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Memories of Murder (2003)
 8.1
 131K
Memories of Murder (2003)
Original name: 살인의 추억
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about a serial murderer grow louder. A special task force is set up in the area, with two local detectives Park Doo-Man and Jo Young-Goo joined by a detective from Seoul who requested to be assigned to the case.
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, twists and turns, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful, tense, sad, clever ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, rape, serial killer, evidence, suspicion, search, brutality, partners, victim, mishap, stupidity, unsolved crime, police, female victim, rain, police officer, police detective, police chief, chief of police, multiple suspects, twists & turns, complex characters, torture, character study ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, asia, korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and suspenseful films with plots about murder, crime, deadly, police investigation, crimes, serial killer and police mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Memories of Murder: Zodiac (2007), The Chaser (2008), Se7en (1995), Marshland (2014), Mother (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.8
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The Chaser (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
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Duration: 125 min.
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Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, bleak, suspense ...
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 8.6
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Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
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Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, atmospheric, disturbing ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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 7.3
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Genre: Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ...
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 7.8
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Mother (2009)
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Duration: 129 min.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
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 7.8
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Country: South Korea
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 7.5
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Duration: 55 min.
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 8.6
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 7.2
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 6.8
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 6.5
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21%
 6.8
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 7.1
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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21%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.8
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Blue Steel (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 6K
Deceiver (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending, suspense, psychological ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.6
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Horsemen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After 6 years of brutal murders the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of Yorkshire, but things become more difficult for the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
 6.4
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Blood Work (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, rough, serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 2000s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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