Movies like Mystic River 2003

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

If you already watched and love Mystic River, you will love these. Below is the list of movies similar to Mystic River.

1 The Usual Suspects 1995

Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro harbor – leaving few survivors. Verbal lures his interrogators with an incredible story of the crime lord's almost supernatural prowess.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, Thriller

Director:

Bryan Singer

Country:

United States of America
8.5

2 L.A. Confidential 1997

Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.

Genres:

Crime, Mystery

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writers:

James Ellroy (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.2

3 Memento 2000

Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty of locating his wife's killer, however, is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of short-term memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

Genres:

Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Jonathan Nolan (short story "Memento Mori")

Country:

United States of America
8.4

4 Inside Man 2006

When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Spike Lee

Writer:

Russell Gewirtz

Country:

United States of America
7.6

5 The Machinist 2004

The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep. This is no ordinary insomnia...

Genres:

Thriller, Drama

Director:

Brad Anderson

Writer:

Scott Kosar

Countries:

France, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America
7.7

6 The Game 1997

In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a cold-hearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad: a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Director:

David Fincher

Country:

United States of America
7.8

7 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

8 21 Grams 2003

This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girl; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will learn harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably—forever.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, Thriller

Director:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)

Country:

United States of America
7.7

9 Insomnia 2002

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Genres:

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Hillary Seitz (screenplay), Nikolaj Frobenius | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.2

10 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

11 Mr. Brooks 2007

A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Bruce A. Evans

Country:

United States of America
7.3

12 Fracture 2007

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 cat-and-mouse is played out, each must manipulate and outwit the other.

Genre:

Thriller

Director:

Gregory Hoblit

Writers:

Daniel Pyne (screenplay), Glenn Gers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
7.2

13 Road To Perdition 2002

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for revenge on those who wronged him.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Sam Mendes

Writers:

Max Allan Collins (graphic novel), Richard Piers Rayner (graphic novel) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.7

14 The Life Of David Gale 2003

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Crime

Director:

Alan Parker

Countries:

Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America
7.6

15 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.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Action

Director:

Edward Zwick

Writers:

Charles Leavitt (screenplay), Charles Leavitt (story) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
8

16 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

17 Zodiac 2007

The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for three men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

James Vanderbilt (screenplay), Robert Graysmith (book)

Country:

United States of America
7.7

18 I Am Sam 2001

Although Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, he has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the authorities take her away. Sam shames high-priced lawyer, Rita into taking his case pro bono and in turn teaches her the value of love and family.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Jessie Nelson

Country:

United States of America
7.7

19 Gone Baby Gone 2007

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons - they're not cops and they know the tough neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Kenzie and Gennaro face drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they are about to solve the case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that tears them apart.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Director:

Ben Affleck

Writers:

Ben Affleck (screenplay), Aaron Stockard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.6

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 Primal Fear 1996

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 have been a third person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Gregory Hoblit

Writers:

William Diehl (novel), Steve Shagan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.7

24 Sleepers 1996

Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Lorenzo Carcaterra (book), Barry Levinson (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
7.6