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Vertigo (1958)
Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Vertigo (1958)

John "Scottie" Ferguson is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, he believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  guilt,  paranoia,  obsession,  memory,  deception,  adultery,  betrayal,  friendship,  surrealism
Locations:museum,  rooftop,  apartment,  cemetery,  hotel,  forest,  church,  restaurant
Characters:artist,  policeman
Period:1950s
Story:vertigo shot,  dyed hair,  private eye,  hair salon,  man fainting,  fainting man,  flower shop,  art museum,  rooftop chase,  death obsession,  romantic obsession,  portrait painting,  san francisco california,  police detective,  commercial artist,  apartment building,  rescue from drowning,  redwood forest,  hotel manager,  church bell,  female crying,  woman crying,  ex fiance ex fiancee relationship,  romantic longing,  unmailed letter,  ends with death,  shipping company,  color motif,  reliving the past,  new clothes,  wooden horse,  new dress,  ex fiancee,  cul de sac,  following someone in a car,  man in love,  roof chase,  bolt upright after nightmare,  men's club,  actress playing dual role,  technicolor,  shipbuilder,  26 year old,  leitmotif,  reference to coca cola,  inquest,  romantic triangle,  imagery,  private club,  spiral,  dolly zoom,  reference to mozart,  bodily possession,  san francisco bay,  acrophobia,  alcoholic drink,  female tears,  dizziness,  dirty old man,  stool,  fear of heights,  reference to jack the ripper,  bell tower,  college friend,  skeptic,  vertigo,  bookshop,  concealed nudity,  meta film,  wandering,  older man young girl relationship,  shipyard,  skepticism,  murder of wife,  identity crisis,  husband murders wife,  clothing store,  stairwell,  trance,  golden gate bridge,  bouquet,  neurotic,  phobia,  orchestral music score,  mysterious woman,  hoax,  psychiatric hospital,  famous score,  gravestone,  look alike,  stable,  self destructiveness,  bachelor,  lost love,  dual role,  makeover,  mental breakdown,  eye,  actress playing multiple roles,  hair,  alley,  being followed,  jewelry,  close up of eyes,  age difference,  melancholy,  nervous breakdown,  deceit,  may december romance,  bookstore,  plot twist,  animated sequence,  impostor,  haunted by the past,  corset,  damsel in distress,  accidental death,  retirement,  following someone,  driving a car,  police chase,  impersonation,  loss of wife,  woman with glasses,  fainting,  private detective,  character says i love you,  flower,  tragic event,  manipulation,  mistaken identity,  mission,  older man younger woman relationship,  businessman,  tree,  grave,  police officer killed,  confession,  transformation,  femme fatale,  necklace,  graveyard,  foreign language adaptation,  unrequited love,  dream sequence,  nun,  california,  bra,  painting,  falling from height,  rescue,  mirror,  police officer,  crying,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  police,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  flashback

Spellbound (1945)
Film-noir, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Spellbound (1945)

Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist at Green Manors mental asylum. The head of Green Manors has just been replaced, with his replacement being the renowned Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck). Romance blossoms between Dr. Petersen and Dr. Edwards but Dr. Edwards starts to show odd aversions and personality traits. It is discovered that he is an impostor, and amnesiac, and may have killed the real Dr. Edwardes. Dr. Petersen is determined to discover the truth through unlocking the secrets held in the impostor's mind, a process which potentially puts her and others' lives at risk. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  memory,  surrealism
Locations:rooftop,  hotel
Characters:policeman
Story:man fainting,  fainting man,  impostor,  reliving the past,  psychiatric hospital,  famous score,  nervous breakdown,  accidental death,  fainting,  unrequited love,  police detective,  dream sequence,  falling from height,  mirror,  police officer,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback,  police

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Basic Instinct (1992)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  obsession,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:apartment
Characters:policeman
Story:romantic obsession,  san francisco california,  inquest,  san francisco bay,  alcoholic drink,  stairwell,  orchestral music score,  look alike,  mental breakdown,  hair,  deceit,  accidental death,  tragic event,  manipulation,  police officer killed,  confession,  femme fatale,  unrequited love,  police detective,  california,  bra,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  police,  murder,  death

Flatliners (1990)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  memory,  betrayal,  surrealism
Locations:museum,  apartment,  cemetery,  forest
Story:alley,  close up of eyes,  haunted by the past,  accidental death,  woman with glasses,  character says i love you,  tragic event,  manipulation,  tree,  graveyard,  falling from height,  rescue,  crying,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  one word title,  flashback

The Human Stain (2003) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  deception,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  church,  restaurant
Story:psychiatric hospital,  self destructiveness,  lost love,  age difference,  nervous breakdown,  may december romance,  haunted by the past,  retirement,  loss of wife,  older man younger woman relationship,  graveyard,  crying,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback,  police,  death

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  obsession,  deception,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  apartment
Characters:policeman
Story:alley,  impostor,  police chase,  loss of wife,  tragic event,  manipulation,  police officer killed,  police detective,  bra,  falling from height,  rescue,  police officer,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  police,  flashback

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  cemetery
Story:psychiatric hospital,  haunted by the past,  following someone,  tragic event,  manipulation,  older man younger woman relationship,  grave,  police officer killed,  graveyard,  police detective,  rescue,  police officer,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  police,  murder

Chinatown (1974)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  adultery,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  restaurant
Story:private detective,  ends with death,  following someone in a car,  orchestral music score,  famous score,  melancholy,  deceit,  plot twist,  impostor,  haunted by the past,  following someone,  police chase,  impersonation,  tragic event,  femme fatale,  police detective,  rescue,  police officer,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  death,  police

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8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
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:obsession,  surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:cemetery
Story:private eye,  eye,  bookstore,  private detective,  character says i love you,  nun,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder

Dressed To Kill (1980)
Mystery, Thriller

Dressed To Kill (1980)

While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's killer as Detective Marino who's in charge of the case is uncooperative in the investigation. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  obsession,  adultery,  friendship
Locations:museum,  apartment
Characters:policeman
Story:romantic obsession,  apartment building,  mental breakdown,  deceit,  manipulation,  femme fatale,  police detective,  bra,  mirror,  surprise ending,  cult film,  death,  murder,  police

The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. This is why The Prophecy (1995) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  betrayal,  surrealism
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  cemetery,  church
Characters:policeman
Story:close up of eyes,  manipulation,  mission,  police officer killed,  graveyard,  police detective,  california,  falling from height,  rescue,  police officer,  crying,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  police,  death,  flashback,  murder

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Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Ne Le Dis A Personne (2006)

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

Themes:surveillance,  guilt,  obsession,  memory,  adultery,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  forest,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:murder of wife,  stable,  haunted by the past,  retirement,  driving a car,  police chase,  loss of wife,  flower,  confession,  foreign language adaptation,  mirror,  police officer,  crying,  police,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  death,  flashback

The Salton Sea (2002) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
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:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  church
Story:dyed hair,  murder of wife,  impostor,  grave,  police detective,  california,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  flashback

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:paranoia,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Period:1950s
Story:26 year old,  imagery,  identity crisis,  famous score,  being followed,  damsel in distress,  following someone,  police chase,  mistaken identity,  femme fatale,  falling from height,  rescue,  mirror,  police officer,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  police,  death

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15 Minutes (2001)
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15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  cemetery,  hotel,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:hair salon,  close up of eyes,  police chase,  character says i love you,  necklace,  graveyard,  police detective,  falling from height,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  police

Madeo (2009)
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Madeo (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned. This is why Madeo (2009) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery,  forest,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:psychiatric hospital,  alley,  being followed,  following someone,  confession,  graveyard,  bra,  mirror,  police officer,  crying,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  murder,  flashback,  police,  death

Out Of The Past (1947) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Crime, Drama, Film-noir, Romance, Thriller

Out Of The Past (1947)

Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed... (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:hotel
Story:private eye,  san francisco california,  following someone in a car,  alcoholic drink,  eye,  being followed,  haunted by the past,  following someone,  driving a car,  private detective,  femme fatale,  unrequited love,  california,  falling from height,  voice over narration,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder,  police

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Oldeuboi (2003)
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Oldeuboi (2003)

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

Themes:surveillance,  guilt,  memory,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  hotel,  restaurant
Story:hair salon,  murder of wife,  husband murders wife,  animated sequence,  haunted by the past,  fainting,  older man younger woman relationship,  nun,  falling from height,  crying,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  murder,  death,  flashback,  police

Atomic Blonde (2017)
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:paranoia,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  hotel,  restaurant
Story:alley,  following someone,  police chase,  manipulation,  mission,  police officer killed,  femme fatale,  bra,  falling from height,  rescue,  police officer,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder,  police,  death

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:guilt,  deception,  surrealism
Locations:apartment
Story:woman crying,  actress playing dual role,  female tears,  wandering,  identity crisis,  mysterious woman,  actress playing multiple roles,  tragic event,  california,  crying,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder

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Rebecca (1940) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Rebecca (1940)

Themes:obsession,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:hotel
Story:death obsession,  portrait painting,  leitmotif,  inquest,  orchestral music score,  haunted by the past,  accidental death,  older man younger woman relationship,  confession,  transformation,  unrequited love,  painting,  mirror,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Crime, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Batman, the costumed crime-fighter who prowls the night skies in Gotham City, soon finds there's another vigilante in town knocking off prominent mob figures. Despite the scythe-like blade for a hand, a mechanical voice and the cloud of smoke that follows the figure wherever it goes, the police and outraged officials mistake the homicidal crusader for Batman himself and demand that the city's longtime hero be brought to justice. Meanwhile, Andrea Beaumont returns to town. She is the lost love of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy who is Batman's alter ego, and was an integral part of Wayne's decision ten years earlier to don the cape and cowl. Now, she is back in his life and is no less a disruption than the return of his old archenemy, The Joker, who has a stake in seeing the annihilation of this new vigilante, whoever it proves to be. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  obsession,  deception,  betrayal,  surrealism
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  cemetery,  restaurant
Story:rooftop chase,  orchestral music score,  lost love,  eye,  plot twist,  haunted by the past,  police chase,  femme fatale,  necklace,  unrequited love,  police detective,  falling from height,  rescue,  police officer,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  police,  flashback,  murder,  death

Dracula 2000 (2000)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  betrayal,  surrealism,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery,  church
Story:manipulation,  police officer killed,  transformation,  femme fatale,  painting,  falling from height,  rescue,  mirror,  surprise ending,  cult film,  murder,  death,  flashback

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Ghajini (2008)
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Ghajini (2008)

Medical student, Sunita, is driven by curiosity to study the case of Sanjay Singhania, who is afflicted with short-term memory loss. She runs into him, befriends him, and finds out that he is out to kill a seemingly benevolent citizen, Ghajini Dharmatma. After warning the latter of the impending danger, she subsequently comes across a number of diaries written by Sanjay and attempts to put together a jigsaw puzzle as to how a successful and wealthy businessman became a crazed recluse, who re-lives his past through tattoos on his body, notes and Polaroid photographs on the wall of his Hiranandani Complex flat, and his sole obsession of carrying out his deadly mission - little knowing that Ghajini and his goons are out to erase every bit of evidence he has gathered and thus ensure that he ends up remembering nothing. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  obsession
Locations:apartment
Story:businessman,  apartment building,  alley,  impostor,  accidental death,  mission,  unrequited love,  rescue,  mirror,  police officer,  voice over narration,  one word title,  murder,  flashback,  death

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

Themes:memory,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  restaurant
Story:character says i love you,  flower,  tragic event,  mission,  tree,  police officer killed,  police detective,  california,  rescue,  police officer,  surprise ending,  murder,  flashback,  death,  police

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. This is why Victor Frankenstein (2015) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  deception,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  forest,  restaurant
Story:police officer killed,  necklace,  police detective,  dream sequence,  falling from height,  rescue,  mirror,  police officer,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  flashback,  police

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Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  restaurant
Story:damsel in distress,  police chase,  mission,  police detective,  falling from height,  rescue,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  police,  flashback

Split (2016)
Horror, Thriller

Split (2016)

When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities, they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them.

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  betrayal,  friendship,  surrealism
Locations:museum,  apartment,  forest
Story:flower shop,  art museum,  mental breakdown,  haunted by the past,  damsel in distress,  tragic event,  transformation,  necklace,  painting,  rescue,  police officer,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  murder,  death,  flashback

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
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:guilt,  paranoia,  obsession,  memory,  betrayal,  friendship,  surrealism
Locations:rooftop
Story:manipulation,  businessman,  dream sequence,  mirror,  crying,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  death,  flashback

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New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  obsession,  deception,  adultery,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:police chase,  impersonation,  character says i love you,  manipulation,  police officer killed,  police detective,  bra,  falling from height,  police officer,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  murder,  police,  death

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Film-noir, Mystery

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That's for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wonderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything's changed. Miles is dead. And so is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wonderly is surrounded by dangerous men. There's Joel Cairo, who uses gardenia-scented calling cards. There's Kasper Gutman, with his enormous girth and feigned civility. Her only hope of protection comes from Sam, who is suspected by the police of one or the other murder. More murders are yet to come, and it will all be because of these dangerous men -- and their lust for a statuette of a bird: the Maltese Falcon. This is why The Maltese Falcon (1941) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  betrayal
Locations:hotel
Characters:policeman
Story:private eye,  san francisco california,  eye,  private detective,  femme fatale,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  police,  based on novel,  murder,  death

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:apartment,  cemetery,  hotel,  restaurant
Story:eye,  actress playing multiple roles,  haunted by the past,  police chase,  private detective,  manipulation,  police officer killed,  femme fatale,  police detective,  falling from height,  rescue,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  flashback

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Trance (2013) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
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:surveillance,  paranoia,  obsession,  deception,  surrealism
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  church,  restaurant
Story:painting,  trance,  plot twist,  character says i love you,  manipulation,  mistaken identity,  femme fatale,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  murder,  death,  flashback

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  guilt,  adultery,  betrayal,  surrealism,  friendship
Locations:church
Story:rescue from drowning,  retirement,  driving a car,  older man younger woman relationship,  bra,  rescue,  mirror,  crying,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  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:paranoia,  obsession,  deception
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:bolt upright after nightmare,  deceit,  private detective,  mistaken identity,  grave,  confession,  falling from height,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  police,  death

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A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. This is why A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:rooftop,  cemetery
Characters:artist
Story:private eye,  apartment building,  murder of wife,  eye,  being followed,  police chase,  private detective,  character says i love you,  police detective,  painting,  rescue,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  police,  flashback,  death,  murder

Dark City (1998) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dark City (1998)

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

Themes:memory,  guilt,  paranoia,  deception,  surrealism
Locations:hotel,  apartment,  restaurant
Story:spiral,  stairwell,  close up of eyes,  plot twist,  haunted by the past,  police chase,  police officer killed,  police detective,  falling from height,  rescue,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  police,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  flashback

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:guilt,  paranoia,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:policeman
Story:rescue from drowning,  loss of wife,  mission,  grave,  graveyard,  nun,  mirror,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  police

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Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Themes:paranoia,  deception,  surrealism
Locations:rooftop,  church
Story:close up of eyes,  impostor,  damsel in distress,  mission,  tree,  police officer killed,  rescue,  police officer,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  death,  murder

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  memory,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:apartment,  hotel
Story:husband murders wife,  police chase,  character says i love you,  manipulation,  mission,  dream sequence,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police,  flashback

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. This is why The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  betrayal,  surrealism,  friendship
Locations:museum,  rooftop,  cemetery,  forest,  church
Story:alley,  close up of eyes,  manipulation,  police officer killed,  transformation,  femme fatale,  rescue,  police officer,  surprise ending,  police,  death,  flashback,  murder

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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:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:rooftop,  apartment,  cemetery
Characters:policeman
Story:mysterious woman,  famous score,  haunted by the past,  retirement,  police chase,  tragic event,  mission,  police officer killed,  femme fatale,  necklace,  graveyard,  police detective,  falling from height,  rescue,  police officer,  surprise ending,  cult film,  murder,  death,  flashback,  police

Mr. Holmes (2015)
Drama, Mystery

Mr. Holmes (2015)

The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her young son. But then he finds himself haunted by 30-year old case. Holmes memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  memory
Locations:restaurant
Story:gravestone,  being followed,  melancholy,  retirement,  following someone,  private detective,  grave,  mirror,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  death

Gattaca (1997)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gattaca (1997)

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  paranoia,  deception
Locations:rooftop,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:mission,  makeover,  hair,  impostor,  mistaken identity,  police detective,  painting,  rescue,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  police,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  death,  murder

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Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  obsession
Locations:hotel
Characters:policeman
Period:1950s
Story:dirty old man,  older man young girl relationship,  self destructiveness,  age difference,  may december romance,  following someone,  older man younger woman relationship,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  police,  murder

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 Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  adultery,  betrayal
Locations:forest,  restaurant
Story:woman crying,  being followed,  following someone,  mission,  older man younger woman relationship,  police officer killed,  confession,  rescue,  mirror,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  death,  murder

Original Sin (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Original Sin (2001)

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:restaurant
Characters:artist
Story:private eye,  eye,  deceit,  impostor,  fainting,  confession,  femme fatale,  mirror,  crying,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  flashback

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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:surveillance,  guilt,  paranoia,  memory,  deception,  betrayal,  surrealism
Locations:apartment,  hotel
Story:psychiatric hospital,  impersonation,  dream sequence,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  one word title,  police,  flashback

Femme Fatale (2002) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Femme Fatale (2002)

The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by an ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  deception,  adultery,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:hotel
Characters:artist
Story:mysterious woman,  mental breakdown,  mistaken identity,  confession,  femme fatale,  dream sequence,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  flashback

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  deception,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  hotel,  restaurant
Story:mysterious woman,  alley,  damsel in distress,  police chase,  manipulation,  mission,  femme fatale,  necklace,  falling from height,  rescue,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  flashback

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