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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,  reference to michelangelo,  penicillin,  steam locomotive,  porter,  cuckoo clock,  innocence lost,  russian abroad,  manhole,  slide projector,  death of title character,  ruin,  exhumation,  romanian,  fairground,  decoy,  reference to shakespeare's hamlet,  mysterious death,  fingerprint,  informer,  british soldier,  famous score,  occupation,  forgery,  ferris wheel,  vienna austria,  stakeout,  stage play,  love letter,  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,  murder investigation,  loyalty,  reference to william shakespeare,  espionage,  refugee,  american abroad,  threat,  pursuit,  evil man,  mistaken identity,  author,  grave,  theatre,  darkness,  shot in the back,  love triangle,  gunfight,  cat,  car accident,  shot to death,  train,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  title spoken by character,  death,  number in title,  police,  dog,  murder

U.s. Marshals (1998)
Action, Crime, Thriller

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. Meanwhile, 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)

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

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Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

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

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

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

'71 (2014) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'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.

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

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

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

Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

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 series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. (Read More)

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

Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 become 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)

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

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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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

Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

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)

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

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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 the 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. This is why Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

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

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The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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 dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
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,  murder,  death

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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)

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

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

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Les Rivieres Pourpres (2000)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Les Rivieres Pourpres (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 covered 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)

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

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. This is why Patriots Day (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:fingerprint,  manhunt,  murder investigation,  gunfight,  car accident,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  murder,  dog,  police,  death

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

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

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

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American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

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

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

The Island (2005)
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

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:conspiracy,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub
Characters:doctor
Story:shot in the stomach,  pursuit,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  murder,  death

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Passenger 57 (1992) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. This is why Passenger 57 (1992) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

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

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. (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

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We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  escape,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub,  cemetery,  hospital
Story:informer,  stakeout,  loyalty,  pursuit,  shot in the back,  shot to death,  chase,  murder,  dog,  death,  police

The Day Of The Jackal (1973) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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)

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

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. This is why The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (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,  murder,  death

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16 Blocks (2006)
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

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

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

The A-team (2010) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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

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

The Bone Collector (1999)

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

Themes:escape,  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. This is why The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (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

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:shot in the stomach,  threat,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  car accident,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  title spoken by character,  death,  police,  murder,  dog

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:movie theatre,  threat,  evil man,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  car accident,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  chase,  murder,  death,  police

Stolen (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stolen (2012)

In New Orleans, the notorious bank thief and family man Will Montgomery steals $10m with his partners Vincent, Riley Jeffers and Hoyt. However, he has an argument with Vincent in the runaway and Hoyt leaves Will behind. He tries to flee but the FBI agent Tim Harlend organizes a manhunt and Will is captured, but he burns the stolen money to get rid of the evidence against him. Eight years later, Will leaves the prison and he goes to the house of his teenage daughter Alison Loeb, who has issues against him. Alison leaves Will alone in a coffee shop and takes a cab to go to a session with her shrink. However, a couple of minutes later, Will receives a phone call from Vincent, who is presumed dead, telling that he has abducted Alison and will kill her unless he receives the $10m of the last robbery. Now Will has twelve hours to find a way to rescue his daughter from the hands of the psychopath Vincent. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  betrayal
Locations:sewer
Story:faking own death,  fairground,  manhunt,  faked death,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the back,  car accident,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  police,  dog,  death,  murder

The Fugitive (1993)
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

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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. This is why Das Leben Der Anderen (2006) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (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) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
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

The Two Faces Of January (2014)
Romance, Thriller

The Two Faces Of January (2014)

1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinth Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester's jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:cemetery
Characters:writer
Story:ruins,  passport,  american abroad,  pursuit,  mistaken identity,  grave,  shot in the back,  love triangle,  chase,  number in title,  police,  death,  murder

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Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  funeral,  escape,  betrayal
Locations:nightclub
Story:spiral staircase,  faked death,  espionage,  american abroad,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  car accident,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  chase,  murder,  death

The 5th Wave (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:ruin,  loss of loved one,  refugee,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  cat,  car accident,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  number in title,  death,  murder

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. This is why Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:writer
Period:1940s
Story:post world war two,  loyalty,  reference to william shakespeare,  pursuit,  mistaken identity,  author,  cat,  voice over narration,  chase,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder

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8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

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

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:fingerprint,  intrigue,  espionage,  car accident,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  death,  murder

Allied (2016)
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

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Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub
Story:intrigue,  passport,  espionage,  american abroad,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  car accident,  shot to death,  train,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  death,  police,  murder

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. This is why Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like The Third Man (1949). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  cemetery,  hospital
Story:faked death,  loss of loved one,  threat,  grave,  shot in the back,  love triangle,  gunfight,  car accident,  shot to death,  train,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  chase,  murder,  death,  police

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

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

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