There’s no other film quite like “Gone Girl,” with its unique structure, massive plot twist, and unforgettable characters and performances, not to mention its pitch-perfect script, adapted by Flynn herself. However, if this is one of your favourite films, there are a slew of others you should see.
In 2014, celebrated director David Fincher made the wise decision to adapt one of the most famous novels of the decade, “Gone Girl,” a thriller written by former pop culture writer Gillian Flynn, as a follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film “The Social Network.” “Gone Girl” is a searing, cutting critique of long-term relationships, and it eventually features one of the best twists in literary and film history, as husband Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) becomes the main suspect after his partner, Amy (Rosamund Pike), goes missing.
Gone Girl fans would love The Girl on the Train.
Many films have attempted to replicate “Gone Girl’s” popularity in the years since, and for the most part, 2016’s “The Girl on the Train” comes close. The film stars Emily Blunt as Rachel, a woman with a debilitating alcohol addiction, and is based on Paula Hawkins’ debut novel of the same name. Rachel loses her job and spends her days aimlessly riding the train between New York City and its suburbs, fixating on a dream pair she passes every day. When the wife (Haley Bennett) is found dead, Rachel becomes embroiled in the investigation.
“The Girl on the Train” is a thrilling ride from beginning to end, thanks to the unreliable narrator, Rachel’s incredibly dark history and fractured marriage, and a winding plot with a large cast of characters. If you’re looking for a more suspenseful version of “Gone Girl,” this 2016 mystery is a must-read.
David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is another fantastic film.
Before tackling “Gone Girl,” Fincher directed Rooney Mara in the title role of 2011’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which adapted another major literary bestseller with the word “girl” in the title.
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” starring Rooney Mara as feminist vigilante Lisbeth Salander, who ends up teaming up with Blomkvist to locate the missing woman, is a disturbing, gripping drama with a lot of shared DNA with “Gone Girl.” You should certainly watch this chilling thriller if you want to see what could have led Fincher to his next literary adaptation.
Ms .45 Is When Revenge Goes Wrong
If Gone Girl depicts what happens when revenge appears to be so good, Ms. 45 depicts what happens when revenge appears to be utterly terrifying when it goes horribly, horribly wrong.
Ms.45 is directed by Abel Ferrara and is a character study in the vein of Taxi Driver or Death Wish. It follows a mute woman who is attacked twice in the same day by two different assailants.
She becomes a vigilante after retaliating against her second attacker and stealing his.45 gun, but when she becomes fascinated with the sensation of spilling blood, she shifts her focus from attackers to every man who gets in her way.