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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, captivating, serious, suspense, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: politics, police detective, investigation, crimes, danger, dance school, fighting crime, political unrest, corruption, ballet, terrorism, dancing, teacher, character study, family relations, fighting the system, parents and children, love and romance, rebellion, fall in love, artists and showbiz, society, urban, strong violent content, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, suspense and tense films with plots about crimes, murder, corruption, dialogue, death, police investigation and greed 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), The Drop (2014), Under Suspicion (2000). 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: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, rough, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, society, fighting the system, rebellion, crimes, discrimination, injustice, lawyer, graphic violence, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
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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, serious, intense, bleak ...
Plot: war criminal, investigation, politics, murder, on the run, fighting the system, danger, life is a bitch, state affairs, law enforcement, haunted by the past, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, vichy, provence, paris france ...
⇓ 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, tense, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: greed, hitman, death, sheriff, brutality, crimes, human nature, track down, peril, stolen money, psychopath, shooting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, el paso texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.1
 147K
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: tense, serious, captivating, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, organized crime, robbery, crimes, criminal's revenge, crime boss, gangsters, danger, fall in love, bar, crime, hitman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: talky, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, rape, murder mystery, murder, lawyer, mind game, mystery, crime, crimes, serial killer, interrogation, prime suspect ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: tense, serious, suspense, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: terrorism, prostitution, prostitute, crimes, romance, fall in love, couples, danger, deadly, drug dealing, drug addict, cop killer ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: madrid, spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.2
 3K
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: stalking, psychopath, friendship, prison, crimes, rape, rapist, police detective, danger, deadly, violence, hate ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, bronx new york city, usa, mississippi, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.6
 72K
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, serious, rough, surprise ending, tense ...
Plot: blackmail, dangerous attraction, deception, infidelity, extramarital affair, crimes, danger, family in danger, disorder, rape, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, split personality, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: terrorism, politics, prisoner, against the odds, rebelliousness, state affairs, danger, haunted by the past, injustice, fighting the system, crimes, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.1
 41K
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, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: russian roulette, greed, gambling, murder, revolver, drug overdose, police detective, crimes, life is a bitch, fish out of water, social decay, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, grand central station manhattan new york city, delaware, midwest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, serious, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: terrorism, conspiracy, politics, hitman, assassination attempt, assassination, sniper rifle, serial killer, law enforcement, terrorist, police, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963, 70s
Place: france, paris france, europe, vienna, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychopath, media, journalism, crimes, uncover truth, child killer, ambition, deadly, ratings, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ecuador, latin america, florida, miami, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Spain
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: thought provoking, surprise ending, suspense, serious, rough ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, death row, false accusation, professor, death, reporter, death penalty, investigation, suicide, murder, activist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, austin texas, spain, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, frame up, investigation, false accusation, lovers reunited, police investigation, uncover truth, testimony, dishonesty, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, losing-it hero, deadly, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, conspiracy, senator, investigation, corruption, murder, assassination, political corruption, undercover, reporter, political intrigue ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, seattle, usa, united states, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: serious, tense, bleak, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, disappearance, uncover truth, political unrest, danger, crimes, deadly, kidnapping, compassion, father daughter relationship, dishonesty, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, year 1976
Place: argentina, buenos aires argentina, italy, latin america, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 6.7
 52K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: secret service, political corruption, family relations, crimes, assassination, crime, crimes of passion, witnessing a crime, state affairs, uncover truth, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.8
 58K
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: serious, tense, suspense, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: murder, investigation, parents and children, uncover truth, determination, amateur detective, arrest, single parent, mentally challenged, crime, crimes, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, frame up, legal, false accusation, legal action, fighting the system, political corruption, death penalty, death sentence, justice, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 128K
Syriana (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a ...
Style: political thriller, thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, cia, globalization, capitalism, espionage, spy, politics, corruption, danger, political conspiracy, political unrest, deal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, lebanon, usa, persia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: captivating, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: motorcycle, haunted by the past, police officer, rookie, money problems, corruption, destiny, death, loner, family relations, chief of police, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 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: neo noir, bleak, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: robbery, dysfunctional family, blackmail, debt, crime gone awry, jewelry store, crime, crimes, greed, plan gone awry, deception, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brazil, rio de janeiro, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 37K
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: captivating, realistic, serious, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, infidelity, crimes, danger, psychopath, lust, murder, punk, heat wave, bigotry, intolerance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, thought provoking, tense, clever, melancholic ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, immigrants, muslim, intelligence, who to trust, surveillance, investigation, haunted by the past, mysterious character, betrayal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: germany, hamburg germany, berlin germany, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.8
 49K
The East (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities irrevocably changed after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Plot: environmentalism, fighting the system, terrorism, ecological disaster, radical, undercover, environmental issues, powerful corporation, poisoning, social activist, danger, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, rookie, police investigation, crimes, partners, fighting the system, law enforcement, dishonesty, testimony, crime and punishment, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.7
 492K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, neo noir, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, paranoia, maniac, crime, uncover truth, code, journalist, murder mystery, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, sacramento california, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 193K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
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, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: murder mystery, mind game, courtroom drama, investigation, manipulation, lawyer, legal investigation, obsession, outsmarting, adultery, murder, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%