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, twists and turns, brutal, twist ending, gloomy, stylized ...
Plot: incest, vengeance, secret, loneliness, sin, revenge, losing-it hero, confined, mind game, violence, life is a bitch, neo noir, strong sexual content, solitary, torture, love, older man younger woman relationship, psychological torture, father daughter incest, stabbing, twists & turns, obsession, catholic, notebook, anger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: korea, asia, hong kong, south korea, 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, psychological, intense and suspenseful films with plots about violence, twists & turns, storytelling, murder, blood, revenge and police investigation mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Oldboy: I Saw the Devil (2010), Shutter Island (2010), The Game (1997), Memento (2000), The Chaser (2008). 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: twist ending, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: vengeance, incest, solitary, strong sexual content, psychological torture, neo noir, one man army, escape attempt, race against time, imprisonment, older man younger woman relationship, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1993, year 2001, year 2005 ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, psychological, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, vengeance, violence, revenge, psychopath, loss of spouse, crime and punishment, track down, cat and mouse, mercilessness, extreme violence ...
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, tense, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: mental institution, investigation, mystery, insanity, paranoia, uncover truth, losing-it hero, doctors and patients, island, delusion, psychiatrist, plot twist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1945, year 1954 ...
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, twists and turns, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: mind game, life turned upside down, uncover truth, disorder, mystery, manipulation, businessman, neo noir, surveillance, birthday, scheme, game ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Movie in collections
 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, surprise ending, tense, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: memory loss, uncover truth, amnesia, vengeance, mystery, paranoia, revenge, haunted by the past, murder, mistaken identity, rape, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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, prostitute, pimp, psychopath, search, woman in danger, police investigation, chase, murder, revenge, victim ...
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, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, sexual abuse, danger, missing person, crime, uncover truth, journalist, strong sexual content, partners, search, abuse ...
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: disturbing, tense, bleak, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, sexual perversion, violence, sadism, party, vengeance, brutality, revenge, cruelty, woman in danger, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: psychopath, torture, serial killer, captivity, mind game, survival, insanity, trapped, race against time, game of death, sadist, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, torment, uncover truth, mysterious character, paranoia, life is a bitch, hit and run, confession, factory, taunting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: stylized, disturbing, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, kidnapping, revenge, ransom, factory worker, drowning, suicide, stabbing, black market, gory, crime gone awry, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, mentally unstable, isolation, loneliness, captivity, insanity, kidnapping, rage, escape attempt, psychopath, torture, obsessed fan ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, bleak ...
Plot: obsession, losing-it hero, insanity, suicide, riddles and clues, uncover truth, nightmare, paranoia, mystery, imagination, investigation, secret ...
Time: contemporary
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ 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: stylized, disturbing, psychological, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, torture, teacher, cult, bully, ex convict, translator, crime, redemption, crimes, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, surprise ending, tense, suspense, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, manipulation, missing wife, investigation, femme fatale, mind game, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, murder suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
⇓ 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, surgery, sexual perversion, twists & turns, vengeance, gender bending, obsession, disfigurement, plastic surgery ...
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, psychopath, mind game, crime, police investigation, investigation, killings, crimes, torture, insanity, police detective ...
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: offbeat, psychological, bleak, surreal, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, betrayal, haunted by the past, murder, delusion, infidelity, past, crimes, mystery, parents and children, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, europe, africa, east end london, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, atmospheric, twist ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, investigation, disappearance, crime, torture, brutality, revenge, vigilantism, maze, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
⇓ 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, fbi, insomnia, police corruption, blackmail, small town, police detective, investigator, investigation, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, disturbing, suspenseful, captivating, touching ...
Plot: revenge, torture, attempted murder, haunted by the past, vengeance, doctor, humiliation, mind game, human nature, rivalry, price of justice, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, chile, south america, barcelona, argentina ...
⇓ 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, emotional ...
Plot: vengeance, sexual abuse, police investigation, child abuse, murder, vigilantism, childhood, tragic event, loss of child, death in the family, grief, loss of daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, kidnapping, revenge, taxi driver, martial arts, captivity, rivalry, dishonesty, heroes, cons and scams, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: serious, emotional, brutal, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, martial arts, kidnapping, gang, lone hero, drug lord, missing child, daring rescue, fist fighting, master warrior, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, seoul
⇓ 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: tense, stylized, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, arrest, innocence, lawyer, desperation, search, acupuncture, cell phone, rice, golf course, drunkenness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: asia, korea, south korea, tokyo
⇓ 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, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, disappearance, kidnapping, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, crimes, conspiracy, missing child, peril, uncover truth, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.2
 108
Blind Turn (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Samantha Holt had the perfect life with a handsome fiancée and a future that couldn’t look brighter. But an unexpected turn on a dark lonely road puts her on a collision course with Bruce Miller, a devoted family man who descends into madness ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious, scary ...
Plot: kidnapping, psychopath, vengeance, drunk driving, family tragedy, confined, life is a bitch, crimes, captivity, danger, haunted by the past, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.2
 38K
Dark Places (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: investigation, murder, survivor, murder of family, sibling relationship, prison, witness, mystery, uncover truth, satanism, haunted by the past, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1968, year 1985
Place: kansas, ireland, germany, california, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, antisocial behavior, under the surface, family relations, youth, funeral, disappearance, loss of parent, family problems, estate, parents and children, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
A History of Violence (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Style: tense, disturbing, realistic, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: robbery, small town, criminal's revenge, mafia, self defense, attempted murder, attempted robbery, vigilantism, crime, hidden identity, danger, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%