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Backyard (2009)
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Backyard (2009)
Original name: Backyard: El traspatio
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 factories. In the film Mexican police officer Blanca Bravo is sent to Cuidad Juarez to investigate and comes to learn realities of these women's lives, as well as the truth about a police force and local power structure embodied by entrepreneur Mickey Santos that has ceased to care.
Style: scary, psychological, tense, atmospheric, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: crimes, serial killer, injustice, crime, life is a bitch, police corruption, danger, murder, society, fighting crime, dishonesty, law enforcement, police investigation, deadly, woman in danger, incompetent police, rape, female nudity, female police officer, policewoman, villain, corruption, immigration, voyeurism, mexican border ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america

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Most similar movies to Backyard

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, deadly, crime, law enforcement, murder, police investigation and serial killer mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Backyard: The Night of the Sunflowers (2006), The Virgin of Juarez (2006), Thorne: Scaredycat (2010), The Last Deadly Mission (2008), The River Murders (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Night of the Sunflowers (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Portugal
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The body a teenage girl is discovered in a field of sunflowers. At the same time a travelling salesman watches the events unfold on television, whilst in the small village of Angosto the discovery of a prehistoric cave brings excitement and the ...
Style: realistic, rough, bleak, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: salesman, isolation, vengeance, village, murder, law enforcement, social relations, injustice, countryside, neo noir, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Virgin of Juarez (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a reporter travels to Juarez to cover the ongoing story of the mass murder of local working women, she uncovers the amazing story of "The Virgin Of Juarez," a survivor of an attack who has developed stigmata, a sign of holiness, and ...
Style: talky, tense, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, woman in danger, law enforcement, deadly, religions or cults, investigation, journalism, police investigation, media, crime, who done it, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, mexico, los angeles, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Thorne: Scaredycat (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: D.I. Tom Thorne's latest case puts him on the hunt for not one, but two serial killers, who seem to be working together, yet killing separately.
Style: gloomy, rough, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, law enforcement, fighting crime, deadly, murder, strangulation, murderous pair, crimes, crime
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of one of the most gruesome killers in American history. Now, years after inspiring "Psycho's" Norman Bates, "The Silence Of The Lambs'" Buffalo Bill and "The Texas Chainsaw ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, scary, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, violence spree, crimes, law enforcement, murder, psychopath, police investigation, deadly, stalking, danger, mind game, woman in danger ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, wisconsin, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: psychological, gloomy, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, neo noir, redemption, serial killer, dishonesty, woman in danger, child birth, crime, life is a bitch, law enforcement, swat, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The River Murders (2011)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The sins of the past are not forgotten in this chilling suspense thriller. When the first body was discovered, it seemed a coincidence. But now homicide detective Jack Verdon has cause to worry: the victims of a series of brutal sex murders are all ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, tense
Plot: murder, serial killer, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, false accusation, sexual abuse, cop as target, danger, woman in danger, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Boston Strangler: The Untold Story (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Boston Strangler: The Untold Story is an intense true-crime thriller about Albert De Salvo, a wise cracking, small time criminal with an unrelenting sex drive, who ultimately falsely confesses to being the strangler that wreaked havoc in Boston ...
Style: realistic, psychological, scary, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, deadly, rivalry, prison life, psychopath, law enforcement, crime, crimes, confined, manipulations, danger, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.4
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Freeze Frame (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sean Veil is an ultra paranoid murder suspect who takes to filming himself round the clock to provide an alibi, just in case he's ever accused of another crime. Problems arise however when the police do come calling and the one tape that can ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, disturbing, rough, tense ...
Plot: obsession, false accusation, haunted by the past, alibi, mind game, uncover truth, life is a bitch, mystery, mental illness, suspect, crime, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Reckoning (2014)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When a detective is called in to investigate the roadside execution of his partner, he discovers at the crime scene a data card from a video camera. The card contains footage shot by two runaway teenagers who are making a documentary about the drug ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, injustice, estrangement, chases and races, partners against crime, crimes, murderous pair, life is a bitch, crime, dealing with death, uncover truth, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
We'll Meet Again (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Socialite Molly Lasch is released from prison after serving a six-year sentence for the murder of her husband, Dr. Gary Lasch. Now, with the help of Fran, an investigative reporter, Molly sets out to prove her innocence. Together they uncover a ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, partners, dishonesty, amateur detective, crime, protagonist as suspect, deadly, law enforcement, danger, woman in danger, false accusation, memory loss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.2
 677
Dead Sexy (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A female detective gets involved with a murder suspect in a series of serial killings.
Style: erotic, rough, sexy, tense, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, murder, woman in danger, femme fatale, law enforcement, couples, deadly, psychopath, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 4.2
 2K
Border Run (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A female American reporter searches for her missing brother against the backdrop of violence and human smuggling across the US/Mexican border.
Style: serious, rough, bleak, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: woman in danger, missing person, crimes, dishonesty, political conspiracy, drugs/alcohol, investigation, journalism, danger, state affairs, uncover truth, sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.0
 10K
Bordertown (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The opening titles explain that American corporations are using the North American Free Trade Agreement by opening large maquiladoras right across the United States–Mexico border. The maquiladoras hire mostly Mexican women to work long hours for ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: journalist, murder, factory worker, investigation, factory, corruption, police investigation, uncover truth, protagonist as suspect, police corruption, rapist, sexual abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico, latin america, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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: disturbing, psychological, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: missing child, child killer, murder, rape, child molester, obsession, small town, haunted by the past, couples, deadly, law enforcement, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.6
 163
Ladies Night (2005)
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Insurance investigators track a serial killer who seduces women with access to big bucks, convinces them to embezzle, then kills them.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, cynical, realistic
Plot: murder, mind game, danger, serial killer, crimes, psychopath, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, deadly, police investigation, rivalry, heist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, bleak, serious, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, moral dilemma, church, haunted by the past, legal, vengeance, who done it, uncover truth, mystery, investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 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: realistic, psychological, suspenseful, bleak, serious
Plot: murder, serial killer, crime, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, uncover truth, single parent, police investigation, psychopath, mind game, alcohol abuse, small town ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Ten Little Indians (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A disturbing psychological thriller based on the classic novel by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers are forced to come face to face with their dark pasts after receiving an anonymous invitation to an isolated island off the coast of England.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, bleak, tense, scary ...
Plot: murder, island, danger, isolation, estate, crime, crimes, confined, haunted by the past, master and servant, adult virgin, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Haven't We Met Before? (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the novel by Mary Higgins Clark. Under hypnosis, a mental patient admits to several recent murders. He also offers a strange defense when he claims that he is the reincarnation of a 19th century man who was wrongly executed.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: reincarnation, police detective, serial killer, deadly, law enforcement, danger, woman in danger, crime, crimes, mystery, college student
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, murder, police investigation, crime, who done it, life is a bitch, mystery, uncover truth, crimes, riddles and clues, bribery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: yorkshire, europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Perfect Witness (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A witness to a mob killing has second thoughts about testifying when he realizes his family might become a target.
Style: psychological, disturbing, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, witness, courtroom, law enforcement, dishonesty, on the run, legal, injustice, deadly, power relations, prison, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 2.0
 910
Magic Man (2010)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In order to see magic idol Krell Darius perform his world-famous magic act, a beautiful aspiring young-magician, Tatiana, travels from New York to Las Vegas with her closest friends, BFFs, Elena and Vera. As the layers of illusion unfold, so too do ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: woman in danger, manipulations, crimes, police investigation, serial killer, police detective, danger, murder, investigation, wizards and magicians, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.0
 98
Fissure (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Detective Paul Grunning is sent on a routine call to a local professor's home. When things turn deadly, he must navigate a fractured reality to solve the mystery before it's too late.
Style: serious, suspenseful, mind bending, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: murder, police detective, who done it, legal investigation, riddles and clues, life is a bitch, amateur detective, rivalry, college, laboratory, crimes, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 5.4
 756
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: rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: who done it, crime, lone wolves, reluctant partners, chases and races, protagonist as suspect, serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, vengeance, amateur detective, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south africa, alaska, africa, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Calendar Girl Murders (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Millionaire Richard Trainor is celebrating the fact that his new calendar featuring twelve nude woman is a huge success. However the party is ruined when Miss January is pushed off a building and later on that night Miss February is knifed to death. ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, mind bending, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, photographer, calendar, murderous pair, witnessing a crime, who done it, crimes, crime, mystery, psychopath, stoners ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.5
 951
American Crime (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young smalltown reporter, Jessie St. Claire, begins investigating a killer stalking his victims making video tapes. This might just be the career opportunity, which she has hoped for. When she herself becomes a target and suddenly disappears, the ...
Style: tense, scary, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, journalism, police investigation, small town life, law enforcement, deadly, media, serial killer, investigation, amateur detective, mind game, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, murder, mind game, split personality, police detective, strangulation, double life, police investigation, crime, mystery, manhunt, psychopath ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Letter from Death Row (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A psychological thriller that takes you through the mind of convicted killer, Michael Raine, and his experiences on death row. Was he guilty of killing his girlfriend or was he a victim of a conspiracy to frame him for a crime he didn't commit? ...
Style: psychological, tense, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: death row, murder, prison life, mystery, riddles and clues, confined, state affairs, deadly, dishonesty, destiny, false accusation, prison ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.1
 7K
Knight Moves (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A psychologist falls for a world-class chess player suspected of odd murders linked to his game.
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, scary, realistic ...
Plot: chess, serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, police investigation, crime, betrayal, protagonist as suspect, crimes, knight, psychopath ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.1
 298
The Coverup (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Personal injury attorney Stuart Pepper faces the challenge of his young career when he takes on a controversial case of wrongful death in small town Iowa. Kevin Thacker's body was found in the alley outside the Marshalltown Police Department ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: mystery, corruption, deadly, small town life, dishonesty, law enforcement, inventions and discoveries, legal, rivalry, small town, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%