Movies like The Element of Crime

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The Element of Crime
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, atmospheric, stylized, psychological, serious, art house, dark, meditative, enigmatic ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, murder, police investigation, surrealism, neo noir, existentialism, neo-noir, murder mystery, surveillance, mentor, insanity, hotel, post apocalyptic, art, noir, stylish, crime, storytelling, fantasy world, desert, imagination, investigation, memory, crimes ...
Time: future
Place: africa, egypt, europe, middle east, cairo egypt

Most similar movies to The Element of Crime

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, atmospheric, enigmatic and suspenseful films with plots about dialogue, obsession, pornography, crime, storytelling, murder and crimes mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Element of Crime: Europa (1991), The Boston Strangler (1968), The Interview (1998), Contestant 13 (2005), The American Friend (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Europa
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, 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: surreal, atmospheric, bleak, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: train, idealism, assassination, fascism, betrayal, german, nazi, haunted by the past, visceral, jews, love, nazis ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, frankfurt germany
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System:   95%
    User:   99%
 
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974
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, stylized, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, police corruption, investigation, murder, mystery, torture, neo noir, corruption, police investigation, political corruption, murder mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, scotland, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   90%
    User:   74%
 
The Boston Strangler
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, investigation, crime, murder, police investigation, hospital, mystery, mental illness, chase, psychiatry, pornography, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   89%
    User:   96%
 
The Interview
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: police investigation, mystery, crime, serial killer, police, psychology, mind game, twists & turns, dialogue driven, investigation, murder, plot twist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   80%
    User:   80%
 
 7.4
 16K
Contestant 13
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: bleak, atmospheric, tense, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: crime, murder, surveillance, revenge, overdose, contests and competitions, drugs/alcohol, violence, violent, police investigation, twists & turns, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   79%
    User:   70%
 
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, stylized ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, murder, serial killer, police investigation, conspiracy, uncover truth, neo noir, corruption, investigation, police, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   79%
    User:   79%
 
The American Friend
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Style: suspenseful, serious, meditative, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: assassination, murder, gangsters, neo noir, hitman, cult, crime, friendship, artist, crimes, loneliness, noir ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: texas, hamburg germany, west germany, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   78%
    User:   87%
 
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The Butcher
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, disturbing, psychological, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mystery, small town, obsession, investigation, couple relations, stylish, new wave, brutality, relationships, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   76%
    User:   73%
 
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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
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, tense, biting, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime, politics, murder, police investigation, police, investigation, protagonist as suspect, political, fascism, brutality, corruption, legal investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   65%
 
A Pure Formality
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, tense, psychological ...
Plot: mystery, existentialism, afterlife, suicide, police station, investigation, mind game, life philosophy, pornography, art, life & death, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   62%
 
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
Style: cynical, tense, serious, bleak, enigmatic ...
Plot: gangsters, crime, murder, crime gone awry, gambling, gang, character study, existentialism, gangster, loneliness, crimes, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   72%
 
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983
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, stylized, serious, brutal ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, police corruption, corruption, torture, brutality, violence, investigation, police investigation, organized crime, missing child ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   56%
 
Monsieur Hire
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: suspenseful, atmospheric, sexy, suspense, serious ...
Plot: murder, voyeurism, obsession, serial killer, investigation, mystery, loneliness, french, femme fatale, neo noir, crime, amateur detective ...
Time: 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   58%
 
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar, and doctor lead a search for a victim of a murder to whom a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed. However, the search is ...
Style: talky, atmospheric, stylized, meditative, serious ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, crime, introspection, murder mystery, investigation, mystery, solitude, runaway, life & death, guilt, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   75%
 
 7.6
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Lady Vengeance
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, ...
Style: disturbing, stylized, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: vengeance, crime, vigilantism, redemption, revenge, torture, violence, kidnapping, murder, guilt, moral ambiguity, adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   65%
 
 6.9
 3K
Chronicles
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: suspenseful, tense, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, crime, journalism, prison, manipulation, police investigation, guilt, murder, murder mystery, psychopath, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, ecuador, new jersey, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   60%
 
 7.6
 53K
Funny Games
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
Style: disturbing, tense, psychological, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, violence, torture, sadism, blood, hostages, postmodernism, brutality, visceral, violent, family in danger, gratuitous violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   53%
 
 6.5
 7K
Shattered
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith who is trying to help him start his life again. He keeps getting flashbacks about events and places that he can't remember. He meets pet ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: private detective, mystery, amnesia, investigation, betrayal, chase, murder, memory loss, memory, twists & turns, hospital, secrets ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   56%
 
The Bride Wore Black
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal ? What is her purpose?
Style: stylized, serious, enigmatic, talky, realistic ...
Plot: murder, vengeance, revenge, serial killer, mystery, stylish, obsession, investigation, justice, death, pornography, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   46%
 
 7.2
 4K
Hell
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Paul, an irritable and stressed-out hotel manager, begins to gradually develop paranoid delusions about his wife's infidelity...
Style: psychological, serious, gloomy, enigmatic, cerebral ...
Plot: obsession, infidelity, insanity, adultery, paranoia, hotel, marriage, mentally unstable, murder, psychology, crumbling marriage, art ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   43%
 
 7.5
 17K
I Stand Alone
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Butcher (known from Noe's short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, psychological, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: pornography, existentialism, incest, violence, losing-it hero, brutality, loneliness, revenge, life philosophy, sexualized violence, vengeance, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   52%
 
 6.8
 48K
The Pledge
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 D├╝rrenmatt.
Style: bleak, surprise ending, serious, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, obsession, mystery, small town, insanity, police, paranoia, justice, police investigation, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   47%
 
 7.8
 16K
The Trial
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: paranoia, surrealism, fighting the system, courtroom, existentialism, imagination, guilt, workplace, expressionism, dreams, paranoid, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 18th century, 1920s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   47%
 
 7.0
 3K
Sweeney Todd
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A BBC adaptation of the Victorian "penny dreadful" tale of 18th century "demon barber" Sweeney Todd, of Fleet Street, who cuts the throats of unsuspecting clients in his London shop.
Style: atmospheric, gothic, serious, suspenseful, macabre ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, vengeance, cannibalism, obsession, murderous pair, prison, revenge, mind game, adaptation, demons ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1700s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   37%
 
The Killer Inside Me
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden, Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, serious, brutal ...
Plot: small town, murder, crime, violence, brutality, neo noir, revenge, bdsm, violent, serial killer, pornography, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   35%
 
The Limits of Control
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mysterious stranger works outside the law and keeps his objectives hidden, trusting no one. While his demeanor is paradoxically focused and dreamlike all at once, he embarks on a journey that not only takes him across Spain, but also through his ...
Style: surreal, stylized, talky, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: lone wolves, crime, existentialism, mysterious character, assassin, desert, art, criminal heroes, on the road, mentor, crimes, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   42%
 
 7.9
 379K
Nightcrawler
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: dark humor, clever, realistic, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, crime, obsession, greed, manipulation, police investigation, violence, neo noir, murder, sociopath, losing-it hero, ethics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   36%
 
Internal Affairs
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, sexual ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, police investigation, vengeance, investigation, manipulation, police, neo noir, murder, strong sexual content, corruption, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   34%
 
 6.9
 4K
Cutter's Way
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: murder, revenge, murder mystery, crimes, paranoia, investigation, deadly, character study, dishonesty, guilt, love and romance, obsession ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, vietnam, asia, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   40%
 
 7.4
 8K
The Cure
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Detective Takabe and psychologist ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, police investigation, mystery, insanity, mental illness, psychology, mysterious character, crime, amnesia, visceral ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   44%
 
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