Battle of wits movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant battle of wits movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, tense, psychological, suspense, realistic and serious films and TV shows about / with battle of wits, murder, mind game, crimes, rivalry, death, danger, twists and turns, catastrophe and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, Japan, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as battle of wits: Death Note (2006), Death Note (2006), No Game No Life: Zero (2017), Fracture (2007), Silver Spoon (2013), Deathtrap (1982), Doctor Mabuse (2013), Prodigy (2017), Standoff (2016), Impuros (2018).

List of battle of wits movies

 9.0
 321K
Death Note (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, adult animation, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: mind game, intelligence, secret identity, crimes, battle of wits, law enforcement, supernatural ability, supernatural, rivals, vigilante, heart attack, serial killer ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan
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 7.5
 31K
Death Note (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals, and soon the world's greatest detective, "L," is hired to find the mysterious ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: investigation, serial killer, vigilantism, supernatural, battle of wits, supernatural ability, rivalry, crimes, mind game, intelligence, twists and turns, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.
Style: clever, intellectual, suspense, atmospheric, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, steampunk, riddles and clues, intelligence, talented, detective inspector, battle of wits, murderer, mind game, hotshot hero, conspiracy, adventure ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, edwardian era, 1890s
Place: england, paris france, europe, london, germany ...
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No Game No Life: Zero (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In ancient Disboard, Riku is an angry, young warrior intent on saving humanity from the warring Exceed, the sixteen sentient species, fighting to establish the "One True God" amongst the Old Deus. In a lawless land, humanity's lack of ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, romantic, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: battle of wits, magic, brother sister relationship, fantasy world, contests and competitions, young heroes, escapades, adventure, worldwide chaos, love and romance, relationships, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
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 7.2
 207K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, intellectual, twist ending ...
Plot: twists and turns, courtroom drama, adultery, murder mystery, lawyer, investigation, manipulation, murder, obsession, police investigation, guilt, courtroom ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.9
 1K
Silver Spoon (2013)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Yuugo Hachiken enrolled in Ooezo Agricultural High School for the reason that he could live in a dorm there. In some ways he chose Ooezo in an effort to escape the highly competitive prep schools he had attended previously, but he was faced with an ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, humorous, feel good ...
Plot: countryside, farming, village life, slice of life, high school, coming of age, battle of wits, moral dilemma, teenage life, rivalry, romancing partners, arrogance ...
Place: japan
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 7.0
 14K
Deathtrap (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.
Style: surprise ending, psychological, witty, semi serious, cerebral ...
Plot: murder, mystery, twists and turns, gay, writers, sociopath, scared to death, battle of wits, lgbt, whodunit, murder mystery, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 18th century
Place: long island, new york, usa
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 6.4
 107
Doctor Mabuse (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse returns from exile to begin a new reign of terror, and only young Inspector Carl Lohemann stands in his way.
Style: gothic, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, neo noir
Plot: megalomaniac, good versus evil, police inspector, master criminal, doctor, conspiracy, genius, murder, battle of wits, deception, femme fatale, manipulation ...
Time: 1920s
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 6.0
 7K
Prodigy (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Jimmy is a committed child psychologist who uses his own playbook, but when he is brought in to work with Ellie, he is completely unprepared for his subject—a 9-year-old psychopathic genius with nothing to lose. As he begins to understand the ...
Style: suspense, thought provoking, tense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: telekinesis, child psychologist, supernatural ability, psychologist, psychoanalysis, battle of wits, twists and turns, child, secret service, intelligence, supernatural power, supernatural ...
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 6.1
 8K
Standoff (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A troubled veteran gets a chance at redemption by protecting a girl from an assassin after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: witness, murder, rescue, home invasion, moral dilemma, killer, machismo, gunfight, redemption, little girl, tragic past, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, year 2015
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 8.4
 487
Impuros (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Rio de Janeiro, during the 90's. Evandro dreams about becoming a great businessman, but ends up entering the world of crime and making an empire out of his criminal organization. His business skills and leadership abilities draw the attention ...
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, disturbing, psychological
Plot: favela, police investigation, organized crime, murder, drugs, crimes, police officer, criminal, drug lord, criminal underworld, drug dealer, fighting crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, paraguay, bolivia
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 5.0
 442
Osama Game (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Kanazawa Nobuaki has transferred to a high school far from where he used to live. Due to an incident at his old school, Nobuaki is afraid of getting close to his new classmates and keeps himself at a distance, but he starts opening up because of a ...
Style: unusual plot structure, disturbing, suspense, psychological, psychotronic ...
Plot: mystery, high school student, lone hero, game, game of death, classmate classmate relationship, mysterious character, most dangerous game, puzzle, mysterious villain, high school, role playing ...
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The Best Partner (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Luo Bing is a senior partner at Panorama Law Firm. He is a lawyer who cares only about winning cases. Dai Xi goes to his law firm to argue with him about her best friend's lawsuit and by chance becomes his assistant. At first, they don't ...
Style: humorous, dorama, romantic, sweet
Plot: love, partner, mind game, society, unlikely partners, twists and turns, justice, romance, couple relations, life turned upside down, battle of wits, disorder ...
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 7.4
 4K
Suspect X (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A male corpse is discovered with a smashed face and burned hands. Strangely, the cause of death is determined to be strangulation. When Detective Kaoru Utsumi attempts to corroborate the victim’s ex-wife’s alibi she discovers the mysterious ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, psychological thriller
Plot: investigation, rivals, police detective, fighting crime, mind game, suspicion, justice, murder, secret identity, manipulation, moral dilemma, battle of wits ...
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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In this Shakespearean farce, Hero and her groom-to-be, Claudio, team up with Claudio's commanding officer, Don Pedro, the week before their wedding to hatch a matchmaking scheme. Their targets are sharp-witted duo Benedick and Beatrice -- a ...
Style: romantic, feel good, humorous, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: countryside, opposites attract, shakespeare, romance, intrigue, wedding, honest, happy ending, love and romance, couple relations, comedy of errors, aristocracy ...
Time: 16th century, victorian era, 18th century
Place: italy, england, tuscany, europe, venice
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Teasing Master Takagi-san (2018)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: "If you blush, you lose." Living by this principle, the middle schooler Nishikata gets constantly made fun of by his seat neighbor Takagi-san. With his pride shattered to pieces, he vows to turn the tables and get back at her some day. And ...
Style: light, sweet, funny, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: schoolboy, high school life, romance, boy girl relationship, teasing, awkward situation, prankster, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, schoolgirl, school, bullying, relationships ...
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The Silent Partner (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Miles Cullen is a bored teller at a bank in a Toronto mall who accidentally learns that his place of business is about to be robbed. Instead of informing his bosses or contacting the police, Miles cleverly devises a way of keeping the cash.
Style: neo noir, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank robbery, heist, female nudity, crimes, killer, erotica, bank teller, shopping mall, chess, holiday, hostage, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
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 5.9
 14K
Final Analysis (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Barr is a psychiatrist who falls in love with the sister of one of his clients. She's beautiful and married to a gangster. She hates her husband but is unable to escape from him.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, sexy, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: psychiatrist, murder, extramarital affair, lust, betrayal, doctor patient relationship, gangsters, lighthouse, manipulation, mystery, femme fatale, courtroom ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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 6.9
 75K
The Edge (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The plane carrying wealthy Charles Morse crashes down in the Alaskan wilderness. Together with the two other passengers, photographer Robert and assistant Stephen, Charles devises a plan to help them reach civilization. However, his biggest obstacle ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, adventure, bear, grizzly bear, bear attack, marital infidelity, hunter, billionaire, survivor, older man younger woman relationship, nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: alaska, usa, california
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Umineko: When They Cry (2009)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: As customary per year, the entire family is gathering on the island for a conference that discusses the current financial situations of each respective person. Because of the family head's poor health, this year involves the topic of the head ...
Style: dark fantasy
Plot: teenager, love, witch, love interest, abusive mother, beach, redhead, single mother, letter, death, teenage girl, evil ...
Time: 80s
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 4.4
 471
Farz (2001)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: India
Story: Farz 2001 - Sunny Deol
Plot: husband wife relationship, death of brother, revenge, police partner, terrorist, tough guy, videotaped sex, vendetta, framed for murder, mind game, grudge, brother brother relationship ...
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 5.9
 10K
Ca$h (2010)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A stroke of good luck turns lethal for Sam Phelan and his wife Leslie when they are faced with a life-changing decision that brings strange and sinister Pyke Kubic to their doorstep. As Pyke leads Sam and Leslie on a tumultuous adventure through the ...
Style: tense, serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: couples, heist, escapades, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, moral dilemma, financial problem, loan, unlikely criminals, human nature, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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The Killing Jar (2010)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A stranger armed with a shotgun takes seven patrons hostage in a remote roadside diner. But as the body count increases, the desperate survivors discover that one of the hostages may be even more dangerous than their captor.
Style: serious, tense, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, isolation, crime gone awry, confined, rivalry, crimes, diner, criminal, graphic violence, mind game, hitman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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University of Laughs (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In pre-war Japan, a government censor tries to make the writer for a theater troupe alter his comedic script. As they work with and against each other, the script ends up developing in unexpected ways.
Plot: repression, battle of wits, role playing, army, theatre play, perfection, world war two, satire, theater, one location, censorship, corridor
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The Honey Pot (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: In Venice, the millionaire benefactor Cecil Fox watches a Seventeenth Century play 'Volpone' and plots a practical joke to play on his three former greedy mistresses. He hires the unemployed actor William McFly to act as his butler and ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, greed, twists and turns, pretense, dark humor, crimes, mystery, dishonesty, cons and scams, farce, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, inheritance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: venice, italy, europe, france, palm springs california
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A Pure Formality (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Onoff (Depardieu,) is a famous writer, now a recluse. The Inspector (Polanski,) is suspicious when Onoff is brought into the station one night, disoriented and suffering a kind of amnesia. In an isolated, rural police station, the Inspector tries to ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, atmospheric, serious, talky ...
Plot: memory loss, investigation, afterlife, mystery, suicide, uncover truth, murder, mind game, twists and turns, murder mystery, all male cast, death ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, italy
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 7.3
 144K
The Negotiator (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The police try to arrest expert hostage negotiator Danny Roman, who insists he's being framed for his partner's murder in what he believes is an elaborate conspiracy. Thinking there's evidence in the Internal Affairs offices that ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, intellectual, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, hostage, uncover truth, police corruption, corruption, false accusation, frame up, conspiracy, crimes, negotiation, kidnapping, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Manners of Dying (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Kevin Barlow (Roy Dupuis) will die on schedule and according to regulations. Harry Parlington (Serge Houde), director of the Cantos execution facility, intends to make sure of it. However Barlow chooses to go, be it calmly or fighting to the end, ...
Plot: death row, multiple storylines, battle of wits, death sentence, execution
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 6.8
 256K
Hook (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The boy who wasn't supposed to grow up—Peter Pan—did just that, becoming a soulless corporate lawyer whose workaholism could cost him his wife and kids. But a trip to see Granny Wendy in London, where the vengeful Capt. Hook kidnaps ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, touching, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, pirate, adventure, kidnapping, magic, fairy, good versus evil, rescue, family, destiny, creativity, self discovery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, big ben london, england
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 7.7
 109K
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate ...
Style: clever, political, sincere, tense, tricky ...
Plot: journalism, politics, president, loneliness, reporter, scandal, power struggle, mind game, uncover truth, character study, lie, secret ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, year 1974, 20th century
Place: california, washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city, sydney australia ...
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