Movies like The Circle 2002

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The Circle (2002)
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The Circle (2002)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Some students at Runcie prep school form an elite club. The group is implicated in a cheating scandal and one of the club members dies mysteriously. Another member decides to try and discover the dangerous truth about Runcie.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: high school, murder, investigation, mystery, rebellion, uncover truth, teenage life, crimes, youth, friendship, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, college life, idealism, deadly, dedicated educator, teachers and students, society, secret society, false identity, preparatory school, school, college, friends, high school life ...
Time: contemporary

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films with plots about crimes, murder, deadly, investigation, life is a bitch, mystery and uncover truth mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Circle: The Skulls III (2004), The Skulls II (2002), Skeletons in the Closet (2001), Lethal Eviction (2005), Sorted (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Skulls III (2004)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young college co-ed tries joining the elite, all-male, secret society, the Skulls, and in so doing, she uncovers some unscrupulous methods used by some of the members to get what they want.
Style: serious, tense, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: college, murder, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, college life, deadly, danger, dishonesty, youth, mind game, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
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95%
The Skulls II (2002)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After joining the Skulls, Ryan Sommers (Robin Dunne) is warned not to betray any secrets about the organization or its high-powered members. However, when Ryan witnesses a murder within the Skulls' private chambers, he finds that the closer he ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, murder, lacrosse, secret, betrayal, initiation, mind game, investigation, college life, uncover truth, police corruption, leadership ...
Time: contemporary
Place: connecticut
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79%
Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 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: psychological, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, mysterious character, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, haunted by the past, deadly, crimes, single parent, law enforcement, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
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100%
The Mark of the Angels - Miserere (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Paris, December. A conductor of a choir is found mysteriously murdered, with burst eardrums. Lionel Kasdan, a police inspertor the verge of retirement, and Frank Salek, an official of Interpol, embark together on a hunt for the killer, and also to a ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: murder, law enforcement, riddles and clues, interpol, investigation, danger, partners, crimes, deadly, society, kidnapping, religions or cults ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Lethal Eviction (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A first time landlord purchases a run-down, rent-controlled apartment building in hopes of making a solid investment. Everything seems to be going smoothly until, one by one, the tenants begin to meet strange, untimely gruesome deaths.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, scary, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, mystery, investigation, law enforcement, crimes, danger, deadly, dual identity, insanity, landlord, twins, pursuit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Sorted (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young lawyer gets more than he bargains for while investigating his brother's mysterious death.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, nightclub, investigation, amateur detective, uncover truth, nightlife, danger, crimes, deadly, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, clubbing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, england
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44%
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Confession (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a small Catholic boarding school an unspeakable act has been committed. When High School student, Luther Scott, confesses to Father Michael Kelly, Kelly is bound silent to the particulars of a grisly murder. Now, framed guilty by the desperate ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: murder, catholic, mystery, investigation, courtroom drama, false accusation, moral dilemma, dishonesty, legal, deadly, crimes, clergy ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Tangled (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A young man is found bruised, beaten and stumbling down a secluded road. As the police try to piece together what happened, the convoluted relationship between a young woman and her two suitors gradually emerges.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological, tense ...
Plot: love triangle, dangerous attraction, investigation, obsession, missing person, uncover truth, police investigation, teenage life, psychopath, mind game, mysterious character, murder ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Formosa Betrayed (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, an FBI Agent is assigned to investigate the murder of a respected professor. Through his investigation, he unearths a spider web of international secrets that has been thriving within college campuses across America for decades. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, clever, captivating ...
Plot: uncover truth, investigation, police detective, who to trust, political unrest, fighting the system, politics, law enforcement, crimes, society, rebellion, fight for supremacy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: asia, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Lost Angel (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Slight off-balance police inspector Palmer (Alison Eastwood) works with Father Brian (Judd Nelson) to solve for a religion-based killer, while she deals with her teen-aged goth sister.
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, scary, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, crucifix, danger, law enforcement, investigation, dealing with death, crimes, mystery, deadly, murder, curses spells and rituals, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Secret Pact (1999)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After witnessing the killing of his parents, a young teenage boy is put in a witness relocation program and sent to a boarding school in Canada to start a new life. He soon befriends a fellow student whom is a hit man looking for him.
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious
Plot: school, friendship, hitman, witness protection, witnessing a crime, youth, teenage life, graphic violence, danger, deadly, crimes, teen angst ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Collector (2002)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Une policière, Maud Graham, suit un tueur en série qui agresse des femmes. En même temps, elle héberge un jeune prostitué et un fugueur de 12 ans. L'action se déroule dans la ville et capitale de la province du même nom, Québec.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Plot: murder, serial killer, police investigation, kidnapping, mind game, police detective, who done it, riddles and clues, crimes, life is a bitch, law enforcement, pedophilia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Will arrives for his last year at Military Academy, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960's. A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, for the first time and Will is asked to keep an eye out for the inevitable racism. The racists come in the ...
Style: suspenseful, sincere, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, friendship, fighting the system, rebellion, military, coming of age, life is a bitch, investigation, society, injustice, terminator, college ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, south carolina, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Barber (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Eugene is a small town barber, beloved by the local community, but hiding a deadly secret. John is hunting for a serial killer not to expose him but to learn the business! They form a twisted bond and turn the town upside down as Eugene teaches John ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, twists and turns
Plot: obsession, murder, mind game, serial killer, deadly, crimes, small town, investigation, hairdresser, undercover, shovel, buried alive ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Deadline (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Deadline is the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved, and unpunished for almost twenty years. That changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper (Steve Talley) meets an ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, interracial relations, price of justice, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, society, redemption, crimes, injustice, idealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tennessee, alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Tucked Away (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On the surface, Ray Ryan has it all. He's a successful advertising executive with a new promotion. He has a nice home and a beautiful fiancée. Underneath it all is a dark secret he's finding harder to hide. Ray's nightmares are ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: investigation, crimes, deadly, life is a bitch, murder, secret, abusive father, aging
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Presumed Dead (2006)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A famous crime novelist's protigie disappears before the release of author's first new book in years. Is the seeming crime an elaborate publicity stunt, or was this author so desperate for material that he created his own sinister ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, enigmatic, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: police detective, investigation, missing person, mind game, murder, mystery, uncover truth, woman in danger, danger, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Tenth Circle (2008)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on Jodi Picoult's best-selling novel, "The Tenth Circle" tells the powerful story that probes the unbreakable bond between parent and child.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, mind bending
Plot: family relations, family problems, mystery, investigation, crimes, parents and children, life is a bitch, couples, college, family life, teenage life, rape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Slipping Into Darkness (1988)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Three spoiled college girls are held responsible for a handicapped boys death.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), train, murder, gang, crimes, dishonesty, mystery, rivalry, youth, life is a bitch, disorder, family relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Liars All (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: On New Year's eve in London, a provocative game spins out of control and ends in murder, the true killer elusive amidst conflicting testimony and hidden motives.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: murder, youth, new year's eve, crimes, mind game, deadly, truth or dare, danger, sex scene, graphic violence, drugs/alcohol, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The List (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After being arrested for solicitation, a high-class prostitute threatens to make public a list of her best clients and someone resorts to murder to keep the list a secret. Meanwhile, the judge on the case struggles with his dilemma and one cop aims ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense, realistic
Plot: murder, political corruption, prostitute, bait, courtroom, uncover truth, courtroom drama, fighting the system, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Clear Lake, WI (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A group of childhood friends return to their former hometown to revisit the horrors that happened there 15 years ago.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, bleak
Plot: riddles and clues, clergy, crimes, supernatural, deadly, danger, society, religions or cults, high school, small town, murder, preacher ...
Time: 90s, year 1993
Place: wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Partners in Crime (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: On his way to school, Huang witnesses the death of Hsia, a popular teenager in their high school,along with Lin and Yeh, the other 2 students from their high school, whom Huang has never known before. Even though the three guys try to save her, she ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, tense, suspense ...
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, uncover truth, crime, crimes, mystery, teenage life, high school, youth, high school life, bullying, high school student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Messages Deleted (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A quivering voice begs to screenwriter, Joel Brandt, to pick up the phone on a message from his answering machine. Thinking it a prank, Joel deletes the message. The caller is found dead. Another caller leaves Joel a message; there is another ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: murder, answering machine, vengeance, crimes, serial killer, protagonist as suspect, frame up, deadly, writer's life, race against time, mystery, professor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Choke (2001)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry, an uptight businessman who sometimes acts with questionable ethics, nevertheless rejects Ron, a scam artist who wants a partner. Ron won't let up and finds a lever to blackmail Henry, whose daughter Gina has killed a pedestrian in a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: murder, hitman, mystery, unlikely criminals, crime, deadly, crimes, dishonesty, manipulation, danger, manipulations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 3.7
 420
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, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, mystery, serial killer, psychopath, who done it, false accusation, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Candidate (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Jonas Bechmann, a defense attorney, is a man of the system. Until the day he himself is accused of murder. Taking matters into his own hands, he throws himself into the hunt for a group of blackmailers who threaten to expose him as the killer. But ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, twists and turns
Plot: murder, frame up, track down, investigation, crimes, uncover truth, law firm, dishonesty, deadly, cons and scams, false accusation, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
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32%
White Water Fury (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Sweden
Story: Four young men – Luke, Simon, Anders and John – are on the gang’s annual outing. During the trip down the river the four meet sisters Marie and Susanne, who recently moved up to northern Sweden from Stockholm. They decide to camp and party ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: uncover truth, investigation, deadly, crimes, buddies, murder, who done it, camp, wilderness, sister sister relationship, missing person, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Last Hours in Suburbia (2012)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When Grace is accused of playing a role in a deadly accident, her best friend reaches out from beyond the grave to unveil the truth behind what happened.
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: memory loss, investigation, uncover truth, false accusation, dishonesty, mystery, life is a bitch, best friends, crimes, accident, car accident, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Sixteen (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Jumah is about to turn 16 and is already in need of a fresh start. Burdened with the shameful legacy of a past as a child soldier in the Congo, he lives with his adoptive mother in west London, where he struggles to keep a lid on his history of ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, touching
Plot: immigrants, high school, witnessing a crime, youth, crimes, society, teenage life, graphic violence, child soldier, death threat, teen romance, interracial friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%