Movies like Blood Diamond 2006

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed countrywide.

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1 Body Of Lies 2008

The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – watches Ferris. At the other end of that real-time link is the CIA’s Ed Hoffman, strategizing events from thousands of miles away. And as Ferris nears the target, he discovers trust can be just as dangerous as it is necessary for survival.

Genres:

Action, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), David Ignatius (novel)

Countries:

United States of America, United Kingdom
7.1

2 Changeling 2008

Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Country:

United States of America
7.7

3 Gangs Of New York 2002

It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.

Genres:

Drama, History, Crime

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Jay Cocks (story), Jay Cocks (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

United States of America, Italy
7.5

4 Mystic River 2003

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Genres:

Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Brian Helgeland (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)

Country:

United States of America
7.9

5 Lord Of War 2005

Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world’s most notorious dictators. Finally, he must also face his own conscience.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Andrew Niccol

Writer:

Andrew Niccol

Countries:

France, United States of America, Germany
7.6

6 21 2008

Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack.

Genres:

Drama, Crime

Director:

Robert Luketic

Writers:

Peter Steinfeld (screenplay), Allan Loeb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
6.8

7 The Terminal 2004

Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. While quarantined in the transit lounge until authorities can figure out what to do with him, Viktor simply goes on living – and courts romance with a beautiful flight attendant.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Andrew Niccol (story), Sacha Gervasi (story) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.4

8 The Pursuit Of Happyness 2006

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Gabriele Muccino

Writer:

Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)

Country:

United States of America
8

9 Rain Man 1988

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Barry Morrow (story), Ronald Bass (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8

10 The Hurt Locker 2008

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, War

Director:

Kathryn Bigelow

Writer:

Mark Boal

Country:

United States of America
7.6

11 The Aviator 2004

A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writer:

John Logan

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
7.5

12 Seven Pounds 2008

An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Gabriele Muccino

Writer:

Grant Nieporte

Country:

United States of America
7.6

13 I Am Legend 2007

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.

Genres:

Drama, Horror, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction

Director:

Francis Lawrence

Writers:

Mark Protosevich (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.2

14 The Last Samurai 2003

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Genres:

Drama, Action, War, History

Director:

Edward Zwick

Writers:

John Logan (story), John Logan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Japan, United States of America, New Zealand
7.7

15 Cast Away 2000

Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck's plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He's the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny island with nothing but some flotsam and jetsam from the aircraft's cargo.

Genres:

Adventure, Drama

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Countries:

Fiji, United States of America
7.8

16 The Town 2010

Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their burgeoning relationship threatens to unveil the identities of Doug and his crew to the FBI Agent who is on their case.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Ben Affleck

Writers:

Peter Craig (screenplay), Ben Affleck (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.5

17 The Departed 2006

To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Crime

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), Alan Mak | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.5

18 A Beautiful Mind 2001

John Nash is a brilliant but asocial mathematician fighting schizophrenia. After he accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar (book)

Country:

United States of America
8.2

19 Catch Me If You Can 2002

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 only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

Genres:

Drama, Crime

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Frank Abagnale Jr. (book) (as Frank W. Abagnale) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.1

20 Taken 2008

While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.

Genres:

Action, Thriller

Director:

Pierre Morel

Countries:

France, United Kingdom, United States of America
7.8

21 Shooter 2007

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why??

Genres:

Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Director:

Antoine Fuqua

Writers:

Jonathan Lemkin (screenplay), Stephen Hunter (novel)

Country:

United States of America
7.2

22 Apocalypto 2006

Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

Genres:

Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Mel Gibson

Country:

United States of America
7.8

23 The Beach 2000

Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

Genres:

Drama, Adventure, Romance, Thriller

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writers:

John Hodge (screenplay), Alex Garland (novel)

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
6.7

24 The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button 2008

Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button springs into being as an elderly man in a New Orleans nursing home and ages in reverse. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who flits in and out of his life as she grows up to be a dancer. Though he has all sorts of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy, and the hope that they will come together at the right time, that drives Benjamin forward.

Genres:

Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Romance

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

Eric Roth (screenplay), Eric Roth (story) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.8