Movies and TV shows like Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's financial future at any cost as he enters the dangerous world of drugs and crime.
Style: tense, serious, rough, psychological, captivating, clever, bleak, gloomy, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, life turned upside down, drugs/alcohol, criminal heroes, double life, crime, crimes, family problems, peril, the underworld, partners, hidden identity, unlikely partners, life is a bitch, ambition, success, desperation, cancer, master criminal, secret, teacher, unlikely criminals, manipulations, lifestyle change ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico

Most similar movies to Breaking Bad

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, crime, murder, law enforcement, drugs/alcohol, violence and deadly mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul (2015), Fargo (2014), True Detective (2014), Ray Donovan (2013), Dexter (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Better Call Saul (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, ...
Style: dark humor, stylized, witty, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: dishonesty, family relations, workplace situations, legal, lawyer, moral dilemma, hotshot lawyer, drugs/alcohol, brother brother relationship, cons and scams, lawyer client relationship, private investigator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.0
 249K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, captivating, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, crime, crimes, police investigation, psychopath, law enforcement, killings, crime gone awry, small town life, americana, disorder, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1979, year 2006
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.0
 408K
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: clever, bleak, serious, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, crime, serial killer, crimes, investigation, partners against crime, partners, murder, who done it, law enforcement, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 8.3
 62K
Ray Donovan (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players, and makes their problems disappear. His father's unexpected release from prison sets off a chain of events that shakes the ...
Style: clever, serious, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Plot: crimes, blackmail, family problems, hollywood, millionaire, fbi, power relations, family secret, teamwork, intrigue, parents and children, identity crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.7
 576K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: captivating, clever, dark humor, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, hidden identity, double life, crimes, crime, vigilantism, gory, police station, corpse, right and wrong, loner, forensics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 8.3
 633K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, epic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug dealing, gangsters, cocaine, drug abuse, rise and fall, organized crime, gunfight, mafia, criminal heroes, rise to the top, rivals ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.2
 234K
The Sopranos (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The Sopranos is an American television drama created by David Chase. The series revolves around the New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home ...
Style: clever, dark humor, rough, captivating, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, mafia, crimes, criminal heroes, gangsters, killings, crime, family life, introspection, ambition, midlife crisis, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 8.6
 220K
Sons of Anarchy (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: An adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, crime, arms dealing, ira, power struggle, small town, crimes, motorcycle gang, family relations, motorcycle, young man, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Movie in collections
 8.8
 273K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Colombia, USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: serious, rough, captivating, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gangsters, smuggling, master criminal, rise to the top, crimes, criminal heroes, politics, blind ambition, drug cartel, drug dealer, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: colombia, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 9.2
 658K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, witty, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, prodigy, crime, mind game, partners, mastermind, riddles and clues, friendship, intelligence, danger, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, europe, london, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.7
 78K
Oz (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where ingroups - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, confined, prison, strong sexual content, rapist, rape, life is a bitch, violence spree, latinos, racism, uninhibited rivalry, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 2000s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 9.3
 231K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: tense, clever, suspenseful, serious, talky ...
Plot: drug dealing, police detective, police investigation, crime, drug lord, urban ghetto life, working undercover, life is a bitch, wiretap, lesbian, fighting crime, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, seaport, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.2
 28K
Power (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: James “Ghost” St. Patrick has it all: a beautiful wife, a gorgeous Manhattan penthouse, and the hottest, up-and-coming new nightclub in New York. His club, Truth, caters to the elite: the famous and infamous boldface names that run the city that ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, tense
Plot: nightclub, nightlife, double life, blind ambition, urban, going straight, organized crime, politics, ambition, crimes, drug dealing, temptation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 23K
Southland (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rookie, policewoman, swat, partners against crime, lapd, police protagonist, arrest, police detective, crime, realism, fighting crime, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 16K
Boss (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: Boss is an American political drama television serial created by Farhad Safinia. The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder.
Style: talky, rough, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, mayor, marriage, career, scheme, dementia, ambition, boss, journalist, corruption, blind ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the ...
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, gangsters, criminal heroes, smuggling, strong sexual content, businessman, mafia, ambitious, mob boss, prohibition, politician, corruption ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, chicago illinois, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.6
 3K
Red Widow (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When Marta Walraven's mob husband is brutally murdered, she takes on gangsters and the FBI to unveil the truth about his death. As she digs into this dark underworld, she'll test her own strength, relying on her resourcefulness, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, captivating
Audience: chick flick
Plot: unlikely criminals, intrigue, vengeance, dishonesty, crimes, death of husband, family relations, parents and children, single mother, organized crime, suburbs, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.9
 6K
The Take (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Freddie Jackson is just out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie dreams of having her husband home but she's forgotten the rows and the girls Freddie can't ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, crimes, betrayal, criminal heroes, respect, gangsters, the underworld, mafia, power struggle, mob boss, loss of family member, desperation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: england, london, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 8.7
 64K
The Shield (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.
Style: tense, bleak, exciting, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police corruption, tough law enforcer, crime, gang, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, partners, profiler, coworker, fighting crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.5
 1.0M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
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, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, working undercover, mafia, undercover, undercover cop, mind game, organized crime, crimes, police, crime, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, china, harvard university, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.1
 145K
The Blacklist (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In ...
Style: captivating, serious, clever, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, special agents, master criminal, crimes, intrigue, secret, crime, investigation, mind game, danger, unlikely partners, killings ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
 8.0
 95K
Weeds (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
Story: Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling cannabis to support her family after her husband dies suddenly of a heart attack. Over the ...
Style: witty, humorous, dark humor, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: drug dealing, dysfunctional family, family life, stoners, drug dealer, single mother, single parent, drugs/alcohol, marijuana, unlikely criminals, eccentric family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
 8.7
 19K
Gomorrah (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, Germany
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Based on Robert Saviano's bestselling book, this gritty Italian crime drama paints a portrait of the brutal Neapolitan crime organisation the Camorra, as seen through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzo, the obedient and self- confident right-hand man of ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: mafia, crime, crimes, drug lord, gangsters, drugs/alcohol, realism, gory, mob boss, social decay, organized crime, camorra ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 8.8
 149K
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
Style: captivating, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, society, family relations, rivalry, gangsters, rise to the top, crimes, crime, organized crime, fighting crime, post war, determination ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are ...
Style: clever, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, police, law and order, police investigation, crimes, fighting crime, lawyer, sexual abuse, law enforcement, sex crime, murder, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.3
 85K
The Killing (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.
Style: psychological, gloomy, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, who done it, crime, murder, riddles and clues, multiple suspects, female protagonist, female detective, street kid, law enforcement, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: serious, tense, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: track down, hitman, psychopath, crimes, human nature, shooting, peril, sheriff, escape, death, violence spree, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.0
 2K
Smith (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Though Bobby Stevens appears to be a regular family man with a nine-to-five job, he's actually an expert thief who is seeking a few last big jobs so he can finally leave the business for a comfortable, lawful lifestyle with his wife, Hope, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough
Plot: heist, thief, robbery, crime, criminal heroes, hidden identity, outlaw, master criminal, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 5K
Mad Dogs (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mad Dogs is a British black comedy and psychological thriller television series created by Cris Cole that began airing on Sky1 on 10 February 2011. It is produced by Left Bank Pictures, and co-produced by Palma Pictures. The series stars John Simm, ...
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, dark humor, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, drugs/alcohol, friends, nothing goes right, crimes, reunion, murder, unlikely criminals, disorder, weekend, right and wrong, millionaire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.6
 193K
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: psychological, atmospheric, tense, serious, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, special agents, crime, psychiatrist, cannibal, danger, death, doctor, fbi, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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