Deception movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant deception movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out clever, surprise ending, entertaining, interesting, serious and realistic films and TV shows about / with deception, suspense, betrayal, twists and turns, revenge, murder, mentor, storytelling, police investigation and gun plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
deception movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as deception: Lie to Me (2009), The Prestige (2006), Side Effects (2013), Now You See Me (2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Best Offer (2013), Derailed (2005), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Red Sparrow (2018).

List of deception movies

Lie to Me (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: The world's leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his ...
Style: clever, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: investigation, psychology, talented, expert, deception, crime investigation, riddles and clues, outsmarting, human nature, sign language, lie, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, clever, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: twists and turns, obsession, magic, plot twist, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, deception, magic trick, illusionist, illusion, secrets, secret ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, edwardian era, future, 20th century ...
Place: london, colorado, los angeles, europe, england
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Side Effects (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, serious, tricky, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, depression, suspense, psychiatrist, murder, twists and turns, patient, deception, mental institution, life turned upside down, conspiracy, sleepwalking ...
Time: future, year 2004, 2010s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Now You See Me (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Style: clever, surprise ending, entertaining, intellectual, twist ending ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: heist, twists and turns, con artists, perfect crime, scheme, outsmarting, fbi, teamwork, bank robbery, cons and scams, mind game, card trick ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: las vegas, new orleans, new york, paris france, usa ...
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, captivating, motivational, cynical, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: corruption, money, business, wall street, wealth, greed, stock market, rise and fall, stock broker, rags to riches, addiction, american dream ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983
Place: new york, geneva switzerland, usa, manhattan new york city, italy ...
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, exciting, captivating, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night
Plot: con artists, adaptation, deception, master criminal, fbi, creativity, prodigy, race against time, rise and fall, impostor, justice, chase ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, year 1967, year 1969 ...
Place: new york, new orleans, los angeles, san francisco, boston ...
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The Best Offer (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Virgil Oldman is a world renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, psychological, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: twists and turns, loneliness, art collector, art, art theft, deception, collector, solitude, obsession, adult virgin, mysterious character, age difference ...
Time: 18th century, 21st century
Place: vienna, prague, europe, italy
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Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.
Style: suspenseful, surprise ending, twist ending, serious, rough ...
Plot: blackmail, infidelity, adultery, dangerous attraction, police investigation, betrayal, couples, twists and turns, disorder, rape, suspense, crime gone awry ...
Time: 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to ...
Style: clever, witty, exciting, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night, boys' night, teens
Plot: heist, thief, casino, deception, cons and scams, con artists, outsmarting, caper, group of criminals, perfect crime, scheme, twists and turns ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: las vegas, atlantic city, usa, los angeles, atlantic city new jersey ...
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Red Sparrow (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Prima ballerina, Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies ...
Style: surprise ending, sexy, rough, brutal, erotic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, adult
Plot: spy, female agent, russian spy, female assassin, female spy, deception, femme fatale, uncle niece relationship, secret mission, torture, seduction, feminine wiles ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: russia, budapest, ussr, hungary, london ...
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Hard Candy (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him.
Style: disturbing, psychological, twist ending, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: vengeance, torture, manipulation, mind game, age difference, pedophilia, revenge, sexual abuse, child abuse, pedophile, kidnapping, vigilantism ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save ...
Style: tense, brutal, exciting, emotional, harsh ...
Audience: manly, chick flick, boys' night, adult
Plot: revenge, kidnapping, vengeance, cia, vigilantism, vigilante, mercenary, lone hero, justice, friendship, suspense, deception ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: mexico, mexico city, latin america
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A Simple Favor (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mommy vlogger Stephanie joins her best friend Emily's husband, Sean, to investigate her sudden disappearance from their small town.
Style: exciting, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing person, investigation, deception, ruse, murder investigation, murder, female friendship, blackmail, small town, missing woman, life insurance, dark past ...
Time: 2010s
Place: canada, michigan, london, new york, connecticut
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The Hustle (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, compete to swindle a naïve tech prodigy out of his fortune. A remake of the 1988 comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
Style: entertaining, feel good, light, surprise ending, clever ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: con artists, con woman, deception, perfect crime, competition, partners, girlfriend, running from police, pretending to be blind, arrested, casino, partners in crime ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south of france, london, french riviera
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Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, confusing, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, adult
Plot: twists and turns, investigation, mental illness, insanity, suspense, plot twist, psychology, paranoia, psychiatrist, mental institution, memory, isolation ...
Time: year 1954, 1940s, year 1945, 20th century, year 1952 ...
Place: boston
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The Commuter (2018)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France, China, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A businessman, on his daily commute home, gets unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that threatens not only his life but the lives of those around him.
Style: exciting, tense, surprise ending, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: train, suspense, conspiracy, deception, fight, police, train station, attempted murder, witness, destruction, train crash, money ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: new york, grand central station manhattan new york city
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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Edmond Dantés's life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are shattered when his best friend, Fernand, deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate and plots his revenge, ...
Style: exciting, dramatic, intense, realistic, epic ...
Plot: vengeance, sword fight, prison escape, prison, treason, treasure, betrayal, corruption, french, greed, twists and turns, confined ...
Time: 19th century, regency period, 18th century, victorian era
Place: france, marseille, ireland, europe, paris france
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The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: exciting, intellectual, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, investigation, partners against crime, fighting crime, partners, murder, police investigation, police, law enforcement, justice, talented, outsmarting ...
Time: future, 2010s, 2000s, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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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, serious, surprise ending, twist ending ...
Plot: suspense, sex, betrayal, manipulation, lawyer, hotel, twists and turns, murder, police investigation, frame up, heist, cons and scams ...
Place: new york, antarctica, usa, spain, europe ...
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Overboard (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Heiress, Joanna Stayton hires carpenter, Dean Proffitt to build a closet on her yacht -- and refuses to pay him for the project when it's done. But after Joanna accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean sees an opportunity to get ...
Style: feel good, realistic, sentimental, touching, light ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids, teens, girls' night ...
Plot: family life, memory loss, love and romance, rich woman poor man, love, amnesia, single father, father son relationship, deception, parents and children, carpenter, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: oregon
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A Perfect Getaway (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but ...
Style: surprise ending, suspenseful, tense, twist ending, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, murderous pair, psychopath, honeymoon, wilderness, island, twists and turns, suspense, paranoia, murder, deception, escapades ...
Time: 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, oceania
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Headhunters (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary..
Style: stylized, captivating, suspenseful, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, pre-teens
Plot: twists and turns, art thief, surveillance, chase, art theft, suspense, mercenary, dishonesty, revenge, reputation, deception, mind game ...
Time: 21st century
Place: norway, scandinavia, europe, oslo norway
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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman ...
Style: mind bending, romantic, thought provoking, philosophical, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night
Plot: destiny, love story, alternate reality, power of love, fictional reality, twists and turns, fall in love, politics, changing the past or future, manipulation, true love, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds ...
Style: psychological, philosophical, twist ending, futuristic, mind bending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: artificial intelligence, robot, isolation, technology, existentialism, cyberpunk, manipulation, suspense, cyborgs, androids, androids and robots, female robot ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s, 21st century
Place: england
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Green Zone (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, France, Spain, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped ...
Style: tense, exciting, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, war, iraq war, soldier, military, spy, swat team, army, deception, pow, chase, investigation ...
Time: 2000s, year 2003, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east, baghdad iraq, israel
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American Hustle (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
Style: clever, tense, intense, cynical, tricky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: partners in crime, twists and turns, fbi, cons and scams, mafia, organized crime, heist, deception, gangsters, scam, political corruption, strip club ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city new jersey, new york
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.
Style: exciting, futuristic, captivating, inspirational, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, adult
Plot: star wars, battlefield, alien, deception, space, betrayal, good versus evil, space opera, fat woman, sabotage, master apprentice relationship, robot ...
Time: future, 2010s
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Body Heat (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Style: sexual, sexy, neo noir, surprise ending, atmospheric ...
Audience: adult
Plot: femme fatale, murder, obsession, adultery, lawyer, betrayal, husband wife relationship, twists and turns, female nudity, deception, greed, lust ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, miami
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Student Services (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Laura is a 19-year-old university freshman who desperately wants to do well in school. She works a part-time job but cannot make ends meet. One evening in which she is short of funds, she answers a personal ad online by "Joe," 57, who ...
Style: psychological, realistic, sexy, erotic, romantic ...
Audience: adult
Plot: money problems, prostitute, innocence lost, lust, prostitution, gang rape, university, jealousy, lifestyle, student life, youth, sexual relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: europe, france
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Inside Man (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an ...
Style: clever, tricky, surprise ending, confusing, tense ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, hostage, robbery, police, bank, thief, perfect crime, master criminal, manipulation, swat team, twists and turns ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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