Movies like The Two Jakes

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The Two Jakes (1990)
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The Two Jakes (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: This sequel to the classic Chinatown finds private detective Jake Gittes still haunted from the events of the first film. Hired by a man to investigate his wife's infidelities, Jake once again finds himself involved in a complicated plot involving murder, oil, and even some ghosts from his past.
Style: clever, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, cynical, neo noir, suspense, surprise ending, sexy ...
Plot: private detective, infidelity, murder, betrayal, investigation, golf, legal, terminal illness, crimes, mystery, love and romance, intrigue, couples, love affair, wiretap, law enforcement, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, couple relations, cons and scams, corruption, adultery, oil, gangsters, courtroom drama ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1948, 1930s, 40s
Place: los angeles, california, usa

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Most similar movies to The Two Jakes

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out twists and turns, realistic, clever and serious films with plots about dialogue, crimes, murder, betrayal, police investigation, storytelling and corruption mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Two Jakes: Chinatown (1974), Tequila Sunrise (1988), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Twilight (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
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Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, twist ending, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: femme fatale, rape, private detective, investigation, surveillance, corruption, deception, investigator, domestic violence, secret, suspicion, cover up ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1937
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In a seaside California town, best friends Mac and Nick are on opposite sides of the law. Mac is a former drug dealer trying to clean up his act, while Nick is a high-profile detective trying to take down a Mexican drug lord named Carlos. Soon ...
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, betrayal, drug dealer, restaurant, crimes, romance, law enforcement, drug dealing, cons and scams, best friend, friendship, surveillance ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright, a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman ...
Style: neo noir, stylized, atmospheric, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: missing person, murder, jazz, jazz club, private detective, war veteran, political corruption, crimes, mystery, social decay, interracial relations, graphic violence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1948
Place: los angeles, usa, california, malibu california, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: neo noir, sexy, serious, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, obsession, betrayal, murder of husband, infidelity, conspiracy, crimes, fatal attraction, crimes of passion, romance, love affair, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 6.2
 13K
Twilight (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A retired ex-cop and private detective gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money and walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of an actress' former husband.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, neo noir, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, missing person, terminal illness, femme fatale, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, crimes, dishonesty, amateur detective, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
American Gigolo (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: gigolo, cheating wife, pimp, murder, frame up, redemption, crimes, uncover truth, false accusation, life is a bitch, prostitute, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, malibu california, palm springs california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 34K
Hollywoodland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The complicated life and controversial suicide of George Reeves is investigated by a fictional private detective who finds that there are reasons to suspect that Reeves may not have killed himself after all. The detective also finds that there is a ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, neo noir, intense ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, murder, fame, mystery, uncover truth, starlet, cover up, showbiz, dishonesty, actor's life, crimes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ⇓
28%
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 7.1
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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 ⇓
27%
 7.4
 35K
Body Heat (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Style: sexy, sexual, neo noir, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: femme fatale, murder, adultery, betrayal, lust, small town, crimes, crimes of passion, dangerous attraction, protagonist as suspect, nudity (full frontal - brief), obsession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 45K
Rising Sun (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When a prostitute is found dead in a Los Angeles skyscraper occupied by a large Japanese corporation, detectives John Conner and Web Smith are called in to investigate. Although Conner has previous experience working in Japan, cultural differences ...
Style: serious, suspense, intense, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, fish out of water, police, crimes, mystery, partners, corruption, society, surveillance, senator, racism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, los angeles, usa, tokyo, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 10K
Shattered (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith who is trying to help him start his life again. He keeps getting flashbacks about events and places that he can't remember. He meets pet ...
Style: neo noir, erotic, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: memory loss, private detective, investigation, infidelity, murder, suspicion, plastic surgery, mind game, haunted by the past, car accident, mystery, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Black Dahlia (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue ...
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, femme fatale, dangerous attraction, obsession, murder, hollywood, love triangle, mystery, crimes, artists and showbiz, power relations, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two, year 1947, year 1946
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 103K
Inherent Vice (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: In Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, twists and turns, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: private investigator, investigation, conspiracy, missing person, crimes, uncover truth, dishonesty, woman in danger, private detective, paranoia, obsession, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1967, year 1970
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.
Style: neo noir, cynical, stylized, atmospheric, witty ...
Plot: private detective, murder, betrayal, gangsters, nudity (full frontal - brief), disfigurement, bribery, friendship, missing person, investigation, crimes, mystery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, california, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 7K
China Moon (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle relucantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), investigation, crimes, dishonesty, self defense, interrogation, frame up, fall in love, romance, small town, sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.0
 4K
Masquerade (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. When the two run into a problem the local cop, who happens to be ...
Style: sexy, neo noir, erotic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: woman in danger, mystery, dangerous attraction, love triangle, couples, dishonesty, crimes, murder, husband wife relationship, police investigation, police corruption, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york state, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 7K
The Border (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.
Style: rough, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, corruption, police, emigration, kidnapping, crimes, rich and poor, family relations, interracial relations, opposites attract, immigrants, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: mexico, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A corrupt cop gets in over his head when he tries to assassinate a beautiful Russian hit-woman.
Style: neo noir, sexy, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: police corruption, police, faked death, femme fatale, assassination attempt, crimes, dark humor, female killer, bribery, female assassin, mob boss, love story ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, phoenix arizona, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.7
 24K
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love, only to discover that they have each been hired to kill the other.
Style: suspense, clever, humorous, cynical, biting ...
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, female killer, dark humor, crimes, romance, fall in love, moral dilemma, couple relations, love affair, dumped ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, new york, las vegas, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
 93K
Cop Land (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, neo noir, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, police corruption, nypd, small town, arson, mafia, corruption, murder, organized crime, internal affairs, fighting the system, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 19K
Lantana (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Australia, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Plagued with grief over the murder of her daughter, Valerie Somers suspects that her husband John is cheating on her. When Valerie disappears, Detective Leon Zat attempts to solve the mystery of her absence. A complex web of love, sex and deceit ...
Style: emotional, psychological, suspenseful, serious, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, disappearance, jealousy, psychiatrist, divorce, mystery, human nature, unhappy, dishonesty, police investigation, love and romance, marriage crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Last Seduction (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Looking to escape her unhappy marriage, villainous femme fatale Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino) convinces her husband, Clay (Bill Pullman), to sell cocaine, then steals the profits and runs out on him. She stops in a small town en route to ...
Style: sexy, erotic, neo noir, sexual, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, money, betrayal, couples, small town, dishonesty, crimes, cons and scams, power relations, disorder, bitch, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, miami, chicago illinois, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
Style: clever, twists and turns, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal investigation, court, murder, hotshot lawyer, mind game, legal, judge, crimes, arrest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, beverly hills, los angeles, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.2
 24K
Color of Night (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When New York psychiatrist Bill Capa visits Los Angeles to take over his murdered colleague's therapy group, he finds himself embroiled in the thick of a mystery when he bumps into Rose and begins a torrid affair.
Style: sexy, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, mental illness, psychiatrist, murder, mystery, mysterious character, group therapy, investigation, secret identity, uncover truth, paranoia, therapist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
A Perfect Murder (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, sexy, surprise ending, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: extramarital affair, betrayal, infidelity, perfect crime, love affair, crimes, murder, artist, violent husband, plan gone awry, jealousy, cheating on husband ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 132K
The Firm (1993)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: law firm, moral dilemma, blackmail, mafia, surveillance, lawyer, crimes, fighting the system, murder, seduction, ambition, fbi ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, memphis, tennessee, boston, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.6
 95K
Blood Simple (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, cynical ...
Plot: extramarital affair, private detective, hitman, murder, crime gone awry, crimes, dishonesty, adultery, husband wife relationship, infidelity, gas station, nightmare ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
All Good Things (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Newly-discovered facts, court records and speculation are used to elaborate the true love story and murder mystery of the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, twists and turns, enigmatic ...
Plot: mystery, disappearance, murder, mentally unstable, missing person, overbearing parent, dysfunctional marriage, investigation, crimes, high society, domestic violence, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2000, year 1971, 70s ...
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., los angeles, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 6K
Deceiver (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion on one of her clients, James Wayland, a brilliant, self-destructive and epileptic heir to a textile fortune. So detectives Braxton and Kennesaw take Wayland in for questioning, thinking they can ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, mind game, police investigation, crimes, justice, prostitute, law enforcement, investigation, rivalry, dishonesty, secret, guilt ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%