Movies like Backyard

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Backyard
Original name: 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: atmospheric, serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, rough, scary, psychological
Plot: crime, serial killer, fighting crime, police investigation, murder, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, life is a bitch, society, police corruption, woman in danger, injustice, danger, dishonesty, incompetent police, u.s. mexico border, mexican border, mexican immigrant, rape victim, mexican american border, immigration, policewoman, evil man, female nudity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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The Killing
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany
57 min.
 8.4
The Killing
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA, Canada
45 min.
 8.3
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, crime, murder, deadly, law enforcement, police investigation and life is a bitch mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Backyard: Freeze Frame (2004), The Rosary Murders (1987), The Silence (2010), City Homicide (2007), The Last Deadly Mission (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Freeze Frame
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, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, crime, investigation, mind game, obsession, uncover truth, mystery, false accusation, dangerous attraction, alibi, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary
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The Rosary Murders
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: amateur detective, clergy, protagonist as suspect, crime, church, serial killer, mystery, investigation, mind game, moral dilemma, uncover truth, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: detroit, usa
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The Silence
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: bleak, serious, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, dealing with death, small town, crime, haunted by the past, murder, missing child, rape, crimes, danger, deadly, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
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System:   73%
    User:   64%
 
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City Homicide
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
Story: City Homicide was an Australian television drama series that aired on the Seven Network between 27 August 2007 and 30 March 2011. The series was set on the Homicide floor of a metropolitan police headquarters in Melbourne. The main characters were ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, partners against crime, school, protagonist as suspect, serial killer, mystery, witnessing a crime, murder, uncover truth, police corruption, who done it, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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The Last Deadly Mission
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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: redemption, crime, neo noir, haunted by the past, murder, urban, woman in danger, crimes, serial killer, deadly, law enforcement, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france
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Try to Remember
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Fifteen years after a murderer is convicted he is released and all the witnesses against him begin to be murdered.
Style: serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Plot: police investigation, mystery, partners against crime, vengeance, crime, murder, small town, small town life, who done it, woman in danger, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa
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The Fifth Woman
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland
Duration: 229 min.
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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, suspenseful ...
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The Virgin of Juarez
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: serious, suspenseful, talky, realistic, tense ...
Plot: investigation, crime, journalism, murder, who done it, woman in danger, religions or cults, serial killer, crimes, law enforcement, psychopath, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, mexico, latin america, usa
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    User:   60%
 
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Dead Sexy
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: serious, sexual, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: femme fatale, serial killer, crime, protagonist as suspect, witnessing a crime, mystery, manipulations, murder, dangerous attraction, sexual relations, who done it, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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System:   50%
    User:   58%
 
The River Murders
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: crime, protagonist as suspect, serial killer, murder, who done it, police investigation, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, uncover truth, sexual abuse, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   43%
 
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The Silence
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Drama about a deaf girl who witnesses the audacious murder of a policewoman.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: mute or deaf, mystery, witnessing a crime, police investigation, police corruption, crime, crimes, danger, deadly, murder, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   39%
 
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Fissure
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, realistic, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: amateur detective, college, protagonist as suspect, crime, laboratory, legal investigation, mind game, mystery, police investigation, murder, uncover truth, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   42%
 
In the Electric Mist
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: scary, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, mystery, police investigation, serial killer, crime, murder mystery, investigation, special agents, corruption, justice, adaptation, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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    User:   44%
 
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I Witness
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After 27 bodies are discovered in a collapsed tunnel in Tijuana, a man tries to unravel the mystery before becoming the next victim.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners against crime, special agents, factory, crime, fighting crime, investigation, kidnapping, uncover truth, missing person, police corruption, murder, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary
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The Night of the Sunflowers
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: village, neo noir, crimes, countryside, deadly, vengeance, crime, isolation, murder, village life, injustice, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
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System:   47%
    User:   51%
 
Calendar Girl Murders
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, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: crime, amateur detective, murderous pair, serial killer, mystery, witnessing a crime, mind game, murder, stalking, photographer, calendar, who done it ...
Time: 80s
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System:   47%
    User:   54%
 
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Bordertown
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: protagonist as suspect, serial killer, crime, investigation, factory, uncover truth, vengeance, murder, sexual abuse, rape, corruption, journalist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico, latin america, usa, chicago illinois
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System:   43%
    User:   40%
 
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
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System:   40%
    User:   34%
 
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We'll Meet Again
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, crime, false accusation, mystery, woman in danger, righting the wronged, life is a bitch, crimes, danger, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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System:   39%
    User:   39%
 
Human Trafficking
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: When a sixteen-year-old girl from the Ukraine, a single mother from Russia, an orphaned seventeen-year-old girl from Romania, and a twelve-year-old American tourist become the victims of international sex slave traffickers, a specialized team of ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, mystery, immigrants, prostitute, single parent, corruption, rescue, captivity, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, europe, russia, the philippines, ukraine ...
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System:   39%
    User:   44%
 
Trial & Retribution
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Story: Trial & Retribution is a feature-length ITV police procedural television drama series that began in 1997. It was devised and written by Lynda La Plante as a follow-on from her successful television series Prime Suspect. Each episode of the Trial ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: crime, police investigation, police detective, murder, police station, who done it, crimes, danger, courtroom, deadly, law enforcement, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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System:   39%
    User:   34%
 
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
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System:   39%
    User:   38%
 
Skeletons in the Closet
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, psychological
Plot: mysterious character, crime, protagonist as suspect, serial killer, small town, investigation, mystery, mind game, murder, uncover truth, who done it, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
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System:   38%
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The Deliberate Stranger
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, protagonist as suspect, manhunt, mind game, true crime, track down, uncover truth, murder, obsession, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: colorado, seattle, usa, utah
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System:   38%
    User:   33%
 
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Narc
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: bleak, realistic, tense, cynical, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, police corruption, police investigation, murder, investigation, undercover cop, police, brutality, violence, chase, drug addiction, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
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System:   37%
    User:   30%
 
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Dirty
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two gangbangers-turned-cops try and cover up a scandal within the LAPD.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, crime, gangsters, urban, master criminal, partners against crime, drug dealing, tough law enforcer, guilt, internal affairs, murder, police corruption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: cuba, latin america, los angeles
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Tattoo
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Marc Schrader, a rookie cop caught red-handed with drugs in a police raid of an illegal rave, joins a homicide investigation conducted by Chief Inspector Minks. The victim is a naked young woman with the skin stripped off her back, killed as she ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, neo noir, crime, gory, murder, psychopath, police investigation, crimes, tattoo, deadly, partners, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, japan
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System:   35%
    User:   35%
 
Law & Order: LA
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Law & Order: LA, originally titled Law & Order: Los Angeles, is an American police procedural and legal drama television series set in Los Angeles, where it was produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and developed by Blake Masters, it ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: crime, fighting crime, courtroom, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, partners, partners against crime, legal action, legal investigation, courtroom drama, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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System:   35%
    User:   39%
 

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The Badge
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A sheriff begins an investigation into the death of a local transsexual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his investigation causes him to be rejected by others, forcing him to seek help ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: small town, neo noir, investigation, crime, uncover truth, murder, mystery, political corruption, fighting the system, police investigation, election campaign, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana
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Unnatural Causes
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Roy Marsden returns as author P.D. James's indefatigable gumshoe, Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. This time, he's investigating the murder of a famous mystery writer whose body is found in the bottom of a dinghy on the Suffolk coast. To add a ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: private detective, ocean or sea, mystery, protagonist as suspect, army investigation, crime, legal investigation, manipulations, murder, police investigation, riddles and clues, who done it ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland yard
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System:   35%
    User:   32%
 
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