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Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2019)
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Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2019)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Story: An investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who’s on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie is an account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after she has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic, dark
Plot: female reporter, mental institution, violence, investigation, doctors and patients, fish out of water, torture, psychiatrist, strong female lead, memory loss, mistreatment, investigative reporter

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and bleak films with plots about crimes, murder, deadly, danger, investigation, dishonesty and mental institution mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Drama genres. Some movies like Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story: Lethal Eviction (2005), Fractured (2013), Fear X (2003), Committed (2011), No Rest for the Wicked (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Lethal Eviction (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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Fractured (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized, rough ...
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Fear X (2003)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Denmark, Canada, UK, Brazil
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: serious, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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Committed (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Dr. Dupont arrives at a mental facility to apply for a staff position. World famous Dr. Quilly interviews her, and has her sign papers. She is thrilled to get the job, and is shown her room. However, confusion with her room being on the same floor ...
Style: realistic, mind bending, serious, suspenseful, scary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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No Rest for the Wicked (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Madrid, the beginning of the century. One day, the police inspector Santos Trinidad coming home very drunk, is involved in a triple murder. But there is a witness who managed to escape and that could incriminate him. Santos undertakes an ...
Style: rough, mind bending, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
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Shutter Island (2010)
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Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
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Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, surprise ending ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, investigation, insanity, paranoia, uncover truth, losing-it hero, doctors and patients, island, delusion, psychiatrist, mental illness ...
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Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, psychological, realistic
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Dead Sleep (1990)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
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Plot: hospital, mental institution, mystery, mental illness, murder, mad scientist, investigation, doctors and patients, rehabilitation, psychiatry, experiment, electroshock therapy ...
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The Circle (2002)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, tense
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72%
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 516
Missing (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 99 min.
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 168
Committed (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic, offbeat
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Fourth State (2012)
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Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, surprise ending
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 320
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67%
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Duration: 90 min.
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 414
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, mind bending, scary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Genre: Thriller
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