‘The Night Clerk’ is a crime drama that revolves around a hotel clerk who becomes the prime suspect for the murder of a woman who works during his shift. While the police investigation surrounding the murder ensues, the clerk develops close ties with a guest at the hotel. But soon, it hits him that he must now race against time to find the perpetrator of the murder before his newfound connection becomes one of his victims.
For the most part, the film’s storyline unfolds in the wee hours of the night which adds more heft to its dark mystery drama. Although it wasn’t received well critically, many viewers appreciated it for its simple yet captivating approach towards an exhaustive genre. If you’ve watched ‘The Night Clerk’ and you’re looking for similar films, we have you covered in the list below. Almost all the movies mentioned below can be streamed on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
6. Everything Will Be Fine (2010)
‘Everything Will Be Fine’ is a tense suspenseful drama about a writer-director who gets too embroiled in the stories he writes. As a result, he ends up finding an old picture of prisoners of wars being brutally punished by Danish Soldiers. Realizing that this could be a part of a greater political conspiracy, he digs deep in his pursuit to unravel this mystery. Apart from its intriguing storyline that manages to hold your attention throughout, there’s a visually appealing aesthetic to ‘Everything Will Be Fine.’
5. The Super (2017)
In ‘The Super’, a cop takes up the job of a superintendent in a grand New York City building. Strangely, under his watch, several tenants of the building start vanishing and he is left baffled when these people almost leave no clues behind them. Determined to find out what’s happening, the former cop sets out to decode all the riddles that surround these disappearances. In terms of its typical suspense-centric narrative structure and jarring dark tone, ‘The Super’ is very similar to ‘The Night Clerk’. Moreover, the film also teases the involvement of the supernatural in its thrilling drama and evokes scares from its gothic atmosphere.
4. The Informer (2019)
Andrea Di Stefano’s ‘The Informer‘ takes a plunge into New York’s underworld where ex-con and former special operations soldier Pete Koslow gets hired by the FBI. He sees this as an opportunity to walk on the right path and helps the FBI bring down a powerful New York crime boss. But when an FBI officer gets killed in the pursuit of this sting operation, all fingers are pointed at Pete. After finding his way back to prison, Pete comes out with the perfect plan to not only escape the law but also prove his innocence.
3. The Ghost Writer (2010)
Written by Roman Polanski, ‘The Ghost Writer’ is a suspense thriller that never leaves a dull moment. It tells the story of a renowned Ghostwriter, referred to as “the Ghost” (Ewan McGregor), who lands the opportunity of a lifetime when he is asked to pen down the memoirs of England’s former prime minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). But while researching Lang’s past, he starts to uncover a murderous conspiracy that Lang had seemingly buried before it came to light. Despite being a little on the lengthier side, ‘The Ghost Writer’ keeps you hooked with its slow build-up and political undertone.
2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ is inspired by the late author Stieg Larsson’s successful trilogy of books. Powered by Noomi Rapace’s stellar performance, the film walks you through the tale of a journalist who is asked by a retired industrialist to look for his niece. Although knowing that the niece was presumed dead over 40 years ago, the journalist joins forces with a female hacker and embarks on a dark journey to find out the truth behind the girl’s disappearance. Well-paced, chilling, and deeply engrossing—‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ should be on top of your watchlist if you’re into gritty slow-burn suspense thrillers.
1. The Guest (2014)
Directed by Adam Wingard (‘Death Note’, ‘Blair Witch’), ‘The Guest’ is a critically acclaimed mystery thriller that centers around a mysterious soldier named David Collins. Claiming to be a friend of a teenager’s dead brother, David shows up at her doorstep one day and asks for a place to stay. Although at first, he seems harmless, the teenage girl later grows apprehensive about his presence after a series of murders take place right after his arrival.
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