Movies like The Criminal

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The Criminal (1999)
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The Criminal (1999)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jasper Rawlins, a none-too-successful musician, finds himself chatting with a beautiful woman at his neighborhood bar. She goes home with him, direct and frank in answer to his nervousness. During the night, someone breaks into his flat and cuts her throat. He runs into the arms of the police, who dismiss his story, but release him while they search for the weapon. He investigates the crime, and over the next few days, meets a knowing pornographer, hit men, and other schemers. As dead bodies pile up wherever he goes, the police are soon looking for him with guns drawn. As he discovers secrets about a shadowy corporation, the police close in. Can he find someone to trust?
Style: twists and turns, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, surprise ending
Plot: frame up, investigation, murder, conspiracy, false accusation, faked death, crimes, mystery, life is a bitch, law enforcement, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, police officer, police, female detective, policewoman, sergeant, police officer killed, framed for murder, chases and races, deadly, off screen murder, shot in the head, policewoman killing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe

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Most similar movies to The Criminal

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about deadly, crimes, murder, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry and investigation mostly in Drama, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like The Criminal: Conflict of Interest (1993), Slow Burn (2000), Marked Man (1996), Merchant of Death (1997), Crusader (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Conflict of Interest (1993)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Gideon rules the down and dirty side of town. From the docks where he runs an export business in stolen cars, to the heavy metal club where he can turn a little extra cash on hot women and cool drugs. Everyone loves Gideon, especially his posse of ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: heavy metal, heavy metal culture, police detective, false accusation, kidnapping, vengeance, heist, frame up, crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
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95%
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Slow Burn (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The murder of the ex-wife of Doctor Sam Charney (Rutger Hauer) leads Detective Della Wilder (Pam Grier) to uncover a series of women's murders somehow linked to a big pharmaceutical company.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, psychopath, law enforcement, reluctant partners, who done it, crimes, police investigation, female detective, dishonesty, serial killer, partners against crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 5.1
 325
Marked Man (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A jailed auto mechanic must run for his life after he witnesses the murder of a fellow inmate by two prison guards.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: frame up, murder, chase, injustice, righting the wronged, false accusation, death row, prison, wrongfully committed, prison life, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Merchant of Death (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jim Rendall is 6 when his family gets killed. 25 years later he finds out why.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough, serious
Plot: law enforcement, obsession, vengeance, chase, rivalry, family life, dishonesty, frame up, crimes, injustice, strong violent content, childhood trauma ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Crusader (2005)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The World Of Mass Communication Is About To Become Unplugged.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: murder, journalism, uncover truth, investigation, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect, terrorism, crimes, politics, political conspiracy, political corruption, frame up ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Quiet Fire (1991)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Jesse Palmer, is a Vietnam Veteran who must discomfit his ex-commanding officer turned crooked senate candidate named Whalen from conspiring to turn over part of the U.S. Government to terrorists. Whalen has all the help that he can afford. ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: political corruption, terrorism, vietnam veteran, one man army, murder, vengeance, false accusation, political intrigue, heroes, rebellion, investigation, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Complicity (2000)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Local journalist, Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have some motives. His brutal murders are also committed on behalf of the underdog. The stories begin to merge ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: journalism, serial killer, murder, uncover truth, investigation, protagonist as suspect, police detective, false accusation, frame up, legal, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 782
Mistrial (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a cop-killer goes free, a detective's search for personal justice veers dangerously out of control. Declaring a mistrial, he takes the accused, the judge and the jury hostage...and begins a trial of his own.
Style: realistic, psychological, suspenseful, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, hostage, legal investigation, law enforcement, hotshot lawyer, crimes, murder, false accusation, injustice, confined, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 238
Probable Cause (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A series of cop murders plagues the city. The remaining officers on the force are increasingly worried as the deaths increase with no leads. As the department's finest must solve the case before the killer strikes again.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending
Plot: sexual harassment, serial killer, police detective, murder, law enforcement, investigation, dishonesty, crimes, rivalry, vengeance, police, revenge ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 2K
Army (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Arjun and Geeta are a young couple, who are deeply in love with each other. They get married, and soon are proud parents. Arjun gets in the bad books of a notorious gangster named Nagraj, and is brutally killed. When Geeta finds out she decides to ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, vengeance, reincarnation, couple relations, false accusation, under the surface, righting the wronged, injustice, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Robber Bride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Journalist Zenia Arden has disappeared. When her finger turns up on the shores of Lake Ontario next to her blood-soaked car, the police believe they've uncovered a homicide.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns
Plot: investigation, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, mystery, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, friendship, murder, obsession, police, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Doing Hard Time (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A father's eight year old son is murdered in a gangland shooting. The father (Boris Kodjoe) gets himself thrown into prison to avenge his son's death.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, criminal heroes, prison life, vigilantism, vengeance, confined, law enforcement, life is a bitch, dishonesty, prison, police investigation, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Underground (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A cop must stop the killings of rap stars. But, he gets in too deep after his partner is killed.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police officer, partners, hip hop, drug dealing, investigation, vengeance, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, murder, rivalry, hotshot hero, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Witness Files (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A former actress, unjustly sent to prison eight years earlier, is forced to testify against a mafia hit man.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, chase, dishonesty, law enforcement, legal, life is a bitch, mystery, witnessing a crime, on the run, crimes, false accusation, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 4.9
 460
Phase IV (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Journalism student Simon Tate thinks it's strange when four students at the university suddenly die in "unrelated" accidents. When his friend, Dr. Benjamin Roanic, becomes the prime suspect and is suddenly murdered, Simon sets out to ...
Style: serious, experimental, rough, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: conspiracy, aids, investigation, journalism, crimes, rivalry, gambling, uncover truth, life is a bitch, law enforcement, good versus evil, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 4.4
 205
Fist of Honor (1993)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: As two rival Godfathers view to take control of the city, a hot-tempered family member kills two relatives of the opposing family, breaking the "Truce of Honor". Now the war begins! As a young boxer seeks revenge for his fiancée's ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heroes, murder, martial arts, rivalry, gang, investigation, law enforcement, buddies, betrayal, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Sweeney 2 (1978)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The plot is set on a group of bank robbers, who are both violent and successful, strangely getting away each time with an amount around the £60,000 mark, and often leaving behind cash in excess of this sum. The robbers are willing to kill their own ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: who done it, bank, police corruption, conspiracy, law enforcement, crimes, master criminal, tough law enforcer, partners against crime, police investigation, dishonesty, private detective ...
Time: 70s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland, malta
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.1
 1K
Hot Boyz (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Injustice begets a criminal. Kool is an artist without prospects, a black belt in karate, and in love with LaShawna, poised and college bound. One night she witnesses a stabbing and discovers the victim is a cop as he dies in her arms. She's ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, racism, gangsters, social decay, murder, false accusation, police corruption, police investigation, crimes, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Absolute Deception (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A widowed reporter recruits the help of a federal agent to investigate her late husband's secrets, but the two become the target of unknown attackers. When FBI Agent John Nelson’s key informant, Miles, is abducted and shot, all that’s left ...
Style: psychological, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, special agents, uncover truth, undercover, investigation, manhunt, law enforcement, couple relations, dishonesty, journalism, espionage, agent as target ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, australia, hong kong, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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A Time to Die (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A female photographer teams up with a policeman to try to bring down a corrupt police officer who framed her for drug possession and during her investigation, finds that not everything, or everyone, is what they appear to be.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, frame up, custody, murder, photographer, law enforcement, witnessing a crime, crimes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, on the run, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.8
 691
Ambushed (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jim Natter, the leader of a violent Kuk Klux Klan lodge, is shot dead. His teenage son Eric Natter is found nearby, and taken into police custody for his protection pending the investigation. While four cops drive him to a safe-house, they are ...
Style: tense, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: white supremacy, racism, xenophobia, police, special agents, on the run, legal investigation, legal, crimes, witnessing a crime, society, partners ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Angel 4: Undercover (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Angel, the high school student by day / hooker by night, has grown into a smart successful career woman. A prostitute is brutally murdered. The police dismiss it as "just another dead whore." Now Angel must take to the streets of ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, investigation, police, groupie, photographer, club, vengeance, rock, working undercover, law enforcement, music band, amateur detective ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Rage and Honor (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Witnessing a drug deal involving local gang members and cops, an Australian police officer feels he can no longer be just an observer. He joins forces with a local teacher who just happens to be a karate expert and together they try to take back the ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, good versus evil, graphic violence, false accusation, police corruption, strong sexual content, drug abuse, murder, frame up, righting the wronged, gangsters, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Innocent Sleep (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Inspired by the 1982 Roberto Calvi Affair in which an Italian banker was found hanging from a bridge across the River Thames, the story follows Alan, a man from Northern England who is homeless after the loss of his wife and job. One night while ...
Style: tense, mind bending, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, chase, police, reporter, witness, police detective, who done it, down on your luck, false accusation, crimes, amateur detective, journalism ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe, tower bridge london
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Laws of Deception (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A law student is seduced by a beautiful woman he doesn't know, and after a one night stand with her, his roommate warns him to be careful because he suspects she may have other motives. Years later, she returns and hires him as her lawyer to ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, suspenseful, surprise ending
Plot: murder, lawyer, vengeance, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, college, power relations, couples, obsessive quest, mystery, dishonesty, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Eye of the Stranger (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A stranger comes into town and causes a stir when he stands up for the townfolk, in the face of the intimidation tactics from Mayor Howard Baines. The scheming mayor wants to buy up all the local properties, and has hired two thugs to help ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak, rough ...
Plot: murder, legal, contests and competitions, law enforcement, investigation, rivalry, crimes, mystery, dishonesty, terrorism, life is a bitch, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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State of Mind (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Reeling from the discovery of her husband's adultery, Grace moves back to her family home with her son. Amidst all this emotional turmoil, forensic psychologist Grace is asked by police to determine the guilt or innocence a man who killed his ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, investigation, false accusation, memory loss, family problems, criminal psychologist, couples, dishonesty, mystery, crimes, mind game ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.0
 502
True Blood (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Ray Trueblood, member of a street gang, is framed by an enemy of a rival gang, Billy "Spider" Masters. Ray is accused of killing a cop and he has to escape leaving behind his little brother, Donny. Ten years later Ray returns to his ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, frame up, vengeance, criminal's revenge, crimes, family relations, siblings relations, dishonesty, criminal heroes, false accusation, brother brother relationship, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.8
 113
Bloodlines (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: After Elaine Hopkin is found dead, apparent an OD suicide, her firstborn Mark wouldn't even inform his dad James Hopkin, who was locked up for murder. Kid sister Justine, a cocky uniformed cop, goes visit him, only to learn he was just ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, rough
Plot: investigation, murder, mystery, righting the wronged, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, intrigue, law enforcement, parents and children, police, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
3 Steps to Heaven (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A bereaved woman adopts multiple disguises to track down the last three people to see her boyfriend before he died.
Style: mind bending, cynical, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: dark humor, obsessive quest, mystery, amateur detective, investigation, dishonesty, crimes, mentally unstable, gays and lesbians, celebrity culture, cons and scams, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%