Movies like Mystic River

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Mystic River (2003)
 8.0
 376K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, captivating, suspense, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, murder, death in the family, sexual abuse, childhood, vigilantism, mystery, loss of child, tragic event, guilt, child abuse, missing person, loss of daughter, ex convict, grief, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, suspicion, kidnapping, innocence lost, police detective, baseball, loss of loved one, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts

Most similar movies to Mystic River

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and psychological films with plots about murder, corruption, crimes, death, police investigation, storytelling and secrets mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Mystic River: Gone Baby Gone (2007), Se7en (1995), Prisoners (2013), Fracture (2007), Dolores Claiborne (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 225K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, disappearance, missing child, private detective, conspiracy, murder, violence, life is a bitch, victim, secret, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.2M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, mind game, psychopath, crime, investigation, police investigation, torture, killings, crimes, police, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 496K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, investigation, disappearance, brutality, revenge, torture, crime, vigilantism, moral ambiguity, maze ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 162K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, enigmatic, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, mind game, obsession, perfect crime, courtroom drama, legal investigation, manipulation, attempted murder, lawyer, adultery, guilt, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court's findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
Plot: island, murder, child abuse, maid, domestic violence, incest, dysfunctional family, investigation, reporter, bar, anger, bank account ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 155K
Primal Fear (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not ...
Style: clever, talky, psychological, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: mental illness, courtroom drama, corruption, psychopath, bishop, split personality, legal investigation, insanity, murder, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, pornographic video ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.3
 85K
The Killing (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.
Style: psychological, gloomy, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, crime, police investigation, who done it, murder, riddles and clues, multiple suspects, female protagonist, female detective, parents and children, haunted by the past, loss of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 22K
Just Cause (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, revenge, serial killer, prison, neo noir, death row, mystery, psychopath, electric chair, crime, swamp, police brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 127K
The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: tense, clever, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bar, crime, gangsters, organized crime, robbery, hitman, catholic, church, blackmail, bartender, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, New Zealand
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.
Style: suspense, emotional, tense, psychological, dark ...
Plot: rape, afterlife, death in the family, serial killer, loss of child, dealing with death, loss of daughter, murder, loss of loved one, heaven and hell, pedophile, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.6
 170K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: gloomy, serious, disturbing, realistic, rough ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, childhood, sexual abuse, court, vengeance, friendship, lawyer, juvenile delinquent, crime, haunted by the past, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 246K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, guilt, insomnia, police corruption, fbi, small town, investigator, police detective, blackmail, suspect, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 989K
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: memory loss, uncover truth, amnesia, mystery, vengeance, revenge, haunted by the past, murder, investigation, paranoia, flashback, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 207K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: emotional, gloomy, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: redemption, life is a bitch, suicide attempt, desperation, surgery, guilt, death, death in the family, crimes, hit and run, mathematics, attempted murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
 12K
Insomnia (1997)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Detectives Jonas and Erik are called to the midnight sun country of northern Norway to investigate a recent homicide, but their plan to arrest the killer goes awry, and Jonas mistakenly shoots Erik. The suspect escapes, and a frightened Jonas pins ...
Style: tense, bleak, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: insomnia, murder, crime, police investigation, neo noir, crimes, rivalry, mystery, police detective, small town, police corruption, neo-noir ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.0
 408K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: clever, bleak, serious, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, police detective, serial killer, crimes, murder, partners, investigation, partners against crime, who done it, law enforcement, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Bone Collector (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, rough, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, police investigation, forensics, mind game, riddles and clues, crime, policewoman, master criminal, investigation, reluctant partners, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 719K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, missing wife, manipulation, disappearance, investigation, mind game, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, femme fatale, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: missouri, usa, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, clever, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, kidnapping, private detective, crime, investigation, mafia, serial killer, revenge, haunted by the past, drug dealer, murder of wife, ex cop ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, contemporary, 21st century, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, uncover truth, investigation, violence, political corruption, vengeance, corruption, homicide detective, death of daughter, corporate crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Reservation Road (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: lawyer, revenge, investigation, car, baseball, redemption, family, hit and run, loss of son, loss of child, vengeance, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 65K
Death Sentence (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, stylized, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, gang, revenge, murder, hospital, semiautomatic pistol, justice, crime, tragic event, repayment, police officer killed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.8
 217K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, sentimental, heartbreaking ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, fighting the system, uncover truth, insanity, missing person, police, conspiracy, mother love, kidnapping, corruption, loss of son ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle washington, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 36K
Narc (2002)
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: murder, undercover, police brutality, child abuse, violence, drug dealing, beating, drug overdose, police shootout, drug addict, crime, police corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 75K
Arlington Road (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Threats from sinister foreign nationals aren't the only thing to fear. Bedraggled college professor Michael Faraday has been vexed (and increasingly paranoid) since his wife's accidental death in a botched FBI operation. But all that takes ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: paranoia, murder, terrorism, neighbor, politics, bomb, professor, blueprint, terrorist, fbi, obsession, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, west virginia, washington d.c., kansas, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, sexual abuse, danger, crime, rape, missing person, uncover truth, journalist, partners, search, abuse, unlikely relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1966, 1960s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 ⇓
31%
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: serious, exciting, tense, rough, psychological ...
Plot: vigilantism, vengeance, fighting the system, murder, crime, prison, master criminal, mind game, justice, danger, death, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.6
 20K
Horsemen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police, police investigation, gory, crime, psychopath, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, life is a bitch, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Spain, South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, mysterious, intense ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, murder, crime, mystery, uncover truth, haunted by the past, fbi, injustice, dishonesty, obsession, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: usa, los angeles, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%