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Pendulum (2001)
 4.6
 343
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, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, politician, crimes, prostitute, investigation, psychopath, crime, life is a bitch, police corruption, who done it, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, law enforcement, police investigation, deadly, rivalry, partners against crime, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, mystery, female nudity, murder investigation, female student, reporter ...
Time: contemporary

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Most similar movies to Pendulum

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and rough films with plots about crimes, deadly, law enforcement, murder, crime, police investigation and serial killer mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Pendulum: Murder Eleven (2013), Skeletons in the Closet (2001), The River Murders (2011), American Crime (2004), 1st to Die (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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, mind bending, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, race against time, homicide detective, murder, police investigation, amateur detective, partners against crime, crimes, tough heroes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, bleak, serious, suspenseful
Plot: murder, serial killer, law enforcement, deadly, small town life, single parent, investigation, police investigation, mind game, alcohol abuse, psychopath, small town ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new england
⇓ 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, tense, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, police investigation, uncover truth, cop as target, dishonesty, deadly, law enforcement, danger, woman in danger, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 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, tense, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Plot: murder, woman in danger, danger, law enforcement, dishonesty, small town life, stalking, investigation, serial killer, police investigation, media, journalism ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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 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, partners against crime, life is a bitch, mystery, chases and races, crime, crimes, reluctant partners, psychopath, police investigation, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 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, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: investigation, murder, prostitute, protagonist as suspect, who done it, crimes, crime, dangerous attraction, love affair, psychopath, police investigation, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 5.0
 158
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: realistic, suspenseful, mind bending, serious
Plot: murder, courtroom, lawyer, injustice, social differences, courtroom drama, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, legal, false accusation, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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: suspenseful, tense, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, amateur detective, riddles and clues, mystery, who done it, mysterious character, crimes, protagonist as suspect, crime, psychopath, mind game, private detective ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 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 corruption, police investigation, crime, murder, ex law enforcer, murder investigation, ex cop, mystery, protagonist as suspect, crimes, buried truth, corrupt law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: serial killer, murder, witnessing a crime, rich and poor, protagonist as suspect, rise to the top, prostitute, obsession, psychopath, on the run, go public, couples ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 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: serious, sexual, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: bodyguard, photographer, crimes, life is a bitch, who done it, legal investigation, protagonist as suspect, dangerous attraction, reluctant partners, uncover truth, manipulations, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, protagonist as suspect, army investigation, life is a bitch, crime, lone wolves, partners against crime, uncover truth, who done it, reluctant partners, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ 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: realistic, tense, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, identity, golden years, rivalry, manhunt, murder, mind game, ghost, psychopath, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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: realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police corruption, gang, witnessing a crime, uncover truth, crimes, who done it, good versus evil, mind game, investigation, police investigation, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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, psychological, realistic, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, police corruption, danger, amateur detective, psychopath, child murder, female detective, police investigation, crime, mystery ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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, realistic, suspenseful, sexploitation film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, prostitute, danger, urban, police corruption, inventions and discoveries, urban ghetto, special agents, who done it, stalking, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, murderous pair, chases and races, uncover truth, injustice, vengeance, police corruption, estrangement, family in danger, danger, police investigation, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, bleak, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, moral dilemma, psychopath, haunted by the past, church, uncover truth, society, who done it, mystery, investigation, clergy ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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The Nature of the Beast (1995)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two men, both hiding a deadly secret, are on a murderous rampage through the desert.
Style: scary, psychological, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, murder, desert, psychopath, mystery, on the run, crimes, chase, rivalry, mind game, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 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, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, murder, woman in danger, femme fatale, couples, deadly, dishonesty, crime, manipulations, law enforcement, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, uncover truth, investigation, crimes, mind game, mental illness, haunted by the past, woman in danger, police investigation, psychopath, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, police investigation, mystery, law enforcement, chief, crime, small town, small town life, murder mystery, tough guy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.4
 756
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, tense, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: who done it, obsessive quest, mystery, chases and races, dangerous attraction, crime, crimes, psychopath, vengeance, haunted by the past, amateur detective, lone wolves ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, usa, san francisco, south africa, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: prostitute, phone sex, murder, couples, track down, stalking, danger, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 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: suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, race against time, danger, mind game, crime, who done it, witnessing a crime, partners against crime, life is a bitch, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 4.6
 293
Flashfire (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Police detective Jack Flinder is already in trouble with the rest of his force for imprisoning a corrupt partner, but now he has a new problem to deal with. Another officer has been murdered in a hotel room, where he was with a prostitute named ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: police corruption, murder, prostitute, arson, crime, crimes, partners against crime, uncover truth, mystery, police investigation, assassination, reluctant partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.6
 163
Ladies Night (2005)
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Insurance investigators track a serial killer who seduces women with access to big bucks, convinces them to embezzle, then kills them.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, cynical, realistic
Plot: murder, mind game, serial killer, crimes, danger, psychopath, dishonesty, deadly, dangerous attraction, police investigation, rivalry, heist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: serious, rough, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: journalism, murder, investigation, mystery, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, manhunt, police investigation, serial killer, media, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, mind bending, serious, stylized, tense ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, private detective, investigation, writer's life, mystery, legal, estate, dishonesty, law enforcement, couples, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 4.9
 289
First Degree (1995)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
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 ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, mystery, amateur detective, femme fatale, dishonesty, deadly, law enforcement, fighting crime, police station, police corruption, legal, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%