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Polytechnique (2009)
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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, school, murder, atrocity, psychopath, mass murder, hostage, misogynist, woman in danger, crimes, confined, violence spree, student, sexism, survivor, tragedy, engineer, one day, bandit, massacre, terror, suicidal, misogyny, university, killer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: canada, montreal, quebec, montreal quebec

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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, teacher, atrocity, violence spree, classmate, school, student, massacre, suicide, bomb, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
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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, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing ...
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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: serious, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful
Plot: hostage, high school, vengeance, school, school shooting, confined, dedicated educator, youth, rivalry, crimes, rebellion, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
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The Five of Us (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 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: serious, emotional, realistic, disturbing, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, friendship, rape victim, crimes, friends, haunted by the past, introspection, unfulfillment, rape, psychopath, fear, post traumatic stress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough
Plot: hostage, obsession, psychopath, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, destiny, vengeance, murder, chase, rivalry, stalking, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, virginia, california
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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: psychological, disturbing, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: murder, psychopath, mind game, serial killer, investigation, society, confined, mental institution, courtroom drama, serial child killer, dismemberment, transsexual ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
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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.
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Plot: serial killer, murder, obsession, psychopath, crimes, woman in danger, violence spree, human nature, male female relationship, deadly, gory
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
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Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 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, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, family relations, psychopath, human nature, crimes, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, father son relationship, violence spree, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, 60s, contemporary, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa
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Hide and Seek (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Duration: 100 min.
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Style: tense, suspense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
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Time: 90s
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Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1983 (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
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Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 186 min.
Story: Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country. He sets out to kill him.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
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The Killing of John Lennon (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: hawaii, new york, usa
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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, realistic ...
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Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
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Genre: Crime, Drama
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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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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: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sexy ...
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Genre: Crime, Drama
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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.
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Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: mind bending, tense, realistic, serious, bleak ...
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Murder One (1988)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 82 min.
Story: This crime drama is based on the true story of Billy Isaacs. Freshly escaped from prison, Isaac is picked up by his brothers, and the entire dysfunctional brood embarks on a crime spree that takes them through a dozen states, claiming the lives of ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), mass murder, true crime, murder of family, rape, prison, siblings relations, strong sexual content, violence spree, human nature, death row ...
Time: 70s
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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Between 1978 and 1979, the inhabitants of the Oise are in fear of a maniac who kills several hitchhikers and escape the police. He was then dubbed "the killer of the Oise" is actually a shy young policeman who will investigate his own ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
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Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.
Style: serious, thought provoking, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: kidnapping, murder, injustice, crimes, folk hero, dishonesty, life is a bitch, death in the family, courtroom drama, dealing with death, legal, journalism ...
Time: 1930s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, murder, social decay, courtroom drama, americana, working class, legal, crimes, society, urban violence, criminal trial ...
Time: 80s
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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, captivating, bleak, sincere, disturbing ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998, 90s
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Let Him Have It (1991)
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom drama, vandalism, injustice, jury, hanging, friendship, murder, juvenile delinquency, death sentence, friends, disorder, law enforcer killer ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, post world war two
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