Movies like Oldboy

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Oldboy (2003)
 8.4
 451K
Oldboy (2003)
Original name: 올드보이
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, psychological, disturbing, rough, brutal, twists and turns, twist ending, gloomy, stylized ...
Plot: incest, vengeance, loneliness, mind game, revenge, secret, confined, losing-it hero, sin, violence, neo noir, strong sexual content, life is a bitch, psychological torture, love, older man younger woman relationship, solitary, twists & turns, stabbing, obsession, torture, anger, catholic, notebook, brother sister incest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: korea, asia, south korea, hong kong, manhattan new york city, stockholm sweden

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Most similar movies to Oldboy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, tense, intense and realistic films with plots about storytelling, murder, violence, twists & turns, blood, vengeance and secrets mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Oldboy: I Saw the Devil (2010), Shutter Island (2010), The Game (1997), The Chaser (2008), Irreversible (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.8
 62K
Oldboy (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An everyday man has only three and a half days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 20 years without any explanation.
Style: disturbing, bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: vengeance, strong sexual content, solitary, psychological torture, incest, older man younger woman relationship, love, neo noir, secret, losing-it hero, imprisonment, stabbing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1993, year 2001, year 2005 ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
I Saw the Devil (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, ...
Style: tense, serious, psychological, bleak, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, vengeance, violence, psychopath, revenge, crime and punishment, mercilessness, track down, extreme violence, cat and mouse, vigilantism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, south korea, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 989K
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, serious, twist ending, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, mental institution, insanity, losing-it hero, uncover truth, paranoia, doctors and patients, island, plot twist, delusion, psychiatrist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.8
 311K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, suspenseful, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: mind game, life turned upside down, uncover truth, mystery, disorder, manipulation, neo noir, businessman, birthday, surveillance, scheme, on the run ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 7.9
 49K
The Chaser (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by the same ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, brutal, twist ending, bloody ...
Plot: serial killer, violence, psychopath, prostitute, pimp, woman in danger, search, police investigation, chase, murder, revenge, foot chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, 1960s, year 1966
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 105K
Irreversible (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, tense, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, sexual perversion, strong sexual content, vengeance, brutality, revenge, violence, cruelty, crime, sexual cruelty, sadism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.5
 1.0M
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, surprise ending, suspense ...
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 ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 348K
Saw (2004)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: captivity, psychopath, torture, serial killer, mind game, survival, insanity, race against time, game of death, sadist, gory, chained ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: This is the story of Ryu, a deaf man, and his sister, who requires a kidney transplant. Ryu's boss, Park, has just laid him off, and in order to afford the transplant, Ryu and his girlfriend develop a plan to kidnap Park's daughter. Things ...
Style: disturbing, tense, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, revenge, kidnapping, gory, black market, ransom, factory worker, drowning, stabbing, suicide, crime gone awry, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.8
 162K
Misery (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of Paul's heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, mentally unstable, isolation, captivity, loneliness, psychopath, insanity, kidnapping, torture, escape attempt, rage, obsessed fan ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 183K
The Number 23 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer that becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life. As soon as he opens the book, he notices strange parallels between what he reads and what he's experienced. But now ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, bleak, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, losing-it hero, uncover truth, riddles and clues, mystery, insanity, suicide, nightmare, psychological thriller, investigation, danger, paranoia ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 64K
Lady Vengeance (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, ...
Style: disturbing, stylized, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, crime, cult, torture, translator, bully, ex convict, teacher, redemption, righting the wronged, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.1
 749K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: 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, surprise ending, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, missing wife, manipulation, investigation, mind game, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, femme fatale, murder suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2012
Place: missouri, usa, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Skin I Live In (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A brilliant plastic surgeon creates a synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, macabre, melancholic ...
Plot: mad scientist, rape, physical appearance, isolation, sexual perversion, surgery, vengeance, obsession, gender bending, twists & turns, plastic surgery, insanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 2006
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.3M
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, mind game, psychopath, crime, investigation, police investigation, torture, killings, crimes, police, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 33K
Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, mental illness, murder, past, betrayal, infidelity, delusion, mentally unstable, mystery, parents and children, secret, childhood trauma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, east end london, africa, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 251K
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 ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 517K
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, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, investigation, disappearance, crime, brutality, revenge, torture, vigilantism, moral ambiguity, maze ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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 ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, murder, death in the family, sexual abuse, childhood, vigilantism, mystery, loss of child, tragic event, guilt, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 327K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, bleak, suspenseful, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, losing-it hero, insomnia, uncover truth, torment, mysterious character, life is a bitch, paranoia, factory, taunting, hit and run, confession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named ...
Style: brutal, serious, emotional, intense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, gang, daring rescue, martial arts, missing child, drug lord, fist fighting, crimes, rivalry, master warrior, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.7
 231K
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, disturbing, realistic, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, disappearance, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, conspiracy, crimes, peril, missing child, uncover truth, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.8
 36K
Mother (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove ...
Style: clever, realistic, stylized, tense, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, single parent, cell phone, rice, acupuncture, golf club, drunkenness, golf course, crime, innocence, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: asia, korea, south korea, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 4.9
 3K
Zinda (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The film is about a man, who has been imprisoned for 14 years, who has been released and has four days to figure out why he was imprisoned in the first place.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, revenge, taxi driver, martial arts, danger, missing person, confined, crime, crimes, deadly, rivalry, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Death and the Maiden (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: torture, revenge, doctor, humiliation, vengeance, war crime, dictatorship, attempted murder, confession, housewife, mind game, married couple ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, chile, south america, barcelona, argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 168K
Secret Window (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mort Rainey, a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife, is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: split personality, insanity, mentally unstable, losing-it hero, murder, nervous breakdown, isolation, arson, psychology, divorce, serial killer, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, new york state, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.8
 97K
Stoker (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Style: psychological, gothic, suspenseful, tense, bleak ...
Plot: mysterious character, under the surface, family relations, youth, funeral, disappearance, estate, death in the family, antisocial behavior, family problems, mystery, loss of parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, parents and children, haunted by the past, violence, mass murder, family relations, estrangement, family problems, prison visit, guilt, tragic event, massacre ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about ...
Style: realistic, captivating, disturbing, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, evidence, serial killer, brutality, suspicion, search, partners, unsolved crime, rape, female victim, stupidity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986
Place: korea, south korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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