Movies like The Dancer Upstairs

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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.
Style: atmospheric, tense, psychological, political, suspense, disturbing, captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, crimes, investigation, corruption, character study, police detective, dance school, fighting crime, political unrest, dancing, teacher, violence, murder, assassination, indians, serial killer, dark humor, loneliness, hitman, obsession, betrayal, beautiful scenery, mystery, conspiracy, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, spain, israel

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Most similar movies to The Dancer Upstairs

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, tense and suspense films with plots about crimes, murder, police investigation, dialogue, corruption, investigation and death mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Dancer Upstairs: A Dry White Season (1989), The Statement (2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), Under Suspicion (2000), The Drop (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: thought provoking, talky, emotional, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, lawyer, fighting the system, legal, society, rebellion, crimes, injustice, discrimination, courtroom, interracial relations, torture ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Statement (2003)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Canada, France, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The film is set in France in the 1990s, the French were defeated by the Germans early in World War II, an armistice was signed in 1940 which effectively split France into a German occupied part in the North and a semi-independent part in the south ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, intense, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: war criminal, world war two, investigation, politics, murder, justice, on the run, fighting the system, nazi, jewish, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 90s
Place: france, poland, europe, paris france, provence ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: neo noir, suspense, tense, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: hitman, crimes, psychopath, greed, brutality, human nature, sheriff, death, peril, desert, serial killer, money ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, el paso texas, mexico, austin texas, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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: twist ending, psychological, suspenseful, talky, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lawyer, rape, police investigation, murder mystery, murder, mystery, serial killer, crimes, investigation, psychology, mind game, sex scene ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: twists and turns, tense, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: gangsters, robbery, criminal heroes, crimes, crime boss, organized crime, fall in love, criminal's revenge, catholic, hitman, murder mystery, church ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, boston, brooklyn new york city, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Numbered Days (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Antonio, a gunman of the terrorist group ETA, days before making an attack, he meets Charo, a junkie of eighteen years, despite the sordid environment in which they grew up, still has the naivety. He has dedicated his life to a cause they do not ...
Style: serious, tense, suspense, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: terrorism, prostitution, prostitute, romance, crimes, fall in love, drug dealing, couples, cop killer, drug addict, nudity (full frontal - brief), terrorist ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, madrid, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 4K
Five Corners (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.
Style: disturbing, talky, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, crimes, violence, ex convict, stalking, psychopath, police investigation, hitman, character study, visceral, friendship, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, new jersey, california, bronx new york city, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.0
 42K
13 (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
Style: bleak, psychological, tense, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: russian roulette, greed, gambling, organized crime, murder, crimes, fish out of water, life is a bitch, game of death, society, social decay, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, pennsylvania, midwest, delaware ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 6.6
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Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.
Style: suspenseful, surprise ending, rough, serious, twist ending ...
Plot: infidelity, blackmail, dangerous attraction, adultery, betrayal, crimes, family in danger, disorder, police investigation, couples, rape, deception ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An international assassin known as ‘The Jackal’ is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill President Charles de Gaulle, with a dedicated gendarme on the assassin's trail.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, political, talky, intense ...
Plot: conspiracy, terrorism, politics, assassin, espionage, hitman, terrorist, serial killer, police investigation, terrorist plot, assassination, murder ...
Time: year 1963, 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: france, paris france, europe, london, vienna ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Land of the Blind (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A soldier recounts his relationship with a famous political prisoner attempting to overthrow their country's authoritarian government.
Style: serious, bleak, psychological, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: politics, prisoner, terrorism, rebelliousness, against the odds, state affairs, haunted by the past, crimes, fighting the system, injustice, revolution, protest ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: surprise ending, thought provoking, suspense, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, suicide, death row, murder, investigation, professor, death, activist, false accusation, rape, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, austin texas, houston texas, usa, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 151K
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, suspense, twists and turns, macabre, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, crimes, murder, maniac, double life, secret, imaginary friend, secrets, killed during sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
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Chronicles (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, journalism, crimes, media, psychopath, serial rapist, obsession, insanity, greed, uncover truth, child killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ecuador, latin america, florida, new jersey, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Reversible Errors (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 173 min.
Story: A corporate lawyer's interest in a decade-old murder case is piqued by a new confession that could clear the convicted killer, who sits on death row.
Style: tense, psychological, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, investigation, false accusation, frame up, lovers reunited, uncover truth, police investigation, testimony, rebellion, confined, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, emotional, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: redemption, investigation, obsession, loss of child, dysfunctional family, lawyer, revenge, character study, family problems, losing-it hero, parents and children, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.3
 17K
Red Corner (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, intense, serious, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, death sentence, frame up, justice, political corruption, lawyer, courtroom, courtroom drama, conspiracy theory, fighting the system, legal action, false accusation ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, california, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Parallax View (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: politics, conspiracy, corruption, investigation, reporter, murder, assassination, political conspiracy, media, political corruption, journalism, senator ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: seattle, los angeles, latin america, washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Movie in collections
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 17K
13 (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, harsh, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: overdose, crimes, murder, life is a bitch, depression, visceral, reward, contests and competitions, fish out of water, social decay, suicidal, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Imagining Argentina (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Spain, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Set during the unsettling disappearances in Buenos Aires during the dictatorship of the 1970s, the film involves theater director Carlos Rueda and his wife Cecilia. Shortly after Cecilia writes an editorial commentary questioning the mysterious ...
Style: bleak, serious, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: politics, disappearance, uncover truth, crimes, political unrest, compassion, father daughter relationship, revolution, sex crime, revolutionary, empire, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, year 1976
Place: buenos aires argentina, argentina, latin america, venice, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.8
 63K
Mother (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove ...
Style: atmospheric, suspense, mind bending, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: murder, investigation, crimes, revenge, parents and children, family relations, determination, uncover truth, amateur detective, single parent, mentally challenged, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, suspense, suspenseful, neo noir, intense ...
Plot: internal affairs, police corruption, crimes, police investigation, manipulation, corrupt cop, psychopath, vengeance, corruption, police, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
Style: harsh, captivating, psychological, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: motorcycle, bank robbery, money problems, loner, haunted by the past, father son relationship, corruption, destiny, death, heist, parenthood, justice ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: suspense, bleak, neo noir, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: robbery, dysfunctional family, sex scene, heist, blackmail, crime gone awry, greed, crimes, adultery, divorce, murder, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, rio de janeiro, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 39K
Summer of Sam (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, murder, infidelity, lust, gangsters, drugs, psychopath, violent, punk, obsession, sexual content ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, new york yankees, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 55K
Absolute Power (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A master thief coincidentally is robbing a house where a murder in which the President of The United States is involved occurs in front of his eyes. He is forced to run yet may hold evidence that could convict the President. A political thriller ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, intense, serious ...
Plot: secret service, crimes, political conspiracy, murder mystery, political corruption, assassination, justice, usa president, witnessing a crime, politics, conspiracy, white house ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.
Style: bleak, tense, thought provoking, clever, political ...
Plot: espionage, spy, terrorism, intelligence, surveillance, secret service, investigation, immigrants, islam, betrayal, manipulation, war on terror ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: hamburg germany, germany, berlin germany, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 22K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, harsh, intense, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police investigation, police brutality, crimes, corruption, police officer, police, investigation, rookie, partners, fighting the system, crime and punishment ...
Time: 20th century, year 1992, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An Italian diplomat's son follows and seduces English lovers in Venice.
Style: erotic, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: obsession, erotica, seduction, couples, love and romance, couple relations, stranger, culture clash, dysfunctional marriage, dangerous friend, sexual fantasy, sunset ...
Time: 80s
Place: venice, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.2
 205K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder mystery, lawyer, adultery, investigation, courtroom drama, manipulation, legal investigation, mind game, police investigation, obsession, guilt, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%