Movies and TV shows like Dexter

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 8.7
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Dexter
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: captivating, bloody, realistic, clever, dark humor, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, offbeat, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, hidden identity, crime, gory, crimes, double life, vigilante, blood, dark secret, secret life, crime investigation, serial murder, murder, right and wrong, loner, father son relationship, blood splatter, police station, law enforcement, deadly, misfit, vigilantism, killer, unlikely criminals, anti heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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The Wire
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
59 min.
 9.3
Breaking Bad
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
49 min.
 9.5
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Most similar movies to Dexter

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and clever films and TV series with plots about crimes, murder, crime, law enforcement, police investigation, death and deadly mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Dexter: Hannibal (2013), The Mentalist (2008), The Wire (2002), True Detective (2014), The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 8.6
 191K
Hannibal
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, serious, psychological, atmospheric, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, crime, cannibal, mind game, mental patient, special agents, psychopath, doctor, psychiatrist, deadly, death, fbi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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System:   95%
    User:   86%
 
 8.1
 146K
The Mentalist
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: twists and turns, suspense, exciting, intellectual, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, murder, partners against crime, vengeance, police, serial killer, fighting crime, police investigation, danger, blood, partners, psychic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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System:   77%
    User:   65%
 
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 9.3
 228K
The Wire
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: clever, serious, talky, rough, realistic ...
Plot: drug dealing, crime, realism, police detective, fighting crime, drugs/alcohol, police investigation, police station, urban ghetto, police, law enforcement, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, seaport
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System:   74%
    User:   82%
 
 9.0
 402K
True Detective
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: serious, clever, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, police detective, murder, crimes, partners, who done it, law enforcement, uncover truth, investigation, crime, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   69%
 
The Silence of the Lambs
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, tense, suspense, psychological, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, crime, cannibalism, psychopath, psychology, brutality, mind game, murder, violence, special agents, manipulation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, west virginia, ohio ...
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System:   69%
    User:   68%
 
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Breaking Bad
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: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: crime, cancer, drugs/alcohol, unlikely criminals, drug dealing, unlikely partners, suburbs, high school teacher, life turned upside down, meth lab, criminal heroes, criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   58%
 
 8.0
 99K
Lie to Me
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: uncover truth, human nature, lie, crime investigation, investigation, psychology, talented, team, hidden truth, riddles and clues, workplace situations, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   61%
 
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mystery, murder, crime, police investigation, urban, police station, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, partners, crime investigation, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   67%
 
 8.1
 129K
Criminal Minds
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: twists and turns, suspense, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: crime, investigation, murder, special agents, fbi, law enforcement, danger, deadly, intelligence, team, policewoman, investigator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   71%
 
 8.1
 441K
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, crime, police investigation, brutality, revenge, maze, vigilante, torture, vengeance, morality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   51%
 
 8.6
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Se7en
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: atmospheric, suspenseful, disturbing, tense, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, investigation, gory, police investigation, police, murder, greed, violence, torture, insanity, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   100%
 
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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: clever, captivating, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: crimes, law and order, fighting crime, police, law enforcement, police investigation, police detective, sexual abuse, crime, lawyer, legal action, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   33%
 
 7.7
 223K
Gone Baby Gone
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, private detective, conspiracy, crime, murder, mystery, police, violence, corruption, morality, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   42%
 
Movie in collections
 9.0
 245K
Fargo
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: captivating, atmospheric, based on true events, dark humor, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, multiple storylines, police investigation, crime, crimes, sheriff, gory, female police officer, twists & turns, cons and scams, shooting, escapades ...
Time: year 1979, contemporary, 21st century, year 2006
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   40%
 
A History of Violence
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: small town, violence, crime, mafia, vigilantism, gangster, redemption, organized crime, revenge, robbery, storytelling, gore ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   67%
 
 6.8
 54K
The Brave One
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.
Style: gloomy, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: vigilantism, vengeance, crime, vigilante, police investigation, radio, revenge, murder, death, brutality, unlikely criminals, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   60%
 
 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:   34%
    User:   34%
 
 5.6
 20K
Horsemen
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, scary, disturbing, surprise ending ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, revenge, torture, death, single father, plot twist, murder mystery, crime, gory, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   35%
 
Movie in collections
 6.8
 228K
Hannibal
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, stylized, atmospheric, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, gory, vengeance, crime, cannibalism, violence, revenge, torture, fbi, blood, special agents, psychiatrist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, florence, venice, florence italy, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   100%
 
 8.0
 374K
Mystic River
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, mystery, child abuse, vengeance, sexual abuse, guilt, vigilantism, investigation, childhood, innocence lost, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   35%
 
 8.1
 143K
The Blacklist
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: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, master criminal, special agents, crime, unlikely partners, mystery, manipulations, mind game, crimes, investigation, profiler, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   29%
 
 7.7
 28K
Law & Order
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in syndication, on various cable networks. Law & Order premiered ...
Style: clever, serious, suspenseful, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: tough law enforcer, crime, lawyer, fighting crime, courtroom, legal action, murder, police investigation, law enforcement, crime investigation, law and order, police ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   30%
 
 6.6
 47K
Copycat
Genre: Crime, 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, suspense, psychological, clever ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, police investigation, psychology, psychopath, mind game, violence, murder mystery, twists & turns, psychiatrist, agoraphobia, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   29%
 
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 8.2
 84K
The Killing
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: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, police detective, crime, who done it, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, misfit partners, dealing with death, uncover truth, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   60%
 
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, contemporary, 21st century ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   33%
 
 7.3
 145K
Michael Clayton
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: lawyer, corruption, murder, guilt, storytelling, business, surveillance, dedicated lawyer, mental illness, lawsuit, greed, legal action ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, california, milwaukee wisconsin, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   33%
 
No Country for Old Men
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: bleak, realistic, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime, hitman, greed, gunfight, morality, violence, serial killer, brutality, neo noir, money, assassin, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   100%
 
 7.7
 366K
Zodiac
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, enigmatic, suspense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, investigation, crime, murder, police, murder mystery, uncover truth, paranoia, obsession, violence, code ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1971 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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System:   31%
    User:   28%
 

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 6.2
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Taking Lives
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Recruited to assist Montreal police in their desperate search for a serial killer who assumes the identities of his victims, FBI profiler Illeana Scott knows it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. Her most promising lead is ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, surprise ending, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, investigation, mystery, murder, fbi, surveillance, kidnapping, revenge, twists & turns, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, year 1983, 2000s
Place: canada, usa, montreal quebec, pennsylvania
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System:   31%
    User:   30%
 
 7.1
 55K
Blue Ruin
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, vigilantism, neo-noir, homeless, vigilante, gory, violence, brutality, violent, visceral, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
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System:   31%
    User:   28%
 
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