroad, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, train, chase, murder, police, death, dog

The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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:funeral, betrayal, friendship
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Story:informer, reference to william shakespeare, espionage, pursuit, gunfight, cat, car accident, shot to death, train, surprise ending, cult film, chase, title spoken by character, police, death, murder

Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

A man named Owen Davian kills an IMF agent that was sent undercover by the legendary Ethan Hunt, who has retired from combat missions. Hunt now has a fiance, Julia, who believes that he works for the traffic department when he really trains younger IMF agents to go into combat. He is assigned to his last mission. His mission, should he choose to accept it is to capture Davian, who is selling a toxic weapon called the rabbits foot. But Davian is reckless, cruel, and deathly. He promises Hunt that he will find Julia, hurt her, and Ethan will be too dead to help her. The mission is no more different to others, its dangerous, smart, and impossible; but now it's personal. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:sewer, cemetery, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:faked death, espionage, shot in the back, gunfight, car accident, shot to death, train, surprise ending, number in title, death, murder

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