Power Play Movies

by nlens | created - 25 Jan 2017 | updated - 29 Jan 2017 | Public

Non-sexual power play ✌ (Hostage situations, kidnappings, psychological thrillers, and the like) Mostly between males.

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1. Undocumented (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

A documentary crew accompany a group of undocumented immigrants crossing the Border, but their plans run afoul when they are captured by a gang of sadistic radicals in New Mexico.

Director: Chris Peckover | Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Alona Tal, Yancey Arias, Greg Serano

Votes: 1,179

2. Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Director: Svetozar Ristovski | Stars: William Forsythe, Jesse Moss, Emma Lahana, Cole Heppell

Votes: 2,948

3. The Stepfather (2009)

PG-13 | 101 min | Crime, Thriller

33 Metascore

Michael returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend. As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand.

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Amber Heard

Votes: 28,100 | Gross: $29.06M

4. Funny Games (2007)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

44 Metascore

Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet

Votes: 83,575 | Gross: $1.29M

5. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 164,648 | Gross: $61.28M

6. The Perfect Host (2010)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

48 Metascore

An on-the-run convict looking for temporary cover finds it at the house of a very colorful character.

Director: Nick Tomnay | Stars: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker, Tyrees Allen

Votes: 23,418 | Gross: $0.05M

7. Grand Piano (2013)

R | 90 min | Music, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A pianist with stage fright endures a performance under the eyes of a mysterious sniper, who will shoot and kill him if a wrong note is played.

Director: Eugenio Mira | Stars: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Kerry Bishé, Tamsin Egerton

Votes: 16,273 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Cactus (I) (2008)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man is kidnapped from his city home in the quiet hours of the night and, the kidnapper, John Kelly, embarks on a journey into the Australian Outback towards the place where his hostage is... See full summary »

Director: Jasmine Yuen Carrucan | Stars: Travis McMahon, David Lyons, Bryan Brown, Shane Jacobson

Votes: 543

9. Phone Booth (2002)

R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 237,107 | Gross: $46.57M

10. Disturbia (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

62 Metascore

A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sarah Roemer

Votes: 207,655 | Gross: $80.21M

11. The Hitcher (1986)

R | 97 min | Thriller

32 Metascore

A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 39,415 | Gross: $5.84M

12. Chained (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A young man held prisoner by a cab-driving serial killer must make a life or death choice between following in his captor's footsteps or breaking free.

Director: Jennifer Lynch | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird, Julia Ormond

Votes: 15,063

13. ATM (I) (2012)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

34 Metascore

On a late night visit to an ATM, three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.

Director: David Brooks | Stars: Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty, Mike O'Brian

Votes: 21,632 | Gross: $0.00M

14. Creep (I) (2014)

R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller

74 Metascore

A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man's odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.

Director: Patrick Brice | Stars: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass

Votes: 31,202

15. Prank (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime

In the Summer before their senior year, three teens tried to execute the perfect prank on their bully. Instead, they executed him.

Director: Yiuwing Lam | Stars: Nick Renaud, Henry Monfries, Gemmenne de la Peña, Hannah Kasulka

Votes: 728

16. Dickensian (2015–2016)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

Drama set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens critically acclaimed novels, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.

Stars: Tuppence Middleton, Sophie Rundle, Alexandra Moen, Joseph Quinn

Votes: 2,412

17. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

R | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs.

Director: John Krokidas | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster

Votes: 32,671 | Gross: $1.03M

18. Tom at the Farm (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

67 Metascore

A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu

Votes: 13,926

19. Awake (2007)

R | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

33 Metascore

A wealthy young man undergoing heart transplant surgery discovers that the surgical team intend to murder him.

Director: Joby Harold | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard, Lena Olin

Votes: 69,547 | Gross: $14.38M

20. Red State (2011)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Horror

50 Metascore

Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman, Michael Angarano

Votes: 59,327 | Gross: $1.10M

21. Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama

The young, naive Smitty is sent to prison for six months; Cathy, his girlfriend, watches as he disappears behind the bars and barbed wire. He's assigned a cell with Queenie, a balls-out ... See full summary »

Directors: Harvey Hart, Jules Schwerin | Stars: Wendell Burton, Michael Greer, Zooey Hall, Danny Freedman

Votes: 428

22. Wanted (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp

Votes: 340,198 | Gross: $134.51M

23. Bad Turn Worse (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

Three Texas teens hope to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill town but get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime when one of them steals from the wrong man.

Directors: Simon Hawkins, Zeke Hawkins | Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Logan Huffman, Jeremy Allen White, William Devane

Votes: 1,941

24. Catch Hell (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

40 Metascore

A fading Hollywood pretty-boy gets taken and brutalized in Louisiana by two local men with his total ruination at heart.

Director: Ryan Phillippe | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Ian Barford, Stephen Louis Grush, James DuMont

Votes: 2,534

25. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 618,557 | Gross: $13.09M

26. 21 (2008)

PG-13 | 123 min | Crime, Drama, History

48 Metascore

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Yoo

Votes: 213,829 | Gross: $81.16M

27. 13 (I) (2010)

R | 91 min | Drama, Thriller

29 Metascore

A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Director: Géla Babluani | Stars: Sam Riley, Alice Barrett, Gaby Hoffmann, Jason Statham

Votes: 38,442

28. Breach (2007)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

FBI upstart Eric O'Neill enters into a power game with his boss, Robert Hanssen, an agent who was put on trial for selling secrets to the Soviet Union.

Director: Billy Ray | Stars: Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Haysbert, Laura Linney

Votes: 55,767 | Gross: $33.23M

29. The Experiment (2001)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski, Wotan Wilke Möhring

Votes: 87,153 | Gross: $0.14M

30. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 164,400 | Gross: $56.12M

31. No Night Is Too Long (2002 TV Movie)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Young Tim Cornish's life has begun with great promise. Blessed with extraordinary good looks, Tim enjoyed much attention and cared little of broken hearts. At University he was a favored ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Shankland | Stars: Lee Williams, Marc Warren, Mikela Jay, Emily Holmes

Votes: 2,244

32. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington

Votes: 165,627 | Gross: $17.61M

33. The Freshman (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

An N.Y.C. film school student accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather and who takes the young man under his wing, after demanding total loyalty.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller

Votes: 17,543 | Gross: $21.46M

34. The Riot Club (2014)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay

Votes: 19,738

35. Apartment Zero (1988)

R | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Donovan | Stars: Hart Bochner, Colin Firth, Dora Bryan, Liz Smith

Votes: 3,480 | Gross: $0.67M

36. The Education of Charlie Banks (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama

50 Metascore

College student Charlie Banks has to face old problems when the bully he had an unpleasant encounter with back in high school shows up on his campus.

Director: Fred Durst | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Eva Amurri Martino, Chris Marquette

Votes: 4,720 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Hannibal (2013–2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 203,269

38. The Good Neighbor (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

32 Metascore

A pair of mischievous high school kids create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting elderly neighbor while keeping his every reaction under surveillance. A series of coincidences leads to tragedy.

Director: Kasra Farahani | Stars: James Caan, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Laura Innes

Votes: 13,953

39. As Good as Dead (2010)

R | 100 min | Crime, Thriller

34 Metascore

Seeking revenge for the murder of their religious leader, fundamental loyalists kidnap and torture the man they believe responsible, but the ensuing clash of right vs. left ideologies ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Mossek | Stars: Andie MacDowell, Cary Elwes, Frank Whaley, Matt Dallas

Votes: 1,441 | Gross: $1.20M

40. Choose Connor (2007)

Unrated | 109 min | Drama

46 Metascore

Idealistic 15-year old Owen gets the chance of a lifetime to be the youth spokesman for U.S. Senate Candidate Lawrence Connor, only to be exploited in a fierce campaign of TV and radio ads,... See full summary »

Director: Lucas Elliot Eberl | Stars: Darin Cooper, Chris Marquette, Alex D. Linz, James Runcorn

Votes: 285 | Gross: $0.01M

41. iBoy (2017)

90 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

After being shot, Tom wakes from a coma to discover that fragments of his smart phone have been embedded in his head, and worse, that returning to normal teenage life is impossible because he has developed a strange set of superpowers.

Director: Adam Randall | Stars: Bill Milner, Maisie Williams, Miranda Richardson, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 16,736



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