Movies like Pendulum 2001

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Pendulum (2001)
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Pendulum (2001)
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, tense, disturbing
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, politician, investigation, life is a bitch, police corruption, uncover truth, crimes, who done it, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, partners against crime, protagonist as suspect, murder investigation, prostitute, psychopath, mystery, rivalry, law enforcement, police investigation, female nudity, policewoman, lesbianism, female student, reporter ...
Time: contemporary

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films with plots about crimes, murder, deadly, law enforcement, investigation, serial killer and who done it mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Pendulum: Murder in Greenwich (2002), The River Murders (2011), Sketch Artist (1992), Skeletons in the Closet (2001), American Crime (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Murder in Greenwich (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of Martha Moxley, 15 year old girl murdered in Greenwich in the 1970's, her murder going unsolved for 25 years.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, talky
Plot: amateur detective, murder suspect, murder, fighting the system, uncover truth, false accusation, who done it, police investigation, protagonist as suspect, police detective, haunted by the past, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, connecticut
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100%
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, serious, suspenseful, rough, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crimes, murder, uncover truth, cop as target, woman in danger, law enforcement, dishonesty, life is a bitch, false accusation, murder of a nude woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle
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60%
Sketch Artist (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A sketch artist for the police helps a witness recall who she saw leaving the scene of a murder, and discovers that the person is his wife. Not willing to believe she was responsible, he resketches the pictures so they don't look like her, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, murder, mystery, crimes, false accusation, law enforcement, police detective, sex scene, serial killer, life is a bitch, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 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: psychological, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, mind game, uncover truth, investigation, mysterious character, haunted by the past, law enforcement, life is a bitch, mystery, crimes, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: scary, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, mind game, stalking, uncover truth, investigation, psychopath, who done it, journalism, amateur detective, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 3.8
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Bound by Lies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Detecive Max Garrett is assigned to protect the sultry photographer Laura Cross from a ruthless killer, he has no idea what he's in for. The more involved Garrett gets in the case, the more attracted he is to Cross, but as they get closer, ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: serial killer, photographer, murder, reluctant partners, uncover truth, police investigation, dangerous attraction, manipulation, crimes, betrayal, mystery, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
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55%
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Deepwater (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drifter comes to the town of Deepwater and is seduced into a twisted game of deceit and murder.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: disorder, criminal's revenge, crime gone awry, mystery, haunted by the past, farm, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, investigation, murder, empire, farm hand ...
Time: contemporary
Place: wyoming, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Cleaner (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Single father and former cop Tom Cutler has an unusual occupation: he cleans up death scenes. But when he's called in to sterilize a wealthy suburban residence after a brutal shooting, Cutler is shocked to learn he may have unknowingly erased ...
Style: suspenseful, enigmatic, entertaining, intense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, police corruption, murder, police investigation, mystery, ex law enforcer, father daughter relationship, ex cop, loss of mother, car chase, betrayal, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 2K
Mercy (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Detective Catherine Palmer (Ellen Barkin) is on the trail of an elusive serial killer. During her investigation she meets Vickie Kittrie (Peta Wilson), who belongs to an exclusive club of women who engage in secret sessions of bondage and ...
Style: erotic, psychological, serious, rough, sexy ...
Plot: voyeurism, lesbianism, serial killer, murder, bondage, mind game, femme fatale, crimes, mystery, law enforcement, dangerous attraction, obsession ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Monkey's Mask (2000)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Monkey's Mask is a 2000 thriller film directed by Samantha Lang. It stars Susie Porter and Kelly McGillis. Porter plays a lesbian private detective who falls in love with a suspect (McGillis) in the disappearance of a young woman. The film ...
Style: sexy, realistic, suspenseful, erotic, neo noir ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian sex, murder, private detective, sex, missing person, love affair, uncover truth, investigation, breast suckling, femme fatale, mystery ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 3.5
 216
Quiet Kill (2004)
Genre: Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An attractive married woman and a member of the 'Country Club Tennis Set', is being neglected by her workaholic doctor husband, Jerry (Corbin Bernsen). Lonely and insecure, Amy foolishly falls for the seductive charms of a much younger ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, stalker, prostitute, love affair, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, who done it, law enforcement, mind game, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 3.9
 240
Murder Eleven (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A serial killer is loose on the streets of Atlantic City. His ten victims are prostitutes, his methods are ruthless and yet his motives are unknown. Two embattled homicide detectives, Mayfield and Jesse, are in a race against time to catch this ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense, slasher ...
Plot: serial killer, homicide detective, race against time, prostitute, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, mystery, amateur detective, who done it, murder, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlantic city, atlantic city new jersey
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46%
Gone but Not Forgotten (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 172 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: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, psychological
Plot: serial killer, private detective, investigation, amateur detective, rivalry, murder, psychopath, mind game, police investigation, police detective, mysterious character, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.9
 504
Slow Burn (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The murder of the ex-wife of Doctor Sam Charney (Rutger Hauer) leads Detective Della Wilder (Pam Grier) to uncover a series of women's murders somehow linked to a big pharmaceutical company.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, murder, psychopath, female detective, law enforcement, reluctant partners, who done it, crimes, police investigation, dishonesty, serial killer, partners against crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.5
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1st to Die (2003)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A homicide inspector -- Lindsay Boxer -- who teams with three other professional women to catch an ingenious serial killer targeting newlyweds on their wedding nights.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, dark
Plot: serial killer, mystery, mind game, murder, who done it, track down, partners against crime, master criminal, investigation, wedding, psychopath, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: found footage, murder, partners against crime, police investigation, vengeance, uncover truth, life is a bitch, family problems, crime scene, track down, injustice, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.2
 844
True Blue (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Rembrandt Macy (Tom Berenger) is a maverick cop assigned to a case where the primary evidence is a woman's hand found in a pond. Investigators identify the dead, and Macy is lead into a young woman's past. Macy's primary path to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, intense, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: blackmail, murder, uncover truth, investigation, mind game, tough law enforcer, crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, police corruption, dishonesty, gang ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Chasing Ghosts (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A serial killer targeting the city's mobsters taunts police with clues and photos left behind at the crime scenes. A veteran cop takes on a rookie partner hoping to crack one last case before retiring. As the web of deception and lies unravels, ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, manhunt, police investigation, psychopath, one last job, law enforcement, track down, rivalry, mystery, riddles and clues, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, moral dilemma, church, haunted by the past, clergy, uncover truth, legal, investigation, mystery, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Who Killed Atlanta's Children? (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: From 1979 to 1981, 29 African-American males, mostly children, were either missing or found murdered in metro Atlanta. The cases plagued the city until 1982, when Wayne Wiiliams was convicted of the murders of two adult men. Authorities then ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, investigation, murder, journalism, uncover truth, who done it, psychopath, mystery, law enforcement, legal, manhunt ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlanta georgia, usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Bloodline (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When her father is murdered, a cosmetics heiress becomes the next target of an unknown killer amid the international jet set.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, who done it, uncover truth, police investigation, investigation, manipulation, love affair, obsession, couples, rise to the top, law enforcement ...
Time: 70s
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38%
 3.0
 554
Bad Bizness (2003)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After three women get killed, policewoman gets involved in the underworld of drugs and pornographic movies, when she starts investigating the case.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, sexploitation film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, prostitute, murder, crimes, urban ghetto, law enforcement, dishonesty, working undercover, city life, strong sexual content, sex scene ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia
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37%
 2.2
 1K
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, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, investigation, haunted by the past, police detective, murder, manipulation, crimes, dishonesty, wizards and magicians, magic, mythical creature, mysticism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Alphabet Killer (2008)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Based on the true story of double killings occurring in Rochester, NY during the 80’s and the troubled police officer determined to solve them, with or without the help of her department
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, suspenseful, psychological thriller
Plot: serial killer, crimes, police investigation, obsession, uncover truth, investigation, psychopath, mind game, mental illness, haunted by the past, woman in danger, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.6
 457
Final Move (2006)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The LA police are baffled: someone is killing people who have been found innocent of violent crimes. At the crime scenes, DNA evidence and clues linked to chess point to a suspect who's dead, recently executed for murders with a similar M.O. ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, investigation, psychopath, mystery, who done it, life is a bitch, dishonesty, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
City Homicide (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: City Homicide was an Australian television drama series that aired on the Seven Network between 27 August 2007 and 30 March 2011. The series was set on the Homicide floor of a metropolitan police headquarters in Melbourne. The main characters were ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder investigation, murder, police investigation, uncover truth, who done it, fighting crime, dishonesty, police corruption, partners against crime, law enforcement, mystery, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.4
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Cause of Death (2001)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A deputy-district attorney, assigned to investigate the murder of the mayor's cousin, finds himself falling for the victim's wife.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, political corruption, who done it, love affair, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, femme fatale, rivalry, law enforcement, murder investigation, court, district attorney ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.4
 864
Pavement (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Samuel Browne is a tracker in Alaska. When his sister meets a grisly death in San Francisco, he goes there to hunt her killer. As more murders occur, police investigator Buckley Clarke reluctantly joins forces with Sam. The brass are convinced this ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, police investigation, haunted by the past, psychopath, vengeance, law enforcement, obsessive quest, amateur detective, animal life, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, usa, south africa, san francisco, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Pretty When You Cry (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife is caught in a web of sex and violence.
Style: erotic, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: murder, investigation, femme fatale, woman in danger, crimes, mind game, mystery, law enforcement, dishonesty, betrayal, serial killer, legal ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.9
 181
The Advocate (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A grieving defense attorney gets caught in a twisted game of who-done-it when he takes on the case of a beautiful socialite who is accused of murder.
Style: mind bending, realistic, serious, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: murder, lawyer, courtroom, false accusation, protagonist as suspect, hotshot lawyer, who done it, courtroom drama, social differences, injustice, righting the wronged, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%