Movies and TV shows like The Wire

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The Wire (2002)
 9.3
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The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
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: clever, cynical, tense, suspenseful, rough, captivating, thought provoking, serious, talky, bleak ...
Plot: police detective, urban ghetto life, police investigation, fighting crime, drug dealing, working undercover, drug lord, crimes, life is a bitch, organized crime, wiretap, african american, gang, corruption, murder, newspaper, team, lesbian, police officer, surveillance, seaport, police, realism, lawyer, killings ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, 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 crimes, law enforcement, police detective, murder, police investigation, police and police officer mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Wire: Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Top Boy (2011), The Shield (2002), Southland (2009), Fargo (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: tense, realistic, talky, serious, rough ...
Plot: police detective, murder, police, police station, police protagonist, crimes, police investigation, fighting crime, african american, fbi, tough law enforcer, partners against crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 8.4
 22K
Top Boy (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A thrilling and raw crime drama following a gang of drug dealers in Hackney, London - an honest and gripping rendition of inner-city drug and gang culture.
Style: sincere, suspenseful, serious, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: gang, urban ghetto life, teenage life, ambitious, leader, life is a bitch, ambition, gang war, right hand man, struggle, crimes, partners in crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 79K
The Shield (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
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, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police corruption, police brutality, law enforcement, crimes, partners, tough law enforcer, dishonesty, murder, mayor, gang, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.5
 26K
Southland (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lapd, police detective, policewoman, rookie, police protagonist, fighting crime, crimes, peril, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, southern california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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 8.9
 361K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, neo noir, clever, cynical ...
Plot: dark humor, crimes, police investigation, small town, small town life, policewoman, psychopath, snow, killings, law enforcement, killer, scheme ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2010s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 8.5
 64K
Bosch (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
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, tense, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, coworker, police investigation, determination, crimes, riddles and clues, lapd, murder investigation, suspicion, murder, homicide detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.5
 1.7M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
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: captivating, tense, serious, psychological, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, life is a bitch, crimes, drug lord, master criminal, family problems, double life, drug dealer, drug cartel, life turned upside down, ambition, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.7
 38K
Gomorrah (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, Germany
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
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: tense, captivating, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: drug lord, mafia, mob boss, rivalry, gangsters, gang war, crimes, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, social decay, society, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, napoli italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, tense, captivating, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, police detective, sex crime, law and order, lawyer, police, suspicion, crimes, law enforcement, fighting crime, police investigation, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 2010s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.2
 370K
The Sopranos (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
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: serious, cynical, psychological, clever, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, dark humor, criminal heroes, killings, crimes, family relations, family life, mob boss, ambition, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: Action, 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, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, corrupt cop, deception, corruption, police, undercover cop, police detective, undercover, desperation, rookie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 4K
Dark Blue (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, tense, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, working undercover, police investigation, law enforcement, fighting crime, crimes, police detective, workplace, coworker, right and wrong, team, undercover agent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 13K
NYPD Blue (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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, captivating, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police, police station, robbery, murder, partners against crime, partners, friends, against the rules, workplace, tough law enforcer, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 19K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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: twists and turns, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, drug cartel, serial killer, policewoman, partners, police investigation, social problems, interrogation, corruption, mystery, mind game, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
⇓ 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: neo noir, tense, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, police detective, police corruption, corpse, police investigation, gunfight, prostitute, murder, organized crime, police brutality, crimes, fighting the system ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 710K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
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, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, crimes, hidden identity, vigilantism, loner, forensics, corpse, police detective, crime investigation, right and wrong, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.8
 97K
Oz (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
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, realistic, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, confined, prison rape, rapist, rape, life is a bitch, convict, violence spree, homosexual rape, gang, racism ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Detroit 1-8-7 (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Detroit 1-8-7 is an American police procedural series about Detroit's leading homicide unit, created by Jason Richman for ABC. It features an ensemble cast of actors including Michael Imperioli and James McDaniel. The series originally ran on ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, heroic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: policewoman, police detective, partners against crime, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, coworker, workplace, crimes, hot and sexy, sexual tension, suspicion, veteran ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 8.2
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Power (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
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: nightclub, drug dealing, ambition, nightlife, money laundering, double life, organized crime, crimes, drug lord, sexual activity, nightclub owner, businessman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Robbery Homicide Division (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Robbery Homicide Division was an American police procedural television series on CBS, created by Barry Schindel with executive producer Michael Mann. Schindel has been nominated for three Emmy Awards.
Style: tense, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: police detective, police, fighting crime, police investigation, murder, law enforcement, workplace, society, crimes, workplace situations, police station, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Prime Suspect (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: policewoman, police detective, homicide detective, police investigation, investigator, sexism, police station, law enforcement, boss, murder, tough law enforcer, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Killer Instinct (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Killer Instinct is an American crime drama television series filmed in Vancouver that originally aired on the Fox Network. The pilot episode aired on September 23, 2005, and the final episode aired on December 2, 2005. Fox ordered 13 episodes, only ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, police investigation, fighting crime, crimes, mystery, law enforcement, partners, policewoman, crime investigation, buddy cop, tattoo, murder investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.4
 134K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: tense, atmospheric, serious, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, murder, crimes, talented, partners, law enforcement, cruelty, psychopath, tough law enforcer, forensics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 7.5
 6K
Gang Related (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Every villain has a noble cause, and every hero has a dark side. Detective Ryan Lopez is a rising star in Los Angeles' elite Gang Task Force. What the world doesn't know is that long before Ryan became a cop, he pledged allegiance to a ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, undercover, working undercover, law enforcement, crimes, power struggle, fighting crime, boss, criminal, police detective, policewoman, double life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, missing child, female detective, disappearance, policewoman, life is a bitch, self discovery, sexual abuse, crimes, mystery, hidden truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.9
 544K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
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, neo noir, clever, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, serial killer, investigation, partners, murderer, partners against crime, crimes, murder, graphic violence, uncover truth, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
 7.1
 898
Traffic (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 260 min.
TV show
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, psychological ...
Plot: fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, drug abuse, working undercover, rise and fall, secret agents, special agents, tough law enforcer, life is a bitch, addiction, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The series follows Las Vegas criminalists working for the Las Vegas Police Department as they use physical evidence to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic drama, which has inspired a host of other cop-show "procedurals". The ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, forensics, police detective, murder investigation, teamwork, investigator, expert, crimes, murder, scientist, workplace, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, las vegas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
 8.7
 56K
Line of Duty (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Steve Arnott is a young officer who’s fallen foul of his superiors for refusing to help in the cover-up of an operation that ended in the shooting of an innocent father. He seems ideal to join AC-12, an anti-corruption police unit, just as it ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious
Plot: police corruption, police detective, honest law enforcer, dirty cop, police investigation, interrogation, female police detective, policewoman, evidence, secret, law enforcement, right and wrong ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, britain, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Homicide: The Movie (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Retired police lieutenant Al Giardello is running for mayor when he is suddenly shot at a press conference. All of the detectives, past and present, clamor for an opportunity to help find the shooter.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, fighting crime, partners against crime, partners, law enforcement, crimes, workplace, police station, police detective, investigation, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%