Movies like Skeletons in the Closet

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Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
 5.2
 645
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, bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, haunted by the past, mind game, mysterious character, uncover truth, crimes, psychopath, life is a bitch, mystery, who done it, law enforcement, single parent, deadly, small town, protagonist as suspect, father son relationship, suspicion, crime, alcohol abuse, small town life, police investigation, incest, memory ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new england

Most similar movies to Skeletons in the Closet

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about murder, deadly, crimes, law enforcement, crime, mystery and investigation mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Skeletons in the Closet: Silent Fall (1994), Gone but Not Forgotten (2005), The Rosary Murders (1987), Pavement (2002), 1st to Die (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.0
 4K
Silent Fall (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, autism, mystery, investigation, crimes, law enforcement, dealing with death, dishonesty, life is a bitch, deadly, power relations, disability ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Gone but Not Forgotten (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: An Oregon woman vanishes. In her wake remains a single black rose & a note reading gone but not forgotten. Now a man stands accused: a private eye has gone missing: a detective knows more than she lets on: & a tough female attorney has ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, tense, realistic
Plot: mind game, serial killer, deadly, psychopath, murder, rivalry, danger, amateur detective, police investigation, police detective, protagonist as suspect, private detective ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, oregon, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Rosary Murders (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A killer of Detroit clergy confesses to a priest (Donald Sutherland), who turns sleuth because he cannot tell the police.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, moral dilemma, psychopath, serial killer, haunted by the past, church, who done it, uncover truth, clergy, investigation, mystery, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.4
 765
Pavement (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Samuel Browne is a tracker in Alaska. When his sister meets a grisly death in San Francisco, he goes there to hunt her killer. As more murders occur, police investigator Buckley Clarke reluctantly joins forces with Sam. The brass are convinced this ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak, tense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, amateur detective, law enforcement, mystery, deadly, psychopath, obsessive quest, serial killer, haunted by the past, animal life, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, san francisco, usa, south africa, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Movie in collections
 5.6
 647
1st to Die (2003)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A homicide inspector -- Lindsay Boxer -- who teams with three other professional women to catch an ingenious serial killer targeting newlyweds on their wedding nights.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: investigation, serial killer, mystery, mind game, deadly, who done it, murder, track down, master criminal, partners against crime, fall in love, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 4.7
 344
Pendulum (2001)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The nature and lure of power: in Dallas, a councilman is on trial for corruption, the D.A. is running for the US Senate, a serial killer is slashing prostitutes, and a professor is murdered. Amanda Reeve is assigned to investigate the law-school ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, politician, uncover truth, police corruption, life is a bitch, investigation, protagonist as suspect, deadly, dangerous attraction, who done it, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Alphabet Killer (2008)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Based on the true story of double killings occurring in Rochester, NY during the 80’s and the troubled police officer determined to solve them, with or without the help of her department
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, obsession, police investigation, psychopath, uncover truth, investigation, crimes, mind game, mental illness, haunted by the past, woman in danger, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.4
 970
American Crime (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young smalltown reporter, Jessie St. Claire, begins investigating a killer stalking his victims making video tapes. This might just be the career opportunity, which she has hoped for. When she herself becomes a target and suddenly disappears, the ...
Style: scary, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, investigation, crimes, mind game, crime, deadly, stalking, psychopath, who done it, uncover truth, danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jesse Stone is a former L.A. homicide detective who left behind the big city and an ex-wife to become the police chief of the quiet New England fishing town of Paradise. Stone's old habits die hard as he continues to indulge his two favorite ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, surprise ending, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, mystery, law enforcement, crimes, crime, chief, small town, small town life, police investigation, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Jericho Mansions (2003)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A murder in an old apartment building leads the superintendent to suspect everyone, and eventually himself, of the murder.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious
Plot: mystery, investigation, mind game, mysterious character, amateur detective, uncover truth, psychopath, manipulation, memory loss, who done it, murder, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Living with the Dead (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: A man begins to have disturbing visions of dead people, among whom are his mother and victims of a local serial killer. All telling their story of how they died, and how their murderer is still out there. The detective investigating the murders ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, scary
Plot: able to see the dead, supernatural ability, uncover truth, mysterious character, ghost, life is a bitch, police investigation, mystery, psychopath, crime, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.3
 2K
After Alice (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A washed-up detective discovers his own psychic ability when assigned to investigate a serial murder case. The killer has a deranged obsession with the novel "Alice in Wonderland." As the psychopath's bloody reign of terror continues, ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, surprise ending
Plot: serial killer, supernatural ability, mind game, police investigation, riddles and clues, psychopath, murder, deadly, crime, mystery, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.4
 2K
True Crime (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, suspense, brutal, psychological ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, amateur detective, murder, danger, psychopath, female detective, woman in danger, police investigation, mystery, uncover truth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Try to Remember (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Fifteen years after a murderer is convicted he is released and all the witnesses against him begin to be murdered.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, scary ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, manhunt, police investigation, haunted by the past, mind game, mystery, murder, deadly, vengeance, law enforcement, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: miami, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Empire of the Wolves (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, Turkey
Duration: 128 min.
Story: When the young detective Paul Nerteaux finds the third slashed female corpse of illegal Turkish immigrants, he decides to ask for support to the experienced dark retired detective Jean-Louis Schiffer to chase the serial killer. Together, they ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious
Plot: memory loss, police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, murder, deadly, mystery, mind game, danger, master criminal, life is a bitch, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, istanbul turkey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, legal, psychopath, who done it, law enforcement, mystery, crimes, manhunt ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlanta georgia, usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.3
 2K
Memory (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Dr. Taylor Biggs is haunted by a past that's not his own. A hallucinatory drug gives him the power to see visions of vicious crimes, visions made all that more disturbing when he discovers that the murderous memories may belong to the father he ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, exciting
Plot: investigation, who done it, uncover truth, psychopath, gory, haunted by the past, murder, experiment gone awry, police detective, mysterious character, mind game, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
When the Bough Breaks (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A police detective investigates the apparent serial killing of several children which is linked to an institutionalized, autistic child.
Style: psychological, serious, scary, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, investigation, mystery, crimes, murder, missing person, deadly, mind game, danger, mentally unstable, reluctant partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
Murder in Greenwich (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of Martha Moxley, 15 year old girl murdered in Greenwich in the 1970's, her murder going unsolved for 25 years.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, talky
Plot: investigation, amateur detective, murder, uncover truth, fighting the system, protagonist as suspect, false accusation, society, tragic hero, deadly, dishonesty, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: connecticut, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Chasing Ghosts (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A serial killer targeting the city's mobsters taunts police with clues and photos left behind at the crime scenes. A veteran cop takes on a rookie partner hoping to crack one last case before retiring. As the web of deception and lies unravels, ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, police investigation, manhunt, psychopath, riddles and clues, track down, mystery, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Prophet's Game (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The Prophet has arrived in the ultimate playing ground... Los Angeles. It has taken an innocent childhood game and twisted it into a deadly match of wits, where the only prize is survival. Moving from city to city, The Prophet lures unsuspecting ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: murder, mind game, riddles and clues, investigation, serial killer, mystery, crimes, danger, chases and races, crime, vengeance, obsession ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.0
 97
Fissure (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Detective Paul Grunning is sent on a routine call to a local professor's home. When things turn deadly, he must navigate a fractured reality to solve the mystery before it's too late.
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: police detective, murder, uncover truth, mind game, police investigation, mystery, who done it, danger, rivalry, crimes, deadly, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.4
 7K
The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, psychopath, murder, investigation, obsession, mystery, crimes, mind game, gory, law enforcement, journalism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 4.0
 493
Bound by Lies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Detecive Max Garrett is assigned to protect the sultry photographer Laura Cross from a ruthless killer, he has no idea what he's in for. The more involved Garrett gets in the case, the more attracted he is to Cross, but as they get closer, ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: photographer, dangerous attraction, uncover truth, reluctant partners, police investigation, mystery, manipulations, serial killer, dishonesty, betrayal, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.7
 1K
The Barber (2002)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In the small town of Revelstoke, Alaska, local barber Dexter is surprised to learn that the body of Lucy Waters has been discovered. Having killed this woman, days ago, he hoped her body wouldn't be found until spring. Through the eyes of a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, serious, scary
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, small town, investigation, mystery, deadly, danger, mind game, murder, social relations, isolation, darkness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
 3K
Freeze Frame (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sean Veil is an ultra paranoid murder suspect who takes to filming himself round the clock to provide an alibi, just in case he's ever accused of another crime. Problems arise however when the police do come calling and the one tape that can ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: obsession, false accusation, haunted by the past, alibi, mind game, uncover truth, mental illness, mystery, life is a bitch, crimes, crime, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Kenneth Bianchi, one of the two serial rapists and killers who terrorized the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s, is giving police station interviews to psychiatrist Samantha Stone, who has disquieting lifestyle issues of her own. It falls to her to ...
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, interrogation, mind game, police investigation, who done it, mystery, crimes, deadly, life is a bitch, mental illness ...
Time: 70s, year 1978
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.7
 430
The Gunman (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Detective Ben Simm's wife is killed, he has to learn to be both father and mother to his little girl while searching for a Vigilante that has his own sense of justice.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, vengeance, haunted by the past, police detective, serial killer, psychopath, track down, who done it, murder, vigilantism, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
 4K
Rear Window (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Modern remake of Rear Window in which the lead character is paralyzed and lives in a high-tech home filled with assistive technology.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: murder, voyeur, investigation, uncover truth, who done it, psychopath, mind game, crimes, obsession, manipulation, law enforcement, mystery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Pretty When You Cry (2001)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife is caught in a web of sex and violence.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, erotic, sexy ...
Plot: murder, investigation, femme fatale, woman in danger, mind game, deadly, betrayal, couples, obsession, dangerous attraction, serial killer, legal ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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