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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

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

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

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

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

Themes: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

North By Northwest (1959) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
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

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (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

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

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
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

Split (2016) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
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

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. (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. This is why Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (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

Trance (2013)
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

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

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)
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.

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

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. This is why The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

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

Gattaca (1997) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
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

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

Serbuan Maut (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Serbuan Maut (2011)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal
Locations:apartment
Story:apartment building, character says i love you, mission, falling from height, police officer, surprise ending, cult film, police, husband wife relationship, flashback, death, murder

L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:restaurant
Period:1950s
Story:famous score, stable, may december romance, police chase, impersonation, police officer killed, femme fatale, police detective, mirror, police officer, voice over narration, police, murder, based on novel, death, flashback

The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? This is why The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, guilt, deception, betrayal, friendship
Locations:rooftop, apartment, cemetery, church, restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:apartment building, romantic triangle, police officer killed, confession, graveyard, police detective, nun, bra, falling from height, police officer, crying, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, police, cigarette smoking, death, flashback, murder

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, betrayal, surrealism
Locations:forest, cemetery, church
Story:stable, hair, tree, grave, transformation, femme fatale, falling from height, rescue, mirror, cult film, title spoken by character, death, murder, flashback

The Number 23 (2007)
Mystery, Thriller

The Number 23 (2007)

On his birthday, Walter Sparrow, an amiable dog-catcher, takes a call that leaves him dog bit and late to pick up his wife. She's browsed in a bookstore, finding a blood-red-covered novel, a murder mystery with numerology that loops constantly around the number 23. The story captivates Walter: he dreams it, he notices aspects of his life that can be rendered by "23," he searches for the author, he stays in the hotel (in room 23) where events in the novel took place, and he begins to believe it was no novel. His wife and son try to help him, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes to protect him. Slowly, with danger to himself and to his family, he closes in on the truth. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, obsession
Locations:cemetery, hotel
Story:bookstore, gravestone, grave, femme fatale, bra, falling from height, police officer, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, flashback, murder, death

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, deception, betrayal, friendship
Locations:apartment, hotel, forest
Story:private eye, eye, damsel in distress, following someone, private detective, mistaken identity, femme fatale, dream sequence, nun, california, falling from height, rescue, voice over narration, surprise ending, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, death, murder, police, flashback

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia, deception, betrayal
Locations:rooftop, hotel, restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:hotel manager, manipulation, painting, falling from height, mirror, police officer, surprise ending, cigarette smoking, flashback, murder, death

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, obsession, deception, adultery
Locations:hotel
Story:dyed hair, mysterious woman, bookstore, woman with glasses, manipulation, confession, femme fatale, police detective, police officer, crying, voice over narration, surprise ending, cigarette smoking, police, husband wife relationship, based on novel, murder, flashback, death

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

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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

Themes:guilt, obsession, deception, friendship
Period:1950s
Story:impostor, impersonation, private detective, mistaken identity, mirror, crying, based on novel, flashback, death, police, murder

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception
Locations:hotel, restaurant
Characters:artist
Story:retirement, loss of wife, manipulation, businessman, police detective, painting, police officer, surprise ending, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, based on novel, murder, police, flashback, death

Chocolat (2000) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery, church
Period:1950s
Story:skepticism, hair salon, portrait painting, church bell, bouquet, confession, graveyard, crying, voice over narration, husband wife relationship, one word title, based on novel, flashback, death

Psycho (1960)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Psycho (1960)

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, deception
Locations:hotel, church
Characters:policeman
Story:california, apartment building, identity crisis, stairwell, famous score, nervous breakdown, impostor, driving a car, impersonation, fainting, private detective, mistaken identity, unrequited love, bra, voice over narration, surprise ending, cult film, based on novel, one word title, murder

Swordfish (2001)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Swordfish (2001)

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money. This is why Swordfish (2001) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception
Story:dyed hair, impostor, police chase, manipulation, police officer killed, femme fatale, falling from height, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, one word title, murder, flashback

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, friendship, surrealism
Locations:rooftop, cemetery, hotel, church
Characters:artist
Story:flower, transformation, necklace, painting, falling from height, rescue, surprise ending, based on novel, death, flashback, murder

Man On A Ledge (2012) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Man On A Ledge (2012)

An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatch a police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren't as they seem. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, betrayal
Locations:hotel, rooftop, cemetery
Story:spiral, jewelry, police chase, businessman, police detective, police officer, surprise ending, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, police, death, flashback

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 (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal, friendship
Locations:cemetery, hotel, restaurant
Story:san francisco california, fear of heights, golden gate bridge, police chase, police officer killed, rescue, police, murder

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, deception, betrayal
Locations:forest
Story:mission, close up of eyes, loss of wife, tragic event, grave, painting, falling from height, rescue, surprise ending, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, death, murder, flashback

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role... This is why Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, friendship
Locations:rooftop, hotel
Characters:policeman
Story:private eye, eye, private detective, retirement, falling from height, voice over narration, surprise ending, cult film, murder, cigarette smoking, police, based on novel, death, flashback

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

Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? (Read More)

Themes:guilt, betrayal
Locations:hotel, restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:hotel manager, hair, accidental death, older man younger woman relationship, police officer killed, police detective, cigarette smoking, police, murder, flashback, death

Mr. Brooks (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. (Read More)

Themes:deception, friendship
Locations:rooftop, cemetery, hotel, church, restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:businessman, eye, being followed, following someone, grave, police detective, bra, mirror, crying, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, police, murder, husband wife relationship, flashback, death

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

The A-team (2010)

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

Themes:surveillance, memory, deception, betrayal
Locations:rooftop, cemetery, hotel, restaurant
Story:dyed hair, fainting man, impostor, police chase, fainting, mission, falling from height, rescue, surprise ending, title spoken by character, murder, death, flashback

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, memory, surrealism
Locations:cemetery, hotel, forest, restaurant
Story:lost love, haunted by the past, graveyard, unrequited love, crying, surprise ending, cult film, cigarette smoking, flashback, death, murder

Beauty And The Beast (2017) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. This is why Beauty And The Beast (2017) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:obsession, deception, surrealism
Locations:rooftop, forest
Characters:artist
Story:famous score, close up of eyes, bookstore, loss of wife, manipulation, transformation, unrequited love, painting, falling from height, rescue, mirror, voice over narration, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, flashback

San Andreas (2015)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

San Andreas (2015)

In San Andreas, California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily the biggest earthquake in history. Dwayne Johnson plays Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who is trying to find his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who is in San Francisco amidst the chaos. Ray's estranged wife, Emma, is forced to turn to Ray for help, as he is her last resort. Together they journey to save their daughter. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Story:rescue, san francisco california, california, golden gate bridge, haunted by the past, damsel in distress, mission, police officer killed, necklace, falling from height, police officer, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, flashback, death

Inception (2010)
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. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, memory, deception, betrayal, surrealism
Locations:rooftop, hotel
Characters:artist
Story:spiral, husband murders wife, famous score, impostor, haunted by the past, impersonation, manipulation, mission, businessman, femme fatale, dream sequence, falling from height, rescue, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, one word title, death, murder

The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, deception, betrayal, friendship
Locations:apartment, restaurant
Story:close up of eyes, impostor, manipulation, falling from height, rescue, police officer, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, police, flashback

Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, betrayal, friendship
Locations:rooftop, apartment, hotel, restaurant
Story:mission, impostor, loss of wife, character says i love you, femme fatale, rescue, mirror, police officer, surprise ending, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, one word title, murder, flashback, death

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. This is why One Hour Photo (2002) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958). (Read More)

Themes:obsession, paranoia, memory, adultery, betrayal
Locations:hotel, restaurant
Story:being followed, impersonation, mission, older man younger woman relationship, dream sequence, mirror, police officer, crying, voice over narration, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, death, murder, flashback, police

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal
Locations:church, cemetery
Story:animated sequence, damsel in distress, mission, confession, transformation, falling from height, rescue, voice over narration, surprise ending, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, one word title, based on novel, death, flashback, murder

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, obsession, memory, friendship
Locations:cemetery
Story:murder of wife, melancholy, haunted by the past, retirement, loss of wife, woman with glasses, grave, confession, unrequited love, crying, voice over narration, surprise ending, cigarette smoking, murder, husband wife relationship, based on novel, flashback, police

Blade Runner (1982) is one of the best movies like Vertigo (1958)
Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner (1982)

In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a "Blade Runner". Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate "replicants". The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he tracks the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion, despite the fact that she's a replicant herself. As Deckard closes in on the leader of the replicant group, his true hatred toward artificial intelligence makes him question his own identity in this future world, including what's human and what's not human. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, memory
Locations:rooftop, hotel
Characters:policeman
Story:retirement, famous score, eye, melancholy, police chase, police detective, police officer, voice over narration, cult film, title spoken by character, based on novel, police, murder

Skyfall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Skyfall (2012)

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

Themes:surveillance, guilt, deception, betrayal
Locations:rooftop, apartment, cemetery, hotel, church
Story:mission, rooftop chase, haunted by the past, retirement, grave, police officer killed, femme fatale, painting, falling from height, rescue, police officer, surprise ending, title spoken by character, one word title, murder, police, death

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