Movies like Pendulum

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Pendulum
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The nature and lure of power: in Dallas, a councilman is on trial for corruption, the D.A. is running for the US Senate, a serial killer is slashing prostitutes, and a professor is murdered. Amanda Reeve is assigned to investigate the law-school killing. She hears rumors that the dead man offered women students good grades in exchange for sex. The trail leads her to two wealthy, beautiful students whose alibi is provided by a librarian. At the same time, the cops close in on the slasher. Meanwhile, Amanda misses her former lover, next in line to become D.A., and a reporter is fired for getting close to the truth about the Senate candidate. Is a cover-up or conspiracy in the works?
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, partners against crime, crime, protagonist as suspect, serial killer, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, dangerous attraction, lesbian, politician, police corruption, who done it, psychopath, police investigation, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, prostitute, rivalry, life is a bitch, seductive behavior, female student, librarian ...
Time: contemporary
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Chiefs
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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 8.2
Life
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45 min.
 8.3
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and rough films with plots about deadly, law enforcement, crime, crimes, murder, police investigation and protagonist as suspect mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Pendulum: City Homicide (2007), Skeletons in the Closet (2001), Chasing Ghosts (2005), American Crime (2004), The Rosary Murders (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Duration: 60 min.
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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
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Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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    User:   66%
 
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    User:   88%
 
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Country: USA
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Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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Time: 20th century, 80s
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Duration: 88 min.
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Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, twist ending, suspense ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Dot.Kill
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Country: UK, USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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The Badge
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Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
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Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When prominent businessman Andrew Pyne is found shot in a New York alley, one of the NYPD's best, Rick Mallory, suspects a Galeno Mob hit. When he and his partner, Amos Turzo try to question Pyne's widow, Hadley, they are quickly ushered ...
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