Movies like The Secret In Their Eyes 2009

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

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1 City Of God 2002

Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by the point of view of the narrator, Buscapé. Buscapé was raised in a very violent environment. Despite the feeling that all odds were against him, he finds out that life can be seen with other eyes...

Genres:

Drama, Crime

Directors:

Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund (co-director)

Writers:

Paulo Lins (novel), Bráulio Mantovani (screenplay)

Country:

Brazil
8.6

2 Warrior 2011

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

Genres:

Drama, Action

Director:

Gavin O'Connor

Writers:

Gavin O'Connor (screenplay), Anthony Tambakis (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
8.2

3 Gran Torino 2008

Widower Walt Kowalski is a grumpy, prejudiced, tough-minded, unhappy, old, Korean War veteran who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbours. His prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbour, Thao—a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin—tries to steal his Gran Torino, Walt sets out to reform the youth and takes steps to protect Thao and his family from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Nick Schenk (screenplay), Dave Johannson (story) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United States of America, Germany
8.1

4 Shutter Island 2010

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.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)

Country:

United States of America
8.1

5 The Intouchables 2011

A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.

Genres:

Drama, Comedy

Writers:

Olivier Nakache, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (adapted from his autobiographical tale Le Second Souffle) | 1 more credit »

Country:

France
8.5

6 Cinema Paradiso 1988

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story), Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

Italy
8.5

7 The Lives Of Others 2006

A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Country:

Germany
8.4

8 Amores Perros 2000

A fatalistic car crash in Mexico City sets off a chain of events in the lives of three persons: a young man aching to run off with his sister-in-law, a supermodel, and a homeless man. Their lives are catapulted into unforeseen circumstances instigated by the seemingly inconsequential destiny of a dog.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Director:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)

Writer:

Guillermo Arriaga (as Guillermo Arriaga Jordán)

Country:

Mexico
8.1

9 Oldboy 2003

With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Action

Director:

Chan-wook Park

Writers:

Garon Tsuchiya (story), Nobuaki Minegishi (comic) | 4 more credits »

Country:

South Korea
8.4

10 The Hunt 2012

An undercover reporter is commissioned to write a story about a series of gruesome murders. His investigation leads him to a secret society of wealthy businessman who hunt humans for money. Caught in a spiral of violence, he is forced to participate in the game until he discovers that he has become the hunted.

Genres:

Action, Horror, Thriller

Director:

Thomas Szczepanski
4.4

11 Incendies 2010

A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

Genres:

Drama, War, Mystery

Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Writers:

Denis Villeneuve (scenario), Wajdi Mouawad (play) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Canada, France
8.3

12 The Diving Bell And The Butterfly 2007

The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Julian Schnabel

Writers:

Ronald Harwood (screenplay), Jean-Dominique Bauby (book)

Countries:

France, United States of America
8

13 The Help 2011

Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Tate Taylor

Writers:

Tate Taylor (screenplay), Kathryn Stockett (novel)

Countries:

India, United Arab Emirates, United States of America
8.1

14 Wild Tales 2014

Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Comedy

Director:

Damián Szifron

Writers:

Germán Servidio (collaborating writer), Damián Szifron

Countries:

Argentina, Spain
8.1

15 Prisoners 2013

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Crime

Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Country:

United States of America
8.1

16 12 Years A Slave 2013

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Genres:

Drama, History

Director:

Steve McQueen

Writers:

John Ridley (screenplay by), Solomon Northup (based on "Twelve Years a Slave" by)

Countries:

United States of America, United Kingdom
8.1

17 A Separation 2011

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Asghar Farhadi

Writer:

Asghar Farhadi

Country:

Iran
8.3

18 The Sea Inside 2004

The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living.

Genre:

Drama

Writers:

Alejandro Amenábar (screenplay), Mateo Gil (screenplay)

Countries:

Spain, France, Italy
8

19 Biutiful 2010

This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)

Writers:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (screenplay) (as Alejandro González Iñárritu), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (based on a story by) (as Alejandro González Iñárritu) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Mexico, Spain
7.5

20 The Skin I Live In 2011

A brilliant plastic surgeon creates a synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Genres:

Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Country:

Spain
7.6

21 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

22 Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Genres:

Drama, Family

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Stephen P. Lindsey (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô (motion picture "Hachiko monogatari")

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
8.1

23 Cell 211 2009

The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Genres:

Action, Thriller, Drama

Director:

Daniel Monzón

Writers:

Jorge Guerricaechevarría (adaptation), Daniel Monzón (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

France, Spain
7.6

24 The Nine Lives Of Tomas Katz 2000

The last day of creation. A stranger arrives in London. No one knows who he is or where he has come from. By the time he leaves, the entire universe will have been erased.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Director:

Ben Hopkins

Writers:

Thomas Browne, Rob Cheek (story) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Germany, United Kingdom
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