ISO More Movies like "Malice" (1993)
August 4, 2017 6:47 PM   Subscribe

One of my favorite re-watchable movies is Harold Becker's Malice (1993) featuring Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman and Alec Baldwin. Can you help me find more like it?

I must have seen Malice one hundred times. I've got the urge for twisty thrillers with the criteria that make Malice great.

1. A twisty thriller with crossing and double-crossing

2. Great acting with great character actors or feature actors (in Malice we had Peter Gallagher, George C. Scott, and Bebe Neuwirth)

3. Has a dramatic turn featuring a "this changes everything" moment

4. Memorable lines like "Welcome to the game" and "You ask me if I have a God Complex. Let me tell you something. I am God."

5. A really great, immersive setting. In Malice it was Boston.

6. Suspense.


Thank you so much for your assistance with this. I'm dying for thrillers out here.
posted by Dressed to Kill to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
Have you ever seen The Last of Sheila? I can't guarantee that it has aged well and I've never seen Malice, but I think it's worth a shot. I mean, look at the credits.
posted by janey47 at 7:12 PM on August 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


The Grifters? Seems like it fits most of your requirements.
posted by irisclara at 7:14 PM on August 4, 2017 [4 favorites]


The Usual Suspects and L.A. Confidential seem like they'd fit the bill.
posted by lalex at 7:26 PM on August 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


For your sake, I hope you've never seen "The Usual Suspects." Sorry if you have, unless you can confirm that it's another example of what you're looking for (or care to delineate the ways in which it's not).
posted by kimota at 7:33 PM on August 4, 2017


This made me think of Deathtrap, featuring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine. It's based on an Ira Levin play and directed by Sidney Lumet, so it takes place entirely in one location, a large house, IIRC. It doesn't fit the bill for immersive setting, therefore, but it hits on all your other points. Not sure how accurate my memory is, or how well it's aged, but it is definitely worth a watch overall, I think.
posted by thebrokedown at 8:00 PM on August 4, 2017 [2 favorites]


Michael Clayton
The Game
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Prestige
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
Matchstick Men
Primal Fear
posted by bluecore at 8:58 PM on August 4, 2017 [3 favorites]


Body Heat (1981)
posted by 1smartcookie at 9:50 PM on August 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


Coupla oldies:
Witness for the Prosecution
Bad Day at Black Rock hits your points if you think a Western can be immersive.
posted by rhizome at 10:40 PM on August 4, 2017


Another big vote for Primal Fear.
Great acting by Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton...and I never saw the plot twist coming.
posted by bookmammal at 2:20 AM on August 5, 2017


The Last Seduction
No Way Out
I also agree Michael Clayton is awesome. Clooney's best performance, imo.
posted by essexjan at 3:04 AM on August 5, 2017 [1 favorite]


Sweet Smell of Success - a noiry thriller, shockingly modern for its age, Vince Gilligan's favorite film
Sleuth - tiny cast, but very twisty, similar to Deathtrap
The Color of Night - extremely trashy, inappropriate, and totally over-the-top, an embarrassment of a film in some ways, but also an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good actors and twists
posted by heatvision at 4:56 AM on August 5, 2017


Talented Mr. Ripley
Michael Clayton
A Perfect Murder (featuring the brilliant David Suchet)
Charade
A History of Violence
The Beach (a bit dated but fits all of your criteria)

Have you tried Hitchcock?
Dial M for Murder
North by Northwest
posted by seesom at 5:07 AM on August 5, 2017


#2, #4, #5 and a little (if not perfect) of the others: Playing by Heart. It's an ensemble piece with great writing and an absolutely HUGE list of major and minor actors of the day all turning in great performances.
posted by WCityMike at 9:38 AM on August 5, 2017


Blood Simple.
posted by N-stoff at 12:41 PM on August 5, 2017 [1 favorite]




I remember Malice as being a kind of "bad Hitchcock" film. You might like some of the trashier Brian DePalma films like Body Double or Dressed to Kill.
posted by cazoo at 11:50 AM on August 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Ok, now I just noticed your name.
posted by cazoo at 11:50 AM on August 6, 2017


Landana
Wild Things is deliciously over the top!
posted by Mesaverdian at 12:57 PM on August 6, 2017


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