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20 best movies like Notes on a Scandal (2006)

List of the best movies like Notes on a Scandal (2006): Lolita, Captives, When the Bough Breaks, Official Secrets, Frank & Lola, The Crying Game, The Illusionist, Hollywoodland, Marnie, The Perfect Guy.

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Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:32
PlotPassion, Obsession, Jealousy, Love with age difference, Seduction
StylePsychological problems, Smart, Serious

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:40
CharactersTeachers
PlotLove, Dancing, Passion, Money, Obsession
PlacePrison
StyleRomantic, Action, Serious, Disturbing

A beautiful young dentist working in a tough British prison starts to become attracted to a violent inmate after the break-up of her marriage, and embarks upon an illicit affair with him, with terrible consequences for all.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:36
CharactersRobots, Aliens, Lawyers, Androids, Cats
PlotObsession, Love triangle, Jealousy, Seduction, Mystery
PlaceUSA
StyleUnexpected ending, Fascinating, Tense, Fancy

A surrogate mother harbors a deadly secret desire for a family of her own with the husband who is expecting to raise her child.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Luxembourg, China
Duration01:37
CharactersSpy, Lawyers, Judge, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Political, Computers, Intrigue
PlaceCourt, England, London, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Tense, Disturbing

The true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun who—prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion—leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing member states into voting for war.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersBlonde girls, Cooks, Students
PlotLove, Jealousy, Chase, Mystery
PlaceParis, Kitchen, USA
TimeHalloween

A psychosexual noir love story, set in Las Vegas and Paris, about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, Japan, USA
Duration01:52
CharactersGay, Soldier
PlotFriendship, Hostage
PlaceIreland, London
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Touching, Disturbing

Irish Republican Army member Fergus forms an unexpected bond with Jody, a kidnapped British soldier in his custody, despite the warnings of fellow IRA members Jude and Maguire. Jody makes Fergus promise he'll visit his girlfriend, Dil, in London, and when Fergus flees to the city, he seeks her out. Hounded by his former IRA colleagues, he finds himself increasingly drawn to the enigmatic, and surprising, Dil.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, fantasy, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Czech Republic
Duration01:50
CharactersMagician, Police, Friends, Wizards
PlotLove, Adventure, Magic, Superpowers, Investigation
PlaceCastle, Mansions
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Fascinating

With his eye on a lovely aristocrat, a gifted illusionist named Eisenheim uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed, a crowned prince. But Eisenheim's scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of a dogged inspector.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective, biography, history
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:06
CharactersLesbians
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Death, Jealousy, Mystery
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Disturbing

The complicated life and controversial suicide of George Reeves is investigated by a fictional private detective who finds that there are reasons to suspect that Reeves may not have killed himself after all. The detective also finds that there is a little of George Reeves in himself, and maybe, each of us.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:10
CharactersHorses, Thieves
PlotMoney, Obsession, Chase, Blackmail
TimeHoneymoon
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Smart

Marnie is a beautiful kleptomaniac who is in love with businessman Mark Rutland. Marnie who is a compulsive thief is being watched by her new boss Mark who suspects her of stealing from him and thus decides to blackmail her in the most unusual way. A psychological thriller from Alfred Hitchcock based on a novel of the same name by Winston Graham.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrehorror, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:29
CharactersHackers, Cats, Architects
PlotLove, Dancing, Revenge, Cars, Relationship
PlaceParty, USA, Office, Night Clubs, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, Action, Serious, Disturbing

After a painful breakup, Leah seems to meet the perfect guy. But she soon discovers his violent side that disrupts her life.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:32
CharactersTeachers, Thieves
PlotLove, Robbery, Dancing, Bank robbery, Double life
PlaceSchool, Paris, England, France, London
StyleSerious

When wistful introvert Alan Furnace meets quick-witted bombshell Beatrice, he has no idea of her secret life as "B. Monkey" -- the top thief-for-hire in London's criminal underworld. Charmed by Furnace's innocent and chivalrous ways, Beatrice resolves to reform. But to cash in on her first chance at real love, she must escape her former partner in crime, the ruthless Paul Neville -- and a dark past that seems to haunt her every step.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, USA
Duration01:55
PlotRevenge, Obsession, Love triangle
PlaceNew York
StylePsychological problems, Action, Gloomy, Serious, Disturbing

A hotel cabana boy falls for the wife of a powerful politico. But when she confesses to the affair, her husband determines to end it forever.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryNew Zealand, Germany
Duration01:48
CharactersLesbians, Students, Friends
PlotLove, On real events, Obsession, Friendship, Tennis
StyleAction, Serious

Wealthy and precocious teenager Juliet transfers from England to New Zealand with her family, and soon befriends the quiet, brooding Pauline through their shared love of fantasy and literature. When their parents begin to suspect that their increasingly intense and obsessive bond is becoming unhealthy, the girls hatch a dark plan for those who threaten to keep them apart.

Markimdb: 7
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, fantasy, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryNorway, France, Denmark, Sweden
Duration02:16
CharactersLesbians, Snake, Family, Students, Fathers
PlotRelationship, Loneliness, Religious, Telekinesis, Snow
PlaceNorway, Lake
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySpain, USA
Duration01:39
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Psychics, Maids
PlotFriendship, Mystery, Female friendship
PlacePrison, Mansions, USA, Office, New York
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Tense, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, military
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Military, Soldier
PlotFriendship
StyleSoulful, Serious

Marine officer Alexandra is tough enough to kick any guy's ass in a bar fight, but there's one opponent she can't beat: military policy. When she returns to her conservative hometown from Iraq with a mysterious personal life, she finds herself charged with preparing a tempestuous teenage girl to boot camp.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotInvestigation, Depression
PlaceEngland, London
StylePsychological problems, Smart, Tense, Gloomy, Serious

A cyclist is killed, swiped by a Range Rover in a village lane. James and Anne Manning become involved because the victim is the husband of their cleaner, Maggie. James, a solicitor in the city, soon comes to suspect William Bule, a millionaire playboy who has moved back to the village. William, pressed by James, confesses to the hit and run. But the confession is clouded by Anne's admission of her affair with William.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersDogs, Gay, Teachers, Students, Lawyers
PlotLove, Friendship, Loneliness, Divorce
StyleRomantic, Touching, Serious

A couple's visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryBelgium
Duration01:58
CharactersFriends, Lovers, Architects
PlotInvestigation, Friendship, Betrayal, Blackmail
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, Disturbing

Five close friends, all of them married, share a loft to meet their mistresses. One day they find the body of a young woman in the loft. Since there are only five keys to the loft, the five men begin to suspect each other of murder.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:39
CharactersFamily, Scammers
PlotLove, Friendship, Betrayal, Chase, Rivalry
PlacePrison, England, London, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

Set ahead of the 2012 London Olympics, the film follows Liam (Sam Claflin), an ex-con trying to win back the love and trust of his family. He has lost everything at the hands of a local crime syndicate run by Clifford Cullen (Spall), who has high-level connections in politics, finance and the police force. Liam's drive for redemption sees him caught up in a web of conspiracy, crime, and corruption.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada
Duration02:29
CharactersLesbians, Spy, Artists, Orphans, Artists
PlotLove, Love triangle, Political, Mystery, Ghosts
PlaceRussia, USSR, Moscow, Boarding school
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Tense, Touching, Disturbing

In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician – and falls in love with him. Moscow, 1959: Katya (Rebecca Ferguson, Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation, The Girl on the Train, The White Queen), is young, beautiful – and a spy for the Americans. When she and Mischa (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Emerald City), begin spying on Alexander ( Sam Reid, Anonymous), an idealistic Communist politician, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Her choice between love and duty leads to a nail-biting conclusion that Alexander (Charles Dance, The Imitation Game) can only unravel decades later in 1990s New York. His journey back to the snowbound streets of Moscow uncovers a love triangle and betrayals from those he trusted most.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration01:48
CharactersHired assassins, Actors
PlotLove, Gambling, Money, Investigation, Success
PlaceLondon
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Soulful, Smart, Tense

The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, Germany
Duration02:01
CharactersSpy, Jews, Friends
PlotWar, Passion, Friendship, Mystery
PlaceFrance, London
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, To cry, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

This is a drama set in Nazi-occupied France at the height of World War II. Charlotte Gray tells the compelling story of a young Scottish woman working with the French Resistance in the hope of rescuing her lover, a missing RAF pilot. Based on the best-selling novel by Sebastian Faulks.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryFrance, United Kingdom
Duration01:42
CharactersWriters
PlotObsession, Swimming, Mystery
PlaceFrance, Metro, Country houses
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Explicit scenes

In the middle of this amusing thriller is a relationship between two different types of females, one is a well know British author and the other is a sex-crazed French teen. The two get into some relationship trouble while living together in this film of psychological imagery and an erotic exploration of the female body.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:32
CharactersDogs
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Friendship, Loneliness, Shipwreck
PlaceIslands, Lighthouse, Scotland
Time19th century
StyleFascinating, Tense, Disturbing

Three lighthouse keepers on an uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland discover something that isn't theirs to keep.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:58
CharactersOrphans
PlotRevenge, Friendship, Hunting, First love, Jealousy
PlaceEngland, London
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating

In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, he discovers that the elderly spinster has gone mad from having been left at the altar as a young woman, and has made her charge into a warped, unfeeling heartbreaker.

Markimdb: 4
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryPoland, United Kingdom
CharactersSpy, Special agents, Orphans
PlotMartial Arts, Chess, Friendship, Supernatural, Life after death
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Black humor, Serious

Vietnam veteran Billy Ray Lancing, a former CSA agent who now works on a wildlife refuge in Northern Alaska, has been exchanging letters in a pen-pal relationship with Irina Morawska, a 13-year-old orphaned girl in Poland that he's helping out financially. When the letters suddenly stop coming, Billy heads to Poland to figure out why -- only to discover that the orphanage that Irina was staying in, which is financed by honest -- and unsuspecting -- good-intentioned Samaritans, is a cover for a human trafficking network.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryWest Germany, USA
Duration01:56
PlotPassion, Obsession, Conspiracies
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Smart, Tense, Gloomy

This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:53
CharactersDogs, Sherlock Holmes, Friends
PlotTravel, Investigation, Obsession, Friendship, Chase
PlaceEngland, London
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Smart, Fancy, Serious, Disturbing

Concerned about his friend's cocaine use, Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna, where Holmes enters the care of Sigmund Freud. Freud attemts to solve the mysteries of Holmes' subconscious, while Holmes devotes himself to solving a mystery involving the kidnapping of Lola Deveraux.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersTeachers, Psychiatrists, Detectives
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Mystery
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Twisted plot, Depressive, Serious

Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer that becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life. As soon as he opens the book, he notices strange parallels between what he reads and what he's experienced. But now he's worried that a fictional murder might materialize.





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