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What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  unfaithfulness,  anger,  voyeurism,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory,  lake,  bathtub,  boat,  cemetery,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist,  musician,  student,  teacher,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:college student,  ouija board,  ghost in a mirror,  murder by drowning,  teacher student relationship,  hair dryer falling into a bathtub,  pet cat,  laptop computer,  cocktail party,  reference to madame curie,  reference to jonas salk,  stepping on glass,  sound system,  princeton university,  empty nest,  glass shard,  alimony,  lock of hair,  source music,  valium,  writing on a wall,  ouija,  steam,  hair dryer,  visions,  power failure,  vermont,  missing girl,  911,  cellist,  footprint,  poltergeist,  sleeplessness,  hitchcockian,  genetics,  cello,  drugged,  shoe,  paramedic,  sailboat,  fence,  fireball,  physician,  seance,  villain played by lead actor,  dock,  photo album,  opening a door,  pier,  pet dog,  spying,  boston massachusetts,  anxiety,  yacht,  research,  drug overdose,  blockbuster,  therapist,  hammer,  mouse,  gothic,  fireplace,  tea,  occult,  pickup truck,  runaway,  death of husband,  therapy,  haunted house,  garden,  murderer,  suspicion,  rat,  haunting,  missing person,  possession,  electrocution,  key,  binoculars,  grave,  drowning,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  roommate,  bath,  woman,  candle,  wine,  supernatural power,  neighbor,  college,  bathroom,  rural setting,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  ghost,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  three word title,  party,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  interview,  blood,  death,  dog

The Gift (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Gift (2000)

When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica's fiancee, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can't help, but this doesn't stop her from constantly getting visions of Jessica's fate. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Story:visions,  missing girl,  fence,  photo album,  therapist,  occult,  pickup truck,  death of husband,  therapy,  missing person,  grave,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  woman,  candle,  supernatural power,  rural setting,  extramarital affair,  secret,  watching tv,  rain,  ghost,  telephone call,  party,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  dog,  death,  blood

1408 (2007)
Horror

1408 (2007)

The cynical and skeptical writer Mike Enslin writes books evaluating supernatural phenomena in hotels, graveyards and other haunted places, usually debunking the mystery. While writing his latest book, he travels from Los Angeles to New York to spend one night in the Dolphin Hotel's posessed room 1408, which is permanently unavailable for guests. The reluctant manager Mr. Gerald Olin objects to his request and offers an upgrade, expensive booze and finally relates the death of more than fifty guests over decades in the cursed room. However Mike threatens Mr. Olin, promising to sue the hotel, and is finally allowed to check into the room. Later in the night, he finds that guests of room 1408, once they have checked in, might never leave the room alive. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  anger,  fear
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  restaurant
Story:laptop computer,  poltergeist,  occult,  haunted house,  suspicion,  haunting,  possession,  key,  grave,  drowning,  underwater scene,  supernatural power,  bathroom,  tears,  secret,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  rain,  crying,  ghost,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:lake,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  cellist,  cello,  anxiety,  fireplace,  roommate,  woman,  wine,  college,  tears,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  rain,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship

Hollow Man (2000) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hollow Man (2000)

Having discovered they could turn animals invisible, a group of scientists test the subject on a human. Head of research, Dr. Sebastian Caine decides to use himself as the subject. After the experiment can't be reversed, it takes a toll on Caine's personality, causing him to hunt down and kill his colleagues (Read More)

Themes:panic,  anger,  voyeurism,  fear,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory,  restaurant
Period:2000s
Story:murder by drowning,  reference to jonas salk,  villain played by lead actor,  research,  rat,  electrocution,  drowning,  underwater scene,  supernatural power,  bathroom,  computer,  mirror,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  shower,  dog,  death,  murder,  blood

Ouija (2014)
Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Ouija (2014)

A girl is mysteriously killed after recording herself playing with an ancient Ouija Board, which leads to a close group of friends to investigate this board. They later find out that some things aren't meant to be played with, especially the 'other side'.

Themes:fear
Locations:bathtub
Characters:friend
Story:ouija board,  ouija,  seance,  fireplace,  haunted house,  drowning,  supernatural power,  bathroom,  mirror,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  ghost,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  photograph,  murder,  blood

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:panic,  anger,  fear,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:friend
Period:2000s
Story:sleeplessness,  paramedic,  physician,  drug overdose,  grave,  drowning,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  candle,  supernatural power,  neighbor,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  cell phone,  ghost,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:cellist,  cello,  death of husband,  possession,  grave,  graveyard,  bath,  supernatural power,  tears,  extramarital affair,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  party,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

The Grudge 2 (2006) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Horror, Thriller

The Grudge 2 (2006)

In Pasadena, Mrs. Davis sends her daughter Aubrey Davis to Tokyo to bring her sister Karen Davis, who is interned in a hospital after surviving a fire, back to the USA. After their meeting, Karen dies and Aubrey decides to investigate what happened to her and gets herself trapped in the same situation, being chased by the ghost of the house. Meanwhile in Tokyo, the three high school mates Allison, Vanessa and Miyuki visit the famous haunted house and are also chased by the ghost. In Chicago, Trish moves to the apartment of her boyfriend Bill, who lives with his children, the teenager Lacey and boy Jake. On the next door, weird things happen with their neighbor. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  revenge
Locations:bathtub
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:physician,  gothic,  haunted house,  drowning,  supernatural power,  neighbor,  rural setting,  cat,  watching tv,  mirror,  cell phone,  ghost,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder

The Skeleton Key (2005)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Skeleton Key (2005)

A young hospice worker helping care for an invalid who lives in a remote mansion in the Louisiana bayous finds herself caught in the middle of morbid happenings centered around a group of Hoodoo practitioners.

Themes:panic,  fear,  marriage
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:musician
Story:paramedic,  gothic,  occult,  key,  roommate,  candle,  secret,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  cell phone,  ghost,  surprise ending,  party,  photograph,  blood,  death

Adore (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adore (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  voyeurism,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:cemetery
Characters:friend
Story:photo album,  tea,  death of husband,  suspicion,  grave,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  wine,  neighbor,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  computer,  mirror,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

All Good Things (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:fear,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:lake,  boat,  restaurant
Characters:psychiatrist,  student,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:vermont,  therapist,  therapy,  suspicion,  missing person,  wine,  neighbor,  college,  tears,  secret,  mirror,  rain,  swimming pool,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  three word title,  party,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  dog,  death,  blood

No Reservations (2007) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

No Reservations (2007)

A master chef, Kate, lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan--with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:student
Story:photo album,  therapist,  pickup truck,  runaway,  therapy,  grave,  graveyard,  candle,  wine,  neighbor,  tears,  watching tv,  car accident,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  death

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  teacher
Story:stepping on glass,  physician,  pickup truck,  death of husband,  therapy,  underwater scene,  bathroom,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  watching tv,  computer,  car accident,  rain,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  party,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  death

Gothika (2003)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Gothika (2003)

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

Themes:panic,  fear,  marriage
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:gothic,  death of husband,  therapy,  murderer,  possession,  underwater scene,  woman,  supernatural power,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  ghost,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  interview,  murder,  blood

Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear
Locations:boat,  snow
Story:pet cat,  laptop computer,  pet dog,  mouse,  fireplace,  tea,  garden,  rat,  key,  candle,  neighbor,  tears,  cat,  computer,  mirror,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  ghost,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  dog

Pet Sematary (1989) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Horror, Thriller

Pet Sematary (1989)

The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetery in the woods behind the house. The Creed's neighbours are reluctant to talk about the cemetery, and for good reason too. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Story:pet cat,  visions,  pet dog,  gothic,  grave,  woman,  supernatural power,  neighbor,  bathroom,  rural setting,  tears,  secret,  cat,  watching tv,  ghost,  surprise ending,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  death,  blood,  murder

Secret Window (2004)
Mystery, Thriller

Secret Window (2004)

Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  unfaithfulness,  anger,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:lake,  snow,  restaurant
Story:laptop computer,  writing on a wall,  villain played by lead actor,  pet dog,  mouse,  fireplace,  suspicion,  rat,  key,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  computer,  mirror,  crying,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  death,  murder,  blood

Three Colors: Blue (1993)
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Three Colors: Blue (1993)

The first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 'Blue' is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:restaurant
Characters:musician,  friend
Story:mouse,  death of husband,  garden,  rat,  wine,  neighbor,  rural setting,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  cat,  watching tv,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  swimming pool,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog

In Her Shoes (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Locations:snow,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  musician,  teacher,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:laptop computer,  princeton university,  photo album,  pet dog,  pickup truck,  death of husband,  woman,  wine,  tears,  secret,  watching tv,  computer,  car accident,  rain,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  party,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  dog

Frankenweenie (2012) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-fi

Frankenweenie (2012)

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:cemetery
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:pet cat,  fence,  pet dog,  rat,  grave,  candle,  neighbor,  tears,  secret,  cat,  watching tv,  rain,  swimming pool,  crying,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

The Woman In Black (2012)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub
Characters:friend
Story:writing on a wall,  footprint,  fireplace,  haunted house,  suspicion,  haunting,  key,  grave,  drowning,  graveyard,  woman,  candle,  supernatural power,  rural setting,  tears,  secret,  mirror,  rain,  crying,  ghost,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  murder,  death,  dog

The Lake House (2006)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The Lake House (2006)

When two people "connect" the bond between them can be so pure and simple as to stir hearts in heaven. When they connect in all the right places at all the wrong times, heaven weeps for broken hearts. To heal these broken hearts, heaven breaks time.

Locations:lake,  snow,  restaurant
Story:sailboat,  pet dog,  pickup truck,  key,  wine,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  surprise ending,  three word title,  party,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

In The Land Of Women (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In The Land Of Women (2007)

L.A. soft-porn writer Carter Webb is frustrated enough, after his actress girlfriend dumps him, to need a serious break. He decides to spend it with his grandmother, who can't really take care of herself and her Detroit suburb house anyway. Helpful Carter soon overcomes mishaps to bond with the foxy neighbor across the street and her daughters. Helping them actually helps him regain perspective and self-confidence. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:friend
Story:woman,  neighbor,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  party,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  dog

Mr. Brooks (2007) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
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:anger,  fear,  marriage,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:student,  friend
Story:college student,  alimony,  fireplace,  pickup truck,  death of husband,  murderer,  grave,  tears,  secret,  computer,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood,  murder

The Grudge (2004)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Grudge (2004)

Karen Davis, an American Nurse, moves to Tokyo and encounters a supernatural spirit who is vengeful and often possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim. Karen must now find away to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  adultery,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:professor,  teacher
Story:pet cat,  gothic,  haunted house,  missing person,  drowning,  supernatural power,  cat,  computer,  cell phone,  ghost,  shower,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death

Stay (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stay (2005)

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal.

Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:psychiatrist,  student
Story:college student,  writing on a wall,  haunting,  key,  underwater scene,  bath,  neighbor,  bathroom,  tears,  car accident,  rain,  crying,  ghost,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  dog

Suspiria (1977)
Horror

Suspiria (1977)

Suzy Bannion travels to Germany to perfect her ballet skills. She arrives at the Tanz dance academy in the pouring rain and is refused admission after another woman is seen fleeing the school. She returns the next morning and this time is let in. She learns that the young woman she saw fleeing the previous evening, Pat Hingle, has been found dead. Strange things soon begin to occur. Suzy becomes ill and is put on a special diet; the school becomes infested with maggots; odd sounds abound; and Daniel, the pianist, is killed by his own dog. A bit of research indicates that the ballet school was once a witches' coven - and as Suzy learns, still is. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  voyeurism,  fear,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:college student,  opening a door,  research,  gothic,  occult,  murderer,  suspicion,  missing person,  woman,  wine,  supernatural power,  bathroom,  secret,  rain,  swimming pool,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  murder,  dog,  death,  blood

The Barbarian Invasions (2003) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries to made peace with his ex-wife Louise, who asks their estranged son Sebastian, a successful businessman living in London, to come home. Sebastian makes the impossible happen, using his contacts and disrupting the entire Canadian system in every way possible to help his father fight his terminal illness to the bitter end, while he also tries to reunite his former friends, Pierre, Alain, Dominique, Diane, and Claude to see their old friend before he passes on. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:lake,  boat,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  musician,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  laptop computer,  vermont,  yacht,  tea,  candle,  wine,  college,  extramarital affair,  secret,  watching tv,  computer,  cell phone,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Disturbia (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Turner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? (Read More)

Themes:panic,  voyeurism,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:hitchcockian,  spying,  garden,  missing person,  binoculars,  woman,  neighbor,  bathroom,  watching tv,  computer,  car accident,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  telephone call,  party,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  dog,  death,  blood

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:voyeurism
Mood:suspense
Locations:lake,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow
Story:lock of hair,  photo album,  hammer,  suspicion,  underwater scene,  candle,  neighbor,  tears,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  three word title,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  dog

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Mood:suspense
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:professor
Story:pickup truck,  key,  graveyard,  college,  tears,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  computer,  rain,  swimming pool,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  party,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  interview,  murder,  death

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

John and Jane Smith are a normal married couple, living a normal life in a normal suburb, working normal jobs...well, if you can call secretly being assassins "normal". But neither Jane nor John knows about their spouse's secret, until they are surprised to find each other as targets! But on their quest to kill each other, they learn a lot more about each other than they ever did in five (or six) years of marriage. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:friend
Story:laptop computer,  sleeplessness,  yacht,  blockbuster,  therapy,  binoculars,  woman,  candle,  wine,  neighbor,  bathroom,  secret,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  cell phone,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  party,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  murder,  blood,  interview,  death

Stir Of Echoes (1999)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Stir Of Echoes (1999)

A man is hypnotized at a party by his sister-in law. He soon has visions and dreams of a ghost of a girl. Trying to avoid this, nearly pushes him to brink of insanity as the ghost wants something from him - to find out how she died. The only way he can get his life back is finding out the truth behind her death. The more he digs, the more he lets her in, the shocking truth behind her death puts his whole family in danger. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Story:visions,  missing girl,  haunted house,  missing person,  grave,  graveyard,  supernatural power,  neighbor,  secret,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  ghost,  teenage girl,  party,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

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

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

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

Themes:panic,  unfaithfulness,  anger,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:psychiatrist,  teacher,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:hitchcockian,  photo album,  pier,  therapist,  therapy,  key,  bathroom,  extramarital affair,  secret,  mirror,  car accident,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  party,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  blood

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Drama, Family

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

In Bedridge, Professor Parker Wilson finds an abandoned dog at the train station and takes it home with the intention of returning the animal to its owner. He finds that the dog is an Akita and names it Hachiko. However, nobody claims the dog so his family decides to keep Hachi.

Themes:friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow
Characters:professor,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:fence,  photo album,  pickup truck,  death of husband,  bath,  tears,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  death

The Ice Storm (1997) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama

The Ice Storm (1997)

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad... (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:cocktail party,  valium,  electrocution,  key,  roommate,  wine,  neighbor,  bathroom,  tears,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  rain,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  three word title,  party,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

The Savages (2007)
Comedy, Drama

The Savages (2007)

Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  student,  teacher
Period:2000s
Story:pet cat,  sleeplessness,  bath,  neighbor,  bathroom,  tears,  extramarital affair,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  interview,  dog,  death

Tell No One (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Tell No One (2006)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  voyeurism,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:lake,  restaurant
Characters:friend
Story:hitchcockian,  murderer,  rat,  suspicion,  missing person,  key,  binoculars,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  car accident,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  dog,  death,  blood

The Ghost Writer (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Ghost Writer (2010)

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub,  boat,  restaurant
Characters:professor
Story:fence,  research,  suspicion,  drowning,  bath,  wine,  tears,  extramarital affair,  secret,  watching tv,  computer,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  ghost,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  interview,  dog,  murder,  death

It Follows (2014) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Horror, Mystery

It Follows (2014)

For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors, that seem to be only a few steps behind. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  voyeurism,  fear,  friendship
Locations:lake,  boat
Characters:friend
Story:college student,  visions,  electrocution,  underwater scene,  neighbor,  bathroom,  watching tv,  rain,  swimming pool,  teenage girl,  photograph,  murder,  death,  blood

Eyes Without A Face (1960)
Drama, Horror

Eyes Without A Face (1960)

After causing an accident that left his daughter Christiane severely disfigured, the brilliant surgeon Dr. Genessier works tirelessly to give the girl a new face. He does so however by kidnapping young women and attempting face transplants. He has been woefully unsuccessful to date. The doctor's world begins to collapse around him when his daughter realizes just what he has been doing. (Read More)

Locations:laboratory,  cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  student
Story:college student,  missing girl,  research,  rat,  missing person,  drowning,  graveyard,  candle,  wine,  secret,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  telephone call,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  blood,  dog,  murder,  death

A Single Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:professor,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  fireplace,  drowning,  underwater scene,  woman,  neighbor,  college,  bathroom,  tears,  watching tv,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  party,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  dog,  blood

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant
Period:2000s
Story:power failure,  boston massachusetts,  blockbuster,  pickup truck,  rat,  electrocution,  drowning,  underwater scene,  tears,  watching tv,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  death

Poltergeist (1982) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
Horror, Thriller

Poltergeist (1982)

A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter.

Themes:voyeurism
Locations:cemetery
Story:source music,  poltergeist,  pet dog,  blockbuster,  haunted house,  haunting,  supernatural power,  neighbor,  watching tv,  mirror,  swimming pool,  ghost,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  interview

The Matador (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:musician,  friend
Story:cellist,  cello,  fireplace,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  candle,  bathroom,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  car accident,  rain,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  dog,  blood

Gifted (2017)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:boat,  restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:dock,  photo album,  boston massachusetts,  pickup truck,  woman,  neighbor,  extramarital affair,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  swimming pool,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

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

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

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

Themes:panic,  anger,  fear,  marriage
Locations:snow
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  villain played by lead actor,  fireplace,  occult,  candle,  supernatural power,  bathroom,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  car accident,  crying,  teenage girl,  surprise ending,  three word title,  party,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  dog,  murder,  blood

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like What Lies Beneath (2000)
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? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage,  revenge
Locations:snow
Period:2000s
Story:fireplace,  suspicion,  missing person,  woman,  neighbor,  bathroom,  extramarital affair,  secret,  cat,  watching tv,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  surprise ending,  party,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  interview,  blood,  death

88 Minutes (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

88 Minutes (2007)

In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon's execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same "modus-operandi" and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of associate Shelly Barnes, an FBI agent, his friend Frank Parks, and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigates some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:professor,  psychiatrist,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  pet cat,  laptop computer,  suspicion,  woman,  college,  cat,  watching tv,  computer,  rain,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  blood,  death,  interview,  murder

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