Movies and TV shows like Dexter

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Dexter (2006)
 8.7
 710K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
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, clever, serious, tense, suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric, disturbing, realistic, bloody ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, crimes, hidden identity, vigilantism, loner, forensics, corpse, police detective, crime investigation, right and wrong, police station, dark humor, expert, killings, antisocial behavior, law enforcement, psycho, serial murder, death, murder investigation, policewoman, peril, secret life, dark secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
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, murder, law enforcement, police investigation, deadly, victim and serial killer mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Dexter: Hannibal (2013), Prodigal Son (2019), The Fall (2013), The Following (2013), The Mentalist (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.5
 248K
Hannibal (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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: psychological, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, cannibal, mind game, psychopath, cannibalism, death, mental patient, psychiatrist, murder, graphic violence, murder investigation, special agents ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 7.7
 20K
Prodigal Son (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: murder investigation, psychological trauma, profiler, haunted by the past, serial killer, expert, repressed memory, criminal psychologist, police, serial murder, crimes, childhood trauma ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 8.1
 102K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, serious, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, female detective, police detective, police investigation, policewoman, crimes, forensics, law enforcement, coworker, victim, evidence, violence against women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, united kingdom, northern ireland, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.4
 87K
The Following (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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, exciting, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, fbi, psychopath, murderer, killings, cult, crimes, special agents, investigation, police investigation, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 8.2
 179K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, investigation, outsmarting, partners against crime, fighting crime, partners, serial killer, murder, justice, special agents, talented ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 8.1
 188K
Criminal Minds (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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: serious, psychological, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: special agents, fbi, murder, crimes, profiler, team, law enforcement, investigation, serial killer, forensics, policewoman, investigator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.6
 1.6M
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, neo noir, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, police detective, police investigation, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, psycho, psychology, powerful ending, homicidal maniac, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.6
 8K
Harrow (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When a dark secret from this past threatens to be exposed, unorthodox and brilliant medical examiner, Doctor Daniel Harrow, must use all his forensic skills to keep it buried forever.
Style: captivating, witty, tense, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: medical examiner, doctor, forensics, murder, expert, complex characters, bodies, murderer, corpse, crimes, family relations, heroes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, psychological, tense, scary, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, maniac, psychology, profiler, brutality, fbi, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, ohio, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.5
 1.7M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
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: captivating, tense, serious, psychological, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, life is a bitch, crimes, drug lord, master criminal, family problems, double life, drug dealer, drug cartel, life turned upside down, ambition, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 8.2
 105K
Bates Motel (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: incestuous desire, motel, mother son relationship, obsession, mental disorder, dysfunctional family, small town, murder, family problems, serial killer, insanity, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.9
 544K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
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: bleak, neo noir, clever, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, serial killer, investigation, partners, murderer, partners against crime, crimes, murder, graphic violence, uncover truth, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.4
 134K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: tense, atmospheric, serious, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, murder, crimes, talented, partners, law enforcement, cruelty, psychopath, tough law enforcer, forensics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.5
 98K
Banshee (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Banshee is an American drama television series set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish country and features an enigmatic ex-con posing as a murdered sheriff who imposes his own brand of justice while also cooking up plans that serve his own ...
Style: serious, sexy, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, female nudity, ex convict, sexual activity, organized crime, crimes, tough heroes, thief, cons and scams, small town, corruption, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, police investigation, master criminal, forensics, paraplegic, policewoman, crimes, riddles and clues, investigation, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.9
 361K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, neo noir, clever, cynical ...
Plot: dark humor, crimes, police investigation, small town, small town life, policewoman, psychopath, snow, killings, law enforcement, killer, scheme ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2010s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 154K
Bones (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
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, partners against crime, crime investigation, police investigation, fbi, partners, riddles and clues, special agents, murder investigation, law enforcement, teamwork, scientist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.8
 270K
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: rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, master criminal, mind game, cannibalism, homicidal maniac, fbi, cat and mouse, crimes, law enforcement, torment, psychiatrist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florence, europe, venice, washington d.c., italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.3
 109K
The Killing (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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: gloomy, serious, psychological, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, who done it, multiple suspects, female detective, murder mystery, policewoman, murder, crimes, riddles and clues, street kid, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.8
 192K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
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, psychological, suspenseful, gloomy, neo noir ...
Plot: small town, who done it, investigation, murder, small town life, nightmare, secret, hallucination, demonic possession, death, paranormal investigation, mysterious place ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 8.7
 79K
The Shield (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.
Style: tense, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police corruption, police brutality, law enforcement, crimes, partners, tough law enforcer, dishonesty, murder, mayor, gang, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 118K
Lie to Me (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: deception, riddles and clues, uncover truth, crime investigation, investigation, outsmarting, crimes, human nature, fbi, talented, psychology, expert ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.3
 85K
Ray Donovan (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players, and makes their problems disappear. His father's unexpected release from prison sets off a chain of events that shakes the ...
Style: captivating, clever, serious, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: power relations, hollywood, family relations, crimes, identity crisis, intrigue, family secret, family problems, blackmail, teamwork, businessman, relatives ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 7.8
 13K
Whitechapel (2009)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, murder investigation, forensics, victim, jack the ripper, manhunt, murderer, law enforcement, crimes, team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.1
 21K
Ripper Street (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: A drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the "Ripper" murders. The action centres around the notorious H Division – the police precinct from hell – which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, who done it, police detective, killings, victorian england, crimes, investigator, multiple suspects, victim, responsibility, notoriety, corpse ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: realistic, serious, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, forensics, police detective, murder investigation, teamwork, investigator, expert, crimes, murder, scientist, workplace, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, las vegas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.6
 267K
Mindhunter (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspense, psycho film, idiotic ...
Plot: psychology, psychopath, serial killer, police investigation, fbi, criminal psychologist, serial murder, murderer, fbi agent, killings, profiler, police ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, missing child, female detective, disappearance, policewoman, life is a bitch, self discovery, sexual abuse, crimes, mystery, hidden truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 9.3
 324K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
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, cynical, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: police detective, urban ghetto life, police investigation, fighting crime, drug dealing, working undercover, drug lord, life is a bitch, crimes, organized crime, wiretap, african american ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.3
 34K
Columbo (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
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, captivating, cynical, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, homicide detective, mind game, murder, crime investigation, murder investigation, riddles and clues, crime solving, unconventional method, uncover truth, basset hound, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%