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Citizen X (1995)
 7.5
 20K
Citizen X (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed victim to over 50 people. His victims were mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a communists state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, incompetence and those in power. The story is told from the viewpoint of the detective in charge of the case.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, intense, factual, suspense, serious, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, police investigation, murder, forensics, bureaucracy, crimes, corpse, sexual sadism, execution, psychiatrist, hunting, politics, russian, mystery, obsession, undercover cop, maniac, murderer, train, husband wife relationship, child murder, dead child, dead children ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, year 1986, year 1987, year 1983, year 1984, year 1990
Place: russia, ussr, california, soviet union

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Most similar movies to Citizen X

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and psychological films with plots about serial killer, murder, deadly, crimes, police investigation, investigation and law enforcement mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Citizen X: Memories of Murder (2003), Zodiac (2007), Se7en (1995), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), 10 Rillington Place (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about ...
Style: realistic, neo noir, psychological, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, police, rape, unsolved crime, murder, murder investigation, crimes, brutality, police detective, murder mystery, killer ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, year 2003, 20th century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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100%
 7.7
 532K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, stylized, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, murder mystery, mystery, crimes, maniac, paranoia, uncover truth, journalism, mind game, police ...
Time: 70s, 60s, year 1969, year 1971, year 1991 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california, sacramento california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
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Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, police, police investigation, psychopath, psychology, police detective, crimes, killings, mind game, master criminal, sin ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, scary, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, cannibalism, psychology, investigation, crimes, kidnapping, mind game, maniac, fbi, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: maryland, usa, baltimore, chicago illinois, memphis ...
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10 Rillington Place (1971)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of British serial killer John Christie, who committed most or all of his crimes in the titular terraced house, and the miscarriage of justice involving Timothy Evans.
Style: disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, factual, talky ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, murder, death sentence, killer, british, court, death, women, catastrophe, corruption, assassination ...
Time: 1940s, year 1949, 70s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: london, england, california, europe, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 272K
Red Dragon (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Former FBI Agent Will Graham, who was once almost killed by the savage Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter, now has no choice but to face him again, as it seems Lecter is the only one who can help Graham track down a new serial killer.
Style: suspense, neo noir, suspenseful, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, cannibalism, mind game, investigation, split personality, murder, fbi, crimes, reporter, cruelty, fbi agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: atlanta georgia, baltimore, birmingham alabama, washington d.c., florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Boston Strangler (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from ...
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, rough, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, split personality, serial rapist, double life, murder, crimes, police investigation, true crime, strangulation, mystery, mind game, obsession ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 3K
Evilenko (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1984, in Kiev, the communist teacher Andrej Romanovic Evilenko is dismissed from his position after a pedophilic act against a student. On 15 May 1984, the pedophile Evilenko begins to rape children, and then slashing the victims in pieces and ...
Style: slasher, heartbreaking, surreal, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, pedophile, child murder investigation, sexual abuse, pedophilia, psychopath, cannibalism, sexual sadism, woman in danger, murder, crimes, dead children ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, year 1992, year 1984
Place: kiev ukraine, ukraine, russia, ussr, crimea
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100%
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 5.9
 1K
The Riverman (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A series of interviews are conducted with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy in hopes of gaining insight into the Green River Killer who is terrorizing Seattle.
Style: serious, psychological, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, police investigation, psychopath, mind game, police detective, life is a bitch, track down, woman in danger, investigation, violence, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, florida, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 58K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt.
Style: bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological, twist ending ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, murder mystery, justice, mystery, crimes, small town, obsession, serial rapist, promise, violent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.3
 7K
The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.
Style: rough, psychological, bleak, serious, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, police detective, murder, psychopath, crimes, obsession, killing spree, mystery, mind game, family conflict, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When a teacher kidnaps a girl from a prestigious school, homicide detective, Alex Cross takes the case and teams up with young security agent, Jezzie Flannigan in hope of finding the girl and stopping the brutal psychopath. Every second counts as ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, kidnapping, police investigation, profiler, serial murder, investigation, ransom, crimes, police officer, psychologist, manipulation, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Style: psychological, suspense, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, serial murder, maniac, prison, police investigation, killer as protagonist, murder, prisoner, violence, couples, necrophilia, serial killer as protagonist ...
Time: 70s, year 1975, year 1969, year 1978, year 1989 ...
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's ...
Style: disturbing, twists and turns, unusual plot structure, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, crimes, prison rape, prison, murder, death sentence, jewish, greed, gangsters, violence, guilt ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, israel, california, minnesota, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 22K
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the late 1940's, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were America's notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers". Their lethal scam was simple; they would swindle and then viciously murder lovelorn war widows who would answer their ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, brutal, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, murderous pair, police investigation, obsession, crimes, seduction, loneliness, femme fatale, gangsters, hitman, attempted murder ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1949, year 1951, 50s ...
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The true chilling story of the "two of a kind", killing cousins Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the Hillside Stranglers, is told in this TV drama.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, rough
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, cousin, psycho, two killers, strangler, police detective, psychopath, investigation, rape, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.6
 10K
Dahmer (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: On February 15, 1992 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, one of the world's most infamous serial killers, was convicted of 15 counts of murder and sentenced to 937 years in federal prison. This movie is based on events from his ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, rough, scary, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, rape, gay club, gay, necrophilia, violence, torture, crimes, serial murder, dysfunctional family, obsession ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 74K
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail ...
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, woman in danger, kidnapping, police investigation, violence against women, profiler, crimes, missing person, forensics, who done it, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Watcher (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: FBI agent Joel Campbell, burnt-out and shell-shocked after years spent chasing serial killers, flees L.A. to begin a new life for himself in Chicago. But five months later, Joel's best laid plans are abruptly cut short when his new hometown ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, suspense, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, fbi, psychiatrist, obsession, chase, psychopath, mind game, race against time, riddles and clues, terror ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
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Cruising (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, sexy, psychological, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, gay, police investigation, murder, crimes, undercover cop, lgbt, sex, gays and lesbians, brutality, violence, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new york, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Under Suspicion (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. "This will only take ten minutes", they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, suspenseful, talky, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lawyer, rape, police investigation, murder mystery, murder, mystery, serial killer, crimes, investigation, psychology, mind game, sex scene ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 73K
Manhunter (1986)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.
Style: suspenseful, scary, neo noir, tense, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, fbi, investigation, psychopath, murder mystery, obsession, cannibalism, mind game, profiler, violence, brutality, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: alabama, maryland, florida, washington d.c., baltimore ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Rosary Murders (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A killer of Detroit clergy confesses to a priest (Donald Sutherland), who turns sleuth because he cannot tell the police.
Style: disturbing, serious, atmospheric, bleak, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, moral dilemma, church, haunted by the past, clergy, uncover truth, legal, investigation, mystery, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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B.T.K. Killer (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Veteran Boogey Man and Zodiac Killer director Ulli Lommel continues his long tradition of delivering tense thrills with this relentless look at the life of the elusive, Kansas-based serial killer known to authorities only as "B.T.K." ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, scary, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, life is a bitch, police investigation, chase, mind game, investigation, police detective, law enforcement, crimes, serial murder, murderer ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.4
 71K
Child 44 (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, UK, USA, Russia
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, macabre, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, child murder, investigation, stalinism, police investigation, crimes, child murder investigation, murder investigation, lone hero, murder mystery, politics ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1945 ...
Place: russia, moscow russia, ussr, berlin germany, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
Helter Skelter (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, robbery, investigation, religions or cults, journalism, law enforcement, district attorney, legends and myths, obsession, leadership ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: "the guy next door" and the serial killer.
Style: disturbing, scary, realistic, sadistic, slasher ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, incest, insanity, killing spree, rape, psychopath, strangulation, merciless, maniac, extreme violence, strong violent content ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, chicago illinois, usa, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.9
 3K
The Lost (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A charismatic psycho suspected of killing two innocent campers in a cold-blooded double homicide grows increasingly unstable as his suburban empire starts to crack at the foundations.
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, crimes, investigation, narcissism, drug use, police investigation, youth, rivalry, violence, male female relationship ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.9
 2K
The Gray Man (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Early 20th century. Albert Fish, a seemingly benevolent father and grandfather who reared his family by himself after his wife deserted them, turns out to be a serial child molester and murderer. Based on a true story.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: serial killer, manhunt, child murder, investigation, police detective, psychopath, obsession, kidnapping, cannibal, cannibalism, crimes, pedophilia ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 151K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, macabre, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, crimes, murder, maniac, double life, secret, imaginary friend, secrets, killed during sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%