Movies like Butterfly on the Shoulder

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Butterfly on the Shoulder (1978)
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Butterfly on the Shoulder (1978)
Original name: Un papillon sur l'épaule
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: On a stopover in Barcelona, Fériaud Roland discovers a corpse in the hotel room next door. He wakes up in a strange clinic without remembering who brought him there. The doctor insists he hallucinated, but it's not long before he obtains evidence that it wasn't a dream.
Style: psychological, tense, atmospheric, rough, mind bending, bleak, serious, neo noir, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, crimes, graphic violence, injustice, false accusation, mind game, confined, on the run, dishonesty, criminal heroes, sailor, police officer, death, murder, hotel, death of protagonist, memory, organized crime, hallucination, corpse, witness, hotel room, nurse, missing husband ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain

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Most similar movies to Butterfly on the Shoulder

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films with plots about crimes, murder, deadly, dishonesty, danger, law enforcement and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Butterfly on the Shoulder: The Seventh Target (1984), Under Suspicion (1981), Good Chemistry (2008), Reflections (2008), Perfect Witness (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Seventh Target (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Bastien Grimaldy, a man driven to heightened anxiety as the plot against him begins to take effect. Bastien's personal relationships give him enough cause for anxiety -- between his new lover Laura and a feisty mother, life provides its own ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: false accusation, crimes, on the run, life is a bitch, mind game, journalism, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, spy, friendship, painting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, paris france, berlin germany
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100%
Under Suspicion (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours.
Style: suspenseful, tense, disturbing, psychological, serious ...
Plot: mind game, investigation, dishonesty, murder, injustice, life is a bitch, police inspector, interrogation, mystery, serial child killer, child murder, suspect ...
Time: 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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Good Chemistry (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After picking up an alluring woman,Toby, a gifted chemist slumming as a high school teacher, is kidnapped by her violent boyfriend and ordered to use his skills to create methamphetamine for a group of drug traffickers. When Toby refuses, his ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, kidnapping, dishonesty, drug dealing, on the run, crimes, drug abuse, chemistry, farm, forced into action, graphic violence, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Reflections (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Europol Agent Tom Brindle is called to Barcelona, Spain, to track down the notorious serial killer known as Pygmalion. A set of fingerprints lead to a young, volatile soldier, Marco Soler. Agent Brindle arrests Marco and intensely interrogates him, ...
Style: psychological, serious, scary, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, manhunt, police investigation, siblings relations, mind game, track down, serial killer, crimes, police detective, dishonesty, twins, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Perfect Witness (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A witness to a mob killing has second thoughts about testifying when he realizes his family might become a target.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, courtroom, witness, prison, murder, restaurant, power relations, injustice, legal, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, on the run ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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46%
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24 Days (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Ilan Halimi is kidnapped for ransom because Jewish and supposedly rich, his family and the police start a race against time to save him from the tortures of the "gang of barbarians".
Style: disturbing, realistic, sincere, psychological, serious ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, family in crisis, life is a bitch, crimes, family problems, confined, abduction, ransom, kidnapping, police
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
A Killer Within (2004)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Addison Terrill, a former district attorney now in a lucrative private practice, has what seems to be the perfect life. But life as he knows it is turned upside down when he arrives home from work late one night to find his wife brutally murdered ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, rough, realistic ...
Plot: murder, legal, dishonesty, who done it, legal action, crimes, law enforcement, false accusation, murder investigation, husband wife relationship, rivalry, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
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The Hunter (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Iran, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In an act of vengeance, a young man randomly kills two police officers. He escapes to the forest, where he is arrested by two other officers. The three men are surrounded by trees, the woods. They are lost in a maze, a desolate landscape, where the ...
Style: exciting, tense, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: murder, forest, law enforcement, isolation, confined, criminal heroes, mind game, vengeance, nightshift, jungle, arrest, accidental killing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Mean Dog Blues (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Former TV documentary filmmaker Mel Stuart tries to inject an acceptable degree of verisimilitude in Mean Dog Blues. A victim of circumstance, country and western musician Paul Ramsey (Gregg Henry) finds himself on a Southern chain gang. Captain ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, rough, bleak ...
Plot: prison, false accusation, escape, prison life, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, betrayal, confined, injustice, tough heroes, power relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Caged Heart (1984)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Conflict between a hardened prison inmate and a ruthless prison guard.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, prison life, false accusation, injustice, false arrest, power relations, unlikely criminals, confined, crimes, nothing goes right, life is a bitch, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Mad Enough to Kill (1975)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A girl from an asylum is engaged as nurse to a small, spoiled orphan boy, whose uncle has evil designs on him, and who hopes to kill him and cast the blame on the girl.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: family relations, child in peril, dishonesty, crimes, law enforcement, confined, nanny, frame up, kidnapping, woman in danger, insanity, killer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The lives of Escondido, California residents Cheryl and Stephen Crowe change one morning when they find their twelve year old daughter Stephanie Crowe stabbed to death in her bedroom. As procedure dictates, the police take each member of the ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: false accusation, police investigation, murder, uncover truth, suspect, crimes, law enforcement, fighting the system, courtroom drama, teenage life, injustice, interrogation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Agnosia (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The protagonist is a young woman, Joan Prats suffering from agnosia, a strange, primary visual disease that is one of the neuropsychological disorders of perception. Although her eyes and ears are in perfect condition, her brain is not able to ...
Style: atmospheric, gothic, psychological, realistic, tense ...
Plot: conspiracy, rivalry, disability, who to trust, mind game, dishonesty, manipulation, nudity (full frontal - brief), cheating, danger
Time: 20th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Escape to Nowhere (1973)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Who is Anton Haliakov, who has just been abducted by the M.I.5 in London? A Soviet scientist apparently. But sixteen years before the man had another identity, Clément Tibère, and another nationality, French. So what led him to become Russian and ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, heroes, undercover, manhunt, escapades, dishonesty, crimes, rebellion, state affairs, cons and scams, kidnapping ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: london, russia, england, geneva switzerland, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.0
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Tucked Away (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: On the surface, Ray Ryan has it all. He's a successful advertising executive with a new promotion. He has a nice home and a beautiful fiancée. Underneath it all is a dark secret he's finding harder to hide. Ray's nightmares are ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, crimes, life is a bitch, murder, secret, abusive father, aging, deadly
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Iran
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans…
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense, serious ...
Plot: assassination, murder, politics, kidnapping, political conspiracy, political corruption, moral dilemma, crimes, frame up, dishonesty, state affairs, mission gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Blood and Ties (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Da-eun lives a happy life with her single father, a man who sacrificed everything in his life for her. She loved her father very dearly. However, their relationship is about to take an unexpected turn. Da-eun becomes suspicious that her father might ...
Style: tense, psychological, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: uncover truth, parents and children, murder, kidnapping, crimes, moral dilemma, family relations, hidden identity, investigation, single parent, dishonesty, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Butcher (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, small town, butcher, psychopath, opposites attract, vietnam veteran, obsession, mystery, crimes, investigation, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Voice of a Murderer (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: One day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran inspector to the case and assemble a top-notch task force to work ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, rough, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, family problems, chase, mind game, police investigation, blackmail, death of child, reporter, child in peril, rivalry, missing person, abduction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
He Died with His Eyes Open (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: On Ne Meurt Que Deux Fois, a French murder mystery based upon a novel of the same name, is an unusual, involving film with excellent performances by its entire cast. Police Inspector Staniland (Michel Serrault) is investigating the death of a ...
Style: serious, mind bending, neo noir, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: femme fatale, murder, crimes, investigation, mystery, who done it, dishonesty, law enforcement, couples, crime investigation, police detective, seduction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Love Her Madly (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three men are dangerously obsessed with the same woman.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, obsession, crimes, mystery, investigation, erotica, femme fatale, music band, artists and showbiz, performer's life, who done it, college life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Brainstorm (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Brainstorm, released in 1965, is a late film noir whose male protagonist at first prevents the suicide of his employer's wife, falls in love with her, and is later driven to crime and insanity.
Style: neo noir, scary, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, suicide attempt, infidelity, mentally unstable, dishonesty, crimes, mind game, rivalry, insanity, affair, court, train ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Cold Light of Day (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A troubled detective befriends a single woman and her daughter with the intention of using them as bait for a serial killer.
Style: tense, scary, mind bending, serious, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, serial killer, child abuse, con artists, psychopath, bait, police corruption, unlikely criminals, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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The Mortician (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Alienated and cold, The Mortician (Method Man) processes the corpses with steely disregard. He is lonely and isolated. He is introduced to his new employee, Noah, (EJ Bonilla) by the morgue boss (Edward Furlong). Noah is a volatile youth working as ...
Style: psychological, neo noir, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: mortician, haunted by the past, murder, redemption, crimes, social decay, emotionless, corpse, urban ghetto, gangsters, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Show of Force (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this thriller, television reporter Kate Ryan de Meléndez investigates the death of two radical Puerto Rican activists, whom she begins to believe may have been framed and murdered by undercover American agents.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: murder, investigation, police corruption, undercover, mystery, working undercover, price of justice, political conspiracy, journalism, uncover truth, legal, amateur detective ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.2
 385
Come Morning (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Set in rural Arkansas in 1973, Come Morning is the tragic story of Frank and his 10-year-old grandson and the hunting accident that forever changes their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Plot: forest, countryside, crimes, father son relationship, country, death, corpse, hunting, manslaughter, track down, dog, neighbor ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: arkansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.3
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The Passengers (1977)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A man and his stepson driving across Europe are terrorized by a man following them in a pickup truck.
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, realistic, scary ...
Plot: murder, stalking, truck, crimes, parents and children, obsessive quest, psychopath, school, on the run, terrorism, on the road, investigation ...
Time: 70s
Place: paris france, rome italy, italy, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.7
 441
Show Me (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When two squeegee kids descend upon Sarah and her luxury sedan, the fuse is lit on a tense cat and mouse tale of captors and captives. Sarah is forced to continue her trip to an isolated cottage where the twisted trio bait and entice one another in ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, mind game, woman in danger, teenage life, isolation, captivity, youth, confined, rivalry, couples, hostage, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Invisible Waves (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Thailand, Netherlands
Duration: 115 min.
Story: This atmospheric, violent thriller revolves around a hitman called Kyoji who has just killed his lover, Seiko. She was the wife of Kyoji’s boss, Wiwat, who, when he heard about the affair, hired his rival to murder the unfaithful Seiko. Kyoji ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: betrayal, hitman, crimes, rivalry, dishonesty, single parent, murder, accidental killing, adultery, destiny, on the run, cheating wife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Everything about Mustafa (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Turkey
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A man is forced to confront his past after he loses everything in an accident. Mustafa is a successful business man living a seemingly great life with his family when an accident takes it all away from him and leaves him with many questions and a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, tense, non-linear ...
Plot: kidnapping, taxi driver, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, human nature, who to trust, investigation, crimes, cheating wife, disorder, confined, sex in car ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: istanbul turkey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%