Movies like High and Low

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High and Low (1963)
 8.4
 43K
High and Low (1963)
Original name: 天国と地獄
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, captivating, serious, realistic, neo noir, tense, atmospheric, breathtaking, suspense ...
Plot: ransom, kidnapping, police, psychopath, mistaken identity, chauffeur, crimes, missing person, rescue, chase, law enforcement, disorder, dishonesty, emaciation, tragedy, secrets, character study, visceral, heaven and hell, revolution, social differences, confined, introspection, manic, conscience ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, tokyo

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Most similar movies to High and Low

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and suspenseful films with plots about dialogue, crimes, storytelling, greed, police investigation, runaway and corruption mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like High and Low: Sanjuro (1962), Obsession (1976), Harper (1966), Yojimbo (1961), Gone Baby Gone (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
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Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed "Sanjuro." In this companion piece and sequel to "Yojimbo," jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, rescue, small town, betrayal, dishonesty, naivete, drifter, duel, one against many, police investigation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.7
 10K
Obsession (1976)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, realistic, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: ransom, obsession, kidnapping, crimes, dangerous attraction, mistaken identity, chase, disorder, rescue, haunted by the past, missing person, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1959, 50s, year 1975
Place: usa, italy, europe, los angeles, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.8
 9K
Harper (1966)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Harper is a cynical private eye in the best tradition of Bogart. He even has Bogie's Baby hiring him to find her missing husband, getting involved along the way with an assortment of unsavory characters and an illegal-alien smuggling ring.
Style: neo noir, cynical, suspenseful, enigmatic, psychological ...
Plot: private detective, murder, missing person, investigation, mystery, crimes, uncover truth, dishonesty, ransom, cons and scams, couples, law enforcement ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.2
 121K
Yojimbo (1961)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, sword fight, ronin, gang, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, rivalry, deception, massacre, torture ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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 7.6
 269K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: twist ending, tense, disturbing, neo noir, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, pedophile, investigation, disappearance, missing child, kidnapped child, life is a bitch, private detective, tragic event, death, crimes, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 8.1
 678K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, surprise ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, missing child, brutality, vigilantism, child abduction, torture, disappearance, vigilante, desperation, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.1
 8K
Palmetto (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, femme fatale, police investigation, frame up, scam, crimes, mystery, murder, who done it, political corruption, law enforcement, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.1
 41K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, drug overdose, undercover, police corruption, police brutality, child abuse, police investigation, investigation, drug addiction, drug dealing, police detective, police shootout ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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 6.9
 53K
Frantic (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.
Style: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, missing wife, kidnapping, rescue, jazz, missing person, woman in danger, doctor, hotel room, crimes, graphic violence, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The intriguing relationship between three desperados, who try to kidnap a wealthy child in hope of turning their lives around.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, gloomy, tense, surreal ...
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, femme fatale, boxer, crime gone awry, crimes, murder, power relations, cons and scams, vengeance, mystery, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.1
 15K
Night Moves (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return ...
Style: neo noir, tense, psychological, cynical, serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, infidelity, murder, missing person, espionage, femme fatale, mystery, crimes, family problems, uncover truth, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, florida, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.9
 449K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, neo noir, bleak, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, loss of child, death in the family, loss of daughter, sexual abuse, childhood, child rape, loss of loved one, child molestation ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, contemporary, 60s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The American Friend (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, captivating, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: hitman, friendship, assassination, murder, forgery, gangsters, life is a bitch, race against time, crimes, couple relations, cult, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: paris france, new york, germany, west germany, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: neo noir, tense, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, police detective, police corruption, corpse, police investigation, gunfight, prostitute, murder, organized crime, police brutality, crimes, fighting the system ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, serious, neo noir, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, political corruption, investigation, police, crimes, mystery, dishonesty, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, fighting crime ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.6
 73K
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail ...
Style: twist ending, tense, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, woman in danger, profiler, police investigation, violence against women, missing person, forensics, who done it, crimes, investigation, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, washington d.c., usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.1
 26K
Klute (1971)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This acclaimed thriller stars Jane Fonda as Bree Daniel, a New York City call girl who becomes enmeshed in an investigation into the disappearance of a business executive. Detective John Klute is hired to follow Daniel, and eventually begins a ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: prostitute, missing person, pimp, obsession, investigation, private detective, murder, conspiracy, stalking, psychopath, mystery, perversity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, pennsylvania, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 5.8
 14K
The Clearing (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When affluent executive, Wayne Hayes is kidnapped by a disgruntled employee and held for ransom in a forest, Wayne’s wife is forced to reckon with the FBI agents as they negotiate with the kidnapper.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, intense, twists and turns ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, negotiation, marital problem, marriage, psychopath, fbi, family life, haunted by the past, infidelity, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, neo noir, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, police detective, police investigation, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, psycho, psychology, powerful ending, homicidal maniac, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.4
 30K
Unknown (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: memory loss, amnesia, kidnapping, hostage, ransom, murder, confined, loss of friend, suicide, mystery, race against time, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.5
 69K
A Simple Plan (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, France, USA, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: greed, crime gone awry, crimes, betrayal, human nature, treasure, character change, dishonesty, couple relations, disorder, fbi, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bill Savage is struggling to maintain his marriage to his increasingly unbalanced wife, Myra, who believes she is a medium. She plans a scheme that will make her famous, involving kidnapping then "psychically" locating a little girl.
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, mental illness, seance, medium, stillbirth, family in danger, crimes, crime gone awry, psychopath, child in peril, celebrity culture ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 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 ...
Style: realistic, twists and turns, enigmatic, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: rape, unsolved crime, police investigation, brutality, murder, serial killer, police, police detective, murderer, police brutality, crimes, investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 2003
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 7.0
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Breakdown (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When his SUV breaks down on a remote Southwestern road, Jeff Taylor lets his wife, Amy, hitch a ride with a trucker to get help. When she doesn't return, Jeff fixes his SUV and tracks down the trucker -- who tells the police he's never ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, suspense, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, ransom, uncover truth, truck driver, highway, chase, kidnapping, gang, deception, woman in danger, couples, surveillance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, arizona, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.2
 14K
Insomnia (1997)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Detectives Jonas and Erik are called to the midnight sun country of northern Norway to investigate a recent homicide, but their plan to arrest the killer goes awry, and Jonas mistakenly shoots Erik. The suspect escapes, and a frightened Jonas pins ...
Style: tense, psychological, neo noir, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: police investigation, insomnia, murder, crimes, police detective, mystery, loss of partner, dishonesty, murder mystery, nudity (full frontal - brief), police officer killed, frame up ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.8
 7K
Cutter's Way (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.
Style: captivating, tense, serious, neo noir, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, false accusation, alcohol abuse, veteran, crimes, dishonesty, murder mystery, investigation, revenge, arson, conspiracy, prostitute ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, california, asia, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.9
 33K
The Captive (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, psychological, non-linear ...
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, police investigation, crimes, child abuse, little girl, psychology, skating, family problems, family in crisis, track down, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Boston Strangler (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from ...
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, serial rapist, murder, mind game, police detective, strangulation, split personality, double life, police investigation, crimes, mystery, psychopath ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.4
 14K
Switchback (1997)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI agent Dennis Quaid tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, kidnapping, murder, crimes, law enforcement, vengeance, missing person, hitchhiker, murder mystery, police investigation, mystery, loss of son ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.9
 28K
Suicide Kings (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Christopher Walken shines in this cult-favorite dark comedy as Charlie, a former mobster who is abducted by five privileged young men (Sean Patrick Flanery, Johnny Galecki, Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, Henry Thomas) desperate to raise a $2 million ransom ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, dark humor, hostage, crimes, mansion, crime gone awry, disorder, confined, nothing goes right, buddies, manipulation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%