A mystery thriller film, ‘The Ninth Gate’ (1999) follows Dean Corso, essayed by Johnny Depp, a rare book dealer, who while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, invariably gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural elements. Directed by veteran filmmaker Roman Polanski, the film beautifully blends elements of mystery and thriller. Adapted from Spanish filmmaker Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s ‘The Club Dumas’, published in 1993, the movie is not generally considered as one of the great works of Polanski. Nonetheless, it explores a few interesting ideas and makes for an engaging watch.
For this article, I have taken into account films that are thematically similar to this movie and use the genre of horror to create an atmospheric narrative. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Ninth Gate’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Ninth Gate’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Devil’s Advocate (1997)
A supernatural horror film, ‘Devil’s Advocate’ tells the story of a young successful lawyer, Kevin Lomax, essayed by Canadian actor Keanu Reeves, who arrives in New York City to work for a major firm. However, his success seems to be short-lived as his wife. Mary Ann Lomax, played by Charlize Theron, becomes haunted by frightening visual phenomena. Gradually, Kevin starts to realize the owner of the firm John Milton, essayed by Al Pacino is not what he appears to be, and is, in fact, the Devil. Directed by American filmmaker Taylor Hackford, ‘Devil’s Advocate’ takes inspiration from Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s Inferno and the German legend of Faust for building its narrative world. While the film is not as cohesive as it could have been, Al Pacino steals the show with chilling and sometimes over-the-top performance as Satan by Al Pacino.
9. Witchfinder General (1968)
Adapted from British writer Ronald Bassett’s horror novel of the same name, ‘Witchfinder General’ follows the story of Matthew Hopkins, an English lawyer in the 17th century who is appointed as the “Witch Finder Generall” by the Parliament in the English Civil War to completely eradicate sorcery and witchcraft from the land. Directed by English filmmaker Michael Reeves, the film is noted for its violence and gore, that too in the 60s. Considered a sadistic film at the time, ‘Witchfinder General’ has gone on to become a cult classic. Its mixture of the occult and the adventure is handled with astonishing finesse. Among its many praises, British film magazine Total Film listed ‘Witchfinder General’ in its list of “Greatest Horror Movies of All Time”.