Movies like Citizen X

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Citizen X (1995)
 7.5
 17K
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, bureaucracy, police investigation, psychiatrist, shallow grave, crimes, crime, politics, mystery, hunting, russian, monster, profiler, law enforcement, vicious, deadly, superior, hate, homophobe, killing spree ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: russia, soviet union, california

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Most similar movies to Citizen X

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and psychological films with plots about murder, serial killer, deadly, crimes, police investigation, law enforcement and crime mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Citizen X: Memories of Murder (2003), Zodiac (2007), Se7en (1995), The Riverman (2004), The Boston Strangler (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Action, 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, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, evidence, serial killer, suspicion, rape, search, brutality, partners, victim, stupidity, mishap ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 431K
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, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mystery, crime, paranoia, maniac, investigation, uncover truth, journalist, crimes, victim, reporter ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1970 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.4M
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: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, crime, police investigation, master criminal, investigation, psychopath, police detective, torture, killings, crimes, police ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, united states
⇓ 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: serious, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: police investigation, psychopath, serial killer, mind game, life is a bitch, crimes, track down, woman in danger, deadly, brutality, violence, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, washington d.c., florida, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, murder, mind game, split personality, strangulation, police detective, double life, police investigation, crimes, crime, mystery, serial rapist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 18K
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, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, s&m, murder, gays and lesbians, psychopath, gay, undercover, working undercover, crime, crimes, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ 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: rough, serious, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, neo noir, murderous pair, sexual attraction, femme fatale, loneliness, attempted murder, police investigation, obsession, seduction, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: scary, suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, crime, cannibalism, investigation, maniac, fbi, murder, psychology, killings, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, washington d.c., memphis ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 6.5
 63K
Child 44 (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, 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: suspenseful, tense, serious, intense, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, child murder, police investigation, uncover truth, crimes, stalinism, against the rules, lone hero, investigation, serial murder, murder investigation ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: russia, soviet union, berlin germany, moscow russia, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, murder, mind game, rape, mystery, crimes, crime, lawyer, serial killer, murder mystery, interrogation, prime suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.6
 9K
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, psychopath, gay, necrophilia, gay club, life is a bitch, crimes, human nature, introspection, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, suspenseful, suspense, rough, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, maniac, prison, murder, violence, serial murder, death penalty, police investigation, escape, couples, deadly, male protagonist ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, police detective, obsession, legal, crime, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, rape, investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.3
 25K
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 ⇓
46%
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, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, moral dilemma, psychopath, haunted by the past, church, investigation, uncover truth, who done it, clergy, society, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, violence, serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, drug use, crimes, rivalry, deadly, slasher, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.6
 63K
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: psychopath, woman in danger, missing person, police investigation, violence against women, serial killer, crimes, who done it, profiler, investigation, mystery, forensics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 52K
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 Dürrenmatt.
Style: twists and turns, bleak, serious, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, promise, crimes, mystery, small town, obsession, law enforcement, track down, murder mystery, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: realistic, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, law enforcement, journalism, religions or cults, obsession, legends and myths, deadly, leadership, district attorney, delusion ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.2
 242K
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, cruelty, deadly, reporter, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: washington d.c., florida, chicago illinois, baltimore, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, intense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, winter, psychopath, kidnapping, pimp, crimes, escape, hunting, confession, prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983, 70s
Place: alaska, usa, united states, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 140K
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, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, businessman, crimes, secret, police detective, murder, double life, criminal heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.6
 21K
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, autopsy, crime scene, orphan, interrogation, police, uncover truth, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: realistic, rough, serious, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, murder, true crime, uncover truth, protagonist as suspect, crimes, life is a bitch, who done it, crime, rapist ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: colorado, usa, utah, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 63K
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, master criminal, profiler, cannibalism, law enforcement, violence, brutality ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: st. louis missouri, florida, miami, washington d.c., baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, child murder, investigation, manhunt, danger, obsession, deadly, police detective, kidnapping, psychopath, cannibalism, murder ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.4
 2K
True Crime (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, suspense, brutal, psychological ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, danger, psychopath, amateur detective, female detective, woman in danger, police investigation, mystery, uncover truth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Prophet's Game (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The Prophet has arrived in the ultimate playing ground... Los Angeles. It has taken an innocent childhood game and twisted it into a deadly match of wits, where the only prize is survival. Moving from city to city, The Prophet lures unsuspecting ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: murder, mind game, riddles and clues, mystery, investigation, serial killer, vengeance, danger, crime, chases and races, crimes, obsession ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, suspenseful, surprise ending, rough, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, kidnapping, police investigation, psychologist, psychopath, serial murder, crime, crimes, profiler, investigation, ransom, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.4
 7K
The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 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, bleak, psychological, serious, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, psychopath, murder, investigation, obsession, mind game, gory, crimes, mystery, journalism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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