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The Ghost Writer (2010)
 7.2
 147K
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman Polanski's tense drama, the author realizes that his discovery threatens some very powerful people who will do anything to ensure that certain episodes from Lang's past remain buried.
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, tense, cynical, stylized, suspense ...
Plot: cia, investigation, betrayal, secret, politician, suspicion, island, torture, death, writer's life, political conspiracy, assistant, state affairs, uncover truth, who to trust, mystery, politics, lawyer, professor, war crime, drowning, assassination, code, scheme, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, massachusetts, usa, pakistan, washington d.c., colorado, oxford university ...

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Most similar movies to The Ghost Writer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and interesting films with plots about storytelling, secrets, twists & turns, dialogue, investigation, murder and greed mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Drama genres. Some movies like The Ghost Writer: Chinatown (1974), The Interpreter (2005), Gone Girl (2014), Edge of Darkness (2010), State of Play (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
 263K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: atmospheric, mind bending, cynical, bleak, tense ...
Plot: private detective, rape, incest, investigation, murder, corruption, surveillance, dishonesty, secret, threat, haunted by the past, femme fatale ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Interpreter (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After Silvia Broome, an interpreter at United Nations headquarters, overhears plans of an assassination, an American Secret Service agent is sent to investigate.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, mind bending, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, assassination, revenge, mystery, fbi, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, chases and races, crimes, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, africa, usa, manhattan new york city, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 749K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, tense, suspense, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, manipulation, missing wife, investigation, femme fatale, mind game, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, murder suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, rough, realistic ...
Plot: murder, uncover truth, vengeance, investigation, fighting the system, dishonesty, corruption, violence, law enforcement, death of daughter, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.1
 126K
State of Play (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: murder, politics, political conspiracy, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, investigative journalism, investigation, assassination, conspiracy, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.8
 311K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: mind game, life turned upside down, uncover truth, disorder, mystery, manipulation, businessman, neo noir, surveillance, birthday, scheme, game ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 120K
Syriana (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a ...
Style: tense, realistic, clever, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: cia, globalization, terrorism, bomb, politics, corruption, espionage, suicide, assassination, capitalism, prince, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, lebanon, europe, usa, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 250K
Angels & Demons (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon investigates a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful ...
Style: exciting, intellectual, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: riddles and clues, religions or cults, danger, investigation, conspiracy, scientist, ancient, search, professor, mystery, secret society, christianity ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, europe, geneva switzerland, harvard university, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.1
 36K
Deception (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As a corporate auditor who works in a number of different offices, Jonathan McQuarry wanders without an anchor among New York's power brokers. A chance meeting with charismatic lawyer Wyatt Bose leads to Jonathan's introduction to The ...
Style: sexy, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, sexual ...
Plot: betrayal, frame up, hotel, deception, heist, lawyer, life turned upside down, cons and scams, danger, intrigue, sexual relations, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, spain, europe, new york, antarctica ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: political conspiracy, state affairs, murder, political corruption, politics, crime, fighting the system, supreme court, professor, investigation, fbi, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, suspense, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, mole, british intelligence, investigation, betrayal, double agent, government agency, secret service, torture, kgb ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, budapest, hungary, istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA, China, Kenya
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: aids, corruption, diplomat, murder, death, investigation, political corruption, cover up, uncover truth, fighting the system, obsession, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kenya, africa, sudan, london, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.6
 28K
Spartan (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: U.S. government agent Scott is assigned to rescue the daughter of a high-ranking government official. As willing as he is to bend the rules to get things done, though, Scott is shocked to find that others are willing to go even further to protect a ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious, suspense ...
Plot: sex slavery, secret service, kidnapping, investigation, rescue, sniper, race against time, undercover, secret agent, politics, escapades, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: dubai
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, invention, mystery, investigation, workplace intrigue, crimes, intrigue, stranger, agent, mastermind, cons and scams, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: venezuela, caribbean, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Eye of the Beholder (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, Australia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A reclusive surveillance expert is hired to spy on a mysterious blackmailer, who just may be a serial killer.
Style: surreal, psychological, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, voyeurism, murder, secret service, stalking, blindness, mystery, deadly, danger, investigation, mysterious character ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: alaska, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.7
 231K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, disappearance, kidnapping, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, crimes, conspiracy, missing child, peril, uncover truth, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: cia, political conspiracy, manhunt, fighting the system, on the run, life turned upside down, anti heroes, deadly, dishonesty, heroes, disorder, female partner ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, middle east, vermont, langley virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.9
 45K
Frantic (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, espionage, rescue, missing person, missing wife, doctor, crime, couples, woman in danger, danger, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 52K
Rendition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside ...
Style: serious, rough, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, cia, terrorism, kidnapping, government agency, undercover, state affairs, senator, police brutality, war on terror, surveillance, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, washington d.c., north africa, cape town south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Death of a President (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A fictional investigative documentary looks back on the "assassination" of George W. Bush and attempts to answer the question of who committed the murder. Perhaps less morbid and disturbing to watch now than during Bush's presidency, ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: assassination, politics, secret service, terrorism, sniper, false accusation, map, chases and races, wrongfully committed, special agents, danger, head of state ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, near future, year 2007
Place: usa, iraq, middle east, north korea, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 234K
Unknown (2011)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An American biologist attending a conference in Berlin awakens from a coma after a car accident, only to discover that someone has taken his identity and that no one, not even his wife, believes him. With the help of an illegal immigrant and a ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, mind bending, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: memory loss, manipulations, uncover truth, life turned upside down, mysterious character, investigation, danger, coma, hidden identity, crimes, mystery, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 45K
Tell No One (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A man receives a mysterious e-mail appearing to be from his wife, who was murdered years earlier. As he frantically tries to find out whether she's alive, he finds himself being implicated in her death.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, psychological, serious, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, frame up, crimes, murder, corpse, crime, serial killer, haunted by the past, dishonesty, deadly, grief, disappearance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.0
 130K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: president, political conspiracy, assassination, investigation, cia, kennedy assassination, fighting the system, evidence, political corruption, district attorney, government, legal investigation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, 1960s
Place: new orleans, cuba, vietnam, washington d.c., texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 138K
Vantage Point (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination attempt, terrorism, bomb, betrayal, chase, secret service, president, assassination, uncover truth, investigation, danger, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Parallax View (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: assassination, politics, senator, investigation, murder, corruption, political conspiracy, political corruption, neo noir, reporter, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: seattle, los angeles, usa, seattle washington, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Good German (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An American journalist arrives in Berlin just after the end of World War Two. He becomes involved in a murder mystery surrounding a dead GI who washes up at a lakeside mansion during the Potsdam negotiations between the Allied powers. Soon his ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: murder, post war, black market, investigation, mystery, war criminal, haunted by the past, uncover truth, military, love affair, love of one's life, presumed dead ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
 66K
Cach? (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Austria, Germany, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A married couple is terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
Style: disturbing, psychological, tense, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: surveillance, suicide, nightmare, haunted by the past, algerian, lie, puberty, conscience, family in crisis, mystery, dysfunctional family, french ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: rape, investigation, sexual abuse, journalist, hacker, perversion, mystery, age difference, crime, reporter, suspicion, sadism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1966, 2000s, year 1949 ...
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: cia, journalism, journalist, courtroom drama, lawyer, reporter, assassination attempt, corruption, price of justice, state affairs, media, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 70K
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: psychological, surreal, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: suicide, psychiatrist, suicide attempt, doctors and patients, mentally unstable, student, patient, guilt, obsession, unfulfillment, race against time, blind character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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