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6 Movies like Gone Girl: Disappearance Cases & David Fincher

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Dale Barham itcherIn the mood for some crime mystery movies like ‘Gone Girl’? Well no further than the likes of ‘Mystic River’ and ‘Prisoners’ for all your suspicious disappearance thrills and spills. You’ll need a bath after these dark dramas! ~ Dale Barham

Long and Winding Road…

Films like ‘Gone Girl’ are a tour­ de ­force of heart­stopping intricacies and nail­biting tension …so much so I chewed mine right to the nub by the time they’re over. The story twists and turns like a viper in the grass, priming to strike at any given moment. You don’t know where the plot is headed next (unless you’ve read the book) and you’re genuinely caught off guard as the case develops and all is revealed. In fact, you think you’ve got it all sussed, only to be dragged in a different direction entirely.

Yes, these movies will push and pull you in every direction, before arriving at a conclusion that takes the wind out your sails and knocks you out of your shoes.

Check ‘em out! 


Movies Similar to ‘Gone Girl’…

‘Prisoners’ (Denis Villeneuve, 2013)

‘Prisoners’ stars as Hugh Jackman as the father of a missing girl, and Jake Gyllenhaal as the tough­as­nails detective on the hunt for her whereabouts. While on the surface this movie comes across as a straightforward kidnap story, it’s actually a rich and textured look into how far one man will go to protect his family, even if it costs his reputation and destroys the lives of everyone involved.

Paul Dano is particularly endearing as the number one suspect with mental difficulties, imbuing the movie was a fragility that sets it apart from other offerings in the same genre.

Similarity Match: 85%
There’s another disappearance with an added element of conspiracy and doubt, but this is less of an attack on the media’s affect on public perception and more of devolution into the recesses of the human psyche.

‘Mystic River’ (Clint Eastwood, 2003)

Clint Eastwood directs a stellar cast that includes Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon in this taut and testing thriller about three childhood friends whose lives come crashing down around them when one of their daughters is found murdered in the woods.

The case brings up some terrible memories and you’re never allowed to venture away from their past traumas and actions. As they search for answers and hunt for the killer, preconceptions and stigmas end up tearing apart the very fibre of their being.

You won’t forget this one in a hurry.

Similarity Match: 80%
While this is a murder mystery rather than a missing person case, it takes a similar stance in questioning the integrity of its characters.

‘Gone Baby Gone’ (Ben Affleck, 2007)

Affleck swaps acting for the director’s chair with this stunning abduction drama about a private investigator working alongside the police to find a missing girl. As the case goes deeper and deeper, he realises that there is little to trust in anyone and everyone.

Delve deep into the seedy underbelly of a tough Boston neighbourhood with Casey Affleck, who uncovers and quizzes every piece of scum that gestates on those streets. Only, when the case looks to be all wrapped up, a new moral dilemma arises that calls into question everyone’s ethical judgement.

I bet you’re intrigued now, huh?

Similarity Match: 80%
Another disappearance with plenty of twists and turns, only this one calls into question certain moral issues that surround the case.


If You Like ‘Gone Girl’, You Will Like…

Without a doubt, director David Fincher is one of the most capable filmmakers for producing brooding and unflinching crime thrillers. His oeuvre, while not enormous, is littered with similarly dark and harrowing mysteries that pile on layers of subtext and depth.

If you thought ‘Gone Girl’ was an enjoyably drab thinker of a movie, you’ll be more than up for these next three suggestions.

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (David Fincher, 2011)

Adapted from Stieg Larsson’s stunning bestseller, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ tells the story of a disgraced journalist looking to clear his name and a combustible, damaged hacker who come together to solve a missing persons case that is nearly half a century old.

As they ply their detective traits to a remote island owned by a wealthy family, it soon becomes clear that the task is more dangerous than they’d initially figured. I suppose that’s what happens when you start prowling around a family of madmen and nazis …

As is the case with ‘Gone Girl’, there’s more to this event than meets the eye. In fact, you’ll never see it coming … unless you’ve read the source material!

‘Zodiac’ (David Fincher, 2007)

‘Zodiac’ is the true story of the notorious Zodiac killer, a murderer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay area with his cryptic letters and threats to the police.

The film takes a look at the various investigators and reporters who searched tirelessly to bring the man to justice, allowing obsession to slowly creep into their mind and sully the integrity of their work.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo star in what is a truly epic crime procedural drama of magnificent proportions.

While the twists are more understated than in ‘Gone Girl’, this another haunting look into the inner workings of an insane person.

‘Se7en’ (David Fincher, 1995)

Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman star as the hot-­headed detective and the old veteran on the hunt for a madman who’s been killing people in accordance to seven deadly sins as told in the Bible.

I found it hard to watch some of the gorier elements of this dark thriller, which is weird because I’m usually okay with that sort of thing. I guess that stands as testament to Fincher’s ability to imbue his films with mood and tension as well as affecting imagery.

Good luck sleeping after this one! And these other ones, if you dare!

This is more of a cat-­and-­mouse sort of movie than ‘Gone Girl’ but expect similar acts of depravity and shocking visuals.


Case Closed

So there you have it, six mysteries designed to keep your brain ticking and your heart pumping. You’ll no doubt be glued to the screen after this movie marathon, but you might lose all hope for humanity in the process. The fact that some of these movies are based on fact is enough to keep me up at night!

Once you’ve recovered, why not tell me some of your favourite movies like ‘Gone Girl’?

Let me know in the comments section below!

Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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