Movies and TV shows like Top of the Lake

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Top of the Lake (2013)
 7.5
 32K
Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, twists and turns, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, missing child, disappearance, female detective, life is a bitch, self discovery, policewoman, sexual abuse, crimes, secret, mystery, child abuse, buried truth, bodies, suspicion, rape, lake or river, victim, surprising revelation, heroine, multiple suspects, child rape, mountain ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand

Most similar movies to Top of the Lake

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, tense and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, police detective, crime, murder and police mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Top of the Lake: Broadchurch (2013), The Bridge (2011), True Detective (2014), The Killing (2011), The Fall (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.4
 95K
Broadchurch (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.
Style: twists and turns, emotional, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, murder investigation, multiple suspects, small town, uncover truth, murder, courtroom drama, partners, parents and children, loss of child, loss of son ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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100%
 8.6
 59K
The Bridge (2011)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, crime, serial killer, mind game, multiple suspects, partners against crime, police investigation, riddles and clues, murder, videotaping, forensics, killings ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, copenhagen, scandinavia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 9.0
 500K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: bleak, tense, captivating, clever, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, crime, serial killer, neo noir, investigation, partners, crimes, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.2
 99K
The Killing (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.
Style: gloomy, psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, crime, police investigation, who done it, multiple suspects, female detective, riddles and clues, murder, crimes, street kid, dealing with death, policewoman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.2
 84K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When the Police Service of Northern Ireland are unable to close a case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must ...
Style: psychological, psychological thriller, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, female detective, police investigation, policewoman, crimes, forensics, law enforcement, coworker, victim, crime, violence against women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 24K
The Killing (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: The Killing is a Danish police procedural set in the Copenhagen main police department and revolves around Detective Inspector Sarah Lund and her team, with each season series following a different murder case day-by-day and a one-hour episode ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: mystery, rape, policewoman, police detective, politician, murder, election, uncover truth, suspicion, investigator, family problems, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, afghanistan, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 35K
Line of Duty (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Steve Arnott is a young officer who’s fallen foul of his superiors for refusing to help in the cover-up of an operation that ended in the shooting of an innocent father. He seems ideal to join AC-12, an anti-corruption police unit, just as it ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns
Plot: police corruption, police detective, police investigation, honest law enforcer, female police detective, law enforcer, policewoman, corrupt law enforcer, dishonesty, secret, evidence, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 13K
Wallander (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: This drama follows Inspector Kurt Wallander – a middle-aged everyman – as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in the apparently sleepy backwaters in and around Ystad in Skane, southern Sweden. Based on the international best-selling ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, bleak, serious ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, loneliness, crime, crimes, murder investigation, drinking problem, depression, forensics, life is a bitch, mystery, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
 251K
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, disturbing, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, disappearance, pedophile, private detective, tragic event, life is a bitch, crimes, missing child, neo noir, conspiracy, peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 605K
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, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, investigation, missing child, crime, brutality, child abduction, disappearance, vigilantism, torture, neo noir, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 647K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: captivating, clever, serious, dark humor, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, hidden identity, double life, vigilantism, corpse, crimes, loner, crime, forensics, right and wrong, police detective, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 4K
Jordskott (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Finland, UK, Norway
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Inspector Eva Thörnblad returns to Silver Height seven years after her daughter Josefine disappeared by a lake in the woods. The body was never found and the girl was believed to have drowned. Now a boy has vanished without a trace and ...
Style: bleak, twists and turns, atmospheric, tense, serious ...
Plot: missing child, small town, uncover truth, police investigation, crimes, murder, danger, family problems, missing person, law enforcement, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 9K
Vera (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: A sharp detective with a messy life, DCI Vera Stanhope patrols her “patch” of northeast England, pursuing the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. Vera is obsessive about her work and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: police investigation, crime investigation, female detective, police detective, murder, criminal, murder mystery, british police, mystery, crime, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 12K
Major Crimes (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Major Crimes explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor heads up a special squad within the LAPD ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, twists and turns, tense
Plot: policewoman, police detective, homicide detective, female detective, crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, coworker, female protagonist, fighting crime, investigator, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 18K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A murdered body on a bridge between El Paso and Juarez bring together El Paso detective Sonya Cross and Chihuahua State Police detective Marco Ruiz.
Style: tense, atmospheric, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, drug cartel, serial killer, social problems, policewoman, police investigation, partners, corruption, riddles and clues, marital problem, murder, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are ...
Style: captivating, tense, clever, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: sex crime, police detective, law and order, lawyer, police, danger, sexual abuse, crimes, law enforcement, fighting crime, police investigation, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 24K
Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated technology available today to bring about ...
Style: atmospheric, contemplative, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, female detective, crime, murder investigation, police investigation, riddles and clues, who done it, victim, uncover truth, policewoman, homicide detective, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Dublin Murders (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Two detectives are dispatched to investigate the murder of a young girl on the outskirts of Dublin, but as the case of the missing children intensifies, both are forced to confront the darkness that lies in their past.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, murder, police detective, police investigation, hidden identity, psychological trauma, police, secret past, forest, corpse, dublin ireland, adaptation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Prime Suspect (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 207 min.
TV show
Story: A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexism, serial killer, policewoman, murder, police investigation, police detective, police station, female detective, crimes, mystery, obsession, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 23K
The Closer (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Deputy Police Chief Brenda Jean Johnson transfers from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the ...
Style: twists and turns, captivating, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, female detective, police detective, crimes, policewoman, fighting crime, murder, investigation, crime investigation, interrogation, couples, workplace romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 5K
Wallander (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Wallander is a Swedish television series adapted from Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels and starring Krister Henriksson in the title role. The 1st series of 13 films was produced in 2005 and 2006, with one taken directly from a novel and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, murder, life is a bitch, crime, law enforcement, mystery, crimes, forensics, small town, father daughter relationship, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.5
 122K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.
Style: tense, serious, atmospheric, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, crimes, talented, murder, law enforcement, forensics, cruelty, partners, psychopath, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Scott & Bailey (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: D.C. Rachel Bailey and D.C. Janet Scott have a robust and engaging friendship which enables them to draw upon each other’s strengths and investigate murders for the Manchester Metropolitan Police.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: police detective, policewoman, female police officer, partners against crime, female detective, police investigation, female partner, law enforcement, crimes, friends, best friends, relationship vs career ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, manchester, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Without a Trace was an American police procedural television drama series that originally ran on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009. The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.
Style: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, police detective, murder, crime investigation, kidnapping, fbi, partners, law enforcement, riddles and clues, police investigation, danger, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 17K
Unforgettable (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Former Syracuse, New York, police detective Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything. She reluctantly joins the New York City Police Department's Queens homicide unit ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, exciting
Plot: female detective, police detective, photographic memory, policewoman, fighting crime, police investigation, prodigy, partners, partners against crime, law enforcement, haunted by the past, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.1
 11K
Shetland (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Created from the novels by award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, Shetland follows DI Jimmy Perez and his team as they investigate crime within the close knit island community. In this isolated and sometimes inhospitable environment, the team have ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, island, police investigation, crimes, murder, mystery, murder investigation, who done it, multiple suspects, social relations, archaeologist, adaptation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Killer Instinct (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Killer Instinct is an American crime drama television series filmed in Vancouver that originally aired on the Fox Network. The pilot episode aired on September 23, 2005, and the final episode aired on December 2, 2005. Fox ordered 13 episodes, only ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: police detective, police investigation, fighting crime, deadly, law enforcement, mystery, partners, crimes, policewoman, crime, crime investigation, buddy cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Prime Suspect (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Prime Suspect is an American police procedural television drama series that premiered on NBC on September 22, 2011. It stars Maria Bello as Detective Jane Timoney. The series is a "re-imagining" of the original British series Prime ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: policewoman, homicide detective, police detective, police investigation, investigator, crime, law enforcement, police station, sexism, crimes, deadly, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 6K
DCI Banks (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A thrilling drama based on the novels by Peter Robinson. Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, serial killer, mystery, murder, deadly, crimes, policewoman, crime, law enforcement, female partner, murder investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless and rarely lets ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Audience: girls' night
Plot: female detective, police investigation, partners against crime, female protagonist, homicide detective, forensics, policewoman, friends, best friends, crimes, police detective, coworker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%