Movies and TV shows like The Wire

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The Wire (2002)
 9.3
 252K
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 good and evil are routinely obliterated.
Style: tense, clever, suspenseful, serious, cynical, talky, rough, bleak, captivating, biting ...
Plot: police detective, drug dealing, police investigation, urban ghetto life, wiretap, drug lord, newspaper, crime, life is a bitch, working undercover, lesbian, african american, corruption, organized crime, surveillance, police, crimes, shooting, fighting crime, lawyer, gang, killings, racial slur, homosexual, career ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, seaport, maryland, usa

Most similar movies to The Wire

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about crime, crimes, law enforcement, police detective, murder, police investigation and police mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Wire: The Shield (2002), Southland (2009), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Fargo (2014), Breaking Bad (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.7
 67K
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, exciting, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police corruption, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, crimes, dishonesty, police brutality, gang, peril, fighting crime, machismo, victim ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 8.4
 24K
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: policewoman, rookie, police detective, lapd, police protagonist, fighting crime, crimes, morality, peril, partners against crime, swat, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Homicide: Life on the Street is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1993 to 1999, and was succeeded ...
Style: realistic, tense, talky, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, police detective, police, police station, police protagonist, crimes, police investigation, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, partners against crime, fbi, african american ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.0
 281K
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, witty ...
Plot: crimes, small town, police investigation, crime, killings, female police officer, law enforcement, small town life, psychopath, crime gone awry, americana, snow ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2000s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 9.5
 1.3M
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 ...
Style: tense, psychological, captivating, serious, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, life turned upside down, drugs/alcohol, master criminal, crimes, peril, double life, drug cartel, life is a bitch, family problems, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.7
 83K
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, thought provoking, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, confined, rape, rapist, prison, strong sexual content, violence spree, life is a bitch, gang, racism, solitary, electric chair ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.7
 606K
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, serious, dark humor, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, hidden identity, vigilantism, crime, forensics, crimes, corpse, right and wrong, loner, police station, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Shadow Line (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A noir thriller with diverse individuals whose worlds become interwoven after the murder of drug baron Harvey Wratten. From the cop with a bullet in his brain, whose amnesia leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass; to the drug-lord driven by a ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, talky, captivating ...
Plot: drug lord, heroin, who to trust, loss, victim, evidence, shooting, one last job, business venture, forensics, mysterious character, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, undercover, betrayal, murder, racial slur, working undercover, violence, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 4K
Dark Blue (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dark Blue was an action/drama television series which premiered on TNT on July 15, 2009, at 10 pm. It ended its run on September 15, 2010. The series is set in Los Angeles, California. It revolves around Carter Shaw, the leader of an undercover ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, tense, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, working undercover, police investigation, law enforcement, fighting crime, crime, police detective, right and wrong, workplace, team, coworker, undercover agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 99K
Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: idealism, whistleblower, police corruption, fighting the system, hippie, police investigation, undercover cop, social decay, life is a bitch, partners, bribery, ethics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ 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: clever, captivating, tense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: sex crime, law and order, police detective, lawyer, police, police investigation, sexual abuse, danger, crimes, law enforcement, fighting crime, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Prime Suspect (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Prime Suspect is an American police procedural television drama series that premiered on NBC on September 22, 2011. It stars Maria Bello as Detective Jane Timoney. The series is a "re-imagining" of the original British series Prime ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, based on british tv series
Plot: homicide detective, police detective, crime, investigator, policewoman, sexism, law enforcement, police station, police investigation, crimes, tough law enforcer, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.1
 23K
Chicago P.D. (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department's District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect their community. District 21 is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops who ...
Style: realistic, exciting, tense, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: law enforcement, policewoman, crime investigation, crimes, police, police detective, victim, sergeant, shooting, arrest, partners, rookie ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.4
 35K
Bosch (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels, these are the stories of relentless LAPD homicide Detective Harry Bosch who pursues justice at all costs. But behind his tireless momentum is a man who is haunted by his past and struggles to ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, exciting ...
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, coworker, police investigation, crimes, riddles and clues, determination, danger, suspicion, evidence, superior officer, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 11K
NYPD Blue (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwined several plots involving an ensemble cast. The show ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, police, police station, robbery, murder, partners against crime, partners, police investigation, deadly, friends, workplace, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 17K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A murdered body on a bridge between El Paso and Juarez bring together El Paso detective Sonya Cross and Chihuahua State Police detective Marco Ruiz.
Style: tense, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, police detective, serial killer, policewoman, police investigation, social problems, partners, corruption, victim, secret, characters in danger, mind game ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 8.2
 67K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When the Police Service of Northern Ireland are unable to close a case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, female detective, police detective, police investigation, forensics, policewoman, law enforcement, victim, crimes, evidence, coworker, psychological thriller ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 91K
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, crime, police investigation, multiple suspects, who done it, murder, riddles and clues, female detective, female protagonist, loss of child, parents and children, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.5
 23K
Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated technology available today to bring about ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: female detective, police detective, police investigation, victim, uncover truth, crime, murder investigation, rage, evidence, police, cold case, interrogation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1920s, 1910s, 2000s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.9
 11K
Wallander (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This drama follows Inspector Kurt Wallander – a middle-aged everyman – as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in the apparently sleepy backwaters in and around Ystad in Skane, southern Sweden. Based on the international best-selling ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, serious, psychological ...
Plot: police detective, loneliness, police investigation, crime, murder investigation, small town, mystery, life is a bitch, forensics, drinking problem, depression, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, bleak, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, missing child, crime, disappearance, female detective, life is a bitch, self discovery, sexual abuse, buried truth, secret, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The third installment of the “Law & Order” franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve its crimes.
Style: serious, clever, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: law and order, murder investigation, murder, partners, deadly, power relations, workplace situations, crime, mind game, judiciary, judge, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.1
 834
Traffic (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 260 min.
Story: A three-part miniseries that offers a look into the world of trafficking, where drugs, weapons, and even people are traded all over the world. Here, the lives of three Seattle-based men become intertwined...until they're all in over their heads.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, tense, exciting ...
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, working undercover, fighting crime, law enforcement, drug abuse, addiction, tough law enforcer, secret agents, special agents, price of justice, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 2K
Baretta (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Baretta is an American detective television series which ran on ABC from 1975 to 1978. The show was a milder version of a successful 1973–74 ABC series, Toma, starring Tony Musante as chameleon-like, real-life New Jersey police officer David Toma. ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: police detective, undercover, fighting crime, pets, law enforcement, drug dealing, police investigation, police station, partners, tough law enforcer, partners against crime, reluctant partners ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
In the Heat of the Night (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the motion picture and novel of the same name starring Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African-American police detective ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: police detective, small town, police, fighting crime, police investigation, crime, interracial relations, crimes, reluctant partners, partners against crime, small town life, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.7
 24K
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: captivating, tense, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: drug lord, mafia, mob boss, crimes, crime, urban ghetto life, rivalry, urban, realism, gang war, criminal heroes, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.5
 108K
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: serious, rough, atmospheric, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, uncover truth, talented, psychopath, law enforcement, multiple suspects, crimes, unlikely relationship, partners, cruelty, against the rules ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 10K
Aquarius (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: In the late 1960s, a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson.
Style: tense, stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cult, police detective, missing person, police investigation, crimes, murder, hippie, interrogation, policewoman, police, nickname, name calling ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1967 ...
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless and rarely lets ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Audience: girls' night
Plot: police investigation, female detective, partners against crime, female protagonist, best friends, forensics, crime, homicide detective, police detective, murder investigation, partners, policewoman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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