Michael Mann, through his expansive journey as a filmmaker, has earned the moniker of being one for best crime thriller directors, and ‘The Insider’ (1999) attests to his brilliance. Taking reference from the infamous “60 Minutes segment” about American biochemist Jeffrey Wigand, who was recognised as a “whistleblower” in the tobacco industry, the film is a fictionalized account of the entire investigation. With Al Pacino taking on the role of Lowell Bergman and Russell Crowe taking up the role of Jeffrey Wigand, ‘The Insider’ is built upon strong performances. Co-written by American screenwriter Eric Roth and Mann, the narrative is adapted from American author and investigative journalist Marie Brenner’s article ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’, written for Vanity Fair. The crime drama showcases the procedures of the “whistleblower” and explores the paranoia, stress and alienation caused by it.
For this article, I have taken into account films whose plots are sparked by the concept of whistleblowing. All these movies have narrative traits that are similar to this classic Michael Mann flick. With all that said, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Insider’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Insider’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Breach (2007)
Directed by American filmmaker Billy Ray and co-written by Adam Mazer, William Rotko and Ray, ‘Breach’ follows Eric O’Neill, essayed by Ryan Phillippe, a young FBI employee who plots a game of power against his boss, Robert Hanssen, played by Chris Cooper, an agent who was put on trial for selling secrets to the Soviet Union. A spy thriller, ‘Breach’ fictionalized much of the characters’ story – which they did acknowledge – but received universal critical acclaim for its nifty direction and resonant performances. Though the film is not as famous as several other spy thriller classics, it is still quite an interesting watch.
9. The Constant Gardener (2005)
A political thriller, ‘The Constant Gardener’ follows Justin Quayle, essayed by English actor Ralph Fiennes, who after his wife is murdered takes up the challenge of uncovering the truth, invariably exposing a secret cover-up and a huge political corporate corruption. Directed by Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles and written by British screenwriter Jeffrey Caine, ‘The Constant Gardener’ is a well-adapted film, which is replete with glorious cinematography and well-designed social commentary. Nominated for a couple of awards, British actress Rachel Weisz stole the major spotlight with her wonderful performance as Tessa Abbott-Quayle, and she went on to bag wins for “Best Supporting Actress” at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, to name a few.