Movies like 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, lesbian, politician, serial killer, partners against crime, crime, protagonist as suspect, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, dangerous attraction, 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

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 murder, crime, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, police investigation and who done it mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Pendulum: Murder Eleven (2013), The River Murders (2011), Skeletons in the Closet (2001), Cleaner (2007), True Crime (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 4.1
 209
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, realistic, rough, mind bending
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, homicide detective, race against time, crime, murder, mystery, who done it, police investigation, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: police investigation, crimes, serial killer, murder, protagonist as suspect, crime, who done it, deadly, law enforcement, uncover truth, sexual abuse, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, psychological
Plot: serial killer, murder, mysterious character, crime, protagonist as suspect, small town, mystery, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, who done it, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.1
 35K
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, rough, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, crime, murder, police investigation, protagonist as suspect, cover-up, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, deadly, father daughter relationship, buried truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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 5.3
 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, suspense, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, police corruption, amateur detective, female detective, child murder, mystery, psychopath, danger, crime, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, identity, investigation, crime, police investigation, ghost, mystery, one last job, protagonist as suspect, special agents, supernatural ability, manhunt ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 4.8
 150
The Advocate (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, mind bending
Plot: murder, lawyer, courtroom, dedicated lawyer, crime, hotshot lawyer, mystery, protagonist as suspect, legal action, legal investigation, courtroom drama, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 4.0
 487
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, murder, urban, strong sexual content, hip hop, crime, urban ghetto, special agents, police corruption, who done it, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 4.5
 944
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, scary, rough ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, small town, protagonist as suspect, crime, serial killer, mystery, investigation, journalism, mind game, stalking, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.6
 622
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, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Plot: serial killer, investigation, police investigation, master criminal, crime, partners against crime, mystery, reluctant partners, mind game, track down, murder, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, bleak, twists and turns, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, crime, police investigation, crime scene, found footage, chases and races, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, partners, murderous pair, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 3.7
 178
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: investigation, murder, prostitute, crime, amateur detective, protagonist as suspect, serial killer, mind game, stalking, dangerous attraction, who done it, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jesse Stone is a former L.A. homicide detective who left behind the big city and an ex-wife to become the police chief of the quiet New England fishing town of Paradise. Stone's old habits die hard as he continues to indulge his two favorite ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, surprise ending ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mystery, small town, investigation, urban, crime, murder, police investigation, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 4.8
 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: serial killer, murder, protagonist as suspect, witnessing a crime, crime, manipulations, on the run, mystery, obsession, dangerous attraction, rich and poor, who done it ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, moral dilemma, murder, psychopath, amateur detective, clergy, church, crime, protagonist as suspect, mystery, investigation, mind game ...
Time: 80s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.3
 653
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, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crime, protagonist as suspect, tough law enforcer, witnessing a crime, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, police corruption, who done it, police investigation, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.3
 13K
Tightrope (1984)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer. His victims are young and pretty women, which he rapes and murders. The murders are getting personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block. Even his ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, sexual, serious, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, police detective, murder, kidnapping, crime, psychopath, investigation, single parent, mysterious character, obsession, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Intimate Stranger (1991)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A policeman (James Russo) guards a barroom singer (Deborah Harry) whose phone-sex sideline has put a killer (Tim Thomerson) on her trail.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: prostitute, phone sex, murder, serial killer, crime, psychopath, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, police investigation, mind game, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 6.7
 922
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, sexual, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: murder, gay, politician, private detective, investigation, amateur detective, mystery, mysterious character, gay couple, private investigator, crime, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york state, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: talky, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Plot: investigation, murder, crime, amateur detective, protagonist as suspect, assassination, high school, mystery, small town, legal investigation, uncover truth, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: connecticut, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, mystery, amateur detective, estate, private detective, crime, investigation, manipulations, uncover truth, who done it, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.1
 7K
Knight Moves (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A psychologist falls for a world-class chess player suspected of odd murders linked to his game.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious, scary ...
Plot: chess, serial killer, investigation, murder, mystery, crime, resort, betrayal, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, manipulations, mind game ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.8
 712
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: suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, gory, school, partners against crime, crime, tough law enforcer, witnessing a crime, investigation, mind game, track down ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Striking Distance (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop, and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted to water-way duty Tom, along with new partner Jo ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, chase, murder, boat, police investigation, frame up, rivalry, car chase, homicide detective, lake or river, tough law enforcer, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, philadelphia, san francisco, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.6
 277
Never Forget (2008)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A man (Phillips) who wakes up with amnesia also finds his supposed friend has accused him of murder.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, suspense ...
Plot: murder, rock, amnesia, protagonist as suspect, crime, in the woods, gory, false accusation, puzzle, frame up, memory loss, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
We'll Meet Again (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Socialite Molly Lasch is released from prison after serving a six-year sentence for the murder of her husband, Dr. Gary Lasch. Now, with the help of Fran, an investigative reporter, Molly sets out to prove her innocence. Together they uncover a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, crime, false accusation, mystery, woman in danger, righting the wronged, life is a bitch, crimes, danger, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.1
 660
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: sexual, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: femme fatale, woman in danger, serial killer, murder, prostitute, protagonist as suspect, crime, sex, witnessing a crime, mystery, manipulations, dangerous attraction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.6
 325
Man on a Swing (1974)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only to the police, he suspects that the man may be ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, mind bending, rough ...
Plot: psychic, red herring, clairvoyant, police chief, molestation, serial killer, murder, amateur detective, crime, small town, protagonist as suspect, mystery ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
 3K
Freeze Frame (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sean Veil is an ultra paranoid murder suspect who takes to filming himself round the clock to provide an alibi, just in case he's ever accused of another crime. Problems arise however when the police do come calling and the one tape that can ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, alibi, obsession, false accusation, profiler, serial killer, crime, investigation, suspect, mind game, uncover truth, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.0
 460
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, sexual, tense
Plot: photographer, bodyguard, protagonist as suspect, serial killer, crime, case, romance, killer, investigation, legal investigation, mystery, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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