Movies and TV shows like Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad (2008)
 9.5
 1.4M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Original name: Во все тяжкие
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: clever, tense, captivating, serious, psychological, rough, bleak, cynical, realistic, controversial ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, master criminal, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, family problems, unlikely partners, teacher, crimes, drug cartel, peril, desperation, drugs/alcohol, ambition, double life, partners, hidden identity, success, criminal, lifestyle change, terminal illness, manipulations, criminal heroes, cancer, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
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, violence, death, danger and criminal mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul (2015), Fargo (2014), Ray Donovan (2013), Ozark (2017), The Wire (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, captivating, stylized, realistic, witty ...
Plot: lawyer, dishonesty, hotshot lawyer, moral dilemma, workplace situations, family relations, private investigator, crimes, legal, brother brother relationship, drugs/alcohol, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2002
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
96%
 8.9
 305K
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, witty, cynical ...
Plot: crimes, small town, neo noir, police investigation, psychopath, snow, crime, killings, small town life, policewoman, law enforcement, americana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1979, year 2006, 70s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 8.3
 75K
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: serious, captivating, tense, clever, stylized ...
Plot: power relations, crimes, identity crisis, intrigue, hollywood, blackmail, family problems, family secret, teamwork, businessman, millionaire, fbi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.4
 163K
Ozark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.
Style: suspense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, family relations, crimes, danger, rivalry, murder, violence, law enforcement, survival, teenage girl, crime ...
Place: missouri, mexico, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 9.3
 271K
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, cynical, suspenseful, clever, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, drug dealing, police investigation, urban ghetto life, fighting crime, working undercover, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, wiretap, drug lord, shooting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 9.2
 282K
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: dark humor, serious, cynical, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crime, criminal heroes, family relations, killings, family life, psychiatrist, crimes, ambition, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.8
 336K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Colombia, Mexico
Duration: 49 min.
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug dealing, drug cartel, drug dealer, cartel, smuggling, master criminal, crimes, rise to the top, criminal heroes, politics, illegal drugs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 70s, 1990s
Place: colombia, latin america, mexico, usa, panama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 626K
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: clever, captivating, serious, dark humor, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, vigilantism, hidden identity, corpse, crimes, forensics, right and wrong, crime, loner, gory, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 7.9
 101K
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: humorous, cynical, witty, dark humor, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, marijuana, drug dealing, drug dealer, stoners, family life, single mother, profanity, suburbs, drugs/alcohol, eccentric family, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.2
 22K
Animal Kingdom (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crime family, criminal, mother son relationship, crimes, dysfunctional family, danger, escapades, drugs/alcohol, gay brother, family conflict, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern california, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.6
 247K
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: tense, exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: biker, motorcycle gang, gang, crimes, crime, family relations, power struggle, motorcycle, group of criminals, prison, young man, arms dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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: tense, bleak, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, greed, sheriff, death, hitman, track down, crimes, peril, human nature, psychopath, escape, shooting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 38K
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: captivating, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: drug dealing, nightlife, nightclub, ambition, money laundering, crimes, business venture, organized crime, double life, temptation, success, nightclub owner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 717K
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: exciting, serious, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, cocaine, mafia, drug dealing, criminal heroes, gunfight, mob boss, drug cartel, rise and fall, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 9.0
 480K
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: realistic, bleak, clever, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, police detective, neo noir, investigation, partners, crimes, partners against crime, murder, graphic violence, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
 8.7
 86K
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, suspenseful, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, confined, rape, rapist, prison, life is a bitch, convict, strong sexual content, violence spree, gang, racism, electric chair ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 2000s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.5
 116K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.
Style: atmospheric, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, uncover truth, murder, psychopath, talented, crimes, unlikely relationship, graphic violence, law enforcement, multiple suspects, police detective, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 9K
Snowfall (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Los Angeles. 1983. A storm is coming and it's name is crack. Set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it, the story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course.
Style: realistic, cynical, rough, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealer, cocaine, drugs, drug dealing, ghetto, drug, smuggling, crime, illegal drugs, latinx lead, u.s. government, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: usa, south central los angeles, nicaragua, los angeles, central america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 9.1
 772K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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, captivating, witty, psychological, serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, mind game, prodigy, mastermind, sherlock holmes, riddles and clues, partners, british, friendship, murder mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Secrets and Lies (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Detective Andrea Cornell is a tough, thorough Homicide Detective who leaves no stone unturned. Her unwavering dedication to her job makes her the most formidable opponent - or a highly valuable ally.
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, child killer, law enforcement, who done it, family relations, mystery, disorder, dishonesty, danger, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: captivating, clever, tense, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: sex crime, law and order, police detective, lawyer, police, sexual abuse, danger, crimes, fighting crime, law enforcement, police investigation, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Without a Trace was an American police procedural television drama series that originally ran on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009. The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.
Style: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, murder, police detective, kidnapping, fbi, police investigation, crime, crime investigation, graphic violence, race against time, crimes, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 218K
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, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, cannibal, cannibalism, psychiatrist, death, mental patient, crime, special agents, graphic violence, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 120K
Savages (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Style: twists and turns, tense, rough, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, rescue, kidnapping, crime, drug cartel, mob boss, woman in danger, marijuana, violence, organized crime, drug lord ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california, mexico, usa, tijuana mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.5
 1.2M
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 ⇓
50%
 8.1
 27K
Damages (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler. The plot revolves around the brilliant, ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes and her protégée, ...
Style: rough, clever, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: lawyer, legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, trial, female lawyer, legal, manipulations, legal action, dishonesty, power relations, corporate crimes, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 196K
Carlito's Way (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, gangsters, nightclub, tragic hero, drug dealing, disco, neo noir, violence, prison, ex convict, drug lord, crime ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 2K
The Method (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 53 min.
Story: The main character is an extraordinary and mysterious person, at the same time, he (Rodion Meglin) is an outstanding inspector. Rodion is used to work alone in order to keep the secrecy of his unusual method. Young graduate Esenya Steklova is ...
Style: psychological, exciting, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, mental illness, serial killer, haunted by the past, crimes, brutality, danger, vengeance, human nature, psychosis, murder, good versus evil ...
Time: year 2015
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.1
 11K
God's Pocket (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A boozy lowlife tries to bury the truth about his crazy stepson's suspicious death, but a nosy newspaper columnist and the young man's mother complicate matters.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, rough, serious ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, investigation, uncover truth, life turned upside down, down on your luck, society, crimes, life is a bitch, working class, death, suspicion, couples ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 70s, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 556K
Drive (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, car chase, lone wolves, tough heroes, mechanic, danger, getaway driver, criminal's revenge, crimes, heist, chases and races, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%