Movies like Death Note 2006

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Death Note
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, comic, clever, twists and turns, light, offbeat, interesting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, serial killer, supernatural, vigilante, dark hero, investigation, mind game, crimes, twists & turns, brutality, interpol, artifact, investigator, moral ambiguity, creativity, goth, life & death, vengeance, god, manipulation, crime, death, murder, police investigation, adaptation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

Most similar movies to Death Note

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about murder, crimes, dialogue, mentor, brutality, corruption and twists & turns mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Death Note: The Star Chamber (1983), True Crime (1995), Narc (2002), Righteous Kill (2008), Cop (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 9.0
 165K
Death Note
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: serious, exciting, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: anti heroes, supernatural ability, fighting crime, supernatural, vigilante, intelligence, crimes, law enforcement, secret identity, rivals, police detective, mind game ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
The Star Chamber
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, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: crime, vigilantism, murder, serial killer, vengeance, political corruption, conspiracy, courtroom, hitman, dedicated lawyer, police investigation, vigilante ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   45%
 
 5.3
 2K
True Crime
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, psychological, serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, crime, police investigation, police corruption, amateur detective, mentor, obsession, teenager, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   46%
 
 7.2
 36K
Narc
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, cynical, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, police corruption, police investigation, murder, investigation, undercover cop, police, brutality, violence, chase, drug addiction, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   45%
 
 6.0
 79K
Righteous Kill
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, surprise ending ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, police investigation, murder, vigilantism, revenge, vigilante, drugs/alcohol, chase, police, urban, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   40%
 
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Nine years on, another Morley child has gone missing on her way home from school. Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson is forced to remember the very similar disappearance of Clare Kemplay, who was found dead in 1974, and the subsequent ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, serious, brutal ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, police corruption, corruption, torture, brutality, violence, investigation, police investigation, organized crime, missing child ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   37%
 
 6.4
 4K
Cop
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, mystery, police investigation, investigation, police corruption, violence, psychopath, blood, master criminal, murder mystery ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   38%
 
In the Electric Mist
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At the same time, after Elrod Sykes, the star of the ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, mystery, police investigation, serial killer, crime, murder mystery, investigation, special agents, corruption, justice, adaptation, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   33%
 
 6.2
 7K
Blink
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, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, blindness, crime, investigation, police, mind game, mystery, police investigation, twists & turns, murder mystery, identity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
Secret in Their Eyes
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Spain, South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Style: suspenseful, surprise ending, serious, twists and turns, twist ending ...
Plot: investigation, crime, murder, mystery, justice, death, obsession, vengeance, kidnapping, murder mystery, twists & turns, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: usa, los angeles, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   41%
 
 6.6
 57K
Kiss the Girls
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: suspenseful, psychological, tense, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: police investigation, mystery, investigation, serial killer, kidnapping, chase, murder, missing person, police, interracial romance, brutality, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   39%
 
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After 6 years of brutal murders the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of Yorkshire, but things become more difficult for the ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, stylized ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, murder, serial killer, police investigation, conspiracy, uncover truth, neo noir, corruption, investigation, police, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   37%
 
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: It's Yorkshire in 1974, and fear, mistrust and institutionalised police corruption are running riot. Rookie journalist Eddie Dunford is determined to search for the truth in an increasingly complex maze of lies and deceit surrounding the police ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, police corruption, investigation, murder, mystery, torture, neo noir, corruption, police investigation, political corruption, murder mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, scotland, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   40%
 
 6.3
 14K
Jennifer 8
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, murder, crime, small town, police investigation, blindness, surveillance, obsession, vengeance, murder mystery, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   32%
 
 5.9
 70K
88 Minutes
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: suspenseful, psychological, tense, surprise ending, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, torture, fbi, death, manipulation, police investigation, psychiatrist, investigation, lawyer, mind game ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   27%
 
 6.5
 28K
Sleuth
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, intellectual, suspense, enigmatic, psychological ...
Plot: mind game, verbal byplay, dialogue driven, writers, one on one, game playing, fear, manipulation, rivalry, brutality, greed, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   35%
 
 8.1
 496K
Prisoners
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, realistic, tense, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: vigilantism, kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, crime, brutality, revenge, maze, vigilante, torture, vengeance, morality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   29%
 
 6.3
 33K
The Invisible
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After an attack leaves him in limbo -- invisible to the living and also near death -- a teenager discovers the only person who might be able help him is his attacker.
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, bad ending ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, teenager, ghost, chase, death, race against time, hospital, redemption, mystery, missing person, romance, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   34%
 
Mulholland Falls
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crime, investigation, police investigation, political corruption, mystery, police, corruption, neo noir, gangster, tough law enforcer, neo-noir ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   35%
 
Edge of Darkness
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, serious, intense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, political corruption, violence, vengeance, corruption, father daughter relationship, conspiracy, revenge, conspiracy theory, single father, assassination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   32%
 
 6.1
 7K
Knight Moves
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, scary, psychological ...
Plot: mystery, serial killer, chess, investigation, crime, murder, police investigation, betrayal, resort, protagonist as suspect, murder mystery, police ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   28%
 
 6.3
 47K
True Story
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
Style: tense, psychological, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, journalism, murder, death, uncover truth, twists & turns, mystery, corruption, investigation, police investigation, plot twist, courtroom ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   34%
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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: suspenseful, disturbing, twists and turns, serious, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, serial killer, rape, crime, hacking, sexual abuse, corruption, journalism, murder, vengeance, hacker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1960s, year 1966
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   27%
 
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The General's Daughter
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When the body of Army Capt. Elizabeth Campbell is found on a Georgia military base, two investigators, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill, are ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is anything but clear-cut. Unseemly details ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, surprise ending, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, military, investigation, betrayal, crime, conspiracy, mystery, rape, corruption, violence, reluctant partners, sexualized violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   31%
 
The Boston Strangler
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, investigation, crime, murder, police investigation, hospital, mystery, mental illness, chase, psychiatry, pornography, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   30%
 
 6.6
 29K
True Crime
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Boozer, skirt chaser, careless father. You could create your own list of reporter Steve Everett's faults but there's no time. A San Quentin Death Row prisoner is slated to die at midnight – a man Everett has suddenly realized is innocent.
Style: clever, suspenseful, tense, serious, talky ...
Plot: investigation, crime, death penalty, death row, murder, lawyer, prison, journalism, police investigation, death, race against time, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   38%
 
 6.7
 28K
Shattered
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A sociopathic kidnapper methodically pushes a desperate pair of parents to their absolute breaking point.
Style: suspenseful, tense, surprise ending, serious, twist ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, infidelity, revenge, justice, twists & turns, plot twist, adultery, corruption, mentor, crimes, crime, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   32%
 
The Night Manager
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 358 min.
Story: Former British soldier Jonathan Pine navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer ...
Style: serious, suspense, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, hotel, moral ambiguity, murder, secret service, undercover agent, manager, corruption, british, crimes, violent, violence ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, london, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   29%
 
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, crime, private detective, murder, kidnapping, violence, revenge, serial killer, redemption, mentor, torture, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   33%
 
 6.5
 55K
Basic
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.
Style: suspenseful, twist ending, surprise ending, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, military, murder, corruption, army investigation, twists & turns, plot twist, military base, conspiracy, mind game, secrets, military life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: panama
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   35%
 
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