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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: psychological, bleak, surreal, suspenseful, enigmatic, neo noir, stylized, atmospheric, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: hypnosis, murder, serial killer, police investigation, mystery, crimes, crime, society, deadly, memory loss, psychoanalysis, mentor, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, sleeping, life is a bitch, graphic violence, exile, lottery, law enforcement, future dystopia, police detective, profanity, police officer, surrealism ...
Time: future
Place: europe, cairo egypt, egypt, africa, middle east

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Most similar movies to The Element of Crime

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films with plots about murder, crimes, deadly, crime, serial killer, law enforcement and police investigation mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Element of Crime: A Pure Formality (1994), The Last Deadly Mission (2008), Under Suspicion (2000), Blink (1993), Empire of the Wolves (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Red Riding: 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, suspenseful, twists and turns, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, murder, police investigation, crimes, uncover truth, mystery, dishonesty, police detective, riddles and clues, who done it, conspiracy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, 70s
Place: yorkshire, europe, england, london
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95%
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: psychological, serious, talky, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: memory loss, mystery, murder, uncover truth, investigation, mind game, interrogation, murder mystery, purgatory, afterlife, existentialism, police station ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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: psychological, suspenseful, rough, tense, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, redemption, woman in danger, haunted by the past, deadly, law enforcement, life is a bitch, crimes, crime, dishonesty, childbirth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Red Riding: 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, suspenseful, enigmatic, brutal, dark ...
Plot: serial killer, missing child, murder, crimes, uncover truth, mystery, dishonesty, deadly, confined, clergy, life is a bitch, mastermind ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, england, yorkshire
⇓ 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, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, rape, murder mystery, murder, lawyer, mind game, mystery, crime, crimes, serial killer, interrogation, prime suspect ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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, girls' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, blindness, crime, investigation, woman in danger, stalking, psychopath, police detective, female protagonist, strong female character, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Red Riding: 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, serious, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, police brutality, murder, strangulation, missing child, police corruption, investigation, crimes, mystery, uncover truth, journalism, conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974, 80s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Empire of the Wolves (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, Turkey
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: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious
Plot: deadly, memory loss, police detective, police investigation, uncover truth, mystery, murder, mind game, danger, life is a bitch, terrorism, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: bleak, tense, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: murder, politics, police investigation, courtroom drama, crime, crimes, legal, deadly, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation, life is a bitch, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
In the Electric Mist (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At the same time, after Elrod Sykes, the star of the ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, lyrical ...
Plot: murder, swamp, police detective, police investigation, uncover truth, mystery, life is a bitch, deadly, law enforcement, dishonesty, serial killer, baseball ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, twists and turns, psychological, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: mind game, serial killer, police investigation, crime, crimes, manipulation, mystery, police, manipulations, law enforcement, mysterious character, gem ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, rough, based on true events ...
Plot: serial killer, serial rapist, murder, mind game, police detective, strangulation, split personality, double life, police investigation, crimes, crime, mystery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: boston, usa, new england, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: disturbing, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, journalism, investigation, master criminal, uncover truth, brutality, protestant, journalist, violent, dark hero ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Borkmann's Point (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Van Veeteren finds retiring from the police force is easier said than done when two decapitated bodies are found in quick succession. The matching MO in the two grisly murders brings the investigation teams of Maardam and Kaalbringen together - a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, suspense, realistic
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, mystery, serial killer, partners, law enforcement, crimes, private detective, murder, deadly, decapitated body, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Jennifer 8 (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, UK
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: surprise ending, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, fall in love, obsession, murder, school, falling in love, mystery, police investigation, blindness, crimes, crime, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, germany, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
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Chronicles (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
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, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychopath, media, journalism, crimes, uncover truth, child killer, ambition, deadly, ratings, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ecuador, latin america, florida, miami, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.0
 2K
Backyard (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An astonishing fictional account of the unending series of murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which began in 1996. Most of the victims are low-paid laborers who have been drawn to the town by the possibility of work at American-owned ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, crimes, fighting crime, police investigation, incompetent police, deadly, law enforcement, danger, dishonesty, police corruption, injustice ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Fifth Woman (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland
Duration: 229 min.
TV show
Story: The 5th woman unfolds autumn 1994. An elderly man found in a gillrad pitfall impaled to death on the sharp sharpened bamboo poles, ecstatic praise of crows. Shortly afterwards disappears a florist without a trace and he also found executed in the ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, mystery, vigilantism, murder, deadly, life is a bitch, crime, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Moreno and the Silence (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a girl is murdered soon after leaving a closed religious community, Moreno faces a difficult investigation as the community closes ranks and refuses to cooperate. When another girl is abducted and her bloody fingernails mailed to the police, ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: murder, police investigation, mystery, private detective, deadly, crimes, society, law enforcement, partners, kidnapping, religions or cults, cult ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Prophet's Game (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
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: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: murder, mind game, riddles and clues, mystery, serial killer, investigation, danger, chases and races, crimes, crime, vengeance, obsession ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Kenneth Bianchi, one of the two serial rapists and killers who terrorized the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s, is giving police station interviews to psychiatrist Samantha Stone, who has disquieting lifestyle issues of her own. It falls to her to ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, interrogation, police investigation, mind game, mental illness, mystery, life is a bitch, crimes, deadly, who done it ...
Time: 70s, year 1978
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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 D├╝rrenmatt.
Style: bleak, twists and turns, serious, twist ending, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, murder mystery, promise, crimes, mystery, small town, obsession, law enforcement, track down, justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A father suspects his son to be a murderer...or is he just paranoid and trying to cover up his own past which involves his wife being killed in a fire?
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mind game, mysterious character, uncover truth, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, crimes, mystery, single parent, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Movie in collections
 8.9
 515K
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: neo noir, captivating, bleak, clever, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, serial killer, police detective, investigation, murderer, partners, partners against crime, crimes, murder, uncover truth, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.9
 3K
The Lost (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A charismatic psycho suspected of killing two innocent campers in a cold-blooded double homicide grows increasingly unstable as his suburban empire starts to crack at the foundations.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, psychopath, serial killer, police investigation, drug use, deadly, youth, rivalry, crimes, narcissism, violence ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.4
 17K
Contestant 13 (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, 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: tense, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: overdose, life is a bitch, crimes, crime, murder, contests and competitions, danger, deadly, profanity, reward, social decay, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.4
 8K
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, gloomy, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, small town, butcher, opposites attract, psychopath, vietnam veteran, obsession, mystery, crimes, investigation, deadly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about ...
Style: enigmatic, realistic, captivating, bleak, clever ...
Plot: rape, police investigation, murder, unsolved crime, serial killer, police, police detective, police officer, crimes, investigation, suspicion, torture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The American Friend (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating, serious ...
Plot: hitman, friendship, assassination, murder, forgery, gangsters, race against time, life is a bitch, couple relations, danger, crime, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: paris france, hamburg germany, west germany, new york, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
 146K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, tense, macabre, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, split personality, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%