Movies like L.A. Confidential

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L.A. Confidential (1997)
 8.3
 487K
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: tense, captivating, cynical, talky, clever, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, murder, dangerous attraction, corpse, district attorney, domestic violence, prostitute, police corruption, fighting the system, millionaire, heroin, organized crime, gang, manipulations, gunfight, corruption, police investigation, actor, neo noir, gay slur, blackmail, reporter, police brutality, interrogation, call girl ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona

Most similar movies to L.A. Confidential

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, interesting and suspenseful films with plots about crime, murder, police investigation, dialogue, crimes, greed and corruption mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like L.A. Confidential: The Black Dahlia (2006), Insomnia (2002), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Se7en (1995), The Departed (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Black Dahlia (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, obsession, murder, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, danger, love triangle, mystery, crime, hollywood, power relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1947, year 1946, 1940s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 251K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, guilt, fbi, insomnia, police corruption, blackmail, small town, police detective, investigator, investigation, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright, a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: missing person, murder, neo noir, jazz club, private detective, political corruption, crime, neo-noir, mystery, uncover truth, crimes, interracial relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.3M
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, crime, police investigation, investigation, killings, crimes, torture, insanity, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Movie in collections
 8.5
 1.1M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, mafia, undercover, working undercover, undercover cop, organized crime, crimes, mind game, police, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, china, taiwan, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.2
 263K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: atmospheric, mind bending, cynical, bleak, tense ...
Plot: private detective, rape, incest, investigation, murder, corruption, surveillance, dishonesty, secret, threat, haunted by the past, tragic event ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, political corruption, police, police investigation, mystery, dishonesty, crimes, partners against crime, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 384K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, victim, journalist, paranoia, investigation, mystery, code, crimes, mind game ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1979 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 19K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, police investigation, partners, fighting the system, rookie, law enforcement, testimony, crimes, dishonesty, crime and punishment, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 126K
State of Play (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: murder, politics, political conspiracy, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, investigative journalism, investigation, assassination, conspiracy, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Internal Affairs (1990)
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, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, internal affairs, psychopath, police investigation, crime, dishonesty, rivalry, law enforcement, vengeance, mind game, workplace intrigue, manipulations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
American Gangster (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gangsters, police corruption, heroin, organized crime, smuggling, rise and fall, mob boss, mafia, police detective, dishonesty, criminal heroes ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, bronx new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 37K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: tense, bleak, cynical, realistic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police brutality, child abuse, violence, police detective, drug dealing, drug overdose, beating, drug addict, police shootout, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
 71K
Broken City (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor. Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mayor, betrayal, politics, election, political corruption, crime, revenge, uncover truth, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.3
 14K
Edison (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes a shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: police corruption, police brutality, journalist, fighting the system, legal, crimes, uncover truth, dishonesty, investigation, law enforcement, crime, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, new orleans, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.4
 4K
Cop (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, scary, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, police corruption, feminist, dirty cop, internal affairs, coffee, dysfunctional family, pizza, high school, mercilessness ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.3
 121K
The Negotiator (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The police try to arrest expert hostage negotiator Danny Roman, who insists he's being framed for his partner's murder in what he believes is an elaborate conspiracy. Thinking there's evidence in the Internal Affairs offices that ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, intellectual, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police corruption, false accusation, frame up, corruption, police, uncover truth, innocence, sniper, swat, conspiracy, hostages ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 6K
Deceiver (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion on one of her clients, James Wayland, a brilliant, self-destructive and epileptic heir to a textile fortune. So detectives Braxton and Kennesaw take Wayland in for questioning, thinking they can ...
Style: clever, talky, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, mind game, violence, prostitute, secret, police investigation, deadly, dishonesty, crimes, drugs/alcohol, rivalry, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 5K
Q & A (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuse to help him.
Style: talky, rough, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, murder, crime boss, police brutality, investigation, crime, fighting the system, tough law enforcer, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.7
 231K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, disappearance, kidnapping, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, crimes, conspiracy, missing child, peril, uncover truth, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 353K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, police corruption, rookie, police brutality, african american, mentor, one day, drug dealing, bad cop, corruption, frame up, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.1
 2K
Hustle (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Phil Gaines is a bitter, cynical cop who investigates the case of a dead stripper/porno actress found on the beach. Gaines is experiencing a troubled relationship with a hooker, and things don't get any better when the dead girl's father ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, murder, loss of daughter, neo noir, beach, suicide, hostage, police, crimes, high priced lawyer, police investigation, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, rough, captivating ...
Plot: murder, uncover truth, vengeance, investigation, dishonesty, fighting the system, corruption, violence, law enforcement, death of daughter, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 102K
Street Kings (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a ...
Style: tense, serious, twists and turns, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, dirty cop, police investigation, tough law enforcer, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
 39K
Blood Work (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, mystery, crimes, investigation, deadly, dishonesty, doctor patient relationship, foot chase, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: murder, investigation, voodoo, journalism, crime, small town, unlikely criminals, culture clash, lawyer, courtroom, murder trial, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.2
 9K
Twilight (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A retired ex-cop and private detective gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money and walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of an actress' former husband.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, suspense, talky ...
Plot: private detective, murder, missing person, femme fatale, mystery, who done it, uncover truth, crime, dishonesty, haunted by the past, amateur detective, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, undercover, betrayal, murder, racial slur, working undercover, violence, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.
Style: cynical, stylized, atmospheric, witty, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, murder, betrayal, neo noir, friendship, bribery, disfigurement, investigation, crime, mystery, gangsters, neo-noir ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, mexico, california, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 34K
Sea of Love (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Seen-it-all New York detective Frank Keller is unsettled - he has done twenty years on the force and could retire, and he hasn't come to terms with his wife leaving him for a colleague. Joining up with an officer from another part of town to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, sexy, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, police, suspect, police detective, femme fatale, newspaper, crime, crimes, sexual relations, strong sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%