6. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [Swedish Original]
Yes, David Fincher’s 2011 remake was fantastic and worthy of cracking our list of movies like Gone Girl. However, variety is a good thing and the grey-haired great has already gotten his due. Besides, many (including myself) still find this Swedish original to be the best adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel. Bridging the cultural gap between disgraced reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and vigilante hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), Dragon Tattoo pulls us into a fifty year old family mystery filled with lies and deception.
Amid this investigation, there’s Nazis, sexual assault (Neil Patrick Harris anyone?), and a psychologically ferocious female in the driver’s seat. Granted, Lisbeth happens to be the heroine of this outing. Truthfully, though, there’s very little separating her from Gone Girl’s Amazing Amy (i.e. both have an affinity for letting the ends justify the means). Fincher is clearly drawn towards portraying women with undetermined intent. Yet, given the cinematic quality of both his version and this revered original, the interest seems to be working out just fine.
7. The Ghost Writer
As one of a few movies like Gone Girl, The Ghost Writer plays an effective narrative card of unfolding intrigue. Hired to ghostwrite the autobiography of former Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), an unnamed writer (Ewan McGregor) falls into a web of lies, secrets, and palpable hints of deceit. Similar to Nick Dunne, he is a man stumbling around in the dark in search of the truth about those close to him. The writer even attempts to spill the beans on a giant conspiracy, in much the same way Nick tries to clear his name. Directed by Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer is a stylish psychological thriller that will leave audiences simultaneously unsettled and intrigued by the film’s gripping ‘not everything is as it seems’ premise.
8. The Staircase
Technically, The Staircase is an eight-part documentary miniseries (not a movie per se). Nonetheless, this real-life drama is still bound to tickle the perverse fancy of Gone Girl fans. The basic premise here is of a man suspected of killing his wife (sounds familiar?). The drama moves at a pensive pace, which may put off some viewers too impatient to proceed. However, those able to stick with it will be richly rewarded with plenty of actual event plot twists and psychological thrills. Like Gone Girl, The Staircase delves deep into exploring the dismantling of a supposedly ideal romantic partnership.
So much of The Staircase reeks of Flynn’s work, almost as if it was the ‘based on true events’ inspiration to the fictional novel. The series is perhaps the least known entry on the list. Regardless, we recommend you track down a copy and give it a try. One might even prefer this over other more mainstream Hollywood movies like Gone Girl.
9. Shutter Island
More mystery and domestic trauma courtesy of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. Shutter Island, the famous duo’s fourth film, pulls directly from one of the very first mind-melting thrillers, 1920’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. As such, there’s plenty of homage to be had for the cinematically savvy. However, for those simply wanting a nice chilly psychological thriller, this movie is guaranteed to deliver in spades.
DiCaprio stars as Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshall who arrives on an island for the mentally insane with his partner (Mark Ruffalo). Rumor is one of the inmates disappeared, and it’s up to the big bad lawmen to save the day. It isn’t too long though that things turn dicey. Scorsese revels in the matrimonial torture that haunts Teddy, and there are subtle hints at something far more sinister at work. As with other movies like Gone Girl, Shutter Island features a huge mystery with heaps of twists and finger-pointing blame to boot. The supposed normality of marital bliss is also brought to the narrative forefront.
10. All Good Things
Based on true events surrounding Robert Durst, All Good Things sees Ryan Gosling star as the thinly-veiled nutcase Durst, while cutesy Kirsten Dunst brings her sunshine smile to the role of first wife Kathie McCormick. Wealth, success, and initial infatuation are first seen. Yet, like Gone Girl, with maturity comes the unsettling air of hatred and resentment. The violence that follows places All Good Things in a similar dark light to other movies like Gone Girl, albeit portrayed in a more subtle fashion. A definite must-watch!
Know of any other psychological thriller movies like Gone Girl? Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments section below and we’ll add them to the list!
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