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, bleak, psychological, stylized, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: hypnosis, murder, serial killer, neo noir, mystery, police investigation, crimes, desert, memory loss, crime, life is a bitch, exile, lottery, society, law enforcement, vestiges of humanity, future dystopia, deadly, police detective, police officer, surrealism, child killer, prostitute, female nudity, sex scene ...
Time: future
Place: europe, egypt, africa, 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 suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about crime, deadly, crimes, murder, law enforcement, police investigation and serial killer mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like The Element of Crime: A Pure Formality (1994), The Boston Strangler (1968), Under Suspicion (2000), Resurrection Man (1998), The Interview (1998). 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: tense, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, murder, police investigation, crime, crimes, riddles and clues, life is a bitch, who done it, mystery, uncover truth, bribery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: yorkshire, england, europe, london
⇓ 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: gloomy, bleak, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, police brutality, strangulation, investigation, crime, murder, mystery, missing child, crimes, uncover truth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974
Place: england, europe, yorkshire, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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, psychological, tense ...
Plot: memory loss, mystery, haunted by the past, police station, police detective, rivalry, uncover truth, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, investigation, mind game ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, hospital, split personality, police detective, strangulation, double life, mind game, police investigation, investigation, crime, mental illness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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: talky, tense, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, mind game, rape, mystery, crime, lawyer, serial killer, interrogation, prime suspect, murder mystery, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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, stylized, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police brutality, missing child, police corruption, murder, crime, strangulation, uncover truth, confined, crimes, life is a bitch, mystery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: bleak, suspenseful, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, journalist, protestant, ira, law enforcement, society, investigation, gang, false accusation, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, europe, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: tense, psychological, clever, suspenseful, talky ...
Plot: mind game, serial killer, police investigation, crime, mystery, police, police detective, law enforcement, gem, manipulations, crimes, mysterious character ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: tense, realistic, gloomy, rough, psychological ...
Plot: murder, redemption, serial killer, life is a bitch, child birth, crime, crimes, swat, neo noir, law enforcement, urban, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, psychological, twist ending, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, blindness, mind game, crime, investigation, woman in danger, deadly, psychopath, stalking, female protagonist, police detective ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Hypnotist (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After a young woman and her parents are murdered by a killer determined to wipe out the entire family, Detective Inspector Joona Linna works with a psychiatrist to hypnotize the son who narrowly escaped death in order to find the one surviving ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic
Plot: hypnosis, witnessing a crime, murder, psychologist, cop witness relations, crime, danger, moral dilemma, law enforcement, hypnotist, life is a bitch, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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: tense, suspenseful, suspense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, obsession, school, falling in love, mystery, police investigation, crime, small town, vengeance, danger, stalking ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, germany, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: sexy, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: voyeurism, femme fatale, false accusation, murder, investigation, deadly, amateur detective, uncover truth, dangerous attraction, crime, obsession, serial killer ...
Time: 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A chief of detectives, homicide section, commits a murder and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.
Style: surreal, bleak, biting, tense, realistic ...
Plot: politics, murder, police investigation, police, courtroom drama, crime, riddles and clues, who done it, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect, crimes, legal investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: murder, mind game, investigation, serial killer, mystery, riddles and clues, vengeance, crime, chases and races, danger, obsession, ex cop ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.0
 6K
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: realistic, tense, psychological, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: missing child, murder, rape, child killer, danger, loss of daughter, haunted by the past, obsession, small town, deadly, couples, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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, psychological, suspense, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, police corruption, danger, amateur detective, psychopath, child murder, female detective, police investigation, crime, mystery ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ 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, psychological, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: insomnia, police investigation, murder, crime, police detective, neo noir, rivalry, crimes, police corruption, mystery, small town, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 7.6
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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, psychological, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, small town, opposites attract, psychopath, butcher, obsession, mystery, investigation, small town life, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, tense, rough
Plot: murder, serial killer, police detective, psychopath, legal, deadly, crime, crimes, law enforcement, obsession, investigation, rape ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: rough, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, psychopath, true crime, who done it, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, legal, false accusation, crime, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle, colorado, utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Counter Investigation (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, bleak, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, sexual abuse, investigation, police investigation, life is a bitch, mystery, crimes, dealing with death, crime, suburbs, deadly, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2003
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 9.0
 431K
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: clever, bleak, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, crime, serial killer, crimes, partners, investigation, murder, partners against crime, who done it, uncover truth, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 7.7
 18K
Europa (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An American, Leopold Kessler, goes to post-war Germany in 1945 to work as a railroad conductor for the Zentropa Rail Line instead of going into the Army because he feels its a more valuable thing to do for the state of the world. He meets Katharina ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, bleak, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: train, terrorism, suicide, priest, bridge, chess, misfit, nazism, idealism, fascism, german, assassination ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, frankfurt germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: murder, uncover truth, deadly, investigation, media, journalism, police investigation, law enforcement, prostitute, life is a bitch, crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.1
 5K
Homicide (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bobby Gold is a career cop who is reassigned from a hunt for a cop killer to the investigation of the murder of an old Jewish woman in Baltimore, and in the process finds himself exploring his own sense of identity.
Style: tense, realistic, clever, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: anti semitism, murder, terrorism, jewish american, police investigation, investigation, crime, vengeance, life is a bitch, golden years, uncover truth, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Empire of the Wolves (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: When the young detective Paul Nerteaux finds the third slashed female corpse of illegal Turkish immigrants, he decides to ask for support to the experienced dark retired detective Jean-Louis Schiffer to chase the serial killer. Together, they ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological
Plot: memory loss, mystery, crimes, witnessing a crime, uncover truth, immigrants, serial killer, police investigation, police detective, terrorism, psychopath, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 49K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Style: bleak, twists and turns, serious, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, investigation, promise, mystery, small town, obsession, law enforcement, crimes, track down, justice, serial rapist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 3K
Chronicles (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Ecuador
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, media, psychopath, journalism, crime, deadly, uncover truth, life is a bitch, crimes, blind ambition, ratings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ecuador, latin america, florida, new jersey, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: tense, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, rough ...
Plot: murder, investigation, prostitute, nazi occupation, crime, police investigation, mystery, crimes, uncover truth, who done it, unlikely criminals, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1960s, year 1944 ...
Place: france, europe, poland, hamburg germany, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%