Movies like The Ghost Writer

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The Ghost Writer (2010)
 7.2
 145K
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, suspenseful, tense, realistic, stylized, cynical, suspense ...
Plot: betrayal, investigation, cia, politician, suspicion, secret, uncover truth, political conspiracy, state affairs, writer's life, island, politics, assassination, who to trust, assistant, torture, death, mystery, estate, drowning, war crime, professor, lawyer, political corruption, paranoia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, massachusetts, usa, yale university, pakistan, oxford university, colorado ...

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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, murder, dialogue, mystery and corruption mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Ghost Writer: Chinatown (1974), Edge of Darkness (2010), Gone Girl (2014), The Interpreter (2005), Syriana (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
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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, bleak, cynical, clever ...
Plot: private detective, incest, investigation, murder, rape, neo noir, high society, corruption, surveillance, mystery, chinatown, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: uncover truth, murder, vengeance, investigation, corporate crimes, violence, dishonesty, law enforcement, fighting the system, political corruption, riddles and clues, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 719K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Crime, 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, tense, captivating, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: missing person, police investigation, missing wife, manipulation, mystery, investigation, disappearance, mind game, protagonist as suspect, femme fatale, infidelity, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: witnessing a crime, assassination, murder, revenge, fbi, investigation, un, dictator, assassination attempt, mystery, head of state, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, africa, paris france, south africa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.9
 118K
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: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, clever ...
Plot: cia, globalization, assassination, politics, bomb, capitalism, corruption, espionage, terrorism, political corruption, suicide, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, lebanon, europe, persia, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 302K
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, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: mind game, life turned upside down, uncover truth, disorder, mystery, manipulation, businessman, neo noir, surveillance, dishonesty, scheme, birthday ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 123K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: murder, political conspiracy, newspaper, politics, journalism, corruption, congress, journalist, reporter, assassin, investigative journalism, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: political conspiracy, crime, politics, obsession, crimes, danger, corruption, chase, state affairs, fighting the system, conspiracy theory, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: bleak, tense, twists and turns, suspense, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, investigation, government agency, mole, double agent, betrayal, secret agents, british intelligence, secret service, kgb ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, budapest, hungary, istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, erotic ...
Plot: betrayal, deception, heist, lawyer, hotel, frame up, intrigue, cons and scams, danger, sexual relations, life turned upside down, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, spain, usa, new york, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA, China
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, stylized, captivating, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: aids, murder, investigation, corruption, diplomat, death, cancer, morgue, political corruption, cover up, grief, doctor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, kenya, sudan, england, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: clever, atmospheric, talky, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: betrayal, neo noir, invention, mystery, secretary, intrigue, investigation, confidence, manipulations, mind game, cons and scams, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: caribbean, venezuela, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.7
 225K
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, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, kidnapping, life is a bitch, victim, secret, tragic event, disappearance, death, private detective, morality, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, journalist, hacker, murder, arson, friendship, rape, secret service, on the run, dishonesty, crime, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, sexual abuse, crime, danger, journalist, missing person, uncover truth, serial killer, abuse, partners, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, serious, rough, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, sex slavery, secret service, secret agent, politics, race against time, rescue, undercover, sniper, secret agents, illegal prostitution ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: dubai
⇓ 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, bleak, stylized, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: assassination, politics, senator, corruption, investigation, murder, neo noir, reporter, political conspiracy, political corruption, assassination attempt, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, seattle, usa, seattle washington, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 122K
The Recruit (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A brilliant CIA trainee must prove his worth at the Farm, the agency's secret training grounds, where he learns to watch his back and trust no one.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, spy, hotshot hero, espionage, basic training, betrayal, rookie, surveillance, undercover, double agent, mole, hacker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, peru, langley virginia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, assassination, secret service, terrorism, false accusation, map, sniper, crime, head of state, special agents, legal investigation, track down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, near future, year 2007
Place: usa, iraq, middle east, washington d.c., chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, cia, fighting the system, manhunt, life turned upside down, on the run, witnessing a crime, urban, office, conspiracy, chases and races, assassin ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, middle east, manhattan new york city, langley virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, realistic ...
Plot: frame up, investigation, murder, crimes, crime, corpse, deadly, dishonesty, serial killer, haunted by the past, secret, sadness ...
Time: 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, twists and turns, bleak, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, investigation, mystery, hacker, journalist, crime, age difference, uncover truth, unlikely relationship, peril, suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1949, year 1958, year 2002 ...
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Spain, South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Style: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, realistic, tense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, crime, mystery, uncover truth, fbi, missing child, dishonesty, unfulfilled love, haunted by the past, injustice, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: usa, los angeles, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Style: tense, twists and turns, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, murder, secret, rape, crime, investigator, justice, vengeance, writing, passion, partner, suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 2000s, year 1974
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, serious, gloomy, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, secret service, voyeurism, blindness, murder, stalking, mystery, investigation, dangerous attraction, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, alaska, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 33K
Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, mental illness, murder, past, betrayal, infidelity, delusion, mentally unstable, mystery, parents and children, childhood trauma, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, africa, britain, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 51K
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: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, cia, kidnapping, torture, terrorism, senator, intelligence, terrorist, extradition, drowning, disappearance, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, usa, north africa, chicago illinois, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 244K
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, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: riddles and clues, investigation, religions or cults, danger, mystery, ancient, scientist, search, mastermind, christianity, professor, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, europe, geneva switzerland, harvard university, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 49K
Blow-Up (1966)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: photographer, tennis, amateur detective, murder, singleness, corpse, photo shoot, fashion model, darkroom, mystery, fashion, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, england, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 68K
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, gloomy, surreal, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: psychiatrist, suicide, doctors and patients, suicide attempt, mentally unstable, student, patient, obsession, unfulfillment, power relations, obsessive quest, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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