About Gone Girl
Gone Girl is a well known dark, psychological thriller directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris. It’s about Rosamund Pike’s character Amy who goes missing on her and her husband Nick (Ben Affleck)’s fifth wedding anniversary. However, as the story goes deeper we find out that Nick has been cheating on his wife and Amy has faked her disappearance in order to frame him for murder – as revenge for cheating.
1. Memento (2000)
Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Memento follows the investigations of Leonard Shelby, an insurance investigator who suffers from anterograde amnesia which means he can’t form new memories. So he uses notes and tattoos addressed to himself as clues to help him find the person responsible for murdering his wife.
There’s also plenty of stars from The Matrix films that appear which will made me come up with the conspiracy theory: what if Memento is just another level of The Matrix? I clearly need help.
2. Shutter Island (2010)
Directed by Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island is a film about a Deputy U.S. Marshal who investigates a patient disappearance on an island whose facility houses the insane and disturbed. As the movie and storyline begins to unfold, it becomes clear to the viewer that all is not as it appears to be. With the reveal at the end cementing Shutter Island as one of Leonardo Di Caprio’s greatest performances!
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3. Black Swan (2010)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan is an American psychological horror film. This movie follows the story of Nina, a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life is all about dance. As the story proceeds, Nina starts to embrace her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. This film is filled with sensitive themes such as the awakening of female sexuality, insecurity, obsession, and even mental illness.
4. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Girl, Interrupted is the searing true story of Susanna Kaysen, a young woman who finds herself at a renowned mental institution for troubled young women, where she must choose between the world of people who belong on the inside like the seductive and dangerous Lisa or the often difficult world of reality on the outside.
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Directed by Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is romantic science fiction drama where Joel’s girlfriend, Clementine, has all memories of him erased from her memory by the company called “Lacuna.” Distraught, Joel does the same thing. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind heads on a sinister route when one of Lacuna’s employees uses Joel’s memories of Clementine to try and seduce her. Ever wondered romantic infused Total Recall would be like? No, neither have I but this movie is it.
6. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Co-written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, Requiem for a Dream follows four characters affected by drug addiction and as the movie progresses they eventually deteriorate into seeing and believing their own delusions. Not to mention severe catastrophes which soon follow.
7. The Girl on the Train (2016)
Directed by Tate Taylor, The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller about a recovering alcoholic named Rachel who rides a train aimlessly after losing her job and her marriage. Rachel begins to fixate on the neighbours of her ex-husband Tom; Scott and Megan, but when Megan goes missing after Rachel spots her kissing a stranger, Rachel decides to investigate on her own and re-inserts herself into the lives of her ex-husband Tom and his new wife Anna. Creating all sorts of drama, turmoil and mistrust for everyone concerned.
8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Written by David Zaillian and directed by David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a psychological thriller based on the best-selling of the same name – which is written by author Stieg Larsson. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is about journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his investigation of a girl who disappeared from his wealthy family 40 years prior to the events of the film. With the help of a hacker named Lisbeth Salander, the pair begin to investigate and find a string of murders that relate to Nazi’s and anti-semitism which takes the story down a truly dark path.
9. Wicker Park (2004)
Directed by Paul McGuigan, Wicker Park is a dark romantic thriller about Matt and Lisa who are kept apart by the scheming of another woman named Alex who knows both of them. Wicker Park is quite sinister as it shows the lengths someone will go to (when obsession and jealousy takes hold )in order to keep two others apart. The film is paired with an equally haunting soundtrack, with artists like Mogwai, Danny Lohner (ex-Nine Inch Nails), Snow Patrol and Death Cab for Cutie contributing their more somber tracks.
10. The Woman in the Window (2021)
Directed by Joe Wright, The Woman in the Window is a psychological thriller about a woman, Anna Fox, who lives by herself and suffers from agoraphobia – who also begins to spy on her neighbours. When Anna witnesses a murder in her neighbour’s house she begins to pursue the “case” on her own but unfortunately for her, she quickly comes onto the radar of the serial killer responsible. A serial killer who has been letting himself into Anna’s house for at least week since the murder took place.
11. Vanilla Sky (2001)
Directed by Cameron Crowe, Vanilla Sky is a science fiction thriller about publishing magnate David Aames who suffers horrible scars to his face after a drunken car crash. From there he begins to question his own existence, the meaning of life and so has his body cryogenically frozen so he begin to live his perfect life again in the form of a virtual reality lucid dream. However, the process has removed his memory of the car crash and so he begins to question everything around him before he starts to remember what really happened to him.
12. Fargo (1996)
Co-written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen and directed by Joel Coen, Fargo is a dark comedy crime film set in the town of Fargo, North Dakota. The story follows a desperate car salesman who fakes his wife’s abduction by hiring two criminals with the plan to extort tens of thousands of dollars from his rich father-in-law. However, when a state trooper get shot, the plan goes from bad to worse very quickly. Unlike, the TV show that re-imagined the movie and had quite a serious and obscure tone, the Fargo film swings from comedic to deadly quite rapidly – which is part of the reason it’s a well-loved classic.
13. Disturbia (2007)
Directed by D.J. Caruso, Disturbia is a psychological thriller about a teenager, Kale Brecht, who is given 3 months house arrest for punching his teacher. During his house arrest and after playing too many video games causes his mother to cut the cables, Kale turns to watching his neighbours via a pair of binoculars. Initially spotting his hot neighbour Ashley, he then begins to people watch another neighbour, Robert Turner, who Kale suspects of foul play. Ashley and Kale begin to investigate but pretty soon the harmless people watching turns into a fight for their lives.
14. Fight Club (1999)
Directed by David Fincher, Fight Club follows the downward spiral of a corporate white collar insomniac who develops a friendship with Tyler who is a carefree soap salesman. Together the two of them start Fight Club and a Revolution begins. A revolution which soon enough evolves into a brand new form of homegrown terrorism.
15. The Game (1997)
Directed by David Fincher, The Game is about a wealthy investment banker who receives a gift from his brother which is for a game that begins to take over every aspect of his life. Pretty soon things get out of hand and a larger conspiracy reveals itself. One which appears to be a real threat!
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