Movies like Savage Messiah 2002

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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, crimes, psychopath, religions or cults, life is a bitch, manipulations, society, leadership, violence, commune, fanatic, deadly, threesome, religious cult, female nudity, court, children, child abuse, leader, cult, murder ...
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 psychopath mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Savage Messiah: Tucked Away (2007), The Calling (2014), 06/05 (2004), Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979), Shoot on Sight (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, rough, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, crimes, deadly, life is a bitch, murder, secret, abusive father, aging
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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95%
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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, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, riddles and clues, psychopath, murder, deadly, crimes, danger, society, law enforcement, religions or cults, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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89%
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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: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, tense, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, political conspiracy, uncover truth, state affairs, deadly, life is a bitch, dishonesty, assassination, fighting the system, politics, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 107 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: suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, cult, religions or cults, social relations, psychopath, mate swapping, deadly, life is a bitch, society, clergy, historical figure, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 70s
Place: caribbean, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: An account of early 1970s social activist Ira Einhorn, who allegedly murdered his girlfriend and then fled the country.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, on the run, dishonesty, domestic disturbance, amateur detective, protagonist as suspect, fugitives, law enforcement, investigation, manipulation ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, police investigation, religions or cults, culture clash, life is a bitch, deadly, investigation, husband wife relationship, death, politics, murder, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, captivating, disturbing, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, family, danger, rivalry, escapades, murder, violence, police, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Angel of Death (2002)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
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: disturbing, scary, serious, psychological, slasher ...
Plot: sexual abuse, fascism, mind game, danger, investigation, murder, deadly, serial killer, clergy, rivalry, psychopath, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, journalism, investigation, master criminal, uncover truth, brutality, protestant, journalist, 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: suspenseful, disturbing, serious
Plot: murder, mystery, manipulations, religions or cults, social relations, psychopath, manipulation, teenage life, small town life, small town, supernatural ability, clergy ...
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: suspenseful, rough, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: undercover, journalism, racism, crimes, dishonesty, against humanity, leadership, media, society, confined, heroes, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Water's Edge (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 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: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: femme fatale, small town, uncover truth, investigation, life is a bitch, dishonesty, deadly, murder, political corruption, betrayal, husband wife relationship, town mayor ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.6
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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, realistic, serious, 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 ⇓
49%
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: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: obsession, serial killer, crimes, deadly, psychopath, destructive relationship, manipulation, life is a bitch, dishonesty, rivalry, manipulations, mind game ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: rough, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, psychopath, serial killer, mind game, life is a bitch, crimes, track down, woman in danger, deadly, violence, brutality, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, washington d.c., florida, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.7
 501
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 ⇓
47%
Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A group of students take a bus to go to a small town, in order to finish a professional practice. All of them are friends, and they decide to sing some modern songs, while the other passengers are trying to sleep. One of the passengers gets angry ...
Style: tense, rough, bleak, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: small town, murder, violence, suspicion, priest, lynching, student, mountain climbing, college student, warning, crime, village ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 4.4
 508
Godspeed (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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: tense, realistic, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, death in the family, society, religions or cults, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, small town, crimes, grief, investigation, disorder, wilderness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, serious, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: terrorism, society, crimes, couples, immigrants, state affairs, life is a bitch, brainwashing, husband wife relationship, hidden truth, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, post world war two, 40s, 1940s, year 1945
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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
⇓ 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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, suspense ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, working class, small town, social differences, deadly, dead boy, friend, burglar, home invasion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, investigation, legal, dishonesty, crimes, society, injustice, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, nightclub, rape, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: disturbing, realistic, serious, cynical, clever ...
Plot: murder, friends, crimes, dishonesty, infidelity, violence, investigation, greed, danger, mother daughter relationship, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.6
 714
Watchtower (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Orphan Mike O'Conner was abused from age three by his own dad, fled to Chicago to start a rock band but got dragged in bad mates' crime and convicted under probation. Mike's sister, Kate, managed to get him released and employed as ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, lighthouse, life is a bitch, small town life, family relations, siblings relations, small town, psychopath, deadly, crimes, father figure, stoners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, sexy ...
Plot: woman in danger, injustice, family problems, couples, society, crimes, life is a bitch, lesbian relationship, prostitute, deadly, revenge, double murder ...
Time: 21st century, 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, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: investigation, journalism, murder, uncover truth, serial killer, crimes, who done it, psychopath, law enforcement, manhunt, deadly, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlanta georgia, usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
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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, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, self defense, courtroom drama, court, prostitute, hearing, mental illness, crimes, call girl, family relations, parents and children, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.0
 246
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: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, haunted by the past, vengeance, criminal heroes, couples, intrigue, crimes, betrayal, rivalry, scapegoat, heist, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: The story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Jim Jones and the events leading up to one of the largest mass suicides in history.
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, tense
Plot: commune, poison, cult, rebellion, leadership, fighting the system, religions or cults, psychopath, against humanity, drug abuse, sect, messiah ...
Time: 70s, year 1980
Place: africa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%