Movies and TV shows like To Catch a Killer

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To Catch a Killer (1992)
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To Catch a Killer (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 182 min.
TV show
Story: "To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer who raped and murdered over 30 young boys.
Style: scary, tense, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, investigation, murder, police detective, special agents, crimes, mystery, missing person, life is a bitch, master criminal, legal, teenage life, rivalry, law enforcement, false accusation, small town, lawsuit, small town life, uncover truth, psycho, sadist, mind game, courtroom drama ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois

Most similar movies to To Catch a Killer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films and TV series with plots about murder, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, serial killer and investigation mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like To Catch a Killer: Devil's Knot (2013), The Deliberate Stranger (1986), B.T.K. Killer (2005), See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006), The Riverman (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Capture of the Green River Killer (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
TV show
Story: A pair of girls seeking adventure beyond the their Western Washington trailer park encounter the area's most ruthless serial killer. Based on Sheriff David Reichert's book, "Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, manhunt, strangulation, psychopath, law enforcement, crimes, police detective, notoriety, bodies, murder, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 80s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Devil's Knot (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, factual, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: police investigation, satanism, murder, legal investigation, life is a bitch, jury, police interrogation, crime scene, crimes, investigation, murder investigation, private detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993
Place: arkansas, memphis, usa, southern usa
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The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
TV show
Story: Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, manhunt, murder, psychopath, police investigation, true crime, obsession, false accusation, who done it, courtroom drama, rapist, mind game ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: utah, usa, colorado, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
B.T.K. Killer (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Veteran Boogey Man and Zodiac Killer director Ulli Lommel continues his long tradition of delivering tense thrills with this relentless look at the life of the elusive, Kansas-based serial killer known to authorities only as "B.T.K." ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, life is a bitch, police investigation, chase, mind game, investigation, law enforcement, crimes, police detective, murderer, serial murder ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, kansas
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See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: The film is the first known dramatisation of one of the most notorious killing sprees in British history and was made to mark the fortieth anniversary of Hindley and Brady's trial. It was made with the full backing of the victims' ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, police investigation, mind game, death of child, mystery, rivalry, life is a bitch, investigation, violence spree, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 60s, year 1966, year 1963, year 1964, year 1965
Place: england, yorkshire, northern england, europe, manchester
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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: 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.
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The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The true chilling story of the "two of a kind", killing cousins Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the Hillside Stranglers, is told in this TV drama.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, rough
Plot: murder, serial killer, police detective, psychopath, law enforcement, crimes, legal, obsession, psycho, investigation, rape, psychotic ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
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56%
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Five Daughters (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Factually-based drama telling the stories of five young women who were tragically murdered in Ipswich in 2006.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police detective, police investigation, crimes, drug abuse, addiction, woman in danger, prostitute, small town, life is a bitch, true crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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53%
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Aquarius (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: In the late 1960s, a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson.
Style: tense, stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cult, police detective, missing person, police investigation, crimes, murder, hippie, policewoman, police, interrogation, drugs, party ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1967, year 1969, year 1968
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas hone in on the serial killer known as BTK.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak
Plot: serial killer, manhunt, church, master criminal, stalking, police investigation, psychopath, crimes, law enforcement, mind game, special agents, court ...
Time: contemporary
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Chiefs (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
TV show
Story: Three generations of police chiefs for a southern town go about their jobs while a serial murderer operates.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: racism, murder, small town, chief of police, murder investigation, police investigation, dishonesty, crimes, uncover truth, mystery, investigation, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: scary, rough, serious, psychological, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, missing person, investigation, mentally unstable, police investigation, crimes, mystery, witnessing a crime, woman in danger, police detective, psychopath ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
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48%
Helter Skelter (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 194 min.
TV show
Story: The investigation of two horrific mass murders leads to the capture and trial of the psychotic pseudo-hippie Charles Manson and his "family".
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, psychological, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, death sentence, hippie, hollywood, death row, courtroom drama, rise and fall, law enforcement, uncover truth, life is a bitch, leadership, legal ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Fifth Woman (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland
Duration: 229 min.
TV show
Story: The 5th woman unfolds autumn 1994. An elderly man found in a gillrad pitfall impaled to death on the sharp sharpened bamboo poles, ecstatic praise of crows. Shortly afterwards disappears a florist without a trace and he also found executed in the ...
Style: psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, murder, vigilantism, crimes, mystery, law enforcement, life is a bitch, revenge, vigilante, battered wife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Above Suspicion (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Above Suspicion is a British TV series based on Lynda La Plante's novels Above Suspicion, The Red Dahlia, Deadly Intent and Silent Scream. It stars Kelly Reilly and Ciarán Hinds, and features the career of La Plante's latest heroine DC ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, porno movie
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, murder, police detective, law enforcement, crimes, police procedural, dirty cop, detective inspector, strong female presence, rookie, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london, spain
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Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forced him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who has a gift for ...
Style: serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, murder, police investigation, police, serial killer, riddles and clues, crimes, law enforcement, investigation, evidence, partners against crime, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: When a man is buried alive, Red Metcalf must delve into a serial killer's psyche.
Style: tense, captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, police detective, mystery, false accusation, riddles and clues, police investigation, criminal's revenge, law enforcement, race against time, track down, serial murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, Canada, USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Thorne Sleepyhead: follows DI Tom Thornes investigation into a mysterious serial killer. His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate. Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, serial killer, police investigation, crimes, murder, hunt down, society, law enforcement, murder investigation, british, danger, deadly
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, psychopath, narcissism, police investigation, serial killer, drug use, crimes, youth, rivalry, violence, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary
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The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 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, psychological, bleak, serious, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, investigation, psychopath, murder, obsession, mystery, mind game, crimes, law enforcement, journalism, family conflict ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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42%
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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, neo noir, clever, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, serial killer, investigation, partners, murderer, partners against crime, crimes, murder, graphic violence, uncover truth, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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42%
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 195 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison's investigation of the murder of a Bosnian refugee leads her to one, or possibly two, Serbian war criminals determined to silence the last witness to a massacre a decade before.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak, tense ...
Plot: policewoman, investigation, law enforcement, uncover truth, crimes, who done it, protagonist as suspect, suspicion, police detective, murder, police investigation, massacre ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, bosnia herzegovina
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42%
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The Following (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Notorious serial killer Joe Carroll, after being found guilty of murdering 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature, escapes from death row. The FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy to consult on the case, as he was ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, fbi, psychopath, murderer, killings, cult, crimes, special agents, investigation, police investigation, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Chasing Shadows (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Chasing Shadows' follows a team of special operatives who are tracking down serial killers.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, partners, crime investigation, missing person, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, homicide detective, murder investigation, investigation, serial murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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41%
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, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, mind game, uncover truth, investigation, mysterious character, haunted by the past, law enforcement, life is a bitch, mystery, single parent, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new england
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The Gray Man (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Early 20th century. Albert Fish, a seemingly benevolent father and grandfather who reared his family by himself after his wife deserted them, turns out to be a serial child molester and murderer. Based on a true story.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: serial killer, manhunt, investigation, police detective, psychopath, obsession, kidnapping, cannibalism, child murder, murder, s&m, electric chair ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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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: serious, tense, suspenseful, enigmatic, surprise ending
Plot: serial killer, supernatural ability, police investigation, mind game, psychopath, riddles and clues, law enforcement, crimes, mystery, rivalry, murder, psychic ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, realistic, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, interrogation, police investigation, mind game, mental illness, who done it, mystery, crimes, life is a bitch, prison ...
Time: 70s, year 1978
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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: serious, scary, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, crimes, mind game, stalking, serial killer, uncover truth, investigation, psychopath, who done it, journalism, amateur detective, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
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100 Code (2015)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: New York, USA. Stockholm, Sweden. Over the past twelve months young, blonde, blue-eyed women have been found dead in a meadow where Asphodel flowers grow. New York Detective Tommy Conley gets a special dispensation from the NYPD to go observe and ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, partners against crime, murder, forensics, crimes, law enforcement, partners, father daughter relationship, uncover truth, victim, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: stockholm sweden, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%