Movies like Savage Messiah

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Savage Messiah (2002)
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Savage Messiah (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Savage Messiah is a docudrama about Roch "Moïse" Thériault, the charismatic former leader of a small religious group based near Burnt River, Ontario, Canada. Between 1977 and 1989 he held sway over as many as 12 adults and 26 children. He used all of the nine women as concubines, and probably fathered most of the children in the group. During his reign, Thériault mutilated several members. His major crime was to kill Solange Boilard, his legal wife, by disembowelment while trying to perform surgery on her. He was arrested for assault in 1989, and convicted of murder in 1993. Along with Clifford Olsen and Paul Bernardo, Thériault is considered one of Canada's most notorious criminals.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, suspense, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: sect, manipulation, social worker, small town, investigation, psychopath, crimes, life is a bitch, leadership, society, religions or cults, violence, commune, fanatic, threesome, religious cult, children, female nudity, murder, court, menage a trois, child abuse, leader, cult, religious sect ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada

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Most similar movies to Savage Messiah

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and disturbing films with plots about crimes, deadly, murder, life is a bitch, investigation, society and police investigation mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Savage Messiah: Tucked Away (2007), The Calling (2014), 06/05 (2004), The Manson Family (1997), Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Tucked Away (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 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, rough, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, crimes, life is a bitch, murder, secret, abusive father, aging, deadly
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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95%
 5.8
 9K
The Calling (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Port Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, riddles and clues, psychopath, crimes, law enforcement, society, murder, religions or cults, strong female presence, graphic violence, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, british columbia, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.6
 1K
06/05 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A fictional version of the events that led to the assassination of the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn on May 6, 2002. The movie is based upon the book "The sixth of May" by Tomas Ross.
Style: tense, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, investigation, uncover truth, political conspiracy, life is a bitch, crimes, fighting the system, politics, assassination, state affairs, dishonesty, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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, atmospheric, rough, bleak ...
Plot: murder, religions or cults, psychopath, filmmaking, crimes, life is a bitch, leadership, investigation, journalism, serial killer, drug abuse, cult leader ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: An account of early 1970s social activist Ira Einhorn, who allegedly murdered his girlfriend and then fled the country.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, psychopath, poet, hippie, liberal, manipulation, dishonesty, police investigation, crimes, fighting the system, investigation, society ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Panama, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This horrific dramatization of the Guyana tragedy traces the steps of Reverend Jim Jones, a highly charismatic, but profoundly paranoid clergyman, who after years of evangelism and good deeds, begins his own church in the mid-western United States. ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, cult, psychopath, social relations, religions or cults, mate swapping, society, clergy, life is a bitch, historical figure, female nudity, congressman ...
Time: 70s
Place: latin america, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Shoot on Sight (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Tariq Ali, a Muslim police officer of Scotland Yard, is asked to hunt-down suspected suicide-bombers against the backdrop of July 7 bombings in London. Tariq's task gets complicated as an innocent Muslim is killed by the commando shooters of ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, police investigation, life is a bitch, religions or cults, culture clash, investigation, husband wife relationship, politics, death, murder, society, racist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.9
 3K
Villain (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After 10 years, Eddie Franks is out of prison and trying to stay on the straight and narrow, but his drug-mule brother, Sean has other ideas. Rival gangster brothers demand Sean repay his debt to them, causing Eddie to get tangled in the crossfire, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, disturbing, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, family, rivalry, family relations, society, escapades, debt, violence, murder, police, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 4.2
 758
Angel of Death (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The most spectacular Easter celebration in the World. Hosts of hooded Penitents parade through the ancient, narrow streets of the Old Town in time-honored ritual. But for one celebrant this Holy Week is different. For him Semana Santa is a time to ...
Style: slasher, serious, scary, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: sexual abuse, fascism, mind game, investigation, serial killer, clergy, rivalry, murder, who done it, woman in danger, psychopath, s&m ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Resurrection Man (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and obtained prestige for himself, while Victor sinks deeper into ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, journalism, psychopath, master criminal, investigation, uncover truth, brutality, journalist, protestant, violent, dark hero ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Apprentice to Murder (1988)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, Norway
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Fire-and-brimstone preacher sees Satan everywhere, trains gullible young boy to "detect" evil, and the two of them commit several murders in the name of Jesus. Based on a true story.
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: murder, manipulation, psychopath, social relations, religions or cults, small town life, small town, teenage life, supernatural ability, clergy, mystery, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Infiltrator (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The Infiltrator is an American film about an Israeli freelance journalist who travels to Germany circa the early 1990's and uncovers a story about a dangerously pervasive underground Neo-Nazi faction, who are intent to bring Nazism back to the ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: undercover, journalism, racism, campaign, religions or cults, state affairs, crimes, good versus evil, immigrants, dishonesty, life is a bitch, rebellion ...
Time: 90s
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.0
 704
Water's Edge (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Robert wanted an escape from the big city. He thought a small town by the water's edge would give him a new start. He couldn't have been more wrong. This little town has dirty secrets, and Robert just found the worst of them...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: femme fatale, small town, uncover truth, investigation, dishonesty, life is a bitch, political corruption, murder, betrayal, husband wife relationship, town mayor, couples ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.9
 1K
The Riverman (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A series of interviews are conducted with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy in hopes of gaining insight into the Green River Killer who is terrorizing Seattle.
Style: serious, psychological, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: police investigation, psychopath, serial killer, mind game, life is a bitch, track down, crimes, woman in danger, violence, brutality, murder, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, florida, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Style: disturbing, psychological, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, psychopath, crimes, life is a bitch, rivalry, mind game, dishonesty, manipulation, destructive relationship, prostitute, prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.5
 3K
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, tense ...
Plot: love triangle, dangerous attraction, investigation, missing person, obsession, police investigation, uncover truth, mysterious character, mind game, psychopath, teenage life, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.6
 608
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: murder, catholic, mystery, investigation, moral dilemma, false accusation, courtroom drama, crimes, legal, life is a bitch, dishonesty, clergy ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.4
 549
Godspeed (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Joseph McKelheer and Cory Knauf (The Hamiltons, The Violent Kind) star in this intense thriller set in the lingering light of the Alaskan midnight sun. Charlie Shepard, a modern day faith healer with a small flock of believers, is stunned when his ...
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, death in the family, haunted by the past, religions or cults, society, small town, life turned upside down, crimes, grief, investigation, wilderness, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 6.9
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Dirty Hearts (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States and the Second World War was over. Right? Wrong. For eighty percent of the Japanese community in Brazil, Japan had won the war and defeat was nothing more than American propaganda. The few immigrants ...
Style: tense, disturbing, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, crimes, society, immigrants, state affairs, life is a bitch, couples, husband wife relationship, hidden truth, brainwashing, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, post world war two, 1940s, year 1945
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
As Blood Runs Deep (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Small-town detective Noah Cordin is called to solve a juvenile homicide that occurred during a home burglary in his affluent town of Hilliard. The dead boy's mother, Allison Connor, is a member of the Meskada County Board of Commissioners, and ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense ...
Plot: murder, crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, working class, small town, social differences, investigation, friend, dead boy, burglar, crime scene ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Andrew Luster, the heir to the Max factor fortune, is convicted of rape on 86 counts. This Lifetime original movie recounts the rapes committed by the infamous Andrew Luster and the women who brought him to justice.
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom drama, investigation, injustice, life is a bitch, legal, crimes, society, dishonesty, nightclub, sexual abuse, rape, bounty hunter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.9
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Final Cut (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A group of friends gather for a wake, and are shown a video shot by Jude (Jude Law) and starring them before he dies. Things go rapidly downhill.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, cynical, suspense ...
Plot: murder, crimes, friends, dishonesty, infidelity, violence, greed, investigation, love and romance, mother daughter relationship, couples, friendship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter - Studio Sex (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A stripper at the club Studio Six is murdered. A political scandal takes off when the Minister of Commerce appears to have been at the club. He resigns - but only to hide an even bigger secret.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: murder, journalism, crimes, life is a bitch, law enforcement, media, uncover truth, female nudity, minister, investigation, politics, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 5.8
 3K
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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, psychopath, narcissism, police investigation, serial killer, drug use, crimes, youth, rivalry, violence, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: disturbing, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, murder, journalism, serial killer, uncover truth, who done it, psychopath, mystery, law enforcement, legal, crimes, manhunt ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlanta georgia, usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Fine Dead Girls (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Croatia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Iva and Maria, a young lesbian pair, rent a favorable, nice dwelling in a less good area of Zagreb, Croatia. But unfortunately, included in the rent are the neighbors, the neighbors from hell. The curious landlady, foreigners flogging nationalists, ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, woman in danger, society, life is a bitch, crimes, injustice, family problems, couples, prostitute, double murder, revenge, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 6K
Nuts (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is ...
Style: psychological, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, self defense, courtroom drama, court, prostitute, hearing, mental illness, crimes, call girl, injustice, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.7
 277
Forfeit (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An armored car guard's elaborate plan for revenge is threatened by his relationship with an old friend -- a brilliant and unpredictable television preacher.
Style: disturbing, rough, psychological, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: prison, haunted by the past, vengeance, criminal heroes, infidelity, heist, couples, scapegoat, crimes, rivalry, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
 2K
Rampage (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Rampage delves into the subject of legal insanity, so often the default defense in modern-time gruesome crime trials. Alex McArthur plays an outwardly normal guy who goes on incredible killing and mutilating sprees until (and even after, when he ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: courtroom, death sentence, courtroom drama, legal action, crimes, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, law enforcement, rivalry, mind game, chase, serial killer ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.2
 665
24 Days (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Ilan Halimi is kidnapped for ransom because Jewish and supposedly rich, his family and the police start a race against time to save him from the tortures of the "gang of barbarians".
Style: disturbing, realistic, sincere, psychological, serious ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, family in crisis, life is a bitch, crimes, family problems, confined, abduction, ransom, kidnapping, police
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%