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, conspiracy, murder, false accusation, faked death, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, mystery, chases and races, dishonesty, law enforcement, deadly, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, policewoman, female detective, police officer killed, sergeant, off screen murder, shot in the head, framed for murder, policewoman killing, dead policewoman ...
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 realistic, suspenseful, serious and rough films with plots about crimes, dishonesty, murder, deadly, law enforcement, crime and rivalry mostly in Drama, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like The Criminal: Conflict of Interest (1993), Slow Burn (2000), Marked Man (1996), Crusader (2005), Complicity (2000). 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: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Plot: heavy metal, investigation, dishonesty, law enforcement, crimes, police detective, vengeance, heist, frame up, kidnapping, false accusation, gangsters ...
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, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, psychopath, reluctant partners, crimes, who done it, law enforcement, police investigation, female detective, serial killer, deadly, partners ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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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: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: frame up, murder, chase, crimes, confined, dishonesty, life is a bitch, on the run, criminal heroes, crime, chases and races, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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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: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, journalism, investigation, uncover truth, political conspiracy, frame up, political corruption, crimes, danger, deadly, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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, bleak, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: journalism, serial killer, murder, uncover truth, false accusation, police detective, protagonist as suspect, investigation, frame up, deadly, gory, betrayal ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
The Fugitive: The Chase Continues (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: The Fugitive is a remake of the 1963 TV series of the same name that aired for one season on CBS between October 6, 2000 and May 25, 2001. It stars Tim Daly as Dr. Richard Kimble, Mykelti Williamson as lieutenant Philip Gerard, and Stephen Lang as ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, manhunt, on the run, chase, crime, murder, murder suspect, uncover truth, protagonist as suspect, false accusation, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: obsession, crimes, injustice, frame up, chase, rivalry, deadly, dishonesty, vengeance, law enforcement, family life, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
⇓ 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: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, political corruption, vietnam veteran, one man army, crimes, on the run, deadly, heroes, crime, law enforcement, chases and races, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, dishonesty, deadly, protagonist as suspect, righting the wronged, injustice, under the surface, life is a bitch, rivalry, reincarnation, bollywood, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: india
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63%
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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: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: serial killer, sexual harassment, police detective, murder, deadly, law enforcement, dishonesty, investigation, crime, rivalry, crimes, repressed memory ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Doing Hard Time (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 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, rough, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, vigilantism, vengeance, criminal heroes, prison life, prison, law enforcement, life is a bitch, confined, redemption, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious
Plot: witnessing a crime, dishonesty, legal, danger, chases and races, crime, police detective, couple relations, woman in danger, cons and scams, murder, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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58%
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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: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, hostage, false accusation, murder, law enforcement, hotshot lawyer, crimes, legal investigation, injustice, who done it, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.0
 402
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, suspenseful, exciting, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: conspiracy, aids, investigation, crimes, journalism, rivalry, law enforcement, uncover truth, deadly, gambling, life is a bitch, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.7
 169
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: rough, realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, gangsters, murder, frame up, righting the wronged, vengeance, family life, betrayal, law enforcement, investigation, crimes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, racism, gangsters, police investigation, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, false accusation, social decay, murder, police corruption, gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, special agents, uncover truth, manhunt, investigation, undercover, journalism, deadly, danger, couple relations, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, australia, cuba, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.2
 676
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: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, good versus evil, witnessing a crime, gangsters, criminal heroes, fighting crime, chases and races, deadly, drug dealing, dishonesty, on the run, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: bleak, suspenseful, rough, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, contests and competitions, legal, small town, wrongfully committed, terrorism, infidelity, vengeance, small town life, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, law enforcement, legal action, rivalry, obsessive quest, crime, orphan, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, twists and turns
Plot: investigation, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, mystery, law enforcement, danger, crimes, friendship, deadly, dishonesty, police, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: realistic, rough, exciting, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police officer, urban ghetto life, car chase, crimes, partners, deadly, murder, hotshot hero, investigation, crime, chases and races, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: psychological, suspenseful, mind bending, dark humor, cynical ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, crime, dishonesty, deadly, amateur detective, mentally unstable, obsession, cons and scams, murder, celebrity culture, mystery, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Alien Girl (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 1990s. Gangster Kiev. A team of four men is assigned to deliver a girl from Prague, nicknamed "The Stranger." As the sister of a recently arrested criminal called Babai, her testimony could damage some important people.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brutality, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty, murder, betrayal, love, violence, kidnapping, mafia, gang, crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ukraine, russia, czech republic, europe, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Murder 1, Dancer 0 (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Private eye Joe Dancer finds himself framed for manslaughter while trying to uncover a Hollywood scandal that could ruin a studio and destroy a top star's career.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: private detective, murder, hollywood, dishonesty, crimes, on the run, crime, fighting crime, chase, law enforcement, manipulations, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, police corruption, murder, custody, photographer, chases and races, rivalry, heroes, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961)
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 66 min.
Story: The professional gambler Case Silverthorn wants to quit and retire to a small ranch in Marlpine he bought recently. On the way there he saves the Sheriff's life, who got into an ambush. However another man is dead, Will Donovan, from whom he ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, frame up, investigation, deception, law enforcement, heroes, deadly, crimes, dishonesty, chases and races, rivalry, bar ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.9
 119
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, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, murder, investigation, false accusation, dishonesty, mystery, crimes, legal, mind game, law enforcement, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.3
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Butter (1998)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Corrupt record company executives kill a singing sensation with a drug overdose rather than letting her leave their label and join another company. They then frame her cousin/manager for the murder forcing him to go on the run and to try to get the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, musician's life, deadly, dishonesty, on the run, life is a bitch, law enforcement, city life, drug abuse, false accusation, urban, frame up ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.5
 424
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: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, frame up, crimes, criminal's revenge, vengeance, siblings relations, family relations, dishonesty, criminal heroes, deadly, false accusation, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%