Movies like Citizen X

If you like "Citizen X" you are looking for suspenseful, tense and serious movies about / with serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, forensics, corpse and police investigation themes of Biography, Crime and Drama genre shot in USA or Hungary.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Citizen X (1995)
 7.5
 18K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, factual, psychological, intense, suspense, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, forensics, corpse, police investigation, psychiatrist, bureaucracy, shallow grave, crimes, crime, politics, mystery, hunting, russian, monster, profiler, hate, law enforcement, vicious, deadly, superior, killing spree, undercover cop ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: russia, soviet union, california

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Citizen X

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and rough films with plots about murder, serial killer, deadly, crimes, police investigation, crime and law enforcement mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Citizen X: Memories of Murder (2003), Zodiac (2007), Se7en (1995), Evilenko (2004), 10 Rillington Place (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 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, captivating, bleak, clever, serious ...
Plot: rape, police investigation, murder, unsolved crime, serial killer, police, police detective, police officer, crimes, investigation, suspicion, torture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 469K
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mystery, investigation, maniac, crime, paranoia, code, journalist, uncover truth, crimes, reporter ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.5M
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, crime, investigation, neo noir, master criminal, police investigation, police detective, twists & turns, police, psychology ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 3K
Evilenko (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, 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: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, bleak, scary ...
Plot: pedophile, serial killer, sexual abuse, murder, psychopath, slasher, woman in danger, child murder, child murder investigation, pedophilia, investigation, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, year 1984, year 1992 ...
Place: kiev ukraine, ukraine, russia, soviet union, crimea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
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: suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic, cult film ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, death sentence, pregnancy, mistaken identity, abortion, hanging, injustice, crimes, crime, social differences, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: england, london, europe, usa, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 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: rough, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, psychopath, serial killer, mind game, life is a bitch, crimes, track down, woman in danger, deadly, brutality, violence, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, washington d.c., florida, seattle washington
⇓ 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: suspenseful, scary, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, crime, investigation, maniac, cannibalism, murder, fbi, psychology, killings, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, chicago illinois, memphis ...
⇓ 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, based on true events ...
Plot: serial killer, serial rapist, murder, mind game, strangulation, police detective, split personality, double life, police investigation, crimes, crime, mystery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 19K
Cruising (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
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, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, gay, police investigation, gays and lesbians, psychopath, undercover, s&m, working undercover, crimes, crime, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ 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, maniac, serial murder, prison, murder, violence, death penalty, police investigation, escape, male female relationship, prisoner, necrophilia ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ 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, rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, murder, prison, empathy, redemption, crime, crimes, prison life, human nature, introspection, deadly ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 20K
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: bleak, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, neo noir, police investigation, murderous pair, loneliness, femme fatale, attempted murder, obsession, seduction, cons and scams, sexual attraction ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 50s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: talky, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, rape, murder mystery, murder, mind game, mystery, crime, crimes, lawyer, serial killer, interrogation, prime suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, gay club, rape, psychopath, necrophilia, gay, deadly, crimes, life is a bitch, introspection, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 67K
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, serious, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, woman in danger, missing person, violence against women, police investigation, who done it, profiler, crimes, forensics, investigation, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, moral dilemma, psychopath, serial killer, haunted by the past, church, uncover truth, who done it, society, legal, clergy, mystery ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 54K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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, serious, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, murder mystery, promise, crimes, mystery, small town, obsession, law enforcement, track down, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, police detective, obsession, legal, crime, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, rape, investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
factual movies
794
intense movies
4744
suspense movies
11700
 5.3
 26K
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, rough, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, riddles and clues, fbi, psychopath, psychiatrist, mind game, obsession, race against time, chase, terror ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Helter Skelter (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, religions or cults, law enforcement, crimes, journalism, deadly, leadership, legends and myths, obsession, district attorney, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 253K
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: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, split personality, fbi, murder, neo noir, cruelty, deadly, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: washington d.c., florida, chicago illinois, st. louis missouri, birmingham alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
 66K
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, intense, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, child murder, police investigation, stalinism, uncover truth, crimes, investigation, lone hero, serial murder, murder investigation, against the rules ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1933 ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia, ukraine, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 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, suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, psychopath, violence, police investigation, serial killer, drug use, deadly, youth, rivalry, slasher, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
crimes movies
13318
crime movies
5920
politics movies
3280
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, investigation, life is a bitch, mind game, police investigation, chase, crimes, police detective, danger, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 66K
Manhunter (1986)
Genre: Crime, Horror, 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: tense, suspenseful, scary, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychopath, neo noir, fbi, mind game, profiler, cannibalism, master criminal, law enforcement, violence, brutality ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, miami, baltimore, st. louis missouri, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 144K
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, macabre, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.0
 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, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: serial killer, investigation, manhunt, kidnapping, obsession, psychopath, police detective, deadly, danger, child murder, cannibalism, murder ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 30s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, murder, true crime, rivalry, chases and races, crime, mind game, deadly, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: utah, colorado, usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.6
 22K
Horsemen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, deadly, crime scene, police, interrogation, orphan, uncover truth, law enforcement, psychopath, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.4
 7K
The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 158 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, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, psychopath, murder, investigation, obsession, mystery, crimes, mind game, gory, deadly, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%