Movies like The Laughing Policeman

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The Laughing Policeman (1973)
 6.4
 2K
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: atmospheric, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, slang, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mystery, serial killer, psychopath, bus, killer, murder, mass murder, crimes, partners, crime, violence spree, chase, track down, against the rules, chases and races, who done it, law enforcement, police investigation, deadly, rivalry, police detective, mysterious character, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, nude black woman ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california

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Most similar movies to The Laughing Policeman

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and rough films with plots about crimes, deadly, law enforcement, murder, crime, serial killer and psychopath mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Laughing Policeman: The Gunman (2004), 1st to Die (2003), Twist of Fate (2002), The Zodiac (2005), The Rosary Murders (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Gunman (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Detective Ben Simm's wife is killed, he has to learn to be both father and mother to his little girl while searching for a Vigilante that has his own sense of justice.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: haunted by the past, vengeance, investigation, police detective, serial killer, psychopath, track down, vigilantism, who done it, murder, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
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95%
 5.6
 645
1st to Die (2003)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A homicide inspector -- Lindsay Boxer -- who teams with three other professional women to catch an ingenious serial killer targeting newlyweds on their wedding nights.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: serial killer, investigation, mystery, mind game, deadly, who done it, murder, track down, master criminal, partners against crime, fall in love, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, deadly, mystery, life is a bitch, crimes, who done it ...
Time: 70s, year 1978
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.3
 515
Twist of Fate (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Troubled police detective Jack Lucas is falsely accused of a series of murders and must prove his innocence by catching the real serial killer.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, false accusation, psychopath, murder, frame up, car chase, investigation, mind game, race against time, protagonist as suspect, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, psychopath, murder, investigation, obsession, crimes, mystery, mind game, gory, law enforcement, journalism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Rosary Murders (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A killer of Detroit clergy confesses to a priest (Donald Sutherland), who turns sleuth because he cannot tell the police.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, moral dilemma, serial killer, psychopath, church, haunted by the past, society, investigation, mystery, who done it, uncover truth, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
B.T.K. Killer (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Veteran Boogey Man and Zodiac Killer director Ulli Lommel continues his long tradition of delivering tense thrills with this relentless look at the life of the elusive, Kansas-based serial killer known to authorities only as "B.T.K." ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, investigation, life is a bitch, mind game, police investigation, chase, crimes, police detective, danger, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Gone but Not Forgotten (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: An Oregon woman vanishes. In her wake remains a single black rose & a note reading gone but not forgotten. Now a man stands accused: a private eye has gone missing: a detective knows more than she lets on: & a tough female attorney has ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic, tense
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, rivalry, deadly, murder, mind game, police detective, police investigation, mysterious character, who done it, danger, investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 5.4
 347
Perfect Prey (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A former Texas Ranger is recruited by a Houston police captain to assist a homicide detective in the search for an elusive serial killer who collects antique dolls.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: serial killer, texas ranger, psychologist, obsession, woman in danger, kidnapping, graphic violence, psychopath, police detective, criminal psychologist, murder, police investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Chasing Ghosts (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A serial killer targeting the city's mobsters taunts police with clues and photos left behind at the crime scenes. A veteran cop takes on a rookie partner hoping to crack one last case before retiring. As the web of deception and lies unravels, ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, police investigation, manhunt, psychopath, riddles and clues, track down, mystery, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: tense, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, psychopath, true crime, life is a bitch, false accusation, obsession, uncover truth, courtroom drama, track down, who done it ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: utah, colorado, usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.4
 767
Pavement (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Samuel Browne is a tracker in Alaska. When his sister meets a grisly death in San Francisco, he goes there to hunt her killer. As more murders occur, police investigator Buckley Clarke reluctantly joins forces with Sam. The brass are convinced this ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak, tense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, danger, mystery, psychopath, serial killer, deadly, animal life, police investigation, law enforcement, obsessive quest, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, alaska, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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, violence, police investigation, serial killer, drug use, deadly, youth, rivalry, slasher, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: murder, mind game, riddles and clues, serial killer, investigation, mystery, chases and races, crimes, danger, crime, vengeance, obsession ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Carolina Skeletons (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a long time in the army, an Afro-American soldier returns to his hometown, where, years ago, his brother was executed for the rape and murder of two white girls. The commando believes his brother to have been innocent and seeks a proof for ...
Style: rough, gloomy, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: interracial relations, false accusation, racism, electric chair, injustice, murder, amateur detective, law enforcement, legal investigation, deadly, crime, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, south carolina, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.7
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Starkweather (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1958 Nebraska 19 year old garbageman Charles Starkweather goes on a murder spree with his 14 year old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate killing 11 people in three months, introducing America to spree killing.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, road movie
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, mind game, lovers on the run, deadly, murder, teenage life, track down, gory, law enforcement, chase ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nebraska, wyoming, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.0
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The Riverman (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A series of interviews are conducted with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy in hopes of gaining insight into the Green River Killer who is terrorizing Seattle.
Style: rough, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, psychopath, serial killer, mind game, life is a bitch, crimes, track down, woman in danger, deadly, brutality, violence, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, florida, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Hillside Strangler (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Kenneth Bianchi is a security guard whose attempts to become a police officer are repeatedly thwarted. He moves to California to live with his cousin Angelo and dates a string of women, becoming increasingly preoccupied with sex. Eventually the ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, based on true events ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, psychopath, violence, murder, police investigation, strangulation, rape, sexual abuse, crimes, hidden identity, serial rapist ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Out of the Darkness (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A gripping thriller telling the true story of the hunt and capture of David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "Son of Sam" — the infamous serial killer who stalked New York in the 70s.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, mind bending
Plot: serial killer, brooklyn new york city, murder, fighting crime, crime, law enforcement, mystery, deadly, danger, clergy, crimes, stalking ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 3.9
 4K
Kill Switch (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A troubled detective travels to Memphis in order to track down a pair of serial killers.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, special agents, murder, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, law enforcement, race against time, rivalry, track down, tough law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, tense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, journalism, master criminal, investigation, uncover truth, brutality, protestant, journalist, violent, dark hero ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, mysterious character, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, deadly, crimes, single parent, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Donato and Daughter (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Though emotionally estranged, a father and daughter team of Los Angeles police detectives must work together to stop a serial killer. Along the way, the two find themselves forced to deal with a number of painful secrets from their past.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: serial killer, parents and children, family life, psychopath, crimes, fighting crime, amateur detective, partners, law enforcement, estrangement, deadly, who done it ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 4.9
 650
Night Game (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A police detective tracks a serial killer who is stalking young women on a beach front after each game that a baseball pitcher wins
Style: rough, offbeat, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: serial killer, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), psychopath, police detective, baseball, danger, deadly, crime, graphic violence, who done it, woman in danger ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.8
 759
Dot.Kill (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The morphine-addicted detective Charlie Daines is on the trail of a sophisticated psychopath who is setting up murders and broadcasting them live on the internet. As he closes in on the killer, he realizes that it has become personal and that he is ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, mind game, track down, rivalry, danger, deadly, race against time, crimes, computers and web, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, suspenseful, rough, scary, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, rape and murder, who done it, deadly, psychopath, strong violent content, life is a bitch, crimes, danger, law enforcement, stalking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Madigan (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, law enforcement, investigation, crimes, tough law enforcer, partners, dishonesty, partners against crime, law enforcer killer, police detective, police station, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
When the Bough Breaks (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A police detective investigates the apparent serial killing of several children which is linked to an institutionalized, autistic child.
Style: psychological, serious, tense, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, investigation, police investigation, mystery, murder, missing person, danger, deadly, police detective, psychopath, mentally unstable ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.0
 435
Slow Burn (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The murder of the ex-wife of Doctor Sam Charney (Rutger Hauer) leads Detective Della Wilder (Pam Grier) to uncover a series of women's murders somehow linked to a big pharmaceutical company.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, psychopath, reluctant partners, crimes, who done it, law enforcement, police investigation, female detective, deadly, partners, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, investigation, political corruption, police, crimes, mystery, dishonesty, partners against crime, neo noir, tough law enforcer, law enforcement ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%