Movies like The Zodiac

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The Zodiac (2005)
 5.3
 7K
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, scary, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, police detective, investigation, psychopath, murder, obsession, crimes, mystery, mind game, journalism, law enforcement, family conflict, killing spree, golf, teenage life, police investigation, obsessive quest, riddles and clues, nosy, reporter, christmas, lake, car, gory, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: san francisco, california, usa

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Most similar movies to The Zodiac

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, scary and rough films with plots about serial killer, crimes, murder, deadly, psychopath, law enforcement and police investigation mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Zodiac: The Bone Collector (1999), Zodiac (2007), Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer (2010), Bundy: An American Icon (2009), Se7en (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Bone Collector (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, police investigation, master criminal, forensics, paraplegic, policewoman, crimes, riddles and clues, investigation, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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100%
 7.7
 523K
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 ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, neo noir, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, maniac, paranoia, uncover truth, mind game, journalist, code, murder mystery, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california, sacramento california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer (2010)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A small independent news crew investigates a series of unexplained disappearances in a small Midwestern county. They find themselves interviewing a man who possesses an all too intimate knowledge of the details of "The County Line ...
Style: serious, psychological, bleak, rough, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, tv reporter, investigation, psychopath, journalism, crimes, mystery, small town, cannibalism, media, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Bundy: An American Icon (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bundy, starring Corin Nemec in the title role and co-starring Kane Hodder, details the dark psyche and previously unexplored motivations of the man who became known as one of the most notorious serial killers to leave behind a legacy of evil.
Style: serious, slasher, rough, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, obsession, psychopath, crimes, woman in danger, violence spree, human nature, male female relationship, deadly, gory
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, neo noir, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, police detective, police investigation, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, psycho, psychology, powerful ending, homicidal maniac, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 59K
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: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, psychopath, psychology, police investigation, maniac, mind game, agoraphobia, profiler, crimes, police detective, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Curse of the Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Genre guru Ulli Lommel (THE BOOGEYMAN, BTK KILLER) directs this horror film about the infamous Zodiac killer. Though decades have passed since the multiple murderer held the state of California hostage with fear, the mystery of his identity has ...
Style: scary, psychological, serious, suspenseful, psychological thriller
Plot: murder, serial killer, woman in danger, police investigation, law enforcement, curses spells and rituals, psychopath, amateur detective, journalism, mind game, investigation, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Alphabet Killer (2008)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Based on the true story of double killings occurring in Rochester, NY during the 80’s and the troubled police officer determined to solve them, with or without the help of her department
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, obsession, police investigation, psychopath, uncover truth, investigation, mind game, crimes, mental illness, haunted by the past, woman in danger, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of one of the most gruesome killers in American history. Now, years after inspiring "Psycho's" Norman Bates, "The Silence Of The Lambs'" Buffalo Bill and "The Texas Chainsaw ...
Style: serious, scary, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, law enforcement, crimes, police investigation, murder, violence spree, psychopath, mind game, stalking, woman in danger, rivalry, who done it ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, wisconsin, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.3
 2K
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 ⇓
100%
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, serial rapist, murder, mind game, police detective, strangulation, split personality, double life, police investigation, crimes, mystery, psychopath ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 3.3
 1K
Nightstalker (2002)
Genre: Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A stylish horror film based on the life of Richard Ramirez, aka the Nightstalker, who terrorized people in Los Angeles during the 1980s.
Style: serious, scary, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, mind game, murder, police detective, crimes, murderous pair, law enforcement, true crime, violence, rape ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 1K
Fear (1990)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Psychic Ally Sheedy helps police solve murders by mentally linking with the murderer. Then she discovers a murderer with the same talent - who wants to share the fear of his victims with her!
Style: tense, scary, serious, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, police, who done it, police detective, police investigation, supernatural ability, stalking, witnessing a crime, rivalry, supernatural ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 3.0
 570
Kemper (2008)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A film based on the true story of Ed Kemper, a serial killer who murdered ten in Santa Cruz, CA during the late sixties and early seventies.
Style: realistic, serious, slasher, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: violence spree, serial killer, murder, investigation, police detective, law enforcement, crimes, woman in danger, stalking, rivalry, police investigation, who done it ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Gone but Not Forgotten (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: An Oregon woman vanishes. In her wake remains a single black rose & a note reading gone but not forgotten. Now a man stands accused: a private eye has gone missing: a detective knows more than she lets on: & a tough female attorney has ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, psychological
Plot: serial killer, private detective, investigation, amateur detective, rivalry, murder, psychopath, mind game, police investigation, police detective, mysterious character, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Night Stalker (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An account of serial killer Richard Ramírez and his rampage in California during the mid-1980s.
Style: psychological, rough, suspense, suspenseful, slasher ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, death, police, rape, murderer, rapist, serial murder, maniac, brutality, psychopath, violence ...
Time: year 1980
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Jack the Ripper (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Switzerland, West Germany, Spain
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A serial killer whose mother was a prostitute starts killing streetwalkers as a way of paying back his mother for her abuse.
Style: bleak, serious, scary, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, jack the ripper, prostitute, psychopath, maniac, woman in danger, who done it, police investigation, crimes, mind game, investigation ...
Time: 70s, 19th century, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.3
 27K
The Watcher (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: FBI agent Joel Campbell, burnt-out and shell-shocked after years spent chasing serial killers, flees L.A. to begin a new life for himself in Chicago. But five months later, Joel's best laid plans are abruptly cut short when his new hometown ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, fbi, psychopath, psychiatrist, mind game, obsession, race against time, chase, riddles and clues, terror ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.4
 844
Pavement (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Samuel Browne is a tracker in Alaska. When his sister meets a grisly death in San Francisco, he goes there to hunt her killer. As more murders occur, police investigator Buckley Clarke reluctantly joins forces with Sam. The brass are convinced this ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, police investigation, haunted by the past, psychopath, vengeance, serial killer, law enforcement, obsessive quest, amateur detective, animal life, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, usa, south africa, san francisco, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Prophet's Game (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The Prophet has arrived in the ultimate playing ground... Los Angeles. It has taken an innocent childhood game and twisted it into a deadly match of wits, where the only prize is survival. Moving from city to city, The Prophet lures unsuspecting ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: murder, mind game, riddles and clues, mystery, investigation, serial killer, vengeance, crimes, obsession, uncover truth, ex cop, death of daughter ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Devil's Muse (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: suspenseful, rough, scary, gothic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, supernatural, hollywood, investigation, mystery, showbiz, law enforcement, crimes, dishonesty, filmmaking, unsolved crime ...
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A shady police detective becomes embroiled in a strange world of murder, sadism and madness after being assigned a murder investigation against a madman known only as "The Engineer".
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: murder, nightmare, police detective, chase, good versus evil, police investigation, psychopath, mind game, crimes, escapades, supernatural, race against time ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Freeway Killer (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: For years he terrorized California motorists as he rode the endless highways searching for his next victim. The discarded bodies turned up beaten, sexually assaulted and horribly mutilated. Deceptively charming and intelligent, the scheming murderer ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, mind bending, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, rape and murder, psychopath, who done it, police detective, strong violent content, crimes, law enforcement, stalking, physical appearance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.7
 1K
The Barber (2002)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In the small town of Revelstoke, Alaska, local barber Dexter is surprised to learn that the body of Lucy Waters has been discovered. Having killed this woman, days ago, he hoped her body wouldn't be found until spring. Through the eyes of a ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, suspenseful, slasher ...
Plot: psychopath, mind game, serial killer, small town, investigation, mystery, isolation, murder, social relations, small town sheriff, darkness, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Nature of the Beast (1995)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two men, both hiding a deadly secret, are on a murderous rampage through the desert.
Style: psychological, scary, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, desert, police investigation, mind game, mystery, on the run, crimes, dishonesty, chase, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small town, set in 1946 Arkansas. Loosely based on a true story.
Style: slasher, realistic, rough, scary, serious ...
Plot: mystery killer, serial killer, stalking, unknown killer, psychopath, police investigation, murder, human monster, mind game, vengeance, sadistic psychopath, law enforcement ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, year 1946
Place: arkansas, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.9
 2K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%