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10 Movies Like "Fight Club"

Updated on December 13, 2015
10 Movies Like Fight Club
10 Movies Like Fight Club

Fight Club is an action-adventure movie based on Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel of the same title. The film is top-billed by actors Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Fight Club centers on an insomniac employee who wants to change his life but instead finds himself involved in an underground fight club. Released on October 15, 1999, the movie was directed by David Fincher, who has been commended for the movie’s success and over-500-million-dollar gross in the US cinema alone.

Read on to find action-mystery movies like “Fight Club” that will keep you catching your breath.

1. The Machinist

Release Date: December 3, 2004

Director: Brad Anderson

Cast: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Industrial worker Trevor Reznik is suffering from insomnia and has not slept for a year. When strange things start ruining his home and his work, Trevor soon begins to distrust his own sanity. He is receiving a series of nasty post-it notes from an unknown sender, and is being haunted by a distorted co-worker who no one thinks exists. Frustrated by these creepy, bizarre things, Trevor sets off to investigate on the mysterious plan that is targeting him, but in the process involves two women in his insanity.

2. Taxi Driver

Release Date: February 8, 1976

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd

Travis Bickle is a former marine, a Vietnam War veteran, and a mentally unstable soul living in New York City. He is suffering from insomnia, and spends his time watching pornographic films at daytime and working as a taxi driver at nighttime. The world, for him, consists of ignorant persons. The only beautiful creature for him is Betsy, who works for Senator Charles Palantine. Travis grows obsessed with Betsy, and after an encounter with her, he decides to make the world a better place. He starts ‘reinventing the world’ by saving Iris, a twelve-year-old prostitute, from her lover Matthew.

3. American Beauty

Release Date: October 1, 1999

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch

Lester Burnham is a father who suffers from sexual frustration. He is also having problems with his cruel, bitchy wife Carolyn and his self-centered, insensible daughter Jane. When he attends a cheerleading competition at his daughter’s high school, he happens to meet Angela, Jane's beautiful friend. Immediately, the grown-up man develops a huge infatuation for the young Angela. He then decides to re-live his early adulthood years. Leaving his high-paying job, he applies to work at a fast food restaurant so he could be near Angela all the time. However, his new behavior creates changes around him, and nobody seems to be happy...

4. Se7en

Release Date: September 22, 1995

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey

Rookie detective David Mills is surprised – and overwhelmed – when he is partnered with the veteran homicide detective William Somerset. Their mission is to find the brutal serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins on his victims. As they set off for their manhunt operation, they start discovering something more about this killer and his modus operandi, witnessing the consequences of his terrible acts, and seeing dead bodies pile up in quick succession. Soon, they find themselves moving closer to their target, and to the horrific destiny that none of them ever seen coming.

5. Panic Room

Release Date: March 29, 2002

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker

After divorcing with her husband, Meg Altman moves with her diabetic daughter Sarah in their newly-purchased but old-looking house. Their new house has an additional feature: a panic room. This is a safe, secret area in the house, designed for refuge during unexpected invasions, and appears to be impossible to enter. But during their first night in the house, three men break in, and Meg and Sarah rush into the panic room. Only, the invaders know about the panic room and are in fact looking for a long-lost fortune inside it.

6. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Release Date: December 21, 2011

Directors: David Fincher

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer

Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist in disgrace. Despite this, a rich, powerful patriarch entrusts him a mission: to investigate on the sudden disappearance of his niece 40 years ago. His investigation is aided by Lisbeth Salander, a wild, young computer hacker with body piercings and tattoos. As they are working together for their mission, Blomkvist and Salander are able to disclose appalling secrets and massive corruption that they have never imagined to uncover themselves.

7. Lucky Number Slevin

Release Date: April 7, 2006

Director: Paul McGuigan

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman

Because of a mistake in identity, clueless Slevin is dragged into the middle of a battle. The war transpires from the rivalry of The Boss and The Rabbi, two of the city's most notorious criminal bosses who compete for power and dominance. It should be Slevin’s best friend that is there, facing the war. He is being watched by the ruthless Detective Brikowski, and under the scrutiny of the notorious assassin Goodkat. Without any place to go to, Slevin reluctantly enters into the dangerous world he has no idea about, and plots his own moves to either get away or fight back.

8. Requiem for a Dream

Release Date: December 15, 2000

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly

In the Coney Island in Brooklyn, there are four different individuals who have something in common: they all have an alarming addiction to cocaine, heroin and diet pills. In that decreasing little island, drugs can be obtained easily, so they keep these four people in the cycle of addiction. Heroin dependent, Harry Goldfarb, gets his daily dose with the aid of his girlfriend Marion, a cocaine junky, and his best friend Tyrone. He has inherited his addiction from his widowed mother, who is obsessed with beauty and diet drugs. Until one day, their addiction is obstructed, leaving these four lost souls in nowhere.

9. Zodiac

Release Date: March 2, 2007

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo

Cartoonist Robert Graysmith is working for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is irritated with the reporter Paul Avery who has a habit of getting drunk. The two become friends, and soon find out that they have a common interest: the Zodiac killer. Robert has grown very obsessed with the Zodiac killer’s case, an obsession that leads him to meeting David Toschi, a police inspector; Linda del Buono, a criminal who happens to know one of the victims; and Sherwood Morrill, a handwriting specialist. With the help of his new friends, the amateur detective embarks on a journey of capturing the infamous Zodiac.

10. Gone Girl

Release Date: October 3, 2014

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Nick Dunne makes a good living from being a magazine writer in the big city. However, when his company has collapsed and he has lost his job, he blames it all on the failure of his marriage to Amy, his logically superior wife who has a huge amount of money in her trust fund. When his wife suddenly disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary, people start doubting his personality and motives. As the authorities set off to search for Amy, Nick faces a national turmoil and media scrutiny. Is Nick, the calm-looking man, really capable of killing his own wife?

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      Ryan Fuller 4 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      David Fincher is an amazing director. I love his movies. Seven is one of my all time favorite serial killer films and made my list on a hub I did a few years ago. Lucky number Sleven and American Beauty are amazing films as well.