Movies like The Rum Diary 2011

Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman. Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late ‘50s version of Hemingway’s 'The Lost Generation', Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman and her fiancée, a businessman involved in shady property development deals.  It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.

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1 Public Enemies 2009

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, History

Director:

Michael Mann

Writers:

Ronan Bennett (screenplay), Michael Mann (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7

2 The Beaver 2011

Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his parents to get a divorce. Jodie Foster directs and co-stars as Walter's wife in this dark comedy that also features Riley Thomas Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Jodie Foster

Writer:

Kyle Killen

Countries:

United Arab Emirates, United States of America
6.7

3 The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus 2009

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

Genres:

Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Director:

Terry Gilliam

Countries:

Canada, France, United Kingdom
6.8

4 The Tree Of Life 2011

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

Genres:

Drama, Fantasy

Director:

Terrence Malick

Writer:

Terrence Malick

Country:

United States of America
6.8

5 Donnie Brasco 1997

An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Joseph D. Pistone (book), Richard Woodley (book) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.7

6 Finding Neverland 2004

During a writing slump, playwright J.M. Barrie meets a widow and her three children—who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and the inspiration that lead him to create his masterpiece. Peter Pan'.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Marc Forster

Writers:

Allan Knee (play), David Magee (screenplay)

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
7.7

7 Your Highness 2011

A fantasy movie about an arrogant, lazy prince and his more heroic brother who must complete a quest in order to save their father's kingdom.

Genres:

Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

Director:

David Gordon Green

Writers:

Danny McBride (as Danny R. McBride), Ben Best

Country:

United States of America
5.5

8 Blow 2001

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price.

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Director:

Ted Demme

Writers:

Bruce Porter (book), David McKenna (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.6

9 The Ninth Gate 1999

An all-expenses-paid international search for a rare copy of the book, 'The Nine Gates of the Kingdom Of Shadows' brings an unscrupulous book dealer deep into a world of murder, double-dealing and satanic worship.

Genres:

Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Arturo Pérez-Reverte (novel) (as Arturo Perez-Reverte), John Brownjohn (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Spain, France
6.7

10 Carnage 2011

After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim's parents invite Zachary's parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Yasmina Reza (play), Yasmina Reza (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Spain, France, Germany, Poland
7.2

11 Savages 2012

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Shane Salerno (screenplay), Don Winslow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
6.5

12 Arthur 2011

A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman, his family doesn't like.

Genres:

Comedy, Romance

Director:

Jason Winer

Writers:

Peter Baynham (screenplay), Steve Gordon (story)

Country:

United States of America
5.7

13 The Raven 2012

A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories.

Genres:

Crime, Thriller, Mystery

Director:

James McTeigue

Countries:

Hungary, Serbia, Spain, United States of America
6.4

14 Get The Gringo 2012

A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.

Genres:

Action, Thriller, Crime, Drama

Director:

Adrian Grunberg (as Adrian Grünberg)

Country:

United States of America
7

15 London Boulevard 2010

A parolee battles a gangster for the affections of a reclusive movie star.

Genres:

Drama, Crime

Director:

William Monahan

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), Ken Bruen (novel)

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
6.2

16 J. Edgar 2011

As the face of law enforcement in the United States for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career, and his life.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, History

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Country:

United States of America
6.5

17 Sherlock Holmes 2009

Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.

Genres:

Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Director:

Guy Ritchie

Writers:

Michael Robert Johnson (screenplay), Anthony Peckham (screenplay) | 4 more credits »

Countries:

Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America
7.6

18 Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer 2006

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.

Genres:

Crime, Fantasy, Drama

Director:

Tom Tykwer

Writers:

Andrew Birkin (screenplay), Bernd Eichinger (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Spain, Germany, France
7.5

19 A Dangerous Method 2011

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Director:

David Cronenberg

Writers:

Christopher Hampton (screenplay), Christopher Hampton (play) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada
6.4

20 Anonymous 2011

Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, the story advances the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays.

Genres:

Drama, History, Thriller

Director:

Roland Emmerich

Writer:

John Orloff

Countries:

Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America
6.9

21 Trance 2013

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.

Genres:

Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writers:

Joe Ahearne (screenplay), John Hodge (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United Kingdom, France
6.9

22 Dark Shadows 2012

Vampire Barnabas Collins is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate and family have fallen into ruin.

Genres:

Comedy, Fantasy

Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Seth Grahame-Smith (screenplay), John August (story) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Australia, United States of America
6.2

23 Killing Them Softly 2012

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

Genres:

Crime, Thriller

Director:

Andrew Dominik

Writers:

Andrew Dominik (screenplay), George V. Higgins (based on the novel "Cogan's Trade" by)

Country:

United States of America
6.2

24 Gangster Squad 2013

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop… except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara and Jerry Wooters who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller

Director:

Ruben Fleischer

Writers:

Will Beall, Paul Lieberman (book)

Country:

United States of America
6.7