Manipulation movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant manipulation movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, twists and turns, realistic, interesting, clever and serious films and TV shows about / with manipulation, dialogue, catastrophe, corruption, runaway, psychology, storytelling, mentor, betrayal and murder plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
manipulation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as manipulation: Cruel Intentions (1999), Gone Girl (2014), The Game (1997), Anna (2013), House of Cards (2013), Basic Instinct (1992), Hard Candy (2005), Ex Machina (2014), Fracture (2007), The Good Son (1993).

List of manipulation movies

Cruel Intentions (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Slaking a thirst for dangerous games, Kathryn challenges her stepbrother, Sebastian, to deflower their headmaster's daughter before the summer ends. If he succeeds, the prize is the chance to bed Kathryn. But if he loses, Kathryn will claim his ...
Style: sexual, romantic, sexy, cynical, erotic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: seduction, bet, manipulation, sex, incest, femme fatale, teenager, teenage life, virginity, virgin, loss of virginity, high school hunk ...
Time: 20th century, 18th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: 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, twists and turns, suspense, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: mystery, murder mystery, infidelity, missing person, investigation, police investigation, manipulation, adultery, femme fatale, disappearance, missing wife, murder suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, year 2012
Place: usa, missouri, manhattan new york city, new york, st. louis missouri
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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, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mystery, manipulation, mind game, game, uncover truth, life turned upside down, psychology, scheme, disorder, life philosophy, existentialism, surveillance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, mexico, seattle
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Anna (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, UK, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending, psychological ...
Plot: manipulation, mystery, haunted by the past, uncover truth, life philosophy, brutality, mind game, crimes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, murder, borderline personality disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, spain, new jersey
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House of Cards (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a ruthless and cunning politician, and his wife Claire who will stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of ...
Style: serious, clever, cynical, witty, political ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: politics, political intrigue, political corruption, state affairs, manipulation, lobbyist, intrigue, strategy, breaking the fourth wall, blind ambition, u.s. congress, morality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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Basic Instinct (1992)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, psychological, neo noir ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, sex, obsession, seduction, murder, manipulation, hot and sexy, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, sexual tension, sexual relations, police investigation ...
Time: 90s, year 1992, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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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, rough, tense ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: vengeance, torture, age difference, pedophilia, manipulation, pedophile, sexual abuse, mind game, revenge, child abuse, justice, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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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: philosophical, mind bending, psychological, twist ending, futuristic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: robot, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, androids, cyborgs, existentialism, technology, isolation, a.i., human android relationship, androids and robots, manipulation ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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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: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder mystery, lawyer, adultery, investigation, courtroom drama, manipulation, legal investigation, mind game, police investigation, obsession, guilt, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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The Good Son (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle, and befriends his cousin who's the same age. But his cousin begins showing increasing signs of psychotic behavior.
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, scary, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: children, murder, problem child, manipulation, crimes, killer child, parents and children, evil child, deception, youth, disbelieving adult, child protagonist ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, japan, asia, new england
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Trance (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A violent gang enlists the help of a hypnotherapist in an attempt to locate a painting which somehow vanished in the middle of a heist.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, psychological, twists and turns, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hypnosis, memory loss, heist, manipulation, amnesia, art thief, dishonesty, crimes, art theft, mind control, disorder, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s
Place: london, england
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Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, surreal, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, mind control, existentialism, parallel world, teamwork, fictional reality, dream, memory, philosophy, sleeping ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, japan, los angeles, tokyo, africa ...
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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, suspense, erotic, sexual, sexy ...
Plot: spy, female agent, female assassin, female spy, russian spy, secret mission, seduction, deception, torture, femme fatale, female nudity, sex scene ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: russia, budapest, hungary, vienna, london ...
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Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.
Style: scary, psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, orphan, killer child, female psychopath, mysterious character, family in danger, parents and children, insanity, murder, murderer, family problems, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
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Compliance (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sandra is the manager at a fast-food restaurant, and Becky is her teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day, a police officer telephones and accuses Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which Becky vehemently ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: manipulation, psychology, sexual humiliation, boss and employee, police investigation, false accusation, fast food restaurant, crimes, dishonesty, human nature, workplace, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ohio, canada
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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: tricky, surprise ending, suspense, clever, twists and turns ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, robbery, hostage, bank, master criminal, perfect crime, crimes, thief, police, police detective, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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Trading Places (1983)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Style: funny, feel good, humorous, entertaining, cynical ...
Plot: stock market, switching roles, rags to riches, class differences, wrongful arrest, beggar, rich and poor, prostitute, fish out of water, christmas, millionaire, wager ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia, new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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Stone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Parole officer Jack Mabry has only a few weeks left before retirement and wishes to finish out the cases he's been assigned. One such case is that of Gerald 'Stone' Creeson, a convicted arsonist who is up for parole. Jack is initially ...
Style: suspense, psychological, thought provoking, twists and turns, surprise ending ...
Plot: prison, manipulation, crimes, infidelity, deception, seduction, redemption, couples, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, confined, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, new jersey, michigan, usa, detroit
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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley ...
Style: suspense, psychological, enigmatic, cerebral, twist ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: obsession, serial killer, manipulation, gay, murder, sexual tension, murder mystery, rejection, sociopath, secret identity, envy, jealousy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy, venice, mediterranean sea, europe ...
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13 Sins (2014)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A bright but meek salesman, drowning in debt as he's about to get married, receives a mysterious phone call informing him that he's on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a multi-million dollar cash prize.
Style: psychological, scary, suspense, twist ending, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: greed, game, mysterious character, psychology, graphic violence, on the run, serial killer, mind game, manipulation, brutality, money, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa
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Fat Girl (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, ...
Style: disturbing, sexy, erotic, psychological, tense ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, rape, virgin, virginity, innocence lost, sexual abuse, rape victim, sex, first time, manipulation, fat girl, rapist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south of france, paris france, rome italy, france
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That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After dumping a bucket of water on a beautiful young woman from the window of a train car, wealthy Frenchman Mathieu, regales his fellow passengers with the story of the dysfunctional relationship between himself and the young woman in question, a ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, sexy, sexual, art house ...
Plot: manipulation, surrealism, satire, humiliation, older man younger woman relationship, maid, age difference, virginity, absurd humor, mother daughter relationship, unrequited love, rich man ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, spain, europe, france
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God's Not Dead 2 (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble and could expel God from the public square once and for all.
Style: christian film, scenic, disturbing
Plot: christian, christianity, manipulation, christian propaganda, faith, religious fanatic, religion, alternate universe, religious persecution, bible, teacher, lawsuit ...
Place: phoenix arizona
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Sound of My Voice (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A journalist and his girlfriend get pulled in while they investigate a cult whose leader claims to be from the future.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, surreal, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: cult leader, cult, manipulation, time travel, religions or cults, investigation, brainwashing, journalist, mystery, uncover truth, exploitation, society ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Get Out (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Plot: racism, hypnosis, kidnapping, cult, satire, survival, interracial romance, african american, brainwashing, psycho, abduction, female villain ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: brooklyn new york city, new york
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How to Get Away with Murder (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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Story: A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder mystery, hotshot lawyer, lawyer, murder, defense attorney, law student, court case, legal, courtroom, college, teachers and students, lgbt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia
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Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Hong Kong
Duration: 129 min.
Story: One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.
Style: entertaining, surprise ending, suspense, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, illusionist, magic, con artists, con men, technology, manipulation, magician, cheating, chase, police investigation, runaway ...
Time: year 1984, 2010s, 80s
Place: london, las vegas, tower bridge london, macau, new york ...
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Sleuth (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.
Style: talky, intellectual, psychological, twists and turns, witty ...
Plot: manipulation, rivalry, writers, age difference, crimes, divorce, mind game, brutality, greed, riddles and clues, verbal byplay, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: britain, united kingdom, england
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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: tense, political, thought provoking, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, cold war, political conspiracy, brainwashing, korean war, senator, manipulation, assassin, communism, spy, political intrigue, nightmare ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952
Place: north korea, korea, new york, usa, ussr ...
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Primal Fear (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: lawyer, mental illness, legal investigation, court, split personality, murder, courtroom drama, corruption, courtroom, psychopath, hotshot lawyer, court case ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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