Movies like The Ghost Writer

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 7.2
 145K
The Ghost Writer
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, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious, suspense, twist ending, cerebral, enigmatic, realistic ...
Plot: mystery, investigation, island, political corruption, cia, betrayal, paranoia, corruption, torture, death, politics, assassination, murder, male nudity, chase, adultery, surveillance, assassin, uncover truth, conspiracy, secrets, world politics, espionage, conspiracy theory, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa, london, england, massachusetts, yale university, pakistan ...
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Chinatown
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
130 min.
 8.2
State of Play
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
UK
57 min.
 8.4
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Most similar movies to The Ghost Writer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, suspenseful, clever and serious films with plots about twists & turns, secrets, murder, greed, mystery, mentor and corruption mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Ghost Writer: State of Play (2009), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Chinatown (1974), Eye of the Beholder (1999), Frantic (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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State of Play
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, suspense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, murder, politics, corruption, assassination, assassin, conspiracy, political corruption, chase, newspaper, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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: atmospheric, clever, bleak, tense, stylized ...
Plot: espionage, spy, cold war, betrayal, investigation, secret service, surveillance, mole, government agency, spies, secrets, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, london, budapest, hungary ...
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System:   86%
    User:   79%
 
 8.2
 255K
Chinatown
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, bleak, cynical, clever, tense ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mystery, murder, neo-noir, surveillance, corruption, adultery, neo noir, political corruption, plot twist, conspiracy ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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System:   79%
    User:   64%
 
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Eye of the Beholder
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, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, voyeurism, secret service, mystery, murder, surveillance, insanity, violence, investigation, pornography, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, chicago illinois, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   78%
    User:   87%
 
 6.9
 44K
Frantic
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: suspenseful, tense, psychological, suspense, serious ...
Plot: espionage, kidnapping, crime, paranoia, hotel, murder, jazz, amateur detective, greed, violence, missing person, french ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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System:   75%
    User:   77%
 
 6.7
 28K
Shattered
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A sociopathic kidnapper methodically pushes a desperate pair of parents to their absolute breaking point.
Style: suspenseful, tense, surprise ending, serious, twist ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, infidelity, revenge, justice, twists & turns, plot twist, adultery, corruption, mentor, crimes, crime, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   86%
 
The Parallax View
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, psychological, disturbing ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
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System:   69%
    User:   67%
 
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The Spanish Prisoner
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, talky, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: betrayal, mystery, investigation, greed, neo noir, murder, twists & turns, plot twist, con artists, con men, dialogue, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, caribbean, venezuela, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   56%
 
Edge of Darkness
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, intense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, political corruption, violence, vengeance, corruption, father daughter relationship, conspiracy, revenge, conspiracy theory, single father, assassination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   100%
 
 6.2
 20K
Closed Circuit
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A terrorist attack in London results in the capture of suspect Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). The attorney general appoints Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) as special advocate on Erdogan's legal team. On the eve of the trial, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, intense ...
Plot: terrorism, lawyer, courtroom, espionage, conspiracy, surveillance, legal investigation, secret service, secrets, spy, spies, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   74%
 
The Conversation
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: mystery, surveillance, paranoia, obsession, conspiracy, murder, spy, loneliness, hotel, investigation, guilt, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   68%
 
Death and the Maiden
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: vengeance, torture, revenge, dialogue driven, guilt, paranoia, justice, rape, lawyer, mind game, kidnapping, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, argentina, poland, chile, barcelona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   62%
 
 6.8
 11K
Gorky Park
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Police Inspector Renko tries to solve the case of three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park but finds his attempts to solve the crime impeded by his superiors. Working on his own, Renko seeks out more information and stumbles across a ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, crime, cold war, mystery, political corruption, police corruption, conspiracy, spy, kgb, fighting the system, espionage ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia, stockholm sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   49%
 
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The Constant Gardener
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, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: murder, investigation, aids, corruption, death, conspiracy, politics, idealism, obsession, spy, uncover truth, political ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, england, kenya, europe, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   58%
 
 6.0
 58K
Dream House
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Publisher, Will Atenton quits a lucrative job in New York to relocate his wife, Libby and their daughters to a quaint town in New England. However, as they settle into their home the Atentons discover that a woman and her children were murdered ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, surprise ending, suspense ...
Plot: mystery, haunted house, murder, supernatural, investigation, memory loss, plot twist, amnesia, family in danger, twists & turns, murder mystery, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   42%
 
 6.1
 36K
Deception
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, secrets, intrigue, twists & turns, police investigation, cons and scams, frame up, deception, heist, hotel, danger, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, spain, usa, new york, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   53%
 
The Manchurian Candidate
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gulf war, conspiracy, assassination, brainwashing, politics, assassin, corruption, paranoia, political corruption, murder, mentally unstable, senator ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   50%
 
 6.5
 12K
Jagged Edge
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, surprise ending, twists and turns ...
Plot: mystery, courtroom, court, lawyer, murder, courtroom drama, crime, neo-noir, guilt, justice, plot twist, murder mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   53%
 
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 7.2
 246K
Insomnia
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: murder, crime, police investigation, guilt, mystery, small town, police corruption, neo-noir, investigation, police, chase, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   41%
 
 6.3
 47K
True Story
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
Style: tense, psychological, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, journalism, murder, death, uncover truth, twists & turns, mystery, corruption, investigation, police investigation, plot twist, courtroom ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   51%
 
 6.7
 46K
Transsiberian
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, Lithuania
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, rough, serious ...
Plot: train, murder, crime, russian, drugs, chase, death, torture, dishonesty, twists & turns, paranoia, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, siberia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   46%
 
 6.8
 7K
Obsession
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: obsession, chase, kidnapping, guilt, vengeance, missing person, twists & turns, ransom, storytelling, greed, crimes, stylish ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975, year 1959, 1950s
Place: europe, usa, new orleans, italy, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   38%
 
 6.9
 68K
Stay
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, stylized, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, mystery, suicide, guilt, obsession, surrealism, storytelling, death, memory, student, life & death, dreams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   35%
 
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The Pelican Brief
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, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, murder, political corruption, conspiracy, lawyer, corruption, chase, assassination, president, assassin, surveillance, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new orleans, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   51%
 
The International
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An interpol agent and an attorney are determined to bring one of the world's most powerful banks to justice. Uncovering money laundering, arms trading, and conspiracy to destabilize world governments, their investigation takes them from Berlin, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: investigation, chase, political corruption, murder, conspiracy, assassination, gunfight, assassin, lawyer, betrayal, car chase, special agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, middle east, israel, manhattan new york city ...
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System:   42%
    User:   41%
 
The Interpreter
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, suspense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: assassination, investigation, mystery, murder, revenge, fbi, secret service, surveillance, assassin, genocide, politics, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, africa, paris france, usa, south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   100%
 
State of Play
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 57 min.
Story: A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
Style: suspenseful, tense, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, politics, conspiracy, political corruption, journalism, investigation, corruption, betrayal, adultery, manipulations, twists & turns, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   38%
 
 7.7
 225K
Gone Baby Gone
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: realistic, tense, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, private detective, conspiracy, crime, murder, mystery, police, violence, corruption, morality, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   44%
 

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The Manchurian Candidate
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: suspenseful, clever, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, brainwashing, cold war, assassin, assassination, communism, manipulation, political corruption, politics, paranoia, murder, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, korea, soviet union, north korea ...
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System:   40%
    User:   36%
 
 7.1
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The Gift
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a "friend" from the husband's past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin.
Style: twist ending, suspense, surprise ending, tense, psychological ...
Plot: revenge, paranoia, bullying, violence, police investigation, plot twist, psychology, twists & turns, secrets, gift, surveillance, mystery ...
Place: los angeles, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   39%
 
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