Dave Tompkins :: DVD Library :: 2-Genre Table :: Romance :: Mystery


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All Good Things (2010)

Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.

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Anastasia (1997)

The only surviving child of the Russian Royal Family hooks up with two con men while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

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Another Thin Man (1939)

An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in Nick and Nora (with new baby) to sort things out.

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Atonement (2007)

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.

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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

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Charade (1963)

Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?

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Chungking Express (1994)

Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color...

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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Jerry Fletcher is a man who sees conspiracies everywhere. But if you keep doing that long enough, sooner or later you're going to get one right...

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The Door In The Floor (2004)

A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household.

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

On the eve of WW2, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

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Ghost (1990)

After being killed during a botched mugging, a man's love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

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Head Over Heels (2001)

A young woman is attracted to a man despite her thinking she's seen him kill someone.

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Illusionist (2006)

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

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In a Lonely Place (1950)

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts...

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Kings Row (1942)

The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.

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Laura (1944)

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

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Lone Star (1996)

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

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Marnie (1964)

Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

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Meet Joe Black (1998)

A media mogul acts as a guide to Death, who takes the form of a young man to learn about life on Earth and in the process, fall in love with his guide's daughter.

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Mildred Pierce (1945)

After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but can't win the approval of her spoiled daughter.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.

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Open Your Eyes (1997)

A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.

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Passengers (2008)

A grief counselor working with a group of plane-crash survivors finds herself at the root of a mystery when her clients begin to disappear.

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The Player (1992)

A studio executive is being blackmailed by a writer whose script he rejected but which one? Loaded with Hollywood insider jokes.

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband... but even once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.

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The Red Violin (1998)

A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

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Safe Haven (2013)

A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

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Secret Agent (1936)

After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Nick and Nora are at their wise-cracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race-track.

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Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Nick, Nora, and Nick Jr. investigate the murder of a band leader in New York.

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Spellbound (1945)

A female psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

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State of Play (2003)

A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.

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The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)

Nick and Nora go on holiday, and end up involved in a murder.

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Three Colors: Blue (1993)

First of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns how the wife of a composer deals with the death of her husband and child.

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Three Colors: Red (1994)

Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people's privacy.

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Three Colors: White (1994)

Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a man dealing with a Polish immigrant whose wife wants to divorce him because he can't perform in bed.

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To Catch a Thief (1955)

When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

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Topper Returns (1941)

Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit. This time, it's Joan Blondell, who was accidentally murdered while vacationing at the home of her wealthy friend...

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The Uninvited (1944)

A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.

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Vanilla Sky (2001)

A successful publisher finds his life taking a turn for the surreal after a car accident with a jaded lover.

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Vertigo (1958)

A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

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A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancÚ, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

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The Words (2012)

A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work.

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