#2. Murder! (1930)

Storyline: Actress Edna Druce is found dead, and fellow thespian Diana Baring (Norah Baring) can't explanation why she's holding the murder weapon. Diana seems destined for conviction and the death penalty, but juror Sir John Menier (Herbert Marshall) thinks she's innocent. An actor himself, Sir John collects clues and revisits the crime scene in an attempt to clear Diana, but his noble efforts might finger another performer with ties to Edna and Diana's touring company.

Plot Keywords: activist, murderer, lawyer, juror, actress, actor, dark ...

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#3. Fugue (2018)

Storyline: Alicja suffers from memory loss and has rebuilt her own free-spirited way of life. Two years later, she returns to her former family to assume against her will her role as wife, mother, and daughter to people who are strangers to her.

Plot Keywords: amnesiac, mother, daughter, wife, family member, friend, gripping ...

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#4. Memento (2000)

Storyline: Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time.

Plot Keywords: widower, insurance salesman, con artist, drug trafficker, wife, suspenseful, dark ...

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#6. Random Harvest (1942)

Storyline: A veteran of World War I marries and settles happily into a tidy, humble life until an accident brings back memories of a former life of wealth and privilege while blocking all recollection of his existence since the war. Thus one man disappears, and another man long missing turns up and claims his vast inheritance. What does his devoted wife, whom he no longer recognizes, do?—Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

Plot Keywords: veteran, showgirl, fiancée, sibling, doctor, government official, emotional ...

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#7. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Storyline: A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio.

Plot Keywords: actress, director, mafia boss, celebrity, lesbian, detective, dark ...

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#8. A Pure Formality (1994)

Storyline: Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, out of breath and running madly, without clear memory of recent events, the Inspector is suspicious. Through interrogatory dialectic, the head of this lonely, isolated, broken-down police station tries to establish what has happened, by delving into the mind of his writer-hero, and clearing up a mysterious killing.—Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Keywords: author, recluse, police officer, inspector, victim, intense, dark ...

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#9. The Man Without a Past (2002)

Storyline: The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.

Plot Keywords: amnesiac, social worker, welder, homeless person, musician, love interest, amusing ...

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#10. Spellbound (1945)

Storyline: Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist at Green Manors mental asylum. The head of Green Manors has just been replaced, with his replacement being the renowned Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck). Romance blossoms between Dr. Petersen and Dr. Edwards, but Dr. Edwards starts to show odd aversions and personality traits...

Plot Keywords: doctor, impostor, detective, psychoanalyst, dense, gripping, suspenseful ...

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#11. The Bothersome Man (2006)

Storyline: One morning, Andreas (Trond Fausa Aurvåg) wakes up in a strange apartment in a strange city and has no idea how he got there. His boss (Johannes Joner) gives him instructions for a job he doesn't remember having. He marries Anne Britt (Petronella Barker), an interior designer, and, almost without even realizing it, settles into a comfortable but predictable routine. Slowly, Andreas realizes that the city's clean, calm and complacent citizens are the front for something very sinister.

Plot Keywords: wife, friend, boss, caretaker, adult, dreamy, eerie ...

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#13. A Chump at Oxford (1940)

Storyline: With Stan in drag, the boys get jobs as a married butler and maid for a dinner party at the Vandeveres. When that ends in disaster, they're reduced to sweeping streets, and accidentally capture a bank robber. The grateful bank president sends them to Oxford for a proper education. There they become victims of student pranks, getting lost in the university's Maze, and taking over the Dean's quarters as their own; but, then a knock on the head turns Stan "back" into the famed Lord Paddington, scholar and athlete extraordinaire. Suddenly erudite and supercilious, he retains Oliver as his valet, "Fatty."—Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

Plot Keywords: banker, lord, college student, dean, valet, frenetic, unrestrained ...

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#14. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

Storyline: Shaun the sheep is tired of doing the same work at the farm everyday. He decides to take a day off. In order to do that, he needs to make sure the farmer doesn't know. When more happens than they can handle, the sheep find their way in the big city. Now they need to get back to the farm.

Plot Keywords: farmer, dog, friend, animal-control officer, cat, cheeky, charming ...

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#15. 36 Hours (1964)

Storyline: In this psychological war-drama an Army Major is captured by the Germans during World War II. They attempt to brainwash him into believing the war is over and that he is safe in an Allied hospital, so that he will divulge Allied invasion plans.—Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

Plot Keywords: military officer, psychiatrist, nurse, enemy, spy, thrilling, intricate ...

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