Movies like City by the Sea

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City by the Sea (2002)
 6.1
 24K
City by the Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police detective who has gone to great lengths to distance himself from his past.
Style: serious, intense, twists and turns, emotional, talky, suspense, touching, gloomy, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, crimes, crime, homicide detective, parents and children, family problems, haunted by the past, father son relationship, family relations, life is a bitch, law enforcement, drugs/alcohol, police detective, police corruption, justice, character study, twists & turns, family bonds, depression, lone hero, drug abuse, graphic violence, addiction, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey

Most similar movies to City by the Sea

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspense and suspenseful films with plots about police investigation, crimes, murder, dialogue, crime, mentor and deadly mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like City by the Sea: Hide and Seek (2005), Righteous Kill (2008), Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), Pride and Glory (2008), True Story (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.0
 81K
Hide and Seek (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: David Callaway tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide and has been left to raise his nine-year-old daughter, Emily on his own. David is at first amused to discover that Emily has created an imaginary friend named ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: psychologist, haunted by the past, imaginary friend, small town, mysterious character, mystery, parents and children, family problems, family relations, death in the family, single father, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 84K
Righteous Kill (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, and did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars?
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, crimes, vigilantism, partners, mind game, law enforcement, partners against crime, fighting crime, deadly, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, talky, suspenseful ...
Plot: district attorney, police corruption, corruption, courtroom drama, legal action, snitch, jury, police, police investigation, crime, crimes, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Pride and Glory (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police, police corruption, murder, family relations, moral dilemma, cover up, dishonesty, crimes, crime, betrayal, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, united states, bronx new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 6.3
 62K
True Story (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: journalist, uncover truth, crimes, prison, moral dilemma, police investigation, journalism, prison visit, unlikely partners, accused of murder, mistaken identity, justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, montana, mexico, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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, crime scene, police, interrogation, orphan, law enforcement, uncover truth, psychopath, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.5
 11K
The Deep End (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: With her husband Jack perpetually away at work, Margaret Hall raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their ...
Style: emotional, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, neo noir, danger, life is a bitch, wound, debt, friendship, fight, crime, crimes, graphic violence, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.7
 6K
Deceiver (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion on one of her clients, James Wayland, a brilliant, self-destructive and epileptic heir to a textile fortune. So detectives Braxton and Kennesaw take Wayland in for questioning, thinking they can ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, mind game, police investigation, secret, violence, crimes, prostitute, law enforcement, investigation, deadly, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.1
 37K
Cleaner (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Single father and former cop Tom Cutler has an unusual occupation: he cleans up death scenes. But when he's called in to sterilize a wealthy suburban residence after a brutal shooting, Cutler is shocked to learn he may have unknowingly erased ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police corruption, crimes, crime, murder, ex law enforcer, murder investigation, mystery, ex cop, graphic violence, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.5
 56K
Out of Time (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Matt Lee Whitlock, respected chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida, must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. Matt Lee has to stay a few steps ahead of his own police force and everyone he's trusted in ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: police investigation, crimes, murder, frame up, faked death, crime, law enforcement, cons and scams, double murder, protagonist as suspect, deadly, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: florida, miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.2
 5K
Gloria (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Sharon Stone plays a street-wise, middle-aged moll standing up against the mobs, all of which is complicated by a 6 year old urchin with a will of his own who she reluctantly takes under her wing after his family has been gunned down.
Style: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, touching, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: asthma, murder, inhaler, crimes, crime, woman in danger, down on your luck, introspection, gangsters, on the run, orphan, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.9
 5K
Jar City (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Iceland, Germany, Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, loss of child, haunted by the past, uncover truth, crimes, family problems, psychopath, police corruption, addiction, parents and children, track down ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.9
 4K
One Good Cop (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When his loyal longtime partner, a widower, is killed in the line of duty and leaves behind three young children, Artie Lewis (Michael Keaton), a dedicated New York City cop and his wife, Rita (Rene Russo), decide to take the kids in. But the lives ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, emotional, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: adoption, undercover, orphan, justice, drug dealer, desperation, law enforcement, family relations, murder, partner, crime, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Murder in Greenwich (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of Martha Moxley, 15 year old girl murdered in Greenwich in the 1970's, her murder going unsolved for 25 years.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, talky
Plot: investigation, amateur detective, murder, uncover truth, fighting the system, protagonist as suspect, false accusation, society, tragic hero, deadly, dishonesty, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: connecticut, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
In the Electric Mist (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At the same time, after Elrod Sykes, the star of the ...
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric, lyrical ...
Plot: swamp, murder, police detective, police investigation, uncover truth, mystery, life is a bitch, deadly, law enforcement, dishonesty, serial killer, baseball ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Columbus Circle (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An heiress who's been shut inside her apartment building for nearly two decades is forced to confront her fears after one of her neighbors is killed and a detective arrives to begin the investigation.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, police investigation, isolation, law enforcement, deadly, crimes, privacy invasion, concierge, crime, heir heiress, nosy, domestic disturbance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Caveman's Valentine (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In this spine-tingling and visually stunning thriller, Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Unbreakable, Shaft, Pulp Fiction delivers a "full-throttle performance" (People) as Romulus Ledbetter, a misunderstood musician turned ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: mental illness, interracial relations, mystery, murder, investigation, crimes, parents and children, life is a bitch, deadly, father daughter relationship, murder investigation, schizophrenia ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Reservation Road (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: loss of child, investigation, redemption, obsession, lawyer, dysfunctional family, revenge, family problems, parents and children, deadly, losing-it hero, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, murder, sheriff, small town, violence, civil rights, racial slur, police brutality, police, african american, police investigation, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.1
 15K
Freedomland (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest.
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: kidnapping, hospital, missing child, interracial relations, vengeance, police detective, crimes, psychopath, racism, mystery, mother child relationship, lie ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, investigation, political corruption, police, crimes, mystery, partners against crime, dishonesty, neo noir, tough law enforcer, fighting crime ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Brad (Michael Shannon) has committed murder and barricaded himself inside his house. With the help of his friends and neighbours, the cops piece together the strange tale of how this nice young man arrived at such a dark place; Based on a true ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, obsession, family relations, family problems, delusion, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, mental illness, parents and children, psychopath, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, peru, san diego california, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.3
 20K
Twisted (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Recently promoted and transferred to the homicide division, Inspector Jessica Shepard feels pressure to prove herself -- and what better way than by solving San Francisco's latest murder? However, as Shepard and her partner, Mike Delmarco, soon ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic, bleak, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, crime, crimes, policewoman, law enforcement, who done it, dangerous attraction, drugs/alcohol, who to trust, life is a bitch, police detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A father suspects his son to be a murderer...or is he just paranoid and trying to cover up his own past which involves his wife being killed in a fire?
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, mind game, investigation, mysterious character, haunted by the past, uncover truth, deadly, single parent, mystery, law enforcement, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court's findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: domestic violence, maid, dysfunctional family, murder, investigation, child abuse, island, abusive husband, anger, incest, mystery, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Raising Jeffrey Dahmer (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, the events within the family behind, and leading up to, his capture
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, human nature, family relations, psychopath, deadly, haunted by the past, parents and children, crimes, family problems, father son relationship, violence spree ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, 70s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.1
 5K
Stolen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A detective becomes obsessed with solving a child's 50-year-old murder, uncovering striking similarities between the case and his son's disappearance.
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, missing child, loss of child, uncover truth, haunted by the past, couple relations, law enforcement, life is a bitch, interrogation, police detective, mystery, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 1950s, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 10K
Twilight (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A retired ex-cop and private detective gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money and walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of an actress' former husband.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, suspense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, missing person, terminal illness, femme fatale, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, crimes, crime, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 38K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: tense, bleak, cynical, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police brutality, police investigation, child abuse, violence, drug dealing, police detective, profanity, working undercover, deadly, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.9
 412K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, sexual abuse, neo noir, child molestation, loss of child, pedophilia, loss of daughter, child rape, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 70s, 21st century, 60s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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