Movies like Polytechnique

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Polytechnique (2009)
 7.2
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Polytechnique (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: school shooting, murder, school, atrocity, psychopath, mass murder, student, hostage, misogynist, survivor, interview, woman in danger, crimes, confined, deadly, violence spree, sexism, tragedy, engineer, one day, bandit, massacre, terror, suicidal, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: canada, montreal, quebec, montreal quebec

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and disturbing films with plots about murder, crimes, deadly, psychopath, crime, violence and death mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Polytechnique: Elephant (2003), Chapter 27 (2007), The Five of Us (2004), Hide and Seek (2000), The Deathmaker (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Elephant (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: school shooting, mass murder, student, teacher, atrocity, violence spree, classmate, school, massacre, bomb, suicide, shooting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
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 5.7
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Chapter 27 (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The movie takes place in the three days leading up to Lennon's murder and is intended to be an exploration of Chapman's psyche, without putting substantial emphasis on the murder. The title "Chapter 27" suggests a continuation of ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, murder, mental illness, mentally unstable, losing-it hero, social misfits, deadly, lifestyle, crimes, killer, celebrity, alone ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
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Detention: The Siege at Johnson High (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A former high school student, Jason Copeland, returns to his school to take his revenge on the teachers for failing him out of school.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: high school, school, hostage, vengeance, school shooting, high school life, urban ghetto life, teachers and students, police station, teenage life, haunted by the past, violence spree ...
Time: 90s
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 7.0
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The Five of Us (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In Montreal, the teenagers Manon, Anne, Isa, Claudie and Sophie are friends since their childhood. While spending a couple of days in the cottage of Sophie's parents nearby a lake, the girls decide to give a party, and Manon and Sophie hitch ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, friendship, reunion, rape victim, crimes, friends, introspection, haunted by the past, deadly, unfulfillment, psychopath, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, montreal, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Hide and Seek (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A desperate, childless couple kidnap a pregnant woman and lead her husband to believe that she is dead.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: woman in danger, missing person, psychopath, pregnancy, surrogate mother, captivity, mentally unstable, confined, deadly, family problems, obsession, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Deathmaker (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to find out whether he is sane and can be held responsible for his crimes. During this interrogation Haarmann reveals his motives and his killing ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, psychopath, mind game, serial killer, investigation, society, deadly, obsession, serial child killer, courtroom drama, mental institution, confined ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Raising Jeffrey Dahmer (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, the events within the family behind, and leading up to, his capture
Style: serious, thought provoking, tense, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, human nature, psychopath, family relations, deadly, haunted by the past, parents and children, crimes, family problems, father son relationship, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, 60s, 20th century, contemporary ...
Place: usa
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Bundy: An American Icon (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bundy, starring Corin Nemec in the title role and co-starring Kane Hodder, details the dark psyche and previously unexplored motivations of the man who became known as one of the most notorious serial killers to leave behind a legacy of evil.
Style: suspenseful, rough, disturbing, slasher, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, obsession, psychopath, woman in danger, deadly, crimes, gory, violence spree, human nature, crime, male female relationship
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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I Can Make You Love Me (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Laura Black has got it. She has got her master in computer science and she has got that great job in Silicon Valley. Time to say 'bye bye' to mom and dad and to leave Virginia. Everything seems to be fine with one exception. That guy ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, realistic
Plot: hostage, pursuit, obsession, psychopath, violence, destiny, mentally unstable, rivalry, hostages, deadly, danger, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A horror film based on a real-life mass murder that took place in 1966. Richard Franklin Speck was a mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in 1966.
Style: slasher, rough, disturbing, tense, based on true events ...
Plot: murder, sexual abuse, psychopath, hostage, violence spree, crime, crimes, confined, hostages, journalism, maniac, misogynist ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1990s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, dallas texas, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Killing of John Lennon (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The film follows the travels and accounts of Mark Chapman (Jonas Ball) and gives the watcher an insight into his mind. It starts with him in Hawaii and how he does not fit in with anyone including his job; family; friends etc. He says he is ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, assassination, losing-it hero, deadly, unfulfillment, obsession, murder, shot to death, family problems, dysfunctional family, social misfits, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: hawaii, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.3
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Born Killers (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: iggy Banks tells the story of two charming and brilliant brothers who finance their lifestyle by robbing and murdering pretty much anyone foolish enough to get in the car with them. They learn the business from their sociopath father (Tom Sizemore) ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, parents and children, introspection, gory, psychopath, criminal heroes, deadly, danger, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: contemporary
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Heart of America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Starring Jurgen Prochnow ('The Replacement Killers' 'Air Force One' and Patrick Muldoon 'Stigmata' 'Starship Troopers'), 'Heart of America' is a powerhouse of a contemporary drama and essential ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: school shooting, high school, vengeance, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, psychopath, life is a bitch, social misfits, hardcase students, kids in trouble, crimes, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Fun (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Bonnie and Hillary are two young lost souls who meet one day and discover that they get along. They talk about their lives and run around and and keep getting really excited. Their day escalates into an eruption of violence and rage that can only be ...
Style: sincere, disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, friendship, violence, prison life, teenage life, destructive relationship, friends, strong female presence, deadly, crimes, murderous pair, confined ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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My Daughter, My Angel (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Nathalie Dagenais is a 19 year old girl studying to be a lawyer. New to the city of Montreal, she will soon discover the world of porn. One day, her father (Michel Côté) comes across her picture on the Internet and wants to find her and before she ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: starlet, woman in danger, sexual relations, media, crimes, family problems, nudity (full frontal - brief), exotic dancer, father daughter relationship, porn star, sexual content, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Genre: Crime, Drama
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Duration: 90 min.
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Style: disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
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Style: realistic, serious, bleak, exciting, suspenseful ...
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Country: Canada
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Story: Steel Toes is a provocative exploration of the inescapable and insidious presence of racial and religious intolerance in our society.
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: racism, confined, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, introspection, prison, misfit, crimes, legal, husband wife relationship, liberal, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec, montreal
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46%
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Benny's Video (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Austria, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: videotaping, atrocity, psychopath, murder, human nature, obsession, introspection, alienation, crimes, society, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: austria, bosnia, europe, vienna, serbia ...
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45%
A Killing Affair (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: suspenseful, gloomy, psychological, bleak, realistic ...
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The Manson Family (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jim Van Bebber's "The Manson Family" is an extremely violent and bloody horror film that reconstructs the early activities of the Family and their descent into the Tate-LaBianca killings.Van Bebber mixes this with a contemporary sub ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, investigation, crime, crimes, gory, religions or cults, psychopath, filmmaking, drug abuse, deadly, journalism, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 20th century
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Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In December, 1986, 3 black men ran into car trouble in Howard Beach, a middle-class neighborhood in New York City. Unable to start their car, they sought refuge in a nearby restaurant. What happened later that night shocked the entire city.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, society, crimes, legal, courtroom drama, americana, murder, social decay, working class, rich father, italian american ...
Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: death sentence, courtroom drama, crimes, police investigation, police officer killed, murder, kidnapping, law enforcer killer, confined, law enforcement, legal, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, emotional, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom drama, juvenile delinquency, vandalism, jury, injustice, hanging, murder, friendship, capital punishment, death sentence, crime, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, post world war two ...
Place: london, england, europe
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40%
The Laramie Project (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: "The Laramie Project" is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version of "The Laramie Project," the eight-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre ...
Style: thought provoking, bleak, disturbing, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: murder, gay slur, small town, politics, violence, hypocrisy, sin, interview, crimes, life is a bitch, state affairs, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, wyoming, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 3.1
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Payback (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An escaped convict tracks down the cop who put him away.
Style: tense, psychological, suspense, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, prison, murder, track down, crimes, law enforcement, confined, rivalry, isolation, convict, showdown, escaped convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Hitch Hike (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker whom threatens to kill them unless they take him to a santuary, and in return agrees to split some bank loot he has on him.
Style: suspenseful, tense, road movie, suspense, serious ...
Plot: rape, psychopath, hostage, on the run, on the road, crimes, violence, hitchhiker, danger, survival, violence spree, desert ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, arizona, yuma arizona, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Hollywood Flies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Life is the buzz.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, heist, murder, crime gone awry, chase, kidnapping, woman in danger, missing person, couples, criminal heroes, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Jack Reed: One of Our Own (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jack Reed investigates a young woman whom he and his wife take into their household when she turns out to be targeted by unknown assassins.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, law enforcement, deadly, fugitives, dishonesty, woman in danger, crime, witnessing a crime, danger, rivalry, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.9
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The Lost (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A charismatic psycho suspected of killing two innocent campers in a cold-blooded double homicide grows increasingly unstable as his suburban empire starts to crack at the foundations.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, psychopath, violence, serial killer, police investigation, drug use, deadly, youth, rivalry, crimes, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary
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