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The Two Jakes (1990)
 6.2
 11K
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, cynical, suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending, cult film, complex ...
Plot: private detective, infidelity, murder, betrayal, investigation, golf, legal, terminal illness, crimes, crime, mystery, couple relations, love and romance, love affair, intrigue, couples, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, law enforcement, wiretap, deadly, cons and scams, corruption, adultery, oil ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1948, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out twists and turns, serious, realistic and clever films with plots about murder, twists & turns, crimes, dialogue, betrayal, greed and storytelling mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Two Jakes: Tequila Sunrise (1988), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Chinatown (1974), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Twilight (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, serious, realistic, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, betrayal, drug dealer, restaurant, crimes, crime, romance, cons and scams, law enforcement, drug dealing, best friend, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles
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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: stylized, atmospheric, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: neo noir, missing person, murder, jazz, jazz club, private detective, political corruption, crimes, crime, neo-noir, mystery, manipulations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 285K
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: twists and turns, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: private detective, neo noir, investigation, rape, surveillance, corruption, deception, investigator, femme fatale, suspicion, domestic violence, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1937
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: serious, suspense, atmospheric, captivating, intense ...
Plot: neo noir, murder, obsession, adultery, conspiracy, betrayal, infidelity, crimes, crime, fatal attraction, love affair, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, suspense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, missing person, terminal illness, femme fatale, mystery, who done it, uncover truth, crime, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.5
 32K
Hollywoodland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
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, tense, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, murder, fame, mystery, uncover truth, starlet, cover up, crimes, actor's life, showbiz, dishonesty ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1959
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: cheating wife, gigolo, pimp, murder, frame up, crime, redemption, crimes, uncover truth, life is a bitch, false accusation, prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, malibu california, beverly hills, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, investigation, political corruption, police, crimes, mystery, dishonesty, partners against crime, neo noir, fighting crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: disturbing, erotic, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, memory loss, investigation, infidelity, murder, suspicion, plastic surgery, mind game, couple relations, haunted by the past, neo noir, car accident ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.3
 41K
Rising Sun (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 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, party, police, crime, crimes, mystery, partners, corruption, society, surveillance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, japan, tokyo, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, pornography, femme fatale, dangerous attraction, neo noir, obsession, murder, hollywood, love triangle, danger, mystery, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1947, year 1946
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 30K
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: femme fatale, murder, adultery, neo noir, lust, betrayal, crimes, crime, crimes of passion, dangerous attraction, neo-noir, small town ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 92K
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: atmospheric, twists and turns, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: private investigator, neo noir, investigation, conspiracy, missing person, crimes, uncover truth, woman in danger, dishonesty, private detective, paranoia, obsession ...
Time: 70s, 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1970 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: cynical, stylized, atmospheric, witty, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, neo noir, murder, betrayal, friendship, profanity, bribery, disfigurement, investigation, crime, crimes, mystery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, mexico, california, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: neo noir, woman in danger, mystery, dangerous attraction, love triangle, couples, deadly, dishonesty, crimes, murder, husband wife relationship, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york state, california
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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: sexy, serious, realistic, dark humor, atmospheric ...
Plot: neo noir, police corruption, police, faked death, femme fatale, assassination attempt, crimes, crime, female killer, bribery, female assassin, mob boss ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 84K
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, intense, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, sheriff, small town, arson, police, mafia, corruption, murder, violence, internal affairs, fighting the system, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: serious, rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, corruption, police, kidnapping, emigration, crimes, crime, rich and poor, family relations, opposites attract, interracial relations, immigrants ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense, psychological ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: dark humor, suspense, clever, humorous, cynical ...
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, female killer, crime, crimes, romance, couples, dishonesty, couple relations, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, mexico, los angeles, las vegas ...
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31%
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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, jealousy, psychiatrist, divorce, mystery, human nature, dishonesty, unhappy, police investigation, love and romance, marriage crisis, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: australia, sydney australia
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29%
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, surprise ending, clever, serious ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ...
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Audience: boys' night
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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, suspenseful, surprise ending, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, mind game, police investigation, secret, violence, crimes, prostitute, law enforcement, investigation, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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27%
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, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Plot: disappearance, mystery, murder, mentally unstable, missing person, dysfunctional marriage, investigation, crimes, high society, domestic violence, love affair, overbearing parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2000, year 1971, 70s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: tense, captivating, surprise ending, serious, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, neo noir, working undercover, police, undercover cop, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, china, taiwan, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Evil Under the Sun (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, clever, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, island, murder mystery, crime, mystery, crimes, intrigue, multiple suspects, amateur detective, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: greece, south of france, england, albania, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
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Revenge (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Michael ‘Jay’ Cochran has just left the Navy after 12 years and he's not quite sure what he's going to do, except that he knows he wants a holiday. He decides to visit Tiburon Mendez, a powerful but shady Mexican businessman who he ...
Style: sexy, serious, suspense, erotic, intense ...
Plot: betrayal, dangerous attraction, couple relations, love triangle, infidelity, friendship, adultery, vengeance, revenge, dishonesty, desert, extramarital affair ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
 25K
Dead Again (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1949 composer Roman Strauss is executed for the vicious murder of his wife Margaret with a pair of scissors. In 1990s Los Angeles a mute amnesiac woman shows up at an orphanage and private eye Mike Church is called in to investigate. Under ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: hypnosis, private detective, memory loss, murder, reincarnation, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, haunted by the past, romance, mysterious character, supernatural ...
Time: 90s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 34K
No Way Out (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Navy Lt. Tom Farrell meets a young woman, Susan Atwell , and they share a passionate fling. Farrell then finds out that his superior, Defense Secretary David Brice, is also romantically involved with Atwell. When the young woman turns up dead, ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, sexy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, military, political corruption, love triangle, army investigation, danger, neo noir, kgb, mystery, crimes, mysterious character, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., pentagon, usa, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%