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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 suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about crimes, deadly, law enforcement, crime, murder, police investigation and serial killer mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Backyard: The Night of the Sunflowers (2006), The Last Deadly Mission (2008), The River Murders (2011), The Virgin of Juarez (2006), Thorne: Scaredycat (2010). 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: bleak, serious, atmospheric, rough, realistic ...
Plot: isolation, murder, village, vengeance, social relations, countryside, police investigation, salesman, murder mystery, deadly, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: suspenseful, psychological, rough, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, redemption, woman in danger, haunted by the past, law enforcement, deadly, life is a bitch, crime, dishonesty, neo noir, swat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, crimes, murder, uncover truth, woman in danger, cop as target, life is a bitch, false accusation, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, who done it, deadly, law enforcement, woman in danger, journalism, police investigation, investigation, media, crimes, crime, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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: tense, suspenseful, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, police detective, serial killer, police investigation, crimes, crime, murderous pair, strangulation, deadly, law enforcement, fighting crime
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, violence spree, crimes, murder, law enforcement, police investigation, mind game, danger, stalking, deadly, woman in danger ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, wisconsin, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, psychological, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, prison, psychopath, law enforcement, deadly, prison life, woman in danger, danger, confined, crime, manipulations, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough
Plot: investigation, haunted by the past, police detective, murder, serial killer, deadly, crimes, manipulations, danger, dishonesty, woman in danger, wizards and magicians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 3K
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: tense, suspenseful, rough, bleak, disturbing ...
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 ⇓
55%
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: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: murder, injustice, police investigation, estrangement, deadly, partners, family problems, dishonesty, law enforcement, police corruption, vengeance, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Columbus Circle (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An heiress who's been shut inside her apartment building for nearly two decades is forced to confront her fears after one of her neighbors is killed and a detective arrives to begin the investigation.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, police investigation, crimes, isolation, law enforcement, deadly, concierge, privacy invasion, crime, domestic disturbance, nosy, heir heiress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
In the Electric Mist (2009)
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: psychological, suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: murder, police detective, police investigation, uncover truth, mystery, swamp, life is a bitch, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, serial killer, baseball ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 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, suspenseful, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, woman in danger, femme fatale, murder, prostitute, police investigation, dangerous attraction, mystery, sexual relations, deadly, dishonesty, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, realistic, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, memory loss, mystery, price of justice, chases and races, life is a bitch, false accusation, righting the wronged, spouse killer, woman in danger, danger, amateur detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ 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: rough, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, journalist, murder, factory, investigation, factory worker, corruption, uncover truth, protagonist as suspect, police corruption, rapist, sexual abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico, latin america, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, crimes, danger, serial killer, dishonesty, psychopath, dangerous attraction, deadly, police investigation, rivalry, bank ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Man on the Balcony (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A serial-killer attacks and murders young girls in the parks of Stockholm. The police have trouble finding any evidence to find the killer. But when a newsstand is robbed in one of the parks while the murderer strikes again, police inspector Martin ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, deadly, law enforcement, mystery, dishonesty, child murder investigation, murder, child murder, crime, criminal heroes, crimes, female nudity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, serious, atmospheric, bleak, rough ...
Plot: murder, psychopath, moral dilemma, serial killer, church, haunted by the past, who done it, society, uncover truth, mystery, vengeance, clergy ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 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, bleak, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: woman in danger, missing person, border, political conspiracy, crimes, state affairs, uncover truth, investigation, journalism, dishonesty, drugs/alcohol, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: psychological, bleak, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: child killer, missing child, child molester, murder, rape, dealing with death, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, uncover truth, couple relations, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.6
 525
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: psychological, serious, scary, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, crime, track down, siblings relations, manhunt, police investigation, serial killer, mind game, danger, twins, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, realistic, psychological, serious, bleak
Plot: murder, serial killer, mysterious character, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, crime, mystery, crimes, single parent, haunted by the past, psychopath, small town ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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: serious, scary, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, crime, who done it, uncover truth, deadly, mind game, stalking, investigation, serial killer, psychopath, boss and employee, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: psychological, serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: mind game, psychopath, protagonist as suspect, mysterious character, crime, who done it, crimes, mystery, riddles and clues, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, scary, tense ...
Plot: murder, island, danger, isolation, estate, crimes, crime, confined, haunted by the past, master and servant, mystery, adult virgin ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: reincarnation, police detective, serial killer, law enforcement, deadly, woman in danger, danger, crime, crimes, mystery, college student
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, murder, police investigation, crime, uncover truth, corrupt officer, who done it, life is a bitch, crimes, riddles and clues, mystery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: yorkshire, europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: disturbing, rough, bleak, serious, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, witness, courtroom, on the run, legal, rebellion, injustice, dishonesty, power relations, danger, murder, prison ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Chasing Shadows (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Chasing Shadows' follows a team of special operatives who are tracking down serial killers.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, deadly, partners, law enforcement, crime, missing person, crimes
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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: realistic, disturbing, tense, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, police detective, protagonist as suspect, crime, uncover truth, riddles and clues, who done it, deadly, law enforcement, amateur detective, crimes, legal investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%