Movies like Desperate Hours

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Desperate Hours (1990)
 5.4
 6K
Desperate Hours (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A criminal holds a wealthy family hostage.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious, psychological, scary, realistic, disturbing, surprise ending, intense ...
Plot: mind game, psychopath, crime, hostages, couple relations, prison, parents and children, crimes, suburbs, deadly, family life, special agents, manhunt, on the run, suburban life, chases and races, confined, law enforcement, couples, family relations, violence, police, lawyer, murder, death ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america

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Most similar movies to Desperate Hours

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and suspense films with plots about crimes, crime, murder, police investigation, dialogue, chase and mentor mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Desperate Hours: The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001), Red Dragon (2002), Johnny Handsome (1989), White Sands (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, cannibalism, crime, murder, fbi, killings, special agents, psychology, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, washington d.c., bahamas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
 230K
Hannibal (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, master criminal, mind game, crime, fbi, law enforcement, crimes, rivalry, one on one, torment, cat and mouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, florence, italy, florence italy, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.2
 225K
Red Dragon (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Former FBI Agent Will Graham, who was once almost killed by the savage Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter, now has no choice but to face him again, as it seems Lecter is the only one who can help Graham track down a new serial killer.
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, gothic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, fbi, split personality, murder, cannibalism, deadly, crime, special agents, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia, washington d.c., chicago illinois, florida, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, plastic surgery, robbery, new identity, murder, crime, rehabilitation, betrayal, gangsters, vengeance, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, seaport, texas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 6.0
 6K
White Sands (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, neo noir, small town, crime, murder, undercover, investigation, mistaken identity, hidden identity, special agents, small town life, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In Queens, Mike Keegan is celebrating with his wife Ellie, his son Tommy and friends his recent promotion to detective in a precinct in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in a fancy club, the socialite Claire Gregory witnesses the murder of the owner of the ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, marriage, neo noir, socialite, romance, police detective, witnessing a crime, crime, woman in danger, urban, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.3
 13K
Unlawful Entry (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, police, murder, lawyer, stalker, alarm, prostitute, voyeur, jealousy, argument, death, psychopath ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.7
 11K
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, stylized, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: obsession, psychopath, serial killer, neo noir, murder, policewoman, police investigation, crime, stalking, strong sexual content, female protagonist, female police officer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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, sexual ...
Plot: police corruption, neo noir, internal affairs, psychopath, crime, yuppie, strong sexual content, police investigation, urban, undercover agent, vengeance, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
An Innocent Man (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, gang, police corruption, vengeance, drug dealing, false accusation, crime, tough law enforcer, survival, prison life, criminal heroes, confined ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.2
 21K
Trapped (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, maniac, psychopath, crime, telephone, confined, crimes, danger, race against time, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.0
 20K
Killshot (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an "incident". Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced hit man and a psychopathic ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: hitman, crime, witnessing a crime, criminal, crimes, danger, woman in danger, life turned upside down, deadly, disorder, mafia, partners in crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: toronto ontario canada, st. louis missouri, missouri, michigan, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: clever, suspense, talky, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, rape, mind game, crime, lawyer, mystery, serial killer, crumbling marriage, sexual murder, suspicion of murder, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Year of the Dragon (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In New York, racist Capt. Stanley White becomes obsessed with destroying a Chinese-American drug ring run by Joey Tai, an up-and-coming young gangster as ambitious as he is ruthless. While pursuing an unauthorized investigation, White grows ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, chinese mafia, crime, racism, polish american, gangsters, police detective, lone wolves, strong sexual content, urban, tough law enforcer, chinatown ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, usa, asia, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.5
 4K
Best Seller (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right, they travel around the country to gather statements and ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: murder, heist, gunfight, hitman, robbery, police, bomb, sociopath, exploding car, police detective, serial killer, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, texas, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Albino Alligator (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three petty thieves who the police believe to be major criminals are chased into a basement bar where they take five hostages including all the bar employees. The rest of the movie deals with the cops lurking outside the bar while the trio try to ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, dark humor, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, gun, bar, police, crime, crime gone awry, mistaken identity, hostages, neo noir, siege, heist, sibling relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Liberty Stands Still (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As the heir and current marketing director for one of the nation's biggest gun manufacturers, Liberty Wallace is indifferent to the atrocities made possible through her business and her CEO husband, Victor. On her way to see her actor lover, ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: laser, crimes, danger, vengeance, deadly, politics, dishonesty, love and romance, rivalry, couples, family problems, hostages ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.1
 230K
Phone Booth (2002)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostages, mind game, crime, urban, psychopath, crimes, dishonesty, heroes, hopes, infidelity, phone booth, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 7K
Black Widow (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Federal agent Alexandra Barnes believes that Catherine Petersen is a serial killer who marries rich men and then murders them for their money. But since Catherine is seemingly a master of disguise and has multiple identities, Alexandra can't ...
Style: suspenseful, sexy, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: femme fatale, crime, serial killer, obsession, investigation, crimes, danger, deadly, dishonesty, couples, power relations, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hawaii, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.1
 3K
Dead Bang (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Los Angeles homicide detective Jerry Beck searches for the murderer who killed a police officer on Christmas Eve. The investigation takes Beck inside the violent world of hate groups and white supremacists, who are hatching a deadly plot to attack ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crime, chase, master criminal, investigation, partners against crime, police corruption, reluctant partners, police investigation, special agents, tough law enforcer, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: colorado, los angeles, california, usa, oklahoma ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.3
 119K
The Negotiator (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The police try to arrest expert hostage negotiator Danny Roman, who insists he's being framed for his partner's murder in what he believes is an elaborate conspiracy. Thinking there's evidence in the Internal Affairs offices that ...
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police corruption, hostages, false accusation, police, conspiracy, corruption, murder, frame up, crime, swat, sniper ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.8
 10K
Shoot to Kill (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing FBI agent Warren Stantin must exchange familiar city streets for unknown wilderness trails. Completely out of his element, Stantin is forced to enlist the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, murder, wilderness, chase, fbi, hiking, moose, police, mountain, bear, serial killer, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, vancouver, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.6
 14K
Judgment Night (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While racing to a boxing match, Frank, Mike, John and Rey get more than they bargained for. A wrong turn lands them directly in the path of Fallon, a vicious, wise-cracking drug lord. After accidentally witnessing Fallon murder a disloyal henchman, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, chase, gang, one night, boxing match, escape, on the run, friendship, gangsters, traffic jam, ghetto, crime ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, cuba, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Guilty Conscience (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Amid acrimonious divorce proceedings, Louise (Blythe Danner) unwittingly puts her life in danger when she contests the prenuptial agreement she signed before marrying attorney Arthur Jamison (Anthony Hopkins). He plans to kill her to resolve the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: betrayal, mind game, infidelity, murder, protagonist as suspect, crime, crumbling marriage, mystery, legal action, legal investigation, manipulations, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.1
 7K
Knight Moves (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A psychologist falls for a world-class chess player suspected of odd murders linked to his game.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious, scary ...
Plot: chess, serial killer, investigation, murder, mystery, crime, resort, betrayal, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, manipulations, mind game ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 4.1
 1K
Point Blank (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Convicted corporate criminal Howard engineers a prison break as he and a number of fellow inmates are being transferred to a new facility. The escapees storm a shopping mall and take a group of shoppers hostage (after killing many more of them) ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dying man, sniper, siege, hostage, criminal heroes, fugitives, fbi, hostages, crime, one man army, partners against crime, special agents ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Kill Me Later (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Her goldfish dead, her lover exposed as a rat, Shawn Holloway leaves her bank post and goes to the roof intent on suicide. Before she can leap, she's taken hostage by Charlie Anders, a fleeing bank robber. He and his partners have stolen a ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: heist, crime, bank, love affair, romance, criminal heroes, crimes, love and romance, couples, hostages, on the run, opposites attract ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Guilty as Sin (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Before a criminal lawyer knows what has happened, she is forced to defend a wife killer she knows is guilty.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: courtroom, crime, murder, womanizer, uncover truth, psychopath, legal investigation, crimes, amateur detective, hotshot lawyer, mind game, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.1
 4K
Oxygen (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A masochistic cop, who hides her predilection from her cop husband, gets involved in pursuing a kidnapper nicknamed Harry for Harry Houdini
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, tense, scary ...
Plot: kidnapping, chase, buried alive, picking a lock, digging, death penalty, masochist, theft, cemetery, police station, magician, ransom ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, miami, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.2
 162K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, enigmatic, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, mind game, obsession, perfect crime, courtroom drama, legal investigation, manipulation, attempted murder, lawyer, adultery, guilt, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%