Movies and TV shows like Dexter

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Dexter (2006)
 8.7
 606K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of justice.
Style: clever, captivating, serious, suspenseful, dark humor, atmospheric, offbeat, tense, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, vigilantism, hidden identity, crime, crimes, right and wrong, corpse, forensics, loner, police station, gory, killings, police detective, secret, crime investigation, law enforcement, morality, death, blood splatter, antisocial behavior, expert, policewoman, peril, blood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa

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Most similar movies to Dexter

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, law enforcement, murder, crime, police investigation, deadly and serial killer mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Dexter: Hannibal (2013), True Detective (2014), Fargo (2014), Criminal Minds (2005), The Following (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.5
 206K
Hannibal (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, psychological, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibal, psychiatrist, death, cannibalism, murder, special agents, crime, mental patient, doctor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.0
 453K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: realistic, bleak, clever, tense, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, crime, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, troubled, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 9.0
 281K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, captivating, cynical, clever ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, small town, crime, killings, female police officer, snow, law enforcement, small town life, psychopath, americana, crime gone awry ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2010s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.1
 141K
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, rough, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: fbi, crime, murder, special agents, crimes, team, investigation, law enforcement, intelligence, profiler, serial killer, forensics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 81K
The Following (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Notorious serial killer Joe Carroll, after being found guilty of murdering 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature, escapes from death row. The FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy to consult on the case, as he was ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, captivating, serious
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, fbi, killings, special agents, crimes, crime, cult, police investigation, violence, good versus evil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 8.2
 91K
The Killing (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.
Style: psychological, gloomy, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, multiple suspects, who done it, murder, crimes, riddles and clues, female detective, female protagonist, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, clever, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, missing child, disappearance, crime, female detective, life is a bitch, self discovery, policewoman, sexual abuse, buried truth, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 67K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When the Police Service of Northern Ireland are unable to close a case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, female detective, police investigation, police detective, forensics, policewoman, law enforcement, victim, crimes, coworker, evidence, psychological thriller ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.6
 1.3M
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, mind game, psychopath, crime, investigation, police investigation, police detective, killings, psychology, torture, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 10K
Whitechapel (2009)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Whitechapel is a British television drama series produced by Carnival Films, in which detectives in London's Whitechapel district deal with murders which replicate historical crimes. The first series was first broadcast in the UK on 2 February ...
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, manhunt, police station, victim, police detective, crimes, law enforcement, team, forensics, murder, hunt down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 105K
Lie to Me (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: The world's leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his ...
Style: clever, serious, psychological, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: riddles and clues, uncover truth, deception, human nature, investigation, talented, dishonesty, team, workplace situations, crimes, crime investigation, interrogation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 154K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: intellectual, exciting, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: partners against crime, police investigation, crimes, fighting crime, murder, serial killer, danger, partners, investigation, crime, psychic, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 9.5
 1.3M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, serious, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, master criminal, life turned upside down, drugs/alcohol, unlikely partners, crimes, teacher, double life, peril, drug cartel, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The series follows Las Vegas criminalists working for the Las Vegas Police Department as they use physical evidence to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic drama, which has inspired a host of other cop-show "procedurals". The ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, crime, police investigation, crimes, danger, murder, mystery, police detective, teamwork, scientist, expert, investigator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 9.3
 252K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, cynical, clever, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, working undercover, drug lord, crime, life is a bitch, wiretap, fighting crime, crimes, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: forensics, police investigation, psychopath, serial killer, master criminal, mind game, crime, psychological thriller, crimes, riddles and clues, policewoman, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 51K
The Bridge (2011)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime, serial killer, mind game, police detective, murder, multiple suspects, partners against crime, riddles and clues, police investigation, buried truth, forensics, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.8
 158K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, murder, small town life, investigation, supernatural, who done it, secret, rape, death, crime, double life, mysterious place ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 163K
The Blacklist (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In ...
Style: captivating, tense, exciting, clever, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, secret, special agents, master criminal, intrigue, unlikely partners, danger, investigation, mind game, manipulations, partners, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: tense, suspenseful, scary, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, murder, crime, fbi, psychology, maniac, killings, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, washington d.c., illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are ...
Style: captivating, tense, clever, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: sex crime, law and order, police detective, lawyer, police, danger, sexual abuse, crimes, fighting crime, law enforcement, police investigation, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 131K
Bones (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
Story: Dr. Temperance Brennan and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab assist Special Agent Seeley Booth with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification ...
Style: witty, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious
Plot: forensics, riddles and clues, partners against crime, fbi, police investigation, special agents, search, teamwork, expert, killings, partners, policewoman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 89K
Bates Motel (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: incestuous desire, family problems, mental disorder, serial killer, motel, murder, obsession, overbearing mother, small town, mother son relationship, dysfunctional family, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 24K
Columbo (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Columbo is a friendly, verbose, disheveled-looking police detective who is consistently underestimated by his suspects. Despite his unprepossessing appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, cynical, captivating, witty ...
Plot: police detective, murder, mind game, murder investigation, crime investigation, riddles and clues, homicide detective, uncover truth, crime solving, unconventional method, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 239K
Hannibal (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Italy
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: rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, psychopath, mind game, fbi, cat and mouse, cannibalism, special agents, one on one, crimes, crime, psychiatrist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florence, europe, washington d.c., italy, florence italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.6
 7K
Prodigal Son (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The son of a notorious serial killer becomes an acclaimed criminal psychologist who uses his unique insight into how killers think to help the NYPD.
Style: psychological, brutal, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: expert, serial killer, psychological trauma, murder investigation, haunted by the past, profiler, repressed memory, father son relationship, police, sociopath, crimes, deliberate cruelty ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 178K
Mindhunter (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.
Style: psycho film, idiotic, bleak
Plot: serial killer, psychology, psychopath, police investigation, criminal psychologist, fbi, fbi agent, killings, rapist, murderer, interview, prison ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 2K
Messiah (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: After two horribly mutilated bodies are discovered, DCI Red Metcalfe is assigned the case.
Style: psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, therapist, murder investigation, deadly, race against time, police investigation, therapy, chases and races, crime, crimes, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.5
 108K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.
Style: atmospheric, serious, tense, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, uncover truth, crimes, talented, law enforcement, partners, psychopath, multiple suspects, unlikely relationship, cruelty, forensics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Chasing Shadows (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Chasing Shadows' follows a team of special operatives who are tracking down serial killers.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, crimes, crime, deadly, law enforcement, partners, missing person
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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