Movies like Zodiac

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Zodiac (2007)
 7.7
 401K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, bleak, enigmatic, suspense, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, journalist, investigation, mystery, victim, paranoia, mind game, code, killings, danger, who done it, search, maniac, investigator, police, reporter, newspaper, interrogation, crimes, police detective, life is a bitch, law enforcement ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1970, year 1979, year 1991 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california

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Most similar movies to Zodiac

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, tense, suspenseful and serious films with plots about investigation, police investigation, murder, crimes, crime, serial killer and dialogue mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Zodiac: Se7en (1995), True Detective (2014), Memories of Murder (2003), Prisoners (2013), The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.6
 1.3M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, psychopath, mind game, crime, investigation, police investigation, torture, killings, insanity, crimes, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 9.0
 453K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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, clever, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, crime, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, troubled, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about ...
Style: realistic, captivating, disturbing, suspense, tense ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, evidence, serial killer, suspicion, rape, search, brutality, partners, victim, mishap, stupidity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: korea, south korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 536K
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: suspenseful, bleak, twist ending, psychological, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, investigation, crime, disappearance, torture, brutality, vigilantism, revenge, maze, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 5.4
 7K
The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 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, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police detective, investigation, psychopath, obsession, mind game, gory, crimes, mystery, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, scary, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, crime, murder, fbi, psychology, killings, deadly, profiler ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, west virginia, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 237K
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: suspenseful, disturbing, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, disappearance, kidnapping, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, crimes, conspiracy, pedophile, missing child, peril, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, danger, sexual abuse, missing person, uncover truth, crime, search, journalist, strong sexual content, hacker, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 256K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, guilt, insomnia, fbi, police corruption, blackmail, small town, police detective, investigator, snow, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 775K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, manipulation, femme fatale, missing wife, investigation, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, mind game, adultery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, missouri, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.1
 1.0M
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, suspenseful, twist ending, tense ...
Plot: mystery, mental institution, insanity, paranoia, investigation, losing-it hero, uncover truth, doctors and patients, island, mental illness, psychiatrist, plot twist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1945, 1940s ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.9
 413K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: disturbing, psychological, biting, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: neo noir, sociopath, journalism, journalist, obsession, ambition, cynicism, losing-it hero, deception, character study, morality, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.8
 101K
Gothika (2003)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Canada, Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a car crash, a criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) comes to, only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband -- but she has no memory ...
Style: psychological, scary, gothic, psycho film, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, investigation, supernatural, mental illness, serial killer, protagonist as suspect, mind game, mystery, psychiatrist, crazy, insanity, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 50K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Style: bleak, twists and turns, serious, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, investigation, promise, mystery, small town, obsession, crimes, track down, law enforcement, murder mystery, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 373K
Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters ...
Style: factual, psychological, talky, tense, emotional ...
Plot: conspiracy, journalism, catholicism, pedophilia, investigation, child abuse, twists & turns, catholic church, sex scandal, lawyer, newspaper, gay ...
Time: year 2001, year 1976, year 2002
Place: boston, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 206K
Hannibal (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him ...
Style: tense, psychological, atmospheric, serious, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibal, psychiatrist, cannibalism, death, crime, special agents, murder, mental patient, doctor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 167K
Primal Fear (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, tense, psychological, twist ending ...
Plot: split personality, legal investigation, mental illness, courtroom drama, corruption, psychopath, murder, lawyer, bishop, crime, hotshot lawyer, dissociative identity disorder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 225K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, tense, sentimental, heartbreaking, disturbing ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, fighting the system, uncover truth, insanity, missing person, police, corruption, life is a bitch, desperation, loss of son, trial ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, canada, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 209K
Disturbia (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Kale is a 17-year-old placed under house arrest after punching his teacher. He is confined to his house, and decides to use his free time spying on his neighbors. Things start to get weird when guests enter the Turner's house and don't ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, intense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, neighbor, paranoia, amateur detective, murder, bad guy, arrest, investigation, loneliness, suspicion, mystery, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, rough, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, sexual abuse, mystery, journalist, hacker, crime, uncover truth, peril, unlikely relationship, suspicion, blow job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1964, year 1954, year 1949 ...
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, intense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, crime, police investigation, psychopath, pimp, kidnapping, hunting, prostitute, confession, escape, drug overdose, winter ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: alaska, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: police detective, dangerous attraction, murder, fighting the system, police corruption, district attorney, domestic violence, gunfight, gang, manipulations, police investigation, organized crime ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
 6.3
 14K
Jennifer 8 (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, surprise ending, realistic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, murder, school, falling in love, mystery, police investigation, crime, small town, vengeance, uncover truth, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, europe, germany, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 5.4
 2K
True Crime (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, police corruption, danger, amateur detective, psychopath, child murder, female detective, police investigation, crime, mystery ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Boston Strangler (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from ...
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, rough, based on true events ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mind game, split personality, police detective, strangulation, double life, police investigation, crime, mystery, manhunt, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Rosary Murders (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A killer of Detroit clergy confesses to a priest (Donald Sutherland), who turns sleuth because he cannot tell the police.
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, moral dilemma, psychopath, haunted by the past, church, uncover truth, society, who done it, mystery, investigation, clergy ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.6
 21K
Horsemen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, scary, serious, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, interrogation, orphan, autopsy, police, law enforcement, uncover truth, psychopath, estrangement, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.2
 7K
Blink (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Emma is an attractive girl in her 20s who has been blind for 20 years. A new type of eye operation partially restores her sight, but she is having problems: sometimes she doesn't "remember" what she's seen until later. One night ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, twist ending, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, strong female character, blindness, mind game, crime, investigation, woman in danger, deadly, stalking, psychopath, police detective ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.6
 51K
Copycat (1995)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, profiler, mind game, psychopath, police investigation, psychology, police detective, twists & turns, crime, agoraphobia, murder mystery, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.8
 35K
Sea of Love (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Seen-it-all New York detective Frank Keller is unsettled - he has done twenty years on the force and could retire, and he hasn't come to terms with his wife leaving him for a colleague. Joining up with an officer from another part of town to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, sexy, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, police, suspect, police detective, femme fatale, newspaper, crime, crimes, sexual relations, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%