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The adaptation of Paula Hawkins's novel The Girl on the Train, starring Emily Blunt in the role of a woman getting involved in an investigation without really being able to trust her own memory, opened this weekend to mixed reviews.

But whether you loved it or it left you feeling only half-full, the consequence is probably the same: You're now looking for more gripping thrillers to watch. And while we all thought of Gone Girl the moment the trailer for The Girl on the Train had come out, there are plenty more movies that will satisfy your craving for eerie investigations and characters who aren't what they seem.

1. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, 2011

This recommendation isn't based on the fact that both titles start with The Girl — both stories involve a mysterious woman and a tricky investigation of a person gone missing. If you've seen the Daniel Craig version, you can also check out the Swedish one from 2009 and compare.

2. The Crush, 1993

You might know Alicia Silverstone from Clueless, but she played a much less harmless teenager in The Crush, where she starred as a girl developing an unhealthy obsession for a journalist.

3. Deepwater Horizon, 2016

Based on true events, Deepwater Horizon is a chilling dive (heh) into the accident on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that led to the worst oil spill in American history. Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell play two workers on the rig hoping to increase security measures, but ultimately having to face the worst catastrophe of their careers.

4. Sicario, 2015

While Sicario has a different vibe from The Girl on the Train, mainly because it takes place in a less usual context, it's perfect for all the Emily Blunt lovers out there. In Sicario, she plays an FBI agent caught in the midst of the drug war on the American-Mexican border.

5. Before I Go To Sleep, 2014

The main character is a woman with memory loss? Check. She progressively uncovers a horrible truth? Check. Before I Go To Sleep also features an impressive cast including Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

6. The Two Faces Of January, 2014

Don't let yourself be fooled by the warm colors of the Greek setting; The Two Faces of January is a fascinating thriller with a brilliant cast, from Oscar Isaac to Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. Mortensen and Dunst play a couple on vacation who befriend a local tour guide — and everything's going smoothly until the latter finds himself entangled in the dirty business of the former.


Which movie would you watch or recommend first?


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