Movies like Pendulum

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Pendulum (2001)
 4.6
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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: murder, serial killer, politician, investigation, life is a bitch, police corruption, uncover truth, crimes, crime, who done it, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, deadly, partners against crime, protagonist as suspect, murder investigation, prostitute, psychopath, mystery, law enforcement, police investigation, rivalry, female nudity, lesbianism, female student ...
Time: contemporary

Most similar movies to Pendulum

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about crimes, murder, deadly, law enforcement, crime, police investigation and investigation mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Pendulum: The River Murders (2011), American Crime (2004), Bound by Lies (2005), Cleaner (2007), 1st to Die (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, crimes, murder, uncover truth, cop as target, woman in danger, law enforcement, deadly, dishonesty, false accusation, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 4.5
 951
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, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, investigation, serial killer, stalking, deadly, crime, crimes, uncover truth, who done it, psychopath, mind game, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 4.0
 480
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, sexual
Plot: bodyguard, photographer, police investigation, uncover truth, reluctant partners, dangerous attraction, manipulations, life is a bitch, mystery, crimes, serial killer, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.1
 36K
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, serious, realistic, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police corruption, crime, murder, ex law enforcer, crimes, ex cop, murder investigation, mystery, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Movie in collections
 5.6
 637
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, serial killer, mind game, mystery, deadly, track down, partners against crime, who done it, murder, master criminal, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 4.9
 382
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, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, psychopath, reluctant partners, crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, who done it, female detective, deadly, dishonesty, partners ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 5.1
 675
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, intense, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, uncover truth, mind game, investigation, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, police corruption, crimes, crime, rivalry, dishonesty, gang ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Gone but Not Forgotten (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 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: serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: rivalry, mind game, deadly, psychopath, murder, serial killer, amateur detective, law enforcement, private detective, danger, who done it, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Movie in collections
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, tense ...
Plot: murder, psychopath, moral dilemma, serial killer, haunted by the past, church, society, uncover truth, mystery, clergy, legal, investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Mystery Woman: Snapshot (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Amateur sleuth Samantha Kinsey's latest case has her trying to figure out who killed her best friend Barbara after she was left out of her family's will and every one of the family members become suspects.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, tense, stylized ...
Plot: murder, who done it, deadly, law enforcement, uncover truth, crimes, investigation, private detective, amateur detective, estate, legal, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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: realistic, psychological, serious, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, protagonist as suspect, crime, mystery, uncover truth, life is a bitch, mysterious character, psychopath, investigation, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Chasing Ghosts (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 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, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, manhunt, mind game, psychopath, murder, law enforcement, danger, rivalry, mystery, track down, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 4.6
 1K
Bloodline (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 117 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, suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: murder, who done it, uncover truth, police investigation, danger, manipulations, mystery, obsession, law enforcement, couples, rise to the top, love affair ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Murder is something to sing about when Mystery Woman Samantha Kinsey-an expert in pulp fiction, and increasingly proficient when it comes to real-life crime-untangles a record-breaking murder. Mystery Woman bookshop owner, Samantha Kinsey, has ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, mind bending
Plot: mystery, uncover truth, police investigation, amateur detective, haunted by the past, music band, who done it, private detective, dishonesty, deadly, murder, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 3.7
 419
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, serious, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, psychopath, serial killer, who done it, mystery, life is a bitch, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 3.9
 213
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, mind bending, realistic
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, race against time, homicide detective, tough heroes, murder, amateur detective, who done it, deadly, crimes, crime, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.3
 2K
After Alice (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A washed-up detective discovers his own psychic ability when assigned to investigate a serial murder case. The killer has a deranged obsession with the novel "Alice in Wonderland." As the psychopath's bloody reign of terror continues, ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, enigmatic, surprise ending
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, mind game, riddles and clues, supernatural ability, law enforcement, murder, deadly, rivalry, crime, mystery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.4
 2K
True Crime (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, suspense, brutal, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, danger, amateur detective, psychopath, female detective, police investigation, mystery, uncover truth, woman in danger, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 3.5
 179
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, suspenseful, tense
Plot: murder, investigation, prostitute, stalker, police investigation, deadly, law enforcement, couples, mind game, stalking, danger, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 4.2
 677
Dead Sexy (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A female detective gets involved with a murder suspect in a series of serial killings.
Style: erotic, sexy, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, woman in danger, femme fatale, murder, prostitute, police investigation, dangerous attraction, sexual relations, mystery, deadly, dishonesty, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: realistic, suspenseful, psychological, serious
Plot: serial killer, obsession, police investigation, investigation, uncover truth, crimes, mind game, mental illness, haunted by the past, woman in danger, psychopath, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 3.2
 488
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, sexploitation film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, prostitute, investigation, danger, inventions and discoveries, hip hop, police corruption, dishonesty, deadly, law enforcement, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 2.0
 910
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, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: investigation, haunted by the past, police detective, crimes, serial killer, danger, manipulations, murder, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, wizards and magicians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Movie in collections
Murder in Greenwich (2002)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, 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: investigation, amateur detective, murder, fighting the system, uncover truth, protagonist as suspect, false accusation, teenage life, mystery, haunted by the past, society, obsession ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.1
 3K
The Badge (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A sheriff begins an investigation into the death of a local transsexual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his investigation causes him to be rejected by others, forcing him to seek help ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric
Plot: transsexual, murder, uncover truth, investigation, mystery, political corruption, fighting the system, dishonesty, politics, small town, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.7
 947
Third Man Out (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Chad Allen stars as gay detective Donald Strachey in this gritty series of crime stories based on the popular novels by author Richard Stevenson. "The Donald Strachey Mysteries" follow Strachey through upstate New York as he works on ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, sexual ...
Plot: murder, investigation, private detective, gay couple, uncover truth, mysterious character, amateur detective, law enforcement, deadly, dishonesty, who done it, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york state, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, bleak ...
Plot: murder, murderous pair, family in danger, life is a bitch, crimes, dealing with death, track down, uncover truth, partners against crime, chases and races, crime, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, investigation, political corruption, police, mystery, dishonesty, crimes, partners against crime, law enforcement, fighting crime, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.6
 4K
Rear Window (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Modern remake of Rear Window in which the lead character is paralyzed and lives in a high-tech home filled with assistive technology.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, voyeur, investigation, mind game, who done it, psychopath, uncover truth, crimes, obsession, dangerous attraction, mystery, manipulations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 4.7
 727
Dot.Kill (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The morphine-addicted detective Charlie Daines is on the trail of a sophisticated psychopath who is setting up murders and broadcasting them live on the internet. As he closes in on the killer, he realizes that it has become personal and that he is ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, mind game, police investigation, race against time, danger, deadly, rivalry, crimes, track down, computers and web, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%