Movies like Death Note 2006

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Death Note (2006)
 7.8
 26K
Death Note (2006)
Original name: デスノート
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals, and soon the world's greatest detective, "L," is hired to find the mysterious murderer. An all out battle between the two greatest minds on earth begins and the winner will control the world.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough, comic, clever, twists and turns, offbeat, scary, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: investigation, mind game, crimes, vigilantism, serial killer, rivalry, supernatural, supernatural ability, interpol, artifact, investigator, moral ambiguity, vigilante, crime, dark hero, twists & turns, brutality, god or devil, intelligence, creativity, goth, good versus evil, police detective, life & death, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Death Note

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and suspense films with plots about crimes, deadly, murder, investigation, crime, serial killer and rivalry mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Death Note: Mindhunters (2004), Se7en (1995), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), L: Change the World (2008), The Crow: Salvation (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 9.0
 165K
Death Note (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, disturbing, bleak
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mind game, intelligence, anti heroes, supernatural ability, fighting crime, supernatural, teenage life, secret identity, god or devil, crimes, law enforcement, rivals ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 54K
Mindhunters (2004)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, UK, Finland, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.
Style: suspenseful, scary, psychological, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, island, mind game, profiler, trap, dishonesty, investigation, isolation, law enforcement, confined, crime, fbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.2M
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: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, mind game, psychopath, investigation, crime, police investigation, killings, crimes, police, police detective, gory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, crime, cannibalism, fbi, murder, special agents, profiler, killings, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, west virginia, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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L: Change the World (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: "The human whose name is written in the Death Note shall die." After making the hardest decision ever, another serious case confronts L. There are only 23 days left and without his best partner Watari (Shunji Fujimura), L has to solve the ...
Style: serious, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, save the world, heroic mission, danger, adventure, deadly, crime, heroes, rivalry, mind game, race against time, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, usa, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Crow: Salvation (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Alex Corvis returns to the world of the living to solve the murder of a young woman that he was wrongly accused of killing. Alex follows the crow into the police department's evidence room, where he discovers that Lauren was killed by a group ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: electric chair, death, martial arts, murder, crow, scar, vigilantism, false accusation, good versus evil, supernatural, vengeance, tragic hero ...
Time: 2000s, 1990s
Place: salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.3
 24K
The Watcher (2000)
Genre: Crime, Horror, 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: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, psychiatrist, fbi, riddles and clues, murder, psychopath, car chase, crime, chase, investigation, psychotherapy ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: serious, exciting, tense, rough, psychological ...
Plot: vigilantism, fighting the system, vengeance, murder, crime, prison, master criminal, mind game, justice, danger, perfect crime, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.6
 48K
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, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, police investigation, profiler, crime, police detective, psychology, master criminal, violence, agoraphobia, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, fbi, split personality, cannibalism, murder, deadly, crime, abuse, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., florida, chicago illinois, atlanta georgia, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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: psychopath, serial killer, master criminal, mind game, crime, fbi, law enforcement, crimes, rivalry, one on one, torment, cat and mouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, florence, venice, florence italy, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, rough ...
Plot: psychopath, police investigation, serial killer, investigation, forensics, mind game, crime, crimes, riddles and clues, policewoman, law enforcement, black gloves ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Chasing Ghosts (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A serial killer targeting the city's mobsters taunts police with clues and photos left behind at the crime scenes. A veteran cop takes on a rookie partner hoping to crack one last case before retiring. As the web of deception and lies unravels, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, identity, investigation, crime, police investigation, ghost, mystery, one last job, protagonist as suspect, special agents, supernatural ability, manhunt ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, sexual abuse, crime, danger, journalist, missing person, uncover truth, serial killer, abuse, partners, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.1
 496K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, investigation, police investigation, disappearance, crime, brutality, revenge, torture, vigilantism, vengeance, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.5
 67K
Horns (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.
Style: serious, offbeat, suspenseful, cynical, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, crimes, vengeance, uncover truth, danger, protagonist as suspect, false accusation, deadly, murder, death of girlfriend, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, turkey, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.3
 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, suspense, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, police corruption, amateur detective, female detective, child murder, mystery, psychopath, danger, crime, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.2
 44K
Untraceable (2008)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) works in an elite division of the FBI dedicated to fighting cybercrime. She thinks she has seen it all, until a particularly sadistic criminal arises on the Internet. This tech-savvy killer posts live feeds ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, clever, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, investigation, special agents, kidnapping, crime, police investigation, internet, fbi, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
The Boston Strangler (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, murder, hospital, double life, crime, investigation, split personality, police investigation, strangulation, police detective, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.1
 130K
Criminal Minds (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 42 min.
Story: An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU ...
Style: psychological, serious, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: fbi, investigation, crime, special agents, murder, law enforcement, intelligence, team, investigator, profiler, policewoman, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, enigmatic ...
Plot: mind game, investigation, courtroom drama, obsession, legal investigation, manipulation, perfect crime, attempted murder, lawyer, manipulations, guilt, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.0
 79K
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, police investigation, revenge, drugs/alcohol, urban, vigilantism, dirty cop, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.4
 6K
Evidence (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Detectives use clues from various recording devices to piece together events surrounding a massacre involving bus passengers at an abandoned gas station.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police investigation, investigation, track down, serial killer, survival, riddles and clues, police detective, crimes, danger, law enforcement, isolation, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 5.8
 10K
The Factory (2012)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, N.Y. but when his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any professional restraint to get the killer.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, kidnapping, investigation, crime, gory, manhunt, betrayal, police detective, track down, vigilantism, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 370K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, 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, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, victim, paranoia, investigation, journalist, crimes, code, who done it, law enforcement ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1971 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 28K
Sleuth (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.
Style: talky, psychological, intellectual, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: rivalry, mind game, crimes, verbal byplay, one on one, dialogue driven, age difference, dishonesty, fear, game playing, manipulation, mistaken identity ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist, an assassin that he has been pursuing for a few months. His young biographer, Etienne Boisset, decides to have revenge on Vidocq's death ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: investigation, serial killer, who done it, crimes, uncover truth, danger, steampunk, virgin, murder, alchemy, mystery, delinquent ...
Time: 1830s, 19th century, 1800s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.3
 2K
After Alice (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A washed-up detective discovers his own psychic ability when assigned to investigate a serial murder case. The killer has a deranged obsession with the novel "Alice in Wonderland." As the psychopath's bloody reign of terror continues, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, surprise ending
Plot: serial killer, investigation, amateur detective, crime, protagonist as suspect, mystery, special agents, mind game, murder, riddles and clues, who done it, psychopath ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 57K
Manhunter (1986)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychopath, mind game, fbi, neo noir, crime scene, journalist, crime, profiler, cannibalism, special agents ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, washington d.c., st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Star Chamber (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: hitman, vigilantism, serial killer, judge, crime, murder, dedicated lawyer, vengeance, legal action, secret society, mission of murder, uncover truth ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%