Movies like The Element of Crime

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The Element of Crime (1984)
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The Element of Crime (1984)
Original name: Forbrydelsens element
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Fisher, an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne, a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the field of criminology. Fisher begins to use Osbourne's technique, which involves empathizing with serial killers; however, as the detective becomes increasingly engrossed in this method, things take a disturbing turn.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, bleak, stylized, psychological, serious, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, neo noir, mystery, hypnosis, police investigation, police officer, crime, desert, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, future dystopia, memory loss, society, life is a bitch, surrealism, lottery, child killer, vestiges of humanity, exile, police detective, alternate reality, sex scene, return ...
Time: future
Place: europe, africa, egypt, middle east, cairo egypt

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Most similar movies to The Element of Crime

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about murder, crime, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, serial killer and police investigation mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like The Element of Crime: The Last Deadly Mission (2008), Resurrection Man (1998), A Pure Formality (1994), Jennifer 8 (1992), True Crime (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009)
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, murder, crime, police investigation, uncover truth, neo noir, mystery, who done it, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: yorkshire, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009)
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, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, crime, missing child, investigation, murder, police brutality, mystery, strangulation, neo noir, journalist, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, yorkshire, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983 (2009)
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, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, missing child, crime, murder, police corruption, police brutality, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
The Last Deadly Mission (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A washed-up Marseilles cop (Auteuil) earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: redemption, murder, serial killer, neo noir, crime, haunted by the past, urban, woman in danger, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Resurrection Man (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and obtained prestige for himself, while Victor sinks deeper into ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, journalist, protestant, crime, investigation, journalism, uncover truth, violence spree, false accusation, psychopath, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
A Pure Formality (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Onoff (Depardieu,) is a famous writer, now a recluse. The Inspector (Polanski,) is suspicious when Onoff is brought into the station one night, disoriented and suffering a kind of amnesia. In an isolated, rural police station, the Inspector tries to ...
Style: talky, surreal, atmospheric, serious, tense ...
Plot: memory loss, mystery, police station, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, haunted by the past, crime, murder, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.3
 14K
Jennifer 8 (1992)
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, suspense, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, falling in love, mystery, obsession, crime, surveillance, school, small town, police investigation, dangerous attraction, fight ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The true chilling story of the "two of a kind", killing cousins Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the Hillside Stranglers, is told in this TV drama.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, police detective, crime, investigation, rape, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, obsession, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 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 ⇓
55%
 7.0
 5K
The Silence (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: missing child, child killer, rape, murder, serial killer, dealing with death, child molester, small town, crime, haunted by the past, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 ⇓
52%
The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, true crime, murder, psychopath, crime, protagonist as suspect, manhunt, mind game, track down, uncover truth, obsession ...
Time: 80s
Place: colorado, seattle, usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Under Suspicion (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours.
Style: serious, suspenseful, gloomy, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: crime, dishonesty, life is a bitch, investigation, mind game, injustice, rivalry, couples, battles, murder, crimes, neo noir ...
Time: 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 7K
Blink (1993)
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, gloomy, serious, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, blindness, murder, crime, investigation, mind game, killer, psychopath, crimes, deadly, stalking, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 12K
Insomnia (1997)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Detectives Jonas and Erik are called to the midnight sun country of northern Norway to investigate a recent homicide, but their plan to arrest the killer goes awry, and Jonas mistakenly shoots Erik. The suspect escapes, and a frightened Jonas pins ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: crime, insomnia, murder, police investigation, crimes, rivalry, neo noir, mystery, police detective, small town, police corruption, neo-noir ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Under Suspicion (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. "This will only take ten minutes", they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is ...
Style: clever, suspense, talky, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, rape, mind game, crime, lawyer, mystery, serial killer, crumbling marriage, sexual murder, suspicion of murder, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Night of the Generals (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 148 min.
Story: An unusual World War II crime thriller about a Nazi investigation into the murder of a prostitute. Major Grau finds himself focusing on three suspects: the Generals Tanz, Kahlenberg and Seydlitz-Gabler – all three of whom, it seems, are also ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, investigation, prostitute, nazi occupation, mystery, crime, police investigation, uncover truth, false accusation, who done it, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1960s, year 1944 ...
Place: france, europe, poland, paris france, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.6
 20K
Horsemen (2009)
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, serious, twists and turns, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police, police investigation, gory, crime, psychopath, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, life is a bitch, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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The Prophet's Game (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The Prophet has arrived in the ultimate playing ground... Los Angeles. It has taken an innocent childhood game and twisted it into a deadly match of wits, where the only prize is survival. Moving from city to city, The Prophet lures unsuspecting ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, vengeance, crime, mystery, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, investigation, mind game, obsessive quest ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Monsieur Hire (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A French man spies on a lovely younger woman across the way. When he's spotted by the woman shortly after being questioned by the police about a local murder, the man simple life becomes more complicated.
Style: atmospheric, sexy, psychological, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: femme fatale, false accusation, voyeurism, investigation, amateur detective, crime, uncover truth, dangerous attraction, murder, deadly, serial killer, french ...
Time: 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Interview (1998)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A duel between a suspected murderer and a detective pressed by people who want results. But whose skin is really wanted.
Style: clever, psychological, tense, suspenseful, talky ...
Plot: mind game, serial killer, mystery, police investigation, police, crime, interview, crimes, law enforcement, mysterious character, manipulations, gem ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 16K
Contestant 13 (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, tense, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: overdose, gambling, crime, drugs/alcohol, contests and competitions, murder, social decay, pistol, deadly, life is a bitch, fish out of water, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Laughing Policeman (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: It's tough beat for San Francisco police lieutenant Jake Martin (Walter Matthau) when he has to investigate a city bus massacre in which a madman opened machine gunfire on eight people.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mystery, mass murder, murder, killer, bus, serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, reluctant partners, crime, tough law enforcer, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 7.6
 6K
The Butcher (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, small town, butcher, opposites attract, psychopath, mystery, obsession, couple relations, vietnam veteran, province, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter - Studio Sex (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A stripper at the club Studio Six is murdered. A political scandal takes off when the Minister of Commerce appears to have been at the club. He resigns - but only to hide an even bigger secret.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: murder, investigation, crimes, crime, deadly, prostitute, journalism, uncover truth, police investigation, law enforcement, media, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Dead Connection (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a series of murders in motel rooms are connected, a cop, Dickson, heads out on the trail to find a serial killer. He discovers that he signs the motel guest-books with the names of boxers, and hence gets a lead on him. However, when he just ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, sexual ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police, psychopath, crimes, deadly, crime, law enforcement, athlete's life, mystery, chase, investigation ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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 ⇓
38%
 6.1
 7K
Knight Moves (1992)
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, serious, scary ...
Plot: chess, serial killer, investigation, murder, mystery, crime, resort, betrayal, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, manipulations, mind game ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Emmett's Mark (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the Philadelphia police department, Emmett Young is a hotshot, a workaholic newly promoted to homicide. He learns he has a disease that will soon kill him painfully, so he hires a stranger to arrange his own death. With one eye on the calendar ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, suspense ...
Plot: murder, private detective, terminal illness, serial killer, chase, hitman, police investigation, crime, crimes, deadly, special agents, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Freeway Killer (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: For years he terrorized California motorists as he rode the endless highways searching for his next victim. The discarded bodies turned up beaten, sexually assaulted and horribly mutilated. Deceptively charming and intelligent, the scheming murderer ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, stalking, who done it, psychopath, crimes, danger, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%