Movies like Cruising

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Cruising (1980)
 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 his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, serious, rough, bleak, realistic, intense, controversial, sexual ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, s&m, murder, gay, gays and lesbians, psychopath, undercover, working undercover, crimes, crime, mind game, police detective, undercover cop, investigation, violence, brutality, strong sexual content, father son relationship, police, explicit sex, heist, politics, urban, nightlife ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco

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Most similar movies to Cruising

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and psychological films with plots about murder, law enforcement, investigation, police investigation, crimes, deadly and crime mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Cruising: The Pledge (2001), Righteous Kill (2008), The Killing Gene (2007), Sea of Love (1989), Se7en (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.8
 53K
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, murder mystery, promise, crimes, mystery, small town, obsession, law enforcement, track down, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ 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 ⇓
75%
The Killing Gene (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: There is something horribly wrong with the bodies found in the dark city streets. Some are mutilated while others have the Price equation (wΔz = Cov (w,z) = βwzVz) carved into their flesh. Detective Eddie Argo and his new partner Helen Westcott ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, scary, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, investigation, serial killer, police, violence, torture, master criminal, police investigation, chase, introspection, death, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 37K
Sea of Love (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Seen-it-all New York detective Frank Keller is unsettled - he has done twenty years on the force and could retire, and he hasn't come to terms with his wife leaving him for a colleague. Joining up with an officer from another part of town to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, sexy, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, police, suspect, police detective, femme fatale, newspaper, crime, crimes, sexual relations, strong sexual content ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 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: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, twists and turns, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, crime, police investigation, master criminal, investigation, psychopath, police detective, police, neo noir, torture, killings ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: united states, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 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, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, forensics, bureaucracy, corpse, police investigation, psychiatrist, shallow grave, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: russia, soviet union, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
66%
 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, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, psychopath, murder, investigation, obsession, mystery, gory, crimes, mind game, journalism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 15K
Tightrope (1984)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer. His victims are young and pretty women, which he rapes and murders. The murders are getting personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block. Even his ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, intense, tricky ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, murder, kidnapping, woman in danger, single parent, crime, crimes, manipulation, mysterious character, mind game ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 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, slasher, rivalry, crimes, deadly, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.6
 53K
Copycat (1995)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, psychology, police investigation, profiler, mind game, murder mystery, police detective, twists & turns, crimes, crime, agoraphobia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.2
 8K
Blink (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Emma is an attractive girl in her 20s who has been blind for 20 years. A new type of eye operation partially restores her sight, but she is having problems: sometimes she doesn't "remember" what she's seen until later. One night ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, twists and turns, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, blindness, mind game, crime, crimes, investigation, woman in danger, deadly, stalking, psychopath, police detective ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 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 ⇓
64%
 6.6
 64K
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, serial killer, missing person, violence against women, police investigation, crimes, who done it, profiler, investigation, mystery, forensics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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: psychological, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
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 ⇓
61%
The Bone Collector (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological thriller, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, master criminal, psychopath, forensics, mind game, crime, paraplegic, policewoman, crimes, riddles and clues, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, united states, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Too Scared to Scream (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A killer of young women is loose in an exclusive apartment complex and a detective is out to stop him. The chief suspect is a Shakespeare-spouting doorman who lives with his invalid mother. Meanwhile, an undercover cop moves into the apartment ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, brutal, psycho film, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, danger, murder, police detective, manipulation, psychopath, slasher, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, mystery, manipulations ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Gone but Not Forgotten (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: An Oregon woman vanishes. In her wake remains a single black rose & a note reading gone but not forgotten. Now a man stands accused: a private eye has gone missing: a detective knows more than she lets on: & a tough female attorney has ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: rivalry, murder, serial killer, psychopath, mind game, deadly, protagonist as suspect, law enforcement, who done it, investigation, amateur detective, mysterious character ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, oregon, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Resurrection Man (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and obtained prestige for himself, while Victor sinks deeper into ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, bleak, tense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, journalism, master criminal, investigation, uncover truth, brutality, journalist, protestant, violent, dark hero ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, europe, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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, amateur detective, murder, danger, psychopath, female detective, woman in danger, police investigation, mystery, uncover truth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.3
 142K
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, macabre, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 ⇓
58%
 5.7
 12K
Blue Steel (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.
Style: suspenseful, tense, exciting, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: policewoman, obsession, serial killer, stalking, murder, psychopath, crimes, neo noir, mind game, crime, police investigation, female protagonist ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Movie in collections
 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 ⇓
56%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, police investigation, manipulation, internal affairs, psychopath, crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, dishonesty, workplace intrigue, mind game ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, crime, maniac, investigation, murder, fbi, psychology, killings, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, ohio, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, who done it, uncover truth, clergy, investigation, mystery, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 1.8
 415
Son of Sam (2008)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: This chilling tale recounts the late 70's in New York City, when a serial killer on the loose dubbed "Son of Sam" creates havoc. When arrested, "Son of Sam" tells police he was influenced by a satanic cult. New York would ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious, based on true events
Plot: murder, law enforcement, danger, investigation, police investigation, crimes, psychopath, serial killer, deadly, rivalry, mind game, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.9
 74K
88 Minutes (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI, receives a death threat claiming he has only 88 minutes to live.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, rough, tense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, manipulation, fbi, death threat, death, frame up, paranoia, suspect, crimes, crime, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1997, 1990s, 90s
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
When the Bough Breaks (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A police detective investigates the apparent serial killing of several children which is linked to an institutionalized, autistic child.
Style: psychological, serious, scary, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, investigation, mystery, crimes, murder, missing person, danger, mentally unstable, police detective, psychopath, mind game ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%