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Vanilla Sky (2001)
Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Incarcerated and charged with murder, David Aames Jr. is telling the story of how he got to where he is to McCabe, the police psychologist. That story includes: being the 51% shareholder of a major publishing firm, which he inherited from his long deceased parents; the firm's board, appointed by David Aames Sr., being the 49% shareholders who would probably like to see him gone as they see him as being too irresponsible and immature to run the company; his best bro friendship with author, Brian Shelby; his "friends with benefits" relationship with Julie Gianni, who saw their relationship in a slightly different light; his budding romance with Sofia Serrano, who Brian brought to David's party as his own date and who Brian saw as his own possible life mate; and being in an accident which disfigured his face and killed the person who caused the accident. But as the story proceeds, David isn't sure what is real and what is a dream/nightmare as many facets of the story are incompatible to be all real. The mysterious man in the restaurant may be able to shed some light on David's confusion. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  amnesia,  paranoia,  obsession,  memory,  fear,  jealousy,  infidelity,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:usa,  apartment,  elevator,  nightclub,  bar,  hospital
Characters:artist,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:chevrolet caprice,  magazine publisher,  ford mustang,  dream within a dream,  virtual reality,  psychologist,  false memory,  remake of spanish film,  suicide by car,  lucid dream,  birthday party,  car accident,  reference to john coltrane,  reference to george harrison,  reference to bjork,  corporate take over,  montage of stills,  spanish american,  jumping off roof,  reference to joni mitchell,  reconstructive surgery,  reference to jules verne,  reference to claude monet,  romantic rejection,  falling leaves,  sketch pad,  publishing house,  reference to o.j. simpson,  prosthetic,  reference to paul mccartney,  court order,  smothered with a pillow,  buick,  phantasmagoria,  tv talk show,  free fall,  cryonics,  acrophobia,  22nd century,  speeding vehicle,  analyst,  caricature,  rich snob,  board meeting,  scarred face,  reference to bob dylan,  lynchian,  operating room,  reference to frank sinatra,  compact disc,  plastic surgeon,  reference to john lennon,  killed during sex,  new york city new york,  chevrolet,  movie poster,  rich man,  secret past,  mind,  talking while driving,  dying during sex,  martini,  ford,  talking about sex,  tied up while barefoot,  headache,  times square manhattan new york city,  phobia,  repeated line,  disfigured face,  tequila,  distrust,  urinal,  dna,  cd,  autumn,  suicidal,  no title at beginning,  reference to the beatles,  central park manhattan new york city,  jazz music,  skyscraper,  physician,  plastic surgery,  publisher,  contract,  reckless driving,  ambiguous ending,  dark past,  tied feet,  disfigurement,  aerial shot,  hologram,  medication,  pet dog,  afterlife,  mental institution,  reality,  cgi,  jumping from height,  rehearsal,  coma,  freeze frame,  isolation,  automobile,  mistaken identity,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  stalker,  author,  bartender,  unrequited love,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  internet,  bridge,  woman,  manhattan new york city,  hallucination,  jail,  death of father,  mask,  sex in bed,  love triangle,  watching tv,  remake,  police officer,  car,  party,  dream,  prison,  cell phone,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  flashback,  murder,  death

Abre Los Ojos (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Abre Los Ojos (1997)

A once handsome playboy, Cesar finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  wealth,  paranoia,  memory,  jealousy,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:nightclub
Characters:dancer,  doctor
Story:virtual reality,  car accident,  reference to jules verne,  cryonics,  lynchian,  talking while driving,  plastic surgery,  contract,  disfigurement,  psychologist,  coma,  death of father,  mask,  watching tv,  car,  dream,  prison,  photograph,  dancing,  sex scene,  death,  murder,  flashback

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K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:secret past,  ambiguous ending,  dark past,  medication,  mental institution,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  manhattan new york city,  death of father,  watching tv,  remake,  dream,  cult film,  party,  title spoken by character,  murder,  death

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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)

Themes:paranoia,  memory,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:doctor
Story:dream within a dream,  car accident,  movie poster,  disfigured face,  publisher,  disfigurement,  mental institution,  reality,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  author,  bridge,  manhattan new york city,  hallucination,  police officer,  car,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  murder,  death

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  obsession,  memory,  jealousy,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:elevator
Characters:dancer,  boy
Story:autumn,  contract,  medication,  mental institution,  hallucination,  love triangle,  remake,  cult film,  photograph,  flashback,  death

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Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:obsession,  fear,  jealousy,  infidelity
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  boy,  doctor
Story:birthday party,  reference to john lennon,  new york city new york,  times square manhattan new york city,  tequila,  reference to the beatles,  central park manhattan new york city,  contract,  freeze frame,  woman,  manhattan new york city,  jail,  watching tv,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  bare chested male,  flashback

Gothika (2003)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Gothika (2003)

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  paranoia,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:car accident,  reckless driving,  medication,  mental institution,  psychologist,  attempted murder,  unrequited love,  false accusation,  bridge,  woman,  hallucination,  watching tv,  car,  dream,  prison,  cell phone,  photograph,  murder,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  fear,  jealousy,  surrealism
Locations:elevator,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:dancer
Story:virtual reality,  martini,  ambiguous ending,  hologram,  reality,  cgi,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  bartender,  bridge,  remake,  cult film,  dancing,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  death

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A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

Death stalks the dreams of several young adults to claim its revenge on the killing of Freddy Kruger. Chased and chastised by this finger-bladed demon, it is the awakening of old memories and the denials of a past of retribution that spurns this hellish vision of a dreamlike state and turns death into a nightmare reality. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:lucid dream,  car accident,  dark past,  disfigurement,  reality,  hallucination,  jail,  remake,  dream,  cell phone,  photograph,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  flashback

New Nightmare (1994)
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

New Nightmare (1994)

It's nearing the 10th Anniversary of the film 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and one of the stars, Heather Langenkamp is being scared by a voice on a phone, sounding very similar to the film's villain, Freddy Krueger. When Heather's husband is killed in a car accident and is discovered with slash marks on him, Heather starts to wonder something. Especially when she discovers that Wes Craven is writing another 'Nightmare' film. Soon, she realizes that Freddy has now entered the real world, and the only way to defeat him is to become Nancy Thompson once again. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:car accident,  dream within a dream,  car,  repeated line,  no title at beginning,  disfigurement,  jumping from height,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  stalker,  no opening credits,  hallucination,  death of father,  police officer,  dream,  cell phone,  cult film,  death,  murder

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. This is why Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  paranoia,  fear
Locations:apartment,  elevator,  nightclub,  bar,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:car accident,  ford,  aerial shot,  attempted murder,  bartender,  manhattan new york city,  watching tv,  cell phone,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  flashback

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Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  memory,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:reality,  police officer,  car accident,  lynchian,  martini,  cd,  skyscraper,  plastic surgery,  ambiguous ending,  aerial shot,  jumping from height,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  internet,  watching tv,  dream,  cell phone,  cult film,  party,  dancing,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  murder

Trance (2013) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Trance (2013)

A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  obsession,  fear,  jealousy,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment,  elevator,  nightclub,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:reality,  repeated line,  ambiguous ending,  mistaken identity,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  hallucination,  sex in bed,  remake,  dream,  cell phone,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  death,  murder,  flashback

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:elevator,  bar
Story:car accident,  times square manhattan new york city,  repeated line,  central park manhattan new york city,  dark past,  aerial shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  no opening credits,  manhattan new york city,  police officer,  cell phone,  party,  photograph,  death,  murder,  flashback

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Scream 3 (2000)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

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

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  jealousy
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment,  bar
Story:birthday party,  car accident,  aerial shot,  jumping from height,  isolation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stalker,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  woman,  hallucination,  mask,  watching tv,  police officer,  cell phone,  party,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

Hable Con Ella (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Hable Con Ella (2002)

After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. This is why Hable Con Ella (2002) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  memory,  fear
Locations:apartment,  bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Story:coma,  compact disc,  phobia,  reality,  bartender,  woman,  jail,  prison,  cell phone,  photograph,  flashback

Self/less (2015) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:doctor
Story:false memory,  car accident,  rich man,  no title at beginning,  central park manhattan new york city,  aerial shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  bridge,  hallucination,  cell phone,  photograph,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  murder

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Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  jealousy,  infidelity,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment,  nightclub
Characters:dancer
Story:woman,  car accident,  car,  disfigured face,  attempted murder,  hallucination,  dream,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  murder,  death

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

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

Themes:memory,  amnesia,  paranoia,  fear,  infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Characters:boy,  doctor
Story:car accident,  car,  repeated line,  distrust,  psychologist,  freeze frame,  attempted murder,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  hallucination,  dream,  cell phone,  party,  photograph,  sex scene,  flashback

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:paranoia,  obsession,  fear
Locations:apartment,  elevator,  nightclub,  bar,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:car accident,  no title at beginning,  ambiguous ending,  disfigurement,  aerial shot,  jumping from height,  coma,  attempted murder,  no opening credits,  mask,  police officer,  cell phone,  photograph,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  flashback

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Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. This is why Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  infidelity
Locations:apartment,  bar
Story:car accident,  chevrolet,  ford,  contract,  ambiguous ending,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  woman,  manhattan new york city,  death of father,  car,  cell phone,  party,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  flashback

The Air I Breathe (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:car accident,  plastic surgeon,  cd,  contract,  reckless driving,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  unrequited love,  death of father,  love triangle,  watching tv,  cell phone,  photograph,  dancing,  flashback,  murder,  death

Solace (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Solace (2015)

A psychic doctor, John Clancy (Sir Anthony Hopkins), works with an F.B.I. Special Agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an F.B.I. Special Agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear
Locations:apartment,  elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:car accident,  mind,  physician,  dark past,  psychologist,  isolation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  death of father,  police officer,  car,  cell phone,  death,  murder,  flashback

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Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  obsession,  jealousy,  infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:car accident,  operating room,  reality,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stalker,  bartender,  unrequited love,  woman,  hallucination,  watching tv,  car,  cult film,  murder,  death

The Lawnmower Man (1992) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Horror, Sci-fi

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

A scientist performs experiments involving intelligence enhancing drugs and virtual reality on a simple-minded gardener. He puts the gardener on an extensive schedule of learning, and quickly he becomes brilliant. But at this point the gardener has a few ideas of his own on how the research should continue, and the scientist begins losing control of his experiments. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Story:virtual reality,  reality,  cgi,  internet,  hallucination,  police officer,  dream,  cult film,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  murder,  death,  flashback

Baby Driver (2017)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? This is why Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear
Locations:usa,  apartment,  elevator
Characters:singer
Story:car accident,  mind,  repeated line,  reckless driving,  dark past,  aerial shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  bridge,  jail,  death of father,  mask,  watching tv,  police officer,  car,  dream,  prison,  cell phone,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  flashback,  death,  murder

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Papurika (2006)
Adventure, Animation, Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Papurika (2006)

Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they've invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people's minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others. Chaos ensues. The trio - Chiba, Tokita, and Shima - assisted by a police inspector and by a sprite named Paprika must try to identify the thief as they ward off the thief's attacks on their own psyches. Dreams, reality, and the movies merge, while characters question the limits of science and the wisdom of Big Brother. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  memory,  jealousy,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment,  bar
Story:virtual reality,  false memory,  lucid dream,  reality,  bartender,  hallucination,  car,  dream,  cell phone,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  flashback

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

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

Themes:paranoia,  obsession,  fear
Locations:usa,  apartment,  elevator,  nightclub,  bar,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:car accident,  scarred face,  secret past,  disfigured face,  no title at beginning,  skyscraper,  ambiguous ending,  dark past,  aerial shot,  jumping from height,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  bartender,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  bridge,  jail,  mask,  love triangle,  police officer,  prison,  cell phone,  cult film,  party,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

Taking Lives (2004) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
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:fear,  jealousy
Locations:apartment,  elevator,  nightclub,  bar,  hospital
Characters:artist
Story:car accident,  dark past,  disfigurement,  freeze frame,  mistaken identity,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  stalker,  bartender,  bridge,  police officer,  car,  cell phone,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  murder

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Ghost In The Shell (2017)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  memory,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Story:false memory,  car accident,  free fall,  mind,  dark past,  disfigurement,  aerial shot,  hologram,  jumping from height,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  bartender,  false accusation,  woman,  hallucination,  remake,  dancing,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  flashback

A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)

Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through the sleeping mind of Alice's unborn child. His intention is to be "born again" into the real world. The only one who can stop Freddy is his dead mother, but can Alice free her spirit in time to save her own son? This is why A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:artist,  doctor
Story:dream within a dream,  mind,  disfigurement,  mental institution,  automobile,  car,  dream,  cult film,  photograph,  murder,  death

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)

Locations:apartment,  elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:virtual reality,  car accident,  no title at beginning,  ambiguous ending,  dark past,  aerial shot,  hologram,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  bartender,  no opening credits,  hallucination,  police officer,  car,  cell phone,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  flashback

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The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  obsession,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:freeze frame,  attempted murder,  stalker,  unrequited love,  hallucination,  mask,  car,  party,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  death,  murder

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:wealth,  paranoia,  memory,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:car accident,  physician,  hologram,  reality,  bartender,  sex in bed,  watching tv,  remake,  car,  dream,  title spoken by character,  sex scene,  death,  murder

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear
Locations:apartment,  elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:woman,  birthday party,  car accident,  distrust,  disfigurement,  aerial shot,  jumping from height,  automobile,  mistaken identity,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  bartender,  hallucination,  watching tv,  car,  dream,  party,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  murder

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Need For Speed (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Need For Speed (2014)

Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge. This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together This is why Need For Speed (2014) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001). (Read More)

Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:ford mustang,  car accident,  reckless driving,  jumping from height,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  bridge,  manhattan new york city,  jail,  car,  prison,  cell phone,  bare chested male,  murder

Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  jealousy,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment,  elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:car accident,  operating room,  afterlife,  hallucination,  death of father,  dream,  cult film,  photograph,  dancing,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:paranoia,  fear
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:boy,  doctor
Story:car accident,  physician,  afterlife,  coma,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  hallucination,  dream,  cell phone,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  death,  bare chested male,  flashback

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Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Shallow Hal (2001)

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? (Read More)

Themes:fear,  jealousy
Locations:apartment,  elevator,  nightclub,  bar,  hospital
Characters:boy,  doctor
Story:reference to george harrison,  reference to paul mccartney,  reference to the beatles,  woman,  death of father,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  death

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:memory,  jealousy,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment,  bar
Characters:artist,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:virtual reality,  skyscraper,  reality,  bridge,  hallucination,  death of father,  watching tv,  dream,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  death,  flashback

Inception (2010) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Inception (2010)

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible - inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. This is why Inception (2010) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  surrealism
Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:artist
Story:mind,  dream within a dream,  virtual reality,  false memory,  lucid dream,  dream,  car accident,  repeated line,  no title at beginning,  ambiguous ending,  reality,  jumping from height,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  bridge,  death of father,  cell phone,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  death,  flashback,  murder

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear
Locations:usa,  apartment
Story:car accident,  car,  distrust,  ambiguous ending,  disfigurement,  aerial shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  bridge,  woman,  watching tv,  cell phone,  photograph,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  murder

Total Recall (1990)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (1990)

Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  amnesia,  paranoia,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:elevator,  bar
Story:false memory,  reality,  woman,  mind,  ambiguous ending,  hologram,  dream,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  murder

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  paranoia,  memory,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:elevator
Story:virtual reality,  car accident,  disfigurement,  aerial shot,  hologram,  cgi,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  no opening credits,  hallucination,  death of father,  prison,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

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Closer (2004) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Drama, Romance

Closer (2004)

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

Themes:wealth,  obsession,  jealousy,  infidelity
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  doctor
Story:car accident,  times square manhattan new york city,  physician,  publisher,  ambiguous ending,  mistaken identity,  bartender,  internet,  woman,  manhattan new york city,  death of father,  love triangle,  car,  photograph,  dancing,  sex scene,  flashback

Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:paranoia,  fear
Characters:doctor
Story:car accident,  distrust,  tied feet,  aerial shot,  psychologist,  isolation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  attempted murder,  cell phone,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  death

Gegen Die Wand (2004)
Drama, Romance

Gegen Die Wand (2004)

In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants to end it all. Sibel a 20-something female from Hamburg wishes to please her Turkish parents yet yearns for freedom. She has had her nose broken by her brother for being seen holding hands with a boy and yet she can not break her mother's heart and run away. She too attempts suicide and she first approaches Cahit there at the Hospital. Sibel asks Cahit to marry her, as she believes this to be the way out of her parent's house. She promises Cahit that their relationship will be like roommates, not like a married couple. The film follows Sibel and Cahit as they get married, become closer and eventually fall in love. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  infidelity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:suicidal,  car accident,  car,  cd,  reckless driving,  ambiguous ending,  psychologist,  freeze frame,  bartender,  woman,  jail,  death of father,  watching tv,  prison,  cult film,  photograph,  dancing,  death,  murder

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The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  obsession,  fear
Locations:usa,  apartment,  elevator,  nightclub,  bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:car accident,  ambiguous ending,  reality,  bartender,  manhattan new york city,  hallucination,  sex in bed,  watching tv,  dream,  cult film,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  sex scene,  murder,  death

Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like Vanilla Sky (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  jealousy
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:mind,  physician,  psychologist,  isolation,  internet,  love triangle,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  death

Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:no title at beginning,  physician,  freeze frame,  attempted murder,  no opening credits,  bridge,  police officer,  party,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  bare chested male,  flashback

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