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Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  trauma,  cruelty,  alcoholism,  sadism,  paranoia,  obsession,  theft,  divorce,  robbery,  military,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics,  christmas
Locations:lake,  airport,  school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  maid,  thief,  lawyer,  writer,  baby,  photographer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  children
Period:1960s,  1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:handwriting analysis,  zodiac killer,  sociology student,  sociology of film,  code breaking,  murder witness,  homicidal maniac,  psychological trauma,  false confession,  trailer park,  riverside california,  santa rosa california,  modesto california,  sacramento california,  oakland california,  golden gate bridge,  san francisco chronicle the newspaper,  san francisco examiner the newspaper,  newspaper clipping,  happy birthday,  library book,  shooting range,  san francisco california,  newspaper headline,  murder of a baby,  criminal investigation,  taxi driver,  murder investigation,  dead girl,  prison visitation,  school desk,  women's prison,  boy scouts,  school bus,  drive in restaurant,  christmas tree,  based on book,  san francisco police department,  gun for hire,  police psychologist,  murder for hire,  latent homosexuality,  circumstantial evidence,  photo enlargement,  department of motor vehicles,  double murder,  encoded message,  overhead projector,  transamerica pyramid,  multiple suspects,  film projectionist,  eagle scout,  due process,  highway patrolman,  mysterious voice,  film canister,  television station,  door key,  postal service,  ambidexterity,  sleeping on couch,  japanese food,  cipher,  anonymous telephone call,  encryption,  mailroom,  unknown killer,  radio talk show,  personality change,  cryptography,  woman stabbed,  sociological,  handwriting,  unsolved crime,  alphabet,  door lock,  bloodstain,  fax,  chiropractor,  firing range,  sociologist,  zodiac,  murder victim,  animal cage,  year 1978,  gas chamber,  sex offender,  year 1977,  year 1970,  jumping from a car,  year 1971,  limping,  doughnut,  year 1979,  year 1983,  luger,  searching,  houseboat,  mystery killer,  driver's license,  parking,  stepmother stepson relationship,  year 1969,  movie poster,  hardware store,  stepbrother stepsister relationship,  movie fan,  red herring,  year 1991,  talking while driving,  scrapbook,  mass murderer,  footprint,  firecracker,  cartoonist,  package,  wiretapping,  female victim,  fingerprint,  headache,  fourth of july,  post office,  symbol,  brother in law sister in law relationship,  sociology,  mailman,  code,  radio show,  cookie,  hired killer,  trailer home,  scene before opening credits,  squirrel,  tv commercial,  governor,  blind date,  framed for murder,  true crime,  shot in the neck,  bag over head,  gloves,  police inspector,  mysterious man,  porn magazine,  pedophilia,  car trouble,  gardening,  female stockinged feet,  psycho killer,  masked killer,  brushing teeth,  marital separation,  briefcase,  housekeeper,  note,  dead man,  rainstorm,  time lapse photography,  pedophile,  manhunt,  target practice,  afterlife,  attorney,  crime scene,  mental institution,  psycho thriller,  masked man,  slave,  dead woman,  picnic,  puzzle,  phone booth,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  wristwatch,  stabbed in the stomach,  woman with glasses,  tape recorder,  what happened to epilogue,  female stockinged legs,  drag queen,  tv news,  waiter,  rope,  pickup truck,  maniac,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  fireworks,  tied up,  election,  basement,  witness,  cross,  stalking,  teenage girl,  drug addiction,  pay phone,  fbi,  stabbed in the back,  screaming,  prologue,  flash forward,  park,  confession,  pain,  coffee,  pantyhose,  search,  child in peril,  police detective,  man with glasses,  judge,  child abuse,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  diner,  bridge,  montage,  stabbing,  california,  wine,  journalist,  police station,  flashlight,  newspaper,  teenage boy,  halloween,  reporter,  cafe,  interrogation,  dead body,  birthday,  running,  bomb,  rifle,  taxi,  water,  book,  painting,  shooting,  letter,  arrest,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  serial killer,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  neo noir,  rain,  prison,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  pistol,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  blood,  violence,  death,  murder,  interview,  gun

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

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

Themes:sadism,  paranoia,  theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  policeman,  boy
Story:murder witness,  taxi driver,  tv news,  witness,  pay phone,  police detective,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  journalist,  police station,  reporter,  cafe,  dead body,  taxi,  arrest,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  prison,  telephone call,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  interview,  police,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

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The Company You Keep (2012)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  politics
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  girl
Period:1970s
Story:newspaper clipping,  newspaper headline,  department of motor vehicles,  year 1971,  year 1979,  driver's license,  manhunt,  tv news,  pickup truck,  fbi,  prologue,  park,  coffee,  diner,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  cafe,  interrogation,  running,  taxi,  arrest,  camera,  helicopter,  rain,  prison,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  interview,  police,  murder,  death

Untraceable (2008)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Untraceable (2008)

A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are - both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an "untraceable" website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies. (Read More)

Themes:sadism
Characters:policeman,  girl
Story:newspaper headline,  murder investigation,  school bus,  code,  car trouble,  gardening,  tv news,  basement,  pay phone,  fbi,  child in peril,  police detective,  man with glasses,  stabbed in the chest,  bridge,  stabbing,  newspaper,  dead body,  birthday,  running,  shooting,  arrest,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  police,  gun,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  photographer,  policeman
Period:1990s
Story:fbi,  criminal investigation,  doughnut,  fingerprint,  police inspector,  crime scene,  puzzle,  phone booth,  tape recorder,  tv news,  rope,  cross,  pay phone,  prologue,  flash forward,  confession,  coffee,  bridge,  police station,  flashlight,  newspaper,  reporter,  cafe,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  neo noir,  rain,  prison,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  interview,  police,  blood,  violence,  gun

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Capote (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

Famed writer 'Truman Capote' (qv), southern born and bred but now part of the New York City social circle, is growing weary of his current assignment of writing autobiographical type pieces for the New Yorker. After reading a newspaper article about the just occurred November 14, 1959 cold blooded murders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home, Truman feels compelled to write about that event as his next article. So he and his personal assistant Nelle 'Harper Lee (I)' (qv), also a southern born New Yorker and an aspiring writer of her own, head to Kansas to research the story first-hand. Truman hopes to use his celebrity status to gain access to whomever he needs, such as to Laura Kinney, a friend of the Clutter daughter she who discovered the bodies, and to Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator and also a Clutter family friend. If his celebrity doesn't work, Truman will grease the wheels by whatever means necessary. When the police eventually charge suspects, two young men named Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, Truman uses those same tactics to gain access to them. Truman's fascination with the story makes him believe that he can revolutionize writing by expanding the germ of the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel. His personal involvement also changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the seemingly sensitive and thus probable submissive in the criminal pairing, thus Truman becoming part of the story itself. Article or non-fiction novel, Truman knows that he has to take it to its natural conclusion, something which he cannot force. But also missing are the details of the November 14, 1959 event itself, something that neither Dick or Perry have divulged even in testimony. This is why Capote (2005) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  alcoholism,  theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:writer,  thief,  lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  boy
Period:1960s
Story:newspaper clipping,  taxi driver,  prison visitation,  book,  christmas tree,  based on book,  scrapbook,  bag over head,  what happened to epilogue,  tied up,  witness,  teenage girl,  pay phone,  park,  pain,  man with glasses,  judge,  police station,  newspaper,  teenage boy,  reporter,  cafe,  dead body,  rifle,  taxi,  painting,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  camera,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  prison,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  gun,  murder,  blood,  interview,  violence,  police,  death

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  theft,  robbery,  politics
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  baby,  photographer,  children
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:newspaper headline,  women's prison,  based on book,  year 1970,  year 1977,  target practice,  woman with glasses,  tv news,  flash forward,  confession,  man with glasses,  judge,  bridge,  montage,  journalist,  newspaper,  interrogation,  running,  bomb,  shooting,  arrest,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  shot to death,  underwear,  prison,  telephone call,  based on true story,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  interview,  gun,  police,  violence,  blood

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:divorce,  drinking
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  photographer,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:based on book,  year 1970,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  woman with glasses,  tape recorder,  what happened to epilogue,  drug addiction,  pay phone,  flash forward,  pain,  coffee,  man with glasses,  diner,  cafe,  running,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  underwear,  telephone call,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  interview,  blood,  death,  police,  gun,  violence

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Patriots Day (2016) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

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

Themes:paranoia
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  policeman
Story:newspaper headline,  murder investigation,  fingerprint,  governor,  manhunt,  crime scene,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  pickup truck,  fireworks,  fbi,  police detective,  man with glasses,  diner,  montage,  police station,  flashlight,  interrogation,  bomb,  arrest,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police,  blood,  gun,  violence

Kalifornia (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kalifornia (1993)

Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  sadism,  theft
Locations:bar
Characters:writer,  photographer
Story:homicidal maniac,  trailer park,  mass murderer,  rainstorm,  psycho thriller,  stabbed in the stomach,  tape recorder,  maniac,  cross,  stabbed in the back,  stabbed to death,  california,  journalist,  dead body,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  pistol,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  police,  gun,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. This is why The Bone Collector (1999) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  christmas
Locations:airport,  bar
Period:1990s
Story:newspaper clipping,  newspaper headline,  taxi driver,  murder investigation,  christmas tree,  based on book,  woman stabbed,  red herring,  footprint,  fingerprint,  rainstorm,  crime scene,  rope,  tied up,  pay phone,  screaming,  prologue,  flash forward,  child in peril,  police detective,  man with glasses,  police station,  flashlight,  taxi,  camera,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  pistol,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  police,  blood,  death,  murder,  violence

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Dark Places (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  trauma,  alcoholism,  obsession,  theft,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  girl,  boy
Story:newspaper clipping,  newspaper headline,  murder investigation,  true crime,  note,  stabbed in the stomach,  tv news,  basement,  witness,  cross,  teenage girl,  prologue,  flash forward,  confession,  coffee,  judge,  child abuse,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  flashlight,  newspaper,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  shooting,  letter,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  serial killer,  shot to death,  prison,  telephone call,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  violence,  blood,  gun,  police,  death

The Iceman (2012) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  politics,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  baby,  girl,  children
Period:1960s
Story:newspaper headline,  christmas tree,  based on book,  year 1979,  year 1983,  true crime,  briefcase,  phone booth,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  witness,  pay phone,  stabbed in the back,  flash forward,  park,  stabbed to death,  diner,  stabbing,  wine,  newspaper,  cafe,  dead body,  birthday,  taxi,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  prison,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  gun,  murder,  police,  violence

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,  cruelty,  sadism,  paranoia
Locations:airport,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  baby,  girl
Period:1990s
Story:criminal investigation,  dead girl,  wiretapping,  shot in the neck,  porn magazine,  mysterious man,  masked killer,  rainstorm,  psycho thriller,  masked man,  stabbed in the stomach,  tape recorder,  pay phone,  stabbed in the back,  man with glasses,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  interrogation,  taxi,  shooting,  letter,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  prison,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

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American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:paranoia,  divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Period:1980s
Story:homicidal maniac,  christmas tree,  double murder,  mass murderer,  female victim,  psycho killer,  briefcase,  psycho thriller,  phone booth,  watching a movie,  tape recorder,  waiter,  maniac,  pay phone,  screaming,  confession,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  montage,  stabbing,  wine,  interrogation,  dead body,  running,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  neo noir,  pistol,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  violence,  police,  death,  blood,  gun

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. This is why Mysterious Skin (2004) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007). (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  cruelty,  paranoia,  obsession,  theft,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:bar
Characters:photographer,  girl,  boy
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:psychological trauma,  modesto california,  christmas tree,  based on book,  year 1983,  year 1991,  pedophilia,  rainstorm,  pedophile,  target practice,  watching a movie,  tape recorder,  obscene finger gesture,  fireworks,  teenage girl,  search,  child abuse,  flashlight,  teenage boy,  halloween,  birthday,  running,  letter,  drink,  watching tv,  investigation,  underwear,  rain,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  violence,  blood

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  theft,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:photographer,  policeman,  girl
Period:1960s
Story:newspaper headline,  brother in law sister in law relationship,  briefcase,  wristwatch,  what happened to epilogue,  election,  witness,  stabbed in the back,  prologue,  confession,  pain,  police detective,  man with glasses,  judge,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  wine,  police station,  newspaper,  dead body,  birthday,  rifle,  taxi,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot to death,  rain,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  murder,  blood,  police,  violence

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The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  paranoia
Locations:bar
Characters:baby,  maid,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:homicidal maniac,  trailer park,  newspaper clipping,  year 1978,  mass murderer,  female victim,  trailer home,  shot in the neck,  crime scene,  masked man,  psycho thriller,  phone booth,  stabbed in the stomach,  maniac,  obscene finger gesture,  basement,  pay phone,  fbi,  stabbed in the back,  screaming,  park,  child in peril,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  police station,  interrogation,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:obsession,  divorce,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:school,  lake,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  baby,  photographer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  children
Story:prison visitation,  christmas tree,  year 1983,  note,  attorney,  pickup truck,  flash forward,  judge,  diner,  stabbing,  dead body,  running,  letter,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  prison,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  murder,  blood,  police,  violence,  gun

Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

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

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Period:1980s
Story:fbi,  newspaper headline,  murder investigation,  serial killer,  year 1983,  red herring,  mass murderer,  fingerprint,  scene before opening credits,  police inspector,  crime scene,  maniac,  fireworks,  witness,  stalking,  prologue,  flash forward,  coffee,  police detective,  man with glasses,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  bridge,  montage,  police station,  flashlight,  interrogation,  painting,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother son relationship,  blood,  murder,  death

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Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007). (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  christmas
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  maid,  thief,  lawyer
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:christmas tree,  rainstorm,  attorney,  phone booth,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  tape recorder,  what happened to epilogue,  waiter,  pay phone,  fbi,  flash forward,  confession,  judge,  diner,  montage,  california,  teenage boy,  taxi,  letter,  arrest,  investigation,  airplane,  prison,  based on true story,  pistol,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police

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:paranoia,  divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  writer,  photographer,  policeman,  boy
Story:reporter,  governor,  bag over head,  car trouble,  marital separation,  rainstorm,  crime scene,  dead woman,  tv news,  pickup truck,  obscene finger gesture,  pay phone,  diner,  journalist,  cafe,  running,  book,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  helicopter,  rain,  prison,  telephone call,  photograph,  death,  murder,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  interview,  police

Rendition (2007)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:airport
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  boy
Story:cia,  bag over head,  tv news,  witness,  prologue,  confession,  search,  flashlight,  interrogation,  dead body,  bomb,  rifle,  taxi,  shooting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  underwear,  prison,  telephone call,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  murder,  blood,  gun,  violence,  death

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High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  drinking
Characters:maid,  baby,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Story:door key,  briefcase,  watching a movie,  tape recorder,  waiter,  stabbed in the back,  screaming,  flash forward,  coffee,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  montage,  stabbing,  wine,  flashlight,  reporter,  dead body,  painting,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  underwear,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  murder,  blood,  violence

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  boy,  children
Story:homicidal maniac,  taxi driver,  christmas tree,  mailman,  tv news,  waiter,  maniac,  stabbed in the back,  wine,  reporter,  cafe,  dead body,  birthday,  taxi,  letter,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence

The Bodyguard (1992)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. This is why The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  obsession,  drinking
Locations:lake,  restaurant,  bar
Period:1990s
Story:murder witness,  mysterious man,  masked killer,  dead man,  rainstorm,  target practice,  masked man,  movie theater,  fireworks,  witness,  stalking,  pay phone,  screaming,  police station,  running,  bomb,  water,  letter,  sister sister relationship,  camera,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  violence,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

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Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  divorce,  drinking,  politics,  christmas
Locations:airport,  school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  children
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:year 1978,  watching a movie,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  election,  basement,  cross,  teenage girl,  pay phone,  flash forward,  pain,  wine,  flashlight,  newspaper,  teenage boy,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  rain,  prison,  telephone call,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  police,  murder,  blood,  death

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:obsession,  drinking
Locations:lake,  school
Characters:girl,  photographer,  policeman,  children
Period:1970s
Story:newspaper clipping,  taxi driver,  murder investigation,  dead girl,  school bus,  serial killer,  murder victim,  scrapbook,  pedophilia,  note,  pedophile,  afterlife,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  pain,  search,  montage,  flashlight,  teenage boy,  dead body,  birthday,  running,  taxi,  book,  painting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  blood splatter,  rain,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  blood,  death,  murder

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  paranoia
Characters:boy
Period:1990s
Story:homicidal maniac,  newspaper headline,  mass murderer,  time lapse photography,  crime scene,  psycho thriller,  tape recorder,  tv news,  pickup truck,  maniac,  fireworks,  witness,  prologue,  flash forward,  police detective,  child abuse,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  diner,  bridge,  montage,  journalist,  flashlight,  reporter,  book,  shooting,  arrest,  camera,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  prison,  pistol,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  death,  interview,  violence,  murder,  blood

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The Limey (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Limey (1999)

An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drinking
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:thief,  policeman
Period:1960s
Story:newspaper clipping,  murder for hire,  hired killer,  waiter,  tied up,  stabbed in the back,  flash forward,  park,  search,  judge,  stabbing,  california,  cafe,  dead body,  taxi,  water,  shooting,  drink,  watching tv,  investigation,  airplane,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  neo noir,  prison,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  blood,  death,  police,  murder,  gun

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

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. This is why Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  theft,  robbery
Characters:thief,  photographer
Period:1990s
Story:newspaper clipping,  red herring,  year 1991,  wiretapping,  crime scene,  mental institution,  masked man,  wristwatch,  cross,  stalking,  prologue,  flash forward,  child in peril,  police detective,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  bridge,  police station,  flashlight,  arrest,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  neo noir,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  police,  blood,  violence,  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:paranoia
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  girl
Story:homicidal maniac,  newspaper clipping,  dead girl,  women's prison,  highway patrolman,  murder victim,  female victim,  framed for murder,  psycho killer,  rainstorm,  time lapse photography,  mental institution,  psycho thriller,  maniac,  stalking,  pay phone,  screaming,  bridge,  police station,  flashlight,  reporter,  running,  rifle,  taxi,  shooting,  watching tv,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  rain,  prison,  telephone call,  pistol,  photograph,  murder,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  blood,  death,  interview,  violence,  gun

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Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:military,  politics
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  bar
Story:newspaper headline,  taxi driver,  code,  shot in the neck,  tv news,  cia,  election,  pay phone,  fbi,  confession,  stabbing,  flashlight,  reporter,  interrogation,  running,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  shooting,  letter,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  telephone call,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  murder,  blood,  violence,  gun,  death

Paranoid Park (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paranoid Park (2007)

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. (Read More)

Themes:writing
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:newspaper headline,  based on book,  marital separation,  time lapse photography,  obscene finger gesture,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  park,  police detective,  bridge,  flashlight,  teenage boy,  cafe,  interrogation,  running,  water,  letter,  watching tv,  investigation,  rain,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  death,  murder,  interview,  blood

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:obsession,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:lake,  restaurant
Characters:mayor,  maid,  lawyer,  writer,  photographer,  girl,  boy
Period:1970s,  1980s
Story:murder investigation,  unsolved crime,  year 1978,  year 1971,  true crime,  briefcase,  time lapse photography,  target practice,  attorney,  phone booth,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  pay phone,  search,  judge,  bridge,  wine,  newspaper,  cafe,  interrogation,  dead body,  running,  taxi,  shooting,  drink,  camera,  underwear,  rain,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder,  police,  death

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. This is why Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Story:happy birthday,  newspaper headline,  limping,  porn magazine,  tv news,  witness,  screaming,  prologue,  confession,  child abuse,  newspaper,  reporter,  cafe,  birthday,  taxi,  water,  letter,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  underwear,  prison,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  violence,  death,  police,  blood,  murder

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
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:writing,  cruelty,  sadism,  paranoia,  obsession,  robbery,  drinking
Locations:airport,  bar
Characters:thief,  lawyer,  writer,  girl
Story:trailer park,  investigation,  based on book,  searching,  framed for murder,  mysterious man,  woman with glasses,  tv news,  basement,  fbi,  confession,  search,  police detective,  man with glasses,  bridge,  police station,  flashlight,  reporter,  interrogation,  water,  book,  letter,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death,  interview,  murder,  violence

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  military
Locations:airport,  school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  lawyer
Story:taxi driver,  wiretapping,  fingerprint,  hired killer,  scene before opening credits,  framed for murder,  shot in the neck,  time lapse photography,  pickup truck,  obscene finger gesture,  fireworks,  stalking,  teenage girl,  pay phone,  screaming,  child in peril,  diner,  montage,  flashlight,  halloween,  interrogation,  running,  taxi,  arrest,  watching tv,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rain,  prison,  telephone call,  pistol,  photograph,  death,  violence,  blood,  police,  murder

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Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:theft,  drinking
Locations:airport
Characters:lawyer,  baby,  girl
Story:gardening,  attorney,  wristwatch,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  flash forward,  park,  judge,  montage,  california,  newspaper,  reporter,  running,  rifle,  taxi,  book,  painting,  shooting,  letter,  arrest,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  airplane,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

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

Themes:sadism,  paranoia,  drunkenness
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  bar
Period:1980s
Story:wiretapping,  scene before opening credits,  porn magazine,  time lapse photography,  phone booth,  movie theater,  wristwatch,  rope,  cia,  stalking,  pay phone,  stabbed in the back,  prologue,  flash forward,  man with glasses,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  bridge,  montage,  interrogation,  dead body,  taxi,  water,  camera,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  gun,  violence,  police

The Client (1994) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Client (1994)

Mark Sway is an 11 year old boy who lives with his mother and brother in a trailer. One day he and his brother are hanging out when a car pulls over beside them. The driver then sticks a hose in his exhaust and puts the other end into the car. Mark pulls it out. But the man sees him and grabs him and takes inside the car. The man talks to Mark then later shoots himself. The shock sends Mark's brother into a catatonic state. The police question him and slips out some stuff that makes them think he's saying more than he knows. Roy Foltrigg, a prosecutor with political ambitions tells Mark he wants to talk to him tomorrow. Mark feeling that he needs a lawyer, sees Reggie Love. Mark tells her about the man who killed himself. Reggie tells him he's a mob lawyer. And one of his clients is a member of a mob family who is suspected of killing a Senator who was trying to take down his family. But because the Senator's body is missing, they can't prosecute him. Reggie thinks Foltrigg thinks the lawyer told Mark where the body is which is why he wants to speak to him. Mark goes to meet Roy and when he threatens him, Mark steps out then Reggie comes in with a recording of his conversation with Mark telling him that made several violations. In the meantime, the mobster is told by the head of the family to take care of Mark. So he threatens Mark. Mark doesn't know what to do and learns that Reggie has some secrets of her own and is uncertain if he can trust her. This is why The Client (1994) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007). (Read More)

Themes:trauma,  paranoia,  drunkenness,  politics
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  boy
Period:1990s
Story:trailer park,  newspaper headline,  wiretapping,  hired killer,  crime scene,  tape recorder,  waiter,  obscene finger gesture,  witness,  fbi,  confession,  coffee,  child in peril,  police detective,  judge,  diner,  bridge,  journalist,  police station,  flashlight,  cafe,  interrogation,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  watching tv,  airplane,  helicopter,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  murder,  gun

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Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  drinking,  politics
Locations:school,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  lawyer,  baby,  photographer,  policeman,  children
Period:1970s
Story:sacramento california,  san francisco chronicle the newspaper,  san francisco california,  newspaper headline,  year 1978,  year 1970,  year 1977,  tape recorder,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  election,  pay phone,  california,  newspaper,  cafe,  birthday,  running,  shooting,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  underwear,  rain,  telephone call,  one word title,  interview,  death,  blood,  police,  murder,  violence

Scream 3 (2000)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

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

Themes:paranoia,  theft,  drunkenness
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:newspaper clipping,  fax,  mystery killer,  red herring,  trailer home,  masked killer,  crime scene,  masked man,  wristwatch,  stabbed in the stomach,  obscene finger gesture,  basement,  stalking,  stabbed in the back,  screaming,  police detective,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  journalist,  police station,  flashlight,  reporter,  birthday,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  police,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

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

Themes:sadism,  paranoia
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Period:1990s
Story:newspaper clipping,  newspaper headline,  taxi driver,  rainstorm,  crime scene,  wristwatch,  pay phone,  police detective,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  bridge,  stabbing,  police station,  flashlight,  newspaper,  taxi,  letter,  arrest,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  neo noir,  rain,  pistol,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  violence,  interview,  murder,  death

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
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...

Themes:theft,  robbery,  drunkenness,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:school,  lake,  airport,  bar
Characters:thief,  policeman,  girl
Story:investigation,  murder investigation,  dead girl,  christmas tree,  cookie,  tv commercial,  pedophilia,  mental institution,  tv news,  witness,  teenage girl,  prologue,  child abuse,  bridge,  teenage boy,  dead body,  running,  book,  shooting,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  neo noir,  pistol,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  murder,  cigarette smoking,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  violence,  gun

Scream (1996)
Horror, Mystery

Scream (1996)

1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. This is why Scream (1996) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  divorce,  drunkenness
Locations:school
Characters:girl
Period:1990s
Story:reporter,  teenage girl,  school bus,  mystery killer,  red herring,  framed for murder,  masked killer,  crime scene,  masked man,  rope,  stalking,  stabbed in the back,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  california,  police station,  flashlight,  teenage boy,  interrogation,  arrest,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  serial killer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  violence,  murder,  blood,  police

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:cruelty,  paranoia,  theft,  robbery,  drinking
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  baby,  photographer,  policeman,  boy,  children
Story:based on book,  witness,  child in peril,  teenage boy,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  based on true story,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  police,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood

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Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  divorce,  drinking
Locations:airport,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  girl,  boy
Story:school bus,  based on book,  bag over head,  tv news,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  prologue,  pain,  search,  man with glasses,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  wine,  newspaper,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  bomb,  rifle,  sister sister relationship,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  rain,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  gun,  blood,  violence,  murder

The Pelican Brief (1993) is one of the best movies like Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, who is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and all what they have are theories, he asks her to help him but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing; that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham's about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  politics
Locations:airport,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  girl
Period:1990s
Story:newspaper clipping,  newspaper headline,  taxi driver,  wiretapping,  hired killer,  phone booth,  movie theater,  tape recorder,  rope,  cia,  witness,  pay phone,  fbi,  confession,  judge,  diner,  bridge,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  bomb,  rifle,  taxi,  watching tv,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  blood,  death,  murder

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman
Story:trailer park,  trailer home,  gardening,  watching a movie,  pickup truck,  obscene finger gesture,  cross,  prologue,  bridge,  police station,  flashlight,  dead body,  running,  rifle,  painting,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  watching tv,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  neo noir,  prison,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  violence,  gun,  death,  blood,  police

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