The next best is "The Drop." It's a gangster film about a New York neighborhood in which the old Mafia crowd has been replaced by ruthless Chechen thugs controlled by a central infrastructure. James Gandolfini's character works at a bar he used to own (now owned by the Chechens) and is trying to engineer a swan song of a swindle of the bosses that will leave him set up for the rest of his life, at which point he thinks he will be able to walk away from the whole mess. Think again. There's subterfuge within the subterfuge, some of it involving his low key seemingly dull cousin Bob who also works at the bar. The story is complex and intriguing and the acting, directing, writing, etc. is excellent. The film also includes one of my personal favorites, Noomi Rapace, the original "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" from the Swedish series of films. The net effect is completely engrossing and thoroughly entertaining.
The last of the three is "Gone Girl." It is more mainstream than the other two and features a name brand Hollywood cast. It gets kind of comic-booky and lapses somewhat into graphic novel style here and there. The story is nevertheless engrossing with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. It ends with the main characters alive and free---at least not in prison---but walking a tightrope as precarious and even more potentially dangerous than the one they were walking prior to the beginning of the film. "Gone Girl" is definitely worth the watching and very entertaining though not as gritty and real as "The Notebook" or "The Drop."