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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: 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, rape, female nudity, policewoman, corruption, immigration, u.s. mexico border, rape victim, evil man, mexican american border ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and tense films with plots about crimes, deadly, crime, law enforcement, murder, serial killer and police investigation 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), Freeze Frame (2004), The Last Deadly Mission (2008). 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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: village, vengeance, isolation, murder, salesman, neo noir, crimes, countryside, deadly, crime, village life, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
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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: suspenseful, talky, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, investigation, journalism, murder, who done it, woman in danger, religions or cults, crimes, law enforcement, psychopath, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, mexico, latin america, usa
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74%
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime, serial killer, police investigation, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, murderous pair, fighting crime, murder, strangulation, police detective
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, prison life, crime, prison, psychopath, crimes, deadly, manipulations, woman in danger, confined, danger, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, alibi, obsession, false accusation, profiler, serial killer, crime, investigation, suspect, mind game, uncover truth, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: redemption, murder, serial killer, neo noir, crime, haunted by the past, urban, woman in danger, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, crimes, protagonist as suspect, crime, who done it, deadly, law enforcement, uncover truth, sexual abuse, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, moral dilemma, murder, psychopath, amateur detective, clergy, church, protagonist as suspect, crime, mystery, investigation, mind game ...
Time: 80s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: serious, bleak, twists and turns, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, crime, crime scene, found footage, chases and races, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, partners, murderous pair, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: missing person, drugs/alcohol, investigation, uncover truth, crimes, danger, journalism, political conspiracy, woman in danger, dishonesty, state affairs, sibling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: serious, bleak, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: missing child, rape, murder, child killer, serial killer, dealing with death, child molester, small town, crime, haunted by the past, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, psychological
Plot: serial killer, murder, mysterious character, crime, protagonist as suspect, small town, mystery, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, who done it, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.4
 752
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, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: mystery, police investigation, amateur detective, protagonist as suspect, crime, serial killer, investigation, mind game, dangerous attraction, haunted by the past, murder, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, alaska, south africa, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: reincarnation, woman in danger, mystery, crimes, college student, crime, danger, deadly, serial killer, law enforcement, police detective
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, drugs/alcohol, crime, stalking, strong sexual content, who done it, psychopath, crimes, danger, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, disturbing, realistic, rough, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, violence spree, psychopath, crimes, deadly, slasher, mind game, stalking, murder, who done it, woman in danger ...
Time: 50s
Place: wisconsin, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 293
The Commander (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Commander Clare Blake has risen to the top of her profession in the male-dominated Metropolitan Police Service and is now the head of the serious crimes unit. Some years previously she arrested James Lampton for murder. He was subsequently sentenced ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: murder, serial killer, crime, who done it, police investigation, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, manipulations, ex convict, team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Fifth Woman (2002)
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 ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, vigilantism, murder, mystery, police investigation, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, life is a bitch, police detective, battered wife ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, mind bending, scary, bleak ...
Plot: murder, island, estate, danger, isolation, crimes, crime, confined, master and servant, haunted by the past, mystery, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Fissure (2009)
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: murder, police detective, college, amateur detective, protagonist as suspect, crime, laboratory, legal investigation, mind game, mystery, police investigation, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.4
 390
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, reluctant partners, serial killer, crime, tough law enforcer, track down, who done it, psychopath, chases and races, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.5
 944
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, rough ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, small town, protagonist as suspect, crime, serial killer, mystery, investigation, journalism, mind game, stalking, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Killing Words (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A mild-mannered psychopath plays mind-games with a woman he has tied to a chair in his basement.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, tense ...
Plot: mind game, murder, psychopath, serial killer, crime, vengeance, haunted by the past, woman in danger, crimes, danger, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 2.3
 828
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: investigation, crimes, danger, serial killer, manipulations, police investigation, haunted by the past, murder, woman in danger, wizards and magicians, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Borkmann's Point (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Van Veeteren finds retiring from the police force is easier said than done when two decapitated bodies are found in quick succession. The matching MO in the two grisly murders brings the investigation teams of Maardam and Kaalbringen together - a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, police investigation, mystery, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, partners against crime, private detective, partners, police procedural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.7
 509
Reflections (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Europol Agent Tom Brindle is called to Barcelona, Spain, to track down the notorious serial killer known as Pygmalion. A set of fingerprints lead to a young, volatile soldier, Marco Soler. Agent Brindle arrests Marco and intensely interrogates him, ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, crime, police investigation, serial killer, estate, manhunt, mind game, who done it, chases and races, crimes, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: suspenseful, atmospheric, twists and turns, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, murder, crime, police investigation, neo noir, uncover truth, mystery, who done it, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: yorkshire, england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, hospital, double life, crime, mind game, investigation, split personality, police investigation, strangulation, police detective, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: calendar, photographer, serial killer, murder, amateur detective, crime, murderous pair, mystery, witnessing a crime, mind game, stalking, who done it ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%