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The Third Man (1949)
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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)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense cult film 
Themes:
mysterious death murder investigation theatre military funeral escape betrayal murder death friendship 
Mood:
darkness 
Locations:
sewer nightclub cemetery train hospital 
Characters:
military police russian abroad love letter american abroad actress love triangle writer doctor police 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
military occupation manhole cover traveling through a sewer sewer system false passport screenplay adapted by author movie theatre hospital ward title character not the main character faking own death american expatriate famous entrance forged papers profiteering profiteer β€¦racketeer racketeering dangerous friend reference to michelangelo penicillin steam locomotive porter cuckoo clock innocence lost manhole slide projector death of title character ruin exhumation romanian fairground decoy reference to shakespeare's hamlet fingerprint informer british soldier famous score occupation forgery ferris wheel vienna austria stakeout stage play black market spiral staircase lecture dark secret ruins post world war two violinist parrot amusement park ball manhunt intrigue faked death passport railway station loss of loved one shot in the stomach loyalty reference to william shakespeare espionage refugee threat pursuit evil man mistaken identity author grave shot in the back gunfight cat car accident shot to death voice over narration surprise ending chase title spoken by character number in title dog  (See All)

U.s. Marshals (1998)
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U.s. Marshals (1998)

When a prisoner transport plane crashes, one prisoner, Mark Sheridan, skillfully escapes and saves lives at the same time. Deputy Sam Gerard and his team of U.S. Marshals pursue relentlessly, but Gerard begins to suspect that there is more to the exceptional fugitive than what he has been told. Mean…while, Sheridan struggles to avoid capture while seeking answers of his own. Until the final scene, both Gerard and Sheridan are in jeopardy of the unknown. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
military funeral escape murder 
Locations:
cemetery train hospital 
Characters:
police 
Story:
stakeout spiral staircase manhunt passport espionage pursuit gunfight car accident shot to death chase 

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The Day Of The Jackal (1973)
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The Day Of The Jackal (1973)

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

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
military betrayal murder death 
Locations:
cemetery 
Characters:
police 
Story:
death of title character forgery vienna austria manhunt intrigue passport espionage pursuit gunfight car accident shot to death surprise ending chase 

Cop Land (1997)
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Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to beco…me one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy cult film 
Themes:
funeral escape murder death 
Mood:
darkness 
Locations:
cemetery 
Characters:
love triangle police 
Story:
fairground ferris wheel faked death shot in the stomach threat pursuit shot in the back gunfight car accident shot to death voice over narration surprise ending chase title spoken by character 

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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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.

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense cult film 
Themes:
military funeral escape betrayal death murder 
Locations:
sewer cemetery hospital 
Characters:
american abroad doctor police 
Story:
manhole fingerprint famous score ball faked death loyalty evil man shot in the back gunfight car accident shot to death surprise ending chase 

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Salt (2010)
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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)

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

The Net (1995)
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The Net (1995)

Angela Bennett's a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years, she becomes embroiled in a web of computer espionage.

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
murder 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
doctor police 
Story:
penicillin fairground ferris wheel passport espionage mistaken identity shot to death chase dog 

Taking Lives (2004)
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Taking Lives (2004)

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

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
murder investigation escape betrayal murder death 
Mood:
darkness 
Locations:
nightclub train hospital 
Characters:
american abroad police 
Story:
exhumation fingerprint stakeout spiral staircase mistaken identity grave car accident shot to death surprise ending chase title spoken by character 

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

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

The Fugitive (1993)
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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)

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

Safe House (2012)
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Safe House (2012)

Matt Weston ('Ryan Reynolds (I)' (qv)) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost ('Denzel Washington' (qv)) the CIA's most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenari…es who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen's sight until they can get to another safe house. (Read More)

Themes:
escape betrayal death murder 
Characters:
american abroad 
Story:
decoy forgery railway station shot in the stomach pursuit shot in the back gunfight shot to death title spoken by character 

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Inferno (2016)
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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 unlea…shing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. (Read More)

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

I, Robot (2004) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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I, Robot (2004)

In 2035, technophobic homicide detective Del Spooner of the Chicago PD heads the investigation of the apparent suicide of leading robotics scientist, Dr. Alfred Lanning. Unconvinced of the motive, Spooner's investigation into Lanning's death reveals a trail of secrets and agendas within the USR (Uni…ted States Robotics) corporation and suspicions of murder. Little does he know that his investigation would lead to uncovering a larger threat to humanity. (Read More)

Themes:
murder investigation death murder 
Locations:
train 
Characters:
police 
Story:
threat mistaken identity shot in the back gunfight cat car accident shot to death surprise ending chase 

The Dark Knight (2008)
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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 n…ew 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)

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

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The Double (2011)
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The Double (2011)

The mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin 'Cassius', forces retired CIA operative, Paul Shepherson to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary to solve the crime. Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesi…s is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland. Geary, who wrote his Master's thesis on Shepherdson's pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
escape betrayal murder death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
passport espionage pursuit gunfight car accident shot to death surprise ending chase dog 

'71 (2014)
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'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
military escape murder death 
Characters:
police 
Story:
british soldier spiral staircase manhunt shot in the back gunfight shot to death chase number in title 

North By Northwest (1959) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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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. (Read More)

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

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The Bone Collector (1999)
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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 Ame…lia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

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

Double Jeopardy (1999)
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Double Jeopardy (1999)

When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and with the help of Travis Lehman (her parole officer) she sets out to find her son and the truth behind the "murder".

Themes:
escape betrayal murder 
Locations:
nightclub cemetery hospital 
Characters:
doctor police 
Story:
decoy faked death evil man mistaken identity shot to death chase title spoken by character 

Passenger 57 (1992)
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Passenger 57 (1992)

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

Subgenre:
suspense cult film 
Themes:
escape betrayal murder death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
police 
Story:
fairground ferris wheel evil man mistaken identity shot in the back gunfight car accident shot to death surprise ending chase title spoken by character number in title 

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Magnum Force (1973) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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Magnum Force (1973)

San Francisco Police Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan and his new partner, Early Smith have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. You Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callah…an begins to investigate the murders despite orders from his superior officer, Lieutenant Briggs. A man has to know his limitations... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
murder investigation betrayal murder death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
doctor police 
Story:
stakeout spiral staircase pursuit evil man shot in the back gunfight car accident shot to death surprise ending chase 

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
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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 ou…t the truth why they are still after him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
betrayal death 
Locations:
train 
Characters:
police 
Story:
false passport loss of loved one espionage shot in the back gunfight shot to death surprise ending chase 

The A-team (2010)
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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. The…y 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)

Subgenre:
conspiracy 
Themes:
military funeral escape betrayal murder death 
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 

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

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

Themes:
mysterious death murder investigation escape murder death friendship 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
doctor police 
Story:
dark secret faked death passport loss of loved one threat pursuit shot in the back car accident shot to death chase dog 

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
escape betrayal friendship murder death 
Locations:
sewer nightclub hospital 
Characters:
doctor police 
Story:
decoy amusement park manhunt loss of loved one shot in the stomach gunfight car accident voice over narration surprise ending chase 

Anonymous (2011)
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Anonymous (2011)

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A ser…ies of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. (Read More)

Themes:
theatre betrayal murder death 
Characters:
actress writer 
Story:
reference to shakespeare's hamlet british soldier intrigue reference to william shakespeare pursuit author shot in the back voice over narration chase dog 

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The Dirty Dozen (1967)
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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

A Major with an attitude problem and a history of getting things done is told to interview military prisoners with death sentences or long terms for a dangerous mission; To parachute behind enemy lines and cause havoc for the German Generals at a rest house on the eve of D-Day.

Themes:
military betrayal death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
military police american abroad 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
shot in the stomach shot in the back gunfight car accident title spoken by character 

Spartan (2004)
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Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is th…e initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
military funeral escape betrayal murder death 
Locations:
nightclub 
Story:
intrigue faked death espionage pursuit shot in the back gunfight shot to death surprise ending chase title spoken by character 

Jason Bourne (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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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, incl…uding 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. (Read More)

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

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16 Blocks (2006)
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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 choos…e between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
death murder friendship 
Characters:
police 
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 

The Salton Sea (2002)
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The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dea…ler Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:
murder friendship death 
Locations:
cemetery hospital 
Story:
reference to shakespeare's hamlet stakeout shot in the stomach reference to william shakespeare grave shot in the back shot to death voice over narration surprise ending title spoken by character 

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

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

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Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear …her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
escape betrayal death murder 
Characters:
american abroad doctor police 
Story:
spiral staircase manhunt faked death passport gunfight surprise ending chase 

The Take (2016)
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The Take (2016)

Michael Mason, a pick-pocket living in Paris steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Masons face and the French police tag him as a terrorist thr…eat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank, (closed on French National Day) -hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar, discovers the real story behind Masons "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy 
Themes:
escape betrayal murder death 
Characters:
american abroad police 
Story:
decoy passport espionage threat shot in the back gunfight car accident shot to death surprise ending chase title spoken by character 

8mm (1999)
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8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into… obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

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

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The Glass House (2001)
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The Glass House (2001)

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever… had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
funeral friendship death murder 
Locations:
cemetery 
Characters:
doctor police 
Story:
movie theatre reference to shakespeare's hamlet loss of loved one reference to william shakespeare grave car accident 

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends …up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problems. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense cult film 
Themes:
escape murder death 
Characters:
writer doctor police 
Story:
movie theatre author car accident shot to death surprise ending chase title spoken by character dog 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner… has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
military escape betrayal murder death 
Characters:
military police police 
Story:
decoy fingerprint intrigue espionage shot in the back gunfight car accident shot to death surprise ending chase 

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El Mariachi (1992)
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El Mariachi (1992)

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town tryin…g to kill him and get his guitar case. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
escape betrayal death murder 
Locations:
cemetery 
Characters:
love triangle 
Story:
loss of loved one evil man mistaken identity gunfight car accident shot to death voice over narration surprise ending chase title spoken by character dog 

Sin City (2005)
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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)

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

Carlito's Way (1993) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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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 n…ightclub, 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:
betrayal death murder 
Locations:
nightclub train hospital 
Characters:
police 
Story:
death of title character informer railway station gunfight shot to death voice over narration surprise ending chase 

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

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

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

Criminal (2016)
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Criminal (2016)

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

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
escape betrayal death murder 
Characters:
american abroad doctor police 
Story:
manhunt passport espionage mistaken identity shot in the back gunfight car accident shot to death surprise ending chase title spoken by character 

The Crimson Rivers (2000)
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The Crimson Rivers (2000)

Parisian murder detective commissioner Pierre Niemans is called to Gueron, a self-sufficient, prestigious university in a mountain valley, to investigate the murder on 32-year old professor and librarian Remy Caillois, whose corpse was found 50 meters high on a steep mountain side, naked, horribly c…overed in bruises and bleeding wounds, the result of some five hours of bestial torture including quasi-surgical amputation of hands cauterized to prevent bleeding to death- and eyes. Guernon is a closed society of virtually incestuous scientists, de facto succeeding to their parents' posts; the eye-doctor, formerly on the staff, says hereditary genetic diseases are the price of such elitism, but in recent years spread to the simple farming families. Inspector Max Kerkerian examines two crimes in the town: a school break-in with theft of old photos and archive papers as well as a graveyard desecration of Judith Herault, the daughter of local nun Andree, who lives in a dark cell since 15 years and mumbles the demons who made an attempt of both of their lives have returned to prevent the child endanger their secret. As both police investigations continue, the loner sleuths meet; secrets and other corpses are found, till it all ties together. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
murder investigation murder death 
Mood:
darkness 
Locations:
cemetery hospital 
Characters:
doctor police 
Story:
fingerprint spiral staircase faked death grave car accident chase dog 

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The Killer (1989) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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The Killer (1989)

A violent Hong Kong action film, this is the story of an assassin, Jeffrey Chow (aka Mickey Mouse) who takes one last job so he can retire and care for his girlfriend Jenny. When his employers betray him, he reluctantly joins forces with Inspector Lee (aka Dumbo), the cop who is pursuing him. Togeth…er, the new friends face the final confrontation of the gangsters out to kill them. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
betrayal murder death friendship 
Locations:
nightclub hospital 
Characters:
police 
Story:
decoy manhunt loss of loved one loyalty shot in the back gunfight cat car accident shot to death chase title spoken by character 

American Assassin (2017)
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American Assassin (2017)

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

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
military escape betrayal murder death 
Locations:
train hospital 
Characters:
military police american abroad doctor 
Story:
loss of loved one espionage shot in the back gunfight car accident shot to death surprise ending chase dog 

The Negotiator (1998)
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The Negotiator (1998)

In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expe…rt negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
funeral betrayal murder friendship death 
Characters:
police 
Story:
shot in the stomach gunfight shot to death surprise ending title spoken by character dog 

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Allied (2016)
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Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a… 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)

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

Dark City (1998) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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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 t…o 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)

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

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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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 agai…n. 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)

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

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